22 October 2017

MFT - Ellen Hutson - United We Flourish!

Hello there, today I have a special little card for our collaboration with 
Ellen Hutson and the United We Flourish Campaign.

This cute little guy is part of the Good Friends stamp set and I added a few extra hearts.

The sentiment was first stamped in Natural Hybrid ink, then Versamark and heat embossed with Clear embossing powder.  I then cut it out with one of our Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

For those of you familiar with my work I opted for my usual no-lines technique, stamping the image in MFT Cement Grey Hybrid ink and coloured it with Copic markers.

If you have not done so already, please visit my team members and see what wonderful creations they came up with for this special release.

Happy Colouring
Stamp: Good Friends - Ellen Hutson Exclusive
Inks: MFT Hybrid - Cement Grey, Natural and Versamark
Sky: B0000
Ground: G40, YG61, C1, C2
Bone: YR30, W1, W3
Hearts: 0, R00
Dog: E70, E71, E74, E77, E79, E55, E57, E59
Eyes: E97, E99, W8
Nose: W3, W6, W8
Collar: B12, B14, B16

12 October 2017


MFT Colour Challenge #79

A very clean and simple card from me today for the colour challenge!

Now, remember that the colours listed above are for inspiration purposes you do not have to use these exact colours..........I didn't!

For your chance to win a $50 Gift Voucher for the MFT Store please post your entries on the 

Thanks for dropping by and good luck.

Background - B0000, B000, BG0000, BG000, BG11, B60, BG70, YR30, E40, E41, E50, E51, E81, W2, W4
Eyes - E23, E27, W8
Skin - E11, E13, E15, E17
Hair - E71, C4, C6, C8
Flower - YR30, Y21, Y65, W1, W2
Skirt - E40, E41, E42, E43
Top - B21, B23, B26, W4

4 October 2017


Hello there, so what do you think of the new release?

How brightly will your credit card be glowing this evening.........NB you can buy the new products from 9pm at MFT Store.

Here is my card for today:

The shaker pouches make creating interactive cards so much easier...........and look the Snowman from the Scenic Snow Globe die set fits inside the original circle pouches and of course is the perfect fit for the new Merry Christmas Circle Frame.

I used Copic markers to add colour to the letters, having cut the Merry Christmas Circle Frame out of  MFT Sno Cone cardstock.

Rather than having a boring rectangular card, I used the largest circle from the Stitched Circle frames  as a template to cut an arched top with scissors.

I coloured a background to the pouch on Copic card with Copic markers and cut the Snowman's body out 3 times, giving him some dimension and dropped in some 3mm Sparkling Clear Sequins to add a bit of bling!

Anyway, enough waffle.......here are the words you've been waiting for......

Have fun shopping and thanks for dropping by
BG0000, BG000, BG01, B0000, B000, C00, W1, BG90, G12, G40, BG11

2 October 2017


I am back today with something a little different from our normal crafting releases.........we've got a cross-stitch tag for you!  Yes, a die that enables you to add a smidge of sewing to your crafting projects!

Now, I used to sew a lot before I had my son, especially embroidery and cross-stitch.......so I dug out my old supplies and created an angel.........stop laughing, I know you've got to use your imagination (squinting helps), but hey, I was doped up on painkillers after my visit to the Orthodontist when I did this.....that's my excuse anyway!!!

So we are very close to the release of all our new goodies, not long to wait now, I promise!

I'll be back on release day.

(Please note that some of the links won't go live until release day)
Embroidery Thread
A sense of humour!!!

30 September 2017


My Westie, Pip gave a thumbs up (or should I say paw) to this one...........we've got cute Christmas pooches in this release!

Inking, Copics, hombre stamping, embossing powder and Nuvo Crystal Drops........can you tell I had fun creating this one!

Some of my students will recognise the technique I taught them to turn a Polar Bear into a shaggy Brown Bear...........using the same technique I was able to make my dog look like a cheeky little terrier!!

How long is your shopping list so far?  Brace yourselves, we've got more awesome new products to share over the next few days!!

(please note some links will not work until release day)
Inks: MFT Premium Dye ink - Electric Red, Brick Red, Jellybean Green, Elf Green
Distress ink - Antique Linen, Tea Dye
Hat/Scarf: B0000, N0, N1, N2, N4, R22, R24, R29, R39, BG93, YG63
Dog: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, W2, W3, W4, W6, W8, E33, Y23

29 September 2017


Crikey, this year is flying by, it's already time for the Design Team to be showing you projects using the MFT October release.

Here is my first:

This well dressed seal is from the new Polar Pals stamp set and matching Die-namics..........I added a little heart to his scarf to link in with the sentiment.

Oh and do you like the inked snowdrifts......well we have a new stencil coming out that makes inking them a whole lot easier!

I will be back later on in the week with yet more new products......you're going to love them!!

 (please remember some of the links below will not work until release day)
Stamp: Polar Pals
Dies: Stitched Square Stax, Inside & Out Stitched Squares, Polar Pals
Card: MFT Sno Cone, Blue Yonder
Stencil: Drifts and Hills
Ink: Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Premium Ink: Steel Blue
Trees: G40, YG61, YG63, E34, E37
Seal: W00, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, BG71, BG75, BG78, W8, T6, T7

19 September 2017


Oh boy, you are going to love this kit that is being released tonight!!

I even managed to include a little bit of Copic colouring in mine.

You should know me by now, I do like to add a little extra something to my cards, whether it be colouring............or in this case.....some texture.

I cut the trees out twice, and feathered one set to give the trees a more realistic look, and although it does not show in the photograph I cut the snowman out of velvet adhesive paper, so he is fluffy close up!

The Sno Cone cardstock was coloured with, yes, you guessed it Distress Ink........thank you to Karolyn Loncon for introducing me to inking at the MFT Retreat.....you really started something missy!

A splattering of perfect pearls within the Snow Globe and Adhesive backed White Birch finished it off.

Oh, before I forget, the kit includes shaker pouches, but I opted not to use one for my card as I feared the shaker beads/sequins would get caught up in the textures trees or stick to the fuzzy snowman!

Happy Colouring

Ink: Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Versamark
W4, W6, W8, W9, R32, R35, R39

13 September 2017


My goodness is it Wednesday again already!

Time is definitely flying, but our little batty friend seems quite happy to hang around!

I had a play with Distress ink again, the water spodges or whatever they're called were a little more successful this time - and then I got messy with some Picket Fence Distress ink that I flicked onto the card afterwards (and yes I flicked it on me too)

Both the bat and toad were stamped with MFT Hybrid Gravel Grey ink and coloured with Copics.

I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops - White Blizzard to add a little bit of sparkle - ooh I really like that stuff! Not sure it works, but I was trying to create the brain waves of the bat mesmerising the toad........

Now as always MFT have taken the hard work out of card design by coming up with a sketch to inspire you:

If you play along you could be the lucky recipient of £50 gift voucher to mftstamps.com
how cool is that!

So come on, have a go!

Ink: Distress ink, MFT Hybrid Gravel Gray, Versamark
Bat: BV04, C4, C6, YR30, G20, G21, G24, W8
Frog: G20, G40, YG61, G21, G24, E97, E99, W8
Background: C0, C1, C2, E41, E50, E42, E43, W1, W2, W3

6 September 2017


It's Wednesday so that means time for another Sketch Challenge with My Favorite Things.........have you been playing along?

This week I decided to use the cute little bat from Witch Way is the Candy, the adorable Halloween set that has recently been re-released.

As I've said before I love these challenges - the sketch takes out the hardwork of deciding on your card layout so you can focus on the fun part......colouring!!

Here's a tip, if you find like me that the stitched element of a die is lost when using patterned paper you need not despair.  I added a little Copic colouring in a shade slightly darker than the paper and suddenly the frame has depth and dimension.

So why not enter this weeks challenge, you could be the lucky winner of $50 Gift Certificate to mftstamps.com

Inks: MFT Hybrid Cement Gray, Premium Dye Lavender Fields 
Card: MFT Sweet Tooth


Somedays a simple card with flowers says it all!

