Monday, August 07, 2017

MFT Sketch & Colour Challenges


First up the colour challenge. This one was a bit tricky for me, since I don't have these colours and they are pretty unique. I managed to find a blue-ish purple that worked for "Purple Rain" (I think I used a now retired SU!). The "Factory Green" wasn't too difficult to match either. However, since I don't have inks to go with the three vibrant colours, I decided to rely on Copics.

I made a simple scene, using a cloud stitched die on some Soft Stone card stock (filling in for Grout Gray). I adhered that to the sky and then stamped and cut out my dragon and his little puff of smoke. 


It still felt too simple once assembled, so I decided to make my sky a starry sky. I used a bit of watered down silver reinker and the end of a paint brush to add little dots all over. I also added a shimmer layer to my dragon.



Supplies:
Stamps: Magical Dragons
Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Silver reinker
Paper: Dark Blue/Purple, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Stone, White
Accessories, etc.: Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders, wink of stella


Now, onto the sketch. I have to say, this one was giving me a similar vibe to one a few weeks back, but I still like it. I wasn't really sure where I wanted to go with this, so I just kind of started playing around. When inspiration isn't immediate, I find that I work best to just get out some watercolour paper, some distress inks, and go with it. It worked!

I decided to start with a piece of paper edged with one of the stitched scallop basic edges. Next I did a water wash and added in rainbow stripes (Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet). Once that was done, I was looking around my desk, and remembered that I have the Floral Fantasy stamp. I tend to forget about rubber stamps, but I still appreciate how much sturdier rubber  background stamps feel. So I spritzed the 6x6 background with water and held it on my background for a few seconds. I gave it almost a batik or tie-dye look. To accentuate the background image even more, I decided to stamp the same image with versamark and apply clear embossing powder. It's subtle, but a really neat look.


To finish it off, I stamped a sentiment from the Rainbow of Happiness set (so sad to see this one retired) and to balance the black sentiment, I added some sheer black polka dot ribbon. This is from a super old ribbon share I did years ago, but this stuff still is classic. Love products that don't really fall out of trend!

Supplies:
Stamps: Floral Fantasy, Rainbow of Happiness
Ink: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, Versamark, Black
Paper: White, Watercolour
Accessories, etc.: stitched scallop basic edges dies, ribbon, clear embossing powder



Sunday, August 06, 2017

Popsicles & Splatters




Here's my post for this last week's Simon Says Challenges.

Monday's Challenge was Food and/or Drink, so I pulled out Ice Cream Dream and some distress inks. I started with a piece of watercolour paper and painted a washed background from Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, and Salty Ocean. Once that was done, I stamped the popsicles all over with versamark and then embossed them with white embossing powder. Next, to give them a little "pop", I added more ink.

The sentiment comes from the Wishing and Sending set. I stamped the banner image with Aqua Mist ink and cut it out. Next I die cut Wishing, adhered that over top and added some glossy accents to give it that nice shine.


Supplies:
Stamps: Ice Cream Dream, Wishing and Sending (SSS)
Ink: Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Versamark, Black, Aqua Mist
Paper: White, Waterclour, Black
Accessories, etc.: Glossy Accents, Wishing Die, White Embossing Powder


Wednesday's Challenge was Splatter It, so I pulled out distress inks, the Butterfly Drift die, and Many Thanks.

Once again I started with watercolour paper. I applied a wet wash all over and then pushed various inks into the wash. Once that was dry, I splattered more ink and also spritzed water overtop. I die cut the Butterfly Drift out of that and adhered the outline only to the card base. I adhered each of the solid images to fun foam and attached them for that extra dimension. I finished it off by rounding the corners of the card and adding a greeting from the Many Thanks Set.





Supplies:
Stamps: Many Thanks (SSS)
Paper: Watercolour, White
Inks: Black Onyx, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Blueprints Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Squeezed Lemonade
Accessories, etc.: Corner Rounder Punch, Butterfly Drift die



Friday, August 04, 2017

Dare to Get Dirty 2017

So it's been several years since I contributed to the Dare to Get Dirty challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. However, this was really the website where I "put down my crafting roots".  I was part of the Dirty Dozen starting in August 2007 (ten years ago!). A lot has changed since then, but I am still an avid crafter and stamper.

Although I didn't host any challenges, I provided samples for a few of the challenges. I thought I would share my projects here and encourage you to check out the challenges.

I won't share the specific challenge details (that's part of the fun, those details are for Fan Club members only), but here are my cards and the write-ups copied over from SCS:



I put this together for Edna15's challenge.

I have to stick to a stamping budget, so sometimes even though there are coordinating dies for a stamp set, I don't buy them! I also like my images to look a certain way, so I have gotten quite used to cutting them out.

This birthday bouquet was for my Grandmother's 80th birthday.

Stamps: Gran's Garden, Pen & Ink
Paper: White, Dark Chocolate
Paper Size: 5x6.5
Ink: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunshine, Honey Nut, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate
Accessories: Mix and Mat Scallops Die


I put this together for jeannes's challenge
A while back, I made a similar card with the dotty butterfly trails using nuvo drops. However, I decided to use black acrylic paint and a stylus to get the same look. The perks to using the paint and stylus- easier to control, dries quickly and flat!

Stamps: Butterfly Hope, Polka Dot Basics
Paper: White, Harvest Gold
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Harvest Gold, True Black
Accessories: black acrylic paint, sheer polka dot ribbon, stitched scallop basic edges die, butterfly hope die


I put this together for va.sunshine's challenge.

For this card, I first embossed the hearts onto the vellum using white embossing powder. I then created a window card base and sandwiched the vellum between the front white piece and the card base. I added a few colourful heart dies and the celebrate word. I thought it'd be a fun and different wedding card.

Stamps: XOXO
Paper: White, Vellum, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush
Paper Size: A2
Ink: versamark
Accessories: good times die, xoxo die, mix and mat scallop die, white embossing powder
Techniques: heat embossing

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Sparkly Unicorns

 


Sometimes it's just a rainbows and unicorns kind of day- at least that's the sentiment I've used on this card!

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week is Anything Goes. So I decided to just sit down, play with some stamps, and see where it lead me!

Here's the card, I started with the blue stitched cloud background (Lawn Fawn). Isn't that such a fun backdrop for various animals or creatures? I was going to pull out the dragons, but my circle panel was a bit too small, so I thought the Mama Elephant unicorns from Unicorn and Rainbows was perfect!
I coloured the unicorn with Copics and applied a nice layer of Spectrum Noir clear sparkle over top. I knew I wanted the contrast of orange for my main panel, and then I found this sparkle paper in my stash. It's from a Michaels Recollections multi-pack, and I have to be honest, it reeks. I cannot be alone in thinking the smell of some of the specialty sparkle papers smells totally toxic? Anyone know of a good sparkle paper that doesn't reek? I'll just let the card air out for a bit before I send it out.

Anyway, despite the smell, it's a perfect match! In order to make sure my sentiment stamped well, I used archival dye ink and my MISTI.



Also, in other news- have you all seen Cathy's latest release over at Simon Says Stamp? I hope to get the Hello You and Yay sets soon. I also kind of want the Salty Ladies set. I'm sure we all know some friends that would totally go for those sentiments! I've been a Cathy fan for a long time. Her clean and simple scrapbooking style is amazing, so I was thrilled when she jumped into cardmaking recently!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Anything Goes and Balloons!

 Good evening! Tonight I'm featuring two different challenge cards.

First up- Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- You've got the Edge

I started with the blended background scalloped stitched edge (by MFT). I still kind of laugh whenever I use these dies. These are not actually the ones I meant to purchase, but I love them all the same. Really, how can you go wrong with scallops and stitching, right??

The colours I used for the background edge were Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade,  Twisted Citron, and Peacock Feathers.

My process for this card was actually deciding on the sentiment first. I figured, it's a SSS Challenge, why not pull out some SSS product. I keep some of my stamps in the Avery Elle style pockets, and i fit two in each pocket, so what do I have  tucked in with the Wishing and Sending set? The Adult Beverages set. I saw it and thought, Perfect!

I stamped two of the glasses and pulled out a few coordinating Copics and got to work. Once that was all done, I cut them out. I also added a touch of white gel pen for the little "shine" and Wink of Stella over it all to give it a shimmer.


Here's a close-up of my Copic colouring and the shimmer on these.



Next up is the Casology 5th anniversary challenge- Balloons. I had all sorts of lofty ideas, but I wanted to keep my card clean and simple, and I also didn't want to let all my recently pinned balloon cards influence me too much. It's also very hot here right now, and without central air conditioning, it can be a bit tough feeling motivated to be another more than a "blump" (that's blob+lump by the way)


I used another SSS set- Birthday Balloons. I love the simple balloon images in this set, and it has some really wonderful fonts. I stamped and fussy cut the balloons and then added a few sequins for interest. I was originally going to do this as a white card, but I liked the idea of balloons floating up against a sky-coloured backdrop.

Inks used were Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, and Amethyst Allure (form PTI)

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Colour Blocking



This week's Make it Monday challenge was Colour Blocking. There were a few different styles features. I decided to combine colour blocking and watercolour backgrounds.

I started off with some watercolour paper. Next I got our my 3x4 clear block and decided on 3 PTI colours.

I was in the mood for oranges-red, so I pulled out Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest and Summer Sunrise. I inked up the block, each colour getting about a third of the block. Then I spritzed it with water and held it on the watercolour paper. To get better transfer results, be sure to hold it there for 30-60 seconds or use a heavy object to press the block down.

I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I decided to bring out Tropics. Sure, these leaves aren't typically orange, but it's a fun bright card, so it works! I stamped and die-cut two of the leaves and added a greeting from the same set.


I had so much fun, I decided to do another version with more "realistic" leaf colours. My palette this time was Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, and Limeade Ice



Supplies:
Stamps: Tropics
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Black Onyx
Paper: Black,  Watercolour, Berry Sorbet, Tropical Teal
Accessories, etc.: Tropics dies

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MFT Colour Challenge 73

Hello!

Welcome back! Today I have a colour challenge card for MFT. As soon as I saw these colours, I thought flamingo! I have not used this set nearly enough since getting it, so I figured now was the perfect time!

Sadly, I do not own any of the MFT inks or papers, so I made do with what I had, making sure to feature all sorts of other MFT goodies.

I started with my teal background- just one shade of teal wasn't enough, so I decided to bring in three tones to make an interesting wavy sort of sky. I cut each piece from one of the Stitched Snow Drifts dies and then kind of puzzled them together.

Next, the stars of the show- the flamingos! I die cut those out of a coral card stock and inked up the wings with the coordinating ink for added dimension. I decided to bring in the lighter gray of the challenge by giving them some ground. Once I had that all together, I decided that it needed some clouds, and stitched clouds to go with the rest of the scene were perfect!



I finished it off with a sentiment from Tickled Pink! Definitely love all the flamingo-centric fun sentiments in that set!