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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

CHD 15 December 2020 challenge month using Christmas Bells image

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy crafty heart got frustrated over the past few days leading up to the deadline for my design team inspiration card for CHD...ugh! But I put aside a lot of other things tonight that should have been done and made my DT project 3 times!!! Well, 3 variations. Two are same size (4" x 6") and were printed on gold honeycomb cardstock. And the 3rd card has a smaller printed image on white cardstock (3.5" x 5"). I need more Christmas cards within the next 10 days anyway, so hopefully the stress will level out soon (or at least that's my rationale!)

All three cards are on 5" x 7" card dimensions. The white base and gray-taupe base are flat/single layers whereas the deep red is folded. All card bases and their matching envelopes were purchased at The Paper Source website.

 Createful Heart Designs Challenge blog and FB group are owned by a husband and wife graphic designer partnership. I chose the Christmas Bells digital image for the #27 December challenge. For participants the theme is Anything Goes. The challenge runs for a month, starting on December 15, 2020 and goes to January 14, 2021. 

[A]: CARD #1 (the image is almost colored exactly like #2 except inside of bells has an olive green to help give a tonal connection to the plaid)


[B]: CARD #2 (the card is colored almost like the previous one except for the interior of the bells are gray to make the tonal connection to the short banner tag on the right)


[C]: CARD #3 (this image's coloring hues were changed greatly--branch needles were give a reddish-brown colored pencil foundation layer and then gold glitter paint applied on top; a backdrop of light blue lines surround the image; bells are silver instead of gold as the previous 2 cards; ribbon has purple edging and diamonds with mauve-raspberry pink hue surround)


CHD challenge blog ID badge:

link to #27  December =

Zibbet store link to the image=


Other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where one or more photos will be linked/shared=

a. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; started December 6th; expires in 4 more days or less; Anything Goes; 


b. Merry Little Christmas challenge blog; December; 


c. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group in Facebook

d. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook

e. The Seasonal Cardmaker group in Facebook


Closeups (scanning that's been cropped)=


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

DT member of (1) Createful Heart Designs; (2) A Place To Start; and (3) My Time To Craft

Sunday, December 13, 2020

MTTC Blog no 447 Monochromatic Christmas Theme

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! This will be a super quick post because I'm 2 days late in getting this written and released. Thankfully I had the card made early and posted in the team's blog site awaiting release! Whew!

My Time To Craft's #447 challenge's theme is Monochromatic Christmas. I decided for my DT card to do a tonal metallic gold and kraft brown for my 1 color and/or neutral. Card's fold is on the left so I could wrap the metallic ribbon around the whole front panel.

MTTC link= 


a 2nd card that was a quick and easy follow-up using some of the same supplies=

this one has 7 clear crystal type gem dots added for an accent border and uses a larger raised plastic snowflake sticker; this square card's fold is at the top


the 1st card will be posted to FB groups and my profile page only since I'm behind on posting--

a. The Seasonal Cardmaker group; sharing site for cards with seasonal/holiday themes

b. Scripturally Inspired Creativity group; using the word 'joy' on the front 

c. Mixed Media Creativity group= cardstocks, stickers (journaling "joy" and the snowflakes), gold ribbon, gold glitter decorative tape, and card 2 has the clear crystal dots

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls= a group of crafty bloggers and blog owners sharing site


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

DT member of these 3= (1) My Time to Craft; (2) A Place To Start; and (3) Createful Heart Designs

Monday, December 7, 2020

APTS Challenge Blog DT Card with Anything Vintage Theme for Dec 2020

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart was very happy to go vintage and hearken back to my childhood days in the 1960s for traditional red-green-white Christmas color trio! 

APTS' theme for December 2020 is Anything Vintage so it doesn't have to be Christmas vintage. It could be a vintage car, or a fashion look, or feature a piece of 1950s furniture on your project. 

Christmas Vintage Red-Green-White card=

 A Place To Start challenge for December 2020 starts on Monday, Dec 7, 2020. Anything Vintage is the theme. Use the link to access APTS' posting and read all the details plus see what the other design team members have been inspired to create.


APTS' badge=

Some design notes about the card:

a. the silver micro-thin ribbon is from=Art Skills' Crafter's Closet Detail Ribbon 1/8" wide; purchased at Dollar General

b. the washi tape is from= from a set of 3 paper tapes "Warm Reds" 2012; Jolees-Boutique/ekSuccess brands; received as a gift

c. both patterned papers are from The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby

d. felt ornament sticker was part of a set bought at Dollar Tree


Other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where I will share the card photo or my posting link=

a. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up challenge blog; started 12/1/2020; Anything Christmas Goes


b. Mix It Up challenge blog; started 12/1/2020; Anything Goes (mixed media); Option: CAS; for me this is clean and simple but not for other crafters; mixed mediums used are= papers/cardstock, washi tape, felt, metallic ribbon, black ink pad, and clear acrylic stamp for the sentiment


c. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; read in the previous "b" listing for the mixed media supplies used

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group in FB


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

BS Secondary Education in Home Economics/FACS

M Ed Elementary Ed with ECE emphasis

Design team member for APTS challenge blog plus these: (1) Createful Heart Designs; (2) My Time To Craft; and in mid-January 2021--My Time To Craft Christmas

Friday, November 27, 2020

Slimline Style Go Boldly Birthday Card for a Nephew

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart is a tad sad but also excited that my youngest nephew is turning that mysterious and wonderful age of 16. Sixteen!!! Covid has complicated his ability to get his driver's license but hopefully soon the state will figure out a safe way to offer the road driving tests! Meanwhile I chose the inside sentiment to be "Go Boldly". 

On the front panel, I was trying to envision a "Look out world, Here I come!" kind of look. The plastic overlay and the cardstock are both from Webster Pages. More details on those products will be further in the blog. His favorite colors are orange and green, so the base cardstock is a pale peach cardstock and a few of the plastic stars are neon orange (which the scanner light has bleached out to pale peach) and those contrast with the neon yellow and mint green tones found in the other products.

Go Boldly Slimline Birthday card=

Design and vendor notes:
a. Alison Kreft Designs' Hello World Collection's Hello Stars Overlay #TR39 from Webster's Pages
b. A New Day Collection's World View #US2405D cardstock from Webster's Pages
c. Stampin' Up 2001 happy birthday stamp
d. miscellaneous stars, gem dots, and number stickers from stash

This card will be shared at:

1. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook

2. Paper, Paper, Paper and Design Team Calls group in Facebook

3. Slimline Cards Obsessed group in Facebook

4. Mix It Up Challenge Blog; Anything Goes for November and option to make your own background; mine just qualifies for Anything Goes



Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

BS Secondary Education in Home Economics/FACS

M. Ed. Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education emphasis

Design Team member for these challenge blogs: (1) A Place To Start; (2) Createful Heart Designs; and (3) My Time to Craft.

Upcoming in mid-January 2021= My Time to Craft Christmas challenge blog

MTTC Blog no 446 Christmas Animals Theme

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is always excited about Christmas cards however my creative vision sometimes takes a misstep. See the bonus or 2nd card in this post for my statement. 

I like the card when it is standing up and viewing it from a foot or two away but up close, I don't. I don't know if it is the brown glitter reindeer at the topic or the different images in the washi tape or the contrast of patterned papers. I just know when I started pulling deer/reindeer items along with blue and gray papers, I thought I would be happy with the result instead of being so-so. 

Now for the main card or #1 card--it was made after the other, so the pressure was on. Different orientation, papers, most of the colors, and most of the embellishments have produced a new look and a much improved personal satisfaction with the results!!!! 

This challenging card is my design team project for My Time To Craft challenge blog's new theme fortnight challenge of Christmas Animals #446 starting 27 November 2020.

Merry Christmas My Deers Card=

MTTC's #446 Christmas Animals theme blog posting =



Some vendor notes for card #1:

a. the 2 patterned cardstocks and snow globe die-cut are from Fancy Pants Designs

b. the washi tape used as a side border is from Paige and Gracie; 1 Christmas design out of the stack of 12 sold together as "Washi Tape Set Christmas Theme"

c. the flat base card in taupe and its matching envelope are from The Paper Source


Other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where this card's photo or this posting will be shared=


Winter Wonderland theme {used pinecone print, deer, snowflake, snow scene inside the snow globe, and another deer image in the washi tape}


Twas the Night Before Christmas theme; {part of Santa's crew!! :)}

3. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook

4. The Seasonal Cardmaker group in Facebook

5. Paper, Paper, Paper and Design Team Calls group in Facebook


Card #2 (ny bonus or extra card; I think another row of blue pearls under the 2nd row of washi tape might be what's needed...?!?!)

Merry Christmas My Rudolph Card=


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

BS Secondary Education in Home Economics/FACS

M Ed Elementary Education with ECE emphasis

design team member for these challenge blogs: (1) My Time To Craft; (2) A Place To Start; and (3) Createful Heart Designs

Sunday, November 15, 2020

CHD Challenge Blog no 26 for November 2020 Design Team Card

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! I love the autumn season with the crisper temperatures! Where I live we're having more roller coaster temps so layering your clothes is a requirement! This giving of THANKS card has layers, too. {Sorry, folks! Realizing I had at least 7 layers on this card made me think of those delicious dessert bar cookies called 7 Layer Cookies using graham cracker, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk, etc.!! Yum!}

1. light gray base

2. part of a yellow sunflower doily

3. lattice patterned cardstock panel

4. medium gray strip and an 2-tone orange patterned paper strip

5. part of an orange maple leaf doily

6. yellow cardstock panel with  the printed digital image

7. embellishments of metallic foil leaves and gem dots

THANKS giving encouragement greeting card=

The darling Mrs. Scarecrow with Squirrels digital image is available from Createful Heart Designs store in Zibbet. This image was made by co-owner Mary Smith. She operates CHD along with her husband. In case you arrived at my post from a different location than CHD challenge blog, this is the link for #26 November 15th-December 14th, 2020 month-long "Anything Goes" theme=


link to CHD store in Zibbet for the "Mrs. Scarecrow with Squirrels" digital image=

Coloring of the digital image was completed with these supplies: markers, colored pencils, glitter paint pens.


Other challenge blogs besides CHD design team commitment where the card's main photo w/ my blog link will be shared=

a. Mix It Up challenge blog; Anything Goes [with an optional twist of making your own background which I didn't do] up above for all my 7 layers to see all the different supplies I used


b. Festive Friday Challenge; #FF0072; my 3 from the inspo list are: thankful theme, leaves, and pumpkins (see their challenge image)



Facebook sharing of this card= 

c. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook; mediums are paper products (doilies, cardstocks and printed paper scrap, printer/digital image, gem dots, metallic foil stickers, black ink pad, assortment of markers, colored pencils, and glitter paint pens...)

d. my personal profile in Facebook

e. Paper, Paper, Paper and Design Team Calls group in Facebook; a sharing group for crafting bloggers and challenge blog owners 

f. The Seasonal Cardmaker group in Facebook; this autumn season theme card is to be given very soon for Thanksgiving, letting someone I know how grateful I am to have them in my life!



Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

design team member for these 3: Createful Heart Designs challenge blog, A Place To Start challenge blog, and My Time To Craft challenge blog

Friday, November 13, 2020

MTTC Blog Challenge no 445 Good Luck Theme Card

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is thrilled to share this contemporary pinkish and gray/silver/dark charcoal hues greeting card expressing best wishes! 

Good Luck...Follow your heart...believe...achieve...succeed

inside: Dreams come true!

This card project is my design team commitment for MTTC which is My Time To Craft challenge blog. The fortnight challenge starts Friday, November 13, 2020 and will end on Nov 26th. Use the link to take you to the #445 posting to see all the design team members' creations and the details about the blog as well as how to participate.

MTTC challenge blog #445 theme of Good Luck=


MTTC's ID badge for design team members:


Notes about supplies:

a. gray and black washi tape = Pen + Gear

b. metallic red foil striped washi tape = Office Depot

c. light pink and light gray cardstocks = Neenah

d. printed acrylic panel and small cut-apart card (believe, achieve, succeed) = Webster Pages

e. black permanent marker, calligraphy black pen, and black ink pad; [the thick tip permanent marker was applied to the top of the printed plastic sheet]

f. 4 small light pink rhinestone type gems

g. silver glitter paint pen; [used to outline the edge around the printed plastic sheet on the light pink cardstock]


more scanned cropped pics


Other challenge blogs and Facebook groups were this card will be shared:

a. Use Your Stuff challenge blog; theme is Stripes; I have stripes in the 2 washi tapes on the left side of the card


b. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; theme is Anything Goes


c. my personal FB profile page

d. Paper, Paper, Paper and Design Team Calls group in FB; a sharing site for blog owners and crafty bloggers

e. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; a private group of artists and crafters who enjoy combining different supplies; this particular card uses: cardstocks (plain and printed), different ink supplies, printed font on clear plastic, plastic gems, foil, washi/paper tapes, and a silver glitter paint pen

ID badges of the 2 additional challenge blogs=


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

Certified teacher in Illinois for FACS grades 6-12, Birth to Grade 3/ECE, and general science for grades 5-8


1. My Time To Craft challenge blog

2. A Place To Start challenge blog

3. Createful Heart Designs challenge blog

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Quick and Easy Cards Using Scraps and Old Stash

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart's happy that the 2 birthday cards featured will get in the mail tomorrow (Monday morn) and hopefully arrive to the recipients in time. The other thinking of you encouragement card is for my childhood best friend's mom. It's been awhile since I sent her a card. 

