Monthly Archives: September 2012

Friends Forever

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s sketch time with My Favorite Things.  :)

This week I decided to dig a bit through my older Pure Innocence sets.  There are quite a few I haven’t used in ages, but today, this one caught my attention. I used A Cart Full of Friends along with Fishtail Flags and Small Scallop Border Die-namics, Hot Fudge heavyweight cardstock and X-Press It Blending Card.

After stamping and coloring with Copics, I pieced the shirt, adding shadow with W1 and W3 markers.

Adding shadow to paper-pieced parts is something that is often forgotten or overlooked, but I think it makes a big difference.  Here it looks as though I pieced in the sleeve and arm separately but I didn’t.  It’s all one piece.  I used a kraft knife to cut out the arm from the dotted paper, so the colored arm shows through.  I ran a black marker around all cut edges of the green dotted paper before adhering to the image then added the shadows with the grays.

On the inside I stamped the image a second time using Desert Sand ink and added the sentiment.  The word “Sending” is from Better Get Better with the remainder of the sentiment from A Cart Full of Friends.


<—Here’s the sketch if you’d like to play along. You can find direct links to more samples HERE.  And remember, if you upload your card to the SCS gallery using the keyword MFTWSC91, you will have the chance to win up to $20 in MFT money!  One winner is chosen at random each week.  More info can be found in the MFT Forum in SCS.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!  :)

Stamps:  My Favorite Things A Cart Full of Friends and Better Get Better (Pure Innocence)  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Desert Sand    Paper:  MFT Hot Fudge heavyweight cardstock, X-Press It Blending Card, Farmhouse Paper Company “Sugar Hill” (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, E13, R20, Y21, E31, E33, E35, E55, E57, E59, E41, E42, YG91, W00, W1, W3, Y000, Y0000), Prismacolor pencils, MFT Mini Scallop Border and Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, buttons, string, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

It’s So Nice Having a Friend Like You

I don’t seem to have much free time lately…time to stamp just for fun.  I’ve recently decided that I need that time, and so I’m going to make the time to do just that.  And here we go!  :)

I absolutely adore Stamping Bella‘s Uptown Girls.  I equally adore the sentiments that come with each.  Some are warm and fuzzy, some are cute and quirky.  I ♥ them ALL.

This is Uptown Belinda and Bernadette The Bench Buddies.  Soooo sweet.  I truly love this image.  (Warm fuzzies.)   :)

I colored with Copics then added in the white dots on the red shirt using Copic’s Opaque White (and a toothpick). The little tab at the top was die-cut using My Favorite Things Mix & Match Banner and the little layered heart is from Notched Tag Die-namics.

  • Tip:  If you have a favorite stamping paper that’s bright white (like X-Press It Blending Card) but want to use warmer patterned papers, sponge the edges of your white paper with a lightly toned warm ink .  Here I used Ranger’s Antique Linen Distress Ink to create an easier flow into the warmer patterns.

Thanks for visiting!   Have a great day:)

Stamps:  Stamping Bella “Uptown Belinda and Bernadette The Bench Buddies”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Antique Linen   Paper: My Favorite Things Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card, Echo Park For the Record 2 “Tailored” (6×6) Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, E13, E15, E18, E31, E33, E35, E57, E40, E41, E42, E43, Y21, BG70, BG72, BG75, R05, R08, W00, W1, W3), My Favorite Things Mix Match Banner, heart from Notched Tag and Simply Scallops Die-namics, Melissa Frances pearls, sponge.  Finished size 5″ x 6 1/2″.


Just Wing It

It’s once again sketch time with My Favorite Things!

This week I used Fairy Dust Who’s That Girl along with fun new Echo Park paper, Circle STAX 1 & 2 and Little Open Scallop Strip Die-namics.

I pieced the dress, adding in some shadow using warm gray Copics, then around the wand I added bits of sparkle using Star Dust Stickles.  There’s actually a nice yellow glow around the image but it isn’t showing very well in this photo.

On the inside, I stamped just a wee bit of the image in the upper right corner, leaving plenty of space for a personal note.

<—Here’s the sketch if you’d like to play along. You can find direct links to more samples HERE.  And remember, if you upload your card to the SCS gallery using the keyword MFTWSC90, you will have the chance to win up to $20 in MFT money!  One winner is chosen at random each week.  More info can be found in the MFT Forum in SCS.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!  :)

Stamps:  My Favorite Things “Fairy Dust” (WTG)  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black    Paper:  Prism Nautical Blue Dark, X-Press It Blending Card, Echo Park For the Record 2 “Documented” (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, B93, B95, B97, BG70, BG11, W00, W1, W3, Y0000), MFT Circle STAX and Little Open Scallop Border Die-namics, Stardust Stickles, Michaels mini brads, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

MFT September Creative Challenge

Hi everyone.  I’m back today with the My Favorite Things September Creative Challenge.  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 create a card or project with no patterned paper.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have a project to share with you today.

I created a trio of cards…all using no patterned paper.  Whew.  :)

This was indeed a challenge for me as the very first thing I choose (after the stamp) is the paper.

It’s Your Big Day

My first card uses MFT’s Whip Cream as the base, topped with Kraft.

I used Copic Opaque White and a toothpick to add dots to Tangy Orange cardstock. Once the dots dried, I die-cut several layers of Botanical Beauty Die-namics and added a couple of Royal Leaves cut from Gumdrop Green cardstock.

After layering the flower pieces, I stitched them together using Hemp Cord and a Whip Cream button.

The sentiment is from Big Greetings.  Underneath, I stamped a strip of dots from Lollipop Treat using Amuse Pumpkin ink.

On the inside, I stamped “Congratulations” (also from Big Greetings) and added another row of dots.

Thank You

My second card uses flowers from Pretty Pocket and the little bar of stitches from Lollipop Treat.  The trio of dots is from the Primitive Pumpkins set and the “Thank You” is also from Big Greetings.

After stamping the flowers and dots, I colored with Copics and stitched a Whip Cream button using Hemp Cord.

On the inside, I added another sentiment from Big Greetings and a couple more flowers.

Hello Pumpkin


My last card uses the dots and pumpkin from Primitive Pumpkins along with Highrise Alphabet Lowercase.

To add a bit of dimension to the pumpkin, I cut two thin strips of Gumdrop Green cardstock, wrapped each tightly around a bamboo skewer and then secured to the pumpkin with a tiny brad.

I stamped a couple of flourishes with the three little pumpkins along the bottom on the inside of the card.


Be sure to check out the MFT blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for so much for visiting today!  :)

It’s Your Big Day Stamps:  MFT Big Greetings, Lollipop Treat  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Amuse Studio Pumpkin   Paper: MFT Kraft, Whip Cream, Tangy Orange, Gumdrop Green   Accessories: MFT Botanical Beauty, Royal Leaves, Whip Cream button, Hemp Cord, Copic Opaque White, corner rounder.  Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

Thank You Stamps:  MFT Big Greetings, Pretty Pocket, Lollipop Treat, Primitive Pumpkins  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Paper: MFT Kraft, Whip Cream, Tangy Orange   Accessories:  Copic markers (YR15, R08, E09, W00, W1), Whip Cream button, Hemp Cord, Corner Rounder, glue dots.  Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

Hello Pumpkin Stamps: Primitive Pumpkins   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Potter’s Clay   Paper: MFT Whip Cream, Kraft, Tangy Orange, Gumdrop Green  Accessories: MFT Highrise Alphabet Lowercase, Primitive Pumpkins, Hemp Cord, corner rounder.  Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

Deck the Halls

Welcome to Kraftin Kimmie Stamps‘ September release!   We have lots of holiday fun this month… Cheryl Alger has created an adorable Holiday Lulu and Libby set.  Following along with the same theme, Emilie Goulet and Annie Rodrigue each have six adorable new images.  And, of course, there are new Holiday Trinkets designed by Nicole Aspinall.

You’ll see most of the new images throughout the hop.  If you just popped in here, you may want to start at the beginning HERE. Be sure to leave comments as you go because two lucky winners will each receive a package of assorted stamps from the release!

Here I’ve used Deck the Halls.  Isn’t he cute?

I colored with Copics and then, even though you can’t see the sparkle here, I’ve gone over each bulb with coordinating Spica glitter pens.

You can find all of this month’s new release images here.  Gimme Kimmies Kits are available here for a limited time (grouped together by artist and available at a discount).

To follow along with our hop, please click on the little frog below.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy hopping…and shopping!

Stamps:  Kraftin Kimmie Stamps “Deck the Halls” (Emilie’s Etchings)    Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Bravo Burdundy, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye “Winter Wonderland” (6×6)  Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, E13, R20, E17, E39, E42, E43, R27, R39, R89, YG45, B28, Y06, YR18, G14, C00, C1, C3, BG70), ribbon, hemp cord, lace trim, Michaels rhinestones, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.

Wishing you Holiday Cheer

Hi everyone!  I’m back with another sample from Kraftin Kimmie‘s September release.  Today the Krafty Girls and Guests are sharing previews of Annie’s six new Moonlight Whispers images.

Not only is it a preview day, but it’s also Challenge Day.  You can check out this week’s sketch HERE on the Krafty Blog.  Create a card using any KKS image and post a link to your creation there on the Krafty Blog for your chance to win Grace from this release.

Meet Nettie.

She’s all decked out in a holiday gown of R56/R59 Copic, highlighted with dots of Chocolate Spica Glitter pen.  :)

Be sure to check out the other Krafty Girls and Guests from the link below. (Click on the little frog.)  Don’t forget to leave comments as you look as TWO lucky stampers will each win a package of stamps from this collection.   :)


I’ll be back tomorrow (9/16, 1 a.m. EST) with Kraftin Kimmie’s September Release Hop & Shop. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Kraftin Kimmie Stamps “Nettie” (Moonlight Whispers)    Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Stampin Up Bravo Burgundy, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye “The Merry Days of Christmas” (6×6)  Accessories: Copics (E00, E11, BV000, R20, E13, E15, E18, R56, R59, E42, E43, YG63, YG67, W00, W1, W3, BG70, Chocolate Spica glitter pen), My Favorite Things Let’s Toast and Double Scallop Border Die-namics, Amuse chocolate pearls, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

O Christmas Tree

Hi everyone!  Today Kraftin Kimmie Stamps is previewing six new holiday images from Emilie’s Etchings.  Each one comes with a coordinating sentiment and will be released Sunday, September 16.

The image I used today is titled “O Christmas Tree.”   :)

I colored with Copics and used fun new holiday paper by My Mind’s Eye.

I think she either needs a stronger tree or smaller balls. Hee, hee.  So cute.  :)

Be sure to check out the other Krafty Girls and Guests from the link below. (Click on the little frog.)  And while you’re there, be sure to leave comments as TWO lucky stampers are each going to win a package of stamps from this collection.  Just for commenting.  :)



We’ll be back tomorrow with previews of Annie’s new Moonlight Whispers images.  See you then!

Stamps:  Kraftin Kimmie Stamps “O Christmas Tree” (Emilie’s Etchings)    Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Stampin Up Handsome Hunter, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye “Winter Wonderland” (6×6)  Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, E35, E57, E42, E43, R22, R24, R39, YG03, YG06, YG17, YG63, YG67, B91, B93, B95, BG72, BG70, BG10, C00, C1, C3), My Favorite Things Simply Scallops Die-namics, Zva Creative adhesive crystals.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.

An Exciting Contest with Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions is proud to announce the premiere of a new and exciting stamping talent competition, Last Card Standing. Based in part on very popular reality competitions such as Last Comic StandingProject Runway, and Chopped, TE is looking for the very best and creative card-makers to stamp their way to the top. Each week, finalists will be challenged to create a themed card for a panel of celebrity judges in hope of avoiding elimination. Finally, the Top 5 Finalists will be voted on by the public, with the stamper receiving the most votes to win the title of Last Card Standing!

What’s at stake? An amazing prize package that includes:

  • A 3- month subscription to the Key Ingredients kit club
  • Two full size stamp sets of the winner’s choice AND
  • A coveted Guest Designer spot for the November/December Release!

How do I fit into this fun venture? I’m one of your three guest judges!

The competition begins today with the Open Casting Round. To enter, simply upload your best cards to your Splitcoaststampers gallery using keyword: TELASTCARD.

For this round, ANYTHING GOES — Birthday, Thank You, Holidays, Get Well, Congratulations…the sky’s the limit! The only requirement is that you use at least one stamped image from Taylored Expressions.

Do you have a card that you think could get you a callback to the next round? Go for it — Submissions do NOT have to be a new creation for the Open Casting Round and you may enter as many cards as you want! Both new and old projects will be considered.

Deadline for submission to Open Casting Round: Thursday, September 20, 2012 by 11:59 pm PST.

For contest details, visit the Taylored Expressions Member Company Forum at Splitcoaststampers.

Good luck!  :)

 

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Hi everyone!  Today Kraftin Kimmie Stamps is previewing Cheryl Alger’s new set, Holiday Lulu and Libby, to be released Sunday, September 16.  The set consists of three super-cute holiday images plus six coordinating sentiments.

Isn’t Lulu adorable all decked out in her little Santa suit?

I colored with Copics, adding in little dots on the hat and suit trim to help create a bit of texture.

Be sure to check out the other Krafty Girls and Guests from the link below. (Click on the little frog.)  And while you’re there, be sure to leave comments as one lucky stamper is going to win the new Holiday Lulu and Libby set.  Just for commenting.  :)


We’ll be back tomorrow with previews of Emilie Goulet’s new holiday images. (SO cute.)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Kraftin Kimmie Stamps “Holiday Lulu and Libby” (Cheryl Alger)    Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Stampin Up Bravo Burgundy, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye “The Merry Days of Christmas” (6×6)  Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, E13, R20, Y21, E31, E35, R35, R37, R39, E39, E41, E42, E43, E31, E33, W00, W1, W3, BG70), Prismacolor pencils, My Favorite Things Dainty Lace Border Die-namics, Michaels mini brads.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.

Boo

Hi everyone. :)  It’s sketch time once again with My Favorite Things.

This week I used lots of Die-namics and only a couple stamps.  The little pumpkin from Halloween Charms was used in the center with Circle STAX, First Place Award Ribbon and 1/4″ Rosette.  On the side I layered a Jumbo Fishtail Banner, and I used a tab from Mini Tabs Foursome for the Boo sentiment.

The “Boo” is from Spider Web and the little dotted border beneath the pumpkin is from Lollipop Treat.

I layered a black pumpkin beneath my lighter pumpkin and used a dark brown marker to dot over the embossed lines.  Around the pumpkin stem (which is just a free-hand cut piece of paper), I tied and curled a bit of hemp cord.

On the inside I stamped another sentiment from Spider Web and “hung” the web charm.

All cardstock is MFT’s Black Licorice.


<—Here’s the sketch if you’d like to play along. You can find direct links to more samples HERE.  And remember, if you upload your card to the SCS gallery using the keyword MFTWSC89, you will have the chance to win up to $20 in MFT money!  One winner is chosen at random each week.  More info can be found in the MFT Forum in SCS.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!  :)

Stamps:  My Favorite Things “Spider Web” and “Lollipop Treat”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Amuse Studio Latte and French Roast    Paper:  MFT Black Licorice, Carta Bella “All Hallow’s Eve” (6×6)   Accessories:  MFT Halloween Charms, Circle STAX, First Place Award Ribbon, 1/4″ Rosette, Jumbo Fishtail Banners and Mini Tabs Foursome Die-namics, hemp cord, adhesive pearls, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.