*Cough, cough* Whoa, sure is dusty around here! Dusting off the blog today to post a card I made for the monthly MFT Birthday Project Challenge.
I used the MFT Balloon Strings background stamp and heat embossed in Wow Fine Silver embossing powder. I used MFT Block Happy Birthday Dienamics to cut the letters from silver Glitter paper from DCWV. I created the balloons from the MFT Birthday Balloons Dienamics, and I popped up every other one on foam tape for dimension. I didn’t have any number stamps or dies from MFT, so I cheated and used the Avery Elle Numbered Balloon Elle-ments dies for the 60, also cut from the same glitter paper.
I made a pop up on the inside with 3 more balloons spelling the recipient’s name. The letter B was taken from the same MFT Block Happy Birthday Dienamics used on the front, but since “Happy Birthday” doesn’t have an O in it, I had to get creative. The off cut from the 6 was a circle, but it was too big and wouldn’t have looked right without the middle hole. I was able to take the 0 (zero) of the same Avery Elle Numbered Balloon Elle-ments dies and line the hole it cuts over the hole cut from the 6 to get the O. It created an O in the perfect size to match the MFT letters! I love when you can use your stash creatively like that! I added a computer generated sentiment that I really wanted for this card and didn’t have in a stamp. My brother, who was the one turning 60, used to argue in his youth that age is just a number and you wouldn’t feel old unless you thought you were old. Well, with age comes wisdom… and aches and pains, lol. I think he was feeling every bit of 60 on his birthday 🙂 I think I made it worse by reminding him that my son, his only nephew, is graduating in a few months. That makes me feel old too, and I’m 12 years younger than he is!!! My brother, that is 🙂
While I had all my supplies out, I made sure his mailman would know how old he was too. I had a tiny 60 stamp from the PTI Haunted Headstones Sentiment set (retired) and used it in ink colors that coordinated with my balloon cardstock. The envelope art is from the Pinkfresh Happy Mail set (also retired).
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I think these puppies are so stinking cute! I’ve had a set of rubber stamps mounted on foam called Doggies since, well… forever… that sadly had never been inked up. I tripped over them… almost literally when a rack I use to hold stamps tipped over… and left them out on my desk to play with. Take a look at what I made with them:
I should make time to color every day because I find it so therapeutic! Anyway, all the stamped images are from that set, and were colored with Promarkers. I think I nailed the fluffy look I was going for with the one on the right, but I still need to learn to make fur more realistic. The one on the left just looks stringy 😉 Didn’t help that I wanted him to look black too. All the images were popped up on foam tape. The background was made by repeating a chevron border cut file from the Silhouette online store. I skipped a couple of the lines to leave space to stamp a sentiment. I went with “Congratulations” so I could use the card for a friend adopting a dog. What does it say that within my circle of friends that they are SO much more likely to adopt a dog than to have another baby?!? It says I’m getting old!!! hehe! Here’s a look at the inside:
I used a couple chevrons from the front to decorate the inside, as well as a couple more colored stamps. I think the color combo works great as a masculine card, but the chevrons add enough design flair to make it work for a woman too.
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Most of the northern hemisphere of the world is desperate for Spring to kick in. Where I live, we’ve been enjoying mild temperatures for a couple weeks, but am only just beginning to see signs of life and color returning. Here’s a burst of sunshine and brightness for you!
The flowered paper was made with a flower stamp from my stash (from before I started keeping track of manufacturers) and Memento Dandelion yellow ink. The bottom panel was embossed with a Darice folder called Dots. The ribbon was a recent find at a HomeGoods of all places, but wasn’t a known brand. I love the cheater bow I created. Wide ribbon is so hard to tie and knot, so this worked like a charm! The butterfly was purchased at a Scrapbook Expo, maybe 3 years ago. I think I bought a dozen and have maybe used 3 😦 The banner was a cut file from the Silhouette online store and the sentiment was print and cut on it with a font on my computer called Frivolity. I popped up the center portion with foam tape for dimension. Here’s the inside:
I left the inside blank for now until I decide on the recipient of the card. I used trimmings from the front panels to give the inside a little flair.
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Say that 5 times fast! Blueberry Butterfly Birthday! Blueberry Butterfly Birthday! Ok, perhaps I’m getting a little giddy since I was able to finish off another half finished project laying on my desk. Take a look:
I know… very purple, right? Definitely not my go-to color, but there it is anyway 🙂 In fact, the older I get the more I figure out that I don’t really have a go-to anymore! So, this one is super simple… this sweet little butterfly is from Meljen’s Designs and was colored with Promarkers. The trail is part of the digi, but I added the same “stitching” around the edge. The mat was cut and embossed with a scalloped rectangle Spellbinders die. The white border was embossed with the 6×6 Dots embossing folder by Crafters Companion. The patterned paper is from the American Crafts 6×6 Dots and Stripes pad. The card needed some pizzazz so I added bling to the circles in the trail of the butterfly and then to the card itself to give the whole thing some much needed sparkle.
The inside has just of the patterned paper, and the birthday sentiment is from Justrite Large Fancy Sentiments set.
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***Edited 3/27/14 – Whoo hoo! I won the prize at Passion for Promarkers for this card!!! ***
Happy Tuesday, all! I’m super glad to be posting today! That dang mojo of mine has been playing hide and seek with me these last few weeks. Between the misplaced mojo and life in general getting in the way a little, I haven’t had a chance to work on a whole card from start to finish in one sitting for weeks. I did however get 10 mins here and there, most of the time generating only pretty trash, but finally this weekend I was able to put some finishing touches on a few works in progress. So without further adieu, here’s what I’d like to show you:
I know, doesn’t look like it took 3 weeks to put together, right? Ah, but I tell the truth! The card base was solid white which I then inked with Memento Summer Sky ink using a torn piece of paper to simulate clouds. I then stamped the large balloon in Memento Tuxedo Black and the smaller balloons in Memento London Fog… both stamps are from the Hot Air set by Local King Rubber Stamps. I stamped the large balloon again on Copic paper and colored that image in with my Promarkers. I fussy cut out the main balloon shape and the basket, glued the basket directly onto the card base, and popped the balloon part up on foam tape for dimension. This also kept the coloring from bleeding through to the inside.
The sentiment is from the Flying By set from Lawn Fawn. The inside has just a hint of clouds and I left the rest blank to have room for a long note to the recipient. 🙂 The colors were too light for the camera to even pick up so I’m not even bothering to post a pic of the inside.
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***Edited 3/28 – I was picked as the Chic of the Week @ Jugs for this card!!! Yay!***
I have been a follower of Heather Telford at Bits and Pieces for quite some time. She makes the most beautiful watercolor cards with stamps and Memento inks. My mojo has apparently been on vacation or in the Witness Relocation Program… so I decided to get inky and see if I could channel some of Heather’s talent. Yeah… not there yet.
For this card I used several stamps from the Foliage #1 set from Artsy Fartsy. The look is intentional, for those wondering if I was intoxicated while stamping. The blurry images are meant to look like they are off in the distance while the sharper images are more in the foreground. You create the blurred background by wetting watercolor paper and stamping into it while very wet. The sharper images were stamped when the paper had dried some. You can get an in between look by inking your stamp and then spritzing it with water. I was much happier with the results of this before I went back in to “fix” a tiny little something after it had dried. The effect of watercolor is unpredictable and any time you get too cocky for your own good, it teaches you a lesson in being happy with “good enough”. I layered the image a couple times, stamped a sentiment from my stash, added some ribbon and dew drops and called it done. Here’s a quick peek at the inside:
My quick description of the process sounds like it went quickly, but I assure you it would have looked like creating in slow motion with time lapse photography over days time! Now I’m off to go look for my mojo… maybe I accidentally ran it through the wash! Better check the dryer lint filter. Ha!
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***Edited 3/29/14 – I was picked as one of the DT Top Picks at Come and Get It Challenges! 🙂 ***
Today’s card is not my typical style, but the mojo was flowing so I tried very hard to go with it and not question it 😉 This card was inspired by this week’s sketch at Fusion Card Challenge:
The patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye 6×6 pad called My Girl. The chevron design is the reverse of the butterfly paper. Its brighter than I would normally make, but I guess with Spring right around the corner I am making more colorful projects. 🙂 The butterfly is clipart, which I imported into the Silhouette software and cut out using a scalloped cut file. The image was colored with Promarkers and popped up on foam tape. The white copic paper was too sharp a contrast to the patterned paper, so I colored the background with a Promarker too. The ribbon was from my stash… probably Target dollar spot, if I had to guess. Here is a better view of the front:
For the inside, I used scraps from the front to match the front. Another clipart was cut with the Silhouette and colored with Promarkers. The digi sentiment was imported into the Silhouette software and cut with a label shape. I love the sentiment by VIBGYOR Krafts… perfect for someone who is having issues and feels like it won’t ever get better. Here’s a closer look so you can read it clearly. You can click on any of the pics to make them larger.
Thankfully I don’t know anyone in need of this card right now, but its nice to have it in my stash so I can send it out immediately when it is needed. I’m submitting this card to the following challenges: