Sunday, July 20, 2014

MFT Creative Challenge: Stripes!

 

Welcome to the MFT Stamps design team Creative Challenge for July! This month we have been challenged to use patterns, and more specifically, stripes! I adore stripes. Big time. Its truly an addiction. My love for stripes runs so deep that my husband and son both beg me not to buy them anything with stripes when I clothes shop for them! So I guess I will have to feed my need on paper crafting projects! :)


Diagonal stripes. Yum. Especially in black and white! Some of my favorite pieces of patterned paper have exactly this element. This means I never need to hoard the paper again, I have stamps to create my own! 


To create this set of diagonal stripes, I used Striped Background. After applying Hybrid Black Licorice Ink to my stamp surface, I turned the image to the side. I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock. To get the pattern part I wanted, I simply trimmed away the excess paper, essentially using the middle. Just a note, I would use the dye-based Black Licorice Ink next time, I just happened to be out at the moment. Can you say stamper problems? :)


Then I decided to think outside the box. Flipping through my stamps from the July release, I was in birthday mode. And it struck me, these thick stripes look like candles! Voila!




Then on the left edge of each stripe, I applied Razzle Berry Ink, using the side of the ink pad. I spritzed water onto the entire stamp surface and stamped it onto Smooth White cardstock. I love the results!


See the candle flame? Don't remember that image? I got creative and dug through my images. I came across Easter Bunny and one of the leaf images from the set was the perfect answer!

Be sure and head over to the MFT Blog and see what the rest of the team has in store for you! I was inspired looking at all the amazing cards they made last night! 

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

Supplies for Very Happy Birthday card:



Supplies for Make A Wish card:



P.S. This past weekend was pretty awesome at our house! Our little man was a part of the All-City Swim Meet. He took first place in the 25 Fly, second in the 25 Free, and both his relays took first! Then to top it all off, his team won the meet! Which was a huge deal! We are so proud of how hard he has worked! I think the real excitement for him kicked in when his name was in the paper 4 times! Such a great weekend!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

cool products and mini tutorials


So here is the post I have been promising for awhile now. A post about some of the cool products that I have been using lately. I will share the original project and the tools. For the products, simply click in the hyperlinks in the paragraph, or click the photos below. If you want all the products used the project, click the hyperlink in the earlier paragraphs. Hope you enjoy! And keep emailing me with your questions! :)

Today I will start with the flower centers on this Thanks card. I saw the idea online and had to run out and purchase the scissors to create the look! I am imagining all the color possibilities!

FRINGE SCISSORS:


These Fringe Scissors from Martha Stewart made the cool flower centers possible. These are like a standard pair of scissors, but they have several blades lined up, creating several, close-together cuts in one snip. You can see how they cut along the top strip of cardstock, closest to the scissors. The top strip was cut by snipping once and moving down the cardstock. The lower strip was cut twice, to make a finer fringe. To do that, I simply cut in between my first set of snips.


I then rolled the strip, flattened out the fringed edges and adhered it into the center of the flower.


Pretty great look, huh?




WHITEBOARD CARDSTOCK:


The new DCWV Whiteboard Cardstock, yes, Whiteboard Cardstock, made these Menu Planning Cards perfect!



This is a stack of the cardstock from Die Cuts With a View. Its just like standard cardstock, except you can write on it with dry erase markers! This is available at Michael's and some Jo-Ann stores. Can you say perfect use for your 40% off coupon?!


It can be die cut into any shape! How fun would these shapes be on a refrigerator or even a student's locker?!?! 


Here is a closer look at the Menu Planning Card, written on with dry erase marker. Wipe it off with a dry cloth and you are ready to change it easily!





STIFFEN STUFF:


For this cafe sign card, I wanted the balloons to add to the dimensional look of the sign, by standing up. As I thought about how I could accomplish that, I remembered an awesome spray I had in my stash!


Bring in Beacon Adhesives' Stiffen Stuff. This is a spray that can turn fabric stiff (wow does that help make die cutting fabric easier!) and TWINE! 

To use it, start by protecting your work surface. Spray the twine generously with the spray. Set aside to dry. What? You don't have time for that? Me either. So, use your heat tool and slowly keep moving the heat tool over the twine. When it dries, the twine will be stiff, pliable, but stiff. If not, apply a second coat of the 





MINI INK BLENDING TOOL:


Applying ink to paper is much easier with the Mini Ink Blending Tool from Ranger! 

(Make sure to check out the cool technique that goes with this photo!) 


I like the smaller handle. And the round foam applicators. The applicators can be used over and over again. I keep one for each ink color. Be sure and pick up a couple of packs of the foam applicators, because you will never put these down! :) These are also nice for inking through stencils. I feel like I have so much more control over where the color goes.





EZ DOTS ADHESIVE:


I love this adhesive runner. I super puffy heart it, in fact. What I like about it is how it dispenses small dots of permanent adhesive onto your surface. I find this very important with all the fantastic die templates and digital cut files out there right now- that I cannot get enough of using! 


Pass the runner over your detailed die cut image and it covers the back perfectly. More importantly, it doesn't cover anything else! Set it on your work surface, pass the runner over your piece, and nothing. Nothing on the work surface! If for some crazy reason one of those little dots does go astray, wipe it away with your finger! And with the high quality of adhesive, you know this will stick and stay on your project!





There you have it. Some of the cool products that I have been using lately! Hope it was helpful! thanks for always stopping by!

~kimberly