Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Grow Love



Welcome to MFT's August Release Blog Hop! For those already hopping with us, hopefully you've arrived here from Frances. If you just happened by, then you may want to go back to the beginning with Kim.

My Favorite Things will be releasing four really fun new sets, plus a new Spooktacular Ribbon Nest and matching Adornments, tomorrow night (August 5) at 10 pm. Just prior to that we'll have our monthly New Release Cocktail Party, which begins at 8 pm in the MFT Forum on SCS. Hope you'll join us!

I was so excited to see the new set Grow Love, Plant a Tree. So adorable and good for such a wide mix of fun styles. I wanted to go with a sort of homespun, quilted look for this card, so I created a scene with different patterns from Basic Grey's Lemonade pack. Love the whimsy of the Lemonade collection - a perfect match for these sweet little trees. The hills are created with torn strips of dp, and the trees are stamped and paper pieced. To continue the look, I attached pink buttons for apples and used embroidery floss to stitch a border around the trees, an idea I'm sharing in this week's How'd They Do That? tutorial. At the beginning of every month, 3-4 design team members each share a quick tip or trick for working with the new sets. This month, it's a "card medic trifecta" - Jessie is performing a bit of stamp surgery, Cindy is dressing boo boo's, and I'm putting in stitches - hope you'll check it out!



To continue hopping, head over to Carole at Mother's Little Helper. She's sure to have something scrumptious for you!!



Stamps: Grow Love, Plant A Tree (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay, Papertrey Vintage Cream, Basic Grey Lemonade dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Antique Linen Distress
Accessories: embroidery floss, buttons, SU ribbon, May Arts burlap string, edge distressing tool, sewing machine, (and not one bit of foam adhesive, can you believe?!)

Size: 5 1/2" square

61 comments:

Jackie Pedro said...

Seriously, this is AMYzing!!! It's your little touches that make your cards fantastic!!! LOVE the stitching!!

StampOwl said...

loving all the stitching Amy

Barbara said...

OMGosh! I love this!!! Love the colors, love the distressing, love the two trees together, love it all!!! Gorgeous, Amy!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is amazing girl!! But I gotta say, the whole card medic thing...you are a genius!! LOVE IT!!

Christina Fischer said...

AAAAAAAAH!!!! This is simply amazing! Every detail is just fantastic!

Libby Hickson said...

OH MY GOSH. I don't think it's possible to love a card more than I love this one.

Tracey said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love it!!

raduse said...

Oh my gosh!!! Look at all of these little details!1 Wow! I'll have to check out that HTDT tutorial.

Michelle (mla1111) said...

Wow! This is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE IT!!! Love everything about it....your paper piecing, the bg paper, the sewing, the green stitching on your trees, the torn paper, distressed edges, buttons, all of it... I way so happy I could click on the pic to get a close up of the card's fabulousness! :) Amazing!

Pam Speidel said...

DITTO to what everyone has said already! This is incredible Amy! All the piecing and extra stitching takes this card over the top!!! :) I'm in *love* with this card!

Sharon said...

I honestly love all of your cards, but this has to be my favorite! Love love love the paper-pieced trees, their stitched outlines, the color combo, EVERYTHING!

Cindy Haffner said...

What everyone else said. I Love this.

Chris said...

your card is totally gorgeous, I love the scene you created.

Scrappy said...

Sometimes you have to sum something up in a single word. WOW!

Melody said...

I just SO love your style Amy! I love this card! I have love the stitching and the texture you added!

JessicaK said...

Wow! Way to use your DP and stitching. This is amazing.

hobbydiva said...

*THUD* This is stunning Amy!!!! Love the distressing and stitching!!!

Beth Norman said...

Good golly, what a eye popping card! It really caught my attention the minute I laid eyes on it! The close up details was awesome; it allowed me to appreciate your work all the more. You never ever disappoint!

DottyJo said...

Amy, this is so beautiful - it just took my breath away! I have got these papers on order at the moment so now I am even more excited. I think I may have to go lie down! Jo x

Gretchen said...

So very very cute! Those trees are so fun and I adore the stitching! Where do you get all of your fabulous ideas?!

June Houck said...

This is SEW pretty!!! (Sorry, had to say it.) I am lovin' scene cards, and of course anything made by YOU :)

Molly Joly said...

What an elegant card! Love the detail!

Gabriela said...

Would you look at that! This tree card is sew special. Fantastic, my dear.

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

This is super cute, Amy!

lovemydots said...

As always Amy, your card is amazing. You are an inspiration.

Maria Gurnsey said...

this card just about made me spill my coffee on myself! it is absolutely stunning :)

Catherine said...

This card is totally TDF!!!!! Love the floss and the overall look of this card! Amazing!

ScrappyKy said...

As always, fabulous job, Amy. I am really lovin' the homespun look. The papers you used are perfect for that look too. I can't wait to try something like this. Fantastic!

MiamiKel said...

OH this is jaw dropping beautiful! I love the colors here, very mosaic and patchwork and so bright and whimsical at the same time - it's STUNNING!!!!!!!

Denise Young said...

Wow! This is "sew fabulous!" I love all your stitching, layers, and buttons. TFS. Love you work.

kadie said...

Amy, this is OUTSTANDING!! You always wow me, but this has totally blown me away!! You knock our socks off!! WOW!!

I've given you an award on my blog. (It's a brand new award) Please check it out and feel free to pass it along. Thanks for inspiring me!

Kim said...

WOW, this is absolutely stunning!!! All of the Lemonade papers are perfect in their little settings. Love the buttons too!

Nancy Riley said...

WOW! The detail on this card is unbelievable, Amy! WONDERFUL job!

Leigh OBrien said...

THIS is a special, special card! Truly amazing with all of the detail and care put into it. Where do you come up with these things? WOW!

Lady Liberty said...

Love your card Amy - so much detail - just awesome. Thanks for the close up shots too - gives me so much more appreciation of it all.

Barb said...

This is fantastic! I love the whole scene you've created... and the stitching... and the buttons... and... :)

Amy said...

I don't know what to even say--this is freakin' jaw dropping madness, it's just adorable, beautiful, fun, funky, and {sew} adorable!!!!

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous!!! Everything about it is just gorgeous.

Gina Wrona said...

OMG look at all that detailed sewing!

dpkennedy said...

OH! You always leave me speechless...Does that say it?!!!!

Kelli said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! This card is AWESOME and I LOVE the apples...

Christi said...

OMG!!! This is amazingly incredible!! I love every detail!!

Amy said...

{{{{SQUEAL}}}}}!!!! This is amazing....this is SOOOOO AMY (meaning me!!!). You are so talented girl!!!!

Bethany Paull said...

Amy, that is SO DARNED COOL! I love the crazy colors and patterns, the stitching and buttons.

leenda said...

Most EXCELLENT artwork!

alienanessa said...

Holy smokes, this is the coolest, down home country-charm card!! Your paper choices are deeeeelish!! =)

Kerry Piader said...

Such a cheerful card Amy.......I bet this took you a while but it came out so nice.....every card you design just amazes me......

P.S. Thank you again for your photographing tutorial.....

kerry2

ChristineCreations said...

Your stitching and patterns are so AMAZING Amy! Beautifully done.

And hey...I see your pearly whites, you must have had your braces off! We just had our first appt for our daughters braces coming on this fall. She's none to thrilled about the process! :)

paulatracy66 said...

WOW, I keep thinking I landed on a favorite card and I know I did NOW. Amy, this is more than outstanding, it's a gorjuss work of art. The stitching is the perfect accent and the hills and the colors and your paper choice...did I tell you I love this!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Outstanding detailing. Love the scene you created!

Barb said...

Holy cow!! I just don't have enough adjectives to describe how much I love this card!! It just blows me away! Amy, you are brilliant! Pure genius!

Barb

Randee E said...

All of these patterns go together so well and their all so bright and cheery! Love this card, it really does remind me of a homemade quilt :0)

Erin Smetak said...

This is truly amazing! I love how you did the trees - genius! And I love the way you tore the paper and made little hills! Again, total genius!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

WOWZAS Amy!!! This is incredible - so much detail to look at!!!!! GORGEOUS!!!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my gosh, Amy! This is FANTASTIC my friend! All those patterns and all that work...wow!

Karen Motz said...

Wow Amy, this is STUNNING! Love all the wonderful texture and that embroidery floss stitching is over the top fabulous!!!

Lynn said...

Holy Cow is this card fabulous!!!
I feel like I'm looking at a quilt square with all of the wonderful stitching, pretty colors and textures! It's awesome!

Jen Tapler said...

Ok Amy, this seriously just might be one of my favorite cards ANYONE has EVER done!!! I LOVE it!!!

Conniecrafter said...

so darling, that stitching and paper piecing are so neat, LOVE it!

Latisha said...

Amy,
Right now there is call at Paper Crafts for all things "tree" involved. Seriously consider submitting this, its so beautiful!!
hugs
Latisha

Julie E said...

Oh so cute - love the stitching. I am trying to incorporate more of my sewing supplies into my projects and this is a great idea! TFS :>)