MFTWSC260 You Keep Me Anchored

Hi all!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday with your family!  We had a lovely and quiet day at home.  The weather is unbelievably mild lately and the kiddos received scooters (the manual, use your feet kind) from Santa and they were able to use them outside.  I had a few crafty things on my wish list, as usual, but here’s the funny thing.  My husband shopped from an old list and luckily purchased something that I hadn’t bought in the meantime.  LOL!  My kiddos are getting to the age where they want to shop and pick out gifts on their own.  My son picked out the VersaFine Onyx ink pad I had on my list (new one, LOL) and the Let’s Get Nautical dies from MFT.  My husband gave me the coordinating Go Overboard stamp set.

Yesterday I got a little crafty time in and played along with the current MFT Card Challenge sketch.  I broke in my new stamps and dies right away.

I brought out my MISTI to stamp the anchor background in Electric Red.  To trim that piece out, I added in a touch of silver.  Then I cut two Stitched Circles from Black Licorice and two anchors – one from Electric Red and the other from a scrap of silver diagonally striped paper.  My black circles are popped up on dimensionals.  I glued down the anchors and applied Glossy Accents.  For my sentiment, I stamped it with my new VersaFine Onyx ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. {Um, so much better than black embossing powder on Versamark!}  Then I cut it with a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX, doubling it up to create the double edge.

Challenge Submissions
MFT Card Challenges — MFTWSC260
Allsorts — Anything but Christmas
Inspirational Challenges — Bah Humbug Anything But Christmas

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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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MFTWSC250 You & Me

Hi all! Happy Saturday! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! Yesterday was our 11th wedding anniversary. We always try to do a small gift within the modern or traditional gift vein. For the 11th, the choices were steel or fashion jewelry. Of course, I said MFT die-namics are steel! LOL! We didn’t do our gift exchange yet so we shall see what he decided on — he doesn’t like to buy me craft supplies. I got him a steel “keep cool” beer mug and filled it with root beer Jelly Belly’s. I may have stolen a few!

Today I have the card I made for him (this morning — talk about being behind!) I was a bit stumped by this week’s MFTWSC sketch, but I think I figured it out.

I pulled out lots of MFT goodies to make this card. I inked up the Lace Background stamp with Delicata Gold ink and stamped on to Vintage Cream card stock (PTI). I did heat set the ink a bit since I was under a time constraint. I then inked up another piece of Vintage Cream with the Romantic Script background in Steel Grey. Using my MISTI for both of these background made for easy stamping. After cutting a Pierced Circle from Vintage Cream, I stamped the You and Me from Always & Forever in Versamark and embossed it with black embossing powder. Amazingly, I remembered to use my embossing buddy before stamping. I never remember that! I cut a small ampersand from gold cardstock (I think this is the gold shine card stock in the MFT store.) I then cut a Sentiment Strip from Vintage Cream and stamped again with Delicata the Happy Anniversary from Clearly Sentimental about Anniversaries. Finally, I popped up my circle and the sentiment strip with some dimensionals and added a trio of gold sequins.

Challenge Submissions
Card Challenges — MFTWSC250
Crafty Catz – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede Challenge — #161 Make Your Own Background

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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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MFTWSC246 Hello

Hi all!  Happy Thursday!  I have my second card for the MFT Card Design Superstar contest today.  I wish I would have had more opportunity or a more cooperative mojo to create more cards (entry limit of 5!), but I’m really happy with the two I did create.   I combined it with the current MFTWSC sketch challenge.  It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in the sketch challenge!

When I sat down to make my flamingo card, I colored an additional half of watercolor paper with the same colors of Gelatos and cut it out with the Floral Fushion Cover Up die.  I wasn’t sure where I was going with that for a design, so I just set it to the side.  When yesterday’s sketch came out, I knew where I wanted to go with it.  I started with a card base of Grout Gray {absolutely love this color!} and then cut a piece of white card stock (Neenah Solar White) with Blueprints 14.  That white panel was then cut with the largest Stitched Circle Frame.  I kept my frame and removed the inner circle.  I adhered a piece of acetate to create a window, but not a shaker window.  I didn’t want to detract from the Floral Fusion panel.  I glued my Floral Fusion panel behind my window, snipping off the overhang on the top and bottom.  The full panel is then glued down and I glued in the Stitched Circle Frame.  My sentiment is from For the Boys and I stamped it in Steel Grey on the smallest Pierced Traditional Tag STAX.  That is then popped up on the smallest Traditional Tag STAX, which is then popped up on the circle window.  Just a touch of dimension!

Challenge Submissions
MFT You Could Be a Card Design Superstar
MFT Card Challenges — MFTWSC246
Mod Squad Challenge — Use a Flower as the focal image (hope this counts!)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge — Die Crazy

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MFTWSC242 Hello, Friend

Hi all!  Before I left in July, I had posted on SCS in the “in search of” forum for the MFT Ring Me stamps and dies.  I remember when they were retiring this set and I debated it, but decided not to get it.  Well, did I ever regret that.  I LOVE that little telephone!  So I posted on SCS and hoped that maybe, just maybe, someone would have the set.  Not long before I left, I received a private message from a lady, saying she had the set and she’d be happy to send it to me.  I was ecstatic and asked how much she’d like for it.  Now, just to prove how awesome our crafting community is, she said she would send it to me as a RAK, just happy to send it to someone who’d love it.  I was floored!  I’ve met some truly wonderful people through this hobby and had wonderful support (both for a fundraiser for JDRF in honor of my daughter and when I was undergoing cancer treatments).   This is just another example of how fantastic this community is.  So this card will be heading out to this kind lady who made me so happy with this set!

I used this week’s MFTWSC sketch — my first in quite some time!  I’ve got a thing going currently for Blue Raspberry and love the pop against the black.

I popped my telephone up quite a bit, as well as the dial.  I added glossy accents to the numbers to give them a special touch.  I had intended to use some wire to create the cord, but I was having issues with it.  Since I was matting this on a black oval, I opted to leave off the cord all together.

Challenge Submissions
Card Challenges — MFTWSC242
Crafting from the Heart — aNything Goes

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MFTWSC234 Enjoy the Celebration of YOU!

Hi all!  I’m back with the first card I made for the MFTWSC challenge.  I preempted it yesterday with my rainbow Love Wins card.

I really like this sketch and it works so well with the Horizontal Stitched Strips.  Clearly, I had July 4th in mind when I made this card.  I used the Lucky Stars dies to cut some pretty silver striped metallic leftover Christmas paper!  The sentiment is from an Ala Modes set — Big Birthday Wishes.

Challenge Submissions
Card Challenges — MFTWSC234 (entry #2)
Pile It On Challenges — #75 Flag Colors
Jo’s Scrap Shack — Red, White & Blue
Craftin Desert Diva’s — Red, White & Blue
Creative Craft Cottage — Spots or Stripes
4 Crafty Chicks — #252 Patriotic

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