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Marion Vagg is joining us again today on the blog. The birthday card she shared a few days ago was such a beauty, we’re happy to have her here with yet another project today. Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Marion!

Handmade card from Marion Vagg featuring the Sailboat and Chevron Stripes Die-namics.

I am so inspired by that gradient of blue Marion created with the Chevron Stripes Die-namics – what a fantastic way to create a sky backdrop from solid colors that still provides interest! The sailboat, in a simple white silhouette, is set off by a pair of tiny, nautically-inspired stars included in the set.

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Feeling creative? We’d love to see how you’re using Die-namics to create backdrops for your cards. Tag us, #mftstamps, so we can see what you’re working on!

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Birthday Wishes

Before we get to today’s guest post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Stephanie’s blog: Lucinde

from Julia’s blog: Sue McRae

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

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Please join us in welcoming Marion Vagg to the blog today! She’s created a delightful birthday card perfect for any number of recipients – it would make a fantastic addition to your collection of those cards you’re saving for a rainy day or a last-minute emergency (we’ve all been there!) Thank you Marion for sharing this lovely card with us!

Handmade birthday card from Marion Vagg featuring Build-able Blooms from Miss Tiina.

Hello. I am very honoured to be guest designing on the My Favorite Things blog today. I love the big and bold Birthday Wishes sentiment from the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings set. To make it stand out I made a chalkboard panel using the Stitched Rectangle STAX and white heat embossed the sentiment onto it. I also added some white ink to make the chalkboard panel look more authentic. To add some pop of colour, I created some clusters of flowers using the Build-able Blooms stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. I added lots of dimension by popping up some of the flowers around the focal panel.

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Life Is Better with Friends

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Joni Andaya is back with us again and somehow, she’s managed to create two more cards as equally fabulous as the two she shared yesterday. You’ll be looking at those Flamingos Die-namics with brand news eyes!

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I don’t know about you but this is an entirely new use of Laina Lamb Design’s Flamingos Die-namics and I for one am a BIG fan. Joni’s sentiment choice couldn’t be more perfect either, right?

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This second card is just so pretty – check out the streaky washes of soft color. The dimension Joni brought in by layering Grassy Fields die cuts that were cut once again with the Cross-Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics is incredible.

Ss what do you think? Are you loving the flamingos? Now go make something pretty and pink and when you’re done, tag #mftstamps so we can give you some love! Thanks so much Joni for the fabulousness you brought to our blog this week 🙂

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Say “Howdy” to Joni Andaya

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I’m really happy to introduce guest Joni Andaya to you today. She’s sharing two incredibly cool cards with us and I’m confident you’ll find something inspiring in each of them.

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I absolutely adore the pretty pastels and brilliant background Joni constructed with the Cross-Stitch Die-namics! The result is so fresh + bright – just a beautiful base for the Green Pastures girl.

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Are you star-struck by Joni’s use of the Perfect Harmony stamp set? That gorgeous gradient she created looks amazing with the vellum stars layered on top. I love how she brought in the same colors in the layers of the skirt.

If you are as enamored of Joni’s work as we are, make sure to pop back over tomorrow for another post featuring her pretty work!

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This Way to Green Pastures

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We’re welcoming Deb Duty back to the blog today with a delightful card featuring Birdie Brown’s Green Pastures and this month’s Free with $60 Grassy Fields Die-namics.

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Hello! I’m here today to share a card featuring the Green Pastures stamp set. I just love this little girl in her cowboy boots! I colored her with Prismacolor pencils. I used the Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics to cut a background out of watercolor paper and created a sky by painting it with blue distress inks. I created layers of grass along the bottom by cutting green card stock with the Grassy Fields Die-namics and then with the same cross-stitch rectangle die. I placed the scene on a background of red chevron patterned paper and finished the card with a sentiment from the Green Pastures stamp set. I cut the words from the sentiment stamp apart so I could arrange them to fit perfectly next to the cute little girl.

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We all miss birthdays on occasion – it happens, right? Send a card as sweet as this though and all is sure to be forgiven.

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful style with us, Deb!

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Your Smile Tugs at My Heartstrings

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Audrey Tokach is back with us today tugging on our heartstrings with this cheery look. Thanks for sharing your talents with us, Audrey!

Handmade card from Audrey Tokach featuring Pure Innocence Heartstrings stamp set and Die-namics.

Placing the Cross-Stitch Square STAX element on an angle creates a diamond perfectly sized for backing that darling, guitar-picking, Pure Innocence cutie. Fantastic coloring and some hand-drawn accent lines are all the detail necessary thanks to that die-cut cross-stitch accent. Isn’t it amazing what a slight rotation can do for enhancing the possibilities your dies provide?

