Galaxy Friend - MFT Sketch Challenge 377

Hello and happy Wednesday!  It's time for another Weekly Wednesday Sketch Challenge from My Favorite Things!  The sketch challenges are a fun way to push yourself to create something new in a layout that you may not have initially come up with on your own.

For this week's sketch, I created a fun galaxy-themed card with one of my favorite astronauts from the BB Space Explorer Stamp Set.  For the background, I blended some distress inks (Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Chipped Sapphire) over top of the Abstract Stencil.  I then spritzed this panel with a little bit of water and splattered some opaque white paint.
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 I followed this sketch for my card's layout.  Once I had my background panel finished, I then diecut it and cut the word "Friend" right out of the background.  I then cut this word "Friend" again from black card stock and laid the pieces back inside my background panel so that everything was flush. 

I then heat embossed my sentiment with Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.  For my astronaut, I stamped him with black ink onto some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb card stock.  I then colored him with Copics and used the coordinating dies to cut him out.  I adhered him to my card with some white foam square adhesives to add some dimension.


Come have fun and play along with this week's sketch challenge!  Head on over to the MFT Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team has created and for more details on how to enter.

Thanks so much for dropping by!  Wishing you all a great day!


MFT - March Card Kit Countdown Day 2

Hello!  I'm back with another card today featuring the new Bundle of Balloons Card Kit.  Today, I made a fun little "Welcome Baby" Box Card.

I love how versatile these balloons are!  To start this card, I first created a horizontal box card from a sheet of pink card stock, a scoring board, scissors and some adhesive.  Measurements for this type of box card can be found HERE on one of my previous blog posts.   I used both Smooth White Card Stock and some patterned paper from the Homespun Gingham Paper Pad to decorate my panels.

For my elephants, I stamped my images from the BB Adorable Elephants stamp set onto Neenah Solar White 110 lb Card Stock with black ink.  I colored these images with Copics (0, C00, C0, C2, C4 and C7 for shading) and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

To add some detail to the edges of my box, I used the straight die from the Stitched Basic Edge Die-namics on the end of each panel.  I also diecut some puffy white clouds for the inside of my box using the Stitched Cloud Edges Die-namics.

For the front panel of my box, I added a little dress created from the Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics and the Tiny Hearts Bright Paper Pack.  For my sentiment, I used the Essentials Sentiment Stamp Set and stamped my greeting with black ink before I adhered the piece to the front of my card.

Lastly, I added some sweet little pink balloons using the Bundle of Balloons Card Kit and some pink card stock.  I love how the balloons can stick upright when using the string dies that come with this set.

Bundle Of Balloons Card Kit

This kit will be available at 9:00 PM tonight, March, 20th!


Also, MFT is running a surprise promotion this month!  They will be surprising 5 lucky customers with a hidden gift voucher in 5 different Card Kit boxes!  The amounts are shown above. Don't forget to head on over to the MFT Blog to leave a comment for a chance to win a $25 MFT Gift Voucher and for more details on this super fun promotion!

Thanks so much for dropping by!  Have a wonderful day!


MFT - March Card Kit Countdown Day 1

Hello everyone!  Today, we are sharing some crafty inspiration using this months' fun new Card Kit called Bundle of Balloons.  This kit is absolutely amazing!  

It's always fun to use balloons on cards for so many different occasions.  Today, I created a fun birthday card.  I first diecut some balloons (to create the word HAPPY) from Neenah Solar White 110 lb Card Stock and colored them with Copic Sketch Markers.  

I then diecut some more balloons and used only the inside letters to spell the word BIRTHDAY.  For the base of my card, I cut some smooth white card stock and rounded the corners using a corner punch.  I then used some 3d foam tape to adhere a stitched scalloped rectangle diecut from some Neenah Desert Storm 100 lb cardstock using the large scalloped rectangle die from the Blueprints 27 Die-namics.

Before I put the card together, I stamped some balloon strings onto my scalloped piece of paper using the Party Animals Stamp Set (or you could just draw them).  I then added my balloons with some 3d foam squares for some added dimension.  I also adhered a cute little Zebra (also colored with Copics) from the Jungle Vibes Stamp Set.  Lastly, I added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Bundle of Balloons Card Kit

Make sure to visit the MFT Blog for more details on the Bundle of Balloons Card Kit and to see amazing inspiration from other participating team members. Leave a comment on the MFT Blog for a chance to win a $25 Gift Voucher! 

Also, MFT is running a super fun and exciting surprise promotion with this month's card kit.  Five special prizes will be placed in five random card kit boxes!  The prizes will be vouchers (placed inside hot pink balloons) in the following amounts: $25, $25, $25, $50, and $100.  Who of those lucky winners could be you!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!


MFT - The Birthday Project Challenge

Hello crafty friends!  I'm here today to share with you one of the newer challenges hosted by My Favorite Things.  It's called the Birthday Project Challenge and it will be posted on the third Thursday of every month.  The goal is to come up with fun and inventive ways to create different types of birthday cards/projects.

This month, we are focusing on gift cards.  Gift cards are one of the most common gift that is given.  Usually, we just stick them in a card and we're done.  But sometimes it's fun to think outside of the box and find different but eye-catching and easy ways to present them.

I created a simple but fun card using the Gift Card Window & Frame Die-namics.  I first blended a soft pink background onto some Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock using Tattered Rose and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks.  I also added some splatters of Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and some opaque white paint.  I then diecut that piece with both the Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Die that comes in the Blueprints 27 Die-namics and the window die from the Gift Card Window & Frame Die-namics.

I used one of the Clear Gift Card Pouches in which to place my gift card.  I then added a piece of pink polka-dotted pattern paper from the Dots & Stripes Sorbet Paper Pack to the front of my horizontal A2 card base and then attached my gift card piece on top of this with some 3D foam tape.

For the cute little fairies, I used the Fairy Happy Stamp Set.  I stamped my images with black ink onto smooth white paper and colored them with my Copics (all colors used will be listed at the very bottom of this post below the products used tabs).  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and attached them to my card with some foam square adhesives.

Lastly, I added a few beautiful Iridescent Bubbles for some added interest.  Super easy and fun!

Make sure to visit this month's Birthday Project Post over at the MFT Card Challenge Blog for more details on how to enter and some fun crafty inspiration by the other DT Members.

Wishing you all a lovely day!  I love to hear from you so feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Happy Stamping!


Copic Colors Used:
  • Skin: E50, E51, E21, E11, E13
  • Pinks: RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06
  • Greens: YG01, YG07, YG23, G29
  • Hair: Y11, Y21, YR23, E37
  • Wings: 0, C00, C2, C5

Magical Dragons - MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 376

Hello everyone!  It's time for another Weekly Wednesday Sketch Challenge over at My Favorite Things

I decided to flip my version of this week's sketch (#376) and instead of using straight lines, I used puffy clouds and I substituted the dragon instead of the circle.  I absolutely love this dragon from the BB Magical Dragons Stamp Set.  I stamped him with black ink onto some Neenah Solar White 110lb smooth card stock and colored him with my Copics.  The colors that I used are shown in the product list at the bottom of this post.  

I used the coordinating dies to cut him out.  I then blended an inky sky background using some Distress Oxide Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch).  I splattered some opaque white paint on top of this blend and let it dry.

I used the Stitched Cloud Edges Die-namics for my puffy white clouds and (following the sketch) added a small shimmery silver cloud lining to the cloud border on top.  I stamped my sentiment onto the bottom cloud border and then attached both to my A2 sized card base with some 3D foam adhesive.  I also used some foam squares to add my dragon.  


Here's a look at this week's sketch.  Come play along for a chance to win a MFT Gift Voucher!  

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Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Head on over to the MFT Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team has created and for details on how to join in on the fun!

Have a wonderful day and happy stamping!


Dinosaur Pop-up Card - MFT March Release Replay

Hello and welcome to the MFT March Release Replay!  This is a fun post where the Design Team is challenged to take a fresh look at the newest release and come up with some new and inspiring projects.

I made two projects to share with you today.  The first is a pop-up card with a double floating-floor.  I've been wanting to create something like this for awhile now and I found the perfect tutorial HERE by Karen Burniston.  I must also mention, this card was really not that difficult to make!  It may look like a lot of effort, but if you have a steady hand and can cut a few small holes with an exacto/craft knife, then the rest is honestly easy!

Card Inside

I used both the Delightful Dinosaurs Stamp Set and the Volcano die-namics to create this effect.  I used the Volcano as the center focal point of my card and added the dinosaurs in various positions across the rest of the card.  

All of my images were stamped with black ink onto smooth white card stock and colored with Copics.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I also added some Palm Trees from the Jungle Vibes Set.  I thought that these trees worked perfectly with the dinosaurs and I love being able to utilize multiple stamp sets so that I get a lot of use out of what I own.

Card Front

Believe it or not, this actual folds in half into a standard A2 sized card that fits into an A2 sized envelope.  So much fun!  You can watch my video below to see just how this works.

For my second project, I used the Elegant Rectangles to create a fun fishbowl card.  Again, I love to be able to combine sets and these rectangles worked perfectly with the Exquisite Ocean and Ocean Fun Stamp Sets that were released earlier last year.

I used the largest Elegant Rectangle Die to Cut out two fishbowl shaped bases for my card and attached them so that the card would fold open and shut.  I then used two of the rectangles (different sizes) to diecut about 8 fishbowl frames.  I glued 7 of them together to create some depth and added this frame to my base.  I then blended some Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks to create my water and embossed some "sea foliage" with white embossing powder.  I also diecut a few pieces of vellum and green cardstock with the Fab Foliage Die-namics.

Lastly, I added my shaker embellishments and a clear piece of acetate to the top of my card.  I then glued my last frame (with my sentiment) on top of all of this and let it dry.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Visit the MFT Blog to see what great ideas the rest of the team has come up with!

Happy Stamping!


You've Lassoed My Heart - MFT Color Challenge 89

 Hello!  I'm back with the latest MFT Color Challenge!  This week's color combo is Sour Apple, Orange Fizz, Daffodil and Berrylicious.  More details about the Color Challenge can be found on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog.


When I first saw these colors, I thought that the newly released Best in the West Stamp Set would go perfect with this color scheme.  As you may already know, I love making 3D cards with a scene.  I thought that a Z-fold card, representing a Dude Ranch, would be fun to attempt.

I first stamped my images with black ink onto smooth white card stock and then colored with Copics.  All of the colors that I used will be listed at the very bottom of this blog post.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I also did some paper piercing and used the Fun and Frolic Patterned Paper Pad to create the fox's dress.

I wanted to use my orange and yellow colors to create a sunset-looking sky.  To achieve this, I blended some Kuretake watercolors (#'s 43, 33 and 31) onto some watercolor paper.  I did a couple of layers to get a bolder look.

Z-fold cards are a lot easier to make than they look.  The only thing that I did differently than a normal style z-fold card, was to create a fence for my bracket (instead of a thick strip of paper) that holds the card together.  However, if you were able to look behind the fence, you would see two strong and very thin strips of card stock that run the length of the card (attached to the fence), supporting it. 

I added a haystack from the BB The Whole Herd Stamp Set and a butterfly from the BB Adorable Elephants Stamp Set.  For the mountains, I diecut some Neenah Dessert Storm 100 lb Card Stock with the Stitched Mountain Range Die-namics.  I also added some cute little clouds from the Puffy Clouds Die-namics and some grass from the Grassy Fields Die-namics.

Here's a look at this card "in action".  It folds to fit into an A2 sized envelope, although because it is slightly more bulky than a standard-sized card, it may be a snug fit. 

I hope you've enjoyed my card for today!  If you've never tried a z-fold card, I encourage you to look it up and give one a go.  They're a lot of fun to make and to give.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon!

Copic Colors Used:
  • Fence: E31, E23, E27, E29
  • Horse and Bear: E31, E25, E27, E49
  • Fox: Y15, Y17, E13, E07, E09
  • Girl's Hat: N3, N6, N8
  • Boots: B0000, B000, B02, B04
  • Greens: YG01, YG06, YG09, YG 17
  • Haystack: Y13, Y21, E33, E23
  • Trough: E40, E41, E42, E44