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Saturday, August 19, 2017

MFT Summer Camp

Now, this is my kinda summer camp - no mosquitoes, no roommates who snore, no corny camp songs (although I have to admit, I kind of like corny camp songs), no nasty food.  Over at MFT this past week there was Camp Create.  I couldn't participate during the week, but I managed to bang out all of the challenges today.  And they were fun!  Here's what I came up with:
I was tempted by the recent MFT retirement sale and picked up the Love You More stamp set.  Kept this card CAS by creating the square with Distress inks and adding a woodgrain embossed heart.

Day 1: Inlaid Made Easy
I love these little band-aid dies - so cute.  I paired them with the ancient Umbrella set for this card.

Day 2: Magnificent Masking
I was tempted by the MFT retirement sale and picked up the Love You More stamp set.  I kept this card CAS by creating a square in the middle with Distress inks and adding a woodgrain embossed heart die cut.

Day 3: Background Bonanza
 I LOVE how this card turned out!  Gotta love the cool shades from the Geek is Chic set.

Day 4: Monochromatic Magic
The Peek-A-Boo dies are so fun and I don't bring them out often enough.  I kept this really monochromatic by using only the Distress ink and marker in Fossilized Amber.

Day 4 Round the Campfire: Awesome Ombre
The Onesie die has been in my stash collecting dust.  I love the little details on it (you can see them in the die below).  Distress inks are super easy to create ombre colors with.  I ended up doing the inlaid technique again with the heart, using an off cut from the onesie die.



Day 5: Delightful Die Cutting

It doesn't get much easier than this.  I added a smidge of dimension by putting some foam tape behind the sun.  Easy breezy!

I need to go to camps like this more often!

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Which of these cards is your fave?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Creative Life Art Journal Page

Hello, friends.

The Muse has sort of taken the summer off.  Work and life in general have been really busy.  Where has summer gone??

I joined Marjie Kemper's Mixed Media Art Book Group over on Facebook recently and we are working from Dina Wakley's Art Journal Freedom book this month.  I channeled Dina in my flower sketching/painting attempt.  My other prompt was the color challenge over at Rubber Dance Art Stamps (green, rust and magenta).


A few summers ago a gessoed a bunch of pages in an old composition book.  When I have leftover paint from another project I randomly swipe it over these pages.  The background here started as a deep orange and metallic gold page.   I sketched the flower with charcoal pencil and then painted over that with acrylics.  The background of the page is strips of book pages, stencilling, splattering and stamping (background stamps and leaves from Rubber Dance Textured Flowers set).  The quote is stamped too.

It was really nice to get my fingers dirty with some paint.  It's been WAY too long.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Kind of Quirky Card

This stamp set cracks me up and the sentiment is just right for me - I love quirky!  I made this card for the MFT Stamps Sketch and Color challenges.




I turned the sketch on its side for my card.  It was tricky to photograph, but the lenses on the glasses are silver foil tape.  My hot tip for the day: I discovered that the star die from the All Star High Top set matches perfectly with the star stamp from Geek is Chic.  Sweet!

Thanks for stopping by to peek today.  Cheers!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Buzzing By to Say Hi Card and Sticker

A beautiful, sunny day in the Pacific NW cried for me to bring out some happy to create a bright and cheerful card.



You can really see in the following picture how my little bee floats off the base of the card.


Blank on the inside, this is a standard A2 sized card which leaves loads of space to write a message.

While I was at it, I created some honeybee stickers, too, for my friend's shop.



My friend, Karin, owns Hunni Co. which sells ultra-delicious, super good-for-you, honey-infused beverages.  At her storefront in Edmonds, WA she also sells all kinds of bee and honey inspired goods.  If you're ever in the area (like waiting for the ferry to go across Puget Sound - her store is right across the street!) run over to her store and take a peek!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rubber Dance Tag

I was leafing through my scrap stash yesterday and found a grey tag that had some bits of paint on it.  I decided it would be the perfect canvas for the Rubber Dance July Colour Challenge.


I used a few layers of acrylic paints (some through stencils), added some stamping and bits of paper over the tops of those, doodled with pens, charcoal pencil and watercolor crayons and that about finished it off.  I think it will go to live in an art journal soon.  :)

Rubber Dance stamps used:
Vintage Hotel Receipt
Textured Feathers (stars and dots)
Flying Ink Bottle
Artfully Stamped

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mugs & Kisses Card

I'm feeling a little Christmas, or a least winter, in July.  Over at the MFT Stamps challenge blogs they have a sketch and a color challenge.  I've combined the two to make this card.


I decided to move outside the ol' comfort zone and make a shaped card this time.  The trick for me will be to remember I have this card in my stash come hot chocolate season...

Happy July!

You Float My Boat: Lawn Fawnatics Summertime Challenge

Hello, friends!

Today is Independence Day here in the US; Happy 4th to all those celebrating.  May your fireworks be colorful and sparkly.  :)

Today is a beautiful sunny day here in the Pacific NW.  In fact, it would be the perfect day to go for a sail.  (Too bad we don't have a boat. LOL)  Summertime to me is time spent at the beach, playing in the sand and water.  I knew right away which Lawn Fawn set I wanted to pull out for the challenge.


I think I've only made one or two shaker boxes in the bazillion years I've been crafting.  This was fun to make (and I love any excuse to bring out these pretty sequins!).

To play along with the challenge go HERE.

Wishing you a wonderful, fun-filled summer (maybe with a little sailing thrown in?).