Thursday, November 27, 2014

The MFT December Release Countdown Begins!


Welcome to this month's Release Countdown with My Favorite Things! You will find complete details each day on the MFT Blog, including how you can win prizes and full reveals of featured products.

I have two words for you with this release, new colors. NEW COLORS! NEW COLORS! Oh, they are so beautiful! Read all about a few of my favorites in this post. Pair new colors with the always fabulous new products from MFT Stamps, and you have one happy stamper!

Whimsical Wishes is a new stamp set from Lisa Johnson. Its fantastic! This set has so many possibilities, I know I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of ideas! She really just gets stampers!

I started by creating a card base with the first new color I am sharing, Blueberry! Then I cut Sweet Tooth cardstock with Die-namics Blueprints 21. Look at that amazing edging on the large rectangle I cut! Another brilliant die that I will be using again and again!

The long, straight line image looked like stems on a flower to me, so I stamped them with another new color, Limelight ink. To create leaves, I used the heart image from Whimsical Wishes.

Then I stamped the circle image repeatedly at the top, to create flowers. Its also a new color, Persimmon. And finally, I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry ink. Isn't it a lovely color combo?!

My second card started with the sketch that coordinates with Die-namics Blueprints 21. Remember that you can download the sketches from the online store! Isn't that cool?

I again die cut Sweet Tooth cardstock with the large rectangle from Die-namics Blueprints 21. (Told you I wouldn't be putting it down any time soon...) I stamped the background with the long line image in Limelight ink.

Persimmon and another new color, Peach Bellini cardstocks were cut with Mini Royal Roses to create flowers for this card. Don't you love those colors?!?!

The sentiment is stamped in Blueberry ink on a label also cut with Die-namics Blueprints 21. How cool is that pierced edge?

Wahoo! What a start to a fun release! Be sure and head to the MFT Blog for all the color details, including a look at the rest of the new ones! 

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

Supplies for Lovely Flower card, available Dec. 2:



Supplies for I'm Here For You card, available Dec. 2:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Go-To-Gal Designer Challenge: Neat & Tangled


What is a Go-to Gal Designer Challenge you may ask? Once a month the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Go-to Gals will challenge each other to create a project focusing on products from a particular manufacturer. We plan to feature one manufacturer the last Wednesday of each month. Just for fun! This month we are featuring the stamp company Neat & Tangled!

Neat & Tangled has some really great stamps! Such a cool mix of trend and whimsy, yet timeless images! 


On my card today, I used the set, Sailmates. The waves got me thinking, well those and some new hybrid inks.


By layering tags die cut from two different mediums, I was able to create a pretty cool look to this card!


I started with a tag of cardstock. I stamped the sailboat and sentiment images in hybrid ink, ink that will stand up to water. Reason being, I was going to make a watercolor background. I created blue watercolor with re-inkers. To see how to do that, check here...creating watercolor with re-inkers.


On the acetate that I die cut, I stamped the waves with a darker hybrid ink, made for unique surfaces.


I just love the way the layers turned out! So simple and so fun!

This hop has been planned for a while. And with the news last week, I don't know if we will continue or not. I hope we can. Thanks for always following along with our fun little hops! We love the sweet comments and hearing about what inspires you! Stop over and see what the rest of the ladies have in store:
thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

Supplies:

Monday, November 24, 2014

more Christmas tree ornaments; MFT November Creative Challenge



Welcome to the November My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Challenge! This month we were challenged to let our Christmas season creativity run wild. Simple for me to do, as Christmas is easily my favorite holiday. Something about the season brings out my need to make projects. So.many.projects. Right now I am on a kick of making Christmas tree ornaments. Perfect for adding to your own tree, or perfect for giving as gifts, these easy-to-create ornaments were made possible with great products from MFT!

My first set of ornaments was created with small birch tree disks I found at my local crafting store. They are each about 2-3" in diameter. Rustic and fabulous, I added chalkboard paint to the wood for the perfect place to stamp! Sophisticated Snowflakes had images in the perfect size. I love the elegant image against the country look of the disks. 

The top of each disk got a small eye hook that screwed into the wood without any hassle. Any ribbon or twine could be tied through the top. 

Sweet Tooth Pigment ink worked well, not only for detail, but with solid color. Be sure and heat set the ink briefly after stamping.

This year, these snowglobe-looking half-dome ornaments have been all the rage. I admit I am a huge, huge fan. After strolling around my local craft store, I found these. Bingo! Plastic ornaments that are two sides. Easy to fill, or easy to put a back on when you have Die-namics!

The back (which is adhered to the plastic half-sphere) is Sno Cone cardstock that has been cut with 
Die-namics Circle STAX Set 1. I found the die that fit on the back, with a little bit extra around the edges. 

Then I cut Sweet Tooth cardstock with Die-namics Tree Lines. Using the circle die, I lined up the trees so they would fit into the sphere. The top layer of trees is mounted over the bottom layer with foam adhesive.

I stamped Snowfall Background on the very top of the circle in Sno Cone ink. The word Peace, from 

For just a touch of shimmer, I applied MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Glitter Glaze to the front trees.

Tough to photograph, but I love this ornament sooo much! I cannot wait to make at least a dozen more!
Oh, and I added some chunky cello glitter on the inside to look like snow. 

One more ornament. This is another craft store find, a basic plastic, but large ornament. The beautiful 
Die-namics Pierced Snowflakes was going to be the perfect element to hang on the inside of this ornament.

I cut the snowflake twice from glitter cardstock and adhered the pieces back-to-back, so that both sides sparkle. Clear and fine thread was tied through the top of the snowflake and the top of the ornament. (Which conveniently has small holes at the top.) A piece of Wild Cherry Grosgrain Ribbon was tied into a bow through the top of the ornament, finishing the holiday look.

Head over to the MFT Blog and check out what the rest of the team has been creating! I have seen peeks, and wowee! This will get your holiday mojo going!

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

Supplies for Chalkboard Ornaments:



Supplies for Snow globe Peace Ornament:



Supplies for Snowflake Hanging Ornament: