Putting Your Talents to Good Use

Carole is back with some stellar designs. She’s also dropping a bit of wisdom on us (go Carole!) If you’re not smiling when you begin this post, you most definitely will be by the time you reach the end.

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Hi, friends! It’s Carole Burrage, and I’m so happy to be here as your MFT Guest Blogger. I hope you’re happy today, too, but let’s face it: there are days, weeks, months, and, sometimes, even YEARS that are true stinkers. Maybe I’m wrong; perhaps you’ve been spared hard times and permanently reside in a thorn-free bed of roses. I figure though, you’re probably human and thus have a real life with ups and downs like the rest of us.

I’m going to make a generalization: we card-makers are, as a whole, a very empathetic, compassionate group. After all, our preferred craft involves making tiny works of art intended to brighten another’s day. It makes sense, then, that the cards and notes most appreciated are those we send when a friend or family member is experiencing one of those dreaded “dark nights of the soul.” Typically, such cards fall under the categories of sympathy cards (which – another generalization – most of us really don’t enjoy creating) or cards of encouragement. It’s the latter that I’d like to focus on today.

Unlike sympathy cards, which we tend to keep elegant and spare to match the somber mood of the occasion, encouragement cards can be bright and bold and still send the desired message. Take a look at this one, decked out in Daffodil and Blueberry, using the Packed with Positivity stamp set:

Carole Burrage You're a Star card.

This card is long-note sized at 3.5” by 6.25”, and the image panels were die-cut using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX. I like the way the message reads from left-to-right, via a little up-and-down: ‘Hey Sunshine, You’re a Star, Keep it Up” Who wouldn’t love to receive such words of encouragement on an emotionally cloudy day?

You may not think at first glimpse that this is an encouragement card, because it doesn’t have any mention of hard times or better days to come. I would argue that any card that says (in essence) “You Rock” can be an encouragement card because that’s what the recipient really needs to hear. You can get into the details of the situation (if you want), in the note you write. Or, you can leave out the specifics and say something general like:

Dear Sally,

I’m so sorry you’re going through such a crummy time right now. I wish that there was something I could say or do to make everything better and speed you through this difficult period. I hope you know that I’m here for you if you need to talk, vent, or need help slashing a certain craphead’s tires. (Okay – I probably can’t slash tires with you, for legal reasons, but know that I’m happy to help you plot such crimes so long as we never actually follow through on them.)

I love you and you’re awesome. That’s a fact. Lean on me, anytime, sister.

XO – Carole

Feel free to use these words verbatim if the need arises and you’re not in the mood to reinvent the wheel.

Next up is a little number created with the oh-so-popular Television Die-namics and coordinating Stay Tuned stamp set.

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The background was created by staggering layers of Blu Raspberry and Black Licorice card stock that had been die-cut with Blueprints 22. The slender Smooth White sentiment panels are also from Blueprints 22.

I love the “This is only a test…” sentiment so much so, that I researched what a television test pattern looks like, and the color-order of card stock strips inside this TV set gives you the gist of it. Now that there is 24-hour programming, most young’uns born since Y2K will never see such screens, but we 20th century babies will remember them not-so-fondly.

The test screen theme is followed through on the card interior, as well.

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Those fun-n-funky diamond accents just make me smile.

I hope I’ve given you a little food for thought as to how you can utilize your crafty time to help cheer up someone in need of support. Thanks to all of my friends at MFT for giving me a platform to play and ponder, and thanks to you for spending a few moments of your day with me. Happy stamping!

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Newsflash: These Cards Are a Hit!

Masculine cards can prove more difficult for some of us. Lisa is a pro at them though and even has some subtle ways of working some feminine touches in without detracting from the theme of the card.

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Hello again. I’m so happy to be back as the guest blogger today. I have two more cards geared towards the guys in your life. The Level Up and Stay Tuned stamp sets and their coordinating Die-namics make it easy and fun to make those sometimes dreaded guy cards. I also wanted to show you that it’s okay to sneak in some of those “girly” elements you love onto a guy card.

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I fell in love with the recently released retro Television Die-namics, so I was super stoked when I received it. It’s so fun to make a die cut center stage on your card and MFT makes it easy to achieve that look with all those realistic details included in these Die-namics sets.

I love that the Stay Tuned set includes some smaller accent stamps. They were perfect  for some tone-on-tone stamping on the the Wild Wisteria panel and some Grout Gray to fill some white space on the TV screen along with my sentiment.

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I also decided to take advantage of the Blueprints 14 Die-namics. No need to re-invent the wheel. I referenced the sketches already created for this die set and made it new again with the Stay Tuned stamp set, Television Die-namics, and a custom-made background I created with the Jumbo Polka Dots Stencil. You can find all the Printable Blueprint Sketches HERE.

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Following the sketch, I swapped out the flower for the television. I used a unique color combo with Grout Gray, Kraft, Wild Wisteria and Limelight. They darker grey is Steel Grey. See, I snuck in some purple – it pairs well with the greys and still feels a bit masculine. I created the ombre polka dotted patterned paper with the Jumbo Polka Dots Stencil. It was quick and easy and the results are stunning if you take the extra steps to secure your stencil AND card stock base to hold them in place. I started with the lightest color at the top, Grout Grey, and then moved on progressively getting darker. I used a  mini blending tool and MFT Premium Dye Inks. I made sure my Wild Wisteria overlapped a bit with the Grout Grey and then did the same as I moved on to the Kraft ink towards the bottom.

I’ve got one more guy card. I think it’s always a great idea as a card maker to have a few cards in your stash just to give some encouragement to your loved ones. I am trying to be more intentional about this for my boys as they get older and start entering the teen years.  It’s tough and I want them to know I think they are doing a great job. What better way to speak to them than with a video game card?!!

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I used a similar color combo as my first card, but swapped out the Wild Wisteria for Blueberry! I reached for the awesome Blueprints 9 Die-namics. I adore a great shaped card so I used this giant tag as a card base. I simply used an A2 card base and cut it with the tag die, but moved the card stock down just a smidge from the fold of the card. This guaranteed I would still have a folded card base. I then cut an additional large tag from the Blueberry Card Stock and then ran it through my machine with the Swiss Dots Background. I dig polka dots and on a guy card, these smaller ones add a nice texture.

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I pulled out one of the boys’ Xbox controllers and made sure my Game Controller Die-namics was created as realistically as I could. I used Steel Grey card stock for the base and then Black Licorice, Lemon Drop, Blueberry, Wild Cherry, and Limelight for the button accents.

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Next I tackled the sentiment and wanted to create it with two different colored inks. I cut the stitched Kraft pieces with one of the dies included in the Blueprints 9 Die-namics and then trimmed a piece of Grout Gray Card Stock to about  1/4 inch wide. The sentiment is one stamp, so to get the two colors I used a simple masking technique to ink it up. Washi tape is my go-to. I have a ton of it, but don’t tend to actually use it very often ON cards. I do love it to mask up a stamp.

Here’s a photo of how I use the washi tape to cover up part of the stamp. I ink up the part I want with the washi tape in place and then remove it before I stamp. I clean the stamp, and then tape up the next part I want to use. Repeat inking and removing the tape and then stamp again.

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I tucked in a piece of silver foil paper between the two words for an extra guy touch. You can still add ribbon or twine to a guy card, too. Just be cautious in the color and type you use. On this card, I simply tied on a silver twine bow to the top of the tag. Here’s a look at the finished card front, again.

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I had cut some silver stars with the Star STAX Die-namics. I thought I was going to use them on the card front, but opted not to. This gave me the perfect excuse to finish the inside of the card. It also finishes my words of encouragement! I’m tucking this one away in my stash for just the right moment.

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Rockin’ Out with Coordinating Cards

We’re long overdue in bringing Lisa back for a guest post. Her sense of color and design are top notch – you’re sure to walk away from today’s post with some brilliant ideas of your own!

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I am so happy to be your Guest Designer today with MFT! It’s been awhile since I was on the Design Team here, but my love for MFT is still strong. Great people, beautiful products, and fun times, it’s hard to stay away. Feels good to be back for a quick visit. Thanks for having me.

