Dog-gone Awesome!!

The card I'm sharing in this post is for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge, and here is the sketch for the week.

I used a mixture of papers from My Favorite Things and Papertrey Ink for this one.  The cute 
puppy paws were diecut with one of the dies from Paw Prints Die-namics.  I die cut them from the white base so that I could inlay the colored pieces into it.

The sentiment on the front is from the MFT Lucky Dog stamp set.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a cute sentiment from the retired set called Friends Like Us.  I really enjoy the snarky sentiments in that set.  

I also used a thank you sentiment from another stamp set, but can't think of the name at the moment.  I'll edit the post later to include it.

And to tie together the front and inside of the card, I also added a cute little bull-dog from the Lucky Dog set.  

Happy Anniversary to Altenew!

One of my favorite stamp companies, Altenew, is celebrating their 5th Anniversary; and I'm here today to celebrate along with them.  Below are a few of my favorite cards that I have made using their amazing stamps and coordinating dies. 

I think this first one is my favorite, because it's so bright and cheerful with the beautiful yellow roses from the Vintage Roses stamp set.

This next card was kind of outside of my wheelhouse since it has so much gold embossing and accents.  I'm not a big fan of gold, but I do love the results on this card.  The flowers on this one are from the Peony Bouquet stamp set.

This last one is another bright and cheery one.  I love how realistic this rose is from the Beautiful Day stamp set.  Every time I use this set, I fall in love with it all over again!

Altenew has come up with some of the most amazingly realistic flower stamps, as well as tons of other fun and whimsical sets besides.  I look forward to what they will provide us in the future.

Happy Anniversary to Altenew!!


Thank You Cards

I'm back again for another one of Laurie's Fabulous Favorites challenges.

The challenge this time was to make the sentiment into the main focal point of the card.  I currently need several thank you cards, so I pulled out this Thank You Heart die from Simon Says Stamps.

This first card, and the one I am entering into the challenge, was made with Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet patterned papers.  I diecut the sentiment from PTI White Tag Stock twice and glued them together for dimension.  Then I glued them onto a piece of the Berry Sorbet striped paper and trimmed around the edges of the diecut before adhering it to my card front.  

The sentiment is from the PTI Thanks All Ways stamp set.  I added a cute little diecut heart cut from Berry Sorbet cardstock and covered it with glossy accents just to add a little bling and interest to my sentiment strip.

I have been wanting to try some new techniques for making backgrounds as well, so I decided this was a great time to get fancy with my Distress Inks and Alcohol Inks.  This next card just might be my favorite from this post.  I created a background with Alcohol Inks and Pearl Mixative on Yupo paper to back my diecut.  I totally LOVE how the background turned out!

That cute, stitched panel is from Mama Elephant's Sew Fancy die set.  The die is actually A2 size, but I re-positioned my paper and cut it again to make it a smaller panel.  I also used the solid heart die from SSS to cut a window out of the center.  Doing so created a cute frame around my diecut.

The pretty glitter paper is from an old DCWV pad of glitter papers, and the stamped sentiment is from the MFT Friends Like Us stamp set.

Next, I have a pair of coordinating cards.  I created a panel using emboss resist and Distress Inks, then I diecut the heart from my panel.  I used the diecut on one card and the negative panel on the other.  The background stamp is called Flower Dot background from Hero Arts.

I kept all of the inside pieces of the diecut image and pieced them back into position inside of a white diecut.  I also stacked two of the hearts so that the diecut outline stands out from the panel.  I decided not to add any other decorations and just let the background do the talking.

I used the negative pieces of one of my white diecuts to fill in the empty spaces of the heart that I cut from my inked panel and mounted the whole thing on a piece of vellum that was cut with the solid heart die.  I created another background for this card by stamping the MFT Arrow Ends Background Builder stamp onto MFT Grout Gray cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Fog ink.  I used my MISTI to stamp it three times because the ink is so light.

Since the background is so plain, I added some Doodlebug Design Sprinkles for extra personality.

The final pair of cards are also coordinating cards.  Both were made with similar backgrounds that I created with Alcohol Inks on glossy cardstock.  I stamped them both with the Hero Arts Leaf & Floral background stamp and heat embossed them.

This first one was embossed with white powder.  I mounted my diecut heart onto Hawaiian Shores cardstock and backed it with craft foam so that it wouldn't be lost in the background.

On the second card, I used WOW! Silver Pearl powder, which looks amazing in person.  The background colors show through it slightly, but it also has a pretty, pearlescent shine.  

I didn't want to hide too much of the background with solid cardstock, so I mounted my diecut onto vellum.  I also added a small diecut heart that I sparkled up with Wink of Stella and glossy accents.

Wow!  This may be the longest post I've ever written!  I was just having so much fun playing with different backgrounds that I couldn't stop creating.


Fabulous Favorites Challenge

I'm playing along today with Laurie's Fabulous Favorites challenge for Papertrey Ink.  The challenge this time is to use your favorite stand-alone die to create a card.  It just so happened that I made my hubby a Valentine this month that fits the bill perfectly!!

I absolutely love the versatility of the clock face from the Hands of Time set of dies.  It's one of the very first die sets that I ever purchased, and I have used it on lots of cards over the years.  In this instance, I cut the clock face in half rather than use the entire piece.

Since I wanted some extra texture on this particular card, I chose to diecut my clock face and the clock hands from textured card stocks in gunmetal gray and gold.  I also diecut the numbers using Number Time Trio dies from the same gold cardstock.  

Since the background is rather busy, I decided to glue my diecuts onto a piece of vellum and then trim off the excess around the clock face.  The vellum softens the background that shows through, so that the clock doesn't get "lost" in the background.

The background panel is a piece of the Dearest Jane patterned paper which I stamped with keys from the Lock & Key stamp set.  I also used a sponge dauber to distress the edges of the panel.  The sentiment comes from the same stamp set.

I added a little bit of bakers twine and a cute metal key embellishment for the finishing touches.

Most of the products on this card are from Papertrey Ink.  The exceptions are the patterned paper, bakers twine, and the key embellishment.  The dies used to cut the sentiment piece are from My Favorite Things.


MFT Creative Olympics Challenges 2 & 4

Well, I found a little time after my sedatives wore off to create another card before the deadline.  I decided on a card that could meet the requirements of both challenges, 2 & 4, of the MFT Creative Olympics.  Hopefully there isn't a penalty for combining tricks.  The themes of each challenge are as follows:

Event 2
Event 4

The time limit for the speed challenge was 20 minutes from start to finish, and the only stipulation on the freestyle challenge was it had to have a winter theme.  I set the timer on my phone and got to work.  Since winter is flu season {and it is definitely flu season around here!} I chose to make a get well card with a snowy winter scene.

As soon as I put on the last dot of "snow" to my card I stopped the timer and took a photo (with my hubby's phone) as proof.  As you can see, it was a pretty close call!

My card started with a white panel that I stamped the dragon image onto and put a die cut mask over him.  I used inking tools to quickly sponge two shades of blue onto the sky before removing the mask.  I colored him with Copic markers, but didn't bother doing any blending because there wasn't enough time for that.

I ran another piece of white cardstock through my die-cutter with a couple of edger dies to create the snowy ground the dragon is sitting on.  After gluing those layers in place and trimming away the excess, I stamped the two sentiments on the panel before gluing the whole thing onto a turquoise colored card base.  

For the finishing touch, I added some falling snow with Stickles.  I sincerely hope that the 20 minute time limit didn't include drying time, or my card will be disqualified.  The Stickles were certainly not dry when I took the first photo.  

Well, that's it for me and the Creative Olympics!  Now I'll cross my fingers until they announce who made it to the podium.  And in the meantime, I think I'll go back to watching the figure skating on TV until it's time for bed.  Go Team USA!!


Inks:  MFT Black Licorice, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass & Broken China

Copic Markers:  BG13, BG18, YR16, RV25

Cardstock:  PTI white & Hawaiian Shores

Dies:  MFT Stitched Basic Edges 2 & Magical Dragons{to cut the mask}

Other:  Stickles Frosted Lace


MFT Creative Olympics Challenge 3

Well, I didn't have enough time to make a card for the 2nd challenge in the MFT Creative Olympics (Freestyle Challenge); so I'm jumping straight to challenge 3:  

The challenge is to choose one technique and one card type to combine on a card.  I went with Emboss Resist and Shaker for my entry.

I stamped a bunch of the images from the Lucky Dog and You Make My Tail Wag stamp sets on a white card base with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Then I inked up my panel with Distress Inks before die cutting it with the Birthday Centerpieces die.

I used my inked panel for the front of my shaker and filled it with confetti and sequins in coordinating colors to match my inks.  I used a white panel behind the colored panel to help the white embossed images pop a bit more.

I adhered the shaker panel onto a card base made from Lush Lagoon cardstock and stamped the inside with a sentiment and image from the Lucky Dog set.

That's it for my Crafty Biathlon!  If I have time tomorrow, I'll backtrack to the Freestyle Challenge.  {Unfortunately, I'm having dental work done and have to be sedated so I don't freak out.  So crafting might be out of the question tomorrow afternoon.  Or maybe I'll come up with a really entertaining card entry while under the influence of sedatives!  LOL}

{MFT unless otherwise noted}

Stamps:  Lucky Dog, You Make My Tail Wag

Dies:  Birthday Centerpieces

Ink:  Ranger Distress Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, VersaMark

Paper:  Lush Lagoon, Papertrey Ink white cardstock

Other:  Papertrey Ink clear embossing powder, variety of sequins and confetti, craft foam

PTI Stripes Challenge

I'm back today with another Papertrey Ink challenge for their 11th anniversary celebration.  The theme of this challenge is stripes.

I pulled out a pack of Twig Wreath patterned paper and chose one of the diagonal striped patterns for my background layer.  I mounted this on a card base made of Classic Kraft cardstock.

I stamped and die cut the flowers and leaves and adhered them using glue runner and foam tape.  I added a bow of bakers twine for an extra bit of character.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder for some texture and shine.  In retrospect, I wish I had used a darker embossing powder as this color simply doesn't stand out that well on the darker paper.  However, this color does coordinate well with the other colors on my card.

{all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted}

Paper:  Classic Kraft, Twig Wreath patterned paper

Stamps:  Painted Petals, Bold & Beautiful Sentiments

Dies:  Painted Petals

Ink:  Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides,
Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate

Other Brands:  VersaMark ink, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, bakers twine


PTI No Stamps Challenge

My next card is for the Papertrey Ink day 7 challenge in their 11th anniversary celebration, and the challenge is to make a card using NO stamps.  That's definitely not my usual style, but it's good to step outside of one's comfort zone on occasion.

For this card, I reached into my stash of background panels that I've created and have not yet used.  I made this panel some time ago using Distress Crayons.  At the time, I wasn't happy with how it turned out because I wasn't able to master blending the colors.  However, I saved it because I figured I would find a use for it one day and today is that day.

The butterfly panel is diecut from white cardstock using the PTI Butterfly cover plate.  The sentiment is Winnie & Walter's In a Word - Hugs.  I diecut it once from teal glitter cardstock (from Walmart) and three more times from white cardstock so that I could stack the layers for dimension.

I threw in some Moonshine sequins from Simon Says Stamp and.....Done!!

MFT Creative Olympics Challenge 1

I'm playing along today with the My Favorite Things Creative Olympics in honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  I've been watching the figure skating events, and I'm absolutely in awe of the agility and grace those athletes have while competing.  They absolutely amaze me!

Anyway, back to the MFT challenge.

I am entering this card into two separate  challenges; 

The requirements for the Stamping Slalom are to use at least three separate MFT stamp sets on one card.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!  

I started by stamping a white card panel with my images and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Next I inked up the panel with Distress Inks that coordinate with the color challenge; Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry & Weathered Wood.  The clear embossed images stay white after the ink is applied.  Then I diecut some masking paper to cover each of the images I stamped before splatter the panel with Black Soot Distress Ink.

I mounted my stamped and inked panel on a piece of white cardstock and then a black card base.  I love how well the colors POP with the white and black frames around the colored panel!
[To be totally honest, I messed up my first inked panel and had to start over again.  On my first panel, I didn't mask off the images before splattering with ink and the images seemed to get totally lost in the black splatters.  Lesson learned!]

I stamped another white panel for the inside of the card using more inks to coordinate with the color challenge; PTI Picked Raspberry & Lovely Lady and Jenni Bowlin Weather Vane.

Lucky Dog
Tiki Party
Penguins in Paradise
You Make My Tail Wag
You Gnome Me
Lovey Dovey Sentiments
{The coordinating dies were used to cut the masks for the front of the card.}

That's six different stamp sets used on one card.  Challenge met!!
I'm looking forward to seeing what the next Creative Olympics challenge will be!
Go, Olympic Team USA!!


PTI Retirement List Challenge

The latest Papertrey Ink challenge is to create a project using one of the stamp sets on their latest list of retiring stamp sets.  [sniffle, sniffle....I hate seeing their awesome stamps retire forever!]

I own several of the stamp sets on the list, but the one I chose to create with today is the Retro Style: Birthday stamp set and dies.  I copied the layout from one of Betsy Veldman's cards that she made with this same set ages ago.  I'll link to her photo at the end of this post.

Here is my card for the challenge.


PTI Retro Style: Birthday
Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti & Bigger Bang Confetti

PTI Retro Style & Scene It dies

I forgot to write down the exact colors used but they are a mix of PTI & Altenew.

PTI Stampers Select White, Aqua Mist & Raspberry Fizz

And here is Betsy Veldman's card which was my inspiration;