Monday, February 19, 2018

MFT 2018 Creative Olympics card making frenzy!

Hi guys!

It’s is I, Erica, the glutton for punishment, on the BRI blog today. You might wonder what that refers to and I will get to that right this minute: The Olympics. Not the sporting event, no. I’m talking about this:

There are four events for this and the deadline is later today, Monday 19th of Feb. For my card for today I decided to participate inMFT 2018 Creative Olympics | Event #4 - Speed Cardmaking. Oh boy... I really, really do not know why I do this to myself... Way back in the day when I was at school, I used to put off assignments using the argument that I work better under pressure. It was a load of rubbish back then and it certainly is a load of rubbish now! The only speed events I take part in these days are cake eating and manic cleaning 10 mins before someone is coming over..! 

Well, anyway, I went ahead with my bad idea BUT thought I’d at least come up with a design for the card before I pressed the ‘start’ button on my stopwatch. I do not have a proper stopwatch, I for some reason, feel the need to point out here. I used the one on my phone. 

I grabbed the Celebrate dienamic, some Stitched speech bubble dienamics, some MFT patterned paper, the Bitty Bears stamp and dienamic set, the Hot Cocoa Cups dienamics and a coffee stamp set. I originally thought maybe I’d cut out a cup and make it pretty with a pattern and the speech bubble would have a sentiment stamped on it from the coffee set and make it look like the cup is saying whatever I would stamp on the speech bubble. Sounds pretty cute, doesn’t it? I didn’t end up doing that. Instead I stamped up the bear with the balloon from the Bitty Bears set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then sprinkled clear embossing powder on it, which I set with my heat gun. 

Getting my Zig Clean Color markers out, I quickly coloured him in and was already down to 14 mins left...! I know time flies when you are having fun but come on!! The sweat beads started to pop up on my forehead at this point.

In an attempt to be efficient with all the diecutting, I did the bear, the speech bubble and the Celebrate word dienamic one after the other and set aside. Down to 11 mins already. More sweat! 

The patterned paper I picked comes from a pack called Painted Prints Citrus and as I had coloured the bear’s balloon blue, I picked a yellow polka dot paper to create a nice contrast. The speech bubble is cut out of light grey card stock and the Celebrate is in MFT Brushed Gold card stock. Once I had the patterned paper adhered to my card base, I was somehow already down to 5 minutes! 

Using the Mini MISTI to make sure I got a clear and crisp stamp when I added ‘Happy Birthday’ to the speech bubble so the sentiment says ‘Celebrate, Happy Birthday’, I didn’t have time to waste as it was literally ticking down towards 0 quickly! 

Slapping on foam tape like a madwoman I adhered the speech bubble and the bear, then reached for my Glossy Accents to use to adhere the Celebrate word when DISASTER!! It was clogged!! Nooooooo... I seriously jabbed my tweezers into the spout like I was injecting someone having an allergic reaction with an epi pen!

It is fair to say I did not add it evenly to the back of the word but there was no time! If you look closely, you can see that there are bits not glued down at all BUT I finished with 7 seconds to spare! SEVEN SECONDS!!! Phew! I worked up a bit of a sweat and what felt like actual heart palpitations during this event but I did it. Whoever said crafting doesn’t count as cardio has a screw loose and I’d dare them to smell my arm pit right now! LOL!

Ok, I need a shower and to rehydrate. Maybe a muscle massage to help me recover quickly? I'll deal with the craftermath tomorrow I think, I'm too tired after all that to clean up tonight.

Have a great week and I hope you like my Speed Making card! 19 minutes and 53 seconds on the clock. I’m rather impressed myself to be honest. Just to see, I also timed how long it took me to write this up and the timer has just hit 32 minutes, and that is just the writing part, not linking products, adding photos etc. Less impressed with that...

Happy crafting from Erica 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hello Sweet Girl

Hello everyone,

Coralynn here and I'm so glad to be back again on the BRI blog today with you all.  I have a friend that is having a baby girl soon and her colours are pink and grey so this is the card I created.

I started out with the Lawn Fawn of course and the Winter Alpaca stamp set. I stamped the Alpaca and the little heart in grey ink to create the background.  I then took my copics and did a bit of no line colouring to just the scarf.

I coloured another Alpaca with warm grey copics and the same colours for the scarf as the background and added some shimmer.  Everyone needs a little shimmer in there life.  I then stamped the sentiment from the Hello Baby set with Versamark ink and heat embossed with with Hero Arts white embossing powder on to black card stock.  I then glued it to the card base and popped up the Alpaca die cut with foam tape. I added a bit of shimmer to the little hearts too and called this card done. 

Be sure to stop by the Butterfly Reflections Ink shop for lots of wonderful goodies.


LF - Winter Alpaca
LF - Hello Baby
Hero Arts embossing powder
LF - Black Card Stock

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thinking out of the box: using a holiday stamp set for a thank you card

Hello crafty peeps!  It's Jung here, and I'm back as a guest designer to share a card with you.

I'll be using Pretty Pink Posh angel friends stamp set.  I must admit that I bought this stamp set in early December with every intention of making holiday cards for my happy mail friends, but life got in the way, and I didn't make a single Christmas card this past year.  Ha!  Sigh.  I was determined to use this stamp set though, so I had to think a little bit out of the box.  I decided to make a thank you card, and hand write my own sentiment in the banner, since all the sentiments included were holiday themed.

Here's what I came up with:

I love how it came out!  The angel images are so cute, I just had to put them on a card.  I love being able to use holiday themed products on non-holiday projects.  This works...right?

Here's how I made my card:

  1. I stamped and copic colored 2 angels and the banner from the PPP angel friends stamp set.  Then I fussy cut them out.  I also added some glitter to their dresses, and coated their wings with Nuvo drops. (The Nuvo drops ended up cracking a bit, but I love the way it makes their wings look!)
  2. I hand wrote the sentiment in my banner.
  3. I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die.
  4. I used distress inks and a cloud stencil to make my background.
  5. I die cut a heart towards the top middle.  
  6. To create an inlay look, I glued the heart directly onto my card base.  I then popped up the background panel using foam tape.  
  7. I die cut the thanks sentiment from black cardstock 3 times, and glued them together for dimension.
  8. First, I attached the banner: I used foam squares in the center of the banner, and glued the ends right onto the background panel.  Next, I glued on the thanks sentiment to the heart.  The I attached the angels.  I glued the hands to the banner, and popped the rest of their bodies with foam squares.
  9. To finish off the card, I added a few sequins, and a few tiny drops of Nuvo drops.

Supplies used:

That's it for me friends!  I hope you like my card, and I hope you are inspired to use your holiday products in other ways!

Have an awesome day!  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Grand Adventures...

Hello friends!  Norine back again with a couple of quick cards to share with you today!

So my oldest son is beginning an adventure where he's chucking it all and taking to the road for an indefinite period of time.  Just him and his dog, in a van.  Till the money runs out?  Exactly the thing any mother of fully grown children delights to hear, amiright?  But I'm being supportive.  I even made him a card!  

I stamped the topography background stamp from Neat & Tangled onto watercolor paper, and painted  with a mix of blues and greens from the Gansai Tambi watercolor paint palette.  As it dried, the colors would lighten so I added a few layers of paint.

I found some tags in my stash and cut them down to fit the stamped sentiments, also from the Topography set.  I stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink and then tied the tags with some jewelry making twine.  I finished it up with an assortment of sequins like these and these.  The card above uses Lawn Fawn's Blue Jay cardstock for a base.

I'm not sure which card I'm going to give him, but if anyone else's adult child is embarking on a similar harebrained escapade, you can have the other one. ;-)

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Partial Die Cutting Technique With Birthday Balloons

