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

MFT October Release Countdown - Day 1

Hello crafty friends!  There are only 24 more hours until this new and amazing release becomes available!  My card today features the Filled with Joy Die-namics (that was recently part of our latest Card Kit) combined with the Delightful Deer Die-namics, Snow Flurry Stencil and the Holly Jolly Glitter Card Stock.


I love creating cards using the partial diecutting technique.  This is the technique that I used for diecutting the deer.  I also used this technique a few weeks back when creating one of my Card Kit projects that you can see HERE.  There is a great video by Jennifer McGuire explaining this fun technique HERE.


I then created a snowy background using some Kraft Card Stock, the Snow Flurry Stencil and some White Embossing Paste.  Once dry, I added my panel with some 3D Foam Tape.  To get a clean look behind the deer, I diecut them separately about 4-5 more times and glued them behind my original deer to prop them up.


I stamped my sentiment from the Filled with Joy Stamp Set and then diecut the word "JOY" from the new Holly Jolly Glitter Card Stock.


All new products will be available tomorrow!  Don't forget to stop by the MFT Blog for more inspiration!  Make sure to leave a comment there for a chance to win a $75 MFT Gift Voucher!


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!  Happy card making!

♥ Rachel

MFT October Release Countdown - Day 2

Hello everyone!  There are only 2 more days left until the latest release becomes available from MFT Stamps!  So exciting!!


My card today features the Cool Christmas Set combined with the previously released Double Slider Loop Slot Die-namics.  Aren't those snowmen just so much fun?!  I love how they're all poking their heads out of the car windows while driving down the snowy road, lol.  I had a lot of fun making this card.  I made an interactive Double Slider Loop card inspired by THIS ONE created earlier this summer by DT Member Karolyn Loncon.


When you pull on the tab, the car drives down the road in the opposite direction!  All of my images were stamped onto smooth white card stock, colored with Copics and cut out with their coordinating dies.  I blended some Distress Inks (Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch) to create my sky.  Once dry, I splattered some Opaque White Paint to create some snow flurries.  I used the mountains from the Mountain High Die-namics to create some snowy mountain peaks in the background.  I simply painted on some white snowy peaks to the top of each mountain peak.




Here's a short video of how this card looks in action.  My kids have been itching to play with this and were extremely fascinated by the fact that the car moves in the opposite direction of the tab, lol.


Be ready!  All new products and product links will be available this coming Tuesday, October 9th at 10 AM EDT.  And as you can see, this release is full of so many new and amazing goodies that are a must-have for your winter cardmaking collection.


Don't forget to drop by the MFT Blog for a chance to win a $75 MFT Gift Voucher and to see the designs created by the rest of the Design Team!


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


MFT October Release Countdown - Day 3

 We're halfway through the October Release Countdown and there's still so much more to go!  My card today features the latest Pure Innocence Stamp Set called "Holiday Cheer".  I love these sweet little sets.  I especially love this one with all of her little bags of Christmas goodies.   


I went with a simple design today and placed my image on a simple background created with a combination of Distress Ink Blending (Tumbled Glass) and some Warm Grey Copic Markers.


I diecut my panel using the Stitched Rectangle Die-namics STAX Set #2 and placed it all on a piece of the Candy Land Patterned Paper.


Don't forget to stop by the MFT Blog to see the amazing designs from the rest of the participating DT Members!  Leave a comment there for a chance to win a $75 MFT Gift Voucher!


Thank you 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 lovely day!

♥ Rachel