Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shakers Gonna Shake

My Favorite Things is hosting a week focused on shaker cards.  If you have checked it out yet, you definitely want to head over to the blog because there are all sorts of prizes to be won.

Today the focus is shaker cards using word dies and I thought I would get in on the action.

I used the Happy Die-namics die, adding a small sentiment just above it.  Then I adhered a piece of acetate that was trimmed to cover just the word.  Foam tape was added along the top and bottom of the sentiment as well as along the edges of the outside letters to create my sequin pocket.

Once the sequins were in and the compartment sealed up with another piece of acetate, I added more foam tape to the entire panel to secure it to the card base.

For some extra definition and interest I added a couple thin strips of red metallic cardstock.

I thought about dressing it up a bit more, but decided to stay CAS.

Be sure to head over to the MFT blog to enter the giveaways this week and check out all the great tips and tricks that are being shared there.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  MFT - Grout Gray and Steel Gray cardstock; Recollections - Red metallic cardstock
Stamps:  MFT - LLD Be Original
Ink:  MFT - Hybrid Black Licorice Ink
Other:  MFT - Dienamics Happy Die; Neat & Tangled - Red and Crystal Clear sequins; Scotch - Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Love Makes a Home

It's my turn to share over at the Jane's Doodles blog today.

I recently picked up the Home Sweet Home set, I love these sweet houses, and knew I wanted to piece one.

All the papers you see are from Amy Tangerine's Ready Set Go 6x6 pad.  The house paper is a bit busier than I would normally use, but it was just so perfect for the card, so I went with a bolder background and more subtle neutrals on the pieced house.

I wanted to achieve an art journaling type look, so I added some doodles around the edges.

The sentiment was stamped twice to make sure it was dark enough to see clearly.

Several of the elements are also popped up for some extra dimension.

So fun, right?  I'm looking forward to doing some more stamping with these houses!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  AC - Ready Set Go 6x6 pad; Avery Elle - White Cardstock; CTMH - White Cardstock; MFT - Electric Red cardstock
Stamps:  Jane's Doodles - Home Sweet Home
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Kuretake - Glue Pen; Scotch - Foam Adhesive; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

MFT Sketch 224

Hooray for Wednesdays!

Time for a new sketch from MFT.  This one was so much fun, I got to break out some new goodies that I haven't had a chance to use yet.  Here's a sneak:

Head over to the blog to see the full card and check out what the rest of the team made.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Neat & Tangled / The Cut Shoppe Blog Hop

This week Neat & Tangled is hopping with The Cut Shoppe.

I must confess that I have sorely neglected my Silhouette the last several months, so I was excited to dust it off and pull it out to create some cards.

We were able to select several files to use for this week's collaboration.  I really love background cut files, and one of the great things about the Cut Shoppe is that you get the backgrounds in both 12" x 12" and 8 1/2" x 11" formats.  The 8 1/2" x 11" is perfect to create card backgrounds.

I've got carried away and ended up with three projects to share today.

This first card features the Geometric Graffiti background.  I cut the background, and then leaving it intact on the cutting mat stamped the Origami Map image.  I then used ink blenders to apply a rainbow of colors to the design.

The map image was then stamped onto a card base.  Then I started removing the die cut triangles and adhering them to the card base by lining up the stamped images.

The sentiment was embossed on a black strip of cardstock and popped up over some bits of vellum and punchinella.

My second card uses the Hip2BSquare background.  Again I used the 8 1/2" x 11" version shrinking it down to A2 size.  Once it was cut, I removed the cut from the sheet leaving the negative pieces intact.

I used my detail scissors to snip out a frame/opening within the die cut.  I placed the altered die cut over my cardstock panel and lightly traced around the opening with a pencil.  Then I removed the die cut piece and stamped around the opening with the large solid flower image from Paper Cut Flowers using several colors of ink.  I also stamped a sentiment from Paper Cut Flowers.

The die cut piece was then adhered to the stamped panel.  For some extra interest, I removed some of the negative cuts and colored them using the ink pads I used for the stamping and then placed them into the die cut background.

My last card is very CAS.  The focus is the Hope Anchors stamp and Arrows with Attitude Background die cut.  I simple die cut the background and just tacked it down a bit on the card base.  

The sentiment was embossed on some vellum and the then stitched to the card base/die cut.  I didn't actually use any adhesive on the vellum as I wanted it to kind of float over the die cut piece.

A few Crystal Clear sequins finished it off.

OK, you definitely want to head over to the Neat & Tangled and Cut Shoppe blogs.  There are prizes to be won, all you need to do is leave comments on both blogs all week, so make sure you check in each day.

Monday, April 13, 2015

You Brighten My Cloudy Days

Hey everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was packed, visit to the pool (indoors), playing outside, buying a new/used car for the hubby, library, skating classes......oh and a little crafting too.

This card was actually created a while ago, but I haven't managed to post it until now.

It features the Script embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers.  Before embossing my cardstock, I used a brayer and white pigment ink on the inside of the folder to create that great two toned effect.

The clouds are Paper Smooches.  For the solid clouds I adhered two layers of vellum together to make them a bit more opaque.  This also helps the adhesive to show less.  The sequins are older, from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is from my Clouds set at Neat & Tangled.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  PTI - Lemon Tart cardstock and Vellum; Avery Elle - White cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Clouds
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; WPlus9 - White Pigment Ink
Other:  WRMK - Script Embossing Folder; Paper Smooches - Clouds Dies; Lawn Fawn - Into the Woods Mixed Sequins; KoolTak - Adhesive Squares; Ranger - Glossy Accents and Brayer; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Scotch - Foam Adhesive

Friday, April 10, 2015


I'm going to finish this week off with a layout, to prove that I am making real, albeit stunningly slow, progress on our vacation photos (from LAST YEAR).

I sometimes like to do complementary two page layouts: where the photos/design are discrete, but they share a theme or style.

I actually finished these pages a week or so ago for the online crop that Paper Issues had.  The challenge was to use stitching on a layout.  I sketched in those waves and then used two colors of floss to stitch across.

I also used some strips of paper to tie the pages together and of course the themes are similar.

I hope that you have a great end to the week and have some fun things planned for the weekend!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MFT Color Challenge #19

Time for a new color challenge!

I pulled out the Centerpieces Framed Lovebirds die, I love the delicacy of it.  Here's a little sneak:

I had these great negative cuts from my first card, so I figured why not go ahead and create a second, so here's a bonus card for you.

This one is partially inlaid (the leaves and birds are still adhered over top) and I used some vellum as a mat.

OK, head over to the blog to check out the rest of the DT cards and get the details!