MFT April Previews, Day 1

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Day 1 of April previews with My Favorite Things! This month’s release will take place next Tuesday, April 9, at 10 p.m. EST.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for release details, (BIG) prize information and additional inspiration.

My previews today use two new Pure Innocence sets, Little Gardener and Serenity.

First, I used Little Gardener along with Upsy Daisy and Royal Leaves Die-namics, Hot Fudge, Lemon Drop and Gumdrop Green cardstock with Hot Fudge buttons.

I found a tiny clay pot (about 2 1/4″ tall) at Michaels and thought it would be fun to fill with flowers.  I cut bamboo sticks to the desired length then used a small file to “saw” a small indentation about 1/4″ from the top of each stick.  After die-cutting and layering the flowers, I “stitched” the buttons into the centers, wrapping and tying the hemp cord around each stick.  The small indentation on the stick holds the hemp cord/flower in place.  I “stuffed” a small styrofoam ball into the pot and inserted the flowers.  ”Best” and “Buds” were stamped onto Mini Wavy Pennants using Black Licorice ink, glued to a toothpick and inserted into the pot.

For the card, I stamped the Little Gardener onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.

The dotted panel was created using Kraft cardstock, new Hot Fudge ink and Lisa’s Darling Dots.

On the inside I used a sentiment from Pure Innocence All Occasion Sentiments and added another flower.  To keep the inside relatively flat, instead of adhering a regular button, I used a button from Button Border Die-namics.

On my next card, I thought I’d try Inge’s tutorial for coloring on Kraft cardstock.  (Tutorial found HERE.)  I stamped my image onto Kraft cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored my image with Prismacolor pencils.

Across the top, I added stitch-embossed elements from new Blueprints 2 as well as a Kraft button with Hemp Cord.  The sentiment was stamped using Black Licorice ink.


On the inside I stamped a sentiment from Pure Innocence Gymnast and a silhouette of the Little Gardener using Black Licorice ink.  A second stitch-embossed strip was added to the top to add a bit of interest.

Next I created a card using Pure Innocence Serenity along with a box of chocolates die-cut using new Scalloped Treat Box Die-namics.

I used some random (old) blue cardstock along with MFT Kraft and Sweet Tooth.  The oval and stitch embossed strip were die-cut using elements from new Blueprints 2.  Along the bottom of the horizontal stitched strip, I placed a die-cut strip from one of our new Open Simply Scallops Trio.  I used the smallest of the three.

On the inside, I thought it would be fun to add a sentiment from Chocolate Sentiments, this month’s Triple Scoop, free to you with a qualifying purchase of $60 or more (before tax and shipping).  I manipulated one of the sentiments, rearranging the words, and wrote the “&” by hand.

Lastly, I  have a second card using Pure Innocence Serenity.  I stamped the image onto X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copics and then masked the girl before stamping a new Mod Border using Kraft ink.  Card base is Kraft with Grapesicle.  The sentiment was stamped onto a Sentiment Strip and raised on foam tape.  Along the bottom I used Open Zig Zag Border, adding small purple rhinestones for a bit of sparkle.

On the inside I stamped a second sentiment (using Black Licorice ink) and silhouette of the image (using Kraft ink).


Be sure to check out the MFT blog for more info and inspiration!  Thanks SO much for stopping by today!  :)

Best Buds Stamps:  MFT Pure Innocence Little Gardener and All Occasion Sentiments; Darling Dots (Lisa Johnson Designs)   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, MFT Black Licorice and Hot Fudge   Paper:  MFT Hot Fudge, Lemon Drop, Sweet Tooth, Gumdrop Green, X-Press It Blending Card   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, R20, Y21, E31, E35, YR23, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, W00, W1), MFT Upsy Daisy, Royal Leaves, Blueprints 2, Button Border and Mini Wavy Pennants Die-namics,  Hot Fudge buttons, hemp cord, X-Press It Foam Tape, clay pot, bamboo sticks.  Finished card size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  Pot approximately 2 1/4″ tall.

Rooting for You Stamps:  MFT Pure Innocence Little Gardener and Gymnast Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, MFT Black Licorice   Paper: MFT Kraft, Paver Red, Gumdrop Green  Accessories:  Prismacolor pencils, MFT Blueprints 2, Kraft button, hemp cord.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Take a Deep Breath… Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Serenity and Chocolate Sentiments   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, MFT Black Licorice and Kraft; Amuse Blueberry   Paper: SU Ballet Blue, MFT Sweet Tooth and Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card   Accessories:  Copic markers (E11, E13, E50, E51, E31, B32, E41, E42, E43), Copic Opaque White, MFT Blueprints 2, Open Simply Scallops Trio and Circle STAX 1 Die-namics.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

I Need a Moment Stamps:  MFT Pure Innocence Serenity, Border It-Mod Borders (Laina Lamb Design)   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, MFT Black Licorice and Kraft   Paper: MFT Kraft, Grapesicle, Sweet Tooth, X-Press It Blending Card Accessories:  Copic markers (E51, E53, R20, E31, E33, E35, V91, V93, V95, C00, C1), MFT Sentiment Strips and Open Zig Zag Border Die-namics, X-Press It Foam Tape, Queen & Co. Indigo Rhinestones.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

57 Responses to MFT April Previews, Day 1

  1. Absolutely love your Best Buds card. The little PI and all the flowers are beautiful!

  2. You have such good ideas – thanks for the idea about the clay pot! Your coloring is SUPERB! It’s been fun visiting your blog — see you soon <3

  3. Wow, gorgeous cards, these girls are just great, love the colors and layouts, awesome work

  4. Christine Dearinger

    Fabulous projects Michele.They are such gorgeous images to play with and you did them justice.

  5. I love your cards; especially your coloring on kraft paper. I know what I am going to be doing this weekend.

  6. I am loving these new PI’s. Absolutely adorable and your cards are amazing!

  7. Michele, these are adorable! I love every little detail of that first card especially right down to the button! Love the contrast of the bright yellow with the dark brown! This release is going to kill me!

  8. Debbie Nelson

    I love all PI girls….will have to have these. Thank you so much for sharing. Love them!

  9. Ummmm………WOW!!! All of it Michele!! You did amazing with these adorable PI gals!!

  10. Wonderful cards. They are all so beautiful but I have to say the first is my favorite! The colors are beautiful and it really pops!

  11. Wow- you’ve been a busy girl! I’m sold on Little Gardener- you’ve sealed the deal. Your card is just adorable with the daisies, & the project is perfection. Great cards, but I think the first one is tops!

  12. These are all so pretty. Love the “I need a moment” card, so cute.

  13. Jan D., Florida

    I really, really, really love the cards today. I’m always drawn to yellow and your yellow flowers just pop. Great use of kraft cs, too….sometimes I forget just how striking it can be to pair it with other colors and it not look “country”…. love all of your cards…TFS

  14. i don’t know which one I love more??!! fabulous creations, Michele. Love the kraft colored PI (yeah for Inge’s tutorial) AND those sunflowers……STUNNING!

  15. I love your cards !! You do such a great job with them. I really like how you put your colors together. I have also learned a lot from your tutorials on the MFT Acadamy pages. Thank you.

  16. Gorgeous cards! I love your coloring. The sunflowers on the first card are such a perfect touch!

  17. What great projects. All so amazing and unique. I love the “I need a moment” sentiment….so appropriate! Thanks for sharing.

  18. colleen howell

    I love them all but the eat more chocolate inside is great, sounds just like me. you finish off the inside of card very well too

  19. what a happy collection of cards! don’t know why, but that ‘rooting for you’ sentiment just really makes me smile! :)

    have a great weekend!

  20. What a fantastic group of projects you have created! The flowers on your first card and in the clay pot are just gorgeous!! GREAT job showing off the new products!

  21. ahhh your cards are adorable, fab coloring for sure and fun sentiments…love the pot of daisies – gorgeous!

  22. Beautiful cards! Cute flowerpot!!! Love the sentiment on the first card about friends growing separately but not apart! Wonderful idea using the oval for a yoga mat! The sentiments outside and in on that one are terrific!!! The Kraft and lavender is so pretty together. Love the the zig zag border and the gems! So PRETTY!

  23. Fantastic cards! I have to say the sunflower one is my favorite…just makes me happy!

  24. I love the little Gardener! She’s adorable!!!!

  25. Love the garden set…so cute!!!

  26. What great cards, loving your idea with the flower pot. Beautiful work!

  27. they are so beautiful, Michele, ”I need a moment” is my favourite, you had a lovely idea!

  28. Love all of these cards and your coloring is Fantabulous! Great job on this showcase.

  29. Michele, these are amazing! I couldn’t pick a favorite! Love that pot of flowers — I may have to “steal” that idea! :)

  30. Wow! Lots of inspiration found here!

  31. Michele, these are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Fab projects! Love the little pot of flowers!

  33. OMGosh Michelle, these are all fantastic! Love the sunflowers and the sweet yellow boots on the first one, and love how you gave her a yoga mat on the other one! All four cards are awesome!

  34. I absolutely adore the sunflower gift set! The PI girls are always so cute and I love how you have colored each one of them.

  35. Such wonderful cards you made, love them all!!

  36. I just want to reach out and grab those perfect yellow daisies! LOVE the lavender yogi–she’s just adorable. What the heck, I love it all!

  37. Beautiful cards! Love the daisies!

  38. Wow, what fabulous projects, love them all. I really like your little gardening set.

  39. These are all just fabulous!! Wow!

  40. All of them are wonderful cards. But, love, love, love the little gardener and those yellow daisies. Too cute!

  41. Way to cute the color everything.. ugh.. I want the inks and all.
    I love seeing all this but the wish list is so huge it’s crazy.

  42. Oh my goodness!!! I just adore your first card. Daisies are my favorite flowers. As soon as I saw your card, it made me “happy”.

  43. OMGosh these are all so super cute and I love the fabulous designs and the cute new PI’s!

  44. Fun cards! Love the new dies and stamps!

  45. megan mcdonald

    Wonderful cards, love the garden girl

  46. Thanks for the inspiration! The new PI girls are as lovely as allways!

  47. Oh my gosh! These are so freaking cute, Michele! Love the idea of the flower pot to go with the card! CUTE!!! Loving all those new PI girls!!!

  48. Oh my Michele! These are all just so sweet!

  49. I love them all Michele! Love the little banner you gave the yoga PI and am loving that kraft cardstock with no layers – just the image coloured – fab!!

  50. Amazing work Michele!

  51. These are wonderful Michele! You are so clever too…the yoga girl holding a banner, love it!

    I love that my info to leave a comment is working on your blog now too!! I had to type my email addy every time I left a comment, the horror! LOL!

  52. gorgeous works :)

  53. These are all beautiful, Michele!! Loving the pot full of daisies!!! And as always, I am amazed by your coloring!!

  54. Absolutely adorable. Love the little flower pot and coordinating card. You people simply must stop presenting so many amazing projects. I can’t keep up. If I give up any more sleep things are going to get ugly in my house. These are so fun. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Love all of your cards, so fun and love that flower pot too!

  56. love, love, love it ALL

  57. Love your sunflower card! So cute! Makes me smile :)

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