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Friday, October 30, 2020

MTTC Blog Challenge no 444 Clean and Simple Christmas Card

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! It's been a crazy work week so I'm going to keep the posting keep my heart less stressed here at the weekend! The theme is Clean and Simple Christmas! On the MTTC blog, Shell, the owner has asked that 3/4 of the card should be white and plain. I'll admit I'm a bit of a rebel on this because to me 'white space' as a journalistic term meant empty space, so it doesn't matter if the cardstock/paper is a color or a patterned as long as the majority of your card doesn't have stamping/digi image or embellishments.

MTTC #444 design team project--Jingle Joy Christmas card

my MTTC DT badge:

#444 post link=

more scanned and cropped pics of this Clean and Simple layout:

Supply and design notes:

a. alpha stickers and jingle bell bow were bought at Dollar Tree

b. smoke gray cardstock for the base = Neenah

c. red marbled cardstock for the corner accent = Colorbok

d. the 2 paper tapes/washi tapes = Jolee Boutique 2012 - EkSuccess - Wilton

e. Thanks to my crafting spiritual 'sister' from church for spotting the set of washi tapes and others in clearance bins at a discount warehouse. The 3 roll set cost her 25 cents + tax. It's her thoughtfulness that is priceless!

Facebook groups and challenge blogs where you will also see this blog post link and/or card photo=

a. my FB profile

b. Scripturally Inspired Creativity group in FB

c. Paper, Paper, Paper, and Design Team Calls group in FB

d. The Seasonal Cardmaker group in FB

e. Christmas Kickstart Challenge blog; #41 Festive Florals; the washi tape has wreaths, holly leaves and berries


f. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge blog; Anything Christmas Goes; 



My CAS inspiration came from these 2 cards saved to a Pinterest board when I searched online for CAS Christmas cards or scrapbook layouts: (Heather Campbell)

and an almost identical one (gerispaperwishes) saved to the same board:

Thanks gals for helping out this paper-crafting sister! 


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

DT member currently for these 3:

1. My Time To Craft challenge blog

2. A Place To Start challenge blog

3. Createful Heart Design blog & company

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Autumn Season Themed Thankful to Survive 2020 Pandemic TN Layout

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is excited this Monday evening as I write this post to have done some scrapping creativity! It's been about 4 months since I've done any type of scrapbooking I think!!!

Crazy! So far neither my husband or I have had Covid-19...praise the Lord! I've had a root canal and a month ago my hubs had all his teeth extracted!!! So dental appointments and procedures have been affected by delays due to shutdowns but again, thanks be to God, that we are still going!!

Over the past 2 years I've started 4 different Traveler's Notebooks: one about our home(s), one about my BFF and I that is for me, another one that is for her, and TN/bujo that is about my chosen Bible Word of the Year(s). Below is a layout that I've prepped for a Thanksgiving photo that I hope to capture in about a 4-5 weeks:


Use Your Stuff challenge blog; Autumn/Fall theme


Yes! I'm a Guest Designer for this #408 challenge at Use Your Stuff!!! How exciting! What a honor!


This layout was made using the prompt and sketch for TN Time with Lisa & Lori's October 2020 challenges; #22:

A cropped view of the layout: 

The blue is non-traditional but the greens, browns, peach, black, grays, and small touches of yellow, red, and orange are classic autumn colors.

The graph paper/cardstock 'tag' shape on the left page is my nod to "Indian Corn". 

The blue cardstock sections were a part of some forgeries made in June that got furthered changed about 2 weeks ago with some leaf, acorn, and woodland creatures. These stamped images plus a couple of random placed "thank you" fulfill Lori's October 2020 prompt to use stamping. 

Lori's blog link=

Lisa's sketch got flip-flopped and is waiting for a photo. The layout's ready to go. 

Lisa's blog link=


the main LO photo and/or this blog posting will also be linked or shared at:

1. my personal profile on FB

2. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB

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

4. Travelers Notebook Scrappers group in FB


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

Friday, October 16, 2020

MTTC challenge blog #443 Halloween or Cats theme starts 16 October 2020

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! The new fortnight theme has 2 options or they can be combined: Halloween or Cats. Since I'm in my 50s I don't typically do any Halloween cards anymore. My nieces and nephews range in age from 15+ to 30. However I do have several friends who have cats, so my intent with this design team commitment is to create a cat-themed, harvest-time colors friendship card.

#443 My Time To Craft challenge blog design team project: Hello Friend card

Supply and design notes:
a. cardstock neon orange (scanner light has faded to peach) and smoky gray = Neenah
b. "hello" black dazzle = Paper Wishes website
c. kitten clipart freebie printed on the neon orange cardstock and trimmed to about a 4" square
d. black and white checked patterned paper = The Paper Studio; I added color pencils in a repeating pattern for the white sections
e. neon green, orange and 'orchid' stars = old stash
f. orange and white cording = old stash
g. black inking on checked paper and the neon orange cardstock


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

a. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge blog; anything goes using paper; 


b. Aud Sentiments challenge blog; Halloween or Fall Sentiment; 


c. my personal profile on FB

d. Mixed Media Creativity group on FB; inking, digital image, printing, embellishments applied, colored pencils, papers

e. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group on FB; a sharing site for crafting bloggers

f. The Seasonal Cardmaker group on FB; the cat, the orange and black usages definitely give it an autumn seasonal feel


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

design team member currently for these 3:

1. My Time to Craft

2. A Place To Start

3. Createful Heart Designs


a former design team member of these:

1. The Crafter's Cafe' Challenges

2. Scrapping 4 fun Challenges

3. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

4. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

5. Hiding In My Craft Room


a 2-time guest designer for:

1. Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog

Thursday, October 15, 2020

2nd Design Team Project for CHD challenge blog 15 October 2020

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart gets nervous when I start on a new design team because I tend to second-guess my creative decisions a lot more. Such as with this card #1 for the October monthly challenge starting at Createful Heart Designs: this card had some pre-planning, but I kept overanalyzing and trying so many different options and directions of papers and prints. What should have been a 1 hour project ended up being 2-2.5 hours!!! Ugh. Late night too. 

Just for You Country Mailbox from CHD= [this card is not posted on the CHD blog; CARD #2 is]

 CHD challenge blog October 15, 2020 posting link for #25=

CHD/Mary and her husband have an online store at Zibbet. The image link can be purchased here:

CHD DT badge:

CHD challenge blog badge:

More pics for card #1: I like the fence pieces as a backdrop behind the digi!!! 

Supply and design notes for card #1:
a. the leaves and pumpkin wood die-cuts were raw wood transformed with a layer of marker color first and then a top layer of yellow/gold glitter paint pen
b. kraft cardstock scrap was cut into 1/2" wide strips with some hatch lines to make a fence backdrop for the mailbox and fence digital image
c. the gorgeous glitter damask with ruler measurements is a small portion of a 12" square cardstock from Recollections
d. the blue background printed paper scrap is very old card-of-the-month kit paper about 10 years+ from Paper Wishes website; also "Just For You" black dazzle
e. off-white/creamy base cardstock and the minty green CS circle are manufactured by Neenah
f. digital image is from Createful Heart Designs; created by Mary Smith; link to her Zibbet store is up above


Other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where this seasonal CARD #2 will be shared:

a. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog = #; started October 14; anything goes theme


b. Creative Fingers challenge blog= #194; started October 2; anything goes theme


c. my personal profile on FB

d. Mixed Media Creativity group on FB; plain & printed cardstocks, digital image; mix of colored pencils and markers to color the digi, wood die-cuts, yellow/gold glitter paint pen, dazzle, adhesives (glue dots of different sizes and some glue stick)

e. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group of FB; a sharing group of crafting bloggers


CARD #2= better execution and resulting creation; streamlined layout much better for a digital image with lots of details; this is the card featured for CHD blog #25 challenge=

Supply and design notes for CARD #2:

1. the gorgeous patterned paper is "Wild Asparagus" 

2. washi tapes are Pen + Gear

3. gem dots and foil butterfly are from my stash; old products; probably bought at Dollar Tree

4. kraft brown cardstock and creamy white used for the digi image are manufactured by Neenah

5. inked edging

6. combination of colored pencils, markers, and green glitter paint pen used to color the digital image

7. digital image is same as the first card and available at the Zibbet store link for CHD shown earlier in this posting


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

owner of 5 blogs

DT member of 3 challenge blogs:

a. Createful Heart Designs challenge blog

b. My Time to Craft Challenge blog

c. A Place to Start Challenge blog

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Quick and Easy Mixed Media Encouragement Card

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Whenever I can get experimental and messy, my artsy-crafty heart gets excited yet anxious. Last night I messed around with adding little taps of several hues paint around the image and background paper.

Blue, pink (looks lavender), and green are scattered around the striped paper and sheep image. Well the sheep I'm thinking of as 'ewe'/you. 

Ewe Are Special encouragement card=

Some supply notes:
a. flat base card with matching envelope = Darice
b. beige/taupe cardstock = Astrobrights/Neenah
c. digital image = clipart image freebie
d. striped paper = see the paper pad photo down below
e. washi tape = Pen + Gear/Wal-Mart

This card is not for a design team commitment however I do want to share it with a couple of Facebook groups and a challenge blog:

a. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; paint, black ink, stamping, digital image/clipart freebie, washi tape, cardstocks and patterned paper

b. Bash Your Scrapbook Stash group in FB; not a scrapbook LO however I did use a partial sheet of a paper pad I wanted to smash this year

c. my personal profile in FB

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

e. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog; started Sunday October 4, 2020; anything goes theme;



Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

owner of 5 blogs

design team member of 3 challenge blogs

IL certified teacher=

a. endorsed in 2 areas: FACS grades 6-12; and Birth to Grade 3

b. approved short-term of 3 years: general science grades 5-8

Monday, October 5, 2020

Harvest Theme with colors red yellow green October 2020 challenge at APTS Blog

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is on a mixed media autumnal mood and this birthday card is testament to that! The new challenge month for A Place To Start challenge blog starts Monday, October 5th, 2020. The theme is harvest but with a twist. Chana wants to see red, yellow, and green used with your fall harvest items. 

My mind thought of apples, leaves and tractors but I went a bit different. I had sunflower doilies and reddish-orange leaf doilies, so I decided to use half of one each due to the 5" x 7" dimensions of the card. The foil butterflies had red-orange, green, and a bit of yellow so I wanted to incorporate those. Then various gems in golden/amber yellow, 2 shades of green, and red. The hedgehog was stamped on a bright neon orange but my printer's scanner light bleached that out to pale peach. The olive green with micro dot patterned paper is an oldie that was part of a card of the month kit from Paper Wishes. The black and kraft checked patterned paper is part of a paper pad I've been trying to bash this year. 

Items were arranged into a mesh of angles and layers to give a sense of walking in the woods and finding flora and fauna all jumbled together. Take a look:

Wishing you well Happy Birthday card=

October 2020 challenge month at APTS blog link=

APTS blog badge=


Other web locations where this post or card photo will be shared:

a. Bash Your Scrapbook Stash group on Facebook; using this checked paper from this old 5" x 7" paper pad=

b. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog; Anything Goes theme; 


blog badges for b, d, & e in this section=

c. Mixed Media Creativity group on FB; a private group of artists and crafters who occasionally like to mix things up in their projects; this card has paper products (cardstock, patterned paper, doilies), foil stickers, plastic gem dots, black ink, stamping, use of 3 different stamps from 2 companies, 

d. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; anything goes; linking still open

e. The Crafter's Cafe Challenges blog; anything goes; started Oct 1st


Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

total of 5 blogs

DT member of APTS challenge blog, MTTC challenge blog, and Createful Heart Designs company challenge blog

also an Illinois certified teacher in:
*Family and Consumer Sciences grades 6-12
*Birth to Grade 3/ECE 
*3 year short term approval in general science for grades 5-8

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Autumn Season Birthday Card

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is really getting into the autumn mode now. This is my 3rd card for the weekend! This card is not for a specific design team commitment so that makes for a nice break for me. Part of that break will be that I won't be linking it to oodles of FB groups or challenge blogs, just a few. 

Without further ado, this is Autumn Season Birthday Card=

Supply and design process notes:
a. reddish brown ink edging on the papers including base
b. the base is the olive green, a flat layer card with matching envelope from Darice
c. the bronze leaves with light green crystal mesh comes in a grid-like layout on a huge long sheet purchased at Dollar Tree in 2019; instead of having a strip of it on the side or near the bottom for a border I decided to do a 4-corner approach
d. the sentiment stamp is an oldie from Stampin' Up (I think it says 2001)
e. the floral print paper is another oldie that I've been hoarding; I've only got a few small scrap sections left of it. I love the loose abstract style of the flowers and leaves.
f. grass green cardstock strip is from Astrobrights line produced by Neenah
g. card was made in about 30 minutes

Facebook groups where I'll share the photo and/or posting link:
a. my personal profile
b. Mixed Media Creativity group; private group of artists and crafters; mediums used were papers, red-brown ink and black ink; stamping; mesh design sticker
c. Paper, Paper, Paper and Design Team Calls group; a sharing group for crafting bloggers and blog owners

Challenge blogs where I'll participate and link this posting:

a. The Crafter's Cafe Challenges blog; October 1st to October 14th= anything goes [former DT member]


b. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog; started today October 4th; anything goes


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

Current Design Team (DT) member:

a. Createful Heart Designs company

b. My Time To Craft challenge blog

c. A Place To Start challenge blog

Current certified teacher in Illinois:

a. FACS grades 6-12

b. Birth to Grade 3/ECE

c. 3 year short-term approval to also teach general science grades 5-8

Friday, October 2, 2020

MTTC Blog Challenge no 442 Autumnal Colors Theme starts 2 October 2020

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart is giddy because I'm excited on how this slimline card has turned out! Slimline dimension cards are very hot and trending. Traveler's notebooks or TNs would be a scrapbooking equivalent, however it seems to me that the thin profile cards are surging in popularity faster. My Time To Craft challenge blog would like to see autumn/fall season colors on your paper-crafting during this coming fortnight. 

My thank you card for Thanksgiving holiday is brimming with autumn hues! The darling woodland stamp set is from Jen Hadfield's "Warm & Cozy" set of 8 clear acrylic stamps. I've used 6 of the 8 to add lots of that walking in the woods kind of fall seasonal mood. 

Thank You Card with Woodland Theme card=

MTTC's #442 link=

Supply notes:

a. kraft and black checkered paper is from an old (cheap) paper pad 5" x 7" that I've been trying to bash this year 

b. the scroll script bronze dazzle "Thank You" is from Paper Wishes website

c. Jen Hadfield's "Warm & Cozy" clear acrylic stamp set;; 2019; American Crafts/Utah

d. cardstocks except for the mauve are from Astrobrights line from Neenah

e. the foil butterfly (purchased at Dollar Tree)

f. I decided to adhere the scrap strips (1/2" deep) on the diagonal in order to look a bit like falling leaves.


This posting or one of the card's photos will be linked/shared at=

a. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog; started 9//20; Anything Goes theme;


b. Seasonal Cardmaker group in FB; harvest autumn season 

c. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB

d. Slimline Cards Obsessed group in FB; dimensions are 3.75" deep x 9" wide

e. my personal profile newsfeed in FB


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

Crafting, science ed, FACS ed, ECE, and family heritage are main topics of my 5 blogs

Illinois teaching endorsements in FACS grades 6-12 and Birth to Grade 3/ECE; and short-term approval of 3 years for general science grades 5-8.

Design team member of these challenge or company blogs:

a. My Time To Craft challenge blog

b. Createful Heart Designs

c. A Place to Start challenge blog