Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Playing around with a few challenges


I'm back today to share a few more cards I made during a crafty session late last week. I took some time to just play with some new-to-me techniques and items in my stash. Items that are fairly new and I've barely used them. Surprise, surprise.

We are finally enjoying (and by enjoying, I mean NOT enjoying) winter temps here in Tennessee. And, egads, it feels COLD when you drop 20 degrees overnight. The kids were playing outside in thsirts and shorts just a few short weeks ago. Now, I'm warming up the car before we leave every morning.  (And it's in the garage!) It's not horrible - it just feels frigid because we didn't have a chance to get used to cold. But, as I mentioned, we are in Tennessee. It's nothing unusual for me to run the air conditioner and heat in the same day. Soak on that one for a few while I show you a card or three.....  :D

Ok - so this one is the results of the first time I tried out the stripey die cutting that I was so happy with. (No pun intended) I talked about it and have shared a card using the same die cut cardstock strips here. I laid out cardstock strips and cut the word from MFT Happy Trio die set. It's laid over a panel sponged in PTI Hibiscus Burst ink over the Large Grid stencil (also MFT). I stamped the rest of the sentiment from the MFT Totally Happy stamp set in PTI Smokey Shadow ink. The card base is MFT After Midnight cardstock.

This card was inspired by the color palette over at MFT's color challenge

 I made myself play around with it because these aren't colors I would usually combine and I thought it'd be a good growth experience for me to branch out there. Snort. I couldn't even type that without laughing. I'm cutting up. But, it's really not a color scheme I would use so I wanted to try it out - see if I could do something I liked. And, honestly, I made two using these colors and I did not like the other one. Here it is....

It's just "okay" for me. I don't love it. At all. It was a good idea, I guess. Anyhoo. I used the sentiment from LLD Tickled Pink, the cupcake dies from LJD Sweet Treats, and a smiley face from Paper Smooches. I robbed it out of one of mine, but I don't remember which now. It's ok - just about anything Paper Smooches is good for getting a face out to "fun up" any stamp or die you have. You should have at least one in your stash if you don't. 8-)
With my "Happy" card, I'm also playing along with CAS(E) This Sketch! and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencil It.
 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog
This next card is a "bonus". :D I made it with leftovers from my first Paper Smooches cloud card. (Second card in this post.) 
I used the outline of the stripey clouds I die-cut and didn't add anything to the center. So I have the fun stripey outline over a dotted circle, I masked off and stenciled. I used MFT Grape Jelly ink and Broken China Distress Ink with my MFT Large Circle Burst stencil. The sentiment is from PS Spiritual Sampler.
I used four colors again, (Blue, Purple, Green, and the mixed Blue/Purple in the stenciled area) for the current Paper Smooches challenge.
I'm submitting this little gem for CASology's "Open" Challenge (my open die cut clouds), Stampin' Royalty's One Layer Challenge, and Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stencil It.
Wear Our BadgeSimon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog
Ok, that's it for me this morning! I have an actual agenda for myself today. (After a day of indulging myself on the couch in a catatonic state - I called it "The Calm After The Storm.) I had the post-holiday, no appointments, the house is clean, what do I do kind of day. Not complaining - but it feels weird to be lost like that! haha.

Thanks SO much for stopping by to visit! I hope you liked what you saw and will come visit again soon. (Or follow so you won't miss a post - that's totally cool, too. :D )
God Bless,
Colossians 1:13-14  NKJV  (New King James Version)

    "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."


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  1. Wonderful cards and I adore your stencilled backgrounds, they look fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  2. A trio of beauties, Mandy! The striped sentiment against the sponged grid rocks - it's totally happy and cheery! Your cupcakes are adorable and I think the card is great with the dual coloured base. And finally those striped clouds are just brilliant and a great take on the cue word! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  3. Beautiful cards Mandy! Thanks for playing at CASology with a brilliant take on the cue card!

  4. Very pretty cards! I love the idea of the masked circle with the stencils in a mix of softer colors as the focal point. Beautiful designs and cards. Thanks for playing along with us in the "Stencil" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  5. Hey Mandy!! Super cute card! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at CASology.

  6. The stripey die cutting looks fantastic! I must try this soon!


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