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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

THICC Theme #125 starts 4 October 2022 DT Inspiration Card

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart is always excited when I get to use my creative skills to paper-craft! Crafting Christmas cards ranks up there in my top 5 favorite formats/occasions! This Christmas card is for The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenges blog #125 that starts October 4, 2022. 

THICC is an always anything Christmas goes type theme published every 2 weeks on Tuesdays. 

Merry Everything Card=


Did you notice the little ornaments hanging below the vertically-run washi tape? There are 2 washi tapes used on this, 4 patterned papers with 3 coming from The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby, and the 2 sizes of silver embossed snowflake stickers have all been in my Christmas stash boxes for many years! The TPS papers say 2016 on them!!!

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THICC #125 posting link= {I'll edit this in on the 4th--link posted at 10:11pm CT.}

http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/10/challenge-125-anything-christmas-goes.html

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where this card will be shared:

A. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge; new; Anything Christmas Goes; option: for someone special

link= http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/10/chnc-challenge-614.html

B. Peace on Earth Christmas challenge blog; October 2, 2022 start date; Anything Christmas Goes

link= https://peaceonearthchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/10/peace-on-earth-christmas-challenge-25.html

inspiration image (I've used snowflakes!)


C. A Place To Start challenge blog; October 2022; Anything Goes w/ option of circles and/or squares= MY CARD has 2 circles and 1 four inch square

link= https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/10/challenge-102022-anything-goes.html

D.  Mixed Media Creativity group = plastic silver embossed snowflake stickers, 2 washi tapes, inked edges on the papers

E. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group= sharing site

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Season's Greetings from the USA heartland,

Becca S

*I'm a design team member of THICC and also 2 other Christmas challenge blogs--Merry Little Christmas and My Time To Craft Christmas--all 3 have different owners.

I'm also on these other DTs: My Time To Craft, Mix It Up, Ally's Angels, & Once Upon A Time

Then I own 2 challenge blogs--FarmQuest and Heart's Quest!!!


Friday, September 30, 2022

Once Upon A Time Challenge Blog DT project October 2022

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! It's exciting for me to combine paper-crafting and children's book into a design team project!

Once Upon A Time challenge blog's October 2022 starts on the 1st and the featured book/cover/contents must be evident in your linked submission. Take a look below for Deanne's October children's book!!!

Instead of doing a Halloween or monster interpretation of the book, I decided to go the Christmas route and have an elf instead of Grover from Sesame Street. I have bricks and a sign/sentiment block. The bow is a replacement for the street sign and the snowflakes replace the globe of the streetlamp. 

Take a look:


and here's the book cover for Once Upon A Time Challenge Blog:


and the link to OUAT's October 1st post=

https://onceuponatimechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/10/challenge-3-monster-at-end-of-this-book.html

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where my card will be shared;

A. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges blog; new theme started 2 days ago; has to be paper product

link= http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/09/pennys-challenge-531.html

B. Love To Craft Challenge Blog; current theme continues until October 15;

link= https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2022/09/ltccb-70-anything-goes-ltccb-69-winner.html

C. Christmas Craft Creations; Sept 2022 is still going on; Theme= Ribbon or Twine; MY CARD has a red glitter bow

link= https://christmas-craft-creations.blogspot.com/2022/09/september-challenge-reminder-ribbon-or.html

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D.  Mixed Media Creativity group (the bricks are a section of vinyl wallpaper!!!)

E. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

*I'm a design team member for OUAT and also these other challenge blogs: Ally's Angels, The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenges, Mix It Up, Merry Little Christmas, My Time To Craft Christmas and My Time To Craft

as well as owning 2 challenge blogs: FarmQuest and Heart's Quest

***Check all of these out if you're not familiar with them! :) 



MTTCC #44 Theme is Christmas For Kids

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Honestly, I was dreading this because I don't have much 'kiddie' items in my stash but I had a Webster Pages circular baby/new beginnings themed layout size stickers sheet and the one with handprints reminded me of elementary school craft projects with kids' handprints! So that's what jumpstarted my circular kids Christmas card for my DT commitment for My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog's #44 theme!!!

Competition starts September 30, 2022 and ends October 13, 2022. 

