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Hello and welcome to my last post as a guest designer. I’ve enjoyed sharing my projects with you. Thank you for having me, MFT! Today I’m sharing a couple of fun shaker cards.

For my first card I used some pretty paper from the Plaid Patterns Paper Pack. I die cut a window in the plaid paper using the Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics . I stamped the sentiment with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and die cut the sentiment with the Fishtail Flags Layers STAX Die-namics. I used the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames Die-namics to cut a white frame and adhered the sentiment and frame on top of the plaid paper.  Next, I glued a piece of acetate behind the window opening.  I cut a piece of foam the size of my card front and used the Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics to cut a window opening in the foam.  I adhered the foam to my card base and added some Pretty Pink Posh Summer Mix Sequins in the window opening.  To create the shaker window, I adhered the plaid paper onto the foam.

To complete my design, I used Black Licorice Hybrid Ink to stamp a sweet elephant and two balloons from the Adorable Elephants stamp set, and then I colored them with markers and die cut them with the Adorable Elephants Die-namics. I used a black glaze pen on the elephant eyes and then added some white highlight dots to the balloons and adhered them to finish the card.

Handmade card from Anita Madden featuring Birdie Brown Adorable Elephants stamp set and Die-namics, Fishtail Flags Layers STAX, Stitched Circle STAX, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames. and Lisa Johnson Designs Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics #mftstamps

For my second card, I used the cute squirrel from the Forest Friends stamp set. I decided to use acorns instead of sequins to make this shaker card.

I stamped the squirrel and lots of acorns using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and colored everything with markers and die cut them using the Forest Friends Die-namics. Then I stamped the sentiment and die cut it using the Sentiment Strips Die-namics. Using the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, I die cut paper from the Homespun Gingham Paper Pack. I then used the Peek-a-Boo Wonky Windows Die-namics to die cut a white card stock frame, the acetate window, and a piece of foam. I adhered the foam to the card front, added the acorn “shakers” and then adhered both the acetate and white window frame. I used foam tape to adhere the squirrel and sentiment strip to the card. Finally, I used a black glaze pen on the squirrel’s eye and nose to finish my card.

Handmade card from Anita Madden featuring Forest Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Sentiment Strips, Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX, and Lisa Johnson Designs Peek-a-Boo Wonky Windows Die-namics #mftstamps

I hope you’ve enjoy my projects. Have a wonderful day!


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Wishing You Green Pastures

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Hello everyone!  I’m back today to share another project with you.

For today’s card I used the Green Pastures and Farm-tastic stamp sets and Die-namics. I cut a piece of watercolor paper using the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics and then used distress inks to create a watercolored background. I stamped the Green Pastures girl and the Farm-tastic chicken and fences with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and then colored all the images with markers and die cut them with the coordinating Die-namics. I stamped the sentiment on the card and then adhered everything with foam tape for dimension. Finally, I used a black glaze pen on the girl’s eyes and the chicken’s eye.

Handmade card from Anita Madden featuring Farm-tastic and Birdie Brown Green Pastures stamp sets and Die-namics, and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some more creative inspiration!


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I’m Glad We’re Friends

Today we are welcoming Anita Madden to our blog as an MFT Guest Designer. We think you’ll like what she has to offer! Let’s take a look at an adorable card that she created for us today and see how she went about designing it.

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Hello everyone!  I’m so excited to be a guest on the MFT Blog for the next few days.

Today I’m sharing a card featuring the Snuggle Bunnies stamp set. I fell in love with these adorable bunnies and bears the moment I saw them!

I used the Black Licorice Hybrid Ink Pad to stamp a bunny and bear from Snuggle Bunnies and two trees from the Forest Friends stamp set. I colored everything with markers and die cut them using the coordinating Die-namics. I used a black glaze pen on the animal’s eyes and noses.

 

Handmade card from Anita Madden featuring Snuggle Bunnies and Forest Friends stamp sets and Die-namics, and Rolling Hills and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames Die-namics #mftstamps

I wanted to create a scene so that it looked as if the bunny and bear were playing together, so I used blue paper from the Calm & Cozy Chevron Paper Pack for the sky. Then I die cut a white card stock fence with the Rolling Hills Die-namics and used it again to cut the grassy area using paper from the County Fair Plaid Paper Pack. I die cut the frame around the scene with the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames Die-namics. Finally, I stamped the sentiment and adhered the animals and trees with foam tape to finish my card.

