Feature Friday – Vanity License Plate

Happy Friday!  I’m here to share a quick project using the Vanity License Plate Die-namics and Stamp Set.  It’s great for quick cards, which you can personalize for just abut any occasion.  Today I’ve got a card to share for what I consider to be the most difficult audiences, ‘tweener boys.  They’re too old for a “cutesy” type card and where ‘tween boys are considered, I have to also leave out my frilly accents, like bows and scallops.

I’m using one of my favorite new cardstock colors, Gumdrop Green which I’ve paired with Whip Cream Cardstock, a Black Licorice Button and our new Hemp Cord. It’s a fun substitute for my normal, fun fluffy bows.  I’ve grabbed my current favorite Die-namics, the Fishtail Flags STAX and went digging through my scrap bin for assorted pattern papers.

To get perfect placement every time, I like to line up my clean stamps on the die-cut beginning with the center position and moving out  towards the edges.  Then, I move just one letter at a time to the backside of the block, ink it, stamp it and then clean and remove it back to the other side of the block. I’ll then repeat for each letter, moving one letter at a time to the alternate side of the block, inking, stamping and then cleaning and moving over the next letter.  HERE is a quick video showing how I would combine the stamps with the Vanity License Plate Die-namics.

My first sample today was for a ten year old boy, but I’ve got a few other samples to share from our Design Team showing other ways to use this stamp set, and a few other fun sentiment ideas.

Here’s a few more ideas, but I encourage you have fun playing around to make your own unique ideas too!

Thanks for joining us today, have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you next week.

Remember, teasers for our October Release start on Wednesday!

Feature Friday: Charmed

Today I wanted to share a peek at the Charms Die-namics.  If you haven’t seen these yet, then it’s time to take a closer look.  Currently My Favorite Things has five Die-namics Charms sets:  Sea Charms Die-namics, Tool Charms Die-namics, Halloween Charms Die-namics, Pet Charms Die-namics and the Country Charms Die-namics. For today’s project, I’m using the Country Charms Die-namics.  This is a set of four western themed dies.  The little star was just the accent I needed as the finishing touch on today’s project. I added it right in place using a bit of our new Hemp Cord.    This country gal was watercolored with Distress Ink Markers, and then I paper pieced her little vest from a bit of scrap paper. I’m using Sweet Tooth for my cardbase and then all my matting is with Black Licorice Cardstock.

 Since we have an assortment of charms, how about a peek at a few samples using the other sets?

 Jodi creates a fun sentiment & embellishment cluster by pairing the Halloween Charms with the Notched Tag.

 Barbara hangs the Sea Charms Die-namics from a satin bow using a bit of twine on this sweet à la modes: You Anchor Me.

Inge pairs the Pet Charms Die-namics with the new PI: Prehistoric Girl for a clever sentiment treatment.

Jackie uses an assortment of Tool Charms for the perfect masculine embellishment.

  I hope you’ve had a great week and that you’ve got something fun planned this weekend.  Personally, I’m hoping to get a lot of stamping in because the weather is not looking promising.  Does it make me terrible to be hoping for a day in my studio instead of a day on the soccer field?  Whatever your plans, have a great weekend, and we’ll see you next week!

You Move Me

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s always fun to pair my newer Die-namics with my older stamps for a fresh feel.  I’ve been having fun playing with the Bookmark Duo Die-namics the last few days.  In particular, I wanted to do a little mixing and matching to create a child’s bookmark.  I discovered that the sentiment “I’m over the moon for you” from You Move Me was a perfect fit!

I like to keep my bookmarks fairly flat in their design, I don’t add bulky buttons, or ribbons so that the book can properly close. In order to create really durable bookmarks, I always cut each layer twice, once from patterned paper and again from cardstock so that they’re nice and firm and can stand up to repeated use. I generally use the wider die as the front piece, and then add the skinnier die to the backside so that you can slide the bookmark over the top of the page to securely mark your position.

 Since I had all the materials handy, I went ahead and used one of the coordinating (and larger) sentiments for a coordinating card.  I added the rocket ship with a foam booster for added dimension and added a twine tied button.  The rocket was cut from our new Steel Grey Cardstock and the tiny clouds were cut from Sweet Tooth Felt.

By the way, have you seen our new Hemp Cord in the MFT Boutique?  It’s a fine width cord, which looks fabulous with our assorted MFT Buttons.  Today I’m using a tiny Snow Cone Button. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that you get to squeeze in a little creative time for yourself! Remember that our Guest Designer Contest is in full swing. You can find all the details HERE.  

Oh Baby!

Is it me, or are baby cards the most fun to create project ever?  I was so excited that I had one on my “to-do” list for the newest, tiniest member of my extended family.  I reached for the Baby Onesie Stamp Set and Die-namics and decided that this week’s color challenge for CR84FN was just perfect for what I had in mind.  Armed with an ample scrap bin of papers, and a fresh pack of Whip Cream and Kraft cardstock I started playing around.

Ordinarily I don’t go with ribbon and lacy trims for boy cards, but for a baby boy card, it’s all good.  So I aded a fluffy bow using our Whip Cream Ribbon and a bit of detail using the Dainty Lace Border.

If you have a hard time with bow-tying, you can find a quick how-to video HERE or simply click play below.

Our MFT Ribbon ties such pretty bows, I truly love working with it.

Here’s a close up of the new MFT Buttons (I’m using the Natural ones here)

Here’s a tip, I love to finish of the insides of my cards too.  It’s a perfect handmade touch, and let’s be honest, you’ve always got extra paper scraps laying around when you’re finished, so dig in a little deeper. The stamp set is huge, and has lots of sentiments included, so you’ll have lots of options for both the inside and the outside of the project.  In fact, you can even add a coordinating gift tag!  I stamped it to a nesting set of Oval STAX.  I left myself just a little bit of room for a handwritten note inside.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again next week!


My Favorite Things Feature Friday: Ring Me

Today I’m playing with a set that isn’t new to My Favorite Things, it’s just that  I hadn’t had a chance to ink it up yet. It’s such a shame when that happens! So, today I’m stamping along with the Ring Me Stamp Set and Die-namics.  I know I’ve mentioned before that the stamp and Die-namics combo simplify your card making, all the elements you really “need” are already included.  (Though, I will often mix in a few other beloved elements too…)  I picked some pretty papers, ink and played around.

You remember these phones right?  I actually don’t think my kids have ever seen one. Sigh…. I can fully remember chatting on my peach princess phone with the long cord.  In fact, remember when you could by the extra long cord so you could freely walk around the house with it?

I prepared a quick little video to show you all the details of this fun set. It shows you how quick and easy it is to build the rotary element, and it will show you how to make this curly cord too.   All the tiny sentiments like “miss you” or “ring ring” will fit in the center of the phone, but today I tucked in a tiny cork heart using the Notched Tag Die-namics. See, it’s fun to mix and match. I highly recommend it. By the way, you’ll see me using my QuickStick in today’s little video. It’s a handy tool, and go figure, we happen to carry it here at My Favorite Things!

You can see the video HERE or simply click play below.

I added the sentiment “Hello, Friend” to the File Tab Die-namics and then used the “cut and recut” technique to get a perfect fit.  You can see how to cut and re-cut in THIS video.

So I hope you’ll join me in digging out a stamp set that you just HAD to have, but maybe haven’t had a chance to work with yet.  (Come on, you know we all have them!) You’ll be so glad you did, and I will too! Be sure to leave me a link on this post to see what you’ve done, or simply upload it to the Splitcoaststampers gallery using the keyword MFT, we’re always over checking out that gallery!

Feature Friday: At the Movies

We’re already busy preparing for the August Release here at My Favorite Things and we’ll be kicking off our week long Teaser Time in just a few days. In the meantime, of course, I have lots of My Favorite Things stamps and Die-namics already in my collection to put to work.  I like to share creations with some of my “older” stamps and Die-namics with you since whether old or new, they are equally loved.  I must say, I especially like pairing my older stamps with newer paper and Die-namics for a fresh feel.

