September 11, 2018

MFT & Friends | September Release


Hello and welcome back! Today I have a project to share that I created for the September MFT & Friends post. I love this blog feature because we always have some amazing designers join us for a fresh look at the newest release.



For my project, I decided to use the new Scallop Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics to create a stitched area on my card design. I diecut only the stitching area from a piece of card stock (you can separate the middle from the outside of the bookmark by snipping the little metal tabs), and then I stitched my design on it, using only the portion that would fit across an A2 size card base.

I created a pattern for a dachshund in a winter sweater and stitched it onto the panel. After I had most if it stitched, I realized I wanted to add a Santa hat to him, but I didn't leave enough room, so I just had to go with the sweater. I think it would have been even cuter with the hat so I may still add a stamped on onto her. :)

Once I had the stitching done, I added the stitched panel to a white card base and added a piece of SUmmer Splash card stock to the top and bottom to sandwich the stitching panel. I did stamp the sentiment to the bottom panel using the new Birdie Brown Greetings Galore stamp set, before adding it on. I completed the card with a few clear sequins for a bit of dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for more great ideas using the September release products. :)

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September 06, 2018

MFT September Release | Tips & Tricks


Hello and welcome back! Today I have a card to share for the September Tips & Tricks feature on the My Favorite Things blog. The design team will be sharing cards, and projects that feature a fun idea for ways to use the newest release products.

For my card today I used the new Double Slider Loop Slots dies to create a fun gift card surprise design. When you pull on the tab, a panel comes out to reveal the sentiment while a gift card comes out the other side.

I created a video sharing how I created my card from start to finish so you can watch it here if you'd like. If you prefer photo instruction, I have some photos below showing how I assembled the card. 

To create a double slider like I did on this card, you actually need to create a panel with the slider loop that can be sandwiched in the middle of the card. To do this, I cut out a white piece of card stock for the top sentiment panel using the 3rd largest die from the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, and then I cut out a separate piece of card stock cut slightly smaller than that top panel. That is the piece that I die cut the loop slots into.

To create the loop, you need to add a piece of acetate (packaging, etc...) through the loop openings and then secure it at the back with a tiny stapler.

Once you have the loop created, you can flip the panel over, move the staples to the right-hand side, add a piece of Scor Tape over the staples and adhere a gift card onto the adhesive. 

Once you have the gift card adhered, you'll need to add foam adhesive around it to create a channel for the gift card to slide in and to life the panel slightly off the card to allow room for the gift card to move freely.

Once you have the foam adhesive on, you can adhere the loop panel to the center of the card base which will sandwich the gift card between the loop panel and the card base. You'll then want to create the top panel that will pull from the other side and have a sentiment on it. I used the same rectangle die set but used the 5th largest rectangle to create this.

For this panel, you want to add the adhesive to the left side of the loop and then adhere the panel the same way you did the gift card and then add the foam adhesive around the panel. Once you remove the adhesive backing, you can add the sentiment panel on top which will conceal the loop panel underneath. 

You can then pull on the pull tab, and when you do, the sentiment panel will pull out to the right, and the gift card will pop out to the left. The continuous loop that we created allows each piece to move at the same time in different directions.

Hopefully, these instructions made sense LOL! But don't forget you can check out the video to see the creation of the entire card. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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September 04, 2018

MFT September Release | New Product Launch


Hello and welcome to the My Favorite Things September Release New Product Launch! All of the new September products we've been sharing all week are now available in the MFT online store!

For my card today I used the new Double Slider Loop Slots Die-namics along with some of the other new stamps and dies to create a fun, interactive card.

I added the double slider loop slots under the grass area on the design, and then I adhered one of the squirrels from the Woodland Friends stamp set to it with a piece of acetate so I could make him slide over to the girl image with his flower. :)

To create the pull tab, I used the Volcano Die-namics along with the Interactive Labels stamp set and adhered it to my loop to make it move. 

The girl image along with the pumpkin and greenery are from the Fall Friends stamp set, and I thought they all went really well together on the design. 

Make sure to head to MFT Stamps to shop for the new September products. I can't wait to see what everyone creates with this month's release!

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September 03, 2018

My Favorite Things September Release Countdown | Day 1


Hello and welcome to day 1 of the My Favorite Things September Release Countdown. For the next five days, we'll be sharing cards and projects featuring all of the new products coming out on September 4th at 10am EDT.

For my card today I created a clean and simple design using the new Happy Birthday Script Die-namics. I love the unique design of this sentiment and really wanted to leave it as the focus on the card.
I created the ombre effect on the letters by combining three colours of Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Carves Pumpkin, and Barn Door) and I blended them all together to get a really nice transition between each colour.
I used the die cut inlay technique to add the sentiment into the white panel background so it was all one layer and then I added it to a Persimmon card base. I completed the design by adding some yellow sequins around the sentient with some Sprinkled Sugar Stickles added to the center.

Thanks so much for joining me for Day 1 of the September release countdown. Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for a closer look at the new products and more ideas using them.

