Monday, February 29, 2016

Muse Challenge #155


Today I am very excited to be the Muse over on the Muse card club blog. When my sweet friend Ardyth asked me if I would be this weeks muse I was quite honored. :) Now I really do not want to disappoint so I went through a bunch of ideas stressing over whether it would be "musy" enough ( yeah I totally made up that word, but it works, no?) :D  In the end I decided to go with this sweet card.

Now, I have to admit that it was a two for in the sense that I needed a Birthday card for a party my youngest son was attending and I had not yet used this cute Elephant set from MFT.

My vision for this card was that I wanted the Elie to be carried away by 'tons'  balloons. I mean which kid does NOT love balloons? If any of my kids had enough balloons to carry away an elephant? Well, lets just say...they would be VERY happy!

So I started with (a LOT of ) masking and stamping the balloons. Once they were stamped I got to coloring them in with some copic markers. I then had to add some wink of stella to step them up a notch.  The Elephant was stamped onto a die cut and colored with copics too. The background was sponged with distress inks in limeade ice and mowed lawn on the bottom and tumbled glass and salty ocean on the top. the flowers were paper pieced since I did not think about adding them until after I had sponged the grass :/  I pierced tiny holes at the bottom of the balloons and threaded some embroidery floss through them was then attached to the elephant, who was adhered to the panel with foam tape. I attached this card panel to a scalloped frame that was cut from stone grey card stock which was then popped up onto an A2 white card base.

Once I finished this card I felt the need to do something with the inside and so this happened...

Now you would think that I would be happy to just STOP here and move on..... but you would be wrong!  You see, for those of you that don't know me. I am a go BIG or go HOME kinda gal.
So of course when it came time to wrap the gift I decided to make the wrapping paper to match the card. Which lead to this...

I absolutely LOVED making this card as well as the wrapping. I have to admit, I always claim to not be one of those card makers who make "cute" cards, and I envy those who do, but this one is pretty darn cute in my book and I am soooo in love with these elephants don't be surprised if you see more of them from me in the future :)

Anyhooo, I have kept you long enough. I do hope that I have provided you with enough inspiration to want to participate in this weeks challenge. I can't wait to see what you all come up with.

Have a great day and happy crafting
Tasha :))

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello and welcome! I am so excited to be  playing along with Taheerah's Advent calendar extravaganza! I just knew the moment I heard what it was about that I had to play too. :) Doesn't it just sound like an adventure? 


Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

Now on to my card :) 

For my card today I used a mix of products from various companies. The flowers are from Ellen Hutson. They were stamped and then colored with copic markers. When I was done with the coloring I added my usual glossy accents layer to add some shine. The GA also makes the paper tougher and more malleable, therefore allowing me to curl the petals and leaves. I used both sizes of the flowers and layered them on to of each other.  The lattice background is a die from Wplus 9 that I just LOVE. It was cut from white card stock and attached to a stone grey base panel. The sentiment is from Papertrey ink and is stamped with Momento tuxido black ink. 

Now, it’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Avocado Arts so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter - then head back to and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments! 

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

Tasha :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 24

Hellooooo, and welcome to MCV #30.

Today I am super excited to be joining in as a guest designer with the MCV Design team, who are all playing along with Day 24 of Tracey's "25 Days of Christmas tags" event. MCV is today's sponsor, and there will be some sweet prizes up for grabs over on Traceys blog, "In My Creative Opinion" as well as MCV. So make sure you go and check out the details!

The MCV Tag theme is red and green with a tree element as an option.  

Here's my tag:

For this tag I used a holly stamp from the PTI Tiny treats Christmas set. I randomly stamped it on to a tag die cut from Lil' inkers and then used my copics to color them in.  I outlined each one with a grey copic so it would make the images stand out more. I also used a white gel pen to accentuate the highlights a bit more.  When I was done coloring I added my go to combination, Wink of Stella and glossy accents. It doesn't really show up in this pic but I have a close up below that shows it a little better.  
The word die is also from PTI.  I cut several from red card stock and glued them together for some dimension and attached it to the front. lastly I used some red satin ribbon and some twine to finish it off.  

Here's the close up of the shine:

So, my post was supposed to end here, However I  managed to finish another tag I was working on for this occasion.  So here is my second tag for today's challenge.

All the products on this tag are from Papertrey Ink. I created the scene with the dies and stamps form Betsy Velmans Make it market kit, Tinsel and tags. The ornament was cut with red and gold cardstock.

Before I love and leave you, I would just like to say a big Thank You to Ardyth for inviting me to play along with the MCV design team, and also to Tracey for organizing the 25 days of Christmas tags event. I have seen so many wonderful tags and have been so inspired to try new techniques. I think you just might be seeing more tags from me after this. ;)

Peace and love.
Tasha :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hey Jude....

...don't make it bad.... Take a sad song, and make it better.....

So now that you have that song stuck in your head, you know how I feel. ;)
So my littlest persons best friend is a sweet boy named Jude. Although today is Judes Birthday.  (Happy Birthday Jude! ) He had his party on Sunday. I tried to get my little guy to make his card but he was too busy playing with his brothers to be concerned with coloring ;)  So I made his card.

For this card I used stamps from various companies.
I started by stamping the little trucks and bus (Papertrey ink) with black momento tuxedo ink and colored them with copic markers. I did the same with the balloons (Neat and tangled). I added some wink of stella and glossy accents to all the images and set them aside to dry.  
The box  (Neat and Tangled) was cut from kraft cardstock and stamped with a tiny star (PTI)  using luxe pigment inks in red, yellow and blue. I made a little bit of an oopsy by stamping the sentiment a bit too high, but I didn't notice it until I was attaching the box to the card, at which point I was out of time and could not re-do it. ;-/  For the card base, I stamped the star background (Hero Arts) onto  stone grey (PTI) cardstock using a light grey ink (fog, SSS) I assembled the box with all its goodies onto a stitched panel cut from white cardstock (PTI) and popped it on to the base with foam tape. Lastly, I added some silver star sequence for some extra sparkle. 

Jude, apparently loved his card, and that make me very happy. :D
Well that's it from me for today folks. 
Thanks for stopping by.
Tasha :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Neat and tangled

Hello again.
Today I have a couple of cards I made using some neat and tangled products (thanks to my sweet friend Emily) :). I am part of a group of girls who get together once a month or so to get crafty. One of the upsides to this is, we get to use each others crafty supplies and therefor try things we don't have in our own stash. In the beginning we would spend so much time talking that very little crafting got done, however, we are finally getting the hang of things and even though we might not have time to finish anything, we do cut and stamp stuff that we can finish later. Both my cards that I am sharing today were started at our last gathering two weeks ago. I finished them last week but had a house full of sick people (myself included) so they never got photographed or posted. Anyway...without further ado, here you go:

For this card I stamped the solid image from the 'Paper cut flowers' set onto white cardstock using Altenew inks in various colors (sorry, I used my pal Ardyth's inks so I don't have the names, but they are AMAZING, and they will be coming home to me sometime in the near future :) )
I then added some accents and texture with copics and pencils to add some interest. I colored the background with a light grey and then sprayed the whole piece with a studio calico shimmer spray. At this point I liked the card but I wanted to kick it up a notch so I added some gel pen dots. The sentiment is from the 'Kindness matters' set and is heat embossed with silver pearl EP onto black card stock using a stitched frame die (of Tracey's) from PTI.
What I love most about this card is that, as you can see, I have used something that I borrowed from each of the girls. Sharing is caring! :)

On to my second card:

This card is a fun, simple shaker card. For this one, I stamped the 'punchinella" stamp onto white cardstock using Hero Arts ombre inks. (also from Ardyth :0 ) I created the window and frame with PTi dies and mounted it onto stone grey cardstock that I dry embossed with the PTI linen plate. The sentiment is from Neat and Tangled's 'everyday labels' set. I stamped it on white cardstock with  momento tuxido black ink. I trimmed and mounted them onto the front of the shaker with foam tape. ;)

Well, that's all from me for today folks. Thanks for stopping by.
Here is a pic of us at our last get together.

Yes...that was as much fun as it looks ;) 
peace and love
Natasha :)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Robot Earth

 I'm Back! With another card for the MFT Card design superstar challenge.

Once again, I need to apologize for the poor quality of the photograph. I really need to insest in a light box or whaever it is that enables one to take photos at night :)

This card was fun to make. I wanted to do something different with the robots. I wanted them to look like they were metal and shiny. (as robots usually are ;) )So I die cut a piece of silver sheet metal that I have had from Quick kutz from years and years ago. :)   I then heat embossed the image ( thanks Emily ;) ) onto the metal die cut with black EP.  I used yellow, red and blue EP to add some color to the little dude. I set him aside and went to work on the earth. I die cut the 'you mean the world to me' centerpiece die from white cardstock and colored it in with copics. Once again I used my trusty wink of stella and glossy accents to give it some magnificent shine and dimension. I die cut the silver circle from from the same metal sheet material as the robot. I added some nail heads to finish it off.  The sentiment is from the same Robot stamp set, and is perfect for the occasion, since this card is going to a sweet little boy whose party my Son is attending on Sunday.

I just love how the wink of stella makes it look like those are stars in the sky. :)

That's it from me. Good luck to all who entered. I look forward to browsing the gallery and being inspired to try some new ideas.
Tasha :)

Friday, September 18, 2015

MFT Card Design Superstar

Hi there!

Today I have two cards that I am entering into the MFT Card Design Superstar contest.

First up I have this card:

For this card I randomly stamped the flowers from the Blissful Blooms set and colored them in with Copics. I added some wink of stella to add some shimmer and then cut a stitched circle to add my sentiment which is from the Label Maker Sentiments set. This was stamped using Black versafine ink. I added some gel pen highlights to add more contrast.

Next up I have this card:

For this card I used the the current sketch challenge as my inspiration, as well as the color scheme from the current RIC challenge to get to this.
I started by die cutting the abstract cover die using white card stock. I then used a circle die to cut out a circle.  I colored all the pieces in with copics and added some wink of stella shimmer. I then pieced all the pieces together and adhered them on to a sold circle. I added a layer of glossy accents to give it shine and dimension.  The sentiment was heat embossed with red EP using the labels sentiment set.

I am working on one more card to enter this contest so I might be back later with another card :)

Thanks for stopping by :)

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