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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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MFT Color Challenge 122 – Prehistoric Fun

Here is my card for the current MFT color challenge and the inspiration for it:

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I used the MFT Cloud stencil to create the background with Distress Oxide inks. Then I stamped images from the MFT Prehistoric Fun stamp set. I watercolored the images with Tombow markers in coordinating colors. I intended to use the coordinating dies, but I made a mess of the outlines as I still have issues controlling the amount of water in my brush. I ended up fussy cutting them to get a clean image. I outlined all the images with a black marker and positioned some flat to the card front and others with foam tape for dimension. The hills were cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills dies. I used Wink of Stella to sparkle up the clouds and dinosaur spots, which were also given a glossy coating with Nuvo Glaze, as did the lava on my volcanoes.

Considering I was initially stumped by this color combo, I have yet another card using it, so stay tuned for take 2!

ETA: 8/9/19 This card was selected as a Top 3 by Cut It Up Challenges!!!

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MFT Summer Camp Day 1 & MFT Color Challenge 121

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Take 2 on Day 1 of MFT’s Summer Camp! This is another fully watercolored card, painted with the 36 color set of Gansai Tambi’s. I need to use these more often cause I just saw they now offer a 48 pan set but I refuse to buy it (yet) with so much paint left in this set. Today’s card is made with MFT’s Funky Flowers, painted in colors to match the current MFT Color Challenge 🙂 2 for 1 baby!!! I hand painted the background again, though this time its very simple to let the flowers shine! The flowers were fussy cut and popped up on foam tape. I added Nuvo drops to the flower centers for extra dimension. The sentiment is from another great MFT set, Birdie Brown Greetings Galore!

 

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MFT Camp Create 2019 – Day 2 – Remarkable Resist

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Today’s camp activity is called Remarkable Resist. For my card I used MFT’s Wavy Coloring Book Background with Versamark and platinum embossing powder. I love this background, especially for summer because it looks like waves in the ocean to me. Once that was heat set, I used several shades of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers to scribble in color. I wasn’t completely random with the coloring; I used certain shades for certain shapes throughout. I guess I’m a control freak! But then after color coding the image I sprayed the dickens out of it with water to blend the colors. Once dry it was die cut with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp. The sentiment is MFT’s Simply Hello Dienamics, cut from silver mirror card stock. I added a few mirrored dots from my stash as a finishing touch. Here’s the close up:

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MFT Summer Camp Day 1 – Watercolor

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I’m making an effort to participate in MFT’s Summer Camp every day this week. I had so much fun with the first day’s event of watercolor, you may see more than one card from the effort! This card, using MFT’s Friends in the Forest, is my favorite!!! I used my 36 Gansai Tambi watercolors on Arches cold press paper to create a background freehand. I used greens to create loose trees, a pale blue wash for the sky, and blues and purples to create what I intended as snow drifts but it also kinda looks like a pond iced over. Either way, its a place for my critters to gather and share in the winter fun! I also used the same watercolor set to paint the stamped images, which were then fussy cut when dry and popped with varying thicknesses of foam tape. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and stamped directly on the card front, which I die cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die. As a finishing touch I added Wink of Stella to the snow/ice, which is notoriously difficult to photograph! I’m hoping you can see it on one of the close up pictures. So frustrating!!! I debated about flicking white paint for falling snow and couldn’t bring myself to do it for fear of messing it up! This was so much fun to create!!! I made multiple backgrounds while I had the paint and watercolor paper out so I’m going to see what else I can pull together this week!

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Watermelon Card Set

Quick post today with a card set inspired by Chari Moss in a set she created for Lawn Fawn. Here are side by side pictures, first mine than Chari’s. She used dies to make her seeds, putting black paper behind the pink to use the negative space. She also used dies for most of the sentiments. I didn’t have anything suitable dies, and for my seed I used one of the first stamp sets I ever bought, KI Memories (remember them?) called Garden. Many times I almost purged this set as I’ve never used it, but it’s small and takes so little storage space, and “you never know when you may need it”. I was vindicated! Today just made purging anything from this point on even harder! LOL

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The Misti was invaluable in the repeat stamping of these cards. All the cardstock came from the scrap pile too. Gotta love that! The sentiments are from 1) MFT’s Friends in the Forest, 2) The Stamps of Life’s Stand Up 4 Sentiments, and 3) Technique Tuesday’s mini set You’re So Sweet, all used for the first time as well. Rarely do I ever case a card so quickly or so closely but I thought these would be quick and easy. Thanks to the repeat stamping, it was neither but still fun to make!

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Sitting Here Thinking of You with Hero Arts

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My mom passed away 10 years ago. Seems like it was just yesterday. Certain dates and events are especially hard for my dad now that she is gone. Their anniversary is coming up, and while this isn’t “exactly” a sympathy card, that really is what this is. Thinking of you in your time of need and loss. My mom always taught me to pick sympathy cards that are in muted colors as she felt bright cards were too garish for the occasion. I see some cards posted by other crafters, and I think to myself… If you could change the sentiment to Happy Birthday and it work, than your card is too cheerful to be a sympathy card. But that’s just me. Coincidentally, my house is decorated in grays and blacks, so this looks close to where I might actually sit to think of someone dear. And conveniently A Blog Named Hero’s challenge this month with Hero Arts products is Sympathy. Good timing!

The stamps are from Hero Arts Wishing You Were Here, and I watercolored the images with Tombow markers and a waterbrush. The embossing behind the card front is from Lifestyle Crafts Woven embossing folder. The card front and mat were die cut with Pink & Main’s Rounded Rectangles dies.

7/23/19 ETA: This card was chosen as 1 of the Top 3 By Digi Choosday! Grab your Top 3 Badge

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