Category Archives: MFT (My Favorite Things)

Milk and Cookie Time

Today I’m sharing an idea I started with my twin 8-yr. old nieces last month.
Card kits!  They visited me in June and while they were here we played in my craft room and I showed them how to make cards. They had so much fun using my stuff and learning how to make cards. They loved it! They even said I was a very good teacher. :-)  I asked them if they’d like me to mail them card kits and they excitedly said, “That would be wonderful”. Cute, huh?!  I’ll be sending out their second kit tomorrow…this is the card they’ll be making this month:

Milk & Cookies

Each month I put together a kit containing everything they’ll need to make a fun card.

Card Kit #2All the pieces and embellishments are packed into a clear envelope then it’s packaged in a 5″x7″ ziploc bag along with an envelope and step-by-step instructions. Because they don’t have stamps and ink I prepare all the stamped components for them. Sometimes there will be elements that they’ll have to color or paint. When they’re all finished, and if they followed the directions properly, they should end up with the card pictured.

I ask them to send me a picture of their completed cards.  This is the card that we made last month:

Koala Hugs

And here’s the card Natalie put together:

Natalies Card

I wish they lived closer to me so we could see each other and craft together more often but at least I can share some fun with them this way. I know they look forward to getting their packages each month and I enjoy seeing their completed projects.

See you next time!


It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Remember old Kermit the Frog used to sing that song? LOL

Well, it was easy making this card green which I made for the Color Throwdown Challenge #ctd454. The colors were green, tan and white – nice crisp summery colors.

Green Because 2

We just wrapped up Dare to Get Dirty Week at Splitcoaststampers. I have been stamping my little heart out over the past couple of weeks to get my samples completed for some of my co-hostess’s challenges. I can get back to a normal stamping pace now instead of cranking cards out like a maniac.

That’s all I got right now…hope you have a great week!

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Kraft, Green Room, Neenah Solar White; (stamps) MFT Roses All Over, Because You, (misc.) Versamark, White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts), MFT ink: Green Room, Ranger Ink Blending Tool, MFT Dienamics

Day 3 – Dare to Get Dirty 2017

We’re moving along…it’s already Day 3 of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges. We’ve had some really fun ones this year. One of the fun things about being a DTGD hostess is that we get to see the challenges ahead of time so we can make samples for our fellow hostesses. There is a lot of planning and coordination involved in this event and everyone does a super fantastic job working together to pull it off. It’s one of the ways Splitcoaststampers gives back to their Fan Club Members. If you haven’t checked out SCS or the Fan Club yet what are you waiting for?

Here’s the card reveal for the sneak peak I gave you yesterday:

DTGD17stamperrobinThis was a sample card I made for Robin’s challenge (a.k.a. stamperrobin). Although it was a bit out of my comfort zone, I had fun piling on the supplies for this mixed media piece. I did a lot of spraying and painting to get the colors just right. This piece has so much texture too…I added mini art stones, layered die cuts, pearls, Prima roses, a metal key, ribbon, etc. I added Gesso to everything and sprayed again to get the patina look. While this card may look heavy and bulky it’s surprisingly light.

One of the other sample cards I made was for Marg’s (a.k.a. margscardcrazy) challenge. This was more up my alley.

DTGD17margscardcrazyAI created a soft rainbow watercolor wash background and die cut the sentiment (after it all dried) then pieced it back in with a couple of additional layers to make it more dimensional. I didn’t want to add a stamped image or anything to distract from that dreamy background so I just added a few clear sequins. I love the way this one turned out. Looks like melted sherbet, doesn’t it? Mmmmmmm.

And, finally, I made this get well card for Janine’s (a.k.a. jaybee) challenge in which I channeled my inner Sandy-Allnock. I am so inspired by Sandy’s work and follow her blog regularly. She’s a fantastic paper-crafter and artist.

DTGD17jaybeeI will be back tomorrow for Day 4 of our Dare to Get Dirty Challenges with a few more cards that I’ve made. In the meantime, I will leave you with a sneak peak of the sample I made for my friend Jean’s (a.k.a. naturecoastcrafter) challenge. Come back tomorrow to see the entire card.

DTGD Sneak Peek 3



It’s Day 2! Dare to Get Dirty 2017

Welcome back for Day 2 of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Today, I am hosting a challenge and it is a fun one! I gave you a sneak peak yesterday…here is the entire card I made for my challenge:

DTGD17jacquelineAAren’t these owls a hoot? (Pun intended) I can’t tell you all the details of my challenge because it’s kind of a secret for SCS Fan Club Mmebers but I will give you a few clues: my card was a combination of the color yellow, things with wings and sequins. wanna know more? Fly on over to SCS and play along. I’d love to add your card to my challenge gallery.

Here are a couple more cards I made for a couple other of today’s challenges…starting with the card I made for Lori’s (a.k.a. lmcaree) challenge. I used an image from one of my favorite stamp sets: Funny Foods from Simon Says Stamp. I just love the cute little images and punny sentiments.


Next is the card I made for Nancy’s (a.k.a. nwilliams6) challenge. I did very little stamping on this card…only the little tan panel behind the flip flops was stamped. Everything else is just patterned paper and the flip flops are chipboard. DTGD17nwilliams6There are a bunch of fun challenges posted today so be sure to go check them out. Here’s a sneak peek for one of tomorrow’s challenges:

DTGD Sneak Peek 2 Hope you’ll stop back tomorrow!

Celebrate Freedom!

It’s been a long time. Phew! I’ve had a busy month (June). I had a wonderful visit from my adorable twin nieces who live in Colorado. I’ve just had busy weekends too (Father’s Day, Birthday’s, etc.) and haven’t had the time to post here or on Splitcoaststampers but I’m getting back on track now. I’m popping in quickly tonight to share a card I made recently for Independence Day. It was for SCS Teapot Challenge and I combined it with last Friday’s Mix-Ability challenge.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper and added various shades of blue Brushos spritzed with water. Once dried, I added spackle through a stencil to create the fireworks. Once that was dry I went in and added a few silver Nuvo glitter drops. I covered the bottom portion of the card with a panel that I cut from the NY skyline die-namic from MFT. This card wasn’t planned, it just sort of fell into place and I LOVE it!

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Black Licorice, After Midnight, Watercolor Paper; (stamps) Taylored Expressions, (misc.) Versamark, White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts), Nuvo Glitter Drops (silver), Echo Park Stencil (Fireworks), spackle, Brushos, MFT NYC Skyline Dienamics