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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Beautiful Tropical Wishes

Please join us in welcoming Heather Pulvirenti to the blog again today!
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Hello! Heather P. here, and I’m back with a couple more projects featuring various MFT Die-namics and stamp sets. 090214 My first card features the Tropical Sensations and Together Forever stamp sets (and surprise, surprise!) heat embossing. To create my card, I first stamped the sentiment in dark gray ink onto a light gray card base. I then stamped the plumeria flower image in versamark ink, then heat embossed it with white powder.  Next, I stamped the inner portion of the flower in a darker gray ink, and placed an aqua enamel dot in each flower center. 090214b For my next card, I decided to make a mini shaped card using the Joy Ride Die-namics. So cute! To create the card, I started by die cutting the car pieces from gray, red, yellow, and aqua card stock. I assembled the front of the card and traced the completed design onto a piece of white card stock.  I cut out the traced shape, then adhered it to the back of the car die cuts.  To finish up, I added glossy accents to various accent pieces. Thanks again to My Favorite Things for inviting me to be a guest designer, I’ve had such a great time working with your fabulous products!! :)

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Sending Love Peek-a-Boo Style

Please join us in welcoming Heather Pulvirenti to the blog today!
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Hello! I’m Heather P., and I am so excited to be guest posting on the My Favorite Things blog today! :) I have a couple of projects to share with you featuring various MFT Die-namics and stamp sets.
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My first card features the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics, Star Background Stamp, and the Pure Innocence Sending Big Hugs stamp set and coordinating Die-namics.  To create my card, I started with a light gray card base, and stamped the star background using Versamark ink.  I then stamped the Pure Innocence image in Stazon gray ink, and colored her in using watercolors. 082914 CU While the image was drying, I used the Peek-A-Boo X and O dies on light pink card stock, and then adhered them to white card stock before fussy cutting them out.  Next, I adhered the letters to a piece of gray twine to make a banner, and attached it to the die-cut Pure Innocence image. The sentiment was then stamped on yellow card stock with Versamark ink before heat embossing with white powder.  To finish up my card, the banner sentiment and image were attached to the card front with pop dots, then orange enamel dots were added. 082914b My next project features the Peek-a-Boo Heart Frames Die-namics, Always & Forever stamp set, and the Jumbo Abstract Art stamp set.  To create my layout, I started with a gray sheet of card stock, then added two strips of glitter card stock and photos of my daughter from one of her trips to the pool.
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I used the second largest Peek-A-Boo heart die on three different colors of card stock, then cut them out and laid them on the design to get their approximate placement.  I then stamped some of the splatter images from the Jumbo Abstract Art set in Versamark ink to mimic water splashes.  I stamped the joy sentiment from Always & Forever in Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with white powder before adhering the hearts to the layout with pop dots.  To finish up, I embellished with aqua enamel dots.
Well, that wraps it up for me today! Thank you so much for stopping by, and to My Favorite Things for the opportunity to guest design with their products!!

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You & Me Always

Amy Kolling is back with us today! We just love her creative approach in using our stamps and Die-namics :) Print Hello again! I’m back today using more My Favorite Things stamps and Die-namics. I am always in need of wedding/anniversary/love-themed cards so I thought I’d share some that I’ve made. I am enjoying the shaker card trend again and I thought this one would be fitting for an “anytime” card for your loved ones. I’ve used Blueprints 16 to die cut my frame from Steel Grey Card Stock and stamped it with the Diagonal Stripes Background with black ink. AmyYou&Me My sentiment, from Always and Forever, was stamped with various inks onto white card stock as the backdrop for my shaker. The shaker is filled with mini star sequins and the frame is embellished with enamel dots and a die-cut star from Blueprints 16. AmyYou&Me2 I love to use my dies to emboss as much as I love using them to die cut. I wanted to add some elegance but die cutting the large Peek-a-Boo Heart Frames was too much so I embossed it into a panel of Steel Grey Card Stock. My sentiment, from Together Forever, was stamped with white ink into the center of the heart with a few glittery enamel dots placed beneath. AmyHeart Now let’s talk about that glittery banner border embellishing the top of my card. I’ve die cut the mini banners from Blueprints 16 out of glitter paper and aligned them up at the top of my main panel. A simple line of stitching across the banners, leaving the ends loose, adds to the elegant feel and also anchors them securely in place to the card. AmyHeart2 Thanks again goes out to My Favorite Things for inviting me to guest on the blog! :)

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Thanks for Being You, Teacher!

Today, we welcome Amy to the blog with some fun school-themed projects – thanks so much for joining us, Amy!
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Hello! I’m Amy Kolling and I’m just so excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today – I can hardly believe it! I got to play with some amazing Die-namics and stamps. With school having recently started for my kids, I thought I’d use the Red Delicious Die-namics and pair it with the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics for a teacher card. RedDeliciousAmy I die cut the letters into a black card stock panel and gently rubbed white ink onto it with my finger to get that chalkboard effect. The apple, which I die cut with Electric Red Card Stock and Gumdrop Green Card Stock, was added to the card front with foam adhesive. I cut the small banner with a die from Blueprints 16 and stamped a sentiment from Just the Way You Are. For the final touch, I added an MFT button stitched in place with crochet thread. RedDeliciousAmy3 I am quite a fan of shaped cards and the Red Delicious Die-namics is the perfect size to make them. I die cut my apple image, again with Electric Red Card Stock and Gumdrop Green Card Stock, adding letters with the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics. I made sure to place the fold of the white card base just under the cut line of the die so that I was left with the fold after die cutting. This card will be perfect to attach to a small gift or as a tag for a teacher. RedDeliciousAmy2 Lots of thanks go out to My Favorite Things for having me showcase their products!

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