Sunday, August 12, 2018

Manly Embossing with the Unstampabelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Embossing, with the optional twist of make it for a male. You need to follow the twist to be considered as the DT Favorite, but you only have to follow main theme to win our awesome prize.

For the background, I embossed a yellow cardstock & inked the embossed folder & ran an orange ink pad over the raised bits (actually leftover pieces from a past DT card). I backed the pieces on gold cardstock, and added a mix of metallic embossing powders to the corners.

The "lake" was made from a paper I inked myself with several blues, embossed with with a bubble embossing folder, and then heat-embossed with a layer of clear powder.

The fish were/cut with a koi die from Memory Box, using holographic plastic sheet & one heat-embossed with a shiny orange powder.

The treeline was cut with a Memory Box die, and the sentiment is from Xcut. I embossed the entire piece with my BigShot after gluing on the sentiment.

This doesn't have to be a card for a  man, but I do plan on giving it to a male friend!

http://yournextstamp.com/blog/sketch-and-color-challenge-95/
Challenges/Inspiration:
Seize The Birthday: Birthday + Option of Water
YNS Challenge #95: Sketch



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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Pilin' On a New Technique

The theme this month at Pile It On is Try a New Technique. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Becky’s Place. Becky also has a great blog with tons of goodies, including card fold tutorials. I've tried many of her techniques over the years, but this is my first try at a Wiper Card. I used this presents digi stamp from Beccy's Celebrations set.




I added the yellow background before printing the images. For the sentiment, I used a rubber stamp I recently won from Repeat Impressions. I colored the presents with Copic markers. The card base is a double-sided paper from Webster's Pages that I've had in my stash for a long time; I used it partly because the recipient really likes red tulips. The pop-up birthday sentiment is from a freebie stamp set that came with a magazine.I added a border on the front as well on the back message section with Diamond Stickles.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Always Happy Birthday: Birthday
Digistamps 4 Joy #151: Anything Goes + optional: Add a Sentiment
Make My Monday #76: Colored Image


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Friday, August 3, 2018

Gate Fold Cards with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is to make a Gate Fold Card.
The base is a double-sided KaiserCraft paper, to include the message section on the back, but I glued the patchwork paper onto the front to match the inside. The adorable footprints are rubber stamps from Repeat Impressions. I used sticky embossing powder to cover them with blue flocking.
I've had this pre-made cloth bag forever. The image is from a Precious Memories-patterned paper. The buttons were cut/embossed using a Stampin' UP! Embosslit die; I added "thread" with a glittery blue pen.

Inspiration/Challenges:
DL ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #233: Baby
Moving along with the Times #77: For The Boys


I needed another thank-you card, so I made this horizontal gate-fold card:
The base is another double-sided KaiserCraft paper. For the inside, I heat-embossed a dress die-cut in blue, because this is a thank-you for a friend who gave me all her maternity clothes. I decorated the back too.

As you might have guessed, we're expecting a little boy! This is our first, long-awaited child, so it's a very exciting time. But I still find time to craft!

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cherished Pink -- Edgy Fancy Frame/Border with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Fancy Frame/Border, with the optional twist of Edgy. You need to follow the twist to be considered as the DT Favorite, but you only have to follow main theme to win our prize.

I used a die-cut embellishments that were given to me years ago by a friends who is now deceased, so it means a lot to me. The tags are stickers I've had in my stash for even more years! I punched borders on the left-hand side with a punch I've had possibly longer! I added some bling to the tags & heart.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Spots and Stripes at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is to make a card with Spots and Stripes.

I used a Stampendous stamp featuring this wonderful image by Laurel Burch.

I used a striped paper for the die-cut sentiment, and a spotted paper for the corners. For the background, I embossed two different papers: a textured Core'Dinations cardstock & ran an orange ink pad over the raised bits; and a yellow cardstock & I inked the embossed folder with the same orange ink pad. I colored the image with Copic markers. My mother-in-law gave me a beautiful purse featuring some of Laurel Burch's dogs, so I made this for her.


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pilin' on the Vintage Empowerment

The theme this month at Pile It On is Vintage/Retro. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Pickled Potpourri, and I used their
Deep Breath digital stamp.

I printed the image one a shiny cardstock and heat-embossed it with light blue powder; It didn't cover the whole thing, but I really liked the effect. I used an embossing ink pen to add two more blue powders, and added some color with Copics and glitter pens. The banner is made with two Washi tapes. The background was made with Graphic 45 papers from my scrap box; I can never part with any of them! I distressed all the edges with an Ingrid Bolme tool. I really had fun being inspired by this Pickled Potpourri image; this is advice I need to follow more often!

http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2018/06/challenge-369-ends-july-1st.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Cards in Envy: Feeling Blue & Distressed
Crafty Catz #423: ATG + optional theme of Embossing Wet or Dry
Monochrome Magic #12: Anything Monochrome Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge #345: Digital Images or Papers (digi stamp)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Southern Girls #187: Just a bit Flash (shiny papers & glitter pens)
Try Stamping On Tuesdays #369: Sketch + optional theme of Use Scraps



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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Gnome Place like Home -- Pilin' on the Layered Holidays

The theme this month at Pile It On is Holiday (no Birthday), and our mid-month optional bonus theme is Lots of Layers. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Gerda Steiner Designs, and I used their Gnome Couple digi stamp.

