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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MFT May Teasers Day 1

Welcome to MFT's May Teasers Day 1! You can find all of the information (including how to win-win-win) regarding today's Teaser stamp sets and Die-namics at the MFT blog, so be sure to stop over there if you haven't already been. I'm sharing two cards made with a lovely new set from Lisa Johnson Designs, Peaceful Wildflowers.

Peaceful Wildflowers is overflowing with gorgeous wildflower silhouettes, yet another must-have set from My Favorite Things. The card front above shows off just one of the silhouette stems from the set, stamped in a new ink color, Steel Blue, over and over until the ink was completely stamped off.

I topped the stems with a beautiful sentiment from the set in white ink: May you find peace this day.  My stamping is perfectly layered using the new Die-namics Blueprints 3.

 Here is the inside of the card, stamped with the same stem silhouette and topped with yet another gorgeous sentiment. Once again, I used elements from Blueprints 3 for neat, precise layers.

My next card features the same stems, again stamped over and over until every last bit of Lemon Drop ink was gone. For a cheery contrast, I added a Red Hot 'hello' from the new Die-namics Happy Hellos.

The Steel Blue dots are from another fabulous set from Mona Pendleton. You are gonna flip for these backgrounds! I stamped off once to achieve a lighter version of the Steel Blue which lends itself perfectly to the bright Lemon Drop - Red Hot combination.

Last up is the inside which shows off a bit more of the stem silhouette stamp (my favorite) with a pop of red on the 'just a note' sentiment. And, there you have it - a peek at Peaceful Wildflowers.

Thanks for stopping in today and be sure to stop back later for my Wednesday Stamp Club card!

Please note that the links below will not be functional until the new products are released on May 7th.

Monday, April 22, 2013

MFT Creative Challenge

Welcome to this month's MFT Design Team Creative Challenge! This month we're highlighting how to do some serious scene building with MFT Stamps and Die-namics! I'm so anxious for spring weather here in wintry Wisconsin, so I've built a fun kite-flying scene and matching card to keep me sane until the snow stops falling around here!

Here's my scene built from the bottom up using Hearts and Stitches for the 'center line' on which my Die-namics Bicycle takes a pit stop to fly a kite. You can see that great texture in the tree trunk of my Die-namics Sheltering Tree and the road side sign made using the smallest Fishtail Flags Layers and an arrow from Labels and Tabs. The stamped words are from Expand Your View.

I wanted a whole group of kites but didn't want to clutter my scene, so I cut two of the kites from vellum using the Fly A Kite to let my Lemon Drop kite really stand out in the crowd. To give my scene more dimension, I stamped kite strings on the vellum kites using the Hearts and Stitches background set to contrast it with the Hemp Cord kite string and Electric Red bows of the Lemon  Drop kite.

Here's a little more detail on the Lemon Drop kite. To further emphasize the main kite, I die cut 4 kite panels, scoring 3 of them down and across the center and then adhered the three scored panels back to back. I used the fourth panel as a base for the three panels that I adhered together. Make sense? And, finally, what's a perfect kite flying scene without a few billowy Flat Bottom Clouds, right?!

My matching card uses the same Lemon Drop card stock, but this time with the Die-namics Jumbo Kite. Isn't it fun?! This time I die cut 2 kite panels, sewing them together down the center after scoring from point to point, horizontally and vertically. I love the combination of Lemon Drop and Electric Red, so I added a little more red with a single Fishtail Flags Layer stamped with Darling Dots and the arrow sentiment from Right This Way stamped in Electric Red ink. I can't tell you how deep and rich both of those colors are...yum!

Here's a fun little detail to follow through with the arrowed sentiment - a variety of stamped arrows from Right This Way on the background Black Licorice layer. Another sentiment from Right This Way is stamped on a smaller Flat Bottom Cloud, hopefully pulling the recipient to the inside of the card.

I've followed through with the same colors and shapes on the inside: two additional Fishtail Flags Layers in Electric Red and Lemon Drop, a 3x4 Notebook Paper in Sno Cone (trimmed to fit) and another Flat Bottom Cloud stamped with a sentiment from Just My Type.

There you have it, a spring inspired kite flying scene using a few of my favorite Die-namics! I can't wait to see the other scenery the MFT gals have put together, so let's head over to the MFT blog for a list of links! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Here are the MFT products used on today's projects:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday Stamp Club #120

Welcome to this week's Wednesday Stamp Club sketch #120 from My Favorite Things! You can see the original sketch along with links to the design team members playing along with this week's sketch over at the MFT blog.

 When I first saw the sketch I was so excited with the open canvas it provides, but as soon as I started working on my card, all of that wide-open space was giving me too many options, and you know what happens with too many options, don't you?! Brain freeze! So, the card that you're seeing today is probably my 3rd or 4th idea and I have to admit that I'm happy with it. My creative determination gave me time to remember all the trendy things I've been wanting to incorporate...woodgrain and gold embossing powder, whee!
I started with a black panel and then temporarily layered my woodgrain Die-namics InstaFrame so I could audition the perfectly sized sentiment without further trial and error, wink. This particular sentiment from Birthday Sentiments fit perfectly and went along with the trendy look I was aiming for. Before stamping the sentiment in watermark ink, I swiped my anti-static embossing buddy across the black layer. Trust me on that one, it's worth the extra effort to dig the embossing buddy out of hiding to get a nice clean embossed image, free of stray bits of powder here and there.

After the embossed image was finished, I mounted my woodgrain InstaFrame onto the black layer with foam tape to give the card front a bit more dimension. I opted for Die-namics Stacked Stars in lieu of the banner sections called for in the original sketch to continue on with the (hopefully) trendy-modern look and feel. This card is going out to my oldest brother for his birthday next week, and I think this look works for big brother!

Lastly, a peek at the inside finished with a strip of black across the bottom, stamped and embossed with another sentiment from the Birthday Sentiments set and row of stars from Rock On.

There you have it, another friendly sketch from My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamps Club! Hope you get a chance to play along this week. Head on over the MFT blog for more details!

Here are the My Favorite Things products used on today's card:


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