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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Winnie & Walter Birthday Smoosh!

It's Thursday, folks, and boy do I love me a  good Thursday!  I consider Thursday weekend-eve, and who doesn't want to hitch their wagon to that?! On top of that, March is quickly coming to an end, so I needed to get a birthday card ready for my little brother who turns 43 next week. 
Happy (early) birthday, Bart! 

 I watched Laura Bassen's video on ink smooshing with acetate (love her videos) and decided to give it a try using my new Hero Arts Ombre ink pads.


Before smooshing my ink, I gold embossed that big, juicy sentiment from Winnie & Walter's Big and Bold Party stamp set. Die cuts are from MFT's Blueprints 15 and the skinny strip is stamped with Striped Backgrounds in Black Licorice. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thursday!
~Amy

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Ingenious Inking - Mixed Media Madness

Welcome to the Ingenious Inking Challenge hosted by My Favorite Things. This month's focus is on using MFT Hybrid Inks for your mixed media projects - the perfect choice due to it’s quick-dry, no-smudge formulation.

My card features Black Licorice Hybrid Ink + Romantic Script Background stamped onto MFT Vellum after die cutting it with the Fancy Butterflies Die-namics. 

The beauty of the Hybrid Inks is their fast-drying quality making it the perfect ink for stamping on vellum. My layered butterfly rests on a yummy Lemon Chiffon Fishtail Flag on which I also layered a sentiment strip. The die cut strip is stamped with Banana Split Hybrid Ink stripes and Steel Blue Hybrid Ink for the sentiment.

I used my Circle Grid Stencil and white embossing paste to add texture to the Grout Gray layer and then adhered the entire front panel to a Sweet Tooth A2 card base. Ripe Raspberry dots were die cut from Blueprints 21 and scattered randomly.

Thank you for taking time to stop for a look today. I hope you've found some inspiration for your next mixed media project and will consider the MFT Hybrid Inks. More inspiration can be found at the MFT Blog and links to all products below.
~Amy

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Die-namics Design Challenge - Cover-Up Craze

Happy Friday and welcome to this month's Die-namics Design Challenge. This month we're focusing our crafty efforts on the Die-namics Cover-Up background plates. There are so many great designs from which to choose and so many ways to use them. I have three cards to share with you today featuring Stripes & Proof Positive Cover-Up Die-namics.

First up is Stripes in Steel Blue. I've used the shell of the Stripes Cover-Up as my background and topped it with a Razzle Berry felt anchor from Let's Get Nautical.

 
To draw in the gold color of the messy thread, I die cut teeny stars from Die-namics Sailboat and gold embossed the ahoy stamp from Go Overboard.

My second card uses three of the negative stripes from my ahoy card seen above. I love the flexibility that the Cover-Up plates give you - use part of them or the whole kit and caboodle.

Rather than adhering them military straight, I chose to overlap the top two stripes for a softer feel. The sentiment is from Beautiful Baby and is stamped in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. The depth of the ink faded a bit after I spritzed the entire card front with Mix-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist.

I finished the inside with the remainder of the sentiment and a single Lemon Chiffon star.

My final card is full of fun and color - After Midnight, Summer Splash, Orange Zest and Lush Lagoon. A perfect 'boy card' combination. 

Proof Positive Cover-Up is also a perfect companion to the Level Up stamp set, and with all of the birthday parties George has been invited to lately, it has certainly seen a lot of attention. I love that the tiny background die-cuts can be used as accents in contrasting colors. Almost forgot to mention that this sketch is the current Sketch Challenge #220.

I finished the inside with the same circle-stripe look as the front and threw in a few more 'positives' as well.

You'll find links to all products below and even more creative inspiration for this month's Die-namics Design Challenge at the MFT Blog, so make a stop there when you've finished here. 

Thanks for stopping by!
~Amy

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