MFT Festive Flamingos Card Kit Countdown - Day 2

Hello crafty friends!  I'm sharing a card today featuring the Festive Flamingos Card Kit from My Favorite Things.  The pastel color palette on this kit is just gorgeous.  It frees you to make some non-traditional Christmas cards or to use it for something else altogether.


For my card today, I used two of the sweet flamingos from this set and placed them onto a snowy background where they can be seen ice skating.  I love the ice skates and the scarves on these two (usually tropical) birds, lol.  I stamped my flamingos onto some Smooth White Card Stock, colored with Copics and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.


Copic Colors Used:

  • Pink: RV000, RV00, RV02, RV04, RV09
  • Ice & Ice Skates: 0, C00, C0, C1, C2, C4
  • Blue Scarf: B000, B0, B01, B02, B06


For my background, I blended some MFT Premium Dye Inks (Tickled Pink, Wild Wisteria and Grapesicle) with my Clarity Stencil Brushes onto a a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock.  I then colored in the ice with some Cool Grey (colors listed above) Copic Sketch Markers.


I diecut this panel using one of the rectangle dies from the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics Set 1 and then stamped my sentiment at the bottom with Black Ink.  I added some snow with a White Gel Pen and then adhered my flamingos with some 3D Foam Adhesive Squares.


Lastly, I mounted this to a vertical A2 Card Base which I had added some of the beautiful Pastel Plaid Patterned Paper that comes with this kit.


This kit and all new product links will be available tomorrow, October 23rd @ 10 AM EDT in limited bundle quantities. If you don't want the entire kit, the items will also be available separately at their regular prices.


Make sure to stop by the MFT Blog for more Card Kit Inspiration!  Don't forget to leave a comment there for a chance to win a $25 MFT Gift Voucher.


Thank you so much for dropping by!  I hope you enjoyed my card today!  If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!  Happy crafting!

♥ Rachel

MFT Stamps - Sweet Holiday Penguins & Festive Flamingos Card Kit

Hello everyone!  I have some very exciting news to share with you today!  We have a brand new illustrator joining us at MFT Stamps!  Many of you probably already know her amazing work, but as of Tuesday, a brand new set of her clear stamps and matching die-namics will be available through MFT monthly!


So, you might be asking 'who am I referring to'?.  Drum-roll please......it's Stacey Yacula!  Woo-hoo!  I absolutely love her sweet illustrations.  I created a fun shaker card today featuring her very first set of stamps for My Favorite Things called Sweet Holiday Penguins.  Aren't they so adorable?!  


To start, I first stamped all of my images onto a sheet of Neenah Solar White 110 lb Card Stock with Black Ink.  I then colored them with Copics and used their coordinating dies to cut them out.  I went with a somewhat simple design for this card because I wanted the frolicking penguins to be the center of attention.


For my background, I blended some Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks and then splattered that panel with some Opaque White Ink to resemble snow.  I added some snow drifts using the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics and heat embossed my sentiment with Black Embossing Powder.


For the shaker component, I first diecut a white frame using the Stitched Rectangle Frames Die-namics.  I then used some .25" Foam Adhesive Tape to adhere it to my card.  I added some Diamond Dust to the inside of this frame and then glued a sheet of clear acetate on top.  I added one more frame on top to cover where I glued the acetate sheet and to give my card a clean look.  Once finished, I mounted the shaker panel onto a horizontal A2-sized card onto which I had already attached a piece of red patterned paper from the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Paper Pad.


I hope you enjoyed my card today and that you are as excited as I am to play with these new Stacey Yacula stamps.  Make sure to stop by the MFT Blog for more inspiration and to check out the October Card Kit!


The kit this month is called the Festive Flamingos Card Kit and I will be back tomorrow to share some inspiration using this super fun set.


All of these new products will be available this coming Tuesday, October 23rd at 10AM EDT.

Thank you for stopping by!  If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a lovely day!

♥ Rachel

Bitty Bears Birthday Tags - MFT Birthday Project

Hello everyone!  For this month's MFT Birthday Project, it's all about utilizing your birthday-themed stash of stamps and Die-namics to create accent tags, gift wraps, and/or spruce up your envelopes.  For my project today, I made a series of Birthday Gift Tags featuring the BB Bitty Bears Stamp Set.


I paired them with the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics to create some fun and colorful shaker tags.  To start, I first blended a few scraps of Smooth White Card Stock with some Distress Oxide Inks.

Distress Oxide Inks Used:

  • Bright Green Tag: Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn
  • Pink Tag: Worn Lipstick
  • Blue Tag: Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean
  • Muted Green Tag: Cracked Pistachio

Once dry, I splattered each panel with some Opaque White Ink for some added interest.


For the bears, I stamped them with black ink onto a sheet of Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock and colored them with some Cool Grey Copics (0, C00, C1, C2, C4).  I added some hats using the smallest birthday hat die from the BB Happy Hippos Die-namics.  I added a little white fluff on top by using the Marvy Snow Marker Pen.



These tags work perfectly on gift bags and/or boxes!  They add a lot more character to your gifts and the shaker component also makes them a lot more fun!


I used a variety of shaker components (listed in links below) but pretty much any smaller sized shaker embellishment should work!


I really like how these turned out and look forward to attaching them to gifts in the near future.


Don't forget to stop by the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog to see what amazing projects the rest of the participating Design Team Members have come up with!  Create your own project for a chance to win a $50 MFT Gift Voucher!


Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you liked my project and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a wonderful day and happy crafting!

♥ Rachel


MFT - Wednesday Sketch Challenge 407

Hello everyone!  It's time for the latest Wednesday Sketch Challenge from MFT Stamps!  Today's sketch is a lot of fun and leaves plenty of room for interpretation.


I tried to follow the basic layout of the sketch and went with a superstar theme using the Friendship Rocks Set.  


Here is a view of Sketch #407.  Isn't it fun?


I stamped my rockstar image with Copic friendly Black Ink onto a sheet of Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock, colored her with Copics and then used the coordinating dies to cut her out.  For my background, I blended some Distress Inks (Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot) onto a piece of smooth white cardstock.  I then spritzed it lightly with water, blotted it with a paper towel and then let it dry.  Once ready, I then splattered some Opaque White Paint onto this panel for some added interest.


I used the Stitched Star Peek-a-Boo Window Die-namics to cut a window into this panel.  After adhering a piece of clear acetate to the back of this window, I added a mix of Rose Pink & Crystal Stars Embellishments.  Lastly, I stamped my sentiment with Black Ink onto a strip of white card stock and used this as a small horizontal panel on the bottom portion of my card.



I encourage you to come play along with us!  One random winner will be chosen to win a $50 MFT Gift Voucher.  Make sure to stop by the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog to see what the rest of the participating DT Members have designed today!

Thank you for stopping by!  If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a wonderful day and happy card making!

♥ Rachel

Dashing Christmas - October MFT & Friends

Hello everyone!  I hope that you all are enjoying this month's release!  I absolutely love it and I'm so happy to share with you another fun project using some of the latest products!


I created a 3D "chimney" box card today that features both the Sassy Santa and Santa & Friends Stamp Sets.  To start, I first created a box using a sheet of Red Hot Card Stock, a scoring board, scissors, paper trimmer and adhesive.  I added some "brick" panels using the English Brick Wall Stencil and some Barn Door and Fired Brick Distress Inks.


Once assembled, I added a snowy background sky by blending some Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Inks onto a piece of smooth white card stock.  I then splattered this panel with some Opaque White Paint.


All of my images were stamped in black ink onto a sheet of Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock, colored with Copics and diecut with their coordinating dies.  Before gluing my images into the box, I first added a few snow drifts using the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics.


I hope you enjoyed my card today!  For some more ideas using the latest sets from MFT Stamps, make sure to stop by the MFT Blog and see what the rest of the DT and Guest Designers have created!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a wonderful day and happy card making!

♥ Rachel

MFT Tips & Tricks - How to Make a Snowy Evening Christmas Shaker Card

Hello everyone!  I have a scenic Christmas Card to share with you today. 

  
 When I was little, I always loved seeing the deer in my backyard walking around after a fresh snowfall.  My card today features the new Delightful Deer Die-namics as I tried to capture a snowy-night scene.


To create the snowy night background, I first pulled out four different Distress Inks.
  • Stormy Sky
  • Faded Jeans
  • Chipped Sapphire 
  • Black Soot
I then trimmed a piece of Neenah Solar White 80 lb Card Stock to 4.25" x 5.5".  I added a circular piece of masking paper that I diecut using the Circle STAX Die-namics.  I then blended the Distress Ink starting around the "moon" using the lightest ink and fading out to the darkest where the light would be the least prevalent.  Lastly, I used some watered down Opaque White Ink and splattered it (to resemble snow) onto this panel with a small paint brush.


As you can see, there's a frame around this shaker card.  I really like a clean look when I do this type of shaker card and I'm horrible at trimming foam tape to look flush along the edges, lol.



A little trick that I do in order to get that clean look is to cut my frame multiple times and quickly glue them together so that it's one solid piece that also gives enough depth to add my shaker embellishments.


I used the Stiched Snow Drifts Die-namics to cut some snowy hills and I cut the deer from some Kraft Card Stock.


The deer look rather one-dimensional when you first diecut them.  However, with a little added Distress Ink (or any ink that blends well), you can add a lot of depth and dimension to your diecuts.  I simply added both Tea Dye and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to various parts of the deer's body to add some shadows and dimension.  There's really no right or wrong way to do it and even though it looks intimidating, I encourage you to give it a try!  The trick is to have a light hand and to tap off any excess ink prior to adding it to your diecuts.


I stamped my sentiment (from the Trio of Trees Stamp set) with Black Ink onto the smaller of the two snow drifts and added some trees using the Birch Trees Die-namics.  For the moon, I colored it loosely with some Cool Grey Copics (0, C00, C1, C2, C4).  For my shaker embellishment, I added some gorgeous Diamond Dust prior to adding my acetate window and final frame.  Once finished, I adhered this entire shaker panel to an A2 top folding card base cut from a sheet of After Midnight Prestige Card Stock.


Make sure to stop by the MFT Blog to see what other Tips & Tricks the rest of the participating DT Members have shared today!


I hope you've enjoyed my card today!  Thanks so much for dropping by!  If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

♥ Rachel

MFT October Release Product Launch!

Hello friends!  It's finally time to shop the newest and most awesome release from My Favorite Things!


My card today features the latest Stamp Set from Birdie Brown called Secret Santa.  I honestly can't get enough of it!  These adorable images can be used alone or together to create the cutest Christmas and Holiday Cards.



For my card today, these two little children are in front of their fireplace while Santa is sneaking back up the chimney.  I guess you could also say that he's sneaking down the chimney because he forgot his milk and cookies, lol.  For all of my images, I stamped them onto a sheet of Neenah Solar White 110 lb Card Stock, colored them with Copics and cut them out with their coordinating dies.


For my backdrop, I simply blended some Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink and colored the floor with some Warm Grey Copic Markers.  I diecut a fireplace from white card stock and blended some Cement and Steel Grey Inks using the English Brick Wall Stencil to create the illusion of bricks.  For Santa's legs, I used the Santa from the new Santa & Friends Stamp Set and fussy cut him so that he was no longer attached to the reindeer.


I added some decorative Sisal Trees to the top of the mantle using the pine trees from the BB Beast Friends Stamp Set and some Holly & Ivy from the BB Santa's Elves Set.  I then adhered some stockings to the fireplace mantle using some 3D Foam Squares.


 Head on over to the MFT Boutique to check out all of the other new products available!  Also, don't forget to stop by the MFT Blog to see all of the amazing designs from the rest of the Design Team!  Leave a comment on each of their Product Launch Blog Posts for a chance to win 1 of 2 $100 MFT Gift Vouchers!  Maybe the lucky winner will be YOU!


Here are some other cards that I've made with this new release.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Shopping!

♥ Rachel