Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Color Throwdown #444: Guest Star Stamper

Hey y'all!  I hope you're having a fabulous week so far!  Here in Georgia, most of the schools are either in or close to their last week of school and things are crazy busy!  My kiddos' last day of school is actually tomorrow, so we're getting ready for the summer and everyone is going nuts...especially me!  I just cannot believe how fast this year has gone blows my mind!  

Anyhow...I am soooo excited to share this card with you today!  Last week, I was randomly selected as the featured stamper on the Color Throwdown challenge blog with this entry, and its always a treat when you get a nice surprise like that right?!  So, this week I am honored to get to share in the excitement with the design team and hosts of The Color Throwdown with challenge #444.  Let's have a look at this week's challenge, shall we?

So pretty, right?!  I couldn't resist having a little bit of fun with this challenge... 

Several months ago, I purchased an Echo Park paper pack called Jungle Safari and have been dying to use it!  The papers are so fun and lively...and I knew that there would be some great greens!  Is it just me, or does the jungle make you think of summer too??

I started by cutting several rectangle panels using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle dies from the patterned paper.  To break up the patterns a bit, I decided to add some sparkle with silver washi tape and die cut that into a rectangle panel also.  It also helps to satisfy the "grey" in my color palette.  I then die cut the word "Hugs" into my center panel and backed it with black cardstock before attaching my panels to the card base. 

I stamped my little tigers with VersaMark ink onto white cardstock and heat embossed with Silver embossing powder by ZING! before die cutting them and securing them onto the panels with permanent adhesive and foam squares.  I chose to leave my tigers white, rather than coloring them.  White tigers are my most favorite!! 

I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto a green paper scrap that was leftover from cutting my panels.  To die cut the banner, I used the new MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.  To finish it off, I added a few Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White.  A complete list of supplies can be found below. 

I can't wait to see what the design team and everyone else comes up with for this week's challenge... As usual, I'm sure they'll all be amazing!  This card also happens to fit in perfectly with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Little Critters, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Bit of Sparkle, so I'll be entering them there as well!  Yay for double!  Until next time, go get your craft on!


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Supplies Used: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles; Echo Park Jungle Safari 6x6 paper pad; My Favorite Things Lions & Tigers clear stamps and dies; My Favorite Things Big Hugs Die; My Favorite Things Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips; Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White; ZING! embossing powder in Metallic Silver; WOW! embossing powder in Opaque White; Black & White cardstock; Silver Glitter Scotch Expressions washi tape

Friday, May 19, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #333 and Color Challenge #69: Tutu Cute

Hey y'all! Happy Friday!  My card today features the oh-so-sweet "Tutu Cute" stamp set by My Favorite Things.  This set comes from their popular Pure Innocence line.  Each and every single one of these darling little girls is precious in her own right!  I've really fallen in love with these sets. :D 

I needed some cards for my girls, and this set is right up their alley!  They each have their first ballet recital this weekend.  I wanted to let them know how proud we are of them...and of course how sweet they look in their adorable recital costumes!!  I'm combining the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #333 along with the current MFT Color Challenge #69 because I knew I wanted to use the TUTU CUTE stamp set and the color challenge went perfectly.  Why not throw in a sketch as well?!  Here are the challenge graphics so you can see what we're working with:

And the color challenge:

I made one card for each of my girls, altering the papers and elements just a little...

I colored each of my ballerinas using Copics, and adjusted their hair and skin tones to reflect my girls' hair and skin. 

I love that MFT has so many little detailed die elements that you can incorporate into your cards!  

I used the Photo Corners dies for each of the cards, in different papers.  I think these really help to draw your attention to the center of the card.  I used the Fancy Flourish die on the first card, in a single layer, just to ground my ballerina. 

The largest heart in the Pierced Heart Stax dies is used on the second for the same reason; and for the Musical Notes dies, I cut them in white cardstock, stacked a few together to give them a little more substance since they are so delicate, and used Star Dust Stickles to coat them so they'd really sparkle and stand out against that glittery heart!

For the sentiments on the inside of each card, I used the new "More Essential Sentiments" clear stamp set.  There are so many great sentiments in this set!  The sentiments on the front of the cards are heat embossed in white and silver embossing powder, and the ballerinas are adhered with foam squares.  It makes them appear as if they will dance right off of the cards...don't you think?

I think I have a new favorite!  These little ballerinas are just too much for words!

I've included a complete supply list below for your convenience.  I hope each of you have a wonderful weekend!  Until next time, go get your craft on!


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Supplies Used: My Favorite Things paper pads in Dots & Stripes Sorbet, Painted Prints Smitten, Free Spirit, and Roses All Over; DCWV paper pad The Twinkle Glints stack; Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Doll Pink; MFT Stamps: More Essential Sentiments and Pure Innocence Tutu Cute; MFT Dies: Musical Notes, Photo Corners, Pierced Heart Stax, Fancy Flourish, Blueprints 31 and Blueprints 27; Pretty Pink Posh sequins Friendship blend; Copic markers; WOW! Opaque White embossing powder; ZING! Silver embossing powder; VersaFine black ink

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Color Throwdown #442: Thankful Heart

Hey y'all!  Happy hump day!  I'm sharing a card today that I created for the Color Throwdown challenge this week.  So, tonight my husband and I are taking Jackson, our oldest, to his middle school transition night.  I am in complete disbelief that we are here already!  He was just a baby yesterday!  So, in honor of this day, I need to say THANK YOU to so many of our friends, family, neighbors and especially his teachers through the years.  They have all played a part in preparing him for this next step in life.  This card does just that! 

Also, the CTD design team has dedicated this week's challenge to Barbara, the leader of the CTD team, so it works for that as well!  Thanks Barb for all that you do to keep the Color Throwdown Challenge up and running!  We all are grateful to you!

Let's have a look at the inspiration for this week:

What a neutral, calming, gracious color scheme!  It's just lovely, don't you think?!  I was totally inspired by this one!

I stamped the backgrounds for all panels using the Gingham Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  The first is stamped in Simon Says Clear Ink onto kraft cardstock, the second is stamped in  SSS Fog ink onto Fog gray cardstock, and the third is stamped with My Favorite Things In The Buff ink onto white cardstock.  They are die cut with a Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity die and a SSS Stitched Rectangle die.  I really love the soft look that this background stamp gives! 

The sentiment comes from the Thankful Heart stamp set that was in the November 2016 card kit from Simon Says.  These sentiments are so versatile and gorgeously written!  I heat embossed it using Vanilla ZING! embossing powder from American Crafts.  The florals are also by Simon Says Stamp and come from the Blooming Day stamp and die set.  The ink colors are Duckling (SSS), Fog (SSS) and Sno Cone (MFT).  Add a ribbon, mount everything up and voila!  Quick, simple, elegant.  My favorite! :D

For any teachers out there that may be reading this, thank you from a mother that is eternally grateful for the endless kindness, patience, and genuine concern that you show to our children.  I wish I could hug each and every one of you! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Until next time, go get your craft on!


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