LOVE – 2 Ways

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Hi all! I’m so happy to be back into a crafty groove in a more frequent basis.  It snuck up on me a bit quick, but the latest 30 Day Coloring Challenge started yesterday.  I didn’t get to color yesterday, but today I was able to get some really needed crafty therapy.

Sept 30 Day 2 Blending

Today I opted for some Distress Ink blending.  I finally picked up some Bristol cardstock after watching some Jennifer McGuire videos.  I really love how the inks blend so smoothly on it.  I used Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Ripe Persimmon in my blend.

On a trip to Michaels today, I picked up a Recollections die {the word love} that I’d been eyeing for quite a few trips.  Since I had a 50% off coupon, I decided to get it today.  It’s a big die – basically covering a full card and would work really well on scrapbooking pages.   So I cut the love out of my blended piece, planning to make two cards with it.

Blended Love Shaker

First up was a shaker card.  I LOVE this script and the size.  After cutting the word out, the little bits for the l, o and e remained in the die, which was great.  I adhered a piece of overhead transparency to the back right away and brushed it with my embossing powder tool.  I then flipped the piece over and placed the love into the die cut.  Prior to placing the love into the cut, I added just a touch of liquid glue to the little bits.  Using a pick me up tool, I pressed out those little bits and then pulled the die back up with the love still intact.  I then added a bunch of foam tape around the love and edges to create the zone for the sequins.  Once I had the desired amount inside, I placed the card over the panel.  To complete it, I added just a few additional sequins to the front.

Love Shaker

I really LOVE the vibrancy of the blended colors!

Love xs and os

For a second and very quick card, I used the actual die cut to create a very clean and simple card.  I cut a panel of white cardstock with the Blueprints 13 frame.  I stamped a sentiment from the current Xs and Os card kit from MFT in VersaFine Onyx ink with my MISTI.  I embossed that with clear embossing powder — my favorite way to do sentiments.  I added some liquid glue around the back of the love and placed it on that panel.  I popped that entire panel up with a piece of fun foam on a white card base.  Again, I added a handful of sequins to finish it off.

Two rather quick cards and I LOVE how they turned out!

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




MFT Summer School – Rule of Thirds & Line

Hi all!  I’m squeaking in with two cards today for the MFT Summer School lessons.

First up, is my card for the Rule of Thirds lesson, which was the first lesson.

I started with a Grout Gray card base and a panel of Neenah Solar White cut with Blueprints 13.  I cut a rainbow from the traditional rainbow colors and a pair of clouds.  I added sequins to my clouds.  After piecing my rainbow together and gluing it down, I popped up my glitzy clouds at each end.  The sentiment is from the Ala Mode set of the same name.

To see how I decided upon my card layout, here’s my rainbow on my grid of thirds.

Next up is my card for the line lesson.  I’ve been playing with my cover plates quite a bit lately and decided I wanted to create my lines in the Hugs & Kisses cover up plate.

So I cut my Hugs & Kisses cover up plate four times — Neenah Solar White, Razzle Berry, Pink Lemonade and Bubblegum.  When I cut it with the white, I was fortunate that most of the x & o stayed in the die cut.  I taped up the back side with scotch tape over the rows I wanted to keep (and replaced any x & o that fell out).  Then I added in rows of pink.  I stamped “miss you” from the Written in Watercolor set in Razzle Berry twice with my MISTI for a nice crisp sentiment.  It sits within a Stitched Circle Frame of Razzle Berry.  To finish it off, I added in sequins in all of the o centers in a complimentary color.

Challenge Submissions
MFT Summer School — Line
MFT Summer School — Rule of Thirds
Crafty Gals Corner — Anything Goes

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MFTWSC222 Make a Wish

Hi all!  I’m quite excited about today’s card.  For the Art Gallery, I made name tags for each of the “artists.” I used a variety of bright colors from Recollections for the tags and after trimming them for the size I needed, I had a bunch of thin strips left (less than 1/4 inch in width). They were so pretty and bright, I didn’t want to throw them away.  I figured I could turn them into something……

Along came this card, my entry for this week’s MFTWSC sketch challenge.

How fun is that?!  I took the thin strips and glued them down to a piece of card stock.  I sprayed the card stock with spray adhesive to get an effective glue base.  I did them very randomly, trying to get each of the colors I had in my pile.  I then trimmed the ends for a great background piece.

Then, for my sentiment, I pulled out my new best friend, MISTI.  I picked “make a wish” from Birthday Sentiments.  My ink colors are all Hero Art Neon colors.  I first inked up the make, stamped, cleaned it and then inked up the a, etc.  I then cut it out with a Stitched Circle STAX.  For my flags, I cut down two Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX — lots of white to balance all of the color.  Finally, I added in some enamel dots {homemade from Perler beads}.  LOVE!

Challenge Submissions
Inkspirational – #79 Neon Colors

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A Rose to Thank You

Hi all!  It’s no April Fool’s joke, I’m actually posting today!  My BIG PTA project, the Art Gallery was last Friday and I’m recovering.  LOL!  It was a great success.  I had 169 pieces of artwork submitted  — we limit it to one piece per child and we were darn near close to capacity for space in the gym.  We had a really good turnout and the kids had a blast seeing their artwork on display.  My body wasn’t all that thrilled with me by the end of the night — I missed dinner because of set-up and by the time I sat down in the car to go home, my body started to complain very loudly.  LOL!

I had a great group of helpers for the set-up, the show and clean-up.  I wanted to get a thank you out to each of them because they really helped make it a success.  Last year’s show was a success, but the set-up was extraordinarily difficult and I was beyond stressed.  We made a few changes this year and it went off without a hitch.  (Unless you count being postponed a week due to a Mother Nature snow fit on the first day of Spring!)

To create my thank you’s, I pulled out my new Altenew Vintage Roses, their accompanying dies and my MISTI.  I’m in love with all three!

Love how this turned out!  First, I cut out all of the large roses, small roses, large leaf branch and small pair of leaves from Stampers Select white card stock.  I decided on my colors by trial and error.  I wasn’t sure what would look good and what worked with my ink choices.  My roses are MFT Pink Lemonade (dye), A*Muse Berry and MFT Wild Cherry (dye).  The leaves are MFT Gumdrop Green (large bunch) and the small ones are Memento New Sprout and then Gumdrop Green.

To make sure that I got everything in the right place, I lined up my die cut negative on the MISTI and placed in the die cut.  I then put my stamp on the die cut and closed the lid.  I’m amazed at how I was able to create 16 of these cards without a single mess up!  The system works beautifully!

The sentiment is from MFT Let’s Toast and I added just a trio of small pearls to add a bit more.

Challenge Submissions
Mod Squad Challenge Blog — Flowers or Butterflies, Die Cut or punch, Dimension (each of the roses is popped up on dimensionals)
Die Cuttin’ Divas — Anything Goes

A Rose to Thank You: Altenew Vintage Roses & dies, MFT Let’s Toast, PTI Sweet Blush, Stamper’s Select; MFT Wild Cherry, Pink Lemonade, Steel Grey, Gumdrop Green; Memento New Sprout, Amuse Berry; pearls, MFT Blueprints 13

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

MFTWSC220 Have a Rockin’ Birthday

Hi all!  Happy Sunday! Last week I missed the first MFTWSC sketch challenge in over a year.  I was so bummed, but I was inundated with Art Gallery prep and my crafting mojo was buried under mat board.  Since the show was postponed due to Mother Nature’s most recent wintry temper tantrum, I had time this weekend to play.

I jumped on the MISTI bandwagon and mine arrived last week.  Friday I finally pulled it out to use it and I’m in love already!  I don’t have fantastic arm strength due to the surgeries I had for breast cancer and the MISTI will come in handy for me.

I started with my white card stock, cut with the Blueprints 13 die.  I inked up my equalizer stamp from Keep on Rockin’ with Razzle Berry on my MISTI.  I cleaned off my stamp, lined it up again, raising it up a few notches and then inked it up with Pink Lemonade.  I stamped again with absolutely no issue of lining it up!! I then cut out the small headphones and the small iPod to sit on my circle panel.  Because I was using the “can” headphones and not the ear buds, I opted to use some twine as my cord.  My iPod is covered in Glossy Accents.  To finish it off, I added in a pierced fishtail flag, cut on both ends, with the sentiment from the set.    LOVE how this turned out!  
Between my MISTI and The Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge, I should have lots of cards to share in the coming weeks.  YEAH for a mojo kicked in the rear by new goodies!!

Challenge Submissions
A Gem of a Challenge — Pretty in Pink
Frosted Designs Friday Challenge — Think Pink

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