FTHS September Blog Hop

Hi all!   Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. We have a Random Image Theme this month. Our designers are each showing a project created with an image that was randomly assigned from the store.

If you have arrived from Brenda, 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.

Here is my project, using Great Pumpkin Birdbrains.

FTHS Welcome Fall Sept Hop

When I received my image, I was sweltering away with real feel temperatures of 105-110 degrees.  I was dreaming of fall and fall temperatures!  My time was limited so needed to do something quick and easy.  I printed my Birdbrains and cut them out with the Blueprints 13 frame.  I left my card stock in the frame, grabbed some Distress Ink and a blending tool and another printout of the image.  I fussy cut the second copy and used a piece of washi tape to secure it over the top.  I blended my sky and grass, then removed the mask and colored my image.  I then popped it out of the frame and loved the crispness of the border.  Finally, I cut one of the sentiments out using a Sentiment Strip die, popped it up on dimensionals and added some rhinestones.  Quick & easy!  (Really, I think I spent 15 minutes!)

Now head over to Doni and see what she has created.

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Hope to see you again soon!



MFTWSC249 Happy Fall

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with a quick post for this week’s MFTWSC sketch.  I’m doing a card swap with three dear crafty friends and this will be my card for the swap. {So, if any of you three are seeing this, look away to be surprised!}

I colored up the Sweetest Pumpkin in the Patch Ala Mode from MFT as part of The Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge (3rd installment!).  I love how this turned out.  I paired it up with the current MFTWSC sketch, which worked perfectly for a pretty CAS card.  I pulled out some old Halloween papers and cut that down for my front panel.  Then Added in some sparkly purple ribbon, which is actually quite thin so it doesn’t add a lot of bulk.  My ala mode is cut out with a Pierced Rectangle STAX die and popped up on a full piece of Fun Foam.  I finished it off with two trios of sequins in each corner {the glue likely isn’t even dry in this photo!}.

Challenge Submissions
Card Challenges — MFTWSC249
Come and Get It — Happy Fall Y’all
Classy Cards ‘n Such — Colors of Fall

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From the Heart Stamps — Meet the Design Team Blog Hop

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Hi all!  Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop.  We have a Meet the Design Team theme this month.  Our designers are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects and telling us a bit about themselves too!

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.  And additionally, we will have a game with some prizes on the FTHS blog!

Before we get to my project, here are a few bits about me.

What is your favorite coloring technique?
I definitely love my Copic markers, but I also like to play a bit with Gelatos, watercoloring with dye inks and watercolor markers.

What is your favorite category of images in the FTHS store?
It most definitely is the Project 100 Snowmen.  Absolutely adore them! I expect lots of snowmen cards!

What emoji do you use most often?
I’d have to say it is the winking emoji with the blushing cheeks.  Or the simple hearts when I’m texting my husband.

Describe your crafting space.
I’m fortunate enough to have an entire room — it leads to our 3 seasons room in our house so it can’t be used well as a bedroom, so I use it as a craft room.  It is, of course, pink!

Back to the blog hop, 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.  Now on to my project, featuring Candy Run.

This is about the only way that I like mice — cute drawn ones!  I was inspired by a jar of jumbo glitter I purchased from Michaels and decided to make a shaker card.

Here’s a few of my current tips & tricks for shaker cards.

When making shaker cards, I always forget to make sure that the shaker bits don’t stick to the adhesive or acetate.  I keep dryer sheets, baby powder and q-tips on hand to remove a bit of this possibility. {If you look closely at my card today, you’ll see that I remembered this AFTER adding in the confetti!}

Another shaker card solution is for the dimension.  I have taken to using fun foam, when possible, to add the depth needed.  For my card today, I have four layers of fun foam on there!

This is pre-filling of the card.  Since I was using a die to cut the frame, I just cut 4 black rings from fun foam.

And here it is, filled and shaken.

 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, October 5th at 6 AM EST.  Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday, October 7th.

Candy Run: From the Heart Stamps Candy Run, MFT Stitched Circle Frames and Blueprints 14 die-namics, PTI True Black, MFT Orange Fizz, Neenah Solar Crest White, Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium, twine, ArtMinds Halloween Jumbo Glitter, acetate, fun foam

Challenge Submissions
Crafty Creations Challenges — Falling for You
Retarte – Anything Goes with a Halloween twist

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Zombie Happy Meal

Hi all!  I’m here to sneak in one last Halloween project.  As I mentioned, I have been teaching a class at my kiddos’ school for the PTA enrichment program after school.  I based my class in paper crafting, obviously, and used the Envelope Punch Board as an additional basis.  This was a super fun project we made.  I found this awesome tutorial for a Happy Meal Box on youtube.

So I created my Happy Meal with some old Stampin’ Up paper. You’d want a decent weight paper to create a sturdy box.

After creating my box, I stamped a panel with Sweet Stamp Shop Zombies.  I kept the panel simple because it was going to be the inspiration for 9 year olds.  I colored my zombies with Copics and then sponged some Distress ink over the top to dirty them up.  My zombie girl has a spider on her head, which is quite fancy with a rhinestone body.

Inside the box, the zombie fingers and cracker fit quite nicely.  I had intended to put in a hamburger box with something, but it didn’t fit, amongst other issues (what to put in the box, box construction).

The “fries” are zombie fingers, which I cut with my Cameo.  I used different colors of Bazzill papers from Michaels for the fingers — they had the nice texture to them, which added to the fingers.

The fingers had a box to hold them up and we put a roll of Smarties in each finger.

Finally, the cracker was filled with Zombie Kisses.  I recently discovered Jaded Blossom stamps and absolutely love the candy stamps.  Super fun!

Challenge Submissions
Karleigh Sue Challenge Blog — #2 Halloween theme 
The Crafting Cafe — Not a Card

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

HYCCT1406 Hugs & Kisses Bear

Hi all!  It is a cold, dreary and rainy first day of November here.  I’m so happy that it was not like this yesterday for trick or treating.  We all had fun — it was great to dress up together as a family.  We had 14 kids and Professor McGonagall (me) attempted to keep them in line {Other parents were there and also helped, but they said it was hard not to listen to me in my costume! LOL!}– we said they had to be counted to 14 before they could go on to the next house and this was not always the easiest thing to do.  Here’s a group shot of Harry, Hermione and Professor McGonagall fighting off the dementor (my husband).

Since the weather is dreary and we are all recovering from lots of Halloween festivities, I’m planning to spend the day in my craft room, catching up on my HYCCT challenges.  Yesterday was the last day and I have 7 challenges to complete.

My card today is for HYCCT1406, which was Lee’s challenge to use a bear on your card.  The Ribbon Bear from Bugaboo Stamps was perfect for this challenge.  I colored him with Copics and cut it out with a Stitched Circle STAX.  I wanted to keep it quite CAS, so I just added a background of washi tape.  The sentiment is from PTI’s Healing Touch Sentiments.

Challenge Submissions
Catch the Bug — November Anything Goes
Sweet Pea Stampers — Think Pink

Hugs & Kisses Bear: Bugaboo Stamps Ribbon Bear – Holding, PTI Healing Touch Sentiments, Stamper’s Select, Stitched Circle STAX, washi

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MFTWSC195 Happy Haunting

Hi all!  Happy Sunday!  A quick post as I’m doing this between football commercials!  I have my weekly MFTWSC card today.

The other week, I was lucky enough to win the Spooky Sentiments set from Amy Rohl’s blog.  I finally inked it up today.

Background stamps to the rescue again!  Since I don’t have the Blueprints 18  to create the diagonals, I cut my white card stock to 4 x 5.25 and inked it up with the Confetti Background stamp using Only Orange and Grape Jelly.  Then I cut it at the angle I wanted.  I created a grid with my Pinstripe Background on a piece of scrap paper.  I then used the bottom portion of my confetti piece to cut the grid on the angle I needed.

For my sentiment, I stamped the Happy Haunting sentiment and cut it out with a Stitched Circle.  I popped that up on a double circle of Grape Jelly and Orange Fizz.  Some stitched ribbon and a little bat completed this fun Halloween card.

Challenge Submissions
Crafting When We Can — No Designer Papers
Pile It On — The Witching Hour/Halloween
The Corrosive Challenge — Halloween Colors

Happy Haunting: MFT Spooky Sentimetns, Grape Jelly card stock & dye ink, Stitched Circles STAX, Circles STAX, Confetti Background, Pinstripe Background; SU Only Orange, PTI Stampers Select white, black card stock, ribbon, bat

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Dorothy Wants Her Dog Back…

Good Morning!  We have a fun photo inspiration for you today over at Catch the Bug.  You can pull whatever you like from this photo for your card – colors, theme, etc.  Oh, and before we get to the eye candy, Jodie is offering Halloween/Fall images at 50% off through October 31st.

 I chose to use Stella Witch – Dorothy for my card, pulling lots of the green and black from the photo.

I used Simply Chartreuse and Black, as well as designer papers from Recollections Halloween.  The bottom piece is printed with spiderwebs and also embossed with the Cuttlebug Spiderweb folder.  I kept Stella quite simple and added in sparkle by way of Glitter Dots, the sheer black sparkly ribbon and a sparkly cobweb from Recollections.

Hope you’ll join us this week.  You have the chance to win up to 7 free images from the Bugaboo Stamps store, if you use a Bugaboo image.

Challenge Submissions
The Sisterhood of Crafters — Trick or Treat, it’s Halloween
My Mum’s Craft Shop Challenges — #29 Halloween
For Fun Challenges — Halloween

Dorothy Wants Her Dog Back…
Stamps: Bugabgoo Stamps Stella Witch – Dorothy
Paper: Basic Black, Simply Chartreuse, white, Recollections Halloween pack
Other Stuff: Glitter Dots, Recollections sparkly spider web embellishment, ribbon, Cuttlebug Spiderweb floder

Thanks so much for stopping by today!