Let It Snow

Hi there, friends! Lea Lawson here today with my 3rd guest post. I’ve had such an amazing time as a guest for My Favorite Things and using some of the newly released products! Thank you so much to MFT for having me…and to you for hanging out with me, and checking out my creations!

I am so excited about the card I have to share with you today! I had a vision for this card, and while it took some time to complete, I love how it came to life! As I go through the steps to re-create it, just be aware that it is a little bit time intensive. So, this isn’t a card you are going to sit down and just whip up. But, the end result is so worth it, and I enjoyed every minute I put into this card!

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The first thing I did was watercolor all the pieces, with the exception of the Town Bear. I started with the galaxy background and watercolored it in black, pink, and aqua. I set it aside and started on the ombre grey watercolor. I knew I would be cutting the mountains out of this, so I just faded the watercolor dark to light. Then I die cut the Our Town scene and watercolored it in rainbow order. I spritzed all of these pieces with shimmer spray, then set them aside to dry.

Quick note – you can speed up the drying process by using your heat tool. I do this sometimes, but I really do like to let them dry naturally if possible. I feel like you get some cooler watercolor effects that way!

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As these were drying, I die cut the snow caps for the mountains and covered them in glitter. Then I stamped the sentiment three times on black card stock and cut them into three thin strips. Lastly, I stamped and embossed the cute Town Bear in black. I used my watercolor markers to color him and then set him aside to dry as well.

After busying myself with those elements, the other watercolor pieces were mostly dry and I just hit them with my heat tool in the couple areas that needed it. I masked where I wanted to watercolor the street to the same block that the galaxy background was on. I then added yellow dotted lines down the middle of it and heat set them. Then I painted the rest of the street with black watercolor. This will activate the yellow a bit, and they did run together a little – but that was okay with me. Watercolor isn’t a perfect science and I love how they kind of faded together a little bit. It helped with the snowy scene I was creating!

I set that piece aside to dry again, and while waiting I diecut the mountains from the grey watercolor blocks and adhered the glittery snowcaps to them. I finished drying the Town Bear with my heat tool, and cut him out using the matching Die-namics. I stamped him again to some masking paper, and cut out just the bear portion.

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once the watercolored road was dry, I masked this background one more time and added the glitter to each side of the road. Once I pulled the masking tape off, it was time to finally put my card together!

I cut an A2 card from Black Licorice Card Stock and then adhered the galaxy background to it with foam. Next I adhered the mountains to the middle of it, and then popped the rainbow Our Town die cut with foam adhesive to the bottom of the mountains. Next, I added the Town Bear to the front, making sure he was on the road. I added the mask to him, and then had a paint flicking party! I added white paint splatters to the front until it felt “snowy” enough! Once finished, I removed the masking paper from the Town Bear.

The final steps to this card were adding the sentiment strips to the upper right corner with foam adhesive, and then accenting with a few jewels.

This card was a small labor of love, but it was such an enjoyable experience seeing it come together, and I am thrilled with how it turned out!

Thank you so much for hanging out with me these past few days and checking out my creations! I appreciate the love so much, and hope to be inspiring you again in the near future! I hope the start of your 2018 has been an amazing one so far. Have a great day!

I hope that you all have a very Happy New Year!! I’ll see you in 2018!

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Painted Florals

Happy New Year, MFT friends! Lea Lawson here with my 2nd guest post for My Favorite Things. I am having SO much fun and I am really excited to share my cards with you today!

Handmade cards from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For today’s post I am focusing on the newly released Painted Flowers stamp set. I fell in LOVE with this set the moment it arrived in the mail, and couldn’t wait to use it! But here is something that maybe you can relate to — multi-step stamping doesn’t come naturally to me and I normally spend a good hour just marking the top of the stamp set, making notations about what goes together, where the top is, etc. Imagine my excitement when I saw that MFT GIVES you all of this info already right on the stamp set! I could just start stamping, and knew I was going to be successful at it!

My first step in creating these cards was stamping multiples of all the flowers & leaves. I chose dye ink colors that had matching shades, and used my MISTI stamping tool. This way, I could easily re-stamp an image if I didn’t feel like I got a good impression…which sometimes happens to me with dye inks. I wanted a really feminine feel to these cards, so I chose pink, aqua, and yellow inks for the flowers, plus green for the leaves.

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once I finished stamping, it was time to clear my desk and cut everything out. I die cut all the stamped flowers and leaves first and grouped them together. Then I die cut the other leaf shapes in the Painted Flowers Die-namics set from gold glitter paper. Lastly, I die cut the Stitched Tag-Corner Square two times from Smooth White Card Stock.

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once all the die cutting was complete, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiments in gold on the stitched squares. In my first guest post, I talked about how I love to combine newly released items with older items in order to freshen them up a bit. I did that with these cards as well, and used the Words of Inspiration stamp set that I have had in my stamping stash for awhile. It hasn’t gotten nearly enough love lately and it combined beautifully with the Painted Flowers stamp set!

Once the sentiments were finished, it was time to layer the cards together. I made two A2 card bases from Smooth White Card Stock. I cut ombre patterned papers slightly smaller, and adhered them to the card fronts with foam adhesive. Next I layered the corner square sentiment blocks to the front with foam adhesive as well.

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The next step was to add the flowers & leaves to the front. I wish I could say there was a technical way to get this done, but ultimately…I push them around, move them, tuck them here & there and fuss with them until I feel like it looks right. Once I felt like they looked balanced and pretty, I adhered them permanently. I did this by carefully pulling out the bottom pieces first, adding adhesive and tucking them back in. I repeated this process until the top layer of flowers and leaves were adhered.

The final step to creating these cards is some accenting! I adhered some of my favorite gems to the centers of the flowers, adding a knot of gold thread to a few of the larger ones. Then I added some pink gems in the corners to give the card some movement. They were the perfect final touch!

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

If you haven’t picked up your Words of Inspiration stamp set in awhile, I highly encourage you to use it with the Painted Flowers set! The sentiments are beautiful and encouraging, and they pair perfectly with the beautiful multi-step flower stamps.

Thank you for checking out my cards today, and I will see you again tomorrow! Have a wonderful day!

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Warm & Glittering Wishes from Lea

Hi there, everyone! This is Lea Lawson, and I am here to share my first of 3 guest posts with you! I’m SO excited to be an MFT guest, and I can’t wait to share all of my projects with you!

One of my favorite things to do is mix brand new products with previously released items to freshen them up! Stamps and dies are an investment that can be used time and time again, and this is one way that I make sure I’m using them as much as possible!

For my card today, I paired the newly released Friendly Forest stamp set and Die-namics with some previously released scene-building dies to create this light & airy winter themed card!

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To start, I created an A2 card base from Smooth White Card Stock. I trimmed Sno Cone Card Stock slightly smaller and mounted it to the front with foam tape.

Next I die cut all of the pieces I needed to create my wintry scene from their corresponding card stock colors. I covered all the pieces that were cut from Smooth White in Diamond Dust glitter. This included the snow caps on the mountains and the two snowy hills. It really makes them look like they are glittering with snow!

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I did mask off about a half inch from the snowy hill that would be the top layer, and then stamped the Warmest Wishes sentiment in black ink. Once this was done, I layered the scene together on the card base. I started by adding the sun first, then the two snow-capped mountains that are to the left of the sun.

Next I layered the two snowy hills to the front, tucking the smaller mountain on the right between them. To finish creating the scene, I added two cute little pine trees.

The final step was stamping the cute critters from the Friendly Forest stamp set on Smooth White Card Stock, then die cutting them. I layered them cozily around the sentiment to finish the card!

Handmade card from Lea Lawson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thank you for coming to hang out with me today and check out what I created — I really appreciate it so much! I will be back soon with another fun guest post!

I hope that you all have a very Happy New Year!! I’ll see you in 2018!

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CAS Friendly Forest

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be guest designing once again. It has been a blast creating with the super cute December 2017 MFT release.

I created this CAS card using the new Friendly Forest stamp set.

I die cut blue, orange, and white card bases using the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

I then stamped my images onto the bases using Versamark ink and heat embossed them.

These were super fast, easy, and fun to create. I hope you have enjoyed the cards I created as a guest designer. Big thank you to each of you and to MFT for inviting me!

Wishing you a wonderful and Blessed day.

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Make the Most of Your Supplies

Hi there! I’m back with my final guest designer post. It’s been a great honour and pleasure to share my ideas with you here on the blog.

Today, I would like to encourage and inspire you to make the most of your supplies. When we invest in a set, we certainly want to get more bang for our buck, right?

I’m a sucker for all things house and cityscape, so I decided to see what I could do with the skyline stamp from You’re Super. I went for my favourite clean and simple style today — hope you like my ideas!

For the first card I stamped and die cut the image in rainbow colours and placed them behind a die-cut window. The sentiment is from one of my favourite sets — Boss Babe.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The second card has the same clean and simple look except this time I used distress oxide inks for the background, and partial die cutting to create the cityscape. It looks like the big city is waiting for you, go get it! You just need to believe in yourself! The sentiment is again from the Boss Babe stamp set.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I also made two square cards. First, this simple shaker using the Snow Globe Die-namics.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I stamped the image in Kraft Hybrid Ink onto the white base and added a bit of sky around it with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink. I also stamped the Wood Plank Background onto the globe base for additional interest. To ground my snow globe I used the Stitched Strip Die-namics — a perfect way to add an accent without overloading your card. The sentiment from the Snow Globe Sentiments set is a must have for the season! And of course, white splatters…afterall, it’s all about snow.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, I made a super simple card with just one tiny pop of colour. I used Glossy Accents from Ranger to make the heart dimensional and shiny. The sentiment is from More Essential Sentiments.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thank you for spending some time with me! Thank you My Favorite Things for this amazing opportunity to be a guest here — I can’t even express my joy and gratitude!

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and all the best in 2018! Can’t wait to see what it’s got in store for us. Cheers!

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Happy Pawlidays

Hello again everyone! Mayra here from Mayras Designs. I am super happy to be guest designing once again today! I have two cards to share with you.

For the first card, I used the Town Bear stamp set. I think this is such a versatile set. I wanted to create a Christmas-themed card. I began by die cutting a piece of card stock using Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics. I then stamped the trees from the Beary Big Adventure stamp set onto the card stock to create my background design. I heat embossed the images using white embossing powder.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then colored my bear and tree images using Copic markers. I began with BG09, BG78, BG75, BG72, and BG70. For the next set of colors, I used E35, E31, E18, E15, repeated these colors once again, then finished with E50.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

It was such a fun and easy card to create. For the sentiment, I used Happy Pawlidays.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the second card, I used the brand new Painted Flowers stamp set. Such a lovely set to create with. I heat embossed one of the images using gold embossing powder for this CAS card.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoy and feel inspired to create. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

Wishing you a wonderful and blessed day!

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Friendly Forest Three Ways

Hi there! I’m super excited to be back with another post!

Today I’d like to show you three cards I made using the recently released Friendly Forest set — love it! The images are cute and whimsical, and I appreciate the opportunity to use my inks and just go to town stamping the critters!

For my first card I stamped the Whimsical Woodgrain Background onto two panels of my favourite kraft card stock, then I trimmed the second panel a bit and die-cut a square window into it.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I went for a very simple scene created with some distress inks and stencils — I used my go-to stencils this season: Drifts & Hills and Mini Cloud Edges. I added some interest to the fox by highlighting her nose and eyes with some black enamel accents.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I decided to create a winter scene with the same fox. I used shades of blue, gray, and spearmint for this. I used the Drifts & Hills Stencil again to ground my fox and the trees. I also added some snowflakes with a white gel pen.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I like how the triangles on the background are balanced by the triangles of the Winter Trees, which I popped up on some dimensional adhesive for additional interest. I used Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics and Snow Globe Sentiments (which is perfect for holiday projects, let me tell you!) to finish off the card.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, for my last card I went for an almost monochromatic look using Kraft, Natural, and Chocolate Brown inks.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I used some inlaid die cutting and created a globe for my forest scene. Modern trees seemed perfect for this card. To round off the foresty look I used the Whimsical Woodgrain Background again.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I like odd number of images on my cards, so I added three adorable critters to the scene. I debated the colour of the banner for a while, to be honest with you. In the end, I decided to make it white to tie it together with the white of the critters and the sentiment.

Thank you for spending some time with me! I hope I could inspire you to play with you favourite critter stamps! Have a great day and take care!

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Marvelous Masking with Mayra

A new year approaches and with it, a fresh start. We’re cleaning up in preparation for a shiny new 2018 and today through Saturday, you can clean up too! Shop our End-of-Year Overstock Sale to save 25-50% on some of your favorite MFT stamp sets, Die-namics, paper packs, and supplies. Sale not valid on previous purchases. No coupon code required.


TWO 2017 Card Design Superstars in one week? You bet! Today, we’re sharing a fabulous card from Mayra — seeing her process for creating a masked panel will provide incredible inspiration for your next project.

Hello everyone — happy Thursday! Mayra from Mayras Designs here with you today. I am super excited, honored, and thankful to be today’s guest designer! I can’t thank My Favorite Things enough for this amazing opportunity! It is a dream come true!

I created this card to share with you using two products from the brand new release — the Town Bears stamp set and Stitched Tag Corner Square STAX. This is such an adorable set.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I began by die cutting the base of my card using the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics. I used the largest one for this design. I then stamped the bear, trees, and houses using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I created masks for the images in order to create a patterned background.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After taking off all of the masks (my favorite step when creating these types of cards) I colored my images using Copic markers.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the greens in the trees, I used G99, G94, YG95, YG67, YG17, YG13, YG03, YG21. For the trunks of the trees, I used E47, 44, and 41.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the navy areas I used, B99, B95,  B93, and B0000. For my bear, I began with YR27, YR24, YR21, and YR20 (I used these colors for the rust toned areas as well). I then went over the bear using E47, E44, E55, E35, and E31.

I loved how the background came out but I wanted to make my little bear standout a bit more. I decided to die cut another piece of card stock using the same pale gray color with the Stitched Tag-Corner Square STAX Die-namics.
I stamped the bear and the trees once again and colored them using the same colors as the background. I glued the finished piece to the base of my card and it was finished!

I truly loved creating with this set. I hope you enjoy and feel inspired to create. Thank you so much for stopping by — wishing you a wonderful and blessed day.

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Big & Bold Greetings with Natasha Valkovskaya

As the holidays approach, we wanted to provide some advance notice of our office and boutique hours:

Now onto today’s post! We’re excited to welcome one of our 2017 Card Design Superstars to the blog for the first in a trio of guest posts for us this month. Welcome, Natasha!

I am over-the-moon happy and excited to be a guest on the MFT blog. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the projects I made with some of my favourite MFT goodies!

I love the bold word dies that MFT offers. They have quite a range and these words are perfect for inlays, spotlight die cutting, and making a perfect focal point on your card.

Today I would like to share with you one more way to use them — partial die cutting.

For this technique, I made three cards, different in style but similar in design. Also, I’ll be sharing with you three ways to create backgrounds along the way — let’s jump right in!

For the first card, I used the Huge Love Die-namics and made a card which is not my usual style and colour combo, but I love how it turned out. I think the contrast of the bold letters and delicate pink lace is striking!

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

I white heat embossed the Lace Background and used my blending tool to colour the panel with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink. I also coloured both sides of a scrap piece of paper with the same ink to make the rolled roses. I used an oldie-but-goodie die from MFT to make them, but you can certainly make them by cutting a spiral from a circle and then rolling it, securing it with a glue dot or glue gun.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

I partially die cut the Huge Love die-namics from a piece of grey card stock I had in my stash, and the Layered Leaves from Grout Gray Card Stock.  I also used Grout Gray for the base to bring the card together. I added Clear Droplets to finish off the card.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

For my second card, I used Double the Smiles Die-namics and one of my all-time favourite sets, Ewe Are the Best. I coloured the cute sheep with my Zig Clean Real Brush markers and stamped a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments — love it! So many great sentiments for so many occasions.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

This time I created the background with the Homespun Gingham Paper Pack. Quick and easy, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need (or have time for,) right? I also added some clouds to balance the upper half of the card.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

For my last card, I used solid images from the Ocean Fun stamp set to create the background and the Friend Die-namics for the partial die cutting.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

I hope I gave you some inspiration for using your word dies. Have a great day and find time to make something pretty today!

Thank you, My Favorite Things, for inviting me! This is any crafters dream indeed!

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You’re Unstoppable: Copic Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Hi there, and welcome to December! How did this month get here already!? Goodness gracious. time really flies! I’m Sandy Allnock – and I’m pretty stoked to bring you a card I made for a special young lady I know who’s having a heck of a hard time. She’s been wrestling with addiction — not uncommon nowadays, unfortunately — and I’ve been sending her cards several times a week filled with bad dad jokes. Yep…making her laugh! The card I’m sharing today had lots of bad superhero jokes in it — jokes like:

Where do superheroes live? Cape Town!

What’s a superhero’s favorite drink? Fruit PUNCH!

I warned you, they’re bad dad jokes! But I know they make her smile and roll her eyes, at least. So let’s get on with the coloring, shall we?

I’m using, of course, the You’re Super stamp set – and creating a scene of a city that our caped crusader is rescuing.

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

Right away I knew she’d be in a night scene with those cool silhouetted buildings. I stamped the shield first and masked it, stamped the girl and masked her, then the burst, and then the city – twice. See the video for Copic coloring tips!

I love her little outfit and sure wish I had one sometimes. It’d be great to dress like a superhero and see if the powers came along with it, right? If you know where I could pick up a yellow cape that matches Y17, let me know, okay?

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

Finishing touches on a lot of my cards lately have been the Stitched Rectangle STAX — oh my gosh. Everyone’s probably getting sick of it on my YouTube channel, but seriously, they have SO many sizes you can always find one that’s perfect to add just that tiny detail to the outer edges of a colored panel!

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

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