ThingsCrafted Grand Opening Blog Hop!

Hi all!
Totally geeked out to blog hopping today with some of my favorite friends in honor of the opening of ThingsCrafted.
You should be arriving here from my buddy Kathy Racoosin’s blog. If you’re just joining us on the blog hop, you can head over here to the ThingsCrafted blog to start from the beginning!
A little background on ThingsCrafted: ThingsCrafted is a place where handmade design and customization come together to create a wonderful company who creates and encourages color, personality and community. ThingsCrafted was founded by Britta Swiderski, a designer with a background in the world of papercrafting and a history of working with awesome graphic design clients. ThingsCrafted provides custom products – starting with stamps – to suit your lifestyle all starting with handwritten designs. They all go from pencil to computer to your doorstep! We love to create stamps and designs for addresses, “made by”s for the projects you send to others, favorite phrases or shapes for project life and planner organization and so much more.
So I was lucky to get try out ThingsCrafted’s customized stamp. I decided to have a somewhat sassy stamp (medium rectangle sized) I could use on my pocket pages.
So here’s the stamp and a few journaling cards I made with it that I’ll eventually slide into the those pages.
Totally dig that mixture of different elements. Britta did such a good job bringing things together. This stamp is just plain fun and it’s a great size for my pocket pages!
 The other thing is I don’t feel like this is a “one stamping and done” stamp. I feel like it’s versatile enough that I’m going to be able to use it over and over. For a different look, I can change out how I color and/or highlight the words.
ThingsCrafted also offers some pre-designed stamps for those that want to try something new and handmade but don’t have a particular need for a custom stamp.
I used a couple of them to put this card together: Solid Banner and Happy.
While I used these on a card this time, I’ll use them on a scrapbook page in the future!
So thank you so very much for stopping by today. Before you go – make sure to leave a comment on this post and each one along the hop to enter to win a custom stamp! One will be given away at each stop along the hop. We’ll be getting in touch with you via email, so make sure you add your email to your comment! We’ll be drawing winners on Tuesday, the 25th of November, so be sure to leave a comment by then.
And wait! There’s also a special treat for everyone in the blog hop – 15% off your order until Tuesday, November 25th using the code GRAND15OFF as part of the Grand Opening event!
The next stop on the ThingsCrafted blog hop is sweet Jennifer McGuire.
Happy blog hopping, friends! Thanks for stopping by today!

MFT: Release Rewind

Hello again, friends!

Hope you’ve had a couple good days.


I’m back with a few additional projects created with My Favorite Things’ November release.

Please give it up for card #1.



And the crowd goes wild. Hee hee!

So I die-cut the spools, thimble, button and needle with the Stitched with Love Die-namics. I did some stamping on top with the coordinating Stitched with Love stamp set.  The words are from the set too.

Just to keep with the homespun feel of this card, I sponged on some brown ink on the die-cut elements and then added a little thread to the needle.

And this is card #2.


I’ve just not been able to put down the Jumbo Dot Cover-Up Die-namics. Such fan of polka dots I am. ;)

So I tried something different here, adding a rectangle behind the Cover-up and then filing in some of the spots with green pieces (leftover from another project) and a star (cut with the All-Star High Top Die-namics).


And here is card #3.


So I was just having some fun here! I stamped the background with the Swiss Dots Background stamp. And the words? Well, they are from the Cozy Greetings Stamp Set. The frame the snowflake is hanging on was created by mixing and matching together the Square Frames Die-namics and Pinking Edge Square STAX Die-namics.

And, finally, here is card #4.


I stamped the background with the Sweater Stitch Background. And, once again, I used the Cozy Greetings stamp set to stamp the sentiment.

Here’s a list of MFT supplies I used to make these cards:

And be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see who all is sharing projects today.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

As Seen Elsewhere…

Hi guys!

So I’ve been up to fun stuff lately, sharing a few posts in places other than here and Moxie Fab World.

Excited to be a guest and contribute a gift idea to Waffle Flower’s 12 Days of Gift Giving event.

Here’s a peek.


And here’s a hint: LIP BALM!

Great little gift for those office mates and neighbors you want to give something small to for Christmas to just let them know that you appreciate them.

Go here to see it.

And I’ve also got a post over on the blog for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine.

Think Christmas but think thank you cards.

Here’s a peek.


Go here to see.  And by the way, there’s some Christmas-themed product swag up for grabs as part of that post. (Thanks, PC&S!)

Alright! So that is what I have. Be back later, gators.




MFT: New Product Launch

And we have lift-off!


The November release from My Favorite Things is now available!  Hip Hip HOORAY! :)

And I went to town for today’s launch, making some projects with the All-Star High Top Die-namics and Be Original stamp set. So let’s get started.

This is project #1.


When I first saw the dies, I wanted to make a pair of shoes so that is what I did here. I used a little twine so they could hang together off a line.

And to make the star circles stand out, I applied a thin layer of Glossy Accents on top.


Meet card #2.


Still working here on the sneaker thing. I found myself with the sneaker really wanting to make masculine cards, but I challenged myself to make this one more feminine so I went with a girlish color scheme and then added some hearts (cut with the Mason Jar Die-namics).


I also laced a little floss through the shoe’s holes. I thought that was just a fun touch.

And this is card #3.


One of the things that really struck me about the Be Original stamp set is there are just a lot of good, inspiring phrases in it. Lots of really good, card-worthy phrases so I made this card with just a phrase from the stamp set.

And the circle with the star? Well, they are from the All-Star High Top Die-namics. Sure, they belong on a sneaker, but they sure look cool away from it too!

And here is card #4.


Again, lots of good card-worthy phrases in the Be Original stamp set so I used bunch of them here.

Can you believe I created the arrow background myself? Yep. I really did. I set the Arrows Abound Stencil onto the yellow rectangle and sponged into on it. And the black arrow? I created that by tracing one of the stencil’s arrows and then scribbling the pattern in the inside.


So there you have it!

Here’s a list of MFT supplies I used to make these cards:

And be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see which other design team members are sharing projects today. I’ve been peeking (… don’t tell the crew…), but they’ve been up to some amazing things! :)

MFT Countdown: 1

Hello all!

It’s almost time for November release from My Favorite Things! (Hooray!)


And I’ve got a couple more things made with the new goods to share with you today.

So sit back. Relax. Get ready to see some stuff.

Meet card #1.


I created those little scalloped panels with the new Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics dies (arrives on 11/11 at MFT).

The process to make them went a bit like this:

  • Cut several pieces of cardstock.
  • Pick one edge and set it on top of one. Die-cut it.
  • Take second panel of cardstock. Set die on top. Make sure to line it up with the previously cut panel.
  • Repeat.
  • And repeat again.
  • And repeat again.



And, if you aren’t exactly perfect with even cuts, don’t freak. The end result will still look really cool! :)

Alright. So can we talk about another card?

I’d like to introduce you to card #2.


I just had a bit of fun here, putting together that sneaker. Is it fun or what?! It’s from the new All-Star High Top Die-namics. There are a few more dies you can use to sauce up the sneaker (like eyelets for the holes), but I think it’s fun that you don’t have to use every single die in the set to make a shoe. I think mine still looks pretty cool without those eyelets.


The sentiment is from the Be Original stamp set, which includes a bunch of great phrases that mix with the sneaker. I’ll be sharing some more ideas for the stamp set and the die tomorrow so consider this a taste of what’s to come. (Enter music.)

So that’s what I have for you today.

Here’s a list of MFT supplies I used to make these two cards:

And be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see which other design team members are sharing projects today. I’ve been peeking (… don’t tell the crew…), but they’ve been up to some amazing things! :)

MFT Countdown: 2

And just like that I’m back with another post and a couple more cards made with the November release from My Favorite Things.


Here we go (again). ;)

Please give it up for card #1.


Can you believe those buttons are die-cut? Yep. They totally are. I die-cut them with the Stitched with Love Die-namics. The little squares with die-cut with the Pinking Edge Square STAX Die-namics.

I really wanted things to stand out so I sponged a little brown ink along the edges of the buttons, squares and rectangle.


And this is card #2.

I again whipped out the Stitched with Love Die-namics (and the Stitched with Love stamp set). Both of which land 11/11 at MFT.


Again, I did a bit of extra inking here, sponging ink onto the die-cut elements and onto my card. I like the vintage look it adds here.


So that’s what I have today.

Here’s a list of MFT supplies I used to make today’s cards:

And don’t forget to check out the MFT Blog today to find a list of all the MFT Design Team members sharing projects today.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you again tomorrow.

MFT Countdown: 3

We meet yet again.

We are one day closer to the November release from My Favorite Things, and I’ve got a couple more projects made with some of the new goods to share with you.


On your mark. Get set. GO! ;)

I’m just not quite ready to put the Comfy Sweater Die-namics dies down yet so, of course, I had to make a sweater for this card. (Wink!)


I wanted to give it somewhat of a pattern so I stamped polka dots with the new Swiss Dots Background stamp on top.


I used the same stamp to a stamp a pattern on the panel for the inside of my card.


You might be wondering about those words? They are from the Cozy Greetings stamp set.

And here’s my second card for today.


I had such a good time playing here with the Pure Innocence Overwhelming Joy stamp set (and coordinating die). I stamped the girl and then used pencils to color her in. And then I used a little Gamsol to blend the colors.

Since I wanted the card to have a pocket element, I die-cut a Stitched Rounded Rectangle and cut off the bottom of it. I adhered the girl to it and then put two-way around only part of it so I could slide in some cash or a gift card. The process looked like this.


By the way, even though I’m using this card as a pocket card, I think the design still would work pretty good without the addition of a gift card or cash. Check this out.


Fun, right?!

So here’s a complete list of MFT supplies I used to make these cards:

Be sure to stop by the MFT blog to see who else from the design team is sharing projects today. I hope to see you again tomorrow!