Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Polar Bear Pals

We are thrilled to introduce a brand new monthly series here at the My Favorite Things blog. Many of you have been wowed by the coloring skills of Jane Allen, and she will be joining us each month with step-by-step guides to achieving amazing coloring. Get ready to learn with Jane! You’ll be glad you did. Take it away, Jane!

Hello there, I’m Jane Allen, and this is the first of my monthly features for My Favorite Things, where I shall be sharing some of my colouring.

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So let’s get the ball rolling with a card using the adorable Polar Bear Pals stamp set coloured with Copic markers.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set, Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX and Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

I started by cutting out a Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics and then proceeded to stamp my entire image with Bubblegum Hybrid Ink using my MISTI.

Coloring step from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Next, I  added the polar bear which I wanted to be sitting behind the bucket of fish. In order to do that I needed to create a mask to cover up the bucket I had already stamped. A Post-It note or art masking tape is great for this. Simply stamp the image on it, fussy cut it out, and then adhere it to the stamped image on your card stock.  Once attached, I stamped the bear over the mask which when removed had the bear behind his bucket.

Coloring step from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Then I added a little doodled background very lightly in pencil as a guide for when I started colouring.

Coloring step from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Having stamped my image and marked out my background, I got down to the fun part of colouring, and I sort of got a little carried away and forgot to take interim photos, sorry about that! Please bear with me (pardon the pun!). I will try to do a better job next month!

Colored panel from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Here is the little chap complete with his gift of fish!

Coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set #mftstamps

Hints and Tips

When colouring I always recommend that you, “Google don’t guess.”

I made up a crib sheet on my Mac of numerous polar bear images and printed it out for future reference (Word or Pages is great for this).

This ensured that I was colouring my polar bear properly. Did you know that they are not pure white? They are actually more of a dirty white with a yellow tinge.

To achieve the look of fur, I built up colour using tiny little dashes — you can see this technique quite clearly in the shadow areas around his neck and legs.

For those of you who would like to give this a try yourself, below is a colour list so that you can play along with me.

Copic matches from Jane Allen for coloring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set #mftstamps

Once I had coloured my image, it was time to turn my attention to the sentiment which is also from the Polar Bear Pals stamp set. I stamped it in Versamark Ink and embossed with White Detail Embossing Powder on a sheet of Watercolor Wash Paper Brights Paper Pack that I had cut out using a die from the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

I mounted the rectangle on a darker piece of card stock prior to adhering it and the polar bear to the card.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set, Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX and Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

I hope you have enjoyed my maiden post, and I will be back next month with another colouring project.

Happy colouring!

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Crafting in the Kitschy Kitchen with Brianna

Today’s guest is the talented Brianna Loeffelbein. Let’s check out the fun card she created for us today!

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Hi everyone! Brianna here, and I’m so excited to be a guest designer this month! I can’t wait to share some projects with you!

I just adore the Kitschy Kitchen stamp set and love how versatile it is. This set is chock-full of many different amazing images. I decided to use multiple images from the set and go with the monochromatic look using Sno Cone card stock and Summer Splash Premium Dye Ink.

Handmade card from Brianna Loeffelbein featuring You Bake Me Happy stamp set, Kitschy Kitchen stamp set and Die-namics, and Blueprints 29 Die-namics #mftstamps

With so many stamps in this set, it’s perfect for making your own background paper. To add a little extra pop to my card I used the Kitschy Kitchen coordinating Die-namics to die cut the pitcher, popped it up with foam tape, and added some embroidery floss behind it. The sentiment is from the You Bake Me Happy stamp set.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Be sure to check back next week to see my other creations!


Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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Love Is in the Air – Romantic

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We’re wrapping up our celebration of LOVE with another fantastic video from Stephanie. And just so you know, we sure do love all of you! You are all a special part of MFT every day of the year, and we LOVE that!

Romantic Love Is in the Air

Today we’re highlighting ways to show your love to that special someone. We card makers know that those store-bought cards just won’t do in this situation. Our loved ones expect something spectacular!

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Watch and learn as Stephanie steps you through the creation of a STUNNING card filled with ooshy-gooshy love! You’ll love her inventive technique using our Watercolor Flowers stamp set that can be used for any type of card design. Stephanie always has such great tips! Here’s what she created for today:

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Watercolor Flowers stamp sets and Flop Card - Heart Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Watercolor Flowers stamp sets and Flop Card - Heart Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch Love Is in the Air – Romantic on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Comment on the blog and/or on YouTube to be eligible to win a $25 voucher so that you can create Valentines with some fun new products.
  • To be eligible to win: leave a comment on the blog post and/or on today’s video on YouTube
  • Deadline to comment is Thursday, January 19 at 10 PM EST.
  • All winners will be announced on Monday, January 23rd, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We hope you are feeling the LOVE!

