Monday, August 25, 2014

MFT Creative Challenge + TWO Video tutorials

Welcome to the August design team Creative Challenge! This month the team was challenged to create projects with watercolor! Who doesn't love the look? Its so much fun and versatile and I could not wait to share with you a couple of techniques!

I have two different techniques on this card today and I cannot wait to share!

First up, color pencil watercolor resist! Ok, that's a mouthful, but the technique is very cool! I used Stencil  Large Polka Dot and a color pencil to color on the butterfly. The butterfly was cut from Sweet Tooth cardstock using Die-namics Winged Beauties. Watch the video below to see how to create the watercolor resist!

Direct video link: Color Pencil Watercolor Resist

Remember, you can click the play button in the window, or you can click the link above to watch the video.

The second watercolor technique on this card is the background. I used Stencil Jumbo Polka Dot. By applying Blu Raspberry ink through the stencil with a water brush, I was able to make a more controlled watercolor background. And I took it one step farther by stamping through the stencil with Typewriter Text Background. It added another layer and dimension. And hey, it was fun!

One more card with the Color Pencil Watercolor Resist technique. For this card I used Stencil Starry Nights and colored through it using a bright yellow pencil.

The watercolor over the top is watered down Nightshift Blue ink. (note to self and to you, wet your paper first before applying color to this large of an area, the color will be much smoother. but after you color with the pencil.)

The sentiment from Happy Graduation fit perfectly for the background. And the vellum helps keep the attention drawn to it as well.

Head over to the MFT Blog to see who is sharing inspiration today! You must go, because I saw some cards that knocked my socks off! What an amazingly talented group of women!

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Supplies for Hello Watercolor card:

Supplies for Reach for the Stars card:

Monday, August 18, 2014

first day of school

The first day of school has arrived! The little man is off to third grade! He has the only male teacher in the building and is very excited about it. Lots of cool things coming up for him this year!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

changes, always changes

Betsy Veldman. The name makes people instantly think of gorgeous creations full of beautiful color and ridiculous amounts of creativity. She has long been a huge inspiration to me, a real paper crafting hero. Imagine my starstruck-self knowing that I would get to not only meet her, but work with her as a Go-to-Gal! Meeting her was amazing, and working with her even better. But you know the best part? She is quiet, sweet, hilariously funny, giving, and just a wonderful person to spend time with. You can imagine my sadness when she told us the news this week. While I will miss having her around, I am grateful to know that her paper crafting inspiration will continue, just in a new way. I anxiously await to see what paths she will follow next because I know it will be phenomenal. And will probably cost me money. :)

Betsy, thank you for being wonderful. I wish you all the very bestest. Iowa girls always stick together. :)

For all the details, head over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Plugged In blog.

We all made cards for Betsy today, stop on over and see:

My card started with the sentiment from Winnie and Walter-could those words have been more perfect?!?! I don't think so. I stamped them with watermark ink onto die cut vellum and heat embossed with gold powder.

The background is also Winnie and Walter. The set is called Scenery; V is for cheVron. So many ways to stamp this set! I cannot wait to play even more!

The flower is die cut tissue from Hazel & Ruby. Eight layers were stack up and crumpled. I secured all the layers together with a brad from Carta Bella.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

MFT Release Rewind: August

One last look at the fantastic August release from My Favorite Things! The design team is showing off a last few projects to inspire you while you wait for your order, or maybe just convince you to pick up that one last item! 

I wasn't ready to be done using Witch Way to the Candy? from Birdie Brown yet. Who could be with those adorable critters?!?!

Each of the critters was colored with pencils, but this time I blended with the Blending Pencil.

The whole scene was mounted to a Steel Grey cardstock panel that was stamped with Cheesecloth Background in coordinating ink.

The background is Orange Fizz cardstock that was stenciled with Stencil Jumbo Polka Dot and Orange Fizz ink. The Sour Apple cardstock strip was stamped with Striped Backgrounds again in coordinating ink. (man, I really like that look apparently :))

How cool is Die-namics Spider Web Cover-Up? So many ways to use this die! I cut mine from Steel Grey cardstock and adhered it to a Black Licorice cardstock card base. 

I stamped the Spooky Sentiments wording onto Smooth White cardstock with Steel Grey ink and trimmed it out. The ghosts are foam mounted images die cut using Spooky Scene. (anyone else seeing Pac-Man ghosts in that little guy on the left? or is that just me?! :))

And one last project. I wanted to make treat holders the minute I saw all the perfect sentiments in Spooky Sentiments

I stamped the sentiment in Sweet Tooth ink onto Black Licorice cardstock that had been die cut with 
Die-namics Traditional Tags STAX. The rest of the background looks familiar, I am sure, but hey, go with what works and looks cute! :)

Be sure and head to the MFT Blog to get linked up to everyone There is two days worth of hopping. And be sure and visit our guest designer this month, I have noticed some pretty clever ideas from her!

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Supplies for Under Your Spell card:

Supplies for Scary Awesome card:

Supplies for Trick or Treat boxes: