NSD – Challenge Event Announcements and Projects

Happy NDS (National Scrapbooking Day) all you crafter’s out there! Hope everyone finds the time to do something creative today. ๐Ÿ˜€

In case you haven’t noticed, I love to combine challenges whenever possible. I often find it even more challenging to take a color challenge and mix it with a sketch challenge or a recipe challenge and blend it with a themed one, etc. It’s great when you can combine 3 or more challenges on a single project! Not all sites allow you to do this for your entry, but you can always do it just for you too. ๐Ÿ˜€

Today’s projects are combined challenges, however they’re unique because this time I’m combining a challenge that I’m hosting on Paper Secrets for their NSD weekend event with one on Webster’s Pages’ InspireMe! ๐Ÿ˜€ The WP traditional challenge asks you to create either a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card using mainly WP papers and embellish it with either one of their flowers or stamps. If you don’t have either of these embellishments, you can even make your own paper flower from their papers for this challenge (CLICK HERE to enter or for further details). My example was created with this challenge in mind and my recipe challenge for Paper Secrets which requires just 1 ribbon, 2 patterned papers, and 3 embellishments of your choice from the provided list. You can use any manufacturer and can pick any 3 embellishments from a list that’s posted on the forum (CLICK HERE to enter the challenge or view further details for the challenge). Here’s what I came up with:


American Crafts cardstock base
Webster’s Pages 6×6 papers
WP Bloomer
Seam binding
WP Ladies & Gents Digi Tickets
K&Company rubons
Queen&Co. rhinestones


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

For the challenge I posted on Paper Secrets, you can also opt to make a tag instead of a card, so here’s my example for the tag:


American Crafts cardstock base
Webster’s Pages 6×6 papers
WP Ladies and Gents chipboard buttons w/twine
WP Ladies and Gents Digi Tickets
Seam Binding


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

The tag was combined with Michelle’s May Tag challenge on Sketches4All. TFL and I hope you can play along too! ๐Ÿ˜€


Projects Created with For the Record by Echo Park

There’s a great site called Sketches4All that I visit frequently. The people there are great and the challenges are a lot of fun! Well, I won SGOTM (Sketch Girl of the Month) for March and Fia sent me Echo Park’s new For the Record paper pack! When it arrived early this month, I was soooo excited! The papers are vibrant and beautifully designed, which is no surprise if you’re familiar with Echo Park’s wonderful, high-quality papers. The paper pack comes with twelve 12×12 double sided papers, one 12×12 element sticker sheet and one 12×12 alphabet sticker sheet. Of the twelve cardstock papers, there are 2 that have a pattern on one side and the other side is divided into four 6×6 sections…perfect for cards and tags! There’s another sheet that is patterned on one side and has cutout border strips on the other and lastly, there is one sheet that has a pattern on one side and cutout journaling cards on the other side. They really thought of everything! I loved working with this fabulous paper pack. Thank you Fia!!!

So far, I made one layout, one card and one tag. I still have at least 5 sheets that I haven’t cut into yet and plenty of scraps for several projects. I adore the diecut sticker images that come with this set too! I’ve set most of those aside for a journal I’ll be working on later this month. ๐Ÿ˜€

This is a tag I created for Michelle’s challenge group on the site. It’s based on the first April tag sketch and features a diecut sticker that I turned into a ribbon slider by making a couple of simple cuts:

This card was created for the rolled paper technique challenge in Khristen’s group using the colors Rosey posted for a challenge. The handmade flower was very easy to make and I hope to post a tutorial on it in the future, along with other flowers I’ve made on past projects:

This layout was based on Fia’s first April challenge for the Get Sketchy group. All stitching is done by hand since I do not have a sewing machine:

Thanks for looking!


Echo Park For the Record Collection Kit
Sei ribbon (on the tag)
May Arts ribbon (on the card)
jeweled brad from my stash
Black Bazzill cardstock
American Crafts white cardstock
DMC embroidery floss


Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac


Fiskars border/edge punch

To play along with these and other fabulous challenges on Sketches4All, CLICK HERE!

Birthday Banner

Scrap Whispers is having a blog hop today with a banner challenge and tutorial by Nilsa. This is the banner I made for my daughter’s birthday on Friday. I also entered this banner in a challenge on Sketches4all. Sorry the photos are so blurry…poor lighting in my living room/dining room doorway. I really should have taken the photos before hanging the banner! Here’s my entry:

Here’s a close-up:


red and white heart shaped doilies
My Mind’s Eye Wild Asparagus Birthday Girl cardstock
American Crafts cardstock (not visible)
Heidi Grace punchboard letters
Prima flowers
Making Memories brads
Folk Art Acrylic paint


Helmar 450 quick dry
Scotch Quick Dry adhesive

I’ll try to remember to make a tutorial post another day that shows how the individual pieces were mounted to the lace/ribbon so they hang straight and are removable.

If you’d like to read the tutorial or enter the challenge, CLICK HERE.