Baby Love

Svetlana Pavlova is back with us today sharing the most inspiring use of our March Release baby products. Her projects are packed with innovative uses for these sweet designs!

Hi everyone! I’m back with more projects. This one features Welcome, Baby and the Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics. The entire release is amazing and so fun to work with it!

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’ve stamped all the sentiments with Versamark then heat embossed in white. I used Distress Inks to blend over the embossed text. After adding a few splashes of water, voila – the background is complete.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next I die cut a dress and onesies using Bundle of Baby Clothes, as well as a rattle. I used the Mesh Background on the baby clothes to make them more fun. I’ve added sentiments and used a banner from Blueprints 31 and put the cards together.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I was so inspired by these newborn sets, that I couldn’t help myself and created a coordinating gift set. Using sentiments from Welcome, Baby, I’ve stamp multiple times to create a custom gift wrap. For a note I made a little shaker card using the Baby Rattle Die-namics.

Handmade packaging from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade packaging from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Mane Squeeze

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Doodled Blooms Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Joy’s blog: Shelly


Once you finish ogling Jane’s project this month, you’re definitely going to want to learn more about the class she’ll be teaching in person at our Eustis, FL location next month. Learn more HERE.

Hello all, Jane here with my latest Artistic Expression feature and this month I’ve decided to put my Copics to the side and use my coloured pencils, selecting the newly released Lions and Tigers stamp set for the main image on the card.

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I was curious to see how my coloured pencils would work with MFT Kraft Card Stock…the answer is brilliantly – in fact it’s one of the nicest kraft surfaces I have used in a while.

Now, one thing I’ve learnt as I have been teaching myself to colour stamps whether in Copic, pencil, or paint is that it’s advisable to follow one simple rule: “Google, don’t Guess!” What do I mean by that?  Well, in this particular case I am intending to colour a lion and it’s not a creature I come across every day, do you? So I went online and searched for lion images settling on this guy. Handsome boy, isn’t he!

Panic not! No need to copy him exactly – you are merely using this image as reference to add a smidge of realism to your stamp. However, I like this boy so much I may be tempted to create a fine art Copic piece featuring him – crikey, did I say that out loud?

Here is a break down of how I approached certain areas. Erm, I got carried away again and forgot to take photographs mid process, oops. So I quickly re-stamped the lion on some spare card and produced the following…shhhh, no one will notice Jane!

I started by stamping the lion on the card stock with Gravel Grey Hybrid ink – it’s perfect for no-line colouring on Kraft as it is dark enough to see clearly, but subtle enough not to stand out as you add your colour.

One thing I noticed in the photograph was that the lion has a beautiful blonde goatee. As you can see from the image above I used white pencil to give my lion a stylish little beard!

Next, I shaded his muzzle, referring again to the photograph to make sure I put the highlights in roughly the right place. Remember, no one else ever sees the photograph so they’ll never know if your version is not an accurate depiction.

Then came the fun part, adding colour to his mane. Following the bumpy lines on the stamp but mindful of the way it looked in the photograph, I mapped out my mane. I tend to start with the lighter tones and go darker, just like with Copics – it’s far harder to add highlights later than it is shadows.

You can see how I am building up the depth around his face whilst remaining true to the original stamp. I’m just using thin lines of colour rather than a solid lump…make sense? Zoom in if that helps 🙂

One of the things that stood out for me in the photograph were the lion’s eyes – this is where coloured pencils give you an edge over Copics. Even though the stamp has a solid dot of ink for the eye I was able to colour over the top with a beautiful shade of amber, adding the strong white and dark brown markings around it. I would never have known to do that if I’d not done my research first!

So, to re-cap:

I stamped my lion image on to MFT Kraft Card Stock using Gravel Grey Hybrid Ink.

And set to colouring my lion, using the photograph as reference to add a touch of realism to my work!

Here he is fully coloured. The background was drawn freehand, but again, you can easily find images online to help you.

As for the rest of the card, I used the new Blueprints 31 for my card base, cutting the pieces out of various muted shades of MFT card stock. Instead of leaving them plain, I opted to give them a little extra something, stamping mesh and tribal designs onto the card stock using MFT background stamps and ink.

Mesh Background and Gravel Grey Hybrid Ink:

then…

Etched Tribal Background and Latte Hybrid Ink:

When you put all of the above elements together, this is what you get – I had a roaring time creating this card!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For information here are the colours I used:

PENCILS

L (Caran D’Ache Luminance), P (Caran D’Ache Pablos)

Sky: P – 151, 371

           L – 001, 661

Greenery: L – 225, 736, 846, 015, 732

Eyes: L – 034, 009

Body and Mane: L – 001, 842, 242, 836, 037, 906, 832, 407, 872

                                     P – 037, 045

Nose: L – 589, 906, 001

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you’ve found this informative and it’s spurred you on to give pencil colouring a try.

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Oh Joy! Welcome, Svetlana!

This month, we’re excited to have Svetlana Pavlova joining us for a few guest posts. Her bright and fresh style is so inspiring!

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining me today. I’m so excited to be a guest designer for My Favourite Things.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’m in love with the new release and for my first card I used the pigs from Sow Much Cuteness. These pigs are so delightful, funny, and cute!

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To start, I die cut a panel from the Blueprints 31 Die-namics. On this panel, I’ve stamped a pyramid of happy pigs and used Copic markers to bring them to life. To make this card more radiant, I used an ink pad and the Radiating Rays Stencil to create sunrays. To finish the card, I’ve stamped the base of the card with the Mesh Background and adhered it all together. My fun and cheerful card is complete!

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thank you so much for joining me today, have a wonderful day.

Svetlana


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Critter Clan – Doodle Coloring with Sandy Allnock

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Happy March, friends! I’m Sandy Allnock, coloring addict…back with another video for you this month!

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Before I get started – I want to address what you might be thinking: I don’t see color in this picture. It’s not coloring! Well, technically, black is the absence of color, and white is ALL colors of the spectrum. So even though I’m coloring by doodling – there’s more color here than you might have guessed!

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

These cards are also clean and simple – they make for a quick card but really cute, and still have your love poured into them. Check out the video for tips on how I created these sweet cards using Critter Clan!

Doesn’t that make you want to get out a pen and start doodling? It’s so relaxing to just mindlessly fill in patterns. Think of all the cute MFT stamps you can use to apply this technique!

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

I think the horse is my favorite – he’s got the most spaces to fill in with the doodling. You could do his entire body and leave his mane and tail white, or just use different textures and intensities to create a difference between them.

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

And then…there’s the little fox. I have a special place in my heart for any fox, know what I mean? This little guy is so sweet, and I’ll be getting out my Copics to color him over on Instagram today – so be sure to pop over and see him!

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

One of the best parts of this kind of a technique – you can get your stamping done, then take any black pen and hit the road to doodle at baseball practice, or while waiting in the card- any time you have a few minutes to just doodle! I hope you try playing with simple sketching skills, and add a little fun to some of your stamps!

See you next month – or over on my blog! (psssst I’m going to be having a ninja battle over there soon. #justsaying LOL!)

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Hugs from Kara Lynne

Before we begin our guest post today, one quick announcement. Please join us in welcoming a brand new team member. Melissa Phillips joined us as a guest for our February countdown and beginning with our March Release (starting TOMORROW!) we’re bringing her on as a permanent member. We’re so thrilled to have her joining us and are confident you’ll love what she brings to the team.


Kara Lynne is back with us one last time. It’s been a joy to have her with us this month and we’re so grateful for all of the inspiration she’s provided!

Welcome back to the third and final day of my big adventure as guest designer for My Favorite Things! Today is all about an ever-important gesture: the hug. A card with a hug can be used for so many occasions and spans the gamut of recipients. Here are a few cards that showcase some of the products from MFT’s recent release:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This adorable little guy pops out perfectly from the Peek-a-Boo Wonky Window, with the partial sentiment I Miss positioned just above the U pulled from the Hugs above. The bear was colored with Copics. I stamped and colored an extra left paw so he looks like he’s holding the “U”. Hugs was cut three times, once in plaid, once in foam, and once from the blue card stock. The scene was then framed with a Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frame border in white and mounted on a white top-folding notecard.

Here’s a bit of a close-up:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Moving in an entirely different direction, the next two cards feature the script Hugs from the Twice the Hugs Die-namics and the Sketched Blooms 2 stamp set.

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Both cards were stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder onto watercolor paper. The Hugs die cut was also heat embossed in the same gold. Everything was painted with Twinkling Waters which gives it a shimmery finish. The partial panel and Hugs die cut were foam mounted on the first card, and Hugs was inlaid into the panel of the second card.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Thank you MFT for the honor of guest designing for you! I had so much fun playing with the new stamps and Die-namics and combining them with ones that I already had.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne


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Retro Friends

Kara Lynne is back! She’s sharing two distinctly different looks that are sure to inspire you.

I thought I’d begin my second day as guest with a nod to this MFT card that I made. Birdie Brown’s Space Explorer is one of those magical stamp sets that easily sets the stage for any outer space scene.

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I began by creating a background similar to that original card using Distress Inks, water, and white acrylic paint. I then went to work coloring this little astronaut with Inktense Pencils, and covered his suit in silver watercolor. His face is covered with Glossy Accents to finish off the helmet. This is the image from the set in which he is holding three star balloons, so it was easy to change them out for the balloon die cut from Blueprints 26. Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolors and watercolor paper were used to create the Earth balloon. I Googled an image of the Earth so I could get a better idea of where to place the continents. I cut a small slit in the astronaut’s hand so the silver thread would slide through his grip. The sentiment, from the same stamp set, was white heat embossed. The boy and the Earth were popped up on fun foam and the whole scene was attached to a white card base.

This next card has a bit of a retro vibe in color and style:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Can cats and birds really get along? Certainly these two fancy friends think so. This set is super fun to color, especially in a non-traditional way!  I used Copics to color the images, die cut them using the coordinating Die-namics, and framed them using the new Single Stitch Line Rounded Square Frames. The smaller square was also die cut from foam to give it some dimension. The word Friend was die cut into the background and a sentiment from the Friends Furever stamp set was heat embossed below.  The entire panel sits inside the largest of the Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames. I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in three colors as a final touch.

I hope you were inspired today to step out of the box with your designs and colors. Thanks so much for coming over to visit. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne


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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Adventures in Outer Space

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Melania’s blog: Celeste Goff


Well hello there, it’s Jane again with another Artistic Expression feature and this, month I’ve gone to outer space!

I opted to use the Space Explorer stamp set with a little bit of doodling from yours truly.

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I started by stamping the little rocket and one of the planets on a piece of Copic suitable card stock which had already been cut to shape with the Stitched Rectangles STAX using Gravel Gray Hybrid Ink. Then I drew on the moon very lightly in pencil.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The little spaceman was stamped with the same ink as above. Although it was my intention to cut it out with the co-ordinating die, I prefer to colour my images first, then cut them out.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then it was time to colour “space” – I opted to use a variety of blues and greys rather than black. The stars were created using the colourless blender, doing this after I had coloured the whole area. Now I confess that it is my first attempt to colour space – it’s not bad but I think I need to do it a few more times before I get the hang of all that dark ink! But in my defence it looks far more blotchy in the photographs than it does in real life.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Adding the little purple planet was quite good fun – I don’t know about you but I love colouring spheres…….I enjoy the challenge to get it looking round not flat! If I remember I will show you how I go about that in another feature.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

With the moon, I approached it in the same way I colour snow…basically you colour the shadows and leave the highlights either white, or in this instance, a very pale grey. To give a sense of depth, I have paid more attention to the foreground, deepening the colour of the closest craters.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This is where I start smiling – I really had fun colouring this little rocket. It might have something to do with me loving Thunderbirds as a kid…FAB!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Now came my favourite part…the spaceman’s face! I had to give the little chap a bit of a smile knowing that I had something special planned for him later on when I assembled the card.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And here he is in his space suit…..what a smart boy! I even added a little shine to his helmet visor. It’s really easy to do – simply draw a bendy triangle shape that follows the shape of the helmet using a white pencil.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Now, I am not usually one for cutting out my images but I wanted to experiment on this card. Can you see that the usual white outline is coloured? No I didn’t goof, it is intentional. When the little guy is added to the card it should help him blend in to the coloured background. Probably a step too far for some of you, but I liked the look!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Do you remember I mentioned earlier that I had something special planned for my little Space Explorer?  Well, that small disc beside him is a mini wobble action spring, so when he is attached to the card he’ll look as though he’s bouncing on the moon! Here’s a tip, if you don’t have mini wobble spring you could always trim down a standard sized one!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And here is the finished card, complete with a moon walking/wobbling Spaceman!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As always for those who would like to play along and give this a try here is a list of the Copic colours I used:

I do hope you have enjoyed todays post, I certainly had fun colouring it…….and I’m relieved that I remembered to stop and take more photographs along the way this time.

Well, that’s it for now, I hope to see you all again next month for more colouring fun!

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Howdy from Kara Lynne

Say hello to Kara Lynne. She’s joining us today for the first of three guest posts this month – welcome, Kara Lynne!

Hello, and thank you for joining me today. I am over-the-moon excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things. Thank you to everyone at MFT for this amazing opportunity!

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My first card features those sweet little animals from Farm Friends. They were all colored with Copics and fussy cut. The background was created using the Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up. I ink blended each inside section with Distress Inks, going from darker in the foreground to lighter in the background. I made a stencil using the Stitched Cloud Edges Die-namics and blended Distress Ink with a finger dauber for the sky. Each of the animals was popped up with foam tape for dimension.  At first I put the littlest chick on top of the tractor, but moved him onto the pig when I realized, in perspective, that would be one very giant chicken! I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on white card stock and cut it into a banner coming out from behind the tree.

This next card takes llama drama to a whole new level:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I wanted to try my hand at zentangling (is that a word?), and this llama was game. I stamped him in black ink and drew in the lines with a Copic Multi-liner. I looked at zentangle patterns online to get ideas. He was pretty happy with the results and his llama friends, though shaking their heads, showed their support 😉

Here’s a close-up of the pattern detail:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After he was colored and given a little sand to stand on, he was framed with the new Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames and popped up with fun foam. His friends were also colored with Copics, fussy cut, and adhered partially with foam tape, and partially with just regular adhesive. They were also given a little ground to stand on. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and the card base was die cut using a die from Blueprints 26.

This little sweetheart from the Pure Innocence line asked for a paper-pieced bright yellow gingham dress and I was happy to oblige:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This is actually her second dress. My first attempt included using Copics to give the dress some depth, but it ended up dulling the entire dress, so she took that off, and I gave her a new one without shadows. I colored and fussy cut her arm and adhered it on top of her dress. Her shoes and hairclip have a Glossy Accents finish, and the centers of the flowers are dotted with enamel accents. Everything except for the dress was colored with Copics. The top tag and background were die cut with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges to coordinate with the look of the gingham. The top of the white panel was ink blended with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and a stencil brush from Clarity Stamps. This was my first time using these stencil brushes, and I am in love!  It was so easy to control the amount of ink.

Thanks for coming by to visit!  I hope that this helped spark your creativity in some new ways.  Have a wonderful day and I will see you here again next week.

Kara Lynne


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Create 8 with Vicky Papaioannou

Since December, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of watching Vicky Papaioannou as she shares our monthly release on her blog and Youtube channel. Each month, she shares a recap of all of the release products and even more exciting, her process in creating 8 amazing looks with the release. Every single month, I pick up at least one great new idea for putting the release products to work in a way I hadn’t considered. I won’t spoil all the projects but I will share a couple of sneak peeks and strongly encourage you to go check out the video for all 8 looks – incredible!

This bold & beautiful card features Fancy Flowers and Boss Babe.

Sketched Blooms 2 takes enter stage on this peek-a-boo look.

You can see Vicky’s February Release unboxing on Youtube or below.

And see her Create 8 fantastic projects on Youtube or below.

And don’t forget to shop our Stripes & Dots Sale – today is the last day to save 20% on in-stock items in our Stripes & Dots category when you apply code STRIPES at checkout. Enjoy your weekend – we’ll see you back here on the blog MONDAY as we debut our gorgeous new February card kit.

Copic Watercolor Garden – Coloring with Sandy Allnock

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Happy February, friends! It’s Sandy Allnock with another bit of coloring. I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I am!

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This month I went back to my Copics…I’ve been wanting to make a floral garden, and this little Pure Innocence girl looked like the perfect stamp to try it out.

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

In the video I’ll show you some tips for “fixing” blotchy skin, too…watch the video below to see how I made that pretty flower garden!

When I color people, I often add a few stray hairs here and there to add just a little character to them. When using a middle brown for this little girl, it almost looks like shadows on her face, right? Cool accident! 🙂

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

The background is just so fun and forgiving! It takes a while to add enough color to it – and be sure to use enough. If your colors are too light, the colorless blender won’t achieve very much.

All this was colored on Smooth White Card Stock. The card base I used, by the way, is Pineapple Card Stock, with a layer of Black Licorice – all the supplies are below!

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

And by the way – I mentioned a few more Copic Watercolor videos – there’s one HERE and my first one is HERE. Thanks so much for joining me for this month’s Create in Color segment. See you again next month!

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