Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Divine Dry Embossing

Camp Create sponsored by My Favorite Things has topped off the week with a Bonfire Challenge.  Participants need to create a project with the dry embossing technique.  This really is just using a die cut to emboss the cardstock instead of cutting the paper.  
I started with a 5" x 5" square card base using a natural paper with some flecks of raw fibers running through it.  I sponged on some Distress Ink.  Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and a touch of Vintage Photo.  I had MFT's Quilt Square Cover Up and thought it would show up the embossing very nicely.  I kept it simple by choosing a sentiment from an old MFT set Pure Innocence Lily of the Valley.  This was a flower series for each month of the year, this one was May.  
This card is actually much prettier than the photos show.  The soft colors and detailed embossing look like an actual quilt square.  And the sentiment reflects the warmth and feeling that a real quilt gives.  
Here's my earned badge.



Happy crafting!
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Glitsy Glitter

This is the last day of Camp Create, although we have an extra project for the bonfire party.  This is my favorite theme, GLITTER!  And oh boy, did I go wild on this one.  


Pretty glitsy with glitter, for sure.  I covered a cardstock panel with double sided adhesive, the entire panel.  Then I peeled back the top adhesive layer a little at a time, sprinkling different colors of glitter until I had the whole panel covered.  I didn't have the sections marked off.  I just stopped with one color and then moved on to the next.  I love this effect.  I think an order of glitter is in my future.  Then I die cut the HUGS word from the glittered panel.  


I was left with a cut out of the word.  I die cut the hugs word 6 times from white cardstock and then glued one on top of each other until I had raised dimensional letters.  I then placed each letter into the glittered cut out panel.  This was really a simple card to make but it has tons of style and shine.  


What did I do with the glitter letters I cut out of the big panel, you ask?  Well, as any glitter girl knows, you can't waste anything that's glittered so I made another card using them.  


You can't see it very well in the photo but I used a sparkle spray mist on the finished card, becuase you know, it might not have been shiny enough.  Ok, it's badge time.  Here it is.



I've now participated in all 5 days of Camp Create and have the opportunity of winning the grand prize of $150 gift card to the MFT store.  Please, pretty please pick me!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sensational Sliders


Day 4 of Camp Create is here.  My Favorite Things is sponsoring this week long event with fun and prizes.  Today's challenge is to make a card project and incorporate a slider element.  This is a fairly new concept and takes special equipment.  So I'm fudging a little.  I'm still creating movement on my card, just in a different way.  



I chose this hula girl so that I could attach a wobble sticker behind her.  She now does the hula dance!  The wobble action sticker is a spring like element that attaches to the card and also to the image of whatever you'd like to make wobble.  When you touch the girl she moves and shakes around.  It's really very cute.  I used a dark kraft paper with a red stripe down the side as my front panel.  I then cut an oval shape in a lighter kraft paper.  I love the pretty flowers and I think the sentiment speaks to the happy mood of the card.  I finished it off with some sequins.  


I worked pretty long and hard on this card so I am claiming my badge for today.  




Tomorrow I get to play with glitter!  Oh boy, oh boy.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spectacular Shakers

It's Day 3 of Camp Create at My Favorite Things.  As the title implies, it's all about shaker cards.  These have been popular for awhile now, and it's even easier to create shakers with new products that simplify the process.  For instance, MFT has shaker pouches in round, square and heart shapes.  These are clear semi-soft plastic shapes that hold sequins, buttons, mini die cuts or even tiny toys.  There are matching dies that cut holes in the cardstock just the right size for the plastic shapes.  And finally, a die that cuts an outer layer of cardstock so that you don't see the edges of the plastic when the shaker is complete.  


Circle Shaker Pouches Square Shaker Pouches Heart Shaker Pouches


See how the shaker element is the focus of the card.  And by the way, did you notice the flower in the center is from, drum roll please, Doodled Blooms stamp set, the same one I used for Day 1 and Day 2.  I chose a white card base to center my rounded rectangle panel.  It's a piece of Tim Holtz' woodgrain distress cardstock.  Doesn't it look like an old barn board?  I covered it with a medium gray ink and it has that white washed look.  


Here's a close up of the shaker.  I have a lot of these pretty seed beads and I colored the flower to match.  Finally, I found the perfect sentiment that seems to pun the distress woodgrain cardstock.  


I love it!  So, would you agree that I earned the camp badge for today?  I'm proudly displaying it for you.



Gotta finish out the week.  See you tomorrow!

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Remarkable Resist


I'm back today showcasing Day 2 of Camp Create with My Favorite Things.  Here's the badge I earned for my project.  



The theme for today is Remarkable Resist.  This is basically stamping and then using a heat gun and powder that's made to melt into the paper.  It's almost instant and gives a shiny, raised effect that you can then color with markers, ink or paint.  


Do you recognize the flowers?  Yep, it's the same Doodled Blooms stamp that I used yesterday.  I still had it out on my table so I decided to use it again for today's camp creation.  It looks totally different though because of the way I colored the flowers and the card design.  I embossed the flowers with black powder and that gave me a nice outline and surface to work on.  


The leaves from Doodled Blooms didn't fit the style of my design so I chose to use Layered Leaves dies.  This set includes both a solid leaf and a cut overlay.  You can use them together or separately, making these dies a really good value.  I went in the design direction of black and white, and I love it so much.  It's a departure from the regular cards I make and maybe that's another reason it turned out so well.  The sentiment from More Essential Sentiments fit perfectly with the happy flowers.  


Time to get some rest from Camp Create so I'll be fresh and ready for Day 3.  It's fun to look through all the cards made by other campers.  Be sure to check out Day 2's projects on the MFT Blog for lots more inspiration.  I think it's time for a nap now.  









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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wonderful Watercolor


My Favorite Things is sponsoring Camp Create 2017.  I really enjoyed this last year so I wanted to participate in this week's activities.  The theme for today is Wonderful Watercolor.  I was excited to get out my paints and inks as it's been awhile.  Here's my card.  


I used some new watercolor paper made by Canson.  My local Michael's store carries a nice selection of artist quality papers.  It's good for me because I take my time with the water and paint.  This paper seems to hold up well and doesn't pill, especially when I need to go over and over an area.  So I made a little scene here with some grass and sky.  While the background was drying, I stamped the flowers and leaves on the same paper.  Since the surface of the paper is not smooth I used my Misti tool.  What a lifesaver.  Then I colored them with my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.  They are basically a blend of ink color and water with a fine tip brush.  Love how easy these are to work with.  


You can't really see from this photo but I covered the flowers and leaves with clear Wink of Stella shimmer pen.  Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle.  I also love the nice bold, scripty font of the sentiment.  


Camp Create actually started Monday so I'm getting a slow start but I am still eligible for today's craft badge.  Tomorrow's post will highlight Day 2.  You can head on over to MFT's blog to read all the details and see lots of inspiring creations.  Thanks for stopping by!



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Monday, June 12, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #336


I'm barely keeping up with all the cards I want to make and post.  Whew, days fly by and I don't know where the time goes.  Today I have a card for this week's My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.  This is number 336!  I can't believe the number is that high.  I'm ready to win a gift voucher tho.  Here is the sketch design.  

Sketch Challenge 336 #mftstamps

Now, this is right up my alley.  A prominent element of the design is a heart.  So I had to get busy and create.  Am I right?  



I used Blu Raspberry cardstock and some pattern paper from Tranquil Textures and Hearts & Stripes paper pack.  I edged the heart paper with Peacock Feathers Distress ink.  


The Love word was cut from the heart with the Happy Greeting die set.  And finally, the sentiment is from a Pure Innocence stamp called Freckles.  I finished it off with some glossy white Nuvo drops and aqua sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  
Have a great day!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy 50th Anniversary


I made this cute card for relatives celebrating their 50th anniversary.  


I used a portion of some paper printed with stars that had a resist effect.  I used gold Delicata ink and covered the entire panel.  I wasn't entirely happy with the result so I used some Fossilized Amber Distress ink to darken up the background.  Then I added the gold sparkly ink on top of that.  The effect was a deeper gold with a hint of shine.  


I colored and cut out these cute owls along with the arrow heart.  I covered the owl eyes and heart with Glossy Accents to give them a raised look and set them aside to dry.  I decided on a non traditional pink card base and added a strip down the side accented with gold foil cardstock.  


The inside of the card featured big 5 and 0 numbers in the same gold cardstock.  (Forgot a photo.)  So cute and it matches my blog images perfectly!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #335


My Favorite Things has created an interesting card sketch this week.  


Sketch Challenge 335 #mftstamps

At first I wasn't sure what to do but then an idea came into my head.  And, it worked!  It's nice when you can visualize a design and then execute it and it even turns out how you wanted.  


I colored the large Toucan from Birds of Paradise and then created a shaker tag using Tag Builder 5 Blueprints.  The set even includes the arrow and the tiny hearts.  There are 3 different tag designs in the set.  I need to use this more.  


I chose some bright sequins from my stash and used a sentiment from a Pure Innocence stamp set.  The extra hearts on the top right side was stretching the sketch design but I love how it adds to the card.  I also love the black and white paper pad from MFT.  It goes with everything!

Have a great day!

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