Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Two challenges in one with Inspired By rainy day fun theme blog and Sketch N Scrap layout for Facebook challenges

Birthdays come along throughout the year and we don't have control over the I chose to use the rainy day theme challenge at Inspired By as a nod towards the idea that a birthday needs to be celebrated no matter the weather...

From Sketch N Scrap's Facebook page is this layout #28 for a challenge until April 30, 2018:

This is SnS badge button:

Laurel Seabrook's Inspired By current challenge theme is rainy day fun and here is her cute inspiration photo and the link to her blog post about this:

Some notes about supplies:
a. the little guy image was found online through searching for free clipart (pixshark)
b. the little girl image was found online through searching for free clipart (nlcafe)
c. the rain boot was found online through searching for free clipart (Pinterest)
d. the purple chipboard letters are from K and Company
e. papers are from 2 companies: The Paper Studio and Colorbok
f. markers, colored pencils, pencil, black ink pen, ruler, adhesives, black ink pad, self-inking type stamper with the short border of hearts

Whether it is raining, snowing, hailing, or hot and sultry on your special day, take time to celebrate.


PPCCB 376 using Delicious Doodles image

Happy home xoxoxo

Delphiniums are delightful! Quite the analogous range of greens, blues, and violets with light gray, charcoal gray and some browns tones in the stems of the delphiniums are what I selected and also reflect our home's happy interior!!

I've put the framed art on my home computer printer for now. And the light lavender walls and cute little metal pail are complemented by this beauty:

The delphinium image is from Delicious Doodles and half the team uses their images:

They are also sponsoring a prize so be sure to go to the PPCC post using the link to get all the details on what the prize(s) is and how to participate:

Visit the blog post to see the other wonderful creations made by the design team. Both sponsors provided floral images so the paper crafting is beautiful.

And the 2nd prize sponsor and provider of images to half the design team this week is Fred She Said Designs. This is their badge:

With so much within the 5" x 7" frame, it's hard to tell but I did follow a sketch for shapes and their placement: 
This Serendipity Sketch that was posted in January 2018 has come in handy. I scaled the size, ratios, eliminated a rectangle and a flag-tail rectangle and then moved the left circle over to the right side behind that circle. Title got moved onto the full circle. Plus the little varied hearts border type stamp got inked onto 3 different locations to add to the happy/love theme.

So beautiful!!!

Makes my heart happy!

Paper are ready and inked (but still had to make some sizing adjustments and re-inking when arranging everything)

Frame got switched later because I broke the glass! It got shifted when putting in the art and when I pressed down not realizing this and heard the crack. Ugh! Luckily I had another frame nearby. The layered flower embellishment was too thick to have on/inside the frame plus too many items fighting for space in the 5 x 7. I had tried sticking the flower embellishment on the outside frame but that was still too much. I'm trying so hard to edit!!!! Granted a 8 x 11 would have been better scale wise but I only had the smaller in my work area that was ready to use.

The important thing is I love the results. As I'm typing this post I look to my right and I see the beautiful delphiniums and their multi-hued petals and it makes my heart smile! --Becca

Saturday, April 14, 2018

HIMCR 348 super scraps Saturday for 2nd week of April

Hello spring! :)

Have to meet the caterpillars in order to say hello to the butterflies.

My inspiration was to have a mixed media junk journal vibe for this card. So lots of papers, angles, textures, and inking!  #1 card cover and inside panel=

HIMCR's badge and link for #348 post to get all the details on how and when to participate as a crafter and to learn the prize from this week's sponsor "A Day For Daisies":

This week's prize sponsor for HIMCR's #348 (Super Scraps Saturday theme):

My sketch interpretation is based on this layout design rotated 90 degrees to left:
(Serendipity Sketch January 2018 by Miyuki K)

left half of the card:

right half of the card:

upper left corner for close up on stenciling of  "hi":

lower left corner for close up featuring the quote sentiment:

lower right corner shows gems added to butterfly bodies on the cover and the inking for cardstock backgrounds for the butterfly images (glitter crayons were used to fill-in the butterfly images as they laid over rows of faceted gems in order to get a neat texture):

inside panel close-up:

base dimensions are 5.5" x 8.25" shown with background papers (Colorbok) and 2 layers of decorative tapes:

and how this crafting process got started:

In person, the junk journal vibe is much more evident and the mix of squash and mint teal colors anchored with neutrals of light gray, light beige, sienna brown, and chocolate brown looks more interesting.

Note: Laurie was early in posting (or I was late!) so this 2nd card did not get on the HIMCR blog:

And I did a 2nd card in under an hour this morning because I love butterflies so much and really wanted to use the ADFD image again but in more of a CAS style:

This turned out so very beautiful! The freehand butterfly image from ADFD has about 7 different colored pencils used with the same texture rub technique as the 1st card shown above.

getting started for card 2: designer pattern papers are from The Paper Studio, the light blue cardstock is Neenah Papers' Creative Collection mid-tones and is 5.75" square, the 'adult' coloring page scrap is 5.25" x 5.5"

Sketchy Saturday sketches by laurel seabrook

The HIMCR #348 theme is scraps so both sketch suggestions helped to use up sections of various sizes.

Hope you enjoy this post as much as I had crafting, creating, and engineering! Becca

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PPCC blog 375 for 11 April 2018

Here's my happy spring girl:

Part of the design team had this darling image from Polkadoodles to use for this week's inspiration at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog. The other half of the DT had images from Little Blue Button. Use the blog post link to take you to their inspiration cards and links to their blogs so you can leave some sweet thoughts.

close up of this cutie pie

PPCC blog badge and link:

Polkadoodles' badge. Go to the PPCC blog for a link to their store and details on the prize they are offering for challenge #375.

Little Blue Button's badge. Read the #375 blog post for a link to their store and prize details they're offering.

Always Happy Birthday challenge month 4 (April) is anything goes theme with an option of balloons. I've not included balloons but the image has a banner and butterfly so if they had a "b" item theme I would have been all set. But the girl is holding a heart and has the sentiment of happy plus the cupcake felt stick-on for some little birthday celebration touches. Here's the AHB badge and link:

and the sketch layout was  my interpretation of this design suggestion by Kelly Holifield for Paper Secrets and shared at Facebook's 100 Pattern Papers Challenge group:

a. marble green tone cardstock and creamy yellow cardstock=Colorbok
b. succulents, chevron on newsprint, paisley, mint green stripe designer papers=The Paper Studio
c. pink with white pots designer paper=Colorbok
d. embellishments=cupcake felt stick-on (Dollar General); glitter butterflies (part of an Easter set of stickers at Wal-Mart); flowers are old stash and don't remember where they were bought
e. digital image was colored mostly with colored pencils; black gel pen for banner string; turquoise marker used for dots in center of flower and for "happy"
f. adhesives: combination of glue stick and glue dots

how it all started after "shopping" through my craft supplies

As I crafted this DT inspiration card with such wonderful spring colors, we had had snow during the night! Yes, April 8-9, 2018 has been crazy weather for Illinois. Normally rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes are more common. Traditional spring with warmer temps and time to be outdoors are thoughts swirling in my head and maybe someday I will actually be able to experience more consecutive hours and days enjoying sunshine. Keep fingers crossed! :)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

HIMCR 347 spring colors theme for April 7

Rainbow sherbet explosion!!! A spring color theme challenge for week 1 of April!

Isn't this a festive and vibrant mix of colors and patterns for April 7-13, 2018!?!?!!!

The inside section of the card was kept simple with another section of the rainbow circles print paper (Grafix) stamped with the message to "celebrate".

getting started

HIMCR or Hiding In My Craft Room's badge and blog post link:

This week's prize and digital image sponsor for the design team is Crafty Sentiments Designs. HIMCR's blog post will give a link to CSD plus all the guidelines and details for participating as well as the rest of the design team's inspiration creations.

My card's layout is my interpretation of this sketch from Page Maps that was shared with the Facebook group 100 Pattern Papers Challenge:

Henry=digital image available from Crafty Sentiments Designs; 1 of 3 used by the DT:

Markers were used on most of the Henry image; peach crayon was used for his skin tone

The pennants/flag/ribbon tails sections almost look like party hats sitting in front of a crown but still part of the HB (happy birthday) theme. This card is super full of whimsy and charm. I will also link this to AHB 4 (Always Happy Birthday blog month of April challenge):

More crafting therapy to do! :) Any type of practical art or fine art is such a soul-lifter for me. I don't have children; nor pets; but we do have neighborhood domestic and wild rabbits that visit our yard especially these two--Charlene (two-tone brown) and Midnight. We've lived in our neighborhood for 3 months shy of 2 years and were told that the previous year to that someone who had 12 domestic rabbits released them to go free when they moved away. We are blessed to have these 2 as frequent visitors: