Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cool Dad - To the Men in our Lives with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles June challenge is To the Men in our Lives with the optional twist of Add an Animal. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.




I made a tuxedo box card using instructions by Keren Howell, but I made mine smaller at 4 x 5.5 inches. The base & pop-up strips are patterned vellums. The penguins were cut from a patterned paper with a Cuttlebug die. My dad & I have a running joke about what "cool" means, so I created the sentiment & cut it out with a cloud die from Impression Obsession. I inked the cloud with a little Antique Linen distress ink. I used white paper to create message sections on the back.

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Pilin' on the Folds & Birds

The theme this month at Pile It On is Fancy Folds. Our mid-month optional bonus theme is Put a Bird on It. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.


I made a cascading card featuring Birthday Bird 04 by Bugaboo Stamps. I colored the image with Copic markers & cut it out with deckle scissors.

The sentiments Happy Birthday/Feliz Cumple & A little bird told me that today is your birthday/Me dijo un pajarito que hoy cumples años are from Dilo en Español Stamps. The latter is held in place with a wood veneer bird that I heat embossed in yellow.

The balloons were cut with Elizabeth Craft dies, and I tied little bits of blue satin ribbon to them.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Animal Friends Challenge: Animals with Wings
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge: Anything using Bugaboo image (Birthday Bird 04)
Catch the Bug: Bingo (diagonal left-to-right: Ribbon, Die, Sentiment)
Colouring in Scrapland: Celebrations + hand-colored image
Cutie Pie Challenge: Cute + Creatures
Everybody-Art-Challenge #405: Happy Birthday


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Sunny Wishes - Sentiments at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Cards featuring a Sentiment as the main focus.
 

I've been inspired by Mojo Monday sketches since 2011. I won some awesome Verve Stamps from them in 2011 and in 2015, and I've loved using them over the years. For this, my last chance at playing with their fun sketches, I used one of my all-time favorite sentiments, from their Let It Shine set (you can see my many uses of this set here).

All the papers/embellishments are from my stash/off-cut box. The faux patina strip is left over from a previous project. The speech bubble die is from Latina Crafter. TI distressed the pieces with Copper ink, and rounded the corners with a Kadomomaru Pro corner punch from Scor-Pal. he geckos were cut from an Arizona Green Tea can.

http://mojomonday.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/mojo-monday-500-contest-and-farewell.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies: Card featuring a Sentiment
Mojo Monday: Sketch #500


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shaky Toolbox - For Men at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is For Men.


I used Spellbinder's Toolbox die set to create with shaker card.

http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2017/06/sketch-114.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes/Optional Twist/Shaker Card
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Masculine
Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Sketch


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pilin' on the Fancy Folds

The theme this month at Pile It On is Fancy Folds. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, and I used their hip & hilarious Unicorn Blocks set to create this concertina card.




I recently attended a two-day crop in Prescott Valley, Arizona, with my awesome Mom. There were about 25 crafters from around the area (we drove over 2 hours north just for the occasion!), lots of prizes, food & freebies, and there was also a small sale of gently-used stamps. That's where I got this cute stamp set with the unicorn, fairy, stars & sentiment.The rainbow/polka-dot-patterned and star papers are from my stash. I colored the images with Copics.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Catch the Bug: Anything Goes with Bugaboo stamp
Dream Valley Challenge #157: More than 1 Fold
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 for Dream Valley Challenge #157!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Shaken, not Stirred -- Anything Goes at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're showing off our Cards, so Anything Goes. Looking forward to see what you share; and be sure to check out the Design Team inspiration cards.


I was inspired by olive-themed papers from Cosmo Cricket's Social Club paper collection. Along with the word art by TLC Creations, they make for a Bondified pun. The leather-textured papers & cork-patterned papers are from my stash. I edged the papers with a Kadomomaru Pro corner punch I won from Scor-Pal, and cut the shaker circles with Sizzix dies. The tiny martini glasses are from Memory Box's Party Glasses die set and are cut them from a scrap of red vellum.I also filled the shakers with blue microbeads & diamond dust.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas #319: Anything Goes with Dies
Ooh La La Creations #229: Food and/or Drink
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Circles

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stitching at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Stitching (real or faux).


The background paper is a yellow mulberry paper; not so easy to stamp on but I really like the texture. The patterned paper is from my stash. The quilted frame is a rubber stamp from Repeat Impressions. I fussy-cut the blocks & colored them with Copic markers. The sentiment is by Our Daily Bread Designs, and the outer stitching stamp is from a Scrapper's Paradise set. Everything was stamped in Memento brown ink. The stitched blocks are dies from Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up set. I finished the card with some fluffy yarn.

Inspiration/Challenges:
House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes (used Repeat Impressions stamp)
Making Memories Crafting: Anything Goes

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pilin' on the Spring-y Animals

The theme this month at Pile It On is Animals. Our mid-month optional bonus theme is Spring Garden. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Kitty Bee Designs, and I used their adorable Basket of Love Bun to create this Card-in-a-Box using Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up die set.



Inspiration/Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge: Spring Fever
Cut it Up: Fun Folds
Deep Ocean: Furry or feathered Friends
Kitty Bee Designs: Animals
Kreativeinkauf-challenge #51: Pennants (or hearts)


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Animals at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Cards featuring Animals.


The horse, unicorn, *poof* cloud, and sentiment were hand-stamped & colored; the rest is patterned paper. This is a simple pocket card; I created the windows with circle dies.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: E for Enchanted Creatures
heARTful Stamping Challenge: Animals + Stamp (no digi)

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hot Colours at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Hot Colours.


To create the background, I inked a craft mat with hot pink & orange inks, spritzed it, and smooshed my smooth white paper on it. I like the watercolor effect.

The prickly pear cactus & lizard are die-cuts from my stash. I heat-embossed them in neon green. I heat-embossed the sentiment directly onto the background. The mulberry flowers were colored with Copics.

I recently won a gift certificate from Pink & Main, and couldn't wait to use my new Bubbly Border dies. I used neon embossing powders on the detailed top pieces, and cut the bases from neon papers.

http://yournextstamp.com/blog/

Inspiration/Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies
Paper Creator's Crafts #58: Bright and Bold
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge: Anything Goes with Embossing Powder
YNS Challenge #64: Color Inspiration + Sketch

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Flowers at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Lots of Flowers and/or Mother's Day.


I made this at a two-day crop in Prescott Valley, Arizona, using Pebbles papers. I didn't have a stamp I wanted to use, so I hand-wrote my sentiment on vellum that came in our crop goodie bag. Although I won't be with my Mom on Mother's Day, I've had a lovely visit with her. So thankful for her!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Quick Quotes Challenge #75: Mothers or Mother's Day
Scrapy Land Challenges: Anything with a Die brand sold at Scrapy Land (Lawn Fawn - Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up Dies)
Ooh La La Creations #228: Something Beginning with B (Box, Bird)


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Pilin' on the Animals

The theme this month at Pile It On is Animals. The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Kitty Bee Designs, and our team had lots of fun with their Narwhal Love digi stamp.



I made a penny slider from this fun Bella Blvd paper. I didn't have my dies, so I used punches. I colored the adorable narwhal with Copics (B91, BG70, B60, W1) & added some sparkle with a glitter pen. It's so fun to move that little guy around the punny sentiment; maybe it's slapping some fish for dinner




Inspiration/Challenges:
Colouring in Scrapland: Anything Goes with a hand-colored image
Crafty Animals: Anything Goes with an Animal
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper (2nd entry)
Southern Girls: Retro Challenge #159 - Use An Actual Punch


Thank you for visiting & hope you'll join the Pile It On Challenge. The Pile It On team has lots of fun with this Narwhal digi stamp; be sure to check out the inspirational projects
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Layering + Borders with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles May challenge is Layering with the optional twist of using a border punch/die. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.



To make this Pop Up Box Card, I used some lovely designer papers along with the Summer Crab die from Echo Park. It come with an extra die so you can pop-up the body; an extra layer that adds dimension and some fun. Googly eyes fit so well on them, I couldn't resist! The borders are cut with a QuicKutz die, although in this case I actually used the off-cut part. The anchor is die-cut from a can of water. I attached the premade sentiment banner and the anchor to the card with a brad, so that you can move it for an extra touch of fun.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Scor-Pal Challenge #36: Interactive Project + More than one score (2nd entry)
Seize the Birthday: Birthday

Update: This card was a runner-up at Seize the Birthday!

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Vintage at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Vintage. Any craft is welcome! I tried my hand at a Concertina card with some beautiful Graphic 45 papers.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Try It On Tuesday: Transport
WordArt Wednesdays: Anything Goes

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Dragonflies at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Use a Dragonfly. I've had the pleasure of being on Hilde's fabulous team for almost 3 years, so I'm always collecting a dragonfly-themed items for our yearly Dragonfly challenge. This year, I used silver outline stickers & a silver charm.


The frames & sentiments are from a Heartfelt Creations set. It's all heat-embossed onto mirror/foiled cardstock. I also added some embossing powder to the dragonfly charm.

http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/tuesday-morning-sketches-399.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers: #186 Things with Wings
Ooh La La Creations: #226 Happy Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Splash It On (background created with ink & alcohol spritz on a blue foil cardstock)
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #399 Sketch

Update: I was the lucky winner at Tuesday Morning Sketches!
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Spring Walk -- Graduation Shaker Card

I created the shaker window with the frame from the "Build a Scene - Calendar" set by Taylored Expressions. The black frame was made with real black satin material that I harvested from a very old winter coat! I filled the shaker with gold stars; the black & gold are my nod to graduation, as I made this for my neighbor who is graduating from High School next month. The sentiment is from Art Impressions' Flying High Clear Set. I used a pastel color palette for the balloons with Copic markers (R20, B12, YG41, Y02, YR61/E95, BV000, V12, E41). I doodled the outer frame.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Less Is More #324: CAS + Spring Walk (pastel colors; clear days; Graduation)
Paper Players #340: CAS + Vehicle (hot air balloons)

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