Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

HIMCR 341 any holiday week theme challenge

Happy Easter

with Adorable Animals from Pickled Potpourri Designs, the prize sponsor for #341 at HIMCR

and at Hiding in My Craft Room #341 (get all the details on participating):

The PPD animals were just perfect for creating an Easter card for this challenge's theme of "Any Holiday". I thought about making ATCs so I could put them in a 9-pocket sheet protector page but some of the creatures were about the same size as an ATC and I didn't want to make them any smaller than 2" x 3". Essentially I made a 9-grid diagram to frame and present as a home d├ęcor gift (if I don't get tempted to keep it for myself!).

Getting started I assembled these items from my supplies:

There's a sketch layout design I decided not to use as well as not having the animals in a circle or oval shape. I took the time to carefully trim around every animal after coloring. With the paper selection, I didn't use the vibrant orange or the mosaic edged paper but went back to my supplies and went a different patterned route for going down the middle of the tic-tac-toe format. As you see, the proof is shown that crafters can start with one game plan but then it can quickly get re-routed.

The cross and Jesus are foam stickers that aren't that thick to make using a regular photo frame work for this.

And some close-ups to see the coloring details better:

This week's rain makes me think that spring is almost here but in north central IL we've got a ways yet before it truly comes. We can still dream and plan, though! Until next project, Becca

Friday, February 23, 2018

AHB February CAS theme card 3

HB...for a guy

The February theme at Always Happy Birthday blog is Clean and Simple style of birthday card, which is referred to in the paper-crafting world as CAS.

My card is small and doesn't have many papers but has elements like inking, sponging/dabbing, and scrapbook papers to give it a graffiti inspired look that makes it look busier or messier than it is.

The card started with lots of black and white then grays and greens were added with a little bit of lavender on the ribbon banner sticker.

The sponged green is hard to see in the photographs but believe me, it made it look better and more complete.

This is being linked as my 3rd and final submission for February for AHB blog:

Another quick post from the U.S. Midwest,

AHB February CAS challenge card 2

HB...wishing the best of God's blessings

Another patriotic theme birthday card for a former Army and former Navy veteran

This is being linked as my 2nd CAS (clean and simple) style card for the February monthly themed challenge for Always Happy Birthday.

And this posting will also be kept clean and simple...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

AHB February CAS challenge and LRW go green challenge


Happy Birthday...keeping it clean and simple in styling for my patriotic-loving 2nd year law school nephew

The plaid background cardstock was cut using a Folk Art Decorative Icon stencil from Plaid. The red cake and 'hb' letters were traced from old stencils onto recycled packaging insert. The patriotic vignette scene is from a seals/stickers sheet received from the DAV

The inside panel has a sentiment found from internet searching with a banner traced onto a different plaid designer paper from The Paper Studio.

And the side view:

This easy to make birthday card is going out in tonight's mail to find it's way to bless my oldest nephew. Happy #25!

This is being linked to the February challenge at Always Happy Birthday:

And it is also being linked to Little Red Wagon's Go Green challenge posted on February 21:

Still crafting in the crazy weather of the Midwest,

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PPCCB 368 featuring Easter Crew image from Little Blue Button Stamps

Easter Crew

Do you like discovering the surprise hidden inside an Easter egg? That was part of several design thoughts that I pondered when I selected to use the Easter Crew image from LBBS for #368 challenge for PPCC blog.

Technically this card has several inside panels. When using the store-bought flower basket card, I opted to keep the back and hide the #368 challenge sponsor's image on the inside.

For the yellow cardstock base's inside panel, I have a Bible verse as the sentiment for an easy element:

John 14: 1-6 is my favorite passage and verse 6 alludes to eternal life offered by Jesus. 

The soft hues of yellow, lavender, pink and multiple greens were pulled from the flower basket card. And then used for selecting cording, cardstock, markers, and colored pencils.

The partial sketch is from Cardmaking and Papercrafts magazine's Christmas issue from 2 years ago on page 67.

I stretched the layout design to make a wide rectangle with the soft yellow cardstock base being a full sheet of 8" x 11" folded in half. I then divided the background areas seen in the sketch to be 3 separate pieces instead of an overlay strip/band over 1 paper. The narrow rectangle band behind the image I expanded to have a scalloped doily-like edge with the cording wrapped over it and tied in bow at same location as seen in the sketch.

I opted to move the sentiments to the insides because of spacing.

The base and background papers with cording actually look very nice before I added the flower basket card:

A close-up of the images from LBBS:

I decided to color the 3 egg "chicks" with mostly colored pencils and then have the Easter Egg in the bold marker colors as if they are having jealous or envious thoughts about the ribboned beauty! :)

Then to add to the hidden humor I decided to divide the Easter Crew like they were from a large Easter Egg that had been cracked open.

This complex card was for the design team inspiration for #368 anything goes challenge for PPCC blog:

Maria Medel Illustrations is a sponsor that half of the design team used a selection of images and I was part of the other half of the DT that used images from LBBS:

And a final photo of the finished card from an angle:

Use the link shown above to take you to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog in order to read the guidelines for participating and the specific prize details for this specific challenge (#368). Also take time to see what 7 others from the design team have put together. They represent talent from around the world! The world wide web does have a positive benefit in uniting crafters. 

Until next time,
Crafting the USA heartland and looking forward to celebrating the upcoming Easter holiday,

Saturday, February 17, 2018

HIMCR #340 buttons or bows theme

Enjoy the spring!

That is the name for this super sweet image from the #340 prize sponsor, The Paper Shelter:

The butterfly base is actually foam. I used fabric markers and a few gems to add color and details for the stenciled objects on that purple butterfly. Scraps of pale mint green and grass green cardstock were cut to resemble grass for the bottom edge. A mini scalloped edged Fiskars decorative scissors were used to offset the cover's right side. And then violet and green stamp pads were applied to the back inside right edge to reinforce the color theme.

Badge for HIMCR blog:
and link for the #340 post to get all the fascinating details and see what else the design team members have been inspired to do this week:

Badge for The Paper Shelter:

More photos of the making for this beauty of an encouragement card:

Those were the early stages and for putting all the elements together:

The card base is a light lavender cardstock and dimensions are 5" x 7". No button(s) were used for this week's challenge but I did add the purple sheer ribbon bow to her large sun hat for a bow embellishment.

Voila! Delightful violet and green color palette accented with other spring pastel hues for the image and card quietly supports Enjoy the Spring image.

In the midst of still having more snow and yo-yo temperatures in north central Illinois, I'm going to leave wintery elements behind and start doing more spring themed ones. Becca

Anniversary card for special gal and her guy

Best Wishes for 2nd anniversary!

This special gal is my oldest niece who is also my god-daughter. She's chosen blues and browns as her main color combo for her interior decorating so I kept that in mind as I pulled possibilities from my growing stash. The bottom portion has 2 patterned papers and 3 solid colors of cardstock (cocoa, ivory, and chocolate) for 5 stripes instead of the 7 shown in the sketch.

On the left side is a very small image of the sketch layout I used for this card made last week or so. It is from Repeat Impressions and #J3118. I really liked it because I had a scraps challenge to make a card for a design team and thought I could use different patterned papers to make the striped section as my version. So this is my 2nd card made with this layout. (A week ago almost I showed a card that used this layout turned on its side and I used a bear with I heart U image in place of the large stitched circle.) I also opted to not use the large circle area and instead put a simple sentiment within that dividing band as seen with "for the Mr. & Mrs." and the stenciled hearts. 


inside panel featuring stenciling message and love birds on gold ring digital image

Dimensions are 5" x 8".

This happy mail is now on its way to them. Back to crafting for either a design team challenge or birthday cards for relatives! Becca