Thursday, August 25

Say it With Words and/or Numbers at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
Happy Thursday!  Hope you are all having a great week so far!
Stopping in today to share with you my creation for the new challenge over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
The challenge for this week is "Words and/or Numbers".
We are always happy to have your interpretation of the challenges and look forward to seeing your project with this theme! :)

This challenge has come at a great time for me right now because I needed a card for my son's upcoming birthday in a couple of weeks.  So here's what I've made for it:
I thought this theme would be great to have a go at pulling out those alphabet and number stamp sets that don't get used very often and pairing it with an older set from my stash.

This is a simple one layer masculine design.  Because of the black and gray colors, I thought this would be a good one to use for 40th birthdays too! :)  I have taken the Happy Everything stamp set from Whimsy Stamps to stamp the greeting with Slate Grey ink on a Slate Grey A2 sized top folding card base at a slant and then stopped three quarters of the way down.  I also used this same stamp set to stamp the triangles on the black strip with silver ink.

I put a strip of black card stock between the place where I stamped the background and the empty right corner at the bottom.  I used this as a placement to line up the letters for my son's name.  For the rest of the stamping on my card, I have used an older MFT alphabet stamp that was in my stash.  I stamped my son's name in black ink and heat embossed it with clear EP, I did the same for the numbers in the bottom corner.  The sentiment on the black strip was also from this alphabet set and I have white heat embossed that over the black strip.  I used some masking to protect the upper portion of the angle and sprayed some Dylusions Lime ink in the corner.

I lastly added a silver sticker strip over the triangles I stamped on the black strip and then added a black enamel dot to each point of the triangles from each side of the sentiment.

Here's a closer look at the heat embossing:
This was pretty fun to put together and I like how the layout turned out...you never know if something will work out sometimes! LOL!

And of course my family usually expects handmade cards from me...why wouldn't they?! :)

I hope you will join us for the challenge this week!  I think it's a great one to get those alphabet and number sets out to play, plus it's great to be able to personalize your design too!  There is even more inspiration to come and see on the blog...so CLICK HERE to check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping in today friends!  Have a great day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Shopping Our Stash - "Stand Up & Be Counted" - numbers
2.  Little Red Wagon - Birthday
3.  Stampin' Royalty - Birthdays
4.  Crafty Gals Corner - Emboss It!  (I used heat embossing)

Monday, August 22

Are You Naughty or Mice?

Hello friends!
Happy Monday!  I hope you are all doing well and had a good weekend!

So since I pretty much missed most of July making Christmas card, which I always like to do, I decided I needed to get a few of them done before I run around scrambling with it at the last minute.

I couldn't think of a better place to start than with Lawn Fawn:
LOL!  I think the mouse on the left wants to make sure the other mouse is "mice" before he releases that gift to him!  I absolutely LOVE the "cheesiness" of this Lawn Fawn "Merry Christmouse" stamp set that was only available for purchase during the last SSS STAMP-tember event.  (It's getting close for this year's event...can't wait to see what's up, can you?)

I have used some papers from the LF Fa La La papers (no longer available) that hardly have been used and thought I'd pull them out for today's card.  I colored up the images with Copic markers and added some extra details that you can see in the photo below.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and arrange them over my scene.  I have used the LF Stitched Rectangle Stackables - Large & Small dies including the LF Scalloped Rectangle Stackables dies.  For the snow drift border, I pull out the LF Stitched Hillside Borders die to cut a piece out with white card stock and then stamped the sentiment with LF Noble Fir and SSS Schoolhouse Red inks at the bottom of it.

For the patterned paper background, I used the star image from the stamp set and stamped some stars at the top of it with Brilliance Gold ink and then I used my Kuretake gold marker to make lines with bows above them.  Everything was arranged over top of the panels with foam tape.  Before I attached the main panel to the background paper, I tied on some LF Green Sparkle Cord.  I then attached this to an A2 sized top folding white card base.

Here's a closer look at the details:
I have used foam to pop up the colored images on the stitched snow sentiment panel after I cut them out.  I topped the cheesy tree with some Wink of Stella glitter pen and then I used my gold gel pen to color in the star.  I also used some Wink of Stella over the left mouse's gift.  I used some Liquid Applique to go over the fur trimming on the right mouse's Santa hat and then heated it up with my heat tool to "puff" it up a bit.  I also took a white gel pen for their cheeks and a black gel pen to dot the eyes and nose on the mice.

At first I thought it looked a bit busy, but then decided it was cute with all of the colors nicely tied in together here.  I hope that you like it as well and brings a smile to someone for Christmas.  One down and many more to go...

Thanks for dropping in today friends!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:

1.  Lawnscaping Challenges - Punny Time


2.  Addicted to Stamps & More - Make Your Mark


3.  Fab 'N' Funky - Anything Goes




5.  Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes


Wednesday, August 17

Camp Create - Shadow STAMPING

Hello friends!  Here we are on Wednesday already!
I feel like the month is August is completely flying by, but I am actually looking forward to the cooling weather and a relief from the heat very soon! :)

Today I have the final creation for the last day of classes at "Camp Create"!  I've had fun completing all of the different challenges and using my collection of MFT products too!  For the final day of classes, the title was called: "Stunning "SHADOW STAMPING", which means to use the "shadow stamping" technique on your design.  So here's what I've come up with:
For this technique, it always looks best if you have a more solid image to work with to create the "shadows".  I think it's a cool technique and a great way to add dimension to your stamping!

So I noticed that in class there were lots of floral images being used, so I waned to be different and go with some candles instead.  I thought the MFT Make a Wish stamp set with the bold and solid candles would work great for this technique and I had lots of colors to choose from with all of the card kit contents that were included with this set.  So I went with the Cornflower Blue card-stock and matching ink to make my panel.  I thought it would be easier to line up everything with my MISTI tool and used that to stamp with.  For the white ink, I had some SU! white ink..

For the sentiment, I've used the MFT Die-namics Happy Birthday and cut it out in white and glued it over top of my design.  I also took some clear Stickles and dotted the insides of each candle flame for a bit of sparkle.  You can also see the strip at the bottom of the card where I've added some white glitter paper to the inside layer of the card.

Here's a closer look at the design laying flat:
So when the recipient opens the card, the sparkle from the strip carries on to the inside of it.

Although this was really simple, I think the white with the dark blue really makes things pop and adding that bit of sparkle adds to the interest of the design.

I hope you've enjoy all of my Camp Create class cards over the last few days!
Thanks so much for stopping in and I will be back soon!
Have a wonderful day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

1.  MFT Camp Create Day 5 - Stunning SHADOW STAMPING
Here's the badge that I've earned for this class:
2.  Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

3.  Shopping Our Stash - "What the Good Word?" (word dies)


Monday, August 15

Camp Create Farewell Bonfire Bonus Badge - One Layer Savvy

Hello friends!
Happy Monday to you!  Hope you all had a pleasant weekend!  I was happy to have spent many hours inside the cool air conditioning!  (A great way to do a camp bonfire I think! LOL!)

So Camp Create threw a special "Farewell Bonfire" and issued a special bonus badge!  How fun! :)  The title of this challenge was called "Single Layer Savvy" which means we were to create a one layer/flat card design.  Here's my take on that challenge:
Now I think these MFT Beary Special Birthday bears are so sweet!  I thought they would be so much fun to make a scene to color in for this challenge.

I've used the MISTI tool to help me put together a stamped scene on this card front.  I didn't cut anything out, this is all stamped on this one layer white card base.  I used the presents image from the set and did some masking to make a pile of presents stacked on top of each other and then topped it off with a bouquet of balloons.  I think the presents are about as tall as the bear!! LOL!  I did a tiny goof and had to draw in a few lines here and there, but if you can't tell, then awesome! :)  I have used my Copic markers to completely color in the images including the ground and shadows at the bottom.  I thought it would be fun to have the floor with the shadows on it.

I layered this card front scene onto a piece of MFT Spearmint A2 sized top folding card base.  I thought it helped bring out the balloon that the little bear was holding.  This is the same color that I used for the monochromatic design that I made for the first day of camp too!  (CLICK HERE if you happened to miss that card...it almost got thrown away! LOL!!)

Here's a closer look at the coloring and balloons:
Here you can see that I've added some dot detail to the presents and the party hat which was also masked on his head.  I've also covered the balloons with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.  It took a bit of time to put it all together and color it in, but I really like how it turned out!

This will make a nice up-coming birthday card for someone I have in mind! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by again today!  I really enjoy seeing what you have to say!  I'm lucky to have such a fun hobby to share with you!!  See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


CHALLENGES:
1.  MFT Camp Create Farewell Bonfire (Bonus Badge) - Single Layer Savvy
Here's the badge I've earned for this challenge:

2.  Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes


3.  CAS-ual Fridays (CFC154) - Time to Color (any media)

Sunday, August 14

Camp Create with a Rainbow and a Pig!

Hello friends!
Here I am back with a couple more creations for that fun and fabulous MFT Camp Create!! :)
A couple more to go and I will meet the final deadline! Yay!

So for Day 3 of Camp Create, the title is "Remarkable RESIST"!
So we were to create a design that has some emboss resist on it!  Here's my take:
Yesterday I made a card that already had some ink blending on it, so I went a different route this time and decided to break out my Gansi Tambi Watercolors for this technique.

I took the MFT Transparent Triangles Background stamp and heat embossed it with clear EP all over a watercolor piece of card stock.  Once I heat embossed it, I brushed the watercolors over top in a rainbow type color order so that it would reveal the triangles from the image! :)  I dried some of it in between times and I let some of the colors run a bit.  I just really love how vibrant these look.

To finish it up, I've mounted it over a white A2 sized top folding card base.  The sentiment comes from the MFT Rainbow of Happiness set.  I heat embossed it with white EP over top of a black card stock strip and cut the banner fishtails at the end.  I popped it up with foam tape and added a next of silver thread behind it before I mounted it down.  I then added some silver sequins and put some silver Stickles in the center of each one.

HERE ARE THE CHALLENGES FOR THE ABOVE CARD:
1.  MFT Camp Create Day 3 - Remarkable RESIST
Here's the badge that I've earned for this day:
2.  My Time to Craft - Embossing (heat or dry)

3.  AAA Cards - Blending (I blended watercolors on mine!)

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For Day 4 of Camp Create, the title is called "Divine DRY EMBOSSING".  But we were to use a die cut to dry emboss a design on our card, so here's my version of that:
TEE HEE!!  I just ADORE this sweet little pig with his arms hanging over the fence! :)  I've used the MFT Hog Heaven for this card along with the coordinating dies for it.

So to make my card design with a die cut, I have used the MFT Stitched Square Scallop Frames Die-namics to make the embossed impression on it.  Because it cut out a frame with it, I thought it would be better to add the frame portion with the mask so that I could sponge some grass and clouds in the background.  I just used a die cut border from acetate to make a stencil for my clouds.  And if you would like to know how I have made my design with the die cut to emboss it into the card stock without actually cutting it out, I have made a video back in February that explains this completely.  Sometimes, the "recipe" for the sandwich in your die cut machine gets to be a bit confusing.  I had tried out several different methods and what worked for me.

CLICK HERE to see the video on how to do this technique.
(I started it right at the point in the video where I start making my card design.  If it doesn't start where I'm making the card, then forward to 3.00 minutes into the video.)

I then colored all of the images from this stamp set with my Copic markers and cut them all out with the coordinating dies and glued them over top of my card scene.  The pig was popped up with some foam tape and then I stamped the sentiment over top of the sky area.  The center of the flowers have some clear Stickles on them.  I just trimmed my card down to a 4-1/4" square design.  I think it turned out so cute! :)

CHALLENGES FOR PIG CARD ONLY:
1.  MFT Camp Create Day 4 - Divine DRY EMBOSSING
Here's the badge that I've earned for this session:
2.  Just Add Ink - photo inspiration:

3.  Come & Get It - Punches & Dies


Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  I hope you've enjoyed my creations and I will be seeing you again very soon!!  Hope you're enjoying your weekend!! :)


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Saturday, August 13

It's Camp Create time with Monochromatic Magic & Awesome Ombre!

Hello friends!!
Are you ready for another MFT Camp Create week on my blog?!!  I think I'm going to try to have a go at this although my plate is completely full right now with other DT duties, I can't help but want to spend this very hot and humid week in my craft room is all! :)

*Edited*
I had actually started this post on Tuesday believe it or not, but got super busy with things.  I was actually hoping to stay on top of things, but here I go trying to catch up before the deadline once again!!  LOL!!

WHEE!  So here we go with another MFT Camp Create Session:
For the first day of Camp Create, which was yesterday MONDAY, the challenge was to create a monochromatic design.  I happen to love several of the MFT colors and decided to incorporate one in particular that I bought not too long ago on my design:
I have used both the MFT ink and card-stock color Spearmint for my card here.  With the soft green color, I thought that this MFT Sea Life stamp set would go really good with this color design.  I have also decided to incorporate the closed MFT sketch challenge for my design.  I had actually started this card yesterday and thought that I was going to finish it up in plenty of time! LOL!! (More details about that below! insert snort!)  I have used the MFT Stitched Square Frames and the MFT Stitched Circle dies Stax for the layout of my card here.

I was very close to throwing this one out and actually did.  Amazingly, I didn't throw in the trash all ripped up like I normally do because after I left it alone a while, the design started to come through and so I ended up salvaging it!  To explain the reason behind this, I was trying, for the first time, a technique that I had learned about on Splitcoaststampers and wanted to try it out.  It's called Watercolor Lifting.  So what I did was combine the ink smooshing technique on my design and incorporate it with this technique.  The background fish are color lifted and they weren't showing up at all with my background...so I tossed it in the trash!  I came back about an half hour or so later and really noticed that the fish had all the sudden magically appeared in the trash can...so I dug it out!  I used the same ink color and stamped the seaweed at the bottom of the card.

I finished it off by white heat embossing another fish and die cutting it out with the coordinating die and I've also heat white embossed the sentiment over the Spearmint card stock and cut that out with the Stitched circle dies.

Here you can better see some of the details of the embossing and background fish.  I finished off the card with some sparkling white sequins and added some Nuvo glitter in the centers.  I've also added a dot of it to the eyeball on the embossed fish.

At first I thought it was too much of the one color, but thinking of the theme with the fish, I think the color worked out really well with the design because I like how soft and light it feels.

CHALLENGES FOR THIS CARD:
1.  MFT Camp Create Day 1 - Monochromatic MAGIC
Here's the badge I've earned for this challenge:

2.  Splitcoaststampers Try a New Technique Challenge (TLC598) - Watercolor Lifting

3.  Addicted to Stamps & More - Anything Goes


4.  Just Us Girls - Water-Coloring

5.  Crafty Boots - Use a Stamp

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So, for the second day of Camp Create, it's called "Awesome Ombre" which is obviously to create an ombre look on your design.  I always love the way this looks especially on simple style cards!  So here's my take on this one:

Do any of you have those Clarity Brushes?  I was wondering how you all felt about them if you do and if they're worth getting or not.  They seem to be extremely popular right now.

I don't have these brushes, so I've used my ink foam blending tool and distress inks over the MFT Diagonal Stripes stencil.  I've used the Black Soot, Hickory Smoke & Pumice Stone distress inks and blended the colors together to get the black to light gray/stone color.  I've also used the same colors to sponge over the MFT Thanks Die-namics word that I cut out with Neenah Solar White card stock.  I left the cut out die inside the scrap piece that I used so that it would be easier to hold while I sponged the colors over it.  It's hard to see in the photo here the transition in colors on the word, but it looks very cool in person!  You can also see that I've used my Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen over top of it.  It really sparkles so pretty in person too! :)

I thought I'd finish it off by adding some sequins from the MFT Signature Sparkly Mix and then covering the centers with some Nuvo Glitter Drops.



CHALLENGES FOR THIS CARD:
1.  MFT Camp Create Day 2 - Awesome OMBRE
Here's the badge I've earned for this challenge:
2.  Stampin' Royalty - Anything Goes

3.  Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

4.  Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
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Sorry for such a long absence, but now I'm back to blogging!  I will be posting several days in a row now so I can catch up with Camp Create!! LOL!!

Thanks so much for dropping by this evening!  I will be back real soon... tomorrow... for another post sharing my Camp Create cards with you!!  Hope you are having a great weekend!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, August 5

My Life Would be Boring Without a Flashback Friday!

Hello friends!  Yay!!  We've made it to our first Friday in August!
I think it got it very quickly, don't you?

I haven't made a "Flashback Friday" post in quite some time.  It actually felt pretty good to dig around some of my old and unloved stash to make something!  This is actually also a card I made for the Splitcoasterstampers.com "Dare to Get Dirty" challenges, and I see others posting them, so I think I'm O.K. to do this so as long as I don't reveal anything about the challenge directly.  :)

Here's a card that I thought would be a great one to give someone during the Summer:
LOL!!  Check out that face!!  He doesn't look very impressed with no color or flavoring added to his snow cone head!! :)

I don't know if some of you remember the Alley Way Stamps company.  They were actually around for a couple of years and then the shop sadly closed down at the end of the year last year.  I really enjoyed her images.  Don't know if she'll ever come back to designing more or not, but I think the images are fun and quirky.  There are a couple of stamp sets that I haven't even broke open after using them like this one!  The snow cone image came from a set called "Brain Freeze".  The sentiment is from a set called "Speak Easy" and the face comes from a set called "Face It".  I stamped the background border in gray ink and that is also a stamp from the same company called "Spotted".  I enjoy using many different stamps from other sets.  I thought I would keep them all from the same company as the style of the images work together well.

For the snow cones, I have stamped them twice and fussy cut them out.  For one of the images, I have used some distress inks to sponge over the colors on two of the snow cone heads.  One of them I left plain.  :)  I then took VersaMark ink to cover the snow cone heads and embossed over them with a clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.  While it was still hot, I took some clear glitter embossing powder and heat set that in over top of that.  I cut them out and placed them above the snow cone bodies.  I think it gave it a fun snow cone look!  (I also did that with the tiny drop at the bottom.)  I then popped them up with foam tape over the stamped border.

The plaid papers that I've used on my design are from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid mini paper pack.  The image panel was mounted onto a gray card stock which was mounted onto the plaid and placed over an A2 sized white top folding card base.  Before mounting the gray and image panels, I used my corner chomper to round the edges.  Then just finished it off with some sequins.

Here's a closer look at the snow cone details:
When I was cutting out the plain snow cone, the UTEE cracked a bit.  I thought well, that's OK because this guy is not happy anyway being flavorless and all!! LOL!

Hope you've enjoyed my Flashback Friday today!  Thanks for dropping in and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Curtain Call - Snow Cone


Retro Rubber Challenge - Color Combo


Craft Rocket Challenge - Glitzy Glitter

Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
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