Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Thank you Kindly - Fall Florals

Here is my card for this weeks My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.   I broke out my Fall Florals and stamped them in some vivid colors!   It has been really hot where I live for Christmas holidays it hardly felt like December.   Warm enough to wear my summer clothes!  

The base is made from Stone Gray card stock with a Smooth White panel stamped with Golden Glitz Delicata ink with the Swiss Dot background.    The Fall Florals were stamped with various ink colors and layered up on the panel with a sentiment stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I thought the cool base would really show off the bright and vivid colors of the flowers.  The sentiment is from Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set from My Favorite Things as well.

This is the last sketch of the year and I have completed all of them!    In case you cannot guess, I absolutely love My Favorite Things products!   They dominate my craft room for sure!    

Happy New Year to you and thanks for following my blog!    I wish everyone lot's of joy in the coming year!

Stamps:  MFT Watercolored Stripes, Swiss Dots Background, Fall Florals, and Delicate Pretty Poppies
Inks: Delicate Golden Glitz, Versamark, SSS Fog, Various MFT, SSS and Hero Arts inks (sorry - I forgot to list the colors when I was stamping!)
Papers: MFT Prestige Stone Gray, Smooth White, Vellum
Tools: MFT Stitched Pinking Edge Square Stax, Fall Florals Dies, Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, Sakura White Gel Pen

Monday, December 28, 2015

Tons of Fun!

I am back to share a card with the My Favorite Things Adorable Elephants.    I gave out some cards for gifts this year so I need to replenish my stash of birthday cards.  This is such a cute set.   I cut out the images with my Brother Scan and Cut 2.  

The layout is done with MFT Blueprints 20.    I stamped the scalloped piece with the sketchy chevron background stamp using SU Daffodil Delight card stock.   The panel was also cut with Blueprints 20 and I used MFT Farm Fresh Gingham and sponged some distress ink onto the white panel for the sky.  
The images were colored with Copic markers. 

All products My Favorite Things unless I state otherwise: 

Stamps: Adorable Elephants, Sketchy Chevron Background
Inks: Hybrid Black Licorice, Distress Tumbled Glass and Broken China, Hybrid Lemon Drop
Papers: SU Daffodil Delight, PI Kraft, Farm Fresh Gingham Patterned paper, Smooth White
Tools: Brother Scan and Cut 2, Blueprints 20, Sakura White Gel pen, Clear Wink of Stella, Copics

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Top Dog Birthday!

Here is my card for this week's sketch.    I used my new Brother Scan and Cut 2 that I got for Christmas and cut out the images of the dogs from the My Favorite Things Top Dog set.   I don't have the dies from this set and could not wait to try out my Christmas/Birthday present.   My birthday is two weeks before Christmas.     I have been wanting a Scan and Cut for about two years and finally decided to take the plunge.    Mostly because my stamping orders have become more die driven because I hate to fussy cut.   I would rather spend the money on stamps and other fun things.    I will still order dies, I got this mostly to cut out my stamped images.  

It really works easy but the trick is to have a really dark black line. Otherwise it cannot see it well, however, I found it was really easy to use and can't wait to see what else I can do with it.   Any ways, back to the card, :-)!  

I love this Top Dog set from My Favorite Things.   I am a dog lover and a family full of dog lovers so any type of card with a dog works well with anyone in my family.     I used this weeks sketch from My Favorite Things and was going to make it into a Valentine's day card but decided to make it a birthday card.    (the birthday sentiment is on the inside - which I did not take pictures of :-(.

I just love the new Scalloped dies from MFT.   I love the stitched detail and the little scallops.   On the inside, I stamped the Sketched Chevron background and a birthday sentiment from MFT Birthday Wishes and Balloons.  

I am off this week for work so I am hoping to get a few more cards made, make some Christmas tags for next year (never seem to have enough time before and don't remember in the middle of the year).  I figured I would use some of the sets that I did not get to use this year as of yet.    Check back with me this week, I should have several posts to share.

I hope you have a great holiday week!    See you soon!

All products My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted: 

Stamps:  Top Dog, Watercolor Stripes background, Sketched Chevron Background
Inks: Hybrid Black Licorice, SSS Sea Glass, SSS Smoke
Papers: Gravel Gray, Red Hot, Copic Xpress it and Smooth White
Tools: Brother Scan and Cut 2, Stitched Mini Scalloped Circles, Blueprints 1 and 2,  Sakura White Gel Pen

Thanks for joining me today!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Scribbled Flowers

Sometimes I like to look thru my dies and create a card with mostly dies instead of stamps.    I was flipping thru my dies and was going to create a wintery card but decided to break out the flowers!   I have been making some many wintery and Christmas cards that this was a nice change.   I used one of my favorite sentiments sets from My Favorite Things called Cheerful Blessings.    This card can be used for any occasion.   I will probably stash it in my Birthday card stack as I can add the birthday greeting later on the inside.

