"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Christmas in July - Finally!!

Hello friends!
Thank you for hanging around despite my sporadic postings! :)  I've been busy with things that I'm not able to share on my blog is all.
I've been busy behind the scenes making creations for which I can't post here on my blog as they're exclusively for the Splitcoaststampers fan club people. (But if you are a fan club member, I hope you will stop by and check out the big "Dare to Get Dirty" week long challenge event that has already started today! - My challenge will post on Tuesday and I would love to see what you come up with!)

I have been wanting to get started on my Christmas creations since the beginning of this month and well, here we are at the END of July already! LOL!  I did get ONE Christmas creation in though!!  I saw someone's creation over on a challenge blog and thought it was such a fabulous idea, I wanted to give it a try for myself:
I have had this adorable MFT Santa's Elves stamp set on my wish list for quite a while and I finally broke down and got it here last month and decided I needed to use it before the month of July came to a close! :)  Those elves just make me smile!

I have him colored in with my Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating dies along with the small present on the circle.  The scalloped circle comes from the MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX.  I used a border punch to punch out the top and layered a piece of Regal Rose card stock behind it and added a strip of gold metallic sticker. I also used my Corner Chomper to round the edges of the flap.   I heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set with white EP.

When you lift the top flap held down by the gift present circle to open it....
The top flap, flips over the elf image and then you pull down the other flap to see the gift card inside along with a special Christmas message.  Of course I don't have a Christmas gift card to put in there as of yet, but I just slid in my preferred customer card from Dick Blick to show the idea.  :)  I have a slit punch that makes those handy little gift card notches for me and this was the perfect place to use it with.  I give out gift cards and cash every year, so I'm always looking for ways to use my crafting to create something to present it with.  I figure that I may not have taken much time in shopping for something, so hand crafting the way it's presented is something that I like to do.

I saw someone's adorable creation over at the Little Red Wagon challenge and thought it was such a cute idea, that I wanted to try it out too! :)  I had remembered that there was this card fold design and realized that I had previously saw it over at Splitcoaststampers.  So I used the Flap Fold Card Tutorial from over there and changed it into a Gift Card Holder on the inside of the card design. (You do not have to be a fan club member to see the tutorial, so if you want to make one, click on the tutorial link to see how to do it.)

And here's a closer look at that adorable elf again:
I have used a white gel pen for the highlights and then taken a gold gel pen to color in the jingle bell at the end of his hat along with the bow on the gift box.

I used the colors pink and green because I will probably gift this to a female and pinks are close to the reds on the color wheel anyway.  I think it turned out super cute.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I love reading your comments and I will be sure to return the favor! :)  Hope you've enjoyed my Christmas in July today!  I will be back again later and be sharing some fun news coming up as well!!  Stay tuned!!


1.  Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July

2.  Challenge Up Your Life - Christmas in July

3.  Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

4.  Merry Monday - Christmas in July - past challenge catch up (see below)

I used challenge #179 (Pink, White & Green colors)

5.  Fab 'N' Funky - Anything Christmas

6.  Sweet Stampin' - Christmas in July

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Squeal, Oink, Hello!

Hello friends!
I've finally made it through to my last day of classes and camp! Yay!!
It was actually pretty fun to sit and make a card every day with these things in mind while making my cards!  I will finally have a few days spending to go blog hopping and hope to see what you're all up to!  I will then have to turn my attention to making sample creations for the BIG EVENT over at Splitcoaststampers coming up soon!  If you check out the top right side of blog, there is a blinkie advertising the up-coming "Dare to Get Dirty" 2016 Challenge Event!  This is a very special yearly and popular event on SCS they host for fan club members.  If you are a fan club member and would like to go, please print out this slip below, fill it out and give it to your spouse:
This event will be a week long event from Saturday July 30th through Saturday August 6th.  This is strictly for fan club members.  If you've not joined or let your membership slide, what're you waiting for?  Be inspired by the Dirty Dozen girls every month and participate in many other privileges that come along with it like the "Dare to Get Dirty" challenges!
CLICK HERE for more information about it!

I can't wait to start making up some creations to go with all of these really awesome challenges!  I will be hosting one of the challenges myself...and it's a GOOD ONE!! :)  Secrets are what I am full of lately!! LOL!!  I do hope to see as much of you there as possible!!

OK, so now onto my card for today:
Yes, I'm sure you've all seen this Oh so adorable stamp set from MFT called Hog Heaven!  I fell in love with it just like everyone else I've seen in blogland for sure!! LOL!!  I wasn't able to get the coordinating dies that go with it, but I've ordered them and they're actually on the way any time now.  Yay!  I still had so much fun breaking it out for this card!

So for the last day, Day 5, of camp create over at MFT, we were to make our own background with stamps.  I thought it would be so fun to combine several of the images within this same stamp set and stamp them randomly on my background.  I even included those cute pig words with it too!  I love the way the video for Day 5 camp create showed the background stamping over kraft card stock, colored with pencils and then outlined with a white gel pen.  I've never thought about doing that before, so I gave it a try and really liked the results with it.

I've also used the new MFT sketch for this week to help complete my card.  I masked the piggy and put him leaning over top of the tiny create and popped him up over the black strip that I've heat embossed the "hello" with white EP.  He was colored with Copics.  I cut my own fish tail ends for all of the strips.  I used the clouds from the Magical Unicorns set and then die cut them out with the coordinating dies to place around my little piggy.

The rectangle panel was sponged with some Ranger Tumbled Glass distress ink before adding all of the elements over it.  I popped up this panel over the kraft card front.  The colors of the banner strips are MFT Berrylicious and Tickled Pink.  (I thought they matched up with the design.)

Here's a closer look at the details of my background:
I forgot to mention that I've also taken a Wink of Stella glitter pen to add a bit of sparkle to the center of each of the flowers in the background.  You can sort of see it in the photo here.

I hope you've enjoyed my creations this week for the embossing class and MFT camp create classes that I've taken!  I sure had lots of fun with it!  :)

Thanks so much for dropping in and I'll be seeing you real soon my friends!!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Heat Embossed Masking

Hello friends!
We are now in the middle of the week already! Wow!
I especially want to thank you for your kind comments on my cards this week!  I promise that I have one more day to fill before the deadline misses and then I will be taking the time to stop by and visit your lovely creations that I know I've missed!

For today's card, I have used clear embossing powder as my mask to create a fun background that I could stamp and emboss over top of.  It's a really cool technique I've learned in class and wanted to be sure to try it out:
I honestly don't know what the heck I was thinking of with these colors when I did it, but I like how light and bright it turned out and so I decided not to trash it after all.  LOL!

For the masking portion of my card, I have heat embossed with clear embossing powder the MFT Roses All Over background stamp.  I used watercolor paper to do this so that I could use my Kuretake Gansi Tambi watercolor.  This is where I got this color combo pattern!  I saw that the yellow color didn't seem to show up with the white background image lines and I meant to grab a different color...it ended up being this blue color!! LOL!  That's OK...you can see where I have made the transition a bit more defined than blended.  It's a different look, but I think it turned out to be a happy design anyway.  The heat embossing lines of course resist the watercolor.

To "take off" the embossed image lines, I used my iron which melts it off and smooths out the design once again so that I could stamp the sentiment in which I created a shadow effect by stamping the black and then slightly off-setting the white heat embossed one over it.  You wouldn't be able to do this if the background was embossed which makes this really cool to mask with your stamps! :)

The sentiment came from the SSS STAMP-tember event this last year which was designed by MFT...I of course fell in love with it and had to have it!!  But it's not available any more.

I finished it off with some white silk ribbon and sequins.

Here's a closer view of the card:
As you can see yellow and blue make green, but I have tried to keep the lines of the watercolor a bit more defined on my design here.

I hope this helped brighten your day friend!! :)
Thanks for stopping in and checking it out!  I've got one more card to finish up with tomorrow so I'll be back again then!!



MFT Camp Create - Day 4 - Magnificent Masking
I earned this badge today:

Online Card Classes - Heat Wave - Day 3 (final day)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

One Layer Embossed Balloons

Hello friends!
I think this week and this Summer is going by really quickly now!  I even found some time to change up my blog really quickly yesterday afternoon and I think it helps bright things up a bit around here.  I was just ready for something different and this helped.  :)

I have another card to share for the classes I've been taking and this one had a bit of thought process behind it of how I wanted to do it.

I've done both inlaid dies and heat embossing for this one layer card:
Although this doesn't appear to be a one layer card, it is, but the heat embossing has given it so much dimension, so I will explain how I put it together:

I have taken a piece of white card stock and heat embossed the MFT Transparent Triangles background stamp with clear embossing powder.  I then used my distress inks to color over them with a rainbow color pattern.  The heat embossing resists the images when I go over them with ink.  I used this panel to cut out several of the MFT Balloon dies.

I took another piece of white card stock and laid out how I wanted to arrange my design.  I took the MFT Stitched Basic Edges dies to use a piece for the top right corner, I cut the balloons out as well.  After I die cut those, I took the MFT Happy Birthday sentiment die and cut out where I wanted that and saved the pieces I needed to fill it in with.

For the embossing, it looks like I die cut the sentiment out with metallic paper, but I have used Ranger Liquid Platinum to heat emboss the word die as well as the corner piece at the top.  When I heat embossed this corner piece, I have to do it twice so it took some of the stitching detail out of that piece.  In hindsight, I could've covered it again with embossing powder to completely remove the stitching details which may look better.  (Something to think about for later!)

So after everything was all die cut out, I used a thin piece of typing paper with adhesive fully covering it and then I placed all the pieces together on my design. This typing paper piece was then attached to an A2 sized top folding card base.

Afterwards, I wanted to add some balloon strings to my card, so I took my VersaMarker (Just like the VersaMark ink pad only in a marker form) and used it to draw some strings on my balloons and then took the Ranger Liquid Platinum EP to heat set it in.

Here is a closer look at all of the heat embossing and die cutting on my card:
Here you can see the heat embossing details better and how the dies were all inlaid into this white card front.  I think this would be a great birthday card to send to either a male or female and I am always in need of birthday cards, aren't you?  I love the feel of the embossing when I rub my hand across it! :)

Hope you've enjoyed my one layer card today and of course I will be back again tomorrow for another day of class projects!!  Thanks for dropping by friends!!


MFT Camp Create - Inlaid Made Easy badge I earned today:

Online Card Classes - Day 2 Heat Wave class

Monday, July 18, 2016

Snapshots in Paradise

Hello friends!
Thank you SO MUCH for your kind and lovely comments on my card yesterday!  I find that I have missed typing up a post to share and feel the MOJO slowly coming back to life a bit!   Sometimes you just need to step back and take a breath.  :)  I will get around to seeing what you've all been up to soon!

So continuing on with the MFT Camp Create session, I needed to make a card for Day 2 along with another card for Heat Wave Class.  I have been keeping both in mind when creating my cards.  I really hope to at least have one for each day for both places until the deadline ends of course! LOL!

Here's what I've come up with today:
I'm pretty sure one of my fave MFT sets is this Penguins in Paradise. (If you know me as a stamper, then you know I have a modest collection of penguins floating around in my stamp stash!)  I have also used the MFT die-namics Precious Polaroids to make the "snapshots" of this cool penguin chillin'.

For the Day 2 of Camp Create, we were to "Color on Kraft".  (I think you can just get away with any type of coloring for this.)  I have kept in mind my "Heat Wave" class when doing this, so I have used embossing where I learned a technique to color and then emboss over it after the coloring was finished.  I know that you can still use pencils through the embossing, but this isn't what I have done.  I colored each image on here with my Prismascolor Pencils and then heat embossed pigment black ink with clear embossing powder when I was done.  I love the crisp and clear results you get after doing this and I know I will be doing this again using Copic markers!  This time I wanted to break out my new pencils and color with them...it's something that I don't normally color with and it was great to use something else new from my stash and do something different as well.  It takes a bit more time to double stamp and color, but I really like the results with it.

Here's closer view so you can see the embossing details:
I have heat embossed the sentiment at the bottom with white EP and the sentiment on the Polaroid was done by inking with black pigment ink and clear EP heated over like I've done with the images.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!!
Hope you've enjoyed my "Snapshots in Paradise" creation! :)  Have a great day!


MFT Camp Create - I've earned this badge for Day 2 - Coloring On Kraft
 Heat Wave Online Card Classes - Day 1 (Coloring & Embossing)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Blowing Embossing Powder ALL OVER!

Hello friends!!
Wow!  It's been a while since I last posted!  Forgive my neglectful posting, I've just been busy with the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen DT stuff and haven't kept up with other things over on this end as much.  So I will try to balance things out a bit now that I think I may have a rhythm going with it.  :)
And if you are a fan club member over there,I do hope you will stop by to see the July theme "This Land is My Land" inspiration over there!  If you are a fan club member, CLICK HERE to see the gallery.  If you are not a fan club member, check it out by CLICKING HERE.  (You can't see the gallery unless you are a member.)

So I've been trying to keep up with all of the goings ons around blog land and haven't been very successful unfortunately except for a few classes and challenges that I knew I really wanted to participate in.  I had signed up and knew that I wanted to be doing these things a few months ago, so I will start my creations with all of that:

I have a couple of badges that I wanted to share before I got to my creation so you can see what I'm up to with my creations for this coming week:
First up is this really fun "Camp Create" that MFT is putting on.  This is actually their second week of it and I totally have missed out on the first one and wanted to make sure that I've played along with this one.  So here's my "participation" badge for that:

I am also participating in the OnlineCardClasses Heat Wave class because I really enjoy heat embossing and really don't use it enough on my creations...so I wanted to "relearn" and also see some new cool stuff that I could use as well.  So here's my class badge for that:

I know it's funny how when you've been doing this for so long, you sometimes forget about certain techniques or revisiting something old gives you the opportunity to build on your knowledge and pick up a few extra tips along the way that you may not have caught the first time.  There's never anything wrong with taking a class on something you're already familiar with because sometimes I find it was "just what I needed" to get me being creative and inspired again.

So for my card today, I have been inspired by SEVERAL things:
I had so much fun figuring this out and how I wanted it to go together.  First, the colors were inspired by the My Favorite Things color challenge going on and I've also incorporated the sketch challenge with it as well.  (You can see the colors and sketch below.)  I changed the sketch slightly by adding TEN strips of colored card-stock behind the candles because MFT also has a special "10 year" challenge going on where you have to use 10 of something on your card design.  I have chosen to use the 10 strips of card stock for mine.  :)

The only ink that I have used for this card is VersaMark & Midnight.  I have embossed the background with clear embossing powder using the MFT Transparent Triangles Background stamp.  I wanted something for the background rather than leaving it white, so I've completely clear embossed it for a bit of texture.  I've also clear embossed the stamped candles from the MFT card kit  (sold out) and then I die cut them out to place over the strips.  I have also embossed the candle flames with Ranger Enchanted Gold EP.  It has a bit of sparkle with it and it's so very pretty!  I stamped the sentiment from the card kit set and made my own banner to pop up over the candles.   SO YES...I HAD BEEN BLOWING EMBOSSING POWDER ALL OVER TODAY!! LOL!  I tend to get pretty messy when I use it...no matter how careful I try to be!!

I have also used some of the Midnight card-stock for the background layer for my card strips.  I mounted onto the clear triangle background card base and added some stitched die cut circles from the MFT Die-namics Stitched Circle STAX and attached them on the card base along with some clear sequins.  I finished it out with a white ribbon bow in the center candle.

Here's a closer view of the embossing:
Sometimes I find it hard to capture all of the details in my creations with a straight on view of it, so having a closer detailed photograph gives you a perspective that you wouldn't be able to see unless you were holding it in person.  :)

So I only have a few days left to get all of my creations done on time with the deadlines.  Of course I will be running in at the last bit of time doing my creations!  :)  So over the next several days I will be sharing creations every day and I hope you will stop by and check it out!!

Hope you've enjoyed my creation today!
THANKS SO MUCH for dropping in and being patient with my postings!
See you again tomorrow!



1.  MFT Camp Create: "Fantastic Foiling" badge (I used heat embossing and hope that will count as my shinny item for this badge.)
2.  MFT Sketch Challenge (MFTWSC289)

4.  MFT 10th Birthday Celebration - 10 of something (I used 10 strips of card-stock)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Ice Cream Row and Party Pig

Hello friends!
Wow, can't believe it's been almost a week since my last post!  Time is clearly not on my side for this week!  I had actually wanted to participate in a challenge for one of these cards that I've made today and the other card was supposed to be for a sweet birthday girl turning 21, but I JUST finished these and wasn't able to accomplish either one of these tasks! sigh....

None-the-less, I've had the "pieces" laid out on my table all week and was not going to move on until I finished up these cards!  I'm actually glad that I had some time to work on something today, because I really needed some quite time coloring therapy!  It's just been "one of those weeks"...sigh...

OK..enough with the sighs, here's my cards:
I think this image just screams "YUMMY!"  It was so fun to color too!  This image was actually the "Stamp of the Month" over at the From the Heart blog and I've actually missed out on the darn challenge!  That's totally fine because I really like this set and I'm sure the next one coming out will be just as fun to color and hopefully I can catch that one.  But this set is called Ice Cream Lineup and it has lots of really cute sentiments to go along with it as well.  There are lots of opportunities to really "bling" it up if you wanted to.  I've added some glitter paper behind my stitched die cut image panel and added some silver metallic twine with it and popped it up over my white card base.

Here's a closer look at the ice cream:
After I finished coloring the image, I've covered the ice cream with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.  I've also added some glossy accents to the cherry on top.

And so for my second card, this one was supposed to be for a sweet girl I know that turned 21 and she really loves animals.  There is a little cute joke about pigs with her to the point that she actually now has a small collection of pig items.  So of course I had to use a pig image for my card:
I found this really adorable pig image set at From the Heart called "Hamlet PigWit Cold Suds".  I used a sentiment from this set and then I also took the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from another FTH set that I can't find right now, but I think it's a Bird Brain set?  I took the balloon image from the Photo Ham PigWit digital set to use on my card as well.  I have paper pieced some of the balloons along with parts of the pig's party hat too.  For the single balloon along the left side, I just cut off a balloon from the bunch that I used for paper piecing and drew a string with a black marker for it.

I wanted the pig and balloons to look like they are both behind and in front of the frame, so I just took a MFT stitched square frame die and cut it out from some of the same design papers that I used on the balloons.  I took some foam tape and popped up the frame over top of the colored pig and balloon image.  I then took the party hat, beer mug and a couple of the balloons and popped them up over top of the frame so it looked like they were in front of the frame.  I think it makes it look like the pig is handing you over a drink through the frame window.  :)

Here's a closer look at the dimension:
For the beer that the pig is holding, I have used some liquid applique and heated it up to make it "puffy" to resemble a foamy beer.

I just finished off the card with some stitch lines at the top that I drew on with my black marker and mounted the image panel onto a piece of black card stock which was then layered onto an A2 sized white card base.  Lastly I finished it with some sequins to match the colors from the papers.

I hope you've enjoyed my creations today and thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!


1.  CASology - Row

2  Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes for July

3.  Naughty or Nice - Anything Goes

1.  i {heart} Sketches - paper piecing twist & sketch
2.  ATSM -  HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY!!!!

3.  Just Add Ink - "Just Add 'S'..." (I used Stitching, Sequins, Suds, & Sparkle)
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