 Penguins and Candy Canes Christmas card=


*white with gold metallic foil 'dazzle' of Merry Christmas= Paper Wishes website

*other items are from stash

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MTTCC #44 link=

https://mytimetocraftchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/09/mttcc-44-theme-is-christmas-for-kids.html

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where I'll be sharing this card and/or link=

A. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge blog; anything Christmas goes (not the option/joy)

link= http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/chnc-challenge-613.html

B. Winter Wonderland challenge blog; about 6 days left; Theme is Christmas Animals; MY CARD has 2 kid's stickers that each have a penguin

link= http://christmasblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/christmas-animals.html

C. Use Your Stuff challenge blog; about 2 days left; Woodgrain theme; MY CARD has the candy canes wood die-cut which I've add red and glitter paint marker to half of the candy canes' stripes and yellow marker with glitter paint marker to the bow

link= http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2022/09/uys-467-woodgrain-double-trouble.html

D. Christmas Craft Creations challenge blog; still 12 days left; Ribbon or Twine theme on Christmas card==MY CARD has a yellow glitter bow as part of the wood die-cut candy canes; 

link= https://christmas-craft-creations.blogspot.com/2022/09/september-challenge-reminder-ribbon-or.html

EDITED in on 9/30/22 at 9:30pm CT


E. Mixed Media Creativity group

F. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

I'm on the design team of MTTCC and its sister blog, MTTC; and also these: MIUCB, MLCCB, AACB, THICCB, OUAT

as well as owner of 2 challenge blogs: FarmQuest and Heart's Quest


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

THICC #123 starts September 13

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Hey! Two weeks ago, my first design team commitment for The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenges blog was shared. Now it is the reveals for #2. Competitions for THICC last 13 days. The theme stays the same for each challenge as Anything Christmas Goes.   

Picking out the tree Christmas card=


Decorative tape= ? (sorry I forgot the vendor); the car with tree patterned paper = The Paper Studio; the small white and silver snowflake stickers and the green metallic foil dazzles (MC)  = Paper Wishes website; the man with tree rub-on transfer = Carta Bella


THICC blog posting link= NOTE: I forgot to publish this on the 13th, so the competition has actually ended. I will provide the link however to get you to The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenges blog

http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-123-anything-christmas-goes.html


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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups

1. Mixed Media Creativity group= this card uses several metallic foil elements, decorative tape, rub-on transfer, 


2. Paper, Paper Paper & DT Calls group; sharing site for blogging craft artisans


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


Friday, September 23, 2022

MTTC #491 Theme of Autumn Colors Pick 3 DT Projects for 23 September 2022

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Oh I so enjoy a wonderful autumn season with cool temps so I can enjoy my sweaters! Sadly the last few years in Illinois, we've had a lot of unusual hot days and very few cool clear days before snowflakes start appearing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that 2022 will be a perfect autumn weather season! :)

One of the other design team members at My Time To Craft suggested we have a pick 3 color theme and I thought this would be perfect if we time it for fall/autumn season. So for September 23 to October 7, 2022 make sure to craft with your 3 colors from the simple color board image found at the website.  (and you can use more than 3 if you want!)

I've been making 2 projects per challenge for several months already and I did again for this challenge. Card #1 uses beige/kraft brown, soft sunflower yellow, and a dull green. The glossy printed cardstock did not take the colored pencil leads very well. The sunflower yellow really bleached out with scanning, too. Also the tiny areas made it hard to get lead transferred. But it's still sweet and encouraging Bible verse sentiment===



design notes:

1. cardstock from stash

2. enamel dots = Craft Consortium

3. printed cardstock panel= Colorful Prayers, set of 20 Unique Scripture Cards to Color by Crown Jewlz, 2021 from Ashland, Ohio and distributed by Greenbrier International (Dollar Tree store find)

4. the 2 paper flowers = Dear Lizzy/American Crafts

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Card #2= greens, yellows, some brown, and some black; there is some red ink in the dabbing around the perimeter of the base cardstock


Credits:

a. Stampin' Up stamps

b. leaf sticker, cording, ink pads, and gems from stash

c. the beautiful 5" x 6" section of a sheet from Lake Life paper pad by Fancy Pants Design

d. base cardstock is actually neon orange but the scanning as faded it to a squash yellow; Neenah


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MTTC #491 link=  http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/mttc-491-theme-is-pick-3-or-more-autumn.html




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other challenge blog and Facebook groups for sharing and linking these cards=

A. Crafting Happiness Challenges blog; 133 Card= Autumn; MY CARD #2 has the puffy leaf stick-on, 'so thankful' sentiment; landscape print cardstock with orange base cardstocks; autumn colors cording

link= https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/09/133-card-all-things-fall-not-card.html

