Friday, December 22, 2017

Holiday Series - Day 5 - Quick Ink Blended Holiday Boughs

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday!  I'd like to apologize for not having any videos posted the last few days.  My goal for this week was to post a video each and every day.  Unfortunately, on Tuesday afternoon after picking up my daughter from school, she came down with the nasty stomach bug.  It was not pretty and she was in need of a lot of attention.  It lasted for 2.5 days and now my husband has come down with it and my son also has some mild symptoms.  I'm doing everything in my powers to not catch it, especially with it being so close to the holidays.  Thus for, the lack of content these last few days.

But this evening, I do have a rather quick and simply card to put together.  I love when a card design comes together rather quickly, as there is always some last minute Holiday cards that need to get sent out that get forgotten about.

I absolutely love ink blending with Ranger's Distress inks and todays card incorporates ink blending, as well as some stamping, heat embossing, and watercolor splatters.

Here's a video showing how easy and quickly this card came together:

I'm hoping to have at least 1 more holiday themed card for you guys but the morning will tell how healthy my family is feeling.  Feel free to send healthy vibes our way :)


Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Series 2017 - Day 4 - Sweater Background

Hey Everyone.....there is exactly 1 week until Christmas!  Seriously this month has just flown by in hyper speed!

Today I'm using some Neat & Tangled Products to create a Sweater Background on my card set.  I die cut the Polygon Cover Plate out of 4 different colors and paired it up with the Neat & Tangled Merry & Bright Dies to create a set of 4 Holiday Themed Cards.

I hope you guys enjoyed this set of Holiday Cards.  I love being able to use a non-holiday related product to create holiday themed cards.  It really forces you to stretch your products and get the most out of them!

I'll be back soon with Day 5 of the Holiday Series for 2017!

-Neat & Tangled Merry & Bright Dies
-Neat & Tangled Polygon Cover Plate Die
-Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Silver
-Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins
-Simon Says Stamp 120 lbs Cardstock
-Multi Medium Matte
-Snail Adhesive
-Stick it Adhesive
-Adhesive Eraser

Friday, December 15, 2017

Holiday Series 2017 - Day 3 - Mass-producing Plaid Christmas Cards

Hey There!

I'm back today with Day 3 of the Holiday series for 2017.  Today I'm showing you how I mass-produced my plaid background Christmas cards that were mailed to family and friends.

I have seriously been eyeing up the Concord and 9th Plaid Background Stamp Set for quite some time but hadn't purchased it in time to use on creating my Christmas Cards.  So I went through my stamp stash and came across a stamp set from Clearly Besotted called Basic Stripes.  Unfortunately, you can't find this stamp set on any of the major online retailer that I used, however, Simon Says Stamp has a Basic Stripe Stamp Set that would work perfect!

This year I wanted to mix up the sentiment a bit, so I used Lawn Fawn's "Clark's ABC" to spell out merry and Simon Says Stamp's "Christmas Blessing" Die.  Unfortunately, Clark's ABC (which happens to be one of my favorites) is a retired stamp set, however, Lawn Fawn has a TON of alpha stamp sets!

Here's a video showing how I created this plaid background and put together the rest of the card.  I also talk about some tips/tricks that I've learned over the years when creating 50 holiday cards.

I hope this gave you some ideas and tips on how to mass-produce some holiday cards.  I really loved creating these cards!   I'll be back soon with Day 4 of the holiday series for this year.  

-Clearly Besotted Basic Stripes Stamp Set
-Simon Say Stamp Basic Stripe Stamp Set
-Lawn Fawn alpha stamp sets 
-Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings Dies
-Stickles in Christmas Red
-Stick it Adhesive 
-Neenah 100 lbs Desert Storm Cardstock

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Series 2017 - Day 2- Floral Joy Card

Hello Everyone!  I hope that your week is off to a fantastic start!  I cannot believe that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!  Where has the time gone?  Unfortunately, last week I was having some computer difficulties and was not able to post some projects but we are back up and running!

Today, I have Day 2 of my Holiday Series this year and I'm using a stamp set that may not be a Holiday Stamp set but by changing up the colors I've made it feel more like a Holiday Card.  Concord & 9th's Flourishes Stamp Set is a great stamp set and can be changed up for many different occasions.    I paired that up with Lawn Fawn's Scripty Joy Die to complete this card.

And you all know that I cannot complete a card without a little bit of shimmer, so I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker on all of the flowers on my card.  

