Wednesday, October 26, 2016


It's Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a sketch for you:
That diamond element made me think of my favorite Fleur De Lis square dies and from there, I just got a bit "fancy".  Wasn't really intending to go that way, but I really like how it turned out.
I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder and then colored in the poinsettia with a red sharpie; the fine point tip was perfect!  For the diamond element, I die cut two of the squares and then used a ruler and my craft knife to cut out the center of one of them.  I stamped the music background on to the second die cut square and layered them together to create a frame of sorts.  Head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the team did with this; they are all sooooo completely different; the variety is awesome.  I hope you get a chance to play with us this week, sketches are always a great way to start a card.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions: "Noel" and "Sheet Music"
Dies: Spellbinders "Fleur Di Lis squares" and "Radiant Rectangles" oval; Darice Damask embossing folder 

Craft Your Passion #335--anything goes
Crafty Catz #343--embossing (I used by heat and dry embossing)
Brown Sugar #221--anything goes
Crafty Ribbons #172--ribbon or lace
C.R.A.F.T. #386--Christmas
The East Wind #65--bump in the night (embossing)
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Divas That Cut--embossing

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thinking of you

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack, and this week it is Anything Goes!!
 Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and I was given this little cutie to work with:
Pretty cute, huh?  I dug deep into my stash for this one; the only thing that is newer than probably 3 or four years old is the image.  The leaf paper is from one of those big 12x12 printed paper packs that I got on sale at JoAnn's about 15 or so year ago.  You know the ones I mean: about 150 pages for $19.99, but they were half price for $9.99.  And I HAD to have them and have spent the last 15 years thinking I will NEVER be able to use them. : )  This leaf print has been one of my favorites and I think I am down to less than half a sheet now.  The mulberry paper, I have had nearly as long and probably for the same reason: it was a BIG pack for a cheap price.  Anyway, all of those "I'm never going to be able to use these" all added up to a rather fun card.  The rhinestones were also an old stash and I finally used up the pack on this card!  Yeay!!  Hopefully, this will encourage you all to take a look at those old papers, embellies, etc and see how you can use them in a new way.  I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this week; I can't wait to see what you create.

Stamps: Robyn's Fetish "Bearly a Pumpkin" digi; Verve "Take Note" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangles

As You Like It--do you prefer new or old stash (of course, I LOVE new stash, who doesn't, but I am trying really hard not to buy any new papers or ribbons right now because I have so many.  As you can see from my description above, I really get a kick out of using up my old stash)
Crafty Ribbons #164--ribbons or lace
DRS #249--inspiration photo: bright halloween colors (I used orange, green, and gold)

Little Miss Muffet #149--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #108--anything goes
Creative Inspiration #260--Halloween/fall
Crafty Addicts #26--Autumn colors
Tuesday Throwdown #316--festive pumpkins
Tuesday Morning Sketches #274--sketch

One Stitch At A Time #273--Halloween colors
A Gem of A Challenge #180--Autumn colors
Word Art Wednesday #252--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
{Pin}spirational Challenge #176--inspiration photo (inspired by the fall colors and theme)

Pattie's Creations #127--halloween or autumn

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Techniques

In September, my mother-in-law and I went to a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and went to a couple of JustRite Stampers workshops.  One of them was on background techniques, specifically combining background stamps.  We worked on making the background for this card:
The colors come from Gelatos and this is the first time I had given them a try.  I do like the look they give.  And there is even a bit of shimmer, which is fun!  Then we layered a second background stamp over both the background panel and the sentiment panel.  I might have to get me some of those Gelatos, it was pretty fun.
Stamps: JustRite Stampers "Crackle" background stamp, "Honeycomb" background stamp, "Retro Sparkle" background stamp; Verve "Peace On Earth" sentiment

Sweet Stampin'--seeing spots and/or stripes 
C.R.A.F.T. #386--Christmas
Addicted To Stamps #216--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe--use a new technique (gelato backgrounds)
Snowflakes Promise #31--anything goes
Craft Your Passion #339--anything goes
A Blog Named Hero--geometric (circle background)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cat's Out of the Bag

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a fabulous inspiration photo for you:
Don't you just love it???  I'm a total cat lady (I have three) so the kitties jumped out at me right away.  And of course, I love pumpkins, so I had to go with them, too.  But you can be inspired by ANYTHING in the photo: the colors, the pumpkins, spooky tree, whatever catches your eye.  I needed a birthday card, so I used this fun sentiment to go along with my sweet cats.
I stamped my pumpkins and cats on separate pieces of scrap card stock , colored and fussy cut them out.  The cats are solid images, so to make them really dark and solid black, I also colored them with a black sharpie.  And the finishing touch are the yellow rhinestones I added for their eyes!!  They are so fun and really glow as if they were actual eyes.  Thanks for stopping by; now hop on over to The House blog to see how the rest of the team has been inspired by the photo.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Cat Sil. (lg)", "Cat Sitting Sil.", "The Cat's Out . . .", "Tall Pumpkin" and "Wide Pumpkin"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

MFP #42--photo inspiration (inspired by the cats)

Crafty Cardmakers #175--things that go bump in the night
One Stitch At A Time #273--Halloween colors (black and orange)
Word Art Wednesday #252--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Cut It Up #107--pumpkins
Hiding In My Craft Room #271--spooky
Cards Galore--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #127--Halloween or autumn
Tuesday Throwdown #316--festive pumpkins

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cutie Pie Guest Designer

Today, I'm posting as a Guest Designer for The Cutie Pie Challenge.  I was so honored when Lisa from the DT contacted me to ask if I would like to play along with them.  Did I ever!!  

The challenge this month is 5 of a kind (use 5 of one thing).  The sponsor is All Dressed Up Stamps and I was given this adorable image to work with:
 Isn't she so sweet?!  So, my 5 of a kind are dies; I used 5 different dies: the oval, scalloped oval, filigree border, snowflake and ? . . . a stitched rectangle die used on my base layer papers; you can see it the best at the top of the striped paper.  I colored her up with my Spectrum Noir markers and then added some SU! Diamond Dust glitter to the fluffy parts.  Here's a close up of the sparkle:
Thanks for stopping by and thanks, Lisa, for the opportunity to play along.  I hope everyone will head over to the "Little Extra Cuti-ness" inspiration post to see some more adorable cards.

Stamps: All Dressed Up "Little Christmas Girl-03"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; PTI "Filigree Border" and "Fancy Flakes" snowflake; Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large" and "Standard Scalloped Ovals, large"

Sweet Stampin'--seeing spots and/or stripes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #303--cute or anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #30--anything goes
Crafty Catz #342--all tied up
Cute Card Thursday #447--3 brads/gems, 2 patterned papers, 1 ribbon/washi
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--sketch

Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--glitter and sparkle
Fab n funky Challenge #322--shades of gray OR lots of sparkle
Crafting with An Attitude #20--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
All Dressed Up #62--anything goes with an ADU image

Purple Christmas

Welcome to another challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This time it is: Anything Goes!  We have three awesome sponsors:

Doodle Pantry
Lemon Shortbread Digi Stamps & Pages
I was given this gorgeous image from Lemon Shortbread.  (I have to say that all the images I have used from them have been gorgeous!)  
It's been a long time since I have made a purple card, especially for Christmas, but I do really love it and I love how this one turned out.  It all started because I got some new purple shades of Spectrum Noir markers and really wanted to break them out of the packaging.  And one thing led to another and here is my very purple card.  The best thing is that I have a bunch of odd shades of purple card stock that I have a hard time using but the marker colors all pulled them in together and they worked perfectly.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this challenge, and maybe even get a head start on your Christmas cards. : )

Stamps: Lemon Shortbread "Winter Cardigan Shoujo"; Verve "Merry & Bright" snowflakes
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle and "Layered Poinsettias"; MFT "Fancy Flourish"
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder

Pixie's Crafty Workshop #251--anything goes with snippets (My flowers were all die cut from snippets and the embossed layer was also a scrap)
East Wind #65--bump in the night (embossing)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #303--cute or anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #30--anything goes
Creative Fingers #118--anything goes
Crafty Catz #342--all tied up (ribbon)
Brown Sugar Challenge #220--handmade flowers
Hanna & Friends #259--sketch

Inspiration Destination #107--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #299--anything goes
ABC Christmas--U is for Under the pile (I have the package of mulberry paper for years--probably at least 12--and have just returned to wanting to use it recently)
As You Like It--favorite flowers: die cut or bought (I love the look of purchased flowers and would buy all sorts of them if I could spend that kind of money.  BUT my favorite are definitely die cut flowers as you can make them any color and can make as many as you want and once you have the die the flowers are basically free!)
Divas That Cut--embossing
Scrapper's Delights #60--anything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls #10--anything goes

Friday, October 14, 2016

Christmas Dragons

Here it is mid-October already!  So, it's time for our mid-month inspiration post from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  Here is my inspiration for you:
As soon as MFT released these ADORABLE dragons, I knew I HAD to have them.  Luckily, my sister fell in love with them, too, and she convinced my husband to buy them for my birthday last month (I think she actually ordered them, but that's beside the point).  Of course, I needed to use them as soon as possible, so Christmas Dragons they became.  Red and green are Christmas colors and that makes these cuties Christmas-y right?  I added clear Wink of Stella pen on their wings, because dragons must have sparkly wings.

If you haven't gotten the chance to play along with us yet, you still have a couple weeks.  I really do hope you will join us, I love being inspired by what you create.

Stamps: MFT "Magical Dragons"; Verve "Merry & Bright" sentiment
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Verve "Border Trim Trio" star border
Cuttlebug: Snowflake embossing folder

Inspiration Destination #101--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #299--anything goes
MFT #302--sketch

Crafting By Designs--add a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday #252--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Merry Christmas #2--add a sentiment
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #250--anything goes with snippets (the star border was already die cut and in my bits and pieces stash; the stitched rectangle was cut for another project and I didn't end up using it, and the dragons were stamped on scraps)
Di's Digi Designs--add a sentiment
Craft Your Passion #333--anything goes
Divas That Cut--embossing