"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

Thursday, August 17, 2017

It's FUN in the SUN over at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
It's hard to believe that we are already half way through the month of August and school is starting back up again!!  This Summer seem to go by very quickly!

Wanted to stop in and share a new challenge with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week we would like to see your "Fun in the Sun" creations!  Feel free to interpret this any way you see it!  Looking forward to seeing your creations!

I usually think of  sun with warmer weather plus being out in it during the Summer months and since I'm probably going to be starting up Fall and, yes, Christmas cards soon...I thought I'd give Summer at least one more showing:
You may recognize this already, but I have pulled out an older Simon Says Stamp card kit for my design today.  I have used the stamp set and papers from the kit, but have added in the black card stock as well as the sequins for this one.  I'm not sure I have even made a card with this kit!  If I did, I honestly don't remember it! LOL!

But I really thought the papers were awesome from this kit!  I have used a piece for my background and then stamped the "hello" sentiment over it and added a die cut sentiment over it that came with the kit.  I took a strip of black card stock and white heat embossed the sentiment to put under the die cut word.  I used another piece of the papers from the kit to paper piece the flip flop images.  I colored the straps with a black gel pen and dotted the flowers with a white gel pen and then I popped them up over the card with some foam tape.

I mounted this over a black piece of card stock for the base and then attached this onto a shimmer piece of orange card stock included in the kit for the A2 sized top folding card base.
I finished it off with some sparkling clear sequins and added some silver Nuvo Crystal drops to the center of each one.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see where I popped up the flip flops and the dimension on the white embossed sentiment as well as the sparkle from the sequins.

I hope you will join in the challenge with us this week and please be sure to stop by to check out the rest of the creations from the DT!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

2.  Love to Craft - August Anything Goes

3.  Mix It Up - August Anything Goes + twist of paper pieceing (flip flops)

4.  Shopping Our Stash - Chillaxin' & Relaxin'

5.  Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Camp Create Day 3 - Stenciled Rainbow with YOU

Hello friends!
Were you wondering if I was going to miss a day of Camp Create?
I made it!  It's getting time for me to make supper for hubby, but I did make it! :)

Today on Camp Create, it's a "Background Bonanza"
I felt like I pretty much made a similar design as Stephanie did in her video, but I tried to change up my card a little bit with what MFT products I had:
Since Stephanie used stencils for her backgrounds, I pulled out what I had and picked this MFT Stencil Star Grid to work with.  For some reason I do not see stars at all when I look at this pattern...I see cubes when I look at it.  Do you see the stars or the cubes like me?  Maybe everyone sees a different pattern, so just curious about that! :)

So Stephanie used reguarlar distress inks for her cards, but I decided to pull out the oxide inks for mine to create a rainbow colored background.  I left the stencil on and spritzed it with water and blotted it up and heat set it, then I went back over it again with the inks and repeated with the spritzing.  I didn't see much of the oxide look with it, so I took off the stencil and spritzed it again and tried to get some of the inks to run a bit.  I can see some of the oxide and probably could've developed it more, but didn't want to ruin anything so I stopped it here.  I cut it out with a stitched rectangle die.

I took the MFT You Trio die and cut it out of the stenciled background.  I cut the same die out again with some white card stock and popped it inside the stenciled background.  (Like the inlaid die technique we did on Day 1 of Camp Create.)  I then took the MFT All About You stamp set and white heat embossed a sentiment from it over a strip of black card stock.  I used the same stitched rectangle die to cut it out and attached it over the inlaid YOU die.

All that was left to do was layer all of this onto a piece of black card stock which I then mounted onto a white A2 sized side folding card base.  I finished it off with some black enamel dots.

Here's a closer look at the details:
At this angle you can better see the oxide background and how the die sentiment is inlaid into the background.  The next time I do a card like this one, I think I'd like to try it with some brighter ink tones as the oxide inks are a bit more muted than the distress inks are....still very cool though!

Hope you've enjoyd my simple birthday card today!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you again tomorrow! :)
HAPPY CRAFTING!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Sweet Stampers - Clean and Simple

2.  The Crazy Challenge - Inking is Fun

3.  City Crafter - NO Flowers Allowed

4.  Sparkles Monthly - Birthday

5.  Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Camp Create Day 2 - Polar Bear Masking

Hello friends!
I'm back with you one more time today to share a card I made for
Day 2 of MFT Camp Create.
I couldn't get to my card right away today as I had some errands to run and some appointments, but I was thinking about it while I was out and about!  The video shared for Day 2 was all about "magnificent masking" and I pretty much made my card very similar to that one on the video except instead of something tropical, I went in the opposite direction with mine:
For the first session earlier this Summer of Camp Create, I had done some extensive masking with an interactive card design using the penguin set from MFT - click here to see the post.  I was about to pull that set out again and then remembered the card I had done previously, so I decided to go with more of a winter theme for my tropical looking masked background! :)

I started out my card in pretty much the same way that was shown in the video - CLICK HERE to see the MFT video.  I didn't have a wavy line stamp for the waves, so I just used my white gel pen to add mine.  I also stamped some snowflakes in the background from this MFT Cool Day stamp set (retired) that I've used on my card.

I took the MFT Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frame die and popped it up over my masked background scene...I didn't mind it going past the frame area as I thought it went with the image alongside the frame anyway.  I took some white shimmer paint and painted over the frame with a paint brush.  (You can see the shimmer of this paint in the photo below.)

I also did some more masking with my stamped images.  First I stamped the polar bear and then made a mask from the same image and cut out the bottom portion only to place over my stamped bear.  then I took the ice image and stamped it right over top of the bear so it looked like he was standing right on the piece of ice.  I colored them in with my Copics and went over the piece of ice with some Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.  I fussy cut this image out and went around the edges with a black marker.

I took a sentiment from this same stamp set and white heat embossed it over some card stock that I've cut out with an MFT banner die cut.  I punched a hole on one end and looped some silver cord through and attached it like was shown in the video.  I then popped up and attached my polar bear above the banner.  I used some craft foam for the dimension on the back of my card front before attaching it to the white A2 sized card base.  I finished off my card with some clear Nuvo Crystal drops in the center of the snowflakes.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can better see all of the shimmer on the scallop frame as well as the shimmer on the piece of ice.  It also shows the sparkle in the center of the snowflakes and the raised dimension on the heat embossed sentiment.

I plan on sending this card along to the Caring Hearts Card Drive too as time is starting to run out on sending in cards so I just wanted to add to the cards I've got done so far.  CLICK HERE to read more about it or check out the badge on the sidebar of my blog.

Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!  I really hope that you have enjoyed all of my creations that I've been sharing and I look forward to sharing some more tomorrow with you!

Have a great evening!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Creative Knockouts - Card for a Child

2.  Open-Minded Crafting Fun - "Airy in August" (weather)

3.  Use Your Stuff - For the Love of Children (Card going to a children's card drive)

4.  Naughty or Nice - On the Move + optional color combo


Guest Designing for All Dressed Up August Challenge!

Hello friends!
I have some exciting news to share!
Because I had entered the All Dressed Up challenge last month, my card was selected as one of the top 3 as well as being chosen as a guest designer for this month's challenge!  yay!

If you're not familiar with their images, they're so cute!  You can check them out in the online Etsy store here:

(Click on the badge above to be taken to their shop!)

So the challenge is an easy enough "anything goes" theme, but you do have to use one of their lovely images to play along!  If you don't have one of their images, they offer a wonderful selection of freebie images - CLICK HERE to find them!  I would love to see your creation with one of these images and I hope you'll join in the fun with us! :)

Since I was asked to join this month as their guest, I was able to pick out an image!
I was so happy to add this cutie to my collection as I do not own a single mermaid image if you can believe that?!!  So I was happy to get creative with this one.  Here's my card:
I thought she would look so cute all colored up with a floating shaker style card!
I have used the ADU Mermaid Kisses image for my design here.

I wish I would have thought to make a video of how I did the background to better explain it, but I think I was just in a hurry to start making something and went right over that idea! LOL!
So I basically took my distress oxides out to play with!!  I went over it several times with some blues and greens and spritzed with water.  After I did the first layer of that, I took an old "sea themed" stamp set from my stash and clear heat embossed a couple of the images over the distress oxide background.  I then began adding about 2 more layers of ink and spritzing water a few more times after that.  I ended up covering more blue inks over it which made the embossed images really pop with the green colors.

I took out the MFT Stitched Rectangle Frames die to cut out the center piece and the frame with it.  I used the frame as a backing for the acetate piece and foam tape to create my shaker with.  I also used the die to help form the botton of the ocean scene.  (You can better see that detail in the photo below.)

I've actually printed out two mermaid images and one of them being slightly larger because I fussy cut her and the fish out to glue over top of the acetate and then from the slightly larger image, I fussy cut out a couple more fish as well as one of the seashells from her hair to place at the bottom of the ocean floor.

Before mounting the card over a white A2 sized top folding card base, I've added some crinkled seam binding ribbon and added a starfish charm to the center of the bow in the corner.
I decided not to add a greeting because I'm not sure what I will use it for yet. :)

Here's another look at the details:
Here you can see the bottom of the ocean floor and how I've added the sea shell from the image and colored around it to make it apart of the scene.

