No Substitutions

Hello, I am excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things again today. Today I am sharing with you, Cook Up Some Fun. Isn’t this just adorable?

Handmade card from Rhea Weigand featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once again I decided to add one of my favorite MFT background stamps and I didn’t realize it was no longer available until I started writing this post. I stamped it with Nightshift Blue Hybrid Ink in one direction and then VersaMark in the other direction adding Clear Embossing Powder.

To make the card I used Stitched Mod Rectangles STAX simply by leaving the top cut line just above the fold line on the card.

The Copics I used are:

Bear: E31, 33, 35, 57

Bowl: R14, 46, 59

Jeans: B91, 95, 97

Shirt: I made plaid with the above colors.

I stamped the image with Natural Hybrid Ink and the sentiment with Electric Red Hybrid Ink. The card is embellished with ribbon from my stash, sequins, and White Gloss Nuvo Drops.

Thank you again, for spending time with me and MFT! I really enjoy working with them.

Wishing You a Holiday Filled with Joy

Today, we welcome Rhea Weigand to the blog for the first of two posts this week.

Hello, I am excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today and again later this week. Today I am sharing with you, Filled With Joy. Isn’t this just adorable?

Handmade card from Rhea Weigand featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I decided to add one of my favorite MFT background stamps — I didn’t realize it was no longer available until I started writing this post. Sorry, I can’t share that with you, but I have it and will continue to use it 😉

To make the card I used the Stitched Mod Square STAX simply by leaving the top cut line just above the fold line on the card. There are so many cool things you could create with these shapes.

The Copics I used are:

Face: E50, 51, 21, 93

Dress: YG 61, 63, 67

Stocking: R14, 46, 59 with E41, 43, 47 (also used for hair)

Shoes: C3, 5, 7

The MFT Hybrid Inks I used are Black Licorice, Electric Red, and Jellybean Green.

Thank you for visiting today and helping me support MFT!  There is so much inspiration on their blog and it’s amazing how much their online store has grown. Their stamp pads are amazing! Their dies are wonderful. It’s all just so much fun to shop and browse!

A Sweet Hello: Watercoloring with Sandy Allnock

Hey there coloring friends! It’s the first Thursday after release, which means I’m back again with another coloring video…I look forward to this each month — I hope you do too!

Today’s card uses Friends in the Forest and I made it a winter card even though this cute set could actually be good for any time of year! The only one who’d be overdressed for spring would be the bear….and he could just be a bear who’s always chilly, right?

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I stamped the front images first — the fox and owl — masked them off, then stamped the bear and deer. Next, I got out the watercolors and had fun! Check out the video to see how I did it and get some tips for mixing colors and creating that vignette background.

Fun, wasn’t it? The hardest part for me when watercoloring is waiting for the paint to dry before coloring a part of the image next to what I want to paint; I’m not a fan of how heat-drying curls my paper, so I’m trying to learn patience!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

If you’d like the full list of colors in my palette, hop over to my blog and I’ve posted a bunch of info about the palette and everything there for you.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’ll be coloring up these cuties in other mediums soon so come join me on Instagram too. I’d love to share more ideas for using these sweet images for cardmaking!

I won’t see you ’til after Thanksgiving so let me wish you and yours a beautiful celebration of the season of gratitude! I am forever grateful for everyone in this lovely craft industry and all that I’ve gained from each and every person. Thank you for inspiring me!

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Deck the Halls with Puppy Greetings

Hello, again! It’s Amy from A Thousand Sheets of Paper and I’m back this week with my final post as a Guest Designer for MFT. I just want to thank them again for inviting me to play this past month, I’ve loved every minute! I have three cards to share today because I have saved my most favorite stamp set for last…Happy Pawlidays. Not only do I have my own canine companion, whom I adore, but I also work with dogs every day for my job and I love it. So when I saw this stamp set I knew that it would be perfect for my client Christmas cards!

For my first card, I cut two different stitched panels — the larger one using the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 and the smaller from Set 2. On the smaller panel, I stamped the cute pup off to the side, giving him the appearance of peeking into the scene. Next, I grabbed the Drifts & Hills Stencil and sponged blue ink above it to create the evening sky. The trees were sketched in using a Copic marker, and falling snow with a white gel pen. I finished the card off with a mix of Sparkling Clear sequins scattered about.

Handmade card from Amy Young featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

On my second card, I wanted to create a small contained indoor scene combining the mischievous pup all tangled up in lights along with the tree and gifts that are from the same set. I masked the tree and two of the gifts on the background, along with the picture frame from the Make Yourself at Home set, then I grabbed the Small Brick Wall Stencil and inked over everything to create the brick wall. I used the coordinating Happy Pawlidays Die-namics to cut out the pup and one of the gifts so that I could easily pop them up off the scene just a bit. The large sentiment from the Handwritten Holiday set provides a counterbalance to the top-heavy design.

Handmade card from Amy Young featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My final card was inspired by my friend’s dog, Pickle. She is the most beautiful miniature dachshund that I have ever seen and she’s quite the character too. So I colored this little wiener dog all in black, just like Pickle, and surrounded her with bright pops of color in the ornaments, the inked background, and the rug I borrowed from the retired Merry Christmoose set. Once again, the coordinating Happy Pawlidays Die-namics were used along with some Glossy Accents that I added to the baubles for extra shine. A thin strip of black and white striped washi tape down the left edge of the card ties back nicely to my little black wiener dog and adds a graphic touch to the finished card.

Handmade card from Amy Young featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thanks again for having me and I wish all my MFT friends a wonderfully creative holiday season!

Double the Merry Christmas Greetings

It’s been a joy having Lydia join us this month. I’m sure you’re just as inspired by her projects as we’ve been…it’s going to be a very colorful Christmas around here!

It’s my last day as a guest of MFT – thank you so much for having me here! I have a twofer today — two projects in which a single die cut resulted in two cards. On this first card, I loved the adorable birdies wearing hats so I wanted the teeny bird to be the star. So on a card panel of white, I die cut the circular sentiment, being careful to center it on the panel, and saving the panel with the negative space. Then I stamped the foliage and berries all around the edge of the card and colored them with Copics – RV29 and BG49. Then I glued down the die-cut sentiment frame and popped the birdie up in the middle on dimensional adhesive.

Next I took the card panel that I cut the sentiment from and inlaid a black sentiment to give me a place to put the adorable jumping deer. I colored him with E17, E19, B04, and BG57 and lifted color with the colorless blender to get his spots. Always save those negative cuts — you can do such fun things!

Thanks for being here – I hope you have an awesome crafty holiday season!

Polar Pals in the Spotlight

Hello, again! It’s Amy from A Thousand Sheets of Paper and I’m back this week with a pair of Christmas cards featuring the fun critters from the Polar Pals stamp set and Die-namics that were part of the October release. For my first card today, I’ve imagined this cute narwhal leaping out of the cold, arctic waves to jump through a hoop of holiday greetings. To make this happen I used a mix of new and older Die-namics. The ‘hoop’ is the Happy Holidays Circle Frame and the water was created by cutting some ombre inked card stock into strips with the Ocean Waves Die-namics. This background was trimmed out using the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 and the coordinating Polar Pals dies made it easy to cut out the narwhal and pop him up with dimensional adhesive right over the Stitched Sentiment Strip.

Handmade card from Amy Young featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I created a single layer scene by masking the penguin, seal and polar bear all together onto the ice floe. I used my Copic markers to color their cute winter wear in traditionally festive red and green holiday colors. Then I continued to sketch in the cold, winter waves and towering pines in the background to really flesh out the arctic home they live in.

Handmade card from Amy Young featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you have enjoyed these Polar Pal creations as much as I enjoyed making them and I will see you again next week!

Merry & Bright

Lydia is back today with another vibrant look featuring a beautiful sentiment from our October release.

Howdy — back with you today with a splashy but simple card. Big scripty sentiments are pretty much my favorite, and this holiday brush lettering set is the absolute bomb. I went with a pink and lime background today — I just embossed the sentiment from Handwritten Holiday in clear, and then went nuts with Paper Artsy Infusions in Are You Cerise, Magenta, and Slime. I love the little dots of turquoise here and there. I finished it with a delicate snowflake and a rhinestone. Big, bold sentiments just make holiday cardmaking easy and fun.

Handmade card from Lydia Fiedler featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

May Your Days Be Furry and Bright

Today we’re welcoming Lydia Fiedler to the blog for the first in a trio of colorful posts featuring products from our October release. Welcome, Lydia!

Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be a guest here at MFT this week – I have so much love in my heart for Kim and everyone who makes MFT the magical place it is. They are all truly great people. So, I love doing just a little off-kilter color schemes — especially at Christmas. Instead of red and green, I’ll do pink and lime, etc. It just freshens up my holiday cards and keeps them from looking too traditional, which is not really my style. When I saw the sweet pet images in the Happy Pawlidays set, I knew I wanted a very colorful little pooch to be center stage. So I grabbed a Gel Press print I made with a bright splash of teal in it, used my hex chart to find Copics to match, and colored up this little pup. I’m a huge fan of what I call “clean mixed media” where you can get messy and create beautiful splashy backgrounds and card elements, but still have them work on clean and simple card designs.

Handmade card from Lydia Fiedler featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Christmas Greetings from Amy Young


Hello, MFT friends! It’s Amy from A Thousand Sheets of Paper and I’m beyond excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things this month. It’s such an honor to be invited to join this amazingly talented group of stampers showcasing all of the fun and fabulous new holiday goodies from the October release. Today I have created two very different Christmas cards — one clean and simple while the other plays with layering dies for some fun scene building.

First up we have the sweet as can be Pure Innocence Nice List. I am a long time fan of these darling stamps so I knew she would be the first one going on a card. Because I wanted the sentiment to have a big impact as well, I grabbed the Merry Christmas Greeting, masked off Nice List with some Post-It tape, then stamped it right next to her overlapping a bit at the top of her list. While the mask was still in place I grabbed some green ink and quickly sponged some onto the bottom corner just to help ground her in place. Once the Post-It tape is removed, this creates the illusion of her standing in front of a large sign. Then all I had to do was grab my new favorite die, the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1 Die-namics, to cut it all out and pop it on a card base. I LOVE the super narrow border the largest rectangle creates on an A2 card and I seriously can’t stop using it!

Handmade card from Amy Young featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I wanted to play with dies and create a peaceful winter scene for the new Dashing Deer cuties. First I inked up a colorful sky with the Drifts & Hills Stencil along the bottom edge. Then I added the Snow-Capped Mountains in the distance, cutting the bottoms off along the same stencil edge. Next, I grabbed both the Birch Trees and Solid Birch Trees, stacking them for a nice two-tone look. The deer and bird were also die cut using their coordinating dies so that I could easily play with their placement amongst the forest trees. The A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set s Die-namics  frames it all together and the sentiment was stamped onto the Stitched Sentiment Strip, resting in the upper tree branch.

Handmade card from Amy Young featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to sharing here again next week!

A Halloween Hello: Copic Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Hello, colorists! It’s Sandy and I’m back on the MFT blog…with CANDY! If you knew me in real life you’d know what a sucker I am for it — I have to be careful not to keep it in the house, or I’ll be a snacking fool!

However, the Witch Way Is the Candy? set is back and it’s CALORIE FREE! It was a 2014 set and was so beloved that it’s back — with an all-new sentiment font.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

I love the newer style, so I’m glad I hadn’t snagged this set back in the day even though I drooled at the idea of coloring this sweet little witch! Check out the video below.

The masking was pretty simple here; first I stamped the witch and kitty, masked those out, then the froggie (making sure his eyeballs peeked out past her hat). Then, after masking his feet, I added the pumpkin. Sometimes I like a good “tight” group of images, and if we try to put them all on the ground next to each other, the image gets kinda wide.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

I’ve kept the coloring pretty straightforward -—a good shadow from her big hat and another from her cape with a decent cast shadow behind her. The rest can all be faked!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

For finishing touches, I used the new Die-namics to give a beautiful stitched edge to the panel, popped it on dimensional adhesive, then stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock. It’s also popped up, and the end is wound around behind the colored panel.

Hope you enjoyed this month’s project…see you in November!

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