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Sunday, July 15, 2018

HIMCR 361 scraps theme with Christmas in July twist

2nd Saturdays of the month at HIMCR are about using your scraps, thus the twist for July is to have Christmas included in your paper-crafted creation.

Here is what I made for the DT inspirations for #361:

This photo shown below is proof that papers on the right have been used previously, so my scraps. As seen above, the spring green glitter paper wasn't used. Red cardstock was folded for the card base. The antique wallpaper looking paper (The Paper Studio) was used for sentiment backing for both the cover and inside panels. The khaki green and dark red prints are old stock as is the 6" x 6" cardstock.

The fabulous winter deer featured Christmas card is for challenge #361's Design Team inspirations using the prize sponsor's image(s) at HIMCR. Use the blog post link for seeing the rest of the DT cards, details for this challenge and participating, guidelines, past sponsors, archived posts, and more.

Thanks, MHK Designs, for the majestic Holiday Deer image set! MHK Designs is #361's DT provider of images plus the prize sponsor for a selected winner from the pool of anticipated participant's linked creations:

Some more photos of the card that use the green glitter paper as a backdrop:

As soon as I saw this very impressive deer image at MHK Designs, I knew I wanted to select this to use for this Saturday. Thanks again, MHK Designs, for allowing us to pick out what we wanted to use from your marvelous digital images!!

Until another challenge or occasion/need to craft, from the USA heartland, Becca S

Friday, July 13, 2018

Bookmarks with color palette for CTD 501 and IB 28

What colors remind you of nature? meadows? woods? hills and mountains?

These challenges started at different times this week have been the sources of motivation for creating 2 bookmarks. A school district near us has the mascot Timberwolves and colors of dark green, gray, and black. So I decided this evening to fuse the color combos together a bit:

Inspired By #28 Campfire S'mores (colors: kraft, white, dark brown/black, and green from the boxes)
Color Throwdown #501 colors (grey, yellow, kraft, and white)


Here's my shopped supplies from my stockpiles to get ready. You will notice some editing has been done. Until I've played around with combinations and sizes, several changes can occur while in the process of making paper crafted creations. Digital images have had several layers of colored pencils (black, gray, dark brown, light brown) added to them to make them match the color palettes better. Placement of elements is different between the two. Thinking of you border is different on each bookmark as well as what was used as the base and what was used for the background.

#1: CTD 501

#2: IB 28

Supply sources:
a. damask paper used for a backdrop and the dotted papers are= The Paper Studio
b. dark pine green and medium gray cardstock= The Paper Studio
c. marbled caramel thin weight cardstock and putty gray cardstock=Colorbok
d. kraft cardstock=?
e. Thinking of You stamp= Stampin' Up (bought used/resale shop)

Continuing to craft in the USA heartland, Becca S

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

PPCC blog 388 DT creations with Sketchy Saturday layout 18

Friends are like flowers in the garden of life....

2 cards featured for the PPCC blog design team and an additional one made that looks better in person than after photographing, so it will appear here but not on the PPCC blog.

Occasions: birthday (2) and friendship (1)
Colors: lots of violets, blues, greens

#1: for PPCC #388

#2: for PPCC #388 and Sketchy Saturday #18

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog ID badge and link to get details about participating as a crafter, seeing what the other crew members of the DT have made, and more:

The prize sponsor and DT images provider for PPCC #388 is Bugaboo:

and a 2nd prize sponsor for PPCC #388 is Di's Digi Stamps:

Sketch design that inspired my layouts for the birthday cards: (#2 is more closely aligned to sketch than #1, so I will only submit/link card #2 for sketches by laurel)

Additional views of the birthday cards:

#3: sentiment from the Flower Garden Set by Bugaboo, this week's PPCC blog prize sponsor and images provider for the design team=

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

HIMCR #360 first Saturday of the month color challenge with Christmas hues

This month at HIMCR we will be having a Christmas in July focus so this 1st Saturday of the month gets us started with Christmas colors! (#360)

When someone says Christmas colors, I think of the traditional red and green. For my 2 cards and pocket page, I used variations of each accented with gold, gray, brown, and/or black.

Image is Emma the hugger and sentiment "Sending Christmas Hugs" from Fred She Said charming and cute!



#3: I used a business card size pocket page so size-wise these are about 2 1/4" x 3.5" instead of 2.5" x 3.5" and there is a horizontal orientation instead of vertical. The FSSD image is used four times:

#360=These DT inspiration creations are for Hiding in My Craft Room (HIMCR). Get all the details for participating, the prize sponsor/DT images provider and their links, the DT creations, and much more:

This week's prize sponsor's ID badge and link:

More views of my projects for HIMCR #360=

shopping clue for the micro-thin decorative tapes shown in the photo above: I saw the top applied one that has _____ days left and just had to buy the set at Dollar Tree! Yes!!! I think the set has 7 small thin rolls and I've used three that work well for Christmas colors and a bit of gold glam!

