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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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MFT Color Challenge 72

My Favorite Things has a color challenge as well as the weekly sketch challenge.  The color challenge is every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.  Since I'm caught up with my card projects, I thought I would enter this challenge for the first time.  

It's not a requirement to use every color or even the exact colors.  Just get as close to the challenge colors as you can.  I have most of the MFT inks but just a few colors of the paper.  

I used the scallop element from Blueprints 14 and layered the red and gray papers.  I love the scallops and the dotted border gives it a modern look.  I backed this with some white cardstock and mounted it on a navy blue card base.  

The Adorable Elephants stamp is the star of the card.  i colored him with some gray Copics and used the coordinating die to cut him out.  I stamped the cute flowers right onto the panel and colored them with a couple of blue Copic markers.  2 balloons come in the set, round and heart.  Is it a surprise that I chose the heart one?  You can see the shine from the shimmer pen I used to finish it.  

More Essential Sentiments came to the rescue again with just the right phrase to fit the card theme.  

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Monday, June 26, 2017

I WON!!!!!!!

Wow!  I'm so excited.  How fun to get rewarded for creativity.  Thanks MFT!!!

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MFT Sketch Challenge #338

I was so busy with Camp Create last week that I didn't have time to participate in the weekly sketch challenge.  So I'm back again with this week's card project.  Here's the sketch.  

Sketch 338 #mftstamps

And here is my adorable card.

It's impossible to imagine how many hours I spent on creating this.  I started with a pink card base.  Then I used a white watercolor panel that I cut with a stitched rounded corner die.  I took a stencil with a subtle pattern and sponged some Spun Sugar Distress Ink to create a nice background.  

I took another piece of watercolor paper and sponged Worn Lipstick Distress Ink over the entire surface.  I deliberately left some places lighter than others.  The ink reacts with water so that is where you see the lighter areas as I used a spray bottle to moisten the paper and then blotted it dry with a paper towel.  Then I used the Stitched Heart Stax largest die to cut the shape.  I backed the stenciled panel and the heart with foam pieces that ensures they will stay in the right shape.  

The bunnies were stamped, colored and cut from the Sweet Forest Friends set from MFT.  Don't you love their pink ears and noses?  I used Doodled Blooms for the flower and leaves.  The More Essential Sentiments set has 26 sentiments to choose from.  I thought this one went well with the heart theme.  I finished the card with a sparkle pen on the flowers, bunnies and sentiment strip.  

All you readers of my blog, and you know who you are, the sentiment on this card reflects my feelings for you.  Thanks for supporting me and don't forget that comments are always welcome.  

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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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