Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Wishes Canvas

A few months back my good friend, Gloria Stengel, launched her own challenge blog, called Crafters Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. I don't know about you, but I certainly fit the "craft hoarder" description. You know, the oh so pretty paper you can't quite cut into, or those pretty flowers you might never find again! 

Well, I have been wanting to play along so this week I created one last Easter decoration for my house to play along in the challenge. The challenge this week is to Pick A Stamp, Any Stamp!


Here is my Easter canvas. I start by painting a 8 x 8 canvas with gesso and with a pale aqua paint. After the paint dried, I used MFT's Scallops Stencil and a light molding paste to add some texture to the background. Once the molding paste had dried I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen to distress the background.


I went through my stash and just collected flowers, leaves, trinkets, the bird nest and eggs and just started to play until I came up with a combination I liked. The doily in the background is cut with the High Tea Doily Die-namics. and the sentiment is from the Easter Bunny Stamp Set. 

Be sure to stop by the Crafters Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. I can promise you that you will find LOTS of inspiration there!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CTD288 - Lucky Me

Thanks for stopping by for Color Throwdown 288! It my turn to host this weeks challenge! I have chosen this pretty backyard photo for inspiration for out challenge this week. 
I hope you get a chance to play along for a chance to be next week's Guest Star Stamper!



And here is my scrapbook page using this week's colors. 


Inspiration for my layout comes from this month sketch challenge at Once Upon a Sketch.

I started by distressing and inking the edges of my background paper. I added little peeks of lace under a few of the distressed portions. Then I used the Delicate Doily Stencil and Light Molding Paste to add texture in the background.


Here's a closer look at the top corner. I used the File Tab Die-namics and added the sentiment with stamps from the Document It - Off the Chart Stamp Set. The little heart is cut with the smallest die in the Heart STAX Die-namics.

The doilies are cut with the Dainty Doily Duo and the Mini Doily Circles Die-namics. I used a combination of the Royal Rose and Layered Leaves Die-namics to create the flower embellishment.

My patterned paper is from Authentique.


I created the journaling card with dies in the Blueprints 14 Die-namics. The "Lucky me!" sentiment is from Complimentary Greetings Stamp Set. 

You do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge,  just use the closest you have.  Use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD288.  Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week!

Monika Davis
Jeanne Jachna – April Guest Designer
Sandy Mathis - Guest Star Stamper
Jane Howden - Guest Star Stamper

Here are the MFT products I used on my layout:

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MFT's April Release Rewind - Part 1

Thanks for stopping by for MFT's April Rewind - Part 1!  The MFT Team has another two days of inspiration for you using using newly released products that are available HERE NOW. You can stop by the MFT Blog for the list of all the designers sharing projects today. 

Today I am playing with the new Blueprints 14 and the Happy Graduation Stamp Set. I have two cards to share. 


I really like this month's new Blueprints with the rounded corner! On this card I used the Starry Night Stencil and gold molding paste to create the star background pattern. The Wild Cherry Card Stock matting is also cut with a die in Blueprints 14

The sentiment is stamped in Gold Ink and then embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. The sentiment is cut out with another die in Blueprints 14, as is the gold scalloped border. 

The graduation hat is cut with a die in the Graduation Accents Die-namics and mounted on a doily cut with the Mini Doily Circles Die-namics. 


On the inside I stamped another sentiment from the Happy Graduation Stamp Set. 


My next card has a totally different feel. Here is stamped the background pattern with the new On the Diagonal Background Stamp in Pink Lemonade Ink. The sentiment is also from the Happy Graduation Stamp Set, stamp in Whip Cream Ink and embossed with an off white embossing powder. 

The diploma is created with the Graduation Accents Die-namics  and the flowers and leaves are included in the Blueprints 14 Die-namics. 


On the inside I stamped another sentiment from the Happy Graduation Stamp Set. 

Here are the links to the products I used to create my cards:


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