Sweet Squirrel : Guesting for Whimsy Stamps

July 21, 2017

This is my second post as a special guest designer for Whimsy Stamps.
This time I played with the Squirrel with Flower rubber stamp and the You Are stamp set.


I had so much fun coloring this sweet image! I stamped the image with Tea Dye Distress Ink and colored it with my Copic Markers. After I finished coloring, I masked the image and applied some blue ink using a mini ink blending tool. I also added some ink blotches with a watercolor brush.
I trimmed the stamped panel and adhered to the card base along with a panel of patterned paper. The bottom edges were rounded with a corner chomper. I white embossed the sentiment onto tan card stock, cut it out with an oval die, and added a couple of enamel dots. 



Whimsy Stamps has a variety of clear stamps, rubber stamps, digital stamps, and craft supplies. Check out their fabulous products HERE!

Before I wrap up my guesting post, I'd like to say a big thank you to Whimsy Stamps for giving me this opportunity to play with their sweet & fun stamps. I really enjoyed them!!

Thank you for stopping by!
Whimsy Stamps: Squirrel with Flower, You Are

Piggy Gift Card Holders - MFT Creative Construction with Blueprints

July 20, 2017

It's time for this month's MFT Creative Construction with Blueprints Challenge!
There is an exciting change on this challenge. It has been moved from the MFT blog to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog and it's open to anyone who wants to participate, just like MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenges and Color Challenges. So you have another chance to win a $50 gift voucher!!

This month we are challenged to share an idea for gift card packaging. I made a set of three gift card holders using the Blueprints 32 Die-namics and the Hog Heaven stamp set.



The Blueprints 32 Die-namics includes a die to cut a notched flap. I used it to make a closure for the mail flap. It also works as a pocket to tuck in a gift card as you see in the photo below. :)

How to create this gift card holder...
  1. Cut a piece of card stock to 3" x 8-1/2".
  2. Score and fold at 1-4/1" and 5" on the long side.
  3. Die cut a notched flap on the smaller flap.
  4. Adhere a white panel to the inside if you'd like to write a message.
  5. Embellish the main flap as you like.
I also used the frame die and the small heart die from the Blueprints 32 Die-namics to embellish the main flap.

Head on over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog for the challenge details and for more inspiration from the DT. I hope you'll play along with us for your chance to win a prize!

Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Hog Heaven
Patterned Paper: Tiny Check, Tiny Check Brights
Ink: Hot Fudge

Flap Fold Birthday Card - MFT Release Replay

July 18, 2017

Today the MFT DT is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present!

I'd like to share a flap fold birthday card with you today. I used the Happy Hippos stamp set and the Handwritten Happiness stamp set from the new release, and combined them with the Flop Card - Circle Die-namics.

I made my flap fold card base using the Flop Card - Circle Die-namics, added a scallop border cut from patterned paper along the bottom edge of the front, and embellished it with the images from the Happy Hippos stamp set.
I stamped a sentiment from the Handwritten Happiness stamp set onto a stitched circle panel cut with a die from the Flop Card - Circle Die-namics. (Perfect size!) I matted it with an Orange Fizz panel and attached to the inside flap.

When the card is opened...


A hippo holding a big balloon appears! The balloon, which was cut with a die from the Blueprints 26 Die-namics, was hidden behind the sentiment panel. This little surprise will make the recipient happy! :)


Head on over to the MFT blog for more fabulous inspiration from the DT!

Thank you for stopping by!

It's Your Day - MFT WSC 341

July 12, 2017

It's time for a new sketch challenge over at the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog! (WSC 341)

Here is this weeks sketch.


I created a birthday party scene in the square frame using the Happy Hippos stamp set. For the background of the scene, I inked the bottom half of a Tickled Pink panel with Tickled Pink ink and added some ink spatters with white and Coral Crush inks. The little banners were added to balance the layout. The sentiment was white embossed on a Coral Crush panel cut with the Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics, and I dabbed a little Coral Crush ink around the edges to make it pop up.
The patterned paper is from the new Isty Bitsy Polka Dots Pastels Paper Pack. The Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics was used to cut the top and bottom edges.

Head on over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog for the challenge details and for more inspiration from the DT. I hope you'll play along with us this week.

Thank you for stopping by!  

Hippo Bird-Day! - MFT July New Product Launch

It's time to shop! MFT July Release is live now!!


I'd like to share a card with you that I made for this month's Release Class.

I combined the new Happy Hippos stamp set with the Gift Card Envelope Die-namics and used a die-cut hippo to create a tab to pull out a gift card.
You can see the tutorial on how to make this card in a downloadable PDF for free that is available HERE, or watch the tutorial video where Stephanie recreates this card on the MFT YouTube Channel.



Head on over to the MFT blog to see the other DT members have come up with for today. And don't forget to leave comments on the DT blogs for your chance to win a prize! (Check out the MFT blog for more details!)

Happy shopping! :)
Stamps: Happy Hippos
Others: Mini Ink Blending Tools, Thin 3D Foam Squares, Sequins (8mm, 6mm,4mm Sparkling Clear), Gem-tac Permanent Adhesive, Scor-Tape (1/8", 1/2"), Removable Double-sided Tape

MFT July Release Countdown Day 1

July 11, 2017

It's final day of the MFT July Release Countdown. The new products that we have been showcasing this past five days will be available for purchase at 9:00 pm EDT TONIGHT!! 

My card for today features the Celebrate Die-namics and the Star Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics along with the Star Shaker Pouches.

I cut a panel from Black Licorice CS, stamped it with the Framework Background using Versa Mark ink, and heat embossed it with Black Sparkle Embossing Powder. It's hard to see in the photo above, but Black Sparkle Embossing Powder adds subtle but extra shine and festive feel. Love it!



I put some gold and blue sequins, covered them with a Star Shaker Pouch, and added a frame cut from striped paper with the Star Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics



I die-cut four "Celebrate"s from watercolor paper and inked one of them with some blue Distress Inks. (The colors I used are listed below.) I glued them together and adhered to the panel. 


Head on over to the MFT blog to see all the products revealed today and for more inspiration from the DT!  Don't forger to leave a comment there for you chance to win a prize!
You can also find a printable shopping list there. Print it out, make your shopping list, then set the alarm at 9:00 pm EDT tonight. ;)

I hope you enjoyed our Release Countdown. I'll be back at 9:00 pm EDT with another card using the Happy Hippos stamp set to celebrate the release. :) 
Thank you for stopping by!

Patterned Paper: Dots & Stripes Neutral
Inks: Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Versa Mark

MFT July Release Countdown Day 2

July 10, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of the MFT July Release Countdown! We're so close to the new release!! All the new products will be available for purchase tomorrow at 9:00 pm EDT.

Today I'm sharing an easel card with you that I made using the Jungle Gym stamp set and its coordinated set, Fierce Friends stamp set.

The tigers, monkeys, birds, and snails... all the animals in these sets are super adorable!!
I made a cloudy sky background directly on a Smooth White card base using the Mini Cloud Edges Die-namics, then cut it with the Flop Card Rectangle Die-namics to make an easel mechanism. I added a grassy panel, on which I white embossed the sentiment, and the playful animals to create a scene.


I also decorated the inside as you see in the photo above. I used the Oval Word Window Frames Die-namics for the sentiment panel.

The sentiment panel in the inside works as a stopper when the card front is folded. :)

Head on over to the MFT blog to see the new products revealed today and for more inspiration from the DT. Don't forget to leave a comment there for your chance to win a prize!

Thank you for stopping by.


MFT July Release Countdown Day 3

July 9, 2017

Welcome to Day 3 of the MFT July Release Countdown! 

Today I have a fun shaker card to share with you that I made using the new Happy Birthday to You stamp set and the Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics along with a Balloon Shaker Pouch.

I made my background using the Snowfall stencil, stamped the "Surprise!" randomly, and added a panel cut with the Stitched Cloud Edges Die-namics.

I paper-pieced the gift box with patterned paper from the Lucky Prints Paper Pack.

The Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics and the Balloon Shaker Pouches make it pretty easy to create a confetti filled balloon! The Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics includes a couple types of dies to cut confetti. I especially love the one for swirls. Really cute!! 
The bow was cut with a die from the Blueprints 26 Die-namics.

Make sure that all the new products will be available for purchase on July 11 at 9:00 pm EDT.
Head on over to the MFT blog to see all the products revealed today and for more inspiration from the DT. Don't forget to leave a comment there for your chance to win a prize!

Thank you for stopping by!


Patterned Paper: Lucky Prints

MFT July Release Countdown Day 4

July 8, 2017

Welcome to Day 4 of the MFT July Release Countdown! Today I'm introducing my new stamp set & Die-namics, Happy Hippos!



Celebrate your loved one's special day with the cute hippos and little birds! The Happy Hippos Stamp set contains four hippos, three little birds, and several accessory images to create happy birthday scenes. Dress up the hippos with the party hats and/or bow. Spoil the little hippo with gift, layered cake, and cupcakes galore! :)

I have two cards to share with you today. The first one is a slider card.

I tied the balloons to the back of a hippo. So he floats up when you pull up the tab! :D:D

I used the new Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, which will be revealed a few days later on the MFT blog, to create my cloudy sky background. It's great for creating a scene on a smaller panel! The tiny stars were cut with a die from the Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics.

The wavy water panel was cut from vellum using the Surf & Turf Die-namics and I daubed a little Blu Raspberry ink to the edge. 

My second card is not a birthday card. Some of the sentiments included in the set can be used for non-birthday themed cards.

I had so much fun creating this card, even though I had to do a lot of masking. Ha ha! I just thought that a crowd of hippos would be cute and it would match with the sentiment. 

Make sure that all the new products will be available for purchase on July 11 at 9:00 pm EDT
Head on over to the MFT blog to see all the products revealed today and for more inspiration from the DT. Don't forget to leave a comment there for your chance to win a prize!

Thank you for stopping by!

** 1st Card **
Stamps: Happy Hippos, Interactive Labels
Die-namics: Happy Hippos, Balloon Shaker Window & Frame, Blueprints 31Grassy Edges, Interactive Birthday Cake, Surf & Turf
Card Stock: Blu Raspberry, Coral Crush, Daffodil, Lemon Chiffon, Periwinkle, Smooth White, Sour Apple, Translucent Vellum, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Pastels
Inks: Blu Raspberry, Milk Chocolate, Summer Splash, Versa Mark
Others: Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, Mini Ink Blending Tools, Embossing Magic, White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella, Slider Element, Gem-tac Permanent Adhesive, Foam Tape, Thin 3D Squares

** 2nd Card **
Stamps: Happy Hippos
Die-namics: Blueprints 24, Blueprints 29
Card Stock: After Midnight, Steel Grey
Patterned Paper: Birthday Blowout
Inks: Versa Mark
Others: Embossing Magic, Foam Tape