Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Teapot Sympathy

Hi...Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday I entered a different challenge on Splitcoast...the challenge is called Teapot Tuesday.  It's mainly an inspirational challenge from what I can see...the moderator displays a picture and a teapot from which you draw your inspiration.  We were given the opportunity to make a card and mail it to one of the regular participants on SCS who just lost her husband.  

Here is my card....the inspiration picture had lots of flowers and the teapot was covered in flowers, also.

I'm sure no one wants a dreary sympathy card, but I'm always hesitant to make one that is too fluffy!  So this one concerned me, but off it goes!

Stamps:  With Sympathy stamp/die duo (ODBD)...this is part of a recent release from OBDB.

I used Lavender Fields ink (MFT) for the stamp and the same color for the Sympathy die.

The background paper is very busy, isn't it?  But, it looked so much like the teapot inspiration picture that I was just compelled to use it.  Beau Jardin 6x6 by Penny Black

The flowers are die-cuts from Elizabeth Craft's Bunch of Flowers.  The colors (flowers and leaves) are from MFT card stock: Lavender Fields, Razzleberry, Gumdrop Green, and Lemon Chiffon.  

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever"  
Psalm 73:26

Many Blessings!

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Sun is Smiling

Hi!  I haven't forgotten that I'm going to be posting all the cards I made for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge on Splitcoaststampers...just need to set aside the time!  More easily said than done!

In the meantime, here is a fun card for a couple of challenges on SCS from last week:  The Wednesday Sketch challenge and Thursday's Ways to Use It (show some end of the summer sun). I'm planning to send this card to my daughter in Colorado at the end of their next winter.

Fortunately for me, I have a set of dies (Sentiment Splits: Curve Horizontal Drive by PTI) that match the sketch very nicely except that the curve is opposite to the sketch!

Stamps: Happy and Smile (SSS), Things With Wings (MFT)

I stamped the sun with Lemon Drop ink (MFT) and used a cloud template to ink the tops of the clouds with Tumbled Glass distress ink and a blending tool.

After I inserted a little segway card stock (Tropical Teal by MFT) between the sky and the flowers, I added the lower section (Gumdrop Green by MFT) with some die-cut grass.

We all have occasional, sad family situations over which we have little or no control.  Sometimes God seems remote, but he never is...""Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant."  Psalm 119:76

Blessings to you and yours!
Friday, August 12, 2016


Hello.  Today is the 5th and final day of the My Favorite Things "Camp Create" technique classes.  I really have learned a few things!  And the expertise of the MFT design team amazes me! 

Today the theme is "Stunning Shadow Stamping".  I was astounded at how shadow stamping adds to the depth of the flat images on darker card stock.

The dark card stock (Lavender Fields by MFT) may make it difficult for you to see the shadows....I hope not!  The images have to be solid, not linear for this technique.  You stamp first with white pigment ink and then stamp over the image with, hopefully the same color ink as the card stock..only there is a slight shift to the side or over the top of the image, creating a shadow.

I did not have one set of flowers and leaves that were solid, so I had to pick and choose from three different sets.

Something else I took from the demonstrator was to die-cut the word die three times and stack them...I don't think you can see the difference here, but IRL it definitely has more depth.

The close-ups may help you see the shadows more clearly.

Blessings to you and yours! Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Just Fur You

It's almost Friday!  Today is day #4 of the My Favorite Things "Camp Create"...this is actually session #3 for this summer.  I missed out on a lot of techniques in sessions one and two, but that's the beauty of the internet!  I still have access to all the info!

Today's challenge is Divine Dry Embossing, which I've never attempted before.  Oh my!  It was a challenge for fact my image is just a bit off kilter, but passable (I hope).

I used the Stitched Oval (MFT) to die-cut masking paper, attached the paper to white card stock and sprayed the background with my Copic Air Brush System.  Then I laid the die down and dry embossed it using a soft rubber-like mat on the Big Shot (if you have any questions, please just check the MFT site linked above).

The stamps and dies for the cat are I Knead You (MFT).  The sentiment is heat embossed and is on a small frame (Dainty Rectangular Frame by Creative Expressions).

See you tomorrow!  God's blessings to you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Remarkable Resist

Hi...are you ready for day three of MFT's "Camp Create"?  I must admit I'm challenged with some of the techniques...I haven't tried some of them for a long while and others, not at all.  So am I learning? Oh, yes...even tho my cards are somewhat lacking in design while I focus on technique!

Day three is called "Remarkable Resist" (emboss resist).  I started out with clear embossing powder and discovered the powder was corrupted with teeny black dots...then there was my lack of expertise at sponging out the distress inks.  It looks easy when the MFT DT does it!

The stamp set that I used (after I re-did the card with white embossing powder) is Simply Scrumptious by Clearly Besotted.

Distress inks: Shabby Shutters, Old Paper, and Scattered Straw.

Black Beetle Sprinkles by Doodlebug

God's blessings to you!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Praying For You

Hello!  Hope your day is going well!  

Today's card is #2 for the MFT "Camp Create" 2...the emphasis today is Awesome Ombre.

One thing I really like about the camp is that there is a daily video...a REAL benefit for me!

The MFT example video showed the design team member using some products I don't have ... to accomplish her lovely ombre card.  I improvised with sponging over a Tim Holtz flower stencil and the Praying for You die (SSS).

The only accessories are the sequins.

The MFT inks used for the ombre effect are Razzleberry, Ripe Raspberry, and Bubblegum.

Praying God's Blessings for all of you!
Monday, August 8, 2016

Monochromatic B-Day

Hi...I've been gone for over a week because I was playing along with Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty Challenges every day.  Whew!  I will be posting my cards soon, but I was unable to post here because it was ALL I could do to keep up with just a few challenges daily...I was amazed at some of the other participants.  Some stampers finished every challenge and will earn the title of "Queen"!

So here I am in a smaller challenge from My Favorite Things (MFT)...called "Camp Create".  Today the task is to create a monochromatic card.

This is a simple, but fun card made with parts of MFT's Blueprints 26 (the balloon top and the words "Happy Birthday").  The papers are from MFT's Dots and Stripes Sorbet 6x6 pad; the color I used is Lemon Chiffon.

The scallops are from Stitched Scallop Edges (MFT) and some sequins and Wink of Stella were added (to "Happy") for sparkle!  Pooh! Wink of Stella is never easy for me to photograph!

God's blessings to you!

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