Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pilin' on the Spring-y Animals

The theme this month at Pile It On is Animals. Our mid-month optional bonus theme is Spring Garden. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Kitty Bee Designs, and I used their adorable Basket of Love Bun to create this Card-in-a-Box using Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up die set.



Inspiration/Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge: Spring Fever
Cut it Up: Fun Folds
Deep Ocean: Furry or feathered Friends
Kitty Bee Designs: Animals
Kreativeinkauf-challenge #51: Pennants (or hearts)


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Animals at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Cards featuring Animals.


The horse, unicorn, *poof* cloud, and sentiment were hand-stamped & colored; the rest is patterned paper. This is a simple pocket card; I created the windows with circle dies.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: E for Enchanted Creatures
heARTful Stamping Challenge: Animals + Stamp (no digi)

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hot Colours at International Art & Soul

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


To create the background, I inked a craft mat with hot pink & orange inks, spritzed it, and smooshed my smooth white paper on it. I like the watercolor effect.

The prickly pear cactus & lizard are die-cuts from my stash. I heat-embossed them in neon green. I heat-embossed the sentiment directly onto the background. The mulberry flowers were colored with Copics.

I recently won a gift certificate from Pink & Main, and couldn't wait to use my new Bubbly Border dies. I used neon embossing powders on the detailed top pieces, and cut the bases from neon papers.

http://yournextstamp.com/blog/

Inspiration/Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies
Paper Creator's Crafts #58: Bright and Bold
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge: Anything Goes with Embossing Powder
YNS Challenge #64: Color Inspiration + Sketch

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Flowers at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Lots of Flowers and/or Mother's Day.


I made this at a two-day crop in Prescott Valley, Arizona, using Pebbles papers. I didn't have a stamp I wanted to use, so I hand-wrote my sentiment on vellum that came in our crop goodie bag. Although I won't be with my Mom on Mother's Day, I've had a lovely visit with her. So thankful for her!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Quick Quotes Challenge #75: Mothers or Mother's Day
Scrapy Land Challenges: Anything with a Die brand sold at Scrapy Land (Lawn Fawn - Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up Dies)
Ooh La La Creations #228: Something Beginning with B (Box, Bird)


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Pilin' on the Animals

The theme this month at Pile It On is Animals. The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Kitty Bee Designs, and our team had lots of fun with their Narwhal Love digi stamp.



I made a penny slider from this fun Bella Blvd paper. I didn't have my dies, so I used punches. I colored the adorable narwhal with Copics (B91, BG70, B60, W1) & added some sparkle with a glitter pen. It's so fun to move that little guy around the punny sentiment; maybe it's slapping some fish for dinner




Inspiration/Challenges:
Colouring in Scrapland: Anything Goes with a hand-colored image
Crafty Animals: Anything Goes with an Animal
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper (2nd entry)
Southern Girls: Retro Challenge #159 - Use An Actual Punch


Thank you for visiting & hope you'll join the Pile It On Challenge. The Pile It On team has lots of fun with this Narwhal digi stamp; be sure to check out the inspirational projects
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Layering + Borders with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles May challenge is Layering with the optional twist of using a border punch/die. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.



To make this Pop Up Box Card, I used some lovely designer papers along with the Summer Crab die from Echo Park. It come with an extra die so you can pop-up the body; an extra layer that adds dimension and some fun. Googly eyes fit so well on them, I couldn't resist! The borders are cut with a QuicKutz die, although in this case I actually used the off-cut part. The anchor is die-cut from a can of water. I attached the premade sentiment banner and the anchor to the card with a brad, so that you can move it for an extra touch of fun.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Scor-Pal Challenge #36: Interactive Project + More than one score (2nd entry)
Seize the Birthday: Birthday

Update: This card was a runner-up at Seize the Birthday!

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


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Vintage at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Vintage. Any craft is welcome! I tried my hand at a Concertina card with some beautiful Graphic 45 papers.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Try It On Tuesday: Transport
WordArt Wednesdays: Anything Goes

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Dragonflies at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Use a Dragonfly. I've had the pleasure of being on Hilde's fabulous team for almost 3 years, so I'm always collecting a dragonfly-themed items for our yearly Dragonfly challenge. This year, I used silver outline stickers & a silver charm.


The frames & sentiments are from a Heartfelt Creations set. It's all heat-embossed onto mirror/foiled cardstock. I also added some embossing powder to the dragonfly charm.

http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/tuesday-morning-sketches-399.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers: #186 Things with Wings
Ooh La La Creations: #226 Happy Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Splash It On (background created with ink & alcohol spritz on a blue foil cardstock)
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #399 Sketch

Update: I was the lucky winner at Tuesday Morning Sketches!
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Spring Walk -- Graduation Shaker Card

I created the shaker window with the frame from the "Build a Scene - Calendar" set by Taylored Expressions. The black frame was made with real black satin material that I harvested from a very old winter coat! I filled the shaker with gold stars; the black & gold are my nod to graduation, as I made this for my neighbor who is graduating from High School next month. The sentiment is from Art Impressions' Flying High Clear Set. I used a pastel color palette for the balloons with Copic markers (R20, B12, YG41, Y02, YR61/E95, BV000, V12, E41). I doodled the outer frame.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Less Is More #324: CAS + Spring Walk (pastel colors; clear days; Graduation)
Paper Players #340: CAS + Vehicle (hot air balloons)

