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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!

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