Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

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



Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Great Stash Bash April 2022 Kit Challenge has been kitted

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog!!! Oh, it's been so long since I put a kit together but I thought the initial time pulling stuff from different boxes should ultimately save me a few minutes each time I'm putting together a project in the next couple of weeks. I've been doing mostly cardmaking lately so even though most crafters think of kits for scrapbooking, I'm going to use this large kit to get some cards, ATCs, and maybe a TN spread completed. 

Lisa and Lori started this concept of TGSB over a year ago (or maybe it's been 2 years) and I've participated 2 previous times. Here's their April 2022 recipe:


I've pulled 9 patterned papers/cardstocks with 7 of those being scraps/cut/smaller than their originals and 5 solid colors with those being scrap/cut pieces, too. 

Embellishments weren't counted but I've got some a few card kit die-cuts or ephemera, some metal ribbon cuts, some twine, some ribbons, stamps, alpha stickers, etc. 

The stash bin item of flowers is shown in a stencil, a floral heart clear stamp, a set of flower clear stamps, and some of the ephemera. 

2 cards have already been made since I pulled all this stash to bash about 2-3 hours ago!!!! Those are both for May 2022 DT commitments for FarmQuest Challenge Blog that I own. 

Here are my kit photos: 


Webster Pages' journaling cards (3) are seen toward the middle right of the above photo. Some alphas, leafy metal ribbon cut pieces, some hearts, stamper will be used on upcoming paper-crafted creations.


My sister's family gifted me the Bo Bunny flower stamp set a year or so ago and I haven't used it yet. Some die-cuts that are there on some bright blue with white dots lettering and under are pieces from Simple Stories Simple Card Kit "Love Grows Here".


The pink gingham and blue gingham are the only 2 whole patterned papers that I pulled. They're from Hot Off The Press/Paper Wishes website. Two sets of Freckled Fawn alphas are in the foreground of the above photo, too.


The rooster and coral floral die-cut ephemera are from Simple Stories "Love Grows Here" kit and in the middle of the above photo those pieces are from Simple Stories "Happy Greetings" kit. Same kit pieces are on the 3 white base cards pulled from the kits and are from "Happy Greetings". 


TGSB can be found at Lisa's blog

https://createdbylisa.blogspot.com/2022/04/happy-april-i-have-been-missing-in.html

and Lori's blog

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

And in case you're curious about FarmQuest Challenge Blog this is its link=

https://farmquestchallenge.blogspot.com

The 2 cards made this late afternoon will be used May 14th and 28th for FQCB. Then at least 2 more are planned to be made for HQCB (Heart's Quest Challenge Blog) that I also own sometime in the next 4-6 weeks, too. 

https://heartsquestchallenge.blogspot.com

There you have it!!! I'll be referring to this posting during the next 6 weeks probably!!! Lots of potential for sure with this.


<3  *  <3  *  <3  *  <3

Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

 


Friday, April 15, 2022

15 April 2022 MTTCC #32 Bells Theme for Christmas Cards

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My heart gets excited to make Christmas cards, however I have to confess that I didn't send enough out this year. A few long-distance friends got our 25th anniversary photo collage card instead of a hand-made Christmas one. So I need to carve out some time periodically to start addressing envelopes and have an official tracking list for 8 months from now. This post shows an overlarge creation. I haven't framed it yet...maybe...not sure. But due to its size, I will hand-deliver it whether framed or not. 

This oversized bells theme is for My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog #32. The challenge competition runs from April 15-28, 2022. For bells, it can be sleigh bells, jingle bells, handbell/choir, etc. 



Can you see the gold spangles tulle? Isn't that an elegant touch?!!! 

1. The base is the black cardstock with dimensions of 8" wide x 10.25" high. 
2. The large image is a free coloring printable from Super Coloring website. It was color-filled with colored pencils. The interior of the bells have a layer of grey mist as the base with yellow as the topper. The interior of the ribbon shown in the bow has a layer of emerald green with Mediterranean teal as the topper. The holly leaves have the veins outlined in cappuccino with a base of olive green and a topper of deep teal. Red and Wildfire were combined for the holly berries. The outer ribbon/bow is emerald green and the bells are yellow. 
3. The sentiment is a dark pine green metallic foil dazzle of "Merry Christmas" (from Paper Wishes website/company). 
4. Three yellow/amber crystal gems are scattered around to add more of the bell and tulle gold hues.   



MTTCC's #32 posting link

https://mytimetocraftchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/04/mttcc-32-theme-is-bells.html

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

A. Shopping Our Stash challenge blog; sketch challenge; [CARD #3's layout applies; ovals instead of circles in the center and horizontal strip is under the largest oval instead of on top it.]

link= https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/04/sos468-sketch.html 

sketch= 




B. The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge blog; started April 1st and has about 2 days left for linking; Anything Christmas Goes [card #2 will be linked]

link= http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-113-anything-christmas-goes.html

C. The 12 Months of Christmas Linkup challenge blog; April 2022; Anything Christmas Goes; the option is gift box; the stocking in Card #2 does have gifts spilling out of the top of the stocking but aren't in boxes so I'll just have this as ACG...

link= http://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2022/04/ch-87-anything-goes-christmas-with.html

D. Mixed Media Creativity group on FB; 

E. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group on FB; 

F. The Seasonal Cardmaker group in FB; probably just show the 2 small cards; 

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Card #2 Love and Joy Come To You =


a few design notes:

1. white scalloped flat base card with envelope are from set from The Paper Studio (part of a Christmas gift 2020 from my sister's family)

2. berry print cardstock and berry branch die-cut = Pink Paislee's Together for Christmas collection

3. the red with white dots print cardstock = The Paper Studio's Mint Berry paper pad 2016

4. sticker, gems, red ink stamp pad and washi tape = stash


Card #3 'Tis the Season To Be Jolly=


the closeup distorts the sticker image but helps show Santa's hand is holding a gold bell=


Note: same supplies used as card #2 with the addition of twine for the bow

Didn't cards #2 & #3 turn out really well?!?!! A bit of elegance and rustic mixed. Traditional colors. Gold in the decorative tape along with the scalloped base to me are the elegant touches. I'm just thrilled how well these came together.

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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


Design team member of :

1. My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog

2. My Time To Craft challenge blog

--and--

owner of:

1. Becca's Heart of Creativity blog

2. Heart's Quest Challenge Blog (started February 28, 2022)

3. FarmQuest Challenge Blog (started March 28, 2022)




Friday, April 8, 2022

2022 MTTC April 8 #479 Springtime Insects Theme DT card

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! The 2 featured cards I've made are showing butterflies, my favorite insects! I've heard the quote many times calling butterflies as fluttering flowers or flying flowers! The complexity of color and design in their wings and how graceful they look has always fascinated me. So when as a DT member I learned about this theme, I knew I had many to choose from out of my stash. 

My Time To Craft challenge blog #479 theme is Springtime Insects.

Released on April 8, 2022 at 12am CST/6am UK and will be open for participants until April 21, 2022 at 12am CST/6am UK.

link for #479http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/mttc-479-theme-is-springtime-insects.html

Card #1= Pink and Black It's a Beautiful Life Birthday card



Card #1 design notes:

1. base is black, top-folded, 4.25" wide x 5.5" high, Pen + Gear

2. pink background panel, Astrobrights/Neenah

3. pink and white stripe panel, pink with white Xs, and the white with pink scallops, Mint Berry paper pad from The Paper Studio (this is my 2022 selected papers to bash this year; read earlier posts made in late January and early February about this)

4. the pink tonal floral strip and the featured sentiment journal card that was trimmed down are from My Mind's Eye, a collection I bought several years ago

5. embellishments: pale pink crystal gem, message stamp, black ink pad, and the corrugated backed butterfly are all stash items; I took off the corrugated butterfly layer and stamped it black in order to disguise the kraft color since this card also fits for a Pink and Black card swap challenge that only allowed white as an additional neutral

Card #2: Hello and Happy Birthday card=



Isn't this lovely! I'm glad I kept the color combination simplified. When I started assembling items to make this, I thought I wanted the base to be a pale peach/blush pink or to go to a bold orange but the chocolate brown won the dilemma!

