Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sending Smiles!



I am popping in with a couple of cards.  I am playing along with a few blog challenges.  For this first card, I just fell in love with the bold colors at Always Playing With Paper.   I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch which showcases these bold colors beautifully.  I did turn the sketch to make it a vertical card.   I also decided I could play some tic tac toe with The Paper Players. 

I am using MFT Products unless otherwise noted.  I started with MFT smooth white, steel gray, razzle berry, and sour apple card stocks.  The card base is steel gray.  I die cut a smooth white layer using Blueprints 2.  I die cut the razzle berry layer with Blueprints 13.  I stamped this panel with Damask background stamp in razzle berry premium ink.  Next, I die cut sour apple using Vertical Stitched Strips die namics.  I stamped with Swiss Dot background stamp in sour apple premium ink.  I glued all three panels together and added to the card base with some foam mounting tape.  Next, I die cut smooth white with pierced circle stax.  I stamped the SMILE from Smile stamp set in razzle berry ink.  I stamped the top portion of the sentiment from same set in steel gray ink.  I felt like it still needed a little something so I added a swirly image from Chalkboard Greetings Too in sour apple ink.  Love how it finished off the sentiment panel.  I added some loose threading behind and finished with a few clear sequins.






For the second card, I am playing along with this week's MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge and Just Us Girls Inspiration Challenge.  I just thought this photo had so many beautiful options.  I fell in love with the green gingham, polka dots, and bunnies!

I started with MFT smooth white, lemon chiffon, cotton candy, and kraft card stocks.  I have a kraft base.  I die cut the curve panel with Blueprints 20 in smooth white and lemon chiffon.  I stamped the smooth white panel with gingham background stamp in sour apple ink.  I stamped the lemon chiffon edge in versa mark using Darling Dots stamp set and white embossed.  I sponged on some lemon chiffon ink to enhanced the color a bit.  I cut out the circle element using the die from Blueprints 18.  I cut out the same circle from cotton candy and popped up behind.  I die cut Somebunny die namics and stamped with Somebunny stamp set in hybrid black licorice ink and colored with copics.  I used some Jody boosters to pop up the bunny a bit to the cotton candy circle.  I used foam mounting tape to pop up the whole panel to the kraft base.  I die cut the sentiment strip from Blueprints 2 and stamped with sentiment using Hybrid black licorice ink.  I finished my card with a few clear sequins.
 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

ALOHA and I Love You...!







Happy Saturday!  I had some time to get crafty last night after refrigerator shopping.   After 9 years, the compressor gave out.  I remember when I was growing up we had the same refrigerator forever!  We have narrowed the selection down to three.  If you have a brand or thoughts about yours that you just LOVE, please let me know.   Since refrigerator shopping is not my idea of fun, I needed to detox in my crafty space.   I am popping in with a couple of cards to share.

For this first card, I am playing along with The ColourQ.
I just love these spring colors.  I am using MFT products unless otherwise noted. started with MFT Card Stock in smooth white, sour apple, summer splash, wild wisteria, and cotton candy.  I used one of the horizontal stitched die namics to cut four pieces of card stock in different colors.  I mounted these to a smaller piece of card stock and used foam mounting tape to adhere to a smooth white card base.  

Next, I die cut Circle Scribbles and Scribbles die namics using smooth white.  I used Wink Of Stella (love this stuff) to add some sparkle sheen to the scribble layer.  Love the look in person.  I die cut sour apple leaves using Wild Greenery die namics.  I added some versa mark to the edges for added definition.   Next, I die cut Negative Dot Alphabet in smooth white and created the sentiment.  I used Wink of Stella to add some shimmer sparkle to the letters, too.   I finished with a few clear sequins.






For this card I am playing along with The Color Throwdown and Fusion Card Challenge (sketch). I just love these colors, too.  I started with MFT smooth white, cherry crisp, limeade, and lemon chiffon card stocks.  

