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Sensational Sliders (MFT Camp Create Day 4)

Sliders are my new favorite thing to make. Today for MFT Camp Create I made a HIDDEN slider for the first time! I think it it awesome and surprising to have a hidden slider on a card! Oh, and these seagulls are a new favorite set for me:

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I used the new MFT Cloud Stencil (another of my favorite new crafty things) to make the clouds AND the ocean waves! So awesome!

The seagull “swims” across the ocean when you tilt the card. [I will add a video here]

 

Joining in on MFT Camp Create here.

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Wonderful Watercolor (MFT Camp Create Day 1)

Today I’m playing along with MFT Camp Create. I’ve never fully tried watercolor on this flower stamp set and today was the day to give it a try! I usually try to stay in the lines and control where the color goes, but for this card I let the color go where it may.

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And go where it may, it did! It’s fun for a change to allow the chaos of a messy watercolor look. I added some black splatters to add to the fun, loose feeling. A black gingham bow and black striped paper finishes the look.

Linking up to MFT camp create: Wonderful Watercolor!

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Homemade Glitter Paper (Sparkle & Shine: Day 1)

I just cannot miss an Online Card Class, and this Sparkle & Shine class was no exception! I love adding a little sparkle to my cards and I was excited to learn some additional ways to make my projects shine!

On Day 1, we learned quite a bit about glitter. Well, I don’t like glitter (but I DO like glitter paper!) because it gets all over the place. And I still don’t have Swiffer cloths in my craft room. BUT, I jumped right in and made my own glitter paper using clear Distress Glitter, then colored it with alcohol markers.

Here’s my card:

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It was so fun, but glitter got EVERYWHERE! And I got some glitter on my markers (I hope it doesn’t hurt them). This Waffle Flower die “Magical Flower Border” was the perfect choice for my project. I added a sentiment to describe the way I felt about this colored glitter paper. You can’t tell in this picture, but that sentiment is actually bronze glitter…I thought it looked great with the colored glitter paper.

I’m loving this class so far! Thanks for all the fun!

There’s tons more to learn and try from just day 1, and you can bet I’ll go back and try a few more techniques. :)

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Hoppy Birthday

I can’t believe I have never used this Argyle stamp set from Lawn Fawn. It is so much fun to stamp, and it’s so cute!

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The inks I used are Simon Says Stamp in Fog and Audrey Blue. Then I took that blue ink and splattered some ink splotches on the background, making sure I covered that argyle border first so it stayed clean! I also used another darker blue for the background splotches (Gansai Tambi watercolor).

The kangaroo is colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Entering the Simon Says Stamp Make For the Border challenge.

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Also entering the Lawnscaping Challenge: Punny Time

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Stretch Your Dies (day 4) — Patterned Paper die cutting

So I’m going a bit out of order! I am waiting for some packages to come in so I can finish up some homework. While I wait, I thought I’d just go ahead and post some other cards for class.

Today we learned about using a small die cut to enhance patterned paper. Such a great idea! But I have to admit, I was a little nervous about this one. I didn’t want to “mess up” the patterned paper.

I ended up die cutting only 3 little blossoms on this paper to see through to the glitter paper beneath it. What do you think?

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I’ll be back to list the supplies I used on this one in a bit!

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Heat Shrink Craft Foam

I’m taking the Online Card Class: Stretch Your Dies. It is awesome! The first day I was impressed with Jennifer McGuire’s class on shrinking craft foam on your cards.

So for my card, I shrunk the word “hello” in black craft foam…and then dry embossed the original size on the background. It is a subtle change in size…can you tell?

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Sorry about the shadows…it’s a bit dark today. If you look closely, you can see the black “hello” is a bit smaller than the embossed “hello” beneath it. I love this technique and had no idea that craft foam could shrink!

I think I’ll try a few more cards with this idea soon. 😉

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Flowers Everywhere

If you asked me a favorite place to be in all the places you could ever be….I would say in a field of flowers. I feel so peaceful with flowers all around. In fact, a favorite place to visit is the Flower Fields in California (in April or May). It it just amazing!! (Read my post about it here).

So it seemed perfectly natural to build a card around that idea. Have you ever thought of throwing flowers as a sort of celebration? Well, it sounds like fun, and that’s just what these little cuties are doing:

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See all the flowers in the background? The sky is just filled with flowers! I was going for an Ombre look with my watercolored sky, but it didn’t turn out exactly as I imagined. That’s the beauty of watercoloring….it’s completely unpredictable!

I white embossed those flowers first onto watercolor paper, then applied the color. I also watercolored those gals (from Mama Elephant “In My Heart”) and I think they turned out so cute!

For the “happy,” I first watercolored some paper with greens, yellow and blues, then cut out the word. As you can see, I didn’t get much of the blues in there, but I like the variation of greens and yellows here…it kinda goes with the grassy hill. :)

I think this little scene would also go well with the sentiment from “Up and Away” that says: Spread Happiness Wherever you go. I just might add that to the inside of the card.

Joining in the fun at the Mama Elephant and Me Challenge!

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant In My Heart, Up and Away; Avery Elle Red & Goldie (basket);
Dies: Mama Elephant Landscape Trio; Avery Elle Red & Goldie; Simon Says Stamp Happy;
Watercolor: Distress inks
Other: Wink of Stella Clear glitter brush pen; Glossy Accents; white embossing powder; stickles

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Hey, Sexy Lady

Ok, so who wouldn’t love to get this as a birthday card? This Mama Elephant sentiment just cracks me up and I KNEW I had to use it along with one of their adorable panda bears.

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That is one cute dancing panda! I just can’t even stop grinning.

I’m just loving their products right now…I put together this little card using their die cut Femme Frames. A little watercolored background (I love how those splotches form!) and watercolored umbrella make it look so soft and sweet.

Wouldn’t you get a giant smile on your face if you got this card in the mail? 😉

Joining up with the Mama Elephant Challenge

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant Up and Away, Pandamonium, Say What
Dies: Mama Elephant Pandamonium, Femme Frames
Watercolor: Distress Inks
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh Lemon Drop
Other: Stickles, Glossy Accents
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Hi Pretty Pink Posh

Today I thought I’d enter the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Challenge. I’ve had these dies from Pretty Pink Posh: Stitched Duo dies 1 and Stitched Borders 1 and I wanted to make a pretty shoppe scene.

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It took me a while to make this look like I envisioned. I just LOVE this new gold polka dot vellum! And these dies from Pretty Pink Posh make it so easy to create a sweet window scene.

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You may not be able to tell in the picture, but the background is embossed with stripes to look like the siding of a building. I just used my Martha Stewart scoring board to add the “lines.”

That gold “hi” is a die from My Favorite Things (Happy Hellos) and it was so difficult to get a great picture with the gold foil paper! But I love all the gold with the black & white. I’ve always wanted a pink cruiser bicycle (funny, huh?) so I had to add that to the scene.

Can you just imagine shopping at such a chic store?!

Supplies Used:
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 1 dies, Stitched Borders 1; My Favorite Things Happy Hellos, Silhouette cut file bicycle
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm Pink Peonies;
Ink: Distress Markers Black Soot; Sakura Metallic gold pen
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Have a Monster of a Birthday

I’ve been working on some masculine cards lately. This is a simple card, but a favorite! That little monster from Paper Smooches is so funny…and he can cheer me up like no other.

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This time, I painted him with green liquid pearls. It gives him a pearlescent glow and adds a little texture! Then I used some new dies (index card die by Mama Elephant) and drew some silver pinstripes in the background with a Sakura silver glitter pen (loving these pens)! A few stars with glossy accents added a bit of dimension and shine.

This was a fun card to make…had me smiling the whole time. :)

Linking up to the Paper Smooches anything goes challenge.

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