Saturday, October 21, 2017


Welcome!!  It's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
This time we have a very timely one for you: Halloween or Harvest.  Since I don't celebrate Halloween, I went with the harvest theme.  And I had to really think outside the box with this one as I didn't have any real harvest type images.  But around here (in Southern New England), it is apple harvest time and when I spotted this sweet image with the apple, the wheels started turning!  So, here is my harvest card for your inspiration:
I decided to try a fun spotlighting technique; putting all the focus on the sweet faces of this adorable pair of friends.  I used a stitched circle die to cut out my desired portion.  Then I stuck it back in and adhered it down with the rest of the image.  It's kind of a good idea that I decided to do this because my brown marker I used on the horse is starting to run out.  If I had colored the whole image, I don't think it would have ended up well.  On that note, if anyone has any good places to buy Spectrum Noir refills, please let me know!
I hope you will all get a chance to play along with us this challenge; I can't wait to see what you create!

Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "An Apple A Day" digi; Craftin' Desert Divas "Truckload of love" sentiments and apple
Dies: MFT "Southwestern Border duo" and "Blueprints 12" stitched circle and banner

Dare 2B Artzy--fall colors
Art Impressions #219--stamp a scene
Hanna and Friends #284--stars
The Paper Shelter #314--make it square
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--inspiration photo (inspired by the fall theme and colors)

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps wonderful Wednesday--anything goes AND I used their sketch

As You Like It--do you prefer people or animals (really like using both on my cards, but I LOVE the adorable little animals (like I used on this card), so I guess I would lean more towards them.)
Creative Knockouts #216--Fall
Southern Girls--crazy for critters

Friday, October 20, 2017

Get a Load of this!

The youngest son of our good friends turned 9 this week (he is a month older than my twins who are his good buddies).  I created this fun card for him and I think he is going to love it!
 I mean, what 9-year-old boy wouldn't love a card full of trucks and heavy equipment!?  And this one has an extra fun element: I created my first ever penny slider!!  You can see how the truck gets filled up with a LOAD at the top of the hill and then rolls down to the bottom of the hill.  It's so fun!!

I got some slider dies from Lawn Fawn a couple weeks ago, and of course, I had to put them to use!  And this will definitely NOT be the last one I make.  It was so fun!

Stamps: YNS "Keep on Truckin'"
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Slide On Over" and "Stitched hillsides"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Cardz TV #18--anything goes
Creative Fingers #139--anything goes
Crafty Catz #289--anything goes with optional twist: autumn colors (I did use orange, yellow and brown)
Little Miss Muffet #174--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #350--anything goes
YNS #75--I used the colors orange, golden yellow and gray (on the vehicles) and neutral brown)

Crafty Creations #352--anything goes
Love To Craft Challenge Blog--anything goes
Scrappers Delights--anything goes

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Give Thanks

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a sweet inspiration photo for you:
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You can be inspired by the actual photo or the color scheme or both!
I was inspired by the colors, specifically the 3 on the bottom: kraft/tan, rust/orange, dark brown and then the olive green.  And here is what I came up with:
It's Fall and I am in full pumpkin mode!!  This "prize pumpkin" image from Repeat Impressions is my favorite pumpkin stamp; it's just perfect!  I hope you will play along with us this week; I love seeing what you come up with.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used today, check out my 10% off your entire order code over in my left sidebar.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Prize Pumpkin", "Let us . . ." and "Acorn"
Dies: PTI "Tag Sale #4"and "Rustic Wreath"

Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Cards Galore--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #139--shades of autumn
Divas That Cut--inspiration photo (inspired by those pumpkins and colors in the photo on the left)

Dare 2B Artzy--fall colors
Crafting by Designs--anything goes
Sugar Pea Designs #36--sketch

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #79--inspiration photo (inspired by the pumpkins)

Brown Sugar #271--orange, brown and green
Creative Inspirations #282--autumn/halloween
Cute Card Thursday #499--circles
Time Out Challenge #94--inspiration photo (inspired by the orange pumpkins)
YNS #75--inspiration photo (inspired by the pumpkins and the color combo)

Alphabet Challenge--P is for Pumpkin
Gem of a Challenge #205--spots or stripes or Halloween
Sweet Stampers--autumn or Halloween
Make It Monday #300--Build a wreath

