Category Archives: My Favorite Things

Joyous Easter Wishes and Blessings

Just in case you’re looking for a few quick, last minute Easter card ideas, I have three featured on the Craftsy Blog today.

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Thanks for checking it out.  :)

MFT March Die-namics Design – Cover-Up Craze

Hi everyone! Today the MFT team is exploring creative ways to use our Cover-Up Die-namics.

First, I used Modern Morocco Cover-Up to create a sort of stained glass effect on a clear card.   The sentiment, from Words of Inspiration, was stamped in Golden Glitz Delicata.  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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I die-cut two panels of the Cover-Up, using one as a guide beneath the acetate for coloring. (I used Copic markers.)  Once colored, I placed one die on top of the acetate and one below, aligning the panels with the acetate in between, like a sandwich. I then die-cut another Cover-Up from a sheet of X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided adhesive, applied that to the back of the “sandwich” and adhered to an acetate base.

God-Understands-CUInside, I stamped a second sentiment and added three tiny inked hearts die-cut from Blueprints 11.

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On my second card, I used one of my *most* favorite Cover-Ups, Floral Fusion. I first inked a block of card stock using Lemon Chiffon, Daffodil and Golden Glitz inks. I lightly inked over the entire panel with the gold ink once all ink was applied so there is a nice shimmer on the entire sheet.

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“Grateful” was die-cut (and gold inked) using Words of Gratitude Die-namics and “for you” was stamped from Fall Foliage.

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Inside, I masked off part of the bottom, inked then adhered a partial panel of Floral Fusion Cover-Up. The partial sentiment was stamped from Words of Inspiration.

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Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of participating DT to see more creative ways to use Cover-Ups!

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God Understands card

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (V25, YR15, BG13, B93, R83), X-Press It Double-sided adhesive sheet, acetate.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
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Grateful for You card
Additional info: Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

MFT March Creative Challenge – Stylin’ with Stencils

Hi everyone!  For this  month’s Creative Challenge with My Favorite Things, we’re playing with stencils.  I have two samples, one inky, one bumpy.  :)

First, I combined Grid Stencil with Birdie Brown’s You’re Super.

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After stamping the girl onto X-Press It Blending Card, I created a mask using a Post It note, taped the stencil over and sponged with Lemon Chiffon then Coral Crush inks. This blending tool made it super easy. Once the background was applied, I removed the mask and colored with Copic markers.

The yellow star was cut from Lemon Chiffon card stock using Blueprints 8 then raised on a clear foam square.

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Inside, I stamped the girl, reapplied the mask and sponged a smaller background.

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On my second card, I used an embossing pad to emboss Large Polka Dots onto Smooth White card stock.  The cute elephant and sentiment were created using Lisa Johnson’s Beautiful Baby stamp and Die-namics sets.

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To achieve different levels of dimension, the elephant is raised on Kool Tak clear foam squares while the white panel is raised on X-Press It 1/2″ foam tape.  (I like the variation.)

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Inside, I stamped an additional sentiment from the set along with three little Pink Lemonade hearts.

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Be sure to check out the MFT blog for direct links to more stencil projects.  :)

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Have a SUPER Day card

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R01, R02, Y21, E31, E35, R05, BG07, BG09, BG78, G21, G24, G46, C00, C1, C3, C7), white embossing powder, enamel dots, Recollections Opaque White pen.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
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Congratulations card

Additional supplies/info: Corner Chomper.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″

Organization for Your Creative Space – Taming Your Tools

Hi everyone!  Today the MFT DT is sharing how we manage our tools. My photos are not neat or pretty, but I did straighten things as much as possible. :)

My main storage unit is a round-about I purchased from Michaels quite a while ago. In it I store four scissors, an assortment of foam dots and squares, sanding block, extra acrylic blocks, a mini-stapler, glue pens, piercing tool, kraft knife and my Stamp-a-ma-jig. On the side, I hang tweezers and pliers. I have a small jar in one compartment where I keep a few pens and pencils, and on those I hang two rolls of foam tape. There are also a few drawers where I place small miscellaneous “things.”

Tools-Caddy-500In front of the round-about is my most used paper trimmer.  Beside that I keep a variety of rulers - clear T-square, magnetic ruler, Tim Holtz Design Ruler and a short (6″) ruler.  Yes, I use them all.  :)

Tools-Trimmer-RulersTo the left of my stamp table I have this very unique tea cup in which I keep a couple of Wink of Stella glitter brushes, a small paint brush, steel nips (for cutting apart dies), a water brush, my QuickStik Pick-Up tool, a Tool n’ One, a spritzing tool, Fantastix and a tab of large sewing needles. In front of the cup is my valued powder tool along with low tack adhesives.  Are you snickering because the cup looks so ordinary? It isn’t.  :)

Tools-Stamp-Tea-CupIt’s a stamping tea cup.  In case you spill your tea, you can stamp your napkin…or whatever.   (Hee, hee)  I received a set of two, long ago, from a friend. Each has a different design on the bottom.  I have no idea who makes them or where she found them.  But they’re pretty neat.  :)

Tools-CupOn the left side of my stamp table, I have a container of wipes, on which I keep my stamp press.  And to the left of that and behind just a bit is my Vagabond. Behind my Copics and next to my Vagabond is a stack of extra die-cutting plates, embossing pads and a metal shim. Barely visible to the right is my iHome portable speaker which I love.

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Below my table, I keep additional paper trimmers, a Scor Pal, my Crop-a-dile and Corner Chomper.

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And lastly, I keep my  heat gun on my window sill which is just to the left of where I work.

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None of my tool storage is fancy, but it’s definitely functionable and I suppose that’s what matters most.  :)

Check out the MFT Blog for links to participating DT sharing their taming of the tools.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Creative Construction with Blueprints – Wonky Panels

Hi everyone!  It’s time for some more Creative Construction with Blueprints and MFT.  This month we’re using the wonky panels from Blueprints 15 and 18

For my first card, I chose a sample sketch using Blueprints 18, Happy Trio (this month’s Free with $60) and Pinstripe Background.

HB-CBP-500I layered the largest “happy” from Happy Trio Die-namics and stamped the word “birthday” from Celebrate You.

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Inside, I added a few star frames and another sentiment from Celebrate You.

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On my second card I combined elements from both Blueprints 15 and 18, using super cute Somebunny stamp set and Die-namics.

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The bunny was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copic markers and popped up on Kool Tak Clear Foam Squares.

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Inside, I stamped another bunny and added a couple of elements from Blueprints 15.

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Head on over to the MFT Blog for a list of participating DT to see more Blueprints versatility.  

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Happy Birthday card

Somebunny is Sending You Hugs card

MFT March Release Rewind

Hi everyone! I have a couple more cards to share today using MFTs latest release. (You can find all the new products HERE.) 

I adore Lisa Johnson’s new Circle Scribble Flowers.  I die-cut the shapes from Ripe Raspberry and Sour Apple card stock using Circle Scribble Flowers Die-namics, stamped each coordinating image using Sweet Tooth ink then white embossed. The two smaller flowers are raised on foam tape.

Be-Happy-Mar-RR-500The sentiment, from Totally Happy, was also white embossed.

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Inside, I used a scrap of Grid Background and stamped flowers in Ripe Raspberry and Sour Apple ink.

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Next, I used Birdie Brown’s You Make My Tail Wag along with Dog House Die-namics and Pet Accents. The dog house was cut from Tropical Teal and Summer Splash card stock then popped up on foam tape.  The dog was cut from X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copic markers and also popped up on foam tape.

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I cut two bones from Pet Accents, cut one end off of each and adhered behind the dog to create the appearance of a longer bone.

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Inside, I added a paw from Pet Accents and stamped a sentiment from Friends Like Us using Tropical Teal ink.

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You can find direct links to more design team samples using this month’s release on the MFT Blog.  

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Be Happy and Smile card

Additional supplies/info: White embossing powder, enamel dots, Corner Chomper. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
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You Make My Tail Wag card

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (R01, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44), White embossing powder, enamel dots, Corner Chomper.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Thank You for Your Kindess

Hey everyone!  I’m back on the Craftsy blog today with a tutorial for creating acetate cards.

