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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Anything Goes Theme Challenge no 239 at TCCC blog starting 1 April 2020

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! This card and posting are not part of an April Fool's Day joke! I love paper-crafting and due to it being the first of the month and various rotations of design team commitments, I have lots of 'em due this week! This Easter card using a Bugaboo image (1 of 2 sponsors for #239) is the first to be shown:

The Crafter's Café Challenges blog #239 DT project for Anything Goes theme=

Walk by Faith Easter 2020 card 



The Easter chicks partially hatched with a wing pointing eastward I thought matched well with Creative Devotion's cling sticker "Walk in Faith" (and the cross in bottom right corner is from same set).

The patterned papers are from 2 different manufacturer's that have been in my stash for a long time. I thought the early spring greens, those yellow-green tones, matched well. And the 4 different solid color cardstocks are all Astrobrights/Neenah.

The "Easter Chick Egg-full" only came 1 size, so I used the printer function to do the smaller chick 'wallet'-size and the larger one is close to a 3" x 5". The base of the card is 1 full sheet of folded cardstock so folded dimensions are 5.5" x 8.5"

An old stencil template with different shapes and sizes was helpful to give each chick her own egg/oval parameters! Perfect touch! And a great contrast to the rectangles and triangles of the patterned papers!!


Link for #239https://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/04/239-april-1st-anything-goes.html


There are 2 sponsors for this fortnight challenge: Bugaboo and Decosse's Dynamite Doodles=


more fabulous scanned & cropped pics of this charming Easter card:





Since I printed the digital image onto 2 different colors of cardstock, I just wanted to accent-fill a few portions of each chick. A gold glitter paint pen (that I've been using a lot lately!) was used solely for the tiny top feathers and the main body just above the broken egg shell. And then it was used over the magenta marker used to fill the heart and the center circle of the bow. An yellow-orange marker was used for the beak. These were for the little gal! For the larger chick, I just used a purple marker for the heart and center circle of the bow/knot and a teal green marker (due to the yellow cardstock looks Kelly green) for the bow.

Darling card that will be mailed to my sister's family! Even Christians that have walked in faith for years still need reminded and to be pointed again to the cross. It is not by our own merits, it was Christ's death on the cross about 2, 000 years ago that makes salvation possible.

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where this card will be shared:
a. Crafty Sentiments Designs; started 3/31/2020; theme is Easter
link= https://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/03/easter-challenge.html

b. Incy Wincy Designs Challenge blog; ends 4/2/2020; theme is Spring Fling
link= https://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/2020/03/march-16-april-2-spring-fling.html

c. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group on Facebook; a sharing site for crafting bloggers

d. Scripturally Inspired Creativity group on Facebook; a small closed group of Christian crafters and artists who share how the Good News can be creatively expressed

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Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S
for Becca's Heart for Creativity blog and as a DT member of The Crafter's Café Challenges blog

*also a DT crew member for 4 others=
a. Scrapping 4 fun Challenges
b. My Time to Craft
c. A Place to Start
d. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Saturday, March 28, 2020

March 2020 Week 4 or Twelfth Week for 52 CCT blog with technique challenge of a window

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! This particular post shows my love for mixing colors and patterns and having lots of layers. With the 12th of 52 weeks that means there are 40 weeks left in 2020. The new challenge week follows our rotation and Week 4 focuses on the technique of window(s). The green tinted and gold edged window frame is part of old stash 1-2 years old. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog has helped me to use stock I recently purchased to participate in this blog's design team as well as old stash. More on the comparison of old and new a bit later in the posting.

Holly Jolly=



Some design and supply notes:
a. the window frame= I forget who the manufacturer is; I received it in a big bargain box purchase almost 2 years ago from the website Peachy Cheap.
b. The barn siding patterned paper, die-cuts (cluster, pinecone, holly, snowman, and pine 'leaf'), and the multi-floral scenery patterned paper are from "Cottage Christmas" collection from Fancy Pants.
c. Charcoal gray and green cardstocks are Astrobrights/Neenah.
d. other embellishments are 3 colors of gems, silver glitter paint pen, and a dark green marker are old stash
e. the window scene were lifted off the background cardstock with the help of 8 round foam adhesive dots
f. the damask patterned paper is just used to block out the scanner light of the printer
g. the die-cut on the L corner was slit between 2 leaves so that I could nestled part of it up and over the corner of the window
h. the die-cut on the upper R corner is on the window frame which is up higher than the holly and the pine leaf due to the foam adhesive dots lifting up the window frame.

Here's a pic of the card angled as it sits on top of the printer=






Link for 52 CCT 12-20https://52cct.blogspot.com/2020/03/march-technique-challenge.html


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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where you will find photo and/or links to this post=
a. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up: March/#63 has optional theme of Ice Ice Baby; I do have the snowman behind the frame to be considered
link= https://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2020/03/challenge-63-opt-twistice-ice-baby.html

b. Merry Little Christmas Challenge blog; March; theme Anything Christmas Goes
link= https://merrylittlechristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/03/mlccb-20-march-anything-christmas-goes.html

c. 613 Avenue Create blog; March; theme Anything Goes with optional twist of colored pencil usage; my entry is just AG
link= https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/03/challenge-231-anything-goes-woptional.html

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group on Facebook; a sharing site for crafting bloggers

e. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook; a small closed group of artists and crafters who like to mix things up; mediums used for this card: acetate frame, cardstocks/die-cuts, marker, silver glitter paint pen, gems, adhesive foam dots and glue 'runner'.

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Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S for Becca's Heart for Creativity blog

design team member for 52 CCT and these other 4=
a. A Place To Start
b. My Time To Craft
c. Scrapping 4 fun Challenges
d. The Crafter's Café Challenges

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Candy Cake or Ice Cream theme challenge no 163 for S4fC blog starting 27 March 2020

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart thought of a friend that has been very supportive in my teaching efforts so I decided to create a bookmark with images from #163's sponsor, Oddball Art by Lizzy Love for the new theme challenge at Scrapping 4 fun Challenges blog. The set had lots of images so I selected two--muffin and the cobbler/cake. To really draw attention I decided to print on bright orange cardstock. The sentiments are similar to what was in the set but I typed my own in order to get a good font size to fit within the parameters of the bookmark.

Thanks, sweetie! You're a peach!=




Adorable, isn't it??!! The colors of the papers and embellishments coordinated very well! Lots of options with this theme, so make sure to participate and also go to the S4fC blog to see what the other members of the DT crew made with their images.




link for #163 at S4fC blog= https://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/03/challenge-163-candy-cake-ice-cream.html get all the details about this particular crafting challenge blog, rules, design team members, past challenges, plus how to participate in this new challenge #163




Some design and supply notes:
a. different colors inked on edge of base and background cardstocks
b. all papers were inked with a reddish brown
c. the striped and dotted cardstocks are pieces of a blank note card from American Greetings that I upcycled to help drive the color palette for the bookmark.
d. big gem dots are from Crafter's Choice
e. a gold metallic pen and a gold glitter paint pen were used on the OA images along with colored pencils in dark orange, yellow, and brown
f. the cotton candy cone and cherry topped cupcake die-cuts are from a collection line that is part of American Crafts (sorry, not sure the exact name)
g. the yellow and white chevron striped cardstock scrap is from My Mind's Eye line of products available from American Crafts
h. another embellishment is the golden beige grosgrain ribbon (old stash)



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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where this bookmark will be linked/shared=
a. Not Just Cards Challenges; monthly; started March 11-; theme Anything Goes
link= http://notjustcardschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/03/march-challenge.html

b. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges; bi-weekly; in the 2nd week of current; theme Anything Goes
link= https://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/03/pennys-challenge-467-anything-goes.html

c. Use Your Stuff; 2 days left in this challenge; #394 Spring; {I've got pastel colors that make me think of springtime colors} link= http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2020/03/394-spring.html

d. Paper, Paper, Paper, & Design Team Calls; a sharing group on Facebook for crafting bloggers

e.  Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook; a small group of artists and crafters who like to mix it up; mediums for this project are= cardstocks/die-cuts, gems, metallic pen, glitter paint pen, ribbon, digital images and word processed sentiments, marker/inks, and colored pencils

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Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

for Becca's Heart for Creativity blog and as a design team member for S4fC blog & Facebook group

and I'm also on these other DT crews:
A Place to Start
My Time To Craft
The Crafter's Café Challenges
52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Saturday, March 21, 2020

March 2020 Week 3 or Eleventh of 52 CCT blog theme of Christmas Lights

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity! My love of bold colors and mixing patterns are part of the motivation behind my thought process as I sorted through my Christmas supplies to make this "Deck the Dog" card!!

Seriously, the theme is Christmas Lights for the 11th challenge in 2020 for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The 3rd week of the month for rotation is either a theme or recipe depending on the design team member who is in charge of the month's selections. Goga has decided to go with a theme of Christmas Lights and I had a gift tag with the dog's head getting wrapped in strings of lights that I thought would work great as a focal piece=






Link for 52 CCT 11-20https://52cct.blogspot.com/2020/03/march-theme-challenge.html

Supplies:
a. the plaid, barn red, and lights die-cut are all from a Cottage Christmas collection
b. the bright stripe patterned paper is from a set of 3 prints paper pad bought at Dollar Tree
c. alpha stickers and the dog focal (gift tag front panel) are also Dollar Tree purchases
d. the base card is from Darice (w/ matching envelope)


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link-ups to other challenge blogs or shared photo to Facebook groups=
a. Merry Little Christmas Challenge blog; March; Anything Christmas Goes
link= https://merrylittlechristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/03/mlccb-20-march-anything-christmas-goes.html

b. Christmas 24; #006; theme= trees...[my card has 2 dog bone decorated trees on each side of the dog on the gift-tag-turned card focal]
link= https://christmas24challenge.blogspot.com/2020/03/good-morning-all.html

c. Winter Wonderland; March 6-; theme= Blue Christmas...[my card has blue-gray base, aqua teal blue in the striped patterned paper, light blue in the lights strand banner, and light blues in the doggy gift tag turned focal]
link= https://christmasblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/03/blue-christmas.html

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group on Facebook; a sharing site for crafting bloggers

e. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook = I mixed it up with die-cuts, cardstocks, patterned paper, alpha & numeric stickers, black marker ink to edge all the papers and die-cuts.

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Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S for Becca's Heart for Creativity blog

design team member for 52 CCT blog and also these 4=
A Place to Start
My Time To Craft
Scrapping 4 fun Challenges
The Crafter's Café Challenge blog

Friday, March 20, 2020

Off the Edge theme challenge no 428 for MTTC blog

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! I'm Becca S the creative dynamo and MTTC has a very good challenge theme for you during the next two weeks. The theme is "Off the Edge". Our design team crew have come up with lots of variations for what it means to go off the edge of the card.

For my design team inspiration card  for #428, I folded the cardstock base to be shorter in the front to allow for the semi-circle of pink cardstock to be added plus have the large journal card extend off that shorter front down into the pink half-circle. My mom's going to be surprised that her Mother's Day card has been made early! (A positive out of all this Covid-19 scare.)

You Are Awesome-ness, mom=




My Time To Craft's #428 link= http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/03/challenge-428-off-edge.html




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Supply notes:
a. soft yellow and pale pink cardstock--Astrobrights Pastels--Neenah
b. journal card and floral patterned cardstock--My Mind's Eye/American Crafts
c. striped decorative tape--3M, I think...the colors just make me think of springtime!
d. silver and gold glitter paint pens
e. an old stencil sheet with different decorative edges was used for the Victorian scroll looking outlining

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other challenge blogs or Facebook groups where you will see this card=
a. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog; March, #73, Anything Goes theme
link= https://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com/2020/03/march-crafts-galore-encore-challenge-73.html

b. Incy Wincy Designs Challenge blog; Spring Fling theme; I've got soft pastel colors, flowers, and occasion of Mother's Day celebrated in early May/spring for Northern Hemisphere
link= https://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/2020/03/march-16-april-2-spring-fling.html

c. Not Just Cards Challenges blog; March; Anything Goes theme
link= http://notjustcardschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/03/march-challenge.html

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group on Facebook; a sharing site for crafting bloggers

e. Mixed Media Creativity group; a closed group on Facebook for crafters and artists who like to mix it up in their creative projects= this card has the off the edge front, silver and gold glitter paint pens, decorative tape, various cardstocks including the journal card used as the focal

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Crafting in the USA heartland and practicing my social distancing (including not teaching this week or next...or maybe longer).
Becca S
Becca's Heart for Creativity blog

design team member for My Time To Craft blog and these 4 others:
The Crafter's Café Challenge
Scrapping 4 fun Challenges
A Place To Start
52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Animals Theme Challenge no 238 TCCC blog for 15 March 2020

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity and today's "I heart" focus in this posting is the washi tapes, one of my favorite embellishments to use. The four used for this card are from Pen + Gear and help make this birthday card a true celebratory greeting card!

For #238 at The Crafter's Café Challenges Blog design team project=




link= https://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/03/238-animals.html

prize sponsors & providers of digital images to the design team: ADU and ES






Some supply/vendor notes:
a. flat card in deep orange is approx. 4" x 5" and has matching envelope from Darice
b. Solar Yellow cardstock is part of the Astrobrights collection from Neenah.
c. the 4 washi tapes are from 1 set offered by Pen + Gear bought at Wal-Mart
d. blue and white cording is from a multi-pack bought at Dollar Tree
e. blue gems bought at Dollar Tree
f. digital image provided to the TCCC blog design team by Eureka Stamps



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other challenge blogs and/or Facebook groups where this card will be shared:
a. Use Your Stuff; #393; theme is "Use Your Favorite Embellishment" [washi decorative tapes have certainly been a go-to product for me in the past 2+ years!]
link= expired; :(….I had just used it earlier in the day and thought it still had 24 hours or so left....bummer

b. 613 Avenue Create; #231; theme: Anything Goes with optional twist of colored pencils [I've used orange, blue, green, and red on the party hat and orange and brown on the kitty's body.]
link= https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/03/challenge-231-anything-goes-woptional.html

c. Paper, Paper, Paper, & Design Team Calls group on Facebook; a sharing site for crafting bloggers

d. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook; a closed group for artists and crafters who love mixing it up...this card has cardstocks, washi tapes, cording, digital image, colored pencils for fill-in, marker to outline the white cardstock that the digital image paper is matted on, and gems

e. Shopping Our Stash; #415; theme is "Is It Summer Yet?"; …. in central USA of Northern Hemisphere we are slowly transitioning from winter to spring, so not quite ready for summer however I've got bright colors that I associate with summertime...citrus colors like orange and yellow
link= https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2020/03/shopping-our-stash-415-is-it-summer-yet.html

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Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S for Becca's Heart for Creativity blog

design team member for The Crafter's Café Challenges blog plus:
Scrapping 4 fun Challenges
My Time To Craft
A Place to Start
52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Saturday, March 14, 2020

March 2020 Week 2 or Tenth Christmas Card for 52 CCT using their color palette

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity and my posting dedicated to the 10th challenge in 2020 for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown! The blog has a 4 week rotation of themes/requirements so since this is week 2 of March it will be a color palette challenge: green, kraft, and white. Going through my stockpile, I decided to have a focal piece featuring 4 different washi tapes:




link= https://52cct.blogspot.com/2020/03/march-colour-challenge.html





Vendors/supplies:
a. yellow green flat card base 4" x 5.5": Darice (has a matching envelope)
b. dark green with mini green dot washi tape: My Mind's Eye
c. the green with plant/leafy branches washi tape: Pen + Gear (from a multi-pack set)
d. music washi tape: have had for too many years that I don't remember who or where purchased
e. mint green and gold stripe washi tape: I forget the collection but it's for a Christmas theme set purchased this past December
f. die-cuts have been punched out and separated from their collection that I bought about 14 or so months ago
g. the ornament cardstock is part of a collection/paper pad purchased this past December

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Challenge blogs and/or Facebook groups where you will see this card linked=
a. Use Your Stuff challenge blog; #393; Theme= Use your favorite embellishment; [don't you think using 4 washi tapes on 1 card would be an indication of a fave accent???!!!!!]
link= http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2020/03/393-use-your-favorite-embellishment.html

b. Jingle Belles; started March 13th; Fa-la-la-la-la Christmas music theme; [music staff decorative tape used]
link= http://jinglebellesrock.blogspot.com/2020/03/fa-la-la-la-la.html

c. Paper, Paper, Paper, & Design Team Calls group on Facebook; a sharing site for crafting bloggers

d. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook; [my mediums were several washi tapes, die-cuts, cardstocks, glitter paint pen, and green gems]

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Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S for Becca's Heart for Creativity blog

and design teams besides 52 Christmas Card Throwdown that I'm committed to are:
A Place To Start
My Time to Craft
Scrapping 4 fun Challenges
The Crafter's Café Challenge