I apologize that the very thick felt embellishments used on the birthday cards makes for horrible scanning! Cute--yes! Mailing friendly--no! But worth the extra postage--yes! The front side has been covered with a plain index card inside their envelopes to help protect and hopefully will safeguard during transportation.

#1 Cute Birthday Owl card

Entering challenges (1) at Seize The Birthday challenge blog: just the regular Anything Birthday Goes, not the topping/extra

(2) Option: Cute Critter for November 2020 at 613 Avenue Create challenge blog



#2 Cute Birthday Squirrel card

Option: Cute Critter at 613 Avenue Create challenge blog

Entering the


#3 You Are Special card 

Entering the Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges Blog; #483; Anything Goes


ID badges for the 3 challenge blogs=


I'll also share this posting on FB to my personal profile and to the Scripturally Inspired Creativity group.

Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Masculine Autumn Themed Birthday Card

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! This 5" x 7" birthday card for my brother-in-law came together in about 30 minutes! That definitely makes my heart happy! The Granny Smith apples basket was printed and colored last year and has been waiting in my stash. The fox was stamped about 4-6 weeks ago and has also been waiting in the sidelines to be used!

The honeycomb gold CS strip and slate gray CS strip were the off-cuts trimmed for previous card bases. Likewise the sentiment strip is part of the off-cut from the base--about 4" long. The kraft and black checkered paper that I've been trying to bash since this spring has a scrap piece used here on the cover. 

Inking on half of the edges was a finishing touch. Because this is for my brother-in-law, I've left off  my typical embellishments, trying to keep it fuss-free.

Fox and Apples Birthday card = {2nd small bonus one layer card is shown below}

 Facebook groups:

a. Bash Your Scrapbook Stash group

b. The Seasonal Cardmaker group

c. Mixed Media Creativity group

d. Paper, Paper, Paper and Design Team Calls


Challenge blog linking:

a. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge blog; Anything Goes; 



2nd card: small size; one layer with matching envelope from boxed set by Darice; scraps of slate gray CS and orange print paper; 2 stamps; 4 beautiful metallic foil leaves; black ink pad; colored pencils in 2 tones of orange, red, and yellow to help the gray CS blend better with the bold school bus yellow base & leaves & the orange print paper=

Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

Monday, November 2, 2020

APTS Blog November 2020 Technique Challenge for Mirrored Stamping

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart got nervously excited about trying this technique! Luckily my sister gave me a set of autumn theme stamps that included some leaves. This trio 'branch' stamp I thought would be the perfect choice. It's not a true mirrored image if you look closely, but a reversed rotation...sneaky...did you even notice before I said anything?

And if you look online, there are several ways to do this. Also most of my DT crew mates have mirrored their images side by side rather than doing a 'water reflection' type mirroring. I thought having the solid color cardstock base of the buttery yellow contrasted with the cocoa brown and raspberry patterned paper has enough visual contrast to do the flip-flop of the stamping. What do you think?

Leaf Branch Thank You Card for APTS design team project November 2020=

Link to the APTS posting requiring mirrored stamping for Nov 2020=

a few little ink smudges and one leaf got a bit more ink pressed on it compared to the rest but to me that's a bit more realistic to nature where there is so much hue variances leaf to leaf and even within a leaf.

Supply-wise notes:
a. the patterned papers are scrap pieces from papers purchased probably 10 years ago!!!
b. the 'thank you' is gold foil 'remains' cut from a sheet of dazzles (Paper Wishes website product)!!! I thought having the white background of the thank you with the gold foil was a good complement to the floral patterned paper and the buttery yellow cardstock.
c. leaf branch stamp is part of Jen Hadfield's "Warm and Cozy" 2019 set of clear acrylic stamps available at Pebbles Inc and distributed by American Crafts

Other challenge blogs where this posting or card photo will be shared:
a. Scrapping 4 fun Challenges blog; theme Autumn; #178; open until Nov 5/check time zone

b. Festive Friday; started 10/30/20; World Kindness Day inspo list (see their badge); I've included patterned paper, flowers that are in 1 of the patterned papers, and the sentiment "Thank You"

Facebook groups where this will be shared:
a. my personal profile

b. Mixed Media Creativity group; stamping, gold foil, patterned papers, cardstock, gem dots, black marker outlining, 

c. The Seasonal Cardmaker group; this will be shared in a couple of weeks at Thanksgiving

d. Paper, Paper, Paper and Design Team Calls group; a sharing site for crafting bloggers


Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

Design Team member for these 3:

1. A Place To Start challenge blog

2. Createful Heart Designs challenge blog and company

3. My Time To Craft challenge blog