I hope you enjoyed my project. I’ll be back tomorrow with another guest post. I hope you have an amazing day!


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MFTv – Stencil Embossing with a Twist

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Grab your stencils, my friends. You’re going to love this awesome way to pump up your patterned paper! In this week’s episode, Kimberly uses the Wonky Chevron Stencil, patterned paper, and fine grit sand paper to remove the color of the patterned paper and reveal the white core inside. It creates amazing texture and a pretty cool background!

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Prehistoric Fun stamp set and Die-namics and Wonky Chevron Stencil #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Prehistoric Fun stamp set and Die-namics and Wonky Chevron Stencil #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – Stencil Embossing with a Twist 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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Have a Farm-tastic Day

We’re sharing one more fun look from Audrey Tokach today. Thanks so much for joining us this month!

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I started off by watercoloring a sky and grass backdrop for my animals. Then, I stamped the animals in black ink and colored them with markers before die cutting them with the coordinating Farm-tastic Die-namics. I die cut a wood-look fence from kraft card stock using the Farm Fence Die-namics and adhered that to the watercolor background right where the blue and green paint meet.

Handmade card from Audrey Tokach featuring the Farm-tastic stamp set and DIe-namics and Farm Fence Die-namics #mftstamps

Next, I arranged all of my die cuts as I wanted them and added foam tape to the back of each one. Before adhering the die cuts, I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set in the upper right corner of the panel. Once that was in place, I adhered the die-cut animals and tractor to the watercolor panel and added some accents with a white gel pen. To finish things off, I added a hand doodled border with a thin black marker and popped the entire panel up on a white card base using foam tape.


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I Like You Beary Much

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Hello again crafty friends! Lexa here with my last post as MFT Guest Designer this month. For today’s post I will be showcasing adorable critters. They are surely my thing!

My first card is a camping scene using the Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set. It’s a bear holding a grilled fish!

I die cut white card stock with the largest Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics and split it into two parts. Next, I blended some Orange Fizz and Grape Jelly Hybrid Ink in between the two parts to create the sky. Once it was dry, I adhered both rectangle pieces with foam tape to give the card some dimension. I stamped all my images with black ink on watercolor paper and colored them with distress markers and after I finished coloring, I created the scene (always my favorite part!)

The sentiment is from the Forest Friends stamp set, and it matches perfectly with the image. I like cute and punny sentiments beary much 🙂 I white heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of dark brown card stock and added some various sizes of clear sequins to finish off the card.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Forest Friends stamp set, Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set and Die-namics, and Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

I really love all of the critter stamp sets from MFT. I can’t resist them every new release – imagine that! I personally never camped, but I might want to try that if there’s a red polka dot tent like this one! I love everything polka dots.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Forest Friends stamp set, Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set and Die-namics, and Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

And here’s my second card mixing both the Forest Friends and Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp sets. I’m pretty amazed how they compliment each other so well. Not only the critters but the sentiments as well. And here I “accidently” did some crazy polka dots again, but this time it is the sky and the trees.

The sunset sky is made by blending some yellow, orange, and red from Gansai Tambi, and then I stamped the Swiss Dots Background with Orange Zest Premium Dye Ink. I love the subtle and bright orange. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the Tree-mendous Die-namics. The faux stitched trees are the best, and they will be used in many ways as I love to create scenes.

Did you know that MFT card stock is the best? I love all of the yummy colors, perfect thickness, and how smooth they are. Absolutely my favorite.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Forest Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set, Tree-mendous and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics #mftstamps

I added googly eyes to the critters, too. I just can’t resist!

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Forest Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set, Tree-mendous and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics #mftstamps

That’s all for today! I hope you like my cards, and thank you for stopping by. May has been super awesome. Thank you so much for having me here. I had so much fun!


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Wishing You a Beautiful Today

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Hello again! Lexa here to share more MFT goodness. This is my second post as an MFT Guest Designer this month. I’m still in awe! So let the fun begin…

For my first card, I used the bunnies and the cutest teddy bear from the Snuggle Bunnies stamp set. They are happily staring at an extraordinary starry night sky together, and as you can see they are dancing with joy. Even the grey bunny in the middle is immersed in the beauty. I did a no-line watercolor technique for the bear and bunnies using my distress markers.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Together Forever stamp set, Snuggle Bunnies stamp set and Die-namics, and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics #mftstamps

I blended Hybrid Ink inks from My Favorite Things (Berrylicious, Blueberry, Tropical Teal, and Black Licorice) for the night sky and dabbed on some white chalk ink to create the clouds. I also splattered some white gesso for the stars. I love all of the sentiments in the Snuggle Bunnies stamp set, however I wanted a bigger and bolder sentiment for this card. I found one in the Together Forever stamp set that looks perfect! So I silver heat embossed the sentiment in the middle of my starry background.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Together Forever stamp set, Snuggle Bunnies stamp set and Die-namics, and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics #mftstamps

For my second card today, I used the Snuggle Bunnies stamp set again and built a scene with the London Mouse stamp set. And they look adorable together, don’t you think? There is a lot of dimension for this one; it almost looks like a shadow box.

First, I die cut my white card stock with the largest Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics and did the same thing on the blue patterned paper for the sky. I stamped all of the images with black ink and watercolored them with distress markers. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of Red Hot Card Stock to match the red on the roof and bunny’s shirt.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Lisa Snuggle Bunnies and London Mouse stamp sets and Die-namics, and Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

They look like they are having a great chat and enjoying each other. I’m pretty sure they are good buddies.

Here’s a closer look at my card. I love the depth on this one.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Lisa Snuggle Bunnies and London Mouse stamp sets and Die-namics, and Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

I hope you like both of my cards for today. Thank you so much for having me. I can’t wait to show you more! Have a wonderful day.


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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Seeing Stars

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

Stars will never go out of style. From masculine looks to dreamy scenes, they have a way of adding something special to any project you include them on. Our team loves them too and in this month’s collection of projects, they’ve used Blueprints featuring stars to craft spectacular looks worthy of any recipient or occasion.

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Out of This World stamp set and Die-namics, Lots of Dots Background stamp, Stitched Basic Edges and Blueprints 25 Die-namics #mftstamps

Torico’s whimsical design features a delightful shaker created with the small stars that come with Blueprints 25. She also sprinkled more stars around the card to make her galaxy sparkle even more!

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Amazing stamp set, Blueprints 2, Blueprints 18, and Blueprints 20 #mftstamps

Julie’s vibrant design is girly to the extreme with pink, polka dots, and silver accents. The jaunty angles of Blueprints 18 give her design some extra edge and the stars from the same set are the perfect accent.

We’re not done yet – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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MFTv – Using Glitter with Stencils

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Pairing stencils and glitter produces a gloriously sparkly effect. In this week’s episode, Kimberly uses the One Way Chevron Stencil, glue, and  glitter to create this super pretty effect. It’s always fun to learn a brand new way to put those stencils to work!

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the One Way Chevron Stencil #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring One Way Chevron Stencil #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – Using Glitter with Stencils 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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Hello There

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

from Julie’s blog: byAnnette


Audrey Tokach is back with us again as an MFT Guest Designer. Let’s see how she will inspire us today!

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To create this card, I started off by inking up the Watercolor Stripes Background with several colors of Distress Ink in shades of pink, red, and orange. I sprayed the stamp liberally with clean, clear water, and placed the stamp face up on my desk. I put a piece of scrap paper on top and pressed down, stamping off once. Stamping off soaked up a good bit of the ink which left me with a more subtle pattern. I purposely did not press too firmly along the edges of the stamp because I wanted a more abstract impression instead of a perfectly stamped set of lines. When the stripes were dry, I splattered some black watercolor on top of the stripes.

Handmade card from Audrey Tokach featuring the Watercolor Strips Background stamp and the Hello There and Lisa Johnson Designs Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics #mftstamp

After the second layer of paint dried, I used the Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics to cut a circle from the center of the panel. I popped the panel up on a white card base using foam tape and then, I glued the die-cut circle back into the opening on the striped panel like a puzzle. I used a tape runner so that the circle would be recessed into the opening. Doing this gives a fun, extra bit of dimension.  Then I die cut the sentiment out of black card stock using the Hello There Die-namics. I adhered it over the circle opening with a glue pen along the edges, and foam tape in the center so that everything easy adhered flush to the panel. For a bit of added interest, I added some dots to the sentiment with a white gel pen, then tied a twine bow along the top edge of the card base to finish things off.

Thanks for the creative inspiration, Audrey!


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