Thursday, February 23, 2017

Guest Designing for My Favorite Things - Day One

Hello, and thank you for joining me today.  I am over-the-moon excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things! Thank you to everyone at MFT for this amazing opportunity!
My first card features those sweet little animals from Farm Friends.  They were all colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The background was created using the Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up.  I ink blended each inside section with Distress Ink going from darker in the foreground, to lighter in the background.  I made a stencil using the Stitched Cloud Edges and blended Distress Ink with a finger dauber for the sky.  Each of the animals was popped up with foam tape for dimension.  At first I put the littlest chick on top of the tractor, but moved him onto the pig when I realized, in perspective, that would be one very giant chicken!  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on white cardstock, and cut it into a banner coming out from the tree.

Supplies:
Stamps:  Farm Friends
Copics:  B00, E40s, YG10s, G02, 05, 07, Y15, 17, YR09, C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, 100, W00, W1, W3, W5, W7, 0, R000, R00, RV000, RV00, R20, RV21, E20s, E49,
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Tea Dye, Scattered Straw, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Tumbled Glass

This next card takes llama drama to a whole new level:
I wanted to try my hand at zentangling (is that a word?), and this llama was game.  I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and drew in the lines with a Copic Multi-liner 0.3.  I looked at zentangle patterns online to get ideas.  He was pretty happy with the results, and his llama friends, though shaking their heads, showed their support. 

Here's a close-up of the details:
After he was colored, and given a little sand to stand on, he was framed with the new Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frame and popped up with fun foam.  His friends were also colored with Copics, fussy cut, and adhered partially with foam tape, and partially with just regular adhesive.  They were also given a little ground to stand on.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and the card base was cut out using a die from Blueprints 26.

Supplies:
Stamps:  Llama Love
Dies: Blueprints 26, Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames
Copics:  W00,1,3,5, E50, E51, 0, YR68, V04, RV69, RV04, G05, Y17, BG02, BV08, Multi-liner .03
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Fun Foam

This little sweetheart in the Pure Innocence line asked for a paper pieced bright yellow gingham dress and I was happy to oblige:
This is actually her second dress.  My first attempt included using Copics to give the dress some depth, but it ended up dulling the entire dress, so she took that off, and I gave her a new one without shadows.  I colored and fussy cut her arm and adhered it on top of her dress.  Her shoes and hairclip have a Glossy Accents finish, and the centers of the flowers are dotted with Enamel Accents in Lemon Twist.  Everything besides the dress was colored with Copics.  The top tag and background were cut with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges to coordinate with the look of the gingham.  The top of the white panel was ink blended with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and a stencil brush from Clarity Stamps.  This was my first time using these stencil brushes, and I am in love!  It was so easy to control the amount of ink.
 
Supplies:
Stamps: PI Happy Together
Dies:  Tag Builder Blueprints 4, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges
Paper:  Tiny Check Brights
Copics:  E000, 00, 02, 11, 33, 35, 37, 39, 29, C1, Y11, 13, 15, YG09, 25, W00, 1
Inks:  Fossilized Amber Distress Ink
Other: Ranger Enamel Accents - Lemon Twist, Glossy Accents, Claritystamps Stencil Brush, Yellow Floss

Thanks for coming by to visit!  I hope that this helped spark your creativity in some new ways.  Have a wonderful day and I will see you here again next week.

Kara Lynne

26 comments:

  1. Hi Kara,
    Congrats on your well deserved Guest Designer spot at MFT! Your cards are absolutely delightful, and I can't wait to see more from you!

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  2. YAY!!!!!!!
    Your cards are all amazing, as always!!!!!!

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  3. Oh my goodness, I love the colorful zentangled llama! How perfect is that?! Your other cards are fantastic, of course, but that one jumped right out at me. So much fun!

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  4. Congrats on your GD spot at MFT; so happy for you!!! They did pick a great designer, though... Your cards are fabulous! Love the little farm scene you've created; it reminds me of 'up north!' And your zentangling is perfection itself. The depth you've created on him gives him a wild life-like form and those colors are fantastic. Gingham, *sigh*. Yellow, *sigh*. Girly and sweet card here too! Wonderful creations, Kara. Full of delight! Bev

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  5. Whoop whoop on your DT spot, Kara!! All three of these are fantastic and so different. The farm scene is fabulous with all it's details including the peek of sky with the soft fluffy clouds. Your zentangled llama is awesome and I love the bright colours! And you're right - that little girl totally needed a yellow gingham dress. :)

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  6. wow!! huge congrats to you kara!! mft could not have picked a more accomplished colorist to showcase on their blog!! all your projects are absolutely fabulous and colored to perfection!! I really love that llama... he is just too cool!

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  7. Kara can you tell I am jumping up and down! I am so excited for you my friend and what a fabulous collection of cards today! All of your projects are coloured or paper pieced perfectly!

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  8. Huge congrats on your GD spot for MFT...how exciting!! Your cards are amazing with the color and design! I had to smile at the llama card...love it!!

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  9. Congratulations to you Kara for your guest design team spot! How fun to be guesting with MFT!! Your cards are all wonderful and I'm totally digging the llama. Super cool!

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  10. Many congratulations on your GD spot with MFT, Kara ... how fantastic! Each of your cards is brilliant ... awesome detailing, colouring and blending on your cute herd scene, such an adorable little gingham dressed, daisy chain making sweetie, and that llama ... oh my goodness, he's amazing! So stylish and striking in his zentangled ensemble ... and so very handsome! Hugs, Anita :)

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  11. OMG Kara this is stunning! MFT ss lucky to have you as their GD. Three different cards but each one is brilliant. And your colouring talents are amazing!

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  12. Congrats to you! I can see why you were asked all of these cards are so wonderful Kara, it's that little farm scene that has totally stolen my heart...

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  13. Congratulations Kara! Each card is so special my dear! I am always inspired by your beautiful designs! Gorgeous, gorgeous cards!!!!

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  14. Congratulations Kara Lynne! You definitely deserved to be recognized by MFT and it certainly shows in your 3 FABULOUS cards today! I love them all, but my favorite has to be your zentangled Llama...he is just the cats meow and totally makes me smile! Such a happy and fun post...congrats again!! :0)

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  15. Such a sassy llama that is, and oh so chic! Three great cards. Congratulations on guesting, what a deserved recognition.

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  16. Oh my!!! How exciting Kara Lynne!!! I am so so happy for you, and you know this opportunity is so well deserved! Your projects are simply marvelous!!! Congratulations my dear!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  17. YAY Kara Lynne, a huge congrats, I'm so happy for you!! You cards are all fantastic, just as cute as can be!

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  18. Wow Wow Wow!! These are amazing!! Many congrats to you (personally I think you'd be an asset on any team) Your colouring is terrific and your designs are always beautiful... Love your creations!

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  19. A big congrats to you...so exciting. Love your cards...that llama is as fabulous as can be.

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  20. Super cute cards Kara, I love first one; and the second made me laugh!! The last is just darling! TFS.

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  21. Congratulations Kara on your Guest spot - very well deserved IMHO! I love your collection of cards, and you have executed them perfectly!
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  22. Big congratulations on your guest spot. Boy, they sure hit the jackpot with you. Love all your wonderful cards, with the zentangle llama being a special favorite.

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  23. These are all wonderful cards...could not pick a favorite...(although, I am crazy about gingham and I like the way that yellow pops!)

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  24. Congrats on your GD spot! So well deserved! All your cards are just fabulous!

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  25. Congratulations on guest designing, Kara! So well-deserved! EACH of these three card designs deserves its own post and comment! I am in love with every one, although because I grew up in the farmlands of Iowa, I have to say that first card stole my heart! I think I have that die and it never occurred to me to do something genius with it like you've done!! Thank you for all the inspiration! Hugs, Darnell

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  26. You are brilliant at these MFT products, congrats for the guest spot!

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