Wednesday, 26 September 2018

MFT Stamps Card Challenge - Color Challenge #101

It was so much fun at the weekend to be able to relax and just make cards. I find it so hard to create when I know there is washing, ironing, vacuuming, toilet scrubbing to do, so its great to have just the cards to worry about for a change!!

I thought this colour combo for the MFT Stamps Color Challenge was so pretty and not colours I would normally put together, so I definitely had to give it a try:

I definitely need to use this combo of colours again, especially the red with the blues, its gorgeous!!

I started off by cutting a panel of white CS slightly smaller than the card front. I then stamped the butterflies from MFT Stamps 'Beautiful Butterflies' using Mama Elephant 'Ocean' ink and Waffle Flower 'Daydreaming' ink, stamping each colour twice using my MISTI. I then stamped the top detail layer with black ink. 

I cut a panel of black CS and adhered to the card front and then popped the butterfly panel up on a piece of black foam. I die-cut the MFT Stamps 'SMILE' die from a red paint chip and then twice more from black CS, glued them all together and then to the card. And to add in the peachy colour from the challenge colour combo I stamped the rest of the sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'Raving Racoons') using Hero Arts 'Fresh Peach' Shadow ink. The strip was adhered to the card front along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I've got Max home from school today as the itch on his legs just hasn't gone away. Its driving him nuts, especially at night time. Have just tried to make a doctors appointment but they are booked up for the rest of the week. The nurse is going to give me a call back soon to see if she can recommend something but if nothing helps I'll have to take him to the After Hours clinic tonight. So frustrating when you can't just fix something quickly yourself!!

Take care

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #403

I'm so ready for bed but its only new medication to help with my Fibromyalgia is not very pleasant at all and after only 4 days of taking it I just can't do it any more. I'm so drowsy, nauseous and not with it, its frightening and I've had a headache ever since I started taking it (as well as a rash), so I don't think this medication is right for me. Hopefully it won't take long to get it out of my system and I'll be back to normal. Such a shame as this is the only one I hadn't tried, so its back to the drawing board.....and hopefully I can finish writing this blog post before I nod off....

I played around at the weekend with this sketch for the current MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge and managed to find a way to use some of my new MFT stamps:

I started off by die-cutting the MFT Stamps 'Hello' from black CS. I cut a white CS rectangle that was only a bit bigger than the 'Hello' die and die-cut it from the middle of that as well. I adhered a piece of white CS behind it and inlaid the black die-cut letters.

The sketch has a diagonal strip going across the front, so I stamped the leaves from the MFT Stamps 'Painted Poppies' in black going into each corner. The die-cut panel was put over top of the leaves on a piece of white foam. I stamped the flower and leaves from the same stamp set in Versafine black ink on Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS and immediately clear heat embossed. I watercoloured these with my Zig Real Color Brush Pens and when dry fussy cut them out. I adhered these on the bottom corner of the panel.

The rest of the sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'Bitty Bears') was white heat embossed on a strip of black CS and popped on foam tape, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Right, I think I'll go and put my electric blanket on (its suddenly turned very cold), get in my pj's and sit down with the kids to watch a movie. Have a feeling I'll be falling asleep before they do this evening......

Take care

CAS Christmas Card Challenge - September

Its been a funny day today. It rained (with thunder and lightning) all night so everything was very soggy this morning but the sun was beaming so off to work I went. Unfortunately I had to finish early and pick up Max as he has the beginnings of hives on his legs and the itchiness was driving him crazy at school. So have covered his legs in steroid cream along with an antihistamine, so hopefully they will be better soon. This usually happens when he comes in contact with a virus, so I think he will probably get sick in the next day or two.....Now the sun is still out but its getting colder and trying to rain, so who knows what it will be like tomorrow!!

The joy of spending the weekend at my Mum's making lots of cards mean't I could join some new (to me) challenges. I saw the CAS Christmas Card Challenge on someone's blog and thought what a fab way to add to my very small Christmas card stash:

This is such a cool die that I picked up last year for $5 from The Warehouse. It has so much detail with all the bauble's that you don't need anything else on your card, which is perfect for a CAS challenge.

I started off by die-cutting the Couture Creations 'Bauble Wreath' from Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS and also twice more from white CS. I grabbed a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks and spent a bit of time watercolouring each bauble, not being too worried about getting it precisely in place. I used a heat gun to dry it out between layers and kept painting until I got the coverage I was happy with.

I really wanted it to be shiny, so I pressed my Versamark ink pad over the entire die-cut and heat embossed it with clear powder. It looked so good I decided to do it again, and again so it was mega shiny with dimension. All I had to do then was glue all the die-cut wreaths together and adhere to the card front.

For the sentiment (from Mama Elephant 'Puffy Holiday Greetings') I stamped it on white CS with my MISTI, using Mama Elephant 'Lollipop' pigment ink. I did it 3x to get good coverage and wetness so I could immediately heat emboss it with clear powder. I fussy cut it out and popped it on foam tape in the middle of the wreath. And to finish off I added some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm also going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Bling it on'. If you could see the shine on this wreath, you would think it was covered in diamonds!!


Dave will be home from work soon, so I can then go and grab some groceries and take Bella for a walk. She's sitting here beside me watching to see if I'm about to get up, which to her means there's a chance she is going to a walk. She must be so disappointed when all I do is walk into the toilet.....

Take care