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Friday, May 3, 2013

MFT Teasers: Life's Direction

Note: due to a winter storm and power outage, I wasn't able to publish this post on Friday. I apologize for any confusion over which MFT Teaser day it really is, and would like to direct your attention to the MFT Blog once you've finished here for complete Teaser Week details. 
I cannot even express my excitement over yesterday's teaser set: Life's Direction! It was inspired by my late father's hand cut farm animals and my love of weather vanes and all things farm-related. You might want to grab a glass of milk and a plate of cookies, because this is going to be one of those long-winded posts. Ü

I'm starting off with a fun and simple card to stamp featuring the rooster from Life's Direction. As you'll see over the next few days of Teasers, I simply cannot put down this rooster stamp! It's probably due to the fact that my dad started collecting roosters the year before his death, and I've continued on with his collection.  I stamped a lone rooster in Lemon Drop ink and then surrounded him with roosters stamped in Steel Blue, once stamped off. I love the character added to the main image through the imperfections in the Steel Blue images. I took that look a step further and sprayed ink using my color spritzer tool. The image panel was then layered on Steel Blue, tied in the corners with heavy twine and popped up on a Lemon Drop card base.


The inside of my card uses the new Die-namics Heirloom Label, stamped with one of the sentiments from Life's Direction.

Next up is a fun, graphic card that I plan to give as a graduation card. Life's Direction is a perfect graduation set!
 
I stamped each image and sentiment in Black Licorice ink on Steel Blue card stock. I just love this new color as a neutral, especially combined with Lemon Drop! After stamping my images, I trimmed each and played around with the placement on the Black Licorice layer, as if working a puzzle. Once I found a suitable arrangement, I decided to add an odd-man-out shape with the circled star stamp from another new set coming out this month, Document It - Bingo.

I continued the arrow theme on the inside as well, using a sweet little arrow from Right On Target across a strip of Steel Blue. I created a gift pocket on the lower half and then stamped another sentiment from Life's Direction above the half circle.

My final project today shows my first attempt at mixed media on an 8x10 canvas. I've been ogling over projects from some of my MFT design teammates and decided to give it a go! Here is my canvas in snippets, with the final view down below.

This view shows the bottom right corner which features a sentiment from Life's Direction, Die-namics Sunflower(s), Die-namics Barbed Wire Fence and a Die-namics Happy Hellos in Tangy Orange.

Lots to share in this corner, including the new Die-namics Chicken Wire, weathervane base and sentiment from Life's Direction, Die-namics Cloud Trio & Barbed Wire Fence. In the grassy green area, you'll notice a checkered pattern where I pulled green paint off by pressing one of the stamps from Distressed Backgrounds into the paint while it was still tacky.

I again used Distressed Backgrounds, but this time I painted acrylic paint onto the stamp and pressed it directly onto the canvas, creating extra texture and dimension in that sunny little corner.  You also get a good look at my favorite rooster from Life's Direction, stamped first onto a piece of vintage dictionary page, trimmed out and modge-podged onto the canvas. After my canvas had dried, I added doodling with a fine-tip black marker. 

Here's my canvas in its entirety...
I hope you've enjoyed my journey with Life's Direction today. You'll be seeing bits and pieces of the set in combination with other soon-to-be-released sets over the next few days, so stay tuned!
~Amy

Here are the MFT goodies used on today's projects:
(remember that links to new products will become functional on Tuesday, May 7th)

19 comments:

Angel said...

so sorry about the power outage! :( On another note, i adore your cards and that canvas is SO AWESOME!

Denise Bryant said...

Great projects! I have to say that I love the hello die and the chicken wire die!
Hard to believe it is spring when you're having storms and power outages! Glad you were able to post your projects!

Davi said...

Love the cards and your canvas is Awesome!! I love the the rooster and the cool chicken wire!!

JessicaK said...

Amazing variety - that's one thing I love about MFT stamps! And wow, loving the pop of yellow color with the blue.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

oh wow, these are fabulous, love!

Lezlye Lauterbach said...

wow, Fab projects! Love MFT!

Gypsy 2 said...

I love your canvas....fabulous Amy!

Celeste Goff said...

So many awesome new stamps and dies...I love them all! Thanks for sharing your inspirations with us.

Susan said...

Great job! I could never get my roosters evenly spaced like that!

wendy said...

amazing cards, terrific mixed media canvas Amy

Lisa H. said...

I hope your power has been restored and you are warm....sending sunshiny wishes your way!
YOUR post rocks. LOVE the roosters and your grad card (great idea! and pwerfect timing). AND your canvas.....sooooo gorgeous!!! looove all the bits and pieces of texture you added. fantastic!

Tami B. said...

Great projects. I enjoy seeing things other than cards and layouts.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

That is a wonderful idea for a graduation card, Amy! I'm glad your power is back on. It's been quite the spring, hasn't it!!

Tricia

Tracey said...

Glad to see your power has been restored!! Fantastic projects today!!

Golda said...

These are such fun!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Fabulous set of projects Amy! Love all your cards and your mixed media project is AMAZING! Love all the doodling and detail!

Deanne Gutierrez said...

These sneak peeks are so exciting, can't wait for the launch of the products!

Tammy H said...

Very cute projects. Loving the introduction of mixed media styled products.

Annheidel said...

Great cards and that canvas is WOW!

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