Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Favorite Things Stamps: Day 1: Flowers, Blueprints, Knitting

I have been keeping a secret for over two months now.  I actually went back and checked. A very exciting email arrived in my inbox on September 23rd. It was from Kim van der Sanden of My Favorite Things inviting me to be a guest designer for the December release!!!  I almost missed this very important email.  I had actually ordered from MFT that very morning and the email from Kim was sandwiched between my order confirmation and processing emails - all from MFT Stamps.  When I finally saw it, I picked my jaw up from the floor, re-read it a few times to make sure that I wasn't dreaming, checked my class schedule and my other design team commitments to make sure I could make it work, and replied that I would be absolutely thrilled.

The day is finally here!  And the release is going to be so much fun!  I will have countdown posts from today through December 10th showing you highlights of this release, as will all of the other truly amazing My Favorite Things designers. The Product Launch happens Tuesday, December 10th at 10 pm EST and there will be another set of posts from myself and all of the designers.  Then there are Release Rewinds with even more inspiration on December 12th and 13th.  Phew!  (No wonder I didn't sleep well last night!)

I know this should be much less about me - and much more about the Release Countdown, so here it goes...

For Day 1, I was an overachiever today and did three cards.  (That's probably because I wasn't creative to enough to use all of today's products on one card!)  My first card uses the new Lisa Johnson Designs (LJD) set Grand Peaceful Wildflowers and the Grand Peaceful Wildflowers die set.  This is a super-size version of Peaceful Wildflowers, and includes brand new sentiments.  (FYI - I can't link the new products yet because they aren't available until December 10th.)


12_4_With_Sympathy

I do have to rave a little bit today over the MFT colors, inks, etc. I didn't have any of them before I got the big e-mail and I immediately ordered a couple of pads and a variety cardstock pack.  It's nice!  I have since ordered virtually all of it. The colors are just different enough from other major brands that they are definitely worth having. The ink stamps cleanly and the cardstock is heavy. They also carry felt, buttons and ribbon.

This card uses Brick Red ink (a gorgeous autumn red), Natural ink (brand new!) and cardstock, Steel Grey ink and Whip Cream cardstock (a new fave - it's off-white without looking yellow). I tied it off with the Hemptique Natural Twine that they carry in their store.

My next card shows off the new blueprint die set - Blueprint 10.  Do you have any of these yet?  The price can look a little scary, but just count up everything that you get and you'll quickly see they pay for themselves.  I am using the background panel with the round edges from the new blueprint set and a variety of the circles in the set.

Special Blessing

The sentiment comes from LJD Cheerful Blessings - it's an older set that I've had for quite some time.  For my personal cards to people, it's the set that I go to most often.  The card base is Kraft. The other colors are Blue Raspberry, Razzle Berry, and Lemon Drop.  The button is also Lemon Drop and I've finished it with the Hemptique Natural Twine.

Finally, I had to do something with the new Pure Innocence set (and there's one more new set at the end of the release countdown).  I am a knitter....and I am often a knit-wit so I know this card will be used!

Knit-Wit

This card uses Sour Apple (this and other greens you will see on my blog this week have become my very favorite greens!), Lemon Drop, and Wild Cherry. The buttons are Lemon Drop. The texture on the red strip comes from LJD Western Backgrounds. The scallop edge comes from Blueprints 6.

I am using the MFT Wednesday Sketch that just ended this morning.  If you haven't played along with their weekly sketches - they are nice sketches.  There is a $15 prize to their store.  You don't  have to use MFT supplies, but if you do, the prize goes to $20.  I have to admit to getting a good start on my ink and paper collections by winning these prices!

Now you need to head over to the My Favorite Things blog.   First thing to do - follow the links to all of the other designers.  Second thing - leave a comment on the blog - MFT has huge release prizes, better than I've seen anywhere else.  And I know you will see something this week that you just have to have!

Thanks for dropping by!

53 comments:

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

These are so fabulous, I love the way you used all the new products. You must have been over the moon excited!!! Congrat's.

Mary Driggs said...

Your cards are super cute. I love that Grand Peaceful Wildflowers stamp set.

Hugs,
Mary Ellen

Sharon Sutton said...

I like your vibrant color combinations.

Monique1971 said...

Congrats on being the December guest. Totally cool. Hope you will have much fun! Wonderful cards, the 1st one is my favorite.

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Congrats on being a Designer for the Dec release and what a Wow start all your cards are stunning cannot wait to see more

Priyanka Pandey said...

thanks, all designs are really nice and pretty.
handmade paper products

Marjolein said...

Major Congrats to you!!!
I'm so happy for you and you well deserve this DT spot!!
I'll be looking forward to seeing all of your FAB creations and blogposts.
Bye and enjoy the ride!

Marjolein

ps. I almost forgot, but your cards are FAB as always, and I sooo much love the colors you used. The sympathy card is elegant, the second so bright and cheerful in nice contrast with the Kraft which tones it down just a little bit (well balanced!!)
and well your third card would be my favourite!! Is she sweet or what! Love the little yellow buttons with twine and the image ia adorable, the sentiment funny and I'm afraid it also applies to me, ha, ha.

De hobby droom said...

Woow AMAZING cards! We love it!! And congrats on being the December guest.

Cindi Flass said...

Beautiful cards! I love the color combinations.

Cyndi said...

Congrats! I am looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful inspiration this release.

Patricia Barber said...

So excited to see you as a guest designer!! I love your blog! Congrats and look forward to your posts!

Dana said...

Gorgeous cards. Congrats on the honor to be a guest designer.

Sherry Eckblad said...

As always the cards are wonderful. I especially love the sympathy card.

Debbie Nelson said...

Great cards and colors!

Lisa said...

YAY!!! I'm so happy for you Kim, how fun!! You've done a fabulous job on all three cards, each terrific in it's own way. Couldn't pick a fave if I tried! I've often wondered about the color of the whipped cream cardstock, sounds perfect, thanks for the info ;)

Sherilin said...

Love the colors you use. :)

Deborah Frings said...

Absolutely delighted for you - congrats on the GD spot! And I love your cards, especially the sympathy one - stunning. I do like the knit-wit sentiment too! Great stuff!

Pamela Harrington said...

Wow!! You really did go all out on these fantastic cards! Congratulations Kim!!!

Kristie Goulet said...

Congratulations, Kim! You rocked these new goodies! Love all of your cards.

Amy Rohl said...

I'm so excited to have you stamping along with us! LOVE your work!!

Lisa H. said...

wooohooo!!! SO excited to see your name and face here this month. I love your work and can't wait to see what you do with MFT goodies this month. LOVE these samples. That second one is beautiful.

JoAnn said...

Beautiful cards. The sympathy card is so clean and crisp, perfect details. Love the cheerful colors on the other 2 cards, and the PI image is so sweet.
Congrats on being a Guest Designer.

Sabrina said...

What fabulous cards! I love the sentiment on the knitting card!!

snappy scrappy said...

Beautiful cards...love the sympathy card!!! Congrats on your guest spot!

35a66100-fdc2-11e2-853c-000bcdcb471e said...

Congrats to you Kim! I loved reading your post this morning. I Love your cards. The Knit-Wit card is just so cute! The middle card and the beautiful array of colors you used was just great! I will have to use this color combo myself. Congrats Again!

Marisa said...

Whoo hoo Kim!!! Soooo excited for you! Your cards are fabulous :) Enjoy the ride!!

Joan V said...

Congrats on being guest designer. Love, love all those cards.

Joan V said...

Congrats on being guest designer. Love, love all those cards.

Bonnie said...

Wonderful creations! Congrats on the guest designer gig!

Colleen said...

Love all of your cards, they are so pretty!

Mary Gillmarten said...

Kim, what are the chances? A retired actuary and a recovering insurance tax lawyer? Welcome to MFT, love your cards, have been a fan for awhile via various challenges! I especially love the new MFT color!

Stacey Schafer said...

FABULOUS to the third power, Kim! You are a perfect choice of Guest Designer at My Favorite Things! Can't wait to see what else you whipped up for the release!

zehra said...

you ahve great style, love your cards, the Pi is adorable, love the way you colored her.

Rufred said...

Love all the new ideas and products!!!

cm said...

WOW, Kim - your secret revealed sees me quite excited!! while I don't have any MFT products yet (I know you'll be inspiring me to dive in and add to my collection!), knowing we'll be seeing even more of your creative genius is simply awesome! You've made quite the impression here with these three stunning cards. And you knit, too??? Impressive X amazing! (I do, too...scarves and hats - flat knitting. I need lessons on knitting in the round, desperately.) Fabulous post; fabulous inspiration!
c

Bobby said...

Congratulations on your new Design Team assignment. You'll be a real asset to the team judging by these fabulous cards. I'm also going to check out their sketch challenge.

Jackie Pedro said...

I'm a big fan, Kim! LOVE these cards, especially the second one.So excited to have you designing along with us this month. Congratulations!!

Tracey said...

Congrats on being chosen as a guest!! Your cards are amazing!!

Linda McClain said...

Congratulations on your guest gig. You're going to rock MFT's world! Your cards are amazing, as always.

cairn1 said...

Love the sympathy card and congrats
on your guest asignment!

Happy Dance said...

Big Congrats, Kim!!! Love MFT, and am so glad you're the GD for this release! Your cards are lovely! Love the soft flowers, and then the bright pops of color on the second one. I will say that I love the little sweetie on your last card, and OH!, those colors are incredible. You've done a beautiful job -- kudos to you!! Bev

Michele Boyer said...

These are all SO pretty/cute! I especially love that color combo on your second card! :)

Mona Pendleton said...

Fabulous collection of cards Kim! Great mix of stamps and dies! Love how you colored the sweet image!

Jill Norwood said...

Kim congratulations on GD!! Your cards are always beautiful and I am loving how you showed off the new products! Gorgeous my dear!!!

Linda Callahan said...

You my friend are an asset to any team! Your creations are always delightful - these are as cute as can be! Enjoy the new team! Congrats~

Shannon J said...

Well, it's no surprise to me that you were ask to GD - just look at what you have done with these stamps! Awesome, Kim - like AWESOME awesome!!! Congrats on the invite!!

Doris said...

Guest Designer--a well deserved honor! I especially like the colors in your sympathy card, fresh and clean look. The off-white cs and the shade of red ink are both on my wish list.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Oh, yay!! I love your work and can't wait to see everything you have in store for this release!! Your cards today are wonderful. I love the graphic card with the Cheerful Blessings sentiment, and the Peaceful Wildflower card is stunning and the Knitting card is just perfectly colored and laid out... I recognize that sketch and you made it look so easy!

Tricia

Lindsey said...

I'm so glad that you didn't use all the new sets on one card because I love all three that you made!

Felicia - Scrapper in the Making said...

Wow, your cards are sooo Beautiful! Great job!

Lesley Croghan said...

Congratulations, Kim!!! Wow, love all of these cards.
Hugs,
Lesley

Nana Griffin said...

All are lovely!

Wendy said...

More amazing work, you rocked today!