Stamps: MFT Cheerful Blessings, Linen Background Stamp
Inks: MFT Hybrid Kraft, Versafine Onyx Black, MFT Hybrid Sour Apple
Papers: PI Kraft, MFT Orange Fizz, Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Whip Cream
Tools: MFT Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle, Scribble Flowers, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

The card design was inspired by this weeks My Favorite Things Sketch 259. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Dad's Birthday - Purple Onion Designs

My dad turned 80 this week!  We are celebrating his birthday tomorrow so I wanted to make him a special birthday card.     I started with My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 and wanted to create a plaid background to create a base for my winter scene.    I used the die and cut out the scalloped background from SU Basic Black card stock and MFT Red Hot card stock stamped with the Gingham Background stamp with Black Licorice ink.    I used a Purple Onion stamp, Cedar, and stamped him on Smooth White card stock and colored with Copic Markers.     The sentiment stamp is from Simon Says Ink Sending and Wishing stamp set heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder.  

Stamps:  Purple Onion Cedar & Two Forrests, MFT Gingham Background, SSS Sending and Wishing 
Inks: MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, Versamark
Papers: PI Kraft, MFT Red Hot, Smooth White, SU Basic Black
Tools: MFT Blueprints 20, Stitched Arch Stax, Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax, Sakura White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella Clear, Hero Arts White embossing powder, Copics, Ranger Stickles Diamond

Thanks for stopping by! 

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Die Challenge. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Adorable Elephants Again!

If you read my blog post yesterday, I had made two backgrounds using the new My Favorite Things Watercolor Stripes background.  I had ran Distress Ink in Cracked Pistashio and then spritzed with water.   This was the first background I pulled off.  With the ink still on the stamp, I spritzed with water again and got an even light image but still pretty and used on my card yesterday. 

I colored the image from the My Favorite Things Adorable Elephants this time with my Zig Clean Color markers instead of Distress Inks and fussy cut the image out.   I don't like fussy cutting.  I am a perfectionist and normally when I fussy cut I am never happy with the results.    I prefer to have the dies but I am trying to watch what I am spending on stamps and dies are really expensive! 

The main panel was cut with the Blueprints 2 and then layered with craft foam cut down a little smaller than the background to add dimension.    After I fussy the cut the image, I also did the heart.   I stamped the heart on the main panel for the balloon string.  I covered the ballon with some clear Wink of Stella and then added a clear Pico embellisher to make it super shiny and sparkly.    The clouds were cut from watercolor paper stamped with the cloud images from the Somebunny set and colored with some Tumbled Glass Distress ink.   

The sentiment was embossed with Hero Arts White embossing powder and trimmed the sentiment to a banner shape cut with a diagonal end.  I was going to add some sequins but decided to just leave it like it is. I was super happy how it turned out!  

All products My Favorite Things unless I note otherwise:

Stamps:  Birdie Brown Adorable Elephants, Somebunny, Watercolor Stripes background
Inks: Hybrid Black Licorice, Versamark
Papers:  Grout Grey, SU Basic Black, Canson Watercolor
Tools: Blueprints 2, Somebunny dies, Pico Embellisher Clear, Clear Wink of Stella, Hero Arts Embossing Powder,  Copic Multiliner 

Thanks for stopping by!   

I am also including this in the Simon Says Monday Challenge blog for a pinch of something!    I love adding the Wink of Stella and Pico Embellisher to my card for some sparkly shine!  

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Adorable Elephants

I received my order from My Favorite Things on Friday.  I could not wait to ink up this new set from Birdie Brown.  I am a little obsessed with her stamp line and each month I have to have her new stamps.   It is always the first thing that I ink up.   I decided to watercolor the images and background with Distress inks.

I used the new MFT watercolor stripes background and inked it up with Cracked Pistachio ink and spritzed it with water.   I used watercolor paper and got two backgrounds completed.  I used one for my card today and I will show you another card this week with this same set.   

I have been super busy and have a stack of new products to use.  I am looking forward to a break from work around Christmas and hoping that I am able to get lots of crafty time in.  There have been so many great releases.  I just need some time to get it all done :-). 

All products My Favorite Things unless I note otherwise.  
Stamps:  Adorable elephants, Watercolor striped background, Somebunny, Swiss dot background
Inks: Hybrid Black Licorice, Hybrid Steel Grey, Distress inks: Pumice Stone, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Broken China
Paper: Canson Watercolor, Steel Grey, Limeade, Recollections white
Tools:  Stitched mini scalloped circle, Blueprints 1 & 2, Stitched horizontal rectangles, Circle stax 1, Somebunny dies, Pretty Pink Posh 6 mm and 4 mm Sparkling clear sequins, Wink of Stella clear

Thanks for stopping by!  

Sunday, December 6, 2015

My Favorite Things Santa's Elves

I created a quick Christmas card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  This is when colored images that I have done in the past come in handy!     I have a super busy weekend and had very little time to make a card this weekend.

Stamps:  MFT Santa's Elves, Handwritten Holidays, Sheet Music Background
Inks: MFT Hybrid Black Licorice
Papers: MFT Wild Cherry, SU Basic Black, PI Kraft, MFT Smooth White, SU Silver Glitter, Copic Xpress it
Tools: MFT Blueprints 8, 1 & 2, Stitched Fishtail Frames, Santa's Elves Die, Christmas red Stickles, Wink of Stella Clear, Copics 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge! All feathers!

Good afternoon!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!   We had family in town and it was wonderful to have everyone around to share the holidays.   I decorated my house for Christmas, we start celebrating next weekend!  What!!!  Time is flying by for me!    I have my whole family coming next weekend for Christmas so I was really busy decorating, wrapping and getting ready for another fun weekend!

For this week's sketch, I stuck straight to the sketch and made a card using the Accent It Feathers and Arrows die from My Favorite Things.     My brain had way to much to process this week so it was easy to stick to the sketch.   I have been making so many Christmas cards, I decided to go with a sherbet color scheme to change it up a bit.  

I used a new background stamp from MFT called Winter Waves.  It was stamped on Stone Grey cardstock and cut out with the Blueprints 13 frame with stitching.   I stamped the background stamp using Simon Says Stamp Fog dye ink using my MISTI to get the background fully stamped.    Like I said above, I wanted a palette of sherbet colors for my card and used Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Persimmon, Tangy Orange and Tickled Pink.    

The feathers were cut out using the Accent it Feathers and Arrows die and I used the small feather.   The die adds the detail to the feather and allows you to bend slightly to pop up off the card stock.    The panel was added straight to a white card stock base and the feathers add dimension to the card. 

The sentiment was stamped on a strip of Basic Black cardstock from Stampin Up! and I used a greeting from MFT Top Dog and masked off part of the greeting to get Birthday Wishes.    Birthday wishes was stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.   I added some 4 mm and 6 mm Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish it off.   
Super simple card design but love the colors and the pop of black and white for the sentiment.   

Thanks for joining me today!    I hope you have an awesome week! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Online Card Classes - Holiday Style - Cute and Whimsical Season's Tweetings

I got one card created after watching the Online Card Classes Holiday Style class.   I loved watching all the videos but had no time to create.    I loved Laura Fadora's Cute and Whimsical card and one layer wonder.    I tried out this technique and loved the results.   I rarely make one layer cards so this was pretty fun!

I started by stamping the Season's Tweeting PI Image onto Neenah Solar White 110 lb card stock.   I created a mask using some post it note paper and stamped the bird image on the card.     Because I wanted to create texture to the jacket, I colored the jacket in and then applied some Colorless blender with a piece of textured fabric.   I let it dry and applied by mask on top of the PI image.   I used the snow drifts die cut out some more masking paper and created my snowy hill by using a blending tool and blended Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire lighty above the masking paper.   Don't overdue the sponging, you really want just to make the snow drift stand out and add a halo of color to the card and blend out to white. 

The greeting was stamped from My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Holiday with Versafine Onyx Black ink.   I used by MISTI to really get a solid black crisp image.     A white Sakura Gel pen was used to make the snow.   The images were then colored in with Copic Markers.   Because my markers bleed thru the back of the paper, I added a backing to the top with some very thin Stampin Up Whisper White card stock.   One layer wonder with some support!  

I just love the way the image pops from the card!     I will have to give this one layer wonder card another try!     Thanks for stopping by!   

My Favorite Things - Toasty Greetings

Hey there!   Life has been a little complicated for me lately.   We have had so much going on that I really have not had time to craft at all.    I barely have time to just get the basics done, like laundry and grocery shopping.    It has been crazy and not always the fun kind of crazy.  Some good and some bad but we make it through and life starts a new day!     I always try to find some time to create because this is my stress reliever!   This card started out one way and finished another.   I had colored up some other images to use but was not working for me.   I had the Toasty Greetings die cut and stamped and pulled some of those to use in this weeks sketch.   I was really trying hard not to make another holiday card because I just wanted to make a good old fashioned birthday card, you may remember those right?    But lately I have succumbed to not being very pragmatic with my purchases and ended up with a lot of new Christmas and Holiday stamps sets.   To use them all, I will be making holiday cards thru December, right into January!   I was weak, likely because I was not getting any really good crafty time and used my craft energy on shopping! :-)   I think some others out there can relate right?  

Now onto the card........  

The sketch is from this weeks My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.    I used the MFT Birdie Brown Toasty Greetings stamp set for this card.  

