Wednesday, September 21, 2016

hats off to the graduate

Hi!  Well, this is like a record these days, posting 3 days in a row!  Time to share my third and final entry for MFT's Superstar Card Design contest.

This card let me play around with MFT's Blueprints 30.  I wanted a different way to present gift cards which is why I purchased this set. 

The first thing I did was stencil on some stars using MFT's horizontal starry sky stencil.  Yup, I have both the horizontal and vertical stencils.  I like them a lot for creating night time sky lines but they're also great just to create a star pattern.  Then I cut out my first piece on the left above.  I also wanted to cut out a bottom layer exactly the same but I didn't want the opened flap part so I did partial die cuts on all the edges (cut, rotate, cut, rotate) until I got the piece on the right.

This set comes with a die that cuts the openings to hold a gift card.  The one on the left I didn't like because if you see closely you can see the imprint of the entire die.  So I redid the whole thing but on the right I did partial die cutting of just the rounded parts of the die to avoid getting that impression because I knew I wanted to stamp a sentiment on there.  Hope that makes sense.

I assembled all the pieces and placed the adorable elephant from Birdie Brown's Adorable Elephants stamp set onto the flap.  I love this set and this guy in particular is pretty versatile with his arm (leg) in the air like that.  He could be holding something or waving hello or throwing a grad cap in the air!  The dashed trail line is also in the elephant set.  The grad cap is from MFT's Graduation Accents die set. 

I also added the small piece of cardstock to hold the flap closed into the thin opening (all dies come conveniently in this set).  I scored it in 2 places so opening and closing would be easier.

When you open it, there's the gift card!  Sorry, I scribbled all over this one because that's how I know we already redeemed it. 

When you remove the gift card, you can see the sentiments from MFT's Happy Graduation which is fitting for the image on the front.  I like having this matching bottom layer where the sentiment is stamped so the gift card holder cuts don't show on the other side of the card when you open the card.  Hope that makes sense too.

Here's another view of the graduating elephant.  I'm glad I got to play around with this one cause I'll be using it for Christmas.  Such a fun way to gift a gift card!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

go with all your heart

Hi again!  I was able to finish up another card last night to enter into MFT's Superstar Card Contest.  My second entry also features a cute piggy from Birdie Brown's Hog Heaven stamp set.

Love this sweet image of him squeezing the heart.  There is a sentiment at the top which is very soft and subtle since I heat embossed it in white but I thought it was fitting for this image.

The sentiment reads Wherever you go, go with all your heart.  It is also from MFT's Happy Graduation stamp set.

I used distress inks to blend in a pink cloud background using the clouds from the End of the Rainbow die set.  Then I added in a shimmery cardstock rainbow and couple more clouds from the die set too.

A close up photo of the piggy that I fussy cut out to adhere onto the cloud.

I'm working on my 3rd card but not sure if it will work out.  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 19, 2016

reach for the stars

Hello!  Well, it's been a gazillion years since I entered any kind of card making challenge or contest.  And when I actually first saw the announcement for MFT's Superstar Card Contest I was not going to participate.  But something clicked last night and all of a sudden I felt kind of competitive!  And did you see the prize they are giving out?  Wow, very generous!  So why not?  I'm gonna enter.  And I might even enter the max 3 times.  Who knows?

So here is entry number 1.

I love the Birdie Brown sets over at MFT.  So stinkin' cute!  And for a while I couldn't color up these cute piggies from the Hog Heaven set because I had run out of ink in a couple of my pink Copics.  But finally got the refills over the weekend so this all kind of worked out.  The little piggy with the angel wing, so adorable!

The Reach for the Stars sentiment is from MFT's Happy Graduation set which I got when they had their huge retirement sale.  Piggies can have dreams too, you know.  The sentiment I heat embossed in a gold color.  I also blended the background with distress inks.  I stenciled in the white stars using MFT's vertical Starry Sky stencil and added in some glitter.  Added some glitter on to the piggy's wing too.  Then added a tiny bit of gold star confetti.  Yup, those were kind of tricky being so tiny but I did it.

The clouds are from MFT's End of the Rainbow die set.  I kind of love this card.  And I'm glad I decided to enter the contest because I don't think I would've paired a graduation set with piggies if I hadn't. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hoping to get a couple more cards into the contest before the deadline.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

zodiac cards

Hello!  Happy September!  The year is going by really fast.  And I still have not started my fall or Christmas cards or calendars.  I know I really have to get on things and start completing my goals.

Today I have a couple of birthday cards using Mama Elephant's Cosmic Stars set.  These images are so cute! 

The first one is a Libra card.  The sentiments are from Mama Elephant's Starry Night set.  I blended the background with blue, purple & yellow distress inks and then used a star stencil and rubbed on those stars.  I added some glitter to the stars too.

Here is a close up.  Yes, I fussy cut most of my images.  On this image I left the scales whole and just colored in the areas yellow to match the background.  The sentiment is heat embossed in a gold color. 

Here is a Virgo card.  I used the same steps to create this card.

I love how cute these images are.  I have to make all the other signs too!  That is on my to do list.  Plus I'm thinking these would be really cute on calendars so that is also on my to do list.  Whether I get to them or not, we'll see.  I'm hoping I can.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

what they said

Hello!  It's a rainy morning here.  I woke up last night because of lightning and thunder.  I don't know if I've even seen so much lightning as I have these past few months.  I'm just happy my youngest one didn't wake up and crawl into our bed.  He actually slept right through all the thunder. 

I've had this stamp set by Mama Elephant called Three Amigos for a while now.  I even had these 3 critters all colored on my desk for a while too.  They finally made it onto a card!  I kept the background simple with some distress ink blending.

I like the fun sentiments that come with this set too, especially the "what they said."

Here's another view of the 3 amigos.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll have more cards to share soon.


Monday, August 22, 2016

amigurumi polar bear

Hello!  Monday again!  I was worried about back to school traffic because more schools started today but it wasn't so bad.  It's actually Thursday I'm worried about because that's when my daughter starts and her school definitely adds to the traffic.

Today I have a super cute project to share.  I love this pattern I found HERE.  It is also from the same blog as the star pattern.

See the little white polar bear?  So adorable!  He is hanging out with the star and my new crochet hook and bent needle.  I love that bent needle too.  Such an amazing tool to help with sewing up loose ends and attaching those tiny ears and parts.

Here is a better view.  I used safety eyes again.  And glued felt pieces for his ears and nose.  Usually he is sitting on my desk but I think my boys have taken him.  They love him too.  He is probably sitting in their room somewhere.

Hope you are enjoying the day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

amigurumi star

Hello again!  While I was on my crocheting binge, I came across this super cute blog HERE.  So many cute projects!  I decided to try the star pattern HERE.

I used safety eyes instead of beads and made the mouth a bit larger.  I think it turned out cute.  I just would like to make more!  I don't know how people can crochet so many items.  It definitely takes a lot of time for me.  I think this would look so cute on a keychain.

This is a short post today.  I'll be back later with another crochet project.  Thanks so much for stopping by!