So thrilled to have Karolyn joining us today – it’s been too long since we shared her gorgeous work. Your furry friends deserve some love and Karolyn is here to show you how.
I’m Karolyn Loncon, and I’m so honored to be back as a guest blogger for My Favorite Things!! Especially since the last release was AH-MAZING!! Every single stamp and die just turned my crank! And my head exploded with ideas! I’d love to share a couple of them with you today.
My BFF’s daughter recently got a new puppy – the cutest little white Boxer that you’ve ever seen. Meet Bruschi!! He’s got one bright blue eye – absolutely adorable!! So I wanted to create a little puppy treat container, gift tag and matching card to celebrate his “arrival,” so I went to town! First up, the tag and treat container.
Isn’t it so stinkin’ cute?!! I had this treat container in my stash from the holidays, and knew it would be perfect for this project. I die cut several of the large paw prints from the Pet Accents Die-namics Set. I used the die to cut some adhesive vinyl that I had in my stash, and once cut, adhered the paw prints to the four sides of the treat jar. I threaded some buffalo plaid ribbon through the holes in the lid, tied a bow, and attached a cute collar that I had picked up from the store to the top of the lid. Then I filled it with some mini dog bones – tiny treats for a tiny puppy!
Here’s a close-up of the tag:
Here are the step-by-step instructions as to how I created the tag:
I wanted to create a personalized tag for the container, so I used the Dog House Die-namics set. To make it a tag that I could write on the inside, I folded some Smooth White Card Stock in half and used the main dog house die to cut through the two layers of cardstock – I positioned the top of the die such that the very top of the die extended beyond the folded edge of the cardstock. The second layer cut through around the perimeter of the die cut, but the inside (the door of the dog house) didn’t cut through – exactly what I wanted to happen!
I then die cut the dog house a second time from some white wood grain cardstock and adhered that to the front of the tag.
I die cut the other layers – the dog house entry and the string that holds the sign – from some Red Hot Card Stock, and the roof from some Black Licorice Card Stock.
I created the personalized sign by typing the puppy’s name (he’s named after one of the New England Patriots) on my computer in Word and then printed it onto some Smooth White Card Stock. I die cut it using the sign die.
I stamped one of the puppies from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, colored him with Copic Markers, and die cut him using the coordinating You Make My Tail Wag Die-namics. I adhered him to the front of the dog house.
I assembled the rest of the tag using foam tape, punched a hole at the top with a small hole-punch, and threaded some black crochet cord through the hole and tied it to the treat jar.
I also wanted to include a card with the treat container. Here are the step-by-step instructions for creating the card:
Trim an A2-sized card base from some Smooth White Card Stock. Score and fold in half.
Die cut front image panel from some Smooth White Card Stock using the stitched rectangle die included in the Blueprints 20 Die-namics.
Die cut a second panel from some masking paper using the same stitched rectangle. Using one of the Stitched Square STAX Die-namics, die cut an opening in the masking paper.
I adhered the die-cut masking paper to the stitched image panel, and sponged some grass and clouds using distress inks and blending tools.
Before removing the masking paper from the image panel, I replaced the Stitched Square STAX Die-namics back into that opening, sliding it around until I knew that it was in the groove of the opening, and embossed it using my Die-namics Embossing Pad. This added the amazing detail of the stitching without cutting all the way through the image panel! Love it! After removing the masking paper, I adhered the image panel to the card base with some foam tape.
I stamped the dog house from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, colored it with Copic Markers, die cut it out using the coordinating You Make My Tail Wag Die-namics, and adhered it to the image panel with foam tape.
I stamped the same puppy from You Make My Tail Wag, colored him with Copic Markers, cut him out using the coordinating You Make My Tail Wag Die-namics, and adhered him to the front of the dog house.
I stamped the dog bowl, colored it with Copic Markers, die cut it out with the dies, and adhered it to the image panel with foam tape.
I really wanted to personalize the card as I had the tag. So I printed Bruschi’s name again and die cut it using the bone from the Pet Accents Die-namics. I adhered it to the dog house with foam tape – inside the stamped bone.
I created the sentiment using my computer and printer as above, and die cut it with the small rectangle included in the Blueprints 23 Die-namics. I adhered the sentiment strip to the card front with foam tape. I also die cut the small banner from the same Blueprints 23 Die-namics set, trimmed off the ends with my scissors, and adhered them behind the sentiment rectangle, at each end.
Here’s a close up of the detail of the card. And then the card, tag and treat container together.
Pretty fun, huh?!! I seriously had so much fun creating this little puppy themed ensemble and can’t wait to give it to my friend’s daughter for her new puppy! I hope she’ll like it as much as I do!
Big thanks to the My Favorite Things folks for inviting me back for this fun guest post. I’m always happy to have the chance to play with my MFT goodies!! I’ll be back again next week with another project or two – woot!!
Spring is so close we can almost taste it. What better way to celebrate its imminent arrival than to have a sale on all of our flower Die-namics? Now through March 14, use code FLOWERS at checkout to apply a 20% discount to every product in our Flowers Die-namics category.
Need some guidance on using our rolled flower Die-namics? A quilling tool will make assembly a breeze. Check out the video HERE to see how the Large Hybrid Heirloom Rose comes together or click below to see a demonstration. You’ll find even more assembly videos on our Youtube channel so grab a cup of coffee and settle in!
Before getting to Day 2 of our Release Rewind, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!
from Jodi’s blog: Jennie
from Karin’s blog: Heather
Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!
Our designers are back with a second round of Release Rewind projects. Click through to each of their blogs for more March inspiration.
The countdown is over, orders have been placed, and now our team is working to pack and ship your orders as quickly as possible because we can’t wait to see what you do with the new stamps, Die-namics, stencils, card stock, and inks. We don’t want to leave you hanging in the meantime though, so how about our talented team shares some more sweet treats from our March, 2015 release? Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.
Now that the March release is ready for action, we want to make sure that you’re following along with our Celebrate Your Constant Companions March promotion. All week long we are having fun on our Facebook page HERE and on our Instagram account @mftstamps.
Not only do you have the chance to brag about your pet, you can win some prizes, too. And those cute little animals in the brand spankin’ new You Make My Tail Wag, Woof You, I Knead You, and Feline Better stamp sets (and coordinating Die-namics!) that you’ve been oooooohhhing and aaaaahhhing over? Yep, those are up for grabs. Wouldn’t it be fun to win them? You BET it would!
Even if you missed out on the promotion on Monday and Tuesday, you can still participate since all of the winners will be announced on Monday, March 9th. So head to Facebook and Instagram and catch up with everything you’ve missed.
One thing particulary special about this promotion is that My Favorite Things founder Kim van der Sanden has a real heart for animals. As a matter of fact, she says that this release is her most favorite to date! To sweeten the pot, Kim is donating $100 to pet charities each day this week. We hope that you’ll consider donating as well.
Here are some quick donation links to the pet charities we’re highlighting this week:
We can’t get enough of Betty‘s gorgeous work so we’re happy to welcome her back today for another fabulous guest post.
Hi, I am Betty Wright and I am back again today to share two more cards with you!
For my first card I got to play with food! I started with Smooth White, Summer Splash, Sno Cone, Tropical Teal, Berrylicious, Natural, and Persimmon card stocks. My card base is Smooth White. I die cut another Smooth White panel using the scalloped frame from Blueprints 20. I die cut the Tropical Teal, Berrylicious, Summer Splash, and Sno Cone card stocks using the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics. I stamped each panel using the Houndstooth Background in matching inks using Tropical Teal, Berrylicious, Summer Splash and Sno Cone Premium Dye Inks. I layered them in a graduated effect from lightest to darkest. I die cut the Persimmon Card Stock using the Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX. I stamped this panel using Persimmon Premium Dye Ink and the Swiss Dot Background. I popped this panel up with Foam Mounting Tape.
Next, I got to play with the Donuts Die-namics. I cut three of the smaller donuts using natural card stock and used the Smooth White for the layered icing portion. I stamped the sprinkles from the Donuts and Sprinkles stamp set using Persimmon, Summer Splash, and Lemon Chiffon Premium Dye Inks. Aren’t they the sweetest treats ever? I arranged the donuts on the side of the card using Foam Mounting Tape. For the sentiment I used Blueprints 20 again for the stitched sentiment strip. I stamped the sentiment from Donuts and Sprinkles using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I finished my card with a few sequins which were easily placed with the QuickStik Pick-Up Tool. The best part about these donuts is that they are gluten free!
