Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Splendid Sunflower Teaser Time (My Favorite Things Guest Designer!)

Hello My Peeps!!

Well, I am beyond excited to announce that I am the My Favorite Things August Guest Designer!  How freakin’ cool is that?!!  I am a huge fan of My Favorite Things products (especially their card stock and inks – OH EM GEE!!), so I can recommend their products without hesitation!  As the guest designer, I have the pleasure of sharing some projects throughout the month that showcase this month’s new release.  And today is my first day! Woohoo!

I have three cards to share with you today that feature the new Splendid Sunflower stamp set by Lisa Johnson.

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We’ll start with the most traditional look of the sunflower.  This stamp set has six images (the parts of the sunflower) and four coordinating dies.  I die cut the flower and leaves and stamped them using Lemon Drop and Jelly Bean Green ink, respectively.  The center was stamped first with Hot Fudge ink and then with black.  Can you see how rich that Hot Fudge ink is – so deep and rich!  I die cut the 3 x 4 Notepad Die-Namic from some designer paper, and stamped the sentiment with Hot Fudge (it’s so dark and rich, it almost looks like black!)  The sentiment is from another amazing new stamp set by Lisa Johnson that will be featured later this week called Grand Greetings.

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My next project is a little less expected.  I thought that the sunflower image from this set could also be used as one of those amazingly vibrant Gerbera daisies that I love so much.  So again, I die cut the flower and leaves, and stamped them in Razzle Berry ink and Sour Apple ink, respectively.  I stamped the triangles using Jumbo Mod Borders, creating a graphic black and white contrast.  The center of the flower was stamped and black and white buttons were stacked and adhered to the center of the flower.  The flower was then arranged and adhered to the card base with foam tape.  That sweet sentiment is from Birthday Greetings.  I adore the black and white contrast with that bold pop of amazing Razzle Berry from the flower – don’t you?!

ETA:  The above card also fits the Moxie Fab World: The Trendy Triangle Challenge!  YAY!!

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My final project features a technique that I always love doing.  It’s the partial die-cut/emboss technique.  I cut a panel of Nightshift Blue cardstock and taped the sunflower die to the panel and ran it through my die-cut machine – but only ran it through halfway so that the machine cut only HALF of the flower.  I then removed it from my die cut machine, trimmed the panel to remove the excess, and readhered the die to the flower/panel with some washi tape.  I then changed up my die cut machine plates to a sandwich that I normally use for embossing (each machine has a different sandwich for cutting vs. embossing – I’d be happy to share mine if you’re interested) and ran it through my die cut machine again.  The result is that the right side of the sunflower is die cut, and the left side is simply embossed into the panel.  Here’s a close up of what it looks like:

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The sunflower and flower center were stamped using white pigment ink – I love the drama of the white against that amazing navy cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with some green embossing powder.  It’s also from the Birthday Greetings stamp set.  I had some awesome chartreuse satin ribbon in my stash that I think adds a lovely pop of color and drama.

Well, that’s it for me today, kids.  For all of the My Favorite Things release details, INFORMATION ABOUT WINNING SOME FREE PRODUCT, as well as links to some other Teaser projects, please click on through to the MY FAVORITE THINGS BLOG!  I’ll list all of the products that I used on these projects below.

Thanks for stopping by today – I can’t even begin to tell you how happy it makes me when you do.  Have a great day!!

Kraft Splendid Sunflower Card
STAMPS:  Splendid Sunflower and Grand Greetings (My Favorite Things)
INK:  Jelly Bean Green, Lemon Drop and Hot Fudge inks (My Favorite Things), Black Dye (Hero Arts)
PAPER:  Kraft CS (My Favorite Things), Solar White CS (Neenah Classic Crest), Flower Box 6 x 6 DP (Doodlebug Design)
OTHER:  Splendid Sunflower Die-Namics and 3 x 4 Notepad Die-Namic (My Favorite Things)
Gerbera Daisy Card
STAMPS:  Splendid Sunflower, Jumbo Mod Borders and Birthday Greetings (My Favorite Things)
INK:  Razzle Berry and Sour Apple inks (My Favorite Things), Black Dye (Hero Arts)
PAPER:  Black Licorice CS (My Favorite Things) and Solar White CS (Neenah Classic Crest)
OTHER:  Splendid Sunflower Die-Namics (My Favorite Things), Buttons (my stash) and Hemp (Hemptique)
Navy and Chartreuse Card
STAMPS:  Splendid Sunflower and Birthday Greetings (My Favorite Things)
INK:  Unicorn Pigment Ink (Hero Arts) and VersaMark (Tsukineko)
PAPER:  Nightshift Blue CS (My Favorite Things) and White Linen CS (Ellen Hutson)
OTHER:  Splendid Sunflower Die-Namics (My Favorite Things), Chartreuse Satin Ribbon (Midori), Lettuce Embossing Powder (Ranger)


Jackie Pedro said...

Gorgeous work! Thrilled you have joined us as this month's guest designer. Welcome!

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful cards Karolyn! Love the variety of colorful Sunflowers! So happy to have you join us this month :)

Unknown said...

Love the cards you created with the Splendid Sunfower set!

Alina said...

all of them gorgeous, Karolyn!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Oh my goodness! These are absolutely GORGEOUS! I love allllllll of them!

Cindi Flass said...

Beautiful cards! I love your different designs and color combos.

Anonymous said...

Karoly, these are gorgeous! I love the unusual colors you used in the second card! Hugs!

Terri said...

Amazing...love them all! I never get tired of looking at your creations!

Miss ya, Girlie...is it September yet?

wendy said...

beautiful card, congrat's on the guest designer spot!

Colleen said...

I love all of them, just beautiful.

jacqueline said...

How the heck are you Karolyn? Long time no "see". So fun to find out that you were chosen as MFT's guest designer for August. I love MFT and can't wait to see what you come up with to entice us.

Sandra said...

what fun cards - love the Blue one.
Sandra ltb

Katie Ann Brooks said...

what stunners and all so different! You are so versatile!

Kim said...

Wow. Amazing cards, Karolyn!! ALL of them!!!

Susan White said...

Beautiful Cards, you did an amazing job on them!!

Paula S. said...

Beautiful cards Karolyn! You've done a fabulous job showing just how versatile this set is. I'm a huge fan of MFT too and I'm about 100% sure that seeing what you do with them is going to result in a spending spree before we're done. :)

Tracey said...

Such lovely cards!!

Erin Smetak said...

Oh Karolyn! I am over the moon excited for you that you're a guest designer for one of my favorite companies!!!! MFT is awesome! I'm so excited for you!!!!!

Your cards are so pretty, and that last one w/ the half emboss/half die cutting is freakin' awesome! I'll def. have to try that technique out!

Can't wait to see what you do the rest of this month!!!!

LHamilton said...

Your cards are beautiful. So many different looks from one stamp set - nice color combos. Great job!

Joanne Basile said...

Three awesome looks my friend. My favorite is the hot combo on the zinnia, beautiful! xoxo

Cath said...

Hey Karolyn! Thanks for linking this up to the Trendy Triangles challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)