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Oct 22, 2014

Thanks! {CTD315}

Hi everyone!  Happy Wednesday!

It’s time for a new Color Throwdown!  This week we are up to CTD315, and I am hosting!

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I’ve used Jen’s Deconstructed Sketch, DS173 for the layout.  I LOVE this sketch!  I started by cutting  a panel of Kraft Card Stock with the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics.  I then cut out “thanks” from Paver Red Card Stock using the Many Thanks DIe-namics.  I stamped it with the Fine Check Background using Paver Red Premium Dye Ink.  I added the scallop border underneath this panel, cut with the Blueprints 8 Die-namics using Lemon Drop Card Stock and stamped it with the Fine Check Background using Lemon Drop Premium Dye Ink.

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I added a panel of Jellybean Green Card Stock, cut with the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, and stamped with the Fine Check Background using Jellybean Green Premium Dye Ink.  I tucked the panel behind the Kraft Card Stock band.  I then cut three leaves using the Falling Leaves Die-namics and topped them off with a Whip Cream Button tied with Hemp Cord.  The main panel and mat were both cut from Primitive Cream Card Stock using Blueprints 13 Die-namics and I embossed the top panel using the Scattered Bars Stencil and Embossing Pad Duo.

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On the inside, I cut another two panels of Primitive Cream Card Stock using Blueprints 13 Die-namics and Blueprints 2 Die-namics. I added a panel of Paver Red Card Stock, cut with the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics, and stamped with the Fine Check Background using Paver Red Premium Dye Ink.  I stamped “Grateful For You” from Fall Foliage, using Jellybean Green Premium Dye Ink.

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Here are this week’s colors!

 

Check out what the Color Throwdown Team has created today!

Barbara Anders

Broni Holcombe

Joan Ervin

Lori Tecler

Monika Davis

Tammy Hershberger

Vickie Zimmer

Wanda Cullen

Tara Godfrey, this month’s AMAZING Guest!

Bernadette Bliss, this week’s Guest Star Stamper!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!

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Recipe: Stamps: Fall Foliage and Fine Check Background (MFT) Ink: Jellybean Green PRemium Dye Ink, Paver Red Premium Dye Ink and Lemon Drop Premium Dye Ink (MFT) Paper: Primitive Cream Card Stock, Kraft Card Stock, Paver Red Card Stock, Jellybean GReen Card Stock and Lemon Drop Card Stock (MFT) Accessories: Blueprints 13 Die-namics, Blueprints 1 Die-namics, Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics, Many Thanks Die-namics, Falling Leaves Die-namics, Blueprints 8 Die-namics, Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, Scattered Bars Stencil, Embossing Pad Duo, Whip Cream Button, Hemp Cord (MFT) and Jody Boosters

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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

 
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