Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Swedish Thank You! and MFTWSC 238

This post is for my dear friend, Patty...
There are people in our lives we meet and instantly become friends forever.  
Patty, you are that friend to me, and I'm forever grateful that we are able to maintain that friendship while oceans may still keep us living far apart.  

I hope you have a wonderful upcoming birthday, but in the mean time I made this card for you as a thank you for the wonderful surprise package you sent me.  I am so impressed that you packed the gifts and took the extra time to send it my way, even though I know you are very busy enjoying your travels and visiting your family.

I cannot take all the credit for this card, as I used this week's MFT sketch challenge to inspire me.  So happy to find a sketch I really like and happy it turned out as bright and colorful as the lovely gardens my friend has at her home in Sweden.  This card was the perfect excuse for me to use my much neglected MFT Prima Donna Petals dies.  

Enjoy a wonderful summer time weekend.
Happy crafting to all!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

MFT Summer School - Complementary Colors

My favorite complementary color duo has to be orange and blue.  It is such a cheerful combination. 


 In playing with my cards this weekend I have found a color that I must restock - MFT's Tangy Orange.  That color seems to combine so well with a nice navy blue. 

I feel I must explain the context of my card a little bit... I made this for a friend who told me the tales of her dog's love of chasing (and catching) rabbits.  She tried to rescue one not too long ago, but... well... it wasn't such a happy ending for the bunny.  So sad, except for the fun her dog had that is...

Some details about the stamps I used on my card - the dog is from MFT's You Make My Tail Wag and the bunny is from Lawn Fawn.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Time for an Upgrade

If you are a Doctor Who fan, then you may like this card I made for brother's birthday this year.  

Last year I made him a Doctor Who card that was inspired from one I saw on Pinterest.  
It was a simple card with the Tardis pictured on the front and the sentiment, "at least you're not as old as the Doctor!"    He LOVED the card so much, he requested from that moment on, if I'm to make him a card it needs to be a Doctor Who card.  So for Valentines Day I sent him my own Doctor Who theme creation with the old school K-9 robot dog on it with a cheesy saying..."Is it Valentine's Day already?" - K9 replies "Affirmative."  That card turned out to be a dud.  His reaction to my creation was simply, "I liked my birthday card better."... boo.  Oh well, older brothers can be hard to impress.

Anyway, his reaction to my Valentine made me try a little bit harder for this year's birthday.  Essentially I knew that my next card had to be better- upgraded to to speak.  Inspiration strikes- a Cyberman likes to do nothing but UPGRADE us humans!!!

I give credit to the internet for the images, but the sayings were my own.  Here is the interior sentiment I put on the card:

I am happy to report that this card did get a passing "hooray" from my brother, but he said he'll pass on the chance for an upgrade!  

MFT Summer School - Monochromatic


Monochromatic is the theme for Lesson #10 in MFT Summer School.
Monochromatic colors are very soothing in my opinion, so I felt it was a great time to prepare a get well card to have on hand.  I love the colors on Karolyn Loncon and Julia Stainton's cards featured on the lesson plan.  Cool blue-green tones make me think of a beautiful tropical beach... ah to dream...Surely those colors would help anyone feel better if they are under the weather.  

If you wanted to know some of the details for my card, I used some Stampin' Up! and MFT products.  I'll point out that I layered a bit of vellum on top of the blue green oval behind my sentiment banner which allowed me to create another soft shade of my favorite color on the card.

MFT banner from Blueprints 16, stitched square MFT dies and a sentiment from a retired Pure Innocence stamp set are the MFT products I used here.

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Have a beautiful weekend. Happy crafting!

Friday, July 17, 2015

MFT Summer School - Primary Colors


I'm still playing catch up on the My Favorite Things Blog Summer School.  Tonight I am sharing my card I created for Summer School lesson #8 - Primary Colors.

A well planned color scheme really helps me decide what colors to apply to the sweet features of the Pure Innocence girl. There are some times when I am stumped about what colors she may look "best dressed" in depending on how well I achieved the color of skin or hair I created.  Blue t-shirt is what I'm wearing tonight while I worked on this card, so voila! Perfect for the red, blue & yellow card.

Craft on everybody!  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

MFT Summer School - 10 Second Microwave Card

I am really enjoying My Favorite Things Summer School project.  


I hope to get a chance to play more this weekend, but some scraps on my craft room table were calling to me tonight, insisting I at least pull one of the lessons out and give it a try.  Secondary colors were the theme on this post from MFT

Color theory is a terrific topic and one that I really need help with, but tonight's card was a chance for me to  learn another little card lesson.  This is where my microwave reference comes into the picture...

  I learned from my fellow craft bloggers about a terrific trick and I had to use it tonight.  Working with only scraps to achieve my green and orange color scheme meant limited supplies on hand. It is very important to get your layers adhered right when you only have a certain amount of a color you want to use available.  Well, in my haste, I totally goofed and had my papers lined up on the WRONG side of my card front.  OH no!  I didn't want to ruin the only bit of orange and lime green papers I had to work with... what do you do???

Answer:  Pop the card in the microwave for about 10 seconds.  The adhesive runner tape I used then became flexible enough that I could carefully peel off the layers, remove any sticky residue, then re-adhere correctly.  Whew! Card saved!

See you later for another lesson this weekend. Happy crafting everyone!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Time to Create!

Hello fellow Unity Stamp Company fans! 
I haven't had much time to play along with Unity's Friends with Flair for some time.  Thankfully a long holiday weekend gave me a chance to craft.  Ah... amazing what a little craft time can do for the psyche... 

Today I wanted to share what I made to decorate my craft room using this terrific Unity Stamp Decor Decal.   If you have not tried to use one of these before, let me tell you that they are really easy to adhere. I carefully measured to center the saying on my painted surface, then found it very easy to place, smooth, & release the backing for a flawless finish.  

Just so you know, my simple decorated board is just a prepared blank wooden board that I painted with some interior latex paint then added acrylic paint accents with the help of some painters tape.  I die cut some chipboard and cardstock for the added "cogs" (dies are from Tim Holtz Gears and Gadgets) that I adhered with some foam adhesive to stand out a bit.

I think these decals are a great addition to the wonderful selection of products at Unity.

Have a terrific weekend, and by all means, take some time to create something just for yourself.  You'll feel oh so much better for it!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Long time, no post... how sad.

What's up, bloggers?  

I'm sad to report it's been hard to find much time for crafting, so it's been a while since I've posted anything.  Just too darn busy with day job and chores, darn it.  Finally I had some time on a day off to make some things to ramp up my birthday card stash.  Yippee!  

Of course having spent some effort on some birthday cards using some fun new toys, like this set from Lawn Fawn, I realize I missed my opportunity to send out some Independence Day cards...oops.  I know most card makers love to find any occasion to make cards, but I don't expect many people think about receiving cards for July 4th.  Still I have enjoyed making them and missed my chance this year... I guess today I'll prepare a few so I don't miss next year!

Have a wonderful holiday.  
Happy Independence Day Crafting!

Some other card details you may like to know: 
Water patterned paper comes from Stampin' Up! DSP, Adventure Bound, 
SU! Netting background stamp (retired) and Spellbinders dies used for shapes.

Love my craft buddy!

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