Wow-Worthy Projects from Marieke

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Marieke is back once again with two exciting new projects. While her skittering crab stole the show yesterday, today you’ll be wowed by her silhouette technique.

My first project uses the super fun and versatile Fireworks stamp set. I started by making a background using Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, and Mustard Seed to add some colorful spots. Then I used Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot, and Broken China to finish blending the sky.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

When my background was dry, I started stamping the fireworks using Versamark ink. I heat embossed the fireworks using white embossing powder and finished the sky using a white gel pen to fill the sky with stars.

The “WOW” was die cut three times from black card stock and one time from silver glitter paper and adhered together to create dimension. I heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of black card stock and die cut it with the banner from Blueprints 27.

I stamped the small crab from Just Beclaws, but before doing that, I wiped off the eyes and the mouth so it looks like we are watching the crabs from behind. I colored the crabs with my R29 Copic and then used my W5 Copic to give it a darker look.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

With the Beach Scene Builder and using my Copic markers, I created the beach. The sea was colored using B99, B97, B95, Y15, RV04, and V17. The beach has a Neenah Desert Storm base and is colored in using E79, E77, and E74.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card is extra large! It’s a double-folded card measuring 21 x 11 cm.

To begin, I cut a card stock panel and created clouds using Salty Ocean Distress Ink and the Cloud Stencil. I thought it would be fun to create a bunting made from leaves. Using Green Room, Gumdrop Green, and Limelight Hybrid Ink, I stamped the leaves from Toucan Do It and die cut them using the matching Die-namics. I glued them to a string of twine and attached it to the cloud base.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of black card stock and heat embossed. Next, I die cut it using the biggest die from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

I stamped the four birds on some Solar White Neenah and colored them using my Copics. After die cutting them, I adhered them on the bunting.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

On the bottom part of the double-fold card, I added a patterned strip using two pieces from the Black & White Stripes Paper Pack. I adhered the panel on to the card base using foam tape.


I don’t know about you but I’m looking at my image collection with new eyes as I consider how I can use them in silhouette…thanks so much to Marieke for sharing her ideas with us this week! Now we’re ready to see your projects. If you need more inspiration, search the #mftstamps tag on Instagram to see more from our amazing fans.

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Crabulous New Creations from Marieke

There’s still time to grab some of your favorites, but don’t hesitate. Once they’re gone, they’re GONE…and our inventory is dwindling fast!


Marieke is our fabulous blog guest today. You’re going to adore her vibrant colors and the fun interactivity she’s included in her looks today. Welcome, Marieke!

For my first project, I’ve created a slider card using Just Beclaws. The idea I had in my head was to make a slider card where the crab was moving from behind the sand dunes.

To start, I made the sand and the water. I cut some Kraft Card Stock and die cut two pieces. For one, I used the Beach Scene Builder Die-namics and then the Surf & Turf Die-namics to add a slider channel for my crab. I splattered some Walnut Stain Distress Ink mixed with water to create the sandy look and finished by inking the edges of the die cuts with more Walnut Stain.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I used a piece of card stock to blend the sea using Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Broken China Distress Ink. I splattered some water onto it and dabbed it with a paper towel. I ended up stamping some waves from the Seaside Seagull stamp set using Peacock Feathers and Broken China. With another piece of card stock, I made the clouds using Salty Ocean Distress Ink and the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil. I adhered the ocean, the beach, and the cloud background together and die cut it using the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 Die-namics.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next I assembled the slider. I used the slider element from the Volcano Die-namics to create it and then stamped the sentiment from Interactive Labels. I adhered some foam tape on the panel and attached it to a top-fold card base.

I stamped the crab and colored him using my Copic Markers and die cut with the coordinating Die-namics. I made a small strip and adhered it to the crab and a slider element. I adhered the slider element on the slider base and now, crab is moving! I stamped the sentiment on the front sand dune and adhered it to the base with foam tape.

I finished the card using the palm tree and coconuts from the Beach Scene Builder Die-namics. I stamped the seagull from Just Beclaws, the balloons and cupcake from Happy Hippos, and colored them using my Copic Markers before die cutting them. For the last detail, I added some Glossy Accent to the balloons and crab’s eyes.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card of the day is an underwater scene. I made the background by blending Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China Distress Ink. On the top of the card I “ended” the sea using the Make Waves Stencil. As a final detail, I splattered some water dabbed it off using a paper towel. I die cut the panel using the A Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1. Two pieces of Kraft Card Stock were turned into sand using the Stitched Snow Drifts and finished using some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The seaweed and fish from Gill Friends and the crab from Just Beclaws were stamped on some Neenah Card Stock using Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. I colored them with my Copic Markers using the no-line technique and die cut them with coordinating dies. On the base, I used two sentiments — “ConCRABulations” is from Just Beclaws and “on your new home” can be found in No Place Like Home.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The Birdhouses were die cut from Neenah paper and colored with my Copics. I gave them a rusty look because they are in the sea after all. I glued everything to a top-fold card and added air bubbles from Gill Friends above the fish using a matching distress ink.


So many great ideas, right? That skittering crab is a brilliant idea to be sure. Tag #mftstamps when you upload your own inspiring projects to social media — you may just be spotted!

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Coloring an Ocean Scene with Mindy Baxter

Gillfriends are forever so we’re pleased to share yet another fabulous guest post featuring the latest from Birdie Brown. Say “hey!” to the talented Mindy Baxter.

No-line coloring allows you to “color in the lines” without leaving evidence of the original stamped image…you look like a superstar colorist and artist able to create incredible depth and dimension within your scenes. Mindy has crafted a gorgeous underwater tableau with a handful of stamped images and some simple hand-drawn scene elements.

Handmade card from Mindy Baxter featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Backing her Copic-colored scene with a portion of our Sunshine Shaker creates atmosphere — a beautiful sunrise to light up her watery landscape…simply incandescent.

Handmade card from Mindy Baxter featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

You can watch Mindy’s in-depth tutorial on our Youtube channel HERE. Huge thanks to Mindy for sharing her process!


Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget, today is the last day of our site-wide 20% off sale so start your weekend off right by grabbing some of your wish list items today!

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Ocean Shaker Card with Eloise Blue

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Today we welcome, Eloise to our blog and Youtube channel. You’re going to fall in love with her brilliant, glimmering creation.

A shimmering background and sparkling sequins are the perfect combination for mimicking an enchanting underwater scene. Eloise has paired Nuvo Mousse with our new Make Waves Stencil to provide a stunning backdrop for her pretty watercolored Gill Friends. Carrying some of her die cuts over to the front of her shaker scene creates incredible dimension as well.

Handmade card from Eloise Blue featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Are you absolutely loving those sequin bubbles as much as we are…swoon.

Handmade card from Eloise Blue featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Learn how Eloise crafted this gorgeous underwater scene HERE or by watching the video below.


Feeling inspired? Great! We want to see your watercolor creations too. Tag #mftstamps when you upload to social media — you may just be spotted!

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MFT & Friends: June 2018

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.

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This look from Torico is a HUGE wow. From her incredible coloring technique to the eye-pleasing symmetry and unexpected pop of yellow, this is one card you won’t soon forget!

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A tone-on-tone stitched wave pattern adds subtle, theme-appropriate texture to Keeway’s aquarium look. A mix of die cuts and sparkling stars and sequins float within…what do you have in mind for filling your new Aquarium Die-namics designs with?

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team and some MFT friends played with our June Release.

Create in Color with Sandy Allnock

It’s one of our favorite times of the month! Our good friend Sandy is joining us for another edition of Create in Color. Each month she shares a useful coloring technique for you to incorporate into your repertoire. Her sparkling personality is just a bonus feature. ❤️

Hey everyone – it’s Sandy, back with another card — and excited because it’s almost summertime!

The Beach Buds stamp set is perfect to make all kinds of fun cards — and that pelican?! GAH! The cuteness! He’s got his little snack hanging out in his mouth (and I’d love to rescue that little octopus!)

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

In the video, I show you more on my colored pencil technique — this time with Polychromos pencils. They’re an oil-based rather than wax-based pencil, but they are super nice. The color selection is great too, since it’s Faber Castell. Enjoy the video  — and PLEASE, someone, sing along at the end, ok?

Was that mean to leave you with an earworm? Or a desire to get an 80’s haircut!?

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

That little crab is so darling. I can’t tell if he’s just yelling “YAY!” or if he’s striking a Corey Hart pose…

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

Remember the little trick of cutting down scenes to make them more do-able for you in colored pencil…it can take a while to color a big area nicely, and smaller ones work out better sometimes!

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

I’ll see you guys again next month…maybe with another 80’s redux? Leave me a comment to let me know I’m not the only one “dating” myself by knowing that song! 🙂

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What do you think? Are your coloring fingers itching to get a hold of your pencil collection? As Sandy mentions in her video, this technique can be a bit more time consuming but the results are so well worth it. We are excited to see more of your pencil-colored MFT images so don’t forget to tag #mftstamps in your social media uploads. Happy coloring!

Shaking Up Shaker Cards

Look closely, and then take an even closer look — Dana’s guest project today features so many great ideas! There is more here than meets the eye…from the masking to the wobble to the inside-out design you’ll surely find something to be inspired by.

Happy hump day, everyone! It’s Dana here again with my final guest post. It was such a great honor to share my cards on this amazing blog. Thank you again, MFT!

Today, I’d like to share a card featuring the Martini Time stamp set. Here is what I came up with:

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by stamping the images from Martini Time. I used Limeade, Lemon Drop, Safety Orange, Bubblegum, and Grout Gray inks for the martini glasses and Red Hot, Pink Lemonade, Limelight, and Cactus for the smaller accessory images.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the shaker, I stamped it using Summer Splash. Then, I sponged Blu Raspberry and Tropical Teal onto the stamp using a mini blending tool and stamped it again to give it an ombre effect.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I die cut all the images from Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper using the coordinating Die-namics.

After masking the images, I stamped the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Background onto the panel as shown in the picture. I used Grout Gray and Cement Gray inks.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next, I die cut the shaker from the center of the panel and then fussy cut it with scissors. I applied glitter pen to it and adhered a mini wobble spring behind it.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I pulled out another A2 sized card base and stamped the shaker images. I gave them a gradation effect again using Grout Gray, Cement Gray, and Steel Blue inks. I stamped sentiments from the same stamp set using Blu Raspberry and Tropical Teal as well. I mounted the two card bases together with a glue tape and adhered some stickers as shown to finish off this card. Now it’s time to shake it off!

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card featuring the FABulous May Release. Thank you so much for joining me today — happy crafting!


So what do you think…are you ready to shake up your idea of a traditional shaker card by adding a little wobble to your next project? We’d love to see your take on Dana’s inspiration — make sure you tag #mftstamps on social media so we can properly appreciate your talents!

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Feminine Finds from Caroline

The sweetest images, candy-like colors, and delicate stitched details sum up today’s projects. We’re so happy to be welcoming Caroline back for one last May guest post today!

It’s Caroline here again, from KISS – Keep it Sweet & Simple, with my second post as guest designer.

Today, I’d like to share a couple of projects with you using some of the products from the new May release. For my first card, I’ve used the sweet Love You a Bunch stamp set and Die-namics. I needed a card for my Mum’s birthday and when I saw this cutie, I knew she would love her.

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I wanted to keep it nice and soft so, for the background, I used some pretty, pastel colours with the new circle stencil. I have a feeling this stencil is going to get a lot of use — it’s great for all sorts of techniques. To make it a little more special, I added the ‘MUM’ letters. These were die cut with Stitched Alphabet Die-namics, attached to some foam, and popped back into place.

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card uses the adorable Sweet Somebunny set.

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I don’t know about you, but when I get a new set I like to stamp and die cut all the different pieces and move them around a card base to see where inspiration takes me. That was easy in this case as all the sweet elements are just perfect for creating a cute, little outdoor scene.

Thanks for joining me today, and a HUGE thanks to the MFT team for inviting me to share some projects with you. I’ve been so thrilled to be even a small part of such a fabulous, creative blog.


Our deepest gratitude to Caroline for sharing her talent with us this month. If you were inspired by her cards to create some pretty projects of your own, be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media — we’re always on the lookout for more MFT masterpieces!

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Party Hearty with a Watercolor Safari

One of the beautiful things about watercolor is how forgiving it is — the looseness of the color is one of the unique characteristics that make it such an inviting technique. Today’s guest is joining us today with two inspiring cards featuring Safari Party and a unique take on watercolor. Welcome, Dana!

Hello, everyone! It’s Dana here from Dana G.Crafts and I’m super excited to be guest designing today for My Favorite Things. Thank you for this great opportunity, MFT! I’m so in love with their May 2018 release and created several cards to share with you. I already shared two cards in the MFT & Friends post last week and here are another two cards for today.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my first card, I started by stamping images from Safari Party onto watercolor paper. I watercolored them and die cut with Safari Party Die-namics. I white heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set onto black card stock and die cut it with Blueprints 27 and scissors.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next, I created my own watercolor background. I used A2 sized cold pressed watercolor paper and spritzed clean water onto it using a mister. I applied wet watercolor paints to the wet watercolor paper working from light to dark colors. Once my first layer was finished, I spritzed clean water again and repeated the previous process two more times.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After the panel dried completely, I created a bokeh effect on my background. I sponged various sizes of circles from the Basic Shapes – Circles Stencil with white pigment ink using mini blending tool.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I applied white gel pen to few small circles after the panel dried. You can see the result around critters in the next picture.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I foam mounted the animals and sentiment where I wanted them and embellished with some crystals using Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue to finish off this card.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I once again watercolored animals from Safari Party and die cut them with the coordinating Die-namics. I die cut my cover panel from the Tranquil Textures Paper Pack (retired) using the Stitched Dome Die-namics. I die cut the border from the Calm & Cozy Chevron Paper Pack using Grassy Hills Die-namics.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my background, I pulled out bristol paper and ink blended it with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks. I then stenciled some circles from MFT Stencil Basic Shapes-Circles with white pigment ink.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I white heat embossed a sentiment from Safari Party onto a piece of Neenah Desert Storm and cut it using craft knife. To finish, I stacked up each layer using foam adhesive and glue tape on an A2 sized kraft card base as shown in the picture. Here are more close up pics.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and got some inspiration. Thank you for stopping by — I’ll be back on May 30th to share more ideas! Happy crafting!


Ready to grab some watercolor supplies and your favorite MFT images? We’d love to see your take on Dana’s inspiration — make sure you tag #mftstamps on social media so we can properly appreciate your talents!

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Hello, Little One

Hello!

It’s Caroline here from KISS – Keep It Sweet & Simple, and I’m so happy to be joining you today as a guest designer. I’m sharing a couple of projects using the sweet new stamp and Die-namics, Hello Little One.

For my first card, I did some simple die cutting to create a little train for the toy horse to pull. In between the wagons, I used a piece of the die-cut balloon string (from Party Animals), and the square ‘BABY’ blocks were created with the Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX.

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For me, polka dots and baby cards are a match made in heaven, so I used the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Background to add them to my card.

I stamped it using Versamark, clear embossed, and then inked. I hope you can just about make out the pretty shine and texture that this adds.

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I kept things nice and simple for my second card.

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I used the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Background again — this time stamping through a masked circle and embossing in white.

The cute teddy is popped up on foam tape and I finished by adding a pretty scalloped frame.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my projects.

Have a great day xx

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