Monday, August 29, 2016

NBUS Challenge #7

Time for the NBUS (never before used stuff) Challenge #7.  Darnell is right, we all have things we have bought, had to have, but never used.

This card has two of those such items.  I bought a package of cork paper.  It came in several colors.  I thought it would be a great texture to add to a card.  Never used it for 2 years.  When making this card, I cut a wine bottle cork shape from the cork.  I used two layers to give it some height.  Now most corks have some writing or logos on them, so I did stamp some text on it.  It stamped beautifully!

The second first time object was the brads, acting as a wine stopper.  I collect frogs and when I saw them, I had to have them.  If I saw a frog wine stopper, I would buy it!

The sentiment I found online and printed it from my computer.  I have a friend who owns a wine tasting bar so I thought this would be a perfect card for her.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

My Favorite Things Summer Camp - Background Bonanza


Last day and Background Bonanza was a big finale.  Just loved the sample card that was done.  I made the background by repeatedly stamping the coffee cup from the MFT Perk Up stamp set and also added the steam.  The MISTI made this job much easier.  Using kraft paper, it did require double stamping for that strong color.  The sentiment is from the same set and embossed it with gold embossing powder and I added a little spoon brad to finish it off.  If you get clever enough, this does replace patterned paper, but patterned paper is much easier!






The last badge completes my set.  I am wearing them proudly!


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My Favorite Things Summer Camp - Magnificent Masking

Camp has had many great lessons and ideas, but I looked forward to the lesson on Magnificent Masking.  This technique is used often and I learned some great tips. I used the MFT The Whole Herd stamp set for this card. The cow was easy to cut out of masking paper, not too many small areas. I colored them with copic markers.  It is fun to pull the mask away and you have a very 3D look. I made the background using an old stencil, which is also a form of masking.  The photo card was made by cutting a rectangle, then cutting a square out at the top.



Another badge goes in my pocket, one more day to go . . .

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Favorite Things Summer Camp - Inlaid Made Easy

Having lots of fun at the My Favorite Things Summer Camp. For Day Eight, Inlaid Made Easy was the lesson, using dies of course!  This is a technique I love.  I love to have several dies all crossing each other for the challenge of putting it all together.  However, this sympathy card ended up just being one inlaid piece.  I cut a square using the Die-Namics Stitched Square die and blended Distress Inks using Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple.  I then cut out a die using the Tim Holtz Wildflower die set in black paper and also cut it from my blended square.  I die cut another square from black paper and embossed it with a large dot pattern.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Remember Sympathy set.  Three enamel dots finished it off. Sadly, it is a card I must mail and I hope they enjoy it.



Badge number three.  Thanks for visiting.

My Favorite Things Summer Camp- Coloring on Kraft

For Day Seven of My Favorite Things Summer Camp, the challenge was to do Coloring on Kraft paper.  I have not had much luck with the kraft paper look.  I find I usually use it for a layering paper and emboss it.  Ink never seems to dry on it. I cut a circle using the Die-Namics Inside and Out Stitched Circle dies to cut the circle from the kraft paper and then a larger size to cut the opening in the pink paper.  I used MFT The Whole Herd stamp set, which I love, and stamped the pig and the sentiment.  I have no coloring pencils.  I spent all my money on copics, watercolor paints, Zig clean color markers and Marvy markers.  Never thought I would need the pencils.  I did use the Zig Clean Color markers to color the pig and create the grass. To blend it, a tiny damp brush. The kraft paper did hold up with that moisture.




So, pin another badge to my camp shirt!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

My Favorite Things Summer Camp - Fantastic Foiling


This is the second week of My Favorite Things Summer Camp and today was about Fantastic Foiling.  I have lots of Deco Foil and did purchase a laminator a few months ago and have had lots of fun with this technique.  I used the Deco Foil Peel and Stick Toner Sheets which are so easy to work with.  I die cut the leaves from MFT  Autumn Wreath die set in four different colors.  I embossed the tree onto kraft paper using a Darice embossing folder.  The "happy" die cut is from Simon Says Stamp.  I mounted this onto some card stock, which looks like watercolor paper.

Just like in Stephanie's photo, it is hard to capture the amazing shine of the foil.  This close up gives you a better idea.  This was a fun badge to earn!


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Friday, July 8, 2016

ELLEN HUTSON JULY MIX IT UP CHALLENGE

 AWESOME!  That is how I would describe this new die from Neat & Tangled.  I made this card for Ellen Hutson's July Mix It Up Challenge.  I was to combine Essentials by Ellen and Neat & Tangled supplies.  The awesome die is from Neat & Tangled.  It is a two set die with the word and a solid shadow to mount it on or in.  So many possibilities.  I cut the solid shadow piece from the rainbow colors and the word awesome, was cut from sparkle paper I made by using some washi tape.  The background was made with the Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms stamp set.  I masked it and kept stamping until the background was full.  I was originally going to color one of the flowers, but I just loved the bold look of black and white. I mounted it on cardstock with the edges done in that same sparkle washi tape.

Sometimes, it is just not easy.  I played with several colors of the die, looking for just the right idea.  I now have a great inventory of this cut out!

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