Friday, December 31, 2010

Paper Angels - Musical Challenge 8

I've started participating in a weekly musical challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  This week's challenge is to the song Paper Angels by Jimmy Wayne and the challenge can be found here.

I decided to use a cool new digital image from Digital Two For Tuesday, a part of the Clearly Vintage blog site.  I totally fell in love with this image from the October 25th post.  Isn't she just sweet?  I colored her with regular colored pencils using various shades of the same color family and then lightly stippled Tim Holtz old paper distress ink over the top when I was done.

Trying to keep a "vintage" look, I also used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder for the main card and then some brushed copper brads as a finishing touch. 

Clean, simple and oh so sweet!  Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Digital Two For Tuesday
Card stock: White, Stampin Up! Sage Shadow, Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst
Ink: Tim Holtz Old Paper Distressing Ink, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue
Accessories: Computer, Printer, Rose Art Colored Pencils, Brushed Copper Brads, Ribbon, Stipple Brushes

2010 - A Year In Review

Diabetes, two graduations, band reviews, migraines, seizures and strokes.....oh my!!  This is how 2010 has been for me and my family. 

You see, I have had migraines off and on for the last 16 years, however, since May 2010, I've been getting them more frequently to the point of every 10-14 days at times with each episode lasting 5-7 days.  Not much relief time in there or much time to get my full time job done correctly.  I think I've spent more time off since May than I've spent at my desk scheduling patients.  For the last three months, I've been off work trying to get these things under control.  My docs have tried just about everything except botox injections (that's next) and we have had no success except the shots and I can't work on those!

On top of all of this, my diabetic husband (has had it 51 years and we've been married 20 years) started having seizures last Monday, December 20th at 7:15 am from a sudden low blood sugar.  By the time twelve noon came around he'd had 6 seizures totally with two of them in the ER and one while the ambulance crew tried to get him on the gurney to go to the ER.  After a CT scan, we discovered he'd had a stroke as well.  The doctor's are not sure if his stroke caused the seizures or if the seizures caused the stroke.  We'll let the neurologist figure that out.

My 14 year old daughter graduated from Middle School in May and is now a freshman at Merced High School and on the colorguard squad.  She's very good at spinning the flags and rifles and I'm so glad she's found something she enjoys and it good at.  Plus, it keeps her out of trouble and all of the other stuff teens now face these days.  During the fall marching season, the Merced Marching 100 did really well in the band reviews they participated in; even capturing the sweepstakes prize in several categories at two of those band reviews.  Now, we're on to the Winter Guard season with Sunday, Tues, Thurs practices and Saturday competitions until at least Easter.  Good luck MM100 Colorguard!

My 18 year old son finally graduated from high school this last semester.  He had to leave full time classes the end of 2009 and go into independent studies to help take care of his disabled dad during the day until I could get home.  Unfortunately, it's taken him a bit longer than he liked to get his diploma so he could start college.  While I was off work because of my migraines, he unfortunately, had to help drive me to and from doctor's appointments thanks to the migraine medications and/or shots.  He also threw his back out getting some things out of the trunk of the car after a huge grocery run, poor kid.  At least he'll be able to go to college this spring semester and start getting his degree in teaching.

What is my wish for 2011??  I am just hoping for some better health for all of us.  What is your wish for 2011?

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Queen Of Hearts

Hello again.  Thanks for stopping by.  Today I have another card to share with you using MFT's Costumes In Wonderland set.  I just love the Alice In Wonderland cartoon movie!

I started out by stamping my queen on MFT white Perfect Panels in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored with Prismacolor markers.  Before layering, I outlined sides of the panel with a Stampin Up! old olive marker.  To make my image stand apart from the My Minds Eye Home Mat Stack designer paper, I die cut two scalloped strips of card stock using MFT's Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic and layered the strips on top of each other.

