Sunday, August 18, 2019

Fun at Camp!

Hurrah for earning all 5 badges for MFT Camp Create Session 2!
Day 1: Inlaid Made Easy
Think I've overlapped dies one other time, but it was long ago.  Maybe I used the MFT sun one time, but never the clouds.  Finally found these papers in a pad of MME that had small enough designs & think they're perfect for the sun & clouds.  Oh what fun to see the scene emerge with each cutting--if you can call a sun & 2 clouds a scene--haha!  The sentiment is one I cut apart from MFT Totally Happy.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground.
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Day 2: Magnificent Masking
I tried to do Stephanie's technique, but couldn't get a good inking of my masked area using the thin lined MFT Geometric Grid BG stamp.  The tree mask was made by die cutting MFT Trim the Tree from masking paper.  While the mask was still in place, I used direct to paper with white ink & white heat embossed.  You actually can see the grid design from having clear embossed it first, but it doesn't show in the photo.  The MFT sentiment dies were a prize from Christmas Kickstart.  I stacked the words & covered them with the same gold ink I used for the background--Delicata Golden Glitz.  Fun to use some old glitter sticker dots in my stash.  The green textured frame was made with PTI dies & mounted with foam tape.

Day 3: Background Bonanza
I used MFT WSC 450 for my layout & watercolor crayons to make the rainbow background.  The MFT Scalloped Cross Stitch Tag was die cut & then put back in place so I could dry emboss with the beautiful floral folder.  The tag was backed with black fun foam & glued into place.  I lightly rubbed a small white ink pad over the raised areas to add some contrast & interest.  Finished off with the sentiment strip, bow & black dots.  I'm also entering DCD.
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A friend once told me that all greens go together, so decided to try that out for my monochromatic card.  I stamped the foliage images from MFT Desert Bouquet in PTI Limeade Ice, Green Parakeet & Simply Chartreuse and the sentiment from MFT Totally Happy in PTI New Leaf.  The mat is the same cardstock which I clear embossed to make it a shade darker.  I added splatters & Key Lime Nuvo Jewel Drops before mounting the panel with fun foam.
MFT Flashy Florals came to my house in 2016 & I've hardly used them.  Thought they'd work great with my new Altenew inks Baby Pink, Fuchsia, Magenta and Sweet Leaf & Just Green.  The images were easy to line up & have a fresh, fun look, I think.  The white embossed sentiment is from Altenew's Painted Greetings.  I added white & black splatters plus White Nuvo Drops.  I'm also entering Retro Rubber, Stamplorations Theme & Sketch & Uniko.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Christmas in July extended!

2 challenges I like to enter are calling for 1 layer cards, so gave me a good reason to ink up my newest SSS stamp called Poinsettia Background.  Loved it as soon as I saw it, so couldn't resist the recent sale.
Before stamping in Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy, I masked a rectangle in the center of my cardstock.  Purple tape was actually a little too thick for a mask, but I made it work with repeated stamping & extra pressure in that area.  I bought the Altenew Mini Christmas stamp after the holidays, so this is it's first inking.  I used Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy & then went over the letters with Shimmer Pico Embellisher.  Love how that worked--no worry about stray embossing powder or warping the cardstock.
I dry embossed the rectangle with my scoring board, but decided it needed sparkle.  I covered the score lines with Star Dust Stickles & added a dot of Christmas Red Stickles to the center of each poinsettia--oh what a difference!  This is actually one of my favorite cards--so pretty in person.  I'm entering ModSquad & SSS Flickr 129.
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Next is my entry for ITP LFF Sparkle, Glitter & Shine.  Couldn't help myself--had to make another Christmas card!
I used the Mix & Mat die cut a friend sent to me quite awhile ago.  The edges were brushed with DI evergreen bough & covered in Star Dust Stickles.  I used red gems for the berries & mounted it to a red panel.  The sentiment from PTI Bold Borders: Yuletide was stacked 4 or 5 high using up several scraps of white cardstock.
The top layer was inked with evergreen bough & covered with Stardust Stickles.  Again--really pretty in person.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & WAW.
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Altenew and Memory Box

