If you’re at all familiar with Carissa Wiley, you know she has a slight affinity for all things sparkly and shiny. Every month, she brings that effervescence to our MFT Youtube channel and today, we’re sharing her latest contribution.
We love the idea of adding a custom twist to assembly-line style cards — especially when it comes to sensitive occasions that call for words of prayer and encouragement. Carissa’s suggestion to create a stack of pretty cards with a simple die-cut sentiment, pre-stamp and stash an array of coordinating sentiment strips, and simply adhere an appropriate phrase as the occasion calls for is brilliant. When someone you love is going through something difficult, time is of the essence and being able to reach out to them quickly can mean so much to them.
See the latest in our Sparkle & Shine with Carissa Wiley series HERE or by watching the video below.
Do you have any great tips for mass producing cards for any occasion? We’re always up for your ideas! Tag #mftstamps when you upload to social media — you may just be spotted!
Today is your last chance to take advantage of this awesome sale. From gorgeous florals to cute characters to indispensable sentiment sets, there is something to suit every need. Shop our collection of in-stock stamps and apply code STAMPS at checkout to save 20%…what better way to treat yourself to something special and kick off the weekend than by adding more options to your MFT collection? *Excludes brand new.
Leigh Houston creates magic on her cards with a bit of floss and a few basic stitches. Her stitched accents provide texture and color and add an incomparable level of detail to already charming scenes, turning special works of handcrafted love into mini works of art. We’re excited to have her share a bit of her process with us today!
Hello, everybody! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be joining MFT this month as a guest designer! The new release is so full of fun new products and I’m having such a blast creating with them.
I could not get over how cute the critters are in the new Woodland Friends stamp set, and the fact that the squirrels are holding flowers made them just perfect for this flower-loving girl. I knew I wanted to create a card where the adorable images are the focus but I also wanted to add some extra texture and dimension, so I decided to surround them with a little stitched flower garden.
I started my card by cutting out a panel using the largest die from the Stitched Oval Frames Die-namics, setting aside the frame. I stamped and masked my little fox and squirrel images so I could ink blend some grass and a sky using my Cloud Edges Stencil and Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn. I removed the masks, colored the fox and squirrel using Copic markers, and stamped the “Thankful for You” sentiment from the same stamp set.
I then started my stitching. I first stitched the squirrel’s flower using simple straight stitches to fill in the petals. I then stitched the garden, simply scattering simple stitched flowers around the little critters. I used woven roses, backstitched branches, and little star-shaped flowers, french knots, and daisies using lazy daisy stitches. If you are new to stitching, there are tons of great YouTube videos introducing these simple stitches (or you can leave any questions below and I’ll be more than happy to help!) I added some V-shaped blades of grass as well.
To finish the card, I mounted my oval scene on craft foam. I stitched around the oval frame, mounted it on craft foam, and attached the framed scene onto an aqua panel to finish the card.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! I had so much fun enhancing these adorable little critters with a stitched garden. Thank you so much to MFT for this amazing opportunity, and I’ll see you later in the month with more projects!
Have you integrated stitching into your own cards? Leah’s freehand flowers and stitched frame are brilliant but if you prefer more guidance, our collection of cross-stitch Die-namics and accompanying printable patterns might be right up your alley. Whatever your chosen method, please tag your projects featuring My Favorite Things with #mftstamps so we can appreciate your artistry!
When you conceive an idea for a new card, what do you typically start with? Likely, your stamp choices will be among the first you make. Maybe you start with the sentiment to meet the needs of the occasion you are crafting for. Perhaps it’s the image to satisfy a coloring urge or celebrate the interests of the recipient. It could even be a background pattern — creating a mood with pattern is a great starting point! Whatever your typical process, adding more stamps to your collection is always a good idea and now through Friday, September 14 is the perfect time to do it! Shop our full collection of in-stock stamps and apply code STAMPS at checkout to save 20%. *Excludes brand new.
Don’t forget that it’s Wednesday! After you check out our stamp category, hit up our Wednesday Blitzday sale to find an assortment of western-themed products marked down up to 40%! And if you’re still in the mood to shop (and let’s be honest, it’s always fun to add some more color to our collection) take another peek at our sale category to check out the remaining products in our retirement sale — we still have plenty of ink cube sets, ink pads, and ink refills available — all marked down 40%. It’s a great day to make your MFT stash even more awesome.
We’re super proud of our recurring Youtube series featuring some incredibly talented designers. In our Christy Gets Crafty series, Christy Reuling shares her ideas for making MFT products all her own.
And since we’re talking stamps with our current sale, today’s video from Christy is a fantastic example of mixing images from different sets to create an inviting scene. The small leaf images from Pure Innocence Sending Blessings will be right at home on a wide range of autumn scenes. I love how she color coordinated the leaves to the trees pulled from Friendly Raccoons and placed them to create a sense of depth – so smart!
See the latest in our Christy Gets Crafty series HERE or by watching the video below.
Feeling inspired? Great! We want to see your mixed-stamp creations too. Tag #mftstamps when you upload to social media — you may just be spotted!
We know you…you love to make people happy by showing them you’re paying attention to the things they love. You do this by creating custom cards crafted with your recipient in mind. That’s why this is the perfect sale for you and your exacting standards…tons of shapes in a huge range of sizes; beautiful edge detailing manufactured with precision — when you reach for your STAX Die-namics, you know you’re kicking off a new card with just the right tool. Today only, get 15% off in-stock STAX Die-namics when you apply code STAX at checkout.
Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you! We also have FIVE fabulous MFT friends joining us…think of it as our Release Replay with a twist.
A total “Debbie element” is her use of shaped die cuts to create a scenic element for her cards. Her fall scene was created using the Stitched Dome STAX Die-namics and images from Pure Innocence Sending Blessings, and is backed by a card base featuring tone-on-tone leaves from the same set. The finishing touch of sprinkling die-cut leaves down the card front adds a gorgeous dimension to the finished card.
Stunning Wildflowers bundled together with a bit of twine add color and rustic elegance to Barbara’s card. By gently blending a gorgeous purple out to nothing using the English Brick Wall Stencil, she’s provided some softness to an otherwise hard-edged design. This technique has also created the perfect spot for her sentiment and a trio of color-coordinated accents.
This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team and some MFT friends played with our September Release.
One Pair of Stamps, Two Seasons — what a great concept, right? Leave it to Sandy to show us how to easily transition some of your favorite images from one season to the next…just imagine all the possibilities!
It’s that time again — let’s get coloring!
Fall is on the way. Winter is coming! I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m sorry to bring you the bad news! It’s September and it’s time to drink that pumpkin spice and snuggle in for the cooler weather.
To make that transition a little easier, I’ve got a fun little idea: Stamp the little critters from Woodland Friends and Friendly Raccoons, and make one fall and one winter card — at the same time! That’s what I did…and the challenge helped me to make that winter one without *too* much resentment about summer being behind us! Watch the video below for the easy technique.
The little fall leaves are so easy — almost like polka dots but make them more like little marker strokes so they look a bit more like crunchy leaves. If they’re too bright, add some purple for the complementary color and dull it down a little.
As for winter — a touch of blue is all they need to stand in the snow! It’s fun to create a couple footprints too…
Are you already imagining how you can apply this theory to your own collection? Maybe you’ve already added these sweet images from our September Release to your stash! If you make this idea your own, be sure to tag us with #mftstamps — we want to see what you’re creating!
Lisa Tilson is back with us today for one last guest post this month before we begin our September Release Countdown tomorrow morning at 10 AM…we hope you’re ready for another exciting release but until then, let’s check out Lisa’s latest!
We love the look and versatility of using alcohol inks on Yupo paper but today, Lisa is sharing another technique you may not have considered. We think it’s a fun new way of exploring the possibilities this unique material offers and can’t wait to see how it inspires you!
Our Copics are out and we’re ready to master this fun new technique! We think a sunset scene is in the very near future! What do you have in mind for this coloring method? We can’t wait to see so tag us with #mftstamps so we can be inspired by *your* creations as well!
Now, let’s all give Janet Nagle a warm welcome to the blog today. She is full of brilliant ideas for crafting innovative cards and if you’re local to our Eustis boutique, you can take a class from her in person! You can always find info about our upcoming classes and events HERE.
One of my very favorite things to do each month is to sit with my computer and a glass of wine and look at all of the wonderful inspiration that can be found on the MFT blog so it was a huge treat to be invited to be a guest designer…oh, so exciting! For my post today, I have three cards to share with you. I hope you like them and that maybe they’ll inspire you to do some stamping!
My first card is a flying easel card. This fun fold works well with symmetrical images so when I saw the Playful Peacock stamp set and the front-facing peacock, I knew I had to use it with this technique.
I started by scoring the front of the card in the middle and cutting a window using the Stitched Tag-Corner Rectangle STAX. Next, I die cut two frames using the Single Stitch Line Tag-Corner Rectangle Frames. Cutting 2 frames makes the flying part of the card sturdier and allows you to glue the string between the two pieces. I stamped, colored, and die cut 4 peacocks. I scored and folded them and glued them together with a string sandwiched in the center between them. Once this was dry, I glued the string between the 2 frames so the peacock would hang and spin in the center of the frame opening. I attached the frame to the card adhering only the part of the frame that fell below the scoreline. Because the inside of the card shows through the opening, I made a garden inside using the Love Buds stamp set and Die-namics, the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, and the Grassy Edges Stencil. The flowers inside are popped with foam tape so they can hold the easel in place when the card is open. The sentiment is stamped and embossed onto a Tropical Teal strip cut with the Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics. The peacock looks so pretty twisting and twirling in a breeze!
For my second card, I used the adorable Saddle up & Celebrate stamp set. The little cactus is darling and I thought it would make a great wreath so I combined it with some leaves and stems from the Playful Peacock set and a flower from the Love Buds set and did just that! To get the wreath shape I die cut a wonky circle into the front panel of the card and then attached the panel and the circle to the front to the card with foam tape. This gave me the perfect shape and size to build on. I laid out the pieces adding layers until I had a nice full wreath. Once I was happy with the layout, I took a photo so I could get everything back in place and started gluing. I attached the tiny cacti with foam tape so they would pop and I finished the card off with a sentiment from the Saddle up & Celebrate set and some borders cut from a coordinating paper (Dots & Stripes Bright Paper Pack) using the Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics.
The inspiration for my third card was the small bird in the Safari Friends stamp set. He is so tiny and cute I thought it would be funny to have him nose-to-nose with one of the beautiful side-facing peacocks from the Playful Peacocks set! The front panel of the card is a piece of paper from the Dots & Stripes Brights Paper Pack. I used the Stitched Domes STAX, Stitched Dome Frames, and Grassy Fields Die-namics to make the setting for their meeting and attached it to the front panel with foam tape. The little bird needed something to stand on and this sweet little flower from the Love Buds set was perfect! The sentiment strip was cut using the Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics.
Thanks so much for visiting and thanks to MFT for inviting me to be a guest designer. It was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Make time to stamp as often as you can…it’s good for you!
So which technique from Janet are you most inspired to try first? Is it the flying easel? The fun wreath-building technique? Whichever design has piqued your creative flow, be sure to share it and tag it with #mftstamps!
Before we get to today’s inspiring guest post, we have a great opportunity to share with you (especially in light of the Supply Retirement Sale currently going!) Today only, save $10 on orders of $50 or more when you apply code SAVE10 at checkout. Now is the perfect time to grab some of the remaining supplies that we’re retiring or nab some stamps and Die-namics on your wish list.
Today the lovely Lisa Tilson is joining us on the blog to share a vibrant (you might say captivating) card featuring one of the Die-namics from our most recent release. Welcome, Lisa!
Hi everyone! I am delighted to be joining MFT this month as a guest designer and excited to be sharing this simple, but I hope impactful, project with you today!
This card uses the beautiful Captivating Mandala Die-namics from the new release. To create the card I blended four Distress Oxide Inks onto a panel of smooth card stock making sure to overlap the colours. I used Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, and Blueprint Sketch. You do need to work at blending the colours together but if you work in light layers, they come together well.
I then spritzed some shimmer over the top (from about a foot above) and left it to dry so it has a lovely sparkle to it. Once dried, it was then trimmed to mat onto an A2 top-folding card base.
The beautiful mandala was die cut twice, once from Black Licorice Card Stock and then again from Neenah 80lb card stock. I adhered these together using a spray adhesive, offsetting the black against the white to make it pop a little more against my background. I really love how you can see the peek of white beneath.
To finish the card, I used a greeting from Essential Sentiments and gold heat embossed onto a strip of Black Licorice Card Stock. This was popped up on the card with foam tape. This really is a beautiful die and I can’t wait to find a few hours to play with it a little bit more. I hope that you like the card and thank you for joining me today.
What a gorgeous, rich blend of color! It provides such great contrast to the offset black and white mandalas. Are you excited to try this technique yourself? Be sure to tag #mftstamps so we can see how it turns out! Also, be sure to come back again next week when Lisa shares one more guest project with us!
Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you! We also have SIX fabulous MFT friends joining us…think of it as our Release Replay with a twist.
While we’re super into our collection of shaker Die-namics and custom pouches, there’s more than one way to add some shimmy to your projects. Torico’s used the new Captivating Mandala Die-namics to create an intricate peek-a-boo shaker element. Her rich palette mirrors the sentiment to perfection. Be sure to head to her blog for a second take on this technique!
It’s time to trick-or-treat with Frightfully Sweet and the crew is all here. Rachel’s fearsome fivesome is backed by the most incredible harvest moon and big, beautiful, starry sky…it looks like the perfect night for some Halloween high jinks!
This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team and some MFT friends played with our August Release.
Two days; dozens of fabulous products; 40% savings…you read that right – today and tomorrow you can save HUGE at our Summer Sidewalk Sale. You’ll find stamp sets, Die-namics, stencils, and paper packs — there’s something for everyone on our virtual sidewalk! Shop soon as prices are good for in-stock items only. You’ll find all sale products in our Sale Category. No code necessary to apply your discount.
Sandy is back! Today she’s brought her trusty colored pencils to imbue the gorgeous new Fluttering Friends with vivid color. You’ll fall in love with her rainbow of dragonflies and her quick tip for creating a stunning coordinating border detail.
It’s that time again — let’s get coloring!
I’m Sandy Allnock and I am *in love* with this release! I really don’t say that often but this time, wowsers! Watch my YouTube channel for some others but for today, let’s make a rainbow spray of dragonflies with the Fluttering Friends set.
I chose to use my Prismacolor pencils this time — just looking at the color charts for all three, I think the best rainbow collection can be pulled out of that brand, but if you have a different set, just grab one of each of the rainbow of colors. It’s helpful to put them in order on your table…mine got out of order and I had to think harder than I needed to. Check out the video for more!
If you have any “old” dried out stamp pads in a light color, I recommend keeping one of them for no-line coloring — it makes it super helpful for stamping lightly. I did stamp once lightly on scrap paper before stamping on my project paper so it got even lighter, which means those lines disappear even more. And that little trick to make the rainbow stripe on the side? I’ll be using that one again…look how pretty it is!
These are the colors I used on my card:
You might also note I used a wide brush for the background — this is a Cosmo Spin 30, and it does a nice job of releasing pigment. Other flat brushes can do a similar thing but I also like that I can make a thin line with it sometimes as well. My other brushes are Silver Black Velvet Round brushes and I most often reach for an #8 and #12.
I’ll bet you have lots of stamp sets in your stash that would look simply amazing colored in rainbow order. Dragonflies provide a great starting point but no matter which MFT set you use to create your rainbow, we want to see them! Tag #mftstamps to make sure we can admire them. Happy coloring!