My Favorite Things Makes My Yearly Cards Easy-Peasy!

Every January I take on the project of making all my birthday cards and anniversary cards that I give to my friends for the year.  I choose several designs and have a couple cardmaking sessions.  Coincidentally, I ended up choosing My Favorite Things for all my designs.  I love the versatility of their stamps and dies.  So come on into my blog and see what I made.  Pssst………if you are one of my friends who get cards from me, you can stop here or keep reading but just make sure you are surprised when you get yours!

First, I decided to make Anniversary cards.  I wanted to use one of MFT’s new Valentine dies, but wanted to make it more “un” Valentine’s.  Here is what I decided to make:

With a base of an ivory A2 sized card, I cut dark rose Bazzill cardstock for the bottom layer.  I then cut some ivory cardstock a bit smaller than the rose layer and used the Hearts Entwined die to cut an opening in it.  I backed the opening with some patterned cardstock from my stash that had hints of the dark rose in it.  NOTE:  I found it easier to run the ivory cardstock through my Xyron before cutting it.  Then I just attached the patterned paper to the back of it so you could see the design through the front opening and quickly ran some 3M tape runner on the back and attached that to the rose layer.  Along with the hearts outline from the original cut, I then cut the heart die out of one more piece of ivory cardstock and once again out of the MFT Gold Sparkle cardstock keeping the thin heart outlines part making a total of 3 layers.  I tucked the ivory cardstock hearts with the Xyron back into the opening first making sure it was correctly lined up.  Then I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra Strength Spray Adhesive on the other two heart cut outs and stacked them on the first one with the gold sparkle on top.  This made a nice raised effect on the hearts.  I ran my Teflon bone folder over all the heart inserts to make sure they were well adhered.  I stamped only the word “Celebrate” from Let’s Celebrate You in More Essential Sentiments with Tsukineko VersaMark ink onto black cardstock and embossed it with WOW white embossing powder and cut into a banner shape.  I attached it with some thin 3D squares in strategic spots so it would not sag.  Last I added some clear Pretty Pink Posh gems.  I used Essential Sentiments to stamp on the envelope using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink.

   

Next came the birthday cards for the gals.  My gal pals are wine lovers, so guess what……MFT came out with some wonderful wine themed items and I used several of them!

I cut some black cardstock to fit on the front of an ivory A2 cardbase, but didn’t attach it yet.  I then cut a 1″ strip of some red GinaK patterned paper and a thin strip of black cardstock.  I cut some ivory cardstock to layer on the black.  I marked 1″ from the edge of the ivory layer and used a swirl embossing folder to dry emboss up to the mark.  Then I adhered the patterned paper and black strip to the embossed piece and attached that to the black layer.  I used the Good Time To Wine stamp set to gold emboss a sentiment on a strip of vellum using Tsukinko Encore metallic gold ink and Judikins Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder and then wrapped it around the 2 layers and attached on the back.  Then I adhered this to the cardbase.  Using the Wine Glass Shaker Window & Frame die I cut the frame from shiny gold cardstock.  I attached the Wine Shaker Pouch to the frame with 1/8″ Scor Tape and filled the pouch with a red/gold/silver bead mixture and attached it to the front of the card.  I then stamped a sentiment from Sassy Pants Birthday on the envelope.

  

Lastly came the cards for the guys.  Like most other card makers, cards for guys can be difficult for me.  But with some creative use of MFT items I came up with a great design.

I first cut black cardstock the full size of the front of the ivory A2 cardbase, but did not attach.  I then cut some GinaK patterned paper to a size that was the same width but not quite as high as the black cardstock.  NOTE:  Only cut 1/2 the number of sheets that you need of the patterned paper as each sheet will make 2 cards.  I ran the patterned paper sheets through the Xyron to put adhesive on the back.  This helps with the layering of the panel.  I used the Happy Birthday Block die to cut the letters out keeping it towards the top of the paper.  Since the paper is backed with the Xyron, make sure to run it through the die cutter a couple of times.  Pop out the letters making sure to keep all the pieces.  I then attached the main piece to one of the black cardstock pieces.  Since I kept the letters in order of how I took them out I was able to pop out the smaller inside pieces and attach them to the proper letters.  Putting that aside, I took the cut out letters, peeled off the Xyron backing and attached them to a second piece of the black cardstock.  HINT:  Using the die I cut a template out of a heavy piece of cardstock and used that for proper placement of the letters.  I attached a piece of the patterned paper to the bottom of the black cardstock to fill in the empty space.  Next, using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink and clear embossing powder I heat embossed a sentiment from the More Essential Sentiments stamp set onto ivory cardstock and cut into a banner shape.  I attached this to the card with foam tape.  I then took some black and silver ribbon and put in across the bottoms of each card and glued on a few matching sequins.  And………I made them in two different colors!  I also stamped a sentiment from Big Birthday Sentiments onto the envelope using Tsukineko VersaFine black ink.

  

I hope you enjoyed my big project!  I love that I now have all my cards made for my friends for the year……all 25 of them!  Except for a few family cards I can take a break, do some other crafting and be fresh and ready for holiday card season.  Stay warm and be safe and come back again.  I love reading your comments and hearing what you think.  Hugs to all!

Have a Drink on Your Birthday – MFT Style

As many of you know I have a small business where I sell my creations at craft shows and in my local community.  About every 6 months or so I look through my inventory and see what I need to add to it.  This time I noticed that I needed some birthday card for women, but instead of the same old flowers, etc. I wanted something a bit edgier.  So I turned to My Favorite Things and their martini and margarita stamps and dies.  They also come with shaker components and that really gave me a few ideas.  Here is the end result and I will go through the steps and information in a bit.

Originally I was going to try to do a different color for the martini, such as Cosmopolitan, but I liked the bright, happy green so much I that thought it could just be an Appletini instead.  So except for the glasses and the inside sentiments both are made the same.

This A6 sized card allows enough room for the divided front.  The left third of the front is cut from the Lawn Fawn Spring Perfect Plaid Lily of the Valley.  The right two thirds is a pale gray cardstock with darker fibers in it.  I used the Creative Expressions Ocean Waves Pinpoint embossing folder to add texture.  I found that if I turned it sideways it looked like bubbles coming up through liquid, which I thought worked well with the theme.  I actually cut both papers a bit larger than I needed, taped them together on the back and then cut it down to size and put them through my Xyron.  I attached a lime green glitter ribbon that I got from Michael’s and then attached to the front of the card.

A couple of hints:  First, when I want to “wrap” a ribbon around a card front I often find that I can’t get it tight enough.  The easy way is to cut a piece of ribbon about 2.5 times the length of the place you want it.  Then tie the 2 ends together into a square knot and then cut the loop made in the ribbon in half.  Use some glue or a Glue Dot to attach the knot to the place you want it and wrap each long end of the ribbon around the back of the layer and tape down (or stick to the Xyron glue backing.  You now have a ribbon that is snug around the layer!  I always stick a piece of double sided tape on top of the ends of the ribbon on the back for extra adhesion.  Second hint…..To help my wallet I always hit Michael’s after Christmas sale for their ribbon.  It’s usually on sale for at least 50% off, but a bit later it usually get even less.  I stock up during those sales.

I decided to add the front sentiment in a north-south direction for some interest.  Using the Spirited Sentiments stamp set from My Favorite Things I stamped the “Cheers to your Birthday” onto black strips of cardstock using Tsukineko VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I cut the ends into flags and attached to the front using 3M foam tape.

 

Both the martini and margarita glasses are made in the same way using the Martini Shaker Window and Frame and the Margarita Shaker Window and Frame sets from My Favorite Things.  Also used were the coordinating shaker pouches and acrylic ice cubes also from My Favorite Things.

First I cut two each of the martini and margarita frames from white 100# cardstock for a little more strength.  I sprayed one each with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and let dry.  I then put 1/8″ Sookwang tape on both side of the flange of the shaker pouches.  I removed the paper from the tape on the top side of the flange and placed the sprayed frames over the pouches and pressed into place.  I then filled the pouches with several “ice cubes”, lime green sequins and some clear micro beads for “bubbles”.  After removing the paper off the adhesive on the back of the pouch I attached a piece of transparency to the back.  Not only does this make the shaker easier to work with but it also makes the shaker look more like a glass.

Now for the beverages in the glasses.  Originally I was going to use the lime colored YG23 Copic marker to color in an area for the beverage.  However after I tried that I found that it wasn’t quite dark enough.  So I took a piece of vellum and colored it with the YG23 marker and let it dry.  I then attached the vellum to the back using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Make sure to drop the vellum edge down a bit from the top of the shaker to make it look like the top edge of the beverage.  Once the glue is dry trim the vellum around the edge of the shaker pouch.  Then attach the second frame to the back aligning all the edges with the front frame.  I used Art Expressions glitter glue clear as I find that it does give me a bit of adjustment time, but still sticks quickly.  I then put thin strips of 3M foam tape on the back around the edges, down the stem and on the base of the frame and attached it to the front of the card.

I felt it still needed a touch of something else, so I pulled out the My Favorite Things Martini Time stamp and die set.  Although they were a bit small I used the olive and lime wedge without the words.  I stamped the olive with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Peeled Paint.  I then used Copic R46 to color the pimento and Copic E18 for the toothpick.  I stamped the lime with Distress Oxide Twisted Citron and darkened the rind with Copic YG23.  I cut them out with the matching dies and attached with Glue Dots.  I stamped the envelope and insides with stamps from the Spirited Sentiments set.

I really think that my customers are going to love these cards!  I live in a 55+ community and they are always looking for something different for their friends.  Hope you liked them as well!  Make sure to leave a comment and follow my blog to see what’s next.