Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

PPCC blog #385 challenge for 20 June 2018 with anything goes theme

Mermaids? At first I was stumped on how I would use this design team provided image. But I quickly remembered that a female cousin with an upcoming birthday recently went to Florida with some of her family to see the mermaid show.

This would be the perfect image to use for her birthday card! And here's what I made after editing=

before edit:

My cousin has 3 daughters who dye their hair a lot so I chose to do 3 different hair colors in order to personalize the same digital image. I also used 3 different greens for their tops and tails, too. And the humorous sentiment just adds to the whimsy!

PPCC blog has 3 prize sponsors this week! Scrap N Dipity is the provider of this featured mermaid digital image! Use the PPCC blog post link to get more information about the blog and the sponsors along with seeing what the rest of the design team created for June 20th:

design team images provider and a prize sponsor

design team images provider and a prize sponsor

prize sponsor

The water bubbles were made using two sizes of letter 'o' stamps and then I have 3 different colors of gems added for some shine or sparkle (iridescent, teal, and pearly pink). 

If I have time before posting, I want to add some glitter for more sparkle and shine. Some more pics after editing:

Crafting in the hot Midwest, Becca

Monday, June 18, 2018

Inspired By challenge 24 theme of garden snails card one

garden snails? How do you make a card or other paper crafted item feature garden snails?

Well, I put a musical twist to it for my cousin's upcoming birthday card. He has a wife and 4 children so I thought instead of partridges, snails would be used instead.

I had some different sizes and colors of foam snail stickers bought several years ago from Oriental Trading (huge amount of mixed shapes) and then used green patterned papers along with some lines of the lyrics--Voila'!!!=

After editing: I added several different ink colors around the edges to give the papers and especially the orange cardstock a more weathered look and added some shell definitions with marker and silver glitter as well as some slime trail marks across the card=

Before editing:

Travelin' along, There's a song that we're singin', Come on get happy! A whole lotta lovin' is what we'll be bringin', We'll make you happy!"

Inspired By blog to read all the details and find out how much longer the challenge lasts, use this link:

If I have time I might ink the orange cardstock to make it a bit toned down and maybe add some details to the snails. But that's my editing conscience speaking to me. I thought because of the red-orange large snail and the smaller orange snail, I would like the look of olive greens and orange together, but I'm thinking it's a B- card and I want to take it up to an A look....but that's me....

Here is another after photo: {would love for some of you to give feedback of which view you like better}

Saturday, June 16, 2018

HIMCR #357 challenge for 16 June 2018 with theme buttons and bows

Happy Birthday card with a nature and garden design motifs for HIMCR #357 challenge:

a. nature and garden elements: butterflies, tulips, leaf shape of sentiment, colors
b. buttons and bows elements: cording is tied in a bow; also green ribbon; and green gems are used instead of buttons

HIMCR's ID badge is shown above and the image provider to the DT crew as well as the challenge's prize sponsor is Gracielli Design, which one of their ID badges is shown below. Use the #357 link to take you to the HIMCR blog to read all the details, see the other DT creations, find out how to participate as a crafter, and also get links for the sponsor. When I've put the link here, my card photo is not uploaded by the blog owner yet to the post for #357 but hopefully that will get changed soon.


My personal mojo boost for the birthday card:

The above photo is a blouse of mine turned inside out. The gauzy fabric and colors have intrigued me for the several years I've owned it. I thought I'd take a photo of it and use it sometime for color and/or styling imagination spark. Well, the card for the HIMCR DT crew for challenge #357 will have colors and paisleys inspired by this blouse. Also I felt that the drawing lines of the Gracielli Design images and sentiment lend well to this garment.

I'll have more photos to edit in later. After snapping photos, I ran out of cell phone data to transfer them by email to download on computer, so check back if curious to see the card from different angles. Here are a few more pics as promised:

After taking most of the pics, it dawned on me that I had used the gems but not buttons, per se, so I went back to the craft zone in the garage and added two! And then look below for the hidden secret messages behind the large monarch:

Still crafting at night when it's cooler to be in my garage craft zone! In the heat wave, ugh!, Becca

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PPCCB #384 challenge for 13 June 2018 with theme of anything goes

Congratulations card for a baby boy

Note: in photo below you can tell better that the center image focal piece is lifted off the background by using foam adhesive squares.

post #384 at PPCC blog=

You can see other design team creations, read the guidelines and details for participating including prize details from this challenges' 2 sponsors plus get links to the sponsors using that link up above.

