Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Inset Die-Cuts Birthday Card - MFT Color Palette Challenge 5

I made this card for my sister-in-law's birthday. I was inspired by MFT Stamp's Color Palette challenge!

I used several MFT dies on the front of the card and inset them all. I really love this effect! It's also an easy way to make sure everything is lined up correctly.

The inside is simple, I used a stamp from MFT's Birthday Greetings stamp set... Probably one of my favourite stamp sets ever!!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Purple Birthday Girl Card - MFT Sketch #177

I haven't had much time to play around with my copics since I got them, so I'm still really rusty on the techniques, but I love how this card turned out. I made this card for THIS MFT Sketch Challenge (sketch below). 

I followed the sketch pretty closely. The stamp is MFT's Pure Innocence "Birthday Girl".

I used Lawn Fawn ABC stamps to spell out a message inside that says "birthday greetings auntie!" in Polish.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Polish Birthday Card for an Aunt - FMS137

 Hey there! Here's a card I made for a Freshly Made Sketch challenge. You can check out the challenge post HERE, and see the sketch below. I made a few cards to give for an aunt's birthday....In Polish! "Cocia" (pronounced cho-cha) means aunt or auntie. You'll probably see a few of these on my blog in the coming days :-)

I rotated the sketch. I used lawn fawn dies to die-cut the letters and the star. I used the corresponding stamps to outline the letters in versamark ink. I'm thinking maybe I should have used a different colour to add more contrast. Then, I used a star/snowflake from lawn fawn's "yeti set go" stamp set in versamark ink on the grey layer to add more interest.

On the inside I added a slightly larger die-cut puffy star, and used lawn fawn ABCs to spell out a birthday greeting "sto lat" which translates to "one hundred years"... A common Polish birthday phrase!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Distressed Farm - Lawnscaping Distress Mania!

The current Lawnscaping challenge is to use distress techniques. I used distress ink to colour my card. I used broken china for the sky, shabby shutters for the grass, barn door for the barn, and scattered straw for the hay. I like how the last two ink names actually go with what I coloured! lol

Ack! Crooked! Sorry!

I used lawn fawn's critters on the farm stamp set for most of the images. The cloud is also lawn fawn, but from a different set. My distress techniques still need a lot of work! And this card is a little plain. It's missing more embellishments. I would have added the fence from critters on the farm, but I loathe fussy cutting. I was so excited to see lawn fawn release dies for this stamp set this week! Those are on my shopping list for sure.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Simple Christmas Card - STS #20

I made this card for my first ever Seize the Sketch Challenge! You can check out their post HERE, and the sketch at the bottom of this blog post. I like how they kept it pretty simple with the sketch. I followed it pretty literally!

I had some trouble... Clearly... And smudged the left side of the sentiment. The sentiment is from MFT, as well as the stamped & die cut stocking. The patterened paper is Recollections. I think if I were to make this card again I would try it without the stocking. Thanks for looking! :)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Botanical Birthday Card - Simon Says Stamp Challenge

I loved the theme for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - "Botanical". With the weather here finally getting nice and things looking greener, I totally got into this challenge! I'm incredibly happy with how my card turned out. 

I made the main layer of my card by taking a piece of white cardstock and colouring it green with shabby shutters distress ink. Next, I used flower stamps from MFT's Easter Elements stamp set and stamped them with three different colours of Ranger archival ink. I think it looks great! Kinda retro.

Here is a close up of the background:

I used some washi tape (purple and thin white) to "belt" the card. This image shows how the distress ink is a bit darker on the edge of the card layer. I need to work on making this even more pronounced. I'm still really new to distress inks!

The sentiment stamp is from MFT's birthday greetings stamp set. The label is a spellbinders die. I love how even that has little flowers in it!! Thanks for looking! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Shine Brightly - CTS #76

I love this card I made for a CAS(E) this sketch challenge! The blog post is HERE, and you can see the sketch below.

I used Lawn Fawn's puffy stars dies to cut out the stars from neon yellow cardstock. I took a piece of textured navy cardstock and sprayed it with aerosol glitter spray and attached it to the white card base. The sentiments on the front and inside of the card are also Lawn Fawn.

I attached the medium star to the card using foam glue to add some dimension.

Both sentiments were inked with a navy coloured ranger archival ink. For some reason, the yellow cardstock looks a lot more neon on the inside. Like I said, I really really like how this card turned out! And I love how the sentiment on the inside is flexible enough to use for a variety of occasions.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wine Tag & Card Set - SSS Die Crazy Challenge!

The wine tag and sentiment on it was die cut using an Avery Elle die set. I made that first, and it didn't seem like enough for the challenge so I added a card to go along with it.

The neon piece on the card was die cut using a spellbinders die, and the sentiment is from the Avery Elle stamp set that accompanies the wine tag die. I thought the card was looking a little plain, so before I added the die cut I sprayed it with a couple spritzes of Heidi Swapp's color shine spray in black and white. I wish I'd done the same on the wine tag so it matched better. I think I will make this set again, and I will try that.

Here's a close up of the color shine spray marks, they don't have as much shimmer as other colours, which I think is cool! By the way, I didn't show the inside of the card because I just left it plain. This card could be used for a variety of occasions.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Crazy Sparkly Christmas Card - MFT Sketch #176

Hiya! Here is a card I made for an MFT Sketch Challenge. You can check out the challenge post HERE, and see the sketch below. 

I used color shine spray in cherry for the red part of the card... I don't really like how it contrasts with the glitter cardstock. I did have fun using all that glittery stuff however!

Both of the stamps are from My Favourite Thing's Seasonal Sentiments stamp set.

First Challenge in a While!!!! - FMS #136

Whooaa! It's been a crazy long time since I blogged about my card making! I went through some crazy stressful stuff and did a bunch of travelling (San Fransico and Boston) since I last blogged. All the craziness meant that I took about a month off from card making. I've been getting back into it recently, so I have a back log of posts to make. However, today's card is "Freshly Made"...

Today is a holiday in Canada (Victoria Day) and aside from laundry and going for a run later, I've dedicated my whole day to card making! I made a list of some challenges to keep me motivated. I started with this Freshly Made Sketches challenge card to get me going. The deadline is in a few hours, so I've gotta post this card right away! You can check out the sketch below, and see the challenge post HERE.

I kept it really simple and followed the sketch pretty closely. I actually really like how it turned out! The patterned paper is from a big 12x12 Recollections stack "Mosaic Memories". I die cut the beige strip with MFT's sentiment strips die-namics. The flowers and red lacey square were cut with spellbinders dies. For the circle I just used a punch. Unfortunately I glued the flower piece a little off centre...

Both stamps I used are from MFT's Birthday Greetings. It is SUCH an essential stamp set. I stamped both with versafine black onyx ink. It's a little hard to tell, but the card base is beige, however the circle on the front and the inner layer are white, to add a little contrast. Thanks so much for looking! <3