Friday, April 01, 2016

LJD Fly-By Friends–MFT April Release Countdown, Day Five


Hello and thanks for joining me for the first day of MFT’s April Release Countdown! We have another amazing line up this month--today we’re previewing Blueprints 28 Die-namics, LJD Fly-By Friends Stamp Set, LJD Fly-By Friends Die-namics, Scallop Background, Dainty Scallop Cover-Up Die-namics, and Cascading Scallop Stencil. Mark your calendars—release is on April 5th at 10pm and you can find out all the details at the MFT Blog.

Well, Lisa Johnson has done it again! LJD Fly-By Friends is another darling set including a lot of images with which your imagination can run wild! I’m pairing it with the matching LJD Fly-By Friends Die-namics and also the new Blueprints 28 Die-namics for my card.

I started with a
Sweet Tooth card stock base, then I did a watercolor wash with Peerless Watercolors on Ranger Watercolor paper and cut it out with the largest die in Blueprints 28 Die-namics, which has an interactive window flap!!! How awesome is that? Just THINK of the possibilities!!


I decorated the flap with images from the set, cut from X-Press It Blending Card, stamped with Black Licorice hybrid ink, and colored with Copic markers, then popped up on foam mounting tape.

Then I went to work on the inside by creating a shaker element. The element was made with
Heat Resistant Acetate, foam mounting tape, and Pretty Pink Posh sequins, with some colored bee images added to the mix


The sentiment started on the front and continued into the shaker element for a fun transition. Once you lift the flap a couple of times, it won’t lay perfectly flat, but MFT thought of that and included two circles with which to create a string wrap closure. My shaker was pretty packed when upright, though, and I was afraid there would be too much strain on the adhesive if I used that method so I tied it down with some baker’s twine and allowed it to pop open just enough to get a hint that there is a surprise inside :)


And that’s it from me today! Thank you so much for stopping by! See you back tomorrow for Day Four of MFT’s April Release Countdown!


LJD Fly-By Friends (MFT)
Black Licorice hybrid ink (MFT)
Sweet Tooth card stock, Ranger Watercolor Paper, X-Press It Blending Card, Heat Resistant Acetate (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
LJD Fly-By Friends Die-namics, Blueprints 28 Die-namics, foam mounting tape, Peerless Watercolors, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (MFT); Copic markers, baker’s twine



  1. Your card is beautiful - love the colors and design!

  2. Your card is so pretty. Love the watercolor background.

  3. Awesome card!! Didn't expect to see a shaker there inside!! What an awesome idea!

  4. Love this card. Really like this blueprint!

  5. How fun that your card has a shaker surprise!

  6. Awesome card. I love every detail of it from the flap leading into the shaker part and the flowers on front, great job!!!!

  7. Brilliant idea to create a shaker card out of the opening!! Love your card!

  8. So cool! I love the surprise opening for the recipient and the combination of watercolor and copic coloring you did to get the look.

  9. Love your card, especially the shaker element. TFS

  10. I love shaker cards and the idea of using the flap is genius! Your card is lovely and springy! Really puts a smile on my face.

  11. What a fabulous idea!!! Your shaker card is so gosh darn cute!!!

  12. What a great idea to make it into a shaker card. Love it!

  13. Stinkin' cute! Amazed me when the flap is opened with shaker elements! Great release!

  14. Darling card. So colorful and I like that it's a shaker card.

  15. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the pretty scene on the front and the shaker bit is an unexpected delight!

  16. A terrific surprise card. It was beautiful on the front and I couldn't understan why the second layer- you open it up and it's a bee hive with honey!

  17. wonderful shaker card, is so beautiful!!!!

  18. Such a fun shaker card - and so pretty too! I love the look of the soft blue behind your flowers and bee. And what a fun surprise inside too!

    PS I actually came from MFT hoping to read more about your sweet little cat card. It's adorable! Still, I'm glad I got the chance to see your fabulous bee card.

  19. Barb, Barb, Barb ... I don't MEAN to curse you. Can you please just make a horrible card ONCE?

  20. So cute, love the surprise inside.

  21. Love the background and your pretty flowers and what fun to open it a see a shaker card. Love this.

  22. This is a fantastic card! I love the shaker element.

  23. Your card is like a breath of Spring and instantly brought a smile to my face. Love it!

  24. I love the surprise elements in this card, and the colors you used, especially the bees.

  25. Barbara,

    Clever use of the Blueprints 28. And I just love the bees, flowers and the Buzz-illion theme!

    Loved the subtle watercolors. I'm just now ordering the Peerless watercolors. Haven't tried them, yet.


  26. Love the inside shaker card and the clever sentiment. Fantabulous!


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