Thursday, September 22, 2016

MFT Card Design Superstar, one more - Birthday Flyby

I managed to finish one more card for the MFT Card Design Superstar contest.

This was so fun to put together.  I die cut a bunch of the littlest balloons from the Balloons STAX set, and arranged them in the corner of the card, popping a few of them up for some extra dimension, and then trimming down the balloons as necessary as some went 'off the page'.

That cute pup is from the Top Dog stamp set. She was colored with Copics, and after I figured out where on the page I wanted her, I doodled in some balloon strings.  I wish my hand wasn't so shaky for that!

Then I just popped her up and added a sentiment from the new Magical Dragons set which was perfect for the card.

That background print is also MFT, from the Homespun Gingham 6x6 pad.

OK, that's all for me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MFT Card Design Superstar Entry

I thought it would be fun to play along with the MFT Card Design Superstar contest.  I pulled out some old favorites for this.

The background is the Four Way Chevron Cover-up.  It was cut with Grout Gray cardstock (my all-time favorite MFT color) and I kept it intact, just adhered the whole thing to a scrap piece of cardstock.

The images were cut from watercolor paper, stamped with Versafine and then painted with my Kuretake Gansai watercolors.

The sentiment is from another favorite set that was just retired, Stay Tuned, but perfect for this card.  And was embossed on Steel Gray cardstock (another favorite) which I used for the base too.

There is still time to play along with this challenge and a pretty sweet prize ($250 to spend in the MFT store).  I think I have another card in me....

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Today is a Great Day

I've been playing with some more Cosmo Cricket goodies.

I pulled out a watercolor tag and my resist pen, and using a guide, added a resist strip every 1/2".

Then I watercolored some stripes using Pixie Paint.  The stripes are offset, so you get the resist from the pen as well as some overlap between the two colors.

The feather is from the WIP Art Deck.  It was also painted using the Pixie Paints and then fussy cut.  I adhered it over a couple of pieces of vellum and added some machine stitching around the mats as well as down the center of the feather.

For the sentiment, I cut up a sentiment from another WIP Art Deck piece and added watercoloring.

The tag was then popped up on my card base.

Thanks for stopping by, hoping that today is great for you too!

Enabler Alert - Stamp Sale

Hey everyone, I haven't tried one of these posts, but since they just announced a stamp sale at Ellen Hutson (20% off), I thought you guys might want to take advantage . So, here are the latest crafty stamp purchases I have made.  You haven't seen some of these in use yet, but I'm working on it....just very slowly..... ;)

Also, full disclosure, I did pick up the upper case Sophisticated Script too, but it's out of stock right now so I didn't want to torment you with that image.  And, these are just the stamps I have gotten....there might be other crafty things too, but we're not talking about those right now.

One last thing, if you're looking for some inks to go with these stamps, I highly recommend Altenew.  They are my current go-to inks and I might have picked some more of those up.  I love how well they cover and that they don't leave a ton of staining/require a ton of cleaning.  I didn't link those up because I don't think they are covered in the sale, but for stamping, they are my number one pick.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Essentials by Ellen Mix it Up Challenge

This month's EH Mix it Up Challenge features Concord and 9th.  I just got my first Concord and 9th order, and wanted to play along.  I had picked up the new Joy die as well as the Sophisticated Script upper and lower case sets.  I've been eyeing them for a while and finally pulled the trigger.

Since I've been woefully bad about working on Christmas cards, I thought I would add another one to my sad little stack via this challenge.

I used one of my favorite EH stamps, this pine sprig from the Christmas Scribbles set.  I use this particular stamp a lot, it's just the right size and fullness.  Perfect for framing or a focal point.

Anyway, this one is pretty simple and straightforward.  I stamped it several times to create a frame at the top of my panel and then watercolored with my Kuretake Gansai watercolors.

Then I stamped the sentiment below in Versafine and clear embossed it.

It's a great one layer card, perfect for mailing.

The alphas stamped so easily....I am not a good stamper, but this set is just so easy to use!

Hope you are having a great week!

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Neat & Tangled / Simon Say Stamp Stamptember Collaboration

Hey everyone!  I'm excited to be popping in with a special post today.  Simon Says Stamp is celebrating Stamptember all month with lots of fun collaborations and sales, and today we're revealing a Neat & Tangled collaboration set.

This set was designed by Elena Roussakis, and it just such a cute Fall/Thanksgiving set.

There are coordinating dies too (although for my colored images I ended up fussy cutting them because I had a different plan originally which didn't quite work out).  Here's what I came up with:

The images were all colored with Copics and then fussy cut.  They are mounted on the Classic Tag die, with a couple of pieces of patterned paper as a back drop.  I did have a little 'oops' moment.  I had wanted to add some splatter to the tag, but the patterned paper just soaked up all the splatter leaving weird splotches, so I used some enamel dots to cover up the unslightly splotches.

For the background I Just did some soft inking using Vintage Photo distress ink and the Pentagon stencil.

I added some Lawn Trimmings twine to the tag and then popped it up with foam tape.

That's all for me today.  This set is available exclusively through Simon Says Stamp and is only available while supplies last, so be sure to stop by and snatch one up!