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. 

IMG_9137 (648x800)I am adding this into the Simon Wednesday challenge, anything goes.

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

IMG_9130 (653x800)The large doily is in my stash and I don’t really know which company it is but i love it.  I used a Prickley Pear die for the center and also for the images and sentiment. I cut the main panel with my stitched die from MFT.  A little banner looks held in place with that cute clip that Angie Bode gave to me. 

ABC Christmas Challenge R

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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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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