Using trees for these two cards was fun.  The first one is actually a picture from a trip our family took up to the Grand Canyon almost 3 years ago.  I loved the picture and thought it would be fun to imagine an inner tube going down to the river.  I know, not possible, but still fun to imagine.

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The bounce line and the sentiment are from the Die-namics You Move Me & Set (My Favorite Things).  I stamped on the vellum with Bamboo Leaves ink (Memento), but it wasn’t quite dark enough, so grabbed a green vellum marker (Zig) and traced over the top.  The inner tube I made by cutting out a circle and punching a small hole in the center.

This is for the MFT sketch challenge this week, MFTWSC167, as well as the ScrapZee Wednesday challenge to use a picture, and the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge.

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This card was made for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspirational challenge this week.  We have these amazing trees here in the valley (not a clue what kind they are).  The trunks are mostly gray with a bit of brown, they have these drooping branches of light green leaves and for a short period of time every year, they are just COVERED in pink and white blossoms.  The warmer it gets, the blossoms fall off and cover the ground around them.  I know it has been a very cold winter for much of the country, but it has been incredibly warm here, so there wasn’t much time of the blossoms and the trees are done, now.  But, this was the best I could come up with to share their beauty with you and that I did want to do.  I used the Primitive Blessings (Gina K) and The Giving Tree (Gina K) sets with Pear Tart and Rose Bud inks (Memento).  Also used the Labels 18 die (Spellbinders) with some fun fiber called Adornments (EK Success).

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Matching Envelopes

The ScrapZee Wednesday challenge was to make envelopes to go with cards.  So, as I did cards for other challenges, I made envelopes to “match” for that challenge.  The goal was to get 10 cards and envelopes done for a prize for the Ladies’ Tea at our church, but I just didn’t have the time.

These first two were done for the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge of a stamped background.  The stamp on the first one came with my Cardmaking & Papercrafts Magazine this week.  Had fun with that and using a multi colored ink pad.

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This next one, for the same challenge I used one of the MFP Heinrich Collection stamp sets and did some coloring with colored pencils.

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This one was done for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration challenge this week about surf boards.  This looks pretty similar to one of the surfboards, minus the card shape, but I did round the corners.

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You can’t see the sparkle in the center and around the edges of each flower, but it’s there.  The flowers are from the Heartfelt Creations Botanical Floral 2 set.

The following card was done for the MFP SpeedyTV Tutorial Time challenge.  I had a lot of fun with the “letterpress” technique and swirling in different blues (I used 4 different shades).  It also uses the MFP Heinrich Collection Gullible 2012 stamp set.

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For this last one, I used the My Favorite Things sketch challenge for the week and their CS About New Beginnings set.

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You’ll notice my background is different.  My husband has worked for the past few weekends making me a box out of melamine board that has a ridge around the outside for my little OttLite to stand on to take better pictures.  It was so fun to be able to use it today.  He did a fantastic job.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Rainy Day Play

On a rainy weekend in Phoenix, you have to play inside.  So, I played with paper this weekend (not that I don’t on sunny weekends, too).  Here is what I made this weekend:

Patterned Love

This valentine (another for my husband) is all black paper (Black Onyx by GinaK) with Love stickers (Recollection) on top.  I took a smaller piece of the black paper and embossed it.  This one is being entered in a sketch challenge for MFT this week. Tea Party

My Favorite Things is also having their monthly Guest Designer challenge, which is always a sketch that this one is being entered in.  The teapot and cups are cut out using the Die-namics Always Time for Tea set (MFT).  The cups that are embossed on the background piece are from the Signs of Autumn set (GinaK).  I used Broken China (Ranger Distress) ink for both the inking on the background piece and the teapot.  It’s amazing how different it looks used in different ways (I blended it on the background piece). Sunflowers

This one is also for the MFT Guest Designer challenge this month.  I love both the Wood grain Fence Die-namic and the Sunflower Die-namics that were used on this one.  The butterfly is a metal charm (Making Memories).  Definitely had fun with this one.Flower Box

This one is for the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge this week, which was to use a flower.  I got the flower box piece from a friend and the two sentiments are from the Winter Crocus 2011 set (MFP Heinrich Collection).  I stamped them with yellow ink, traced over with a fine Zig glue pen, let the glue dry and then used transfer foil on them.  Unfortunately, the “fine” Zig tip was a bit too much, so the words are a bit run together, though you can see it clearly enough in person.  Layered Dog Butterfly Joy

The layered dog card was made using the MFP Heinrich Collect Fabulous Dogs 2012 set, which I just love.  It is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge for the week.

The butterfly one is being entered in the MFP Simple Salutations challenge for the week, as well as the MFP Speedy TV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge to use ribbon creatively.  I wove my ribbon through the top layers for the butterfly trail, as well as made a flower out of it.  This one is also being entered in the MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge for the week, though I took liberties with the sketch.

I am just loving the rain this weekend, but was happy to have time to play with paper, too.  Yes, I did go out and get in the rain.

Thanks for spending some time with me!

Christmas Expanded

This year I thought I would cut back a bit on Christmas cards, so I didn’t make quite as many as normal (only 35 to 40 this year versus 70 of past years).  I had plenty for family and close friends, as well as work friends.  However, then I started thinking about some I needed for this person and that person, oh, and there are a few more I really want to give a card to this year.  Hmmm, now I need to make quite a few more cards.  I have to tell you, I got the Seasonal Sentiments stamp set from My Favorite Things this year and it is making it easy to make these extra cards.

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  • Seasonal Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
  • Cottage Ivy and Ladybug ink (Memento)
  • Green Star pen (Sakura)
  • Assorted papers

I used a sketch provided by My Favorite Things, two of the stamps from the Seasonal Sentiments set and two colors of Memento ink with a couple assorted pieces of patterned paper and some adhesive.  I did go over the words in the sentiment tree with my Green Star glitter pen to bring out some sparkle.  You have to have sparkle on a Christmas tree. This is a fun card that only took a few minutes to make.

This next one was using the same sketch and stamps.

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  • Seasonal Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
  • the Winter Magic Stack (DCWV)
  • Nightshift Blue (My Favorite Things)
  • Nautical Blue ink (Memento)

When I purchase Christmas papers, it is usually just after Christmas on clearance for 80% off and I plan to use it the next year.  So, “the Winter Magic Stack” was an excellent deal last year and probably isn’t available this year.  I love the whites, blues and silver in this pack.  I also love how the Nightshift Blue from My Favorite Things goes so perfectly with the pack.  Then, of course, you have to see how the Nautical Blue goes with both.  I love it when things come together!

My Favorite Things is coming out with their own inks which match their papers, ribbons, buttons, etc.  When I ordered the sample pack of paper, I basically wanted to see the colors in person to figure out exactly which colors to use with things.  I’ve used a lot of the paper, which is a really nice, heavy weight, as I love the colors.  Yes, I’ve picked some favorites and I’m definitely going to have to order some of those colors.  Which means I’ll need to order the ink that matches, as well as the ribbon so it all pulls together.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!