Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Favorite Things Lesson #7: Complimentary Colors and Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday-July

This is my second post of the day so I will be quick. I created a card for my homework for the My Favorite Things Summer School.

I was to use complimentary colors. I chose yellow and purple, because of the feathers. I also did not do much stamping on this card because most of my stamps are line drawings and I was not in the mood to color anything.

I had created the paper for the feathers using Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord Distress Ink ages ago. I die cut the feathers, as well as the purple and yellow card stock.

I then layered everything on the card, the stamped banner and the yellow enamel dots being the last step.

Totally simple and took me less time then my usual designs. Now my homework is DONE!! Yeah!!

I am also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday-July.

The challenge was to use die cuts. Pretty much everything on my card is die cuts!!

I thank you for taking the time to stop by again today. Have a great night!!


My Favorite Things Summer School Lesson #10-Monochromatic

It is Thursday here in blog land. This week has flown by!! I have spent a lot of time in my craft room while Charlotte has been at camp. This is her last week and I know she is going to want to go places when she is stuck at home.

Here are a few photos of her for Throwback Thursday.

These are when she didn't mind her curly hair!! Now she wears it in a braid EVERY DAY. 

Today I am showcasing a card that I created for My Favorite Things Summer School: Lesson 10-Monochromatic. These classes have been free on their blog and even though I "know" all this stuff, I like to refresh my design skills and create projects for the challenges to practice.

I am warning you that this post will be heavy on the photos today. I kind of took photos of the process, something I only do occasionally. 

Here is my card. The color I chose to emphasize is blue, if you cannot tell.

I started off by smooshing watered down Distress Ink in Stormy Sky and Broken China onto a piece of watercolor paper. (Please excuse the mess on my desk-I have a few projects I have been working on this week and am still not quite done!!)

I wanted to do an inlaid die cut technique on the edge of the card so I used post it tape to back the edge of the paper where I was going to make the cut. 

I then used My Favorite Things "Flutter of Butterflies" lace die to cut out a butterfly. 

I then put MORE post it tape on the back and made sure all the little pieces were glued into place and would not fall out. 

Next I took the panel and used watered down Distress Ink in the same colors I used before and splattered the front of the card. (I wish I had left the white space like it is on here. I like it a lot better!) When it dried, I stamped the sentiment. I am using this as a sympathy card. 

I then adhered three different scraps of patterned paper on the edge of a white top folding A2 card. I used foam adhesive to adhere the butterfly panel to the card.

My last step was to cover the butterfly in clear Wink of Stella and adhere a few sequins randomly around the butterfly. 

This was a fun card to do and I think I will be making a few more of these to have on hand. However, I will not be splattering "extra" ink on it. I think it would have looked better if I had left the white space. This is what "homework" in crafting is all about, though. Practice eventually makes perfect!!

I am entering this into the drawing at My Favorite Things Lesson #10 and for Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Challenge-July, which was to use die cuts. 

I think you for taking the time to stop by today. Have a wonderful night!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

My Favorite Things Summer School Homework: Gallon, Quart, Pint Lesson

Happy Sunday!! It is hot and humid here, not a nice day to spend outside. My husband is packing for a trip to England he has to take for work. He leaves at 3:00. I asked if I could come but he said no. I would have loved to hop over there for a few days with him. Maybe when Charlotte is bit older and can stay by herself.

A little under the weather this week. Resting has not helped, nor has going on with my regular activities. I walked a little under 10 miles on Thursday and it just about killed me for the next two days. I am hoping that with Chris away, I will be able to rest a little bit more. His snoring can keep me up sometimes.

I finally went shopping today and found a dress for the wedding I am going to in August. Not my favorite but it will do. Now I need to buy shoes and a fancy necklace or earrings to go with it. The shoes will be even harder to find then the dress for me. My tootsies are so chubby and heels just look funny. Due to having to buy a 1/2 size up for high heels, my toes do not reach the bottom. It kind of looks silly. If they only made pretty shoes for wide feet!

Today I am sharing the card I created this week for My Favorite Things Summer School Lesson #6. It was to create a project using the "gallon, quart, pint" color philosophy. I think I do this on a regular basis without thinking. However, when I actually HAD to think about it, I had a difficult time.

I began this card by stamping MFT's Pinstripe background stamp, using Lemon Chiffon ink on a Lemon Chiffon A2 top folding card. Next I die cut the white split panel using a Blueprint die. I then splashed Lemon Chiffon ink that I had watered down across the white. I adhered the white panel to the front of the of the card.

For the sentiment, I used MFT's "Celebratory Greetings" dies and die cut the sentiment from white polka dot paper, as well as 3 sets of white. I then glued all the pieces together, with the polka dot on top and adhered it to the card. I always have a hard time doing this technique and can never get the die cuts to line up as perfect as I want. I think I need to let one layer dry, then add the other but I am so impatient I just want to do it all at once.

For my next step, I die cut the yellow and gray banner pieces out of scraps and adhered them under the sentiment. I die cut and adhered the little gray tab, as well as found the white glitter star in my stash to add to the card front. My last step was to adhere the teeny tiny stars. You cannot see all the glue around them IRL like you can see in the close up photo above. I debated whether to even use the close up photo or not but I like to see others detail shots so I included mine too.

Now I only have two more lessons to complete. I am having so much fun playing with color!! My only wish is that I don't have a ton of solid stamps to use for the challenges. I have not been in the mood to color.

I hope you are having a great day!! To end this post, I am going to share a photo of my "baby" Zack aka "Stinky" (because he is a little stinker and gets into trouble!) He has been my partner this summer. He goes with me on all my carpool duties for Char. He loves to be a passenger and look out the window of the car. Thanks for stopping by!!

Patterned Paper-Yello Polka Dot-Bo Bunny Back to Basics "Ella Butter Blossom, Gray-Elle's Studio