Design team reveal: Lorrie McCullers (June challenge #2)

For this challenge, I wanted to change it up a little and make a card, mainly so I could use this cool car stamp!

(I got this stamp several years ago from a friend and I have no idea who made this stamp! If you know the manufacturer, please let me know so I can credit them.)

For this challenge, I used 2 criteria: a chipboard embellishment and plaid paper.

Materials used:

Paper: Hobby Lobby kraft paper, Basic Grey “Oxford, DCWV card base

Embellishments: Unknown stamp, Simple Stories stickers, American Crafts ribbon, and Colorbok chipboard buckle

Ink: Technique Tuesday, Colorbox Cat’s Eye Fluid Chalk ink


Design Team Reveal: Beth Gaddis (June Challenge 2)

Good morning, y’all!  Welcome back to another challenge day here at!  Today we’re celebrating our Dads, so I had to pick an appropriately dignified photo of my Padre to scrap.

I think I did it.

Hehehehe.  I sure am glad the goof ball-ness skips a generation. :)

The challenge criteria I used were to use chipboard embellishment (the fleur-de-lis on top is chipboard, with a matching canvas one beneath), and I fastened the chipboard to the canvas with three brads.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Come and join the challenge!

x Beth



Paper Loft (Dude)

Ranger Distress Ink (Black Soot), Ranger Distress Stickles (Walnut Stain), Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays (Melted Chocolate and Black Marble)

Basically Bare (Bare Basics Fleur-de-Lis)

June challenge #2

Good day, scrappers! I hope everyone is having a great month so far. Only a few more days till July so let’s finish out June with a fun challenge!

The second challenge for June is a (little bit) late homage to Father’s Day. Let’s honor a dad in your life with a layout, card, or other craft project. Here are your criteria (you must use at least 2 of the 3):

1. Use embellishments made of chipboard or grungeboard
2. Include a plaid patterned paper or embellishment
3. Include at least three brads

So put your thinking caps on and get your mojo flowing. To join the challenge, share your project on our Facebook page. The project with the most “likes” will be entered into our quarterly drawing (which will be held after this challenge is completed).

We have a short window for this challenge. You only have until July 4 to enter!


Design team reveal: Lorrie McCullers


I am loving Graphic 45′s “Tropical Travelogue” collection, so I couldn’t wait to use it for our June “blue” color challenge.  The bright colors make it so different from other Graphic 45 paper lines and it is perfect for those beach or cruise photos.

This photo was taken on our Disney Transatlantic Cruise two years ago. It was the day after visiting Castaway Cay, so I am a little sunburned in this one!

Materials used:

Paper: Graphic 45 “Tropical Travelogue”

Embellishments: vintage stamps by Making Memories, ticket and ephemera by 7Gypsies, flowers by Prima Marketing, metal washer by Tim Holtz

Ink: Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Inks in Amaretto and Blue Hawaiian


Design Team Reveal: Beth Gaddis (June Challenge 1)

Happy Challenge Day, everyone!  Since this challenge was all about blue, I immediately thought about two of my favorite little criminals nephews, and did a layout featuring photos of the first time we took them to Disney World.

They look so cute that you’d never realize they were trying my patience every other second. ;)


I love these stamps by Hero Arts!  So cute, and they are small enough to go on cards as well as layouts.


Thanks so much for looking!  I hope you all join us in this challenge!

x Beth


Paper Loft (Easy Breezy)

Friendly Flags by Hero Arts

Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black), Ranger Distress Stains (Weathered Wood, Picket Fence), Zig Millenium pen

Die Cutting:
Cuttlebug, Tim Holtz Mini Rosettes die by Sizzix


June challenge #1

Welcome to June!

Are you thinking about ways to beat the heat? I beat your favorite ways to escape include water, right? Well, in honor of cool water of all kinds our first challenge this month is all about…


So show us those layouts, cards, and other projects featuring blue as your main color! Post them to our Facebook page by Monday, June 25 and show them off. The project with the most likes is entered into the drawing for our quarterly prize.

A new look!