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Monochromatic for UYS 319 and Sketchy Saturday 19 layout challenge with card 2 plus IB 27 vintage linens challenge

Three challenges in one card= check

Monochromatic= purple hues ranging from mauve to red-violet to violet and a bit of blue-violet for her tape measure with neutrals of brown, white, and black

Layout= turned upside down; altered slightly with placement of paper clip and added the medallion/brooch image

Vintage linens inspiration photo= using online search engine I found this amazing vintage image of a Victorian-era gal getting ready to sew and had to use fact, I think I'm keeping this card!!

Monochromatic challenge post link for UYS #319:

 This layout design sketch challenge post link for Sketchy Saturday #19:

Reminder note: I've turned the layout sketch upside down=

the vintage linens inspirational photo from Inspired By challenge blog:

Oh, have I told you that my favorite colors are purple and pink (specifically magenta pink)! And the whole house is painted some hue variation of purple/violet! Yes!!! I think I will keep this and framed it for one of the bedrooms.

Design notes:
a. black and white damask and mauve damask patterned papers= The Paper Studio
b. paint sample card= Dutch Boy via Menards home store
c. Victorian sewing image (filled in with colored pencils) and amethyst heart medallion/brooch image= online clipart
d. embellishments= purple metallic paper clip, staples, scripture sticker, and micro thin decorative tape
e. Red-violet floral patterned paper= old stock
f. purple cardstock for base= Neenah Papers/Astrobrights 

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Monochromatic for UYS 319 and Sketchy Saturday 19 for layout combined challenges

One color=mono-chromatic...what color to select? an interesting layout design sketch to interpret...Entry #1=

Design notes:
a. monochromatic greens
b. base cardstock=Neenah Papers/ Astrobrights pastel pack
c. tonal stripe patterned paper and the birdhouse one are from old scrapbook paper packs
d. citrus green with white dots and the green and white trellis patterned papers=Colorbok?
e. embellishments=green metallic paper clip altered with 2 flags/tags of micro thin decorative tapes, and a scripture sticker (old stock)
f. image on left of tent had the moon near the tallest tree was found online in a free clip art search and then the one on the right was traced/reversed by me (yes!)

Link for Use Your Stuff Challenge #319 Monochromatic=

and for the layout design I used this sketch to follow, which I did fairly closely similar except splatters are replaced with tents and trees to help reinforce the monochromatics (green) through camping/outdoor elements:

Link for #19 Sketchy Saturday challenge from Laurel Seabrook Designs:

Super cute card for all its' green!!!

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

PPCC 387 design team creations with camping theme and blue yellow green color palette

R. V. having fun yet?

I really like how this little scene turned out. The sentiment was cut into a puffy cloud shape and then edges inked in blue with little foam squares then behind it to lift it up.

and 2nd use for the image was to enlarge it with printing option of full page:
isn't this a cute camping theme scrapbook layout? (and more pics shown further down)

PPCC blog's design team creates inspirational works of art to not only highlight prize sponsor's products but hopefully motivate fellow crafters into submitting their crafted works to either win a prize or recognition honor. This week it is another anything goes theme challenge #387. Personally I selected a camping trailer (Camping is Fun digital image) from my designated sponsor, Pattie's Creations Digital Images which sets my theme. For my 1st craftivity, I made an easy scrapbook layout. The background tree paper and the ladybug border computer paper are old stock. The teal blue thin cardstock is from a watercolor patterned cardstock pack from Colorbok. I used some stencils to create the sun rays in the corner, lettering for R. V. and for the little heart-shaped face. I love the yellow, blue, and green hues used to color the camper trailer! So adorable!!! Link for #387:

 PCDI's badge. My digital image is from PCDI. Thanks! 4 more DT members are creating with their products, so make sure to visit the PPCC blog post and give us all some feedback.

This is Polkadoodles' badge. Half of the DT are creating with their product(s), so also visit the PPCC blog post to see what was available from this sponsor. And read the prize details from each sponsor, challenge deadline date, participation guidelines, etc.

Inspired By's no 26 photo inspirational challenge since June 29 has been camping--Let's Go Camping. Laurel's blog post for this challenge and her DT crew haven't necessarily focused on camping. Some have used the colors. Some have used quilting looks in their paper creations. Some have used the trees or shapes/lines of the dresser. What does this photo motivate you to paper craft?


My 2nd DT entry is a cute little thinking of you card. The light blue base is 4" x 6.25" and the light gray base is 5" x 7" I believe.

Design notes:
a. old stock: muted teal/pine green/gray patterned paper, cloud print computer paper, thinking of you stamp, blue ink pad
b. light blue cardstock=Colorbok
c. light gray cardstock, and the teal chevron on newsprint patterned paper=The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby
d. birds on a wire=clip art found online
e. teal green glitter decorative tape= sorry, I forget where I bought it about 2 months ago or so
f. camping is fun image is from Pattie's Creations Digital Images printed at contact sheet size with 3 copies, so it looks like a row at a campground site.

Some different close up views of my scrapbook layout:

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca...Happy Independence Day, America!!! 242 years!!!