Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Thinking of You during hot summer with Be Cool at the Beach card MTTC no 400 DT project

Another print-rich colorful card using some small paper pads and partial sets of cardstock and 12 inch square scrapbook size papers that are for my personal goal to use during the second half of June!

Be Cool at the Beach

MTTC link for their blog post to read all the details and see what the other designers did (very diverse!!!)=

#400 "Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside" anything, mermaids, shells, 

I decided to try to combine one of my favorite ways to beat the heat, ice cream, with the seaside theme. The triple scoop cone images are freebies from Scribbles Designs! 

And then I found the weirdest yet perfect for me coloring book page free printable during an online search! 

I had the 5" x 7" turquoise blue paper in the partial set of cardstock (see photos below), the rainbow type diagonal stripe print paper, the rainbow dot print paper and the flamingo print paper from my mid-June stash to bash.

The only new paper is the kraft paper (4.5" x 6.5"). Even the mid-blue stickers for "Be Cool" are old stock.

This card is very busy but I tried to repeat lots of the same colors from the cones (lifted up by small foam squares) into the coloring book scene.

a & b = Facebook groups 100 Pattern Papers Challenge (the premise is to use 100 print/designer papers from your stockpile in 1 year's time) and Bash Your Scrapbook Stash (the current June main challenge is to pick a paper pad to bash or wipe out during the month). So these 2 larger size papers in partial sets and the 2 small size paper pads that had some sheets already used were added to my 2019 papers to use:

Above: the turquoise blue was used for the card base
Below: these partial set of papers weren't used

Below: from the 6" square paper pad: the flamingo paper was used (triangle corner section)
from the 5" x 7" paper pad: the rainbow dot (approx. 3.5" x 4.5") and the stripe (triangle corner section) papers were used

A few more scanned pics of this card:

c. Facebook group= Scribbles Designs Digital Images...great images to buy and also have freebies available...the large triple scoop cones were a freebie...Thanks, Scribbles!!!
and a shout-out to the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog (SDCB) however their current theme is square card and mine is rectangle; so I'll just share in the Facebook group SDDI

d. Facebook group= Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls= wonderful sharing site for bloggers

d. Challenge blog= A Inky Mess with a Mixed Media theme for its current challenge
different elements are:
1. markers
2. colored pencils
3. digital stamp image (ice cream cones with triple scoops)
4. coloring book page printable
5. cardstock
6. kraft paper
7. 3 patterned papers
8. alpha stickers

e. Challenge blog = Use Your Stuff with a stickers theme for its current challenge
the stickers used for this card are the alphas "BE COOL"

The picture below was taken first with the upper right corner ice cream cone was angled off the top of the card. I changed it to follow the side of the card however by doing that it blocked off some of the rainbow stripes from being seen...humph....

From the crazy weather and odd seasons of the USA heartland this year,
Becca S

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Vibrant encouragement card for PPCC no 436 challenge DT project

Cute As A Button is the sponsor for this new challenge week #436 at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges Blog! There are 2 options for the TGIF digital image set--with or without the phrasing. That way for those who want it to be for "Thank God it's Friday" can add that in with their own stamps or alpha stickers.

I was wanting to use more of my very bold vibrant partial sets of cardstocks and papers as well as 2 small size paper pads again since that was a mid-June personal challenge of mine. And it certainly is packing a punch in color and print mixing!!!

ID badge

Cute As A Button ID badge (their link and details of sponsorship can be found on the PPCC post)=

Facebook groups for sharing this card=

a & b = 100 Pattern Papers Challenge group and Bash Your Scrapbook Stash group with the following papers being used this month. For 100 PPC, I had a stack of papers that I referred to as my starter set in January but the amount then was between 45-50. With these bold papers added this month, the total number is probably over 100 but I haven't kept track of how many full or half sheets I've used (ugh...I just don't have a good system for this). BYSS has a June challenge referred as Paper Pad Madness. However they do have some specific ways like mini challenges within the challenge to get scrappers motivated, I'm just trying to use as much for card-making as I can. I still hope I can get 1 or 2 layouts completed in the next 3-4 days! Fingers crossed!!!

c. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls= a great sharing site for paper-crafting bloggers

d. Mixed Media Creativity= it's hard to tell but I used a white paint pen to add details to the pink petals on the mod heart layered stick-on; to the red awning areas, vase flowers, and pants' flowers on the digital image. A gold paint pen was used for the coffee cup steam, and flower centers for the vase and pants.

My sister and brother-in-law are here to visit so my time for social media is going to be hit and miss. I'm keeping my link-ups limited to Facebook groups for this week's DT creation for PPCC #436. Take care, folks!

Becca S

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Train inspired guys birthday card for DT project PPCC no 435

Plucked the train engine out of a circus set to make a masculine theme birthday card for my best friend's fiancé. The Circus Set is from Pattie's Creations and they are 1 of 2 prize sponsors for the #435th weekly challenge for Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog.

PPCC blog's #435 ID badge and blog post link=

#435 prize sponsors and contributors of images to the design team=
Pattie's Creations and Hetty Clare

links for both are in the PPCC blog post


Other challenge blogs and Facebook groups to share this card:

a. FB= 100 Pattern Papers Challenge group= base cardstock and checked paper/paper pad just recently added to my 2019 stack (see the photos)

b. and FB= Bash Your Scrapbook Stash group= June's Paper Pad Madness challenge; this is my 3rd card but I still haven't sat down to create a layout yet!!! ARGH!...thankfully I still have some June days left (also refer to the partial papers and paper pad set photos)

the reddest paper remaining in the partial pad set of this Colorbok's marbleized cardstock was picked


kraft and black checkered print paper from the 5" x 7"...I trimmed it to 4.5" x 6" (I think...)

c. FB= Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group= sharing site for crafters

d. Shout-outs to APTS blog (has a June stenciling theme challenge going however since I'm on the DT team I'm not linking this but please visit and participate if you have stenciling on a paper-crafted creation) and Shopping Our Stash just finished having a stencil theme challenge...rut ro for me


Aud Sentiments newest challenge started 13 June 2019= #229 theme is anything goes + sentiment

[I have "Right on track" that's stenciled and "birthday" in stickers for my sentiments!]


UYS #363 has a challenge theme to be inspired by this collage of images filled with objects, colors, and possibly textures and prints, so

from the mood board, I have arrow and the word "track" which to me seems to fit several of the patterns/prints seen on the picture collage=

That's all, folks! Thanks for making your way here to my little space in social media and the internet!

Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S and stay tuned for a few more pics that have been scanned and/or cropped:

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Monday, June 17, 2019

A Place To Start challenge blog mid month June 2019 stencil me in theme continues

Stencil Me In theme continues to the end of the month for the APTS challenge blog! This 2nd stencil project as a resident designer went a different route compared to my first creation. 

It/1st card was mostly texture rubbings of crayons over different stencil templates, so lots of patterns and hues. I also used a set of circle stencils to form a stacked 'flower' accent piece.

This 2nd card has used 3 different stencils: a scalloped border edge, a pennant banner, and a word one of 'celebrate'. I love the bright color mix plus the stenciled accents and sentiment!

Another technique used the banner and the border was a chromatography kind of watercolor bleed. I used watercolor markers of purple, magenta, and orange on coffee filter, then folded into a triangle, dipped in water, and then opened it out onto paper toweling to dry. I stenciled the border and the banner onto different areas of the filter paper, traced, outlined with magenta marker and then fussy cut.

Above: these are both ID badge for APTS

Check out the start of the month as well as the mid-month reminder post to see what the resident designers have made, guest designer, and previous recognized participants. The owners have also added extensive resources so if you have questions or need inspiration to try a new technique or want to re-discover old techniques that you've forgotten about, please check the different tabs. There are video tutorials, too.

Other blogs or Facebook groups to share this spectacular Celebration card:

a. Shopping Our Stash #397 stencil theme [which ends today 6/17/19]

b. FB= 100 Pattern Paper Challenge group
*the marbled magenta base cardstock and bright orange with purple poppy print paper are old stock that I'm adding to my 2019 'pulled papers'. 

c. FB= Mixed Media Creativity
*watercolor chromatography with coffee filter
*stencils, tracing
*stickers and gem dots
*patterned paper and cardstock

d. FB= Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls...this is a sharing site for bloggers to share their work

e. FB= Bash Your Scrapbook Stash...the print paper and cardstock are part of partial paper pads I'm trying to use this month for the Paper Pad Madness in June


This card, minus the time for the chromatography experiment, took only about an hour to create! Using stencils for tracing didn't take that long and the patterned paper and colors I used for the coffee filter set the palette for the card. Cording didn't take long to measure, cut, and tie. The big double layer potted flowers and gem dots just had to be picked and applied. Papers didn't take long either. Base is 5" x 7" and the print is 4.5" x 6.5".

Until next project,
Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Child 2nd birthday card

Stencils for tracing...grasses and "2". Other techniques were tracing pencil transfer for the bear cubs and fringe cutting the left edge for print paper. All combined to make a delightful card for a little dynamic boy turning 2:

Challenge blogs and FB groups to link/share this bday card:

a. Seize the Birthday #167 [no topping required for this challenge so anything birthday-wise]

b. Shopping Our Stash # 397  {stencil theme}

c. FB: 100 Pattern Papers Challenge (need to add some old 12 x 12 papers and cardstock mentioned below to my 2019 stack to use before the year is over!)

d. FB: Bash Your Scrapbook Stash; current challenge to bash a paper pad--I pulled a partial old paper pad that I don't know any longer who made it because I bought the papers maybe 8-10 years ago! The marbled cardstock is part of a pad from Colorbok that I've had 1+ year as our the 2 small patterned paper pads bought at Dollar Tree. Both were grabbed from my stock stashed in the garage about 2 days ago.

I'm including photos of the paper pads here but will not post the card until I actually make a layout with the papers.

I'm excited to getting some more old inventory used bit by small bit.

Dimensions are 5.5" x 7" for cardstock base; then 5" x 6"; then I think the diagonal striped was 4.5" x 5 or 5.5"

Cute card for a child's birthday! Love the colors. Love the design style. Love the print mix!

Becca S and there are more scanned photos cropped for different sizes and parts of the card=

Thanks for reading my post!

Masculine and or weather themes for TCCC blog no 221 new post reveal

The new challenge at TCCC is sponsored by All Dressed Up and SheepSki Designs.

My "Cool Dudes" image from ADU is super cute and perfect for a winter weather connection, hence the added blue ink snowflakes and white glitter foam one. I've included light blue/gray cardstocks to keep it cold sky color-related. Colorful puffy alpha sticker sets provide a bright contrast to grab your attention. And then a chromatography type watercolor marker + water treatment on coffee filters bled through to the paper toweling which I decided was too terrific not to use too. So a section got added for a backdrop and helps reinforce the bright hues!

I'm the only one on the DT crew that used this image, so please use the TCCC link to see what other wonderful images from ADU were available to use by the team and also check out what half the crew had to use from SheepSki...terrific images to support masculine AND weather themes. There are some creative interpretations!

TCCC #221 June 15th new challenge posting=

*Another reminder= make sure to look at what the other DT crew members have created using images from ADU or SheepSki. Take time to give them some feedback, too.

Other link-ups to challenge blogs or Facebook groups to share:
a. Facebook group= Mixed Media Creativity
foam and puffy vinyl
faux stitching
colored pencils
black ink
repurposed paper towel from a chromatography (watercolor markers + coffee filters + water) experiment
digital image

b. Facebook group= Papers, Papers, Papers & DT Calls

c. blog= Cute N Crafty #28 [masculine; young guy with his dog]

d. the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up blog #54 [not using the option; just anything Christmas]

additional pics=

If you came from The Crafter's Café Challenge Blog, I appreciate you taking extra time to look at my specific post featuring my DT card for #221.

If you are one of my blog followers, a special thanks to checking out what I've been working on recently. I truly appreciate my support team!

If you are connecting here from a different blog or FB group, thanks for being curious and coming over to my specific blog post for this RAD card that combines a guy with his dog in a cold-looking weather scene.

Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S/Becca's Heart for Creativity