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pocket within a pocket October 30, 2007

Filed under: my favorite things — mjalbright @ 11:28 am

I made this card for SCS My Favorite Things sketch challenge #3.  I know….I’m on this MFT kick, but I bought them and want to use them while the ideas are fresh:)….and I think they are cute! 

say charge - mftsc03               say charge - mftsc03 details

My mom asked me to make a card for her best friend, so this challenge worked out very well for the purpose.  I made the inside another pocket to hold a gift card. 

I used Say Charge stamp set from My Favorite Things.  Cutie Pie DSP was perfect for this due to all the colors and patterns to work with.  I incorporated the DSP into the main image by placing some on the shopping bags.  The dresses also coordinate with the DSP. 

The outer pocket dimensions are:  piece of Cutie Pie DSP 3-3/8″ x 6-3/4″ scored at 3-7/8″ and the shorter side will be the front.  You need to cut the shorter side at an angle (I just placed a ruler from the right corner to a desired spot, draw a line, and cut.  Placed a strip of So Saffron CS 1/2 thick with dry embossed circles and Blue rhinestone brads to the ends.  Sponged Purely Pomegranate ink to all the egdes.  The sentiment — I omitted the “Good” from the stamp and just stamped “Friends are Priceless” so it would fit.  I stamped the purse in So Saffron ink & the sentiment in Basic Black ink on Shimmery White CS.  Punched out with 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  Punched a Certainly Celery circle using a 1-3/8″ Circle Punch.  Scallop Punch to a piece of Cutie Pie DSP (blue with white flowers pattern), punched holes in each scallop using a 1/16″ Circle Punch.  Attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  

The main image pocket dimensionas are:  piece of Certainly Celery CS 2-3/4″ x 6-3/8″ scored at 2-7/8″.  The main image is a piece of Shimmery White CS 2-1/2″ x 2-5/8″.  Stamped image with Stazon Jet Black ink and watercolored with an Aqua-Painter.  Stamped “Time to Shop” on a piece of Shimmery White CS, punched out with Word Window Punch, punched a 1/16″ hole for Linen Thread.  The top of the image pocket has a piece of Bashful Blue CS punched with 1-1/4″ Circle Punch and folded over the top.  Attached ribbon (certainly celery and white stripes) from District Ribbon Originals and the Linen Thread from the tag with a stapler.


CARDSTOCK USED:  Cutie Pie DSP; Shimmery White, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, So  Saffron Cardstock.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black;  Purely Pomegranate, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Basic Black, Going Gray, and Blush Blossom Classic Stampin’ Pads.

ACCESSORIES USED:  1/16″, 1-1/4″, and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches; Scallop Punch;  Word Window Punch; Aqua-Painter; Linen Thread; Crop-A-Dile; Stampin’ Sponges; Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads; Sticky Strip; District Ribbon Originals.


Back on the MFT kick October 29, 2007

Filed under: my favorite things — mjalbright @ 11:28 am

I discovered that on SCS there is a MFT sketch challenge (just another thing to keep me busy…LOL).  This is what I made for MFTSC02 this week:

let’s go for a walk mftsc02

I used Let’s Go for a Walk stamp set from My Favorite Things.  Being a dog lover, and having a very large dog, this was a must have set. 

Card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″ folded in half.  I created scalloping to the back side edge with my 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch and added a strip of Real Red CS.  I stamped the front of the card with the circle images from the stamp set.  With the sentiment having “in style” in it, I went with a lot of fabric (ribbons), stitching, and brads to add the fashion factor.   cut a 1-1/2″ slit with hobby blade on the scored middle line of card for my ribbon.  Tag created with a 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Crop-A-Dile, and Pewter Jumbo Brads. 

The main image was stamped on a 2-5/8″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Shimmery White CS and then matted on a 2-7/8″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Basic Black CS.  Image was stamped with Stazon Jet Black ink and watercolored with an aqua-painter and classic stampin’ pads.  Present attached with stampin’ dimensionals. 

let’s go for a walk mftsc02 details

STAMP SETS USED:  Let’s Go for a Walk (MFT)

CARDSTOCK USED:  Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Shimmery White, and Basic Black CS.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black ink; Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Soft Sky, Going Gray Classic Stampin’ Pads; Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Black Gingham ribbon; Black brads from Vintage Assortment; Aqua-Painter; 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circle Punches;  Scallop Punch; Real Red 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon; Paper-Piercing Tool; District & Jersey Ribbon Originals; Crop-A-Dile; Pewter Jumbo Eyelets.


RAK from Beate October 27, 2007

Filed under: RAK — mjalbright @ 8:30 am

Don’t you love receiving happy mail?  I got this beauty from Beate Johns blogging at Fresh & Fun.  I’m sure you have heard of her…she is amazing and very talented.

RAK from Beate

I love this color combo together.  And the DSP adds just the perfect touch.  Look closer….holy punches right?  I love how she uses punches to create such pretty sentiments.

Thanks Beate.  Will frame…LOL


z-fold with a gift October 26, 2007

Filed under: weekend sketch challenge — mjalbright @ 8:30 am

Here is my card for Beate’s wsc#25.  This weekends sketch challenge is a z-fold card.  You can view details and directions on Beate’s blog Fresh & Fun.

z-fold wsc#25       

I have been seeing posts with the good ol’ stamp set Lovely As a Tree, so I thought I’d dust it off and use it.  I actually used a couple older stamp sets for this card.   

There are so many details and it can be confusing for me to type out the explanations.  For reasons of trying to keep it simple (have been battling a migraine for past 2 days)….I’m just going to post a couple pics from different angles so you can see all the fun details this card has:)   You can also see samples by Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist …..Check them out.  They are very talented.

Here is a side view of the card:

 z-fold wsc#25 - sideview created a pocket on the inside section of the card which holds 2 tags (one with a simple elegant snow covered tree and one with a sentiment)…these can be tags or can be ornaments). 

Here is a front view with the card open:

z-fold wsc#25 - front open viewI think it turned out beautiful.  I had trouble with this layout.  With the main front image on one side, I had to come up with something that would coordinate, “flow”, and not take away from this main image.

Here is a inside upclose/details pic:

 z-fold wsc#25 - inside details

Just a little FYI, I applied Icicle Stickles to the chipboard snowflakes & stamped trees.  I didn’t like the way it turned out on the trees.  I had to do a little experimenting, since I did this last and didn’t want to change things around.  I added a very small amount of White Embossing Powder over the wet Stickles and heated.  It is a cool turnout.  It “puffed” up and created a primarily white surface with a touch of glitter.  I don’t know if this is a known technique….I was just in a last-minute desperate situation which luckily turned out okay!

Before I post all the details & supplies, I want to share with you my little skunk.  Last night was Trick Or Treat here at my home.  My son is 3 years old who just thinks this holiday is so cool….ringing doorbells and getting candy:)


ethan halloween 07 munching on a Hershey Bar.  Isn’t this a cute costume?  I will have fun scrapbooking with some of the pics I got last night.

ethan halloween 07 #2sitting on our porch waiting for 6pm and the okay for us to go!


STAMP SETS USED:  Lovely As a Tree, Season by Season, and Solemn Stillness.

CARDSTOCK USED:  Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky, and Shimmery White CS;  BasicGrey Fruitcake — Glisten/Avalanche & Pine Branch/Avalanche PP

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; same as CS.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Vintage Brads Assortment; Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon; White Embossing Powder; Icicle Stickles; District Ribbon Originals; Aqua Painter; Ticket Punch; On Board Garland Galore; Stampin’ Sponges;  Ribbon — American Crafts Elements Oxford #88381.

TFL and have a wonderful weekend.


DAY 2 – MFT’s THINK PINK October 23, 2007

Filed under: my favorite things — mjalbright @ 8:30 am

Here is day 2 of being “mifted” creations….I really should take a break soon.  I feel as if I’m running out of ideas and the brain needs to rest some:)  All creations for today are made with Think Pink stamp set from My Favorite Things.   Many know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The nice perk to this set, when you purchase it, is that a percentage goes to Breast Cancer Research.  And while playing with this set, I discovered it is very versatile and can be used for all types of Awareness basically (just change the color of the ribbon to coordinate with what awareness you would like). 

Being a nurse, I loved the fact that there was a itty-bitty stethoscope in this I made this card first:

 mft-just a reminder 

I went with a red, black, and white color palette for this card so the lab coats/white tops would stand out.  The stethoscopes are detailed the two most common ways that med professionals sport them — I stamped them in silver and added a silver brad to the “bell” part (I think they are stinkin’ cute). 

                              mft-just a reminder-details

CARD BASE SIZE:  3-1/2″ x 7″ folded in half.

STAMP SETS USED:  MFT – Think Pink; SU! – Paisley BG.

CARDSTOCK USED:  Real Red, Basic Black, Shimmery White.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; Real Red, Basic Black, Going Gray, Blush Blossom, and Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin’ Pads; Encore Silver Pad.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Silver Brads; Aqua-Painter; Ticket Punch; Silver Elastic Cord; Word Window Punch: Black EP; Brayer.


This card was made with Beate’s WSC#24 layout:

mft-we’re in this togetherI wanted this card to be bright and cheerful with pink incorporated.  With the sentiment, I felt as if I would give it to someone battling this aweful disease…so it had to have an uplifting appearance.  I love how the skirt turned out:)

CARD BASE SIZE:  4″ X 8″ folded in half.

STAMP SET USED:  MFT – Think Pink.

CARDSTOCK USED:  Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise, and Shimmery White CS; Petals & Paisleys DSP.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Blush Blossom, Tempting Turquoise; Going Gray, and Regal Rose Classic Stampin’ Pads.

ACCESSORIES USED:  3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; Pretty in Pink 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon; Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aqua-Painter.


This third one was made with the intent of keepin’ it simple and letting the images do all the talkin’:


I love how simple this card is with the white base.  It really makes the images stand out.  I wanted to use different skin tones as well to educate that Breast Cancer can affect every one of us and we need to all “believe” together that we can find a cure & educate each other!

CARD BASE SIZE:  4-3/4″ X 6″ folded in half for card front of 3″ x 4-3/4″.

STAMP SET USED:  MFT – Think Pink.

CARDSTOCK USED:  Shimmery White CS.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, and Going Gray Classic Stampin’ Pads.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Black Brads from Vintage Assortment; Crafters’ Tool Kit; Pretty in Pink 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon; Narrow Black Organdy Ribbon; Aqua-Painter.


Lastly, just completed this one so I thought I’d add it.  The thought of this one came to me while trying/pretending to watch the football game (being the supportive wife sitting next to my husband … while my mind is saying “stamp, stamp, stamp”)

 mft-think pink

After downloading all the other samples, I realized that I needed to make an “all pink” card to show.  But I also had to incorporate a brown because they just compliment each other so well.

                                   mft-think pink details

CARD BASE SIZE:  3-1/2″ X 6″ folded in half (cute little card size)

STAMP SETS USED:  MFT – Think Pink; SU! – Linen BG stamp.

CARSTOCK USED:  Close to Cocoa, Shimmery White, and Pretty in Pink CS;  Petals & Paisleys DSP.

INKS USED:  Close to Cocoa Classic Stampin’ Pad; Pretty in Pink Stampin’ Write Marker.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Micro Beads clear; Stampin’ Sponges, Scallop Punch, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circle Punches; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Crafters’ Tool Kit; Coluzzle; Soft Subtles Brads.

Thanks for looking.  I hope to have not only inspired you, but educated a little about Breast Cancer Awareness:) 

Have a great day.


DAY 1 – MFT’s Meet me at the Cafe October 22, 2007

Filed under: my favorite things — mjalbright @ 8:30 am

Here we go!  I’ve been MFT’d (pronouncedmifted”) as I have been saying to myself since I received these stamp sets.  I discovered My Favorite Things via SCS posts/gallery.  I have read all the comments.  I have made the decision to give these stamp sets a try.  All cards in todays post were created with stamp set Meet me at the Cafe.

mft-let’s do lunch  Can you say Ooh La La!…LOL

This is my favorite.  So dimensional and realistic from the poodle on the sidewalk to the glare/details of the window.  I decided to split the main image to create a more cafe appearance.

                                    mft-let’s do lunch-window details

The main image was stamped on Shimmery White CS.  I added some details to the window:  glare with Bashful Blue ink and a White Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen; “Cafe” and swirls done with Black EP and then restamped over with Whisper White Craft ink; Window edging created with strips of Confetti White CS stamped with Weathered BG stamp and edges sponged.

mft-let’s do lunch-tag details

The awning was first stamped on Old Olive CS to create a base and the bottom edging.  I then restamped once on the white Fall Flowers DSP, and again on the Soft Sky Fall Flowers DSP.  I sponged some of the edges to create the shadowing then adhered to the base Old Olive piece.  Added 3 small circles to the tag that coordinate with the awning pattern. 

STAMP SETS:  MFT – Meet me at the Cafe; SU! Weathered BG stamp.

CARDSTOCK USED:  Soft Sky Textured CS; Fall Flowers DSP; Old Olive, Confetti White, Sahara Sand, and Shimmery White CS.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; Whisper White Craft; Versamark Pad; Close to Cocoa, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Really Rust, Soft Sky, Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue, Bravo Burgundy, Regal Rose Classic Stampin’ Pads; Basic Black and Close to Cocoa Stampin’ Write Markers; Silver Marvy Gel Pen; White Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen.

ACCESSORIES:  Silver Elastic Cord; Black EP; Aqua-Painter; Sherbert Ribbon Originals; Stampin’ Sponges; Stampin’ Dimensionals; 1/16″ & 1/4″ Circle Punches.


 This next card turned out very elegant with a formal appearance.

mft-good times

This was the first card I made with this set.  I wanted it to have dark rich colors and a “sexy look” to it.  Let’s face it, while working with these images, I felt like I needed to go on a diet…LOL.  I found the PP at my local Michael’s craft store.  It is called Black French made by Paper Pizazz….It is a light blackish-gray paper with french script and I colored some of the wording in with the colors I used in the main image.  Added scalloping to the bottom with ribbons to divide card and leave a space for sentiment at the bottom.

                                        mft-good times-awning details

I dazzled up the awning by adding some black fringe to the bottom of it with Basic Black CS with VERY THIN cuts to it.  I also paper-pierced the black edging that borders the main image.

STAMP SETS USED:  MFT – Meet me at the Cafe.

CARDSTOCK USED:   Black French PP by Paper Pizazz; Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Naturals White CS; Rose Red Prints DSP.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; Silver Marvy Gel Pen; White Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen; Creamy Caramel, Rose Red, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Bravo Burgundy, and Blush Blossom Classic Stampin’ Pads.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Black Brads from Vintage Assortment; Ticket Punch; Paper-Piercing Tool; 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; Sherbert Ribbon Originals; Narrow Black Organdy Ribbon.


Lastly, can you say fun?  How cute is this?  I wanted to make a bright festive card that wasn’t wide with the whole image in it.

mft-chill of winter   I love this card.  It has the appearance of having a tag inside, but it doesn’t.  The base is a piece of Real Red Textured CS measuring 3-1/4″ X 6-1/2″.  A layer of Dashing DSP measuring 3-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ & a half circle punched out of top using 1-3/8″ Circle Punch was then adhered to the Real Red CS piece.  Added a strip of ribbon with two buttons stacked on top of one another to the top.  After creating this, I thought that it could be either an ornament or on some sort of garland (or just a card with wording written on the back).  Can’t see in pic, but added a stamped swirl to bottom right of card from Priceless stamp set.

mft-chill of winter-window details           mft-chill of winter-sentiment details

And the window, love it!  It was created with a transparency sheet & panes created with a black Slick Writer.  Added DecoArt Snow-Tex and Dazzling Diamonds for the snow.  For this awning, I had to stamp several times the different sections so I could have the lines within the Dashing DSP to go the way I wanted them to go. 

The sentiment was created with a Scallop Punch and Coluzzle.  The first two layers are scallop punched Confetti Cream and Old Olive CS.  I paper-pierced each scallop and added Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, and a button to balance with the top of the card.  The sentiment created with Black EP. 

STAMP SETS USED:  MFT – Meet me at the Cafe; SU! It’s Snow Time & Priceless.

CARSTOCK USED:  Real Red Textured CS; Dashing DSP; Confetti Cream and Old Olive CS.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; Versamark Pad; Real Red, Old Olive, Blush Blossom, and River Rock Classic Stampin’ Pads; White Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen; Black Slick Writer.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Transparency Sheet; Black EP; Black Gingham Ribbon; 5/8″ Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon; Bold Brights and Earth Elements & Neutrals Colored Buttons; Dazzling Diamonds, 2-Way Glue Pen; Crystal Effects; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Stampin’ Sponges; Aqua-Painter; 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch; Paper-Piercing Tool; Red & White sewing threads; Coluzzle; Scallop Punch; DecoArt Snow-Tex.

TFL!  Tomorrow is Think Pink stamp set day.


I’M IN LOVE…. October 21, 2007

Filed under: my stuff — mjalbright @ 2:15 am

with MFT.  Let me tell you, I have been having so much fun with these stamps ever since they arrived to me.  

Every day next week at 8:30 am, I will be posting a card made with MFT stamp sets (definitely combined with SU! goodies). 

I personally must say, I think these are THE BEST CARDS THAT I HAVE MADE SO FAR:)  I can’t stop looking at them.  I hope to convince some of you that these “headless chicks” stamp sets are worth having.

Now that I have you in suspence, check back starting Monday.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend:)…….and thanks to everyone for all the kind comments lately.  Still doing the happy dance!