Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Something Old, Something New...

Good day!

Time for a new challenge! Hope you have enjoyed Christmas, spending time with loved ones!

I was going to name this post 'Turkey Sandwich' but because we are not a cooking blog, I thought that might confuse a few of you.

After the big eat-in there are always leftovers. The same happens when we print out digital images, at least it happens when I print them out. I keep them and when I need them, I cannot always remember where I put them, then I print out some more. Sounds familiar?

Well, that is half the challenge. Find those 'leftovers' and make something new, a card, a tag... The other part is to be inspired by an old card using the same or similar image, or the colours of something you made. Go check your blog, find a post at least a year old, and start from there. Link that post to your new post and tell us how that creation inspired you.  Yes, it can be any creation.

I used this card that is one of the first cards I blogged about as my inspiration.

I used the same image by A Day for Daisies and created this very simple card. I used similar colours, but I just created shadows to keep it dreamy. My gelly roll adds some glitter and a rose and bow a feminine touch. The corners are punched, a quick way to add some interesting feature.

It's still the festive season, so find something easy just to keep the creative juices flowing.

This is a just for fun challenge, but we would all love to see how your old card(s) inspired a new creation. Anything goes, so show us what you can create!  Use the inlinkz tool below to link to your blog, or add your project to our flickr group HERE

Have a lovely day!



Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Freebie at Bugaboo

Hi everyone, Doris here with a quick reminder to stop over at Bugaboo Stamps today for their Friday Freebie stamp.  If you still have a few holiday cards or tags to finish up, this digi stamp is perfect!  Take a peek -
Go HERE and snag yours!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Quick Tags

Hi everyone, Doris here.  Today I wanted to share a quick little tag that I made to add to some cookie bags for my neighbors.  They took about 5 minutes to make from start to finish and was the perfect touch.  Take a look:

I used a standard size business tag, some VersaMark and a snowflake stamp from Unity with a little sentiment from Paper Tray Ink and used some embossing powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang.

One-two-three done!  Ok, your turn - your challenge is to make a tag of your choice, doesn't have to be a holiday tag.  You'll have until December 26 to add your project below using the Inlinkz tool linked to your blog or our flickr group HERE.  I can't wait to see what you make!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A CAS Challenge!

Hi! Chrissie here today, to challenge you to think about making a Clean and Simple Card.

Clean and Simple is perfect for making multiple cards of something.  Say, like Christmas cards perhaps?

For this card, I used some Lawn Fawn images along with a Paper Smooches sentiment.  I colored in the reindeer with Spectrum Noir markers - easy as pie!

The added twine just gives a touch of interest to the card.

Now it's your turn! Just click on the InLinkz below and add your new creation! Don't forget to also upload to our Flickr group, too and use the tag Dec2012cas so we can find it! This challenge is sponsored by Lindy's Stamp Gang and one winner will be chosen at random on December 31 from the eligible entries will receive a $15 gift certificate.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Mixed Media Monday!

Hi everyone!
I am so excited to be hosting this inspirational challenge!
Working with Mixed Media is such an amazing experience, I feel totally free.
It is that moment when I can forget about everything and anything and just be one with what I am creating.

What is Mixed Media?
A mixed media project is one which combines different painting and drawing materials and methods, rather than only one medium. Any materials can be used, including collage items such as pages from magazines, newspaper, photographs, fabric, or packaging. Or a mixed media piece can be as 'simple' as using two mediums, such as acrylic paints with pastel on top.Our challenge is simple:
Anything Goes, Mixed Media!
Here is a little inspiration:

This mini canvas was so much fun to make, you can read more details HERE.
I hope you will join our challenge and let your imagination free, there is no wrong or right, just art!!!  You can add your project until December 16 using the Inlinkz tool below which can link to either your blog or our flickr group found HERE using the tag 121012media.  This challenge is just for fun and a winner will be announced December 17.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Freebie from Bugaboo Digi Stamps

Happy Friday everyone, Doris here. Be sure to head over to one of our favorite sponsors here at Crafting by Designs - Bugaboo Digi Stamps and check out their Friday Freebie.

Is he cute or what?  And while you're there be sure to check out all the fabulous digis in their store which are 50% off this month!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Getting Ready for Christmas - Dec 5th

Hello Everyone, I'm here today with the Getting Ready for Christmas card challenge.  We hope that when you play along with this challenge throughout the year, when the season arrives, you will have created enough Christmas cards for everyone on your list.  

This is Tammy from Cuttin and Stampin and today I took a stab at using my Copics and a Bugaboo stamp to create a very simple and easy card. 

I started with coloring the tree and then trying to cut it out.  

As you can tell, I'm really rusty on blending the darker and lighter tones.  Hopefully that will come with a lot more practice.  

I used a sage color card stock for my base and Basic Grey Eskimo Paper for the mat.  

I have to admit that this is not what I had envisioned when I started.  I printed the tree stamp to large so I had to turn my card base.  Then I didn't have room for a sentiment on the front.  So I went with a real basic stamp on the inside from the A Muse Studio Tis the Season stamp set. 


As you can tell I'm hooked on trees right now.  So the challenge to go along with this card is 

use a Tree on your card.
This challenge will be open until 12-11-2012, and you can add your project below using the Inlinkz tool and link to your blog or our flickr gallery (please tag it with 120512christmas so we can find it).  This challenge is just for fun and the winner will be chosen on 12-12-12. I can't wait to see what you make.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Taken from Pinterest

Hi everyone, Doris here.  Are you ready for a quick little challenge tonight?  If you're like me, you've discovered Pinterest.  I could spend a hours there and never get bored :)  One thing I can't get enough of on Pinterest are snowmen, or snowladies, or snowpeople.  They are as individual as real people, aren't they?

Today I added a snowman project to Pinterest and want it to be your inspiration today.  The picture is for Snowman Soup - a package of hot chocolate and mini-marshmallows wrapped in a cardstock cover and a die cut snowman.  Last year I made almost 250 of these little guys for a fund raiser my daughter did, but this year he's only making a brief reappearance, just for this challenge :)  Your challenge is to make a project of any kind that includes a snowman, or snowlady or snowpeople.  Take a peek at this:

You'll have until Sunday December 9 to add your snowman (or lady or people) project below using the Inlinkz tool.  You can also add your project to our new flickr gallery (see the link in the toolbar on the left) but please be sure to add the tag 120312 snowman and then link it to this post.  This challenge is just for fun and the winner will be chosen on Monday December 10.  Thanks for playing along!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Blog Skip - Your Favorite Season

Hi everyone, Doris here - welcome to Crafting by Designs!  Today some of our Design Team members want you to join us for a little blog skip where we take a look at our favorite seasons.

To get us started off, here's a winter card from last year that I just love:

I embossed the white cardstock with a Sizzix embossing folder and used some white embossing powder on a scrap piece of black cardstock layered on some red patterned paper, red ribbon, viola!

Now for some great inspiration, please skip along to our Design Team's blogs and see some great projects from their favorite projects.

Beth Pollock at Mossberry Cottage

Chrissie Tobas at Harvest Moon Paperie

Cindy Leek at Papers Pads and Pictures

Doris T at Mom's Been Scrappin

Julia Vazquez at Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia

Rene vanWyk at Life in the Craft Lane

Tammy Smith at Cuttin' and Stampin
Please stop back for our regular challenges starting Wednesday December 5 and play along with us!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Welcome to the new home for Crafting by Designs!


Welcome to the new home of Crafting by Designs!  If you've just found us, we're a small group of crafters who have had a NING network group for a while and have decided to change our format and invite more of our crafty friends to join us.  Every Wednesday one of our super talented Design Team Members will present a new challenge and you'll have a week to add your project either by linking it to your blog or by adding it to our brand new flickr group which can be found HERE.  You can also join us on Facebook by clicking the Facebook image on the right and Pinterest.

Most weeks we'll be playing just for the fun of it, but some weeks we may have a prize from one of our sponsors so we hope you'll stop by often and play along with us!!

We're kicking off our new site this tomorrow, Friday November 30 with a little blog skip and hope you'll skip along with us - see you then!