MFT Creative Olympics Event 4 – Speed Cardmaking: Fabulous Watercolor Card

Well, we’ve come to the final event of My Favorite Things Creative Olympics: Event 4 – Speed Cardmaking.

  

This one was the most challenging for me as it usually takes me half a day or more to make a card. I read in Stephanie’s interview that she recommended having all the supplies ready. Based on how I did, I reckon that must be more than half my time battle. I usually color backgrounds like this with great care, but chose watercolor since you can pretty much slap color anywhere and it’ll look cool. lol! The most time consuming part of this was getting the little bits of the negative die cut back in place. Still I slid in in record time (for me, anyway) at 19:13! You can just barely see the gold shimmer in the outlines.

The inside says: That’s what you are… no time left for a pic. lol!

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Floral Fantasy Background & Simply Fabulous Sayings stamps (inside)
  • My Favorite Things Absolutely Fabulous dies
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Recollections detail gold embossing powder
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage, Worn Lipstick & Wilted Violet
  • Coredinations white cardstock & Parisian nights pink card
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

 

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on any of them for details on how you can join the fun:

I’m happy to have been able to participate in all the events in this fun Creative Olympics! Thanks for all of your kind comments and support! Until next time…

~D.Ann

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MFT Creative Olympics Event 3 – Crafty Biathlon: Thank You Emboss Resist Shaker Card

Hello and welcome back! The third event of My Favorite Things Creative Olympics is a Crafty Biathlon.

  

We were given lists in two categories (Technique and Card Type) and told to choose one from each. I chose to do a shaker card with the emboss resist technique.

I love using this pretty lace background with the emboss resist technique as it always turns out SO pretty! You probably can’t tell, but this shaker is clear on both sides. For added interest I stuck the plain white die cut one the inside of the card. I’m loving those pretty Ken Oliver Color Burst inks! Because they have pigment in them, you need to wipe the embossed area with a baby wipe when done blending the colors

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things BG Lace Background stamp
  • My Favorite Things Radial Stitched Circles & Thank You Circle Frame dies
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • JoAnn Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Water Reactive Inks: Fuchsia, Orchid, Tangerine and Turquoise
  • Core’dinations cardstock – white and blue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive & foam tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc. acetate and sequins (including Queen and Co. diamonds and posies)

 

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on any of them for details on how you can join the fun:

Well, these crafty Olympics are almost over. We have just one event left. Stay tuned…

~D.Ann

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MFT Creative Olympics Event 2 – Freestyle: Cool Friend Card

Welcome back for Event 2 of My Favorite Things Creative Olympics – Freestyle Card

  

This event is taking place at the Olympic Village (MFT Challenge and Inspiration Blog) and the only requirement is that the card be winter themed. I don’t have a lot of winter stamps because winter in Florida is everyone else’s spring. However, I DO have the gorgeous snowflakes from MFT, and Markerpop recently sent me the adorable Polar Pals, so I was able to put this card together:

Isn’t he just adorable?!! I want to show you a close-up so you can see that cool iridescent sparkle in the embossing powder:

You might also note that his pom-pom is flocked. To avoid cutting the whiskers, I used a Copic to match my blended background. We seem to be on a trend here… first lazy cats, now a sea lion lyin’ around…. can you tell I’ve been stuck in bed most of the past 3 months?! Not very Olympian. lol!

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things stamp sets: Simply Snowflakes & Polar Pals
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Judikins iridescent sparkle embossing powder
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – tuxedo black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China & Stormy Sky
  • Copic markers: B02;R20,22; W1,3,5
  • Stampendous Fun Flock – Cantaloupe Orange
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Core’dinations cardstock – white
  • American Crafts glitter card
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L square foam adhesive

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on any of them for details on how you can join the fun:

Event 3 is coming up next – don’t miss it!

~D.Ann

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MFT Creative Olympics Event 1- Stamping Slalom: Kitties Hard at Work Card

Hello and welcome! Since the Olympics are in progress, My Favorite Things is hosting the Creative Olympics.

Medals and prizes will be awarded later this week. I’m probably one of the last entries as it took me a while to finish up…. let’s just say my plane arrived late. lol! But even with jet lag (aka migraine head), I managed to get in on the action. yay!

