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Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive a $100 Shopping Spree in the MFT boutique.

from Karolyn’s blog: Raga Senthil

from Francine’s blog: Melissa Hershey

Congratulations to you both! Raga and Melissa, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you!


Feeling a bit giddy following the latest release? It’s packed with cheery images and sentiments, and we’re already seeing so many great projects that feature the February collection being shared. This month, Sandy has completely encapsulated that giddy feeling in just one furry little mouse. Her colorful backdrop provides the opportunity to do some experimenting with your watercolors. A buoyant balloon and a handful of simple pen-drawn lines bring his lightness and excitement to life. Let’s get to the card!

Hi there MFT friends! It’s Sandy Allnock, and I’ve returned with a mouse who is SO happy he’s floating on air!

This little guy is from another darling stamp set drawn by the amazingly talented Stacey Yacula.

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

This mouse just makes me happy…those tiny toes and little ballerina position are too sweet! I created a soft background first, then painted the mouse — check it out in the video!

Painting the mouse afterward works well because I knew the background would definitely be lighter than the foreground. If you accidentally overpaint the light background, it’ll be covered anyway. Just let it dry first.

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

The glasses should be a lighter shade of whatever color you make the mouse…be sure not to let too much color bleed in from the fur! After everything was dry, I added some spinning lines — just a few are all you need to indicate his excited little jump!

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

Some Glossy Accents made the eyes and balloon shine. I couldn’t resist adding some bubbles in the air too!

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Super cute and entirely manageable, right? What a great technique to play with when you have a single image that you want to make shine. Let’s see your version of Sandy’s approach! Tag #mftstamps when you upload your projects to Instagram — you might just be spotted!

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Comments (13)

  • Yvonne B.

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    Thank you, Sandy. Such a cute image and I love your watercoloring. I do love Stacy’s illustrations and am so happy she is designing for MFT. Life is so much better with cute animals dancing about!

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  • Judy B

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    Your little mouse is adorable Sandy! I love how you made him look like he was spinning around. Now if I can just remember to try this. lol

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  • Henriëtte

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    Such a happy card Sandy., I love it. Thank you for your great tutorial and have a great week!

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  • GiniK

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    Cute little spinning birthday mouse! I agree that it’s so great to have Stacy Yacula here. Love her artwork. And thank you for the tips on watercolor backgrounds – priceless.

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  • Arianna Barbara

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    What adorable card! Love the spinning effect!!!
    Congrats Raga and Melissa!!!

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  • Liz J

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    The spinning lines are genius!

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  • *Vicki*

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    Really loved watching Sandy color this cute image and the way she added the moment to it!! Love it!

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  • Raga Senthil

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    Wow!! I couldn’t believe my eyes! I’m so excited to see my name! Thank you so much MFTs team!
    Aww..how cute he is! Such a fun card! He makes me smile! So sweet and cheerful he is!

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  • Terrie D.

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    This is such a sweet card! Congratulations to the winners. 🙂

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  • Karthikha Uday

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    What a lovely fun card! 🙂 Congratulations to the winners! 🙂

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  • Paulyne VanderSloot

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    So cute Sandy!! I love your techniques with watercolor and copics. You are so talented.

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  • Barbara Rokke

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    Sandy is so talented! I love her water color.

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  • Andrea Hastilow

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    Cuteness over load. He’s so sweet. We are going to have to send you a little timer so that you set it for five minutes & when the bell rings you can go back to your dry painting, I hate waiting to, you just want to get on with it hehe. Thank you for a fun video. Have a great weekend x

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