Hello and happy weekend! I wanted to let you know I have a scrapbook page tutorial over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom today. It uses Julie Ebersole's fabulous new Autumn Acorns stamp set. I hope you'll join me there to find out all the details!
Hello and welcome to My Favorite Things September Release Rewind! The design team hopes to inspire you with more ideas for those new September products you've purchased and are patiently waiting on to be delivered, or to help you finish up your shopping if you are still on the fence about anything! (I'm having a few computer problems at the moment, so all products used are linked at this bottom of the post).
Since Fall is one of my favorite times of year, I couldn't get enough of the gorgeous new Falling Leaves Die-namics, Thankful Thoughts stamp set and coordinating Words of Gratitude Die-namics, and Burlap Background, so I created this 5.50" square Grateful mini album:
This album cover idea came about when I was die cutting a bunch of the Falling Leaves from different colors of cardstock for another project. I had left the dies intact when I received them (didn't break them apart) and liked how the formation and spacing looked and wanted to use the leftover negative space from this piece of Chocolate Brown cardstock. So I stamped it with the Burlap Background in Whip Cream Pigment Ink.
Next, I inlaid all but one of the leaves with different colors of die cut leaves in these colors: Brick Red, Jellybean Green, Orange Fizz, Paver Red, Tangy Orange, Wild Cherry, which I cut down the centers with the long stitcing die from Blueprints 13. A bundle of two leaves were popped up on foam tape at the top of the album, tied with Hemp Cord:
The chocolate leaf piece was attached to the album cover I made out of corrugated cardboard, painted white. The "grateful" Words of Gratitude was die cut from gold metallic cardstock and a Paver RedStitched Circle placed underneath it. The 2014 was die cut and pieced together with the Border It-Numbers Die-namics cut from Orange Fizz cardstock.
Inside, I placed one piece of Primitive Cream cardstock cut lengthwise at 5.25", then folded in half and stamped with the Writing Tablet Background in Natural Hybrid Ink. The pages are held in place by tying Hemp Cord around them and the album cover.
The "thankful" Words of Gratitude was cut from Wild Cherry cardstock. The "for" letters were cut apart from words in the Words of Gratitude Die-namics set and pieced together! There is space on this page for some family members to write what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving:
The next two pages are dedicated to my daughters and things we are thankful for in them. Each page stamped with words and phrases from the Thankful Thoughts stamp set. Some words were created by just selectively inking individual letters from the words (like "small" below). They were stamped in Black Licorice and Wild Cherry Hybrid Ink and gold pigment ink. Some words were handwritten with Lipstick Red Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen.
The oldest's page . . . with her "big heart in a small package" (since she is tiny and very proud of it!):
The photos were printed at 3.50" x 5". The youngest's page, with her "nutty" personality and wonderful sense of humor:
The final page has more room for other family members to write what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving:
That’s it for me today … Head on over to the MFT Blog for a complete list of the other designers who also have projects to share on today’s Release Rewind. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and THANK YOU again for your very sweet comments over the past week of release projects and posts – I always love hearing from you!
Welcome back to the 5th day of My Favorite Things September Release Countdown -- just ONE more day until the new products are available in the MFT Boutique tomorrow night -- Tues, Sept 16 at 9pm Central!
I started with a white photo mat, sized 8-1/2" x 11" with a 4" x 6" opening and stamped it with the new Burlap Background in Natural Hybrid Ink ... I love all the texture this background creates!
Note: When creating decor projects, or anything to do with photos, I prefer using Hybrid Ink, so I'm assured the ink won't run if it accidentally gets wet.
Below is the last portion of the frame about to be stamped:
The edges of the frame were sponged with Chocolate Brown Hybrid Ink. Above, you can see the fantastic embossed details of the Falling Leaves, especially on the tan metallic cardstock I used. Here's another close-up (click any photo for a larger view):
The leaves were die cut from coordinating colors found in the photo of my sweet girls: Wild Cherry, Steel Grey, Chocolate Brown and tan metallic and a few were popped up on foam tape.
The "so very" and "for you" from the Thankful Thoughts stamp set were stamped in Steel Grey Hybrid Ink around the Words of Gratitude "thankful" die cut from antique gold metallic cardstock. Until I can decide if I want to put this photo mat into a frame for the wall, it can be displayed on an easel because of the sturdiness of the matboard.
The new September products will be available at 10pm EST on Sept 16! Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to find a list of all the participating designers in today's hop, to see today’s full product reveals AND enter for your chance to win a $75 gift voucher on each of the 7 countdown day blog posts!
I'll see you back here tomorrow night for Day 1 of the countdown release!
Welcome to countdown day 6 of My Favorite Things August Release! The new products will be available at 10pm EST on August 12! Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to see today’s full product reveals AND enter for your chance to win a $75 gift voucher on each of the 7 countdown day blog posts!
My oldest daughter absolutely loves her glasses and has no urge to get contacts. They are her favorite green color, which matches her beautiful green eyes! She is a self-proclaimed science and computer geek, has geckos for pets and never liked frilly girl stuff. So when I saw these new stamp sets and dies, I knew they would make a perfect scrap page for her!
I started with her favorite color -- green, and used MFT's pretty Factory Green (darker olive color) and Fuse Green (lighter) -- they remind me of the inside and outside of a pickle, LOL! I'll admit, I really didn't see myself using the Fuse Green too much when I first saw it but the more I worked with it, the more I'm loving it . . . especially combined with the darker Factory Green -- I think they will make a fabulous combo for Fall projects and this is definitely not the last you will see of this combo from me!
Now on to the page details . . . I die cut both of the smaller glasses from silver metallic cardstock and used them as borders along the top and bottom of the page. One of he larger pair of glasses were also cut from silver metallic cardstock, and given vellum lenses!
Also along the top and bottom of the page, I used several of the Geek is Chic sentiments, stamped in the darker Factory Green Premium Dye ink, onto the lighter Fuse Green 8-inch page base. I highlighted a few of the words, arrows and star (from the same stamp set) with Clear Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen.
For the tag accent, I used the Tag Builder Blueprints 1 to cut Primitive White cardstock and stamped one of the Eye Charts sentiments on it with Black Licorice Premium Dye ink. I've always adored eye chart graphics and this set has a great selection of sentiments that will work for anniversary/love, birthday, thank you and this "Your smile makes the world brighter"!
To give the tag a little accent, while the cardstock was still in the die, I traced around the inside edge with Pitch Black Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen. Holding/pressing the tag and die on a foam pad helps to make sure the cardstock doesn't shift while you are drawing. The tag was then popped up on foam tape over the photo:
To add some pattern to the darker Factory Green background behind the photo and tag, I used the Small Checkerboard Stencil at an angle and sponged Factory Green Premium Dye ink in random spots:
Narrow strips of Black Licorice cardstock (my daughter's other favorite color!) accent the top and bottom borders.
All the new products will be available for purchase on August 12th at 10pm Eastern in the MFT Boutique. During this countdown you can enter to win some HUGE prizes over on the MFT blog . . . where you will also find links to the other design team members that are sharing samples using today’s featured products!
Thanks so much for stopping by … I’ll be back tomorrow with more August release inspiration!
Classic patterns never go out of style and thanks to the plethora of designs My Favorite Things offers, your projects will never feel dated. Join the MFT designers as we inspire you this month with trendy and innovative projects centered on the pinnacle of patterns: the time-honored stripe!
I created a striped patterned paper and a few other striped accents for this 8-inch scrap page:
To create the striped paper, I mixed MFT's All Lined Up Stencil with one of my favorite and current trendy techniques, watercolor! More details on that are shown below.
(Above) -- the "SEA" word was cut with the Bottom Line Alpha, from custom blue watercolored paper (details below), then stacked on three more layers of Grout Gray cardstock die cuts = your own custom "chipboard" letters! The letters were covered with Glitter Glaze.
(Below) -- The photos (more from our beach getaway last month!) were die cut with Pierced Rectangle and Pierced Square STAX Die-namics and popped up on foam tape, to give them a little more interest:
(Above) -- That custom striped Washi Pattern tape was stamped with Banana Split Hybrid Ink on Primitive White cardstock, then die cut with its coordinating Washi Tape Die-namics. A little bit of journaling was done in the lower left corner of the page (sorry I've cut it off in most of these photos!) with Baby Blue Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen.
(Below) -- The ampersand (By the Letters Lowercase) and "SAND" (Negative Dot Alphabet) were die cut from Grout Gray cardstock that I gave some sandy texture to, by using white embossing paste with the Diagonal Stripes Stencil. These pieces were also stacked with an additional three layers of cardstock behind them:
The "sun" letters are the same Die-namics used for the "sister" title (By The Letters Lowercase), cut from Banana Split cardstock and also stacked. Hopefully you can see all the dimension this page has, in this shot:
The "sand" along the bottom edge of the page is Natural cardstock, hand torn.
How To Details:
1. To create the striped watercolor background, I just pressed my Premium Dye Ink pads onto my craft sheet, diluted it a little by misting it with some water, then used a water reservoir brush to pick up the color. You can varying the intensity of the color by how much you dilute it with the water:
2. Secure the All Lined Up Stencil to the Primitive White cardstock with washi or other removable tape, then color between the lines!
3. I colored with (in this order) Natural, Berrylicious, Nightshift Blue, and Sno Cone Premium Dye inks (trying to replicate the colors of sand, ocean and sky), not caring too much if it was streaky or not -- I think that just adds to the lovley watercolor look AND the colors soften as they dry.
In the photo below you can see where I watercolored the left side of the page, the full width and height of the stencil, then moved the stencil over to the right side of the paper and repeated the process to fill up the 8" x 8" piece of paper I was working with. This is one of the great properties of a stencil!
4. To create the blue watercolor paper from which I die cut the "SEA" word, I used both Nightshift Blue Hybrid and Premium Dye inks, mixing in a little Berrylicious. I watercolored this mixture onto Primitive White cardstock:
5. For the ampersand and "SAND" word, here's a closer look at the white embossing paste (which doesn't dry too terribly white on this color of cardstock) applied to the Grout Gray cardstock. It gives the cardstock just enough interest and a bit of texture similar to sand:
Thanks so much for joining me today ... I hope this challenge inspires you to put some stripes into your next project!
Please visit the MFT Blog to find a list of the other MFT designers particpating in today's challenge blog hop!
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