Thursday, February 21, 2019

MFT February Birthday Project Challenge - You’re HOW Old?


Sometimes using a numerical representation of the birthday boy or girl’s age is to share in their excitement (four-year-olds LOVE being four!) and sometimes, it’s maybe to rub it in a bit…in a loving way, of course. This month, we're challenging you to come up with interesting ways to feature numbers in your designs — whether recognizing the milestone of a newly-christened teenager, the celebration of hitting the half-century mark, or anything in between (or beyond!) we want to see numbers in play.


OK, peeps, I have to say I am so freakin’ pleased with this card I can hardly stand it, LOL! It turned out pretty much like I had in my head and I’m in my head it was awesome, LOL! So, let me tell you how I did it. I started by doing the background with Mini Cloud Edges Stencil and Berrylicious dye ink on Sweet Tooth card stock. Then I cut my Essential Speech Bubbles and using them and the bird stamps, laid out how I was going to arrange everything and marked where I needed to draw my light wires. Two of the speech bubbles had to be elongated to make it work with them going in the right direction. After I got the layout figured out and drew my lines with a Copic multiliner pen I stamped the birds from Tweethearts Stamp Set, cut them out with the coordinating Die-namics, and colored them with Copic markers, The sentiments on the speech bubbles are from All About You Stamp Set.


OK, so next I stamped the “…again?” element using Mini Well-Connected Alphabet Stamp Set and the sentiment from Sassy Pants Birthday Greeting Stamp Set. Then I arranged the birds and speech bubbles and adhered them with foam tape. I cut the numbers from LLD Little Numbers Die-namics from Electric Red card stock, adhered them to the appropriate speech bubble and finished off with a little heart cut with Tag Builder Blueprints 6.

And that’s it from me today! Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to stop by the
MFT Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to play along for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from MFT Stamps!




All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: All About You, Tweethearts, Mini Well-Connected Alphabet, Sassy Pants Birthday Greetings
Die-namics: Tweetheart, LLD Little Numbers, Essential Speech Bubbles, Tag Builder Blueprints 6
Stencils: Mini Cloud Edges
Dye Ink: Berrylicious
Hybrid Ink: Extreme Black
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Electric Red, No Line Coloring
Supplies: foam mounting tape
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, craft tweezers

Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Copic markers, tape runner, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen, sponge daubers, plastic eraser, Black Copic Multiline, small stamping block

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Congratulations–MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #425


Hi, everyone, I’m back with this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s sketch. All of the details about the sketch challenge are available on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The MFT Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.


I thought Our Town Die-namics would be a great way to treat the horizontal element so I began by added a piece of sky that I had in my stash, done with Mini Cloud Edges Stencil and Berrylicious dye ink. I actually had this strip of Our Town cut from Ranger Watercolor paper also in my stash so win-win!! I watercolored the houses in bright colors and added some trees and clouds from Spring Scene Builder Die-namics, then popped it up on the card front with foam tape when it was dry.


To finish off I heat embossed a sentiment from Essential Sentiments on Black Licorice card stock and popped it up on foam, as well. I thought this would make a nice and colorful “new home” card.

And there you have it! Remember, you can get all the details by visiting the MFT Challenge Blog. You have the chance to win a $50 in MFT voucher. One winner is chosen at random each week!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!



All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Essential Sentiments
Die-namics: Our Town, Spring Scene Builder
Stencils: Mini Cloud Edges
Dye Ink: Berrylicious
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Black Licorice
Supplies: foam mounting tape
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, craft tweezers

Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Ranger Watercolor paper, tape runner, white detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, water brush, plastic eraser, sponge daubers


Deepest Sympathy–Color Throwdown Challenge #531



Hey everyone! It’s time for a new
Color Throwdown Challenge! This week Amy Rysavy is our hostess and she’s chosen some colors from this gorgeous inspiration piece for us to play with.




I thought those rich colors would make a great early evening sky—one perfect for a sympathy card. We hate having to made these but it’s always good to have one on hand, right? So, I sponged the background using Orange Zest and Boysenberry dye inks on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, then splattered some Copic Opaque White for the stars. When that was dry I adhered it to a Sweet Tooth card stock base. Then I added a distant snowbank cut from Cement Gray card stock and set it aside.


Then I cut Birch Trees Die-namics from Sweet Tooth card stock and added strips of Cement Gray card stock behind them. I added them to the card front, some popped up on foam tape and the foreground snowbank on which I stamped the sentiment from Deepest Sympathy Stamp Set with Cement Gray dye ink.

And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD531 so we can see your beauty all in one place, and use #ctd531 and #colorthrowdown on social media. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, along with our super talented Guest Designer, Leigh O’Brien!

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders
(<—You are here!)
Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Leigh O’Brien – February Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you soon!




All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Deepest Sympathy
Die-namics: Birch Trees, Stitched Snow Drifts
Dye Ink: Boysenberry, Orange Zest, Cement Gray
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Cement Gray
Supplies: foam mounting tape
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, craft tweezers, Mini Ink Blending Tool

Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, tape runner, Multi Medium Matte Glue, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, plastic eraser, Copic Opaque White, small art brush

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sending You All the Love in My Heart–MFT Color Challenge #111



Hi, all, I'm back with the latest MFT Color Challenge! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s color combo: Sweet Tooth, Gravel Gray, Red Hot, and Electric Red. All of the details about the color challenge are available on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The MFT Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.




Well, I *had* to do one more Valentine for Valentine’s DAY, didn’t I? I decided to make a shaker card using Entwined Hearts Die-namics and I started by stamping Romantic Script Background on my Sweet Tooth card stock card base with Gravel Gray dye ink. Next I cut my Sweet Tooth card stock card front with Entwined Hearts Die-namics and also a piece of Red Hot card stock. I removed the white and inserted the red in place and backed it with some clear acetate which held in in place and became my shaker window at the same time.


Then I created the shaker using foam tape, 6mm and 4mm Raspberry sequins—they fulfill the Electric Red requirement—Silver Shimmer seed beads, and some Pewter seed beads that are no longer available. I backed that with more clear acetate. This is the best way I’ve found to add an element to a card base and make sure it’s straight. Otherwise you have to put the upside down card base on top of the back of the shaker element and it’s impossible for me to get it straight! After that was done I heat embossed a sentiment from I Heart Celebrating Stamp set on Heavyweight Translucent Vellum cut with Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics to finish.

And there you have it! Remember, you can get all the details by visiting the
MFT Challenge Blog. You have the chance to win a $50 in MFT voucher. One winner is chosen at random each week!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!





All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: I Heart Celebrating, Romantic Script Background
Die-namics: Entwined Hearts, Slanted Sentiment Strips
Dye Ink: Gravel Gray
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Red Hot
Specialty Papers: Heavyweight Translucent Vellum
Supplies: foam mounting tape, 6mm & 4mm Raspberry sequins, Silver Shimmer Seed Beads
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, craft tweezers, 1/8” Scor-Tape

Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Pewter seed beads, clear acetate card stock, tape runner, white detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen, Mini Mister, water brush, sponge daubers, plastic eraser, clear foam, heat tool





Wednesday, February 13, 2019

I Bee-lieve in You–MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #424


Hi, everyone, I’m back with this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s sketch. All of the details about the sketch challenge are available on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The MFT Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.


I decided to give Meant to Bee Stamp Set and Die-namics a little love for this card so to begin, I created my background by stamping Ranger Watercolor paper with Honeycomb Background and Gravel Gray Hybrid ink in a distressed manner then applied a watercolor wash with Peerless Watercolors and a water brush. When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment with Extreme Black hybrid ink, adhered the Black & White Striped Paper Pack element, and popped it up on the Sweet Tooth card stock base.



Then I stamped the images with Extreme Black hybrid ink, cut them out with the coordinating Die-namics, colored them with Copic markers, added a bit of clear Wink of Stella to the bees’ wings for a bit of shimmer, and popped them up with foam tape for the finish!

And there you have it! Remember, you can get all the details by visiting the MFT Challenge Blog. You have the chance to win a $50 in MFT voucher. One winner is chosen at random each week!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!



All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Meant to Bee, Honeycomb Background
Die-namics: Meant to Bee
Hybrid Ink: Gravel Gray, Extreme Black
Patterned Paper: Black & White Stripes
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, No Line Coloring
Supplies: foam mounting tape
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, craft tweezers

Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Copic markers, Ranger Watercolor paper, tape runner, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Mini Mister, water brush, Peerless Watercolors, plastic eraser



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