Happy Birthday – MFTWSC217


I used washi tape dies and background stamps for the flag elements in the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week. I added a bit of texture to the light gray background by embossing with my polka dot stencil.

Stamps: Whimsical Wishes, Fine Check BG, Grid BG, Fine Chevron BG (MFT)
Paper: Grout Gray, Smooth White (MFT)
Ink: Grout Gray, Tropical Teal, Insulation Pink (MFT)
Dies: Washi Tape, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Accessories Polka Dot Stencil (MFT); Enamel Dots
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sketch: MFTWSC217

Thank You – CTD331


Another week, another chance to play along with the Color Throwdown Challenge! As you can see, I’m still having fun with stencils. This time with embossing paste colored with reinker. I love all the different ways you can use stencils! Hot pink can often be a hard color for me to use. It’s just.so.bright! But I love it against the kraft for my background.


Stamps: Harlequin BG (MGT)
Paper: Kraft, Green Room, Pink Lemonade (MFT); Glitter Card Stock
Ink: Green Room, Ripe Raspberry (MFT)
Dies: Words of Gratitude, Pierced Star STAX, Stacking Stars, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Accessories Polka Dot Stencil (MFT); Modeling Paste (Liquitex)
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Thinking of You – MFTWSC216


We’re in the middle of a snowstorm today. Can you tell I’m ready for spring? Here’s my card for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week. I water-colored the tulips using a few different shades of purple for the blooms and green for the stems and leaves. I used my cloud stencil and sponged in some clouds with white ink. I tell you, I am using my stencils so much more now since I changed the way I store my stencils the other week. It’s so much easier!

Stamps: Spring Tulips, Fine Check BG (MFT)
Paper: Green Room, Berrylicious, Lemon Chiffon, Grapesicle, Smooth White (MFT) Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Ranger)
Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid, Sweet Tooth, Grapesicle, Wild Wisteria, Grape Jelly, Lavender Fields, Limelight, Gumdrop Green (MFT)
Dies: Spring Tulips, Stitched Snowdrifts, Sun Moon & Stars, Blueprints 12, Blueprints 4 (MFT)
Accessories Cloudy Day Stencil (MFT)
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sketch: MFTWSC216

Thanks So Much – MFT Color Challenge 16


Here’s my card for the current MFT Color Challenge. I think I’ll be grabbing these wavy dies often. I like the way they can fit together or be used separately.

Colors 16

Stamps: Wavy Greetings, Wood Plank BG, Fine Check BG (MFT)
Paper: Sno Cone, Kraft, Cherry Crisp, Nightshift Blue (MFT)
Ink: Nightshift Blue, Kraft, Cherry Crisp, Sno Cone (MFT)
Dies: Ride the Wave, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Accessories Scattered Bars Stencil (MFT); Enamel dots
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Wishing You a Happy Birthday – CTD330


I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this week. Nothing serious, just general ick, a combination of the billionth cold of the winter and just plain winter weariness. So it’s a perfect time for crafting-in-PJs therapy. (I’m trying to get rid of the holiday weight gain, so my first choice of drowning my sorrows in a bag of potato chips is right out.) First up is my card to play along with the Color Throwdown Challenge this week. A few pretty flowers to make it feel more like spring.

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Stamps:Spring Tulips (MFT)
Paper: Peach Bellini, Smooth White, Gumdrop Green, Spearmint (MFT)
Ink: Black Licorice, Peach Bellini (MFT)
Dies: Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose, Stitched Oval STAX, Large Leaf Filled Flourish, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Accessories Harlequin Stencil (MFT); Modeling Paste (Liquitex)
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Happy Birthday – MFTWSC215


Sliding in just before my bedtime with my card for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week. A light purple base, a little zebra print, a little glitter and done!

Stamps: Photo Booth, Fine Check BG, Zebra BG (MFT)
Paper: Grapesicle, Pure Plum, Smooth White (MFT); Glitter paper
Ink: Grapesicle, Black Licorice (MFT); Versamark
Dies: Blueprints 12, Blueprints 1, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Accessories Embossing Powder (Ranger); Enamel Dots
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sketch: MFTWSC215

Thank You – MFT Color Challenge 14

True confession: I made this card over a week ago for the MFT Color Challenge and am just now getting around to posting it because the linky deadline is soon. I’m on top of things like that. I used my very favorite pearlescent embossing paste colored with re-inker for this card. Heres another picture that shows the sheen a bit better. And clearly that scripty “thank you” die is fast becoming another favorite.

Challenge #14

Stamps: Linen BG (MFT)
Paper: Blueberry, Wild Wisteria, Limelight, Sweet Tooth (MFT)
Ink: Limelight, Blueberry (MFT)
Dies: Words of Gratitude, Vertical Stitched Strips, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Accessories: Large Polka Dots Stencil (MFT); Pearlescent Embossing Paste (Dreamweavers); Enamel Dots
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Hello – MFTWSC214


Here’s another card from the weekend. I admit I was stumped by the sketch for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge when I looked at it. One of the other ladies I was crafting with on Saturday said the sketch reminded her of a sunset. And so I found my inspiration.

I’m not usually a beach person, but about this time of year, I’m so ready to plant myself on a warm beach next to a palm tree. (At least until I start sweating. Not a big fan of sweat.)

Stamps: Photo Booth, Linen BG, Fine Check BG, Burlap BG (MFT)
Paper: Lemon Drop, Peach Bellini, Berrylicious, Gumdrop Green, Brown Paper Bag, Kraft (MFT)
Ink: Banana Split, Green Room, Kraft, Tropical Teal, Persimmon (MFT)
Dies: Palm Tree, Stitched Circles, Blueprints 20
Accessories Sun Ray Stencil (MFT); enamel dots
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sketch: MFTWSC214

Thank You – CTD328


On Saturday, I got together with friends for our monthly Crafty Day of Fun. And this time I got to try out my new stencil storage system.

I used Cindy Lawrence’s 6×6 album and sleeve method she described here.
So easy to flip through the stencils and find the one I want.
I store the albums and a basket of embossing pastes and palette knives in a box under my desk. The albums and basket quickly pop into one of my bags when I take my supplies on the road. So far I’m loving this new system.

Since I went to all that trouble to reorganize my stencils, I figured I’d better use them on a card. So I used the stencil on my card for the Color Throwdown Challenge this week.


Stamps: Linen BG (MFT)
Paper: Smooth White, Sno Cone, Jellybean Green, Nightshift Blue (MFT)
Ink: Tangy Orange, Jellybean Green (MFT)
Dies: Layered Rose, Words of Gratitude, Wild Greenery, Blueprints 13 (MFT)
Accessories Small Checkerboard Stencil (MFT); Enamel Dots
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2