Sunday, March 17, 2019

Stuck on Boys with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is For Men/Boys, with the optional twist of Staple or Peg/Clothespin. 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 a chipboard album to make a memory book for my little one's first visit with some of his cousins from Florida.


I used a onsie/babygrow-shaped shaker from Queen & Co. and "pinned" it to a twine washline with mini clothespins.





Inspiration/Challenges:
Get Creative Challenge #78: (1st Mon) Anything Goes + Option: Anything But a Card
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: (Wed) Weather (sunny Spring day)


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Pilin' On the Rainbows

The themes this month at Pile It On are Your Favorite Color and/or Rainbows. 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 The Paper Shelter, and I used their Glittery And Sparkling set.


The rainbow stamp is from Scrapper's Paradise, and the cloud-shaped shaker is from Jillibean Soup.

For the inside, I used a background image that comes with the Glittery And Sparkling set.



http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.com/2019/03/challenge-maart.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
A2Z Scrapbooking Linky Party: (P1) Colour it In
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog: (P1) Sketch
Crafter's Castle: (1st Sat) Anything Goes + option of Glitter
The Fairy and The Unicorn: (1st Sat) Anything Mythical & Mystical
Jo's Scrap Shack #273: (Fri) Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge #374: (Wed) Digital Image
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: (Mon) Feminine/Girly


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Green Plus 2 Colors at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge we're challenging you to use Green Plus 2 Colors.


I filled the shaker portion with Queen & Co. fruit-shaped sprinkles, since they perfectly matched my color scheme! Their addition also inspired my choice of sentiment, which was heat-embossed in white. The footprints are rubber stamps by Repeat Impressions. The baby is a rubber stamp from Lili of the Valley,

My color scheme was inspired by a lovely present our neighbor made for our son. She made this hat & cozy baby bag in a round loom! This is a thank-you card for her.



Inspiration/Challenges:
JFF Monthly Challenge: (P5, C5, rubber stamp) Movement (Repeat Impressions & LOTV rubber stamps)
Pattie's Creations #156: (1st Friday/mo, digital or stamped image) Babies


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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Pilin' On your Favorite Color

Our new theme at Pile It On is Your Favorite Color. 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 The Paper Shelter. Every color has a special place in my heart, but Purple has definitely been a favorite in my life: We were married in a purple building & my husband wore a purple suit! Plus it's the official color of our local U.S. Football team, the Baltimore Ravens, so it's a common color to show off!




I made an origami dress to go along with this sweet image from Lili of the Valley. The tutorial makes a larger dress, but I was able to make this from a 2x2-inch piece of cardstock that I had previously decorated.

http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2019/02/sketch-154-sponsored-by-anne.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Creative Sketchy Girls #33: (P20) Use Ribbon or Lace
Inkspirational Challenge #181: (Sat 2W) Use Your Stash
Scribbles Designs Challenge #74: (P15) 3 or more Layers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #390: (Tue 2W) Fabulous February (Stone: Amethyst, Flower: Violet or Primrose)
Southern Girls: (Thurs 2W) Girl Power
Sweet Sketch Wednesday #154: (Wed 2W) Sketch



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Sequins and/or Beads at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge we're challenging you to Sequins and/or Beads.




The sandal-shaped shakers are from Queen & Co., and I added sequins and beads to the tops. They are filled with flower-shaped sequins (Paper Sweeties)and yellow & turquoise beads.



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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Artsy, Bright & Cheerful with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Bright & Cheerful, with the optional twist of Artsy Creations. And remember, no stamps!


I decided to try something new, so I made a Pull-Up (or Accordion or Lantern) Card. All the tutorials I found create a very large, 6.25-inch square card, but I wanted mine to be a bit smaller, so I strunk it down to 4.675 inches. My strips are 1.5 x 9 inches, scored at every 1.5 inches.

For the artsy twist, I used a stencil & Memento dew-drop inks to embellish the patterned paper. I die-cut leaves (Sheena Douglas) & flowers (Sizzix) to decorate the top. Lots of cutting, but lost of fun!



