Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Anniversary Card with a repurposed card focal

Square card base with decorative bracket style edge

Color palette inspiration is the repurposed card used as the focal embellishment

This anniversary card is for my brother and sister-in-law. I think it is their "golden" 23rd for July 23rd. I've always got to figure it out because I got married 1 1/2 years afterwards. So Joe and I are at 21 1/2 years, so yes, this should be their 23rd for the 23rd. But no numbers found on this card. I kept it pretty and floral.

The bridesmaids' dresses were an off-white/beige background with lots of pinks and pastel green flowers fabric, so when I came across this recycled card front in my supply stash, I wanted to use it as the inspiration for their card.

The micro size decorative tapes were found at a Dollar Tree store!!! I couldn't pass them up and it gets even better--the package has like 7 small rolls for $1!!! Yes!!! Yahoo!!! Unbelievable! One has multi-colored hearts so that was perfect for this anniversary card.

The card focal center is a wishing well scene. Of course,  we wish them well.

The inside is a lovely cardstock with pink background and white flowers. I kept it simple with a small sentiment "Best wishes" stamped inside.

With the beautiful front filled with those subtle messages of hearts and wishing well, I didn't want to overdue it with too much stamping. I hope they like it and know that it was made out of love for them.

Busy crafting in the heartland,

Christmas 2017 Preview #2

More Christmas cards to show that were made about June 25th

Yes! Getting a start on holiday cards in the summertime!!!

You will see layout similarities especially with the focal pieces made from upcycling gift card type labels. This style was actually designed like a little card, so the back part was cut off and the sticky foam adhesive tabs were moved to the 'wrong' side of the front or focal part.

Then some card fronts have a swirly snowflake clear stamp used and 2 have a poinsettia clear stamp.

I really love that I was able to get these 7 plus the previous 1 posted completed using 2 work sessions. I WOULD love it even more if I can get more made, but so far, none. I did get 3 Thanksgiving ones made last night! Wa-hoo! I will make a post of those later.

Here are several different angled photos to show the fronts of 7 Christmas 2017 cards:
Cards made fairly quickly because of these 3 items: re-purposing gift tags, decorative tapes, and beautiful large clear stamps.

The focal pieces set the color palette: reds, golds and browns, whites and creams.

My favorite one thus far is the vertical snowman card at the top of this third photo with the snowflake wind swirls on the left side. But the deer are so cute; and the ......

Happy crafting! From the heartland, Becca

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Feminine birthday cards in soft pinks, yellows, grays, and greens

What's more fun than creating a birthday card?

Making 2 birthday cards, right?!?!

The goal of my color and paper palettes was to have a cherub, heavenly muted appearance. The cardstock of the embossed raised panels blank card was a soft creamy yellow that I swirled 3 different inks onto. Then add on patterned papers, ribbon, and voila!!!

front cover of one (the other was almost a mirror image of this photographed card); I thought the "once upon a time" printed cardstock was a clever incorporation for a birthday!

Can you notice a difference in the inking application? One has long linear like strokes of base pink color and the other was swirled on.

 The inside of each card was kept very simple, however the dark teal green cardstock was a bolder choice. I felt like if I chose an olive green, the card would seem too light in tone effect.

I've had about 2 days off from crafting. I wonder what tomorrow will bring? Maybe back to upcoming winter cards or maybe get started on those Thanksgiving ones I've wished to do....????

From the heartland of America, Becca

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Christmas 2017 Sneak Peek

YES!!!! I'm excited because I wasn't sure with as crazy has it has been with all my husband's projects around our property and wheeling-dealing that I would have some quiet time to craft at the kitchen table.

Last week during 2 different crafting sessions, I've managed to get 7 cards made. Here's a look for one that I took time to photograph:

Finished folded size is about 4" x 6". Focal is a gift tag type card using just the front panel and moving the foam stick-ons from the back panel behind the front section.

Supplies: white cardstock, kraft brown cardstock, red cardstock, gold metallic decorative tape ( , Hampton Art ink pad set, poinsettia clear stamp was a freebie with a UK crafting magazine subscription, glue stick, scalloped edged scissor,

More of the gold metallic tape along with some red masking tape also from Scotch (, and a sentiment stamped in brown ink using another free clear stamp from the UK magazine completes the inside to complement the front panel.

And with the card standing open you can see that the unifying color create a pleasing combination. I created the total 7 made thus far in stages mounting those gift tag focals as first step. The pack of gift tags bought at Dollar Tree last winter had the wreath, deer, snowflake, and a snowman all in the same color palette.

Common for me is to NOT do more than a few cards that are exactly alike. I've got too too creative of a brain plus supply stash to do assembly type mass production!!! So hopefully before this Independence holiday week is over I can spend some time making some more Christmas cards with supplies on hand or even some sunflower/harvest theme cards for Thanksgiving. That's my intention. Oh, I've got some July birthdays and anniversaries to acknowledge, with last night making 2 for this week, so those will be featured in the next posting in a few days.

Busy crafting in the heartland, Becca

Get Well Card

Speedy recovery

Size: folded finished size about 5" x 5"

This view focuses on the main section of the front an extra large local using a focal made from a pre-printed boxed card which sets the color choices for this get well card.

Orange decorative/masking tape is shown here.

Lime green decorative/masking tape is shown behind the center section against the kraft brown cardstock used for the card base and there is a slight difference of kraft browns with the base for the focal. I love the summery colors of this card.

Because of using the pre-printed box card design for the large focal, it did not take long to create this. About 20-30 minutes total from making the base card to completing the front and inside.

One of my aunts required emergency surgery so as soon as I heard of that, I wanted to hurry and get a card made and posted in the mail. She's on the mend, praise the Lord.

Busy crafting in the heartland....Becca

Anniversary card

Focal background: using part of a purchased boxed blank card front

Color tones set with the background focal and navy blue (wedding color for the couple)

Size: 5" x 7"

Supplies include: white folded blank card & envelope, denim printed paper, blue cardstock, gray cardstock, blue & white cording, glue dots and stick, ruler, paper trimmer, heart stencil, black permanent marker, sentiment stamps, Hampton Art ink pads

Left heart says: 1st Anniversary
Right heart stamp: Just for you
Inside sentiment stamp not shown: Best wishes

This was quick to make (or at least for me) in about 30-45 minutes from start to finish, but the most important part was styling a card using the newlywed's colors of blue and gray. This has a little gray and silver but more medium to dark blue tones.

Next post will either be a get well card created about 4-5 days ago or a sneak peek at Christmas card(s) I started making last week. Normally by this point in summer I've also started on Thanksgiving but all my autumn-theme supplies are still buried in garage after moving last year. Ugh. Just don't have much interior house space for crafting supplies. Right now I've got 2 dresser drawers and 2 storage organizers. I do have some sunflower theme supplies I could use for autumn/harvest/giving thanks cards maybe I'll ponder about just so I can get a few made. For the last few years with full-time teaching and a husband to manage (yea!!) I've only averaged about 10 Thanksgiving and 15-20 Christmas or New Year hand-made cards. I'd like to do more to include more relatives, but time is a factor, so sometimes they receive a pre-printed card that I've embellished with stamping or stickers or decorative tape, just to give it that Becca touch.

Hope you who read this post are finding ways in your own lives to be creative. It is good for the soul. Happy crafting in the heartland, Becca  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

bright colorful geometric gender neutral card for a guy

Yea, I said gender neutral. Age-appropriate? It's for one of my husband's best buds who is 17 days younger than me (55). He's had some hardships lately and I felt he needed to have a colorful birthday card.

I've used some of the same pattern papers recently but in a totally different way.

Non-traditional card format: two 6"x6" light blue cardstock pieces twined together
Twine holes: 1" apart
Twine/cording: 3 different ones=yellow& white, blue & white, and red & black
Pattern papers, happy print patterned cardstock, glue stick, scissors, paper trimmer, black marker, Hampton Arts ink pads, small sentiment stamps,

Inside or back square page was kept super simple: on the left side going vertically down, I wrote large H. B. (for happy birthday) #55.

Here's front page:

And this is a glimpse of the back:

I've made some other cards too this week, including Christmas!!! Yes, I have tried for about 8 years now to get a few made in the summer months because it always seems like the fall gets so busy and complicated. I've got a quick make get well card to show and a sneak peek of the first Christmas 2017 cards to write about in a few days. So with a heart for creativity--Becca

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lavendar and pastel pink young adult birthday card

Favorite colors for my niece and me!!!

