Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cruisin' -- 1, 2, 3 with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is 1 + 2 + 3 (items or numbers), with the optional twist of journaling about the items. 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.

I used 1 image, 2 washi tapes, and 3 candy wrappers. My father-in-law recently returned from a cruise, and when I saw the little chocolates he brought back, I just had to get my hands on the cute wrappers! He is such a good sport; we sat and ate a bunch of them to add to my "collection"! Dark chocolate, yum! I fussy-cut the images from the wrappers.


http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2018/05/freshly-made-sketches-337-sketch-by.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
2 Sisters On The Blog #15: Three of a Kind (3 cruise ship candy wrappers)
Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch #337


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

Thank you for visiting,



Classic Lady -- Pilin' on the Humor

The theme this month at Pile It On is Sports/Hobbies, with the mid-month optional bonus theme of Make Us Laugh. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Dr. Digi's House of Stamps, and I used their Roadhog Rita.



http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2018/05/stella-says-sketch-challenge-610.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More #292: Make Your Mark
Country View Crafts' Challenge: Be Humorous
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday: For Ladies or Girls Only
Stella Says Sketch #610: Sketch

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fairies in Flight -- Happy Birthday to Crafting with Dragonflies!

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Birthday Card.

We're celebrating the 5th birthday of this fun challenge blog! Many thanks to Hilde for inviting me to join the team way back in 2013! I've so enjoyed being part of the team.

We have awesome sponsors; I used digital papers from the Delightful Dragonflies set by WeAre3.

I used my "Surprise Box" die set from Our Daily Bread Designs.


http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/2018/05/cic446-stamplorations.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes
Cuttlebug Mania: Interactive Cards
Cupcake Inspirations: Photo/Color Inspiration #446

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Cutie in a Cup -- Happy Birthday to Crafting with Dragonflies!

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Birthday Card.

I used this adorable Teacup Yorkie pre-coloured image from Paper Shelter.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Swingin' Mom's Day - Interactive Cards at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Interactive Cards. I made a notch swing card, so the center circle rotates.



If you'd like to try it yourself, this original card design is available for purchase as SVG files for your die-cutting machine in my SaySomethingLoudly Etsy Shop. Thank you for supporting my crafting!

Inspiration/Challenges:
International Art & Soul Challenge: Interactive Cards
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Dearest Mother - Twisted Easel Card with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Twisted Easel Card.

I made this with a Graphic 45 paper. I added lace, corner die-cuts from Crafter's Companion, and a sentiment stamp from Fiskars.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafter's Castle: Anything Goes+ optional: Dimensional Projects
DL ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #227: Mother's Day (Or A Thank You Card)

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Classic Housing -- Guest Designer at Stick It Down

My steampunk accordion card was chosen as the Card Sketch favorite for the February challenge at Stick It Down, and I was invited to be a guest designer for their April Sketch Challenge!

This card was inspired by evenings spent crafting at our local library. The patterned paper is wallpaper that I got at one of their open crafting nights, and I used a technique that mimics Vinegar Painting, which I learned about there as well.

The frame and house are wood veneer pieces, and I heat-embossed the house with burgundy powder. The corners are cut with a Crafter's Companion die. The sentiments are stamps from my stash.

I used alcohol inks and rubbing alcohol to create the Vinegar Painting-inspired portions, using paint samples that we were given at the library demonstration.


Thank you for visiting,and hope you'll try one of the sketches at Stick It Down!



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Here's Looking at You - Vellum or Acetate with the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Vellum or Acetate, with the optional twist of create a new view/something new to look at. 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.


I tried my hand at a mini blind card. For the mini blind, I started with a vellum that was embedded with a few tiny sequins. I inked one side with pink archival ink from Sweet Stamps, then set it with a layer of heat-embossed glitter. I used the same technique for the bottom layer of the border.


The border was made with Pink&Main dies. The background paper is actually a wallpaper sample; it almost looks like a scene! The sentiment is a gold sticker. The image in the "window" is from Graphic45.

Inspiration/Challenges:
613 Avenue Create #208: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Vellum
Simply Create Too #137: Use Die Cuts

Update: This was chosen as a favorite for the challenge including the twist for 613 Avenue Create Challenge #208!

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

Thank you for visiting,



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cupcake Cutie - Paper Piecing at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Paper Piecing. I used one of my favorite stamps to paper-piece, this "Cupcake Girl" clear stamp.

http://creativesketchygirls.blogspot.be/2018/03/challenge-22.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #201: Happy Birthday
Creative Sketchy Girls: Sketch #22
Daisy Chain Challenges: Monochrome
House That Stamps Built: Tic-Tac-Toe (Pink, Paper Piecing, Polkadots)


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Springtime Memories -- Pilin' on the Pencils

The theme this month at Pile It On is Think Small (Children, Baby animals, Tiny embellishments, Small-sized projects) with the mid-month, optional bonus theme of Pencils. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by A Day for Daisies, and I used their Girl Horse Ride digi stamp.



http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.nl/2018/04/april-challenge.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More #287: Make Your Mark
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog: Sketch
Double D Challenges: Twine
Kleuren Met Potloden: Coloured Pencils + Spring
Little Red Wagon #441: Shine, It's Your Day
Pile It On: Small and/or Pencils
Simon Says Wednesday: Texture



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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Little Pleasures -- Die cuts and/or Punches with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Die cuts and/or Punches. 


I always enjoy making golf-themed cards! The stamps are from the Ants on the Green set from G-Rated Rubberstamps. The golf cart & tiny flag is from a Memory Box die set. I die-cut the square and circle. I embossed the golf ball circle with my Swiss Dots folder, and stamped the small sentiment between the dots. The backing papers are textured cardstocks from CoreiDinations. I finished the card with some ribbon & a strip of mesh that came as garlic packaging!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas: Golf + Dies
Rubbernecker Stamps Challenge: Recycle + stamping
Tuesday Morning Sketches #447: Sketch

Update: This was a favorite at Die Cuttin' Divas!

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Display Card Type -- Try something new at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge, chosen by DT member CG (that's me!), is Card type you haven't tried before. I tried my hand at an Altered Double Display Card.

All the patterned papers are from Imaginisce. I made a magnetic belly band. Both the chipboard hat & the sentiment on the balloon are from Latina Crafter.
The cake was made from shiny white paper & vellum (for the frosting) using my newest die set purchase from A.C. Moore! The "flame" sentiment was heat-embossed in orange.The larger balloons were cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs die; the smaller balloons are pre-cut die cuts from Scrapbook Attic.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Always Happy Birthday: Birthday +(Optional) Balloons
Southern Girls #180: Die Cuts

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Treats -- Criss Cross Cards with Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Criss Cross Card with tag. My card was inspired by the tutorials at Prickley Pear and Beccy's Place.





I made the tag by stamping the jar (Mail Expressions) in StazOn onto a clear page protector; filled it with sequins, die-cut "chocolate bunnies" (Cuttlebug), and egg-shaped confetti; sealed it with my Fuse tool; and fussy-cut it and added a top made from a gold paper. I used my Crop-O-Dile to add the hole & eyelet, and tied on three colors of raffia.

I added more of the sticker borders to the back of the card, which can be used to write the message. I didn't notice until now that my die-cut bunnies in the shaker are tail-up in this photo LOL!

Inspiration/Challenges:
City Crafter Challenge #405: Tag It!
Let's Craft & Create Challenge #135: Anything Goes + option Easter

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wine & Coffee Shaker Card

The sentiment is from Doctor Digi's House of Stamps. Although I don't so much subscribe to this motto these days — partly due to following it too closely for years! — it was too fun not to use. 
I printed/heat-embossed the sentiment three times. The coffee/wine stains were made with a Tim Holtz stencil & Recollections stamps and TH distress inks (Tea Dye, Dusty Concord & Seedless Preserve.) I used Molotow masking liquid to protect the frame with decorating the front panel.
I filled the shaker with wine glass die cuts (Memory Box) and purple & gold microbeads. The frame was cut from a pre-embossed cardstock. I finished the card with some coffee bean die cuts (Elizabeth Craft Designs) on the corners. I used the same gold paper for the die cuts, but colored them with the coordinating inks.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers #106: Coffee
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #446 (I got a little artsy with it, but I was 100% inspired by the sketch)


Thank you for visiting! Have a perky day,