Monday, January 30, 2012

Mehndi Medallion

I stamped just for fun a bit last week, and made a card with
Mehndi Medallion that I actually like! First one ever!

After all the stamping was done, I impressed it with the Linen IP
 and spritzed it with Mister Huey Calico Shine.

Thanks for stopping by, have a nice day!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January SFYTT - #3

I've got one last sample of inspiration for this month's SFYTT, have you played yet?
I colored, cut, and pieced this cutie-pie sheep, and flipped the sketch around to make it fit better.

The sentiment is really two lines, but I masked it and stamped it all in one line.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

MFTWSC55

And here is MFTWSC55:

I pulled out some OLD Basic Grey patterned paper, I'm really trying to cut into my stash.  And not be worried about using it up, because there will always
be something new to take it's place.
This sentiment is so true - we are so blessed to have great families!  They truly take care of us.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Teacher Gift

Here is part of what my son's teacher received for Christmas from us:
A covered notebook and pen, and a cup with cozy.  The cup is a Food Network one I bought at Kohl's and replaced the rubber grippy thing it came with my own handmade cozy.  Sewing courtesy of my mom :).  I added a couple boxes of green tea and some cards (of course!) to finish the ensemble.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

MFTWSC54

I had hoped to be able to post on a more regular schedule, but life is just sucking all my energy and motivation lately.  Here is MFTWSC #54:

Here you can see I clear-embossed some text on the black strip:

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Monday, January 16, 2012

MFTWSC #53

We got spoiled so far this winter, in that it hasn't been winter yet here.  Well, that changed this weekend.  We got DUMPED on!  And it was soooo cold.  It didn't stop snowing from Thursday until Sunday morning.  Good grief.  Oh well, we stayed home and ate soup!

And here is the first MFT sketch of the year, #53:
Got me some gift certs for Christmas and got a few new things, yay!
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

SFYTT #2

You may have noticed the format for SFYTT has changed a little this year.  You will see samples posted from half of us on the second Saturday of the month, and samples from the other half the third Saturday of the month, and then we all post again before the end of the month.  So there is lots of SFYTT inspiration for you! 

I love these little guys from our sponsor The Cat's Pajamas, they are so cute, all hand-holdy and stuff!

Here's the January sketch for you again:



Check out some more SFYTT inspiration from
Amber, Amy, Megan, and Iwona. 

Jen's blog has all the info about SFYTT for you to check out.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Last Two MFT Sketches

Here are the last two MFT sketches for the year, figured I better show you them before I show the first one from this year!



Hope your week is off to a great start, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January SFYTT

It's the first Saturday of January, so that means it's SFYTT time!

Our wonderful sponsor this month is The Cat's Pajamas!
Here is the sketch for this month:

I flipped the sketch around and used this cutie-patootie Bearing Flowers to make this:

I went with sort-of a monochrome background with some pops of color.  This image is soooo easy to paper piece, and the flower is popped up.  The brown/tan patterned papers are from Studio Calico (I picked them up on clearance, yay!).

 

Now, head around to see what the rest of the SFYTT sisters did with this sketch:

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will play along with SFYTT this year!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

MFT Guest Design Challenge

This month's guest design challenge over at MFT is to paper piece.  Yay, I love paper piecing!  My friend Mariska does some AMAZING 3D paper piecing, so I was inspired by her.  I certainly did not take my piecing to her level!  She also happens to be my coloring idol. 
Here is my finished card:

And here is how I got there:
I stamped Snowboard Boy several times on Xpress blending cardstock, more times than I needed (just in case :)) Though if I was Mariska, I would use them all since she colors everything.  But since I used patterned paper, I only needed two.  One for a base, and one I colored just a few parts.  Also, this is when I decided which parts were going to be popped up and which were going to be background layers.

Then, I cut out my base and stamped all the different parts on patterned paper.

Snowboard boy gets his face and shoes colored:

I colored the base boy gray (per Mariska) so that you don't see white when you are looking down at the 3D piece, and cut out all the pieces:

After cutting out the pieces, I ran a black marker around the edges to fill in any white edges that may have occurred during the cutting process:

And the finished boy:
His face, hat, and snowpants are all popped up.  The base layers were placed on a layer of glue without being pushed down just to give some very slight dimension.
Then I went to town with my Calico White spray for some snow effects:


I added a birthday banner and some clear Heidi Swapp snowflakes that I've had foreeeeever, and fit the sentiment to the curve of the snow slope.  And here he is again:

You can see a tutorial by Mariska HERE, go to page 16 of the ezine.
Thanks for stopping by!