MFT Stamps ~ Grateful For You

I am back today to share with you a card that I made as my third and final entry for the MFT Stamps 2016 Card Design Superstar.   It has been a wonderful, scary and intimidating experience thus far. As I write this blog post, there are almost 400 entries! Scary, huh?
Today’s card is a simple thank you card for my best friend, who lives in Washington, D.C. I am a little sad that we are not going to be able to spend Thanksgiving together again this year. I made this card to let her know that she means so much to me, and I am grateful to have her in my life!

 

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Grateful For You – Card Design by Maria Russell

 

I started out by stamping the images on Neenah solar white card stock using MFT stamps Black Licorice hybrid ink. I used Copic markers to color the images. Since I didn’t have the coordinating dies, I had to fuzzy cut all of the images using my precision scissors.

 

For my card scene, I had to think outside the box again to create a larger window for my critters so I decided to use the gift box cover up die. I think it turned out perfectly.

 

For the awning, I used the new Stitched Scallop Basic Edges. I love these dies so much it cuts like butter!

 

Here is the complete list of the supplies I’ve used for the card. They are all from MFT Stamps.

 

Happy Hedgehogs

Harvest Buddies

Grateful For You stamp set and coordinating die-namics

Die-namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges

Die-namics Gift Box Cover Up

Sweet Celebration 6×6 Paper Pad (from the birthday card kit)

 

To finish off the card, I used my black gel pen to give the eyes more dimension, my white gel pen to highlight the cheeks and the leaves, and also used glossy accents on the acorns.

 

Wish me luck and thank you for stopping by!

World’s Best Dad~A Father’s Day Card

Father’s Day is just around the corner. My daughter is staying with us for the summer and as she discuss her plans of making my husband his favorite coconut cream pie on Sunday, I decided that this is the perfect time for me to make him a Father’s Day card.

 

I recently went crazy with my Lawn Fawn Summer release order and I have been dying to use the Dad & Me stamp set. I wanted to create a scene with snow-capped mountains in the background. It reminds me of our summer trip in Washington in 2003. We stayed at Silver Lake Resort. The cabin was pretty basic but the view was just breathtaking. The card I made below represents my husband, my son and my daughter fishing in the lake.

 

My husband taught my children how to fish. He also taught me, but fishing is not my cup of tea! Just the whole process of putting bait on the hook creeps me out so I sit there and watch while they all fish. I was the sunscreen police! They can fish for hours! I can close my eyes right now and still see their cute little faces light up when their little fishing line starts to wiggle!

 

Here is the card. I decided to make a shaker card because I wanted the little fishes to move around below with the blue cotton candy sequins from http://www.katscrappiness.com/?aff=21.   I think shaker cards are so much fun!

 

Supplies Used:

 

Lawn Fawn Dad & Me stamp set and coordinating dies

Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine Lawn Cuts

Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds Lawn Cuts

Mama Elephant Snow-capped mountain die

MFT Stamps Grassy Hillside Border die-namics

Copic Markers W0, W1, W3, W5, V22, BG13, R29, YR17

Hero Arts Bubblegum Ink Pad

Lawn Fawn Noble Fir Ink Pad

Stampin Up Baked Brown Ink Pad

Sequins – 4 mm Blue Cotton Candy from KatScrappiness

Acetate

Fun Foam

White Card Stock for the Card base

Blue Card stock

Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock

Mint Card Stock

Daffodil Delight Card Stock

Dazzling Diamonds Card Stock

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Marker in Clear

Tombow Mono-Dot Adhesive

 

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I hope I have given you some inspiration to create something wonderful for your father, grandfather, husband or partner. Have an amazing day!

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #275

While waiting for my MFT Order from the April release, I am once again joining MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge No. 275 this week.  Here is a photo of the sketch challenge.

