Wednesday, 15 September 2021

A Halloween Hello - MFT

Hi Crafty Friends,

I am really enjoying making box cards and I'm trying my best to find the time to play along with MFT Outside the Box Challenge each month.  I'm sure I said this last month but using the MFT Outside the Box dies just make it so easy.  The current theme is Halloween. Now, I don't usually made Halloween cards and I actually own only one Halloween stamp set and that is the fun Birdie Brown stamp set from MFT called Witch Way is the Candy.  I own the original stamp set and bought it when it came up on retirement sale ages ago....this may be the first time I have ever used it!! The only difference I believe between the original and the re-released is the font on the sentiments. 

MFT Stamps - Witch Way is the Candy?
MFT Die-namics - Outside the Box
MFT Die-namics - Outside the Box Low Profile Add-on
MFT Die-namics - Outside the Box Grass
MFT Cardstock - Catcus
MFT Cardstock - After Midnight
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Salvaged Patina 
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Peacock Feathers 
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Blueprint Sketch 
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Chipped Sapphire 
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Black Soot
Tsukineko Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
Tsukineko Ink - Versamark
Stampendous Embossing Powder - White 
Ink on 3 - Liquid Pixie Dust
Zig Wink of Stella Brush - Clear
Ranger Glossy Accents

I stamped all the images in memento black ink and coloured with my copics. They were cut out with my scan and cut as I don't own the dies for this set. I added some glossy accents to the eyes of the frog.  I made the base of the box card with a dark blue/navy cardstock which is from MFT and I think is called After Midnight.  The inner back panel was cut from Bristol smooth cardstock and I ink blended a night sky with distress oxide inks.  I splattered the sky with some black soot oxide ink and also splattered with some liquid pixie dust for some sparkle.  As well as adhering a moon to the back panel I also adhered some silver confetti stars. I added some clear wink of stella to the moon.

The grass was die cut using the outside the box grass dies and some dark green cardstock. I adhered all the images, except the bat, to the grass with liquid glue.  The bat was suspended in the air with a thin strip of acetate. The sentiment panel was also ink blended and then heated embossed in white ink.

I would also like to play along with the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Hugs Ax

Monday, 13 September 2021

Fall Fun

Hi Crafty Friends,

I would like to share a card I made with three different challenges in mind! I was going through a folder and found a beautiful pumpkin from Reverse Confetti partially coloured from....ermmm, a year ago! I had coloured half of the pumpkin and never finished it off.  When I saw that the current Reverse Confetti Stock your Stash Challenge was Halloween/Autumn Fun I decided it was time to finish colouring it and put it on a card.

Now, I often struggle with colour combo's and spend ages trying to decide what colours and shades to use.  To take the guesswork out I decided that I would play along with the current Color Throwdown Challenge especially as it had orange as one of the colours. One thing I do love about playing along in colour challenges is that it can push you to use colours that you may not use together otherwise. Normally I would not think about putting orange, purple and red together.

While I was colouring my image I began thinking about my card design and, well, I was struggling. I used to play along with Freshly Made Sketches when I crafted a little more regularly and decided I  would visit there site and check out the current sketch. When I saw it, I thought yes, this could work for me....and my card came together.

Reverse Confetti Stamps - With a Thankful Heart
Reverse Confetti Stamps - Pattern Blog
Reverse Confetti Dies -  Stitched Note and Frame
Tsukineko Memnto Ink - Rich Cocoa
Doodlebug Design Sprinkles - Tangerine Assortment
Doodlebug Design Sprinkles - Ladybug Assortment
Doodlebug Design Sprinkles - Lilac Assortment
Ranger Liquid Pearls - White Opal
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss Blushing Red

The image was coloured with copics and cut out with my scan and cut. I added some white liquid pearls to the centre of the flowers.  To the red flowers I also added a drop of crystal pearls. I die-cut the frame from some white card stock twice and adhered them together.  I backed the opening of the frame with some natural texture paper I found it my stock.  The photos don't do this paper any justice, it is a beautiful cream colour with flecks of orange and a little shimmer. I also stamped my sentiment onto this cardstock and adhered it to the front of the frame.  The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's Pattern lock stamp set.  I mounted the pumpkin on the top of the frame with foam tape.  I then added a few doodlebug sprinkles for embellishment.  

Apologies for the photo, the lighting was terrible today!

Thanks so much for popping by. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Hugs Ax

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Heffy Doodle - Easy Peasy Card

Hi Friends,

I would like to share an easy peasy card I made for the Heffy Doodle Facebook Challenge.  This is probably the quickest card I have ever made, mainly because the background was leftover from a previous card and I had coloured up my critters a long time ago!!  It felt good to use up some leftover supplies and for a card to come together so quick.  I usually take a long, long time to make even a simple card.

This card is also perfect for entry into the current Seize the Birthday Challenge, where the theme is By the Sea.

Heffy Doodle Stamps - Oceans of Love
Heffy Doodle Dies - Oceans of Love
Heffy Doodle Stamps - Shellabrate
Lil' Inker Designs - Dual Stitched Mats Oval
Lawn Fawn Dies - Stitched Hillside Borders
MFT Ink - Tangy Orange
MFT Ink - Black Licorice
Pretty Pink Posh - Clear Droplets 4mm

As the background was a scrap from a previous card I'm not 100% sure what inks I used. It looks like the sea may be a blend of distress oxides in cracked pistachio, salty ocean and chipped sapphire.  The seabed is tea dye and gathered twigs.  The cute ocean images were stamped in memento black, coloured with copics and die cut with the coordinating dies. 

I took a panel of white cardstock and diecut an oval from the centre, however I left this oval in place. This gave me the stitching on the panel and also a base for me to mount my oval with the scene onto, so there was more dimension to the card.  The sentiment is from the Shellabrate stamp set and was stamped in MFT black licorice and tangy orange ink.  To finish the card  I added some clear droplets from pretty pink posh.
I would also like to link up this card to the following challenge:

Thanks for popping over for a visit. Enjoy your day and I hope to see you again soon.
Hugs Ax

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Pinkfresh Studio - Stripes

Hi Crafty Friends,

One of my favourite companies at the moment is Pinkfresh Studios. I love all of there coordinating products - stamps, stencils, hot foil, dies - it just makes creating so much easier especially when crafty time is short. In the last few months I have purchased a lot of their awesome products so I have no excuse but to play along with their monthly challenge! For the August Challenge the theme is stripes - the perfect time to use my new slim stripe dies.

My inspiration for this card came from the amazing Laura Bassen. I love watching her youtube channel, her chat is awesome, she makes me laugh and her use of colour and geometric designs is fantastic. I have a wee 6 month old girl who doesn't like to sleep so I spend a lot a time during the night on youtube where I watch all my favourite crafty companies and crafty designers.

For my card I die cut some stripes from smooth card stock using the slim stripes die.  I used a blending brush and added some distress oxide ink to each stripe.  Originally I was going to use coloured cardstock with my die but I didn't really fancy going through all my cardstock to find the perfect colours!  Colouring was so much easier. Once coloured I adhered them to a piece of copier paper. 

From white cardstock I die cut the leafy branch numerous times.  I took a panel of desert storm cardstock and arranged the leafy branches on it, cutting leaves and bits of the branch off as required to give some nice spacing on my card.  Once arranged I adhered them to the panel with some liquid glue. I then took my stripe panel and adhered it horizontally on the middle of my card.  

I decided I wanted to heat emboss my sentiment in gold. Now, the perfect sentiments stamp set is one large stamp with numerous sentiments so the easiest way to achieve this would have been to stamp and emboss the stamp set and use the coordinating die to cut out my chosen sentiment...but I decided I want to stamp directly onto my rounded label!  In order to do this you need to mask off the sentiments all around your chosen sentiment, which is actually easy enough to do.  Once this was done I foam mounted my label into the stripe panel.  

I felt my card needed something else, so I decided to die cut the leafy branch again but this time from shimmery gold cardstock. I played around with how to incorporate it, decided it didn't go well with my card...but then cut a leaf off and found that it looked really good right next to the sentiment.  I also wanted to add some bling and spent ages playing with different placements.  I finally decided to add some crystals around the label.

Pinkfresh Studio Dies - Slim Stripes 
Pinkfresh Studio Dies - Leafy Branch 
Pinkfresh Studio Dies - Basic Label Frames
Pinkfresh Studio Stamps - Perfect Sentiments
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink - Candied Apple
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink - Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink - Kitsch Flamingo
TIm Holtz Distress Oxide Ink - Spiced Marmalade
Neenah Cardstock - Desert Storm
Tsukineko Versamark - Watermark Stamp Pad
Simon Says Stamp Embossing Powder - Ultra Fine Gold
Pinkfresh Studio - Crystal Mix
Gina K - Connect Liquid Glue

I can probably count on one hand the number of cards I have made that are mainly die cuts so this card was very different for me.  I wasn't sure I liked it at first but it is growing on me! I hope you like it.

Thanks so much for taking time to visit. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Hugs Ax