Clean simple style

Card size: 5" x 7"
Supplies: pink cardstock, lavender cardstock, off-white cardstock, printed cardstock mat, 3 decorative tapes, sentiment small stamps, ink pad (Hampton Inks), heart embellishment/sticker
Tools: paper trimmer, scissors, heart stencil, glue stick and glue dots



My niece received the card this past Saturday night at the family birthday dinner which was 5 days early, but since this was #18, it will probably be the last official one held by her parents. She's working this summer and getting ready for college this fall. She was thrilled with the card and more so with the gift card and cash tucked inside (tee-hee!!!). :)

I've recently made a 1st anniversary card for my nephew but since it is still traveling in the mail, I will wait a few days before I make a blog post about it. So until this next planned post, loving all things artsy/crafty, Becca

With a heart for creativity in the heartland of America.....

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Citrus-bright birthday card

bright summery colors to make this bday card for my great aunt

Base: white cardstock folded to 5" x 7"
Cardstock: bold yellow and grass green
Scotch tapes: chartreuse/light lime green and orange
Sheer ribbon: light lime green
Stickers: butterflies purchased in party supply section at Wal-Mart
Stamps: sentiment set purchased at JoAnne Fabrics Store
Ink pad set: used a dark red-violet ink pad from set purchased at Wal-Mart

My design goal was to place most of items on angles and hoped to get a good layout!!!! I think it turned out well. I tried to keep things simple and for me, fairly clean design.

inside using more of the grass green cardstock, happy print patterned blue cardstock with 1 more butterfly sticker and another simple sentiment stamped

And the card shown standing up

My 86 year old great aunt loved the card and just exclaimed wanting to know where I get all my ideas to make the cards. Well, out of love would be one "place" and out of my swirling, churning imagination would be another! :) Hence my blog title: Becca's Heart for Creativity....

I need to create a card for my nephew's 1st wedding anniversary, so that will be an upcoming post and a niece will be #18 soon, too, for another one.

May my heart for creativity inspire yours!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Late May birthday cards for 2 lovely ladies--my sister and 1 niece

birthday 1: card for my sister, my favorite sister (my only sister!:)

This year I decided that I would create a fun festive colorful card for my sister. This is a definite different color palette than the norm that I do for her. Usually I use greens, turquoise, peaches, and then floral patterns. So this is a departure.
Overall card size: 5" x 7"

Multi striped patterned paper was purchased in a paper pad at Dollar Tree (yes!!)

Red doily was part of a 19 cent packaged my mom discovered in a box cleared out from my grandparents' home!!! Couldn't believe after 40-50+ years that they had not colored faded or mildewed!!!!

Here's the inside with the cover folded back so you can see the coordinated efforts here. The dotted paper used for the heart is part of the same paper pad as the cover's multi striped pattern paper.

The stars & balloon stickers are from a graduation theme sticker pack. I just chose to use the silver and blue & silver stickers to emphasize the blue hues in the papers.

The red stripes on the inside are masking tape that I found at Wal-Mart on clearance!!!!

Overall, the time involved in this card creation was probably about a half hour from start to finish due to the masking tape border stripes, stickers, doily, stamps, and using a full piece of pattern paper on the cover of the card. That's amazing for me!!!

Now for my sister's youngest child, my 2nd oldest niece, who has a birthday 6 days after her mother:

birthday card #2: niece

distressed denim blues theme

The edges of the card have 4 different colors of ink pads to add more distressed appearance to the card cover. The denim fabric pattern paper is from a paper pad bought at Dollar Tree. The triangle simulation of a handkerchief is a printed cardstock with repeated text of 'happy'. It was part of a 6" x 6" cardstock pattern paper stack purchased a few years ago. The blue cardstock was cut to a size to approximate a pocket. Oh, and 'birthday' was stamped over the multi ink colors and I only renewed the ink about every 5th or 6th stamping to add to the levels of fading tones of the card.

I apologize again for the low quality of my cellphone camera lens, but it is easier to send to my email and then download to computer. But here is a focus of the corner. I have a photo of the inside but I chose not showcase it for the blog.

That's it for card creations for late May and early June. I have another niece, #3 of my 4 nieces, with a birthday later in the month so that card will be part of a future post.

With a heart for creativity, Becca

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Easter bookmarks and Pentecost bookmarks to commemorate and add to worship for a very small congregation

inspiration--clipart image of word Jesus in shape of cross

Easter Sunday commemorative bookmark:
I did several variations of this both in the inking of the printing of the clipart image but also cardstock colors and size of bookmarks. Since Jesus' death was brutal, I thought the cross imagery should also look distressed so that is why I used several colors of ink, but mostly a gold brown to blotch the surface of the paper.

original illustration by me--yes, me

Pentecost Sunday commemorative bookmark:

For Pentecost Sunday, today, June 4, I wanted something similar to the Jesus/cross image, so I made my own Trinity descending dove illustration. I used a heart cut-out and turned it upside down. Remove the point creating a curved line. Marked points for starting & stopping lines for wings and where I would sketch in the head. Then using letter J for Jesus, I drew it in on the left wing/body side as you look at the descending bird and letter G for God the Father was drawn on the right wing/body side. Add in Holy Spirit, Pentecost Sunday 2017 to complete the bookmark. I got 15 made for this morning to give out to our very small congregation and plan on making a few more for some worshippers that come irregularly.

These Pentecost commemorative book markers were a labor of love. Finding a way to use my creative approach to uplift others' spirits is just faith in practice. If you talk the talk, then you better walk it as well!

Next post will be birthday cards made about 8-12 days ago for my sister and niece. Make sure to check out the wedding anniversary cards that I just posted from this weekend, too.

Otherwise, happy crafting!
Loving all things home economics-related, Becca

Wedding Anniversary Cards

Size: 5" x 7" on white blank card
Largest pattern paper size: 4" x 6"
Color palette: kraft paper brown, gray, muted coral-red, corn yellow, and more minor accent colors

Technique on cardstock: distressed edging using scissors blade to rough up

The inside sentiment strip says "Happy 30th Anniversary!!"

Here is a  2nd wedding anniversary card made with some of the same papers but with some different embellishments (letter initial stickers) & techniques (dotted borders & arrow):

The raised dotted surface of the initial letters plus the polka-dotted grayish-brown heart cardstock, I felt needed to be repeated in the left side of the card. So I used a fine point black Sharpie to add dot borders around the 2 sentiment tags and the arrow . And due to the quality of the phone camera, the creamy yellow 4" x 6" cardstock gets lost in the photograph. In person it looked so much better fortunately.

For card #2, the inside sentiment strip says "Happy Anniversary!"

These cards were made June 3. The next post will be 2 recent endeavors for church and then I will backtrack to some birthday cards made about 8-12 days ago or so for my sister and niece.

Loving all things home economics related--Becca

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bible art journaling

Matthew Chapters 1 & 2

Several years ago as a visitor to a church that I had been a former member (new pastor didn't know that), I received a paperback edition of the New Testament, so I decided I would use this for my first attempts at art journaling for my Bible study and reflection.

What's shown in the photos are the cover as is, ink word art to highlight Ch. 1 verse 21, and ink star sketch to correspond with all the verses in Chapter 2 speaking "of the star in the east".

After I decide how I want to add color and other details, highlights, etc. I will post more photos of the progression. However I did these 2 quick sketches last evening and wanted to share these early steps to help document the process.

I would like to encourage other crafters of faith to try art journaling as a way to study God's Word and another way for artistic outlet. (Bibles can very expensive and there are new ones available specifically for art/study journaling, however, I would encourage newbies and those with creative experience to try this first with a cheap type, like my paper NT. You do need to pay attention to possibly skip page(s) due to pressing on pages, color bleeding, saturation and warping, and other problems.

Placing a sheet of foam behind the page when you press down could minimize or eliminate marking previous work or upcoming pages. Place Kleenex or paper toweling behind the page if using stamp pads and/or markers can minimize bleeding onto previous pages, or the upcoming ones. Just be careful and cautious with this type of study journaling. This definitely helps me to slow down and take time to pray, think of others, think of Jesus' sacrifice for me, along with blessings received by God.

One last photo to share is of the Jesus written in a cross clipart image printed on copy paper, added different colors of ink from stamp pads for an aging/distressing look, and mounted to cardstock for an inside sentiment focal to 11 Easter cards sent out to a small amount of family members:

It's been quite awhile since I have posted to this blog. I can't promise I will do so on any kind of time frame in the future, but crafting I will be doing when I can! Hopefully this posting will inspire others....