Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Favorite Things: Thank you for loving me...

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring MFT's Sweet Succulents and Happy Hedgehogs.  I recently got my hands on Sweet Succulents and wanted to create a card with the stamp set.  I automatically thought it would pair nice with Happy Hedgehogs with its prickly spins.  I haven't had much time to make cards lately so I did something nice and simple.  I stamped and made masks for all the pots so that I could put the cacti stamps into the pots using Simon Says Intense Black Ink.  I chose a hedgehog that I wanted to use for the card and stamped that as well.  I Copic colored the images and fussy cut it out.  I then used MFT's grid stencil to create a light background with Hickory Smoke Distress ink.  I position the cacti plants where I wanted and glue them down.  I popped up my hedgehog image to the front.  I then used my Copic Markers to create some grounding for the plants so it did not look like they were floating.  I chose the sentiment from Sweet Succulents and heat embossed it with fine detail white embossing powder by Ranger on black card Stock.  I used some matching sequins to finish the card.  Hope you like my card! :)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Favorite Things: Owen's 1st Birthday

Hello everyone!
Today, I will be featuring MFT's Beary Special Birthday.  My brother asked me to make a card for his friend son's 1st birthday.  I have been having a lot of fun with pop up cards, so I decided to make another pop-up card using the method I showed in the previous post.  First I stamped my images with Simon Says Intense Black ink which is Copic friendly as I wanted to use my Copics to color the images.  I then created my pop-up tabs for each of my images.  I distressed inked the inside background with Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass.  After which I water down some distress colors that were close to the colors I colored the images to splatter onto the background.  For the front of the card, I decided to keep it fairly simple by cutting out "OWEN" and distressing it with Candy Apple in an ombre style.  I also die cut a few balloons and distressed them with Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, and Shaded Lilac.  I used one of the balloons for the front on my card with the number 1 distressed in Salty Ocean along with an image I colored.  The other two balloon I used for the inside of the card and drew some strings.  I hope you like the card I created.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mama Elephant: Happy Happy Birthday!

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring a few Mama Elephant stamp sets, which include Party Animal, Lunar Animals, and Little Dog Agenda.  I wanted to re-create a card I had made a few weeks earlier with a few little tweeks, a big one being the scene would be placed inside the card as a pop up.  I do not own any pop up dies so I had to improvise and experiment a bit.  I know the traditional pop up involves quite a bit of layers of card stock to create the pop up element.  I figured there has to be another way to making a pop up without all the layers of card stock so I played around with making tiny open ended rectangular boxes to hold up the card and how I could position them to flatten and pop up.  I did this but cutting up four 2 x 1 strip of light weight card stock and scoring/folding the strip every 1/2 an inch.  I then folded the end flaps towards the center and flipped to adhered to the inside of my card aligning the middle score with the crease of the card stock.  I did the for the two corners of my first and second layer of the pop up.  I constructed one out of scrap card stock as an example piece.

Once I had the structure of the pop up thought out and organized, I was able to start on the elements of my card.  I used a hillside boarder and grassy boarder die to cut out elements of my pop up in white card stock.  I then used distress inks in Pine Needle, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, and Twisted Citron to ink blend the hill and grass pieces.  I then stamped out quite a few critters and elements for the card using my MISTI.  I Copic colored the images and fussy cut them out.  Once my elements were complete I was able to start putting together the pop up.  When I was done putting everything together I realized the outside of the card seemed a bit plain as I had not decided weather I wanted to do anything with it.  I had some quite a few colored critters left over so I thought I could do a simple front of the card.  I then realized the card was a bit bulky from the pop up so I made a band out of pattern paper to enclose the card with a heat embossed sentiment.   I hope you like my card. :)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

MarkerPop Challenge 122: Seashells by the Seashore

Hello everyone!
I am super exited about this one because MarkerPop asked me to be a Guest Designer for this bi-weekly challenge! Thank you MarkerPop for allowing me this opportunity.  If you would like to get more details on this challenge go to their blog here.  This bi-weekly challenge is a color challenge using a color pallet with the theme of Sea Shell by the Sea Shore. You have to use a minimum of 3 of the colors on the pallet.

When I saw the pallet and theme I knew I wanted to do a beach themed card.  I do not have much shell, beach, or ocean themed stamp sets, but I improvised and experimented.  I went through my stamp sets picked ones that would work; MFT's Hog Heaven, Up in the Air, and Adorable Elephants as well as Mama Elephant's Little Agenda Dog.  I knew I would have to alter the main stamp images a bit to make it more of a beach theme. I used a scratch paper to plan out my lay out, where I wanted the sandy shore and ocean as well as my images. When I had my layout sketch out, I was worried that there was a lot of empty space.  I had to figure out a way to make sure the ocean would stand out as to not draw to the empty space.  

I used my MISTI to stamp my images onto my card stock and made masks for the images as I wanted to distress my background.  I used my sketch sheet as masks for my ocean, sandy shore, and sky. First masked the ocean so that I could work on the sandy shore by using distress inks (Old Paper and Frayed Burlap).  Then I maksed the Sandy Shore and sky so that I could work on the ocean using distress inks (Seedless Preserve, Blueprint Sketch, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio).  For the sky, I used Tumbled Glass and a stencil I made from Lawn Fawn's Puffy cloud boarder to create a cloudy sky.  I then used MFT's Radiating Rays stencil with distress inks (Squeezed Lemonaid and Mustard Seed) to create some sun shine in the sky.  

Once all my distressing was done I pulled all the masks off my images.  I thought my images could be a bit more beachy, so I sketched on some swim ware for my critters and used my Copic multi-liner to outline my sketch as the pen is Copic friendly and will not smudge when I color the images in.  I Copic colored the images and put a bit more detail on the sand.  I used MFT's Adorable Elephants for the sentiment, which I stamped with Versifine Onyx Black and Heat set with clear ink.  Hope you like my card.  And Thank You again Markerpop for putting on such great challenges and allowing me to Guest Design for this Challenge.

Also, MarkerPop is having a great summer giveaway for Challenge #122 & #123 (which are the challenges for the month of June.  To Play/Enter for the giveaway package, go like their FB & IG pages and share the information about this giveaway with your project to your Social Media account with the hashtag #mpsummerfun.  The prize package is: Penny Black Summer Fun Paper Pad, Avery Elle’s Cool Treats Stamp Set, Sunny Studios Perfect Popsicle Set and Distress Oxide Inks in Worn Lipstick and Broken China.  Such a great package!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Paper Smooches & Mama Elephant: Happy Mail

Hello everyone!
I'm here with another card combining stamp sets by Paper Smooches, Mama Elephant, and Simon Says Stamp.  I used Paper Smooches' Itty Bitty, Mama Elephant's Happy Mail, and Simon Says Stamp's Happy Mail stamp sets.  When I started this card I knew I wanted to use Mama Elephant's stamp set; at first I thought about doing a watercolor background, but in the mist of laying out my design and grabbing some stamp sets I wanted to use the design changed.  I am also a bit intimidated by water coloring as I am not that good at it.  Once I saw the Itty Bitty stamp set I knew I wanted to make a scene for the card.  I stamped with Simon Says Intense Black Ink and Copic colored the images.  I then fussy cut the images to lay out on my card so I could figure out where the areas I wanted to distress.  I used post it note and scratch paper to cover the areas I did not want to get inking.  For the grassy area I used Mowed Lawn/Twisted Citron, the Sky I used Salty Ocean/Tumbled Glass, and the pavement/driveway I used Pumice Stone/Hickory Smoke.  When I finished distressing my areas I then stamped my sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp set on black card stock with embossing ink and heat set it with Rangers Fine Detail White embossing powder.  I fussy cut the sentiment.  I then glued my images onto the card and popped up the panda and mailbox.  I used my Spectrum Noir glitter pen in clear to put some sparkly goodness on the mail.  Hope you like my card. :)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Favorite Things: Mission Control, I Need the Balloon

Hello Everyone!
Today I will be featuring another one layered wonder using MFT's Space Explorer stamp set,  I was super happy when I got the stamp set in the mail on Friday.  I've been wanting the set since it came out two releases ago.  I had a couple ideas in mind and was sketching out one on a scratch paper, but that one didn't work out too well (I want to come back to that one in the future because I like the idea, just need to tweek it). Then I decided to do another one layered card because the one I did last week was so much fun to make.  I started by picking the images I wanted to use and laid it  out on the card panel.  The idea for this card is that the astronaut boy is "running" after a balloon to take home with him for a birthday.  At first I thought I would not have enough images on my card and was afraid I wasn't going to use enough card space; with what I wanted to do with ink blending it would be extremely difficult to add any other images later, but I kept with images I had laid out.  I used my MISTI to stamp the images with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink because I wanted to Copic color them and wanted a very dark stamped outline, which is a benefit of using the MISTI.  I then created masks for each of my images as well as the shape of my moon.  Once I masked everything, I used Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, and Chipped Sapphire) to ink blend my sky. 

Now comes the fun part, I used some water to splatter on the sky to create the distress look, then I took some white acrylic paint, watered it down to splatter all over.  The white paint really brings everything to life.  Well the white paint also brought my floors to life as well.  :P  I was using a box to cover the splatter, but I guess I was having a bit too much fun.

I then took my heat gun to dry the sky background, so that I could it off to work on the Moon.  I used a similar technique in distressing, but wanted the edge where the moon meets the sky to be defined.  I used Pumice Stone for most of the moon and then went back in on the edges with Hickory Smoke to define edge.  Once I was done distressing I used some water to splatter.  When I unmasked everything, I thought there was something missing from the moon, so i used my Copic markers to draw in some rocks.  I hope you like the card I created.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

My Favorite Things: Up, Up, Up Scenes

Hello Everyone!
Happy Mother's day! Today I will be featuring two cards using MFT's Up in the Air.  The first, my co-worker had asked me to make a graduation card for her cousin who is graduating from USC.  I started by laying out my design on the card base and figuring out what I wanted to do.  I find I have been a bit more organized when I do this.

Once I figured out my layout, I cut out my matting for the card.  I used the USC colors for the matting, while I was at it, I die cut my hill as well as using MFT's basic stitch lines (I used the regular stitch) to put stitching around my main card piece. I then stamped out my images with Simon Says Intense Black Ink as I wanted to Copic color my images.  I tried to incorporate some more of the USC colors on the images.  Once I finished coloring I fussing cut the images out.  I then used Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron) to ink blend my boarder hill.  I then used Tumbled Glass to ink blend some clouds out onto the main card.  Most of the images were glued down flat, however, I popped up the balloon image.  I stamped a sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and embossed with clear ink.

My next card was a labor of love.  I really wanted to do a one layered card with the same stamp set and had an idea of what I wanted to do.  At first I was toying with the sky color; did I want to do a cloud sky? I do like the look of the cloud sky but I wanted to do something a bit different for this card, so I google searched sky at different times in the day and I loved the sun set sky and wanted to mimic it.  I started by laying out my card by stamping the images on a scrap piece of paper and labeling which would be in front/back.  Then I stamped and fussy cut masks for my images.

After all my images had a mask I masked off the sky area to do my grass area by ink blending Distress Ink colors (Evergreen Bough and Cracked Pistachio).  After distressing the grass area, I asked it off to do the sky.  I took inspiration from some google images and came up with some distress colors (Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot).   Once the sky was distressed I then used the MFT stencil Radiating Rays to create a sun setting behind the house.

I was finally able to unmask everything and Copic color my images.  I did have a bit of a problem with my clouds.  I shouldn't have masked them because they were so stark white it would have been better to blend it in with the sky, but I solved this by lightly distressing it with the colors of the sky.  I opted to use darker colors for the trees and homes as it was at night.

I hope you like my cards. :)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mama Elephant: Party Animals

Hello everyone!
Today I am featuring Mama Elephants Party Animal and Little Dog Agenda stamp set.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do with this card when I got the stamp set last week, so I wasn't flying at the seat of my pants like I usually am.  I laid out what images and dies I would be using.

 I started by die cutting 2 Scallop Rectangle panels with Gina Marie Designs dies; one for the base the other I used Lawn Fawn hillside and MFT grassy broader to create my outdoor scene.  I put those panels aside while I began stamping my images with Simon Says Intense Black ink so that I could Copic color them.

I then went back to my rectangle panel to ink blend with distress ink (Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron) my grassy boarder and hillside.  The main panel I distressed with Tumbled Glass.  Once that was done I used a bowl of water and paint brush to flick and drip some water onto the panel to create a distress look.  I really should invest in a distress spray bottle for this.  After the panels were done I stamped and heat embossed (versefine black with clear embossing powder) a sentiment I used from Mama Elephant's Girlfriend stamp set.  I then I put all the images together and popped the top grassy layer up with foam tape.  I finished the inside with a little dog and confetti.  Hope you like my card...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mama Elephant: High-5!

Hello Everyone!
I'm here with another card featuring Mama Elephant's Little Dog Agenda and Congrats All Around.  I received these sets in the mail on Monday and have been wanting to play with them.  Today I was able to break them out with a little inspiration from my sequins.  I was organizing my sequins by putting them into my Tiny Containers Storage and labeling them.  They are so pretty! I don't use them enough for my projects, so I decided to use them today with Little Dog Agenda.  I think the most appropriate way to feature the sequins is by making a shaker card! :)  I started by Copic coloring my stamped images and fussy cutting them out.  Next, I wanted to use my window panel die to create shaker pockets.  I used another piece of white cardstock to trace outlines for each of the window areas so that I could distress the background, but before I distress the background I used Congrats All Around stamp set to stamp/heat emboss with Versafine Onyx Black ink my sentiment.  I used Twisted Citron, Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, and Salty Ocean to distress the panel areas.    Once I finished distressing, I placed some acetate on my window panel and double up 3M foam to place a boarder on each of the window sections.  I then place my sequins on the distress inked areas so that I could line my window panel on top.  After I glued my Little Dogs in each of the panel areas.  :)  I hope you like my card.

Edit: I forgot to share that when I first opened and used this set two of the stampswere stuck together. I was a bit confused thinking it was on purpose then I realized they were suppose to be separate and cut them apart.  :P

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mama Elephant: Heartfelt Prayers

Mhello Everyone!
Today's feature is Mama Elephants Organic Bloom stamp set.  I LOVE this set it's so beautiful.  I don't have many floral sets in my collection, so every time I see this set mit makes me want me to add more.

I started by using my MISTI to stamp my images with Simon Says Stamp embossing ink because I wanted to gold emboss the image with Ranger fine gold embossing powder.  I used Strathmore Bristol cardstock because I planned on coloring my image with Zig markers.  I'm glad I used the MISTI because when I put my embossing powder on I had missed a few spots, so I was able to go back after I heated the first layer to re-stamp areas I missed.  I only used 3 zig markers with my image as I used a water brush to draw some color out.  Once I finished coloring I fussy cut the image and die cut a few layers of the word prayers from Gina Marie Designs from black cardstock.  I then heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp sett "heartfelt thanks", but only wanted the heartfelt portion so I cut the thanks off to use for another card.  I used foam tape for my colored image to mount onto my card base with the prayers word sentiment underneath. I double foam taped the heartfelt embossed sentiment to place above the prayers on top of the colored image.  I also added some Nuvo Jewel Drop in the color Sea Breeze.  Here is my card :). Hope you like it.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Momma Lhey: No Adulting

Hello everyone!
I'm back with another card featuring Momma Lhey's Girlfriend Stamp set.  This is a planner stamp set as Momma Lhey is known for planner stamps, however, their stamps are very versatile that you can make cards with them as well.  :)  I loved the sentiment "No Adulting Today" that I had to use it.  I used black cardstock to clear emboss a few words that I stamped/embossed repeatedly from the stamp set (Grocery, Shopping and Work).  I then stamped the little girl image I wanted to use.  The image is so cute! For me it looks like little girl with her arms cross pouting to make a stance on not doing tasks she did not want to do.  You know the "bratty" stance.  :P I thought it fit well with the sentiment.  Oh Momma Lhey... captured this so well.  Once I finished my Copic coloring I used my stitched square dies to die cut the 3rd smallest square to place my sentiment on.  This was a fairly simple and funny card.   I should sent this to my close friend, as she needs a no adulting time with her busy schedule.  Hope you like my card...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Penny Black: Hi Friend

Hi everyone!
I'm here with another card.  Today I used Penny Black's Adventures stamp set I received from my MarkerPop  prize pack that I received this week.  I'm super appreciative of what I received from the company for a challenge I participated in.  MarkerPop is a great company that has many products for the cardmaking and paper crafting world; they particularly have great Copic products.  I wanted to use the stamp set I received from them to create a card.  The Penny black set is super cute and it speaks for itself.  I love making scene cards so this set made it easy as most of the characters are doing some of outdoors.  I choose the image of a little girl at the beach flying a kite.  I stamped the image and Copic colored it.  After which I die cut it using Gina Marie Designs wonky stitched rectangle dies to die cut the image.  I made a mask for the stamped image with full adhesive post it notes  (love to use them for masks) and also masked the edges with postit correction tape.  I did did so that I could ink blend some clouds using stencils I created from Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Boarder.  I used some pattern paper from Heidi Swap to back the stamped panel.  The sentiment comes from Amy R Stamps.  I loved the sentiment inside the card.  :). Here is my card, hope you like it.

Friday, April 21, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 329

Hello Everyone!
Happy Friday.  :) I'm back with another card for the MFT Sketch Challenge for the week.  This is what the sketch looks like...

I have been feeling a bit under the weather and needed a bit of encouraging to get my crafty momentum going.  Sketches are the best for me to kick start some creative juices, plus they are a lot of fun to do.  

Yesterday, I started working on a cheat sheet chart for card sizes because I wanted to make a 4 bar size card, but forgot the measurements and what was the best way to cut a sheet of paper to conserve. I then decided it was time to make a document of the measurements and cuts of the card sizes for I use most on to put on both 8.5x11 and 12x12 sheets of paper to put on my wall for reference.  I was quite happy with how it turned out.  
I used this sheet as a guide to make my 4 bar size card for the MFT challenge.  

As usual, I had no idea what I wanted to do with the card, but look through my supplies and grabbed supplies that thought would work.  I particularly wanted to use a background stamp with a natural color paper; MFT's Burlap Background was perfect for this.  Since Spring is in full effect I wanted some florals and birds.  American Crafts Welcome Spring Pattern paper and MFT's Tweet on You seemed ideal for the card I was doing for.  There is a cut out sheet in the pattern paper pack that had great pieces I could use for the layout.  I Copic colored a tweet on you bird and had a few pieces that I colored with my Zigs a while back in my stash that I used for the lay out. The fishtail paper pieces i used came from one of the pattern paper in the Welcome Spring pack and another from a scrap I had from my Lawn Fawn Lets Polka in the Meadow 6x6 pack.  The birthday sentiment came from Wild Rose Studio Stamps.  Hope you like the card that I came up with.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tiddly Inks: For You

Hello Everyone!
Happy hump day! :) Today I will be showcasing two cards I made using Tiddly Inks stamp.  I used different color mediums for each of the cards but the same lay out.  One card I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and the other I used Copic Markers. I love both mediums and wanted to see the differences are.  I am not a professional Copic or Zig user; I just love to color.  :) I think with the right tools and of course paper anything colored with these mediums will turn out awesome.  Also, enjoying the process of coloring is always helpful.  I wanted to use similar color schemes for each color medium. Both mediums went on the paper smoothly and blended very well.  My favorite paper to use for Zigs is the Bristol Smooth.  I've also heard (from Amy R.) that Canson XL watercolor paper is also a great paper to use with it.  I need to pick up some to try.  I used heavy weight cardstock for my Copic Markers.  I'm super excited to get my package of X-Press It paper to try from winning the Markerpop Challenge a couple weeks ago.  I hear it blends like a dream.  On the Copic colored image I also used some distress inks for the grass and sky (mowed lawn, twisted citron, and salty ocean).  For the Zig card, I used flicking motions for the grass and a mid town blue with my water brush to drag the color out for the sky,   I also used left over scrapbook paper I have laying around to make the background.  I added a few drops of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze for some embellishments.  Hope you like the cards I made...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tiny Ninjas: that means thank you!

Hello Everyone!
I'm here with another card showcasing Mama Elephant's Tiny Ninjas stamp set.  :) I've had this card in mind for a couple of weeks, but kept on forgetting to actually make it.  I was at work on lunch when the idea popped in my head.  I sketched it out on a scrap piece of paper so I wouldn't forget the layout.  Who would have thought I'd just forget about it completely?  I was cleaning out some of my papers in my folder when I saw the sketch and had to get it done.  This was a fairly simple card; CAS as the cardmaking world would describe it.   I used my inside/out stitched circle dies to get a general idea of where I wanted to die cut circles for my Ninjas to be in.  Once the card panel was die cut I traced out the circles onto my card base so that I could distress the background.  Before I did the distressing, I stamped my ninjas using my MISTI.  The ninjas were for them most part solid stamps, thus the MISTI was an idea choice for stamping because I would be able to stamp them multiple times to have a solid image.  After I did this, I used my Copics to color the face of the ninjas and the straps to their uniform.  I tried to use similar distress colors for the background matching the straps of their uniform.  The colors I used were Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, and Peacock Feathers. I pop the panel up with foam and heat embossed a sentiment with Rangers detail white embossing powder.  I Hope you like my card.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Coffee Lover Hop: Love You More than Coffee

Hello everyone!
I've been trying to carve out some time to work on some cards I have in mind, but its been a bit hard. This week starts the coffee lover blog hop, which goes from March 24-March 31.  If you want more information check out their blog here!  There are many sponsors and giveaways.  I LOVE coffee so it peaked my interest when I saw coffee cards from the other papercrafters on social media.  I have always wanted to participate in it, but have been limited in my coffee/tea themed stamps (I still don't have many).  I did not let that deter me from participating this time; instead of stamps I took to my Cricut to die cut some coffee items.  :)  I was searching the web for cut files with the theme, so many cute ones out there especially Doodlebugs/Lori Witlocks Coffee and Cream line!  I think I might purchase some of those cuts one day, instead I choose a traditional to-go coffee cup and coffee word SVG.  The word Coffee was cut out 4 times and layered on top of one another to create a chipboard like embellishment. I distress the coffee sleeve with vintage photo and gather twigs to give it more dimension.  I then distress the background of the card with a bit of pumice stone.  The sentiment I used is from Avery Elle's Simply Said: Love stamp set.  I normally do A2 size cards which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, but this time I made a 4 bar size card which is 3 1/2 x 4 7/8.  Hope you like my card :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MarkerPop Challenge #116

Hello everyone!
St. Patrick's day is right around the corner and MarkerPop themed their bi-weekly challenge Luck or anything St. Patrick's day related.  When I saw the the theme I wanted to do a rainbow/pot of gold themed card. I don't have any St. Patrick's stamps, so I thought of doing cut files with my Cricut.  I remembered I had  some files from Miss Kate Cuttables that Was in this theme.  If you haven't checked Miss Kate's Cuttables you should!  The site has a freebie everyday and they are cute files and reasonable prices.  I used a gold pot file and used a hat file from and owl cut file which had a Green hat.  I used an assortment of cardstock from different companies to cut the files.  I had to have something glittery, so I made the hat with green glitter cardstock.   I also used Lawn Fawn's puffy cloudy boarder to cut a few clouds out of white cardstock, which I added a sentiment from Amy R's stamps..  I think the best part and most fun to make was the rainbow with distress inks!  I had a lot of fun blending the bright colors.  I used candied apple, mustard seed, spice marmalade, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, and wilted violet.  I divided the top of card into 6 sections one for each color I used.  I taped off one section at a time as I blended the background.  I hope you like what I have done.  Here is my card....

Sunday, March 12, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 323

Hello everyone!
I hope your weekend is going well thus far.  :) For today's card I thought I would do another challenge; this time for MFT's weekly Wednesday Sketch Challenge. The Sketch looks like this:
I figured with Easter coming I would do a bunny theme card, so the Somebunny stamps set by MFT came to mind.  I've never made a pattern paper from my stamp set before, but I really wanted to try.  I used the carrier from the stamp set and stamped it all over a piece of white caedstock, which I them Copic colored.  I then used a cloud background stamp I have in my stash to creat a background using Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue ink, which in die cut using stitched round rectangle dies.  I stamped and Copic colored some of the bunnies from the Somebunny stamp set to use for my card.  I then cut down the carrier "pattern" paper I made to create the larger flag.  When I was layering everything I thought the carrot background was a bit too busy so I thought by putting vellum it would mute it a bit. Then I thought to myself how am o going to adhere this vellum?  I took out my sewing machine to stitch together the vellum and carrot background.    I then heat embossed on black cardstock and white embossing powder by ranger a sentiment from the stamp set.   Here is my card for the challenge...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MarkerPop Challenge #115

Hello Everyone!
I just wanted to share a card I made for the MarkerPop Bi-Weekly Challenge that went up a couple of days ago.  If you are interested in taking a look at the challenge click here.  The bi-weekly challenge is a color challenge using shades of grey (monochromatic in tone with gray as the color choice), but it seems most of the design team added pops of white. When I first saw the challenge I thought about doing a black and whitesk scene, but i wanted to push myself out of doing scene cards (oh do I love doing scene cards).  Also, I wanted to use a brighter color with the grey.  When I saw the picture they used with the color combination I immediately thought red! I added some bits of red to the grey.

I first used Simon Says Stamp embossing ink to ink up my MFT Fine Chevron background stamp and used clear embossing powder to heat set it. While I had my embossing supplies out, I decided to stamp and emboss my sentiment with Ranger's White embossing powder. After I used my MISTI to stamp the images I wanted to use with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, which is Copic friendly because I had decided to Copic color my images.  I fussy cut all my images as I do not have the dies for the stamp set I used, which was MFT's Recipe for Happiness.  Once that was done I  laid out my images to where I wanted it to go and distressed my background with hickory smoke ink.  I decided that my sentiment needed fishtails, so I cut the ends into fishtail.  I finished off with silver and clear sequin, which silver mini stars.

Here is my finished card:

WoHooooo I made it to the Top 3 on MarkerPOP Blog

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Out Door Fun

Hello Everyone!
These next two cards I will be showcasing today are outdoor scene cards using MFT and Mama Elephant stamps and dies.  I have been inspired by green grass and sunny skies lately, mainly because its been raining here in California.  Our drought is over with the numerous storms.  Because of the amount of precipitation the grass has been lush!  Green everywhere!  I'm ready for the sun though, which is why I created these cards.  :)

For my first card, I originally wanted to make/send a card to a friend of mine, who LOVES dogs, but I didn't get it in time to send out :(.  I used MFT Lucky Dog Stamp set for most of the images.  I needed a present but did not have one in my MFT stash, so I used Lawn Fawn's Cheery Christmas for the present.  The images were stamped with Simon Says Intense Black ink, which is Copic friendly as I decided to Copic color the images.  For the fence, I used an SVG file I found online to cut with my Cricut machine.  I used MFT Friends die (I distressed this with Worn Lipstick) and the sentiment came from the Lucky Dog Stamp set.  I die cut a grassy layer with the MFT grassy border die and distressed it with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.  The bit of blue in the sky is Salty Ocean. I finished off the card with some Sparkly Clear Sequins and silver Stickles.

For my second card, I wanted to send a friend of mine some cute planner paper clips I made using some stamped images, so I figured i would make a card to send with it.  I really wanted to use Mama Elephant's Pix's Favorite and this seemed an opportune time.  I colored all the images on this card with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers which I stamped on Bristol Smooth paper.  I used MFT Grassy Hills Border die and distressed it with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.  I then used Versifine Onyx Black to stamp/emboss some grass patches on the grass area to add more interest.  It looked really bare previous to me stamping them on.  The sun flowers came from MFT's Adorable Elephants.   I also used Mama Elephant's Hillside fence die, which was super intricate; the first one I die cut ripped when i was trying to get it off the die.  It took me a while to build my sentiment because I didn't have one I liked for the card in my stash.  I used Mama Elephant's Calli Letters to spell out "hello" and embossed a portion of a sentiment from MFT Beast Friend with rangers detail white on black card stock, which I then cut fishtail ends.  The sky is distressed with Salty Ocean.  for the final touches I added clear sequins with silver stickles.  

Hope you like my cards... :)

Oh here are the cute paper clips I made for my friend...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Snuck into my Heart

Hello Everyone!
Another blog post for you today.  :) I didn't have time before I left for my trip to post the other card, so I just posted it.  This blog post is for a card I made yesterday at my boyfriends place.   I brought some of my supplies with me so that I don't get too away from crafting.  I'm working with what I have I couldn't bring too much on the train.    I was getting a bit restless with not having a car while I'm up North and with my boyfriend working during the day while I'm here.  I then realized I have some crafting supplies to play with.  It did take me a bit longer to made the card because most of my supplies were at home, but I made it work.

I used Mama Elephant's Tiny Ninjas and Lunar Animals Extras for extra background elements.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do for the card already so I knew what I wanted to used.  I copic colored the images.  I then used distress inks to ink blend the background (Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserve, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Sapphire).  Once I ink blended I used some water to create water spots; I used a bit too much water as I had to use my hand to put water on my paper.  I went over the spots with the distress colors again so it wasn't too faded out.  I then drew a rope for my ninja to tip-e-toe on.  :)  Here is the card...

Sending Lots of Love

Hello everyone! Happy New Year!
I've been away from my craft room for the past week visiting my boyfriend in Northern California. This card I made two days before I left for the week.  I bought the Incoming Mail stamp set by Mama Elephant two months ago, but was in the mist of doing all my Christmas cards that I did not have a chance to really think about using it.  I finally was able to use it; I combined it with Simon Says Stamp die and sentiment set Sending Happy Thoughts.

It took me a while to work on this card because I was still in the Christmas card state of mind.  I knew the elements I wanted to use but the actual layout was not coming easy.  I copic colored the elements then used Strathmore watercolor paper to do a distress inked the background (dried marigold, mustard seed, salty ocean, blue print sketch and chipped sapphire).  Once the distress background was done I used MFT basic boarder stitches (I used the X stitches) to put a boarder on the top and bottom of the background. For the sentiment, I  use gold foil paper to die cut the Sending.  After that I was stuck for a while, so I left it alone for the night.  When I returned to finish it up the next night it only took me 15-20 mins to put it all together; I was super happy about that.  Shows you the you have to be patient with the creative process.   Anywho, here is the card.