Thursday, April 20, 2017

I is for informal

Guess i have to have a separate home for my I card for the ABC Christmas Challenge

I is for:  I don’t know what I’m doing sometimes.  Nyah-Nyah

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H & I Christmas fun

ABC Christmas challenge got away from me last month since we spent most of the month in Puerto Rico.  I played catch up today.  Last month was E for Edge, F for Family, and G for Girls.  I got those covered with these three.

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Next up is H for home and I for informal.  and now i am happily all caught up. 

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1 x 3

One stamp set, three cards.  This stamp set from Taylored Expressions is so cute.  I’m wondering if they have a die set that i need to purchase as i would like to die cut the boots instead of fussy cutting them all.  Smile  getting lazy. 

Anyway, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge asks for showers or flowers.  I used the Raindrops plastic stencil from MFT and ran my tag through my Big Shot with it.  Love the subtle rain drops.

Here are the three cards I made with this set this year.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

SSS-MFT-Taylored Expressions

I had so much fun with the MFT and SSS challenges yesterday i decided to make another card for both of them.  This card just fits the weather we are having.  Not complaining, it is at least SPRING at last.  Cold spring, but still spring, and my flowers are coming up nicely.    MFT die that i LOVE.  Hero Arts Rectangle dies, Not sure if the grass is MFT or Simon.  Taylored expressions sentiments, boots, and embossed flowers.

Simon’s Wednesday inspiration color challenge

MFT’s Sketch Wednesday Challenge

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

twins turn two

since i have been gone for about a month from stamping i turned to SSS for inspiration on Wednesday.  They have a fun inspiration challenge for this weeks Wednesday Challenge.  I wanted to use these fun colors.  The plaid Perfect Plaids Petite 6x6 pack from Lawn Fawn worked great.  My next inspiration is MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge.  Always love the sketches. 20170331_113618

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Here’s what i came up with for the sweet little guys.  They love pictures of crabs and they pinch their little fingers together whenever we see one in a book.  I bought them a book from Alaska that has some king crabs in it.  How fun.

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Altenew Roses

After watching the video on how to correctly use these stamps i was so much more pleased with how they turned out.  I loave the beautiful simplicity of this rose.  I used a bit of distress inks on the bottom and left side as “foliage”  and then used my Ranger Spritzer with a dark green marker.  It needed a bit more glitz and i remembered these retired border dies from Sweet N Sassy and the perfect gold paper to create the border.  It is complete. 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017


There’s a lot of NBUS in my stash since Christmas time.  I won this set of stamps and dies at the vendor show in November and haven’t had a chance to use them yet.  With all the flower dies going around i think this must be right on trend.

I had fun making this and it started with the SMILE that was a leftover part from the tag i made. I used some DP from the Paper Studio called Denim and Jeans.  I was also able to use my Bokeh dies from Simon, another NBUS item and i opened my gold Nuovo drops, more NBUS.  Maybe i will add some more flowers to this.  two more down towards the bottom.  We’ll see how i feel about that tomrrow.  Thanks for stopping by.  This may be my last post for a bit as we have a two week vacation coming up soon. I plan to take some images and my Peerless water color papers with me.  Sit in a cabana by the pool and color the day away.


Tag it

IMG_8912 (699x800)Just to be clear, this  picture is taken on a blue piece of cardstock.  It is not mounted onto the blue.  This was fun to make and play with a bit of collage items.  I used multi medium gel to adhere the tissue paper and crumpled cardstock directly to a white card base.  Next i made the tag after coloring the flowers with distress inks and doing no line coloring.  I love my MFT sentiment dies and i popped some pink behind this to give it some “pow”.  I added a punched tag circle and twisted my twine around a thin stylus to make the twine curly.  The butterflies were sitting on my desk waiting to be used and so I did.

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I was doing some digging in my stash to find old DP paper to make some envies.  I found this blue and white flower piece of 12x12 and had to cut some off for my envie.  Of course if it’s a scrap and it’s laying there; i feel compelled to use it.

I found this great sentiment stamp from Stampablities and these cute little feet.  I knew right away what i wanted to create.  It came out even better than I had planned because i used that scrap of paper to give some added interest to the front of the card.  I took the rubber off the wooden stamp and cut the feet apart so i could stagger them like a person was walking.  I used Memory Box shadow ink for the footprints.

I’m playing in MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge and I made my own scalloped border with a rectangle die and a scalloped die laid inside it so i could get an even regtangle instead of trying to cut all the sides even. 

I used a Spellbinders border die for the curved edge.  Tim Holtz heart die.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

fun with emboss resist

I saw this technique on GKD videos and thought it would be fun to try with the new MFT Fancy Flowers set that is still new to me.

I used my MISTI to position the stamps and white embossed them.  Next step was to sponge with distress inks.  I wanted to play in the Wednesday Sketch Challenge for MFT and i added a frame over my sponged background.

I cut the butterfly out of a scrap of DP that i had hanging around.  Adding a bit of smooch liquid to it to give it some sparkle and it’s the perfect touch.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Birthday Gifts

Simon’s Monday challenge is Books.  Since i spend my time reading to my almost two year old twin grandsons, i chose Dr. Suess Happy Birthday to you , book. 

I used a generic background paper and an oldie but goodie embossing folder.  I left the paper in the folder and used a sander to give some character to the embossing.  I found these Sizzix birthday dies a long time ago and have never used them, so that was fun to use something “new”.  The ballons and strings are from Simon, I think.  or MFT.  not sure which.  Just plain cardstock but water colored and some white gel pen highlights added.  This was such a fun card to make.  The border die is MFT. 

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

loose water color

I’ve been wanting some of those flower stamps that look like the adult coloring book and MFT still had some of their Fancy Floral kits hanging around and i grabbed one.  I see they are now GONE!  It’s been fun playing.  I saw a card by Torico in the gallery and it was fun to try her idea.  However, i knew my skills in no way come close to hers and i decided to go for very loose no-line coloring.  (that’s my story and i’m sticking to it) LOL   I will keep practicing this technique and maybe some day in the far off future i could create a beauty such as hers. As for me, i like what i created, it’s vibrant, it’s different, and it’s mine!  I sprinkled some gold flecks onto the background with my very old liquid smooch.  It comes in a little bottle that looks like an elf hat.

I used Peerless water colors this time around.  the intensity is astounding. I think i’d like to try one in pinks.

Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

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