Monday, July 3, 2017

MFT Stamps Ninja-mazing

MFT Stamps Ninja-mazing

Hello!  Welcome back to my blog!  Thanks for joining me today!  I just purchased this stamp set from My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) called "Ninja-mazing."  I love that these images are larger than some of the other stamped ninjas.  This stamp set comes with three ninja images a pagoda and a few throwing stars.  There are a few sentiments as well:
  • For a Ninja-mazing friend
  • let's kick it soon
  • I'm on a secret mission to seal your heart
  • I'd face ninjas for you
  • I spy a great friend
  • You've snuck right into my heart
  • I'm your secret admirer
  • Hi-ya

This little Ninja I colored with Copic markers and used some gold glitter tape to make his head band. 

I turned this card into a slider card using Lawn Fawn's "Slide on Over" slider set.  For the background I used distress inks and stamped some of the images from this set for interest. I spritzed with water for some water marks. 

This card was really fun to make.  I love interactive cards so making a slider card with this set was exciting for me.  I hope you enjoyed this card. 

Thanks for stopping by!  :) 

Brother's Scan n Cut for Stamped Images

Brother's Scan n Cut 2 CM350

Good morning!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Here is California the sun is shining and summer is in full swing.  It is hot and sunny!  :) 

For me, summer makes me want to eat ice cream and shop!  Recently on Amazon, there was a super sale on the Brother's Scan N Cut 2 machine. I have never seen the price this low in my life.  My friend is the first one who introduced me to the Brother Scan N Cut machine. She cut out some of my stamped images in no time at all and the cuts were perfect!  Since then, I was sold.  The only thing holding me back was the price point.  The machine normally runs over $300 and initially it was even closer to $400. Recently on Amazon I was seeing the machine under $300 but the day I bought mine it was an amazing $225! I'm thankful for Amazon Prime because that meant I would receive my machine in just a few days! 

My machine arrived and it's amazing. I had a little trouble with the set up because there was a small black piece that holds the blade which flipped out. I didn't know where it came from or how to get it back in.  After googling a bunch of things, I didn't find any help online.  I eventually figured it out and once my blade was in, I was able to run a test cut with my machine.

Background, I have a Silhouette Cameo and a Cricut Explore Air so I love cutting machines!  This machine is wonderful though because it's a stand alone machine, no need for a computer, app, or anything like that.  It even comes with preloaded images that you can cut, manipulate, etc.  I love that you can do everything right there on the machine.  It reminds me of the Cricut Expression with the Cricut Gypsy attached to it!  I loved my Gypsy!  The cuts are clean and wonderful.  Previously I was using the Silhouette Cameo with the Pixscan mat but the last few times, the cuts were off and the machine started putting in more cuts than necessary instead of one smooth cut it was making a bunch of small cuts. I offset the images but the cutting was not just to my liking.  I justified this purchase with the fact that dies are so expensive and if you buy the stamps and dies, it's going to cost you sometimes up to $35 or more.  I would much rather buy dies that do borders or different fun things.  I love that I don't have to buy coordinating dies any longer. yay!!!

So getting started was a breeze once I had the blade in.  You turn on the machine and select Scan. Once you load your mat you can scan the images on your mat and then choose if you want to offset the image with a white border around it, of you can choose to have the image cut next to the line.  I have tried both now and I can say that I was very happy with the results.  

This is the machine, unboxed and set up on my rolling cart

It comes with a few tools, a holder for markers, two markers to get you started, a stylus, and a spatula.

The machine is about the same size as the Cricut Explore Air.

The screen is a good size too.  It's just right, not too small or too large. 

I cut out a few images on the machine and was very impressed. This was my first attempt below.  for these images I added a .04" offset so there was a little white around the edges. 

I cut some colored in and some in black and white and there really was no difference, the machine cut them all out nicely. 

Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase.  I have recently been coloring sheets of stamped images and using those images on cards.  This will cut down my fussy cut and die cutting time.  I can't believe I can cut an entire page in just a minute. 

Okay, I hope you enjoyed my day 2 of using this Brother's Scan N Cut 2 Machine.  Hope you have a wonderful day!!! 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hog Heaven Slider Card

Good afternoon!  It's a beautiful overcast day here in California! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far! I thought this would be the perfect weekend to create some cards!

Today I thought I would make a card with the new stamp set from the MFTstamps haul.   This set is the Hog Heaven stamp set.  If you'd like to see all of things from the haul, please visit my last post where I shared all my craft goodies with you!  I am also using the new slider foam pieces that MFT has.  I wanted to try them out!

This amazing set has multiple hogs on it (cute little piggies as I like to call them) and quite a few super creative sentiments! I figured I would be making quite a few cards with this adorable set so I colored in a few sheets of stamped images.  I stamped out about two of everything from this set.  I colored in all the images using Copic Markers colors R20, R21, and a touch of RV06 for the cute little piggies, B00 for the wings on the flying pig, R24 for the girl pig's bow, B39 and E07 for the box as well as the flower pot and two shades of each color for the flowers, BV00, BV04 for the purple, Y00 and Y08 for the yellow, Y08 and Y17 for the cupcake, B00 and B02 for the blue flower and BV00 and R20 for the flowers in the left corner.  These images were fun to color and then I cut all the images out using my Silhouette Cameo with the PixScan Mat (I offset by .04").  

I admit, I had nothing specific in mind when I was putting this card together.  I knew I wanted the pig to slide but other than that the ideas just wandered around in my head. Hopefully some of those other ideas will come to life and I will have more cards to share with you soon! :) 

I started by cutting a green hillside using some hill dies.  I used two different colors so that the hills didn't fade into one another. Recently I purchased this paper pack called Pink Lemonade and it has so many cute pages in it and they're all on textured paper. I don't think you can see the texture in this picture but it's very cute in real life. Using Lawn Fawn's Slide on Over dies, I cut the slightly curved slide path.  I also used this one because it was nice and short, I didn't have that much room for him to slide since I wanted both pigs on this card. 

For the sliding pig, I cut a strip of paper from the same background paper I used for the popped up front panel of this card  and adhered it behind where the slider piece was onto my base card so that it wasn't just white in the background.  I used the new MFT Stamps Slider Elements I adhered one side to a small piece of paper so it would slide and then other to the pig. Using foam tape,  I created an area for my slider piece to fit perfectly so the pig would "fly" effortlessly.  I also added foam tape on the back of my panel so the entire front panel was raised up.  I did this so that the pig would have room to move!

Last but not least, I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops because I feel everything should have a little sparkle or shine!  

This was the finished product.  I hope you are inspired and go out there and create some handmade beautiful gifts/cards/etc.  Have a wonderful weekend!