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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.


32 Responses to “DAY 1 – MFT’s Meet me at the Cafe”

  1. kuroba1412 Says:

    wow, amazing cards!! you’re amazingly creative and you cards look so complete, you must spend a lot of time making them!! :O My favourite is the last one! Never thought that image could make a darling xmas card

  2. Sue Says:

    MJ – Fabulous cards. Best I’ve seen. Lots of texture and interesting focal points. I do not yet own any MFT stamps but I really, really like this one.

  3. pegg Says:

    You are amazing — these 3 cards are unbelievable!! I am staring at your cards, speechless, and trying to soak in some of your creativity. Gorgeous cards!!!

  4. These are all gorgeous! TFS!

  5. Denise Says:

    Holy Macaroni! These cards are just incredible. I am SO inspired. I want this set!

  6. Lisa Says:

    I am so *WOWED* by these cards!! The detail you have put in to them are incredible. I love the Christmas one, just made me feel all warm & cozy! Your blog is amazing, filled with loads of inspiration! Thanks!


  7. Kim Says:

    I could marry these cards!!! They are PHENOMENAL!!!!! You are seriously gifted with “mifted”!!!!!

  8. Donna B. Says:

    I knew I would not be disappointed with whatever you came out with but didn’t quite expect THIS! I am blown away, these are by FAR the best samples I’ve seen with this set! YOU NEED to be on Kim’s DESIGN TEAM! You go, girl! Look forward to MORE, MORE, MORE

  9. stacilynch Says:

    Wow! I must admit I was disappointed when you said you were straying for our beloved SU! but you were right when you said these were amazing! I LOVE your cards. They are by far the best I have seen with this set. Great job as usual!! Congrats of winning the WOW art file last month too!!

  10. Missy Says:

    I agree with all the other people: These are the best cards I have seen using this set. Actually, they are the best cards I’ve seen in a while…period! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with all of us.

  11. Carol F. Says:

    I’m not even sure where to start listing all of the things I love about these cards, so all I can say is WOW! The detail in all 3 of these cards is AMAZING! I haven’t really cared for the MFT sets, but you have done such wonderful things with this one that I may have to reconsider (of course mine wouldn’t come close to these!).

  12. Elizebeth Says:

    I knew your cards would be amazing, but I didnt expect THIS! Wow!!!!!

    I cant wait to see what else you’ve come up with. Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing your MFT creations!

  13. Wow, absolutely fabulous card, Mary Jo!

  14. Melissa Says:

    You are amazing Mary Jo and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for tomorrow!

  15. Laura Says:

    I second the Holy Macaroni! Awesome!

  16. WOW! So out of the box on all of these designs. Great job!

  17. Wow, I love the cards and need to practice my coloring skills again. You are making me want to get these stamps. Are they clear? I really am a clear girl. Beautiful! Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  18. jen ofiana Says:

    Ok, your so gonna get me in trouble! I don’t need MFT sets… I don’t, I don’t! haha! These are so amazing. I’ve said it before, but you have amazing talent! Can’t wait till ya give us more! Tell me you have the xmas set cause that is one I have and I can CASE whatever you do… haha!

  19. corie Says:

    WOW — everything you do is just amazing, but I think you have even outdone yourself. These are absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

  20. Diana Crick Says:

    OMG these are gorgeous. You are an enabler…I am buying this set after I see what you have done with it.

  21. wow!!! You are awesome. You did a beautiful job.

  22. Charmaine Says:

    These are ALL gorgeous! WOW!

  23. Toy Says:

    Incredibly beautiful cards! Going to have to keep an eye out for your stuff! Right on, girl!

  24. Kirsten Says:

    Awesome work! Love the snow on the window panes!

  25. Elizabeth Says:

    I must say, I am rarely WOW’d by cards, but these leave me practically speechless. Not to mention, I really don’t care for headless lady stamps. But this set will be a “must have”. Your creativity certainly changed my mind. Thanks!


  26. Beth Matson Says:

    WOW! I love how you went outside the box with these! All the wonderfully thought out details! Fabulous!

  27. Kimmie Says:

    MY goodness!! You are just too creative for words!! You have WAY too much talent for one person…..would you like to share!!??? They are all simply gorgeous!!!

  28. Vera Says:

    The way you repositioned the ladies back to back at the table as well as the other cards is just pure genious! Thanks for posting these amazing cards!

  29. beate Says:

    Wow! All three projects are stunning. All your details are fabulous! You are one amazing artist!

  30. Your work with this set is amazing. So very creative and unique. You have taken the images and made them into something so special. I especially love the window with the girls at two tables and the long tag type card.

  31. Heather P. Says:

    Each of these cards is AMAZING… Love how the feeling of the card can totally change just by switching the color scheme. 🙂

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