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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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!

~Cammy

 

Mother Daughter CardMaking

Hi all!  Happy Mother’s Day!  Hope you are having a lovely day with your families.  My daughter and I spent some time this morning making cards.  She had asked to do one of the MFT color challenges.  I hadn’t participated in quite some time, so this worked perfectly. Hopefully, it will also help in perking up my MOJO, which has been rather flat & squashed lately.

First up is my daughter’s card.

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I love how she put this together!  She pulled out my Mini Chicken Wire cover up die and cut a piece of Orange Fizz.  She glued that down to a white card base and then watercolored a few purple splotches, using my SAI Watercolor Markers.  She then cut two butterflies using the Flutter of Butterflies dies.  Finally, she cut a hello out of Limelight using a Top Dog Dies die.  She matted it on white and then added a piece of fun foam behind it for even dimension.

Now for mine:

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I purchased the Gumball MFT kit a few months back and hadn’t used it yet.  I was struggling with all of the bits and pieces to the machine.  For the color challenge, I thought this would be the perfect way to accomplish the colors and get a machine made.  I cut my gumballs with each of the color challenge colors – Orange Fizz, Grape Jelly, Grapesicle and Limelight.  My machine was cut in Grout Gray. I did opt for a shaker card and used one of the Shaker Pouches and filled it with some card stock gumballs.  Finally, I stamped a sentiment in VersaFine Onyx and embossed it.

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

~Cammy

Challenge Submissions

MFTWSC249  – I Chews You card

MFTCC44 – both cards

 

KG Creations – Smile

Hi all!  Happy Saturday!  You know, we all have colors that we don’t use a lot and for me, yellow is one of them.  After seeing the Sunshine on the Daisies mix from Kennedy Grace Creations, that changed.  It is so bright, fun & cheerful!

KG Smile Daisies

So I opted to create a fairly quick and easy shaker card.  I used the MFT Transform-ables Smile dies {retired} to create my shaker front {after cutting it with Blueprints 13, of course!}.  The sentiment is from Clearly Sentimental Smile {also retired} and is stamped in VersaFine and embossed.  I have both an acetate front, as well as a Fuse pocket holding the sequin mix.  {This was not for any reason — it was more of a oh, I forgot to create my Fuse pocket first.} This mix has bright yellow sequins, translucent sequins in a few sizes, little yellow stars, translucent flower sequins and beads. I don’t think you could look at it without smiling!   I filled my pocket and adhered it to the back of the window.  I added a piece of polka dotted paper behind it to add a bit more interest.

KG Smile Daisies flat

If you look closely, you’ll see that the i is dotted with a flower sequin from the mix.  Pop on over to the Kennedy Grace Creations store to pick up your mix of Sunshine on the Daisies, along with many other fantabulous sequin mixes!

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

~Cammy

Challenge Submissions

Crafting with Friends — Anything Goes

I Wheelie Like You

Hi all!  Happy Thursday!  My kiddos got gerbils back in November and I had to get the super cute Lawn Fawn set Wheelie Like You.  I colored up two gerbils on Tuesday for The Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge.  {If you aren’t familiar with this, check out Kathy’s blog.  It’s a great time — lots of support, no stress!}  My kiddos can be a bit nosey around my craft table and I was trying to keep them a secret.  Of course, my daughter spied them and exclaimed “They look just like Sandy & Smokey!” — then she awaited further details, which I didn’t tell her.  🙂

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This is Sandy — as you can see, she resembles the color of Sandy, hence her name. She’s my daughter’s gerbil and she really loves her wheel.  We can hear her running in it and she’s quite friendly.  I wanted to create a shaker and make it look like the bedding in her cage.  Both she and Smokey like to move their bedding all over the place, creating tunnels, etc.

Smokey Wheelie LIke You

And here’s Smokey’s card.  He’s completely black, save for a tiny bit of white under his chin.  Unlike Sandy, he doesn’t use his wheel.  He does like to pile up his bedding, tunnel through and boy, can he zip!  He’s more skittish than Sandy.

Just in case you want to see the real deal, here are Sandy & Smokey.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Challenges Entered

Fab ‘n Funky — All Creatures Great & Small

The Crafty Addicts — Anything Goes/Cute & Cuddly

Lawnscaping Challenge Blog — Sending Love

 

 

Flurry of Love

Hi all!  Some crafty friends and I participate in a very small card swap.  Our theme for December was a shaker card.  I’m finally getting mine in the mail tomorrow — It didn’t take a long time to complete them, but finding the time was another story!

I used my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to create the shaker pocket and a relatively flat shaker card.  I filled it with snowflake sequins, star sequins of various sizes and colors and some micro beads.  The pocket fits perfectly behind the large Rectangle Frame die from MFT {I used the stitched frame from Blueprints 13 as a guideline for creating the pocket.}  Each frame is cut from a piece of Basic Grey designer paper.  I die cut and stamped three of the sweet Birdie Brown Warmest Wishes on Neenah Solar White and colored them with Copics.  The sentiment is stamped on a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX.  I did pop up Birdie Brown and added a pearl to her matching paper pieced scarf and some Stickles to her hat.   She’s very sweet!

Challenge Submissions
A Snowflake’s Promise – anything goes with a winter/Christmas theme
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Baby It’s Cold Outside

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

My Fave 15 of ’15!

Hi all!  Happy New Year’s Eve!  {Or in some cases Happy 2016!}  I’m getting a late start on this post today, but I thought I would share my favorite 15 cards of 2015.  The other day on Instagram, I shared what were the top 9 photographs I shared there, based on your likes!

In a somewhat chronological order….

15.  Level UP!

Limelight from MFT still remains a favorite color of mine!

14. Believe In Yourself

The best thing about this card: My friend still has it displayed on her refrigerator!
I always love a good rainbow, but this was even better.  Homemade enamel dots and using up tiny strips of brightly colored paper for that umbrella!
This was a fun card!  Birthday card for a sangria lover!  
I did a lot of CAS cards this year and I absolutely love this one!  
This was a two card post and I love both cards.  MFT’s Summer School sessions were great.  I love the sequined clouds and the lines of  X&O’s in pops of pink!
Of course, I like this card, but I really LOVE is the reason behind it!
I was on a search in 2015 to find this MFT set.  It was retired and almost impossible to find.  I posted on SCS on the ISO boards and a very lovely fellow stamper RAK’d the stamp set and dies to me.  I was prepared to pay for them, but she wouldn’t accept anything.  This card went back to her.  
I decided to take the jump back into design team work in 2015 and was so excited to join the From the Heart Stamps design team.
Love these flamingos and I was so happy with this card!
I’m not usually a fan of gold, but I love the Delicata gold ink.  Perfect for an anniversary card!
One of my favorite FTHS images of this year.  Seriously, I giggle every time I look at that birdbrain!
Love when an idea translates from your head to the paper!
I picked up the FUSE tool this fall and love how I was able to make a completely flat shaker card.
So there you have my favorite 15 of 2015!  I wish you the happiest of 2016 and may it be a 
Sweet ’16!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!