Sunday, October 14, 2018

Musical Thank You -- Brightly Golden with the Unstampabelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Golden Glitter or Foiling, with the optional twist of White & Gold Only. 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.

The music notes were cut with a Spellbinders die (another find from that Stamp Expo I keep talking about!)  I created & cut the sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo, and heat-embossed it with gold glitter. The star patterned on the gold foil paper is an embossing folder. I filled the shaker with gold star confetti and more music notes.


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Shaky & Batty -- Orange & Black at International Art & Soul

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

I made a shaker card using a kit from Clear Scraps. I inked the edges of each wooden piece with black ink. I heat-embossed the top section with a black glittered powder. For the inside, I heat-embossed the Halloween sentiment in neon orange on shiny black paper and then traced & fussy-cut the shape. I filled the shaker with clear glass beads, orange & black microbeads, and glow-in-the-dark glitter. I recently won this cute ghostie Washi tape. The die-cut bat is from a Lawn Fawn set. All the patterned papers are from Graphic 45.I even decorated the inside:


Inspiration/Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #213: Halloween/Fall Sentiment
Simply Create Too #143: Shaker Card

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Shining the Hope Signal -- All Pink at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is to use All Pink on your card.


This is a card I've been meaning to make for a long time! I made a step card from 5.5 x 11 inch piece of paper, scoring at 3, 6, 7.5, 9, 10, 11. The Batman symbol is from Cricut; a friend let me use her subscription to buy it during a craft day, and later I found out that she doesn't like super heroes, so I wanted to make something positive with it. She passed away a couple of years ago, so I'm making this for our mutual friend who likes both Batman and pink!

I heat-embossed the outer section of the Batman symbol, as well as where the words are, in neon pink, and heat-embossed the central section with a clear glitter powder.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Cardz 4 Galz #82: Fancy Folds
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Cityscape


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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Pilin' On the Black, Purple & Orange

The theme this month at Pile It On is Use mostly Black, Purple & Orange (does not have to be Halloween; other colors used in image OK). The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Ike's Art.


I made this card for my neighbors...they have cats & I have a dog, and we've watched eachother's pets over the years. I printed the TLC Creations sentiment ("Awesomeness runs I'm the family") on orange linen paper. The cat & dog and both paw prints are from a clear stamp set that came with a crafting magazine. I heat-embossed the paw prints in neon orange & purple, and then inked each piece with 2 shades of each color. I heat-embossed the pets in black on silver mirri cardstock. I filled the Shake It shaker with 3 colors of microbeads. I die-cut the frames in & around the shaker; the outer frame is a Graphic 45 paper. I'm pleased with how this slightly funky card turned out!



http://stickitdown.blogspot.com/2018/10/october-sketch-reveals.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Create With TLC: Anything Goes with TLC element (sentiment)
Do-Al(l) Kreatives : Make Your Own Background
Show Us Your Pussies: Anything Cat-related
Stick it Down: Card Sketch

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sweet Shaker -- Layers at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Layer It Up.


I attended the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Mesa, Arizona, in September with my Mom & her crafty friends. We had lots of fun, and of course I got some great deals, which I used to make this card. The popsicle-shaped shaker & fruit sprinkles are from Queen & Co.; the fruit & polka-dot paper is from Doodlebug; the double popsicle & cherry dies are from Spellbinders; the lemons are from Elizabeth Craft Designs; and the striped paper is from the Expo's handbook! The sentiment die-cut is also from Spellbinders, but from my stash. I even decorated the inside.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze #148: Bright Colours

Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 for Through the Purple Haze #148!

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Friday, September 28, 2018

CAS at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Clean & Simple (CAS).I used some dragonfly stickers & microglitter that I got from Elizabeth Craft Designs at the the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Mesa, Arizona. I must say I was a bit starstruck meeting their founder, Els, after following Elizabeth Craft Designs online for so many years!

Els did a make-and-take one night. She was so nice, and she & Mom chatted about how beautiful Holland is.

She also did demos on using the outline stickers with microglitter -- she's obviously done this a million times!

I had promised myself that I wouldn't buy any more outline stickers, since I have a ton, but I needed these dragonfly ones, plus some yummy microglitter from their booth! Here's my card:

The sentiment is cut with a Spellbinders die from a piece of paper I glittered using a sheet of adhesive, the same technique I used for the dragonflies. I backed the front, shiny white panel with a silver mirri cardstock, and added 3 colors of Stickles (because, as my Mom always says, Stickles make everything better!)

And here's me at the Expo:


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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Pilin' On the One Layer Cards

The themes this month at Pile It On are Think Big (Large shapes; enlarged image; Big words, etc) and/or One Layer Card (paper piecing and limited embellishments OK). You can choose one or both themes, and you may enter the challenge as many times you like, as long as you are inspired by at least one other Challenge theme. We're sponsored by Angie's Digital Stamps.

For my card, I started with a card a friend stenciled during a craft day we had a few years ago (the stencil came free with a magazine). She wasn't happy with how it came out, but I thought it was really pretty and promised I would do something with it. Better late than never!


I added the sentiment with two clear stamps using Memento inks. The border was made using silver stickers that I colored with Copic markers. I finished the card with wooden stars that I heat-embossed in various colors.

