Saturday, October 23, 2021

Oh Christmas Tree

Another Christmas card idea for you. Super simple but I really like the look of it. This year I will be sending out all different cards, rather than a mass production as I usually prefer to do. It just worked out that way this year as I've been doing cards as I get new goodies in the mail from new releases etc. and making cards for challenges and such. Anyway, here's a new one from the latest Ellen Hutson release. 

I bet you were surprised to see no Christmas tree. LOL
I love the fir bows and cones in this set. Also, the images have coordinating solids as well, so in this case, I used ZERO copic markers. No coloring whatsoever on this card, it's all ink. Very quick to mass produce if you're still deciding on a card design for your Christmas cards. 
For the background, you could use the holly from this set, but I wanted a bit smaller image and went with the one from the Holiday Characters set from last year's release. In addition, I used just a portion of the new falala background stamp from the current release. Not everything I used is pictured so please refer to the product list below. 


Product List:
Ellen Hutson, Holiday Sprigs stamps and dies
Ellen Hutson, Holiday Characters stamps
Ellen Hutson, Fa la la background stamp
The Cats Pajamas, O Christmas Tree (sentiment) *no longer available
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Grout grey ink cube *discontinued color
My Favorite Things, Jellybean green ink cube *discontinued color
My Favorite Things, Milk chocolate ink cube
My Favorite Things, Rectangle frame A2 STAX2 *retired

Thursday, October 21, 2021

MFT Slimline Shaker challenge

Today's card is a shaker. I used the mini slimline size and three different stamp sets from My Favorite Things. Take a look!

Shaker filler is sequin snowflakes and white sequins. I matched the scattered snowflake stamps around the window from the Snow Buddies stamp set.
Some of the goodies used for this card. 
Had a potential failure while coloring the fence. Don't you hate when the copic marker decides to throw up a little!?? Never fear, it's fixable. First don't panic, second go over the area you want fixed with colorless blender. Let it dry, then do it again and let dry again.
Now finish the area you were coloring and when you are done, go around the dried blob areas you want to "erase" with white gel pen. Might have to do this a couple of times, but it always works for me. Can you even tell which piece was the throw up one? LOL Ok, so in looking at the finished card, it turned out I didn't even have to do all that fixing as I ended up putting the two fence pieces together to form one. It would have bugged me though, so..... 
Copic colors used - plus E77 which was the one that was too juicy. I forgot to put it back in the cup for the pic. Sorry.
Product List:
My Favorite Things, Snow Buddies stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Christmas Cheer stamps (hill with trees)
My Favorite Things, Pile on the Hugs (sentiment)
My Favorite Things, Sno Cone ink cube (snowflakes)
My Favorite Things, Blue Breeze ink cube (snowflakes) *discontinued color
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch markers
Mini Slimline dies by Waffle Flower and Simon Says Stamp
Foam tape, acetate for shaker window, sequins for shaker filler, white gel pen

Sunday, October 17, 2021

MFT Sketch #563 and Color #175

Today I have combined the weekly sketch challenge with the new color palette. 

Super simple sketch and I kept it that way by using just these few elements. Great design for mass producing if you haven't made your holiday cards yet. I used the tree from the Jingle All The Way stamp set. This would be so fun to use any of the images in this set to crank out a quick handful or more of cards! Or any Christmas stamp set with simple designs, for that matter. 

The sentiment is by Technique Tuesday, and oldie from my stash that I honestly don't think I have ever used till now. The fun font just seemed perfectly fitting with the whimsical look of the Christmas tree and the circle backdrop. It looks almost like a Dr. Seuss scene out of Whoville!
Colors used for the challenge. I used my copics to color the circles for a perfect match to the challenge colors.
Sketch 563

Color Palette 175

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Jingle All The Way stamps and dies (tree)
My Favorite Things, Limelight ink cube 
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Confetti Stencil set 117
Technique Tuesday, Everything Jolly sentiment stamp
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch markers
Nesting circle dies, blending brush

Thursday, October 14, 2021

You make me smile, GSD bear

A few posts ago I shared a card (inked here) with the adorable Lovely Pandas stamps and dies by Gerda Steiner Designs. These bears are so cute and chubby and adorable, I had to have them in my collection. And really, I'm not at all a teddy bear lover by any stretch. But when  you see these guys, well....hearts come out of your eyes. 💖💖💖 Keep in mind, they aren't pandas until you color them as such. So for this card, I decided to make a little brown bear. Can you stand his cuteness! Thanks for coming by!

The background is called Balloon Strings, a stamp by My Favorite Things. Seemed perfect. Also, rather than digging for a piece of cardstock to create a mat for my card panel, I used the blue copic that I used for the balloon to outline the edge of a larger panel and voila! Perfect color matching mat. 
Now, if you know me at all, you know I love my foam tape, and you know I'm a die girl from way back. This is why I love dies - in this case, I didn't use any foam tape for dimension. Instead, I cut 4 super thick cardstock shapes and made my own "chipboard" bear. Easy peasy solution, if you don't have foam tape! The sentiment is by Ellen Hutson and the ticket die is by My Creative Time. 
Copic colors for this card.
Product List:
Gerda Steiner Designs, Lovely Pandas stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Balloon Strings background stamp *retired
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Creative Time, ticket die *retired
Ellen Hutson, Pure Magic sentiment stamp set
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch Markers

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Simple Stories, Spooky Nights Box Card

This new mini slimline box card die set by My Favorite Things is truly one of my favorite things. This time I used it with the adorable Spooky Nights collection by Simple Stories. The only thing on this card (aside from the base) that is not from this collection is the fence which is by, you guessed it, My Favorite Things. Check out the goodness!

When I work with chipboard stickers (which I love!), I usually start by de-stickifying them. You may ask why (you may not care LOL). I do this because, number 1, the sticky never ever holds and I'll have to add glue anyway, or number 2, I will likely use foam tape to adhere, depending on the project. For most pieces, I use a powder tool brush by EK Success on the back until it's smooth and no stick is left. For tiny pieces, I'll put them in a little container with a smidge of baby powder and shake them up real good. Now they're ready to play with! 
What can I say, it's just cute!
And it folds flat for mailing, which is so awesome when you depend on the post office to deliver your cards because you live far away from everyone like I do. 
The goodies (I did not use the enamel dots.....this time.)
Product List:
Simple Stories, Spooky Nights 6x8 paper pad 
Simple Stories, Spooky Nights Bits & Pieces
Simple Stories, Spooky Nights Chipboard stickers
My Favorite Things, Outside the Box Mini Slimline Card dies
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock (card base)
My Favorite Things, Eiffel Tower cardstock (fence)
My Favorite Things, Farm-tastic stamps and dies (fence)

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