Celebrate with MFT!

Wow!  I can't believe it's been nearly a year since I posted anything here!  All I can say is my life is crazy and time really flies!  I barely find time to craft, let alone type up blog posts and edit photos.  However, I do love sharing the things that I make and if there is a chance to win a prize along the way...well, why not?  Just gotta make the time to do it.

So, My Favorite Things is giving away a $50 gift voucher for their latest challenge called The Birthday Project: Celebrate Good Times.

Now, when I was creating this birthday card, I had totally forgotten the name of the challenge post....I only remembered that we're supposed to use the word Celebrate in our project.  It just so happened that I picked a sentiment that actually says "Celebrate good times".  It wasn't my intention to duplicate the name of the challenge.

The stamps are all from Altenew except for the sentiment which is from My Creative Time.

My flowers were stamped with the following colors from lightest to darkest:
Papertrey Ink - Sweet Blush (stamped 3 times)
Altenew - Sunkissed (stamped twice)
Hero Arts Shadow - Soft Cantaloupe (stamped twice)
Memento - Morocco (stamped twice)

I used my MISTI tool to stamp in the same place each time.  I also noticed that if I stamp all the color layers immediately after one another, the inks seem to fade into each other a bit when they dry which gives the colors a much softer feel.  I wanted a bolder look, so I let each new color dry a while before stamping the next color on top.  

I always start with my darkest color (the outline) first.  It also seemed to soften after stamping the other colors on top of it, so I stamped it again at the very last step to make it nice and bold.

All of the other ink colors used are shades of green from Altenew and that touch of blue is Altenew Sea Glass stamped 3 times.

I used the My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Frames dies to diecut the frame around my sentiment from their Copper Shine cardstock.  I photographed it from several angles because it's so shiny that it's difficult to photograph well with nothing but a desk lamp lighting my project.  (We have a photography light booth in the basement, but I didn't feel like going downstairs to take me pictures.)

The sequins came from 28 Lilac Lane's Spring Butterflies sequin mix.  The mix also has hearts and butterflies in it, but I just pulled out some round sequins for this.  The colors were an excellent compliment to my ink choices for this project.

I have a backlog of photos that I have taken over the past year, and I hope to find the time to post some more of those projects in the near future.

Happy 2018 to anyone reading this!  :)