Monday, August 7, 2017

MFT Sketch and Color Challenge

I'm doing a 2 for 1 post today.  Both challenges for My Favorite Things is approaching the deadline and I decided to make one card featuring both challenges.  
Sketch Challenge 344 #mftstamps

The stitched edge is a die that I have been wanting and finally ordered it.  I literally waited by the mailbox as the package was due to arrive today.  I had my card ready to go except for the panel I needed with the angled edge.  


I finished the card and took my photos.  The lighting doesn't do the card justice.  I should have picked a different background to photograph the card.  Anyway, I like how it turned out.  I stamped one of the flowers from the new Plentiful Petals stamp set with Green-eyed Monster ink and used Purple Rain ink for the centers.  The running sentiment strip is from the All Smiles set stamped with Factory Green ink.  I thought this was an unusual color combination but sometimes it's good to work outside your comfort zone.  


The angled panel is Grout Gray.  Although I have the Purple Rain ink, I do not have any cardstock that color, so I improvised with a close match.  The smile word was die cut 5 times and stacked one on top of each other to give the card some dimension.  

Sometimes these challenges can be well, challenging.  I get my inspiration from lots of places. Card companies usually have a great design team who use their products in interesting ways so they are a source I tend to check out.  Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, July 31, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 343

It's hard to believe it's the last day of July.  Where is this year going?  
I've been having fun creating a card using the new card kit from My Favorite Things.  It has lots of floral images and a separate sentiment stamp sheet for every possible occasion.  I decided to use it for this week's sketch challenge.  

Sketch Challenge 343 #mftstamps


I stamped the pretty flowers with silver metallic ink.  I thought it would be a great contrast with the other colors for this card design.  The flower centers are stamped in black and the leaves are die cut from black cardstock.  


I cut a 1" piece of black and white striped paper to run down the side, which ties all the elements together.  Finally I heat embossed a sentiment with white embossing powder on black cardstock.  I arranged the flowers in a loose oval shape to mimic the sketch and the card was finished.  


The card looks much prettier in real life as it shows off the shimmer of the metallic ink.  It's a classic elegant card.  So that's it for me today.  See you next month!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Tasty Taco Truck

I have a fun card for you today.  I have a Stampin' Up! set called Tasty Trucks.  It has a cute truck image and several accessories so you can customize it for different looks.  


See the cute cupcake, hot dog, ice cream cone and taco?  Lots of possibilities.  I decided to create a taco truck because my family likes tacos, particularly using Perez shells which are only made in Kansas City.  I have THE best friend in the world who mails these special shells to Florida so we can enjoy this meal at home.  


Here's my taco truck card.  So cute!  I used a couple of coordinating papers for the background and anchored them together with a gold patterned ribbon.  Then I cut a smaller panel and stamped the truck, flags, banners and tacos along with an appropriate sentiment.  I went to town coloring everything with my Tombow markers.  I popped up the matted panel and then added Glossy Accents to the wheels, banners, flags, tacos and awning.  


After it dries it's raised and shiny.  This would be a nice encouragement card, congratulations or even just everyday hello.  


Happy taco day to all of you!   

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

MFT Color Challenge #73

I'm joining this week's color challenge at My Favorite Things.  Here are the colors we're required to work with.  


I have all MFT's ink colors but only a small selection of paper.  Thankfully I came really close to this combination.  The prize is a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things online store.  


I have been dying to use the Funky Flowers stamp and I like how easy it was to incorporate the colors using these flowers.  It was fun to see how close I could come to the challenge colors.  I think the paper for the leaves is Grout Gray but I used Gravel Gray ink to stamp the design.  I used the same process with the rest of the colors.  The ink for the blue flower is Tropical Teal and the orange flowers are stamped with Coral Crush ink.  I found some black and gray paper to use for the background and trimmed the edges with some white scalloped cardstock.  


I finished off the flower centers with some black enamel dots.  I thought it tied all the elements together and added the final touch.  


Have a special day!










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Monday, July 17, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #341, Card 2

I'm sneaking in another card for this week's sketch challenge at My Favorite Things.


I so love how this turned out.  I used the End of the Rainbow die to create the curved borders.  It was fun to alternate 2 cardstock colors.  


Die-namics End of the Rainbow

I also love the cute house and all the different elements you can add to create just the right style; roof, door, windows, chimney, bushes, trees.  


I finished off the card with some sparkly iridescent hearts from Pretty Pink Posh.  


Lots of love to all my blog readers.  You are very special to me!
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #341

A new week, a new sketch challenge at My Favorite Things.  I'm really working hard to be the winner of one of these.  Here's the sketch:

Sketch Challenge 341 #mftstamps

And here's my card.  


I've been wanting to tear into the Roses All Over paper pack so I chose a red orange page and paired it with some matching cardstock.  You will never guess what I used to make the curved borders on the top and bottom.  The snowdrift die!  It's amazing how creative you can be when you have to.  


I cut a nice square from white cardstock.  I then used the Friend word die and cut it from the orange cardstock 4 times.  I stacked each letter on top of one another to make some real dimension and glued all them to the front panel.  To add further interest I stamped the sentiment on a fishtail banner and popped it up on the square.  The cute flowers are from the Pure Innocence Happy Together stamp.  I thought they made the perfect element to finish off the card.  


I'm off to link this post to the challenge website.  I might have another card or two in me before the challenge ends.  Have a great day!












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Thursday, July 13, 2017

I Scream Ice Cream

I have been busy.  Ice cream up to my eyeballs, which is higher than my mouth by the way.  I've been wanting to play with a Stampin' Up! stamp and die set ever since I got it several months ago.  Since its officially summer, it seemed like a good time.  
I'm going to show you the finished cards first and then some of the process it took to put this ice cream project together.  


Lots and lots of ice cream cards!  






Both the stamp and dies have lots of small pieces so it makes sense to create several cards at the same time while all the supplies are out.  Now, here is some of the chaos of the last 2 days. 


 Cones, scoops, hot fudge anyone?


It takes awhile to coordinate all the papers and cardstock.  


I think building a real ice cream treat is a lot easier.


Finally, the cards are coming together.  
I wish I had little clean up elves that would make the desk all pretty again and all the supplies back where they belong.  Any takers?  Oh well, at least I have lots of beautiful cards that I hope will make someone happy.  Thanks for stopping by.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #340

I have the most adorable, super cute card for you today.  As usual this week is another sketch challenge at My Favorite Things.  

Sketch Challenge 340 #mftstamps

Here comes the cuteness!  


I warned you.  I stamped 2 of the owl images from I'm Owl Yours and colored them up.  This is an anniversary card so I chose what looked to me like a man and a woman.  You can tell which is which, right?  I watercolored a panel and stamped a sentiment from the Amazing set and covered it with a sparkle pen.  The red background is a double stitched circle and I sliced off a small section at the bottom.  I also added Wink of Stella sparkle pen to the pink heart.  


The MFT paper with the hearts was the perfect compliment to the overall design.  But the over the top cuteness comes from the wiggle eyes.  I got a couple packs of these at Michaels and they were just waiting for this card so they could show off.  I call them googly eyes and the eyelashes on the girl owl just gets me every time.  They are perfect!  


I cannot wait for the anniversary couple to see it tomorrow.  It fits their personality and I know they will appreciate the loving effort I put into making this card so special for them.  
See you soon!
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Monday, July 3, 2017

MFT Color Challenge 72, Part 2

My Favorite Things Color Challenge is still open for another 9 days.  I decided to create another card since I still had the Adorable Elephants stamp set out.  


Same colors, same stamp but a completely different design.  I dipped a piece of watercolor paper in a couple of blue Distress inks and used the smooshing technique (an artists technical term) to create the main focal panel for this card.  While I let that dry I created the base from the same navy cardstock and also cut the stitched rounded frame.  


The cute butterflies are in the same stamp set and I colored them red and added some detail with a white gel pen.  After using the matching die I popped them up with some tiny pieces of foam adhesive along with the colored elephant.  


I used the same sentiment but stamped it on a rounded edge strip and sat the elephant right on top.  I'm going to pop over to the challenge site and link my card.  Now I have 2 cards eligible for a $50 gift voucher.  Hum, I'm liking these odds.



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