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Love Is in the Air – Friends & Coworkers

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Can you feel it? Love Is in the Air! Our January release is filled with all kinds of ways to show your love, so this week we’re giving you great ideas for making handmade Valentines for your favorite people. Join us today through tomorrow for projects with lots of heart.

Love Is in the Air for Friends & Coworkers

Want to show your friends and colleagues that you love and appreciate them? Today we’ve got a fab idea to do just that!

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Valentine’s day is the perfect time for heartfelt gifts for everyone! Need to make something lovely for dear friends or coworkers? Stephanie has a great idea today to help you craft up something cute AND delicious for your BFFs and/or colleagues. See how she uses the Hug in a Mug and Love Is in the Mail stamp sets and Hot Cocoa Cups and Flop Card – Heart Die-namics to create this cute way to give the gift of hot chocolate with paper crafted flair.

Handmade Valentine gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring Love Is in the Mail stamp set, Laina Lamb Design Hug in a Mug stamp set and Hot Cocoa Cups Die-namics, and Flop Card - Heart Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade Valentine gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring Love Is in the Mail stamp set, Laina Lamb Design Hug in a Mug stamp set and Hot Cocoa Cups Die-namics, and Flop Card - Heart Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade Valentine gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring Love Is in the Mail stamp set, Laina Lamb Design Hug in a Mug stamp set and Hot Cocoa Cups Die-namics, and Flop Card - Heart Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch Love Is in the Air – Friends/Coworkers on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Comment on the blog and/or on YouTube to be eligible to win a $25 voucher so that you can create Valentines with some fun new products.
  • To be eligible to win: leave a comment on the blog post and/or on today’s video on YouTube
  • Deadline to comment is Thursday, January 19 at 10 PM EST.
  • All winners will be announced on Monday, January 23rd, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We hope you are feeling the LOVE!

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Release Replay: January 2017

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Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring Kind Words stamp set and Stitched Heart Grid, Stitched Fishtail Frames, and Blueprints 25 Die-namics #mftstamps

Karolyn created an eye-catching and colorful card with our new Stitched Heart Grid Die-namics and a sentiment from the Kind Words stamp set.

The cool new Stitched Heart Grid Die-namics gives you so many options! Karolyn die cut the hearts from a colorful panel to create her interesting grid of hearts. The stitch lines that come with this Die-namics gives her design delightful detail. She finished off the card with a simple sentiment and dots in basic black to allow the hearts to shine.

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Knight in Shining Armor stamp set, Once upon a Time stamp set and Die-namics, and Stitched Mini Scallop Oval STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

The cute new Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets stole the hearts of many of you during our January release. What could be more fun than creating your own fairytale?

Take a look at what Vika did here. She began with the Stitched Mini Scallop Oval STAX to create a focal point for her fairy tale and then added in a princess, her trusty horse, and a majestic castle in the distance. What a wonderful way to celebrate a good friend!

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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Love Is in the Air – Kids & Teachers

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Can you feel it? Love Is in the Air! Our January release is filled with all kinds of ways to show your love, so this week we’re giving you great ideas for making handmade Valentines for your favorite people. Join us today through Wednesday for projects with lots of heart.

Love Is in the Air for Kids & Teachers

You’ll LOVE the projects we have today celebrating kids and teachers. If you create Valentine’s for these awesome people, today’s tutorial is just what you’re looking for!

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To begin with, Stephanie created two ADORABLE treat wraps for candy that would be sweet to give to your kids or if you’re up to it, make some for an entire classroom of children. The Castle Die-namics is the basis for the wrap which she decorated with the English Brick Wall stencil, and she used images from the Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets to complete her fairytale scene.

Handmade treat wraps from Stephanie Klauck featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics, Castle Die-namics, and English Brick Wall stencil #mftstamps

Handmade treat wraps from Stephanie Klauck featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics, Castle Die-namics, and English Brick Wall stencil #mftstamps

And don’t forget those hardworking teachers on Valentine’s Day! Stephanie also shares some quick ways to dress up festive pencils with the Well-Connected Alphabet and Label Maker Love stamp sets and the Flop Card – Heart Die-namics.

