Thursday, August 17, 2017

MFT Camp Create Day 3: Backgrounds


This is my creation for Day 3 - the technique was to create a background!

For the background I heat embossed the rainbow image using white embossing powder
and added some color with distress Inks.
Pretty quick and easy!

Background closeup - you can really see the rainbows now!
Check out the sentiment die - I added foam tape to the actual banner, but not to the frame!!
I like the dimension it created!
Other Goodies:
MFT Magical Unicorns Stamp Set
Stitched Cloud die set 
Banner die set with outline
Dotted Rectangle Background
Distress Inks
Versafine ink black
Versamark ink
White Embossing powder
Water Brush
Happy Birthday die -  for inside the card!
Wink of Stella!

This is the inside of the card!
A sparkly unicorn!

I hope you enjoyed card 3 of the MFT Camp Create 2017!
I sure did!
This card will be given to my friend Avi 
whose birthday we are to celebrate tomorrow!
Happy Birthday Avi!
I hope your birthday is magical!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MFT Camp Create Day 2: Magnificent Masking


Here I am with a card for day 2 of MFT Camp Create 2017.

The technique we had to use was: Masking
 I used a sticky note and masked the sky while I used my Clarity Stamp Brushes and brushed some green distress ink on the bottom of the rectangle, and vice versa.
You can see the paper moved a bit, but I don't mind.

My masking technique! 
 Goodies used:

MFT Adorable Elephants stamp set
rectangular Flip flop Die set
Blue distress ink
Green Distress ink
Wink of Stella - cause you know!
SEI paper for background
SU punch for the little flowers
ink: Versafine Black
Clarity Stamp Brushes

Die used
The inside of my card!
Check out their blog post for more information!
Link to the MFT Blog

I hope you liked todays card!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MFT Camp Create Day 1: Inlay made easy!


Have you ever tried to make a card and every time you touched it you wrecked it?
Yeap..that was me today!

I was watching YouTube and found the
MFT Camp Create 2017 Week video. 


Each day this week they share a technique and 
if you take part in the challenge you could win a gift card!!!

Anyway...I love MFT so I said...why not?

The video I watched today was for day 1 of the Summer Camp. 
The technique was "Inlay"
I have seen Jennifer Macguire do 
a million of them, but alas I had never tried them.

So this is my first attempt at doing the INLAY technique!
I really liked it, I mail all my cards so I try not to add too much bulk,
 so this technique is great for me!!

After the inlay...I added Wink of went downhill from there!!!

I thought I was doing well until....wink of stella just blobbed all over my card, and the white gel pen reacted with the wink of stella, then the black NUVO drops weren't dry....and apparently at some point I had black Versafine ink on my fingers!

This is the inside of the card!

Goodies used:
MFT Snuggle Bunnies Stamp set
DIE: Flop Card die
LOTS and LOTS of Wink of Stella
NUVO drops - Black 
White Gel Pen Signo Broad Uni-Ball

I tried to fix it the best I could.
I am very proud of myself for trying a new technique.
I am sending this card to a new friend/customer.
Char -I hope you like it!
She is very nice and I really hope she likes it!

Please join me on this short Summer Camp adventure!!! 
The deadline to upload images for the 7 day event is Thursday, August 24, 2017.
For more details visit the MFT Blog

It is what it is...a card made with love
and inky fingers!!

I hope you enjoyed it :)


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Starred Birthday Card


Most of the cards I make are birthday cards.
 I love making birthday cards, I am even part of a Facebook Birthday Club.  
This past July my hubby had a birthday - So we celebrated!
This is the card I made him!!

Goodies used:

WRMK Embossing folder
NUVO drops -Onix Black
Set of Stitched Stars die - from my stash
Starred Happy Birthday Circle - from my stash
Clear Wink of Stella

I decorated the inside of the card with additional stars!

This is my Starred Happy Birthday Circle die.

It was a quick and simple card,
but I really liked it and he did as well!

And keep enjoying the summer weather!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Father's Day Card 2017 & Background technique


It's been a job, end of school year, life!
But here we are with a new card and a new technique: 
Using dies to create a background.

What I used:
Digi image by: 2CuteInk
Dies: Gina Marie Wonky Rectangles
Happy Father's Day die - from my stash
Boat and oars die - from my stash

The technique:
I love dies...They are one of my favorite tools.
 My justification is: If I can use it over & over it's worth my money!
So I ordered the boat and oars die 
and noticed it matched the Fishing cat digi by 2CuteInk. 
But the boat is large so I decided to use it as a background.  
I cut a few in kraft colored paper (Michaels) and loved how it looked.

I like the boats, but it needed something else to fill up the smaller spaces.  
I decided to add some oars...and loved it.

My image:
The image is from the May 2017 release of 2CuteInk.
I colored it back in May so I don't have the Copic colors I used. 
I used my Brother Scan & Cut 2 (great investment)  
to cut my image and went ahead and added a black border to it.
Check out the glimmer - Wink of Stella baby!

I also decorated the inside of the card, 
here you can really appreciate the size and detail of these dies.

A final look at the finished card.

I am flying to Puerto Rico tonight to see my family. 
I am going to give my dad his card in person!!!
The card is late, but I love it that I get to give it to him in person!!!
OK, time to finish packing!!

Hope you enjoyed the card and the background technique!!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 29, 2017

I magnetized my WRMK Precision Press Tool & YouTube video!!


I am beyond excited about this amazing idea!
I love, love, love my WRMK Precision Press Tool! 
(As much as many of you love your Misti, Hampton Art, or Tim Holtz)

[When I got it I made a review video - 
I will link that video at the bottom of this post]

But one of the things I wished it had was a magnetized platform 
to prevent the paper from lifting.
Lifting not moving, 
since the WRMK has a rough surface and the paper doesn't really move. 
However, if your stamp is too juicy, the moisture lifts the paper.

Here is the quick fix!!!
Solution: Magnetize your platform!!!
How, you asked?: 
Glue tiny magnets to the bottom of the WRMK's platform and voila!

The technology is the same as the one WRMK has on their 
Genius Magnetic Platform, 
so I am wondering why they didn't just do it here as well.

I wrote a detailed step by step below and added hints to ease your process!
If you don't want to read it, but see it being done..go straight to the video :)

My video tutorial

For us readers......

What will you need to complete this project?

  • WRMK Precision Press Tool
  • Round magnets: Quantity: 40-50
    • Magnet dimensions/size: 8mm x 1mm (this is what I used)   
    • Another option: 8mm x 2mm would work
    • Note: 8mm is the diameter and the 1mm is the thickness
    • Note: a magnet that is 3mm in thickness is too thick.
  • Adhesive: I used Loctite (make sure it can be used on plastic)
  • A permanent marker: to mark the + side of the magnets
  • A pencil: to push the magnets into place
  • Recommended: Big Shot's magnetic platform- to keep the magnets organized 
  • Time spent: about 30 minutes
A close-up of magnets used.
8mm x 1 mm - Fit perfectly with no wiggle room!
The process:
  • Step 1: Mark each magnet on the same side. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!!
The easiest wy to do this is by keeping your magnets stacked up. 
So if you have a tower of magnets, keep them together and with your permanent marker (Bic or a Sharpee) put a circle, dot, or line on the top of the first magnet.
It doesn't matter if that is the positive or negative side - 

Once you finish marking the first one, use your thumb nail to separate and place that one on the bottom of the stack.  The magnets will only want to stay together on one side, so mark the top and that is it.

Hint: If you drop a magnet before marking it, no problem. Put it back on the stack and see which side sticks, mark the side you can see - the top side.
  • Step 2: Place about 18-20 magnets on your BigShot Magnetic Platform. 
This helps keep them ready and makes things go faster. 
Place all the magnets with the marking on the top - so you can see them.

  • Step 3: Clean the bottom of your WRMK platform. I just blew air :)
  • Step 4: Decide how you want to place your magnets on your WRMK. 
I did not want to see the pink dots, so I decided to place my magnets dotted side in.  
It really doesn't matter as long as you place them all facing the same way.
  • Step 5: Get your adhesive ready.  
I used Loctite Super Glue Extra Time Control and it gave me about 15 seconds to move the magnets.  You don't need to have a pool of adhesive for the magnet to stay put, but enough so that a bit spills out.  
In my opinion the spilled glue will help glue the sides of the magnet :) 
Very scientific!!
  • Step 6: What happens if your magnets turns on you!!! OHHHH NOOOO!!!!  
This is bad, but it can be fixed. 
Sometimes the magnet will just flip on me while placing them 
on the holes and instead of dotted side in, I could see the dot.

How to fix it: Use the stack of magnets you still have on hand to get it out!! 
Quickly, you only have 15 seconds.  In the video you will see I tried to use the pick up tool - not a good idea as I pushed the magnet in further :) But the stack of remaining magnets did the trick! 

Hint 2: Place the "saved" magnet correctly (dotted side in) and keep on going.

Hint 3: What happens if you don't get it out?  
Once you start stamping and adding a magnet to hold your paper, this upside down magnet will repel the one you are using to hold the paper.  Not the end of the world, but an unnecessary hassle if you plan ahead.  You can always move to a different part of your platform and stamp there.
  • Step 7:  Have a design in mind. 
You don't need a magnet on each and every space. I chose to leave 2 spaces in between magnets, and one row in between rows, whenever possible.  See picture below.

How did I get the placement idea?: I looked at the back of the Genius Platform and tried to mimic their work :) Why re-invent the wheel?

Hint: Sometimes the holes were not formed correctly on my WRMK Precision Press and my magnets wouldn't fit. No biggie, skip that space and put it on the next one.   

Hint: How do you use your WRMK Precision Tool? I know I like to stamp where the two rules meet, I just do.  I always line up my paper with the rulers. So I made sure I started placing my magnets there in a configuration I was happy with.  Not necessary at all - you may start anywhere on the platform and work your way out or in.
  • Step 8: Start gluing and pushing the magnets in place. 
Hint: I like to work in batches, so I placed the glue on 4-5 spaces at a time. Then slid the magnets in and push all 4-5 with my pencil or Pick up tool. The eraser part of a pencil worked best, and if I ruined it with glue, no biggie.

Working in batches of 4-5 gave me enough time to put my magnets down, push them with the pencil's eraser, and still have time to fix any that would flip on me.  About 7 of the magnets flipped on me and I was able to fix all of them.  

HINT: A flipped magnet needs to be dealt with quickly, so don't put another magnet down, stop, and fix the flipped one.  Am I stressing this enough :)  I think you got it.
  • Step 9:  After placing about 8-10 magnets, I tested it. It worked just fine.  
On the video (linked below) you will see me testing it and I kept thinking the magnets I glued were repelling my magnet on the top. 
NOOOOO!!! the magnets on the bottom were actually attracting the magnet on the top...which is what you want them to do.  jijiji  It took me a minute to figure it out! 
But I did so I kept on going.

  • Step 10: Enjoy your work!  Leave me a message! 
Now that you have read it.
Enjoy the video!!! 
I had a great time doing this and I hope it helps you too.
Click here to watch it on YouTube

Credit: This was not my idea. 
A Facebook friend linked me to Carolina's video.
 She is fantastic! 
Thank you Carolina's Creations' Handmade for sharing your idea. 
I will link her video on my YouTube channel. 

Other links you will love:
My WRMK Review Video 

I am so giddy about this I can't even stand it!!!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Card series card #8: Hot Air Balloon "Blue"


Here is my last card for this Mother's Day Card series. 
It is a variation of the Hot Air Balloon - which makes me smile.

For this card I added a little bit of Distress Ink to the background.
I was watching Amy R from Prairie Paper Ink 
and she was watercoloring and I got inspired!

For this card I used:
Stamp: from 2CuteInk May 2017 release: Hot Air Balloon
Stamp: SU Crazy about you (Happy Mother's Day)
Embossing folder: Darice Clouds
Dies: Heart Wreath from my stash
Wonky Rectangles - Gina Marie Designs
Black NUVO drops
Wink of Stella

A close-up of the Hot Air Balloon!!
Hoping you got inspired as well!!
Have a wonderful Mother's Day!