MFT December Creative Challenge – Background Building

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 use no patterned paper but to instead use stamps to build a background.  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 used Lisa Johnson’s Darling Dots to create the background on this notebook/journal and card for my daughter’s teacher.  She likes purple and green.  :)

To create the background, I inked the dots in MFT’s Jelly Bean Green, alternating with Amuse Studio Grape ink on Sweet Tooth cardstock.

Along the spine, I added a strip of Grape Jelly cardstock, scoring along the fold line so the cover will open easily.

I used Botanical Beauty Die-namics along with Grape Jelly and Grapesicle cardstocks.  The “leaves” were created using Jelly Bean Green cardstock with one of the flag dies from Accent It Flags & Tags.  The list was created using Journal It Top Ten with Insert It 3 x 4 Die-namics.

The ribbon/page marker was secured to the inside back cover with double-sided tape, draped through the journal and brought back out to hang over the front.  I tied a charm (of sorts) to the ribbon end using hemp cord.

Typewriter Alphabet allowed for a quick personalization.

To go along with the journal, I created a card using Botanical Beauty, Flags and Tags and Horizontal Gift Card holder.

In the center of the flower I stitched a Sweet Tooth button using white string, colored with a BV17 Copic marker.  (I’ll purchase a better suited gift card.  I just used this one to fill the pocket for the picture.)

Since this IS a Christmas present, I stamped a sentiment from Clearly Sentimental about Christmas.  (Extremely non-traditional holiday colors, but I wanted the card to match the gift.)

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

Thanks for so much for visiting today!  :)

Stamps:  MFT Darling Dots, Journal It “Top Ten,” ” Typewriter Alphabet,” “Gift Card Greetings II,” Clearly Sentimental about Christmas   Ink: MFT Jelly Bean Green; Amuse Studio Grape; Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper: MFT Sweet Tooth, Grape Jelly, Grapesicle and Jelly Bean Green   Accessories: MFT Botanical Beauty, Accent It Flags & Tags, Insert It 3 x 4, Gift Card Pocket Horizontal, $1 Journal from Michaels, Sweet Tooth button, BV17 Copic, white string, hemp cord, charm, X-Press It foam tape.  Journal 5″ x 7″, card 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

11 Responses to MFT December Creative Challenge – Background Building

  1. OMGosh purple and green polka dots make me so happy!!! Love these.

  2. Both of your cards are so pretty Michele! Love the layered blossom! Happy Holidays!

  3. Michele, what a pretty gift set!

  4. Michele, I love this colour combo and your flower is awesome! I’m sure the teacher will LOVE it!!!

  5. ooooo! love the purple dots! great gift idea.

  6. Adorable set! Perfect for a teacher.

  7. DUDE!!! You didn’t tell me your project was a journal! You are a MACHINE!! I love this. I really do. I love the colors and that fun felt flower. The teacher will LOVE this! Hugs to you my friend. Mwah!

  8. Gorgeous set, Michele! She will LOVE it!

  9. Michele, my favorite colors are purple and green! I love your journal and card! Thanks for the hints on the ribbon book mark, I’ve always wondered how best to make those!

  10. Love all the purple and the narrow polka dot strip on the inside of the card is the perfect touch!

  11. Beautiful set Michele! I love the color palette! The teacher is going to love it!

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