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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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Inlaid Made Easy

I'm posting my final card for Camp Create Session 2.  Whew!  It's been a challenge to get all 6 cards, which includes the bonfire extra.  But here it is.

This was a pretty easy card to put together but I struggled a bit with the colors and pattern.  I went in several other directions before finally settling on this combination.  A warm quilt this time of year, especially where I live in Florida, is not what you want to wrap up in.  However, the picture a quilt invokes in your mind is one of happiness and comfort.  Hopefully, that's the mood of this card.  

The badge for the inlaid challenge is:
And that finishes my Camp Create double sessions for 2017.  

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Magnificent Masking

I've taken this challenge very seriously.  I'm actually recreating a card that I made a couple of years ago.  I stamped MFT's Hello Sunshine girl on a plain white cardstock panel.  Then I used some masking material to stamp the same image and then very carefully cut around the girl.  

See all the intricate areas to cut around; the flower petals, her hair and the flower stem.  The mask paper has a release sheet and the back of the mask has a low tack adhesive.  I placed the mask over the stamped area and then taped the Radient Rays stencil over the entire paper panel.  I used Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks to cover the stencil area.  I then removed the stencil and sponged some additional ink around the girl's body, still leaving the mask on.  

When I peeled off the mask, the stamped girl underneath was completely white, like the original panel.  This makes it seem like the girl is standing in front of the sun rays.  I colored her with Copic makers and used a white gel pen to make tiny dots on her dress and hat.  Isn't she adorable!  
Here's my earned badge for the mask challenge.  

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Background Bonanza

Rainbow colors and geometric triangles.  That's my card today and the one I'm submitting for Camp Create Background Bonanza challenge.  I placed the stencil over a piece of white cardstock and went to town sponging on Distress inks in rainbow order.  When I lifted up the stencil, viola.  Pretty awesome!  

I finished off the card by die cutting the thanks word 3 times with black cardstock and stacking them on top of each other.  I matted the rainbow panel on a black card base.  Easy peasy.  

The camp badge I earned today features a lantern.  It's pretty much a staple item when you go camping.  Have you ever had to head to the outhouse in the middle of the night without one?  NO!
Camp is almost over so come back and check out my last couple of projects.  Thanks!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Monochromatic Magic

The challenge on Camp Create today is create a card with a monochromatic look.  I thought and thought until I had a great idea.  What do you think?

I started with a plain white panel and used Salty Ocean Distress Ink along with the Mini Cloud stencil.  This stencil is amazing!  Each side of the stencil has a different configuration of cloud borders and you turn it to cover your panel with ink to create lots of sky combinations.  Instant background.  I then die cut the smile word from blue and white cardstock and offset the word just a bit to create a shadow effect.  I really like how it mimics the sky.  I added a stamped sentiment and the card was finished.  

Monochromatic for sure.  My badge for today is:
Happy Camping!
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Delightful Die Cutting

I'm playing catch up with today's card.  I'm submitting it for MFT's Camp Create Session 2.  The challenge is to create a project using mostly die cuts.  I found a card made by a MFT Design Team Member, Inge Groot.  She has a clean and modern style and I copied her design for this card.  

I like this color combination, even though it's different than Inge's.  Except for the splashes of black stamped on the background and the sentiment, the entire card uses die cuts.  It would be a good card for almost any occasion and pretty easy to mass produce.  

Here's the badge I earned today.  
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