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Hedgehogs in hats…pointy party hats at that! You have that visual now? You must keep reading to see them in action because they truly are too cute for words.

Leigh Houston already wowed us once this month with a field of stitched wildflowers and she’s back again with us today with a trio of birthday cards that will make you grin from ear-to-ear.

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be back with some new projects featuring products from MFT’s September Release. Despite being a cardmaker, I am always finding myself with a shortage of birthday cards when I need them (I hate having to run out and buy a birthday card when I have a ton of finished cards sitting in my stash!) I was so inspired by the Bundle of Balloons stamp set and Die-namics that I ended up creating a trio of birthday cards, which made both me and my dwindling birthday card stash very happy!

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I recently came across an image of a hedgehog wearing a birthday hat on Instagram and it has now become a firm belief of mine that hedgehogs should wear party hats at all times. ???? So for my first card, I created a birthday parade of little hedgehogs from the new Woodland Friends stamp set. After stamping the hedgies in light ink, I colored them with Copic markers for a no-line coloring look and masked them off. I hand-drew a wavy line to delineate the ground on stamp masking paper, using this to blend grass using Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Inks. After it was dry, I masked off the ground and created additional masks using my Stitched Cloud Die-namics and balloons from the Bundle of Balloons Die-namics for the sky. I blended the sky using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink, removed the masks, and used the negative balloon masks to blend the balloons with Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore stamp set and embossed it in gold.

After the ink blending and stamping was done, all that was left to do was give the hedgies their little party hats! I cut little cone shapes out of my Plaid Patterns Paper Pack giving them each a different little plaid hat topped with a pom pom. I added gold stitching around the hats to give them a little extra pop, stitched around the edge of the panel I cut using my Stitched Rectangle Die-namics, and the card was done!

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I was still on a party hat kick so I decided to create a second card using all of the Woodland Friends critters.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After stamping the animals and coloring them with Copics, I die cut them with the coordinating Die-namics and gave them party hats made with the same Plaid Patterns paper. I die cut the grass with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namics and blended it using the same technique as the first card, adding some green stitching along the stitch lines. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink and the Cloud Stencil to create a sky. I die cut the balloons and the word happy from the Birthday Boy and Girl Die-namics (I used the word “Birthday,” altering the letter “r” to make a “p”.) I stamped the word Birthday from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore set on the grass to finish the sentiment. All that was left to do was assemble my scene, adding some silver thread for the balloon cords. I love this little forest-y party!

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The last card was inspired by the fabulous Stephanie Klauck, who has one of my favorite, rainbow-iest Instagram profiles ever. This card came together so beautifully using the Bundle of Balloons Die-namics (again, ink blended with Distress Oxide Inks) as well as the End of the Rainbow Die-namics.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After ink blending a sky with the Cloud Stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink, I blended the rainbow stripes with more Oxide Inks and stitched them using coordinating thread. I also stitched the outlines of the clouds with white thread and stamped the sentiment on the largest cloud. I assembled my scene, again adding silver thread as balloon cords and Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed these birthday cards! I’ll see you again tomorrow with some ideas for using the new Scallop Cross Stitch Bookmark Die-namics!

From the gorgeous ink blending to the rainbow of beautiful colors to the ingenious product usage, we know you’re just as inspired to whip up some birthday looks as we are. When you’re done, make sure to upload to your favorite social media and tag #mftstamps so everyone can see your beautiful work!


What’s up on Our Youtube Channel?

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

from Keisha’s blog: Mindy1414

Mindy, please email erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize!

From weekly features like MFTv to product previews, kit unboxings, and LOADS of guest videos from MFT friends and family, there is something to inspire every card maker on the MFT Youtube channel. If you haven’t subscribed yet, just look at what you may have missed this week alone!

In addition to videos featuring our latest kit, Bundle of Balloons, we’ve also shared:

Sparkle & Shine with Carissa Wiley — she created a darling birthday card (featuring some sparkle, natch) with Saddle up & Celebrate.

Instructions for constructing a super fun interactive confetti card from our beloved Karolyn Loncon (find the PDF guide that goes along with Karolyn’s card HERE.)

A demonstration of creating a wildly adorable double-slider card from Ali Farmer.

And today, a brand-new video from Justine Hovey showcasing a gorgeous bouquet created with our Painted Prints set.

If you’re not subscribed yet, what are you waiting for? With more inspiration being shared all the time, you’ll always discover a new gem of a video to invigorate your next crafting session.

One more thing before you jump into the weekend. Shop our selection of Birdie Brown stamp sets and Die-namics today only and save 15% on all in-stock Birdie Brown products when you apply code BB at checkout. *Excludes brand new.