Handmade pencil treats from Stephanie Klauck featuring Label Maker Love and Well-Connected Alphabet stamp sets and Flop Card - Heart Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch Love Is in the Air – Kids/Teachers on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Comment on the blog and/or on YouTube to be eligible to win a $25 voucher so that you can create Valentines with some fun new products.
  • To be eligible to win: leave a comment on the blog post and/or on today’s video on YouTube
  • Deadline to comment is Thursday, January 19 at 10 PM EST.
  • All winners will be announced on Monday, January 23rd, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We hope you are feeling the LOVE!

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Product Spotlight: Castle

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Donna’s blog: Sharron aka Sharrahug

from Jody’s blog: marzee

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

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Time to take a trip back to re-visit two of our January Release products. This month, we’re taking a closer look at the Castle Die-namics. Create a custom fairytale scene with the magical Castle Die-namics! Layer pieces together to create a tall tower and turret, add an entrance to the castle with the cute door with embossed detail, and use the unique edge die to emulate a castle wall. You can mix and match to your heart’s content to create your very own enchanting kingdom! Show your royal colors by adding your signature color to the flag designed to fly atop the castle tower, and add detail to your castle with our English Brick Wall stencil, Small Brick Background stamp, or Brick Wall Cover-Up Die-namics. This Die-namics is the perfect complement to our Once upon a Time, Knight in Shining Armor, and Magical Dragons stamp sets! Fairytales do come true with the Castle Die-namics!

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Castle Die-namics in use #mftstamps

Let’s see how our team featured the Castle Die-namics in their own projects this month:

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

We can’t wait to see what you create with the January Release, so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can be inspired by your beautiful work!

Paper Doll Castle – Coloring with Sandy Allnock

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Hello and Happy January, everyone! Can you believe it’s already 2017??

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I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m back with another of my monthly installments of Create in Color! (Click HERE to see the others!) Last month a number of folks asked for colored pencil, and a few asked for the Magic Colored Pencil Technique. Your wish is granted! I chose some really darling stamps with a true fantasy element to them. And a set of dies that you can use to build a custom castle of your own design!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

The castle was fun to design! I didn’t use all the parts in the die set, but you can try cutting them all out and arranging them until you come up with a structure you like! Note that this project could be a card like I made it to be, or it could be a gift for a child who loves playing with paper fantasy toys!

I used Prismacolor Pencils for my coloring, though you can color with any medium you like. If you choose pencil, you can leave it as plain pencil or get a blending stub and some baby oil to blend the color! (The pencil numbers I used: 923, 1022, 932, 907, 1096, 1082, 947, 1002, 921, 1013, 1092)

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

The little princess is feeding flowers to her stable of ponies…

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

And the little knight has a bedazzled helmet! His enemies won’t be able to see him during battle since the sunlight will be twinkling off all that shimmer.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

A ferocious dragon will guard the castle or perhaps draw some angry eyebrows on him so the knight has someone to fight!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

To get the creatures to stand up, a second die cut is glued just at the top. I made a little score line on each one so the two pieces separate and make the figures stand on their own.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

The glitter was added to Glossy Accents. You could also just let the shiny coating add to the images without using glitter, but… why not, right?

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Thanks so much for joining me for this little magical project! As always, let me know if you’ve got a suggestion for a medium to use in February! And by all means join me over on my blog to get lots more education on all kinds of mediums!

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MFTv – You’ve Got Mail

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What could be better than a little bit of love in the mailbox? In this week’s episode, Stephanie uses the brand new Mailbox Die-namics to create a happy little card. She even adds a little bit of love to the inside of the card with the Love Is in the Mail stamp set for that extra special touch. Follow Stephanie’s lead and create your own masterpiece with products from My Favorite Things!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Love Is in the Mail stamp set and Mailbox and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Love Is in the Mail stamp set and Mailbox and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Love Is in the Mail stamp set and Mailbox and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – You’ve Got Mail on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!

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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW January Products!

You’ve been waiting an entire week to take home the latest Die-namics, stamp sets, ink cubes, and papers. Now it’s finally time to make them yours!

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics #mftstampsAll of our January release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win 1 of 2 $100 Gift Vouchers as part of tonight’s New Product Launch celebration!

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In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order.  We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase.

Free with $60 Cloud 9 Die-namics #mftstamps

1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

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2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $75.

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3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp set, Floral Fantasy Background stamp, and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring Birdie Brown Otterly Love You stamp set and Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics #mftstamps

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past few days. They have another shot of inspiration to help inspire you and narrow down your shopping list to your must-have items. Visit each of their January Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, January 12, for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 Gift Vouchers. The winners will be chosen at random and the prizes will be sent out on January 13. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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