Thursday, September 22, 2016

MFT Stamps: You Could Be a Card Design Superstar Contest 2016!

Card #3:

I needed to pull off a Christmas card because, well, 'tis the Christmas card making season!  That and I need to prep for the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival crop.  Multiple goals combined is an awesome thing.

This card, I really wanted to use my MFT Stamps Die-namics Stitched Star STAX and my new MFT Stamps Hand Lettered Holiday stamps as my intention in purchasing them were obviously for my Christmas cards.  And I wanted metallic.  And I wanted glitter.  Well, I got it all, and (yikes!) combined different metallics!  I think it looks good, so I guess I'm good to go!

BTW, I got black embossing powder EVERYWHERE!!  Gotta hold back the urge to gently blow on the random specs…so messy.  I also got glitter everywhere, but, hey, it's glitter.

I really wanted to keep the theme with the dimension, so I cut out lots more of the fun foam and adhered it on with my multi-medium gel (thanks V for the instruction in adhering fun foam!).

Monday, September 19, 2016

MFT Stamps: You Could be a Card Design Superstar Contest 2016!

Card #2:

This card was started first, and it got delayed just because I needed to get some fun foam to prop up the top layer.  I really wanted to pair the Bionic Bots Stamp Set and the Die-namics Stitched Star STAX, both by MFT Stamps.  The star STAX then inspired me to grab some glitter from my local scrapbooking store (I was officially enabled!).  Since I haven't ever used glitter nor double-sided adhesive, I searched out the MFT Camp Create - Glitzy Glitter video for some tips (link).  It took 2 trys :D

This card took some time to navigate in composure and colour.  Since I do not own copics, I dug out my distress ink pads and watercoloured two of my Bionic Bots and fussy-cut them out.

I wanted to use multiple stars on the card, most particularly the largest, but it doesn't fit on a typical card size.  So offsetting it, I was able to get that huge star on the card!  And I glittered the middle one for some blingy effects.

Finally, after some humming and hawing, I changed up the colour, changed the sentiment banner, and glued it all together.  Taddah!

A close-up of the dimension and bling…

MFT Stamps: You Could Be a Card Design Superstar Contest 2016!

In my quest to expand my paper crafting creativity through card making, I couldn't let this opportunity fly by.  I have only a handful of MFT Stamps dies and stamps, but it's not just about the products.  It's about the inspiration and creativity that ultimately creates the card.  After participating in Camp Create 3, it was time to take the test!

Card #1:

This card was not started first, but it was finished first!  With that said, my inspiration came directly from Camp Create 3 Bonfire:  Single Layer Savvy (link).  I always like to cheat Canada Post as much as possible, so my goal is to mainly make flat cards.  While I don't have masking products as used in this video, I was inspired by maintaining a flat card while utilizing an entire stamp set.  The result:

I was able to use all SIX robots in this stamp set, Bionic Bots by MFT Stamps.  (note that these are all hand-stamped.  No MISTI in this house!).  I had thought about colouring the bots, in fact I did do a water coloured rendition, however, it lost the clean and crispness of the card (no copics in this household).  Instead, I decided to coordinate the accent colours and top the hearts with some Wink of Stella to bling it up just a bit.

This card turned out as I had imagined it in my head (not a common occurrence).  I like that in giving this card to a child, it could double-up as a colouring sheet.  Multi-purpose, hah!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday/Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It

I was racking my brain for another idea I haven't done, so I attempted watercolour.  This card was inspired by a how-to video on MFT Stamps Blog.  I haven't done this at all period, so I was quite surprised that it turned out pretty well!  What you can't see is the Wink of Stella I blinged the flower with.  It just doesn't show in my photos….

Stamps used:  Spring Flowers by Simon Says Stamp; Delicious Birthday by MFT Stamps.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge - It's a Stitch-Up

Better late than never!  This past month, I purchased some Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies and of course they were perfect for this challenge!  I wanted to do something with distress inks, so I started by creating my background with Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers (my go-to blends).  I decided to die-cut it after blending in the background and made a mistake of having the stitched die only cut part of it, so I had to re-cut a smaller one.  BUT…I really wanted it bigger, so I trimmed out the larger stitched outline and just glued it on to make a double stitch!  That's what crafters do when mistakes are made amiright??  I decided to use my Spring Flowers Stamps by SSS and colour the images using my blending tools.  Now I know why they make those smaller finger daubers.  'Tis a tricky thing to use the bigger blending tools.

I fussy-cut the pieces out and glued them in place.  I found some super cool tiny sentiments with  my Wild Beauty Stamps by SSS and added it to the base of the flower.  The final product came out really nice!

Supplies:  Stitched Rectangles Dies, Spring Flowers Stamps, Wild Beauty Stamps by Simon Says Stamp; Mini Distress Inks by Tim Holtz.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

MFT Card Challenges: MFT Color Challenge 52

I found this challenge after pinning some beautiful cards in Pinterest by some of the MFT Stamps design team (see link above).  I'm not much of a card maker, but I've been making some effort this summer to use my supplies (and ahem...purchase new ones), thanks to the challenges and inspiration I have found at my favourite crafting supplies websites.  Those MFT Stamps Flashy Florals are on my wish list now!  Since Copic Markers are on my unaffordable list, I've been using my pencil crayons and Geology colouring skillz to colour my images.

Supplies:  MFT Stamps Bionic Bots & Delicious Birthday, WRMK Embossing Folder, AC Glitter Tape, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies, Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks