Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Unto Us




Happy Wednesday!   I am out of school today!   I had a wee bit of time this morning before I start the cooking process to pop into my crafty space and make a card.  I am playing along with this week's Mojo Monday Sketch, Christmas Card Challenges inspiration photo, and Simon Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge!  I am using the colors from this week's Merry Monday Challenges.



For my tall skinny card I decided to start with some pattern paper.  I have not used many pattern papers lately and I still have a few packs that I have not even opened yet.  Today I used the Carta Bella it's a celebration paper pack.

I started with a few stitch die panels and added Verve's Cut Above On Occasion die cut in black.  I stamped the cool frame from Verve's On Occasion stamp set in MFT Pigment in in Sweet Tooth.  I let it dry a bit then softly sponged the edges.  In the center I stamped Verve's Unto Us stamp set using the same ink.  I stacked two sentiments together for this look.  I think they say it all for this time of the year.   While it is a chalkboard style, I did not smudge a lot on the inside of the frame.  Just around the edges to soften it a bit.   I finished the card with a few sequins from the newly released Verve's Holiday Sequin Mix!  Love!

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PTI November Blog Hop 2014!





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SnowflakesHappy Tuesday!  I am playing along today with PTI November Blog Hop 2014!   This month the challenge is all about SNOW this month!  

I got my inspiration from this photo on the blog.  I just love the individual jumbo sized flakes.  I see more hues of soft blues, so I decided to use PTI Stitched Snowflake die and cut it out using some blue glittered card stock.  I wanted to make a shaker card, but I find the process tedious when I am in a hurry.  I have come up with a full proof method that works for me that is easy peasy.  Thought I would share!

The Easy Way to Shake Shake Shaker!  
  
I die cut the scalloped rectangle frame from the Shaker and Sprinkles Kit 6 times.  I glue together 5 layers using Tombow Mono Aqua Glue.  Love this stuff.  You must make sure all 5 layers are glued around the inside edges and liquid glue works the best for this.  Next, I cut out the clear acetate for the shaker winder.  On the top of the fifth layer I add  1/8" score tape all the way around the inside frame.  I cut the acetate so that is it slightly smaller than the tape width.  I glue my acetate sheet to the top5th layer of the stacked frames.  Then,  I add some clear glue all around the edges of the top frame making sure to get the scalloped sections as well.  I glue the final frame onto the top.  This gives me a 6 layered frame die cut with the acetate window sandwiched between the 5th and 6th layer.  I let it dry for a few minutes.  

I glued the blue ice snowflake to the back panel.  I flip the acetate window frame over and fill with my shaker elements.  In this case I am using some sequins and the white sprinkles from the Shaker and Sprinkles kit.  I use more 1/8" inch score tape and add the solid backing onto the card.  My shaker box is complete.  I love doing shaker boxes this way because there is no foam tape sticky edging to worry about.  Not to mention trying to get that foam tape to stick in all the right places.   The thickness of the card stock sandwich is plenty deep to add shaker elements.  Takes all the fussiness out of creating a shaker.

I like the clean lines and unobstructed view for this card so I opted to not add a sentiment to the outside.  To complete the card I scored a background panel.  I used some foam tape to pop it up.  Then, I added some foam tape to the shaker box.  The card is all white with just the focal blue ice snowflake in the spotlight!  

As always thank so much for hopping by!

Betty

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Another Trio of Christmas Cards!





I have another trio of Christmas cards to share today!   My first trio of Christmas cards can be seen HERE.   Today's cards are more CAS Style.  Each card plays off of the other in that I used some of the products already on my craft desk.  I also challenged myself to use the word PEACE 3 times!  Here are the results!


Inspiration is EVERYWHERE!  Especially this time of year with all the Christmas ads for Black Friday Shopping.  My Talbots Magazine arrived this week.  I just love looking through the magazine.  As I was looking through, I saw a couple of items that inspired a card.  This red sweater with the white centered snowflake resonated with me.  Love the elegant simplicity of the design.  I thought I could replicate the look since MFT STAMPS just released a Sweater Stitch background stamp!  LOVE!


All of the products used are from MFT STAMPS unless otherwise noted.  For this first card I am using this week's CAS(E) This Sketch  for the first card. started with MFT Card Stock Sampler Pack.  I am using Smooth White and Electric Red.  I die cut the electric red panel with MFT Blueprints 15.  I stamped this panel with MFT Sweater Knits background stamp using MFT Premium Electric Red ink pad.  Then, I die cut this panel with the largest of the trio of Pierced Snowflake die namics and the Peace, Love, Joy die namics.   I used re-positional tape to secure the dies in place while running through my vagabond.  I glued another red piece of card stock behind the main panel so only red would show through the snowflake.  I die cut the word and snowflake using smooth white card stock. I inlaid the white snowflake to the front.   I  inlaid the word "peace" and added the red die pieces.  Then I glued the main panel to the card base.   I was trying to decide if I wanted to add something else to the card like a touch of sparkle, but decided to leave it just like this.  

 CARD  # 2   Peace Wreath


For this card I am playing along with The Fusion Card Challenge.  I love the sparkly bells and balls wreath.  I thought I could replicate the look with stamps and dies in a more CAS Style.  I actually used the sketch on Card #3.  For this card I used the sketch from Cardabilities. 

First of all,  I am using all MFT Stamps unless otherwise noted.  I started with MFT Card Stock Sampler.  I am using smooth white, kraft, and electric red.  I die cut the scallops panel from Blueprints 20.  This blueprints set has this adorable scalloped frame.  I cut it out and used it for the card front. I added another kraft base behind the card cut very close so the scallops are still visible.  I then cut out the new MFT Jumbo Dot Cover Up in kraft and smooth white.  

I use both of these so there is no waste.  I inlaid all of the kraft circles.  I stamp using MFT Premium Natural ink pad for a soft color the MFT Sheet Music Background stamp.  I did this at a slight angle for added interest.  I then die cut the large circle frame from MFT Blueprints 16 using some silver glitter card stock from my stash.  (I cut this die again using foam adhesive sheets that I have in my stash to get a circle of adhesive foam to pop this panel up.  It is easier to do this that cut a bunch of tiny pieces to fix to any shape that is not straight).   I die cut the word "peace" 3 times (one was left over from the first card).  I glued them together.  I die cut the smallest of the three Pierced Snowflakes die namics to the card tied with some silver cording.  I really love how this card turned out!


CARD #3   Peace Stars!




                                           Card #3 uses  some of the same components of card #2.  Waste not want not!  I am playing along with this week's Festive Friday Inspiration Challenge!   I see a lot of wood and kraft tones along with vibrant pink and white with a few touches of sparkle.  
 
I started with MFT Card Stock Sampler.  I am using smooth white, kraft, and Razzle Berry.  I used Blueprints 20 for scalloped card front.  I used MFT Jumbo Dot Cover Up.  I added all of the white dots.  I then used  Blueprints 16 to die cut the larger circle frame.  I saw a lot of opened circle ornaments on the tree in the inspiration photo.  I stamped this circle frame with MFT Sheet Music Background using MFT Premium Natural Ink pad.   I die cut the word "peace" in Razzle Berry card stock 3 times and glued together for added strength.  I then used some silver glitter card stock from my stash and die cut the double cut stars from Blueprints 18 and added to the circle frame.  I used some foam tape to the center of peace so it does not dip in the center.  I thought about adding some more touches of bling, but I decided I love it just the way it is.  I actually used the Fusion Sketch on this card. 

I need to check to see how many more Christmas cards I need to make.  I know I need a few Christmas Gift tags!  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Happy Birthday!


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I have a fun Birthday card to share today!  I am playing along with this week's MFT Sketch Challenge and The Color Throwdown.

Love this week's Throwdown colors!  So fun to work with!  All products from MFT Stamps unless otherwise noted.  I started with MFT Card Stock Sampler Pack.  I am using Smooth White, Nightshift Blue, Cotton Candy, and Sour Apple.  I used Blueprint 10 to die cut the rounded edge nightshift blue panel.  I stamped this with MFT Snowfall background using MFT Pigment Sweet Tooth ink pad.  I then cut out the sour apple panel with fishtail flags stax in sour apple.  I stamped this panel with MFT Fine Check background stamp.   I inked the edges with Versa Mark(stash) for added definition.  I then cut out the white panel using MFT Horizontal Strips.  I stamped this panel using MFT Premium Sno Cone in pad with the tiny snowflake image from Cool Days stamp set.  

