Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Let's Celebrate "Talk Like a Pirate"

Ahoy Maties!

It's time for another Humor Me Wednesday project and if you can believe it there is a  "Talk Like a Pirate Day", which is also today the 19th.  I happened to look it up on the internet and it looks like this is definitely a big deal in some places.  So here is me card, you scurvy dogs.  I am featuring AKV Pirate Treasure from Bugaboo Stamps.

I kept the card simple, and used printed card stock. I added a few colored sequins around the treasure chest, which is overflowing with booty.  I would have added a few empty wine bottles, but this is for the kiddos and not the Captain Jack Sparrow fans.  If you have someone with a birthday on Sept 19th, surprise them with a pirate card.

MFT Birthday Project - CAS
CHNC Patterned Paper - Sep

Arrrgh!  Hope ye liked me card.

Monday, September 17, 2018

MFT 2018 Card Design Superstar Contest

The other day I posted my CAS (Clean and Simple) card entry.  Today's I am showing my Innovative Master entry.  All entries have to used MFT product only, with the exception of inks and paper.  I think some of the tools like embossing folders and embossing powder from other companies are ok, at least I hope they are, I used an embossing folder on one of my cards. Any way, you certainly can't win if you don't try, so I thought it is a long shot, but here goes.

Here is what I came up with.

Here is the outside of my card, pretty simple right.  I don't have MFT's cloud stencil, but I do have the Stitched Cloud edge dies, so I used that to make a stencil.  The cloud edge die has stitching on both sides of the cut, so I used the other side as a  layer for the bottom portion of my card.  

I cut a tiny little slit on the dragons arms so I could slide the candle in, so he looks like he is carrying the candle.  I attached everything with foam tape to add dimension.  I decided to leave the sequins off, since I could use some masculine cards.

Drum roll please, 

As you can see my images all pop-up when the card opens.  I cut little pop-up on another piece of card stock that measured 8x5".  I placed score lines in the center of the brackets and where they attached to the card.  I cut the two sides so the would pop out.  As you can see I made my pop-ups different sizes.   My first pop-out was about 1.25" deep and the others were only 1" deep, so I have two layers.

I placed the candles around randomly and stamped my sentiment on the card layer.  My little dragon on the front flew in a whole bunch of candles.  

MFT Die-Namics Stitched Clouds
MFT Die-Namics Outside and In Stitched Cloud Edges
MFT Die-Namics Make a Wish Coordinating Dies

MFT Magical Dragons
MFT Make a Wish

Here is my entry for the Coloring Virtuoso contest.  I didn't create a blog post, I just added it tomy Pinterest board.  Here it is.
This card used the MFT Die-Namics Outside and In Stitched Ovals and MFT Wildflowers stamp set.  The sentiment is from MFT All About You stamp set. I used the masking technique to create my bouquet of wildflowers.  I cut around some of the flower and leaves so they would fall outside the oval.


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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stella Says Sketch 9/16/18

Today's card features Gus Fishing from Bugaboo Stamps.

Have you ever had this amazing idea in your head, but when you apply it, it just doesn't pan out.  Well this card was one.  I thought by making my backgrounds clouds and sun, I could hold true to the sketch.
Not by best work.  Oh well, it's done.

I split the sentiment into two parts, and printed it with my laser printer and added black foil.  

I created my backgrounds using cut out clouds and a sun stencil, both of which I cut out with my Cricut Explore.

The water layer was cut with my Lawn Fawn Stitched Waves, I cut it into three pieces and glued it to a piece of card stock, then used foam tape to pop up the water layer.

Sentiment on the inside says "Teach a man to fish, and he'lllsit in the boat and drinking beer all day".  This image is perfect for the fishermen in your life.

Card Stock
The Paper Studios Heavy Duty - Hobby Lobby
Georgia Pacific - Wal-Mart

MFT Die-Namics A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax
Deco Art Foil - Black
Distress Oxide Inks
Show Off Blank Stencil - Hobby Lobby


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Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

CAS It Card Challenge

I tried to think out of the box a little for my card submission in the CAS challenge at MFT Stamps 2018 Superstar Card Design.  This is really one of my most difficult things to do, I just have a really hard time leaving white space.  I see so many beautiful cards on the internet, but I am never happy with my results, I think this one made the grade.

First I had to create my background, so I looked at my color wheel and picked three complimentary colors.  I used Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade and Twisted Citron.  I used water color card stock and just randomly applied color

I pictured this in my mind and thought how easy is this, well I got a little confused, on my first attempt.  So I had to re-think it, but the first try definitely made me realize there had to be a better way.   My second try was just human error, I forgot to put my cutting plate on top of my paper, now I have a bent cutting die.  I ran it through the machine a few times, and it straitened out some.

The 3rd try worked like a charm.  I do have one little tidbit, watch the placement of your die over the diagonal cut.  I had some really tiny pieces that were very difficult to handle.  Also, apply scotch tape on the back, for the seam and wherever the die is going to be cutting.  This will help your pieces stay together.

Once I cut it properly it was nothing to make.  I did, however, have to run my die through twice, the tape didn't cut through.  After cutting the first layer, I then placed it on top of the second card layer, this allowed me to position my die in the exact same spot.  Now everything will match properly.

I wanted a little dimension, so I cut the word die out of plain white and layered my letters, before placing them in the negative space.  The inside of the letters is only 1 layer.  This added a very little amount of dimension, you could add more layers, if you want it to stand out more.

As you can see you get two for one cards.

My background was created with Distress Oxide in Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade and Twisted Citron.  I used water color card stock and just randomly applied color

Just a few Nuvo Crystal drops in Dandelion and it's finished.  I think they came out pretty good.

Distress Oxide Inks
Hello Die-Namics - free this month with purchase

MFT Superstar Card Design CAS

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Bugaboo Freebie Friday

Today's Friday and it's time for another freebie.

This cute little image is great for teacher appreciation week, or just for thanking these wonderful folks for the work they do, shaping those little minds.  They are also perfect for bookmarks.

I pulled out my new Lawn Cuts Stitched Apples to create my card base.  I cut two from cream card stock.  I added a score line to one of these pieces at 1/2" from the top of the apple.    I taped them together to create the card base.

I then cut 1 red apple and applied the stem and leaves.  This was glued to the top of the card base, sandwiching the stem and leaves between them.

I heat embossed my sentiment and applied white embossing powder.  I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the image.

Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments  (partial sentiment - Awesome)
Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Sentiments

Lawn Cuts Outside In Stiched Apple Stackables
MFT Fishtail Stitched Sentiment Strips
Lawn Cuts Say What! Stitched Gift Tags (stars)
Simon Says Stamptember Lawn Fawn

Simon Says Pop It Up
Lawn Fanwnatics Challenge 36 - Mood Board

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to get your Freebie Friday image from Bugaboo Stamps.

Hope you will join me again for another project.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

MFT Sketch #402

Here is my card for this weeks challenge at My Favorite Things.

I love this adorable stamp set from My Favorite Things.  It was part of this months new release.  They are simple and easy to color.

The background was created by blending my Distress Oxide ink, then adding a few splatters in the blue ink and some black acrylic paint.

The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  My favorite brand in the Wow Fine detail powder, it gives a much crisper image. I attached the sentiment strip with foam tape for some dimension.

MFT Wildflowers
MFT Make a Wish

Nuvo Jewel Drops
Distress Oxide Ink
Acrylic Paint

Simon Says Pop It Up

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #401

Today's cards were inspired by the weekly sketch challenge at MyFavoriteThings Challenge Blog.

For my first card I cut out two ornaments in Design Space (Cartridge: Quilted Ornaments). Instead of using card stock as a layer, I decided to use glitter vinyl.

For the background, I added a very light coat of Distress Oxide ink in Fossilized Amber, and splattered some gold ink.  

I applied the inside of the design to the larger ornament. On the smaller one, the cut was a little bit more intricate and some of the pieces came out while cutting, so I removed the design and applied the outer portion of the design. The smaller ornament was attached using foam tape.

I stamped my sentiment in MFT Ink - Cherry Crisp and added clear embossing powder.  

Cutting Dies:
Simon Says Stitched Rectangles (Inside and Out stitch lines)
Design Space - Quilted Ornaments #M4752E and #M40283

Lawn Fawn Simply Winter Sentiments

Other Supplies:
AC Card Stock
The Paper Studios Heavyweight (HL) - card base

My second card, I already posted to my Pinterest board, but thought I would add on this post.

I used Distress Oxides in Blueprint Sketch, Stormy Sky, and Tumbled Glass for the background.

I stamped my sentiment with Versamark and applied gold embossing powder.

I colored my little village with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and applied Nuvo Glitter drops in White Blizzard on the rooftops.



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