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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Otterly Love You

I have a card for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today.

This one uses one of my favourite MFT stamps of all time, Otterly Love You.

I think anyone would find these otters cute, but as otters are my favourite animal, I really, really LOVE them and I just HAD to have this set!!!

This is the first time I've played with the gorgeous otters. and I had lots of fun!

It's an older stamp set but new to me :)






I coloured one of the otters from the set with copics and cut him out.

He looked very cute already but I decided to make him look like he was celebrating a birthday by borrowing some stamps from other sets.

I borrowed the cake from the MFT Happy Hippos stamp set and the balloon from the MFT Birthday Chicks set.

I coloured them with copics and cut them out too.
Then I cut along the fur line of the otters head and along the lines for the otters arm/paw.
This meant that I could tuck the cake and balloon in behind his paw as though he was holding them. Or that he is holding the balloon and the cake is resting on his tummy.
The cake hides where I have cut.

I made the panel with the waves using a few different blue Distress Inks.
I created a stencil for the waves from an old MFT die I have called Surf and Turf.
You could do something similar with a hill die too.
I simply used it on some card to create a template and then used different inks and the mini blending tool to create the waves.
For each wave, I alternated both the colours and the depth of the wave.
Then I flicked on some water droplets.

I stamped the sentiment from the Otter set onto the Kraft card base.
I drew some lines on a white matt with a black fineliner and attached the blue panel to it.
Then I flicked some Dylusions White Linen paint over everything.

I also added a few dots of Ranger white enamel accents and popped the party otter up with some dimensionals.


I am playing along with the challenge this month at Kraft Plus Challenge.

It is a recipe challenge with 4 ingredients :
Something Old - die to create waves
Something New - new stamp set
Something Borrowed - stamps from other sets
Something Blue - waves and balloon

I think this birthday otter made a great male card (and they can be tricky)!
My next challenge will be to make a cuter, more "girly" one.
There are some very cute and sweet sentiments in this set, so actually I don't think it will be much of a challenge at all.  
To be honest, I just want to play around with these otters some more :)

Thanks for dropping by today

Kathy






Sunday, April 1, 2018

Pull Me Along



I have a card to share today featuring some Dreamerland Crafts cuteness :)

This little girl and pig are absolutely adorable aren't they?!!!


The stamp is called Pull Me Along.

I coloured it with copics and used the co-ordinating Die and Stamp package to cut it out.
The insects, sun and sentiment come with the die and they made making a little background scene for them really simple :)





I made the background by sponging a cloudy sky with Peacock Feathers and Broken China Distress Inks. 
I used Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks for the grass and splashed some water on too.

I made a little hole in the wagon so that I could tie some linen thread from it to the piggy and popped them up with dimensionals.

Copics used :

E 000, 00, 11, 13, 21, 31, 33, 35, 37, 41, 42, 43, 44
R 000, 000, 00, 22, 30, 81
W 00, 1, 3, 5
Y 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 28
BV 0000, 000, 00, 04,  05
YG 11, 13, 95
YR 14



I think this sweet stamp could be used for so many occasions but I made this card for my eldest daughter's birthday and she loved it :)
My youngest daughter was a bit jealous and wanted it for her birthday though! :(

Her birthday is in a few weeks and she loves this image so much that I think I'll have to make a card with it for her too :)



I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Modsquad Challenge - ready for spring
Cas-ual Fridays - spring fever
Southern Girls - die cuts
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - springtime


Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Happy Birthday Pirate

I have something for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today :)

I needed a birthday card for a boy this week so I decided to use one of my most favourite MFT sets, Party Like a Pirate, again.

I truly love this set!!! There are so many great images in it but I decided to just use 2 of them and kept this card pretty clean and simple.




I also used the MFT Big Birthday die again on this card. 
I cut my white panel to be slightly smaller than the white base card and then die cut the Happy Birthday out of it.
I used a black fineliner pen to draw a border around the edge and attached it to a piece of Doodlebug Fun in the Sun paper.
Then I glued on the inside letter bits that were cut out, like the centres of the "P's" for example.

So instead of cutting the letters out and placing them on top of the card, this is more like a stencil.

I distressed around the edge of the piece to roughen it up a bit and also added some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I attached it to the card base, popped the pirate up on some foam tape and added some Black Tie Ranger Enamel Accents.





I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Love to scrap - anything goes
Time Out Challenges - birthday quote


This pirate set is so fabulous and fun!
I don't think it would be possible to make a dud card with it!  :)

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy










Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thinking of you floral


I have a post for Anna's Craft Cupboard today using the Vicki Boutin All the Good Things stamp Floral Birds.

