Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sending You a Little Christmas

Hi everyone.  I have another Christmas card to share today.  :)

I tried to keep this one somewhat simple…or at least “clean.”  :)  I used Sending You a Little Christmas from My Favorite Things along with Rectangle STAX and Icicle Border Die-namics.  I used a tiny snowflake from Christmas Ornaments stamp set, and the little swirl on each side of the sentiment was stamped using Wild Cherry ink and Lisa Johnson’s Howdy set.

I used Couture Cardstock’s One Sheet Wonder for my card base.  Blending of Copics is not quite as nice on this paper as on X-Press It Blending Card.  But if you’re looking for a cardstock on which you can color with no bleeding to the other side, this paper fits the bill!

I’ve been admiring all of the window cards I’ve seen lately (on Pinterest), but I don’t have a window die so I faked my own.

I first cut the window from the front of my card using a rectangle die from MFT’s Rectangle STAX.  To create the window “frame,” I used the same rectangle die to cut a window from a separate sheet of white cardstock.  (I’ll call this second window Piece B.)  I then used a bigger rectangle die, centered it over the open space of Piece B, taping the die (using removable tape) to secure.  I then ran the piece through my Vagabond and I had a nicely die-cut frame.  The center window strips were cut to size and inserted behind the frame.

I cut a strip of Icicle Border Die-namics from a scrap of light blue dotted paper, trimmed it to fit the width of the window and depth of the frame and adhered before using foam tape to secure the frame to my card front.

Next, I used a pencil to very lightly mark the opening of the window so I’d know where to stamp my image on the inside of the card.

There’s room to stamp an additional sentiment in the upper left corner and room for signatures below the image.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Pure Innocence “Sending You a Little Christmas,” Christmas Ornaments and Howdy (Lisa Johnson Designs)   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; MFT Wild Cherry    Paper:  Couture Cardstock One Sheet Wonder   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, R24, R29, R89, E41, E42, YG91, YG93, YG95, Y17, E31, E33, BG70, C1, C3), MFT Rectangle STAX 1 and Icicle Border Die-namics, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape (strips cut to 1/8″ width).  Finished size 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″.

Every Time We Love

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of mass production so I’ve been trying to take every available opportunity to complete holiday cards.  One more down today (and another tomorrow)!  :)

On my card today I used one of my favorites of the winter/holiday Pure Innocence sets from My Favorite Things, Sending You a Little Christmas.  Along with the set, I used MFT’s new Jumbo Snowflake Die-namics along with Let It Snowflake, Snow Drifts and Dainty Dots Border.

After coloring my image with Copics on X-Press It Blending Card, I dotted in snowflakes using a clear Stardust gel pen.  I dotted sparkles onto the girl’s various trims and added lines of shine on the snowflakes.  The tree was decorated with a Baby Blue Spica glitter pen with the clear Stardust dotted over the star.

In the center of the snowflake, I stitched a shiny Sno Cone button.

On the inside, I stamped the image and sentiment, then added some Snow Drifts. Before adhering the drifts, I sponged the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink to add definition.


I’ll be back tomorrow with another Pure Innocence Christmas card.  Thanks for stopping by!  ♥

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Pure Innocence “Sending You a Little Christmas”   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Ranger Antique Linen Distress    Paper:  MFT Sweet Tooth heavyweight cardstock, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye Signature Christmas (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, E31,W00, W1, W3, BG70, YG91, YG93, YG95), MFT Jumbo Snowflake, Let It Snowflake, Snow Drifts and Dainty Dots Border Die-namics, Sakura Clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen, Spica Baby Blue glitter pen.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.

Happy Holly-Days

Hi everyone.  :)  It’s time for another great sketch challenge with My Favorite Things.  Can you believe we’re up to Sketch No. 100?!  Time flies!

This week I used Pure Innocence Holly Girl, Mix & Match Banner Die-namics and Paver Red cardstock.

After stamping and coloring with Copics (onto X-Press It Blending Card), I pieced her dress, adding the the little red band as a separate piece.

The Gumdrop Green buttons were stitched on using Hemp Cord.

On the inside, I stamped the image again and added another sentiment from the set.


<—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 MFTWSC100, 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 Pure Innocence “Holly Girl”   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black    Paper:  MFT Paver Red heavyweight cardstock, X-Press It Blending Card, Jillibean Soup “Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup” (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, Y21, E31, E35, G21, G24, G28, R24, R29, R89, E40, W00, W1, BG70), MFT Mix & Match Banner Die-namics, MFT Gumdrop Green buttons/hemp cord, red burlap trim, X-Press It foam tape.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.

MFT November Creative Challenge – Merry Christmas

Welcome to this month’s Creative Challenge with My Favorite Things.  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 holiday home decor. 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 holiday frame using Lisa Johnson’s Stitched Stockings and Darling Dots, as well as Stocking Trio and High Rise Alphabet Upper Case and Lower Case Die-namics.

I first stamped the dotted background onto (pinkish) lightly patterned paper using Wild Cherry ink.

I die-cut the letters first from Whip Cream cardstock, then dotted paper.  The letters were layered and then adhered to the dotted paper using X-Press It foam tape.

On the left, I added a long stocking stamped in Jelly Bean Green ink.  Using hemp cord, I stitched on a Wild Cherry button, adhered the stocking using foam tape and wrapped the hemp cord ends to the back, securing with tape.  I then tied a tiny bow around the base of  the hemp cord, close to the stocking.

The shorter red stocking was stamped in Wild Cherry ink.  I stitched a small Jelly Bean Green button and wrapped the hemp ends to the back as with the green striped stocking.  This one, however, is not raised on foam tape but secured directly to the stamped/dotted paper.

On the right, I stamped and adhered the stocking as on the left side.  One is flat, one is raised.

Finally, to add just a bit of additional depth to the frame, I adhered strips of foam tape all the way around the inside edges of the frame before inserting my assembled panel.

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

Thanks for so much for visiting today!  :)

Frame (11 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ opening), Card 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″    Stamps:  My Favorite Things “Stitched Stockings” and “Darling Dots” (Lisa Johnson Designs)   Ink: MFT Wild Cherry and Jelly Bean Green   Paper: MFT Whip Cream and Paver Red, Echo Park “Very Merry Christmas” (6×6) and Lily Bee Design “Jingle” (6×6)   Accessories:  MFT Stocking Trio, High Rise Alphabet Upper and Lowercase and Sentiment Strips Die-namics, MFT Jelly Bean Green and Wild Cherry buttons, Hemp Cord, X-Press It foam tape, frame.

Missing You

Happy Sunday.  :)

Over this holiday weekend, I’ve taken a bit of time to stamp and color just for fun, fitting it in between company, cooking and shopping.  I found some really cute digi-images at a couple of different places.

The image I used today is Cafe Lizzie from Whimsie Doodles.

Isn’t she cute?  I love her hair.

I stamped her on X-Press It Blending Card then colored with Copics, adding in ground with colored pencils.

Thanks for visiting today! I’ll be back soon!

Digi-Stamp:  Whimsie Doodles “Cafe Lizzie”    Sentiment:  Cornish Heritage Farms “Tag, You’re It” (Kim Hughes Collection)   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  My Favorite Things Hot Fudge, X-Press It Blending Card, Farm House “Market Square” (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, Y21, E31, E35, E57, BG72, BG75, E07, E08, E41, E42, E43, W00, W1, BG70), Prismacolor pencils, Michaels trim, button, hemp cord.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Today Will Be the Best Day Ever

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  I’m so glad Black Friday is over.  We ventured out yesterday and holy moly.  I couldn’t believe the crowd.  I think it was worse than I’ve *ever* seen.  Maybe that’s a good sign for the economy.  (I know it was a good test of our patience.  Sheesh.)

Anyway, we had quite a bit going on last week (aside from Thanksgiving).  It was my husband’s birthday and my father-in-law was in the hospital for emergency surgery.  Actually, he’s still there but he’s improving so for that we are very thankful.  I hope he’s able to go home soon.

I felt a bit bad giving this card to my husband on his birthday as his dad had been to the hospital just the day before.  It actually was not the best day ever, but we made it the best we could under the circumstances.

I used My Favorite Sentiments, Wild Cherry ink, Nightshift Blue and Sweet Tooth cardstocks as well as Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, all from My Favorite Things.

The flags were cut from Pebbles “Walnut Grove” patterned paper, with the flag ends bent slightly forward to add a bit of dimension.

The sentiment was stamped in two parts, first inking only the stripes using Wild Cherry ink.  (I used post-it notes to cover the words.)  I then stamped the sentiment in black, using the red lines as a guide for placement.

After stamping, sponging and layering, the sentiment panel was adhered using foam tape.

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Big Greetings, using Wild Cherry ink to emphasize the word “BIG.”

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I’ll be back soon.  :)

Stamps:  My Favorite Things “My Favorite Sentiments” and “Big Greetings”   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, MFT Wild Cherry, Ranger Antique Linen Distress    Paper:  MFT Nightshift Blue and Sweet Tooth heavyweight cardstock, Pebbles “Walnut Grove” (6×6)   Accessories:  MFT Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, X-Press It foam tape, sponge.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

You’re An Angel – MFT Sketch Challenge

It’s sketch time with My Favorite Things!

This week I’ve used cute, new Pure Innocence Angel.

After coloring with Copics, I used a clear 3-d glaze pen to add some dimension (which, of course, you cannot see) to the wings .  They aren’t entirely glossy.  I added little scooped lines above each of the stamped “scoops.”

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Pure Innocence All Occasion Sentiments and used already cut scraps from the patterned paper.

<—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 MFTWSC99, 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, and Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Pure Innocence “Angel” and “All Occasion Sentiments”   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and VersaMagic Wheat    Paper:  MFT Kraft heavyweight cardstock, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found3 “Oliver” (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, Y21, E31, E33, BG72, BG75, BG10, BG70, W00, W1, W3), MFT Sentiment Strips Die-namics, Melissa Frances trim, hemp cord, clear Sakura 3-d glaze pen, sponge.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

A Super Quick and Super Easy Thank You

Sometimes you just need a very simple card.  I struggle with these.  I admire other designer’s clean and simple designs, but when I make something I’d call “quick and easy,” I feel like it’s unfinished…or sad.  (I know sometimes it’s just “me,” but CAS is *not* my strong suit.)  My card today was SUPER quick.  And SUPER easy.  But this time, I actually like it.  :)

I used Big Greetings from My Favorite Things.  That’s all.  One simple sentiment.

Using hemp cord, I stitched a Kraft button over the patterned paper, using a Kraft card base and corner rounder punch on the bottom corners only.

I finished the inside even more quickly than the outside, stamping a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments.

Thanks for visiting today.  I’ll be back soon!  :)

Stamps:  My Favorite Things “Big Greetings” and “More Essential Sentiments” Ink:  Memento Potter’s Clay   Paper:  MFT Kraft heavyweight cardstock, Simple Stories “Harvest Lane” (6×6)   Accessories:  MFT Kraft button and hemp cord, corner rounder punch.  Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.



Copic News for You!

Copiccolorandinkworkshop

Did you see the announcement about the new COPIC Color and Ink Workshop?

Join our Regional Instructors for TWO consecutive, fun filled days of coloring, creating and getting inky! Expand your coloring skills, experiment with unique surfaces, learn new inking techniques and advance your airbrushing aptitude in this totally hands-on workshop.

We will be including the following four classes during this two-day event:

  • Coloring Ethnic Skin Tones and Various Hair Styles
  • Oodles of Doodles and Backgrounds
  • Airbrushing Made Easy
  • So Many Surfaces

Doesn’t that sound like fun? Be sure to check out the details and register HERE. COPIC Standard Certification is a prerequisite for attending the new COPIC Color and Ink Workshop.  Hope to see some of you in Anaheim in January for the first class January 10-11.

More classes will be offered *about* once a month at these select locations throughout next year:

Cities that will host the 2013 Color and Ink Workshop Series

  • Anaheim, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Boston, MA
  • Calgary
  • Toronto
  • Chicago, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Portland, OR
  • Dallas, TX

If you see one near you, don’t wait to sign up!  I think these are going to fill FAST.

:)

May Your Holidays Sparkle – Wednesday Sketch

Time for another fun sketch with My Favorite Things! (I really like this one!)

I used new Pure Innocence Elf Girl along with Seasonal Sentiments, Circle and Rounded Banner STAX.  I placed a strip of Simply Scallops border along the bottom and layered two small strips from Accent It Flags & Tags Die-namics to create the little tab in the upper left corner.  (Lots of fun dies!)

After stamping and coloring with Copics onto X-Press It Blending Card, I cut out my little elf and adhered her over the circle and banner dies using foam tape.

Base cardstock and ink are both Jelly Bean Green.

I created a quick finish to the inside using another Rounded Banner die-cut, Simply Scallops border and a sentiment from Clearly Sentimental about Christmas.

<—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 MFTWSC98, 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 “Elf Girl” (Pure Innocence),”Seasonal Sentiments” and “Clearly Sentimental about Christmas”  Ink:  MFT Jelly Bean Green    Paper:  MFT Jelly Bean Green heavyweight cardstock, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye The Merry Days of Christmas (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, R20, Y21, E33, G94, G99, R35, R37, R39, W3, W5), MFT Circle and Rounded Banner STAX, Accent It Flags & Tags and Simply Scallops border Die-namics, Amuse Twinkle Stickers, X-Press It foam tape.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.