Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Got Powder?

Ever since we released this set at My Favorite Things, and I have seen all the GORGEOUSNESS my super talented DT mates have made with it, I have been dying to use it!! It's just FUN!! When I went to Karen's blog to upload my Sweet Sunday Sketch card, I saw that Jodi's card using this set was last week's winner, and I HAD to ink him up before the new sets come out!!

That's right, Teasers start at midnight on Wednesday, November 30!! I am super excited!!

For my card today, I started by stamping my Pure Innocence- Snowboard Boy on X-Press It Blending card, and then colored him with my Copics. On his hat, I paper pieced the top, and stamped the goggles separately, then glued them on. After all that, I layered him with some Baja Breeze, Cranberry Crisp, and Jellybean Green card stock. My snow was made with MFT felt and the Wonky Scalloped Border Die-namics. I added my sentiment by cutting it out with the First Place Award Ribbon Die-namics. It's kind of my fave....lol. The snowflakes were made with the MFT Snowflake Die-namics, and I used Michael's brads to attach them to each other. I used White Twill ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel, and a spiral clip from Creative Express. The paper I used is from Lilybee Designs Jingle.

For the inside, I used more of the same paper, and another sentiment from this set.

Here are the Die-namics I have used:

Well, that is it for me for now!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I will see you soon!!

November Creative Chat

Hey everyone, and welcome!!

It's time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You'll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum. This month, we were asked the following questions:

Show us your desk. How do you have things set up, and why?

What are your "go-to" tools? Tell us what you can't live without.

This is a picture heavy post, so settle in, and let's get to it!!

First of all, I would like to start by saying thank you to my fellow team mates for participating in the chat, today. There was a lot of back and forth about having to clean, and needing to be more organized, but really, I think that's the WHOLE point of this!! I mentioned how sorry you would all feel for me having SUCH a small space, but then Julie mentioned how NICE it would be for others to see that you CAN work with a small space, especially those who aren't lucky enough to HAVE their own space! I took that to heart, and have really gotten over my woes of not having my own stamp room for the time being.

I recently moved to a one bedroom apartment with my boyfriend, and we LITERALLY have my stamp space in the "dining" area of it. So much so, we had to get rid of the table. I now HAVE to clean up between EVERY card, and after I am done, as well. I was always pretty good about it, but now I have NO choice. You walk in the front door and my space is directly opposite it.

So the first picture shows my desk....a.k.a. a folding table that I bought at Wal-mart. I like having everything at arms reach, so it's actually kind of nice having such a small space. My supplies literally surround me, and there is no getting up, and having to look for things. I am forced to be VERY organized!! SO I guess that answers the why.....no let's get to the good part!!

As for my GO TO tools, well, there are lots!!

Copics...need them, love them, got to HAVE them! I have them arranged in a cabinet I bought on Overstock.com for $20. I remember Jodi alerting me to their existence, and location, but I don't Remember where SHE saw it. Unfortunately/Fortunately(mixed emotions here), I am about out of space and have had to combine color families. When I have a bigger space, and more money, I will upgrade, but for now...this works for me!! I have a mixture of both Ciao and Sketch...one day, I hope to have all Sketch, but for now, I am content!!

To help me match marker colors to paper colors, I use this Copic Color Chart, I downloaded and filled in with the colors I own...I'm almost there!!

And what are markers without STAMPS!! I have an old crate style CD holder sitting upright on my desk holding all the current releases for the companies I work for. I like putting them in CD cases, and labeling them for easy access.

For my workspace, I work directly on top of my Scor Pal. I bought the mat for it, and it is PERFECT for a sturdy work surface, although, I don't recommend stamping your images on it. They tend to bow a little, so you don't get a crisp image.

I just got a new paper cutter from Fiskars, purchased at Michael's. I LOVE the larger work surface on it!! My dream is to one day have a table top, guillotine style paper cutter, but until I have a larger work space, this is PERFECT!!

My newest toy is the Scor Buddy, and I am in LOVE!! I leave it on the shelf, with my Cuttlebug, and pull it down whenever I want to score something. Otherwise, I have to clean off my work mat, move the mat, score, blah blah blah. This way is MUCH easier, and creates a perfect fold.

Up next, my Cuttlebug. I dream of one day having a better die cutting machine, with a larger work surface, but for now, I will keep cranking away at my old and trusty Bug!! I picture my Xyron with it for a VERY specific reason....it's my secret weapon! Well, I am sure everyone else has probably figured it out, but I use that handy dandy little guy to turn my Border Die-namics into stickers....they stick SO much better this way!!

Pampered Chef
is the maker of my Tool Turn-a-bout, and I LOVE it. It holds ALL my favorite goodies...ruler, sander, adhesive remover, hand held punches, bone folder, MY PAPER PIERCER(lol), crystal effects, scissors, and SO much more. These are the tools I turn to EVERY day, so they are ESSENTIAL to have open, and ready to rock!

Without this basket, I would be LOST! It holds ALL the things I need the most: my Memento ink pads, my adhesives(TomBow, Glue Dots, Red Line Tape, and Dimensionals), spiral clips and my trusty silver brads, and my paper piercing mat and guide. LOVE THESE!!

These last two photos were of my jar of twine, and PTI buttons(just a small look at the 1000's of buttons I own), and my Ribbon Carousel! I am in LOVE with this carousel, and can't wait to get one of the eight post ones to put all my wooden spools on!!

And last but not least, and don't laugh, but I call these my head tools. The first: a notebook where I write down what I have to stamp, by day, for the entire month. It helps to keep me organized by showing me what day, what company, what sets, what time, etc., I am responsible for posting things. It has been a LIFE saver!! It is hand written, and I even draw in the sketches....so 1985 of me, I know!! LOL! The other photo, well, it's to keep my mind from getting too cluttered, and keep me calm....my iPod, and Excedrin Migraine. I suffer from some pretty awful headaches/migraines, and this medicine is the only OTC that works for me.

Well, that is it for me for now!! Thank you SO MUCH for sticking in there for the entire post....I know it was uncharacteristically long! Hugs, and have a great day!!

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