Tuesday, May 31, 2016

You've Been Spotted - May 31, 2016

Each week we see fantastic projects featuring My Favorite Things product, and we're always so thrilled to see what our customers and followers are creating!

Today, we'd like to shine the spotlight on some awesome projects that have caught our attention in another edition of  You've Been Spotted. Sit a spell and get ready to ooooooh and aaaaah over some of the cool designs we've noticed recently.

If you see your project featured, feel free to post this image on your blog and link to this post to show the world that you were spotted by My Favorite Things!

Ann Chuang

Laina Lamb Design Sweet Succulents stamp set and Stitched Square Scallop Frames Die-namics - Ann Chuang #mftstamps

Three pretty potted plants from our Sweet Succulents stamp set star on Ann's clean and graphic card. The lovely frame using the Stitched Square Scallop Frames Die-namics caps of this delightful design.

Birka Reinitz

London Mouse stamp set and Die-namics - Birka Reinitz #mftstamps

Creative Team member Amy Lee spotted Birka's inventive ticket packaging on her blog. Birka made a little box for some theater tickets and decorated it using our London Mouse stamp set and Die-namics. What a wonderful and thoughtful design!

Lynn Put

Tweet Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Cheerful Cages Die-namics, Diagonal Bars Stencil - Lynn Put #mftstamps

Lynn entered this bright and cheerful card in our Sketch 278 challenge. Her bold background was created using the Diagonal Bars stencil. It's the perfect backdrop for the vibrant birds from the Tweet Friends stamp set.

Roselee Orlanzino

Flashy Florals Card Kit - Roselee Orlanzino #mftstamps

Looks like Roselee is loving the Flashy Florals Card Kit! Such a pretty card she created with it. If you missed out on the Flashy Florals kit, the stamps and Die-namics will be available in a future release, so stay tuned!

Seungeun Lee

Because You stamp set and Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover-Up Die-namics - Seungeun Lee #mftstamps

Creative Team member Yoonsun Hur spotted Seungeun's design on Instagram following #mftstamps. To quote Yoonsun,
"Seungeun Lee's card is so bright and cheerful!" The Because You stamp set and Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover-Up Die-namics sure look great on Seungeun's card!

Thanks for using MFT, ladies! You've left us inspired, and that's what it's all about! See you tomorrow for another great Sketch Challenge, and look for the next MFT Color Challenge on Thursday, June 9th!

Which design is your favorite this week? Be sure to leave these ladies some love. And who knows? You might be spotted sometime soon!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tips, Tutorials, & Techniques - Creating Cool Skies

Creating scenes comes naturally when you're using products from My Favorite Things with all of our cute stamp sets. And with every scene you're likely to need a sky. Let's look at some fantastic ways for Creating Cool Skies for your cards.

Today's video will give you two creative ideas for creating daytime and nighttime skies in your designs. Kimberly shares two inspiring projects originally created by Torico and gives you step-by-step instructions for recreating these techniques. Watch the video below or click here (February 2016 Release Class - Daytime Sky, Nighttime Sky) to watch it on YouTube. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you don't miss a single tutorial!

That video was seriously inspiring! So many layers and inky goodness, you'll be playing for days.

This is just one of five videos in our February Release Class Playlist. Check out the other four HERE.

Let's take a look at a few examples of other delightful ways to create cool skies for your scenes.

Debbie keeps it simple with her sky with a few dabs of watercolor to highlight the friendly guys from the Prehistoric Fun stamp set and Die-namics. Sometimes just the suggestion of sky is all you need to complete your design.

Handmade Card from Debbie Olson featuring  Prehistoric Friends stamp set and Die-namics and Blueprints 13 and Blueprints 27 Die-namics #mftstamps

Barbara's nighttime sky was created by dabbing various colors of dye inks on a Sweet Tooth card stock panel and then splatting it with clean water. The stars were created using watered down Copic Opaque. Such a sweet scene with the Snuggle Bunnies stamp set.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Snuggle Bunnies stamp set and Die-namics, Split Triangle Background stamp, Circle STAX Set i, Tree-mendous, Grassy Hills, and Tag Builder Blueprints 4 Die-namics #mftstamps

Who says the sky always has to be blue? Melania creates a magical sky with Lemon Chiffon, Cotton Candy, and Summer Splash Premium Dye Inks. She used the Mini Ink Blending Tool and then splashed it with water. After it dried, she splashed it with white watercolor for this dreamy effect. The stars from the Stars in the Sky - Horizontal Die-namics are the perfect finishing touch!

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring the Birdie Brown Magical Unicorns stamp set and Die-namics and Inside & Out Stitched Stars and Stars in the Sky - Horizontal Die-namics #mftstamps

You will LOVE trying these techniques for creating skies. We can't wait to see what you do! Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you post your projects online. We can't wait to see what you've made!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Inspiration Friday - Inspired by Poppies

Today we are on the brink of Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, and our minds shift to those who died in active military service. In 1918, American teacher Moina Michael came up with the idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in reaction to this poignant poem by John McRae:

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The poppy isn't purely an American symbol of remembrance. People around the world use this delicate but resilient flower as a symbol of beauty and commemoration amidst chaos.

I searched the web for a variety of images celebrating the significance and beauty of the red poppy, and here is a look at a few of my favorite finds:

While poppies are gorgeous as flowers, it's the magnitude of loss represented in that last photo that really hits home.

My Favorite Things has some some pretty poppy products to make your paper crafts gorgeous and meaningful. Let's take a look at some lovely projects that will inspire you to create with poppies.

A riot of red poppies dominate the background in Yoonsun's stunning design.

You Made My Day Card by Yoonsun Hur featuring Thanks so Very Much and Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set, and Blueprints and Zig Zag Stitched Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Kimberly shows the delicacy of red poppies in her masterfully watercolored design.

Thank You Kindly Card by Kimberly Crawford featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set and the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames Die-namics #mftstamps

The little touch of watercolor blue in the background of Kay's card really make her poppies POP!

You’re the Friend Card by Kay Miller featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set #mftstamps

Jody keeps her design simple with a neutral color palette other than the poppies themselves. I love the perfect touch of those three score lines to underline the sentiment.

Glad You’re My Friend Card by Jody Morrow featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set and Poppies and Leaves Die-namics #mftstamps

Barbara's multi-colored poppies pop out of the Stitched Cover-Up Companion - Vertical Die-namics for a design with depth and movement.

Poppy Friend Card by Barbara Anders featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set, Poppies and Leaves and Stitched Cover-Up Companion - Vertical Die-namics #mftstamps

Three pretty poppies simply radiate on the gorgeous and artistic blue and green background that Yoonsun created in this glorious design.

Three Poppy Friend Card by Yoonsun Hur featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set and Blueprints 25 Die-namics #mftstamps

Before you go, take a look at a few of the pretty poppy things you can buy at the My Favorite Things online store! Simply click on the photo to be taken directly to the product. If the product is currently out of stock, you can sign up for an email notification once it's back in stock!

Here's to a creative and memorable weekend!