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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Big Thanks Penguin

Hi all! Happy Wednesday!  My kids are counting down the days of school left — 1.5 after today.  They both really like school, so they are torn about being done with school.  I know my son doesn’t want to leave his teacher.  He’s had a fantastic year and they both share a love of math.

My card today is for her.  I am the class parent and did the class gift collection.  I wanted to give her a special card to go with it.

I created a money holder card using the fabulous Penguins in Paradise from MFT.  I wanted it to have a tropical feel and used Turquoise Sea and Sweet Mango from Gina K.  I sponged a piece of Neenah Solar White with Amuse Sky and Mama Elephant Ocean inks.  For the sand, I hand cut a piece of Kraft {I couldn’t locate my Snow Drift dies.}. I then cut out the palm trees, beach balls, penguin, clouds and sun using die-namics.  I colored up everything and started to glue things down.  To soften the edge of the sand a bit, I added a bit of Stickles.  The sun and clouds were added and then everything else was popped up on to dimensionals.  The sentiment is from Birdie Brown You’re Super.

I added some Glossy Accents to the penguins inner tube and some coconuts to each palm tree (long forgotten Dew Drops!).

Finally, inside I added another penguin and a sentiment.  LOVE how this turned out!

Challenge Submissions
Crafting by Designs — Summertime Fun
Shopping Our Stash — Out on a Limb
Ooh La La Creations — #182 Here Comes Summer
Whoopsi Daisy – Summer Fun
MFT Summer School — Day 3 Movement & Flow

Big Thanks Penguin: MFT Penguins in Paradise, BB You’re Super, Fishtail Flags STAX, Sunshine, Flat Bottom Clouds, Steel Grey ink; Gina K Turquoise Sea, Sweet Mango

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You’re the Sweetest

Hi all!  Today I have a fun ice cream treat card.  This was totally inspired by Julie Dinn’s card during the MFT release countdown.  Rainbow colors and ice cream treats, where can you go wrong?

I think this is fairly easy to figure the details out on — my base is MFT Banana Split.  The white  layer is cut with Blueprints 14.  I then cut out six treats and six sticks, inking them up with a rainbow of color.  The red and purple treats are popped up on dimensionals to give a bit of a boost.

Challenge Submissions
Craft Your Passion – Anything Goes

You’re the Sweetest: MFT Banana Split, Neenah Solar White; MFT Banana Split, Orange Fizz, Electric Red, Limeade, Grape Jelly; Memento Summer Sky; MFT Blueprints 14, Sentiment Strips; MFT You’re the Sweetest stamps & dies

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MFTWSC187 Life is a Picnic

Hi all!  Hope you had a great weekend!  My kids and I are in Wisconsin, visiting family.  Today we went to a small town fireman’s parade and were lucky enough to see a small group of kids from the UW Madison marching band.  They always put on such a great performance!

Since we are here for almost a month, I opted to bring crafting supplies with me.  I have all of my MFT dies in binders, so I brought them with my Big Shot along, as well as a good selection of MFT stamps, some embellishments and card stock.  I brought NO PATTERNED PAPER with me — how could I pick packs to bring with?  Way too difficult!  Background stamps to the rescue!

For this week’s sketch, I pulled out my Gingham Background Stamp and Birdie Brown Every Day is a Picnic.  I only brought a small handful of Copics, so my choices were limited, but thankfully, the colors worked with my card stock and ink choices!  I stamped a piece of Grout Grey with the Gingham in Electric Red.  I cut a big fishtail tag with Blueprints 13, which I stamped some grass and a butterfly, as well as the sentiment.  Birdie Brown is cut out with her coordinating die and popped up on dimensionals.   The centers of her flowers and her straps are filled with a Souffle pen in yellow — my mother-in-law sent me a set for my birthday and they are AWESOME!

If you check out this picture, you can see the yellow centers are slightly more amplified (I was in the sun a lot today and I’m having a hard time coming up with a better word! LOL!)

Challenge Submissions
Come and Get It Challenges — Use a Die

MFTWSC187 Life is a Picnic: MFT Birdie Brown Every Day is a Picnic (stamp & dies), Gingham Background stamp, Blueprints 13, Electric Red dye ink, Steel Grey hybrid ink; Mama Elephant Orangeade, A*Muse Grass inks; PTI Kraft, Pure Poppy, Cryogen white, Souffle pens, pearls; 

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How to Tame & Organize Your 6×6 Papers

Happy Wednesday!  Today I have a tutorial for you at Catch the Bug.  How many paper hoarding readers do I have?  C’mon — you know you’re one of them!  Now, I’m still using up 12×12 papers from years ago, but I’m incredibly addicted to 6×6 paper pads.  You practically have to wipe the drool off my computer screen around CHA releases.  I have a wish list a mile long right now and am really trying to be very good about it and not buy any knew pads.

One of my crafting quirks is that I almost always color my images prior to picking out papers.  I don’t go in with a plan of what supplies I will use. I  color and then have to search for the right papers to go with the image.  It can be difficult.  Especially if you find out that you don’t have the perfect paper to go with the image.

I remember reading a tip on how to store your paper pads and the scraps last year and it was brilliant.  If you ordered from PaperTrey Ink in the past, you know you received your stamp set in a 6×6 clear box.  I had saved my boxes, sure they would come in handy for something.  Well, they are perfect for storing paper pads and their scraps.

Over the past year, I had started storing them, but in no particular order.  Within the past few weeks, I decided my paper pads really needed to be organized and organized well.  So I sat down with all of my clear boxes and any my crafting friends supplied me with, all of paper pads, my paper trimmer (for those paper pads that give you that extra 1/2″ or so at the top without design) and my label maker.

I grouped my papers together according to manufacturer first and then by similarity.  For example, Echo Park’s Splash and Summer Days are in the same box.  Holidays are grouped together, first by holiday and second by manufacturer.  Each pad of paper is removed from the binding, keeping the cover. Between each pack is a cut divider from my Cropper Hopper paper holders.

As you can see below, there is an image I colored and the cardstock colors I was looking to use.  That tall stack is all of the paper pad covers — it’s about 4 inches high to give you an idea of how much paper I have. I sorted through my covers, which will be further organized to be alphabetical or by holiday.

After sorting through my covers, I determined that I wanted papers from the Echo Park Splash pad.   

After pulling the papers, I could just put together my card.

I’ve used my new system a few times and it really is handy to look through the covers and see what pads would work with my color scheme.  I’m in the process of putting the covers on rings. I  have one that will be holiday specific packs only.  I also intend to label each box with a number or something so that it will be even easier to find the paper I want — especially since my label maker tape was clear and the boxes are clear.  LOL!  I already have a little red circle on the Christmas papers and orange for Halloween/Fall.

So this just goes to show you — never throw anything away because you could always find a way to repurpose it LOL!

Challenge Submissions
Anything Goes Challenge — #73 Summer Days (card)

Ava Mermaid
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Ava Mermaid
Paper: Gina K, Echo Park Splash
Other Stuff: Nesties, rhinestones, Stickles, Glossy Accents

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Keep Cool!

Happy Saturday all!  We should be in the 90s this weekend.  Hopefully, it won’t be too unbearable.  We have lots of weeds that need to be attended to.  I also am planning some inside time to get a few crafting things done.

Anyway, today is a new challenge over at Bugaboo Stamps.  Our theme this week is 4th of July/Summer.

The Summertime Peekers are some of the cutest images available from Bugaboo, in my opinion.  I had colored up the Swimming Pool image with a rather subdued blue green combo.  Now, I have the bad habit of coloring first, picking papers second.  It often comes back to bite me, but this time it worked quite nicely.  I paired Brilliant Blue and Ocean Tides with some really fun swirled paper from Paradise Beach.  Added in some Glossy Accents and some clear Dew Drops.

Challenge Submissions
Raise the Bar — Summer
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards — #16 Anything Goes
Totally PaperCrafts — Can you digi it?

Keep Cool!
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Summertime Peekers Swimming Pool
Paper: Brilliant Blue (SU), Ocean Tides (PTI), Neenah Solar Crest, Echo Park Paradise Beach
Copics: C1, B69, E00, BG72, E11, BG75, E23, G16, B000, BG49, E25
Other Stuff: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles, Nesties, Glossy Accents, Dew Drops

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It’s the Simple Things

Good Morning!  Happy Saturday!  Well, we are officially into summer vacation at our house.  My daughter’s last day of school was Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday were crummy weather wise and I was surprised we all survived.  Lots of paper, paint, crayons, markers and glue came in handy.  Fortunately, my kids like that kind of thing.  The dog is even off her schedule! LOL!

Anyway, today marks the start of a new Catch the Bug challenge for Bugaboo Stamps.  Today we are challenging you to get out your red, white and blue (especially appropriate for our stateside friends with the July 4th holiday fast approaching) and ribbon

I love the Summertime Peekers and love it even more when I have one colored in my stash.  Even more when it fits with a challenge theme!  I used the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday, which worked perfectly.  The starred designer paper is from the absolutely fabulous Jillibean Soup Watermelon Gazpacho paper pad.  Some buttons, ribbon, Stickles and rhinestone stars finished it off with an appropriate level of cute.

We’d love to have you play along with us this week.  Break out your red, white & blue, along with your ribbon and link up your NEW project with a DIRECT LINK to your blog post on the Catch the Bug blog.

Challenge Submissions
Fab ‘n Funky – #78 Summer Lovin’
Penny’s Paper Crafty — #56 Red, White & Blue
Sweet Sketch Wednesday — #107
Amber’s Crafts & Stuff —#15 Summer
Crafting for All Seasons —#3 Summer

It’s the Simple Things
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Summertime Peekers Beach Pail, Create with TLC sentiment
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Pure Poppy, Select White, Jillibean Soup Watermelon Gazpacho, Recollections Basics red dots
Copics: (colored last year, sorry no list)
Other Stuff: Star Dust and Platinum Stickles, ribbon, Nesties, buttons, star rhinestones

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