Happy Thanksgiving to you from My Favorite Things!
Even if you’re not celebrating Thanksgiving today, we want to take the time to let you know how grateful we are for each and every one of you. Your passion and enthusiasm drives us to continue to serve your creative “needs,” and we are so honored to be able to do just that!
We wish you a bountiful harvest of blessings, not only today, but the whole year through!
Last week the My Favorite Things staff shared their thankfulness and handed out boxed meals as part of Deliver the Difference — a program with the intention of “empowering people to break the cycle of poverty through life skills and nutrition – locally, nationally and internationally.” Looks like it was a fun afternoon and a good way to round out our #mftgivesback celebration!
Now it’s YOUR turn. What are you thankful for? How can you share your thankfulness with others?
Feeling very thankful for you,
Susan R. Opel, Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things
The effervescent Kathy Racoosin is our guest today. You’re probably familiar with her popular 30 Day Coloring Challenge (and if you’re not, spend some time with #thedailymarker30day3 on Instagram…prepare to be amazed!) so we’re thrilled she’s taken the time to share some MFT projects with us this month.
Since I was a toddler I have always had a passion for the artistic–whether I was entering coloring contests or drawing Ziggy cards for friends & family. Fast forward to adulthood: I was always on a search to satisfy my need to create; finally in 2009 I discovered my love for rubber stamping & blogging. My newest passion is hosting the The 30 Day Coloring Challenge several times a year. I truly believe that anyone can color beautifully and it’s my hope to help you feel successful with tips that I share on my blog.
Kathy’s first card is a study in shading with a beautiful touch of glitter. Don’t miss how she added subtle patterning to her sun with the Formal Fleur de Lis Stencil!
Kathy’s second card features a charming scene that combines the latest from Pure Innocence with a sweet shoppe from the Winter Wonderland stamp set. Placing her scene against a beautifully shaded background that also serves as a sentiment provides a brilliant bit of detail.
Is our Pure Innocence line playing a part in your holiday crafting? Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.
Brown paper packages tied up with strings…these are a few of My Favorite Things.
Tag, you’re it! Time to embellish those pretty packages with tags accented by our extensive collection of holiday-appropriate Die-namics. MFT has the tools and our team is bringing the imagination so dive into those last minute details – Christmas is just around the corner.
Rather than choosing a traditional tag shape, Karolyn reached for the Mason Jar Die-namics to create her sweet tags. What an adorably inventive way to create small scenic accents for your packages!
Shake things up this holiday season with theme appropriate shaker accents and festive dimensional bows! Torico filled her shaker tags, created with the Tag Builder Blueprints 4, with sweet treats in a variety of candy colors.
Find more inspiration from our team in the links below – keep on clicking to see how they interpreted this month’s Die-namics Design challenge.
Our post on November 12th garnered a lot of great ideas from those who commented. Carolyn said, “Thank you for inspiring me to give to my local Children’s hospital! I will be giving to CHOA here in Atlanta, GA.” And Jeanette Robertson commented, “I give all papers and cardstock, bling, etc. [that] I haven’t used in a couple of years to an elementary school in my neighbourhood. The school budget has been slashed so much over the years that they have only pennies for art supplies.”
Our focus today is ways that we can Give Our Time.
Time is a valuable commodity, and we carefully choose how we use each minute of every day. With our busy schedules, making time to give of our time doesn’t come naturally, but when we can use that time to give back to others, the satisfaction is immense.
Last week the My Favorite Things staff handed out boxed meals as part of Deliver the Difference — a program with the intention of “empowering people to break the cycle of poverty through life skills and nutrition – locally, nationally and internationally.” Located in nearby Tavares, FL, it’s a great way for the staff to give back right in their own back yard.
Now it’s YOUR turn. We’d love for you to consider who you could share your time with. Perhaps it’s a neighbor whose leaves need to be raked or a child who could use some extra help with math. Maybe you could visit a retirement home and teach crafts or sing or just hold some lonely hands. Take a deep breath. Give of yourself. You’ll be glad you did!
Part of the joy of creating a handmade card or gift is giving it to someone to brighten their day—a simple act of kindness that can have a lasting impact. To encourage these acts of kindness, I am hosting the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Throughout the month of November, I’ll be challenging you to share an act of handmade kindness with someone. Whether you make a card, a note, or a treat… anything handmade counts. Each week there will be a new challenge on my website, as well as special guests, videos, giveaways, and more. I hope you will join me at jennifermcguireink.com and use the hashtag #sharehandmadekindess.
How have you given of your time, and what did you gain from the experience? We’d love to hear from you.
Susan R. Opel, Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things
Carly Tee Minner is our delightful guest today. She loves sparkle and you will too after seeing her charming shaker card projects!
I am beyond honored and thrilled that MFT asked me to be here as a guest designer! Today I used Lisa Johnson Designs Trim the Tree stamps & Die-namics, along with the Fireplace Die-namics and the Stitched Rectangle STAX to create 2 shaker cards. I LOVE shaker cards, they are so festive and cheerful!
To create my Christmas tree shaker I started by applying a little blue ink to white cardstock. Then I die cut my inked cardstock with the largest Stitched Rectangle and tree from Trim the Tree. I stamped the dotted scalloped border from the Trim the Tree stamp set in white & embossed it. I added a sentiment to the bottom and gifts tied with baker’s twine.Then I created the shaker by adhering acetate to the backside of my panel and foam mounting it to my card over clear sequins.
I created my fireplace card in the same fashion, adhering acetate to the back of the fireplace and foam mounting it to a kraft stitched rectangle. I added stars from the Trim the Tree stamp set stamped in silver and some silver splatter to the top of the kraft panel. I die cut some stockings in white and watercolored them red, adding silver glitter to the top. Can you tell I like sparkle?!
Are you adding some sparkle to your MFT projects this holiday season? Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.
Debra is back with us today with another trio of inspiring seasonal looks. These chill projects will put the cool into your winter crafting!
I used Pure Innocence Season’s Tweetings stamp set for this card. I stamped her and the bird onto blending card with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and coloured with my Copics. The background was made by blending Summer Splash Premium Dye Ink and then, using the Let it Snowflake Die-namics, I die cut into the card and then finished with the Pierced Rectangle STAX. The sweet little girl and bird were then glued down. The sentiment was stamped on vellum.
For this card I drew a Christmas Tree triangle shape with a lead pencil onto white card stock and then using Limelight, Summer Splash, Peach Bellini, Kraft, and Cotton Candy Premium Dye Inks, I stamped the sentiments and extras from Winter Wonderland and Trim the Tree. It did take a bit of masking and arranging of the sentiments to create a good fit (the results are so worth it though!)
For this final card, I used the Cool Cup Die-namics, Pinstripe Background, Fall Florals, Stay Cool, and a heart from the Flamingos Die-namics. I die cut 2 cups from water colour card stock. I coloured one of them with pink and orange paint and stamped images from the Fall Florals set with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I then trimmed it to add to the middle of my other die-cut cup. I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and die cut with the Radial Stitched Circle STAX.
Inspired? Me too! When you create your next MFT project, be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.
Debra James is joining us on the blog today. You’re going to love her innovative take on new November Release products mixed in with a healthy dose of previously released items!
Hi there everyone. I’m very happy and excited as I have the honour of being a Guest Designer for My Favourite Things. It’s no surprise to those who know me that I love all things MFT, especially going by my rather extensive collection of MFT stamps and Die-namics, and to get to share my card creations today using these fabulous products is a dream come true.
My cards today showcase a mix of older and newer release stamps and Die-namics.
My first card has been created using the Winter Wonderland stamp set and coordinating Die-namics, along with Pop-Up Holiday Greetings, Trim the Tree, and Homespun Stitch Lines. The houses have been stamped with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto X-press It Blending card and coloured with Copic Markers. I stamped the ornaments and garland using various MFT Premium Dye Inks to match the colouring of the houses. I framed the card with paper from the Dots & Stripes Sorbet Paper Pack.
For the next card, I again used the Winter Wonderland stamp set and Die-namics along with the Pierced Rectangle STAX and balloons from Birthday Bears. I masked off the bottom of my card with a post-it note and then sponged on blue ink, added some splattered ink of the same colour, and flicked on some water droplets. I stamped my sentiment before die cutting the Pierced Rectangle at an angle on the card. I added some foam beneath to lift the die-cut piece off the base and give dimension. I then attached my house and the 11 Balloons.
I wanted to create some ornaments for my next card. This was achieved by using the Winter Wonderland stamp set and Die-namics, Stitched Arch STAX, Snow Drifts Die-namics, Blueprints 26, and a sentiment from Trim the Tree. I sponged Blue Breeze Premium Dye Ink onto white card stock and splattered on some white paint to give the look of snow. Taking the inked card and using the Stitched Arch STAX, I cut 3 from this piece and an extra 6 pieces from white card stock. The 6 extra pieces were then die cut using the snowdrifts die. I then taped these together to form my ornaments. The images from Winter Wonderland were stamped and heat embossed with Silver embossing powder and positioned on the ornaments to create little scenes. The string and bow from the Blueprints 26 were cut from Silver Foil Card Stock and a silver heat embossed sentiment was added to the card.
Are you walking in a crafty wonderland? Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.
Red and green are beautiful and traditional but also, a bit predictable this time of year. This month, we’ve challenged the team to think outside the box by applying non-traditional color schemes to their Christmas crafting. Modernize your holiday with an unexpected pop of color!
Francine’s rich, jewel-like color choices are a beautiful match to the Modern Blooms stamp set. Grounded on a Pure Plum card base, this look will be a memorable Christmas greeting to a very lucky recipient.
Icy blue is a beautiful counterpoint to vivid Santa red on Stephanie’s adorable card. Subtly stamped snowflakes accented with a hint of sparkle complete the look to perfection.
Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they’re mixing things up this holiday season. Tag #mftstamps when you share your own holiday projects so we can see how you were inspired.
Steel Shimmer Mist is an easy way to add neutral color that complements a variety of color schemes, as well as subtle shine to your projects. Beyond simply spraying it though, there are a multitude of ways it can be used on your cards. This week, Kimberly’s sharing 5 different techniques you can use for applying this versatile product.
Kimberly’s shimmering samples feature Steel Shimmer Mist used with a stencil, and to showcase a resist technique with one of our background stamps.
Check out Kimberly’s informative tutorial HERE or by playing the embedded video below.
The annual MFT Retirement Sale is underway! Within our Sale category, you’ll find a vast array of stamp sets, Die-namics, and stencils at 50% off their regular price. All of these products will be retired once they’re gone though so don’t wait long to take advantage of these incredible prices and stock up on your wish list items! You’ll find the limited supply of products in our Sale category – no coupon code required. Not valid on previous purchases.
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