I added the sentiment myself and printed to along with the digital stamp. I colored the image & background with Copic markers, and added white flocking to his beard.

I used a double-sided Designer Paper for the card base, so I simply decorated it with some fussy-cut images from the same collection, and added a message section.

http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.com/2018/06/juni-challenge.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Cheerful Sketches Challenge: Sketch
The Fairy and The Unicorn: Anything Mystical/Magical
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #30: Anything Christmas Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Frame It


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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Thankful Garden -- Flowers & Bling with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Flowers and more Flowers, with the optional twist of Bling. You need to follow the twist to be considered as the DT Favorite, but you only have to follow main theme to win our prize.



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Mainly Sentimental at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Sentiment as Focal Point.

My sentiment, heat-embossed in gold, is from Verve Stamps.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Ribbon/Lace with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Ribbon & Lace.

For the sentiment, I used a rubber stamp I recently won from Repeat Impressions. I heat-embossed it in hot pink. I covered the oval frame with a mix of powders.

http://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/2018/06/ssc180-sketch-time.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Country View Crafts' Challenge: The Written Word
Sunday Stamps #180: Sketch (rotated)


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Pilin' on the Holidays

The theme this month at Pile It On is Holiday (no Birthday). The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Gerda Steiner Designs.

My card design was inspired by International Picnic Day. I made it as a thank-you for our neighbors, who invited us to a lovely backyard picnic on Memorial Day last weekend. Deviled eggs are a traditional picnic food in these parts.


The "eggs were cut with a Spellbinders oval die; the "yolks" were cut with a Sizzix flower die; the blue background was cut with a stitched-border circle die. I added red sequins to the center of the flowers. I created the sentiment myself on my computer.

http://atlanticheartschallenge.blogspot.com/2018/05/sketch-266.htmlhttp://snarkystampers.blogspot.com/2018/06/soss-111-y-is-for-yummy.htmlInspiration/Challenges:
Atlantic Hearts: Sketch #266
Craftaholics R Us: Gingham
Pause Dream Enjoy #22: Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers #111: Y is for Yummy

Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #266, and also as a favorite for Pause Dream Enjoy #22.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunshine & Caffeine -- No Square or Rectangle Cards at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Shaped Cards + Oval/Circles.


I used I used the Love in a Cup digi stamp from ArtByMiran. The coffee cup was made with a Heartfelt Creations die/stamp set. I colored the image, background of the cup, and the border of the frame with Copic markers. The frame was a gift from a dear crafting friend who has now passed away, so it's very special to me. She made it from foam with a mold. The doilies are from Recollections. The card base was made with green cardstock & a stitched circle die. The sentiment is from the Let It Shine set by Verve Stamps.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use More than One Stamp (Cup is a rubber stamp; sentiment is a clear stamp; image is a digi stamp)
Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop: Spring/Summer-themed Coffee, Tea &/or Cocoa project (I used bright, summery colors)


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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Llama Drama -- Purple with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Purple.


I grew up with poem "I've never seen a purple cow" and have made cards with the poem before. This time, I changed it up a bit! I printed the poem on lavender paper, and framed with a heat-embossed die-cut. The llama, die-cut sentiment, and maracas are all from the same Recollections die/embossing set.


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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cruisin' -- 1, 2, 3 with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is 1 + 2 + 3 (items or numbers), with the optional twist of journaling about the items. You need to follow the twist to be considered as the DT Favorite, but you only have to follow main theme to win our prize.

I used 1 image, 2 washi tapes, and 3 candy wrappers. My father-in-law recently returned from a cruise, and when I saw the little chocolates he brought back, I just had to get my hands on the cute wrappers! He is such a good sport; we sat and ate a bunch of them to add to my "collection"! Dark chocolate, yum! I fussy-cut the images from the wrappers.


http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2018/05/freshly-made-sketches-337-sketch-by.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
2 Sisters On The Blog #15: Three of a Kind (3 cruise ship candy wrappers)
Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch #337


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Classic Lady -- Pilin' on the Humor

The theme this month at Pile It On is Sports/Hobbies, with the mid-month optional bonus theme of Make Us Laugh. 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 their Roadhog Rita.



http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2018/05/stella-says-sketch-challenge-610.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More #292: Make Your Mark
Country View Crafts' Challenge: Be Humorous
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday: For Ladies or Girls Only
Stella Says Sketch #610: Sketch

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fairies in Flight -- Happy Birthday to Crafting with Dragonflies!

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Birthday Card.

We're celebrating the 5th birthday of this fun challenge blog! Many thanks to Hilde for inviting me to join the team way back in 2013! I've so enjoyed being part of the team.

We have awesome sponsors; I used digital papers from the Delightful Dragonflies set by WeAre3.

I used my "Surprise Box" die set from Our Daily Bread Designs.


http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/2018/05/cic446-stamplorations.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes
Cuttlebug Mania: Interactive Cards
Cupcake Inspirations: Photo/Color Inspiration #446

Update: This was chosen as a Runner-up at Cuttlebug Mania!


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