The Road Goes On Forever

The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
      ~ lyrics by Robert Earl Keen

MFT You Move Me


One of the many things I like about my job is that i get to cruise all over Central Texas. I wonder if fellow Texan Robert Earl Keen wasn't on a road like this one when he wrote "The road goes on forever." The only thing on my GPS is the solitary road I'm on. The view over the steering wheel and in the rear view mirror are exactly the same and the only choices on the radio are classic Country and pop Country. That's when I give into guilty pleasure of Twizzler's candy and crank up the volume for a good she-done-me-wrong song. You have to do justice to a landscape like this.

Central Texas on the GPS



Thankfully, the party isn't ending . . . it's just getting started!

Today I get to help preview the new You Move Me Die-namics and stamp Set.

MFT You Move My


There are so, so many wonderful little touches to this set, like the road tracks that you can stamp straight for a road like the one above, or you can bend just a little like I did for some Texas Hill Country roads. I had so much fun, I decorated the inside of the card and a key holder to match.

MFT You Move Me MFT You Move Me Key Holder


Wouldn't this be a perfect card and gift for a 16 year old about to begin their years behind a wheel?

Today, this is just a tease. But, after the big release party on July 5 you'll be able to get all of this month's new releases from My Favorite Thing. Meanwhile, the party's on!

  • Everyday between now and July 5 the Design Team and I will be showing off all the new stamps and Die-namics die cuts. Oh, Kim really outdid herself this month, too. They're freakin' amazing.
  • The MFT release is on July 5 at 10 PM EST. You can attend the release party from 8-10 PM EST here in the Splitcoast Stampers forum for fun, games, and prizes! All the new sets and dies will be available July 5 at 10 PM EST.
  • The guest designer contest is ON! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $100 in stamp sets and play along with the Deign Team for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to Kim's blog NOW! Be sure to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of two $10 vouchers being given away daily, just for leaving a comment. :) Check Kim's blog every day for the winners.


Catered Crop Recipe

I stamped the scooter and car in a slow drying ink (Ranger's Distress Inks and Stampin' Up! Craft Ink) and embossed them with Ranger Polysparkle Embossing Powder. I'll show you my trick for lining up the stamped images with the Die-namics dies when you working with a small images like these.

I call this my messy desk, fuzzy photo tutorial. We're going to make a placement guide for your die cut.

1. Tape your die cut to your card stock before you run it through your die cutting machine.

2. After you run it through your die cut machine, keep the tape on the die cut and cardstock, but poke out the cut image. Did you know you can use a straight pin to help push the cut image out of the die cut if it gets stuck? You probably did. I just figured it out (I know, I'm kind of slow.)

3. Now, just lift the die back up and line the cut edges over your stamped image. Secure your cutting guide to the bottom card stock with tape. Flop the die back down, press the tape down to secure the bottom piece, and run it through the machine to cut it out.


Works every time. If you look real close, you'll see I cut the image out a second time with a darker piece of paper to give a shadow affect. October Afternoon's Campfire paper gave me a great backdrop. These rest are all My Favorite Things lovelies:

  • Stamps – MFT You Move Me
  • Color Mediums – Memento ink
  • Embellishments – Maraschino Red Twine, some green rick rack and a button from my stash
  • Tools – MFT Sunshine and First Place Award Die-namics

MFT You Move Me Ensemble

Don't forget to hop, fly, cruise  . . . whatever travel mode you prefer . . . to get to Kim's blog and check out all the other amazing projects for today's sneak peak. We have reached our cruising altitude now, so we're switching off the seat belt signs and you are free to move about!


Sweet Comments

  1. I’m having to explain to my DH why I’m sitting here laughing while some guy gets whacked on TV!!! Your card and key holder are hilarious!

  2. So cute!! Awesome projects, Linda!! 😉

  3. These are wonderful Linda!

  4. Susan M. says:

    Wow! Thanks for the “recipe” and the tutorial. They are great!

  5. So fabulous Linda!! Gorgeous set and beautiful colors!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  6. Heather Sparey says:

    Love the cards, and thanks for the tutorial. Love those little scooters, are they shiny? they look amazing.

  7. Super cute cards!

  8. Love card and the key holder! Great tutorial, too! :)

  9. How cute is this? Love the scene you’ve created on your card. I really like the matching keychain too.

  10. Jenny S says:

    Love your card and keychain! Great tutorial! That’s a great idea about the tape, and I DID NOT know that about the holes and the pin. I had wondered about those holes- thought it had something to do with letting air in! DUH! (That was me giving myself a head slap)

  11. Holly AKA KopyKat says:

    OMG, Love these!!! The dp, the new images, your fabulous design and a tutorial!!! You must be the next new designer for MFT’s, I love your cards. I use tape on all my dies I run through the big shot to keep them from slipping too.

  12. Linda I LOVE your creations!!!!!! Especially the key chain. Way to go and congrats again on the GD Spot (gosh that sounds a little fresh!), I mean Guest Designer Spot. You totally deserve this!!! 😀 I’m on pins and needles to see more!

  13. Love the cards! Thanks for all the details how you did it!


  14. So cute, Linda! I use my paper piercer to push the paper out…it works well, also.
    Love your cards! And the key holder…what a great idea! And I laughed about your messy desk, fuzzy photo tutorial! You’re doing such a good job as this month’s Guest Designer!

  15. Totally cute cards…and you’re right about taping it down to line it up, etc…it did work like a charm…thanks, I just tried it with another die I had…

  16. what an awesome post! thanks for the cutting guide tutorial- it’s sure to help me with these little images! fantastic card & key holder- love all the dies you used!

  17. I just love these!

  18. Leslie W says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial and the idea for that fabulous keychain! They are both awesome and that keychain is a great use for this set…as if I needed any more help finding reasons to want this set.

  19. Great scene you created with the set for this card!! Love it :)

  20. Joanna McDonald says:

    These are adorable!! Thanks for the tutorial, very helpful!!

  21. Super cute and fun!!

  22. Your projects are just adorable!! Now, I have to THANK YOU big time for your recipe. I have tried to eyeball my die cuts with coordinating stamps and this is a MUCH better way to do it!! LOL! Thanks!

  23. Lisa Henke says:

    you are so creative! looove these and great tips, too!


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