Friday, February 23, 2018


Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge and our sponsors for this week are Little Blue Button Stamps. 

And here is my card for your inspiration:

I'm a firm believer in creating Christmas cards all year long so I'm not scrambling come December.  Well, I usually have a few left to make, but at least the large bulk of my cards are already finished by then.  This year, I'm already behind and since I had this image already printed and sitting on my desk I decided to go with Christmas.  Sorry!  I know we are all ready for warmer weather and thoughts of spring.
What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date and the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until March 2nd by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of March 5th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Christmas Elements" digi; Verve "Merry and Bright" sentiment
Fiskars Apron Border punch

The Merry Christmas Challenge #18--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #368--anything goes
Fab n Funky #382--Christmas
Merry Monday #278--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the greenery and the red)

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #373--anything goes with optional twist: use some green (on my holly leaves)
YNS #85--sketch

Winter Wonderland--anything goes
Crimbo Crackers #152--anything goes
Crafty Creations #360--anything goes
The Holly and Ivy #23--anything goes
Stamplorations---Paint it red

ABC Christmas--C is for Clean
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--mainly red

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Classic Birthday

I was in need of a masculine birthday card this week.  I've also started to try to use some sets that either have never been used or have been used only a couple of times.  This Classic car set is one of those unloved sets and it coincidentally works perfectly for a masculine card.
 The little tag pulls out to show the birthday greeting:
The designs for this card actually started with that little tag.  It was in my bits and pieces stash along with the bit of dotted brown ribbon.  I decided to use a monochromatic color scheme based on some scraps of paper I found.  All of the paper other than the tag are from the same pack.  The larger panel on the right was a little to plain for what I wanted, so I dressed it up a bit with a grid background stamp stamped with Antique Linen distress ink.  I then stamped two other cars from the set on top of the grid, but as I stamped them off on scrap paper first, it is very subtle and you can't really see it in the picture.  I finished it off by stamping a grungy dot pattern in random places and then sponged all the edges of the papers with the same Antique Linen ink.  A few eyelets to finish everything off.

Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps "Classic Dad"; Simon Says Stamp grid background stamps; Verve "Better Together" dots
Dies: PTI "Tag Its #8"

Retro Rubber #80--dotty for you (I've had this stamp set for about 2 years)
YNS #83--sketch

Sweet Stampin'--add a tag
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #320--anything goes with snippets (every piece of paper/card stock on the card is a scrap except the largest panel that I did the stamping on)
heARTful Stamping--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--grunge it up
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--make your own background

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spring is coming

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have an inspiration photo for you that might help get you ready for warmer weather (as if anyone needs help with that!):
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So, I thought I was using the color combo, but seeing the two pictures together show that my purples are a bit off.  So, good thing I also used the same flower as in the photo:
 I stamped and colored the image and then fussy cut it out and layered it on some torn mulberry paper.  Then I stamped the oval image,  colored it with the same green marker I used on the leaves and then fussy cut it out as well.  I added some glitter pen to the bee's wings and the centers of the flowers which you can see better in the photo below:
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will play along with us this week.  I can't wait to see what you create.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Frames--Oval and Round Cling Set" oval frame and "Hydrangea"
Dies: Spellbinders "Filigree Delights"

Aurora Wings #64--Bingo (I used the center row: flowers/green, die cuts, buttons)

heARTful Stamping--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge #213--spring flowers (use any flowers)
Cardz TV #135--anything goes
Sweet Stampers--things with wings (the bee)
Fussy and Fancy #205--flowers, lace and pearls
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--2+ layers
Inspiration Destination--anything goes with the optional twist: use a real stamp

Monday, February 19, 2018

Love is in the air

Today is my day to share my Pick of the Week for Repeat Impressions.  One of my favorite things to do with stamps is create my own backgrounds.  Don't get me wrong, I love patterned paper, but there is something about being able to make your own.  You can match your colors perfectly and all you really need is a stamp and some ink.  And as stampers, we all have those.  The first background I have to share with you uses one stamp (Love Letter), one ink color and a random stamping pattern:
I finished this one off with a stitched rectangle die and some inking around the edges.
 Random can be a little scary for me, so often, I will create something with a repeating pattern like this (using Love Stencil):
 You could use it just as it is, but I went ahead and dressed it up a little bit more with the Postcard stamp.  This is where it starts to look more like patterned paper.
 I decided to use this background for the Valentine's Day card for my husband.  Since I really liked how it turned out, I decided to keep the rest of the card very simple:
The sentiment was created by 3 different stamps from 3 different cling sets that I mixed, match, masked, and stamped together.  The "you" is from the "Hello Cling Set" and I stamped it just as it is.  The "me" is from the "Happy Cling Set" and actually read "you make me so" but I masked off the beginning and end to leave just the me.  And now we come to the part I am most proud of!  You can look through all the cling sets and NOT find the "and".  But I was very committed to this sentiment and was going to make it happen.  It turns out that "handsome" (which my husband is, of course!) from the "Hello Cling Set" contains "and" if you mask off the "h" and  "some".  Tricky, but perfect!
Thanks for stopping by, I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in new ways, both for creating backgrounds, and also for creating new sentiments.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Love Stencil", "Postcard", "Hello Cling Set", "Happy Cling Set"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #76--anything goes
Cardz TV #135--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--X is for Extra Special Occasion (Valentine's Day for my hubby)
As You Like It--favorite way to add a sentiment (I really like stamping the sentiment on a little banner; you can use it to add bold contrast, like on this card, and pop it up for a little more definition)
Crafty Creations #360--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #322--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--add a die cut
Crafty Gals #159--add a heart
Penny's Creations #367--anything goes
Fab n Funky #81--babies, children or men (this one for my biggest child, my hubby)
Crafting by Designs--be my Valentine
{Pin}spirational #209--inspiration photo (inspired by the colors and the hearts)

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #87--inspiration photo (inspired by the colors and the hearts)

Creative Craft Cottage #104--love is all around
Sheep Ski Designs #11--red, hearts, love, romance
Dare 2 B Artzy--love
Unicorn Challenge #29--love/Valentine's

Friday, February 16, 2018

Otter Birthday

Playing along with 
This time I'm entering the 3rd event:
I chose the dry embossing technique (which I did by partially cutting with the cover die and partially embossing with the same die) and the shaker style card.  Since I had the otters out for my first event entry, and they are soooo cute, I decided to use them to create a fun birthday card for a young lady at our church.
 I believe her favorite color is fuschia, so I used a Razzle Berry card base and added hot pink and silver sequins in the shaker element.  The sentiment fit perfectly within the embossed stripes on the bottom of the card.

Stamps: MFT "BB Otterly Love You"
Dies: MFT "Bold Stripes Cover Up"

MFT Crafty Biathalon
Power Poppy--love to sparkle (the sequins are sparkly)
Always Happy Birthday--CAS
Incy Wincy--CAS
Double D--sequins (pink and silver)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--add a die
Word Art Wednesday #322--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Knockouts #233--anything goes

Welcome Little One

I had a little bit of free time the past couple of days, so I decided to play along with 
The first event is
create a card using at least three different MFT sets.
Here is the card I came up with:
I just loved these otters as soon as I saw them in the sneak peeks before they were released.  I believe my sister got them for me for my birthday (in September) and this is the first time I have gotten to ink them up.  I think it was worth the wait!

Stamps: MFT "BB Otterly Love You", "Essential Sentiments", "BG Typewriter Text Background" and "DG Large Scale Backgrounds" (which I think is retired)
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle, "Blueprints 12" flowers, and "Pierced Heart STAX"

MFT Stamping Slalom
Cardz TV #135--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--X is for extra special occasion (baby arrival)
Crafty Catz #409--anything goes with the optional twist: use some pretty ribbon
Tic Tac Toe--I used the right row: baby, bow and green

ART Impressions Stamps #226--anything goes
As You Like It--favorite way to add sentiment (I've really been liking to add it on banners lately; you can stick it in pretty much anywhere and don't have to worry about stamping directly onto your card/imagee)
Inspiration Destination #144--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #130--sketch

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--add a die cut
Crafty Gals #159--add a heart
Fab n Funky #381--babies, children or men
Crafty Sentiments--add flowers
heARTful Stamping--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #11--anything goes
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week is a Tie-tac-toe challenge:
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I almost managed to run the board on this one, again.  The only element I didn't use was the bright colors square.  The gray sentiment panel and the flowers were in my bits and pieces stash.  The flowers were shaded gray, and they just didn't work, but then I added some pink marker and now, they are perfect!
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week, tic tac toe challenges are so fun.  You can basically build your own challenge.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Love", Flower Power Separates "Daisy Outline Small", and "Leaf Cluster Outline"
Dies:  MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio"; Spellbinders "Butterfly Corners" sentiment panel; Papertrey Ink "Bitty Button Basics" button dies

As You Like it--favorite way to add stitching (I love to use stitched dies to add my stitching--it's so easy and looks so neat)
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Unicorn Challenge #29--Love/Valentines
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Die-Cut divas--love is in the air
Dare 2B Artzy--love
Crafty Calendar--2+ layers
Stinkin' Inkers--love is in the air
Creatalicious #152--anything goes with the optional theme of love, anniversary, thinking of you
Creative Inspirations--love is in the air OR pink/red
That's Crafty--I heart you
Penny Black--love, hearts and flowers
Use Your Stuff #297--button up
Creative Craft Cottage #104--love is all around
February Viva La Verve--sketch

Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #75--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #516--love
Crafty Catz #403--love is in the air
Cut It Up #141--layers of love
Die Cuttin' Divas #356--Valentine's Day