Friday, November 24, 2023

Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers ~ Sketch 39 Challenge Project 2

Hi Crafty Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I'm still in a turkey coma but I'm also looking forward to getting the house decorated for Christmas.

Challenge #39 for Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers is still open.
There is time to share your entries to our Facebook Group HERE.

Here's my second design team project.

I used a 3D embossing folder to create the background and accented the centers and berries using Sparkle pens.  The foil was added by placing 1/8th inch double sided tape line along the design and pressing it onto the strips (not heat set foil).  Worked like a charm and I didn't have to use my Minc which would have flattened the embossing.
The sentiment was made using a Betterpress plate and gold foil card stock.

Here's the challenge sketch for you to follow.
You can lots of inspiration on our Facebook page and also on today's BYSH blog post HERE.

Friday, November 17, 2023

Cut it Up Challenge #291 ~ Friends and Family

Hi Crafty Friends,

Time for Cut it Up challenge #291 ~ Friends and Family
Can you believe we only have four more challenges left in this year?  Time flies!!

Here's my card for this challenge.

I tried a new technique on this card, embossing on velum.  I used a 3D embossing folder from Altenew.
I ink blended some fall colors on 80# smooth card stock and then added the velum over it.  I lightly brushed some Altenew white pigment ink over the embossing to emphasize some of the design.  The scalloped frame is from Jaded Blossom and the sentiment was created using a Betterpress letterpress plate.  I cut the sentiment outline out three times and slightly offset each layer for some added detail.
A twine bow and some Spellbinders gold embellishments finished the card.

I hope you'll play along with us.  Just follow the link above.

Friday, November 3, 2023

Cut it Up Challenge #290 ~ Layer it Up

Hi Crafty Friends,

Time for a new Cut it Up Challenge and it's one of my favorites ~ Layer it Up.
Layering is one crafty technique that I use on almost every one of my projects.

Here's my card using images and a sentiment created using the Spellbinders' Betterpress.
It's my newest crafty toy and I'm loving it.  I've never used the letterpress process but this new tool really makes it easy.

I began by inking up a Ranger Water Color panel using Distress Inks.  I added Archival Burgandy ink to my Betterpress plate to get the leaf images.  After using the companion dies to cut out the leaves, I used water and a brush to add splatters and a little color release.  Using the water color paper allows the Betterpress to give a deep stamped impression.  I also used a Betterpress plate for the sentiment stamping and pressing on gold foil paper.  It's been fun experimenting with different papers, inks, and other mediums to create some interesting results.  
I hope you'll join in our challenge and show us your Layered Up project.
Just follow the link above.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers ~ November Sketch #39

Hi Crafty Friends,
It's the start of a new month so we have a new sketch challenge at BYSH.
You have all month to share your entries in our Facebook Group HERE.

Here's my first card for this month inspired by a card we made during the Pinkfresh Studio Create and Connect Workshop.  I love this snowflake with its matching stencils and die cut.  So many ways to used it.

I embossed the stamped image with white embossing powder before I inked it using the stencil and Altenew crisp inks.  Then I cut the snowflake in half (an idea shared in the class.)

Here's sketch #39 for your inspiration:
We can't wait to see what you link up.
Be sure to visit the BYSH blog for more inspiration along with our Facebook group (link above.)

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Pearly Sparkles November Challenge ~ Winter or Christmas

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time for another Pearly Sparkles challenge.  This is the last challenge of 2023.  The design team will take a break in December and then return with all new challenges in 2024!

Our final theme for the year is Winter or Christmas.

I have fallen in love with many of the Spellbinders floral die sets.  For this card, I'm using the Christmas Bird Poinsettia set and Altenew's 3D embossing folder, Organic Linen.  I used 110# white cardstock for all the die cutting and then used Altenew Crisp Dye inks to ink blend the pieces.

Can't wait to see your entry.


Friday, October 20, 2023

Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers ~ Falling for the Holidays Linky Party

Hi Crafty Friends,

We're having our final Linky Party of 2023 at
BYSH Cardmakers.  
We have so many amazing sponsors which means lots of prizes and chances to win for those of you who link your Christmas/Winter projects to the BYSH blog.
The party begins on October 20 and runs until October 27 and you may enter as often as you would like.
What better way to get ahead on your holiday cardmaking!!

Here's my design team project using an exclusive set from Pinkfresh Studio.  This snowflake stamp/die/stencil set was a part of the Create and Connect Holiday Cardmaking workshop.
I decided to add it to an acetate cover for a little different design.  The design papers are from LaLa Land Crafts.

Good Luck!  I can't wait to see what YOU create.

Cut it Up Challenge #289 ~ Add a Sentiment

Hi Crafty Friends,

We have a new challenge on the Cut it Up Challenge Blog.
For challenge #289 we're adding sentiments (now that should be easy!) and, of course, including a die cut.

I've made a card for my nephew's birthday.  I love this crazy cow from Whimsy Stamps' Hee Haw set.
The card mat die and OMG dies are also from Whimsy Stamps.

I hope you'll join in the fun at Cut it Up.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers ~ Sketch 38, Project 2

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm sharing my second DT card for Sketch #38 challenge at Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers on Facebook.  You'll find the link HERE.

This card is quite different from my usual designs but I wanted to put a different spin on the sketch, which can be found at the end of this post.

The sentiments and bases are from the Pinkfresh Studio Basic Banners Die and Holiday stamp sets.

You have the entire month to play along with us in our Facebook group.  If you don't want to enter the sketch challenges, we encourage you to share your holiday cards on our main feed.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Build You Stash Holiday Cardmakers ~ Sketch 38 Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,

The newest sketch challenge has been released for the BYSH Facebook challenge.

Here's my first card for the challenge.  This one would be great for mass production since it's simple stamping and die cutting.

I used stamps and dies from Jaded Blossom and papers from Echo Park.

Here's this month's sketch:
Please upload your cards into the Challenge 38 folder on our Facebook page HERE.
If you're not playing along with the sketch challenge but just want to share your Christmas and/or Winter makes, feel free to upload to the main feed on the Facebook page.

You'll find lots of inspiration on the FB page as well as design team projects on the

Our final Linky Party of 2023 begins on October 20 through October 27 on the BYSH blog.
This is a fabulous chance to win some wonderful prizes provided by our many Linky Party sponsors.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Cut it Up Challenge #288 ~ Favorite Color(s)

Hi Crafty Friends,

We have a new challenge posting on the Cut it Up Challenge Blog.
Our theme is Favorite Color(s).

I love purples - all shades.  But, if you add a touch of green, I'm in heaven!!

My bestie gifted me some new dies so I used the florals from the Crafter's Companion Mailbox Flowers die set.  I also used the envelope from a Pinkfresh Studio Connect and Create exclusive set, and the postage stamp dies from LaLa Land Crafts.

I die cut the florals using 110# Neenah Solar Crest and then colored them using Copic Markers.
I learned a trick for adding lots of die cuts onto the project.  After I placed the pieces where I wanted them, I used Press and Seal to pick up grouping.  I turned it over to apply adhesive and then placed it back onto my project.  I only had to add a little more adhesive to front flower.  

I hope you'll play along with us and share a project using your favorite color(s).
Just follow the link above.

We're always looking for guest designers so if you're interested, just send an email to the address posted on the Cut it Up blog page.
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