Tea Time with Laura

We brought Laura Dovalo back again this month to share some of her fantastic work featuring the Laina Lamb Design Tea Party Die-namics and Cup of Tea stamp set.

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Summer is over, but I’m not yet in the mood for a fall palette, so I made my last three cards as a guest designer for My Favorite Things using bright colors and featuring the wonderful Tea Party Die-namics and Cup of Tea stamp set.

My first card is quite special and I love it, although next time, I would put the exposed pinked edge of the disc to the left, to make it easier to activate.

Handmade interactive card from Laura Dovalo featuring Laina Lamb Design Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Party Die-namics #mftstamps

I came up with the idea to have the sentiment trickle from the tea pot into the cup and used the same mechanism that I did in my interactive Dracula card a while ago – a rotating disc and a brad. I simply stamped the text “You’re invited to a tea party” on my disc (three layers cut using the largest die from the Stiched Circle Scallop Frames Die-namics glued together) by bending the stamps a little bit and cutting the groove in my card panel with a craft knife.

Here’s a short video clip of the card in action:

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My second creation is a funny “get well” card in which the tea cup is used as a soup cu It’s quite obvious what type of soup it holds, isn’t it? The chicken is from The Whole Herd stamp set and the flower is from the retired Fresh Cut Flowers Die-namics.

Handmade card from Laura Dovalo featuring Laina Lamb Design Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Party Die-namics #mftstamps

My third card is a version of one that I made for my husband last Valentine’s Day. It looks very clean and simple, but holds a surprise…

Handmade card from Laura Dovalo featuring Laina Lamb Design Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Party Die-namics #mftstamps

When you carefully pull on the mini tag, something unexpected is revealed!

Handmade card from Laura Dovalo featuring Laina Lamb Design Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Party Die-namics #mftstamps

Some hearts and a tiny shaker tea bag with platinum embossing on it are attached to the tag string! The mechanism is simp – a hidden compartment holds the mini garland out of sight. If you want to see a full tutorial, feel free to visit my blog.

That’s all from me! It has been a blast and I feel really privileged to have been part of the MFT family for these past two months. A special thanks to Erica Hernandez and Susan Opel for their help and to all of you nice ladies who left such sweet comments! Hasta la vista!


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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Out of the Box

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

Squares and rectangles are pleasing to the eye and lend an orderly feel to your cards but unexpected shapes add energy and excitement! From angled panels and wonky shapes to curves, waves, and special forms – Blueprints provides the perfect solution to any design dilemma. Check out how our designers featured these unique elements in this month’s Creative Construction with Blueprints challenge.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Blueprints 18 and Pretty Posies #mftstamps

The angled panel included in Blueprints 18 is a positively elegant edition to Barbara’s Pretty Posies arrangement – especially with the gorgeous texture she’s added with the Scattered Bars Stencil! Her white embossing on vellum adds even more texture and depth.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Blueprints 9 and Hog Heaven #mftstamps

Blueprints 9 features a large tag shape and a scaled edge piece. Torico has combined them to create this sweet little house for her three piggies. You can huff and puff but you won’t blow this card down!

ALSO, today we’d like to introduce our newest member of the MFT family. We fell in love with Vika‘s style as she guest designed for us last month and fortunately for us, she accepted our offer to join our Creative Team. You’ll be seeing a lot more of her beautiful creations as we begin our October Release Countdown beginning Friday so stay tuned! Welcome, Vika!

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Handmade card from Vika Salmina #mftstamps

We’re not done yet – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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MFTv – Spotlight Stamping

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Our Bundles of Blossoms Background was a huge hit when we released it and remains a favorite as subsequent releases roll on by. Emulating the look of trendy, intricate coloring books, this stamp provides ample opportunity of customizing in a variety of ways. In this week’s episode of MFTv, watch as Stephanie walks through the process of using this gorgeous design to create a show-stopping spotlight stamping look.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Bundles of Blossoms Background #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Bundles of Blossoms Background #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – Spotlight Stamping 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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A Big Hello from Gemma

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

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Gemma Campbell is joining us again today with a selection of cards sure to appeal to a variety of styles and occasions.

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I’m here for my second day as guest designer, with a trio of different cards to share using products from the September Release. A huge thank you to the MFT team for inviting me to join them this month – I’ve had loads of fun!

Golden Hello

I love the Big Hello Die-namics – it’s perfect for using as a focal point on a card.  For this card, I combined it with some patterned paper and a gold heat-embossed background for a monochromatic graphic card.

