Monday, April 5, 2021

The Three Mouseketeers (plus one)!

 My Favorite Things' Color Challenge #163 includes some mice from an old Penny Black set (before MFT came out with their cute baking mice) with an MFT background stamp.

Supplies: MFT Happy Birthday background stamp, Penny Black's Critter Party, Memento Tuxedo black ink, Copic markers, random card stock, Ranger glossy accents, Wink of Stella and silver thread.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Herd it's your birthday!

My Favorite Things' Sketch Challenge #532 presented a number of difficulties for me.  I opted to follow the figurative sketch pattern posted by Vanessa Menhorn on the MFT site rather than the shape-specific star design since I found her card so attractive and thought it might work with my farm animals. Then, I tried to figure out how to put everything together without doing a bunch of fussy cutting for physical layers. I first considered stamping the animals on acetate and laying that over the background stamp, but once I mastered stamping in StazOn on the ultra smooth surface and got all the animals masked and layered with a bale of hay and feeding trough,  I soon realized how crazy hard it was to color those images smoothly!  So, after what seems like a dozen attempts, I ended up with fewer images stamped on card stock, masked before adding the background stamp and blending the background, then coloring with Copics. I couldn't locate the balloons I wanted, so I used another set (even though these strings were not as long as I really wanted) and then I made the mistake of squirting way too much glossy accents on them. . .  I nearly didn't post this (ideally the chicks should be further down and the hen shouldn't have a speck on her body); but I spent too much of my Saturday to pretend this didn't happen! At least I learned something from the process and now have a card that is perfect for my friend, Sarah which are two things I appreciate about completing the weekly challenges!

Supplies: My Favorite Things The Whole Herd, Happy Birthday background stamp, Sweet Succulent sentiment, Bentley Bear by Adam Pescott (balloons), Ranger glossy Accents, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamark ink, Neenah Solar white card stock, Stampin' Up! Marina Mist and Tim Holtz Salty Ocean distress ink, and Recollections Snow white embossing powder.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Warm thoughts

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #530 was designed for a slimline card, which is not my favorite, but a good challenge for me to try. The hardest part was stamping a snowman and snowy trees on a day when it's in the upper 70's where I live! I may have to save this card for next winter.

Supplies: MFT stamp set Flurry of Love, stitched die-namic, Stampin' Up Whisper White flock and chalk, Memento Ink Tuxedo Black, assorted Copic markers and dimensional adhesive.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Heart broken

I wasn't sure how I felt about this week's sketch challenge at My Favorite Things until I did it. Once it was done, I decided that I like the cut panels, especially for something as heart-breaking as the loss of a loved one. 

Supplies: MFT Fine Line Floral stamped image; Happy Hummingbirds sentiment, Memento Tuxedo black, various Copic markers, Neenah solar white, Stampin' Up! green cardstock, Versamark, fine detail white embossing powder and Paper Studio enamel stickers. 


Monday, February 8, 2021

When life gives you lemons

I wonder how lemons got such a bad rep that the phrase about "when life gives you lemons" got started? And why is a kruddy car called a lemon? I know it's a rabbit hole that I could easily investigate as I sit here at the computer, but for now I'll leave it a mystery.

I actually like lemons, I adore fresh squeezed lemonade and I frequently use lemon juice in marinades and/or baking!  When I saw the colors for this week's My Favorite Things Color Challenge #159, I decided right away to use the Main Squeeze stamp set along with some watercolors for the fun of it.

I used Tim Holtz distress ink for the grapesicle-like background and scraps of card stock for the die cut and mat. I'm not a pro at watercolor, so it was hard for me to control the shades of yellow and green on the lemons, but overall I was happy with the results.

Supplies: My Favorite Things Main Squeeze stamp set, Hello die-namics, Tim Holtz water color paper and Shaded Lilac distress oxide, Versafine Onyx ink, Gansai Tambi and a hint of Yasutomo water colors.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Birthday wishes

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 526 provided me with a good plan for making a birthday card to give our office manager, Laura. She loves watching hummingbirds from her porch swing on her back porch, overlooking the lake, so I used one as my focal point with a blended blue sky (or lake) behind it. I also used some MFT clear embellishments in addition to the flower accents. It could look a bit more festive, but on a gloomy and rainy day, my  mood was more one of restfulness and tranquility than celebration. She has such a pleasant, positive personality I hope she likes it and understands that the understated appearance still conveys heartfelt wishes.


Supplies: My Favorite Things Happy Hummingbirds stamps and dies, clear embellishments, yellow flock, Memento Tuxedo, Versafine Onyx ink, Tim Holtz distress inks and assorted Copics.