Friday Feature – MFT Kits

Happy Friday all!!!

As you know, the January 2010 was our last MFT Kit.  We’ve simply been too busy to design more.  Which is a good thing…  :)

I thought since we have a few I Want Candy and Bath Time Kits left, I would offer them at a VERY special price this weekend.  How special?  How about a 40% savings!

There are a handful of each left, so if you are looking for a summer project, or a gift for a stamping buddy, these Kits can be yours for $15 each!

The product descriptions will give you all the goodies contained in each Kit, but here are some pictures of exactly what you can create using them.

Isn’t this sweet!!!  And just in time for party season and summer gift needs!

Have a great, safe weekend and I’ll be back Monday with a new Fab Friend!



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WSC – Creating with Cork or Felt & a Tutorial

Happy Wednesday!  For this weeks Wednesday Stamp Club we are creating with cork and/or felt.  Here’s my project using cork as a main panel instead of just an element.  I also used several Die-namics dies…can you tell how many? It’s kind of a trick question… :P

I stamped a tree from Grow Love onto a Sweet Tooth panel cut with a nestie and also onto a scrap of patterned paper.

I have only recently begun to color using Sweet Tooth and Copics, and the verdict is YIPPEE.  I LOVE it!  It has a bit more tooth than Perfect Paper Panels, which is nice sometimes, and there are many of you who prefer a bit more texture since you’re used to coloring on that type of cardstock.

I must admit I was shocked at first that I liked it so much, and then extremely pleased since it blends so nicely and is also so affordable!  And thirdly, it’s available in 8.5 x 11″ packs. Talk about a paper tri-fecta!

I used the Jumbo Ric Rac Die-namics to cut out a trim piece and then I used the Grosgrain Texture Board to make it match the ribbon texture.

See how deep that impression is?  You have to try the the super thin pad in Embossing Pad Pack.  Seriously.

I then stitched some grosgrain ribbon in a wonky pattern across my Ric Rac shape.

Here’s a close up of the finished tree after coloring, paper piecing and adding a few Glittered Garnishes for good measure.

I wanted to add some dimension under the tree, so once it was colored, including an actual ground for the tree trunk, I cut a Fresh Cut Grass strip and doubled it up so it would appear like a fun grass clump.

Here’s the backside so you can see how I layered it.

Here’s how I created the custom Pearl Flourish.  I happened to have a stencil with several flourish patterns that I laid on top of my cork panel and using a white gel pen, I added dots through the holes so I would know where to place my pearls. If I hadn’t had a stencil, I could have created a pattern with a pencil on white copy paper, or printed one, and then using a paper piercer I could have created the same thing, so a fancy stencil is NOT necessary.

I chose to add pearls but any crystal will also work.  This is definitely a time when the fancy hotfix applicator comes in HANDY!

Once my pattern was down on my cork, I played around with sizes to see what would work best for the flourish I was creating.

Then I put them into place, and viola!  SO stinkin’ cute!  Here’s another trick question… isn’t that the cutest and most perfect little rolled flower?

And here’s another pic of the completed card.

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WSC – Creating with Cork or Felt & a Tutorial

Happy Wednesday!  For this weeks Wednesday Stamp Club we are creating with cork and/or felt.  Here’s my project using cork as a main panel instead of just an element.  I also used several Die-namics dies…can you tell how many? It’s kind of a trick question… :P

I stamped a tree from Grow Love onto a Sweet Tooth panel cut with a nestie and also onto a scrap of patterned paper.

I have only recently begun to color using Sweet Tooth and Copics, and the verdict is YIPPEE.  I LOVE it!  It has a bit more tooth than Perfect Paper Panels, which is nice sometimes, and there are many of you who prefer a bit more texture since you’re used to coloring on that type of cardstock.

I must admit I was shocked at first that I liked it so much, and then extremely pleased since it blends so nicely and is also so affordable!  And thirdly, it’s available in 8.5 x 11″ packs. Talk about a paper tri-fecta!

I used the Jumbo Ric Rac Die-namics to cut out a trim piece and then I used the Grosgrain Texture Board to make it match the ribbon texture.

See how deep that impression is?  You have to try the the super thin pad in Embossing Pad Pack.  Seriously.

I then stitched some grosgrain ribbon in a wonky pattern across my Ric Rac shape.

Here’s a close up of the finished tree after coloring, paper piecing and adding a few Glittered Garnishes for good measure.

I wanted to add some dimension under the tree, so once it was colored, including an actual ground for the tree trunk, I cut a Fresh Cut Grass strip and doubled it up so it would appear like a fun grass clump.

Here’s the backside so you can see how I layered it.

Here’s how I created the custom Pearl Flourish.  I happened to have a stencil with several flourish patterns that I laid on top of my cork panel and using a white gel pen, I added dots through the holes so I would know where to place my pearls. If I hadn’t had a stencil, I could have created a pattern with a pencil on white copy paper, or printed one, and then using a paper piercer I could have created the same thing, so a fancy stencil is NOT necessary.

I chose to add pearls but any crystal will also work.  This is definitely a time when the fancy hotfix applicator comes in HANDY!

Once my pattern was down on my cork, I played around with sizes to see what would work best for the flourish I was creating.

Then I put them into place, and viola!  SO stinkin’ cute!  Here’s another trick question… isn’t that the cutest and most perfect little rolled flower?

And here’s another pic of the completed card.

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NSR – Proud Mama Post

There are some occasions that warrant boasting about your children, and moments that deserve praise when they stand up and stand out for themselves and the world around them.

Last Wednesday, one of Brianna’s friends, Kendrick Rowe, died in a fatal car accident.  It was sudden and beyond tragic, and it shook B to the core to lose a friend.

KJ, as he was best known, was an A-B honor roll student, and a sought after football player for Eustis High School.  He was scholarship bound with a bright future ahead.  And a bright spot in the lives of all who knew him.

KJ’s Mom is a single parent of three children, all of which are bright students and good people.  They are not a wealthy family, but even those of us more monetarily fortunate do not plan or save for a child’s funeral.

Brianna wanted to help.  So, she organized a fund-raising effort.  She and her friend, Ashle, created posters and t-shirts, and alongside a few more friends started collecting money to help KJ’s Mom cover the funeral expenses.

So far they’ve raised $243.50, and my guess is that total will rise a bit as there continue to be donation baskets in several local locations.  Brianna will be making her check out directly to the funeral home and hand it to KJ’s Mom at his funeral this Saturday.

I hope it will help B as she grieves the loss of her friend.  And while I know there is nothing that will touch the grief KJ’s Mom feels at the loss of her child, I do hope knowing how many people loved KJ enough to ACT in support of him will be a healing salve on her broken heart.

And look at this!  There’s even an article in our local paper about what the kids are doing! Daily Commercial article about B and her friends.  Wonder who called them???  :)

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Our Favorite Finds

Welcome to Our Favorite Finds – the day that we share gorgeous cards from all of YOU our amazing customers!

Jodi has the cutest card to share with Emma Blowing Kisses and the Jumbo Scallop Die-namics

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I wish I had a mailbox like this! How sweet is Dana’s “Happy Mail”

MFT recently sponsored 2S4U (Two Sketches for You) and just look at this cute Hooga Booga from Kelly Marie

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Check out this gorgeous, eye popping color from Heather using the same 2S4U sketch!

Christine’s coloring using “Going Places” what a fun idea to use this stamp set for a graduation card! Her coloring is gorgeous!

Karen combined two different Pure Innocence sets (Birthday Princess and Pulling for You) to put together this adorable card! And look at her gorgeous felted flower!

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Wendy uses Clearly Sentimental About Father’s for her Mojo Monday Sample. I love a great guy card!

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Gabbe uses Fred the Bear as well as Die-namics to put together this adorable graduation card.

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Lori plays along in this week’s Wednesday Stamp Club Challenge with Bloomin’ Good Day

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Also for a a recent Wednesday Stamp Club Challenge – Chris made this sweet Mud Buddies

Are YOU playing along in the Wednesday stamp club challenges? Be sure to join us on the MFT Member Company Forum on Splitcoast Stampers!

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Fab Friend Jenn Balcer!

Ok, I must admit a little star struck this week.  Jenn Balcer is joining us as this weeks Fabulous Friend!  WOOT!  Pinch me….

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

What is your signature move?  Is there one style or technique that seems to adorn your every creation?
I love simple layouts, bright colors and ribbon. And anything sparkly. Add a little bit of bling and I’m a happy, happy girl!

What’s your favorite MFT set and why?
Love the Pure Innocence girlies and Stephanie Fizer sets, for sure. Bling Bet gets lots of action around these parts – my daughter loves to have her name on everything, especially if there’s some sparkle involved!

What do you hoard?
Me, hoard?! I have a whole lot of patterned paper, pretty flowers, ribbon, ink, brads, metal stuff, rhinestones (in self-adhesive plastic-y *and* the real stuff), you name it. I love it all! Now that I have more free time to actually play, I’ve been rearranging (again) and finding all kinds of things I’d forgotten about. I love that my jars of ribbon and stacks of paper and most accessories are organized by color. They’re so much easier to grab and use.

Now take a deep breath, and check this out!  Jenn used Lollipop Girl from Pure Innocence, which will be back in stock this week!  Is this not THE sweetest thing???  You think I can get her to send it to me??

PLEASE stop by Jenn’s BLOG and leave her a bunch of love for taking time to share her creativity with all of us!

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3 Great Companies, 1 Great Cause

Hi all!  I am back with a special news bulletin…  As some of you know, Eric Liles, Susan’s hubby, has been bravely battling a rare and aggressive cancer.  They’ve been in treatment now for several months, but the road ahead is long and as you know, the bills don’t wait.

Susan is an absolute ray of sunshine, and a delight to know.  She is always upbeat, and has an ultra-thick pair of rose-colored glasses!  She is warm, funny, caring, has the sweetest little Southern twang to her voice and is most always inspiring with her talent and gracious with her time.  Who wouldn’t grow to love a soul so beautiful!

What is this leading to?  Well, if you read THIS POST you’ll know that they could use a little help.  Eric is the breadwinner, and the chemo and treatment therapies have eaten up all of his sick time off at work.  And of course I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the medical expenses for the type and quantity of treatments he is requiring.  I mean it is truly scary to even THINK about.  Now imagine living with it.

Susan designs for three amazing Companies, (if I do say so myself!) and all three have joined forces in creating a fundraiser to support the Liles family!

TCP, Verve and MFT are all offering a 10% savings to YOU, and a nice portion of all proceeds directly to Susan and Eric!

Here’s the 411:

- The specific info on each of our offers is on this SCS Thread.

- The code for MFT to save 10% is SusieQ. You’ll enter it at checkout in the promo/discount code field and click redeem. It will discount everything on the site, no exclusions!

- The fundraiser runs from June 18-20. Show your support and visit all 3!

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WSC – Color Challenge (06.16.2010)

Happy Wednesday and happy VIP Day!!!  Today’s WSC is a color challenge using the 3 new ruffled ribbons in the VIP Kit; Tomato, Celery and Sunshine (or Red, Green and Yellow).  We’ve not had a color challenge before, so I’m quite excited!

This week I borrowed an idea from Barbara, and created a flower pot card.  I used In My Garden Jolinne as I hadn’t had a chance yet to ink her up, and she was simply begging for attention.  Who could refuse that face?  Not me!

I traced Barbara’s flower pot card (as I am it’s proud new owner!) onto Jellybean Green card stock, and after it was scored and folded I added some Copic marker to the inside edges to create depth.  I printed out Red Gingham DIGI paper on cream cardstock to age it a bit, which worked!  WOOT!  And then…take a deep breath….I SEWED.  I truly swore this day would never come, I would not sew on paper, but I caved.  Mind you, I have MUCH to learn about my new toy, so bear with me.

I stamped Jolinne on a Cream Perfect Panel, and colored her using Copics.  I added a pocket to her dress with the Gingham DIGI paper to tie it in.  Maybe I’ll be good enough to sew it on someday!

I finished it off with Sunshine and Fresh Cut Grass Die-namics, Earth Girl Felt and Cotton Twill.

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Who's That Gardening Girl VIP HOP & DT NEWS!

Happy VIP!!!  I am so excited about this post, not only because there’s an AMAZING new VIP Collection today, but because I get to announce that there are 3 new additions to the MFT Design Team!!!  But you have to complete the Hop to find out *who* they are!  I know, we’re sneaky…

Instead of a project, I decided to properly show you all that’s in this months Who’s That Gardening Girl VIP Collection.

Who’s That Gardening Girl? VIP Collection $36.75
- Who’s That Gardening Girl? unreleased stamp set (3 weeks early!) $15.95
- Ruffled Ribbon Garden Collection (2 yards each of 3/4″ ruffled ribbon in Tomato, Celery, & Sunshine) $7.95
- Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety 6 x 6 Paper Pad $5.95
- Garden Button Collection $1.95
- Set of 10 White Scalloped A2 Notecards $4.95
- Green Thumb mini stamp set (FREE, $9 value)

Isn’t that amazing!!!!!  I love when we can pull together products for the VIP Kit that just make it extraordinary, and this month it is truly over the top!

It’s available through Wednesday, June 16th and ONLY while quantities last.

So, next up is….well, I’ll let you find out for yourself, but give HER a warm welcome BACK to her MFT Family!!!!!!!!

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Who’s That Gardening Girl VIP HOP & DT NEWS!

Happy VIP!!!  I am so excited about this post, not only because there’s an AMAZING new VIP Collection today, but because I get to announce that there are 3 new additions to the MFT Design Team!!!  But you have to complete the Hop to find out *who* they are!  I know, we’re sneaky…

Instead of a project, I decided to properly show you all that’s in this months Who’s That Gardening Girl VIP Collection.

Who’s That Gardening Girl? VIP Collection $36.75
- Who’s That Gardening Girl? unreleased stamp set (3 weeks early!) $15.95
- Ruffled Ribbon Garden Collection (2 yards each of 3/4″ ruffled ribbon in Tomato, Celery, & Sunshine) $7.95
- Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety 6 x 6 Paper Pad $5.95
- Garden Button Collection $1.95
- Set of 10 White Scalloped A2 Notecards $4.95
- Green Thumb mini stamp set (FREE, $9 value)

Isn’t that amazing!!!!!  I love when we can pull together products for the VIP Kit that just make it extraordinary, and this month it is truly over the top!

It’s available through Wednesday, June 16th and ONLY while quantities last.

So, next up is….well, I’ll let you find out for yourself, but give HER a warm welcome BACK to her MFT Family!!!!!!!!

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