B. Shopping Our Stash challenge blog; Ombre challenge; MY CARD #2 within the patterned paper it is designed with ombre greens for the tree, ombre blues for the sky and clouds, etc. 

link= https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/09/sos479-hey-hombre.html

C. Word Art Wednesday challenge blog; Weeks 561-562; anything goes that is uplifting; both card apply but I'll show CARD #1

link= http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2022/09/anything-goes-weeks-561-562.html

D. CCMWF group in FB; showing CARD #1

E. Bible Journaling and Faith Art group in FB; showing CARD #1

F. Scripturally Inspired Creativity group in FB; showing CARD #1


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


DT member of MTTC and MTTCC; MLCCB, MIUCB, AACB, OUAT, THICC

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owner of 2 challenge blogs: FarmQuest and Heart's Quest 



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

THICC new theme #124 released 20 Sept 2022

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart is having mixed feelings about this Christmas card!

I was excited to use the specialty paper but unsure about my choice of bling after putting this together. What do you think? 

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge blog's #124 was released on 9/20/2022 and is an anything Christmas goes theme. The link is provided below for you. My DT commitment card involved wintery colors and bling (different gems from 2 vendors) to enhance the silver glitter snowflake print specialty paper. This was trimmed just a little from a scrap cut included in a multi-paper/cardstocks scraps bag bought at a discount store. The sentiment tag is lifted up with small foam adhesive squares and is from a very old winter holiday scrapbook kit bought in 2010!!!! I've hoarded that set by burying what's left under newer purchases in my Christmas/winter stash box. 

Many Holiday Blessings Christmas card;



THICC/The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge blog

#124 ends on 9/30/2022

link= http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-124-anything-christmas-goes.html

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where this will be shared=

A. ABC Christmas Challenge blog; current themes are S= snow and/or T= trees; MY card has snowflakes

link= https://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/abc-christmas-challenge-s-or-t.html

B. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up challenge blog; started Sept 15 and has its midway posting out; anything Christmas goes (not the option)

link= https://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-92-anything-goes-christmas.html

C. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge blog; #612; Anything Christmas Goes (not the option)

link= http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/chnc-challenge-612.html

D. Mixed Media Creativity group

E. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

**DT member of THICC and these other ones= MIUCB, MLCCB, AACB, OUAT, MTTC, & MTTCC

as well as my 2 challenge blogs= FarmQuest and Heart's Quest





Saturday, September 17, 2022

16 September 2022 MTTCC #43 Theme is Christmas Food and or Drink

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart always gets excited when I can craft Christmas cards. These cards are for My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog. I have been on this blog's design team for 15 of the 21 months it has been running. The theme for #43 is Christmas food and/or drink.

Competition starts September 16 and ends September 29. 

CARD #1=

Christmas-time blessing of cupcake and cocoa card=


 a. white with red bow patterned cardstock = Mint Berry paper pad from The Paper Studio; I've been trying to bash this 2016 published set in 2022...regrettably I still have sheets to use as I'm typing this draft...sigh... 


CARD #2=

Hot Cocoa, please! Christmas card



a few design and vendor notes for card #2: the cut-apart card, the little burgundy flag, the mixed food and stocking print and plaid cardstocks are from Bo Bunny; the white diamond-cut glitter cardstock is Pen + Gear; the star cardstock is Lake Life pad from Fancy Pants Designs; the taupe flat card base and matching envelope are from Paper Source; and the "MC" dazzles are from Paper Wishes website.


the cardstock print behind the hot cocoa card has gingerbread men cookies, spices, partial candy cane can be seen in the lower left part

MTTCC #43 link=

https://mytimetocraftchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/09/mttcc-43-theme-is-christmas-food-and-or.html

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other challenge blogs to link-up and Facebook groups to share are=

a. Use Your Stuff challenge blog; ends in a few hours for their food/drink theme; both my cards have hot cocoa and top card also has a cupcake

link= http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2022/09/466-fooddrink.html


b. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up challenge blog; September 2022 Anything Christmas (not their optional twist)

link= http://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-92-anything-goes-christmas.html


c. Christmas Crafts All Year Round challenge blog; September 2022 theme Christmas/winter food and/or drink (both of my cards have mugs of hot cocoa)

link= https://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.com/2022/09/september-challenge-christmaswinter-hot.html


d. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group


e. Mixed Media Creativity group; glitter cardstock, gold clothespin clip, die-cuts, 

f. 100 Pattern Papers Challenge group in FB; Mint Berry paper pad from The Paper Studio was what I selected to bash in 2022. It wasn't 100 papers from my stash just what were left in the size pad bought in late 2017 or early 2018.

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


design team member of :

*My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog and 

*My Time To Craft challenge blog

*Once Upon A Time

*Ally's Angels

*Mix It Up challenge blog

*Merry Little Christmas challenge blog

and owner of: 

*FarmQuest challenge blog

*Heart's Quest challenge blog


Saturday, September 10, 2022

MTTC #490 Theme is Jumbo Sentiment showing my DT projects

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Oh my stars and flowers! :) Sometimes technique and format challenges get my heart and mind fluttering nervously. How to do it? What to say? For card #2=This time I worked a bit backwards because the flower focal had been made and thought I'd use it on other recent cards but I kept putting it aside. I decided to use it and then go with an analogous color scheme of orange, yellow, and red for color coordination and repetition. Then I decided to make it a birthday card and to create a deep dark artsy birthday card .....

For My Time To Craft challenge blog #490

Take good care! Wishing you well! Happy Birthday!--triple sentiment focal birthday card:


A few notes on card #1= The "HB" stamp is an old Stampin' Up product and the 2 little sentiment stamps, I think, are Hampton Arts. Cardstocks and patterned paper are old stash and items placed in my May 2022 kit made for The Great Stash Bash challenge by Lisa and Lori. It was a huge kit this time that I've been using into the summer! Lots of inking to unite the colors in the patterned paper and a light purple glitter paint pen was applied over the sentiments to add sparkle. Gold glitter tempera paint was applied randomly around the card to get glitter dabs and streaks, too.




Wow! Wow! HAPPy Birthday card:



Take a closer look on this cropped scan on stenciled 'birthday': the marker colors and even top glitter paint pens actually were layered and alternated. The flame and stenciled stars didn't get glitter in order to have some contrast:


For this flower closeup scan, recycled light speckled kraft cardstock packaging was stenciled and cut into a circle and edged with red ink. The glitter flowers were edged in some red ink, too! The acetate chevron 'flag' was part of a set-new-that was received in a spring clearance mystery box purchased through Peachy Cheap website. The coppery textured specialty paper scrap under it was purchased about 12 years ago from Paper Wishes website! I've been hoarding them. I got a set of them pre-cut to ATC size. I've still got them buried in a stash box!


MTTC #490 Jumbo Sentiment Theme challenge link=

https://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/mttc-490-theme-is-jumbo-sentiment-as.html

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups to share and link

A. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; about 6 days left in the competition period; Anything Goes; link= http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com/2022/09/189-all-dressed-up.html

B. Seize the Birthday challenge blog; since Sept 1, 2022; not the collaboration/special; just an anything goes Bday link with the deep dark triple sentiment focal birthday card

link= http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/09/seize-birthday-246-collaboration-with.html


C. The Great Stash Bash challenge blog; May 2022 kit; DT cards were made well in advance but not shared online until September 9-10, 2022; sharing TGSB' Sept 2022 link= https://loriannie670.blogspot.com/2022/09/lisa-loris-great-stash-bash-september.html

D. NBUS/Never Before Used Schtuff challenge blog; sharing new items= the red/yellow/orange birthday card has an acetate chevron tag that was a new purchase/only item like it in a clearance mystery box bought from Peachy Cheap this spring=

link= https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2022/09/nbus-challenge-42.html

E. Mixed Media Creativity group

F. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

keeping busy with DT and owner commitments:

DT member of MTTC and its sister blog MTTCChristmas; Once Upon A Time; Ally's Angels; Mix It Up; Merry Little Christmas Challenge; The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge

and

owner of 2 challenge blogs: Heart's Quest and FarmQuest; both have current themes until the early hour of 12:30am Central Time on Sept 13, 2022



Ally's Angels Challenge Blog 10 September 2022 DT Project

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Oh, my stars! What a week with kindergarteners after a 3-day weekend!!?!!! And several DT commitments, too. For Ally's Angels September challenge I decided to use some new to me stash supplies.

Ally's Angels September 10, 2022 challenge release continues with our Anything Goes theme. I used a small white A2 card base with a bubblegum pink cardstock for the background. The gorgeous patterned paper is a specialty type with wonderful texture (see closeup cropped scan pic)! Three layered butterfly die-cut stickers make their flight on the card. A small sentiment block on blue cardstock fits in the corner. Stampin' Up stamp with another one saying "Happy Birthday" for the inside panel add the finishing touches. 


and the terrific closeup--


Ally's Angels Challenge Blog for Sept 2022:



blog link= 

https://alessandrasangels.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-62-winner-and-top-picks-from.html

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where you see this project=

A. Through the Craft Room Door challenge blog; started 8/30/22; Anything Goes

link= http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/2022/08/anything-goes-challenge-30th-august-2022.html

B. Critter Crazy challenge blog; Sept 2022--Anything Goes with a Featured Critter-- I have a bird in the paper and also 3 pretty butterflies.

link= https://2craftycrittercrazies.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-66-anything-goes-with.html


C. NBUS challenge blog; Never Before Used Stuff; Sept 2022--MY CARD has new textured specialty patterned paper

link= https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2022/09/nbus-challenge-42.html


D. Mixed Media Creativity group; stamping, inked pages, texture specialty paper, 


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

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S 

Thursday, September 1, 2022

MIUCB DT Project for 1 September 2022

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! It's time for the next challenge at Mix It Up challenge blog! Participants have 6 weeks to enter Sept 1- Oct 15. The theme is Anything Goes with a technique option of smooshing (inks). This is my 2nd design team commitment for MIUCB!!!

I have to admit I haven't done much ink smooshing. It's easier to dab and smear in my opinion. For the backdrop of the stamped sentiment, I applied gray, lime green, pine green, and aqua onto a plastic bowl, spritzed with water, then pressed down the watercolor sketch paper onto the watered ink. This was only 1 application. The sketch paper is thin so I stopped with the one time. I used a circle stencil to trace my shape to fit the lime green scalloped circle that had been in my stash scraps for a long time. 

The olive green patterned paper triangle had also been in stash scraps for maybe 2 years!!! The color hues almost fit an analogous color scheme. Another old stash item are the strips of a long border sticker on the right side. The newest items are the butterflies and then the ribbon 'tape' of light blue with tiny white dots. 

Butterflies have landed slimline card (about 4 1/8" x 7 1/4")=



Mix It Up Challenge Blog #61 link=

https://mixitupchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/miucb-61-anything-goes-optional.html



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sketch layout is based on Sketch #4 from the Creative Memories blog in September 2020 as part of their Weekly Round-Up Sketches=


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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where I'll share and link this card:

1. Mixed Media Lovers challenge blog; I'll possibly edited this in after work on 9/1/22

2. We Love 2 Create mixed media challenge blog; started 28 August 2022; anything mixed media goes

MY card has ink smooshing, stamping, ribbon decorative tape, etc.

link= http://welove2create.blogspot.com/2022/08/wk-9-craft-card-making-scrapbooking.html

3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; started 21 August 2022; anything goes

link= http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com/2022/08/188-streamside-studios.html

4. Through The Craft Room Door challenge blog; anything goes theme weekly

link= http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/2022/08/anything-goes-challenge-30th-august-2022.html

5. Mixed Media Creativity group

6. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group

7. Slimline Card Obsessed group; this card meets the slimline dimensions; base of the card is the light peach/taupe cardstock


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


design team member of  MIUCB, MLCC, AACB, OUAT, MTTC, and MTTCC

and

owner of 2 challenge blogs FarmQuest and Heart's Quest


MLCCB DT Card for 1 September 2022

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart always gets excited to be creative with Christmas cards! This one is no exception! I'd seen a red and pink Christmas card recently and that color combo is what prompted this Anything Goes Christmas make for my DT commitment with Merry Little Christmas Challenge blog. This is my 2nd project since joining the team this summer. 

MLCC has competitions for 6 weeks then has a 2 week break before repeating the same times for the next challenge which allows for 6 competitions in a calendar year. 

Fancy Pants Designs' Cozy Christmas was a recent new purchase from Peachy Cheap website. The collection is dated 2019. The patterned cardstock sheets are double-side and that's what I've done with the scalloped focal background and the short bottom section. They're reverse sides of each other. The die-cut ephemera floral spray and tinsels are also part of this collection. This is the first time I've ever used tinsel in a card yet it works! 

Different stencils were used for the scallop backdrop and for the banner that was stencil painted on the ivory textured specialty paper. Bright pink acrylic paint was applied. When dry I used a small tip black marking pen to add the letters of "Hope" and to outline the banner. Then gold tempera paint was lightly applied (and also to the floral spray). Next I used a red glitter paint pen to outline inside the banner. A silver glitter paint pen then outline the outside perimeter. The silver helps repeat the silver tinsel and the little silver snowflake dazzles (Paper Wishes website). The gold tempera paint subtly reinforces the gold tinsel and the golden yellow tones in the cardstocks.

HOPE for Christmas card=





Merry Little Christmas blog link for September 1-October 15, 2022=

https://merrylittlechristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/mlccb-46-anything-christmas-goes-mlccb.html


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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups to share and link this card are=

1. NBUS; Never Before Used Schtuff; September 2022; MY card is the first time to use products from Cozy Christmas collection by Fancy Pants Designs.

link= 

2. Mixed Media Lovers challenge blog; MY card has stencil, ink edging, acrylic and tempera paints, glitter paint pens, handwritten sentiment, use of silver foil/metallic snowflakes and gold and silver metallic/foil tinsels

link= 

3. We Love 2 Create challenge blog; anything mixed media goes; this card has a long list of techniques and mediums; use a stencil, paints, outlining, etc.

link= http://welove2create.blogspot.com/2022/08/wk-9-craft-card-making-scrapbooking.html

4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; anything goes

link-- http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com/2022/08/188-streamside-studios.html

5. Through The Craft Room Door Challenge blog; anything goes

link=http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/2022/08/anything-goes-challenge-30th-august-2022.html 

6. Crafting Happiness challenge blog;  #130 card theme is flowers

link= https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/08/130.html

7. Mixed Media Creativity group

8. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S 


design team member for MLCCB, MIUCB, OUAT, AACB, THICC, MTTCC, and MTTC

and

owner of these 2 challenge blogs started in 2022= FarmQuest and Heart's Quest


2 Sept 2022 MTTCC #42 Theme Nontraditional Christmas Colors for DT

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog!! Oh, my heart is happy with this Christmas card! Another DT member at MTTCC suggested nontraditional colors so that's what I'm featuring in today's post. I'm also happy because pink and purple are my 2 favorite colors. I'm also happy to be using some old stash supplies for most of the card with a newer painted focal.

MTTCC's #42 theme starts September 2 and ends September 15, 2022. Make sure to find time to craft Christmas themed nontraditional cards before September 15th!

This summer I covered a full sheet of white cardstock with dabbings and swirlings of acrylic paint in 3 colors plus 1 gold tempera paint. This is a small section sized about 2.5" x 3". There will be a closeup photo in order to detect some of the gold glitter paint. In the center of the large lavender foam snowflake is some bright pink glitter glue. 

This is Peace and Joy Christmas card in nontraditional colors=



No credits per se because it's almost all old inventory in my stash. The foam snowflakes were purchased in 5 different foam colors set a long time ago. Both alpha lettering stickers are old with Peace in a hammered silver and Joy in dark navy glitter. There is a strip of a gray 'metal' specialty paper on the left. The mixed media element has been mounted on light pink cardstock with foam tape then onto white cardstock and another layer of foam tape in order to lift it for depth and shadow. The wide purple glitter decorative tape strip was given a banner fishtail. Everything is on a dark grape marbleized thin cardstock when was matted onto pink cardstock. Voila! 



Card #2 is Victorian Hope Christmas card=


Credits: (1) acorn print cardstock is from Lake Life paper pad by Renne Looney/Fancy Pants Designs; (2) the color-me-lace topper and scalloped button die-cut are from Hot Off The Press/Paper Wishes website; and (3) others are stash items.

Lots of blue, odd greens, pink, gray/silver, and a bit of orchid purple

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Is this too weird? Or too mystical? Definitely creative and out-of-the-ordinary Christmas card. 

