Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Christmas In the Heart - MFTWSC #96



Are you ready for another MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge? Here’s this week’s sketch. You can find the sketch on the MFT blog and also in the MFT forum on SCS, as well as in the weekly newsletter. The Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.



I went all rustic with this sketch :) My paper choice helped, and then I did a bunch of distressing. I used my Die-namics Banner Day Die, following the sketch, and a Die-namics Mini Tabs Foursome and Die-namics Let It Snowflake for the upper right corner element. I stamped a sentiment from Clearly Sentimental About Christmas on the patterned paper, tied some hemp cord around for that element, and dressed up the banner with buttons. Some distressing, some stitching, and it was done! I also used Kraft card stock and Sweet Tooth card stock from the MFT Boutique.

Here’s the inside with another sentiment from the set:



Here are the Die-namics dies I used on this card:




And that’s all for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by!




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Clearly Sentimental About Christmas (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock. Kraft card stock (MFT); Aspen Frost (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU!);
Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Die-namics Banner Day Die, Die-namics Mini Tabs Foursome, Die-namics Let It Snowflake, hemp cord (MFT); buttons, sewing machine, distressing tool, foam tape 



Hey, Darlin’–CTD #216


Hey, there, everyone! It’s that colorful time of the week, Color Throwdown time! Today Kerri has chosen a subdued color palette inspired by this gorgeous home scene. It’s not at ALL my style, but I sure can appreciate it’s beauty.

swatch 216

I’m using
PI – Cowgirl for my card today. I stamped her on Neenah Classic Crest Cover, Solar White Smooth, 130lb paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Copic markers. I’m using Sweet Tooth card stock, Black Licorice card stock, Kraft card stock, an Orange Fizz button, hemp cord, Die-namics Western Star Border Duo, Die-namics Mini Tab Foursome, and Die-namics Photo Corners from the MFT Boutique. The sentiment is from a recently released set, LJD Howdy

…as is the sentiment on the inside of the card…



Here are the Die-namics dies I used on this card:





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 CTD216 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 awesome October Guest Designer, Dawn Easton!

Barbara Anders (<--- You are here!)   
Broni Holcombe
Denise Marzec
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Tammy Hershberger
Wanda Cullen
Dawn Easton (October Guest Designer) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you a little later for this week’s
MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.




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LJD Howdy, PI – Cowgirl (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock, Black Licorice card stock, Kraft card stock (MFT); Only Orange (SU!); On the Bright Side (MME)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Orange Fizz button, hemp cord, Die-namics Western Star Border Duo, Die-namics Mini Tab Foursome, and Die-namics Photo Corners (MFT); foam tape


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Make Art Blog Hop–the eTeam and Wendy Vecchi!!


Hi everyone, and welcome to our Make Art blog hop featuring art from the eTeam and special guest, Wendy Vecchi! We're delighted to have Wendy joining us today, to not only share her products but also to share in her unique artistic style and to be inspired by each of the hop participants.

During the hop the team is going to be sharing the projects that they created with Studio 490 products but maybe more importantly we'll be sharing our experience of working with the products, how we created our projects, and what inspired us to create our piece.

The eTeam is a wonderful group of talented women, each with their own style. Some of us are clean and simple card makers, others love scrapbooking, and still others are drawn to altered art and mixed media projects. The goal of our hop is to bring each of these designers and their favorite mediums together and to share how we've used these products to express our own individual styles through our work.

But...that's not all...eclectic Paperie is also offering a few specials during our hop.

  • This week only save 25% on all Studio 490 products, this includes Wendy's stamps, stencils, Art Parts, Book, and Blossom Bucket embellishments. Use code WENDY25 when checking out.
  • During the hop, comment on each blog and you'll be entered into a drawing for a prize package worth $50! Your package will include a collection of Studio 490 products as well as paper and embellishments from the store.

Wait...there's more!

  • We want to hear about what inspires you! Share your thoughts about why you create, what styles you're drawn to, even share a favorite project on our Facebook page. Next week I'll randomly select a winner from those who have commented on our Make Art Facebook posts and give away a $25 gift certificate to eP! Now...are you ready for some crafty goodness? Let's get hopping!

eclectic Paperie - The beginning of the hop

Wendy Vecchi

Barbara Anders

Broni Holcombe

Julie Masse

Kim Schofield

Kim Teasdale

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Michelle Hill

Micki Harper

Sherry Cheever

Tammy Hersberger

Tenia Nelson

Starla Nelson

Thank you so much for joining us and make some time this week to create art and craft your story...

I was giddy with excitement when I received the Wendy Vecchi - Studio 490 - Art Parts Hearts Love & Stars to play work with for this hop. You might have figured out that I love to alter stuff for home décor items so this was right up my alley! When thinking about what I was going to do, Valentine’s Day came immediately to mind, since there were hearts and LOVE involved. But I didn’t want to do Valentine’s Day. I thought about Christmas. Almost did something with that. But, in the end, I decided to do something that I can use year ‘round in my home—it will hang on a cup rack under a shelf on my newly painted yellow dining room wall. We don’t have to have an occasion for LOVE, right? It’s there all the time and *I* love how this little wall hanging expresses that constantly—every time I look at it. I’m simply in love with it :)

OK, I started by covering my larger heart with Kraft corrugated paper. To do that, I simply applied my adhesive to the heart and slapped it down on the back side of the paper. Then I trimmed around the heart with a craft knife and sanded the edges with my Idea-ology Sanding Grip Block

Next, using my Adirondack Paint Dabber – Aqua, I put a coat of paint just on the tops of the corrugation so I’d have some contrast. Then I went around the edges with my Adirondack Paint Dabber – Pool. Just a little darker shade for more contrast, then I sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and my Inkssentials Foam Blending Tool. Here’s a closer look at that.


You can also see that I used some bling—LOVE vintage/distress mated with bling. Love. It. This is a Prima Doodle Deux Swirl and I used the whole thing ;-) I cut it up in pieces and sorta just filled in where I needed pieces to cover the large heart.

On to the smaller heart. I covered it in the same manner as I did the large heart, but this time I used
Echo Park - For the Record (Documented) paper. I sanded the edges and sponged them with distress ink, as well. Before I adhered it to the larger heart, I tied around some vintaged-up seam binding, embellished with one of these  Maya Road Trinket Pins - Vintage Pearl.

Then I adhered the small heart with hot glue and went about embellishing it. I painted the LOVE sentiment with a Adirondack Paint Dabber – Pitch Black and popped it up on
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, cut into little strips. I didn’t take a picture of it, but here’s a little hint: if your foam will show, color it with a marker to make it blend in to either the background or the popped up element. In this case, I colored the visible edges of the foam with a black Copic marker.


I finished my project off with a die-cut flower and a wire handle—perfectly embellished with a button from the Buttons Galore and More Ice Collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If this is your first stop on the hop, be sure to check out what the rest of the designers have to show you—you’re SURE to be inspired, and, you know, you might win something ;-)

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Stamps: None
Paper: For the Record 2 (Documented) (Echo Park)
Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Adirondack Paint Dabbers in Aqua, Pool, Pitch Black; Prima bling, Wendy Vecchi Art Parts, floral wire, button,
foam tape, sanding block, foam blending tool