Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I've Got A Secret....

Well, I had a secret...but the cat is out of the bag!! Check out THIS POST here, or THIS ONE here and see what the fuss is all about!! I am SO EXCITED!!

That's right, I got asked to be on the Key Ingredients team for Taylored Expressions!! I am joining some AMAZING veteran designers:

Jessica Diedrich: Whimsical Butterfly
Lea Lawson: Lea's Cupcakes & Sunshine
Corinna McGregor: Stamping with a Java Junkie
Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper

and my fellow newbie, and SUPER TALENTED friend:

Debbie Carriere: Scrappin' My Heart Out

We are revealing the new kit this week, so be sure to check up on the Key Ingredients blog everyday for updates!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

January Creative Challenge- Masculine

This month's Creative Challenge from My Favorite Things is something that LOTS of crafters struggle with......Masculine. Duh-duh-duuuuuuuuh. lol

We are being featured on the SCS home page, so be sure to head to our SCS forum for a look at every one's creations and helpful hints!!

So, if you haven't already run away, scared and such, here are some helpful hints that I use when making a masculine card.

1. For me, making guy cards is so restrictive, so I bend the rules ever so slightly with LOTS of metal embellishments. Guys see metal, and they don't see pretty, they see manly, I still see pretty...so I win, lol!!
2. I always go for darker colors, and nothing frilly.
3. I rarely color for a guy card, as well.
4. They are almost ALWAYS reliant on die cuts and sentiments.
5. Other things you can use to dress up a guy card would be: twine, natural fibers and cloths, and hardware.

For my card tonight, I started with the At the Movies set and matching Die-namics. I used the main die to create my sentiment panel using Sweet Tooth and Black Licorice. I followed this week's Sweet Stop Sketch, and angled my background panel using Going Gray and some awesome Meadowlark paper from MME. I used LOTS of large silver brads from Michael's, and some Stone Twine . I also threw a spiral clip in there....because I can!! To add some interest to the front of my card, I used the At the Movie Die-namics to make my film reel and projector. I even punched a piece of paper out with my 1/4"circle punch for interest. My border was made with the Mini Ticket Strip Border Die-namics.

For the inside, I used more of the same supplies, another sentiment from this set, and my Stacking Stars Die-namics. The lighter tone of this paper will allow me to write a message, and it not get lost.

Here are the Die-namics I used for my card:

Well, that is it for me for now, thanks for stopping by!!

Be sure to check the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have creative masculine solutions for you today!