Crafty Buys & Supplies | MFT Stamps Haul

Just a quick blog post on a few things I picked up from MFT Stamps!

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6×6 Paperpads

How fun and colorful are these two paperpads? Party Patterns and Tiny Hearts Brights. The next paperpad I have to pick up is the Tiny Hearts Pastels… I am having regret that I took it out of my cart last minute!

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100lb. Heavyweight Card Stock Sampler

I thought this was a stellar deal of getting to sample 41 different sheets of cardstock for less than $15!

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Mix-Ables Stencil and Scor-Tape

This mini clouds stencil sells out often! I’m still trying to get the original one! I have this double-sided adhesive tape in two different sizes, this is perfect for those intricate and thinner die cuts or shaker cards!

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Free with $60

So nice that MFT includes a surprise freebie if you spend more than $60 (so.easy.to.do!). I’m so happy I got numbers! Now if I can find an alphabet one, I’d be set!

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Xs and Os Cardkit

This is the main reason I went and grabbed items for this haul! As of writing this post, the card kit is still available!

If you aren’t able to snag it in the kit, the items found in the kit will be available to purchase, roughly 6 weeks after the card kit launches. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday and I love making cards for love and encouragement, so I thought this cardkit would be useful year round!

The cardkit is bundled together nicely in an easy, convenient zipped pouch. You get a wonderful 4×6 stamp set with coordinating dies, square shaker window and frame die-namics, Tic Tac Toe boards in white and black, heart embellishments, and 10 sheets of cardstock.

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Sometime next week I’ll post about my Simon Says Stamp haul. I have so many fabulous goodies to play with, I hope you are all getting your crafty fix too!

 

 

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Xs and Os Cardkit Interactive Card | MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Part Three

This is my third card for the MFT Card Design Superstar contest for the Innovation Master category. You can see my other cards for this contest here and here.

It’s not too late to enter the contest, so if you want to read about it, click here!

For this category prompt, you’ll need to create a specialty card such as a slider, shaker, fancy folding, or 3D elements.

I wanted to create a slider card using my new and old MFT supplies. This was definitely a personal challenge for me too, because I don’t have any slider dies (yet) so I had to get creative!

I used many components of the newest Xs and Os cardkit to create this card. First, I used MFT’s circle shaker dies to create a half circle slider track on the left side of the card panel. I used foam tape and a penny to create the sliding component for the arrow. A tip I’ve seen from other crafters is using your powder tool to make the foam tape on the slider track less sticky, letting the penny slide easier. If I were to make this card again, I would shape track in a better circular shape (versus the rectangle I originally made) so the slider would go in a perfect arc. Maybe I won’t have to do this in the future if I end up getting the slider dienamics.

To make the arrow, I used one of the houses (are you laughing at me yet?) from the Home Sweet Home dies. To cover up the big gap from the slider section, I used a thin strip of the red paper from the Tiny Hearts 6×6 paperpad. You can see the penny when you move the card, but I didn’t mind.

I used Black Licorice and Wild Cherry cardstock to die cut Xs and Os that I adhered with Zots bling glue dots. Finally, I used one of the sentiments, stamped in Black Licorice ink and the tic-tac-toe board (Hashtag? Pound sign?) in Persimmon ink.

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For my first slider card, I’m glad I experimented as it gave me insight for the future. However, I think I’d make more slider cards after I purchase more slider elements so that’ll be on my crafty wishlist.

How about you? Are you entering the contest or are an expert with slider cards? Let me know!

 

 

Whisk You Were Here | MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Contest Part Two

On my previous post, I shared that I am entering a couple cards for the MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Contest.

For this post, I am sharing the card that I am entering into the category Coloring Virtuoso. For this card, it shows off coloring skills whatever your preferred medium.

For this card, I did the ink smooshing technique using MFT stamps dye ink cubes to color my background to accentuate my stamped images and sentiment!

First I used masking paper with the INTENTION (did it happen? Not really!) of creating a masked area that resembled a swirl. I used the MFT Stamps dye ink cubes in the following colors to do ink smooshing: Orange Fizz, Tropical Teal, Daffodil, Summer Splash, Persimmon, Ripe Raspberry. For ink smooshing, I’d wiggle the ink pad on some acetate, spray with a water mister, and put it down on some watercolor paper. For control freaks like myself, it’s hard to give up control even in crafting!

I stamped the images and sentiments from Kitschy Kitchen and You Bake Me Happy in MFT Stamps Black Licorice ink and an ombre effect for the bowl. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the whisk and bowl to adhere to my card with some foam tape.

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There is a 3rd category called Innovation Master that is geared towards specialty and interactive cards. I don’t think I have enough MFT Stamps products to create something awesome, but I’m flexing my creative muscles so stay tuned.

Are you also joining in on this Contest? Let me know so I can check out your work!

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow HUGS card | MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Contest Part One

This is my first year entering the MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Contest! Click here if you want to learn more.

A quick blurb about this contest is that there are 3 categories you can submit new card projects to using MFT Stamp products. The 3 categories are called Clean and Simple Genius , Coloring Virtuoso, and Innovation Master.

Today I’ll be sharing my take on the Clean and Simple Genius category.

I don’t know about you, but creating clean and simple cards are a bit of a challenge for me because I don’t know how to master it, especially those wonderful colorful but white cards! So this is my first, intentional attempt at it.

I used the HUGS die to diecut several MFT Stamps cardstock in the following colors: Daffodil, Smooth White, Wild Cherry, Orange Fizz, Gumdrop Green, Blue Yonder, Tropical Teal, and Grape Jelly. I adhered the letters in staggered formation with Tombow Multi Mono liquid glue. I wanted the letters to pop so I used the Smooth White cardstock HUGS letters as the top layer. I used a Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on the the word HUGS followed by a layer of Glossy Accents.

Finally, I took some scraps of the colored cardstock to cut random, varied size strips for the top of the card and several dots of Nuvo Drops.

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I had the urge to embellish the bottom but I forced myself to not.

Clean and Simple cards are definitely challenging for me!

My next post will be about the 2nd card I will be submitting.

Thanks for tuning in!

Have a Claw-some Birthday | Lawn Fawn Birthday Card

I hope you all have had a wonderful week so far! I made this card earlier in the week and I just drafted this blog post. But before I dive in, I just want to take a quick moment to send my love and prayers for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and those on the West Coast who are affected by the wildfires.

For this card, I used Lawn Fawn’s You’re Claw-some stamp set and coordinating dies. I used Tonic Studios Nuvo alcohol markers to color these images in. It actually took me about 45 minutes to color all these images in. Am I slow? Was I spending too much concentrated time in staying in the lines? Ha, I’m sure it was a combination of both but it was quite relaxing!

I used foam tape to add a bit of dimension with some of the die cut stuffed animals, so it looks like the animals are stacked on each other. Side note, have you ever won anything from a claw machine? Not me!

For the background, I used Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper. Finally, I heat embossed the awesome sentiments (so retro looking!) on some Recollections Black 110lb. cardstock that I die cut as a banner.

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This is a birthday card for my father in law in South Caroline. I have been so bad this year, sending my cards only a couple days out. When I was living in Washington, I was able to get away with sending cards in a short time frame because my recipients didn’t live so far away! But now I have to remember I’m in Texas and I have loved ones on both sides of the coast!

This weekend I may not be able to make a new card because we’re going to unplug and get out into nature! We will be overnight camping tomorrow and the Texas weather is wonderful right now!

Have a wonderful day!

Lawn Fawn Haul | 2017 Fall and Winter release

Have you checked out Lawn Fawn’s latest release?!

When I saw a Lawn Fawn post back in July that the fall and winter products were coming out in August, I knew I had to penny pinch to save up for a fabulous release!

I didn’t get everything in the release (oh I wish!) but I’m so glad I snagged a great pre-order discount from Butterfly Reflections Ink back in July.

Here are my purchases but first, how sweet is it to shop from companies that write you personalized messages?! Return customer for sure!

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Guys, paper pads are a weakness of mine, so I definitely had to pick these three new ones : Knock on Wood (fun woodgrain details), Knit Picky (I love holiday themed sweaters) and Perfectly Plaid Chill (let me add this one to my other Perfectly Plaid paperpads).

Paper Pads

I love having mini ink cubes and I love buying sets because I can sample new-to-me colors and I love how most companies coordinate the ink pads so you can use them on one project. When the mini ink cubes first got released (maybe 1-2 releases ago?) I got to snag the releases and I LOVE the quality of the inks.

I got Ice Cream Parlor, Pumpkin Patch, Christmas Tree Lot, and Front Porch sets.

Ink Cubes

I don’t have too many (yet) of Lawn Fawn’s standalone dies but I was so drawn to these!

First is the Stitched Woodgrain die and it creates a textured and gorgeous accent to paper (patterned or create your own like I did in my previous post!). Next is the Large Wreath which I was drawn to not only for holiday wreaths, but fall wreaths in the gorgeous fall-themed colors. Last was Shut the Front Door die, which I think would be really fun for interactive cards and building scenes.

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I have started budgeting for stamps and their coordinating dies because I find personally, I like adding (and having the option) of having diecuts on my cards.

I only got a few of the stamp and die combos: Forest Feast, Pumpkin Spice, Sealed With a Kiss, and Beary Happy Holidays.

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Some other honorable mentions include the embossing powders and glitters that were also released… I’ll be picking those up after some budgeting!

What about you? Did you pick up any of the new releases?!

Next budgeting item… Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember!

Happy Fall card | Lawn Fawn new and old

Today is September 1st, which feels like it’s the (unofficial) start of the fall season! Matt and I are interested in seeing what the fall is like in Texas and whether it’ll be like the crisp, autumn days that come to mind (and were so, so treasured in the Pacific Northwest instead of the alternative…rain).

About a week ago, Lawn Fawn released its highly anticipated 2017 fall and winter release with SO many fun and whimsical releases.

This card that I created combines some of the newly released products as well as 2016 fall releases! It’s definitely one of the reasons I splurge and am loyal to Lawn Fawn because most of the products complement one another to be able to create so many versatile cards.

I used the new Stitched Woodgrain die to create the background, using Distress Oxide inks in Antique Linen and Wild Honey to ink blend some color.

To make the wreath, I used the new Large Wreath die to cut out the wreath and leaves using Lawn Fawn paper pads. For the wreath base, I used one of the new brown Knock on Wood papers. For the leaves, I used the Perfectly Plaid Fall pack (released from 2016) to create many colored leaves to be able to assemble. I used a combination of Tombow Multi Mono glue and foam tape to create the dimensional aspect of the wreath.

I heat embossed the sentiment Happy Fall (taken from the new Forest Feast stamp set) onto a scrap of cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. I used Wild Honey again to ink blend a bit of an ombre effect in the middle and used a banner die so I could foam mount it below the wreath.

I felt like the card was a bit plain so I used more scraps of the Perfectly Plaid paperpad to diecut some leaves from Leafy Tree Backdrop diecut (from Fall 2016) to be able to randomly glue on the background.

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I think you should definitely check out the Lawn Fawn release and pick up some great products! I am nowhere done playing with my new items and I hope to post my latest Lawn Fawn haul soon!

Until next time, happy crafting!

 

 

Nutty Over You Fall Inspired Card | Simon Says Stamp

When I was first brainstorming ideas for this card, I was thinking I would create a bit of a woodland scene with some woodgrain circles and using clean and simple techniques with this Simon Says Stamp Nutty Over You stamp set. However, the card took a different direction but you know, that’s one of the beautiful things about cardmaking is that no idea is “wrong”.

I won’t bore you with the minute details of how I did heat embossing and ink blending for the initial circles. The only component on the finished card that incorporated my earlier plans is that woodgrain circle border.

First I cut my card base and used a Sizzix circle (sorry, I got this set originally with my Sizzix machine so unsure of the exact dimensions) to cut a circle for a squirrel image later.

I took the stamps from the stamp set and used Lawn Fawn or My Favorite Things dye inks to stamp out the images. To create fall colors, for some of the images I would layer an additional color to create images that looked like they were “transitioning” from the greens to those gorgeous browns, reds, and yellows. The inks from Lawn Fawn that were used are Lobster, Celery Stick, Freshly Cut Grass, Doe, and Walnut. From My Favorite Things, I used Daffodil and Orange Fizz dye inks.

Since this was the first time using this stamp set, I switched to my MISTI stamping tool for the squirrel as I wanted the cleanest and crispest stamping I could do. I used a stamp block when I was stamping the card panel images, but I lacked confidence in getting the squirrel, heart and sentiment right the first time using freehand, Ha!

I thought the card needed some embellishment and I thought to pull out some ribbon in red and yellow to tie at the top. I debated Nuvo drops or sequins, but ultimately decided against it.

I ended up cutting my woodgrain sheet that I created earlier into a circle border to place around the open circle on the front of the card, adhering it with a Zig 2 Way glue pen.

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I don’t know what it is about fall but I think it’s my favorite season. To me, it’s strongly associated with change, new beginnings and excitement because of school. I’m no longer in school but the fall inspired scents, colors, and décor make my heart pitter patter.

Is it too soon to be creating fall cards? Is fall a favorite season for you too?

Encouragement Card | Inspiration from Laura Bassen

I am always in awe of the many talented and diverse crafters out in the cardmaking community. My card was inspired by Laura Bassen (@laurafadora on IG!) and one of her amazing creations. Here’s a link to her blog so you can also be inspired too!

I took a large scrap of my Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and used the florals from Simon Says Stamp set called Oh Happy Day. I reached for my Versamark ink pad, knowing deep down it was time for a refill. I stamped out my first round and yup, my ink pad was dried out! Thankfully I had a refill bottle on hand and I think the ink needs to settle out because some of my subsequent stamping turned out blobby if I didn’t pay attention. Make sure to use your powder tool to make sure stray embossing powder doesn’t stay on your creation.

I used Hero Arts White embossing powder on top of the Versamark and used my heat tool to set it. Do you find it oddly satisfying to see the embossing powder “transform”? Ha!

I used a handful of Tim Holtz Distress ink cubes to ink blend the flowers and leaves. The colors I’ve used are : Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold, Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, and Shaded Lilac. Looking back, maybe I should have die cut them after heat embossing them so I had more control in ink blending and customizing the colors. Since I didn’t die cut them prior to blending, some images were close together so I didn’t want  my inks to get on the neighboring stamped image, in case that wasn’t a color I wanted.

I used the coordinating dies to die cut the images out. I used a papertowel to lightly buff the embossed edges to get any pooled inks off. As Laura shared in one of my cardmaking videos, she looks at inspiration on the internet or at paper goods stores to get inspiration for some of her bold backgrounds. I went through my 6×6 paperpads and decided to use a small polka dotted paper piece from Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka pack as my background. I just mounted it on some gray Recollections 110lb. cardstock.  Using my tape runner and foam tape, I was able to create a dimensional bouquet by choosing to make some flowers and leaves “flat” while others have foam tape behind them.

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I wanted a small amount of additional embellishment and I thought using my Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black would definitely finish this card off.

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I have left the inside blank as I’m deciding what kind of encouraging sentiment I’d like to add. Someone at work is going through a lot of personal and professional stress and I think she needs a reminder of how awesome she is.

This card probably took me about an hour, since this is the first card I’ve created in awhile with such involved steps (heat embossing, ink blending, etc). I loved how it turned out and wished I had more big floral stamp sets and dies to create more diverse looks!

Until next time, happy crafting!

Baby Shower Congrats Card | Technique Tuesday

I received a baby shower invitation and sadly, I’m not able to fly back to the West Coast to attend (and escape the crazy Texas weather!). I don’t know about you, but when I create a baby card, I seem to want to use neutral colors instead of the traditional pink or blue colors, even if I know the recipient’s baby’s gender.

I started off creating my heart background. I used a Carta Bella 6×6 heart stencil with my Tsukineko stipple brush to create a softer blend versus the look of using foam blenders. The beautiful yellow ink I used was Simon Says Stamp Lemon Zest dye ink. Using images from the Technique Tuesday stamp set, Bundle of Joy (2014 release), I used Simon Says Stamp Stone dye ink to stamp them out.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Congrats three times from gray Recollections 110 lb. cardstock and adhered them together (stacked to create a bit of dimension) with the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue. I mounted it to the card front and used Ranger Glossy Accents to coat the word Congrats. I didn’t time how long it took to dry, but I definitely left it alone overnight.

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At this point, I debated more embellishments like sequins or twine. I settled for using just Doodlebug sequins in white and yellow from their Rainbow pack. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes struggle placing sequins “randomly” on a project, ha!

What about you? Do you gravitate towards certain styles when creating baby cards?

 

Until next time, hope you get to get crafty too!