For my second card, let’s just say I had some fun with color! This card makes me happy, happy! I love the bold color combo with the mix of patterns. One thing I love to do is look at all of my MFT stamps and Die-namics to see what can work with my newest MFT goodies. Here is what I mixed together for this card!
I started with MFT card stock in Smooth White, Summer Splash, Pure Plum, and Peach Bellini. The card base is Smooth White. I die cut another Smooth White panel using Blueprints 15. I layered the Vertical Stitched Strips Die-namics. I stamped each with the Harlequin Background with matching Premium Dye Inks in Pure Plum, Peach Bellini, and Summer Splash. I die cut the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX using the Keep on Rockin’ stamp set equalizer stamp at the bottom in Summer Splash. I stamped the sentiment from the Chalkboard Greetings stamp set in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I colored the banner with Copics. I stamped the pause button from the Keep on Rockin’ stamp set in Pure Plum. I used some Foam Mounting Tape to pop up this panel. I finished the front of the card with some loose thread for added detailing.
However, I did not stop there. I decided I wanted to add a little something, something to the inside of my card. I die cut the largest of the Stitched Rounded Rectangle Die-namics and again stamped the equalizer bars at the bottom using Pure Plum ink this time. I stamped the sentiment from Keep on Rockin’ stamp set without the “you” at the end. I thought it would be fun to add interest using the die-cut word “YOU” from Lots of Love Die-namics in Summer Splash Card Stock. Instead of just stamping the pause button in the center, I used a die-cut circle element from Out on a Limb Die-namics that fit the pause image beautifully. I love how it turned out. It is fun to play with all of my MFT stamps and Die-namics to see what works together.
That is it for today! Again, thanks so much My Favorite Things for asking me to showcase your products! As always thanks so much for stopping by!
Melody is with us today sharing a beautiful card for baby girl. She’s created a design that effortlessly combines elegance and sweetness – an ideal combination for welcoming a girly new addition.
Grout Gray is a perfect foil to baby-soft Pink Lemonade with a pop of sassy Razzle Berry. It balances the sparkly glitter paper and sequins as well. Little details like the neat row of peek-a-boo holes and stitched edge make the design even more special. This is a keepsake that will be tucked away for baby girl to admire once she’s all grown up.
We’d love to see what you’re doing with MFT products in crafting your own special occasion cards. Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media so we can give you some love.
As you enjoy your weekend, don’t forget to take advantage of our weekend sale. Save 25% on a constellation of products featuring the classic star shape. You’ll find more than 40 stamp sets, Die-namics, and stencils HERE.
Quantities are limited. No coupon code required. Sale prices not valid on previous purchases. Sale prices good February 20 – 22.
For the sentiment I used Blueprints 11 and die cut the “You Rock” in Black Licorice and Limelight card stocks. I stamped the Limelight sentiment with Sheet Music background using Limelight Premium Dye Ink. I glued the two panels together, slightly offsetting the black for a shadow effect. I attached the sentiment behind the inside cut-out frame panel popping the letters on the outside of the frame’s edge for added interest. I popped up the entire frame using Foam Mounting Tape and inserted the cut-out interior frame to the recess behind for added detail. To complete the card, I die cut several of the smaller headphones that come in the newly released Headphones Die-namics and arranged them on the card as shown.
For my second card, I went in a completely different direction. This is what I love about MFT stamps and Die-namics – there is just so much versatility and style options with these products.
Mary Dawn Quirindongo is joining us on the blog today with two more outstanding projects. Let’s see what she has to say about these eye-catching cards!
For my first project, I used the large candy jar die as a vase and filled it with die-cut elements from the Lily Die-Namics. I colored the lilies and leaves with Spectrum Noir Markers and added sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella Glitter brush marker. I added a sentiment from Donuts and Sprinkles and then stared at it for 3 hours because I’m in serious love.
I decided to give myself a break and make a one-layer card next (haha, I know, good one). Using the Candy Jar Companions stamp set, I stamped 6 bunnies in yellow pigment ink in a (sort of) neat row and added the only sentiment I could add to a card covered in bunnies. I added some dimension with a yellow colored pencil and some ground with a gray one. Finally, I added their eyes and noses with a black glaze pen, giving more texture and dimension to this simple card.
Do you love how these cards range from seriously elegant to achingly cute…intricately assembled to simply stamped? She has run the gamut and I’m in love. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us Mary Dawn!