Smile Card & SSS June Card Kit Winner!

Hello! Today I have another card to share that uses the awesome June card kit from Simon Says Stamp. This kit is so fun and I am loving creating with it. It's just so bright and happy! ;)
For today's card I used the Simon Says Stamp full card Sunshine die to first cut out the sun rays from a white piece of cardstock. Once I had it die cut, I adhered it over a piece of yellow patterned paper from the kit.

I decided to make the Smile Circle die the focal part on the card, so I cut it out a couple of times from yellow and turquoise cardstock. To make the word stand out, I cut out just the word smile from the turquoise cardstock and adhered it over top of the yellow one, slightly off-setting it so the yellow word shows a bit too.

I also cut out an acetate circle that fit perfectly behind the Smile circle and adhered the die cut piece on top. I added some confetti stars on top of an orange patterned paper circle cut slightly larger than the die cut and then adhered the circle directly on top with liquid adhesive to create a flat shaker piece on the card.

I completed the card by adding some clear Wink of Stella to the word and then covering it with Glossy Accents for some added shine and detail. I also scattered some sequins around the card front for a bit of dimension since the card is one dimensional. ;)
You can pick up the June 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!

The winner of the June SSS card kit is Paulette S! Paulette, please email me with your contact info and I'll get your kit sent out to you! ;)



MFT May Creative Challenge | Backgrounds

Hello and welcome to the May Creative Challenge with My Favorite Things! This month it's all about backgrounds and making them the focal point in card designs. Usually the background gets lost behind all the fun details we add on top, so we're making the backgrounds the focus this time! ;)

For my card I used the MFT Spotlight Sentiments stamp set to create a continuous pattern for my background. I stamped it in black ink and then heat embossed over top with clear embossing powder to make the words stand out.

Once I had the background all stamped and embossed, I used my Spectrum Noir markers and coloured in all of the outline Happy Birthday's with various colours for a fun, rainbow look! ;)

Since the goal is to make the background the focus, I didn't want to add a lot of extra detail, but I also thought it looked a little flat on it's own. To give it a bit of detail and dimension, I added a few clear and aqua sequins. 

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



Smile | SSS June Card Kit with Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have a card and video to share using the newly released June 2015 Simon Says Stamp card kit. This kit is so FUN with lot's of bright colours and fun designs!

I decided to focus my card design on some of the patterned papers in the kit to create a fun little summery scene. ;)

I loved the little sky scene that was featured on one of the patterned papers and decided to make that the focal point on the card. I first cut it out and then I also cut out a strip of green patterned paper from the kit that looks like grass. I love the tone on tone detail in this paper.

I cut the green piece the same width as the sky piece and diecut the top of it with the SSS Stitched Slopes to make it look like a hill of grass. I adhered both pieces to a piece of typing paper (so they stayed together) and then I ran them through my diecutting machine with a fishtail banner die.

I adhered an orange patterned paper from the kit onto a white, top-folding card base, added a piece of vellum and then adhered the banner scene directly on top. I also added some sequins to the design since it was very one dimensional.

You can see how I created my card in the video below:

You can pick up the June 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 June card kit to give away! Just leave a comment on this post by May 20th, 2015 for a chance to win! ;)



MFT Inspired By... Inspirational Art

Hello! This week over on the My Favorite Things blog, we are having an inspiration celebration! We're talking about people, words and art that inspire us! ;)

Today is all about art. Some of the MFT team chose pieces of famous artwork that inspire them in one way or another and we're all sharing them today. I chose Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh as my inspiration:

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

I love this painting and knew right away that I wanted to create a card inspired by it. The swirls of blues and yellows are my favourite part with the buildings and city down below. 

While my card doesn't even compare to this amazing work of art, I still had a lot of fun being inspired by it and creating whatever came to mind. ;)

I used yellow and blue inks to create a swirled inked background for my circle, to use as the focal point on my card. But once I started mixing the blues and yellows with my ink blending tool, the blue started to take on a green hue so the colours aren't quite like the painting. ;)

Once I had the inking done, I diecut a circle from white cardstock and kept the negative piece to adhere the inked circle into. I diecut a swirl of dots through the card base and the circle and put silver glitter paper in behind them. 

I stamped a row of buildings, slightly off-center on the bottom of the circle area and added a stamped sentiment on top. The sentiment had the word 'brighter' underneath, but I cut it off to make the sentiment work with the card design. I used that part on the inside of the card to continue the greeting.

Do you have favourite pieces of art that inspire you? I would love to know what they are! ;)

Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for more inspiration and the chance to win a fun prize package. We've had inspiration and giveaways all week long! ;)