Happy Birthday – MFTWSC217

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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

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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

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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.
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So easy to flip through the stencils and find the one I want.
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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.
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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.

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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