Sunday, October 18, 2020

Grateful Autumn Penguins -- Inspired Thank-you with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is: Inspire (who/what was your inspiration into the world of papercraft?) with the optional twist of: Thank You Card using the word Inspire.

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!

My crafting inspiration, both for this card & for crafting in general, is my Mom. She introduced me to stamps & designer papers, which got me into this great online cardmaking community! She just left from a long visit with us, so I made this notch-wing card featuring a photo of me and my son. The foam penguin was found on the sidewalk by my thoughtful husband!

Challenges:
CHPP October Challenge: AG with Patterned Paper 
Papercraft Business Challenge (M, P1, E3, any papercraft) October - Interactive

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

If the Broom Fits -- Halloween at International Art & Soul

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

I love making Halloween cards, so I couldn't wait to pull out these stamps & papers that I was gifted last year and never got to use. I heat-embossed the Legs with a sparkly white powder; the sentiment (from a different stamp set)was stamped in black, also directly onto a textured orange paper. The hat & broom are stickers; everything is matted with silver foil cardstock.


For the base card, I used a foiled paper from the paper collection as most of the patterned papers on the front. I added a message section and more of those cute Halloween kitties!


Inspiration/Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #261: (Thurs 2W) Fall/Halloween Sentiment
Show Us Your Pussies Challenge #59: (Monthly Tue) Furrything Goes (mainly cats) 



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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Falling for Hedgehogs -- Autumn Colors at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our theme is Autumn Colors. I used some lovely Mintay papers and different colored woodgrain papers to create this hedgehog-themed card. The wreath pieces, the tiny door & wreath are die-cut. The hedgehog inside the house is a stamp that I colored.




Inspiration/Challenges:
Animal Friends Challenge #90: (P1) Hedgehog
Cheerful Sketches Challenge (P1) September Sketch
Cut It Up: (Fri 2W) Happy Fall Y'all + At Least 3 Layers


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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Old Spice -- Rising From the Ashes with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is: Phoenix (Rising from the Ashes) - as in salvaging a craft 'mistake' perhaps? Getting an education or career after a slow beginning; recovering from an illness ie Breast Cancer; celebrating a divorce? with the optional twist of: Use an Embossing Folder.

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 went with the idea of salvaging a craft 'mistake' and finally used an inked & embossed card top I made forever ago. I didn't like it at the time (too 'muddy') but I love it now!

Mom just gave me this fun Shaker Creator set from Tonic Studios, and I couldn't wait to use it. I cut the mug from the hand-inked/embossed paper I made, and then layered the the card with embossed metallic papers and the shiny brown paper I also used for the base card. The swirls & spoon are from and Elizabeth Crafts die set; I designed the sentiment for a previous project, but couldn't part with the extras I printed! The shaker is filled with Queen & Co. fruit-shaped sprinkles & Paper Sweeties flower-shaped sequins; I also added a few to the spoon for fun.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: (Wed) No Stamps
Simply Create Too #164: (deadline Sept 25) Make a Shaker Card
Try Stamping On Tuesdays #475
: (deadline Sept 27) Sketch #80 + option: Metallic 

Update: This made the Top 3 for Try Stamping On Tuesdays #475!


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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Wild Birthday -- Tic-Tac-Toe at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge we're playing Tic-Tac-Toe!

IAAS Tic-Tac-Toe

I used the right-to-left diagonal row: Embossing + Die + Image. The stamps & matching dies are a set from Elizabeth Crafts.

And then it opens up...

I put a message section on the back.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Lavinia World Challenges - 2W, SIO #35 Anything Goes Using Rubber Or Clear Stamps (No Digis) (W1 of 2)
Seize The Birthday 2W, 3E, C5  #199 Birthday + Option: Die Cuts (W1 of 2) 


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Monday, September 7, 2020

Funky Chickaletta

http://snarkystampers.blogspot.com/2020/09/soss-168-f-is-for-friends.html
The current Challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is Friends, so I jumped on the chance to use this silly image I printed recently from the Nick Jr. website, my favorite Paw Patrol character, the mayor's best friend & pet purse chicken, Chickaletta!

Paw Patrol makes great fodder for the snarky-at-heart; there are lots of blog posts out there by snarky parents like me who watch way too much of it!  I stole the sentiment from a meme, printed it using American Typewriter font, and stamped the bubble with a Latina Crafter stamp.  I colored Chickaletta with Copic markers & added some bling with a glitter pen. She's on an Action Wobble, so that she can do the Funky Chickaletta! I even added a brad to represent Wally, another animal friend in the show. I obviously had way too much fun with this!

http://stickitdown.blogspot.com/2020/09/september-sketches.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: (Sat 2W) Friends
Stick it Down: (P1) September Card Sketch

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

You're so sharp -- Good News at the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is: Good News with the optional twist of: Make Your Own Background.
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 the "You're So Sharp!" sentiment with the Giddyup Std font and then die-cut. I made my own stencil with a cactus die from the same die set, inked it onto a coated Core'Dinations cardstock, embossed with with a cactus-patterned embossing folder, and then sanded the the raised pattern.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown #463: (Tue) Use a Stencil (I used a die as a stencil)


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Peter Rabbit Fun -- Inspired by a Book at International Art & Soul

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

I chose the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Mom recently gave me an issue of Make Special Cards magazine that came with a ton of Peter Rabbit-themed papers, toppers, and stamps! She also lent me this Window Pop die from Fun Stampers Journey.





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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)

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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)


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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



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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)


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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


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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

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