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Friday, May 20, 2022

2022 May 20 MTTC #482 Theme is Thank You

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! A terrific occasion greeting card to have available is a thank you appreciation card. That's the theme for My Time To Craft challenge blog competition #482. For my design team commitment for MTTC I have created 2 cards. Both have most of their supplies coming from the TGSB April 2022 kit that I put together Easter weekend. My planning and prep intentions were to have enough supplies to make several cards and a possible TN spread for commitments ranging in a 4-6 week span. Already this weekend I've made 5 cards!!! 

The planning and prep time for the kit took longer of course than what it typically does for 1 or 2 cards but once it got made, I've been able to get cards made quickly. Yea! Win-win!! 

MTTC's #482 starts May 20, 2022 and ends on June 2, 2022. Times for both dates are the same so figure accordingly to wherever you are in the world (6am UK or 12am Central Time USA/Chicago). 

Thank You floral with gingham card:


Design and vendor notes worth mentioning are:

A. Embellishments and pink cardstock for the sentiment strip were not in the TGSB April 2022 kit. The stamper for "thank you", floral paper scrap, the blue gingham paper was cut to fit, the ribbon, and the flat base blue cardstock were.

B. Blue gingham paper (Hot Off The Press/Paper Wishes website)

C. Papers were edged using a blue ink pad 


Green and blue geometric thank you card:


Design notes for card #2:

All items for this card were from my kit made Easter weekend for TGSB April 2022 except for the green cardstock scrap, the little planner strip sticker with the heart (the heart was white so I filled with dark blue marker and then topped with a lighter blue glitter paint pen), and the navy blue glitter decorative tape. I like the analogous color scheme of this card. 

Both cards are slimline style: 4" x 7" and each use the sentiment 'thank you' but with different stamps. Fairly simple and easy to put together with not a whole lot of fuss. I wanted the patterned papers/cardstocks to not get covered up. Now to get ready for the mail....


MTTC's #482 posting link=

https://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/05/mttc-482-thank-you-occasion-theme.html



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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups for sharing/link-ups:

1. The Great Stash Bash; can be found at Lisa's and Lori's blogs; this is the link to Lori's=

link= https://loriannie670.blogspot.com/2022/04/lisa-loris-great-stash-bash-april-kit.html

3 of 5 photos of the April 2022 kit==





2. Crafty Hazelnut's Pattern Paper Challenges;

link-= http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2022/04/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-may.html


3. Little Red Wagon; #654 theme= With a little help from my friend

link= http://lilredwagon.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-654-with-little-help-from-my.html


4. Slimline Cards Obsessed group in Facebook; both are applicable at 4" x 7" dimensions


5. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; inked edges for papers, stamping, ribbons, other embellishments, 


6. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group in FB; sharing site


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


DT member of My Time To Craft challenge blog and its sister blog, My Time To Craft Christmas


and


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


Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Great Stash Bash Kit for May 2022

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! I'm getting a bit behind to gathering what I want to get accomplished with my kit that I've put together based on Lisa's and Lori's challenge The Great Stash Bash. The number of projects I want to get accomplished with this kit is huge like the gathered supplies. And I don't have everything selected either! But this gathering I've done over the past 2 days will speed up the process for each card I make.

I've got at least 12 cards I want to do for DT commitments trying to work ahead with themes that I know are in the works. I'd also like to start a TN (new; came in a clearance spring pack bought through Peachy Cheap website) that is about me. I don't have children but I'm hoping it will be something that 1 of my 4 nieces or 2 nephews will want to have in the future. 

I'm also wanting to do a family birthday yearly calendar that I can do like a scrapbook layout and have it displayed near my computer. Something pretty to be keep me on track! :) We just heard a few days ago that my oldest niece/goddaughter is expecting baby #2 so there's another important reason to make sure I don't miss any special birthdates. 

And another wish list project is a monthly planner. I found a customizable/blank monthly calendar planner that I'd like to do as a hands-on with my DT commitments. 

The kit is so large I have to show it in 3 photos and even then several papers got buried! 


The bright summery citrus-hued flower embellishments are new and part of the spring clearance pack!!! It was a very good deal with all that I got and only 1/3 of it or less is showing up in this May kit! There are some details mentioned after the next photo that apply to this above photo so keep reading. 



Two new card kits from Simple Stories also arrived this week that were another clearance purchase from Peachy Cheap and elements from several of their suggestions will be mixed with some other products that are shown in the kit or will be pulled from my stash. A full sheet (4.5x6.5" sheet of a pink with green floral) and 2 scraps of pink with white Xs from The Mint Berry paper pad that I've picked to bash this year are included in this above photo. Two 6" square sheets (purple gingham and gray gingham) are from Hot Off The Press (Paper Wishes). The blue gingham, lake symbols, and a teal plaid in the top photo are new from a Lake Life paper pad that came in that spring clearance pack purchase!!! I'm needing to do some travel/vacation/tropical kinds, some whimsical, some fruits/baking/gardening, and a few other topics that will stay secret! 




In the above photo, there are 19 cardstock scraps of different sizes in mostly solid colors and a few that have a little marbling to them. The solid color full sheets are underneath the scraps and I think there are 8 sheets. Washi and decorative tapes are to the upper left in a variety of blues and lavenders. There are some new blue-hued jewels and some purple glitter butterfly die-cuts that are both new that came in the clearance spring pack from Peachy Cheap. Woot!!!


And guess what I forgot to gather??!! The enamel dots!!! I have a few but not many. I've got some pearl kind of glossy 'gems' that I'll probably use in navy blue, pale pink, and bright pink. 

There are at least 9 patterned papers/cardstocks of different sizes and a few of the larger sheets aren't full size. I've got more than 3-4 embellishments picked. There are lots of die-cuts/ephemera that have been pulled along with those shown washi/decorative tapes, blue jewels and 2 butterfly die-cuts. 

Time for bed to get rest so that I can start to create with all this!!!

Please visit Lisa H and Lori S to see what they've put together for their kits:

Lisa H

https://createdbylisa.blogspot.com/2022/05/lisa-loris-great-stash-bash-2022-may.html

AND

Lori S

https://loriannie670.blogspot.com/2022/05/lisa-and-loris-great-stash-bash-may-kit.html

They each have their own kits and do an excellent job explaining the how and why to their selecting processes. Definitely worth reading both of their postings!

Stay tuned in a future days and weeks to see how the majority of this gets used!!! YEA!!!


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


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


Monday, May 16, 2022

Pretty in Pink Encouragement Cards 3 and 4 of planned 4

  Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Oh my! We have had cooler temps today, some rain, power outage including landline phone, and some needed rest! The power was out for about 1.5 hours and phone was out for about 3 hours. That was Sunday when I was trying to work on taking 1 sheet and creating 4 cards with it. CCMWF had a weekend challenge to use a 6"square patterned cardstock with 2 cut lines on angles so that the 4 sections can be used on 4 cards. 

In typical creative Becca fashion, I had to tweak this a bit. I have a paper pad I'm trying to bash this year however it is not sized at 6" square but more like 4.5"x 6.5". I still did the 2 angled cuts but didn't trim as much off as what the guidelines were given at CCMWF. I'm also not using a 6" square card base either. :)

Let's take a look at the 2 encouragement cards that I got finished today, Monday May 16. [There are 2 that were completed on Sunday afternoon.] The small focal cards are from "Promises From God --For Women" made by Christian Art Gifts. Patterned cardstock angled cuts are from Mint Berry paper pad by The Paper Studio. Embellishments are from my stash. Even the ribbon was Becca-ified. It was white and I 'tie-dyed' it by applying 4 different markers on it: 2 shades of pink/magenta, teal green, and gray. 



Layouts are almost the same. The shapes/angles of the floral patterned cardstock are different and the embellishments aren't quite the same. The largest pink cardstock is the base. More pinks were used for Cards 3 and 4. And I only used snippets of remaining ribbon from Cards 1 and 2. Vertical format instead of horizontal was another change today.  Thick foam adhesive tape under the Bible promise cards is causing some gray shadow from the scanning process. 




And aren't they pretty in pink?!! So sweet! 


LINK-ups=

A. Creations in Pink; started today May 15; 

link= http://creationsinpink.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-46-anything-goes-in-mainly.html

B. Crafting Happiness Challenges; midway point of the month/May; AG

link= https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/05/may-mid-month-reminder-inspiration.html

C. Christian Card Makers for Women's Fellowship group in FB; weekend challenge

D. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; 

E. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Papers Challenge; must use patterned paper or cardstock; [pink, white, and light green floral with dots cardstock]

link= http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2022/04/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-may.html

F. 100 Pattern Papers group in FB; the floral cardstock is from my paper pad I'm bashing in 2022...I've had it for about 4 years and I haven't even used 50% of it yet!!!

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


also owner of HQCB and FQCB challenge blogs


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Pretty in Pink Encouragement Cards 1 and 2 of a planned 4

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Oh my! We have had cooler temps today, some rain, power outage including landline phone, and some needed rest! The power was out for about 1.5 hours and phone was out for about 3 hours. CCMWF had a weekend challenge to use a 6"square patterned cardstock with 2 cut lines on angles so that the 4 sections can be used on 4 cards. 

In typical creative Becca fashion, I had to tweak this a bit. I have a paper pad I'm trying to bash this year however it is not sized at 6" square but more like 4.5"x 6.5". I still did the 2 angled cuts but didn't trim as much off as what the guidelines were given at CCMWF. I'm also not using a 6" square card base either. :)

Let's take a look at the 2 encouragement cards that I got finished today. [There are 2 that are halfway completed.] The small focal cards are from "Promises From God --For Women" made by Christian Art Gifts. Patterned cardstock angled cuts are from Mint Berry paper pad by The Paper Studio. Embellishments are from my stash. Even the ribbon was Becca-ified. It was white and I 'tie-dyed' it by applying 4 different markers on it: 2 shades of pink/magenta, teal green, and gray. 



Layouts are almost the same. The shapes/angles of the floral patterned cardstock are different and the embellishments aren't quite the same. The white cardstock behind the green is the base and the gray, black, and bit of white seen are backdrops since I used my computer printer scanner function to photograph the cards. 


And aren't they pretty in pink?!! So sweet! 


LINK-ups=

A. Creations in Pink; started today May 15; 

link= http://creationsinpink.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-46-anything-goes-in-mainly.html

B. Crafting Happiness Challenges; midway point of the month/May; AG

link= https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/05/may-mid-month-reminder-inspiration.html

C. Christian Card Makers for Women's Fellowship group in FB; weekend challenge

D. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; 

E. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Papers Challenge; must use patterned paper or cardstock; [pink, white, and light green floral with dots cardstock]

link= http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2022/04/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-may.html

F. 100 Pattern Papers group in FB; the floral cardstock is from my paper pad I'm bashing in 2022...I've had it for about 4 years and I haven't even used 50% of it yet!!!

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


also owner of HQCB and FQCB challenge blogs



Friday, May 13, 2022

13 May 2022 MTTCC #34 Theme of Sled and or Sleigh Christmas cards

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart's been very excited this winter and spring to be able to carve out time for card-making! This post the cards must have a sled and/or sleigh and be Christmas/winter holiday appropriate (because it is a Christmas blog!). Imagine my surprise for Card #1 to combine a sled with reusing/upcycling a commercial card scene that shows a family in a sleigh with children playing in the snow on the left and a comfy beautiful home on the right. 


These cards are for the design team inspiration projects shared on the May 13, 2022 posting at My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog (MTTCC). It's time to show the theme #34 of sled and/or sleigh

Christmas Night Sleigh Ride card=



A small bit of white glitter cardstock was used to accent the top right corner. The upcycled card panel was trimmed down just enough to keep most of the wonderful artwork of Terry Redlin. I kept his name and the sentiment on so that allowed me to add the sled accent (upcycled gift tag) and the clear crystal gems as the only embellishments. Pretty easy to make. Card base (top folded dark red) has a matching envelope were purchased at The Paper Source website. 


I thought it was a fun idea to add the sled tag accent because there are 2 children playing ice hockey and another lacing skates on as well as dog painted in the scene on the left. With all that snow-covered landscape, surely someone has been using a sled as well as taking rides in the sleigh!

MTTC's #34 blog posting link=

https://mytimetocraftchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/05/mttcc-34-theme-is-sled-and-or-sleigh.html


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

1. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up; Challenge #88; Anything Christmas Goes with option of winter sports (sledding--will show card #2)

link- http://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-88-anything-goes-christmas.html

2. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge blog; started May 3rd; (I'll link card #2 photo.)

link= http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-115-anything-christmas-goes.html

3. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB

4. The Seasonal Cardmaker group in FB

5. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group in FB

6. Christmas Craft Creations; started May 11; 2 colors theme; (I'll link card #2 which has lots of blues, a smidge of soft greens and then neutrals of black, white, gray/silver.)

CCC specific badge for this challenge= 


link= https://christmas-craft-creations.blogspot.com/2022/05/may-challenge-two-colours.html

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DT project #2= We wish you a merry Christmas--sledding card!


Oh, my snowflakes! Is "Stickopatomus" still around making stickers? Those 2 large icy silver snowflakes are mega years old. So is the text and snowman with gift sled die-cuts. These were part of a scrapbooking kit that I bought on a vacation trip in 2010 or 2011. Crazy!! Even more crazy is the frosty french blue with white diamond print cardstock!!! --It's another recycled/upcycled resourceful move on my part! It's a side flap from a pop-up style tissue box!!! --YES!!! Behind that is mirror foil that the scanner light on my printer has captured bounced light/color waves. 

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DT project #3= Oh, what fun at Christmas time! card



The white scalloped flat card base comes in a set with envelopes by The Paper Studio. I forget the vendor for the snowmen washi tape. A set of winter themes were given to me either 2 or 3 years ago. The bright blue with snowflake decorative tape was also used on card #2. Scraps of a snowflake stationery sheet and constellation night sky cardstock add more blues. The 2 kids on the sled image is a sticker freebie sent by a children's subscription magazine. 

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


Design team member of sister challenge blogs--MTTCC and MTTC

My Time To Craft Christmas

and

My Time To Craft


besides Becca's Heart for Creativity blog, I own these 2 challenge blogs started this year=

FarmQuest; Theme #4 starts May 14th along with a Thanksgiving Harvest Appreciation Cards challenge page option

and

Heart's Quest. Love Theme #4 starts May 14th and its Valentines Day Cards challenge page option will return on May 28th. 



Friday, May 6, 2022

2022 MTTC May 6 #481 Theme of Around the House DT card

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! I'm so happy you are here to see my fun charming cards for the Around the House theme #481 challenge starting at My Time To Craft challenge blog! This challenge lasts for 13 days and starts May 6, 2022 at 12am CST. 

When I listed the theme I suggested getting inspired by moms for Mother's Day or dads for Father's Day, sipping lemonade or tea on the porch, reading a book, etc. There are thousands of possibilities to get creative with this. The vinyl stickers used on this card were re-discovered in my supply box that keeps my Spring season and Easter embellishments. These were perfect! Eureka! The paint rings interlocking design was some experimenting that was made BEFORE I looked in this box! How lucky does this make me! The vinyls were tiny enough to fit inside and how darling is having the broom and the vacuum cleaner 'bookending' the letters of HOME!!!!

Home Sweet Home card=




Look closely at the thin margin of paper patterns surrounding the front feature panel. The base cardstock is a bright lemon yellow and the first paper has a slight yellow-orange with white geometric design and then the bright blue and white stripes go up and down across the sheet. These add just a smidge of additional colors helping to create a much needed border between the pale peach/blush pink cardstock that looks light yellow by the scanner. 


MTTC #481 posting linkhttp://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/05/mttc-481-theme-is-around-house.html

MTTC blog badge is shown on my blog sidebar.

The #481 theme is 'around the house' and I've shown lots of items/topics that are possible with this theme: appliance/household supplies like clothespin, paper clip, vacuum, broom, paper bag; family pet; images of houses, etc. 

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More design notes for card #1:

1. green paint rings are acrylic paint that I dipped a toilet paper roll into and then 'imprinted' to make the pattern...it's like making my own designer patterned paper! :)

2. vinyl stickers might be from Dear Lizzy...not sure...packaging was tossed out

and the next is totally different, especially for my mom whose favorite color is blue! A very different Mother's Day card for my Momma Jane!

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Mother's Day card project #2=



a few design notes about this Mother's Day card=

1. flat card base is the kraft brown cardstock that is just a 1/8th" extra around 3 sides of the perimeter

2. the sandy beige cardstock is 4.5" wide by 6.25" tall

3. the mirror home "cut-out" is a wall sticker; there is a thin foam tape under the olive green cardstock matting background behind it to help lift it above the washi taped burgundy paper panel 

4. the alpha tile stickers are from Freckled Fawn

5. metal paper clip with 'mom' is from a sheet of topics but I removed the packaging so I don't remember who made these; I think I bought them at Paper Wishes website...

6. the large die-cut of Family was part of an old sheet of stick-ons; it is raised off the chocolate brown cardstock with thick foam tape

7. 2 colors of cording were looped around and wedged between the die-cut and the brown backing; 3 amber gold heart-shaped crystal gems were scattered around to symbolize the 3 children my mom has (I'm the oldest!!!) :)

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other challenge blog and Facebook groups where the full card photo will be shared or this personal blog posting linked=

A. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; current for about 8 more days; anything goes [card #1 will be shown in link]

link= http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com/2022/05/181-joy-clair-designs.html

B. A Place To Start challenge blog; May 2022; anything goes with option of lilies and lace; [all my cards are AG; I will show card #1 in my link.]

C. Shopping Our Stash challenge blog; until May 9th; "What a Difference You've Made in My Life"; [I'll link card #2.]

link= https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/04/sos469-what-difference-youve-made-in-my.html

D. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; green acrylic paint, salvaged toilet paper roll was dipped in the paint to make the rings; blue ink on paper edges; 

E. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group in FB; 

F. Mixed Media Lovers challenge blog; May 2022; anything mixed media [my link will show card #1]

link= https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-13-mixed-media-lovers.html


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A 3rd card was made and shared at MTTC, too, featuring an upcycled trimmed card front cover of a cat hiding in a paper bag; lettering added; embellishments of jumbo dots, decorative tape and decorative 'bling' trim onto of kraft cardstock panel and a yellow cardstock flat base =


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

MTTC design team member/temporary manager and also for the sister blog MTTCC/ My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog


owner of 2 challenge blogs:

Heart's Quest; current theme has focus on orange; use an orange heart(s) and 60%+ of orange on your project; there is also a current extra page option for Valentine's Day cards--start making those early!!!


AND

FarmQuest; country/rural living topics like farmers markets, boating, fishing, pond/lake life, camping, hiking, orchards, ranching, farming, etc.; current theme is to use cherries and a basket

 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Circle It Themed Artist Trading Coins for a swap

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My creative mojo had a bit of a speed bump for a group April 2022 event. For the Love of Cards group in Facebook is a private group that still has a few membership spots available. The 2 admin moderators want to keep the group limited to 25 members because of swapping our projects. 

I joined in late January when the group was called Card Crafting Club. About 8 weeks ago, the CCC owner/administrator decided to stop the group. So 2 active members agreed to continue under a new name. 10-13 events are offered each month and you can make greeting cards for a few events or ATCs for most of the events. For April 2022, I signed up for 3 of the 10: black and white, circle it, and finger painting. Each of these will get their own posting.

Today's focus is "Circle It". Since we were only to do circles I switched the ATC baseball card size to a 3" diameter coin, also known as an ATC. 

For the three that I made (2 will go to my swapee and 1 will be kept to send to a relative or friend), I used a small combination of embellishments and some kind of marker/glue/paint.


Red glitter glue dots are adding extra geometric patterning on this Artist Trading Coin. The jumbo red circle sticker has been in my stash forevermore! and the light sandy color base is recycled packaging!


I didn't notice that 1 of the snowflake stickers shifted and covered a gem dot when I placed this face down on the printer scanning glass plate. sigh....light green glitter paint pen dots are creating the border design for the snowflake Artist Trading Coin=


The 'don't forget' Artist Trading Coin focal sticker started as a jumbo speech bubble odd shape that I just trimmed off the triangular point part! For the outer edge border, there are groupings of red glitter paint pen and light green glitter paint pen dots and red gem dots onto light gray cardstock 'coin'.


This blog posting will be published when the group swapee has shown that they have received her 2 ATCs in the FB group site. EDIT= It took almost 3 weeks for her to receive it from Illinois to Florida!! Crazy! She just got them on today, Cinco de mayo! Yesterday I got my May event ATCs made and have to get those mailed now! Hopefully they don't take 3 weeks!

1. already shared today in the FB group, For The Love Of Cards

2. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB

3. Mixed Media Lovers challenge blog; #13; started May 3rd; any mixed media projects

link= https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-13-mixed-media-lovers.html

4. Crafting Happiness Challenges blog; #123; May 2022; anything goes

link= https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/05/123-may-anything-goes-always.html

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


member of For the Love of Cards group in Facebook


and owner of 2 challenge blogs:

FarmQuest and Heart's Quest; HQCB has an extra page option challenge for Valentine's Day cards, so check that out up to the start of May 13th; FQCB will have an extra page option challenge for Thanksgiving Holiday cards from May 14th-May 27th. Check out the regular theme challenges, too. 


and design team members for these 2 challenge blogs:

My Time To Craft and My Time To Craft Christmas


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Finger Painting ATCS for a group swap

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog!!! Well, I can't believe I signed up for a finger painting event in a card making group but I did!!! It was one of 3 events for April and the last one for me to tackle. Literally, tackle. Extreme reluctance because I haven't done much painting of any kind for at least 6-7 years and then it was probably 25 years before that since the prior time. I have several relatives on each side of my family who are very talented in their painting, which might account for some of my resistance. 

I used white cardstock for my paint surface and light sage green cardstock base, 3 acrylic paints, and 1 gold tempera paint, and a small section of waxed paper as my paint palette. Oh, and then a fine detail point black pen to add in some structural lines for the tulips as well as signing each one. A black stamp pad was used to ink the white cardstock edges. That's it. Just some messy dabbing, streaking, swirling kinds of motions using 4 fingers, not the thumb. 

My results:


The above shown set are being sent to my 'swapee' in the FB club, For the Love of Cards.


The set shown below will either be kept or mailed to 1 or 2 special people...


What do you think? 

This was not my comfort zone but I'm just going to have to spend time dabbling if I want to build my confidence. There's also the fact of being my own worst critic. sigh....


Facebook groups or a few challenge blogs were I can link this post are:

1. For the Love of Cards (greeting style and ATCs only) club/group in FB; currently 14 members, I think, with a limit of 25. April 2022 event. Swap exchange.

2. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; small private group started by me; if interested in joining, please let me know; currently I've been the only one to do the sharing but would love to have others who would like to share when they used more than paper/cardstock for a project....

3. Passionate Paper Creations and Friends group in FB; encourages usage of inks and markers for adding color; 

4. Crafting Happiness Challenges blog; May 1st start date; AG

link= https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/05/123-may-anything-goes-always.html

5. Mixed Media Lovers challenge blog; May 3rd start date; any mixed media project

link= https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-13-mixed-media-lovers.html

6. Get Creative Challenges blog; May; use flowers; [my tulips ATC is the one to showcase]

link= https://getcreativechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/05/ch-111-use-flowers.html


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

also owner of 2 challenge blogs:

Heart's Quest & its current extra page challenge of Valentine's Day Cards 

and

FarmQuest & on May 14-27, FQCB will have an extra page challenge of Thanksgiving Holiday Cards



Friday, April 29, 2022

29 April 2022 MTTCC #33 Fireplace and or Stockings Theme for Christmas card

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart gets excited when I can craft! I get extra excited when it comes to Christmas and Easter cards. For the #33 MTTCC fireplace and/or stockings theme I found a free printable coloring page image that I left as full size. It will be hand-delivered. And for Card #1 I did a fast fireplace sketch then saved it on my printer as a jpeg file so I could print is to 1/6 of a full sheet size on white cardstock.

Fireplace Sketch card=


A design and vendor note for Card #1: the wreath and stocking are decorative rub-on transfers from "A Very Merry Christmas" by Steven Duncan for Carta Bella 2017. 



 
Merry Christmas Fireplace Garland card=


Some design and vendor notes for card #2: the banner sentiment and garland are decorative rub-on transfers from "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" by Echo Park Paper Co. 2017 and the small mistletoe print cardstock is from ______________. This time the fast sketch fireplace image was printed on kraft paper. More kraft paper was used for the left-side folded card base. 



Cozy Fireplace Scene Christmas card= [not shown on MTTCC blog]


Design notes:

1. Black cardstock base; background has red mottled CS on diagonal with neon green CS; the first/top background is a lattice print from The Mind's Eye (an old scrapbook collection).

2. image and cardstocks edges were smudged with black ink to give it a smoky, ashy look

3. the image 'wall' was colored with light peach so that it wouldn't be bright white and would go with the fireplace and mantle

4. dark pine green metallic dazzle sentiment (Paper Wishes website) 



MTTCC's #33 Fireplace and/or stockings theme posting link=

https://mytimetocraftchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/04/mttcc-33-theme-is-fireplace-scene-and.html


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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where this posting or pics will be shared:

A. ABC Christmas Challenge; current competition is H for Ho Ho Ho and/or I for Inky; [my entry is for I= Inky; card #1 fireplace image white cardstock has red ink on the edges and a black ink stamped sentiment] link= https://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/abc-christmas-challenge-h-i-are-for.html

B. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up; current competition is #87; link= https://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2022/04/ch-87-anything-goes-christmas-with.html

C. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge; Anything Christmas Goes; current competition started April 19th; link= http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-114-anything-christmas-goes.html

D. Heart's Quest and FarmQuest Challenges Fans Group in FB

E. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; a small private group 

F. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group in FB; a sharing site for bloggers, DT members, and blog owners/manager

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

owner of 2 challenge blogs: Heart's Quest and FarmQuest; this fireplace image is offered as a freebie in the FB fans group

Design team member of:

1. My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog

2. My Time To Craft challenge blog



Thursday, April 28, 2022

Sharing my challenge blogs HQCB and FQCB

 Hello, Becca's Heart for Creativity blog readers! In case you haven't seen my new challenge blogs started on 2/28/2022 and 3/28/22, this is their links to their newest themes starting April 28th. 



Heart's Quest Challenge Blog

https://heartsquestchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/hqcb-color-heart-challenge-3-in-orange.html




FarmQuest Challenge Blog

https://farmquestchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/fqcb-theme-3-basket-and-cherries-starts.html


and HQCB is starting something new today as well with having a Valentine's Day Cards challenge that is offered as a page option and has its own Inlinkz tool address for entry submissions. 



For V-Day theme #1, the project(s) can use either heart shape or word or the word love AND a doily. The Valentine's Day card needs to have both. You can have more than 1 heart shape. And you can use both the word heart and the word love. 

Heart and love can also be their other language equivalents. You can also use a form or variation like heartfelt, heartful, hearts, loves, loved, loving. 

On the HQCB site, go to the right sidebar and about halfway down will be a category titled "page options". Click on the one stating HQCB Valentine's Day Cards Challenge. 

Or use this link=

https://heartsquestchallenge.blogspot.com/p/hearts-quest-valentines-day-holiday.html


Appreciatively,

Becca S

owner of :

Becca's Heart for Creativity blog

Heart's Quest Challenge Blog

FarmQuest Challenge Blog



Saturday, April 23, 2022

Sketch Layout Plus Ink Blended Background Card

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Oh my! It's very unusual nowadays to create a card that is not a design team or my own challenge blog inspiration commitments. Three-and-a-half days ago, my personal email inbox got notices from PCC and MTC about their new challenges. I started on the MTC first and actually used 1 full sheet of white cardstock that I divided into 4 sections.

I used the same 4 colors stamp ink pads and 2 makeup sponges for the applications that varied in pressure, amount of ink, and direction of the blending and overlaying. This post's featured card is the first one to be released. The other 3 will be revealed in a few weeks for upcoming commitments. 

This is "A Happy Heart" thinking of you card=

More design notes:

An old stencil set from Pebbles that has been in my stash for about 12 years had been resurrected this month and one of the stencils provided the brackets. I thought this would be my own little creative twist on the 'label' shape seen in PCC's sketch. 

I forget the vendor for the stenciled message but it was the perfect fit inside the brackets. The glittery decorative tapes are in lieu of the thin long strips shown on the sketch. And due to the placement of the brackets on the right side of the ink blended DIY section, I only put the 'strips' on the left side. A blush pink cardstock is placed behind the panel as the secondary background panel. Then those were mounted on a brighter pink cardstock along with a few blue gems for accents and to give more blue on the card. 

I'm very pleased with the cheerful card. 

Link-ups of this card will be found at these blogs and FB groups=

A. Make The Cards Challenge #53

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-53/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=make_the_cards_challenge_weekly_prompt&utm_term=2022-04-20 


B. Paper Craft Crew challenges #467

http://papercraftcrew.com/pcc467-horizontal-sketch-challenge/


C. Passionate Paper Creations and Friends group in FB

D. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB

E. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group in FB

F. Word Art Wednesday challenge Weeks

link= http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2022/04/anything-goes-weeks-539-540.html

G. Scripturally Inspired Creativity group in FB

H. Christian Card Making ~ Women's Fellowship group in FB

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

also owner of 2 fairly new challenge blogs: 

Heart's Quest Challenge Blog

and

FarmQuest Challenge Blog



Friday, April 22, 2022

2022 MTTC April 22 #480 Outdoor Property Markings like Fence Gate Wall Gazebo Theme DT inspiration

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! It's a wonderful feeling to be in the midst of springtime weather and all the promises of the renewal in nature! The new theme is a terrific choice for this season too! 

My Time To Craft challenge blog's #480 has the theme of outdoor property markings such as fence or gate. This can be plural too so it would be great for farm and garden settings, home yards, castles, and so much more. Some more brainstorming ideas are: arbors, arches, trellises, gazebos, retaining walls, hedgerows, and tree lines. The competition starts April 22 and lasts 13 days.

DT inspiration commitment #1:

Hello, dear card:


*click on this 2nd cropped scan in order to see more detail of the pocket calendar painting image:


Design notes for "Hello, dear" card:

1. dimensions of sage green cardstock = 4.25" high x 5.5" wide

2. white cardstock is actually 4" square but only seeing a portion of it

3. scraps of 2 patterned papers from the Mint Berry paper pad from The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby

4. scraps of kraft brown card and aqua card 

5. the upcycled pocket calendar photo credit goes to Terry Redlin painting used in a 2020 Pocket Calendar distributed by Father Flanagan's Boys Home located in the USA

6. from Bluebells and Buttercups collection from Craft Consortium= the fawn wood die-cut and enamel dots were purchased from Paper Wishes website recently

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For my design team inspiration commitment #2, I made this spring season stylized scene birthday card:



Design notes:

a. mid-gray tone cardstock flat base is 3.5" deep and 6.5" wide; some moody blues were smudged into cloud scallops and then later it was placed on a 5" x 7" light blue cardstock

b. the mint green cardstock behind the half yellow flower doily is about 3.5" deep and about 6.25" wide; some black ink and brown coppery tones were added to simulate earth

c. floral washi tape (My Mind's Eye), die-cut posies, and die-cut butterfly along with the half of a flower shaped doily help give a springtime feel

d. the fence clipart image was printed on kraft paper and was found online at Clipsarts co

e. the green sentiment strip is actually a neon green so in person there is more contrast; sentiment stamps have been in my stash for awhile

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MTTC's #480 linkhttp://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/mttc-480-theme-is-outdoor-property.html



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other challenge blogs and Facebook groups for linking/sharing are:

1. Word Art Wednesday challenge blog; Anything Goes; Weeks #539-540 = [card 1 pic]

link= http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2022/04/anything-goes-weeks-539-540.html

2. AAA Birthday challenge blog; Critters theme for HB; [card 2 pic]

link= https://aaabirthday.blogspot.com/2022/04/game-36-critters.html 

3. Use Your Stuff challenge blog; Spring or Easter theme; [card 2 pic]

link= http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2022/04/446-springeaster.html

4. Passionate Paper Creations and Friends group in FB

5. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; 

6. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group in FB; 

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

*Design team member of:

MTTC and its sister blog MTTCC

and

**Owner of:

Heart's Quest Challenge Blog and FarmQuest Challenge Blog


 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Black and White ATCs and a card made for swap

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Back 2 months ago in February I was invited to join a small card crafting club in Facebook that makes either greeting cards or ATCs. Each month the administrator/moderators create 10 events and to stay active in the group you must participate in at least 1 event each month. I signed up for just 1 event in February then 2 events in March, and now 3 events in April!!!! The same admin prepare the swap partners' list for each event. Group ownership took a change and then a name change occurred for this private group (was Card Crafting Club and now is For the Love of Cards). 

This posting is to share the Black and White event. I first decided to tackle making an ATC and then decided because they're little that I might as well make 4. However I'm only showing 3. 1 was personalized so I'm not showing. 

The 2 with the color puffy alphas are not going to my swap partner. Haven't decided who these will be sent to, so it's nice to have something extra made and ready to mail. With the event being black and white ONLY, the ATC with black 'hi' alphas is the one being mailed to my assigned club member. 

ATCs in black and white=


Some design and vendor notes: 

a. ATC size is the 2.5" x 3.5" dimensions

b. black and white buffalo check/plaid paper is from The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby

c. the 2 paper washi tapes are Pen + Gear

d. cording and alphas are stash items; and also the cardstocks



 and then since I like to do more, I made a black and white greeting card to also send to my assigned swap receiver --
confession: I was a bit stumped for awhile! I didn't want to use the same things used on the ATC yet I was doing some hard thinking about what do I have that can be used...

Design notes: Hot Off the Press gingham paper--it is black--really-- on the left; an adult coloring book piece is shown on the right with some areas filled in with black marker (excited about finding this in one of my paper boxes!!!); 1/4 of a doily tucked under the Heidi Swapp tag; I outlined the 'say what' that was on the tag then stamped the "Thank you". I also added a clear gem, a label sticker wrapped over the top, and a jumbo white paperclip with a sheer ribbon that started as white but I streaked black marker on to get the faded black look! So after all items came together, I'm actually pleased with the results with this large flat card. I think the black base is 5"x 7".


Hopefully my For the Love of Cards group swapee likes these. Now I have to get busy and make something with circles on it and then I get to do one with finger painting! Messy playtime! 

This swap event of black and white was a good mental challenge for me. I was having some brain scrambling trying to figure out how to have texture, layers, varying scale in the patterns, and enough visual contrast of black and white. 

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challenge blogs and other Facebook groups where I'll share the card or the ATC:

a. Make My Monday challenge blog; Use Washi Tape theme requirement; [my ATC has 2 different tapes used on an angle; NEW follower

link= http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2022/04/172-use-washi-tape.html

b. Crafty Calendar Challenge; April 2022; Anything But Square; [rectangle= for both; will focus on ATC]; NEW follower

link= http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/april-challenge-anything-but-square.html


c. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; April 17th; anything goes

link= http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com/2022/04/180-all-dressed-up.html


d. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group in FB; sharing site for crafters, DT members, challenge blog owners....


e. For the Love of Cards group in FB; this black and white ATC and greeting card for one of 10 events for April 2022; I've signed up for 3 of the 10....


f. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; ink outlining around the open alphas on the tag, ink stamping, ink/marker to add black to the white ribbon, use of paperclip; on the ATC= use of cording, washi tapes, vinyl alphas


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

these are not for a DT commitment or for either one of my own new challenge blogs


Owner:

personal crafting blog= Becca's Heart for Creativity

challenge blogs= FarmQuest Challenge Blog and Heart's Quest Challenge Blog