Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

HIMCR #353 third Saturday of the month special theme focus of masculine

This week at HIMCR blog we are having a masculine and/or Father's Day theme focus for challenge #353.

1. This card turned out so stinkin' cute with a whole range of light to medium to dark blue values! What special guy do you have in your life to paper-craft for? And remember at HIMCR, it doesn't have to be a card. You could create a tag, a party invite, a decorated gift bag, home d├ęcor/framed for a son's bedroom or male graduate, etc. In the U.S. in mid-June, Father's Day is celebrated, so that could be your masculine focus. Both my father and father-in-law have passed, but thankfully SNS provided the DT with an airplane image that came with a birthday sentiment as well as 2 other images and I quickly signed up for the airplane.

2. Due to the overall dimension of my card at 4" x 6" and wanting to have some patterned paper on the cover panel, I chose to divide the image between cover and inside panels.

3. Above is HIMCR's ID badge. To get all the details about how to participate, the prize offered, the prize sponsor (this week is SNS), and to see the rest of the design team's inspirational creations, use this link for the post of #353:

4. Above is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' ID badge. Post #353 will give you links to SNS.

5. The sketch layout that I followed (mostly!) is shown both in the above photo and below. I did use it turned to the left 90 degrees and eliminated the vertical stapled strip and twine from the ribbon type tag. The ribbon got reduced in depth. The twine got moved to the top edge. The hearts became clouds made from a coordinating paper to the striped paper across the bottom edge. Instead of notebook looking paper, I used a graph/grid card (available from Pen + Gear). Instead of a full patterned paper background, I chose to split and just have the patterned paper as a bottom border strip. I am very happy with the interpretation using the provided image and sentiment.

6. This layout design sketch has an unknown source. I saw it shared in the Facebook group 100 Pattern Paper Challenge.

7. The above photo was captured before I did some editing. I felt after selecting so many blue papers and cardstock that there wasn't enough blue on the airplane. Two navy blue stripes were added to the side of the airplane to minimize the red-orange. Maybe you didn't even notice that?!?!!!

I don't have anyone in particular for this card. My nephews are 25 and 13. Might hold it for the 13's next birthday in December...hmm.

Still crafting the U. S. heartland, Becca

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

PPCC blog #380 for 16 May 2018

Safari jeep...adventure of summer vacation is coming!


Inside panel: School is out! Celebrate!

PPCC blog's badge and the challenge #380 post link=

PCDI is the prize sponsor and digital image provider for me and half the crew. MMI is the other prize sponsor. To see all the provided images from both sponsors use the PPCC blog link. ( The link will state details on how to participate for a chance at either prize and can view the inspiration creations from the Design Team.)


Getting started

PCDI's PB Allie Safari image is colored mostly with markers and a few colored pencils were used  for faces.

Supply & Vendor Notes:
Designer papers are from a scrapbook size 12" square collection that is several years old. Brown and butterscotch cardstock under the image are from Colorbok. The bright yellow cardstock base is from Astrobrights by Neenah Papers, Inc. Foam palm tree, giraffe, and monkey were purchased many years ago from Oriental Trading. Glad I could use them for this card!

I'm excited with how fun and festive this card is! 

Until next time, Becca

Saturday, May 12, 2018

HIMCR #352 super scraps Saturday theme challenge

Oh, what a beautiful day!

Scraps used on the cover are the light pink cardstock tag, the bundled scraps in the bottom left corner, and the two half heart-shaped doilies (white and a light pink underneath) which were leftovers from Valentine's Day.

Due to my husband hiring some muscle powered kids, some of my packed away craft supplies from our move not quite two years ago became readily available to me, so I've got little foam adhesive squares to use to give dimension for the flowers. It meant more coloring and more fussy cutting but so worth the extra time to create a super duper card!

This is a design team inspiration card for HIMCR's #352 challenge for the 2nd Saturday of the month which is always a scraps theme. Find some sketch suggestions or come up with your own brilliant way to use any kind of crafting scraps. And it doesn't have to be a card. Make a tag, scrapbook layout, party invite, etc. Here's the link:

Here's HIMCR's badge:

Fred, She Said Designs (FSSD) is the prize and the DT sponsor for challenge #352. Use HIMCR's link above to get FSSD's links and info on what the offered prize is from them.

My sketch layout is based on a 90 degree turn right of Yolande K's that was shared in the Facebook group 100 Pattern Paper Challenges:

More photos at different stages of creating this showstopper:

The lime green sticker is from the Create 365 Happy Planner product line from Me and My Big Ideas.

I printed the outline distressed images that come like this (full sheet) and used markers for most of the coloring and colored pencils for filling in the flower petals.

The photo above is before I added a stacked small set of scrap papers to the bottom left corner. Even with the scrap doilies and the light pink cardstock tag from scrap, I thought with the challenge theme is needed to find another spot for scraps.

This card took about 3 hours to make! And then transferring photos from cell phone to email and then to computer to be used in Blogger was an additional hour estimated. But after the last 2 week's cards for design team challenges being made quick with minimal resources next to my husband's hospital bed or in the family waiting room, I needed to put more quality work into my HIMCR DT card.

