Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Je t'adore L'Amour

Hi all!  It's a rainy morning here, but the lovely rain sounds have been drowned out by the sound of a jackhammer.  UGH!  They are doing "water main rehab" on our street through October.  I'm hoping by the end of the week they will be a bit further down and the jackhammering won't be quite so loud! I love to be in my craft room on rainy days -- well, I like to be in there on any day, but more so on rainy ones.  Have you heard of the site RainyMood?  They loop the sound of thunderstorms and rain. It's great if you like or need that sound for concentrating!

Today's card will be heading to the museum gift shop and I absolutely adore how it turned out.
I've been trying to organize my dies and this one was still floating around on my desk.  It's a Cottage Cutz die and the Eiffel Tower is nice & big.  I cut it from Basic Grey and paired it up with Pink Lemonade from MFT and Echo Park Be Mine.  The layout is the current Sketch Saturday challenge.  Love, love, love the colors on this!  To finish it off, I stamped a pair of sentiments from the MFT WTG Parisian Girl set.

Challenge Submissions
Sketch Saturday
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything die cut (Eiffel Tower & Dainty Lace border)

Je t'adore L'Amour: MFT WTG Parisian Girl, SU Basic Grey, MFT Pink Lemonade, Echo Park Be Mine, MFT Dainty Lace border, Cottage Cutz Eiffel Tower (4x6), Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, ribbon, word window punch

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stay Focused

Hi all!  A quick post this morning... in between all of the home improvement projects I found some extra crafty time late last night.  I still had Geek is Chic on my desk and went to it again for a super simple & fun card using the Freshly Made Sketches sketch.
I opted for red glasses this time and no glossy accents.  I really love these dies!  The sentiment is stamped in Steel Grey and Electric Red.  I had some issues inking up the red after the grey, which actually lends to the "blurry" idea on the top part of the sentiment. A pair of glitter dots finishes it off.

Challenge Submissions
Freshly Made Sketches #153

Stay Focused: MFT Electric Red cardstock & ink, Steel Grey ink, Geek is Chic stamps & dies; PTI Stampers Select white, Glitter Dots

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Friday, September 12, 2014

MFTWSC193 Smart is the new pretty!

TGIF!  My kids made it through their first full week of school and we made it through the first week of homework, which thankfully wasn't horrible.  Wednesday I had a great surprise to see my card from last week in the weekly email from MFT with the new sketch!  Today I managed to get my weekly MFTWSC card done.  Plus, I received a commission check for some cards I sell in a museum gift shop.  None of it was expected and that is what makes it great!

On to my card for this week....
When MFT released the Geek is Chic set last month, I had to get it.  {It helped that I had a gift voucher from them burning a hole in my pocket!}  I also had the Cheetah background stamp on my wish list so that went into my cart.   Today this just came together so well!  I cut out some glasses -- I opted to keep my dies together and will just collect the extra frames.  The glasses are cut from cream card stock and then stamped with the Cheetah background in Memento Rich Cocoa.  I then added Glossy Accents to the glasses and let them sit.  I created my background with the cheetah as well, stamping Rich Cocoa again on Kraft.  My Razzle Berry is cut with Blueprints 13.  For my sentiment, I cut out a strip of cream with the Pierced Fishtail Flags die, running it through twice {carefully} to create double banner.

Challenge Submissions
Sister Act Card Challenge -- Anything Goes

Smart is the New Pretty:  MFT Stamps Cheetah Background, Geek is Chic, Geek is Chic dies, Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX, Stitched Circle Stax, Blueprints 16, Razzle Berry dye ink, Razzle Berry card stock; PTI Cream & Kraft card stock; Memento Rich Cocoa, rhinestones

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Monday, September 8, 2014

MFTWSC192 We Compute

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  My kids have their first full week of school this week.  Both are off to a great start, loving their teachers.  We shall see what today brings with homework being given.  I suspect by the end of the week, they will be quite tired.  They also start swimming lessons again today so Mondays are always a bit longer.

As the kids are getting back into their schedule, I'm trying to get back into mine as well!  After dropping them off, I went for a walk and then came home to work on my weekly MFTWSC card.  We are doing lots of home improvement projects so my focus is a bit scattered lately, but I love how this turned out.
When MFT released Office Space the other month, I had to get it.  Not only do I have an iMac, but my husband is a "computer geek."  It's very fortunate to have a tech guy in the family.  He has fixed our neighbor's computer multiple times and does an awesome job of trouble shooting all of our computer needs.  Sometimes it's hard to understand what he's doing -- I've seen his work screens when he has to log in at home and I have NO CLUE how he finds anything in the code.

Anyway for this week's sketch, which was quite simple, I pulled out Office Space and the coordinating dies.  I cut out the computer and stamped it with Versamark.  I embossed it with black and silver, trying to mimic my iMac.  After embossing, I stamped the sentiment on the screen.  The background paper is from Doodlebug Take Note -- as much as I adore my background stamps from MFT, I need to use up some of this 6x6 paper stash!  I added in two strips of washi -- choosing red to add a pop of color.  Finally, I added a little clip to the side of the computer from the Office Supplies die set.

Challenge Submissions
Craftin Desert Divas - Anything Goes
CAS on Sundays -- Black, White + One  (hope you'll still consider this black/white+one)

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Friday, August 29, 2014

MFTWSC191 You & Me

Happy Friday and Happy 3 Day Weekend to my US readers!  We have a few more days left of summer vacation for my kids - they start school on Thursday.  Fortunately, I have kids who still like school and look forward to it.  It will be good to get them back into a routine.  Today we have a surprise for them.  We had purchased summer passes to FunPlex (think Chuck E Cheese with more) and they expire this Monday.  We've already gotten our money out of them, but one of the things they haven't done is Laser Tag.  We are taking them there tonight for Laser Tag and some silly games.

Today I managed to get my weekly MFTWSC card done.  I'm really happy with the fact I've done them all so far this year!  It's good to keep on track with a goal!  I'm also thrilled with how this turned out.
I was struggling with focus today, but was so thrilled when things finally came together.  I pulled a piece of Making Memories Black Tie paper for an elegant background.  You and Me from Always & Forever are stamped in Versamark on Stardream Metallic Silver card stock and heat embossed with black.  I then cut an ampersand from silver and embossed that with silver.  Before putting the designer paper down, I ran it through my Big Shot with a Peek-a-Boo Heart die.  I then put everything together and filled in the heart outlines with a tiny rhinestone or pearl in each circle.

Challenge Submissions
Aud Sentiments Challenge -- Sentiment other than Happy Birthday
Charisma Cards Challenges -- Wedding Anniversary

MFTWSC191 You & Me: PTI Stampers Select White, Making Memories Black Tie, Stardream Metallic Silver,  SU Basic Grey; MFT Always & Forever, Ampersand dies, Peek-a-Boo Heart Frames; embossing powders, rhinestones & pearls

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