Wednesday, March 01, 2017

You’re a Gem–CTD #432


Hey, there! It’s time for a brand new Color Throwdown Challenge and I’m hosting this week! I hope to see you playing along with my colorful palette.


Obviously, I didn’t take my inspiration from the photo, but I did go all CAS using Diamonds Die-namics from MFT. I did a watercolor wash for my background using Peerless Watercolors on Ranger Watercolor Paper, then stamped Distressed Patterns with Black Licorice hybrid ink and Delicata Gold pigment ink, then stamped the sentiment from Bling It On.


The gems were also watercolored in the challenge colors and the facets were cut from Brushed Gold card stock, then popped up on foam mounting tape with everything popped up on the Sweet Tooth card stock base. I finished off with some enamel dots and it was done!

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 CTD432 so we can see your beauty all in one place, and use #ctd432 and #colorthrowdown on social media. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, including our incredibly talented March Guest Designer, Lisa Lara!

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders
(<—You are here!)
Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Lisa Lara – March Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you soon!


Bling it On, Distressed Patterns (MFT)
Black Licorice hybrid ink, Delicata Gold pigment ink (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock, Brushed Gold card stock, Ranger Watercolor Paper (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Diamonds Die-namics, Peerless Watercolors, waterbrush, foam mounting tape, MISTI, Quickie Glue Pen (MFT); enamel dots


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MFT February Creative Challenge with Blueprints–Let’s Get Interactive!


Flaps, windows, and pull-out tabs are all inviting ways to encourage your recipients to interact with your creations. Our exclusive collection of Blueprints Die-namics include a variety of interactive design features and this month, our team is ready to inspire you to use them in your own creations.

I’ve always wanted to make one of these pop-up slider cards and this was exactly the push I needed! Blueprints 28 Die-namics was MADE for this technique—no cutting the flap with a paper cutter and maybe slipping—this does it perfectly with one run through your die-cutting machine. There are instructions all over the Internet so I didn’t reinvent the wheel—just search that term and you’ll find a wealth of information on creating one of these.

I cut the front from
Ranger Watercolor Paper on which I did a watercolor wash with Peerless Watercolors. Then I created a little scene using Birdhouses Die-namics, Mailbox Die-namics for the grass, Blueprints 21 Die-namics cut from Sunshine card stock, and Puffy Clouds Die-namics. All this was popped up on the Sweet Tooth card base with foam mounting tape.


Additionally. I used File Folder Edges Die-namics for the top of the pull-out element and stamped the sentiment with Boss Babe stamp set in Black Licorice dye ink. I thought that sentiment went well with the two little birdies building their nest in the birdhouse :)

An that, as they say, is that. Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!


Boss Babe (MFT)
Black Licorice dye ink (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock, Sunshine card stock, Sour Apple card stock, Jellybean Green card stock, Electric Red card stock, Kraft card stock, Gravel Gray card stock, Cornflower card stock, Ranger Watercolor Paper (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Blueprints 28 Die-namics, Blueprints 21 Die-namics, Puffy Clouds Die-namics, Birdhouses Die-namics, Mailbox Die-namics, File Folder Edges Die-namics, Puffy Clouds Die-namics, foam mounting tape, Peerless Watercolors, waterbrush, MISTI (MFT)


Friday, February 24, 2017

Birthday Tweetings–MFT Color Challenge #64


Hi, all, I'm back with this week's MFT Color Challenge! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s color combo: Lemon Chiffon, Blue Yonder, Gravel Gray, and Black Licorice. All of the details about the color challenge are available on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The MFT Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.


This is such a sweet color palette I decided to go with a tweet set and dies. I’m using Tweet Friends and Tweet Friends Die-namics and Mini Modern Blooms and Mini Modern Blooms Die-namics, along with Contemporary Cages Die-namics for my card. The birdies were stamped with Black Licorice hybrid ink, cut with the dies, colored with Copic markers and highlighted with a Uni-Ball White Gel Pen. The flowers and leaves were stamped with Lemon Chiffon dye ink, Blue Yonder dye ink, Cement Gray dye ink, and Black Licorice hybrid ink.


I did a little air brushing for the background of the card front, stamped the sentiment, and popped it up on foam mounting tape on a Sweet Tooth card stock base with a strip of On-Point Patterns Paper Pack running down the left side. Then I popped up Contemporary Cages Die-namics, cut from Gravel Gray card stock, tied some baker’s twine through the hanging loop, adhered the flowers and birds, and finished off with some Sparkling Clear Mix Sequins.

And there you have it! Remember, you can get all the details by visiting the
MFT Challenge Blog. You have the chance to win a $20 in MFT voucher. One winner is chosen at random each week!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!


Tweet Friends, Mini Modern Blooms (MFT)
Lemon Chiffon dye ink, Blue Yonder dye ink, Gravel Gray dye ink, Black Licorice hybrid ink (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock, Gravel Gray card stock, On-Point Patterns Paper Pack, X-Press It Blending Card (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Tweet Friends Die-namics, Contemporary Cages Die-namics, Mini Modern Blooms Die-namics, foam mounting tape, Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, MISTI, Sparkling Clear Mix Sequins (MFT); Copic markers, Copic air brush system, baker’s twine



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