See you tomorrow for the release!
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September 02, 2018

My Favorite Things September Release Countdown | Day 2


Hello and welcome to day 2 of the My Favorite Things September Release Countdown. For the next five days, we'll be sharing cards and projects featuring all of the new products coming out on September 4th at 10am EDT.

For my project today, I created a stitched bookmark using the new Scallop Cross-Stitch Bookmark as well as the original bookmark die.

I stitched a rainbow pattern onto a bookmark that I diecut from white card stock, and then I added it to a Limelight scallop piece that was diecut with the scallop bookmark. I love being able to use the two together.

Thanks so much for joining me for Day 2 of the September release countdown. Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for a closer look at the new products and more ideas using them.
See you tomorrow for more countdown fun!

September 01, 2018

My Favorite Things September Release Countdown | Day 3


Hello and welcome to day 3 of the My Favorite Things September Release Countdown. For the next five days, we'll be sharing cards and projects featuring all of the new products coming out on September 4th at 10am EDT.

For my card today I used the new Sending Blessings Pure Innocence stamp set to create a fall themed card. I love love love fall and was so excited to bring out the rich fall colours with this month's release. I have a bunch of autumn background scenes that I created, and I knew they would be perfect for this sweet image.

I created the background on my card with Copic markers, and then I added my Pure Innocence girl image standing on a grass hill in front. To make the grass blend in with the fall scene, I added some orange distress ink over the green to really help it blend in.

I decided I didn't want the white border around the image on this card, so I hand cut the girl with my scissors before adding her to my scene.

I finished the card by stamping the sentiment directly on the background with black ink and then I added the entire panel to a Coral Crush card base.

Thanks so much for joining me for Day 3 of the September release countdown. Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for a closer look at the new products and more ideas using them.
See you tomorrow for more countdown fun!

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August 31, 2018

My Favorite Things September Release Countdown - Day 4


Hello and welcome to day 4 of the My Favorite Things September Release Countdown. For the next five days, we'll be sharing cards and projects featuring all of the new products coming out on September 4th at 10am EDT.

For my card today I used the new Circle Trio Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics along with the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore stamp set and a new stamp set coming later this week called Woodland Friends

I diecut the circle frames vertically on my card stock panel and rather than use all three openings as shakers, I trimmed down the new CirlceShaker Pouches into individual pouches and just made the top and bottom openings shakers. For the center circle, I added an image from the Woodland Friends stamp set. 

I added a sentiment strip on Milk Chocolate card stock over the bottom shaker window using the new Birdie Brown sentiment stamp set, and then I added some sequins onto the card front as well. I did add clouds using the Mini Cloud Edges stencil, and I added the completed panel to a Persimmon card base.

Thanks so much for joining me for Day 4 of the September release countdown. Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for a closer look at the new products and more ideas using them.
See you tomorrow for more countdown fun!

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August 30, 2018

My Favorite Things September Release Countdown | Day 5


Hello and welcome to day 5 of the My Favorite Things September Release Countdown. For the next five days, we'll be sharing cards and projects featuring all of the new products coming out on September 4th at 10am EDT.

For my card today I used the new Friendly Raccoons stamp set along with the new Sassy Pants Best Friends stamp set to create a cute outdoor scene.

I created an outdoor scene with the Mini Cloud Edges stencil, the Grassy Fields Die-namics and the Birch Trees Die-namics for tree branches. I added leaves from the Friendly Raccoons stamp set to the tree branches and then I added two raccoons and the mushroom to the scene.

To complete the card I stamped the sentiment directly onto the grass and I added white gel pen detail to various elements on the design.

Thanks so much for joining me for Day 5 of the September release countdown. Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for a closer look at the new products and more ideas using them.
See you tomorrow for more countdown fun!

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August 29, 2018

MFT WSC 400


Hello and welcome back! Today I have a card to share for the newest My Favorite Things sketch challenge. This week's sketch has. afun layout and I decided to create a magical scene in the clouds.

I first created a card stock panel with inked clouds using the Mini Cloud Edges stencil and then I die cut the panel into strips to replicate the pattern on the top of the sketch. I adhered them all flat to a card stock panel and then I added the panel to a Limelight card base.

I stamped and coloured my images from the Magical Unicorns stamp set and I adhered them all the the cloud covered strips with regular adhesive as well. The sentiment is stamped with black ink under the scene and I completed the card with a sparkly pink gem on the unicorn.

Thanks so much for joining me for my take on this week's sketch challenge. You can see more cards created by the design team and enter your card for a chance to win here!

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August 28, 2018

Ruby's Crafty Anniversary Blog Hop


Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes! 
Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!

If you are following along in the hop, then you should have arrived from an amaingly talented friend of mine - Caly Person!

For my card I decided to use a Wplus9 stamp set that I have had forever and never inked up. I love that the stamp set represents creativity and color - two of my favorite things! :)


I stamped a bunch of the paint tubes onto Hammermill card stock with MFT Extreme Black ink and then I coloured them all in with rainbow colours. I used Copic markers to do the colouring and then I fussy cut them all with my scissors.

I stamped the sentiment onto a 4" x 5 1/4" card stock panel and then I adhered the paint tubes all around it with liquid adhesive. For a bit of interest I added the aqua paint leaning against the sentiment.


I stamped the smaller words onto the paint tubes with black ink and I added a bit of shading under the aqua one with a grey marker. I completed the design with some color on the bottom half of the letters in the sentiment.

GIVEAWAYS
In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

Your next stop on the hop is Tracy Freeman!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and thank you so much to Ruby for including me in her crafty celebration!

August 22, 2018

MFT WSC 399


Hello and welcome to a new sketch challenge from My Favorite Things! 

I loved the layout of this week sketch and decided to add a vellum circle for the circle element that would provide a moon-like backdrop for some Halloween characters. 

I created the Distress ink sky with Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire and blended all of the colours together to create an ombre look on the design. I then added the vellum circle and trimmed off the bottom so it wouldn't show beneath my sentiment strip. 

I coloured three of the characters from the Frightfully Sweet stamp set and added them to the card over the vellum circle and the sentiment strip. I was easily able to hide the adhesive on the vellum behind the characters that I added to the card.

Thanks so much for joining me for my take on this week's sketch challenge. You can see more cards created by the design team and enter your card for a chance to win here!

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August 07, 2018

My Favorite Things August Release | New Product Launch


Hello and welcome to the My Favorite Things August Release New Product Launch! All of the new August products we've been sharing all week are now available in the MFT online store!

For my cards tonight I used the new Puzzle Cover-Up Die-namics and created two fun designs using pieces from the puzzle. I love this die because you can cut out the entire puzzle from a photo or stamped panel and it actually all fits back together, so it's great for interactive gifts.

For my cards, I used pieces from the puzzle and paired them with sentiments from the A-maze-ing stamp set. To add colour to them, I used Distress inks and added the colour after I had die cut the pieces from white card stock. 

I added them to both cards with foam adhesive for some added dimension and stamped the sentiments in black ink. I also added a die cut heart to each card that I die cut from the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 collection. 

You can see how I created these cards in this week's episode of MFTv (link in sidebar).

Make sure to head to MFT Stamps to shop for the new August products. I can't wait to see what everyone creates with this month's release!

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August 06, 2018

My Favorite Things August Release Countdown | Day 1


Hello and welcome to day 1 of the My Favorite Things August Release Countdown. For the next five days, we'll be sharing cards and projects featuring all of the new products coming out on August 7th at 9pm EST.
For my card tonight I used the new Cute Cats stamp set and the new From All of Us stamp set to create a card from all the cats, perfect for all the cat lover's out there! ;)

I first stamped three of the same cat image, and then I coloured them all in with light grey Copic markers. I stamped three party hats from the Beary Happy Birthday stamp set and added one to each of the cats and then added a coordinating gem to the top.

I stamped the sentiment onto a white card stock panel with black ink and added the panel to a Razzle Berry card base. I added the cats (the middle one with foam adhesive), and I finished the card with some enamel hearts that match that colours I used on the hats.

Thanks so much for joining me for Day 1 of the August release countdown. Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for a closer look at the new products and more ideas using them.
See you tomorrow night for the release!

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August 05, 2018

My Favorite Things August Release Countdown | Day 2


Hello and welcome to day 2 of the My Favorite Things August Release Countdown. For the next five days, we'll be sharing cards and projects featuring all of the new products coming out on August 7th at 9pm EST.

For my project tonight, I created a little flower pot with a rainbow collection of rolled roses inside. I created the roses with felt and the new Rolled Rose Die-namics and added in come card stock greenery using the new Grand Greenery Die-namics.

I created all of the roses with felt and adhered them together with a glue gun, and then I glued them into the little flower pot that I had filled with some grass filler. I started with the pink in the center and then added them in a circular order around the outside in rainbow order.

The leaves are die cut from Sour Apple card stock using the Grand Greenery dies and then I tucked them in between the flowers.

To complete my project, I added a little chalkboard sign (I picked these up at the Dollar store), and I used a white Sharpie marker to write on it and make it look like chalk. :)

Thanks so much for joining me for Day 2 of the August release countdown. Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for a closer look at the new products and more ideas using them.
See you tomorrow for more countdown fun!

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August 04, 2018

My Favorite Things August Release Countdown | Day 3


Hello and welcome to day 3 of the My Favorite Things August Release Countdown. For the next five days, we'll be sharing cards and projects featuring all of the new products coming out on August 7th at 9pm EST.
For my card tonight I used the new Dog-gone Awesome stamp set and created a little-framed area where I could feature one of the adorable dog images. I love this cute guy and his tilted little head. I thought it would be fun to add him inside a window opening and have his front legs hanging over the edge. :)


I added Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress inks to a card stock panel and layered it behind a white panel that I die cut with the Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window die. I lvoe the subtle stitched detail this window adds to the card front.

I diecut the word 'woof' from the Bottlecap Letters and added them to an Essential Speech Bubble die cut. I added it to the card with foam adhesive, and then I added a sentiment underneath from the stamp set. 

Thanks so much for joining me for Day 3 of the August release countdown. Make sure to head over to the MFT blog for a closer look at the new products and more ideas using them.
See you tomorrow for more countdown fun!
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