All-Star Greetings

Suzanne Dahlberg is with us again to show off an all-star worthy card.

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Hi friends! I am back today with another fun post for My Favorite Things – this time I made a clean and simple Valentine’s Day card using the All-Star High Tops Die-namics and the Be Original stamp set. I started by stamping the sentiment onto the card base, and then, used the sneaker die to impress the image into the card on top of the greeting.

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Next, I die cut the sole of the sneaker from matching card stock and adhered it to the card front. I finished things off by stamping a heart and adding the heart die cut, which was cut using the Cool Day Die-namics.

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Many thanks to MFT for inviting me to guest this month – I really loved joining them and had so much fun playing with these goodies. Have an awesome day! Print

Sew Glad You’re My Friend

Laurie Willison is with us again today with a sweet and simple design – so beautiful!

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Hey there friends! I am so excited to be here today with another guest post for My Favorite Things. I have a fun, super simple card to share today, using some adorable My Favorite Things goodies.

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I used the Stitched with Love stamp set for this card. I love all the sentiments and details included in it. I used 3 stamps. I stamped the thimble in gray ink in the background and then added the sentiments in dark brown. The front card panel was made with the Blueprints 20 Die-namics. I layered up the stitched panel with that adorable scalloped layer and then onto a pink card base.  

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I added 2 little banner ends…one in pink and one vellum in the corner. I can’t get enough of these stitched dies. SO darn cute!

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I hope you enjoyed my CAS card. So honored to be a guest this month and have had so much fun with these MFT stamps and dies!

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Happy Holidays

Suzanne Dahlberg is joining us today to share an absolutely beautiful card featuring a Birdie Brown favorite.

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Hi everyone! It’s Suzanne here and it’s my pleasure to be guesting for My Favorite Things today! Have you seen this absolutely adorable set yet? It’s called Cool Day and it also has coordinating Die-namics to go along with it. I decided to break out my colored pencils for this card after stamping the images in Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink.

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The MFT Natural Card Stock is an awesome alternative to true kraft – it’s probably my favorite neutral ever – and it went perfectly with this card. I stamped the snowflake image using Natural Premium Dye Ink randomly onto the base before adhering everything to the card. The Cool Day Die-namics were also used to cut the hearts from glitter paper – instant embellishments! Gotta love that!

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I’ll be back next week with another project for you. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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Jingle All the Way

Nichol Magouirk shared a beautiful card project a few days ago that could easily span the transition between Christmas and Valentine’s. There’s no ambiguity in today’s project though – just 6 days left until Christmas but still plenty of time left to whip up some fabulous tags like these! Print

Hi everyone! It’s Nichol here today with a guest post featuring some fun last-minute Santa see-through gift tags perfect to tie atop those presents that still need to be wrapped. I don’t know about you, but fun packaging on a gift makes me super happy! These see-through style tags would be great for any little or big ones on your gift list, and they can be hung on the tree or displayed after the presents have been opened. Love that!

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To create my tags, I die cut the InstaFrame Die-namics from Wild Cherry Card Stock and Black Licorice Card Stock. I stamped the Wild Cherry frame with Wild Cherry Hybrid Ink using the Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp for a tone-on-tone effect. I stamped each with a greeting from the Jingle All the Way stamp set using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. Next, I stamped the Black Licorice frame with “to” and “from” from the Overflowing Joy stamp set using white pigment ink.

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I cut six pieces of transparency measuring 2.75” square. I stamped each piece with the Confetti Background stamp using white Staz-On Ink. By stamping all the transparency pieces and not just the ones for the front it gives the santas the illusion of “standing” in the snow! I adhered each transparency behind the opening in the frames.

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I die cut the three santa images from white cardstock and Black Licorice Card Stock using the Jingle All the Way Die-namics. I colored in the santas with Copic Markers and adhered the colored santa to the Black Licorice die-cut santa. This hides the coloring and makes the back of the see-through tag look neat and clean.

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I die cut some snow drifts from Whip Cream Card Stock using the Snow Drifts Die-namics, trimmed them down, and adhered them to the black frame. I adhered a santa inside each frame and topped each with the red frame.

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Finally, I punched holes in the top of each tag, threaded some baker’s twine adorned with silver jingle bells through the hole, and tied some white silk ribbon around the top to finish!

I hope this has inspired you to create some fun packaging for all the loved ones on your gift list! Merry Christmas!

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Sending a Flurry of Love

We’re so fortunate to have the lovely Nichol Magouirk joining us on the blog today with a perfect project to transition from Christmas into Valentine’s Day crafting. Print

I am delighted to be guest blogging here at My Favorite Things today. I have been a huge fan of MFT for a long time so getting to share a project created with the amazing MFT collection of products is a dream come true for me! For my card today I created a snowy scene that would work not only for winter but would make a lovely Valentine’s Day card as well!

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I die cut my background from Grout Gray Card Stock using the largest size from the Rectangle Frames Die-namics. I set the frame aside for another project and stamped the inside piece with the Confetti Background using a white pigment ink. The confetti makes the perfect falling snow, don’t you think?!!!

I created snowy borders along the bottom of the scene by die cutting vellum and Whip Cream Card Stock with the Snow Drifts Die-namics.

I die cut and stamped the adorable little girl from the Warmest Wishes stamp set and colored her in with Copic Markers. I adhered her to the snowy scene. I wanted to use the greeting from the stamp set but couldn’t make the horizontal sentiment work! No worries…I simply cut apart each word and created a vertical greeting by stamping each word one on top of another with the Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and Wild Cherry Hybrid Ink! If I want to use the greeting in it’s original form next time, all I have to do is piece it back together on an acrylic block – easy peasy!

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I die cut several hearts from Insulation Pink Card Stock, Whip Cream Card Stock, and Wild Cherry Card Stock using the Mason Jar Die-namics heart die. I colored over each one with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker to make them shimmery and adhered them to my scene.

To finish my card, I die cut the frame four times from Insulation Pink Card Stock, stacked them one on top of another, and placed it around the background.

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I LOVE the cute Cozy Mittens Die-namics and thought it would be fun to create some quick felt ornaments (these would make a cute gift topper too!). I die cut the mittens and snowflakes from Whip Cream and Wild Cherry felt, hand stitched the snowflakes to the mittens, and then whip stitched the two mittens together, leaving about an 1.25” opening to stuff them full of polyester fiberfill. Then I stitched the mittens closed. I think a string of these would make a fun garland too!

Thanks for having me visit MFT!!!

Nichol was kind enough to create a video of her process as well. You can watch it HERE or by playing below – enjoy!

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Cards You’ll Go Nuts For

I’m so pleased to welcome Rhea Weigand to the blog today! She’s sharing two new projects that we’re just nuts about. Print

Imagine my excitement to be asked to be a guest blogger for My Favorite Things! It’s funny because I was “asked” if I would be interested….Ummmm…Let me think it over for about a half a second. All they needed to say was, “you will be guest blogging for us on December 11th.” LOL.

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So here I am sharing my creativity with The My Favorite Things family and friends. It was hard to choose what to use from the generous product sent, so I did two projects. I’m really moving into the CAS look and style of designing lately and I love it.

I thought the “Nuts About You” was perfect since I’m a big fan of My Favorite Things. The stamp set is full of super cute critters and sentiments!!

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I created the background from the hearts of the set and colored the solid hearts and word nuts after stamping.  The center was die cut using the STAX circles.  I think I will save this card and give it to my hubby when he does something really sweet.

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Next up I made a tag card using the Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics with the Pure Innocence Overflowing Joy stamp set and Die-namics.

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I decided to make it into a birthday greeting vs. the holiday sentiment.  Think outside the package and get more from your stamps.

Thank you MFT for having me today and I hope to be asked again to guest blog real soon! MWAH!

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Warmest Wishes

Today, Laurie Willison is here with us sharing a beautiful clean and simple design. She even broke out her Copics and for that, we are grateful because the results are amazing!

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Hey there! It’s Laurie here! I am so super excited to be guesting today at My Favorite Things. I have a fun little CAS Christmas card for you today. I don’t know about you, but I have been making more Christmas cards this year than ever before. Wanna know a secret? Shutterfly usually makes my cards for me. What?  (gasp!) I know, right? Well this year….I may actually be sending lots of handmade cards.  I am happy about that!

Today’s card was so fun to make. I am not usually one who likes to color. I love a quick and simple card but when I saw this little reindeer, I knew I had to pull out the Copics.

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I used black ink and stamped the image off about 4 times. After cutting out the adorable sweater die, I stamped it for the 5th time with the reindeer image.  It was a super light image but perfect for hiding those dark lines. I used 3 colors of brown and colored in the image. I usually have trouble when things don’t look clean and in the lines but I did my best to let that go this time. I love the watercolor look that resulted.  

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I added a little red pearl to his nose before matting the sweater with this fun chevron Doodlebug paper. Last, I stamped the sentiment to finish the card off. Oh, I almost forget the rounded edges on the top. I used the 1/4″ side of my Corner Chomper for that last little detail.

I hope you enjoy my CAS card! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas season! I’ll be back again soon for another post! Thanks so much to MFT for having me!  

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Santa was Here

Becca Feeken is back with us today sharing an absolutely incredible shaker card – her first one if you can believe it! I think she’s got a knack for them. Print

Hi everyone, I could not resist a return visit to post on the MFT Blog today. Thanks so much for your warm welcome! Today I’m sharing another Christmas card with a darling cut out tree using the Christmas Tree Cutout Die-namics. That sweet tree absolutely begs to made into a shaker card, so who was I to argue? The only challenge I had was deciding which of the many beads, sequins and glitter I wanted to highlight within!

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Using a 6″ x 6″ card base I started out by determining my layers. The upper layer is a sheet of Christmas music printed from Pinterest. I used a border punch on the left side and cut the Christmas Tree Cutout Die-namics from the right side. The next layer is silver and the bottom layer is cream. Next, I set about making a sandwich to hold my glass glitter. If you’re visual like me, once you see a picture you’ll see how easy this all stacks up! From the backside you can see that I glued scrap acrylic (from some random package in my studio) to the backside of the tree. Then I built up two layers of foam tape to outline the tree. Next I poured a small amount of glass glitter into each section before sealing with another piece of scrap acrylic. I taped a grouping of gems directly to the silver foil before setting the panel with the encased tree on top. With all the magic behind the scenes, there were several different layers, so I made the base sturdy by fortifying with layers of foam tape of the appropriate height.

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I created a tag from the Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics and stamped it with the Santa Was Here sentiment from the Gifting Fun stamp set. It hangs just to the left of my bow using silver wired cord – I used the same cord to polish off the card with a little silver bow.

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I have a couple of tips for you if you decide to have a go at a shaker card:

  • Always leave the liner paper on your foam tape until you are ready to seal the design – you don’t want glitter to get on top of the tape.
  • Run a dryer sheet over the clear acrylic to make it slick and to keep static away – your glitter will flow without sticking to the acrylic.
  • I took a q-tip with baby powder and ran around the edge of my foam tape before filling with glitter. That keeps the glitter from sticking to the inside of the tape.
  • To clean the baby powder from the acrylic I used a clean q-tip and baby wipe.

So much fun for my first shaker card and that tree die was the perfect inspiration! Thanks again for stopping by and thanks so much to My Favorite Things for inviting me to share!

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Vintage Happy Holidays

Today, we have the lovely and talented Becca Feeken joining us to share a couple of gorgeous cards with an abundance of vintage charm. Print

Hi everyone, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be posting on the MFT Blog today! As a long time admirer, I jumped at the chance to play with some of the goodies I’ve seen so many of the MFT Design Team using. I love layers, lace, a little bit of vintage, and a tiny bit of pink, so I rolled all of that together in my first card today.

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I started with a kraft card base and added some tea stained papers followed by a piece of design paper. I layered half of a doily behind the  Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics, added lace and ribbon, and topped it off with an element from the Christmas Label and Tag Die-namics, stamped with a sentiment from Christmas Labels and Tags. It’s a step away from traditional red, green, and gold, but vintage rose and a little tinsel still ring in Christmas.

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Cream and gold are one of my all time favorite color combinations and work so well for dressy Christmas cards. For my second card I selected the Snowflake Fusion Cover-up Die-namics in cream and backed it with a layer of gold poster board. I stacked two graduated snowflakes from the Pierced Snowflakes Die-namics over layered ribbon accents and finished up by adding the word ‘joy’ from the Peace, Love, Joy Die-namics.

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You might know by now that my go-to style is layered and somewhat on the elegant side. I’m amazed that these products will lend themselves to any style you want to breathe into them. I so thank the sweet ladies of My Favorite Things for inviting me to come and play and thank you for stopping by today!

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Spooky Shaker

Stephanie shared a gorgeous project on Monday featuring the Fresh Cut Flowers and Mason Jar Die-namics. We brought her back today with an incredibly fun interactive card perfect for the day! Print

Hi! It’s Stephanie and I’m excited to be back with another card on the My Favorite Things blog! Since today is Halloween, I thought it would be fun to create a Halloween themed card. As soon as I saw the Spooky Window Die-namics, I knew it would look awesome as a shaker card. I decided to die cut the window and fill the inside of it with sequins and glittery spiders that I cut out using the little spider die that comes as part of the Spooky Window Die-namics.

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To create the shaker part of the card, I die cut the window and adhered it onto a piece of acetate slightly smaller than the window. I let it dry completely and then I added foam tape all around the outside of the window, two layers thick. The trick to making shaker cards is to make sure that when you add your foam tape (which gives it the dimension it needs to let the sequins and other items move freely around) there aren’t any spaces in between the tape. This will prevent the sequins from falling out.

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I layered a piece of orange glitter paper and a piece of vellum over the card base, added all the sequins into the center and then adhered the window to the top. Once it’s attached, it completely seals in all of the sequins and the shaker part of the card is done!

To complete the card, I die cut the window a second time from silver glitter paper and carefully cut out the web and spider. Using liquid glue, I adhered them on top of the black window that was already adhered to the card. I love how the silver looks against the black card stock! I decided that I liked the shaker window as the focal point and didn’t want a sentiment on the front of the card, so I left it off and stamped one on the inside instead.

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