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MFT Delightful Deer

My Favorite Things had a couple of challenges this week that I miraculously thought I could pull off… in one card! Take a look!

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I used the My Favorite Things Delightful Deer dies to cut the deer in white and inked them with a few shades of brown inks. I whipped up an ink blended circle background with Distress Oxides in Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, Pumice Stone, and a hint of Hickory Smoke, and matted it on another circle inked with Pumice Stone. I cut some snow drifts to use as my border and inked them as well. The bottom of the front panel is stamped with MFT’s Sweater Stitch background with Pumice Stone to match the rest of the card. The sentiment is from MFT’s Jingle All the Way (!).

Side note: I keep my Christmas stamps separate for ease of buying out my holiday cards, but I never would have found this sentiment if it hadn’t been for cataloging my stamps in Evernote! I love that when I make a card and need the perfect sentiment, I can search my digital catalog / inventory by keyword, theme, or manufacturer. This turned out to be *the* perfect stamp, the right message and the right size. I use Evernote for so much, both crafty and life purposes. One day I ought to do a post on that as I think it would help those struggling to remember what they have or those that accidentally purchase multiples. Leave me a comment if you would be interested in learning more!

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T-Rex Birthday

This card was so much fun to make but even more fun to give! I used a Silhouette cut file, #204997, by Jennifer Rush to make this fun shaped card. The edges of each piece are ink blended and the top layers are popped up on foam tape for dimension. The birthday hat was a different cut file, Party Puppy #40556, by Rivka Wilkins. I cut an extra base layer of the dinosaur, scored it a half inch from the top, and attached it by that half inch to make it a shaped card. Inside I stamped a sentiment from My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Greetings Galore set in Versamark and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe Alabaster white powder.

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This card goes to one of my “adopted” kids, so for fun I used a happy mail style stamp from the Stamps of Life set called Stamped 4 You. We used a white gel pen to write a personal note to the recipient. True story… as a Junior in high school, my “adopted” son showed up to band camp in an inflatable T-Rex costume šŸ˜šŸ¦–. Always the class clown and prankster! It was the last day of grueling training and practice, and his stunt got 300 kids through the day with a smile. Love this boy!!! So now you know why I had to make a dinosaur birthday card for this kid!

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Happy Birthday techie card

Some of you know that I have only one child, a son that means more to me than life itself. What you may not know about me is that I also have almost a dozen “adopted” children, the result of being Band Mom to a high school marching band. Though the 4 years I gave my time, blood, sweat, and tears to the band I became close to more than 300 of the best teenagers / young adults you could ever meet. And of those, there are some who have become family to me. This card goes to one of my adopted sons who just turned 19. I am especially proud of this young man as he is the first in his family to graduate high school, and he is currently enrolled in college to obtain a degree in Computer Sciences. To commemorate the occasion I created this card for my boy Jacob.

This card was difficult to photograph between the 2 colors of mirror card stock and the piece of acetate for the window! Forgive me for posting several shots so you piece together what this card looks like IRL!

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The card design is a Silhouette cut file, #78049, by Snapdragon Snippets. I used green mirror card stock for the base which shines up through the green top layer to make it look even more like a computer motherboard. I used silver mirror card stock for the “happy” to contrast with the rest of the design. For an inside sentiment I used two stamps from My Favorite Thing’s Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes set (mouthful!!!). As part of the Silhouette design, there is a mock thumb drive which I cut from matching card stock and personalized with a “J” for Jacob. I tried to find one of those ball and chain key chains to attach it with but alas, I couldn’t find one in the junk drawer so I used silver cording instead to attach it.

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Hey there {PIN}spirational Challenge

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Today’s almost one layer card is brought to you with the help of inspiration from {PIN}spirational Challenges and Pink & Main. I used the Pink & Main Sweet Bouquets stamp set for both the image and sentiment. I was going for a fall bouquet of mums in traditional fall mum colors, which I love putting on my porch and clipping flowers for a small vase in the kitchen. This photo is close to what I mean, though I’ve never put them in a pumpkin. That looks beautiful!

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THe panel is die cut with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp. I watercolored the image with Tombow markers and a waterbrush. I had fun trying to add shading and details, though I’m not sure how well you can see them in the photo. The challenge photo is gorgeous and I hope to play with this inspiration again before the time runs out. Ah, time is always the issue!

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Trick or Treat Smell My Feet

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I thought this stamp set was so fun! Tuesday Morning recently had a bunch of different (apparently un-named) Halloween sets from American Crafts for super cheap. This particular set had an extra large sentiment… so large I had to cut it in half to make it fit an A2 card!!! This is the first half and the second half is inside. The background is ink blended with Wilted Violet and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks. The sentiment is heat embossed with Wow Silver Sparkle embossing powder. The card was finished off with some purple and silver sparkle bling that Want 2 Scrap used to sell at Expos years ago that I’ve slowly been using up. I used a couple other images from the same stamp set on the inside with the same embossing powder. I love a bold graphic sentiment, don’t you? Makes the rest of the card simple since the focus is on the sentiment!

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Stamplorations Bloomdala Bliss

I was inspired by the current CAS Colour and Sketch challenge and thought this image would be perfect! I colored this with my Prismacolor pencils in colors that matched the challenge colors, I love these colors as an alternative to traditional Fall colors! I have another idea for this color combo… we’ll see if it comes to fruition!

I’m very frustrated that I can’t seem to get a picture with an accurate portrayal of the true colors. This photo makes the blue look royal and the yellow much brighter than it is in reality. I need to bust out my other camera and try again during the day. If I get a better pic, I’ll be sure to update the post!

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Sweet Thing – Less Is More #401

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I was totally inspired by the current challenges at Less Is More and Splashy Mix to make this card. I knew I wanted a stencil background and was super pleased to find this one, from The Crafter’s Workshop, called Kaleidoscope… however, I thought it resembled citrus wedges! I used Broken China Distress Oxide with a blender through the stencil to cover only a half circle on the cardstock and faded it out. The orange slices are from an old (2000) Stampin’ Up! set called Citrus and Such. The images were stamped with Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide. I thought stamping the sentiment in black would be too harsh given there were no black lines in the image or background, so I opted to go with Versa Clair Morning Mist, a midtone gray. I’m still not sure it was the right color but like the card either way. What color would you have used for the sentiment?

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ETA: This card was selected as one of the Top 3 at the Unicorn Challenge blog!!!

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