I’ve Been Schooled!

Hello friends!  Hope you are doing well and are having a great week!

I took some time over the last few days to try and follow along with all of the videos and classes going on over the My Favorite Things blog as they are doing “Session 2 of their MFT Summer School“.  I don’t know about you, but I find that there is always something new to learn and dfferent things to try with crafting and I enjoy learning about it so that I can continue to improve in what I already enjoy doing.  Sometimes that self-doubt creeps into the skull to tell you that “you’re not good enough” and “give up”, etc.    The way for me to try and stomp out those feelings is to take classes and try something new.  I just want to enjoy the process and learning can help bring on more positive feelings.

Since there are SO MANY creations in this post, I won’t go into too many details other than share the links to the MFT Summer School links that I made each card for.  I hope you enjoy having a look at them:

Day 1 – Monochromatic (CAS)

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I used several colors of MFT purple (of course!) cardstock and stamped a background stamp with VersaMark over it.  I think the die I’ve used is from something retired.  Here’s the link to Day 1 – Monochromatic Class.

Day 2 – Focal Point

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Really had fun with this sweet little bear! 🙂  I loved the layout so much from class and decided to follow that for my card here.  The balloon and die cut sentiment actually have shimmer over them which doesn’t show in the photo very well.  Here’s the link for Day 2 – Focal Point Class.

Day 3 – Visual Triangle

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This one took me quite a bit to put together.  I think maybe part of it was all of the coloring, but I was struggling a bit with the concept…I’m hoping this was how she was going with it.  3 long strips at the bottom, 3 images at the bottom and 3 images at the top.  The purple in the background was a watercolor wash like she showed in the video, but I didn’t heat emboss any image like she did.  Here’s the link for Day 3 – Visual Triangle class.

Day 4 – Rainbow

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I have done this before and I really like how you can use up your paper scraps in a colorful way.  I used the same frame die here in a similar manner as I did the card above this one.  I cut the sentiment several times before laying down the top one and then I slightly off centered it to show the white slightly behind it.  Here’s the link for Day 4 – Rainbow class.

Day 5 – Ombre

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And here I go with another purple card! LOL!  I actually remembered a fantastic video that I created this card based on a tutorial from Jennifer McGuire.  CLICK HERE for her video on ombre techniques.  Here’s the link for Day 5 – ombre class.

If you have any questions about these, please feel free to contact me or simply leave a comment below and I will be happy to reply.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you again on Thursday for a new challenge! 🙂

Follow Your Dreams and More Christmas Fair Project Entries

Hello friends!  I have usually posted on Fridays to share some updates on my crafty projects and such, but had some other things to take care of and hubby has been working different hours here and there, so I thought I’d pop on here for Saturday instead!

I made a card for the Sparkle N Sprinkle FB Group yesterday, but thought I’d share it here as well:

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I fell in love with this image last year as this was from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Video Kit Club for August 2017.  I have pretty much used everything from the kit with the exception of a few things explained below.

The background papers were included with the kit and I have cutted a portion of a piece to put on the top section of my card front.  For the cactus silhouettes, I have taken the Nuvo Dazzling Blue Glitter drops from the kit and used a brush to push it around.  (You can see a closer view of all of the glitter in the photo below.)   I took a piece of black card stock from my stash to mount this piece and then I heat embossed the sentiment (from the kit) with white EP.  I then took some 1/4″ Tear-iffic Tape to go across the bottom portion of the background piece.  I then took the guilding flakes from the kit and attached it to the tape. – You can see how to use these products from the kit by watching the video from Demo Donna, CLICK HERE to see it on You Tube. (P.S.  She’s fun too! :))  I then took that entire black piece and mounted it onto a piece of craft foam.  I then attached it to a top folding white A2 sized card base which also came from my stash and not the kit.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and all of the glittery fun texture on this design!  (You can see here how the cactus in the background really shimmer and have a unique texture by applying it!

If you take a look at that circle behind this image, I have cut out a white piece of card stock with a stitched circle die and then covered the entire piece with the Sparkle N Sprinkle Orange Marmalade embossing powder…it is so stunning how this EP looks IRL!  There are some very fine gold mica powders in it that make it really amazing looking!  Not what I expected the first time I used this, in a good way! 🙂  I then took the feather that came in the kit and added some Nuvo Liquid Glue to the ends of it and then sprinkled on some SnS Ultrafine Sassy Silver Glitter and attached it behind the image with foam tape.

