Cards, My Favorite Things

MFT Camp Create Day 5

Hi Angels!

It’s the last day of camp. It sparks my creativity when I participate in challenges. I try to think of ways to meet the challenge based on what I already have on hand and what I can do that might be different from the usual.

Today features Glitzy Glitter and boy did I glitter. I went with one of my favorite styles white on white for Wild & Wonderful Summer day 49. It’s also one of the hardest styles to photograph. Let’s take a look…..

I used MFT Captivating Mandala stencil with Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste on 140lb watercolor paper. You can easily add color to this process after it’s dry but it is simply gorgeous left white on white.

I then cut 2 matching butterflies from MFT Flutter of Butterflies dies in pearl paper and cut the body from silver glitter paper. I adhered only the center of the butterflies to allow me to shape the wings for some dimension. I diecut MFT Happy Birthday Die-namics from the same silver glitter paper. Because of the texture from the Glimmer Paste and specialty papers I made sure to use my Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to hold everything securely.

Thank-you for joining me for My Favorite Things Camp Create this week. I hope you have been inspired to try some techniques & projects.

Cards, My Favorite Things

MFT Camp Create Day 4

Hi Angels!

I was out most of today & got into the studio late but as usual enjoy creating once I am there.

Today’s MFT camp project is Sensational Sliders. It has been a very long time since I made a slider card and I was very thankful for the tips in today’s camp video. Let’s take a look….

I was trying to decide what I could make slide from my selection of MFT stamps & settled on a dragonfly from Fluttering Friends along with one of the sentiments. A dragonfly needed somewhere to land so out came my MFT Brilliant Blooms set. Since it was late, I opted for some premade watercolor sheets to add color to the dragonfly, sentiment & flower. It was stamp & diecut. For the sentiment I used the Fishtag Flag Trio die set & just used the straight banner part.

I needed a background for my scene. I had picked up the Etched Flower background on clearance & thought it could pass for a “leafy” background look.

To create the slider parts I used MFT Spin & Slide Channels, Interactive Pull Tabs & Slider Elements (definitely an improvement over the days of using a penny). The pull tab was stamped with “pull” using MFT’s Interactive Labels set as well as the arrow trail on the tab. If I were to do it over, I would have stamped the Etched Flower background on the tab but that was a thought after I had assembled the card. It looked too bare so I used the tiny arrow.

This shows the dragonfly landing on the flower.

If you haven’t made a slider card in awhile, head on over to Youtube & check out the video from today’s camp. It was a great tutorial.

Thanks for popping in.

Cards, My Favorite Things

MFT Camp Create Day 3

Hi Angels!

Ready for a little bit of Christmas for Wild & Wonderful Summer day 47? Today’s Camp Create is all about Spectacular Shakers and a wee bit of Christmas in July. At least that’s what I chose based on today’s MFT Camp Video. Let’s take a look……

Not only is this card cute, it’s relatively easy to create. You’ve seen me use this bear before from the MFT Polar Bear Pals set. He’s really versatile for all types of occasions.

Now I know we have all been told not to use Staz-on on our clear stamps but I had stamp cleaner nearby & cleaned it immediately after stamping this cute guy on clear acetate. I used his die to cut his outline in the card layer then placed the stamped image behind to start to build my shaker portion of my card.

The cute snowflakes background is from MFT Candy Land 6 x 6 paper pad and the sentiment is from the MFT Hand Lettered Holiday set. The sequins I’ve had for ages & never used and was happy they went with the card so well.

I hope I have inspired you to start thinking about holiday cards. It’s less than 6 months away.

Cards, My Favorite Things

MFT Camp Day 2

Hi Angels!

I am back with another My Favorite Things Camp card for Wild & Wonderful Summer day 46. Apparently yesterday I was ahead of the game & didn’t know it since I used a resist technique on my background with the watercolor. It’s one of my favorite background techniques to use with Color Burst Powders.

Today challenge is Remarkable Resist so I switched it up a bit. Let’s take a look….

I used the new MFT Card Size Star Confetti stencils. I laid one over the card layer, sponged pigment ink through the stencil and embossed with Nuvo Shimmering Pearl for some sparkle. A dauber works great for this technique and I highly recommend you go over the stencil 2 – 3 times with the pigment ink to get good coverage. A slight twisting motion helps. I then layered on Distress Oxides. Don’t forget you can “buff” the embossing after applying ink to make it look shiny again.

I then die cut the MFT Mondo Cheers die cut out of white glitter cardstock and cut it 3 more times out of white cardstock. I stacked the layers to add more depth to the word on the card.

I used a sentiment from MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes cut with a MFT Skinny Strips die to finish the card.

This card would be great for many occasions. A birthday, promotion or other special event.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to find some time to create this week too.

