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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Bit of Stenciling and Stamping Fun!

Happy Wednesday, my dear friends! I hope you're having a wonderful week! I have a little project to share today featuring some lovely goodies from 7 Kids College Fund. :o)

I recently have become interested in stencils and previously shared how excited I was that Memory Box came out with them this year! I have much bigger visions for this crafty technique, but today I have a simple encouragement tag to coordinate with a non-stenciled card I will soon be making. Another dabble! :o)
I love honey comb patterns, so this Memory Box Honey Comb Stencil was a must-have for me! I began by cutting out my tag with a delightful design from the NEW Wild Rose Studio Peach Blossom Paper Pad. (There are lovely patterns in that collection!) I chose a soft peach to coordinate with the warm summery tones I knew I'd be using.

After using washi tape to secure the stencil over the tag, I blended in warm shades of Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, and Spiced Marmalade. The primary portion of my nature scene is from my favorite nature silhouette stamp: Crafty Individuals Wild Flowers and Butterflies.

The remaining stamping is with My Craft Spot products. The encouraging sentiment is from the beautiful Simply Sentiments stamp set. The butterfly fluttering beside it is from Jar Full of Flowers, while her sprightly flourish is from Tiny Tags 2. I finished it off with Snow White crinkle ribbon, a Wild Orchid Crafts sweetheart blossom, and three tiny sparkles.

An angled view to show the beautiful clear shimmer I added to the stamping, courtesy of the amazing Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush:
Products from the 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Thank you for visiting! Have a blessed day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Reuse/Recycle)
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art~ April Linky Party
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting Sentiment

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Anything Goes at 7 Kids College Fund!

Happy Wednesday, my crafty friends! I hope you're having a beautiful week! :o)

Today begins a new Anything Goes challenge at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog! Although the challenge is Anything Goes for participants, the Design Team added a twist for our inspiration! We are showcasing some of our favorite products from January's Winter CHA. How fun!

One product that stood out to me is a gorgeous flower die from Memory Box. I thought it would be lovely for one of the recipients of this month's I Feel the Love Project. We are creating for children who are abused, neglected, and at-risk. Along with that, we are making cards for staff members at the non-profit who works with these children.

The caregivers have challenging days and need encouragement too, so that was my inspiration for this card.
The flower die is large and beautiful! I cut out the Delightful Peony Background with white paper and inked it up with varying shades of Tim Holtz Distress Ink to make it warm and sunshiny. The Delightful Peony Outline was cut out in a soft green, as white was a little too glaring for this card's color palette.

I layered my flower on one of my favorite combination of Spellbinders dies: Labels 18 and Floral Ovals, which are popped up with foam tape for dimension. One is embossed with my new Lifestyle Crafts Sprig embossing folder, while the other is accented with rhinestones. This truly is one of the most lovely flower dies I've used and I'm anxious to use it again soon. (Maybe with pretty pink inks?!) Although tonal and a little difficult to see, the corner decoration beneath the Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly is a Marianne Design Petra's Corners die.
My papers are from the Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed collection. Their beauty has saved me a lot in recent weeks! Their designs stand so gorgeously on their own. There was a LOT more I wanted to do with this card, but I was just too sick. In fact, this is probably the simplest card I've ever made. It served as a reminder that what matters is the love with which it was made. I pray it brings hope and joy to its special recipient.

You have two weeks to play along with us, so link up your inspiring creations at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog! We look forward to seeing your work. :o) Have a blessed day!

Products from the 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Spring)
 *Crafting for All Seasons~ Dies and Punches (Flower, base, large butterfly dies; mini butterfly punch)
 *Crafty Catz~ Springtime
 *Creative Card Crew~ Spring
 *DL.Art~ April Linky Party
 *FAN-Tastic Tuesday~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Spring Has Sprung
 *Pile It On~ Feminine
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cute as a Bunny!

Hello, my sweet friends! I'm happy to be posting on the My Craft Spot blog today. :o)

For my project, I made a bright and cheerful card for a very special child. This month the I Feel the Love Project is spreading love and sunshine to children who are abused, neglected, and at-risk. Our contributions are being sent to a fabulous nonprofit center (Tennyson Center for Children) who works with such children. IFTL is collecting birthday cards for the kids, as well as general encouraging/cheerful cards for moments when a child or staff member is having a difficult day. What a privilege to create for such a cause.

Driven by the desire to give any (and every) reason for one of the children to smile, I made a sweet little scene filled with bright colors and designs. :o)
Many of these elements are typically "Easter" in theme, but my purpose in using them is just for general sweetness. Should it be viewed as Easter, that would be fine... it would show the recipient that I was thinking of them during this festive time. :o) It's not rare for me to get emotional during IFTL work and that proved the case with this one. It's nearly unbearable to think of children being harmed, so I tried to channel that heartache into making the happiest card possible.
The adorable duckie in the egg cut file is from the Easter Quacks collection from Treasure Box Designs. I used a sweet sentiment from My Craft Spot's Stamping All Around Spring 2 as part of the egg design, which I've cut out with the coordinating Tiny Doilies metal dies. The adorable Carrot House cut file is from Little Scraps of Heaven, to which I've added MCS Candied Orange crinkle ribbon and Honeydew twine. I made my sun with dies from the Lacy Banners set. The card base shape is from the Silhouette Online store.

I couldn't resist using that adorable bunny paper for the window of my carrot house! Those rambunctious sweethearts are having all sorts of fun inside! Instead of using regular orange for the house, I used adorable carrot paper. All SEVEN of the patterned papers I used on this card are from Doodlebug's Hello Spring collection. I am excited to have it for kiddo cards.

The sentiment along the bottom is from the Big Sentiments 2 stamp set... I wanted to be sure the child knows that I'm sending him/her so many happy thoughts. There is tons of dimension which a side view would have nicely shown, but I was in a rush. I pray it brings the most beautiful smile to a hurting child's heart. It is filled with my and God's love and I have faith that it will serve as the warm embrace I wish I could give.

Thank you for hopping on by! I wish you a beautiful day of love and chocolate. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Spring)
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes (Optional: Easter)
 *Crafty Catz~ Springtime
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art~ April Linky Party
 *Love to Create~ Anything Goes for Kids
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Flowers
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Flowers or Buttons and Bows
 *Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge~ Anything Goes

Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Easter at My Craft Spot!

Happy Monday, my sweet friends! I hope you had a blessed weekend. :o)

Somehow Easter is only a couple of weeks away! Our challenge this week at My Craft Spot is Happy Easter, so I hope you'll prepare for this beautiful holiday with us. :o)

I made an Easter card for my family. :o)
Purple again... I know! ;) Just like my Easter box last week, I reached for my beloved Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments paper collection for this creation. These are my other favorites in the stack, which I've been anxious to use. 

The pretty sugar egg is a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store. Isn't it sweet?
Instead of using the little eggs in the cut file, I used the precious speckled egglets from My Craft Spot's Stamping All Around Spring 2 set. I stamped them in varying shades of pearlescent Dew Drop Brilliance ink and nestled the sweetheart within them. My sentiment is from Tiny Tags 2, which I've cut out with the coordinating Tiny Tags Metal Dies. It is between pretty layers of buttercup crinkle ribbon and a white rose from Wild Orchid Crafts. I made two tiny flourishes with Recollections pearls to mimic the bow.

For extra texture, I added ruffly lace and topped it with tiny pom pom trim to coordinate with the detailing in the egg cut file.
You have an entire week to link up your Easter projects, so I hope you'll play along! I look forward to seeing your inspiring work. :o) Be sure to hop on over to My Craft Spot to see the lovely contributions from my teamies! Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Spring!)
 *Card Mania~ Easter
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes (Optional: Easter)
 *Created With Love~ Easter
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *Cut It Up~ Easter
 *Pile It On~ Feminine 
 *Sparkles Monthly~ Easter Parade
 *Totally Papercrafts~ Pastels

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Easter Box!

Happy Wednesday, sweet friends! A sparkly welcome to my new friends and followers! I'm so happy you're here. :o)

Today I'm featuring a product from one of my favorite lines carried by 7 Kids College Fund: Graphic 45's Sweet Sentiments Paper Collection! One way I love to showcase beautiful papers is to make pretty boxes. With Easter coming up, I chose to create a box that will hold an Eastery surprise inside.
As with all Graphic 45 paper pads, this one is filled with such lovely designs. This particular design in it, titled Violet Bouquet, is one of my favorites! The gingham pattern is the reverse side. They make such a sweet and stunning combination, don't they? :o)

My box is a Lori Whitlock cut file, purchased from the Silhouette Online Store. I didn't want to use the plain window shape included, so I swapped it out with the opening in a StudioIlustrado box file.
The banner sentiment is also from the paper pad, which I cut out and lightly inked. (The polka dot paper is the only one not from this set... it is DCWV.) With paper so naturally beautiful, I opted to let it shine. I simply adorned the bottom with a touch of elegance, courtesy of lace and a pearl strand from The Ribbon Girl
Climbing roses accent the front, where I used Cheery Lynn Designs' Mini Fanciful Flourish for my vines. The top features a tiny bouquet atop some vintage seam binding tied in a large double bow. My Wild Orchid Crafts assortment consists of lilies, open roses, cottage roses, sweetheart blossoms, and cherry blossoms. All are accented with Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush. A few pearl sprays are tucked in to coordinate with the other box detailing. 
Butterflies often find their way onto my projects in some form and this one was no exception! This beauty is my favorite Cheery Lynn butterfly, which is from the Small Exotic Butterflies 2 collection. I gave it a dark purple shadow layer and centered it with a sweet rose. :o)
Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a day of sparkles and sunshine. :o)

Products from the 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Color Challenge)
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Back to Nature
 *Craftin' Desert Divas~ Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes 
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art~ April Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *My Sheri Crafts~ Easter: Anything but a Card
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Anything Goes
 *Pile It On~ Floral Fantasy
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Flowers or Buttons and Bows (my double bow is on top as a ruffly base for my bouquet)
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons and My Craft Spot Co-Blog Hop!

Happy Saturday, my dear friends! Welcome to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons and My Craft Spot Spring Blog Hop! Members from the PPPR Design Team and MCS Design Team have come together to share some springiness with you, featuring Lisa's cut files and Kimberly's stamps! Not only does Springy and Eastery inspiration abound, but there are also fabulous prizes. :o)

If you arrived here from the marvelous Brianna, you are in the right place! If you just stumbled upon my blog and would like to start from the beginning, please hop on over to sweet Lisa's blog!

For my project today, I made a center step card for a loved one to welcome Spring. :o)
The center step card is a PPPR cut file, which made it so easy to put together the base. :o) To create my warm weather scene, I used a few elements from PPPR's fantastic Spring Garden collection. The daffodils, tulips, and hummingbird are all from that set. I truly love every single cut file. :o) The flowers are layered and nestled beneath grass, which I've embossed with the Victoria Cuttlebug folder.

This entire design began with the hummingbird! I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. All of the patterned papers throughout my card are from Heartfelt Creations' Sun Kissed collection. I made the hummingbird with several of the blue designs for a pop of blue to match the center of the flowers.
All of the pretty butterflies are from My Craft Spot's Jar Full of Flowers stamp set, which I've colored with Copics, fussy-cut, and covered in Star Dust. I made a warm springtime breeze along the top of the card (via a My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish), upon which two butterflies are fluttering along.

The Springy sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Stamping All Around Spring stamp set, which I've cut out with the coordinating Tiny Doilies metal dies. It is layered upon one of the new (and gorgeous) Tiny Doilies 2 metal dies. My sun was made with two dies from MCS' Lacy Banners set.
Ready for some BLOG CANDY?!
One lucky hopper will win a $20 Gift Certificate to Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons and another lucky hopper will win a $20 Gift Certificate to My Craft Spot! For a chance to win, all you need to do is be a follower of EACH blog and leave a comment on each one.

For extra chances to win, you can "LIKE" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and "LIKE" My Craft Spot on Facebook. Be sure to a leave a separate comment for Lisa and Kimberly letting them know that you did. :o)

Thank you for hopping along with us! Your next stop is the incredibly talented Leanne! :o) (And here's the entire line-up in case you get lost along the way! Happy hopping!)

Challenges entered:
 *Crafty Catz~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ March Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge~ Spring Flowers
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Anything Goes at 7 Kids College Fund!

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! I hope you're having a lovely week. Today starts a new challenge at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog! The theme is Anything Goes, so share with us whatever your crafty hearts desire!

Have you seen the adorable SugarPea Designs stamp sets? I am truly in love with their sweetness. Not only are the images fantastic, but each set comes with several marvelous sentiments that coordinate to perfection. :o)

For this card, I used goodies from the precious One Big Hoppy Family! They will soon be hopping on over to Maddy, this month's recipient of the I Feel the Love Project. :o)
How heartwarming is this stamp? And it's not even the only image that comes with the set! I colored up these sweethearts with Copics, adding sprinkles of Star Dust to the mommy and Polar White Flower Soft to the tiny tails. I used Springy papers from Wild Rose Studio's Vintage Rose Collection to create my scene.

The pretty card base and arched fence are cut files from the Silhouette Online Store. To go along with the background, I added Pink Mist roses from Wild Orchid Crafts to create a flower garden for dear Maddy. Mini Fanciful Flourishes from Cheery Lynn Designs scroll beneath them. 

A little closer peek at one of the lovely sentiments that comes with the stamp set, which is stamped upon a Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennant:
The sweet butterfly is from My Craft Spot's Jar Full of Flowers stamp set, which I've colored in Copics and Star Dusted. I highly encourage you to check out the SugarPea Designs line, as it is filled with character that brings such joy to our crafting and to the recipients of our creations. :o) I hope it brings a brilliant smile to this beautiful child, who is indeed some bunny special.
Be sure to hop on over to check out the wonderful creations from my talented teamies! You have two weeks to play along with us, so I hope you'll link up at the Challenge Blog. We love seeing your work! Have a blessed day! :o)

Products from the 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Birds of a Feather)
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes (Optional: Spots or Stripes)
 *Creative Card Crew~ Animals
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *Cupcake Inspirations~ Photo Inspiration (Garden)
 *Cut It Up~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ March Linky Party
 *Love to Create~ Bingo (Sparkle-Yellow-Flowers)
 *SugarPea Designs~ Embellish It
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes

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