Sunday, August 20, 2017

Everybody is a Star, again & again -- Pilin' On the Childish Recycling

The theme this month at Pile It On is Recycle and/or For a Child. The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by MelonHeadz Illustrating, and I used their Stars Clip Art set to make this Card-in-a-Box.


The card design is based on on Keren Howell's Tuxedo Box Card tutorial, but I made mine smaller at 4 x 5.5 inches. I made the sentiment using the fonts Midnight Constellations and Willow by Kingthings.

I looked up the sentiment "Everybody is a Star in Someone's sky" and discovered this wonderful video from 1973:


Inspiration/Challenges:
City Crafter Challenge: No Flowers
Craft for the Craic: Include Triangle Shape
Crafty Calendar: Shaped Card
Crafty Gals Corner: Add a Star
More than One Score at Scor-Pal #40: 3D Cards + more than one score
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add a Sentiment

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Wildly Thankful -- Layers at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Layers. I made an easel card for my mom & dad!

The sentiment stamp is from Scrapper's Paradise. The animal silhouette image is cut from an envelope Mom got in South Africa. The Safari papers from Graphic 45, and Mom has used them many times to make beautiful cards, so this is sorta my homage to her.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz #176: Fancy Folds
Dragonfly Dreams: Animals
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add a Sentiment
Sunny Day Crafting #47: Giraffe


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Fresh-faced Recycling -- Multimedia Collage with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles August challenge is Collage with the optional twist of multi-media. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.
I wasn't sure how to approach this challenge at first, but it ended up being really fun! While flipping through a Good Housekeeping magazine, I was inspired by some beauty product images (compact makeup, emery boards, painted toes) to create this beachy card.
I cut/tore out the backgrounds and sentiments from Good Housekeeping. The base is grungeboard covered with a blue face mask that I flattened. It's all put together with layers of Mod Podge glue. I added glitter & shine to the images with different nail polishes (and yes, I even painted those tiny toes!) The card is finished with some yellow mesh.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Love to Craft #13: Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash #316: Chillaxin' and Relaxin'

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates the UnstampaBelles this month!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Fishy Slider -- Embossing at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is to use Embossing (wet or dry) on a card.

I used SCAL3 to create the frame with SVG Cuts' Polaroid Frame and a wave shape SVG Attic's Just Beachy set. I cut it four times; once with the small top slit and 3 layers with a wider slit to accommodate the folded-paper slider. I used all rubber stamps: the fisherman is from Art Impressions, the fish is from Recollections, and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/challenge-351-sketchy-time.html
My Time to Craft #351
Inspiration/Challenges:
Fashionable Stamping #125: Gone Fishing
My Time to Craft #351: Sketch
Stinkin' Inkers: Guy Talk
Tuesday Throwdown #355: Interactive Card (slider)

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pilin' On the Recycling


The theme this month at Pile It On is Recycle. The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. Be sure to stop back on the 3rd Sunday of the month for a bonus theme! We're sponsored by MelonHeadz Illustrating, and I used their fun Earth Day image & sentiment. These are freebies from way back in 2012; for more fabulous Earth Day ideas, check out the MelonHeadz Index.


This card is made from cardboard boxes with my Accordion/Fancy Label die by Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs.
The center block, with the lovely pastoral scene, is from a box of cereal that's been languishing in my pantry since, going by the "sell by" date, 2006! The Kind bar box I used for the rest of the card is much more recent; now we have loose Kind bars in the pantry!

http://callingallsistahs.blogspot.ca/2017/07/cas03-july-challenge-post.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Calling All Sistahs: Colour Palette (It reminded me of the packaging I used as the card base, and I built the colors from there)
Crafter's Cafe #178: More than one fold
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Just Us Girls: Use Something Old and/or Something New (I've owned the die set & enamel stickers for several years; the papers are recent purchases)
Kreativeinkauf-challenge: Punches / Die Cuts



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Bookish & just my Type -- Boxes/Bags at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Boxes/Bags. I adapted the Hidden Compartment Book Box from Silhouette/Lori Whitlock to create this trio of gift boxes.

I used some of my favorite writing-themed papers. I adhered colored tissue paper to double-sided adhesive before stamping the images (Clear Art Stamps, except for the sentiment, which is from Scrapper's Paradise) in distress & Memento inks.


The little bookmarks are made with a leather-like paper. I used thin magnets to closed the box lid. I've been saving this Dick-and-Jane-themed paper forever!


The "pages" pieces on the sides are traced & cut from corrugated cardboard that comes with sandwiches at Panera(!) and are inked with Antique Linen distress ink. The rest of the pieces were inked with a mix of Tea Dye & Antique Linen.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #185: No Sentiment on Front Of Project
Happy Little Stampers: Mixed Media + Tissue Paper
International Art & Soul Challenge: Boxes/Bags

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Better Baby Blues -- Baby Cards at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Baby Cards. I raided my Baby stash to create this shaker card.


http://yournextstamp.com/blog/sketch-and-color-challenge-69/
Inspiration/Challenges:
Make My Monday #51: Monochromatic
YNS Challenge #69: Sketch





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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pilin' on the Primary Sport

Our theme at Pile It On is Primary Colors and/or Something Beginning with "S". The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by KennyK Stamps, and I used their "Need For Speed" Race Car Driver digi stamp.

KennyK Stamps has closed its doors on June 30, 2017. We have had such fun working with the team here at Pile It On and loved seeing all the wonderful cards and talent by the DT and those that have entered the challenges! We wish you all the best and are happy to sponsor one last time!! If you have any questions about our closing you can read our FAQ here or email us at stamps@kennykstamps.com. Rock Your Crafts with KennyK Stamps! 

I created a Soccer-themed penny slider card, using circle dies and die-cut cardboard circles instead of actual pennies.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner: For the Dudes
Hannah & Friends #277: Birthday + Animal/Person
Mudra Crafts Challenge: Interactive Card
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: Always Anything Goes for DT member (Pile It On DT)
SheepSki Designs Challenge #4: Square Cardz

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Bronze, Bark & Butterflies -- Vintage/Shabby Chic at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Vintage/Shabby Chic Cards.


The background was created with a mix of the embossing folder stamping & emboss resist techniques, using a folder I got with a magazine. The Prima butterflies are made from actual tree bark! The vertical border is cut from a cork sheet with a QuicKutz die. The top horizontal strip is a piece of TH grunge board cut with a Spellbinders/A Gilded Life die, inked with Tea Due distress ink & heat-embossed with Stampendous copper enamel. The middle strip was created with the faux patina technique. For the bottom strip, I started by stamping the border, from the same set as the embossing folder, in brown StazOn. Then I inked it with orange & brown inks, and stamped it again with watermark ink & heat-embossed it with more copper enamel. The sentiment stamp & frame die are from Stampin' Up. Most of the pieces are distressed with my Ingvild Bolme/Prima distressing tool and the edges are ink-distressed with TH Vintage Photo ink.

I'm entering this card into the following fabulous challenges:
Come and Get It: Make Your Own Background
Country View Crafts' Challenge: Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Distress It

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Uplifting Nature at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Elements of nature (leaves, water, animals etc.) I went with a Cloud theme featuring "Vintage How High" digi & "A Little Lift" sentiment from TLC Creations.


http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.nl/2017/07/juli-challenge.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Anything Goes with Create With TLC: Always Anything Goes
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog: July Sketch (rotated 90CW)
Inkspirational #138: Rural

Blog Candy Alert: I'm celebrating my 8th year of blogging! Join my celebrations here.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Happy 8th Blogoversary!

I started this blog in July 2009 as way to share my cooking adventures, but I ended up finding the joys of cardmaking, and joined the online crafting community whole-heartedly in June 2010. By December 2010, I had made it to my 100th post, and now I've published over 1287 posts!
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This means it's time for Blog Candy! This year I'm offering a small grab-bag of delicious craft items. I've set aside some of my favorite crafting items, and will tailor the package to the winner.

I hope you'll follow my blog (there are some links on my sidebar) and leave a comment so I can visit you. To my long-time followers, thank you so much!

Update: Everyone's a winner!




Here's to many more,

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Rain or Shine - Every Day is Special & Colorful with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles July challenge is Every Day is Special with the optional twist of lots of color. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.



I created a shaker with a window die-cut from my stash, some cardboard, patterned paper, and acetate. I left the middle bar when cutting the cardboard to create 2 sections inside the shaker, filled each portion with plastic confetti (Recollections). The doves are from the Birds of Earth & Sky die set from Cheery Lynn Designs, and the flamingo die came free with a magazine; both are cut from glittery papers. The banner is embossed/cut with a Spellbinders banner die & edged with yellow ink. The sentiment is a gold foil sticker (Elizabeth Craft). The base card is from my stash; it was a 4 x 12 piece that was folded in half, so I adapted it into this fold. Fun to give new life to old, forgotten projects!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Connie Can Crop #60: Use Your Stash (all papers from my stash)
Crafting with Dragonflies: Punches and Dies
Pause Dream Enjoy #179: Summer Fun (Optional Theme: Fun Fold Cards)

Update: Wow! This card was chosen for the Top 3 for Connie's Stash Challenge!

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates the UnstampaBelles!

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Super Baby -- Pilin' on the Primary Colors

Our theme at Pile It On is Primary Colors (Red, Yellow, Blue). The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by KennyK Stamps.
KennyK Stamps has closed its doors on June 30, 2017. We have had such fun working with the team here at Pile It On and loved seeing all the wonderful cards and talent by the DT and those that have entered the challenges! We wish you all the best and are happy to sponsor one last time!! If you have any questions about our closing you can read our FAQ here or email us at stamps@kennykstamps.comRock Your Crafts with KennyK Stamps! 

I made this Pop Up Box Card for my BIL's family, who are expecting their third girl. The star of the show is the Baby Kaboom digi stamp by KennyK Stamps, hidden within the fold of card, and the other super hero images are from Melonheadz Illustrating. The papers are all from the "Comic Heroes" paper pack from Recollections.

The circle on the flap on the back is a quote from the song "Power of Love" left-over from a card I made two years ago! The sentiment on the front is a sticker. The buildings were were with a Memory Box die.All the images are on Action Wobbles.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #183: For a Child + Sentiment
Creative Knockouts #200: For the Girls
Cut it Up: Patriotic / Red, White, and Blue + Die Cuts
Mod Squad Challenge: Special folds
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Update: This was chosen as a Top Pick for Aud Sentiments Challenge #183!

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