It’s summer time! Here in the South, it is already hot, hot, hot. School is out, vacations have begun, and some of us (*looks around guiltily*) have gotten at least one sunburn. And what better way to celebrate the best season of the year than a new look for the blog?! All of the same goodies are here, just in fun new colors and a more streamlined look. What do you think?

Now for challenge news. It’s not good, folks. We here at BLTS have been slaving away, coming up with challenges and awesome projects to inspire all you crafty peeps, but we must not be doing our jobs because no one is stepping up and answering the call! We feel lonely. Our Facebook page feels sad. We want to see your cool layouts, cards, altered art, or whatever you feel inspired to do. So we have extended the deadline for 3 challenges until Monday, June 11. The challenges are as follows:

April #2 challenge –

Theme: “Your Furry Friends”

Requirements (Use at least 2 of the 3):

1. Use “My Name Is (pet’s name)” as the title
2. Doodle or draw a border
3. Double or triple mat the photo(s)

May #1 challenge –

Color challenge: yellow and cream

May #2 challenge –

Theme: Mom — In celebration of Mother’s Day, make a project with your mom in mind!

Requirements (Use at least 2 of the 3):

    1. Include glitter, glitter glue, or glitter embossing powder
    2. Use paper lace
    3. Use at least 2 different types of flowers (kinds of flowers — roses, daises, etc. — or materials — fabric, paper, etc.)

So choose one challenge. Choose two. Heck, choose them all! We want to see your take on them! Just post them on our Facebook page and then get everyone you know to come vote for your project. The person with the most likes from each challenge will be entered into the quarterly drawing for a prize!




Design Team Reveal: Beth Gaddis

Good morning, y’all!  Did everyone have a good Mother’s day?  I hope so!  My project for this challenge isn’t exactly about my mom; it was part of my Mom’s gift.  It held a mini album and I’m hoping she dug it as much as I enjoyed making it!

The case started life as this little case from Michael’s.

I covered it with lots of Graphic 45 and Recollections bits and pieces, including paper and plastic flowers, and one great big Canvas Corp. burlap flower to meet the flower part of the challenge.

I cut little paper doilies to edge the bottom of the box, which took care of the paper lace requirement.

Thanks so much for looking!  I hope you’ll join us in this challenge and take a little time to celebrate mom!

x Beth



Paper: Graphic 45 (Botannicabella)

Inks/Mediums Ranger Distress Ink (Antique Linen)

Embellishments: Recollections Floral Embellishments, Recollections Decorative Border, Recollections Craft Tape, Canvas Corp Burlap Flower, Paper Doily

May #2 Challenge

I hope everyone has had an awesome month so far! May is always so busy with kids getting out of school, graduations, planning vacations… WHEW! But I hope you’ve found time to do a little crafting. Stay tuned to see the reveal of Beth’s take on our theme. Why no reveal from me? Well, I am still in Ireland, but I will be back for June’s challenges!

And now here’s the latest theme challenge to get you motivated!

Theme: Mom – In (late) celebration of mother’s day, make a layout featuring your lovely mom!
Criteria (use at least two):
1. Use at least two different kinds of flowers – mix types of flower (roses with daisies, etc) or materials (paper with fabric), etc
2. Include glitter, glitter glue, or glitter embossing powder
3. Include paper lace

To join in the challenge fun, just upload a picture of your layout/cards/project to our Facebook page by June 5. The project with the most “likes” will be entered into our quarterly prize drawing (to be held after the June #2) challenge.

Better late than never — the May #1 challenge is here!

WOW! I can’t believe it is already May! Where has the time gone? Evidently it flew right by me because the May #1 challenge reveal date was supposed to be yesterday.

I have a good excuse though for forgetting though. My mind is already in vacation mode because my husband and I are leaving tomorrow for a 17-day vacation in Ireland! We have wanted to go to Ireland for years, and with this being our 10-year anniversary, we figured this was as good a time as any. So y’all will have to forgive me if I am totally scatterbrained!

Our first challenge of every month is a color challenge and this month’s color combo is:


To play along with our challenge, just upload a picture of your layout/card/home decor project using yellow and cream to our Facebook page by May 23. The project with the most “likes” is entered into our quarterly prize drawing!