Wishing You Beautiful Today and a Happy Forever – MFTWSC193


Here’s my card for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club this week.
I used my current favorite, pearlescent embossing paste with the diagonal stencil. I love the texture and shine it gives to a project.


Stamps: Together Forever, Linen BG (MFT)
Paper: Smooth White, Grout Gray, Steel Grey (MFT)
Ink: Steel Grey (MFT)
Dies: Rolled FLower, Dimensional Banner, Stitched Circle STAX, Rectangle Frames, Blueprints 13, Blueprints 15 (MFT)
Accessories: On the Diagonal Stencil (MFT); Pearlescent Embossing Paste (Dreamweavers); Pearls
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sketch: MFTWSC193

Happy Happy Happy Birthday – CTD309


Here’s my card for the Color Throwdown Challenge this week. I’ve had this post half-written for a few days now and just now found time to finish it up. I’m so busy right now I can’t see straight! True story: I had to preview the post to remember what the card looked like. (That took less energy than getting up and walking across the room.) So. Now that I remember which card this is…Thank goodness for great dies that make it easy to make cards quickly! ;)


Stamps:Happy Everything, Linen BG (MFT)
Paper: Sno Cone, Steel Grey, Sour Apple, Blu Raspberry, Smooth White (MFT)
Ink: Steel Blue, Sno Cone, Sour Apple, Blu Raspberry (MFT)
Dies: Happy, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Happy Birthday – MFTWSC192


Don’t you just hate it when you finally get time to sit down and get crafty, and…nothing? This was the dtory of my Sunday night. After a crazy busy week & weekend, Sunday evening I finally had time to sit down and work on a card for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club. Nothing. Which is why I find myself finishing up a card at 10:30 on Monday night so I can get it linked up before the deadline tomorrow at noon. But I finished it! Let’s hope inspiration for next week’s sketch comes a little easier.

Stamps: Celebrate You, Cheesecloth BG, Confetti BG (MFT)
Paper: Smooth White, Grapesicle, Grape Jelly, Jellybean Green, Nightshift Blue (MFT)
Ink: Grapesicle, Grape Jelly, Jellybean Green, Nightshift Blue (MFT)
Dies: Pinked Edge Circle STAX, Tag Builder Blueprints 1, Celebrate You, Chevron Stripes, Blueprints 6 (MFT)
Accessories: Ribbon
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sketch: MFTWSC192

Happy Birthday – CTD308


It’s a rainy Saturday here today. But it’s cooled down to 64 from 87 yesterday. So it’s a perfect day to spend some time in my craft room. But first, I’ll share my card for the Color Throwdown Challenge this week.

I thought this bright color palette would be perfect for a fun birthday card. And again, I’m all about the background stamps. The supplies I keep within arms reach on my desk are Distress Inks, MFT Inks, adhesive, my box o’ random bling, and my background stamps.


Stamps: Celebrate You, Cheetah BG, Cheesecloth BG, Pinstripe BG (MFT)
Paper: Smooth White, Banana Split, Razzle Berry, Orange Fizz (MFT)
Ink: Black Licorice, Banana Split, Razzle Berry, Orange Fizz (MFT)
Dies: Stars STAX, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/3

Captured Memories Tags


(Side Note: I had much better pictures taken of these tags. They were all straight, and didn’t have twine draped over the front and everything. And then I decided that I needed to add the dark blue reinforcing ring on the tags. And so I ended up re-taking pictures in a rush before I was headed out the door. And I didn’t notice things like the twine and the fact that they were crooked. Because that’s how I roll.)

This project was inspired by Linda’s post over on the Catered Crop blog. And when I say inspired by, I mean I shamelessly copied the idea. But it’s a great idea! Viewmasters! Seriously! (The one picture reel I remember from when I was a kid was something like National Parks or the Grand Canyon.)

So anyway, two pretty awesome people in my life have been friends for a good many years. And they both have an August birthday. And this popped into my head as a fun gift idea to celebrate a lasting friendship. I have pictures of them in the last couple of years since I’ve known them, but nothing before that. So in my super-stealth mode I asked, “uh hey, can I get a couple older pictures of the two of you? I can’t tell you what I’m working on, but I just need to scan the pictures, they won’t be harmed.” What can I say – I could have a career in espionage, right? Once I got a couple older photos, I scanned them and with my more recent pictures set about creating the picture reel on the Image 3D website. Piece of cake. They turned out wonderfully and I was very happy with them. The only unexpected thing was the center picture. For some reason I thought it would be a label, but it was printed on the same transparency material as the rest of the reel, and can only be seen when held up to the light. It’s not bad, just unexpected.

Then still copying shamelessly from Linda, I set about making tags for the boxes.

OK, I did change it up a little bit at this point…

The front of the tags:
I started with a dark blue tag base and added a light gray layer stamped with a grid background and the reel in bright blue stamped with the linen background.

The backs:

The gift box they send the viewer in with the tag attached:
100_2231 (Oh hey look! I used washi tape again!)

I decided that I needed gift bags. I thought it would be too obvious what the gift was when they saw the tags. So I found gift bags and tissue in coordinating colors. And then I made tags to go on the gift bags. Because apparently I feel that you need to work to get to your gift.



