Wednesday, April 23, 2014

creative technique

Head on over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog and find out about the fun technique I am sharing with you today! And of course, there is a chance to win!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

MFT Design Team April Creative Challenge: Jazz Up Flowers

Welcome to the April MFT Design Team Creative Challenge! This month the design team is being challenged to jazz up our flowers with pattern or texture, or even both! My first problem was narrowing down which of all the gorgeous MFT Flowers I would use! I immediately went for MFT Die-namics, because of the all the possibilities!

After I grabbed my cardstock and Die-namics, I started working on the base of the card. Steel Grey cardstock seemed like a super way to get the bright flowers to pop off the card. A panel of Steel Grey cardstock was trimmed and stamped with On The Diagonal Background with Steel Grey ink. The sentiment was stamped onto a Die-namics Dimensional Banners die cut from Primitive White cardstock.  

Then I die cut Razzle Berry cardstock with Die-namics Upsy-Daisy. This set of Die-namics has three flowers, each one step down in size. Each flower was stamped with Darling Dots in Razzle Berry ink. Once the ink dried, I placed each flower on a special foam mat and used a tool kit for creating realistic flowers. By pressing the large end of the stylus tool (shown above) in a circular motion into the center of the flower, it caused the cardstock to curl up and add dimension to the flower. Now, I did use a special kit, but, you could just as easily use a mouse pad and an old stencil stylus tool you have in your tool stash. 

I repeated the same process for the leaves. The Sour Apple cardstock was die cut with the leaves from
Die-namics Upsy-Daisy. I curled the leaves by running the stylus along once side of the leaves. After I took this photo, I realized that the leaves needed some pattern too, so they were stamped with the striped image from Washi Patterns in Sour Apple ink.

And here is a side look at all the fun dimension and pattern added to the flowers. I love being able to make them look so much more real. It gives them so much more life!

For the inside, I added a flower that did not get added dimension with the tool kit, but got all the great pattern with stamps. The sentiments on both the front and inside are from Sunflower Sweetheart.

Head on over to the MFT Blog and see what the rest of the team is up to with their flower creations. You know it will be inspiring! I cannot wait to hop along myself!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay."
Matthew 28:6

May you have a blessed Easter Sunday! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

new MFT Hybrid ink review

Happy Friday! Today I am up on the MFT Blog sharing tips, ideas, and mini-projects using the new Hybrid Inks! I had a ton of fun creating and let me tell you, the fun has only just begun, as I have some really great techniques to share with you in the near future!

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Storybook stamps from Avery Elle

I am pretty excited to share these cards with you today!  They were stamped using the new Storybook stamp from Avery Elle. This set is pretty special because my friend, and fellow Go-To-Gal Heather Campbell drew these images!

Completely sweet, I love these images. And all the little details that go along with them! Like the little birds I used on the banner. And yes, that is color pencil I used to color the image. I have a bit of a kick going on with them right now. I am terribly rusty and need to keep practicing! :)

The image is layered on Baby Mine Boy paper from Carta Bella and thin muslin that was die cut. And say hello to my new obsession, wood dots! Swoon!

For my second card, I used colored pencil on Steel Grey cardstock. Love the results! 

Sometimes the color pencil would hide the stamped lines, so I used a black Copic pen to bring the lines back out again.

The white dots were added with white colored pencil. And I used the blending pencil, once I was done coloring, to get a smoother color finish.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow and get linked to the MFT Blog for my review on the new Hybrid inks. I have lots of ideas and tips to share! Plus, get a look at many of the colors in action!

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Supplies for Welcome Little One Card:

Supplies for Make A Wish Card:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

just for you

Happy Tuesday! I hope that you had a good weekend and a great start to your week! We enjoyed 82 degrees on Saturday and did not enjoy 37 degrees yesterday. Well okay then, spring. :) 

I am trying to bring the warmer temperatures back with my card today. I am using stamps and dies from the Mothers and Fathers release from Simon Says Stamp.

I started by die cutting Butterfly Drift from gold foiled cardstock. Look at how gorgeous the tiny outline is in gold! I set aside the inside butterflies to use at a later time.

I passed the die through my manual die cutting machine again, but this time with Smooth White cardstock. I watercolored each of the butterlies using watered-down MFT Dye Inks. For more on that technique, check out this: Watercolor Background Tutorial.

I finished the card off by adding a smaller gold butterfly and an enamel dot to the center of the largest and middle butterfly. The sentiment is just perfect, look at that font! Its from Summer Garden, a new stamp set. I stamped it with the new MFT Hybrid Black Licorice Ink. Hellooo new favorite black ink! More about that later this week as I will have a review of the inks, plus lots of ideas on how to use them!

And one last thing, just so you know, I am now an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp. Its a great store with great products. Use the text links in my posts, photo links at the bottom of my posts, or the button on the right side bar of my blog to help you shop. I would greatly appreciate it! :)

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