I die cut the scalloped smooth white panel with Blueprints 20.  I layered the lemon chiffon die cut with Blueprints 13 and stamped with lemon chiffon ink with Gingham background stamp. I die cut a piece of cherry crisp using Blueprints 2 to go across the card to comply with sketch.  For the focal point,  I die cut the pierced oval stax and stamped with sentiment from I Love You More stamp set in Hybrid black licorice ink.  I die cut the cherry crisp card stock with layered rose die namics.  I glued the flower layers together and fluffed a bit.  I added a faceted red enamel dot to the center.  Next, I die cut the limeade card stock with layered leaves.  Uses some versamark for added dimension.  I tucked two of the leaves in behind the flower.  I finished with a few clear sequins.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty





                                                                                

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy, Happy Birthday and Big Dreams!






 

I have a couple of cards to share today.  For this first card I am playing along with MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge, The Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, and Seize the Birthday "Anything Goes" Birthday!

I started with MFT card stock in smooth white, limeade, and blu raspberry.  I started with a smooth white 4.25 x 5.5  piece of card stock.    For both cards I used the MFT Harlequin Stencil using the technique that  Barbara from Paper Pursuits showed in her tutorial HERE!    For the first card, instead of doing two colors, I masked off to include a base color with four separate colors to comply with The Curtain Calls inspiration photo showcasing so many pretty pastels.  I really love this look!  I used the Mini Ink Blending Tool along with the Blending Foam Pads and the process went really fast.  I used MFT blu raspberry, lemon chiffon, limeade, cotton candy, and grape jelly Premium inks.  Once I had the piece stenciled, I die cut with Blueprints 13.  I layered a blu raspberry piece die cut with Blueprints 2.  Next, I die cut a limeade pierced circle stax.  I embossed this circle with the Polka Dot Cover Up.  I used some foam mounting tape for added dimension. 

I die cut a PI Overflowing Joy die namics and stamped with coordinating PI Overflowing Joy stamp using Hybrid black licorice ink.  I colored with copics.  I added some foam tape and added her to the pierced circle.  For the sentiment, I die cut a smooth white strip using Blueprints 2.  I stamped the sentiment from PI Happy Banner.  I used some foam dimensionals to add to the card to comply with sketch.  I finished with a few clear sequins.  







For my second card, I am playing along with Retro Sketch, Just Us Girls, and Stampin' Celebration Inspiration.  I chose green as my third color.  I love the bold patterns in the inspiration photo, so I went in that direction.  As for the technique, I actually made this card first which is why this card uses two colors.  I got more adventurous with the second card posted above.




I used the same technique,  I used MFT smooth white card stock and field day along with some Momento tuxedo black ink.  I love the bold look these two colors have together.  I die cut the panel using Blueprints 20 to comply with layered framing in sketch.  I added a sentiment using Pierced rectangle stax and Chalkoard Greetings Too stamp set stamped with Hybrid black licorice ink.  added some loose white threading and foam mounting tape for added dimension. I finished with a few clear sequins. 

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

Friday, March 20, 2015

You Are Close to My Heart!





 
Happy Friday!   I have a couple of cards to share today!  For the first card I am playing along with the Sweet Sunday Sketch and The Card Concept Inspiration Challenge.  I went with a more classy & elegant style with this image.


I started with MFT card stock in grout gray, smooth white, chocolate brown, and cranberry cocktail.   The smooth white background was die cut with Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax  and stamped with Woodgrain background in grout gray ink.  I stamped off once to give a more softer, lighter feel like the inspiration photo. The next layer I die cut using Blueprints 1 scallop frame with vellum.  I stamped with Damask background in versamark and heat embossed with white ep to give the illusion of a doily.  I used some foam tape to pop up the layer a bit for added dimension.  The next layer with cut with the next smaller layer from Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax .  Instead of cupcakes, I die cut my chocolate brown card stock using donuts die namics.  
 
To recreate the look of the raspberry swirl frosting, I used Circle Scribble Flowers stamp set and stamped smooth white card stock using cranberry cocktail, tinkled pink, and ripe raspberry inks.  I die cut the icing with the donut die namics and loved the look.  I die cut a piece of cranberry cocktail card stock using Blueprints 9.  I stamped the sentiment from Totally Happy stamp set using Versamark and heat embossed with white ep.  I used some foam tape on my donuts for added dimension.  I finished the card with some clear sequins. 







 For my second card I am playing along with The Color Throwdown and MFT PageMaps Sketch Challenge.  

I started with MFT card stock in smooth white, cotton candy, orange fizz, and after midnight.  The base is smooth white.  I die cut the cotton candy and orange fizz using Vertical Stitch Strips.  I stamped the orange fizz with fine chevron background using orange fizz ink.  I stamped the cotton candy using fine check background in cotton candy ink.  I used foam mounting tape to attach these to the smooth white base.  Next, I die cut the focal image using after midnight card stock using Tag Builder Blueprints 3.  I die cut the  hearts from the center.  I lined with smooth white card stock.  

I die cut the sentiment strip in vellum using Blueprints 12.  I stamped the sentiment from Friends Like Us in versamark and heat embossed with some pink ep.  I strategically glued this piece to the front.  I stamped a piece of smooth white card stock using diagonal stripes background stamp in after midnight ink and die cut a small paper clip from Office Supplies.  I die cut another clip and glued both together for some added stability.  I tied some loose thread to the paper clip.  I die cut a button from Blueprints 14 twice in cotton candy card stock and stamped the same as other cotton candy piece.  I added threading used glue dot to adhere to card.  Once again I finished my card with a few clear sentiments.

As always thank so much for stopping by!

Betty

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy and Congrats!








Happy Saturday!  It has been a rainy Saturday which, for me, translated to cleaning and crafting!  I have a couple of cards to share.  For my first card I am playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch and The Fusion Challenge.  I used the gorgeous inspiration piece.  

I started with MFT smooth white and ripe raspberry.  I stamped my leaves from Circle Scribble Flowers stamp set using Hybrid Black Licorice ink for leaf outline and jellybean green for the leaf color.  I also stamped a few leafy sprigs from  Desert Bouquet.  Once all the leaves were stamped, I die cut the panel with Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax using the two largest dies.  

I die cut the Circle Scribble Flowers die namics several times using smooth white card stock.  I inked several flowers using the Circle Scribble Flowers stamp set in Blueberry, Ripe Raspberry, and Lavender Fields inks.  I used versamark to stamped the coordinating scribble images and heat embossed in white.  I used foam mounting tape to pop up the center stitched frame. I arranged my flowers some using foam mounting tape for added dimension.  I added a few die cut leaves as well for added depth.  I love the contrast and the whimsical finish.  I even thought any of the extra embossing dust added to the effect.  I layered the happy trio die namics three times and added to the center.  I finished the card with a few clear sequins.  








For my second card I am playing along with the Colour Q colors.  I am a huge fan of anything black and green!  I am also playing along with this week's MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge and Just Us Girls "splatter" challenge.  



I started with MFT black licorice, kraft, smooth white, and limeade card stocks.  The card base is black licorice.  I die cut the kraft panel with Blueprints 22.  I stamped this panel with Linen background using natural ink.  I inked the edges with versamark for added depth.  I die cut a smooth white panel with the same edge, but also used the stitch frame from Blueprints 20 across the panel to get the angled stitched edges.  

I die cut the tree leaves from Out On a Limb die namics.  I layered the leaves three times.  I stamped the top image with the stars in Totally Happy stamp set using limeade ink.  Once the card stock was stamped I die cut the leaves.  I die cut the tree trunk with black licorice twice and glued together for some added dimension.   I used Distressed Hearts stamp set to add the grout gray ink splatters.  I used Whimsical Wishes for the sentiment stamped in Hybrid Black Licorice ink.  I used Blueprints 11 for the tiny stars.  I finished with a few clear sequins. 

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty