Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thinking of You!




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I have a card to share today!  I  am playing along with this week's MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge and the Fusion Card Challenge.



I chose to use the inspiration from the Fusion Challenge.  I played off of the white gray background and the cluster of flowers. 




I started with MFT  Grout Gray as the base.  I used the Modern Moroccan Cover Up in Sweet Tooth.  I die cut the gray grout center panel using Pierced Rectangle Stax.  I die cut the vellum panel using the tag from Tag Builder Blueprints 1.   I die cut the Wildflowers using Smooth White card stock.   

I stamped the dies with the coordinating set, LJD Peaceful Wildflowers.  For the centers of the yellow flowers, I used a solid circle image from LJD Fall Foliage.   I clustered the flowers together and tied with a piece of pink hemp cording.  I used foam adhesive to adhere to the vellum tag.    I added the sentiment from LJD Peaceful Wildflower stamp set using black ink.  I finished the card with  some homemade white enamel dots.  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Thinking of You!





 
 Happy Saturday!  I had a few moments in my craft room today to play!  I created a card for this month's MFT Color Palette Challenge.   I am also using this week's Retro Sketch.  





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First of all, I just love MFT Fuse Green.  It is one of those colors that did not jump out at me at first when I purchased the MFT Card stock sampler pack.  It is one of those colors that takes on this richness all its own when mixed with other shades.  I had a chance to make several cards last month using this color.  You can see that ensemble here.   



I think these colors lend themselves to a masculine card.   I have tried for awhile now to not put a flower on every card I make.  The struggle is REAL!   For this card I am using MFT card stock sampler pack.  I stamped the nightshift blue card stock with blue ink using the BG diagonal stripes background.  I stamped it twice to give me this crisscross pattern.  I die cut the orange fizz and fuse green using MFT Pierced Rectangle Stax die namics.  I used the Darling Dots stamp set and versamark to stamp the dotted pattern onto the fuse green.  I used the Notebook Edge die namics to die cut the kraft card stock.  I stamped this panel with the BG Notebook paper background using MFT natural ink.  I ink distressed the edges.  The nightshift blue circle was die cut using the circle element in Blueprints 12.  The kraft circle element was die cut from Blueprints 18.  The orange fizz tab was die cut using Blueprints 12.  I used the button die from Blueprints 14.  I created a bow using the hemp cord.  The sentiments are from LJD Fall Foliage stamp set and the other from You've Got Mail set stamped with nightshift blue ink.  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

Friday, August 15, 2014

This Hope! VLV Weekly Sketch!





Happy Friday!  It is time for week 3 of Verve's Viva La Verve Sketches.   Stacey Schafer is the host this week!  She has a sketch + inspiration this week.  Check out the VLV Blog for more details and inspiration!



For my card I am using Simple Stories DIY Boutique designer papers.   I used Verve's Strong Anchor along with Verve's Cut Above Nautical, Occasion Frame, and Rounded Scallop Frame die sets.  I decided to emboss the Nautical elements in white. I finished my card with Verve's Shine Bright Sequin Mix.  

In keeping with the text background I chose this fun patterned paper.  I decided to go with this wonderful scripture and mimic the chalkboard look since inspiration does have a chalkboard.  I used red accents and embossed the Nautical elements in white on red. I added some stamped red rope frames behind the focal point.  I added a red floss bow. 

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

Thursday, August 14, 2014

You've Been On My Mind! PTI MIM Challenge!




I am popping in tonight with a card for this week's Papertrey Make It Monday Challenge!  It has been a busy week.  I went to school this week and moved my classroom and got it decorated.  I am teaching 7th grade this year.  My summer vacation is almost over.  I have 1 day before I officially return!  

This week's PTI challenge is using embossing paste to create backgrounds.  I have used embossing paste once before.  It is one of those techniques where you do have to plan ahead and allow for drying time.  Other than that, it is like frosting a cake.



I started with white card stock and the harlequin die to create a stencil.  I  combined paste and Spring Rain reinker.  I decided I wanted it darker so I added some Enchanted Evening reinker.  I added for a highlighted effect some plain white paste over the darker blue.  I let it dry.  I added gold embossed vellum feathers from Feather Finery set, a sentiment from Friendly Flowers, and some tiny clear gems and my card was complete.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Just A Note and a Shaker!




MFTWSC188Happy Friday!  I have two cards to share today!  For the first card I am playing along with this week's MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge and The Color Throwdown!  I just love this color combo!  

I am using MFT Card stock Sampler (blu raspberry, red hot, gray grout, and sweet tooth).  I started with a gray grout base cut to 5" square.  I die cut the blue raspberry panel using Blueprints 14.  Then, I die cut the red hot and sweet tooth panels using Pierced Rectangle Stax.  I used Blueprints 1  for the stitched sentiment circle, and Blueprints 12 for the red tab at the top.  I went back to Blueprints 14 for the gray grout button.  This is what I love so much about my Blueprints.  I really do use all the parts and pieces.   For the sweet tooth focal panel I used the script image from Pretty Poppies in gray grout.  I stamped the stems.  Then, I die cut one of the poppies from Poppies and Leaves die namics.  I added some noir black glitter to the center and the card was complete.

The background on my card was done using a new technique for me. I had never tried it before.   It is called Embossing Folder stamping.  Here is the link to the tutorial.  I pretty much inked up an embossing folder on the raised panel side, spritz with water, put card stock inside, close folder, and press down.  I may have spritzed a wee bit too much water, but I really loved the results.  I dried mine with the heat gun.   I am also playing along with Cas-Ual Fridays Tic  Tac Toe Challenge (bottom dots, gray, and twine)!


 This next card is another card I made for one of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges going on now at SCS!  I decided to create a scene and make the scene a shaker style card.  Instead of adding a bunch of sequins and such, I added some white tinsel to give the look of the sailboat moving through the ocean and the salt spray(tinsel) splashing about.  I really love how it turned out.  For this card I am using MFT Card stock sampler(sweet tooth, kraft, nightshift blue, electric red, lemon drop, and sno cone card stocks).  I created my scene using Rectangle Frames to create the shaker framing.   Cloud Cover Up (just a few of the clouds), and Sailboat die namics.  For the wavy water I used the curvy panel in Blueprints 11 cut to size and staggered.  I inked these panels with some snow white pigment ink.  I added the tinsel glitter and clear acetate panel and the shaker was complete.  I mounted the shaker to a lemon drop base.  I finished the card with the ticket die from Blueprints 14.  I used kraft on one stamped with snow white pigment ink using Happy Birthday Background.  The other one I used snow white card stock, electric red ink, and Birthday Greetings for the sentiment.  I stapled the two together and added to the card.   I am playing along with Simon Wednesday Challenge: Sparkle (tinsel glitter inside shaker).  I am also playing along with Catered Crop: Shaker Challenge.

TIP:  When I make shaker cards, I have found that the white foam tape edges show from inside as well as outside.  To create a more finished look, I used a copic marker in card stock frame color to color the foam tape edging so it matches the card stock and blends in.  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty