Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Make A Wish Embossed Card

I've had a lot going on the last few weeks and didn't have a chance to post, but I'm finally catching up and playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make a Wish. I had this striking striped gold paper from DCWV Favor Boxes stack and was trying to figure out how to use it without hiding it behind layers of paper until it occurred to me to try and emboss it. I wasn't sure it it would hold up to the heat, but it worked just fine. I really like the contrasting effect and the combination of metallic and kraft.
Embossed Hero Arts Starbursts on gold striped paper DCWV DIY Favor Boxes
I had to take the picture at an angle to show the reflection, but in real life the flowers stand out well on both lines. I think the card is fitting for the challenge not just because of the sentiment, but it has a bit of dreamy, whimsy feel to it. 

Thanks for looking. 

  • Stamps: Hero Arts Starburts, MFT Make a Wish
  • Paper: DCWV DIY Favor Boxes
  • Accessories: La Mode embossing powder

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bella Birthday Card

I'm playing along with Bellarific Friday Birthday Challenge this week. I kept the sketch pretty simple, colored the Petunia image with Copics and accents with glitter gel pens.
Handmade celebrate birthday card using Stampingbella Petunia Thinks She's a Prezzie MFT Stax and Papertray Ink Hooray
Thanks  for looking and happy Friday!
  • Stamps: Stamping Bella Petunia Thinks She's a Prezzie, Papertray Ink Hooray
  • Tools:MFT Dienamics Stiched Fishtail, Rectangle, Inside & Out Stax

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bring on The Blue Baby Card

This is a card for a friend's baby shower. It's based on the Simon Says Polka challenge
Handmade baby boy card using MFT Baby Bump set
I needed a baby card for a friend and still had the blue polka dot paper sitting on my desk since last week when I made the Sweet Treats card. I'm really loving this DP. It's from DCWV DIY Favor box collection. I wasn't a big fan of DCWV paper in the past, but this one is double sided, heavier paper and I love the colors in the stack. The "bump" on the image is paper pierced and the rest is colored with copics. I also added some glitter accents with Wink of Stella pen. 

Handmade card and tag set for baby shower MFT Baby Bump Bring on the Blue
After making the card I couldn't resist adding a coordinating tag and vellum envelope. Thanks for looking.
  • Stamps: MFT Baby Bump
  • Paper: DCWV DIY Favor Boxes
  • Tools:MFT Stitched Scallop Edges

Sunday, April 17, 2016

CAS Dog Card for MFTWSC276

I was racing this weekend so just a quick card today. It's based on the MFTWSC26 sketch and using a couple of different MFT stamps including one of my favorites - You Make My Tail Wag. The background is also embossed using the Large Polka Dots template, but it's hard to see on the picture.
Simple handmade card using dog image from MFT You Make My Tail Wag and Piece of Cake
Thanks for looking. 
  • Stamps: MFT You Make My Tail Wag, Piece of Cake
  • Tools:MFT Stitched Speech Bubble, Large Polka Dots Template

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MFT Color Challenge

A quick card today for the  MFT Color challenge 42 with Coral Crush, Persimmon, Blu Raspberry and Steel Gray. No stamps on this one! I think that may be the first for me. 

Handmade card using MFT Celebratory Greetings and Sweet Treats Die
Thanks for looking.
  • Tools: MFT Celebratory Greetings Die-namics, MFT Dienamics Sweet Treats

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wildflowers and Bicycles

I love April in Texas. The weather is gorgeous. The wildflowers are everywhere. I did a fun 42 mile charity bike ride for Autism this past weekend and was in awe of how nice it was outside. Well, that's my inspiration for the Bellarific Friday Mojobella card this week - bicycle and flowers.

Wildflower inspired birthday card using Stampingbella Flora Bicycle stamp and PTI One Big Happy Die

The sketch was very detailed and I decided to follow it pretty closely. The image is colored with Copics and I stayed with the flower inspired colors. Thanks for looking and happy spring!

