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Monday, August 16, 2021

CHD Challenge Blog 15 August 2021 Start Date using Cute Chickadee image from CHD

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog!!! My artsy-crafty heart is thrilled to be able to use this digital image that Mary created in 2018. Mary is half of the dynamic couple that own Createful Heart Designs. The CHD challenge blog has "anything goes" theme/non-theme so I've decided to use the image for a birthday greeting card. 


*August 15, 2021 to September 14, 2021

*#35 anything goes

*using Cute Chickadee image by Mary/2018

Cheerful Chickadee Birthday card =

Some design and vendor notes:
a. honey gold cardstock = Neenah; for card base
b. 5" wide x 7" high
c. the chartreuse and yellow cardstocks are recycled packaging
d. the pretty pink and beige dotted cardstock= Jen W's 29th Street Market collection from My Mind's Eye
e. bubble shaped border sticker cut into 2 sections, 2 buttons, and the bird silhouette sticker (this one is seen on the inside view) are from Webster Pages
f. gold metallic alpha stickers = Freckled Fawn
g. background cardstocks and image CS were inked edged in dark brown
h. colored pencils used to color the digital image

CHD challenge blog badges=

Link #35

Etsy link for the digital image=


other challenge blogs and Facebook groups for participation linkage or sharing card photo=


Seize the Birthday challenge blog; Stripes is the topping option and 1 of the button stickers and border sticker have striped patterning; 


2. Use Your Stuff challenge blog; theme is real life; My card's image reason for why I selected it was due to the primary classroom teaching decorating scheme I have of merging the 4 yearly seasons with birds picked. At first I was going to stick just to picking at least 3 birds for each season such as crows, owls, and turkeys for autumn season however now that I got very recently hired for 1st grade, I'm adding in some wildlife creatures for "First Grade Forest Friends". So birds have been on my mind lately. This card I think will be sent to a cousin who is battling breast cancer and has a September birthday. I hope it will cheer her up.


UYS blog badge= 

3. The Seasonal Cardmaker group on Facebook; colors used for the card are definitely spring-summer vibe for being light and bright!

4. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook; inked edging, alphas and accent stickers, recycled and regular plain and patterned cardstocks, colored pencils

5. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group on Facebook; 


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of Createful Heart Design challenge blog

Friday, August 13, 2021

My Time To Craft Christmas style theme of Off The Page starts 13 August 2021

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! This is the 16th fortnight challenge for the sister blog MTTCC to its MTTC! My artsy-crafty heart can't believe how quickly 2021 seems to be progressing. This Christmas card challenge blog started in mid-January and we are ready for our 16th competition period!!! The new challenge theme is what I'm referring to as a style theme. Shell wants us to go "off the page" with how we style or format our Christmas cards. 

I've interpreted that 2 ways with my red glitter panel by (1) using lots of foam adhesive squares to lift it off the page or base card and (2) shortened the length of the card just a bit in order for the panel to be off the side of the base. I'm very impressed with the results: style, color, mix of prints, and the wise men visit portrayal. 

*My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog #16

*Starts 13 August 2021 for 13 days

*Christmas/winter cards must show some type of "off the page" aspect; besides my 2 methods there are different fold formats and easel cards that would work when a focal piece or sentiment piece is extended off to a side as well as interactive function accent pieces that have a spring or folded accordion step section to lift and dangle an accent piece from the card base

"Oh Come Let Us Adore Him" said the Wise Men Christmas card=

Link to #16 at MTTCC for participation, rules, and see what the other design team members made for this different idea=

