Monday, August 29, 2016

Marcia, Patti & I ~ A Challenge Between Friends

Good morning friends~ Last month marked Marcia's and my one year anniversary of challenging each other each month to get creative in a new way.  Our dear friend Patti from Stationery Styles said she wanted to join us and we couldn't be happier!!  

This month we chose to challenge each other to use PTI's Tiny Town series and / or Petite Places to create 3-D projects.  This post is kind of picture heavy so forgive me ahead of time and I hope you'll bare with me til the end.  

House #1 ~ Bird House.

I used flowers from Petite Pots and the Goldfinch from Spring Woods.  I added a bit of lattice to each side using Sue Wilson Australian Background Die.

You'll notice that my creations got more detailed as I went along.  The ideas of using different dies just kept popping into my head.  

House #2 ~ Spooky Candy Shoppe
I'm a big fan of Putz houses but I don't own any, I just hoard save them on Pinterest.  I started thinking that maybe I could make a platform and create little scenes, like the Putz houses that I so enjoy.
It's a super simple base.  I just cut a square of chip board to the size I wanted and added an inch so I could score the sides at 1/2" each.  I then cut a little wedge out of the corner tab so it would fold in better and secured each tab with Glossy Accents.  Any strong adhesive will work.

I added a Spooky Tree from Cheery Lynn, cutting it twice from black card stock and gluing them back to back, except for the roots, which I scored and folded out to secure it to the base.

The pumpkins are from MFT and I used the little sign from Tiny Town Sweet Shoppe. 
The scalloped edge on each of the houses is cut using MFT's Blueprints #14.

House #3 ~ Ice House

There's no reason that tree has to be spooky all the time!  I cut it out of white card stock and after gluing it together, I painted some icicle stickles over the entire tree.  I then added two little cardinals from PTI Make-It Market Holiday Folk.  The blue ice plant is cut using Elizabeth Craft Designs Seaweed and covered in Martha Stewart glitter and the two Impression Obsession Small Deer cut out of white card stock are also covered in white glitter.

I made the base of this house a little bigger, giving me more room for more stuff.  

The large snowflake at the top was made by cutting 4 of the snowflakes from PTI out of shimmery blue card stock (the same on the windows and door) and scoring them down the center and gluing them together, with a small strip of card stock at the base, to make a four faceted snowflake.   I then cut a slit through the top of the roof and slid the strip of card stock through the slot and glued it heavily before assembling the house.  

House #4 ~ Gingerbread House
See what I mean when I said the houses got more detailed as I went along?  Lots of dies were used on this one.

I cut the roof using PTI's Tiny Town Series Sweet Shoppe and stamped the little candies from PTI's Candy Cane Christmas on each of the scallops and then I cut and stamped one of the straight candy canes and scored it down the center and glued it to the peak of the roof.  A generous layer of chunky glitter gives the roof a sugar coating of sweetness.  I added the awnings from PTI's Petite Places Main Street over the windows and the wreath is made by cutting a small scalloped flower from MFT's Build-able Blooms Dies and stamping one of the little dotted flower stamps several times in two shades of green.  I added another little candy to the center.  The walk way is from PTI's Walk In The Park.

The fence is from MFT and after cutting 5 of them, I scored the bottom of each section at about 1/4" to bring the scale down and give me a place to add glue to adhere it to the base.  I added more cut and stamped little candies from Candy Cane Christmas.

The gingerbread people and the chocolates are from Quickutz and the large lollipops are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I added more chunky glitter to the lollies to give them a yummy coating of sugar!

Finally, I have a going back to school gift set that I sent to all my little great nieces and nephew.
This little school house is so charming!  Betsy thinks of every detail.  

I added the window boxes from Sweet Shoppe and the littlest shrubs from Topiary Trio

I found these fun colored blank books, pencils and erasers in the dollar section at Target.  I tucked some cute stickers inside the books and made a pencil wrap to neaten this all up.  Small treats will go inside the school house treat box.

These were already sent to my great littles and they all enjoyed getting some "Happy Mail" from their Auntie Birgit.  <3

That's it for me today!  If you stuck with me til the end, thanks!
Be sure to hop on over to Marcia and Patti's blogs to see their beautiful creations!!  I know they'll just blow your mind with their projects!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cupcake Inspirations #373 ~ A Theme Challenge

Hello friends, the summer just continues to fly by and it's time for a new challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations blog and it's ooey gooey and scrumptious!

Yes, the challenge is to make the inside of your card as sweet as the outside.  I confess that I often leave the insides of my cards blank so this is a good challenge that I should use with every card I make.  

This week's sponsor is the Greeting Farm
They're offering up a $25 gift certificate to the winner.  So what do you have to lose?  Join in on the fun, make a fabulous card to brighten someone's day and you could be the next winner!!

Now on to my card:
I had a request for a masculine birthday card and this challenge was coming up so it seemed like a perfect match!  For the front of the card I used Clearly Besotted "Recipe For Love" and PTI's "Bowl Of Sunshine".  After stamping each image multiple times using the Misti, I outlined each image in a very soft, light grey Copic marker.
To make the inside sweet, I added a pop up element using Sugar Pea Designs "Bring On The Cake".  I decorated the back panel and fussy cut the cake and applied it so that it would pop up when the card is opened.

I hope the inside of this card is sweet enough for the recipient and brings a smile to their face.  
Now be sure to visit each of the design team members to see their delicious batch of amazingness and then hope on over to the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog and join in on the fun!
Birgit ~ That's me!

I'll also be adding this card to the following challenges:
Color Throwdown

Word Art Wednesday

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pig In A Barrel

I am getting this card in, so under the wire for the Marianne Design Challenge using Kraft on a card.
I used Marianne Design Collectable Pig and Banner to create this card.  The barrel is from Elizabeth Craft Designs Barrel Basket and a Sunflower from Frantic Stamper.  The sentiment is from MFT's Harvest Mouse.

I'll also be adding this card to the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Sending Sweet Sunshine

Hello friends~  I've got a card to share that fits perfectly into the challenge going on over at The Paper Players for something sweet.

I used the sweet Lollipops from Elizabeth Craft Designs in warm sun-shiny colors.  I added some chunky clear glitter to sugar them up and make them extra sweet.  

They are nestled inside a PTI small Mason jar cut from vellum.  The sentiment banner is cut using MFT's Blueprints #20.

I'll also be entering this card into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
CASology ~ FUN
Crop Stop ~ Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dies R Us ~ Daisies, The Friendiest Flower

Good morning friends!  It's my turn over at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog 

"Don't you think Daisies are the friendliest flower?" Anyone recognize what movie that's from?  Meg Ryan said it in "You've Got Mail", one of my all time favorite movies and yes, I do think daisies are so friendly!!  

I started by cutting the Frantic Stamper Basket Weave die from white card stock and added it to a white card base.

Next, I die cut the Die-Namites Daisy Bunch twice out of white card stock.  I colored one set using copics and then cut off the flower heads from the second set, leaving them white and adhered them over the colored daisy heads, slightly off center so the color would show through.  

The base of the Elizabeth Craft Small Butterfly is cut from white and the top layer is cut from light blue card stock.  I brushed some Icicle Stickles onto the top of the top layer and set it aside to dry.

I cut a stitched oval out of the same light blue card stock and stamped the sentiment on the top portion and adhered it to the basket weave panel.  I added the daisies with gem centers and layered the butterfly to the top right corner to complete the card.

Here's my creative tip of the day:
Step your die cuts up a notch by adding glitter and/or gems to add sparkle and shine!  

Here's a list of dies I used that can be found at Dies R Us:
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    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

    Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Cupcake Inspirations #372 ~ A Color Challenge

    It's that time again for a new challenge going on over at Cupcake Inspirations!
    This week is a color challenge using the colors Honey, White and Amethyst or colors like them:

    Our sponsor this week is Polkadoodles and they're generously giving away 3 digital images of the winners choice so you'll definitely want to play along as they have lots and lots of fun images to create with.

    I used Winnie Wonderland Teacups to create my card:

    I started by printing the image onto white card stock and coloring the image in with Copics.  I cut the image and a coordinating printed paper out using Memory Box Stitched Octagon Layers.  I stamped the leaf images and the sentiment  from PTI's Choose Joy.  A few soft yellow sequins finish it off.

    Be sure to visit the rest of the design team for some amazing inspiration.
    Birgit ~ That's me!

    Now hop on over to the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog to play along! 
     You could be their next winner!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    Long Haul

    Good morning friends, I've got a card here to share that I made to go along with a couple of different challenges:
    I used the Butterfly Reflections Mood Board and came up with this sweet and simple card using Taylored Expressions On The Road ~ Camper.
    I cut the whole camper out of white card stock and colored it in using Copics.  I then did some stenciling on the background and added the camper and a Poppystamps Stick Tree.

    I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:
    Butterfly Reflections, Ink Mood Board Challenge
    Share Joy Challenge ~ using both the sketch and keeping it semi CAS

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit