Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

I took another long break from posting. I've been working on my Christmas cards over the last couple of months, but with travel and other obligations didn't get a chance to actually post any of them. I made a few different designs and now that they're all mailed, it's a good time to share some of them before New Year. 

Handmade Christmas New Year Card using PapertrayInk Spruce and Springs set
The first design was various combinations with the PTI Spruce and Springs set. I had green and red base cards and made lots of different variations where cards had similar layouts, but the winter bouquet compositions were all a bit different. 

Handmade Christmas New Year Card using PapertrayInk Spruce and Springs set
Here's another card from the set. I liked the time savings of being able to pre-cut and stamp a bunch of the same images, yet have all the cards be a little bit unique.  Thanks for looking.

Do you have time saving tips for "mass" producing cards?

  • Stamps: Papertray Ink Spruce & Springs stamps and die 
  • Accessories: Washi tape

Friday, November 11, 2016

Embossed Peonies

I haven't posted in a while. Work kept me busy, was traveling a bit and when I did get to play in my craft room I've primarily been working on my Christmas cards instead of the weekly challenges. I needed a few thank you cards though and the Simon Says Stamp Thanks/Thanksgiving challenge was perfect timing. I wanted minimal layers on the card for easy mailing so opted to add dimension with color. The flowers were masked and then embossed. I also added some clear shimmer inside the flowers. 
Handmade thank you card with vibrant embossed flowers on black background using PTI Peonies on Parade stamps
In person the card looks really vibrant and I ended up making a few other variations for birthday and other celebrations. Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: PTI Peonies on Parade
  • Tools: Simon Says Stamp Thanks craft die S202, Zing embossing powder in Cricket, Grapefruit, Butter and Powder. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Birthday Cone Card for MFTWSC297

This is a second quick and simple birthday card I made based on the MFTWSC297 Sketch Challenge.  Similar look and feel to the earlier one with pattern paper base, but this time I moved the sentiment lower on the card.
The ice cream cone is from a Stampin'Up set and both sentiments are from My Favorite Things. The image is colored with watercolors and covered with clear Wink of Stella pen.

Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps:MFT Delicious Birthday,  SU Honeycomb Happiness
  • Tools: MFT Happy and Fishtail STAX Dienamics

Monday, September 12, 2016

Birthday Chick Card

I made two different cards for the MFTWSC297 sketch challenge this week. This first one is dubbed The Birthday Chick.
Yellow and pink birthday card using chic image from SU Honeycomb Happiness and MFT birthday sentiments
The image is from a Stampin'Up! set and both sentiments are from My Favorite Things.  I was practicing coloring using watercolors on both the chick and the balloon, but since I covered the balloon in Stickles it's hard to tell what it looks like underneath. I didn't add any embellishments because I needed more flat birthday cards that are easy to mail.

Thanks for looking. 

  • Stamps: MFT Delicious Birthday, Label Maker Love , SU Honeycomb Happiness
  • Tools: MFT Dienamics, Koi watercolors

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Party Cows Card

Every time I reach for The Whole Herd stamp set from My Favorite Things, I end up using the cow image and the "Let's party 'til the cows come home" sentiment. I like the other images too, but this is my favorite one.  I did the same thing on this card, which is based on the MFTWSC296 sketch.

Handmade birthday card using MFTWSC296 sketch with cow images from The Whole Herd stamps

It's a quick card with just white, insulation pink and black colors. The background is sponged using the Cow Print stencil. The images are colored with Copics and adhered with foam for extra dimension.

Thanks for stopping by.

  • Stamps: MFT The Whole Herd
  • Accessories: Washi tape
  • Tools: MFT Cow Print Stencil

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wedding Champagne Glasses Card

I've been making mostly quick cards lately that I haven't been posting, but this week I wanted to play along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge because I love making contrasting black and white cards. Plus, this combo was perfect for a wedding card I needed. My "extra" color was silver, although I also have a few gold sequins as well.

Elegant black white silver wedding card with die cut champagne glasses, bubbly sequins and Congratulations sentiment
To my amazement, I didn't use any stamps on this card - only die cuts and embellishments. The layered champagne glass die is from My Favorite Things and Congratulations sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. The glasses are popped up with foam for extra dimension. I like the simple, but elegant look.
I'm also posting the card on the Simon Says blog for the Anything Goes challenge this week since I've used their products.
  • Accessories: Simon Says Sparkle & Shine SNS736 sequins
  • Tools: MFT Layered Champagne Glass Die-namics, SSS Congratulations die

Sunday, July 31, 2016

MFTWSC291 Cowgirl Card

I've made a few quick cards in the last few weeks, but haven't had time to post. Finally playing along with MFT sketch challenge this week. It's based on MFTWSC291
Handmade card using My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Cowgirl and PTI edge die
The little cowgirl has a paper pierced dress and is colored with Copics. The rest of the card is pretty straightforward. The background is embossed and the bottom edge of the card is die cut. Thanks for looking. 

  • Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Cowgirl
  • Tools: Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder, PTI Edgers #3 Scallop Die, Spellbinder scallop rectangle

Monday, July 11, 2016

Chevron Birthday CAS Card

Playing along with CASology Chevron challenge today.This is a single layer card with a side cut-out and flowers peeking out from the inside of the card. I sponged the chevron background with MFT Lemon Drop ink and stamped flowers and sentiment with SU Melon Mambo for a bright summer combo.

Single layer chevron background birthday card using MFT blueprints 21, PTI birthday and SU Happy Harmony

Here's the cue card for the challenge if you're interested in playing:
Thanks for reading.

  • Stamps: PTI Think Big Favorites #7 Mini Stamp Set, SU Happy Harmony (retired)
  • Tools: MFT Die-namics Blueprints 21, Stencil On the Diagonal stencil

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Red White and Blue Ironman Card

Last month I posted the first Ironman card that I made for friends who will be doing a 140.6 mile triathlon race in Chattanooga. Here's another good luck card. The red, white and blue colors were part of the Simon Says Monday Challenge and are very fitting for the 4th of July week.
Red white and blue US map card; good luck 140.6 triathlon race

Again, since I struggled to find triathlon specific stamps, I was trying to find other stamps that could work.  Here I used the US map from Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here and colored Tennessee in red since that's where the race is. The "Good Luck" sentiment is from Papertray Ink These United States and die cut numbers are from PTI as well.

Thanks for looking and I'd love to hear your ideas on what stamps can be used for athletic inspired cards.

  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here, PTI These United States
  • Tools: PTI Modern Numbers Dies, Darice Chevron embossing folder

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Baby Card Pink Giraffe

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week was Animal Magic. I have a good selection of animal stamps to choose from, but needed a baby card for a friend's shower so went with this cute little giraffe. 
Pink and brown baby card with giraffe image from SU Bundle of Joy set, Avery Elle Oh Happy Day and MFT Blueprints13 dienamics
This is a 2007 Stampin'Up! set called Bundle of Joy that I've used a lot over the years. The paper and buttons are also old SU that coordinated with the cardstock. The image and star diecuts were finished off with the clear Wink of Stella pen for a touch of whimsy. 

Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: SU Bundle of Joy, Avery Elle Oh Happy Day
  • Tools:MFT Blueprints 13 Dienamics, Spellbinder Ovals 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Thank You Gift Card Set

Every year it seems like there's a constant stream of birthdays, weddings and baby showers April through July. A handmade card gift set makes a great small gift or adds a personal touch to a store-bought item. I've made gift sets in the past and often they would similar cards with slightly different sentiments or color variations of a card. This time around I made a set of Thank You cards based on the CAS(E) This Sketch 176.
Here's my take on it:
Handmade thank you cards using Paper Studio Hello Darling paper, Avery Elle Oh Happy Day stamps

I know the card doesn't look like a clean and simple card at first glance because of the colors, but it's just a single sheet of patterned paper so it's very simple and quick to make. I added sentiment from Avery Elle Oh Happy Day set and added a touch of gold washi tape. That's it! The inside of each card and corner of the envelopes are stamped with the flowers from the same set to coordinate with the colors of the paper. The inside of the envelopes are lined with paper from the same collection.