I've been wanting to use my very old watercolor crayons ever since I saw THIS card by Anne Thompson last month.  I didn't do her kind of stripes, although I still want to try that.
I scribbled red, orange & yellow on a watercolor panel & blended with a wet brush.  I stamped the sentiment from Poppystamps Hope and Thanks in Versafine Clair Pinecone.  Turns out the ink sits on top of watercolor done with crayons.  Good thing I took a picture before I smeared it with my finger!  Next time I'll heat emboss--live & learn.  I used antique bronze Distress Stain for the little gold splatters & die cut Memory Box Prim Poppy from gold metallic paper--shiny & beautiful in person.  I'm entering Memory Box Challenge, DRUSSS Wednesday & Die Cut Divas.
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Next is my entry for the August Altenew Challenge.  The inspiration photo & colors are just gorgeous & right up my alley.  My newest Altenew Floral set is Handpicked Bouquet & right now it's my favorite!
I white heat embossed the image & used 2 of my new Altenew inks to stamp the bloom layers:  Baby Pink & Magenta.  The leaf layers were stamped in Frayed Leaf & Forest Glades.  Luckily I had one sheet of cardstock the right deep purple which I die cut with the Altenew Watercolor Stripes Cover die.  I masked off part of the sentiment from the same set & stamped it in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  Decided to add some dimension by adding 2 cardstock layers to the die cut which is covered with shimmer mist.
The dots are Shimmer Pico Embellisher which look different depending on the color of cardstock under them.  I'm also entering The Flower Challenge, SSS Wednesday & Uniko.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

ITP & Poppystamps

This hot weather is good for cardmaking & I have a couple to show you today.  First is my entry for ITP LFF Black & White.  I usually add a splash of color to my black & white cards, but I actually love how this turned out. 
I stamped floral images & the sentiment from PTI Simple Stems in Brilliance Graphite Black.  The vase from PTI Vogue Vases was stamped in the same ink, die cut, brushed with a shimmer pen & covered in Nuvo Glaze.  Gotta say, Nuvo Glaze is the best product for adding a smooth clear layer to die cuts or stamped images.  I never have trouble with bubbles & it comes out of the bottle easily.  I added a couple extra cardstock layers for just a bit of dimension.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.

Next is my entry for Poppystamps August challenge with the theme of Back to School or Anything But a Card.  Decided to make a gift tag using Poppystamps Tunnel Tags, Gentle Leaf Collage & Scribble Thank You.
At first I planned to use green glitter paper for the largest tag, but I thought it might look like Christmas, so I switched to this beautiful copper metallic instead.  The sentiment is die cut from a dark brown scrap & stacked 2 high.  Sometimes you buy something & then wonder why you got it. That sure doesn't apply to the Gentle Leaf Collage which I really love.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & The Snippets Playground.
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Hot Colors

I started today by taking some roses to the cemetery.  My dad was born Aug. 3, 1916 & my love of roses comes from him.  He's been gone nearly 10 years, but I think about him all the time & can still see his face & hear his voice in my head.  Of course we didn't always see eye to eye, but I always knew he loved me.  He was incredibly positive & people of all ages were naturally drawn to him.  I was blessed to be his daughter.
When I saw the Impression Obsession challenge to use hot colors, I knew I wanted to use the IO Bare Tree Die with a colorful background.  My friend, Betty, is the August GD for Cas Mix Up, so decided to use the paper towel technique.

My Distress Inks are fired brick, spiced marmalade & wild honey.  Betty's right about it taking a LOT of ink to make the technique work.  I transferred the paper towel ink to watercolor paper & made my card from vanilla cardstock--hard to tell from the photo.  I've had the TH Glitter Duster for a long time & had never used it.  I put some Ranger Vintage Platinum glitter into the duster & used it on the tree covered with spray adhesive.  Ended up pushing the tree into the glitter on the paper to get more coverage.  The duster really does just do a dusting.  I distressed the edges of the colored panel & attached the tree after stamping the sentiment from IO Anytime Sentiments in Acorn Versafine Clair.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.
Edited to add: Also entering Die Cut Divas.
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