Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sweet 16 Masquerade Birthday!

Popping in with a fun card to share today.  A couple of weeks ago my son went to a Sweet 16 Masquerade Ball Birthday Party.  He had to dress up in a suit and tie as well as don a mask for this very special party.  Naturally, he needed to take the perfect card for the occasion and I had the perfect stamp and die set to create this special card!  

I am using Verve's Masquerade stamp set and Mask die set.  I started with some fun papers from Echo Park.  I die cut the mask and stamped the image.  I inked the entire mask with versa mark and clear embossed.  I layered the mask on a and slightly lowered it to give some added dimension and depth without looking dark like a shadow.  I love the way it makes the whole image pop.  Next, I stamped the mask handle in black and die cut the handle from the Mask die set.  I embossed the handle in a pale pink.  It sits nicely inside the blacked stamped image to give an outline around the handle for some added depth and dimension.  

I stamped the word "Sweet" from Verve's Sweet Treats stamp set.  I added the numbers from a die cut in white for contrast and to keep the card fun and light.  I stamped the Birthday sentiment from Verve's Birthday to You Plain Jane stamp.  I added a few clear gems along with Verve's Pink Sparkle Sequin Mix.  I finished the card with a feather....not the whole feather....just a touch.  

I included a picture of my son, Dawson.  It is hard to get them still at this age to take pictures.  I was able to snap a few pictures before he left for the party.  I actually got him to strike a serious mask pose for me.    He is 15 and already almost 6'2"  tall.   He is already something I will never be.....tall.  It was difficult to take the shot.  I did not want him to squat for   He did have a great time at the party!  

I am playing along with Simon's Monday Challenge (Anything Goes).

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, December 13, 2014


PrintI had some time to craft today!   I have a few cards to share with this post.  I am playing along with a few blog challenges.   For my first card I am playing along with MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge and the ColourQ.

For my card I am using MFT Stamp products unless otherwise noted.  I started with MFT card stock in blu raspberry, electric red, lemon drop, smooth white, and kraft.   I stamped the base color using  Diagonal Stripe background stamp using  Premium blu raspberry ink pad.  I die cut the smooth white and electric red card stocks with Blueprints 15 stitched frame.  I die cut the electric red panel again using the Stitched Scallop Edges and FRIEND die.  I stamped the electric red panel using Linen Background stamp using premium electric red ink pad.  I stamped the sentiment from Friends Like Us stamp set using Hybrid black licorice ink pad.   I die cut the flower and flower center using Blueprints 14.   I stamped the lemon drop flower using Fine Check background stamp in yellow ink.  I added a few kraft leaves using Wild Greenery dienamics.  I finished the card with a few Verve Shine Bright Sequin Mix.  

For card #2, I am playing along with CAS this Sketch and The Color Throwdown!

I started with MFT gumball green, blue raspberry, and smooth white card stock.  I stamped the base using Swiss Dot background stamp using Premium gumball green ink pad.  I stamped the fun background using Whimsical Wishes stamp set in Premium blu raspberry, electric red, gumball green, and pink lemonade ink pads.  I die cut this panel using Blueprints 15 stitched frame and cut to fit the sketch.  I  used the Friend die namics and the Stitched Scallop edges dienamics for the sentiment.  I stamped this panel using Desert Bouquet stamp set using Premium blu raspberry ink pad.  I finished this card with a few  coordinating buttons threaded with some red/white twine.  


For card #3, I am playing along with this month's MFT Color Palette Challenge.  I used MFT paver red, whip cream,  jellybean green, and timber green card stocks.   I love playing with this quilt square cover up die.  I kept thinking I could make it look like a flower quilt.  I started with a whip cream base measuring 4.25 x 5.75.  This card is a little longer than the standard A2.  I die cut the quilt dienamics in each color.  I die cut it twice in the whip cream.  

I ink distressed all of the edges of the whip cream frames and insert pieces.  I used versa mark to ink the edges of all the colored card stock pieces.  I glued the quilt frame on the card and started inserting pieces of quilt.  I really like how it turned out.  To finish the card I die cut the button from Blueprints 10 using gold foil.  I die cut it again using paver red and glue the pieces together for added strength.  I threaded some hemp cord through the center and the card was complete.  I tried to add a tiny sentiment tag hanging from the button, but decided against it.  I will put the sentiment on the inside and let this beautiful quilted flower take center stage.  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Merry Christmas and a TIP!

PrintHappy Tuesday!  Popping in with a quick card to share and a TIP!  I had a very busy weekend and did not have anytime to stamp.  I found a few moments to finally get a chance to play along with this week's MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge.  I love the simplicity of this layout.   I am also playing along with the  Friday Mashup!

