Sunday, June 30, 2013

Blogging with Friends - Scraps

Hi!!!  Today is the last day of the month so that means it is time for "Blogging with Friends" monthly challenge.  A group of us meet at SCS on a forum thread and challenge each other to create card(s) with a theme and then we have fun visiting each other's blogs or thread post to see what everyone has come up with!  This month's theme is brought to us by Misti and her challenge to us is: Scraps, use those scraps!

Every one of the papers used on this card are scraps except for the card base and the black layer on top of the base.  Even the largest piece on this card was already cut out to this size but rejected previously.  I looked back at my SCS gallery to see when I created these scraps and it was almost a year ago.  July 27th I posted 5 cards using this paper stack!



I have quite a few storage spots for my scraps.  There is a box for reject die cuts, a box of stamped images and one for small DP scraps.  Larger solid scraps go into Plastic folders and most of the time Designer Paper scraps stay in the pads.  This card started out at my "Stamped Images" storage box.  I pulled out the circle with the stamped image and decided to see if I could make it into a card.

A little Gesso and some drywall masking for the background, the Unity sketch from this month's "Unity Stamp company" challenge and viola!  A card from scraps!




I am entering this card into: Unity {be inspired} challenge: Sketch

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes

Recipe:
Stamp: Itty Bitty by Unity - A Child is Born
Paper: MFT Natural, Misc. Black. Paper Studio - Yuletide Joy
Acces: Gesso, drywall tape, gems, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles

Thanks for Looking!






Saturday, June 29, 2013

Speedy Fox & Friends 166 - Purple

Happy Saturday!!!  Hope you have had a good week!  We are enjoying a summer schedule at our house.  We are catching up on Dr. visits, swimming, sleepovers and the like!  Even though I am thoroughly enjoying all things summer I turned to winter for my card this week!   Speedy Fox & Friends challenge this week to use the color Purple so I decided to make a purple Christmas Card.

To see the wonderful creations from my teammates and to get all the info on how you can join in the fun please check out Speedy Fox & Friends blog HERE!

I am kind of crazy about mixed media right now so I am doing a lot of experimenting.  I used TH distress stains to color the background then covered it with Gesso to soften the colors.  Another layer of distress ink was added and then I stenciled the dots in the top right corner using fiber paste and stamped some snowflakes.  I then added more Gesso and sponged distress ink on the edges.    I stamped the image on cardstock and applied stain to the large tree, coloring in the smaller tree and deer with Copics.

To add a little more interest I used drywall tape and stippled more distress stain over the tape then pulled off the tape to reveal this cool pattern.  

A simple inside:

Thanks for looking!!!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Sparkle Creations -  Photo challenge (snowy trees are my inspiration)

Winter Scenes


Supplies used: Stamp: Mark's Finest Paper & Stamps - Winter Scenes.  Paper - Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps 140 lb Premium White. Stains: TH Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord. Acces: Gesso, White Acrylic Paint, Fiber Paste, Stencil and drywall tape.




Saturday, June 22, 2013

Speedy Challenge 165 - Beach

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying a great Saturday!  The past few weeks for us have  been one adventure after the other and I have to say as much fun as it was to travel I am glad that the next few weeks will be a bit quieter!

It was fun to get back to doing what I love, playing with paper and Speedy Fox & Friends challenge!  To view my teammates fabulous creations and to see all the details on joining in the fun please join us at Speedy Fox & Friends challenge .The challenge this week is to create a beach scene.  I used SCS sketch challenge SC441 as my inspiration.

A simple inside.  A little sponging of sky & clouds, and a stamped palm tree without color.

I used three Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC sets to create this card.
On the front the umbrella is from Rain Clouds , the sentiment is from Island Life and the Palm Tree on the inside is from the June release I need a vacation

Here is a look at all three sets:



Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous weekend!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC - I need a vacation, Rain clouds, Island Life.  Paper: SU! Crumb Cake, Basic Grey FACT.  Acces: Washi Tape




Friday, June 21, 2013

A little mix-ability magic

I enjoy creating all sorts of projects but I am really intrigued right now with mixed media.  I have been following Mona Pendleton's blog Cupcake's creations for quite some time, soaking in her beautiful art work!  She is so talented and the sweetest person too!  When she came out with her own line of stamps, stencils and other mix-ability items for "My Favorite Things", I just had to purchase a few items!  

I played along with SCS mix-ability challenge to create this card!

I used TH Distress Stains, Victorian Velvet and Tumbled glass. Scraped Gesso over the top using a gift card.  Stamped the distress stamps and realized that the black ink was too bold so I covered it with a thin layer of gesso.  When the paper was dry I sponged "Broken China" around the edges.
I created the banner using MFT Party Banner and used the same technique as above for the color.