For this card I used the Plentiful Petals stamp and applied the same technique that I explained over on the MFT Blog in my latest Artistic Expression Feature.  Basically I coloured over the top of the solid stamps, aiming for a delicate look to the petals.  Fine detail was achieved by adding coloured pencil enhancement.

With a Distress Marker Spritzer Tool and 2 Copic markers ( YR61, YR82) I created a delicate splattered background to add a smidge of texture to the otherwise blank area.  Word of advice, a Copic Sketch does not fit in the device overly well, but with a rectangle of funky foam wrapped around the marker I was able to get it stable enough to work just fine!!  A cheap alternative to a Copic Airbrush ta da!!

If you wanted to you could add a sentiment to this card, but I've left it blank at the moment............I like the simplicity.

Oh and I thought I ought to mention:

 available online at

Tools: Distress Marker Spritzer Tool, Coloured Pencils
YR0000, YR000, YR00, YR02, R00, R11, R12, E30, E31, E40, E41, E42, E43, W0, W1, BV00

3 September 2017


You're half way there guys, not long to wait now until the new September release goes live at MFTStamps.com

Here is my latest project using the new Pure Innocence - Love you to the Core stamp:

......shock horror, absolutely no Copics were used for this card!

Instead I opted to use my trusty coloured pencils, I personally used Caran D'Ache Luminance for this project, they are amazing to work with and I chose Murano Pastel paper to colour on.  It has just enough texture for the pencil without it showing through in your work.

But I would say that MFT cardstock is pretty good for pencil work too - I especially love using MFT Kraft - it really makes the colours of your pencils pop!!  The only one I would not recommend is Smooth White as the surface is a tad too smooth for the pencil to adhere well.  Oh and I always spray my pencil work when finished to ensure it's fixed and stable......I use Winsor and Newton Professional Fixative but as a frugal student I always went for the budget alternative.......hairspray!!

As I said you don't have too long to wait but why don't you pop along to the blog and see what amazing ideas my fellow DT members have had with this new release HERE


2 September 2017


I got the idea of this card from one of the sentiments on the new Bitty Bears stamps......
"Small Card-Big Thank You"

Adorable little guys aren't they!

I got a bit inky on this one, trying to create a splodgy background with Distress inks, water and the MFT Distressed Patterns stamp - I think I need a little more practice at this as I ended up in rather a mess and had to iron the card flat............stop laughing, crafting bloopers happen to us all!!

You still have a few days to wait I am afraid until the September Release goes live in store.....but that means we have couple more days of scrummy new dies and stamps to share with you all until then.

Bye for now
Parcel Bear: E30, E31, E34, E71, E50, E53, B21, B23, E77, E79
Bear: E70, E71, E74, E41, E43, W8, E77, E79
Balloon Bear: BV01, BV02, BV04, 0, E11, E13, E15, E81, E84, E77, E79, W8
Fish Bear: E13. E21, E93, E95, E97, E99, E77, E79, W8, BG70, BG72, BG75, W6
Cake Bear: E40, E41, E42, E43, E50, E53, W8, E77, E79, YR30, E81, W1

1 September 2017


I think I have been spending far too much time with farmers in fields lately......usually with food in the car......boy can those men eat when they've been harvesting all day!

Anyway, here are a couple of wooly friends from the new Animal Farm stamp that is being released in a few days!

Now, I've actually set myself a personal challenge to see how many different cardstock you can colour with Copic markers...........believe it or not this image has been coloured on MFT Natural.......shock, horror, not Copic card!!!

Yes, you do have to be careful as this card is softer and therefore it will cause the Copic to bleed more readily, but with a little care you can create a really beautiful soft effect.......don't know about you but I really like it.

I also coloured the Animal Farm Fence die and attached it to the front of the image, mounting the whole piece on Kraft card with foam tape for additional dimension.

I will be back again soon with another Countdown teaser
hope you can join me.

