Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Candy Canes

Every time I go looking in my Christmas paper packs, I come across this candy cane paper (which is pretty much the only pattern that has whole sheets left) and wonder what in the world I am going to do with it.  The colors are a bit odd and candy canes don't really go with many Christmas images.  But then I remembered this candy cane image I have from DRS Designs and an idea was born.  Here is what I came up with:
I love sketches that have a lot of layers as they can be perfect for using up lots of scraps, even pieces that aren't large enough but can be pieced together under other layers like my circle patterned paper.  So, I used some paper scraps and the mulberry layer under the sentiment circle was in my bits and pieces stash.

Supplies:
Stamps: DRS Designs "Candy Canes"; Verve "Ornamental Christmas"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle and "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Cheerful Sketches--sketch

Crop Stop Challenge #38--anything goes (spellbinders)
Crafty Creations #364--anything goes
Crimbo-Crackers #156--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #381--anything goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #27--anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge #16--anything goes with the optional twist: presents
Penny's Challenge #376--anything goes
Craftaholics R US #15--anything goes

Sending Smiles

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week we have a fun inspiration photo for you:
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Here is the card I created using the color palette:
This card started with the 3-D flower.  My daughter made it for me (from a kit) several years ago and it's been in my bits and pieces stash since then.  I came across a sketch, that as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for using this flower.  When I saw the color combo for this challenge, I knew the time had come.  The orange layer of the flower was actually more yellow, so I colored it with an orange marker to match the background I created.  For the background, I started by stamping the flowers in the purple and orange, then I added the leaf pairs, stamped the random dots and then overstamped it all with the postcard image for a little bit of visual texture.  I masked the sentiment so I could use only the "sending smiles" part.
     I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  You can be inspired by either the photo, the colors, or both.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Daisy Solid, small", "Leaf Cluster Solid", "Random Dots", "Postcard" and "Sending Smiles"
Dies: MFT "Stitched Scallop Basic Edges"; Verve "Sprightly Sprigs

Challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs--anything goes with the optional twist: seeing spots (I used the random dots)
heARTful Stamping--anything goes
Cardz TV #43--anything goes
Craft Rocket Challenges #47--flowers
Inspiration Destination #148--anything goes with the twist: real stamp
Crafty Creations #364--anything goes
{Pin}spirational Challenge #213--anything goes
Ellibelle's Challenge--say it with flowers
Stick It Down Challenge--sketch

Divas That Cut--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #38--anything goes
Cards Galore--anything goes

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Peace on Earth

I already used this fabulous sketch, but I had another piece in my bits and pieces stash that was begging to be used with it.  I made this background about a year and a half ago and used a small piece on another card.  Since then, this piece has been sitting around and I was despairing of ever using it as it is not really big enough for much.  But it was JUST the right size for this sketch.

I backed it with a bit of textured silver paper and used the same paper for the strip along the top.  The sentiment is heat embossed with silver embossing powder and the snowflake was die cut from vellum and I added a recycled button.

Supplies:
Verve "Star of Wonder" sentiment; JustRite Stampers circles and stars background stamps (used in a class so I'm not sure of the name)
Dies: PTI "Fancy Flakes"

Challenges:
CAS(E) This Sketch #267--sketch

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #27--anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #388--glimmer and shine
Incy Wincy--anything goes with the twist: seeing spots
heARTful Stamping--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #381--anything goes with the optional twist: snowmen
Crimbo-Crackers #156--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #330--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Gals #163--use buttons
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
That's Crafty--going round in circles
ABC Christmas--H is for hats, I is for ice (I used icy colors)

Birthday Monster

So, I've had this argyle patterned piece in my bits and pieces stash for a really long time.  Kind of figured I would have a really hard time using it.  But a sketch came along that was absolutely perfect and I knew I had to play along.
This is a birthday card for a little guy at our church.  I think he'll love this little monster with his googly eyes; so fun!!  I colored the little monster to match the argyle piece and also colored the banner to make it match, too.

Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Silly Monsters"; JustRite Stampers background builders
Dies: Verve "Pennant Trim"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
CAS(E) This Sketch #267--sketch

Love To Craft Challenge Blog #21--anything goes
Always Happy Birthday--anything goes with the optional twist: balloons
Creative Craft Cottage #106--anything goes
{Pin}spirational Challenge #213--anything goes
As You Like It Challenge--favorite coloring medium and why (I used to think markers were too hard to color with smoothly, but that was before I discovered Spectrum Noirs.  Now, they are my absolute favorite medium; the smoothness, the blending, the bright colors=LOVE!!)
Aud Sentiments #201--happy birthday
Cardz TV #43--anything goes
Hiding in my Craft Room #348--super scrap Saturday (the patterned piece is a scrap and the monster and banner were both cut from scraps)
Sweet Stampers #19--too cute
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #324--anything goes with snippets
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #80--anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #350--Yo! Dude!
Crafty Sentiments--only for boys

Monday, April 16, 2018

Waterfall/flip cards

Today is my day to share my Pick of the Week on the House That Stamps Built blog.  So, I decided to create some fun, interactive flip (or waterfall) cards.  Repeat Impressions carries a bunch of sets designed just for these type of cards.  They also sell flip card sets (which make creating on of these REALLY easy) and there are also two different die sets that you can use to make them a little fancier.  Here are the two cards I created: one uses the Repeat Impressions flip dies and the other uses dies in my stash so you can see how it looks both ways:
 If you want a step-by-step tutorial, Wendy has created one for you here.  Here is my first card:
 This one uses the "Flip Fancy Die Set".  Aren't those scallops beautiful?!  The stamp set I used is "Tree Flip Set".  This specific set can be used in any order, really.  I decided to start with the spring tree as it is the season we are in now:
 Then I used the summer image:
 As you continue to pull the strip down to reveal the fall image, the sentiment also appears on the strip (so fun!)
 A close up of the fall image:
 I ended with the winter image.  For this one, I added a bit of clear wink of stella to the ground and the tree branches for an icy look. 
For some reason, I had one of these small rounded squares in my bits and pieces stash, so of course, I used that.  Also, the bit of ribbon on the pull tab was in the stash.
 For my second card, I wanted to show how you can use other dies in your stash.  I used a set from Spellbinders to frame my images and just used a strip of card stock to anchor the flip mechanism.
 The images on this card are from the "Shepherd Flip set".  This set, as with most of them, has a specific order the stamps need to go in so they can create the 'story'.  Here is the first image:
I stamped the sentiment in a different spot on this one, so as you pull the tab to reveal the second image, the sentiment also appears:
 Here is the third image:
 And finally, the little shepherd boy worshiping the Christ child in the manger:
I used a glitter gel pen on all of the stars and the halo around the baby's head to make them sparkle and shine.  One of the black squares, two of the white squares and all of the ribbon used on this card were in my bits and pieces stash.
 I hope this inspires you to create one of these flip cards.  They seem a bit complicated, but once you get the hang of it, they're really quite easy.

Card #1:
Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Tree Flip Set"
Dies: Repeat Impressions "Flip Fancy Die Set"

Challenges:
Creative Knockouts #241--lots of layers
Pause, Dream Enjoy #15--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #148--anything goes with the optional twist: use a real stamp
Penny's Challenge #375--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps #287--make your mark (I used Spectrum Noir Markers to color the images)
{Pin}spirational Challenge #213--anything goes
Fussy and Fancy #209--add a sentiment
Creatalicious #137--anything goes with the twist: dies and punches

Card #2:
Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Shepherd Flip Set"
Dies: Spellbinders "Fleur Di Lis Squares"
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder

Challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. #463--Christmas
The Merry Christmas Challenge #15--anything goes
Crafty Creations #364--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--add some texture
Creative Fingers #144--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--buttons and/or bows
Pile It On--Think small (these images are all tiny--about 1 inch square or smaller)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #13--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Penny Black--black and white + one (my one is red)
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Sparkles #87--feature a creature
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #31--use some ribbon
Scor-pal #47--April Fool us (the surprise is the sentiment on the pull tab and the way the images appear as the tab is pulled.  The pull tab is scored 4 different times to create the mechanism)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Cat's Out of the Bag

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  It's one of my favorites: Tic Tac Toe:
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Pick any row, column, or diagonal, or maybe challenge yourself to use all of the squares!!  Here is the card I created:
I used the center row: yellow, paper piecing, and vellum.  I also used polk-a-dots.  I won this background die within the last couple of weeks and for some reason, I've had this card in mind since I won it.  And I just love how it turned out.  The cat image is one of my newest Repeat Impressions stamps and this is the first time I've inked it up.  I stamped the image on a scrap of white card stock and then again on a piece of brown paper bag (or maybe packaging) that I had in my stash for some reason.  Some of the other Rock Stars have done this technique before and it is really genius.  After coloring the cat and adding a little shading to the bag, I cut them out and pieced them together.  I stamped the sentiment on vellum and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  Then I backed the squares with patterned paper and adhered the cat with foam tape for some really fun dimension.  Finished everything off with some enamel dots.  In the following picture, you can see the dimension a bit more. 
If you need any of the stamps I used today (and you know you do!) check out my 10% off your entire order code in the left-hand sidebar.  And then come back and get inky with us.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Curiosity Cat" and "The Cat's Out. . ."
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Peekabook Background" die

Challenges:
heARTful Stamping--anything goes
Fashionable Stamping #134--animals
Crafty Friends #181--use your favorite color (blue is my favorite color and gray is my favorite color for cats, I've had three of them)
Sweet Stampin'--embossing (heat embossing)
Cardz TV #42--anything goes
Creative Fingers #144--anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #209--add a sentiment
Cute Card Thursday #524--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #106--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #13--anything goes
Sheep Ski Designs #13--animal magic
Dies R Us #94--anything goes (I used a Lawn Fawn die)
Divas That Cut--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Verve April Diva Dare--yellow

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Puppy Love

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Hand Colored Image
so, anything goes as long as you color your image by hand
And here is my card for your inspiration:
The little bit of lace was in my bits and pieces stash; it was a fun addition to the corner that seemed a little plain.  I gathered it a little bit with some scor-tape before topping it with a couple buttons.  I believe all the buttons, as well as the lace, were recycled from clothing that my children have outgrown.

Supplies:
Stamps: Di's Digi Designs "Izzy" digi; MFT "Essential Sentiments"
Dies:  Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Crafty Creations #363--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #133--sketch

Inspiration Destination #147--anything goes
CAS-ual Fridays #196--spring fever

A Gem of a Challenge #216--female birthday with sentiment
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #75--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--a trio of something (I used 3 different patterned paper)
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Cutie Pie #121--spring cuties
Card Mania #103--spring
Crafting with an Attitude #38--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Dare 2B Artzy--pastel colors
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--buttons and/or bows
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #333--girl power
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--happy birthday
Double D--twine
Little Miss Muffet #186--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #524--anything goes
Crafty Catz #411--anything goes with optional twist: colors of spring
Fussy and Fancy #209--add a sentiment
Hiding In My Craft Room #347--spring is in the air