Wednesday, June 29, 2011

PTI Posse - Before and After

Our second June PTI Posse challenge was to pick a card we had made that we weren't quite happy with and re-do it. 

 Here is the card I picked:
 I liked the stamped background, but the rest of the card didn't come together well.  Too stark and harsh, the bow is too big, and the sentiment is just kinda floating there.
So here is the after:
Much better! I kept the background but added some flourishes. Made the bow smaller and added the gray to the color combo.  I really like this card now!

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

PTI Posse June Challenge #1

Cathy is our PTI Posse hostess this month, and the first challenge she issued was to use something trendy.  So I went with a doily.
The layout here is adapted from a card I saw in the new SU catty (I noted almost 40 layouts I want to work on).
I cut two butterflies and ran them through my Big Shot with the cane IP (by far my new fave thing EVER!), then attached one in the middle.  I'm really happy with how this turned out!  I also have the next challenge finished, I just need to photog it.  Then I have the two challenges from April to catch up on.

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Friday, June 24, 2011


I kind of unofficially have two stamping goals this year: 1 - play along with all the MFT WSC challenges (I'm 25 for 25!!!), and 2 - play along with all of Jen's SFYTT sketches.  Here is #6, I'm right on track!
Seeing all the super adorable Cat's Pajamas peeks this week made me want to break out those stamps, so I did for June's SFYTT.  The sentiment says, "Forget the cake, go for the icing".  I suppose that's true for most people, but it's the opposite for me.  Give me that moist delicious chocolate cake (there isn't any other kind cake could be, in my book, haha)!  So there you go, a random fact about me.  I like cake better than frosting.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011


We are up to #25 in the MFT weekly stamp club sketch challenges, wow!  Where is time going???  I told my hubby that by the end of this month, we'll be half way back to Christmas.  Crazy!!!!  And my little baby will be 11 months old already.  Double crazy!!!

I thought this quote balloon paper was perfect with this a la mode girl.  I just love the a la modes, sigh.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Boy Birthday

My son had a birthday party to attend over the weekend,
 so this is the card I made for his little friend.
This was fun to color, and I really like the font choices in the sentiments of this set.
Hope your week is off to a good start!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Make-It Monday: Reverse Masking

This week's Make-It Monday is to use reverse masking.
I pulled out the dress form die and went to work.  I cut out the dress form using my Big Shot, and used the negative as my mask.  I stamped some text in chocolate and then stamped the gingham in crumb cake to mimic the texture of a real dress form. I then put the actual die cut form on top of what I had just stamped, and then stamped the leaf sprig over that.  So I actually used two forms of masking here!  I finished it off with some crochet trim and flower at the waist, and a raspberry fizz scallop piece and a loopy piece of ribbon with a button.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011


Here is my entry for MFTWSC24, I used Fred Bear again, I can't help it:
I used some machine stitching on the two main panels as well as the scallop strip.  The sentiment is actually two stamps, but I used them both on the front of the card instead of putting "every single time" on the inside.  This came together pretty quickly for me, in spite of the many layers (SO not my usual style)!
I hope you've had a great week!

Friday, June 10, 2011


Here's this week's MFT sketch card.  I went simple and straightforward with the sketch.  Thanks to my friend Lisa for the stamps!

My good friend loaned me her Big Shot, and then my new one came yesterday!!!!!  I couldn't believe it, I wasn't expecting it for at least a week!  I think that's the fastest I've EVER gotten anything from SU, haha!  So I'm back in business.

I'm always on the lookout for new recipes to try, I get bored and tired of the same things.  So here is what was for dinner last night: Steak Burritos (from Eating Well).  Soooo good!  Though we skipped the guac because my hubby doesn't like it.  I wrapped the bottoms in tin foil and my almost-5 year old thought that was so cool!  He ate almost the whole thing too.  Let me know if you try it and like it!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Do you know how hard it is to make a card without my Big Shot??? 
I kept reaching for my dies and impression folders, haha! 

This card was cased from the cover of the Amuse Studio catalog:
The sentiment was originally stamped right on the base, but I messed it up, so it became a strip instead!  Stamps are all Verve.
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

MFT June Guest Designer Contest and BAD Stamping News!!!!

Here is my entry for the MFT June guest designer contest.  The challenge was to Get Personal (personalize something).  Right away I knew I wanted to make a baby card for our former neighbors, I just had to make it work with my limited MFT stash!  So I thought Fred Bear would do the trick.  I did have to use non-MFT alphabet and sentiment sets, though.
I cut out the daisies and popped them up, then created a name banner with the Perfect Posies die.  The flowers are strung together with crochet trim that I cut in half so it was skinnier. I put a dimensional on the back of each flower to hold them in place.
So the bad news is MY BIG SHOT BROKE before I finished cutting out the flowers/centers!!!!!  The shaft (where the handle connects on the inside) snapped in half!
I couldn't believe it!  I bought it when I was an SU demo, so I called them right up.  GOOD NEWS, it was still under warranty so they are sending me a brand new one!  If you bought a Big Shot from SU the warranty is good for 3 three years, and mine would have been up in October, so the timing was pretty good, phew!  Now, how to finish this card WITHOUT the one thing I use on every card.  I thought about tracing the die and cutting them out, I thought about running to my friend's house to use her machine, and then I tried something:
I turned the die cutting side up, put my scrap paper on it, and then did a "rubbing" with the metal edge of one of my small hand held punches.  That created a nice groove for my scissors (I used paper snips) to follow, and so I was able to finish the card.  So yes, all 5 flowers PLUS their sunburst-y centers were cut out by hand.  You would never know if I hadn't told you, not bad, huh?

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Perk Up Soon!

Here is MFTWSC #22:
I broke out some new paper, fun!  One of the Lime Twist lines by MME.  Love these colors!

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