Hello Darling Cards packaged in PTI gift boxes with coordinating tags
In this set the cards are all the same so my friend can send them to her baby shower guests. I put the set in a clear box I bought from PapertrayInk and finished it off with coordinating ribbon. I used the paper from the same set as wrapping paper and added a coordinating tag.

What kind of card sets do you like to make?

  • Stamps: Avery Elle Oh Happy Day
  • Paper: Paper Studio Hello Darling
  • Accessories: PTI gift boxes
  • Tools: MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag Dienamics  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Firefly Mason Jar Card

The card I'm showcasing today is slightly different dimension. It's based on the Mojo Monday 450 Sketch and is a little skinnier than usual to allow for tilted label. I call this the firefly card. It's a little hard to see from the picture, but I used glitter cardstock for some of the die cuts to give the illusion of glowing and added some other sequins to the shaker. 
Handmade card based on Mojo450 sketch, shaker style with mason jar die cut and fireflies
After taking the picture, I realized I forgot to add the jar lid and have adhered it since.Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: MFT More Essential Sentiments, PTI Wreath for All Seasons
  • Accessories: SU Lost Lagoon stitched satin ribbon, sequins
  • Tools:MFT Maison Jar dienamics, Simon Says Stamp Wishing dienamics

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MFTWSC282 Scribbles Card

Posting a few days in a row since I was able to do a bit more crafting during the three day weekend. This is a quick card is based on the MFTWSC282 sketch

The white background is slightly embossed with a stencil and the scribbles are die cut from scraps. Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: MFT Celebrate Big
  • Tools: MFT Dienamics Scribbles, Petal Circles stencil

Monday, May 30, 2016

Ironman 140.6 Bike Card

Some of you may know that triathlon is another one of my hobbies. I don't scrap as much in the spring and summer because  I spend most of my free time running, biking or swimming. This year I've decided to focus on Nationals and only race in Sprint and Olympic distances, but a few of my friends are currently training for an Ironman triathlon, which is 140.6 mile long race - 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run (a full marathon). The amount of training that goes into preparing for something like that is unbelievable. I'm making some cards for them that our team will sign before the race for extra encouragement. I wanted to make some tri themed cards for a while now, but there aren't a lot of athletic stamps out there. I've had a few ideas though that I've been wanting to try and this card is one of several tri themed handmade cards that I plan to make soon. 
Handmade card for Ironman 140.6 triathlon distance using PTI Pedal Pusher, Modern Numbers, Technique Tuesday Borderline Industry adn

The card is for Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge with Technique Tuesday stamps. I had this Technique Tuesday bike chain stamp from Borderline Industry set for a while and have hardly used it, but this is a perfect occasion. I just stamped it a few times in grey ink to create a background. The bike and number die cuts are from Paper Tray Ink.  I also added eyelets to the wheels like I usually do with this stamp. It's not the most aerodynamic bike, but it'll have to do. Plus, it looks like the basket could store tons of nutrition for the 112 mile journey. I know, I need to stop making cycling jokes on a paper crafting blog, but I just can't help it. 

If you're a runner, cyclist or a swimmer, have you found other sport related stamps that you can recommend? Thanks.

  • Stamps: PTI Pedal Pusher, Technique Tuesday Borderline Industry
  • Tools: PTI Pedal Pusher and Modern Numbers Dies, Darice Chevron embossing folder

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Birthday Rose CAS Card

I've been making a lot of birthday cards lately for the Splitcoast Stampers Birthday RAK committee. Here's a quick one based on this sketch from CAS(e) This Sketch challenge:

It's the first time I've tried this set from Altenew and love how quick and easy it is to create multi dimensional looking rose.
Handmade birthday card using Altenew Beautiful Day stamp and Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday diecut
Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Tools: Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Die

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:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Uptown Girl Audrey, I Believe in Pink

This card is for the Bellarific Friday Flower Challenge. I colored the adorable Uptown Girl Audrey with Copics and added felt rose embellishments. Of course I also couldn't pass up adding some bling - the metallic washi tape and some silver highlights with the Gelly Roll pen. Love how this turned out.
Stampingbella Audrey Loves Makeup image and Riley Audrey Hepburn I Believe in Pink Quote
The inside of the card is stamped with the Riley Funny Bones "I Love Pink" stamp. It's a different Audrey Hepburn quote than the one in the Stampingbella set and it's so fitting for this image.
Inside of Stampingbella Audrey Card with Riley Funny Bones I Believe in Pink
Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: Stampingbella Uptown Girl Audrey Loves Makeup, Riley & Company I Believe in Pink
  • Accessories: MFT felt, Paper Studio Metallic tape
  • Tools: MFT Mini Royal Roses Die, Mama Elephant Femme Frame

Monday, February 29, 2016

Party 'Till The Cows Come Home

The Whole Herd stamp set form My Favorite Things is adorable. I love both the images and the sentiments that go with it. For this week's MFTWSC269 Sketch Challenge I used the cow image with the corresponding "Let's Party 'Till the Cows Come Home" sentiment. I used a masking technique to position multiple cows behind each other. This card is also for the Simon Says Anything Goes Wednesday challenge.

MFT Whole Herd Cows Card using MFTWSC269 sketch
Thanks  for looking.

  • Stamps: MFT The Whole Herd
  • Tools:  MFT Fishtail STAX Die, Flat Buttom Clouds Die, Cow Print Stencil, PTI Fresh Cut Grass Die, corner punch

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Watercolored Peonies

I got my Papertray Ink order a few days ago that included the new Peonies on Parade set. I thought it'd be perfect to practice all kinds of different coloring techniques. I've been inspired to color more after following all the beautiful artwork in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge on the Daily Marker Blog. This is one of the first few watercolor cards I've made. I've done some backgrounds before, but on this one the entire image is watercolored with stamp reinkers. The image is stamped with clear, glittery embossing powder for a softer look. I didn't add any other embellishments because I need more cards that are easy to mail.  

Watercolored card using PTI Peonies on parade stamp for the dailymarker30day challenge
Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: PTI Peonies on Parade, Hooray
  • Tools: Mama Elephant Femme Frames

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mojo Bella Seniorita Millicent in Colored Pencils

A quick MojoBella card this week for Bellarific Friday challenge. I've been practicing coloring with my Prismacolor pencils recently. Unfortunately I was out of gamsol so the image looks a little grainy. I plan to blend it before sending the card. The fun sentiment on the inside of the card that comes with the Millicent stamp is "At my age, 'getting lucky' means finding my car in the parking lot."

Card using Mojobella sketch colored with Prismacolor pencils
Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: Stamping bella Seniorita Millicent

Sunday, February 21, 2016

MFTWSC268 Dendeloin Wishes

A quick card this weekend for MFT Sketch Challenge MFTWSC268. I stayed with the yellow grey combo on this card. The background is stamped with Grout Gray for subtle color. The image is colored with Copics, the dress is paper pierced and I used glitter Gelly Roll for accent sparkle.

Yellow and grey card using MFT Make a Wish PI stamp; mftstamps; paper piercing
Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: MFT PI Make a Wish, Darling Dots
  • Tools:Mama Elephant Femme Frames, MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Tini Note Card

This is my CAS Single Layer Challenge from Simon Says Stamp using Paper Smooches Free Spirits set. It's a small 4x4 notecard. The glass was colored with Copics and covered with Glossy Accents for extra shine. I lightly sponged the center of the card and was going to call it done, but felt like it needed a little bit more pop so I added some metallic washi tape that I've been using a TON lately. It's a super quick way to add a bit of sparkle without foiling.

Paper Smooches Free Spirits martini glass notecard
 Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: Paper Smooches Free Spirits
  • Accessories: Glossy Accents, SSS rhinestones, Paper Studio Silver Metallic Washi Tape

Monday, February 15, 2016

Pretty Plum Poppies

This card is using MFTWSC267 sketch and one of my favorite stamp sets - Pretty Poppies. I wanted to use a different color scheme from the usual red and opted for Pure Plum instead.

card using mftstamps pretty poppies for mftwsc267 sketch
Thanks for looking.
  • Stamps: MFT Pretty Poppies
  • Tools: MFT Stitched Square Frames, Blueprints 13, Darice Chevron embossing folder

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Birthday Hamster Card

This card is based on MojoBella Sketch for Bellarific Friday. I had a lot of fun with this one. The hamster stamp is adorable and so realistic with the overstuffed little cheeks just like my hamster used to do. The sentiment reads "Cupcake??? What cupcake???"

what cupcake birthday hamster card using mojobella sketch
Thanks for stopping by.

  • Stamps:Stamping Bella Birthday Hamster
  • Tools: MFT Fishtail STAX, Spellbinders Megabilities Scalloped rectangle

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cozy Up by the Fireplace

This card was inspired by one of my dogs. She looooves to curl up in front of the fireplace in the winter. Sometimes she's so close, she's hot to the touch and yet she won't budge. I used MFTWSC266 Sketch and combined several different sets to create the scene: the fireplace from MFT Fireplace, dog bed from You Make My Tail Wag and the dog from an old retired SU set Bow Wow. The wall and flooring were sponged through stencils.

Card with puppy in front of the fireplace using MFT fireplace, Let's Get Cozy, You Make My Tail Wag and SU Bow Wow
  • Stamps: MFT You Make My Tail Wag, Let's Get Cozy, SU Bow Wow
  • Tools: MFT Fireplace die, Blueprints13, Small Brick Wall & Petal Circles stencil

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Seeing Gold Embossed Background

This card is using MFTSC266 sketch and part of the AI Challenge - Friendship.
I tend to favor silver and white gold hues over yellow gold, but like how this gold embossing turned out against the subtle pink background. I used the Large Dot Stencil and dabbed Versamark pad over to get the outline for embossing.

Card with MFTSC266 sketch, gold embossed background and Avery Elle Oh Happy Day sentiment
  • Stamps: Avery Elle Oh Happy Day
  • Accessories: Gold embossing powder
  • Tools:MFT Stencil Large Polka Dots, Die-namics Blueprints 21 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Flower Soft Bouquet

I'm playing along with Mojo Monday this week using MOJO433 sketch. I made these little flower branches probably a year ago and they've been sitting in my "find ways to use this later" stash until now. They're very easy to make - just cut a piece of wire to desired length, cover in tacky glue, roll in Flower Soft and let dry.
Mother's day spring card using Paper Smooches Crystal Clear set, flower soft, MOJO433 sketch
  • Stamps: Paper Smooches Crystal Clear + die, Mother's Day sentiment from PTI Delightful Dahlia
  • Accessories: Flower Soft
  • Tools: Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Thursday, February 4, 2016

How Do You Spell Love?

For the Bellarific Challenge - Love Is In the Air I went with a not-traditional colors and combined it with the Simon Says Monday Challenge - Ray of Sunshine. Thanks for looking.

Valentine Card using Bella Petunia stamp and MFT Sunny Skies

  • Stamps: Stampingbella Especially For You Petunia, How Do You Spell Love
  • Tools: MFT Stitched Speech Bubble, Sunny Skies

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spinner Card

Love how easy the AI Spinner stamps make creating perfect font and back cards. I colored the Fairy Spinner image with Copics and used paper piercing technique for her dress for the AI Challenge. A shimmering cord is affixed to the top and bottom of the card and allows the image to spin around. 

Birthday Spinner Card Art Impressions Fairy

  • Stamps: Art Impressions Fairy Spinner + Die
  • Tools: MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX, Darice Chevron embossing folder

Monday, February 1, 2016

MFT Frosty

This weekend was unseasonably warm here - sunny with temperature in the mid 80's. It was the perfect weather to be outside and I enjoyed every bit of it, but for some reason when I sat down to make a card for the MFT Sketch Challenge #265, the first stamp I reached for was the Frosty & Fabulous.  Maybe it's just to remind myself that it's still winter.

Snowman winter Christmas card using MFT Sketch 265

  • Stamps: MFT Frosty Fabulous
  • Tools: MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX Die, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, MFT Stitched Rectangle, Wink of Stella clear pen.