Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Great Stash Bash April 2020 kit finally made with sneak peek of 2 projects

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog!! My heart's been desiring to spend some time scrapping layouts but it's been tough returning to the classroom this year and then having all the remote learning changes thrown into the mix as well! My online commitments were low in numbers today so I got some time in mid-to-late afternoon to make 2 small cards with a completed work kit assembled late last night. The assembled kit follows the formula suggested by Lisa H and Lori S for The Great Stash Bash's April 2020 challenge.

First group of photos will be different parts of the kit:

Above: some of the old and new= the 2 oldest are the large green floral scrap and the bit of contemporary geometric cardstock; the green and white chevron from The Paper Studio is also old, about 2.5 years in my stash
New: scraps of gray and cream cardstocks; and the peek of the orange and green flat cards/envelopes (by Darice that were a Christmas gift from my BFF).

Above: the 2 patterned cardstocks are sides A; scroll down 3 photos for their reverse patterns; and these are NEW from Webster Pages.

Above: New items: silver dazzle stickers, yellow resin frame, and the orange and green flat cards w/ matching envelopes; and Old items: everything else!, embellishments like die-cut accents, floral stickers, border stickers, digital images the 3 journal cards near the yellow frame, and a bit of the floral patterned scraps near the top :)

Top: the beige and white looking buffalo check is a thin TN book that was part of a Webster Pages clearance bundle that just arrived. So that along with the friends phrase stickers laying on top and the snapshots of my BFF and I are part of my new items. The oldest item in the above photo is the set of border stickers sheet that's peeking out below the floral stickers.

Below: the 2 full sheets of patterned cardstock are new arrivals from Webster Pages. They are the reverse sides to the prints shown up 3 photos.

Summary count: Well, I really didn't track the count! There are some small scraps that got cropped  due to trying to crop out my dining chair's cushion! And all of those are old. Only 2 newer papers but with having reverse side prints, it's like having 4 sheets! Embellishments: cording, the floral stickers, etc. for old; the newest is that yellow resin frame; and the stash item of washi tape was forgotten but I've got loads and I'll try to feature some when I get the TN's first layout made. Color inspiration for my kit following TGSB's prompt comes from the spectrum palette from CKC blog's kit shown further in the post.

2nd part is the TGSB April 2020 prompt badge and the blog page badge:

3rd part is to show that some of this assembled kit is some of the leftovers of my CKC blog mini kit:

The color spectrum is the key color palette from the inspiration kit CKC has posted for April 2020. That's what I tried to focus both my kits with.  Below are 2 snapshots of the kit I assembled for my copy-cat version. The 2nd pic has 2 photos that I've already used and some of the die-cut accents shown to the left of the pics have already been too!

Two of the florals shown on the left main papers are being carried over into TGSB along with most of those small scraps.

4th part is a teaser sneak peek of the 2 small cards. I'll make a follow-up post with 2 along with TGSB kit in 2-3 days from now.


a. TGSB=
Lisa H link=

Lori S link=

b. Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog= link to 1 of  about 5 posts for the month thus far=

c. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook= a private group of artists and crafters who like to mix it up; I'll share a link to this post to show part of my work for these last few days of April


Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

You can also find my creativity as design team projects for the following challenge blogs:
a. A Place to Start
b. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown
c. My Time To Craft
d. The Crafter's Café Challenges
e. Scrapping 4 fun Challenges

Saturday, April 25, 2020

April 2020 Week 4 or 16th Week of 52 CCT Blog featuring technique challenge

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! This posting features my creative goal for the year to make a Christmas card every week. With the commitment to be on the design team for 52 CCT blog we are now on our 16th week of Christmas card-making!

Week 4 is typically either a technique or a specified stash item that needs to be included on your Christmas card. Our April 2020 host is Hali and she wants us to use a herringbone patterning of paper strips (or it could be washi tape or ribbon). I decided to do a personal challenge to format the pieces as a circular ornament.

Herringbone 25 Ornament card:

I should have taken time to do a photograph of this at an angle because as I'm typing this, the card is angled on top of my printer with the lights reflecting off the gold foil! Oh it so pretty! The gold glitter dots at each corner and the gold decorative tape and the red glitter foam bow are also sparkling!!!

Sometimes I just amaze myself with how wonderful a card turns out! :)

I'm not going to rush to make another though because measuring the strips and piecing all of the bits onto the plain cardstock took about 2 hours I think. But this was worth it when you get such a marvelous result!

link for #16-2020 for 52 CCT blog=

Some papers are from Fancy Pants Designs, The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby, Pink Paislee, The Paper Source, and a few scraps from my stash.

other challenge blog link-ups or photo shares of this festive card=
a. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog; #469; Anything Goes theme

b. Christmas 24 blog: Challenge #8= Make it sparkle theme [my card has gold metallic foil paper for the ornament background plus gold glitter decorative tape, and a red glitter foam bow sticker; and there are 3 gold glitter paint dots at each corner of the card!!!!]

c. Merry Little Christmas Challenge blog; #21= April Anything Christmas Goes

d. PPPDTC group on Facebook; a closed group of crafting bloggers to share and also for blog owners to 'advertise' that they need new design team members

e. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook; a closed group of artists and crafters who enjoy mixing it up

Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

design team member for the following blogs:
1. 52 CCT
4. S4fC

Copy Cat Kit for April 2020 in mini size with 3 projects for CKC Blog

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart has desired to do some scrapbooking but it's been several months since I've even achieved one layout! Yikes! So a couple of days ago I grabbed some old scraps and bits leftover from different projects this past year and quickly put together a mini kit.

But honestly I forget to include some of the embellishments I had set aside to my left side when I was working! Another yikes! Then it seemed like I needed a few other bits to finish 2 sides of a pocket page and a quick-n-easy card.

But first of all, here are 2 snapshots of my mini kit for April 2020 @ CKC blog=

Above: the scraps of different sizes I pulled focusing on a few shades of coral, pinks, a few reds, mint greens, spring/yellow greens, grass green, and some minty/teal blues.

Below: a quick card--flat style--with base and matching envelope from Darice; a journal/pocket card from a cut apart sheet from My Mind's Eye, a bit of border sticker, and 1 butterfly stick-on. A handwritten short note on the back and I was able to get it made and ready to mail in under a half hour! (closer to 15 minutes actually!)

Below: the scraps without the photos and some embellishments that were laying on top; I think for pulling stuff quickly out of various folders to create a mini kit of scraps, I managed to get a lot of the tones matched! Yea!

The monthly inspiration kit selected to counterfeit at CKC blog:

Below: this is a custom color palette to help isolate the key hues from Orchard Path Kits March 2020 picked to be the inspiration for scrappers to copy=

CKC blog badge:
April 2, 2020 "Just the Gist" post link=

Some views of each side of the pocket page I made. I kept it simple so that attention would be on the photos and the stacked die-cut style stick-on embellishments.

Some of the vendors of papers include: The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby, SEI, My Mind's Eye, Astrobrights solid color cardstocks, and a few old, old stash ones that I've forgotten who they belong to.

Golf cart pic and the birds nest treats were taken Easter weekend 2018.

The pocket pages were used for a DT project that I featured in a blog post yesterday for Scrapping 4 fun Challenges blog. Only the "Bird's nest treats" side is part of the S4fC blog post. For my personal post yesterday there are closeup typed cropped scans of both sides included. So either visit S4fC blog or use the 'older post' link at the end of this to see more and get specific details about this link-up.

CKC blog got a 'shout-out' and I used the same link for the April 2 "Just the Gist" post as I've included up above.

This posting will also be shared at PPPDTC group on Facebook and also Mixed Media Creativity group on FB.

Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S
DT member for the following blogs:
1. S4fC
5. 52 CCT

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Anything Goes with diecuts or embossing folder Theme no 165 at S4fC blog

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! This posting features some snapshots I received recently from my mother who has been updating her photo albums of her grandchildren. The older I get, the less snapshots she seems to have so even with this pic being 2 years old shows us doing something other than eating or being at church!

Scrapping 4 fun Challenges Blog's #165 has a variation on Anything Goes theme this time. The blog owner is looking for die-cuts or embossing folder to be used. Or you could do like a few on the DT have done and use both in your project. I encourage you to use the link to visit the S4fC posting and see the wide variety of fabulous projects by the DT.

I chose to use 2 snapshots from Easter weekend 2018 to create flip sides of a pocket page type scrapbook page. The cardstocks are leftovers in my scrap stash from the last year. So that's been a great feeling to get some more whittled away.

Birds' nests treats and Fun At Farm pocket pages=

#165 link for S4fC=

The sponsor for this challenge #165 is Dies R Us:

Other blogs and sharing FB groups where I'm linking this=
a. CKC blog and FB group= the layouts will be shared along with pics of my mini kit that copies the April 2020 inspiration counterfeit kit; a separate blog post will be made featuring the kit and the pocket pages after posting this for S4fC


b. Not Just Cards= monthly Anything Goes started April 11-;

c. PPPDTC group in FB= it's a closed sharing group for crafting bloggers and blog owners can post their needs for DT members

d. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB= it's a closed group for crafters and artists to show how they are mixing it up in the projects


Some of the vendors of the supplies in my mini kit used to make my pocket page layouts are:
SEI for the dark coral and bronze swirl CS; My Mind's Eye for most of the florals and pocket/journal cards; Crafter's Square for several of the die-cut pop-up style stick-ons; Astrobrights solid color cardstocks; and the other patterned papers are oldies in my scrap stash.

Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

Design team (DT) member for S4fC and these 4 others:
d. 52 CCT

Thanks for reading my posting! Stay safe and healthy!

Friday, April 17, 2020

April 2020 Week 3 or 15th Week of 52 CCT blog with theme of forest and deer

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! The 3rd week of every month for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is a theme prompt type challenge and our DT host for April, Hali, has chosen an interesting combination of forest and deer.

She wants to see both on your Christmas card(s)! Luckily I had this great collection from Pink Paislee called "Together for Christmas" that has the patterned cardstocks, striped washi tape, the scalloped-edge die-cut and the tree die-cut! Perfect for this theme!

#15-2020 Deer in the forest card for my DT commitment with 52 CCT=

Above: without the embellishment of a deer clothespin
Below: with the embellishment of a deer clothespin (it came as plain wood and I layered gray marker with gold glitter paint pen on it)


1 more pic of this dear/deer tranquil scene=

Some additional design notes:
a. clear gems, gold glitter decorative tape have been in stockpile for over 1 year
b. graph grid index card scrap= Pen + Gear purchased at Wal-Mart in the office/planner supply section
c. white with gold edge metallic foil "Merry Christmas" sentiment is a dazzle sticker from Paper Wishes website (comes from a set of sheets that are a variety of foils)
d. foam dot adhesives in different sizes to lift up the die-cuts
e. I chose to use triangles for the 2 papers and have the diagonal center area to repeat the points of the trees' branches but also to allude to mountains and hillsides--clever of me, don't you think?!?!!!

link-ups and sharing sites for this a-deer-able card=
a. 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up; April 2020; Anything Christmas Goes (with optional twist of blooming botanicals; but I'm just doing Anything Christmas)

b. Merry Little Christmas Challenge: April 2020; Anything Christmas Goes

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

d. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook;


Here Comes The Rain theme fortnight challenge reveal at MTTC blog

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Oh, I'm excited about revealing this darling card due to being creative and truly getting some mixed media mojo going! Base flat card is a teal green and the background is a charcoal slate gray. Onto the background I dabbed a mid-teal blue and purple using a makeup sponge. Then I came back over with a darker blue but cut a divot out of the sponge to alter the shape of how pressing with my fingertip transfers the ink. Then using that same divot area, I applied silver glitter paint pen over and over again as I made little accents around the card. Some scattered navy blue pearl gems to look like bigger raindrops were final embellishments.

Just because it's a rainy day card for MTTC blog=

link for #430   =

Some design notes:
a. teal green - base card 4" wide x 5.5" high flat-style from Darice
b. gray cardstock and pink cardstock - Astrobrights/Neenah
c. purple paper in background is used to block out scanner light of printer
d. chevron paper is from The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby
e. "Just Because" sentiment dazzle sticker from Paper Wishes website
f. navy blue pearl gems - Crafter's Square
g. rain boot is a free clip art image discovered online about a year ago
h. a variety of sizes of glue dots and foam adhesive dots were used to apply the mounted rain boot image

more scanned & cropped pics of card=

and one more look at full card without the watermark-- Click on the card to get a Zoom out close up view of those glittery details!!! :)

link-ups and groups where this posting or card's photo will be found:
a. Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge blog; started April 14, 2020; Anything Goes theme

b. Mix It Up Challenge Blog; April; Anything Goes theme with an optional twist of fancy fold; my card is just an anything goes mixed media

c. Incy Wincy Designs challenge blog; April 6-18; Footwear Anywhere on your creation theme; my card has the rainboot

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group on Facebook; a closed group for crafting bloggers to share their work and challenge blogs can announce that they need new team members

e. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook; a closed group of artists and crafters who like to mix it up; my card has ink and paint dabbed onto the gray cardstocks; digital/clipart image; cardstock and patterned paper; pearl gems; silver dazzle sticker; silver glitter paint pen accents on the rain boot image


Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

design team member for My Time To Craft challenge blog and these other 4=
b. 52 CCT
c. S4fC

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Second half of April 2020 theme is Flowers at TCCC blog

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity! I've got to give you a bit of background on the image from this challenge's sponsor SheepSki Designs. The image come with the camera lens empty or with a tiny lighthouse scene, so since this is a flowers theme I chose the plain lens that I swirled some indigo colored pencil to shade it. Since I chose an digital image that didn't come with flowers I decided to have flowers in the patterned papers. That led to creating some posy-shaped accents of coordinating papers to the background patterned paper.

#240 Take a snapshot! card for design team commitment with TCCC blog=

TCCC blog link:

My DT badge for TCCC (also used as a watermark shown in the upper left corner of the above card photo):

SheepSki Designs' badges: (get link and details on their sponsorship on the #240 posting at TCCC)

Design notes:
a. purple cardstock for the base card 5" x 7"= Astrobrights/Neenah
b. 3 patterned papers from old collection that's been in my stockpile for about 10 years
c. off-white, creamy cardstock use to mount the posy-shapes and to print the digital image on = Astrobrights/Neenah
d. silver dazzles "Hello" = variety of sentiments dazzles set from Paper Wishes website
e. silver metallic glitter paint pen used to accent posy-shapes and the camera
f. several colored pencils and markers to color the rest of the digital image
g. a variety of adhesives and foam dot sizes (used behind the camera image)


more photos:

link-ups or photo shares for this post or card photo:
a. 613 Avenue Create: April monthly challenge; theme= Anything Goes (with an optional twist of using geometric papers)--[background papers has stripes= will this count?]

b. Not Just Cards Challenges: April monthly challenge started 11 April 2020; theme= Anything Goes

c. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group in Facebook; a closed group for crafting bloggers to share their work and for challenge blogs to announce if they need new DT members to apply

d. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook: closed group of crafters and artists who like to mix it up; mediums used= papers & CS; colored pencils, markers, glitter paint pen, silver metallic sentiment 'dazzle' sticker, adhesives,

Crafting in the USA heartland with snow expected overnight! and more snow on Thursday and Friday with forecasted 60 degree F temps next week....
Becca S

besides DT member for The Crafter's Café Challenge blog, I'm part of these 4=
a. Scrapping 4 fun Challenges
b. My Time to Craft
c. A Place To Start
d. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown