LAST CHANCE to Save 20% on Stamps + Stitch Wizardry from Leigh

Today is your last chance to take advantage of this awesome sale. From gorgeous florals to cute characters to indispensable sentiment sets, there is something to suit every need. Shop our collection of in-stock stamps and apply code STAMPS at checkout to save 20%…what better way to treat yourself to something special and kick off the weekend than by adding more options to your MFT collection? *Excludes brand new.


Leigh Houston creates magic on her cards with a bit of floss and a few basic stitches. Her stitched accents provide texture and color and add an incomparable level of detail to already charming scenes, turning special works of handcrafted love into mini works of art. We’re excited to have her share a bit of her process with us today!

Hello, everybody! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be joining MFT this month as a guest designer! The new release is so full of fun new products and I’m having such a blast creating with them.

I could not get over how cute the critters are in the new Woodland Friends stamp set, and the fact that the squirrels are holding flowers made them just perfect for this flower-loving girl. I knew I wanted to create a card where the adorable images are the focus but I also wanted to add some extra texture and dimension, so I decided to surround them with a little stitched flower garden.

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

I started my card by cutting out a panel using the largest die from the Stitched Oval Frames Die-namics, setting aside the frame. I stamped and masked my little fox and squirrel images so I could ink blend some grass and a sky using my Cloud Edges Stencil and Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn. I removed the masks, colored the fox and squirrel using Copic markers, and stamped the “Thankful for You” sentiment from the same stamp set.

I then started my stitching. I first stitched the squirrel’s flower using simple straight stitches to fill in the petals. I then stitched the garden, simply scattering simple stitched flowers around the little critters. I used woven roses, backstitched branches, and little star-shaped flowers, french knots, and daisies using lazy daisy stitches. If you are new to stitching, there are tons of great YouTube videos introducing these simple stitches (or you can leave any questions below and I’ll be more than happy to help!) I added some V-shaped blades of grass as well.

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

To finish the card, I mounted my oval scene on craft foam. I stitched around the oval frame, mounted it on craft foam, and attached the framed scene onto an aqua panel to finish the card.

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

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! I had so much fun enhancing these adorable little critters with a stitched garden. Thank you so much to MFT for this amazing opportunity, and I’ll see you later in the month with more projects!


Have you integrated stitching into your own cards? Leah’s freehand flowers and stitched frame are brilliant but if you prefer more guidance, our collection of cross-stitch Die-namics and accompanying printable patterns might be right up your alley. Whatever your chosen method, please tag your projects featuring My Favorite Things with #mftstamps so we can appreciate your artistry!

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Comments (7)

  • Nessy

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    Such beautiful stitching work, and great layout.

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  • Cheryl

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    Leigh
    Wow! I’m so glad you were featured at MFT. You have really inspired me to look at my stamps in a different way. And probably buy some new ones too.

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  • Joan

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    This is so cute. I love how you stitched on this card which made it have so much texture and loveliness.

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  • Monika Gulyas

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    Wow!!! This card is so beautiful!!! Your stitching is amazing!!! Brilliant idea!!!

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  • Kay N.

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    Very cute!

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  • Liz J

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    That is such a great idea! I will definitely try this, looks great.

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  • Karthikha Uday

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    Such an adorable scene! Beautiful coloring 🙂

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