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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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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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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Santa was Here

Becca Feeken is back with us today sharing an absolutely incredible shaker card – her first one if you can believe it! I think she’s got a knack for them. Print

Hi everyone, I could not resist a return visit to post on the MFT Blog today. Thanks so much for your warm welcome! Today I’m sharing another Christmas card with a darling cut out tree using the Christmas Tree Cutout Die-namics. That sweet tree absolutely begs to made into a shaker card, so who was I to argue? The only challenge I had was deciding which of the many beads, sequins and glitter I wanted to highlight within!

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Using a 6″ x 6″ card base I started out by determining my layers. The upper layer is a sheet of Christmas music printed from Pinterest. I used a border punch on the left side and cut the Christmas Tree Cutout Die-namics from the right side. The next layer is silver and the bottom layer is cream. Next, I set about making a sandwich to hold my glass glitter. If you’re visual like me, once you see a picture you’ll see how easy this all stacks up! From the backside you can see that I glued scrap acrylic (from some random package in my studio) to the backside of the tree. Then I built up two layers of foam tape to outline the tree. Next I poured a small amount of glass glitter into each section before sealing with another piece of scrap acrylic. I taped a grouping of gems directly to the silver foil before setting the panel with the encased tree on top. With all the magic behind the scenes, there were several different layers, so I made the base sturdy by fortifying with layers of foam tape of the appropriate height.

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I created a tag from the Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics and stamped it with the Santa Was Here sentiment from the Gifting Fun stamp set. It hangs just to the left of my bow using silver wired cord – I used the same cord to polish off the card with a little silver bow.

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I have a couple of tips for you if you decide to have a go at a shaker card:

  • Always leave the liner paper on your foam tape until you are ready to seal the design – you don’t want glitter to get on top of the tape.
  • Run a dryer sheet over the clear acrylic to make it slick and to keep static away – your glitter will flow without sticking to the acrylic.
  • I took a q-tip with baby powder and ran around the edge of my foam tape before filling with glitter. That keeps the glitter from sticking to the inside of the tape.
  • To clean the baby powder from the acrylic I used a clean q-tip and baby wipe.

So much fun for my first shaker card and that tree die was the perfect inspiration! Thanks again for stopping by and thanks so much to My Favorite Things for inviting me to share!

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Vintage Happy Holidays

Today, we have the lovely and talented Becca Feeken joining us to share a couple of gorgeous cards with an abundance of vintage charm. Print

Hi everyone, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be posting on the MFT Blog today! As a long time admirer, I jumped at the chance to play with some of the goodies I’ve seen so many of the MFT Design Team using. I love layers, lace, a little bit of vintage, and a tiny bit of pink, so I rolled all of that together in my first card today.

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I started with a kraft card base and added some tea stained papers followed by a piece of design paper. I layered half of a doily behind the  Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics, added lace and ribbon, and topped it off with an element from the Christmas Label and Tag Die-namics, stamped with a sentiment from Christmas Labels and Tags. It’s a step away from traditional red, green, and gold, but vintage rose and a little tinsel still ring in Christmas.

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Cream and gold are one of my all time favorite color combinations and work so well for dressy Christmas cards. For my second card I selected the Snowflake Fusion Cover-up Die-namics in cream and backed it with a layer of gold poster board. I stacked two graduated snowflakes from the Pierced Snowflakes Die-namics over layered ribbon accents and finished up by adding the word ‘joy’ from the Peace, Love, Joy Die-namics.

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You might know by now that my go-to style is layered and somewhat on the elegant side. I’m amazed that these products will lend themselves to any style you want to breathe into them. I so thank the sweet ladies of My Favorite Things for inviting me to come and play and thank you for stopping by today!

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Spooky Shaker

Stephanie shared a gorgeous project on Monday featuring the Fresh Cut Flowers and Mason Jar Die-namics. We brought her back today with an incredibly fun interactive card perfect for the day! Print

Hi! It’s Stephanie and I’m excited to be back with another card on the My Favorite Things blog! Since today is Halloween, I thought it would be fun to create a Halloween themed card. As soon as I saw the Spooky Window Die-namics, I knew it would look awesome as a shaker card. I decided to die cut the window and fill the inside of it with sequins and glittery spiders that I cut out using the little spider die that comes as part of the Spooky Window Die-namics.

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To create the shaker part of the card, I die cut the window and adhered it onto a piece of acetate slightly smaller than the window. I let it dry completely and then I added foam tape all around the outside of the window, two layers thick. The trick to making shaker cards is to make sure that when you add your foam tape (which gives it the dimension it needs to let the sequins and other items move freely around) there aren’t any spaces in between the tape. This will prevent the sequins from falling out.

