"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Take 2017 Shaker Feat.

Hello friends!
So I come back last week with a vengance and several posts.. then all of the sudden I decided it was time to get sick and not post for a couple of days!  WOW!  I am feeling better today and hopefully I can get back "on track" and continue my routine as normal..whatever that is!

 

I couldn't pass up the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop without making a card and I was also able to get into some more un-used stash and have a play with it!  Do any of you guys buy up all of those card kits and then not use them?  I have seriously got to decide if I'm going to use them or stop buying them!  I really can't keep buying them and then not make anything with it!  So TODAY I was determined to dig into those un-used card kits and see what I can do and here's what it was:
Although I hadn't planned on making a shaker card, that's just how this one happened to turn out in the end!  My coffee is so bright that it has to wear shades!!  LOL!

So for the coffee cup, it has come the SSS February 2017 card kit and I've used some of the papers included in that kit to paper piece portions of it.  I did stamp a smile face on the cup from another image within the same set, but the sunglasses image and the papers that I've used on my shaker came from the SSS June 2015 card kit (YES...I know, but I keep buying them!)

I've used my Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables die to make the frame with the rainbow paper.  I also used it to cut out two pieces of craft foam.  I took some yellow decorative paper from the 2015 card kit and blended some oxide ink over a MFT Sun Ray Stencil and then used my Spectrum Noir glitter pen to add some shimmer to it.  I've also used the STAMPlorations Literary Caffeine-ations to heat emboss the sentiment over the sun ray panel.  I altered the sentiment to fit the Summer theme by taking some more of the papers from that kit and cutting out a word to add to the end of the embossed sentiment.  I added my finished shaker to a layer of black card stock and then attached it to a top folding A2 sized card base.  Lastly finished it off with some black twine at the top.

Here's a closer view of the shaker details:
You can see all of the sparkly sequins inside the shaker and I've also added some shimmer to the sunglasses on the coffee too.

I know that there are several of you that make a card for each day, but I have to say that I don't think I would ever have the energy in me to do that!  I am happy that I was able to get this one in before the deadline! LOL!  And sometimes plans...well....they don't always plan out!

Hope you've enjoyed my card for today!  Thanks for dropping in!
Be sure to stop by here tomorrow as I will have another post! Yay!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

2.  Sweet Stampin' - Lots of Layers

3.  Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Anything Goes

4.  Make My Monday - Summer Brights

5.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flashback Friday -More From a Slanted View...

Hello friends!
We made it...we are here...finally Friday!  We are also in the middle of the year and going towards the downhill side of it which also means, yes, Christmas will be here before you know it!  LOL!
I know, I didn't really type that out, did I?!

As promised, I have another Flashback Friday to share with you today.
Realizing that I'm sharing my creations during the same months as the previous year's creations, I see that I only have one more Friday to share June creations with you, so pardon the many cards in one post, but I wanted to keep them all in the same months.

So here are some more shares from my SCS Dirty Dozen DT  June month time span from last year.  Again, although these are new to some of you that are not SCS fan club members, I thought you would enjoy seeing them here as a Flashback Friday post.  Hope you enjoy!
To see the original upload on SCS - Click Here (fan club members only)

I put this one as a favorite for that month I guess because I thought all of the masking of the scoops turned out pretty cool and I like that it was a different sized card being on the tall side.  I used a SU! stamp set called Honeycomb Happiness and masked it several times to create the stacked scoops of ice cream.  I topped it off with a cherry covered with crystal effects.  And while I was masking the scoops, I added some blending blue ink in the background as I went along.

I used the fun "Play on Words" challenge. The word for that month was: T-I-L-T
I have used
"T" for Tall Card
"I" for Ice Cream
"L" for Lace
"T" for Tiny Tag
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So moving along to another card for that month:
To see the original upload on SCS - Click Here (fan club members only)

I thought this card turned out pretty cool.  I like the way the shapes turned out on this one.  I didn't have a hexagon stencil for this, so I took a die cut and made my own stencil with it and inked in the different colors.  I used the photo inspiration that was given for that month as well for my card design.
And of course to fit in with the "A New Slant" theme, I tilted the layer over the black card base.

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So for one more Flashback, I tried out an older technique that you may be familiar with:
To see the original upload on SCS - Click Here (fan club members only)

I have done the Triple Stamping technique, but put a slight twist on it by fitting it with not only the theme for the month, but there was a sketch that I used for my card as well.
(You can see the tutorial on SCS for the Triple Stamping technique by CLICKING HERE.)
I used a very pretty SU! stamp set called "What I Love".  I heat embossed the flowers and inked over them for the ink resist effect and then just stamped the other details.  I even slanted the ribbon on it to fit with the theme.

Thanks so much for stopping by with me for a Flashback Friday post!
I will have to share with you next Friday, so I hope you'll be joining me again!
Enjoy the weekend and I'll be seeing you very soon!
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(I don't link to challenges on these since these were previous creations I made.)
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Camp Create Finish Line!

Hello friends!
I'm back with the last of the MFT Camp Create projects! Whew!  Just in time!

So let's get started with the Camp Create BONUS Camp Fire challenge and start putting together those gooey and yummy smores!! :)  This one is called "Divine Dry Embossing":
I really loved Stephanie's idea to use die cuts to emboss with.  This really stretches out the use of something expensive in your stash and I love that!  And then I was reminded of a past online card classes that I took and I wanted to try out a technique that I never had a chance to try out from that class and this is also the first time that I've pulled out this last MFT card kit that I purchased too!

What I did was emboss the "you" die sentiment along with the scallop stitched rectangle die and then I also used the same dies and cut out some masking paper with them.  I did the same thing for the images in the background as well.  Once I embossed them, I used the masked dies to cover up certain places that were embossed and then blended some distress ink over it.  I thought it turned out really cool!  I then just stamped the images in the background and then added a sentiment with the embossed "you" sentiment and popped that panel over the floral embossed design.  

Here's a closer look at some of the embossed details:
I really hope that you can see some of the embossed details from the dies!
I've used MFT dies:  Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle STAX
Dies from the Sketchy Flowers card Kit (along with the images and sentiments)

I really like how this one turned out and it's probably my favorite out of them all!

Because I have finished this card, I have earned the Axes Bonfire Badge:
(Divine Dry Embossing)

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So for the final Day 5 at Camp Create, we go out with a glittery firework bang!
Here's my last card for Camp Create called "Glitzy Glitter" :
I absolutely fell in love with Stephanie's glittery butterfly and wanted to duplicate it as much as I possibly could!  I was happy to have the butterfly dies that she used on hers.

I have SO MANY glitters and hardly ever get to use those pretty colored ones.  I used Stick-It to create the glittery butterfly and covered it with some pretty blue and silver glitters I had in my stash.  I again used the MFT Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle STAX to cut a piece of white card stock and then I took the MFT Star Grid stencil and sponged some MFT Blue Breeze ink over it.

I then stamped the "hugs" sentiment with some SU! Smokey Slate ink.  The sentiment comes from another MFT card kit that I haven't touched! LOL!  I mounted the scalloped white piece to an A2 sized Smokey Slate card base.  I glued the butterfly to the card in just the center so that the wings lifted up on the card.

Here's a closer look at the glittery details:
I think it turned out amazing and I really like the multi-colored sparkle!

So since I've finished this card, I have earned the Day 5 Pine Trees badge:
(Glitzy Glitter)

Yay!  I've made it and earned all of the badges!!  So happy I made it all in time!  That was a very busy creative couple of days for sure! LOL!
I'm almost sad that the Camp has ended as it has really kicked me gear and helped get me some MOJO back that I was missing!

Thanks for hanging out with me at camp and I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration!

I'll be back again tomorrow to share another Flashback Friday with you!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Going to the Sea or Beach for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
I'm stopping by to share a brand new challenge over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week we are looking for your Sea/Beach themed creations!  Such a perfect challenge now that Summer has officially started yesterday over here in the U.S.!

I'm also very happy to be back with my friends on the design team and I'm glad that they kept me around as I have lots of fun over there! :)  I hope you can join with us this week!

Here's the creation I made for this challenge.
Of course I'm still working on my MFT Camp Create 2017 creations, so I thought that I would work on that as well as create for the Cute Card Thursday challenge and kill two birds with one stone! :)  So this will also be for the Day 4 MFT Camp Create challenge called "Sensational Sliders" :
So watching Stephanie's video, I thought that her idea to create a beach themed background with distress inks was too cute and wanted to try it out as well.  I didn't have the images that she used for her slider design, so I pulled out the oh so cute MFT Penguins in Paradise stamp set, colored them with my Copics, cut them out with the coordinating dies and attached to the card.

I also don't have the interactive stamp set she used for the top of the pull tab, but I did have the Lawn Fawn set called Push Here and I've heat embossed it with white EP over the black pull tab.  So when you pull on the tab at the top, here's what it starts to look like:
You can start to see that there is a message underneath when you pull it out and the images start to pop up off the crease fold in the design.  You can also better see the details of beach ball and ice cream with the crystal effects shining.  The beach ball is popped up with foam tape.  I did not have the same die that Stephanie used to complete her card, so what I did is follow this really old tutorial on Splitcoaststampers which is what came to mind when Stephanie was doing her card.  You can check it out by CLICKING HERE. (Tutorial is called Surprise Pop Up Card)

So when you finish pulling the tab further, it reveals all of the messages underneath and inside the slider card:
As you can see, I've finished the inside of the card the same way I've done the cover of the card, which is exactly how Stephanie did her card too.

For the inside, I stamped a sentiment from the same penguin set in black ink and for the black pull tab at the top, I white heat embossed a birthday sentiment from a MFT set.  I thought this was such a fun and interactive birthday card, plus it was fun to relive an old technique that I had forgotten about until I saw the video.

Since I have completed this card, I have now earned the Sun Badge for Camp Create!
(Sensational Sliders)

I still have TWO more to go and the deadline is today!  So please stayed tuned in as I plan on posting and earning every single one of those badges! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the inspiration from the design team...they're so creative! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Challenges:
1.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Feature an animal

2.  A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

3.  Aud Sentiments - Bingo + a sentiment (I used 3D item, Digi or Stamped Image and Markers)



4.  Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes

5.  Pile it On - Fancy Folds and/or  put a bird on it

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Camp Create Crunching

Hello friends!
So it looks like I set myself on fire now!  LOL!
I seen that MFT has started up their fun "Camp Create" again this year and so of course I wanted to join along in the fun and get my marshmallow toasted in the fire before it's gone! :)

(Click the badge to learn more about this event!)

The first day of camp is "Wonderful Watercolor" and I have attempted a try at what Stephanie has done in her video.  I never really thought to make a rainbow looking galaxy, but it turned out pretty cool!  I just changed up my layout a bit from hers:
I didn't have the watercolors that she used, so I got out my Kuretake Gansi Tambi set and played with the galaxy design on some Ranger watercolor paper.  I created my splattered stars with some Fantasix Frost White paint on my paint brush.  I layered my panel in the same manner that Stephanie did but for mine, I cut out the City Scape banner and put some white card stock behind it and attached it to the bottom of the panel.  I took my yellow sparkle gel pen to color the windows in.

For the black sentiment banner, I've used the MFT Essential Sentiments set which was heat embossed with white EP on black card stock and die cut out with one of the MFT banner dies.

Here's a closer look at the coloring:
The white paint has a cool shimmer to it which was hard to capture on camera.

So doing this card earns me the first badge for camp:
(Wonderful Watercolor)
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So moving along already to DAY 2 of Camp Create, Stephanie showed us all about "Remarkable Resist"  I did not have any of the products that she used in her video, so I went in a totally different direction all together with mine:
I took a white piece of card stock and heat embossed this MFT Floral Fantasy background stamp with white EP and then sponged over it with a few different colors of Ranger Oxide inks.  I've used Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans.  I used an MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 to cut the bottom portion of my inked panel.  I then took the MFT Friend die and cut it out of the inked panel as well as cut it out from some black card stock to inlay back into the floral inked panel.  I also took the MFT More Essential Sentiments set and stamped it on white card stock and cut it out with a MFT banner die to attach above the inlay die.  Lastly I added some black enamel dots to finish it off.

Finishing this card earns me the Day 2  fire badge:
(Remarkable Resist)
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Lastly for day 3 we are shaking things up with Laurie sharing a video on her tips about making some "Spectacular Shakers".  I enjoyed all of the helpful tips she had to make shakers easy and fun.  This was such a fun version I made using her idea:
I didn't have the stamp set that Laurie used on her card, so I decided to take this cute MFT Hog Heaven stamp set for my shaker card instead.  I stamped everything on the inside of the shaker by sponging some blue sky with distress inks and then I used a grass border die and cut it out with some masking paper.  I took the negative of that piece to help sponge some grass at the bottom of the piggy which I masked off.  I colored the pig with my Copic markers and then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set above his head at a curve to fit the circle.

The front white panel of the card was done in the same way Laurie did her card, except I went at an angle for my lines.  I took the MFT Stitched Min Scallop circle STAX dies and cut one out with some Silver Foil card stock and then used another circle die to cut out the middle for the shaker window.  I also took some Peach Bellini card stock to make the banner which I've silver heat embossed the sentiment on and then added a tiny cupcake from the Hog Heaven stamp set that I've colored and popped up over the banner.

Here's a look at the shaker details:
This card is going to a birthday girl who loves receiving these shaker cards and I know she collects little piggies too!

Completing this card has earned me the tent badge:
(Spectacular Shakers)

So that's THREE down and only 3 more to go by tomorrow!  Yikes!
I better get to gettin' on the hiking trail!!

I hope you've enjoyed my projects for today!  Please stop back by again tomorrow as I will have more to share with you!!  Have a great day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Card 1 Challenges:
1.  Cardz for Guyz - Stars (If my splattered stars don't count, please remove me)

2.  Little Red Wagon - "Love You to the Stars & Back" (galaxy background)

Card 2 Challenges:
1.  Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

2.  The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes


Card 3 Challenges:
1.  Tuesday Throwdown - Party Time

2.  Addicted to Stamps & More - Make Your Mark (Happy Birthday!)


3.  Crafting by Designs - Animals

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Father's Day Trilogy - Interactive Style!

Hello friends!
I'd like to thank you SO MUCH for the warm welcome back and I'm thrilled that you've stopped by to say hello!  I look forward to many up-coming postings, so I do hope you'll be sticking around to see them!

I have some masculine inspiration to share with you today!
These were all the Father's Day cards that I had made, but I didn't want to share them until after the recipients received the cards because I have some 'sneak peekers' that may catch what I post on my blog here...so I didn't want them to have a preview of it! :)

The first card that I made was for the #1 dad...my father.  I'm always looking for fun little ways to present cash or gift cards and I thought this was such a fun idea that actually could be used for any masculine card:
Most all guys have a wallet, right?!  So I thought this was such a fun idea for a dad card!
I made a side folding card and used an old embossing folder which most of you probably have in your stash or remember it well!  It seemed like the perfect texture for a wallet.  After I embossed it, I sponged over it with some distress ink.

I've added a little strap along the side of it and closed it with a Velcro dot and a little tag so that dad would know he needed to lift the flap to open the card.  I used an alphabet stamp to stamp out the "dad" on the front panel.  The corners were all rounded with my corner chomper and  I added some faux stitching with a marker as I was trying to keep it looking as much like a wallet as I could!

So when dad opened the flap, here's what he found:
I made two pockets on the inside of the wallet card to hold a special message that can be pulled out for a hand written message that I put on the inside and then on the other side, the pocket held some folded cash for dad's gift!  What better to put cash in than a wallet! :)
It seemed to really make him smile and I really enjoyed making this for him!

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I also made a card for my brother and this was a perfect theme for his personality.  (Actually it's a probably a good theme for most of the men in my life!)
Here's the front of the card.
Obviously, you notice the pocket with all of the "tools" inside and on the front of the pocket.  I used my Cricut machine to cut out all of the tool pieces of this card.  All of the tools inside the pocket are not glued in, so that way he could pull them out and have a look at them.
(It was pretty fun when everyone was taking turns looking at the card and taking the tools out to have a look at them! LOL!)

I've used some faux stitching on this as well and my sentiment was hand-written as well.
I used some distress ink to sponge around the middle section of my card design.

I've made this into a Z fold style card, so that when you open it, it looks like this:
As you can see, this card turns into a "tool belt" with pockets filled with tools and even a matching gift card for a present!  I thought this was such a fun way to present either a gift card or cash as well!  For the hammer, I have it popped up with foam tape and then I've used some burlap ribbon to make a "loop" for the hammer.  I've attached some gold brads on each end of it.

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And last but certainly NOT least, I had to make a very special and "magical" card for the love of my life who's a wonderful and loving father to the children in his life:
And of course for those of you that have followed with me for a while probably know that my husband is an electrician...so this card works great for him!

I have used some glittery chevron paper from my stash for the background and this is a SSS stamp set called "Watt's Up?" and I've had it for a while, but I keep using it for this reason.  The "watts & watts" sentiment was heat embossed under the light-bulb with white EP.

You will also notice at the top of the light-bulb that there is a small pull tab...so when hubby lifted the tab, this is what he saw:
So now it looks like the lights have been turned on!
This is that fun "Magic Slider" die set from Lawn Fawn and I couldn't wait to use it just for a card like this!  I thought the light-bulb idea would work great with it!
I colored the light-bulb image with Copics and stamped some "rays" and hearts around it.  I've also taken a smile face and stamped on the light-bulb as well.  The card opens up along the side and I've put a "Happy Father's Day" message on the inside for him.

Here's a closer view of the colored light-bulb:
You can see the sparkle from the background paper as well as the shimmer from the glitter pen that I've used for the bottom of the light-bulb.

I know that Father's Day has come and gone, but I think these are fun masculine ideas for many other occasions too!  So hopefully you've found some good masculine inspiration for yourself to use in the future!  I'm always needing masculine cards, so I always try and come up with something new to add to my masculine creativity pile! :)

It's been a while since I've posted on a regular basis, so I'm a bit rusty...thanks for hanging in there with me while I "get back to normal"!!   Enjoy your day!


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Come & Get It - Happy Father's Day
2.  Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Father's Day/Masculine
3.  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
4.  Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes
5.  Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Friday, June 16, 2017

Coming Back From a Slump... With a New Slant on Flashback Friday!!

Hello friends!
If anyone is still hanging around here, I have decided it's time for me to come back from a break.
A few times I wasn't sure weather or not I was going to or be able to come back!  I think there are many of my fellow crafty friends that can relate to this especially if you've been doing it for as long as I have!  There were just so many things going on at once around me which makes it difficult to concentrate, but I was finding it more and more difficult to keep my creativity going and I just felt like I was just getting buried under with everything...so I had to just stop for a bit and catch my breath.  Catch up with life in general and re-evaluate what I'm doing.

In the end, I decided that art (creating it) is very important to me and no matter how slender of a time slot I have to do it in, my life is ALWAYS better when I create.  Getting it out and sharing the process with other like-minded friends makes the process that much more enjoyable as well and sharing it all with each other helps generate some common creative ideas and I love that!

I have been making a few things here and there which I will share with you when I can, but for now I will save those things and explain about those at a later time!

As I s-l-o-w-l-y make my way back into a routine, I thought I'd start off with some creations from my past that you may or may not have seen depending on if you are a  SCS fan club member...
It was a year ago this month that I joined the infamous Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen Design Team!  I wasn't allowed to publicly share the creations that I made for the DT as they were exclusive to the fan club members only.  I know that not all of my readers are active over there, so I thought I would share my creations with you here!  I made about 6-7 creations each month and I will share them with you as I made them a year ago.

I will make these past creations apart of my "Flashback Friday" feature!  Yay!! - So be looking every Friday for these posts!!

The SCS Dirty Dozen DT theme for June was called "A New Slant" so all of our creations were revolved around that theme.  With Father's Day coming up this Sunday, I thought this would be a great share to start with:
If you would like to see the original post of this card from last June on SCS (fan club members only), CLICK HERE

I found this cool cut file on my Cricut machine and thought it would make a really fun masculine style card!  The die cut word is cut and layered several times with some gold foil paper on top as well as some more of the gold foil  layered on the corner left triangle.  I used some gold brads on that for added gold accents as well as popped it up with foam tape for extra dimension.  The "Father's Day" sentiment was heat embossed with gold EP.  It just happened to fit just right on that angle!

I also used some gold foil line stickers to accent the bottom of the card as well as the inside of the bottom portion of the card.

This card was given to a family member last year for Father's Day.

In the meantime, I have some more cards and other crafty things to make and I'm lucky enough to be spending a couple of crafty days with my mom too! :)   So I will be back shortly to share what I've been working on!  In the meantime, please have a look around at any posts you may have missed.  I will be re-building the tab page (top of this blog) with all of my tutorials.  You can catch some of my tutorials on my You Tube Channel by CLICKING HERE.  (It's been a long while since I've done a video, but I have noticed after several months that I have over 550 subscribers there!  Not sure how that happened, but that calls for some sort of celebration I think!)  If you like to watch video tutorials, let me know and let me know what you would like to see in one....I am curious if this is something of interest to anyone! :)  So stay tuned into a possible fun give away on my channel to those that are subscribed to me!  I may be doing something in the future!

Just wanted to send out a HUGE thank you to those that have supported me here on my blog and elsewhere, it has meant so much to me especially those that I've heard from or left me little messages while I was gone!  I'm very humbled that you were thinking of me...really means a lot! :)

For now, I'm off into my sunshine filled craft room to make up some cards of course! :)  I will be having guests over this weekend and so I will need to tidy up a bit too!
Enjoy your weekend and I promise to be back shortly....

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


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