Thursday, March 30, 2017

Masculine Birthday–My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #326


Hi, everyone, I’m back with this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s sketch. All of the details about the sketch challenge are available on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The MFT Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.


I decided to try for a masculine birthday card today—butterflies are masculine, right? Of course, this could be for anyone, but I think it has a bit of a masculine vibe going on. I started with a Whip Cream card stock base, then on more Whip Cream card stock I adhered some Trail Mix Paper Pack cut at an angle with Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics and then popped the panel up on the base with foam mounting tape. Next I added another piece of patterned paper cut with Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics, reinforced with card stock, and popped up on foam.


Then I added the focal elements using Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames Die-namics cut from Cherry Wood Adhesive-Backed Sheet, a watercolor washed background using Watercolor Paper Pad and Peerless Watercolors, Bold Greenery Die-namics, cut from Jellybean Green card stock, and Flutter of Butterflies – Lace Die-namics and Flutter of Butterflies – Solid Die-namics, cut from Milk Chocolate card stock and Tangy Orange card stock respectively. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark on Milk Chocolate card stock and heat embossed with white detail embossing powder then adhered to the frame.

And there you have it! Remember, you can get all the details by visiting the MFT Challenge Blog. You have the chance to win a $20 in MFT voucher. One winner is chosen at random each week!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!


Stamps: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink: Versamark (MFT)
Paper: Whip Cream card stock, Mild Chocolate card stock, Jellybean Green card stock, Tangy Orange card stock, Trail Mix Paper Pack, Cherry Wood Adhesive-Backed Sheet, Watercolor Paper Pad (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond; Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics, Tag Builder Blueprints 4 Die-namics, Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics, Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames Die-namics, Flutter of Butterflies – Lace Die-namics, Flutter of Butterflies – Solid Die-namics, Bold Greenery Die-namics, foam mounting tape, white detail embossing powder, Embossing Magic, Peerless Watercolors, waterbrush, MISTI (MFT)


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Each New Day Brings Hope–Color Throwdown Challenge #436


Hello and welcome to a brand new Color Throwdown Challenge! Lisa is our hostess this week and she has a delicious color palette picked for us based on her equally delicious inspiration piece.


Although it’s cold outside as I’m typing this blog post, we’ve had a taste of Spring and things are starting to bloom so it’s not far off. One of the first flowers of Spring is the tulip and I couldn’t wait to pull out one of my favorite sets of all time, LJD Spring Tulips.

I started by doing a watercolor wash on
Ranger Watercolor Paper with Peerless Watercolors and stamped the sentiment with Black Licorice hybrid ink after it dried. Tip: Since watercolor paper is very porous dye ink will often bleed, so it’s best to use waterproof ink for any stamping.


Next I stamped the tulips from the set on X-Press It Blending Card with Black Licorice hybrid ink, colored them with Copic markers, and since I was looking for a very clean look, I fussy cut them out and popped them up on foam tape. To finish off, I added some Sparkling Clear Mix Sequins and some Raindrops.

And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the
Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please 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 CTD436 so we can see your beauty all in one place, and use #ctd436 and #colorthrowdown on social media. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, including our incredibly talented March Guest Designer, Lisa Lara!

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders
(<—You are here!)
Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Lisa Lara – March Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you soon!


LJD Spring Tulips (MFT)
Black Licorice hybrid ink (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock, Ranger Watercolor Paper, X-Press It Blending Card (MFT)
foam mounting tape, Peerless Watercolors, waterbrush, Sparkling Clear Mix Sequins, MISTI (MFT); Copic markers, Raindrops


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MFT March Creative Construction With Blueprints–Scallops, Scallops, Everywhere


Dainty, delicate scallops add femininity and softness to your creations. Our collection of Blueprints includes so many scallop options - from panels detailed by a perimeter of scallops, to edge-only dies that allow you to create panels of any size, you’ll find the perfect finishing touch for any project. Join our team this month as they share some of their own scalloped projects.

I love Blueprints 20 Die-namics with the whole quilt theme going on so I decided to try to expand on that a bit today. I started by doing a watercolor rainbow on Ranger Watercolor Paper with Peerless watercolors, then splattered with black from my Kuretake Gansai watercolors. Next I stamped Abstract Background with Versamark and heat embossed with white detail embossing powder—I was going for a “crazy quilt” look. I had seen a pieced quilt on Pinterest that was done in a rainbow pattern like this and love it so I used it for inspiration.


I cut that with Blueprints 20 Die-namics and then matted it with Sweet Tooth card stock cut with the scallop layer from Blueprints 20 Die-namics. I popped it up on a Black Licorice card stock base with foam mounting tape and added Thanks Die-namics cut from Black Licorice card stock. I though that was pretty much all it needed to be finished.

And that’s it for the March edition of
MFT’s Creative Construction with Blueprints! Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!


Abstract Background (MFT)
Versamark (MFT)
Sweet Tooth Card stock, Black Licorice card stock, Ranger Watercolor Paper (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Blueprints 20 Die-namics, Thanks Die-namics, foam mounting tape, white detail embossing powder, Embossing Magic, Peerless Watercolors, waterbrush, MISTI (MFT); Kuretake Gansai watercolors



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