I die cut the bear from Cool Days Die namics and stamped with coordinating image from Cool Days stamp set using MFT Hybrid Black Licorice ink pad using Neenah Solar White(stash).  I colored with Copic Markers(stash).  I used some pop dots(stash) and attached to panel.  Next, I used MFT Balloon Stax and die cut the cotton candy balloon.  I stamped this image with the sentiment from Cool Days stamp set using MFT Hybrid Black Licorice ink pad.  I sponged the edges with Versa Mark to add some depth and dimension to the balloon.  I stamped the tiny heart from Cool Days stamp set using MFT Premium Lemonade Pink ink pad to the lower center of the balloon.  I wrapped regular sewing thread(stash) around the balloon and glued it in places to look like the bear was holding it.  I used some pop dots to create some varied height.  I finished my card with some Shine Bright Sequins(VerveStamps).  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sending You Warm Thoughts!



It's Friday!   I have a card to share today.  I came home from school and decided I needed to craft!  Crafting helps me release all the tension from rushing around all day at school.   It is the BEST Therapy!

I am playing along with this week's Freshly Made Sketches.  I turned mine to make a vertical card.  

I just have to say that I love my new COMFY SWEATER die namics from MFT.  I see lots of possibilities with this die.  I just had to use it.   All products from MFT Stamps unless otherwise stated.  I started with MFT Card Stock Sampler Pack. I am using steel gray, smooth white, electric red, and kraft.  I cut the card base using steel gray.  I die cut the smooth white with stitched frame from Blueprints 13.  I stamped the electric red panel with Sweater Stitch using MFT Premium Electric Red ink pad.  I sponged the edges with versa mark.  Next, I die cut the white strip using Horizontal Stitch Strips.  I stamped the sentiment from Cozy Greetings using MFT Premium Steel Gray ink pad.  I then die cut the kraft card stock with MFT Stitched Rounded Corners.  Since the sketch calls for this panel to have a straight edge, I die cut it with the Blueprints 13 to give the stitched look all the way around. I stamped this panel with Cheesecloth background using MFT Premium Natural ink pad.  Love the subtle texture!

As for the sweaters, I die cut one in steel gray and left it plain.  Love the collar and cuff embossed detailing that shows so beautifully.  I stamped the electric red sweater with MFT Pigment Sweet Tooth ink pad using Nordic Knits stampset.  I heat embossed with white ep.  LOVE! LOVE!  how it turned out!  Looks so real!  I added some foam tape for dimension.  I felt like the card needed a little something, so I looped some MFT hemp cord and added a die cut buttom from MFT Blueprints 14.  It gave me just the perfect finishing touch!  I am playing along with The Friday Mashup!  It is all about the weather! I was thinking cold weather and need for sweaters and warm thoughts!




For card 2....I just happy *sigh*   I was on the fence about whether or not to get this Quilt Square cover up!  So glad I did!  I love it already!  I started with MFT Card Stock Sampler Pack!  I am using Primitive White and Steel Gray.
I cut the base with primitive white.  I die cut the steel gray panel with MFT Blueprints 15.  I stamped this panel with the image from MFT Nordic Knits stamp set using MFT Premium Steel Gray ink pad.  

I stamped the focal image using Sweater Stitched background using MFT Premium Steel Gray ink pad as well.  I die cut this panel using the Quilt Square Cover Up.  I die cut a primitive white panel with the Quilt Square Cover Up.  I inked the edges of the primitive white pieces with some vintage distress ink for dimension and to make it look like a well loved quilt.  I inked the steel gray with versa mark ink to add some depth and dimension.  I assemble my quilt.  I added a deep red button to the center tied with some MFT hemp cord.  I added a sentiment from MFT Starry Christmas stamp using a label die from MFT Blueprints 9.  I thought it looked like a quilt tag/label.  Too cute!  Love how it turned out!  I am playing along with Christmas Cards All Year Round.  The challenge is no patterned paper.  I stamped all of my card stock.  I am also playing along with Winter Wonderland:  Let's Get Sentimental.

Right now I must get ready!  I have plans to see Mockingjay Part 1 with a kiddos and some friends!  I hope to post again tomorrow when I try my hands at a couple of more challenges!

As always thanks so much for stopping by!  

Betty