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

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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.

http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2017/04/april-challenge.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Pink and Main Challenge #20: Moveable Parts (shaker card)
STAMPlorations Challenge: Sketch and theme: Stamps & Wings



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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)


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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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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Punctuate! with the Unstampabelles

The UnstampaBelles March challenge is Punctuate with the optional twist of being Amusing. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps. We do allow printables from CDs as well as self-created sentiments.

I'm actually a bit of a punctuation nerd... and I especially enjoy a reason to use an interrobang! I was inspired by a popular grammar joke: "Let's eat Grandma /  Let's eat, Grandma! / Punctuation Saves Lives."





To make the punctuation embellishments, I painted some cardstock with white puff paint to create a frosting-like texture, before cutting the shapes with a QuicKutz die.


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


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Friday, March 24, 2017

More than 2 Folds at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is to make a card with more than 2 Folds. I love fancy folds, partly because I always find them challenging!



I kinda sorta followed the directions for a double pop-up card by Rosietoes, but my final card is 4.25 x 6 inches.


Graphic 45 papers are so fun to use for cards like this. I used two different collections, plus a fun paper from Jillibean Soup.

The library card on the front is from Kraft Outlet. I stamped the image (ClearArt Stamps) with a mix of Antique Linen and gray inks, and then stamped the sentiment (Stampin'D'Amour) on top. Both sentiments were stamped with a mix of purple & black inks.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Frilly and Funkie: Fold 'em + Vintage
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Layer it up


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ewe're the best! -- Pilin' on the Puns and Plaid

The theme this fortnight at Pile It On is Humor/Puns and/or Plaid. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Dr. Digi's House of Stamps, and I used his Pride and Joy digi stamp.


The image was colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and placed onto a photo background that I got from a magazine. The border was made with a cork sheet & a QuicKutz die. The mats and base card are cut from the backing paper that came with the cork sheet! I've had this plaid DP in my stash forever, and it was perfect for this project. I made the silly sentiment & backed it with some wood tape. I didn't do anything to the wood veneer embellishments, except for putting a bit of wood tape behind the star, because I thought it would distract. I used a ZIG glue pen to add white flocking to the sheep.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Dare2BArtzy: Lots of Layers
Die Cut Divas: For the love of animals + die cuts
The Male Room: Wood from my Stash
Shopping Our Stash #294: Mostly green
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bit O' Green
Sketch-Tanten (Sketch Aunts) Challenge #30: Sketch + Digi stamp as focal point

Update: This was chosen as a Top Pick for Sketch-Tanten #30. Thank you, Andrea!

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Sweet Birthday Wishes - Embossing at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Embossing. One of my favorite themes! I decided to focus on dry embossing, to showcase some of the lovely Core'Dinations Whitewash paper collection. A nail file was all I needed to bring out the color.


The "candles" are popped up with foam tape, so all the elements end up being a bit popped up. I used circle dies to create the shaker from foam, scrap plastic, and patterned paper. I used a cupcake embossing folder to create the indentation on the top piece of acetate. The back of it is also clear, but I added another cupcake that I "stamped" with the same folder & green ink & colored with Copics.

http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com/2017/02/connie-can-crop-monthly-challenge-56.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Connie Can Crop #56: Sketch
Deep Ocean Challenge #150: Dots and/or Stripes
Southern Girls # 155: Pop It Up With Foam


Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 Pick for Connie Can Crop's Sketch Challenge!
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Simply Rainbow

I found this little bit of rainbow-ish ribbon in my stash and I wanted to make the most of it. I put the ribbon through the front aperture and then glued in the shaker portion, so that the ribbon wrapped around the inside too.

The card base is from the cloud shaker card kit by Jillibean Soup. I filled the shaker with plastic confetti (Recollections) and sealed it with a piece of acetate. The sentiment (Scrapmaster's Paradise) reads, "May your days be filled with color," and is stamped on the inside with an ombre ink pad (Recollections).

I used a cloud embossing folder and coasterboard for the front. I inked the embossed piece with white chalk ink, which is barely noticeable but brighten the natural color. I traced the cloud shape & hand-cut it out. The birds were stamped with an Artsy Fartsy stamp (3 little birds) and a ColorBox ink pad set. I added little bits of ink each time to create a rainbow look. I heat-embossed them with clear powder to make the colors pop.



Inspiration/Challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #169: Off the Edge
Crafty Addicts: CAS
Double D Challenges: Things That Fly + Mood Board
Make My Monday #41: Colors of the Rainbow
The Ribbon Girls: Anything Goes with Ribbon


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Under the Sea at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Under the Sea.



The crab is made with an Echo Park die set.




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