Event 1 is the Stamping Slalom at the Olympic Stadium (MFT blog)…. a test of creativity in combining images from three different stamp sets. I came up with this humorous card:

I just think it’s too funny that the lazy cat is watching TV (probably the Kitty Olympics) where her buddy is hard at work playing with a ball of yarn! lol! Now all I need is a great punch line for the inside. Got any ideas?

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things stamp sets: I Knead You; At the Office and Office Space
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Ranger Wendi Vecchi embossing powder – Watering Can
  • Hampton Arts embossing powder – yellow
  • Recollections Detail embossing powder – Ebony
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – London Fog
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 05 pen
  • Tombow Dual Brush markers: 025, 055, 673, 761, 985, 992, N65
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam adhesive squares

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on any of them for details on how you can join the fun:

Stay tuned, Event 2 is coming up shortly!

~D.Ann

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Spellbinders & Sizzix Gift Sets – Ladies Purses & Shoes, Gents Bags & Shoes, and Lifesavers

Good morning, dear peeps! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend! This new treatment is giving me a few hours a day of relief from the constant migraines, that’s better than nothing. Hooray!

Nope. Not the Olympics yet…. coming soon! I’ve been working for some time on this current project and am excited to finally be able to show it to you. Every year there is a special meeting for our full-time local Bible teachers and this year I put together some sweet gift sets to let them know how much we love them. Here’s the spread:

Squee! Aren’t they the CUTEST?!! CVS recently had 90% off their candy, so I got chocolates and the lifesavers for a song.

To make the centerpiece, I took a foam half-circle for floral arrangements, poked holes in one end of the lifesaver rolls and folded the tip of a straw to fit up inside, then poked them into the foam base. I added a bow and an inflatable ring from the Dollar store and a little sign (in Portuguese) recognizing that they’re truly life savers!

For the gents, I put together these bags and shoes:

That orange-y leather look is common in Brazil and the embossed football paper and embossed dots gave it the perfect leather look.

They actually hold more than this, but the ladie’s purses only held this much, so to be fair, that’s what’s inside. The chocolates are heavy, so to help the bags stay closed, I added the leather straps and edges from Tim Holtz’ Vintage Valise Sizzix set to Elieen Hull’s Bag/Suitcase. The paper straps go completely around and slide through the front tabs.

The scripture on the shoes is Isaiah 52:7:  How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the one bringing good news, The one proclaiming peace, The one bringing good news of something better, The one proclaiming salvation, The one saying to Zion: “Your God has become King!”

I love that there are some brads on the ends to add a little class. Aren’t those Spellbinders Gent’s Shoes super handsome?!! I wish I hadn’t glued down the tips of the tongues… next time I won’t so I can flip them up a bit!!

Let’s move on to the ladies’ purses. I didn’t have enough cardstock do do them matching and these gals love color, so this variety pack was perfect.

 

I just love pairing those sweet Spellbinders Couture Purses by Stacey Caron with Becca Feeken’s cute Ladies Shoes! When putting buttons on, just remember to put them far enough down for the latch mechanism to work.

I wanted each of these teachers to know that we take note of them, so I included a little note in each purse/bag saying “We all want to be like our God in Hebrews 6:10 (“For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones.”) and, although we might not say it as much as we like: Than you for your fine work in our congregation!”

Materials used:

Gent’s bags & shoes:

  • Sizzix Scoreboards Bag, Suitcase die by Eileen Hull
  • Sizzix Vintage Valise die by Tim Holtz Alterations
  • Spellbinders Wedding Collection: Gents Shoe dies
  • Hero Arts dye ink: Mulled Wine (to distress and give the paper a more ‘worn leather’ look)
  • Bazzil Basics Paper Terra Cotta 2/ 12×12 sheet
  • The Paper Company Franchise Football  – note: I got 4 Pairs of gents shoes from one 12×12 sheet
  • Prism Embroidery Craft thread – FYI, one 10 yard skein did all 10 shoes with some left over However, I wasn’t able to get a double strand through my needle so it might take more if you use it as shown in Becca’s instruction video.
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc. brads and chocolates (note… I highly recommend having extra chocolates on hand to fuel the crafter!! lol!)

Ladies’ purses and shoes:

  • Spellbinders Couture Purse Rouge Royale die by Stacey Caron
  • Spellbinders Wedding Collection: Ladies  Shoedies by Becca Feeken
  • DCWV Blossoms  Butterflies Stack – I was able to get one purse and a pair of shoes out of one 12″ x 12″ sheet even taking into account patterns.
  • Jessee James Dress It Up Vintage Pearls buttons
  • Recollections faux pearls
  • Aileene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • The corners of the note inside of the ladies’ purses were cut and embossed with a Fiskars Joy of Spring 4 in 1 Corner Emboss punch

I’m playing along with the following challenges.Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Thank you for stopping by today and for your kind comments. I always read them and find them encouraging!

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink Stripes Challenge – Sending Sunshine Card

Hello again!

I’m back tonight with my final card for Papertrey Ink’s 11th Anniversary. This time it’s for their Stripes Challenge.

I cut the hexagon plate in 3 colors and filled it back in with stripes of each color. Then I added my sentiment, but it got lost in the stripes. lol! So I made a backing for the sentiment that covered up a lot of the stripes, but you can still see them almost spreading out like mottled sun rays from the sentiment. Not too shabby a save!

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink dies: Hexagon Cover Plate & Big Basics – Sunshine
  • Papertrey Ink Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest & Canyon Clay
  • Ken Oliver Stick-It adhesive
  • SMS “Stay Put’ liquid adhesive

If you want more information on this Stripes Challenge, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’m hoping to finish up my entries for the winter Olympics and post them… stay tuned! : )

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink Color Challenge – Hello Tulips Card

Good evening and welcome!

Papertrey Ink’s 11th Anniversary Party continues and this time they have a Color Challenge. I chose this color scheme:

Since I just picked up some tulips today at the grocery store for a buck, I had tulips on my mind. This is the card I made:

Love those tulips! I also cut down the quatrefoil background to make that interestingly patterned fence. The background is stencil blended ink, I just taped off the borders.

To jazz up the sentiment and the butterfly, they each got a coat of Wink of Stella.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Tulip Time stamps and dies; Quatrefoil Cover Plate, Swoosh die
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz & Aqua Mist
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst Ink: Chartreuse
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink: Pear Tart
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella – clear
  • Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst cardstock
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Scrapbook adhesives by 3L foam adhesive squares & tape runner
  • SMS ‘Stay Put’ glue

If you want to join the fun and see what prizes are available at the Color Challenge, click HERE for more info.

I’m glad you could stop by today. Please feel free to leave a comment – I’m always encouraged when I read them!

~D.Ann

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pps: Some more orchids have started blooming!

Papertrey Ink Dies Only Love You Card & Color Burst Ink Blending

Good afternoon, everyone and welcome!

Today I’m making another card for Papertrey Ink’s 11th Anniversary – this time for their Use Only Dies – No Stamps! Challenge. Since I just received a gift of the new Ken Oliver Color Burst ink pads (THANK YOU, Sweetie!), I couldn’t wait to try some more color blending with the Clarity Stencil brushes for some great spring backgrounds:

The colors are just gorgeous! It took me less than 40 minutes to do all 4 backgrounds, so about 10 minutes each. Some day I’ll do them with a blending tool and see how long it takes to compare. I’m slow and had to take some breaks for arthritis & FM pain, so it will probably take you less time.  You can see the stencil brushes lost a few bristles. I’m hoping it was just because it was the first time they were being used and not because I got them on clearance!

I wasn’t worried about getting perfect blends as I plan to use cover plates for some and spritz the others, so imperfections won’t be noticed. Yes, these dye-pigment combination inks react to water….

The top two were spritzed with a fine mist and dome larger drops .. I love the look!

Now I wish I’d’ve grabbed the spritzer with Perfect Pearls in it for a shiny finish! Next time!!

So I chose one of the un-spritzed backgrounds and used it for this sweet anniversary or friendship card. Part of my haul from the current amazing Hobby Lobby clearance sale were these lovely pearls by Prima. I love using them for flight trails, as it’s pretty easy just to cut the parts you need to make it go any way you want! Unfortunately, they were too light a pink — easily fixed by using a Copic marker. Note… unlike coloring a single faux pearl, these have a line of adhesive between each one to keep the shape, and the Copics will color that a little, too, if you happen to have an unsteady hand like mine. It is barely noticeable tho.

The white butterfly print on the vellum didn’t stand out enough for my liking, so I fussy cut another one and colored the back side with a Copic marker. I may have gone a little overboard on the butterfly trails, but I kept seeing places that looked like they needed something more. lol!

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink dies: Quatrefoil Cover Plate; Enclosed Heart; Big Basics Thinking of You (just the ‘You’)
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Water Reactive Inks: Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Lime Green, Orchid, and Turquoise
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Recollections Ballerina 110# cardstock
  • The Paper Company Translucents vellum – Butterfly
  • Prima Say it in Pearls SIIP Swirls and Fimo Lt Pink
  • Copic marker: RV17
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • SMS ‘Stay Put’ glue

If you want to join the fun and see what prizes are available at the Use Only Dies Challenge, click HERE for more info.

I’m also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Work-it-Wednesday Challenge January 2018: Love For more information click HERE.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and for leaving an encouraging comment! Until next time…

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday Challenge – Heartfelt Gratitude Card

Hello and welcome!

First, another disclaimer. I’ve done it again and I blame the migraines for both mix-ups. I started out making this for the Transformation Tuesday Challenge, but it ended yesterday. Fortunately, this time I found out BEFORE posting (the last one I had to change after posting) and the Retirement List Set Challenge is still going on and this card fits that one, too. I can’t wait until I can think straight again!!

Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 11th Anniversary with a fun series of challenges. Their Transformation Tuesday Challenge challenged us to turn a previous card into something new, perhaps going from simple to spectacular. I had a card on hand that I never sent out because I wasn’t happy with it. I made it back in March of 2015, just before I started blog. It was one of my first attempts at ink smooshing and I didn’t like how it turned out: the unevenness of the color, some blurry embossing and the sentiment was a little crooked.

So I decided to cut out the image and sentiment, add some more color, some contrasting edges a bunch of faux pearls for interest and pop up the sentiment.

Whaddya think?

Here’s the inside:

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Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Spiral Bouquet & Enclsed Heart stamp sets
  • Papertrey Ink Enclosed Heart die
  • Papertrey Ink Dye Inks: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink & Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Recollections Ebony Signature Detail Embossing Powder
  • Uniball Vision Micro pen
  • Unknown watercolor paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock – black
  • My minds eye vintage card pack
  • Recollections faux pearls
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

If you want to join the fun, check out this post for more information on the Retirement List Set Challenge and see what prize you might win!

I’m glad you could stop by today and hope you’ll leave a comment as I always enjoy the encouragement!

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Floral Challenge – Hello Card

Hello my patient peeps! These constant headaches are still cramping my style, but at least I was able to make a card again. Yay!

It’s Papertrey Ink’s 11th Anniversary (congrats!!)  and their Day 1 Challenge was to use one of their designer’s sketches.

Edited to add… hahaha… the joke is on me… blame it on 10 weeks of daily migraines, but the 11th Anniversay Sketch challenge already closed. No matter, the Day 4 Floral Challenge is open and this fits. Hooray!

 

I chose Dawn McVey’s sketch and decided to use her take on it as inspiration, too.

This was my first time using stencil brushes and I really LOVE ’em! SO much easier than using a blending tool!! When my head gets better, I’ll tell you all about them.

After coloring and fussy cutting the flowers and leaves, I cut into them so I could curl up the edges more easily and then popped them up with Scotch adhesive dots. The only ‘extra pieces I cut out and added where the two center petals on each flower to bring them out further than the Flower Soft stamens.

I also used Nuvo Crystal Drops on top of my die cut ‘hello’ to give it a shiny, puffy-sticker look. Note to self: next tim,e do this on a craft sheet first so if your tremor takes it out of the lines, you can cut it off!

I also stamped a couple of the smaller flowers on the inside.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink In Bloom Stamp set, Swoosh dies, Quatrefoil cover plate die cut (for stencil, with an Spellbinders Grand Oval die cut overlay)
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black, New Sprout, Rhubarb Stalk
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade
  • Copic Markers: G99; R22,24,29; Y 13,15; YG61;63
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Ebony Black
  • Core’dinations cardstock: White & Black & Parisian Nights card
  • Scotch adhesive runner and adhesive dots (medium)
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

There are many more challenges in PTI’s 11th Anniversary celebration. We’ll see in how many my head allows me to participate. You may want to check out their blog for more info as there are great prizes up for grabs!

Thank you for stopping by today… I always enjoy reading your sweet comments!

~D.Ann

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