Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hits & Highlights--Be the Star



This month the Creative Team is playing with STARS and the different ways to
interpret this stellar word into our projects.

I created a congratulatory card on an alcohol ink background.


The word "congrats" and assorted sizes of stars were die cut from silver
glitter paper. The alcohol inked piece was adhered to a white card base and
the stars and sentiment were adhered over it. A silver embossed sentiment
finished off the card.


 Visit today's Hits & Highlights post to see how the rest of the team took on
this month's challenge. Thanks for stopping by today!



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Essentials by Ellen August Essentials Challenge--Alcohol Inks


When I saw that the Essentials by Ellen August Challenge was to use alcohol inks,
I couldn't pass up the chance to join the inky fun.


https://www.ellenhutson.com/august-essentials-challenge


I was inspired by Giovanna's card to heat emboss an image on an alcohol ink background.




Mondo Hydrangea--my favorite mondo bloom--was gold embossed on an alcohol inked
piece, along with leaves on a green alcohol inked piece. I've heard that you shouldn't
heat emboss Yupo paper because of its synthetic properties, and I've heat embossed
sentiments on a card before with no problem.

This time, because of the surface area, there was some warping--especially with the
leaves--even though I was trying to keep the heat gun constantly moving.




At first I thought about doing the leaves again, but decided to leave them because I liked
the way they curled and I don't think I could have done it otherwise.

Thanks for stopping by!

CAS(E) this Sketch #289


CAS(E) this Sketch #289 is a retro one from former teammie Karolyn.


Here's my take back in, wow....2013?


And here's this week's autumnal take.


Whimsical Woodgrain was stamped on kraft card stock and trimmed to a
rectangular shape. All four corners were rounded off and the piece was ink
distressed around the edges then adhered to a white card base. Three leaves
were cut from watercolor card stock and ink distressed, then adhered to
the woodgrain piece. The sentiment was stamped on the card and finished off
with enamel dots.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, September 20th and
as the weekly winner, you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #402



Here's this week's Wednesday Sketch Challenge #402.



And here's my take on it.


Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots was stamped with Distress ink on Grout Gray card stock.
The Moroccan Mosaic Stencil was placed on an alcohol ink background and
tapped with ink blending solution to remove the color.

I trimmed out a rectangle from the alcohol ink piece and adhered it to the
card base. The sentiment was gold embossed on a strip of black card stock and
adhered to the card, then finished off with sequins.



Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you can be the random
winner of a $50 MFT gift voucher!



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

MFT & Friends--September 2018 Release



It's time for this month's MFT & Friends when the Creative Team--and guests!--
share fresh ideas and more inspiration with the current release.

My project uses the new Circle Trio Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics (say that
five times, quickly!) for a faux shaker card.


I adhered a sheet of the new Black and White Dots Patterned Paper on white card stock
then trimmed it smaller with a rectangle die. The three circles were cut through the
panel and I marked off the circles underneath so I knew where to ink distress the
background of each circle.

Three ghosts from Birdie Brown's Fab-BOO-lous Friends were stamped, colored with
Copics and cut with the matching Die-namics and adhered behind each circle.


The ghosts were adhered on the background, peeking through their respective openings. 
I added black frames over each circle and adhered clear sequins beside each ghost. The
sentiment was silver embossed on a sentiment strip and popped up on the card.

Head over to today's MFT & Friends post for more inspiration and ideas using 
MFT's September Release, and be amazed! Thanks for stopping by today!



Thursday, September 6, 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch #288


It's time for a new CAS(E) this Sketch
Here's Sketch #288, compliments of yours truly.


And here's how I interpreted the sketch.



I cut a piece of polka dot patterned paper, rounded off the corners and adhered
it to a white card base. An ink distressed butterfly was adhered to the card and
finished off with the white embossed sentiment.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, September 13th and
as the winner, you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

MFT September Just Add Color




For this month's Just Add Color, I decided to tackle Birdie Brown's Fall Friends
stamp set during a recent hurricane watch for Hawaii. 




I usually color the monthly Pure Innocence images but decided to forego tradition
and color the entire Fall Friends stamp set. Coloring them was relaxing and helped
keep my mind off of the imminent storm.

In case you missed it, here are the two cards I made with most of the images.





Visit today's Just Add Color post to see what coloring medium participating team
members used to color the September Release, and be inspired with their results!


MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #401



Here's this week's Wednesday Sketch Challenge #401.


And here's my take on it.


I was inspired by Heather Telford's card and how she used a round stencil
in a rectangular design. And I used her color scheme, too. The Moroccan Mosaic
Stencil was adhered to watercolor card stock and ink distressed with several
Distress inks. I trimmed the piece and adhered it to a Grout Gray card base.
The white embossed sentiment finished off the card.



Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you can win a
$50 MFT gift voucher as the random winner of the challenge!



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

MFT September New Product Launch and Release



It's time! You may now purchase My Favorite Things September Release in the
MFT Store! All spankin' new goodies are waiting for you here.

Before you go I want to share one more project with you and hopefully add to
your shopping list.

Every month Birdie Brown brings on the cuteness and this month's Fall Friends is
no exception. I made a round easel card using a tutorial from Beate Johns. Here's the
card when it's in the closed position.



And here it is opened up and propped like an easel with some leaves as the "stopper."



I used the scallop circle Die-namics and stamped the leaf images with Versamark
ink and assembled the easel per the instructions. The little girl and swag were
stamped and colored with Copics, then cut with the matching Die-namics.
I adhered all the pieces with foam tape and finished off with the stamped sentiment.



So there you have it--MFT's September Release! Don't forget to comment on all
participating Team Members' blogs by the end of the day on Thursday, Sept 6th
for a chance to win one of two $100 MFT gift vouchers! The more you comment, the
better your chance of winning!

Thanks so much for stopping by during the countdown and happy shopping!
 
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(Note: Comments are closed and winners have been chosen. Go here to see
if  you're one of them!)


Monday, September 3, 2018

MFT September Release Countdown Day 1



It's the final countdown day before My Favorite Things September Release!
All new products will go on sale tomorrow, September 4th at 10AM EST!


The new Happy Birthday Script has made it to the top of my favorite birthday
sentiment Die-namics. The font, the size--I love it all. It makes for a quick card for 
both genders and takes center stage on a card.


I created an alcohol ink background with three colors of ink and flicked on alcohol
with a brush. The Happy Birthday sentiment was cut through the piece and backed
with tape. The sentiment was also cut from shiny gold card stock, then puzzle pieced
into the respective spaces. I trimmed the piece and adhered it to a kraft card base.


Not a fan of alcohol inks? Here's an ink distressed background.


A watercolor panel was ink distressed and spattered with water then trimmed with
the wonky stitched rectangle. Happy Birthday was cut through and backed with
adhesive tape. Happy Birthday was then cut from black card stock and placed in
the respective space on the panel.


The panel was then adhered to a Grout Gray card base and the sentiment was stamped
beneath it. Glittery stars were cut from the new Sunset Glitter card stock in matching
ink colors and adhered to the card.

Be sure to stop by today's final countdown post at My Favorite Things for more
peeks at the new release and leave a comment there for a chance to win a $75 prize.
Hope to see you tomorrow for the New Product Launch!