Thursday, May 31, 2012

MFT Guest Designer Entry- June 2012

I thought I would be brave and try my hand at the guest designer contest at My Favorite Things again this month.   The challenge for this month was limited to creating a card based on a sketch provided by the MFT Design Team.  I have to say that it relieved the pressure a bit to have a sketch to work with and I really enjoyed it.  Here is the sketch that we had to work with:

This was my interpretation of the sketch:

As soon as I saw the sketch I immediately thought ribbon for the pink strips behind the main panel instead of paper. I found four rolls of the same ribbon in different colors and my color inspiration was born.  I added the twine in coordinating colors to add a bit more texture. The patterned papers are from Stampin' Up! and My Minds Eye -On the Bright Side.  I used MFT Die-Namics for the clouds and for the file tab with the card sentiment on the front.  Can I say how much I LOVE Die-namics?  So versatile and easy to use!!  To add the last bit of detail to the background I used my Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder to bring dimension to the "sky" and clouds.

 I also knew exactly which Pure Innocence stamp set I wanted to use- Make A Splash. Isn't she adorable? I colored her with Copics and fussy cut her.  I added some torn strips of Kraft cardstock (from MFT), sponged on the edges to give the look of sand. 

For the last detail I didn't think that a flower embellishment made any sense with my theme so I decided I needed to create my own.  What goes better with the beach and swimsuits than flip flops??  

I was very happy with how it all came together.  You can check out all of the entries here on the Splitcoast Stampers gallery.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Quick Graduation Card

So I'm feeling pretty old this nephew is graduating from high school!  I was just beginning college when he was born so this milestone in his life is really dating me.  :)  We are so proud of him!

On to the crafty details....I have A LOT of stamps in my stash but if there's one event that I'm not stocked for it would be graduation.   I didn't really want to invest a lot in stamps for graduation so I took to the web.  I was thrilled to find this digital stamp offering from Stampin' Up!  I had purchased, downloaded, printed and colored this image within minutes!   I just happen to be a SU! demo so feel free to shop in my online store - you can search for Go Graduate Plus for this particular digital image set. How great is that?  Isn't technology grand!

              Stamps :  Digital- SU! Go Graduate Plus,  Wood mount- SU! Celebrate Everything

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Printer's Tray Project

I thought I would mix it up a little today and show you something different.  I've literally had this printer's tray laying around awaiting life for months.  If I'm being totally honest the thought of working on this really overwhelmed me.  I get this way before I start some of my scrapbook pages too if I really love the photos I'm working with.  I just don't want to mess them up so I just put off working with them.  My stress was totally relieved when I found this kit from Kerri Bradford.  She has so many great things in her online store for the Silhouette-  you should really check it out.  The kit included not only the project cut files for the titles etc. but also a printable file for the backgrounds and other embellishments. 

I used her This + That Family kit for my printer's tray.  The colors coordinated perfectly with my living room decor so it was a perfect fit.  While my tray was not the same tray that the kit was designed for I still found it easy to adapt to the six compartment tray I used. 

I only added a few of my own touches to the kit.  I stamped the damask pattern over the brown dsp to add a bit of dimension.  I also stamped and cut out a butterfly to add another small feminine touch.

Here are some additional close ups of some of the panels.

Thanks to Kerri Bradford Studio this ended up being one of the easiest projects I have ever done! 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hi Everyone!  Sorry it's been a few days since my last post...we've been really busy-  isn't everyone these days?  Finally got to spend some time stamping last night and wanted to share my latest card.  This one is headed to my Mom for her Birthday later this month...

I used the Pure Innocence Hello Cupcake stamp set from My Favorite Things.  Who doesn't love cupcakes?