Paper crafting is works of heart

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Friday, January 22, 2021

MTTC 22 Jan 2021 Theme of Glitter Sparkle or Shine

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is excited to take time this week to de-stress a bit making my design team card inspiration for My Time To Craft! The theme is Glitter or  Sparkle/Shine for #449. I've included them both! Couldn't resist using some silver mirrored foil that is sandwiched between the snowflake print and the solid blue base. There is glitter on the huge blue snowflake, the small silver snowflakes, the lettering had silver glitter and I added red glitter paint pen so that "Howdy" would contrast.

MTTC's Glittery Winter Wishes Hello card:

Link to MTTC's blog post for this challenge=


Personal creative challenge for 2021 is to get inspired by one of my previous cards' designs from 2010 or 2011. This is my inspiration layout for today's wintery hello card:

The lettering for "Howdy" is placed like the plaid strip with the shells and seahorse stickers. The jumbo blue glitter snowflake and penguin are placed and even shaped vaguely like the starfish sentiment shape on the inspiration card.

card is being shared:

1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog; "Always Anything Goes" theme;

2. Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog; "Out with the Old" theme; I used the dark blue with snowflakes patterned cardstock that was a leftover portion from last year's Christmas card-making; the glitter foam snowflake and penguin image from a gift tag are old items from my stash--at least 1.5 years or older

3. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group in FB; sharing site for paper-crafting bloggers, blog owners, and design team member

4. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; artistic mediums include red glitter paint pen, alphas, silver foil dazzles, glitter foam snowflake, printed cardstock gift tag, patterned paper, silver mirror foil paper, and cardstock for the base

5. The Seasonal Cardmaker group in FB; winter season

Crafting in the USA heartland, BECCA S

Design team member of these: (1) My Time to Craft; (2) My Time to Craft Christmas; (3) A Place to Start; (4) Createful Heart Designs

Friday, January 15, 2021

CHD challenge blog DT project for Jan 2021 Anything Goes Theme

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Even as a teenager looking to the future, I thought 2000 and 2020 would be very sci-fi, Star Trek, kind of un-real. The events of 2020 were not ever in my visions of the future! Thankfully, my overwhelming craft supply stash is keeping me entertained! :) Oh, yes! Being creative helps me manage my stress. I feel happy when I get a chance to experiment with colors, pattern prints, textures, and layouts! 

Createful Heart Design challenge blog is going to continue 2021 with monthly Anything Goes as the challenge. I decided in late December 2020 to select Mary's coloring page "Best Friends Forever" to make some belated wedding cards that I didn't get made this autumn. 

Best Friends Forever Wedding Card for #28 monthly challenge=

Design notes: brown kraft cardstock for base; CHD digital image printed on light blue cardstock and color-filled with colored pencils; pale pink cardstock for heart; chocolate brown with raspberry print paper has been in stash for 10 years; lettering and gems from Dollar Tree; red metallic foil striped washi tape is Jolee Boutique.

CHD #28 challenge post link=

CHD's shop link for BFF digital image=

CHD's blog badge=


Personal creative challenge #1 for 2021 is to use old cards' layouts from 2010 or 2011 for inspiration this year. This sympathy card layout is tweaked for today's wedding congratulations card:

The 2nd personal creative challenge for 2021 is to include either hearts or the word(s) heart or love onto my cards as a little subtle visual reminder to family and friends that they are loved.

+used pink cardstock in heart shape to back up the digi image

+yellow/amber heart-shaped gems


other challenges and groups where this card or posting will be shared:

a. Use Your Stuff challenge blog; theme = NEW; 

+red metallic striped washi tape was received from a crafty friend about 3 months ago

+heart gems were bought within the past month

+digi image is NEW to me provided by CHD owner, Mary Smith


b. 100 Pattern Paper FB group= I haven't pulled a specific stack of patterned papers to use in 2021 but the chocolate brown with raspberry print paper is 10 years old--in the stash way too long. There's a challenge to try to use a mix set of prints--well, I didn't do it all with papers but I do have dots on half of the lettering, stripes on the washi tape, and then a tile-print paper. 

c. The Seasonal CardMaker FB group

d. Paper, Paper, Paper and Design Team Calls FB group

e. Mixed Media Creativity FB group


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

Design team member for: [1] Createful Heart Design; [2] A Place to Start; [3] My Time to Craft; and [4] My Time to Craft Christmas

Happy New Year 2021

My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog NEW starting 15 January 2021

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! I've been on the design team for My Time to Craft for a couple of years now and I truly appreciate the owner, Shell's, laid-back easy to be part of the DT approach. She announced to us about 2 months ago that she was wanting to start a Christmas-based one. This is the very first challenge 'contest' for this new challenge blog!!!!

For the first 8 months of 2020, I participated in a weekly Christmas-focused card-making challenge blog. I really enjoyed that. So since Shell is beginning MTTCC has a spin-off of her MTTC and on alternating Fridays, I thought I'd try being part of the design team. Join us and get a jumpstart on your Christmas cards in order to reduce holiday stress at the end of the year!

1st theme for MTTCC--My Time to Craft Christmas is reindeer. Start date is 1/15/2021. Deadline date is 1/28/2021.

Design notes:

1. Santa on Rudolph is rub-on transfer from Carta Bella's "A Very Merry Christmas" set

2. heart stencil sheet is by Jot; purchased at Dollar Tree; bubble gum pink acrylic paint was applied with a sponge dauber brush and then red colored pencil was shaded over in order to get that watermelon red tone seen in the washi tapes

3. 2 washi tapes are part of a 3 pack set from Jolee

4. largest letters for "ho!" are from Simple Stories; the tiny tile letters are from Webster Pages


MTTCC link for #1 Reindeers challenge posting=



My 1st personal creative challenge for 2021 is to copy-cat a sketch layout from a card in 2010 or 2011 to inspire me, so I have picked this teacher card from May 18, 2010 to revamp for this Christmas card shown up above. The similarities are: Santa strip is in about same location as the tree ATC card; there are 2 deer on right side like the 2 owls; the 2 washi tapes are crossed like the 2 ribbons. =

My 2nd personal creative challenge for 2021 is to include either heart shape(s) and/or the word(s) heart or love into my projects. After such a stressful year, I figured all my family and friends who receive my cards need to have some positivity. On this card, I have the heart stencils used again like I did on another recent DT project this month and the words 'love' and 'dear' show affection.


other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where this card's photo or this posting will be shared:

a. Merry Little Christmas challenge blog


b. Christmas Kickstart Challenge blog


c. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; 

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group in FB


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of these teams: [1] My Time to Craft Christmas; [2] My Time to Craft; [3] A Place to Start; and [4] Createful Heart Designs