Interactive Birthday Surprise

Hi there. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get my third and final entry into MFT’s Card Design Superstar Contest before I leave on a short trip, but I made it. As I mentioned in my last post, I have a lot of cute stamp sets from MFT, so I decided to pull a few out to create an interactive kids birthday card.  My card was inspired by MFT’s Interactive Cake die and Party on a Card post by Sandy Allnock a coupe of days ago.  And being a kids’ birthday card, I made it bright and colorful.

Here’s a short video on how it works.  Unfortunately, I am new to videos and don’t know how to maximize the screen.  If you have any suggestions, please contact me (tab above).

The bear pops up and surprises everyone at the party!  *lol*

Interactive Birthday Surprise

So let’s get started. On some white scrap pieces of ultrasmooth paper and my MISTI, I stamped with black Memento ink the gifts and bear from Beary Special Birthday.  I used the masking technique to create the interactive image pieces. I colored with Copics and fussy cut them out. The white embossed surprise sentiment was a piece I didn’t use when I made THIS CARD because I opted for one with fishtail ends.  I adhered the sentiment to the bear so he looks like he’s holding it.

Interactive Birthday Surprise

Next, I die cut a Wonky Stitched Rectangle from ultrasmooth cardstock.  I stamped the dragon from Magical Dagons, the elephant from Adorable Elephants and the balloons also from Beary Special Birthday directly on that piece and colored with Copics.  For the slider portion, I used Surf & Turf with discs and did partial die-cutting to get a shorter slide channel.  To put the card together, I used this video as a guide.

Interactive Birthday SurpriseOnce all pieces were attached and in place, I mounted the rectangle panel on foam adhesive.  To finish, I added some sequins and glossy accents to the balloons.

 

 

I am participating in the following:

MFT – 2016 Card Design Superstar Contest
Pixie’s Snipoets Playground – Week 247
Sunday Stamps – SSC 135 Happy Colors

Time for the Bubbly

Hi there.  Today, I am sharing my second entry for MFT’s Card Design Superstar Contest. As some of you may have noticed, most of the stamp sets I own from MFT are the cute Birdie Brown stamp sets.  So when MFT re-released WTG Time for the Bubbly stamp set this summer in celebration of their 10 year anniversary, it was a surprise to me that I wanted to buy it.  But that image is so synonymous with MFT and I love that I have it now as part of my non-cute collection.  Then several weeks ago, they had Flashy Florals on sale, and I bought that to grow my collection.  Hence, I felt it was only fitting to pair these sets together to create this peek-a-boo card.  Not sure if this is the correct name for this type of card either.

Peek-a-Boo cardI stamped the image with black ink, colored with pencils, then fussy cut it out. This image makes me think of a relaxing spa, so that was the feel I was going for. I kept the colours soft and because the image itself is quite feminine, I chose a blue/grey colour palette.  I stamped the flowers and leaves using my MISTI and die cut them out with the matching dies.  I added clear Wink of Stella to the flowers – what girl doesn’t like glitter, right?

Peek-a-Boo card

Using the Mini Fringe die, I die cut three strips of fringe from shimmery white cardstock to create a curtain backdrop through the opening.  For the peek-a-boo layers, I die cut two A2 white stitch rectangles using the die from Blueprints 25.  I die cut the upper layer with Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows and the bottom layer with Cross-Stitch Circle STAX.  I adhered the bottom layer directly onto the card base over the fringe and mounted the upper layer with foam adhesives. I was going to mount both layers with foam adhesives, but it would have made the card really bulky.

Peek-a-Boo card

I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on a black straight stitch banner die cut with the die from Blueprints 25.  To finish, I added glossy accents to the wine glass and clear sequins for bubbles.

 

 

I am participating in the following:

MFT – 2016 Card Design Superstar Contest
City Crafter – Week 329 Turning a New Leaf
Naughty or Nice – #31 Food and Drink
Great Impressions – Anything Goes

Window Spinner Card

Hello everyone.  I have a fun card to share today. Plus, I have my first attempt at a short video. So MFT ran the series of Camp Create challenges this past summer and now they are hosting a Card Design Superstar contest.  Of course I am joining in the fun.  For my first entry, I wanted to do a window spinner card.  I’m not even sure if that’s what this type of card is called. I combined a tic tac toe, rainbow and frames challenges to create my card. All stamps and dies are from MFT.

One of the reasons I liked the Hog Heaven stamp set is the image of the piggy’s backside.  I just gave mine a heart tattoo on his left butt cheek that I drew in with a Copic multiliner and colored with Copics.  The balloons are from Blueprints 26.  I die cut two balloons from white cardstock and heat embossed the sentiments from Adorable Elephants with white embossing powder.  I then Ombre ink blended Ripe Raspberry Premium dye ink for a little emboss resist.

The card front window opening was die cut with Cross-stitch Rectangle STAX.  For reinforcement and stability, I cut two 5-1/4″x4″ white pieces of cardstock and die cut an opening in the middle with the same cross-stitch die to create a frame. For more stability and some detail, I die cut two frames from white cardstock with the Pierced Rectangle Frames.  I adhered baker’s twine down the middle of the opening and then attached the frames.  For some reason, I just love the idea of critters flying away on balloons, so I attached the balloons and piggy images back to back along the twine. I added some pink sequins for texture.

Piggy Window Spinner Card

To create the sky background that appears through the window opening, I blended some Tumbled Glass distress inks and then die cut the stitched rainbow and clouds from white cardstock using End of the Rainbow.  I colored the rainbow with Copics then adhered my pieces to complete my background.  Really simple.

And here’s a short video showing how this card spins.  Click HERE to watch in HD.

 

 

I am participating in the following:

MFT – 2016 Card Design Superstar Contest
Stamping Smiles Designs – Tic Tac Toe Challenge 17 (top row: window card, critters, sequins)
The Card Concept – Week 57 The Rainbow Connection (Classy & Elegant style)
Seize the Birthday – Frames

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Marbling

Hi there.  I have a different type of card to share with you today.  AAA Cards‘ challenge is new to me you technique and CAS Mix Up challenge this month is marbling.  With these two challenges in mind, I can finally give the Nail Polish Marbling technique a try.

I don’t normally wear nail polish, so off I went to my local dollar store. To figure out what colours to buy, I decided to use the colour challenge over at Less is More, which was the colours of peacock feathers.  I stuck to blues and greens based on the inspiration image  above.  For my layout, I used sketch 253 from Freshly Made Sketches and here’s my card.

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First up is the marble technique.  I added water to my small embossing powder tray.  Tip #1 – follow the instructions stating to use a disposable container. I figured I can just clean my tray with nail polish remover, but I was wrong!  Anyway, next I drizzled in nail polish.  This leads me to tip #2 – use plain nail polish without glitter.  My greens had glitter, so it didn’t drizzle; instead it came out clumpy.  Next I swirled the mixture with a disposable chopstick, then laid an A2 piece of watercolour paper on top.  After a few seconds, I removed it and set it aside to dry.

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Next I die cut two A2 Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle from white cardstock.  I took one and die cut with the top edge absolutely die about halfway up, and then adhered it to the bottom of the other A2 piece. Once the marble piece was dry, I die cut it with the third largest Zig Zag stitched rectangle die, trimmed it with my paper trimmer, and then tucked it behind the absolutely sentiment.  I used the leftover piece to die cut amazing.  I was going to add it with the marble look, but I wanted it to stand out more, so I coloured it with the dark blue nail polish. The shine from the nail polish saved me from having to accent it with Wink of Stella or glossy accents.

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For some interest, I stamped the small peony flower from Peony Bouquet with Dusk and Bashful Blue (retired SU!) dye inks, then die cut it out with the matching die.  I added shading to it with Prismacolor pencils and adhered it to the bottom right corner of the marble panel before adding the amazing sentiment.  To balance the design, I added Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh on the opposite left corner and mounted everything on a white top folding card base.

This technique does give a cool marble effect and I’m glad I tried this technique, but I will probably not do this again.  My husband is thankful to hear that.  The smell is so strong, so I say if you want to try it, maybe do it outside if you can.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

AAA Cards – Game #72 New to you Technique
CAS Mix Up – September 2016 Marbling
Less is More – Week 292 Color Challenge Peacock Feathers
Freshly Made Sketches – FMS253

 

Deal Alerts!

Hello everyone.

Before I get to the deals, I want to add that I am not getting any compensation for mentioning these deals. I love saving money wherever possible and thought I would pass it on to my Canadian readers.  Sorry to those outside Canada because the deals are from the Canadian Amazon website and I don’t think they ship internationally (but you can check).  Please note, the prices I am quoting today are current as of this post and may change at any time.

Gansai Tambi Starry Colors – $20 CDN

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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 48 – $64.74 CDN
This is the lowest I’ve seen these markers go for.  I purchased my set for $105 CDN.  Regardless, I love them even at the higher price.

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Prismacolor Premier Color Pencils Box of 132 – $90.99 CDN
Regular price is $282.80, so this is a huge 68% savings.

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Prismacolor Premier Color Pencils Box of 72 – $51.99 CDN
Not as big of a savings, but still a 20% savings

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That’s it for now.  Have a great day!

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Buddy & Ducky Returns

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!  So one of the challenges from my last Buddy & Ducky post was Tic Tac Toe Challenge 17.  I thought I had completed the challenge, but realized this was not the case.  I had chosen the top row across: window card, critters and sequins.  So where was the window?  Exactly.  *lol*  I had missed the window!   So I made a new card and am entering again. I used the same color combo as last time from Color Throwdown and combined them with CAS and birthday challenges for today’s card.

Window birthday card created for challenges Sending Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe challenge 17, Color Throwdown #408, City Crafter Week 327 Birthday Wishes, Addicted to Stamps and More CAS and Tuesday Throwdown CAS.

Just like before, I stamped Buddy & Duck with black Memento ink, colored with Copics and fussy cut them out.  This time, I colored Buddy in grays.   I added glossy accents to the balloons again for dimension.

Window birthday card created for challenges Sending Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe challenge 17, Color Throwdown #408, City Crafter Week 327 Birthday Wishes, Addicted to Stamps and More CAS and Tuesday Throwdown CAS.

To create my window, I adhered an A2 white stitched rectangle to a top folding white card base, then die cut the window through the card front.  For a finished look I die cut two window frames from white cardstock and attached one to the front and the other to the inside front.  I stamped the presents and sentiment directly onto the card front and colored the gifts with blue Copics.

Window birthday card created for challenges Sending Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe challenge 17, Color Throwdown #408, City Crafter Week 327 Birthday Wishes, Addicted to Stamps and More CAS and Tuesday Throwdown CAS.

Before adding Buddy on the inside of the card, I randomly blended some Broken China distress ink to create the sky background.

Window birthday card created for challenges Sending Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe challenge 17, Color Throwdown #408, City Crafter Week 327 Birthday Wishes, Addicted to Stamps and More CAS and Tuesday Throwdown CAS.

To finish and this time, truly complete the tic tac toe challenge, I added sparkling clear sequins.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Stamping Smiles Designs – Tic Tac Toe Challenge 17
Color Throwdown – CTD#408
CIty Crafter – Week 327 Birthday Wishes
Tuesday Throwdown – CAS
Addicted to Stamps and More – Challenge #209 CAS

 

 

Buddy & Ducky

Happy Friday everyone!  Today I am sharing another NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) card combined with tic tac toe, balloons, color and stitch challenges.

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On a piece of white cardstock slightly larger than A2 size, I randomly sponged on some Broken China distress inks for the sky.  I cut a couple of NBUS stitched clouds from white cardstock, cut one in half, and adhered them to the sponged background.  Then I die cut that background piece with an A2 size stitched rectangle die.  To create the window, I die cut with the largest size Inside & Out Stitch Rounded Rectangle.

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My other NBUS item is the Buddy and Duck stamp set from Penny Black.  I wanted to have these two critters chatting away as they float off to the upper right corner. I stamped Buddy and Duck with black Memento ink, colored with Copics and fussy cut them out.  For some dimension, I added glossy accents to the balloons.

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Now to put my card together, I added foam adhesive to the frame and the critters. I adhered the frame to a top folding white card base, inlaid the rounded rectangle piece, and then added Buddy and Duck. I stamped the sentiment in blue on a white stitched curve banner and mounted it with foam adhesive as well.  To finish and complete the top row across of the tic tac toe challenge, I added a few sequins.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

NBUS – Challenge #7
CAS on Sunday – Challenge #90 Balloons
Color Throwdown – Challenge #408
Stamping Smiles Designs – Tic Tac Toe Challenge 17
CASology – Week 213 Stitch

 

 

 

 

NBUS Lily

Hi there.  Today’s CAS card was unexpected.  There is a new NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge I wanted to try.  I found out about this challenge from Di at Pixie’s Crafty Workshop who posted  a heads up about it last week.  Like many of you crafters out there,  I am so guilty of purchasing with good intentions, and then letting them collect dust.  There is just so much good schtuff out there and so little time to use them. *lol*  Needless to say, I have a large stash of NBUS, which made deciding what NBUS to use first the toughest part of creating today’s card!  So my chosen NBUS is this stamp set To Have & To Hold, which was purchased several months ago.  This is a wedding stamp set, but I saw potential for more.

Card created for challenges CAS-ual Fridays #155 Black & White with a Pop of Color, HLS CAS Masking, HLS CASE Gloria Lee, NBUS #7 and Pixie's Snippets Playground #244.

First, I die cut a heart mask and masked the centre of a white A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I created the masks for the lilies by stamping them on labelling tape with Archival black ink and fussy cutting them out.  I then stamped the lilies around the heart mask, masking each lily before stamping the next.

Card created for challenges CAS-ual Fridays #155 Black & White with a Pop of Color, HLS CAS Masking, HLS CASE Gloria Lee, NBUS #7 and Pixie's Snippets Playground #244.

I removed the lily masks and left the heart mask in place while I colored and shaded the lilies with a black Polychromous pencil for a black and white look.  For a pop of color, I removed the heart mask and stamped the sending sentiment with Velvet dye ink and VersaMark.  I heat embossed it with a clear glitter embossing powder.

Card created for challenges CAS-ual Fridays #155 Black & White with a Pop of Color, HLS CAS Masking, HLS CASE Gloria Lee, NBUS #7 and Pixie's Snippets Playground #244.

The red glitter hugs die-cut was a snippet I didn’t end up using when I created THIS card and opted for a white glitter hugs sentiment.  For dimension, I die cut 2 more hugs from white cardstock and stacked them.  To finish I added a few sparkling clear sequins and mounted it onto a white card base.  With all the masking this is a one layer card.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays – CFC155 Black & White with a Pop of Color
HLS CAS – August 2016 Masking
HLS CASE the Designer – August 2016 Gloria Lee
NBUS – Challenge #7
Pixie’s Snipoets Playground – Week 244

 

Magic Square

Hello there.  I have a silly, but fun card to share this weekend.  I don’t know how it happened, but today’s card is another CASE card challenge combined with squares and animals theme challenges.

Simple square shaker card created for challenges Time Out #64, Cards in Envy Hip to be Square, SSS Wednesday Hip to be Square and Mod Squad Pets/AnimalsSo my idea was to have the dragon fly into the square shaker and magically change color.  So silly, but fun, right?  Anyway, I stamped the Diagonal Stripes  with Ocean Waves ink onto a white A2 size Stitched Rectangle.  I die cut out the square shaker frame in the centre using 2 sizes of Stitched Square dies, then adhered the negative piece to a top folding white card base.  To create the shaker layer, I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from white cardstock.  I took the smaller of the 2 square dies used to die cut the frame and die cut out the shaker window opening.  I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the opening, and added foam adhesive around the perimeter to create the area that will house the sequins.  WIth only one layer of foam adhesive, this is a fairly flat shaker card.

Simple square shaker card created for challenges Time Out #64, Cards in Envy Hip to be Square, SSS Wednesday Hip to be Square and Mod Squad Pets/AnimalsI stamped the dragon and firey smoke with black Memento ink onto two 2.5″ square pieces of white Ultrasmooth cardstock and colored with Copics.  I stamped the shaker dragon off to the side and colored it red and yellow. The outside dragon was colored in grey and die cut out with the matching die.  Next up is putting the shaker portion together.  I peeled the liners from the foam adhesive, added the sequins, then attached the red dragon square piece.  I trimmed the grey dragon and lined it up with the shaker dragon before adhering the frame

Simple square shaker card created for challenges Time Out #64, Cards in Envy Hip to be Square, SSS Wednesday Hip to be Square and Mod Squad Pets/Animals

I added more double-sided foam adhesive to the back so the layer doesn’t sag and is flat, then adhered it to the striped card front.  To finish, the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder on a black curve slice diecut.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Time Out – Challenge #64 CASE Julia
Cards in Envy – Hip to be Square
SSS Wednesday – It’s Hip to be Square
Mod Squad – Teacher’s Pet – use a pet or animal

Magnolias Smile

Hello everyone.  My card today combines another CASE challenge with flamingos and sparkle inspiration theme challenges.  I was excited to do these challenges because I wanted to break out two Altenew stamp sets I have never used before.

Card created for challenges CASEplorations August, Altenew Inspiration August Flamingo, Curtain Call Flamingo and Tuesday Throwdown Make it Sparkle.

I stamped the front magnolia flower from Magnolias For Her on Bristol paper with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it with a really cool  Silver Pearl embossing powder (and you’ll see why later in this post).  I then created a mask for that flower and masked it off before stamping the second flower and the flower bud in VersaMark.  I removed the mask and heat embossed with the same embossing powder.  I began coloring the flowers with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, but then switched over to Polychromous pencils.  I was not happy with the Zig marker choices for pinks as a  flamingo color.  After I finished coloring, I fussy cut it out then added some clear Wink of Stella for some more sparkle.

Card created for challenges CASEplorations August, Altenew Inspiration August Flamingo, Curtain Call Flamingo and Tuesday Throwdown Make it Sparkle.

I stamped the Halftone Smile sentiment on black cardstock with VersaMark.  I heat embossed it with the same Silver Pearl embossing powder and then die cut it out with the matching die.  As you can see, the cool thing about this embossing powder is when used on white cardstock, it appears white, while on black cardstock, it looks silver.  For the background I wanted the colors to fade towards the centre, so I inked up the Wide Stripes background stamp with a black Ombre ink pad from the top then from the bottom, each time making sure the lightest ink color is in the middle of the panel.  I stamped the stripes onto a 6×6 piece of white cardstock twice using my MISTI, then trimmed it down to A2 size

Card created for challenges CASEplorations August, Altenew Inspiration August Flamingo, Curtain Call Flamingo and Tuesday Throwdown Make it Sparkle.

I attached the stripe A2 panel to a white card base before assembling my card.  I placed a nest of silver thread on the bottom half and adhered the sentiment over top to hold the thread in place.  For dimension, I added the flowers with mounting tape and finished off with silver sequins.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

STAMPlorations – CASEplorations August – Shalu
Altenew – August Inspiration Challenge Flamingos
Curtain Call – Inspiration Challenge Flamingo
Tuesday Throwdown – TT308 Make It Sparkle