Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Have you heard?

Back in February, I was one of the top picks for the Crafting By Designs Anything Goes challenge and I was asked to be a Guest Designer!  Such an honor.  This is the week I get to Guest Design for them and our challenge is: Getting Ready for Christmas.  Christmas is my favorite occasion to create cards for, so it is a perfect challenge for me!  Here is the card I created:
I made a bunch of these fun backgrounds a couple weeks ago with the remaining scraps from a Christmas paper pack.  The black part of the phone was in my bits and pieces stash, so I die cut the red portion to go along with it.  I had in mind to use a cute little snowman from this same stamp set, but when I saw the angel, I had a really fun idea.  The angels were the first to announce the birth of Christ--which is the real reason we have Christmas to celebrate.  So, I got to thinking what it might look like if God were to announce the birth of his Son in the vernacular of our day and age.  Everyone is so attached to their smartphones; maybe the announcement would come by text with a cute angel emoji/icon, complete with a #BESTDAYEVER message.  The hearts indicate God's love, the reason for sending his Son.  And here is a picture of the inside, with the rest of the good news message:


Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Winter Snow Globe"; MFT "Friend Request"
Dies: MFT "Smartphone" and "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #29--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #326--anything goes with snippets
Crimbo Crackers #158--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #203--cute
Word Art Wednesday #336--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #22--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafting with An Attitude--anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--anything goes
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #468--Christmas
Creative Fingers #147--anything goes
Cardz TV #48--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #386--anything goes
heARTful Stamping--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--inspired by a song (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes



Marvelous

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week is a fan favorite: Anything Goes!!  Here is the card I created for you:
 I love Beta fish; they are so elegant looking with their flowing fins.  And their colors are so rich and vibrant.  I made this fun shaker card to look sort of like a fishbowl.  The embossed top panel reminded me of bubbles.  I used a bit of glitter gel pen on the scales of the fish and also to create a few glittery lines in the fins.  You can see it better in the photo below.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Beta Fish",  "Plant" and "In all things"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"
Sizzix: Circle Flowers embossing folder

Challenges:
Creative Sketchy Girls #23--tic tac toe (I used the diagonal: red, gold (sequins), white)
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #22--anything goes
Penny Black--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #14--anything goes
Crop Stop #39--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #334--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
As You Like It--favorite: pink or blue (while I do like pink, I think blue has always been my favorite color.  It's a calm, soothing color and comes in so many fabulous shades from deep navy to tropical turquoise)
Crafter's Cafe #194--all creatures great and small
Penny's Challenge #380--anything goes
Double D Challenge--bling it up
Craftaholics R Us #120--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #189--anything goes
Cardz TV #48--anything goes
Crafty Friends #84--B is for . . . . Beta Fish
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #82--anything goes
Use Your Stuff #312--found (upcycle/recycle)  my acetate is a piece of recycled stamp packaging; I always save them to use for something like this

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mom

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Load on the Embellishments
And here is my card for your inspiration:
     This is the card I created for my mom for Mother's Day.  I used another one of the  long, narrow card bases I've had in my stash forever.  This is kind of a long image (or can be) so I thought it would work perfectly.  So, for my loads of embellishments, I used: punched flowers with jeweled brads in the centers, rhinestone flourishes, ribbon, heart charm, punched butterflies and tiny rhinestones for the butterflies.  Oh, and die cut letters for MOM.
    I hope you will play along with us this time, I can't wait to see all the embellishments you can load on your projects.

Supplies:
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Hey, ho, hey, ho mice" digi
Dies/Punches: MFT "LLD Stitched Alphabet"; Martha Stewart butterfly punch; Fiskars flower punch

Challenges:
Use Your Stuff #311--for the Moms
Craft Rockets #48--use embellishments
Creative Craft Cottage #107--Dies and/or punches (I used both)
Creative Inspirations--CAS or fussy and fancy (this is pretty fussy and fancy for me)
Stinkin' Inkers--April Showers bring May flowers
Crafty Calendar--things with wings
Dare 2 B Artzy--dreaming of flowers
Divas That Cut--April showers bring May flowers
Creative with Stamps #26--mother

Pattie's Creations #146--flowers
Cutie Pie #123--add a butterfly


Friday, May 18, 2018

Where you hang your heart

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 Oddball Art Company.  
Oddball Art
I was given this adorable mushroom house image to work with, and here is the card I created:
For some reason, I have a bunch of these long, narrow card bases in my stash.  I haven't measured, but I think they are around the size of a business envelope.  Anyway, when I saw that this image was tall and narrow, I immediately thought it would work perfectly on one of these bases.  The sentiment reads "Home is where you hang your heart".  The little turret on the right had two stars hanging from it, but when I decided to use this sentiment, I die cut the heart border along the top and added a couple of the little hearts that came out of it to the strings.  So cute!  I also added white nuvo drops to the dots on the tops; it adds a fun bit of texture.  And, of course, I had to use some red and white doted ribbon!
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 May 25th by 12:00AM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of May 27th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Oddball Art "Whimsical Mushroom Home" digi; Cardz TV "Just Sayin'" sentiment
Dies: Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio"

Challenges:
Unicorn #32--monochrome
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Creative Fingers #147--anything goes
Crafty Creations #306--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #150--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--D for dots
Make My Monday #71--hint of summer to come
Addicted To Stamps #292--make your mark (spectrum noirs)
Penny's #380--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #530--the great outdoors



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Life is a Beach

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a beautiful photo inspiration for your:
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Here is the card I created:
I have to admit that this is one of my least favorite type of challenges.  Color mixing is so hard for me!!  Maybe I shouldn't have tried to use ALL the colors in the photo; that might have been easier.  But I had visions of cute, little flip flops of all colors for a fun, summery card.  I'm so ready for summer!!  Or at least nice spring weather.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Flip Flops" and "Life's A Beach"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Verve "Pennant Trim"

Challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage #107--dies and/or punches
Creates and Makes #21--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #81--anything goes
Crafty Creations #306--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #150--anything goes
Cardz TV #47--anything goes
heARTful Stamping--anything goes
Make My Monday #71--hint of summer to come
Cupcake Inspirations #446--inspiration photo (inspired by the colors)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Birthday Monkey

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge and our sponsors for this week are Little Blue Button Stamps

Here is the card I created:
I know I just showed off this sweet little monkey a couple weeks ago, but he's just sooooo cute!!  We will be celebrating my little nephew's 1st birthday next weekend and I thought this little guy was perfect!  Doesn't he look so dapper in his little hat?!
   I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  There is a fabulous prize up for grabs!

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 May 18th by 12:00AM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of May 20th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Monkey in Hat" digi; Your Next Stamp "Keep on Trucking" sentiment

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Brown Sugar #208--masculine or Father's Day
Creative Fingers #146--anything goes
Cardz TV #46--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #378--anything goes
Crafty Creations #366--anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #19--anything goes

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Rustic birthday

Happy Wednesday!!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a tic-tac-toe challenge for you:
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As you know, I love these challenges.  There are so many options and you can basically make your own challenge.  I used the first column: buttons, birthday and patterned paper.  Here is the card I created:
This was the first time I had inked up this image and for some reason it really wanted to be used with this sketch. : )  I didn't really have time to color the image, but I think it looks just as good uncolored and fits with the more rustic feel of the card.  The buttons were salvaged from clothes that my girls have outgrown.  When the clothes are too stained or worn to pass on to others, I always cut the buttons and zippers out before tossing them. It's how I've gotten almost all my buttons.
   I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week; I can't wait to see what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Whitetail Doe and Deer" and "Birthday"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Cardz 4 Guys #194--Men's Hobbies  (it's not MY favorite, but men do enjoy hunting)
heARTful Stamping--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #81--anything goes
Crafty Friends #83--animals
Sketch Saturday #512--sketch

Hiding In My Craft Room #351--freestyle
Cardz TV #46--anything goes
Creative Fingers #146--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #528--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #14--anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #107--dies and/or punches
Brown Sugar Challenge #208--masculine or Father's Day
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper