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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Saturday, October 7, 2017

WCMD Challenge #4

This MFT Challenge is a make and mail challenge.  Get it made and get it out to the mail box.  I will address this and mail it on Monday.  Masculine card for someone i don’t regularly send to but sometimes.

This set is called By the Numbers and I have no idea why i purchased it.  This is the first I’ve used it .  The little rectangles are only 1” x 1.5”.  I’m glad it has a couple of nice sentiments with it, maybe that’s why i purchased it.  If anyone has any good ideas on how to use this set please give me input.  Maybe it was made for ATC’s. 

Simon’s WCMD gallery 

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Use a number as a focal point.  I love this set of MFT number dies.  It’s retired.  I’m so sad I didn’t purchase the letters that go with it.  I did find some Spellbinders letter dies marked way down at Hobby Lobby and I’m glad i picked them up.  I just love a bargain, don’t you?

I stacked the dies over yellow cardstock for a bit of interest.  The basket on the mouse’s head had to go to make room for one of the pumpkins that I turned into a jack-o-lantern.  I had the little leaves and black  cat from punches that a friend gave me about ten years ago.  I keep everything, good grief!  I was glad i had them for this project.  Just a little added interest.

MFT Challenge #3   Simon Says WCMD

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No Stamps

2nd challenge at MFT for WCMD is to not use stamps on your project.  I used a pre-cut butterfly that was on my desk.  The stitched tag die was the perfect background for him.  The clouds are the reverse side of the back ground paper I used.  The sentiment die is from MFT, i cut it three times. Twice in MFT blueberry cardstock and once in a golden yellow. I offset the yellow the teeniest bit when stacking to anchor the sentiment visually.   Here’s a second picture to show the butterfly wing peeking out from the vellum wing on the top.

Simon’s gallery for WCMD uploads

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Today is World Card Making Day.  Whaaaaattt??? Who knew we had a day set aside just for our craft.  When I told Gilbert, I’m sure I detected an eye roll.  LOL

MFT is hosting several challenges today to give us a kick start on having fun this day. To kick it off MFT said use Rainbow Colors ROYGBIV …I love REAL rainbows however, i despise using rainbow colors in cardmaking all on one card. Because I won’t back down from a challenge, I threw my hat in the ring.  To make it “subtle” I chose MFT’s BIG BOLD Background stamp and colored seven dots on one row.  I covered my cardstock except for a small strip and sprayed the cardstock with a light mist, then squished the stamp down onto the wet strip.  Just what I wanted.  Soft!  I flipped my cardstock to the other corner and repeated the process.  After stamping and masking one of the flowers from Floral Frenzy diagonally across the panel I wanted to be done but it looked like it needed some fill in and i had smeared a couple of the dots and to cover them up and make them seem part of the back ground I used a light color wash onto the non-water colorer paper and decidd I rather like it.  Thanks for the extension out of my comfort zone MFT.

Simon Says is giving us a gallery to post our cards for prizes.  Thanks Simon.

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Walk on the dark side 3

for this 3rd entry into Simons Monday challenge i chose the dark stormy sky and the black witches hat for my interpretation of “the dark side”

Stamps by Judith and also some Paper Pumpkin from last year SU kit.

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walk on the dark side 2

Simon’s challenge has me thinking and making halloween cards for our sweet little neighbor children.  Just simple one layer cards.  Use dark Ink Simon Says in their Monday Challenge.

Black is about as dark as it gets and I used a Tim Holtz featured company stamp alao. The Tim Holtz stamp is the large spider web.  The smaller circle web is something i purchased at Goodwill and have no idea the company.

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Walk on the Dark Side

Simon’s Monday Challenge prompted me to find the few Halloween stamps I own.  Here’s my creation with the Tim Holtz featured company. I stamped the goblins in black and then went over it in a dark green.  I used  oxide inks for the back ground  masking the moon and fillin in the color after spritzing the sky.  The moon looked a little bare  and i found an old Mark’s Finest Papers stamp to put the scary witch in front of the moon as if the goblins are looking at her and afraid to move.  Open-mouthed smile 

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Yellow, Red, Blue

Primary colors and make one of those colors a pale yellow and you have the MFT color Challenge #78  I used MFT’s fancy florals and tombow markers to get my color scheme.  The colors don’t have to be exact but close enough to kind of sort of match.  Open-mouthed smile  I wasn’t sure I liked this but after two days of looking at i do like the uniqueness of it.  Yes, I will happily mail it to someone.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Simon’s Xmas Challenge

Such a cute little guy this mousie is.  I was practicing using my Tombow markers for shading and direct to water color paper.  It’s so fun to learn.

I used the current SCS sketch from today for a simple background that lets the image have center stage.  The image is from a company called Whiff of Joy and the sentiment is Prickely Pear.

Simon Says Wednesday Christmas Challenge

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Cleaned ‘er up a bit

There is something about a clean stamp room that just helps me think.  Simon’s Challenge this week is to make a Christmas Card.  With summer just arriving here in Wisconsin for us it’s hard to think about Christmas.  But wait, it’s only 83 days away!!  Yikes.  Glad I have been making cards all year along with ABC Christmas challenge.  Their challenge last month was use a Trio and also a current sketch.  I was too late with my creations to enter their challenge but I like to play along anyway.

Here is my Trio card.  Three window openings with my MFT window dies.  The little birds are Unity and the sentiments are from Prickley Pear.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

NBUS schtuffs

Darnell has her annual NBUS challenge running.  Never Before Used Stuff.  Don’t we all have some?  I found this sweet little image in a box of stamps I purchase long ago at a rummage.  It’s new to me.  Also the DP pack still had that annoying fold over piece of sticky plastic on it. Why do they do that?  Don’t  they know we want to FLIP through the pack of papers???  The little pull tag was a new die to me too.  Now since this went together so well I decided to make another similar card with the dragonfly. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017


It really is turning fall on us.  It makes me sad.  However this year our leaves are not turned yet, two weeks in a row we had close to 90 degree temps here in northern Wisconsin.  Whaaaaaat???  Ah well, everywhere I look I see signs of fall and the calendar says it is. 
Simon’s Monday Challenge this week is to make a Halloween card.  I decided to pull out my cute house mousies!  I also pulled out my Copics.  I believe it’s been over a year since I used them and oh how fun to blend and blend.  But then, I pulled out twenty copics, right???  How can one image take twenty different colors.  But it did.  My MFT die cut fence is 8 layers deep.  Spray adhesive is an easy way to attach so many of them to one another.  I couldn’t be without that stuff.  One can lasts a looooonnnnngggg time.  Sometimes you have to use a solvent on the tip though to keep it spraying smoothly.
Here’s the result of all that copic coloring.  I mounted the image onto a stenciled background made with Hero Arts stencil and Broken China and Peacock Feathers oxide 
 inks sponged onto black card stock. 
This qualifys for NBUS challenge as the stencil and inks are NBUS also the sentiment die. That little arrow taggie like thing and the crooked fence too has been around a LOOOONGGG time.
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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Grate friends

The friends I have are so sweet.  So many are supporting me these last two years through some very difficult days our family is going through.  This cute little guy will find his way to a near-by friend that often sends me little incouraging face book posts and drops by with little gifts.  I feel so humbled by the friendship of so many.  I think this might be a Penny Black retired stamps. So fun though.  I used my crysal effects on the lemon.

Simon Says Wednesday Stamp It Challenge

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Fall’s not here

Everyone in blogland is posting Autumn this, pumpkin spice that and I’m over here in WI still trying to hang onto the summer that wasn’t.  Our hydrangea is just now starting to bloom.  My morning glories have buds but no flowers yet.  I know it’s almost mid—september, but come on….i was still hoping for a couple of sunhine days to get those flowers blooming.  Today we had sun but it was cold.  I went out for a walk and had to come home and put a sweatshirt on. 

Hydrangea it is, then for Simon’s Wednesday Stamp It Challenge.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

no image

Working with the sketch challenge from MFT I pulled out elements from my blueprints #5 and #6.  I also dug around and found this little tag from who knows when I purchased it.  It went well with this scrap of paper i was using up.  The Viva pearl drops are gold but they look kind of green in the photo.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (sentiment stamp) Use a stamp

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water color….happy sigh

Tomorrow I am taking a free on line water color class.  Not for cards, just for scenes.  I’ve always loved the softness of  the water color look.  In anticipation of the class I had to stamp and watercolor this beautiful flower from Altenew.  That’s what I like about Altenew.  You can “faux” water color by using all the layers or you can just take one layer and do your own version of water coloring with it. 

Simon Says Monday Challenge “Stamp IT” no digis allowed.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

it’s an addiction, sure ‘nuff

Saw a fun meme the other day that said,  I’m convinced that buying stamping/crafting supplies is a hobby all it’s own as opposed to actually USING them.   Bwhhhaaaaa!!

Yep, that’s me.  I cannot resist running into our Michaels and Hobby Lobby just to see what’s on clearance.  I find so many good bargains.  Then there’s the actual “using” them.

Here’s one I purchased the other day and came home and inked that baby up right away.  I rather like it, especially for the clearance price.   I included the little banner die which i don’t think i have used before but got it long ago from MFT.  And isn’t that stitched tag, the bomb?  Bargain there too, i went shopping when MFT had their 50% off sale. Well, I think they still have it but there’s not much left, really.

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Weddings Showers Spring and Fall 3

IMG_9144 (800x600)For this one I incorporated a bit of masking technique to add the umbrella in .  The Bridal Shower words are from the first free stamp set I got from MFT with purchase.  It was one of those invitation stamp sets and i figured i’d never use it but i have used elements from it several times, so that’s cool.   Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Weddings Showers Spring and Fall 2

Spring and fall seem to bring showers, weddings and babies.  Making cards to cover these occasions. 

Entering into Simon’s Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge  I rarely play with my Stamps by Judith but they are too cute to give away.  I created a little gifting tree with the All Seasons Tree. Spellbinders sentiment tag. MFT sentiment

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Weddings, Showers, Spring and Fall

Spring and fall seem to bring showers, weddings and babies.  Making cards to cover these occasions. 

Entering into Simon’s Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge

I used a very old Fiskars texture plate.  Yep, I still have them.  The image is something a freind mailed to me with a stack of others.  So fun.

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BluePrint 6

The blue prints from MFT can be so useful.  When I am stuck in a mode where i want to stamp but don’t have an idea what to create I go to my Blue Prints sketches.  They are always fun, they always turn out better than I thought they would and i like the change up from the same old tired design i am currently in the mode of. 

The Color challenge from MFT is always great for inspiration too.  This is the one I used.

Her wee little socks pulled in the corn flower blue.  Isn’t she so sweet?

Simon’s Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

you want me to do what?

That was my thought when i saw this sketch over on Split Coast las week. But you know what?  I LOVE this card.  I pulled out some DP from Crate Paper called Farmers Market and then found some Studio Calico paper that worked for the strips.  I put this all on black cardstock and it looks really elegant.  That Tim Holtz cone flower is a favorite of mine.  I bought the full set large and small just to have that flower in two sizes. 

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Welcome Wag’n

My mom just moved into a memory home.  My mom is a dog lover and has a great sense of humor.  She is almost 90.  I thought she would enjoy this little creation.  It’s a sweet whipper snapper image and is also a NBUS from a couple of years back.  I was trying to follow the SCS skettch from a couple of weeks back.  Not sure I really understood the way the layers were but close enough.

