Create 8 with Vicky Papaioannou

Since December, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of watching Vicky Papaioannou as she shares our monthly release on her blog and Youtube channel. Each month, she shares a recap of all of the release products and even more exciting, her process in creating 8 amazing looks with the release. Every single month, I pick up at least one great new idea for putting the release products to work in a way I hadn’t considered. I won’t spoil all the projects but I will share a couple of sneak peeks and strongly encourage you to go check out the video for all 8 looks – incredible!

Beautifully accented Doodled Blooms add dimensional appeal to a concealed sentiment.

This amazing Mermazing card features the most extraordinary foiled Mermaid Tail Background (check out our extensive collection of foils HERE because I KNOW you want to try this technique yourself!)

You can see Vicky’s May Release unboxing on Youtube or below.

And see her Create 8 fantastic projects on Youtube or below.

Peek-a-Boo Giraffe: Copic Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Hello, friends, I’m Sandy Allnock, back again with my monthly coloring video. Welcome to MAY! I’m going to be creating a little ode to April in this month’s video…April the giraffe, that is!

You can keep up with the mama and baby HERE – just remember as you read this post that I wrote it all back in late April, so if the name is chosen for the baby already, that’s why I could be a little out of date!

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

I thought a card with mama and baby gazing at each other would be especially appropriate (though watch my instagram today for another option I considered and rejected. LOL!) In the video I show you how to make the leaves from mama’s tree look like they’re spilling out onto the front of the card – with the awesome help of the MISTI!

With the paper used, I didn’t want a lot of color showing through – so I kept it to as simple coloring as I could. No blending, just lots of adorable bright Copic colors! To find colors in your collection that are the most intense, look for ones with a low first-digit – when the number has a 0 or 1, it’s the most intense (least dull) version of that color!

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

And I always love it when a card has an extra surprise inside, don’t you?

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

I’ll be back again next month….I can’t wait to see what MFT will come out with for coloring next!

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Fresh-Squeezed Inspiration

Arte is with us for one last April guest post…it’s bittersweet as we’ll miss her innovative takes on our April release but also, exciting as we’ll begin our May Release Countdown tomorrow!

We all love Pure Innocence – each new release includes the most endearing characters and sweetest sentiments. Arte’s duo of cards featuring our April Release, Fresh Squeezed, ups the ante with a clean, simple design accented by a lemony surprise!

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Take a cue from Arte and accent your stamped images with some of your own custom art. What a fabulous way to make your cards even more special.


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Love Is in the Air

Up in the Air is already a beloved addition to the Birdie Brown collection – those darling balloons are irresistible! Today though, Arte is sharing a couple of ideas for using some of the supplemental images to craft sweet looks.

Here’s a fun discovery: the curve of the banners in Up in the Air match that of the Sentiment Label Strip Die-namics! It’s a clean and simple design  but the dimension of the frame, clouds and banner really add interest..

The passengers included in Up in the Air are designed to peer over the edge of a balloon basket but a window sill (or fence!) works well too. A sweet sentiment from the Lisa Johnson Design’s Make Yourself at Home stamp set is just right with this charming window scene.

We know you love Up in the Air but with these new ideas to add to your inspiration folder, we know you’ll be reaching for it even more. Thanks again to Arte for sharing her ideas!


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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Up in the Air

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected A-maze-ing Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

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Hi there everyone, – how are you? I’m probably dealing with a bit of jet lag right about now, having arrived in Orlando yesterday afternoon – ready for my Copic classes here at the My Favorite Things Boutique in Eustis this weekend!

So I thought I would keep up the “flying theme” with this month’s feature by using Birdie Brown’s Up in the Air stamp set and Die-namics.

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I started by cutting out a panel using the largest die from the  Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics and Steel Blue Card Stock, and a smaller rectangle from Copic suitable card stock.  The larger panel I put to one side and the smaller, I sprayed using my airbrush.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next, I stamped the balloons on another piece of Copic card and proceeded to colour them with Copic markers.  To get the teddy bear inside the basket, you need to stamp him first then cover him with a mask. I used a post it note – basically you stamp the image again, cut out the sticky backed version and adhere it to the first stamped image. Then you stamp the balloon over the top – when you remove the mask the bear looks as though he is inside the basket – ta da!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once I was happy with the balloons I turned my attentions to the background, adding bushes and little sheep…my students will be learning how to create little sheep like these during the classes this weekend. I will share it with you guys in another feature, I promise.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As you can see I used the complementary Die-namics to cut out the balloon and as I have done before, I coloured the white border so that it blended in with the background.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The larger balloon was again cut out using a die and coloured as before. I then decided to colour an additional bear to stick on top of the original one…confession time: I thought I had added sufficient card stock between the coloured image and the die to stop the die from cutting through the bear I had masked but no, the die cut through the image – grrrrr! Bloopers happen to us all! So I just took a deep breath, re-stamped and coloured the bear, and stuck him on top of what remained of the original little guy! To give depth to the card, I mounted this larger balloon onto the background with foam squares.

As always, here is the Copic list for those who would like to try this themselves:

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Well, that’s about it for this month…see you next month when I will be back with more colouring fun!

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Take a Ride in My Beautiful Balloon

Arte is back with us today with a trio of uplifting looks…two simple and sweet and one majorly cool dimensional card.

These first two looks are so classically charming. A masked oval featuring softly blended colors provides an easy but effective backdrop for each. The simple scenes Arte has created for each card include a mix of balloon, character, and cloud elements from Up in the Air.

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Arte’s third look features a brilliant integration of dimension in a fantastically constructed box card. The foreground features an inviting little neighborhood while the background includes a sky scene and balloon in the distance. Suspending the balloon on thin, transparent line allows it to hang in the middle distance. This is a card your recipient will display and save for a long time to come!

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

We know you love Up in the Air but with these new ideas to add to your inspiration folder, we know you’ll be reaching for it even more. Thanks again to Arte for sharing her ideas!


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Cuddle Time with Some Koality Friends

Today, we’re welcoming Arte Banale to the blog for the first in a series of guest posts this month – she’s been busy so get ready to see lots of inspiring projects from her over the next couple of weeks.

Arte’s projects today feature the lovable Cuddly Koalas stamp set and DIe-namics. For her first look, she’s created an inviting scene…it looks like a family outing – a tree-climbing adventure, perhaps. Using the Stitched Fishtail Frames highlights her scene beautifully – I love the tiny photo corner accents she’s added using Blueprints 32!

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This second card again features our intrepid climbers but this time, Arte has included an interactive element that allows the pair to actually climb – we love cards with movement! If you’d like to attempt something similar, be sure to check out our April Release Class to watch the video from Karolyn that shows how to create a similar track.

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thank you for sharing your ideas, Arte – we can’t wait to share more next week!


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Up in the Air – Watercolor Pencil Coloring with Sandy Allnock

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Oooh it’s that time again! I’m Sandy Allnock and I’m glad to meet those I haven’t yet through this coloring series! I’m an admitted coloring addict…all the mediums, all the stamps, just give me color! 🙂

I hop over here monthly to the MFT blog to share some tips – this time, I’ll be coloring with Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils – they’ve got good intense color and they melt away so beautifully with a brush and water! I love that you can still see some of the texture of pencil and paper, too – which really helps it feel like a piece of art!

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

Watch the video below or over on YouTube!

For those who want to get into watercolor but are too intimidated, often starting with watercolor pencils is a good “bridge.” You get to hold a pencil, which is a very comfortable feeling, and only jump to water and brush once you feel ok to do it – watercolor includes the “scariness” of the water and brush without that comfort to get you warmed up!

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

I also recommend if you’re going to add drawn elements, it’s often better to do it at the end, that way if you need to do adjustments you can – and you also don’t have to stay “in” lines for those areas.

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

Whatever you use to color with – this is a fun stamp set for making a scene. Make some hillsides with your Copic markers just the same way as I did here – and you’ll be flying high up in the air, too!

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Going out with a PIG Bang

We have one last guest post from Svetlana Pavlova to end our month before we start our April Release Countdown tomorrow. What a great way to wrap up March before diving into another exciting release!

Oh! I had so much fun working with these. This time I made another card with these funny piglets from Sow Much Cuteness. Just like this little piggy, I was jumping around the apartment scattering stamps instead of flowers and singing what a happy day it is today!

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

In fact, everything is super simple here!

First I created a stenciled background on the card stock. I added the rays of sunlight with the Radiating Rays Stencil. The grass was made by using the negative from the Grassy Fields Die-namics as a mask. I just took a frame die with rounded edges from Blueprints 31 and cut out the panel from the background. I kept all the pieces.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’ve adhered the negative from the background to the card base and to add more dimension to the card I used foam tape to adhere the inset panel.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The piglet and flowers I’ve stamped and colored with Copic markers. Then I added the sentiment and put the card together!

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Baby Love

Svetlana Pavlova is back with us today sharing the most inspiring use of our March Release baby products. Her projects are packed with innovative uses for these sweet designs!

Hi everyone! I’m back with more projects. This one features Welcome, Baby and the Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics. The entire release is amazing and so fun to work with it!

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’ve stamped all the sentiments with Versamark then heat embossed in white. I used Distress Inks to blend over the embossed text. After adding a few splashes of water, voila – the background is complete.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next I die cut a dress and onesies using Bundle of Baby Clothes, as well as a rattle. I used the Mesh Background on the baby clothes to make them more fun. I’ve added sentiments and used a banner from Blueprints 31 and put the cards together.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I was so inspired by these newborn sets, that I couldn’t help myself and created a coordinating gift set. Using sentiments from Welcome, Baby, I’ve stamp multiple times to create a custom gift wrap. For a note I made a little shaker card using the Baby Rattle Die-namics.

Handmade packaging from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade packaging from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Svetlana


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