Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Peaches

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:
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You can either be inspired by the scene in the picture or the color swatches on the side, or maybe both!  That gorgeous peach/coral color in the center really caught my eye, specially since I have a ribbon and card stock from PTI that match it perfectly.  I also love the grays.  So those two colors along with the cream and  little bit of the yellow orange were the inspiration for my card.

And, I thought this beautiful peaches images was perfect for the color scheme.  I stamped the image on the cream card stock and a second time on the melon berry card stock.  Then I colored just the peaches on the colored stock, cut them out and adhered them onto the image I colored on the cream stock.  I thought it would work well as I only have one orange marker, and it worked fabulously!  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week, there are so many ways to be inspired by our photo.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Peaches", "Hello Cling Set" hi sentiment, "Flower Cluster Outline" little flowers on the tag
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels Eight"
PTI Melon Berry card stock and grossgrain ribbon

Cards Galore--anything goes
Creative with Stamps #15--fruit

Fashionable Stamping #124--make it feminine (ribbons, pearls, pinks)
Creative Knockouts #198--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #182--tic tac toe (I used the diagonal: die cuts, digi or stamped image, ribbon)
Cardz TV #4--anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room #305--feminine
Sketch Saturday #468--sketch

Friday, June 16, 2017

Blessed Man

I popping in with one more Father's Day card.  Verve is closing down their Mojo Monday challenge (after 500!!) and I really wanted to play along this time.  So, I used all Verve products (well, almost) to create this card for my dad: 
I don't have a lot of masculine papers, but while looking for some, I came across this beautiful green/blue combo (the paper on the left) and knew I had to use it.  The damask paper, might be a little girly, but I think the simple layout and the navy blue help ground it and make it more masculine.  You have to look closely, but I stamped and embossed a row of little hearts along the navy blue banner.  And since they are both from Verve, the hearts in the stamp have the same style as the hearts in the border die I used, and then I used the cut outs from the die to accent the sentiment.
Here is a picture of the inside:
I finished the top off with the same damask paper I used on the outside, and I used the same heart stamp from the outside to accent the sentiment inside, which says "In your eyes I've seen God's love.  In your words I've heard His wisdom, Through your life I've found His grace."  Such a beautiful sentiment.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Verve "Jeremiah 17:7" plain jane, "Borderline" heart strip, "Be Blessed" inside sentiment
Dies: Verve Border Trim Trio" heart border, "Flag It" banner; Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Mojo Monday #500--sketch (I turned it on it's side to fit my sentiment better)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--boys will be boys
Dies R Us #75--celebrations (celebrating Father's Day)
Crop Stop #29--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Fingers #132--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #81--dies/punches
Cuttlebug Mania--Father's Day
Crafty Creations #342--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmi Stamps--anything goes
Aud Sentiment #182--bingo (I used the top row: patterned paper, embossing {my embossed heart border), die cut.  I also used ribbon and my favorite color: blue)
Brown Sugar #255--anything goes
Cardz TV #4--anything goes

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Birthday of the King

 Here it is the middle of June, so it's time for our mid-month inspiration post for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  We are a month-long Anything Goes (Christmas-related) challenge, and you still have two weeks to play along with us.  Here is my card for your inspiration:
Isn't that image so sweet!!??  I didn't know where I was going with this card other than coloring the image and cutting it out with a circle die, but then I came across this intricate white die cut panel in my "bits and pieces" stash and knew I had to use it.  A bit of glittery gold card stock and a couple teardrop rhinestones and it was done.  And soooo cute!  Here is a second look, so you can see how glittery the gold paper is:
Now, it's time to head on over to the CHNCC2 blog to see what the rest of the DT has made for your inspiration.  And then, get inky and play along with us; I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps "The Infant King" digi
Dies: Spellbinders "Filigree Delight" and "Standard Circles, large"; Marianne Designs snowflake

Sparkles #77--non-traditional colors
The Paper Nest Dolls #6--anything goes
Scrapper's Delights #67--anything goes
Sheep Ski Designs #3--girlz rule
ABC Christmas--M is for more than one (more than one snowflake and more than one animal)
Winter Wonderland--add snowflakes
Crafty Catz #374--dies & punches
Fussy & Fancy #189--pamper your pets (both donkeys and sheep can be pets--my mother-in-law has had both)
Creative Fingers #132--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #337--non-traditional colors
Sweet Stampers #8--dies/punches
The Holly and Ivy #8--anything Christmas-related goes
Creative Inspirations #277--our furry/feathered friends
Crafting by Designs--things with wings (my angel)
Crafty Creations #127--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #130--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes

Father's Day

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week, Wendy is challenging us with a fun (and timely!) tic-tac-toe challenge:
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I used the elements from the center row: Dads, CAS, and Earth Tones.  And here is my card:
It's so clean and simple, I really don't have a lot to say about it. : )  Hop on over to The House Blog for the full details and to see what the rest of the DT created for this challenge.  And then, get inky and play along with us; we love to see what you create!

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Sand dollar", "Sea Urchin (lg)" and "Father's Day"

Unicorn #22--for the guys
Stamplorations Theme & sketch challenge--I used the theme: "Stamps & Family"

Stamplorations CAS challenge--masculine colors

Creative Fingers #32--anything goes
YNS #66--sketch

Cardz TV #3--anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #347--for the men

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sweet Birthday

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 this week is KennyK Stamps
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I was given this fabulous image (Chef) from KennyK Stamps to work with, and here is the super fun card I created:
 To me, a chef theme always brings to mind a black and white color scheme.  And throwing red in there just makes it fabulous!  Unfortunately, I don't really have any black and white patterned papers, or red patterned paper either for that matter.  So, I set about to make my own with a text background stamp.  I think it works perfectly.  And yes, I know that this chef has a frying pan, which doesn't really go with "sweet", but maybe she's making crepes or something like that.  Yum!  To add some more fun to the card, I decided to make add a shaker element.  Here's what it looks like in action:

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Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Stamps: KennyK Stamps "Chef" digi; MFT "Typewriter" background; YNS "Phoebe with Wagon" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels One" and "Standard Circles, large"; Verve "Pennant Trim"; PTI "Sparkle and Shine: Sequins" for the black sequins in the shaker element

C.R.A.F.T. #481--Inspired by a Film (mine is Ratatouille--the cartoon)
Mod Squad--spark it up (I used sequins and rhinestones)
Crafty Creations #345--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Sugar Pea Designs #32--inspiration photo (the colors in the photo)
Crafting By Designs--black and white plus one color
Incy Wincy Designs--anything goes
Aurora Wings #51--celebration (birthday)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #384--Die-in' for Die cuts (and I used their sketch)
Stinkin' Inkers--girls just want to have fun
Sheepski Designs #3--girls rule
Crop Stop #28--anything goes
Scrapper's Delights #67--anything goes
Cards Galore--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #120--anything goes with the optional twist: shaker card
Little Miss Muffet #164--anything goes

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Big 60

My Father-in-law turned 60 today.  This is the card I created for him:
 I wanted it to be more than just a plain card, so I followed this tutorial to create a 'magic slider card'.

Fun, right?!

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Hot Air Balloon Cluster" (I cut mine apart so I could stamp the balloons separately) and "Clouds" ; PTI "Big Birthday Wishes" sentiments
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large" and banner; MFT "Blueprints 13" small banner; PTI "by the Numbers border die"

Crafty Creations #343--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--make it masculine
Fab N Funky #334--marvelous men
Shopping Our Stash #306--Dude
Atlantic Hearts Sketch #215--sketch

Incy Wincy Designs--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--masculine
Come And Get It Challenge--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #384--die-in' for die cuts
Di's Digi Designs--birthdays
Sweet Stampin'--for dads or special men
Cut It Up #123--summer school; follow a tutorial
A Bit More Time To Craft #45--anything goes
CAS-ual Fridays #145--use those patterned papers
Crafty Catz #373--summertime (hot air balloons are a summertime pastime around here)
Brown Sugar #253--celebrations
Crop Stop Challenge #28--anything goes
Dies R Us #24--masculine
Crafty Calendar--boys will be boys
Dare 2B Artzy--summer
Love To Craft #11--anything goes
Divas That Cut--summer fun
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Pattie's Creations #134--for the boys
Aud Sentiment #181--summer

Simple Birthday

Here it is the first Wednesday in June!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge, and Donna has chosen "Washi Tape".
Now, I have only 2 rolls of washi tape.  One was part of a prize package I won and the second roll is one I bought mostly for taping and holding dies in place.  So, you can see that this one is a bit of a challenge for me!  Luckily, I really do like the pattern and color on the roll I bought and thought it would be fun to try stamping a sentiment on it.  Here's how it turned out:
I didn't have any patterned papers with the same color, but I thought it went well with the bright colors and the patterns of these scraps I have.  I used the smallest square die from the Flip Fancy Die Set to die cut the squares.  Some of the scraps were just barely the right size!  Then I went to work stamping the sentiment.  I masked and selectively stamped the sentiment to get the words side by side instead of top and bottom as they actually are on the stamp.  I stamped the first part of the sentiment with a no-name ink and it immediately beaded up and I remembered that washi tape is kind of slippery surface and so figured I should try Stazon ink.  I stamped, and stamped, and stamped, and . . . and the Stazon just would not stamp the entire word.  Getting slightly frustrated, I decided to try it with some SU! basic black ink and it worked perfectly!  All that wasted time!  But anyway, my idea did finally work and I think the sentiment on the washi is a fun touch.
  Head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the Design Team did for this challenge; there are some amazing cards for your inspiration!  I hope you get a chance to play along with us, I'd love some more inspiration on what to do with washi tape; maybe it would even convince me to buy some more. : )

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Birthday", "Daisy outline, small" and "Daisy Solid, small"
Dies: Repeat Impressions "Flip Fancy Die Set"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

{Pin}spirational Challenge #192--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the pink flowers)

Incy Wincy Designs--anything goes
Come And Get It--anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges #388--repeat at least 3 times (I used the same square die 3 times)
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
CAS(E) This Sketch #224

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafting with an Attitude #28--anything goes
Brown Sugar #253--celebrations
CAS-ual #175--use those patterned papers
A Bit More Time to Craft #45--anything goes
Cardz TV #3--anything goes
Di's Digi Designs--birthdays

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Wow!  Welcome to June!!  I can't believe it's here already!  Since it is the start of a new month, it is also the start of a new challenge on the Love To Scrap Challenge blog.  This month the challenge is "Boyz Rule!" We have three awesome sponsors:

DRS Designs

Bugaboo Digi Stamps

I used this adorable image from Bugaboo Stamps:
Since Father's Day is coming up this will probably end up being a Father's Day card, but I do have a birthday or two this month that will need a card, too.  We'll see.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this month; I love seeing what you create!  Hop on over to the LTSCB for some inspiration from the rest of the team.

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Relax Guy" digi; Raisin Boat "It's a Guy Thing" sentiments
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large"

Penny's Challenge #331--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #296--make it digital (digital image)
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Die Cuttin' Divas #319--anything goes
A Gem of A Challenge #195--for the boys/men (any male image)
Sweet Stampin'--use up your stash (the ribbon was salvaged off a a little box I made 10 years ago and didn't end up using; it's been in my bits and pieces stash for a couple years now.  And the mulberry paper, I've had for years and years)
Open Minded Challenge #17--Mighty Men in May