I heat embossed leaves from the Jumping with Joy stamp set in gold to create a background for my card. I used one of the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics to trim down the panel, then die cut the “Hello” from the centre of the card. 

 I chose a piece of gold patterned paper from the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Paper Pack.  I added this to cover the front of a notecard, then added the Hello panel over the top with foam tape. I added a little piece of foam tape behind the centre of the O so I could add that too.

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Gathering Friends

When I saw the squirrels in the Harvest Buddies stamp set, I could just imagine one of them in a tree, throwing acorns down to the other squirrel with the cart.

The squirrel, acorns, and tree trunk are coloured with Copics. On a Kraft card base, I stamped an acorn background in dark brown ink. 

I die cut the smallest of the Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames three times from white card stock. I kept one of the interior rectangles and added an embossed sentiment. On the frames, I blended on Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink for some colour.  

Finally, I added a smattering of acorns and sequins around the card.

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Chevron Jump with Joy

The Split Chevron Cover-Up offers so many possibilities for adding interest and colour to a card.  I chose three papers from the Painted Prints Smitten Paper Pack for this card. I love the colours!

First, I adhered double sided adhesive sheets behind the papers before die cutting them with the Cover-Up. I added one of the frames to a light grey card base, then assembled the chevron design from the three papers, trying to be as random as possible while leaving some gaps too.

 The sweet girl from the Jumping with Joy stamp set is coloured with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens, using colours that matched the papers I’d chosen. I added a Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames die cut, coloured with blue distress ink, and finished the card with a heat-embossed sentiment and a sprinkling of sequins.

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Thanks so much for joining me on the MFT blog today. It’s been amazing to share my cards with you all. I’d love to see you at my blog sometime where, in future posts, I’ll be sharing more cards using this month’s wonderful release from My Favorite Things.

Happy crafting!


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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Sunny Smiles from Lynn

Lynn is back today with another card duo that will put a smile on your face with their cheery colors and designs.

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Hello there!  I’m so happy to be back to share a few more of the cards that I created using the fantastic products from the MFT September release. I’d like to thank the My Favorite Things team for having me as a guest designer this month – it’s been so fun and such an honor.

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For my first card I used the new Fall Friends stamp set along with the Big Hello Die-namics and the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics to create a sunny thinking of you card.

I started out with a white card base, then added a strip of yellow polka dot paper from the Dots & Stripes Sorbet Paper Pack. Then I used a piece of watercolor paper that I had die cut using the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges and I did some watercoloring using Mustard Seed & Wild Honey Distress Inks.  Next, using Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Crushed Olive Distress Inks, I watercolored the cute Fall Friends sunflower image that I stamped onto watercolor paper. After that, I used Big Hello and die cut it twice, once from craft foam and once from yellow card stock.  I used the same yellow distress inks and sponged on some color along the bottom of my yellow die cut letters, then glued them to the die cut foam letters for some added dimension before adhering them to my watercolored panel along with my watercolored sunflower.  To finish off my card, I attached my stamped sentiment banner and tied on some black and white bakers twine.

Handmade card from Lynn Put featuring Big Hello Die-namics #mftstamps

I had so much fun creating this next card!  These llamas from the Llama Love set are a crack-up! I started out by stamping the llamas and cactus images onto watercolor paper and watercolored them using some Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Mowed Lawn and Crushed Olive Distress Inks. Next I used another piece of watercolor paper for my background and blended on some Wild Honey Distress Ink, adding some water splashes and flecks of black craft ink using a paint brush. After that, I used the Stepped Up Chevron Die-namics and die cut one from red card stock and one from yellow card stock and attached them to a strip of kraft card stock. The final step was to stamp my sentiment along the bottom of the card and assemble my scene, popping up two of the cactus and the front llama with foam tape.  For some added color, I die cut saddle blankets for the llamas and added red and gold sequins for some sparkle.

Handmade card from Lynn Put featuring Llama Love #mftstamps

Handmade card from Lynn Put featuring Llama Love #mftstamps

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and thank you for stopping by!


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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It’s Time To Shop for the NEW September Kit!

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It’s finally time to make the new Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit all yours.

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Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end of this post to see how YOU can win a $50 Gift Voucher as part of tonight’s Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit Launch celebration!

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

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

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA 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 Melania Deasy featuring Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit #mftstamps

Like what you see? Add more coordinating product to stretch your kit even further.

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Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Snowflake Sparkle Countdown prizes. Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown. Two lucky people will win a $25 prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts tomorrow.

Countdown Day Two Winner: Yesenia Herrera – Sep 19, 2016 @ 01:30

Countdown Day One Winner: Isabel Z – Sep 20, 2016 @ 06:18

Congratulations to the winners!

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past two days. They have another shot of inspiration – visit each of their Snowflake Sparkle Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, September 22 for your chance to WIN a $50 Gift Voucher to the MFT Boutique. The winner will be chosen at random and the prize will be sent out on September 23. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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The Day Has Arrived! The Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit Release Is So Close!

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We have one more day to preview our new Snowflake Sparkle Kit before it’s available for purchase tonight. More inspiration and a handy PDF download are among the treats we have for you today.

Today, we’re featuring Out of the Box looks – cards that combine the products included in the kit with previously released MFT products. These amazing projects from the team will show how easily the stamps and Die-namics can be integrated into your existing MFT collection.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon ET on September 20. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 10:00 PM ET on September 20 on the MFT Blog.

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As a reminder, this coordinated collection will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The $69.99 purchase price for this kit is over a 25% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. To round out this spectacular kit, you’ll get fourteen sheets of card stock that match and coordinate with the Premium Dye Ink Cubes, including three bedazzling sparkle card stocks. The Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit will make your holiday cards shine!

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The Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit PDF features card samples as well as a complete listing of the kit contents. You can download a printable version HERE.

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Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new September Card Kit. Remember, Snowflake Sparkle will be available tonight at 10 PM ET!

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Introducing the Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit

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Custom products, carefully curated for hours of creative play – that’s what MFT card kits provide. Our coordinated collections will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The purchase price for this kit is $69.99 – with a retail value of close to $95, you’ll save 25% off the individual purchase price!

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit and be inspired by a plethora of awesome projects from our team.

Today, we’re featuring In the Box looks – cards that feature only the items in the kit along with basic tools, shapes, and supplies. These amazing projects from the team will demonstrate just how versatile the kit is and the wide variety of projects you can create with it.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon ET on September 20. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 10:00 PM ET on September 20 on the MFT Blog.

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The forecast for our September card it calls for heavy snowfall with a chance of pretty holiday cards! The Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit includes everything you need to make glorious and breathtaking greetings just in time for the Christmas card making season. This month’s kit includes an unprecedented two stamp sets and two Die-namics. The Simply Snowflakes stamp set features a gorgeous array of intricate snowflakes with delicate details just right for whipping up soft and pretty one-layer cards perfect for sending in the mail. The four Premium Dye Ink Cubes in soft blues and greens will allow you to create a winter wonderland with this set. Not only are there bold snowflakes, you’ll also find tiny detail stamps to add interest to your designs. The Simply Snowflakes Die-namics coordinates with the Simply Snowflakes stamp set, and it enables you to cut the six largest snowflakes for added dimension and interest. In addition, the Snowfall of Blessings stamp set features seven thoughtful sentiments in a charming script that will give you many options – not only for holiday cards but also for winter birthdays and beyond. You’ll find that the snowflakes and sentiments meld seamlessly for elegant designs. But the options don’t stop there! Our second Die-namics — Peaceful Words — features a super thin and dainty sentiment in the same script as the Snowfall of Blessings stamp set. Yes, we’re taking the guesswork out of your creative time and giving you the options you desire to create a variety of marvelous designs. You’ll also have the option of using the greetings from Peaceful Words after the holiday season is over by pairing it with other Die-namics for even more mileage. To round out this spectacular kit, you’ll get fourteen sheets of card stock that match and coordinate with the Premium Dye Ink Cubes including three bedazzling sparkle card stocks! The Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit will make your holiday cards shine!

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We’re so thrilled that you were as excited about our new mid-month Free with $60 offer as we were. With this month’s kit release, we’re unveiling the Merry Christmas Die-namics. Remember, our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60 so this Christmas bonus is a guaranteed gift with every kit order placed!

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Learn more about the MFT Stamps – Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit on YouTube or by watching the video below.

A brand new episode of MFTv features a fantastic technique that you can replicate with the contents of this month’s card kit. Watch to see just how easy it is to create this lovely and encouraging design using the Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, Embossed Glitter Snowflakes with the Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit, on YouTube or simply watch the 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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Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new September Card Kit. Remember, Snowflake Sparkle will be available tomorrow, September 20!

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Happy Hedgehogs with Gemma

Today’s guest is the delightful Gemma Campbell and she is smitten with Happy Hedgehogs (who isn’t?) Let’s check out the charming trio she’s created for us today!

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I’m thrilled to be a guest designer for My Favorite Things this month. Thank you so much to all the team at MFT for having me.

As a huge fan of My Favorite Things, I am always excited to see their new release countdown each month and all the fabulous cards their design team create.

Today I have three cards to share, using the newly released Happy Hedgehogs stamp set and Die-namics. I can’t get enough of these cute hedgehogs!

Lean on Me

There are two hedgehogs in the Happy Hedgehogs stamp set that can be angled to lean in to each other. They work perfectly with the sentiment “You Can Always Lean on Me.”

The hedgehogs are coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I die cut a circle and frame using the Single Stitch Line Circle Frames Die-namics, and added a nest of gold embossed leaves for the hedgehogs to snuggle under.

I created an orange distress ink background for some autumn colour. The tag is cut using one of the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics, with a white heat-embossed sentiment. I blended a red distress ink over the tag so the white sentiment really pops, then finished the card with a few clear droplets scattered around.

Handmade card from Gemma Campbell featuring Birdie Brown Happy Hedgehogs #mftstamps

Handmade card from Gemma Campbell featuring Birdie Brown Happy Hedgehogs #mftstamps

I like How You Roll

The sentiment “I like How You Roll,” from the Happy Hedgehogs set, just cries out for a spin and slide card.

For this card, I die cut a circle card base and a circle frame, using the Single Stitch Line Circle Frames Die-namics. I die cut a channel from the inner circle with one of the Circle Spinner Channels – this is how the hedgehog will roll around the card. The sentiment is heat embossed and curved to follow the edge of the circle. Over everything, I blended distress inks in autumn colours. To help the card base stand out more, I used the Chevron Grid Stencil and more distress ink to add pattern.

I used a penny for my slider mechanism, making sure to leave enough room around the channel at the back of the circle for the penny to move freely. This time I used Copics to colour the hedgehog. I added him to the penny mechanism and tested out the card. It was so fun to watch him spin and roll!

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Handmade card from Gemma Campbell featuring Birdie Brown Happy Hedgehogs #mftstamps

Hello, Friend

I do love a colourful background, but I’m also a big fan of the clean and simple look. For my final card today, I combined Happy Hedgehogs with a bouquet of Fall Florals and used the Stepped Up Chevron Die-namics to create a textured white-on-white background.

I arranged the die-cut flowers on the card and tucked in a small tag amongst them along with a sentiment from Happy Hedgehogs. I coloured a hedgehog with zig pens, then used foam tape to pop him up on the card. I finished with some clear sequins.

Handmade card from Gemma Campbell featuring Birdie Brown Happy Hedgehogs #mftstamps

Handmade card from Gemma Campbell featuring Birdie Brown Happy Hedgehogs #mftstamps

If you’re interested in reading more about how I made any of these cards and the colours I used, please visit me at my blog during the week for more details.

I’ll be back on the MFT blog later this month with more cards to share. Have a lovely day!


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There’s Still Time to Enter Our Card Contest!

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Last week we introduced our Card Design Superstar Card Contest, and there was an instant buzz in card-making land!

We are halfway to the deadline of 10 pm EDT on Thursday, September 22nd, so don’t delay! We already have a bunch of beautiful entries, and we can’t wait to check them all out.

You can see all of the cards that have been entered so far HERE, and you can add YOUR design to the mix as well. You’ll find all of the contest details at this link HERE.

It would be fun if we could all leave some love on the entries. It takes guts to put yourself out there like that. Just entering the contest is a big step, so kudos to everyone who took the leap!

Here’s a reminder of what it’s all about:

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A couple of things to remember:

  • Your entries MUST use stamps and Die-namics from My Favorite Things only. Entries using non-MFT stamps and Die-namics will be disqualified. Ink, card stock, and other products from other companies are OK.
  • You may use retired products stamps and Die-namics from My Favorite Things in your entries.
  • Absolutely ANYONE can enter this contest. No matter where you live, you are invited to participate.
  • When submitting your card, please simply use your name in the Link Title section. This is a little detail that some people have been missing.

Before you go… a little reminder of the prize you might win if you are chosen as on of our ten Card Design Superstars! I don’t know… maybe THIS is why people are so excited!

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OK! So one week until the deadline! If you’ve already added your links, way to go! We are so thrilled that you chose to participate. If you’re still trying to decide, GO for it! What have you got to lose?