July 26, 2017

Color Throwdown Guest Design #453

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Back again with my last post as the July Guest Designer at the Color Throwdown.  I have had so much fun playing along with team this month. This week the colours for ctd453 are light raspberry, yellow and green.



I used a stamp set that hasn't seen much love, My Favorite Things Buildable Blooms. I have been so  inspired by florals lately and it was fun to pull this set out. I stamped my background using this week's colours and then filled in the spaces with grey dots, thank for the tip Stephanie Klauck. My sentiment was made with four hugs die cuts stacked together and the panel was adhered to the card base with foam tape.


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A closer look at the stacked sentiment:


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Head over to the Color Throwdown blog to see how you can play along and to see more colour inspiration from the Design Team follow the links below. 

Tracey McNeely (July Guest Designer)


July 25, 2017

CASology 5 Year Anniversiary Blog Hop

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Five years ago I received an email from Melissa Chipperfield asking me if I would be interested in being on the inaugural design team of a brand new challenge called CASology! I replied with a definite YES and that was one of the best crafty decisions I have ever made. From July 2012 until December 2016 I did #229 challenges with Melissa and the team at CASology!

I think it is amazing that they are celebrating their 5th anniversary and the challenge and participation is still one of the strongest challenge blogs going. Congratulations for 5 successful years and many many more!

I am very honoured today to be participating in the 5th Anniversary Blog Hop!
Of course you can't have a party without a balloon and lots of prizes too!!
The cue card this week is:





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For my card today I sponged some Distress Oxide ink on to Bristol Smooth Cardstock and then cut my balloons out with MFT Stamps Big Birhday Balloons Die-namics. The white embossed sentiment is from MFT Stamps Gumball Greetings. All images were adhered with foam tape for dimension.  Finally some clear sequins filled with Silver Stickles.

Here is the Blog Hop order and blog hop details!

Details:
  • To be eligible for the sponsor prizes, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop list.  Winners will be selected randomly using random.org.
  • To be eligible for the CASology prize, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop + link up a BALLOON themed card to the gallery  Winner will be selected randomly using random.org.
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 1.

Prizes:
CASology - $50 gift certificate to the online craft store of winner's choice
Altenew - $30 gift certificate to the online store
Sprinkle Berry - $30 voucher to the online store 
Avery Elle - $20 gift certificate to the online store
Cindy B Designs - $25 gift certificate to online craft store of winner's choice
Concord & 9th - $25 gift certificate to the online store
DeNami Designs - $20 gift certificate to the online store
Lawn Fawn - $35 gift certificate to the online store
Neat & Tangled - $25 gift certificate to the online store
Poppystamps - $20 gift certificate to the online store
Precious Remembrance Shop - stamp set of winner's choice
7 Kids College Fund - $20 store credit
STAMPlorations - $15 gift certificate to the online store
Sunny Studio - Color Me Happy set + matching Color Word Die
The Ton - $20 gift certificate (for The Ton brand stamps, dies, inks & gilding products)
Uniko Studio - and in stock clear stamp set of winner's choice
Waffle Flower - $25 gift certificate to the online store

Your Next Stamp - $20 gift certificate to the online store

Thank you for stopping by here today, and have fun hopping along!
You have until Monday, July 31, at NOON (CDT) to hop, comment and participate

Good luck!

July 19, 2017

Color Throwdown Guest Design #452

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Back again with another post as the July Guest Designer at the Color Throwdown.  This week the colours for ctd452 are green, yellow, red and turquoise.



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I sponged Tumbled Glass onto the main panel using the My Favorite Things Cloud Mix-able Stencil and then die cut the panel with the largest My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle. The frappé cups are from the Essentials by Ellen Oh Frappe stamps and dies. They were stamped onto Bristol cardstock and coloured with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens. The panel and all the cups were adhered with foam tape. I brushed the elusive Clear Wink of Stella over all of the cups. It looks great in real life--trust me! lol

Hope to see you play along again this week!

Head over to the Color Throwdown blog to see how you can play along and to see more colour inspiration from the Design Team follow the links below. 

Tracey McNeely (July Guest Designer)

July 18, 2017

Birch Press Design Peony Blooms Birthday

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Today I am up on the Birch Press Design blog with a video tutorial to create this card using the Peony Blooms Stackable dies along with some of the new
 Distress Oxide inks   You can watch full length video here or over at my YouTube channel. I found my voice for the first time ever to explain what I'm doing. I would love to see you comment over on YouTube with what you would like to see from my videos and follow me while you are there if you are interested in seeing more.

