Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Smile and a Thanks!




Deconstructed Sketch 160Happy Sunday!  Popping in with a couple of fun cards to share!  I am playing along with a couple of sketch challenges and color combo challenges today.   

For this first card I am playing along with The Deconstructed Sketch Challenge. This was a fun sketch to work with.  I combined the sketch with the colors from Just Us Girl Color Challenge this week.  Love these bold colors with this fun sketch.    I used MFT Card Stock Sampler.  I combined Blu Raspberry, Gum Drop, Sour Apple, Sweet Tooth, and Black Licorice.  I stamped the Blue Raspberry panel with BG Diagonal Stripes Background stamp in black ink.  I die cut the gum drop panel with the panels in Blueprints 15 and Blueprints 14(turned to get angle on panel).  I stamped the gum drop green panel with the large stitch dots from LJD Darling Dots stamp set using a light green ink.  I die cut the black licorice with MFT Rectangle Pierced Stax.  I inked up the sentiments from CS Smile in Ranger Watermark ink and heat embossed the top using Zing Leaf and Recollections Glacier powders.  I have found that these colored embossing powders seem to look better if heat embossed from underneath.  I added some white pigment ink to get the look of the restaurant chalkboards that use colored pens.  I finished the card with flowers from Blueprints 12 and accenting from Sequins dienamics.  



MFTWSC185For my second card, I am playing along with MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge and The Color Throwdown.  I just love this sketch and these colors.
 
I used MFT Card Stock Sampler.  I combined  Sweet Tooth, Sno Cone, Steel Blue, Tangy Orange, and Kraft card stocks.  I used Blueprints 13 to die cut the stitched background panel.  I used BG Diagonal Stripes Background stamp in Rangers Marigold.  I die cut the kraft card stock with the middle Rectangle Frames dienamics.  I embossed and raised the actual frame and stamped the insert with MFT Woodgrain Background, in MFT Premium Natural ink. I inked distressed the edges on the kraft card stocks only.  I then layered my sentiment die.  I must say that I am loving this new Tag Talk dienamics.  I used sno cone card stock on the top and tangy orange on the bottom.  I added a flowers from Blueprints 14.  I stamped the sweet tooth using MFT Premium Sno Cone ink using LJD Pretty Poppies stamp set(script portion).  I finished with a few touches of gray and white gems.  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty 

Friday, July 18, 2014

TOMBOW XTREME! and a Gift Card Set!






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Tombow contacted me and asked if I would be a part of Tombow Sticky University and try out their new  XTREME Permanent Adhesive by Tombow!  They had me at Tombow!   I already own quite a few different products from Tombow, so this was a no brainer!  All I have to do to get my A+ is post a project/homework assignment using this permanent XTREME adhesive!  

Sit back and enjoy because this post has lots of pictures!

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For my project I decided to really put this adhesive to the test.  I created a gift box with a set of cards.   I did add some Tombow Aqua Liquid Glue to tiny parts and pieces as well as add some foam tape dimension, but for the most part the entire assembly of cards and actual box itself uses this permanent XTREME adhesive.

I came across a really cool color combo recently that I fell in love with.  It combines sweet tooth, fuse green, sno cone, and steel gray.  I just loved the look so I thought I would try it.  In recent months I have fallen head over heels with MFT Blueprints!   I reach for them all the time.  I decided to put my Blueprints 13 to the test and create cards using the sketch download provided. 

Here is stage 1.  I have cut out the dies, color card stock, and cover ups and laid the cards out based on the sketches.  The bare bones of the sketches!  I did go ahead and decide on and die cut the cover ups for each card.
   

For stage 2,   I went to work adding stamps, additional dies, and accenting to each card.   Here are all the cards completed.  Please note that these photos are taken from craft desk not card photo area.  A better picture as well as product detailed  are below.






Card 1.  I modified this sketch slightly.  I removed the circle elements and just used a sentiment instead.  No hard or fast rules on these sketches.  Just a jumping off point. 


I used Blueprints 13, Modern Morocco Cover Up, and Happy dienamics.  I used Chalkboard Greetings, CS Birthday Chalkboard Greetings, and BG Happy Birthday Background stamp sets.  I finished this card with some white thread detailing and some gray enamel dots.

Card 2 was just fun to make.  I love working with this jumbo butterfly and those fluffy clouds!

I used Blueprints 13, Cloud Cover Up, and MPD Fancy Butterfly dienamics.  I used LJD Blissful Butterfly stamp set for the sentiment.  The butterfly was die cut with solid white backing and two layers of vellum for the cut out dienamics.  I added some silver gray sparkle gems and added some stitching and this card was complete.  This card has a gray grout background.  I like how it emphasized the white clouds.


Card 3 incorporated the chalkboard look as well as a nifty embellishment idea I will definitely use again. 

For this card I used Blueprints 13, Blueprints 15, and Sequins die namics.  I used Chalkboard Greetings, MPD Distressed Hearts, and LJD Cheerful Blessings stamp sets.  I used the third largest row of the sequins and die cut all four colors.  I took a large needle and thread and started threading the discs.  I love this unique and fun detail.  I tied it to the panel and just let the discs move whichever way they want. 


Card 4 uses the same 4 colors, but I added a pop of color!  


For this card I used Blueprints 13, Blueprints 15, Happy, and Wildflowers die namics along with Peaceful Wildflowers stamp set and BG Diagonal Background.   I replaced the star from sketch with the heart from BP 15.  I white embossed the sentiment.  I stamped the wildflowers using Memento rosebud ink.  I love this unexpected pop of color.  I finished the card with some clear shimmer sequins. 


 

Next, I needed to create a gift box for presentation.  I used MFT Gray Grout card stock for the bottom and vellum for the top.  I added seam binding bow to top along with two gift tags.  For the tags I used MFT Blueprints Tag Builder 1 and Tag Talk die namics.  I added a happy die using the Happy die namics.


For the inside I cut 1 sheet of 12x12 vellum and glued end to end to create a fold over cover insert.  The box  is 9" x 5 1/2" The vellum was cut to size. I scored it so the folds lay flat. Gives it a finished look when opening the set.


 Here is the set all ready to go! 

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty


I am playing along with the following challenges
The Friday Mashup!  Background stamp and/or 3D Element
Seize the Birthday!  Twine or string (top card uses string/thread) 
Catered Crop!  For a friend 
Shopping Our Stash  Can't Put It Down!  My Blueprints (tool)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hello and Sparkle! Curtain Call, Palette Challenge,and a Sketch!



I have a couple of cards to share today!  The first card is for the Curtain Calls First Anniversary Celebration!   Wow!  Hard to believe it has been a year already!  Time flies when you are having fun!  

The challenge is "Anything Goes," but I decided to draw some inspiration from the photo Stacey provided.  I came up with a sketch based on the bookshelves and the colors works for the Just Add Ink Color Challenge.  I started with MFT Card stock Sampler.  I used sweet tooth, primitive cream, pink lemonade, and snow cone.   I used  MFT Blueprints 2 and Blueprints 13 to  create my background panel and cut out panels.  I  stamped the background pattern using the BG Notebook Paper Background stamp in pink.  JAI 222I stamped it twice to give me this angled grid look.  I inked distressed the edges on all the cut out inserts.  I stamped the pink lemonade and snow cone pieces  with DC More Washi Patterns  stamp set using Ranger Watermark Ink.  

Next, I used MFT Happy Hellos die namics and die cut 3 white and 1 primitive cream card stock and glued together.  For some added dimension I ink distressed the edges and clear embossed the entire word.  I added some coordinating thread and a few sequins and my card was complete.   I love the deep rich color this primitive cream card stock gets when clear embossed. 



Print For my next card, I am playing along with this month's MFT Color Palette Challenge. At first I was hesitant as I am not a big fan of orange.  However, this tangy orange is such a rich color of burnt orange I may need to seriously use it again.  I am also playing along with this week's Seize the Sketch Challenge.  

Again, I started with MFT Card stock Sampler.  I  used Blueprints 2 and Blueprints 15 to die cut background panels.  I stamped the Blu Raspberry with Ranger Watermark ink using BG Typewriter Text Background.  I used the fishtail die from Blueprints 13 to die cut a piece of paper to stamp the BG Notebook Paper Background stamp.   I tore this panel to create some visual interest as well as add some distressing.  I thought it played on the words to release your inner sparkle.  Instead of concealing it in an envelop which uses the Office Supplies dienamics, you should take out that sparkle and rip into it!  LOL!  I used You Were Meant to Sparkle stamp set.

I added some touches of sparkle here and there using the Sequins die and some glittered card stock.    However, the word SPARKLE was actually embossed with some aqua embossing powder.   I used the stenciled tab element from Blueprints 11  die cut with tangy orange as well as some yellow glittered card stock to fill in the sentiment.  Love this extra touch of sparkle.  I added some hemp cord to loop around the manila envelop closures.  




 As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty


Monday, July 14, 2014

Celebrate! MIM and More!




Happy Monday!  I had a few moments to make a card to play along with this week's PTI Make It Monday Challenge.  This week  we are to make rainbow medallions using stamps!   

The first thing I had to do was look through all of my PTI stamp sets to see which image to use for this technique.  I saw the Mums the Word set and thought it could work.  While stamping I was thinking the image would looked like a fluffy multicolored pillow; however, by the time it was completed I thought it looked like fireworks!  It only seemed normal to me to add the big star from the Seeing Star die collection to the center.   I  thought the star looked too plain so I added some texture by embossing Meadow Greens sunburst image all over the red star in Zing Rouge.  I added some watermark ink and snow white pigment to add some light and depth to the star.    I layered a few of the stars together for stability.  I added a two toned sentiment from Wet Paints III stamp set.   I finished with some silver, gold, and red sequins!   I love how it turned out!  I am playing along with Seize the Birthday Challenge.  Stars and/or Stripes!


PTI Rustic white, simply chartreuse, and pure poppy card stock, PTI pure poppy, harvest gold, simply chartreuse, hibiscus burst, hawaiian shores, and enchanted evening inks.  PTI Mums the Word and Meadow Greens stamps and  Seeing Stars Collection dies.


As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hi! Have a Lovely Birthday!




MFTWSC184Happy Sunday!  I am popping in with a quick card that I made and just now getting a chance to post!  I have a card for this week's MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge!  

I also celebrating with The Color Throwdown on 300 Color Combo Challenges!  WOW!  300!  That is a big deal!  I combined some MFT Card stocks to get these same colors.  I started with the MFT Card stock sampler.  I am working my way to owning more of these colors, but the sampler pack is a fantastic way to start.   I used nightshift blue, orange fizz, berrylicious, and sweet tooth.  

I used the following MFT stamps and dies to complete my card....LJD Birthday Greetings, Woodgrain Background, Typewriter Text Background stamp sets along with Blueprints 12, Blueprints 15, Modern Morocco Cover Up, Pierced Square Stax, Fishtail Flags Stax, Happy Hellos, and Sequin die namics.   

I am also playing along with this week's Just Us Girls Challenge.  It is trend week!  This week's is all about WOODGRAIN!     Moxie Fab has a "Wonderful Words Challenge" going on now, too!
I am also using these other products on my card.   Scor-Tape, TomBow Mono Aqua Liquid glue, and Watermark/Resist Ink Pad & re-inker from Ranger. 

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty