Friday, September 22, 2017

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We just returned to FL after evacuating to Cincinnati, OH for hurricane Irma. Our trip back takes us through the mountains in Tennessee and the trees were beginning to change color. One of nature's most beautiful sights. If you have never seen fall in the northern states, you should make plans to do it. 

My card today reminds me of fall and of all the blessings I have received in my life.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

MFT Superstar Coloring Virtuoso


This is my entry for MFT Superstar 2017 in the Coloring Virtuoso Category. I don't know if I would consider myself a virtuoso, but I surely do enjoy it. I love the many different stamps that I have to choose from to add my personal touch in the way I color it. I have really come to love watercoloring and using my Copics. Since I could only choose one, I chose watercolors. 

MFT Superstar Clean and simple


This is my entry for the 2017 MFT Superstar Contest in the Clean and Simple category. I think that most of my cards could qualify in this category as I love the simple look. I have loved pulling out dies and stamps for this contest and realizing how my card making has evolved along with the MFT company. I have many dies and stamps from a long time ago which I still love to use. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

MFT 2017 Card Design Superstar: Innovation Master




This is a design I have been thinking about for a long time. The first photo shows it closed and the second one shows how it opens. The circle serves as the second fold on a gate fold card. The bold Blooms just fit, don't you think? A small bloom on the inside corner shows through to the front for an added touch.

Monday, September 18, 2017

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We are back home after spending a week away avoiding hurricane Irma. I'm happy to report that all is well here, nothing out of place and just as we left it.

This was a much needed time to sit and do some coloring and designing. This stamp is from Technique Tuesday. I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it with detail gold embossing powder. I colored it with copic markers and a water brush. I stamped the sentiment with matching blue to finish the card.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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We are getting the car packed today for our trip south. We are leaving in the morning. I am so grateful to all who have prayed for us, texted and emailed us wishing comfort. These things are so important in uncertain times. I had a package from MFT's new release shipped to Cincinnati because I didn't know how long I would be here. The tree is from that package.  CAS is difficult for me but I am happy with the way this one turned out.

Monday, September 11, 2017

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This is how I feel today. We left FL to escape Irma. We live in the Tampa Bay area and our adult children insisted that we leave. We came to Cincinnati to stay with our son and today found our that our home suffered no damage. I am truly blessed.

Monday, September 4, 2017

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I had colored this little with Copics a few weeks ago when I was just coloring images. I knew that the panel would work for this sketch. I chose traditional colors for the card. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

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My colors are not showing as vibrant as they are on the card. All MFT products are used. The base of the flower is Red Hot, with gold embossed detail on the petals. I used Sunshine ink to make the sun rays using a stencil and the leaves are Gumdrop green. The sentiment is from an old stamp called Blue Skies Ahead.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

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The simplicity of this sketch permitted me to use patterned paper and create a fun celebration card. The balloon die along with the papers are from My Favorite Things. Don't they make a happy card?

Friday, September 1, 2017

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This was a fun challenge. I wanted to use something different for my real object and this is what I came up with. The summer is winding down and so are ice cream cone days. My tribute to summer is an ice cream cone with cotton ball ice cream!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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I have a friend, Sandy Torok, who has been teaching us to watercolor using water color markers and a water brush. I finally felt confident enough to give it a try on my own. The sketch reminded me of a stamp in my collection which had a cluster of flowers that reminded me of the circle on the sketch. Once I had drawn my line and stamped and water colored my flowers and leaves, I puzzled what to do next. A wall was the answer, so I laid a stencil over the card and with the same method as the flowers, I carefully filled in the bricks, following the drawn line. I added a "halo" effect above the wall around the flowers. I am so happy with the result and can't wait to show Sandy what I have learned.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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We have had some magnificent rainbows here in FL and this one was the inspiration for my card. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

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I did love this color combination. Gray has become one of my favorites to use. It has a calming, yet elegant feel. I got a chance to use my new background stamp as well. All stamps, dies and inks are from MFT.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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As soon as I saw the challenge, I remembered this young lady from Taylored Excpressions. Doesn't she look ready for school? I love the way the checkered paper adds a youthful tone. The background elements are Blueprints from My Favorite Things.

Friday, August 25, 2017

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I chose Halloween as my perfect holiday. When I was young I had 8 brothers and sisters and loved helping spark their imaginations by making up costumes. As an adult, I still love that ability to become someone else even for a short time.

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This Paper Players challenge was to color something. I stamped the flower with Delicata gold ink and colored with Zig markers. I used a water brush to blend the colors. I masked the images and sponged some raindrops. I added clear Nuvo drops to add depth allowing some to "fall" onto the petals and leaves.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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I love this sketch and chose a paper from "Trail Mix" which I acquired during the sale. It pairs with a Tropical Teal strip cut from Horizontal strips. My butterfly was cut from Lemon Chiffon cardstock and stamped with orange zest. I stamped the final layer with Versamark ink and heat embossed with "Black Magic" embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle. This black powder has glitter in it which changes colors in the light. As I was putting it together, I thought it looked like a sympathy card so I die cut the words and added to the card. Simple, yet elegant and with just a touch of sparkle.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Camp Create Day 5


This was probably the easiest day for me because I love the look of die cutting and nothing makes it easier than Blueprints from MFT. Set 29 provided me with the great stitched red background as well as the stitched white frame. I used dies to cut the bell and package from the elf set. So you can see, this is my favorite type of card to make.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SIP112 and Camp Create Campfie



I love the BB Adventure is Calling and added the Eiffel Tower from Mon Cherie. I stamped the tower in gold ink for a little sparkle and colored the lady with copics. I used the cloud stencil for the sky, using 2 shades of blue and a little yellow and pink. I masked off the bottom to make a road, sponging with gray ink. Next, I took a daubber with some darker gray ink, to make cobblestones in the road. I love the look!


I am also entering this card in the SIP challenge #112.

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I was aiming for a masculine card with this sketch. I kept the colors simple, but did add some glitter to the candle and flame. I like the sketch a lot and the simplicity is a good design for any type of card.

All my products used are from MFT.

Friday, August 18, 2017

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I love these colors. They are such a happy combination. I have a friend in mind who will love the card. Hope it brightens her day.

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I chose to use Natural, Kraft and Milk Chocolate as my color palate. These are not colors I have used as the main focus of my cards, but I wanted to try something new and I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the result.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Camp Create Day 3



I loved Stephanie's use of stencils so that was my choice. I used some softer colors, just to see the difference. When I was finished, I covered the whole piece with some transparent glitter for just a little shine. In keeping with the glitter, I cut out the word celebrate in silver glitter cardstock and added a few sequins.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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I stamped a piece of watercolor paper with the flower background stamp from MFT. I heat embossed it with white detail embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle. I colored in several of the flowers and their leaves and then colored the rest all with peerless watercolors. I love the way this turned out. A new try for me.