Doodled Blooms Greetings with Heather

Heather is joining us again today with a couple of elegant clean and simple looks. You’ll love seeing how she takes the same basic set of products to create two beautiful, distinct looks!

Hello! Heather P. here again today to share two more cards I’ve created using the amazing range of products from MFT Stamps. 🙂

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My first card features the Doodled Blooms stamp set and Die-namics, Confetti Background, Radial Stitched Circle Stax, and Hello There Die-namics.  To create my card, I started by creating a card base using Sweet Tooth Card Stock. I used the Confetti Background inked with Cement Gray ink, and stamped it onto the card base. To make some room for my off-center focal panel, I trimmed 3/4″ from the card base.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then used the Radial Stitched Circle Stax on Grout Gray Card Stock and adhered it to the card front with foam tape.  Next, I stamped one of the flower images from the Doodled Blooms stamp set using Cement Gray ink, then die cut it out using the coordinating Die-namics. The sentiment was die cut from Peach Bellini Card Stock with the Hello There Die-namics. To finish up, the sentiment and die cut flower shape were adhered to the card front, and I embellished with enamel dots.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card features the Doodled Blooms stamp set and Die-namics, Radial Stitched Circle Stax, and the Cheers Die-namics.  To create my card, I started with a Sweet Tooth card base. I stamped the card base with images from Doodled Blooms using Grout Gray ink.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then used the Radial Stitched Circle Stax on a piece of Peach Bellini Card Stock to create the large, peek-a-boo circles. Once the circles were die cut, the card stock was adhered to the card front using foam tape. To finish up, the sentiment was die cut using the Cheers Die-namics and Grout Gray Card Stock and adhered to the card front before embellishing with enamel dots.

Well, that wraps it up for me today! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, and to My Favorite Things for the opportunity to guest design with their amazing products!!


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Beach Day with Laura

We’re headed to the beach today! May guest Laura Guttridge is sharing a totally seaworthy look featuring products from our latest release — ahoy, Laura!

I had a great time creating a card using the new Cloud Stencil and Ocean Waves Die-namics. I thought they would make a great beach scene perfect for including elements from the Seaside Seagulls and Ocean Pals stamp sets. I started by using the stencil on the base of the card with Distress Oxide ink to create the cloudy sky — this stencil makes it super easy to create effective clouds!

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once the sky was completed, I started work on the beach. I die cut two choppy looking waves and one that would make a sandy shore using the Ocean Waves Die-namics. I then coloured them using Distress Oxide inks, ready to stack onto my card. The dies make it really quick to create a multi-layered scene.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I stamped and then coloured the gulls, shells, and starfish with Copic markers before adding details/highlights to the whole card with a white gel pen. I find that adding these little details helps the whole card pop.

I used 3D foam tape to create dimension and this also allowed me to tuck some of the gulls into the waves to give the illusion they are resting on the ocean.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I finished off the card by using some glossy accents to create some shine on the waves and I chose the sentiment “I’m so glad you’re mine, mine, mine” from the Seaside Seagulls set to give it an additional fun element.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

These are great new items and so versatile, you can create so many looks from just a few sets!


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Thinking of You

We’re always happy to welcome our dear friend Amy to the blog. Today, she’s sharing a Birdie Brown look punctuated by lots of gorgeous distressing thanks to her collection of Oxide Inks!

Hello everyone! AmyR here with a card using some of the new May MFT stamps and Die-namics. I couldn’t resist the Birdie Brown Mermazing set, and decided to create a fun beach scene for my little mermaid with the Beach Scene Builder Die-namics.

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

Since I’m currently obsessed with the Distress Oxide inks I decided to do ALL the colouring on this card with these inks! I stamped the mermaid and the rock onto some Bristol Smooth card stock with MFT’s Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, then “smushed” various Distress Oxide inks onto a palette and picked them up with a water brush and coloured in the images that way.

After colouring them in I die cut them with the coordinating Mermazing Die-namics.

For the beach scene, I die cut the base pieces of water and sand then die cut them a second time with the largest Wonky Stitched Circle Die-namics. I die cut the top, or sky part, from another piece of card stock and the same circle die. I then sponged all the different pieces with various Distress Oxide inks. Once everything was sponged with color, I splattered all the pieces with water and picked it up with a paper towel.

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

The sentiment on the front of the card is from a previous Birdie Brown set – Polar Bear Pals. I thought it was perfect for the scene I’d created on the front of the card!

I finished off the inside of the card using several underwater images from the Mermazing set that I stamped with the Distress Oxide inks, then added a sentiment from the Mermazing set and that was it!

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


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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Mermazing

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

from Jody’s blog: Katie Mowery


Before we dive into Jane‘s feature this month, we have some very exciting news, indeed. From Card Design Superstar to guest blogger, to guest instructor in our Eustis boutique…the natural progression is to welcome her officially to the MFT Creative Team. Starting with our June Release, Jane will be a permanent fixture around here contributing on a regular basis to our Release and Kit Countdowns and team challenges. Welcome, Jane!

Hello there, it’s that time of the month when I share another one of my projects…in detail!

I had so much fun with this one and yes, I remembered to take lots of photographs this time.

So let’s get started.

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

I cut a piece of Stone Gray Card Stock to make a 4″ x 4″ card, cutting out a circle in the centre with Circle Stax 2. I also die cut a Pierced Circle Frame which will become part of a porthole later on in the project and as for the rivets — I used the sequins from Blueprints 24.

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

The main image was cut out of Copic card and stamped with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink, ready for me to do my usual no-line colouring.

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

Not sure what happened with this photograph, she looks like she’s giving me the evil eye! But hey, it does show you that I coloured a splotchy, three-toned background, which hopefully looks a little like water.

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

As you can see I then moved on to the skin. I usually choose to colour the palest areas first, so it lessens the chance of dark colours bleeding into the paler ones…trust me on this, I learnt this the hard way!

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

Colouring the hair was fun adding a little teal to her locks.

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

I finished her hair, coloured in her star and then turned my attention to the little clown fish.  I Googled to make sure I got the stripes right and I’m pretty pleased with the finished fish…what do you think?

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

Having coloured Nemo, it was time to turn my attention to the mermaid’s tail. Would you like to know how I created the scales? Well, I started blocking in plain colours, to mark out the shadows and highlights.  Then, I just went over these areas with dots, using the same colours, which from a distance give the appearance of scales…ta da!

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

I decided to add a little movement for both the mermaid and clown fish using the sea colours and a little W0.

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

And now here is a my little secret on how to add magic to eyes. Firstly, I create eyelashes by drawing a line with a grey coloured pencil and then I make them come alive with a tiny dot of white courtesy of a gel pen.

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

When putting the whole card together I realised that I needed to add a little enhancement to the Mermaid’s skin with coloured pencils. Then I decided to add some circular shading to give the impression of looking through the glass of a porthole and a smidgy bit of shading on the rivets. I also mounted the porthole with adhesive foam to give a depth and dimension to my card.

For those of you who enjoy following along here is the Copic list:

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

Here is one final photograph of the card:

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

I hope you’ve enjoyed the colouring journey with me and that it inspires you to think outside the box (or inside the submarine) with the stamps and get creative with the My Favorite Things stamps and dies!

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Roses All Over Greetings

This month, we’re so pleased to have Heather Pulvirenti sharing some projects featuring our May Release.

Hello! Heather P. here today to share two fun cards I’ve created with some of the gorgeous goodies from MFT’s newest release. I’m so excited to be guest blogging today, so let’s jump right on in! 🙂

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My first card features the Roses All Over Pastels Paper Pack, Bold Stripes Cover-Up Die-namics, Stitched Circle Stax Die-namics, and the Exquisite Ocean stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. To create my card, I started by first creating a card base using Pink Lemonade Card Stock. I then used the Bold Stripes Cover-Up on a piece of Sweet Tooth Card Stock, and set the large die-cut piece aside. The negative die pieces (white strips of card stock) were adhered to the card front.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I used the Stitched Circle Stax on the orange roses pattern and adhered the die cut to the card front using foam tape. Next, I stamped one of the leaf images from the Exquisite Ocean stamp set in gray ink, and cut it out using the coordinating die. The sentiment was die cut from Sweet Tooth Card Stock using the Hello There Die-namics. To finish up, the sentiment and die-cut leaf were adhered to the card front, and I embellished with silver enamel dots.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card features the Roses All Over Pastels Paper Pack, Bold Stripes Cover-Up Die-namics, and the Hello There Die-namics. To create my card, I used the large leftover die cut from the first card that I created and adhered it to a white card base. I laid the die face up on my die cutting platform and topped it with small strips of patterned paper from the Roses All Over Pastels Paper Pack.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once the die was run through the machine, I popped out all of the trimmed strips and adhered them to the card front inside the negative spaces. To finish up, I die cut the sentiment using the Hello There Die-namics and Wild Wisteria Card Stock and adhered it to the card base before embellishing with silver enamel dots.

Well, that wraps it up for me today! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, and to My Favorite Things for the opportunity to guest design with their amazing products!


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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!

