Sunday, August 2, 2020

A Tea Party at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our theme is A Tea Party. Check out the beautiful sample projects by our Design Team at International Art & Soul, then use your imagination and have fun!

I had so much fun with this theme, although at first it was very challenging. I made the teabag label myself, but that's a real teabag: I emptied the contents & filled it with sequins!



Inspiration/Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: (Wed) Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Sweet Summer Shaker

I just discovered the challenge blog Festive Friday: they offer fun biweekly inspiration lists based on fun holidays & celebrations. Along with the current Shaker Card challenge at Daring Cardmakers, I pulled out stuff from popsicle-themed items from my stash & made this summery card.


The big sunny sun is the tag from a baby gift from my parents... I couldn't bear to throw it away, but I figured I could compromise and recycle it! I filled the shaker with tiny fruits from Queen and Company & used some of the them for the corners; the popsicle shaker set is also from the same company.

The popsicles were cut from 3 papers with a Spellbinders die; I added glitter to the tops & copper ink to the stick part.  The sentiment is die-cut from a scrap of paper. The front DP is from Simple Stories; for the base card, I used a long-saved paper from Doodlebug Designs; I'm trying to celebrate my paper collection instead of hoarding it!



Inspiration/Challenges:
Festive Friday: (Fri 2W, C3) Inspiration #64: Sweet Sentiment,  Die cut, Summer Fun (+ Ice Cream, Shaker card)
Daring Cardmakers: (Fri, C5) Shake It (any project with a shaker)


Thank you for visiting!








Friday, July 24, 2020

Goofy Shaker

I finally got my Disney papers together and had to make a shaker card!


I made the shaker element from one sheet of patterned paper with balloon dies. I used adhesive foam & acetate from Recollections, and filled it with glass beads & star sequins.

The little mouse ears aren't just 3D, they're fuzzy! I typed up the sentiments using the Handwriting-Dakota font.

I used 3 different patterned papers; I used a double-side DP for the base (I couldn't neglect either these fun designs!); the frame on the front is cut using a papercutter and inked with black Memento ink for effect. Everything is edged with a black marker. 

The polka-dot tape was on sale, couldn't resist! So glad I splurged; it brought the whole design together. 

http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2020/07/sketch-186-187-with-fred-she-said.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2: (1st Wed) Sketch #187
The Paper Funday #18: (1st Wed) Anything Goes/Optional Twist: Great Outdoors



Thank you for visiting!






Sunday, July 19, 2020

Starry-eyed Family -- Relationships at the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is: Celebrating Relationships with the optional twist of: Work in pairs or have a pair of things somewhere in your work.
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 made a Peek-a-Boo Card, inspired by the great tutorial at Beccy's Place.







Inspiration/Challenges:
Country View Crafts' Challenge (M, P1) Do what makes you happy
Mix It Up Challenge #39 (P1) Anything Goes + optional: Open Technique (my techniques: Peek-a-Boo fold)


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

Thank you for visiting, 



Gnome for the Holidays -- Inspired by a Christmas Song at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our theme is Christmas Card Based on a Christmas Carol/Song. Check out the beautiful sample projects by our Design Team at International Art & Soul, then use your imagination and have fun!

I was inspired by one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs, "There's no place like home for the Holidays" and couldn't resist using papers from Scraps of Love in Peoria, Arizona. 

My mom bought the Gnome die on Wish; I couldn't resist using it to create a shaker card, although it wasn't easy; I wanted to using adhesive foam sheets, but mine were a bit too short for the full die, so I had to attach two pieces. But it was worth it, I think! It was fun paper-piecing the gnome character. For the first half of the sentiment, I did my best to match the pre-made piece and used the Cailyn Bloom Font. The cactus & pot dies are from Spellbinders.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Die Cut Divas: (M P1, E4, die cuts) Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland: (M) Square Card


Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Gnome Place like Home

I've been working on a gnome-themed card and ended up with a lot of scraps, so I decided to have a go with the great sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches! I used a sentiment I created for a previous card. The background paper is from Stamperia. My mom bought the Gnome die on Wish.




http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/2020/07/tuesday-morning-sketches-562.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches: (Mon) Sketch #562

Thank you for visiting!






Sunday, July 5, 2020

Zesty Ants -- Tiny Things at International Art and Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our theme is Tiny Things. Check out the beautiful sample projects by our Design Team at International Art & Soul, then use your imagination and have fun!

I just had to use this ant-patterned paper (Doodlebug Designs) and one of the ant-shaped buttons that's been in my stash forever. The digi stamp is "Lemon Ants" by Doodle Pantry, which I colored with Copic markers; I used rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to add texture to the lemon. The sentiment ("Live Your Life with Zest!") & lemon pattern are scratch-and-sniff washi tape. The lemons are actually cut from a bubble envelope!



Inspiration/Challenges:
Do-Al(l) Kreatives #43: (P1, winners P15) Fruit
The Paper Funday #18: (M, 1st Wed) Anything Goes/Optional Twist of Great Outdoors
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bright and Cheerful


Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Feelin' Blue at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our theme is Blue as Main Color.

The base card is more "artwork" by my 18-month-old. A Father's Day card for his Grandpa!


I stamped the pier scene, fish, and sentiment directly onto the card base. I colored the images with Copic markers. I hand-drew the stitched border. The blue mesh is upcycled from packaging. I covered the wood anchor with blue glitter Stickles; although it's difficult to see in this photo, I embellish the paint splashes with more of the same glitter.

http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/2020/06/tuesday-morning-sketches-559.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches: (Tue) Sketch #559
International Art & Soul Challenge: (Mon 2W) Blue as Main Color

Update: DT member Patti chose this as her favorite for Tuesday Morning Sketch #559!


Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,







Sunday, June 14, 2020

If the Slipper Fits -- Disney Magic at the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Magic with the optional twist of Be Inspired by the title of a Disney Film. 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 couldn't resist raiding my sticker stash and using these fun Cinderella movie-themed stickers (the sentiments & the images.) I made the border with film-patterned Washi tape & blue mesh (from garlic packaging!) The birds, slipper, and rose were die-cut from shiny light blue & sparkly blue papers. The base card is a pre-embossed cardstock, and I used the negative piece from cutting the slipper to decorate the inside.




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

Thank you for visiting, 



Sunday, June 7, 2020

Under the Sea at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our theme is Under the Sea.



I made the tag with a stained glass rubber stamp & a clear sentiment stamp; I colored it with Copics before baking. I cut the waves on my Silhouette Cameo; they are actually scraps from a previous project. I filled the shaker with a seashell sequin mix from Spiegelmom Scraps. The mermaid-patterned paper (which I also used for the base card) is from Authentique. My mom sent me this beautiful woodgrain paper.

I die-cut the shells from a corrugated cardboard that I brought home from Panera! I colored them with Copic markers.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: (M, P1) June  - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
The House That Stamps Built Designer's Choice Design Challenge #J320: (Wed) Tag



Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,







Sunday, May 24, 2020

Butterflies & Caffeine -- Blog Hop at Coffee Loving Cardmakers

http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2020/05/2020-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/
It's that time again: the Spring/Summer Blog Hop at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers! I always enjoy playing along.

I've been cleaning out my stash, and found this sweet coffee cup die-cut sentiment (Heartfelt Creations, Stampin' Up!) so I made a shaker card with my favorite kawaii coffee, woodgrain, and yellow-patterned papers, and coffee-scented washi tape. I filled the shaker with die-cut coffee beans (Elizabeth Crafts) and tiny butterflies (Scraps of Love).




Many thanks to all who make this Blog Hop possible!


Thank you for visiting!

Social Media Wisdom -- Humor at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our theme is Humorous.

This is one of my favorite themes, I like a good giggle on a card! I used emoji dies (Sizzix) and papers, plus some fun papers from my stash; the shaker is filled with sequins & tiny scissors (!) from Spiegelmom Scraps; I fussy-cut the troll (Scraps of Love) and laptop from patterned papers. I generated the sentiment myself using the font Fake Receipt, and cut it with a banner die.



I used a great computer-patterned paper for the inside; it's the same paper I fussy-cut the laptop from.




http://stickitdown.blogspot.com/2020/05/may-sketch-reveal.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Inkspirational: (2W) Word Prompt: Shake
Stick it Down: (M, P1) May Card Sketch



Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,







Sunday, May 17, 2020

Wind beneath my Wings -- 100th Challenge at the UnstampaBelles!

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Wings & Wind with the optional twist of Predominantly White & 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!

This is our 100th challenge, and 9th Blog Birthday! So we have lots of prizes. Be sure to join us!





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

Thank you for visiting, 



Sunday, May 10, 2020

Wings of Love -- Flowers & Butterflies at International Art & Soul

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


I used foam, dies and scrap plastic to make a shaker card. I filled it with a lovely sequin mix from Spiegelmom Scraps. The large butterfly has been in my stash for a long time, and worked just right with this sentiment rubber stamp.




http://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/2020/05/ssc230-getting-sketchy.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Sunday Stamps #230: (Sun 2W, C5) Sketch
Use Your Stuff #397: (Mon 2W) Flowers and/or Butterflies + Use Your Stash (this entire card is made from random stash items)




Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,







Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Bee's Knees -- No Squares/Rectangles at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our theme is Anything but a Square or Rectangle.

I made a round bee card. The inside says you're the bee's knees.



 I was inspired by these cute bees in one of my son's books!







Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,







Sunday, April 19, 2020

Amazing Creative Soul -- Creativity & Inspiration with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Creative Souls or Being Creative with the optional twist of Name a creative person you admire and CAS a piece of their work. 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 papers that were creatively "painted" by my 16-month-old, and basically CASed the Mondrain style.





Inspiration/Challenges:
Double Trouble Challenges: (1st/3rd Mon) #54 It's Hip to be Square
Make My Monday: (Mon 2W) #119 Make Your Own Background Paper


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

Thank you for visiting, 



Sunday, April 12, 2020

One Word many times at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge we're using A One Word Sentiment Used Multiple Times.



I made a graduation card with a spinning mortarboard!


Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,