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Pure Innocence isn’t just a fan favorite, our designers adore it as well! How about a walk down memory lane as we revisit some of our favorite PI projects from the team. Click the project to take you right to the Pure Innocence set they’ve used.
Short on time, long on ambition — that about sums up the holiday experience for a lot of us. If you’re dedicated to handmade when tackling your Christmas card list, doubling your output by working smarter, not harder, will help you accomplish your goal. Today, Courtney Kreeber is sharing a card duo that exemplifies this tactic. Welcome back to the blog, Courtney!
Hello everybody. I’m super excited to be guest designing for MFT this month. This is my favorite time of year with all of the holiday goodies being released, and I’m sure, if you are anything like me, you have a TON of Christmas cards to make so it’s always great when you can get two for one.
Today I am using the Filled with Joy Die-namics to create two cards. For my first card, I cut the large “Joy” three times into a panel of white card stock cut slightly smaller than my A2 card base. I popped that up with foam tape onto another panel onto which I had stamped the Christmas Background and called this one done.
For my second card, I used my previously die-cut pieces and colored them with Copic Markers to give them a little dimension. I stamped the background using Cement Gray Premium Dye Ink and added that to my card base using fun foam. Last, I adhered my colored die-cut pieces onto my panel and added a little shimmer.
Hope you enjoy!
You’ll see that sticking with classic colors pulled from a minimal palette and choosing just a couple of products with which to create your cards speeds the creation process significantly. Sometimes, we’re more creative with fewer choices — limiting our options forces us to think more thoughtfully resulting in unique looks sure to impress. What aspect of today’s project inspired you? Reply in the comments or tag #mftstamps when you upload your project to social media…we can always use more time-saving ideas this time of year!
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Our A Very Crafty Holiday event was designed to inspire a variety of holiday crafting opportunities — we hope some of you have taken our ideas and made them your own. Today though, we’re sharing our five $50 winners. Congratulations to you all and thank you for celebrating the holidays with MFT!
We’ve already been lucky enough to see Wendie’s work a couple of times this month and she’s back with us again, one last time, to share her beautiful take on Tweet Holidays.
Hi everyone! I am so happy to be back with My Favorite Things today! For my last post this month I am bringing you all treats and no tricks. And after stretching my wings a bit with my previous cards, I wanted to wet my beak with some no-line coloring. I created this tree of birds using the Tweet Holidays stamp set. I can’t say this is an overly original idea — what is it about bird stamps that compel us cardmakers to stack them into “trees”? I made a top-folding A2 card base using white, Copic-friendly, heavyweight card stock (Neenah solar white 110lb). Working my way up from the bottom, I stamped the two outer birds on the bottom row, using my MISTI stamp positioning tool and Grout Gray Premium Dye Ink. Then I masked the birds and positioned the bird duo stamp so that the bird on the right was snug between the already stamped birds. After masking that bird as well, I stamped the next row up using the full bird duo. Finally, I stamped the top bird and squeezed in some mistletoe to fill the gaps.
Next, I colored my birds with Copic markers, starting with their scarves and hats. If I were to make this card again, I would color the background first, as red can be tricky to color around without causing it to bleed. But I wasn’t sure what background I wanted to make for this card, so I forged ahead. After putting down the Copic layers, I added detail with Prismacolor pencils. I love this technique because it adds so much depth to the colored images, and pencils provide more control over details like feathers.
On to the background. For my solid backgrounds, I often go top-down using long, broad flicks of the brush nib and saturate the paper to enhance blending. For skies like this, I use the darker colors of my palette at the top. I used the colorless blender to create some soft snow, filling in the circles with a white pencil. I also used a white gel pen to add opaque snow to the entire scene. I stamped the sentiment along the bottom using Extreme Black Hybrid Ink.
All the colors I used to make this card are listed below, but I encourage to experiment with your color palette!
Cardinals: R05, R24, R27, with BG23 and BG09 for the scarves and hats and Y17 and YR07 for the beak
That’s it for me today. I want to give a big thanks to My Favorite Things for inviting me to be a guest designer this month. It’s a huge honor, and I had a lot of fun making all these cards to share with you. And thank you all so much for joining me!
Not sure what I’m most inspired by…the bird pyramid, the exceptional masking, or that incredible coloring! That Copic & Prismacolor combo is calling my name too — if it’s calling yours as well, tag us at #mftstamps so we can check out your handiwork.
With the Christmas season approaching quickly, we’re bringing some merry and some bright to your computer today. We’ve challenged our designers to feature products that include “merry” in the name or to add some brightness to their projects with their favorite lights. You’ll undoubtedly be inspired to tackle your own holiday cards after checking out their creations!
Glitter card stock stripes topped with a sparkling Stitched Beautiful Bow is the base for Karolyn’s elegant look. She’s balanced the bow and carried her color scheme throughout the rest of the design with a sentiment stamped in classic red and a trio of sparkling jewels.
Time to check out how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge…keep clicking to see more!
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This week, Stephanie decided to play with Tweet Holidays, featuring virtually every image included in the set on her finished cards. Sometimes, less is definitely more, but she’s managed to design a generously full design without creating a cluttered feel. The Snow Drifts Cover-Up is an excellent option for perching these bundled birds upon and layers beautifully without detracting from the colorful snowy backdrop she’s created.
When you discover a design that works, there is nothing wrong with sticking to it for multiple projects. Switching up your color choices still allows you to experiment a bit while the assembly process is smooth sailing.
Watch MFTv – Tweet Holidays, 2 Ways on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!
Tags serve multiple purposes during Christmas — personalizing gifts is the obvious use, but they can also serve as a fun ornament option and could even be used as an advent calendar (see Karolyn’s project from yesterday for a truly awesome tag advent calendar!). Stephanie opted to use the Precious Polaroids Die-namics as the starting point for her project today…a truly inspired choice. Grab some holiday images and frame your favorites for quick and easy tags perfect for any use this season.
Today’s Craft – Gift Tags
Besides the fact that this particular Die-namics allows you to show off any image in your holiday stash, the bonus is the built-in sentiment space at the bottom of the frame. You’ll see in her video that Stephanie also had a lot of fun deciding where to crop each pup to create the ultimate seasonal selfie.
Advent calendars are a tradition for many families. Not only do they act as a festive bit of holiday decor, but they also serve a tremendous purpose. How many of us have contended with the dreaded “how many days until Christmas?” question more times than we could possibly count?
A project like this takes some planning and can be a labor-intensive process, but as Karolyn points out in her video, an advent calendar can be used for many years to come, establishing memories that your children and grandchildren will treasure for decades. *That* is priceless and certainly worthy of the effort. Start now, and you have more than a month to complete this project…stitch while bingeing on a favorite show, sitting in the carpool line, or waiting for appointments and you’ll undoubtedly be able to knock out 25 tags before December 1 hits.
Today’s Craft – Advent Calendar
In this video, Karolyn shares FOUR ways to use these tags as the starting point for your calender. From daily activities to small gifts, she’s thought of everything. Karolyn even shares some tips for creating your own tag patterns — she provides a wealth of information!
Having a supply of treats ready for hostess gifts, party favors, teacher appreciation, and last-minute invitations is a smart way to alleviate the stress of the holiday season. The Lip Balm Window & Frame Die-namics provides a fun way to create trinkets perfect for satisfying all of these gift-giving opportunities and more. These favors also are so fun to customize with different paper choices and accents!
Today’s Craft – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors
Today’s project would be an ideal holiday crafting opportunity for you to share with children too! Crafting together is such a worthwhile activity — especially when the results of said crafting are cute favors like this that are excellent gifts for children to share with friends as well.
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Day two of our A Very Crafty Holiday event brings us to the first project that probably comes to mind when you think of holiday crafting. Wherever you fall on the spectrum — from custom cards for each recipient to a mass-produced look appropriate for anyone on your card list — having the ability to create a card set quickly is a handy skill to possess.
Today’s Craft – Holiday Card Set
Even if mailing Christmas cards isn’t a component of your holiday experience, card sets make fantastic gifts. Watch today as Laurie shares her process for creating this beautiful holiday card set featuring a single-layer design (ideal for mailing!) with just a hint of texture thanks to her deft embossing skills.
We’re well into October, and with Christmas less than nine weeks away (OMG) there’s never been a better time to start planning for the impending holiday season. We have 1-2-3-4-5 days of ideas prepared for you in the coming days — you’re sure to walk away with endless inspiration for crafting your way through the holiday season!
Chances are some of the people on your holiday gift list would love a gift card. But you’re a paper crafter, and you want to make it extra special, right? We’ve got you covered with some fun ideas to make those gift card holders super fun and clever! Let’s take a look at what’s in store for today:
Today’s Craft – Gift Card Packaging
Join Stephanie today to see how she created these cards perfect for housing gift cards. Don’t you love a gift that can double as an adorable ornament? We think the idea of coordinating the tag to the card is top-notch so let the gift guide your color choices to show off your crafting prowess.