Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Friday, May 28, 2021

MTTC challenge theme focus of florals starts 28 May 2021

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart tends to favor flowers and butterflies so I just had to go on a quest through my supplies to see what I could find. The image featured here was used back in February for another challenge blog and with the artist/company/blog owner's permission I'm showcasing it for MTTC's new floral theme. This new challenge theme for MTTC's #458 will go for 2 weeks or to June 10th. 

I've colored the image a little differently plus printed it on a soft yellow cardstock compared to February's usage. The two patterned papers are very old but I've been paper-hoarding them and trying to use small sections because I really like the chocolate brown tones with the deep pinks. More creative design notes to follow. For the theme of florals, the image has the mouse presenting the large flower to the hedgehog, a small pink flower sticker for embellishing, and the patterned paper sandwiched between the "Hello" and the image has some flowers. Introducing...

Hello! Where You Go I Go friendship card=

  My Time To Craft design team member badge is above and the blog ID badge will be below the link to the post. 


Use the link to #458 to see what the other design team members have created for inspiration, read the rules, and to participate. 

"Hedgehog Happy Dance" image is used by permission from Mary Smith of Createful Heart Designs

copyright Mary 2017

other design notes:

a. cocoa brown cardstock base is 6" square from Astrobrights/Neenah

b. soft yellow cardstock is approx. 4" tall x 5.25" wide from Astrobrights/Neenah

c. "Where You Go I Go" cut apart card is from a collection by My Mind's Eye; the lettering was white but I felt the contrast needed to change to cream, yellow, or bright pink. 

d. all papers have been inked in dark brown

e. image has been colored with a combination of markers and colored pencils


CHD or Createful Heart Designs has a challenge blog (but due to being a DT member of it, I'll not be linking to the CHD blog) and a FB community group called "Createful Heart Digis & Design", which is where I'll share this friendship card. 

link to Mary's "Hedgehog Happy Dance" image in her Zibbet store can be found here=

Other challenge blogs and FB groups to be linked will be:

a.  The Paper Funday Challenges; May 2021; Anything Goes with option of flowers/floral


b. The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog; May 2021; Flowers as focus; 


c. Little Red Wagon challenge blog; #603, started 5/26/2021; Say It With Flowers theme


blog badges for LRW and TSofC=

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

e.  Mixed Media Creativity group on FB; digital image colored with markers and colored pencils, stickers for embellishments, inking on paper edges


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design Team member of My Time To Craft challenge blog

This is the February 15, 2021 version=

Friday, May 21, 2021

My Time To Craft Christmas no 10 Theme is Fairy Lights starting 21 May 2021

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart got very excited on Wednesday as I found the clipart freebie for this adorable Christmas light bulb caroler! Isn't it the cutest???!!! My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog's 10th theme is "Fairy Lights" or Christmas tree light strings/strands. I decided to focus on individual light bulb rather than a string of them. This clipart image was absolutely too cute not to use for this theme!!!


Fairy Lights in Merry and Bright Christmas card=

Some design and vendor notes to make this card:

a. freebie clip art image was downloaded in order to resize to 'wallet' size and printed on red paper and then on green paper    

b. gold glitter paint pens for the threading portion of each bulb; green glitter paint pen on the red cap and red glitter paint pen on the green cap

c. white colored pencil and a white paint pen were used to add the white accents

d. American Crafts' Good Tidings Thickers provided the "Merry & Bright"

e. Cottage Christmas paper pad from 2018 Fancy Pants Designs is where the patterned cardstock came from

f. diamond cut white glitter paper for corner accents came from a set by Pen + Gear; sold at Wal-Mart

g. dark red 5" x 7" card based with matching envelope were purchased at The Paper Source website


more photos that will help show the white glitter better--

MTTCC blog ID and DT badges=

link for #10

Check out the blog site for the details to participate and also to see what the other creative DT crew members made for this theme!