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cozy Fire

Phew . . .it's the middle of October already!!  That means it's time for our mid-month inspiration for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  It's always anything Christmas-related goes.  You have all month long to play along with us.  Here is my inspiration for you:
 I have had this card base for at least 12 to 15 years.  Someone was cleaning out their stash and gave me a whole bunch.  The window was already cut and I've been looking at it for several months now thinking it would make a really fun card, but not knowing what to do with it.  And today, for some reason, an idea popped into my head and I went with it.  I started by using some rust colored ink and a brick wall stencil to create the outside of the "house".  Then I stamped the wreath image 4 different times so I could fussy cut the different layers of the bow to give it dimension.  You can't see it in the photo, but there are 4 layers to the bow, counting the center knot.  Glued them all in place and fussy cut the wreath out so I could "hang" it from the window.  Then, I had fun stamping the little scene inside the house.  Each element is separate, but it was much easier using my new mini MISTI.  I totally forgot about this set, but I might need to pull it out and use it again, the scenes you can create with it are so fun!  I used a sheet of acetate behind the cut out to create a window and placed a piece of patterned paper behind the upper half of the "window" to create the look of a window shade.
I hope you will play along with us.  Christmas is coming, and fast!  And it's never to early to get started on those Christmas cards.
Stamps: Repeat Impressions: "Wreath"; Clear Dollar Stamps "Home is Where the Hearth is" all scene elements and sentiment

ABC Christmas--U is for unlimited
Crafty Creations #352--anything goes
Art Impressions #219--stamp a scene
Hanna and Friends #284--stars (I used star brads on my sentiment strip)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Christmas letters

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  

As always, we are now an Anything Goes Challenge.  Our awesome sponsors for this week are Starz Stamps
 and Limited Runs Digital Stamps
I was given this adorable image from Starz Stamps to use, and here's my card:
 I added wink of stella clear to the "fur" on her clothes and the snow on the ground.  I have trouble using my pen (user error, I'm sure) and a blob dropped on my desk.  So, I dipped my pen in it and used it to color the snowflake.  It doesn't show well in the photo above, but you should be able to see it better below.

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge prizes.

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until Oct 19th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Oct 23rd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Stamps: Starz Stamps "Santa's Letter" digi; Verve "Peace on Earth" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large" and "Classic Scalloped Ovals, large"; Marianne Designs snowflake

Sparkles Challenge #31--Christmas is for kids
Scrapper's Delights--anything goes
Creative Sketchy Girls #16--sketch (I turned it on it's side)
Crop Stop Challenge--anything goes
The Holly and Ivy #16--anything goes
Southern Girls--stripey days are here again
Penny's Challenge #350--anything goes
ABC Christmas --U is for unlimited (anything goes)
Addicted To Stamps #263--anything goes

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Patterned Pumpkin

Welcome to another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a tic-tac-toe board for you to play along with:
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And here is my card for your inspiration:
I used the first column: Pumpkins, patterned paper and metallics.  I also used eyelets and black and white (mostly).  My card for last week's "Count Your Blessings" challenge used paper pieced pumpkins, but I just couldn't resist doing the same again this week.  I just think pumpkins are so fun with a little pattern on them.  I made this for my sister-in-law's birthday which is this week.  She is very classy and elegant, but simple and uses a lot of black and white both in her clothing in decor.  So, I went with this classy black and gray color scheme with just a pop of color from the pumpkin.  I pulled in my metallics with copper thread and eyelets.  I think this will be perfect for her.
I hope you will play along with us this week; the tic tac toe challenge allows you to create your own challenge for the most part.  So, there's no excuse!!

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Round Pumpkin" and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: Impression Obsession "Stitched Pumpkin leaves"; Spellbinders "Labels 27"

A Gem of a Challenge #204--birthday card
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Dies R Us #382--life's events
Cuttlebug Mania--hello sweet pumpkin
As You Like It--choose ribbon or flowers (I love using ribbon as even a little bit can dress up your project without being overly froofy!!  This piece was a nice little scrap.)
Cute Card Thursday #498--anything goes
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #79--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the pumpkins and the black of the spiders)

Aud Sentiments #190--use a die cut
Viva La Verve October--sketch

Cardz TV #16--anything goes
Hiding in My Craft Room #321--Halloween colors
Crazy 4 Challenges #406--make a card
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #402--fall colors
{Pin}spirational Challenge #201--inspiration photo (inspired by the colors)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Birthday Invitaion

Last weekend, we had a surprise 60th birthday party for my mother-in law.  It was a small party with a few family friends and my father-in-law wanted me to create a small invitation that he could hand out inconspicuously at church.  So, I created these one layer 3x5 sized cards (this is the front and the invitation info is on the back side--no folds at all).
 Here is the info on the back:
Stamps: PTI "Mum's The Word" mums and leaves; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps "Anniversary Milestones"; Flonzcraft flourish, and the invite info is from a random wood stamp I've had for ages!

CAS-ology #270--ODD (I used 3 flowers, 3 corner brackets and 3 rhinestones
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #402--fall colors
Less Is More #349--hot and spicy colors
Stamplorations CAS--orange

Crafty Catz #87--CAS
Inspiration Destination--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Incy Wincy--Let's celebrate
Power Poppy--mini & mighty (create something smaller than an A2 card)
Dare 2B Artzy--fall colors
Paper Nest Dolls--anything goes