Operation Write Home Spring Training Blog Hop

My Favorite Things is pleased and proud to be participating in the Operation Write Home Spring Training Blog Hop. Operation Write Home supports our armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards for those serving our Country to send to their loved ones. Find out how you can help heroes keep in touch with their families here.

Today’s Operation Write Home Blog Hop focuses on creating masculine cards.  For my masculine card, I’m using Inspired by the Wild, Wild West. This highly detailed line of stamps is gorgeous even when left fully uncolored. I’ve added lots of rustic, masculine details along with some distressing and I’ve created my own speckle tone paper, too.

See how to create the speckle tone background and how to give this warm, weathered look to your card stock and patterned paper in THIS quick video, or you can click play below:

I’ve used the following products in my card today:

As part of our participation in today’s Operation Write Home Spring Training Blog Hop, we’re offering a $25 Gift Voucher to the MFT Boutique.  To enter your name into the drawing, simply leave a comment on this blog post.  The winner will be selected at random and announced here on the MFT Blog and on the MFT Facebook Page on April 10th.
Thanks for visiting us today.  You’ll find the full list of  Spring Training Blog Hop participants on the Operation Write Home Blog.  Be sure to head on over to the next stop on today’s hop – Tombow!

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Comments (317)

  • Kathryn

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    Thanks for sharing this handsome card. I am not a huge fan of coloring, so these stamps would really suit my style. I can’t wait to try your new technique for decorating paper.

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  • Kitty Van Horn

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    Absolutely love everything you put out. Keeps me busy.

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  • DianeW

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    MFT- well- my favorite stamps! i want this stamp set!! i love that you showed how to use the stamp without coloring and like the rustic techniques! Thanks so much for a video- I like watching the creation from start to finish!

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  • debbie Nims

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    awesome card!!

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  • Lisa Niles

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    Wow! This card is spectacular! I especially love the “ribbon” strips. Just beautiful!

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  • Dee

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    Wonderful masculine card! Great tip on aging the edges!

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  • Mary Anne K.

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    I just love this card! The distressed edges give it such a rustic feel. I will definately try some of these techniques to jazz up my manly cards. Thanks!

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  • Ann M

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    The weathered edges and stitching are the perfect touch to this western style card. I love MFT stamps. I can see this one is going to be a must have!

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  • Melissa Mauri

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    Thanks for the inspiration, love the detailed stamp.

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  • Paula Zduncyk

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    I love the worn look.. I will definitely being utilizing THIS tut! THANKS!

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  • Kara

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    Love the layering on this card.

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  • Meredith Winston

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    Stunning and perfectly masculine!! Love that image AND the speckled paper!

    Crafty Hugs!
    Meredith
    xo!

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  • Brenda B.

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    Love your spattering technique – will definitely try that!

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  • Roanna

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    This isooo masculine and awesome! Thank you for sharing! *hugs*

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  • Jil-Anne Essinger

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    I am not much into coloring and the use of this stamp is great for my talents. Love the entire rustic look. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Jody Green

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    Great card! I love the image. Thanks also for sharing the speckle technique.

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  • Darci Powers

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    You are so right…this stamp is so beautiful, it doesn’t even need coloring! The layers on the card are lovely. I enjoyed your whole blog and especially the OWH hop….thanks!

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  • Lee Anne Owens

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    Such great ideas this morning. Love the idea of making my own custom paper by adding the colors I want. Also loved seeing a card that looks awesome without coloring it. I can’t tell you how many images because I did not like my coloring. Maybe I will try leaving a few uncolored

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  • DawnL

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    a great guy card! tfs

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  • Cindi Flass

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    Great card and really great cause! This is such a perfect stamp for a masculine card.

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  • Joy Stagg

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    this is absolutely wonderful! great hop!

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  • Carol Perry

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    Love the distress look themed card. Thanks for sharing today. Great video.

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  • stampersuzz

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    Cool card! Love the western theme! Perfect for a boy!

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  • Penny Ward

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    i love how nice the card turned out uncolored. Love MFT stamps !!!

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  • Larissa Heskett

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    Such a FUN masculine card for today!! LOVING the coloring!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win have aFabulous Weekend!! ;)

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  • Tami B

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    I like that speckled background. Great masculine card.

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  • Alanna

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    What a wonderful card. Perfect for a guy.

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  • Susan T

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    Thanks for joining in on the fun. Love the inspiration.

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  • Angie Crockett

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    Such a cute card….love the image!! Thanks for the technique tips for the speckled paper…..will definitely try it!!!

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  • Diane

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    I love this stamp set. The card was just fabulous too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Erika H

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    I love the card…so masculine with the rough edges. The stamp is a great image… I haven’t seen many cowboy ones but this one is tops. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Peggy

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    This is a great masculan card. Thanks for sharing the directions.

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  • Gail

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    Fun cards! Terrific representation of the wild, wild west.

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  • Donna R

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    Love that scene. Great masculine card! Thanks for the video tutorial!

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  • wendy

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    terrific card, love the layout and beautiful stamped image

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  • Jean Sundquist

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    Thanks for showing us a great card using this very detailed masculine stamp!

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  • Sandy Gregg

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    Wow, awesome card for the masculine gender. I enjoyed the tutorial video and how you distressed and made the spotted paper to add even more age to the card. One of my favorites I’ve enjoyed along the blog hop! TFS.

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  • Jan

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    Great card. I love the wild west. Not too many stamps with these theme.

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  • Becky Schneider

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    Beautiful card–thanks for doing this for our troops

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  • Emily D

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    What a cute image!

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  • Kathy Stacy

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    Always have fun cards to show at MFT. Thanks for being part of OWH Blog Hop.

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  • Sue D

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    Wonderful Wild West card! I like the rustic details. Thanks for the video.

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  • Teza

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    Beautiful card!! I love how you used the banner/flag die cut! The cowboy stamp is awesome!

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  • Judyt

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    What a cute card. Thanks got the video too!

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  • Lisa Oliver

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    Great card – I love the “uncolored” look when paired with great texture and colors to dress it up. Thank you for your support of OWH!

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  • Jennifer Scull

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    my goodness, this is fabulous! love the stitching and simplicity of it to add to the masculine feel.

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  • Shari B

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    Wonderfully detailed, yet very do-able! Thanks for the inspiration and great tips!

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  • Debbie P

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    This card is so great for a texas girl. Thanks for the inpiration.

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  • Karen

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    Great masculine card. I like that it looks pretty easy to make.

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  • karen k

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    What a great card and a great organization, Operation Write Home. Thanks for sharing.

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