July 28, 2011

My Thoughts Exactly Design Team Thursday

Hello and happy Thursday to everyone! This week is actually the design team's week off this month over at My Thoughts Exactly. There are several guest designers this week showing off the fantastic My Thoughts Exactly Stamps, so be sure to stop by and check them out.

Oh that's not all, you all know me I can't say no to these cute little stamps. Yup, I have a project for you too, but there is a little back story to this one. So, in my boyfriend's family there is a tradition of saving cards and reusing them year after year. The first year we were together I even had my name added to one of the recycled father's day cards. Well, when I saw this view finder card file from Lenae over at Sugar Gem I just knew I had to make a recirculation card that could be slightly new every time (trust me this will make more sense in a minute). I took Lenae's file and made it a little bigger and added a little more room to the fold to accommodate a post-it note pad...yes you read that right, you'll see.

All the sentiments are from the Birds and the Bees stamp set. The little giraffe (my boyfriend's mother's favorite animal) is from a Stampin' Up set I have and of course she is wearing a little bow made of Trendy Twine. One really cool technique I learned with this card was cutting a shadow layer for my stamped images using MTC. All I did was stamp my image on printer paper in black ink, scanned it into my computer, and pixel traced it into MTC to create a shadow layer. I am really pumped to try this with the sentiment stamps, it could make some really cool looking cards.

So not only does the front of the card have a pick your own sentiment, haha I just made that up, reminds me of the pick your own adventure book. Where was I...oh yea, to go along with the pick your sentiment front there is a pad of post-it notes stuck to the inside so that for every occasion there can be a fresh message on the inside.
I also added a cute little sentiment on the back of the card, ok so I had intended for it to be on the front but I ran out of room, so it found a home on the back.

Haha I can't wait to give this to the boyfriend's mother! I hope she's thinks it's as funny as I do :) Be sure to stop by My Thoughts Exactly and check out the fantastic guest designers. Have a fantastic rest of your day and be sure to stop back on Monday when we have the August release of My Thoughts Exactly stamps!

One last thing, I have finally made the jump and created a facebook fan page. I would love if you'd come join me.

Happy crafting!


  1. That's a super cute idea! I've never thought of tracing stamps in to MTC...will have to give it a try.


  2. This card is fun and versatile! And by the way, I used to LOVE reading the choose your own adventure books! Awesome :)

  3. WOW I love ,absolutely love anything interactive and you have made such good use of the spinner mechanism here. Absolutely gorgeous
    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  4. Hehe fun card. I definitely need to try one of those! :-)

  5. Lol so Funny I love it. She's going to get a kick out of that. Haha

  6. What a cute idea! She is going to LOVE it! My BFF's family does the same thing. I may have to "lift" your idea.

    Ruthie :)

  7. I love this idea and it works so well! Digging the colors!