The panel is made from Watercolor card stock and sponged with Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.   Then I cut with the Doubled Stitched Rectangle stax. I used Hero Arts white embossing powder to emboss the greeting from the stamp set and used a white gel pen to create some snow.  

The images were colored with Copics after being cut with the matching die cuts and I added some Distress Stickles for some glittery shimmer.    The snow panel was topped on top of some Wild Cherry Card stock cut with Rectangle 1 stax.     The faux washi banner is from Blueprints 13.    

The card was then layered together on some Kraft card stock. 

Stamps:  MFT Birdie Brown Toasty Greetings
Inks: Versamark, MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, Distress: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot
Papers: PI Kraft, MFT Wild Cherry, Watercolor, CopicXpress it, Lawn Fawn Peace Love Joy
Tools: MFT Double Stitched Rectangle stax, Rectangle stax 1, Toasty Greetings Dies, Blueprints 13, White Sakura Gel Pen, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Ranger Distress Stickles Diamond, Copics

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Merry Christmoose

A quick card today.   I had very little crafty time this weekend! :-(   I really wanted to make some Christmas cards this weekend but it was not in the cards for me!      I could not wait to use this new set from Birdie Brown, Merry Christmoose.    I colored the moose with Copic markers and added some Wink of Stella to the hat for some sparkle.   I am sending this to my friend whose birthday is today.   It will get there late but I think she will like it!  

I stamped the images with MFT's Hybrid Black Licorice ink and colored with Copic markers.   I used my white Sakura Gel pen to add some dots to the sweater.    I cut the main panel with the Doubled Stitched Rectangle Stax twice, once on some Smooth White card stock and on Red Hot card stock.   I stamped the Red Hot card stock with the Sketched Chevron Background stamp using MFT Hybrid Red Hot ink.    I stamped the sentiment on some black card stock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts White embossing powder.    The main panel was then placed on top of MFT Summer Splash card stock stamped with the Swiss Dot Background with Blu Raspberry Hybrid ink.   

Thanks for stopping by!   

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Real Simple Christmas Card - Winter Wonderland

I created a real simple but cute Christmas card using the small images in the My Favorite Things Winter Wonderland stamp set.  I had stamped the images on some watercolor paper to color and cut out and when I looked at the panel, I thought that would really be cute as a card.   So I stamped some more images on to another panel and created a quick and simple one layer Christmas card!

Stamps:   My Favorite Things Winter Wonderland
Inks: MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, Versamark
Papers: Watercolor, MFT Jelly Bean Green, SU Basic Black
Tools: MFT Blueprints 2 and 13, MFT Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Diamond stickles

Thanks for stopping by!    

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, I used NINE blocks to layout my image!    The challenge was to make a card inspired by N! 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

WPlus 9 Holiday Hugs

I made two versions of this card.  The first one I was not quite happy with and decided to do the card over again and change a few things.  I have to say that I was very happy with how this one turned out!   I watercolored the card with Distress Markers and Inks and used white heat embossing to add my snow to the card.  

Stamps:  Wplus 9 Holiday Hugs, MFT Snowfall background
Inks: Versamark, MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, Distress Inks Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Tumbled Glass - plus the pens in the photo above to color the image
Tools: Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, MFT Fishtail Flag stax
Papers:  Watercolor paper, Recollections White, SU Basic Black

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Dashing By

Happy Monday!  I had the day off and crafted all day!   Whoo! Whoo!   I also slipped an eye doctor exam in there as well.    I have not had much time to craft these past two weekends and loaded up today.  I will have a couple of cards to share this week.   I also got started making some tags for my Christmas packages.    Today, I spent most of the day watercoloring.  

I watercolored this My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Dashing By image with my Zig Clean Color markers.     I used watercolor paper for my image and background.     The background panel was cut from watercolor paper and I used the Blueprints 15 stitched panel.    I then stamped Lisa Johnson Designs by MFT Snowflake Splendor in Versamark ink and used Hero Arts White Embossing powder.   I heat embossed the snowflakes and then colored with Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Tumbled Glass and watered down the ink to get a wash of color.

I then heat embossed with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder on Razzle Berry card stock with my Fishtail Flag stax and topped it off with some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins. 

All products My Favorite Things Unless otherwise noted: 

Stamps: PI Dashing By, LJD Snowflake Splendor
Inks: Hybrid Black Licorice, Versamark, Distress Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Tumbled Glass
Papers: Sno Cone, Razzle Berry, Watercolor, Recollections White
Tools: PI Dashing by,  Blueprints 15,  Fishtail Flag Stax, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, PPP Sequins, Sparkling Clear 6 mm and 4 mm, Zig Clean Color Markers, White Sakura gel pen, Clear Wink of Stella 

Stop by again later this week and I will post a few more cards that I made today. 

Thanks for stopping by!