Thursday, February 27, 2014

Today is a Twofer! Splitcoast Stampers Challenge SC477

My daughter is home sick today so instead of cleaning up the house….I decided to stamp. This morning I played along with the MFTWSC165 challenge. That was a lot of fun. Then I decided to play along with the Splitcoast Stampers challenge SC477. I really wanted to make a card for someone that just had a baby and this challenge was a good inspiration for where I should start. 

{This is a side view of the flower}

The Supplies that I used are: Verve Loopy Bloom Die Set, Taylored Expressions Label Stacklets 2, Papertrey Ink Notched Star Banner Die set, and the Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Baby Stamp Set. The DSP I used is from the Echo Park Sweet Girl Collection. I hope you like my card!

MFTWSC165 Heat Embossing With dry embossing folders

I have had enough of the snow and cold….so my cards have been on the sunny side of things lately. I have seen the dry embossing folders used for letter pressing and I was curious to see if it would work with embossing powder. I have not seen this done anywhere to see if it would work so I decided to give it a try. 

My inspiration for my card was from My Favorite Things MFTWSC165 Challenge from yesterday. 

I am not really sure how much "interpretation" of the sketch you are allowed to do before it does not follow the rules of the challenge, but I tried to stay close to the original sketch.
Here is my finished card:

Here is an angle so you can see the shiny from the embossing powder:
Can you see the clouds have shine to them? I am really not good at taking pictures.

So this is what I did:

 I grabbed my cloud embossing folder, clear embossing powder, watercolor paper, and embossing buddy. Rubbed the embossing buddy on the paper.

 Then I carefully rubbed the versa mark on top of the raised clouds, making sure they were completely covered. After I was done, I tried to wipe off any Versamark that might have gotten onto the folder. (I tried not to let the versa mark get onto the folder because I didn't want the chance of the embossing powder going anywhere unwanted.)

Then I put the paper in the folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug as you would normally do with an embossing folder. I poured embossing powder on the whole paper and dumped off the excess. There was a tiny bit that I used my finger to rub off. This picture shows what it looked like after I heat embossed the clouds. I REALLY like how it turned out!

Next, I chose to watercolor the background, so I pulled out those Stampin' Up! watercolor wonder crayons again….

I used a damp paper towel to wipe out the clouds when I was done so they would look nice and white. So that was it! Easy Peasy! After it dried, I constructed the rest of my card using dies from MFT {the circle and the banner}, the grass die was from AMUSE and the ray on the sun was from Taylored Expressions. I used the saying in MFT's ALM The Rainbow Will Come set. I hope you like it! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Papertrey Ink MIM #153 Challenge

Papertrey ink's Make it Monday was a real fun challenge today. I broke out my Stampin' up! Watercolor Wonder crayons that I have not used in like…..EVER!  It was one of those things I had to have.  I am happy that I had a chance to use them. The papertrey ink challenge is to have an embossed sentiment on a watercolored background. 
I scribbled the watercolor crayons on the craft mat so I could paint over the embossed image.
I stamped the sentiment and clear embossed it on the paper.

Then I painted over the sentiment. with the Watercolor wonder crayons.

I used the PTI Sunrise impression plate for the background layer.

Then I finished it up with die cut felt clouds, a die cut sun with a button tied with waxy flax and popped it up with pop dots. I really love the PTI set Hello Sunshine. The sentiment that I used is from that set. This is my finished card I hope you like it!


These are just a couple other angles of my card. Have a great week!

Friday, February 21, 2014

MFTWSC164 Get Sketchy Wednesday

The sketch from MFT this week could not have come at a better time for me! 

I was just asked to organize a Thank You luncheon at my church for 60-70 volunteers and I wanted to do something extra for them. 
I recently went through my craft room to purge and I found many papers that I couldn't part with but needed to find something for them to be used for. This sketch was just the thing. It was an easy sketch that could be dressed up or left as is and I took the 'as is' approach for a quick card to mass produce {with Love}.  

I used the MFT Fishtail Flag STAX die and MFT Well Worn Greetings Die. I had this CTMH paper from a few years ago and I had a lot of it….Then I finished it off with a stamp from PTI's Ruby Rose set.
I have everything cut for 70 cards. after I assemble them all, I am going to see if I have enough bling in my stash to add 3 gems on each card. Not sure if I will have the energy for that though! Hope you like my card.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Celebrar card by my son! A spanish project

My 13yr old son had a project in Spanish and part of that was to make a card. I was pretty excited about that project! I didn't have to buy ANYTHING!!!!!! I am sure I will never be able to say that about a project again.

Anyway, I {just happened to} have Stampin! Up's Palabras Maravillosas stamp set which is 4 spanish sayings for: friendship, love, thank you, and celebrate. I had seen somewhere a creative idea on rolling paper to make a candle, so I showed him that idea and for the flame, I gave him the EK success punch that has 3 ornaments on it and he punched out the one that looked like a flame in orange, then used a stamp for a petal of a flower to accent the center of the flame. 

I was so excited to give him the old CTMH  COCOA CAFE paper that I have had in my stash 4-EVER. All in all, I think he did a nice job aside from the fact that he thinks 2-sided tape glues everything. I had to explain that sometimes you need glue. 

I hope you like it! I was pretty impressed with what he came up with.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

PTI Make it monday #152

Hello! Today I thought I would try this week's Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #152. To play along you have to layer Pigment ink with Dye ink and use a Papertrey Ink stamp set. I used cream pigment ink with cream CS. Then I used the following PTI inks: Aqua Mist, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avacado, and Spring Moss. The PTI stamp sets that I used were: Delightful Dahlia, Delightful Dahlia Additions, Beautiful Butterflies, Background Basics: Text Style, and Polka Dot Basics II.

I really cannot take a picture of my cards to save my life, but this is the best I could get after many tries:

The idea is to have the pigment ink to come through the dye ink. I used the text style background near the bottom by the flowers (you can kind of see it if you look close) and the polka dots near the top by the butterflies. I didn't line my flowers up very well. I went backwards and did the outline last instead of first. Whoops! I really wish the colors in my picture came out better. The card looks much better in real life.

This is a close up of the butterfly with the polka dots showing. I thought that this was a real fun card to make and a neat technique! 

Here is the link to see how the pros did it…..

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cards using CTMH Lollydoodle Paper

I made this set of 20 cards using the paper from the CTMH Lollydoodle card workshop and the scrapbook workshop. I have to be honest. I really am not crazy about this paper. I really wanted the stamps that came with the 2 workshops for other purposes and had the paper left over. I didn't want to put it on my shelf and forget about it, so I made myself use it. I am actually pretty happy with the results. 

This card uses a sentiment from the CTMH Laughing Lola card workshop.

This card uses a sentiment from MFT Pretty Poppies.
This card uses a sentiment from UNITY …Everything Wonderful. 

This card uses a sentiment from MFT Vertical greetings.
I hope that you like them. I really only used a few sheets of DSP from the two packs so I will have to find something else to do with the rest!  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine for my Husband

The past year I have been trying to organize all of my craft items. I have gone through and pretty much finished getting "like" things together. I am now in the process of organizing my stamps by company/type. While I was organizing, I found a few things that I wanted to use for my husband's valentine card. These were embellishments that have been sitting around for a while waiting patiently to be put to use. I used the red flower, script DSP chipboard letters, and red 7 gypsies metal index tabs (which I do not actually remember purchasing).

I used the new CTMH stamp set from the Lollydoodle card making workshop set for the inside.  I die cut the heart on the cream card stock (the base card), then on the brown CS layer. I die cut the lace heart in red and attached that to the underside of the top brown CS. Then I used pop dots to raise the brown layer. I glued the rose on the heart, and the twine bow to the "v" so it wouldn't stick to the inside of the card.

I hope you like it!

I did rub the edges of the brown card stock with ink and stamped the background on the cream card stock. 

I really liked this stamp from the Lollydoodle stamp set in the card workshop. I wish I made this card earlier that 3:30 on valentine's day soI could have put more time into it. I probably would have stamped the "You Are" and "love of my Life" in red and left the rest in black. In my head, the card looked a lot different than it came out on paper. I hope my hubby likes it. Thank you for looking!! Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Happy Hour Somewhere!

Last year I was the lucky winner of a crazy huge lot of stamps on EBAY for a very good price. They were all from Unity {Unity Rubber Stamp Co.} and I really like that company, along with MANY others… he he he. But as we all know, with the best intentions we get craft stuff and then LIFE happens and it gets pushed to the side….only for us to get new stuff and hoard the other until the day we say, "OH! I forgot I had that." Well, in this case, Life happened but I didn't forget that I had this pile of rubber that I wanted to play with (though some further purchasing did happen). So I set out on a challenge of my own. The stamps filled a few binders and I decided that I had to use three stamp sets from each binder and I would feel good about my purchase.  

Here is the first card of my personal challenge:

{You can never have enough Birthday cards on hand!}

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Daughter's Birthday Cards

My daughter's birthday was in January, but I finally got around to posting her cards. 

This card uses stamps from Unity Stamp company. I believe they were from the January 2014 stamp of the month kit. I also pulled out some of my OLD Stampin' Up! DSP. 

This card used Crate Paper Chalkboard DSP and I also used a martha stewart blue carnation flower to add to my felt flower. There really is not much to these two cards but I really liked the queen of sparkle stamp and the crate paper DSP. My daughter loves bling and pink so these are perfect for her.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine's Day card for the Moms

Hello! This card is what I made for my Mom and Dad and one for my Mother in Law. Valentine's Day has always been my favorite holiday. Not the 100$ for two roses part…but the reason to eat chocolate covered strawberries with wine, fireplace, snuggling…I just LOVE love. It makes you all gushy and goofy inside. So when I realized that today was February 3rd, I thought I should get working on the Valentine cards for my parents. I had a lot of fun using the Delightful Dahlia stamp set and Delightful Dahlia Addition set from Papertrey ink with coordinating dies. I also used PTI Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, and Autumn Rose ink pads. The card stock is AMuse Kraft and the DSP is from the Authentique collection: Delightful. I also used my new white Prima fluid chalk edger. (I LOVE the prima edgers!!!) Enjoy!

I also used Martha Stewart crystal glitter on the flowers and silk ribbon. Thank you for looking!!!!