Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It’s a Good Day to Be Happy––CTD #302

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Hi, everyone, and welcome to this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge! I’m hosting this week and I chose this gorgeous photo of Venice as my inspiration piece. This photo had been enhanced a bit, but I was just in Venice in June and although the colors are not quite like this, I can attest to what a gorgeous city is is. Longing to go back :)

Anyway, I hope you won’t find my colors too intimidating—I was in a let’s-shake-up-the-colors state of mind when I chose these ;-)

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So, my card started with a Sweet Tooth card stock base. I planned out my design, then stamped the sentiment, from Happy Everything, with Steel Gray ink, then cut Happy Die-namics from Steel Gray card stock. Next I cut my balloons, using Balloons STAX Die-namics from Blu Raspberry card stock, Razzle Berry card stock, and Lemon Drop card stock. I stamped the Lemon Drop one with Steel Gray ink and Happy Birthday Background, the Blu Raspberry one with Steel Gray ink and Grid Background, and the Razzle Berry one with Versamark and LLD Jumbo Mod Borders. I added hemp cord strings, popped up the balloons, tied the strings together and adhered the knot, and popped the “happy” die cut up on foam.

Another balloon and another sentiment from Happy Everything was added to the inside.


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And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD302 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, including our awesome July guest designer, Diane Jaquay!

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Broni Holcombe
Cindy Lawrence
Joan Ervin
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Tammy Hershberger
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Diane Jaquay – July Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


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~Supplies~
Stamps:
Happy Everything, Happy Birthday Background, Grid Background, LLD Jumbo Mod Borders (MFT
Ink:
Steel Gray ink, Blu Raspberry ink (MFT); Versamark
Paper:
Sweet Tooth card stock, Blu Raspberry card stock, Razzle Berry card stock, Lemon Drop card stock (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Happy Die-namics, Balloon STAX Die-namics, hemp cord (MFT); foam tape


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MFT July Creative Challenge-Improving on Pattern Perfection

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Classic patterns never go out of style, but thanks to the plethora of designs we offer, your projects will never feel dated. Join our designers as they inspire you with trendy and innovative projects centered on the pinnacle of patterns: the time-honored stripe. Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have a project to share with you today.


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Welcome to MFT’s Design Team Creative Challenge, July edition! I have two cards for you today, each a very different take on that classic pattern, the stripe. My first card starts with a Kraft card stock base. Then, I trimmed down a piece of Primitive White card stock and stamped it with Striped Background and Versamark. I heat embossed with Zing’s Powder Blue embossing powder, which is a dead ringer for Berrylicious card stock. Next I stamped Sheet Music Background with Natural ink to give it a layered look. Then I stamped the sentiment, from LJD Celebrate You, on Kraft card stock with Sweet Tooth pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder, Next I layered up some butterflies using MPD Fancy Butterflies Die-namics and MPD Winged Beauties Die-namics using Kraft card stock, vellum, and Berrylicious card stock stamped with Grid Background and Grout Gray ink. I finished it off with a hemp cord tied Kraft button and some sequins and clear gems.

Another sentiment from LJD Celebrate You was stamped on the inside.

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For my second card, I stamped up another fun background.

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This time I started with a Primitive White card stock base then, on another piece of Primitive White card stock, I stamped my “patterned paper” with an image from Plaid Builder Background using Sour Apple ink, Razzle Berry ink, Orange Fizz ink, and Grape Jelly ink. I trimmed it down and popped it up on foam. Next I added a vellum Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics and then a Dizzy Doily Duo Die-namics cut from more Primitive White card stock. Next I added the sentiment strip, cut from Razzle Berry card stock and stamped with a sentiment from LJD Peaceful Wildflowers using Sweet Tooth pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I added a Leaf-Filled Flourish Die-namics cut from Sour Apple card stock and then created my flowers. From more Primitive White card stock and using Pretty Posies Die-namics, I colored the flowers with Copic markers—just making swipes from the center out with matching colors. I added a Whip Cream button to each, tied with hemp cord, and then adhered to the card.

Another sentiment from LJD Peaceful Wildflowers was stamped on the inside with Steel Gray ink.


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And that’s it! I had so much fun coming up with new ways to use stripes—and I’m sure I’ll be using these ideas again. Thanks so much for stopping by today!


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~Supplies~
Butterfly Card:
Stamps:
Striped Background, Sheet Music Background, Grid Background, LJD Celebrate You (MFT)
Ink:
Natural Ink, Sweet Tooth pigment ink, Steel Gray ink (MFT); Versamark
Paper:
Kraft card stock, Primitive White card stock, Berrylicious card stock (MFT); vellum
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
MPD Fancy Butterflies Die-namics, MPD Winged Beauties Die-namics, Kraft buttons, hemp cord (MFT); foam tape, heat tool, white embossing powder, powder blue embossing powder, sequins, faux clear gems


Flower Card:
Stamps:
LJD Peaceful Wildflowers, Plaid Builder Background (MFT)
Ink:
Sour Apple ink, Razzle Berry ink, Orange Fizz ink, Grape Jelly ink, Steel Gray ink, Sweet Tooth pigment ink (MFT)
Paper:
Primitive White card stock, Sour Apple card stock, Razzle Berry card stock (MFT); vellum
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Pretty Posies Die-namics, Leaf-Filled Flourish Die-namics, Dizzy Doily Duo Die-namics, Whip Cream button, hemp cord (MFT); foam tape, heat tool, white embossing powder, Copic markers


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