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Friday, August 18, 2017

Final Day of MFT Camp Create - Many Thanks

Hello friends!
Yay!  I made it all the way through Camp Create and I even stayed focused and on time to get each day done through the week!  It took a few compromises on things, but I'm proud that I finished!

For the last day of camp, the "Delightful Die-Cutting" challenge was issued:
I really loved this idea that Stephanie did in her Day 5 Camp Create video!  I immediately thought of a past card kit for this and pulled it out to play.  (Again, I do not think I even touched this kit at all, but I really fell in love with the these Stitched Flower dies and the All Occasion Sentiments sets that came with this kit!)  So I am very happy that this challenge triggered something to pull it out and play around with it!  This is another reason I love to do the challenges so I can use what I have and come up with new ways of using things as well.

So I cut all of the stitched flowers that would fit on my card front base with white card stock and then attached them all onto the front of a white card front panel.  I know Stephanie used a monochromactic color scheme for her video, but I really thought these blended colors look amazing for the background and these two colors are probably my favorite colors out of all the distress inks.  (Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet)  I used some water to spritz and drop onto the blended ink background and dapped it up with a paper towel like Stephanie showed in her video.

I mounted this panel onto a piece of black and then mounted this onto an A2 sized white top folding card base.  I took the sentiment from the All Occasion Sentiments set and white heat embossed it over a strip of black card stock that fit across the water color panel.  *I wanted to use this particular sentiment as a "thank you" to the counselors for putting together this fun Camp Create week*

Here's a closer look at the stitched flowers over the background.
I decided to add a sequins to the center of each flower and used different sizes depending upon the size of the flower.  I also added some Silver Nuvo Crystal Drops in the center of each sequins.

So since I've completed this card, I have earned my final badge for Camp Create for completing the "Delightful Die-Cutting" challenge for Day 5:
I sure had lots of fun during Camp Create and I hope that you have enjoyed my posts with them all this week...I know...there were TONS of them! LOL!
I know it was a late night for me last night, so now it's back home and catching up with chores around the house and catching up with all of you! :)  Thanks so much for sticking around this week, it really means so much that you're here and supportive!

As with any camping trip...I am tired, I think I'll unpack and go to bed!
Night night!  Zzzzzzz

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Sweet Stampin' - Flowers  Whoops!  Missed the deadline!

2.  The Flower Challenge - Focus on the Background


3.  Addicted to Stamps & More (ATSM255) - photo inspiration


4.  Creative Knockouts - Tic Tac Toe (I used die cuts, Sentiment & Flowers)




Monthly Art Journal - Poetry Dance

Hello friends!
It's that time again to share another Art Journal Page with you!  I'm so glad that I take the time to stop and do this at least once a month.  I think it gives me the freedom to create in different ways and in whatever "mood" I'm feeling at the time...it's always a great way to express myself artfully.
So let's contine...

**If you are new to my blog or missed my previous AJ posts:  I have joined together with my talented blog friend Asha from Sunny Summer Crafts to inspire each other through our Art Journal Pages and share them on our blogs on a monthly basis with you to maybe inspire our other crafty friends.  Perhaps you will be inspired to give AJ pages a try!  We just want to share our love of crafting through this wonderful mixed media art form.  If you would like to see my past AJ pages, you can CLICK HERE to have a look at them all.**

I have to say that my hubby was the biggest inspiration behind my page today:
I absolutely LOVE how this one turned out.  It's not what I expected and of course these photos do absolutely nothing compared to what it looks like in person...the gold just shines all over on it.
I am always inspired by words and poetry.  I took many classes in college that dealt with literature and poetry.  I even have a small notebook that I started in my early years in which I jotted down quotes, sayings, phrases and such as I went along in life.  I would like to get it out next to me when I create these pages for inspiration.

To start out the page, I wanted to get out my watercolor, so the background is consisted of layers of blue watercolor.  I have darkest on the bottom right that gradually works up to the lightest blue at the top left.  I went all around the edges of the page with some black watercolor after the first layer of blue dried.  I blended more of the blues with the black edges to soften it up a bit.  After it dried, I took some gold watercolor, loaded up my brush and made some gold splatters all over the background.

