Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Hog Heaven

What better way to kick off the weekend than by saving some major cash on your next MFT purchase? There are still some products available in our retirement sale — why not grab the coordinating Die-namics for a stamp set you already own at a deep discount? Or bulk up your occasion-specific collections? Or even grab some gifts for your craft-loving friends and family! Whatever your motivation, now is a great time to add some new MFT goodies to your stash.


It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Hello everyone, and welcome to June’s Artistic Expression feature. I have a fun piggy card to share with you today!

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

We’ve already covered how to colour wood so for today’s lesson, I want to focus on what’s going on behind that wooden fence.

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

So let’s all have a go at colouring a pig’s bum — not something you’ll find in your everyday Copic tutorial! Ha, ha, ha.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by mapping out the shadows with the palest colour — E00. I had to remember that the light source for the front image was coming from the right so I needed to swap it to the left when colouring the back of the pig.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

With E01 I added extra depth to the shadow areas.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I darkened the area still more with E02, but as you can see, with each addition, I coloured a smaller area.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Before I blended the body, I added a small amount of E11 in areas that would have the darkest shadows cast — under the head on the right and the legs under the pig’s bum.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then I blended all the layers, first with a touch of E01 and then with E00.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The pigs’ arms were coloured in the same way as the body.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For me, the body colours alone did not create sufficient depth, so I added a small amount of grey using W1, W2, and W3.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The head was approached in the same way as before, starting with E00.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A small amount of E01, over the E00, was added next.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As the pig’s head is round, you need to try and make the circle shape resemble a ball and the addition of E02 assists with that.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, a small amount of E11 was placed on the right-hand side of the head.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The head was then blended in the same way as the body. Can you see that the little piggy is beginning to take shape?

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

At this point, I took a hard look at the shadow areas and felt that they needed to be intensified under his neck, a smidge down the right-hand side of his leg and under his pudgy little bottom.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

His ears are approached in exactly the same manner.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I added darker earth tones to the right-hand side of the ears.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A smidge of E11 and E13 darkened the areas sufficiently before I smoothly blended both ears.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And there we have it, one fully coloured piggy complete with curly tail!

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

As for the card, the base was created from some Smooth White Card Stock. I used Copic suitable card for the coloured panels with the images stamped in Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. I used Black Licorice Hybrid Ink for the sentiment once I had coloured the inner panel with Copics.

COPIC COLOURS

Sky: B000

Grass: G40, G12, YG61, YG63, YG67, W3

Gate/Fence: E40, E42, E43, E44, E47, W3, W4

Pig: E00, E01, E02, E11, E13, R21, W1, W2, W3, W8

I do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and that you give this a try.


Certainly, the cutest pig’s bum we’ve seen…don’t you agree? We’d love to see your “back sides” as well 😉 so be sure to tag #mftstamps so we can check them out!

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Wow-Worthy Projects from Marieke

Our retirement sale has been rolling along but if you haven’t had a chance to shop yet, you still have the opportunity to save BIG on the remaining items. Check out our sale category now to see what treasures are still available.


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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MFTv – Creating Backgrounds with the Moroccan Mosaic Stencil

Each year we clear out products from our warehouse to make room for more, and we pass the savings on to YOU! The sale rolls on but products are selling out quickly. Make sure to check out our sale category soon to see what’s still available!


Creating a beautiful blend of distress inks is a fantastic way of highlighting the enchanting pattern that the Moroccan Mosaic Stencil produces. Follow along in this week’s episode of MFTv to learn how Stephanie worked her magic with complementary colors to achieve a stunning ombre effect on her card trio.

Handmade cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – Creating Backgrounds using the Moroccan Mosaic Stencil on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!

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Did Someone Say Retirement Sale? Time to Shop, Shop, Shop!

It’s time to SAVE BIG at the MFT Retirement Sale. Check out this incredibly diverse collection of hundreds of Die-namics, stamps, stencils, patterned papers, and supplies — all offered at a 50% savings! Treat yourself to some special new supplies because you deserve it.

All of these items will be retired as stock is depleted so grab them now if they’re on your wish list. You’ll find the limited supply of products in our Sale category – no coupon code required, but act fast because this sale is only valid while supplies last and the sale prices are good. Not valid on previous purchases. This sale is available for online retail orders only.

Check out a small sampling of some of the products included in the sale — don’t miss out!

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

It’s time to heat up your crafting with this sizzling savings opportunity. Whittle down your wish list and restock your supplies just in time for the long, hot summer days stretching out ahead of us. Today and tomorrow, use code SAVE20 at checkout to save 20% site wide. *Excludes brand new.


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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Product Spotlight: Toucan Do It

In search of (ISO) a retired product? Need to de-stash so you can stock up on new products? Have duplicates you want to trade? Collecting craft supplies is half the fun — join the official MFT Buy/Sell/Trade Group today!


Encouragement is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow, and this flock of feathered friends is a fabulous way of providing it. Toucan Do It features four tropical birds participating in a variety of heart-healthy activities. They’re getting physical and sporting the sweatbands (and legwarmers!) to prove it. Create a mini paradise they’ll feel comfortable breaking a sweat in with the included wonky banner and foliage images. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die. We’ve also included a tightrope die to give your exercise partners a place to perch. As you’ll see in a couple of our design team examples, the Wonky Banners Die-namics makes a perfect workout partner for the Toucan Do It images.

Toucan Do It stamp set #mftstamps Toucan Do It Die-namics #mftstamps

Let’s see how our team featured Toucan Do It in their own projects this month!

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Toucan Do It from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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!