Framework for Crafting Success

Angel Rivera‘s cards are so bright and cheery — we’re excited to see what she’s done with our June Release…let’s get right to it!

Hi all! I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am to be guesting on the MFT Blog today! I have a couple of cards for you today.

For my first card, I used the emboss resist technique with the new Framework Stencil.  I taped the stencil to my watercolor paper then inked it up with Versamark ink. After I embossed it with clear embossing powder, I sponged over it with Grape Jelly, Blueberry, Lush Lagoon, Field Day, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, and Electric Red inks then spritzed it with some water because I just love that look! I used 5 of the Color Drops Die-namics to cut out certain areas that I had sponged, then layered them over a strip of patterned paper from the Black & White Basics Paper Pack and my Smooth White card base. I doubled up on the foam adhesive on two of them for more dimension.  The sentiment is from the new Beary Big Adventure stamp set and is embossed with white embossing powder on Black Licorice Card Stock.

Handmade card from Angel Rivera featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card features the ridiculously CUTE Birdie Brown Party Like a Pirate stamp set. I used the no-line coloring technique with my Copics for the handsome little pirate (I even gave him some freckles). I also used that technique for the pirate ship. The ship has a layer of vellum over it to make it appear more in the distance. The Framework Stencil is so cool, I had to use it again!  I sponged it with Grout Gray ink over Cement Gray Card Stock. The card base and Circle Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics are cut from Steel Blue Card Stock. The sentiment was stamped with Black Licorice ink onto Stone Gray Card Stock and then cut with an element from Blueprints 13.

Handmade card from Angel Rivera featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Seriously inspiring work from Angel, right? If you’re itching to make something now that you’ve seen her projects, be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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Owl-maze-ing Looks from Lynn

We adore Lynn Put‘s rich and colorful MFT creations so we’re super excited to have her joining us again this month for some guest posts. She’s kicking things off with a trio of looks featuring our June Release.

Hi there!  I’m super excited and truly honored to be asked to share some of my cards as a guest designer for My Favorite Things.

For my first card, I wanted to come up with something different using the You’re A-maze-ing stamp set and thought it would be fun to combine For Owl You Do and You’re A-maze-ing to make an OWL-maze-ing card. I started with a white piece of card stock cut to a card front size and using my MISTI, lined up all of the owl stamps in different directions and stamped them in black ink. Next, I used the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics and die cut the bottom edge of my stamped piece. For the bottom of my card, I stamped the You’re A-maze-ing sentiment in black ink onto yellow card stock cut to size and adhered it to my card front. On a piece of black card stock, I stamped and heat embossed part of the For Owl You Do sentiment, trimmed it down, matted it, and adhered it over the “A” of the A-maze-ing portion of my sentiment. Next, I added a horizontal strip of black card stock and my stamped and die cut maze with a yellow die-cut heart popped up in the center. On top of that, I added an owl which I stamped and colored with Copic markers and die cut using the coordinating Die-namics (he looks like a caped crusader doesn’t he?).  As a final touch, I added some colorful enamel dots.

Handmade card from Lynn Put featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I used the cute new Ocean Fun stamp set to create a shaker thank you card. I started out by doing some ink blending for my background onto a piece of white card stock. I used Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, and Tumbled Glass distress inks. I stamped the sea life images in primary colors, die cut them using the coordinating Die-namics, and added them to my blended panel. Once my fish were adhered, I added googly eyes to all the images and stamped some bubbles and small fish in the background. Next, I stamped two sentiments — one from the Ocean Fun set onto a stitched sentiment strip and the thank you from For Owl You Do onto white card stock cut down and made into a sign that the crab is holding. To create my shaker, I used the Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames Die-namics and foam tape and filled the shaker with iridescent and silver sequins.

Handmade card from Lynn Put featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my third and final card for today, I used the adorable Birdie Brown set, Party Like a Pirate. The first thing I did to create my card was to stamp some of the images, color them using Copic markers, and die cut them out using the coordinating Die-namics. To create my small scene, I blended Mermaid Lagoon distress ink (appropriate huh?) onto a die cut circle and added my images with foam tape. Under my images, I added my sentiment which I stamped onto a die-cut Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strip. For my card base, I used a piece of red card stock which I randomly stamped with the skull image from the set using red ink and a strip of black card stock. Since I didn’t have black and white striped paper, I made my own using the Diagonal Stripes Stencil and black ink.

Handmade card from Lynn Put featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thank you, Lynn! I know we’re feeling re-energized and ready to dive into the June Release again — how about you?


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Mixing It up on Pirate Island: Watercoloring with Sandy Allnock

It’s Sandy, back again – has it really only been a month since my last visit with you? I’ve been traveling and visiting family, so I’m still getting my feet back under me – and it’s leaving me discombobulated. I hope you guys are having a super start to your summer!

The new release is lots of fun…and when I saw Pirate Party, that was the stamp set that cried out to me instantly to color! And since I’m getting amped up for World Watercolor Month in July (more on my blog about that HERE), I thought I’d get out the watercolors to paint an island for the stamped scene this time.

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

I used my Daniel Smith watercolor palette and challenged myself to use less saturated colors, achieving the subtle look by mixing browns into some other colors to bring them down a little. Check out the split-screen video HERE or below – you can watch me mix paints this time!

Wasn’t that fun? Would you have chosen to put the kids on the deck of a ship, or an island like I did?

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps And you’ll be glad to know that I recorded the voiceover a couple times because…well I kept slipping into a seriously bad pirate accent! (A favorite holiday is Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th!) Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps Have a fabulous June – and I’ll see y’all in July!

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Hi. Hello. Thanks for Joining Us Heather!

Huge thanks to Heather for sharing so many beautiful projects with us this month! She has one more dazzling duo today before we kick off our June Release Countdown tomorrow — yippee!

Hello! Heather P. here once again to share two more cards I’ve created using the fabulous products available from MFT Stamps. 🙂

My first card features the Exquisite Ocean stamp set and coordinating Die-namics, Square Peek-a-Boo Window, Square Shaker Pouches, and the Hello There Die-namics. To create my card, I started by first cutting a piece of Sweet Tooth Card Stock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, then stamped it with one of the images from the Exquisite Ocean stamp set using gray ink.  I used the Square Peek-a-Boo Window on a piece of Summer Splash Card Stock to create two windows, then adhered the Square Shaker Pouches to the back of the die cut card.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next, I added double-sided tape to the back of the aqua card stock and filled the windows with sequins before laying the stamped white panel on top.  I trimmed the edges of the aqua card stock to remove the excess white card stock, then adhered the panel to a white card base with foam tape. I stamped several of the fish images from Exquisite Ocean using Summer Splash, Daffodil, and Peach Bellini Premium Dye Inks (to get lighter shades of each color, the aqua and yellow inks were off-stamped once before stamping the images for die cutting.) The stamped images were die cut using the Exquisite Ocean Die-namics. To finish up, the sentiment was die cut from white card stock using the Hello There Die-namics, and the fish, sentiment, and sequins were adhered to the card base.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card features the Doodled Blooms stamp set, Radial Stitched Circle Stax, and Hello There Die-namics.  To create my card, I started by creating a card base using Sweet Tooth Card Stock. I stamped images from Doodled Blooms in black ink onto a Summer Splash card panel before adhering it to the card font.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then used the Radial Stitched Circle Stax on a piece of white card stock, and stamped it with the largest flower image from Doodled Blooms using black ink.  The sentiment was die cut from Silver Sparkle Card Stock using the Hello There Die-namics.  The sentiment was adhered to the die cut circle, and the panel was attached to the card front using foam tape.  To finish up, black enamel dots were added for interest.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Well, that wraps it up for me today! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, and a HUGE thank you to My Favorite Things for the opportunity to guest design with their amazing products!! ♥


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Sea Creature Birthday Wishes

Guest Laura Guttridge is back today taking us on a trip into the deep blue sea.

Hi, everyone! One of my favourite things is the ocean so when the new Ocean Pals and Exquisite Ocean stamp set & Die-namics came out I knew I had to create an underwater card full of lots of fish and sea creatures.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by stamping the seaweed on the background of the card with plants from Exquisite Ocean. I used Limelight Premium Dye Ink to stamp these overlapping some and creating different heights of plants to make a more realistic ocean scene. I also added a slightly darker dye ink with the Limelight to give it more definition. Once the plants were in place I could then create the ocean. I used Distress Oxide inks to create an ombre effect for the ocean. I also did the same blending on a square piece of card stock which I die cut using the Wonky Stitched Square STAX — I used the largest square on this card. Once the background had dried completely, I stamped some of the plants from Exquisite Ocean with Distress Oxide ink to bring them into the foreground. The ones stamped earlier will be background plants and now this will add another layer of dimension. I then flicked some water onto both of the inked panels to create a bleached effect which looks like bubbles.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The ocean creatures from the Ocean Pals stamp set were stamped with black ink and coloured with Copic markers, using a white gel pen for some highlights. I used the coordinating Die-namics and fussy cut some space between the octopus tentacles with a craft blade.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once all my elements were ready I used foam tape to adhere the stitched square to the card base. I added the Octopus, shark, and big fish at the top of the card with foam tape and the rest of the fish with sticky tape. I used the sentiment Happy Birthday from the Ocean Pals stamp set and used white embossing powder to make it pop against the blue. To add some more bubbles I used droplets and adhered these with liquid glue before adding the finishing touch of glossy accents to create smaller bubbles from the smaller fish.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I had so much fun making this card — I adore the Ocean Pals and Exquisite Ocean sets. You can create so many fun looks and cards for different occasions…they have to be a couple of my favourites. I’m looking forward to coordinating these with the Mermazing stamp set and Die-namics to create more ocean scenes. The possibilities are endless!


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I’m so Glad Amy Is Ours, Ours, Ours

We get to enjoy one more post this month from our dear friend Amy. We’re SO glad to have her as part of the MFT family and always love seeing what she creates with our latest release.

Hey everyone! I’m back again with another card using stamps and dies from the May release. This time, I wanted to ink up and play with the Seaside Seagulls set.

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

I stamped all the images from the set twice onto Copic friendly card stock with MFT’s Black Licorice Hybrid Ink then quickly coloured them in with Copic markers. The colors I used were C4, C2, C00, 0, Y35, Y32, YR30, E37, E35, E33, E31, and BG000.

After I finished all the colouring, I used the coordinating Seaside Seagulls Die-namics to cut out all the images, then got to building my scene.

I started with some Smooth White Card Stock that I die cut with the large rectangle die from the Blueprints 1 Die-namics set, then sponged the sun in the corner using the Radiating Rays Stencil and Lemon Chiffon Premium Dye Ink. I die cut some Latte Card Stock with one of the Stitched Valley Die-namics elements, and die cut the waves from Summer Splash and Cornflower Card Stock with the new Ocean Waves Die-namics.

I then adhered my little island and all the waves onto the card base, and glued all but one of the seagulls onto the card front.

The sentiment was stamped onto Cherry Crisp Card Stock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder before trimming it out and adhering it to the bottom of the card. I then adhered the card front to the Smooth White card base with foam tape.

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

I couldn’t resist adding a variety of googly eyes to the seagulls to give them a goofy look. Cracks me up every time – especially with this sentiment!

I saved one of the seagulls and the second set of clouds to adhere to the inside of the card. I had a leftover piece of die cut Summer Splash Card Stock so I created a mini scene on the inside of the card and that finished it off!

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

Thanks so much for joining me here today and to MFT for having me as a guest twice this month! All the links to the products I used are listed below!


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Doodled Blooms Greetings with Heather

Heather is joining us again today with a couple of elegant clean and simple looks. You’ll love seeing how she takes the same basic set of products to create two beautiful, distinct looks!

Hello! Heather P. here again today to share two more cards I’ve created using the amazing range of products from MFT Stamps. 🙂

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My first card features the Doodled Blooms stamp set and Die-namics, Confetti Background, Radial Stitched Circle Stax, and Hello There Die-namics.  To create my card, I started by creating a card base using Sweet Tooth Card Stock. I used the Confetti Background inked with Cement Gray ink, and stamped it onto the card base. To make some room for my off-center focal panel, I trimmed 3/4″ from the card base.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then used the Radial Stitched Circle Stax on Grout Gray Card Stock and adhered it to the card front with foam tape.  Next, I stamped one of the flower images from the Doodled Blooms stamp set using Cement Gray ink, then die cut it out using the coordinating Die-namics. The sentiment was die cut from Peach Bellini Card Stock with the Hello There Die-namics. To finish up, the sentiment and die cut flower shape were adhered to the card front, and I embellished with enamel dots.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card features the Doodled Blooms stamp set and Die-namics, Radial Stitched Circle Stax, and the Cheers Die-namics.  To create my card, I started with a Sweet Tooth card base. I stamped the card base with images from Doodled Blooms using Grout Gray ink.

Handmade card from Heather Pulvirenti featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then used the Radial Stitched Circle Stax on a piece of Peach Bellini Card Stock to create the large, peek-a-boo circles. Once the circles were die cut, the card stock was adhered to the card front using foam tape. To finish up, the sentiment was die cut using the Cheers Die-namics and Grout Gray Card Stock and adhered to the card front before embellishing with enamel dots.

Well, that wraps it up for me today! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, and to My Favorite Things for the opportunity to guest design with their amazing products!!


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Beach Day with Laura

We’re headed to the beach today! May guest Laura Guttridge is sharing a totally seaworthy look featuring products from our latest release — ahoy, Laura!

I had a great time creating a card using the new Cloud Stencil and Ocean Waves Die-namics. I thought they would make a great beach scene perfect for including elements from the Seaside Seagulls and Ocean Pals stamp sets. I started by using the stencil on the base of the card with Distress Oxide ink to create the cloudy sky — this stencil makes it super easy to create effective clouds!

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once the sky was completed, I started work on the beach. I die cut two choppy looking waves and one that would make a sandy shore using the Ocean Waves Die-namics. I then coloured them using Distress Oxide inks, ready to stack onto my card. The dies make it really quick to create a multi-layered scene.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I stamped and then coloured the gulls, shells, and starfish with Copic markers before adding details/highlights to the whole card with a white gel pen. I find that adding these little details helps the whole card pop.

I used 3D foam tape to create dimension and this also allowed me to tuck some of the gulls into the waves to give the illusion they are resting on the ocean.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I finished off the card by using some glossy accents to create some shine on the waves and I chose the sentiment “I’m so glad you’re mine, mine, mine” from the Seaside Seagulls set to give it an additional fun element.

Handmade card from Laura Guttridge featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

These are great new items and so versatile, you can create so many looks from just a few sets!


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Thinking of You

We’re always happy to welcome our dear friend Amy to the blog. Today, she’s sharing a Birdie Brown look punctuated by lots of gorgeous distressing thanks to her collection of Oxide Inks!

Hello everyone! AmyR here with a card using some of the new May MFT stamps and Die-namics. I couldn’t resist the Birdie Brown Mermazing set, and decided to create a fun beach scene for my little mermaid with the Beach Scene Builder Die-namics.

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

Since I’m currently obsessed with the Distress Oxide inks I decided to do ALL the colouring on this card with these inks! I stamped the mermaid and the rock onto some Bristol Smooth card stock with MFT’s Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, then “smushed” various Distress Oxide inks onto a palette and picked them up with a water brush and coloured in the images that way.

After colouring them in I die cut them with the coordinating Mermazing Die-namics.

For the beach scene, I die cut the base pieces of water and sand then die cut them a second time with the largest Wonky Stitched Circle Die-namics. I die cut the top, or sky part, from another piece of card stock and the same circle die. I then sponged all the different pieces with various Distress Oxide inks. Once everything was sponged with color, I splattered all the pieces with water and picked it up with a paper towel.

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

The sentiment on the front of the card is from a previous Birdie Brown set – Polar Bear Pals. I thought it was perfect for the scene I’d created on the front of the card!

I finished off the inside of the card using several underwater images from the Mermazing set that I stamped with the Distress Oxide inks, then added a sentiment from the Mermazing set and that was it!

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


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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Mermazing

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

from Jody’s blog: Katie Mowery


Before we dive into Jane‘s feature this month, we have some very exciting news, indeed. From Card Design Superstar to guest blogger, to guest instructor in our Eustis boutique…the natural progression is to welcome her officially to the MFT Creative Team. Starting with our June Release, Jane will be a permanent fixture around here contributing on a regular basis to our Release and Kit Countdowns and team challenges. Welcome, Jane!

Hello there, it’s that time of the month when I share another one of my projects…in detail!

I had so much fun with this one and yes, I remembered to take lots of photographs this time.

So let’s get started.

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

I cut a piece of Stone Gray Card Stock to make a 4″ x 4″ card, cutting out a circle in the centre with Circle Stax 2. I also die cut a Pierced Circle Frame which will become part of a porthole later on in the project and as for the rivets — I used the sequins from Blueprints 24.

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

The main image was cut out of Copic card and stamped with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink, ready for me to do my usual no-line colouring.

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

Not sure what happened with this photograph, she looks like she’s giving me the evil eye! But hey, it does show you that I coloured a splotchy, three-toned background, which hopefully looks a little like water.

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

As you can see I then moved on to the skin. I usually choose to colour the palest areas first, so it lessens the chance of dark colours bleeding into the paler ones…trust me on this, I learnt this the hard way!

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

Colouring the hair was fun adding a little teal to her locks.

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

I finished her hair, coloured in her star and then turned my attention to the little clown fish.  I Googled to make sure I got the stripes right and I’m pretty pleased with the finished fish…what do you think?

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

Having coloured Nemo, it was time to turn my attention to the mermaid’s tail. Would you like to know how I created the scales? Well, I started blocking in plain colours, to mark out the shadows and highlights.  Then, I just went over these areas with dots, using the same colours, which from a distance give the appearance of scales…ta da!

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

I decided to add a little movement for both the mermaid and clown fish using the sea colours and a little W0.

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

And now here is a my little secret on how to add magic to eyes. Firstly, I create eyelashes by drawing a line with a grey coloured pencil and then I make them come alive with a tiny dot of white courtesy of a gel pen.

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

When putting the whole card together I realised that I needed to add a little enhancement to the Mermaid’s skin with coloured pencils. Then I decided to add some circular shading to give the impression of looking through the glass of a porthole and a smidgy bit of shading on the rivets. I also mounted the porthole with adhesive foam to give a depth and dimension to my card.

For those of you who enjoy following along here is the Copic list:

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

Here is one final photograph of the card:

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

I hope you’ve enjoyed the colouring journey with me and that it inspires you to think outside the box (or inside the submarine) with the stamps and get creative with the My Favorite Things stamps and dies!

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