MFT - The Birthday Project Challenge

Hello crafty friends!  I'm here today to share with you one of the newer challenges hosted by My Favorite Things.  It's called the Birthday Project Challenge and it will be posted on the third Thursday of every month.  The goal is to come up with fun and inventive ways to create different types of birthday cards/projects.

This month, we are focusing on gift cards.  Gift cards are one of the most common gift that is given.  Usually, we just stick them in a card and we're done.  But sometimes it's fun to think outside of the box and find different but eye-catching and easy ways to present them.

I created a simple but fun card using the Gift Card Window & Frame Die-namics.  I first blended a soft pink background onto some Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock using Tattered Rose and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks.  I also added some splatters of Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and some opaque white paint.  I then diecut that piece with both the Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Die that comes in the Blueprints 27 Die-namics and the window die from the Gift Card Window & Frame Die-namics.

I used one of the Clear Gift Card Pouches in which to place my gift card.  I then added a piece of pink polka-dotted pattern paper from the Dots & Stripes Sorbet Paper Pack to the front of my horizontal A2 card base and then attached my gift card piece on top of this with some 3D foam tape.

For the cute little fairies, I used the Fairy Happy Stamp Set.  I stamped my images with black ink onto smooth white paper and colored them with my Copics (all colors used will be listed at the very bottom of this post below the products used tabs).  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and attached them to my card with some foam square adhesives.

Lastly, I added a few beautiful Iridescent Bubbles for some added interest.  Super easy and fun!

Make sure to visit this month's Birthday Project Post over at the MFT Card Challenge Blog for more details on how to enter and some fun crafty inspiration by the other DT Members.

Wishing you all a lovely day!  I love to hear from you so feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Happy Stamping!


Copic Colors Used:
  • Skin: E50, E51, E21, E11, E13
  • Pinks: RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06
  • Greens: YG01, YG07, YG23, G29
  • Hair: Y11, Y21, YR23, E37
  • Wings: 0, C00, C2, C5

Magical Dragons - MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 376

Hello everyone!  It's time for another Weekly Wednesday Sketch Challenge over at My Favorite Things

I decided to flip my version of this week's sketch (#376) and instead of using straight lines, I used puffy clouds and I substituted the dragon instead of the circle.  I absolutely love this dragon from the BB Magical Dragons Stamp Set.  I stamped him with black ink onto some Neenah Solar White 110lb smooth card stock and colored him with my Copics.  The colors that I used are shown in the product list at the bottom of this post.  

I used the coordinating dies to cut him out.  I then blended an inky sky background using some Distress Oxide Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch).  I splattered some opaque white paint on top of this blend and let it dry.

I used the Stitched Cloud Edges Die-namics for my puffy white clouds and (following the sketch) added a small shimmery silver cloud lining to the cloud border on top.  I stamped my sentiment onto the bottom cloud border and then attached both to my A2 sized card base with some 3D foam adhesive.  I also used some foam squares to add my dragon.  


Here's a look at this week's sketch.  Come play along for a chance to win a MFT Gift Voucher!  

WSC 376

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Head on over to the MFT Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team has created and for details on how to join in on the fun!

Have a wonderful day and happy stamping!


Dinosaur Pop-up Card - MFT March Release Replay

Hello and welcome to the MFT March Release Replay!  This is a fun post where the Design Team is challenged to take a fresh look at the newest release and come up with some new and inspiring projects.

I made two projects to share with you today.  The first is a pop-up card with a double floating-floor.  I've been wanting to create something like this for awhile now and I found the perfect tutorial HERE by Karen Burniston.  I must also mention, this card was really not that difficult to make!  It may look like a lot of effort, but if you have a steady hand and can cut a few small holes with an exacto/craft knife, then the rest is honestly easy!

Card Inside

I used both the Delightful Dinosaurs Stamp Set and the Volcano die-namics to create this effect.  I used the Volcano as the center focal point of my card and added the dinosaurs in various positions across the rest of the card.  

All of my images were stamped with black ink onto smooth white card stock and colored with Copics.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I also added some Palm Trees from the Jungle Vibes Set.  I thought that these trees worked perfectly with the dinosaurs and I love being able to utilize multiple stamp sets so that I get a lot of use out of what I own.

Card Front

Believe it or not, this actual folds in half into a standard A2 sized card that fits into an A2 sized envelope.  So much fun!  You can watch my video below to see just how this works.

For my second project, I used the Elegant Rectangles to create a fun fishbowl card.  Again, I love to be able to combine sets and these rectangles worked perfectly with the Exquisite Ocean and Ocean Fun Stamp Sets that were released earlier last year.

I used the largest Elegant Rectangle Die to Cut out two fishbowl shaped bases for my card and attached them so that the card would fold open and shut.  I then used two of the rectangles (different sizes) to diecut about 8 fishbowl frames.  I glued 7 of them together to create some depth and added this frame to my base.  I then blended some Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks to create my water and embossed some "sea foliage" with white embossing powder.  I also diecut a few pieces of vellum and green cardstock with the Fab Foliage Die-namics.

Lastly, I added my shaker embellishments and a clear piece of acetate to the top of my card.  I then glued my last frame (with my sentiment) on top of all of this and let it dry.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Visit the MFT Blog to see what great ideas the rest of the team has come up with!

Happy Stamping!


You've Lassoed My Heart - MFT Color Challenge 89

 Hello!  I'm back with the latest MFT Color Challenge!  This week's color combo is Sour Apple, Orange Fizz, Daffodil and Berrylicious.  More details about the Color Challenge can be found on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog.


When I first saw these colors, I thought that the newly released Best in the West Stamp Set would go perfect with this color scheme.  As you may already know, I love making 3D cards with a scene.  I thought that a Z-fold card, representing a Dude Ranch, would be fun to attempt.

I first stamped my images with black ink onto smooth white card stock and then colored with Copics.  All of the colors that I used will be listed at the very bottom of this blog post.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I also did some paper piercing and used the Fun and Frolic Patterned Paper Pad to create the fox's dress.

I wanted to use my orange and yellow colors to create a sunset-looking sky.  To achieve this, I blended some Kuretake watercolors (#'s 43, 33 and 31) onto some watercolor paper.  I did a couple of layers to get a bolder look.

Z-fold cards are a lot easier to make than they look.  The only thing that I did differently than a normal style z-fold card, was to create a fence for my bracket (instead of a thick strip of paper) that holds the card together.  However, if you were able to look behind the fence, you would see two strong and very thin strips of card stock that run the length of the card (attached to the fence), supporting it. 

I added a haystack from the BB The Whole Herd Stamp Set and a butterfly from the BB Adorable Elephants Stamp Set.  For the mountains, I diecut some Neenah Dessert Storm 100 lb Card Stock with the Stitched Mountain Range Die-namics.  I also added some cute little clouds from the Puffy Clouds Die-namics and some grass from the Grassy Fields Die-namics.

Here's a look at this card "in action".  It folds to fit into an A2 sized envelope, although because it is slightly more bulky than a standard-sized card, it may be a snug fit. 

I hope you've enjoyed my card for today!  If you've never tried a z-fold card, I encourage you to look it up and give one a go.  They're a lot of fun to make and to give.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon!

Copic Colors Used:
  • Fence: E31, E23, E27, E29
  • Horse and Bear: E31, E25, E27, E49
  • Fox: Y15, Y17, E13, E07, E09
  • Girl's Hat: N3, N6, N8
  • Boots: B0000, B000, B02, B04
  • Greens: YG01, YG06, YG09, YG 17
  • Haystack: Y13, Y21, E33, E23
  • Trough: E40, E41, E42, E44

Aloha - MFT Sketch Challenge 375

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far!

It's time for a new MFT Weekly Wednesday Sketch Challenge!  The sketch challenges are always a favorite of mine.

I went with a summer-theme for my take on this week's sketch.  I love the beach, so this set (BB Polynesian Paradise) is an absolute favorite of mine.  I stamped all of my images with black ink onto smooth white card stock.  I then colored with Copics and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I also added a sun from the BB Magical Unicorns Set.

Copic Colors Used:
  • Skin: E50, E51, E21, E11 and E13 for shading
  • Hair: C5, C7, 100
  • Blue Top: B21, B23, B26
  • Greens: YG01,YG06, YG25, YG67
  • Yellow Flowers: Y04, E21, E31
  • Beach/Sand: E31, E55, E57 (Dots E13, E29)

For the base of my card, I used the Neenah Environment - Dessert Storm 100 lb paper.  To create my beach scene background, I masked off everything except a rectangular area in the center of my card. I then blended Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and spritzed it with water for the sky.  I colored the beach sand with Copics.  I diecut this entire piece with the Stitched Rectangle Die-namics and used foam tape to adhere it to my card.  I also used foam squares to attach all of my images.  Lastly, I heat embossed my sentiment with Black Super Fine Embossing Powder and added some Ivory Nuvo Crystal Drops to the center of each flower.

MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge 375

Here's a view of this week's Sketch Challenge.  Come play along for a chance to win $50!  I'd love to see your creations!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please head on over to the MFT Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team has created and to play along!

See you soon!



MFT March Release New Product Launch

Hello everyone!  I'm excited to announce that all of the amazing new March Release products are NOW available to purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique!  You're going to love playing with all of your new goodies!
Would you like a chance to win 1 of 2 $100 MFT Gift Certificates?  Head on over to the MFT Blog for more crafty inspiration and to comment on each DT Member's Product Release Blog Post.  You never know, one of the lucky winners could be YOU!

For my card today, I used the new Pure Innocence "Somebunny Sweet" Set and combined it with the newly released Beautiful Day Stamp Set.  I love both of these sets.  With Easter quickly approaching, this Pure Innocence Set is perfect for making the most adorable Easter cards.  The Beautiful Day set is so versatile with its dainty little flowers, mushroom, butterfly and cute little bird.  I wanted to create a fun 3D Easter scene, so I opted to create one of my favorite types of box cards.

I usually follow this tutorial to create my box card and then trim the base down a bit to make it slightly smaller.  I added some patterned paper panels to the sides of the box from the Plaid Patterns Paper Pack.  To create my sky, I used the Cloud Stencil on smooth white card stock and blended some Blue Breeze Premium Ink on top.

For my images, I first stamped them with black ink onto smooth white card stock and colored with Copics.  (All colors will be listed at the very bottom of this post underneath the products used tabs).  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I diecut some grass using a sheet of Green Room Prestige Card Stock along with the Grassy Fields Die-namics.  I blended each piece with some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  I then attached all of my pieces into the box with some liquid adhesive.  

Lastly, I used the Stitched Sentiment Die-namics with some Eggplant Prestige Card Stock to diecut a banner for my sentiment.  I heat embossed my sentiment (from the Somebunny Sweet Stamp Set) with Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Product supplies are listed below.  

Happy Stamping!



Skin: E50, E51, E21, E11, E13
Dress: BG0000, G000, G00, BG34
Shoes: E55, E57, E59
Hair: YR31, E23, E25, E29
Purple Flowers: V01, V04, V06, V09
Teals: BG10, BG11, BG13, BG18
Greens: YG01, YG06, G07, G09
Mushroom Stem: E40, E43, E44

MFT March Release Countdown Day 1

Hello and welcome to the MFT March Release Countdown Day 1!  All of your new favorite products will be available for purchase tonight, March 6th, at 9PM EST at the MFT Shop.  Woo-hoo! 

Today, I'd love to share with you a floral card using the new and beautiful Pressed Flowers Set combined with one or my favorite Cover-Up Dies.  

For the flowers, I stamped a few larger and smaller flowers in both Spearmint and Coral Crush Premium Dye Inks.  I then added contrasting colors on each flower with Tropical Teal and Red Hot Premium Dye Inks respectively.  I added a few strokes on each flower with a white colored pencil and a few strokes with a teal colored and coral colored pencil on the matching flower.  I then heat embossed the center of each flower with White Detailed Embossing Powder and used the coordinating dies to easily cut them all out.

For the foliage, I used the Fab Foliage Die-namics with Milk Chocolate Prestige Card Stock.  I diecut some white card stock using the Split Chevron Cover-Up Die and glued a clear piece of acetate to the inside of this piece.  I then added some foam adhesive tape to the back side of this frame and added a mix of teal, coral and clear sequins before attaching this piece to the base of my card.

I used some foam squares to attach the flowers to the front of the card and added a sentiment from the new Beautiful Day Stamp Set.  I once again used Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder to heat emboss this sentiment onto some Tropical Teal Card Stock.  I used one of the smaller sentiment strips from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips to diecut this piece and glued it to the front of my card.  Lastly, I added some clear dew drops for some added interest.

Visit today's Countdown Post at the My Favorite Things Blog for more sneak peaks at the March release and another chance to win $75!    

Thanks again for stopping by!  See you tomorrow with the Product Release post!