Friday, October 2, 2015

MFT October Release Countdown Day 4

It's four days till the My Favorite Things October Release and today I'm sharing
a little Birdie Brown and a "hot" new Die-namics set.

At every release, Birdie Brown introduces the cutest critters, and this month
it's Santa's Elves, a clear stamp set with matching Die-namics sold separately.

The elf and tree were stamped, colored with Copics and die cut with the matching
Die-namics. I masked off a rectangle on white card stock and ink distressed with
several colors of dye inks. The elf and tree were popped up on the card
and the sentiment was added in the corner.

Next up is the new Die-namics Fireplace, and I have to admit I was a little
intimidated because not many homes in Hawaii have a fireplace nor a chimney.
(Because Santa arrives via surfboard.)

Thanks to Google, I manged to find some images and constructed a fireplace
that I'm pretty happy with, but I'm not too sure about that grill.

The card base is a new Prestige card stock color called Green Eyed Monster.
How fun is that name? I inked the edges of the card base in the same color ink
with the English Brick Wall stencil, and cut a smaller panel with Blueprints 24.

The fireplace set was die cut from watercolor card stock. I stenciled
the brick pattern on the face of the mantel and everything else was colored
with Copics. The new Hand Lettered Holiday sentiment was embossed in gold
and the panel was adhered to the card base.

A helpful hint when coloring small die cuts is to leave the pieces intact,
color them, then pop them out. It's so much easier and you won't have
to deal with colored fingertips.

Don't forget to stop by the MFT blog for links to other designers participating
in today's countdown, and leave your comment there for a chance to win
a $75 gift card to the MFT Boutique.

First card:

Second card:


  1. How adorable is that elf!! Love the coloring and layout on that card. Awesome colors on the fireplace card. I gotta have that die! :)

  2. both cards are beautiful, but the scene in your second card is so beautiful!!!

  3. I really love both cards, Donna! The first one is really adorable and the second one is beautiful. Love your coloring and the Green Eyed Monster card stock!

  4. Love them! Thank you for sharing your tip on coloring the small die cuts.....never thought of that, will be much better!

  5. Fabulous cards! I really liked how you colored the smaller die cuts.

  6. Gosh, these are super cute and I love them both!

  7. There are times [and not often - darn it] that my eyes are just this green ... right now? I'm just green with envy that you have that surf-board Santa, AND that elf???!!! OH MY gosh, Donna!! How I LOve your cards!
    =] =] =] =] =]

  8. Both of your cards are stunningly beautiful!

  9. I LOVE that fireplace and all it's dimension, Donna.

  10. Beautiful watercoloring to highlight a great fireplace scene- Love the Christmas tree!

  11. Donna, I think the grill is perfect on the fireplace. the logs should be behind the grill -- your fire is perfect. I love how you layered the logs and the flames.

  12. OH both of your cards are wonderful Donna! Love the little elf with the fabulously blended background, and you did a wonderful job with the fireplace considering Santa arrives via surfboard there! heheh!!

  13. I knew I wanted this elf even before seeing your sample! But now I want the fireplace too. Great job on both cards, Donna!

  14. Two fabulous cards, Donna! Beautiful Copic coloring, and I love how you blended your inks on both cards! Thanks for enabling...oh, I mean inspiring me to put these awesome goodies on my wishlist :)

  15. Beautiful cards. thanks for the coloring tip.

  16. Such a sweet little elf scene and your fireplace....oh my! Stockings, a fire, the beautifully embossed sentiment...absolutely gorgeous!

  17. Your scene cards are absolutely darling! Thanks for sharing the peeks! LOVE!