Thursday, August 24, 2017

MFT Camp Create Bonfire Bonus: Awesome Ombre!

Welcome to my last MFT Camp Create project for this round of Camp Create!  Today I'm taking on the bonus challenge, Awesome Ombre!  Here's what I created:

This one has been rolling around in my head for a few days now.  And when I started in my head it did not look like this at all... wasn't even about coffee!  But in the end... this beautiful coffee cup die from Stamplorations was calling me so who am I to deny it?

I started with some watercolor paper.  I simply swiped on brown watercolor paint right across the paper... and as I worked my way up the panel, I used more water and less paint.. this is all the same color since my pallet didn't have but ONE brown.. can you believe it??  When I got to the top, I just started over again from the botton with some heavy paint and again added a bit more water as I went up... tried to blend it  and I guess I was somewhat successful... 

Once the paint was dry, I began randomly stamping the coffee bean stamp from Paper Sweeties.  I stamped closer together at the bottom where it was darker and got further apart as I worked my way up the page.  I felt it would lend more to the ombre effect that way... idk if it did, but I like it!

I've been using vellum and embossing lately for quite a few of my cards mostly because I don't want to cover up my backgrounds too much.  I love the way it looks with gold.  And those pretty little flowers are my favorite to have on hand... they come in all kinds of colors although the white are my favorite and these natural colors come in a close second.  I stock up at Hobby Lobby when they are on sale... last time they tried to hide them on me.. they weren't with the rest of the flowers and embellishments.. but I found them and brought a few packages home with me.

I cute quite a few of these coffee cups out while trying to land on the perfect color and it turned out to be the one I cut originally from the base!  So I'll save the others for future projects.

And those sequins... I used the special limited edition Latte blend from Paper Sweeties (that you can still get here as I type this) and added some pretty tiny gold hearts from Kat Scrappiness and just a few tiny dark brown ones from Pretty Pink Posh. 

I mustn't forget to mention those awesome stitched layers from Stamplorations, the fantastic sentiment from MFT, and my favorite banners from CDD.

So much fun has been had!  I've learned so much participating in these projects and am so thankful to MFT for hosting this fun!  You have until sometime on the 24th to link up to any or all projects so what are you waiting for??  Head over there and check it out!  There are lots of prizes to be handed out on the 28th!

See you again soon!  Tomorrow morning I will be back to cleaning up... right now it looks like a tornado hit camp.. yikes... stop again!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MFT Camp Create Day 5: Delicious Diecuts!

Back to Day 5 of MFT's Camp Create August 2017!  It's the last day, but I'm gonna circle back to the Bonus Campire project tomorrow.  For today it's all about Delightful Diecuts and here's what I made:

This was a lot of fun and I love the way it came out!

I started by ink distressing two panels in blue and purple... then I picked my favorite one and set it aside for my background...

And then I took the second and diecut my Snowflake doily from Cottage Kutz and since I had extra room on the panel, I also diecut some snowflakes from Lawn Fawn.  A couple "tips" from me:

First... see that cool green tool... if you love to diecut intricate dies such as doilies and snowflakes this is a must have!  Mine is from Fun Stampers Journey and there are a few different tools out there.  I can't speak to those, but I can tell you I love mine... it has that cool brush on one end and a poker on the other... this one also has some other tools that I haven't even used yet... but just for those two I'm in love.  The brush is fantastic for rubbing across the backside of an intricate die after you cut something to get all of those little pieces out easily.  Trust me... it's worth it.  I still use the poker tool to get the extras out of my actual paper diecut just because I'm afraid to ruin it, but I have been known to take it to the back of one here and there...

Also, these awesome snowflake dies from Lawn Fawn... I didn't even bother cutting the dies apart for this one.  If I'm going to want one snowflake for a project, I'll probably want more and I just keep the extras in a little container and they have been very handy in the past.  I've done the same with my autumn leaves as well... 

That's it.. nothing earth shattering, but maybe an aha moment for one or two of you...

I do love this snowflake doily so much and am looking forward to being able to use it more because I'm gonna be starting on my holiday cards very shortly..

So... after I cut my snowflake, I cut my background panel to size and attached the snowflake.  Then I splattered some water droplets onto the whole thing and dabbed the puddles off leaving this awesome distressed but almost snowy look.

Love the Hug In A Mug sentiments set from MFT... it was perfect for this... I chose to stamp and emboss mine in white on vellum cut using my CDD Flag Banner Dies because the thought of covering up that pretty background was not pleasing to me...I'm usually a little messy with my embossing powder.  I just love the look of a little stray powder ... idk why... it pleases my messy mind... I know it probably drives some of you crazy, but that's ok... you can be more careful with yours...

I decided to add this pretty sketchy cup from Stamplorations.  I stamped it onto some of the leftover ink blended paper and cut it out.  I added some extra purple to make it stand out using my Zig watercolor markers and of course made my coffee brown.  I couldn't help but add a few snowflakes and my favorite steam using the hearts from the Somewhere Over The Rainbow set from Paper Sweeties and my favorite clearish sequins from CDD...

That's it for me.  Hope you enjoyed it and I hope you'll play along!  You have until the 24th and you can play along with one day or all... lots of prizes... check out the MFT blog!  And come back here soon!  Tomorrow I'll have my last project for Camp Create!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MFT Camp Create Day 3: Background Bonanza!

Still finishing up Camp Create and I'm circling around back to Day 3: Background Bonanza...

I created the blended background using some Tim Holtz Distress Inks... Oxides if I had them and original if I didn't have the new color in Oxide... then I used an MFT stamp to create the white embossed flowers and sprayed a little bit of water on it then patted dry to create the splatters...

The mission was to create a background that made a statement... I used this Amazing word die from Stamplorations along with an old CTMH stamp for my sentiment... boom!

Thanks for stopping today!  I have a couple more projects to go and if you'd like to play along, just link up by the 24th!  Lots of prizes to be had!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #226

Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  I've used this week's sketch for another mini pocket page for my album...  if you're new here, I've been using the weekly sketches for pages in a handmade mini album for my sister in law.  I asked her to give me some of her very favorite pictures without telling her why... in the end, I'll share a post with the album as a whole so you can see how it all turned out.

Hope you'll play along this week!  Use the sketch to make any kind of project!  A card, a scrapbook page, mixed media... I can't wait to see what you create!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Cutting Cafe Inspiration for August 2017-3D Cup

Welcome to some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  This time around we're playing with the 3-D Cup File and I used it to create this manly gift set...

I'm in love with this cup file!  I used it back during the Summer 2017 Coffee Hop and if you'd like to see that project just click here!  Today I used it for a Coffee gift for a manly man... 

I used some coordinating papers and my custom stamp set from The Cutting Cafe Shop for the card to go along with it.  You can see the entire set by clicking here!

He's a cute little manly man, isn't he?

I used the very cool Coffee Sentiments printable set that comes with the 3D Cup file and some dies, stickers and sequins to create the tags..

I suppose the best part is what's inside... I think he'll like it!

So thanks for stopping by!  And don't forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team has created for you.. you can start at The Cutting Cafe Blog here on or after August 21st (tomorrow as I'm typing this!)

Come back soon!

Friday, August 18, 2017

MFT Camp Create Day 4: Monochromatic Magic


Skipping around a bit for MFT Camp Create!  I had this idea for Day 4 so I'll go back to Day 3 tomorrow! 

These are some of my favorite colors/shades... Love that turquoisey, greenish blue... it really is ONE of my favorites.. (you know where I stand on favorites).

I created this background with some watercolors.. smooshed them around.. used a stencil to add some of those dots with ink... and then added more with clear texture paste... then a few splatters and done!

I got a fantastic deal on this sentiment die set from Penny Black at a crafter garage sale while I was back in Buffalo at Buffalo Stamps N Stuff... why anyone would part with this die set is beyond me!!  It was perfect for this card cut from glittery paper..

And I also got these MFT heart balloon dies at the same sale!!  Whaaaa?  Why???  But I'm so happy they were willing to part with them because I love them.  I cut one from the glitter paper and then the other two from some colored vellum.  I popped up the one with a 3-D glue dot because right now I can't find my clear foam tape... it's here.. under something... and although you can really see it in the photo it barely shows in real life... and that cute balloon string die is from L'il Inker... LOVE that!

So thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back again with Day 3 and Day 5 of Camp Create projects... I've got some ideas brewing!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Three Amigos-Jack Inspiration

Popping in for some quick inspiration for the August 2017 Jack Inspiration Challenge at Three Amigos!  Here I used it for a 'masculine'? card... I mean.. yeah... it has flowers but my husband would expect nothing less from!

I'm also playing along with the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #256!  You still have today to whip something up... I made this one in about half an hour... you've got like 11!  And Three Amigos runs all month so if you create something, link up to both!

I just love this stamp set called My Anchor from CTMH... I think it's retired now, but I still love it.  It was a stamp and die set and I'm so glad I got the dies for these since some of the cuts wouldn't work with my Brother.  There are a few stamp and die sets retiring at the end of this month so check them out!  You can find them here!

I very rarely do too much planning so I had my background layers down and then wasn't sure how I was going to incorporate the peacock... it's such a dark blue and so close to black... so just using it and the Juniper for accents worked out well... 

So yeah.. play along!

What A Hoot and Winner Winner!

Popping in today with a card I made using some of the stuff I got in my Brutus Monroe Fall What A Hoot Inspiration Box last week!   I also used a few other items that I'll talk about in a bit... but first... this box!  It was $29.99 and included this cool Owl Die and an awesome stamp set with an owl and some great sentiments on it.  Lots more included in it and you can click on the name above if you want to see everything... but you will be seeing it all sometime soon... gonna have some fun with this one!

I love the frame die I won a while ago on a friend's blog and I knew I wanted to use it for this post because she was one of the names I picked from my July 100 Followers Celebration!  Theresa McKinney has been a wonderful bloggy friend and we've been stopping by each others' blogs for quite some time now and I'm so excited to send her a little surprise!  You should check out Theresa's blog here too

Isn't that Brutus Monroe Owl Die cool!?... and so is the frame die.  It's from Poppy Stamps and the embossing probably should be a little more pronounced and I'll have to go check out the website to find out how to get better results from it, but I'm pretty happy with it the way it is too.. with everything else going on on this card, I really didn't need a deep and in your face embossing.

And that cool second layer?  That is some packing from a Tim Holtz something or other... I almost always save the backing from those products because they're always so pretty!  The background inside my shaker is a watercolored and stamped and embossed piece I've had hanging around for a while, and it was perfect for this project.

I am in love with the fonts on the sentiments from the set that came in the Inspiration Box... and I also purchased some Gilded Gold embossing powder from the Brutus Monroe shop and I LOVE it!  I used it to emboss this sentiment.

And I decided to pick two names for my 100 follower giveaway and the second winner is Julie Tucker-Wolek!  Julie and I have been bloggy friends for a while now too and we visit each other quite often.  She makes lots of awesome scrapbook pages and albums along with a splash of adorable cards and sometimes you even get some repurposed furniture... or a beautiful home decor piece... or a project for a birthday party.  You should check out Julie's blog here!

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by in July and hope to see you often!  I love when you stop by and if you let me know you've been here and I can find you I'll come and visit you too!

Just a few more details for today's card:  I used some gold dotted acetate for the shaker window and love the added sparkle along with a CDD mix and some little gold stars.  I added some Inka Gold to the edges of my base and the frame die and love the look of it.

So thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed this and if you are new to Brutus Monroe you should really check out the website!  I am in love with so much of the stuff over there... I signed up for the Stamp of the Month ... it's only $5 a month and I'm surprised with a cute little stamp set each month... it's fun!  Hoping to post something made with the August one soon.... come back!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Camp Create Day 2: Magnificent Masking

I'm back for Day 2 of MFT Camp Create: Magnificent Masking!  I'm using some new stamps I got from Victorine Originals today....

I don't know why I love Alice in Wonderland images so much... but I do and when I found these stamps over at Victorine Originals I knew I must have some (preferrably all-but at least some) of them!  Here's how I created my background using masking (yes... I actually remembered to take a couple pics along the way!)

I started with a piece of white cardstock a little larger than what I knew I'd want... I like to have the option of cutting down the piece or diecutting it after I'm done.  I used some washi tape (I have plenty of it!) and placed it down in diagonal stripes on the paper.  Then I took my Milled Lavender Distress Ink and blended it in the open white areas.  When that was done, I peeled the tape off and tossed it.

Then I took some fresh washi and placed it the opposite way across my inked lines... I decided to alternate skinny and wide rows for the darker color and once it was inked and the washi was peeled off I was so happy I did... LOVE the look of it.  My last step was to splatter some water droplets over the whole thing and blot off the excess water to distress it just a tiny bit... you can see that in the finished photo...

Just love this White Rabbit stamp from Victorine Originals!  And that scalloped rectangle is from My Favorite Things... it's a set of varying sizes and I used the second largest here but cut it in vellum so as not to completely cover up my background!

Let's face it... I usually am, so I'm sure this card will come in handy fairly!  The sentiment is available at Victorine Originals also and the banner was cut using my oh so frequently used CDD Flag Banner Dies...

I used a little bit of beautiful purple seam binding from  and my favorite fabric hearts from Fun Stampers Journey.

I'm joining in on the Victorine Originals Purple Challenge... it's not too late to play... you have about a day left and you don't have to use Victorine Originals stamps to play along!  And do be sure to check out MFT Camp Create... learning and creating!  Can't ask for anything more!  Shopping?  Well, you can do that too!!