Deck the Halls with Puppy Greetings

Hello, again! It’s Amy from A Thousand Sheets of Paper and I’m back this week with my final post as a Guest Designer for MFT. I just want to thank them again for inviting me to play this past month, I’ve loved every minute! I have three cards to share today because I have saved my most favorite stamp set for last…Happy Pawlidays. Not only do I have my own canine companion, whom I adore, but I also work with dogs every day for my job and I love it. So when I saw this stamp set I knew that it would be perfect for my client Christmas cards!

For my first card, I cut two different stitched panels — the larger one using the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 and the smaller from Set 2. On the smaller panel, I stamped the cute pup off to the side, giving him the appearance of peeking into the scene. Next, I grabbed the Drifts & Hills Stencil and sponged blue ink above it to create the evening sky. The trees were sketched in using a Copic marker, and falling snow with a white gel pen. I finished the card off with a mix of Sparkling Clear sequins scattered about.

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

On my second card, I wanted to create a small contained indoor scene combining the mischievous pup all tangled up in lights along with the tree and gifts that are from the same set. I masked the tree and two of the gifts on the background, along with the picture frame from the Make Yourself at Home set, then I grabbed the Small Brick Wall Stencil and inked over everything to create the brick wall. I used the coordinating Happy Pawlidays Die-namics to cut out the pup and one of the gifts so that I could easily pop them up off the scene just a bit. The large sentiment from the Handwritten Holiday set provides a counterbalance to the top-heavy design.

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

My final card was inspired by my friend’s dog, Pickle. She is the most beautiful miniature dachshund that I have ever seen and she’s quite the character too. So I colored this little wiener dog all in black, just like Pickle, and surrounded her with bright pops of color in the ornaments, the inked background, and the rug I borrowed from the retired Merry Christmoose set. Once again, the coordinating Happy Pawlidays Die-namics were used along with some Glossy Accents that I added to the baubles for extra shine. A thin strip of black and white striped washi tape down the left edge of the card ties back nicely to my little black wiener dog and adds a graphic touch to the finished card.

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

Thanks again for having me and I wish all my MFT friends a wonderfully creative holiday season!

Double the Merry Christmas Greetings

It’s been a joy having Lydia join us this month. I’m sure you’re just as inspired by her projects as we’ve been…it’s going to be a very colorful Christmas around here!

It’s my last day as a guest of MFT – thank you so much for having me here! I have a twofer today — two projects in which a single die cut resulted in two cards. On this first card, I loved the adorable birdies wearing hats so I wanted the teeny bird to be the star. So on a card panel of white, I die cut the circular sentiment, being careful to center it on the panel, and saving the panel with the negative space. Then I stamped the foliage and berries all around the edge of the card and colored them with Copics – RV29 and BG49. Then I glued down the die-cut sentiment frame and popped the birdie up in the middle on dimensional adhesive.

Next I took the card panel that I cut the sentiment from and inlaid a black sentiment to give me a place to put the adorable jumping deer. I colored him with E17, E19, B04, and BG57 and lifted color with the colorless blender to get his spots. Always save those negative cuts — you can do such fun things!

Thanks for being here – I hope you have an awesome crafty holiday season!

MFTv – Happy Haunting

Happy Halloween Eve, all! For this week’s episode of MFTv, Stephanie has conjured a spooky masked scene featuring Happy Haunting and a mix of Distress Ink and Copic coloring. It’s not too late to create a few Halloween cards for your loved ones so pull out your witches and goblins and watch our latest video to get inspired!

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

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

Watch MFTv – Happy Haunting 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!

Polar Pals in the Spotlight

Hello, again! It’s Amy from A Thousand Sheets of Paper and I’m back this week with a pair of Christmas cards featuring the fun critters from the Polar Pals stamp set and Die-namics that were part of the October release. For my first card today, I’ve imagined this cute narwhal leaping out of the cold, arctic waves to jump through a hoop of holiday greetings. To make this happen I used a mix of new and older Die-namics. The ‘hoop’ is the Happy Holidays Circle Frame and the water was created by cutting some ombre inked card stock into strips with the Ocean Waves Die-namics. This background was trimmed out using the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 and the coordinating Polar Pals dies made it easy to cut out the narwhal and pop him up with dimensional adhesive right over the Stitched Sentiment Strip.

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

For my second card, I created a single layer scene by masking the penguin, seal and polar bear all together onto the ice floe. I used my Copic markers to color their cute winter wear in traditionally festive red and green holiday colors. Then I continued to sketch in the cold, winter waves and towering pines in the background to really flesh out the arctic home they live in.

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

I hope you have enjoyed these Polar Pal creations as much as I enjoyed making them and I will see you again next week!

Merry & Bright

Lydia is back today with another vibrant look featuring a beautiful sentiment from our October release.

Howdy — back with you today with a splashy but simple card. Big scripty sentiments are pretty much my favorite, and this holiday brush lettering set is the absolute bomb. I went with a pink and lime background today — I just embossed the sentiment from Handwritten Holiday in clear, and then went nuts with Paper Artsy Infusions in Are You Cerise, Magenta, and Slime. I love the little dots of turquoise here and there. I finished it with a delicate snowflake and a rhinestone. Big, bold sentiments just make holiday cardmaking easy and fun.

Handmade card from Lydia Fiedler featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

May Your Days Be Furry and Bright

Today we’re welcoming Lydia Fiedler to the blog for the first in a trio of colorful posts featuring products from our October release. Welcome, Lydia!

Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be a guest here at MFT this week – I have so much love in my heart for Kim and everyone who makes MFT the magical place it is. They are all truly great people. So, I love doing just a little off-kilter color schemes — especially at Christmas. Instead of red and green, I’ll do pink and lime, etc. It just freshens up my holiday cards and keeps them from looking too traditional, which is not really my style. When I saw the sweet pet images in the Happy Pawlidays set, I knew I wanted a very colorful little pooch to be center stage. So I grabbed a Gel Press print I made with a bright splash of teal in it, used my hex chart to find Copics to match, and colored up this little pup. I’m a huge fan of what I call “clean mixed media” where you can get messy and create beautiful splashy backgrounds and card elements, but still have them work on clean and simple card designs.

Handmade card from Lydia Fiedler featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Hits & Highlights

Do you remember how fun it was to receive a card for your birthday or other occasions that included a small game or activity? It’s not just kids that love interactive features on cards though — recreate that excitement in handmade form to excite the kids and adults in your life with our Tic Tac Toe line of products. Our X’s and O’s Card Kit featured lots of pinks and reds but there’s no need to limit yourself to Valentines. Play with different color palettes and mix in some of the other products in your stash to create the perfect look for any occasion!

Barbara’s festive project would make a perfect tree ornament or gift tag. Substituting ornaments from Happy Pawlidays for x’s and o’s is a holly jolly way of utilizing the Tic Tac Toe – White board compartments.

The sentiments included in the X’s and O’s stamp set lend themselves to pairing with an amazing variety of characters in the MFT library of images. Anna’s Cool Cats are a winning addition!

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:

MFTv – How to Create a Card with Gilding Flakes

Holiday cards present a fantastic opportunity to integrate some glitz into your designs. Gilding flakes are fun and versatile as you can apply them in a variety of ways. Yes, they’re a bit messy, but as you’ll see in this week’s video, there are ways to manage the (totally worth it) mess.

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

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

Watch MFTv – How to Create a Card with Gilding Flakes 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!

United We Flourish: My Favorite Things Exclusive for Ellen Hutson

This industry is full of kind-hearted, supportive, encouraging people and companies. Time after time, it’s shown that together is better than apart and we are so proud to share a creative space with so many incredible examples of goodness. We’re happy to be able to play a part in Ellen Hutson‘s United We Flourish series.

From Ellen Hutson:

Last November we began celebrating our 10th anniversary with the theme United We Flourish. And what does United We Flourish mean? It means that our company would not be here without the amazing companies we work with, the designers who create stunning projects showcasing the wonderful products being created AND you, our fabulous customers! YOU are such a vital part of our creative community – you inspire & encourage us! Your response to United We Flourish was overwhelming and heart-warming. We heard repeatedly from you that you appreciate how our little company works together with the other manufacturers we carry to bring you their products and education showing how to use those products. To thank you for your constant support and encouragement, we have partnered with some of our friends to offer exclusive limited edition stamp & die sets!!! These sets will be available for a limited time (most likely 3-6 months) after each release, depending on how quickly you snap them up. The theme of these stamps sets are uplifting and fun.

We are thrilled to present the third one to you…Good Friends by My Favorite Things exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC.

Our contribution to United We Flourish is the Good Friends stamp and Die-namics combo. It features an adorable assortment of cats and dogs that have somehow managed to put their differences aside and just be friends 😉.

You can see how Stephanie combined some of the images with our Mailbox Die-namics and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics below.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Good Friends - designed by My Favorite Things exclusively for Ellen Hutson #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Good Friends - designed by My Favorite Things exclusively for Ellen Hutson #mftstamps

Watch Sending Smooches Card – Ellen Hutson & MFT Exclusive on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

How fun is it to see all of these beautiful MFT + EH faces intermingling? If you’re as excited as we are to see how the MFT and Ellen Hutson teams played with Good Friends, get your clicking finger ready — these ladies have knocked it out of the park!

Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Happy Pawlidays

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

from Stephanie’s blog: StarSpry


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

I’m doing an awful lot of Copic colouring right now so I decided to use coloured pencils for this month’s feature.

I also decided to try something that I’ve been itching to do for a while…colour on black card stock! I’ve often coloured on Kraft and love the way that it makes the colours pop.

The first issue was how to stamp on black card stock — it’s not like you can use black ink — so I pulled out my Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. I’m aware how juicy pigment inks are and wanted to avoid an excess of ink on my project. Panic not, there is a solution — double stamping! Ink up the stamp as normal, stamp your image on some scrap paper, and then stamp a second time onto your black card stock…there is still plenty of ink remaining to give you a nice clean print!

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

Another tip when attempting to colour on very dark card stock — I recommend having the image on the packaging close at hand so if you colour over some of the lines,  you don’t get lost. Trust me, it’s very easy to do and having a clear image to follow as a guide really saves your sanity.

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

As you can see, the colours do stand out from the background but the dark colour does mute them a little more than when you colour on Kraft. I am pretty pleased with the results!

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

You can see I opted for creams, browns, and gave him a darker patch over his right eye.

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

This little guy is adorable when wrapped up in Christmas lights, even though they should be on the tree instead of him.

What do you think of the finished pooch?

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

Having coloured the dog, I turned my attention to the background, opting to create my own with Distress inks…no water splats this time, just plain and simple blending in muted shades of green and beige. I used Post-it tape to mask off the lower portion whilst I inked the top, then repeated the process for the bottom.

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

I trimmed the mount with the Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX and then cut out the centre of the card stock with the new Snow Globe Die-namics, finishing it off by adding the die-cut snow globe base. I initially cut that out of Olive Card Stock, adding a little shading with coloured pencils to give it a bit of dimension.

I stamped a sentiment from the Happy Pawlidays stamp set with VersaMark and embossed it with Super Fine Black Embossing Powder. Here’s a tip: you can probably see that I’ve got little bits of embossing powder where I don’t want it. Don’t panic if this happens to you too. I simply used a Mono Sand Eraser to remove the worst of it. Like my inking, embossing is something I need to practice!

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

Here is the final card, with the little dog safely inside his snow globe with lots of bright Prill Spills Prills to play with — no wonder he has a smile on his face!