Bold Butterfly

A friend posted a card either last night or this morning to the ModSquad Challenge which is a butterfly challenge. As I just bought this beautiful large butterfly die set from The Ton, I figured I could hurry home from work and make a card before tonight’s meeting. So,

So, my quick and easy card. Granted, I really need to clean and unwarp my die plates, then using dies will be quick and easy rather than places not cut through.

I also used Altenew’s Mod Squares embossing folder for the background. I used it going down, rather than up, as I liked that look better with the butterfly. Yes, you really can use things in ways other than the norm.

Now, need to run as this took longer than anticipated. Go check out some challenges and see what you can do. You can definitely do more than you think you can.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Playing with New Tools

So, my birthday was last week. I turned 51, which is pretty amazing, as I was told all while I was growing up that I wouldn’t live to be 40 and before that I would go blind and have parts amputated. This is bonus year #12 that God has blessed me with. I still have my sight and all my parts. I know God has a purpose for my being here, or I wouldn’t be. So, I try to do His will for me.

Anyway, I got lots of crafting things for my birthday and got to play for a while on my birthday, as I spent part of the day with my BFF. Made this first card using a fun Simon Says Stamp stencil and some Lindy’s Magicals in Autumn colors.

Instead of using the Magicals as they were supposed to be used, I used them more like Perfect Pearls, where I used VersaMark ink through the stencil, then sprinkled on the different colors of Magicals (5 colors), then misted with water. It has INCREDIBLE sparkle. Used a Simon Says Stamp stamp set for the butterfly and the sentiment. I wrote the names on the back of the piece, then adhered it to the layer and base. Oops! The butterfly is gold embossed on acetate. Used the same gold embossing powder for the sentiment on a plum cardstock.

Entering this one in the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge.

This next one I did using some ombre’ glitter paper I got at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo on Friday (my daughter and I went together).

Had a lot of fun cutting out the leaves from different papers and making a “wreath”. I used some Wink of Stella on the “thanks” to give it some sparkle, too. I liked leaving the rest of it blank. I did add some of those leaves falling down the inside right side.

I have so many more things to play with that I hope to share, soon.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! (If I don’t reply to your comments right away, please know I’m crazy busy right now with our Women’s Advance on Saturday, as well as some other church things, so it may take a bit, but I definitely will reply. I appreciate your comments.

Weekend Time

Well, went up north with the kids this weekend and took a bunch of craft stuff to work on. But, forgot a couple of things, so couldn’t really finish anything. Dumb.

Got back and was able to use the foam tape to finish this for the MFT Sketch Challenge for last week. No clue if I’m in time to post it.

Used a holographic backdrop and cut out the areas for the sketch. Added this adorable bird and sentiment from the “Tweet Friends” MFT set. Colored with pencils and just had fun.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. I hope you had a great weekend.

Flip Card

The challenge at WeCraftCards.com this week is to make a “flip flop” card. This is the type I found, when I searched. The hello piece flips to the inside when you open it. There is a white panel the same as the gray on the inside to write on.

Used one of the leftover MFT hello’s I cut out a few weeks ago for a card. As they were about the same color as the MFT Color Challenge, I’m entering this in that challenge. Just imagine the pink is a light purple. 😉

The pink and dark gray are shimmer card stock, so I’m also putting this in the SimonSaysStamp Monday challenge of shimmer and glimmer.

This was easy to make and fun. Also made some background today, so I’m hoping to get card made with them, soon.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Sweet Elephant

MFT has an interesting sketch challenge up for this week:

They also have a nice color challenge up:

So, I thought it would be fun to play with both.

The elephant really is a dark gray, but the purple shows through the acetate a bit more than anticipated. I was pleasantly surprised at how well alcohol markers worked on acetate.

For this I used:

  • Picket Fence Funky Leaves Stencil
  • Pixie Spray
  • Ranger Distress Oxide ink in Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac
  • Blending brushes
  • Versamark Ink
  • Ranger Black Super Fine Detail embossing powder
  • Hot Off The Press Heat Resistant Acetate
  • Marvy Heat Tool
  • Chantilly Cream card
  • White card
  • MFT Sweetest Safari Set 1

Had a lot of fun making this card. I finally figured out how to make my Pixie Spray work right. Don’t follow the instructions, use it about 3 inches above the stencils.

I’m excited to use another stencil I sprayed with Pixie Spray and try it with something new. Ideas are brewing, now to find time to try them.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Have a wonderful week!

Cotton Card

So the challenge this week on WeCraftCards.com was to make a card illustrating our state’s harvest. I live in Arizona, so our harvest is cotton. It was interesting trying to come up with a “cotton” card.

Used some Cotton Rag paper for the background, that I splattered with brown, green, and white. Inked the card base with brown, as that’s what you see when you look down rows of cotton.

Didn’t have a cotton plant “stamp” so used a plant silhouette that was similar and some Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Stuff to make my cotton. For the plant, as I was stamping on vellum, I embossed with green, but cotton plants are rarely totally green, so added a bit of brown to it and heated it again.

Had a lot of fun trying new things to make a card to fit the challenge. My challenge to you is to try new things and just have some fun.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Crushing on Cardstock

Online Card Classes has a new class called Crushing on Cardstock. I peeked at a friend’s and came up with these for days 1 and 2.

Frog with Butterfly

Used the Simon Says Stamp Frog Kit and a Butterfly die to cut out my herringbone paper I made. Also embossed some cardstock to make my own lily pad.

Frog Floating

Used the Simon Says Stamp Frog kit to make this one, as well. Also did some spraying and splattering on part of it, so putting this in the SSS Blog Challenge for Monday. Made my own backgrounds for this.

Prayers

Did this one for the COC day 2, as well as day 1.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Summer Fair

I live in Phoenix AZ, so our State Fair is in the fall and our County Fair is in the spring. But, apparently, lots of places have summer fairs. The challenge this week on WeCraftCards.com is to make a card that represents a fair. When I was young, one of my favorite parts of the fair was showing animals and seeing all the animals. So that was what I wanted to show on my card. Then I saw the MFT Sketch Challenge for this week and thought it would be fun to show the ribbon colors in order as part of it. As the Simon Says Stamp Blog Wednesday challenge was to show a sentiment and they sell MFT products, thought it would be fun to share this there, too.

I’m not too fond of slimline cards as they waste paper, but a few of them here and there are fun.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

At the Beach

I had not realized that MFT had a Slimline challenge. The current one is a beach theme. So, I participated. Unfortunately, I was too late to enter it. So you get to see my creation.

Used the MFT BB Sunshine & Friendship set to have some fun. Had a great time coloring all these characters.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Have a great rest of your week.

Color Challenge

MFT’s current color challenge is the following:

I thought these were interesting colors. Now, I have Fire Coral in ink, but not in card, so had to improvise with that one. But I smeared some ink on a piece of white paper and found the closest card I could.

I cut strips of all the card, except for the kraft, some wide, some narrow and made a couple of backgrounds. I thought the floating letters would be good on the thin stripes and the wider stripes would look good behind the cut outs. Found a bit of “bling” to match, then used shimmer pen over the floating letters. I like how they both turned out. As I used the positive and negative of the one die, it worked to show them together.

See, Camp Create has gotten me creating again. That’s a good thing.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!