Thursday, December 7, 2023

FarmQuest Country Christmas Challenge Blog - Guest Designer

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday to you! I hope that you are having a good week.

Today I am so excited to share that I am the guest designer over at the FarmQuest Country Christmas Challenge Blog! This is a fairly new challenge blog run by my friend, Becca, and it's all about creating cards, tags, gift card holders, and package toppers for the holidays. The requirements for your project are to be Christmas/Winter Wishes related, and it also needs to have exterior/outside decorations and/or snowy/icy landscapes. You can find out all of the details on their blog.
Here is what I came up with:

I had a Farmhouse Christmas 6x6 paper pad from Echo Park that was perfect for this challenge. The barn and the sentiment were both on one of the cut-apart papers and since the barn is all decked out for the holidays, I just had to use it!

I created my card using the December 5th sketch from Sketch N Scrap:

This was a great sketch to work with and it is definitely going in my favorites folder to be used again soon!

Head on over and check out the FarmQuest Country Christmas Challenge Blog. Why don't you play along with us? The challenge runs from December 7th to January 5th.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a great day!

Friday, December 1, 2023

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash December Kit Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy December 1st to you! It is hard to believe that it is already December and that 2023 is almost over. What a year it has been. I did not get nearly as much scrapping done as I had planned, but there is always next year, right?!

It is time for the Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash Challenge for December. This might be a longer post, so let's get to it! 

Here's how this challenge works - On the 1st of each month, we will post a challenge prompt and the stash kit we have created using that prompt. During the month we will try to use as much of our stash kit as possible on different projects.  This year we have added a bashket challenge to our kit challenge. Every month we pick 10 items that we want to get used up this year in a basket. We try to use as many of those items as we can during the month. If we don't use them all then those items stay in the basket and at the beginning of the next month, 10 more items are added. The object of the challenge is to try to keep your basket from overflowing. My bashket has now overflowed into two baskets, but at least they are on the smaller side!

This will be a just-for-fun challenge so there is no monthly prize - but isn't the real prize using up our stash?  We hope you will join us in our quest to bash our stash! If you play along - link up on either my blog or Lisa's blog (or both if you choose) so that we can see who is joining us each month. 

Here is the "recipe" for December:

To create your kit, pull 10 papers, 3-4 embellishments, 5-7 scrap papers, and our focus item for December, which is envelopes and file folders.  Remember to pick your 10 items for your bashket!

I went a little crazy with my kit this month. But it is December Daily time, and for the first time in a long time, I am so excited to document this holiday season and I really am going to try to actually make a December Daily album this year. Will it get completed this month? Probably not, but I am going to make an effort to do as much as possible this month!

Since I have such big plans, it was only fitting to have a big kit for this month! Let's just say it's a little extra!  I doubled what is normally called for, so you will see 20 patterned papers, more than 3-4 embellishments, and my bashket items are all Christmas-related! Here is a look at my kit:

(I apologize for the not-so-great photos. I, of course, waited until the cloudiest, gloomiest day to take photos!)

This kit is made up of all Simple Stories Holly Days collection and a mix of Crate Papers Busy Sidewalks and Mittens and Mistletoe collections. Let's take a closer look at my kit.

First I will show you the papers from the Crate Paper collections. I chose only the ones that would coordinate with the Holly Days collection, too:

I went with a lot of the light blue-green color since it shows up in the Simple Stories collection.

Here are the embellishments from those collections:

So much goodness right here! I added in a couple of the cut-apart papers and a couple of papers that would be perfect for fussy cutting.

Here are the papers from the Simple Stories Holly Days collection:

Guys, I have been hoarding this collection since it came out in 2021. Not only did I get part of this collection in a kit from The ScrapRoom, but I bought not one, but two of the collection kits because I loved it so much! Why have I been hoarding this for so long?! I have so much of it and it needs to be in albums - not sitting on my shelf.

Although I have my favorite papers shown above, I will likely use the back side of those papers, as well:

I also added the cut-apart papers and the 6x8 paper pad:

Here are the embellishments:

Here are the scraps for my kit:

And I remembered to add a few rolls of washi tape:

I have tons more Christmas washi, but this will stay right on my desk all month long.

Our focus item for December is envelopes/file folders. I don't have many of either of these things in my stash, but I did find a few envelopes that might work, and if all else fails, I will use them as a template to make some that will match my kit better. I also included a few bags here. I figure I can use them as a type of envelope:

Here are my 10 bashket items for December - all Christmas-themed:

1 - washi tape book that my friend Willa sent to me a few years ago.
2 - a pack of die-cuts that I received in a swap several years ago. They aren't Christmas-themed, but they will definitely work.
3 - wood veneer pieces from Pink Fresh
4 - gold jumbo paper clips
5 - die-cuts from Pink Paislee
6 - enamel pieces from Pink Paislee
7 - metal embellishments from Making Memories from the early 2000s
8 - random Christmas stickers from an RAK several years ago
9 - gold glitter heart stickers
10 - washi tape strips and stickers

And, if all of this is just not enough - I do have my DD cart all organized and ready to go!

This is a just-for-fun challenge, but if you do play along and put together your own stash bash kit - add it to the linky below and we will be sure to check it out and cheer you on! Here are the rules:

1. Follow the challenge prompt to create a kit to work with throughout the month. You may use other items, but please concentrate on using your kit, and link it below.
2. Create new, not previously posted projects using your stash kit.
3. If you have a blog - please include the challenge graphic and a link to our challenge in your posts. 
4. You may link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you share on Instagram, please make sure to use - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2023

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