While my last post was all about Easter cards, this time I would like to show you something completely different. The March Release offered lots and lots of amazing products and I got tons of inspiration from it!
From the first time I saw this set, I knew I would make a rodeo boy! His skills in riding and handling the lasso are well known – that’s the way he conquers the ladies’ hearts!
So let’s get to it! The front panel was cut with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1. With a mini distress ink blending tool, I added Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks for the grass and Salty Ocean for the sky. On the sky, I added a couple of clouds which I die cut with Cloud 9. In the background, you can also see the Animal Farm Fence cut from Kraft Card Stock.
All images are from the Best in the West stamp set. I stamped them on Neenah Solar White Card Stock with Extreme Black Hybrid Ink and colored them with Copic markers. For the sentiment, I used the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics.
For this project, I needed a little more time than usual but it paid off. I must say I am so pleased with the result. In the end, it was a double interactive project!
But let’s start from the beginning with the background! I added Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry Oxide Inks. The clouds are from Witch Way Is the Candy? since their shape matched the best. On the same background, I die cut spinner and slider parts for the lava and also for pterodactyls.
For the sand dunes, I used the Surf & Turf Die-namics with Kraft Card Stock. To get a more realistic effect, I decided to use a dotting technique with Copics in earth tones and a white gel pen. The palm trees are from two different sets — Flamazing and Fierce Friends.
Delightful dinosaurs has 5 different animals and I had to have the all on my card! I used copics to color them in and decided to make them a bit different color. I also used lots of white gel pen to add details and accents.
For the volcano and lava I used Volcano Die-namics and the Lava You stamp set for the sentiment. The little pull tab activates smoke and lava — so fun! The smallest circle spinner channels made movement for the pterodactyl possible.
For this card, I got inspiration while creating something else with the MFT Heart Maze Shapes. I was so thrilled with the idea that I stopped what I was doing and started this card!
My first choice was the Dalmatian from the Puppy Kisses stamp set. Why may you ask? Well, he and I are from the same country! Dalmatians are from Croatia, more precisely, the Dalmatia region, which besides dalmatians has an amazing seaside! I was born little bit north of there. Geography and fun-fact class finished 😉
To make a labyrinth I used Slider dies from twoDie-namics — Surf & Turf and Volcano. At the start position is a little Dalmatian with attached to a slider element which allows him to move through the maze. At the end is a bowl of food from the Puppy Pals stamp set. During his journey he finds lots of temptations like a ball and a bone, but just one way is the right way!
The patterned paper is from the Black & White Stripes pack while hearts in two different sizes came from the Coffee Cup Die-namics. The sentiment itself is embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock and came from the You’re A-maz-ing stamps set. At the very end I put some glossy accents on the ball and hearts as well.
That will be all for today! I hope I managed to describe the process of making the cards and that you will be inspired and try to do the same. Once again, I want to thank MFT for this opportunity. It was a great pleasure to be here today.
Until next time I wish you all lots of inspiration an amazing cards!
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Hi Everyone! I am Kristina from Kristina’s Art Corner and I am thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to be a guest designer for MFT.
Easter is around the corner and the pile of Easter cards needs to grow so we can share them with family and friends. That’s why I decided to make four Easter cards using the new MFT March Release. I mixed in some older products as well. Let’s dive in!
My first card is a shaker card. People are always amazed when they get shaker cards. I have to say that I love them also! I enjoy the process of making them as well as the final product.
I colored the bunny with Copic markers and then die cut it with the coordinating Die-namics. On white card stock, I blended several different Distress Oxide Inks and using the Distress Sprayer, applied some water. I used that card stock to die cut Easter eggs with dies from the Somebunny Sweet Die-namics.
For the main panel, I used Blueprints 27 and cut from Kraft Card Stock. I used the Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics to die cut the shape and filled the balloon shaker pouch with multicolor microbeads.
For the background in the shaker and also for the Grassy Edges, I used the Kraft Collection – Solid Stripes Paper Pack. I decided to use a couple of clouds from the Volcano Die-namics to complete the scene. I stamped a sentiment from Somebunny Sweet using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.
For the second card I have used almost all the same products but got a completely different look. I just could not resist those cute bunnies from the Bubble over with Joy stamp set so I have stamped them all and colored them with Copics. I was aware that the scene would be a little bit busy but decided that I have to show those little friends having fun on the Easter morning.
Just as before I have cut out Easter eggs with the Balloon Shaker Window & Frame — this time using the Farm Fresh Gingham Paper Pack. The panel itself is die cut with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1, and on the very top of the panel, I’ve used my blending tool and the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.
After I created the scene I added a couple of vellum balloons and some of the beautiful tulips from Flamazing stamping them with Sour Apple, Daffodil, Razzle Berry, and Pure Plum Premium Dye Inks. It was a perfect spring add-on.
This time the focus is on a cute little Pure Innocence girl from Somebunny Sweet. She is so cute, I just couldn’t resist! The girl and the eggs were stamped with extreme black ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock, and than I colored them with Copic markers and cut them out with coordinating die-namics.
For the base of the card and the frame, I have used new Elegant Rectangle STAX in two different sizes. For the background and grass, I used the Sweet Celebration paper pack while for the frame I used Lemon Chiffon Card Stock.
After I was happy with the placement of the die cuts, I stamped the sentiment directly on the background.
My last card for today was a great challenge for me. Thanks to the cross stitched printable I was able to create my own embroidery pattern. It was not easy but I managed to get the cute rabbit!
For the panel I used Kraft Card Stock die cut with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 and then in the middle I used the Cross-Stitch Tag Die-namics. I needed some time to remember embroidery but after that, it was hard to stop!
When the shape of a bunny was complete I added a little button as a tail, stamped the sentiment, and added acouple of flowers on the very bottom as decoration. The whole panel was added to a card base made from Bubblegum Card Stock with mounting tape for some dimension.
Thank you all so much for joining me today and thanks MFT for inviting me. See you again on the March 28!
We’re so pleased to have the incredibly talented Simon Hurley joining us on the blog today. We’re so inspired by his innovative projects — both feature techniques that have our wheels spinning with possibilities!
Hey there! It’s Simon Hurley and I am super excited to be sharing my projects with you on the MFT blog today.
I created two tri-fold cards using some of the fun dog and cat images from the new release. These cards are lots of fun to create and provide a bit of extra room to fit more adorable images!
On the first card, I used the So Many Yays Die-namics to create a window on the front flap. On the inside flap, I used the Love You Furever stamp set to create a scene of kittens peeking through the die-cut window. The tri-fold card design is nice because it still allows for a personalized message on the inside.
On the second example, I stamped a line of dogs from the Puppy Kisses stamp set on each flap and partially cut them using the coordinating dies. This creates a staggered party of dogs when the card is all closed up. To finish the card, I added a fun and colorful party banner using the Celebratory Banner Die-namics.
I hope you’ll give these fun tri-fold card designs a try. They are super easy to create and allow even more room for creativity!
When Sandy Allnock swings by the MFT blog, you know another month’s coloring is underway! And this month I have a coloring tool to share that you might not have thought about using with your Copic markers — a regular old pencil!
I’m using the bunnies this month…they’re such sweet little drawings and I played around with ways to make them look really, really fuzzy. You can use colored pencils, but, those are really soft. You don’t get tons of tiny hairs in the texture.
Then I saw my sketch box filled with pencils and I snagged an HB pencil. It’s similar to a No. 2 pencil, so you can try the same with a pencil in your pencil cup — just get it nice and sharp! Watch the video below to see how I did this.
To make the word “Bubble” look partially behind the bubbles, it was first stamped in the Cement Gray with black stamped just on the parts not in the middle. Afterward I was able to trace the letters that don’t have bubbles in front of them.
