Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Camp Create Delightful Die Cutting

Finally, a day to stamp.  I was getting worried I was going to miss the last day of MFT Camp.  Here’s the die cutting card i was wanting to make.  I had this pre-colored image sitting on my desk since winter.  With the MFT stitched frames dies i was able to make it into a nice frame with the image partially cut and  I sponged around the flower and the sentiment with some distress ink in fossilized amber.  I like the look of the double stitched frames together.

The sentiment is from MFT also.  Such a sweet set for those sad occasions.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

ombre day

Campfire night.  I decided to make a scene.  Yep!  Still loving these little MFT mice.  This went together so easily don’t know why I don’t do it more often.  

My mom lives in Alabama.  My siblings that live down that direction got her moved into a memory care home today.  I am sending this to my brother and his wife who did most of the moving.  I’m going to type and inside sentiment that says “thanks for lifting the big things”

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Day 4 Camp Create Monochromatic

Now that my mono card is finished I see what i did wrong.  I applied the ink direct to the stamp from my stamp cube.  It would have been a smoother transition had i used a blending sponge to apply the ink to the stamp.  I took a baby wipe and kind of tried to blend the edges together.  I used my new gauzy back ground from MFT for the background stamp.  LJD for MFT wild flowers are one of my favorite MFT stamps.

MFT Camp Create Day 4

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Camp Create day 3 Backgrounds with stencils

I don’t know if i’ve really tried this technique or not.  It turned out better than I anticipated.  The samples were all rainbow colors and i just have an aversion to all those colors on one small piece of cardstock and I decided to go more monochromatic with my stencil.  Using this cute little MFT Pure Innoncence image my card turned out perfect for the person I am sending it to. MFT Camp Create day 3 Stenciled Background

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BIG card

It’s been on my mind to make a multiple stamped sentiment card for quite awhile.  I watched Jennifer Mcquire do this with the MISTI and i tried it with my new Tim Holtz stamping platform but i ended up taking it off and just using an acrylic block. 

This particular layout was featured over on the Unity blog and I liked the curved edge.  I used my Altenew stamps and used a strip of painters tape to cut the images in half.  The ribbon is covering up a black line that somehow got on there.  it happens far too often but i can usually fix it.  This card is for our daughter and it is a 5x 7 size because I had a sticker that size that is all about daughters and i needed a large card to hold that sticker on the inside.

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Camp Create day 2 masking

Using a sheet from my  new MFT Sweet Sunshine paper pack, I chose to use a sentiment stamp over the DP and cut out my MFT large butterfly.

masking was the class today and I used some distress inks and painters tape to get this effect.  The clouds add a spot of bright and draw your eye to the butterfly.  This is another look i like and rarely do.

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Camp Create Part 2 Inlaid

the inlaid look is really a great technique.  I’m not sure why i don’t do it more often.  I think it is especially nice with sentiment dies.  I like to play in Camp Create by MFT because they re-visit a lot of techniques that I just forget about. 

This was fun to make with all MFT dies and stamps.  Though I did to major stamp surgery to the sentiment die to get it to fit on the tag.  I used some metallic gold to make the thimble, needle and  scissors.  You can’t  really see how cute it is in this photo, though.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

scraps ahoy!

IMG_9118 (800x760)The other day I pulled out all these spell binder flower dies i have.  I don’t ever remember even purchasing them.  But wow, they cut and emboss so pretty.  I used distress inks to sponge color on them with the dies still in place.  This entire card is made from scraps.  I just can’t stand to throw them scraps away.  A little splatter with Heidi Swapp glitter spray and it looks professional.  ha ha  The checked piece is designer paper and it looks like a pretty riboon.   I have several more flowers to use that i already sponged.  We’ll see what happens with those.

kind of like it

IMG_9116 (697x800) MFT had a sweet sketch this week but i didn’t get time to play along with them.  I used a loose interpretation of the sketch as i wasn’t going to be able to enter it any way.  I kept the side strip and the main panel.  This dotted piece was sitting on my desk from something i had planned for that didn’t work out.  Using my Penny Black poppies stamp i placed it to stamp a bit onto the panel.  I popped up the panel.  Also added a bit of gesso to the top to give the sentiment a little separation from the designer paper.  It looked a little bare and i dug around and found this ribbon that just ties it all together.  It is all sitting on a linen like piece of light gray cardstock. 

hitting the trend

IMG_9115 (800x656)with all the blogs i’ve been looking at lately i definitely see the current trend is foil.   Foil borders, foil rub ons, foil metallic shards.  This time I thought i would get in on the act before the trend is passe` I don’t have any of the before mentioned products or foil dust or whatever it is but i did still have some foil paper from Christmas.  I die cut both pieces out of black and foil and then used the negative pieces to fill in the mostly foil flower. I got to use my new MFT die cut leaves too.  All in all i love the elegant creation this turned into. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

moving right along

IMG_9113 (672x800)That other card went together so easily I thought I would try another piece of patterened paper and die cuts.  We have a wedding comping up.  I love the look of this paper from the Simon June kit.  It looks like scallops but it’s all one big print.  The hearts are from Tayloered Expression I believe.  MFT label stamps and dies.  Simon’s Wishing sentiment die.

gettin’ the mojo back

IMG_9112 (625x800)it takes a bit to get back into the swing when you  have been gone for about ten days.  I started out simple just to get my fingers moving.  A piece of patterened paper with a large die cut over it and some enamel dots and my creativity started to get warmed up. 

saving money

Another kit not purchased.  I love the new Altenew kit but sometimes a gal just has to say no.  Can I use some of the Design Teams ideas with things I have on  hand?  Absolutely.  Here’s a great example.  This is  a photo of the card Svitlana  on the Altenew team created.  I liked the one on the right. That framed die is what’s pulling at me.  It is so pretty. I thought I had purchased something similar but going through all my dies i couldn’t find it.  Must be on a wish list somewhere. Here is what i did to CASE that card on the right.  I like it just as well.  Mine uses Simon’s flowers from the June card kit, a Spellbinders die and my new MFT label stamps and die.  I used a light gray cardstock and because it is a four and quarter small square card I didn’t think it needed the water colored background.  It satisfies me and I get to keep my $$$.

IMG_9114 (800x800)Altenew New Day Card Kit. Cards by @craftwalks

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

one that got away

Here’s one I made before I left last week.  I just kind of forgot to post it.  It’s Unity stamps and I just love how it turned out.  I love the cuteness of the Unity stamps. 

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back at it

watching the little guys this past week left me ZERO stamping time.  it was such a fun week.  2 1/2 year old twin boys will keep a person busy.  I was sure i lost five pounds but no such luck.  Smile 

It was interesting how long it took me to get the mojo back to begin stamping.  Where, what, which do i start with and since I couldn’t decide I just waited until today and it just started by putting two pieces of scraps together.  The stripe and the checked and then it just came together.  Every once in awhile i like to pull out my Tim Holtz spray tool to make fine mist spatters.

Simon’s Monday Challenge is for Happy Birthday

Word Art Wednesday

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

ladies ladies

IMG_9102 (692x800)Guess I’m into the ladies this week.  Isn’t this such a sweet image from Unity?  You know that background on the other card i just posted.  Well I had die cut this circle out to give me a circular area to use my stencil over on that card and this was the piece that I had used to mask the rest of my card.  So totally accidental.  I am in love with this back ground.  I popped it up with some extra thick pop dots and added a strip of washi.  She looks likes she’s sitting in a cafe and you’re seeing her through a window, doesn’t she?  So i LOVE this card.  
Simon’s Monday Challenge –die cut edge
Word Art Wednesday

unusual yee-haw

IMG_9101 (699x800)When I bought these dies from Spellbinders i knew I wouldn’t be using them much but they were so cute I just couldn’t say no.  Well really, they were 70% off and THAT’s why I couldn’t say no.  I had this vision of this card in my head and here it is come to fruition.  I used some Heidi Swapp gliter spray over a Tim Holtz stencil and after cutting, embossing and inking the die cuts I decided to splatter the left side of the cardstock with that pretty shimmery pink.  The sentiment is from a Unity set.  LOVE how this turned out so realistic.  I do have a couple of cow-girl friends that will appreciate this.  Thanks for stopping and for taking the time to comment.
Simon’s Monday Challenge  I pushed the stencil right along the edge to decorate that up a bit.  
Word Art Wednesday

making do!

IMG_9099 (698x800)Sometimes you have to make difficult choices.  Like this.  I was so intrigued with the new MFT card kit but it was just out of my price range.  I figured I had enough goodies on hand to similar cards out of the things i had on hand.  I was so happy to find out, i did , indeed, have a SMILE die on hand.  I just cut a bunch of those flowers out that I had won (stamps and dies last november at a craft show) I think i did well enough to keep me from purchasing the kit.  Now I know I really don’t need it.  Open-mouthed smile  that makes me happy and gives me money to spend elsewhere.  Well, i mean at another stamp store, of course.   I tilted this top layer to give the card an interesting edge and to enter it into Monday’s Simon Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

new stamps from Dina

I don’t know, I buy so much stuff when it’s on sale and come home and put it away and then later on I find it and I’m like, Wow, I forgot i bought that.  Or I buy it with the intent of making something i thought up in the store and then i forget what that was by the time I get it home and everything out of the bag.  Michaels and Hobby Lobby are dangerous places for me.  ONCE in a great while I go in and actually only purchase the adhesive or cardstock that i need.  Open-mouthed smile 
Here is one of theDina Wakely images i purchased a while back from a sweet set marked waaaaaaaay down.  That was fun.  I made this into a double edged card layerto fit into Simon’s Monday Challenge.  I added the polka dots on her top with a white gel pen and used a stencil over the background to add a bit of interest.  I stamped the gal first and then used rubber cement painted over her with a small brush.  It works just like masking fluid.  It rubs off really easily.  Before rubbing off the rubber cement i added a water colored back ground using my distress inks.
Word Art Wednesday
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

love you a ton

color challenge at MFT #73  I have so many new things to play with.  I’ve had these Unity stamps for quite some time and just didn’t get ink on them yet.  This elephant is so cute.  I first cut my Tropical Teal color with my MFT stitched rectangle die from one of the blue prints and proceeded from there.  I knew i wanted the gray piece to be the piece i stamped on.  I used my MFT mirror stamping stamp to get a reverse of the elephant and then i stamped on the back of the DP and cut it out to have the colors from the challenge be the paper pieced Ellie. 
I used some Viva Pearl pens to make the eyes for both elephants and that was it.  Used all the colors and it was super easy this time.  Oh right, i ran the teal piece through my Big Shot with a Tim Holtz heart die.  That was a challenge to get it to fit in the right orientation.  I also cut Miss Ellies ear and popped it up a bit for a little bit of fun.  isn’t she cute? 
Word Art Wednesday Simon Says Monday Challenge pierced edge die cut. 
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