  Once it was dry, I stamped the music sheet image with some navy ink in random spots which is from Scribbly Splattery Grunge by STAMPlorations.  I then took the Bubbles stencil also from STAMPlorations and randomly added some white ink over it in places on the page.  I then took some Gold Inkarub and rubbed some of it all around the edges of the page.  I did not use any matte medium as I felt it was not needed especially since I used watercolor and ink for this one.

Again, this photo is not capturing what this truly looks like, but what I did for my focal image was turn to my Cricut machine.  I found this silhouette couple inside of a heart shape.  So I cut out the bakcground heart with gold foil card stock and the couple in black.  I attached this to the bottom portion of my page.  I also had some left over gold foil stars that I had cut out from the Simon Says Stamps Stacked Stars die and attached with liquid glue in random parts on the page.  I just cut around the ones that I wanted.

And here's a closer look at the poem that I've added to my page.
The "dance" sentiment at the top was cut from my Cricut Explore machine.
For the poem, I found online and then printed it out over vellum from my computer.  While it was still wet, I sprinkled some clear embossing powder over it and heat set it into the vellum.
I ripped around the edges of the words and then added some of that Gold Inkrubb that I put around the edges of the page.  I attached this to the page with a glue stick...this seems to work the best for me when it comes to attaching vellum.

If you cannot make out the words, here's what it says:
"Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch & be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love"
- Leonard Cohen

There are some days where I don't know what in the world I'd do without my hubby, but he is here now and I will enjoy this dance for as long as I possibly can....all the way to the end of love.

I hope you've enjoyed my Art Journal page this month!
Please be sure to hop on over to Asha's blog to see what she's done and I know it will be awesome!  I also love to see her inspiration for this! :)

I'm sure I'll be back later with my last day of Camp Create!
See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Art Journal Journey - Poetry in Motion

2.  Crafty Gals Corner - Add a Star


Flashback Friday with More Fun & Games!

Hello friends!
With all of my postings from Camp Create and such, I still wanted to keep my schedule with these Flashback Friday posts and be sure to share these on my blog because I know there are many of you that didn't get to see what I created and some of you have told me that you look forward to seeing these...so I'm squeezing it in here! :)

*As I mentioned in my June (2017) "Flashback Friday" posts, that although these are previously made creations, I have never posted them on my blog up until now.  The only way you may have seen them before is if you are apart of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, as I made these last year during my time as a Dirty Dozen DT member and only SCS fan club members would've been able to see them.  I am posting them here for you as a "Flashback Friday" post so that those of you who are not fan club members are still able to see what I created for it.  I was not allowed to post them anywhere else at that time until 6 months had passed...so now I'm sharing them a year later with you as they were shown on SCS.  I hope you enjoy these creations clear up until the end of November!*

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  The theme for the month of August was:  "Fun & Games"!
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I have two more projects to share with you this week for this theme and as many of these creations have done while making them, it has brought up some memories that I will share:
To see the original upload on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

I have always loved putting together puzzles, but this was also something that I used to picture "old people" doing in the winter which was putting together those crazy 100,000 piece puzzles! LOL!!  I had a memory of puzzles that I shared on my SCS upload:
As a child this was something that I always loved to do was puzzles! I had boxes of them. My aunt would sit and do very complicated puzzles. If I was lucky, she would "assign" me a few pieces to work on separately which I'm assuming was to keep me occupied away from her main puzzle area! LOL! I was sure I could help her with the millions of pieces laying around! :)

I think shaker cards are such a fun interactive card design, so I used this theme to also make a shaker card and used pink in honor of my aunt.  The stamp and dies come from Whimsy Stamps.
I also used some gold accents in the background as well as on the tag and puzzle piece shaker window.  I even added some gold thread behind the tag shaker.

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For my second card I was inspired by the Olympics:
To see the original upload on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

I was thinking of those Olympic rings from the emblem and the colors.  So it made me think of this cute little Riley stamp I had and thought maybe there should be an Olympic Hula Hoop event?!
Here's what I said about it on my original upload on SCS:
LOL! Well I don't know if there is an Olympic event for this, but I think Riley has won the gold medal for it!! :)

As a child, we have done this in gym class as well just for fun and of course I did with my children when they were younger...not so sure I would be any good at it any more! At least not as good as this cute guy anyway!! I also thought it would be fun to give a nod to the Olympics with this card by coloring in the hula hoops with the iconic Olympic ring colors. I have been catching the Summer Olympics here in there when I can pop in for a few minutes to see what's going on. I do love to watch the gymnastic competitions...it's just fun to watch everyone compete in it. Such top shape young individuals!

So I thought it would be fun to also have Riley seem as if he's up on the podium nestled among the gold. The gold is behind Riley as well as behind the black circle frame around him.

So the Summer Olympics must have been going on this time last year as I do enjoying watching certain events.  My favorite are the winter Olympics though.

I just took several different colors of card stock (Olympic colors) and cut them out with my stitched circles dies and made rings with them and just layered them underneath Riley.   I thought the gold would be perfect to layer him in among the circles.  :)

I hope you've enjoyed my Flashbacks for today and I'll be back next Friday with my last two "Fun & Games" themed creations for the month of August!
(I can't believe we are almost done with August already!  Yikes!)

See you soon friends!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, August 17, 2017

MFT Camp Create Continues with Day 4 + Bonus Campfire!

Hello friends!
I didn't really think I was going to make it today, but the day has NOT ended yet...at least not in my time zone anyway! There is still one more hour left before it starts to be Friday!  LOL!
Yep...I am burning the midnight oil and enjoying some "camp fire" fun!  Want to join me?!

So this morning started Day 4 of MFT Camp Create and the challenge was
"Monochromatic Magic"
I really enjoyed the video and thought I would try out the ink sponging technique onto the stamp that was used as I don't think I've done that before:
This MFT Bestie Friends stamp set has become a regular favorite of mine I think!  I thought he would be fun to use for the background with a monochromatic theme!

For the background, I took the MFT Watercolor Stripes Background Stamp and sponged different colors of blue inks to get an ombre looking effect and faded out the lightest color towards the left side of the card.  This gave me just enough room to stamp the beastie image with the MFT Nightshift Blue Hybrid ink.  I like to use these hybrid inks because they also work with Copics and I used them to color in my image including the scarf around his neck and the tiny hearts he's floating into the air.  I die cut his scarf using the coordinating dies with the set and glued it over top of him.  I also stamped a sentiment in the same ink at the top left corner.  Other inks I used for the background are:  MFT Blu Raspberry Hybrid and Summer Splash Hybrid inks.

I also decided to take the MFT Stylish Snowflakes and die cut some with white and MFT Nightshift Blue card stock to attach to the right side of my background.  I also took some Icicles Stickles and filled some of the details in the snowflakes with it as well as the hearts.  I mounted my white card front onto an A2 sized side folding Nightshift Blue card base.

Here's a closer look:
Here you can see the details of the sparkle from the glitter as well as my coloring on the beastie friend.  I love how chilly he looks in the blues!  I even used a clear gel pen to dot his blue cheeks! :)
Really fun card to make!
I'm also happy that I can add his card to my collection pile for the Caring Hearts Card Drive too!
This is helping me at least get a few other things done that I've been wanting to work on.

Since I complete this card, I have earned the Monochromatic Magic badge:
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Tonight is also the BONUS "Bonfire" challenge!  Yes, I'm crazy...I stayed up late just to toast some marshmallows and had some fun "camping out" in my craft room! LOL!

For the Bonus Campfire, the challenge was
"Awesome Ombre"
Stephanie made THE cutest cards...so of course I wanted to replicate what she did, but I didn't have all of the products that she used, so this is my take:
I still think this one turned out really cute with the MFT Birthday Bears stamp set!
Although it doesn't really look like an ombre colored bear, I did use about three different shades of browns and blended them together.  I also did this same coloring on his birthday hat and the presents too!  I used some masking to put the birthday hat on the bear and then fussy cut him out as I don't own the coordinating dies for this set.  I also took part of a sentiment from this same stamp set and white heat embossed it over the black banner.

I did the grass the same way Stephanie showed in her video with distress inks and then cut it out with the MFT Stitched Basic Edges die.  I then took my blue distress inks and blended another piece like Stephanie showed in the video too.  I did not have the cloud stencil she used, but I did have a piece of acetate that I previously cut with a cloud border die and used that as my stencil for the clouds.  I attached the grass over the blue sky panel and then attached the bear onto the grass and added the heat embossed black banner.  I took the MFT Happy Birthday die and cut it out of some sparkly paper and glued that to the grass area next to the bear.  Lastly finished it off with some sparkling clear sequins and some Nuvo silver crystal drops in the center of each one.  My card front was mounted onto an A2 sized top folding MFT Primitive White card base.

