Happy Birthday - MFT Sketch Challenge 381

Hello crafty friends!  It's time for another Weekly Sketch Challenge from My Favorite Things!  I encourage you to come and play along!  It's a lot of fun to participate and to challenge yourself to try something different.

For my take on this week's sketch, I used a cute little sheep from the BB Ewe Are the Best Stamp Set.  I stamped my image onto some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Card Stock and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  (Sheep: W00, W1, W2, W4, W5 & W7; Balloon: B000, B21, B24, B26; Hat: G20, YG25, G19).  I also used Copics for my small scenic background. (Sky: B0000, B000, B00, B01l; Grass: YG01, YG06, YG13, YG17).

 For my background, I diecut a piece of patterned paper from the Plaid Patterns Paper Pack with the large stitched scalloped rectangle die from the Blueprints Die-namics 27.  I then cut a small circle in this piece using the Circle STAX 1 Die-namics.  I attached my scenic background behind this open circle and then added a diecut frame on top using the Single Stitch Line Circle Frames Die-namics.

I used the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Ocean Pals Stamp Set and heat embossed it onto black card stock using Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.  I then used one of the small dies from the Hearts In a Row Vertical Die-namics to cut it out.  I attached it with some liquid adhesive after I attached my sheep with some 3D foam squares for some added dimension.  Lastly, I added some Iridescent Bubbles for embellishment.

Here's a look at this week's sketch!  Head on over to the MFT Challenge and Inspiration Blog to see what designs other participating team members have come up with.  And don't forget to play along for a chance to win an MFT Gift Voucher! (Winner chosen at random).

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


MFT Sweet Forest Friends - Weekly Sketch Challenge #380

Hello!  It's time for a new Weekly Wednesday Sketch Challenge from My Favorite Things!  I absolutely love these sketch challenges because there are always so many innovative ways to interpret them.

I used the adorable Sweet Forest Friends Set for my take on this week's sketch.  I wanted to use the circle in the center of the sketch to create a fun little forest scene.  I stamped all of my images with black ink onto smooth white card stock and colored them with Copics.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  For the large circle in the middle of my card, I used the Circle STAX Die-namics Set 1 and then the Stitched Rectangle Die-namics Set 2 to cut a stitched border around the edges.

Behind this, I used the Cloud Stencil and blended some Tattered Rose and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Inks to create my sky.  I then diecut some grass with the Grassy Fields Die-namics and blended some Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Peeled Paint) to give the grass some depth.  I added a few details to the grass with both some green Copics and a white gel pen.

I added a few trees which I diecut from Kraft Card Stock with the Birch Trees Die-namics.  I then blended these trees lightly with some Tea Dye and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I added some leaves once the trees were placed.  For my sentiment, I heat embossed it onto black card stock with some Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.


Thanks so much for dropping by!  Head on over to the MFT Challenge and Inspiration Blog to see what designs the rest of the participating team members have come up with.  Play along for a chance to win a $50 MFT Gift Voucher!  Winner is chosen at random. Wishing you all a wonderful day!


MFT & Friends April 2018 - Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another MFT Stamps new feature called MFT & Friends.  This is where the design team and some other crafty friends in the cardmaking community are challenged to take a fresh look at the latest release and come up with some more fun and innovative crafty inspiration.

For my card today, I used the newly released Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics.  Now, I'm going to be honest.  When I first received this die, I didn't really think that I would use it.  Why?  Because I have never done cross-stitching before in my life and I wasn't really sure what to do with it!  However, I wanted to challenge myself to try and learn something new.  I am so glad that I did!  While this card is totally out of my comfort zone, I have to tell you, I highly enjoyed doing it and I definitely plan on doing more cross-stitching on cards in the future.

When my embroidery floss wasn't getting tangled (I'm still getting the hang of it), it was actually quite fun and relaxing!  So, where do you start?  MFT has some beautiful patterns for both the Cross-Stitch Tag and Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics available on their website that you can follow!  You can find them HERE.  Because this was all new to me, I simply picked one of these patterns and followed it.

There are a lot of great videos on YouTube that show you how to cross-stitch.  One of my favorites was this informative video by Jennifer McGuire.  I highly recommend that you check it out!

For my floss, I used the DMC Pearl Cotton Size 5 and a size 20 needle.  I found these at Hobby Lobby but there are many other craft stores that carry these.  Based on a great tip from MFT's Jody Morrow in a recent post, I diecut 4 cross-stitch rectangles, poked the holes out after I stacked them and then glued them together.  This made my cross-stitching base much more sturdy than only using one panel (which I had tried initially) and made it so much easier to work with.  

All in all, I was happy with the result.  I'm looking forward to doing this again and maybe one day, try to make a design from my own pattern.  Fingers crossed!

Don't forget to stop by the MFT Blog to see what amazing designs the rest of the team has created for their fresh look on the latest release!  Hope you all have a wonderful day!


MFT Techniques & Tutorials: How to Build a Paper Flower Bouquet Box Card

Hello everyone!  I'd love to share with you today how to make a Flower Bouquet Box Card.  Before we get started, I have couple of things that I'd like to mention.  1) If you can stamp and diecut, then you CAN make this card. 2) It's not as hard as it looks! and 3) There are a lot of step-by-step pictures in this blog.  Some people like this, others prefer a video.  I haven't gotten that far yet, but I hope to make some video tutorials at some point in the future!

I made this card for my mom for this upcoming Mother's Day.  She loves flowers (she's actually a Master Gardener) and I love to go all out when making her a card.  There is actually NO coloring at all in this card, so like I mentioned before, if you can stamp and diecut some flowers, then the rest is gluing the pieces together.

  • A set of floral stamps and dies. I used the newly released Bold Blossoms set but MFT has so many other gorgeous floral stamp sets, that pretty much any of them will work.
  • Ink (I like to use about 3 shades of each color that I used, a light, medium and dark)
  • Diecutting machine 
  • Good pair of scissors
  • Scoring Board
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper
  •  A strong adhesive (I prefer the Ranger Multi Medium Matte)
  • Paper Trimmer
  •  Foliage or Leaf Dies (I used the Fab Foliage Die-namics)
  •  Misti Stamping Tool (this is not necessary, but I find that it helps me a lot when I want to layer stamps and get better coverage in the same spot)

I first stamped and diecut all of my flowers.  I didn't use all of these, but it was pretty close.  I then added some Ivory Seashell Nuvo Crystal Drops to the center of each flower and let them harden.

It's a simple detail yet it seems to add a lot to each flower.

I then made the box portion of my card.  I used a 12"x12" piece of white scrapbook paper and trimmed it to 5.5"x12"

I then scored the paper on the long side at 2.75", 5.5", 8.25" and 11"

I then turned the paper and scored at 2.75"

Once I had my piece scored, I trimmed down 4 of the score lines until I reached the center. On the very end,  I trimmed a little tab that holds the box card together.

This is what it should look like when folded.

Here's a second view.  I next added some strong adhesive to that little flap and glued my box together.

Next, I cut 5 inside "shelves" for the card.  Each piece was 1"x 3.75" long

I then scored each piece at 3/8" and 3 3/8"

I then folded each piece on each score line.

Because each piece would not fit if I left them that way, I trimmed off a little from each edge.

I then glued them into the box with some strong adhesive.  Now, as you can see, I had added some patterned paper to the panels.  However, I never permanently glue anything on until I'm sure that I like the colors, so I ended up changing this in the end.

For the panels,  I cut some dark green (Jellybean Green) colored cardstock and some patterned paper from the Bundles of Blossoms Pastel Paper Pack.  The dark green panels measured at 2.5" x 2.5" for the side panels and 2.5" x 4" for the back panel.  The patterned paper panels were 2.25" x 2.25 " for the side panels and 2.25" x 3.75" for the rear panel.

I then glued them together as shown above.

Next, I diecut some foliage from Sour Apple and Jellybean Green cardstock.

I always like having more than I need so that I don't have to stop what I'm doing to go and diecut again once I have started gluing the flowers into the box.

The stems for the flowers are super easy.  I simply used a paper trimmer to cut a bunch of ~.25" x 8" strips.

I then began to glue my flowers to the end of each strip and trim off the excess as necessary.

I worked from front to back on adding my flowers to the box.  I waited to trim each stem until I knew where I was placing the flower in the box and saw how long I would need the stem to be.

There really is no correct way to glue the flowers into the box.  Like I mentioned before, I worked from the front to the back and placed each flower where I thought looked best.

You can use as many or as little flowers as you desire.  I like to "go big" when making a special paper bouquet though, so I used a lot.

As you can see, there really is no order to the stems.  Like real flower bouquets, some stems overlap each other.  But none of this will be seen from the outside of the box, so it's really not a big deal.  Just make sure that you use a strong adhesive when attaching them.  They can be glued to the front or back of any of the shelves.  It's really up to you! 

I like to add the foliage as I go along.  It looks so much nicer once the leaves are added.  I simply use glue to attach them to the back of individual flowers.  Nothing fancy.

Lastly, I heat embossed my sentiment on the front panel of my card.  I used the All About Mom Stamp Set and heat embossed it with Black Embossing Powder.  Because my sentiment wouldn't fit in my panel, I ended up masking portions at at time in order to make it fit.

For instance, when I heat embossed the word "Happy", I covered or masked the rest of the words with some washi tape, put my VersaMark Ink onto the word "Happy" and removed the tape before stamping.

I then added my black embossing powder and heat set it.  I repeated this process with the other two words.

Here's how the front panel looked when finished.

I know it may look like a lot, but the most tedious part of this card is the stamping and diecutting.  The rest is just gluing the pieces into place.  It's actually quite fun to do!  I encourage you to give it a try.  You may surprise yourself.  I'd love to see what you create!

I hope you've enjoyed this  tutorial!  Head on over to the MFT Blog to see what techniques & tutorials some of the other designers have created!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy card making!