Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Party Like a Pirate

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Stephanie’s blog: Billie A


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!

With all the excitement about Jack Sparrow’s new movie guess which fellow “bird” decided to put on a pirate costume for my latest project…yes, that pesky chicken, Ruby!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

In order to create this little montage, I needed to do some masking. Firstly, I drew a circle lightly in pencil — this would become my background area. Then using my MISTI, I stamped the larger pirate with the sword and Ruby, stamping both a second time on Post-it tape. I fussy cut these images and adhered them over the top of the first ones. Whilst I remember, I used masking tape to block parts of Ruby’s head and comb so that I could draw on a bandana. Just remember if you are adding your own doodles, make sure to use a Copic suitable multiliner. Once I had the masks stuck down I stamped the second little pirate:

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Who has spotted the black ink?  I was asked at my recent MFT class as to whether you could successfully add eyes if you stamped the images in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink instead of my usual Cement Gray, no-lines technique…well, erm, keep reading 🙂

Anyway, I started colouring, opting to do the background first.  Nothing special here, I was wanting the pirate crew to be the focal point.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I decided to colour Ruby next, having decided that my light source would be coming from the right.  What do you think of her bandana?

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next I turned my attention to the middle pirate. The dots on his bandana were created with the colourless blender marker, dotting the blue area once it was coloured.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And you guessed it, last but by no means least I coloured the lad with the sword. I drew stripes on his trousers and added dots to his sash, just like I had done on Ruby’s bandana, using the same technique as mentioned above. However, once the white areas were dry I added red dots. The little white dots to the eyes were created using a white gel pen. A tip, if you find your gel pen is being a little temperamental, draw on the palm of your hand with it — I find it usually gets even the most temperamental pens working again!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I wanted to keep the card quite simple, as always, so I trimmed down the coloured image and mounted it to a square of After Midnight Card Stock. The card base is Electric Red onto which I adhered a lovely piece of blue patterned paper from the Proper Pinstripes Paper Pack before mounting the image panel.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As always, for those of you who would like to play along, here is the Copic list. I warn you it is rather long.

Copic colors from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Well, that’s it for another month, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Keep colouring and above all, have fun!

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Camp Create Day 5: Glitzy Glitter

You simply can’t shut down the camp craft tent for the week if it hasn’t been christened with glitter…we’ve saved the sparkliest project of all for our wrap-up post. We hope you’ve had a great time at camp this week — go home and spread the word about all of the fun new skills you’ve picked up!

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 June 22 to share a link for each of  your projects.

Ready to learn more about today’s featured craft? Keep reading to learn more!

Handmade cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Glitzy Glitter

You’re going to love counselor Stephanie’s tips for mixing and applying glitter to die cuts. This beautiful quartet of cards features images and sentiments appropriate for so many occasions and recipients — glitter for everyone, say it with me now!

Watch MFT Camp Create – Glitzy Glitter on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. 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, June 26th.
  • 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, June 22nd at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, June 26, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

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Camp Create Bonus: Gather ‘Round the Campfire

We’ve been having the best time this week and even though our June session is wrapping up in the morning and we’ll be wishing you all a fond farewell until our next session, 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 – Divine Dry Embossing

You already have a stash of dies that are indispensable in creating your die-cut accents but after tonight’s bonfire, you’re also going to love using your Die-namics collection to create crisp, clean impressions on your card stock panels.

handmade card set from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamos

handmade card set from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamos

handmade card set from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamos

Watch MFT Camp Create 2017 Bonfire – Divine Dry Embossing on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn your bonfire badge:

  1. Watch Stephanie’s bonfire video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!

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To be eligible to win the Bonfire Prize: Participate in the bonfire craft and upload an image via InLinkz on this post. One winner will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.

Deadline to upload your images is Thursday, June 22nd at 10 PM EDT.

The Bonfire Prize Winner (and all other Camp Create winners) will be announced on Monday, June 26, so make sure to check back to see if you’ve won this (or another) amazing prize!

Can’t wait to see what you create! Get a good night’s sleep. There’s still one day left of Camp Create!

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Camp Create Day 4: Sensational Sliders

We’re sliding into the home stretch of our June session of Camp Create 2017 but the fun isn’t over yet! We’ll be crafting away right up until it’s time to pack your bag and head home so don’t go anywhere just yet.

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.

Ready to learn more about today’s featured craft? Keep reading to learn more!

Today’s Craft – Sensational Sliders

There are lots of ways to work a sliding element into your cards and projects – in fact, we feature a number of products to do just that. Our featured project today includes something a little different though. Watch and learn to see how camp counselor Stephanie used one of the dies included in Blueprints 28 for this innovative slider look.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch MFT Camp Create – Sensational Sliders on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. 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, June 26th.
  • 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, June 22nd at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, June 26, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

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Camp Create Day 3: Spectacular Shakers

We’ve reached the half-way point of camp — we hope you continue to be excited, amazed, and entertained and aren’t getting too homesick 😉 Camp counselor Laurie is here today to shake things up.

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.

Let’s add another badge to your collection, shall we?

Today’s Craft – Spectacular Shakers

Shaker cards provide so much opportunity for getting creative with filler material and background work! Adding stamped images to the shaker backer adds intrigue — every shake offers a new combination of background and shaker material…you’re recipient is in for hours of entertainment! Adding in small die cuts with your beads and sequins carries the theme throughout your project.

Handmade card from Laurie Wilson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Laurie Wilson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch MFT Camp Create – Spectacular Shakers on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. 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, June 26th.
  • 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, June 22nd at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, June 26, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

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Camp Create Day 2: Remarkable Resist

It’s day two at Camp Create! We hope you had a good night’s sleep in your cabin, and there were no shenanigans! Counselor Stephanie is excited to lead you in another sensational craft, so grab some breakfast and head to today’s lesson.

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.

Ready to find out how to earn today’s badge? Pull out your heat tool because we’re about to do some embossing!

Today’s Craft – Remarkable Resist

While stamping a background pattern with a colored ink on a white panel produces beautiful results, stamping and heat embossing before layering color over the top results in a textural panel full of depth, shine, and texture. Follow along with today’s camp project to see how Stephanie used a resist technique to create this beautiful white-washed wood effect.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch MFT Camp Create – Remarkable Resist on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. 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, June 26th.
  • 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, June 22nd at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, June 26, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

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Camp Create Day 1: Wonderful Watercolor

Welcome to our first 2017 session of Camp Create! Our camp counselors are excited to share five crafts with you this week to take your creativity to the next level, so grab your backpacks campers — it’s time to get crafting!

Now that you’ve settled into your cabin, let’s talk about our plan for the week. The goal is to participate in our craft sessions each day and earn your Camp Create badges. As a participant in Camp Create, you immediately earn the badge pictured below. Copy and paste this image and share it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed to let everyone back home know how you spent your summer vacation.

Ready to find out how to earn today’s badge?

Summer camp and water go hand-in-hand so let’s kick things off with some watercolor fun! It’s all about having a fun, experimenting with your creativity, and creating projects you love. We’re hoping that by the end of the week, you’ll have learned a lot and earned those five badges. Are you ready campers? Let’s begin.

Today’s Craft – Wonderful Watercolor

Join Stephanie today to see how she created this galactically cool birthday card using Prima Watercolors and our Cause for Celebration Die-namics. This forgiving technique is the perfect project for playing with color and learning how colors blend and bleed when you add water and heat.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch MFT Camp Create – Wonderful Watercolor on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. 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, June 26th.
  • 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, June 22nd at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, June 26, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

Can’t wait to see what you create! Now it’s time to head to the mess hall for lunch!

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A Very Crafty Holiday Bonus! – Crafting with Kids

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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!

Lots of kids love doing artistic things, and I’ll wager a guess that when they see all of your fun supplies, their eyes light up with glee. Why not let them get in on the fun and let them explore their creativity? Gather up those kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews and start a craftapalooza that they won’t soon forget! Here’s what’s in store for today:

Handmade kid’s crafts from Stephanie Klauck featuring Merry Everything and Birdie Brown Beast Friends, Jingle All the Way, Santa’s Elves, and Toasty Greetings stamp sets #mftstamps

Handmade kid’s crafts from Stephanie Klauck featuring Merry Everything and Birdie Brown Beast Friends, Jingle All the Way, Santa’s Elves, and Toasty Greetings stamp sets #mftstamps

Today’s Holiday Extravaganza – 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!

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Crafting with Kids on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday extravaganza, 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!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is tonight, October 15th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 17, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

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A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags

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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 and some great tips for mass producing these little paper crafted gems, you’ll have the coolest looking gifts under the tree! Let’s see what wonderful and creative ideas we have in store for today:

Handmade gift tags from Laurie WIllison featuring Hand-Lettered Christmas and Gift Tag Greetings stamp sets and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade gift tags from Laurie WIllison featuring Hand-Lettered Christmas stamp set and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade gift tags from Laurie WIllison featuring Hand-Lettered Christmas stamp set and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics #mftstamps

Today’s Holiday Extravaganza – Gift Tags

Join Laurie today to see how she created these simple yet stunning handmade gift tags using just a few clever products – our Hand-Lettered Christmas and Gift Tag Greetings stamp sets and Tag Builder Blueprints 6!

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday extravaganza, 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!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 15th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 17, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

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A Very Crafty Holiday – Tag Stocking Stuffers

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You never know what you’ll find tucked into your stocking! Surprise a friend with some handmade tags filled with fun little goodies. 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:

Handmade gift tag stocking stuffers from Stephanie Klauck featuring Gift Tag Greetings stamp set and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 and Stitched Traditional lTag STAX Die-namics mftstamps

Handmade gift tag stocking stuffers from Stephanie Klauck featuring Gift Tag Greetings stamp set and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 and Stitched Traditional lTag STAX Die-namics mftstamps

Today’s Holiday Extravaganza – Tag Stocking Stuffers

Join Stephanie today to see how she created these delightful gift tags with our Gift Tag Greetings stamp set and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 and Stitched Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics!

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Tag Stocking Stuffers on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. Stephanie also announces the winner from last week’s MFTv episode!

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday extravaganza, 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!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 15th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 17, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

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