Monday 30 November 2009

MFT Teasers - Day 3 Pure Innocence

Welcome back to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things teasers! Today we're previewing what have quickly become my fave MFT images - the Pure Innocence girls! There are 4 new ones this month (quads to join last month's quints - if you're an MFT junkie!) and they are ADORABLE!!

For my first project I decided to make an acetate card. Now I've never made one of these before, but it was actually pretty easy! The hardest part was waiting for the acetate to dry (I'm SO not a patient person!).

I stamped the acetate with the snowflakes from an older set, Baby It's Cold Outside. The Merry Kissmas Pure Innocence girl was stamped and colored on white cardstock. If you look closely, you can see the liquid applique on their hats (toques for us Canadians!), the glitter on her pom poms, and the clear glaze on the mistletoe berries. I die cut some shapes with my nesties to use behind the image and on the back panel. Then inside was stamped with the sentiment "Merry Kissmas".

As soon as I saw
Presents for You, I knew that I wanted to make some gift tags. Let me tell you - if you receive one of these from me, you must be special, cause I want to hoard them!! I stamped and colored the PI onto white cardstock, and die cut it with the top note die. Then I sponged the edges. I also die cut a piece of Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper and trimmed it out to fit.
The To and From sentiment are included along with a couple of other sentiments. I can't wait to attach these to my gifts!

Thanks again for stopping by today! You can find a complete list of all the designers previewing the Pure Innocence line on Kim's blog at 11am EST today! Check back tomorrow for another peek!

Sunday 29 November 2009

MFT Teasers - Day 2

Welcome back!! Today we're previewing 2 new sets being released Wednesday night at My Favorite Things.

The first is another Flopsey! I just love this rabbit with his big ears. This time around Flopsey is all about chocolate - a bunny after my own heart. I created a card and a box to go with it to hold - what else? - chocolate!

The layout of my card is an old Mojo Monday sketch and I used some Basic Grey Bittersweet papers. I just love this sentiment that comes with the set (there are 3 others as well!).
One of my favorite things to do with Flopsey is to make him all fuzzy - so I covered him with fun flock. I actually apply the fun flock to a sticky sheet and then stamp on the fuzzy sheet. It gives amazing coverage! Let me know if you're interested in a tutorial and I'll whip one up if so.
The window treat box was super easy to put together and I used this tutorial from Splitcoast. There's another fuzzy Flopsey on the box and it's filled with Lindt chocolates - my hubby's fave!
The second set being previewed was previously available as part of an MFT kit, and is now available on its own. Love Machine is super fun to work with and I decided to make a "boy" card to have in my stash.
I used some Cosmo Cricket Early Bird papers and sewed all around each panel. Actually, I sewed without thread - it was a super easy way to pierce my panels without doing it by hand! I added some of MFT's baby braddies (LOVE them!) and coated my love machine in Crystal Effects. He's super glossy and shiny!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Make sure you check out Kim's blog after 11am est today to find links to all the other designers with sneak peeks as well! Check back tomorrow as I have previews of my fave part of the release!!

Saturday 28 November 2009

MFT Teaser

Hello friends!! I am so excited to be part of the MFT December temporary design team. Kim offers her regular design team a break for Christmas and has asked some extremely talented MFT fans to help out! I was honored to be asked!

Today's peek is from a new set by Amanda Baird called Love at First Sight. It has a couple super sweet images and some awesome sentiments.

For my card I used the main image - this woman who is obviously in love. But I decided to make her in love with chocolate (because really - who isn't?)! I used one of the other images - the truffle for the object of her affection! I coated the truffle in caramel latte fun flock to make it look like one of those truffles that have been dusted in cocoa. Both images were stamped on one of MFT's cream perfect panels. Where has this paper been all my life?? It is super thick but doesn't soak up the ink like some other heavy paper that I have. It's also extremely easy to blend on.

To see other teasers with this set, check out Kim's blog after 11am est where she'll have a list of all the designers sharing today. Check back tomorrow for another peek, o.k.?

Monday 23 November 2009

So You Think You Can Stamp Finals!

This is it - the final week for MFT's So You Think You Can Stamp contest! One person will take home the title and a prize of free stamps for 6 months! Cool eh?

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the top 6 and so have been working on my project for the last 4 days. Each contestant was paired with a MFT design team mentor to work with, and I was lucky enough to be paired with Jody Morrow! Can I just tell you what a sweetie she is? I have chatted with Jody in the MFT forum for a while now - but got to talk to her on the phone and over email. Besides being SUPER talented, she was so helpful, kind and supportive. Thank you so much Jody!!

Our theme this week was "freestyle - anything goes, stamp for your lives". So since this stamping contest was based on the t.v. show "So You Think You Can Dance", I decided to be inspired by the show itself. I admit that I'm not a regular fan of the show, but I did spend quite some time over the last 6 weeks watching videos on You Tube.

Did you know that Who's That Girl (known from here on in as WTG) came in top six in the So You Think You Can Dance contest? Seriously!! And you know what happens after the season ends? The top contestants go on tour!! WTG had an amazing time on tour and scrapbooked her experiences.

I looked up the actual tour schedule for SYTYCD and picked 6 tour stops that I thought would be fun to visit (since there were 6 weeks of this contest). I also picked some activities in each city that WTG would have a chance to do while she was on tour. The WTG stamps then became pictures and I created journaling to go with each stop. The journaling was printed on some MFT digi paper and then punched with a notebook border punch.

Here's the front cover. I actually made this album totally from scratch. I cut the chipboard to size (6.5" x 6.5") and painted it. Then I punched holes and decorated it. All of the pages in my book are stitched on all 4 sides. The papers are all from We R Memory Keepers - Madame Royale. It is all held together by binder rings.

The first page - having a Starbucks at the airport before taking off!
We're finally off on the tour for So You think You Can Dance. Making Top 6 was amazing but this is a dream come true! Nothing like sitting at the airport with a hot cup of Starbucks, knowing that all my hopes and dreams are about to come true, and while they are, I'll be surrounded by the best group of friends I could have imagined.
First stop - Chicago!
Wind Shmind... Not even a hurricane could stop me from purse shopping on the Magnificent Mile. Louis, Coach, Chanel, Gucci ... Come to Mama! We shopped 'til we dropped.
2nd stop - Miami
H-O-T. Hello Miami. I don't know what was hotter, the weather or the dancing. There wasn't much time for sightseeing, but we managed to sneak in dinner and drinks at Emeril's Miami Beach and an amazing view of the ocean all at the same time.
Third stop - Houston
Ahhhhhhh! Peace. This tour has taken a lot out of me. I thought the competition was exhausting, but the tour requires even more out of us. What's a girl to do? That's right. Take advantage of the beautiful spa in our hotel – can you say “Conga-line Coral”? Of course, no day is complete until I've pulled out my laptop and caught up with my friends back home!
Fourth stop - Los Angeles
Fame excess! Thanks, Miley for that description of the amazing L.A.! I was in my glory swooning over Jimmy Choos on Rodeo Drive. I needed those shoes for my appearance on the Ellen Show. Yes. THAT Ellen! We danced with her, and of course took pictures. It's possible that I am truly her biggest fan.
Fifth stop - Las Vegas
What happens in Vegas ... ends up in my scrapbook! Vegas is almost all about glitz and glamour. My two favorite things, and of course this stop was my favourite. We got VIP'd into XS where we rocked our moves til last call. After my wild night, I was in need of some relaxation. Nothing like a little downward dog to restore some balance before our next stop.
Last stop - Portland
The weather matched our moods as we hit the last stop of the tour. It was dreary and miserable, exactly how we felt when we knew things were coming to an end. We weren't downcast for long... instead, we curled up in fluffy hotel robes and had a giant pyjama party. PILLOW FIGHT!!!!! I can't believe how much I'll miss everyone.
Back page - relaxing after the whirlwind tour!
Ahhhhhhhhhh! Time to relax. This tour has been amazing, but I'm so ready to sit in a nice warm bubble bath, have a glass of wine and reminisce.
Front and back covers
Side view

Thanks so much for visiting and reading! I appreciate each and every one of you!

Thursday 12 November 2009

Bellarific 'Tini!

I had a chance to play along with Bellarific Friday today. This week's theme was a wild card - meaning that the sky's the limit! I didn't get a chance to play along with last week's Christmas theme, so decided I would make a Christmas card.

I used the Chrismatini image and coloured it with copics as well as a Sakura stardust pen. The sentiment is a rub on and the trim was something I picked up last year because it was so fun! A simple card using Karen Giron's sketch layout from this week. I'm not in time to link up, but here it is anyway.

I'm super excited because I'm off to Bellaland on Sat. and again on Sun. to take some classes with Paulabella and Lindabella! Can't wait!!! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday 10 November 2009

A Modern Girls Night Out!

Alrighty then!! We're at week 5 of MFT's So You Think You Can Stamp contest. I only have this week and next week to get one of those coveted 6 spaces and compete in the finals! Our theme this week was "Contemporary – Fresh and modern, think clean lines and simple style".

I decided that I wanted to use the cityscape from Going Places and then played with a couple of other images until I settled on Girls Night Out. Boy - would I love to be one of those two women!! I stamped the cityscape in Brilliance Ink on some bluish shiny cardstock that I had squirreled away and embossed it with clear powder. I cut them out and layered them using dimensionals. The paper behind the cityscape and below is Memory Box Butterfield and was in one of the MFT monthly kits. I paper pieced the image using some older Basic Grey papers and added some rhinestones. So who wants to go for drinks?

Sunday 8 November 2009

Dazzling Medallion!

I created a couple of cards the other day that were Stampin Up only for my demo's blog. I hadn't really had a chance to play with this medallion stamp that I fell in love with. I grabbed a colour combo off of Splitcoast and the rest was super quick.

I used craft white ink and then embossed with heat and stick powder and added dazzling diamonds. The sparkle doesn't show as well in the picture - in real life it's so shimmery and pretty! The sentiment is from the level 2 hostess set Asian Artistry. The melon mambo panel is mounted on black and Kraft.

Well friends - hope you're having a great weekend! We're off to Church and then I'm spending some quality time with my favorite girlfriends and going to a toy warehouse to tackle some Christmas shopping! Later taters!

Tuesday 3 November 2009

Hip Hop Snowmen!

This is my entry for week 4 of MFT's So You Think You Can Stamp contest. I'm still hoping for one of those remaining spots so I can compete in the final week's competition. This week's theme was hip hop. I decided to go less literal with this week's theme and just be inspired by hip hop music, attire, and artists.

For the main portion of my card I decided to use the stained glass technique - to represent all the bling. I embossed my image with gold embossing powder on acetate. Remember all those big gold necklaces and earrings of the 80's? I then filled the reverse of the image with Crystal effects and added 3 different colours of glitter - crystal, aqua, and peridot. I did each colour separately so they wouldn't mix.
This side panels were stamped using the In the Background set. Lots of blue to represent denim. Then I used some gold ribbon and made a gold ribbon rose/medallion and used it as part of my sentiment. I "popped" the image up on dimensionals since popping is part of hip hop. I used the sentiment "Joy" cause I was thinking of that song Joy and Pain by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock - another hip hop song from the 80's.

I decided to make my card into a cd holder as I wanted to send some Christmas music to my niece and nephew. So I made a pocket to "lock"the cd into place. "Locking" is another big part of hip hop.

All in all a super fun challenge! Hope you're having a good beginning to your week!


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