July release from My Favorite Things {My Favorite Things}

Hi!! The July release from My Favorite Things just went live, and you can read all about it here. I’m guest designing for this release and it’s a good one. I’ve made plenty of cards that I want to share. This is a loooong blog post, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee before you start reading.

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I’m starting with some adorable penguins from Stacey Yacula. I love Stacey’s critters, and these guys are ready to party!

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående front rett

I colored up my penguin with Copics and die cut him with the coordinating die.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående front skr[tt

There are three new stencil sets in this release, and they come with stencils and the corresponding mask. For this card I used the mask, and ink blended around it with blues, teals and greens.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående flatlay skrått

The Happy Birthday dies are also new. The die set comes with a scripty, handwritten word and a shadow layer. I ink blended some warm colors onto a piece of cardstock and die cut the word itself from that and adhered it onto the shadow layer, which I die cut from white cardstock. Behind the shadow, I have a few more layers of the actual words for some lift off the front.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående flatlay rett

I white heat embossed part of a sentiment onto black cardstock and added it with a little bit of dimension to the card front, before finishing off the card with some sequins scattered around and a thick coat of Glossy Accents to my balloon.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående flatlay høyre

There’s quite a bit of dimension on this one. Nothing like coordinating dies to help with that and still keep the look clean. Foam tape just isn’t the same, in my opinion.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday stående Copics

I may have gone overboard with this many colors for such a tiny image, but boy, is it fun!

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende front rett

Next up is a similar, yet different card. A landscape orientation this time!

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende front skrått

I used the watercolor wash free form stencil to ink blend straight onto the cardbase using warm tones.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende flatlay rett

I used the Happy birthday dies on this card too, but in a different way. I ink blended a piece of cardstock, die cut the shadow layer from that, another shadow layer in white, which I then die cut the words out of. This is fiddly, and it takes time to get all those pieces glued back on, but the result is so worth it.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende flatlay skrått

I adhered my colored, stacked die cut penguin to the bottom right corner and added a white heat embossed sub sentiment on this card too.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende flatlay høyre

I finished off the card by adding a couple of enamel dots in colors that matched. In this photo, the die cut technique I used is a little bit easier to see.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende Copics

Less colors for this one.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline front rett

I’m sharing one more card with this set.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline front skrått

I colored and die cut these two cuties, and added another three layers of die cuts behind them for dimension, I wanted them to stand out against the background.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline flatlay rett

I thought the size of this image would go well with a mini slimline format, and made my card base out of Ripe Raspberry cardstock. I used the same color cardstock for my little white heat embossed sub sentiment.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline flatlay skrått

On the white background, I stamped the new Polka Dot Party Background stamp in colors that matched my image. I like the ombré effect. I mounted the white cardstock onto the card base using foam tape.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline flatlay høyre

I added some sequins to finish off the card, I wanted it to be extra festive and sparkly.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline Copics

Limited color palette on this one.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation front skrått header

Out of all the cards I’ve made with the release so far, this next one might be my favorite.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation front rett

The Something to Squawk About set is full of different birds and tropical foliage. This toucan was just too good to pass up.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation front skrått

I colored the toucan, the flowers in the stamp set (there are two), the branch and about 20 leaves for this card (there are five different leaves in the set).

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation flatlay rett

I created a frame with the leaves going around the edges of the card, adding additional die cuts behind some of them for a super textured, very dimensional card.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation flatlay skrått

I put the toucan right in the center, cut one of the sentiments in the stamp set in two and stamped it on two lines in bright pink to match his bill and also the flowers.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation flatlay høyre

You can sort of see all the layers here. I think there’s 12 in total in that top left corner where the flower sits. I added three pairs of raindrops, I figured that would be appropriate for a tropical card.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation dimensjon

Lots and lots of dimension. That toucan is 10 layers thick. Dimension is life?

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation Copics

Colorful palette because of the bill.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi front rett

A shaker card up next. I stamped a background using three of the leaves in the stamp set. I used Sour Apple ink on Sour Apple cardstock for a tone on tone look.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi front skrått

I decided to create a shaker card and added a sky in my window, ink blended a few soft clouds and added some diamonds inside.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi flatlay rett

In this release there’s a new alphabet die set. In a previous release, the same style was released in uppercase letters. This time, there’s lowercase to compliment, and also a set with numbers and punctuation. I die cut the letters to spell hi from four layers of blue card stock, and added another layer on top that I colored with Copics to match the bird.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi flatlay skrått

Turning this into a shaker card was kind of an afterthought after having glued on the frame and the parrot, so I had to get creative, but it worked out in the end.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi Copics

Definitely a limited color palette for this one.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather front skrått zoom

More parrots. This is a very clean and simple one, but with lots of dimension still, and lots of die cutting.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather front skrått

I colored the birds and the branch, die cut them all and added an additional two layers behind the red and blue bird, 5 more layers behind the branch and 8 more layers behind the teal and blue bird. There’s a lot of dimension here.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather front rett

Onto the cardbase I stamped the Polka Dot Party Background in an ombré effect, I really liked the look of the first one and thought I’d repeat it with different colors.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather flatlay skrått

I added a strip of Caribbean Sea cardstock toward the right side of the card, and mounted my panel with the birds using foam tape.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather flatlay rett

I stamped the sentiment using Caribbean Sea ink and decided not to embellish this one at all. It has a ton of dimension, I thought that’d be enough.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around front skrått vid

Next up is this monkey from the Summer Safari set. I thought he was too cute for words.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around front rett

