I haven’t done many, if any, challenges for quite a while. I am on the Search Team at my church and we have been very busy for the past few months finding a new lead pastor. But, God led us to HIS choice and now it’s up to the Elders to recognize him as God’s choice, too.

So, I actually looked at a challenge this week. The MFT Sketch Challenge looked like fun and I actually did it.

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The following is this week’s MFT Sketch for their sketch challenge. I like it, but changed it up a bit.

I have a friend who is having knee replacement surgery on Monday. She also LOVES coffee, so thought this would be a fun one for her.

My “square” is a shaker with lots of fun elements that went well with the paper, as well as some dark browns for coffee. Inside is a sentiment from the BB Hug It Out set, “I Know Hugs are Healing, so I’m sending you my best hug ever.” Used some glitter paper for the coffee cup.

My take on the sketch is a bit different, but I had fun with it and made it for someone in particular.

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For any of those who know about my health, I started on a new type of pump on Thursday. The sensors arrived today, which will help keep me level. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Tandem pump and the Dexcom sensors help stabilize my diabetes.

Sketch Challenge

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a sketch challenge, so thought I would try the My Favorite Things weekly sketch challenge. It’s not exact, but I needed the bookmark to be removable and usable.

This is a galentine, yes, a card for a friend on Valentine’s Day.

Used the Graphic Roses Die-namic from MFT, as well as a hearts Die-namic. Neither of which they still carry. That’s really sad, as they are both great dies.

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Baby Time

My niece had a baby last week, so I took her a meal last night. Had to make another card welcoming the new little one. And, of course, I had to make a card for my brother, the new grandpa.


Had a lot of fun making the cards. This second one is being entered in the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge for the week.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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