Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fan-tastic!

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Hi everyone,

It’s time for another Pretties Wednesday Challenge over on the Paper Pretties Blog. This week the challenge is to create anything but a card.

While I was thinking about what to do for this challenge I came across a fun box made using the Sizzix mini milk carton die, by cutting out 2 boxes and joining them. While searching on how to create this box I discovered another blog that showed instructions on how to create another box which was similar but had legs on it which gave the box an Asian look.

As I have tons of Asian style papers & Paper Pretties has Sophia dressed in a Kimono called Fan-tastic I just had to use this image and create this box. I found the tutorial for this on Kerry’s KB Papercraft blog if you want to find out how it is done.

How to Enter: If you would like to play along with us, all you have to do is create a card/project using the above challenge and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword PWC169.

Don’t forget to include a link to your card on the Paper Pretties Blog, so everyone can see it too. You don’t have to use Paper Pretties stamps to play, but of course if you have them we would love to see you use them. One random participant will receive a Paper Pretties Stamps set … see the Paper Pretties Blog for more details.

Stamps: Fan-tastic Digi Stamp – Paper Pretties
Paper: White; Red; Gold; DP
Other: Black Ink; Gold Ribbon; Sizzix Mini Milk Carton Die; Sizzlits Tag Die; Foam Tape; Copics

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Who’s Your Mummy?

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Hi everyone,

It’s that time again when the MFT Stamps designs team begins showing our MFTeasers in preparation of the new stamps which will be released by MFT Stamps after the release party this coming Tuesday 6th September.

Today the Design Team are featuring the WTG Who’s That Mummy stamp set which is being released.

Also being released next Tuesday are 9 new Die-namics …. I am so excited about the new Die-namics they are amazing. I have used 4 of the new die-namics on my card  today as well as 3 previously released die-namics … yes that is 7 die-namics in total on this card! I think one of my favorite die-namics being release this month is is the Die-namics Woodgrain fence … expect to see this on many of my teasers in the coming week! But really you are going to love them all!

Here are is the list of Die-namics I used on my card:

Oh btw my notebook edge and fresh cut grass die-namic pieces may look a little different, that is because I used the negative pieces from both these dies for my card today. It might also be hard to see the Die-namics First Class Friend on my card. It is layered behind the main image, you can see a peek of purple at the top and bottom of the image.

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Here is the inside of my card. I used the Die-namics Woodgrain Fence and Fresh Cut Grass again. I added the WTG Mummy and a sentiment.

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Here are the details about the upcoming release on September 6 at 10 PM EST:

  • The MFT release is on September 6 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 September 6 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.
Stamps: Who’s That Mummy – MFT  Stamps
Paper: White; Black; Purple: DP
Die-namics: Woodgrain Fence; Dog Tag; First Class Friend; Rolled Mum; Fancy Flourish; Notebook Edge; Fresh Cut Grass – MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Bat Brad; Foam Tape; Copics

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Creative Chat … MFT Die-namics!

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Hi everyone,

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!

Let’s start with the first question …. How do you store and organise your Die-namics? I love my Die-namic dies they are one of my most used tools I use when I am creating so I like too keep them handy. When MFT first started releasing these I just stored them on a clear box on my desk, but after a month or two it became apparent that I had to find a new way of storing my die-namic dies.

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It just so happened that I had recently been doing some cleaning out of one of my cupboards and came across this Photo Album which my mother had given to me for my 25th Wedding Anniversary … now my DH and I will be celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary this December so this poor thing had been sitting unused for at least 13 years! That is a silver frame on the outside and because it is a solid frame it is able to stand like that one my desk within easy reach when I want to use any of my die-namic dies.

In the centre of the silver frame is a space to place a photo, which I must confess until this challenge has been blank! I have been wanting to do something to decorate this space ever since I started using it for my die-namics, but you know how it is …. other things take over and you just don’t get around to it. That is one reason I like challenges, they make you do things whether it is something you have been meaning to do/try or something completely new!

You can see what I made to decorate my folder a little better in the top photo, I used a number of die-namics on this piece which include Die-namics Pretty Pocket Die & Stamp Set; Die-namics Bracket Tab; Die-namics Butterflies; Die-namics Simply Scallops Medium; Die-namics Upsy-Daisy.

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The pockets inside the album fit a standard photo so this is ideal for the majority of my die-namic dies.

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I use a sheet of magnet which I cut to fit inside each pocket, this helps keep my Die-namics in order and not having them moving all over the place.

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For the Die-namics that are sets … eg: The Doily Dies; Doily Duos & Borders that match I place them in a pocket together without the magnet sheet. This way I know exactly where the dies are that match each other without having to search for them.

Any fun or helpful Die-namics purchasing strategies you'd like to share?

As I said earlier in this blog post, I love my die-namics so I have to have them all, and NOW! So if you see one you must have during MFTeaser week, make sure you get in early to order like when the release becomes available. Some of the most popular ones go early, but have no fear MFT keep restocking them as soon as they can! If one of the die-namics you are after is out of stock, make sure you are subscribed to the MFT newsletter &/or MFT on Facebook as that is where you will be notified when dies are back in stock.

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One thing I do like to do when I receive my new dies is to write the name of the die-namic on the back of it, so I know what it is called.

How do you store extra Die-namics die-cuts?

To be honest I don’t really bother too much about storing too many of the Die-namic die-cuts. At one stage I was saving them in a box, but I found that the colors I wanted weren’t necessarily the colors I needed for the next project. As my youngest daughter is a Kindergarten Teacher I now save them in a plastic zip lock bag and she takes them in for the kids to use and they LOVE them!

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I do keep some of my extra die-namic die-cuts especially if I have cut them from felt or in colors I know I can use for any project. That brings us back to my photo album I use to store my die-namics! The inside cover has a door so you can put in your photo, when there is still some space once you have done that to store a few extras. I did do a little clean up before I took my photos (and some I used on my cover I created for this blog post). But I kept all my white clouds in both card and felt and my also my clouds I use if I want to create a cloudy sky using the die-namic dies and my copic airbrush which can be another fun way to use your die-namic dies.

Well that is about it from me today, I hope you enjoyed my take on how I store my die-namic dies. It works for me which is what is important. I will be back tomorrow with the start of the MFTeasers for September!

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Rebus–Songs From The 70’s

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Hi all,

It is time for another rebus swap to share with you all. This month the theme of my rebus is “ Songs From the 70’s”

If you would like to solve it, why not post a comment to this blog post with your answers. I will let you know what the correct answers are next time I post a rebus card here.

How did you go working out the solutions for my July Rebus which was “P Words” Rebus …. here are the correct answers for you to check how you did.

  • Pinnacle
  • Pink
  • Potatoes
  • Poster
  • Packet
  • Pie
  • Parsley
  • Pretend
  • Pat
  • Paradise
  • Pitch

How did you go?????

You can find all my past rebus cards here.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

It’s A Paper Pretties Birthday Hop!

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Hi everyone!

It’s a Paper Pretties Birthday hop! It’s birthday time for not one but two of our Digi Design Team members, Lisa & Nadine. Happy birthday Lisa & Nadine!!!!!!!!

Of course what better way to celebrate than a Birthday Blog Hop Prettie Girl style! As we can't get together to celebrate in person the next best thing is a virtual birthday party .... yahhhhhhhh what fun!

The hop started at Paper Pretties Blog blog so if you didn’t come from there hop back now so you don’t miss out on any of the celebrations!

For my card today I used one of the new Holiday Sweets 1 stamp set, this is such a yummy set!

Here is the order of the hop in case you get lost along the way.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the party festivities so far. Now it is time to continue on our birthday blog hop and visit the blog of Amber Hillman . Don’t forget to wish Lisa & Nadine a Happy Birthday when you reach their blogs.

Stamps: Holiday Sweets 1; Happy Days Sentiments – Paper Pretties
Paper: White; Brown; Pink; DP – Bo Bunny
Other: Black Ink; Pink & Brown Twine; MFT Die-namic Simply Scallops Med; Oval Nestabilities; Foam Tape; Copics

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Male Card!

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Hi everyone,

It’s time for another challenge with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. It’s has been my turn to host the challenges this month and this is my final one for August.

As it’s Father’s Day Down Under next Sunday, our challenge this week is to create Male themed cards. They don’t have to be Father’s Day related.

A couple of months ago while I was working at a Papercrafts show I found a stamp set that contained this cricketer. I probably have mentioned it before but cricket themed stamps are hard to get and as Cricket is a very popular sport in Australia I had to buy the set. I decided to color my cricketer so he looked like he was playing for the Australian International team, I used Google so I could check I was using the right colors in the right places.

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Here is the inside of my card, I used the sentiment which is also from that stamp set.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.

Stamps: Pastimes – Do Crafts Papermania
Paper: White; Black; Origin DP – Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Yellow Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Season’s Greetings!

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Hi everyone,

Today I have two more Christmas cards to share with you that I create at a Christmas in July Shoebox swap last month with friends.

My first card was designed by my friend Dianne using kraft card, I really should use this more often.

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My final card from the shoebox swap was designed by my friend Helen. Helen loves cutting out and she cut out all these pieces that were used on this card for the 5 of us!

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Here is the inside of the card. You can see a tiny bit of this from the outside. What a fun family scene Smile

Both cards using SU products

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Come They Told Me!

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Hi all!

It’s challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. This month our hostess Charlene Merrick,  has been surfing the net for some interesting facts http://funfactz.com. Each week, she has been giving us an interesting fact and an operative word that must be used for the inspiration of your design.

INTERESTING FACT: "The streets of Victor, Colorado, once a gold rush town, are paved with low-grade gold."
  OPERATIVE WORD: Gold

For my card today I decided to use Flourishes Drummer Boy stamp set, this one has been on my wish list for a while now Smile. I used gold card for all my layers as well as adding gold brads to the to the top right hand side of my card and the centre of my poinsettia flower. I also used a gold pen to color in the base of the drummer boy and the brad on his uniform.

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Here is the inside of my card. I stamped the other Drummer Boy from the set onto my card and also another of the sentiments from the set.

Don’t forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:

Stamps: Drummer Boy – Flourishes
Paper: White; Gold; Green; DP – Kaisercraft
Other: Black Ink; MFT Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon Die; MFT Die-namics Stacked Open Scallop Border Die; Circle Nestabilities; Poinsettia Flower; Gold Brads; Foam Tape; Copics
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Sweet Greetings!

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Hi everyone,

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for this week’s Wednesday Stamp Club sketch over on the MFT Stamps Member Forum of SCS. This week we are up to sketch #34 which I am sure you will love.

This week I used the cute Pure Innocence - Sweet Greetings stamp set. I also used Die-namics File Tab for my sentiment and I added a border under my image using the Die-namics Mini Ticket Strip Border, I then added some Blossom twine on top of this.

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Here is the inside of my card, the sentiment is from the Pure Innocence - Sweet Greetings stamp set which I stamped into the Die-namics Just The Ticket and Stamp Set. Across the bottom I used the Die-namics Mini Ticket Strip Border again. I also used the Die-namics Solid Bracket Border.

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To play along with us this week all you need to do is follow the sketch, upload your creation to SCS using the keyword MFTWSC34. Join us this week in the MFT forum for lots of chatter and fun! Be sure to check out Kim's Blog, she will have a full list of all the designers participating in today's challenge!

Stamps: PI Sweet Greetings; Just the Ticket – MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Black; Pink; Lost & Found DP – My Mind’s Eye
Die-namics: File Tab; Mini Ticket Strip Border; Just The Ticket; – MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Blossom Twine; Button; Foam Tape; Copics

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hey Chick!

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Hi everyone,

It’s time for another Pretties Wednesday Challenge over on the Paper Pretties Blog. This week the challenge is to create your own background/designer paper using stamps.

For my card I used Paper Pretties Cluck Part II stamp set, I used the chicken wire included in this set to create my background on the yellow card. The layout of my card is a recent sketch from Splitcoast Stampers (SC345).

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Here is the inside of my card. I used the chicken wire stamp again to create my background on my yellow card. I also added one of the sentiments and the chicken to my card.

How to Enter: If you would like to play along with us, all you have to do is create a card/project using the above challenge and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword PWC168.

Don’t forget to include a link to your card on the Paper Pretties Blog, so everyone can see it too. You don’t have to use Paper Pretties stamps to play, but of course if you have them we would love to see you use them. One random participant will receive a Paper Pretties Stamps set … see the Paper Pretties Blog for more details.

 

Stamps: Cluck Part II – Paper Pretties
Paper: White; Black; Yellow; DP – Cosmo Cricket
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Foam Tape; Copics

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fun In The Sun!

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Hi everyone!

It’s challenge time again over on the Riley and Company blog. This week our hostess for the challenge is Jovita Torres who has challenged us to summer theme/fun in the sun! 

I wanted to play with a few of the new Vacation Theme stamps that released at the end of July, so I had to do a bit of creative thinking LOL. Now I know the Mount Moosemore image is supposed to be mountains, but I decided to use them in my beach scene I created on my card. I am thinking those amazing sand sculpture that people do sometimes! Maybe that is what Seaside Sophie created before she decided to move onto a simpler sandcastle LOL!  I also added Zip Line Riley, just for fun, he is waving down to Sophie.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Design Teams blogs today so see what they created for this challenge.

  • Cindy Haffner
  • Heather Prince
  • Jovita Torres
  • Joy Stagg
  • Juliet Huang
  • Kelly Santi
  • Laurie Clout
  • Margie Cortina
  • Michele L
  • Sarah Gough
  • Silke Kittmann

     

    Stamps: Mount Moosemore; Seaside Sophie; Zip Line Riley – Riley and Company
    Paper: White; Black; Orange
    Other: Black Ink; MFT Die-namics Sunshine Die; Foam Tape; Copic Airbrush; Copics

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    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Jingle All The Way Gift Card Holder!

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    Hi everyone,

    My project I am sharing with you today is a gift card holder I made at the Christmas in July Shoebox swap I attended last month. This project was designed by my friend Angela.

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    This is photo shows you what the gift card holder looks like as you start opening it up.

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    And finally the gift card holder fully opened up complete with an ITunes gift card which I added to it. It is always handy to have a gift card holder or two ready in case you need them.


    Stamps: – SU
    Paper: – SU
    Other: Su

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