Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winter Fest 2018 congrats card for niece

This is a personalized card for congratulating one of my nieces for being nominated by her classmates to represent them for the winter homecoming (Winter Fest) court:

Winter Fest

The Student Council sponsors and picks the theme but this card's theme is my choice in thinking about winter + festive = snowflakes, plaid, windy swirls, and hearts.

The 2 designer papers from The Paper Studio by Hobby Lobby are perfect for this creation. 

Dimensions: top-folded card = 5.25" x 8.25"; it just fit into an A9 envelope


Inside panel:

I thought the crown image was the perfect little accent to give a 'nod' to the queen's court aspect to homecoming since the papers and embellishments support the "winter" aspects of Winter Fest, winter homecoming celebration at my old alma mater high school. I'm excited for my niece and this honor she's received from her peers.

Still crafting in the U.S.A. Midwest, Becca; stay tuned for more posting throughout the week

Saturday, January 20, 2018

HIMCR #336 third Saturday surprise challenge to color it

Color 'it' = a digital image you color OR a stamped image you color OR sketch your own image and color

I did 2 card versions of the digital image I selected from the challenge sponsor, Fred She Said Designs. The image is called "Old Tractor":

Top photo is version 1. I really like how I added the corn stalk leaves border above and below the digital image (and of course how I colored it) but I'm not as happy with all the paper triangles surrounding it. This was already a large 5.5" x 8" card but this layout might have been suited better for a 12" x 12" scrapbook layout instead. That's my opinion. [pine tree and barn were also added by me...I thought the tractor looked too lonely]

Bottom photo is version 2. I like this version more than the first because there aren't as many triangles or patterns fighting for attention. The round border (also added by me) simplifies and keeps focus on the "Old Tractor". I put a tag on the back about "you are OUT standing in your field; Happy Valentine's Day."

HIMCR is Hiding In My Craft Room, a challenge blog with a theme for each week of the month starting on Saturdays.

HIMCR badge

FSSD badge

Go to the blog and this particular post to get all the details and how to participate as a crafter in todays challenge #336. You have about 6 days left to create, make a blog post, and then link it to this challenge for a chance to win the sponsored prize from FSSD. Third Saturday is a surprise challenge that Laurie (blog owner) decides what the surprise will be. This month is to "color" an image.

Here's a photo showing some of my supplies to getting started for version 1 with the image already colored and embellished with the border, pine tree, and barn by me:

above photo: inside panel for version 1

above photo: back side for version 2

Still crafting in the U.S. heartland, Becca
P.S. visit the HIMCR and check out the rest of the design team inspiration creations
There is one of crafter using "Old Tractor" and then the rest of the crew used 2 other images.

Thinking of you card with paint focal #2

Paints and mists January 2018 challenge

for 100 Pattern Papers (a closed group on Facebook)

"Bless you":

This is my 2nd card with misting or squirting combos of paint onto white cardstock that I then experimented with cotton balls to either pounce, smear, or swirl the paints.

The front panel focal and inside panel focal were both traced and cut from the painted cardstock on the far left.

Dimensions: folded at top; 4.5" x 5.5"
Base: white cardstock (Georgia-Pacific)
Background base: dark indigo denim pattern paper
Next background base: designer paper (The Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby); it reminds me of a geode, something mineral
Scrapbooking sticker tab and heart (terracotta color)
Inside focal background: brown cardstock (Colorbok)
Word search puzzle "arrow" is used because it has the letters of "bless you" backwards
Stencil: Folk Art Decorative Icons stencil set (Plaid)
Cording/twine: 3 different ones wrapped (navy blue and white & faded blue and white & tan and brown)

Once I decided on which painted cardstock I wanted to use plus the stencil pattern, then 'shopping' in my stash for everything else was pretty easy.

Some close-ups of the paint:

Glad I took up the challenge to challenge myself in trying a technique that I haven't used in my paper-crafting. I've done inking but not painting.

Let me know if my efforts are worth it--

Thinking of you card focal using paint

New paper-crafting technique for me to incorporate into my repertoire--Paints and Mists

100 pattern papers, a closed group on Facebook, has a January challenge to use paints and mists somehow on your crafting

Dimensions: folded at top; 4.5" x 5.5"
Base: white cardstock (Georgia-Pacific)
Background base: green cardstock (Colorbok)
Designer pattern paper base: pale green striped paper (The Paper Studio by Hobby Lobby)
Focals: white cardstock painted in pouncing and swirling of blue, green, and yellow for the tulip and blue for butterflies; and more of the blue/green/yellow for leafy branch
Stencil for tulip and leafy branch (shown on inside): Folk-Art Decorative Icon Stencil Set (Plaid)
Scrapbooking tab sticker and heart (shown on inside) and the glitter "love" sticker (with added teal blue marker coloring) bought at Dollar Tree
Inside panel base accent:  teal blue cardstock (Colorbok)

inside panel

close up of the front panel to show the difference in blues for where on the painted cardstock I traced the butterflies and then to show the variations in blue/green/yellow hues for the tulip

Thanks to Dollar Tree for providing basic crafting supplies at the super great purchase prices!!! The set of 3 bottles (one is aerosol mist style and 2 are squeeze style) were bought for $1. I got a 4 paint set with red, blue, green, and yellow for $1.

In the aerosol bottle I added red and most of the blue. However, blue was added first so that's what misted/squirted out. As I keep using it I'm hoping to get more mixed results for purple.

In the middle bottle shown in the photo, I put some blue, green, and some yellow.

In the last bottle on right in the photo, I put green and most of the yellow in order to get more of the "spring green" tones.

I'm glad I took this plunge. I've periodically used some spatter painting and I've done household painting for walls, shelves, doors, etc. but this was a big step out of my comfort zone of paper-crafting techniques.

I'm thrilled with the results!!!!

Crafting and experimenting in the heartland, Becca

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PPCCB #363 for Jan 17

This. is. the. cutest. image. ever.

Sketchy girl digital stamp with blank bubble

I thought  I was so very clever with what I put into the speech bubble: "oh, how I love you little purple rectangle box with a bow!"

Can't you imagine a sassy spirited little gal with lots of 'vim and vinegar' saying that to her birthday gift?!!!?!!

I did take some liberties with the image. I cut it apart so that it would work better to not cover up the hearts. There was also an upper box on the speech bubble that I didn't include (can see from other design team members or the sponsor's store).

Another design element influenced by the image is the strong black lines which led me to add black stitch lines around the edges of the stars and arrow plus the inking on the hearts and the pink card base.

This was my early stages of starting work on the card. Heart doily was applied to the pink cardstock. Scrapbooking sticker image stating "this is the day" was mounted on bright blue cardstock scrap for the inside panel. The image was colored but not cut apart yet.

The challenge details can be found here:

and the 2 sponsors' badges for #363 challenge are:

The above link will have rules, design team inspiration creations, prizes for winner(s), deadline for linking up to the challenge, and more.

And here are a few more photos to get a better look at some of the details:

HB is code for happy birthday! :)  I hope you fall in love with this cutie pie like I did. Thanks Bugaboo for giving this image as an option for the PPCCB design team!

Until next time, Becca

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Inspired by challenge of winter coziness card #2

Warm and cozy wishes '18

This is card #2 for this challenge before the deadline in the next 24 hours or so.

Winter coziness to be Inspired By:

Laurel's blog for this challenge series can be found here:

and this is her "Inspired by" photo for crafters to interpret creatively:

So how did I get inspired by this?

I started by pulling these papers and embellishments:

Notes on creating:
a. I only used half of each doily because of the size (about 5.5" square) of the black cardstock base
b. the denim paper becomes the main base paper and the other 3 are used in small amounts--big blue and white stripe is for a larger t-shirt jersey and the plaid is for a smaller t-shirt jersey
c. I only use one of the blanket image sentiment
d. From the Christmas winter stickers page, I decided to only use some red based snowflake stickers
e. Then not shown except in the final photo up at the top of the blog post, was a small red glitter heart. I felt it was the perfect little touch for that area of the card.

Notes on challenge's theme:
a. winter coziness becomes = warm and cozy wishes
b. navy blue and white is a color combo found on the larger t-shirt's pattern paper and a small piece used behind the sentiment
c. snowflakes are part of winter
d. doilies = makes me think of cozy comfort
e. plaid = makes me think of cozy comfort, too and
f. t-shirt jerseys = reminds me of sports and relaxation...comfortable to wear

And that's it! Maybe you will be inspired by either the blog challenge or my interpretation of the challenge photo and theme. 

Crafting in the heartland,

Inspired by blog challenge of winter coziness

Warm and cozy wishes in 2018

my interpretation of challenge inspiration photo brought my thoughts to:

snow, pine trees, blankets, crocheted afghans, fleece knits, football, pennants, score boards

The challenge blog "Inspired by":

and the photo image to be "Inspired by":

Glimpse of my strategizing, "shopping" in my piles, and word processing:

and you will see from the photos that the teal blue didn't make its way onto the card. I edited it out and kept color palette subdued.

and to complete the front panel sentiment to the interior--

a. 3 designer papers from The Paper Studio by Hobby Lobby
b. 3 cardstock colors in scraps from Colorbok
c. 2 different twine cording wrapped around black panel 3 times
d. cotton ball stretched and shaped before applying to black panel; also inked with black, blue, and purple (as well as edges of front panel)

The colors and the wintery theme compelled me to pull the gray hounds tooth, blue & white striped, and navy blue and white chevron striped papers as well as the tan, light gray, and black cardstock papers from my arts and crafts supplies. White colored pencil against the black cardstock gives the look of a chalkboard scoreboard. The crocheted striped blanket image coupled with the twine cording and the cotton ball "fleece" were used to convey the coziness part of the challenge and different fiber sources seen in the "Inspired by" photo.

As always, 
crafting in the heartland of USA,