Inspiration/Challenges:
2 Sisters On The Blog #24: (P1) More than one fold
Little Red Wagon #484: (Wed) Some Type of Movement

Update: This was a Featured Project for Little Red Wagon #484!

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

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Pilin' On the Blues

The themes this month at Pile It On are Pretty in Pink and/or Feelin' Blue. 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 All Dressed Up, and I went all-blue since earlier this month I went all-pink!

I made a shirt-and-tie card. Instead of a silk tie, I made a bolo tie.


The base is a jean-patterned paper I've had for ages. I created the sentiment for the pocket on my computer using the Home Sweet Home font, added a blue background, and printed it on silver paper. I used a layer of blue cardstock underneath the pocket & front seam. I did the stitching with a Sakura white gel pen. I cut the buttons with a Stampin' Up! die from ivory paper to simulate bone. I capped the black-and-gold rope with aluminum foil. I made the "turquoise" with a mix of three Stampendous powders: Periwinkle, Glacier, and Copper Enamel. I die-cut it with an oval die, and cut another oval and covered it with silver embossing powder. I'm pleased with the result!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe #213: (P1/15) Fancy Folds or Embossing
Everybody-Art-Challenge: (Tue 2W) Jeans (fabric or paper)
Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge: (P9) Always Anything Goes with Dies 
My Time to Craft #390: (2W) Men Only
TIME OUT Challenge #129: (2W) Retro

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Shades of any Color at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge we're challenging you to Use Shades of any Color. A dear friend of mine loves the color pink, so I made her a special gift for Valentine's Day.


I made a gift bag using my Silhouette Cameo & decorated it with pink corrugated cardboard and Washi tape. I filled it with a heart-shaped soap, a candy bar from my favorite craft store in Arizona, and a Starbucks gift card.

I made a gift card holder with more of the corrugated cardboard, a coffee-themed paintable from AdornIt, and coffee-scented Washi tape. I colored the paintable with watercolor pencils and Copic markers.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges: (1st Sunday) Love
Creations in Pink #6: (P15) Anything Goes in Mainly Pink
Moving along with the Times #91: (2W, Thurs) A Little Bit Shabby Chic

Update: This was the lucky winner for the Dare 2B Artzy "Love" challenge!

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Pilin' On the Pink

Our new theme at Pile It On is Pretty in Pink. 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 All Dressed Up, and I used their Happiness digi stamp.

I've wanted to make a bra card for quite a while, and I especially wanted to use a stamp like a tattoo. I used a template by Kasia.

This image worked perfectly as a tattoo! I colorized it to dark pink, printed it on a mottled pink French cardstock along with the card shape, and colored it with Copic markers. The cardstock is from my stash; I bought it in India 14 years ago! The clothing was made with red paper doilies that I heat-embossed pink. I also heat-embossed the heart-shaped brads, but in hot pink. The rose lace is from my stash; I forgot I had it, and it worked so perfectly for this project!


http://snarkystampers.blogspot.com/2019/01/soss-127-v-is-for-valentine.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
All Dressed Up: (M, P15) Anything Goes with All Dressed Up image (Happiness)
Crafter's Castle: (M Sat) Anything Goes with option: Fun Techniques
Creations in Pink: (P15) #6 Anything Goes in Mainly Pink
Dream Valley Challenge #194: (2W Mon) Doily & Brad
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers #127: (2W Sat) V is for Valentine
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: (W) Anything Goes


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Make Your Own Background at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at International Art & Soul we're challenging you to Make Your Own Background.

I tried a new-to-me technique: using salt to add effects to a watercolor background (inspired by the challenge at Back to Basics—thanks!); I don't have watercolor paints, so I followed the tutorial at Koala T Crafts for using distress inks. It was fun! I actually did the painting and coloring while breast pumping for my 2-month old! I tried table salt at first, but it didn't do much, so I re-wet the piece and used Epson salts. I stamped the Lili of the Valley rubber stamp directly onto watercolor paper before inking it, then die cut the square out of the center. Then I stamped the image onto white card stock and colored it with Copic markers; I fussy-cut it and added it over the top of the original stamped image. I stamped the birds (ArtsyFartsy & Verve Stamps) in the top corners of the background. I used gemstones on the bottom of the corners to represent bubbles. The sentiment (Hero Arts) was stamped on vellum and I added the little sailboat sticker. The cloud ribbon has been in my stash for so very long but I'm glad I kept it for this little touch.


http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2019/01/sketch-152.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Back To Basics: (2W) Salt Technique
Sweet Sketch Wednesday: (2W) Sketch + Optional Sponsor Image (Lili of the Valley)

Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 for Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge #152!


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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Horses of the Sea -- Pilin' on ALL the Animals

The themes this month at Pile It On are Land Animals and/or Sea/Water Animals. 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 A Day for Daisies, and I used the lovely Seahorse.

I used the font GoodDog for the Rumi quote: "You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop."The frame is a die/embossing set from Cuttlebug. I filled it with blue glitter, confetti stars, and glass beads. I also used some real fishing net. I decorated the inside too.

http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2019/01/challenge-391-ends-jan-27th.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania: (Tue) New + dies [shaped confetti in shaker]
Do-Al(l) Kreatives #25: (P1) Think Twice [two seahorses]
Make My Monday (Mon) #87 Use Words/Sentiment [Rumi quote]
Paper Shelter Challenge: (Wed) Use Digital Image
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: (Mon) Recycle [frame is made from scrap cardboard; die-cut seahorse is made from a soda can]
Try Stamping on Tuesday: (Tue) Mix It Up Challenge [Sketch]

Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 for TSOT #391!


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Little Mermaids -- Movies with International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge we're challenging you to Be Inspired by a Movie. I chose "The Little Mermaid" ... I grew up with the anime movie, which was closer to the original Hans Christian Andersen story than the Disney; hence the use of sea-foam green, ha!


The patterned paper is from Authentique's "Sea-Maiden" collection; I used it as the base card, so that the reverse side is the inside of the card. I was inspired by paper to heat-emboss the seaweed on the front in red. The sentiment is from Echo Park's Alice in Wonderland set, and I embossed it in gold powder. I added 3 real shells. For the mermaid tail, I used clipart as a template and created a cut file in SCAL; I used the negative piece to decorate the inside of the card.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Cardz 4 Galz #88: (Thurs) Dimensional Elements [shaker is popped with foam; real seashells]
Paper Minutes #571: (Tue) Peekaboo [Tail peeking up from the ocean]
Try It On Tuesday: (2nd & 4th Tue, C5) Something Old Something New [Old: kelp stamp; New: shaped confetti in shaker]

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Pilin' on the Soulful Animals

Happy New Year! Our first challenge of the year at International Art & Soul is Cats & Dogs, and the theme this month at Pile It On is Land Animals. I'm busy these days with the best Christmas gift ever, but my MIL was visiting and I got a bit of time to go through my stash and make a project.

The background is made from one piece of plaid-patterned paper. I used Spellbinders circle dies to cut the rainbow, inked the pieces separately, and inlaid it. The fence (Memory Box die) is the only piece I didn't ink.

The sentiment image is a clear stamp that I heat-embossed in white on black paper. The pawprint paper is a scrap from my off-cut stash.

The squirrel and bird were cut with a Cuttlebug die from glittery white foam. I added glitter embossing powder to the chipboard plaid cat.

I decorated the inside with more plaid patterned paper & another Spellbinders die.


Inspiration/Challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #20: (P1) Anything Goes with a Critter
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: (P1) Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
International Art & Soul: Cats & Dogs
Pile It On: Land Animals
Scrapy Land Challenges: Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells (Spellbinders)


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Goodbye, Dragonfly

I started my tenure as a Crafting with Dragonflies Design Team member with their 2013 Christmas Tag challenge, so it seems appropriate that we finished with the 2018 Christmas Tag challenge. Hilde, thank you for having me as a part of this close-knit team for five wonderful years!

I was going through my stash and found this half-finished project; so I made a card to commemorate this bittersweet occasion. Besides the glittery ribbon & card base, this is a one-layer. I used masking & stamping to create the scene.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Country View Crafts' Challenge: Landscapes
Unicorn Challenge #39: Things with Wings


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