Sunday, February 18, 2018

Heading To The Finish Line

Olympic Creative Challenge #4 is all about speed, getting to the finish line.  Pushing our creative limits to the edge.  We are required to create and finish a card in 20 minutes!  That will really be a challenge for me.  At least I thought and planned it out ahead of time.  I've been wanting to use the radiating rays stencil and do a rainbow ink pattern so I got out all the supplies and hit the stopwatch on my phone.  

Once I laid down my paper and taped the stencil on top, it was pretty easy.  I used Distress Oxide inks; Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Orange Marmalade, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet.  I die cut the finished panel with the rounded rectangle from Blueprints 31 and also used the circle die to create my shaker window.  

I had some rose gold mirror paper and die cut the word hugs.  It really stands out against the colors.  Some sparkly glitter inside the shaker completed the card.  Of course it's easy to have an idea in your head about a card design but the execution of it doesn't always evolve the same way.  Since I was timing my project I needed to stay focused and on track.  

So, I finished all 4 events of the Creative Olympic Challenge.  Yea!!!  Medals will be awarded on Thursday, the 22nd.  

Gold medal: $100 MFT Voucher — One winner randomly selected from participants that complete all 4 events.

Silver medals: $50 MFT Voucher — One winner randomly selected from each event.

Bronze medals: $15 MFT Voucher — Winners randomly selected from Olympic Park Q&A events.

Of course I'm going for the GOLD medal.  All the shopping possibilities of a $100 gift voucher.  I'm off to make my wish list.  

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Creative Olympic Challenge #3

Crafty Biathlon.  That is challenge #3 at the My Favorite Things Olympics.  What is that?  
The Crafty Biathlon tests your ability to adapt to obstacles and excel in multiple challenges simultaneously. Below you’ll find two columns – one representing a technique and the other, a type of card. Your challenge is to select one option from each column and combine into one fabulous card!
Ok, I just want to say this was quite the challenge.  I finally chose Emboss Resist and combined it with a Shaker card.  Here's my entry.
I created the background by stamping the leaves from the Funky Flowers set.  It took quite awhile since I used the Misti tool so I could get a good impression with the clear Versamark ink.  I had to do it in sections because I applied white detail embossing powder and then heat set it.  Finally I had a nice embossed panel.  I set about using Distress Oxide inks, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio, and blended the two colors over the embossing.  It leaves a beautiful reveal of the emossed leaves.  Hence, the technique, emboss resist.  
I stamped the cute deer from the January freebie "I Love You Deerly" stamp and used my colored pencils.  I added the white spots with a gel pen.  After cutting out the square piece from the embossed panel, I added a shaker pouch that you can get at My Favorite Things.  These pouches come in various shapes and make it SO easy to create shaker cards.  I filled the pouch with some pretty blue, green and marshmallow sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.    I adhered the back panel with the deer to the filled sequin front panel and I had my embossed resist shaker card.  I stamped the sentiment and added it with foam tape.  
So happy to get this one finished.  It took me 5 hours.  Whew!  Challenge #4 is creating a card in 20 minutes.  Oh my!  It will be the hardest of all.  
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Creative Olympic Challenge #1

Today's challenge is called Stamping Slalom.  Create one card that incorporates 3 separate stamp sets, all My Favorite Things of course.  One of the design lines at MFT is called Pure Innocence.  It's based on this cute girl in many different situations.  Here's my card and entry.  

Adorable, right?  I used I Love You With All My Heart, Heart Bouquet, I Heart You and Because You're Special.  I exceeded the challenge quota.  Yea!  I have lots of Pure Innocence stamps but I chose these 3 that included hearts.  These stamps have matching dies but I had to fussy cut one of the girls as the set was made a long time ago, before the dies were produced.  I used some pretty pink paper from the Dots & Stripes Confection paper pad, backed it with some foam and cut a scalloped curved edge at the bottom.  

I'm still learning to color with Copic markers but I chose the same colors for all the girls so the card would have a cohesive look.  I also popped them up with foam tape on the back for dimension and found the perfect sentiment from another Pure Innocence stamp set.  Lastly, I used a shimmer pen to give some sparkle to the girls.  I'm very happy with how this turned out and I have another card to enter in the Olympic Challenge.  

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Creative Olympic Challenge #2

I'm excited to be participating in the Creative Challenge at My Favorite Things.  This company not only has great products but always inspires me to work on projects that I might not tackle otherwise.  Challenge #2 is a freestyle event.  We must create a card in any style, with one exception, it has to have a winter theme.  I live in Florida and MFT headquarters is north about 3 hours, but STILL in Florida.  Not to be gloating, but it's hard to think it's winter.  I'm wearing shorts and it's a balmy 81 degrees.  But I don't have to worry as MFT has a lot of cute stamps that fit the winter theme.  So, here's my entry.  

I made this card to celebrate our friends becoming grandparents for the first time.  You should be able to figure out the baby's gender from the card.  Yes, a BOY!  I used Orange Zest cardstock and cut an opening with the square peek-a-boo window die.  I love how this die makes the nice stitching around the cutout.  The polar bear has a Copic colored scarf and I popped him up with some foam.  I'm sending the card off with a Grandma photo brag book.  I think they will appreciate the card and gift.  

I'm off to link my project up at the challenge blog.  Have a great day!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lovable Leopards

I was itching to work with this leopard stamp set.  I know someone who is a wild animal lover and thought this would be the perfect card for her.  

Lovable Leopards

So cute and lovable, as stamps of course.  I'd like to keep the real ones at a distance, for now at least.  

I have the dies and stamps for this set so the card came together pretty easy.  It was mostly deciding on the design and coloring the leopard and the birds.  

I love how the dies leave a nice white border around the images.  It's a great contrast to the colors.  I used Glossy Buttermilk Nuvo Crystal Drops to add an extra detail and texture.  It's like liquid enamel in a bottle.  You can squeeze out tiny, big or bigger dots on your project or craft mat and they will dry perfectly round and hard.  They come in tons of colors and there's even a line of glitter ones.  

Nuvo Crystal Drops - Buttermilk

The more I use them the more I love them.  

That wraps it up for today and another month.  See you soon!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Perfect Pearls

I recently made this card using a product called Perfect Pearls.  It's a fine powder that has a metallic shine to it.  It comes in different colors but I used white on this card.  

I think it's very dramatic and stunning.  Here's the process.  This technique works best with layering stamps.  By that I mean the stamps are grouped together as one flower but you stamp each layer individually.  This allows the flower to look more realistic.  I started with Island Indigo card stock and stamped the solid flower first with Versamark ink.  It's that sticky clear ink that I also use for heat embossing.  Then I sprinkled on the Perfect Pearls.  

This photo is the smaller supporting flowers in the final card.  You can already see the beautiful shine on this layer.  Then I brushed off all the powder and was left with the stamped flower.

Next I chose the second layer of the flower design and again used Versamark ink.  When you lift up the stamp, some of the pearl powder also lifts, leaving you with a beautiful detailed design.  

I do not have the dies for this stamp set so I hand cut all the flowers, leaves and tiny berries.  There are 11 different elements on this card.  I used a 3D embossing folder to create the white panel under the flowers.  Then I began to attach the flowers and leaves in a pleasing design.  Here's a close up of the largest flower.  

 So beautiful!

I finished off the card with a modern sentiment strip that I heat embossed with white powder.  
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

MFT Color Challenge #76

Here are the colors for the challenge.  I had to substitute Blu Raspberry for the Tropical Teal but not really a problem.  You only have to get as close as possible to the colors.

Pretty good, I would say.  I used Steel Blue for the card base and the "love" letters.  I got this die free by the way.  I love how the mini scalloped stitched panel makes the perfect frame for the other elements of the card.  I die cut the heart balloons and cut off the straight tail.  I used some silver cord, attaching it to the back of the balloons and letting it hang loose.  Go ahead and ask me, ask me how I got the cord to hang like perfect floating strings.  Here's how.  I lightly coated the cord with some tacky glue that dries clear and twisted it until I was happy with it.  Then I laid one of my acrylic blocks on top to let the glue dry.  

I lightly drew a pencil line where I wanted the bottom of the letters to go and even used my T square to get it all straight.  It bugs me that a couple of the letters are crooked.  Before I adhered the sentiment strip I made sure the cord strings were behind it and fell down through the letters.  As a last touch I added Wink of Stella glitter brush on the balloons and letters.  I think it's a really nice card though and I will be happy to send it out to a special person.  
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Monday, August 28, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #347

I'm here for the regular weekly sketch challenge for My Favorite Things.  
Sketch Challenge 347 #mftstamps
I really had fun with this one.  It took some adjusting because I don't have the dome shape dies but I compensated by adapting my design.  

I love using the mini cloud stencil and the Distress Inks.  For this card I chose Salty Ocean and Broken China, varying the color as I inked the clouds.  The Pure Innocence My Umbrella stamp is an old one by MFT but it fit in perfectly with the theme I had for the design.  She is the dome shape.  I love the sentiment too.  So nice as an encouragement card.  Her raincoat had to be yellow slicker of course.  And the red umbrella and accents make the colors pop and come together.  

The message of the card is that no matter how much rain falls and makes us sad and gloomy, brighter days are ahead.  Yes, it'll be okay.  

As always, thanks for taking a look.  I love sharing my card making with you.
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dragonfly Beauty, Card 2

I promised to show you another card using Stampin' Up!'s Dragonfly Dreams die cuts.  Here you go.

Again, I had trouble photographing this card.  I can assure you it's stunning!  I wanted a wow factor because I made this card for my excellent, dashing, intelligent and wonderful son.  He recently started a new job and he moved from Alabama to Florida.  Now he's only 2 1/2 hours from us and I couldn't be happier.  Of course I'm proud as punch of him.  Kids never grow out of your heart, even if they are adults.  Anyway, I thought this was very classy and elegant but in a different way than yesterday's card.  

I started with some SU Designers Series Paper that has kind of a watery etheral look.  It has gray tones to it but also has touches of copper.  I chose to die cut the dragonfly out of copper foil this time.  I only used the detailed die, opting not to put the solid cut out underneath.  I also die cut a copper foil oval and stamped the sentiment on a smaller oval.  I took a handful of copper thread and loosely gathered it together and attached the oval panel on top.  

Dad and I will be celebrating with you soon, Chris.  Love you bunches!
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dragonfly Beauty

I recently made some cards using Stampin' Up!'s Dragonfly Dreams stamps and dies.  I'm going to show you one of the cards today.  I used a technique that I saw on a You Tube video and thought it looked very elegant.  Take note.  These photographs are not very flattering.  I used silver foil paper and glitter cardstock and the light made all the elements look a little glareish.  

Here's how I achieved the quilted look of the front panel.  I started with a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock, turned it on the diagonal and scored every 3/4".  Then I turned the panel in the opposite direction and did the same scoring, resulting in the criss cross pattern.  I folded all the scored lines and used a sponge daubber with Elegant Eggplant ink along all the edges, both directions.  

This card is so much prettier than the photos show.  I used some silver glitter drops to accent each crossed line and let it dry.  Meanwhile, I die cut the solid dragonfly from silver foil cardstock and the detailed dragonfly from silver glitter cardstock.  I layered one on top of the other, leaving the detailed wings loose.  I added the sentiment and then matted the entire panel with silver foil onto an Elegant Eggplant card base.  

This is a second card with a different sentiment.  This photo is a little better.  Tomorrow I will showcase a completely different card using the same dragonfly die.  
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