Here is a video showing you how I created this card from start to finish: 

I'll be back soon with Day 3 of the Holiday Series and you can find all of the supplies used on this card down below.  


Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Series 2017 - Day 1 - Dimensional Snow Tree Card

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!  Also, hello did you get here so fast?!?  I swear that the year has honestly FLOWN by and this month does not seem to be slowing down at all.

I'm so excited to be doing a Holiday Series this year...I could not believe when I looked back and saw that the last time I did a Holiday Series was 3 YEARS AGO!  But I'm incredibly excited to be presenting again this year here on my blog and youtube channel.

My goal for this series is to complete 12 Holiday projects.  I have way more than that sketched out and floating in my brain, however, I am a stay at home mom to 2 very young kids and time for myself can be very limited.  So I've set a goal of 12 projects but if I surpass that, I'll be ecstatic.

Onto Day 1 - Dimensional Snow Tree Card.  I have to admit that this card was created last year, it simply never got posted, so it does involve using a stamp set that is a little older but is a fantastic one for your holiday collection.  The stamp set that I am featuring today is Hero Arts "Color Layering Christmas Tree" and I'm pairing that with some White Liquid Appliqué to give the tree some really fun dimensional snow.  This card would also be incredibly easy to mass produce, especially with the use of the MISTI, which at the time I did not own last year.

Hope you guys enjoyed this card and I'll be back soon with Day 2 of the Holiday Series.

- Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree Stamp Set
- White Liquid Applique
- Versamark
- EK Success Powder Tool
- Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
- Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle Dies
- Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together Stamp Set 
- Glitter Paper
- My Favorite Things Diagonal Stripes Background
- Lawn Fawn Freshly Cut Grass Ink
- Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Ink
- Simon Says Stamp Olive Ink (discontinued)
- Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf Ink
- Lawn Fawn Yeti Ink
- Score Tape
- Ranger Christmas Red Stickles 
- Fun Foam 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

So Very Thankful Card

Hello Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that you all have a very happy thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones in celebration of what you are most thankful for.  Today, I'll be headed over to my parents house with my family to spend time and enjoy everyone's company....and to help my mom cook her fantastic Thanksgiving dinner!

For my third and final Thankful card this week, I'm featuring the Concord & 9th Give Thanks Stamp Set and the My Favorite Things Words of Gratitude Die Set (which looks like it may be discontinued but there are several alternatives that can be used).  I'm not sure what the proper term for this technique is but going to call it die cut dimensional inlay.  This is the first time that I've personally tried it and I really LOVE how it turned out.  The thankful die cut is subtle but still stands out.

Here's a video showing how I created this card using die cutting dimensional inlay.  

I hope you guys enjoyed these 3 Thankful cards created this week.  It pushed me to create more cards that I do not normally create, which is a good thing.  

Check back soon, as I'll be starting the Holiday Series of 2017 in the near future!!

-MFT Words of Gratitude

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lawn Fawn Leafy Thanks

Hello Everyone, I'm back with card #2 for this week of Thankful cards.

For today's card I'm featuring Lawn Fawn's Big Scripty Words Stamp Set & Dies, as well as the Stitched Leaves Dies.  Pair that up with some blended Distress Ink and gold ink splatters and you have a Leafy Thanks Fall card.

I'll be back on Thursday with my 3rd and final card for Thankful week.  

-Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
-Distress Ink in Crushed Olive
-Distress Ink in Forrest Moss
-Distress Ink in Fired Brick
-Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade
-Distress Ink Wild Honey
-Distress Ink in Scattered Straw
-Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
-Tim Holtz Blending Tool
-Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor 
-DMC Gold Twine
-Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words Stamp Set
-Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Die Set
-Versamark Ink
-Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder in White
-Ek Success Powder Tool
-Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
-Lawn Fawn XStitched Rectangle die
-Xyron Sticker Machine
-Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves Die

Monday, November 20, 2017

MFT Grateful (OHWC)

Hello Everyone!

As promised, I have a few more fall/thankful cards for you all.  I can't believe that Thanksgiving is this week...where did the month of November go?!

For today I have a OHWC (One Hit Wonder Card), meaning I'm strictly using one stamp set to create the whole card with very little extra embellishments or other dies.  Today's card features My Favorite Things Grateful Stamp set.  I simply adore the font used for this stamp set, so much can be done with the flourish, and the price point is fantastic.

In the video I talk about and show how I turned a mistake into my card design, after a slight panic! hahaha

I'll be back very soon with another Thankful card for you guys.  I have 2 more to showcase this week! 

See you back here soon!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My Favorite Things - Witch Way is the Candy?

Good Evening Everyone and Happy Halloween!

I cannot believe it is already the last day of October....I feel like this month has seriously flown by.  But as I promised, I have one last Halloween Themed card for you guys today.  Before we get to the card, I just wanted to let you guys know that starting next month I will begin my Holiday cards mini-series and I will also be showcasing a few Thankful projects as well.  So be on the lookout for those soon.

Onto the final Halloween Themed card for the year.  Today I am featuring one of my new favorites, MFT Witch Way is the Candy? Stamp Set.  This set released quite a bit ago but MFT just re-released it this year and I was sure to snag it!

Here is a video showing how the card was created:

Hope you guys enjoyed this mini-Halloween series!  I'll be sure to be back soon!

-MFT Witch Way to the Candy? Stamp Set
-MFT Spooky Sweets Stamp Set
-Memento Tuxedo Black ink
-Versamark Ink
-Ranger Super Fine Detailed Embossing Powder in White
-Ranger Super Fine Detailed Embossing Powder in Clear
-EK Success Powder Tool
-Copic Multiliner
-Tape Adhesive
-Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
-PPP Silver Star Confetti

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Lawn Fawn - Pirate Pup Halloween

Happy Sunday Everyone.  I hope that your weekend has been a good one.  Today, we have carved out our pumpkin and have a kids Halloween Party to attend this afternoon for my husbands work.  I love holiday festivities!

Before Halloween has come and gone, I have a couple more Halloween themed cards for you guys. Today's card features 2 Halloween stamp sets from Lawn Fawn, Booyah and Happy Howloween!

And here is a video showing how I took these 2 stamp sets to create a whole new look for this pup!

Hope you guys enjoyed this video and I'll be back with 1 more in time for Halloween.

-Lawn Fawn Booyah Stamp Set
-Lawn Fawn Happy Howloween Stamp Set
-Lawn Fawn Happy Howloween Die Set
-Lawn Fawn Sugarplum Ink pad
-Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
-120 lbs cardstock
-Xmas Red Stickles
-Ranger Multi Medium Matte
-EK Success Powder Tool
-Versamark Ink
-Ranger Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder 
-Copic Multi Liner
-Foam Tape

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Happy Halloween Pumpkin Kitty

Hey Everyone!  I hope your week is going good.  Its very gloomy, windy, and raining here in Jersey....perfect day for Crafting!

Today I have another Halloween card for you guys using another Simons Says Stamp stamp set, Hey Pumpkin.  This one is an older one but it is seriously adorable.  And I'm pairing it with a stencil, also from Simon Says Stamp, called Stars & Dots.  And this card was super quick and easy to create, which is always plus.

I absolutely LOVE all of the sparkle on this card, and this picture above really shows it all.  Here's a video showing how I created this super quick and simple card!

Hope you guys enjoyed and I'll be back soon with yet another Halloween card.  Trying to squeeze them all in within the next week!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Trick or Treat Vampire Cat (OHWC)

Hey Everyone!  I hope your off to a great week.  I cannot believe we are only 2 weeks away from Halloween!!  I feel like the month of October has literally just flown by.  So the next few projects that I will be posting will be Halloween Themed.

Today I have a OHWC (One Hit Wonder Card),  which is a card that I've created using only 1 stamp set.  I'm not using any other stamp sets or embellishments on my card, only one single stamp set.  I like to do this occasionally to really challenge myself into getting the most out of a single stamp set.

The stamp set that I'm using today is Trick or Treat Pets from Simon Says Stamp.  I simply adore this stamp set and am happy to finally getting around to using it.

Here's a video showing you exactly how I created this card:

Hope you guys enjoyed and I'll be back very soon with another Halloween card! 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Concord & 9th- Hello Fall

Hey Everyone, I'm back a lot quicker than usual today.  I wanted to join in with Concord & 9th's challenge over at Where Creativity Meets C9.

This challenge was all about using ink only and it was the perfect chance to use my Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout Stamp.  

With the weather cooling down and it finally feeling more like Fall here in Jersey, I decided to turn my idea into a fall card.  I used Lawn Fawn Inks in Doe, Fake Tan, Sunflower, and Pumpkin Spice to stamp the Triangle Turnabout background.  

I wanted to create my own sentiment to read Hello Fall and so I used a variety of different Concord & 9th stamp sets for this.  The Hello portion is from the Concord & 9th Flourishes Stamp set and the Fall portion is stamped using the Sophisticated Script in upper and lowercase.  The cardstock was prepped with my EK Success Powder Tool, stamped in Versamark Ink, heat set with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  To add a little more emphasis on the word Fall, I took a Versamark Marker and ran it along to sentiment.   Since I was trying to keep this card pretty simple and strictly using ink and very minimal embellishments, I decided to draw some dots with my Versamark Marker and heat set them with the same Ranger Gold Embossing Powder to look like sequins.  

And that's it for me today.  I hope you guys enjoyed this card as well!  And I'll see you back soon for another project.  


Neat & Tangled - Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Hey Everyone! I'm back again with a card and envelope to join in the challenge fun at the Neat & Tangled challenge blog, Little Tangles.

I really wanted to use a stamp set that I hadn't used yet and I reached for the Flower Medallion Builder Stamp Set.  Instantly I thought of the holidays and the traditional colors, although I'm sure this card would also look good in non-traditional colors as well.  I ran with the idea and this is why I have a holiday card in September. (Although, I do plan on sharing more holiday cards soon to get ahead of schedule and be prepared for the holidays)

Hope you guys enjoyed and I'll be back with another project for you very soon! 



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

My Favorite Things - Elephant Congrats

Hello Everyone!

Hope your week is off to a good start.  Here, in Jersey, it feels like the peak of summer with 85-95 degree weather.  It seems as though, as soon as Fall officially hit, Mother Nature decided to throw in a curve ball.

Today, I have a card for you that I created for the My Favorite Things Color Challenge #77.

As soon as I saw this challenge, Baby card popped into my head and I went with it.  I'm featuring a variety of products from My Favorite Things to complete this card.  

I started out by stamping my background with MFT Diagonal Stripes with Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Ink in my MISTI.  

Next, I stamped the images from MFT Adorable Elephant stamp set with some Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat set it before using my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color my images.  While I had all of my inks out, the sentiment Congrats from MFT Welcome, Baby was stamped in Versafine Ink and while the ink was still wet, I poured some Ranger Super Fine Detailed Clear embossing powder on it and heat set it.  

To give the adorable elephant a spot on my card, I'm using the scalloped rectangle from MFT Blueprints Tag Builder #3 and cutting it out of some pink cardstock and creating a mat with some white cardstock and rounding the corners.  Copic markers were used to create some ground for the elephant to be standing on.  

Now its time to assemble all of the pieces onto the card.  I applied some glue tape onto our background piece and adhered it the grey colored card base.  Using the same glue tape, I also attached the mat and scalloped rectangle with some glue tape.  I popped the scalloped rectangle up onto the card using some Scotch Foam tape and also attached the elephant, with his balloon, with some foam tape.  The sentiment was also attached to the card with some foam tape, however, as the sentiment is on vellum, I decided to use some Kool Tak to make it less visible. 

The finishing touches added to the card were some Enamel dots and some Pico Embellisher, which I forgot to shake, so it appears more like glossy accents.

And that completes my card for the MFT Color Challenge.  I hope you guys enjoyed it and I'll be back with another project soon!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hero Arts Sunny Smiles

Hello Everyone!

Today I'm a guest designer over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog with a card featuring the Hero Arts Color Layering Pineapple Stamp Set.

Head on over to the blog to see how I created my card and to find direct links to all of the products used on my card!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Neat & Tangled Celebrate Tag

Hello Everyone!

Today I am, finally, back with a project for you guys.  Neat & Tangled has been celebrating their 5th Birthday for the entire month of August.  I was beyond excited to join in on the fun this month with the Little Tangles challenge and created a birthday themed tag.

For my tag, I'm featuring the Neat & Tangled Celebrate Stamp & Die, Hexastar Cover Plate, as well as the Neat & Tangled Classic Tag 2 Die.  I wanted a fun ombre feel with shades of blue.  I really wanted to Celebrate die cut to really pop off the tag, so I used some black cardstock for the shadow and some silver glitter cardstock for the word.  

The Gansai Tambi Pearl Colors give an amazing metallic effect, which you can see here in the second photo.  



Sunday, February 26, 2017

BRI Blog Guest Designer - Celebrate Birthday Shaker Card

Hey Everyone! I know it has been a RIDICULOUSLY long time since I have posted anything on my blog and YouTube Channel.  Today I'm being featured over at the BRI Blog with a Celebrate Birthday Shaker Card for you guys.  Head on over to the BRI Blog by clicking HERE to watch a video on how I created this card and direct links to the products I used!

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