FTHS Snow Girl Shaker

Hi all!  Happy Wednesday!  I’m back today with a sweet shaker card!  I recently decided to get the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool.  I had a few tips and tricks for making shaker cards, but I was never 100% thrilled with the amount of foam tape or fun foam needed to get the amount of dimension needed for the shaker.  So I decided to give the Fuse a try and so far, I like it!

Here’s my card today for the mid-week inspiration at From the Heart Stamps.

Love this little sweet Snow Girl image!  Before printing, I added one of the sentiments under her snow pile.  Then, I printed and colored her with Copics, emphasizing a fun pink and green color combo.  Then I embossed a piece of Neenah Solar Crest white with the Swiss Dots embossing folder – this has always been a favorite of mine.  Then I cut a window using Stitched Arch STAX from MFT.  Next up was creating my shaker pocket.  I’m using some old page protectors for my shakers currently and they work great.  I used a square die to create my pocket and then filled it with some micro beads, sequins and glitter (I don’t recommend the glitter; it sticks a bit too much and didn’t move as nicely as I’d hoped.)  I don’t have a video making the pocket, but I do have a video of the completed pocket, however, Blogger wasn’t cooperating with uploading it.  I do have it posted on Instagram, if you’d like to see it.  {@pinkroomtherapy}

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Make sure you check out the other fantastic design team projects over at the From the Heart Stamps blog!

Challenge Submissions
Pile It On — #98 Anything Christmas/Winter
Morgan’s Art World — Non-Traditional Christmas Cards
A Snowflake’s Promise – Winter or Christmas
Try It On Tuesdays – Snow, Snowflakes, Winter Whites
Unicorn Challenge — #4 Winter Time

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Joy – A Completely Flat Shaker!

Hi all!  I recently decided to purchase the We R Memory Keeper’s Fuse Tool.  My rationale was that I could save money in the long run by not purchasing so much foam tape.  I’ve used it a handful of times so far and really like it.  My card today is a completely flat shaker card, which makes me really happy!

I kept this really simple, but boy does it pack a punch!  First, I cut Nightshift Blue with Blueprints 13 {I swear, my cards are naked if I don’t do this first!}  Then I cut it with the Christmas Tree Cutout die — I did have to tape it down with a bit of washi to prevent it from moving.  Next up was to stamp my star at the top — I used Delicata Golden Glitz, but didn’t emboss it.  Then I created my shaker pocket. I’ve been using page protectors, which are working great.  I filled it with some fun sequins, including some that are shaped like old fashioned Christmas lights. 

I glued my completed pocket to the back of my Nightshift Blue.  I kept the tree trunk closed off so that the pocket would fit perfectly along the bottom.  I then glued down my panel directly to my card base.  No foam tape – only my double sided tape.  Then I added a bit of joy in gold.  I love that this is a perfectly mailable shaker card without requiring a padded envelope or anything else!


Challenge Submissions
Eclectic Eliapu – Purple Team – Cards to Die For (1 or more die)
Pile It On — Anything Christmas/Winter
Avenue 613 – Anything Goes
Crafter’s Cafe – #138 Diecuts or Punches 

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FTHS#128 Deck the Halls

Hi all!  Happy Thanksgiving week!  I can’t believe we are already at Thanksgiving!  I used to be really strict about absolutely nothing Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I must admit to loosening up on that rule quite a bit – I don’t have decorations up (unless you count my USB Christmas tree and lights that are around my computer), but I have listened to a bit of Christmas music so far.  It’s hard not to be going for it when you are coloring Christmas images!

So for today’s new sketch at From the Heart/I {heart} Sketches, I used the November Stamp of the Month image, Deck the Halls Birdbrain.  This image just makes me giggle!  Have you seen the IKEA sale commercial with the lady running out of the store, arms full of stuff and yelling “Start the car!  Start the car!”?  This reminds me of that! Deck the Halls!

The twist of this week’s sketch is to use your favorite color. With seeing the sketch, I knew it would be shades of pink and I knew I would use my Vertical Stitched Strip dies. When I colored up my Birdbrain, I opted for warm gray Copic markers instead of my usual cool gray.  I love how it turned out!  She has a handful of pink ornaments.  Before printing my image, I added in one of the sentiments directly underneath.  She’s cut out with a Stitched Circle STAX die.

Hope you’ll find time to play along with us this week at From the Heart & I {heart} sketches!  Hope you have a lovely holiday with your families this week!

Challenge Submissions
Alphabet Challenge — T is Tis the Season
Fairy Tale Challenge — Christmas without Red or Green

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FTHS You’re My Bestie

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with another new sketch from I {heart} sketches.  I love this clean and simple sketch! The twist is to have lots of white space and add your color with embellishments.

My kids love watching the classic Rudolph and they love the Abominable Snowman.  That is who I immediately thought of when Faith released this cutie, Yeti.  He was perfect for this week’s sketch and the twist.  I colored him up with some cool gray and blues and then cut him out with a Pierced Rectangle STAX die.  I popped I’m up on another panel of white card stock, of course, cut with Blueprints 13.  My card base is my favorite neutral – Grout Gray from MFT.  To add in a bit more color, I added four small blue rhinestones.  Inside I added in the “You’re my bestie” sentiment.

Hope you’ll play along with us this week!  Make sure you check out the From the Heart Stamps blog to see what my fellow design team members have done with this sketch!

Challenge Submissions

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Peace

 Hi all!  I’m excited to be a guest designer for the Unicorn Challenge Blog today.  They are a new monthly challenge blog.  Their theme for this month’s challenge is Christmas – easy peasy, right?

For my card, I pulled out some shiny silver designer paper and lots of MFT die-namics.  I cut a panel with the Snowflake Fusion cover plate.  I absolutely love this cover plate.  It is so elegant and pretty.  I do recommend using a metal shim plate with your die cutting machine and this die.  It gives you a better all the way through cut.  I also cut  peace from the silver as well.  Nightshift Blue is such a pretty navy and it works really well with silver.  I cut my card base, as well as a Rectangle Frame  and a Horizontal Stitched Strip, all from Nightshift Blue. I love the new Stitched Cover Up Companions from MFT, but they aren’t in my budget right now, so I created the same feel with this. To finish the card off, I added in a few rhinestones (which would be like a Where’s Waldo? game because they blend in very well!) It’s a very simple, but elegant card.  It doesn’t weigh a lot and is pretty flat (save those few rhinestones), which makes it perfect for Christmas card mailing!

Thank you to the Unicorn Challenge Blog for having me!  Make sure you check out their challenge blog!

Challenge Submissions
Inkspirational Challenges — Anything Goes with Silver

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MFTWSC253 Merry and Bright

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Hi all!  Happy Saturday!  I had some additional crafty time yesterday afternoon and I was able to put together a card for the current MFT Card Challenges sketch.

If you visit my blog regularly, you know that I don’t do random well.  I can agonize over the placement of sequins — it’s craziness!  This week’s MFT sketch helps the random challenged!  Instead of stars, I opted to use snowflakes.  I cut multiple flakes out of a shiny silver paper (remnants from a 12×12 Christmas pad) with the Let It Snowflake dies. For my background, I cut a piece of watercolor paper with the Blueprints 13 frame.  I then used my SAI watercolor markers to create my background.  I went for complete saturation with the background, looking for a pretty night sky.  After drying out my panel a bit, I stamped merry and bright  from Hand Lettered Holiday in VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder.  My card base is a silvery/gray from Curious Metallic.  To finish it off, I added in some rhinestones {where they were randomly assigned LOL!}.

Challenge Submissions
Fantasy Stampers Challenge — Winter Wonderland
MFT Card Challenges — MFTWSC253
Crafty Catz – Winter

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FTHS – November Blog Hop

Hi all! Welcome to our November From the Heart Stamps blog hop.  We have a CAS and Over the Top theme this month.  Our designers are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects.

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog.  One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.

If you have arrived from Calypso’s blog, you are in the right place.  If not, why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog so you don’t miss anything.

First up is my CAS project, using the Blowing Kisses image.

To say that I made a CAS card would be an understatement here!  I went über-CAS.  I colored my sweet snowman with Copics and cut it out with Blueprints 13 from MFT.  The card base is Plum Pudding from PTI.  Because I didn’t plan for a sentiment when I printed my image, I opted to use a stamped sentiment from a retired MFT ala mode stamp set.  There is just a tiny touch of sparkle with some Stickles to his feet and arms.  I love how this turned out and could see making these for holiday cards.  
Next up is my over the top project, again using the Blowing Kisses image.
For my over the top card, I again went with a purple palette.  For my layout, I used a sketch from Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog.  The papers are from an old pack of Recollections Bright & Basics pad.  My snowman is again colored with Copics and cut out with a Pierced Rectangle STAX die (MFT).  The sentiment is from this sweet set.  After printing it, I cut it out with a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX (MFT) and then flipped the die around and cut again to give the double flag effect.  Before layering on my image, I added in some pretty lilac colored ribbon that has just the tiniest bit of sparkle along the edge.  I popped up my image panel with dimensionals and then popped up the sentiment panel as well.  I tied a bow, added some Stickles and two sequin trios.  
Now head over to Doni’s blog and see what she has created.  
Thanks for hopping with us today.  The hop will end on Monday, November 9th at 6 AM EST.  Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday, November 11th.

Challenge Submissions
Addicted to Stamps and More — Clean and Simple (1st card)
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog  – November challenge
ABC Christmas Challenge — V is for very cute
Crafty Ribbons Challenge — #133 Monochrome (2nd card)
Time Out Challenges — Christmas with optional twist of purple or pink

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