Saturday, January 10, 2015

I am popping in with  two cards to share today!  I had family in from out of town for a whirlwind weekend visit.  It was a busy Saturday socializing and doing what we all do when we are together....EAT!   When I got home, I was pooped!  However, I had a MFT Stamps box waiting for me to open and suddenly I had a burst of energy. Amazing how that happens!

For the first card I am playing along with this week's Color Throwdown and the Just Us Girls Challenge.  This week is all about stencils!   I started with MFT black licorice and electric red card stock.  card base is black. I used Blueprints 15  for the stitched panel.   I used Stencil Love and masked off the heart area.  I used versamark and inked up using the pad itself to cover all of the letters.  I white embossed.  I love the distressed less than perfect look to the letters that I created swiping the versamark pad.  I also loved some of the embossing fallout.  Not too much, just enough.  I used some  smooth white pigment ink to sponge around the letters and edges to make it look more chalkboard like.  For the heart, I used All My Love stamp set and All My Love die namics.  To create some interest, I chose to use the stamp that does not coordinate with the scalloped edge heart.  I used MFT Electric Red premium ink.   I love this look.  I  popped the heart up on some foam tape.   I literally finished this card with a tiny clear gem.

For my second card I am playing along with this week's MFT Sketch Challenge, Always Playing with Paper's Color Challenge, and Simon Monday Challenge old with new.  

I started with MFT smooth white, hot fudge, electric red, and jellybean green card stocks.  I stamped the background panel with Damask background using cocoa ink.  I used Blueprints 15 to die cut it.  I inked the edges with some versamark.  I die cut the next panel using Stitched Rounded Rectangles dienamics.  I stamped this panel using Linen background in versamark.  Then, I distressed stamped the Romantic Script background using some  smooth white pigment ink.   I love this layered stamping effect.   

To comply with the old and new challenge,  I die cut the You've Got Mail dienamics (envelop) using the smooth white card stock.  I lightly ink distressed the edges.  I used the You've Got Mail stamp set to add the  Love Mail to the front  in electric red premium ink.   I wanted to combine this envelop with a heart.  I chose to use All My Love stamp set and All My Love die namics again.  This time, though, I actually used the stamp that coordinates with the scalloped die.  I used electric red card stock and electric red premium ink.  I added it to the envelop with some foam tape.  For the olive fishtail strips, I used jellybean green and cut two strips from Blueprints 20.  I stamped the strips using Fine Check Background using Factory Green ink.  I ink distressed the edges using versamark.   I finished the card with a few chocolate sequins.  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. LOVE what you did her! Very striking and bold!

  2. Love the bold, dramatic effect with those distressed letters! Great pop of color with the red heart. And so perfect for our Stencils Challenge. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  3. I love both your cards. The black with the red and white is stunning! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Just Us Girls!

  4. What a sweet valentine Betty. I adore the envelope. So sweet!

  5. Wonderful cards! Love the red, black and white.....stunning combo! Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

  6. Wonderful cards Betty, I love that second one..

  7. Oh how I love this time of year as we can make heart cards to our hearts content LOL! Adore the heart in the envelope and the boldness of the first one.

  8. Fantastic cards! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

  9. Fantastic cards Betty. Love the big chunky letters and the stenciling on the first one. The envelope looks great on the second with heart peeking out. Thank you for playing along with us at The Color Throwdown.

  10. Awesome Valentines, Betty!!!! I just love how you stenciled the white letters on the black background on the first one and the little envelope with the heart is sooo adorable on the second!!! I always love seeing your awesome cards in the CTD gallery!!!!

  11. Love the graphic, graffitti look to your LOVE card, Betty!! Thanks so much for joining us for the Color Throwdown this week!

  12. all your amazing cards and isn't it just amazing what kind of inspiration you can conjure up when you have a box filled with lots of new crafting supplies. How fun! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Challenge!

  13. Love your chocolately goodness of your sketch card, Betty! Thanks for playing along with the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog!

  14. Love how you incorporated the little envelope on your card!

  15. Hi Betty! Wow, this is classy and so rich! Love the velvet heart and the way you used the colours. Happy you joined us!

  16. Gorgeous!!! so glad you were inspired by The Challenge on Lesley Croghan's Blog "Always Playing with Paper" I hope you join us in the current challenge as well, hope to see you there!!!!!


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