Friday, July 26, 2013

My Roly Poly Card

I have a guest to feature on my blog post today.  A roly poly bug (that's what I grew up calling these little pill bugs), made a perfectly timed appearance for my photo with this sentiment (images from My Favorite Things).  

The little bug got a little camera shy & rolled up in a ball when the card got close.

Just so you know no creatures were harmed for my post, I took some close up photos including a view of him making his way safely back to wherever he was headed this morning...


Feelin' Blue on Friends with Flair Friday

Unity Stamp Company has been celebrating all kinds of things this week, and they gave out a free digital image to play with... Here's my take with muted green and blue colors that I'm sharing for Friends with Flair.

I'm not actually feeling sad, by the way, just feelin' a need to use a lot of blue, because guess what?  It must be my favorite color (lately) as I found I have quite a hoard of blue cardstock in many shades.  You know what that means?  Oh yeah, expect me to be feelin' blue for a long time!

Happy Crafting to all those Craftin'-istas!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Now in 3D!... Make It Monday #126

Oh my.  I found this week's technique to be a Challenge, yes with a capital C.  
Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday technique was to create a three dimensional type die cut image on your project using some very creative cutting and marker work.  This was not my first attempt at this project, but the only one worthy of showing to any of my crafty friends. I hope that my embellishments help distract you a little from my less than perfect card...  I am really impressed at those participants who selected a larger word or die cut... I think the shorter five letter word was appropriate for me (I think I wanted to use a few choice four letter words when I first tried this...).  hee hee.

Monday, July 22, 2013

What a Circus...

There are just some days that you don't know what's going on that turns a routine, normal day into something kinda crazy... I suppose that's just what makes the world go 'round... Whether your day is filled with acrobatic feats of bravery or one comical, clown after another, I hope you can appreciate the sentiment on today's card. 

I paired the circus elephant image from Stampin' Up!'s set, You're Amazing, with a $1 bin stamp from my local Michael's craft store & other SU! paper & cardstock.  I stamped the Circus message in Chocolate Chip ink on some Tangerine Tango cardstock and handcut the paper scroll... Oh, & I did a little more stamping with a border stamp from retired SU! Fresh Vintage, too just below the elephant.  Loving my corner rounder lately, so had to sheer off a few edges of my layers. 

I sure hope you are having a FUN kinda circus day today!
Happy crafting everyone.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hot enough for you lately? Chill Out!

Nothing like thinking about snow when it's super hot outside... 
I got a fun surprise in the mail with my last order to My Favorite Things.  For their recent birthday promotion, they celebrated by sending a FREEBIE stamp set and this set was my treat for my order.
I decided to put it to use loosely using it for their sketch challenge.  I replaced the hexagons with snowflakes (as you can see) to keep with the theme of the set.

Hope you're cooling off wherever you may be.  Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

MFT Girl goes MTB! - Color Throwdown #251, Marker Pop #27

It's another Color Throwdown that I wanted to play with this week... I really love the bright, summery feel to these colors and had more ideas than talent to achieve them, but this is what I ended up with...

What I thought this stamp really needed was some tread on those tires, so I created some knobby mountain bike like tires with my black marker.   I tried for some light reddish brown hair for the Marker Pop hair challenge, but as such a Copic marker novice, I'm just happy it didn't turn out looking drab & still looks good with the color challenge.  I need to get some yellow red color markers to make it more true to the red that runs on the family.

Maybe you can see the details better in this close up... 

I'm new at coloring these line stamps, but enjoyed trying to get this chick to look like she had gotten a little dirty and sweaty riding off road trails (like I like to do!).  I also loved trying to distress her jeans.  I made her t-shirt into a ringer-t to get some of that Kiwi Kiss green added to match her hair bands.

Need some mountain biking tips?  Here's a couple links to some great information on how to perfect that wheelie & ride corners well off road!  I'm off to do my own joy riding, while my paper crafting dog practices his paper distressing (he's very good at paper tearing and luckily knows what is considered paper suitable for dog use, so far at least!).

Have a great weekend, everyone.  

Friday, July 19, 2013

Float like a butterfly...Friends with Flair

Time again for Unity Stamp Company's Friends with Flair Friday.  I love getting a chance to post on the Friends with Flair as it is so relaxing to just get to show off any Unity project you've made for the week.  I'm struggling with a few challenges right now, so this creative freedom just gives me a chance to play.  Then MAYBE I'll finally get more inspired for other things...
When I saw this sentiment stamp from Unity, I knew I needed to have this in my stamping supplies.  There are times that it can be so hard to find just the right supportive words, and to me, this speaks volumes... I loved pairing the sentiment with the bee patterned paper and butterfly image from Stampin' Up! and creating my own custom interior message borrowing this famous phrase from fighter, Muhammad Ali (using some computer generated words as well as another Unity stamp)...

Check out all the Cancer Awareness stamps here
TGIF everyone!  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Christmas in July!

It's been awhile since I played with the Merry Monday Challenge, but July seems like a great time to jump back in.  I'm always inspired when I stop by Wee Inklings, Leanne Pugliese's blog, and she gave me an "a-ha!" moment when I saw her card that simply altered some My Minds Eye patterned paper.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the challenge... here it is...

I stamped. I pierced. I die cut.  Then I added a little twine!  
It's very subtle, I know, but I think that's what I love about a fun, patterned holiday paper that already has most of what you'd want to see on the card front, all you have to do is a little embellishing.

The die cut numbers were adhered on top of the subtly stamped dotted frame (a retired Stampin' Up image), then I pierced a circle around the numbers, like an implied wreath.  The twine is threaded through the top of a couple of the pierced holes then tied into a ribbon.  Oh yeah, easy peasy!

And just to celebrate the whole "Christmas in July" moment, I had to take a photo of the card on the deck tonight next to my summer flowers.  I think I'll like reviewing this post closer to the holiday and remembering the evening when I was on the deck, on a hot & humid night, getting bitten by mosquitoes while taking photos of my Christmas card!

UPDATE:  I found another fun Christmas Challenge site at Crafty Hazelnut, Thank You, Hazel for tipping me off to your site & challenge blog!

Have a great day, everyone!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Live in the Sunshine - Color Throwdown #250

Color challenges can be tons of fun when you really love the colors, and that's what I thought when I saw the Color Throwdown Challenge this week.

Color Throwdown 250

Here's my card for the challenge:
I used some retired Stampin' Up! patterned paper combined with Bermuda Bay cardstock I stamped to add a little sunny-like pattern (although the sunny circles are actually cogs from the Clockworks stamp set).  

Tiny imperfections on my stamping that I did on the Bermuda cardstock I hid with stamped cogs that were punched with a small circle then positioned on top of my "boo-boo's" on the Bermuda Bay sections of the slanting sunburst pattern.  I am surprisingly pleased with the effect of my unintended embellishments. 

I placed the slant cut scraps on a background of sandy Crumb Cake and added a little Crumb Cake & Bermuda Bay ribbon, 'cuz a card just isn't finished without a little extra ribbon embellishment (right?).  The cheerful sentiment is from SU! Pursuit of Happiness set.  

Have a sunny, summery weekend, everyone!

His & Hers... Friends with Flair Friday

Having uplifting cards of encouragement on hand is important to me, and the Unity Stamp Company has many sentiments to choose from to fit the bill.  Playing with Friends with Flair today.  I love this sentiment stamp both for the saying and the large size that makes filling up the front of a card easy.  I made different versions to be suitable for a guy or girl...

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Let Freedom Ring!

Enjoy the holiday this week, if you are in the US that is.  Independence Day is here and before I start up the ice cream maker or the grill, I thought I better post some of my 4th of July cards.  I like making cards for this summer holiday as I'm pretty sure there are not a lot of other pieces of mail that people get like this, so there's no worry that my cards are competing for attention!  Silly, maybe, but a good excuse to bring out the striped paper and star punch!

My sentiment stamps are from Stampin Up! and the flag stamp is from Technique Tuesday.
For the card below I used SU! photopolymer Designer Typeset alphabet stamps for the customized holiday phrase.  The tiny alpha sets are great for this kinda holiday, as a "4th of July" stamp would only get used this one day a year...

Enjoy your summer and have a great holiday!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!