Sunday, August 20, 2017

MFT August Card Kit--X's and O's



If you liked and bought MFT's Amaze-ing Card Kit, then you'll LOVE this month's kit--
X's and O's with a super fun Tic-Tac-Toe theme! Here's a peek at the kit. 
Visit today's post at My Favorite Things for a detailed look at the kit's contents.



I made a quick, one layer card using the stamp set from the kit.



The tic-tac-toe grid was white embossed several times on watercolor card stock,
then ink distressed with pink and red Distress inks--the same colors found in the kit.
The x's, o's, and hearts were stamped randomly inside the grid, using black ink.

The sentiment was white embossed on a strip of black card stock and cut out with
a banner die. The banner was adhered to the card and finished off with enamel dots.

Visit today's post at My Favorite Things for peeks at the Card Kit and more!
This fantastic kit will go on sale Tuesday, August 22nd at 9PM EST
in the MFT Store!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #235


Ready for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch
Here's Sketch #235 brought to you by Chrissy.
 

Here's my take on it.


I wove pink and green striped papers and adhered them to a Latté card base.
I popped up the kitty, white embossed the sentiment, and finished off the card
with a few enamel dots.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join the challenge if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, August 24th
and as the winner, you could be joining us as a guest designer!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #346


Are you ready for this week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge?
Here's Sketch #346.

And here's how I interpreted the sketch.


I pretty much followed the sketch, and substituted the little reader from Our Story
for the circle element. The image was grounded with the sentiment on a strip,
and the card was finished off with enamel dots.

Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you could win a $50
MFT gift voucher as the random winner of the challenge.
Hope to see you in the gallery!



Monday, August 14, 2017

MFT August Release Replay



It's Release Replay time over at My Favorite Things! The Creative Team has
fresh ideas and more inspiration for you using products from the last release.

I love Release Replay because it gives me a chance to use products in a different way
or even step out of my comfort zone.


 Often times, smaller stamps in a set are overlooked or overshadowed by the larger
main images. I chose the leaves and buds from In Bloom, inked them in Distress inks 
and misted the stamp with water before stamping them on watercolor card stock

Using the Big Thanks Die-namics, I cut right into the panel and used the camouflage
technique. Peeled Paint Distress ink was spattered on the panel, then cut with the
rectangle element from Blueprints 24 and adhered to a Latté card base.
Sparkling Clear sequins finished off the card.

Visit today's Release Replay post at My Favorite Things for more inspiration
from the participating Creative Team members!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #234


Meet CAS(E) this Sketch #234--a little something from me.


And here's my pretty straight forward take on the sketch.


Lots of ink distressing with Distress Oxides, a couple of jellyfish and a fun
 sentiment. Sparkly sequins finished off the card. Funny how that one dot
with a white pigment pen on the jellies' eyes makes such a difference!

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, Aug 17th
and as a winner, you could be joining us on a future challenge!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #345

It's Wednesday! Time for an all new MFT Sketch Challenge. Here's Sketch #345.


And here's how I interpreted the sketch. I just love those Happy Hippos!

I stamped, colored, and cut the two hippos and balloons. The Happy Birthday
Circle Frame and banner for the sentiment was cut from Ripe Raspberry
card stock. I adhered a strip of patterned paper per the sketch, added the
circle frame, and popped up the hippos, balloons, and sentiment. The card
was finished off with sparkling clear sequins.

Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details and deadlines and come
join the challenge. You could be the winner of the $50 MFT gift voucher!
Hope to see you in the gallery!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MFT August New Product Launch and Release



It's time! You may now purchase MFT's August Release in the MFT Store!
All new goodies are waiting for you right here.

Before you go, I'd like to share one more project with you using the
Mod Square STAX Die-namics. These versatile dies can be used in so
many different ways--as a card base or to form a graphic design.


I chose one of the dies and cut it four times from watercolor card stock, then
ink distressed and spattered water over them. A Stone Gray card base was
inked with the Make Your Mark background stamp with Versamark for
a tone on tone look.

The four pieces were adhered to the card in a petal design with dimensional
adhesive and the sentiment was adhered over them. Sparkling clear
sequins finished off the card.



There you have it--My Favorite Things August Release! Be sure to visit all of the
Creative Teams and leave comments on their blogs for a chance to win
one of two $100 MFT gift vouchers!

Thanks so much for stopping by during the Countdown and happy shopping!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

MFT August Release Countdown--Day 2



We're almost there! It's Day 2 of My Favorite Things August Release Countdown!

Today I'm sharing a project using More Monsters stamp set and matching Die-namics.
With school just around the corner, I thought little lunch box notes with these fun
critters would make your little (and grown up) monsters smile big.


All the monsters were stamped with Distress Oxide inks and sometimes double stamped
in several colors using the Misti. The funnest part is stamping in the eyes and details
which bring these little guys to life.

I prepped smaller A2 sized cards (3.5" x 4 7/8") from Smooth White card stock. Using
the Gray and White Basics paper pad, I cut 3.25" by 4 5/8" pieces, then cut the center
out using the Rectangle Shaker Frame.


I assembled all the cards and popped up the little monster in each of the frames,
then stamped the sentiment beneath them. I added little pops of color with stars
and hearts from my stash and Nuvo Drops on the eyes. Aren't these fun?

For more inspiration and peeks at the August Release, visit today's Countdown
post at My Favorite Things and be sure to leave a comment there for a chance
to win a $75 prize!

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

MFT August Release Countdown--Day 3



We're halfway through with My Favorite Things August Release Countdown!
Today I'm featuring the newest Pure Innocence--A Phone Call Away.


I love that the image has a nostalgic feature--a rotary dial telephone!
The little girl and phone were stamped and colored with Copics and cut with
the matching Die-namics. The Make Your Mark background was stamped on
Latté card stock with Versamark ink, then trimmed with BP 24.

The sentiments fit inside of the Essential Speech Bubbles Die-namics and
I did a bit of adjusting on the smaller bubble and added the question mark
with a fine point marker. I grounded the little girl with an oval shadow, and
enamel dots finished off the card.

Be sure to visit today's Countdown post at My Favorite Things for more
inspiration and leave a comment there for a chance to win a $75 prize!



Friday, August 4, 2017

MFT August Release Countdown--Day 4



Welcome back to My Favorite Things August Release Countdown!

This month Birdie Brown has Halloween covered with Fab-Boo-Lous Friends--
an assortment of tiny ghosts and goblins with some very punny sentiments!

I couldn't resist their cuteness and made two cards for today's countdown.
The first card uses the set with the new Stitched Collage Frame.


I started off by stenciling a spooky sky with the Stencil Mini Cloud Edges and
Distress Oxide inks on watercolor card stock, then trimmed it with the rectangle
element from BP24. The frame was cut from Latté card stock and adhered over
the inked piece, then adhered to a Kraft card base.

Then came the fun--stamping, coloring, and cutting the adorable little ghosts
and goblins, and adhering them inside the frame. The sentiment was white
embossed and I finished off the card with white star sequins.



My second card a simple one layer panel. Several images were white embossed
on watercolor card stock, then ink distressed with Distress Oxides and misted
lightly with water.

Using a waterbrush, I "took away" some of the color for a bit of interest.
The panel was cut with the rectangle element from BP 24 and adhered to
a Primitive Cream card base, then finished off with sequins.

Visit today's Countdown post at My Favorite Things for more peeks at
the August Release and don't forget to leave a comment there for a chance
to win a $75 prize!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

MFT August Release Countdown--Day 5


 

It's time for My Favorite Things August Release Countdown!
We're heading into Halloween with little goblins and trick-o'-treaters and
so much more!

Day 5 begins with Shining Stars Die-namics and Written in the Stars stamp set.


Check out the gorgeous font. You don't need much else for a stellar (pardon the
pun!) card as the die cut word makes such a bold statement.

The sentiment was silver embossed on watercolor card stock, then ink distressed
with Distress Oxide inks and misted with water. The panel was trimmed with the
rectangle element from BP 24 and adhered to a Stone Gray card base.

"Stars" was cut from Silver Sparkle card stock and adhered between the two phrases.
Small silver stars were also cut from sparkle card stock and adhered to the card.


Here's a little tip for you. After the card was finished and all the elements were
adhered, I ran it through my Big Shot machine sandwiched between two plates.
The result is a smooth, flat finish and even the silver embossing looks shinier.

Visit today's Countdown post at My Favorite Things for more peeks and inspiration
 and don't forget to leave a comment there for a chance to win a $75 prize!


CAS(E) this Sketch #233


Hannelie brings us the newest CAS(E) this Sketch #233.


Here's my take on it.


I completely rotated the sketch because I wanted to dangle a hippo from a
gigantic balloon. The Blueprints 26 balloon was cut from watercolor card stock
and ink distressed with Distress Oxide inks and spattered with water.

The hippo was in my stash so I added a bowtie and wove the string through
his hand and foot. I finished off the card with the sentiment and white stars.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how my teammates interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, August 10th.
Hope to see you in the gallery!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #344

It's time for a new Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Meet Sketch #344.


There are so many possibilities with this sketch. Here's what I came up with
after rotating the sketch clockwise 90 degrees.


After adhering striped patterned paper to a card base, I adhered a panel that
was cut with the scallop edge. A strip of the striped patterned paper was
adhered on the panel per the sketch.

Flowers  and leaves were cut from watercolor card stock and painted with
Distress Oxide inks. After they dried, I adhered them to the card and stamped
the sentiment. The card was finished off with tiny clear sequins.

Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you could win a
$50 MFT gift voucher. Hope you can join us!

Monday, July 31, 2017

MFT July Hits & Highlights



Beginning this month, we are highlighting some of our favorite products in our new 
Hits & Highlights Challenge. Each month we will feature a product, or a collection of 
products, for you to explore. We can't wait to see all the creative ways you use them!

This month it's all about shakers! Whether you’re a master or a novice at crafting
shaker cards, our range of shaker pouches makes it fast and easy to add a variety of
shaped shaker elements to your cards and projects.



I chose to work with the Star Shaker Window and Frame and the Star Pouches
for a super simple shaker card. I love that the shaker pouches are thick enough
to hold a good amount of shaker contents but thin enough that there's no
added bulk to your card.

A watercolor panel was ink distressed with Distress Oxide inks and spattered
with water, then cut with the rectangle element from Blueprints 24. A star
was cut from the inked panel and the Star Frame from Stone Gray card stock.



The new Mermaid Mix Sequins matched perfectly with my inked panel. I added
a few inside of the pouch and assembled and adhered everything to a Stone
Gray card base. The stamped sentiment and sequins finished off the card.

If you've never made a shaker card, now's the time to give it a try with MFT's
shaped shaker pouches. They'll make your life so much easier and shaker cards
are always fun for a recipient of any age!


Friday, July 28, 2017

CASology 5th Anniversary Blog Hop

http://casology.blogspot.com/2017/07/5-year-anniversary-balloon-blog-hop.html

Melissa and her team are celebrating a 5 year Anniversary with a fun Blog Hop!

CASology is one of the first challenges that I joined and my CAS heart is always
happy there. I've also had the honor of guesting several times and Melissa
is always so gracious and wonderful to work with.

Here's a look back at some of my favorite CASology projects:


This week the cue word is BALLOON.


http://casology.blogspot.com/2017/07/5-year-anniversary-balloon-blog-hop.html

And here's my take on it.



I die cut five of Avery Elle's number balloons and inked them in rainbow order,
adhered them to a card and stamped the sentiment. Tiny clear sequins finished
off the card.

Happy 5th Birthday, CASology! 
Here's to many more years of CAS inspiration


Thursday, July 27, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #232


Our leader Chrissy brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #232.


Here's my take on it.




I ink distressed watercolor card stock with several colors of Distress Oxide
inks and spattered water over it. I cut a thick and thin strip and adhered
them to a Latté card base, then white embossed the sentiment above it.

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, August 3rd and as
the winner, you could be guest designing with us on a future sketch!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #343

Ready for a new Wednesday Sketch Challenge? Here's Sketch #343.


And here's my take on it.


A watercolor panel was ink distressed with three Distress Oxide inks and spattered
with water. After it was dry, it was cut with the rectangle element from Blueprints 25.
An oval frame was cut from the panel, and the panel was adhered to a card base.

A frame was cut from Berrylicious card stock and inlaid on the card. The center
of the oval was rotated and popped inside the frame. The mermaid and fish
were colored with Copics and adhered to the card.

I adhered a strip of Cornflower Sparkle card stock and white embossed the
sentiment on a strip of Cornflower card stock. Sequins finished off the card.

Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you can win a
$50 MFT gift voucher. We hope you'll play along with us!



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

MFT All Smiles Card Kit Release Day



Today's the day! You may now purchase the All Smiles Card Kit in the MFT Store!

You'll save more than 20% by purchasing the kit over buying the contents
individually, so grab yours quickly before it sells out, because once it's gone,
it won't be restocked.

Before you go, I'd like to share one more project with you using the sentiments
and Die-namics from the kit. Note that all products in bold are not part of the kit,
but can be found in the MFT Store.


This card is similar to this card that I made from an earlier release using the Big HELLO
Die-namics. This time, I have a few pics showing you the process.


I wet two card stock panels and dropped Distress inks in fairly similar patterns on both cards,
letting the inks run into each other.


I used a heat tool to speed up the drying, then added more color with an ink blending
tool. I spattered a bit of water on one panel, then cut both with the rectangle element
from Blueprints 25. I adhered one panel to a card base and die cut SMILE three
times from the second one.


The die cut panel was popped up over the solid panel with dimensional adhesive.
The sentiment was white embossed on a strip of Cement Gray card stock and
adhered to the card. Sequins finished off the card.

All right, off you go! We hope you love the All Smiles Card Kit as much as we do.
And don't forget to use the hashtag #mftstamps when you share your
projects on social media! Happy shopping!