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Hello again crafty friends! Lexa here with my last post as MFT Guest Designer this month. For today’s post I will be showcasing adorable critters. They are surely my thing!

My first card is a camping scene using the Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set. It’s a bear holding a grilled fish!

I die cut white card stock with the largest Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics and split it into two parts. Next, I blended some Orange Fizz and Grape Jelly Hybrid Ink in between the two parts to create the sky. Once it was dry, I adhered both rectangle pieces with foam tape to give the card some dimension. I stamped all my images with black ink on watercolor paper and colored them with distress markers and after I finished coloring, I created the scene (always my favorite part!)

The sentiment is from the Forest Friends stamp set, and it matches perfectly with the image. I like cute and punny sentiments beary much 🙂 I white heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of dark brown card stock and added some various sizes of clear sequins to finish off the card.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Forest Friends stamp set, Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set and Die-namics, and Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

I really love all of the critter stamp sets from MFT. I can’t resist them every new release – imagine that! I personally never camped, but I might want to try that if there’s a red polka dot tent like this one! I love everything polka dots.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Forest Friends stamp set, Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set and Die-namics, and Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

And here’s my second card mixing both the Forest Friends and Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp sets. I’m pretty amazed how they compliment each other so well. Not only the critters but the sentiments as well. And here I “accidently” did some crazy polka dots again, but this time it is the sky and the trees.

The sunset sky is made by blending some yellow, orange, and red from Gansai Tambi, and then I stamped the Swiss Dots Background with Orange Zest Premium Dye Ink. I love the subtle and bright orange. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the Tree-mendous Die-namics. The faux stitched trees are the best, and they will be used in many ways as I love to create scenes.

Did you know that MFT card stock is the best? I love all of the yummy colors, perfect thickness, and how smooth they are. Absolutely my favorite.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Forest Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set, Tree-mendous and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics #mftstamps

I added googly eyes to the critters, too. I just can’t resist!

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Forest Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set, Tree-mendous and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics #mftstamps

That’s all for today! I hope you like my cards, and thank you for stopping by. May has been super awesome. Thank you so much for having me here. I had so much fun!


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Wishing You a Beautiful Today

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Hello again! Lexa here to share more MFT goodness. This is my second post as an MFT Guest Designer this month. I’m still in awe! So let the fun begin…

For my first card, I used the bunnies and the cutest teddy bear from the Snuggle Bunnies stamp set. They are happily staring at an extraordinary starry night sky together, and as you can see they are dancing with joy. Even the grey bunny in the middle is immersed in the beauty. I did a no-line watercolor technique for the bear and bunnies using my distress markers.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Together Forever stamp set, Snuggle Bunnies stamp set and Die-namics, and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics #mftstamps

I blended Hybrid Ink inks from My Favorite Things (Berrylicious, Blueberry, Tropical Teal, and Black Licorice) for the night sky and dabbed on some white chalk ink to create the clouds. I also splattered some white gesso for the stars. I love all of the sentiments in the Snuggle Bunnies stamp set, however I wanted a bigger and bolder sentiment for this card. I found one in the Together Forever stamp set that looks perfect! So I silver heat embossed the sentiment in the middle of my starry background.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Together Forever stamp set, Snuggle Bunnies stamp set and Die-namics, and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics #mftstamps

For my second card today, I used the Snuggle Bunnies stamp set again and built a scene with the London Mouse stamp set. And they look adorable together, don’t you think? There is a lot of dimension for this one; it almost looks like a shadow box.

First, I die cut my white card stock with the largest Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics and did the same thing on the blue patterned paper for the sky. I stamped all of the images with black ink and watercolored them with distress markers. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of Red Hot Card Stock to match the red on the roof and bunny’s shirt.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Lisa Snuggle Bunnies and London Mouse stamp sets and Die-namics, and Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

They look like they are having a great chat and enjoying each other. I’m pretty sure they are good buddies.

Here’s a closer look at my card. I love the depth on this one.

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Lisa Snuggle Bunnies and London Mouse stamp sets and Die-namics, and Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

I hope you like both of my cards for today. Thank you so much for having me. I can’t wait to show you more! Have a wonderful day.


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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Seeing Stars

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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.

Stars will never go out of style. From masculine looks to dreamy scenes, they have a way of adding something special to any project you include them on. Our team loves them too and in this month’s collection of projects, they’ve used Blueprints featuring stars to craft spectacular looks worthy of any recipient or occasion.

