Mermaid Kisses, Starfish Wishes

Hi all!  I’m keeping up with The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge and this time, I am trying to actually make cards with my colored images.  I gave away a lot of my stash of cards, so now I’m hoping to get it built back up.

Today I have a shaker card with minimal bulk.

Mermaid Shaker

I love these little mermaids from Love, Cynthia.  Just Keep Swimming has three mermaids, some sweet sea life friends and sentiments.  This was actually two days worth of coloring for the coloring challenge.  First, I created my background.  I used the Dainty Scallop Cover Up from MFT (retired — a MASSIVE amount of my stash is now retired!) and created a stencil.  I watercolored the scallops with my lone two Distress Oxide Inks — Wilted Violet and Broken China.IMG_4158

The next day, I stamped a pair of mermaids and some sea friends in VersaFine Onyx and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I used my Distress Oxide Inks to color the mermaids and some Zig Clean Color Markers to color the sea friends.  I fussy cut them out and started on a shaker card.  I knew I wanted to do this with minimal bulk.

I cut my window with the largest Stitched Rectangle Frame die {NOT retired!}.  I selected Stardream Metallic cardstock that I’ve had in my stash since we were planning our wedding in 2004! I believe the color is Kunzite, which is a really soft and pretty purple.  I added a piece of overhead transparency to the back of my frame die cut.  To make everything match up perfectly, I used the frame from Blueprints 13 to cut my watercolored scallop background.  I glued my background to a card base of the same color.

Ages ago, I won a jar of decorative confetti bits at a shoebox swap.  You know how you can get sprinkles for your ice cream in a divided jar?  Well, this is confetti bits — with loads of warnings that it is NOT food printed all over it.  It contains stars, hearts, stars & moons, and bitty flowers.  I’ve used it a few times, but there are enough sprinkles in there for a load of shaker cards!  I poured some of the hearts onto my background.  Then I added scor-tape on the inside of my frame.  Given that all of my shaker bits were in the center, I should have been able to just glue it down, no problem.  NOPE!  Somehow a bunch of those little buggers got onto the adhesive before it was completely flat.  So I just added more scor-tape to those areas and pressed down firmly.

I then added my mermaids and sea friends to the front of the card.  I wasn’t about to stamp on the transparency and didn’t want to add a sentiment strip.  So I stamped Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes on a panel for the inside.  I can say that embossing on the Stardream Metallic is not 100% — things can get a bit dodgy there.

Mermaid Shaker Shaking

There you have it!  A sweet shaker card!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

 

Challenge Submissions

Die Cuttin’ Divas — #334 3D, Shaker or Shaped card

My Time to Craft — #354 Under the Sea 

 

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CAS Monarchs

Hi all!  Today I have a card I made into a set of notecards for my cousin (little sister, really) who unexpectantly lost her mom in July.  Her mom loved butterflies, specifically monarchs, so I made her a set of these to send to special family members.

Erin's Monarchs

I went very CAS for these cards.  Using the MFT Flutter of Butterflies – Lace, I created her monarchs.  I cut the largest butterfly in three different colors to create the monarch.  I glued each butterfly to a Pierced Rectangle STAX die cut (retired) and then popped in each of the orange pieces.  I popped that panel up on some fun foam and onto a white card base.  I asked if she wanted a sentiment on the card and she said no, so I left it blank.  Finally, I went to town with a white gel pen to add the dots and added a touch of sparkle with some Wink of Stella.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

AAA Cards CAS Challenges — #98 Creatures Great or Small

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

 

You Crushed It

Hi again!  Today I’m back with another card — I’m impressing myself greatly by the streak and roll I’m on HA!  My husband and I are tennis fans and have been watching a lot of the US Open this week.  I’ve been so impressed by the US ladies and Sloane Stephens was phenomenal.  A great comeback story and an incredibly talented, gracious and beautiful young woman {her smile can light up Arthur Ashe!}.

So my coloring today was inspired by her win in the US Open final.

Ala Sloane

I pulled out an old Ala Mode from MFT Stamps, I’ve Met My Match.  I decided to try Kathy Rac’s watercoloring with Distress Inks.   I’ve watercolored with dye inks before, but never really thought to use them on a people image.   I had to blend quite a few colors to get to the tones I wanted, but I’m pretty happy with this.  The sketch is the current Tuesday Morning Sketch sketch (#419).  I added a sentiment from MFT’s Soda Pop set.

TMS #419

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

One Special Person…

Hi all!  I’m excited to have a card for the latest MFT Card Challenge sketch again!  Two weeks in a row!!

MFTWSC349 EC Ski Anniversary

A very special couple is celebrating their anniversary this weekend.  This quote from Rita Rudner {CS About Anniversaries – retired} is perfect for them! I stamped the Romantic Script Background stamp in Grout Gray on a piece of white cardstock, cut with Blueprints 13.  I cut two Pierced Traditional Tag STAX {retired} from Smokey Shadow and Soft Stone {PTI} and stamped the Rita Rudner quote in Steel Grey.  I then cut three small Pierced Fishtail Flags {also retired}.  A trio of little rhinestones and pearls finished it off, keeping it rather simple for mailing.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

 

Challenge Entries:

MFT Card Challenges — MFTWSC349

Aud Sentiments Challenge — #188 Anything Goes + Sentiment

LOVE Always Wins

Hi all!  It’s been a very long time since I participated in one of the weekly MFT sketch challenges.   Today was as good as any to put together a card for the current challenge.

MFTWSC348 Love Always Wins

I used Distress Inks to blend up a rainbow background on Bristol cardstock.  I cut it out with a Vertical Stitched Strips die {retired} and cut an additional panel with a Horizontal Stitched Strip die {retired}.  The rainbow panel is glued down to a Blueprints 13 frame.  On the Horizontal Stitched Strip panel, I stamped a sentiment from the Xs and Os card kit stamp set in VersaFine Onyx ink.  The sentiment was then embossed with clear embossing powder.   For my rainbow panel, I glued four tic tac toe boards together to get a bit of dimension.  I cut a bunch of hearts from the remainder of the rainbow panel and doubled up the ones within the board.  Finally, I added in a trio outside of the board to finish it off.  All of that is glued down to a Grout Gray card base.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon (and with some regularity!).

~Cammy

Wishing You a Magical Day

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Hi all!  Did you experience the Solar Eclipse yesterday?  My family and I went to Missouri to view it.  It was truly an awesome experience.

TGF YNS Magical Rainbow Dash Watercolor

I used my Zig Clear Color Brush Markers to create the background and I loved how that turned out.  Then I used an MFT stencil and some glittered embossing powder over the top and that is where the wheels kind of came off.  I wasn’t thrilled with how that turned out and I had a few gaps in the embossing powder.  However, after leaving it sit for a number of days, I finally came up with a plan.  I had colored up a bunch of The Greeting Farm unicorns a few months ago.  My Rainbow Dash inspired pony worked perfectly here. I cut her out with a Stitched Circle STAX die and cut my watercolored background panel with Blueprints 13.  I used a generous amount of dimensionals to pop up Rainbow Dash in the center of that stencil.  The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp’s Magical Ponies.  I embossed it on Black Licorice cardstock and hand cut it to fit under Rainbow Dash.  Since there is a load of sparkle in the stenciling, there wasn’t really a need to add additional embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

Challenge Submissions:

Unicorn Challenge — August: Mythical & Magical

 

A NYC Rainbow Hello

RBW_participant

Hi all!  I’m back again with another card for the Rainbow Maker Online Card Class.  It’s another CAS card, created with scraps of paper and die cut.

NYC Rainbow Hello

My papers are all Recollection colors.  I did a major organization binge — details of that will come later — and had lots of strips leftover.  I glued them down and then cut the NYC skyline {MFT Stamps – retired} from that piece.   I then cut a hello, also from that rainbow piece and mounted that on a black hello base.  {Top Dog Dies – Hello, retired}  Finally, I added in some sparkly sequins and that was it!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy