Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

PPCC blog #382 anything goes theme

No. 1 teacher

I just love the pink, gray, and black color palette for this card! The 3 diamond shaped designer patterned papers are from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) and the pink and gray print on the left is from an old stash, so I don't know who to credit for it. The pale pink, light gray, and black cardstocks are Colorbok.

Image of No. 1 Teacher is from All Dressed Up (info below). She's a moxie fab trendy gal! Colored pencils give the image a soft appearance to go with the delicate lines used by ADU.

PPCC blog's #382 challenge is anything goes theme. Make sure when you participate that you have some kind of paper crafted creation (tag, bookmark, ATC, greeting card, party invite, scrapbook layout, etc.) in order to be eligible for one of the prizes. Get all the details:

All Dressed Up (ADU) is the image sponsor for the design team at PPCC blog as well as the prize sponsor. Use the above blog post link to find connections for ADU.

A second prize sponsor is Di's Digi Stamps. Get their links at the PPCC blog post #382, too. This is their sponsor ID badge:

About one-third of the way completed in creating this stunning female teacher appreciation card shown in the photo below! If you compare this below photo to up above, the marbled pink triangle wasn't used. I tried all kinds of arrangements and felt like I had to use only 1 small triangle with the 3 diamond shaped papers plus the focal image. Well the marbled pink triangle will show up on another card or tag soon I'm sure.

Still crafting in the U. S.A. heartland, Becca

Saturday, May 26, 2018

HIMCR #354 any holiday theme challenge for fourth Saturday of the month

Autumn Season or Thanksgiving is the holiday theme selection for me with this rustic delight:

a. acorn and leaves digital images with the front cover sentiment message= MHK Designs
b. images and sentiments were filled with color using colored pencils
c. 3 of the 4 patterned papers come from an old collection and the 4th pp comes from a different one
d. green glitter paper was part of a 3 color pack bought at Dollar Tree
e. base dimensions are 5" x 7"
f. base card made with kraft cardstock from Colorbok
g. inside embellishment stick-on is from old craft supply stockpile
h. "Thank you" stamper was purchased at Dollar Tree

Background of sentiment was lightly colored with yellow-green, yellow, orange, and brown.

HIMCR's ID badge is shown above. This card is for the design team inspiration using images we were able to select from MHK Designs. Thanks! It is wonderful to be able to pick out something that I really want to use and show off. To get all the details on the #354 challenge, how to participate, prize details, sponsor details, and to see the rest of the DT crew's creations, use this link:

MHK Designs is challenge #354's prize sponsor and design team images to use provider! Thanks again! Love this Fall Season set!

My layout formatting is a close interpretation of the above image. This card sketch is from an unknown source. I discovered it through the Facebook group 100 Pattern Papers Challenge. One of the members offered to find card and scrapbook layouts to share each week to help get us group crafters motivated to use our 2018 commitment of 100 patterned papers from our individual stashes! In fact, I've lost track how many papers I've used in past 5 months. I was faithfully logging for January and February and then stopped focusing on the numbers and got busy using!

It is going to be extremely difficult to give this away. It is so pretty and detailed-full that I just want to hold on to it. (That's why Tina started the scrapbook paper challenge group so hoarders would become productive paper-crafters! :)

Crafting in the Midwest heartland, Becca S

Thursday, May 24, 2018

PPCC blog #381 for 23 May 2018

Paper crafting fun image from The Paper Shelter




PPCC blog #381 link=

The provided pre-colored digital image is from The Paper Shelter. They are providing one of this week's prizes. Use the blog #381 post link to connect you with The Paper Shelter's store and also see the other digital image provided to the crew. Above is one of TPS' ID badges.

Half the design team was provided some digital images from Sasayaki Glitter. They are offering a prize too. Use the blog #381 link to see what that half of the crew came up with for inspiration. This is their ID badge:

My layout inspirational image comes from Page Maps via the Facebook closed group 100 Pattern Papers Challenge:

This card sketch layout design from Page Maps' Card Maps May 2018 was used for the cover space formatting. I changed the scalloped center focal to a Greek vertical rectangle shape since the provided image was vertical in its form. The whimsical tags were add-ons for a sentiment message instead of being displayed under the center focal (plus I didn't want to cover up the ruler graphics in the bottom right patterned paper)!!!

Isn't this such a marvelous card to send to another crafter!?!!!! Loving how this paper creation came together!!!

Crafting in the Midwest heartland, BeccaS

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