Card: MFT Natural, Kraft
Sky: B0000, B000
Trees: G40, G20, G12, TR30
Trees: G12, G20, G40, YG61, YG63, E41, E42, E43
Fence: W4
Sheep (sml): 0, W1, W2, C2
Sheep (stamp): W00, W0, W1, W2, W3, W5, C00, C0, C1, C2
Die Fence: E41, E42, E43
Touch of pencil enhancement - Caran D'Ache Luminance and Pablo's

30 August 2017

Colouring for fun!

Last week it was my son's 22nd Birthday.........wow, how time flies!

Anyway, I thought I'd share with you all the card I made for him.
This was a Copic/Coloured Pencil combo - I love using both mediums as it gives me the opportunity to get more detail into my images than pure Copic alone.  Just remember to fix your work once completed as you are using pencils on very smooth cardstock and they will have a tendency to smudge - I use Winsor & Newton Professional Fixative, but hairspray will do the job too!

And remember, don't add your pencils until you have finished Copic colouring..........you don't want to clog your Copic nibs with pencil dust!

Stamp - Silly Monsters Rockstars - Your Next Stamp
Ink - MFT Hybrid Gravel Gray
Card - MFT Hot Fudge, Gumdrop Green
Paper - MFT Trail Mix

25 August 2017


Hello there, well today is very special to me as it's my son's 22nd Birthday.......so firstly

OK, now I'll show you a little of what you can find over on the MFT Blog today


If you'd like to read how I went from one design to the other then please hop on over to the MFT Blog and read my August Artistic Expression feature where I explain the techniques I used.

23 August 2017


It's Wednesday again, so you know what that means - it's time for a new sketch on the My Favorite Things Challenge Blog.

Remember, if you play along you could be the lucky winner of a $50 Gift Voucher to MFTstamps.com

Here is my interpretation of Sketch 347

I don't know about you but I love autumnal colours and was inspired by the new Make your Mark background stamp that reminded me of a wicker basket..........which I thought would go well with the Harvest Mouse set.

You know what comes next........yep, the Copic colours.

and here is the sketch that we are using for inspiration for this weeks challenge:

So why not join in and you never know you could be the lucky winner of the $50 Gift Voucher!
For more Design Team inspiration please visit the MFT Card Challenge Blog HERE

Happy Colouring

Card: MFT Latte, Safety Orange
Copics - listed above


Hold on to your cauldron's girls, the witch is back with her adorable familiars in tow!

I suspect I will be making quite a few cards with this sweet little witch.  For this project I chose to add a couple of pumpkins and her frog (tried to turn him into a cute toad)

The new version of the stamp has been updated with additional sentiments and a matching open style die set which are both compatible with the previously released version (if you were lucky enough to get it)

You know me by now, I couldn't resist giving her a name because "Winnie" will be appearing alongside her batty friend in my Copic Classes this October.
There are only a few spaces left on Sunday 15th October - so if you'd like to create an awesome Halloween card with me whilst gaining confidence and learning new techniques with your Copic markers (which of course you can now buy at mftstamps.com and in store) then sign up soon, you'll not want to miss this class!!

I hope that all of you who had been requesting the return of this fantastic stamp set are jumping for joy.......I was, especially knowing I could use her for my pre-Halloween class, woo hoo!!

And have you seen the new card kit that is also being released today?

Please hop on over to the blog to see what my fellow Design Team Members have been creating with this fantastic kit.........HERE 

Many thanks for visiting, I'll be back soon with more colouring

Frog: G20, G40, YG61, YG63, B0000, B000, E97, E99, W8
Pumpkin:YR20, TR21, YR12, E97, W2, W1, YG93, YG91
Skin: E30, E41, E42, E43
Eyes: YG61, YG67, C8
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E17, C2, C4
Dress: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, C4, YR12, YR27, BV02, BV04
Boots: BV02, C2, C4
Broom: E55, E57, E41, E42, E43, E51, C4
Hat: BV02, C2, C4, C6, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, C4, YR21, YR12
Ground: C00, C0, C1, C2, C4, G40, YR20, BV00
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