Paper crafting is works of heart

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

PPCC blog 386 for 27 June 2018

Happy Birthday card using orange, black, gray, and brown tones

I think I might save this for August for my brother's birthday even though he's a truck driver, not a professor. However, the image is too funny...I have to use:

PPCC blog #386 challenge blog's design team example card for inspiration is why I'm posting about this. PPCC's challenges' theme is always anything goes, so crafters can create any theme, color, style of paper crafted creation to be eligible for one of the prizes or to be part of a top 3 honor selected by one of the DT members. For the current challenge post and to learn more about participating, use this link:

Half of the DT crew had a chance to select an image from Dr. Digi's and I was part of this group. Besides providing some of the DT with images for the week, they are also providing one of the prizes. The PPCC blog post for #386 will have their link and the prize details.

The other half of the DT crew have used Star Stampz Images, so be sure to see what both teams have created by using the PPCC link. And Star Stampz Images have also provided one of the prizes (details and links to their store on the #386 post).

Two more photos of this cute card:

I've colored his hair and eyes to match my brother's. He wears glasses but not anything close to Professor Wigginson's. And my brother doesn't have a mustache, yet I like this masculine image and felt it was timely to make early for my brother.

Design notes:
a. orange cardstock base= The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby
b. black with white polka dots (stick-on) paper bought at Dollar Tree
c. black ribbon with orange center stitching= Studio G
d. butterscotch cardstock behind the image= Colorbok

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

PCC296 and AIM23 and CTD498 combined card for anniversary

another happy #24 anniversary card

another card featuring flamingos:

Some design notes:
a. foam square adhesives are behind the flamingos to lift them off the patterned paper also featuring flamingos (The Paper Studio)
b. mixed media elements: ribbon, arrow paper clip, stamping, digital image, colored penciling, staples, stenciling, inking/weathering effect

Yes!, 24 years from mid-July I served as a bridesmaid in back to back weekends. The dresses were sewn from very similar patterns yet different fabrics and wedding themes. The first one was in eastern Missouri for a very good friend who 1 1/2 years later was one of my bridesmaids. And the second wedding was in eastern Illinois for my brother. He and his wife were a groomsman and a bridesmaid as well when it was my turn. Not sure which couple will get this card but I'm about three weeks early on creating both flamingo anniversary cards, which is a big deal. Now, hopefully I won't forget to mail in 2 weeks or so!!!

Sketch inspiration was turned to the right for a vertical placement (just like in the previous blog post). Flamingo image is representing the square box from the sketch. The sentiment is split between the upper right corner and right side. The dots on the sketch were already included on the background paper, so the heart/ribbon/clip are angled in about the same direction as the sketch dots.

Blog post link for PCC296= 

AIM's no 23 challenge month started on June 25th. This will be my 3rd card that I've entered for the mixed media theme blog.
Blog post link for AIM23= 

I missed the deadline to include my 2 flamingo inspired anniversary cards, however the color palette of #498 was the motivation for the hues and selections of designer papers and cardstocks.
Here's the blog post link for CTD 498=

I also am in love with this card and especially the little added scene effects I filled in. Doesn't it look like an evening sunset is behind these love birds?!!!

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

PCC296 sketch challenge and color inspiration from CTD challenge blog

Happy Anniversary #24

Flamingo coloring book image was printed to a 3" x 5" size and then filled with various hues and drawing enhancement to create a little marshy scene around the feet of the flamingos:

The motivating sketch was turned to the right for a vertical placement. The flamingos represent the boxed focal shape, the hearts represent the flower and leaves, #24 is the sentiment, and 4 pearl dots are used instead of 5 as shown on the sketch.


The majority of the colors follow this color palette for CTD 498. I missed the deadline posting but will share the link in case anyone wants to check out the on time submissions and/or the design team creations.


I just love how this anniversary card turned out! The colors coordinate fabulously! 

Design notes:
a. white with pink polka dots paper= The Paper Studio
b. bright pink with white polka dots and citrine (yellow-green) with white dots papers = Colorbok
c. plaid paper is very old stock (8+ years in my stash)
d. pale pink cardstock = Colorbok
e. coloring book image of flamingos was found online; lots of different hues of blue, green, pink, orange, and yellow were used and then a dark olive green marker was used to create a border around the image to distinguish it from the plaid paper background

Stay tuned for another card created with these two blog challenges plus a third blog all combined in the next post,

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Inspired By no 25 challenge backyard BBQ theme and AIM monthly challenge combination card

Just wanted to say HI...happy birthday...wish card

Who doesn't like a backyard BBQ? That's the theme taken from Inspired By's #25 challenge inspiration photo. And AIM (A Inky Mess) is a mixed media monthly challenge blog, so I've got foam, staples, papers, cardstock, and lots of stamping to create this birthday card.

Inspired By blog post for this challenge can be found here:

A Inky Mess latest monthly mixed media challenge can be found at this link: (look for no 23, the current challenge month; the post starts with recognizing the winners for no 22)

Monday, June 25, 2018

Trees cards 3 and 4

Using 1 stamp in 2 different ways for 2 different occasions:

Cards 3 and 4 are 2 more different ways I used the same little pine Christmas tree stamp for a posting a few days ago. These two new cards missed the deadline for the Twofer Card Challenge no 6 Trees theme but I will link to A Inky Mess challenge blog's new month of mixed media that starts today, 25 June 2018.

Card 3 Tree stamp; layered; brads to simulate pine cones; colored pencil outlining of tree and muted marker ink soaking through from bottom layer; 2 different Thanksgiving theme sentiment messages stamped and an adorable felt hedgehog stick-on to complete this Thanksgiving card.

Card 4 Tree stamp used repeatedly with silver glitter and some blue and purple colored pencil accents on trees; white paint pen for sentiment; blue and lavender ink swirled for cloud; 3-D butterfly sticker to complete this sympathy card.

These are cards 1 and 2 from a post a few days ago. O Holy Night Christmas card has torn paper and white paint pen snowy accents on trees and snow ridges. Thinking of You card has pine tree stamp made into blueberry bushes! Blue and purple markers to make the blueberries, black ink for the birdie stamp, blue ink for the thinking of you stamp, 2 shades of green for grass details and brown for dirt (colored pencils).

A total of 4 different occasions for 1 stamp of a tree. Yes, all 4 were stamped but each has been highlighted uniquely and/or put on different papers (white cardstock, blue cardstock/pre-folded blank card, and 2 were on minty green paper). The intended goal of Twofer Card Challenge is that 1 stamp or die (tree theme for June) is used 2 different ways on 2 occasions/cards.

For A Inky Mess challenge blog (AIM), it is a mixed media monthly challenge. Check what the design team has created for the June/July inspiration:

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Saturday, June 23, 2018

HIMCR #358 for 23 June 2018 with any holiday theme

My 'holiday' is for a birthday.

When the provided images were given from the sponsor to the design team, I was a bit stumped. Then the brain started processing and I thought about creating a card about 4 months early for a cousin who works in the aviation industry.

Above is a photo of recent purchases at Hobby Lobby. Clearance items are on the left (Christmas stickers were 20 cents each! and the congrats stamp was originally $8.95 that I got for 90 cents!!!!! and the paper pack should have been about $11+/- and another super low bargain price of $1.20!!!!) Read at the end of the post why I've included this photo.

As I've been going through old teaching and crafting supplies moved out of storage in another garage, the cloud print computer paper was rediscovered. So a section of it was perfect to use for this card. New gold bling gems that mimic a button or trim on a military uniform were used as a corner embellishment. Adding a light penciled skywriting message, light shading and outlining into a cloud surrounding the digital image helped reinforce the aviation theme.

Above is the ID badge for HIMCR. Each week of the month there is a set theme but most of them are flexible. 1st Saturday is a color theme challenge. 2nd Saturday is to use scraps as the theme whether it is designer papers, cardstock, ribbon, or some other crafty item. 3rd Saturday is the owner's pick of a technique or required item like last week's use of buttons and bows. 4th Saturday is any holiday theme. And if there is a 5th Saturday it will be freestyle which means the crafter can do anything in the paper crafting spectrum (mixed media, digital image or not, stamped image or not, stickers, iris folding, scraps, and so on). 

Above is the sponsor ID badge for HIMCR's #358 challenge's provider of images to the design team and prize for a selected winner. Go to the HIMCR blog post link to get connections to the prize sponsor.

The patterned airplane paper was a lucky addition in a clearance bundled packet of The Paper Studio 8.5" x 11" size sheets at a nearby Hobby Lobby that I got about 2 weeks ago. I love how this card turned out. I hope my cousin enjoys it as much as I do.

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Friday, June 22, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #6 trees

This will be my first time to enter in a challenge for this fairly new blog:

Twofer Card Challenge #6 Trees

This month is about using a tree stamp or die in 2 different ways for 2 different occasions/cards, so I've used a small pine looking tree stamp for a thinking of you card and a Christmas card.


For the thinking of you card, I've tried to make the little trees resemble blueberry bushes and stamped a birdie next to one of them to add to the scene. There are also faint blue clouds, some grass and dirt to finish the scene:

And for the Christmas card, the tree was stamped multiple times onto green paper and then the paper was torn surrounding them. A white paint pen was used to add snow onto the branches. Torn/inked baby blue paper was used to mimic snow mounds. "O Holy Night" was added as the sentiment for this one's Christmas message:

I'm glad I came across this new challenge blog during my commenting on others' creations. My brain needed to be tweaked, adjusted, and kick-started into using old items in new ways.

Until next time,
Still crafting in the heartland, Becca S

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

PPCC blog #385 challenge for 20 June 2018 with anything goes theme

Mermaids? At first I was stumped on how I would use this design team provided image. But I quickly remembered that a female cousin with an upcoming birthday recently went to Florida with some of her family to see the mermaid show.

This would be the perfect image to use for her birthday card! And here's what I made after editing=

before edit:

My cousin has 3 daughters who dye their hair a lot so I chose to do 3 different hair colors in order to personalize the same digital image. I also used 3 different greens for their tops and tails, too. And the humorous sentiment just adds to the whimsy!

PPCC blog has 3 prize sponsors this week! Scrap N Dipity is the provider of this featured mermaid digital image! Use the PPCC blog post link to get more information about the blog and the sponsors along with seeing what the rest of the design team created for June 20th:

design team images provider and a prize sponsor

design team images provider and a prize sponsor

prize sponsor

The water bubbles were made using two sizes of letter 'o' stamps and then I have 3 different colors of gems added for some shine or sparkle (iridescent, teal, and pearly pink). 

If I have time before posting, I want to add some glitter for more sparkle and shine. Some more pics after editing:

Crafting in the hot Midwest, Becca

Monday, June 18, 2018

Inspired By challenge 24 theme of garden snails card one

garden snails? How do you make a card or other paper crafted item feature garden snails?

Well, I put a musical twist to it for my cousin's upcoming birthday card. He has a wife and 4 children so I thought instead of partridges, snails would be used instead.

I had some different sizes and colors of foam snail stickers bought several years ago from Oriental Trading (huge amount of mixed shapes) and then used green patterned papers along with some lines of the lyrics--Voila'!!!=

After editing: I added several different ink colors around the edges to give the papers and especially the orange cardstock a more weathered look and added some shell definitions with marker and silver glitter as well as some slime trail marks across the card=

Before editing:

Travelin' along, There's a song that we're singin', Come on get happy! A whole lotta lovin' is what we'll be bringin', We'll make you happy!"

Inspired By blog to read all the details and find out how much longer the challenge lasts, use this link:

If I have time I might ink the orange cardstock to make it a bit toned down and maybe add some details to the snails. But that's my editing conscience speaking to me. I thought because of the red-orange large snail and the smaller orange snail, I would like the look of olive greens and orange together, but I'm thinking it's a B- card and I want to take it up to an A look....but that's me....

Here is another after photo: {would love for some of you to give feedback of which view you like better}