MFT Summer School Repetition, Symmetry, and White Space Beautiful Day

This morning when I went into my craft room these beautiful leftover butterflies from a card I created yesterday were calling my name.  I knew I needed to use them on a card.  I love the way it turned out.  Maybe even better than the card I created earlier.

Since these are the smaller butterflies, I knew I needed a smaller focal area, so I ran a piece of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock through the Big Shot with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then again with Gina Marie Designs Peekaboo Rectangles.  It created a pretty frame for these gorgeous butterflies.

For added dimension, I die cut another stitched rectangle as a base and then added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the frame.  I laid the butterflies in place to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Altenew’s Beautiful Day with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  I then glued the butterflies in place with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I’ve learned that Yupo Paper reacts a little differently with glue because it is a non-porous paper.  The images need more time to dry and you have to be careful that they don’t move around until it’s set.

I had one butterfly leftover for the font of the envelope and then this creation was done.

Products Used:

  • Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet
  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks: Shell Pink, Flamingo, Watermelon, Wild Plum, Mermaid
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina Marie Designs Peekaboo Rectangle

MFT Summer School Primary Colors and Symmetry Celebrate You

For this card I combined both the Primary Colors and Symmetry instructions.    I could probably fall in white space as well, but I decided to focus on these two elements.  Red, blue, and yellow really do make a card that is pleasing to the eye, and when keeping the rule of thirds in mind it is even more enhanced.

I had created a card not long ago using My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers.  In that card I keep all the flowers white, but I thought it could be equally as pleasing to the eye using the primary colors.  I die cut the flowers and their centers from scraps of red, blue, and yellow cardstock.  I arranged the flowers in the top two-thirds of the card and used the bottom third for the sentiment.  The flowers were arranged in a pyramid formation, which is also pleasing to the eye.

A side folding A2 Cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The flower were adhered together using Ranger Multi Medium Matte, with the exception of the center flower which was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  I added a little Copic Marker Y17 to the flower centers for a little added visual interest.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Celebrate You.  I went through my swatch book to try and find a matching blue ink to stamp the sentiment.  The closest that I had was Gina K. Designs Blue Raspberry.

After the card was assembled I decided to pull out some gold rhinestones from my stash and add them to the centers of the flowers.  Not sure if I liked it any better, but it does add some bling.

I had enough flowers left over that I made a second card using the rule of symmetry.

I decided to adhere the flowers to a smaller scalloped rectangle cut from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a Gina Marie Designs Stitched Scalloped Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back.

The cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the front was embossed using the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Happy Hellos.  It was cut from both red and blue cardstock and adhered together on a slight offset.

Products Used Card #1:

  • My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Red, Blue, Yellow cardstock scraps
  • Gina K. Designs Blue Raspberry Ink
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Gold Rhinestones

Products Used Card #2:

  • My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hellos
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Red, Blue, Yellow cardstock scraps
  • Gina Marie Designs Stitched Scalloped Rectangle
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Gold Rhinestones

 

Flower Bouquet Cutout Happy Birthday

I recently purchased the In Out Daisy Bouquet die from Gina Marie Designs.  It makes a really pretty card.  I like the way you can cut around the flower, as well as just cut them the center of a panel.  For this card I used both the border and flower die.

I cut the bouquet from a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock which had been die cut with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I then cut the bouquet an additional four time so that I could stack the flowers and add dimension to the card.

I found some pretty pink cardstock in my stash and cut a rectangle 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ so that it would cover the entire front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  It was adhered using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Long.  This created a beautiful background color for the flowers in the bouquet.  I inlaid the bouquet into the cutout with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and love the way it popped on the page.

For the sentiment I die cut the Lawn Fawn Birthday Border from the same pink cardstock, using only the words “happy birthday” and adhered it under the bouquet with the same liquid glue.  The secondary sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday and was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black just below the die cut sentiment and the card was done.

A clean and simple card that was easy to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina Marie Designs In/Out Daisy Bouquet
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock from Stash
  • Pearls from Stash
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

Let’s Party

Michael and I decided to invite fourteen of the single women in our church over for a backyard barbecue.  Since I would need to make so many invitations I wanted something that would be fairly quick and easy.  I decided to use patterned paper and Lawn Fawns Party Balloons dies.

I pulled mint green and white cardstock, with a hint of gold accents from The Paper Studio Mint to Be Fab 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad and Fancy Pants Trend Setter 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad.  While it doesn’t show well in the photograph, a few of the triangles on one of the papers are gold foil and so I decided to die cut the word “party” from Winnie & Walter’s The Big, The Bold, and Party stamp and die set from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.

To add visual interest a rectangle was cut from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle.  For the balloon strings I pulled out the Honey Bee Celebration Box stamp set.  I laid the balloons on the scalloped rectangle to determine where to stamp the strings and then placed it into my MISTI.  This allowed me to have a production mode of stamping all fourteen panels with the strings, which were stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink.  In my Mini MISTI I placed the secondary sentiment from Winnie & Walter’s The Big, The Bold, and Party and stamped it with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

Now it was time to assemble the invitations.  I added adhesive to the back of the balloons using the Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Long and placed them on the card front.  The gold mirror sentiment was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the scalloped rectangle and it was adhered to a top folding A2 card base made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

It went pretty quick and I love the way it turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
  • Honey Bee Celebration Box
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party
  • Fancy Pants Trend Setter 12” x 12” Paper Pad
  • The Paper Studio Mint to be Fab 12” x 12” Paper Pad
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangles
  • Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Layered Daisies Hi

This is the third card I made with Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies Stamp and Die set.  To add visual interest to the card front a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was cut using a Gina Marie Designs Loopy Rectangle.  I love the way it draws the eye to the beautiful flower arrangement.

The flowers were stamp on some Neena cardstock with Gina K. Designs inks (listed below) and then die cut with the matching dies.  The flowers were adhered in the lower left corner using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The top flower and leaves were adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the others with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

The sentiment is one of the dies from the My Favorite Things Happy Hellos.  It was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and again from Darice Sticky Back Foam.  I had to place it a little higher on the card front than desired because it just didn’t fit in the lower right.  It was adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I’m still please with the overall design.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Fresh Asparagus Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the loopy rectangle and it was adhered to the cardbase using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black were added to the center of the daisies for added dimension and interest and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hellos
  • Gina Marie Designs Loopy Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Peach Bellini, Coral Reef, Fresh Asparagus, Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Fresh Asparagus Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Happy Birthday KaraLee

KaraLee is a delightful young woman at church who recently turned 16, which is such an exciting age.  Her favorite color is turquoise.  She has beautiful long, blond hair and big blue eyes.  I used the Make It Crafty Jacinta Sitting and Thinking Digi Stamp for her birthday card this year.

I printed the image with my laser jet printer onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  This allows for coloring with Copic Markers without the lines bleeding.  Markers used were: BG18, BG16, BG13, BG11; G24, G94; E35, E53, E50; E11, E01, E000, R20, R21; C0, C1, C2, C4, C6; B12, B000.

Once the coloring was complete I used the PIXScan Mat to cut around the image with the Silhouette Cameo.  I traced around the cutout image on some Darice Sticky Foam, cut it with scissors and adhered it to the back of the focal image.  A rectangle of the same white cardstock was die cut using a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die.  The focal image was then adhered to the front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

A rectangle of green patterned paper was die cut using an A2 My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Die and the Scalloped Rectangle was adhered to the center using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings and was stamped on a strip of vellum with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers Ink and then heat embossed with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder.  The vellum sentiment was then wrapped around the green rectangle and adhered to the back with plain old scotch tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with the same dotliner adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Make It Crafty Jacinta Sitting and Thinking Digi Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers Ink
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG16, BG13, BG11; G24, G94; E35, E53, E50; E11, E01, E000, R20, R21; C0, C1, C2, C4, C6; B12, B000
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Vellum
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Recollections Bright & Basic Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

 

Watercolored Mother’s Day Card 2

I was asked to help the 12 and 13 year-old girls in my church make cards for the mothers.  I decided to use a watercolor medium.  I printed this image from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle called Beautiful Magnolia on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper  I created several card as example so they could make a selection on what they wanted to use for their mothers.  This is the second example card.

Since this was not an embossed image it was necessary to talk with the girls about the importance of not working on petals of the flower right next to one another.  It was colored with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers026 Light Pink, 045 Pale Green, 048 Emerald Green.  The color on the flowers was added to the base of a petal and then spread through with a watercolor brush.  For the leaves the darker color was added to the veins and base and then the lighter color was used to meet that color and spread it throughout the leaf.  Once the image was colored and dry it was run through the Big Shot with a Gina Marie Designs Loopy Rectangle Die, which add a beautiful border to the image.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension when adhering to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase made from some pink cardstock I had in my stash.

The sentiment is a combination of stamping and die cutting. The stamped sentiment from Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves was stamped on Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder using Marvy Embossing Tool. It was cut into a then strip and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. One of the Mom words from SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die Set was cut from Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror Satin Cardstock and adhered to the lower right of the card and the sentiment was adhered above.

Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins were scattered on the front, adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle Beautiful Magnolia
  • Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves
  • SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die
  • ZIG Clean Brush Markers: 026 Light Pink, 045 Pale Green, 048 Emerald Green
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

You Are Sew Special Quilt Block Card

This is another card that was made with the Gina Marie Designs Quilt Block #8 Die and the Jillian Vance Sew Special Stamp Set.  The nice thing about die cutting the die from multiple patterned papers is that you can make multiple cards with a similar design.  If you look at other cards made with this die you will see how the different patterned papers have made equally pretty cards using the papers in different portions of the quilt frame.  Two are shown below with the “You Are Sew Special” sentiment.

PRODUCTS USED:

Card #1

  • Gina Marie Designs Quilt Block #8
  • Jillian Vance Sew Special Stamp Set
  • Authentique Flourish Paper Pack
  • Paper Accents Glossy Gold Cardstock
  • Pebbles Front Porch Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • MFT Pierced Circle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Cream Organza Ribbon from Stash

Card #2

  • Gina Marie Designs Quilt Block #8
  • Jillian Vance Sew Special Stamp Set
  • Echo Park Wedding Bliss
  • Paper Accents Glossy Gold
  • Pebbles Front Porch
  • Authentique Flourish
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • MFT Pierced Circle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Pink Ribbon from Stash

 

Sorry You’re Feeling Sew Sew

This is another card made with the Gina Marie Quilt Block #8 Die and the Jillian Vance Sew Special Stamp Set.  This time the sentiment used is for a perfect get well card.

In order to make the card you die cut the quilt block from four different patterned papers, backed with Be Creative Tape which allows them to be pieced into the frame.  I cute a square piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the frame and then add the different fabric type cardstock into the block.  Once the quilt is assembled Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back.  The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink in the lower right of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  An ivory organza bow was died above the sentiment and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina Marie Designs Quilt Block #8
  • Jillian Vance Sew Special Stamp Set
  • Echo Park Wedding Bliss
  • Paper Accents Glossy Gold
  • Pebbles Front Porch
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • MFT Pierced Circle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Cream Organza Ribbon from Stash

Memories Are Stitched With Love Quilt Block

Recently I purchased the Jillian Vance Design Sew Special Stamp Set and love the sentiments.  They go perfectly with any quilt die set you may have.  For this card I used the Gina Marie Designs Quilt Block #8.

I had this beautiful floral patterned paper with a back background that I loved and decided to use it as the color inspiration for creating this quilt block.  The most important thing to keep in mind when creating a quilt block card is to use small patterns in the paper selected.

I like to back any papers I am using for a design with Be Creative Tape before die cutting.  They way it is very simple to adhered the different papers into the design.

I think the sentiment used for this card would also make a wonderful sympathy card, since it our memories that we treasure the most after a loved one is gone.  It would also make a great Thinking of You card.  Love the way this turned out.   I will be using this die cut and stamp set a lot.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina Marie Designs Quilt Block #8
  • Jillian Vance Sew Special Stamp Set
  • Echo Park Wedding Bliss
  • Paper Accents Glossy Gold
  • Pebbles Front Porch
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Forest Green Cardstock from Stash
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam