Monday, June 18, 2018

MFT Annual Retirement Sale!


Every year My Favorite Things permanently retires stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and
patterned papers to make room for new goodies to add to your inventory. Check out MFT's  
SALE section to see what's slashed 50% off and grab them before they're gone for good.


Today I'm sharing my projects using all of the Pure Innocence images that will be retiring.

(NOTE:  Updated since 2:00AM this morning)


Top row left to right: Milk & Cookies, Loads of Thanks, Beach Day
Middle row: Jumping with Joy, Happy Together, Steeped in Love
Bottom row: Hula Hoop, Fresh Squeezed, Dashing By

This is just a sampling of what's retiring and some may already be gone. Hurry over to the
 SALE section in the MFT Store and start shopping now! Good luck grabbing your goodies!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch #276


Chrissy brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! Here's Sketch #276.


And here's my take on it.




I stamped the Mondo Hydrangea (my favorite mondo bloom!) with Distress inks
and messy watercolored them with Zig markers and a waterbrush. Some extra
blooms were stamped near the main cluster and colored in the same way.



The panel was trimmed and adhered to a gray card base. The stamped sentiment
finished off the card.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, June 21st and as
the weekly winner, you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #389



It's time for a new Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Here's Sketch #389.




The Fun in the Sun cutie is possibly my favorite Pure Innocence image, ever.
She was stamped, colored with Copic markers and cut with the matching Die-namics.
And I didn't forget her eye protection, too.

The wavy background was stenciled with Sweet Tooth pigment ink on kraft
card stock and highlighted with a Gelly roll pen. I popped up the girl and added the
white embossed sentiment. Enamel dots finished off the card.



Join the weekly challenge and you could be the random winner of a $50
MFT gift voucher! Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details and deadline
and we hope to see you in the gallery!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

MFT & Friends--June 2018 Release



For this month's MFT & Friends I chose to share a project with Beach Buds
and remind you about a special MFT campaign during the month of June.



When you purchase this set, know that it benefits a worthwhile cause because
the ocean is, in some way, an integral part of all our lives.



The pelican was stamped, colored with Copics and cut with the matching dies.
I fashioned a pier post using Whimsical Woodgrain on kraft card stock. The
sentiment was white embossed and cut apart in segments.

An ocean background was created on Yupo paper with alcohol inks and trimmed
with the wonky stitched die. The pelican and post were popped up on the card and
the sentiment was adhered next to them. Sequins finished off the card.

Visit today's post at My Favorite Things for more inspiration from the
Creative Team--and guests!--using the June 2018 release.
 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch #275


CAS(E) this Sketch #275 is a retro one from founder Jackie Rockwell.



I missed playing with this sketch back in 2012. Here's my 2018 take.

I pretty much followed the sketch and even managed to use some flowers.
The circle was cut with a Peek-a-Boo Window and I added some Stitched
Blooms. The stamped sentiment finished off the card.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, June 13th
and as the winner you could be joining us on a future sketch!



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

MFT June Just Add Color



This month, like I almost always do, I colored the Pure Innocence Beach Cutie
first and I was pretty proud with how her ombré outfit turned out.


But it was the Toucan Do It set that I enjoyed coloring the most. By no means am
I a coloring expert. I don't pay much attention to where the light source is coming
from or where the shadows should fall. I just enjoy coloring (most of the time!)
and if an image looks "flat" after I've colored it, I add more shading or highlight
with a white pigment pen.


I don't have the exact Copic marker colors that I used, but I can tell you
that the dark toucan was colored with C markers and the other birds were
colored with an assortment of B's and BG markers. I used a white Gelly Roll
pen on most of them for added highlights.



I added a bit of color around their pupils and a dot of highlight from a white
Gelly Roll pen which gives them a lot of character.

Visit today's post at My Favorite Things and check out the coloring skills of the
rest of the Creative Team, and be inspired!

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #388



Here's this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #388.


And here's my take on the sketch.



The Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot background was stamped lightly on a Natural
card base with In the Buff ink. I removed the center stitching portion of the
Scallop Cross Stitch tag and cut the tag from woodgrain card stock.

Painted Flowers and leaves were popped up on the tag and the sentiment
was white embossed on a fishtail strip of black card stock. Natural hemp
cord threaded through the tag hole finished off the card.



Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you could be the
random winner of a $50 MFT gift voucher! Hope to see you in the gallery!



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

MFT June New Product Launch and Release



My Favorite Things New Product Launch and Release Day is here!
You may now purchase the June Release here in the MFT Store.

I'm sharing one more project with you to possibly add to your shopping list.
The Fireworks Display Die-namics adds celebratory fun to any occasion,
not just the traditional holidays.



After die-cutting the Fireworks Display from Steel Grey card stock, I roughly
measured the size of the color burst. Using Zig markers and a water brush, I colored
a bulls-eye shape on watercolor card stock to place behind the die cut openings.




Our Town was die cut from Steel Grey card stock and highlighted with white
pigment ink. After the piece was dried, I adhered it behind the fireworks, then
on to a Steel Grey card base. The row of houses was adhered on the bottom and
the card was finished off with the silver embossed sentiment.



So there you have it--My Favorite Things June Release!
Don't forget today's the day to visit all Creative Team members' blogs and leave a
comment to win one of two $100 MFT gift vouchers! You have until the end of the
day on Thursday, June 7th and winners will be announced on the MFT blog on June 8th.


http://www.mftstamps.com/brand-spankin-new

Thanks so much for stopping by during the countdown, and happy shopping!

(Note: Winners have been chosen, go here to see you're one of the lucky ones)
 


Monday, June 4, 2018

MFT June Release Countdown Day 1



It's the last day until My Favorite Things June Release! Before I share my
project for today, I'd like to remind you about a fun promotion!




Beginning with our release on June 5 and running through June 8, all orders of
$60 or more will receive the  Happy Hello 4″ x 4″ stamp set free while supplies last.
This stamp set is an $11.99 value and will be provided in addition to our newest "Free
with $60 Die-namics"--that’s TWO freebies with every order of $60!

This limited edition set will not be offered for sale at any point so place your
qualifying orders quickly, once our June Release is available, to claim your set.

* * *

Now here's my project using the new Moroccan Mosaic Die-namics.


I had an idea of what "Moroccan" colors were but took to Google to confirm it.
Lots of rich, jewel tones which is what I chose to ink distress my background.
I spattered some water over the inked surface and trimmed it to fit a
Grout Gray card base.


The die was cut from white card stock and I used a spray adhesive to affix it
to the inked background. The sentiment was gold embossed and inked over
with Wild Honey Distress inks then popped up over the center of the die.

Visit the final countdown post at My Favorite Things and leave a comment there
for a chance to win a $75 prize. Then get your shopping lists ready for
tomorrow's New Product Launch and Release!


Sunday, June 3, 2018

MFT June Release Countdown Day 2



We're two days away from My Favorite Things June Release! All new goodies
will go on sale Tuesday, June 5th at 9PM EST in the MFT Store!


Cat lovers will appreciate Meow Mix--a delightful set of whimsical kitties
that are fun to color and bring to life.


For my project, I worked backwards and chose the sentiment and then the images
to go with it. I picked the sitting kitty and colored a tabby and calico cat as the
"purrfect pair". They were cut with the matching Die-namics and set aside.

Feline fact: Did you know that all calico cats are female?

The background was made by stamping the butterfly image in the set with light
gray ink on a white card panel. The panel was adhered to a Grout Gray card base.
The sentiment was white embossed on a Sour Apple strip and popped up on
the card. I perched the two kitties on the banner and finished off with enamel dots.

Visit today's Countdown post for more inspiration from the Creative Team and
don't forget to leave a comment there for a chance to win a $75 prize!