Happy Crafty 2018

New Year 2018 Graphics (c) 2017 by Maria Byrd, CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com
Hello Everyone! I just want to wish us all a happy, creative, and crafty 2018! May 2018 be generous and kind!

Be Kind Always (Holiday Retail 2017)

Thanksgiving Day 2017 | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com
Just a reminder to #bekindalways during this crazy Holiday Season (of shopping).

Silly Cat w/ Pumpkinhead Halloween Card - Stampers Anonymous

Today, I'm sharing a one layer Halloween Card I've recently made with Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Pumpkinhead and Scared Silly Cling Stamps.  Ranger Distress Oxide Inks were used with Layering Stencil Shatter to create the background while the cat and pumpkins were colored with Copic Markers.  A simple trick for masking and holding down stencils temporarily is to use Post-It Full Adhesive Notes 3x3 inches which can be found at office supply stores.

Lawn Fawn: Happy Haunting Penguins

Lawn Fawn Happy Haunting Penguins Halloween Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

A pair of cute and fun penguins out for a Happy Haunting!  Lawn Fawn stamps used:  Here We Go A-Waddling, Winter Village, and Booyah!  Lawn Cuts used:  Leafy Tree Backdrop, Large Wreath, Little Picket Fence Border, Stitched Tree Border, and Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables.  I found out about Lawn Fawnatics Create a Scene! Challenge on Sunday morning and it was due that night.  So, I created the card in between doing laundry and other chores.

Lawn Fawn: Hedgehog Autumn Birthday Wishes Card

Hedgehog Fall Birthday Wishes card by Maria Byrd, 082017 | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

A week ago, I received my Ranger Distress Oxide Ink pads but didn't get to play with them until now... The first few tries using the product were unsuccessful.  Sometimes, the more you force things, the worse it gets.  So, I changed my direction with the card design and how I was using the ink.  As soon as I did, everything seemed to just fall into place and I ended up creating this cute Birthday card for Autumn using Lawn Fawn stamps/dies and some fussy cutting.  I just love the hedgehog bouncing on a pile of autumn leaves and that glossy "happy"!

Simon Says Stamp: Birthday Cupcake Card

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Cupcake Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

I love cupcakes and it's one of many things I miss from the big city!  Well, the 24/7 Sprinkles Cupcake ATM more specifically that is.  Needless to say, yummy cupcakes have been in my thoughts lately.  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  And I found my Simon Says Stamp - Stamptember 2016 Sweet Cakes stamp and die set to fit the mood. 😉

Lawn Fawn: Happy Birthday Lemon Cupcake Card

Happy Birthday Lemon Cupcake Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

I'm so glad to finally able to share with you my Happy Birthday Lemon Cupcake Card (with orange & blue background) which took me a week to come up with the design!  For this card, I used pictures I recently saved in my Pinterest Color Palette board as an inspiration for the lively orange and blue combo.  That was the easy part, the rest... well, took me a bit longer to figure out.  Sometimes, the creative process is like those cooking challenge shows where you have no clue what the ingredients are.  So you end up cooking as you go and hopefully get a wonderful result at the end!

Art Impressions: Old Goat Birthday Card

 Art Impressions Old Goat Birthday Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

Who's an old goat?  Well, my hubby will be!  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  No, it's not mean, just being sweet to him I suppose (since I'm older).  When I saw Art Impressions Old Goat stamp online a few days ago... I thought it would make a perfect humorous card for a cute smart a*s like him.  😏

Lawn Fawn: Wish Upon A Star Card

 Lawn Fawn Wish Upon A Star Card by Maria Byrd | CrafstyByrd.blogspot.com

A dear friend asked me to make a card for her and I meant to take a picture of it for a blog post.  However, I sort of forgot and didn't realize it until after I mailed the card.  So, what you see here is a recreation of that card which is made with Lawn Fawn's Upon A Star stamp (released in summer of 2017).

Lawn Fawn: White Christmas in July Card

Lawn Fawn White Christmas in July Card by Maria Byrd | CrafstyByrd.blogspot.com

Took me a while to make this card since I've never done a "white on white" card yet.  I spent about two days trying to figure out how to do it and almost gave up on submitting something for a challenge due this afternoon.  Just sat there with bits and pieces of failed attempts while drinking my coffee and munching on cereal (yup, my brunch).. and then the light bulb came on! 💡

Avery Elle: Happy Birthday Bus Card

Avery Elle Happy Birthday Bus Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

Welcome back!  Yesterday was a good mail day 😊 since I received my newly purchased Avery Elle Birthday Bus stamp and die set.  I think it was just released last month (mid-May).  When I saw this online, I thought, "Wow!  Surely, a carpool with friends would be more enjoyable than being dropped off by your parents.. unless, if the driver was your parent!"

Lawn Fawn: Claw-some Beary Birthday Card

Lawn Fawn Claw-some Beary Birthday Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

I'm excited about today's project since I get to play with Lawn Fawn You're Claw-some and my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor pen.  The vivid colors are perfect for the bears! It reminded me of many hours of fun and quarters spent at the arcade trying to win a bear and other stuffed animals from claw games when I was younger.  My dad passed away a few years ago.  He would keep giving me quarters until I won one (or two, or three...) 😏  Inspired by that special memory, this will be my first "masculine" card.

Spellbinders + DCWV: Bloom Hello Card

 Spellbinders Bloom Hello Card by Maria Byrd at CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

Good morning!  I just finished making Bloom Hello Card based on three card challenges.  One of the challenges required use of pattern paper, so I had to go through my stash of DCWV and pick colors similar enough to MFT (My Favorite Things) Color Challenge.  Then the fun starts with trying to (re)interpret MFT's Sketch 335 for the layout.  I've never combined these colors before which as I would describe them as orange, tangerine, medium warm gray, and pool blue.

Lawn Fawn: Beary Birthday Card

Lawn Fawn Beary Birthday Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

Good Monday Morning!  I'm happy today for being able to finish this Beary Birthday Card.  The last card I made was back in April.  It took me a while to unpack and organize my crafting supplies from our recent move to a smaller city.  Actually, I still couldn't find the lamps I used for taking indoor photos, so I had to use the flash which washed out the picture.  But, it did catch the shine of the gold embossing.

How to Redirect Custom Domain Purchased from Google Domain to Blogger URL

Redirect Domain to Blogger

Happy Sunday! This afternoon, I'll be sharing my experience with redirecting custom domain - purchased from Google Domain - to an existing Blogger. Ever since I started a blog a few months ago, I've been playing with default and pre-purchased templates alike.  Though I always find there are features I wanted to add or replace.

Change from PaperCardSmores to CraftsyByrd

CraftsyByrd | formerly PaperCardSmore | By Maria Byrd

Hello, Friends!  CraftsyByrd replaces PaperCardSmores!  Yup, it is still me, Maria Byrd, just a different blog name.  Why the change?  Well, being at my age, I tend to be forgetful sometimes and... CraftsyByrd is so MUCH easier (for me & you) to remember!  Plus, the new name results in a shorter URL (even with that blogspot tail), has only 3 syllables, and sounds like craft-SEE-bird! 😂

Home Cooked Meal for Fuzzball

Homemade Chicken Recipe for Dog by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

Happy mother's day to all mothers including those of us with fur babies! 💕  I recently made a simple chicken dish for my fur baby (a.k.a. Fuzzball) after getting discouraged from buying canned food for him.  Basically, I kept getting a bad batch of canned dog food regardless if I purchased it online or in a store from two national pet food retailers.  So, I decided to cook a homemade dish for him as a temporary alternative.

Lawn Fawn: Easter Bunny Hop Card

Lawn Fawn Easter Bunny Hop Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

A fun Easter Bunny Hop Card for friends at the hospital where I volunteer as office clerk.  I'm also saying my farewell when I give them the card.  I will miss them, though I'm also looking forward to this Spring's new beginnings!

Lawn Fawn: Penguin Birthday Card

Lawn Fawn Penguin Birthday Card by Maria Byrd - CraftsyByrd - updated082017

This is a last minute Penguin Birthday Card I've made especially for Lawn Fawn's First Challenge on their new Lawn Fawnatics blog.  As I was looking through challenge blogs on this rainy Sunday morning, I came across the post with only 2 hours to make a card.  Lawn Fawn is special to me because it's my first exposure to cardmaking a year ago.  So, I just have to be a part of it!  I used my very first stamp set which is Lawn Fawn's Toboggan Together.

Altenew: Peony Thanks Card

Altenew Peony Thanks Card by Maria Byrd at CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

I recently made this lush Peony Thanks Card for a nice friend who's in town to attend a Comic Con event.  Peony Bouquet stamp and inks by Altenew adhered on DCWV Far East cardstock.  Details embellished with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens and Glossy Accent for shine and dimension.  A simple Thanks Sentiment from the stamp set is embossed in gold.

PicsArt: Fuzzball Birthday Card

PicsArt Birthday Card by Maria Byrd at CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

While I was playing with the cute Fuzzball, I ended up taking pictures of him.  Then, I found myself downloading PicsArt app which was quite easy to use.  Its filters and other tools allowed me to create a 'digital art' version of the original photo. From this, I crafted a birthday card for spring season.

Avery Elle + Altenew: Viking Amaze Card

Avery Elle + Altenew Viking Amaze Card by Maria Byrd at CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

Fell in-love with Avery Elle Viking stamp and die-cut when I saw it online a few weeks ago.  When I first used the stamp, the ink beaded up and made spotty impressions as a result. So, I gently washed it with dish detergent and pat-dry with paper towel. I then carefully cut out the sentiment (inside the viking's beard) using an X-Acto blade. This allowed me to use a sentiment from Altenew Floral Frame.

Penny Black: Butterfly Love Card

Penny Black Butterfly Love Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

Butterfly Love Card for Valentine's Day has lots of hearts and sparkle! As you can tell by now, I use different brands from my stash and is fond of shiny/sparkly touches.  The sentiment is Penny Black True Love die-cut from a ruby red glitter paper and the background paper from DCWV The Far East Stack.

Inkadinkado + Ellen Essentials: Puppy Sparkle Card

Inkadinkado Dog & Ellen Essentials Sparkle Card by Maria Byrd at CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

Sparkle Pup is my first attempt of creating a card specifically for challenges, unlike my first post Love You card which I made for Valentine's day.  So, this one required a bit of thought (ha ha ha)!  Ultimately, the themes of pet and sparkle stood out.  The card is super sparkly in person, but tricky to catch it on picture.

Altenew + WPlus9: Love You Card

Altenew & WPlus9 Love You Card by Maria Byrd | CraftsyByrd.blogspot.com

This first post (Woo-hoo!) features my Love You card perfect for Valentine's day, Mother's day and Birthdays.  Lush florals and foliage from Altenew Peony Bouquet and Beautiful Day stamps and colored with Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Cubes in Rose Petal and Summer Afternoon.