Friday, January 24, 2020

Get Well Card | Avery Elle - More Furry Friends & MFT Stamps - Rainy Circle Die-Namics | Cut It Up! Challenge Blog #192 "Get Well Soon!"

Hey There!

Just in time for cold and flu season, we have a very appropriate theme over on the Cut It Up! Challenge Blog:"Get Well Soon!" Our generous sponsor, Digital Delights by Louby Lou, will be offering a digital prize to the winner of this challenge and provided a great set of sentiments for the design team to use. Head on over to the CIU Blog to see the other wonderful projects that my team members have created! We hope you will join us for this challenge and don't forget the die cut! : )

I chose the "Under The Weather" sentiment for this challenge and knew that I wanted to use the MFT Die-Namics set, "Rainy Circle", to create my scene! I printed the sentiment onto 100# white card stock and die cut it with an A-2 rectangle die. The Rainy Circle was die cut above the sentiment and I ink blended this piece with Distress Oxides (Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans & Black Soot.) Using these same inks, I blended another piece of card stock to create my storm cloud and die cut it with MFT's "Cute Cloud Outlines Die-Namics". The little schnauzer from Avery Elle's (now-retired) great pet set, "More Furry Friends", was stamped, colored and die cut. The final piece of the scene was an ink blended grassy border die cut.

I lightly inked the center of an A-2 Top-Folding card base with Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Oxides, attached the grassy border behind the circle opening and backed the sentiment panel with craft foam. The raindrop circle, sentiment panel and storm cloud were all glued into place; the puppy was threaded through the grass and popped up with foam tape. I really like how the raindrop omits work to create a very dimensional background with this die set!

I would like to enter this card in some additional challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will join us for this challenge over on the Cut It Up! Blog!


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Birthday Card | MFT Stamps - Beary Best Friends

Happy B-r-r-r-thday! 

Well, that's actually wishful thinking because it's been in the low 70's all week here in central NC but the cooler weather is supposed to make a return next week! Yippee!

I would like to share a card that I created for the AAA Cards CAS Game #156 | Sketch + Optional twist of Winter Birthday! I used MFT's now-retired stamp set "Beary Best Friends", which you can still find at numerous on-line retailers. This is such a well-drawn set (released in November of 2018) and the sentiments are so cute! Here is the sketch:

I decided that I wanted to use a warm, citrusy color palette for this card and here is the list of Distress Oxide Inks I used for ink blending and to water color the images: Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Broken China. 

I ink blended the background strip with Tumble Glass and Broken China, spritzed it with shimmer mist and adhered it into place on the front of an A2 top-folding horizontal cards base. I partially stamped and die cut the fishing bear (leaving the fish off of the end). This allowed me to extend the line and add my own hook; I fussy cut the remaining area. The ice float was stamped and the images were colored using the inks. Using the Carved Pumpkin, I applied the ink directly to paper, allowed it to dry, prepped it with my anti-static powder tool, stamped the word "HAPPY" with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with white powder. I die cut the embossed pieces and glued 2 more blanks behind to give it some dimension.

I glued the bear, ice float and word die cut into place and stamped the lower sentiment in Broken China using the MISTI. The card was finished with several moonshine snowflakes and pearlescent gems. This is a great sketch and I've already got a few more cards cards ready to go using this design!

I'd like to enter this card into there challenges as well:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Birthday Card | MFT Stamps - Magical Dragons

Hey There!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I would like to share this delightful dragon makin' an impromptu birthday appearance! This MFT stamp set, Birdie Brown's Magical Dragons, has been on my wish list for about 3 years and I finally added it to my stash! 

I like to start with a quick sketch (see below) and then put all of the pieces together to see how they actually work in space! The dragon/cake were stamped, colored and die cut. A 4.25" x 4.75" of white card stock was ink blended with Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks, spritzed with shimmer spray and spattered with white pearlized watercolor.


I lightly blended these same same inks onto a couple of puffy cloud border die cuts and set them on top of the sky panel to determine where they should be trimmed with a stitched rectangle die. Once the cloud borders were die cut, the sentiment was stamped and they were glued into place on the sky panel; this section was backed with a piece of craft foam. 

I adhered a 1.5" strip of pattern paper to the bottom of a top-folding A2 white card base and glued the cloud/sky panel to the top, overlapping the pattern paper. The dragon, cake and smoke puff were all popped into place with foam tape and the card was finished off with pearlescent gems.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Thanks so much for joining me and taking the time to comment!


Friday, January 10, 2020

All Occasion Card | Ellen Hutson - A Breve Note | MFT Stamps

Wake up and smell the coffee!

I was gifted a new coffee maker for Christmas and while this card doesn't explicitly say "Thank You", the inside sentiment does read: "Thanks For Keeping Us Out Of the Darkness!" I love the simple graphic design of Julie Ebersole's stamp sets and I used her "A Breve Note" set to create this card.

I stenciled the sun ray pattern onto a piece of A2-sized white card stock with Distress Oxide Inks (Squeezed Lemonade & Fossilized Amber), cut it with a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to an A2 top-folding card base. The sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, heat embossed with clear powder and die cut with MFT's "Elegant Rectangle STAX Die-Namics".  Using the next larger die, several black rectangles were cut and glued/stacked together; the sentiment panel was glued onto the black panel.

Using VersaFine Ink, I stamped MFT's versatile plaid, "All Lined Up Background", onto red card stock, trimmed it with the same stitched rectangle die and glued it onto the bottom of the card front. I stamped the floral coffee cup, heat embossed it with clear powder, colored and die cut the image. The sentiment panel and coffee cup were both adhered into place with foam tape to give the design some dimension and the card was finished with some twine and yellow sequins. I really like the Asian feel on this card with the simple patterns and limited color palette! Sometimes you just don't know until you get it all together! : )

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thanks so much for joining me today!