Wednesday, December 17, 2014

May This Year be Your Best Ever–MFTWSC #207


Hey, there! It’s Wednesday noon so it must be time for this week’s MFTWSC! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s sketch. All of the details about the sketch challenge are available on the MFT blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.


Love this sketch! My card started with a Black Licorice card stock base. To that I added a strip of Sweet Tooth card stock stamped with Spotlight Sentiments in Black Licorice dye ink, a strip of Black Licorice card stock, then another piece of Sweet Tooth card stock with embossing paste stenciled on using Herringbone Bricks stencil. Next, on Black Licorice card stock, cut with Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, I stamped a sentiment from Birthday Sentiments with Sweet Tooth pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I popped that up on foam and added some colorful Balloon STAX Die-namics cut from Limelight card stock stamped with Limelight dye ink and Fine Check Background, Persimmon card stock stamped with Diagonal Stripes Background and Persimmon dye ink, and Wild Wisteria card stock stamped with Wild Wisteria dye ink and Happy Birthday Background. I added black hemp strings to the balloons and popped them up on foam.

Another sentiment from Birthday Sentiments was stamped on the inside.


And that’s it from me today! Thanks so much for stopping by—see you again soon!

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Spotlight Sentiments, Birthday Sentiments, Diagonal Stripes Background, Fine Check Background, Happy Birthday Background 
Limelight dye ink, Wild Wisteria dye ink, Persimmon dye ink, Black Licorice dye ink, Sweet Tooth pigment ink (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock, Black Licorice card stock, Limelight card stock, Wild Wisteria card stock, Persimmon card stock (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, Balloon STAX Die-namics, Herringbone Bricks stencil (MFT); embossing paste, embossing powder, heat tool, black hemp, foam tape

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Friend: It Takes One to Know One–CTD #323


Hi, everyone, and welcome to the last Color Throwdown Challenge of 2014! We’ll be taking the rest of the year off to enjoy the holidays but we’re already planning next year’s challenges and will see you back on January 7th for the first challenge of 2015!

But for today, Lori has a subtle color combo chosen for us, based on this vintage looking design.

swatch 323

First up, I don’t have any rose colored ink, so I used MFT Razzle Berry dye ink, Bubblegum dye ink for the pink, and Fuse Green dye ink and Olive dye ink for the green. My card started with a Kraft card stock base from which I cut Friend Die-namics (Free With $60). Under the die cut, I stamped the line image from Desert Bouquet with Kraft dye ink and over stamped the sentiment, from Friends Like Us, with Steel Gray dye ink.

I added a piece of Sweet Tooth card stock to the inside and stamped lots of images from Desert Bouquet using the inks mentioned above, along with another sentiment from Friends Like Us. When the card is closed you can see the flowers through the die cut and opened, everything shows.


And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD322 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, including our incredibly talented December Guest Designer, Sue Lelli and this week’s Guest Star Stamper, Rosemary Dennis!

Barbara Anders (<--- You are here!)   
Broni Holcombe
Joan Ervin
Jodi Collins
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Tammy Hershberger
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Sue Lelli – December Guest Designer 
Rosemary Dennis – Guest Star Stamper

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!

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Friends Like Us, Desert Bouquet (MFT)
Bubblegum dye ink, Razzle Berry dye ink, Fuse Green dye ink, Olive dye ink, Steel Gray dye ink, Kraft dye ink (MFT)
Kraft card stock, Sweet Tooth card stock (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond; Friend Die-namics (
Free With $60) (MFT)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MFT December Creative Challenge–Warm, Fuzzy Felt


For many of us, this is the time of year we crave warmth, comfort, and coziness. What better material to feature with this month’s challenge than felt? Our line of MFT felt coordinates with all of the colors in our extensive Replenishments line so crafting projects with a beautiful complement of papers, buttons, inks, and ribbons is a piece of cake. Make no mistake though, felt will be the star of the show in this collection of inspiring projects!

I had so much fun with this challenge! I made a couple of Christmas ornaments and a little something to go under that beautifully decorated tree :)

OK, ornaments: my first one is using LJD Cozy Mittens and LJD Cozy Mittens Die-namics.


I cut the mitten from Black Licorice felt and stamped the images with Sweet Tooth pigment ink, inked off twice. I just needed a faint outline to use for embroidering the design. I did NOT heat set this because I didn’t care if it rubbed off.


Here is is after I embroidered it. Sorry this photo is a little blurry—I just could NOT get the whole thing to focus well. But you get the picture, I’m sure ;-)


For the next step, I cut the flower image from LJD Cozy Mittens Die-namics from Sweet Tooth felt and stamped the image from LJD Cozy Mittens with Red Hot pigment ink. I heat set before before attaching it to the mitten with fabric glue. Tip: don’t want to heat up the iron for this little job? Flat iron to the rescue! Works like a charm!


To finish it off, I attached some Black Licorice card stock to the back for stability and sandwiched some red metallic cord in between the layers.

Next up is a Poinsettia Die-namics ornament.


This one was super simple to make: I simply cut the pieces out using Wild Cherry felt, Jellybean Green felt, and Lemon Drop felt and assembled just like I would a paper one. I did add card stock to the back of each piece, again for stability. To finish off I added some gold sequins to the center and adhered a gold metallic cord hanger. I can envision these in all kinds of colors!

Now for a little something to put UNDER that tree—a phone cover. I used my phone for this sample but the steps can be used to fit any smart phone, I’m thinking.

To start, I laid my phone out on a piece of Razzle Berry felt to get the size. For MY phone, I added about 1/4” all around (to extend half way up the thickness of my phone) and cut out two pieces just alike.


To create a notch on the front, I taped down a half-circle die from Blueprints 7 Die-namics and cut it out.  


Next I designed my embellishments. I ironed on some heavy weight interfacing to a piece of Black Licorice felt and cut out the phone face from LLD Smart Phone Die-namics, then did the same thing to all of the other small pieces.


Here it is laid out on a piece of the cover. I’m using Berrylicious felt, Black Licorice felt, Sweet Tooth felt, Wild Cherry felt, and Jellybean Green felt. Since I stamped the little sentiment from LLD Friend Request with Black Licorice hybrid ink (heat set) —I decided to not use the little black felt hash tag in the end.


Next, I pinned the two cover pieces together and joined them using a blanket stitch and white embroidery floss.


Here is is completed to that point. You can see my phone fits in there snugly but it’s not tight enough to pull or stretch the felt.


To adhere the phone to the front of the cover, I used fusible webbing (Trade Name Stitch Witchery) for the Berrylicious felt layer and fabric glued the other pieces to it.


And here’s a close-up of the finished cover. Fun!!


And that’s it from me today! Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again soon!

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LJD Cozy Mittens, LLD Friend Request (MFT)
Black Licorice hybrid ink, Red Hot hybrid ink, Sweet Tooth pigment ink (MFT)
Black Licorice card stock, Wild Cherry card stock, Jellybean Green card stock (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
LJD Cozy Mittens Die-namics, Poinsettia Die-namics, LLD Smart Phone Die-namics, Razzle Berry felt, Berrylicious felt, Black Licorice felt, Wild Cherry felt, Jellybean Green felt, Sweet Tooth felt, Lemon Drop felt (MFT); embroidery floss, crewel needle, fabric glue, sequins, red and gold metallic cord, interfacing, fusible webbing

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