I stamped the heart from Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC - Be Proud and colored it with Copics.  Even though I thought I was using a good color of blue the shade turned out just a bit off so a dab of gesso fixed that!  I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and darkened the edges with ink.

For my final touch I sprinkled white acrylic paint on the card.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Clearly iStamp - Red, White, and Blue
Cut it Up - Red, White, and Blue - plus a die cut (party banner)
Craftin Desert Diva - Red, White and Blue
Pink by Design - Red, White and Blue
Creative Inspiration - Red, White and Blue

Thanks for looking!
MFP stamp set used - Be Proud

Stamp: MFT MPD Distressed Background Blocks
Acces: MFT Die-namics - Party Banner
Inks & Stains - TH Distress Stains, Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass, Broken China Ink


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Speedy Fox & Friends 164 - Letter Y

Happy Saturday to you!!!  Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge this week is "the Letter Y".  It's a wide open challenge, just add something to your project with a "Y" in it!  I have been rushed for time the past few weeks with several trips and other family events so I have to be honest, I chose the first thing that popped in my head and that was YELLOW!!!  I already had a yellow tag sitting on my desk from my practice for the first day of the blog hop so that was my starting point!


For all the information and to view more fabulous creations by the design team please visit Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC blog .

Stamp Set I used:

Thanks for looking and have a CRAFTY weekend!


Friday, June 14, 2013

MFP a HC - June Blog Hop Day 4 - Classic Dad


June Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured June 11th
Need a Vacation

Featured June 12th
Fire Fighter
 
Featured June 13th 
Be Proud
 
Featured June 14th

Classic Dad

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All four winners will be announced on June 15,2013 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) The deadline for commenting is 11PM EST on Friday June 14,2013.




 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"You Are an Angel"


 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"Wings"
                                                      


Welcome to the last day of the June Hop at Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC!  I hope you have had a great week and have been inspired by all the projects we have created this week!  Today we are featuring "Classic Dad".  


For this card I broke out my "gear" EF that I found on clearance for $2.87!


Now I just have to decide if this card is right for my FIL!!!


 Thanks so much for spending a bit of your week with me this week!  I have enjoyed all your comments!   I hope you will visit my teammates blogs on this last day of the hop to view their fabulous inspiration for today's feature!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

MFP a HC - June Blog Hop Day 3 - Be Proud


June Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured June 11th
Need a Vacation

Featured June 12th
Fire Fighter
 
Featured June 13th 
Be Proud
 
Featured June 14th

Classic Dad

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All four winners will be announced on June 15,2013 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) The deadline for commenting is 11PM EST on Friday June 14,2013.




 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"You Are an Angel"


 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"Wings"
                                                      


Welcome to the third day of the June Hop at Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC!  Today's feature is, "Be Proud".  This is a fun Patriotic set with three images and Five great sentiments in cool Fonts to choose from!


The inside:



The inside:


Thanks for looking!  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win today's release!  I hope you will visit my teammates blogs to view their fabulous inspiration for today's feature!

Supplies Used: 
Patriotic Heart: Stamp: Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC - Be Proud.   Paper: Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps A HC 140 lb Premium White, SU! Crumb Cake, Misc. Red and Blue CS. K&co Circus Valentine. Acces: MFT Fishtail Flags, Spiral clip and Ribbon.

Patriotic Teddy: Stamp: Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC - Be Proud.  SU! Crumb Cake, Misc. Red and Blue CS. K&co Circus, Me & My Big Ideas - We Go to School. Acces: Spellbinders Lacey Circles, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles, MFT Fishtail Flags and  Party Banner, Spiral clip and Ribbon.

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MFP a HC - June Blog Hop Day 2 - Fire Fighter


June Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured June 11th
Need a Vacation

Featured June 12th
Fire Fighter
 
Featured June 13th 
Be Proud
 
Featured June 14th

Classic Dad

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All four winners will be announced on June 15,2013 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) The deadline for commenting is 11PM EST on Friday June 14,2013.




 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"You Are an Angel"


 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"Wings"
                                                      


Welcome to the second day of the June Hop at Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC!  Today's feature is, " Fire fighter".  I woke up with a picture of this card in my head and couldn't wait to get downstairs to work on it.  I am happy to say it turned out as cute as it was in my head!  I die cut little black circles and then glued them randomly on MFP&S a HC 140lb Premium White CS to make my base.



The inside:

I am also going to share with you today what I created using "You are an Angel", our SPECIAL set for the month of June. 

 The ornament and sentiment was heat embossed with gold EF.

The harp stamp does not come with a ribbon embellishment so I made one!  I stamped the ribbon from the Horn stamp, colored it, cut it out and pieced it onto the Harp.


For the inside I again heat embossed the sentiment in gold.  I added a pop of color with the holly & berries from the stamp set "Christmas Selections"


The Horn and Harp's can be taken off by the recipients and used as either tags or ornaments:




Thanks for looking!  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win today's release!  I hope you will visit my teammates blogs to view their fabulous inspiration for today's feature!

Supplies Used:
 Fire Dogs: Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC - Fire Fighter. Paper: MFP&S a HC 140lb Premium White, Misc Red and black CS. Acces: Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles, Spiral Clip, ribbon, Die-namics - Monarch Border

Christmas Cards & Ornaments: Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC - You are an Angel and Christmas Selections. Paper: MFP&S a HC 140lb Premium White, Misc Red and gold metallic CS. Acces: Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles, Spare Parts Brads and Ribbon.


 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

MFP a HC - June Blog Hop Day 1 - Need a Vacation


June Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured June 11th
Need a Vacation

Featured June 12th
Fire Fighter
 
Featured June 13th 
Be Proud
 
Featured June 14th

Classic Dad

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All four winners will be announced on June 15,2013 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) The deadline for commenting is 11PM EST on Friday June 14,2013.




 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"You Are an Angel"


 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"Wings"
                                                      


Welcome to the first day of the June Hop at Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a HC!  Today's feature is "Need a Vacation".  For my first card I heat embossed the flower then pressed distress ink directly on craft mat.  I used two colors: TH Mustard Seed and Victorian Velvet.  I should have used more Victorian Velvet because you can barely see it on the lower right petal.  I spritzed the ink with water and then placed my panel over the wet ink. After it was dry I sponged the edges with Victorian Velvet to mellow out the yellow a bit.  Mustard Seed is REALLY bright!  :)
 For my second card I used a different water color technique.  I used TH distress markers and water.
The Inside: 

Thanks for looking!  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win today's release!  I hope you will visit my teammates blogs to view their fabulous inspiration for today's feature!

Supplies Used: 
You Need a Vacation: Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps A Heinrich Co - Need a Vacation.  Paper: Basic Grey Serendipity, SU! Crumb Cake, Water color Paper, Misc. Blue CS. Acces: MFT Fishtail Flags, Wonky Scallop Border.

Greetings: Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps A Heinrich Co - Need a Vacation. Paper: Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps A HC 140 lb Premium White, MME Indie chic "Saffron", SU! Crumb Cake.  Acces: SNSS Mini Tag Dies, MFT Wonky Scallop Border. and ribbon.


 

Monday, June 10, 2013

VSN, and we have a WINNER

Good Monday morning!!!  I have several things to chat about this morning!!! 

This weekend was the "end of year" ballet at our daughter's Dance Academy and they put on the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" this year.  It was a lovely evening.

 

In between dress rehearsals, church and getting ready for the ballet I created two cards for the "Dog Days of Summer" VSN at Splitcoaststampers:

The challenge was to have water on your card:

 The challenge was to blow ink with straws

Now to the winner of my blog candy!

Since I only had a couple of entries I used the List Randomizer.  I decided to pull the winner from a 2 out of 3 tries to make it as fair as possible.  Here are the results:

List Randomizer

There were 2 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Janeen
  2. Joyce
Timestamp: 2013-06-10 13:41:32 UTC

List Randomizer

There were 2 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Janeen
  2. Joyce
Timestamp: 2013-06-10 13:41:42 UTC
You have randomized this list 2 times.

Congratulations Janeen!



Saturday, June 8, 2013

Speedy Fox & Friends 163 - Envelope card

Hello and Happy Saturday to you!  Today we have a new Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge up.  Our challenge this week is to create an Envelope Card.  You can find out how to enter the challenge and see more inspiration from my teammates at Speedy Fox & Friends.

I am sneak peeking "Wings" the mini set for June.  The sentiment is from the new set that will be showcased Wednesday!  I hope you will join us for the blog hop next week to see the full reveal!

                                  

This card is going to my sister.  I plan to write her a little note on the other side of the pull-out note card. 

When the card is flipped around another pocket is revealed.

When this card is pulled out it reveals a gift card.




Thanks for looking!  I hope you will stop by next week to see the new releases!

I am entering this card into Craftin Desert Diva's - Anything goes with Ribbon or Twine .



Supplies: Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a Heinrich co - Wings, Firefighter, and Now Showing.  Paper: SU! Beau Chateau, Whip Cream, Misc. Blue CS. Acces: Spellbinders Labels Four, MFT Die-namics - Double Scallop

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