Husband's been home for 10 days and still struggles with being active enough to prevent clots and without over-exerting his limited heart function. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers, please! Becca

Friday, May 11, 2018

Inspired By sweet treats theme challenge

Sweets treats = strawberries and ice cream cone; other treats= pizza, fries, hot chocolate

For a teacher a sweet treat is usually chocolate...needed to get the mojo back and relieve some stress and angst, but the sweetest treat is a day off like a snow day or summer vacation! So with that thought I've also got the rainbow, sunglasses and the summery citrus colors!!!

Isn't this just an adorable tag! It could be used in someone's spring break journal or scrapbook layout or used for a fun-packed summer vacation layout. Or used by a voracious reader to mark their place while basking in the sunshine.

This tag will be entered in the sweet treats theme challenge at Inspired By sponsored by Laurel Seabrook Designs:

Go to the link above to see the design team's creations and those of other participants! This is a wonderful site to get lots of the mojo inspiration!!!


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Unicorn theme birthday tag

HB...happy birthday...magical...dream big

My cousin's birthday is today but she won't receive it for a few days when I hope to visit her. But this is her special day. And I think this turned out super charming and sweet.

I'm bummed about missing the deadline for the unicorn dreams challenge at Inspired By blog. Here's the link for receiving inspiration from the DT cards and those that participated:

A close up photo to see journaling stickers, decorative tapes, and the colors better:

The photo below is shown before I edited. I decided after snapping and viewing this, that I needed to balance the right side of the tag below the 'dream big' sticker with another and then I added 2 more staples between the cording knot and the previous staple which I did in a 'z' pattern.

Still crafting in the Midwest,

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

PPCC blog #379 anything goes theme

Moosey with Christmas the name of this cute image

DT's images are courtesy of Pink Gem Designs and they are this challenge's prize sponsor. Use the link below to go to the blog post and get all the details to participate, links to the sponsor, and links to the rest of the DT crew's blogs.

Photo above is card shown on PPCC's blog (Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges).

This was my first attempt but wasn't happy with the layout interpretation so I used a different sketch for the card shown at top.

PPCC's blog link for challenge #379:

Pink Gem Designs provided the whole DT crew with images for this particular challenge! Thanks, PGD!

This card sketch is from Page Maps' Card Maps May 2018 selection and one of four horizontal layouts. I used it for placement inspiration for the top card using Moosey with Christmas Tree. I used a sheet of notebook paper like the sketch. Instead of 1 sentiment, I've used 2 words I like to have included with my Christmas cards--joy and love, which are featured topics for Advent season; however I've taken liberties with positioning and having a word on each side of Moosey.

This second card sketch is also from Page Maps' Card Maps May 2018 selection and is one of four VERTICAL layouts. For my first version/2nd card shown above, the sketch was turned to the left. The tag was divided to have the image of Moosey where the birds would have been. Joy is where the sentiment is indicated. The scalloped border under the birds is represented by the green gems border line. Parts of this I like and others I don't so that's why I made a different one to feature on PPCC's blog. Link for Page Maps:

This photo is a close-up of the PGD image I picked. I like the cross hatch coloring on his nose and belly. I like the contrast of 'joy' being stenciled and 'love' being a glitter stick-on. The triangle journaling stickers make an awesome modern geometric tree on the left side.

Last week's and this week's PPCC design team inspiration cards were made while my husband was in the hospital. I colored the images while sitting in the recliner next to his hospital bed. I had a notebook that I put flat items into (image, layout sketch, cardstocks, and sticker sheets) and a zippered pouch that I put bulky items into (decorative tape, colored pencils, decorative scissors, glue stick, black gel pen, etc.) When I needed space to put the cards together, we would walk down the hall to the family waiting/vending machine/aviary room and I would use a small round dining table to craft. My husband would sit next to me and watch the birds. He spent 4 1/2 days in there. This was his 5th hospitalization since late October 2017...and his 4th mild heart attack!!!! Yes. I'm super lucky to still have him walking on this earth. Please add him to your prayers. I would like to have more time with him. His first heart attack 20 years ago was just 2 years and 1 month after we had married. God's extended his life many times and I hope He continues to add on more years.


Monday, May 7, 2018

All Dressed Up image used for Dog playing poker theme card for May 2018 Facebook group gallery

Cute just got cuter

I don't know what happened when taking the picture and getting it transferred from cell phone to email that the bottom 1/4 got cut off. I still have the card so I will take another photo and add it in later as an edit. Sorry.

This 'cute' image is from=

ID badge for All Dressed Up and the ADU May 2018 Facebook challenge is to embellish it (one of their images), so I'm considering the decorative tape and playing card as my embellishments:

This card was made while I was thinking about the infamous velvet paintings of "Dogs Playing Poker". The 'paper' that "HI" is written on is actually a recycled playing card that I inherited over 20 years ago when I married my husband. We don't play cards but he had two packs of cards that we just held on to and finally a few years ago I decided to upcycle or recycle them into mixed media paper-crafting projects.

The colors on the back of the playing card and the decorative tape then led me to use blue and red papers and red and blue markers for part of the image coloring.

What quirky item are you using in your crafting?