January 22, 2013

My Favorite Things Stamps...January Creative Challenge...Circle STAX


Hello stampin' friends! Welcome to the MFT Design Team Creative Challenge for January! This is a monthly feature, where the MFT Design Team members are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month, we were challenged to create with our Circle STAX.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have a project to share with you today. 


I've been in a very scrappy mood lately so I thought I would make a layout using the Circle STAX and show how you can really make a great page with such a basic go-to shape.  The Circle STAX Die-namics 1 and Circle STAX Die-namics 2 offer such versatility and are an important foundational Die-namics set to have in your tool kit. Stacking various sized circles and adding open circles adds a playful feel to any scrapbooking page. 

I started by picking one of my favourite pictures of my daughter and I. It was taken when she was 4 years old by my friend Chris Ward who is a talented photographer. I then selected some soft pretty MME papers, The Sweetest Things, Tangerine and Honey 12x12 papers.


I started by cutting various sized circles using the Circle STAX 1 and 2.  I used the High-Rise Alphabet Uppercase and Lowercase Die-namics from corrugated cardboard to and my daughter's name as the title.  The various sentiments are from the You Make My Day Stamp Set, Document It - Off the Chart Stamp set, the Lovey Dovey Sentiments Sets, Document It - Days and Dates and Journal It - Calendar Basics. I stamped everything with MFT Wild Cherry Premium Dye Ink.  After I laid out all my elements and had everything positioned, I took  a quick picture of the page and printed it out. Then when I was ready to stick everything down I had the picture to refer back to, to ensure everything went back in the right spot.


I cut the tab from the Accent It - Labels and Tabs Die-namics from corrugated cardboard and stamped the date with the numbers from the Journal It - Calendar Basics layered the NEW Heart Doily cut from Sweet Tooth Heavyweight Card Stock over the gingham pattern paper cut with the largest die from the Circle STAX 1 Die-namics. I love this sentiment from the NEW You Make My Day Stamp set. I stamped it on pattern paper and cut it out with the Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics. 

I love the NEW Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose Die-namics and I cut several roses from Sweet Tooth Felt. I added Red Hot and Wild Cherry Buttons to embellish some of the flowers in place of the rolled rose portion. I added a red half-pearl to the flowers with the rolled rose.  Here you can also see a cute little element...I cut a circle with the Circle STAX 1 from pattern paper and then used the size down from the STAX 2 set to cut out the middle of the circle leaving a circle frame that I layered over another circle and the mini tab. I stamped the sentiment "I Heart You" from the NEW Lovey Dovey Stamp set on Sweet Tooth Heavyweight Card Stock cut with the round Mini Tab Foursome Die-namics.


I cut corrugated cardboard using the scallop die from the Jumbo Christmas Stocking Die-namics and inked it with Mixed Media Inx in Jasmine.  I tucked the layered scallops under the sentiment and added a felt Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose and added a bow with white cotton trim tied with red twine.


Here you can see the open circles...I cut circles from pattern paper and then re-cut them using a smaller Circle STAX Die-namics, leaving a ring or open circle. I made a simple little embellishment by layering two circles and adding a Red Hot button.


I love circle tags and I used my Circle STAX Die-namics to make my own tag that is just the right size to fit my sentiment. The sentiment on this tag is from the NEW Make My Day Stamp Set. I cut the circle with the Circle STAX from Pattern Paper and corrugated cardboard and then punched a hole in the top of the circles with my Crop-A-Dile. I layered them and then tied the tag with some red twine and adhered it with dimensional adhesive squares. 

Well, thanks SO much for stopping by and having a wee look at my 12x12 layout using the very versatile Circle STAX 1 and 2 Die-namics. Please take a moment to pop on over to Kim's blog for links to the MFT Designers with creative ideas using the Circle STAX Die-namics.

Happy Stampin'!



Jackie Pedro said...



Monique1971 said...

Stunning page! Love the papers, your design and the pretty photo :o)

Ella's Design said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Tara! Your choice of papers and embellishments always wow me and the picture of you and your daughter is just lovely! I would love to be a scrapper as I have SO many photos, but just never seem to have the time or know where to start! (I suppose I should try to make time!) I adore all your layers and attention to detail...just stunning! Thanks for sharing, hugs, Lisa x

Lisa H. said...

OMG!!! this is sooooo, soooo pretty! LOVE all the white with the pretty pops of color and ALL those circles!!! wow!

Alyce said...

too sweet tara! i always love seeing your beautiful layouts and how you layer up the dies...what a gorgeous design as always :)

wendy said...


Michele Boyer said...

STUNNING! LOVE all the circle accents (and the cut pic)! :)

Krista said...

Hi Tara, this is simply GORGEOUS!!! Love it and that is a fabulous pic of you and Hannah! Hope all is well!

Melody said...

I can't tell you how much I LOVE this page! So many wonderful details.

Alina said...

it's perfect, Tara and very beautiful!

Tracey said...

This is a stunning page Tara! WOW!! Loving all of the circles!! xx

Jenn Joncas said...

What a beautiful layout Tara!!! I love that you are posting pages too (: The picture is gorgeous!!! Two pretty girls.

Pamela Harrington said...

Soooooooooooo!!!! Everything! Can I be your next door neighbor and come over every time you're creating???!! Maybe it would rub off on me and I would learn a thing or two :) Pleeeeeeease!!

Izzy Anderson said...

That's the sweetest photo and page. Wow. Love this!

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