More design notes:
a. patterned papers are from old inventory
b. creamy beige cardstock is new from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
c. digital stroller image is from Digi Doodle Studios for Design Team usage at PPCC blog
d. embellishments include the silver glitter star stickers and the teal gems on mesh sticker strip (used to simulate ground/road surface for stroller)
e. digital image was colored with a combination of markers and colored pencils to create interest and depth

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Happy June Birthday card for great aunt

Happy Birthday to my great aunt who is also our neighbor!

Love the layout of this birthday card! Crisscrossing the glitter tapes makes it look like a garden trellis!

In the below photo, you can see the layered pieces of the huge floral sticker used as the central focus for this card.

In this next photo, a quick gift tag was made using cardstock scraps, a strip of glitter tape, and purchased gift tag as the focal, and two colors of baker's twine.

Tomorrow is the special day for a special lady! then the next day is this blogger's birthday!! :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Inspired By challenge 23 with summer on the porch theme

Anniversary card for nephew inspired by the images of the lemon and lime slices combined to make the fresh summer lemon/lime-ade!

Other summer on the porch elements: blue gingham check, citrus sunshine colors of yellow, green, and orange; white doily pieces to simulate a lace table cloth or white wicker furniture; lemonade mason jar drink; and lemon and lime slices.

Anniversary elements: lemon + lime (husband and wife); stamped anniversary words; #2 stickers; celebrate stamp

Above is the challenge's inspiration photo and the link is:

Design notes:
a. photo below is my proof that the blue gingham cardstock, mason jar image (was the mini journal's front cover), and the lemon and lime slices sticky notes were recycled!!!! When I saw these Friday afternoon I had to buy to use sometime this summer
b. the mason jar of juice was moved a bit to the right so that I could add the additional slices at the bottom left
c. the 3 areas of white doily are parts of 1 heart-shaped doily
d. the little stickers on the bottom right above the #2 are planner stickers that were used to reinforce the importance of the happy couple to take time to celebrate and also design-wise balance the space compared to the left side

Nephew and his wife will be celebrating this weekend, so I've got to get this card mailed in the morning.

I'll still be crafting in the USA heartland! Becca S

JJJ etc group on facebook june swap items and extras

Junk Journal Junkies ETC.

June swaps include:
*altered jumbo paperclips (3) of any theme
*tags (5) in red, white, and blue and can be any theme

I'm still working on a few more extras to send along to my recipients but the bulk of the required items are made. These are such a departure from my recent 6-7 months focus on greeting cards! I've started a Bible art journal that has some stencil highlights but I need to add to it on a better timely basis. I've started a small upcycled journal that was converted from a word search puzzle book but again I need to add to it on a better timely basis. And I've even started a small scrapbook binder (6" x 8") about 2 weeks ago with 1 lone entry...but again I need to add to it on a better timely basis!!!!

Notice a are these terrific journaling additions that will be going to 2 lucky group members:

In this above photo, the green floral wrap is an extra along with the Texas theme ATC and the 2 little aqua blue gem clips. The coloring book panel with purple satin button stick-ons has a hidden black coated jumbo clip. The butterfly napkin mod-podged with 2 colors of glitter and text add-ons has a gold jumbo clip with multi strands of sulky threads tied on top of the clip. And the pink, purple, and light mint green four layer altered jumbo add-ons have a white coated clip tied on with the 3 featured colors in baker's twine. This recipient did share that a current journal project focuses on trees and greenery so I tried to do garden and nature themes for the clips and the wrap.

The tags are made from a variety of materials, styles, shades and tones of blues, reds, and whites, sizes, etc. Not knowing the current projects or interests of the tags' recipient, I've raided my new and old stock supplies to come up with the mixed media tags.

Super busy crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S