I’m Under Your Spell with MFT Stamps

Hello MFT fans! I am super excited to share with you my entry for the MFT Stamps 2021 Card Design Superstar. This card is for the Coloring Virtuoso category.

I started by stamping the images from the Witch Way Is The Candy stamp set with Memento Tuxedo black ink on some Neenah solar white card stock. I colored the images in with my alcohol markers. Even though I have the “older” coordinating dies for this stamp set, I fussy-cut the images with my precision snips. I didn’t want the white border around the images because of the black background.

Next, I die-cut some black card stock, as well as some Bristol smooth white card stock using the Outside The Box Level Up Die-namics. Using the Bristol smooth die-cuts, I ink-blended them all with Seedless Preserves, Carved Pumpkin and Wilted Violet distress oxide inks. I sprayed the pieces with water using distress sprayer and picked up the excess with paper towel. I then assembled the main box card with liquid glue then added the colored panel using my tape runner.

Next was to create my Halloween scene. I die-cut the grass panels using the Outside The Box Grassy Hills Die-namics with some black licorice card stock. I cut the flaps and adhered on the box card with liquid glue.

Now that I have everything colored and assembled, I am ready to put my scene together. I adhered my focal image (being the star of the show) to the foreground. I added the frog and pumpkins with liquid glue.

Next, I have to decorate the background to finish my scene. I die-cut the tree using a retired Trio of Trees Die-namics from MFT with the Sweet Celebration 6×6 Patterned Paper (also retired). I adhered it on the background with liquid glue.

The moon was die-cut using the older Witch Way Is the Candy Die-namics on some Bristol smooth white card stock and inked up with Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin distress oxide inks.

To finish my spooky scene, I die-cut the black clouds using the Cloud Cover Die-namics on some black card stock. The first piece was adhered with liquid glue on top of the moon. The other cloud was adhered on acetate sheet and added on the card behind the witch for added dimension. Take a quick look here:

I hope you like my spooky scene. Some of the retired items are of course no longer available. Therefore, I have linked the current supplies that are similar to the retired products I used for my card. Thanks for stopping by today and happy stamping!

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You Make Me Crazy Happy with MFT Stamps

Hello MFT fans! I am super excited to share with you my entry for the MFT Stamps 2021 Card Design Superstar. This card is for the Clean and Simple Genius category.

I started by stamping the image from the Let Your Hair Down stamp set with Memento Tuxedo black ink on some Bristol smooth white card stock. Without removing the stamp set from my stamping tool, I also stamped the image on some masking paper.

Next, I colored the images in with my Copic markers. I fussy-cut the mask and covered the images so that I can work on my simple background.

I sprayed my Watercolor Wash Rectangle 6×6 Stencil with some Pixie Spray, and placed it on my colored image. I used some Pink and Yellow Quick Dry Dye inks with my blending brushes to add the soft color to the background. Once I was happy with the color intensity, I removed the stencil.

I used the Thanks Die-namics (retired) to die-cut the word on the foreground. I die-cut the word two more times and adhered them together with liquid glue for added dimension. I added the foreground with the “thanks” die-cut letters on some A2-size notecard.

To finish my design, I stamped the sentiment on some Milk Chocolate card stock with Versamark ink and sprinkled some white embossing powder. I heat-set the sentiment with my heating tool and used my precision snips to cut it out, then adhered on my card with liquid glue. Here’s another look at the card:

Clean and simple, don’t you agree? I love how this card turned out! I hope I win this year so please wish me luck!

The supplies I used are listed and linked below. Thanks for stopping by today and happy stamping!

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Clean & Simple Card with MFT Stamps

 

 

Hello my crafty friends! I am back today with another card for the 2020 Card Design Superstar!   This is my entry for the Clean & Simple category.  I don’t always make clean and simple cards but I really LOVE how this one turned out.

 

 

For my project, I am showcasing the Hanging with my Gnomies stamp set, along with the Circle Shaker Window & Frame die-namics, Rolling Clouds stencil and Congratulations Circle Frame Die-namics.

 

To begin, I stamped the Gnome on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored the image in with my alcohol markers.  Since I didn’t have the coordinating die, I fussy-cut the image using my precision snips.  

 

Next, I die-cut a circle using the Circle Shaker Window & Frame die-namics on some masking paper and use the negative to mask off the space.  I positioned the Rolling Clouds Stencil and used my mini ink-blending tool to create the clouds for added texture.   This made my focal image to stand out.

 

 

 

I die-cut the “congratulations” using the Congratulations Circle Frame die-namics three times and adhered with liquid glue for added dimension.  I adhered this piece onto an A2-size card base. 

 

I finished my design by foam-mounting the gnome onto the card.  Here’s another look:

 

 

I hope you like my card today.  Please wish me luck that I get picked this year!  The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

 

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Fill the Season with Warm Memories with MFT Stamps

 

 

It is that time of the year where card-makers all over the world get together and join this amazing opportunity offered by My Favorite Things.  It is the 2020 Card Design Superstar and I am super excited to participate again this year.  This is my entry for the Coloring Virtuoso category.

 

 

For my project, I am showcasing the Birdie Brown Fall Friends stamp set and coordinating dies, along with the Stacey Yacula’s Scene Builder stamp set and Tucked-In Turf Horizontal Die-namics.

 

To begin, I stamped the Trees and hills on a panel of Bristol smooth white card stock.  I also stamped the same image on masking paper and used my precision snips to fussy-cut my mask and adhered it on my panel.  I ink-blended the background with Spun Sugar and Tumbled glass distress oxide inks. 

 

I smooshed Aged Mahogany on an acrylic block and added water, then use my watercolor brush to add texture to my background.  I picked up the excess with some paper towel.  I gently removed the mask so I can ink-blend the grassy hills with Antique Linen and Scattered Straw.  I colored the trees with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.  Next, I stamped my focal images on some Neenah solar white card stock using Rustic Brown alcohol-proof ink and colored them in with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I used the coordinating dies to die-cut them out.

 

To create my scene, I die-cut the grass panel using the Tucked-In Turf Horizontal Die-namics and ink-blended this piece with Crushed Olive and Forest Moss distress oxide inks.  These colors blend really well together!  I adhered the grass panel on my ink-blended background and added the images.  Here’s a closer look:

 

 

I finished my design by using my white gel pen to add more texture to the girl’s scarf and stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I really LOVE Autumn and this stamp set is one of my favorites from MFT Stamps.  Here’s another look:

 

 

I hope you like my card today.  Please wish me luck that I get picked this year!  The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

 

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2019 Card Design Superstar with MFT Stamps – Clean & Simple

 

I hope you are all having a fabulous day.  This is my second post for today for the MFT Stamps 2019 Card Design Superstar contest!   This post is to enter the Clean & Simple category.

 

For my card below, I am showcasing the Birdie Brown Fab-BOO-lous Friends stamp set with the LLD Little Letters Die-namics.

 

I started by masking the sentiment and stamping it on some A2-size Neenah 80 lb. solar white card stock.  I also stamped the two ghosts from the BB Fab-BOO-lous stamp set and colored them in with some T1 and T0 copic markers.  I used my R00 to add some pink color to their cheeks.

 

I die-cut the letter “B” on some black card stock using the LLD Little Letters Die-namics. and adhered it right next to the ghost.  I stamped the remaining sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink and also stamped the stars using some light gray ink.

 

I adhered my foreground on some MFT Just Delightful patterned paper and added this piece on some A2-size card base.  Here’s my card:

 

 

If you guys have been following me for awhile, you know that clean & simple is not my strongest point.  This category was quite the challenge for me!  I think having this contest is amazing because it challenges us (card-makers), to go beyond our comfort zone and try something new.  Here’s a closer look:

 

 

I hope you like my card today and got inspired.  If you would like to enter the contest, please click on this link: 2019 Card Design Superstar.   The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have a great day and happy stamping!

 

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2019 Card Design Superstar with MFT Stamps – Coloring Virtuoso

 

It is that time of the year when most card-makers get nervous trying to come up with unique designs to join the MFT Stamps 2019 Card Design Superstar contest!  I have entered the last two years but never won.  There are so many amazing card-makers out there and the competition gets tougher every year.    However, I think this is a great way to interact with a lot of people and I adore MFT Stamps for giving us a chance to show off our skills.  For this post, I am entering the “Coloring Virtuoso” category.

 

For my project today, I am showcasing the Spooktacular Friends stamp set, the Tucked-In Turf die-namics and the Grassy Hills die-namics.

 

To begin, I die-cut a piece of masking paper using a circle die and masked some A2-size Bristol smooth white card stock.  I inked up this piece using some water-reactive inks.  I used my distress sprayer to spray some water on my colored background and dabbed it dry with my paper towel.

 

 

I stamped the images from the Spooktacular Friends stamp set and colored them in with my alcohol markers.  Since I didn’t have the coordinating dies for this, I used my cutter-bee scissors to fussy-cut the images.  I also colored the border on the images with some T7 Copic marker.  Since I have a night scene, I didn’t want the edges of the images to have some white border.

 

I die-cut some black card stock using the Tucked-In Turf and Grassy Hills Die-namics.  I used my blending brush and some Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink by MFT Stamps to add some texture on the grass.  Since I have a ginormous moon, I needed to make the grass look more realistic by having some light shadows.

 

 

I adhered my colored background on an A2 size card base.  I foam mounted some of the grassy hills and started assembling my card.  I stamped the tree image directly onto the foreground with some Versafine Onyx black ink.  I then used my white gel pen to add some color to the ghost.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on the card with some Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some white embossing powder and heat-set this with my Wagner Heating tool.  Here’s my card:

 

 

I don’t know about you but I think one of the most difficult part about creating a night scene is to make sure that the images pop against the dark background.  This is the reason why I colored the edges with some dark marker.  I wanted them to pop against the dark background but I didn’t want the white edges to stand out either.  Here’s a closer look:

 

 

I hope you like my card today.   If you would like to participate and have some fun, please visit their blog post here:  2019 Card Design Superstar Contest.   The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have an amazing day and Happy stamping!

 

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SPECTember with Spectrum Noir – Cute Companions

 

I am super excited to share today’s post as we start the month with “SPECTember projects” with Spectrum Noir.   For September 3, the prompt is CUTE COMPANIONS.

 

For my project today, I am showcasing the Joyful Heart Bears stamp set by MFT Stamps, the Get Grounded stamp set by The Ink Blot Shop, with the Spectrum Noir original coloring system markers, SN TriBlend markers, along with the SN Harmony Quick Dry Dye Inks on SN Ultra Smooth Premium White card stock.

 

To begin, I stamped the cute bear holding a heart balloon on SN ultra smooth premium white card stock and colored him in using my SN original coloring system marker in MB1 and MB2.  I colored the balloon with my SN TriBlend marker in Pale Pink blend.

 

To create my scene, I stamped the clouds and stars using SN Harmony Quick Dry Dye ink in Sand Storm.  I colored the clouds with my SN original alcohol marker in IB1 and my blender pen.  The stars were colored with my SN Triblend marker in Citrus Blend.

 

I used the Get Grounded stamp set to stamp the grass with some SN Harmony Quick Dry Dye ink in Grasshopper.  I also used some blending brushes to add more color to the grass using the same dye ink.

 

To finish my design, I stamped the butterfly and colored him in using my SN Triblend marker in Green Turquoise blend.  Here’s what it looks like:

 

 

I love that Spectrum Noir markers and the Harmony Quick Dry Dye inks just perfectly work so well together.  The Harmony quick dry dye inks are alcohol proof so you can use it with the SN TriBlend, SN original coloring system markers or the new SN Illustrators.  There isn’t going to be any smudging.  Here’s a closer look at my card:

 

 

I hope you like my card today and got inspired.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  To find out more information about the Spectrum Noir products, please visit http://www.spectrumnoir.com.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and happy coloring!

 

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Birthday Fishes – Underwater Scene with Copic Markers

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Hello MFT fans!  I am back today with this underwater scene card using stamps by My Favorite Things for the 2018 Card Design Superstar contest.  I finally summoned up some courage to “freehand” my background and I thought I was going to hurl!  Haha!   I am so very thankful to MFT for this contest because they encourage us all to join and get out of our comfort zone, whether you are a beginner or an expert!  I am certainly a beginner when it comes to drawing/coloring my own scene.  I had second thoughts about joining since this is a tough competition.  Just looking at all the other entries make me nervous but I thought I’d go ahead and try anyway.

 

I only have a few MFT dies and stamps with me to get by since I have just packed up my entire studio and shipped it back to my home in Orlando, FL about a month ago.  However, that will not stop me from joining the contest!   This card entry is for the Coloring Virtuoso category.

 

I envisioned a design in my head and started drawing my background with different Copic markers on some Neenah 110 lb. white card stock.  I layered different colors of blue, blue green and lilac Copics to create my water scene.  I also drew some seaweeds with different green and yellow Copic markers and mixed it up a little with brown.  To draw the sand, I used Earth tones – E40, E41, E43, E44.

 

I stamped my images with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink using the BB Gill Friends stamp set and Beach Buds stamp set.  I colored them in with Copic markers and fussy-cut them with my precision scissors.  I adhered them onto my card base with liquid adhesive.

 

To finish my design, I used my Colorless blender to create bubbles on the water and stamped my sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink.  I also used my Sakura white gel pen to add more details to the fishes.

 

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I was so nervous creating this background but I absolutely LOVE how this card turned out!  The images on both stamp sets can be mixed and matched to create a wonderful scene.   Here’s another look:

 

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Doesn’t this card make you want to go snorkeling in the Maldives?  That crab wearing the sunglasses is just adorable!

 

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I hope you like my card today!  I’d like to take this moment to THANK MFT Stamps for this great opportunity and for keeping us motivated to get out of our comfort zone!  Good luck to everyone playing along!  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Happy crafting!

 

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A Happy Hello – CAS card with MFT Stamps

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It is that time of the year again where all card designers get pumped and excited for the 2018 Card Design Superstar contest by MFT Stamps.   I am completely bummed since I have just packed up my entire studio and shipped it back to my home in Orlando, FL about a month ago.  I kept a few dies and stamps with me to get by, until I get my shipment.  Needless to say, most of my MFT stamps are in the shipping container and I am left with 3 stamp sets and a few sentiments.  However, that will not stop me from joining the contest!   This card entry is for the Clean and Simple Genius category.

 

I started by stamping my image on some Neenah solar white card stock using MFT Stamps Black Licorice hybrid ink and colored him in with my Copic markers.  I fussy-cut this image using my precision-cut scissors.

 

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I die-cut the word “hello” a couple of times with some  white card stock using the  Hello There Die-namics by MFT stamps.  I cut another piece of some white card stock  with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics and adhered this piece onto my card base.  I also adhered the Hello die-cuts onto my card panel, as well as my colored image.

 

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To finish my design, I stamped the sentiment “A Happy Hello”.  Here’s a little close-up:

 

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I love creating Clean and Simple cards!  Sometimes less is really more!  I love how this card turned out!  Here’s one last look:

 

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I hope you like my card today!  THANK YOU SO MUCH MFT Stamps for this great opportunity!  Good luck to everyone playing along!  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Happy crafting!

 

MFT Supplies Used:

  •     A Happy Hello stamp set
  •     Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
  •     Hello There Die-namics
  •     Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics