January 30, 2012

MFT Creative Chat | My Creative Process

It's time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You'll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum.  This month, we were challenged with the following: 
  • Show us your creative mind at work.  Take us on a journey through a card-making session, start to finish.
  • How do you select colors, layout, embellishments, and overall design?
  • Share your creative process with us.
Visit Kim's Blog for a full list of designers that have taken up the challenge and get ready to delve into the minds of our creative team.

I cannot wait to go visit all the MFT Designers who are taking part in this month's Creative Chat and see how they get that amazing mojo flowing!

I'm giving you a little glimpse of how I usually create a card from start to finish and I hope you enjoy the tour.  Be prepared, this post is very long and photo-heavy, so you might want to grab a candy bar.  I'll have one too - it's not right to let you eat a candy bar all by yourself now, is it?

The very first thing I do when I sit down to make a card is find a sketch to work off of.  I cannot make a card without using a sketch from a challenge - I just sit there and look at my stamps and paper and nothing seems to click.  I save all the sketches I like in a sketch folder on my computer, then when I need one, I just open it up and keep it on the side of my computer screen.  Today I'm using the current MFTWSC. I also open up Netflix and stream a TV show or movie.  What does this have to do with stamping?  Well, nothing, it just keeps me from getting distracted by email and Facebook.  For reals.  Today it's Monk, season 1, episode 7.

Once I have my sketch picked out, I figure out which stamps and papers I want to use.  Today I'm using the image from PI Make Mine a Double and a sentiment from PI My Balloon. The papers are Country Drive from Echo Park.

I know I'm going to cut this image out and pop it up over the circle on the sketch, so I stamped it on a narrow sheet of cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  At this stage in the game, I choose the patterned papers I want to use from the paper pack and then match Copic Marker colors.  Let the coloring begin...

I always color the skin first.

Next is the hair (red-head today).

Then the clothing and heart barrette.

...the band on her dress.

Next is the ice cream.
...and finally, shoes and cone.

Now that my image is colored I can cut her out.  I forgot to get a photo of it, but I'm betting you know what I'm talking about, haha!

I'm now moving on to the next episode of Monk....

This is the point where get all of my Die-namics cut out and ready to assemble on my card.  This is one well-loved cutting plate.

I cut the patterned paper down to the size I need and then layer it to cardstock. 

Now I'm ready to run the panels through my Janome Sew Mini for some of that stitching I've become so addicted to adding to my projects.  I blame the MFT team for this one.  Haha!

I added some ribbon and the Little Open Scallop Strip Die-namics.  You can see the Open Scallop Doily Die-namics sitting there with foam tape, ready for somewhere to go.

Here is the finished card -

And I also finished the inside -

I didn't show you my process on the inside, but it's exactly like the front.

Thank you so much for stopping by and being patient with my long-winded blog post.  I do hope you've enjoyed taking a peek into my creative process.


recipe -
stamps: pure innocence my balloon (mft), pure innocence make mine a double (mft)
paper: sno cone, choice buttercream (taylored expressions) cardstock, country drive (echo park)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, open scallop doily duo die-namics (mft), little open scallop strip die-namics (mft), first place award ribbon die-namics (mft), dog tag die-namics (mft), so saffron grosgrain ribbon (su!), linen thread, sewing machine, thread, foam tape


  1. Karen this is great - I have to have the tv or something on and keep my laptop away when I stamp or there are distractions!
    Your card is super cute - her red hair is perfect

  2. Great Card! Thank you so much for sharing your creative process :) Hugs!

  3. Love the card!! Thanks for talking all the time you did to show how you created it!! Blessings!

  4. lovely, Karen, just lovely. My process is very much the same...I even color the same-top to bottom with the skin first. LOVE your card!

  5. This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your process!

  6. This is delightful Karen!!! I love all the pics of your colouring. Her red hair and blue dress are PERFECT!!!!!

  7. Gorgeous, Karen! Thanks for showing the colors you used for this sweet little girl--I have avoided these darling stamps because I'm afraid to color them, but I think I might give it a try soon! Your stitching is amazing, too.

  8. absolutely stunning...LOVE her hair ! personally I'm terrified to try red hair...thanks for the sneek peek into your creative process...maybe now I'll give it a try....gorgeous card...love the papers too

  9. What an adorable card! I love the colors you used and the sweet PI girl - oh! and the cute little dogtag inside!

  10. Oh, yeah, we are definitely inside each others head with this, LOL! Such an adorable card!

  11. Holy AMAZING coloring girlie! LOVE your system (and your Netflix in the background). You are way too awesome!!!

  12. Beautiful card, Karen!! Loved the peek into your process and loved all the photos!!! awesome job!!

  13. I LOVE LOVE your photos of this. I feel like I was sitting right there with you watching MONK! Super! And her hair coloring is spectacular!

  14. I loved having the step-by-step photos...thank you! Love the card!

  15. Great post and love that you save sketches the same way I do and have a hard time creating without one. Even if it's just a starting point I have a hard time with making a card without one these days.

  16. That's nice of you to share step by step in your head images of your project! I don't have a sewing machine, wow! you've sewn miles on that card! Inside & out! Your creations are just adorable!

  17. Oh this was a wonderful peek into your mind! :) Loved all the photos and your sewing and shading blows me away! Lovely sweet card!!

  18. gorgeous card! i love your coloring! I find it interesting that you need to work off of a sketch, because I am the opposite. I have a hard time when I have to follow a sketch, so I've been participating in more sketch challenges to get myself more comfortable working with them. TFS your talents and process.. it is so fun to peek into your space and see how you create! =)

  19. This REALLY makes me want to learn how to sew! Damn you, Karen Giron!:)