Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Drama Llama

Hello Crafty Friends,

I really love this week's MFTWSC #321 and was super happy that there was time for me to make a card with this sketch. It did take me all day to make it because....color decisions. lol. Such a struggle for me but I'm super happy with how it turned out. It has the southwest feel that I was going for and that border die adds the perfect finishing touch. Here's my card

The stamp set I used is called "Llama Love" This card went through quite the evolution from my initial idea to the final product. I knew I wanted to use that sentiment and I needed this llama to be dramatic. At first I thought it would be enough to just frame it in a way that would draw your eye to the llama but it wasn't enough for me. At some point while I was coloring and cutting out the aloe-like plant, I started seeing other possibilities in the shape. I tried it out as a wig and knew that was the drama this llama needed. I made several different colored "wigs" and finally settled on this one. I also thought it would be a nice effect to have the circle appear to be almost like a hot desert sun and that plant shape lent itself perfectly to use as flickering flames. And, of course, everything's more dramatic with sparkle....so glitter added. lol. So, that's my card. Here are some close-ups.

Hope you enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by.

Have a blessed and crafty day.
Bettina :)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine's Day card share

Hello again crafty friends,

Today I thought I'd share the cards I made for Valentine's Day. I think they turned out super cute.
I had recently purchased some Bristol smooth watercolor paper and wanted to try my hand at some faux-water coloring. I've owned a set of Martha Stewart markers for years and rarely use them. They're water based so I wanted to try to use them the way I've seen folks use those Zig waterbrush markers (which I don't have) on YouTube. I couldn't believe how well it worked. I would put down a bit of color in a small area on the image and then use a waterbrush to spread the color out. It worked like a charm and created a soft watercolor effect which I think worked well with the images on this card. Here they are:

For the cards I combined several stamp sets. For the first card, I used the "Charmed" stamp set by Mama Elephant. The sentiment on the banner came from the "In My Heart" stamp set by Mama Elephant

For the second card I stamped the larger birds and feathers using a stamp set from Lawn Fawn that is no longer available because it was a limited edition. 

But the smaller bird is from the Lawn Fawn "Chit Chat" stamp set. The branch is from the "Charmed" stamp set by Mama Elephant and the heart frame is from a Spellbinder set called "Heart Circle". It's not actually a frame so I used a SSS stitched circle die that fit and cut out the center and, voila, it's a cute frame. The sentiment is from an old Cloud9 Design stamp set that I don't even know the name of.

For both cards, I used Tim Holtz distress inks to create a soft colored background. Then I used the SSS Stitched rectangle die to cut out the panels and adhered the images and elements to them. For the purple mat I used the stitched scalloped rectangle die from the MFT dienamics blueprints 27.

I kept the embellishments pretty simple with just a touch of sparkle on the hearts and a clear glaze pen for the beaks and tiny flowers on the wreath.

By the way, the limited edition Lawn Fawn set didn't have dies, but I got a Brother Scan N Cut for Christmas and it cut the images for me beautifully. I love the Scan N Cut!!!! I'm not great at fussy cutting and usually my hands start to hurt especially when I'm making a large number of the same cards so this machine has been a HUGE help!!! Also, now I no longer have to buy matching dies for stamp sets which frees up my very limited budget to purchase more stamps and stand-alone dies and such.

So, those are my Valentine's cards. Hope you enjoyed.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed & crafty day.

Bettina :)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Just Thinking of You

Hello Crafty Friends,

I'm back with a quick card share. Here's my entry for MFTWSC320. Even though it took me most of the day to make it (had the hardest time making color decisions) I had soooo much fun making it and got to play with some stamp sets that I've had a while but hadn't yet used and some new stamp sets I got for Christmas. Here's the card:

The stamp sets I used are BB Our Story, BB I Knead You, and MFT Label Maker Sentiments. I also inked the sentiments with my new MFT ink mini in a color called 'Poppy'. Such a pretty color. I cut the pattern paper using the scalloped edge stitched rectangle from the MFT Dienamics Blueprint 27. I absolutely love that die.

All images were colored with Spectrum Noir markers. The kitty was colored to resemble our tortois shell kitty, however, I wasn't brave enough to color the pup black & white to look like ours so I colored him in golden brown tones instead.

So that's my super quick card share. If you have any questions about what supplies I used, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get a chance to have some crafty fun.

Have a blessed and crafty day.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MFT BB Our Story card share

Hello crafty pals,

Happy Valentine's Day!  January was a bust for me. I think I made two things. I think I was recovering from Christmas card overload. LOL. Anyone else have this problem?

Anyway, I finally was able to motivate myself and make time to join this week's MFT challenge so here's what I came up with for MFTWSC319.

I used the BB Our Story stamp set I got for Christmas. It's so cute; I can't wait to play with it some more. Using the stack of books I stamped a background trying to stagger the image for each column to make it look more random. I used the MISTI and it helped a lot. It definitely wasn't a quick background, so just be warned if you want to try it-LOL. Next,  I stamped out the book stack on another piece of cardstock, colored it and cut it out (using my Brother Scan N Cut that I also got for Christmas--I LOVE it!!!). When I placed the colored book stack over the matching stack on the background, I realized that it barely stood out because I had used black ink to stamp the background. I should have used a light grey maybe but I didn't want to start over. So, in order to diffuse the background a bit, I layered a piece of vellum over it and that helped a lot.

Then I just layered everything on some gingham patterned paper from my stash. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with some white embossing powder on some dark grey cardstock and used the fishtail banner die from the MFT die-namics Blueprints #27 to cut it out. Also used some SSS Stitched circle dies to cut out the circle frame from some pretty light blue cardstock. And just because it looked a little too plain, I added a few sequins from my stash. Overall it's a very clean and simple card that would be great for many occasions.

The cards I've seen using this week's MFT sketch are so amazing. Did you guys see this astronaut card by Karen Baker? It's actually a slider card!!! It just WOWs. I can't love it enough!!!

Later this week I will share pics of some Valentine's Day cards I made.  Thanks for hanging out with me today. 

Have a blessed & crafty day.

Bettina :)