Birds of a Feather

Decided to make a card for the MFT Sketch Challenge for this week, but wanted to be able to use it in the current ModSquad Challenge, as well. So, used the sketch and highlighted birds. My plan was to use butterflies, but I don’t have anything but tiny butterflies on any of the MFT sets I’ve got.

I took a water color piece I had done and embossed it with a feather embossing folder by Elizabeth Craft Designs. Then took some other alcohol ink and water color pieces I had to use for the pieces. I cut the hexagons using a retired MFT die. The birds are from two different retired MFT Die-Namics sets that were stamps and dies, one was Homespun Birdhouse and the other was Contempo Cage. Sometimes it’s really nice to just look through what you have, no matter how old it is and be inspired. Old does not mean bad.

I even remembered to add a few gems to this one.

This was fairly quick and it was fun to use something I haven’t used in a while.

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

Recessed Panel

A couple of friends have done cards with recessed panels recently. I like the look, so wanted to do one of my own. The MFT Sketch challenge for this week was perfect for it. Granted, I changed up the sketch slightly, but the elements are there.

I used a couple of background panels that I have done with watercolors sometime in the past year for the sunny sky and the sea. Used some blue ribbon for the border, and some GKD Kraft card for the bottom panel. This was all done on an MFT Natural base card. The sentiment and the image are from the MFT Party Like a Pirate set. The image was stamped on Neenah 67lb Bristol white card, then colored using Prismacolor pencils. The Bristol card added a bit of texture to the coloring, which was fun. I used liquid adhesive for my sea piece, and foam adhesive to pop up the bottom and top panels.

Besides this card, I also made something for some friends for Christmas, yesterday. They didn’t turn out as planned, but will still be given to them. I’ll try and remember to show you what I made after Christmas. It was something I haven’t done in quite a while and was a way to relax while working on my lines for the Christmas play. The play is next week and I am still messing up on those. It’s a bit frustrating.

Anyway, thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Have a wonderful week this week.

More Watercolor

Day 3 in the Simply Watercolor Christmas class was Simple Trees. Well, my masking fluid and I are having a fight. So, decided to do my small trees using clear embossing powder, then doing the background around them. I really liked the background idea from the class. I even painted my big tree with watercolor. I used a sparkling dark green for the tree. If the light hits it right, it shows up with gold hints.

Day 4 was Large Tree Card. I liked her tree, but wanted to do my own thing, so went with ice and a penguin.

You can’t see it in the picture, but I put some Wink of Stella on the white areas that were masked off. It highlights the areas a bit, too. The penguin was colored with colored pencils and a bit of Sakura Stardust pens to add some shine here and there, too.

Now, Day 5 was Plaid Patterns. YIKES! I wound up doing 2 watercolor plaids and one I did with spray acrylic paint. The first was done freehand and wound up with wiggly stripes. So, used some tape for the next 2 tries.

Used very similar colors in all 3, light blue, darker blue, turquoise, and purple. Here’s what I made with one of these pieces.

I had planned this out while at work, yesterday, but my idea didn’t quite work. So, went with a whale “holding” the balloons (I had wanted a flying bird). Used the MFT Sketch Challenge for this week as the layout. After I had gotten it all figured out, I checked the MFT blog again and found that the birthday challenge was using balloons. How fun! As there were balloons on it (out of the plaid), I used the MFT Friends with Fins set and their heart balloons dienamic and this will go in both challenges.

Hopefully I’ll have time to try out the rest of the classes. Maybe after I have the chance to go through them, and get those posted, as well.

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

Water!

So, I have been watching the Online Card Classes new Simply Watercolor Christmas class. It is very basic information, but that may be because I’ve done most of what they’ve colored so far, before. Anyway, here’s what I’ve come up with using watercolor so far.

Day 1

These were what I made from Day 1. They really do look better in person.

Day 2

These were what I made from Day 2’s instructions. My masking fluid is a squeeze bottle, so painting things wasn’t too easy. So far, the most difficult part of making these water color cards is getting the watercolor paper to adhere to my backgrounds. I’ve tried tape runner, which works okay, as long as I’m adhering to a perfectly flat piece of card; liquid adhesive (glue), which works fairly decently, but still not great; and last, but not least, Multi Medium Matte, which is supposed to work with EVERYTHING. Ha! It did work better than any of the others on an embossed background, but still has areas that are popping up.

I had hoped to work on Days 3 and 4, but haven’t had time, yet. However, I did make time to make a rain card for the WeCraftCards challenge and it also fits the MFT Sketch Challenge for the week. The intent was to make a sympathy card, as I’ve been needing way too many recently, but decided I needed to make something cute, instead. This made me happy.

Singing In The Rain

The small panel is done all with colored pencils and a few touches of Sakura Stardust pens to add touches of sparkle to imitate the rain and raindrops.

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

Bear Hugs

I have been wanting to make a bear hugs card to send to a friend. I didn’t actually get that done the way I had imagined, but did make a bear card for her.

Had some fun creating this one. I used vellum, as that is the WeCraftCards challenge this week. But, I mostly followed the MFT Sketch challenge, too. Granted, I put a vellum piece over the top of the sketch, but I used the Birthday Bears set, as well as the Adorable Elephants set to make this bear holding heart balloons.

I stamped and embossed the images, using masking, on the vellum, then used alcohol markers to color them. The colors are pretty close to the heart strips of the pink and blue. The purple matches the purple in the striped paper behind, which goes with the background panel. I dry embossed that back panel to make it a bit cuter. 3D embossing folders are so much fun to use. It’s a pillowy texture background. I used purple on the bear in a couple places so it all goes together.

Definitely had fun making this one. Thanks for sharing some of your valuable time with me! Have a wonderful week.

Sea Sketch

MFT Sketch

Made this following the MFT Sketch Challenge this week. Used their Friends with Fins set, as well as a piece of background watercolor paper that I made and some fun Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz that I embossed. There is also a vellum circle behind the dolphin.

Whale Slider

Had a lot of fun using the same set and some other background paper that I made a while back to make this slider card.

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

Off Sketch

Sending Love

So, for the MFT sketch this week, I started with this, which isn’t exactly the sketch. Definitely had fun making it.

I also made a splatter card that has nothing to do with the MFT sketch, but was super fun to make. I was really glad I put work clothes on and took it outside.

Splatter

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time checking these cards out. Enjoy the rest of day, or evening that God has blessed you with.

What do you get?

What do you get when you combine 3 challenges? A doggone glittery card.

I used the current MFT Sketch Challenge, the current ModSquad challenge, and the current Double D challenge to come up with fun one.

The ModSquad challenge is to “Step Up Your Stencil. The Double D challenge is “Colorful”.

So, I used one of my MFT stencils and put some Deco Transfer Gel through it. Pulled it up, then started adding glitter that went along with my Kleenex box piece. (Yes, I do save the sides on the pretty tissue boxes.) After that was dry, I chose some ribbon that went with my colors, as well as some sequins. Definitely had a lot of fun dressing up my stencil with glitter and sequins, as well as some matching ribbon. The stamp set is also an MFT set. Every Corgi I color winds up looking somewhat like my dog. But he’s absolutely adorable, so it’s understandable.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me this weekend. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Josh Set 2

This is the other half of the set I made for my nephew’s 20th birthday.

His last one is the one on the right.

These were a lot of cards. I made all but these last 2 on the same day. It was a great way to use up pieces that I had done for other cards, but weren’t quite right. It was also looking at pieces and figuring out what I could do with them that would be fun cards. A few I adjusted to make work, too. My “pieces” bin is much emptier, now. I did get to have fun creating. And, he will have 12 cards to give, as needed.

Thanks for spending more of your valuable time with me today. Go enjoy this day of rest God has given us. Yes, do rest, it helps.

As my parents put an air sterilizer on their house, that works with their air conditioner, we are having a small family party for my nephew. It’s safe and we’re still a small group, so it’s nice to be able to get together with family. It’s been way too long, too.

Josh Set 1

For my nephew’s 20th birthday, I met a set of cards for him. This is the first half of the set.

The first one in this group is being entered in the MFT Sketch challenge for the week. Other than that, I just had fun creating. Some I like a lot, some not as much. But, knowing what cards he will want to give is a gamble.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. There will be another post coming, with the other half.