Thursday, April 17, 2014

new MFT Hybrid ink review

Happy Friday! Today I am up on the MFT Blog sharing tips, ideas, and mini-projects using the new Hybrid Inks! I had a ton of fun creating and let me tell you, the fun has only just begun, as I have some really great techniques to share with you in the near future!

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Storybook stamps from Avery Elle

I am pretty excited to share these cards with you today!  They were stamped using the new Storybook stamp from Avery Elle. This set is pretty special because my friend, and fellow Go-To-Gal Heather Campbell drew these images!

Completely sweet, I love these images. And all the little details that go along with them! Like the little birds I used on the banner. And yes, that is color pencil I used to color the image. I have a bit of a kick going on with them right now. I am terribly rusty and need to keep practicing! :)

The image is layered on Baby Mine Boy paper from Carta Bella and thin muslin that was die cut. And say hello to my new obsession, wood dots! Swoon!

For my second card, I used colored pencil on Steel Grey cardstock. Love the results! 

Sometimes the color pencil would hide the stamped lines, so I used a black Copic pen to bring the lines back out again.

The white dots were added with white colored pencil. And I used the blending pencil, once I was done coloring, to get a smoother color finish.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow and get linked to the MFT Blog for my review on the new Hybrid inks. I have lots of ideas and tips to share! Plus, get a look at many of the colors in action!

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Supplies for Welcome Little One Card:

Supplies for Make A Wish Card:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

just for you

Happy Tuesday! I hope that you had a good weekend and a great start to your week! We enjoyed 82 degrees on Saturday and did not enjoy 37 degrees yesterday. Well okay then, spring. :) 

I am trying to bring the warmer temperatures back with my card today. I am using stamps and dies from the Mothers and Fathers release from Simon Says Stamp.

I started by die cutting Butterfly Drift from gold foiled cardstock. Look at how gorgeous the tiny outline is in gold! I set aside the inside butterflies to use at a later time.

I passed the die through my manual die cutting machine again, but this time with Smooth White cardstock. I watercolored each of the butterlies using watered-down MFT Dye Inks. For more on that technique, check out this: Watercolor Background Tutorial.

I finished the card off by adding a smaller gold butterfly and an enamel dot to the center of the largest and middle butterfly. The sentiment is just perfect, look at that font! Its from Summer Garden, a new stamp set. I stamped it with the new MFT Hybrid Black Licorice Ink. Hellooo new favorite black ink! More about that later this week as I will have a review of the inks, plus lots of ideas on how to use them!

And one last thing, just so you know, I am now an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp. Its a great store with great products. Use the text links in my posts, photo links at the bottom of my posts, or the button on the right side bar of my blog to help you shop. I would greatly appreciate it! :)

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MFT April Release Rewind: Baby Card

Welcome back! Who had fun shopping? Well, if you haven't had the chance, be sure and head over to the MFT Store and check out all the amazing new products being released this month, along with those new Hybrid Inks! Today half the team is sharing fun projects we didn't get to share earlier in the week. Tomorrow, the other half will share. The MFT Blog has all the details. 

My sweet baby card started with two pieces of inspiration, both sets of Die-namics. Die-namics Beautiful Baby and Blueprints 14. Blueprints 14 is designed for square cards, which I made here, but man, all the elements are just so fantastic, I will be using this set often. The rounded-corner rectangle was cut from Primitive White cardstock using Blueprints 14. Then I stamped the stripes from Striped Backgrounds in Pink Lemonade Ink, but turned the image to be diagonal. So into diagonal stripes these days. The sentiment is my favorite. How precious is that? Its from Beautiful Baby and I stamped it in the new Hybrid Black Licorice ink. Fantastic coverage for sentiments!

The stitched-looking square in the background is from Die-namics Blueprints 14. The stitching is a fantastic design element to add. The Spearmint cardstock was stamped with Star Background using Spearmint Ink.

Die-namics Beautiful Baby has these darling elephants, one large and one small. From the moment I saw them, I knew they needed to be cut with felt! Sweet Tooth Felt was soft and perfect. I added a die cut Spearmint cardstock button from Die-namics Blueprints 14. Along with a heart from Die-namics Beautiful Baby, stamped with a coordinating heart from Beautiful Baby stamps. The Pink Lemonade scalloped border is also from Die-namics Blueprints 14. See, lots of great uses for that set!

One last touch, these cute tag shapes from Die-namics Blueprints 14. To make them fit (because I had already adhered the other cardstock panel) I simply cut one tag in half and used both sides. The heart is from Beautiful Baby and was stamped in Bubblegum Pink Ink. The Pink Lemonade was just too subtle.

Forgive my unusual photography today, I am going through a photography crisis. I haven't been happy with the quality of my photos, so I am changing things up and getting a permanent lighting set up in my crafty space. This didn't work out too bad, so I may be trying this again.

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