Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hope Santa spoils you rotten and lots more...

Hello there,

Huge card share for you. Once again, I'm late. I share a computer and it's just hard for me to get on here lately to post but I finally have a chance to jump on here and share.

The cards that I made were for the MFTWSC#308...last week's. A really great sketch; super versatile. I made quite a few cards with this sketch simply because once I got the idea in my head that the circular shape in the background was like a Christmas ornament I decided to make a bunch of Christmas cards with this sketch. And I was just on the roll. lol

For the first cards I used the MFT BB Santa's Elves stamp set. I used a Tim Holtz stencil (Holiday Knits) throughout and some distress inks to create the background circle. Then I colored in the elf and fussy-cut him out. I did some heat embossing for the sentiment (I love heat embossing, by the way...I don't think I know how to make a card without using this technique. lol) and then just put the elements together using foam tape for some added dimension. That's pretty much how I did all the cards. I just varied the images and stamp sets and the matting papers. Oh, and one of them is a shaker card. Here they are:


I think this next one might be my favorite of the 3. I cut around the sentiment because it helped to make the elf look like he's peeking over while holding onto an ornament. I fussy-cut him; in the original image he's peeking into a stocking. Adorbz!!!




For the next set of cards I used Mama Elephant's 'Reindeer Games' stamp set and colored up a bunch of those cuties. Thankfully I have the coordinating dies for these. I think of these 3 maybe the pink one is my favorite but they're all really cute aren't they?




Did you have a favorite?

Thanks for stopping by and peeking in. Leave any questions in the comments and I'll try to answer them quick as I can.

Have a blessed and crafty day.

Hugs,
Bettina :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Bear-thday Shaker

Hello,

Just quickly wanted to jump on here to share a card I created for an MFT Color challenge. I've never done a color challenge before and had been wanting to so when I checked it out and saw the color palette I couldn't let it pass me by.


The colors are classic and timeless. So here's my entry for MFT Color Challenge #57


It's a shaker card using MFT ever so cute BB Beary Special Birthday stamp set. For this stamp set I also have the matching dies which makes me very happy because I'm not great at fussy cutting and sometimes my hands hurt. To frame the shaker bits, which are a combination of red, silver, and clear sequins from my stash (probably Darice brand from Michael's) I used the MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames die and colored it with some dark red Spectrum Noir markers to match the balloon and bow. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the acetate with black StazOn ink. That took a couple of tries because I always seem to make a mess and smudge things. But nothing an alcohol wipe can't fix.

The bear I colored with cool greys. Everything got sparkled up with my Spectrum Noir glitter brush marker and a touch of glossy accents adds shine and extra cuteness to the bear's nose.


I thought the inside of the shaker looked a bit bare (lol---just realized that could sound a bit like a pun) so I stamped the stack of presents in Memento flannel grey ink and colored it with light shades of cool grey. And I thought that was just enough of something in the background.



That's my card share. Hope you enjoyed.

Have a safe & blessed Thanksgiving and I hope you get to spend it in the company of family & friends with much love & laughter.

Hugs,
Bettina :)



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Seasonal Cards

Hi there,

Wanted to share some more card projects that I created last week. The first one is a variation on a card from a previous post using the tree image from the MFT stamp set Santa's Elves. But this time I used Tim Holtz distress inks like watercolors and applied the color with a paint brush and layered the colors, drying each layer in between. I entered this one in a monthly challenge for a FB Group called Scrappin' Stampers. It's the FB page of Jamie from Not2Shabby shop. She always has a fun new challenge every month for a chance to win a $10 gift card to use in her store. And she also always offers discounts when you shop with her. 

So, here's the card I created for her challenge:


I have a snowflake embossing folder that I finally had a chance to use and it just adds just the right detail to the background so it's not too plain but still kind of clean and simple. For some sparkle I used a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen...I'm not sure if it's legal to create a holiday card without sparkle and shine and I just couldn't take the chance. lol ;)


I used Tim Holtz Platinum Gold embossing powder around the edges of the center image as well as to stamp the image and the sentiment. I used a die from the MFT Blueprints Dienamics 5 set to add the notecard detail to the top of the front panel piece. And for some extra shine I added some gold splatter using some gold spray.


The next card was for an MFTWSC305 from a couple of weeks ago. I didn't get it done in time but still wanted to make a card because I had this idea right away when I saw the sketch. I didn't use an MFT stamp for this. The stamp is from Art Impressions called Mini Raccoon Spinner. It's also my first spinner card. I used similar colors and the style of coloring as I saw on the packaging of the stampset. I used warm greys of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color him in. This card was super fun to make and came together pretty quickly. I had a little bit of a problem getting the front and back to match up (the stamp set does come with a die) and I think you have to stamp the back image onto the back of the die cut, if that makes sense. I will have to try it that way next time to see if it works out better that way. Instead of a pic I thought I'd post a short clip of the card in action:


video

Soooo....that's my card share for now.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a blessed and crafty day.

Hugs,
Bettina :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's Your Day!

Hi there,

I managed to make a few cards over the weekend and I'm excited to share them with you.

First I have a cute birthday card using this adorable piggy from the MFT BB Hog Heaven stamp set. I was using the MFTWSC306 for the layout but changed it up ever so slightly because I really didn't want to cover up the piggy. So this is what I came up with.





The next card is also for the MFTWSC306 but it's a Christmas card. Here I used the tree image from MFT's BB Santa's Elves stamp set. The colors didn't translate well in the picture, but I tried to create a soft pink background using Tim Holtz's Spun Sugar distress ink and then contrasted that with a brightly colored tree in Twisted Citron. I added lots of sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.




So, that's my card share for today. I have a couple more posts I'm working on for later this week. If you have any questions about colors and products, please do ask in the comments and I'll try to get the info for you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a blessed and crafty day.

Hugs,
Bettina :)

MFT Thankful for You

Hi there

Kind of have something cool to share....one of my favorite stamp companies, MFT Stamps, was having a "Thankful for You" event last week in which they featured some of their customers' and designers' creations using their products. Well, one of my recent card creations made it on their blog. It's pretty neat-O. Here's the link http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/thankfulforyou_4/

Here's the card they used.


And there were many other beautiful card creations to inspire you. Hope you get a chance to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a blessed and crafty day.

Hugs,
Bettina:)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Trick or Treat Bear Hugs

Hi there,

Thought I'd pop on here real quick to share a couple of card creations. They're for the MFTWSC #305. I did post it on time at the MFT FB page but just hadn't gotten around to posting about it on my blog. Sorry about that. My week was crazy busy and I didn't get a chance to join last week's challenge at all (super bummed). But anyway, here are the cards I made using MFTs Pure Innocence "Bear Hugs" stamp set, which is no longer available. I do apologize. I did not realize that the stamp was discontinued because I feel like I haven't had it that long.

I did NOT realize, when I started out coloring the image, that it would be a Halloween card. Sometimes it's easier for me to pick out papers or a color palette first before coloring any images, but I decided to color the image first and then had a hard time figuring out what papers to use. Then I found the Halloween paper pad by My Mind's Eye and decided that worked well.








And, although I was happy with the Halloween card it bothered me that the card didn't come out the way I envisioned it. I wanted flowers on it. So, I stamped her one more time and colored her differently and found some pretty papers and this time I was really happy with how my second card turned out. 




Hope you like them too. That's all I have for now. I am working on some more cards for this week's MFTWSC and actually finished one yesterday (late) for last week's. (Too late to enter it but I'm still going to share it with you guys when I have more time (hopefully this weekend).

MFT blog and their FB always has lots of inspiration so I hope you get a chance to check them out.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon.

Have a blessed and crafty day.

Hugs,
Bettina :)