MFT Color Challenge 75 and Simon Says Stamp Card Challenges

I just love this card.  I have grown quite attached to it in the several days it has taken to make this card.  

I am entering this card into 3 challenges: MFT Color Challenge #75 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Birthday Cards Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Child
So, I started by blending Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, and Twisted Citron.  I wanted to emulate the 2 greens in the MFT color Challenge and I did not have the exact colors. This does a pretty good job I think.  I then cut out the sentiment with the MFT Happy Birthday to You die.  I also cut a piece of green fun foam to 5 1/4 by 4 inches and then ran through my cuttlebug with this die. While the letters were still stuck in the foam, I glued the cutout letters from this card on top. After it dried and I pressed it with my 5 pound plate from my husbands gym (works like a charm), I punched out the letters and put them aside for a later project. I glued the Distress Inked panel onto the fu…

MFT Sketch 345 and SSS Challenges - Wahoo, I'm back to blogging!

Sigh, It has been a super long time since I have been participating in craft therapy.  Its been a rough month.  My brother passed away at what we thought was a healthy 48.  I had all 4 kids home for summer break and we got a adorable puppy.  Recipe for there being absolutely no time or no motivation to create.
But, my craft mojo is coming back.  And I am spoiling myself but putting me first.  (And the kids are back in school - finally!!).
My first card is for 3 challenges: MFT Sketch Challenge #345 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Birthday Cards Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Child

I love this card!  I took some pastel rainbow shades and cut the circles with my circle stack dies.  Before I attached them to my A2 panel, I stamped the left edge with the clouds from MFT Magical Unicords in Prima Island Lagoon Ink. I stamped the Unicorn from MFT Magical Unicorn stamp set with my favorite ink -Simon Says Stamp and colored with Spectrum Noir markers in PL1 and PL2.  I love th…

Calling All Sistahs CAS02 Challenge

Hey everyone,
I have been very busy making a card series that I hope to be able to blog about very soon.  However in the meanwhile, I wanted to post my card for the CAS Fridays Calling All Sistahs CAS02 Challenge

This is a color challenge, which I really struggle with to be honest.  But I love this challenge and wanted to use this stamp set as it is one of my favorites!  The challenge is all about inspiration, this card is for my a friend of mine who is really struggling.  Sometimes people need to hear how awesome they are.  
I started with a piece of 140 lb watercolor paper and stamped this sentiment from CAS Friday Stamps in Versamark then embossed with black sparkly embossing powder.  I then used watercolors and did a wet on wet technique on the background with the aqua and purple for the challenge.
I let it dry and pressed it straight as I used insane amounts of water so it buckled a bit.  Then I used my spectrum noir red and pink markers to color in the flowers in the "You…

MFT Color Challenge 72 and SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Holy Cow!  This challenge was just that - a challenge.  I have my card for the MFT Color Challenge 72 and it was super difficult for me this time.  But I like that - easy is not always good, ya know?  I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

I had a really hard time capturing the vellum so believe it or not, this is the best I can get.  I am in the process of making a light box as this was very frustrating taking this picture!
For this card, I used a piece of 140 lb water color paper and stamped MFT Fancy Flowers in SSS intense black ink.  Then I fussy cut the top of the card off so the flowers could pop against a background.  I used watercolors to match the colors in the challenge.  Honestly, the blue was so dark that it did not look good at all.  So, I used a white gel pen and started outlining the stamp with little dots.  I really liked the look so I did the same for all 3 flowers.  I painted the stems gray and used the same shade f…

MFT Sketch 339 and SSS Wednesday Challenge

Hi everybody! I'm so happy to be back.  I had thought my computer was going to head on over to computer heaven, so I had my 16 year old wipe it clean and reinstall Windows.  Its working much better now but I was seriously afraid that I would not be able to blog and miss deadlines.  Super, super happy I can blog some cards.
My first card is for the MFT Sketch Challenge 339 and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

This card is actually part off a duo I made by doing second generation stamping.  Here is a pic of both cards together:

So, I started with the smaller circles from the Concord & 9th Orange You Sweet stamp set.  I put both card bases (cut to 3.5 x 3.5 ") down on my work surface and using Pigment ink I stamped the left card first then the right without re-inking.  It produces a softer look for the second card and ends up looking super cool.
I used my heat gun to dry the cards as I knew I was going to emboss the cards.  I know from experience not to emboss wet …

Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge AND Rerun #20 Challenge

Hi Again!  Here is the story behind this card.  I started to make this card for the Winnie & Walter June Color Combo Challenge with Heather.  As I was putting this card together, as I was making the card and conceiving where I would put everything I noticed I was 100% using the card from Shay on the Winnie & Walter Rerun # 20 Challenge. So, I am going to enter the card into both as the card from Shay has been on my mind ever since I started to make this card.

So, I took my Mini Scenery:  Bed of Roses stamp and stamped it in Versamark and embossed in Hero Arts White embossing powder.  I took the 4 Distress inks from the Color Challenge:  Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean and Worn Lipstick and layed them out on an acrylic block and spritzed them with water.  I painted the roses with the pink, yellow, and green.  I took a paintbrush and painted the lines with the salty ocean.  I finished with a sentiment from Altenew that I cut out of 110 lb white cardstock and popped up on …

Winnie & Walter June Color Combo Challenge - Card 1

So, I'm clicking around IG and I see that Winnie & Walter has a new release coming this week.  I go to their blog to see what is coming up, and for the first time I see.....They have a challenge Blog!  With Multiple Challenges.  So exciting for me.  I happen to LOVE W &W, but I have a slight problem.  My wishlist includes almost everything they make. Definately EVERY cutaway.  I love their BIG words.  So, I need to have some $$ help with my Winnie & Walter craft addiction.  What better way than to join a challenge...Do my best and hope for the best.
My first card is for the June Color Combo Challenge.

This card is for my son Aidan who LOVES this stamp. Its the "Do You See What I See" Mini Scenery stamp.  Loves it.  Every time I use it he tells me how I can use it better.  So cute. And frustrating. 
In order to follow the rules, I got out the same 4 Distress Inks that Heather used: Mowed Grass, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, and Worn Lipstick.  I rubbed them on a…

Concord & 9th: Where Creativity meets C9 Challenge #10 - card 2

Hi there!  I am back with my final card for the Where Creativity meeets C9 Challenge #10.  The theme for this  Concord & 9th challenge is "Layered".  My first card layered stamps.  This second card layers ink and stamps as well, but uses the Many Mandalas Stamp Set by Concord & 9th.

This stamp set is my absolute favorite.  I have made Thank You cards, but honestly this is my first Birthday card.  This is for a male co-worker.
First I stamped the images with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  
Then, I blended my Distress Oxide inks:  Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber (no orange needed with these creamy inks!), Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Wilted Violet.  I sprayed with water and let dry. Finally, I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment with Simon Says Stamp black ink.  I had to stamp it multiple times as the ink below was pretty thick.

I cut out my panel with my Tonic Scalloped edge dye and layered onto a white background, then attached to my card b…

Concord & 9th: Where Creativity meets C9 Challenge 10 - card 1

Hey there!   2 quick blog posts tonight for the Concord & 9th: Where Creativity meets C9 Challenge # 10.  The theme for the challenge this month is "Layered".  
My first card:

What fun I had making this card.  I used the new flower turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th.  After marking up the stamp as I saw in the video, I stamped the first layer with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.    The picture below makes it easier to see the gold shine.

The second layer I stamped with Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick, the 3rd with Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade, and the last layer in Distress Ink in Abandoned Coral.
I stamped the sentiment from the same set in Versamark and embossed in gold to pick up the gold flower layer.
 I finished off the card with some Stdio Katia clear droplets.
Thanks for hanging out!

MFT Sketch Challenge 338

Hey everybody! How awesome to finally be back blogging with you.  I had a tragic happening a few weeks ago.  My big brother died at the age of 48.  It is shocking.  He was only a few years older than me and it completely has rocked my world.  I have not had any time to blog and that's too bad - I know it will make me feel better.  That's all I can say for now.
But another thing that makes me feel wonderful is crafting.  I finally got some card mojo back and had the opportunity to make a card for the MFT Sketch Challenge # 338.

Love how this turned out.  Here is is from a sky view...

The heart is made from the Krumspring Awesome Triangle Wizard. I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white Hero Arts embossing powder. Then painted with watercolors and cut into a heart.  I edged the heart with a blue Spectrum Noir pen to make it pop.
I stamped the sentiment from MFT Polynesian Paradise in versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I cut it out with some a stitched r…