Friday, February 27, 2015

kitty card set: MFT March Release Countdown



Welcome back! Today we get to the images that remind us of our beloved pets. We have a cat. He is big and fat and sweet. His name is Milo. He is a grey tabby, so all of my cats today had to be grey!

When I saw this set from Birdie Brown, I Knead You, I just had to use all the kitties! They were too cute to not! So, I thought I would create a set of small cards. The card bases were created with a new set of dies called, Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Square STAX. Kraft cardstock was the perfect base for these cute critters.

Each of the card bases was stamped with a new background image, Paw Print Background. I used Grout Grey ink to make it subtle. 

Each sentiment from I Knead You was stamped onto a strip of Wild Cherry cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiments in white power.

What's even better than having cute images? Coordinating dies to cut out those images! 
Die-namics I Knead You let me easily cut out all these adorable kittens! I colored them all with colored pencil.

Visit the MFT Blog for all the details, including wonderful videos showing you all the products!

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

Supplies available Mar. 3:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

bringing some spring with the MFT March Release Countdown



Welcome to the March Release Countdown for MFT Stamps! Its all about spring and our beloved pets this month! Stay tuned for all the amazing new products that the design team will be featuring over the next few days!

Lisa Johnson just gets my stampy heart. Truly. She always creates beautiful images that let me create fantastic cards, but also get a little creative! This month she added some fantastic Die-namics to the pile and I have been in heaven! I have more ideas than time for these sets! Circle Scribble Flowers, Die-namics Scribbles, and Die-namics Circle Scribbles Flowers are a must-have!

I started by cutting Persimmon and Sour Apple cardstock with Die-namics Circle Scribbles Flowers. Those cuts created the circle and the leaves. Then I cut gold metallic paper with Die-namics Scribbles to create those awesome overlays! I made a small and large flower. The other thing I love is, check out those leaves. They have been stamped with coordinating images from Circle Scribble Flowers using Sour Apple ink.

The striped background I placed the flowers on was hand painted with watercolor I created from Summer Splash ink refills and water. The gold line was created with a Wink of Stella pen. The sentiment is from another new set called, Totally Happy. Fabulous sentiments!

This second card features the latest in the series; Die-namics Blueprints 23. I cut the rectangular and stitched panel from Sweet Tooth cardstock and painted the stripes with created watercolor again, this time with Coral Crush ink refill. The scalloped edges are also a part of the Blueprints set.

Behind the circles cut out, using the die from Die-namics Blueprints 23, is Coral Crush cardstock.

On the center circle, I placed a gold circle cut using Die-namics Scribbles. Atop that, a vellum butterfly cut with Die-namics Winged Beauties. The sentiment was stamped in Summer Splash ink onto a Sweet Tooth cardstock banner cut with another element from Die-namics Blueprints 23.

One final touch, a couple of sequins created with yet another element from Die-namics Blueprints 23. They are Summer Splash cardstock with a touch of Mix-ABLES Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze on the top of each one for shine.

Visit the MFT Blog for all the countdown details, you know there is good stuff happening. And maybe new colors? Wink, wink.

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

Supplies for Beyond Happy card, available Mar. 3:



Supplies for Sending Hugs card, available Mar. 3:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ingenious Inking; an MFT Challenge

"As we begin our Ingenious Inking journey, we thought it would be fun to show how our line of MIX-ables can be used to alter our Premium Dye Inks, Pigment Inks, and Hybrid Inks to create new looks and applications. MIX-ables make it easy to add sparkle, shine, and glitz to your projects – subtle or bold – it truly is a bit of crafting magic."

Look! Another fun challenge! THIS one is going to be all about the ink and there are some awesome challenges coming in the new few months! This will also be a once-a-month challenge.

I started basic with the Mix-ABLES. A simple application that still had beautiful results. If you haven't used Mix-ABLES before, there are two versions, Sheer Shimmer Mist and Steel Shimmer Mist. I am using Sheer today. Sheer is opaque and pearl-like. Steel adds a deeper color as it is grey-based like the name suggests.

I used Die-namics Royal Rose to cut Coral Crush cardstock. Once I assembled the rose, I added a center to the flower. It was created by cutting Blueberry cardstock with Die-namics Grassy Edges. I cut a 1/2" strip of the cardstock, making sure that when I cut it, I left a straight edge. The strip was then cut into three smaller pieces. I rolled one of the pieces and glued it inside the center of the flower. When it was finished I spritzed the flower with Sheer Shimmer Mist. I held the bottle about 6 inches away from the flower and gave it 4-5 squirts, all from a different angle for better coverage.

I stamped the Smooth White cardstock panel with the banner image from Desert Bouquet using Summer Splash ink. The sentiment from Friends Like Us was stamped with Blueberry Ink. The hearts are also from the same set as the sentiment and were stamped with Lemon Drop ink.

For this card, I got a little more creative! I used the Sheer Shimmer Mist along with dye ink refills to create a medium for stamping.

Stamping with this mixture creates a beautiful shimmer on your project! Look at the flower farthest to the left! Take a look at the video tutorial below to see how easy it is to do! 




This card was also finished with a sentiment from Friends Like Us. And be sure to watch the video for an important tip about stamping that banner image in the background from Desert Bouquet.

Visit the MFT Blog for more details about this fun new challenge and to be linked up to the rest of the team. I saw some amazing projects and I cannot wait to learn more about using Sheer Mists!

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

Supplies for Friends Like Us card:



Supplies for What I'd Do Without You card: