4/24/15

Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes

Hi friends - happy, happy Friday. Hope you have a relaxing weekend to look forward to! Ours will consist of an all-day track meet and lots of yard work!

I'm back this week with a challenge that everyone loves - ANYTHING GOES - over at Crafts 4 Eternity! One lucky participant will win a $12 voucher to Di's Digi Downloads and since it's ANYTHING GOES, everyone can play along. Hope you will join us!

I had a wee bit of crafting time this week and joined two  other challenges along with the Crafts 4 Eternity challenge - Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #265 (SSSC265) and Just Us Girls #289 (JUGS289). The image is from The Cat's Pajamas, Forget About the Cake - I colored it up during Kathy's 30 day color challenge and finally put it to use on a card using Kraft, Dark Chocolate, and a pop of yellow. I embossed the Dark Chocolate with a birthday embossing folder and stamped the Kraft card stock with MFT's On the Diagonal background stamp using MFT's natural ink. Simple Copic color; I did allow the bunny's ears to hang over the square die cut - fun - I often forget to do that. :D



That's it, thanks for popping by; I love when you stop by!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas, Forget About the Cake, MFT On the Diagonal background stamp
PapersPTI Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Summer Sunrise, Copic Xpress
InkMFT Hot Fudge, VersaMagic Wheat
Accessories: embossing folder, Copics, MFT's pierced square dies

Challenges:

4/15/15

Miss the tag team of Tammy / Michele?

Hi friends - Tammy and I took a little break from our challenges because sometimes life is just too insanely busy!! BUT...we are back this week with a super simple challenge - GIRLY. Can't get much easier right?

Be sure to check out what my dear friend Tammy - at Highland Homemade has made this week.

I used this adorable, and new to me image, from Stamping Bella - Uptown Girl Fiona Loves Flowers. I took a lot of time to color the image using both Copics and water color pencils ON water color paper. I had never used Copics on water color paper. :D I colored almost exactly like the sample on the website - HA HA; why not, that coloring is so awesome and it helped with the shading and details. I used a white water color pencil for some additional highlights in her hair. The outside is very simple; I added the quote which comes with the image to the inside and strips of black/white washi tape across the top and bottom of the inside pink panel - very striking.

sneak peek inside


That's it, thanks for stopping by - hope you have a GREAT week. Don't forget to check out what my sweet friend, Tammy at Highland Homemade, created!!

Take care!

PS - if you'd like to share your GIRLY creations with us; we'd love to see them, just link up below!! AND let others know of this fun challenge, you KNOW the more the merrier!! :D

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Stamping Bella Fiona Loves Flowers
Papers: PTI Hawaiian Shores and Raspberry Fizz, Tim Holtz water color paper
Ink: MFT Hybrid Black
Accessories: MFT blueprints, washi tape, butterscotch dimensional pearls, water color pencils

Challenges:







4/12/15

Crafts 4 Eternity - Texture

Hi friends! Hope you are having a GREAT weekend; I'm a little late to the Crafts 4 Eternity party but hey, better late than never right?

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we're playing with TEXTURE! Use anything you want to add texture - modeling paste, material, embossing - wet or dry - you name it; one lucky participant will win 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs.

I went with tinted modeling paste using distress inks going for a rainbow color! I used Memory Box's textured drip rings stencil; I adhered the stencil to my paper and smoothed on the tinted modeling paste; I placed it aside to dry and worked on the individual letters. I used a white tag, scribbled on ink tense pencils in rainbow order and smoothed it all out with water.



I then cut the HELLO using MFT hello dies - 5 times from black card stock and 1 time from the tag I had previously colored. But the letters were super pastel, so I added MORE color from the Inktense pencils and  spread the color with a clear Wink of Stella pen. LOTS of shimmer and a much brighter rainbow, I coated each letter with a heavy layer of glossy accents.

Simple yet super fun and sparkly - perfect for a little pick me up!

Thanks for popping in; have a great week!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Verve Visual Doodled Occasions (inside)
PapersPTI True Black and Winter Wisteria, misc. white tag
InkMFT Hybrid Black ink (isnide, Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord, Forest Moss, Mustard Seed
Accessories: Memory Box Drip Rings Stencil, modeling paste, glossy accents, clear Wink of Stella, MFT Hello Dies, MFT Blueprints 

Challenges:

  Stamps and Stencils - anything goes
  Simply Create Too - no digis or stamps
  Papertake Weekly Challenge - words, words, words

4/3/15

Hello Baby, Baby

Yeah, YOU just thought I was calling you my baby...yes? LOL

Sorry, I vanished but I have been working in my studio several nights per week - just nothing to show YOU yet. Sorry...but come back soon, I will be back to a more regular schedule very, very soon.

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity we want to see your projects related to BABY - featuring a baby image, baby animals, you name it - get creative and let us see what you make! One lucky participant will win 3 free digital images from Crafts 4 Eternity, Michele has some great things, you can see them HERE.

I have a box of store bought cards that are actually "thank you" cards - right there in the middle amongst all those polka dots! You'd never know right? I bought the box and made some monogrammed note cards as a gift quite some time ago and I KNEW the colors would be perfect for a little baby card. The sentiment and baby carriage image are from Verve Visual's Treasured Words set, the die cut is also from Verve, Scalloped Rectangle. I cut the die twice, once from PTI's Dark Chocolate and once from PTI's Spring Rain. I wanted to add a bunch of things to the card, just for fun (stars, thread, embossing paste)! :D

I used light modeling paste colored with espresso dimensional pearls, looks like scrumptious frosting! The stars are from one of MFT's blueprints set and I tossed on some thread behind the focal point. The checkered piece you see below the card is the envelopes that come with the set of cards. Nice way to alter a store bought set of cards.


Thanks for popping in; I hope you have a GREAT weekend and a blessed Easter. Our youngest daughter and I will be gone all weekend long at a National Qualifier tournament, sadly one of our players is out for the season and another is injured...not sure what the weekend will hold, but we're determined to have fun! Hope you have some fun too!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Verve Visual Treasured Words
PapersPTI Dark Chocolate and Spring Rain
InkMFT Hot Fudge, VersaMark
Accessories: MFT Blueprints, thread, Verve Visual scalloped border die, modeling paste, espresso dimensional pearls, foam tape

Challenges:

3/21/15

More Scribbled Circles Meets Retro Sketch

Happy Saturday friends - hope this post finds you all doing great and enjoying the weekend!

Retro Sketch #156 time frame to play along was extended - yeah for me, so I set to work just having fun using the sketch. I pulled out some older MME paper, PTI Scribble Circles and a heart die from MFT. The medium scribble circle was cut 4 times from SU! Real Red card stock and once from PTI's vellum - tiny polka dots. The heart was cut 7 times from misc. white card stock and the top heart embossed 3 times with Liquid Enamel embossing powder. Once the embossing cooled, I added Clear Wink of Stella and a thick layer of glossy accents. I also embossed the small space (line) with Liquid Enamel - man that color is gorgeous.


LOTS 'O LAYERS!
Layered it all together, added some thread, a double-ended fishtail flag of a larger polka dot vellum from PTI and some sequins - and that's it! Fun time playing.

Hope you have a great weekend! See you again soon!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: NONE
PapersSU! Real Red, DP by MME, misc. white card stock, MFT Grout Grey
InkNONE
Accessories: PTI Vellum, clear Wink of Stella, liquid enamel embossing powder, sewing thread, foam tape, Verve Visual sequins, glossy accents

Challenges:

3/20/15

Crafts 4 Eternity - pastels

Hi friends. It's FRIDAY - yippee - any of my readers enjoying March Madness? Our family loves college basketball and truly loves this time of year - each year, every year!! :D

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, our recipe is pastel shades! Have you seen all the water coloring popping up? It is so very popular! I decided to try my hand at no-line water coloring so I stamped my little cupcake from Birthday Bash (super old Cornish Heritage Farm set by Kim Hughes) 3 times (HELLO MISTI... :D) - do you have YOUR MISTI tool? I stamped the image in MFT Kraft ink, masked it off and stamped two more times - once to the left, once to the right and went right to town water coloring with distress markers. I did the cupcakes and the lower portion first, then went on about life allowing it to dry. I came back a few days later and wanted to add the purple around everything....GAH...SOMEONE please tell me how to keep the other water coloring which you have previously done from bleeding - I mean, it is WATER color, so get it wet, it spreads. LOL I guess I'll have to try rubber cement or some type of masking fluid, any recommendations?


Anywho, I added the background and moved forward with the card. I added glossy accents to the icing and candles, then sprinkled the flames with rock crystals.

The layout is the week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #260. Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: CHF Birthday Bash, MFT You Are Unrepeatable
PapersDP by Echo Park, Neenah White
Ink: MFT Black Licorice, Kraft
Accessories: Distress Markers, glossy accents, rock crystal glitter

Challenges:

  Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #260
  Papertake Weekly Challenge - happy anything

3/18/15

We are at it again!!

Welcome back for another week for a fun, friendly little challenge with my sweet friend - Tammy - at Highland Homemade. This time we decided to use a Pure Innocence image from MFT - I chose "Sending Big Hugs". I also decided why not make TWO cards so I set to stamping, embossing, and coloring - absolutely HATING the first one, so thank goodness I could try again. UGH...

But as we all know, not everything we create turns out as we see it in our mind; regardless, I'll show you both. First up is Pure Innocence with some Kraft and new Cracked Pistachio distress ink! I used a circle stencil for the background adding white ink to each dot, letting it dry, then re-positioning the stencil slightly and adding the Cracked Pistachio ink. LOVE! Image was colored with Copics; I kept the card very simple.





Next up is the same image but placed inside the 'picture window' from Lawn Fawn's #awesome set - I used just the matching die. The layout for this one is an older Sunday Sketch For You to Try.

That's it, thanks for popping by - hope you have a GREAT week. Don't forget to check out what my sweet friend, Tammy at Highland Homemade, created!!

Take care!

PS - please note how my clear Wink of Stella pen pooped on her dress - UGH; one of many problems. LOL

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Sending big Hugs
Papers: PTI Kraft, Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Neenah White, 
Ink: VersaFine Black, Hero Arts White, Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink, MFT Black Licorice
Accessories: enamel dots/hearts, PTI small scalloped die, Lawn Fawn #awesome die, circle stencil, twine, MFT Blueprints, Mama Elephant Femme Frame

Challenges:

3/13/15

Crafts 4 Eternity - Mum/Mom

Hi friends - how are you? This week at Crafts 4 Eternity we are back with a super fun recipe focusing on MUM/MOM or any female themed project. One lucky participant will win 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs.

I went with a female themed project. I started with a piece of Tim Holtz water color paper and cut 3 scribble circles from PTI and layered leaves from MFT, adhered in a pattern I liked with temporary adhesive to the card base then sponged on some Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, and Bundled Sage; I then sprayed the entire base, including the scribbled circles and leaves with MFT's Sheer Shimmer Mist. Once dry, I lifted the die cut pieces and offset them slightly so a bit of the original white background was showing - LOVE! Such fun and a technique I can see myself using time and time again!

Card inspired by Julie Stainton!


I added a simple embossed sentiment - and you can see it ended up fitting right over one of the die cuts so I left that piece off. Where the small portion overlapped the one leaf, I just used a black Sharpie to finish out the sentiment right on top of the die. A black embossed strip and some gorgeous sequins finish it off. Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a GREAT weekend!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Verve Visual
Papers: Tim Holtz watercolor paper, PTI True Black
Ink: VersaFine Black, Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, and Bundled Sage
Accessories: MFT Layered Leaves dies, PTI's scribble circles die, MFT Sheer Shimmer Mist, Verve Visual sequins, black embossing powder, blending tool

Challenges:

  Crafty Cardmakers and more...For a Special Woman
  Papertake Weekly Challenge - Mums the Word
  Catch the Bug - Spring in to Spring
  Crazy for Challenges - Bring on the Bling
  Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Spring
  Inky Impressions - For a Special Lady
  Fairytail Challenge - Flower Power

3/11/15

Getting Sketchy with Tammy!

Hi friends - how are you? I am back again with another super fun challenge with my sweet friend Tammy - at Highland Homemade. This time Tammy chose a sketch (see below) and I chose Kraft card stock.

I made the one type of card crafters never really enjoy making, but are needed; I'll put this one in my stash. And once again, still following along with Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge, I tried another water color look. I "want" to go bold and outline the images and then fade the color out...but yeah, I'm kinda chicken BUT I promise to try it soon!! I colored the flowers with Distress Markers then spritzed with water before stamping. I then added a bit darker color of distress ink to the bottom of the flower, misted and stamped again. For the last step, I used a paintbrush and Inktense pencils for a bit more color at the base of the flowers, stems and leaves. And of course...had to add a little shimmer!



I embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum, layered everything up, stamped the pink panel with MFT's damask background and layered it onto some Kraft card stock; 3 enamel dots finish it off. One I colored yellow, one purple and the pink is untouched...which makes me think I need some purple and chocolate enamel dots - yes, I think I do.

Thanks for stopping by; be sure to check out Tammy's creation HERE - I can't wait to see it right along with YOU!!

Hope you have a GREAT week!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT LJD Peaceful Wildflowers
Papers: PTI Kraft and Royal Velvet, SU Pink Pirouette, Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
Ink: VersaFine, MFT Kraft (envelope), Distress Markers: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint
Accessories: enamel dots, clear Wink of Stella, Inktense Pencils, Copics, MFT Pierced Circle Dies

Challenges:


3/6/15

Crafts 4 Eternity - ANYTHING but a Card

Hi there - happy Friday!! This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we have a super fun recipe - Anything But A Card...hmmm...I didn't make a card but I did make some gift tags - that's different right?
Smiley from Millan.Net
I hope you can join the fun, one lucky participant will win 3 images from Crafts 4 Eternity - you can check their shop out HERE.

Have you seen Kathy's super fun 30 day coloring challenge? I'm loving it; I don't ALWAYS have time to participate each day, but I love trying to carve out just a few minutes to do a little crafting, makes this momma happy!!

So if you don't have a cup of coffee, cup of tea, or a soda in front of you, grab one b/c we are venturing to picture overload. :D

I made 6 tags in all, a group shot (but I forgot to put in my little robot... :( )...but here are all the girly ones! Then individual pictures; the floral ones are all mounted on PTI's new printed vellum - SERIOUS love going on. I also added a matching piece of card stock to the back so you can right the To/From also. OR write that on the inside of the tag and your message on the back - lots of versatility!









Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: CHF Little Boy, various Verve Visual floral stamp sets
Papers: PTI printed Vellum and Smokey Shadow, Neenah White, various colored card stock (back of tags); SU Silver
Ink: VersaFine Black,
Accessories: MFT Pierced Circle Dies, Copics, Wink of Stella - Clear and Black, hemp, embroidery thread, inktense pencils, black Sharpie

Challenges:

  Cute Card Thursday - Die Cut and Punches
  Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - one for the girls 
  Simon Says Stamp - Special Lady/Girly
  Papertake Weekly Challenge - anything goes