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I used two stamp sets for the card that you see below. The cat images are from the “I Knead You stamp set” and the cute cat “bed” is from the “You Make my Tail Wag”.   Aren’t the cat images adorable?  Here are the materials that I’ve used:

 

Recollections 110 lb. white Card Stock

I Knead You Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies

You Make My Tail Wag Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies

Stiched Arch Stax Dienamics

Doubly Amazing Dienamics

DCWV Pastel Glittered Card Stock & Silver Card Stock

Barb-wire cutting die

Little Meow A5 Paper Pad

Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive

Scotch Foam Adhesive

Pearl Gem Stone

Copic Markers – W0, W2, W4, W6 and R00, R20

Sakura Black Gel Pen

Sakura White Gel Pen

Exacto Knife

 

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I hope you like the card that I created. Have a great weekend!

 

 

Valentine’s Card Challenge with Pretty Pink Posh

I was browsing through Pretty Pink Posh’s Facebook page today and came across a Valentine’s Card challenge. I got so excited because I love Pretty Pink Posh! If you guys would like to participate, please check out Pretty Pink Posh’s blog. Here is the link to the challenge:  http://www.prettypinkposh.com/2016/02/valentine-challenge.html

And here is the inspiration photo from her very talented Design Team:

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When my kids were a lot younger, I always tell them “I love You More Than the Stars in the Sky” before I kiss them good night and put them to bed. This card reminds me of those moments! This card will go to my daughter.

 

I love the Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Die. This is an exclusive die that you can purchase only from their website. The sequins and the new confetti are so beautiful; it’s to die for!  I wanted to use my all-time favorite sparkling clear, Watermelon, and Blush sequins, mixed with the new stars confetti.  The colors mixed together are so amazing!

Here is the card:

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Card Created by Maria Russell for Pretty Pink Posh Valentine Card Challenge

 

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

 

DIY ~ Waterless Snow Globes Using Empty Candle Jars

Christmas is fast approaching and since I’m not allowed to decorate for Christmas yet until after Thanksgiving, I figured I might as well start some Christmas projects early this year.

I’ve always been a huge fan of recycling, repurposing containers. Since I hoard candles, I have a lot of empty candle jars. I wanted to use them to make some DIY Christmas gifts for my siblings this year. These are very inexpensive to make and people just love them. You can pretty much find everything at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for your snow globes.  The possibilities are endless.  I just need to figure out how to put lights inside and it will be perfect. For now, I came up with 3 styles.

Here are the things that you’ll need:

Empty Candle Jar with a flat lid (mine is from Bath and Body Works)

House Die (or get the tiny little houses at a craft store)

Card Stock to create the tiny house

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive (very important if you’re making 3D projects)

Punches

Small Bottle Brush Trees (green or white)

Bows

Stickers

Decorative Buttons

Tiny plastic light bulbs

Small Deer and Gingerbread Men (you can find them at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or AC Moore)

Fake Snow

Hot glue

Here are the photos of the finished projects. I am also including my YouTube video on this post if you guys would like to see how I put it together.

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Created by Maria Russell – http://www.youtube.com/rprmlr772
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Created by Maria Russell – http://www.youtube.com/rprmlr772
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Created by Maria Russell – http://www.youtube.com/rprmlr772

I hope I have inspired you today to start your Christmas crafts!

Lawnscaping Challenge Sparkle and Shine Sponsored by Ellen Hutson

There is something about Lawn Fawn stamps that just makes me happy. It’s whimsical, fun and brings out the inner child in me. I found Lawn Fawn stamps two years ago, but it was only the recent 6 months that I started getting obsessed with it.   I watch Lawn Fawn’s YouTube videos constantly, especially when I don’t feel crafty. I somehow get my mojo back just watching people create with Lawn Fawn stamps.

I am entering this card for the Lawnscaping Challenge called Sparkle and Shine.  The card below is one of my all-time favorite stamps – the Critters Ever After!  As a child, I was very sickly and most of the time I was stuck indoors looking at my sisters and other kids play in the yard. I wasn’t allowed to go out so I always pretended I was a princess stuck in a castle. A little cliché but true! So when I saw the stamp set, I was immediately hooked! They didn’t have the coordinating dies then so I bought the stamps first and when the dies came out, of course I had to get them too. Who likes fuzzy-cutting?! Definitely not me!

It took me a couple of hours to create the card below. I’ve put on some music and just let my imagination run wild. I wanted it to look girly, whimsical and glittery. This is the reason why I used a lot of glitter paper on this card, vellum and stickles. In my memory as a child, this is how the dragon looked like ~ cute, friendly, glittery and purple! I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen on the dragon but unfortunately, my camera and the lighting didn’t catch the glitz and shine.

The unicorn and the frog prince are also one of my favorites, so I decided to do a pop-up card to show them off. I didn’t want them left out!

I hope you guys like this card and please let me know what you think. Happy crafting!

Lawnscaping Challenge Sparkle and Shine Created by Maria Russell
Lawnscaping Challenge Sparkle and Shine Created by Maria Russell
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Created by Maria Russell – http://www.mariarusselldesigns.wordpress.com
Created by Maria Russell http://www.mariarusselldesigns.wordpress.com
Created by Maria Russell – http://www.mariarusselldesigns.wordpress.com

Please check out this link to join the fun ~ http://www.lawnscaping.blogspot.com

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Start of the Summer Design Team Showcase Featuring Brentwood at the Beach – Win a Prize!

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Hello and Welcome to the Start of the Summer Design Team Showcase Blog Hop created by the JessicaLynnOriginal June 2015 – January 2016 Design Team! I am pleased to announce that I am one of the designers for JessicaLynnOriginal.Com.

Today we are featuring projects using the Brentwood at the Beach Digi Stamp that really showcase and introduce our talented design team members! This fun stamp captures that summer vacation and can be used in many ways. This card kind of reminds me of my son when we were on a holiday in The Maldives. He loves surfing and scuba diving but most importantly, he loves to just hang out by the shore, collect shells and play with hermit crabs. Put your feet up and grab a cool drink to sip as you travel along the hop, getting inspired by the different takes from each of our designers. If you are coming from Jessica’s blog, then you’re in the right place.

Here is the card:

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If you’d like to see a video on how I created this card please watch it here:

This digi-stamp is available free for download today (May 23, 2015 at 0800 CST) so please hurry and check out the website (http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.com/free-digital-brentwood-owl-summertime-fun-stamp-2015/). While you’re there, please check out the other stamps available for purchase as well. My favorite is the Brentwood Owl.

Supplies I’ve used:

Brentwood at the Beach Digital Stamp
Card base – Light Blue Card Stock (8 1/2 by 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4)
Dark Blue Card Stock – 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 to create the water background
Tan Colored Card Stock – Used to die-cut and create the “Sand”
Designer Series Paper – Used to cut the Surf Board
Orange Card Stock – used to die-cut the umbrella
Dies – Umbrella Die, Stitched hillside border die, feather framelits
Copic Markers Used for the Owl ~ E25 and E35 blended with Dark Chocolate Brown Alcohol Marker (main body). I also used R000 and B00 for the eyes.
The shorts were colored using Coastal Cabana Alcohol Markers.
Copic Markers Used for the Starfish – R24 and R29
Copic Marker Used for the Coconut – G05
Hologram Shell Stickers

Win a prize! Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Comment on each of the blogs in the hop and you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate towards anything at JessicaLynnOriginal.com! After the hop, Jessica will randomly select a winner and announce the lucky person on her blog on Sunday, May 24th. Here is the link to Jessica’s Blog ~ http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com.

Next on the hop is Vickie Yearly ~ http://stuffbyvickie.blogspot.com/2015/05/welcome-to-start-of-summer-blog-hop.html blog!

If you got lost along the way, or if a link doesn’t work, please click here to see the link for everyone’s Blog (http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com/2012/05/got-lost-along-this-hop.html)

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Pop-Up Card

I have created this card for Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, I was not able to post it here on my Blog because my hubby and I traveled back home to Orlando to see our family, and move our daughter out of her dorm. It has been a busy month of May so far for me. I apologize for neglecting this Blog but I promise to post more regularly from now on.

This card is perfect not only for Mother’s Day but for any occasion. I hope that you will give it a try. I would love to hear from you if you did.

Happy Crafting!