Jingle All the Way

Nichol Magouirk shared a beautiful card project a few days ago that could easily span the transition between Christmas and Valentine’s. There’s no ambiguity in today’s project though – just 6 days left until Christmas but still plenty of time left to whip up some fabulous tags like these! Print

Hi everyone! It’s Nichol here today with a guest post featuring some fun last-minute Santa see-through gift tags perfect to tie atop those presents that still need to be wrapped. I don’t know about you, but fun packaging on a gift makes me super happy! These see-through style tags would be great for any little or big ones on your gift list, and they can be hung on the tree or displayed after the presents have been opened. Love that!

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To create my tags, I die cut the InstaFrame Die-namics from Wild Cherry Card Stock and Black Licorice Card Stock. I stamped the Wild Cherry frame with Wild Cherry Hybrid Ink using the Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp for a tone-on-tone effect. I stamped each with a greeting from the Jingle All the Way stamp set using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. Next, I stamped the Black Licorice frame with “to” and “from” from the Overflowing Joy stamp set using white pigment ink.

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I cut six pieces of transparency measuring 2.75” square. I stamped each piece with the Confetti Background stamp using white Staz-On Ink. By stamping all the transparency pieces and not just the ones for the front it gives the santas the illusion of “standing” in the snow! I adhered each transparency behind the opening in the frames.

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I die cut the three santa images from white cardstock and Black Licorice Card Stock using the Jingle All the Way Die-namics. I colored in the santas with Copic Markers and adhered the colored santa to the Black Licorice die-cut santa. This hides the coloring and makes the back of the see-through tag look neat and clean.

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I die cut some snow drifts from Whip Cream Card Stock using the Snow Drifts Die-namics, trimmed them down, and adhered them to the black frame. I adhered a santa inside each frame and topped each with the red frame.

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Finally, I punched holes in the top of each tag, threaded some baker’s twine adorned with silver jingle bells through the hole, and tied some white silk ribbon around the top to finish!

I hope this has inspired you to create some fun packaging for all the loved ones on your gift list! Merry Christmas!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 12 projects!

This month’s palette is rich and warm featuring a quartet of Whip CreamJellybean GreenTimber Green, and Paver Red. Let’s see where this palette takes your next project. Have fun with it and make something beautiful.

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Cindy’s take on this month’s palette is heavy on the shades of green so that the Big Guy in red really pops off the card! Birdie Brown’s Jingle All the Way features one jolly little elf and he certainly deserves the center stage billing Cindy’s provided.

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This collection of recipe cards is almost as delightful as the cookies they produce. Sharon mixed in a generous dose of elements from Blueprints 21 with stamped images from Whimsical Wishes and foliage from Wild Greenery to create this delicious little book.

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Julie’s comfy, cozy design features the Quilt Square Cover-Up Die-namics with a touch of toasty pattern thanks to the Linen Background and the Gingham Background.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on December 31 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 12 projects. As a reminder, one of the challenge participants will win a Gift Voucher to the MFT boutique valued at up to $20! We can’t wait to see what you do.

Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 207

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A simple banner is the perfect place to showcase a bold sentiment in this week’s sketch. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20.

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You have until Tuesday, December 23 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Cammy Wall! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

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Warm Fuzzy Felt

For many of us, this is the time of year we crave warmth, comfort, and coziness. What better material to feature with this month’s challenge than felt? Our line of MFT felt coordinates with all of the colors in our extensive Replenishments line so crafting projects with a beautiful complement of papers, buttons, inks, and ribbons is a piece of cake. Make no mistake though, felt will be the star of the show in this collection of inspiring projects!

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Michele crafted this absolutely stunning device case. Beautiful, functional, and an incredibly cool gift idea. Think about all of the ways you can take a basic shape and embellish it with a whole host of cool die-cut felt shapes.

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Ready to see what the rest of the team has up their sleeves? Click on through for inspiration to that will keep warming your heart for the duration of the winter.

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Guide to MFT Printable Resources

In addition to developing new products that will innovate your crafting and inspire hours of enjoyable, creative play, we’re also always striving to make your MFT experience as easy to navigate as possible. One way we’ve worked to help make the most of your time with us is to corral the abundance of printable resources we have into one handy location.

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Over there in the sidebar you’ll find a link to all of our printable resources. I wanted to take a bit of time to review what you’ll find there.

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Color Charts Here you’ll find printable color charts for our card stocks and inks. Once you try our supplies, you’ll quickly become addicted! These charts are perfect for keeping track of the colors you’ve collected.

Cutting & Embossing Guides If you’ve acquired a new die-cutting machine, want to try a new technique, or just need a refresher on the appropriate stack for your machine, this is the spot to find guides for die cutting and embossing with your MFT Die-namics and stencils.

Shopping Lists Our monthly shopping lists are provided to help you keep track of your wish list items. Another great use is to simply print them and store them in a binder to keep inventory of your past purchases.

WSC Sketches Here you’ll find an archive of every single one of our Weekly Sketch Challenge sketches (yes, all 200+ and counting!) Each year is provided in a single, handy PDF and updated weekly as we introduce new challenges. This is the place to go when you’re short on inspiration.

Scrapbook Sketches If you’re in the mood to tackle a scrapbook layout but not sure where to begin, check out our archive of scrapbook sketches to kick your imagination into high gear.

Blueprints Sketches Our line of Blueprints Die-namics are designed to take the guesswork out of assembling your next card – especially when you’re short on time or inspiration. With the introduction of each new Blueprints, we release coordinating sketches featuring the included elements. Now, you can find the complete collection of Blueprints sketches in one easy location.

Color Challenges It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to choosing color combinations for your projects. If you’re looking to mix things up or be inspired by a new-to-you blend, check out this collection of palettes that have been featured during our monthly challenges.

I certainly hope this collection of resources will be of value! We look forward to seeing how these resources inspire you.

Sending a Flurry of Love

We’re so fortunate to have the lovely Nichol Magouirk joining us on the blog today with a perfect project to transition from Christmas into Valentine’s Day crafting. Print

I am delighted to be guest blogging here at My Favorite Things today. I have been a huge fan of MFT for a long time so getting to share a project created with the amazing MFT collection of products is a dream come true for me! For my card today I created a snowy scene that would work not only for winter but would make a lovely Valentine’s Day card as well!

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I die cut my background from Grout Gray Card Stock using the largest size from the Rectangle Frames Die-namics. I set the frame aside for another project and stamped the inside piece with the Confetti Background using a white pigment ink. The confetti makes the perfect falling snow, don’t you think?!!!

I created snowy borders along the bottom of the scene by die cutting vellum and Whip Cream Card Stock with the Snow Drifts Die-namics.

I die cut and stamped the adorable little girl from the Warmest Wishes stamp set and colored her in with Copic Markers. I adhered her to the snowy scene. I wanted to use the greeting from the stamp set but couldn’t make the horizontal sentiment work! No worries…I simply cut apart each word and created a vertical greeting by stamping each word one on top of another with the Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and Wild Cherry Hybrid Ink! If I want to use the greeting in it’s original form next time, all I have to do is piece it back together on an acrylic block – easy peasy!

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I die cut several hearts from Insulation Pink Card Stock, Whip Cream Card Stock, and Wild Cherry Card Stock using the Mason Jar Die-namics heart die. I colored over each one with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker to make them shimmery and adhered them to my scene.

To finish my card, I die cut the frame four times from Insulation Pink Card Stock, stacked them one on top of another, and placed it around the background.

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I LOVE the cute Cozy Mittens Die-namics and thought it would be fun to create some quick felt ornaments (these would make a cute gift topper too!). I die cut the mittens and snowflakes from Whip Cream and Wild Cherry felt, hand stitched the snowflakes to the mittens, and then whip stitched the two mittens together, leaving about an 1.25” opening to stuff them full of polyester fiberfill. Then I stitched the mittens closed. I think a string of these would make a fun garland too!

Thanks for having me visit MFT!!!

Nichol was kind enough to create a video of her process as well. You can watch it HERE or by playing below – enjoy!

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Cards You’ll Go Nuts For

I’m so pleased to welcome Rhea Weigand to the blog today! She’s sharing two new projects that we’re just nuts about. Print

Imagine my excitement to be asked to be a guest blogger for My Favorite Things! It’s funny because I was “asked” if I would be interested….Ummmm…Let me think it over for about a half a second. All they needed to say was, “you will be guest blogging for us on December 11th.” LOL.

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So here I am sharing my creativity with The My Favorite Things family and friends. It was hard to choose what to use from the generous product sent, so I did two projects. I’m really moving into the CAS look and style of designing lately and I love it.

I thought the “Nuts About You” was perfect since I’m a big fan of My Favorite Things. The stamp set is full of super cute critters and sentiments!!

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I created the background from the hearts of the set and colored the solid hearts and word nuts after stamping.  The center was die cut using the STAX circles.  I think I will save this card and give it to my hubby when he does something really sweet.

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Next up I made a tag card using the Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics with the Pure Innocence Overflowing Joy stamp set and Die-namics.

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I decided to make it into a birthday greeting vs. the holiday sentiment.  Think outside the package and get more from your stamps.

Thank you MFT for having me today and I hope to be asked again to guest blog real soon! MWAH!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 206

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A sweet scalloped edge and pinked circle element add all the interest necessary in this week’s sketch. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20.

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You have until Tuesday, December 16 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Janet! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

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Warmest Wishes

Today, Laurie Willison is here with us sharing a beautiful clean and simple design. She even broke out her Copics and for that, we are grateful because the results are amazing!

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Hey there! It’s Laurie here! I am so super excited to be guesting today at My Favorite Things. I have a fun little CAS Christmas card for you today. I don’t know about you, but I have been making more Christmas cards this year than ever before. Wanna know a secret? Shutterfly usually makes my cards for me. What?  (gasp!) I know, right? Well this year….I may actually be sending lots of handmade cards.  I am happy about that!

Today’s card was so fun to make. I am not usually one who likes to color. I love a quick and simple card but when I saw this little reindeer, I knew I had to pull out the Copics.

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I used black ink and stamped the image off about 4 times. After cutting out the adorable sweater die, I stamped it for the 5th time with the reindeer image.  It was a super light image but perfect for hiding those dark lines. I used 3 colors of brown and colored in the image. I usually have trouble when things don’t look clean and in the lines but I did my best to let that go this time. I love the watercolor look that resulted.  

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I added a little red pearl to his nose before matting the sweater with this fun chevron Doodlebug paper. Last, I stamped the sentiment to finish the card off. Oh, I almost forget the rounded edges on the top. I used the 1/4″ side of my Corner Chomper for that last little detail.

I hope you enjoy my CAS card! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas season! I’ll be back again soon for another post! Thanks so much to MFT for having me!  

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Thanks for Everything

Stephanie is with us today to share an interactive thank you card that’s perfect for most any occasion!

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Hi, it’s Stephanie and today I have a shaker card to share with a fun twist. Rather than have a generic space for the shaker part (square, circle or rectangle) I decided to create the shaker component of the card under a word die. To change it up a bit more, I also decided to use vellum rather than clear acetate to cover the sequin area.

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I first cut out a white piece of card stock from the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics and then cut the word “thanks” from the center of it. Make sure to hang on the the little pieces that go inside the letters because we’ll be adding those back into the word once we have the vellum adhered.

Once I had the word die cut, I stamped the bottom sentiment and then created the shaker part. I cut a piece of vellum big enough to fit behind the word and adhered it on the back. Then I added one layer of foam adhesive directly around the word (this helps to keep all the sequins directly behind the letters of the word) and also around the outside of the rectangle piece. I added fall coloured sequins in the area behind the word and adhered a Steel Grey mat (cut slightly larger) onto the back of the rectangle piece to keep all of the sequins contained.

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I stamped a Tangy Orange card base with the Romantic Script Background stamp using Tangy Orange ink and then adhered the shaker card panel directly on top. To complete the card, I added some of the same coloured sequins that I used in the shaker part and some silver stickles, to the front of the card.

You can see how this card came together by clicking HERE or by watching below – enjoy!

I hope you give text shaker cards a try - a little unexpected treat that the recipient will be sure to love! ;) Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to!