Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hello Beautiful

If you have followed my blog posts - funny really since no one does - this is the flower that I also colored for the MFT big contest. This is the card I ended up making with it. This flower was colored using Zig Clean Color markers and I made it for the sketch challenge over on MFT. The stamp set is Beautiful Bloom and Hello Beautiful. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Innovation Master

Last card for the big contest on MFT and the most challenging for me. I wanted to make a shaker card but that is not as much of a challenge for me. Since I had just purchased the Essential Sentiments Rip Strips and the Interactive Labels I decided to make a card using these elements. I created the background using some watercolor pants and just using a brush splatter to make it look festive. I used the I Heart Celebrating balloon dies and used the Glitter Paper pack that came in the Bundle of Balloons Card Kit. The Birthday Chicks made it cute for a fun interactive birthday card. The sentiment under the rip strip is from the Bundle of Balloons. 

Coloring Virtuoso


My entry for the coloring virtuoso contest on MFT. I did struggle with this one since I do not see myself as a "coloring virtuoso" more of a coloring constantly practicing virtuoso! I colored this flower from the Beautiful Bloom card kit set. This flower I colored using only 3 Copics - YR18, YR14, and Y32. I did a lot of blending. The card stock is also from the card kit. I used the Stitched Basic Edges and placed the sentiment (slightly curved) in the middle of the panels. I added 3 clear Nuvo drops up on the top right to add some interest. 

Below is the other flower I colored using 3 Zig Clean Color markers (mustard, wine red, and yellow) after embossing the flower. Then I had to choose which flower to use for the contest - I chose the top one because it was softer. Since my chances for winning are slim to nil I decided to make a card I knew I needed to send to some friends. The bottom flower will show up on a future card. :-) 

Clean and Simple Genius MFT


This is my entry for the CAS Superstar contest on MFT.

I like clean and simple so this was the first card I made. All card stock is MFT as is the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot paper pack. I used the Stitched Basic Edges dies to separate the top and bottom of the white panel to add some interest. The stamp set is called Geometric Greenery. I embossed the leaves and then used some distress inks to color the leaves. A simple sentiment and done. 

Entered in the CAS Superstar Genius contest. Wish me luck! 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

MFT Sketch Challenge


This was the first time that I had a chance to color this adorable peacock! I had some alcohol panels and used one of those to match the colors. I do like the colors.

This is for the sketch challenge for MFT.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

CAS Birthday Card



I hope this qualifies for the CAS. It is just 1 panel with a slight leafy stencil background. The balloons were from the Bundles of Balloons and the cute little cub is from the Lions and Tigers (retired) set. I used the gift bags die for the bag holding the balloons. 

am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Birthday Challenge

Grateful - Sketch 399



Fall, I love Fall! I love the colors and really wanted to make a Fall card. Living in Florida we don't experience much "Fall" so making cards is about all I get to do. I really played around for a while with this card. The circle was from a piece of alcohol ink panel using my Fallish colors. I dry embossed the brown panel and then used some metallic paste to smooth over it. The leaves are from MFT and I used some sparkly water color paints. I added the burlap strip for interest.  

am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Sketch 399

Monday, August 20, 2018

Summer School - Ombre


There is something about gingham that brings out the need to use yellow or red. But for me it is yellow. This piece of ribbon was in my basket and it was crying to be used which is why I went with the yellow for the ombre look. I used some glitter paper for the balloons. A quick and easy card.

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Summer School Day 5

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Summer School - Rainbow



For day 4 I watched the video and was totally impressed with the way the background was made using the strips of colored card stock. So neat! So I made a panel and then used the fluttering butterfly dies to make rainbow butterflies. I used the fancy flowers stamp set and stamped off twice so that it looked like a watermark so that the attention was on the butterflies. 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Summer School Day 4

Summer School - Visual Triangle


Day 3 was a new lesson for me. This was a visual triangle - the hello - the poppy - and the friend creates a triangle. I colored the poppy with Copics. I do like how this turned out, which kind of surprised me because I was quite stumped for a while. 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Summer School Day 3

Summer School - Focal Point


Oh I had fun with this one! I used my "freebie" vase and I love how it turned out! I had made several panels with alcohol inks on Yupo and on some Yupo translucent (for the leaves). I really love that vase and it is definitely my focal image. Day 2 of Summer School done!

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Summer School Day 2

Summer School - Monochromatic


Make a wish...my wish is for more MFT products! So I used pinks and since I had just received an order I used some of the pink tissue paper to peek out of the bags! I knew instantly that I wanted to use that tissue paper. Such fun! So this is day 1 of the second Summer School assignment. 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Summer School - Monochromatic

Monday, August 13, 2018

Birthday Toucan



These colors were a challenge but I think it turned out pretty cool. I used several different MFT products in this card. The central image is the Toucan Do It colored with Copics. The wooden fence pieces was the branch from the Owl My Love set. The balloon was from Bundle of Balloons and the dies were Happy and the Moroccan Mosiac set is off in the background. 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Color Challenge

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Birthday Melody




Oh my goodness - now I know why I save all kinds of colored images and sections of unused backgrounds! I am a teacher and back to work I went - this is seriously cutting into my card making time! So using some colored birds from A Tweet Hello and a section of unused MFT Small Brick stencil. I threw this together rather quickly but I can always use birthday cards so it will go to good use. 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Sketch #397

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Celebrate You!


My favorite challenges are sketch challenges, for some reason that is what gets my creative juices flowing. I have been wanting to work with the MFT Small Brick stencil. I maybe should have used the center portion rather than the end but... I also love these cute little Birthday Chicks stamps also from MFT.   

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Sketch #396
SSS Wild Things - because chicks are wild aren't they? 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Smile!


Color challenges do often challenge me the most and somehow this one really took me a while to come up with something. Lately I have been really enjoying "playing with" my alcohol inks so I tried to use the colors in the challenge for behind the word Smile (I love this die). Then I colored the cute owls using the colors. There just wasn't enough room on that branch for all 23 owls so the inside is also decorated with an owl - so is the back. I think it turned out okay but not one on my favorites. 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Color Challenge #98
SSS Wild Things

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Party!



I love this sketch from the Sketch Challenge at MFT! There will probably be another card coming soon and here it is! I am working at (practicing) water coloring. Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire sure make it look easy! For my previous card I worked on using water colors for the background, for this card I used the water colors to paint the birds from the Toucan Do It stamp set. My last name is Flach - pronounced "flock". I HAD to have this stamp set since there are a slew of us Flachs! I also used the Moroccan die and cut it out of an alcohol inked background that didn't turn out the way I had planned but worked perfect for this. 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Sketch Challenge - #395
SSS Anything Goes

Friday, July 27, 2018

Anniversary Card



I love this sketch from the Sketch Challenge at MFT! There will probably be another card coming soon. I am working at (practicing) water coloring. Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire sure make it look easy! So I was watching a video by Jennifer McGuire on ink lifting with alcohol inks. I did that with the flower but my background got kind of wrecked. So on the Kristina Werner and her video on water color backgrounds. It didn't turn out like hers but I am working on it. I do love the sketch! The beautiful laced background is from MFT called Moroccan Die. I love this die and will be using it again. This card is for my sister and her husband. 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Sketch Challenge
SSS Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Confetti Fun



Confetti Fun! I made this for one of my young grandsons. I thought he would think this is a fun card. I thought these cute elephants were from MFT but I was wrong although they have a set with elephants very similar to these. It is called Adorable Elephants 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
MFT Birthday Project

Watercolor Flower

I really do like to use watercolors. It is a nice change from Copic coloring and colored pencils. It is also not quite as exacting. I created the background with some distress inks and the Waves Stencil from SSS. The flower is from GKD called A Year of Flowers 2 and the sentiment is also from GKD called Wealth of Wishes.

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
SSS Anything Goes
SSS Work it Wednesday