Monday, January 15, 2018

Sweet Birthday Wishes

I get so busy with DT work that I rarely have time to just "play" and create a card that I need "to have" not need "to make."  And it's just as rare that I get to play with just any stamp that I want.  But I have a bit of a vacation from one team and another one closed down, so I have that free time and this is the result:
 A young girl at our church just turned 14 this past week and this card is for her.  Here is the inside of the card:
 Continuing in my quest to use my bits and pieces stash, the die cut 4 was from the stash.  I just needed to die cut the one to complete the number pair.  It small, but it's a step in the right direction.

Stamps: YNS "Phoebe with Her Wagon"; PTI "Big Birthday Wishes"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; PTI numbers border die; Sweet n' Sassy stamps grass die
Papers: Pebbles "Garden Party"

Dies R Us #89--kids kards (teenager but still a kid)
Crafty Friends #75--new beginnings (a new year of life)
Paper Creator #65--anything goes
Cardz TV #30--anything goes
Crafty Catz #399--anything goes with the optional twist: one for the ladies
Penny's #362--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #321--new beginnings
Fab n' Funky Challenge #376--let's be happy
Double D--anything birthday or anniversary with inspiration from this mood board (I used butterfly paper that reminds me of the photo in the lower right corner and the cake)

A Gem of a Challenge #210--Happy Anything
Creatalicious #130--anything goes with the optional twist: cute
Stamplorations Theme & sketch--stamps and curves
Alphabet Challenge--use three of something (three enamel dots)
YNS #80--sketch

ART Impressions #223--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #316--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Brown Sugar #274--birthday
Crop Stop #36--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #35--anything goes
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #23--anything goes

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pink Birthday

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Birthdays (It's Aud's birthday, so make sure to wish her a happy day!)
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I'm continuing in my quest to reduce my bits and pieces stash (that pile of stuff I have that was cut/stamped/etc for a different project and just didn't make it) and on this card, both the white sentiment strip and the little red heart are from the stash.  Unfortunately, I added three pieces back to the pile so I worked with a deficit for this one!  Hmm . . . that's not really how it's supposed to work.
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us in this challenge; I know we all need birthday cards.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Izzy" digi; MFT "Essential Sentiments"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched rectangle; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched line: MFT "Bold Stripes Cover Up" sentiment strip; Spellbinders scalloped border; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps heart die

Southern Girls--stitch me up (I used stitched dies)
Little Miss Muffet--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--use patterned paper
Fab n' Funky #376--Let's be happy
Shopping Our Stash #336--out with the old, in with the new (the gray card stock, stitched line die and scalloped die are OLD, old, old--this sentiment set is one I won about a month again and this is the first time I used it.  The paper, I also got with in the last month or maybe two.)
Power Poppy--sketch
Stamplorations theme & sketch challenge--I used the theme: stamps & curves (scallops)
A Gem of a Challenge--Happy anything
Cardz TV #30--anything goes
Crafty Catz #399--anything goes with optional twist: one for the ladies

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Here were are a week into the new year and 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 love tic-tac-toe challenges because you can basically pick your own challenge.  And with this one, I managed to run the entire board!  Usually there is one element that I just can't fit in, but this time they all seemed to work together.
Let's start with the background, which turned out nothing like I intended but is really fun anyway.  I started with about 4 different shades of blue and purple gelatos.  I scribbled them on my plastic craft mat and spritzed with some water to create my water colors.  I cut a piece of water color paper and spritzed it with water and then used a brush to brush on my gelatos.  It really didn't bleed as much as I wanted to I get watering and adding colors until it was "ok". Then I watered down some silver paint to create splatters.  Unfortunately, it turned more into blobs, so I ended up using the brush to lightly smear the blobs across the paper. As it dried (with a little help from my heat tool) it created a really shimmery look.  I then cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and embossed it with a snowflake embossing folder.  Then, I stamped my snowflake with blue ink, fussy cut it out and covered it with micro glitter.  The whole card is so shimmery and glittery in real life.
I finished the card with the sentiment on the inside:

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowflake Solid, lg", "Snowflake Solid, sm" and "Thanks Cling Set" for, your, thoughtfulness
Dies: Simon Says Stamp "Painted Thanks"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder

Creative Craft Cottage #103--January Blues
Tuesday Throwdown #374--layer it up
Simon Says Stamp Monday--winter blues
Power Poppy--sketch

Cardz TV #29--anything goes
CAS-ual Fridays #190--all that glitters
Crafty Catz #398--add sparkle after Christmas
Time Out Challenge #100--thankful
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Creative with Stamps #22--snowflake

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Things with wings

Happy New Year!  And welcome to the first challenge of the year from The House That Stamps Built.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge and Laurie is challenging us to use something with wings.  Here is my card for your inspiration:
These papers are all scraps from one of my favorite paper packs (and pretty much all that was left of the pack).  The sketch I chose was just perfect for using them and after making this card, I used the remaining scraps to make a few tags which you will be seeing in the near future, I'm sure.  And now, the paper is all gone.  So sad, but happy at the same time that I managed to use them all up.  After piecing everything together for the layout, I had just enough of the blue pattern left to stamp my butterfly and fussy cut it out and than punch out the remaining two butterflies.  I selectively inked up the butterfly stamp to add the antennae to the punched butterflies and I ran a black marker around their outside edges to help them match the stamped butterfly a bit more.  The "Hello" was in my bits and pieces stash.  As I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do for the sentiment, I remembered that I had seen one in my stash while looking for something else.  When I found it, it turned out to be the perfect, bright, cheery yellow to coordinated with the yellows in my papers.  I masked part of my sentiment stamp so all I stamped was the "A happy" and the die cut finishes it off.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us.  Let's start off the new year on a crafty note. : )

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Butterfly, sm." and "Happy Hello"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle and "Smartphone" hello

CAS(E) This Sketch #252--sketch

SheepSki Designs #10--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Cards Galore--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #28--anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room #333--freestyle
Cardz TV #28--anything goes

Monday, January 1, 2018

Hope always

Happy 2018!!  Welcome to the first challenge of the year from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog!  Here's to another fabulous year full of inspiration and challenges.  This month the theme is: Anything Goes.  Our sponsor is Cas-ual Fridays Stamps:
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

I combined two of their stamp sets to create this simple, but fun card:
 I was going to color the flowers all the same color.  I had the first row colored and had started on the second, when something made me think about creating an ombre look.  I had the perfect amount of markers in this color family and I think it turned out really cool.  I did the same with the yellow dots atop the flowers.  I stamped the "hope" in black, used a white get pen to outline it where it overlapped the flowers to help it stand out a little more and then I used a clear wink of stella pen to cover the entire word for some subtle sparkle.
Oh, and I did manage to use a piece from my "bits and pieces" stash--the little banner that 'always' is stamped on.  I am on a roll!!  : )
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this month.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Stamps: Cas-ual Fridays "Powerful Words" sentiment and "Mon Ami" flowers
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Sweet Stampin'--anything NEW (the sentiment stamp set is new; sent to me for this challenge)
Hiding In My Craft Room #333--freestyle
Cardz TV #28--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #510--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #448--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
MFT #365--sketch

 Word Art Wednesday #313--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Saturday, December 30, 2017


It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is:  Celebrate
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I guess with this beautiful daffodil, this sweet little bear could be celebrating spring (it's been FREEZING here, so spring will definitely be celebrated--even though we have a ways to go!), but I am in need of some birthday cards in my stash, so he is also celebrating a birthday.  Staying true to my goal to use up more of my bits and pieces stash I went looking to see what I could find and pulled out the tag, the bit of grass die cut, and the little piece of ribbon tied at the top of the tag--all good finds!  After I colored and fussy cut out my image, all I need to do was find a bit of coordinating paper and a bit of pink card stock to create the border.  Simple, but really pretty, I think.
  I hope you will get to play along with us for this challenge--there are so many things we need to celebrate!

Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Daffodil Bear"; Raisin Boat "Flourish Sayings"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" tag shape; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps grass die; Fiskars "apron border" punch


Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas Wreath

Esther from the Crop Stop Challenge Blog asked me to be a guest designer on the blog today.  Thank you Esther--what a great honor!  Here is the card I created for your inspiration:
I usually begin my cards with a sketch, but every once in a while, an idea pops into my head and I have to go with it.  This card was one of those times.  I knew I wanted to use my Darice Woodgrain embossing folder, so that was my starting point.  I'm trying to work on using up my "bits and pieces" stash, so I looked to see if there was anything that could be used for this card.  I discovered a die cut green "sprig" and realized that several of them would create a really fun wreath.  I used a green Spectrum Noir marker to color a bunch of white card stock scraps and die cut a bunch more sprigs (I think I used 7 total).  The numbers were also in the bits and pieces stash (in the perfect color) and I thought they were a fun addition.   After using my Fiskars paper trimmer to cut a card base out of white 110lb Core'dinations card stock, I used my Scor-pal board to create a top-fold, A2 sized card.
I used a stitched rectangle from My Favorite Things to die cut a panel out of the other half of the Core'dinations card stock sheet, embossed it with the embossing folder and then swiped some Grout Gray ink from My Favorite Things along the raised part to create even more dimension.
I used a Spellbinders die cut circle that was in my stash to trace a circle to build my wreath on. I adhered each of the sprigs around the circle with some liquid adhesive.  I used another die to cut out all of the little, pink circles, adhered them around the circle to look like berries, and added a bit of Cinnamon Stickles for some sparkle.  I added a sentiment on a hand cut banner and added it to the wreath with Scotch foam tape.  I finished the wreath off with a bow tied using my Bow-Easy and some pink ribbon.  Whenever I am adhering an embossed panel I like to use my 1/4" Scor tape to get a really secure hold.  I hope this inspires you to dig into those "bits and pieces" stashes and see what you can create.  Thanks so much to Esther for allowing me to guest design here on the Cropstop blog!

Stamps: Verve "Peace On Earth" sentiment
Dies:  MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"; PTI "By the Numbers"; Neat & Tangled "Falling Circles Cover plate" little circles

Craft-Dee Bow Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Christmas at Sweet Stampin--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe--Christmas or red, white, and green
Shopping Our Stash #334--GAH!! Pink!
Crafty Gals #155--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
The Merry Christmas #49--anything goes with the optional twist of using a manger
Creative Knockouts #226--anything goes