For the image itself, it came in the kit already pre-colored and sized to fit on the card.  I have fussy cut the image and put some foam tape on the back with the feather and embossed circle.  I have used the rest of the Nuvo Crystal Drops from the kit and used these to color in the image with a small brush to push the glitter around.  (I was following the tutorial from Demo Donna on that one.)  Very cool as I have never tried “coloring” with glitter in this way before!

I sure had fun with this card and will be pulling out my kit again to make more I’m sure!  I like to “mix” things up a bit with them instead of making them all uniformally the same.


I also have some more projects that I haven’t finished sharing with you from what I’ve entered into my local County Fair this year, so here’s some more Christmas projects that I’ve made and had entered:

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The category for this one was “handmade ornaments – set of 3” (They were all supposed to be similar in nature as well), so of course being the paper crafter that I am, I made 3 ornaments using paper crafting items from my stash! 🙂

A while back I had bought a large supply of bambo embroidery hoops because I wanted to have a try at making these ADORABLE ornaments that I found a tutorial for last year on Splitcoaststampers.com – CLICK HERE to check out the tutorial and make one for yourself! (That tutorial called for a 3″ hoop, but mine are a bit larger at 4″ here.)

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So for my ornament here, I used a stitched circle die to cut those lovely plaid papers from Lawn Fawn (looks like it retired!) and then I also cut another stitched circle from some gray colored papers to match.  On the Gray circle, I white heat embossed the Tim Holtz Mini Weathered Winter Snowflake and then took a sponge dauber to add a bit of white ink in some places.  I placed a wood veneer snowflake over top the center of the heat embossed snowflake and then added a dot of silver Nuvo Crystal Drops in the center.

For the outside of the hoop, I’ve had this silver tinsel in my stash for a few years (looks like the package says it is for a mini tree decoration.  LOL…IDK!)  I glued it around the edge of it, attached a silver bow at the top and then ran some silver cord around the top for hanging on the tree.  They are simple, quick and easy to make, but I had lots of fun with it for sure!  So it was nice to have placed third as a bonus!

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This is one of my entries for “Hand-Stamped item Other Than a Card”.  (I will share my other two entries for this category on another post coming later on!)  If you had followed along with my other blog or “know me” on Splitcoaststampers.com, then you may have seen the tutorial that I made for them called “Shaker Money Holder” (Click name to view tutorial or click the photo for it on the sidebar of my blog here.)  I basically took the same concept for it and adapted the measurements to make it a gift card holder instead.

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I have been wanted to play with this really fun stamp set from Pink and Main called Christmas Mugs which I’m sure I’ll be using again this year!  Yum! 🙂  It was the perfect compliment for gifting a Starbucks gift card!  (This was one of the “many” purchases I had made when I went to the Collinsville, IL stamp convention earlier this Summer!  So happy that Pink and Main had a booth there!)

For this shaker gift card holder, I stamped the candy cane from the same stamp set with some red Staz On ink before adding the shaker contents to it.  I had fun coloring the mug image with Copics and glitter gel pens.  I’ve also added some shimmer to the liquid in the cup with a Shimmer glitter pen.  I then fussy cut it out and used my Xyron machine to make a “sticker” with it to attach to the plastic.  I white heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set over red card stock, die cut it with a banner die and attached it in the same way I did the mug.  If you follow along with my tutorial, i was finished off in a very similar manner.

Now looking at this photo, I’m thinking it would have been cute to add one of those snowflake accents to the center of the bow or around the red banner! LOL!!  It was fun and easy to make regardless and will be nice to have on hand for Christmas!  It was also very nice to see that it got placed 3rd too!

Hope you have enjoyed my post today and seeing the things I have been so busy with creating this Summer!  I always look forward to Fall and the end of the year projects so I know things will start getting really busy soon!  I have lots to prepare for the up-coming craft booths that I will be sharing with my mom this year!

Thanks so much for dropping in!

*With the exception of the above card, I won’t enter the Christmas projects in any challenges due to the fact that I had made these in July. *

Challenges for card ONLY:

  1.  Use Your Stuff – Summer Fun  (What could be more fun than laying in a suncatcher?  LOL!)
  2. Papercraft Challenges – Summer
  3. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  4. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + a sentiment
  5. Creative Knockouts – Sparkle and Shine

 

Spots and Dots for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday once again and time for another new challenge over at the Cute Card Thursday blog!  I really enjoy creating with challenges as it gives me inspiration and a push to finish a design in a way I might not have thought about doing otherwise.  If you haven’t done this yet with your card making, I encourage you to give it a try…you never know what you might come up with!

I know we are in the heat of August, but I think this month is going by fairly quickly and the Autumn Season will be here before you know it!  I was inspired by this along with another GORGEOUS image released this month from Whimsy Stamps, so check out my card for this week’s Cute Card Thursday challenge:

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I have used this stunning Fall image From Whimsy Stamps called Autumn Harvest Ride by Crissy Armstrong.  I had some older Fall papers from my stash that had this fun dotted print on them and used these for the theme of the challenge to combine it with this wonderful Fall image as well.

The special card design I’ve used is called a Center Step Card.  (Click on the link to see the tutorial on how to make one for yourself on Splitcoaststampers.)

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Upon a closer look at the design, I have also used a brand new (to me) elegant die cut by Spellbinders that I received as a prize winning from a fellow blog friend at Granny’s Attic.  (Thank you Connie, love the die!)  I’ve cut that with some garden green color and used that as a “back-drop” for my main image panel.  I’ve taken the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Border Trio Dies and cut another garden green piece for the image to sit.  I’ve also stamped out the sentiment with the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments set and cut it out with an older Whimsy Stamps tag die to attach on the image panel with some twine.  I popped up the image panel with craft foam and layered this on the center panel of my card design.  I’ve also added a couple of Prima leaves between that.  I’ve attached some other dotted papers to the other panels including the bottom long panel and wrapped some gold ribbon around the bottom one before attaching it.  Lastly the gold ribbon and twine bows were added along with the button in the center gold bow and then I’ve added gold enamel dots on the side panels.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and the coloring I’ve done with it.  I’ve mainly used my Copic markers to color it in and then added some gold gel pen coloring to the carousel pole, the saddle and bridle with the gold parts on them.  I took some Tinsel Stickles glitter to add to the “dots” on the saddle and bridle.  I then fussy cut it and attached it over the white dotted background and garden green border panel at the bottom.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and inspired you in some way to come and play along with us over at the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog!  Be sure to stop by and take a look at the rest of the wonderful creations from the design team.

I’ll be back again soon to share more creations!  Have a great day!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used on my card today.  Click on the photos for a direct link to the product.

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Here are the challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  3. My Time to Craft – More Than One Fold
  4. Shopping Our Stash – Leaves
  5. Crafty Gals Corner – Add Ribbon and/or Bow

Basket of Best Friends

Hello friends!  Hope that you had a wonderful weekend!  I enjoyed spending time with hubby as he always makes me laugh…we have fun together no matter what we do!

Today I’d like to share another new creation I made from the Whimsy Stamps new August Digital release.  I fell in love with these guys and thought it would be perfect on just a simple little design:

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This cute image is called Pups in a Basket.  I like that you can almost create any type of color or breed with this image by coloring it however you want.  So I found this adorable image online that I wanted to try and resemble the breed/coloring of:

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Are these guys just as cute and fluffy as can be?!   I want to pet them! LOL!   Of course the real thing has got to be the best! 🙂  And how cute would it be to add a red hankerchief to one of these pups on the image?  So many fun things to possibly do with them!

I used some plaid papers I had in my stash and I wanted them to be somewhat neutral in color due to the accents of blue.  I’ve white heat embossed the banner at the top with the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments stamp set.  Cut out all the panels with some dies and attached them to a top folding white A2 sized card base.  Lastly, I found some blue sequins to match and added some glitter accents to the centers.

Here’s a closer look at the image:

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I’ve used my Copic markers to color it in and couldn’t help but also add some rosy cheeks with a white dot for hightlights on them too!  This was so fun to color and how fun would this be to make up for someone with a new best friend!

