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Jul 29, 2011

My Favorite Things - August Release Previews!

Welcome to the very first day of Teasers for My Favorite Things August Release!  We'll have previews for you the next five days, and the new release will be on Tuesday, August 2nd.  Get ready for lots of fun, this is going to be a great release!

Warning, this is a HUGE post!  Grab a cup of coffee and settle in, I've got a LOT to share today...

My first preview today is for last month's Clearly Sentimental About Sympathy. This was the Triple Scoop set last month, but starting on August 2nd, it will be available for purchase.  This is a lovingly designed set, for that occasion that we as stampers will from time to time need to create a card for.

As it turns out, I needed to create using this set sooner than I'd anticipated... twice.  But like I always say, as cardmakers, we never want to have to make this card, but you'd best be prepared, because inevitably you're going to need it.....

For the first, I kept the design clean and simple as I wanted the sentiment to stand out, and I didn't want to "over-design" given the circumstances.  A quiet text paper with a subtle bloom printed over it spoke to me from the Lily Bee Picket Fence pattern paper.  I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of vellum using Brilliance ink. 



There are beautiful sentiments included in this set, you'll be able to find just the set you need for both the inside and the outside of your card.


As I mentioned above, I've now needed to use this set twice. Which completely breaks my heart.....  I reached for a sketch from Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday.  The border on the bottom of the panel is a piece of vintage trim covered with the Solid Bracket Die-namics.  I paired the leafy flourish from Own Your Story with one of the scripty sentiments in Clearly Sentimental about Synpathy, and stitched all around the main panel.

 
My last preview today is for the adorable By the Numbers Die-namics and Stamp Set.  Oh My Word are you going to have a fun time with this one.  You might have noticed the last few months that I've had a lot of fun incorporating tags into my cardfronts? Well, this month, My Favorite Things has an amazing set for tags - with both stamps and Die-namics included!

In my this sample, I've included both the Die-namics by the Numbers die as well a new Die-namic you'll see more about on Monday....  (its part of a fun new set revealing that day....) You see, we're pretty good about making sure all these things work together to maximize value for you.  Sweet right?


I had a blast putting this scrappy little card together using last month's Mini Ticket Die-namics as well as the Die-namics Star Border.  I'm always a fan of anything I can use for a quick birthday card, let's face it, I'm SO not prepared for these things in advance.  Luckily, I'm very well supplied where stamps and paper are concerned. 

How about a sweet little card for a baby or toddler?  I put together this 2 Cute card with my October Afternoon Schoolhouse papers, a button from my stash and the last of my saddle stitch ribbon. (Um. Sounds like I need to go shopping. Out of saddle in my three go to colors! *gasp*)


This little project is embellished with lots of stitching, the Solid Bracket Die-namics my Large Simply Scallop Die-namics as well as the new Tag, You're It Die-namics.  *More on that one later this week.*

Last, but certainly not least, lets talk about the
My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge.   

This is your chance to wow the judges and earn a prize package valued at over $100!  You'll also get to join the Design Team for the month of August, participating in weekly Wednesday Stamp Club challenges, and Teasers for the September release!

Jody and I are your hostesses for the challenge, and this month, the theme is Embellish Yourself! Create something that can be worn, create an accessory for yourself, perhaps a pin, name tag... the sky is the limit, so feel free to add your own creative flair. We're looking for well-executed cards/projects that show good technique and style. Ready for the challenge? Here are the details:

-Projects must feature some MFT stamps or products, but are not strictly limited to MFT stamps or products.
-The deadline for entries is August 1 at 10pm EST.
-When uploading your entries, please use the keyword MFTGUESTDT0811.
-Jody and I will review all the entries and choose a winner. The winner will be announced at the Release Party at around 8:45pm EST on Tuesday, August 2.
-The winner will receive a selection of stamps from the next release with a value over $100. You'll also join the MFT Design Team for that month!
-As winner of the guest designer contest, we ask that you participate in 3 (of 5) teaser days as well as the release blog hop.

But, of course, I can't just *mention* the challenge and not give you a little sample myself!  I picked up some plain hairclips at my local sewing and notions store... and knew the new Large Rolled Rose would be perfect for the job.  I created this sweet Rolled Rose Hairclip with the leaves from the Upsy Daisy Die-namic and my glue gun (I've learned to love that thing...)


But, of course, I couldn't just make a hairclip, I wanted to tuck it onto a card.  I have *lots* of this Girls Paperie paper still and its so lovey and sweet, I have SO much fun working with it! I've used the new Tag, You're It Die-namic which you'll see much more about later this week, as well as the Well Worn Greetings Stamp set and Die-namics.


and here's how this sweet little hairclip became the project embellishment.  The back part of the clip goes through this hole I punched with my slot punch - then the front slips under the oval sentiment panel. Now it is fully removeable for a little gift attached to the card. Sweet right?



I can't wait to see what you create for the challenge - put your thinking caps on, we've had some AMAZING guest designers lately so you want to bring that A game of yours!

35 Comments    Post a Comment:

Nancy Thomas said...

I don't know where to begin - so many beautiful cards in one post. Your sympathy cards are both classic and tasteful. The 'tag' cards are fun and inventive. The clip is so cute and goes perfectly with the TGP paper.

texasjodylynn said...

OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE all 5 of these cards! The CS Sympathy cards are SO gorgeous and elegant. Your 2 # cards are SO striking, I Literally GASPED When I saw them. That barrette and card is GORGEOUS! My girls would LOVE that! SO much eye candy in one post!

zehra said...

what to say but gorgeous, beautiful, lovely. i like the vintage card and the bright b'day card a lot

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, it's like one fabulous card, after one fabulous card, after one adorable card, after another and so on. LOVE it all. The tag cards with the mini tickets and solid bracket borders are SO DARN CUTE! LOVED this post, all of it.

Gabby said...

Wow! 5 cards to drool over! You're spoiling us Joanne! Yur painted and simple stamped image on book print sympathy card is really nice. I like the sentiment stamps. Your paisley sympathy card utilized great papers and I like the ribbon treatment. Your 5th b.d. tag card has a great assort of papers. I like the journal paper tickets and the star border. The 2 cute tag card is a super mix of paper. I like the red/black and the writing paper. What a pretty felt rolled flower hairclip and a clever way to use it on your fantastic shabby-style card. I so enjoyed all of your cards! :)

StampOwl said...

wow you have been busy, awesome creations Joanne

Sarah Gough said...

you are 2 awesome *giggle* you rock Joanne!!!

Kary said...

WOW!!! Joanne, you are my idol!!! So many beautiful cards & the sweet hairclip!! Did you hear my jaw drop?{giggles} Absolutely LOVE the sympathy cards, so beautifully made & so thoughtful. Plus the tag cards are so gorgeous. Awesome job!! {{Hugs}}

bernshwag said...

Be still my heart...such gorgeousness in one post! You have been one busy gal Joanne...I can't even begin to pick a favorite....I love them all!

Hugs,
Candi

Shirley N said...

Wowzers, all so beautiful. Amazing what you created with those wonderful dies, thanks for the inspiration!

Laurie said...

You are too much! Each & every card is wonderful. I do love the way you highlighted the sentiment on the first sympathy card. And the barrette card...WOW!!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Oh me! Oh my! What an amazing post, Joanne! Your sympathy cards are so beautiful. These papers are just lovely! I'm loving the tag that you can make with the new Die-namics set! Everything is just perfect! :D

CraftyMomOf2 said...

Joanne!!! (insert photo of me with my jaw dropped on the floor!!)

You have been busy!! I cannot get over the stunning and elegant sympathy cards. These will surely bring a bright spot into the recipients day, knowing that your love and thoughts are with them.

That October Afternoon paper is DELICIOUS!!! Where oh where do you purchase it? I MUST get some!!

That hair clip is just BRILLIANT!! So so SO FUN!!!

Ok...going back now to drool some more!!

XOXOXO

Christina Fischer said...

HOLY WOW!!! You blew me away with this post! So many fabulous cards -- total eye candy! :)

Kim said...

Wowsers, someone's been BUSY!! All the cards are gorgeous Jo, and I hope you won't need to pull out the sympathy set for another few years...

Rachel said...

OM goodness! Love all your cards!! You have been busy! LOL! And what a cute hair pretty!

My name is Julie and I am a paper addict. said...

A cornucopia of papery wonderfulness!

CheckerBeads said...

just fabulous! I love all the cards and the projects are amazing!

Anne

Flo - Sweetideas said...

So many cute cards, but my favorite is the hair clip. Just adorable.

JessicaK said...

So many gorgeous, gorgeous cards here; wow! That toddler card though - just makes me smile.

Tracey said...

WOW!! So much goodness in this post! It is all incredible!! Your sympathy cards are so gorgeous and the other 3 are fun and beautiful!!

Angel said...

Whoa, busy girl! Love everything!!! Classy sympathy cards (sorry you HAD to make them, FUN number cards and love that barrette! My thinking cap is on for the MFT GDT challenge!

g said...

YESsss- i love multiple project posts- never mind 5 stunners! you are totally awesome :) your sympathy cards are so elegant and i love the new tag and number die cards! love the sweet rolled rose clip and gorgeous card you created for it! thanks for so much inspo!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

These are AMAZING Joanne! That first card is the epitome of what a sympathy card should be, and I LOVE the hair clip/card combo!~

Jessica said...

these are all just amazing! wow, your cards are just incredible! LOVE them all!! :)

Wendy said...

5 CARDS!!! Girl, you are my hero!! And all of them stunners too!

Dawn said...

Wow girl! You've been busy! Love them all!

Sherrie said...

I kept scrolling and scrolling and my jaw kept sinking deeper and deeper to the floor....they are ALL gorgeous...my fav is the one is the october afternoon paper (the one right before that darling clip)....You ROCK Joanne!

Jan Garber said...

This whole post needs saving to my Faves file! I love the idea with the hair clip. And your sympathy cards are perfect for those sincere times in our lives that we wish we could avoid. As I get older, I find those occur more often... The little vintage card is just too cute!

justjan said...

Love the cards! Love, love the rose!

Barbara said...

Totally over the top, Joanne!! All of them are just fabulous!

ecpiercy said...

What beautiful cards! You've really gone all out here. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

So sorry that you are in need of sympathy cards Joanne- but they are both beautiful and will be treasured I'm sure. I LOVE the '2 cute' card! One of my faves for today:)

Sheng said...

OMG, I lovey all of them!!!

cgargus said...

It was awesome to get to meet you in Chicago! Love all your wonderful creations!!! Beautiful cards, but so sorry you have needed the sympathy set already. Your cards are truly beautiful and appropriate for the occasion. Thanks for the inspiration and all you do!!

 
 

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