Saturday, January 14, 2017


Hi, everyone!  I'm here with some mid-month inspiration for you for the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always, we are a month-long anything (Christmas-related) goes challenge.  I set a challenge for myself to use up some scraps that were all that were left from a paper pack I'd had for a couple of years.  I had finally gotten it down to these 5 pieces:
When I had mentioned this is an earlier post, someone had left a comment saying I could turn them into Christmas trees.  I thought about it for a while and this is what I came up with:
I think it was a genius idea!  Thanks, Dot!  I took the largest scrap and cut it into 1/2 in strips.  I used the full width of the first piece for the base, and then trimmed off a little bit of the rest in a graduated fashion, adding the smaller off cut pieces to add to the top of the tree.  A piece of scrap brown for the trunk, a piece of gold recycled wrapping paper for the star on top and a snowbank cut out of a scrap piece of white and this card is almost entirely made of scraps.  I love how it turned out, so much so, in fact, that I used a mirror layout and another of the scrap pieces for my second card:
This piece was smaller and so I ended up with a skinny tree, a bit like a Charlie Brown tree, but it's still cute!
On to my next card.  I was really at a loss on how to use the poinsettia scrap piece.  It was just angled a bit weirdly, and although I had trimmed it a bit earlier, it still didn't look right due to it being printed along the edge of the paper.  But, I came across the layout I ended up using and it actually seemed to fit.  Also, on this card, I was able to use some more scraps from a different paper pad.
One more to go, and we're going to switching holidays for this one.  But as I used the rest of the scraps on it, I decided to add it to this post.  I cut as many hearts as I could out of the striped paper.  It is a Christmas paper, but with the reds and pinks in it, I thought it could also work for Valentine's Day.
Since I was able to cut out 4 hearts, I found 3 matching colors of cardstock and cut the same number and shape of hearts out of each of them.  I lined them all up and actually used my sewing machine to stitch a line through each column.  A sentiment and a bit of ribbon, and a very pretty CAS card that used up the last of my scraps!!
Phew, that was a long post.  Thanks for sticking with me.  I hope I was able to inspired you with some ways to use up some of your scrap stash.  'Cause I KNOW you've got them.  : )

Card 1:
Stamps: Verve "Peace On Earth" sentiment
Dies/embossing folders: Simon Says stamp stitched hill die; MFT "Star STAX"; Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder

Aud Sentiments ##171--anything goes with a sentiment
Sugar Pea Designs #27--anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania--winter wonderland
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #264--anything goes with snippets
Love to Craft #6--anything goes

Card 2:
Stamps: Verve "Peace On Earth" sentiment
Dies/embossing folders: Simon Says stamp stitched hill die; MFT "Star STAX"; Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder

Sweet Stampers #3--winter/snow
Penny's Challenge #311--anything goes
CASology #231--forest
Tuesday Throwdown #325--snowflakes (embossing folder)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--add snowflakes (on embossing folder)

Card 3:
Stamps: A Day For Daisies "A Special Gift"; PTI "Inspired: Jesus"
Dies/embossing folders: PTI "Inspired: Jesus"; MFT "Fancy Flourish"; Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Hiding In My Craft Room #284--super scraps Saturday
Creative Knockouts #176--celebrations (celebrating Jesus' birth)
Creative Fingers #182--anything goes
ABC Christmas--A is for anything goes and B is for something beginning with B (I used both anything goes and blue in my image)
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes
A Day For Daisies #158--2 or more layers

Card 4:
Stamps: Verve "Take Note" sentiment
Dies: Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps heart dies (I used 4 of the smaller ones)

Brown sugar #233--anything goes
Southern Girls--Stitch me up
The Paper Shelter #278--add ribbon and/or lace
Creative Craft #79--ribbons and/or pearls
Crafty Creations #332--anything goes
Scrapper's Delight #62--anything goes
CraftDee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Day

It's time for another What If? Wednesday challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  As part of our changes this year, we have a new type of challenge for you.  This week is a tic-tac-toe challenge: choose any row, column or diagonal and use those elements to create your card.
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For my cards, I was almost able to run the whole board!  I used a winter theme, glitter (on the snow), blue, ribbon AND twine, buttons, snowman and patterned paper.  I wasn't able to incorporate the fun fold or stitching.
The horizontal panel is a scrap from a pad I am now working on using up and the buttons were salvaged from a piece of clothing that my girls have outgrown and were two worn to pass on to someone else.  So, I got to use scraps and recycle on this one!  Gotta love it!  Hop on over to The House blog and check out the full details and see what the rest of the DT has created for this challenge.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowman, 2-sided swing stamp set" there are two images plus a compound sentiment.  I used one of the images and masked off the sentiment.
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Cuttlebug Mania--winter wonderland
Creative Craft Cottage #79--ribbons and/or pearls
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #363--favorite color (blue is my favorite color, specially this turquoise-y blue)
Fashionable Stamping #119--winter OR spring
Creative Fingers #122--anything goes
Crafty Catz--anything goes: ribbon
Unicorn Challenge #17--January Blues
Cutie Pie Challenge--winter warmers
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Divas That Cut--no sentiment
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--choose your favorite sketch (I chose #91)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Chocolate makes the world go around

Happy New Year!!  We are back with the first challenge of the new year from Jo's Scrap Shack.  There have been a few changes for this year and every challenge is going to be: Anything Goes
Our sponsors are Bugaboo Digi Stamps and Little Blue Button Stamps and there are some great prizes to be one, so I hope you can play along with us this week.
I won this image from Bugaboo a little while ago and had yet to print it out, so I decided this was the perfect time.

All the papers are scraps from one of my favorite paper pads.  It's pretty much all scraps now, but I still love it.  I think I only had to trim off a little from the strip pieces and the yellow patterned piece is actually pieced together strategically so the seems are hiding behind other elements.  No one will ever know and it makes small pieces perfect for a larger element.  The lace trim I have had forever; it just happened to be the perfect color and I used the last little bit as a bow in her hair.  Here is the inside:
And here is another shot of the front.  I thought the base panel was a little boring, but I didn't want to add more patterned paper, so I took some "Chocolate" stamps in various fonts and stamped them in a light gray.  It's tough to see as it's very subtle but in real life, it adds just a bit of interest.  You can just see it a bit in the bottom corner.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Stamps "Ruby: Chocolate World Go Round" digi image and inside sentiment; Verve "Chocolate" chocolate word stamps and inside melting chocolate
Dies: Spellbinders "Medallion Seven"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle inside

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #110--anything goes
Crafty Creations #332--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #459--what's new (I just got the medallion die the week before Christmas--first time using it.  Also the first time using the image)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--new something (medallion die and image)
Crafty Gals #104--use something new (medallion die and image)
Penny's Challenge #310--anything goes
Mod Squad Challenge--anything BUT Christmas
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Mojo Monday 478--sketch

Love To Craft #6--anything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls #1--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #262--anything goes with snippets (all the patterned paper)
Cut It Up #112--out with the old, in with the new (OLD paper, new medallion and image)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter Birthday

Happy New Year!!  Welcome to the first What If? Wednesday challenge of 2017.  We have a new designer and loads of new challenges this year to get you inspired, so I hope you will hop on over to The House Blog for all the details.  This week's challenge is a Designer's Choice Challenge, Shirley is the Designer and her choice is Winter Cards (But Not Christmas).  I've a family member who's birthday always sneaks up on me, so I decided to create a winter birthday card.  I stamped the jar from Contain Yourself upside down and cut out the center to use it as a fun snow globe shaker card.  I've seen this technique around and filed it away for a future time, which turned out to be now.

 I don't have the jar with the lid, so I just colored the top "threads" with silver to mimic a lid.  With the bow tied on, I don't think anyone would even notice.  I filled my shaker with white glitter, added glitter pen to the tiny snowflakes around the snowman and used my wink of Stella pen to add glitter to the die cut snowflake, so this is nice and glittery in real life.

If you NEED any of the stamps I've used today, I have a 10% off your entire order code over there in my left side bar.  And thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowflake Solid, large", "Snowflake Solid, small", "Winter Frame", "Jar", and "Birthday"
Dies: PTI "Fancy Flakes", MFT "Blueprints 13" large fishtail banner

Incy Wincy--celebrate (birthday)
Simon Says Stamp, Monday--start a fresh (first time I've inked up the snowman stamp)
Card Mania #88--layer it
Cutie Pie Challenge--a day in the snow
Unicorn #17--January blues
Di's Digis--celebrations
Sketch Saturday #444--sketch

Cut It Up #112--out with the old, in with the new (the snowman stamp is new, the snowflake die I've had for several years)
CAS-ual Fridays #164--celebrations
Brown Sugar Challenge #231--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #362--winter
Fussy & Fancy #179--angels/fairies or winter

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Happy New Year!!  It's time for another challenge from Love To Scrap Challenge Blog!!  We've changed up our format a little bit this year so make sure you check out the LTSCB site for all the details.  This month our challenge to you is Anything Goes!  Our sponsors are:

Bugaboo Digi Stamps

I got to choose an image from Dr. Digi's to work with and as I knew football playoffs would be starting soon and the Super Bowl is in a month or so, I chose Gridiron Greg. 
It turned out that I remembered rather last minute that I needed a birthday card for my cousin and he likes football.  He is a New England Patriots Fan as are almost all males in New England so I did a quick search on Google to make sure I got the jersey colors correct and then colored up Greg to look like a Patriots player.  I had the perfect papers that I wanted to use for the card.  One small problem: I didn't have any pieces large enough to fit the size of the card base.  But a little creative cutting, piecing and layering and no one will ever know!  Except you, because I'm posting the photo of what I did maybe as some inspiration as a way to use up smaller pieces of paper:

I knew I would have a vertical panel on the right hand side, so I pieced together what I had and once I added that other panel, it looks perfect!  I had a small strip of the other paper left, so I added it to the inside.
And since this is a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in card, I had to make my own envelope with my envelope punch board.  I really like to use pieces of patterned paper that I will never use for anything else to create my envelopes and I thought this grass piece was perfect for a football game.  I know, Genius!!  I also made it larger than necessary as square cards cost more to mail for whatever reason.
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this month.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Stamps: Dr. Digi's House of Stamps "Gridiron Greg" digi; PTI "Fresh Monogram" capital letters; Verve "Happy Everything" sentiment on the inside

Cardz TV #7--anything goes
Brown Sugar #231--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #458--anything goes
Creative Knockouts #174--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #296--anything goes
Tuesday Morning sketches--anything goes
Just Add Ink #342--Just Add "N"--navy
Inspiration Destination #118--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--choose your favorite sketch from the year (I chose #86)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Baby Jesus

Happy New Year!!  Wow, can you believe it is 2017??  Since it is the beginning of the month, it is time for a new challenge from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  So many of you were making Christmas cards still in December as we had nearly 600 entries!!  Let's get a head start on Christmas 2017 and start making them now.  Our sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps and the winner from the month will receive 7 images of their choice.  I used one of my favorite images as it touches on the true meaning of Christmas.  I prefer to make those kid of cards when I can.
I kept it nice and simple as the sketch seemed to call for it.  I hope you will get a chance to play along.  I love Christmas and I love to see what you come up with.

Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Stamps "Christmas Words--Jesus" digi; Verve "Richly Blessed" sentiment
Dies:  Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Scalloped Circles, large"; Verve "Flag It"

Cardz TV #7--anything goes
CAS-ual Friday #164--celebrations (celebrating Jesus' birth)
Brown sugar Challenge #231--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #458--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #396--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #153--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #118--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Gals--anything goes
Hanna & Friends #264--Christmas
Crafty Creations #331--any holiday
Word Art Wednesday #261--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Tuesday Morning Sketches--anything goes
YNS #54--sketch

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Layered backgrounds

So, back in September, my mother-in-law and I went to the Stamp N Scrapbook Expo in Massachusetts.  We took a couple of workshop classes with JustRite Stampers and had a lot of fun.  One of the classes we took was on layering background stamps and using a little bit of mixed media mediums.  The backgrounds to both of these cards were created in the class and I just got around to finishing them off this week (my DT obligations are on hold over the holidays so I actually had time to just play).
 For both cards, we started by scribbling some water based markers on some acetate, spritzing it with water and then smooshing and dragging the piece of acetate over a piece of water color paper.  Gorgeous on it's own, I have to say.  For the first card, we stamps a script background, then the circle background in black and then again, sightly offset in gold.  The sentiment is from an exclusive set that we received in the class.  This is definitely outside of my "normal", but I think it's really beautiful.
The second card was made with the same "smooshing" technique.  Then we stamped the script background followed by a crackle background.  More subtle on this one, but beautiful none-the-less.  The stamps are also from the set we received in class.  It's tough to tell in the photo, but the card base is a really metallic copper and it is gorgeous!

Card #1:
Cute Card Thursday #458--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #296--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #262--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenges #309--anyhing goes

Card #2:
Creative Knockouts #174--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #118--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner--anything goes
Time Out #73--"with each new sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning"
Southern Girls #150--Southern Girls
Love To Craft #5--anything goes