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Filed under: my favorite things — mjalbright @ 1:28 am

I have been so busy lately:  stamping, cleaning, trying to decorate, and have no shopping started.  Yikes!  But, I’m back (shortly) to tell you about MFT new released stamp sets.  There are 3 total to tell you about.

First, let’s start with Icing on the Cake set.   I think this is my favorite set.  I have so many ideas for this, but not enough hours.

MFT happy cupcake day card    I have discovered that you can’t go wrong with the color combo pink & brown or blue & brown right?  Every time I make something with this combo…people tend to like it.

 MFT happy cupcake day card upclose  So yummy!  The BasicGrey paper and the swirled border around the sentiment coordinate so nicely.  I added some Cotton Candy Stickles to the cupcake and bordering to add some shimmer.

MFT 4th b-day cardMy little guy, Ethan, turns 4 in January.  I’m guilty of not making cards for the ones I love.  I always seem to forget with all the party planning.  So, this year, I’m ahead of the game by a month and made him a personal creation by his Mommy.  It’s bright, fun, and wild just like Ethan.  I’ll definitely stash it away and save it for him. 

The next new release stamp set is called Rain or Shine.  This set has quite a variety of sentiments to cover many occassions.

MFT rain or shine retro  Just a little retro and wild.  I love any stamp set with dogs.  I added Crystal Effects to the puddle and it turned out really cool.  The wavy patterned paper to the left has a White CS bordering with Paper-piercing and faux-stitching.  Added May Arts ribbon to the left side for balance. 

MFT rain or shine  Wanted to use some SU! DSP on one of the cards, and here’s what I came up with.  If you have never used clear stamps before….here’s a tip — with sentiments, you can bend them to whatever style & design you are trying to create.  I bent the sentiment to go with the shape of my CS.  Added some May Arts ribbon and a Red rhinestone brad for some finishing touches.

The last new release is called Baby It’s Cold Outside.  I have so many ideas for this set as well.  It is very fun to work with.  (See prior posts for more samples with this set).

MFT snowglobe  The pic just doesn’t do this snowglobe justice.  It is a wow! item that I created for my daughter who collects snowglobes.  I added silver thread fringing to the bottoms of the scarf.  Added lines to her legs to coordinate with her scarf.  Liquid Applique for the snow covered ground with a touch of dazzling diamonds to match the glitter within the snowglobe (when you shake it). 

 MFT snowglobe upclose  Okay, here’s what I did to the inside image.  I wanted the appearance of falling snow.  I took a sheet of Acetate, used my Sizzix snowflake assortment (4 different snowflakes), and punched the snowflake images into the Acetate….for some reason, due to the fine details of the snowflakes, my machine wouldn’t cut them out, so it turned out sorta embossing the outline image in the Acetate.  I covered the snowflakes with Crystal Stickles and attached the Acetate sheet over the main stamped image.  When I put it in the snowglobe, because of the water and the space inside for inserting, it magnified everything.  It is sooo coooool.  I bought the snowglobe at Target for somewhere around $7.99 which isn’t bad for a cute little gift. 

I have looked high and low for a “build a snowman kit”.  I saw it online, but decided to look at some of my local stores.  Can’t find it.  What I want to do is — buy one of those Stampendous clear large paint cans, fill it with the items for building a snowman (faux pipe, buttons, coal eyes, faux carrot nose, etc), stamp this image and decorate the clear paint can.  How cute of an idea, but I can’t find these items locally.  I will have to order online.  This would be the perfect gift for a little girl.





  1. Elizebeth Says:

    Oh good grief Mary Jo! These are just absolutley unbelievable! I love, love, LOVE the pink and brown card! But that snowglobe is just over the top!

  2. Estivalia Says:

    Your samples are always so amazing! As you said, you can’t never go wrong with something with brown in it (specially if the color name has the world “chocolate” 😉 and your snowglobe project is simply stunning!!

  3. stacilynch Says:

    Just a thought..if you don’t need the sides of the can to be totally hard and you need 30 favor tins 🙂 buy the Wilton’s favor tins at Michael’s and use the pail they come in for your snowman kit. You could make an advent calendar too! Have a great day!

  4. stacilynch Says:

    Sorry forgot to add that make sure to get a coupon for the tins or it would be to expensive!

  5. Donna Baker Says:

    as always, Mary Jo – your creations are FANTASTIC! I’m already sold on all of the ones you’ve created with (congratulations on becoming a new Design Team Member, smart choice for Kim) but my budget won’t allow me to get it ALL (but thank God for Kim’s coupon code from the Cocktail Party!)

  6. Julie Masse Says:

    Beautiful samples!! You’ve done such a great job with these sets!! 🙂

  7. Kathleenh Says:

    Beautiful cards Mary Jo! I especially like the pink and brown cupcake card. I do the same thing with my loved ones. I don’t get around to making them cards. So smart of you to work ahead and have it done early for Ethan.

  8. Cat Says:

    I saw something on Lisa Johnson’s blog that might be what you’re looking for…

    Love your cards today! TFS

  9. all of them are AWESOME!!! but I LOVE the snowglobe. I found some at Walmart last year ($3) in two different shapes and made them for my girls and neices and stamped their names and added some glitter. They were a huge hit!! I will casing your snowglobe as soon as my set gets here!LOL!

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