Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Stamp Club - Happy 50th!

Hi and welcome to this week's Wednesday Stamp Club (WSC) post! I've used the sketch to create a 50th birthday card for my big brother - Happy Birthday, Matt!

I always seem to keep masculine cards very minimal, and this one is no exception.

A single party hat from Die-namics Party Hat Border and High-Rise Numbers in Orange Fizz add a fun pop of color. A sentiment from Celebrate Big is simply stamped on a Fishtail Flag in Black Licorice Hybrid ink. 

Inside is another Blueprints 14 rectangle stamped with a sentiment from Celebrate Big.

You'll find complete WSC details at the MFT Blog along with link-ups to everyone playing along, so please stop there if you haven't yet. As (almost) always, direct links to all MFT products can be found at the bottom of this post. And with that, I'll bid you a great day and see you back soon!

Monday, April 21, 2014

MFT Creative Challenge - {Jazzy} Succulents

Hi, and welcome to this month's Creative Challenge with the Team MFT. This month's challenge is all about jazzing up your flower Die-namics with prints and texture.  I am with  succulents and took this month's Creative Challenge as an opportunity to create papercrafted succulents by combining a few of my favorite MFT Die-namics Flowers.

I chose to stick with Sour Apple card stock for each of my blooms, sometimes even mixing Die-namics to in order to create my desired succulent. To jazz my blooms, I stamped each with Background Typewriter Text in Sweet Tooth pigment ink.

My version of Succulent - Echeveria uses the Die-namics Poinsettia and Flower & Leaves Trio.

I fashioned a 'wood block' from the Die-namics Treat Tote (cut three times), Kraft card stock and Woodgrain Background in Grout Gray ink.

The leaves from the latest Blueprints 14 reminded me of a  Succulent - Crassula, so I die cut 4 of them and arranged them in a Die-namics Pillow Box 'vase'.

Before adhering the Pillow Box together, I die cut a small circle on one side using a flower center from the Free with $60 Die-namics Gerbera Daisy to create the look of a vase.

I think this pair would be darling on a kitchen windowsill or office desk space.

Up next: a set of matching thank you cards to go with my potted succulents...
My first card uses the stamens from Poppy Builder in combination with the petals from Hybrid Camellia Flower Die-namics. The sentiment from Just My Type is stamped in new Kraft Hybrid Ink, and I love that it doesn't fade into the card stock, giving a nicely balanced tone on tone look.

Inside is an offset Kraft panel stamped with a sentiment from Complimentary Greetings and brushstroke from Abstract Art in Sour Apple ink.

My second card uses the Free with $60 Gerbera Daisy Die-namics, Blueprints 13 and a sentiment from Just My Type.

Inside, I've used another sentiment from Complimentary Greetings. I purposely combined Typewriter Text, Complimentary Yours and Just My Type for their similarity in font, but variation in font size. Love my 'complimentary' MFT products!

Thank you for stopping by for this month's Creative Challenge! I hope I've inspired you to jazz up your blooms and mix and match your Die-namics to create custom plants and florals. All products used on today's projects are listed below.  Finally, visit the MFT Blog for complete challenge details.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

MFT Wednesday Stamp Club 172

Welcome to the current Wednesday Stamp Club sketch post with My Favorite Things! You'll find complete WSC challenge details along with the original sketch over at the MFT Blog, AND direct links to everyone playing along, which equals inspiration avenue!

I took the opportunity to use a few leftover scraps that were just lying around (on, under, behind, etc.) my stamping 'area', and put them together to come up with a Sex in the City meets Heart of Texas type Christmas card, ha! I know - perfect timing for a Christmas card when Easter is three days away!

The cityscape is from the latest and greatest You're Super, and the sentiment is from a tried and true Seasonal Sentiments.

I added a bit of texture embossing the Green Gumdrop layer with Stencil Stripes, and then finished it off with Primitive White stars from Centerpieces Congratulations Shaker and Sun, Moon & Stars Die-namics.

The inside uses more elements of Sun, Moon & Stars, along with another cityscape in Electric Red ink on Red Hot card stock.

Please look to the bottom of this post for a complete list of MFT products used on today's card. I hope you get a chance to play along with this week's sketch for your chance to win a voucher for the MFT store.


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