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Oct 20, 2014

Inspired By…

Hi everyone!   Happy Monday!

My dear dear friend Barbara Anders has nominated my as someone that is an inspiration to her!  To say I have no words would be an understatement.  Bar is my stamping IDOL, so for her to nominate ME…well, that is just pretty amazing in my world.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bar (in real life) for the very first time when we were both at MFT Headquarters this past May.  The second I met her, I just KNEW that she was going to become one of my most dear friends.  I simply LOVE her and we had SO much fun together.  I cannot even wait to see her again!

You can check out her gorgeous designs right here on her blog, Paper Pursuits.  Her style and execution are AMAZING.  She is a rock star.

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Along with this honor, Bar also gave me a few questions to answer, and I also have to share two designers that inspire me (aside from Bar of course!).

1. What am I working on?  I am SO blessed and honored to be a part of the My Favorite Things Design Team, and so I am always working on a project featuring MFT Stamps and Die-namics.  They make me so happy and it’s a dream to be on this team!  I also proudly serve on the Sweet Sunday Sketch Team and The Color Throwdown Team!  I’ve made so many friends through this hobby, and all of the ladies on these teams feel like family!

2. How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?  Wow, this is a tough question.  I don’t know how to categorize my style, but if I were pressed, I would like to think my style is “clean and layered”.  While I LOVE the clean and simple look, it’s not something that I can easily pull off.  I like layers, a lot, but I still like my cards to look clean and uncluttered.  I also love to color with Copic Markers and often feature images colored with them on my cards.

3. Why do I create what I do?  I have always loved to be crafty.  I stamped in high school, but it was pretty limited to just embossing every single image with silver embossing powder (smile).  I’ve also dabbled in acrylic painting, specifically tole painting, which my mother in law got me hooked on.  It’s a lot of fun, but also a lot of prep work.  I like the quick (sometimes) gratification of card making.  I also love when my girls want to craft…we like to make rainbow loom bracelets, friendship bracelets and other crafts. 

4. How does your creative process work? Quite often, I am stamping for a sketch or color challenge, so my process starts with those as a jumping off point.  Other times, I will get inspired by browsing Pinterest and then have an idea come to me.  When that happens, I try and jot down the idea before I forget it!  I keep a notepad with ideas handy, and when I stamp, I keep my notes with me to refer to.

Now I have the pleasure of sharing artists that inspire me! 

Jody Morrow – Confessions of a Ribbon Addict

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Jody is SUCH an inspiration.  Her designs are ALWAYS so innovative.  She is the stamper that always makes me think “how did she think of that?”.  Her cards are always perfectly designed and she has clean look that I am so drawn to!  She has been one of my stamping idols since I started stamping again!  I also met Jody when I was at MFT in May and she is an absolute DOLL.  While we were together, we realized how much we have in common and how similar we are.  Must been the name (wink wink).  I feel the urge to go back to Florida so I can give her another hug!

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Cindy Lawrence – The Creative Closet

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Cindy is also SUCH an inspiration.  Her cards are always SO beautifully detailed, and she knows how to add just enough, and not too much.  Her coloring skills are RIDICULOUSLY awesome…I love to stare at her colored images, especially the Pure Innocence line, and study how she adds shadows and shading.  I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with Cindy a few times at stamping events and CHA, and most recently, we had a fantastic brunch and shopping trip together when she was here on Long Island for a Copic class.  I cannot wait to see her again!

Thank you Barbara for nominating me, thank you Jody and Cindy for being such inspirations and thank YOU for stopping by today!

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Oct 19, 2014

A Jolly Hello! {SSSC241}

Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday!

It’s time for a new Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  This week we are up to SSSC241!  I’ve used the darling new BB Jingle All The Way set and the BB Jingle All The Way Die-namics, just released from MFT! The color combo is one of the choices from the current SCS Color Challenge, CC500!

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I love this sweet little snowman!  I cut him out of X-Press It Blending Card using the BB Jingle All The Way Die-namics and him with BB Jingle All The Way using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  I colored her with Copic Markers and added a dot of Glossy Accents to the berry on his hat.  I popped him up with Jody Boosters onto a panel of Gumdrop Green Card Stock cut with the Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics.  The sentiment, “a jolly hello” was stamped onto a panel of Smooth White Card Stock cut with the Mini Tabs Foursome Die-namics using Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink.

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The main panel of Blu Raspberry Card Stock was cut with Blueprints 14 Die-namics, and I stamped it with the Diagonal Stripes Background using Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink.  I added a mat of Smooth White Card Stock cut with Blueprints 3 Die-namics. The Sno Cone Card Stock panel was cut with the Stitched Square STAX Die-namics and stamped with the Confetti Background using Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink.  I then added a panel of Red Hot Card Stock, cut with the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, and stamped with the Diagonal Stripes Background using Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink.  I added two flags of Smooth White Card Stock cut with the Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics.

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On the inside, I cut a panel of Sno Cone Card Stock using Blueprints 14 Die-namics, and cut another panel of Blu Raspberry Card Stock with Blueprints 14 Die-namics and trimmed it down.  I stamped it with the Diagonal Stripes Background using Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink.  I cut a panel of Smooth White Card Stock cut with Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics and stamped “Here’s a Holiday High Five”, from BB Jingle All The Way, using Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink.

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Here is this week’s sketch:

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Check out what the rest of the Sweet Sunday Sketch Stampers created this week!

Barbara Anders
Dana White
Jackie Pedro
Karen Giron
Karen Motz
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Jenny Peterson
Sarah-Jane Kale
Tracy Clemente
Vicki Burdick

Thanks SO much for stopping by!

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Recipe: Stamps: MSTN Christmas Cuteness, Diagonal Stripes Background and Confetti Background (MFT) Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink and Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink (MFT) Paper: Red Hot Card Stock, Blu Raspberry Card Stock, Sno Cone Card Stock, Gumdrop Green Card Stock, Smooth White Card Stock and X-Press It Blending Card (MFT) Accessories: Blueprints 3 Die-namics, Blueprints 14 Die-namics, Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, Mini Tabs Foursome Die-namics, Stitched Square STAX Die-namics, Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics (MFT) Copic Markers, Rhinestones and Jody Boosters

Oct 16, 2014

MFT Release Rewind!

Hi everyone!  Happy Thursday!

The entire AMAZING October MFT Release is now available right HERE in the MFT Boutique!  Today and tomorrow, the MFT Design Team is sharing projects created with all of the amazing new products!

Today, it’s ALL about Santa on my blog!  I had to ask my daughter to hide the Perk Up set and Coffee Cup Die-namics since I CANNOT stop using them, so you won’t see those today!  My first card features the ADORABLE new BB Jingle All The Way set and the Jingle All The Way Die-namics!

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My card uses the current MFT Sketch Challenge, MFTWSC198, for the layout.  SUPER fun sketch!  I started by cutting out this ADORABLE Santa using the BB Jingle All The Way Die-namics from X-Press It Blending Card and then stamped it using BB Jingle All The Way with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  I colored him with Copic Markers and then popped him up with Jody Boosers onto a panel of Kraft Card Stock cut with the Blueprints 18 Die-namics, which I’ve used for all the other panels and elements on my card.

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I used Gumdrop Green Card Stock and Chocolate Brown Card Stock for the front panels, and I stamped the Gumdrop Green Card Stock panel using BB Jingle All The Way and Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink, repeatedly stamping the sentiment, “you’re on the nice list” following the angle of the panel.  The Chocolate Brown Card Stock panel was stamped with the Burlap Background using Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink, and I added the dotted detail on the bottom, adding a panel of Red Hot Card Stock behind it so it peeked through.  I also used Red Hot Card Stock for the little flag detail on the top of the card, topped off with a Sweet Tooth Button tied with Hemp Cord.  The Smooth White Card Stock panel separating the Gumdrop Green Card Stock panel and Chocolate Brown Card Stock panel was stamped with the Diagonal Stripes Background using Red Hot Premium Dye Ink.

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On the inside, I again used Blueprints 18 Die-namics to cut the panels, and I stamped “merry everything” from BB Jingle All The Way using Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink and Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink.

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My second card features the darling new MSTN Christmas Cuteness set, MSTN Christmas Cuteness Die-namics, Stitched Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics and the Snowfall Background.  L.O.V.E.

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I started by cutting out this sweet Santa from X-Press It Blending Card using the MSTN Christmas Cuteness Die-namics and stamped it with the MSTN Christmas Cuteness set using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  I colored him with Copic Markers and added shimmer to the heart on his hat using a Clear Wink of Stella Marker.  I then popped him up onto a Kraft Card Stock panel cut with the new Stitched Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics using Jody Boosters.

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The main panel of Nightshift Blue Card Stock was cut with Blueprints 13 Die-namics and stamped with the new Snowfall Background.  I added a mat of Smooth White Card Stock cut with Blueprints 2 Die-namics.  I added a circle element cut from Gumdrop Green Card Stock using the Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics.  The Red Hot Card Stock panel was cut with Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics, and the sentiment, “get your Santa on” was stamped in Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink onto a panel of Smooth White Card Stock cut with the Fishtail Flags Layers STAX Die-namics.  I anchored it to the card with a Kraft Button tied with Hemp Cord.

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On the inside, I cut two panels of Smooth White Card Stock using Blueprints 13 Die-namics and Blueprints 2 Die-namics.  I added a panel of Nightshift Blue Card Stock cut with the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics stamped with the Snowfall Background using Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink.  I stamped “a Jolly Hello” using Gumdrop Green Premium Dye Ink.

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Nice List Recipe: Stamps: BB Jingle All The Way, Diagonal Stripes Background and Burlap Background (MFT) Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink, Red Hot Premium Dye Ink, and Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink (MFT) Paper: Kraft Card Stock, Chocolate Brown Card Stock, Gumdrop Green Card Stock, Red Hot Card Stock, Smooth White Card Stock and X-Press It Blending Card (MFT) Accessories: Jingle All The Way Die-namics, Blueprints 2 Die-namics, Blueprints 18 Die-namics, Sweet Tooth Button, Hemp Cord (MFT), Copic Markers and Jody Boosters

Get Your Santa On Recipe: Stamps: MSTN Christmas Cuteness and Snowfall Background (MFT) Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink and Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink (MFT) Paper: Kraft Card Stock, Nightshift Blue Card Stock, Red Hot Card Stock, Gumdrop Green Card Stock, Smooth White Card Stock and X-Press It Blending Card (MFT) Accessories: Blueprints 2 Die-namics, Blueprints 13 Die-namics, Stitched Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics, MSTN Christmas Cuteness Die-namics, Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics, Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics, Fishtail Flags Layers STAX Die-namics, Kraft Button, Hemp Cord (MFT), Copic Markers, Clear Wink of Stella Marker and Jody Boosters

 
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