Friday, May 24, 2019

Wreath Bulding with MFT & Gina K Designs


My Favorite Things is now carrying Gina K Designs' Wreath Builder Templates 
for all of you wreath loving fans. This template set is a game changer when it comes to
constructing and designing a wreath on your projects.



Solid stamps work best for building a wreath. I chose to do (gasp!) a little surgery
on the Flower Silhouettes bloom and leaves. I trimmed off the long stems and cut apart
the leaves to a more manageable size that would fit on a wreath.



For my card, I used the 4" template, stamping the flowers in pink and the leaves in
two shades of green. I dotted the middle of the blooms with a pink Copic marker.
Because you're always turning the card within the template, you get a perfect
wreath every time.

Visit My Favorite Things for more inspiration using the Wreath Builder Templates,
then pick yours up and start building a wreath today!



Thursday, May 23, 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch #323


CAS(E) this Sketch #323 is a retro one from former teammie Leigh.




Here's my take from September 2015.




And here's my 2019 version.



Houses were cut from the cover plate and ink distressed, fading to the bottom,
adhered to a card base, then finished off with the stamped 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, May 30th
and as the weekly winner you could be joining us on a future sketch.
 


Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop--Day 2




It's Day 2 of Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop! Join us for three days of
celebrating Hero Arts' 45th Anniversary--wow!--and the launch of their
2019 Summer Catalog.

Hero Arts was my introduction to stamping and their Flickr group was where
I found friendships that continue till today. I'm thrilled and honored to be one of
the stops in today's lineup.
 
First, here's my card that I created using the From the Vault All Stamp Bold Prints
Catalog Bundle. I wanted the background stamp because it features images from some
of their earliest woodblock stamps that they pulled "from the vault." And as a bonus,
I received the Summer Catalog--such a great deal!
I white embossed the stamp and did my favorite ink distressing in rainbow colors.
I found the perfect sentiment  in the Believe in Yourself Narwhal set. I whie embossed it
on a piece of black card stock and trimmed it, then popped it up on the card.



And it wouldn't be a celebration without PRIZES and Hero Arts pulled out all the stops
with the help of some amazing and generous friends and sponsors.




Visit Hero Arts for the list of prizes and the list of today's hop participants.

The hop wraps up tomorrow, Day 3, and starts at the Hero Arts blog.
Winners will be drawn from people who comment along the blog hop for all three days.
The more you comment, the better your chances of winning!

Comment by Sunday, June 2nd at 11:59PM PST and winners will be announced
on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Thanks so much for celebrating Hero Arts' 45th Anniversary!


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

MFT Wed Sketch Challenge #438




Here's this week's Wednesday Sketch Challenge #438.



And here's my take on it.




The hexagon shape from Blueprints 33 was cut from Limelight card stock and
stamped with the dot background for texture. The largest shape was used to cut
the front edge of a white card base. A Limelight panel was stamped with thin
stripes and adhered to the card base then topped with the smaller piece.

The little watermelon cutie was stamped, colored with Copic markers and cut
with the matching Die-namics. She was popped up on the card and finished off
with assorted green enamel dots.




If you'd like to be the random winner of a $50 MFT gift voucher, visit the MFT blog
for all the details and deadline, and join us. We'd love to see you in the gallery!



Monday, May 20, 2019

2019 To Bee or Not to Bee Blog Hop


Happy World Bee Day!

Blogging friend Milka is hosting another awareness blog hop, and this time,
it's all about BEES! The aim of the hop is to support bees and the protection of bees
as well as raise public awareness on the importance of bees and beekeeping.




In 2018 the UN designated May 20th as World Bee Day to raise awareness of the
importance of bees and other pollinators, the threats they face, and their contribution
to sustainable development.

Milka has rounded up bloggers, sponsors, and prizes, too! Hop with us, learn about
the importance of bees, and comment to win prizes from these generous sponsors
as well as prizes from individual bloggers.




The hop starts and ends at Milka's blog. You should have arrived here from
Amy Tsuruta's fun and fabulous blog. Before I send you on your way, meet my
card for the hop with products from sponsor Honey Bee Stamps.




The sentiment was stamped on white card stock and a honeycomb pattern was
cut through with hexagon dies. The panel was adhered to a white card base and
the hexies were ink distressed in yellow, then  popped back in their respective
spaces, making sure to line up the sentiment.

I stamped the bee and her happy face, then colored her with Copics and cut
her out with the matching dies. I popped her up on the card and stamped the
bee trail and spattered some "honey" over the card.

All right, off you go to Kathy Curry's blog, and continue on from there. Leave 
comments on all hop participants to be eligible for prizes. If you encounter a 
broken link, please visit Milka's blog for the complete list of blogs.

Thank you so much for hopping with us. Enjoy the rest of the hop and we hope 
you were enlightened on the importance of BEES. 



Thursday, May 16, 2019

MFT May Birthday Project--Make a Wish


It's not a birthday celebration without candles--a single number candle for little ones
is always a winner while a towering inferno of colorful candles can't be beat for "big ones".
Light it up this month and show us your cards featuring CANDLES.



For my project, I cut candles from white card stock and colored them with Copic 
markers. The candle flames were cut from shiny gold card stock. I adhered the 
candles to a white card base in rainbow order, then adhered the flames at an angle 
to appear as if they're being blown.

The sentiment was gold embossed and I finished off the card with the double
stacked frame.


Visit the MFT blog for all the details on how you can be the random winner of a
$50 MFT gift voucher when you join the challenge.


CAS(E) this Sketch #322


Here's this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #322, compliments of yours truly.




And after watching this video by MFT teammate Stephanie, I came up with this.



 I followed Stephanie's tutorial using glossy card stock and Distress Oxide inks
then followed up with a coating of Distress Glaze. I trimmed the fleshy part of
the fruit and added the "rind" on the bottom, then adhered them to a white
card base. The seeds and sentiment strip were cut from Steel Grey card stock
and adhered to the card.

* * *

Have you ever seen square watermelons? Apparently in Japan, they start
growing them in square molds and by the time they're ready to harvest,
a square watermelon is born. They're purely ornamental and not meant to be eaten
but still, fun to look at.




* * * 

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, May 23rd and as the weekly
winner you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

MFT Wed Sketch Challenge #437



 Welcome to another MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Here's Sketch #437.



And here's my take on the sketch.




Different shapes of Drops were cut from white card stock and ink distressed
in rainbow colors. I adhered them to a Grout Gray card base to resemble splashes.
The little painter bear was stamped, colored and cut with the matching Die-namics
then adhered to the card. The white embossed sentiment finished off the card.



Visit My Favorite Things for all the details on how you could be the random
winner of a $50 MFT gift voucher!



Friday, May 10, 2019

Tag You're It Challenge #87--Spring Colours



It's time for a new Tag You're It Challenge. Here's the inspiration photo
for Tag You're It #87.



And here's my tag.



All of the design elements were cut from white card stock and ink distressed
in springtime colors. I adhered them to a tag and stamped the sentiment.
Gray and white twine was threaded through the tag and I scored a few lines
on the tag for a bit of interest.

Join the challenge and as the winner, you could be featured on a future
challenge! Link up your tag(s) by Wednesday, May 22nd.
We hope to see you in the gallery!


Thursday, May 9, 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch #321


Teammie Brian brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #321.




And here's what I came up with.




Watercolor card stock was ink distressed with two colors of Distress inks and spattered
with water. A strip was torn and adhered to a white card base. Zig markers were
painted on Bristol card stock and blended with water, then cut with the fish die.
They were adhered on the "water" and the card was finished off with the sentiment.


Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Brian's sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, May 16th and as the weekly
winner, you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!


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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

MFT May 2019 Release and MFT & Friends




It's time to shop! My Favorite Things May Release is now available for
purchase in the MFT Store!

It's also time for MFT & Friends, when the Creative Team--and friends--
share fresh ideas and more inspiration with the May Release.

For my project, I paired Pure Innocence Sweet Summertime girl with the
Watermelon Slice Die-namics.


The All Lined Up Background was white embossed on green card stock and
trimmed at a wonky angle for a bit of interest, then adhered to a card base. 
 The watermelon pieces were assembled and the seeds were cut from black card
stock and glued into the seed spaces.



The little girl was stamped, colored with Copics, then cut with the matching
Die-namics. The watermelon was adhered to the card and the little girl was
popped up over it. The sentiment was white embossed on black card stock, then
cut with the new Skinny Strip Die-namics, and popped up on the card.
Pink enamel dots finished off the card.



All right, off you go! Don't forget to visit all Creative Team members' blogs and leave
a comment for a chance to win one of two $100 MFT gift vouchers! Thanks so much
for stopping by during the Countdown, and happy shopping!