Wednesday, November 30, 2011

MFT'S Decmeber Teasers Day 2

Thanks for stopping by today! Welcome to day 2 of MFT'S December Teasers! We are previewing Inspired by Flowers (Set 4), Inspired by Months of the Year, and Fred Bear Gives Comfort. You can stop by the MFT Blog for the list of all the designers sharing projects today.


I am using Inspired by Flowers for my card. My flower is colored with Copics and I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the edges. My papers are by Basic Grey Little Black Dress.
 

I added rhinestones to the center of my flower, lace, twine, a button and a sentiment from the stamp set.

Here are the details about the upcoming release on December 6 at 10 PM EST:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on December 6th from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on December 6 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on December 6 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
Thanks for stopping by!! I will be back tomorrow with another December Teaser!

Melody


 

Taylored Expression December Release Day 2



December Release At a Glance
  • It's Petite-a-Palooza as we introduce A DOZEN new Petite stamp sets, plus one new A la Carte, from every stamp collection available at Taylored Expressions.
  • Tuesday is Calendar Day as we showcase FOUR new TE calendar products - all perfect for gift giving!
  • Wednesday is Card Kit Day as we introduce FOUR new Taylored Card Kits available just in time for the holidays!
  • All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, December 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.



Today I am sharing sneak peeks of the new Fly Your Flag 2 Stamp and Die SetThere are three new Fly Your Flag stamp and coordinating dies sets being released on Thursday The sets are an unique take on pennants! They fold together and string along a piece of baker’s twine or you can cut them in half and create a banner…lots of ways to fly your flag! The coordinates with the previously released You’re My Type Upper and Lower alpha sets. 


Taylored Card Kits
There are also four new card kits being released. My card uses the Basic Grey Indie Bloom Card Kit. Each kit includes: 10 solid colored cardstock card bases,10 neutral cardstock image panels, envelopes, patterned paper, ribbon, KaiserCraft rhinestones or pearls - all packaged in a Petite Storage Case.  Kits are $14.95 each. 



I stamped each banner in a different color ink to coordinate with the paper. Then I used 
You’re My Type Upper and Lower alpha sets in the middle of the banner. The banner is strung on Doodlebug Twine in Bubblegum. I used the Cloud Border at the top of my card, added some machine stitching and birds from the Bird and Branch Die set.




Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by all the designers blogs today for lots more inspiration!



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MFT'S December Teasers Day 1


Thanks for stopping by today! Today is the first day of MFT'S December Teasers! We are previewing Who's That Girl May I Have This Dance. You can stop by the MFT Blog for the list of all the designers sharing projects today. 


I think this WTG stamp set is so pretty. I wanted to give my card a masculine feel so I could give it to my husband. I just love the sentiment! 

The image is colored with Copics and the papers are from Basic Grey Little Black Dress. I used the new Skyline Border Die-namic, just seemed perfect with the stamp! The sentiment is stamped on a tab cut with the Bracket Tab Die-namic.

My heart is cut with the Hearts A Plenty Die-namic out of MFT Favorite Felt in Cherry On Top


Her dress is paper pieced and I added Black Glaze Pen to the buttons on the jacket.


On the inside I used the Skyline Border Die-namic again and another sentiment for the stamp set.



Here are the details about the upcoming release on December 6 at 10 PM EST:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on December 6th from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on December 6 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on December 6 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
Thanks for stopping by!! I will be back tomorrow with another December Teaser!

Melody

Taylored Expressions December Release Day 1


December Release At a Glance

It's Petite-a-Palooza as we introduce A DOZEN new Petite stamp sets, plus one new A la Carte, from every stamp collection available at Taylored Expressions.

Tuesday is Calendar Day as we showcase FOUR new TE calendar products - all perfect for gift giving!

Wednesday is Card Kit Day as we introduce FOUR new Taylored Card Kits available just in time for the holidays!

All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, December 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.


Today the Baker's Dozen is showing the new Calendar products that will be in available in the TE store in combination with sneak peeks at the 12 new petite stamp sets!! Petite-a-Palooza is the perfect time to take the plunge and try some TE stamps if you haven't yet. We have something for everyone. And if you're already a TE fan, you'll love all the fun choices this month! Petite sets are 3" x 5" and sell for $7.95.

I am using Moka Nora, designed by Nancy McKinney in combination with the CD calendar case plus pre-printed calendar insert set.

There are more than enough adorable images in the Moka collection to create all sorts of calendar projects. We're adding two more this month.

Moka Kristie - set of 5 for $7.95 - a sweet skater sparkling on ice!
Moka Nora - set of 7 for $7.95 - a Winter beauty for Christmas and beyond.


I colored Nora with Copics, added white fun flock to the trim and used the Viva Paper Pen in Opal for her buttons. My papers are from Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas.


To my calendar I added holly leaves, and sentiment, and the little envelope that are included in the Moka Nora stamp set.



I love the idea behind the CD Desktop Calendar Set! They are similar to the CD style calendars you've seen in the past, but these cases allow more room for both the calendar and your stamped artwork. Purchase includes one case and one set of 12 pre-printed calendar pages for $5.95.  Case size is 4.37" x 7.52" x 0.32" and the insert size is 4.21" x 7.24"The calendar comes with the CD case/calendar holder and the 12 pre-printed calendar cards!! I can wait to create a new page each month to set on my desk!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by all the designers blogs today for lots more CALENDAR inspiration. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

MFT's November Creative Chat




It's time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You'll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum. This month, we were asked the following questions:

Show us your desk. How do you have things set up, and why?

What are your "go-to" tools? Tell us what you can't live without.

Visit Kim's Blog for a full list of designers that have taken up the challenge and get ready to delve into the minds of our creative team.


This doorway is a little dream come true for me!! If you read my blog you probably know that I have four daughters. With four children you are lucky enough if they can have their own rooms at some point! My office/stamp/scrapbooking/sewing room as always been in an empty corner of the different homes we have owned. Well, as my daughters have slowly graduated from college, gotten jobs, and have there own first apartments, I finally have a room of my own! With a door!

I just started moving into my new space last week. I painted and bought new furniture. The room needs to meet a number of needs. First is a stamping/creating room! But it also needs to be a home office. I do work from home at times and I need a place to organize my household files that have been sitting around in piles waiting to filed!

I just starting moving into my room and have a long way to go before I am settled. But I will share with you what I have accomplished up to now. 


I really wanted to have two work areas so I purchased two desks, one with additional storage. I wanted to be able to swivel between the two areas. I do plan to have glass cut for the top of desk so I don't have to worry about damaging the desk during the creative process!



On the far right I have two stacking paper trays. Each one holds the stamps and dies for new releases I am working on at the moment.  Next is a Lazy Susan that holds many of the tools I use all the time, like paper piecers, pencils, glue pens, scissors, glitter and gel pens. Love this!

Next is another desk organizer that holds stamp blocks, my Crop-A-Dile  and corner rounder, punches, etc.


I couldn't live without my OttLite. The large dome gives great light for coloring and creating and I like the styling of the lamp.

I also keep my laptop on my desk. Need it for work but love to watch shows on it while I work!


I keep my copics to the left of my desk. I have them divided into color families in pencil cups from Staples. I like that I can grab the cup of Copics I want to work with and set them next to me on my desk.


My desk has two file drawers. I have my paper stored in the two drawers in hanging folders. I labeled the colors because sometimes at night I find it hard to tell the difference between papers that are close to each other in color and I do a LOT of my creating late at night. Yes, I can be a night owl!

I have another file cabinet that will store my work and personal files.


Another desk drawer houses all my favorite, can't live without adhesives! Jodi's boosters and red line dots, Scor-Pal tape in a number of widths, glue dots, Tombow liquid and tapes, etc.


I debated on where to store my inks, but decided I really wanted them in reach so I am trying them in a drawer. I rarely make a card that doesn't have Tim Holtz Distress Inks on them somewhere!



Next to my desk I have a storage unit that stores my dies. On the top in cups are my border dies. My drawers are divided into categories like doilies, flowers, outdoor themes like the sun, clouds, grass, etc, and then a couple of drawers that store stamp sets with coordinating dies. I do plan to label the drawers when I have a chance.


In some of the drawers I added dividers.


On my other work surface I have my Scor-Pal, a Martha Stewart Paper Cutter, my Janome Sewing Machine, and my old, but dependable Cuttlebug.

It is important to me to have my sewing machine out and ready to go. My Janome is a DC3050 and it is a tool I couldn't live with! Not only to I sew on my cards, I have other sewing projects going at times. I have material ready to go for new valances for my new stamp room! Just be sure to change sewing needles on your machine if you have sown on paper before you sew on fabric.

Well that is it for me! I will share more pictures of my new room as I get settled. Be sure to visit the other designer's blog for even more inspiration!

Melody


Friday, November 25, 2011

Taylored Expressions Black Friday Tag Hop!


Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Black Friday Tag Hop!!!  We're celebrating the biggest shopping day of the year with a Tag Hop and a HUGE SALE!
  • Hop around for tons of inspiration for your holiday tag making. Link list below.
  • One lucky customer will win a set of 10 tags (one each of the tags featured in today's hop.)  Everyone who places an order at Taylored Expressions Friday - Monday (11/25 - 11/28) and writes "I want those tags!" in the comments section of the order form will be entered to win.  The winner will be announced on Taylor's blog on Tuesday 11/29.
  • Introducing Tags & Tag-a-longs so you can quickly and easily create your own tags inspired by today's samples.
  • Black Friday Sale - enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2011 on any order Friday through Monday to save 10-30% off your entire order!  HURRY! The earlier you shop, the MORE you SAVE!  Details on the TE Store homepage.



How fun is a tag hop!! I love tags! Tags can make a simple package or gift bag special. For my tags I am using on of my favorite TE holiday stamp sets, Joy to the World and the Banner Holidays stamp set and Banner Day 1 die

To make my tags I just cut rectangles in red cardstock and rounded the upper corners. But be sure to check out Taylor's Tags & Tag-a-Longs for a fast, and easy tag option! My patterned papers are from Echo Park Season's Greeting 6 x 6 Pad




Viva Pearl and Paper Pens are a new item in the TE store. They are available in lots of colors. I used one for the first time on my tag and really like them. They are so easy to use and control the size of your dot and settled in to a nice, rounded pearl. 


I stamped the angel in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, paper pieced her dress, added glitter to her wings, and used the Red Pearl Pen to add my pearls. 

At the top I punched out a 1" circle and used my Crop-A-Dile to attach a We R Memory Keepers Wide Eyelets. Then I added Christmas Doodle Twine at the top to attach the tag to my package. I also added white cardstock to the back of my tag so I could write who the gift is for and a personal note. 




Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by all the designers blogs today for lots more TAG inspiration.




Saturday, November 19, 2011

TESC150 Dance


I got a chance this week to play along with Taylor's Expression 150th Sketch Challenge! If you would like to play along create a card using the sketch as inspiration. Feel free to switch up the shape or size of your card. As long as your project follows the general sketch, you’re good to go! You may play as many times as you want. Each upload will be entered into Taylor's weekly drawing, so the more you create the better chance you have of winning the PRIZE!  Upload your project to Splitcoaststampers before 8pm PST on Thursday, November 24th using keyword TESC150.


I am using Taylor's Life is a Dance stamp set. I have daughters who are dancers and I just love this pretty stamp set. I stamped my images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics. My papers are My Mind's Eye 6x6 Pad - Lost & Found Blush. I added a sentiment from the set, ribbon, lace and stitching.



I paper pieced the ballet dress and added 3D form squares under the skirts to add additional dimension to the card. The I added small rhinestones and glitter pen to the ballet bards.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are having a nice weekend and maybe fit in a little time to play the sketch challenge!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy Holiday MFTWSC46


Hi all and thanks for stopping by today.  I have a card for this week's Wednesday Stamp Club #46.

You can get all the details on the sketch challenge by visiting the MFT Blog and the MFT forum on SCS. You'll need to upload your card in the SCS gallery using the keyword WSCMFT46. You will have the chance to win up to $20 in MFT money. One winner is chosen at random each week!


I am using the newly released PI, Stocking Girl. My papers are from Jillibean Soup. My scallops are cut with the Simply Scallops Large Die-namic. I also added ribbon, Bakers Twine in Honeydew and some machine stitching. My sentiment is from the stamp set and I used the Die-namic Oval Tab


She is colored with Copics, her PJ's are paper pieced, and I added fun flock in white to the top of my stocking.


On the inside I stamped a sentiment from the Stocking Girl stamp set.


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you get a chance to play along with the sketch challenge!!

Melody