This is the last day of the five days of Summer Camp at My Favorite Things blog. The Spectacular Shakers challenge had a new Idea that I have never tried. The shaker goes all the way through the card. I followed Stephanie's steps and it was easy to do. I used the MFT Layered Umbrella die cut for the shaker area. I partially embossed the top sheet with an ocean wave embossing folder, giving the look of rain, but not under the umbrella. The sentinment is from Art Impressions. The MFT Tall Grassy Edge die finished off the bottom. I added the ladybug brad for that spot of color. The camera is showing a gray paper, but it was blue.
This is the inside of the card where you can write a message. I pieced the umbrella handle so it continued to look like an umbrella.
I have now completed all 5 challenges and attached my projects to this blog. It has been fun and I have learned lots of new ways to do things. I was also reminded, I do not like glitter!
Die Cutting, now I love that! Day Four of the My Favorite Things Summer Camp was the Delightful Die Cutting Challenge. Stephanie die a beautiful partial die cutting technique, but this die set has no stamps. This is the MFT Die-namics Sunflower die set. It does not come with leaves, so I made some stems and leaves from another die set. Sunflowers amaze me, so big and colorful and this die set represents that.
Having a great time at camp. Day three of MFT Wonderful Watercolor challenge was just fun. I am loving learning how to work with watercolors and every project is different, never the same. I stamped the pig from MFT The Whole Herd stamp set with Distress Ink Spun Sugar for a no line technique, then took my water color brush with some more ink and filled it in. The grass was Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress inks. I cut the paper using the MFT Pierced square dies. What you do not realize, is this card is just 3 inches square. I call them love notes and I will hide it somewhere for my husband to find. Fun for both of us!
My Favorite Things Summer Camp is all about new ideas for me. The glitter for Day One was a challenge and Day Two was about Slider Cards. For the Sensational Sliders Challenge, I do not have that handy die set that makes all the perfect openings for the slider action. I realized that the Blueprints 8 did have a narrow die that would work. I used the MFT Grassy Hill border dies to create the two levels of grass. Then the Rolling Hills border die gave me the nice fence to finish it off. I stamped the horse from The Whole Herd stamp set three times, masking as necessary. Then I did a mirror image of the horse for the one on the left. I added a party hat and the stack of hay. After I cut out the slider track, I realized I could just glue that to the card to cover the backing. It moves very easily with the rest of the card mounted up on foam.
Here the horses are in the low position. This was fun to make and certainly adds an element of action to the card.
I have to admit that I do not like glitter. But for the first day of the My Favorite Things Summer Camp, the challenge was to make a glittered image. Stephanie did say "you do not have to make a card" but to give it a try. Her tips and technique did make it look like fun so I gave it a try. I used the MFT Sunflower die with the intention of completing a card. But after rubbing it and burnishing it, I still felt the glitter would come off onto your finger. I just did not want to continue to handle this beautiful sparkly image and continue to spread the glitter all over my craft room and somehow it always gets on the dog. Her card was amazing with all the different colors of glitter. I do love the effect, but these days, you can find glitter paper that does not shed.
I get a check for this first day of Summer Camp and promise to do better!
These are Love notes, let me explain. I have been a big fan of these little notes. I call them Love Notes. I hide them so my husband can find them. Jennifer McGuire calls them lunch box notes. I used to buy small gift note cards, but now that I am a card maker, I make my own. I now make them for friends and find them so much fun to do. So as I was working on this last batch, I decided to add some layers and enter them in the Paper Smooches monthly challenge.
They are 3x3 inches. For this card, I thought it would be fun to suggest love in the form of spooning. I used the PS Flatware die set and cut the spoon in pink and blue. I used the PS Fancy Frame Icons to create some layers of color and dimension. For these small cards, stamping my sentiment is hard since the sentiment can sometimes occupy the entire card. I used my Dymo Labelwriter to type out "let's spoon". I added a googly eye and a smile. I also make an envelope and use a one sided paper with a pattern to accentuate the colors.
For the second card, I used the PS Borders 1 die set and selected the scalloped border die and turned it upside down to make the waves. I layered three different colors of blue for the ocean look. I used the PS My Guy stamp set and stamped the fishing pole in black ink at the top of the card and stamped the fish with silver embossing powder and the sentiment with white embossing powder. I used some black wire to connect the pole to the fish. The heart was a must, it is a love note!
These are fun to make and you can use lots of scraps. However, the size can be a challenge some times, but the message is always a big one, LOVE!
The challenge for Paper Smooches for June was layers, lots of layers. I thought about this for several days and realized it could be just about anything, layered.
There are many layered features to this card. I die cut the flowers from the Paper Smooches Dainty Flowers die set in heavy white card stock and then colored them with copic markers. I think I have a better range of color with the markers than my stash of heavy card stock! I layered them in a row, ready to attach to my card. I die cut Happy Birthday from the Paper Smooches Birthday Words die set in black paper. After I had removed the letters, I realized I liked the negative space better! So I just had to attach the tiny spots to fill in the letters. I must say, I cheated on the tiny tiny dot in the middle of the letter "B". I just made a dot with my pen! I created the shaker card by making a frame and using two layers of foam tape. I bought the set of Doodlebug Sequins Rainbow pack and had never used them! They were perfect since I could select some of the six colors I had used. I glued my Dainty Flowers ON TOP of the acetate window. This allows for the sequins to dance beneath the flowers.
This card is bright and fun! I know the perfect person who will receive this card.
I made this card for the Impression Obsession Challenge, Furry Friends. I used some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink for the background on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. The die is Impression Obsession #DIE161-1, Large Bird on Branch. In my world, a bird is sort of a furry-feathery creature. I cut two of them and added an extra branch on the bottom to fill in some of that white space. I love the way they hang over the black mounting paper. The stamp is Impression Obsession, C14071-CLG, Able To Fly. I looked in their store and they no longer carry this stamp. I love the message and use this quite frequently. The font is like an old typewriter style, so unique.
Impression Obsession makes great products. It is hard to browse the Impression Obsession store without finding something you have to have.
The Challenge from Memory Box for the month of June is Watercolor. It certainly is the popular medium now. I had so many ideas for this card, but I decided to keep just the watercolor as the centerpiece.
I die cut the Memory Box die called Dizzy Butterflies. Memory Box is known for their beautiful intricate dies and this one is no exception. I cut it out of watercolor paper and painted it with Distress Ink using Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Twisted Citron. I think they are my favorite colors. I used the Memory Box Parker Lower Case alphabet to stamp "fly" and did it in a light blue embossing powder. Seemed too bright, so I lightly sanded it which gave it some texture. I added blue rhinestones in the middle of the flowers and it was finished!