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MTTCC/My Time To Craft Christmas #42 link=

https://mytimetocraftchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/09/mttcc-42-theme-is-non-traditional.html

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups for sharing and link-ups=

A. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up Challenges blog; I'll share Card #2

link= http://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-92-anything-goes-christmas.html

B. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #609; I'll share Card #1

link= http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/chnc-challenge-609.html

C. We Love 2 Create challenge blog; both cards are mixed media but card #2 has more techniques

link= http://welove2create.blogspot.com/2022/08/wk-9-craft-card-making-scrapbooking.html

D. Mixed Media Creativity group; colored pencils for the lace topper and markers and glitter paint for the wood die-cut; foam snowflakes, purple glitter decorative tape, different alpha sets, 

E. Paper, paper, Paper and DT Calls group; sharing


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

design team commitments include: My Time To Craft Christmas (this posting), My Time To Craft, Once Upon A Time, Mix It Up, Merry Little Christmas, Ally's Angels, and The Holly and Ivy Christmas

and 

owner of these 2 challenge blogs: FarmQuest and Heart's Quest


Once Upon A Time September 2022 childrens book Charlottes Web prompt

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! On August 1st, Once Upon A Time challenge blog debuted. For the 2nd challenge, blog owner Deanne has selected the children's classic Charlotte's Web for September's inspiration. 

I've tried to recreate the book cover with some personalization and stash raid without having to download or purchase anything. This potentially might be used for classroom purposes. I've been at a variety of age levels and subjects during the past 35+ years including college adjunct to pre-service teachers and daycare providers. 

Here's my DT commitment titled "Rebecca's Web" =


Some design notes and credits: 
a. gray specialty cardstock base is about 6.5" x 5-5.5"
b. spider cardstock is on 1 side of a 12" square by
c. fence clipart image was a freebie downloaded and printed on white cardstock; a mix of markers and colored pencils were used on it; then fussy cut
d. animal tag was cut apart to separate the sentiment and just have the stacked animal portion behind the fence (Echo Park)
e. a black marker and black, brown, and reddish-mauve colored pencils were used for the female blank face stamp (Illustrated Faith)
f. a white thick stamp pad ink was smeared on the light green cardstock
g. a mechanical pencil was used to create some faux spidery web lines around the title to mimic the cover


Overall, if used for a classroom ELA activity to create a sequel to Charlotte's Web, I'm good to go. There are enough elements similar to Garth's cover art and for book content. :)


 
 In case it has been awhile since you've seen the book cover art for Charlotte's Web, this is the photo provided by Deanne for OUAT=


link to Once Upon A Time challenge blog's September 2022 posting=

https://onceuponatimechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-2-charlottes-web.html

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups to link and share are:

1. Shopping Our Stash challenge blog; Animal Antics; my card has the stacked animals; 

link= https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/08/sos478-animal-antics.html

2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog;

link= http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com/2022/08/188-streamside-studios.html

3. Through The Craft Room Door challenge blog; anything goes

link= http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/2022/08/anything-goes-challenge-30th-august-2022.html

4. Mixed Media Creativity group; 

5. PPPDTC group


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Crafting in the USA heartland with a passion for combining learning, reading, and creativity,

Becca S

design team member of Once Upon A Time

and

AACB, MLCCB, MIUCB, & THICC= new in August 2022

and

 MTTCC, MTTC= for over 2 years

and

owner of these 2 challenge blogs started this year: Heart's Quest and FarmQuest


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

NEW DT commitment for THICC and #122

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Well, I did a thing. There have been several challenge blogs with design team calls and I've been accepted by Marlene to help out The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenges blog. YEA! Crazy yea! THICC challenges are every 2 weeks with Anything Goes Christmas for its theme. Competition starts August 30 and will go for 13 days. 

Within the past month, I purchased Fancy Pants Designs collection called Cozy Christmas. The majority of card product is from that kit: red & black plaid paper, the Nordic sweater print paper, the mailbox die-cut, and the 2 wood with black buttons. 

Here's the Christmas Mail card= 



The washi tapes are from my stash box. Black marker for outlining. White flat 5" x 7" card base with a matching envelope are from Paper Source. 

A sketch was used for this card and it was tweaked a bit. The sketch was shared by a Facebook group, Christian Card Making Women's Fellowship. 


The Merry Christmas (deer) washi page substitutes for the band going across the middle. The circle space is replaced by the mailbox die-cut. One 3" x 3.5" rectangle was cut instead of having 2 separate pieces and then I used the black and white striped washi tape to frame and separate. 

This fairly flat card will save on postage, however it is not short of style or color and print coordination! 

THICC posting= I'll be teaching possibly when Marlene posts the new challenge so for now I'll use the link for the challenge that just closed......

link= http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/challenge-121-anything-christmas-goes.html

this is the new posting for #122 released earlier today, 8/30/22=

http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/challenge-122-anything-christmas-goes.html

THICC design team badge= 


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

1. Christmas Craft Creations; August theme Winter Activities; MY card has Mailing and Receiving Christmas cards and letters as the winter activity

link= https://christmas-craft-creations.blogspot.com/2022/08/august-challenge-reminder-winter.html


2. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up challenge blog; August 2022 is almost over; Anything Goes Christmas; there is an option but my card doesn't qualify

link= https://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2022/08/challenge-91-anything-goes-christmas.html 


3. Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round challenge blog; August 2022 is almost over; Theme of Reindeer or Deer; MY card has a deer on the washi tape 

link= https://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.com/2022/08/august-challenge-reindeer-or-deer.html


4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge blog; #. Anything Christmas (option: lady or girl)

link= http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/chnc-challenge-608.html


5. The Seasonal Cardmaker group= Winter season


6. Mixed Media Creativity group = my card uses 2 washi tapes, wood with enamel button/dots, die-cut, black marker for edging and outlining


7. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group; sharing


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Crafting in the USA heartland, 

Becca S 

*DT member of The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge blog

also a DT member of these= OUAT, AACB, MIUCB, MLCCB, MTTC & MTTCC

and owner of these 2 challenge blogs= Heart's Quest and FarmQuest



Friday, August 26, 2022

2022 August 26 MTTC Theme #489 Fantasy Whimsical Charm

 Greetings from Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Today's post features MTTC Theme #489--

Fantasy Whimsical Charm

for August 26-September 8, 2022. 

Competition start time and end time are the same for dates shown of 12 am CT/Chicago or 6am UK. (Adjust to wherever you are in the world.) 

I was a bit stumped at first when this theme was suggested by several DT members. My brainstorming results were mermaids, trolls, gnomes, elves, fairies, Alice and Wonderland, etc. But I decided to go with whimsy charm. Simple Stories card kit "Sending Sunshine" had elements that would work perfectly for 2 cards as my DT commitments. 

Inspiration card #1:


Some credits are:

(1) Simple Stories card kit "Sending Sunshine" = sentiment, background panel, rainbow, plaid heart, bird, flower row, plaid border, mouse, and the folded white card base; (2) pink with little white x print cardstock scrap = Mint Berry paper pad by The Paper Studio; and (3) a teeny bit of yellow scrap to make the little smiling sun came from my stash. The word sunshine was colored bright yellow in order to give the illusion of sunshine and provide more yellow color on the card.

Inspiration card #2:


Some credits for card #2: the pink with little white x print scrap and the pink with green flowers scrap = Mint Berry paper pad from The Paper Studio; the flower, sentiment banner, bird, and butterfly die-cuts are from the Simple Stories card kit "Sending Sunshine"; the green and white chevron print paper scrap = The Paper Studio; the black and silver glitter decorative tape and green cardstock are from my stash.

MTTC #489 link=

https://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/mttc-489-theme-of-fantasy-whimsical.html

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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups were these 2 cards will be shared are:

A. Through The Craft Room Door challenge blog; ATG August 2022= Any Thing Goes; I'll share card #2

link= http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/2022/08/atg-challenge-16th-august-2022.html


B. The Crafter's Café Challenge blog; August 15 start date; Theme of Relaxation; card #1 will be shown because the little mouse is taking a walk by the flowers

link= https://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/crafters-cafe-challenge-288-relaxation.html


C. Use Your Stuff challenge blog; Rainbows (rainbow colors or rainbow shapes); my card #1 has a rainbow

link= http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2022/08/455-rainbows.html


D. 100 Patterned Paper Challenge group; my 2022 goal wasn't 100 pp sheets this year but to wipe out the remaining smallish-size sheets from the Mint Berry paper pad from The Paper Studio; both cards have MB patterned cardstocks


E. Mixed Media Creativity group; my card(s) have decorative tape, die-cuts, inking, color-filling (on the word sunshine in card #1), and handwriting of the face for the little sun/yellow scrap


F. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group; sharing


G. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge blog; both cards have 3 patterned papers but I will link card #2 to showcase

link= http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2022/07/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-august.html


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

these cards are for my DT commitment with My Time To Craft

I'm also on the DTs of these other challenge blogs:

My Time To Craft Christmas

Ally's Angels

Once Upon A Time

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge

Mix It Up

Merry Little Christmas Challenge

and

I'm the owner of these 2 challenge blogs started in late February and late March 2022:

Heart's Quest Challenge Blog (HQCB)

FarmQuest Challenge Blog (FQCB)