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 thee 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
Christmas at Sweet Stampin': Anything Goes Christmas
The Fairy and The Unicorn: Anything Mystical/Magical
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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Friday, May 11, 2018

Cutie in a Cup -- Happy Birthday to Crafting with Dragonflies!

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

I used this adorable Teacup Yorkie pre-coloured image from Paper Shelter.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Swingin' Mom's Day - Interactive Cards at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Interactive Cards. I made a notch swing card, so the center circle rotates.



If you'd like to try it yourself, this original card design is available for purchase as SVG files for your die-cutting machine in my SaySomethingLoudly Etsy Shop. Thank you for supporting my crafting!

Inspiration/Challenges:
International Art & Soul Challenge: Interactive Cards
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Dearest Mother - Twisted Easel Card with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Twisted Easel Card.

I made this with a Graphic 45 paper. I added lace, corner die-cuts from Crafter's Companion, and a sentiment stamp from Fiskars.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafter's Castle: Anything Goes+ optional: Dimensional Projects
DL ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #227: Mother's Day (Or A Thank You Card)

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Classic Housing -- Guest Designer at Stick It Down

My steampunk accordion card was chosen as the Card Sketch favorite for the February challenge at Stick It Down, and I was invited to be a guest designer for their April Sketch Challenge!

This card was inspired by evenings spent crafting at our local library. The patterned paper is wallpaper that I got at one of their open crafting nights, and I used a technique that mimics Vinegar Painting, which I learned about there as well.

The frame and house are wood veneer pieces, and I heat-embossed the house with burgundy powder. The corners are cut with a Crafter's Companion die. The sentiments are stamps from my stash.

I used alcohol inks and rubbing alcohol to create the Vinegar Painting-inspired portions, using paint samples that we were given at the library demonstration.


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Here's Looking at You - Vellum or Acetate with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Vellum or Acetate, with the optional twist of create a new view/something new to look at. 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 tried my hand at a mini blind card. For the mini blind, I started with a vellum that was embedded with a few tiny sequins. I inked one side with pink archival ink from Sweet Stamps, then set it with a layer of heat-embossed glitter. I used the same technique for the bottom layer of the border.


The border was made with Pink&Main dies. The background paper is actually a wallpaper sample; it almost looks like a scene! The sentiment is a gold sticker. The image in the "window" is from Graphic45.

Inspiration/Challenges:
613 Avenue Create #208: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Vellum
Simply Create Too #137: Use Die Cuts

Update: This was chosen as a favorite for the challenge including the twist for 613 Avenue Create Challenge #208!

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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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