Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cupcake Cutie - Paper Piecing at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Paper Piecing. I used one of my favorite stamps to paper-piece, this "Cupcake Girl" clear stamp.

http://creativesketchygirls.blogspot.be/2018/03/challenge-22.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #201: Happy Birthday
Creative Sketchy Girls: Sketch #22
Daisy Chain Challenges: Monochrome
House That Stamps Built: Tic-Tac-Toe (Pink, Paper Piecing, Polkadots)


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Springtime Memories -- Pilin' on the Pencils

The theme this month at Pile It On is Think Small (Children, Baby animals, Tiny embellishments, Small-sized projects) with the mid-month, optional bonus theme of Pencils. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by A Day for Daisies, and I used their Girl Horse Ride digi stamp.



http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.nl/2018/04/april-challenge.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More #287: Make Your Mark
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog: Sketch
Double D Challenges: Twine
Kleuren Met Potloden: Coloured Pencils + Spring
Little Red Wagon #441: Shine, It's Your Day
Pile It On: Small and/or Pencils
Simon Says Wednesday: Texture



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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Little Pleasures -- Die cuts and/or Punches with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Die cuts and/or Punches. 


I always enjoy making golf-themed cards! The stamps are from the Ants on the Green set from G-Rated Rubberstamps. The golf cart & tiny flag is from a Memory Box die set. I die-cut the square and circle. I embossed the golf ball circle with my Swiss Dots folder, and stamped the small sentiment between the dots. The backing papers are textured cardstocks from CoreiDinations. I finished the card with some ribbon & a strip of mesh that came as garlic packaging!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas: Golf + Dies
Rubbernecker Stamps Challenge: Recycle + stamping
Tuesday Morning Sketches #447: Sketch

Update: This was a favorite at Die Cuttin' Divas!

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Display Card Type -- Try something new at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge, chosen by DT member CG (that's me!), is Card type you haven't tried before. I tried my hand at an Altered Double Display Card.

All the patterned papers are from Imaginisce. I made a magnetic belly band. Both the chipboard hat & the sentiment on the balloon are from Latina Crafter.
The cake was made from shiny white paper & vellum (for the frosting) using my newest die set purchase from A.C. Moore! The "flame" sentiment was heat-embossed in orange.The larger balloons were cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs die; the smaller balloons are pre-cut die cuts from Scrapbook Attic.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Always Happy Birthday: Birthday +(Optional) Balloons
Southern Girls #180: Die Cuts

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Treats -- Criss Cross Cards with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Criss Cross Card with tag. My card was inspired by the tutorials at Prickley Pear and Beccy's Place.





I made the tag by stamping the jar (Mail Expressions) in StazOn onto a clear page protector; filled it with sequins, die-cut "chocolate bunnies" (Cuttlebug), and egg-shaped confetti; sealed it with my Fuse tool; and fussy-cut it and added a top made from a gold paper. I used my Crop-O-Dile to add the hole & eyelet, and tied on three colors of raffia.

I added more of the sticker borders to the back of the card, which can be used to write the message. I didn't notice until now that my die-cut bunnies in the shaker are tail-up in this photo LOL!

Inspiration/Challenges:
City Crafter Challenge #405: Tag It!
Let's Craft & Create Challenge #135: Anything Goes + option Easter

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wine & Coffee Shaker Card

The sentiment is from Doctor Digi's House of Stamps. Although I don't so much subscribe to this motto these days — partly due to following it too closely for years! — it was too fun not to use. 
I printed/heat-embossed the sentiment three times. The coffee/wine stains were made with a Tim Holtz stencil & Recollections stamps and TH distress inks (Tea Dye, Dusty Concord & Seedless Preserve.) I used Molotow masking liquid to protect the frame with decorating the front panel.
I filled the shaker with wine glass die cuts (Memory Box) and purple & gold microbeads. The frame was cut from a pre-embossed cardstock. I finished the card with some coffee bean die cuts (Elizabeth Craft Designs) on the corners. I used the same gold paper for the die cuts, but colored them with the coordinating inks.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers #106: Coffee
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #446 (I got a little artsy with it, but I was 100% inspired by the sketch)


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Bright Birdhouse - Paint & Wood with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Decorate something Wooden, with the optional twist of Get Messy with Paint. Our fearless leader Susan described the challenge so well:
I have a wooden spatula - can I decorate that?
I have lots of wooden embellies - can I use them?
What about wooden buttons?
Can I use a twig from a tree?
What about an old box that needs rejuvenating?
Perhaps I can build a box or frame or similar from scratch?
The answer to all these questions is YES

The TWIST is to use paint
Does the paint have to go on the wood?
Do I have to use paint on everything?
Will I necessarily have to use a paintbrush?
The answer to these questions is NO!

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 you don't want to miss out on this great prize! You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.

I painted the base of this wooden birdhouse a couple of years ago, but never finished the project.


I used a rubber stencil (Recollections) to add the patterns. I painted the wood veneer pieces with chartreuse or glittery black paint, and added a layer of glow-in-the-dark paint. I added glow-in-the-dark glitter to some of the pieces. I made the beads with neon easy-bake clay & decorated them with the same stencil.




Inspiration/Challenges:
Challenge Up Your Life #87: Stencils
Creative Artiste Challenge #36: Anything Mixed Media / Use at least 3 mediums (Wood, Paint, Glitter, Clay for beads)
Simon Says Stamp: Craft Month

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates the UnstampaBelles this month!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Shaky Believer - Pilin' On the Squares

The theme this month at Pile It On is Circles, with the mid-month optional bonus theme of Squares. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, and I used their great Unicorn Believe Blocks to make a shaker card. The dotted trim is the backing from the foam tape I used to pop up the top layer.



Inspiration/Challenges:
613 Avenue Create #207: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Reuse/Recycle
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge: Anything using Bugaboo image
Get Creative Challenges #68: Fantasy/Mythological
Stemplegarten #71: (C8) Fantasy

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Bah Humbug - Humor at International Art & Soul Challenge

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge, chosen by DT member Jeanette, is Humor.I made a funny Christmas card using a pre-made tag and some Grinch stickers. The house is made with Elizabeth Craft dies. I cut the little Grinch feet from felt.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: Anything Christmas Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge: Anything Christmas/Optional theme: The Grinch


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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Peep Calm -- Easter with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Easter cards.

I used papers from Aunthetique; the rabbit is a Sizzix die cut, and the peep was cut with a file from Miss Kate's Cuttables' "Easter Candy" set. I hand-stamped and colored the carrot borders.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Patterned Paper
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Easter Inspiration Photo


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Rollin' with the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

I'm a huge fan of the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. They offer creative challenge themes and their Design Team is amazingly talented and hilarious. I was the lucky winner of their Galaxy Challenge (lucky, as in: I was the only entry!), and was invited to be the Guest Designer for their current challenge. And, Oh-my-Edna, did I ever have fun with it!

The challenge theme is "Z is for Zigzag" and you have until March 23 to get creative (snarkiness optional!)
http://snarkystampers.blogspot.com/

I shocked myself by being able to find so many zig-zag related items in my stash, including the cover of a pack of actual rolling papers!
I decorated the backing paper with a Darice embossing folder. I used gold embossing powder and a blue mix for the vellum pieces; the bright blue background paper with inked with Blueprint Sketch distress ink before embossing. I made the sentiment and printed it on a more opaque vellum. I put some foam tape inside the package to give it some dimension.

http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.nl/2018/03/challenge-maart.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
613 Avenue Create #207: Reuse/Recycle
Archi-scraps: Chevrons and Blue
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog: Sketch


Thank you for visiting, and many thanks to all at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for inviting me to join you!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Happy Birthday to Ewe - Pilin' On the Circles

The theme this month at Pile It On is Circles. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, and I used their Birthday Ewe Circle Sentiment and Birthday Ewe Trio digital stamps.
I used neon papers with a black & white scallop-patterned designer paper (Hall Pass/American Crafts). I colored the images with Copic markers & added white Flowersoft.

http://cardz4guyz.blogspot.ca/2018/02/challenge-189-sketch.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge: Anything using Bugaboo image
Cardz 4 Guyz #189: Sketch
Fairy Tale #188: Black/White & Rainbow Colors
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 for Cardz 4 Guyz #189!
 

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Gator Greetings - Embossing + Dies at International Art & Soul Challenge

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge, chosen by DT member Debbie, is Embossing + Dies.

The cute gator is a rubber stamp (Recollections) that I've had for years. I colored it with Copic markers and added visual texture with alohol. I used an embossing folder to add tactile texture to its body. The sentiment (Technique Tuesday) was heat-embossed in dark blue.

The crocodiles were cut with a Cuttlebug die. I put one in the shaker, and used a few more as embellishments on the outside & inside.

http://die-sketch-tanten-challenge.blogspot.com/2018/02/41-vom-1502-bis-140318.html
I rotated the sketch
Inspiration/Challenges:
Rubbernecker Stamps Challenge #28: Make It Shake
Sketch-Tanten (Sketch Aunts): Sketch #41


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