Friday, May 29, 2015

Avery Elle - Furry Friends!!

Happy Friday, sweet friends!!

I’m finally back in WA and doing my best to settle back into a routine here.  We had two long days of driving, and I can say that I’m glad we only have to do that twice a year.  My butt is killing me!  LOL

I thought I’d pop in and share another project featuring the Avery Elle stamp set called Furry Friends.  This stamp set (and the coordinating dies) are so stinkin’ cute and perfect for anyone who is an animal lover!  Here’s my project:

So this is a super simple project, and one that can be changed up to suit many different occasions.  Here’s how I created it:

  1. Trim an A2 top-folding card base from Silver Fox cardstock; score at 5.5” and perfect the crease with a teflon bone folder.
  2. Stamp footprints from the Furry Friends Stamp Set onto the card base using Fog Pigment Ink.
  3. Die cut a tag from some white cardstock using the Gift Tags Elle-Ments.  Stamp the sentiment using New Moon Pigment Ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  4. Stamp the cat image from the Furry Friends Stamp Set onto some Fizz cardstock using Papaya Pigment Ink.
  5. Using the Furry Friends Elle-Ments, die cut the cat.
  6. Using the Dotted Borders Elle-Ments, trim and die cut a scalloped strip (the width of the tag) from some Kraft cardstock.  Adhere the strip to the tag above the sentiment.
  7. Adhere the cat to the tag using foam squares.  Stamp the mouse from Furry Friends using Fog Pigment Ink.
  8. Tie some black and white baker’s twine to the tag; adhere the tag to the card base with foam squares.

Super simple, right?!!  No coloring – yet still very cute and detailed!  I’ve listed the products that I used below.

That’s it for me today, friends.  I’ve got a very busy weekend of crafting ahead – lots of deadlines coming up (two new releases starting next week!)  I’ll be back on Monday with two posts!!  Stay tuned!!  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 25, 2015

MFT May Ingenious Inking Challenge–Watercolor Wash

Hello, friends!!
Today the My Favorite Things Design Team is sharing their projects for this month’s Ingenious Inking ChallengeThe theme this month is Watercolor Wash.  Fun, right?  Here’s the challenge:

Watercolor is a forgiving technique that produces a wonderfully ethereal look on cards and projects. The beauty of MFT ink pads and refills is their versatility and ability to be used to create such a look. We can’t wait to share the inky projects our team has created this month featuring subtle washes and bold swathes of color. Pull out your brushes and make something beautiful with us!

Here’s my take on the challenge:


Okay, so . . .  maybe I didn’t exactly follow the rules.  Surprise, surprise, right?!  LOL  I thought the challenge was just to watercolor with MFT Ink pads and refills.  And THAT’s what I did!  LOL  Here’s the step-by-steps of what I did:

  1. Trim an A2 top-folding card base from some Smooth White Cardstock; score at 5.5”; perfect the crease with a teflon bone folder.
  2. Ink up the Simply Circles background stamp with VersaMark Ink and stamp it onto the smooth side of some watercolor paper.  Heat emboss with white embossing powder.
  3. Using the Razzle Berry, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, Grape Jelly and Blu Raspberry Premium Dye Ink Refills (I squirted a small amount of each onto my Ranger Craft Sheet), dilute each with a bit of water, and with a water brush begin painting inside the embossed circles to create the desired pattern.  Continue this process until you’ve filled in the portions of the embossed circles to create the pattern that you like.  Set aside to dry.
  4. Once your watercolored panel is dry, trim off the edges and adhere to the card base with foam tape.
  5. Die cut sentiment strip from some Black Licorice cardstock using the Accent-It Celebrate Die-Namics.  Trim the sides to align with the watercolored panel.
  6. Stamp the sentiment from the Celebrate Big Stamp Set with VersaMark Ink.  Heat emboss with some Baby Blue Twinkle embossing powder (I had this in my stash).
  7. Adhere the sentiment panel to  the image panel with foam squares.

The randomly filled-in circles reminded me of confetti – like a confetti shower to celebrate a birthday!  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!  LOL  I’ve listed and linked the products that I used below.

Please click on through to the My Favorite Things Design Blog to see what my rule-following teammates have created in response to this month’s Ingenious Inking Challenge!  LOL  I know you’ll be blown away!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Things may be a bit quiet around here for a few days.  Hubby and I will be packing up and heading back to the Pacific Northwest for the summer.  Can’t wait to get my mitts on those sweet grandbabies of mine! Once I get settled back in, I’ll be back to share more crafty goodness with you all!  So long, for now!!

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