Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sparkly Christmas

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a gorgeous inspiration photo for you:
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Don't you just love those colors?  And all those adorable little ornaments?  Of course, I HAD to make a Christmas card.  This is what I came up with:
 I started by die cutting the white panel, then I used the same die to cut out the circles from brown/bronze, gold, and pale pink glitter paper .  I heat embossed the sentiment with some really sparkly old embossing powder and then adhered the white panel to the dark pink background.  Then I adhered random circles back into the openings for a fun confetti look.  I finished everything off with a bit of ribbon that's been hanging around for a long time!  This next photo shows all the sparkly goodness of this card.
I hope you will play along with us.  Remember that you now have the entire month to play along with the challenges.  I can't wait to see how this picture inspires you.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Merry Christmas"
Dies: Neat and Tangled "Falling Circles"

Challenges:
Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Unicorn Challenge #27--anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
Cards Galore--anything goes
Card Mania Challenge --anything goes
Crafting with Attitude--anything goes
Creative Inspirations #283--sparkle
In the Pink--spots and/or stripes
A Bit More Time To Craft #55--anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #99--buttons and/or bows
Cute Card Thursday #503--sparkles
Crimbo Crackers #145--anything goes
Cardz TV #21--anything goes
Crafty Catz #392--no patterned paper
Pink Gem #207--buttons and/or ribbon
Sweet Stampers #14--Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #19--anything goes

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sparkle

Here it is the middle of the month and that means it's time for some mid-month inspiration from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  You still have the rest of the month to play along with us and as always our wonderful sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps.
Here is my card for your inspiration:
Oh, I love how this one turned out!!  I had cut out all of these circles (with a die!) for a project I will be showing tomorrow and decided it would be fun to use them to create a fun, sparkly card!  I used the negative die cut panel to lay out the circles before I adhered them.  It is so sparkly and gorgeous in real life!  This next picture shows all the sparkle from the glitter paper.   Love it!
Thanks for stopping by, I can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies:
Stamps: PTI "Sparkle and Shine: Christmas"
Dies: PTI "Sparkle and Shine"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Neat and Tangled "Falling Cirlces" used to cut out the circles

Challenges:
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #19--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--It's a stitch up
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #307--anything goes with snippets (all the circles and the the pink mat layer were left over from a previous project)
Sweet Stampers #14--Christmas
Hiding In My Craft Room #326--super scraps Saturday
Crafty Catz #392--no patterned paper
Crimbo Crackers #145--anything goes
Cardz TV #21--anything goes
CAS(E) This Sketch #247--sketch

Cute Card Thursday #503--sparkles
C.R.A.F.T. #441--winter
Word Art Wednesday #308--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Fingers #140--anything goes
Creative Inspirations #283--sparkle
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas box

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge and our sponsor for the week is The Cutting Cafe.


I was given the Round Box Template to work with.  It comes with the main box template, but also includes options for a taller box, a taller lid, a solid top and a top with a window.  So many options!  Here is what I created:
 I used the standard size box, the larger lid (though now that I'm thinking about it, that is probably really to be used with the taller box, but it worked for me.) with the window option.   I stamped a strip of white paper with the snowflakes and adhered the strip to the sides of the box before assembling everything.
 Since the lid comes down almost all the way to the bottom of the box, I didn't bother decorating the sides of the box, just the lid.  I finished off the top edges of the lid with some ribbon I had sitting on my desk.  I've had it forever, and finally managed to use it up!!  (I also used the last bit to tie a bow for the top.)  This box is surprisingly big.  My sister and I went shopping at an Outlet Mall on Monday and of course, we had to get some chocolate truffles at Lindt.  So, when I was looking for something to fill my box with, I thought of the truffles.  I think this box would fit 10 of them just about perfectly.  I had 7 (ate the other 3 already!) and there is plenty of room left.
 I think it would also be perfect for a small gift, maybe jewelry?  For the lid with the window, I used a piece of acetate recycled from some stamp packaging.  It allows you to peak inside to see the yummy treats.  But I think the box would be equally cute with a solid top.  I wanted to create a wreath-like look to the top of my box, so I added stamped and die cut snowflakes that match the ones I stamped on the sides of the lid.  Added a bow and some rhinestones and it's finished!


What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date and the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until Nov 16th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Nov 20th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: PTI "Fab Flakes"
Dies: PTI "Fab  Flakes"
Template: The Cutting Cafe "Round Box" template

Challenges:
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with a handmade bow
Scor-pal #43--special gift packaging
Sparkles #82--more than 1 fold
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--candies, cookies, or gingerbread (mine holds candies)
CAS-ual Fridays #186--anything but a card
Incy Wincy--not a card
Creative Craft #99--buttons and/or bows (I used a bow)
Penny's #354--anything goes
Crafty Creations #354--anything goes
Merry Christmas #42--anything goes with the optional twist: snow



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Give Thanks

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for you:
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I have to say that I think these are my favorite types of challenge because there are so many options!  I used the middle column (autumn colors, stitching: faux, and buttons.  I also used leaves, twine and thanks)
I almost always use a sketch for my cards, but this one came together in my head and I really like how it turned out.  The ribbon, which is really more of an olive green though it looks kind of like gray, was what I started with as it was on my desk and I have had it for a really long time.  The kraft layer was cut out with a stitched die and then I stamped the leaf image repeatedly around the edge (as I knew the center would  be covered up.  On the focal panel, I stamped the music background with Creamy Caramel.  It didn't stamp evenly, but that kind of added to the more rustic look I was going for.  Then I inked the leaf with yellow and sponged orange around the edges before stamping it.  I inked the edges of the panel with the Creamy Caramel and distressed them with my scissors.  I die cute the "thanks" twice and layered them together.  Before I adhered them to the card, I stamped the word give and then adhered the "thanks".  I added the ribbon and then checked the tic-tac-toe board and realized I needed to add a button.  Luckily, I had a good place for it!  The torn mulberry paper adds a soft touch and finishes it all off.
I hope you will play along with us this week; I'm looking forward to seeing what you create using our board.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Falling Leaves", "Sheet Music", "Maple Leaf Sil." and "Thanks Cling Set"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle; Simon Says Stamp "Painted Thanks"

Challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage #99--buttons and/or bows
Simon Says Stamp Monday--Thanks/thanksgiving
Crazy 4 Challenges #410--layer it up
Hiding In My Craft Room #325--fall colors
Cardz TV #20--anything goes
Creative Fingers #140--anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #55--anything goes
Crop Stop Challenge--anything goes
Dies R Us #84--anything Fall
Creative Sketchy #17--autumn
Divas That Cut--thankful
Creative with Stamps #261--thankful

Cards Galore #46--anything goes
Sugar Pea Designs #37--sketch or photo (I was inspired by the leaves and the fall colors)

Cuttlebug Mania--thanks

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Penguin Wedding

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Monochrome
And here is my card for your inspiration:
 My husband's cousin is getting married at the beginning of January, so I decided to actually get ahead and make a card for her.  I was going to do a completely black and white card, but just couldn't used black flowers in the image and using all white would have been rather boring.  So, I decided to go with pink (and a little black because penguins are black and it's a neutral like white).  I printed out two images and a third one of the veil on vellum.  I colored the main image, then colored the top hat, bouquet, and flower headpiece on the second image.  I cut out the pieces from the second image and the veil from the vellum and adhered them onto the main image for a little bit of dimension and fun.  Since I had pearls sewn onto my veil, I added some liquid pearls to the little Mrs.' veil.  You can't see it in the photo, but I added clear Wink of Stella to the champagne glass.   My ribbon was recycled from who knows what, but it worked perfectly
I hope you get a chance to play along with us; I can't wait to see what you come up with.  Monochromatic can be hard, but it can be done!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Penguins Wedding Day" digi; Verve "Be Blessed" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"; MFT fancy corner

Challenges:
Cardz TV #20--anything goes
Creative Fingers #140--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #192--bingo (I used the top row: flowers, patterned paper and pink)
Cute Card Thursday #502--anything goes
In the Pink--ribbons and/or bows
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Card Mania--anything goes
Cutie Pie #116--think pink
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Crafty Creations #353--anything goes
Penny's Creations #353--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #316--digital delight
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--all creatures great and small
A Gem of a Challenge #206--ribbon and pearls

Friday, November 3, 2017

Two holiday cards

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge.  
Our sponsors this week the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps:


and
Sunny Studio Stamps

This is not my normal week to post a card for Jo's challenge, but there was some miscommunication a little while ago and I ended up with these adorable Bugaboo images that didn't get used.  So, rather than take advantage of Jody's generosity, I created two cards to go along with the challenge.  Now, the images I received are actually Halloween images, but since I don't celebrate Halloween, I got creative and turned them into something I can use.  My first card uses the sweet little kitty and by using Christmas colors, I changed him into an Elf kitten.  Doesn't he look like he would be a great help at Christmas time?
 One of my children commented that it looked like a Santa cat, so I guess I did my job well!  For some extra fun, I created a shaker card with a new cover plate die I just received.
 My second card uses an adorable stack of jack-o-lanterns.  I love pumpkins (and everything fall for that matter) and these are cute not scary, so I turned them into a fall card.
I can never get dark brown to photograph well, but the strip of ribbon is dark brown, not black.  I used some copper DMC floss to stitch around the pumpkin patterned paper layer, and used the same floss to criss-cross the ribbon for a fun touch.  The sentiment is a bit hard to make out.  It says "Happy Fall: thinking of you this autumn and always".  Sweet, huh?
    I hope you will play along with us this week, I always love being inspired by what you create!  Thanks for stopping by!

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date and the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until Nov. 10th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Nov. 13th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

CARD ONE:
Supplies:
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Cat" from the Cute Halloween Set 2; Verve "Ornamental Christmas" sentiment
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" fishtail banner and sentiment panel and "Bold Stripe Cover Plate Die"

Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday #502--anything goes
As You Like It--Christmas or non-Christmas and why?  (I chose Christmas,  I love making Christmas cards and do it all year long!)
Little Miss Muffet #175--anything goes
Card Mania #98--anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge #41--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #137--anything goes
Crafting by Designs--anything goes
MFT #357--sketch

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #18--anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #98--use a sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Monday--all creatures great and small
Hiding In My Craft Room #324--any holiday

CARD TWO:
Supplies:
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Pumpkins" from the Cute Halloween Set 2; PTI "Mum's The Word" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Challenges:
Aud Sentiments #192--Bingo (I used the center column: patterned paper, image, stitching, I also used flowers, die cuts, and ribbon--almost the whole board!)

Dies R Us #84--anything fall
Creative Sketchy Girls #17--autumn
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes using patterned paper
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Creations #353--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #147--Harvest colors
The Paper Shelter #316--digital delights
Try Stampin' On Tuesdays--sketch with the optional twist: create a scene (my card has a scene)

Die Cuttin Divas #341--pumpkins
Sweet Stampers--autumn or Halloween

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Merry Little Christmas

The start of a new month means the start of a new challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This month is nice and easy: Anything Goes!!  This month our sponsors are:


I was given this adorable image by Little Blue Buttons Stamps:
She's all dressed up, ready to do some Christmas caroling.  It's hard to believe that Christmas is less than two months away!  Soon, we'll be bundled up like this!  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this month; I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies:
Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Caroling Sophie" digi; Verve "Ornamental Christmas" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large" and "Scalloped Ovals, large"; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps small snowflake

Challenges:
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #18--anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #98--use a sentiment
Sketch Saturday #487--sketch

Hiding In My Craft Room #324--any holiday
Pixies' Crafty Workshop #305--anything goes with snippets (my patterned papers are all scraps)
Crafty Catz #390--anything goes: girls just want to have fun
Incy Wincy--dress up