"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

Thursday, August 17, 2017

MFT Camp Create Continues with Day 4 + Bonus Campfire!

Hello friends!
I didn't really think I was going to make it today, but the day has NOT ended yet...at least not in my time zone anyway! There is still one more hour left before it starts to be Friday!  LOL!
Yep...I am burning the midnight oil and enjoying some "camp fire" fun!  Want to join me?!

So this morning started Day 4 of MFT Camp Create and the challenge was
"Monochromatic Magic"
I really enjoyed the video and thought I would try out the ink sponging technique onto the stamp that was used as I don't think I've done that before:
This MFT Bestie Friends stamp set has become a regular favorite of mine I think!  I thought he would be fun to use for the background with a monochromatic theme!

For the background, I took the MFT Watercolor Stripes Background Stamp and sponged different colors of blue inks to get an ombre looking effect and faded out the lightest color towards the left side of the card.  This gave me just enough room to stamp the beastie image with the MFT Nightshift Blue Hybrid ink.  I like to use these hybrid inks because they also work with Copics and I used them to color in my image including the scarf around his neck and the tiny hearts he's floating into the air.  I die cut his scarf using the coordinating dies with the set and glued it over top of him.  I also stamped a sentiment in the same ink at the top left corner.  Other inks I used for the background are:  MFT Blu Raspberry Hybrid and Summer Splash Hybrid inks.

I also decided to take the MFT Stylish Snowflakes and die cut some with white and MFT Nightshift Blue card stock to attach to the right side of my background.  I also took some Icicles Stickles and filled some of the details in the snowflakes with it as well as the hearts.  I mounted my white card front onto an A2 sized side folding Nightshift Blue card base.

Here's a closer look:
Here you can see the details of the sparkle from the glitter as well as my coloring on the beastie friend.  I love how chilly he looks in the blues!  I even used a clear gel pen to dot his blue cheeks! :)
Really fun card to make!
I'm also happy that I can add his card to my collection pile for the Caring Hearts Card Drive too!
This is helping me at least get a few other things done that I've been wanting to work on.

Since I complete this card, I have earned the Monochromatic Magic badge:
Tonight is also the BONUS "Bonfire" challenge!  Yes, I'm crazy...I stayed up late just to toast some marshmallows and had some fun "camping out" in my craft room! LOL!

For the Bonus Campfire, the challenge was
"Awesome Ombre"
Stephanie made THE cutest cards...so of course I wanted to replicate what she did, but I didn't have all of the products that she used, so this is my take:
I still think this one turned out really cute with the MFT Birthday Bears stamp set!
Although it doesn't really look like an ombre colored bear, I did use about three different shades of browns and blended them together.  I also did this same coloring on his birthday hat and the presents too!  I used some masking to put the birthday hat on the bear and then fussy cut him out as I don't own the coordinating dies for this set.  I also took part of a sentiment from this same stamp set and white heat embossed it over the black banner.

I did the grass the same way Stephanie showed in her video with distress inks and then cut it out with the MFT Stitched Basic Edges die.  I then took my blue distress inks and blended another piece like Stephanie showed in the video too.  I did not have the cloud stencil she used, but I did have a piece of acetate that I previously cut with a cloud border die and used that as my stencil for the clouds.  I attached the grass over the blue sky panel and then attached the bear onto the grass and added the heat embossed black banner.  I took the MFT Happy Birthday die and cut it out of some sparkly paper and glued that to the grass area next to the bear.  Lastly finished it off with some sparkling clear sequins and some Nuvo silver crystal drops in the center of each one.  My card front was mounted onto an A2 sized top folding MFT Primitive White card base.

Here's a closer look at the details:
You can better see all of the sparkle from the sequins and the die cut word as well as the white heat embossed sentiment and the coloring details.
This will be a nice birthday card for someone special that's coming up very shortly! :)

So since I have finished this challenge, I have now earned the "Awesome Ombre" special Bonus Campfire badge:
Yay!!  I'm still caught up with Camp Create and ready to finish off tomorrow for Day 5!
I have to say that it feels pretty good to not be late for once! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by with all of your very kind comments and hanging out with me during my Camp Create time!  I have enjoyed reading them although I haven't had a great deal of time to return the favor just yet...I will soon, but just wanted to let you know I appreciate your visits!

I will be back VERY soon...more like in a few hours or so! LOL!!


-Top Card-
1.  Crazy for Challenges (C4C398) - Monochromatic

2.  The Merry Christmas Challenge - Sparkle

3.  Fab 'N' Funky - Anything Goes

4.  Moving Along with the Times - Beginning with 'B' (Beastie, Blue, Background stamp, Blending, Brr!)

For Second card:
1.  Penny's Paper - Anything Goes

2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Add a Sentiment

3.  4 Crafty Chicks - Sequins

4.  Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes birthday

It's FUN in the SUN over at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
It's hard to believe that we are already half way through the month of August and school is starting back up again!!  This Summer seem to go by very quickly!

Wanted to stop in and share a new challenge with you over at
This week we would like to see your "Fun in the Sun" creations!  Feel free to interpret this any way you see it!  Looking forward to seeing your creations!

I usually think of  sun with warmer weather plus being out in it during the Summer months and since I'm probably going to be starting up Fall and, yes, Christmas cards soon...I thought I'd give Summer at least one more showing:
You may recognize this already, but I have pulled out an older Simon Says Stamp card kit for my design today.  I have used the stamp set and papers from the kit, but have added in the black card stock as well as the sequins for this one.  I'm not sure I have even made a card with this kit!  If I did, I honestly don't remember it! LOL!

But I really thought the papers were awesome from this kit!  I have used a piece for my background and then stamped the "hello" sentiment over it and added a die cut sentiment over it that came with the kit.  I took a strip of black card stock and white heat embossed the sentiment to put under the die cut word.  I used another piece of the papers from the kit to paper piece the flip flop images.  I colored the straps with a black gel pen and dotted the flowers with a white gel pen and then I popped them up over the card with some foam tape.

I mounted this over a black piece of card stock for the base and then attached this onto a shimmer piece of orange card stock included in the kit for the A2 sized top folding card base.
I finished it off with some sparkling clear sequins and added some silver Nuvo Crystal drops to the center of each one.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see where I popped up the flip flops and the dimension on the white embossed sentiment as well as the sparkle from the sequins.

I hope you will join in the challenge with us this week and please be sure to stop by to check out the rest of the creations from the DT!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon!


1.  A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

2.  Love to Craft - August Anything Goes

3.  Mix It Up - August Anything Goes + twist of paper pieceing (flip flops)

4.  Shopping Our Stash - Chillaxin' & Relaxin'

5.  Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Camp Create Day 3 - Stenciled Rainbow with YOU

Hello friends!
Were you wondering if I was going to miss a day of Camp Create?
I made it!  It's getting time for me to make supper for hubby, but I did make it! :)

Today on Camp Create, it's a "Background Bonanza"
I felt like I pretty much made a similar design as Stephanie did in her video, but I tried to change up my card a little bit with what MFT products I had:
Since Stephanie used stencils for her backgrounds, I pulled out what I had and picked this MFT Stencil Star Grid to work with.  For some reason I do not see stars at all when I look at this pattern...I see cubes when I look at it.  Do you see the stars or the cubes like me?  Maybe everyone sees a different pattern, so just curious about that! :)

So Stephanie used reguarlar distress inks for her cards, but I decided to pull out the oxide inks for mine to create a rainbow colored background.  I left the stencil on and spritzed it with water and blotted it up and heat set it, then I went back over it again with the inks and repeated with the spritzing.  I didn't see much of the oxide look with it, so I took off the stencil and spritzed it again and tried to get some of the inks to run a bit.  I can see some of the oxide and probably could've developed it more, but didn't want to ruin anything so I stopped it here.  I cut it out with a stitched rectangle die.

I took the MFT You Trio die and cut it out of the stenciled background.  I cut the same die out again with some white card stock and popped it inside the stenciled background.  (Like the inlaid die technique we did on Day 1 of Camp Create.)  I then took the MFT All About You stamp set and white heat embossed a sentiment from it over a strip of black card stock.  I used the same stitched rectangle die to cut it out and attached it over the inlaid YOU die.

All that was left to do was layer all of this onto a piece of black card stock which I then mounted onto a white A2 sized side folding card base.  I finished it off with some black enamel dots.

Here's a closer look at the details:
At this angle you can better see the oxide background and how the die sentiment is inlaid into the background.  The next time I do a card like this one, I think I'd like to try it with some brighter ink tones as the oxide inks are a bit more muted than the distress inks are....still very cool though!

Hope you've enjoyd my simple birthday card today!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you again tomorrow! :)


1.  Sweet Stampers - Clean and Simple

2.  The Crazy Challenge - Inking is Fun

3.  City Crafter - NO Flowers Allowed

4.  Sparkles Monthly - Birthday

5.  Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Camp Create Day 2 - Polar Bear Masking

Hello friends!
I'm back with you one more time today to share a card I made for
Day 2 of MFT Camp Create.
I couldn't get to my card right away today as I had some errands to run and some appointments, but I was thinking about it while I was out and about!  The video shared for Day 2 was all about "magnificent masking" and I pretty much made my card very similar to that one on the video except instead of something tropical, I went in the opposite direction with mine:
For the first session earlier this Summer of Camp Create, I had done some extensive masking with an interactive card design using the penguin set from MFT - click here to see the post.  I was about to pull that set out again and then remembered the card I had done previously, so I decided to go with more of a winter theme for my tropical looking masked background! :)

I started out my card in pretty much the same way that was shown in the video - CLICK HERE to see the MFT video.  I didn't have a wavy line stamp for the waves, so I just used my white gel pen to add mine.  I also stamped some snowflakes in the background from this MFT Cool Day stamp set (retired) that I've used on my card.

I took the MFT Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frame die and popped it up over my masked background scene...I didn't mind it going past the frame area as I thought it went with the image alongside the frame anyway.  I took some white shimmer paint and painted over the frame with a paint brush.  (You can see the shimmer of this paint in the photo below.)

I also did some more masking with my stamped images.  First I stamped the polar bear and then made a mask from the same image and cut out the bottom portion only to place over my stamped bear.  then I took the ice image and stamped it right over top of the bear so it looked like he was standing right on the piece of ice.  I colored them in with my Copics and went over the piece of ice with some Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.  I fussy cut this image out and went around the edges with a black marker.

I took a sentiment from this same stamp set and white heat embossed it over some card stock that I've cut out with an MFT banner die cut.  I punched a hole on one end and looped some silver cord through and attached it like was shown in the video.  I then popped up and attached my polar bear above the banner.  I used some craft foam for the dimension on the back of my card front before attaching it to the white A2 sized card base.  I finished off my card with some clear Nuvo Crystal drops in the center of the snowflakes.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can better see all of the shimmer on the scallop frame as well as the shimmer on the piece of ice.  It also shows the sparkle in the center of the snowflakes and the raised dimension on the heat embossed sentiment.

I plan on sending this card along to the Caring Hearts Card Drive too as time is starting to run out on sending in cards so I just wanted to add to the cards I've got done so far.  CLICK HERE to read more about it or check out the badge on the sidebar of my blog.

Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!  I really hope that you have enjoyed all of my creations that I've been sharing and I look forward to sharing some more tomorrow with you!

Have a great evening!


1.  Creative Knockouts - Card for a Child

2.  Open-Minded Crafting Fun - "Airy in August" (weather)

3.  Use Your Stuff - For the Love of Children (Card going to a children's card drive)

4.  Naughty or Nice - On the Move + optional color combo

Guest Designing for All Dressed Up August Challenge!

Hello friends!
I have some exciting news to share!
Because I had entered the All Dressed Up challenge last month, my card was selected as one of the top 3 as well as being chosen as a guest designer for this month's challenge!  yay!

If you're not familiar with their images, they're so cute!  You can check them out in the online Etsy store here:

(Click on the badge above to be taken to their shop!)

So the challenge is an easy enough "anything goes" theme, but you do have to use one of their lovely images to play along!  If you don't have one of their images, they offer a wonderful selection of freebie images - CLICK HERE to find them!  I would love to see your creation with one of these images and I hope you'll join in the fun with us! :)

Since I was asked to join this month as their guest, I was able to pick out an image!
I was so happy to add this cutie to my collection as I do not own a single mermaid image if you can believe that?!!  So I was happy to get creative with this one.  Here's my card:
I thought she would look so cute all colored up with a floating shaker style card!
I have used the ADU Mermaid Kisses image for my design here.

I wish I would have thought to make a video of how I did the background to better explain it, but I think I was just in a hurry to start making something and went right over that idea! LOL!
So I basically took my distress oxides out to play with!!  I went over it several times with some blues and greens and spritzed with water.  After I did the first layer of that, I took an old "sea themed" stamp set from my stash and clear heat embossed a couple of the images over the distress oxide background.  I then began adding about 2 more layers of ink and spritzing water a few more times after that.  I ended up covering more blue inks over it which made the embossed images really pop with the green colors.

I took out the MFT Stitched Rectangle Frames die to cut out the center piece and the frame with it.  I used the frame as a backing for the acetate piece and foam tape to create my shaker with.  I also used the die to help form the botton of the ocean scene.  (You can better see that detail in the photo below.)

I've actually printed out two mermaid images and one of them being slightly larger because I fussy cut her and the fish out to glue over top of the acetate and then from the slightly larger image, I fussy cut out a couple more fish as well as one of the seashells from her hair to place at the bottom of the ocean floor.

Before mounting the card over a white A2 sized top folding card base, I've added some crinkled seam binding ribbon and added a starfish charm to the center of the bow in the corner.
I decided not to add a greeting because I'm not sure what I will use it for yet. :)

Here's another look at the details:
Here you can see the bottom of the ocean floor and how I've added the sea shell from the image and colored around it to make it apart of the scene.

Of course it's always so hard to photograph it, but I've covered the mermaid's scales as well as the fish with my Wink of Stella glitter pen, so she and the fish are very sparkly!
I had so much fun making this card and I hope you've enjoyed it too!

Thanks for dropping in with me today!  Please be sure to drop on over to the
All Dressed Up Challenge Blog
and play along with us this month!  I would love to see what you do with their images!

I will be back tomorrow with another fun post!
Have a great day!


1.  As You Like It - Favorite Embellishment and Why?
(I love ribbon, I hoard ribbon and I think it always adds a wonderful finishing touch to a card!)

2.  CRAFT - Anything Goes

3.  Jo's Scrap Shack (Fun Day Friday) - Anything Goes

4.  Just Us Girls - Bring on the Shine!

Simple Heartfelt Sympathy Session

Hello friends!
Just a warning that I may be throwing out several posts this week as you can see by my post below MFT Camp Create has started back up again and I don't want to fall behind with it...I really enjoy pushing myself to do the challenges and have some fun with it! :)

Last week I was needing a sympathy card and then realized that I don't have a single one in my stash!  I usually have a couple of them on hand for occasions when one is needed.  So unfortunately I had to make one up and then I decided while I was making one, I would go ahead and make up a few more of them so that I have one ready until I can take the time to make up some more.

I always find it easier to grab a set or two that I know I already have in my stash that's easy to reach for and I know I have some pretty decorative papers to go along with it.  I have bought a couple of Stampin' Up! sympathy sets in the past, but the one I pulled out for my cards here is the "Heartfelt Sympathy" stamp set.  (I see it's in the current catalog on p. 100)

I think the sentiments are really elegant looking and I like how these turned out.

I have gold heat embossed the sentiment over vanilla card stock and then cut it out with a stitched oval die.  I am not sure what papers these are that I've used here, but I thought it was so soft and pretty.  I layered it onto a piece of gold foil card stock and then attached it all to a vanilla card base.  Lastly, I've added a vanilla ribbon bow under the oval.

Here's a closer look at one of the cards:
Here you can see the embossed sentiment.  I've decided to add some color to the sentiment by taking my Copic marker and going lightly around some areas.  I've also taken some light blue Stickles glitter to add over top of certain areas as well.

I like this set as it also come with some great sentiments for the inside of the card too.  I have embossed another sentiment on the inside of this card and took a strip of this same paper to decorate the inside.  I also stamped a matching envelope to go with it.  I did this with all of the cards.

I think it turned out so pretty.

Using the same stamp set, I've made another set of cards with a different look:
I really love these papers that I have recently received from a paper share and I thought it would work well with a sympathy card.  They are from the SU! "Whole Lot of Lovely".

I've stamped the sentiment with black ink and then used the MFT Stitched Basic Edges with the white card stock.  I've also cut out another layer underneath the white panel with the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.  I've used SU! Pool Party for the card base and the die cut layer as it matched up nicely with the floral papers.

Here's a closer look at one of the cards:
I left off any embellishments on this one because I thought the papers were busy enough and really didn't need to add much of anything to them.  I also think these will be nice and flat which makes it easier for mailing out.

Although these type of cards can be difficult to make, this is the reason that I like to make more than one at a time so that I have extras and don't have to worry about getting one done during a difficult time or in a hurry.  I hope this post may have helped in giving you some inspiration!

Thanks so much for dropping in and see you soon! :)


1.  Crafty Gals Corner - Bingo (I used "Buttons or Bows", "FREE" and "Seniment")
-Card 1-

2.  Pammies Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes

Monday, August 14, 2017

MFT Camp Create Session 2 Has Begun - Inlaid Dies

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!
I was so excited to see on the My Favorite Stamps blog this morning that another session of "Camp Create" has started up again for the second round of the Summer!  Yay!

I didn't want to get behind like I usually do, so I started right away on the first day!
For Day 1 of Camp Create (Session 2), the technique is "Inlaid die cutting".  I love to do this technique, but I know I don't do it often enough as it's a great way to keep your card laying flat especially when you want to mail out a card.  So here's my take on it:
I thought this would be a good opportunity to dig out one of my card kits to play with, so I took out the Sketchy Flowers card kit for the flower and the sentiment.  (If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can see the links for the individual items from the kit that are still for sale.)

I decided to fit my card in with the MFT Wednesday sketch challenge along with the MFT color challenge too!  So I've dug out my card stock and went to work with some of my other dies!  I took the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 die to cut along a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Smooth White card stock and then cut out another piece the same size with the Spearmint card stock and the butted up the two colors together to form the base layer.  I taped the two pieces together on the back side of it.

Next, I took the MFT Die-namics Stitched Circle Frames and cut one out with some Green-Eyed Monster card stock and also cut this same die over the base of  the design that I created above.  I inlaid the green circle frame into the base and taped it on the back.  I repeated these steps with the MFT Die-namices Stiched Circle dies with the Coral Crush and Blueberry card stock. I softened up the Blueberry card stock by sponging the edge of the circle with white ink.  Bfore I taped the back of the Blueberry circle, I stamped the flower on the white card stock and then die cut it out with the coordinating die.  I took the same die and cut the blueberry circle so that I could inlay the stamped flower inside of it.

Everything is completely flat except for the the few glitter enamel dots that I added to it.  
Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see how the pieces were put together and how I've inlaid them into the design.  The enamel dots are the only thing that has dimension.

Lastly, I took one of the sentiments from the MFT "All About You" stamp set and stamped it with some Green-Eyed Monster ink.

Since I've completed this card, I have earned this "marshmallow badge" today:
Camp Create Session 2 : Day 1 - Inlaid Made Easy
So now I'm excited to see what's in store for tomorrow....aren't you?!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  I hope you've enjoyed my card!
See you tomorrow!


1.  My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge - MFTWSC345

2.  My Favorite Things Color Challenge - see colors below:

3.  Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with dies

4.  Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

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