Watercolor Magic

Emily is back with us on the blog today! We’re so happy to have her sharing her wonderful creativity with us again.
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Hi, it’s Emily Leiphart again, and I’m thrilled to be back on the My Favorite Things blog with two more cards! This first one uses the TRANSFORM-ables Say Hello Die-namics. On the front panel, I used the smaller of the two dies to cut a window into the patterned paper. Then I combined both of the included die elements to create the black frame that was attached to the card front. leiphartonart3878_04Aug14 (15)_wm I slid the boy and girl from the Boy Meets Girl Die-namics into the frame before securing acetate to the back of the window to create a shaker. I purposely positioned the girl’s head so that the two “Ls” would form bunny ears ;) leiphartonart3879_04Aug14 (49)_wmFor my second card, I combined stamped phrases from Smile, die-cut words from the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics, and a heat-embossed ampersand from Always & Forever to create a custom sentiment.
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Punched Up Sentiments

Please welcome Emily to the blog today! She’s sharing a couple of fantastic projects with us today that will surely get you inspired to create something beautiful!
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Hi, I’m Emily Leiphart and I’m so super excited to be guesting on the My Favorite Things blog today! I got to play with some really amazing products – this first card features the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics. I trimmed squares from various colors of card stock and die cut the letters to spell out the phrase Luv You, Hun - suitable for a friend or significant other! leiphartonart3864_29Jul14 (27)_wm I backed the letters on each of the four corners and the centre with white card stock and the remaining four with grey card stock. All of the coloured die cuts were centered on their backings, except for the O in the middle, which I offset slightly. Before attaching the squares to the kraft card base, I stamped the Plaid Background Builder three times to anchor the words.
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For embellishments, I added two sparkly little banners from Blueprints 16, a mini clip, and a wood veneer heart.
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My second card features the adorable little girl from Just the Way You Are. I coloured her with Copic markers and popped her up on the opening of a panel created with Blueprints 16. leiphartonart3867_29Jul14 (8)_wm I die cut an extra curve out of red card stock to highlight some of the features in her outfit and adhered that to the back of the purple panel. Before attaching the panel to the card base, I curved the sentiment along the die cut by stamping it in two parts and then heat embossed it.
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I also heat embossed another sentiment from the same set on the inside, leaving the card base with enough space to write a novel as I sometimes like to do ;) To finish, I die cut some yellow hearts from the Smart Phone Die-namics and added them to the front of the panel.
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Many thanks to My Favorite Things for asking me to showcase their products! I love, love, love them!

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Happy Looks Good on You

Karolyn is with us today sharing a smile-inducing card – I love how she combined Die-namics to frame that very happy sun. Read on to learn how she created it. And a big thanks to Karolyn for sharing!

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Hello friends! I’ve been a stamping and die cutting fool with some of the recent My Favorite Things releases and I wanted to share another one of the projects that I’ve created. MFT Smile Card Is this not so stinkin’ cute?! The Smile TRANSFORM-ables Die-namics are beyond clever and innovative! But I’m not surprised – MFT always blows my socks off with fresh and original designs! There are two elements included in the Smile TRANSFORM-ables Die-namics – a solid larger rectangle and a smaller die that cuts out the word and the opening. I thought that when you put them together, they kind of looked like a polaroid, right? So I die cut them both out of Sweet Tooth Card Stock, first cutting the base, and then cutting the interior. Then I pulled out another of my favorite MFT dies, the Sun Ray Die-namics, and cut it twice – once from Lemon Drop Card Stock, and again from Sno-Cone Card Stock. I inlaid the two die cuts so that it looks like the sunshine lighting up the blue sky. Next, I used the larger of the two Smile TRANSFORM-ables elements to trim down the Sun Ray die cut to fit behind the white Smile die cut. I attached them together using foam tape. I made a top-fold A2 card base from Steel Gray Card Stock, and stamped one of the darling sentiments from the coordinating Smile stamp set using VersaMark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Lastly, I adhered the entire assembly to the card base. Easy peasy! I think this card would bring a smile to anyone having a bad day, don’t you think? I hope it makes you smile! Thanks so much for stopping by today – thanks for having me back, MFT!

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HB2U – Time for a Joy Ride!

Karolyn is back with us today with a fun birthday card project featuring the Joy Ride Die-namics. Today, this first day of July, is perfect for a birthday project because this month marks MFT’s 8th birthday! We hope you’ll stick with us throughout the month to celebrate with us!

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Well, hello again! I’m back to share another of the projects that I created using some of the yummy June products. *Sigh* Can I just say that designing with My Favorite Things products is like a heavenly day at the spa – it just doesn’t get any better, I tell ya! Here’s my project for today. MFT HB2U Car Card 2 Fun, right?! I feel like this would be a great 16th birthday card for that lucky teen guy in your life, don’t you? And, oh boy, was it fun to create!! I wanted my “sports car” to be red and shiny, so I used the recently released Joy Ride Die-Namics to die cut the car from some glossy red card stock. I assembled the car pieces, popping some of them up with foam tape for dimension. The tail lights were die cut from glitter paper. The license plate (this is just one of several choices of fun license plates included in this set!) was die cut from Black Licorice Card Stock and glitter paper. I also trimmed out a piece of acetate for the back window. I die cut a curvy road using my Silhouette Cameo and adhered that to a white card base. I then attached the car to the base using foam tape. Since this is a birthday card, I added a black polka dot balloon (using one of the Party Balloons Die-Namics) and some crochet string. I wanted it to look like it was flying out the side window of the car. I think any newly licensed birthday boy would be extremely happy with this (especially if it came attached to a beautiful new red sports car – HA!) That’s it for me today, my friends! I hope you’ll check out all of the MFT products that I used to create today’s project – I have no doubt you’ll have as much fun using them as I do! Thanks so much for stopping by today – and thank you to My Favorite Things for having me back. I hope I never wear out my welcome!

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No Fun Without You

Debbie Olson is back with us today to close out the week with another beautiful project.

Welcome! It’s my second day of guest-posting for My Favorite Things, and today I chose one of the sweet new Birdie Brown stamp sets, Let’s Hang Out, for my card. Isn’t she a cutie? I have a soft spot for tomboys! In addition to the Let’s Hang Out Die-namics that I used to cut my focal image, I also used the largest die from the Blueprints 15 Die-namics – I love that stitched edge look. 6a00d8341c5b6153ef01a511cfcb4f970c-800wi Shown below are the Copic markers that I used to color the Let’s Hang Out image. I started by coloring the denim overalls, knowing that I wanted to add texture to them. To add the denim texture, I squeezed some Copic Colorless Blender onto a scrap of denim, then placed the dampened denim on top of the already-colored overalls and tapped lightly with my fingers to ensure that the denim came into good contact with the image. I removed the denim, and there was my texture – pure magic! After the colorless blender dried for a minute or so, I was ready to color the rest of the image. 6a00d8341c5b6153ef01a73ddb03a1970d-800wi For the card inside, I again used MFT’s Blueprints 15 Die-namics to cut the Kraft Card Stock layer, then stamped the Let’s Hang Out image with MFT’s Kraft Hybrid Ink Pad. The sentiment is stamped with MFT’s Red Hot Hybrid Ink Pad. 6a00d8341c5b6153ef01a511cfcc96970c-800wi That background was fun to color! I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it when I started – the tree image was large enough that if I left white space around it, it was going to pretty much fill an A-2 sized front panel. I colored the tree first, then decided to trim closely at the top and bottom, allowing room at the bottom for a stamped grass layer (MFT’s Sour Apple and Jellybean Green Premium Dye Inks.) I allowed the branch to extend at the top and right side, then trimmed closely around it. The Copic markers that I used on the background images were the following: Leaves: YG63, YG67 Tree trunk and branches: E21E25, E27 Rope: Y25 Sky: B000, B0000, 0 Tire: T1, T3, T5, T7 6a00d8341c5b6153ef01a73ddb0512970d-800wi Thanks again to MFT Stamps – I certainly had fun playing with these sweet images!

