Thursday, July 20, 2017

CTS #231: Just Keep Swimming!

Hey ya'll!  Long time no see!  Or hear from??  Either way, I'm back for a quick post today!  I've been having such a crazy busy summer with the littles that I've hardly had time to write posts or create much of anything!  Anyhow, I'm thrilled and so honored to be guest designing for one of my favorite sketch challenge blogs today!  The sketches on the CAS(E) this Sketch blog are always fun and really help me to stretch my creative muscles...let's have a look at this week's challenge:

I swayed from the sketch slightly, but here is what I came up with!

I was in the mood to use this fun layering set by Hero Arts.  The layering sets that they have come out with recently are fantastic...I love them all!  The detail that they have on each layer is realistic!

I started by stamping my goldfish with Hero Arts inks in Dandelion, Orange Soda, Soft Cantaloupe, and Ultra Pink.  I added the eye and gill detail with Walnut ink by Lawn Fawn.  The sea weed strands are done in Tide Pool and Green Apple, also by Hero Arts.  For the watery background, I cheated and used the Watercolor Brights paper pack by My Favorite easy!  The square cutout also hails from the MFT die collection.  Its one of my new favorites!

The sentiment is where I really had some fun...I wanted to make it look like a broken wood plank...think shipwreck! ;)  I die cut the plank shape from one of the MFT Blueprints sets and then stamped it with a woodgrain background stamp.  After doing this and then inking the edges with the same Walnut ink, I stamped the sentiment in black.  So cool right?! 

All my pieces are adhered with TomBow Mono Multi liquid glue with the exception of the one larger fish...I couldn't resist popping him up with some foam tape.  For the finishing touches, I added clear Wink of Stella on the fish and sea weed,  and finally some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

Thank you so much for stopping by today...I hope you're having a "fintastic" week!


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Friday, June 30, 2017

June Card Chain Challenge featuring MFT Doodled Blooms

Hey y'all!  Summer is well under way here in Georgia!  The temps are climbing and my kiddos are loving all of our outdoor time!  So, its time for another Card Chain Challenge reveal post... If you're new to The Card Chain Challenge, let me tell you, its wonderful!  Card makers from all over the globe get to exchange their beautiful creations and its quite inspiring!  What a fun way to make new friends! 

So, as with any challenge, there are a few rules.  You must stick with any one (or more if you are so inclined) of four different options.  For June, our options were:

1. Color Palette option:

2. Sketch option:

3. Theme option:  Stripes / Houses / Friendship

4. Product option: Penny Black / Glitter / Sewing

This month I had the pleasure of sending my card to Marga in Spain!  This is the first time I've sent a card internationally, so that was exciting for me!  Marga, I hope it brought a smile and I can't wait to see what everyone else created!

I chose the Doodled Blooms stamp set by My Favorite Things.  I hadn't gotten a chance to use this set yet and it was burning a hole on my table!  :D  I just love how cheerful and whimsical these blooms are!

I started out by inking the rays onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock with Apricot ink by Simon Says Stamp.  The Radiating Rays stencil by MFT is one of my favorite tools right now!  It yields fantastic results every time!

Next, I colored the blooms using copics and cut them out with the coordinating dies.  While at it, I also die cut the landscape and borders from the Homespun Gingham paper pack, also by MFT.  It seemed to fit my theme perfectly!

My last step was to add the sentiment, adhere everything into place and add a few embellishments!  I used the Big Chat stickers by Tim Holtz for the sentiment.  I inked the edges of the stickers and then added some Star Dust Stickles to give a little sparkle. :D

I'm really happy with the way that this one turned out!  In case you're interested in joining in on the challenge, the July sign-up is open, but only for a few more days!  Head on over to the CCC blog and add yourself to the'll be glad you did!

Until next time, go get your craft on!


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Supplies Used: My Favorite Things Doodled Blooms stamp and die set; MFT Homespun Gingham 6x6 paper pad; MFT Radiating Rays Stencil; Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 3 die set; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders; Tim Holtz Big Chat Stickers; Simon Says Stamp Die Ink Pad in Apricot; Copic Markers; Star Dust Stickles; Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew and Dandelion Yellow; Bristol Smooth cardstock; Corner Rounder punch; White Gel Pen  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

SSS June Card Kit: Blissful

Hey y'all!  I wanted to start the week off with a post featuring the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit...I've had these cards sitting on my desk and just haven't had tine to put a post together so let's get to it!  First, here's a glimpse at what was included in the kit: 

Don't you just love it?!  Although this kit was heavily themed towards weddings, I did try to sneak some cards in that could be used for occasions other than that...but the wedding theme was so predominant that there are many wedding cards here! 