Lisa Henke Have a Rockin' Birthday MP3 Player card.

I’m always in need of masculine or more boyish cards. I live in a world full of testosterone, lol. I was giddy when I saw some of the newest Die-namics and coordinating stamp sets. The MP3 Player Die-namics and Keep on Rockin’ stamp set were great motivation to knock out a birthday card AND some over-due thank yous.

Limelight is my most FAVORITE MFT color, ever! Isn’t it gorgeous paired with Tropical Teal? I started the card by cutting Black Licorice with Blueprints 1 and then Tropical Teal with Blueprints 2. Those two sets are perfect for easy layering on your card base. I stamped the  Happy Birthday Background stamp onto the Tropical Teal layer with Summer Splash Premium Dye ink to create the very subtle look of text.

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The iPod was so fun to make. I used the MP3 Player Die-namics and cut out all the pieces. I used Grout Gray, Limelight, Smooth White, and Black Licorice. I inked up the music note included in the Keep Rockin’ stamp set in Limelight Premium Dye Ink (always use the lighter ink first, so you don’t “muddy” up you ink pad) and then Tropical Teal Premium Dye ink to give it a two-toned look.

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I decided to really make the sentiment stand out, so I cut out one of the giant Stitched Speech Bubble Edges from Limelight and then added the “rockin’ birthday” greeting along the top with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  Some tone-on-tone stars in Limelight Premium Dye Ink added the finishing touch to my card.

So, I didn’t stop there. I mentioned above that I am way over due on thank you cards for my 8 yr. old’s birthday party. The mini MP3 Player Die-namics and Blueprints 14 were the perfect excuse to get these done. I made this little set of cards (my son will write on the backside) with the scraps I had out from my card above.

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I’m not one to mass produce cards, but by using the same supplies and just mixing the stamps and dies up a bit, you can make a quick and cute set of cards in no time. I cut 3 each of Limelight and Tropical Teal with the small rounded rectangle die included in the Blueprints 13 Die-namics set. I added the dotted accents from the same Blueprints set to 3 of the cards and then I created 3 mini MP3 Players for the other three. I used stamps from the Keep On Rockin’ Stamp set to add all the extra details.

Here are a few close up shots of the cards. First is the trio with the MP3 Player Die-namics. I really LOVE that this set of dies has both sizes of the device. Perfect for ANY project you have in mind.

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And then the other trio with just stamps. The die cut star is from Star Stax Die-namics.

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I think his friends won’t mind the delay in the thank yous when they see this cuteness!

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Carole Makes Her Case for Mid-Century Mod Colors

Carole is kind, generous, and pretty darn funny. She’s also super talented – so glad we get to share this treasure with all of you today!

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Howdy, folks! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to once more be hanging out and playing with my friends at MFT. It feels like coming home, which as we all know, is one of the best feelings ever. Speaking of home, my family and I will soon be moving into another house, and I’ve got interior decorating on the brain. I’ve been reading books and perusing Pinterest, and it’s got me to thinking about color.

I’ve come up with a hypothesis: certain color schemes, regardless of how they’re used, are evocative of particular eras. Let’s explore this, focusing on what I consider to be the quintessential Mid-Century Modern palette of turquoise, dusky orange, and dark brown.

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In MFT-speak, this translates to Blu Raspberry, Persimmon, and Chocolate Brown. And because I need a neutral to bounce things off of, I’m also including Primitive White (the flecks in it remind me of Formica, in keeping with our Mid-Mod theme).

Now, the easy way out would be to create something using the fabulously retro Television Die-namics and Stay Tuned stamp set. But that would be cheating, don’t you think? Instead, I’m going to start with a simple bouquet of flowers, using the new Circle Scribble Flowers stamp set and Scribbles Die-namics:

Carole Burrage Circle Scribble Flowers card.

I used Premium Dye Ink in each of our chosen colors to stamp out the flowers on Primitive White card stock, then I topped them with their corresponding swirly die cuts using a Quickie Glue Pen. I don’t know about you, but I can totally see this in Rob and Laura Petrie’s swanky pad (cue The Dick Van Dyke Show theme music, please).

Next up, an ode to man’s best friend, utilizing the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set with the Square Grid Cover-Up and Pet Accents Die-namics:

Carole Burrage Pet Accents Die-namics card.

To create this, I first ran a panel of each color of card stock through my Vagabond with the Square Grid Cover-Up. I used the Primitive White grid as my skeleton, and then, using the larger paw print die from Pet Accents, I cut paws into four squares each of Persimmon, Blu Raspberry, and Chocolate Brown. After that, it was just a matter of filling in and adhering the grid ‘puzzle’ (you’ll definitely want your QuikStick tool handy for this step). The sentiment was stamped in Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink onto Primitive White then popped up with Jody Boosters.

Now, you may think I’m trying to subliminally influence you by using the Square Grid Cover-Up, which automatically conjures visions of The Brady Bunch for many of us. I would argue, however, that it’s the color scheme that harkens you back to that episode when Bradys were afraid they’d have to get rid of Tiger because Jan seemed to be allergic to him. (You know the other kids would rather have found a new home for Jan…)

For our last test, I’m leaving it all up to the colors themselves by featuring a sentiment from Chalkboard Greetings:

Carole Burrage Chalkboard Greetings card.

I chose Persimmon Premium Dye Ink to emphasize the key words of “Stop” and “Right.” Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink seemed suitable for the darker thought of “Being Afraid” and then, for balance, “And Focus On.” Clean and crisp Blu Raspberry Premium Dye Ink tidied up the remaining words.

It took a few tries (even with the MISTI) to get this just right, but the impact is worth it, don’t you think? The rest of the card was a relative snap:

  • Die cut the sentiment layer with Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics
  • Stamp the Houndstooth Background in Persimmon Premium Dye Ink on to Blu Raspberry Card Stock
  • Die cut the Houndstooth layer using Blueprints 22
  • Stamp the Star Background in Whip Cream Pigment Ink on to Chocolate Brown Card Stock
  • Cut out an accent strip of Persimmon Card Stock
  • Assemble layers and adhere to a Primitive White card base
  • Pop up the sentiment layer on top with Jody Boosters

Come on, admit it! Even with perfectly contemporary images, backgrounds, and dies, this color combo makes you want to sink your toes into shag carpet and eat a TV dinner, am I right? In case you’re still on the fence, here’s a group photo of our trio of test subjects:

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I rest my case, friends. I hope you enjoyed this very scientific experiment in color theory as much as I did. Thanks to everyone at My Favorite Things for giving me the opportunity to play with their fabulous products and share my harebrained ideas with you. I’ll be back next week with who knows what sort of nonsense – see you then!

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Sending Happy Your Way

Any time Karolyn stops by, we definitely feel as if happy is coming our way! You’ll definitely agree when you see what she did with the Circle Scribble designs.

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Hello everyone!!

I’m Karolyn Loncon, and I’m happy once again to share another project with you all! I’m serious when I tell you that my head exploded with ideas when I saw the March release! These are two of the ideas that I HAD to create with the Circle Scribble Flowers stamps and Die-namics.

Karolyn Loncon Circle Scribble Flowers card.

I was inspired by one of the lessons that Jennifer McGuire shared in the latest Online Card Class that I’m taking – Stretch Your Dies! She shared a technique where you die cut multiple word dies and adhere them to the background – white on white – for amazing texture and dimension. I decided to do that with the Scribbles Die-namics, and I love the result – don’t you?!

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Here’s the step-by-step process that I used to create this project:

  1. Trim and score an A2, top-folding card base from Peach Bellini Card Stock.
  2. Die cut scalloped layer from Translucent Vellum using the Blueprints 20 Die-namics; adhere to card base.
  3. Trim out an A2 panel from Smooth White Card Stock; die cut the two smallest Scribbles elements multiple times from Smooth White Card Stock. Adhere them randomly to the white panel using a liquid glue pen, making sure to fill all of the spaces on the panel.
  4. Using the stitched rectangle from the Blueprints 20 Die-namics, die cut the white panel; adhere to the card base with foam squares.
  5. Stamp the Circle Scribble Flowers with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink onto some Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Limelight and Gumdrop Green Card Stock. Use the coordinating Circle Scribble Flowers Die-namics to die cut the flowers and leaves.
  6. Adhere the leaves to the flowers, and then attach them to the card base with foam squares. Thread some white crochet thread through the button holes and adhere the buttons to the flower centers with glue dots.
  7. Die cut the stitched sentiment banner included in the Blueprints 20 Die-namics from Smooth White Card Stock. Stamp the sentiment from Totally Happy with some Black Licorice Hybrid Ink; adhere the sentiment strip onto the card base, slipping the left end under the flowers, with some foam squares.

My second project just popped into my head when I saw those Circle Scribble Flowers – I saw them as just scribbles and knew that I wanted to create an art-themed project using the scribbles as the background.

Karolyn Loncon You Are an Original card.

Voila! Fun, right?! Here’s how I created this project:

  1. Trim and score an A2 top-folding card base from Kraft Card Stock.
  2. Stamp the Circle Scribble Flowers with VersaMark all over the card base, especially making sure to cover the outside margins.
  3. Die cut the “canvas” from water color paper and the “clipboard clip” from silver foil cardstock using the Office Supplies Die-namics.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from Be Original with VersaMark onto the “canvas” and heat emboss it with white embossing powder.
  5. Ink up the paint splotch from Watercolor Backdrops with Blu Raspberry, Lemon Drop and Orange Fizz Premium Dye Inks, overlapping them slightly. Lightly mist the inked image with water and stamp it onto the water color “canvas,” making sure to overlap it onto the embossed sentiment. Repeat this process with a few of the paint splotches from Abstract Art. Use a baby wipe to wipe off any excess ink from the embossed sentiment. Adhere the “canvas” to the card base with foam tape; adhere the clipboard clip with adhesive and foam tape.
  6. Die cut the paint brushes from Blu Raspberry, Orange Fizz, and Natural Card Stock using the Paint Brushes Die-namics; die cut the metal pieces of the brushes from Silver Foil Card Stock; assemble the paint brushes with adhesive and foam tape and adhere to the card front with foam squares.

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I tell you what – there’s nothing more fun than to look at a stamp set or dies and be insired in totally different ways! I hope I’ve inspired you to look at your stamp sets and dies in different ways in order to “stretch” their uses. We spend so much money on this hobby of ours – the more we can use the things we have, the better off our pocket books will be, right?!!

That’s it for me today, friends! Big thanks to the sweet folks at My Favorite Things for having me back. I so love sharing with you all!!

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New Puppy Card, Puppy Treats Tag and Jar

So thrilled to have Karolyn joining us today – it’s been too long since we shared her gorgeous work. Your furry friends deserve some love and Karolyn is here to show you how.

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Hello everyone!

I’m Karolyn Loncon, and I’m so honored to be back as a guest blogger for My Favorite Things!! Especially since the last release was AH-MAZING!! Every single stamp and die just turned my crank! And my head exploded with ideas! I’d love to share a couple of them with you today.

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My BFF’s daughter recently got a new puppy – the cutest little white Boxer that you’ve ever seen. Meet Bruschi!! He’s got one bright blue eye – absolutely adorable!! So I wanted to create a little puppy treat container, gift tag and matching card to celebrate his “arrival,” so I went to town! First up, the tag and treat container.

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Isn’t it so stinkin’ cute?!! I had this treat container in my stash from the holidays, and knew it would be perfect for this project. I die cut several of the large paw prints from the Pet Accents Die-namics Set. I used the die to cut some adhesive vinyl that I had in my stash, and once cut, adhered the paw prints to the four sides of the treat jar. I threaded some buffalo plaid ribbon through the holes in the lid, tied a bow, and attached a cute collar that I had picked up from the store to the top of the lid. Then I filled it with some mini dog bones – tiny treats for a tiny puppy!

Here’s a close-up of the tag:

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Here are the step-by-step instructions as to how I created the tag:
  • I wanted to create a personalized tag for the container, so I used the Dog House Die-namics set. To make it a tag that I could write on the inside, I folded some Smooth White Card Stock in half and used the main dog house die to cut through the two layers of cardstock – I positioned the top of the die such that the very top of the die extended beyond the folded edge of the cardstock. The second layer cut through around the perimeter of the die cut, but the inside (the door of the dog house) didn’t cut through – exactly what I wanted to happen!
  • I then die cut the dog house a second time from some white wood grain cardstock and adhered that to the front of the tag.
  • I die cut the other layers – the dog house entry and the string that holds the sign – from some Red Hot Card Stock, and the roof from some Black Licorice Card Stock.
  • I created the personalized sign by typing the puppy’s name (he’s named after one of the New England Patriots) on my computer in Word and then printed it onto some Smooth White Card Stock. I die cut it using the sign die.
  • I stamped one of the puppies from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, colored him with Copic Markers, and die cut him using the coordinating You Make My Tail Wag Die-namics. I adhered him to the front of the dog house.

I assembled the rest of the tag using foam tape, punched a hole at the top with a small hole-punch, and threaded some black crochet cord through the hole and tied it to the treat jar.

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I also wanted to include a card with the treat container. Here are the step-by-step instructions for creating the card:
  • Trim an A2-sized card base from some Smooth White Card Stock. Score and fold in half.
  • Die cut front image panel from some Smooth White Card Stock using the stitched rectangle die included in the Blueprints 20 Die-namics.
  • Die cut a second panel from some masking paper using the same stitched rectangle. Using one of the Stitched Square STAX Die-namics, die cut an opening in the masking paper.
  • I adhered the die-cut masking paper to the stitched image panel, and sponged some grass and clouds using distress inks and blending tools.
  • Before removing the masking paper from the image panel, I replaced the Stitched Square STAX Die-namics back into that opening, sliding it around until I knew that it was in the groove of the opening, and embossed it using my Die-namics Embossing Pad. This added the amazing detail of the stitching without cutting all the way through the image panel! Love it! After removing the masking paper, I adhered the image panel to the card base with some foam tape.
  • I stamped the dog house from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, colored it with Copic Markers, die cut it out using the coordinating You Make My Tail Wag Die-namics, and adhered it to the image panel with foam tape.
  • I stamped the same puppy from You Make My Tail Wag, colored him with Copic Markers, cut him out using the coordinating You Make My Tail Wag Die-namics, and adhered him to the front of the dog house.
  • I stamped the dog bowl, colored it with Copic Markers, die cut it out with the dies, and adhered it to the image panel with foam tape.
  • I really wanted to personalize the card as I had the tag. So I printed Bruschi’s name again and die cut it using the bone from the Pet Accents Die-namics. I adhered it to the dog house with foam tape – inside the stamped bone.

I created the sentiment using my computer and printer as above, and die cut it with the small rectangle included in the Blueprints 23 Die-namics. I adhered the sentiment strip to the card front with foam tape. I also die cut the small banner from the same Blueprints 23 Die-namics set, trimmed off the ends with my scissors, and adhered them behind the sentiment rectangle, at each end.

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Here’s a close up of the detail of the card. And then the card, tag and treat container together.

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Pretty fun, huh?!! I seriously had so much fun creating this little puppy themed ensemble and can’t wait to give it to my friend’s daughter for her new puppy! I hope she’ll like it as much as I do!

Big thanks to the My Favorite Things folks for inviting me back for this fun guest post. I’m always happy to have the chance to play with my MFT goodies!! I’ll be back again next week with another project or two – woot!!

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Sprinkled with Fun

We can’t get enough of Betty‘s gorgeous work so we’re happy to welcome her back today for another fabulous guest post.

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Hi, I am Betty Wright and I am back again today to share two more cards with you!

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For my first card I got to play with food! I started with Smooth White, Summer Splash, Sno Cone, Tropical Teal, Berrylicious, Natural, and Persimmon card stocks. My card base is Smooth White. I die cut another Smooth White panel using the scalloped frame from Blueprints 20. I die cut the Tropical Teal, Berrylicious, Summer Splash, and Sno Cone card stocks using the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics. I stamped each panel using the Houndstooth Background in matching inks using Tropical Teal, Berrylicious, Summer Splash and Sno Cone Premium Dye Inks. I layered them in a graduated effect from lightest to darkest. I die cut the Persimmon Card Stock using the Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX. I stamped this panel using Persimmon Premium Dye Ink and the Swiss Dot Background. I popped this panel up with Foam Mounting Tape.

Next, I got to play with the Donuts Die-namics. I cut three of the smaller donuts using natural card stock and used the Smooth White for the layered icing portion. I stamped the sprinkles from the Donuts and Sprinkles stamp set using Persimmon, Summer Splash, and Lemon Chiffon Premium Dye Inks. Aren’t they the sweetest treats ever? I arranged the donuts on the side of the card using Foam Mounting Tape. For the sentiment I used Blueprints 20 again for the stitched sentiment strip. I stamped the sentiment from Donuts and Sprinkles using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I finished my card with a few sequins which were easily placed with the QuickStik Pick-Up Tool. The best part about these donuts is that they are gluten free!

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For my second card, let’s just say I had some fun with color! This card makes me happy, happy! I love the bold color combo with the mix of patterns. One thing I love to do is look at all of my MFT stamps and Die-namics to see what can work with my newest MFT goodies. Here is what I mixed together for this card!

I started with MFT card stock in Smooth White, Summer Splash, Pure Plum, and Peach Bellini. The card base is Smooth White. I die cut another Smooth White panel using Blueprints 15. I layered the Vertical Stitched Strips Die-namics. I stamped each with the Harlequin Background with matching Premium Dye Inks in Pure Plum, Peach Bellini, and Summer Splash. I die cut the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX using the Keep on Rockin’ stamp set equalizer stamp at the bottom in Summer Splash. I stamped the sentiment from the Chalkboard Greetings stamp set in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I colored the banner with Copics. I stamped the pause button from the Keep on Rockin’ stamp set in Pure Plum. I used some Foam Mounting Tape to pop up this panel. I finished the front of the card with some loose thread for added detailing.

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However, I did not stop there. I decided I wanted to add a little something, something to the inside of my card. I die cut the largest of the Stitched Rounded Rectangle Die-namics and again stamped the equalizer bars at the bottom using Pure Plum ink this time.  I stamped the sentiment from Keep on Rockin’ stamp set without the “you” at the end. I thought it would be fun to add interest using the die-cut word “YOU” from Lots of Love Die-namics in Summer Splash Card Stock. Instead of just stamping the pause button in the center, I used a die-cut circle element from Out on a Limb Die-namics that fit the pause image beautifully.  I love how it turned out. It is fun to play with all of my MFT stamps and Die-namics to see what works together. That is it for today!  Again, thanks so much My Favorite Things for asking me to showcase your products!  As always thanks so much for stopping by!

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You Rock

I’d characterize the fun projects Betty has created for us today as bright, bold, and beautiful – I think you’ll agree once you see what she’s created!

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Hi, I am Betty Wright and I am so excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today.  I am a huge fan!  I have two cards to share with you.

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For the first card I started with Black LicoriceLush Lagoon, Ripe RaspberrySummer SplashLimelight, and Lemon Drop card stocks. I am just over the moon with all the new MFT colors! The card base is Black Licorice. I die cut another Black Licorice panel using Blueprints 13 for the stitched edging and then, I used the newly released Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Square STAX to create an inside out stitched frame. I stamped the bottom of this panel with Keep on Rockin’ stamp set using Versamark and then clear embossed for a cool effect.

For the sentiment I used Blueprints 11 and die cut the “You Rock” in Black Licorice and Limelight card stocks. I stamped the Limelight sentiment with Sheet Music background using Limelight Premium Dye Ink. I glued the two panels together, slightly offsetting the black for a shadow effect. I attached the sentiment behind the inside cut-out frame panel popping the letters on the outside of the frame’s edge for added interest. I popped up the entire frame using Foam Mounting Tape and inserted the cut-out interior frame to the recess behind for added detail. To complete the card, I die cut several of the smaller headphones that come in the newly released Headphones Die-namics and arranged them on the card as shown.

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For my second card, I went in a completely different direction. This is what I love about MFT stamps and Die-namics – there is just so much versatility and style options with these products.

I started with Smooth WhiteSummer SplashCherry Crisp, and Coral Crush card stocks. Have I mentioned how much I love the new colors? I die cut the Coral Crush panel using the stitched frame from Blueprints 15. I stamped this panel with the Harlequin Background stamp using Coral Crush Premium Dye Ink. I die cut the Summer Splash using the Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX. I stamped this panel using the Linen Background in Summer Splash Premium Dye Ink. I used Foam Mounting Tape to pop up this panel. Next, I die cut the Cherry Crisp panel using Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics and stamped it using the Pinstripe Background in Cherry Crisp Premium Dye Ink.

I die cut the Smooth White Card Stock with Pierced Circle STAX and stamped the sentiment from Spring Tulips stamp set in the center using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  I offset the circle die cut and used Foam Mounting Tape to pop it up a bit for added dimension.   I die cut the Spring Tulips Die-namics, stamped with the coordinating image from the Spring Tulips stamp set, and colored with Copics. I popped the tulips up as well using a bit of Foam Mounting Tape.  I finished my card with a few sequins which were easily placed with the QuickStik Pick-Up Tool. I used this tool all of the time!

That is it for me today.  Many thanks for My Favorite Things for asking me to showcase their products!  As always thanks so much for stopping by!

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Total Favorite

Mary Dawn Quirindongo is joining us on the blog today with two more outstanding projects. Let’s see what she has to say about these eye-catching cards!

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For my first project, I used the large candy jar die as a vase and filled it with die-cut elements from the Lily Die-Namics. I colored the lilies and leaves with Spectrum Noir Markers and added sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella Glitter brush marker. I added a sentiment from Donuts and Sprinkles and then stared at it for 3 hours because I’m in serious love.

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I decided to give myself a break and make a one-layer card next (haha, I know, good one). Using the Candy Jar Companions stamp set, I stamped 6 bunnies in yellow pigment ink in a (sort of) neat row and added the only sentiment I could add to a card covered in bunnies. I added some dimension with a yellow colored pencil and some ground with a gray one. Finally, I added their eyes and noses with a black glaze pen, giving more texture and dimension to this simple card.

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Do you love how these cards range from seriously elegant to achingly cute…intricately assembled to simply stamped? She has run the gamut and I’m in love. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us Mary Dawn!

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You Have My Heart

Join us in welcoming Lea Lawson back to the blog. She’s sharing a love-themed card inspired by this week’s Sketch Challenge. I love how she completed the sentiment stamped with the Smitten with You set by adding the iconic die-cut heart created with Blueprints 15.

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! Are you frantically whipping up some last minute cards to give to the people that you love?  If so, look no further than this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch #215!  It is simple, but packs an awesome design punch!

I’ve created a bold card full of rainbow stripes & script, paired with the Smitten with You stamp set and a couple of Blueprints Die-namics.  Here is how I created the card, step by step!

  1. Make an A2 card from Smooth White Card Stock.
  2. Trim a small block of rainbow striped paper, and adhere to the bottom of the card.
  3. Trim a panel of black script paper, and die cut a circle from the bottom of it.
  4. Adhere the paper block to the right side of the card with foam adhesive.
  5. Trim a 3/4″ strip of white cardstock, then stamp the sentiment onto it.
  6. Die cut the tab and heart from the striped paper.
  7. Adhere the tab next to the stamped sentiment, then cut banner edges to the paper strip.
  8. Adhere the sentiment strip with foam dots over top of the cutout circle.
  9. Tuck & adhere the tab slightly underneath the scripted paper block.
  10. Accent the tab and the heart with jewels to finish.

This card could be given to anyone you love, including your spouse or significant other, children, family & friends!  I hope you choose to use the sketch for some last minute Valentines….and can’t wait to see what you create!  Have an awesome day!

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Lea was inspired by this week’s sketch – now it’s your turn. Make sure to check out the Challenge & Inspiration blog for all of the details and to share a link to your own project. Print