Friday, October 2, 2015

From the Heart Stamps -- Meet the Design Team Blog Hop

Hi all!  Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop.  We have a Meet the Design Team theme this month.  Our designers are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects and telling us a bit about themselves too!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog.  One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.  And additionally, we will have a game with some prizes on the FTHS blog!

Before we get to my project, here are a few bits about me.

What is your favorite coloring technique?
I definitely love my Copic markers, but I also like to play a bit with Gelatos, watercoloring with dye inks and watercolor markers.

What is your favorite category of images in the FTHS store?
It most definitely is the Project 100 Snowmen.  Absolutely adore them! I expect lots of snowmen cards!

What emoji do you use most often?
I'd have to say it is the winking emoji with the blushing cheeks.  Or the simple hearts when I'm texting my husband.

Describe your crafting space.
I'm fortunate enough to have an entire room -- it leads to our 3 seasons room in our house so it can't be used well as a bedroom, so I use it as a craft room.  It is, of course, pink!

Back to the blog hop, if you have arrived from Calypso's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, why don't you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog so you don't miss anything.  Now on to my project, featuring Candy Run.

This is about the only way that I like mice -- cute drawn ones!  I was inspired by a jar of jumbo glitter I purchased from Michaels and decided to make a shaker card.

Here's a few of my current tips & tricks for shaker cards.

When making shaker cards, I always forget to make sure that the shaker bits don't stick to the adhesive or acetate.  I keep dryer sheets, baby powder and q-tips on hand to remove a bit of this possibility. {If you look closely at my card today, you'll see that I remembered this AFTER adding in the confetti!}

Another shaker card solution is for the dimension.  I have taken to using fun foam, when possible, to add the depth needed.  For my card today, I have four layers of fun foam on there!

This is pre-filling of the card.  Since I was using a die to cut the frame, I just cut 4 black rings from fun foam.

And here it is, filled and shaken.

 Now head over to Doni's blog and see what she has created.

Thanks for hopping with us today.  The hop will end on Monday, October 5th at 6 AM EST.  Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday, October 7th.

Candy Run: From the Heart Stamps Candy Run, MFT Stitched Circle Frames and Blueprints 14 die-namics, PTI True Black, MFT Orange Fizz, Neenah Solar Crest White, Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium, twine, ArtMinds Halloween Jumbo Glitter, acetate, fun foam

Challenge Submissions
Crafty Creations Challenges -- Falling for You
Retarte - Anything Goes with a Halloween twist

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, September 28, 2015

I {Heart} Sketches #120 -- Swinging By

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  Although my first official day on the design team for From the Heart Stamps is Friday,  I'm popping in a few days early with the new sketch from I {heart} Sketches.

As I mentioned, I just adore the snowmen Faith has been drawing.  They are so sweet!  And, they are an incredible value -- while Faith is working on her goal of 100 snowmen, these are $1.00 in the store!  It isn't just the image -- it's a full digi set with sentiments! Even at full price, they are a bargain!

Really, how could you resist these little guys?  This is the Swinging Snowman -- he comes with three sentiments.  I printed two of the sentiments, using one for inside as well {the wishing you.... sentiment}.  Both panels are cut with Blueprints 13.  My snowman is printed on Stampers Select card stock from PTI and colored with Copics.  I went with a different combo of turquoise/aqua with a deep magenta.  {I did my usual, where I color the image prior to selecting any papers and then spend a ton of time trying to find papers to go with the image!  I never learn!}  My card base is Rich Razzleberry and I finally found some designer paper to go with this from My Mind's Eye.  My snowman is cut out with a Zig Zag Square die and popped up on dimensionals.  I wanted there to be a lot of sparkle, so I added Stickles to his hat and boot cuffs, as well as the sole of the boot.  To complete it, I added a trio of sequins.    Hope you'll consider playing along with us this week!  

Before I go, join us on Friday for the Meet the Design Team blog hop!

Challenge Submissions
Aud Sentiments Challenge -- Christmas + sentiment
Creative Knockouts -- Glitter It Up (Stickles on the hat & boots)

Swinging By: From the Heart Stamps Swinging Snowmen, Rich Razzleberry (SU), Stampers Select white (PTI), My Mind's Eye designer paper, Blueprints 13 & 14 (MFT), Zig Zag Square STAX (MFT), Stickles, rhinestones, sequins

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Birthday Unicorn

Hi all!  Happy Friday!  My daughter turned 10 on Monday.  It's hard to believe that she's 10.  A few of her loves are horses, My Little Pony and unicorns.  So when I saw the Unicorn die set from Top Dog Dies, I had to get it.  Of course, I procrastinated making my daughter's card and was scrambling to make one the day of her birthday.
Because I was scrambling, I had to go with a CAS design.  To amp that up, I opted for glittery papers.     I pulled out some old Doodlebug sugar paper (I bought these papers when I was pregnant with my son and have been using scraps ever since then!)  I cut my unicorn from some cyan and pink sugar paper, as well as plain white card stock.  My unicorn is matted on a zig zag stitched oval from MFT.  I then added a Happy Birthday banner in pink sugar paper.  Fairly quick and with quite a pop of fun!  Perfect for a 10 year old!

Challenge Submissions
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge -- Fantasy
Southern Girls Challenge Blog -- #120 Whimsical, Cute &/or Fun
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday -- No Designer Paper
Unicorn Challenge -- Mythical & Magical

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

MFTWSC246 Hello

Hi all!  Happy Thursday!  I have my second card for the MFT Card Design Superstar contest today.  I wish I would have had more opportunity or a more cooperative mojo to create more cards (entry limit of 5!), but I'm really happy with the two I did create.   I combined it with the current MFTWSC sketch challenge.  It's been awhile since I've participated in the sketch challenge!

When I sat down to make my flamingo card, I colored an additional half of watercolor paper with the same colors of Gelatos and cut it out with the Floral Fushion Cover Up die.  I wasn't sure where I was going with that for a design, so I just set it to the side.  When yesterday's sketch came out, I knew where I wanted to go with it.  I started with a card base of Grout Gray {absolutely love this color!} and then cut a piece of white card stock (Neenah Solar White) with Blueprints 14.  That white panel was then cut with the largest Stitched Circle Frame.  I kept my frame and removed the inner circle.  I adhered a piece of acetate to create a window, but not a shaker window.  I didn't want to detract from the Floral Fusion panel.  I glued my Floral Fusion panel behind my window, snipping off the overhang on the top and bottom.  The full panel is then glued down and I glued in the Stitched Circle Frame.  My sentiment is from For the Boys and I stamped it in Steel Grey on the smallest Pierced Traditional Tag STAX.  That is then popped up on the smallest Traditional Tag STAX, which is then popped up on the circle window.  Just a touch of dimension!

Challenge Submissions
MFT You Could Be a Card Design Superstar
MFT Card Challenges -- MFTWSC246
Mod Squad Challenge -- Use a Flower as the focal image (hope this counts!)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -- Die Crazy

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I'll Stand By You {MFT Card Design Superstar Contest}

Hi all!  I'm back again today (shocked, I know!) with an entry for MFT's Card Design Superstar contest.  I was actually able to pull out two cards today and just in case I find another stuck somewhere back in my mind, I wanted to have enough time to post them by Friday's entry deadline!

I love how this turned out!  I started by coloring with Gelatos on some watercolor paper.  I wanted to mimic sunset colors, but on the softer side, so I stuck with some oranges, blush and pinks.  After drying my paper, I cut it with Blueprints 13 to have it line up perfectly with my white panel cut with the Mini Chicken Wire Cover Up.  Before gluing my panel down, I spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer for a touch of sparkle.  Then, to give it even dimension, I used fun foam to pop up the entire panel on my Pink Lemonade card base.

I then pulled out two Pink Lemonade flamingos -- they were extra from a previous card and I don't get rid of my extras.  I save them and just recently started storing them in baseball/trading card sleeves.  Anywho........I glued my flamingos down on a Zig Zag Stitched Oval, making them appear like one was giving the other a hug.  Their feathers are popped up with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from Tickled Pink and I stamped that onto a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX.  The sentiment and the oval panel are all popped up on dimensionals.

Challenge Submissions
MFT Card Design Superstar
Cards und More -- No Designer Paper

Thanks so much for stopping by today!