What a fun week it’s been getting you prepared for A Very Crafty Holiday! Before you go, we have a bonus craft today. Let’s take some time to do some holiday crafting with kids!
Shaker cards bring out the kid in all of us so it’s a natural progression to craft a shaker with the kids in your life! Creating card kits allows them to do all the fun stuff card making entails without the work and mess that preparing for assembly sometimes creates.
Today’s Craft – Crafting with Kids
Join Stephanie today to as she shares fun ways to get kids involved in holiday crafts using a fun array of Christmas-themed stamp sets from My Favorite Things! Mass produce a number of shaker card kits so that you have enough to share throughout the season.
Wrapping beautiful gifts is one of the joys of the season. Put your creative touch on your packages with personalized and handmade gift tags. We’ve got your holiday inspiration right here!
One way to personalize gifts is to create handmade and festive tags to pretty up your packages. With products from My Favorite Things, you’ll have the coolest looking gifts under the tree! Let’s see what wonderful and creative ideas we have in store for today:
Today’s Craft – Gift Tags
Handiwork and the holidays go hand-in-hand and Karolyn’s take on Christmas tags is beyond inspiring. Watch today’s video and then download the templates Karolyn used to create her cross-stitched designs! You can also find blank templates to create your own designs HEREand a printable PDF of other designs HERE. Happy stitching.
You never know what you’ll find tucked into your stocking! Surprise a friend with some handmade tags filled with fun little goodies or a marker for a favorite book. Today, we’ll show you how.
Giving little gifts at Christmas is a fun way to brighten the most wonderful time of the year! And handmade packaging makes all the difference when it comes to making those gifts special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:
Today’s Craft – Stocking Stuffers
For many of us, collecting and prepping stocking stuffers is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season! Stockings are the perfect opportunity to flexing your creative muscles to come up with inexpensive gifts your recipient will treasure.
Chances are you’ll be going to, or hosting, at least one holiday party this year. Today we’ve got ideas for party favors and hostess gifts. Welcome to another fun day of A Very Crafty Holiday!
Creating for friends and family is a treat, and pampering them with little gifts is one of the best parts of the season. Whether you’re hosting a party or not, you’ll love these fun ideas for making gifts extra special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:
Today’s Craft – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors
Holiday season = party season and what better time than NOW to prepare for those festive occasions.Arriving at a party with a bottle of wine and heartfelt greeting will never go out of style. Watch today as Stephanie shares a beautiful hostess gift idea.
We’re back with more inspiring holiday paper crafts to get your Christmas crafting season on the right foot! It’s the most wonderful time of the (paper crafting) year!
Christmas cards are probably the first project that comes to mind when it comes to holiday crafting. Wherever you fall on the spectrum — from custom cards for each recipient to a mass-produced look appropriate for anyone on your card list — having the ability to create a card set in quick fashion is a handy skill to possess.
Today’s Craft – Holiday Card Set
Even if mailing cards isn’t on the agenda, card sets make fantastic gifts. Watch along today as Laurie shares her process for creating this beautiful peace & joy set.
We’re well into October now and with Christmas just eleven weeks away (!!) it’s a good time to start planning ahead for the impending holiday season. We have an inspiring week of posts planned for you to address a plethora of needs — there’s no time like the present to knock out some holiday crafting!
Chances are some of the people on your holiday gift list want a gift card. But you’re a paper crafter, and you want to make it extra special, right? We’ve got you covered with some fun ideas to make those gift card holders super fun and clever! Let’s take a look at what’s in store for today:
Today’s Craft – Gift Card Packaging
Join Stephanie today to see how she created these cards perfect for housing gift cards — especially perfect if your recipient is a fan of dogs (or just a fan of cute!)
Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!
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Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.
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We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!
We have one last bit of business before you dig out your holiday goodies and get to work on your Christmas projects. We’re stunned in the best possible way by the number of people who joined us for our World Card Making Day activities — close to 400 entries in all! Below you’ll find all of our randomly selected challenge winners. Congratulations to you all. Prize vouchers will be sent later today so watch your inboxes closely, winners. Thanks to everyone that participated in WCMD with MFT ❤️
Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Snow Globe Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!
from Keisha’s blog: Lisascreativeniche
It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.
Hello there! Well it’s that time of the month when I wrack my brains to come up with something to inspire you to get crafty with MFT products!
