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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pilin' on the Primary Sport

Our theme at Pile It On is Primary Colors and/or Something Beginning with "S". The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by KennyK Stamps, and I used their "Need For Speed" Race Car Driver digi stamp.

KennyK Stamps has closed its doors on June 30, 2017. We have had such fun working with the team here at Pile It On and loved seeing all the wonderful cards and talent by the DT and those that have entered the challenges! We wish you all the best and are happy to sponsor one last time!! If you have any questions about our closing you can read our FAQ here or email us at stamps@kennykstamps.com. Rock Your Crafts with KennyK Stamps! 

I created a Soccer-themed penny slider card, using circle dies and die-cut cardboard circles instead of actual pennies.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner: For the Dudes
Hannah & Friends #277: Birthday + Animal/Person
Mudra Crafts Challenge: Interactive Card
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: Always Anything Goes for DT member (Pile It On DT)
SheepSki Designs Challenge #4: Square Cardz

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Bronze, Bark & Butterflies -- Vintage/Shabby Chic at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Vintage/Shabby Chic Cards.


The background was created with a mix of the embossing folder stamping & emboss resist techniques, using a folder I got with a magazine. The Prima butterflies are made from actual tree bark! The vertical border is cut from a cork sheet with a QuicKutz die. The top horizontal strip is a piece of TH grunge board cut with a Spellbinders/A Gilded Life die, inked with Tea Due distress ink & heat-embossed with Stampendous copper enamel. The middle strip was created with the faux patina technique. For the bottom strip, I started by stamping the border, from the same set as the embossing folder, in brown StazOn. Then I inked it with orange & brown inks, and stamped it again with watermark ink & heat-embossed it with more copper enamel. The sentiment stamp & frame die are from Stampin' Up. Most of the pieces are distressed with my Ingvild Bolme/Prima distressing tool and the edges are ink-distressed with TH Vintage Photo ink.

I'm entering this card into the following fabulous challenges:
Come and Get It: Make Your Own Background
Country View Crafts' Challenge: Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Distress It

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Uplifting Nature at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Elements of nature (leaves, water, animals etc.) I went with a Cloud theme featuring "Vintage How High" digi & "A Little Lift" sentiment from TLC Creations.


http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.nl/2017/07/juli-challenge.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Anything Goes with Create With TLC: Always Anything Goes
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog: July Sketch (rotated 90CW)
Inkspirational #138: Rural

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Happy 8th Blogoversary!

I started this blog in July 2009 as way to share my cooking adventures, but I ended up finding the joys of cardmaking, and joined the online crafting community whole-heartedly in June 2010. By December 2010, I had made it to my 100th post, and now I've published over 1287 posts!
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This means it's time for Blog Candy! This year I'm offering a small grab-bag of delicious craft items. I've set aside some of my favorite crafting items, and will tailor the package to the winner.

I hope you'll follow my blog (there are some links on my sidebar) and leave a comment so I can visit you. To my long-time followers, thank you so much!





Here's to many more,

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Rain or Shine - Every Day is Special & Colorful with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles July challenge is Every Day is Special with the optional twist of lots of color. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.



I created a shaker with a window die-cut from my stash, some cardboard, patterned paper, and acetate. I left the middle bar when cutting the cardboard to create 2 sections inside the shaker, filled each portion with plastic confetti (Recollections). The doves are from the Birds of Earth & Sky die set from Cheery Lynn Designs, and the flamingo die came free with a magazine; both are cut from glittery papers. The banner is embossed/cut with a Spellbinders banner die & edged with yellow ink. The sentiment is a gold foil sticker (Elizabeth Craft). The base card is from my stash; it was a 4 x 12 piece that was folded in half, so I adapted it into this fold. Fun to give new life to old, forgotten projects!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Connie Can Crop #60: Use Your Stash (all papers from my stash)
Crafting with Dragonflies: Punches and Dies
Pause Dream Enjoy #179: Summer Fun (Optional Theme: Fun Fold Cards)

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates the UnstampaBelles this month!

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Super Baby -- Pilin' on the Primary Colors

Our theme at Pile It On is Primary Colors (Red, Yellow, Blue). The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by KennyK Stamps.
KennyK Stamps has closed its doors on June 30, 2017. We have had such fun working with the team here at Pile It On and loved seeing all the wonderful cards and talent by the DT and those that have entered the challenges! We wish you all the best and are happy to sponsor one last time!! If you have any questions about our closing you can read our FAQ here or email us at stamps@kennykstamps.comRock Your Crafts with KennyK Stamps! 

I made this Pop Up Box Card for my BIL's family, who are expecting their third girl. The star of the show is the Baby Kaboom digi stamp by KennyK Stamps, hidden within the fold of card, and the other super hero images are from Melonheadz Illustrating. The papers are all from the "Comic Heroes" paper pack from Recollections.

The circle on the flap on the back is a quote from the song "Power of Love" left-over from a card I made two years ago! The sentiment on the front is a sticker. The buildings were were with a Memory Box die.All the images are on Action Wobbles.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #183: For a Child + Sentiment
Creative Knockouts #200: For the Girls
Cut it Up: Patriotic / Red, White, and Blue + Die Cuts
Mod Squad Challenge: Special folds
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Update: This was chosen as a Top Pick for Aud Sentiments Challenge #183!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Neon Stars -- Punches/Dies at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Cards featuring Punches and/or Dies.

I used dies to create the shaker windows, and filled the shakers with punched stars. The words are from a Jillibean Soup set, and are stamped onto the top acetate layers with StazOn ink. The neon papers are from Target/Kid Made Modern. I finished the card with black & white baker's twine.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Southern Girls #163: Ribbon or Twine (baker's twine)

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tea in the Garden -- Summer with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers

Have you been hopping with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers? Just love all the Coffee/Tea/Cocoa projects, so many unique designs! This is my second card for this season's Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hop.


I made a Card-in-a-Box using Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up die set, featuring teapot & cup dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs


Inspiration/Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Spring 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Coffee/tea/cocoa + Summer


Thank you for visiting! Have a very perky season,


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

...And a natural preservative!

We have a couple of wedding anniversaries in the family this week, so I made these simple cards featuring salt & pepper packets. This week's sketch challenge at Less Is More gave a place to start with the design, and I was also inspired by the fact that the salt & pepper packets that I used on the solid color card worked so well with this week's CAS-ual Fridays color challenge (Coral, Aqua, Gray).

I made a mask layer from white cardstock using a curved edge die, stamped the circle border from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps (using gray ink on the white & black ink on the coral), and heat-embossed it with a mix of chucky clear powder & glow-in-the-dark glitter. For the white card, I added a bit more clear chunky embossing powder to create a splash effect. I created the sentiment "Love is the Spice of Life" using the fonts Dimestore Hooker & Apple Chancery. The banner was handmade using a simple yet fun technique from s.e.i/Scor-Pal. The pepper packets on the white card and inked with VersaMark & QuickQuotes inks.

Inspiration/Challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays: Coral, Aqua, Gray
Less Is More #334: CAS + Sketch 20

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Miss You a Latte! -- Summer with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers

Happy Summer! A new season means a new Blog Hop with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers, and I always enjoy playing along. This time, I used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set from Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs. It's in the mail to my folks right now!



The double-sided patterned paper is from BoBunny. The frame & coffee sleeve are cut from an actual cardboard coffee sleeve. The coffee cup is cut from shiny yellow, glitter yellow, and shiny green cardstocks. The sentiment & coffee bean stamps are from Stampin' Up. I added some dimension & detail with gold & red ViVa Pearl Pens. Because this card is sort of meant to lie flat, I put a message section directly on the back. Shows off that yummy paper too!


Inspiration/Challenges:
International Art & Soul Challenge: Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Patterned Paper
Spring 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Coffee/tea/cocoa + Summer


Thank you for visiting! Have a very perky summer,


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Flowers at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Flowers.



I created the shaker on the front with a plastic bag & my Fuse tool, and filled it with flower sequins from Paper Sweeties. The pieces were embossed/cut with a folder/die from Design Objectives Ltd. For the front, I used a black/red Core'Dinations cardstock, and sanded the raised parts to reveal the red. For the inside, I embossed a red paper & lightly inked the embossed portions with black ink. I heat-embossed the sentiment (a rubber stamp from the Artful Stamper) in white.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage Challenges: No patterned paper
Daisy Chain Challenge #9: Monochrome
International Art & Soul Challenge: Flowers
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb #158: Embossing

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cool Dad - To the Men in our Lives with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles June challenge is To the Men in our Lives with the optional twist of Add an Animal. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.




I made a tuxedo box card using instructions by Keren Howell, but I made mine smaller at 4 x 5.5 inches. The base & pop-up strips are patterned vellums. The penguins were cut from a patterned paper with a Cuttlebug die. My dad & I have a running joke about what "cool" means, so I created the sentiment & cut it out with a cloud die from Impression Obsession. I inked the cloud with a little Antique Linen distress ink. I used white paper to create message sections on the back.

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates and hope you'll join the UnstampaBelles this month!


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Pilin' on the Folds & Birds

The theme this month at Pile It On is Fancy Folds. Our mid-month optional bonus theme is Put a Bird on It. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.


I made a cascading card featuring Birthday Bird 04 by Bugaboo Stamps. I colored the image with Copic markers & cut it out with deckle scissors.

The sentiments Happy Birthday/Feliz Cumple & A little bird told me that today is your birthday/Me dijo un pajarito que hoy cumples años are from Dilo en Español Stamps. The latter is held in place with a wood veneer bird that I heat embossed in yellow.

The balloons were cut with Elizabeth Craft dies, and I tied little bits of blue satin ribbon to them.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Animal Friends Challenge: Animals with Wings
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge: Anything using Bugaboo image (Birthday Bird 04)
Catch the Bug: Bingo (diagonal left-to-right: Ribbon, Die, Sentiment)
Colouring in Scrapland: Celebrations + hand-colored image
Cutie Pie Challenge: Cute + Creatures
Everybody-Art-Challenge #405: Happy Birthday

Update: I was a lucky winner at Catch the Bug!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Sunny Wishes - Sentiments at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Cards featuring a Sentiment as the main focus.
 

I've been inspired by Mojo Monday sketches since 2011. I won some awesome Verve Stamps from them in 2011 and in 2015, and I've loved using them over the years. For this, my last chance at playing with their fun sketches, I used one of my all-time favorite sentiments, from their Let It Shine set (you can see my many uses of this set here).

All the papers/embellishments are from my stash/off-cut box. The faux patina strip is left over from a previous project. The speech bubble die is from Latina Crafter. TI distressed the pieces with Copper ink, and rounded the corners with a Kadomomaru Pro corner punch from Scor-Pal. he geckos were cut from an Arizona Green Tea can.

http://mojomonday.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/mojo-monday-500-contest-and-farewell.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies: Card featuring a Sentiment
Mojo Monday: Sketch #500


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