Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My Favorite Things/Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Exclusive!!


Hi, everyone! Have you been following the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember releases? I have and having so much fun seeing all the inspiration. Today My Favorite Things is partnering with them with an awesome stamp set for the event called “Best Wishes Blooms” and I get to play with it!


How sweet it that??? Whimsical flowers and leaves—always a good thing :) Here’s what I came up with using the set:


I started with a Sweet Tooth card stock base and worked on another piece of Sweet Tooth card stock. I stamped the flowers and leaves randomly with dye ink (colors listed in supply list) and went back and stamped the accents with Versamark and heat embossed with gold detail embossing powder.


I trimmed out a section, lined them up on the base, stamped and embossed the sentiment the same way, then popped the flower panels up on foam mounting tape and was done! I love the size and shape of these images—you can fill a card front or use one as an accent—win-win! You can find “Best Wishes Blooms” in the Simon Says Stamp store.

And that’s it for today! Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!


Stamps: Best Wishes Blooms (
Simon Says Stamp)
Jellybean Green dye ink, Fuse Green dye ink, Tangy Orange dye ink, Safety Orange dye ink, Orange Fizz dye ink, Pure Plum dye ink, Grape Jelly dye ink, Chili Powder dye ink, Versamark (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock (MFT)
foam mounting tape, gold detail embossing powder, Embossing Magic (MFT); heat tool


Sending Saltwater Kisses–CTD #412


Hi, everyone, welcome to a brand new
Color Throwdown Challenge! I’m hosting this week and I hope to see a lot of you participating. For my inspiration piece, I chose this gorgeous Fall scene.


And, much as I love Fall, I didn’t go with a Fall theme for my card, LOL! Instead, I did a Tropical theme! Go figure—you have to go where your creativity leads you, right? I’m using images from two sets—BB Polynesian Paradise and BB Penguins in Paradise along with the matching dies and Stitched Oval Frames Die-namics.


I watercolored my background with Peerless Watercolors and a waterbrush on Ranger Watercolor Paper, drew in sea gulls and added foam with a Uni-Ball White Gel Pen. My card base is from Sweet Tooth card stock, images were stamped on X-Press It Blending Card with Black Licorice hybrid ink and colored with Copic markers.

And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the
Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD412 so we can see your beauty all in one place, and use #ctd412 and #colorthrowdown on social media. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, including our incredibly talented September Guest Designer, Karren Johnson!

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders
(<—You are here!)
Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Karren Johnson – September Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you soon!


BB Polynesian Paradise, BB Penguins in Paradise (MFT)
Black Licorice hybrid ink (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock, Ranger Watercolor Paper, X-Press It Blending Card (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
BB Polynesian Paradise Die-namics, BB Penguins in Paradise Die-namics, Stitched Oval Frames Die-namics, foam mounting tape, Peerless Watercolors, waterbrush, Uni-Ball White Gel Pen (MFT); Copic markers, black fine line marker


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MFT September Creative Construction With Blueprints—Out of the Box


Squares and rectangles are pleasing to the eye and lend an orderly feel to your cards but unexpected shapes add energy and excitement! From angled panels and wonky shapes to curves, waves, and special forms – Blueprints provides the perfect solution to any design dilemma. Check out how our designers featured these unique elements in this month’s Creative Construction with Blueprints challenge.

There are so many different shapes represented in our selection of Blueprints but I’m partial to the angled panels that are so easy to achieve with Blueprints 18 Die-namics. I’m using Sweet Tooth card stock and Translucent Vellum for my card today. I applied molding paste through Scattered Bars Stencil to the top angled panel and popped it up on the base with foam mounting tape. The sentiment, from Bling It On, was stamped with Cement Gray dye ink since I wanted it to be on the light side to match the hue of the flowers.


The flowers were created using Pretty Posies and Pretty Posies Die-namics, stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white detail embossing powder. I colored the back of the flowers with Copic markers—love the subtle color you get with this technique. They were attached with foam mounting tape and hot glue and I finished off with some Sparkling Clear Mix sequins.

And that’s it for this edition of
MFT Creative Construction with Blueprints. Thanks so much for stopping by—see you soon!


Pretty Posies, Bling It On (MFT)
Cement Gray dye ink, Versamark (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock, Translucent Vellum (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Blueprints 18 Die-namics, Pretty Posies Die-namics, Scattered Bars Stencil, foam mounting tape, white detail embossing powder, Embossing Magic, Sparkling Clear Mix sequins (MFT); Copic markers, heat tool, molding paste



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