Design notes for Card #2=

1. brown cardstock base is about 6" wide and 4.25" high; 

2. the pale green and white floral cardstock; Mint Berry pack from The Paper Studio

3. the olive green and crinkled copper/bronze specialty paper are scraps; cut as 2" squares

4. the white hello is a 'dazzle' from Paper Wishes website

5. the butterflies, amber heart crystal gems, sentiment stamp, black ink pad; stash items

6. an aqua/teal blue marker was used to add outline contrast to the thin font lines of the stamp used to make 'happy birthday'

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other challenge blogs and FB groups for Card #1

A. Creative Moments challenge blog; theme= for a special lady; all 3 projects are/have been sent to women; the pink and black was for a card club swap with all women members....

link= https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2022/03/creative-moments-challenge-232-for.html

B. Seize the Birthday challenge blog; Card 1 has some stripes in the pink and white diagonal background cardstock, so it qualifies for the topping option

link= http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/03/seize-birthday-235-stripe-it-up.html

C. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; 

D. 100 Pattern Papers Challenge group in FB; cardstocks from the Mint Berry pack from The Paper Studio were used for this card

E. Card Crafting Club [has closed since I started this draft; 2 moderators started "For the Love of Cards" private group] in FB; Pink and Black card swap was a Feb 2022 event; another pink and black card was made for the swap; this 2nd one shown above was made at the same time but not revealed until this MTTC challenge 

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other challenge blogs and FB groups for Card #2

a. The Four Seasons Challenge blog; April 2022 is open to the 25th; anything spring season; Card 2 has the butterflies and the pretty sage green and white field of wildflowers patterned cardstock

link= https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/april-spring-challenge.html

b. The Crafter's Cafe Challenges blog; current March 15 monthly challenge is still open; theme=use some flowers; Card 2 has the pretty sage green and white floral/field of wildflowers patterned cardstock

link= https://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/03/15-march-283-use-some-flowers.html

c. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB

d. 100 Pattern Papers Challenge group in FB; 1 cardstock from the Mint Berry pack from The Paper Studio was used for this card; I was able to use all but about a 1/2" side strip of a full sheet that this paper pad stack with horizontal print layouts have...the remaining sheets and scraps are my 2022 goal to bash this year!

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

f. Passionate Paper Creations and Friends group in FB; sharing site

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ATC--"What's buzzing?"


A few design notes about the ATC/artist trading card:

1. typical ATC size of 2.5" x 3.5"; thick kraft cardstock for base

2. the white with spring green Moroccan tile patterned paper is very old Colorbok bold print photo mat paper pad

3. the green and gold chevron stripe 'tag'--what's shown is only about half; the flower and bee are stash item embellishments; I just got a bunch of tag sets and I've already forgotten who the vendor is on this...sorry

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The ATC will be shared in 2 FB groups:

a. For the Love of Cards group; private greeting card and ATC making group; this is not for an April event but will share the ATC photo to the group

b. Homemade Card Making for Beginners group in FB; sharing site


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


Design team members:

My Time To Craft challenge blog

My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog


Personal paper-crafting blog: Becca's Heart for Creativity

Owner of 2 challenge blogs:

Heart's Quest Challenge Blog; Color #2 challenge is open to the wee hours of April 13th

FarmQuest Challenge Blog; Theme #1 challenge is open to the wee hours of April 13th, too





Saturday, April 2, 2022

Easter Card with floral and scalloped focal

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog!!! My heart's excited that I've made another Easter card! I love Easter Sunday almost as much as Christmas! My favorite Bible passage is John 14: 1-6. Such hope from those verses! We also became honorary grandparents this afternoon with the arrival of little Aubrey Bethany! My husband has been like a dad mentor figure and garage buddy to Aubrey's dad. Aubrey's mom is the former pet parent of our "Mr. Bennett". Little Aubrey weighs just under 6 pounds at 5 lbs. 10 oz., so I might have to shop for a few preemie outfits tomorrow. Not sure if they have any small stuff. We're hoping to meet Aubrey either tomorrow or Monday!!!! Exciting! 

But I've digressed. This Easter card is not for a DT commitment, so I will link it to other challenge blogs and share with several Facebook groups.

Floral Scalloped Focal Easter card=



Design notes: 
1. white cardstock base 5" wide x 7" high
2. pale pink cardstock inner base is 1/4" smaller than the white base
3. pink tonal stripe print paper has been in my stash for a long time
4. more white cardstock was used for the stenciled scalloped focal; stencils from Hot Off The Press/Paper Wishes website
5. pine green, grass green, magenta, purple markers
6. purple, red, and green glitter paint pens used on the center flower of the focal piece
7. gold cardstock scrap, fine black ink pen, and clear gems complete the card



Inspiration for pulling out the old stencil pack from HOTP/PW came from seeing Donna W's inspiration DT card at Four Seasons Challenge Blog. THANKS, Donna W!!!! I haven't used any of the stencils from the set for probably several years. Springtime is the perfect time to use the scalloped 'circle' and the flower (flipped to get opposite direction and then I altered it slightly to get a center straighter stem flower). 

