Monday, May 29, 2017

MFT Sketch #334 Beautiful Belle

Goodness.  Another week gone by.  Time flies so fast it seems.  
I put together another card for the weekly sketch challenge at My Favorite Things.  Here's the sketch I'm trying to copy.  

Sketch Challenge 334 #mftstamps

As soon as I saw the nice square window I knew I wanted to put a special photo in that space.  This lady is an inspiration to everyone.  She retired from a grade school assignment 3 years ago and now volunteers her time to go on field trips, after school activities and whatever else is needed.  Last week was the last of the school year and the teachers dressed up as their favorite Disney character.  She took on the role of Beauty "Belle".  Wig, Mary Jane shoes, library book and all.  I wanted to honor her with a special card showcasing the event and her part in it.  

I took several photos and included the prints with the card.  Such a fun memory for a special lady.  

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mosaic Star

I was playing with some of my supplies and came across a mosaic star die from Simon Says Stamp.  I also wanted to do some ink blending so a card design began to form in my mind.  

After die cutting the star from gray cardstock I heat embossed a sentiment with white powder.  I grabbed a scrap of smooth white Bristol paper and combined Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks for the panel behind the star cut out.  I also die cut several stars from complimentary cardstock colors and adhered them to the front.  One of the navy stars was covered in Glossy Accents.  A strand of pretty silver cord was wound around the gray panel before I finally attached it to a white card base.  

I think this card design would be good for a congratulations card too.  Here's a photo of a variation of the same design.  

This time I added a bit of Seedless Preserves to the inked panel and it gives a purple hue when mixed with the blues.  I chose a silver ribbon and tied it in a knot.  The stitched panel was added to a gray cardstock base.  

Hope you have a wonderful starry day!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 333

Hi everyone. Today I have a card that I'm entering in the My Favorite Things weekly sketch challenge.  Here's the design.

Sketch Challenge 333 #mftstamps

I had an idea in my head but the card evolved into an entirely different design.  

Cute, huh?  I stamped and colored birds from the Purr-Fect Friends and Birds of Paradise stamp sets and of course used the matching dies to cut them.  I also die cut the flamingo, adding some ink to the edges.  I wanted all the birds to be facing the same direction, going up the "hill".  I found just the right sentiment in the Pure Innocence Happy Together stamp set.  I heat embossed it and used some black stripe paper from MFT's Black & White Basics paper pack.  

I love how bright and cheerful this card is and I'm so happy that a design "mistake" turned into a really special card.  

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

MFT Camp Create Stunning Shadow Stamping

It's the last day of camp and I'm sorry to see it come to a close.  However, I think today's challenge is the best.  It's called shadow stamping.  Here's how it works.  Using a dark cardstock, stamp some solid images with white pigment ink.  Then overstamp the same images but slightly offset using a dark ink that matches the cardstock.  Viola.  Shadow stamping.

I would call it stunning!  This was so simple to do, after I messed up several card panels of course.  

I finished the card by die cutting the love word 3 times and gluing it to the center of the card.  I mounted it on a white card base.  This is actually a 5" x 5" card, which I think adds to the elegance of the project.  

Here's today's badge.  And because I've entered all 5 camp create challenges I have the opportunity of winning $150 of My Favorite Things products.  It would be great!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MFT Camp Create Divine Dry Embossing

Day 4's challenge for camp at My Favorite Things has to do with dry embossing.  I've done this technique before but not in the way it was demonstrated by the MFT designer.  I wanted to give it a try and besides it's fun to experiment with new ideas.  

I used masking paper to create a frame on my paper in which I could do some ink blending.  I used Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick.  After applying the ink, I removed the mask frame and was left with a nice white area.  

I stamped and colored a favorite Pure Innocence girl and then fussy cut her.  I popped her up with some foam and stamped the sentiment right on the inked panel using my Misti tool.  So cute!  Here's today's badge.  


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MFT Camp Create Remarkable Resist

I love the soft look and simplicity of this card.  The resist technique is basically where you create a design with melted embossing powder and then ink over the top.  The embossed area resists the ink and doesn't take the color.  It gives a stunning effect with not much effort.  I think this leaf design is universal for so many occasions.  I let the large sentiment shine with a pretty scalloped oval edge.  


See you tomorrow!
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MFT Camp Create 3 Awesome Ombre

It's the second day of camp and the challenge is to create a card using the ombre technique.  The color is varied from light to dark across the panel.  

I created this fishtail design and used 2 colors of Distress inks to give the background a watery look.  I've been wanting to use Lawn Fawn's Fintastic Friends stamps and dies.  It was really easy to color in the cute fish and tank and after die cutting them I was ready to put the card together.  

Here's my badge for today.


Tomorrow is day 3, Remarkable Resist.  Pop in to see my awesome card!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

MFT Camp Create 3 Monochromatic Magic

I'm back for another week of camp.  Camp Create sponsored by My Favorite Things, that is.  Today's challenge is to create a monochromatic card.  The definition is "having or consisting of one color or hue."  

I used a Project Life card for the sentiment panel.  This made it easy to put the card together since most of the work was in the ready made card.  I chose some complimentary paper colors, to make it monochromatic.  I die cut the heart border 5 times and stacked one on top of each other.  I then pieced the inner shapes with the contrasting color.  

I earned my camp badge for today!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MFT Camp Create 2 Background Bonanza


This is the camp badge I earned today by participating in My Favorite Things Camp Create 2 challenge.  The challenge today deals with creating an all over background using small stamps.  I've been wanting to use the Cat-itude set and this was the perfect opportunity.  

I stamped the three fish images from the set on some Bristol smooth cardstock and lightly colored them with some gray Copic markers.  Then I stamped the cat, colored and cut him out.  I popped him up with a Wobble so he shakes and moves when you touch him.  I stamped the sentiment with my Misti lining up the two sentences perfectly.  

After adding a pop of color with the "salmon" hearts I put everything together on a Bermuda Bay card base.  So cute.  Thanks for staying with me this week.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

MFT Camp Create 2 Magnificent Masking Challenge

I've got an over the top cute card today.  I'm entering it in My Favorite Things Camp Create 2 Magnificent Masking Challenge.  The idea is to create a card using the masking technique.  This is not the first time I've done this but I wanted to go outside my comfort zone and make it more challenging.  

I started by stamping the Sunflower Sweetheart girl image on a piece of Bristol smooth white cardstock.  I stamped the image again on a piece of masking paper and fussy cut her out.  The masking paper has a thin release sheet that peels off and you lay it over your stamped image.  When I did this I had a surface that I could ink on and not worry about sunflower girl getting messy.  

I thought it was appropriate to use Tim Holtz's Ray stencil and several Distress inks to make a sunshine background.  I am happy I decided to extend the rays all around her and not just at the top.  When I removed the stamped mask I had her outline and then used Copic markers to color her.  I also had to cover her with a clear Wink of Stella pen to enhance her sparkle.  

I used a foam panel to pop her up from the main card base.  I also love the red card stock I used as it brings out the red in her dress.  I think she's beyond adorable.  I've got one more challenge to enter at MFT.  The ideas are already flowing!
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