Friday, September 30, 2011

MFT Teaser Time....day 3

It's our third day of teaser posts. Today we are getting sentimental with our Clearly Sentimental stamps.
Here are the details about the upcoming release on October 4 at 10 PM EST:
  • The MFT release is on October 4 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 October 4 at 10 PM EST.
  • The guest designer contest is ON! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $100 in stamp sets and play along with the DT for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to Kim's blog NOW! Be sure to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of 2 $10 vouchers being given away daily, just for leaving a comment. :) Check Kim's blog every day for the winners.
My card today is showing off the new Triple Scoop set, Clearly Sentimental about Abundance. You can read all about this great program, HERE! Basically, if you spend enough (and that's not hard to do ;) ) you can get this set for FREE.
I used one of Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketches for this card and some beautiful Authentique papers. I decided to use one of the panels from Layered Lables to stamp my sentiment on. A few buttons finish this off.

Don't forget....hop on back to Kim's Blog for the full list of teaser posts, today!
Here is the NEWEST line up in the doily collection. It's OVAL....and beautiful! 

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 2.....MFT Teasers

What a great kick off yesterday was, dontcha think? I'm back today with a few more teasers for you. Before we jump in, I don't want you to miss out on all the important details!

Here are the details about the upcoming release on October 4 at 10 PM EST:
  • The MFT release is on October 4 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 October 4 at 10 PM EST.
  • The guest designer contest is ON! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $100 in stamp sets and play along with the DT for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to Kim's blog NOW! Be sure to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of 2 $10 vouchers being given away daily, just for leaving a comment. :) Check Kim's blog every day for the winners.
Today is the next addition to the Inspired by stamp series and Fred is back!  Yeah! Here are the names of the two new sets: Inspired by Autumn, Fred Bear and the Megaphone.

 
I've got a card for each.  First up is my Autumn card. I actually pieced up the pumpkin. I thought it was a fun way to subtly add dimension to my pumpkin and give the pumpkin  more realistic colors. I stamped it 3 times, each in the different colored inks-pumpkin pie, ripe avacado, and espessro.  I cut out the leaf and stem and pieced them on the orange pumpkin base.  I was in a circle mood and played up the roundness throughout my card. While I didn't add any of the new, to be released die-namics here, I did use the new Woodgrain Fence die-namic and tied it all up with some Mandarin Orange twine.

Next is my Fred card. Again, I added some dimension to the mega phone by stamping it a second time, coloring it and then popping it up with a Jody Booster (just got a new shipment....love them!). 
Check out that cool new border, it's the one peaking out from the top of the striped border . It's a die-namic, of course and it's called Postage Stamp Border. I also used the oval tab die-namic to showcase my sentiment. I love that I can curve my stamps to nestle right in there.
Dont' forget....hop on back to Kim's Blog for the full list of teaser posts, today!

Here is a look at the newest die-namics I used on today's cards.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MFT Teaser Time....day 1

Welcome to our October Release Teaser line up.  We've got a full week of fabulous MFT products to share with you. The team has been working hard all month long to bring you some great samples of all the new stamps and die-namics. Ready? Here we go....

Here are the details about the upcoming release on October 4 at 10 PM EST:
  • The MFT release is on October 4 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 October 4 at 10 PM EST.
  • The guest designer contest is ON! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $100 in stamp sets and play along with the DT for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to Kim's blog NOW! Be sure to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of 2 $10 vouchers being given away daily, just for leaving a comment. :) Check Kim's blog every day for the winners.

Day one, brings you another look at our WTG for this month:Who's the Girl Chooses Hope .
Hopefully you got picked this up a few weeks ago with the VIP kit.  If not, well, no worries, you can happily add it to your cart on Oct. 4.  It's a beautiful set and releasing just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month. I love all the sentiments in the set and the fact that there are 2 circle images....that's great, too!
I have a card today full of crisp, clean lines, showcasing the beautiful image, the rolled gardenia, and an uplifting message!

I also did up the inside on this one. I carried over the pink houndstooth panel and accented it with the newest addtions to our tab series and flourish series of die-namics. This one is  oval tab and vintage flourish.
Dont' forget....hop on back to Kim's Blog for the full list of teaser posts, today!
Before you do, check out the cool, new die-namics. I just love these graphics, makes it easy to fall in love with the actual product. These are the new die-namics I used today.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sept. Creative Chat with MFT

It's time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a 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 card stock?  
How do you store your scrap card stock? 
 
Welcome back this month for another look into my craft space. Last month this featured seemed like a hit, so we are back with how we store our cardstock. When I first thought about this topic, I said to myself, "this might be my best organization" and then when I really looked at how I store all my cardstock, I realized "well, maybe not." LOL!  Like I said last month, this works for me.
 
So one of the biggest splurges I made when I first really got into paper crafting was this cart from Cropper Hopper and the plastic paper holders.  I still love it and it still fits my space well.
On the top you'll see I store all of my 8 1/2 x11 cardstock.  From the beginning I have never mixed brands of cardstock. I need to keep it separate so I can keep it all straight in my head. I like to organize by color family, since that was how my SU brain worked for many years. I keep it that way and I can still find all the colors I need.
On the bottom of the cart, you'll find all my 12x12 cardstock (along with a few other things). As you see, I don't have nearly as much solid 12x12 as I do 8 1/2 x 11, but I've got what I need.
This cart sits inside my closet in the room and it is to the back of me.  I always have to stand up to get what I need.  So I need to keep some cardstock right at my finger tips. Directly to my left, I've got a nice stash of my most used neutrals (fossil, whip cream, black licorice, sno cone ect.). I use the plastic paper holder, again, but it fits inside one of the cubbies of my storage unit.
The only other things I have to share is my scrap box.  It's a little scary, I'm warning you, but I love that it is right at my feet. I store all my scraps in gallon size zip lock baggies and have them all in an old box.  This sits on the floor, right at my feet.
Color has it's own baggie. I used to keep every little scrap. I don't do that now, but I still hold on to the bigger ones.  It's convient for cutting with my die-namics. I try not to cut into a full sheet of cardstock if I can help it.
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!

Thanks for stopping by again!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

CARDS challenge...3 borders.

I haven't done a challenge for the CARDS blog in a long time. This week was a good one...use 3 different border punches on a card. I didn't use punches, but I put my beloved MFT die-namics to use.  I got some new paper from Jillibean Soup, sweet and sour, and it was a perfect match to this ittity bitty by Unity (a Jillibean co-brand). Note to Self.
The border die-namics I used here are: solid bracket border, notebook edge, and little open scallop.  I also snuck in a little file tab die-namic. I thought it was a nice touch with the office themed prducts.

Tomorrow is our creative chat post with MFT. Stop back by.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Unity with a little PRE-Holiday Prep!

Welcome!
with the Unity DT!!!

Angela is always thinking....
and this week she's thinking about
the holidays!!!
We want you to be ready,
so why not get a jump on your Holiday CARDS???

Just for you, Angela is releasing the following sets
on the Unity Website!
Harvest of Memories
Tiny Tags Vintage Christmas
Christmas Eve Chowder
25 Days of Christmas
Happy Holiday Wishes
Wonder of It
Simply Believe
So run, don't walk over to the website
and PUT these sets into your shopping cart!

Just to tempt you....
I did a trio of mini cards (3x3 inches)
(thanks to the CAS-ual Friday challenge from last week).
with
this
cute, cute, CUTE
Cosmo Cricket co-brand...

Talk about easy....
I just adore smaller images 
when i have to  mass produce cards.
I used the snowflake and even the sentiments
as a background.

Then chose a few other images to accent my card,
and made it stand out by punching it out in a circle.
Some ribbon or a rhinestone give it a little more pizzaz!
Maria is up next....
if she has anything as cute as her Gingham christmas tree card
(did you see it on the Unity Blog the other day???)
then you don't want to wait!
click the button and off you go!
Next Blog



Enjoy the day!
if you get lost along the way...start the hop
over on the Unity blog.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WSC-As Happy as Happy Gets!

I'm back with another great sketch from MFT with our Wednesday Stamp Club.

 I gonne love on myself and tell you that I LOVE this card of mine. Not only is this image the cutest (a new PI-Feeling Froggy), but the colors of papers are just so rich and fall-like! I love the texture the polka dots makes me smile and the finishing touch of the Prima Donna Petals (you love it too, I see. Keep checking back, Kim will have it back in stock real soon!) ....NICE! Some times a card just really speaks to you!

Here's what you have to work with this week. I think you'll like it. You'll notice I flipped the sketch and used the shape of the First Class Friend postage die-namic for the middle panel. A bit of dainty dots hides the seam behind the image panel.

We hope you'll play along.  There will be a random draw each week from all the participants who have uploaded their card to SCS using the proper keyword.  The winner will receive a $15 gift voucher.  If the winner used MFT stamps, they will receive $5 in bonus bucks, for a total of $20.  That is a way for us to encourage the use of MFT stamps. 
You know the drill. Hop on over to Kim's Blog to see the WSC38 line up! Then join us over in the MFT forum for some chit chat.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

VIP New Product Tour

It's always fresh and new around My Favorite Things. Thanks for joining us for our mid-month release with the VIP package.  It's the same, only a little different. We will no longer have a "traditional" VIP Blog Hop, instead you'll follow along at Kim's blog for the full list of DT members joining us tonight for the NEW PRODUCT TOUR! You'll still get all the inspiration for the new VIP set, you'll just follow the blog list from her blog.
So let's get started.
  • Who's that Girl Chooses Hope stamp set
  • Choose Hope Sentiments mini (VIP exclusive stamp set - will never be offered for sale or be available again $9 value, FREE)
  • Rolled Gardenia Die-namics Die

I've got two cards for you today. Each one shows off the two amazing main images from this set. Yes, I said TWO and they are round!!! LOVE that. Some pretty pink MME paper and a few die-namics (open scallop doily duo and bracket tab)  help make this one pop! Oh, and I snuck in a bit of solid bracket edge.

My next card takes a simpler approach. I've always loved kraft with pink, so I played up a few tones of the pretty color. I used some of the sentiments from the FREE mini set, Choose Hope, that you'll get if you order the VIP kit!  I used the First Class Friend postage frame die-namic to highlight the beautiful phrase and accented it with the WTG image and my own Ribbon of Hope. A tucked in a few medium simply scallops and tied up the ribbon with a Pink Sorbet TWINE bow.

I also want to point out once again, how much I adore the cardstock in the MFT Boutique.
On today's cards I used:
x-press blending (I always use with when I color with copics)
fossil
Whip cream
black licorice
pink lemonade
Razzle Berry

Thanks for joining us tonight. Be sure to stop back at Kim's Blog to see the list of bloggers....there's so much beautiful inspiration to see tonight.  We love showing off the new products!
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

acrylic paint with PTI

I had this on my mind all week. Here I am the night before a new Make it Monday challenge goes live. Luckily I got some crafty time after the boys went to bed tonight.
So the challenge was to use acrylic paint with your stamps. I found this bottle of purple acrylic paint in my cupboard earlier this week (that's why I've been thinking about this challenge). I knew it would look great on craft cs.
I pulled out the Tin Type background set and stamped the bottom half of the paper, added a strip of ripe avocado cs and finished the top with some handmade polka dots (from the finger dauber that I applied the acrylic paint with. The air plane is from FlyAway. I chose to NOT use the banner and added a button instead.
Simple and sweet.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

another CASE study....and some Pioneer Woman!

My first pioneer woman recipe.....Bacon Wrapped Jalepeno Poppers.....Oh, my goodness! These are deee-lish. Pretty heavenly, I do say. Thanks Karen for the heads up on these yummy morsels.


So while I'm waiting for these to finish cooking ,  I thought I would upload this card I did today for the CASE study challenge. It's still Julie Lacy's month and BOY is her card a stunner this week. Great inspiration piece.

I pulled out the newest Inspired by Flowers set by MFT and the Thanks a Bunch sentiment set. There's a strip of black licorice paper cut with the open bracket border die-namic all tied up with some Black ribbon collection.  I obviously used the same color scheme as Julie and I love how she doubled up the rounded panels, so I did that too.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Look what I Found, Friday!

I rarely post non-crafty things on my blog. BUT this is photography, so I guess it could definitely fall into the hobby/craft category. I found a good thing, and just wanted to share with you.  Actually, I should say it found me. LOL!

For months I've been wanting to look into a canvas print for my walls.  I've wanted one done of the boys since they were babies.  I even had a groupon coupon I was just about to hit the "buy" button on.  Call it was fate, or luck, but how ever you want to look at it, I felt so fortunate to find an email from Easy Canvas Prints asking me to review their product.  Right time, right place...that's for sure.
Check out these awesome canvas pictures!



So I gladly accepted and am here to tell you how pleased I am with my canvas. The process was so quick and easy.  There is a step by step tutorial that walks you through how to pick the canvas that is right for you.  The hardest part (at least for me) was choosing which photo I wanted to turn into a canvas. I loved that I could take time to upload different pictures to see how it would look. I think I switched out 6 or 7 different ones to find the right one for me.
There are different upgrades you can choose for extra money, but I kept mine simple and used the basic features (still there were options, so you can customize to your liking even within the "basic" features). I liked that.  I went with the canvas wrap sides (in an 8x10 size) and I'm glad I did.  It looks great and you don't loose any of your photo that way.  I don't plan on framing my piece so I think it gives my canvas a bit more of an artistic feel.

Shipping was speedy fast...always LOVE that. I recieved my finished piece in 6 days from the time I hit the submit button on the sales page, to the time it arrived on my door step.

So if you are looking for a cool new way to spruce up a room, or to display a favorite picture, I say give Easy Canvas Prints a try.  I think you'll be pleased with the finish product.

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