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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

Friday, July 16, 2021

My Time To Craft Christmas new Theme Have a Krafty Christmas

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart really likes kraft paper and cardstock! It's great with red for Christmas cards yet it is also wonderful for nature scenes or neutral palette challenges. For the new MTTCC theme challenge, I decided I'd go to my download file of saved free clipart and coloring pages to check and see what I had in the way of Christmas or winter pics. After passing over snowmen and pine trees, my eyes glanced at this multiple houses drawing clipart and then widened. I immediately thought this would be easy to give the house doors either red or green color, maybe some yellow in most of the windows and then pair up with a great small print cardstock. And here's my Christmas card for #14=

Home for the Holidays Christmas card: (or should it be homes for the holidays???)

*My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog

*#14   , Have a Krafty Christmas; use kraft paper or cardstock somewhere on your project

*fortnight length challenge competition starting early morning of Friday, July 16, 2021

MTTCC's blog badge and the DT member badge=

MTTCC's posting link for today's new fortnight theme challenge=


Design and vendor notes (and there are 3 more cropped scanned pics of the card at the end of this posting):

1. free clipart image of multiple houses with 1 or 2 looking like church buildings

2. three different values of green markers, a red, a brown, and a yellow were used to add some color to the buildings

3. a thin sheet of kraft paper was inserted into my printer tray in order to print out this clipart 'panel' which meets the required theme element of kraft/krafty

4. Fancy Pants Designs 6 x 6 paper pad collection provided the striped cardstock and the sentiment banner; 4" x 6" are the dimensions for the striped background panel

6. Pen + Gear provided the white diamond cut glitter paper; I purchased a 25 sheet pack at Wal-Mart; 4.5" x 6.5" are the dimension for the white glitter paper panel

7. The Paper Source company website was the vendor for the deep red folded card base 5" x 7"; I bought matching envelopes, so that's a wonderful quality for mailing

8. Paper Wishes company website was the vendor for the white and silver metallic border accents and snowflakes that they call dazzles


other challenge blogs and Facebook groups for linking and/or sharing pics or this posting=

a. The Seasonal Cardmakers group on Facebook

b. Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers group on Facebook

c. Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenges; Christmas in July theme;

d. Paper Craft Crew #435 sketch theme challenge; 

sketch is failing to load; current sketch is a vertical sketch format; I've moved the sentiment down so it wouldn't cover any of the houses

e. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook; 

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


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design Team Member of My Time To Craft Christmas

Thursday, July 15, 2021

CHD 15 July 2021 no 34 Anything Goes Theme Challenge Month features 2 DT Cards

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is super excited to be able to showcase 2 digital images from the CHD Etsy shop! Owner Mary Smith and her husband both contribute to their inventory and have been busy designing new digital images. Mary agreed to let me use the "Snow Gnome" digi created just this week!! It is THAT new! There are so many other challenge blogs having Christmas in July themes that I wanted to hurry and use "Snow Gnome" for the July competition. [CHD July 2021 challenge blog posting link is near the end of this posting. Make sure to click on it and see what the other design team members have created.] 

And then several weeks back with summertime in my thoughts, I asked Mary if I could use the "Tropical Bird Rain Forest" digi for this July 15th release posting date. She said yes, so that will be showcased in this post, too. So fun. This vibrant rain forest scene will be perfect for an aunt's birthday whose grandson is in Costa Rica. Andrew and his wife just had their first baby, a girl, just a few weeks ago. Not only is Andrew her oldest grandchild/grandson, his daughter is her first great grandchild! I think she's going to love this image! 

Bonus Image #1 "Snow Gnome" as 'snow' jolly Christmas card=

Link to CHD Etsy shop for "Snow Gnome"=

more views:

other challenge blogs to link-up and Facebook groups to share card #1 photo= [note: Mary did not include this on the July 15 CHD DT inspiration section]

a. Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge; Christmas in July theme (which I've done) or AG

link to ECW= 

b. Paper Craft Crew or PCC #435 sketch challenge; for current week

sketch image=

c. Slimline Card Obsessed group on Facebook

d. The Seasonal Cardmaker group on Facebook

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

f. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook

g. Creative Heart Design group on Facebook; private group for those who have purchased or won and/or used CHD images (such as DT members of CHD challenge blog)...


Image #2 "Tropical Bird Rain Forest" digi used for "HB" card=

Link to CHD Etsy shop for "Tropical Bird Rain Forest"=

more views:

other challenge blogs to link-up specifically for CARD #2 and Facebook groups=

a. Slimline Card Obsessed group on Facebook

b. Seize the Birthday challenge blog


c. The Seasonal Cardmaker group on Facebook

d. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook

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

f. Creative Heart Design group on Facebook; private group; members purchase or win then use CHD images in the paper-crafting projects


A few vendor notes:

1. Silver and white snowflake metallic/shiny 'dazzles' are from Paper Wishes company website

2. "HB" alphas are from Freckled Fawn


Both cards for design team commitment for Createful Heart Design challenge blog. 

CHD blog badge and DT member badge

CHD #34 link=


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of Createful Heart Design challenge blog

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Guest Designer Spotlight for Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges Blog

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart got mixed up on dates and I forgot to make my own post this week for the #500 challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog!! Luckily I made the card about 3 weeks ago and sent the photo to Geesje!!! A few weeks ago one of my cards I linked to PPCC got picked for top honor and I received 3 free images from Pattie's Creations and then I got to pick this delightful frog digital image from Twinkle Lane Designs to use for my GD card project. My heart has been so blessed. June was also my birthday month, so getting the surprise free images was like another birthday gift.

This cute frog card was given to my great aunt who lives near us and she's got several frogs in her front yard, so I thought she'd enjoy the image. Her birthday is the day before mine! My mom was in labor on her bday but I took my time and was born the next morning! :) 

Rainy Day Frog birthday card=

You Are My SUNSHINE On A Rainy Day

Link to #500 for Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges (there is a 2nd sponsor, Bugaboo, for this challenge too; make sure to see the images and how the DT members used their picks) =

PPCC blog badge= 

and Twinkle Lane Designs badge=

shop link=

1. sentiment and digital image are from Twinkle Lane Designs
2. smoky gray and emerald green cardstocks are from Neenah
3. the teal marbleized cardstock is from's been hoarded in my stash for way too long
4. gems, birthday wishes sticker and glitter die-cut banner stick-ons were from stash
5. sentiment image and digital frog image were printed on white cardstock and colored with colored pencils; several different shades of greens were layered for his tummy region and then some sections of the lily pad leaf


link-ups and sharing card photo(s) will include:

a. Twinkle Lane Designs Facebook group

b. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook

c. Paper, Paper, Paper, and Design Team Calls group on Facebook

d. Seize the Birthday challenge blog; 


Anything Goes theme badge for STB =


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Guest Designer for Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog

Friday, July 9, 2021

MTTC theme to use ribbon and or bow challenge starts 9 July 2021

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart has been emotionally on a roller coaster this week. Three cousins lost their paternal grandmother a couple of days ago. Elma was 101 years and 8 months old!!! Another sorrow this week has been a sweet soul sister from church losing her mother-in-law. My husband worked with her husband for about 6 years so this has been another emotional ache. Then on the joyful side my little neighbor girl who my mom babysat for awhile along with her brother and then who I babysat during my summers when 16 and 17 became a grandmother of a beautiful baby girl!!! It's been great to see her as a mother and now she's just exuding bubbliness for being a grandmother for the 1st time. Today's showcased card will go to my church friends:

*My Time To Craft challenge blog

*Design team member inspiration card

*#461 challenge with theme of ribbon and/or bow usage on your project

*challenge is for 2 weeks and starts on 7/9/2021

The Lord bless thee and keep thee sympathy card=

LINK for MTTC #461

some design notes:
1. floral bouquet focus is recycled and repurposed tissue paper type gift wrapping that I recently received wrapped around my birthday gift from my brother's family
2. the two cordings for the bow are also recycled and repurposed
3. the sticker used for the front panel sentiment is maybe 20 years old; it's one of many verses and stained glass border designs included on the sheet that it came in. I've matted it onto a piece of ivory cardstock left over from the other 2 sections that are leftover scraps, too....


Layout was based on the sketch challenge at Make the Cards Challenge blog. (MTCC) I will link it to their blog=

My interpretation was to break up the shown peach colored section into 4 sections because I wanted to bring out the pink and ivory tones of the floral bouquet tissue gift wrap section used for the focal. The circle focal shaped was moved to a more central location and the sentiment is not a wide slender rectangle but a boxy rectangle. Embellishments of the MTTC required bow, sequins, and some teeny tiny stickers scattered about complete the card.


more challenge blog link-ups and Facebook group picture sharing=

a. Mix It Up Challenge Blog; #51; anything goes with optional twist of an aperture; (I'm just doing anything goes)


b. 613 Avenue to Create challenge blog; anything goes with optional twist of watercolor usage; (I'm just doing anything goes)


c. Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge blog; started 6 July 2021; anything goes


d. Creative Moments challenge blog; #218; anything goes


e. Mixed Media Creativity group on Facebook; sequins, different stickers, cardstocks, inking of cardstock edges, printed tissue gift wrapping paper, 2 types of cording, 

f. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group on Facebook; sharing site for paper-crafting bloggers, DT members, and challenge blog owners

Blog Badges or participant badges for A, B, C, and D in mixed order=


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member of My Time To Craft challenge blog