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Tickled Pink

Before we get to today’s guest post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Lisa’s blog: Birgit

from Torico’s blog: Lisa Page

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

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Please join us in welcoming Deb Duty to the blog today! Her fabulous flamingos card features a color scheme that screams tropical weather and a fantastically fun scene.

Handmade birthday card from Deb Duty featuring the Flamingos Die-namics and Tickled Pink stamp set from Laina Lamb Design.

Hello everyone! I’m happy to be guest blogging today. I’m sharing a card featuring the fabulous Flamingos Die-namics! I cut them out with watercolor paper and used distress inks to paint them with shades of pink and orange blended together. I placed them on blue patterned paper cut with a cross-stitch oval die. I used the same pink and orange distress inks to watercolor stripes on my background and then added a fun sentiment from the Tickled Pink stamp set. To finish the card I stitched around the edges with my sewing machine.

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So charming, right? I know a lot of you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the May Release. We’re so excited to see these flirty flamingos on your own cards and projects! Make sure to tag #mftstamps with your uploads so we can properly ooh and aah.

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Aw, Shucks.

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Audrey Tokach is joining us on the blog today with some Birdie Brown cuteness. Thank you so much for sharing this sweet look with us, Audrey!

Handmade card from Audrey Tokach featuring Green Pastures stamp set and Die-namics from Birdie Brown.

The Green Pastures girl is simply begging for some paper piecing and Audrey happily obliged with a sweet country check patterned paper. This month’s Free with $60 Grassy Fields Die-namics provides an inviting spot to nestle her into. The unexpected element on this card? The Sweater Stitch Background Audrey used to add a bit of texture to her card front – it looks fantastic, doesn’t it? The lesson here is not to relegate those “seasonal” items to the back-burner – there’s always a new way to incorporate them into you projects year round!

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You’re the Sweetest

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Joy Taylor is back with us today sharing a delectable design inspired by an image she discovered on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and inspiration with us Joy!

You're the Sweetest handmade ice cream cone card from Joy Taylor featuring the Sweet Treats Die-namics from Lisa Johnson Designs.

When I first saw those cute little ice cream stamps and dies, I was like “these I just have to be used on a card.” I must admit my excitement was greater than my mojo at the time, it wanted to go on hiatus and even though I was determined to have these cute ice creams on a card, I was going through product trying to work out exactly the process and approach I was going to take and failing.

I decided to run ideas through my head to see if that mojo would shift into gear. I thought of the summer for us here Down Under that had just passed and the ice creams we would pull out of the freezer to eat so we could cool down a little. I knew by this stage that I was going to have 3 ice cream cones on this card and bright colours as I think of summer with brightness.

Choosing then to sit and peruse Pinterest, I found this photo you see below, then it was like a light bulb moment that went off in the head! I loved the stripes that this little stand had and I knew I could use lots of the lovely colors from the MFT Card Stock collection.

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Starting with the background as my starting point, I went about cutting strips of Summer Splash and Sno Cone Card Stock, adhering it to a trimmed piece of white card stock. I then went about die cutting several colors of card stock to find the right matching pairs, settling on Banana Split, Razzle Berry and Orange Fizz as my fun summer colors. With additions of stars cut from Blueprints 24, clear sequins to add as sprinkles to my ice creams, and a sentiment added to a banner also from Blueprints 24, I completed my simple but fun summery card.

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Gnome Says Hello!

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You were as wowed by Jocelyn Olson’s gift wrap suite last week as we were, right? She graciously agreed to come back for one more post today because she gnomes how much we adore her work <3

Hello handmade card from Jocelyn Olson featuring You Gnome Me from Birdie Brown.

I was strolling through Pinterest and ran across these gnome hats. They are adorable, and the picture inspired me to make my own gnome hat (and matching card).

Birdie Brown’s You Gnome Me is the cutest set! I started by die cutting eight Precious Polaroids (probably my very favorite My Favorite Things die ever.) I stamped the gnome images and sentiment, and colored them with Copic markers. To add just a touch of dimension, I layered the four remaining Polaroid frames on top. Using the You Gnome Me Die-namics, I added the sweet mushroom.

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I finished the card by adding a vellum Modern Blooms flower, and layering the Polaroids over a panel embossed with the Polka Dots Cover-Up.

For the hat, I started with a party hat template I downloaded and ended up adjusting the template to get a slimmer hat.

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I cut the hat out of the Red Hot Felt. The My Favorite Things felt is so luxurious! I love that it holds its shape. Wouldn’t the hat be fun at a gnome or woodland birthday party? My hat is full-size, but mini hats for decorations would be adorable, too.

Thank you so much to MFT for asking me to guest!

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