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Today I am showing you another way to add colour using the Birch Press Design Stackable layer craft dies. I am using Peony Blooms Layer A, Peony Blooms Layer B and Peony Blooms Layer C along with Ranger Distress Oxide inks. I have put together a video tutorial for you.


After I sponged my three panels with Distress Oxide inks I spritzed water on them so the Oxides could work their magic. These are the three panels I sponged cut out with the Peony Blooms Stackable Layer dies. In order from left to right Layer A, B and C.

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Once adhered together I prepared the cad base. Once again using Distess Oxide ink to sponge the background and spritzed it with water and lifted the excess with paper towel.  All layers were adhered together with Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive (see previous tutorial done by designer, Laurie Schmidlin). I sponged some more Distress Oxide ink on to my base panel and also spritzed it with some clean water.

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The die cut layers were adhered to the front of the card base. I added my sentiment stamped and die cut from the Make a Statement Make a Statement clear stamps and Make a Statement craft dies.

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These close up photos really show how much depth and dimension can be achieved with these dies and just a few gradient changes in colour.

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Perfect for a summer birthday.

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With the Stackable craft dies the possibilities are endless. I hope I inspired by to make something beautiful today.



July 14, 2017

SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop


Happy Friday and Welcome to the SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop!
Now that so many of you have the new products from the June release in your hands the design team has a little more inspiration for you to help you get going with your new goodies.

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I started by stamping the lemon gelato and a few lemons from the Pucker Up clear stamp set and then Copic coloured. Next the images were die cut with the Pucker Up SugarCut dies.  The houndstooth paper background is from the Sugar & Spice Paper Pad adhered to a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" top folding card base. The white panel is was cut with a die from the  Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle SugarCut dies and a sentiment from Pucker Up was stamped of it with with VersaFine Onyx black. The images were adhered to the panel and a couple with foam tape for dimension.  Finally a double coat of Wink of Stella was added to the gelato.

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Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own?  Please visit with each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment for your chance to win!


...and don't forget to go over to the SugarPea blog for your chance to win!

You are here ---- Tracey McNeely

July 12, 2017

Color Throwdown #451 Guest Designer

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Back again with another post as the July Guest Designer at the Color Throwdown.  This week the colours for ctd451 are light pink, dark pink and green.






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I used My Favorite Things Flashy Florals for my card today, I haven't had that set out in too long I forgot how much I love those blooms. I die cut my sentiment from the dies that go along with the stamp set in black. Then I stamped and die cut the large and small flower with their respective detail stamps first. I placed the flowers on a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" top folding card base to get an idea of where I wanted to put the sentiment and the flowers to give me an idea of where I wanted to stamp my leaves. Once the leaves were stamped I adhered the rest of the images to the card, adding the smaller flower with foam tape for dimension. Last step was to add a few clear, Stickles filled sequins.

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Head over to the Color Throwdown blog to see how you can play along and to see more colour inspiration from the Design Team follow the links below. 

Tracey McNeely (July Guest Designer)


July 10, 2017

Muse #224

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It's Monday and time for another new challenge at Muse!



I used new to me Color Drops stamps from MFT Stamps. I created a pattern on a 5 1/4" x 4"  panel using MFT inks in a rainbow of colours. I cut the 'hello' from the Happy Greeting die-namics die set from my panel and again on a piece of white fun foam. Inlaid the foam with the letters cut from the panel on a white cad base. Easy and fun for a bit of dimension.

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Ca't wait to see what you do this week at Muse!


July 7, 2017

Mermaid for My Princess

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Yesterday my daughter turned 20, no more teenagers in this house anymore.
It is bittersweet though, I miss the days of my kids being young but I am so happy to see how they are flourishing as young adults. I took this photo yesterday our on the patio, after all the rain we have had in the past month we had a beautiful, sunny day.



She will always be my little princess and I knew she would love a card made with the MFT Stamps Mermazing stamp set. I sponged my background using Wilted Violet and Broken China Distress Oxide inks and spritzed it with water and then lifted the water with a paper towel. I die cut the panel using the Wonky Stitched rectangles  The images were coloured with Copic markers. I am really trying to learn how to colour hair and work on shading my images. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and white embossed. The panel, mermaid and sentiment were all added to the card base with foam tape. Finally I finished the card off with a few sparkling clear Stickle filled sequins.


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detail:

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