Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday with Toni: Mama Elephant Zodiac Monkeys

Oh, my goodness!  I just had to play with the Mama Elephant Zodiac Monkeys as soon as I had a moment. They're so flippin' cute!!

My first card pairs the ME Zodiac Monkeys with the Sunny Studio Tropical Scenes border. They're so perfect together!  Those little flowers?  They're from the Mama Elephant Tree Branch Cover die.

For the background, I sponged the MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil with Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed.  The grass is Mowed Lawn, natch.

I colored up the images with Copics, including what has become my favorite combo for animals lately.

My next card evolved while I was Zoom crafting with some locals gals, I mentioned how perfectly sized and shaped the Zodiac Monkeys are for paper-piecing.  I tried out my idea right then and there, using Doodlebug Designs Fairy Tales 6x6 Paper for the monkey mounted on Waffle Flower JJ's Rainbows Paper for the card base.

I turned the monkey into a balloon using the string from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Kite dies. The stamped sentiment as well as the letters are Lawn Fawn as well:  Really High Five, Simple Wavy Banners, and Oliver's Stitched ABCs.

Had you noticed I had used the MFT Mini Cloud Edges to enhance the rainbow paper sky?

I continued the paper-piecing theme on another card using Lawn Fawn Spring Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper for the monkeys as well as the card base.  They're so cute in plaid!  I positioned them around the Mama Elephant Big Warm Fuzzy Hugs die. I first cut that from kraft (see below) and then changed it to blue. Ahh, much better.

Whew! What a creative week!  I hope to see you next week.  In the meantime, if you want to check out my other work you can visit my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, my Instagram, or my Pinterest Board.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

2020 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Happy Friday crafty, coffee loving friends!  We're excited to be a Super Sponsor again this year for the Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  You'll find all the details for participating in the blog hop over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.  Before you head over, read through our ENTIRE post. We're sharing a few coffee inspired cards, offering a 15% discount on any purchases made during the hop, and giving away a few amazing coffee candles from Desiree at Sunshine + Timber Candles, my new favorite candle maker.  So, grab your favorite coffee drink and join the fun!

Up first....save 15% on any purchases made from our online store, during the blog hop.  Use the discount code COFFEE15 when you check out.  Oh, and don't forget, FREE shipping on any order over $30 [no discount coded needed for the FREE shipping].  Use this link to SHOP NOW.

I love the new Brilliant Butterflies stamp and dies from MFT Stamps and had to find a way to incorporate them into my coffee inspired cards.   I stamped the butterflies in a couple color assortments and then used the Cafe All Day die from MFT Stamps to cut out a few coffee cups.  The straws and cream are cut from white cardstock and the lid from vellum.

I grabbed my Distress Oxide Inks and the Square Extraordinaire stencil to create the blended backgrounds to coordinate with the butterflies.  My favorite paper for blended backgrounds is Bristol cardstock, so that's what I used here.

The sentiments are from a couple different stamp sets (I'll link them at the bottom of the post if you're interested).

Here's my final version using a background die over a blended background.

Lastly, Paulina from Pretty Pink Posh recently recommended this sweet, small candle business, and I had to give her a try.  Desiree sells coffee scented candles, as well as other yummy scents.  She even created a custom scent for me....grapefruit and blood orange. You can follow her on Instagram @sunshineandtimbercandles or visit her etsy shop.  So, I ordered a few coffee candles from her.  I'll be randomly giving away four candles, just because.  No requirements, just (four) random acts of kindness.  I might choose a comment, add one to an order, select an Instagram follower, or someone from our Facebook group.  Who knows.....

Well, hopefully you've made it all the way to the end.  Please be sure to head over to the Coffee Lovers Card Making Blog for all the details on how you can participate.  There are lots of prizes to be won, and lots of coffee inspired projects.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Bonus Day with Toni: Fairy Clouds

As promised, I'm back with another MFT Flower Fairies card!

For this one I used the Pretty Pink Posh Layered Clouds two-part stencil for the background, sponging it with Distess Oxide Picked Raspberry and Shaded Lilac, after masking the MFT Flower Fairies image.

I colored up the fairy with Copics and added Clear Wink of Stella to her wings. What a pretty little one layer card!

Well, I'll see you next week.  If you'd like to check out my other creations in the meantime, you can visit my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, my Instagram, or my Pinterest Board.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hello from Amy: Birthday Wishes | My Favorite Things

Hey, it's Amy and it's Wednesday!  There's a fun post coming on Friday, so be sure to watch for it!  I'm here sharing a card that features My Favorite Things:

I don't generally gravitate to florals but absolutely love the Flowers in Bloom set.

I started my Bristol base with an anti-static, similar to the Embossing Magic Pad.  I heat embossed the Circle Celebration Background in White.

Using Blending Brushes, I applied the following Distress Oxide colors:

I love Kristina Werner's Distress Oxide color combos.  This one is is combo #6.

I stamped the blooms on Neenah Solar White with Lawn Fawn Jet Black.  My copic colors:

YR0000 | YR00
YG01 | YG03

I used a liquid glue, similar to the Gina K Designs Connect Glue on the stems of the bloom.  I wanted them to stay super flat so that I could layer the Birthday Wishes sentiment that has been die cut in a lighter weight black cardstock.  I used the same liquid glue.

That's it for me!

Links to products used can be found below: