Paper crafting is works of heart

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

So thankful card with bright yellow papers for HIMCR 379 challenge

So thankful card in sunny yellow...such a refreshing look after lots of gray overcast days with chilly 20-30 degree temps!

Isn't that fox such a darling addition to the card?!!! I can just imagine a young kit jumping around in a pile of leaves, batting or kicking out small pumpkins and gourds in someone's garden, and having a 'heyday' frolicking!

This card is being linked to HIMCR's #379 challenge theme "Thank You Card". I was on their design team for about 8 months and love to come back to it periodically as a participant. I've been trying to spend more crafting time visiting other challenge blog sites, do more scrapbooking, and making Bible art journal entries into my Bible purchased for that purpose. Here's the link for the #379 post:

This photo is showing about 1/3 of my November kit made for the CKC blog this month. It's not saying Autumn but I'm making it work--like with this wonderful mug digital image from Stamplorations! Color-wise I wanted to have lots of the traditional Autumn/Thanksgiving hues but to work in the dominant colors of the CKC inspiration kit for this month, I've had to add in lots of blues, purples, and pink tones:

This sunny yellow is part of a trio I made during the same crafting session. Most of the patterned papers were interchanged. They have the same 2 stamps, stick-ons, and those gorgeous pumpkin and leaves scenery mugs.

With an attitude of gratitude in the USA Midwest, Becca S

So thankful card with bright colors for HIMCR 379 challenge

So bright colors

Card #1 of 3 made with interchangeable elements and layouts

Each card has the same muted lavender cardstock that is about the size of an ATC. They each have puffy fox and leaf stick-ons. They each have some patterned papers that have been swapped around. 2 of the 3 have the same decorative tape. All three have the same stamps used "so thankful" and "May the bounty of the season fill your heart and home." And the digital mug image is same just colored differently for each one. Overall dimension is 4" wide x 6" tall.

Challenge link is to this week's "thank you card" prompt at HIMCR for #379:

Also, shout outs/credits to CKC blog for this month's copy cat kit that I made and which the cards' papers and stickers were a part of. And to Stamplorations for the freebie digital mug image filled with a gorgeous pumpkin and leaves scene!!! Love freebies!!!

I just love how these card turned out, especially this bold vibrant purple base with rainbow striped border tape and background patterned paper!!!! My nieces and nephews would probably say this looks like an Aunt Becca card!!!

With an attitude of gratitude, Becca S

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

21 Nov 2018 CKC blog challenge mini kit to make 3 Thanksgiving cards

So thankful

3 Thanksgiving cards made with same 2 stamps, fox and leaf stick-ons, and mug image but different  papers and coloration of mug images.

I'm specifying the mini kit part of the November kit challenges at CKC blog because I've interchanged the elements for these 3 cards and I still have pieces ready to make 2 or 3 more cards tomorrow. Up above I'm showing part of my kit that about 4 patterned papers came from plus the sheet of digital image replicated 9 times at wallet size and then colored 3 different ways (go by columns). Even the puffy fox stick-ons are seen in the corner of the photo.

If you've seen my previous November blog posts showing the original kit to copy cat, you will remember that for the USA Midwest northern hemisphere November weather and traditional colors for autumn and Thanksgiving I've had to be very creative to make this all work to use my kit for Thanksgiving cards. In my mug coloring, I've had to include lots of values of purple/violet and pink to work with my selected papers to support copy cat endeavors.

Since I've made lots of posts about my November kit and how I've used it thus far, I'm keeping all 3 cards together to be featured in this posting.

With an attitude of gratitude, Becca S

21 Nov 2018 Thankful home decor fits challenge at CKC and HIMCR blogs

Home décor--our cup of blessings

On display in our dining room: the base is light blue cardstock; the center panel is a lavender paper; there's a orchid with white dots paper across the middle; a colorful chevron zig-zag print paper behind the mug image that was filled in with colored pencils (freebie from Stamplorations); a bright spring sherbet diagonal print paper behind our photo; and the forgery made floral paper.

framed home décor layout stamped message was prompted by the hymn "Count Your Blessings" and the phrase "my cup runneth over"-- "Our Cup of Blessings" 

1. Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog (CKC or CKCB)= using the November kit that I made to copy cat their inspirational one picked by Lisa H from Citrus Twist, a curate kit called "Little Things".
   a. elements included from the kit are (1) colors like purple, yellow, orange, pink, blue & green; (2) motifs/shapes like butterflies, hearts, stars, arrow & large florals; (3) rainbows: 2 papers containing lots of hues and the coloring of the mug image (freebie from Stamplorations) 
   b. photo of the Citrus Twist kit= 

    c. papers included the forgery stamped flowers and bees onto black triangle print paper from The Paper Studio are from my November kit

2. Hiding In My Craft Room blog (HIMCR)= using the #379 theme of "thank you" 
    a. elements included on this home décor layout are (1) typed Happy Thanks Giving Day 2018; (2) stamped "so thankful"; and (3) stamped letters to write out "our cup of blessings"
    c. Laurie has the challenge titled as thank you card but guidelines do indicate that all paper-crafted creations are accepted, so that's why I'm going to go ahead and link this to her blog

Some close-up photos:

With an attitude of gratitude, Becca S

Saturday, November 17, 2018

CKC and UYS blog challenges with stars and sparkle layout 2

Layout #2 with stars and sparkle with "Happy Birthday Princess"

The link for the Use Your Stuff blog #337 with stars theme:

The link for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog challenge #1 with shine/sprinkle and sparkle theme: 

The silver glitter tape has my sparkle for this layout. The stars are sprinkled around (if that counts). I tried to concentrate the embellishments into a triangle at the top half of the LO. These photos, not good quality, were from my niece's 7th birthday party in 2009. 

One more photo:

Some design notes:
a. two patterned papers on left side are from The Paper Studio
b. the stars print paper and the wavy rainbow striped paper are from a small pad bought at Dollar Tree
c. silver glitter tape on the left side has the sparkle for the layout and the challenge for CKC
d. star border tape (an old newspaper graphics from about 25-30 years ago); 
e. lots of star stickers from 3 different sheets
f. soft pink paper was used for background mounts for all 4 cropped photos
g. blueberry marbled cardstock from Colorbok

From the heartland with Becca S 

CKC and UYS blogs challenges with stars and sparkle in layout 1

Layout #1 featuring stars and sparkle with "Reach for the stars"

#337 challenge for Use Your Stuff blog is to use stars. In this showcased layout, I've used 3 different sets of star stickers. There are 4 puffy ones that offer some shine due to reflection. There is a star-print paper behind the top photo. There are black stars in a newspaper graphic border used vertically.

These papers, stickers, and base cardstock came from the November kit for CKC blog. Find the challenge #1 sprinkle and sparkle challenge at this link: The sparkle comes from the light shining off the 4 puffy 3-D stars. The metallic silver and white diagonal striped decorative tape adds more shine. The star border tape (a very old newspaper graphic tape from about 25-30 years ago) adds shine when the light hits the clear part of the tape.

The above photo is only about 1/3 of my November kit. The 9 papers shown in the bottom half are only like 6" x 8". 

I tried to have three areas of star stickers. It didn't work for them to be in a triangle format but they are divided into 3 sections that snake from top left through the middle and down to the bottom right.
FAB-ulous layout!!!! I love how this scrapbook layout showcasing my niece Faith's 8th grade graduation turned out!!!!

Did you notice the 3 faded denim blue brads that form a triangle on the layout?

Another photo of the LO:

UYS blog challenge ends in a few hours.

CKC blog challenge #1 started the 12th and will continue to the end of November 2018.

From the heartland, Becca S

November 2018 second half kit for CKC blog challenge

Seasonal Nature Travel Sojourn kit has expanded

Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog's premise is to copy-cat other vendors' or individuals' kits each month and even try forgeries whether it is a background paper or frames or embellishments. This November it is a non-traditional color palette and themes with rainbows, clouds, butterflies, hearts, stars, foxes, and other unexpected designs. Last week I showed the first half of the kit. This post has the 2nd half.

BELOW: some embellishments and tapes pulled out and some more papers picked for rainbow hues, butterflies, stars, barn siding, and bright tones.

