Shaker Bears for Any Occasion

Hello everyone! It’s Amy, and I’m so happy to be back to share two fun shaker cards featuring the Bitty Bears stamp set. Two days ago, I shared gift tags made with them, and today I’m sharing the matching cards.

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I made two very similar cards for different occasions. For both, I stamped the images from Bitty Bears on Smooth White Card Stock and colored them with Copic markers. I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add small accents. After, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I also used the same Blueprints 27 Die-namics for the base panel, as well as the inner rectangle for the shaker windows. This Blueprints is perfect for adding cute critters inside the three small rectangles and sentiments in the long rectangle window.

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To begin, I created the base panel for the Christmas card by die cutting Bristol card stock using the scallop die from Blueprints 27. I inked it with Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Twisted Citron Distress Oxides, and splattered water with a paint brush. Once everything dried, I ran it through the die-cutting machine with the Vertical Snowfall Die-namics to create a snowy background.

To make the shaker window, I die cut white card stock with the inner rectangle from Blueprints 27, and trimmed heat resistant acetate to the same size. After treating the acetate with anti-static powder, I stamped the sentiment Happy Holiday Cheer to You! from Toasty Greetings using Versamark, and heat set with white embossing powder. Next, I adhered the acetate behind the window frame. I added two layers of foam adhesive around the frame and mounted it on top of the base after adding some glitter and fake snow.

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To finish, I added the images to the three square and added the card to a slightly larger top-folding card base.

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The second card was made the same way as the first card, with a few differences. For the birthday card, I added different colors inside the three small squares. I used thin washi tapes to create borders for adding different inks. I removed the tape once I was done. I inked the base panel with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide and Spun Sugar Distress Ink. For the smaller squares, I used Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides.

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The sentiment was prepared the same way as the first card. May All Your Wishes Come True is from the Big Birthday Sentiments stamp set. For the shaker component, I used sparkling clear sequins and added colored images of cupcakes, hearts, and gift boxes in the smaller compartments.

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That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. See you again September 27th. Until then, happy crafting!

Love You to the Core: Watercolor Pencil Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Hello, coloring friends! It’s Sandy Allnock, here again to hopefully inspire you to go do some coloring. If we haven’t yet met – I’m a coloring fanatic, and you can see all my guest posts here at MFT by clicking HERE. LOTS of you who are fans of MFT do love to color, and that’s because of all the darling stamps they make each month!

This month is no different of course. The second I saw this little Pure Innocence girl snacking on an apple from her little basket, I had to color her right up – and add a fall scene behind her!

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

I’ve been obsessed with fall scenes lately — you can check my Instagram feed for lots more scene ideas for your fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving cards. (And I’m moving into Christmas now, too, so ya best run and catch up! lol!) But first – enjoy the watercolor pencil video:

Lots of fun — and easy, too. That’s the great thing about trees…they’re just blobs of color!

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Glossy Accents is one of my favorite embellishments on an image – adding just a little shine to her apples and shoes!

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

Hope you enjoyed this little project – get out there and get busy coloring, too!

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Tags Galore from Amy Yang

Hello, MFT fans! It’s Amy from Sharingnewlove, and I’m super excited to be guest designing for MFT this month. It’s such an honor to be invited again. For today, I created some fun shaker birthday and Christmas gift tags using one of my favorite new release stamp sets, Bitty Bears. Not only are these adorable bears great for making cards, but they are the perfect size for making cute tags using the Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics.

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To begin, I stamped and colored the images from Bitty Bears with Copic markers, and cut them with the coordinating dies. I used a white Gelly Roll pen on some of the images to add details and highlights.

Handmade tags from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To create the back panels, I die cut Bristol card stock using the solid tag from Tag Builder Blueprints 5. I distressed the panels using various Distress Oxide inks. For the Christmas tags, I added white dots with the Gelly Roll pen on the background as well as the front of the acetate to resemble snow.

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I normally use foam tape for shakers but for this project, I die cut 42 tags from white card stock using the the tag die with the rectangle window. I added 7 layers to each tag and adhered them onto the back panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue. With the thin borders, I thought this was a cleaner and neater way to do it.

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For the front panels, I die cut white card stock using the tag with the rectangle window for the birthday tags, and a tag with two windows for the Christmas tags. I adhered trimmed acetate behind all the front panels. After adding the sequins, glitters, and some small colored images (as shown) on top of the back panels, I enclosed it by adhering the front panels.

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I used the banner die from Tag Builder Blueprints 5 to die cut 6 banners and stamped the sentiment from Bitty Bears using Versamark. Next, I heat set it using silver embossing powder. I curved the sentiment stamps a little so they would match the shape of the banner. Then, I adhered the banners to the front as shown. I also glued on the die-cut circle reinforcements on all the tags. Lastly, I adhered the bears and added ribbons to complete the tags.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I will be back again September 15th to share with you two cards that coordinate with these tags. Till then, happy crafting!

Halloween Techniques That Will Get Your Creativity Spinning

Today, we’re so pleased to welcome Justine Hovey back for one last August guest post.

Hi Crafters,

It’s Justine again for my last post as a guest designer for My Favorite Things. Being a part of the MFT fun this month has been an amazing experience! Today I decided to play around with some Halloween stamps. Halloween has some of my favourite color combinations and it is an excuse to get nice and inky! One thing I have been obsessed with lately is Distress Oxide inks. For this card, a little pre-planning is necessary. If you are interested in a video tutorial for these two cards, check it out here.

Handmade card from Justine Hovey featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Determine how many colours you want to use. With a pencil mark the centre point and quickly sketch the spiral so that each color comes up the same amount of times (I’m a teacher and I know fractions aren’t everyone’s favourite thing). I didn’t do any measuring for this, I just did it. If some areas end up bigger or smaller, it’s no problem. The important thing is that you don’t end up with two of the same colour side-by-side at the very end. I used Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, and Wilted Violet. I masked off each area with Post-It Tape so I could do one area at a time with straight lines. When I was finished I sprayed some water to create the oxidized effect.

Handmade card from Justine Hovey featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the final touch, I coloured some of the Halloween Characters from the Happy Haunting stamp set using Copic Markers. I attached them to a circle that I die cut and added the happy haunting sentiment. You can attach this to the centre of the card. I ended up cutting out the centre of the card using the circle die and adding the white one in the middle so I could have less layers.

Handmade card from Justine Hovey featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This card is a little bit more clean and simple but uses the same circle die set. I began by cutting the circle out of the middle of my card panel. I got stitching on the inside and outside of the circle which adds an awesome extra touch. I stamped the ghostly greetings sentiment from the Fab-BOO-lous Friends set in the middle.

Handmade card from Justine Hovey featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then stamped all the characters onto a piece of card stock and Copic coloured them. I die cut them using the coordinating dies and arranged them in a circle around the frame. I glued the frame onto the card base and added the sentiment using foam tape. I love these small images because there isn’t a lot of room for error or complicated Copic blending.

Handmade card from Justine Hovey featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope that you like these two different ideas for Halloween cards. All of the images from the August release are just adorable! I can’t wait to create some more to give to some of the special kids in the neighbourhood!


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Colorplay with Justine Hovey

Today, we’re so pleased to welcome Justine Hovey to the blog for the first of two August guest posts.

Hi Crafters,

My name is Justine Hovey and I am so excited to be guest designing today for My Favorite Things. It has truly been a dream of mine for years! Today I was inspired to create by a color combination: Ripe Raspberry, Sour Apple, and Summer Splash. I created two cards using this combination, both featuring different die-cutting techniques. If you would like to see the techniques in action, I have a video on my YouTube channel.

Handmade cards from Justine Hovey featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I love stamps that make it easy to stamp and go. I like colouring, and time-consuming projects as well but sometimes when I have limited time, it is great to make a card in minutes. I created this card by stamping the In Bloom solid flowers all over my card panel to create a pattern. I tried to fit them as close together as possible and even went off the edge with some for a more natural look.

Handmade card from Justine Hovey featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After I was finished my stamping. I took the Stitched Collage Frame Die-namics and ran my stamped background through my die-cutting machine. I create an A2 sized card base and attached the frame using regular glue and the inside squares and rectangles using 3D foam tape. Lastly, I added my sentiment which is from the Flamazing stamp set. You could embellish the card further with Nuvo drops or a Glitter pen but since I’m on vacation at the moment with limited supplies, I kept things simple.

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I really wanted to create something different for my second card so I created a #10 Card. When folded, the dimensions are 4″ x 9 ¼”. I wanted to create a collage or scene using the Flamazing stamp set. I stamped the background using my combination of Ripe Raspberry, Summer Splash, and Sour Apple, but I added Kraft as well for the sand on the beach. After finishing the background, I stamped the flowers, flamingo bodies, and palm leaves onto a piece of card stock and die cut the images. I added the legs, tree truck, beaks, eyes, and wings afterward to ensure perfect alignment. You can do this easily with a MISTI Stamping Tool as shown in my video.

Handmade card from Justine Hovey featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I glued everything down using both regular glue and foam tape to add dimension to the scene. I added a sentiment and cut it out using the Essential Speech Die-namics which was free this month with orders of $60 or more! I ended up finding that the card panel got lost on the card base so I added some Summer Splash Card Stock as a mat for the card. #10 cards are a lot of fun and allow you to fit many elements onto one card.

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I hope you enjoyed these two card ideas that I have today. I will be back again on August 30th for some Halloween fun!


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Coloring Magical Pixie Dust: Copic Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Hi everyone!! It’s Sandy Allnock – and I’m back with a little more coloring for you…and I need you to sit down. It’s a little crazier than usual, but I want you to know I believe you can do this. You can. It’s a spectacular little effect, and it takes some time and patience, but you can handle it!

I used the Magical Day set with this sweet little bear all dressed up as a magician — and his little bunny friend! They could be putting on a magic show, performing at a birthday party – or with these colors, even celebrating Halloween! (Is it too early!?)

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

Check out the video below, then meet me back here for a couple more tips.

Wasn’t that just a heck of a lot of fun? I know, I know, it looks like a hot mess until it’s not. I get that a lot. But it’s fun to see it come to life! A few tips:

  • Let go of worries about bleeding through the back. Resolve that this will never be a one-layer card.
  • Cut the paper down and do a smaller scene — a full card front can be intimidating! This one is 3 1/2″square.
  • Use colors you have re-inkers for. You, uhm, might need them.
  • Choose analogous colors for the background — those are colors next to each other on the color wheel.
  • Spend your time on the important parts of the card – in this case, the background. Notice I didn’t do ANY shading on the bear’s outfit or the bunny’s hat. With all that pixie dust, who needs to? I had to call your attention to it…that’s how much you weren’t looking at that part.

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

Looking closely you can see I added Glossy Accents to some of the pixie dust bubbles, the eyes, and nose. And for those who didn’t jot the colors down fast enough, here they are — I linked to them over on my blog if you just want to click and not go searching.

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

Hope you enjoyed my little bear’s magical pixie dust…be sure to tag me over on Instagram if you try this. I’d love to see your creation!

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Hip, Hippo, Hooray!

Amy Kolling is with us for one last post featuring our July Release. Huge thanks to her for sharing her talents with us!

Hello MFT friends! Amy Kolling back with more inspiration as a Guest Designer for My Favorite Things on the MFT blog this month! I can’t stop using this past release…I loved EVERY. SINGLE. THING. I have two very different cards to share. It’s no secret that Happy Hippos has been a hit this month — I couldn’t let it go by without sharing the celebration shaker I’ve made using them!

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I started by creating my shaker using the Stitched Square Frames and Lush Lagoon Card Stock. To make this easy, I cut a smaller square from white card stock and sponged a cloud background using the Mini Cloud Stencil released this month. This serves as my shaker “backer” when I’m ready to fill and finish my shaker. I filled the shaker with mini clear star confetti from Pretty Pink Posh and added the backer. By making my shaker this way, I can set it aside and finish the layout of my card and then adhere. My happy hippo, balloons, and party hat were all Copic colored and white pigment ink accents were added. I stamped part of my sentiment below where my shaker will sit and the rest was stamped on a banner die. After adhering the Fringed Scallop Borders, cut from Bubblegum, Lush Lagoon, and Spearmint, my shaker element was added.

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Warning! My second card requires sunglasses! I wanted to go bold and rainbow using the All About You stamps and the You Trio Die-namics. I started with the textured side of Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. With my Distress Ink Cubes (Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Broken China, and Wilted Violet), I simply swiped them across my panel horizontally, overlapping just a enough so there was nearly no white space.

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

With this rainbow panel, I used the You Trio Die-namics to die cut “YOU” three times. This panel was adhered to a layer of black card stock. The YOU was die cut many times from black card stock, and then were inlaid back into the openings with the middle YOU having one additional layer for added dimension. A simple stamped black-on-white sentiment was attached with foam adhesive over the middle “YOU”.

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

That’s all for today!  Have fun crafting!


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Oh Happy Day

Our annual Retirement Sale is always a huge hit and this year is no exception – these stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and paper packs are selling out quickly. If you haven’t had a chance yet to check our Sale category – I hope you’ll make time today!


May is back today with another July Release project post – her cheery projects bring me so much joy!

Hi, crafty friends! It’s May here from Mayholic Design. Today I’m sharing another fun card featuring some of new products from the July Release.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I created my own patterned background by stamping a script sentiment from Handwritten Happiness repeatedly with coral ink onto an A2 sized piece of card stock.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I stamped my image from the Jungle Gym stamp set on a piece of white card stock, colored it with Copic markers, and die cut the images with the Jungle Gym Die-namics.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the Uncorked stamp set using watermark ink onto a piece of lagoon colored card stock, heat embossed it with white embossing powder, and die cut it with Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

I mounted the die-cut image and sentiment banner on the card front using foam tape to add some dimension. I finished my card by adding white dash lines using a white gel pen to add some detail to my images.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

That’s all for today. I hope my inspired you to create something fun today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!


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Celebrate with Amy…Shaker Style!

Amy Kolling is back! It’s been too long since we had her share her wonderful MFT creations with us so it’s a joy to say hey again and see what magic she creates with our latest release.

Hi MFT friends! It’s Amy from Stamp-n-Paradise and I’m so excited to be guest designing this month for the MFT blog. The July Release was full of amazing and fun new products.  I loved seeing products to make shakers this release as they are one of my favorite types of cards to make!

I started by doing a watercolor background using various colors of Distress Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Worn Lipstick. After letting this panel dry, it was die cut using the stitched rectangle in Blueprints 13. To soften this panel and make my balloon shaker stand out, I layered a piece of vellum.

Next, I went about creating a fun shaker element for this panel. Using the new Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics, I die cut the center of the balloon into the watercolor panel. I layered the Balloon Window (which was partially blended with Distress Oxide Ink) over the cutout (and vellum) to create my shaker element.

I added a partially blended Celebrate Die-namics over the balloon shaker. The balloon was embellished with streamers and a string die cuts from this set. A few die-cut glitter stars were added and to finish, my panel was adhered over some Sparkling Clear Confetti to fill the shaker!

That’s all for today but I will be back with more inspiration using the new release! Have fun crafting!


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Smitten with You

We’re excited to have May Park joining us on the blog today for the first of our July guest posts — welcome May!

Hi, crafty friends! It’s May here from Mayholic Design. Today I’m so excited to be guest designing for the MFT blog, sharing a fun card that I created with some of the new products from the July 2017 Release.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by stamping the images from the Smitten Kitten stamp set on A2 sized card stock. Then I stamped my cat and bow images on a piece of white card stock with Intense Black Ink, colored them with Copic markers, and cut out the images with the Smitten Kitten Die-namics.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my sentiment, I cut out the letters using the You Trio Die-namics. Then I stamped the sentiment from the All About You stamp set using watermark ink on a piece of black card stock, heat embossed with white embossing powder, and die cut with the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I mounted the die-cut images, letters, and sentiment banner on the card front using 3M foam tape to add some dimension. I finished off my card by adding white dots using a white gel pen to add some details to my kitty.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

That’s all for today. I hope my inspired you to create something fun today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!


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