Monday, July 18, 2016

MFT Sketch Challenge #289, MFT Camp Create-Fantastic Foiling and a Busy Monday!

Hello everyone!! It was an EXTREMELY hot and humid day here today. A huge storm front went through and cooled the temperature off a little bit but it still remains very humid. Not my favorite weather!!

I have had very busy Monday at this point and am very tired. I got up early to go to the gym because I had a breakfast date with a friend. I LOVE summers!! I then came home, had time to throw in some wash and clean the bathroom. I put up some new organizers I bought at IKEA on Sunday. I took a quick photo with my phone. (Excuse the quality-something is wrong with it and the photos are all blurry!!)

I even had a chance to take my shower curtain down and wash it. You know you are old when something like that excites you!!

After my breakfast date, I came home and made manicotti shells for what was supposed to be our dinner. However, my breakfast did not sit well and so we are going to have it tomorrow. I even had enough shells to make an extra pan to freeze!

I know, I know, weird to make manicotti in the middle of the summer but I am getting kind of tired of grilled food. I HATE to cook in general but when I do, I have to do as much from scratch as I can.

While the shells were cooling, I cut up a bag of lemons, juiced them, grated their rinds, as well as juiced a bag of limes to make some home made sour mix for margaritas.

I then froze it until this weekend. Yes, it stays in the fridge but I don't like to chance things!!! Char and the dog kept me company while I was doing all this.

We bought tickets for the band Twenty One Pilots for January-Charlotte's 16th Birthday Present (her birthday is in December)-for Chris, Charlotte and I so we cooked along to some music.

Now for my REAL reason for posting!! I was a crazy woman yesterday in the craft room. I did a bunch of cleaning up AND had time to create some projects for My Favorite Things Camp Create -Fantastic Foiling and the MFT Sketch Challenge #289.


I combined the two challenges and created two cards. For my first card, I kept it to a black and white color scheme with the foiling being in silver and mint green.

I had NEVER foiled before and I have to say, it was kind of fun. However, I have a regular old laminator and I think I am going to break down and get a mini Minc. I don't know it if it was the toner paper I used, the die cutting or what but on all my foils, I have bits that just would not foil.

I used patterned paper scraps, as well as the MFT "Wild Prints" paper for the accent behind the foiled sentiment, which was die cut using MFT's "Celebratory Greetings" dies (retired.)

I have to say, I LOVE that "Wild Prints" paper pack and thought it was perfect for this card!!

I made the second card using the same patterned paper cut with a die from "Blueprints 13" but changed it up by using a "Red Hot" card base. I am not a designer for MFT (I wish!!) and get no compensation but out of any dies I own, I use this particular Blueprints die more then any other die in my stash.

The foil on this sentiment was very imperfect and I did try to mask the imperfection but it did not work.

I added a bit of black glitter tape behind the sentiment to make it pop out but I would not recommend doing this at all. I had a difficult time getting the "cheers" to stick to the glitter!

Well, that is all for today. Thank you for stopping by. I will be back tomorrow with some of the other cards I created for Camp Create.

I am always great at making the cards but HORRIBLE at taking the time to photograph them!!!

Paper-Card Stock-MFT-"Red Hot," "Black Licorice" Patterned Paper-MFT-"Wild Prints," Doodlebug Design, Icraft Toner Paper
Foil-I Craft "Silver Foil" and Heidi Swapp "Mint Foil"
Dies-MFT "Blueprints 13" and "Celebratory Greetings" (retired), Paper Smooches "Stars"
Other-Foam Adhesive, Big Shot, Recollections Black Glitter Tape, Darice Sequins, Silver Stickles


I Card Everyone said...

You MADE manicotti shells? Awesome!! Look at you go, in the kitchen, bathroom, and craft room ... gosh I'm tired just thinking about your day! Love your cards, Nora - haven't jumped onto the foiling wagon - mostly because I don't have the right equipment =]

Patti said...

Hey Nora!! fantastic post!! I love hearing about your day and seeing your beautiful daughter and yummy! Manicotti shells : ) You are one energetic gal! after all that I'd need a nap : ) instead you created a couple of really fantastic cards! You did great photographing them!!


Leigh Penner said...

I love your fun takes on the sketch, Nora!

Kim Heggins said...

Love your wonderful bathroom organizers...looks great. Your card is fabulous those wonderful stripes!

Inkyfingers said...

Oh Nora - what a very busy couple of days you had and you put me to shame! I really like your card design and I love how they look so different depending on the colour of card chosen. I too keep thinking about getting the mini Minc but I'm still holding out at present.

Susanne Vargas said...

Your cards look very striking with the wild patterns and the foil! I especially like the red one with the strip of glitter behind the sentiment! Can imagine that it was hard to stick down, though...

Hannelie said...

LOVE the mix of patterns Nora!

Mona Pendleton said...

Sounds like a fun and productive day Nora! Love the energy! Your cards are fantastic! Love the variety of prints and die cut metallic sentiment!

Marybeth said...

The food looks yummy ! Love the sweet picture and your card is beautiful. Nora! The black glitter tape was a fun touch!
The houses are about 3x 3 inches and can be filled up with little things. Thank you!

Diane said...

Wonderful color combinations and design Nora for your cards. What a great idea on organizing the shower and all the fun pictures.

Hugs Diane

Barb Ghig said...

Wow! I love how you paired the patterned papers and added your foil sentiments...such an elegant design detail! Really beautiful take on the sketch, Nora!
Thanks for sharing these pics with us,'s fun to see what you're up to, and I'm definitely going to check out the IKEA organizers for the bathroom :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Nora I love everything about this post! Right from getting home from the gym thought to your fabulous MFT cards--wow!! I never thought to make homemade sour mix for margaritas!! Must google that! Are you going to see 21 Pilots with Charlette? My daughter would love to go see them!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Such a fun post - love it all - you new shower caddies, the food (can I come over???) and your beautiful card!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

You sure have been busy!!! Love the new cards!

Kelly Griglione said...

Wow, you got so many things accomplished! I'd be thrilled too!! Love all the versions of your beautiful cards Nora.