Now since, I had also wanted to have some sort of matching flower on the strips, I used MFT's Rolled Rose Die-Namic and tried my hand at making one.  It turned out "ok" but I definitely need more practice with these rolled roses, not to mention the rolled flowers too. 

Here's the detail of the rose.  To finish off the rose, I added a lightly colored red dew drop from Michael's using Ranger's Glossy Accents to hold it down, then I added three more of the dew drops in the bottom right corner of the card with mini glue dots.  A small pre-made rose ribbon bow in the upper corner finishes the card off nicely.

Here are the Die-Namics I used:

Stamps: MFT Costumes In Wonderland
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Card Stock: My Minds Eye Home Mat Stack Collection, MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Rose Red
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, MFT Die-Namics, Michael's Dew Drops, Ranger Glossy Accents, Stampin Up! Rose Red Brads, Glue Dots, Pre-Made Rose Ribbon Bow

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Changito Birthday!

Recently my 18 year old son, asked me to make a birthday card for one of the kids on his soccer team.  After showing him and his friend several stamps, they finally settled on Changito.  These little monkey's are so cute and are so easy to color.

I started out by stamping the Changito birthday image twice on white card stock and coloring with Prismacolor markers.  Before layering, I stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue card stock around the edges then layered onto pumpkin pie & old olive card stock.  Using some Die Cuts With A View Safari Mat Stack designer papers, I cut a strip of one paper to make a "ribbon", distressed the edges and tied some Adornment green fibers I had from my stash.  After cutting out the second Changito image, I popped those pieces up on dimensionals and mini pop dots.  It was then I suddenly remembered that I had some DCWV Safari brads I had found on clearance last year at Michael's and a couple of button stickers from Target that would also match.

Here's a close up of the main image with all of it's embellishments.

Once I had the front done, it was time to deal with the inside.  I mean, a birthday card needs more stamping.  Right?  So taking my Changito Jungle set, I stamped the vine, leaves, and image before coloring the monkeys with Stampin Up! markers.  Pulling a balloon brad from my stash, I cut the prongs off and attached it with dimensionals since I just ran out of pop up glue dots.  Grrrr!  (Note to self, get those fast!)

I had forgotten how much fun it is to work with these Changito stamps. Thanks so much for stopping by again.  Have a great Tuesday!!

Stamps: Stampendous Changito Birthday, Changito Jungle Set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Artichoke, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Green Galore
Card Stock: DCWV Safari Mat Stack, White, Stampin Up! Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stampin Up! Markers, Stipple Brush, Adornment Fibers, DCWV Safari Brads, Balloon Brads, Dimensionals, Stampin Up! Distressing Tool

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Pot Of Christmas Tea

Hello.  Welcome to Christmas Week. Are you ready yet?  Well, thanks for stopping by and hopefully I can give you a few moments rest.

Today I'm sharing a card I made using a retired Stampin Up! set called Teacups.  I love drinking tea on a cold day, so this set was made for me.  It's a good thing I never got rid of it since I tend to reach for it from time to time.

I started out by stamping the teapot, cup, sugar bowl & steam on MFT white Perfect Panels in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored with prismacolor markers.  Once my coloring was done, I embossed the teapot panel with my square scalloped Nestibillities, cut out the accessory images and added them on dimensionals.

After stamping a background and adding a strip of MFT Winter Solstice ribbon, I layered the teapot image on dimensionals and a couple of Prima poinsettias.  For the final touches, red gem stickers from Michael's were added and diamond ice stickles to the steam to make it stand out more.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  Remember, with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, please take time for yourself.

Stamps: Stampin Up! Teacups (retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Real Red
Card Stock: MFT White Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Real Red, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, MFT Winter Solstice Ribbon, Red Gem Stickers, Glue Dots, Baby Braddies, Prima Poinsettias

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Let's Go Fly A Kite!

Remember that song from the Disney movie Mary Poppins?  I sure do so when I pulled out this cute Flopsey image from My Favorite Things, I knew what I wanted to do.  Using the song as my inspiration, I tried my best to create a park like setting for Flopsey to fly his kit just like the movie.

After stamping Flopsey onto white MFT Perfect Panels, I then colored him with Prismacolor markers.  To make my park, I pulled out several MFT Die-Namics and got to work using scraps of Stampin Up! card stock.  As I was ready to start assembling my card, I realized Flopsey was going to need to be popped up, so I stamped another image and colored it for cutting out and stippled bashful blue ink on the main image for the sky.  Pulling out some of my Jolee flower stickers and grass die cuts, I started by adding the grass first, then assembled the trees, with the sun and flowers going last.  As a last thought, I added some 7 Gypsies red felt bird brads I had gotten on clearance last summer and never used.  I just knew I would need them someday. ;)

Here are some close-ups of the details: 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Sunday.

Here's the Die-Namics used:

Stamps: MFT Flopsey Flies A Kite
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Real Red
Card Stock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Real Red, Pacific Pointe, Close To Cocoa, Green Galore, Garden Green, Always Artichoke scraps
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brushes, Stampin Up! Red Brads, Dimensionals, MFT Die-namics, Jolee's Grass Die Cut, Jolee's Flower Stickers, 7 Gypsies Felt Bird Brads, Glue Dots

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Cardinal Ornament

Happy Saturday everyone.  Who's ready for Christmas next week?  Not me that's for sure.  Today I have a holiday card using another digital image, however, this one is from The Stamping Boutique.  I love this Cardinal Ornament since it reminds me of a friend that used to hand paint cardinal Christmas cards every year.  Unfortunately, he passed away several years ago.

After downloading and printing my image, I colored it with Prismacolor markers before stippling Stampin Up! glorious green ink around the edges to give the feeling it hanging in a tree.  Once I got done layering, I decided it needed something across the middle, so I cut two MFT Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic strips and layered them over an embossed green panel using a Cuttlebug embossing ornament folder.

Once everything was done, my card still seemed a bit plain to me.  So, I pulled out my MFT Inspired By Winter set and stamped the fir tree around the edges of the card.  I also punched out some fir branches and a cardinal using my Martha Stewart punches and added them.  Once some bling and a small pre-made ribbon were added, the card was complete.  This card will be going out to family this year.

Here's a close up of the ornament image:

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: MFT Inspired By Winter, The Stamping Boutique Digital Cardinal Ornament
Ink: Stampin Up! Real Red, Glorious Green
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Real Red, Glorious Green, Michael's Pre-folded Red Cards
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brush, Bling, Martha Stewart Punches, MFT Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic, Cuttlebug Ornament Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Ribbon Bow, Glue Dots, American Crafts Metallic Markers

Friday, December 17, 2010

Vintage Santa Claus

Hi all.  If you're looking for my Wednesday Stamp Club post, please scroll down.  Thanks.

I recently found this wonderful web blog with some fantastic digital images called Digital Two 4 Tuesday.  I downloaded this vintage Santa onto white card stock and colored with Rose Art colored pencils.  After stippling some Tim Holtz old paper distress ink over the entire colored image to "age" it some more, I layered it on some Stampin Up! card stock and Costco designer paper from last year.  Just before adding the brushed copper brads, I over stamped a cracked background stamp from Rubber Stampede to add to the aging of the image.  After adding some vanilla and burgundy sheer ribbon, my card was finished.

Stamps: Digital Two 4 Tuesday Vintage Santa
Ink: Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Bravo Burgundy, Vanilla, Kraft, Costco Designer Paper
Accessories: Rose Art Colored Pencils, Brushed Copper Brads, Glue Dots, Ribbon

Wednesday Stamp Club - Pure Innocence Christmas!

Hello.  Sorry about the space between posting, I've been dealing with those pesky migraines again. (rolling painful eyes)  They just keep coming back and the doctors don't know why yet and the medicines to stop them are not working very well.  It's been cloudy, foggy and raining the last couple of days, so why not stamp even while on migraine meds. 

This week's MFT Wednesday Stamp Club is all about the Pure Innocence kids.  These little darlings are just too cute not to take out and enjoy, especially at Christmas.  So I pulled out a several sets, stamped them up and so far only have two colored and assembled.

My first card uses the Pure Innocence Wyatt Just Chillin set.  I stamped him several times, since I couldn't get a clean image for some strange reason.  Finally found out, with Kim's help, that my 3x5 acrylic block had bowed in the center.  Wonder why it's only my favorite block to stamp with.  Definitely will have to get a new one, but I digress.  After getting a couple of clean images, I colored Wyatt and his snowman to match some Basic Gray Figgy paper I still had.  Once colored, I cut out one of the images to pop up with dimensionals, stippled some bashful blue ink around the edges, and started layering. 

I decided I wanted a little something extra, I found some Making Memories snowflake charms in my stash (had forgotten about those) and added them to two corners, then some old MFT fun flock, and diamond ice stickles to the images before popping up the second colored image.  Here's a close up of the main image detail.

Since, I was on a roll, I decided to decorate the inside as well.  Using some scraps of the Basic Gray paper, I added a strip, the saying and then a prima with a small silver pearl center.

After I finished my Wyatt card, I realized he'd be great for the Splitcoast Fan Club December challenge.

My next card uses the Pure Innocence Making A List set.  This once I also stamped twice, however, on MFT White Perfect Panels and colored her matching some Debbie Mumm holiday paper.  After I realized the paper had more of a vintage look, and my PI was stamped on white, I took some Tim Holtz old paper distress ink and stippled the whole image panel with it until the white resembled a dirty vanilla color. 

I had some Martha Stewart die cut snowflake ribbon left over from last years clearance at Michael's, so I added that underneath two layers of die cut MFT Jumbo Scallop Die-namics.  After adding some Prima poinsettia flowers, I then added a leftover red rolled flower using MFT's Rolled Flower Die-namic.

Here's a close up of the details of the card.

The whole time I was making this card, I kept having that song "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" going through my head, so instead of using the sayings from the Pure Innocence set, I made my own using MS Word, the Wendy font, and printed it out on vanilla Stampin Up! card stock before stippling Tim Holtz old paper ink over it to match the front images.  I then a strip of the Debbie Mum designer paper, primas, and a gem sticker.  The "brads" next to the saying are punched tiny circles.

Here is what the Die-Namics I used look like.  You can get them on the MFT site.

Thanks for looking.  Have a great Friday!

Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Wyatt Builds A Snowman, Making A List
Card stock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Always Artichoke, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray Figgy Designer Paper, Debbie Mumm Holiday Designer Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Old Paper Dye Ink, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brushes, Primas, Glue Dots, MFT Rolled Flower Die-Namic, MFT Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic, Martha Stewart Die Cut Snowflake Ribbon, Making Memories Snowflake Charms, Silver Brads, Dimensionals, Brushed Copper Brads, Mini Pop Dots, Gem & Pearl Stickers, MS Word, Wendy Font, Printer, Ice Stickles

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Merry Christmas From Maynard!

Hello, cat friends.  This is my first take on The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge.

A friend of mine just recently lost her 12 year old cat, and replaced it with a kitten named Maynard.  Or I should say Mayhem Maynard! :)  After having two adult cats for years, she and her husband forgot about what kittens love to get into.  Needless to say, there's no Christmas tree up this year thanks to Maynard climbing up the one they were starting to put up & decorate thereby hurting himself.  So down came the tree.  Since Maynard makes all of "his" friends laugh so much, I decided to pull out this TCP set called Deck The Hall and make them a Christmas card from my family and Maynard.  I mean, shoot, the saying alone is just too perfect for Maynard.

I wanted to go with some non-traditional colors since Maynard is a "non-traditional" type of cat.  So I pulled out some of my Stampin Up! card stock and my MFT Perfect Panels and got to work.  After stamping my images twice on MFT white Perfect Panels and coloring with Prismacolor Markers, I cut out one set of images for popping up.  Pulling out a cuttlebug ornament embossing folder, and running my card stock through my Big Shot, I got to work layering and stippling Stampin Up! summer sun ink.  After rummaging through my stash of ribbons, I finally found this Queen & Company poinsettia felt self sticking ribbon to create a border.  Keeper, my friends dog, is popped up over the tree and then popped up again.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.!

Stamps:  TCP Deck The Hall
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Summer Sun
Card stock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Summer Sun Scrap, Pacific Pointe, Glorious Green, Rose Red
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, Mini Pop Dots, Queen & Co Felt Ribbon, Stipple Brush, Making Memories Bright Baby Brads

Happy Chanukah!

A short post today.  If you're looking for my MFT Weekly Stamp Club card, please scroll down.

I made this card for a friend for the Jewish Hanukah season (a little late though).  :(   I decided to use the Papertrey Ink set called Mazel Tov

To keep with Jewish tradition for Hanukah/Chanukah, I made the card in blue and silver and kept the inside simple.  The Menorah is stamped twice on MFT white Perfect Panels and the background dreidel is stamped using PTI's enchanted evening ink.  Once I had the candles dry, I cut out the Menorahs, popped one up before popping up the entire Menorah panel, then added some MFT Winter Solstice ribbon.

Here's a look at the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day and a Happy Hanukah/Chanukah!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mazel Tov, Damask Designs
Ink: PTI Enchanted Evening, Memento Tuxedo Black
Card Stock: MFT Perfect Panels, PTI Enchanted Evening, Stampin Up! Ballet Blue
Accessories: Silver Marker, Dimensionals, Silver Fabric Primas, Glue Dots, Silver Brads, MFT Winter Solstice Ribbon

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Winter Cottage

This weeks MFT Weekly Stamp Club challenge is a sketch.  You can find it here in the SCS forum. 

For my card, I decided to use an un-inked set called Inspired By Winter from the Inspired By line at MFT.  I started out by making my own framed background using the fir tree stamp in the set and some Memento Bamboo ink.  Once that was done, I took my image and stamped it twice on MFT's Perfect Panels and colored with Prismacolor markers.  Then, I took the fir tree stamp again and inked it up using Stampin Up! markers to get the two-tone color of the trees.

Since I was making a rustic scene, I used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder to make the wood grain pattern in the background and sanded it with a sanding block.  Once I had my MFT Doily Die-namic (which looks like it's currently sold out) cut and sanded, I added that popped up on pop dots over the knotted ribbon.

I also love to have some sort of dimension on my cards, I then cut out one of the colored cottage images and popped the entire panel up over the Doily Die-namic. To complete the entire scene, I sponged my own snowbanks and added diamond ice stickles around the edges of the roof and snowbanks.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you haven't joined us for our Weekly Stamp Challenges, you really should!!

Stamps: MFT Inspired By Winter
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Bamboo Leaves, Stampin Up! Soft Sky
Card stock: Stampin Up! Garden Green, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, MFT Perfect Panels
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, Pop Dots, Pop Up Glue Dots, Stipple Brush, Stampin Up! Markers (Garden Green, Chocolate Chip), Diamond Ice Stickles, MFT Doily Die-namic, Tim Holtz Alterations Wood grain Embossing Folder, MFT Winter Solstice Ribbon

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pure Innocence Tag Card

Hello again.  Did you have fun at the release party?  Hopefully you also had fun shopping afterwards too.  Today I'm showcasing another brand new Pure Innocence set called Splish Splash which is part of the Boy And His Dog line. 

I wanted to do something a bit different with this card, so I used some pre-folded tag card stock from Joann's I've had in my stash for years.  Pulling out some We Are Memory Keepers quad square 12x12 designer paper, I cut the squares out and then made sure the designer paper layered out into several tags.  I then stamped my image onto MFT white Perfect Panels (my favorite stamping paper) and colored everything with Prismacolor markers.  Once that was done, I layered my image to without adhering so I could see what I would need to cut down to make it fit after stamping the rain dots from MFT's Stephanie Fizer's Rainy Day Friends in the background. 

Once the cutting was done, I stippled Stampin Up! bliss blue ink around the edges and then added some Michael's sticker dots to resemble rain.  I did the same thing for the inside of the card, only I also added sticker dots to parts of the saying as well.

Here's a close up of the inside of the card.

The ribbon fibers is something else I discovered in my stash.  Not sure when I bought that one either. ;)  Maybe I should go through it more often since I'm finding new stuff to play with and match with my MFT stamps.  Although I have plenty of stamps from other companies, my MFT stuff is my favorite.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Splish Splash, Stephanie Fizer Rainy Day Friends
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bliss Blue, So Saffron
Card Stock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! So Saffron, Bliss Blue, We Are Memory Keepers Quad Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Joann Pre-cut Tag Card, Fibers, Stipple Brush, Michael's Sticker Dots, Stampin Up! Ticket Corner Punch

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vintage Tweeny Teen Fairy Hop-N-Shop

Welcome to MFT's Shop-And-Hop blog hop.  You should have come from Frances's blog.  If not, you should go back to Kim's blog because you don't want to miss any of the eye candy along the way.  Besides one of the Design Team's blog has a treat for one lucky hopper.

First, let me say I have had a blast being part of the December Temp Team and want to thank Kim, Jody for letting me be a part of the Design Team for a bit, and all of the other team members for their hard work.

Today I have another project to show you from MFT's December release.  I'm using Tweeny Teen You Give Me Wings from the Pure Innocence line. I'm having so much fun using this set and wanted to try seeing if I could make a vintage type card with it.

I started out by stamping my image twice onto MFT's cream Perfect Panels in memento tuxedo black ink and coloring with prismacolor markers before cutting one out.  After everything was layered, I added TCP glitzy glitter to the cut out image before popping it up with dimensionals.  Here's a close up of it.
Before adding it to the card, I decided to use MFT's faux crochet border Die-namic on Stampin Up! mauve mist  and sage shadow card stock.  To give the card some extra dimension, I decided to layer the mauve border over the sage negative, and then lightly stipple mauve mist dye ink over both of them.  Finding an old style vintage button in my stash, I cut off the back and added it with a pop up glue dot next to some prima flowers.  For the final touch, Tim Holtz old paper ink is lightly stippled over the entire card to age it a bit more.

I hope you have enjoyed all of the projects I've showcased using the new release products.  Now onto Michele's blog for some more amazing eye candy.

Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Tweeny Teen You Give Me Wings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Mauve Mist, Soft Sky, Tim Holtz Old Paper
Card Stock: MFT Cream Perfect Panels, K&Company Designer Paper, Stampin Up! Vanilla, Mauve Mist, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Die-namics, Dimensionals, Stipple Brush, Button, Pop Up Glue Dot, Glue Dots, Primas, Baby Brads, Big Shot, Martha Stewart Glue Pen, TCP Glitzy Glitter, Ribbon Bow

A Winter Wonderland Scene

I started stamping this card for the December 8th MFT Wednesday Stamp Club Challenge - Creating A Winter Wonderland.   However, I never got it done in time thanks to another migraine.  Ugh!  Don't those things know they are interfering with work and stamp time?  Obviously not!

I started out by stamping my cabin twice on MFT white Perfect Panels in Memento Tuxedo black ink, then both colored with Prismacolor Markers.  I stamped the trees using Stampin Up! always artichoke and chocolate chip markers, then stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around the images. 

Pulling out my Martha Stewart drip punch I found on clearance last year, I turned the Halloween drips into icicles and stippled brilliant blue ink over the strip before adding to the card.  Once that was done, I stippled Tim Holtz Walnut Stain ink around the edges to give a rustic feel before adding the main image layers.  After cutting out my second cabin, I used a Martha Stewart two way glue pen and some The Cat's Pajamas glitzy glitter to make the snow covered roof sparkle.  I also added some glitter to the tree branches to make them appear icy, and a couple of snow lines as well.  Here's a close up of the details. 

Finally, I tackled the inside and just decided to keep it simple by adding a sentiment from MFT's Inspired By Winter set and some punched snowflakes.

Stamps: MFT Inspired By Winter
Card Stock: MFT White Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Brilliant Blue, Always Artichoke, Kraft, Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, Martha Stewart Drip Punch, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Stipple Brush, Stampin Up! Markers, The Cats Pajamas Glitzy Glitter, Brilliant Blue Brads, Glue Dots

MFT Teasers Day 5 - Who's That Girl Bottom Of My Heart

Today is the last day of teasers before the big release party tonight and the Shop-N-Hop.  In a way, I'm sad to see this day come since it's my last day being on the December Temp Team.  I have had a blast being a part of the teasers and showing the amazing sets/dies MFT is releasing tonight. 

Now, I have several favorite Who's That Girl sets, and this month's release Who's That Girl From The Bottom Of My Heart is sure to be a favorite of many because of it's versatility.  It can not only be used for Valentine's Day, but friendship, thinking of you and sympathy as well.  All you have to do is just mix different sayings with the main image.  So, are you ready to see Who's That Girl in a different light?

First up, I've made a vintage type sympathy card using WTG in soft rose & vanilla colors.    I stippled Tim Holtz tea stain ink around the edges of the card, image, and the scalloped/chain die cut borders before popping up the main image.  For the gold pearl stickers I added, I had to lightly sand them for a "worn" look and then stippled tea stain over that.  Now make sure to lightly sand the pearls or you'll end up removing ALL of the gold plating like I did the first time around.  Since I wanted matching brads, I took the punched out dainty dots border designer paper, and used those as "faux" brads.  A little gold ice stickles matches them to the pearls.  I also spread gold ice stickles over the rolled flowers using a  Q-tip. 

Here's a look at the inside using the sympathy quote from the now retired Essential Sentiments. 

Next up, our WTG is used for just your standard friendship card.  I wanted to make this one monochromatic, so I grabbed some SU brocade blue card stock and some Prima vintage designer paper I've had in my stash for who knows how long.  Using the Doily Die-namic and the Faux Crochet border Die-namic, I cut both out of the card stock and designer paper.  Once that was done, Tim Holtz faded jeans ink is stippled over them and the around the card. 

After popping up the doily and the main image, I decided something else was needed.  Finding a silver "love" clip charm from the stash, I lightly pulled up one part of the doily to clip it to.  However, that spot would not stay back down, so using Jen Del Muro's philosophy of "a mess up is a great time to embellish", I pulled up all of the edges of the doily which gave it some extra dimension.  Cool!

For the inside, I used one the friendship saying that comes with the set and the new heart trio Heart Trio Die-namic being released tonight at 10PM EST. 

Last up is our basic Valentine card done up in a vintage style once again using the Doily Die-namic, and both of the soon to be released Dainty Dots Border and Heart Trio Die-namic.  This time I used some Basic Gray Curio designer paper and SU card stock.  The main image is stamped right onto the SU so saffron card stock and colored with my prismacolor markers.  Tim Holtz walnut stain ink is stippled over the entire card, sides, die cuts and images to give it more of a "worn look".  Everything is popped up except the key and keyhole brads from my stash.

Let me leave you with some details about the release, which is TONIGHT! So be there!  Here are some details about tonight's release:

•The MFT release is on tonight, December 1st at 10 PM EST. You can attend the release party from 8-10 PM EST here in the forum for fun, games, and prizes! All the new sets and dies will be available on tonight at 10 PM EST.

•The guest designer will be revealed during the release party.

•If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to Kim's blog at 11 AM EST. Be sure to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of 2 $10 Gift Vouchers being given away daily, just for leaving a comment. :) Don't forget to check Kim's blog every day for the winners.

Stamps:  MFT Who's That Girl From The Bottom Of My Heart, Essential Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Tea Stain, Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain, Stampin Up! Blush Blossom
Card stock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! So Saffron, Ruby Red, Brocade Blue, MFT Bubblegum CS
Accessories:  Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, Die-Namics, Sponges, Stipple Brushes, Ice Stickles, Glue Dots, Pop Dots, Clip Charm, Key & Keyhole Brads, Silver Baby Brads, Brushed Copper Brads, Sanding Block, Q-Tip

Monday, November 29, 2010

MFT Teasers Day Three - Pure Innocence

Welcome!  Have you enjoyed all of the eye candy from the designers so far?  For all of you Pure Innocence lovers, MFT is releasing four (4), that's right, four new Pure Innocence sets this month!!  You're going to want them all.

Today I'm going to share with you a few projects using one of my favorite PI sets from this month's release.

My first project uses the Pure Innocence Hello Cupcake set and the Flower Trio & Leaf Trio Die-namic set. I just knew I was saving this Basic Gray Cupcake Designer Paper for a reason.  Don't you think it matches this set perfectly?  Totally cool, huh?

My main image is stamped with memento tuxedo black ink and colored with prismacolor markers before popping up my Pure Innocence image on dimensionals and adding some baby brads.  Here's a close-up of the Flower & Leaf Trio Die-namics.

My second project still uses the Pure Innocence Hello Cupcake image but in a scrapbook layout to show you the versatility of the set.  I've been meaning to scrap these photos of my kids forever, and receiving this set got me moving to get it done.

The image is once again stamped in memento tuxedo black and colored with Prismacolor markers.  I decided to use colors that match MFT's signature style.  I'm so pleased with the way this page turned out since the memory is just priceless. 

You see, when my now 18 year old son was just 4-5 years old, he once told me the following: "Mom, I like cake but why do you put so much bread with it?"  His idea of cake was just the frosting and the "bread" was the cake itself.  He continued asking that after his sister was born and for her first few birthdays until he realized the difference.  Now, his dad and I tease him about that every time his birthday comes up.

I have one more project to show you another Pure Innocence set called Splish Splash and a brand new Die-namic called Dainty Dots being released on December 1st.  Remember growing up and just having to find a puddle to jump in as a kid?  This set, part of the Boy And His Dog series, captures that fun again.  I decided to pair my image & die up with some MFT ribbon I've had for awhile and some designer paper I found at the Target $1 spot over the summer.  I just knew there was a reason I bought this paper and never used it. :) 

Here are some details about the upcoming release on December 3rd in the MFT forum at

•The MFT release is on Wednesday December 3rd at 10 PM EST. You can attend the release party from 8-10 PM EST here in the forum for fun, games, and prizes! All the new sets and dies will be available on December 3rd at 10 PM EST.

•If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to Kim's blog at 11 AM EST. Be sure to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of 2 $10 gift vouchers being given away, just for leaving a comment. :) Check Kim's blog every day for the winners.

Also, if you haven't already entered this month's Guest Designer challenge, you still have a little time.  You can see all of the details in the MFT forum here.

Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Hello Cupcake, Splish Splash
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue
Card stock: MFT White Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Going Grey, White, Real Red, Only Orange, Green Galore, Bliss Blue, Target $1 Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Primas, Glue Dots, Stampendous Bling Stickers, Dimensionals, Stipple Brush, Photo Corners, Computer (Wendy Font), Printer, Dainty Dots Die-namic, Making Memories Snaps, Crop-A-Dile, MFT Ribbon, MFT Baby Brads