Simon Says Wednesday-Anything Goes

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the buses are coming

Simon’s Monday challenge is a Back to School challenge.  Hey, i just did this last week for the Wed. challenge.  You guys are really making put on my thinking cap.  This time I found something in my stash that looks a little more school like.  And whoo-hooo the note book stamp is a NBUS that has been taking up space for about four years.  So thank you very much for another school challenge.

This also fits the SCS challenge for this week to have diagonal corners.

This card is for a young friend who’s birthday coincides with the beginning of the school year.  I put his name on the card but didn’t want to photograph the name since I post on FB and don’t want him to see it yet.  He has a sweet rag doll cat that loves to lay by him when he does his homework. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Back to School

Another school year begins in a few days but our daughter-in-law teacher started this past week with conferences and getting the room ready etc. 

Simon Wednesday says use Avery Elle if you have them and make a school themed project.

These sentiment stamps and dies are the only Avery Elle I own and I made it work.  For my school theme i just decided to use School Bus yellow card stock and primary colors.  I’m still in love with this little coffee cup die from Simon.  He’s adorable.  The hearts come from the Sending/Wishing Simon sentiment stamps.  faux stitching done with my scor-buddy and a  cutter b tool and gel pen.

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Ever done an ATC?

ATC= Artist Trading Card  I get a kick out of all the abbreviations we use in our stamping community.  I have a stamping friend that doesn’t read any blogs and when Angie and I are posting on FB she is confused a bit by all the abbreviated terminology we use.  I remember wondering what all those terms meant.  I think SCS has a page where they explain all that.  (that would be Split Coast Stampers)  Open-mouthed smile

Simon’s Monday Challenge this week was to do an ATC card.  The dimensions are 3.5 x 2.5  In the picture it looks large of course but it is indeed a wee little card.  I use these to tuck into my packages when people order from me.

This is a pre-embossed full sheet of which I had a little scrap left that was perfect for this challenge. Another piece of scrap covers the end of the sentiment label.  Some Nuvo drops complete the soft look.

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A simple thanks will do

MFT Sketch Challenge #347

Sketch Challenge 347 #mftstampsI used my Blue prints 5 (i think) to get the curved frame look.  IRL it is longer than this but I positioned my paper so i would get a shorter arch that would fit the look I wanted to create on my card.

This new Spellbinders die is so beautiful and i had to use this scripty Thank You from Sizzix because of the frilliness of the die.  I’m so glad i found that on sale at Michaels and grabbed it up.  My clear sequins are MFT dies also (this was one on sale recently but i had purchased it long ago) i get a lot of use out of those sequin dies.  Left over acrylic from packaging makes excellent clear sequins.

Simple and sweet for an elderly friend who gave all the ladies in our Bible Study one of her antique serving bowls a couple of weeks ago when study was her home.  A real treasure and memory of her.

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R is for red

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Q is for quick

It doesn’t get much quicker than this.  Grab a piece of cardstock that is navy on the outside and white on the inside.  Cut, Score, Fold.  Add some stickers, stamp on the inside and done!

ABC Christmas Card challenge Q

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Is Santa a people???

P is for people.  I don’t know if Santa is considered a peep or not but I’m gonna roll with it.  I got this new spellbinders die and I wanted to use it.  I had some left over 12 x 12 scraps from making and envelope with LARGE images on it and it made a perfect strip for this card.  I cut out another that i need to apply somy thinking cap for.

I used distress ink to add a bit of color to the edges of the lacy strip.  Then stamped the images with tea stain distress ink and embossed them with an espresso embossing powder.  A small amount of light water color to the images and down the middle of the strip, hmmmmm….grab that squeezy thing that makes paint splatter from your markers and i’m calling this one complete.  Oh wait, it needs a strip of something down the opening side of the card.  Used a marker and a ruler.  DONE!!  Not my best work but still passes the it’s okay to mail test.

ABC Christmas Challenge P

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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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