I created a little bit of a soft purple sky around the bubbles to make them appear whiter against the color, and then added Glossy Accents to finish them.
I hope you’ll get out some of your critter stamps and give them some fuzzy furry texture too. See you next month!
Hello everyone! AmyR from Prairie Paper & Ink back again this month to share another card I made with MFT’s newest stamps and Die-namics!
So many people have requested pet sympathy sentiments and MFT delivered with the Critter Condolences stamp set. I had the idea to create a sympathy card for a beloved pet and in the back of my mind, I was thinking about the Rainbow Bridge. I used that idea to create an actual rainbow on my card using the End of the Rainbow Die-namics, along with the Sunny Skies and Stitched Cloud Edges Die-namics.
I created a mask of the paw prints with a post-it note and one of the dies from the Paw Prints Die-namics set. I sponged Broken China Distress Oxide ink over the mask to create the 2 paw prints then stamped the “With Sympathy” sentiment from the Critter Condolences set with MFT’s Extreme Black Ink.
I die cut the large paw print and popped it up with foam tape and added the smaller heart with paw print die cut onto it.
On the inside of the card, I stamped another sentiment from the Critter Condolences stamp set with the Extreme Black ink and then stamped the heart image with Razzle Berry ink and that finished off my card.
Thank you all so much for joining me today and thanks MFT for inviting me!
Hello everyone! AmyR here from Prairie Paper & Ink, and I’m excited to be a guest designer for MFT again today!
I absolutely love My Favorite Things February Release (when do I not love any of MFT’s releases?) and had the hardest time choosing which products to use for my card today. I have a soft spot for MFT sentiment Die-namics and LOVE making shaker cards with them so I really wanted to create something fun with the new Big Birthday Die-namics.
The bonus of making the shaker card was being able to take the letters and create a clean and simple card at the same time. Basically a two-for-one and all that was needed was a second card base.
I used the Musical Notes Background and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder onto some Bristol Smooth card stock. I then pulled out my three favorite Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Mermaid Lagoon) and blended them over the card stock. The heat embossed music notes resisted the ink and by blending the colors together I end up with a rainbow effect!
I used the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1 to die cut the panel and the Big Birthday Die-namics. I backed the panel with clear acetate and used a double layer of foam tape for my shaker. I filled it with a variety of white and clear sequins and adhered it to my card base.
For my “clean and simple” card I adhered the letters from the Big Birthday Die-namics onto a white card base, and then added a few of the same smaller sequins I used in the shaker card.
On the insides of the cards I used the Anything-but-Basic Birthday Wishes stamp set and inked up the sentiments with the same three Distress Inks before stamping them on the inside of the cards and that was it!
Thanks so much for joining me today and thank you MFT for inviting me!!
Tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!
Hello there, coloristas! It’s Sandy Allnock with our monthly bit of coloring fun. This time it’s just a bit different — not a card!
I’m a Bible journaler as well as a crafter — if you haven’t heard of it, it’s when people create art around the Scriptures, sometimes in a Bible, and others in a journal or other ways (a quick search on Pinterest will blow your mind, so be forewarned!) Anyhow…I had this idea to use the swans and vellum and as I was reading the Bible passage that says “Be still and know I am God,” it was pretty obvious that elegant, peaceful swans would be perfect for it.
The technique can also be used for cards, of course — and with any color background underneath!
Tips for setting up the process:
Cut the vellum to fit the exact size of the page, and note where the highlighted passage would be. I measured mine with a ruler – how many inches from the left/top/right/bottom.
In my computer set the page size to match the Bible page size, then make a box where the highlighted passage will be.
Then set the text — bigger, simpler words in easy fonts are best, since they’re easiest to trace.
If possible print one copy in the right direction and another flipped.
Use the flipped one to stamp in a light ink.
Color the “back” side (the stamped side), then add color and text to the front.
Choose a color for behind the vellum if desired. Mask out the verse.
Place a strip of adhesive tape along the inside edge, and secure in the Bible.
Isn’t the transparency just lovely? And the idea that you can still easily read the scriptures AND use stamps without worrying about bleed through, all that makes me so happy. I don’t use page preps (gessos, etc.) so I really love ways to create without having to deal with mediums that’ll make a mess in the pages. If you’d like to see more, visit my Bible Journaling channel.
I hope this is a technique you might try with cards if you aren’t a Bible journaler. It’s a lot of fun, even if it requires a little thinking to stamp everything “backward”! See you all next month!
Hello! My name is Sean Fetterman. I am honored to be joining the team this month! I have had so much fun with these incredible products. I was sitting in my craft room laying all of the stamp sets out and thinking about the possibilities. My style is predominantly CAS so clean and simple is the way I like it. As you can see from one of my projects below, I went a little above CAS!
Ever since my first post, I have had a lot of MFT fans message me on Facebook. Thank you for all of the new friends that have come along. Let’s connect and be crafty together!
Ewe Go Girl
The stamps I used here are from the new Ewe and Me Forever set. This stamp set is so cute, but when you add the Homespun Gingham Paper Pack to the mix, it raises the bar even higher! I love the springtime colors.
I love spring cards because of the light and bright colors. I created the fence using a straight stitched Die-namics and thin strips of Smooth White Card Stock.
I Simply Adore You
For this card, I wanted the heart to be the focal point, but I wanted to add a bit to make it even more interesting.
I cut out thin strips of multiple MFT card stocks to create an assorted rainbow of color. To finish it off, I used one of the banners from the Hearts in a Row – Vertical Die-namics and embossed the sentiment in white.
This cute set provides the perfect starting point for creating fun birthday cards for your MONSTER-loving recipients.
I used Glossy Accents to create the shine on the burst — I intentionally put a heavy coat on because I knew the sides would curl up and that’s the way I wanted the burst to appear. Mission accomplished!
You are Loved
Clean and simple with a little shine…this is the perfect card for that special man or boy in your life. It’s so quick, easy, and fun to make!
I used Glossy Accents to add a shiny accent to the Peek-a-Boo Heart to for a little something extra that was minimal, but made an impact!
Thank you to Kim, Jody, and Erica for the invitation to join the team this month!
Hello! I am back for my third and final guest post for the month. I have had such a wonderful time as a guest for My Favorite Things! Thank you to MFT for this wonderful opportunity and thank you, MFT fans, for taking the time out of your busy days to stop on by and read my posts. You guys are the best!
Today, I am sharing with you three Monster Sized birthday cards that I made featuring the newly released Monster Sized set combined with the previously released Make Yourself at Home and Up in the Air sets. I love combining old and new stamp sets so that I can continue to get use out of them. I don’t know about you, but I find that I make birthday cards quite frequently. I thought that this set was perfect for these occasions.
For my first card, I wanted these fun and silly monsters to look like they were throwing a surprise birthday party. To get the 3D effect, I created a fun pop-up card with a floating floor. I love doing cards with floating floors. They may look really difficult and intricate, but honestly, the part that takes me the longest is the coloring. The rest is just gluing pieces into place.
This card is a standard A2-sized card that faces horizontally. To create something similar, first trim a piece of card stock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ then score at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side. For the floor itself, I trimmed a separate piece of card stock (I added a piece of patterned paper from the Kraft Collection Solid Stripes Paper Pack at 5″ x 5 1/2″. I scored along the 5″ side at 3/8″, 4 1/4″, and 4 5/8″. You can see how it folds in photo #1 above. Before you attach the floor to the card base, follow these easy steps:
Line up your die-cut images face down and mark them at their bases to see where you will need to cut some slits into the floor. Make sure that these images do not lay over the front edge of the floor or they will stick out of the card when folded flat.
Using a craft knife, cut some small slits into the floor of your card. Once this is done, you can attach the floor to your A2 card base (if you have a background, adhere that first). For my background, I simply trimmed a piece of the Watercolor Wash Paper Pack.
Once your floor is attached, adhere some L-shaped pieces of heavyweight card stock.
The bottom part of the L is what you will glue to the very base of the card. Once done, simply add your die cuts.
I did end up adding a few more pop-up pieces after my floor was attached. It made it a little harder to cut the slits this way, but it was not impossible. I decided to add a pile of gifts using the Beary Special Birthday set. I used the coordinating dies to cut all of my images.
Because the inside of my card has a lot going on, I wanted to keep the outside rather simple. To do this, I trimmed a piece of patterned paper (I used a bright plaid piece from the Plaid Patterns Paper Pack) to cover the outside of my card. I added a 2 1/2″ x 12″ removable sleeve to hold the card together when folded. I die cut a scalloped circle from the Stitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX and added a monster to the center using some foam adhesive squares. For the sentiment, I used the smallest of the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.
For my second card, I created a fun pop-up box card that fits perfectly in a standard A2-sized envelope. Once again, I combined Monster Sized with the Up in the Air Set (I love those flag banners) and the Happy Hippos Set (the cake and balloons).
Begin with a piece of 12″ x 12″ card stock trimmed to 11 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.
Score on long side at 3 1/2″, 5 1/2″, 9 1/2″ and 11″.
Turn paper and score down the smallest side at 2 1/8″.
You can then trim down one long side of the paper on all 4 score lines until you reach the midpoint.
Inside strips can be 1 1/4″ high x 5″ long and scored at 3/4″ and 4 1/4″.
For the background, I blended Blue Breeze Premium Dye Ink onto some Smooth White Card Stock using the Cloud Stencil. For my panels, I used Blueberry Card Stock layered with patterned paper from the Birthday Blowout Paper Pack. I also used Field Day Card Stock to die cut some grass using the Grassy Fields Die-namics. My sentiment came from the Monster Love stamp set which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Kraft Card Stock.
Lastly, I made a more simple card combining Monster Sized with balloons from the Beary Special Birthday set. I added some patterned paper from the Sweet Celebration Paper Pack to the base of my card. For the main portion of my card, I die cut two cloud panels using the Stitched Cloud Edges Die-namics and then die cut them again using the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX so that they would line up perfectly on my background panel.
For my background, I lightly blended some Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks on top of the Abstract Stencil. I then added a piece of stitched vellum over this panel and placed my clouds on top. The sentiment once again came from the Monster Love stamp set.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today! Birthday cards can be so much fun to make and they can be clean and simple or 3D. The sky is the limit! Thank you for allowing me to share these cards with you! Hope you all have a wonderful week!
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Hello! My name is Sean Fetterman. I am honored to be joining the Design Team this month (thanks, Jody and Kim). Love is in the air so you will see a lot of fun cards celebrating the most romantic holiday of the year.
Today, I am featuring the From the Heart stamp set. In this project, I used My Favorite Things card stock, patterned paper, and ink.
For my project, I went with a very clean and simple card. Ladies and gentlemen, I am the CAS King! There is nothing more fun to me than making a clean and simple card! In this post, I am just getting my feet wet with you all. For my second post coming next week, there are going to be even more fun card projects using the amazing My Favorite Things to come — stay tuned because there is some cuteness coming! I will also be posting other projects up until my next post on my Facebook page.
I wanted to make a clean and simple Valentine’s Day card for someone very special to me. It was so much fun coming up with designs to make for this blog post. All of these stamps makes designing so much fun — the possibilities are endless.
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time for couples in love! But, don’t forget that the little ones like to receive handmade cards too. With the new sets by My Favorite Things, there are many festive and fabulous stamps for Valentine’s Day or any other day you want to express the love in your heart.
I will be back this month, so look out for a lot more Valentine’s cards. I might even throw in something else. Thank you for stopping by.