With my children home from school, I’ve found myself doing a lot more late night stamping,which also means a lot of late night movie watching.  I’ve just caught all the way up on True Blood on HBO.  So, what’s your favorite movie to stamp along to?With all my TV and movie watching of late, I was inspired to pull out the At the Movies with this new patterned paper from Glitz Designs.  I added in my beloved Fishtail Flags STAX along with a cluster of our new MFT Buttons which were threaded with Charcoal Twine.

If you haven’t seen At the Movies yet, it is a huge 6×6 sized stamp set.  You’ll find lots of options to personalize, and lots of graphic elements to stamp. In particular, I love using this for birthday cards for kids – especially if it is a movie themed birthday. What about using for movie theater gift cards?

I’ve used the included Die-namics to create a little embellishment cluster.

You can see a quick product video using the At the Movies Stamp Set and Die-namics HERE or simply click play below. Speaking of movies, I’m headed out with the kids to watch Brave this afternoon.  A perfect rainy day activity if you ask me.  Have a great day!

It’s All About Dad

Okay everyone, Father’s Day is just a few days away? Are you ready?  If not, I’ve got a few fun ideas for you that you can get ready in no time…. Before I jump into today’s project, I wanted to be sure you’d seen the news: My Favorite Things is excited to announce a SUMMER SALE! SAVE 20% on everything in the MFT Boutique from June 15 through June 18. No code needed. Please note: *online orders only, retail customers only, not valid on previous purchases Using the First Place Award Ribbon and the Perfect Pinwheel you can create a fun centerpiece for your breakfast table, or afternoon BBQ.  By the way….guess what makes a great (and totally inexpensive) vase filler?  RICE!!

I’m using the First Place Award Ribbon and instead of adding the sentiment to the circular panel the way I usually do, I’ve added the sentiment to the included double ended fish-tail banners and added some brass brads.   Of course, to kick mine up a notch, I added a Rosette, and created super-sized tails using Fishtail Flags STAX.  The entire piece is backed with an Open Scallop Doily. The Doily was cut from corrugated cardboard, you know, to keep it manly!  I’ve attached mine to BBQ skewers to use as a centerpiece, but you could just as easily attach a pin back, add your award ribbon to a card, or gift bag.

The First Place Award Ribbon was cut from canvas, and if you haven’t cut canvas or fabric with your Die-namics yet, you can find a tutorial on that  here.  If you haven’t played with the Rosette yet,  here’s a video showing you how easy it is to assemble.

I’ve also just created a quick video on the First Place Award Ribbon in case you aren’t familiar with that fun Die and Stamp combo.

The vase is filled with Perfect Pinwheels, lots of them. They go together very quickly and I had a few sheets of 12×12 paper to mix and match….

If you’re not quite sure how the Perfect Pinwheels work, you can watch a quick how-to video here:

I saw a fun tutorial for dimensional stars on Pinterest, and I was dying to try it with the Star STAX. Easy peasy to do and adds such a fun dimensional touch. Grab your ScorPal and bone folder and get scoring!

Since I’d already created a total disaster area on my desk, I went ahead and continued working with these same papers and Die-namics to make a Father’s Day Card.

I used the Fishtail Flags STAX to make this fun banner for my sentiment from Well Worn Greetings.

….and added another one of these dimensional stars with my Star STAX.

But of course, I wasn’t quite done yet.  How about another way to celebrate Dad?  I created a banner with the Jumbo Banner Day STAX Die-namics, a few more of these dimensional stars, and the By the Letters Uppercase Die-namics.

 I know you’ve collected lots of stamps and Die-namics, and now’s the perfect time to put something totally fabulous together for DAD.  Have fun! Be sure to share your projects with us over on the MFT Forum or in the Gallery at Splitcoaststampers!

Feature Friday – How to Create an Embellished Paper Pouch

  Today I have a little treat package for you which I’ve used to package up a home-made cookie. (Yours could be store bought if that’s not your thing, I promise I’ll never tell!) Don’t you think these would be a lovely surprise for your kids in their lunch boxes with a little love note instead of a recipe card? Or what about an informal favor for a friend who’s come over for a cup of coffee?  In today’s video I’ll show you step by step how to make the little pouch from a regular brown paper lunch sack, and then I’ll show you how I embellished the pouch to look like this: The pouch ends up with two openings, so the cookie is tucked in one, and I’ve created a hand-stamped recipe card to tuck in the smaller pocket. I’m working with my favorite recipe Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Smitten Kitchen.  My kids can’t eat nuts, so I substitute chocolate chips and I generally use Craisins for extra flavor instead of regular raisins.  Oh goodness, they’re so tasty, I might have go go gobble up the last few remaining ones (as a crafter, I’m sure I’m not alone in eating my props right?)

Here’s my project start to finish, remember you can find project ideas, tutorials and more on the MFT YouTube Channel.

A Berry Sweet Feature Friday

It’s berry picking season so I decided today that  it was time to pair my Die-namics Berry Box with some new, summery patterned paper.  I’m using Simple Stories: Summer Fresh, I love the bright, happy, and homespun feel to this collection.

I pulled together a coordinating thank you card using little Pure Innocence: Berry Girl.  She’s been finished with a little bit of paper piecing (If you’re not familiar with the technique, you can find a how-to video here.)  I’ve used both sets of Circle STAX today.  Remember, if you purchase both the Set 1 and Set 2 STAX you’ll be able to get close layers like this.

When you have a pattern paper you’re loving, go on ahead and use a little more of it to finish your card inside and out. I mirrored the outside layout using two smaller Circle STAX Die-namics to add a sentiment.

I tied a quick Cheater’s Bow using the Wild Cherry Ribbon, this ribbon really ties such luscious bows, I’m pretty are you’ll love it as much as we all do! (If you’re having a tough time with bow-tying, the Cheater’s Bow might work for you.  You can see how to tie one on this video.)

While I was at work, I set up my camera so that I could share a quick How-To video showing how this Die-namics works.  You’ll love the embossing features on this die.  The Die-namics will pre-score all your fold lines to speed the box assembly and create a beautiful debossed seed pattern.

Here’s a this week’s video, showing how to create these cute little berries.  I put together an eight pack of berries last night while catching up on programs on my DVR. I added two berry flavored candies inside each of my Berry Boxes, and tucked eight finished berries inside this fun ceramic berry box I picked up on a recent trip to the mall.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a GREAT day!

Feature Friday – Let’s Toast!

I saw the funniest thing photo on Facebook the other day, it was a little sign outside a liquor store which read:  “Be sure to buy Mom a bottle, after all you’re the reason she drinks!” This totally cracked me up, but it also sparked a little project idea.  I pulled out my Let’s Toast stamp and Die-namics and got to work.  I love being able to dress up a little gift to create something personalized with all the crafty materials I already have on hand. So, in today’s feature Friday Video I’ll show you how to create a frame using the STAX Die-namics, and how to assemble our Cupped Flower style Die-namics.  In this case, I’m using the Fringed Perennial Die-namics and I’ve added on the new Royal Leaves Die-namics.

For nice bold sentiments like this, I really prefer using Brilliance Ink.  It has a nice even coverage, and dries so nicely.  Yes, it will take a moment to dry fully and, yesyou’ll have to be careful not to smudge the still drying ink…. But its all worth it when it covers so richly like this.

For today’s video, I did all my stamping and Die-cutting in advance so you can see how all the elements come together.  Pattern papers are from My Mind’s Eye – Indie Chic. Remember, you can find LOTS of product videos on the MFT YouTube Channel.

Here’s the products used in today’s video:

At last, here’s a finished photo of my project today.  A great little decoration for a bottle of white or red for Mother’s Day, a hostess gift, or if wine’s not your thing, you could even dress up a bottle of artisan water!  You’ll find the stamps and Die-namics used today in the MFT Boutique.