Hi crafty friends! Today it's the first day of the September MFT Card Kit, which is called HOLIDAY SNOW GLOBE.

If you love Christmas cards, this kit is really for you! The HOLIDAY SNOW GLOBE Card Kit includes:

  • Snow Globe Singles Stamp Set and Die-namics

  • Snow Globe Die-namics

  • Holly Jolly Paper Pad

  • Circle Shaker Pouches

  • Card Stock - Smooth White (5), Cotton Candy (1), Poppin' Pink (1), Red Hot (1), Limelight (1), Lazy Day (1), Blue Beyond (1), Black Licorice (1)

There is also a free with $60 releasing with this kit which is Snow Globe Accessories Die-namics. The kit will be available September, 21st at 10am EDT.

And now, let's move into my first project!

For today's card I was inspired by the Holly Jolly paper pad included in the kit. I love patterned paper but I am always afraid to use it because I know it will finish. LOL

But when I saw this white sheet with the strings of lights, I knew I would have combined it to the sloth of the stamp set. The card is really easy to make, and it requires just a little bit of coloring.

I firstly stamped two of them on a piece of Transotype Perfect Coloring paper, using a copic friendly ink. I then colored both with copics (see below for combos) and die cut using coordinating dies.

I then moved into my background panel: I die cut it using the second largest Stitched Rectangle Set 2. I also added small touches of Ranger Glossy Accents on all the bulbs, to create some interest.

At the beginning, I thought I would have heat embossed the sentiment and put the strip in the centre...but I tried and I didn't like the result because there was too much white space around.

So I came up with another idea!

I look into my alphabet stash and found the Bitty Banner Alphabet, which was the perfect size I needed: I die cut the word "slothmas" using the cardstock included in the kit, with a different color for each letters. I die cut two pieces for each letter, to create some dimension.

In this way I customized the sentiment and I really loved the result!

To complete the card, I matted it using a piece of Lime Glitter paper I bought last year from a local craft store.

Thanks for stopping by, I really hope you will like the result! Let me know what do you think and be sure to head over to the MFT blog: there is a chance to win a 25$ shopping spree if you comment there!

Hugs from Italy,

Copic Color Combos

Sloths: E77 - E74 - E71 - E70 | E42 - E40

Hat and Scarf: B39 - B37 - B23 | RV19 - V05 - RV13

Holly berry: YG03 - R27

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Hi crafty friends!

We are 3 months away from Christmas BUT we all know that when it is Christmas time we always struggle to create cards in time! So, Jenn Shurkus created this "Get Craking on Christmas" challenge, a great way to create Christmas cards all over the year and use all the amazing Christmas stuff we have collected (and maybe never used) over the years.

Every third Thursday of the month, a group of cardmakers will inspire you with their Christmas cards and you can find all the details in Jenn's blog.

This is my monthly inspiration, that features Hey Honey stamp by Sugar Pea Designs.

I really love bears and I've recently discovered the Sugar Pea Designs' ones: they are so fun! As soon as I saw this one, which is quite big, I knew I would have turned it into a Christmas scene.

I firstly stamped the bear on a piece of Transotype Perfect Coloring Paper, using Gina K Amalgam Ink in Whisper. This ink is a really pale grey and it is perfect for no-line with white. I then drew the hat and the scarf, to customize my Christmas bear.

I colored everything with copics, you can find all the combos below. I didn't know how to color the scarf and the hat, but I took my patterned paper pads and I found a striped paper that I wanted to use to matt the card. You can always be inspired by patterned paper color combos, I find it really helpful.

To complete the card, I added some white stars and snowflakes using Sakura Gelly Roll pen and I white heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of pink cardstock. I also matted the scene with the patterned paper that inspired my color combination.

Thanks for stopping by, I really hope you will like my inspiration!

Hugs from Italy,

Products Used

Sugar Pea Designs - Hey Honey

My Favorite Things - Bitty Holiday Wishes

Copic Color Combos

Bear: N2 - N1 - N0 | 100 - T8 | R11

Scarf and hat: BG07 - BG23 - YG17 - R27 - RV04 - R12 | BG34 - BG11 - G00

Sky: BV29 - BV25

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Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I have a brand new card to show you, featuring some of the recent released Hello Bluebird stamps and dies. If you haven't seen the newest collection, you can find it here.

I've used the newest Park Play stamp set, how adorable are those critters? The illustration is amazing, I love the simple lines which makes the critters even cuter.

I wanted to do some no line coloring and I also want to use soft colors, because they reminded me of a childhood book. I fistly stamped the images on a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock, using Gina K Warm Glow Amalgam Ink.

I firstly colored the critters using copics (you can find the combos listed below): I did a bit of shading but as always, I knew I would have defined the edges and created more contrast later, using Polychromos pencils. I can tell you the difference is really great: the pencils really help to let the image pop up. I then die cut everything using coordinating dies and I moved to the background panel.

Since I wanted to try the newest Gallery Frame #7 die, with 4 little scenes, I firstly took a 5,25"x5,25" piece of Neenah and created the 4 mini square backgrounds, using masking tape to mask the top blending from the bottom one. I've used blending brushes with Distress Oxides in Salvaged Patina and Twisted Citron, with a really light hand.

I then die cut the Gallery Frame #7 die from some white cardstock and used the inside frame to set up the little scenes. I also added a Lime stitched frame around to create a little bit of contrast. I attached all the small images, using a combination of liquid glue and foam tape, to create some interest. I also decided to heat embossed the sentiment on a round piece of yellow cardstock and attached it at the centre of the panel.

Thanks for stopping by, I really hope you will enjoy the card!

Hugs from Italy,

Products Used

Hello Bluebird - Park Play stamp and die

Hello Bluebird - Gallery Frame #7 die

Copic Color Combos

Bear: E35 - E55 - E53 - E51

Raccoon: E74 - E71 - W4 - E70 - E30 - E50

Squirrel: E15 - E13 - E21 - E51

Bunny: E43 - E42 - E41 - E40

Frog: G94 - YG61

Sun: Y35 - YR31 - Y11 - Y000

Bee: Y35 - YR31 - Y11 | E74 - E71 | BG11 - BG000

Butterfly: R22 - R21 - BV000

Snail: E74 - E71 - E42 - E40

Violet Combo: BV25 - V25 - BV31

Rose Combo: R22 - R21 - R20

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