Beautifully accented Doodled Blooms add dimensional appeal to a concealed sentiment.

This amazing Mermazing card features the most extraordinary foiled Mermaid Tail Background (check out our extensive collection of foils HERE because I KNOW you want to try this technique yourself!)

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

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

Peek-a-Boo Giraffe: Copic Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Hello, friends, I’m Sandy Allnock, back again with my monthly coloring video. Welcome to MAY! I’m going to be creating a little ode to April in this month’s video…April the giraffe, that is!

You can keep up with the mama and baby HERE – just remember as you read this post that I wrote it all back in late April, so if the name is chosen for the baby already, that’s why I could be a little out of date!

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

I thought a card with mama and baby gazing at each other would be especially appropriate (though watch my instagram today for another option I considered and rejected. LOL!) In the video I show you how to make the leaves from mama’s tree look like they’re spilling out onto the front of the card – with the awesome help of the MISTI!

With the paper used, I didn’t want a lot of color showing through – so I kept it to as simple coloring as I could. No blending, just lots of adorable bright Copic colors! To find colors in your collection that are the most intense, look for ones with a low first-digit – when the number has a 0 or 1, it’s the most intense (least dull) version of that color!

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

And I always love it when a card has an extra surprise inside, don’t you?

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

I’ll be back again next month….I can’t wait to see what MFT will come out with for coloring next!

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Fresh-Squeezed Inspiration

Arte is with us for one last April guest post…it’s bittersweet as we’ll miss her innovative takes on our April release but also, exciting as we’ll begin our May Release Countdown tomorrow!

We all love Pure Innocence – each new release includes the most endearing characters and sweetest sentiments. Arte’s duo of cards featuring our April Release, Fresh Squeezed, ups the ante with a clean, simple design accented by a lemony surprise!

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Take a cue from Arte and accent your stamped images with some of your own custom art. What a fabulous way to make your cards even more special.


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Love Is in the Air

Up in the Air is already a beloved addition to the Birdie Brown collection – those darling balloons are irresistible! Today though, Arte is sharing a couple of ideas for using some of the supplemental images to craft sweet looks.

Here’s a fun discovery: the curve of the banners in Up in the Air match that of the Sentiment Label Strip Die-namics! It’s a clean and simple design  but the dimension of the frame, clouds and banner really add interest..

The passengers included in Up in the Air are designed to peer over the edge of a balloon basket but a window sill (or fence!) works well too. A sweet sentiment from the Lisa Johnson Design’s Make Yourself at Home stamp set is just right with this charming window scene.

We know you love Up in the Air but with these new ideas to add to your inspiration folder, we know you’ll be reaching for it even more. Thanks again to Arte for sharing her ideas!


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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Up in the Air

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

from Inge’s blog: keysha


Hi there everyone, – how are you? I’m probably dealing with a bit of jet lag right about now, having arrived in Orlando yesterday afternoon – ready for my Copic classes here at the My Favorite Things Boutique in Eustis this weekend!

So I thought I would keep up the “flying theme” with this month’s feature by using Birdie Brown’s Up in the Air stamp set and Die-namics.

Jane Allen

I started by cutting out a panel using the largest die from the  Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics and Steel Blue Card Stock, and a smaller rectangle from Copic suitable card stock.  The larger panel I put to one side and the smaller, I sprayed using my airbrush.

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

Next, I stamped the balloons on another piece of Copic card and proceeded to colour them with Copic markers.  To get the teddy bear inside the basket, you need to stamp him first then cover him with a mask. I used a post it note – basically you stamp the image again, cut out the sticky backed version and adhere it to the first stamped image. Then you stamp the balloon over the top – when you remove the mask the bear looks as though he is inside the basket – ta da!

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

Once I was happy with the balloons I turned my attentions to the background, adding bushes and little sheep…my students will be learning how to create little sheep like these during the classes this weekend. I will share it with you guys in another feature, I promise.

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

As you can see I used the complementary Die-namics to cut out the balloon and as I have done before, I coloured the white border so that it blended in with the background.

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

The larger balloon was again cut out using a die and coloured as before. I then decided to colour an additional bear to stick on top of the original one…confession time: I thought I had added sufficient card stock between the coloured image and the die to stop the die from cutting through the bear I had masked but no, the die cut through the image – grrrrr! Bloopers happen to us all! So I just took a deep breath, re-stamped and coloured the bear, and stuck him on top of what remained of the original little guy! To give depth to the card, I mounted this larger balloon onto the background with foam squares.

As always, here is the Copic list for those who would like to try this themselves:

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

Well, that’s about it for this month…see you next month when I will be back with more colouring fun!

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