May 31, 2013

VLV Better With You


TGIF! Here in NZ at least :-) We have a long weekend to celebrate Queen's Birthday and I'm so glad, I need the extra time and help with bubs so I can get lots of baking done for his party next weekend!

I know I'm going to be fueled by a bit of coffee, so todays Viva la Verve card features my fave coffee set ever, Better With You.

You can find all the details about this challenge and how you can win $100 to spend on Verve goodies in the Viva la Verve forum.

I stamped the mug twice, paper piecing the main portion to match the papers used on my card. The sentiment and all the sponging is done with Kraft ink. I added some piercing for simple decoration.

Inside I used more of the paper and that awesome coffee stain image along with another sentiment.

Have a lovely weekend, I've got some posts scheduled for while I enjoy time with our family who are all flying in for the big first birthday bash! I'll see you back here "live" in the second week of June!  

Stamps: Better With You (Verve StampsPaper: Indie Chic Nutmeg (MME) Ink: Hot Fudge, Kraft (MFT) Dies: Circle and Oval Nesties (Spellbinders) Other: Piercing Tool, Piercing Templates, Sponge Dauber, Pearls

May 26, 2013

Flowers Bloom

Hello! I've been extra busy lately preparing for our little guy's first birthday - it's come up so fast! I did have time for a little extra inky fun recently though, inspired by the Simon Says stamp and show challenge to use your favourite ink. I love distress inks, you can do so much with them, and I've used my current fave, Fired Brick on this card featuring Verve stamps.

I started with a ranger tag base, sponging on distress ink in yellow tones, before splattering with water, and over stamping one of the flowers from Surely Goodness. I embossed and added some sponging with walnut stain ink on the sides and distressed a little. I tore the top of the tag off, and liked it so much I decided to make it the top of the card, I like the drama! The focal flower is also from Surely Goodness and was coloured with distress markers. The sentiment is the Where Flowers Bloom PJ stamped on vellum cut with the Curvy Bookplate.

Inside I used some of the torn tag to add a little embossed interest, and stamped the flowers again. Love that fired brick ink!

Stamps: Surely Goodness, Where Flowers Bloom PJ (Verve StampsPaper: Choc Chip, Kraft (SU) Tag Ink: Scattered Straw, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger) Dies: A Cut Above Dies: Curvy Bookplate Die, Scalloped Trim Trio (Verve Stamps)Other: SU Ribbon, Jamara Embossing Folder, Pearl, Mini Clothespin, Hemp Twine

May 23, 2013

WSC 125 - Dandelions

It's time for another fab MFT sketch! I'm sharing another Mother's Day card I made this year.

You can find all the info about this week's sketch and how you can win up to $20 to spend on MFT on the MFT Blog.

I used the gorgeous Dandelion Wishes stamp set and created some fun flowers in red and pink. I used Berrylicious ink and the Distressed Background Blocks stamps for my background paper. The sentiment is from Sweet Roses.

I also stamped a matching envelope. It only takes a minute and adds so much to a special card.

Inside I couldn't resist stamping the gorgeous image again!
Stamps: Distressed Background Blocks, Dandelion Wishes, Sweet Roses (MFT Stamps) Paper: Berrylicious, Smooth White (MFT Cardstock) Ink: Premium Dye Ink in Jellybean Green, Red Hot, Pink Lemonade, Berrylicious (MFT Stamps)  Dies: MFT Die-namics - Fishtail Flags STAX (MFT Stamps) Other: Hemp, Sweet Tooth Button

May 21, 2013

Creative Challenge - May Flowers

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, April Showers bring May Flowers!  Look forward to an assortment of flower-filled creations from today's participating designers.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have a project to share with you today. 

I wanted to try pairing some mixed media products/techniques with clean and simple design - I had fun making my two cards for today!

Both my cards today feature the Mini Chicken Wire stencil and luscious MFT Felt. I combined some modelling paste with Making Memories paint in Cornflower Blue and spread it over the stencil with a spatula. I let these pieces dry overnight.

This card features the new Cheerful Blessings stamp set. I masked off the sentiments so I could stamp in two colours. This flower is the awesome Sunflower Die-namics.

Inside the card I have sponged over the stencil with Berrylicious ink and stamped a second sentiment.

My second card features the bold Western Sentiments stamp set. 

For this card I covered an entire panel with the modelling paste. I love the hint of pink showing through. The sentiment was stamped on the circle from Blueprints 3. I went back to basics for this card, using some of the very first flower Die-namics ever, the Rolled Flower and Mini Rolled Roses. I finished the card with some pearls.

Inside the card I've stenciled the pattern again, I just love being able to decide exactly where the sponging will allow the pattern to show.

Don't forget to stop by the MFT Blog for all the flowery goodness the DT have to share today!