  • Stamps: Stamping Bella Flora and Her Bicycle, PTI  One Big Happy Stamp
  • Paper: Stampin'Up and BasicGrey
  • Tools: PTI  One Big Happy Die, MFT Blueprints 21

Monday, April 4, 2016

Color Throwdown 386

Another quick card from this weekend. The colors are from CTD386 challenge.
Handmade card teal and green color combo for CTD386 using Simon Says Scripty Greetings, SU Pretty Amazing stamps and foiling
The foil strips are adhered to a thin score tape strips. The whole card came together very quick. 
Thanks for stopping by.

  • Stamps: StampinUp Pretty Amazing, Simon Says Big Scripty Greetings
  • Accessories: Silver foil
  • Tools: Darice Chevron embossing folder

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Baby Girl Bear Bugs

This card is based on the MFTWSC274 sketch. I usually use MFT stamps for their challenges, but I needed to make a quick baby card and had my heart was set on the Mama Elephant Bear Hugs set. I used MFT die though.
Pink baby girl card using Mama Elephant Bear Hugs stamp and MFT Diagonal Dienamics

The image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and background is sponged with ink. I'm still getting used to coloring with these pencils and how the color changes when gamsol is applied. The shadows turned out to be a lot more subtle than when I first colored the image.

  • Stamps: Mama Elephant Bear Hugs
  • Tools: MFT Dienamics Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX, Gelly Roll silver pen

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Callista Loves to Craft

I needed some cards with minimum layers and embellishments for mailing. Here’s one for Bellarific Friday Challenge using MojoMonday441 sketch. I'm also entering it to the Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge. It’s a fun image, but all the little details took a while to color. It's a also hard to tell from the photo, but I used some glitter pens to add sparkle to the card because I for one can't imagine having a pile of craft supplies on the table without some bling :)

Handmade card stamping bella craft makes ordinary things extraordinary using mojomonday sketch

Thanks for stopping by.

  • Stamps: Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Callista Loves to Craft

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sew Special

I haven't been playing along with as many card challenges the past few weeks because I started a second blog - HandmadePetite. It's a sewing blog and I've been busy setting it up and making some new garments. Sewing projects are definitely a lot more time consuming than cards, but at least I get long term use out of most of them :)
Along the same theme, I thought it'd be fitting to make a sewing related card.
Handmade shaker card with vintage sewing machine using MFT Sew Nifty Stamps
This one is for MFTWSC273 Sketch Challenge, though I didn't follow the sketch as close as usual and went with a more traditional shaker frame. The image is from a retired MFT set Sew Nifty.

Thanks for stopping by.

  • Stamps: MFT Sew Nifty
  • Tools:  MFT Stitched Border Die-Namics, Martha Stewart Punch

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Half Days and Happy Hours

Instead of a card this week I wanted to share a little notepad cover. The Bellarific challenge this week was to use paper piercing technique. Both of the dresses on the image are cut out from patterned paper. For some extra pizzas I added jewelry with liquid pearls and glasses are covered in Glossy Accents. I've accumulated a number of funny wine and drinking related stamps and this one from Unity seemed the most fitting here: "Life needs more half days and happy hours."
Stampingbella Uptown Girls Victoria and Juliette's Night Out and Unity Half Days Happy Hours notepad cover
I initially made it as a gift, but then had to make another one so I could keep one myself :).


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Birthday Elephant

I started out with green base cardstock  for the Simon Says Challenge - A Bit 'O Green, but somehow by the time it was finished, there was hardly any green on the card. I guess that's where the "bit" part comes in. The adorable stamp is called Bella with Balloons from Wild Rose Studio.  All the coloring was done with Copics and to add some texture I covered the balloons with Glossy Accents.

Wild Rose Studio Bella with Balloons kids birthday card
Thanks for stopping by.

  • Stamps: Wild Rose Studio Bella with Balloons
  • Paper: Basic Grey
  • Tools: