MFT April Creative Challenge | Fantastic Florals

Hello and welcome to the April Creative Challenge with My Favorite Things! This month it's all about flowers. After some nice weather here, we are slowly dipping back into the cold temps, so a challenge using bright flowery images is exactly what I need until spring actually gets here!

For my card I used the new Modern Blooms stamp set and paired it with the Bold Statements stamp set to create a flower card with a big sentiment. I love stamping flowers around other images (or in this case the sentiment) so it looks like its all one image.

I stamped the sentiment first in black ink and then created a mask to cover up the letters while I stamped the flowers around them. I used Summer Splash ink and Lemon Chiffon ink to stamp all the flowers and then I stamped the centers with Grout Gray ink.

I thought the flower centers were too light so I ended up adding little dot details with a black gel pen. I also went around all of the flowers and leaves with a white gel pen for a bit of detail.

Once I had all of the flowers and leaves stamped, I added a few more dots around the flowers with the same black gel pen and also added a few clear sequins.

I completed the card by stamping the Pinstripe background onto a Grout Gray card base and heat embossed it with Silver Pearl embossing powder from Ranger. I love subtle tone on tone dimension with this embossing powder. I then added the stamped panel to the card base and also added two strips of black cardstock on either side.

Make sure to head over to the MFT blog today for more great projects from the design team for this months challenge. ;)



MFT Pagemaps Sketch Challenge

Hello! Today the My Favorite Things challenge blog is hosting an fun sketch challenge featuring a sketch design from Pagemaps! I have loved Pagemaps sketches for years and was excited to get to play along with one!

Here is a peek at the card I created:

Head over to the MFT challenge blog to see the sketch and all of the cards that were created by the MFT team! And of course, to take part and create a card based on the sketch!

Thanks for stopping by! Be back soon! ;)


SSS May Card Kit | Happily Ever After

Hello and happy Sunday! We are finally getting some spring weather here in Canada and we are taking full advantage of it! I'm off to a baby shower this afternoon and then the boat club for dinner to sit outside in the beautiful sun! What are you up to today? Do you have nice weather wherever you are?

Before I head out, I wanted to share a couple of cards I created with the new Simon Says Stamp May card kit called Happily Ever After. This kit is GORGEOUS, with beautiful pinks and greys and gold foil accents. I love how elegant and soft it is... perfect for brides and weddings and even moms and babies!

The first card I created uses the beautiful floral patterned paper from the kit as a background, with a vellum overlay on top to mute the colours down a bit so the sticker area is the focal part of the finished card.

Once I had the vellum adhered over the floral piece, I used a black gel pen to add the little flower centers on top of the vellum. I love how the flowers are muted under the vellum but the black center areas on them are dark black with a little bit of dimension.

Once the gel pen was dry, I added a little cluster of some of the stickers from the kit and also added some diecut hearts. I cut them from black and one of the gold stickers in the kit and I added a bit of shimmer to the black ones.

My second card uses one of the great striped papers that comes in the kit. I love the simple patterns on these papers that allows you to use them for card bases that you can build on.

For this card I used the cluster of dots stamp from the stamp set and stamped it on the patterned paper with Versamark ink. I then added gold embossing powder and heat embossed them so there was a bunch of shiny dots all over the card.

I also added a sentiment from the stamp set with black ink and added a couple of black diecut hearts to tie in the black strip of cardstock I added to the side. I love the black with the pinks and gold.

You can pick up the May card kit here for just $29.95 + shipping. Or if you’d like to receive this kit and future kits for only $24.95 + shipping per month, you can subscribe here. When you subscribe you will receive kits delivered to your door automatically!

I have an extra May card kit to give away! Just leave a comment on this post by April 24th, 2015 for a chance to win! ;)



Planner Fun with Truly Simple Planners

Hello and happy weekend! Today I have a planner post to share using some fun items from Truly Simple Planners - an Etsy shop with lot's of planner supplies! ;) I was excited when Tara (the owner) contacted me and asked me if I wanted to try some of her products, because I think they are so fun! 

I've been using some of the products in my planning for a little while to see what I liked and what worked for me. I'm excited to share my favorites with you! ;)

I think the downloadable sticker sheets are my favourite. There are a lot of different styles and themes and you get a whole sheet of them to print out, in a bunch of fun colors! I like to print them on full sheet label paper so I can cut them out once printed and have instant stickers to use in my planner.

My favourite downloads are the fitness ones, the coffee cups and the TV ones. I love  adding the cute little TV's to my planner for days when I have shows that I watch. I also love using them for special programs coming up so I don't miss them.

I have a lot of different planner stamp sets and they pair up perfectly with the stickers. I love stamping 'coffee run' with the coffee cups on days when I'm in charge of grabbing the coffee.

Another fun product that I like using are the washi tape stickers. They come in a ton of different patterns and colours and they are sized perfectly to fit into the Erin Condren life planner. I love how quick and easy it is to add them into my planner to flag days of importance or to simply dress up my pages!

There are also glitter stickers that fit the EC planner too and I love them! Every planner should have sparkly, glittery stickers in it! ;)

Lastly, I wanted to share the fun pen holder/planner bands. They fit around the EC planner perfectly to hold your page and they also have two little bands that hold a pen. I love the fun bright colours and the convenience of having a pen right on the front of the planner.

I want to say a huge thank you to Tara for getting in touch with me and sending me some product so I could try it out and share it with you!

Tara has generously provided a $20 GC to her Etsy shop for one of my blog readers! Just leave a comment on this post by Friday April 24/15 and I'll pick a random winner!

Thanks for stopping by! Be back soon! ;)


MFT | Word Shaker Cards

Hello and welcome to day 4 of a week full of shaker card fun with My Favorite Things! We're sharing lots of shaker cards, all week long, with giveaways, videos and inspiration!!

Today I am over on the MFT blog once again, with a card and video sharing how I created a multi-coloured word shaker card. It is so fun to do the unexpected and add different colours of sequins and beads to multiple words diecut on a card front. ;)

Here's a peek at my card:

Head on over to the MFT blog for all the details, the video and of course another giveaway for some shaker card goodies!!

Thanks for stopping by! Be back soon! ;)


MFT | Frame Shaker Cards

Hello and welcome to day 3 of a week full of shaker card fun with My Favorite Things! We're sharing lots of shaker cards, all week long, with giveaways, videos and inspiration!!

Today is all about creating frame shaker cards! There are so many options for creating shaker cards with a frame around it.... I definitely encourage you to think outside the box!

For my card I used the Lunchbox die-namics to not only use as my shaker card frame, but also use as the card shape. I love fun, unique cards that are unexpected so I loved the idea of adhering the completed lunchbox onto a small, custom note card that fits behind it.

Another fun thing I did with this shaker card that makes it unique, is the stamped and diecut shapes that I have floating around with the sequins. Definitely look at your stamps and dies for images and shapes that would work with your design. It adds such a cool look to the shaker card to have custom items mixed in! ;)

The lunchbox provides the perfect frame for my sentiment as well as the shaker pieces. I love how it looks like those items are actually in the lunch box! So fun! ;)

Make sure to visit the MFT blog all week long for awesome ideas and inspiration for shaker cards and of course, some giveaways as well!



Moments Inked Details

Hello! Today is release day for more awesome new products from Papertrey Ink to coordinate with the Moments Inked planner. I love the new products this month!! ;)

This months release features some awesome new products that will make planning even more fun! I think one of my favourite things is the new Number Clips dies! There are 10 numbers in total that all work as paperclips. I love keeping them on a dashboard in my planner and then pulling them off when I need them. It's a great way to keep them all organized! ;)

Another favourite new product this month are the Moments Inked: Edged dies. These not only cut out the coil on any paper you want, but you can also add perforations to pages that you want to easily tear out!

I like to first cut my paper to size and then diecut the coil and the perforation. This works great for lists and notes that you want to keep in your planner but eventually want to remove. I love using it to write grocery lists throughout the week... it stays where I need it until I'm ready to take it out. ;)

The Bow Clips are so so cool! I am addicted to creating little bows that I can use in my planner for bookmarks and decorative elements. I cut them from my favourite colours of Papertrey Ink felt and then use a hot glue gun to assemble them onto a large paper clip. Super easy and quick and oh so cute when they're done! ;)

I keep my bow clips tucked into the front pocket of my planner until I want to use them within the planners pages. I love how awesome they look all lined up together!

I love using white clips for my bows, but you can definitely use any colour you want! That's what I love about these products... so customizable for whatever your style is!

I hope you enjoy these new products! I can't wait to see how you all customize them to work with your planners! Make sure to head over to the Papertrey Ink blog for a full overview of all the new products from Nichole as well as links to the other team members blogs! ;)

Moments Inked: Edged Dies
Bow Clips Dies
Number Clips Dies
Listed Stamp Set


MFT | Flat Shaker Cards

Hello and welcome to day 2 of a week full of shaker card fun with My Favorite Things! We're sharing lots of shaker cards, all week long, with giveaways, videos and inspiration!!

Today I am over on the MFT blog with a card and video sharing how I create flat shaker cards. They are just as fun and interactive as regular shaker cards, without all the dimension!

Here's a peek at my card:

Head on over to the MFT blog for all the details, the video and of course another giveaway for some shaker card goodies!!

See you tomorrow for more shaker card fun! ;)