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I layered a piece of orange glitter paper and a piece of vellum over the card base, added all the sequins into the center and then adhered the window to the top. Once it’s attached, it completely seals in all of the sequins and the shaker part of the card is done!

To complete the card, I die cut the window a second time from silver glitter paper and carefully cut out the web and spider. Using liquid glue, I adhered them on top of the black window that was already adhered to the card. I love how the silver looks against the black card stock! I decided that I liked the shaker window as the focal point and didn’t want a sentiment on the front of the card, so I left it off and stamped one on the inside instead.

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A Bouquet for You

We’ve been wowed by Stephanie Klauck‘s work for quite some time so we’re absolutely thrilled to have her joining us for a guest post today. Print

Hi! I’m Stephanie Klauck and I am so excited to share a fun, colorful card on the My Favorite Things blog today! When the Mason Jar and the Fresh Cut Flowers Die-namics came out, I was excited beyond words! I love mason jars (a lot!) and I love how they look when they’re full of beautiful flowers, so this die combination is perfect! I die cut all of the flowers, leaves, and stems from white card stock and then I colored them all with Copic markers. I love the definition and detail you can achieve by coloring them, rather than cutting them out of colored card stock.

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To make the coloring a little easier, I die cut them and then temporarily adhered them to a piece of paper so they didn’t move around when I was coloring. After the coloring was done, I die cut the mason jar from white card stock as well, adhered it to a piece of card stock that I cut out with the stitched rectangle from the Blueprints 13 Die-namics, and started adhering the stems directly onto the jar using a glue pen. Once all the stems were adhered, I added the flowers and the leaves with liquid glue.

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When the flowers were all glued on, I added some detail to them with a white gel pen, a glitter marker, and glossy accents – so quick and easy to do and it makes the flowers look amazing! Once I had all the flowers done, I added some water detail to the mason jar by coloring it with some aqua Copic markers. I made the bottom of the jar a little darker for depth and dimension and then I die cut a second mason jar from vellum and adhered it directly over the first one.

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To complete the card, I added the whole panel to a Steel Grey card base with foam adhesive and added some twine and a tag to the jar. The tag was die cut from the Mason Jar Die-namics and the sentiment was stamped from the Mason Jar Labels stamp set and embossed with white embossing powder. I also added some shadows under the jar with grey Copic markers and adhered a leaf beside it to make it look like it had fallen from the jar. ;)

We’re so fortunate that Stephanie has shared a video for this process as well. Check it out HERE or by watching below – enjoy!

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You’re Moving On Up!

Please welcome Emily to the blog today! She’s with us to share a couple of sweet cards that will surely inspire you to hit your craft room.
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Hi, it’s Emily here, and I’m so excited to be back on the MFT Blog today to share a couple of projects! For my first card, I combined the clipboard from Office Supplies and individual letters from the Centerpieces Congratulations Shaker to create a congratulatory message.
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Originally, I wanted to design the shaker using the letters to spell CONGRATS vertically down the side of the clipboard but it was too long so I had to shorten it to ‘GRATS. The stamped sentiments are from At the Office and the stars are from Trick or Treat.
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I stamped the two sentiments in Red Hot and Black Licorice Hybrid Inks. Then I used the Natural Hybrid Ink to sponge around the edges of the clipboard. It went on so smoothly, just like butter, leaving no lines!
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My second card combines the girl and butterflies from Every Day is a Picnic stamp set (coordinating Die-namics,) Joy Ride, and Square Grid Cover-Up.
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I used the cover-up as a subtle background for the scene by die cutting it in vellum. I’m going to get a lot of use out of this die!
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It was so much fun to create a custom car with all the colours and layers. I attempted to create a convertible but it didn’t look right so I left the roof on. Here in Ontario, we have license plates on both the front and back of the car so it doesn’t matter that she’s facing what is, theoretically, the back of the car. ;)
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Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tropical Engagement Congratulations

We just can’t get enough of Heather Pulvirenti so we had to ask her back! You’ll love her gorgeous (single layer!) design.
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Hi, everyone! I’m so glad to be back again to share another card I created using My Favorite Things goodies.
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My card today features the Together Forever and Tropical Sensations sets.  To create my card, I started with a piece of white card stock and stamped the “Happy Engagement” sentiment in gray ink.
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Next, I stamped images from the Tropical Sensations set in coral, yellow, lime, and teal.  Once the inks dried a bit, I attached the stamped layer to the card base with pop dots. Well, that wraps it up for me today.  Huge thanks to My Favorite Things for the opportunity to guest design once again using their amazing products! :)

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