Tuesday, January 31, 2012

MFT Stamps Creative Chat

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Hi everyone,
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 challenged with the following:  
  • Show us your creative mind at work.  Take us on a journey through a card-making session, start to finish.
  • How do you select colors, layout, embellishments, and overall design?
  • Share your creative process with us.
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 admit when I first read this month’s topic I was scared!!!! However I am not one to shirk a challenge so I have created another video showing my creative process. Now I must warn you all my video is LONG, I tried to keep it as short as possible but how do you condense what normally takes hours. Fortunately my video won’t take you hours to watch Smile

My Creative Process!

The card you see at the top of this post is the final product from this challenge. I used MFT Stamps Pure Innocence Jump for Joy stamp set. The skipping rope was created using Caribbean Teal Twine. I used three MFT  Die-namics on this card which are:


MFT_Faux Crochet Border Die-namics


I also mentioned in my video about the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenges sketches, if you are new to these you can find them each Wednesday on the MFT Stamps Blog and also on the MFT Stamps Member Forum on Splitcoast Stampers.

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Here is the inside of my card, I stamped the PI girl again and also added a sentiment from the Pure Innocence Jump for Joy stamp set.

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.

Stamps: Pure Innocence Jump For Joy – MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Black; Orange; Head over Heels DP – Lily Bee Designs
Die-namics: Oval Decorative Doily; Faux Crochet Border; First Place Award Ribbon – MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Antique Linen Distress Ink; Caribbean Teal Twine;  Janome Sewing Machine; Foam Tape; Copics


Monday, January 30, 2012

You Make A Difference!

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Hi all

My card today is for this week’s Card Patterns Sketch challenge which is sponsored by MFT Stamps.

For my card today I used MFT Stamps Pure Innocence - Precious Little Lamb Where Flowers Bloom, I just love this cute little lamb! Along the bottom of my card I added the Die-namics Oval Chain Border.


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Here is the inside of the card. I layout is the same as the base on the outside of my card. I added one of the sentiments from the Pure Innocence - Precious Little Lamb Where Flowers Bloom stamp set. I also used the Die-namics Oval Chain Border die along the bottom of my card.


Here is the sketch if you would like to play along. Don’t forget to go to the Card Patterns Blog and add the link to your card so everyone else can see what you created. 

Stamps: Pure Innocence - Precious Little Lamb Where Flowers Bloom – MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Blue; Brown; DP – Jillibean Soup
Die-namics: Oval Chain Border – MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Green Ribbon; Sewing Machine; Stick Pin; Pearls; Foam Tape; Copics


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rebus–‘R’ Words

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Hi all,

It is time for another rebus swap to share with you all. This month we are continuing our journey through the alphabet and we have finally reached the letter “R”. 

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.

My last rebus card I did back in November, was a Christmas card … in case you weren’t sure what I rebused on the sign the bear was carrying, it was “ Peace on Earth”. I am sure you all got it correct!

You can find all my past rebus cards here.


Saturday, January 28, 2012


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Hi everyone,

The “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog are back with another fun challenge this week. Our challenge hostess for January, Joanne Grzelak finishes off the month with one last challenge.
The challenge is Layer it on. Lots and lots of layers and embellishments.

For my card I used the Forever Friends Black & Gold stamp set. I have 7 layers on this card so hopefully that is enough for this challenge, I also added lots and lots of embellishments … ribbon; flowers; stickpins; heart embellishment and stick on dots.

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Here is the inside of my card. I added another of the bears from the Forever Friends set, stamp the bear three times once in red and twice in black so I could have a red/pink heart.

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: Forever Friends Black & Gold; Love Sentiment – PTI; Birthday Sentiment – Penny Black
Paper: White; Brown; Pink; DP – Bo Bunny
Other: Black Ink; Ribbon; Flower; Heart Stickpin; Embellishments; Foam Tape; Copics


Friday, January 27, 2012

Go Ahead …. It’s A Riley Blog Hop!

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Hi everyone!

Welcome to Riley and Company’s blog hop! Come join us as the Riley and Company Design Team take you on a journey discovering all sorts of Riley fun! If you didn’t start at the beginning of this hop, you might want to head on over to the Riley and Company blog so that you don’t miss out on anything.

Who likes free gifts!!!!!!!! Riley and Company have a gift for everyone who orders in the first 24 hours! Get a FREE individual travel sticker stamp with every order in the first 24 hours!

And, as an added gift for all of you, we are going to give you Free domestic shipping Thursday January 26, until  Sunday night (January 29th) on your entire purchase!!!!!

Be sure to leave a comment on everyone’s blog as you travel from blog to blog as each of the Riley and Company Design Team members will be giving away one new Riley stamp to a random person who leaves a comment on their blog!

This month we have 12 new Riley images being released.

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For my first project today I created a Six Fold Card, you can find a tutorial on how to create this over in the resource section of Splitcoast Stampers. I have used Shoe Shopping Sophie… what fun!  The sentiment used on the front of my card is from the Moose Sayings 1 sentiment set.

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This photo shows my card when both the front triangle pieces are opened up.

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Here you can still my card again … we are still in the process of opening it up … see the flap at the top and the two doors at the bottom.

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Finally the card is completely open…. don’t you just love the sentiment which is another from the Moose Sayings 1 sentiment set.

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For my second card today I created an Apron card featuring Mixing Bowl Riley. I paper pieced Riley’s apron to match the designer paper I used on the Apron card.

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Here is the inside of my card. I thought this was an appropriate sentiment … this must be what Riley is cooking a Pumpkin Pie! This sentiment is from the Christmas Words 1 sentiment set.

Well that is about it from me for today, now it is time to hop on over to the blog of Kelly Santi and see what stunning creations she has install for you today.

Enjoy the rest of the hop and thanks for dropping by! Don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs, so that you have a chance to win some blog candy.


Stamps: Shoe Shopping Sophie; Moose Sayings 1; Mixing Bowl Riley; Christmas Words 1 – Riley and Company
Paper: White; Brown; Red; DP
Other: Black Ink; Ribbon; Flowers; Oval Punches; Oval Nestabilities; Foam Tape; Copics


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sew What’s New??

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Hi everyone!

It is day 5 of our Riley sneak peeks in readiness of the of the new Riley stamps that will be available from Riley and Company this coming Thursday 26th January. This time round we have 12 new Riley’s being released.

This time round I have used Sewing Sophie and created a Slit Latch card, these are so easy to create.  The top and bottom layer of the right side of my card have slits in them so that they interlock together.

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Here is another view of the front of my card, so you can see the slit in the top right corner of the front of my card. the slit goes to the middle point of the card about 1inch in from the edge and on the inside the slit is on the bottom.

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Here is the inside of my card, the sentiment used here is from the Moose Sayings 2 sentiment set.

The rest of the Riley and Company Design Team will also be sharing their cards they have created with you this week, so don’t forget to check them out too (You can find a list of the Design Team members on my side bar). We also have a Guest Designer this release who is Jamie Rogers Moore so check out her blog too!

Don’t forget the Riley & Company Blog hop which will be held on Thursday 26th January starting at 10 PM EST.


Stamps: Sewing Sophie; Moose Sayings 2 – Riley and Company
Paper: White; Blue; DP
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Brown Grosgrain Ribbon; Button; Twine; MFT Die-namics Sew Nifty Die; Twine; Stickpins; Foam Tape; Copics


Australia Day!

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Hi everyone and to all my Australian readers Happy Australia Day!

It’s challenge time again with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. It’s my turn to host the challenge again this week.

It’s a special day for all Aussies today as it is Australia Day! It is on this day in 1788 that the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove. So our challenge is Aussie related … I will give you a few options … use the colors green & gold on your card; create a beach scene (we love our beaches); use Australian Animals; Tongs (you wear on your feet btw) etc.

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Late last year I purchased this Magnolia Koala Hugs Tilda which is an exclusive stamp from Shopbron a stamp store here in Australia. Of course I had to use this for my card today!
As you can see I have created yet another Centre Step card, I love making these cards. For those of you who haven’t tried them yet you can find my tutorial and video on the resources section of Splitcoast Stampers.

I also used the colors green and yellow on my card which is Australia’s national  colors, which is also the colors of Australia’s floral emblem the Golden Wattle. I did add a little orange to my card as well.
I also got to play with my new small Madison window die from Poppy Stamps …. I created a scene of gum trees that you can see through the window.

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Here is the inside of my card, the sentiment is one I have had for years.

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: Koala Hugs – Magnolia; Gumtree Scene, Sentiment – Print Blocks
Paper: White; Green; Orange; DP – Jillibean Soup
Other: Black Ink; Green Ribbon; Twine; Buttons; Small Madison Window Die; Foam Tape; Copic Airbrush; Copics