BELOW: blue glitter paper, white CS, blueberry CS, music print followed by other papers picked for either color, weather, script, or travel themes. (Georgia-Pacific for cardstock, CS, 4 The Paper Studio prints, and 2 Carta Bella Blvd.)

ABOVE: this is the full curated kit that is the November 2018 inspiration. It is from Citrus Twist and was called "Little Things". For CKC blog.

ABOVE: freebie from Stamplorations--I spent 3 different nights coloring these adorable mug images that I sized to fit 9 to one full sheet. Colored pencils were used to have softer values but also layer some of the tones to add depth and variation. Can't wait to use them this week for Thanksgiving cards!!! [look at the scraps and small papers I pulled that go well with 1, 2 or 3 columns of images!!!]

ABOVE: This was a coloring book page that I spent one night coloring with markers and colored pencils. If you glance back at the CKC blog picked inspiration photo you will see a lot of the same colors reflected in my scrap page. Can't wait to use this for a layout!

Stay tuned for 2 more posts that show layouts using papers and stickers seen in the top pictures.

Becca S

Saturday, November 10, 2018

10 November 2018 rainbow thank you banner tags copy catted into card project

11102018 Rainbow forgery tags used for thank you cards

Seasonal Nature Traveling Sojourn Kit for CKCB November challenge:

Reveal photo showcasing all 3 modern cards=

Card #1 using the zig-zag background paper=

Card #2 using the vibrant floral for the background=

Card #3 using the vibrant tone on tone dot print paper for the background=

Design notes:
a. all three use the same mauve pink square-shaped base
b. all three use the same bold blue cardstock for tag base
c. all three use a rainbow forgery thank you banner image (it's like an optical illusion with the paper design and the stamp design!)
d. all three use a strip of the rainbow forgery Ikat print paper
e. all three use a strip of bright bubble gum pink cardstock
f. all three use star graphic designer border tape (used for newspapers and newsletters before digital technology)
g. all three have star stickers, just in differing amounts, colors, and/or type

Before pics-- 2 of 4 forgeries made a few days ago for this November kit in order to copy cat rainbow embellishments from the Citrus Twist curate kit that is our CKC prompt for the month

From the stamped thank you banner images seen above, 3 were used for this blog posted project.

From the Ikat patterned paper that I added rainbow spectrum to I only cut a 1/2" strip off the long left side and then divided it into 3 different lengths to use for the tags/cards.


Background papers for the cards--I used one section of the zig-zag patterned paper, one of the vibrant floral seen in the bottom right corner in this next pic, and the third card has one section from the tonal red with pink small dot print paper seen under the gold foil on the left pile.


The driving force behind the rainbow embellishments came from the chosen inspirational kit from Citrus Twist called "Little Things" released October 2018 and picked by Master Forger Lisa for CKC blog's November kit to counterfeit:

Is this starting to make sense? In the above photo which is a combination of the papers and embellishments you can see a pastel hued rainbow acrylic embellishment, puffy hearts in a rainbow assortment of hues, tasseled type bows in 4 hues, and tiny puffy style stickers in a variety of colors as well as a star-studded patterned paper in the upper right corner. 

The cards featured in this post have only a token nod to nature with the stars and rainbow coloring and one background floral. I've styled them very modern which seems to clash when you see the some of the other photos. I think the problem is that I should have done more pre-planning of projects before pulling papers from inventory. I've pulled items three different times this week and each time the focus has either been for rainbow, hearts and stars, or for weather/travel (which hasn't been shown yet). At this point I'm not sure if I will take time to edit. I think I'm going to concentrate on getting lots of scrapbook layouts made as well as thank you's and Thanksgiving/harvest season cards made and mailed. Let's keep this creative mojo going!

Becca S

Friday, November 9, 2018

November 2018 kit first half for CKC blog

Seasonal Nature Traveling Sojourn kit

pic one for first half of kit:

Are you ready for more non-traditional colors and patterns for November? There are no turkeys or feathers to be found in this kit (unless you want them). There are also no Pilgrim hats. No corn on the cob. No Mayflower ship. So what's in the inspiration based kit by Citrus Twist from October 2018 that is being used by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog?

