Monday, April 17, 2017

PGCB #126 - Numbers

Hello crafters,

Michele has challenged us Paper Girls to create a project with numbers. I created this fun birthday card to highlight a milestone birthday for my father-in-law.


I die cut the numbers using the discontinued Art Philosophy CTMH Cricut cartridge from the plaid paper and then used some foam tape to pop it up with a layer of blue paper below it to give it some dimension. I added the stamped and die cut banner (both also CTMH) with foam tap slightly overlapping the numbers. To dress it up a little more I added buttons and a small paper punched trim to the top of the card in matching papers. All the paper used is from the Huckleberry collection (now discontinued) from the Paper Loft

If you have any project using numbers, I hope that you'll link them up to the blog before 11:55pm MST on Saturday, 4/29. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Brittany

Friday, March 31, 2017

PGCB #125 - A Color Challenge

Hello! 

I can't believe that it is already April. The time is just flying by this year! Erica from the Paper Girls challenge blog has challenged us to create a project inspired by a beautiful color combo with vibrant spring colors. Here is my project:

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I used papers from the Diane collection from SEI which matched perfectly with the scheme - they are beautifully glittery too. I colored the adorable tea cup stamp from Close to My Heart with CTMH watercolor pencils and blending pen. I added a tiny bit of orange hemp twine for the tea bag. Here is the color scheme I was trying to follow:
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I used all My Favorite Things dies for this card; BluePrints 18 and BluePrints 14 (trimmed down a bit), and the mini scallop border die (which appears to be discontinued because I can't find it on their website) for a bit of detail along the edge in the center of the card.

I was inspired by the MFT sketch challenge this week as well as the Tea Time challenge on the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog - they all combined perfectly to make this sweet and colorful card.

I hope that you'll join the Paper Girls with this fun color challenge. You have until 11:55pm (MST) on Saturday, 4/15 to link to your project. 

Cheers!
Brittany

Monday, March 6, 2017

PGCB #123 - Luck of the Irish

Hello crafters!

I'm hosting the Luck of the Irish challenge on the Paper Girls Challenge blog this week! I'm challenging everyone to create an Irish or St. Patrick's themed project.

Here is the layout I created for this:


I cut the title, shamrocks, and the little worm using the Create a Critter cartridge from Cricut. and followed the instructions from a free sketch from Scrapbook Generation as my inspiration. All the papers were from my stash, no specific brand or collection...it feels nice to use up my supplies!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you'll join us for the challenge and link a project to the post before Saturday March 18th, 11:55pm MST. I'd love to see what you create!

Take care,
Brittany

Monday, January 2, 2017

PGCB #119 - Confetti!

Hello, and Happy New Year!!!

I'm thrilled to be hosting the first challenge of the New Year for the Paper Girls challenge blog - I'm really hoping you'll join us! I'm challenging you to create a project that is inspired or using confetti! Yes - beautifully messy and unruly confetti :) You have until Saturday, January 14th to link up a project to the challenge - AND we have an excellent new prize structure that you won't want to miss!

Here are the cards I created for this weeks challenge:

I wanted to keep these cards in one layer so I could easily mail them, but still mimic the look of confetti. I used multiple colors of ink and dabbed the end of a pencil like a stamp and randomly stamped on my card - not caring much about pattern or placement, since we know genuine confetti doesn't care much either :)  To dress the card up a bit, I added a little gold pigment ink and some gold chevron washi tape. 

The sentiment stamp is from Fawn Lawn's Big Scripty Words set, and all the inks (with the exception of the gold pigment ink from Color Box) is from Close to My Heart.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope that you're New Year is off to a great start! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations on the Paper Girls blog soon!

Happy New Year!
Brittany

Monday, November 7, 2016

PGCB #115 - Tag, You're It!

Hello there!

I'm hosting this weeks challenge with the Paper Girls - Tag, You're it! I'm hoping that everyone will join in on this challenge and create a project using tags. What is more exciting, however, is that the Greeting Farm is sponsoring this challenge! They are going to be giving a $25 gift certificate to their store to one random participant in the challenge - so, you should definitely link up with us! They are one of my favorite stamp companies - so I'm thrilled they were willing to sponsor us!

I used this challenge to kick off my own holiday tags! I really love to dress up packages (usually to hide my crummy wrapping job), but I really like how fast tags come together and how much you can personalize them too. Here are a few tags I was able to finish so far:

I cut these cut tags from Cricut Design Space in several different sizes and shapes, because I don't like people to get the exact same tag. I used Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather paper collection and chipboard stickers (which is pretty old at this point - gotta use up that stash, right?) and dressed up the tags with purple glitter paper from Close to My Heart. 

Two of the tags I used adorable stamped images from the Greeting Farm, Miss Anya Scarves (which I believe is now retired - but still cute as ever). I colored the images with Copic markers and used a little bit of foam tap to pop them up from the tag a bit. Here are a couple closer-up shots.



I'm glad you were able to stop by! Hope your able to play along with us Paper Girls and link up your projects with tags to our challenge!

Until next time! Happy crafting :)
Brittany



Monday, August 1, 2016

PGCB #109 - Washi It Up

Hello and happy August!

I'm hosting the "Washi It Up" challenge with Paper Girls these next few weeks - and for good reason too! Summer months tend to be really busy, so when I get to squeeze in craft time, I'm always looking for ways to take short cuts and make easy projects. 

So - WASHI to the rescue! It has become one of my favorite "go-to's" for quick, fun, and easy projects. And, really, how many of you have at least a dozen (or maybe 5 dozen) rolls sitting around just begging to be used??? You don't see me over here bashfully raising my hand - I'm a washi horder!

So, naturally, in the midst of the craziness of summer, my mother had a birthday sneak up on me and almost pass me by (I can't believe I'm admitting this). So, I pulled together a quick little project for her (this probably took me less than an hour from start to finish - and it was SUPER easy to make), and I ended up with an adorable and super colorful picture frame. 


I found four rolls of tape in coordinating colors (these are all from My Mind's Eye Sweetest Thing collections - Tangerine and Lavender) and just started laying tape down on a wooden frame (I got these awesome wooden frames from Ben Franklin on clearance - they are made by Sierra Pacific Crafts).



I was inspired to make these adorable little flowers by watching this video on YouTube - and the feathers were inspired by seeing multiple projects on Pinterest. I embellished the flowers with gems from Pebbles, and they added just the right about of bling. 

I hope that this inspired you to use up those rolls of washi laying around! You have until 11:55pm (MST) on Saturday, August 13th to link up your project for a change to win a collection of goodies from us Paper Girls. I can't wait to see how you use your tape!

Thanks for stopping by!
Brittany

Monday, June 20, 2016

PGCB #106 - Use Your Scraps

Hello there!

The Paper Girls are challenged this week by Michele to use up our scraps to make projects.

I have two bins of scraps; one for patterned paper scraps and the other for solid colored cardstock sorted by color. Organizing my scraps this way is really helpful for pulling together pieces for cards, especially since I typically use my scraps to die cut shapes and various elements.

Here is a card I put together all from scraps:


I tend to have bits and pieces of white cardstock left over after making card bases or journal cards for my scrapbooks, the left pieces are usually perfect to cut smaller cuts like circles, labels, etc. I also use my scraps to stamp and hand cut out images, like this adorable dragon from Tiddly Inks. And, it is inevitable that I have just enough patterned paper to make a statement to tie it all together :)

For this card I used the BluePrints 15 die set from My Favorite Things for the majority of the cuts, and the sentiment is from the Big Scripty Words die set from Lawn Fawn. 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you can link up a project using your scraps to our challenge before 11:59pm on Saturday, 7/2. 

Brittany