Blog and DT member badges for MTTCC=

Design and vendor notes:
a. Echo Park's Away in a Manger collection gets the credit for making this wonderful religious Christmas card come together: the script patterned CS is 1 side of the "Heavenly Hosts" item in the collection along with the wise men sticker and the OCLUAH sticker
b. The script patterned cardstock is printed in navy blue with white print. If you click on the above closeup scanned photo you should be able to see that I changed the little white dots to red ones and the stars went from white to silver metallic!!! Those are little details that make looking at the card in person very impressive regarding color repetition. 
c. charcoal gray cardstock is from Astrobrights/Neenah
d. white with red diagonal striped paper was actually a sticker back application
e. almost navy blue with white dot cardstock has been in stash a long time and I forget who the vendor is
f. red glitter foam piece could have been sticker backed applied but I didn't peel that off since I used foam adhesive squares to lift the piece off the surface of the card
g. 3 clear/silvery looking crystal cut gems for accent...I absolutely LOVE this card!!! The mix of colors, prints, layers and then the coordinates from Echo Park just combined into an amazing Christmas card!!!


other challenge blogs to link to for participation=


Word Art Wednesday challenge blog; anything goes; not using their posted Bible verse; I'm referencing the Wise Men, a phrase from carol hymn, and Scriptural words in the text print cardstock;

WAW blog badge: 


Facebook groups for sharing this amazing card=

a. SIC= Scripturally Inspired Creativity

b. MMC= Mixed Media Creativity

c. PPPDTC= Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls

d. BYSHC= Build Your Holiday Card Stash (I saved acronym incorrectly)

e. TSC= The Seasonal Card maker

f. CCMWF= Christian Card Makers~ Women's Fellowship

g. BJFA= Bible and Journaling Faith Art


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design Team member of My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog

Friday, August 6, 2021

Quick and Easy Birthday Card for my brother

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! This post will be shorter than most! :) It's been a long time since I've made a card not required as a design team commitment. Those types of postings I always include the blog badges, link, and lots of details about the new challenge of participation/competition. As the blog title states that this is for my brother, orange is his favorite color, so it was chosen for the base.

He rarely travels for leisure because he drives a semi for his living! But I couldn't resist using this oval label piece as a focal and add in some summery tropical flair with the sassy pineapple! 

Quick and easy with the various stickers: chevron striped type labels, the die-cut layered pineapple, and the different types of lettering. 

Happy Birthday little brother!


A few design and vendor notes:

1. flat orange card base and matching envelope are from Darice

2. gold honey cardstock scrap piece is from Astrobrights/Neenah

3. the letter tile stickers for "to you" are from Freckled Fawn

4. small square foam adhesives are used to lift up the focal piece


linking and sharing card photo are:

a. Seize The Birthday challenge blog; birthday cards with stripes option or anything goes birthday; MY CARD will be stripes birthday and I'll be giving it to my brother who has a birthday tomorrow!!! link=

b. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; Always Anything Goes; about 7 days left for the current challenge; link-

**blog badges for LPCF and STB--

sorry, the STB image for their stripes option is not copying and loading properly

c. Mixed Media Creativity group

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

MTTC challenge no 463 sketch layout usage starts 6 August 2021

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is thrilled to be using OLD stash items for this sketch-based layout card! My Time To Craft challenge blog has a sketch design to use for your card-making for #463. I've rotated the design to the left 90 degrees in order to make it a vertical layout. I didn't extend the one section to the full height of the card but this is an extra long card using a full sheet of cardstock folded (fold on left; opening on right). That CS base is the soft green. Because of the sentiment of "Happy Day" I feel I can either use it as an encouragement card or as a birthday one. [rut ro! It's going to be the birthday card I send to my auntie for her #74 next week!!]

*MTTC challenge blog design team commitment project

*Required sketch design usage as the 'theme'; image will be shown below


*Starts 6 August 2021 and lasts for 13 days

Happy Day card=

LINK to #463 for MTTC=

Required sketch design for your project layout; I've rotated the sketch to the left and then lengthened the size of the card. I also tweaked a few things in my interpretation like the shown darker purple area doesn't go the full length on my card, the shapes aren't circles, and the sentiment/accent tab section is shortened and shaped like a journal or divider tab. 


A few design notes:

1. the acrylic floral image 'stickers' are from Hallmark; these are part of a sheet that could be as old as 10 years sold by Hallmark

2. the green patterned paper is a scrap section off a very old stash item; so glad to make a small dent in this older stuff

3. the cardstocks are from Pen+ Gear; light green, soft ivory, and soft yellow; the purple paper is to back the card only for blocking out my printer's scanner light

4. the sketch design doesn't show corner accents but I felt that with oversizing the proportion that the right side of the card needed something to help balance it. This still could be considered a CAS (clean and simple) style card because there is so much blank space.


Besides MTTC challenge blog posting as a design team member, my posting and/or card photo will be shared at these challenge blogs and Facebook groups=

a. Seize The Birthday challenge blog; birthday cards with stripes option or anything goes birthday; MY CARD will be anything goes birthday and I'll be sending it to my aunt who has a birthday in about 6 days!!! link=

b. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; Always Anything Goes; about 7 days left for the current challenge; link-

**blog badges for LPCF and STB--

c. Mixed Media Creativity group

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design Team member of My Time To Craft challenge blog

Sunday, August 1, 2021

APTS Challenge Blog August 2021 Theme is What is Your Style

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Oh, my artsy-crafty heart got slightly overwhelmed for a short bit when I looked to see in our design team group blog what the August theme or option twist was going to be. Chana stated the theme as What's Your Style? (or genre). Some of the early birds in the DT squad have done CAS or Christmas or mixed media. So I started thinking mixed media too but then I also like to interpret sketch layouts and to mix patterns/prints. My August 2021 design team inspiration project will be a mix-up of printed patterns and some mixed media for a birthday card

*A Place To Start (APTS) challenge blog

*#8 for 2021; month of August; starts on the first Monday of the month which is 8/2/2021

*Theme is "What's Your Style?"; please state it in your blog to help us comment directly about this aspect of your participation project

Spring Market Birthday card=

and the inside panel=

"Refresh, Renew, Restore" for the top phrase sticker and "Life as I know it is beautiful" for the bottom one and more of the 3 stacked border stickers are more of the WP's Spring Market collection.


APTS blog badge for resident designers (DT member)= 

link to #8 August 2021 challenge month participation=


Design and vendor notes=

a. the 2 sizes of journal cards and coordinating stickers are from Webster Pages' Spring Market collection

b. the red and white checked gingham cardstock is recycled packaging insert section

c. the harvest gold with white alpha tile stickers are from Freckled Fawn

d. the gray circle acrylic accents and the blue square acrylic accents, unknown origins due to being in my stash for many years

e. butterfly chipboard die-cut stick-on was part of sheet set bought at Dollar Tree

f. some brown inked edging was done on the 2 journaling cards and the red and white checked gingham that I put together as the focal collage for this birthday card

g. Most of the patterned papers and cardstock strips are old stash; the light yellow with white dots tiny section above the red and white checked gingham is a cardstock from My Mind's Eye


Besides this personal blog and APTS blog as a design team member, I will be sharing the main card photo or linking this posting to the following=

1. Seize The Birthday challenge blog;

2. Mix It Up challenge blog;

3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog;  

blog badges for #1-3; random order

4. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook [inked edges for most of the papers; acrylic accent pieces; chipboard butterfly; alpha stickers; journal cards; recycled packaging insert/backing]

5. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group on Facebook


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design Team member of A Place To Start challenge blog


Friday, July 30, 2021

My Time To Craft Christmas Has New Theme Use of Plaid and or Gingham

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Another theme for use of product that my artsy-crafty heart didn't get too anxious over is this new one for My Time To Craft Christmas. Use plaid and/or gingham for your Christmas/winter occasion card. I don't have an overload of either one, so I went treasure hunting through some of my stash and even a box of mostly wintery blues looking for inspiration. I knew I had a deep red and white buffalo check paper and a black and white version. Went with the black and white. Set out some scrap red CS and pulled a new sheet of black CS for the base. Discovered the small dark red and white check gingham style CS that is recycled packaging from 2 or 3 Christmases ago. Pulled out the red painted wood stocking (letter J) and started building the card.

JOY--Just for You Christmas card=

*MTTCC #15

*starts July 30, 2021 and will last for 13 days

*theme = use plaid and/or gingham on your Christmas/winter card


*MTTCC blog badge and design team member badge


other embellishments or vendor notes

a. "Just For You" black dazzle from Paper Wishes company website

b. silver metallic letters (O and Y) are from Freckled Fawn

c. black and white buffalo check patterned paper from The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby

d. red and black cardstocks (CS) are either Pen + Gear or Astrobrights/Neenah

e. the joyful looking gingerbread man sticker is a very old stash item


other challenge blogs for participant linkage=

1. Aud Sentiments challenge blog; Anything Goes + sentiment (my card has "Joy--Just For You")


2. Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesdays challenge blog; July 2021; Christmas in July theme; I've got the red painted wood stocking and the gingerbread man/cookie image


3. Crafty Gals Corner challenge blog; every other Wednesday; current theme is Christmas in July; THIS IS MY FIRST PARTICIPATION LINK FOR THIS BLOG!!!


4. Christmas Craft Creations challenge blog; Anything Christmas; 


Challenge blogs' badges, which might be out of order, I'm linking to as a participant--


Facebook groups for sharing=

a. Slimline Card Obsessed group

b. The Seasonal Cardmaker group

c. Mixed Media Creativity group 

d. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog

Friday, July 23, 2021

MTTC no 462 DT card for no patterned paper usage theme challenge starting 23 July 2021

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart wasn't too worried with this theme because I've made lots of cards recently with solid color cardstocks with either the images and/or use of washi tape providing colors and lines. This time I wanted to go on a bit different route and create a scene mixing soft waxy paint stick, stencil, some chipboard die-cut stick-ons, jumbo gem dots, vellum, and two alpha tile stickers. I'm actually combining 3 different blog challenges together with the focal panel, so continue reading the post to find out what the requirements are for the other 2. 

*My Time To Craft (MTTC) challenge blog, design team inspiration project


*theme= no patterned paper (also known as designer paper)

*starts morning of Friday, July 23, 2021 and lasts for 13 days

"One More Candle on the Cake" Birthday card=

 MTTC's #462 link

Design & vendor notes: 

a. solid color cardstocks are actually neon bright but due to printer's scanner light the hues are pastel and available for Pen + Gear

b. vellum strip, stencil for the 'sun', black marker for the tiny ladybug, gem dots, die-cut flowers and leaf with ladybug are from stash

c. "HB" alpha tiles are from Freckled Fawn

d. yellow wax and green wax are 2 colors along with 2 others available in a 'paint sticks' set from Art Skills; available at Dollar General stores

e. the 'sun' was stenciled first and then the stems and short grass lines; vellum was applied with clear glue tape on opposite side of the lettering in order to hide it as best that I could; die-cuts and alphas added next; jumbo gem dots for polka dot element for a challenge were added as other flower buds; and a 2nd ladybug needed for a 3rd challenge was made with black marker and tiny red glitter foam heart onto the leaf


links and themes for 2 other challenge blogs with this card=

1. Make the Cards Challenge #25 has 3-2-1 theme started Wednesday, July 21, 2021; 3 die-cut flowers, 2 ladybugs (1 die-cut and 1 made from teeny red glitter foam heart), and 1 sunshine (stenciled)


2. Paper Craft Crew #436 Tic-Tac-Toe theme started Wednesday, July 21, 2021; using center row across= polka dots (jumbo gem dots), vellum phrase, birthday (HB for happy birthday and reference to cake and candle on the vellum); the card focal also qualifies for the center column with die-cuts, vellum, and marker(s) used to make tiny ladybug!!!!


Facebook groups for either linking this posting or sharing card photo include:

aa. Mixed Media Creativity group

bb. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group

cc. The Seasonal Cardmaker group


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of My Time To Craft challenge blog