Here are the wonderful My Favorite Things goodies I've used today:

Stamps: Cheerful Blessings, Western Sentiments (MFT Stamps) Paper: Pink Lemonade, Smooth White (MFT Cardstock) Ink: Premium Dye Ink in Hot fudge, Lemon Drop (MFT Stamps)  Dies: MFT Die-namics - Rolled Flower, Mini Rolled Roses, Fishtail Flags STAX, Blueprints 1, Blueprints 3 (MFT Stamps) Other: MFT Felt - Bubblegum, Sweet Tooth, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, Hot Fudge; Pearls, Corner Rounder Punch, Mini Chicken Wire Stencil (MFT) Modelling Paste, MM Paint in Cornflower Blue

May 20, 2013

CAS 221 Strong Anchor

I'm happy to be playing along with this week's Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoast Stampers as guest designer.

This week the challenge is a theme - that smells great!

I've used some new and old Verve to answer the theme with sea air - one of my favourite smells!

Strong Anchor is part of the FAB new Verve release. I used nestabilites to emboss my card, and stamped the rope circle inside the embossed circle. I added a cute little wheel above the sentiment. The anchor is from the Nautical Die Set, I punched a hole in the top and threaded through some twisted hemp twine.

I wanted some detail on my base card so I used the large background from Artful Elegance and heat embossed it in clear.

Here's the inside of my card...

I just love that gorgeous sentiment!

I hope you'll play along with the CAS challenge this week, I'd love to see your take on great smells!  

Stamps: Strong Anchor, Artful Elegance (Verve StampsPaper: Buckaroo Blue (SU) Ink: Versamagic, Buckaroo Blue, Cranberry Crisp (SU) Kraft (MFT)  Dies: A Cut Above Dies: Nautical Die Set (Verve Stamps) Circle Nesties (Spellbinders) Other: Hemp Twine, Embossing Powder, Corner Punch

May 16, 2013

WSC 124 Happy Mothers Day

Hi there! It's time for another fun Wednesday Sketch Challenge from MFT!

Today I'm sharing one of the Mother's Day cards I made this year.

May 14, 2013

Release Rewind! Down on the Farm!

Hello! Today I have a couple of cards to share for this month's release rewind from My Favorite Things, where the design team get the chance to showcase amazing products we might not have had a chance to really explore during teaser time.

There were so many amazing new goodies in the May release - available here now. I'm down on the farm today, using chicken wire, farm animals and stencils!

May 11, 2013

Hugs and Smiles

Hello! I'm stopping in today with a card for this week's Viva la Verve sketch. This week we also have an inspiration photo, fun!

You can find all the details about this challenge and how you can win $100 to spend on Verve goodies in the Viva la Verve forum.

Here's the inspiration photo for this week...

May 8, 2013

New Product Tour - Heirloom Label

Yippee! It's here - the amazing My Favorite Things May release is available right here, right NOW!

But first, it's time to make sure your wishlist is complete (grin) with our New Product Tour!

I have a set of FOUR cards to share today, using SO many new goodies just released today!

May 7, 2013

Spread Your Wings

I'm so excited to share my card for todays My Favorite Things teasers - I just LOVE the Die-namics I've used today!
There are so many new goodies coming on the 7th - is your wishlist a mile long yet?!

May 6, 2013

Lucky Me!

My Favorite Things teasers continue today, and I have a fun game themed vintage card to share with you.
I've used the new Document It - Bingo stamp set from Laina Lamb, this is such a fun set!

May 5, 2013

May Diva Inspirations Hop! Just Be U!

Welcome! The 5th of the month means it is time for the Verve Diva Inspirations hop. The Divas will be bringing you a bunch of Verve goodness today, and you can win a $30 gift certificate just for commenting! There's a FAB new Verve release coming on the 10th of this month, so some spending money sure would come in handy! Check out all the details and prize info over at the Verve Blog.

Here's the master hop list so you can start at the beginning for the best chance to win...

May 4, 2013

Introducing the Vertical Frame Die-namics!

Welcome! It's day three of MFT teasers - I hope you're enjoying them as much as I am!

Today I'm going to share two projects made with a fab new Die-namics, the Vertical Frame Die-namics.

May 3, 2013

Rainbow Hello!

Hello! It's day three of MFT teasers, and I have a clean and simple card to share today using my fave new Die-namics!

I've also used the fab new Distressed Background Blocks today -you're going to see lots of these from me, I love them! The Simon challenge this week was a "happy mail" card, I know receiving a rainbow in my mailbox would make me happy!

May 2, 2013

Dandelion Wishes


Welcome! Day two of teasers for My Favorite Things brings news of a new designer...from our very own design team! Yay Mona, I just love your products!

Also new - Mix-able Stencils! I've used one on my card today.

May 1, 2013

Make a Wish


Welcome! Today marks the start of Teasers from My Favorite Things for the amazing May release. There are some unique and fun things coming out this month, you're going to love them!

My card today features a new Pure Innocence image, the latest Blueprints set and a new Die-namic I fell in love with right away!