Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Inspired By floral clusters and Sketchy Saturday challenges combined into one card

Floral clusters...check...

Sketchy Saturday five vertical divisions sketch layout design challenge...check...



IB's current challenge with floral clusters
Sketchy Saturday's current layout design suggestion from 19 May 2018

Both of these challenges and blogs are part of Laurel Seabrook Designs!


different over view perspective

a. with using such busy designer patterned papers I chose to use a full background honeycomb pattern
b. then instead of having almost full length vertical strips over it, I went with smaller strips mounted on bold pink cardstock that were lifted off the surface of the card with mini size foam squares
c. I haven't located any of my old stockpile of brads so I stapled on the paper flowers and then added the bold pink pearl gems over or around the staple to complete my floral clusters. I'm so glad I did this because the color impact is fabulous.
d. Now to get this bright cheery encouragement card in the mail to a church friend!

Crafting in the Midwest heartland, Becca S

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sketchy Saturday 19 may 2018 challenge entry

Let's Do trip...hopefully sometime soon to have girl time with a friend

Dimensions: 5" square
Card base: medium pink square card (Studio G)
Designer papers: old stash
Other supplies: pencil, ruler, scissors, mesh gems, planner stickers, glue stick, staples and stapler
Layout design: Sketchy Saturday challenge blog from Laurel Seabrook Designs

illustration of sketch:

Use the link to see the inspiration card made by Laurel! Make your interpretation of this Sketchy Saturday 19 May 2018 and post it to her blog.

Still crafting in the Midwest heartland, Becca S

Saturday, May 19, 2018

HIMCR #353 third Saturday of the month special theme focus of masculine

This week at HIMCR blog we are having a masculine and/or Father's Day theme focus for challenge #353.

1. This card turned out so stinkin' cute with a whole range of light to medium to dark blue values! What special guy do you have in your life to paper-craft for? And remember at HIMCR, it doesn't have to be a card. You could create a tag, a party invite, a decorated gift bag, home d├ęcor/framed for a son's bedroom or male graduate, etc. In the U.S. in mid-June, Father's Day is celebrated, so that could be your masculine focus. Both my father and father-in-law have passed, but thankfully SNS provided the DT with an airplane image that came with a birthday sentiment as well as 2 other images and I quickly signed up for the airplane.

2. Due to the overall dimension of my card at 4" x 6" and wanting to have some patterned paper on the cover panel, I chose to divide the image between cover and inside panels.

3. Above is HIMCR's ID badge. To get all the details about how to participate, the prize offered, the prize sponsor (this week is SNS), and to see the rest of the design team's inspirational creations, use this link for the post of #353:

4. Above is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' ID badge. Post #353 will give you links to SNS.

5. The sketch layout that I followed (mostly!) is shown both in the above photo and below. I did use it turned to the left 90 degrees and eliminated the vertical stapled strip and twine from the ribbon type tag. The ribbon got reduced in depth. The twine got moved to the top edge. The hearts became clouds made from a coordinating paper to the striped paper across the bottom edge. Instead of notebook looking paper, I used a graph/grid card (available from Pen + Gear). Instead of a full patterned paper background, I chose to split and just have the patterned paper as a bottom border strip. I am very happy with the interpretation using the provided image and sentiment.

6. This layout design sketch has an unknown source. I saw it shared in the Facebook group 100 Pattern Paper Challenge.

7. The above photo was captured before I did some editing. I felt after selecting so many blue papers and cardstock that there wasn't enough blue on the airplane. Two navy blue stripes were added to the side of the airplane to minimize the red-orange. Maybe you didn't even notice that?!?!!!

I don't have anyone in particular for this card. My nephews are 25 and 13. Might hold it for the 13's next birthday in December...hmm.

Still crafting the U. S. heartland, Becca

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

PPCC blog #380 for 16 May 2018

Safari jeep...adventure of summer vacation is coming!


Inside panel: School is out! Celebrate!

PPCC blog's badge and the challenge #380 post link=

PCDI is the prize sponsor and digital image provider for me and half the crew. MMI is the other prize sponsor. To see all the provided images from both sponsors use the PPCC blog link. ( The link will state details on how to participate for a chance at either prize and can view the inspiration creations from the Design Team.)


Getting started

PCDI's PB Allie Safari image is colored mostly with markers and a few colored pencils were used  for faces.

Supply & Vendor Notes:
Designer papers are from a scrapbook size 12" square collection that is several years old. Brown and butterscotch cardstock under the image are from Colorbok. The bright yellow cardstock base is from Astrobrights by Neenah Papers, Inc. Foam palm tree, giraffe, and monkey were purchased many years ago from Oriental Trading. Glad I could use them for this card!

I'm excited with how fun and festive this card is! 

Until next time, Becca

Saturday, May 12, 2018

HIMCR #352 super scraps Saturday theme challenge

Oh, what a beautiful day!

Scraps used on the cover are the light pink cardstock tag, the bundled scraps in the bottom left corner, and the two half heart-shaped doilies (white and a light pink underneath) which were leftovers from Valentine's Day.

Due to my husband hiring some muscle powered kids, some of my packed away craft supplies from our move not quite two years ago became readily available to me, so I've got little foam adhesive squares to use to give dimension for the flowers. It meant more coloring and more fussy cutting but so worth the extra time to create a super duper card!

This is a design team inspiration card for HIMCR's #352 challenge for the 2nd Saturday of the month which is always a scraps theme. Find some sketch suggestions or come up with your own brilliant way to use any kind of crafting scraps. And it doesn't have to be a card. Make a tag, scrapbook layout, party invite, etc. Here's the link:

Here's HIMCR's badge:

Fred, She Said Designs (FSSD) is the prize and the DT sponsor for challenge #352. Use HIMCR's link above to get FSSD's links and info on what the offered prize is from them.

My sketch layout is based on a 90 degree turn right of Yolande K's that was shared in the Facebook group 100 Pattern Paper Challenges:

More photos at different stages of creating this showstopper:

The lime green sticker is from the Create 365 Happy Planner product line from Me and My Big Ideas.

I printed the outline distressed images that come like this (full sheet) and used markers for most of the coloring and colored pencils for filling in the flower petals.

The photo above is before I added a stacked small set of scrap papers to the bottom left corner. Even with the scrap doilies and the light pink cardstock tag from scrap, I thought with the challenge theme is needed to find another spot for scraps.

This card took about 3 hours to make! And then transferring photos from cell phone to email and then to computer to be used in Blogger was an additional hour estimated. But after the last 2 week's cards for design team challenges being made quick with minimal resources next to my husband's hospital bed or in the family waiting room, I needed to put more quality work into my HIMCR DT card.

Husband's been home for 10 days and still struggles with being active enough to prevent clots and without over-exerting his limited heart function. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers, please! Becca

Friday, May 11, 2018

Inspired By sweet treats theme challenge

Sweets treats = strawberries and ice cream cone; other treats= pizza, fries, hot chocolate

For a teacher a sweet treat is usually chocolate...needed to get the mojo back and relieve some stress and angst, but the sweetest treat is a day off like a snow day or summer vacation! So with that thought I've also got the rainbow, sunglasses and the summery citrus colors!!!

Isn't this just an adorable tag! It could be used in someone's spring break journal or scrapbook layout or used for a fun-packed summer vacation layout. Or used by a voracious reader to mark their place while basking in the sunshine.

This tag will be entered in the sweet treats theme challenge at Inspired By sponsored by Laurel Seabrook Designs:

Go to the link above to see the design team's creations and those of other participants! This is a wonderful site to get lots of the mojo inspiration!!!


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Unicorn theme birthday tag

HB...happy birthday...magical...dream big

My cousin's birthday is today but she won't receive it for a few days when I hope to visit her. But this is her special day. And I think this turned out super charming and sweet.

I'm bummed about missing the deadline for the unicorn dreams challenge at Inspired By blog. Here's the link for receiving inspiration from the DT cards and those that participated:

A close up photo to see journaling stickers, decorative tapes, and the colors better:

The photo below is shown before I edited. I decided after snapping and viewing this, that I needed to balance the right side of the tag below the 'dream big' sticker with another and then I added 2 more staples between the cording knot and the previous staple which I did in a 'z' pattern.

Still crafting in the Midwest,