Good question! Imagine stars, hearts, rainbows, clouds, butterflies, leafy branches, flowers, and a few cameras, pandas, foxes, and rabbits for the design motifs!!! YES!!! Add in periwinkle blue, blueberry, inky indigos, thistle, lavender, lemon, peach, coral, pink, and turquoise for most of the color palette!!! EXCITING!! SHOCKING!!!

Pattern Paper
  • Indigo Hills v2 “Ridge” (Pinkfresh)
  • Amy Tangerine Shine On “Uplift” (American Crafts)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Darling” (Crate Paper)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Spread Love” (Crate Paper)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Blossom” (Crate Paper)
  • Vicki Boutin Field Notes “Daydreamer” (American Crafts)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Periwinkle” (Crate Paper)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Violet” (Crate Paper)
Solid Paper
  • Two 12" x 12" sheets of White textured cardstock (American Crafts)
      • Indigo Hills Paper Die-Cuts (Pinkfresh)
      • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Puffy Stickers (Crate Paper)
      • Mint Puffy Alphabet Stickers (Pinkfresh)
      • Amy Tangerine Shine On Mini Inflatable Heart Ephemera (American Crafts)
      • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Adhesive Thread bows, one half split pack (Crate Paper)
      • Exclusive Wood Veneer Cuts (Citrus Twist)
      • 2" x 3" High-Quality polymer stamp set (Citrus Twist)
      • Vintage Fiction Book Page (a flea market find)
      • Cutapart Labels (Citrus Twist); Sketch Sheet (Citrus Twist)
      • Digital Printable Cutapart Sheet - downloadable from the Shop digital section of our website (Citrus Twist)
        **ignore these links that got copied with the content list**=

      More parts of my Seasonal Nature Traveling Sojourn kit for November:

      This photo has papers left from my October kit that are now being rolled over to November. I want to get items made with old inventory, so that I can have extreme limited money spent each month or two just for adhesives and/or seasonal embellishments. Three papers on the left side of the above photo were used this afternoon to make a birthday card for a great niece. Her card post was already published. And 3 papers from the right side of the above photo were used this afternoon to make a birthday card for my best friend's son. His card post was also already published.

      mostly solid color partial sheets or scraps

      another butterfly print paper and 2 prints that coordinate to each other that has the purples, pinks, greens, and blues found in the inspirational kit; the papers in the below photo are a color-departure from those already shown but because there is this large butterfly print with 3 coordinates I decided to include

      There are 3 parts for this first half of the kit reveal: butterflies with coordinating papers, plain cardstocks or papers (primarily solid colors), and leftovers from October's All About Autumn kit. Most of the solid color papers are scraps or partial sheets.  There's a partial sheet of a text print paper including with those solid colors.

      I'll be adding more text designer sheets in 2nd half kit reveal tomorrow. That half will have stars, hearts, and travel theme papers and embellishments.  And rainbows!!! [I've got way too much old inventory that luckily survived storage for previous 2+ years and that's long overdue to be used since they are 5-10 years old!!!]

      Reminder photos of the rainbow spectrum forgeries I made 2-3 days ago. The base papers used for these counterfeits are not quite 1 year old but as we scrappers and paper-crafters know all too well, better get something used when you think about it:

      A couple of hours ago I took 3 of the thank you banner images (from the photo just above) to make into focal tags of 3 mauve pink square based cards. Those will be featured on my next post, so stay tuned.

      Becca S

      9 November 2018 birthday card for young man using Sketchy Sat and CKC and HIMCR challenges

      Happy Birthday to my best friend's son's #23

      #1: CKC blog (Counterfeit Kit Challenges)
      a. cardstock and papers shown are leftovers from my October kit that I'm rolling over into my November kit in order to get them used.
      b. link=

      #2: HIMCR blog (Hiding In My Craft Room)
      a. this week's theme is fall colors= I've got different shades of browns (including that maple leaf ribbon), russets, and yellows to give this card a crisp bold autumn look
      b. link=

      #3: Sketchy Saturday from Laurel Seabrook Designs
      a. this week's prompt will be shown below; since I chose to use the leaf shaped ribbon to separate each diagonal band, I didn't use an accent shape as a focal.
      b. link=

      More to come either later tonight or tomorrow as I finally reveal my November kit (kits within kit)! :)

      Becca S