Sweet 16 of 2016

Hello!  Yes, it’s been a very long time!  I didn’t intend to take such a long absence, but it just kind of happened.  2016 was a big year for many reasons.  My family was finally able to put a plan to move into action and we moved back to my home state of Wisconsin.  It happened rather quick, even after trying to make it a reality for years.  No matter how you slice it, moving is always stressful, crazy and difficult!  We are renting an apartment so that we can take our time to find the right house in the right neighborhood.  I’ve lost my dedicated crafting space, which is a big reason you haven’t seen a lot from me.  {Four humans and a big dog in a 2 bedroom apartment can be interesting, to say the least!}  I can’t promise there will be an uptick in posts coming in 2017, but there just might be.  🙂

Before I get on to the Sweet 16, if you are looking for me and I’m not blogging, you are likely to find me more often on Instagram or my Facebook page for PRT.

Anyway, I wanted to end the year with my Sweet 16 for 2016.  Here we go, in chronological order:

JANUARY

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I was thrilled with how this BIG burger turned out!  Coloring can be daunting sometimes!

FEBRUARY

 

This is counting as one of the sweet 16!  My kiddos have gerbils and these were little cards from the gerbils to their humans.  Unfortunately, we lost Sandy on Halloween.  Smokey is still with us and my daughter now has Dusty — a gerbil who looks almost the same as Sandy.

FTHS139 Hoppy Birthday take 3

My husband’s birthday card and again, I was thrilled with the coloring.

Sophisticated Script Hello

I absolutely adore the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script alphabet set.  It is a brilliant concept and I used it a lot — I made over 100 name tags for students in the PTA Art Show with this alpha and they turned out really well.  This was such a super CAS & quick card in some of my favorite colors.

MARCH

FTHS Knit Happens

Again, coloring and a Birdbrain.  Love the rich & warm colors.

FTHS142 Keep Calm

This was super fun as well!  Homemade enamel dots!

APRIL

KG April Color Prayers

KG Hello Paris

A pair of watercolor cards for Kennedy Grace Creations.  Love the clean lines of the thoughts and prayers card and love the watercolor background for the Eiffel Tower.

MAY

MFTCC44 Ainsley Hello

This is a card of my daughter’s — she pulled it all together on her own and it’s a great card!

KGC Hydrangea Birthday

Purples are not my favorite, but this came out really spot on!

JUNE

FTHS154 Hot Chick

Flossie the Flamingo {I felt the need to name her!}

FTHS158 Cold One

Love the monochromatic grays!  I finally gave my husband this card in November!

JULY

KGC Coral Rose Love tray up top

This was part of the staging of our house to sell it.  I put this little tray in our bedroom, pulling in the colors of the room.  It was quite love-ly.

SEPTEMBER

These were tags for teacher thank you gifts and I love how they turned out.  They popped a punch and were quick & simple!

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My niece was married in September and this was my card for the newlyweds.  It was also my entry to the MFT Card Design Superstar contest.

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Orange is definitely not a favorite color of mine, but this turned out quite well.  Love the addition of the gold.

So there you have it!  My Sweet 16 of 2016!  I hope 2017 brings you prosperity, health, happiness and lots of crafty time!

HUGS ~~ Cammy

KGC Thanks a Bunch

Hi all! Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend!  I’m here and on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with a project I did back in JUNE!  *GASP!*  These were actually the thank you gifts for my kids’ teachers, the school nurse and my daughter’s aide.  Because we had four gifts to purchase, I had to keep it small and the grocery store florist came through big time.  They had these great little orchids for $5.  I picked out four, made up sweet tags for each gift bag and they were done!KGC Purple Orchid Tag

This was my favorite of the four tags.  I love the richness of the colors and it matched the orchid so well.  I used my MFT die-namics again to create the tags.  I stamped one of the floral images from Grace’s Happy Heart in VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder on each tag.  Then I used a variety of Distress Inks and other dye inks to blend each tag.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Grace’s Little Note in VersaFine Onyx and embossed that with clear embossing powder.

Simple, but packing that big punch of WOW!  Here are the other three tags I created.

KGC Periwinkle Orchid TagKGC Thanks a Bunch pink

KGC Peachy Pink Orchid Tag

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you liked my project!  See you again soon!

~Cammy

 

KGC – Thanks a Bunch

Hi all!  I’m on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog  with a thank you card I made with the newly released Grace’s Little Notes.

KG Thanks a bunch

I stamped this beautiful flower trio in VersaMark on Grout Gray card stock (MFT).  I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Before I colored it, I cut it out with a Pierced Rectangle STAX die (MFT).  I’ve seen so many beautiful projects colored with Polychromos pencils and picked up a few at a local art store.   I colored in the flowers and then stamped a sentiment in VersaFine Onyx and embossed with black.  To compliment the flowers, I picked out a piece of designer paper to pair with a Grout Gray card base.  I added in a bow of turquoise satin ribbon and then popped up the floral panel.  Finally, I added in a trio of sequins from Iced Berries.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Please check out the Kennedy Grace Creations store for the products I used along with many more!

cammy

 

 

 

FTHS #124 — Merci!

Hi all! Happy Monday! Hope you are enjoying some lovely fall weather. I’m back today with another From the Heart Stamps sketch card. {I apologize for being a bit quiet here on the blog, as we are renovating our kitchen. We are doing it on our own and painting the existing cabinets, so the kitchen has spilled into pretty much the entire main level of our house! It’s chaos! I’m just trying to keep my sanity!}

I will admit that I struggled a bit with this week’s sketch. It’s not complicated, but it was like pulling teeth with me and my creative mojo! Here’s the sketch.

And here’s my card:

First, I colored up my French Mustache Birdbrain and didn’t like my outcome. HMPH! So I reprinted him and started over. I opted to color him grey and I really like the result. I wanted to amp up his “french-ness” and make that beret and scarf really pop. Initially, I cut him out with a Stitched Circle die, but then I was having a hard time with how much space he was taking up. HMPH HMPH! So, I fussy cut him out. I cut my Eiffel Tower out and all of my layers. Then I placed him next to my tower and I didn’t like that either. HMPH HMPH HMPH! I almost threw in the towel. Then I cut out a black Stitched Circle and then remembered a tip to color the edges of your fussy cut images. I used a black Flair marker to go around the edge, taking away the contrasting white inner card stock that you could see. I glued down my Eiffel Tower and then popped up the black circle (of course, fighting with my dimensionals too!) My Birdbrain was then popped up as well on that black circle. Finally, I added in my tags, having printed my sentiment a second time on Basic Grey card stock because I didn’t like the white. {I told you, I definitely struggled!} To finish it off, I added a few rhinestones to the Eiffel Tower. Ultimately, after all of those struggles, I am quite happy with the result!

Make sure you stop by the From the Heart Stamps blog today to see what my fellow design team members have done with this sketch! Hope you can play along with us!

Challenge Submissions

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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!