other challenge blogs that apply and FB groups where the darling card will be shared:

a. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up challenge blog; May 2021 month's challenge; not doing the option of gnomes--anything Christmas entry


b. ABC Christmas Challenge blog; current challenge themes are J is for Jewels OR K is for Kids; my card is so joyful with the light bulb carolers (or Santa helpers) that kids would love receiving this card


c. Mix It Up challenge blog; current challenge since May 1st is still going; AG with option for layers of 3 or more; not counting the dark red card base, I have a white glitter paper layer, a patterned paper layer, and then a layer with the Christmas light bulbs and the thick gold lettering (3); also for mixed media, besides paper products: glitter paint pens, white paint pen, white colored pencil, gold 'thickers' lettering, and digital clipart images


d. The Seasonal Cardmaker group in Facebook; even though it is May, my card is wintery Christmas card for our USA winters

e. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group in Facebook; sharing site for blogging crafters, design team members, and challenge blog owners

f. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook; a private group of artists and crafters who like to mix it up; besides papers, I've used glitter paper and glitter paint pens, white paint pen and white colored pencil, digital clipart image, thickers lettering/embellishment

blog badges for A, B, and C= 


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of MTTCC challenge blog

Saturday, May 15, 2021

CHD challenge blog May 2021 months starts on Saturday the 15th

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart got the warm fuzzies when I saw this momma bird image from Createful Heart Design. I'm not a mom but I have been a stressed-out teacher with my own flocks of kids for many years....Did I really say stressed-out? Naw!!! Every day is precious! And every one in the nest is precious, too!

CHD challenge blog's May 2021 month of competition has no theme or as we say in blogland "Anything Goes". We start on the 15th and linking is open to the 14th of the next month. So this will be my design team inspiration card(s) for May 15th-June 14th

Hey Sis! birthday card=

Tweet Sweet thinking of you card

CHD challenge blog and CHD design team badges


CHD challenge blog post for #32=

Zibbet online store link for the CHD image "Momma Bird and the Littles"



more scanned/cropped pics of the cards=


other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where the card(s) will be linked or shared=

a. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog; anything goes;


b. Seize the Birthday challenge blog; not using the topping option; just Anything Birthday for the "Hey Sis" card because my sis has her birthday in about 9 days!!!! 


c. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; ending today; anything goes


blog ID badges for A, B, and C=

d. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook; the "Hey Sis" card image has silver metallic paint pen to edge highlight; both cards' images have been printed on a creamy custard kind of off-white cardstock and then colored with colored pencils; the "Tweet Sweet" card image was edged in chocolate brown marker; combos of patterned papers and cardstocks used (a few patterned cardstocks are from My Mind's Eye); both letterings are from Freckled Fawn; the large gem dots are the only embellishment(s)

e. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group in Facebook; sharing group of blog owners, DT members, and bloggers to post our paper creations


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of Createful Heart Design challenge blog

Friday, May 14, 2021

MTTC challenge blog technique theme of inch cuts starts 14 May 2021

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart has been flip-flopping between excitement and anxiety!!!! The technique of 'inchies' is great for those who love precision and math! And for those of us who don't, get pushed out of our comfort zones. [MTTC]

Overall I'm very pleased with the results, a happy heart for me!!! I used all kinds of measurements when cutting my cardstocks and penciling and cutting for the multi-stenciled image focal however I still have some wonky pieces and lines!!!

Do I blame it on left-handedness or tri-focals????? Or late night???? The image focal--even before measuring and cutting into 1" pieces--took time to let the acrylic paints dry between use of stencils and colors...and outlining.

Let's take a look: 

Happy heart card using 'inchies' technique=

and the blog ID and design team badges=

link to # 457 for MTTC

*make sure to visit and see how the other design team members used the technique...quite a variety...which pleasantly surprised me! It's great to see the creativity and applications that others use for the same challenge topic

more scanned cropped pics:

a. recycled kraft cardstock used for image focal base
b. hearts stencil first used with pink acrylic paint
c. then purple acrylic paint applied to some areas
d. switched stencils to one from a Bible journaling set and used leaf green acrylic paint
e. used a black calligraphy marker tip to make little black dots/flecks scattered around
f. used the same marker to outline the lettering
g. then did the measuring of a grid to get the inch cuts
h. cut a bright blue cardstock with 1.25" wider in order to get 1/4" for margins/aisles
i. after applying small adhesive tape strips to the back of each inch cut, I decided I still wanted some boldness and added the dividing lines
j. My Mind's Eye is the manufacturer line for the gorgeous cardstock peeking around the inchies focal, which is lifted off that surface with lots of little foam squares

other challenge blogs or Facebook groups for this card to be shared or posting linked=
1. Addicted to Stamps and More; current challenge has 5 days or so left; theme rotation is on 'die-cuts and/or stencils' which I've used 2 stencils for my mixed media inchies feature....

2. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges; current challenge has almost 2 of 2 weeks remaining with just starting on Wed May 12, 20201; anything goes


Blog badges for #1 and #2=

3. Word Art Wednesday challenge blog; Use the featured Scripture verse or anything goes; new challenge competition of 2 weeks started Wed May 12; I am using Scripture but a verse from the Old Testament rather than theirs from the New Testament (Matthew 6: 3-4); so mine will be anything goes entry


Blog badge for #3=

4. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook

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

6. Scripturally Inspired Creativity group in Facebook 


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design Team member of My Time To Craft challenge blog

***Special shout out to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog!!! Woot!!! I was randomly picked to received 3 digital images from Pattie's Creations Digital Images and to be a future guest designer!!! Isn't this wonderful!!! (from #495)

Friday, May 7, 2021

My Time To Craft Christmas no 9 Slimline Format Winter Holiday Theme starts 7 May 2021

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is excited to show this wintery weather aurora borealis type sky colors slimline style Christmas card for MTTCC challenge blog! Isn't this the coolest!??!!!

The silver mirrored type metallic paper and my scanner certainly clashed. Even cell phone camera option turned out rainbow prism reflections in several spots no matter how I oriented the card on top of my printer. I didn't try with the overhead lights off. Probably should have tried that. But to save time, I'm just going to settle for letting your imaginations visualize this card in mostly cobalt blues and silver metallics!!!

Aurora Borealis Winter Sky Christmas card=

below: 3rd scanner try captured a different light reflection

link #9 MTTCC slimline style formatted Christmas/winter holiday card posting=

MTTCC ID badges:


other challenge blogs and Facebook groups:

a. ABC Christmas challenge blog; May 2021; J is for Jewels and/or K is for Kids; my card has the jewels theme

*old blog badge saved....

b. Merry Little Christmas challenge blog; #34; May 2021; anything Christmas theme; 

c. Slimline Card Obsessed group

d. The Seasonal Cardmaker group

e. Mixed Media Creativity group

f. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of My Time To Craft Christmas (MTTCC)

Sunday, May 2, 2021

APTS challenge blog Anything Goes theme for May 2021

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart has gotten really excited this week with sentiment-focused layouts so for this anything goes month of competition at A Place To Start challenge blog, I decided to make a college graduation card. 

I thought about having shapes which would contain just one letter each in the word 'congrats'. But with several alpha sticker sets from Freckled Fawn and Webster Pages, I decided that using the little letter tile stickers would allow me to use more words on the card. So "Class of 2021" and "Yes" get added. Only Webster Pages alphas are used this time...and even for the 'yes' it's WP. 

APTS is taking a break this month, May 2021, from having a theme, so it's 'no theme' or Anything Goes in order to participate. The design team have been inspired with a slew of occasions so make sure to use my included APTS blog post link to go over and look at the other projects. Here's mine:

"Class of 2021 congrats" card = 

link to APTS May 2021 blog post=

*patterned paper is the last sizeable section from an oldie that I've hoarded because 2 of my favorite colors are pink and purple
*stickers were outlined with marker to make the edges a strong contrast against the busy striped patterned paper; and these are oldies from a color-coordinated 2 sheet set so using 5 put a dent into slimming down what's left to use. Yea!
*base cardstocks in neon pink and mid-blue are either from Astrobrights/Neenah or Pen + Gear
*also the blue is the base--one layer, not folded--

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

a. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog; started 4/28/21; anything goes

b. 613 Avenue Create challenge blog; sister blog to APTS; May 2021; Anything Goes w/ option mood board...and I've got the pinks and greens, leafy branch that resembles the feather, flowers in 2 stripes of the patterned paper

mood board photo = 

PPCC and 613 A to C blog badges=

c. Mixed Media Creativity group 

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

e. The Seasonal Cardmaker group 


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of A Place To Start challenge blog