 For my card I am using MFT Stamps products unless otherwise noted.  I started with MFT Smooth White and Steel Gray card stock.  I die cut the steel gray panel using MFT Blueprints 13 stitched frame.  I stamped it with MFT Premium Steel Gray ink using MFT Linen background stamp.  I die cut the little gold and silver tabs using mirror card stock(stash) using MFT Blueprints 10.  For the focal image I used MFT Pierced Circle Stax and MFT Stitchable Dots Circle Staxs.  I stamped the sentiment from Merry Message stamp set using MFT Premium Electric Red ink pad.  I just recently purchased several of the reinkers for these ink pads.  I reinked my ink pad and was amazed at the rich saturation of color on these solid words.  Next, I used MFT Pierced Stars Stax in gold and silver mirror card stock(stash).  Love the fine edge piercing.  I finished my card with a few red sequins.  Love the simplicity of this card. 

Stamping TIP! 

Whether you are an inky finger stamper or have dexterity issues, this tip is for you!  I am not sure how you stamp, but when I stamp I often get inky fingers.    My fingers get all in the way.  I do not want to stop what I am doing just to wash my hands so I do not get ink spots all over my project.  Not to mention some inks can ruin the best manicures out there even when I do wash up.  I needed a solution!   I  started thinking... if I added a strip of hook and loop to the back of my ink pads, I could use the distressing tool to attach and ink my stamps. It works!   This works on all size stamps, but it is absolutely marvelous for the big background stamps that I just LOVE!  I found a few adhesive back hook and loop strips and both work equally well.  I covered quite a few ink pads with just one box.  I cut the strips long enough to cover the Tim Holtz distress tool....slightly less than 2".    I attach the tool to the hook and loop backing and ink away....and with no inky fingers.  I also love that this is great for dexterity issues as it is easier to grip!  Let me know what you think and if you decide to try it! 

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Verve's December Diva Inspirations Hop!

Welcome to Verve's December Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our December inspiration challenge for another chance to win!

This month's challenge is entitled O Christmas Tree:

Ribbons and sparkle and merry galore! Create a card inspired
by the decorations of the season!

For my card I combined Verve's newly released Weary World stamp set and Starry Stable die along with Verve's Blessed Christmas and Ornamental Christmas stamp sets.  I combined some Fancy Pants Be Different papers with some rustic cream card stock.  I inked distressed the edges a little for added dimension.  I die cut and stamped the manger image.  I colored it with copics.  I added a gold foil star to the top using the same Starry Stable die.  I added the sentiment and a few touches of pine using an olive ink.  I added a few loops of gold cording behind the manger scene.  I finished my card with some of Verve's Holiday Sequin Mix.     I am playing along with this week's Retro Sketch. 

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!
1. Julee6. Karen
2. Amy7. Sankari
3. Anya8. Sarah
4. Betty9. Sony
5. Jen10. Susan

As always thanks so much for hopping by!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Warm Wishes!

Displaying 20.jpgHappy Monday!  I have a card to share today!  I was last week's winner at The Challenge so I get to guest design with the team for this week's challenge!  I am so thrilled and honored!  I love color challenges and sketches.  When I get to combine the two or choose between one or the other that just makes it more fun!  I mean who does not love choices?  

For my card I am using MFT Stamps products unless otherwise noted. I started with MFT Card Stock Sampler.  I am using primitive white, kraft, hot fudge, electric red, and jellybean green.  I die cut a hot fudge base.  I cut another piece of hot fudge and die cut it with MFT Blueprints 15.  I stamped this panel with MFT Diagonal Stripes background stamp in Memento cocoa ink.  I die cut a piece of kraft card stock with MFT Vertical Stitched background die namics.  I stamped with MFT Romantic Script background using MFT Pigment Sweet Tooth ink pad.  I ink distressed the edges a bit.  
I am also playing along with Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge.  I just love the images and warm tones with a few touches of red and green!

I used MFT Blueprints 20 to die cut the quilt piece in several colors.  I ink distressed the edges to some of the pieces and others I inked with versa mark to give a richer patina.  Once I had my card assembled, I worked on the corner piece.  I die cut the leaves from MFT Blueprints 14 in jellybean green. I added some shading to the leaves with copic markers.  Love the effect.   I then die cut the mittens from Cool Days dienamics. I stamped the coordinating image from Cool Days stamp set using MFT hybrid black licorice ink pad.  I colored with copics.  To add a sentiment I die cut one of the tiny tags from MFT Blueprints 10.  I stamped the sentiment using MFT hybrid black licorice.  I punched a tiny hole in both the tag and the mittens and added a hemp cord bow.  I attached the leaves behind and added to the card.  I finished with a few brown sequins(Verve Stamps).  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!