Friday, November 30, 2012

Peace * Joy * Love *

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Hi everyone,

Yes I am still busy here making Christmas cards, I will need to start organising sending them out soon. I don’t know about you but I love making Christmas cards but having to write in them, address them and post them is another issue LOL! Oh well it has to be done.

Today I have used Taylored Expressions Nativity Border die to create my card. Love this fun die so easy to use to make a card.

Stamps: Peace, Joy, Love – Stamp It (Aust)
Paper: Black; Kraft; December 25th DP – Kaisercraft
Other: Black Ink; Taylored Expressions Nativity Border Die; Red & White Ribbon

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Merry Christmas!

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Hi everyone,

It’s challenge time again with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Vicki Gould brings us her final challenge for the month.

This week Vicki has challenged us to Lace your ribbon (i.e. through a bracket, a piece of lattice work, or cardstock.

For  my card this week I used Magnolia’s Tilda with Dog which is a freebie I received with the latest Magnolia magazine … what fun! 

For the lacing the ribbon part of the challenge I used my Martha Steward Linked Trim Border Punch, laced my ribbon through this piece and added a big bow to the bottom. I then attached this beside the Magnolia panel.

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Here is the inside of my card, I added a sentiment to the designer paper layers.

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: Tilda with Dog – Magnolia; Stitched Stockings (Merry Christmas) – MFT Stamps; Seasonal Sentiments (inside sentiment) – MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Green; Pink; Merry & Bright DP – Kaisercraft
Other: Black Ink; Oval Punches; Martha Steward Linked Trim Border Punch; Pink Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics;

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You’re An Angel

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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. It’s another fun sketch!

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For my card this week I used the MFT Stamps Pure Innocence Angel stamp set, this is so adorable!!!!!!!! I paper pieced the Angels dress using designer paper.

The base of this card uses Sno Cone Cardstock and the layers are Paver Red Cardstock. I added two Paver Red Buttons to the right side of my card along with some Hemp Cord.

The sentiment is stamped onto the Die-namics Rounded Banner STAX .

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Here is the inside of my card, I stamped the sentiment from the Pure Innocence Angel stamp set onto the Die-namics Fishtail Flags Layers STAX and added the Die-namics Jumbo Snowflake underneath this.

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We encourage you all to play along, and to enter your card in the weekly draw for a $15 gift voucher to the MFT Boutique. Simply follow the sketch and create a card or other paper creation. You may use any stamps and supplies that you wish. Each week, a keyword is assigned to the sketch. All you need to do to enter, is upload your card to the gallery at SCS, and enter the given keyword in the keyword box, during the upload process. After the deadline, we randomly choose a winner from that week's entries and the winner will receive a $15 gift voucher. If the winning card uses MFT stamps, the participant will earn a $5 bonus, for a total of a $20 gift voucher! That is up to $100 per month in prizes, JUST for playing along. We hope you'll join us in 2012.

Check out the FAQ - Wednesday Stamp Club thread if you need any further info on this challenge or help on how to upload your card to the SCS gallery.

Be sure to check out Kim's Blog, she will have a full list of all the designers participating in today's challenge!

Stamps: Pure Innocence Angel – MFT Stamps
Paper: Paver Red; Sno Cone – MFT Stamps; White; Just Believe DP – Kaisercraft
Die-namics: Rounded Banner Stax; Jumbo Snowflake; Fishtail Flags Layers Stax – MFT Stamps
Other MFT Products: Paver Red Buttons; Hemp Cord
Other: Black Ink; Antique Linen Distress Ink; Foam Tape; Copics

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Wishes!

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Hi everyone,

Today I have a card I created while playing around using Dylusions Sprays … the stamps used here are the Rummage Bin Night Before Christmas from Cornish Heritage Farms.

The background of the card for both pieces was created by spraying Postbox Red; Squeezed Orange and Pure Sunshine Dylusions to my card. After I let it dry, I placed a stencil over the top and spritzed it a little with water to get a pattern into the background.

On the bottom layer I then stamped the holly branches from the stamp set and colored these using Dylusions.

For the main piece I stamped the image twice, once onto the colored Dylusions panel and colored this also with Dylusions and then again on a white piece of card. this piece is also colored with Dylusions except for Santa’s face which is copics.

Stamps: Rummage Bin Night Before Christmas – Cornish Heritage Farms
Paper: White; Black
Other: Black Ink; Postbox Red Dylusions; Squeezed Orange Dylusions; Pure Sunshine Dylusions; Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions; Cut Grass Dylusions; Fresh Lime Dylusions; Glitter; Foam Tape

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MFT Creative Challenge

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Hi everyone,

The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month, we were challenged to Holiday Home Decor using our MFT Stamps and Die-namics.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have a project to share with you today. 

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I have been wanting to make and decorate one of these magazine/book trees for a few months now, so when this challenge came up it was the perfect time to do it.

This Christmas tree is created using an old catalogue or magazine. You can also make them out of books, but I am wary of ruining old books as I  had a friend who showed me an altered book she started some years back and I screamed when I saw it cause the book she used was one I had been searching for years for and still searching for now. The only way to get it is to pay hundreds of dollars which I am not willing to do. If you do want to use a book I suggest either a mills & boon or even buy something new.

To create the tree you need to take your magazine/catalog/book and first of all break the spine of the book. This was something I didn’t do when I made mine and it is much easier of you do that first.


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Next take the top right hand corner of the first page of your magazine/catalog/book and bring it down to the spine. Crease with a bone folder. (Sorry for the shine on the pages, this one is a glossy magazine and all I had at hand so I could show you how to do it)

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Now bring that folded edge that we created in the step above and again fold it over to the spine. Use a bone folder for best results. You will have a piece hanging down from the bottom of your book.

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Now fold that piece that was hanging down to the front of the piece you just folded. All you have to do now is to repeat these three steps until you have folded the whole book. Then when you stand it up you can shape it into a tree.

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For my tree I decided to spray it with gold paint (my DH sprayed it, I don’t think he trusted me with a spray can LOL). He sprayed two coats and once that was dry I then sprayed it with adhesive and added glitter over the whole tree. I have seen these just left plain too and they also look beautiful.
Once it was dry it was time to decorate my tree. I used the holly and berries from the Die-namics Jumbo Christmas Stocking around the bottom of the tree (this was my DH’s idea)

Around the centre of the tree I added the flowers using the Die-namics Poinsettia die. I also added distress stickle to each of the flowers. I added 7 flowers to my tree.

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On the top of my tree I used the Die-namics Jumbo Snowflake to create my star. I die cut the snowflake 6 times, I attached two together so it was double side and then with the remaining snowflakes I cut sections off so the snowflake because smaller and layered them onto the base snowflake. Finally I added a Paver Red Button and to each side of the snowflake.

The Poinsettia and Holly use Paver Red & Jelly Bean Green card. Here are the Die-namics I used to create my Christmas Tree.

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Be sure to check out the MFT Stamps Blog for a list of all participating designers who have put their MFT stamps and/or Die-namics dies to work to create something to share with you today.

Paper: Paver Red; Jelly Bean Green – MFT Stamps;  White Glitter Card
Die-namics: Poinsettia; Jumbo Christmas Stocking; Jumbo Snowflake
Other: Gold Paint; Distress Stickles; Paver Red Button; Hemp Cord

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From All of Us!

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Hi everyone!

It’s challenge time again over on the Riley and Company blog. This week our challenge hostess is Kelly Santi.

Kelly has challenged us to create a card using the color scheme Burgundy, Old Olive and Cream and as a bonus, create a card/project with a theme of gratitude and thanks!

I have to confess that I got so carried away with the color challenge part of this challenge that I forgot about the bonus gratitude/thanks part so created a Christmas card instead.

I used the Riley Dog Walker Clear Set for my card this week, I just love this cute set!

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Here is the inside of my card, the sentiment is from the Riley Carrying Tree Clear Set.

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Want to play along????

If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you! AND - if you do, you could be in the running to win free rubber ... One lucky person per challenge will win our Logo Riley image which isn't available for purchase. You will also get the chance to display a winner's button on your blog. So get stamping Riley fans :). 

To play create a card using Riley and Company images. Once you have created your card/project come back here and place a comment with a link to your card/project to this post so that we can see what you created. If you upload your card/project to SCS don't forget to include the keyword RILEY2412. We can't wait to see what you create! 

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

  • Cindy Haffner
  • Jovita Torres
  • Joy Stagg
  • Kelly Santi
  • Laurie Clout
  • Michele L


  • Stamps: Riley Carry Tree Set; Riley Walking Dogs Set – Riley and Company; Night Before Christmas (Rummage Bin) – Cornish Heritage Farms
    Paper: Cream; Burgundy; Olive; Handmade Holiday DP – Simple Stories
    Other: Black Ink; MFT Die-namics Poinsettia; Bone Paper Clip; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Monday, November 26, 2012

    For You!

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    Hi everyone,

    Today I am sharing a few note cards I created recently at a stamp club that I go to each month. This time round we were playing with Dylusions!

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    Here is a closer look at the first card. On this one I think I used Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Postbox Red Dylusion sprays. After they had dried the first time I used a stencil that had circles on it and placed this over my card and then sprayed with Postbox Red Dylusions. Once that was dry I stamped the flower image using black ink. Not sure what the names of any of the stamps I used are as they weren’t my stamps.

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    On this one I think I used Vibrant Turquoise, Bubblegum Pink & London Blue. After spraying the ink onto my card I covered it with salt let it dry and then brushed off the salt. I then stamped the image using black ink.

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    And finally the last card I created. For this one it started out by comparing the two yellows in the Dylusions range, Lemon Zest & Pure Sunshine, I then added a little bit of Postbox Red. Once this was dry I covered the card with a flower stencil and spritzed it with water, and left it to dry again. Then I stamped the image using black ink.

    Stamps: All unknown
    Paper: White; Black
    Other: Lemon Zest; Vibrant Turquoise; London Blue; Bubblegum Pink; Postbox Red; Squeezed Orange; Pure Sunshine;

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    Sunday, November 25, 2012

    Rebus–Holiday Destinations

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    Hi all,
    It is time for another rebus swap to share with you all. This is the final rebus for the year, as we take a rest for December, but I will have another to share with you in January.

    To finish the year off, our theme this month is Holiday Destinations …. they can be ones taken by you or ones you would like to go to. Most of mine are ones I would like to go to.

    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 October Rebus which was “U” Words…. here are the correct answers for you to check how you did.

    • Umbrella
    • Unable
    • Unwell
    • University
    • Unchewable
    • Unmatchable
    • Umpire

    How did you go?????????

    You can find all my past rebus cards here.
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    Saturday, November 24, 2012

    Happy Birthday!

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    Hi everyone,

    It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. This week Joycelyn Pelkey continues to bring us this month’s challenges.

    Our challenge this week is …. PUT A BOW ON IT!

    For my card this week I used La La Land Crafts Carousel Horse & Heart Balloon Marci to create a birthday card. At the top right hand side of my card I added a big bow using grosgrain ribbon.

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    Here is the inside of my card. I used the Die-namics Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX for my sentiment.

    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: Carousel Horse; Heart Balloon Marci – La La Land Crafts; Greetings Birthday – Kaszazz; Script Essential Expressions (Happy Birthday) – Cornish Heritage Farms
    Paper: White; Blue; Pink; So Happy Together DP – Echo Park
    Other: Black Ink; Blue Ribbon; MFT Die-namics Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax; MFT Die-namics Lead The Way; Foam Tape; Copics

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