Sunday, July 17, 2016

Camp Create

"I hate camping, but I love summer camp." ~Zooey Deschanel

The MFT Camp Create has been a lot of fun, and I was able to make a card for each day of the camp...of which I'm going to showcase them all in one post today.
My first card was my favorite of the five, featuring Magnificent Masking. I started with a brick red card base and stenciled a brick pattern onto it with the Small Brick Wall Stencil. Then on a vanilla cardstock panel, I masked a few cute pups from the You Make My Tail Wag Set, colored them with distress ink and adhered this panel onto the base with dimensional adhesive. I finished the card with a stamped sentiment.

This next card is for the Coloring on Kraft session. I stamped and colored with pencils some blooms and leaves from Sketched Blooms and splattered with some white acrylic paint. I stamped a sentiment from Right at Home's Script Greetings onto a white panel and then adhered this to the card base with dimensional adhesive.

My third card features a custom, stamped background for the Background Bonanza Session. I stamped the smaller images from Magical Unicorns onto a cream cardstock panel with chocolate ink, then colored them in with a comic book inspired fashion with Copics. I added a bit of sparkle with Wink of Stella. Then this panel was adhered to a kraft cardstock base and I stamped a fishtail banner sentiment from Magical Unicorns.

This next one is for Inlaid Made Easy. I inked a blue piece of cardstock and added some pearlized splatters. After the panel dried, I die cut the butterflies and elephant from Adorable Elephants. Then I die cut the same from white cardstock, stamped and colored them in with zigs. The blue panel was adhered to a white cardstock base, and I inlaid two butterflies and the elephants The middle butterfly was adhered with dimensional adhesive. I finished the card with a banner sentiment and a few iridescent sequins.

This last card is for the Fantastic Foiling Session. I started with affixing three strips of double-sided adhesive onto a white cardstock panel and covering with gold foil. I then stamped a sentiment from Adorable Elephants. The panel was affixed to an aqua card base. Then I stamped, colored and die cut a unicorn from Magical Unicorns. I attempted to add foil to the hooves and horn. I finished the card by affixing the unicorn to the card with dimensional adhesive and gold sequins.

Whew, that's a bunch of cards!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Umbrella Dress

Ooph, it is a hot one outside in central Wisconsin today. I think we get spoiled by our mostly mild, humid free summers (but have to make up for it with the nasty cold winters). I'm stopping in quickly to share a card I made that was inspired by the photo over at the Little Tangles Challenge #70: Inspired by Pinterest.

I stamped and die cut the cutie pie girl and her pup from Neat & Tangled Better Together Stamp Set and colored her with Copics based on the colors and patterns from the inspiration picture. I grounded her onto a die-cut strip of grass, but before doing so, I added a blue chevron stencil design to the background, to bring in some of the blue from the photograph.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ampersand Blooms

As the heat index rises here in Wisconsin, many of my early summer blooms have come and gone. Among my favorites were the pale pink peonies. I started working more towards a perennial garden a few years back and eventually want a garden that blooms spring through late fall.

I was inspired by the beautiful picture for the July Altenew Inspiration Challenge. Those bright, pink, bold blooms with the spots of yellow... I stamped and masked and stamped the large bloom from Beautiful Day with red ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock, and then masked and stamped in green the leaves from the same set. I watercolored them with Zig Markers, added a few splatters and mounted the panel to a white cardstock base after the painting was dry. I did border the image with some black and white strip images to tie in my sentiment.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Dotted Bear

Bear Hugs
If you like I can give you a big bear hug. It will make you feel snug as a bug in a rug.
As soon as a bear hug comes your way, Find yourself a good friend and give it away!
~Author Unknown
This is my last entry for the CASometry Challenge 2 Take 5. There was a twist in this last challenge to CASE a pinned card from the CASometry Pinterest Gallery, so I chose to case this card. I was drawn to the ombre background, single image and bold, die cut sentiment. I also added the fishtail banner and a banner sentiment to follow the current MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #287.

I started with a die cut patterned paper background, and inked the edges with orange on the left, yellow on the right, to mimic the ombre look of the CASEd card background. I then die cut and stamped the sweet bear image from Forest Friends onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock and colored him in with Zigs. I added a few dots in various shades of brown, yellow and orange for additional texture, and cuteness! I then die cut a banner sentiment, stamped a greeting and then adhered that to the large fishtail banner. A large die cut from the Hello There Dienamics was cut from black cardstock and adhered it to the fishtail banner. The bear was affixed with foam dimensionals, and then banner added to a white cardbase.

This was a great challenge to partake in. I've enjoyed making all my five cards and hope to do this idea with my other neglected stamp sets!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Woodgrain and Blooms

Sigh. I don't think that I will ever tire of the natural beauty in woodgrain and blooms. Each piece of wood, each flower, is so different and unique.

Sharing my last card for the Winnie & Walter Share the Love featuring Essentials by Ellen Day 5 Challenge: Mood Board before time slips away from me this holiday weekend.

I was inspired by the middle right picture and attempted to recreate the look of the woodgrain and blooms. I started by slightly inking the sides and some of the center of a white card base with aqua ink. I them stamped and trimmed a woodgrain panel to be slightly larger than my card base (stamp is from a retired Wplus9 stamp set), inked the edges and adhered this to my card base. I stamped a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen 12 Days Companion Greeting Stamp Set in the same ink as the inked background. After stamping and fussy cutting both blooms from Winnie and Walter's The Big, the Bold and Extras Stamp Set and slightly inking their edges in pink and green, I adhered them to the card base-some with glue and others with dimensional adhesive. I then stamped and inked a few leaves, fussy cut them and added them to the card as well. I finished the card by adding a few stamped dots, also from The Big, the Bold and Extras Stamp Set.

As always, thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Vellum Roses

I've had a lot of fun creating the same two stamp sets these past few days...I think I need to revisit all my stamp sets and do the same. I'm playing along with the Winnie & Walter Share the Love featuring Essentials By Ellen Day Four Transparent Challenge.

I started by heat embossing in gold onto vellum a series of roses from Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold and Extras Stamp Set. I fussy cut them and then on the back I colored with various shades of pink and blush alcohol markers. I then die cut a banner from vellum and heat embossed in gold a sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen's 12 Days Companion Greetings Stamp Set.  Once I had the arrangement finalized for my card, I drew some stems with a Versamark Pen and then heat embossed in gold as well.

I was able to adhered the roses and the banner with a light touch of glue onto vanilla cardstock. I felt that the card needed a bit more detail, so I splattered some watered down glue onto this panel, then heat embossed the splatters with gold embossing powder. I finished the card by adding the sentiment banner and adhered the panel onto a matching vanilla card base.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Texas Roses

I just had to make some yellow roses. There is a song that I once sung long ago for a 4H event, are you familiar with the chorus?:
She's the sweetest little rosebud That Texas ever knew, 

Her eyes are bright as diamonds, They sparkle like the dew; 
You may talk about your Clementine, And sing of Rosalee, 
But the YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS Is the only girl for me.

Brings back good times!

This card is for the Winnie & Water Share the Love featuring Essentials by Ellen Day 3: Background Building Challenge. I stamped a series of solid image roses from Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold and Extras Stamp Set in two shades of yellow onto a white background panel. I then overstamped the outlined image with a pale green. I filled in large white areas with the small, solid leaf stamp in that same set, as well as some dots in the green and yellow shades.

I then stamped the solid image banner in yellow and the outline banner in green, and added a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen 12 Days Companion Greeting Stamp Set onto the outlined banner image. These were both fussy cut and layered. I adhered the panel to a white card base, but before doing so, I inked up 3/4" of the right side of the card with yellow ink and then added a strip of inked green paper. I adhered the banner sentiment to the card with foam adhesive on the left side and regular adhesive on the right side.

Pretty happy with the way this one turned out. I wasn't too sure as I was making all the elements separately, but I didn't give up. And, I tried new things too, which is always fun!


I'm back again this afternoon with a card for the Winnie & Walter Share the Love Featuring Essentials by Ellen Day 2: Sentimental Challenge.

I started by marking out a light, penciled grid onto vanilla cardstock, with each block a hare larger than the "Merci" stamp from the Essentials by Ellen 12 Days Companion Greetings Stamp Set. I stamped the sentiment in peach ink in each block, having left two blocks open in the bottom right corner. I then erased the pencil guides and inked the edges. Then I stamped in green ink the solid and outlined leaf images from Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold and Extras Stamp Set, fussy cut them out and adhered them to the left side of the unstamped area. I added a few bronze rhinestones for the berries. I finished the card by stamping the "Merci" sentiment in toffee ink in the remaining open area.

I have one more card finished for Day 3, and hope to get the other two cards made. Have you joined along in this fun challenge? I only have one stamp from each of these companies and it has been rather fun to see the different cards I have made with just these two set.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Shades of Red

I stamped with abandon with these, and it was liberating! I'm playing along with Winnie & Walter's Share the Love featuring Essentials by Ellen Day One: Florals.

Our challenge was to create something with florals so I stamped one of the solid image blooms from The Big, The Bold and Extras in light pink, bright pink, red and crimson onto a white card panel. I then over-stamped the blooms with the lined bloom stamp image from the same set, and finished the panel with some of the stamen details and a series of dots. I mounted this panel onto a dark pink card base with foam adhesive and then added a border of a black and white strip and white cardstock strip. I stamped a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen 12 Days Companion Greetings Stamp Set. I finished the card with a set of three black rhinestones.

My little one's last day of baseball was tonight. I am so proud of him, he improved by leaps and bounds and I could tell he was having fun. You know it was a good season when they are already talking about next year's baseball games!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Just Chicken In

There is an fabulously fun inspiration image up for the Essentials by Ellen June Pin-Sights Challenge! Isn't is funny how one can be inspired? I saw the waffles in this picture and immediately thought "chicken and waffles". I've never had this combo myself, but I am sure it tastes good.

 I decided to keep my card clean and simple, as is the norm with my cards lately. I pulled out an older Lawn Fawn set, Critters on the Farm and colored and fussy cut a chicken and some chicks. I added some yellow splatters to a white cardbase and stamped a sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen, 12 Days Companion Greetings Stamp Set. I created my own patterned paper by running strips of copic colored lines (to match the colors from the inspiration picture) onto a piece of glossy cardstock. I then adhered the strip to the cardbase, adding a thin strip of black cardstock as well. I finished the card by adhering the hen and chicks onto the card.