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 Kit and Clowder 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)! :)

Welcome! 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.

PJH 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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