Saturday, August 20, 2016

MFT Sketch Challenge 294

     This week I decided to play along with the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.  Here is this weeks sketch and my card based on the sketch.









 
 I have grey and blue placemats on my kitchen table  and I like the color combination so much that I decided to use those colors on my card.  I used the Beautiful Blooms stamps and die cuts for the floral bouquet.  There are so many pretty leaves and flowers in this set, that it was hard to choose which flowers to use. I highlighted the flowers with a frame from the Scallop Rectangle Frame die set.  For the dotted scallops,  I used the Myriad Dot background stamp and  the Stitched Scallop Edges die.  Three dots of Caribbean Ocean Nuvo Crystal Drops finished off  the card.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a good weekend.
 
Susan

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mix It Up Challenge

     The card I am sharing today was made for the Mix It Up  Challenge at Ellen Hutson.  This months challenge is to use an Essentials by  Ellen product combined with a Winnie and Walter product.




For  this card I used the Many Thanks die  from Ellen Hutson and A Tree For All Seasons stamp set from Winnie and Walter. I really like this stamp set, especially the tree which reminds me of the giant magnolia tree in my back year.  Birds tend to flock to the tree, especially Blue Jays and Cardinals.    I separated the words in the die cut and altered it by adding   the small leaf stamp from the set to the sentiment.  A few ink blots finished off the card. 
 
Thanks so much for visiting and have a good day!
 
Susan

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mix It Up Challenge

    
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     Today I am sharing a card I made for the Mix It Up Challenge at Ellen Hutson.  This months challenge is to use an Essentials by Ellen stamp  set or die along with a stamp set or die from WPlus9 Design Studio.



                                                                                      

                                               

For my card I used the Fancy Thanks stamp set by Julie Ebersole along with the Fanciful Feathers dies from WPlus9. The feathers were made my making a watercolor panel using  turquois and purple Brusho  crystal color watercolors.  After the panel was dried I die cut the feathers.  The effect you get with the crystal watercolors is so unique and  pretty.  I then added a few sequins for a little sparkle.  A piece of craft foam behind the center panel slightly elevated the panel and gave the card added dimension without making it too bulky.

Thanks so much for visiting and have a great day!

Susan

Friday, September 18, 2015

My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar Contest

Card Design Superstar


     Today I have another card to share that I made for the    My Favorite Things Superstar Card Design contest.

 
 




     I enjoy making shaker cards and the Birthday Centerpiece die is perfect for this type of card.  To create the circle background I experimented with Brusho Crystal Colour in emerald green.  Brusho  is a dry watercolor that you shake out of a container then mist with water to activate the crystals.  Each time I used it, the pattern was different. The emerald green color had shades of green, blue and yellow. Depending on how much you sprinkle and how wet your paper is the effect changes.  I thought it made a pretty background for the card.  I used Lush Lagoon card stock and the coordinating pattern paper. To finish the card I used a light green foil paper to cut out the Brushstroke Birthday Greetings dies. All the papers and dies I used were from My Favorite Things.

Thanks so much for visiting and have a great day!

Susan
 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest


Card Design Superstar




     I decided it was time to wipe the dust off my blog and enter the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest.  I have a tall Nantucket style basket in my kitchen filled with orange and red ranunculus and have often thought what a pretty card this image would make.  Using the Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set I created this card. 











     To start this card, I stamped and embossed the poppy images with gold embossing powder.  I then water colored the flowers with orange and pink distress inks and  instead of water, used shimmer mist to blend the colors.  The shimmer mist gave the flowers a slight sheen and a different look then using water.  To create the vase, I cut out a rectangle using one of the small rectangle dies from the Blueprints 23 die set.  The flower stems were created using  the border stamp image  from  the Whimsical Wishes stamp set. This image was stamped on cream colored paper and embossed with verdigris embossing powder. I then inserted the stamp image behind the cut out rectangle. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used the pierced rectangle die from Blueprints 20 dies for the rectangle layer.  Adhesive foam tape was used to layer the flowers and  After Midnight card stock was used for the card base. I debated whether or not to tweak the card but in the end I liked the simplicity of the card and left it as is. 

     Thanks so much for stopping by today and good luck to all the card makers who entered the contest.

Susan

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes

      Hello!  Today I am sharing a card that  I  am entering into The Simons Says ... Anything Goes Challenge.




A dear friend of mine recently had surgery  and I wanted to send her a cheery get well card.  I started with this pretty pattern paper from Pebbles.  I love all the blue flowers! Then I  added this large sentiment  from Waltzingmouse Stamps.  To finish off the card, I  stamped and cut out a coordinating flower and greenery  from Avery Elle.  I used a bright blue card base to bring  everything together. When my son saw the card he said "Wow, that's a lot of color"  He liked it, so I hope my friend does too.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!
Susan







Saturday, August 2, 2014

Avery Elle Die-Cut Challenge

     Today I have a card to share  with you that I made for the Avery Elle Die Cuts Challenge.   The die cuts I used were the Avery Elle Gift Tags and coordinating  stamps.

 
 
 
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The  squirrel and  acorns as well as the sentiment are from the Happy Camper stamp set by Avery Elle.   After the tags were stamped and colored, the layered tags were placed onto a wood grain background.  A little red heart and some yellow and orange twine finished off the card.
 
That's all I have for today.  Now I have to get ready to watch the Red Sox game.  Since they traded away most of their pitchers, the next few months will certainly be interesting.  I can't wait for next spring when hopefully they can make another run for the trophy.  I never expected them to win last year!   What a great playoff season it was.  Who knew they could get past the Tigers and Cardinals to win it all? My youngest son always had faith, but I had my doubts.  Thank goodness for Ortiz!  
 
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!
 
Susan