Cards, My Favorite Things

MFT Camp Day 1 Watercolor

Hi Angels!

Life has been nothing but crazy lately but hopefully is slowing up some. It’s day 45 for my Wild & Wonderful Summer Challenge. I have been managing to post everyday even if it’s a bit after midnight. Of course I have always said the day doesn’t change for me until I’ve gone to bed, LOL!

I am hoping to participate all week in My Favorite Things Camp Create 2019 and day 1 is watercolor. I opted for watercolor resist. Let’s take a look….

I haven’t had a chance to play with the new Ken Oliver Color Burst colors designed specifically for MFT. There are three – Tropical Teal, Jellybean Green & Coral Crush. I chose the 1st 2 colors for my background & added in Prussian Blue. Love how it turned out.

I used MFT Friends with Fins Stamps & dies, Balloon Strings Background stamp and a Fishtail Flag Trio Die. The sea friends are stamped on mop up sheets from previous watercolor play. The mop up piece was a perfect match to the background. The picture doesn’t show it but the Balloon Strings background is embossed in a white/sparkle mix to add some shimmer to the card and provided the resist for the watercolors.

I get to put a badge on my blog everyday. How cool.

I better get my card uploaded over on the MFT blog inlinkz. I was hoping to get done much sooner but a migraine kind of interfered with my plans.

Hope you can join in the fun of Camp Create or plan a camp of your own or find a challenge for some summertime creating.

Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, Impression Obsession, Sizzix

A Tale of Two Cards

Hi Angels!

I have been working on cards for our class Monday featuring Pretty Poppies. It started with one of the cards featured today that was posted a month or so ago on Facebook. A couple of the Angels just love poppies. So I decided a class was in order especially since there are so many wonderful poppy stamps available currently.

Today’s cards feature the Impression Obsession Poppy Collage stamp. I took a class up at My Hearts Fancy in OKC and we made this card:

Now this card is beautiful but all the cards in class were 5 x 7 inches and I don’t usually work that large. Plus I am pretty sure this one would cost extra to mail. So I created this card for tomorrow’s class:

Although smaller in scale at the traditional 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, this small card is just as stunning and I like the watercoloring on it better.

So let’s take a quick comparision between the two:

One is larger, one is smaller but both include the same great design.

Both images were stamped & embossed on watercolor paper.

The larger card uses Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor. It was harder to get a richer color to the poppies with it but by taking class, I got to try it out. I take classes for my own enjoyment. Plus since I design all the time, it’s nice to take a class that someone else designed & I stay fresh on techniques & products.

The smaller uses FSJ Liquid Color which isn’t quite a watercolor but has richer pigment to it and works just like watercolor. I believe the top card has a Liquidtex Gold Metallic on the frame portion of the stamp. I dug out my old Twinkling H2O’s Egyptian Gold for the bottom card. Again both are stunning.

I am not sure the brand of foil used in the top card but the bottom is FSJ Mirror Gold. Both were embossed with Tim Holtz’s Elegant 3D Texture Fades. The top one is a bit less shiny but just as lovely.

If you study a card design, it is usually fairly easy to recreate the card with what you may already have in your craft room. Do not be afraid to change sizes to suit your project needs.

Summer is a great time to find inspiration in the bright sunny outdoors & activities. Use that inspiration to get crafty this week.

Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, My Favorite Things, Spellbinders, Tonic Studios

Live Laugh Love

I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far. I am having fun working on my Wild & Wonderful Summer projects. A lot of going with the flow creating happening here.

I decided to pop in & share the final card from the Tonic Studios Kit 21 class this week. I decided to mix up my class a bit and add in other stamps & products this time. I have been getting the kits because A. they are a fabulous value and B. so I am familiar with the Tonic Studios & Nuvo products. When you have done direct sales for over 10 years representing certain products, it’s time to play and learn what wonderful things are available when you go independent. That includes mixing companies & products into the creative process.

This card has a mixture of elements on it. Let’s take a look.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base from Catalina Splash 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Cut a Turbo Teal layer 4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Cut a Lemon Drop Layer 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • On the Lemon Drop Layer I used the Distress Stencil in the kit and the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse that was included to add the hearts.
  • After the hearts were dry, it needed a bit more interest so I took my Romantic Script background stamp from My Favorite Things and stamped it over the Lemon Drop Layer in Lemon Drop ink.
  • Cut Spellbinders Shapeabilities Live Laugh Love dies out of scraps of Cool Pool, Turbo Teal & Catalina Splash and adhered to the card.
  • I used Nuvo Glitter Gloss to highlight everything with a bit of sparkle.

Take a look at the products you have on hand & see how you can mix them up while you are creating.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, Tonic Studios

Wild & Wonderful Summer

Hi Everyone!

Let’s get this blog up & running again!

I have a new theme for the next 100 days, June 1st – Sept. 8th.

Summer!

I will be playing in several different types of art & media from standard cards to hand lettering, Bible journaling/handmade books to mixed media. I have goals to post to the blog, do some live videos & of course share everyday here or on FB.

My Wild & Wonderful theme runs through 3 areas of life and is as much personal time as it is sharing time.

Worship – time in God’s Word, Bible study & journaling, plus hand lettering Bible verses.

Wild Art – joy in creating & playing in different areas & sharing art, tips & techniques.

Wonderful Life – celebrating each day & finding ways to share more blessings & brightening up someone’s day.

Today’s card is the 1st for this Monday’s class featuring Tonic Studio’s Craft Kit #21 which they labeled as Distressed Detail and I think of more as Shabby Chic. I took one of the element dies & created an elegant card perfect for a wedding or anniversary or just simply to brighten somenone’s day. It would be easy to change out the sentiment for several occasions.

Card Basics:

  • Deep Lilac base 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Lavender Fusion layer 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Brushed Silver layer 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Die cut Brushed Silver on both ends with small border type die in Tonic Studios Craft Kit 21 or similar die of choice and assemble together.
  • Die cut Lovely day sentiment in Brushed silver & border in Deep Lilac & adhere together. Pop onto Brushed Silver mat layer.
  • Add rhinestones or gemstones of choice.

Note: Feel free to use this card as a sketch or jumping off point to use the items in your supplies to create a similar look.

Summer is a great time to work on mini goals. I challenge you to find a goal you want to work on for the summer. Maybe it’s reading a couple of books, relaxing more, ramping up your exercise, spending more time with family, taking a class in something you’ve always wanted to learn. What will you do with your summer? List your goal(s) and how you want to tackle them.

Have a Wild & Wonderful Summer!

Cards, My Favorite Things, Penny Black, SASS News, Spellbinders

Beautiful Bloom Birthday

Hi Angels!

I have a National Craft Month Challenge to myself to post everyday in March. Some of those postings will be on Facebook, some here on the blog & there will be a live video or two also.

Working my way back into sharing now that I am more recovered from surgery. What was a simple surgery to open up my airways, turned a bit more complicated when a mass was found to be blocking the airways (benign, thank-you Lord!), and then finding out this week that the reason it’s taking so long to heal is apparently I had an anesthesiologist who decided to tear up the roof of my mouth suctioning during surgery. Eating & swallowing has been most difficult to say the least. Thankful to finally be on the mend, understand why, blessed the mass wasn’t serious & working my way to purge the studio more, organize & play with lots of crafty new goodies!

Let’s take a look at today’s card. One of my favorites from our birthday class but was a bit tricky to fussy cut as I decided not to purchase the die when I got it. If you like it, purchase the die, LOL!

This a Pinterest case modified of course because I can. We also created a small set of these for the troops.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base from Grape Fusion cardstock 4 1/4″ x 11″ and fold in half.
  • Cut a mat out of Whip Cream cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp with the Border Line stamp from Spellbinders in Black Licorice.
  • Stamp My Favorite Things Beautiful Bloom onto Grape Fusion cardstock with clear pigment ink & gold emboss. Die or fussy cut out and trim in half down the middle. Adhere to card as shown.
  • Stamp sentiment from Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles set in Grape Fusion in card center, clean stamp & restamp in clear pigment ink & emboss with custom clear embossing & Sparkle Dust mixture.

The Events page has been updated with the March classes, take a peek & join us in studio for some creativity.

I hope this month’s shares will inspire your creativity during National Craft Month.

Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, Spellbinders

Birthday Foiling

Hi Angels!

Recently I held a foiling class using the Spellbinders Glimmer Machine. After class I needed to make my dear friend Margaret a birthday card, so since the machine was out I did a “Happy Birthday” sentiment. After I designed the card, I liked it so much, that I decided to make it our club card too for this week except I changed it from pink & red to red & silver.

Margaret loves red & this came out so elegant.
The club version is even more classy.

These cards are so beautiful & easy to make.

  • Cut a Cranberry Bliss card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Take a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Black Licorice cardstock mat & die cut with the FSJ Artful Burst die and adhere to card base. (Pro tip: cut your cardbase & decorative mat while waiting for the Glimmer machine to heat up.)
  • I used the Happy Birthday from Becca Feeken’s Elegant Occasion Sentiments Hot Foil Plates to create the foiled sentiment. I like this set because it has matching outline dies to cut the sentiment out when done. The Glimmer machine is very easy to use.
  • Pop sentiment up on card with foam squares & add rhinestone accents.

Thanks for stopping by. More shares coming soon. I am working harder to make my art & posting a priority with this year’s schedule.