I stamped and colored the monkey and the palm tree, die cut them both and added additional layers of die cuts behind each.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around front skrått

I created a card base out of Summer Splash card stock and decided I wanted to do something special with the popsicle image that is in the stamp set. I stamped the popsicle about a million times on a piece of X-Press It blending card and colored each one using the same colors as I used for the popsicle the monkey’s holding.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around flatlay rett

I die cut a window from the colored popsicle panel to place my monkey in, but decided that my panel was too bright, and decided to mute it down a bit with vellum. The problem with vellum, however, is that glue shows through, so I added a stacked die cut frame on top, made out of three layers of Summer Splash cardstock and one layer of white on top.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around flatlay skrått

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set onto Eiffel Tower cardstock, cut it down to a strip and let it span across the frame.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around flatlay høyre

I added a couple of leaves, some enamel dots for dimension and Glossy Accents to the popsicle, and my card was complete.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around CopicsNot a lot of colors for this one. 

My Favorite Things Summer Safari pakkelapp You look amazing

I wanted to use the crocodile from the stamp set as well, and decided to make a quick, simple birthday tag. Onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock, I ink blended some very soft clouds using Lazy Day ink, before adding a couple of colored card stock pieces to create a scene. I put vellum on top of the Summer Splash cardstock that I used for my water, adhering it in strategic spots and adding a slit for the crocodile to swim out of. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set and added an eyelet and twine to the top of the tag to finish off the tag.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Just Roll with It front rett

A Pure Innocence girl rounds out today’s little collection of cards.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Just Roll with It front skrått

I colored the image, die cut her and an additional two layers and decided to go for a landscape orientation once again.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Just Roll with It flatlay rett

I die cut a white panel using a die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set and ink blended some ground and some clouds behind her using Gravel Gray and Blue Yonder inks.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Just Roll with It flatlay skrått

On the right hand side of the card I added a mini cluster, if you can even call it that. Part of a mini paper doily, some die cuts using the Fishtail Flag Frames die set and a few enamel dots. The patterned paper is from the Party Patters paper pad, and the pink is Ripe Raspberry cardstock. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set onto that.

I want to thank My Favorite Things for having me on as a guest designer this month, I’ve had a blast with these stamps, dies and stencils!

55 thoughts on “July release from My Favorite Things {My Favorite Things}

  1. I love how you showed us using the positive and negative ways of coloring with the stencil. Most artists showed the inside coloring and not the background way.

    • Thank you so much, Lori. I wanted to use both pieces to create two similar, yet different cards, and I think inking up the outside as a frame adds some interest in a different way than using the stencil the regular way.

    • Thank you so much! I know some people rely on the color palettes, so I try to add them for most of my cards. I’m glad you like them.

  2. These are absolutely amazing! You have blown me away with your creativity! Thank you for including the copic numbers which is so helpful to a newbie like me.

    • Thank you so much! I know there are people out there who like to see which Copics I use, so I do try to include them. I’m glad you find it helpful.

    • Thank you so much, Meghan! I made a lot of bird cards, didn’t I? 😂 If you think about it, penguins are birds too, so aside from the roller skating girl, the monkey card and the gift tag with the crocodile, they’re all bird cards 😂

  3. I wish I had your imagination. I love the toucan and the card you made with the leaves as the frame caught my eye. I love it! You’ve been busy and your creations are all fabulous.

    • Thank you so much! I think the toucan card is my favorite as well. The frame idea was inspired by a card I made last week with an actual frame, and I wanted to do the same with leaves. Once the idea was stuck in my head I just had to go for it, and I’m so happy with how it turned out with all that dimension behind the leaves.

  4. I love all of your great samples. And darn it, I didn’t have the penguins on my wish list, but now they are. Great idea for using both pieces of the stencil. I can’t wait to try that idea out.

    • Thank you so much, Debbie! I’m a huge fan of Stacey’s critters, and her penguins might be my favorite of them all. With the stencils, I wanted to show how versatile they are, and I love the frame version just as much as the regular one.

  5. wow! every single card is a work of art! thank you for sharing – thank you for all the wonderful inspiration!

    • Thank you so much! There’s nothing like new products to incite a creative spark! I still have plenty of ideas for more using these sets and the other sets from the release that I’ve only colored up so far.

  6. The birds are all just adorable! Wonderful cards! Love all the cute critters and the darling roller skater! Awesome coloring!

    • Thank you so much! I never imagined that the birds would inspire me the way they did, but I love that I could come up with ideas for using all of them! I still want to use the rest of the images in the Summer Safari set, but ran out of time. The roller skating card was a bit of an evolution. I was planning on a portrait orientation, but my original card idea didn’t work, so I had to adapt.

  7. Wow! What an amazing variety of cards! They are all so well designed and colored beautifully- I just can’t pick a favorite!

  8. So many gorgeous cards! Your coloring on all of them is amazing. I think my favorite is the toucan with the frame of leaves. Stunning.

    • Thank you so much, Jackie! I think the toucan is my favorite too! It took a while to build up all the layers for the leafy frame, but totally worth it in the end, I think!

  9. Oh, so cute!! The monkey and crocodile are my favorites. LOVE THE WAY you colored the monkey.

  10. EVERY. SINGLE. PROJECT. AMAZING!

    Wow! I love every one of your projects today – but I especially love how you used that stencil for those penguin cards! Beautiful!

    • Thank you so much! I’m always looking for different ways to use a product, and by using the mask instead of the stencil and ink blending on the outside, you get a completely different look!

  11. So many fantastic cards showcasing these products, you’ve obviously spent time on these card, and the results are phenomenal. Thank you for sharing your creative cards!

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