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Challenge blogs and Facebook groups to share this beauty:

A. The Four Seasons Challenge Blog; April 2022; Anything Spring Season;

link= https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/april-spring-challenge.html


B. Crafting Happiness challenge blog; April 2022; Anything Goes

link= https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/04/122-april-anything-goes-always.html


C. The Crafter's CafĂ© Challenge Blog; Use some flowers theme; 

link= https://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/03/15-march-283-use-some-flowers.html


D. Mixed Media Creativity FB group; stenciling, glitter paint pens, markers, gems used besides paper/cardstock


E. Passionate Paper Creations and Friends group; sharing


F. The Seasonal Cardmaker FB group; spring season = pinks, flowers, Easter sentiment


G. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls FB group; sharing


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Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S


owner of Becca's Heart for Creativity blog

Heart's Quest Challenge Blog (1st challenge was posted 2/28/2022; 3rd challenge is still open)

FarmQuest Challenge Blog (1st challenge started 3/28/2022 and is still open)


design team member:

My Time To Craft challenge blog

My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog

Friday, April 1, 2022

1 April 2022 MTTCC #31 Use 3 or more patterned papers format Christmas cards

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! It's that time in rotation to share the new challenge theme design team commitment for My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog! At MTTCC the requirement will be how you format your Christmas card with 3 or more patterned papers. Yes!

There are lots of sketch layouts that suggest 2 by splitting on the diagonal, however what can you do with three? Use the link below to see what my teamies created. I chose to do snowy evening winter skies for 2 cards...actually I made 4!!! Only 2 are being shown at MTTCC. The only 2 you will see have more red on them. This challenge starts April 1st (no fooling) at 12 am Central Time/Chicago and goes to April 14th at same time. 

These are the 2 featured at MTTCC:


Design notes: White card base is 6" square or close to it. The black background is about 5.5" wide and 4.25" high. Silver and white embossed cardstock is from Martha Stewart. The navy blue with white stars cardstock is from Echo Park. The navy blue with snowflakes cardstock is from ..... The red Merry Christmas and the silver and blue dazzles are from Paper Wishes website. The 2 different ribbons that I overlapped were bought at Dollar Tree, I think. They both have a silver metallic stitching in the middle. The 2nd card has 3 blue crystal gems added for a corner accent. 


My Time To Craft Christmas challenge blog #31 competition link can be read here:
 

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Other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where I will link to:

1. The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge blog; Anything Christmas Goes; 

2. ABC Christmas Challenge blog; Letters E, F, and G; my cards fit the Letter F (fussy and fancy); there is the shine of the foil dazzles and light bouncing off the gems; also the first card has the elegant ribbons...

3. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group in FB; sharing

4. The Seasonal Cardmaker group in FB; sharing for winter season

5. Passionate Paper Creations and Friends group on FB; sharing

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The other 2 which could be featured separately on their own posting =


Design notes: Red 6" square (or could be 6.5" high and 6" wide) cardstock bases with the smaller black backgrounds. Paper choices are more mixed here. Silver mirror foil pieces are on the top card. A navy blue constellation sky cardstock is from .... More blue and silver dazzles (and red Merry Christmas) from Paper Wishes were embellished more with blue crystal gems. And red glitter foam hearts from my stash box. 

This version below is different with the addition of the dark red tonal star cardstock from Echo Park. More dazzles from Paper Wishes. The large silver glitter snowflake is a thick wooden laser die-cut ornament. A red heart crystal gem covers the tiny circle opening for thread. In person, these last 2 cards are very vibrant and to me are more festive. The first two don't have as much visual contrast with the only red being the sentiment and sticking closely to the black, blue, white and silver combination. 




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Thanks for reading my post! I also appreciate all who take time to comment. It will be fun looking at the linked submissions of participants to see different layouts (proportions of paper choices) and their choices of winter holiday papers and topics. 

I kept mine to snowflakes and night sky papers that came from different Christmas paper pad collections. 

Heartfelt gratitude and still crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

Design Team member of MTTCC and its sister blog, MTTC

owner of 2 new challenge blogs:
Heart's Quest Challenge Blog (https://heartsquestchallenge.blogspot.com) 

and 

FarmQuest Challenge blog (https://farmquestchallenge.blogspot.com)

(Come on over and check these, too!!!)