MFT Countdown Day 3...

Welcome to Day 3 of the MFT April Release.  I am super excited about the products we get to share today.  I love the theme!  Fiesta!

Here is my card using the new Fiesta  and Piñata Dies....

MFT April 2018 Release

To create this card, I did some Copic scribbling on a piece of white cardstock and then cut them into 1 inch strips.  I attached them to a white card base.  Next, I die cut the Piñata out of white cardstock and layered it up. Seriously the cutest die!  One pass to cut out all the layers and they fit on the piñata base so easily!

Next, I die cut the fiesta die and added some glitter along the bottom edge.  I stamped the sentiment from the Pure Innocence Birthday Piñata set along the bottom to finish off the card. 

MFT April 2018 Release

I am excited to see what the rest of the DT to share today.  Head on over to the MFT Blog to check out the details!


MFT Countdown Day 4...

Hello there friends! It's Day 4 of the MFT Countdown and I am here with another sneak peak of the newest release.


I created this card by using Broken China Oxide Ink and the new Mini Raindrop stencil for the background.  I added the little puddle image from the new set Rain or Shine, added some color and a shadow and topped it off with Glossy Accents and a tiny heart die cut.  I colored up that adorable little girl and popped her up on foam tape.  To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment on 2 of the fishtail dies and added those on the card.


Check out all of the April Release inspiration over on the MFT Blog.  Come back tomorrow for Day 3!

Altenew Blog Hop Winner

Altenew was so generous to give me a $30 gift certificate to give away during the March Blog hop and today I am here to announce the winner.  Congrats to Sue D!

Sue, please email me and I can give you instructions on how to claim your prize.  Thank you all for your sweet comments during the hop!

Have a great day!


MFT Countdown Day 5...

Welcome to Day 5 of the MFT April Release Countdown.  This month there are so many adorable new stamps and dies, you are going to need to hold on to your seat!

When I saw this turtle from the new set called Too-Cute Turtles, I had to stamp it and color up a rainbow asap.  How cute is he?

MFT April 2018 Release

I used the Stitched Collage Cover-up to add a little decoration to the background and then added in the turtle and a few flowers from the set.  I finished it off by stamping the sentiment on the angle along the cover up.

MFT April 2018 Release

The MFT Blog will have lots more to see so head on over there for more April Inspiration.  So glad you stopped in today!  I will be back tomorrow with more.  Have a great day!


Hello Friend {Queen and Company}...

Hey there! Stopping in today with a couple coordinating shaker cards using the Shaped Shaker Flower Kit.  These flowers are so fun and so versatile!

Queen and Company

For this first card, I did a little distress oxide blending and added in the clouds using a cloud stencil.  I stamped the flower stem from the Queen Flower Stamp set along the bottom of the card.
Next, I cut a grass border along the bottom and then added the sentiment in Versafine black ink.  I added in the flower shaker box with a yellow background and then cut a piece of the patterned paper from the Picture Perfect Paper Pack for the flower frame.  I added in the toppings and the acetate top and finished the flower off by adding in a stitched center and those adorable leaf dies that come in the kit.  (all supplies linked below)  

Queen and Company

I wanted to make a coordinating card, so I used all the same pattern paper and colors.

Queen and Company

You can't tell from the photo but the flower is on a wobble spring so this interactive card, just became even more interactive!  I will post a little video on Instagram so check it out @laurie_willison to see the card in action.

So glad you stopped by today.  I hope you have enjoyed my cards.  Have a great day!


MFT Hits and Highlights...

I am stopping in today with this months Hits and Highlights from MFT.  Here is the challenge from My Favorite Things......

What’s your pattern passion? Whether dots, stripes, or florals, we have you covered with our collection of patterned paper packs. This month, we’ve challenged our designers to work their magic with a specific group of them — it’s all about the pastels!

I picked the Plaid Patterns paper pack to work with because I adore this plaid and all these springy colors. 

MFT Hits and Highlights

I cut a piece short enough to just show a strip of the Sour Apple card base.  Next, I die cut the Smile sentiment and popped that up on fun foam.  I added in the cutest little chick from Birthday Chick to finish off this clean and simple card.  

MFT Hits and Highlights

There are several other design team members playing along today.  The MFT blog will have a full list of stops.

Which patterned paper pack is your favorite?  There are so many gorgeous ones to pick from.  Thanks so much for coming by today!


hello {Spellbinders}...

Hello!  Today I wanted to share about the March Small Die of the Month from Spellbinders.  Did you know you can sign up for a monthly subscription for $7.50 cents a month (plus shipping) and receive a die each month?  Spellbinders has a Small Die of the Month Club and a Large Die as well.  Click HERE to learn more about it and subscribe!

This month's die is a set of beautiful labels.  Each label comes with its own die so it can be turned into a frame as well.  They are so beautiful!  I used one of the labels to showcase the sentiment in this card....


I cut out the Lovely Lilacs Die and colored the centered with a Copic marker.  I added that to the card and then layered the Small Die of the Month label on top.  Last, I added the Spellbinders sentiment, Hello, on top in a light gray card stock.  I also added in some little stones to the card front. 


That is it for today.  Head on over to Spellbinders to check out the Die of the Month Clubs!  Thanks so much for coming by today!  


Altenew March 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty friends!  I am so excited to be joining in with the girls over at Altenew today for the March 2018 Release Hop.  Keep reading to check out my cards using the new sets, Rose Bouquet, Hope, and Focus on You.  There is also 2 different Giveaways to check out at the end of this post.  To see the entire March Release, click HERE
If you are following along on the blog hop, you have just left May's blog.  Isn't she the sweetest?  And so talented!  If you would like to see a complete list for today's hop, scroll down or head over to the Altenew Blog for all the details.


I adore Altenew's genius layering stamps.  The flowers are so easy to stamp and turn out beautifully with the layers of color and intricate details.  I used the Warm and Cozy and Green Fields ink sets from Altenew to create these flowers....


I layered it with a black and white striped pattern paper and then finished if off with a sentiment from the new Wildflower Garden Stamp Set and some clear droplets.


Another new flower set this month is called Hope.  These big blooms are beautiful and work great for a background or just one simple detail on a card.


I used the new Doodle Die for the background.  I added in some Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink Blending along the bottom for on ombre style background.  I added in one bloom and set of leaves with a heat embossed sentiment and sentiment die to complete the card.


If you follow my blog, you know I love clean and simple.  And white space!  So I had to throw in one CAS card today.


This set is called Focus on You.  The flower stems are so easy to color and die cut.  I stamped that sentiment in black ink and added the bloom on top with foam tape for dimension.  Definitely a quick and easy card for a friend!

The next stop on the hop is over to Enza's blog.  :)



Check out the Stamp and Die Bundles available over at Altenew, along with an adorable little enamel pin!


*To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 29th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2018.

*I will also have a Giveaway here on my blog. Leave comment here for a chance to win a $30 Gift Certificate. I will announce the winner on 3/30/2018.


Here is a complete list of the stops on the hop....

Mayline Jung

I am so glad you stopped by today.  I feel so honored to be a part of this amazing hop.  Thanks to the girls at Altenew for having me this month!

Hope you have a fantastic day!



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MFT Wednesday Challenge....

Happy Wednesday!  Today starts a new weekly sketch challenge over at the MFT Challenge Blog.  I am joining in with a clean and simple card!

First off, here is my card....

MFT Wednesday Sketch 377

You can see the sketch below, but I turned it on its side to make this top fold card.  I used the Celebratory Banner about half way dow the card front.  I cut out the banners out of white cardstock and then added color using Copic markers.  Next, I tied a little tiny white twine bow and attached it to the end of the banner.  I used the little heart die cuts from the Blueprints Tag Builder 5 for the extra details in the sketch.  Last, I covered the hearts in Glossy Accents for a little shine.

MFT Wednesday Sketch 377

Here is this weeks sketch.....

Head on over to the MFT Challenge blog to see the details about this weeks sketch.  I hope you can play along too! 

Have a great day!


MFT Card Kit Release...

It's Card Kit Release time over at MFT!  The Bundle of Balloons Kit is ready to purchase over at the MFT Store.  But first, I have one more CAS card to share...

MFT March Card Kit

This one was so simple to make.  Remember the stencil I used on day 1?  Well I had all those balloons left over to make yesterdays card and now this one.  I just added in some Copic color to each balloon and then colored the BE with black Copic.  I add the balloons and tales to a stitched panel and then added that to a car base.  Super quick and simple!

MFT March Card Kit

Check out the details over at the MFT Blog and grab a kit for yourself!  So glad you stopped in today!  Thanks so much!