Of course it's always so hard to photograph it, but I've covered the mermaid's scales as well as the fish with my Wink of Stella glitter pen, so she and the fish are very sparkly!
I had so much fun making this card and I hope you've enjoyed it too!

Thanks for dropping in with me today!  Please be sure to drop on over to the
All Dressed Up Challenge Blog
and play along with us this month!  I would love to see what you do with their images!

I will be back tomorrow with another fun post!
Have a great day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  As You Like It - Favorite Embellishment and Why?
(I love ribbon, I hoard ribbon and I think it always adds a wonderful finishing touch to a card!)

2.  CRAFT - Anything Goes

3.  Jo's Scrap Shack (Fun Day Friday) - Anything Goes


4.  Just Us Girls - Bring on the Shine!


Simple Heartfelt Sympathy Session

Hello friends!
Just a warning that I may be throwing out several posts this week as you can see by my post below MFT Camp Create has started back up again and I don't want to fall behind with it...I really enjoy pushing myself to do the challenges and have some fun with it! :)

Last week I was needing a sympathy card and then realized that I don't have a single one in my stash!  I usually have a couple of them on hand for occasions when one is needed.  So unfortunately I had to make one up and then I decided while I was making one, I would go ahead and make up a few more of them so that I have one ready until I can take the time to make up some more.

I always find it easier to grab a set or two that I know I already have in my stash that's easy to reach for and I know I have some pretty decorative papers to go along with it.  I have bought a couple of Stampin' Up! sympathy sets in the past, but the one I pulled out for my cards here is the "Heartfelt Sympathy" stamp set.  (I see it's in the current catalog on p. 100)

I think the sentiments are really elegant looking and I like how these turned out.

I have gold heat embossed the sentiment over vanilla card stock and then cut it out with a stitched oval die.  I am not sure what papers these are that I've used here, but I thought it was so soft and pretty.  I layered it onto a piece of gold foil card stock and then attached it all to a vanilla card base.  Lastly, I've added a vanilla ribbon bow under the oval.

Here's a closer look at one of the cards:
Here you can see the embossed sentiment.  I've decided to add some color to the sentiment by taking my Copic marker and going lightly around some areas.  I've also taken some light blue Stickles glitter to add over top of certain areas as well.

I like this set as it also come with some great sentiments for the inside of the card too.  I have embossed another sentiment on the inside of this card and took a strip of this same paper to decorate the inside.  I also stamped a matching envelope to go with it.  I did this with all of the cards.

I think it turned out so pretty.

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Using the same stamp set, I've made another set of cards with a different look:
I really love these papers that I have recently received from a paper share and I thought it would work well with a sympathy card.  They are from the SU! "Whole Lot of Lovely".

I've stamped the sentiment with black ink and then used the MFT Stitched Basic Edges with the white card stock.  I've also cut out another layer underneath the white panel with the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.  I've used SU! Pool Party for the card base and the die cut layer as it matched up nicely with the floral papers.

Here's a closer look at one of the cards:
I left off any embellishments on this one because I thought the papers were busy enough and really didn't need to add much of anything to them.  I also think these will be nice and flat which makes it easier for mailing out.

Although these type of cards can be difficult to make, this is the reason that I like to make more than one at a time so that I have extras and don't have to worry about getting one done during a difficult time or in a hurry.  I hope this post may have helped in giving you some inspiration!

Thanks so much for dropping in and see you soon! :)


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Crafty Gals Corner - Bingo (I used "Buttons or Bows", "FREE" and "Seniment")
-Card 1-


2.  Pammies Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes

Monday, August 14, 2017

MFT Camp Create Session 2 Has Begun - Inlaid Dies

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!
I was so excited to see on the My Favorite Stamps blog this morning that another session of "Camp Create" has started up again for the second round of the Summer!  Yay!

I didn't want to get behind like I usually do, so I started right away on the first day!
For Day 1 of Camp Create (Session 2), the technique is "Inlaid die cutting".  I love to do this technique, but I know I don't do it often enough as it's a great way to keep your card laying flat especially when you want to mail out a card.  So here's my take on it:
I thought this would be a good opportunity to dig out one of my card kits to play with, so I took out the Sketchy Flowers card kit for the flower and the sentiment.  (If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can see the links for the individual items from the kit that are still for sale.)

I decided to fit my card in with the MFT Wednesday sketch challenge along with the MFT color challenge too!  So I've dug out my card stock and went to work with some of my other dies!  I took the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 die to cut along a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Smooth White card stock and then cut out another piece the same size with the Spearmint card stock and the butted up the two colors together to form the base layer.  I taped the two pieces together on the back side of it.

Next, I took the MFT Die-namics Stitched Circle Frames and cut one out with some Green-Eyed Monster card stock and also cut this same die over the base of  the design that I created above.  I inlaid the green circle frame into the base and taped it on the back.  I repeated these steps with the MFT Die-namices Stiched Circle dies with the Coral Crush and Blueberry card stock. I softened up the Blueberry card stock by sponging the edge of the circle with white ink.  Bfore I taped the back of the Blueberry circle, I stamped the flower on the white card stock and then die cut it out with the coordinating die.  I took the same die and cut the blueberry circle so that I could inlay the stamped flower inside of it.

Everything is completely flat except for the the few glitter enamel dots that I added to it.  
Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see how the pieces were put together and how I've inlaid them into the design.  The enamel dots are the only thing that has dimension.

Lastly, I took one of the sentiments from the MFT "All About You" stamp set and stamped it with some Green-Eyed Monster ink.

Since I've completed this card, I have earned this "marshmallow badge" today:
Camp Create Session 2 : Day 1 - Inlaid Made Easy
So now I'm excited to see what's in store for tomorrow....aren't you?!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  I hope you've enjoyed my card!
See you tomorrow!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge - MFTWSC345


2.  My Favorite Things Color Challenge - see colors below:


3.  Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with dies


4.  Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Friday, August 11, 2017

Flashback Friday Continues With More Fun & Games!

Hello friends!
Things seem to slow down a bit in August for many people.  I see people going on vacations especially before that back to school time starts up again, which for me is only my youngest going to college.  We seem to stay busy doing our own thing and enjoy our time together when hubby is not working so hard.  :)  Our "travel  & relax time" will come some day!

*As I mentioned in my June (2017) "Flashback Friday" posts, that although these are previously made creations, I have never posted them on my blog up until now.  The only way you may have seen them before is if you are apart of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, as I made these last year during my time as a Dirty Dozen DT member and only SCS fan club members would've been able to see them.  I am posting them here for you as a "Flashback Friday" post so that those of you who are not fan club members are still able to see what I created for it.  I was not allowed to post them anywhere else at that time until 6 months had passed...so now I'm sharing them a year later with you as they were shown on SCS.  I hope you enjoy these creations clear up until the end of November!*

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  The theme for the month of August was:  "Fun & Games"!
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The two cards that I'm sharing with you today are close to my heart as I am reminded of my loved ones and having so much fun with them!

This first card brings up some fun times with my boys and of course Mocca.  (My sweet pet doxie!)
To see the original upload on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

Here's what I said about this on the SCS upload:
It's a kite! It's a butterfly! NO! It's a flying doxie!! LOL! What could be more fun than this? I thought another shaker card would make it fun too! :)

When my boys were in grade school, the school had a special kite flying day where they would ask the parents to come and participate with their child outside to fly their kite. It was so fun seeing all of the students with their kites in the air at the same time. What was fun for me was that I was able to go and spend time with my child on this special day with him. And if you know me, then you know how I love my pet doxie Mocca! She's always so super fun to play with....even in our "old" age together, we both take a couple of minutes each day to toss around her toys! :)


This was a fun one to create.  I love making shaker cards anyway! :)  I took the cloud dies cut out (I like to use acetate sheets so that I can wipe them off and use them over and over again.) and sponged around them with different colors of distress inks to make it more colorful.  I cut out some clouds to attach them to the forefront of the shaker on the acetate and another stitched cloud border die at the bottom of the design where I've added a sentiment.

The stamp set that I've used comes from Newton's Nook Delightful Doxies stamp set.  If you look closely at the design, you can see that I've really glittered up that butterfly floating above the doxie.  I've also used some foam tape underneath the clouds and doxie for stability and to also use it as a "bumper" to catch the sequins so they didn't just drop down to the bottom of the card.

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For my second card I am reminded of sports both past and present:
To see the original upload on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

Here's what I said about it on the SCS upload:
Sports are such a huge part of my family since my boys were old enough to play T-ball! They've been in almost every sport that has been offered to them all through college! The football season is also fast approaching and we are big fans of watching football. (We like to root for the Chicago Bears which is why I've used those particular colors for the "Game On" button. LOL!)

These make for great masculine cards and I end up making several different sport type cards for all of the men in my life...who mostly like sports. :) So are you ready for some football?!!!

The football season has actually just started up and the Chicago Bears have started their pre-season game last night which we watched especially since they've just re-built their team...so it shall be an interesting season!

This football card is just the right size to put into an A2 envelope which is what I love about it.  I've used my Cricut Explore machine to cut the football card pattern and then I ran it through my Big Shot machine to emboss the texture on the outside of the football.  I ran some ink over it to give a bit of a realistic look and then aded the lines, stitches and stamped game on button.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!
I hope you've enjoyed my Flashback Friday share and be sure to come back next week because I will have more to share with this theme!

Have a beautiful weekend friends!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


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