Wednesday, November 30, 2011

MFTeaser Time! Day 2!!!

Welcome!  Today is Day 2 of the MFTeasers!!!!  I'm so glad you could join us!  I'm so excited to be a part of the teasers this month!  I am so honored to have been invited, along w/ 6 other talented MFT Junkies!  Check out Kim's blog for the full listing of participants!

Today we are featuring the BEYOND gorgeous line, Inspired By!  MFT has a new addition!  Inspired By Flowers (set 4) & Inspired by Months of the Year!  Oh my goodness, let me tell you how AWESOME these sets are!  I already know that I will be using the Months of the Year constantly!  It already has a permanent place on my desk for easy access!  And the Flowers are just fabulous to stamp with!  Just wait!  You NEED these two sets!  I'm so 'inspired', I am going to get the other Flowers sets so that I have a complete collection!  I already have tons of ideas for these flower sets!  I'm sure, as you peruse through the other designers' blogs, you'll start to get ideas for these sets as well! 

For my card today, I decided to make a chocolate sunflower instead of a regular, yellow sunflower.  I was 'inspired by' a flower garden down the street from me that has a chocolate sunflower!  It was SO beautiful, I just had to re-create it here for you today!

Card ingredients:
Paper: dp from The Crafty Stack (DCWV); white, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Inspired By Flowers (set 4); Inspired By Months of the Year
Inks: E09, Y00, Y13, E77, E07, R59, E49, YG17, G28, YG06; Black Memento; Garden Green
Embellishments: Oval Tab Die-namics; Labels 8 Spellbinders; straw

 I hope that I have 'inspired' YOU today!  Enjoy the rest of the teasers!  Below you'll find some valuable information for upcoming events!           

Here are the details about the upcoming release on December 6 at 10 PM EST:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on December 6th from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on December 6 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on December 6 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
Have a truly Inspired day!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

History Lesson!

Last fall we took a trip to Gettysburg Battlefield.  It's always fun to go there!  (I think!)  My husband and I are history freaks, so we take every opportunity to go somewhere historic!  The kids just love it!  NOT!  Haha!

Anyway, this layout and the colors are based on Swirlydoos' Swirlyhues Second Challenge.  I did half of it by the deadline, so I completed it tonight!  Whew!  I'm completely exhausted!  I baked cookies and worked on this at the same time!

Ok, for the swirly challenge (even though I'm not in the running because I'm late), the tutorial I used was sugar letters.  However, when I created my chipboard letters, I didn't follow directions.  I took Crystal Effects and adhered on each letter.  Then I took microbeads and poured and pressed them onto the letters.
Then I took Dazzling Diamonds, and sprinkled just a little bit onto each letter to make them sparkle.

I followed the sketch to a T.  And added a few things here and there.  In the bottom Left corner, I made a rosette w/ ribbon.  I attached a couple Kitchen Sink Stamp leaves around it.  The banner is from My Favorite Things, and I attached each flag w/ brown thread which I made rosettes on either side.  Underneath it all was a plain piece of 12 x 12 which I sprayed with several Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.  I used Tim Holtz's swirl mask.  I used vellum for the journaling, as well as the thin layers beneath the pictures.  I didn't really want them to show up, and I wanted my plain piece of 12 x 12 that I sprayed to show up wherever it could.  Behind that piece of 12 x 12 is a piece of Cored'nations Cardstock, sanded and distressed.

Thanks!  Have a great day!

A bridal shower card

Hi!  Today I would like to share with you a card that I made for a friend.  She is going to a bridal shower tomorrow, and when she picked up something from my house yesterday, I offered to make her a card to take w/ her.
This is what I created!

I was inspired by THIS CARD by the lovely and very talented Cindy Lawrence!  I loved that she punched the side of her card!  Genius idea!  I took from her card and made it my own.  The letters spelling out LOVE are chipboard w/ Summer Flower Soft.  The swirl is from MFT's Swirly Flourish Die-namics, as well as the scallop border, from MFT.  

On the inside, I stamped a wedding dress from To Have and To Hold by SU!, and put some more flower soft where the flowers go.

Thanks!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pamper Yourself!

This weekend I finally had a chance to tackle an order that has been waiting quite some time.  My brother's girlfriend and her mother own a spa, and they have asked me to create gift certificates for their clients.  I have made several sets for them.  Fortunately business is good, and they are flying out of their spa!  They have asked me recently to make another set!
I just love how these have turned out!

To create the front, I used MFT's Sew Nifty Die-namics for the mannequin, and the stamp set for the image.  I also used their Swirly Flourish Die-namics for the swirl, and the Zig Zag Die-namics layered on the ribbon.  The WTG Girls Day In  set by MFT provided the sentiment, which works perfectly for this genre!  The bird and sentiment are punches from SU!.  The Eiffel Tower is stamped and then cut out.
I wanted to go vintage/French/definitely female.  I hope that I have achieved that look.

The inside was done in Word.  I downloaded special font, included their logo in the corner, and the bottom has their information which I was able to pixelate in Picnik to protect their privacy.  I pixelated their logo a little bit.

So, besides these 20 gift certificates that I have created, and a few scrapbook pages, I really have not had any time to stamp.  I'm really bummed about that and hope that it changes soon!  Christmas is coming, so that means that Christmas cards will need to be started!  I have started brainstorming on some ideas.  I look at my Santa stamps and just wish I had time to play around w/ them!  I know I could come up w/ some really cute ideas!  One of these days!  LOL!  My Pampered Chef business has taken off, so I have been busy w/ that!  That's why I'm at my office desk instead of my craft desk all the time!  Haha!

Well, I'll see you all soon w/ a new project!  I have some teacher Christmas gifts to make and I don't want to bombard myself w/ projects 5 days before Christmas break starts!  Time management!!!!!

Have a wonderful day!