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Just the Way You Are

Today, we’re welcoming Debbie Olson back to the blog for some fun with Pure Innocence.

I am delighted to be guest-posting on the My Favorite Things blog today and tomorrow! When I saw the Pure Innocence Just the Way You Are image, I knew that it would be perfect for the young recipient whom I had in mind.

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Shown below are the Copic markers that I used to color the image.

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For the inside of my card, I used the Blueprints 15 Die-namics for the pink mat layer, then stamped the focal image in MFT’s Pink Lemonade Premium Dye Ink and the sentiment in the Black Licorice Hybrid Ink Pad.

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To add that pale blue glow around the PI girl I used Copic BG000, softened on the edges with Colorless Blender. To cut the card front, windmill mat layer, and star, I used the Blueprints 15 Die-namics set again. I punched a 1/16″ hole in the star to turn it into a tag. For the ribbon, I dyed a length of white rayon seam binding with Copic R21 Various Inks (re-inker). The patterned papers are from Echo Park’s 6 x 6″ Splendid Sunshine pad.

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That’s it for today. A huge thank you to MFT Stamps for all of this paper-and-ink goodness!

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Special Cards for Special Occasions

We’re happy to have Karolyn Loncon joining us today to share a beautiful project featuring a number of our June release products.

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Well, hello friends!  I am thrilled beyond words to be back as a guest designer for My Favorite Things. I have a deep and loving appreciation for the amazing products from My Favorite Things, so when Jody asked me to create a few projects using the newly released June products, I didn’t hesitate! I’m sharing one of the projects I created today.

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I love a card that has a fun and interesting fold. I especially love the Z-fold card design – it really packs a great design punch, and always has a surprise inside – BONUS! Here are the step-by-step directions for creating this card:
MFT Z-Fold Bride & Groom Card Step 1 Make the card base from Sno Cone Card Stock (5.5” x 8.5″) and score at 4.25” and fold. Ink up the Romantic Script Background with white pigment ink. Stamp the background on both sides of the inside of the card base. MFT Z-Fold Bride & Groom Card Step 2
Score the left side of the card base at 2 1/8”. MFT Z-Fold Bride & Groom Card Step 3 Fold the left side of the card base so that the left edge is even with the card base center fold. MFT Z-Fold Bride & Groom Card Step 4 Die cut the Bride & Groom elements from white and black card stock. Assemble the bride and groom, embellish, and attach together using foam tape. Adhere the bride and groom to the card base with foam tape (on the back of the bridal gown only) so that the bride and groom are centered on the card. MFT Z-Fold Bride & Groom Card Step 5 Die cut the Pierced Fishtail Flag twice from white card stock. Use the squared off edge of the Pierced Fishtail Flag die to cut a rectangle that will fit the sentiment; trim the fishtail end.  Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment. Assemble the sentiment banner, adhering the left fishtail with foam tape. MFT Z-Fold Bride & Groom Card Step 6 Stamp and emboss the inside sentiment on the second Pierced Fishtail Flag die cut. Adhere sentiment strip to the right side of the card base, and crease at the center fold (also making sure that the strip slides under the left side sentiment banner and lines up correctly.) MFT Z-Fold Bride & Groom Card Step 7 Look how fun it looks when you close it up – as though the banner is one cohesive piece, right?  But, of course, we all know that there’s a surprise waiting inside! Who wouldn’t love to get this sweet card for their special day? My sister is getting married this summer, so this little gem will be heading her way soon. I hope she and her new husband will love it as much as I do.  I adore these Die-namics and stamp sets, and will most definitely be using them again and again! Thanks so much for dropping by today, and a BIG thank you to My Favorite Things for having me! I’ll be popping in again soon with more My Favorite Things projects!

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Pump up the Volume with Layered Die Cuts

Today we’re so fortunate to have Laura Bassen with us.

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Laura joined us recently as our March Guest Designer and she’s back with us today with a video showcasing her technique for layering die cuts to create depth and dimension while maintaining a firm and well-constructed card (and avoiding the frustration of cutting and adhering tiny pieces of foam tape!) congrats cap congrats close up hello die hello close up You will LOVE Laura’s chatty and informative style and without-a-doubt be inspired to try the technique yourself. Watch Laura’s video HERE or below – then, get to cutting!

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Soft and Serene: Thinking of You

We’re happy to have Lori Craig joining us for another guest post today!

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I’ve been airbrushing like crazy lately. Unfortunately, I’ve also needed an extraordinary amount of thinking of you cards on hand. There is something about the yellow rose that always seems so serene to me so here, I’ve paired Copic Markers with Mona Pendelton’s beautiful Rose Builder Stencil and the Pierced Oval STAX Die-namics for a quick card. The background was a spritz of Copic Y32 through the Graduated Hexagon Stencil, and I’ve topped it off with a beautiful sentiment from my very favorite MFT sentiment set, Cheerful Blessings.
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For this next card, I’ve paired Peaceful Wildflowers with that kraft love and another thinking of you sentiment from the same stamp set.
I started off by cutting two sets of the lavender die from Sweet Tooth card stock and coloring those two die cut pieces with Copic Marker (E42). Then I stamped the coordinating lavender image from Peaceful Wildflowers over the top with MFT Kraft Premium Dye Ink and inlaid them back to the negative space. The tag was cut from MFT Fishtail Flags STAX and stamped with MFT Hot Fudge Hybrid Ink. I finished off the look with an MFT Whip Cream button and Hemp Cord.
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Oh Snap! Bring on the Color

We’re so pleased to have Lori Craig joining for a guest post today! If you’re looking for ways to streamline your die cutting process while still being able to achieve a colorful result, you’ll find her ideas for adding Copic color to white die cuts intriguing. You’ll love the soft and beautiful look she achieved – read on to learn more about her project and technique!

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I am so excited to be guest blogging for MFT this week! I have always been a huge fan of the products that MFT offers, but lately, I am really enjoying mixing the stencil and Die-namics lines with my Copic markers. I love the look of the detailed Die-namics, but sometimes I shy away from playing with them because of the little parts and pieces that need to be cut from different colors of card stock. More than ever, I’ve been enjoying a more clean and simple approach to paper crafting, and then it hit me – I was originally drawn to Copic markers because of the beautifully vibrant and smooth color that I could achieve when I used the pens…can’t I translate that to use to my benefit and style on some of those detailed Die-namics? (YES. We’d say Lori achieved her goal with flying colors! You’ll agree after you see what she did!)

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Here I have cut the Die-namics Cute Cameras 2 from X-Press It Blending Card.

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It was super easy to color each component with Copic markers,

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and then inlay them back together to create a cute tag accent.

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The other thing I have enjoyed is using the MFT stencils with my Copic Air Brush System. When I work with the stencils, I like to work with a Copic product called Mask It film that is re-positionable and removable. This lets me use just the portion of the stencil that I need for each specific project.

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In this case, I wanted to play on the photo theme and the popular bokeh idea and create a little ‘bokeh’ for my background. I used the Graduated Circles stencil but the Graduated Hexagons would work well, too! I used Copic BG13 and R22 to accent a piece of MFT Sweet Tooth Card Stock.

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I put my card together with the tag, a little strip cut from Blueprints 2 Die-namics and colored with Copic Marker R35, and a button finished with twine. Very quick and fun to put together. This one is perfect to pop in the mail for a fun girlfriend hello!

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