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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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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: 9/9/19 This card was selected as a Top 3 by Cut It Up Challenges!!! It was also picked as an Honorable Mention by 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!!!

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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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