January 01, 2012

My Favorite Things Stamps...January GDT Contest & MFTWSC52!

 Hey stampin' friends! It is good to be blogging again! This is my first post for 2012...Whoo hoo! We went to Disneyland in California for the Christmas holiday and just got back on 30th! It is SO good to be home! We had a good time but a few things didn't go as planned and well, it wasn't the best vacation ever...just okay!  Well, I missed stamping and making cards so I thought I would get inky and join the MFT January Guest Designer Contest! The challenge is Paper Piecing and I LOVE to paper piece!

I was inspired by this sweet Echo Park 6x6 paper pack called Country Drive and thought it would be fun to make 5 coordinating Valentines. The papers had cute little ladybugs, bees, butterflies and birdies on them so I pulled out 5 different Pure Innocence stamp sets that co-ordinated with the patterned papers and I paper pieced all the PI Girls. Just to warn you this post is rather long as there are lots of pics of all 5 cards.

I also took the opportunity to play along with the last sketch of 2011 for the MFTWSC challenge. The first card, Bee Mine, is using the MFTWSC52. I also used some other sketches that I didn't get a chance to use this past year. MFT is having a fun contest over at Splitcoast Stampers MFT Forum too. If you have made 1-52 cards with the 2011 MFTWSC sketches and posted them on Splitcoast then you should register, HERE,  in the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch Challenge - End of Year PARTY!

So for the first card, as I said, I used the MFTWSC sketch 52. I paper pieced this sweet Honey Bee and also coloured some parts of the patterned paper with my Copics. I used the Mini- Pennants Die-namics and the Die from the First Class Friend Stamps and Die-namics set.
Here is the inside....very simple.
On this card I used Ladybug and matched her up with the ladybug papers in the Echo Park paper pack. I used the Double Scalloped Border Die-namics and the File Tab Die-namics.
I paper pieced the ladybug, coloured in her spots with my Copics and layered her wings for some extra dimension.
Here is the inside.

For this card I used Pure Innocence Butterfly Kisses stamp set. I paper pieced her body suit and wings and layered the wings and bent up the edges for some dimension.  I used MFTWSC Sketch # 51 for this card.

I stamped the sentiment on kraft cardstock cut with the Bracket Tab Die-namics and used my Simply Scalloped border Die-nmaics.
Here is the inside.

For card # 4 I used PI set called You're So Tweet. I paper pieced her and colourd her with my Copics.  I made this card following MFTWSC Sketch # 26!
I used the Decorative Doily Die-namics and stamped the sentiment on kraft cardstock cut with the ribbon die from the First Place Award Ribbon Die-namics.
This is the inside of the card.

And for the last card in the set. I used PI Feeling Froggy....love her to bits! I paper pieced her and gave her green jeans....how fun is that!!!! I Stamped her and the wee froggy and masked them and used the flowers from the Mud Buddies PI Set. I cut the image with my Oval Nesties, left the image in the die and inked with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and Old Paper Distress ink. I made this card following MFTWSC Sketch # 27!
I stamped the little froggy on the natural Twill tape again like I did on a previous card...love how this looks! I also used the speech bubbles from the Say What Die-namics set. I stamped "I Love You" from the Ladybug Set on one speech bubble and the word "Toad-ally" from one of the sentiments in the Feeling Froggy set on the smaller speech bubble.
and here is the inside!

Well, I hope you survived that post...rather lengthy, I know, sorry! Thanks SO much for stopping by and having a wee peek at all my Paper Pieced Valentine cards that I made for the January MFT Guest Designer Contest! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for this one,smile!

Big Hugs, 



Dana said...

Welcome home Tara!! Sorry to hear your vaca wasn't the greatest :( but your new cards sure are!! I love them all!!

Annheidel said...

Your cards are so cute! Great job with the paper piecing! I was so thrilled to see which Pure Innocence girls you chose, because I have one of them and three of the others are on their way to me right now. lol Thanks for the inspiration!

CraftyMomOf3 said...

Tara - I am totally blown away!! Gorgeous creations...each and every one!!

Many Holiday Hugs to you!!

Megan said...

Holy. Cow. Not only are they beautiful, but there's a TON of them!! I love all of them. Very perfect!

Linda McClain said...

Oh my! These are adorable.

Jodi Collins said...

Ok...these are AMAZING my friend! You are SO incredibly talented and creative! Of course, I ADORE them all, but I think that last one just may be my favorite!

Riet said...

What a beautiful cards Tara.

Happy New Year.
Hugs Riet.xx

Michele Boyer said...

WOW! These are ALL absolutely 100% amazing, Tara! Seriously, how do you do it? I love them ALL!

Georgia said...

These are all sooo gorgeous Tara, wow! I really love the images you've used and your colouring is perfect! :) Love, Georgia xx

Nicole Gamble said...

Love your cards! So simple and so perfect!


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