Thursday, October 11, 2018

Joy Wreath–MFT October Tips & Tricks


Hi everyone, welcome to the MFT’s October Release Tips & Tricks feature! Today I’m going to show you how to create a dimensional wreath using the just released Filled with Joy Die-namics. I love it when I come up with a way to stretch my supplies, especially in different and unexpected ways.


First, here’s what I started with to create my wreath: Hemp Cord and three shades of green card stock cut with the snowflake from Filled with Joy Die-namics. I created the base by curling up some hemp cord to simulate a “grapevine wreath”. I secured the ends with hot glue but you can use any quick setting glue you have.


Then I started cutting the snowflake die cuts into pieces—each “arm” yields a “sprig” of greenery.


I snipped them apart and then off of the center circle until I had a pile of “sprigs”.


Next I started adhering the “sprigs” to the base with a drop of glue, overlapping to hide the glue and “propped” up for dimension using alternating shades of green for a more realistic look.


Here’s a side view to see how much the “sprigs” are propped up.


Here you see it about 3/4 finished.


And here, finished. When I got to the beginning, I gently lifted the first sprigs up and adhered the last ones under them.


I wanted to add some red berries and the only thing I had that would work scale-wise was some retired Prills. They really are perfect for this but if I had red seed beads they would be perfect, too. To finish I added a baker’s twine bow.


Here’s the back side of the finished wreath so you know what it should look like.


To create the card, I adhered some Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots patterned paper on a Sweet Tooth card stock base, then popped up another Sweet Tooth panel cut with Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namics. I cut the J and Y from Holly Jolly Glitter Card Stock and popped them up on foam, then adhered the wreath in the center.


And that’s it from me today! I hope my tips & tricks will encourage you to think out of the box when you look at your supplies.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!


All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Die-namics: Filled with Joy, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2
Patterned Paper: Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Gumdrop Green, Jellybean Green, Sour Apple
Specialty Papers: Holly Jolly Glitter Card Stock
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Multi Medium Matte Glue
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Prills, baker’s twine



  1. So pretty and creative. Love how you did the tiny wreath. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Such a pretty card! Thanks so much for the step-by-step tutorial for the wreath :)

  3. Your wreath is darling. Thanks for the Tips and Tricks. Love your whole card..

  4. This is so pretty! I've said it before, but I have to say again I love your style!

  5. Great card and great idea! I need to start looking at my supplies in a different way - what else could I do with this? Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Oh what creative genius.. Barbara you are a wonder. I do love the great scale. The j and y are just right in the glitter paper. I have that set coming in the mail. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea! It looks fantastic!

  8. Your card is beautiful! I love how you created the wreath by cutting up snowflake die cuts. :)

  9. So cool! When I read on the MFT blog that you had used a snowflake die, then saw your card, I thought they had made a mistake. Your wreath looks awesome - and I love that you used something totally unexpected to create it!

  10. So clever! Love how it turned out!

  11. Hello Barbara. I always love your designs and this one is fabulous. So pretty and the idea of using die cut snowflakes to create that gorgeous little wreath is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I love that you use unexpected things to create others - we all need to look at our dies to see what else we can create. Thank you so much.

  12. The snowflake die for your wreath's sprigs?? Genius! And those (retired) Prills make the perfect berries, too.

  13. Your wreath is darling, Barbara! This is why I love the tips and tricks feature on the blog. I can't wait to try the technique myself. Thanks for sharing.

  14. """Brilliant""" tip and tricks, just love this idea Barbara... it's on my to do list. Fantastic card too


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