Hi Crafty Friends!
Ali here with a fun card using the partial die-cutting technique to give it some "wow". The sets I have used today are from Sunny Studio - Bold Balloons and Birthday Balloons. If you are looking for a super versatile birthday set - look no further! These balloons can be used for all ages, male or female and you can vary the colour to your hearts content to suit the recipient!!
I was reminded of this fun partial die-cutting technique by the amazing Jennifer McGuire, who did a recent video explaining it - so I encourage you to have a look at it if you are wanting further details.  The first thing I did was to draw a pencil line across a piece of white card. Then I layed down the dies where I wanted them (keep in mind the parts above the die will be the bits "sticking" up from the top of the card).
I then placed my top cutting plate so that the pencil line was about mid-way through that tapered edge that my cutting plate has. Then I ran it through my big shot.  You can carefully cut along the pencil line between the die cut images to remove the negative piece of paper. I repeated the process with the oval balloon die for the last balloon.
Once you have your top die-cut piece, you can proceed to stamp your images in the die-cut areas/shapes on the top of your card.  These stamps are 3-step HINT: sometimes I find it easier to word 'backwards' with layered stamps - stamp the darkest/smallest area stamp first, then mid colour, then light colour - this does make them easier to line up I find!! 
Ink for the balloons & sprinkles used (dark to light colours):
 Red: Distress inks - Barn Door, Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral
Yellow -Fossilised Amber, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade
Aqua - Peackock Feathers, Broken China, Tumbled Glass
 Purple - Altenew cubes Deep Iris, Lavender fields, Soft Lilac
 I then finished off the balloons by stamping the strings in Versafine ink.
I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Ink, and the Happy in Versamark ink on black card and white embossed. I placed this panel on the front of a white base-card and trimmed the bottom down a little so that it will fit in an envelope.
So bright and full of fun!  These two sets are the ones to get if you are looking to get great value from your stamp sets and dies. Thanks so much for joining me - see you again soon!
Ali xx

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Birthday Card using Masking Technique

Hello, BRI friends!
It's Dana here coming back with another card for Wednesday. Today, I played along with Neat and Tangled Puppy's Favorite Things stamp set again. I created 9 different doggies from one stamp image this time.

I started by stamping dog image from Neat and Tangled Puppy's Favorite Things stamp set onto card stock with Altenew Permanent Black. I stamped same image on 4 post-it notes and fussy cut them out using scissors. I used them as a mask and created today's scene like below.

I stamped images after erasing the part of original stamped lines on clear stamp using baby wipe when I needed. After I got a group of doggies, I drew variety shapes on the empty part with Copic Multiliner. I then colored the images using Copic markers and added details with Prisma colored pencils.

I cut dog border, top part of group image, using scissors and ink blended the background onto leftover piece. I used Peacock Feather and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide inks. I then sprizted water and let it dried.

Next, I pulled out Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames and die cut the frame from A2 sized white card stock. Do you know that? I used almost same supplies with last week's one but I made very different card! It's so fun :)

Before mounting elements, I stamped & white heat embossed sentiments as shown in the picture. I stamped other small images from same stamp set and colored them with Copic markers, too. I also applied Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen-Clear Overlay to pom pom and tag and Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew to mini bells.

To finish, I adhered dog panel behind the frame using glue tape and foam mounted them at once onto A2 sized card base after gluing the background piece on it.

Plus, I'm sharing ink blending results of some new Distress Oxide Inks and the one with similar shades of colors. I sponged them softly onto bristol paper using mini blending tool.

Hope you enjoyed this card and happy shopping!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Friends Forever

Happy Tuesday!

Alix here introducing a friendship card. In my life, I had different friends in different period of life time. To be honestly, I will not be me without having them. I've been through a few tough time since I moved to United States. My friends were always being there for me when I needed help. I was trying best to be there for them as well.

I just received this stamp set from Butterfly Reflections Ink and I could not wait a minute to play with it. This stamp set contains lots of elements for scene building which means you could mix and match as needed for all occasions.

To start making this card, I stamped all images with Memento ink in Rich Coco and colored with Copic markers. One thing I want to mention is that I used Uni-ball Signo White gel pen to add interest on hedgehog, it turned out pretty good. I ink blended the background by using Tim Holtz distress oxide ink in Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean . I splattered water mixture of these two colors onto the background using a paint brush.

I cut the background using Pretty Pink Posh Storybook 6 Die to create windows. I attached a piece of acetate and two layers of foam tape behind the windows to create dimensions. Then I added Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins to lighten up the background. 

At last, I arranged all colored images onto top of card using Multi Medium Matte and added a few more Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins to bring everything together as one. And there you have it! It is a very simple card to make after knowing the steps. I hope you like it and I can't wait to see what you all make! See you on next Tuesday!