Friday, September 29, 2017

Shoot for the Stars MFT Sketch Challenge

Hi there, hope you're having a happy day! 

There's a bit of a story to tell involving this card. I started out wanting to use glitter. Scratch that, after two tries and glitter everywhere I decided I didn't have a tape strong enough to keep the glitter in the negative space of the die cut. Trashed that sample. 

Take two of the card was OK, and I'm happy to send it off to a child in the hospital but I knew I could create a better design. 

So I did. Completed the third card.  Sigh, I like when I am finally pleased and I brought the card to the kitchen so I could admire my work. I know we ALL do that sometimes! 

Next thing I know, she did it again. Apparently the card fell off the counter and Josie, who considers ANYTHING on the floor as dinner - ATE it. Yep, she first had fun ripping it apart. 

In case you've forgotten, Josie is our 7 year old beagle who we love dearly. Most of the time. Her nickname is the perpetual puppy. 

I re-made said card and while I took photos Josie looked on and I took a picture of her for you. 

Where is it you say?  I don't know. Seems as if this morning I can't locate my camera, so redid the photos with my phone. Still looking for my camera - do  you think Josie ate it? 

Without further ado, here's the card!

I used Distress Inks for the background in Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet, blending them and splattering with drops of water and white ink.
I was inspired to play along with the 

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 352 at MFT. 

 It seems the stamps and Blueprints Dies I used are retired. Since I can't find them online either. Hmmm, I'm seeing a pattern here. 

So glad to have you visit my blog today.

Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Autumn Leaves

We are enjoying cooler fall weather today and I thought I'd get a head start on making a card for Thanksgiving.

I pulled out the Autumn Leaves set from Wplu9 and after stamping the images in black, I sponged and blended shades of Distress Inks to fill in the color.

I arranged the die cut shapes and tucked them around and behind the panel. The sentiment was also die cut of gold foil and added to the panel with a trio of gold sequins. Adding the black twine bow finished off the focal point. 

I'm playing along at CAS(E) this Sketch #240 today. That's it from me, hope you have a great day! 

Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.

          Make something beautiful! 

Supplies used: 
Stamps: WPlus9 - Autumn Leaves

Accessories - Scripty Greetings Die from PTI


Friday, September 15, 2017

Keeping It Simple

Hello there! I'm sharing a clean and simple card with you today using the Polar Bear Pals from MFT.  This set came out a couple years ago and I bought it last winter after seeing so many cute cards with it! 

I just love choosing different colors for the scarf and using Copic markers to color the image. I began by sponging a background lightly with Broken China Distress Ink.

I added details to the scarf with a white signo gel pen, and shimmer to the bear's body with Wink of Stella. A black marker to dot the eyes helps them to stand out. I topped the bear's nose with a Nuvo drop in Ebony.

The hearts were die cut and colored with Copics and Clear Glossy Accents. The sentiment inside will say, "You Make my Heart Happy."

I'm entering this into the Superstar Challenge at My Favorite Things for the Clean and Simple category.

Have a great weekend! I am looking forward to the sunny days ahead. 

Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 

Supplies used: 

Accessories - Die-namics Blueprints from MFT

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Reach for the Stars

I'm back today with a card to share that I made over the weekend.

While our hearts were filled with concern for those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, I found therapy in playing with paper and doing some coloring. The Little Dreamer set from WPlus9 had me imagining clear skies and happy days ahead and the sentiment is perfect for a hospitalized child or teen. One more card for my stash to send.

I used the coordinating dies and colored the cute images with Copic Markers, adding shimmer with a pen to their faces and to the clouds. I couldn't wait to use my Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Aquamarine for the sky, and the Lemon Sorbet for the star. I used a damp watercolor brush to swish it on the Ranger watercolor paper. 

 I'm playing along with Cas(E) this Sketch #238.

And guess what! My card last week was chosen as a favorite! You can find it here.
I am so honored to share this badge. I love playing with the sketches.
Thanks for joining me today!

Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.

          Make something beautiful! 


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Time for Pumpkins

I'm popping in with my first fall card and I'm delighted to have all the windows open as it's COOL today and the breezes are wafting in. 

Now to more of the story. The oven is putting out those nasty fumes from the self cleaning cycle. Banished to the craft room? Yes I am, and loving it! 

Hope you're having a great day. 
I'd made a blended background panel using Distress Inks in yellow, green and aqua and the piece was on my table just waiting to become the focal point for this card. 

I stamped and die cut these adorable images from the BB Harvest Mouse set and colored them using Copic markers. 

I stamped the sentiment and layered the images on the distressed panel. I added some interest with a white gel pen, Wink of Stella and a few Nuvo drops. 

My inspiration was the MFT Sketch Challenge
I'm also playing with the beautiful inspiration from The Heart Desires Challenge 16. 
My reason for posting is YOU! 

Be yourself. 
 Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Happy Autumn

Hello, stamper friends! 
Hopefully you are enjoying a long weekend filled with pleasant activities. 

I really like playing along with the challenges at CAS(E) this Sketch. I love jump starting my projects with the sketches and the weekly inspiration from the design team. Some of those gals are my favorite stampers!

Imagine my pleasant surprise to find that THIS card of mine was chosen as a favorite this week. Makes me want to play along again, right? 

That's what I did. 

The sketch had lines fanning out on either side of the sentiment. 

I went looking for some graphic stamps with a basic shape and found these leaves from Papertrey Ink's Stylized Autumn set. I stamped them on white card stock, masking as needed to save room for the greeting. 

I got excited with the look when I found this wonky Be Happy die to use for the sentiment. The negative of the die cut served as a guide for lining up the letters. I also stamped and die cut the flowers and popped them on foam dots for dimension. 

On the inside I stamped the words, Be Strong.

I'm so glad you popped by to visit my blog today! 

Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 

Supplies used: 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Stylized Autumn and coordinating dies
Paper: SU - White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Papertrey Ink - Hawaiian Shores
Accessories - Die-namics Blueprints from MFT