Saturday, August 11, 2012

Another look at MFTWSC84

This time I played with MFT: Freckles using this week's sketch. She is stamped on X-press-it with memento black ink, paperpieced and colored with copics. The dp is MME, 6 X 6 and called "A Beautiful Life." The cs base is SU: bashful blue and plum is the base layer for the front.

Did you notice that I didn't use the fishtail flags; but I used the small leafy flourish, fresh cut grass border, fence and vertical greetings one. Buttons are used as "flower" accents. I darkened the flourish with YG93 and wish I had used distress ink on the fence.

She is colored in copics: Skin is E50, E00 and E13. Hair is E13, E37, E59 and Y21. Her hair heart is colored in spica glitter: Lavender. Shading on her clothes is BV00 and around the outside is C1. B60 and 0. Her shoes are BV21, BV23, and BV25. The ground is G40 and YG61; the grass is YG63 and YG93.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


I wanted to make some cards for my teacher friends and I have had this MFT set: Teacher's Pet for a while, but hadn't found a sketch that I really thought would do it justice until this week. Following Barbara's inspiration, I rotated the sketch for a perfect.

Over the past weekend I found the dp pack from MME (Lost and Found: Union Square) on sale at HL. I love that it is in our school colors of red and black. The card base is SU: Cherry Cobbler and the black cs is also SU.

The image is stamped on X-Press-It white in memento black ink. The sentiment is SU: Cherry Cobbler. The image is blended with distress ink: Old Paper. Fishtail flags die is used as well as a 3/8" circle punch for the embellishments which are two layers of cs and one layer of dp (the red one is colored in copics). They are covered with a thick layer of glossy accents as it the apple.

She is paper-pieced and colored with copics. Her skin is E50, E00 and E11. Her skirt is W3, W5, W7 and W9. W1 is used to shadow the shirt and is used around the image along with 0. The books are combinations of E31, E33, E41, E42, E43. The apple is R24, R29 and E09.

Friday, August 3, 2012


I have been sitting on this design sketch for the past month; I chose a school theme to make a card for one of my good friends at school. Summer break is just so short; I can't believe there's only a week left. I had the apple colored and really liked how it turned out, but wasn't happy with any of my paper choices until I found this dp at Michaels called "The Edumacation Stack." The image is from MFT's A la mode line and is called "Apples for Teacher." She is stamped on x-press-it blending paper with memento black ink and colored with copics. I used SU cardstock in wasabi and real red for the layers. The green layer is dry embossed with a 'large circle' folder.

The sentiment on the front come from other MFT set: "Teacher's Pet" and is curved to fit the shape of the MFT die oval tab.  I colored small brass brads with R29 to match the image. I love using my copics to alter embellishments: they match so perfectly and it saves me a lot of time looking through all my stash for a perfect match (which is often close, but just a bit off). I usually color them before I add them to the card so I can get around the sides. The hardest part for me is taking time to let them dry throughly - I usually have to touch up the color after applying them to the card.

Other dies that I used include the star border, fishtail flags (I can't seem to make a card without this die) and the stacking stars cut from MFT wild cherry felt and topped with a button and twine.

She is colored with copics: her skin is E50, E00, E11, and R20. Her hair and shoes are E13, E37 and E59. Not very visible is her hair clip colored with a lemon spica glitter pen.  Her shirt is YR21, YR23 and YR24. Her skirt and the leaf come from YG25, YG63 and YG67. The red apple is YR21, R14, R24 and R29.  The ground is W3, W1 and 0. The background is BG10, BG70 and 0. I did not use the BG11 at the top so it helps reflect the light source.

I am always so inspired by all the designs that I see online and my personal challenge this summer was to 'step up' my inside design. I used scraps of paper (I am basically lazy - I use what is on my work space) and repeated the star border die. I space the paper scraps apart so that the red base peeked through the stars (and it wasn't just that the stamped paper was a bit short for the space.)  I really like how it sparks the inside. The sentiment comes from the MFT set: "Clearly Sentimental About Teaching." I use the small bottle (of glossy accents to apply glue to small/thin pieces like the stars because the tip is tiny. To apply, I hold up the bottle and squeeze gently to bring a small drop to the end of the tip and then I just touch the paper to the glue very lightly. Too much and you will have very shiny adhesive showing where you don't want it. If some does push out, I quickly use my fingernail to scrape it off. I also like this product to adhere any buttons or other embellishments;  it is really strong and works on all types of surfaces.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Spent the morning running errands and stopping by school to pick up my new rosters and then I headed home to play with the new sketch. I really like this one and have several ideas that I want to try. For this one, the background is SU Midnight Muse dry embossed with the Holtz snowflake folder and layered on white and then onto a Wisteria card base.  I  created some pretty paper by putting Distress stains(broken china and concord) and Perfect Pearl Mist on a craft sheet and the pulling white cs through the inks until it was covered. After drying it, I die cut the paper with MFT Fishtail Flags. I wish the wonderful shine showed more in the photos. The "Joy and Love" sentiment is an oldie from Great Impressions (C-32) that I stamped on one of the flags using black archival ink.

 After stamping MFT's Heart Stripes on neenah with Memento black ink, I colored her with copics,  and layered her using nestability dies and SU paper: Wisteria and Midnight Muse. This is then raised onto a large diecut snowflake (for SU bySizzix) that is cut from SU's glitter paper (my very favorite glitter paper - and the new Champagne color is totally awesome!).  A MFT snowflake die cut from SU glitter paper and decorated with bling (colored with copics: V04 and BG45) finishes the front. 

Her face is colored with E000, E00, E01, R20, R00 and BV00. Her hair is Y21, E15, and E39. Her hair clip is colored with Spica glitter pen in lavender. Her jumper is B32, BG45 and B34. Her striped shirt is BV02, B04 and V04.

Inside is another glitter snowflake from the MFT die layered on a small scallop punch (new one from SU) of midnight muse and then added to another fishtail flag. The inside verse is another oldie, this one is from Embossing Arts (560-J).