Inspiration/Challenges:
A2Z Scrapbooking Linky Party: Clean and Simple
Classic Design Team Challenge: Anything Goes for DT member
Pattie's Creations: Fairytale/Fantasy
Pile It On Challenge #146: Think Big + One Layer Card


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The Natural World at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is The Natural World. I used a beautiful stencil that was gifted to me from Hilde, the coordinator of Crafting with Dragonflies who has been a real support to me over the years. The Woodgrain stamp is from Raisin Boat; I rented it years ago, and just found this embossed piece in my stash. The sentiment is from Echo Park's Alice in Wonderland set, and the cattails are from Repeat Impressions.




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Friday, September 14, 2018

Shakey Cycle -- Any Card Goes at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Anything Goes (cards only). I used some of my favorite bicycle-themed items from my stash to make this shaker card.

The cloud shaker containers are from Jillibean Soup. The two bicycles & the word bubble are wood veneer pieces that I decorated with embossing powders.  I filled the shakers with a fix of plastic confetti & yellow microbeads & clear glass beads. I also decorated the inside.


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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sew Special -- Buttons & Washi with the Unstampabelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Button Art, with the optional twist of Washi Tape. 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. And remember, no stamps!


The heart and card base are a shiny paper. I created the background with some of my favorites from my tape collection! I created the sentiment on my computer using the Home Sweet Home font, and added a little bow I found in my stash. The buttons are from a one-pound bag my sweet husband bought for my birthday a couple of years ago.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Moving along with the Times #79: Use Gingham & Or Buttons
Mix It Up Challenge #17: Anything Goes + Layering

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Recycling at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Use a Non-Craft Item/Recycle. I've been taking a break from the team, but I chose this theme and had to pop back in! My recycled item is the coffee cup sleeve, which is made from an actual coffee cup sleeve!


The coffee cup aperture was cut with the Coffee Cup Shaker Box Card by 17turtles/Juliana Michaels. I filled it with three colors of microbeads & die-cut coffee beans (Elizabeth Craft).



Inspiration/Challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges #450: Use Any Technique (shaker card)
Dream Valley Challenges #185: Autumn Colors


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Pilin' On the Big ideas

The theme this month at Pile It On is Think Big (Large shapes; enlarged image; Big words, etc). The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Angie's Digital Stamps, and I used her Cowboy Hat with Boots digi stamp.


I used a large cling stamp from Stampendous for the background and to decorate the letters. I heat-embossed it in white for the background, and stamped it in black for the letters. I cut the letters in the Blackoak Std font on my Silhouette Cameo. I colored the image with Copic markers.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps: Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts #261: Something To Say
Creative Craft Cottage Challenges #110: No patterned paper
Everybody-Art-Challenge #430: Use a Stamp
Simon Says Wednesday: Anything Goes

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Spring at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Spring has Sprung. 


The "nest" was cut on my Silhouette Cameo. I heat-embossed the chipboard bird in blue powder. The little eggs were cut from a patterned paper by my Mom. I've been raiding my stash!
I used two dies from a Spellbinders sentiment set to create the "Sweet Wishes" sentiment.

I put the message section on the back.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Back To Basics #10: Aperture card
Crafty Friends Challenge #91: Animals / Birds


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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Pilin' On the Stash

The themes this month at Pile It On are Try a New Technique and/or Use Your Oldest Stash. You can choose one or both themes, and you may enter the challenge as many times you like, as long as you are inspired by at least one other Challenge theme. We're sponsored by Becky’s Place. Becky also has a great blog with tons of goodies, including card fold tutorials.

I used one of the first rubber stamps I ever purchased, way back in 2010.

The card base was die-cut with the Tri-Shutter Card Bigz Big Shot Pro Die from Sizzix. I stamped the tree with Versamark & used 3 different green embossing powders. The sentiment is a clear stamp from my stash, embossed in the darker green, and the leaves are from Verve Stamps & are embossed in Olive.



Challenges/Inspiration:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #210: Anything Goes + a Sentiment
Dies R Us Challenge #103: You are a Star + Dies (base card is from Sizzix & large rectangles are from Elizabeth Craft)
Pile It On: Use Your Oldest Stash (tree stamp, leaf-patterned Washi tape, and star-patterned Graphic 45 DP)
Retro Rubber Challenge #93: Tic Tac Toe - Die cut, Green, Leaves + rubber stamp (Inkadinkadoo stamp was purchased in 2010)
Southern Girls #190: Stamp Your Mark On It



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Friday, August 17, 2018

Classic Birthday -- Card for a Guy at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Card for a Guy.


The card base is a die-cut; I have several in my stash from my mom, who cut it with the Tri-Shutter Card Bigz Big Shot Pro Die from Sizzix. The patterned paper is the same double-sided sheet. I stamped the old-timey telephone is Vintage Photo distress ink, and inked the background with Tea Dye. I added a bit of Barn Door ink the edge. The word bubble is a die from Latina Crafter. The mustache is a sticker; I enforced it by backing it with black paper, and then embossed it in my BigShot with a diamond-pattern folder. The sentiment was cut from maroon paper with an Xcut die.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies: Card for a Guy
Die Cuttin' Divas #382: Birthday + Dies (base card, word bubble, sentiment)
My Time to Craft #377: More Than One Fold

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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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