MFT Guest Designer – getting my Christmas on! (plus a giveaway)

What’s that you say??  64 days till Christmas??  Just as well I’ve had some yummy new products from the MFT October release to play with to help me along with my Christmas card projects!  Yay, I’m super excited to guest designing this month over on the My Favourite Things blog and today I have the first of 6 projects to share with you.

I adore the new Winter Wonderland stamp set and thought the Snow Drifts cover plate would make the perfect backdrop for my mountain village scene!  I used the cover plate to cut some glitter card and adhered it in place on my card front (minus the frame).  The houses, deer and trees were stamped, die cut then coloured with Zig Clean Colour Markers and arranged with over top with plenty of foam tape.  To finish I cut two banners using the Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 4 and white heat embossed the sentiment – also from Winter Wonderland.

winter Winderland Winter Wonderland close up

My second card just makes me happy – I give you, Buddy the Elf (in paper form)!  My absolute favourite Christmas movie of ALL TIME is Elf and so instead of using the Santa Suit Die-namics for Santa, I’ve made Buddy’s suit.  I started with a green card base and cut the suit elements from gold, black and green card.  His suit has some gold detail so I used some of the smaller elements from some of the new stamp sets from this release and gold embossed them. The collars are cut from felt too – fun!!!

Santa Suit Santa Suit close up

The last of my projects for today features another AMAZING set called Snow Flurry (psst, scroll down for details about you can win this stamp set ;).  I went a bit crazy with watercolour paints and white embossing powder and LOVE the end result!

Snow Flurry Snow flurry cu



Thank you stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my projects.  In the spirit of giving and all that is Christmas, I thought I’d have a little giveaway here on the blog.  Just leave a comment below telling me what your favourite thing about Christmas is and I’ll select someone at random to win an AWESOME Snow Flurry stamp set.

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  1. Sabrina says:

    I too love Buddy the Elf, your interpretation is spot on! FYI Impression Obsession released two stamp sets with Buddy quotes. They are called Spread Christmas Cheer and Eat Candy Corn

  2. Gorgeous cards!!! Can you please list the Zig Clean Color Marker Colors you used, it helps SO MUCH!! I love your coloring & it would be so awesome to know what colors you used to blend so well. Thank you!!!!

  3. sandyhills says:

    I would have to say that it is playing secret santa

  4. Michelle Nutter says:

    I love all of your cards, but the snowflake one is my favorite. My mom passed away on Valentines Day this year, so I will take over her tradition of buying presents from ornament trees around the valley. It just broke her heart to think of a child not having Christmas.

  5. Michelle Nutter says:

    Love your card-especially the snowflakes-I just love that background. My favorite thing about Christmas is family. My mom passed on Valentines Day this year, so I will take over her tradition of buying presents from the ornament trees for underprivileged children.

  6. Leanne S says:

    Fabulous cards!

  7. Laraine R says:

    I love the family time of the holidays! Love your cards especially the elf card!

  8. Amante del Papel says:

    your cards are so beautiful, and My favorite thing about Christmas is having the house all decorated

  9. Carrie says:

    Love those cards!! My favorite thing about Christmas is decorations and watching my children’s excitement and anticipation as the big day gets closer!!

  10. Wendy says:

    Wow love your creativity , that elf card is fab !!!!

    • Wendy says:

      Oop forgot to say what my fav thing about Christmas is … I love getting to see my family

  11. I enjoy driving around and looking at the different home’s decorations and lights. I love when all my kids are home the most.

  12. Isabel says:

    Special times with family and friends

  13. Thanks so much for all the gorgeous inspiration, Caryn … and congratulations on your DT spot with MFT! Favourite thing about Christmas … the Nativity … it’s why we celebrate!! Anita 🙂

  14. BeverlyBL says:

    I love all the lights and decorations. Thanks for the chance to win some flurries.

  15. scrappergirl56 says:

    I love everything about Christmas…pick just one…hummmm….it would have to be the time spent with family and friends…and the gift giving…and the shopping…and the card making…oops! I can’t stop…LOL…

  16. Darcey Jones says:

    I love EVERYTHING about Christmas! Sharing time with loved ones, gift of giving, food, smell, fire, trees, lights, ooooh I can go on & on!
    Thank you for the chance of winning this wonderful set!

  17. Carolee McCaslin says:

    Wonderful cards!!! My favorite thing about Christmas is making goodies/handmade crafts for all my family and friends:)

  18. Congrats Caryn. Love all your cards. I love the family and friends time we get to enjoy during Christmas 🙂

  19. Lindarub says:

    My favorite thing is just having family together.

  20. Such amazing cards. I love what you did with the new release.

    My favorite part about Christmas is gift giving. I love to shop for others.

  21. Yvonne C. says:

    Beautiful cards, I love all the details and love that movie Elf. My favorite thing about Christmas is the decorations, the looks on my kids faces is priceless.

  22. Clelie says:

    Love the snowdrifts behind the houses! All the cards are clever and the snowflakes are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win snowflakes! What makes Christmas special to me?…ahhh…the lights, the music, the anticipation, the smiles on faces and in hearts, moments and memories with friends and family, and Charlie Brown’s Christmas video! Christmas “sparkles”…who can resist sparkles!

  23. Maria Williams says:

    I love the movie Elf too! Sometimes I watch mid year because I can’t wait until Christmas :). Love the way you used the Santa suit dies and changed it up to make an elf! I have too many favorites in the days leading up to Christmas making cookies, singing carols, & watching movies and of course Midnight mass.

  24. Ina Good says:

    My favorite thing is decorating outside inside tree trimming and making decorations for a fun festive holiday sharing with family and friends.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Wow- love the watercolor snowflakes! So peaceful looking. My favorite thing about Christmas is being with family.

  26. Virginia L. says:

    Each one of them is gorgeous, Caryn!! Love your takes on these awesome MFT products! Congrats on your guest design!

  27. Prima yucco says:

    I love the family gathering and opening up presents to each other!!!

  28. Diane says:

    I was so impressed by your cards on the MFT blog I wanted to come here to tell you how much I LOVE them! My favorite is the Christmas scene you created, love the glittery, snowy “hills” you made with the Snowdrift die!! That’s one item I was able to purchase from this last release that I know I’ll be using again and again! My favorite thing about Christmas is the love and kindness that people exude at that time of year 🙂

  29. Kristie G. says:

    LOVE your cards! Buddy the Elf card is so PERFECT and that is a favorite movie of all time for our family too!!! TFS!!!

    My favorite thing about Christmas is celebrating the Birth of my Lord and Savior with family and friends. xoxo

  30. Dot Freel says:

    My favorite thing about Christmas is having the house all decorated and the traditions we have that bring the family together for fun and new memories.

  31. annheidel says:

    I love your cards, especially the first one. All those glittery snowdrifts behind the scene! My favorite thing about Christmas is the music. My playlist can go nearly six days without a repeat. I can’t wait to start listening to it once Thanksgiving is over!

  32. Evelyn B says:

    Your cards are just great. Love the glittering snow banks and the gingerbread houses, the elf in green is really an interesting card! The gold on the green is just the right touch. Ah, the snowflakes are so pretty. Love the white embossing and the watercolors! I just love the watercolor look and to make backgrounds with it. Putting a vellum snowflake which is embossed on top is icing on the card/Cake. Lovely card. Thanks for sharing. I like best being with family for Christmas. My sister lives far away and it is always a treat to spend Christmas with her – we think alike and enjoy the same things so it is always a fun time.

  33. Karen Talbot says:

    Congratulations on your GD spot! Your cards are absolutely beautiful! The little snow scene is precious! I love the dies you used on both cards! My favorite thing about Christmas is our family get-together and dinner on Boxing Day. The whole family is there and it’s the only time we’re all together in one place.

  34. Connie Brooks says:

    So many things to love about Christmas. But, one of my favorite things to do is bake cookies. I belong to a local group called “Treat the Troops”. We send homemade cookies to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanastan. We’ve been doing this for years. Each soldier receives a box of 12 dozen cookies to share with their unit. It’s a lot of work but oh so worth it.

  35. Michelle Monks says:

    My favourite thing about Christmas is having time with my family.

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