The gift bags, ready for giving. 100_2232100_2233

Large Tags:
Stamps: Captured Memories, Grid BG, Linen BG, Typewriter Text BG, Woodgrain BG (MFT)
Paper: Grout Gray, Nightshift Blue, Blu Raspberry, Sour Apple, Steel Grey (MFT); Metallic Silver card Stock, Charcoal Glitter Card Stock
Ink: Nightshift Blue, Grout Gray, Berrylicious, Sour Apple (MFT)
Dies: Reel Life, Cute Cameras 2, Holiday Traditions Elements, Flags & Tags, Traditional Tags STAX, Pierced Traditional Tags STAX, Little Letters, Chevron Stripes, Musical Notes (MFT)
Accessories: Filmstrip Ribbon, Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz); Baker’s Twine, 1/4″ hole punch

Small Tags:
Stamps: Cheesecloth BG (MFT)
Paper: Grout Gray, Nightshift Blue, Blu Raspberry, Sour Apple, Steel Grey (MFT)
Ink: Grout Gray(MFT)
Dies: Bright Lights Alphabet, Tag Builder Blueprints 1, Pinked edge Circle STAX (MFT)
Accessories: Ribbon

Hello – MFTWSC191


Here’s another card from Crafty Saturday. This time I’m playing along with the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club.
The subtitle of this card should probably be “The one where I actually use washi tape on the finished card.” For some reason I never use real washi tape on cards, though I sometimes use fake washi tape (from stamps and washi tape dies). My main use of the tape is to hold down card stock and stencils or to hold dies in place while cutting. And the only reason I grabbed a roll on my way out the door on Saturday morning was because I usually have to borrow tape from someone else (Pat). I figured I might as well use one of the approximately bazillion rolls I have (& don’t use) instead this time. Then I got all kind of crazy and used it on this card.

I’m telling you, anything can happen on Crafty Saturdays.

Stamps: Bitty Banners, Jumbo Abstract Art, Grid BG, Linen BG (MFT)
Paper: Sno Cone, Grout Gray, Smooth White (MFT)
Ink: Sour Apple, Grout Gray, Sno Cone, Black Licorice (MFT)
Dies: Blueprints 10, BLueprints 13 (MFT)
Accessories: Washi Tape
Card Size:4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sketch: MFTWSC191

Happy Birthday – CTD307


So Saturday was another crafty day with friends. What a fun way to start off a long holiday weekend!
The first card I made was for the Color Throwdown Challenge this week. I didn’t have any paper with that shade of blue, so I mixed up some modeling paste and used my Salty Ocean Distress Ink re-inker and got the perfect shade I was looking for. Once I assembled the card I realized that I needed a blue enamel dot for the center of the flower. Problem #1: I forgot to bring my box o’ bling with me. (Really now, how did I forget that?!) Problem #2: No one else at the crafty day had the shade of blue I needed. So once I got home, I broke out the Copic markers (B18 to be exact) and colored a white dot. Problem solved.


Stamps: Vintage Frames, Cheeseloth BG (MFT)
Paper: Jellybean Green, Lemon Drop, Smooth White (MFT)
Ink: Jellybean Green, Lemon Drop (MFT); Salty Ocean Re-inker (Distress Ink)
Dies: Vintage Frames, Pierced Traditional Tags STAX, Traditional Tags STAX, Stitched Vertical Strips, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Accessories: Spring Flowers Stencil, Jellybean Green Ribbon (MFT); Modeling Paste (Liquitex); Copic Markers; Enamel Dots
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Thanks – MFT Color Palette Challenge #8


I actually made this card at the beginning of the month for one of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges over on Splitcoast Stampers. I’m only just now getting around to posting it here because well, procrastination is one of my special talents. I used the color palette from the MFT Color Palette Challenge for August. I still can’t get enough of the big background stamps. Or the stitched edge dies. Love them all!


Stamps: Sea Life, Typewriter Text BG, On the Diagonal BG, Striped BG, Grid BG, Diagonal Stripes BG, Linen BG (MFT)
Paper: Orange Fizz, Nightshift BLue, Fuse Green, Kraft (MFT)
Ink: Orange Fizz, Nightshift BLue, Fuse Green, Kraft (MFT)
Dies: Stitched Circle STAX, BLueprints 13 (MFT)
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday – MFTWSC190


Here’s my card for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club this week. The corved element threw me on this sketch. I’m still not 100% sure I’m happy with how this turned out. And I’m not even really sure what I’m unhappy with, except that the whole thing flowed much better in my brain. I have that problem quite often…

Stamps: Celebrate You, Cheesecloth BG, Grid BG (MFT)
Paper: Grout Gray, Grape Jelly, Insulation Pink (MFT)
Ink: Steel Blue, Insulation Pink, Bubblegum (MFT)
Dies: Celebrate You, Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX, Blueprints 15, Blueprints 16 (MFT)
Accessories: Rhinestone
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sketch: MFTWSC190

I think You’re Spectacular – CTD306


So last week, I was the Featured Stamper over at the Color Throwdown Challenge. That means that this week, I get to play along as the Guest Star Stamper. So seriously, how much fun is that?! And be still my heart, the color challenge has lavender in it! Of course I had to use the adorable Geek Chic glasses dies that I received in my MFT order. I used translucent embossing apste with a stencil on the fishtail banner to add a bit of texture. I covered the glasses with glossy accents to add some dimension and some shine. And rhinestones on the glasses, well just because I can.


Stamps: Geek Chic (MFT)
Paper: Sour Apple, Grapesicle, Nightshift Blue, Smooth White (MFT)
Ink: Nightshift Blue (MFT)
Dies: Geek Chic, Horizontal Stitched Strips, Polka Dot Cover-Up, Blueprints 13 ( Accessories: On the Diagonal Stencil (MFT); Translucent Embossing Paste (Dreamweavers), Glossy Accents; Rhinestones
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2