Sunday, January 31, 2016

CAS Congratulations Card

This week I've made a CAS (clean and simple) card using CAS(e) This Sketch 157, colors from Color Throwdown #377 - yellow, kraft and grey and the Simon Says Congratulations set that I've been wanting to ink up for some time for Simon Says Anything Goes ChallengeTo make the card a little more fancy I used fine silver embossing powder instead of grey ink in the color scheme. 

Wedding anniversary celebration card with embossed Congratulations sentiment CTD377

Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps: Simon Says Congratulations
  • Accessories: Silver embossing powder, silver cord from SU

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mojo Bella Oodles of Love

I loved the MojoBella sketch challenge this week! I used the Uptown Girl Lucille Sends Her Love stamp. The color combo is from Color Throwdown challenge. It ended Monday, but I liked the combo and used it again for this card.

Stampingbella oodles of love card for mojobella challenge

  • Stamps: Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Lucille Sends Her Love
  • Tools: Mama Elephant Femme Frames, MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag, pink Gelly Roll pen, Copics

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

MFT Color Challenge 37- Start Every Day with Whee

I made another quick card this weekend. The color combo is from the MFT Color Challenge 37. I struggled a bit with this one, but the Pure Innocence Start Every Day with Whee stamp always lightens up a card.

Card using MFT sketch 37 and Pure Innocence Start Every Day with Whee stamp

It's a quick card colored with Copics and background is embossed in chunky clear powder.

  • Stamps: MFT Start Every Day with Whee
  • Tools: MFT Stencil Stripes, Dienamics inside & out diagonal stitched rectangle STAX

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cute Critter Cards

I was able to make a couple of cards for challenges this weekend. The first card combines MFT Sketch 264, adorable color combo from Color Throwdown 376 and the dog from one of my favorite MFT stamps, You Make My Tail Wag, for the Simon Says Create with Critters Challenge. The inside of the card is stamped with sentiment "In dog years you're still a pup!" from Inky Antics.

Card with You Make My Tail Wag dog stamp with Kraft, Berryllicious and Pink Lemonade colors

Since I love animal stamps, I couldn't resist making another critter card for the Simon Says Create with Critters Challenge. This one is a simple hamster shaker card using the Lawn Fawn Wheelie Like You set.

Handmade shaker card with hamster in the wheel Lawn Fawn stamp
  • Stamps: MFT You Make My Tail Wag , Lawn Fawn Wheelie Like You, PTI Wreath for All Seasons (birthday sentiment)
  • Tools: MFT Fishtail Banner and Happy DieNamics

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Using Mini Prills on Cards

I recently bough a jar of Mini Prills because they reminded me of cupcake pearls, but haven't used them on a project until now. I've made cards with micorbeads before and prills are sort of similar. They're a little bigger and I think made of styrofoam.

Simon Says Stylish Simon Boston Terrier Card with Mimi Prills

The first card was for Simon Says Stamp Best Friends Challenge using Mojo430 sketch. I made a card with the cute Boston Terrier - Stylish Simon stamp and added a heart embellishment covered in Mini Prills. To do this, I liberally covered a die cut in Aleene's Tacky Glue, covered in prills, hand pressed and then let it dry under the weight of acrylic block to keep the cardstock from warping under the wet glue. It turned out pretty well without empty spots on the paper. 

PTI Cupcake card with mini prills sprinkles

For the second card I put drops of Crystal Effects on a cupcake and used prills as sprinkles. Because they're so small, they clumped up a bit instead of looking like individual sprinkles. They seem to be holding pretty well when I'm just holding the card, but I think these are more likely to fall off in the mail.

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stylish Simon, PTI Cupcake Collection
  • Paper: BasicGrey Blush
  • Accessories: Mini Prills
  • Tools: MFT and Stitched Fishtail Stax

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Flora and Her Bicycle Bella Card

I'm playing along in the Bellarific Friday this week. It's a photo inspiration and I used the colors in my card. The sketch is Viva la Verve January Sketch 2.

Flora and Her Bicycle Stampingbella Card based on Verve Sketch

I've used this stamp a lot since I cycle and have a lot of friends who do too. Our bikes are sans the flower basket, but close enough. The sentiment is a quote by Albert Einstein: "Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving."

Supplies :
  • Stamps: Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Flora and Her Bicycle
  • Paper: Basic Grey Blush

Monday, January 18, 2016

Warm Winter Wishes

This card is for the MFTWSC263, My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencil It.

Winter card with MFT Warm and Fuzzy mittens die and snowflake

I used the MFT Snowfall Stencil and sponging technique to create subtle background on the card and just love these cute little mitten die cuts. I added twine and foam to add some extra dimension.

  • Stamps: MFT Let's Get Cozy
  • Tools: MFT Warm & Fuzzy Die, MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag, MFT Let It Snowflake, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, MFT Snowfall Stencil

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sunshine and a Little Pink

I used my MFT Tickled Pink die for the first time today for the Simon Says Ombre Challenge. The quote "Anything is possible with Sunshine and a Little Pink" brings a smile to my face every time I read it.
MFT Flamingo Tickled Pink Sunshine Sunny Skies

Supplies :
  • Stamps: MFT Tickled Pink
  • Tools: MFT Sunny Skies Die, Darice Chevron Embossing Folder

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2015 Recap

I've been terrible at blogging this past year. It's not that I haven't been making cards, it's just that I haven't taken the extra time to post anything. In fact I've started out the year with some Pocket Letter exchanges, made lots of cards, sewed and knit a bit and in the summer finished another Half Ironman race in California. It's been fun and busy. Looking back at the year what I think kept me from blogging is the extra time it takes and I chose to spend that time to make more projects.

Looking ahead to 2016 I'd like to try doing things a little differently. I want to have a place to post
my projects and be able to participate in some of the design teams that require a blog. However, I will cut down on the writing and in some posts just focus on the cards. I'm hoping this will be a good compromise between my paper craft hobby, work, family, training and other hobbies. Before I turn the page on 2015 though, here are some of my favorites. Actually my phone caught on fire mid year and I lost a lot of pictures of cards I already gifted, but these are some of the recent ones. Happy New Year!

cards, mft cowgirl, pti poinsettia, simon says furry friends, Ai 29