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March’s Fabulous Friend: Tami Mayberry Week Two

Please join me in welcoming back Tami Mayberry, our Fabulous friend for the month of March!

As usual, lets get to know our guest artist a little better by getting a little nosey….

Who is your stamping crush?

“That is a tough one. There are so many talented designers out there that I admire. I couldn’t even begin to name them all. My google reader is filled with inspiring ideas and gorgeous work every day. But, honestly, while I admire the ability to create a gorgeous project with the perfect layout, color combination, colored image etc. I think for me it is more a matter of character than skill. I am drawn to those designers who I have found are true at heart and who are always helping and blessing others in some way. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. To me it doesn’t matter how skillful or popular you are if you have had to step on others to get there or try to make everything about you. It’s a lot easier to improve your skills than it is to improve your character.”

Tami’s sweet project today uses a la modes: Time to Celebrate as well as our Open Scallop Die-namic. Don’t you just love her sweetly paper pieced cake with all its sugary icing? You’ll see Tami’s three little rhinestones here on the top corner, its a signature “thing” of Tami’s, and its always fun to see what she’s used as her three little things on each of her projects!

I hope you’ll leave our Fabulous Friend a little love today, and that you’ll be back to visit with her next Friday as she has one last project lined up for us next week!

Supplies used:

Patterned papers: We R Memory Keepers
Markers: Copic
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Clearsnap Wicked Black
Glitter: Stamp Affair
Clear Gems: Kaiser Craft
Adhesive Sheets and 3D Foam Squares: Scrapbook Adhesvies by 3L
Machine stitching

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March's Fabulous Friend: Tami Mayberry

Please help me welcome Tami Mayberry our Fabulous Friend for the month of March!  Tami will have a project to share with you for the next three Fridays. I’ve had a peek at all of them already, and let me say, you are in for a trea!

If you’re not already her blog you will most certainly want to add it to your list.  Tami is an accomplished designer, writer and has been frequently published.  She’s also the founder of Card Positioning Systems – a fun and fabulous weekly sketch challenge.  We’re thrilled to have Tami here with My Favorite Things this month.  I know that you’ll love her fresh and clean designs.

To get to know Tami a little better, how about we get a little nosey? I asked Tami what her biggest stamping regret was, and I’m in love with her answer. This girl is as smart as she is talented, her advice here is a wonderful reminder to all of us to be true to yourself!

“Comparing myself to others. It’s so easy to want to be “as good as” someone else and forget who *you* are. I find I constantly have to remind myself that although I can be inspired by others I shouldn’t try to imitate them. It’s great to want to improve your skills but it’s important to do it according to your interests and abilities, not just because it is popular or you are wanting to outdo someone else. Even when I made my MFT Fab Friend cards for this month I had several times I’d look at them and think ugh, I wish I could color like so and so. This looks so plain compared to the other Fab Friends. People are going to wonder why I am even here.  When I looked at my cards everything seemed so simple and lacking the *wow* factor of so many other talented stampers.  Sadly, I know my style but I still have these moments that I forget and want to be someone else. Reality…I’m the girl who creates with a few layers, thinks texture is always a good thing, colors in a simple coloring book style, loves color but hates pink and seldom uses pastels, always reaches for the ribbon, can’t do vintage to save my life and adds 3 little bits of bling on every project.  So, that is who I had to be…me. Once I am able to be me things are a lot more fun and a lot less work!”

Tami has used Fred Bear Hits the Beach and Die-namics Sunshine die on her project today.  I love her vibrant color choices, as well as her spectacular Prismacolor pencil work on that kraft paper.

Tami, thank you SO much for sharing your talents with us here on the MFT Blog!  We’ll have another of her spectacular projects to share with you again next Friday!

Supplies used:
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor
Ink:Clearsnap Wicked Black
Embossing folder :Provocraft
3D Foam Squares: Scrapbook Adhesvies by 3L
Machine stitching

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March’s Fabulous Friend: Tami Mayberry

Please help me welcome Tami Mayberry our Fabulous Friend for the month of March!  Tami will have a project to share with you for the next three Fridays. I’ve had a peek at all of them already, and let me say, you are in for a trea!

If you’re not already her blog you will most certainly want to add it to your list.  Tami is an accomplished designer, writer and has been frequently published.  She’s also the founder of Card Positioning Systems – a fun and fabulous weekly sketch challenge.  We’re thrilled to have Tami here with My Favorite Things this month.  I know that you’ll love her fresh and clean designs.

To get to know Tami a little better, how about we get a little nosey? I asked Tami what her biggest stamping regret was, and I’m in love with her answer. This girl is as smart as she is talented, her advice here is a wonderful reminder to all of us to be true to yourself!

“Comparing myself to others. It’s so easy to want to be “as good as” someone else and forget who *you* are. I find I constantly have to remind myself that although I can be inspired by others I shouldn’t try to imitate them. It’s great to want to improve your skills but it’s important to do it according to your interests and abilities, not just because it is popular or you are wanting to outdo someone else. Even when I made my MFT Fab Friend cards for this month I had several times I’d look at them and think ugh, I wish I could color like so and so. This looks so plain compared to the other Fab Friends. People are going to wonder why I am even here.  When I looked at my cards everything seemed so simple and lacking the *wow* factor of so many other talented stampers.  Sadly, I know my style but I still have these moments that I forget and want to be someone else. Reality…I’m the girl who creates with a few layers, thinks texture is always a good thing, colors in a simple coloring book style, loves color but hates pink and seldom uses pastels, always reaches for the ribbon, can’t do vintage to save my life and adds 3 little bits of bling on every project.  So, that is who I had to be…me. Once I am able to be me things are a lot more fun and a lot less work!”

Tami has used Fred Bear Hits the Beach and Die-namics Sunshine die on her project today.  I love her vibrant color choices, as well as her spectacular Prismacolor pencil work on that kraft paper.

Tami, thank you SO much for sharing your talents with us here on the MFT Blog!  We’ll have another of her spectacular projects to share with you again next Friday!

Supplies used:
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor
Ink:Clearsnap Wicked Black
Embossing folder :Provocraft
3D Foam Squares: Scrapbook Adhesvies by 3L
Machine stitching

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February's Fabulous Friend – Karen Motz

Please give a warm welcome back to our Fabulous Friend Karen Motz. She’s here with her third, and final project for the month as our February Fabulous Friend, and she has whipped up something totally delicious to share with you.  Before I show you her stunning project, how about we get nosey?

What technique or style would you most like to develop in your own crafting?

“I really love the shabby chic/collage look but each time I try to do a project in that style it never turns out. But, I’m going to keep working at it, picking up shabby elements like the seam binding I’m seeing all over blog land, and hopefully one of these days I’ll have a shabby chic project to share!”

Karen has created a lunchbox recipe file using “What’s Cooking” as well as the Banner Strip Die-namic, the Rolled Rose Die-namic and the Small Scalloped Border Die-namic.

I adore all the thoughtful details that she’s put into this project including – mini clothespins…..

Ruffly ribbon, twine and this gorgeous felt flower….

Rhinestone swirls, and this sweet banner……

last, but not least of course her adorable coloring of our sweet a la modes “What’s Cooking?” and her signature perfect stitching on that oval panel?

We’ve been thrilled to have Karen with us this month as our special guest Fabulous Friend.  You’ll see her playing along with us each Wednesday as she’s part of our Wednesday Stamp Club.  If you’re not already following her blog Paper Playhouse, be sure to add her to your daily reading!

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February’s Fabulous Friend – Karen Motz

Please give a warm welcome back to our Fabulous Friend Karen Motz. She’s here with her third, and final project for the month as our February Fabulous Friend, and she has whipped up something totally delicious to share with you.  Before I show you her stunning project, how about we get nosey?

What technique or style would you most like to develop in your own crafting?

“I really love the shabby chic/collage look but each time I try to do a project in that style it never turns out. But, I’m going to keep working at it, picking up shabby elements like the seam binding I’m seeing all over blog land, and hopefully one of these days I’ll have a shabby chic project to share!”

Karen has created a lunchbox recipe file using “What’s Cooking” as well as the Banner Strip Die-namic, the Rolled Rose Die-namic and the Small Scalloped Border Die-namic.

I adore all the thoughtful details that she’s put into this project including – mini clothespins…..

Ruffly ribbon, twine and this gorgeous felt flower….

Rhinestone swirls, and this sweet banner……

last, but not least of course her adorable coloring of our sweet a la modes “What’s Cooking?” and her signature perfect stitching on that oval panel?

We’ve been thrilled to have Karen with us this month as our special guest Fabulous Friend.  You’ll see her playing along with us each Wednesday as she’s part of our Wednesday Stamp Club.  If you’re not already following her blog Paper Playhouse, be sure to add her to your daily reading!

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Fabulous Friend – Karen Motz

Welcome back to our second week with Karen Motz – she’s here as our Fabulous Friend for the month of February.  If you missed her post last week, be sure to check it out here. Before I show you her beautiful project – how about we get a little nosy?

Who is your stamping crush?

“Hmmmm…that’s a tough one seeing as I have so many fabulous stampers in my Google Reader, but I think I can narrow it down to two. Jackie Pedro…first of all I’ve met her in person and she’s an absolute sweetheart AND she creates the most stunning cards with the coolest layouts and her attention to detail is impeccable. I’d love to hate her but that’s impossible! LOL!!! Michele Boyer…I love visiting her blog because she does something amazing on every project. Whether it’s adding tiny skate laces to an image or masking extra teddy bears for maximum cuteness, I always pick up sweet ideas from Michele’s work.”

Karen has put together a Sweet Surprise Gift Box for you today using Valentine Flopsey.  Do you see her spectacularly perfect stitching? This fun paper is Doodlebug Sweet Heart.

The inside flaps open to revel even more gorgeous detail….

and inside, YUM, a delicious Valentine sized treat!

As you can see she’s created a sugary faux epoxy finish with Stickles floating on top of a nice thick layer of Diamond Glaze.

Be sure to join us again next Monday for another beautiful project from Karen.  Be sure to visit her gorgeous blog Paper Playhouse or follow her automatically using Google Reader!

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Fab Friend Karen Motz!

Hi all! I’m back today with a new Fab Friend post and I’m pleased as punch to be working with Karen Motz for the month of February. Karen joined the Challenge Team long after I’d invited her for the Fab Friend gig, but I figured you can’t have too much of a good thing, can you?

Before I show off Karen’s amazing project, let’s get nosy!

What is your biggest stamping regret?

I think my biggest stamping regret has to be not starting a blog sooner. I had already been stamping for five years before starting my blog, and even then it was a giant leap for me. If I had known then what I know now: the wonderful new friends I’ve met, the uplifting comments about my creations, the fabulous stamping opportunities that have come my way, all because I started blogging, I definitely would have taken the plunge sooner.

Karen created this ADORABLE notepad holder using PI Making a List (she’ll be back soon!).  Isn’t this THE most precious notepad holder EVER???

Please stop by Karen’s blog and let her know how much you appreciate her sharing her time and talent with all of us! She’ll be back throughout the month to share additional projects with us!

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Week Three with our Fab Friend Featuring Lydia Fiedler!

Welcome back to our January Fabulous Friend – Lydia Fiedler.

She is back at it with another fabulous creation using our Teacher’s Pet stamp set and Die-namics Notebook Edge die.  Lydia created a beautiful petal card that sends her straight to the head of the class.  Check out her beautiful workmanship!

We asked Lydia what her biggest stamping regret was and here is her reply:

My biggest stamping regret is that I didn’t start blogging earlier. I think all stampers are afraid to put that very first card on the internet because we’re afraid it’s not good enough. But having a blog has brought so many great friends into my life that at some point it’s much bigger than the stamping, and had I known that, I would have had many more years of that joy. :)

Thanks for starting your day out with our Fabulous Friend, be sure to stop by her blog Understand Blue and leave her a little love.

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Week Two with our Fab Friend Featuring Lydia Fiedler!

Welcome back to our January Fabulous Friend – Lydia Fiedler.  If you missed her last Monday, you’ll find her first project, a breathtaking altered frame HERE. We’re thrilled to have Lydia with us again this week and I know you will adore the project she’s put together for you!

Inspired by a bendy fold card tutorial  from Emma Fewkes Lydia’s sweet Flopsey card will folds flat for mailing, but there are two little tabs on the grassy parts that make them curve and be 3D :)  Totally clever right?  Oh my goodness, just look a the sweet pink little scarf she’s added to the tiny bunny inside.

You’ll find lots of MFT product on this bendy card including: bunnies are from Eggstra Special, the tree from Love Birds, and she’s incorporated our Cloud and Fresh Cut Grass, and Scallop Die-namics.  Sweet patterned paper is from October Afternoon Seaside paper, and her accessories include Copics, pom pom trim, white felt and a polka dot embossing folder :)

I asked Lydia what her proudest stamping moment was and, trust me,  this is completely sweet….

“When I noticed, two years later, that all 20 of my coworkers still had their little hand stamped gift I gave them all for Christmas two years before still proudly displayed on their desks. And I worked with 99% boys. :)”

Thanks for starting your day out with our Fabulous Friend, be sure to stop by her blog Understand Blue and leave her a little love, we’ll see one more project from Lydia next Monday!

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Fab Friend Donna Baker!

Hi all!  I’m back today with the last Fab Friend for 2010, and who could be better than Donna Baker!   She’s amazingly talented and just delightful to be around.  And you will DROOL over the amazing project she’s created for all of YOU.  But first…let’s get nosy:

What is your signature move?  Is there one style or technique that seems to adorn your every creation?

Not sure I have a signature move but there are a few things elements I love to include on my cards like bling, stickles and glitter pens.  As far as a style or technique, I like clean & simple but most times it turns into more then all of a sudden I wonder how it took me an hour and a half to make ONE card!

What’s your favorite MFT set and why?
Impossible to answer!  I love SO many of them especially Stephanie Fizer’s and The Pure Innocence girl…ok, my favorite is Who’s that Girl Well Read because I LOVE curling up on the couch to read a good book!  Just wish I was as skinny as her. Ha!

What do you hoard?

They have a show about that – it’s kind of sad (and frustrating too) but I know it’s real for some people.  I like to use my stuff so I don’t really think I am guilty of this but one thing I like to collect is alterable items like things from the dollar store.  I have a binful and box full of stuff just waiting for the right time to use it! There I said it.

Now check out Donna’s beauty using Pure Innocence Bedtime Story and the Rolled Rose (and Rolled Flower) Die-namics!

Make sure to head over to Donna’s blog and give her some love for sharing her amazing work with us!

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