Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wild Paradise with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Paradise Pretties and Tropical Delights, with the optional twist of Into the Wild. 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 "wild" flamingo is a woven decal. The mug/straw/pineapple dies are from an Elizabeth Craft set. I die-cut the letters from a yellow patterned paper.  I added some mulberry flowers and accents with a gold pearl pen.

The base card is made with a double-sided paper from Graphic45; check out the pretty inside:


Inspiration/Challenges:


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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Fierce Knights -- UK Myths & Legends at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is UK Myths & Legends.

I chose the legend of Saint George and the Dragon. The dragon-patterned paper as well as the sentiment stamps are from Echo Park. The other papers are from Graphic 45. The base card and pop-up element are cut using and Elizabeth Craft die set. I had lots of fun making this card, and it's for a very special someone for his birthday.



Inspiration/challenges:
Craft Rocket Challenge #65: (1st Thurs) Happy Birthday
Creatalicious Challenge #174: (P15/last day of the M) Anything Goes + optional for a Man


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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Frosty Friends -- Coffee Loving Cardmakers

http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/
It's that time again: the Autumn/Winter Blog Hop with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers! I always enjoy playing along.

The sentiment is from a Stamps of Life set. The adorable paper is from Doodlebug Designs. The digi stamp is "Snowman Cocoa" from Bugaboo Stamps (although I'm not sure that it's available anymore.) The coffee bean die cuts are from an Elizabeth Crafts set; the shapes are from a Sizzix set.

Am I the only one who like iced coffee drinks even in cold weather‽ The original digi stamp has the snowman holding a stack of marshmallows, but I fussy-cut the frosty beverage from the Doodlebug paper for a little personalization!
 

http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2019/10/stella-says-sketch-challenge-718.html
Inspiration/challenges:
Coffee Loving Cardmakers: (Nov 1-8) Coffee/Tea + Autumn/Winter
Stella Says Sketch: (Sun 2W) Sketch #718


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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Autumn at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Celebrate Autumn.

We got a mailing from our gas company about safety, and when I saw this scratch-and-sniff element I knew I just had to use it for a fart-themed card for my aunt and uncle!

Inspiration/challenges:
Try Stamping On Tuesdays - W -  #430 - Sketch*+optional twist: Fall Fun

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Thankfully Blue at the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Well, Thank You, with the optional twist of Brilliant in Blue. 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!

For the background panel, I used a beautiful stencil that was gifted to me from Hilde, a craft-blogging friend from Australia. Hi, Hilde! I inked the shiny white paper with TH Distress Inks, and then, because I don't have any good sprays right now, I sprayed it with water & bleach. This technique had the nice side effect of inspiring me to bleach my sink, and now it's so shiny and bright!

The sentiment is cut with a Spellbinders die. The top layer is a scrap of the patterned paper I used for the base card. I also cut it from a thin cardboard to add some dimension. 



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Sunday, October 13, 2019

A Batty Birthday -- Halloween at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Halloween.

My cousin's birthday is on Halloween, and I always have fun making her themed cards. For my birthday, a crafty friend gave me a bunch of Halloween stuff from Michael's. My cousin has a "wicked" sense of humor, so it worked perfectly!





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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Manly Poops -- Tags at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Tags. You can make a tag or add one to your project.

When I saw the current "Gross" challenge at the Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers, I knew I had to use the cute poop emoji die that I borrowed from my mom. It's part of an emoji die/embossing set from Sizzix. I had lots of fun!

The sentiment is from Viva Las Vegas Stamps, and reads: The only time a woman can change a man is when he's a baby! I have a 9-month-old son, and our life has definitely become pretty poop-centric. The last time I used this stamp, it was for a card for his now 6-year-old cousin!



http://snarkystampers.blogspot.com/2019/09/soss-144-g-is-for-gross.html
http://stickitdown.blogspot.com/2019/09/september-sketch-reveals.html
Inspiration/challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: (Wed) Anything Goes
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers #144: (Sat 2W) Gross
Stick it Down: (M, P1): September Card Sketch
Word Art Wednesdays #403: (Wed 2W) Anything Goes


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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Apertures & Layers at the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Time for Recess (Apertures), with the optional twist of Lots of Layers. 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!




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Jet Spoon Birthday -- Things with Wings at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Things with Wings.



My mom gave my nine-month-old son a set of fun airplane-shaped spoons, and I couldn't resist using the packaging to make a card for her friend's great-grandson's first birthday!

I filled it with lots of microbeads & birthday-themed wood pieces. The frame border was hand drawn with a white gel pen.

I created the background by using the plastic packaging. I Inked the plastic in order to make a mask for the pop-up Jets, but I like the Technic so much I ended up using it to create my own background. I used to different blue distress inks.


http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/2019/09/cic478-bugaboo.html
Inspiration/challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations #478: (Mon 2W) Photo Inspiration / Blue & Yellow
Word Art Wednesdays #403: (Wed 2W) Anything Goes



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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Piggy Birthday -- Lots of Layers at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Lots of Layers.

For this shaker card, I the Piggy Bank 2 stamp & die set from The Stamps of Life. I was so excited to use this set and had a lot of fun with it. I used real coins: a USA penny, a Canadian penny, a Mexican peso, and a Vietnamese dong! Funny what you end up collecting; I've never even been to Vietnam!


http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2019/08/sketch-165-and-166-with-bugaboo-stamps.html
Inspiration/challenges:
Seize The Birthday #173: (Thurs 2W) Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: (Wed) Anything Goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2: (1st Wed) Sketch #166


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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Tea in the Watercolor Garden at the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Tea in the Garden, with the optional twist of Watercolour Wonders. 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!


I used watercolor paper and a die/embossing folder that came from a Papercrafting magazine. I colored the raised portions with Stampin' Up! watercolor crayons. I used the coffee cup sticker as a mask before watercoloring the background, and then removed some of the pieces to reveal the white paper. The sentiments are also gold stickers.


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A Little Pickup -- Flowers at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Flowers.


I used a pickup truck Shaker card and die/stamp set from Jillbean soup to make this punny shaker card. I had lots of fun!


I filled the shaker with blue flower-shaped sequins, gold stars, and white flowers from Paper Sweeties. The pickup truck die is from Taylored Expressions.



https://do-allkreatives.blogspot.com/2019/08/start-32-sketch.html
Inspiration/challenges:
2 Sisters On The Blog: (August) Vehicle
Do-Al(l) Kreatives #32: (August) Sketch
International Art & Soul Challenge: (2W) Flowers
Simon Says Wednesday: (Wed) Midsummer Blues

Update: This was a chosen as a Top 3 for Do-Al(l) Kreatives #32!

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sketchy Ladybugs -- Guest Designer at Feeling Sketchy

My Nautical Dreamer card was a Top Pick for Feeling Sketchy #220, so I was invited to be a Guest Designer! They provided me with "Spring Ladybug" from StarStampz and their fabulous Sketch #222. I had tons of fun with both!




Inspiration/Challenges:
Feeling Sketchy: (P1/15) Sketch #222 (Guest Designer)



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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Spin Your Spurs! Embossing at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Embossing (heat or dry).


The cowboy hat & banjo are cut/embossed with a Cuttlebug/Disney set. I used a two-toned Core'Dinations cardstock and sanded the raised section to reveal the peach color. The spurs are made with a copper paper. I created the "Spin Your Spurs" sentiment with the Rosewood font. The patterned papers are from Cosmo Cricket and Graphic 45.


http://creativesketchygirls.blogspot.com/2019/07/challenge-38.html
Inspiration/challenges:
Creative Sketchy Girls: (M, P20) Sketch
Simon Says Wednesday: (Wed) Anything Goes


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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Pilin' On the Seasonal Kiddos

Our new theme at Pile It On is Boys of Summer/Winter; and since it's the 3rd Sunday of the month, we have an optional bonus theme: Girls of Summer/Winter. 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 Crafty Sentiments Designs, and I used their adorable "Let's See" digi stamp.


The ladybug paper is from Graphic 45. The yellow paper is a handmade paper with a lot of texture, and I embossed it with a Taylored Expressions folders. The cloud dies are from Latin Crafter, and the sentiments are from Echo Park's Alice in Wonderland set, and I stamped them with distress inks. I made the ladybugs with a tiny circle die. The daisies are from a lace ribbon. I had lots of fun making this!



http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2019/07/sketch-162.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
AAA Birthday: (1st Mon, Birthday cards only) For the Girls (Birthday sentiment on the inside)
Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge: (1st Sat) Tic Tac Toe (ribbon/twine + die cuts + emboss)
Sweet Sketch Wednesday: (Wed 2W) Sketch #162

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