As it’s close to Halloween and like so many of you out there I was thrilled to see Witch Way Is the Candy? brought back, I thought I’d make the most of it and use her companions for this months feature:
I started by stamping all three creatures on Copic suitable card with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. As you can see I have used partial images — they are going to end up as polaroid pictures and if your photography is anything like mine, erm, well let’s just say there’s room for improvement!
The little froggy is intent on getting his tongue on that fly that’s buzzing around. I drew in his extra-long tongue and the fly — why not give it a try next time…add a little comedy to your colouring!
I added the background afterwards as it is considerably darker than the image…the rule is, colour the lightest areas first — especially important if you are dealing with very pale colours — so had the background been pale I would have coloured that prior to the frog.
Here it is as the completed polaroid.
With the puddy tat, I opted to use greys and purples instead of the usual black which can be a little too strong and you often lose some of the finer details. I also changed the shape of the eyes — on the stamp they are round dots but I gave this little guy more realistic, elongated pupils.
After colouring in the background, I thought the plain blue was a tad boring so I used my white gel pen to add a few dots. If you squint they sort of look like stars way off in the distance.
Oh before I forget, the whiskers and fine details were created using a fine Copic Multiliner. He looks a mighty smart chap in his bow tie, don’t you think?
By contrast to the cat and as an experiment I coloured the bat with just warm greys and I am pretty pleased with the result. Those eyes of his make me giggle and I decided to add a little batty friend from Fab-BOO-lous Friends to keep him company. The moon is simply a partial circle, coloured with YR30 and splotches of C0 — a really easy technique and it filled in what would have been a big empty expanse of blue ink!
Upon adding the sky and stars, as per the cat image, I decided that the moonlight would be making the little guy glow.
And here he is in his final polaroid — handsome little lad isn’t he!
The final, teeny weeny photograph was created by colouring the background Copic card with blue inks and then stamping the spiders web on top with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. Now a word of caution, pigment ink can be juicy and as I wanted a delicate spiders web I double stamped it, once on scrap paper and then on the coloured card. It worked a treat — I got a delicate, translucent web instead of a splodgy one. The additional lines were created with a white gel pen, but a white coloured pencil would work too.
Now, some of you know I have been playing around with Distress inks lately and decided that they would make a perfect background for my Spooky Snapshots – so I got inky, splashed around a bit of water and blasted the whole thing with my heat gun. I stamped an appropriate sentiment in the corner using After Midnight Premium Dye Ink — no need to worry about using Hybrid Ink as I wasn’t going to be adding any Copic colouring to this part of the card.
Want to see it all together?
To add a little interest to the card, which, let’s face it, is a quite plain and simple design, I mounted the cat on thin foam squares and used thicker ones for the frog as he was in the front.
Hopefully, this card demonstrates that you don’t have to head straight for those purples, oranges and lime greens for your Halloween projects! And I adore the Precious Polaroid Die-namics…oldies, I know but when you only have time for a small amount of colouring they are perfect!
Now over to you…I’d love to see your Halloween snapshots. Get your imagination flowing, try adding a bit of comedy to your card, or just get inky — whatever inspires you to get creative. And remember, above all – have fun!
Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected X’s and O’s Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!
from Debbie’s blog: Jeanie
It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects! And if you’ll be in the Eustis FL area, or can make plans to be, don’t forget about the no-line coloring class she’ll be teaching in October! Learn more HERE.
Hello there, it’s Jane with another Artistic Expression and this month I am going to show you a different technique you can use with our solid stamps.
Not sure what I mean? Well, I am going to use the new More Monsters stamp set and explain what I did to create two very different looks. Here are the adorable little devils as most would stamp them:
But as you know I love colouring, so I wanted to see if I could do something a little different and came up with the three funny monsters below.
Now that you have seen what I did, it’s time for me to explain how I went about it so that you can have a go yourselves.
I started by stamping two of the monsters on Copic suitable card with MFT Hybrid Ink in hues similar to those I intended to use to colour them. Yes, I know the stamping is not great — no worries, you are going to be colouring over the top!
Next I masked off the two monsters and stamped the third pink one, giving the impression of it standing behind the original ones.
The middle monster was coloured with pink Copic markers. The vertical stripes were created using the Colourless Blender pen after I had coloured her – in all honesty, I was just playing around and by accident it sort of looks like a pleated dress!
The second monster was coloured with Copics in various shades of green. This time I was trying to create a large pudgy ball…I will go into more detail on how I coloured this little guy later in this post.
I had the most fun colouring the third one, mainly because I decided to make this little guy furry. I simply used lots of little dashes.
I continued layering colours, adding purples as well as browns, building up texture and depth.
When you add the eyes the little characters really start to come alive. Now you can see that I used the mouth stamps on a couple of the monsters, but I opted to hand draw the eyes, adding a touch of white gel pen to finish. I also enhanced all three with coloured pencils, enabling me to add some extra fine details to each monster.
It is always important to ground your images and adding the shadows finishes them off.
Now, as I mentioned earlier, I would like to show you in more detail how I went about colouring the rotund little green chap.
I started by stamping him in Spearmint Hybrid Ink on Copic suitable card. At this point, I would like to share a little tip. Having played around with this technique I found that the Copic markers had a habit of bleeding if I started colouring too quickly. Using a heat gun ensured the ink was dry and hey, presto, it solved the bleeding issues! Secondly, remember to use Copic friendly inks, preferably in shades similar the ones you wish to use when colouring your stamped image.
Working in small areas, I coloured his outer eyes and arm with Copics, layering the colour on top of the stamped image.
This image shows how I have moved on to the main body, laying down the palest shade of green first, this is how I approach all of my Copic colouring.
Next came the mid tone, looks a bit of a mess I know but you have to have faith, the image below shows what happens when you finish blending.
All the blending of the main body is now done and hopefully, you can see that with a little simple shading you can give a flat image more dimension.
I stamped the mouth and coloured the eyes…he’s starting to have a little more character.
I applied the same colouring technique for his yellow spots.
To finish off the image I enhanced my Copic colouring with some coloured pencils and added highlights to his eyes and teeth with white gel pen. Ta da — one chubby, green monster.
For those who’d like to play along with me here is the Copic list. For the pencil enhancement, I personally use Caran D’Ache Pablo’s and Luminance, but whichever brand you opt for, be mindful to choose colours that are as close as possible to your Copic colours.
And here are the three monsters on the finished card:
I hope you enjoyed today’s feature and that it gives you another option when using these cute little guys – why not try out the technique for yourselves!
Sadly, we’ve reached the end of Camp Create 2017. We hope the skills and techniques you’ve worked on this week will influence your crafting in the months and years to come and that you’ll long have fond memories of your stay with us!
As a participant in Camp Create, you immediately earn the badge pictured below. Copy and paste this image and post it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed to let everyone back home know how you spent your summer vacation.
You still have plenty of time to participate in every craft we’ve shared this week — here’s a handy itinerary to help you keep track of which ones you’ve completed. Remember, you have until August 24 to share a link for each of your projects.
Ready to learn more about today’s featured craft? Keep reading to learn more!
Today’s Craft – Delightful Die Cutting
The meat and potatoes of card making is in the stamping and die cutting process. To wrap up the week, we’re getting back to basics with a twist. Today, watch and learn about some of Stephanie’s tips, tricks, and techniques with die cutting.
Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
Link your project below for your chance to win!
Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!
This week as a Camp Create camper, you have three ways to win:
To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Participate in today’s craft and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.
To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our MFTv channel on YouTube and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video and announced Monday, August 28.
To be eligible to win the $150 Grand Prize: Earn all five badges for the week by participating in each craft presented this week (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!
Deadline to comment and upload your images is Thursday, August 24th at 10 PM EDT.
All winners will be announced on Monday, August 28, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!
We’ve been having thebesttime this week and even though our August session is wrapping up in the morning and we’ll be wishing you all a fond farewell, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to gather our friends around the campfire for one last s’more, one last Kumbaya, and one bonus technique from counselor Stephanie.
Are you wondering if we have a special bonfire badge? Of course we have a special bonfire badge! If there’s one thing we crafters love, it’s flair, amirite? Download it now to add to your collection!
Do we have a bonus prize for our bonfire craft? Of course we have a bonus prize. Participate in our Bonfire craft and you might just win a $50 MFT voucher.
Clean the ooey-gooey marshmallow off your hands…it’s time to tackle our bonfire craft.
Bonfire Craft – Awesome Ombre
Ombre coloring adds depth and realism to your projects. Watch as Stephanie shares some different techniques for achieving an ombre effect on your next project!