Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gettin' Shabby with MFT!

Hello out there, friends! How the heck are you today? I'm doing quite well! It's been an absolutely GORGEOUS weekend in Okinawa! Probably low-70's, BRIGHT SUNNY SKY, no clouds, green grass/blue sky, birds chirping, kids throwing sticks in my backyard.. *sigh* it's the little things in life;)

I decided to try out for MFT's guest designer spot again this month! I figure what they hey, even if I don't get picked, I'm having WAY MORE FUN than any girl should be allowed to have:) The challenge for this month is sHaBbY! I can do that! I actually LOVE to do that, just don't do that very often. SO, since my shabby creative muse was with me this weekend, I made TWO cards for this challenge:) GO ME! LOL!

Here's my first one...
I can't TELL you how much I love this card! I truly hate saying that because it sounds so conceited, but I don't mean it that way, lol! I just had so much fun making it! There is nothing better than a fist full of fabby dies, some great stamps, and a plan:)
The card base is Vintage Cream and the patterned paper I used is from Crate Paper's Portrait collection. I created the rosette with MFT's  3/8" Rosette die-namics, layered on a Decorative Doily die-namics. I stamped a frame and cut it out with the Polka Dot Greetings die/stamp set, but then covered it up with a sentiment and now you can't see it, lol! The sentiment is from Framed Greetings and I trimmed it with the Faux Crotchet Border die. The butterfly is from Inspired by Butterflies! I stamped the butterfly on vellum and then trimmed it out carefully and curled the wings under a bit:) I finished this card off with some twine and buttons from PTI, and a photo corner punched with an SU! punch. I also inked everything with Creamy Brown chalk in (colorbox) and did some sewing:) Think I used enough dies? LOL! You can NEVER use too many dies;)

Okay, this next card I created today, on a whim! I saw this amazing card by Debbie Olson created a couple days ago with the Labels 4 Grand Nestabilities and have been wanting to try one! I was on my way upstairs to grab some laundry and a small whisper came from my stamp room saying "come try the shaped card" OooOOOoooo! I couldn't resist, bahah! So I cut the card base out and the rest was history:)

The paper is from The Girls Paperie! I've been HOARDING these two sheets (I bought two of this particular piece, the floral and gingham are the same sheet, both sides) of patterned paper and when I knew I wanted to create another card for the shabby MFT challenge, I knew it was time. 
I created a belly band for my card instead of tying it with ribbon, this way I don't feel bad untying it, knowing I'll never get the bow right again, lol! The belly band just slides off and I think is a fun accent:)
 I used the Framed Greetings frame stamp and die for the focal point and stamped a sentiment from Flower Silhouette under the row of buttons! 


I also added Star Dust Stickles to the card front and on the inside panel...


Unfortunately, my picture came out a little bright here so you can't see the inside really well so I blew it up real big, lol! I stamped the flowers from Flower Silhouette again and then cut another one out with the matching die and glued it down. The sentiment says "I just wanted you to know that you are fabulous" :) Isn't that sweet? This card has a home to go to as well;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I had fun crafting this weekend and I'm glad I have friends to share with:) Have a great Sunday!

21 comments:

Karen W said...

Saw this on SCS and its awesome!! I love it. I may have to invest in some of these grand die after all.

Giffysk8s said...

I am literally sitting here with my jaw hanging open (a pretty sight for Rick, I am sure), feeling so awestruck by your creations! If only I could come spend a week or two with you and watch you at work, I might actually get to make something this pretty someday! Amber, these are nothing less than breathtaking!

Giffysk8s said...

Did you use a template for the card shape or your Cricut?

Christi Snow said...

OMG, Amber!! Girl, shabby chic is YOUR style...OMG, these are gorgeous!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE both of them...OMG!!! You have got that guest DT spot! smiles...

Denni said...

WOW! I LOVE both of them! Just bea-U-tiful! :D

Maureen said...

wowza!!Amber these are stunning!! You know Shabby Chic!! LOVE all the papers and buttons and twine, oh my!! I had to laugh about your last paper...I had 2 of these as well and am down to 1/2 a sheet :) I'm using the yellow gingham side on my Diva Dare this week ;) I know exactly how you feel when you create something you love :) That's what it's all about :)

Jackie Pedro said...

These are GORGEOUS, Amber! The decision to make the second one was a GREAT DECISION!! LOVE IT!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

what a lovely post. Your card is so lovely. Really great use of the dies. I've problems using patterned paper so working on that
My niece Meg is in Okinawa also.Love all the pics she shares with us . It looks so beautiful.
Enjoy and thanks for sharing your talents.

Julie said...

Two gorgeous cards, love the shaped one

Marisa said...

Better you than me making a shabby card LOL! Yours are gorgeous! Love all the buttons, DPs, details and shabbiness. Enjoy some sunshine for me!

Priscilla said...

I can't imagine you won't get that Guest DT spot, Amber - these cards are TO DYE FOR!!! Both are positively GORGEOUS!! Aren't all of us 'hoarders' of our precious stock of goodies that we use for stamping? I know I am!! Sometimes it's good to part with it though - as in this case! Good decision!! {{hugs}}

Jennifer Shults said...

These are seriously amazing Amber! I love all the details of the first one... it's fantastic! and that second shaped card is AMAZING! I just LOVE it!!

Vickie Z said...

Both cards are gorgeous!!! Can totally understand hoarding the dp...it's fabulous but, I love the card you made and the button band....perfect!!

Jess Willison said...

Amber - these are absolutely gorgeous!

Linda Cain said...

These are just precious!!! I LOVE them.

~Linda

Kelly Booth said...

So pretty Amber I love both...great cards! The shaped one looks like a fun one to try! Hugs!

Dawn Easton said...

oh my word girl! Gorgeous creations! i always like to try each month just because it is fun! good luck! You rocked this challenge!

Michele Boyer said...

I love BOTH of these! Seriously GORGEOUS!

Andrea Ewen said...

Wowzers, Amber these cards are beauties!! So wonderfully elegant and full of color! Super effect with the medallion on the first card and the second card...holy smokes...love that fold and all the border punching! You nailed these girly!

CraftyMomOf2 said...

So gorgeous Amber!!! Congratulations on the May GDT spot!! YAY YOU!!! You so deserve it!!! Gorgeous work and oh so shabby chic all around!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!