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Out of This World stamp set and Die-namics, Lots of Dots Background stamp, Stitched Basic Edges and Blueprints 25 Die-namics #mftstamps

Torico’s whimsical design features a delightful shaker created with the small stars that come with Blueprints 25. She also sprinkled more stars around the card to make her galaxy sparkle even more!

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Amazing stamp set, Blueprints 2, Blueprints 18, and Blueprints 20 #mftstamps

Julie’s vibrant design is girly to the extreme with pink, polka dots, and silver accents. The jaunty angles of Blueprints 18 give her design some extra edge and the stars from the same set are the perfect accent.

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 – Using Glitter with Stencils

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Pairing stencils and glitter produces a gloriously sparkly effect. In this week’s episode, Kimberly uses the One Way Chevron Stencil, glue, and  glitter to create this super pretty effect. It’s always fun to learn a brand new way to put those stencils to work!

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the One Way Chevron Stencil #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring One Way Chevron Stencil #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – Using Glitter with Stencils 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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Hello There

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

from Julie’s blog: byAnnette


Audrey Tokach is back with us again as an MFT Guest Designer. Let’s see how she will inspire us today!

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To create this card, I started off by inking up the Watercolor Stripes Background with several colors of Distress Ink in shades of pink, red, and orange. I sprayed the stamp liberally with clean, clear water, and placed the stamp face up on my desk. I put a piece of scrap paper on top and pressed down, stamping off once. Stamping off soaked up a good bit of the ink which left me with a more subtle pattern. I purposely did not press too firmly along the edges of the stamp because I wanted a more abstract impression instead of a perfectly stamped set of lines. When the stripes were dry, I splattered some black watercolor on top of the stripes.

Handmade card from Audrey Tokach featuring the Watercolor Strips Background stamp and the Hello There and Lisa Johnson Designs Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics #mftstamp

After the second layer of paint dried, I used the Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics to cut a circle from the center of the panel. I popped the panel up on a white card base using foam tape and then, I glued the die-cut circle back into the opening on the striped panel like a puzzle. I used a tape runner so that the circle would be recessed into the opening. Doing this gives a fun, extra bit of dimension.  Then I die cut the sentiment out of black card stock using the Hello There Die-namics. I adhered it over the circle opening with a glue pen along the edges, and foam tape in the center so that everything easy adhered flush to the panel. For a bit of added interest, I added some dots to the sentiment with a white gel pen, then tied a twine bow along the top edge of the card base to finish things off.

Thanks for the creative inspiration, Audrey!


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Happy Birthday to Ewe

Today we are welcoming the talented Audrey Tokach to our blog as an MFT Guest Designer. You’ll love Audrey’s cute and fresh designs! Let’s take a look at an adorable card that she created for us today and see how she went about designing it.

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To create this card, I started off by using a blue distress ink and sponging over the Grid Stencil with a foam ink blender. I positioned the stencil on an angle, in the bottom right corner of a white card stock panel. When I lifted the stencil, I felt like the pattern was a little too bold, so to soften things a bit and help the pattern fade into the background a little better, I added a a small amount of the distress ink directly over the stenciled area. That helped to tone down the stark white of the card base. I love this tone-on-tone look.

Handmade card from Audrey Tokach featuring the Birdie Brown Ewe Are the Best stamp set and Die-namics and the Grid stencil #mfstamps

After I had created a background that I was happy with, I stamped  a few of the adorable little sheep from the Ewe Are the Best stamp set, along with a hill for them to stand on, and colored them with markers before die cutting them with the coordinating Ewe Are The Best Die-namics. I added some accents with a white gel pen before positioning the pieces on the stenciled card panel with foam tape. I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set underneath the critters and finished things off with a scattering of sequins. Finally, I popped the scene panel up on a white card base using foam tape.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects. I’ve loved sharing with you some ideas with all these wonderful My Favorite Things supplies!


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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW May Card Kit!

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It’s finally time to make the new Flashy Florals Card Kit all yours.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring the Flashy Florals Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring the Flashy Florals Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Flashy Florals 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 Flashy Florals Kit Launch celebration!

Earlier today, Stephanie shared a live Periscope unboxing of the May card kit. You can watch it HERE or by clicking play below.

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 Keisha Campbell featuring the Flashy Florals 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 Flashy Florals Countdown prizes. Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown. Two lucky stampers 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: renuka singhal – May 16, 2016 @ 11:21

Countdown Day One Winner: Kay N. – May 17, 2016 @ 10:56

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 Flashy Florals Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, May 19 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 May 20. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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The Day has Arrived! Our Flashy Florals Card Kit Release is So Close!

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We have one more day to preview our new Flashy Florals Card 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 May 17. 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 May 17 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 $64.99 purchase price for this kit is over a 30% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to the stamp set and both Die-namics, this kit is rounded out by the new Scattered Surface Background stamp, 8 Premium Dye Ink cubes, and 15 sheets of card stock.

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The Flashy Florals 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 May Card Kit. Remember, Flashy Florals will be available tonight at 10 PM ET!

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Introducing the Flashy Florals 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 $64.99 – with a retail value of OVER $90, you’ll save more than 30% off the individual purchase price!

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the Flashy Florals Card Kit and be inspired by a plethora of gorgeous 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 May 17. 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 May 17 on the MFT Blog.

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The Flashy Florals Card Kit features bold blooms and lush leaves that allow you to fashion dramatic bouquets and accents. Stamp a gorgeous flat card with masking, or showcase some of the flowers with the coordinating die cuts popped up on foam tape. Each flower and leaf comes with solid stamps and detail stamps. We make it easy to build your own flowers and leaves because the stamp sheet provides a visual guide to show which images are designed to go together – your stamping will be as easy as 1-2-3! Choose from eight vivid ink colors, all provided with the kit, to make your own fabulous floral arrangement. This kit also includes two word dies (thanks and hello) in a striking script font to accompany the eye-catching blossoms. In addition, the Scattered Surface Background will add texture and dimension to your designs. The fifteen sheets of card stock included in the kit complement the ink colors perfectly to take the guesswork out of coordinating your supplies. You’ll create a fabulous flowery fantasy with the Flashy Florals kit!

In addition to the stamp set and both Die-namics, this kit is rounded out by the new Scattered Surface Background stamp, 8 Premium Dye Ink cubes, and 15 sheets of card stock.

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Learn more about the Flashy Florals Card Kit on YouTube or by watching the video below.

A brand new episode of MFTv features a pretty stamp kissing technique using the Scattered Surface Background and the Flashy Florals stamp set. Watch to see just how easy it is to create this stunning design using the products included in the Flashy Florals Card Kit!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Flashy Florals Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, Stamp Kissing with the Flashy Florals 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!

Handmade card from Francine Vuillème featuring the Flashy Florals Card Kit #mftstamps

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Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring the Flashy Florals Card Kit #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new May Card Kit. Remember, Flashy Florals will be available tomorrow, May 17!

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Are You for Real?

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected MISTI May-nia winner. It’s someone’s lucky day, even though it’s Friday the 13th!

And the winner is… (drumroll, please!)

Pam Ramada (May 9, 2016 at 9:06)

Congratulations, Pam! Please send an email to sropel87 (at) gmail (dot) com for directions on how to claim your prize.

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Join us in welcoming Lexa Levana to the My Favorite Things blog today. It’s a pleasure to share her colorful and whimsical creations!

Hello everyone!

I’m super excited to tell you that I will be guest designing for MFT this month. You have no idea how much it means to me! It was like an early birthday present when I was asked to be one of the guest designers. I always fall in love with their new releases every single month!

I was instantly in love with Magical Unicorns from the first time I opened the happy package from MFT. I literally squealed. Unicorns…I mean come on, who doesn’t love them?!

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Magical Unicorns stamp set and Die-namics, and Hello There, Homespun Stitch Lines, and End of the Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

I used three stripes of the End of the Rainbow Die-namics, blended some distress inks to color them, and added some water with my brush after that.

I colored the cloud with distress inks to look as fluffy and sweet as cotton candy, and it turned out as I wanted. Yay! A dreamy scene is just perfect for this set, don’t you think? As for the sky I used the baby blue polka dotted paper from the Lucky Prints Paper Pack — one of my favorite pads from MFT. Some stars and sequins added more cuteness to this card. “Are you for real?” will be my first reaction if I ever see a unicorn! I white heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of black card stock to finish it off.

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And here’s my second card for today’s post, one more dreamy card using Magical Unicorns stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. As for this card, I made a glittery scene to match the sentiment. The yellow and white card base is from the Thick and Thin Paper Pack. I totally love this collection – the stripes and all the pastel colors, adorable!

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Magical Unicorns stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

For the stars, I used the coordinating Die-namics without stamping the images. I colored all the images using Distress Markers and added some glitter on their wings. As if that’s not enough sparkle (my guilty pleasure), I added some clear sequins for the last touch. This card is super sparkly in real life, my little girl loooves it a little bit too much. 🙂

Handmade Card from Lexa Levana featuring Magical Unicorns stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

That’s all for today, I hope you like it and thank you so much for reading. 🙂


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