Thursday, May 21, 2015

creating die cut ombre borders; MFT Stamps Die-namics Design Challenge

Today's Die-namics Design Challenge is all about the borders! Border dies can do some pretty creative things on our cards and today, while my idea is simple, adding a bit of ink to the situation definitely steps the design up another level!

Having been working on projects with the ombre look. (Yes, that is a tease about a video tutorial I have coming up for you in the June release!) Because of that, I was inspired to create ombre borders on my card, as a sort of background.

I began by die cutting watercolor paper with Die-namics Stitched Scallop Edges. I used the largest scallop shaped die. I repeated that four times.

The piece of Coral Crush cardstock at the top there was my guide for the next step of the process.

Then I pressed my Coral Crush ink pad onto my craft mat. Water was added with a squirt bottle. I kept the water to one corner because I wanted to be able to control how light and dark I painted the watercolor wash onto my pieces of die cut watercolor paper. I began painting with a larger paint brush. One of the things I liked about this technique is, when I needed to add more color to my darker layers, it was easy to do, without splotches or streaks. And that is the key here, start light and layer your colors as you go.

I adhered each of the borders to my card by the straight edge and then bent the front edges up slightly.

I HAD to use Die-namics Flamingo on this card. With all that coral loveliness, it just would not have been right. Haha!

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog to be linked up to the rest of the design team. I cannot wait to see what they all have up their sleeves with this one!

And remember, if you are interested in any of the products I used today, please click the photos at the bottom of the post. Those images will take you directly to the products in the online store. If you are looking at this post via email, you may have to click over to my actual blog for the links to work. I am trying to not only enable you, but make your shopping a little easier. :D

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Monday, May 18, 2015

creating an elegant gold background: MFT May Creative Challenge

Its time for the MFT DT May Creative Challenge! Each month the team is challenged to create projects based on a chosen theme. These kinds of challenges get my heart racing and my creativity going in overdrive! Our theme this month was backgrounds. How cool is that? The possibilities are endless! 

Instead of stamping a background, I wanted to get a little more creative. I looked at my stash and saw two new products I had ordered and knew that they would work perfectly! Keep reading to find out how I created this elegant gold background!

I began by die cutting Sweet Tooth cardstock with Die-namics Modern Morocco. Which covers almost the entire standard A2 card base. I placed it over a piece of watercolor paper. Why that paper and not cardstock? Because it is meant to hold water. The paste I am using is wet. I know the watercolor paper will hold up better. 

Then I scooped out small quantities of the Design Memory Craft Gold Texture Luxe Metallic Paste with a spatula and spread it thinly and evenly over the die cut piece of cardstock. Instant stencil from a die cut piece of cardstock! 

Once I liked the coverage of the paste, I lifted the cardstock stencil off to reveal a very cool background! The paste stays wet for some time, so be sure to let it dry before adding anything else to your project.

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to the rest of the team and their amazing projects! Its always tons of eye candy and inspiring ideas!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

handmade felt bow paper clips: MFTv


I am pretty excited to be sharing an adorable project with you on MFTv! If you are unfamiliar with MFTv, on Mondays, MFT Stamps shares a video about making a card, or project, with a great tutorial!

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog to check out more about these felt bow paper clips, how to create them using Die-namics and ways to use them on your next projects! I cannot stop making these!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

new embellishments from Maya Road

I am sharing a couple of projects using new embellishments for spring from Maya Road. Visit the Maya Road blog for more details and links to these gorgeous new pretties!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

inspired by...

This week is Inspired By week on the MFT Stamps blog. And not only on the blog, but also on Facebook and Instagram! All week we are talking about people, artists, artworks, and quotes that inspire us. As always, there will be lots of fantastic prizes, so do not miss out!

This week will be uplifting and encouraging and I hope you will join in the fun!

Today is about being inspired by quotes. I chose this quote from Maya Angelou. To me this quote is about keeping that spark of hope alive, even in the darkest of moments. We all face those moments in our lives, where the hurt and the pain, whether physical or emotional, take over and we cannot seem to find our way out. I have been there. When my Rheumatoid Arthritis was just diagnosed. Talk about darkness. I could not dress myself. Barely brush my teeth. I could not make breakfast for my son in the morning because of the pain. Something inside kept me going. A light. A very small flicker on most days. But I know my light was and is God. He was there, holding me, even when I couldn't hang on myself. 

Keep your light shining. Keep your faith. You are strong and amazing and full of purpose. Your life, and every moment it contains, has meaning. Your story is amazing. And it is yours. 
Shine bright my friends.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

flowers, flowers everywhere! MFT Creative Construction with Blueprints

Welcome to this month's Blueprints challenge! Its all about the flowers in the spring for me and also with our challenge! Die-namics Blueprints have lots of options for creating not only cards, but flowers as well! Take a look!

For my card, I combined elements from Die-namics Blueprints 12 and Die-namics Blueprints 14. I began by stamping Typewriter Text Background with Grout Gray ink onto Sweet Tooth cardstock. Then I cut it with the two large background dies from Die-namics Blueprints 12.

The flower is the die from Die-namics Blueprints 14, cut twice from Persimmon cardstock. I also stamped Polka Dot Background onto the flower for some added texture. The leaf image is from the same set and is Sour Apple cardstock.

The small flower was created using elements from Die-namics Blueprints 12. I love how I could balance the card with images from two different sets! The sentiment is from You're the Sweetest and is stamped upon a label shape from Die-namics Blueprints 14. I just love how easily cards come together with the elements from all the sets of Blueprints. Pick your favorite colors and and images and go! Gotta love that!

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all the designers playing along this week! You will also want to head over to find out more about Inspiration Week. I'm just sayin.'

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