MFT October Blueprints Challenge

Hello and welcome to the My Favorite Things Blueprints challenge for the month of October. This month we're featuring blueprints die sets that have words in them, on our card designs.

For my card I used the Blueprints 26 die-namics to create a birthday themed card. This die set has everything you need to create birthday cards, but I decided to just use the birthday diecut.

I diecut the word birthday from silver glitter paper and adhered it to a white cardstock panel that I had diecut with the Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover-Up die. I then added the panel to a solid white panel that I inked up with Cracked Pistachio distress ink and added the whole thing to a Grout Gray card base.

I added some balloons to the card that I had inked up with distress ink, using foam adhesive and I added some drops of Nuvo Silver Moondust around the balloons and sentiment. I finished the card by adding some strings to the balloons and letting them hang freely off the card.

Make sure to head over to the MFT Stamps blog to see what other design team members created for this months Blueprints challenge. Thanks for stopping by! ;)




Hello! Today I have a card to share for the weekly My Favorite Things sketch challenge. This weeks sketch is one of my favourite types of layouts because you can go clean and simple with it (like I did) or you can layer it up and add a lot more detail.

I used the Harvest Mouse stamp set to stamp a simple scene in the rectangle area of the sketch and then I added the sentiment underneath, towards to right side of the panel.

I stamped some falling leaves around the main scene and then I trimmed down the panel so it was slightly smaller in the width than my A2 sized card base.

I adhered the panel to a top-folding card base with a strip of striped patterned paper from the Free Spirit paper pad and a thin strip of copper glitter card stock, down the right hand side.

The scene was coloured with Copic markers and I made sure to add some grey shading under the mouse and basket of apples to ground the image.

Make sure to check out the MFT Challenge blog for more ideas using this week's sketch and a chance to play along a win a prize!



MFT Cooler with You Card Kit Release!

Hello! It's time for the release of the newest card kit from My Favorite Things, Cooler with You! This kit is so fun and has everything you need to create winter themed cards and interactive snow hills.

For my card tonight I used the adorable snowman images to create a simple scene. I love that the stamps and dies included in this kit can be used for detailed winter scenes or clean and simple cards.

I first used the Snowfall stencil to add some white embossing paste to a Grout Gray card base and then I set that aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the card. I stamped, coloured and diecut my snowmen and then I adhered them together so it looks like they are hugging.

I diecut a half circle using and stamped the sentiment along the bottom before adhering it to a sparkle silver banner. I then adhered the snowmen to the snow hill and added the entire piece to the card base.

Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for more inspiration using this months kit! You can find the full kit for sale now at the MFT online store.

Thanks for stopping by!


Holiday 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Holiday 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!

You should be arriving here from the amazing Brandi Kincaid's blog - Brandi has some awesome designs in this release - amazing illustrations that capture the holidays perfectly!

I always love the EH holiday release because the stamps and dies are perfectly designed and so unique! I have so many more card ideas that I can't wait to create! For my first card today I used the new Fat Pants Stamps and Dies to create an adorable Mr. and Mrs. Snowman for the focal image on my card.

I love that you can stamp and diecut all of the pieces of the snowmen individually and then put them together. Makes it super easy to make them any colour or design for different looks every time.

I added some colour to the background panel on the card with Broken China distress ink and then I added some water and dabbed a bit off with a paper towel for a distressed look. I stamped the sentiment under the snowmen with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then I added some clear sequins for some added detail and dimension.

For my second card today, I used the new Believe die and an ornament die from the Fat Pants dies to create a soft background with a bold sentiment. 

I first diecut the ornament from masking paper and I added it to my white card stock panel. I then used Broken China distress ink on an ink blending tool and pulled the colour out from the center of the ornament mask onto the white card stock panel.

When I removed the mask I was left with a white ornament shape with the aqua colour surrounding it. I diecut the top of the ornament a second time from silver sparkle card stock, cut off the very top and adhered it to the ornament on the panel.

To create the sentiment, I diecut the word Believe twice from white card stock and used various shades of green and red Copics to colour them with an ombre look. I then adhered them together, slightly offsetting them so the red would through from behind the green.I love the traditional pop of colour against the soft background.

I finished the card by adding some silver string to the top of the ornament and also added some clear sequins around the ornament on the card.

I couldn't stop at two cards, so I created a third one using the new Homespun Holiday stamp set and dies. I love these fun whimsical designs and that wreath had me at hello! I am very picking when it comes to wreath shapes and this one is perfection!

I stamped the wreath lightly with black ink and then I coloured the entire thing with Copic markers. I then stamped it a second time directly on top with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

I stamped the sentiment from the Season to Sparkle stamp set on a banner cut from vellum and heat embossed it with the same silver embossing powder. I then added it to the card front with a silver sparkle banner, a strip of aqua coloured card stock and a black and white striped patterned paper.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today for my stop on the hop! I am so so excited to see what everyone creates with the new release and I can't wait to share more cards using it!

And, yay!!! I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set! The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (Maximum value $25 USD) currently in stock at Ellen To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, October 25th! 

There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom! To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by Tuesday, October 25th! ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, November 4th! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize! 

Your next stop on the hop is my amazingly talented friend Amy Kolling

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

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Happy hopping!! ;)