So what type of breed or color(s) do you see in this image?  I’d love to know what you think!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my card and I’ll be back again soon to share more!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today (click photo for more information about it!):

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Challenges:

  1.  CCEE Stampers (CCEE1831) – Coloring Book Day (colored image)
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes
  5. Sunny Day Crafting – Anything Goes + animal on project
  6. That’s Crafty – Animal Magic

Dare to Get Dirty Challenge Results Finale

Hello friends!  Are you glad it’s Friday?  Sometimes I think where did the week go and other times, it seems forever before we get to the weekend!  I know that although I am a homemaker, there is still something about the weekend getting here.  Hubby still works so perhaps that the reason, I’m not sure.  None-the-less TGIF!  🙂

I know you had gotten used to seeing (lots of you really enjoyed looking at them each week too!) the Friday results of ICAD, but now that it’s over, I still have a different kind of results to share with you.  As in this last Monday’s post, the following creations that I’m showing on my blog here are from the Splitcoaststampers “Dare to Get Dirty” challenges for fan club members (only) for the week long event which ends today for the challenges.  I think they’ll give you a few extra days to upload your creations just in case you need some time to complete some challenges.  If that link above to SCS does not work for you, then you need to be a fan club member to see the challenge details.  CLICK HERE for information regarding that if you are interested.

And as I mentioned in Monday’s post also, I am not able to reveal the full details of how I went about making these creations.  But, if you are a fan club member on Splitcoaststampers, then you will know exactly what I’m talking about here! 🙂

The first card here was made for Anita’s challenge:

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I will say that the products I’ve used on this design are from a Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box.  (This was from a previously released box.)  I really love the cool and unique things in these kits! It was hubby’s idea to add the Starbucks gift card on the inside! LOL!  Good one hunny!  (He wanted me to give him credit for that!)  Let’s just say that I had a BLAST creating this one!  🙂

challenges for the above card:

  1.  4 Crafty Chicks – Out of This World/Space
  2. Creative Knockouts – Fancy Fold
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Distress It (distressed edges)
  4. Sweet Stampin’ – Travel

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This card was so fun!  It seems to be a creation that was commented on over in the gallery quite a bit.  This was made for Angie’s challenge and I really like how this one turned out too.  The little piggy, sentiment and sentiment die all came from My Favorite Things.  I paper pieced the heart for the little piggy.  🙂

challenges for the above piggy card:

  1.  Stamping Sensations (August) – ‘current’ favorite stamp (OMG this pig!)
  2. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies – AugustHLS AG with Dies Badge
  3. Try It On Tuesday – Inspired by Song (‘Total Eclipse of the Heart‘ by Bonnie Tyler & ‘Smile‘ by Uncle Kracker)

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This was for Sandee’s challenge.  I’m getting ready to be in need of some masculine cards coming up in the next few months or so, so I’m trying to get ahead of the game by having them on hand!  Let’s see how that goes!   Do you remember the cool Stamp On It products that I purchased from my Stamp Convention trip in THIS POST?  I’ve used it again on this card.

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This is a challenge that is released today at the “Dare to Get Dirty” event for Kelli Jo’s second challenge.  I think it turned out pretty cool and can I just say that I wish I had this hair?!  LOL!  The sentiment was white heat embossed from My Favorite Things More Essential Sentiments and then I added some heart sequins.  And that’s all I can say about it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my creations even if you don’t understand how I’ve arrived at the completed design.  🙂    Looking back at these now, I can see how they could each fit into a masculine style category which is pretty cool!

Thank you so much for stopping through my blog and having a look!  Hope you will consider becoming a subscriber or check on updates in your favorite reader with me…I have much more to share!

Enjoy your weekend!

Charmed at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  I thank you all so much for your latest comments on my posts, I do read them all and appreciate what you have to say.  🙂

It is Thursday once again and there is a new challenge issued over at Cute Card Thursday which is “Charms“.  You can never have too many charms, right?  So pull one out and use it to enter a project with us this week!  We would love to see what you come up with!

We are sponsored again by the lovely All Dressed Up Stamps and here’s what I’ve made for my card this week:

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I saw this sweet little image and knew I needed to put it on a card! 🙂  I have used this adorable ADU Christmas Deer image for my design today.

My card size is a 5×5 square design.  I have used a stitched square die to cut some snowflake papers from my stash to mount onto a navy piece of card stock which I then placed over a white top folding card base.  Before placing it down, I added the white ribbon around it with the bow.

As you can see the ribbon is where I have the snowflake charm attached.  I’ve attached it with some silver thread which I’ve also used in a ‘nest’ form behind my circle image panel.  I thought it would be cute to take the silver ribbon not only for the center of my white bow, but another bow around the deer’s neck.  I die cut some snowflakes with glitter paper for accents and then added some glass enamel dots to the centers.  For the circle image panel, I colored the image and cut it out with a circle die and then cut a stitched scallop circle in navy to place behind it and then popped that up with some craft foam.

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Here’s a closer view of the intricate coloring details on the deer.  I left his antelors plain and just colored in around them.  I used white and red gel pen for the dots.  I also took a silver glitter pen to add more dots around the snowflakes.

On the bottom of the circle I’ve attached some faux snow glitter flakes for the deer to stand on.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to check out the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog for more inspiration from the design team!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I will have another fun post to share with you tomorrow!  🙂

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up (ADU83) – Anything Goes + ADU image
  2. Daisy Chain – Anything Goes
  3. Tuesday Throwdown (TT404) – Anything Goes
  4. Back to Basics & Beyond – Use a Digital Image
  5. Christmas with the Cuties – Add Some Sparkle

 

Splish Splash New Design Team FUN!

Hello friends!  I am VERY excited to share my first post with you today as a new design team member for the Whimsy Stamps Digital Design Team!  Woot!! Woot!

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For those of you that have followed along with me for a while on my other blog know that I have previously worked with them as a DT member for other postions on the team over a period of several years.  This is simply because I adore Whimsy Stamps along with the owner and several others involved with this company.  I just love the images and working with them.  What better way to enjoy creating and coloring with the products than being apart of the team!  I’d like to share my creation today with this new image that was released at the beginning of this month:

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I find these penguins from Crissy Armstrong in the store absolutely adorable!  They all make me smile, but how fun is this cute Penguin Bubble Bath image!  🙂  The image was colored with my Copic markers as well as certain areas with gel pens and then I brushed over the shower cap and bubbles with a clear glitter shimmer brush pen.  I also decided to do a little paper piecing with her shower cap using the August release digital papers called Wonky Circles.

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Of course there is so much sparkly goodness on this card that it’s hard to capture in just one photo, so I tried to angle it a bit to give you another view from the sparkly gel pens on the bubbly drink, water and claw feet on the tub.  The shimmer brush pen details can be found on her shower cap as well as the bubbles.  And if that wasn’t enough sparkle, I’ve added a strip of glitter paper along the left side of the image and then finished it off with some Studio Katia Cyrstal Clear Confetti sequins.

The sentiment I’ve used in the upper right corner of the image panel comes from a Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set called Everyday Mini Sentiments.

I wanted to create a special birthday card with this image in mind, so that when you lift up the penguin image, the card opens up like this….

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I’ve taken more of the these Wonky Circles digital papers and used them for the inside of my card design and created a pocket for a gift card to fit inside.  I thought a Bath & Body Works gift certficate would be fun to use with this image! LOL!

For the inside sentiment, I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps Happy Everything Clear stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then added the circle elements with some ink to coordinate with the paper.

If you are interested in how to make a “Fancy Fold Gift Card Holder” for yourself, it’s quick and easy to do!  CLICK HERE for a link I found on You Tube!

If you are interested in a fun Whimsy Stamps giveaway, CLICK HERE on Facebook to see the full details on the Kit and Clowder FB group!!

Here are the direct links to the Whimsy Stamps products found on my card today:

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Here are some challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes with a critter
  2. Aud Sentiments – For the Girls + sentiment
  3. Craft Rocket – Anything Goes
  4. Seize the Birthday – with toppings of “water!”1175095_10151587494757547_730720239_n
  5. Crafting with an Attitude – Anything Goes