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!

Hugs

My Favorite Things has a set by Bernie Brown called Hug It Out. It’s one I’ve wanted since it came out and was finally able to get it. It was perfect for this card I did for my niece according to their current sketch challenge

Had a lot of fun making this one.

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

Singing in the Rain

The MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week was a fun one. I decided to have fun on a spring theme. Granted, it doesn’t rain much in Phoenix, except generally at the end of July and early August, so not a spring thing. It did, however, rain a tiny bit this past weekend, which is spring-ish. Anyway, had fun making this one.

I colored the fun girl image with alcohol markers. It takes me forever, but I am trying and with practice, will improve. Had a lot of fun with the background, as well.

The image is from MFT and was designed by Birdie Brown: Rain or Shine. Used a raindrop stencil on a fun watercolor background. First I tried using clear gesso, hoping it would show up shiny. Nope, after it dried, you can feel where it is, but definitely can’t see it. So, then used a fun Nuvo spray through the stencil for those sparkly drops. Added some Nuvo Crystal drops to make a couple of raindrops in clear and a couple in blue. Embossed the blue panel with a wave embossing folder to give a bit more interest and texture. You can’t see much of it, but it’s there.

Also made sure there was green in this so I could enter it in the Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday challenges, as well. It wasn’t difficult to make sure there was a bit of green.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today checking out what I made. Whatever you’re up to, enjoy it.

Sketchy

I really liked the sketch from MFT last week, but didn’t have time to create with it. So, attempted a card this morning (cleaning can wait a bit). It didn’t come together as hoped

I used several MFT papers and the smaller Beautiful Die-Namic.

I may play with it some more, but it’s fairly close to the sketch.

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

One More

Had time to do one more card that works for both of the MFT challenges this week: sketch and color.

Had a lot of fun doing the background of strips of the correct color of card, then colored using those colors, as well.

I thought about using the full panel for the background, then figured I would show a way to cut it down, so it’s the same size as a small slimline, so perfectly follows the sketch challenge, while still being an A2 sized card. My piece was cut down first to just show a white border around the edges of an A2 card, then I cut it to 3 inches wide. Had fun changing it up.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Enjoy the rest of your day.

A Bit of Fun

The WeCraftCard.com challenge for this week was to make a card that shows why you are you, with your favorite color. The answer to that is God is who makes me and gives me purpose, so I went with the purpose He gave me: to encourage others. Added the MFT Color challenge into it, as teal is my favorite color, in it’s many shades.

So, as I usually encourage others with a card and/or a smile, I made a card, with some teal, that hopefully will bring a smile to someone’s face. This adorable set is from MFT and was designed by Birdie Brown. Now why any of the sets Birdie Brown designed would ever be retired is beyond me, as they are timeless, but apparently they retired this one. I used all the colors from the MFT color challenge in it and had some fun coloring, as well. Used alcohol markers on it, as well as pencils on the colored card.

Now, this next card was done for the MFT Sketch Challenge this week.

It is a slimline card, which is what their sketch was. This cute stamp set is from MFT, as well. Had fun making both the background and coloring this cute giraffe on a pogo stick. Adding this into the SimonSaysStampBlog Wednesday challenge, as well.

As I’m hosting the WeCraftCard.com challenge next week, I’ll give you a hint that this is one of my examples. Won’t tell you what the challenge entails, however.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Go enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank God for the many ways He has blessed you.

Prayer Cards

Sometimes you just need a card to let someone know they are in your prayers. I made 2 of them and both are going out in tomorrow’s mail. Sad, but necessary.

This first one is for an older woman at church that just needs to know she’s remembered and cared for.

For both of these cards, I used backgrounds made with shaving cream and acrylic paints. Yes, they were fun to make. I used the MFT Floral Fantasy Background stamp and some green embossing powder to give them more character. I also used the MFT Sending Prayers stamp set and die-namic. They also have blue, yellow, green, and white card stock, as well as some adhesive. I used both tape and liquid adhesives to get the panel to stay on the card base. The shaving cream makes the card stock it was done on a bit slippery and it doesn’t like to stick very well.

This second one is for a family that lost their baby in childbirth. I can’t even imagine how horrible that is. But, they know God, so they have hope.

On this one, I cut the background down a bit and left a bit of the white border showing. Everything else is the same as the first. Granted, trying to put die cuts with sticky on the back onto the background, have it stick and get it to line up correctly was a lot of work. They aren’t exactly they same, but the same basic layout.

These are going both on the MFT Sketch challenge for the week, and the SSS Wednesday challenge of making your own background.

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