Cards, Challenges, My Favorite Things

Bearing Gifts – MFT Sketch Challenge 460

Hi Angels!

Thought I’d pop in tonight with a sketch challenge. The month & all it’s busyness is winding down, which is a good thing since I needed to clear my schedule to care for my asthma flare.

When I started seeing the samples from My Favorite Things Christmas sELFies stamp set, it made it’s way to my house as it was just too cute. Here is what I came up with for this week’s sketch:

Yep, cute, clean & simple and I forgot how much fun spattering can be. I think one of our November classes is on it’s way to be a spattering class since I used it on last nights card too.

To create this card I also used MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes & Fishtail Flag Trio Die-namics. And did I mention before how much I love MFT Blu Raspberry cardstock? The color is fabulous! The spattering is done with thinned white acrylic paint & a toothbrush.

I hope you enjoyed this quick sketch card. Find sometime to take care of yourself this week. The holiday season is upon us & it’s easy to get super busy & not find time to rest.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Song in My Heart

Hi Angels!

I made it just barely. I got a final design done for the My Favorite Things Contest in the Innovation Master category.

Because we are on retreat, I had a whole cheering section here going you can do this design & create. So here it is, Song In My Heart…….

Front of tunnel card

I tried a tunnel card for the 1st time. I used the Inside & Out Stitch Circle Stax for my circles. I love the MFT Inside & Out Die-namics sets because I get a stitch line on the positive & negative die cuts. I used Distess Oxides & the MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil for the backgrounds.

I stamped & colored with regular colored pencils several elements from MFT Tweet Friends, Scene Builder & Brillant Blooms stamp sets & fussy cut them out to build my design. The sentiments come from Tweet Friends & Essential Sentiments set and were die cut with the Fishtail Flag Trio Die-namics.

Inside of tunnel card

This card was so much fun to design even with a bit of time pressure to get it posted in time. The Angels & I are on the road home tomorrow. It’s been a great retreat.

Have a Fabulous Week!

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Fresh Cut Flowers Watercolored

Hi Angels!

We’ve been tucked away on retreat today having a Hallmark Movie marathon & creating fun things.

I have designed another entry for the My Favorite Things Card Design contest for the Coloring Virtuoso category.

I chose my MFT Fresh Cut Flowers background stamp & decided to watercolor them. I used my Staedtler Watercolor pencils. I just love how they turned out. The sentiment is from Well, Hello cut with the Skinny Strips Die-namics. The Peach Bellini cardstock is the perfect compliment to the flowers.

Find some time this weekend to relax & enjoy some me time.

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Paw Prints & MFT Card Design Contest

Hi Angels!

We are off on our fall Angel Retreat & while I am away, I decided to try & design for the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar Contest. There are 3 categories and tonight’s card is for the Clean & Simple Genius category. Let’s take a look…….

I have been working on some dog designs for the dog grooming shop that is displaying some of my cards for sale. I ordered MFT Paw Prints Die-namics and Critter Condolences set within the last month & hadn’t done anything with them yet so I pulled them out along with the Staggered Paw Prints stencil.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans & Wilted Violet for the background stenciling and on a blank white cardstock to cut the paw prints from. I cut the paw prints and popped them for more interest. I stamped the sentiment on MFT Boysenberry cardstock, embossed in white & cut with the Starburst Sentiment Strips Die-namics. I mounted the finished piece on MFT Blueberry cardstock.

The Angels have already given multiple comments on the card & have requested it for class.

Hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!

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MFT Camp Create Awesome Ombre

Hi Angels!

I got my final Camp Create project done today. A slight interruption while I traveled to Lincoln Nebraska for a 4 day mini art retreat. The final Camp Create project from this week was an ombre project. Let’s take a look…..

Working in my favorite color combo of purple & green, I did 2 styles of ombre on this card. Watercolor on the flowers with 1 purple Tombow marker and the background was done with 3 different green Distress Oxides. The flowers feature MFT Flowers in Bloom & the sentiment is from Beautiful Blessings 2.

I really enjoyed this 2nd week in camp. Stay tuned to my Facebook page as I have some adventures to share from my trip. Wild & Wonderful Summer day 79.

Treat yourself to some time to refresh this week!

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MFT Camp Create Monochromatic Magic

Hi Angels!

I just love doing tone on tone cards or monochromatic if you want to be technical. First it’s a challenge to see what shades of the same color you can use & second how can you add interest & texture to the card using the same colors so it doesn’t appear flat & dull. Let’s see how I met the challenge….

Wouldn’t this make a great pink ribbon card? I used MFT Moroccan Mosiac stencil with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick & Pick Raspberry Distress Oxides on a light pink background. Then I blended the same inks on some white cardstock to stamp the MFT Painted Poppies flowers on. They are stamped in clear embossing ink & embossed with my clear & sparkle custom mix. I then added the Beautiful Die-namics die for the sentiment.

I think I’ll have to give up on getting to bed early this week but hey I’m have a blast in camp! One more camp adventure awaits tomorrow.

Thanks for popping in.

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MFT Camp Create Background Bonanza

Hi Angels!

We had a fun day in the studio today visiting & catching up on projects. I even got a wee bit of organizing done. Play days are a big hit so I am going to be keeping them on my schedule once or twice a month.

Today’s Camp Create video was a great inspiration to think outside the box when creating a background and making it your main feature on the card. Let’s take a look……

How fun is this? I used the MFT Stitched Clouds Die-namics to create my background. I also added some embossing to the white mat to create more interest. I used a couple of backgrounds I had created with the Ranger Ink Pearl Alcohol Inks so the clouds really shimmer. The sentiment is from the MFT Rainbow Greetings set.

So what do you have in your supplies that might make a cool background?

See you for camp tomorrow!

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MFT Camp Create – Magnificent Masking

Hi Angels!

Boy am I running late posting tonight. However, I walked out into the studio & just had to clean off my worktop before I could start creating.

Today’s camp is all about masking and I decided I was going to duplicate the technique used in today’s camp video. Playing with new prespectives on old techniques grows your knowledge base & sharpens your skills. And just like the video, I created 2 cards. Let’s take a look….

On this card instead of embossing with white inside the shape, I embossed in silver. I really like how it came out. I was actually going to put the MFT Sweet Hello die cut from card 2 on this card & then decided to play with the shapes on the card. It has the MFT Patterned Triangles Background and the mask was made with the Stitched Tag corner Squares so I decided to add a circle with the MFT Happy Birthday Circle Frame.

I did emboss this one in white and added the MFT Sweet Hello in brushed silver paper. By using the positive & negative masks on these cards, they have entirely different looks while still creating a matching set. So cool.

I hope you have some time to check out the camp videos this week and try something new.

Until tomorrow’s camp…….

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MFT Camp Create – Inlaid Die Cuts

Hi Angels!

My Favorite Things is hosting week 2 of Camp Create this week and just like the first week, my goal will be to play along everyday.

I have been a bit under the weather the past couple of days with my allergies & asthma. Camp is just the thing to help me power through and focus on a new adventure.

Today’s technique is Inlaid Die Cuts. Since I’m dragging a bit, I chose a simple design to work with that created 2 cards. Let’s take a look:

Isn’t this gorgeous? The background features MFT Garden Flourish background stamp done in emboss resist with watercolor powders. When I do backgrounds, I do several and then I can grab & go while creating. I paired it with the Wish Die-namic and sentiment from Essential Sentiments.

Card two is just as fabulous with the embossed background. I die cut the Wish Die-namic, layered it all back together in the Crafters Companion Zen Garden embossing folder to emboss. I then switch letters between both cards & easily made 2 cards in the time it takes to make one. I left the “happy” off from the sentiment & added beautiful crystal sequins to make this card sparkle.

I hope you enjoyed this visit to camp. Check back tomorrow for more inspiration & fun.

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Wish – MFT Sketch Challenge 448

Hi Angels!

I’m back with another My Favorite Things project for Wild & Wonderful Summer day 63. I was out running most of the day & didn’t really have a solid idea for today’s card. I was poking around on Facebook & saw the challenge so decided it was fairly easy so let’s do this…..

I went to poke around in my stash of MFT goodies & my 1st inspiration was a retired background stamp called Patterned Triangles Background. I didn’t want my card to have a plain background so that spurred the inspiration for the card. I also grabbed Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp set & the Wish Die-namics.

I wanted an ombre type background so grabbed one of my custom Create-a-Palettes. To get the matching background color for the Wish die cut, I swiped the ink pad over my mini 5 x 7 Gel Press & picked up the color with a piece of cardstock. For the corner stripes I added 3 matching cardstock colors to the inks in the ink pad. I stamped in black ink then in clear pigment & embossed in clear sparkle mix. Some crystal sequins add the finishing touches to this birthday card.

Thanks for stopping by. Find some time this weekend to try this challenge or maybe another one you have been thinking of doing. It’s always fun to challenge yourself in your creating.