Tuesday, March 13, 2018

the world of sharing

i love the stamping world that shares so much.  I especially appreciate those who take the time to put detailed videos up.  Vicky papaioannou is one of my favorite people to watch.  Here’s a link to the video she did using one stencil five ways.  This looked like such a fun project I grabbed my Hero Arts stencil, pastes, sponges, inks and CASED her projects.  I didn’t copy them exactly but I was glad for the ideas she gave for using these beautiful stencils.  I have lots of stencils and I forget to use them.  Watch for some cards coming up using my metal stencils.  I think I still have a light box somewhere.  I made six cards with this stencil and they all look different.  I was surprised how well the Kraft fit in with this elegant design.

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With Love

A sentiment like this can be pretty generic.  It can be used for Valentines day, sent to a good friend, an anniversary card, get well….you can’t go wrong with love.

Simon’s Wednesday Challenge is to be feminine and this sweet fairy fits the bill completely. Still using the same Hero Arts stencil I used only half of it and covered it with Ranger Antique Gold embossing paste.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but this simple card just fell together.  Love it when that happens.  When I first placed the fairy on it looked okay but a bit plain.  I masked off the gold part and used Heidi Swapp gold glimmer spray ink and some black marble spray by Ranger to add drops of contrast color to the white portion.  Just the touch it needed.  Thanks for stopping by.  I mean it.  Hero Arts sentiment and MFT sentiment banner.

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When I’ve been away from stamping for too long Inspiration challenges are just the kick I need.  It was fun to see this Inspiration Challenge up on Simon’s Monday Challenge.

I chose the colored eggs as my inspiration.  I always enjoyed coloring eggs with my kids when they were small.  They like to draw on them with a white crayon and watch the resist technique take place when they dipped them in the colored water.

I used emboss resist and distress inks with a stencil from Hero Arts.  I used Oxide inks to color the back ground and sponge the edges.  Some water flicks, some glittery spray ink flicks and an inlaid sentiment gave me this very pretty creation.  The sentiment was just begging for some wink of stella and I said Yes, that’s just what you need.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

SSS with layers

Participating in challenges is a great way to get mojo flowing.  Simon Says Layer it up.  I love these new Gina K Design stamps from her kit.  I had a scrap of the music vellum left and it seemed perfect for this sympathy card.  I use Kristina Werners die sold at Simon Says.  I love her beautiful font.  The rose was so simple to color by just wetting the petals with a brush and then adding a tiny bit of Picked Raspberry distress ink from a cube smooshed onto an acrylic block. Dropped in with a small brush.  Loving my Nuvo drops.

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MFT Sketch fun

It’s been challenging to stamp with limited supplies. Do you want to know what my MUST HAVE supplies were?  I looked at my dies and I have several of the blue prints dies and those along with the MFT frame dies with various stitched edges have given me lots of variety. 
This card uses MFT stitched circles and also one of the newer sentiment dies which i love.  I loved this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

It's Tag Day

Playing along with Simon’s Monday Challenge and my limited supplies. I found another clothing tag to transform into a card tag.  It’s kind of fun as the tags are all different shapes and sizes.  Some, I use their designs and some I need to cover.  I just measure the tag, find a scrap to resize to the tag, adhere and voila’! I have a new tag.  I had a scrap of a previously embossed card front left and I think this just turned out ever so cute. with the little stamped flowers behind the fence. I used my MFT blueprints to cut out the patterened paper panel.  (say that 3 x real fast)  LOL 

TAG- You're It

Stamping space and time has been at a premium here in our small Texas Condo.  It has been a challenge to create with limited supplies.  I went shopping and saved the cute sized tags off the clothing i bought and repurposed them into some cards here is one for Simon’s Monday Challenge this week.
 I chose a Spellbinders embossing folder that i just purchased to mimic the design on the tag.  I simply added some pops of green to make it stand out. It truly is challenging to work with just a few supplies and Clean and Simple seems to be the easiest.

MFT blueprints came with me and the button is from there.  die cut out of some packing material for dimension and glued the green die cut on top. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ice, Ice, Baby

Simon’s Monday Inspiration Challenge is about ICE. These Frosty snowflakes look like they are sitting on vellum but it’s actually the back side of the die covered with pigment ink before being embossed with the Big Shot.  Jennifer McQuire did a video how to right HERE.

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Penguin Present

Stamping time has been few and far between.  Good thing I had my holiday cards all made this year.  I hope to do that again for next year.  This time of year just is so busy from September on for us.  Do any of you make your cards ahead.  I had 47 cards made and that covered my entire list.  WHEW!

This one I am making for next year’s batch.  It is for the MFT Sketch Challenge.

This is the first entry in forever that I didn’t have the right stamp to use from MFT.  Sad smile  But i love the layout and always look for ways to use my big speak bubbles that IS an MFT die.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MFT #81 Color Challenge

This must be my all time favorite set from MFT.  I never tire of creating with these little guys.  Having the dies is a huge bonus.

It’s been a while since I played in any challenges and I thought it would be fun to take a peek at what’s going on at MFT for their 81st color challenge.

I pulled out my scraps of the required colors and this is the result of those pieces.

Challenge:  Simon Says Furry Friends

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

a boatload of cards

it’s not necessary to feel sorry for me that i haven’t had much stamping time.  I had a fabulous trip to Trinidad and Tobago.  A welcome retreat before our winter weather started.  It has been gloomy since I returned.  THAT is the reason I like to leave.

My responsiblites with my niece who is paralyzed as a result of a drunk driver has also stepped up again as we move forward with more therapy and other methods to help her regain momentum. 

Therefore, I squeeze in stamping time and now I will upload a boatload of cards all at the same time.  Little explanation.  Just a place for me to keep all my creations in one place.  Thanks for stopping by, if you have, and your comments are always welcome if you care to leave them.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

wedding bells

I missed the cutoff time.  Ah well, there’s always another week.  I wanted to play with these Harvest Mouse images.  They are my favorite MFT stamp.  This was for Sketch Challenge 353 but i got too busy today to get this finished in time to enter it. 

I used a little heart die from Sizzix to give the little guy mouse a heart to hand to his lady in place of the apple that is in the picture.  I also paper pieced a skirt for the girl mouse, otherwise she looked like a boy mouse.   I used the MFT label sentiments to make a customized sentiment for the card.

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