Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Simple Flowers Gift Bag


This week I am finally getting to see my friends, we are meeting for a luncheon at an outdoor restaurant environment.  We are so excited to finally get together.  For the occasion, I made everyone a holday face mask.  I decided to create some cute little gift bags, but I didn't want to decorate for Christmas so I chose   Altenew's Simple Nesting Layering Flowers die set.  I have a few gift bags laying around from one of my Granddaughter's birthday parties, so they came in handy.  

Sorry my pics are so dark, couldn't seem to get these to show up better.

I cut the flowers and leaves in various prints and colors.  Each design was inspired by the Sketch Starter Challenge at Pixel Maven's website. On the following card I used silver embossing powder for the sentiment, it just doesn't show well in the photo.  Plus, I used the sides of the bag to get it straight, but of course after  opened it, you can see its crooked.  

I used sentiments that were inspiring for what we have all been going through.  I did add a little ink blending on the flowers and shaped them a little for dimension.  Otherwise, very simple designs.  I found some little puffy gold hearts in my stash from way back and thought they were cute, so I had to add a little bling.


Altenew Sketch Starter - Pixel Maven's Retreat

SSSWChallenge - Layer it Up

SSSMChallenge - Not a Card

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Christmas Card

Today I am sharing a Christmas card I made with my Winter Floral Stencils from Simon Says Stamps.  

This design is inspired by this weeks sketch challenge from My Favorite Things. 

I made several panels with this stencil for my Christmas cards.  I posted a few cards previously on my Instagram account using some of these panels

On this card I used Distress Oxide ink in the same colors I used on white card stock, which was  Candied Apple red for the flowers.  After the ink dried they become muted and looked like a deep pink instead of the vibrant red they were on white card stock.   To achieve a darker leaf I used Forest Moss and Peeled Paint.  

The panels used on my Instagram account with Kraft paper were actually re-inked with a regular dye ink.  I chose a color a shade darker than I wanted so the color would dry to the depth I was looking for.  Distress Inks worked well too.  Lesson learned,  test your ink choice on your paper and allow it to dry, then you can adjust as needed.  

I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Antique Gold Embossing powder.  

I still have more panels left to make more designs.  Using stencils to create  your own background paper allows you to make multiple cards and still change the design.  


Holiday Greetings Mix 

MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Outside the Box on the Inside

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a good weekend.  Today I am sharing a card that was inspired by the MFT Outside the Box Die-Namics.  The actual die cuts were too large to fit inside my card so I created my own cuts.

For my card base I cut one piece of card stock at 4.25 x 5.5 and another at 4.25 x 6", which I scored at 1/2"  I taped these two pieces together to make a 4.25 x 5.5 card base.

For the box, I cut two pieces of card stock at 2 x 5-3/4 inches.  I scored one end at 1/2" and the other end at 1-3/4".  I used the snow drift inserts and cut them out of white card stock, I applied Crystal Stickles along the top.  I cut two background panels, one which I blended Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch in Distress Oxide Ink.  The second I trimmed with the snow drift dies and cut down to fit inside the box and along the back.

I added splattered Heavy Metals Glimmer (clear) by Deco Art for my snowdrops and some shimmer.  

I fussy cut a few presents from the snowmen images and placed them like they were falling out the bag.

My sentiment is from Bitty Holiday Wishes and Essential Sentiments.  Both were stamped on red card stock with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Fine Detail White embossing powder.


MFT Superstar 2020 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Halloween Box Card

 Hi Everyone, today's card features Best Witches from My Favorite Things.

I started with the MFT Outside the Box Die-Namics and grass tabs.  I cut the box itself from a dark gray card stock, then I cut out various layers.  I did cut some of my own sizes, for three layers.

I created a circle mask from masking paper to color in my moon.  I started with Squeezed Lemonade then added a little Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade along the bottom.  Then I covered my moon with the circle mask and blended in Wilted Violet and Picked Preserves.  Then I blended a little white ink around the moon for a little glow and to lighten the color. 

Next I cut the MFT Cloud Cover out of light gray card stock and the spooky trees from black card stock (MFT Haunted House). I also cut the MFT Spooky Fence from gray card stock and then blended a little Black Soot on it.  

When I started to put my box together, I realized my background was totally lost. So I pulled out a 5x7 envelope so I could raise my background.  So I cut a piece of gray card stock at 5-1/8 x 3-1/2", I attached my card background to the top of this panel, then glued it to the back of the box, with my card background applied inside the box.  (Video Tutorial for constructing box card).

Once my box was together I started adding my pieces.  I cut out a few 1/2"'s of gray card stock, then trimmed the top with a large circle die to make them look like tombstones.  I blended a little Black Soot on them and the hand wrote the details.

I did layer my sentiment instead of how it is included in the set, so I could add my little trick or treater and cat to it.  I glued the witch and cat to the sentiment strip then applied it to the front of the box with double sided foam tape.

MFT Outside the Box Challenge

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Fun Caticorn Card with MFT Stamps

Hi everyone, I hope you had a good weekend.  We are hunkering down again for another hurricane, thankfully this one won't be really bad for us.  

Today's card features  Caticorn stamp set from My Favorite Things.

I stamped my images on my Neenah 80# Card Stock Solar White (AMZ) with SSS Intense Black Ink (SSS). I decided to color this little caticorn in pink.  

I used my Rolling Clouds Stencil for my background and blended with Shaded Lilac, there was a little Wilted Violet on the brush so there is a hint of that.  I then went over the white spaces with a little Tumbled Glass.

I cut my large cloud with Stitched Clouds die-namics, in glittered white card stock.  

The background layer was create with the  Happy Birthday Background Stamp and Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink.

My sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.   I attached the sentiment with double sided foam tape.  

Other Supplies:

MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)

Misti Stamping Tool - Mini

Distress Oxide Inks (Scrapbookpal)

Scotch Create Tacky Glue (HL)

Gina K Adhesive Dot Runner 

Dbl Sided Foam Tape 1/2” - AMZ


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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Picture Perfect Birthday

 Hi everyone, I hope you all are having a good Labor Day weekend and staying safe.  

Today's card features BB Picture Perfect stamp set from My Favorite Things.

I stamped my images on my Georgia Pacific card stock, since I was using my Prismacolor pencils.  This was always my favorite card stock for my pencils, but of course Walmart no longer carries it.  I am not sure about their new brand, it doesn't feel as heavy.

I took my time coloring these cute little guys,  since it takes quite a few colors to achieve a realistic color fur.  To add shading behind my characters I used my Graphite Drawing Pencil AMZ, HL) and a tortillion.  If you add very little pencil, it will blend to a very subtle shadow.

I picked out some coordinating printed card stock and solid card stock.  I used these colors for the collars to tie it all together.  Originally I had intended to add to photos to my card front, but with the photo frame it covered too much of my image.  So I made two. 

Here is the second one I posted on my Instagram Account.  

On both cards I stamped my sentiment at the bottom of my photo using Lawn Fawn Offset Sayings -  Birthday.  The sentiment is My Favorite Things Bitty Birthday Wishes, which I cut out with my Skinny Strips Die-Namics.  I attached the sentiment with double sided foam tape.  

Other Supplies:

MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)

Misti Stamping Tool - Mini

Distress Oxide Inks (Scrapbookpal)

Scotch Create Tacky Glue (HL)

Gina K Adhesive Dot Runner 

Dbl Sided Foam Tape 1/2” - AMZ


#MFTSketchchallenge 505
#SSSWChallenge - Stamp It

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Ghostly Cards

Hi everyone, this week I have been thinking ahead for Halloween.  I don't normally send my girls Halloween cards, but I think this year is going to very disappointing for the kiddos. I am sure there are not going to allow Trick or Treating because of the fear of spreading the virus.  So I wanted to create a little something to bring a smile to their faces.  

My first card features Hey, Ghoul Die-Namics from My Favorite Things.  I kept this card simple, so I used patterned paper (Michaels).  

I cut my ghost and sentiment from glitter card stock I had in my stash,  Not sure where I purchased it, but I typically buy my specialty card stock from Michaels when on sale or

I created my stitched fishtail with my Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Dies (retired).  I made it longer with this  partial die cutting technique. I use this technique quite a bit to stretch my dies.  I also cut my card layer with my A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax dies.  These dies are by far the most used dies I own, besides my sentiment strips.

I glued my ghost and sentiment to the banner and then attached the banner to my card with Dbl Sided Foam Tape 1” - AMZ.. Then I layered my panel on a green card base and finished it off with a few purple gems. 

For my second card, I am featuring Ghostly Greetings stamps from My Favorite Things.  

I decided to make my card base purple, instead of layering it, but I wanted a design on the front of my card.  I pulled out my Wonky Dots Stencil from MFT stamps and  used Seedless Preserves Distress Ink for my dots.

For my fishtail banner I blended a sky background with my Rolling Clouds Stencil and again using Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink to bring it together with the card base.  I added grass with my Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Stencils and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide.  Once my background was complete I cut it out with my Fishtail Flags (retired).  These dies are longer than a standard A2 size card, but they are thinner than the jumbo fishtails.  So I had to trim it down using the same partial die cut technique to fit my card front.  

For my strips I cut a piece of card stock with the fishtail end then cut in strips, which I glued to my card base with a space between them. In hindsight, I could have used my fishtail dies, but for some reason this did not occur to me at the time.  

I colored my images with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.  My ghost was finished off with my Nuvo Opal Aqua Shimmer Pen.  I also cut a grassy piece with Design Space and my Cricut Maker, which  I trimmed the bottom off with the fish tail die.  This was attached to the bottom of the banner with glue leaving the middle open, then I tucked my pumpkins and headstone behind the grass.

My sentiment (Best Witches) was stamped with SSS Intense Black Ink. I attached the banner to my card base and then used double sided foam tape to apply my ghost and a few acrylic stars for a little bling.

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