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)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Spooky Graveyard, mini slimline boxcard

Oh my, I love this die. Can you even stand it? A boxcard in mini slimline size!!! Super fun to make with lots of real estate for embellishing. Latest addition to my stash from My Favorite Things. Even before my die arrived, I knew it was a graveyard I wanted to make with it and I do like how it turned out. What do you think???

I changed the boo to black. I like it better.

Top view. You can seed more of the elements this way. Gravestones, spooky tree, broken fence.....
Side view shows the creepy moon staring down. This guy is a cutout from one of the papers in the pad I used. I inked him with some lemon chiffon ink from My Favorite Things. He looks like a real creepster. LOL

And of course, folds flat. These fit into an A7 size envelope and My Favorite Things now has these envelopes in their store. This size is what used to be called (in the olden days LOL) a "check" envelope. 
Copic colors, paper pad, ink and blending brush.

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Mini Slimline Outside the Box die set
My Favorite Things, Mini Slimline Snow Drifts dies
My Favorite Things, Grave Situation (gravestones) *retired
My Favorite Things, Spooky fence die 
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Eiffel Tower cardstock
My Favorite Things, Black Licorice cardstock
My Favorite Things, Lemon Chiffon ink cube
Honey Bee Stamps, Boo die set (boo)
Essentials by Ellen, Halloween Boo-quet (ghosts, bat, black cat)
Essentials by Ellen, Good Day (clouds)
Essentials by Ellen, Deer antlers die (spooky tree)
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch Markers
Blending brushes, clear embossing powder, circle dies, Distress oxide gathered twigs ink

Monday, October 11, 2021


Totally unplanned card - sometimes they are the best!!! All the elements are from my "use later box"; elements that were cut and colored but didn't fit on the planned project for one reason or another. This one might be one of my favorite Halloween cards this season. 

The pumpkins are from my favorite fall stamp set, Autumn Blessings, by My Favorite Things. The colors are too yummy not to use on a card. And the "boo" is by Honey Bee Stamps from the Boo die set, ironically. LOL I used MFT Black Licorice cardstock for the shadow, and the pattern paper is by Fancy Pants Designs from the 6x6 Howl paper pad. 
The white background was just too stark on its own, so I pulled out this lacy, floral stencil by Tim Holtz called doily. With a blending brush, I lightly inked with My Favorite Things, Sno Cone ink. 
That was it. That's all it needed. And I totally love the finished look. 
Product List:
Honey Bee Stamps, Boo stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Autumn Blessings stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Sno Cone ink cube
My Favorite Things, Black Licorice cardstock
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch markers - BG45, BG53, BG57, YG91, W4, YR23
Blending brush, foam tape

Sunday, October 10, 2021

We did the Mash....

We did the Monster Mash! I took the chemistry kids stamp set from My Favorite Things and modified him into a mad scientist. Isn't he adorable!!? Be sure to check out all the angles...he has conjured up a little friend hiding behind the crates. But I think my favorite are his goggles.

There were SO MANY stamp sets that went into the finished card. My Favorite Things, Paper Smooches, Hello Bluebird, Jaded Blossom to name a few. 

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Outside the Box, Level Up die set
My Favorite Things, Eiffel Tower cardstock
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Chemistry Kids (scientist, large beakers)
My Favorite Things, I Knead You (cat, shelf)
My Favorite Things, Party Like a Pirate (skull and crossbones)
My Favorite Things, Mice Day to Celebrate (stool, crates)
My Favorite Things, Our story (light)
My Favorite Things, Monster Sized (purple people eater, star explosions)
My Favorite Things, Fishtail Foundations (sentiment strip)
Paper Smooches, Great Chemistry (small beakers, test tube, warning label) *no longer in business
My Creative Time, Too Cute to Spook (spider) *retired
Hello Bluebird, Merry Mice (ladder)
Jaded Blossom, Science Labels (radioactive, caution, toxic)
Jaded Blossom, Halloween Splatters (embossed web, chain, rock walls, dripping blood stain)
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch Markers
Embossing powders; white, silver, clear, fired brick
Acetate strips, glossy accents, acetate for goggles, foam tape

So much fall!

Aww, beautiful fall. I think fall is the best time for card making. The colors, the leaves, Halloween and then Thanksgiving. There is so much to be grateful for! :) 

My cards for today: 
Card 1, mini slimline design
Foam tape for dimension
Lovely sentiment

Card 2, A-2 topfold card
Foam tape of course
Beautiful sentiment
Here's a look at how these came together. Inks and dies but not a copic marker in sight! How can that be?! Oxide inks, that's how! I started by just rubbing the ink pad across the paper, I used MFT 110# Smooth White cardstock, till it was well covered. Didn't even need any blending tool for this, just the ink pad itself.
When the ink was dry, I cut my leaves using my favorite leaf dies. These are by My Creative Time from my time on the design team way back when. I still LOVE these leaves! I really loved how these leaves came out in these ink colors, but even more, I think I like the ones that are not solid colors. Those were a last minute idea using what I had left of the inked cardstock after cutting my first set of leaves. They turned out to be my favorites!
Playing around with arrangement. I decided I needed a fallish looking background, so I used the My Favorite Things, Knitted Sweater background stamp in Pumice Stone (seen on the final card). Love! On the first card, I used a background stamp by My Creative Time called Grainy Wood in MFT ink color, Natural. Perfect. 
For the first card I created a blue mat using Speckled Egg Oxide. For the second card, I decided I didn't need to cover the entire piece, just the edges would be enough to create the illusion. I like it.
For the sentiment on card 1 I used the Autumn Blessings stamp set by My Favorite Things in Speckled Egg Oxide ink. The white oval was quite stark so I edged it in the same blue as the sentiment. For card 2, I used a die cut word I had in my "use these later" box that just happened to be in the same blue Speckled Egg Oxide I used on these cards. I popped it with foam tape and added a subtext from the Autumn Blessings stamps in Gathered Twigs Oxide. 

There you have it. Super simple and just a minimum amount of supplies. I hope you'll give this a try and share with us in the Scrapendipty Studio Crafts Facebook Group! Happy crafting.

Product List:
My Creative Time, leaf dies (retired)
My Creative Time, Grainy Wood background stamp (retired)
My Favorite Things, Autumn Blessings stamp set
My Favorite Things, Knitted Sweater background stamp (retired)
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Natural ink cube (discontinued color)
My Favorite Things, Skinny strips dies (sub-text card 2)
Avery Elle, Grateful stamp set (word die card 2) 
Distress Oxide inks, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge, Speckled Egg, Pumice Stone
Blending brushes, foam tape, oval die


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