Card 1 was inspired by a die that I haven't gotten to use yet.  It was a My Favorite Things 'Free with $60' several months back and I just didn't have a use for it at the time, but love it with this kit!  I inked a scrap piece of cardstock using the Distress Oxide ink pad from the kit and a regular Distress Ink pad from my stash, splashed them with water and then die cut the rose.  I in-laid the die into some black cardstock that I'd painted with a clear glitter pen.  It really makes it stand out, and that sparkle gets me every time! 

I painted the scalloped frame with silver Distress Paint to mimic a wooden frame, and then attached all of my pieces to some of the patterned papers from the kit that I'd layered onto a black card base.  Lastly, I backed the sentiment, which I'd stamped and die cut, with foam tape and placed it along the bottom of the frame. 

Card 2 is pretty simple...I really wanted to use that big floral stamp!  I heat embossed my image onto some black cardstock using Ballerina Pink embossing powder by Nuvo.

I fussy cut around one edge of the floral arrangement and then layered it onto some patterned papers using foam tape.  Add a few Nuvo drops,  the sentiment, and this one's done!

For card 3, even though there was a Daniel Smith water color sample card included in the kit, my Zig's were calling my name...and they yield such lovely, happy colors don't you think?!  I used the individual stamps in the set to create my own pattern and heat embossed the images (and the sentiment) in white.

I think when you're doing a custom panel such as this, it always helps to add a bit of shadow or muted color to the background to really make the images pop!  A few sequins never hurt either! ;)

Card 4 is another simple one...the large floral image is stamped twice in mirror fashion and then heat embossed in silver.  The sentiment is heat embossed in pink onto a piece of vellum, attached to a strip of patterned paper from the kit and then wrapped onto the main panel. 

A few silver Nuvo drops and two pink gems add a bit of interest.  Voila!

The ivory envelope that came in my kit had been creased pretty badly during shipping, so using it for one of the cards was definitely out.  To keep it from going to waste, I decided to use the parts of it that weren't damaged!  So, for card 5, I stamped and clear heat embossed the main image onto the envelope, sponged some of the Distress Oxide ink over the image and flicked it with water.  I decided to edge it using a scalloped border die. 

Then, I made several flags out of scraps from the patterned papers that I'd used so far and arranged them underneath the envelope panel.  You can't really tell from the photo, but the panel is cut from a piece of pewter shimmer cardstock that is gorgeous in person!  This is the first time I've used these gemstones by Studio Katia, but it definitely won't be the last...they give a glorious sparkle when they hit the light! :D

For card 6, I was in the mood to color again!  This time I chose to use Copics and went with a slightly darker color palette.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto my colored panel and then layered the panel onto one of the patterned papers and a strip of black glitter washi tape.

I love using a white gel pen to add tiny details when you use darker really makes a difference! 

Card 7...I relied mainly on some of the patterned papers for this one!  With the different metallic shades, this is probably the closest I can come to making a masculine wedding card... ;D

The image is heat embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder onto the other side of the ivory envelope, and the sentiment stickers actually came from the last Love From Lizi card convenient!

For cards 8 and 9, I was back into water color mode...and this time I used the Daniel Smith dot card! 

I made this one into a thank you card and the next one into a wedding card...

Between the two cards, I think the results are so different for only having 4 colors to work with! 

I really, really like these water colors...I feel a water color upgrade in my future! :D

And last but not least...card 10!  I think this one may be the least time consuming of the batch...I die cut the panel from patterned paper, die cut the HAPPY word die in the center, back with gold glitter washi tape, stamp the big floral image with Distress Oxide...

Stamp the smaller sentiments onto pink paper, mat with black cardstock, pop them up with foam tape, adhere the whole panel onto a pink card base, and done!  Twenty minutes tops!

I had great fun with June's kit...I don't know about you, but my crafting takes a back seat to the kiddos when they're out of school, so mine is few and far between but still so rewarding.  Thank you so much for dropping by today...I hope you're able to find some time to be creative this summer!  


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Other Supplies Used:

Dies: My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax; MFT Happy Greeting Die-namics; MFT Blueprints 1 Die-namics; MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges; MFT Stitched Oval Scallop Edge Frames; MFT Roses in Bloom; MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles; SSS Scallop Stitches

Embossing Powders: SSS Ultra Fine Gold; SSS Ultra Fine Rose Gold; Nuvo Ballerina Pink; ZING! Silver; Wow! Opaque Bright White

Papers: My Favorite Things Black & White Basics 6x6 Paper Pack; DCWV Shimmer Matstack; Black 110 lb. cardstock; White 110 lb. cardstock

Misc: Studio Katia Crystals; Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; Copics; Black & White twine; Glitter Washi tape in black, silver and gold; gold rose washi tape; Nuvo Drops in Silver Lining and Silver Moondust; Star Dust Stickles; Silver Distress Paint; Love From Lizi Peel Off Stickers; Pink Mini Rhinestones by We R Memory Keepers

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Card Chain Challenge featuring MFT Spring Friends

Hi there!  This month sure has flown by, hasn't it?!  Its time for another Card Chain Challenge reveal post!  If you're new to the Card Chain Challenge, let me tell you, its wonderful!  Ladies from all over the globe get to exchange their beautiful creations and its quite inspiring!  What a fun way to make new friends! 

So, as with any challenge, there are a few rules.  You must stick with any one (or more if you are so inclined) of four different options.  For May, our options were:

1. Color Palette option:

2. Sketch option:

3. Theme option:  Stars / Trees / Friendship

4. Product option: Washi Tape / Origami

I really wanted to incorporate as many of the options as possible, but my final creation ended up using only 3 of the challenge options ... and that's totally fine!

I wanted to use Distress Inks to water color a customized plaid background.  The color palette is not one that I'd normally choose, so I thought this would be a good way to highlight the color palette.  I once watched a video on Kristina Werner's YouTube channel where she shows this technique.  I love to watch her tutorials because she simplifies everything!! If you'd like to watch it also, just click here! :D  The colors ended up being slightly darker than I'd intended, but that's okay too!  We're going with it anyway...

Next, I stamped my images onto water color cardstock using Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I was going for the no-line water coloring technique here.  I really, really like this technique!  Its very forgiving...I make so many mistakes when water coloring, so this is great for me. :D 

While I waited for my little girl to dry, I inked a background panel with Distress Inks and cut it out using a Cross Stitched rectangle die.  I die cut my clouds using the leftover water color cardstock and stamped my sentiment directly on the inked panel.  By then my water colored image was dry and I was able to cut her out with the matching die.  I lined all of my images up and adhered them using a combination of foam adhesive and Tombow Mono Multi glue.  

The sentiment on the inside of the card is what ties the theme option in...friendship! Because you can always make a new crafty friend when you participate in the CCC. ;)  I ended up really loving how this one turned out...its so nice to be pushed outside of your box every now and then! 

The June Card Chain Challenge is currently open but closes on June 6th, so if you're interested in joining in, hurry and head on over there to get signed up!  You'll be glad you did! :D

A complete list of supplies used on this project can be found below.  Until next time, go get your craft on!


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Supplies Used:  Tim Holtz Water Color Cardstock; My Favorite Things (MFT) Spring Friends stamp set and matching dies; MFT Cross-Stitch Rectangle Stax; MFT Cloud Nine Dienamics; Distress Inks: Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky, Forest Moss, Tumbled Glass, Tattered Rose; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Brown, Oatmeal, Flesh, Blue Gray; VersaFine Onyx Black; Simon Says Stamp White Top Fold A2 card base

Monday, May 29, 2017

Love From Lizi May Kit

Hi there!  I hope you are having a fabulous Memorial Day weekend...I am always so humbled when I think of this holiday and what it stands for.  We all owe such a debt of gratitude for those who have given and served so selflessly so that we may live our lives as free men, women and children!  I can honestly not thank our service men and women enough in one lifetime!! 

I am dedicating these ten cards that I've created with the Love from Lizi May kit to these men and women who have dedicated their lives to protect our nation and our beliefs.  Let us remember them and honor them always!! 

For card number one, I knew I wanted to create a background using these spiffy little mustache stamps...they're so dapper!  Using distress inks to create backgrounds is one of my go-to techniques and it always turns out so fun!  I stamped the images in black ink onto Bristol Smooth cardstock and heat embossed with clear EP. 

For the timepiece embellishment, I used one of the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers dies called Pocket Watch, one of the arrow dies included in the kit, one of the letter charms from the kit, and a gear piece from the TH Ideology line.  I painted all of my pieces using Distress Paints and coated the silver inside pieces in Glossy Accents.  I like that the sticker used for the sentiment had a pocket watch already there and wanted to take it a step further. :D

For card number two, I wanted to use the music themed items from the kit.  Music and art are never ordinary so I thought this was the perfect sentiment to go along with this theme!  

I popped the stickers up with foam tape and fussy cut the cassette tape.  I inked the edges of my little tag with Distress Ink and coated the tape and record stickers with Glossy Accents. I used white and black gel pens for the little hand drawn accents.  I really wanted to give this one a good bit of dimension since I used so many stickers!

Card number three uses one of the vellum panels from the need for a sentiment since it was already there!  I used patterned papers from the kit for the background and a line of foil to divide them. 

The arrow dies were just right for adding some small details and once again I used Glossy Accents on them for some dimension...and the little blue gems were perfect to add a bit more to some of the foil details on the vellum panel.

Card number four uses another of the vellum panels but the design is slightly different.  I think this one just might be my favorite because of the message it conveys!  Whales travel such great distances and they do it without question...they have complete faith in their migratory paths and they travel with purpose.  We could take a cue from these magnificent beasts any day!

I used another of my go-to techniques here...adhere glitter washi tape onto cardstock before you die cut and it comes out perfect every time! And I am loving the color of the Nuvo drops in this kit! :D

For card number five, I used a lot of scraps leftover from cards one through four.  I don't like to waste anything!

Add a few details, adhere everything to the card base and this one is pretty simple and straightforward!  I did use my Onyx Black Spectrum Noir sparkle pen on the "friend" die cut to add some sparkle, but it is so hard to see in photos!

Card number six...I fell in love with this sea turtle image as soon as I opened my kit and couldn't wait to use it!  I cut it out of the vellum panel using my detail scissors and placed it on top of one of the tags that I'd given a little paint makeover using more Distress Paints and some Distress Crackle paints.  I love this look! 

I used the film strip stamp from the kit and some glitter embossing powder to make a border detail on my blue patterned paper.  Once it was heat set, I added some more of the arrow die cuts to finish it off.  The sentiment die and word sticker are both from Tim Holtz...

With Father's Day right around the corner, I really needed get crackin' on some cards!  Cards number seven and eight are both for Father's Day. :D

I was really impressed with the word stickers in the kit...they laid down beautifully without any fuss!

Card number eight uses a stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp's last's a great set for both Mother's and Father's Day cards, and it went so well with the mustache in this kit!

The images are perfect for popping up cute!

Card number nine is an interactive card.  The tag isn't actually adhered to the card base.  Instead, I created a pocket for it using these cloud border dies and foam tape.  It slides perfectly into place and lifts out of the pocket just like a real hot air balloon!  The sky's the limit with this one! ;)

Here you can see that the vellum balloon isn't attached to the is actually just resting on top and the Nuvo drops (from a previous LFL kit) help to keep it in line. 

Last but not least, here is card number 10!  The large butterfly embellishment is die cut from another Tim Holtz die called Fanciful Flight.  This one was really fun to make.  I die cut the bottom layer for the wings only once using the green patterned paper in the kit, and cut the overlay layers three times in black cardstock and once also using the green patterned paper.  I stacked the black cardstock pieces together so that there would be plenty of dimension in the wings.  I spritzed the bottom/base layer of the wings with Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Copper, layered the overlay dies on top and then coated the top layer with Glossy Accents.  For the body, I used a Nuvo glue pen to coat black cardstock and then applied the foil from the kit along with some more of the little blue gems. 

I layered some patterned papers and velum pieces onto my card base before attaching the butterfly and the sentiment.  This sentiment is one of my new favorite dies from Poppy Stamps!

Well, that's it for the May kit...If you haven't seen the LFL June kit yet, I highly recommend checking it out!  It looks like another super fun kit from Lizi...I can't wait for mine to arrive!  I believe its already sold out, but you could always subscribe so that you won't miss out next time!  A complete list of supplies used for the May kit cards can be found below.

If you know someone that has served, or is serving, in the Armed Forces, please be sure to hug them and say an extra THANK YOU for me!!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!


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Additional Supplies Used

Dies: MFT Stitched Hexagon Stax, SSS Stitched Squares, SSS Stitched Rectangles, Hero Arts Infinity Rectangles, Poppy Stamps Stitched Cloudline, SSS Mom and Dad Icons, MFT Sunny Skies, MFT Photo Corners, MFT Sending Hugs, MFT Stitched Interactive Window Trio, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames, SSS Painted Friend, Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight, Tim Holtz Pocket Watch

Stamps:  SSS Mom and Dad Icons, SSS You Matter

Various Others: Tim Holtz Big Chat stickers, MFT Black & White Basics 6x6 paper pad, fun foam, Perfect Pearls Mists in Perfect Copper, Glitter Washi by Scotch in black, silver and copper, twine, button, Distress Ink, Distress Paint, Glossy Accents, Tim Holtz Ideology Gear, Nuvo Jewel Drops in Grey Mist, black cardstock, blue cardstock, white cardstock, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, hole punch, corner rounder