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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

MFT Super Star Card Contest


Life has been super busy and of course like all things, the stuff that you really want to do always occurs when you have virtually no time to do it.
So I was not surprised when the MFT 2017 Card Design Superstar contest cropped up right when I barely had time to draw a breath. With only 2 weeks to go before I jet to Orlando to teach at this year's Whimsy Stamps Craft Retreat, I'm in the middle of preparing all my kits and instructions, plus organising all the usual holiday stuff like travel insurance, currency etc. plus getting all my cards made and photographed for the October release countdown  which will happen right at the time I'm preparing to leave and whilst I'm over there. In addition I'm super busy at work and up to my ears in this years Health and Safety audit.

So whilst I have managed to scrape 2 cards together (by the skin of my teeth and very close to the wire, I don't consider them my best work. A shame indeed but time was against me and it is what it is.

So what did I get time for?

First off is my entry for the Clean and Simple Genius Category

I kept things surprise there being what the category is, concentrating on one off set image , coloured with zig watercolour markers and using some stenciling with distress inks to highlight it on my card. A simple sentiment stamped in black ink on the other side and a few snowy white gems radiating to give the impression of snow. I mounted my white layer on a lilac one for a little extra contrast.

I used the following MFT products.
Toasty Greetings Stamp Set (no longer availalbe)
Toasty Greetings Die-namics (no longer available)

Next is my entry for the Coloring Virtuoso Category

I love the cute animals from the Jungle Gym set and wanted to put them in front of a sunset. 
I made the sunset by blending Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Carved Pumpkin on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.
I watercoloured my images with my Zig Markers, brush and water using the following colours:
Light Brown, Oatmeal, Dark Oatmeal, Dark Gray, Pale Pink, Light Violet, Purple, Bright Yellow, Orange, Gray Brown, Mid Green, Olive Green, Dark Brown, Deep Brown, stamping them on Strathmore Bristol Smooth also.
After adding my frame to my background and base card and arranging my imaged on foam tape, there wasn't too much room for a sentiment, so I went for a simple one from the Lovable Leopards Set embossed in white and cutting the banner down to size.

I used the following MFT products on my card:

(no longer available, so I linked the stitched version which is almost identical)

I didn't sadly get enough time to make anything for the Inovation Master Category, oh well there's always next year!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Whimsy Stamps - Pretty Lil Present

I have a super quick share today for you. This is a sweet shaker card I made using the new Pretty Lil Present from the September rubber release.

I kept things very simple, colouring my image with Zig & Distress Ink Markers and fussy cutting her to mount on top of my shaker frame.

I added a simple sentiment heat embossed with white embossing powder on a pink banner and finishing with some coloured gems by Little Things from Lucy's Cards.

I used the following Whimsy Stamps Products on my card:

Pretty Lil Present

Have you seen the selection of sequins that Whimsy Stamps has to offer?
You can find them all here.

That's all for today but I'll be back soon.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Altenew - Happy Retirement


Recently a lovely lady in my department retired and I was asked to make a card for her.  I made it quite large as the whole department needed to sign it, so I made it 5 x 7 and added an insert so there was more space to write.

I used the Peony Bouquet stamp set from Altenew, stamping with Versamark ink and embossing with Altenew Crisp Pure White embossing powder. 

I coloured the flowers and leaves with my Zig Markers, using Yellow, Bright Yellow and Orange for the flowers and Light Green for the leaves.
I made an ink blended panel using Fossilized Amber and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxides and glued that to the centre of my card base, gluing a panel of vellum over the top to give a soft appearance.
I cut one MFT Snow Drifts Cover Up Die-namics in smooth white cardstock gluing it to the back of a white cardstock frame cut with MFT Pierced Frames Die-namics. 
I used my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolours to splatter some small gold dots over this and then glued it on the front of my card, covering the edges of the vellum and blended panel.
I cut another piece of white cardstock with MFT Double Stitched Rectangles STAX and stamped a retirement sentiment in Versamark ink, from Whimsy Stamps Happy Sayings stamp set and embossed this with Altenew Crisp Embossing Power in Antique Gold.

I blended a scrap of watercolour paper with distress inks in yellows and oranges and then cut out the word HAPPY with MFT Happy Greetings Die-namics layering it up with another 2 cut from white cardstock and adhering it abover my stamped sentiment. I them glued the rectangle to the centre of my card.

I fussy cut all my flowers and leaves and arranged them around my card, adhering them with foam tape for some dimension.
To finish I added some gold enamel dots I made with Pale Gold Nuvo Drops, and some Crystal Clear sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my project today, I really enjoyed making it.

Thanks for dropping by!