I needed a "Thinking of You" card for a friend and I decided to use the flowers and butterfly from this stamp set again, but in a very soft way this time.






There is no colouring on this card at all, which is very unusual for me!
I simply white embossed the flowers onto some Lawn Fawn Watercolour Wishes paper.

There are dies included with the stamp set but I decided to fussy cut instead so that there was no border around them.

The black and white paper and the sentiment are from the Photoplay Vintage Girl collection.

Embossing the flowers and butterfly on these papers was much quicker than colouring them and it gave the card a soft and tranquil feeling too.

I glued the flowers straight onto the background but I bent the butterfly's wings a little and popped it up with foam squares.


It can be very sad when you need to make a card like this but I think the effort and thought behind it is appreciated by the person receiving it.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Word Art Wednesday - sentiment
Penny Black and More Challenge - feature a creature
Southern Girls challenge : pop it up
Fashionable Stamping Challenges : springtime



Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy




Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Birthday Chicks

I have another card for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today.

This one uses the super-cute MFT stamp Birthday Chicks.
They are adorable aren't they?!

I also used a new MFT die called Big Birthday which I really love!






I started off by colouring the chicks with Copics (which was fun) and then I made a background for them using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I used some repositional tape to create a straight line for the grass and sponged on some Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough with the Tim Holtz mini foam ink blending tool.

I used the tool again to apply Peacock Feathers for the sky and then I splashed on a little water.

I cut the die out using orange cardstock and used a glue pen to adhere it to the background.
The best and easiest way to get your letters straight and even is to use the outside of the diecut as a kind of template.

I cut a rectangle around the "Happy Birthday" from the die-cut and adhered it to the background with the same tape I used when I sponged the distressed grass.  It held the template in place while I glued the back of each letter and adhered it back into the stencil.  When you've glued them all in you just remove the tape and the outer piece (the template)  and the letters are positioned perfectly!  :)

I popped the chicks up on some foam tape and added some stars from the Jillibean Soup Shaker Card and Sequin Pack Watercolour with Shapes .  These are lovely!  They are clear but have a hint of orange.  I attached them with Tim Holtz Glossy Accents.






I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :

Love to scrap challenge : anything goes
Penny Black and more challenge : feature a creature
Word art Wednesday : sentiment
Fashionable Stamping Challenges : One for the girls



Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy












Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Floral Birds



I have a card for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today.

I used this beautiful bird from the American Crafts, All the Good Things collection by Vicki Boutin.  The stamp set is called Floral Birds.

It was fun dreaming up colours this bird could be, but I went with my favourite combo of blues, aquas and purples :)






For the sentiment, I used the MFT Love You Die again.  There are just so many ways to use it!
I decided to die cut it from white card and then cut it out to just use the "You".
I left it like a stencil so that you can see the watercolour background through the negative space.
I white embossed a sentiment from the Up in the Air set by MFT, masking off the "you" and glued them together onto the card.

I decided to create a background for the bird by smooshing some Tim Holtz Distress Inks with water onto watercolour paper.  
I used Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Broken China.

I also added some jewels from the Jillibean Soup Watercolour with Shapes Shaker Card Sequin Pack.
These are very pretty and were just the perfect colour to work with the rest of the card and give it a little something special.






I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Fashionable Stamping - One for the girls
Southern Girls - Nature
Word Art Wednesday - sentiment
The Cat's Pajamas - Animals


Thanks for dropping by today :)
Kathy

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Our Story Bookmark

I have another MFT card for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today.

I wanted to send someone a gift card to a book shop and I thought it would be nice to make a little bookmark to go with it too :)

I obviously wanted to use the MFT set called Our Story to make the bookmark.  I LOVE this set!!!

And I used the MFT Bold Stripes Cover Up die to hold it and the gift card in place on the front of the card, for something a little different :)




I cut the die from grey card and then cut an extra piece to adhere to the bottom.

I then decorated it using papers from Photoplay's  beautiful Vintage Girl collection.

I used glue to adhere the die to the base layer but I only glued around the very outside edge. 
So that I was free to insert the gift card and bookmark through the stripes/slats.





I was happy with how this turned out.  The die held everything in place really well.
I think this would also be a great way to send someone a photo or tickets to a show, for example.

I'm sure the recipient would get a lovely surprise when they took this card out of the envelope :)

Thanks for dropping by today

Kathy