Thursday, May 30, 2013


Today I'm sharing a grad card I made for one of our nieces using supplies from My Favorite Things.

I'm hoping I've used the correct colours, but of course I have a little back story on that. I don't know her school colours and I tried looking it up online but I couldn't find the answer. So I asked hubby, and he didn't know, but he humoured me and texted his brother. The answer came and white. Great! But what shade of blue? Baby blue? Navy blue? Powder blue? Medium blue? Light blue? True blue? Royal Blue? You get the idea. I asked hubby for clarification and he gave me "the look". Doh! Why doesn't he see the importance of clarification? I know you get it...right? But I knew I wouldn't get any more information than I already had, so I just went with it.

I ended up choosing a patterned paper with lots of different shades of blue, Pebbles Family Ties collection. I started with a Sweet Tooth card base then added a layer of SU pacific point and Sno Cone. The layout is SC437 from Splitcoast. I ended up adding some yellow because the card needed a pop of colour among all the blue and white.

I stamped à la modes Grad Girl with Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-Press It Blending Card, coloured her with copic markers then fussy cut around her. She's adhered with foam dots for a little dimension.

I used the Sentiment Strips Die-namics to cut out the Sweet Tooth flag then stamped the sentiment with Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink. Along the bottom of the striped piece I added a Sweet Tooth scalloped piece which I cut out using the Open Simply Scallops Trio Die-namics.

For the bow element I used the Dainty Bows Die-namics to cut out the Sweet Tooth felt bow. I know the felt bow will still look good even after it's been through the postal system.

On the inside I stamped the girl again with Sno Cone Premium Dye Ink then added another sentiment from à la modes Grad Girl.

Here are the supplies I used:

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My Dad {MFTWSC126} and a Tip

It's time to get sketchy with the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club and sketch 126.

I used this week's sketch to create a masculine card for my dad, for Father's Day. I was thinking ahead with his gift because I brought it to Hawaii and gave it to my mom to take home to him, but I didn't think of his card. Doh! At least I still have plenty of time to get it in the mail so it won't be late.

I started with a Whip Cream card base then added a layer of Nightshift Blue. I built the card on a layer of corrugated cardboard for lots of texture. I used the Insert It - Instaframe Die-namics to cut out the Kraft photo frame, then used it again to cut out the Whip Cream piece for the image.

The image is from Inspired By Travel and I stamped it with Hot Fudge Premium Dye Ink. I added two X's which I stitched with Hemp Cord and I have a tip below to make stitching with Hemp Cord a lot easier.

Along the bottom of the frame I stamped a sentiment from Clearly Sentimental about Fathers. I used the Harlequin Die-namics to cut out the Orange Fizz strip, which you'll see again on the inside of the card and I added a few navy enamel dots for just a little shine.

For the banner along the top I used the Sentiment Strips Die-namics to cut out the Orange Fizz banner, then I stamped "My Dad" with Hot Fudge Premium Dye Ink using the Typewriter Alphabet. On the Nightshift Blue layer behind the Instaframe I used the chicken wire stamp from Distressed Background Blocks, stamped with white chalk ink.

On the inside I layered Orange Fizz and Nightshift Blue harlequins, then I stamped another sentiment from Clearly Sentimental about Fathers. I ❤ this sweet little sentiment, almost as much as I ❤ my daddy. I'm his only girl (I have three older brothers), and yes, I'm still a daddy's girl...but don't tell anyone.

Here are all the sketchy details:

There's a prize each week for one participant, chosen at random. You may use any stamps and supplies that you wish. This week's keyword is MFTWSC126. All you need to do to enter is upload your card to the gallery at Splitcoast and enter the keyword in the keyword box during the upload process. After the deadline (noon Eastern on Tuesday) one random winner will receive up to a $20 gift voucher!

Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to view the entire list of design team participants...there's plenty of inspiration for you with today’s sketch!
Have you ever tried to stitch with Hemp Cord? I don't like using a needle because it creates too big of a hole, and Hemp Cord is pretty stiff so it can be done without a needle, BUT I saw a tip online (I don't recall where) a long time ago about using a dental floss threader. Talk about a light bulb moment!

Simply create the holes first using a paper piercer. Then use the dental floss threader as a "needle" to pull your Hemp Cord through the holes. The great part is that the dental floss threader doesn't make the hole bigger and the loop to put your Hemp Cord through is super big, so you won't get squinting lines around your eyes. ;-)

Here are the dental floss threaders I use. I think I have a lifetime supply in this little package since you can use the same one over and over and over again.

Here are the supplies I used:

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Grateful For you

I have a quick post to share today, in honour of Memorial Day. I had good intentions of having this post up much earlier in the day but I was making the card late last night and decided to add Stickles to the stars. If you've ever used Stickles, you know it takes hours to dry...which brings us to now.

I've been living in the USA for almost five years now and I'm still so impressed with the patriotism here. It really is heartwarming and you see it everywhere. We were at the Reds game yesterday (sadly they lost to the Cubs in the 10th inning) and coincidentally, between the team uniform colours and the colours the fans were wearing, it was a sea of blue, white and red...quite fitting for Memorial Day weekend, not to mention all the parades and celebrations going on.

My card is quite simple and I used CTS#29 from the Case This Sketch blog for the layout and supplies from My Favorite Things. I started with a Whip Cream card base then added a layer of Kraft and a layer of Nightshift Blue. I chose a sentiment from Pure Innocence Soldier Girl and embossed it with vanilla embossing powder. Then I used the star from On the Line to stamp the starry background with versamark ink. I used the Spring Backgrounds stamp set to create the red and white striped piece using Red Hot Premium Dye Ink. I inked all the edges with Kraft Premium Dye Ink. I used the Stacking Stars Die-namics to cut out the three Kraft stars, covered them with Star Dust Stickles and added a Whip Cream button tied with Hemp Cord.

Happy Memorial Day!

Here are the supplies I used:

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