Friday, June 26, 2015

MFP blog hop day 4- WHAT IF?

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
June Blog Hop


Let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured June 23
Paper Doll Chuck

Featured June 24
 Paper Doll Chuck Formal and Hunting

Featured June 25
 Background Diamonds and Flowers

Featured June 26
Pots and Vases 2

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winners will be announced on June 26, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for commenting is Friday June 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.

Let's get started !!
Here's the Design Team





Innovative, creative, out of the box....all words that are fun to hear about your artwork. I am the hostess for this week's mixed media challenge at Splitcoaststampers. MIX126
I wanted my challenge everyone to say "What if?"  I saw these salt painting ideas. I thought "What if... I used white glue instead of a glue stick.?"\

Salt painting idea 1

Well, I tried and found out. It was super fun to add the colored water to the salt, but after it dried, I had huge clumps of the colored salt fall off the cardstock. I tried it several times, and each time it didn't work. It was fun to see the salt change colors, but each time when the glue dried, it kept falling off. YES, I fail. Not every time I try something new does it work. But I didn't give up. 

So I tried "What if?" again. I thought "What if I sealed it after it dried?" I thought I wonder... I wonder if I used  a sealant over the glue. I tried covering it with clear fingernail polish. 
And guess what. It worked. It gave my flower pot such an interesting texture.  I added gold paint to the pot after the fingernail polish dried.







I would love it if you joined me in thinking "What if?"




Thursday, June 25, 2015

MFP blog hop day 3

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
June Blog Hop


Let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured June 23
Paper Doll Chuck

Featured June 24
 Paper Doll Chuck Formal and Hunting

Featured June 25
 Background Diamonds and Flowers

Featured June 26
Pots and Vases 2

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winners will be announced on June 26, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for commenting is Friday June 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.

Let's get started !!
Here's the Design Team
Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!

I stamped the flowers and cut out 3 of the diamonds. I colored the flowers with purple markers. I added a strip of purple cardstock and plaid dp.

Patriotic or Nautical? MPC challenge

We are having a challenge on MPC. Either make a Patriotic card or a Nautical one. Link it up on the MPC BLOG to win a fabulous prize from May Arts Ribbon. I went the Nautical route.

 I used MFP sets called Sand dollar and Island Life. I also used ODB It is well with my soul. I water colored the images. I added cheesecloth, gray ribbon from May Arts Ribbon, that I cut and frayed the edges. I also added knotted twine. I finished it off with  Stella wink of gold for the light rays.

Make sure you check out the challenge HERE.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MFP blog hop day 2 from camo to quilts

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
June Blog Hop




Let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured June 23
Paper Doll Chuck

Featured June 24
 Paper Doll Chuck Formal and Hunting

Featured June 25
 Background Diamonds and Flowers

Featured June 26
Pots and Vases 2

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winners will be announced on June 26, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for commenting is Friday June 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.

Let's get started !!
Here's the Design Team
Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!

Ok, I'll just admit that I didn't know what I was going to do with the hunting outfit at first. I had the set in front of me for days. I kept looking at it and one day while looking at it, the lines in the outfit reminded me of the stitching on a quilt. So I  decided to stamp the outfit several times.

I then used blue, green and purple markers to ink spray smash over the outfits.


I then sprayed over the top with gold shimmer spray.


Can you still see the outfit in my quilt?


How about now, behind the sewing machine and scissors? The sewing machine and scissors are from a MFP set called IN  STITCHES


I used two felt buttons to make the stopper for my easel card.


I hope you like what I did with this set.

Monday, June 22, 2015

MFP blog hop day 1

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
June Blog Hop




Let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured June 23
Paper Doll Chuck

Featured June 24
 Paper Doll Chuck Formal and Hunting

Featured June 25
 Background Diamonds and Flowers

Featured June 26
Pots and Vases 2

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winners will be announced on June 26, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for commenting is Friday June 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.

Let's get started !!
Here's the Design Team
Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!


I used Paper Doll Chuck to make a masculine card. I made it with a special guy in mind. That guy would be my 16 year old son. I took a page out of a local phone book for the restaurants. I scanned it and printed it on cardstock for the background. I stamped Time's Running Out. I masked the sentiment and stamped the pocket watch over it and added the Can you spare some time for little ol' me. Those three stamps are from 3 of MFP stamp shop's mini sets. I can't believe how fast time is going by. I know that my time with my son at home is getting less each day. I am going to use this card to ask him out on a date. He might dress up like this for our date, because he loves to wear suits. He has worn suits to school just because he wanted to, not just for special occasions.
This is a collage of his photos from newborn in top left corner, to Sophomore year with his friends after winning first place at a show choir competition this spring. He is the one on the left in the suit.
I am proud of the man he is becoming. Just this summer a friend from church was injured and unable to use his hand so my son offered to mow his lawn for him. My son has a quiet servant heart and he has a quirky sense of humor. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sprayed-rocks-background

I have a card to share with you for this week's Mix-ABILITY challenge. The challenge that Kyra gave us was to use pebbles and sprays to make a unique background. My card started as white cardstock. I knew I wanted some color, plus I knew I needed more than just the sprays to make it a mixed media card. So I started with a piece of white cardstock and I ink spray smashed it with markers.  




Now I think river rock would have been good to use for this technique, but all I had was gravel from my driveway. I washed the gravel and dried it and then placed it on the colorful background. I  sprayed over the gravel with gold shimmer spray. 



If you look closely at this photo you can see the areas that don't have gold spray where the rocks were.


 I liked how it turned out, but I wasn't sure if you could see the technique well enough so I took a plan piece of white cardstock, placed the gravel on the cardstock and used the gold spray again.


 Well, after I used just the gold spray this is what I got.

I really didn't like how just the gold and white looked. So I decided to do the reverse of the first. The first was ink spray smash then sprayed. This is what I got when I sprayed then ink spray smashed.


 I absolutely loved how this looks. 



The technique featured this week on SCS was using rolled flower dies to make roses. I made some roses earlier this week and I knew I wanted to use it on my card. As pretty as the second sheet is, the roses didn't look as pretty with it, so I used the lighter first sheet for my card.


I stamped the sentiment with black stazon ink.






 I used this week's SCS sketch. for my card. I added the roses and the baby's breath. I also added random little dots of gold acrylic paint. I outlined the small circle and the edge of the panel with a gold sharpie marker.


The other result of this technique? I have some really pretty gold rocks.

Friday, June 12, 2015

J-U-N-E


                                     
   
 OK, I wasn't planning on making another Coffee card, but what can I say, when inspiration hits you follow it.
                                          Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

My friend Robin was hostess for a challenge on SCS for Free for all challenge F4A277
The challenge was a recipe challenge. You had to make a card with items that spelled out J-U-N-E.
For J- I used MFP set called Java Time.  I also used Jute twine.

For U- I used UTEE to do Joseph's Coat for SCS mix-ABILITY challenge MIX124. I also used my Unity Beautiful Elements set for the coffee stains

For N- I used newsprint (Unity Classified Newsprint) and I used sentiment "N"eed coffee.

For E- I made an Easel card and I used Eyelets





The cup panel started as white cardstock and it looked like this before I embossed with UTEE and added the dark layer and the gold shimmer spray and the newsprint and coffee stains.










This close up of one of the cups shows the gold shimmer spray behind it. I outlined the cups with gold sharpie marker.







Joseph's coat got an alteration

 The mix-ABILITY challenge on SCS this week is to do Joseph's coat technique. MIX124   Here is a link to this technique. JOSEPH'S COAT.  I didn't have the required inks so I improvised. For the base of my card I used 2 reds and 2 purple markers. I did ink spray smash technique to lay down the color.

I stamped a heart from Unity's Beautiful Elements, mixed media set. I used versamark ink and UTEE.


 

The only black ink I have in my stash is black stazon and that wouldn't have worked for this technique, so I altered the technique by using dark markers. I used a combination of dark blue, dark green and black.
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It doesn't give the solid dark black, but I kinda liked the little peek of color underneath.


I took gold shimmer spray and sprayed the panel. I outlined it with gold marker and wrapped the panel with gold thread. I also added dots of gold acrylic paint.



I added sentiment with gold ep. This card is going to a mother who doctors have told her that there is no hope for her son. As I . was making this, I was praying and thinking about the story of Joseph. When Joseph's own brothers threw him in a pit and wanted to kill him it looked hopeless. When Joseph was sold as a slave it looked hopeless. When Joseph was in prison for a crime he didn't commit, it looked hopeless. But in all those situations although it looked hopeless, God still had a plan.  I love the following scripture:


Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future. 


I don't know what God's plans are for this young man, but I believe there is HOPE.




Robots riding around on Father's day

Mountain Plains Crafters- Celebrating the men in our life. Father's Day Inspiration

Slim Jim and Albert  are back again. I wanted to try and make a Father's Day card with my two robots. I thought awhile how I wanted to draw them. I first thought of fishing, because that
 is a dad activity right? Well, I don't EVER remember my dad going  fishing. The closest
he got was going to Red Lobster for dinner. 
Then I thought of sports. My dad's favorite sport is Basketball, I decided not to do that because 
Slim Jim would definitely have the height advantage on Albert. 
So I decided to do cars. My dad loves cars.

Here is a close up of the robots in the car.

I had friends when I was in high school who loved drawing cars. But they were all boys. They would spend hours drawing their favorite cars and drawing concept cars. But I don't think I have drawn a car before. Definitely a practice in perspective. The hardest part for me were the tires. The two sides of my brain were arguing. One side said draw them oval and flat at the bottom to get the right perspective, The other side said, draw them like round circles. Because tires are round. Hopefully someday they will learn to get along and I'll draw the perfect car but until then...


Happy Father's Day dad. You have always loved and encouraged me. My love of art and creating comes from you and mom.


The license plate on the car is my dad's. It has special meaning to him and kind of a family joke about his job.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Slim Jim and Albert drink coffee

                                                          Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I have been doodling around with these two little robots some time now. I call the tall robot Slim Jim and the little robot I call Albert. I decided that Slim Jim needed to go to Starbucks, but Albert was content to make his coffee at home. But as everyone knows. Coffee just tastes better with friends. I colored the two coffee cups with prisma colored  pencils. The robots were colored with silver and copper inka gold metallic rub. This card is going to my good friend Debra. Someday Debra, we are going to have our coffee together in person.




The close ups show more of the detail but weren't slanted so the camera didn't pick up on their metallic look.