Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Hi, all, back again with the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge. (I promise this is the last card I'll have today, LOL!) Here’s this week’s sketch. You can find the sketch on the MFT blog and also in the MFT forum on SCS, as well as in the weekly newsletter. The Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.

And, here's my card. I'm using Just My Type Die-namics and Stamp Set. One of my faves, for sure. For the two slanted narrow elements, I made banners using the Banner Strip Die-namics die and strung them on baker's twine across the card. And since I couldn't find anywhere to put the circular element, the rose in the patterned paper will do nicely ;-)

Here's the inside with another sentiment from the set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back tomorrow with another teaser!

Stamps: Just My Type Die-namics and Stamp Set (MFT)
Paper: Black Licorice, Gumdrop Green, Whip Cream (MFT); Lost and Found: Rosy (MME)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Just My Type, Banner Strip Die-namics dies, baker's twine (MFT); Dew Drops, sewing machine, foam dots, distressing tool (Tim Holtz); library clip (SU!)

Knowledge Is Power - CTD # 157

Hi, all, I’m back again with this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge! this week I’m the host and here are the colors I chose:

For my card, I chose to use MFT’s I {heart} Books set. I thought it went well with Basic Grey’s Oxford paper, which is what I’m using. The little sweetie is colored with Copic markers and I added some clear Spica glitter pen to her glasses lenses.

Here's the inside with another sentiment and image from the set.


Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD157 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week! We're still on our Summer schedule, but next week the whole design team should be back in the swing of things! And we are SO happy to have a very special Guest Designer, Sharon Johnson with us this week. Welcome, Sharon!!

Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy 

Kristin Eberline - Mindless Creativity 
Broni Holcombe - Splashes Of Watercolor 
Lori Tecler (helping out in August) – Inking Aloud  
Sharon Johnson - No Time To Stamp? Special Guest Designer 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back later with the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge for this week!

Stamps: I {heart} Books (MFT)
Paper: Fossil, Whip Cream (MFT); Braco Burgundy, Marina Mist (SU!); Oxford 6 x 6 pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); First Place Award Ribbon and Simply Scallops Medium Die-namics (MFT); twine, button

MFT September Teasers, Day One

Hey, gang!! We’re shaking things up over at MFT this month. Starting with September, we’re giving you a week of teasers! Yep, that’s right, seven full days of drool-worthy MFT goodness. Today we’re showing you Who’s That Mummy, but first, a public service announcement :)
  • Release party is from 8-10pm on Tuesday, September 6th, at the Member Company Forum on SCS. Join us for fun, games, and prizes.
  • The September Guest Designer Contest begins today and ends on Monday, September 5th at 10 PM EST. The winner will be announced at the release party. Get the deets here on how you can win over $100 in stamps and play along with the Design Team for a month.
  • Teasers begin today and will continue daily through Tuesday, September 6th. Head on over to the MFT blog to see what the rest of the team has come up with for today's teasers.
  • We're offering you the chance at Teaser Time prizes every day during our new release preparations!  Each day, two prize vouchers are held by members of our Design Team.  Starting this month, you'll have all week to comment on each of the posts - all the winners will be posted on Tuesday, September 6th around 7:30pm.  Be sure to check the MFT Blog to see if perhaps YOU were one of our lucky FOURTEEN winners! Remember to leave a method of contact in your comments, because if you're selected as a prize winner, but we can't reach you, then we can't get you your prize to you.
  • The September Hop and Shop will begin at 10:00pm September 6th, with the hop also starting at the MFT Blog.
And, now, Who's That Mummy?! If you saw --or got lucky enough to purchase--the VIP package, then you got a preview of this month's Who's That Girl? I'm totally smitten with her--so much so that I couldn't put her down so I made two cards for today.

For my first card, I stamped, colored. and cut out the image, then adhered it to some patterned paper before mounting it on a tag cut with Tag, You’re It Die-namics die, then layered that on a High Tea Doily die cut. For the sentiment, I cut the circle out with the center of the First Place Award Ribbon Die-namics set, stamped the sentiment, and embossed it to look like a moon. I hope ;-) It's hard to see in my picture, but I sponged it with some green Distress Ink and it looks pretty cool IRL. 

I added this bat trim that I picked up last year. Toooooooo spooooooky, LOL! And here's the inside with another sentiment from the set.

Here's my second card for today. This time I stamped the image and colored it. I as going for a more "vintage" look for this one, so I did some stitching and added a seam binding bow. The scalloped element was cut with my FAVE Simply Scallops Medium Die-namics die.

And, here's the inside of this card with yet another sentiment from the set.

Okey dokey, that's it for me today! I'll be back later today with this week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge and tomorrow with another teaser. Hope to see you then!

First Card: 
Stamps: Who's That Mummy? (MFT)
Paper: Black Licorice, Whip Cream, Sour Apple, Orange Fizz, Perfect Paper Panels (MFT); Eerie 6 x 6 pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Shabby Shutters Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Tag, You're It, High Tea Doily, First Place Award Ribbon Die-namics, baker's twine (MFT); twill, embossing folder, bat trim, Copic markers, button

Second Card:
Stamps: Who's That Mummy? (MFT)
Paper: Black Licorice, Whip Cream, Sour Apple (MFT); Hocus Pocus 6 x 6 pack (Pink Paislee)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Simply Scallops Medium Die-namics, baker's twine (MFT); seam binding, Copic markers, button, Dew Drops, sewing machine

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

MFT Design Team Creative Chat

MFT has come up with a new monthly feature and we think it's something you'll really enjoy. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a new monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You'll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum.  This month, we were asked the following questions:  

How do you store and organize your Die-namics?  
Any fun or helpful Die-namics purchasing strategies you'd like to share?  
How do you store extra Die-namics die-cuts? 

Visit Kim's Blog for a full list of designers that have taken up the challenge and get ready to delve into the minds of our creative team!

I have to say I LOVE my Die-namics storage "system". I'm fortunate to have a spare bedroom as my stamp room, or as I refer to it, my Girl Cave ;-) Also, fortunately, I have a double closet in that room with two bi-fold doors. I've attached adhesive backed magnetic sheets to the doors, which provides me with LOTS of area on which to attach my Die-namics dies. I'm taking advantage of unused space and they're all out there where I can see them and are easily accessed. This was important to me when deciding how to store my dies--they had to be easy to get to, preferable all within sight, and I didn't want to be flipping through albums or such. Using the otherwise wasted space was a bonus :) Here's the overall view. As you can see, I can get a ton of them in this space. The whited out space? September's dies--you'll be seeing them soon!

I didn't want to mar the paint on the doors, and I didn't want to install these in a more permanent manner, so I attached 1/4" foam core (I used THIS type presentation board, which is very light weight) to the door with 3M Command poster strips, then adhered the magnetic sheets to the foam core. I can easily remove the panels without harming the paint.

Here, you can see where I label my dies. I organize my dies according to release date. At first, I was just writing the month and year they were released on the backs of the dies. As my collection grew, that wasn't doing the job so I started using a removable label with all of the dies for each month to keep them more organized. For example, all of the dies released in January 2011, are grouped right beside and below that label. I pretty much know where each die is on the magnet sheet, and everything is visible, so finding a die is really fast.

I also label each die with the name since I place them on the magnetic sheet cut-edge down.

I do that so they're easier to remove--I can just hook a finger nail on the edge and they come right off. Easy peasy! If I attach them smooth side down, they are a bit more difficult to remove.

OK, so that's how I store my Die-namics. I don't really have purchasing strategies except you need them all, LOL! As far as storing extra die-cuts, I don't have a lot, but what I do get stored with my paper scraps, by color.

That's it for me today and thanks SO much for stopping by! I hope I've given you some ideas for storing your own Die-namics.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bird Watching

I have another card I did for the Splitcoast Stampers Dirty Dozen team to show you today.This one uses Flourishes Friendly Reminders

 Not much to say--the image was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored with Copic markers. I used some gorgeous patterns from 7 Gypsies Conservatory paper and SU! Marina mist card stock, along with Flourishes Classic Ivory card stock.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll have a new feature to show you tomorrow, so I hope you'll check back!

Stamps:Friendly Reminders (Flourishes)
Paper: Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Marina Mist (SU!); Conservatory 6 x 6 (7 Gypsies)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)  
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Petite Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); border punch (Martha Stewart); 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches (EK Success); button, twine (PTI); twill, sewing machine; distressing tool (Tim Holtz); Copic markers

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Get Well Soon

Hi, all, back again today with another card I did for the Splitcoast Stampers Dirty Dozen team. I’m using the sweet little MFT PI- Best Medicine set. Since I’m a nurse, I really love this one :)

Kinda self explanatory, I'm thinking. I will point out that the red scallop was cut with the Medium Simply Scallops Die-namics die.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: PI - Best Medicine (MFT)
Paper: Sweet Tooth (MFT); Ruby Red (SU!); Garden Party 8 x 8 pad (Making Memories)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Simply Scallops Die-namics die, lace (MFT); Petite Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); ribbon, pop dots (craft store), bakers twine, button (PTI); Copic markers 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Happy Birthday 2 You - C4C #102

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope those in the path of Irene are safe--sounds like she's a bad 'un. Since it *is* Saturday, it's time for Crazy 4 Challenges! And, since this weekend is Father’s Day in Australia. Frances has challenged us to make a masculine card. It doesn’t have to be a Father’s Day card—just so it’s masculine in nature it works! Get all the deets at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog.

So, since I’m in love with the new By the Numbers Die-namics set, I decided to make a birthday card. I used parts of a couple of Pure Innocence sets for the rest of the sentiment: Birthday Princess and Bunch Of Blooms, stamped on flags cut with dies from the First Place Award Ribbon Die-Namics.

And, I use Clearly Sentimental About Birthdays for the inside.

Sooooo, NOW, be sure to check out the samples by the rest of my crazy, I mean the Crazy 4 Challenges team ;-)

THEN, you know what to do--we'd love to have you come along and play with us. Just do your thing with the challenge and link it to Mr. Linky on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Please link directly to your project. And, if you upload to a public gallery, please use the key word C4C102.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Pure Innocence Birthday Princess and Bunch of Blooms, Clearly Sentimental About Birthdays (MFT)
Paper: Sweet Tooth (MFT); Pacific Point (SU!); Journey 6 x 6 (Authentique)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); By the Numbers Die-namics (MFT); faux silver flat backed beads, foam dots

Friday, August 26, 2011

Flourishes 4th Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to day 2 of Flourishes Birthday Blog Hop Celebration! Just in case you missed it,  Flourishes  is now officially 4 YEARS OLD  and we are busy lighting the candles on our cake with three days full of creative inspiration and chances to win a bounty of blog candy! Want to help us celebrate?  

  • Simply make a birthday card using Flourishes stamps!
  • Entries need to be in by Thursday, September 1st by 5 PM EST
  • You must link your creation on THIS POST using our inlinkz widget in order to qualify
  • You must have a link to our challenge in your blog or gallery post
  • Please DO NOT combine challenges, while we love challenge chasers, we want to give those that follow the rules a chance at a prize valued at more than $60.
  • If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword FLLCBDAY2
  • We’ll announce the winners next Friday, September 2nd right here!
So here's how I chose to celebrate Flourishes 4th birthday!

I'm using the Moments In Time set--I love this set and it's birthday sentiments! I'm using paper from the Timeless collection by Bo Bunny, and used some twine from the previous Timeless 123 Create Kit and Flourishes' Classic White card stock for the card base.

Here's the inside with the clock face stamped off to the side and another sentiment from the set.

Speaking of candy, what do you win if you comment or play today? Take a peek!!! We’ll be giving 7 of these prize packs away! That’s right, SEVEN! 

Who wouldn't want to win all that polymer perfection?? What are you waiting for! Let's get hopping!

Julie - who has some HUGE blog candy today!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Moments In Time (Flourishes)
Paper: Classic White (Flourishes); Timeless 123 Create Kit (Flourishes)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories/tools: Grand Calibur machine, Lacey Pennants, Standard Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders); twine, button

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop Challenge

I made time to play in the Papertrey Ink August blog hop challenge--another inspiration challenge. You can get all the deets on Nichol's blog HERE.

I used Year Of Flowers Collection for my flower image, Garden Variety for the images on the seed packet and sentiment, and the Seed Packet and Seed Packet Frame dies for the actual seed packet.A simple layout, some Melissa Frances paper, lace, seam binding, and a twine-tied button finish it off.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Year Of Flowers Collection, Garden Variety (PTI)
Paper: Kraft (PTI); Wild Wasabi (SU!); Kitschy Kitchen 6 x 6 pad (Melissa Frances)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Seed Packet and Seed Packet Frame dies (PTI); seam binding, buttons, twine, sewing machine, Copic markers

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What's Cooking? - MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Hi, all, back again with the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge. New time, same day :) Here’s this week’s sketch. You can find the sketch on the MFT blog and also in the MFT forum on SCS, as well as in the weekly newsletter. The Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.

When I first saw this I knew I'd want to use an à la modes image and I chose What's Cooking? for my card.

She's colored with Copic markers and I used paper from Melissa Frances' Kitschy Kitchen collection. Add some corrugated cardboard, some red gingham ribbon, a few Dew Drops, and some stitching and it was done. Here's the inside with another sentiment from the set.

I used the Bracket Tab Die-namics die for the sentiment on the front of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Stamps: à la modes in What's Cooking? (MFT)
Paper: Kraft; Red Hot, Perfect Paper Panels (MFT); Kitschy Kitchen 6 x 6 pad (Melissa Frances)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Bracket Tab Die-namics; ribbon, sewing machine, Dew Drops, corrugated cardboard


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