Let’s Have a Tiki Party

Please join me in welcoming Vanessa Menhorn back to the blog again today.

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Hello everyone! It’s Vanessa Menhorn again and I am happy to be back with two more cards using the wonderful August Release. How about a little Tiki Party inspiration? I loved playing with this set and here is the result:

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

On this card, I wanted to create an interesting, tropical, summery, sunset kind of background. But first, I stamped the palm trees onto a panel of watercolor paper and masked them. Next I applied Distress Ink with an ink blending tool, starting from the top and working to the bottom, always blending the colors when applying a new one. Then I applied little drops of gold spray ink and heat-embossed the “Mahalo” using gold embossing powder. After I had removed the masks, I colored the trees using various grey Copics (because I believed it might look like this during sunset.) I stamped, colored, and die cut the little statues and adhered them with foam tape before attaching the panel to the card base.

And here is another card I made with the Tiki Party set:

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

Again, I did a lot of masking. I stamped and masked the hibiscus flowers and the leaves, then I applied ink around them and added drops of the same ink with a brush and water. I stamped the “Aloha” and removed the masks. After I had colored the flowers and leaves with Copics, I adhered the panel to the card.

I hope to have inspired you today! Tomorrow I’ll be back with my last cards for the My Favorite Things blog. I’d be so happy if you’d visit again tomorrow. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Watercoloring with Stamps

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We’re welcoming Maureen back to the blog again today with yet another simply stunning look. Thank you so much Maureen for sharing your talent and ideas with us!

Handmade card from Maureen Merritt featuring Scribble Circle Roses.

Whether stamped, die cut or colored, the Scribble Roses stamp set is just gorgeous. My project today features these stunning images heat embossed and watercolored.

I began with a piece of watercolor card stock trimmed to 3 3/4″ x 5″. I prepped the paper with an anti-static tool then started placing the flowers on my card stock. Once I had an arrangement that I was happy with, I picked up all of the stamps at once on the same acrylic block. I inked them with Versamark ink and covered the stamped images with white embossing powder. I did the same thing with the leaves, then I heat set all of the images at once.

Now, we get to have fun! Using several Zig Markers, I scribbled randomly over the flowers and leaves, then I sprayed them with water. Using a heat tool, I moved the water and color around. How’s that for a simple watercolor technique? I’m a CAS stamper, I don’t like to fuss with things that take too much time (or make too much of a mess). If you are like me, you will love this technique.

To finished off the card, I added the watercolored panel to a card base using a lot of adhesive (the paper was quite warped, even after sitting under a heavy book). I heat embossed a sentiment from the Thankful Leaves stamp set and added that that to the card using foam tape. Lastly I added some sequins to finish off the design!

Thanks so much for having me as a guest blogger this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating my projects for you!


Are you using watercolor techniques with your MFT stamps? We’d love to see what you’re creating! The next time you share an MFT project on social media, be sure to tag #mftstamps – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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Inside-Out Cards

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Hey MFTers! It’s been way too long since I’ve hung out with you guys so I’m super excited to be hanging out with a simple crafty set of cards using the latest MFT release.

Since this is sort of like a first date for some of us, let’s do the requisite introductions:

I’m Amber and I blog at Damask Love.

Bright colors and simple projects are my jam.

Paper is my first love and stamping is where I started.

Today I do a little bit of everything but I’ll never turn down the chance to get inky with MFT.

oh…and one more thing…

5. I live in Miami, Florida which means that the Tiki Party stamp set speaks to my tropical loving soul.

If you combine all these fun facts, you end up with today’s project: a set of really easy to make, tropical cards using a really simple technique that I love. Take a look-see at the finished product. They’re pretty fun.

Handmade card from Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

Handmade card from Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

I like to call these “inside-out” stationery because while the front is cute and pretty, the fun really gets going when you open them up. All you need are the Tiki Party stamps and Die-namics and a few markers to add color. I’m a big fan of simple stationery with big impact – and I think these fit the bill perfectly, don’t you?

Handmade card trio from Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

Thanks for letting me hijack your attention today! I hope you’ll come visit me at Damask Love. We have fun over there.


Inspired to make some inside-out stationery of your own? We’d love to see what you’re creating! The next time you share an MFT project on social media, be sure to tag #mftstamps – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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One Layer Wonder

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We love the bright and fresh style of today’s guest blogger. Maureen‘s pretty aesthetic will have you itching to create something beautiful!

Handmade birthday card from Maureen Merritt featuring Written in Watercolor.

One layer cards are a struggle for many card makers, even for clean and simple stampers like myself. If you keep a few tricks in your back pocket though you’ll be making one layer cards in no time at all!

My best advice is to think creatively. “How can I add interest to a card without adding layers?” Masking! Masking is a great way to add interest without layers to a one layer card. And that is exactly what I’ve done on my card today.

I began by masking off 3/4 of an inch on all sides of my card base. Then I placed the Diagonal Stripes Stencil over top of the masked area, so it’s almost double masked. I used Distress Inks to add color and what you are left with when all of the masking is removed is a bright and beautiful focal point. Now all I had to do is to stamp my birthday sentiment and hearts from Written in Watercolor. Simple accessories like twine and sequins are the perfect way to finish off a one layer card.

See, look at that. Easy peasy! The next time you are challenged (or challenge yourself) to make a one layer card you will be able to whip one up in no time at all.


Are you inspired to do some masking on your next project? We’d love to see what you’re creating! The next time you share an MFT project on social media, be sure to tag #mftstamps – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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Happy Halloween Balloons

Please join me in welcoming Vanessa Menhorn to the blog today. She’s got some fabulous tricks up her sleeve with our August Release and today is just the beginning of what she’ll be sharing this month.

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Hello everyone! It’s Vanessa Menhorn here and I am thrilled to be a Guest Designer for August on the My Favorite Things blog. This is a little dream come true, because I love these products so much! Today I am sharing two Halloween-themed cards with you, using my favorite techniques: masking and ink blending.

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring Frightfully Fun Halloween.

For the first card, I used the super fun Frightfully Fun Halloween stamp set. When I first looked at the set, I couldn’t help but see balloons. So I used the images to create this spooky bouquet of balloons. I stamped and masked the images one after the other, then I inked the background using an ink blending tool and Distress Ink. Next I applied black ink droplets and stamped the sentiment. After I had removed the masks, I colored the balloons using Copics. Finally, I drew strings with a black marker and adhered the panel to a black card base.

My second card was made with the Pure Innocence Mummy set:

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring Pure Innocence Mummy.

The little mummy is just too cute! I stamped it onto a panel of card stock and masked it. Then I masked a rectangle around it and inked it with an ink blending tool and Distress Inks again. I applied various droplets of inks, letting them dry before applying a new color. After I had removed the masks, I colored the image with Copics, stamped the sentiment and adhered the panel to the card base.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards today! Thank you for stopping by and thanks to the sweet people from My Favorite Things for having me! I’ll be back with two more posts towards the end of August. Have a beautiful day everybody!

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Shine On

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Sankari is back with us again today with one more fun look featuring the July Release…savor it because tomorrow, we begin the August Release Countdown and you don’t want to miss that.

Handmade card from Sankari Legman featuring Miss Tiina's Things with Wings.

I love how Sankari added some interest to her look by stamping images from Miss Tiina’s Things with Wings onto patterned paper. Her sweet owl is perched upon a fabulously homey branch and the added dimension she achieved, especially in the positioning of the sun, really brings the look to life.


Have you incorporated patterned paper (especially some of our brand-new exclusive designs!) into your stamping or paper-piecing? We’d love to see! Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your work so we can see how you’ve been inspired.

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Let’s Celebrate Your Existence with Cake

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We’re happy to welcome the luminous Sankari Wegman to the blog today and tomorrow to share a couple of projects featuring our recent July release.

Handmade card from Sankari Legman featuring the Piece of Cake stamp set.

I know it’s tempting, but please don’t eat the delectably tantalizing treat Sankari’s showcased on her card. Luscious layers and mouth-watering frosting make it hard to pull your gaze away but don’t miss the witty sentiment she has paired with that classic birthday confection. A mix of basic shapes and pretty polka dots are a great choice to bake into the finished look.


Are you stocking up on birthday cards with our July Release? We’d love to see what you’re creating! The next time you share an MFT project on social media, be sure to tag #mftstamps – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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Butterfly Hi

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Hello friends! I’m back again today with a fun summertime card using the new Flutter of Butterflies – Lace Die-namics.

Handmade card from Karen Giron featuring the Flutter of Butterflies - Lace Die-namics.

I love the different sizes and patterns this Die-namics set offers and I thought this particular butterfly would work fantastic as a Monarch. To create this look, I cut out the butterfly in Black Licorice, Persimmon, Orange Fizz, and Smooth White card stock and then paper pieced all the colors into place. To keep all the colors in place, I added some clear tape to the back of the black butterfly frame, which gave me a sticky surface to add the inside pieces. You could also use the Flutter of Butterflies  – Solid Die-namics in Black Licorice underneath for a nice solid card stock base.

Handmade card from Karen Giron featuring the Flutter of Butterflies - Lace Die-namics.

The sentiment is one of the Happy Hello Die-namics, which I cut out in Smooth White card stock and I looped it around the butterfly and adhered it to the flower with Glossy Accents. I created the flower background with various sizes of the Plentiful Petal Die-namics set in Lemon Drop card stock, and then added some inky accents with the Abstract Art stamp set. Those little ink splatters are a fabulous way to fill in empty spaces!

It has been great being a guest designer this past week! Have a fantastic day.

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You are a Star

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Hi everyone! It’s Carissa Wiley here again with a guest post here on the My Favorite Things Blog! Today I’ve created a fun card for you featuring the adorable Tutu Cute stamp set, along with some other fun new products. And I’ve managed to create it WITHOUT gold glitter cardstock 😉 I have created a video tutorial over for this card, and you can check that out by visiting my blog HERE.

You are a Star handmade card from Carissa Wiley featuring the Tutu Cute stamp set and Die-namics from Pure Innocence.

I started out by stamping this adorable ballerina from the TuTu Cute stamp set in black pigment ink. I wanted to heat emboss this image so that when I watercolored it, the watercolor would stay inside the lines. I added clear embossing powder and this gives me a nice, crisp, image. I used watercolor markers to color my image, but you can use whatever coloring medium that you prefer, including dye inks, to color yours. I love the softness that the watercolor gives the image. I finished her off with a little sparkle by adding some Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker over the top of her dress and tutu.

You are a Star ballerina close-up from Carissa Wiley featuring the Tutu Cute stamp set and Die-namics from Pure Innocence.

I cut out the adorable ballerina using the coordinating TuTu Cute Die-namics. I love the convenience of coordinating dies. Yay for no fussy cutting! They’re perfect for cutting out the stamped images or creating masks. You can also use them to create a debossed outline around your stamped images. I embossed the Myriad Dots background stamp in gold embossing powder on some heavyweight vellum. I used the Stitched Circle STAX to die-cut the vellum. I love the look of embossing, especially gold, on vellum. Remember to prep your surface with an antistatic tool too keep embossing powder from sticking to areas that you may not want. This gives her the perfect sparkly background to stand on. You’d pay a lot of money for a gold embossed vellum in a craft store, but this is an easy way to make your own with any stamp that you prefer. I also used this same background stamp to clear heat emboss the background of my card to create some texture.

You are a Star dotted vellum detail from Carissa Wiley featuring the Tutu Cute stamp set and Die-namics from Pure Innocence.

I created some coordinating gold card stock by pressing my embossing pad to some white card stock and adding gold embossing powder to it. This was the perfect card stock to cut the star sentiment from the Stars and Wishes Die-namics. I layered that up with some vellum, cut with the coordinating Count the Stars Die-namics. I love to use vellum layers behind die-cut sentiments. It creates a soft halo effect.

You are a Star gold embossed card stock detail from Carissa Wiley featuring the Tutu Cute stamp set and Die-namics from Pure Innocence.

In order to create the rest of the sentiment, I had to do some creative inking and stamp surgery. I stamped it on the banner die cut from the Blueprints 25 Die-namics. Love the versatility of the Blueprints sets! You can see exactly how I accomplished the stamp surgery and creative inking in the video tutorial over on my blog.

You are a Star gold embossed card stock detail from Carissa Wiley featuring the Tutu Cute stamp set and Die-namics from Pure Innocence.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’ve enjoyed this card project. And thank you to the kind people at My Favorite Things for inviting me to share here. Until next time, have a fabulous day!

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Herd You Had a Birthday

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Good morning! Debbie Olson back again today with some more fabulous MFT goodies to share!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics.

One of my favorite of the newer MFT stamp sets is The Whole Herd; there are just so many ways that you can use this set, especially when you consider how well it pairs with the Green Pastures set too.

I stamped the front cow (second from right) first. (Okay, it could be a bull, but since it would be odd to have a herd of bulls, I’ve decided that mine will be a cow!) Next I stamped and trimmed a mask for that one so that I could stamp the cows around her. Finally, I had to cut two more partial masks so that I could mask off the three cows in front of the haystack.

I used a Copic black 0.3 Multiliner to sketch some rolling hills as a backdrop for my cows and haystack. As an afterthought, I added the little pig, popped up with foam tape, for some variety in both color and subject matter—loved him! He was cut with The Whole Herd Die-namics.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics.

For the card’s inside, I used the Rolling Hills Die-namics to cut both the grass and the fence. I cut them both from white cardstock, then used the same Copic green markers on the inside grass that I had used on the outside grass (shown below). I colored the cow pretty much the same as the ones on the outside of the card, except that I made the nose a little lighter and liked that better—not enough better to redo the front though! I airbrushed sky (Copic B02 marker and airbrush system) on the inside because all of my elements were die-cut, and therefore I didn’t need to do any masking to airbrush the sky. Airbrushing it also kept the ink from coming through the other side of the cardstock as it would have if I had hand-colored it with my Copics. I masked the sentiment when I stamped it to include just the part that I wanted.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics.

Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used on the card.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics.

The banner is cut with Blueprints 20, and patterned paper is from Carta Bella’s Summer Lovin’ 6” x 6” pad. I used Blueprints 20 to cut the focal image panel as well as the little black scalloped edge at the bottom. The finished card is a bit oversized at 5-1/2” square.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

How about some butterflies next? Maybe they flit around the farm—you never know! For these cards I used the Flutter of Butterflies – Lace Die-namics, paired with Blueprints 20 on the standing card and Blueprints 15 on the card that is lying down.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

On this card I also used the Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX for the sentiment, which is from the Tickled Pink stamp set. The background is watercolored with distress inks, and the butterflies are coated in glue pen and glitter

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

For these butterflies, I watercolored a white piece of card stock with various distress inks, then die cut my butterflies when it was completely dry. I used a glue pen to add glitter afterward. The sentiment is from Blue Skies Ahead, inked in Sno-Cone and Blue Breeze Hybrid Inks and cut with the Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX. The scalloped layer is MFT Sno Cone Card Stock.

Again, thank you so much to Kim and MFT for allowing me to be a guest on the blog—I’ve loved it!

Debbie Olson

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