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Wings at International Art & Soul

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


I made a shaker card using this beautiful DP and for jar stamps my Mom fussy-cut for me a few years ago. I filled the shaker with plastic butterfly confetti. I stamped the sentiment onto a vellum label stamp. I die-cut the word "hello" from a watercolor-patterned paper. I added baker's twine to the edges of the popped panel.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Pink and Main Challenge #20: Moveable Parts (shaker card)
STAMPlorations Challenge: Sketch and theme: Stamps & Wings

Update: I was a lucky winner for Pink & Main #20!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Pilin' on the Birthday Action

The theme this month at Pile It On is Interactive Card (moving element, pull tab, pop-up, pocket, etc.) Our mid-month optional bonus theme is Birthday. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Gerda Steiner Designs.

I tried my hand at an envelope fold card.

The sentiment on the front is a rubber stamp from The Artful Stamper. The papers are from a paper pad collection called "Going Potty" designed by Paula Taylor.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #177: Use Birthday Sentiment
Fairy Tale Challenge #16: Cards with more than 1 fold
Fusion Card Challenge: Photo Inspiration
Scor-Pal Challenge #36: Interactive Project + More than one score
Star Stampz Challenge: Fun Folds
Tuesday Throwdown #338: Something Clear (acetate tab & translucent thread to hang watering can)

Update: I was the lucky winner at Scor-Pal!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Owl Die for You -- April Challenge with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles April challenge is Dies with the optional twist of adding one or more Birds. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.

I made a shaker card using a Spellbinders die set. I cut the background 4 times: 1) patterned paper background, using the opposite side of the double-sided paper for the outer frame; 2) white foam; 3) coasterboard; 4) two-toned cardstock that I embossed with the die & sanded. The details on the birds are actually the coasterboard showing through the plastic sheet on top. I used Copic markers for the colors, but painted the eyes with glow-in-the-dark paint. I filled the sections with plastic confetti.

I cut the big owl with a die set I have in my stash. I used the same double-sided cardstock, but added some googly eyes. I made the sentiment myself: "Owl always give a hoot about you!"

Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafting When We Can: Animals
Crafter's Cafe: Make us Laugh
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #81: Silly

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


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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Easter Cards at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Easter Cards. Whatever that means to you, please share your projects with our talented team!

I raided my Easter craft stash to make this card. The foil bunny is a wrapper from a chocolate bunny we enjoyed last year!


The grass in the basket is from a delicious sushi meal, and the yellow trim is plastic packaging from a bag of potatoes. I made a tiny tag from a Peeps bunny svg cut file, and stamped "You're so sweet" on the back.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Connie Can Crop #57: Recycle
Dragonfly Journeys: Eggs
Mojo Monday: Sketch #491

Update: This was a prize winner for Dragonfly Journeys. Thank you!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Pilin' on the Interactive Elements

The theme this fortnight at Pile It On is Interactive Card (moving element, pull tab, pop-up, pocket, etc.) The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Gerda Steiner Designs, so I made a simple pocket slider card using their Mouse with Phone.


The background paper is from Doodlebug Design's Spring Things collection. I drew the border with a Sharpie pen.

I cut out the little clouds from scrap paper with cloud dies from Impression Obsession & Taylored Expressions.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Aud Sentiments: Any sentiment but birthday
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Die Cuttin' Divas #310: Anything Goes with a Die cut
Fairy Tale Challenge #165: Cards with Animals
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes (3rd entry)
WordArt Wednesdays: Anything Goes

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Distressing at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Distressing. I went with a shabby chic look.

I created the background with CTMH stamps & 3 pink inks. The watch is from the same set. I heat-embossed the metal game pieces & brads with a mix of white & hot pink powder. The edges were distressing with my Ingvild Bolme/Prima distressing tool.

http://www.thehousethatstampsbuilt.com/sketch-challenges/what-if-wednesday-sketch-challenge-m2917/
Inspiration/Challenges:
Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Numbers
Heart 2 Heart: Background (random) Stamping + CTMH product
Hiding in My Craftroom Challenge #295: Monochromatic
THTSB Challenge / WHAT IF? Wednesday: Sketch M2917
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes (2nd entry)


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cup o' Coffeeflies -- Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Spring Blog Hop

Happy Spring! A new season means a new Blog Hop with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers, and I always enjoy playing along.



I adapted cut files I used for a coffee mug pocket card to make this punny, interactive card. You could also tuck a gift card in there!

The butterfly stamps & punch are from Stampin' Up! and the coffee beans dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I stamped the butterfly backgrounds with Tea Due distress ink & heat-embossed them with a stash mix of white, gold, clear & shiny powders. I ink-distressed the edges & also used my Ingvild Bolme/Prima distressing tool on the edges.

The sentiment on the front is a stamp from Art Impressions, and I computer-generated the inside sentiment using the Bradley Hand typeface. I created the frame stamp by die-cutting foam with flower & circle dies. I used the foam stamp with purple ink to stamp the frames.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes 
Spring 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Spring + Coffee/tea (I was, by chance, the 1001 entry in the link-up. Thanks to Karen for pointing that out!)


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