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time well spent sample December 7, 2007

This set has been here for some time…The new Time Well Spent set (Level III in the upcoming Collection).  I looked and looked, viewed some samples, trying to think how I can make a card with this set.  I’m not a flower person, so I always tend to go crazy with them and create wavy patterns.

time well spent

I went with a color palette of Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, River Rock and Blush Blossom.  I also played around with Copic Markers some more (hmmmm, still not sure what I’m doing with these). 

Here is an upclose pic of the flowers:

time well spent upclose  When working with flowers, I like to layer and add depth & dimension.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to make some of the smaller flowers pop off the card.

TFL and have a wonderful weekend.

STAMP SETS USED:  Time Well Spent & Canvas Background

CARDSTOCK USED:  Groovy Guava, Ruby Red, Blush Blossom, River Rock, Whisper White, and DSP from Apple Cider DSP pack.

INKS USED:  Jet Black Stazon ink; Ruby Red & River Rock Classic Stampin’ Pads; Copic R59, Ro2, E11, YG91 and 0 (thanks so much to my friend Barb Barton for letting me borrow — I owe ya’ big sista).

ACCESSORIES USED:  Crystal Stickles; Earth Elements Brads Assortment; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Stampin’ Sponges; Sherbert Ribbon Originals; Linen Thread; Tag Corner Punch.



Filed under: my favorite things — mjalbright @ 1:28 am

I have been so busy lately:  stamping, cleaning, trying to decorate, and have no shopping started.  Yikes!  But, I’m back (shortly) to tell you about MFT new released stamp sets.  There are 3 total to tell you about.

First, let’s start with Icing on the Cake set.   I think this is my favorite set.  I have so many ideas for this, but not enough hours.

MFT happy cupcake day card    I have discovered that you can’t go wrong with the color combo pink & brown or blue & brown right?  Every time I make something with this combo…people tend to like it.

 MFT happy cupcake day card upclose  So yummy!  The BasicGrey paper and the swirled border around the sentiment coordinate so nicely.  I added some Cotton Candy Stickles to the cupcake and bordering to add some shimmer.

MFT 4th b-day cardMy little guy, Ethan, turns 4 in January.  I’m guilty of not making cards for the ones I love.  I always seem to forget with all the party planning.  So, this year, I’m ahead of the game by a month and made him a personal creation by his Mommy.  It’s bright, fun, and wild just like Ethan.  I’ll definitely stash it away and save it for him. 

The next new release stamp set is called Rain or Shine.  This set has quite a variety of sentiments to cover many occassions.

MFT rain or shine retro  Just a little retro and wild.  I love any stamp set with dogs.  I added Crystal Effects to the puddle and it turned out really cool.  The wavy patterned paper to the left has a White CS bordering with Paper-piercing and faux-stitching.  Added May Arts ribbon to the left side for balance. 

MFT rain or shine  Wanted to use some SU! DSP on one of the cards, and here’s what I came up with.  If you have never used clear stamps before….here’s a tip — with sentiments, you can bend them to whatever style & design you are trying to create.  I bent the sentiment to go with the shape of my CS.  Added some May Arts ribbon and a Red rhinestone brad for some finishing touches.

The last new release is called Baby It’s Cold Outside.  I have so many ideas for this set as well.  It is very fun to work with.  (See prior posts for more samples with this set).

MFT snowglobe  The pic just doesn’t do this snowglobe justice.  It is a wow! item that I created for my daughter who collects snowglobes.  I added silver thread fringing to the bottoms of the scarf.  Added lines to her legs to coordinate with her scarf.  Liquid Applique for the snow covered ground with a touch of dazzling diamonds to match the glitter within the snowglobe (when you shake it). 

 MFT snowglobe upclose  Okay, here’s what I did to the inside image.  I wanted the appearance of falling snow.  I took a sheet of Acetate, used my Sizzix snowflake assortment (4 different snowflakes), and punched the snowflake images into the Acetate….for some reason, due to the fine details of the snowflakes, my machine wouldn’t cut them out, so it turned out sorta embossing the outline image in the Acetate.  I covered the snowflakes with Crystal Stickles and attached the Acetate sheet over the main stamped image.  When I put it in the snowglobe, because of the water and the space inside for inserting, it magnified everything.  It is sooo coooool.  I bought the snowglobe at Target for somewhere around $7.99 which isn’t bad for a cute little gift. 

I have looked high and low for a “build a snowman kit”.  I saw it online, but decided to look at some of my local stores.  Can’t find it.  What I want to do is — buy one of those Stampendous clear large paint cans, fill it with the items for building a snowman (faux pipe, buttons, coal eyes, faux carrot nose, etc), stamp this image and decorate the clear paint can.  How cute of an idea, but I can’t find these items locally.  I will have to order online.  This would be the perfect gift for a little girl.




another chillin’ card December 3, 2007

Here is another take on MFT’s Baby it’s Cold Outside stamp set

But first, I wanted to share with you this bizarre pic (somewhat scary — from my vacation).  Looks like a shark right?  Well, it’s a dolphin.  What a cool pic I will be sending out to my family to trick them…he! he!

is it a shark? this is my daughter & son…I cropped myself out cause it was humid and I was having a bad hair day:)

Back to my card:

chillin’ new release

I love these colors.  I used KI Memories My Guy Disco Fever & My Guy Funky Stripe Patterned Papers.  Also, pulled out my stash of Adornaments Vegetation Fibers to add a little flair on top of a strip of ribbon from Jersey Ribbon Originals. 

The card size is 4-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ Mellow Moss CS folded in half with edges sponged with Chocolate Chip ink.  Next layer is 4″ x 4″ of River Rock CS and edges sponged with River Rock ink.  Top layer is 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ Disco Fever Patterned Paper and edges sponged with River Rock ink and Ticket Corner Punch to all 4 corners.  Added 4 Pewter Brads from Vintage Assortment (also added to snowman buttons to coordinate). 

Sentiment stamped with Brocade Blue ink on Papertrey White CS and punched out with Word Window Punch and held to card with a SU! Pewter Mini Library Clip.

The main image was stamped with Stazon Jet Black ink.  Used Aqua-Painter, Soft Sky, Brocade Blue, and good ol’ Cool Caribbean inks.  Stamped image again on Funky Stripe Patterned Paper, cut out, and adhered to images scarf & bottom of dress. 

STAMP SET USED:  MFT Baby it’s Cold Outside

CARDSTOCK USED:  SU! Mellow Moss & River Rock CS; Papertrey White CS; KI Memories My Guy Disco Fever & Funky Stripe.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; SU! Brocade Blue, River Rock, Soft Sky, and Cool Caribbean.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Vintage Brads Assortment; Mini Library Clips; Adornaments Vegetation Fun Fibers (EK Success); Aqua Painter; Ticket Corner Punch; Stampin’ Sponges; Jersey Ribbon Originals; Word Window Punch.

Hope to chat with you Wednesday evening over at SCS MFT FORUM.


Baby it’s cold outside

My Favorite Things is having a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday, December 5th from 9-11pm Eastern Time.  Head over to the MFT forum on Splitcoaststampers to find out all the details and join us there on Wednesday night. 

THERE WILL BE GIVE AWAYS, COUPON CODES, A CHALLENGE AND SNEAK PEEKS.  Find out on Wednesday how you can become a MFT Guest Designer.  Join us:)

Today, it is very cold outside here in PA with wind gusts at 50 mph at times.  So what an appropriate card to show you today:

baby it’s cold outside new release

How bright and fun is this?  Such a fun color combo.  Check out the papers used… MFT Digital Paper Packs.  So easy — Purchase — Download to your PC — Print away from your favorite image viewer (I used Adobe Photoshop Elements and it was super easy).

Here is an upclose pic of the main image:

baby it’s cold outside new release upclose  I used Holiday Collection Light Blue Digital Paper.  I first stamped the image on the Blue Paper with white dots (resembles snowflakes).  I restamped the image 2 more times on PaperTrey White CS….here’s the sequence:

  • first stamped image on Blue paper with the White Dots and this is my base.
  • stamped image 2 times on Papertrey White CS. 
  • with one of the white cs sheets, I cut out the snow covered ground, covered with Crystal Stickles, and adhered over the Blue Digital Paper. 
  •  with the other white cs sheet, I watercolored in the snowman & girlie, carefully cut out, and adhered over the Blue Digital Paper.
  • Stamped the main image again on the Striped Digital Paper, cut out, and adhered.

Added Crystal Stickles to the white dots on the Blue Digital Paper so it would resemble snow falling.

Added Cotton Candy Stickles (pinkish-colored) to boots, dress, scarf, and gloves.  Used a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker and added details (small dots) to the boots, bottom and sleeves of coat, and scarf.

Wanted to add a blustery touch to the card.  Paper-pierced a swirl from bottom right sentiment that wraps along bottom and ends at the upper right corner of card.  Added a punched Acetate snowflake covered in Crystal Stickles. 

Hope you like.  Now, meet up with me on Wednesday night at SCS to chat about MFT:)


another candy gift December 1, 2007

Consider this a continuation from yesterdays post with the Ghirardelli Chocolates.  This Tootsie Roll container coordinates (and tomorrows post will coordinate as well). 

I’ve always wanted to alter one of these Tootsie Roll containers.  So, I purchased a couple, altered one, and ate the rest…LOL!  Yep, feelin’ a little stuffed today.

tootsie roll container

Really cute and easy with a lot of bling. 

tootsie roll container upclose

tootsie roll container lid

I used Crystal and Cinnamon Stickles (since them matched my color combo) all over this project. 

Went with this awesome non-traditional color combo again.  I used Soft Sky Prints DSP as my base (all attached with Sticky Strip).  Next, stamped sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink, added Stickles, and attached to container.  Can’t go wrong with ribbon, so I next added a strip of Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon tied in a knot.  Adhered stamped tree, applied some Stickles, and topped tree off with a yellow Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad.  There is a 1/4″ piece of Certainly Celery CS to the bottom covered in Stickles.  At the top, is a scalloped border created with my Slit Punch and added dry-embossed circles from my Crop-A-Dile.  Topped this scalloped piece off with a 1/4″ piece of Purely Pomegranate CS.  Colored some of the circles on the Soft Sky Prints DSP with Stickles as well. 

The top of the lid was created with Coluzzle (the 4th circle from the middle fits perfectly in the plastic lid).  Scallop Punch to a piece of Certainly Celery CS.  Punched a 1-3/8″ piece of Chocolate Chip CS.  Stamped the snowflake with Soft Sky ink, added Stickles and a yellow Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad to coordinate with the tree.  Also added Cinnamon Stickles to the scalloping.  Adhered to lid.

This is another quick and easy gift idea.  It took about 45 minutes to make.  Took about 15 minutes to eat all the extra Tootsie Rolls!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Off to work I go.

STAMP SETS USED:  Season of Joy

CARDSTOCK USED:  Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, and Chocolate Chip CS; Soft Sky Prints DSP.

INKS USED:  Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, and Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pads.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Stickles Crystal & Cinnamon; Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads; Coluzzle; 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circle Punches; Scallop Punch; Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon; Slit Punch; Crop-A-Dile.