Challenges

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment

This week the Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamps is “Add a Sentiment.” The products to feature this week are Impression Obsession.

My options were limited as I only have one stamp set from Impression Obesession. However this is a lovely set with a fabulous sentiment!

Here is my card, featuring Zenspiration Butterflies.

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I stamped the image and sentiment on Ranger Distress Watercolor paper in Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. I did this because I knew I was going to color the images with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearlescent watercolor paints, and my Perfect Pearls powders. I started off with the Perfect Pearls on the flower. I didn’t remember the colors being so dark, so I did touch them up with the Gansai Tambi watercolors to lighten them up. I used just the watercolor paints on the butterfly. Then I did a watercolor wash on the background with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.

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Look at all the shimmer from the paints and Perfect Pearls!

I finished off the card with Aquatic Mist Nuvo Glitter drops, and some Morning Dew drops on the flower.

I made a card base with MFT Sno Cone cardstock and that completes my card for this week’s Wednesday challenge.

I love that sentiment! Its so strong and encouraging. This is a great card to give to a friend.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

Challenges · New to Me

Simon Says Stamps Challenge – For a Child and Neat and Tangled

This week, the Wednesday challenge from Simon Says Stamps was to make a card for a child, featuring Neat and Tangled products if you have them.

I just so happen to have recently received a great stamp set from Neat and Tangled called “Bloom.” It features a beautiful, large flower image and a couple of great sentiments. I ended up not using the large flower image on this card, but I did use it on a card I made a few weeks ago, which I will share at the end.

 

Here is my card for the challenge.

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I used a background made with Distress Oxide inks. I stamped the sentiment in Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink and heat embossed with clear powder on a piece of vellum I die cut with MFT’s Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles. I used vellum so you could still see that gorgeous background!

I had planed on using the lovely flower image, but I didn’t want to make the same card I had made before, so I tired cutting the image up. Then I had the flower images with all this white space, which looked odd on the vellum. So I decided to use the smaller flower images from the set, and to heat emboss them in white. This way the sentiment is the focal point.

I accented the card with Pretty Pink Posh Clear droplets in 6mm and 4mm, and Nuvo Purple Rain glitter drops (they aren’t completely dry in this picture).

I made a card base from MFT’s Boysenberry Cardstock (it goes really well with the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink).

I think this would be a great card for a child starting a new school! I would love to give it to my daughter, but she’s starting college, so not quiet a “kid.”

Here is the card I made a few weeks ago. This one turned out exactly how I pictured it!

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I used the special cold pressed watercolor paper that came with the My Monthly Hero July kit. I used Broken China Distress ink to make a light wash on the paper and let it dry overnight.

I stamped the large floral image and some of the smaller flower images from the Neat and Tangled set and colored them with Copic markers. I used bolder colors instead of pastels as this card was meant for someone with a strong personality. The sentiment was stamped in Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink on vellum and heat embossed in clear. The ink did that great oxidizing effect all on its on (I’m kinda bummed it didn’t happen on the new card too).

The floral images were adhered with foam tape, and I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers. Lucy’s Cards Pool Jewels finished off the card. The card base is MFT’s Sno Cone cardstock.

This card was a special request for a woman at work that was leaving her job with no new job or plan, just needed a change. I thought the sentiment was perfect, and I had just received this set in the mail.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Nicole

Challenges · Rambling

MFT Sketch Challenge 345

I have to confess I sorta forced myself to make this card. I wanted to write a blog post tonight so I would have one ready to post in the morning,  but I’m really tired. It’s been such a long week at work! 

The only quick post I could think of was to make a card for the MFT Sketch Challenge. The other post I have in mind is about my craft space makeover and that will not be quick…Half way through the card I realized my heart wasn’t in it and I really wasn’t happy with it. But of course I had to see it through. 

It stinks too, because I was really excited when I saw this week’s sketch! I thought it was right up my alley. But I didn’t give myself time to play around with it.


See! Who couldn’t work with a sketch like that?! Dead tired me apparently!

I had stamped on vellum and colored some of the images from MFT’s Pretty Posies this past weekend (this set was recently retired). I was thinking about making another card like this one:


However I never got around to it. So I thought I would use the images today. I also decided to use kraft cardstock again.

I cut a circle frame out of white cardstock and adhered it to the kraft cardstock with foam squares, a little off center like the sketch. Then I cut a strip of patterned cardstock and layered it on the left side. 

Next I started layering on my Pretty Posies images, shoring them up with clear “foam” tape where they hung off the frame.


This is when I realized I needed a sentiment, but I had already adhered the circle frame. I used a sentiment from MFT’s Rainbows, but it didn’t stamp very well on the left side as the circle frame caused problems in my stamp tool. Sigh. I heat embossed it with white embossing powder and finished the card with silver confetti sequins.
I’m really bummed the card didn’t come out better! I thought for sure I was going to kill this sketch. But I’m so tired, it killed me instead! All this so that I could avoid having to write a long blog post. I guess I’ve learned my lesson! Either put off the post another day, or make sure to write them all over the weekend so I don’t run into this problem!

Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge, 8/2

Hello! Hope your weekend went well!

This week, Wednesday challenge from Simon Says Stamps was “Splatter it,” and featuring Ranger products. A perfect opportunity to play with those lovely Mica Sprays!

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I had those lovely backgrounds I made with the Concord and 9th Sunshine Turnabout. I picked the one with the Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide inks, and I sprayed it with the Crushed Grapes Vibrant Turquoise and Brushed Pewter Mica Spray.

I die cut a cloud from Hero Arts Nesting Clouds, and adhered the two dragon image from Clearly Besotted’s Hot Stuff, which I had previously colored and cut out. I used foam tape on the dragons and to adhere the cloud to the background. I used MFT’s Sno Cone cardstock as the card base. I finished the card off with Pool jewels from Lucy’s Cards.

I stamped “double trouble,” inside the card.

Some close up shots of the mica spray.

Those baby dragons are so cute!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Sketch Challenge 343

Welcome to my attempt at this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge!

Here is the sketch for this week:

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I normally don’t participate in sketch challenges when I don’t have one of the elements, but I decided to get creative this week. I’m missing ovals and oval frames. But I can work with this 🙂

Instead of the oval, I decided to use a square frame. Next I got out all of the MFT images that I had already colored and die cut. I spread them out on the floor and thought about what to do. I took the dragons out as I always use them.

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I really like the cats, but I decided on the otters. They are hard to resist!

Using Spellbinders Classic Small Squares, I cut out a frame. Then I laid out my die cuts.

I adhered the rocks behind my frame with scor-tape and adhered that to a MFT Sno-Cone cardstock panel. I adhered the otter and the fish with foam tape. I decided the scene inside the square was a little bare, so I added some clouds using foam tape. I cut a 1/2″ strip for DCWV blue glitter paper and a 1/4″ strip of DCWV white glitter paper. These strips were layered together and added to the right side of the card. I used the MFT Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strip for the sentiment (I used the die to trim it down by die cutting it a second time, placing the right edge at the width I wanted). The Sno-Cone panel was adhered to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lbs card base.

I finished the card with some Lucy’s Cards Pool Jewels and some Wink of Stella clear shimmer on the heart.

He is soooo cute!!! How can you not adore otter?!?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Challenges · New Products · Techniques

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Stars and MFT

Happy Monday! The Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge for this week is Stars, and using MFT products. It’s almost like they knew I just bought that adorable star shaker window and frame die set!

I actually have two cards for the challenge this week. I just so happened to make a card using Simon Says Stamps Seeing Stars kit, with mica spray and a sentiment from MFT’s Counting Stars. There are also some Liquid Perfect Pearls dots in Pewter, and Sparkling Clear Confetti sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. The black panel was layered on the Gray Grout card base with black fun foam.

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The second card is a card I made for my Niece’s 16th birthday. I used the new Star Window and Frame die set from MFT, along with the star pouch. I used the technique where you adhere acetate to the back of the shaker element, to make it easier to line up. I did this because I wanted to use the piece cut from the inside of the frame as the background for the shaker.

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I also used the Celebrate die, and the Number Confetti dies to cut out 16. The were a little bit much for the shaker size, but still worked out. I glued one each of the 1 and 6 to the shaker background so at least one set of the numbers would be readable.

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I decided to use small confetti sequins due to the size of the numbers and the lack of room. Plus, they are tiny stars :). I finished off the card with some Pool Jewels from Lucy’s Cards. I used MFT’s Silver Sparkle paper for the numbers, and Cornflower Blue Sparkle paper for the celebrate, which I layered on three white die cuts first.

Oh, the panel I used for the shaker frame and background was one of the panels I made with Distress Oxide inks. My Niece’s favorite color is green, so I used the Cracked Pistachio and Broken China panel. And the white panel was mounted on the Sno-Cone card base with fun foam.

Both cards came together pretty quickly. The shaker elements from MFT really speed up the process. I’m glad I had the opportunity to use it this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Challenges

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Plaid and Lawn Fawn

Well, if you remove the Plaid, this challenge is right up my alley. I practically live and breathe Lawn Fawn’s fairies and I can’t seem to stay away from their Dad and Me set either! 

However, plaid is not really my thing… I had to really dig to find plaid paper. I thought for sure one of those pads of patterned paper I’m always buying and never use had to have some plaid. I found some in the very last pad I looked at. It’s a weird pad full of paper for all the different holidays. I liked it because a lot of the pages have glitter on them :). And of course, my plaid paper has glitter. It’s like it was meant to be.



I used my favorite Stitched rectangle die (Simon Says Stamps) to cut down my plaid paper. Then I used MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop frame to cut out a white frame as well as a vellum panel to fit inside the frame.

I had some flowers from Lawn Fawn’s Fab Flowers that I had stamped and die cut a few weeks ago (I spent a whole weekend stamping and die cutting images). It just so happened that a weird color combo I used for the stamp layering fit perfectly with the colors on the plaid paper. The combo was so funny looking when I first made it I almost threw it away. I’m glad I kept it.

Since I was using Fab Flowers I decided to use the sentiment from that set. I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it in white on the vellum. I put some double sided adhesive behind the letters and stuck it down.

I used foam tape to adhere the flowers and the butterfly. I accented the card with some Lucy’s Cards orange jewels from the Rainbow pack, and different color Nuvo Drops. 

This card came together pretty quickly once I found the paper. I meant to just hunt up some plaid paper and make the card another night, but next thing I knew the card was done. Having the images made ahead of time helped a lot. Even though the colors are not something I would normally do, the paper pulled it together. I need to step out of my comfort zone more often!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the card!

Nicole