Crafts 4 Eternity - Handwriting (is this cheating?)

Hi friends - how are you? Hope your week is off to a great start...mine is off to a very interesting start...and it's already HUMP DAY!!
Smiley from Millan.Net

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity we want to see projects which feature handwriting...well, MY handwriting will never be made into a stamp (HA) but Dawn's was and I love it - so pretty and the perfect addition to this card.

One lucky participant will win 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs; hope you will join us!

I CASE(d) another card; this one from Lindsay (HERE), isn't her card delightful? I was so drawn to the yellow; I seldom use yellow and I loved her shading...so then commenced my card which is almost identical!

I used MFT's Rose Overlay dies cutting the base flower from PTI Lemon Tart and shading with Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Lemon Drop and Hero Hues Unicorn. The leaves were cut from New Leaf and sponged with Twisted Citron. I sponged Sno Cone at the bottom of the main panel and stamped the sentiment in Archival black. Love Lindsay's inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you can join us this week with your 'handwriting' project!


Stamps: PTI Signature Greetings
PapersNeenah 110 lb. white, 80 lb. white, PTI Lemon Tart and New Leaf, MFT Sno Cone
InkTwisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold Distress Ink, MFT Lemon Tart, Hero Hues Unicorn
Accessories: Verve Visual sequins, MFT Rose Overlay Die, MFT Blueprints, MFT Layered Leaves Die, MS Lattice border punch


  SSS - No Designer Paper


Cupcake Inspirations 328 - Surpruse Sweetie

Oh my goodness, aren't the colors for this weeks inspiration at Cupcake Inspirations just divine (see below)? And polka dots? Be still my beating heart! :D AND I'm the Surprise Sweetie, I loved working with this inspiration photo, such great colors!!

I created a jam packed card, channeling Laurie (HERE) for inspiration! The Scribble Roses were covered in two coats of wink of stella; the background is Bo Bunny's Sugar Glitter colored with Twisted Citron - can you see the sparkle?

I added a vellum doily to allow the roses and leaves to stand out a bit more, some soft silver thread and black/white washi tape were the finishing touches. The hello d-lites from Spellbinders was cut 5 times from black card stock, adhered together and coated with glossy accents (it's my interpretation of a worm - ha, it's all curly!!).

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: NONE
PapersMFT Wild Cherry, PTI Limeade Ice and Ture Black, Neenah 110 lb. white
InkTwisted Citron Distress Ink
Accessories: Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter, silver thread, MFT Layered Leaves Die, MFT Blueprints, MFT Scribble Roses Die, Spellbinders D-Lite Die, clear wink of stella, washi tape, dimensional foam, PTI Dainty Doilies Die, polka dot stencil



Thanks - You Are Amazing

Hi friends! Welcome to the WEEKEND!

I studied Alice's blog today and watched a few of her videos on Instagram - I'm like her stalker although I openly admit I stalk her work - HA!

I adore her no line coloring and have tried it several times...so yes, I tried it again. I found a few tricks in the videos that I think helped me add shading and dimension to this sweet little raptor. I also took her trick which she acquired from Laura of camouflage dies (Laura did a video for Papertrey Ink showing this technique).

I love how the die looks with a bit of dimension and the words 'you are amazing' stamped underneath. The image was colored with Copics on watercolor paper - yes, I realize they are not meant to be used on watercolor paper but hey, it works for me. :D I added some clear wink of stella to the hearts, added a few die cut misc. scraps of paper and a big 'ole button to finish it off!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT weekend. See you again soon!


Stamps: MFT Raptor Around My Finger
PapersTim Holtz watercolor paper, MFT Chocolate Brown, Jellybean Green, misc. DP
InkDistress Ink Antique Linen, Archival Black
Accessories: MFT Thanks die, Copics, clear wink of stella, white gel pen, Copic multiliner, black dimensional accents, misc. button, MFT blueprints



For Fancy!

Hi friends!

I have a dear, super sweet friend, that has 3 kiddo's - 2 unique and beautiful young girls and a very handsome son! She in turn has a friend that has adopted a little girl with the nickname FANCY - I love that! She's sooooo cute; her smile will completely light up a room, check out their Facebook page HERE.

My friend wanted a card that represented Fancy - pink or purple and LOTS of sparkle - she's all about the sparkle, so here's my creation.

I thought this sentiment from Verve Visual was just perfect, "I am fearfully ad wonderfully made!".

I added sooooo much Distress Ink - so much, it took my paper forever to dry - HA!! I cut the 3 MFT Scribble Roses from water color paper and used temp adhesive to adhere to the main panel and then sponged on all the color - pink, pink, and more pink - a girl just cannot have enough pink! The leaves - my fave again - are from MFT Layered Leaves and were also sponged with Distress Ink. Once I had all my color added, I spritzed the entire panel with MFT Shimmer Mist then tapped on some Mister Huey's Opaque White

I honestly had to let all this dry overnight - so much ink - LOL!

I then removed all the die cut roses and leaves and moved them slightly to the right and up; I stamped the sentiment in Archival black ink so it would really pop. I added a strip of MFT designer paper and layered it all on MFT Ripe Raspberry.

Thanks for coming by; be sure to stop by and leave Fancy a sweet message; their 'gotcha day' is September 21 - I know they would love to hear from you!


Stamps: Verve Visual Wonderfully Made
PapersMFT Ripe Raspberry, DP by MFT, Neenah White, Tim Holtz water color
InkDistress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Archival Black
Accessories: MFT Blueprints, MFT Layered Leaves die, MFT Scribbled Roses die, Mister Huey's Opaque White, MFT Shimmer Mist



Lotsa Watercolor, Blueprints & Lil' Inkers

I woke up Saturday morning with this idea of a window with flowers - this is that idea... Not sure I achieved exactly what was in my head - HA, but I sure had fun creating!

The stitched pieces are all from Lil' Inkers Dual Stitched Rectangles, the black and white one is using MFT's new Dots and Stripes neutral pack - I LOVE IT! The flowers are from MFT's Blueprints 5, each was water colored with distress inks, I added a center of  Lemon Drop card stock accented with some orange, the leaves were cut from Limelight - I adore those leaves. Once the flowers were completely dry, I used a white gel pen to add more interest.

Behind the flowers is a layer of polka dots using light modeling paste and a stencil - I love the dimension they add IRL!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: NONE
PapersStrathmore water color paper, MFT Dots and Stripes, Limelight, Lemon Drop, and PTI True Black
InkDistress Inks
Accessories: light modeling paste, MFT Blueprints 5, white gel pen, MFT Layered Leaves, Lil' Inkers Dual Stitched Rectangles



Crafts 4 Eternity + MFTWSC244

Hi friends - happy Friday; ready for the weekend? We are!!

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we want to see projects related to children; one lucky participate will win 3 digital images from Michele's shop, C4E! And be sure to stop by the blog and see if you were one of last week's lucky winner!

I used MFT's Wednesday Sketch Challenge to jump start my mojo; you can see the sketch HERE or down below. I used MFT's Pure Innocence Cute-a-tude image, a la modes Time to Celebrate sentiment combined with the balloon from WPlus9's Unforgettable set. I die cute the balloon and added the string by hand tied to her wrist. I did some no line coloring with Copics, added some shimmer to her flower - all little girls need some sparkle, right?! The banner flag is tacked down on either end with a little wave in the middle. I cut the same focal piece tag out of vellum and additional designer paper, added some washi tape and sewing to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT weekend. Take care, see you again soon!


Stamps: MFT Cute-a-tude and Time to Celebrate, WPlus9 Unforgettable
PapersDP by MME, Tim Holtz Watercolor paper, MFT Grout Gray, vellum
InkMemento Desert Sand, VersaFine Black, 
Accessories: WPlus9 Unforgettable balloon die, MFT Tag Blueprints, clear embossing powder, Copics, Janome Sew Mini, clear wink of stella, white gel pen, Janome Sew Mini




Sketch and more Mini Mod Spiral Stencil

Hi friends - happy hump day..which is almost over!! :D

Hope you are having a great week! I loved the sketch at the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge blog (HERE); so I had to play along. We have a coworker having a birthday Friday so I made this for her.

I used this same stencil (mini mod spiral) on the umbrella last week (HERE) and LOVED it, so I knew it would look super cool with some distress inks - I used two, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron, and love how it turned out!

I stamped the uber large 'happy birthday' from Mama Elephant's Birthday Wishes set and traced it with a black spica glitter pen - next to impossible to see in the photos, but cool up close. I added some MFT black polka dot designer paper and carried it over to the inside along with one of the small sentiments and both sizes of candles. The candles were stamped in VersaMark for a light accent.

Those fun balloons, from WPlus9's Unforgettable set, are on the envelope; I created a post-it note mask and sponged each with the same distress inks as the card.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week. See you again soon!


Stamps: Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes, WPlus9 Unforgettable
PapersPTI Limeade Ice, True Black, and Hawaiian Shores, Neenah 80 lb. white, MFT Designer paper
InkDistress inks: Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers, Archival Black, VersaMark
Accessories: Black spica glitter pen, Mini Mod Spiral stencil, Mama Elephant Femme Frame dies, MFT Blueprints die



  Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes


Crafts 4 Eternity - Weather

Hi friends - happy Friday!! Sorry I'm a bit late posting this...anyone ever 'struggle' with creating? Man, talk about frustrating - I have two projects on my desk and BOTH have me super frustrated...this is one of them. HA! More on that in a moment...

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we want to see your project with a theme or element related to weather! One lucky participant will win a $12 voucher to Di's Digi Designs. Also, be sure to stop by the blog to see if you were a winner from last week!

OK, so on to my little project...my tag is completely CASE(d) from Kay Miller; her work rocks! But let me tell you - I think I watercolored 4 umbrellas - seriously...you should peek in my trash can.

Smiley from Millan.Net

UGH...learned a lot but that was rather painful! Just like Kay, I kept it super simple and layered the colorful tag on a white top folding card with some embossed score lines towards the bottom. A truly CAS card that was anything but easy - HA HA!!

The umbrella was die cut twice and layered with some craft foam. I LOVE those white lines, I used The Crafters Workshop Mini Mod Spirals stencil and traced some of the lines with a white gel pen. Super simple but gives it such a cool look IMHO.

You can see the embossed lines from this angle. :D

Love that funky design using the Mini Mod Spirals stencil

Thanks for popping in; hope you have a GREAT weekend!


Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Happy and Smile, PTI Scattered Showers
PapersTim Holtz Watercolor paper, Neenah 110 lb. white 
InkDistress inks: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Archival Black
Accessories: PTI Scattered Showers dies, YNS Puffy Clouse Dies, MFT Tag Builder Blueprints, white gel pen, Copics


  Cupcake Inspiration 324

  The Cutie Pie - Cute and Girly (those colors and overall vibe is certainly girly!)
  Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Girly


Viva la Verve Sketch

I love using sketches and the Viva la Verve sketches are some of my absolute favorites! I'm continuing with my goal to use up my designer paper - goodness, I have lots. :D

Nothing fancy here, a tiny bit of stamping, some distressing, some dry embossing, some twine, and some added doodling to the scalloped circle and that's it! Oh that butterfly? Isn't it gorgeous? It comes white with the lines already there...I just colored it up with a couple Copics. I finished the card off with some sequins and a drop of glossy accents inside each sequin.

Thanks for popping by; hope you are having a great week!


Stamps: PTI Friendly Flowers
PapersDP by MME, Neenah 110 lb. white
InkMFT Steel Gray
Accessories: atyou Spica black, nesties, MFT Stitched Circle, Verve Visual sequins, Heidi Swapp butterfly, misc. twine




Crafts 4 Eternity - Summer Theme

Hi there - happy Friday! Welcome back to another challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity! This week we want to see projects with a summer theme; one lucky participant will win 2 images from Stamping Boutique.

Summer always makes me think of flowers and gardening; we had some beautiful pink and yellow flowers in our flower bed this summer...uh no, I don't know what kind; half our flowers were planted by our neighbor. HA - true story!

I made these watercolor cards quite some time ago inspired by Jennifer McGuire and the pink ones remind me somewhat of those in our flower bed. I created the background by smooshing some distress colors from my craft sheet onto the watercolor paper and then spraying with additional water - such a fun technique, then colored the flowers with distress markers. I added some shading/veins to the center of the flowers, also with a distress marker. I will say the paper warped quite a bit; I did buy some different paper to try so we'll see how it goes next time. I really like the look of masking off the edges allowing the watercolor flowers to shine through.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you take some time to join the fun!


Stamps: Stampin' Up Upsy Daisy, Verve Visual Love's Flower and Dream Big
PapersPTI Sweet Blush and Winter Wisteria, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, vellum
InkDistress Markers, Black VersaFine
Accessories: Verve Visual sequins, MME enamel dots, clear embossing powder, painters tape, MFT Blueprints