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.

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!

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.

Ahhh

Okay, this card is also being entered in the MFT Sketch Challenge for the week. It, however, gets it’s own post as it just makes me happy.

Pretty Textures

For the background on this one, I used some tissue paper I had used for a while to clean up watercolor ink messes and just like the look of. I glued that onto a piece of thin white card. Left a bit of wrinkle and bubble here and there as it adds texture and is just fun to look at. In my last post, I explained how I did each of the 3 texture pieces on the left. For this one, I also added a sentiment cut from glitter paper and glued that on a piece of vellum, then glued that (liquid adhesive – Elmer’s glue) over the popped up rose piece and down onto the background. Added a few gems and was done. I did rip the tissue paper along the edges, so there are bits that are left hanging off. I usually like neat and tidy, but this just appealed to me. It adds a bit more texture, too.

This one really just calms me down and lets me go “ahhh”.

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

Textures

If you know me, you know I love texture. It really makes me happy. So, I’ve been playing with different ways to create it.

Mom Bday

The two triangle pieces I added texture to with some wallpaper pieces a friend sent to me. Thank you Bonnie! I showed you the one in my last post, but it didn’t really show on the patterned paper. So, I tried it on plain card stock. It doesn’t show a lot here, either, unless you tip it in the light. You can see it a little.

Textures 2

So, I played with different ways to create texture. The background has Nuvo Embellishment Mousse spread through an MFT stencil. I love the stencil. Fortunately, there was enough moisture left in this mousse for it to actually spread. As I had sections I didn’t cover with the mousse, I did some acrylic sprays over the top. Had fun with that. The top circle has texture added by using a die and cutting a white piece, then gluing it on top of a sooth white piece of card. It adds texture and is fairly simple to do. Well, until you use an old spray adhesive that you only have a bit of that goes everywhere and just does NOT want to come off skin. YUCK! Tossed the tiny bit of it that was left and wound up having to add some shimmer spray after using an adhesive eraser for a long, long, long, long time to try and get rid of the extra that was between the sections and picking up dust out of the air. Oh well, live and learn. The middle circle was done with an embossing folder, then lighting brushed ink across to pick up the image. That one was easy and fun. The bottom circle, I added texture by heat embossing with clear embossing powder using a background stamp (MFT Marble) and then inking across it. The sentiment strip was heat embossed on a piece of white card that I had used more of the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse on. The pink was too hard to spread, so used a makeup sponge and just rubbed it on.

Lots of texture in that one, as well as lots of fun to make, even with a lot of mess. This one is going in this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge, too.

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

Play Time

Had a few minutes here and there the past couple/few/several weeks, but no time to post. Here’s a bit of what I made.

Dad’s Bday

Okay, had fun with this one. The “ground” is made out of brown tissue paper just glued on.

Jon’s 28th Bday

I was hoping for a sushi set with cats, but couldn’t find either, so took a Tim Holtz set and made my own. Gave it to my son this morning and he loved it. I used a wall paper sample a friend sent me to add texture to the background dot piece. You can feel it more than see it, but it really added to the card. Thank you Bonnie!

31st Anniversary

Made this one for my husband and my 31st Anniversary. Good grief, that makes us sound so old. I’m hoping he enjoys this one. I used the Altenew Mini Set for May and did some masking for the background piece.

Purple!

Had lots of fun making this one. It’s being entered in the MFT Sketch Challenge for this week. I used several of their sets and Die-namics to create it. I have to tell you, I have TONS of trouble doing the scripty birthday die and making it work. If I add adhesive to the back before cutting, it just shreds and rips. This was about try #3. Adhered it with some liquid glue and used clear Nuvo Crystal Drops to give it some dimension and shine.

Oh, my husband really did not like this card. He likes it when I color the images. He’s not fond of mixed media backgrounds, either. Oh well. I really like it.

That’s enough for this post. I’ll probably do a couple more posts today. Ha! I had some time today, not a lot, but some and it’s the last of my time for a while. I’ve been really busy, as well as trying to get some thing crocheted for my niece, whom I adore. (Maybe I am that old?!?! I’m on bonus year 11, which is 50 in years, so yep, I really am getting there.)

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

Birthday by Sketch

My Favorite Things has a fun sketch this week. I needed to make another birthday card for my son-in-law and get it in today’s mail. I used the sketch and came up with this:

Happy Birth-YAY

Used an MFT set by Birdie Brown and colored it with alcohol markers. I’m not sure what type of paper I stamped it on, but it might have been Bristol. Actually had fun coloring it. After I cut it out, I held it up against a few backgrounds I’d previously made, until I found that I liked the look of this one, with the blue at the bottom. None of my oval dies were big enough, so I used a Creative Memories tool.

Used a couple different patterned papers out of an MFT birthday set. The sentiment is on the inside, as is another piece of the oval paper lined up with the blue at the bottom.

I really like the way this turned out and I got it written in and in the mail in time. That’s always a good thing.

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

Sympathy in Spring

Finding out a friend went home to be with God, yesterday was a shock. I wanted to make a card for his wife to encourage her. My husband thinks it’s too bright for a sympathy card. I disagree. What do you think?

I’m using this for the WeCraftCards challenge this week, as well as the MFT Sketch challenge.

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

Time Marches On

So, the challenge on WeCraftCards.com this past week was to incorporate a clock. The MFT Sketch challenge for the week was a fun one, so I decided to put them together. This is what I came up with:

I had fun with the My Favorite Things set called: Happy Hello. that is where the Queen’s Guard bear and the Big Ben images came from. The papers are from 3 different MFT sets, as well. Had lots of fun with this on a weekend with little time.

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