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I used MFT‘s Floral Fusion Cover-Up and Lisa Johnson’s Words of Inspiration.  Two of my faves!

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It’s easier than you think!

Thanks for looking!  :)

MFT March New Product Launch

Welcome to MFTs MarchNew Product Launch!  All new products you’ve seen previewed over the last week are now available to you right HERE!

Be sure to visit each of the MFT Designers’ March Product Launch posts linked on the MFT Blog and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, March 5 for your chance to win one of two $100 Gift Vouchers. (You can do some fun shopping with $100!) The winners will be chosen at random and the prizes will be sent out on March 6th.

I have three cards to share tonight, all using Pure Innocence I Woof You along with coordinating Die-namics.

On my first card, I also used  new Window Die-namics and Small Brick Background.

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The bricks were stamped in Versamark and white embossed with Brick Red ink sponged over. The girl and dog were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers, and Tiny Hearts Background is peeking through the window.

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Inside, I added a small die-cut heart (from Blueprints 11) over a bone stamped from You Make My Tail Wag.

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My next card uses PI Woof You along with new Paw Print Background.  The sentiment is from You Make My Tail Wag.

You-Wag-my-Tail-500The paw prints were stamped onto new Blue Breeze card stock using Blue Breeze ink then the panel was cut using Blueprints 23.

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Inside, I added an extra strip of paw prints, the cute puppy and stamped a sentiment from Totally Happy.

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Lastly, I created a card using PI Woof YouPet Accents Die-namics and Inside & Outside Stitched Rounded Square STAX.

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The puppy was stamped and die-cut from X-Press It Blending Card, with the heart and base cut from Steel Grey card stock (although it looks black here, it is not).  The puppy prints were cut from Grout Gray card stock.

Rescue-Grey-CUI added another heart/paw print inside with a sentiment from Woof You.

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Check out the MFT Blog for direct links to samples using all of the new products!   And as you lookdon’t forget to comment on the designers’ posts for your chance to win one of TWO $100 Gift Vouchers!!! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thank You for Rescuing Me (bricks) card

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (E31, E33, E35, E40, E42, E43, R27, R39, R01, R02).  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
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You Make My Tail Wag card

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R01, R02, E31, E33, E35, R30, B91, B93), Doodlebug jewels.  Finished size 4 1/4″  x 5 1/2″.
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Thank You for Rescuing Me (gray) card
Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (W3, W5, W7, 100), enamel dots.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.

MFT March Release – You Left a Paw Print

I have one last preview to share before MFT‘s March New Product Launch tonight at 10 p.m. EST.  Today I’ve used Pet Accents Die-namics (♥), Inside & Outside Stitched Rounded Square STAX and a sentiment from I Knead You.

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I sprayed Steel Shimmer Mix-Ables onto the black strip before adhering.  I LOVE the shimmer on black card stock.  So difficult to capture on camera, but believe me, it is soooo shimmery and pretty. Beside the paw, I adhered a tiny Swarovski crystal.

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I performed a bit of stamp surgery on the sentiment so that I could easily place half on the front and half inside.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’ll be back tonight at 10 p.m. EST for the New Product Launch!

Please note that links to new products will not be in effect until time of release, March 3, 10 p.m. EST.

Additional supplies/info: Swarovski crystal, corner rounder.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.

MFT March Release – Please Stand By

Hi everyone!  I’m back today with another sample of MFT’s March 3rd release. Today I’ve used super cute Stay Tuned stamp set with Television Die-namics.  

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How fun is Television Die-namics? :)  The heart was cut from Blueprints Tag Builder 3 and the Pinstripe Background  was stamped onto an Inside & Outside Stitched Rounded Square using new Tickled Pink ink.

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Inside, I added a second heart and another sentiment from Stay Tuned.

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Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for direct links to more Countdown samples, info on prizes and all you need to know about our March 3 release!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Please note that links to new products will not be in effect until time of release, Tuesday, March 3, 10 p.m. EST.

Additional supplies/info: White embossing powder, silver card stock, enamel dots. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.

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