Simple Card

This card is so very simple.  I used two colors, green (Cottage Ivy – Memento) and white, one die set (Flying Beauties – Spellbinders), and a little adhesive.

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Super simple, didn’t take very long, and still fun.  This is for the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Now, I’m off to the PJ Party at ScrapZee.

Different Takes

After I did the last card, I had a couple more of the images I had done, but just weren’t quite what I wanted for it.  So, I had some fun making more cards.

3-8-14 MFP Inspiration

 

This one I did using the oval center piece, as well as one of the images.  I was going for a re-purposed surfboard feel, so I brought in some fun background embossing.  This is for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration Challenge this week.  I used the image from the Spring Mix set (Gina K) and a piece of patterned paper from the Parisian Garden paper pack (Gina K).  The inks I used are all Memento: Sweet Plum, Flannel Gray, Elderberry, Lulu Lilac.

3-8-14 SZ Memories

 

This one used more of the same and I just added some flowers (Recollections) and ribbon.  I did use Stardust pens (Sakura) to highlight the oval and the words.  This is for the Wednesday challenge at ScrapZee.com.

3-8-14 MFP FOSTV

 

Used totally different materials for this one, but sure had fun trying something new.  I used white embossing powder on black card stock for a fun look.  The sentiment is from the Western Sentiments set (MFT) and the image is from the Primitive Blessings set (Gina K).  Embossing powder is from Recollections.  Not sure where the fun paper is from.  I did use some Bamboo Leaves ink (Memento) and stamped a tree from the Primitive Blessings set on it, but that doesn’t show up very much.  This is for the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of StampTV challenge.

I started another card, but haven’t had time to finish it.  Maybe tomorrow.

Thanks for spending some time with me!

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.

2-20-14 MFP Inspire SZ

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!

Cards with Shine

Today I made two cards with shine.  No, not anything weird, they just have some shiny parts to them.  This first one is for the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge of making a black and white card.

1-13-14 Black and White Shine

For this one, I used a white card base with a black layer on that.  The top layer is a white shimmer sheet on which I used Black Spark embossing powder from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle to emboss the borders (Petite Borders by Gina K) and the sentiment (Elegant Post by Gina K).  Not sure where the fun black glitter flowers with the clear rhinestones is from, but they fit the card perfectly.

This next one I did for the SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge this week.  The twist is to use a die cut or punch, so I die cut the butterfly using the Flying Beauties from Spellbinders.  The shine on this is that I used a pink Stardust (Sakura) pen to highlight the butterfly, the two pink rhinestones and the yellow ribbon.  The sentiment is also from the Elegant Post set by Gina K.  The fun paper is from a set called Emma’s Garden by Jennifer Ellory.  I got it as a freebie with my Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine a while back.  I have to tell you, the freebies that come with every issue of the magazine make it so worthwhile, not to mention all the fun ideas.

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Bright Thank Yous

I know I’ll need some Thank You cards for after Christmas, so I found some brightly colored Christmas paper and used it as the background for these fun Thank Yous.  I used the sketch for the MFT Stamps weekly sketch challenge this week.

12-11-13 MFT Sketch

 

Supplies:

  • Bold Statements stamp set (MFT Stamps)
  • Die-namics You Move Me (MFT Stamps)
  • Die-namics Oval Chain Border (MFT Stamps)
  • Die-namics Fringed Perennial (MFT Stamps)
  • Rose Bud ink (Memento)
  • 2 Way Glue pen (Zig)
  • Various Card stock

Now, for the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge this week, I did the same layout using the same items, I just made one of the pieces into a tag (still tucked behind).

12-11-13 MFP Salutation

 

A simple change, but it may have even added a bit to the card.

Don’t forget, I’ll be having a simple tutorial on here starting Wednesday that will be a challenge over at ScrapZee.com for a fun, but quick Christmas card/decoration in case you need a spare.  Or, you could do it as a thank you, too.  Take the time to go check out the fun changes at ScrapZee.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I really enjoy your company and your fun comments.

Ornaments and Winter Birthdays

It’s getting close to Christmas, so I made an ornament for our tree.  This year, we only decorated the top 2/3 of the tree as we weren’t sure how Milo would deal with the tree.  He has pulled at some of the bottom branches, but didn’t knock it over or do anything dramatic.  It was fun to watch him stand on his hind legs to try to sniff the lower ornaments.  He only growls at it when the lights are on and he’s trying to nap.  Pretty funny.  Now, I’m a little nervous about actually wrapping the presents and putting them under the tree.  I left off the tree skirt this year as Milo loves pulling and scratching at blankets, rugs, etc. to get them comfy before he lays on them.  As one of my grandmothers did these amazing stitched decorations around the tree skirt, I did not want to chance him getting at it.

Sorry, back to the ornament.

12-9-13 White-Silver Ornament

Supplies:

  • White card stock
  • Moroccan Accents (Spellbinders)
  • Little Church 2012 (MFP Heinrich Collection)
  • Silver ink (Inkadinkado)
  • Liquid Adhesive (Tombow)
  • Silver Cord (??)

I cut out 6 of the snowflake type Moroccan Accent, used paper to cover all but “God” on the sentiment and stamped in silver (cover rest of sentiment with papers and apply ink, then remove papers and stamp), folded each “snowflake” in half and adhered left side of one to right side of another until all were together.  Before adhering the end of the last to the front of the first, I pulled all the pieces together and applied liquid adhesive down the line laying the two ends of the cord on top.  It didn’t work wonderfully, but did work.  Hot glue might have been better for that part.  Then I adhered the front of the first to the end of the last to pull it all together.  This is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week.  The silver ink looks more gray than silver, but it does have some sparkle to it in the light.

My grandmother has a birthday coming up the first of February and her favorite color is purple, so I worked on her birthday card this week, too.

12-11-13 Purple Sketch

 

Supplies:

  • Parisian Garden patterned paper pack (Gina K.)
  • Parisian Garden accompaniment card stock pack (Gina K.)
  • Vintage Chic stamp set (Gina K.)
  • London Fog ink (Memento)
  • Silver glitter pen (Sakura)
  • Ribbon, brad, rhinestones, lavender thread (assorted)
  • Embossed piece was sent to me by a friend – love the words on it

I knew I wanted to use the embossed piece my friend sent me as it is a purple, which is my grandmother’s favorite color and it had wonderful words all over it, so I found a patterned paper in the pack that worked with it, then found the card stocks to go with it, but in different colors, as well.  For the stitching, I placed my stamped kite on top of an old mouse pad and pushed a needle through to make the holes, then found a needle and started stitching.  I taped the one end on the back of the piece.  Cut all the pieces to an appropriate size and started adhering together.  For the sentiment, I traced the “Moxie” with the silver stardust pen to give it some sparkle.  This is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch with a Twist challenge for this week.

Now, over at ScrapZee.com, we are trying to spice things up a bit and add some more fun to the board.  So, you need to keep heading over there and checking it out.  As it is just before Christmas, there won’t be too many new things for the next couple of weeks, but if you like to work with paper, it is a great place to be.  It’s free to join and fun to chat with others who love playing with paper.  I’m hosting the Wednesday challenge this week starting 12/18/13, so come play along.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

 

Purple Pleasure

There is a challenge at ScrapZee this week to make a Sunshine Mail card for a child.  The challenge for MFP SpeedyTV Friends of StampTV this week was to make a card with banners or tags.  I don’t usually do that, but gave it a try.  Wasn’t sure what to put on the flags, so just left the color.

10-14-13 SZ MFP

 

Supplies Used:

  • Celebrate In Style stamp set (Gina K.)
  • Grape Jelly ink (Memento)
  • Parisian Garden patterned paper (Gina K.)
  • Stardust Glitter Pens in purple and silver (Sakura)
  • Rhinestones and ribbon (?)
  • Banner Basics Two (Spellbinders)

This is pretty basic.  I just stamped the skirt part of the image on the patterned paper 3 times and then cut it out, folded the pieces in half and adhered together, then to the base image to give it some dimension.  I traced around the image with the Stardust pens to give it some fun shine.  On the image piece, I went around the outside with the Grape Jelly ink pad to make it stand out a bit.  The inside just has “Smile” in a fun font.  I’ll write the message just before I send it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

 

Changes

Have you ever made something that you’re not quite happy with?  Well, think about what would make it better and change it.  You can do that more than once, too.  Here’s what I did with a card:

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This seemed a bit bare, so I added to it:

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Better, but not quite:

3-9-13 Step 3

 

Much better.  In fact, I’m putting this one up for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist Challenge for this week.  When you’re adding, just do a little at a time until it seems right to you.  It is more difficult to take away, though not impossible.

My husband and I do this with cooking, too.  We try a recipe following the recipe, then discuss what we like and don’t like and what might make it better.  Then we try it again with our changes until we get it to where we really like it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Recycling the Fun Way

Okay, we recycle most of our “trash”, but sometimes it is fun to reuse things rather than just tossing them in the recycling bin.  Here is a fun example:

1-18-13 RecyclingThe background paper on this was a chunk left from a couple of years ago.  The flower is made from a small wax paper envelope someone gave me some supplies in, and some of the plastic mesh netting that fruit comes in.  I used the Spellbinders Aster Flower Topper die to cut the wax paper pieces and used some scissors to cut the netting into somewhat of a flower shape, then layered the pieces together and attach with a brad.  Add a stamp, some ribbon, a back piece and voila, a fun and pretty tag.  It didn’t take too long, and I reused rather than recycled.  Check out other ways of reusing items in fun ways in the Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  If all goes well, I’ll be back with something else in the next day or two.

Red White and Blue

Happy 4th of July!  It is Independence Day for America, so I wanted to celebrate with some red, white and blue.

This was made using:

  • “Enjoy the Day” sentiment – Mother’s Magnolias – Mark’s Finest Papers Heinrich Collection
  • Water Lilly – A Year of Flowers – Gina K. Stamps (Melanie Muenchinger)
  • Watermark Resist ink – Inkssentials – Ranger
  • Broken China – Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Ranger
  • Clear Embossing Powder – Martha Stewart
  • White card stock – 120 lb Heavy Base Weight – Gina K. Stamps
  • Red card stock – Recollections
  • “Bubbles” – Kraft Edgers

Card base made with the 120 lb white card stock cut to 4-1/4″ x 11″ (A2 size) and scored at 5-1/2″.  Red card stock cut to 4-1/2″ x 5-3/8″.  Lines were drawn on the back of the red piece at 1/8″ in on all sides.  The points of the design on the edgers were lined up with the drawn line and used on all sides.  This was flipped over so the lines are on the back rather than erasing them.  The small white piece is 3-3/4″ x 5″.

The sentiment and image were stamped on the small white piece using Watermark Resist ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  When cool, Broken China ink was rubbed all over the piece, especially in the center of the flower (so it would be darker there).  A paper towel was used to wipe over this piece after all the inking to clean off any ink still on the embossing.  This now looks like white embossing was done without having any white embossing powder.  This is a fun technique to use when you want the background to have either different colors of ink, a blend of inks, or different shading.

 

 

 

All of the pieces were then assembled.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Enjoy your 4th of July and be safe!