Here's a closer look at the details:
You can better see all of the sparkle from the sequins and the die cut word as well as the white heat embossed sentiment and the coloring details.
This will be a nice birthday card for someone special that's coming up very shortly! :)

So since I have finished this challenge, I have now earned the "Awesome Ombre" special Bonus Campfire badge:
Yay!!  I'm still caught up with Camp Create and ready to finish off tomorrow for Day 5!
I have to say that it feels pretty good to not be late for once! :)


Thanks so much for stopping by with all of your very kind comments and hanging out with me during my Camp Create time!  I have enjoyed reading them although I haven't had a great deal of time to return the favor just yet...I will soon, but just wanted to let you know I appreciate your visits!

I will be back VERY soon...more like in a few hours or so! LOL!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
-Top Card-
1.  Crazy for Challenges (C4C398) - Monochromatic

2.  The Merry Christmas Challenge - Sparkle

3.  Fab 'N' Funky - Anything Goes

4.  Moving Along with the Times - Beginning with 'B' (Beastie, Blue, Background stamp, Blending, Brr!)

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For Second card:
1.  Penny's Paper - Anything Goes

2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Add a Sentiment

3.  4 Crafty Chicks - Sequins

4.  Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes birthday


It's FUN in the SUN over at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
It's hard to believe that we are already half way through the month of August and school is starting back up again!!  This Summer seem to go by very quickly!

Wanted to stop in and share a new challenge with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week we would like to see your "Fun in the Sun" creations!  Feel free to interpret this any way you see it!  Looking forward to seeing your creations!

I usually think of  sun with warmer weather plus being out in it during the Summer months and since I'm probably going to be starting up Fall and, yes, Christmas cards soon...I thought I'd give Summer at least one more showing:
You may recognize this already, but I have pulled out an older Simon Says Stamp card kit for my design today.  I have used the stamp set and papers from the kit, but have added in the black card stock as well as the sequins for this one.  I'm not sure I have even made a card with this kit!  If I did, I honestly don't remember it! LOL!

But I really thought the papers were awesome from this kit!  I have used a piece for my background and then stamped the "hello" sentiment over it and added a die cut sentiment over it that came with the kit.  I took a strip of black card stock and white heat embossed the sentiment to put under the die cut word.  I used another piece of the papers from the kit to paper piece the flip flop images.  I colored the straps with a black gel pen and dotted the flowers with a white gel pen and then I popped them up over the card with some foam tape.

I mounted this over a black piece of card stock for the base and then attached this onto a shimmer piece of orange card stock included in the kit for the A2 sized top folding card base.
I finished it off with some sparkling clear sequins and added some silver Nuvo Crystal drops to the center of each one.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see where I popped up the flip flops and the dimension on the white embossed sentiment as well as the sparkle from the sequins.

I hope you will join in the challenge with us this week and please be sure to stop by to check out the rest of the creations from the DT!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

2.  Love to Craft - August Anything Goes

3.  Mix It Up - August Anything Goes + twist of paper pieceing (flip flops)

4.  Shopping Our Stash - Chillaxin' & Relaxin'

5.  Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Camp Create Day 3 - Stenciled Rainbow with YOU

Hello friends!
Were you wondering if I was going to miss a day of Camp Create?
I made it!  It's getting time for me to make supper for hubby, but I did make it! :)

Today on Camp Create, it's a "Background Bonanza"
I felt like I pretty much made a similar design as Stephanie did in her video, but I tried to change up my card a little bit with what MFT products I had:
Since Stephanie used stencils for her backgrounds, I pulled out what I had and picked this MFT Stencil Star Grid to work with.  For some reason I do not see stars at all when I look at this pattern...I see cubes when I look at it.  Do you see the stars or the cubes like me?  Maybe everyone sees a different pattern, so just curious about that! :)

So Stephanie used reguarlar distress inks for her cards, but I decided to pull out the oxide inks for mine to create a rainbow colored background.  I left the stencil on and spritzed it with water and blotted it up and heat set it, then I went back over it again with the inks and repeated with the spritzing.  I didn't see much of the oxide look with it, so I took off the stencil and spritzed it again and tried to get some of the inks to run a bit.  I can see some of the oxide and probably could've developed it more, but didn't want to ruin anything so I stopped it here.  I cut it out with a stitched rectangle die.

I took the MFT You Trio die and cut it out of the stenciled background.  I cut the same die out again with some white card stock and popped it inside the stenciled background.  (Like the inlaid die technique we did on Day 1 of Camp Create.)  I then took the MFT All About You stamp set and white heat embossed a sentiment from it over a strip of black card stock.  I used the same stitched rectangle die to cut it out and attached it over the inlaid YOU die.

All that was left to do was layer all of this onto a piece of black card stock which I then mounted onto a white A2 sized side folding card base.  I finished it off with some black enamel dots.

Here's a closer look at the details:
At this angle you can better see the oxide background and how the die sentiment is inlaid into the background.  The next time I do a card like this one, I think I'd like to try it with some brighter ink tones as the oxide inks are a bit more muted than the distress inks are....still very cool though!

Hope you've enjoyd my simple birthday card today!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you again tomorrow! :)
HAPPY CRAFTING!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Sweet Stampers - Clean and Simple

2.  The Crazy Challenge - Inking is Fun

3.  City Crafter - NO Flowers Allowed

4.  Sparkles Monthly - Birthday

5.  Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Camp Create Day 2 - Polar Bear Masking

Hello friends!
I'm back with you one more time today to share a card I made for
Day 2 of MFT Camp Create.
I couldn't get to my card right away today as I had some errands to run and some appointments, but I was thinking about it while I was out and about!  The video shared for Day 2 was all about "magnificent masking" and I pretty much made my card very similar to that one on the video except instead of something tropical, I went in the opposite direction with mine:
For the first session earlier this Summer of Camp Create, I had done some extensive masking with an interactive card design using the penguin set from MFT - click here to see the post.  I was about to pull that set out again and then remembered the card I had done previously, so I decided to go with more of a winter theme for my tropical looking masked background! :)

I started out my card in pretty much the same way that was shown in the video - CLICK HERE to see the MFT video.  I didn't have a wavy line stamp for the waves, so I just used my white gel pen to add mine.  I also stamped some snowflakes in the background from this MFT Cool Day stamp set (retired) that I've used on my card.

I took the MFT Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frame die and popped it up over my masked background scene...I didn't mind it going past the frame area as I thought it went with the image alongside the frame anyway.  I took some white shimmer paint and painted over the frame with a paint brush.  (You can see the shimmer of this paint in the photo below.)

I also did some more masking with my stamped images.  First I stamped the polar bear and then made a mask from the same image and cut out the bottom portion only to place over my stamped bear.  then I took the ice image and stamped it right over top of the bear so it looked like he was standing right on the piece of ice.  I colored them in with my Copics and went over the piece of ice with some Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.  I fussy cut this image out and went around the edges with a black marker.

I took a sentiment from this same stamp set and white heat embossed it over some card stock that I've cut out with an MFT banner die cut.  I punched a hole on one end and looped some silver cord through and attached it like was shown in the video.  I then popped up and attached my polar bear above the banner.  I used some craft foam for the dimension on the back of my card front before attaching it to the white A2 sized card base.  I finished off my card with some clear Nuvo Crystal drops in the center of the snowflakes.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can better see all of the shimmer on the scallop frame as well as the shimmer on the piece of ice.  It also shows the sparkle in the center of the snowflakes and the raised dimension on the heat embossed sentiment.

I plan on sending this card along to the Caring Hearts Card Drive too as time is starting to run out on sending in cards so I just wanted to add to the cards I've got done so far.  CLICK HERE to read more about it or check out the badge on the sidebar of my blog.

Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!  I really hope that you have enjoyed all of my creations that I've been sharing and I look forward to sharing some more tomorrow with you!

Have a great evening!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Creative Knockouts - Card for a Child

2.  Open-Minded Crafting Fun - "Airy in August" (weather)

3.  Use Your Stuff - For the Love of Children (Card going to a children's card drive)

4.  Naughty or Nice - On the Move + optional color combo


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