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Apr 24, 2014

Deconstructed on Vacation

Hi everyone.  My kids are on spring break this week and we're having lots of fun adventures which means there is no stamping time for me this week. 

However, I planned ahead enough to have at least the Deconstructed Sketch to share with you this week. There are about a million ways you could use this one - lots of creative flexibility! Have fun!

Be sure to visit all the Deconstructed Sketch girls to see what they've designed for you today:

Apr 22, 2014

MFT - Creative Challenge

This month's My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Challenge is to Jazz Up Your Blooms, it's one of my favorite things to do so I was excited to play along this month. You'll find links to all the participating designers on the MFT Blog. I hope you'll hop around to see what the girls have been up to! 

I love the look of a text-printed rose.  I used to hoard pattern paper with a text background to make these, but voila, now I can stamp them myself.  Perfect!  I used the Royal Rose and the Mini Royal Roses to make this little cluster.

I began using a small piece of Pink Lemonade card stock and then stamped it with the Typewriter Text Background stamp using the new MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  Then I did my die-cutting. You'll get cleaner edges doing it this way than trying to stamp onto your die-cut pieces.  Before rolling I added distress ink to the outer edges of all my die-cuts.

Since I really wanted the flowers to stand out, I went with a very soft, neutral card base.  I Die-cut the Modern Morocco Cover-Up from Primitive Cream card stock and used the Blueprints 13 Die-namics as the basis of my layout.  (I switched in the Pierced Circle on this layout to accommodate my flower trio.) 

The sentiment is from the Grand Peaceful Wildflowers stamp set and I am using the woodgrain pattern in the More Washi Patterns stamp set.

Another way I like to build custom flowers is with the Sheet Music stamp set and my Gold Ink pad.  I love the vintage feel it creates. This gorgeous flower is the Large Hybrid Heirloom Rose which pairs nicely with the Layered Leaves (I'm using the open version of the leaves here). As I often do, I tucked in a pair of Fishtail Flags STAX and embellished with a little Fuse Green Button.

The main panel was cut with the Blueprints 13 - Love that stitched detail!  Then I layered in a strip of Kraft card stock which was stamped with the Wood Plank Background stamp using the new Hybrid Kraft ink.  

Be sure to visit the MFT Blog today for a peek at all the designers who have cards, pages or projects to share with some Jazzed Up blooms. Have fun creating your own custom floral designs!

Thanks for stopping by today - here are the links to the products I'm using today:

Apr 17, 2014

The Sky is the Limit - with the Deconstructed Sketch

Good morning my friends!  I've got a happy little card to share wit you today for this week's Deconstructed Sketch.  

I had to get clever with a ruler and a pencil to splice and dice my layers apart to create this sunburst. To keep everything neat, straight and even, I started by cutting the pieces using a Square STAX and both Orange Fizz and Lemon Drop and then got fancy with my paper trimmer.

I added in a few puffy clouds that I cut with my Cloud Cover-Up Die-namics. The sentiment is from the Blue Skies Ahead Stamp Set which I nestled onto a Pierced Oval STAX.  I opted to modify the sketch slightly adding a full length Fishtail Flag STAX cut from glitter paper and embellished with a little Orange Fizz Button.

Here's this week's Deconstructed Sketch - it's a fun one, I can't wait to see what you whip up this week!

Be sure to visit all the Deconstructed Sketch girls to see what they've designed for you today:

Here are the links to the products I've used this week:

Apr 11, 2014

Release Rewind with My Favorite Things

I have two more cards to share with the My Favorite Things April Release - I had so much fun with the  previews, but I still had goodies on my desk to put to use.  Today I've got a card with each of each of the new Pure Innocence images.

Up first, let's take a look at Sunny Thoughts - isn't she sweet?  She's been stamped to watercolor paper and colored with my Distress Markers.  I used my Cloud Cover-Up Die-namics to cut Sweet Tooth felt and I've now got a bevy of puffy clouds to use as accents.  I added a small Sno Cone button tied with Hemp Cord.

The new On the Diagonal Background stamp was inked with the new Hybrid Sno Cone Ink.  The ink looks like a die ink, but when you stamp and let it dry, it has a soft pigment effect.  The coverage is fabulous.

I also used the new Hybrid Kraft ink to stamp the Typewriter text to Kraft paper. The image was trimmed out with the Pierced Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

My second image - Pure Innocence I Pick You was actually stamped with the new Hybrid Black Licorice Ink. The ink lists that it is permanent and waterproof - and of course I wanted to test that out for you.  

I am very happy with the quick drying time and waterproof quality of this ink. I was able to stamp it, and within a minute was watercoloring, the lines held with no bleeding whatsoever.

My overall card design is clean and simple.  The largest piece was stamped with the Wood Plank Background with Sweet Tooth ink.  The main image was die-cut with the Pierced Rectangle STAX and then framed with the Postage Stamp STAX. The sentiment sits on the tiniest Traditional Tags STAX which has been embellished with a Pink Lemonade Button and a bit of Hemp Cord.

If you haven't checked out the April Release I hope you'll head on over to check it out. It was a great release for sure, and I'm guessing you'll find a few things that you'll just have to take home with you.

Thanks for stopping by today, you'll find the links for my two cards just below.


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