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Thanks for Being You, Teacher!

Today, we welcome Amy to the blog with some fun school-themed projects – thanks so much for joining us, Amy!
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Hello! I’m Amy Kolling and I’m just so excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today – I can hardly believe it! I got to play with some amazing Die-namics and stamps. With school having recently started for my kids, I thought I’d use the Red Delicious Die-namics and pair it with the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics for a teacher card.

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I die cut the letters into a black card stock panel and gently rubbed white ink onto it with my finger to get that chalkboard effect. The apple, which I die cut with Electric Red Card Stock and Gumdrop Green Card Stock, was added to the card front with foam adhesive. I cut the small banner with a die from Blueprints 16 and stamped a sentiment from Just the Way You Are. For the final touch, I added an MFT button stitched in place with crochet thread.

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I am quite a fan of shaped cards and the Red Delicious Die-namics is the perfect size to make them. I die cut my apple image, again with Electric Red Card Stock and Gumdrop Green Card Stock, adding letters with the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics. I made sure to place the fold of the white card base just under the cut line of the die so that I was left with the fold after die cutting. This card will be perfect to attach to a small gift or as a tag for a teacher.

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Lots of thanks go out to My Favorite Things for having me showcase their products!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 8 projects. We’re thinking ahead to autumn and more subdued colors with this month’s palette. Kraft, Orange Fizz, Fuse Green, and Nightshift Blue combine to work as a non-traditional Halloween scheme or a gender-neutral combo appropriate for any number of occasions. Dominant Kraft or Nightshift Blue provides a neutral base for pops of Orange Fizz and Fuse Green or, go crazy relying on some of the more vibrant colors in the mix to prevail. 

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Sharon started with a Nightshift Blue Card Stock Base and then layered on some tone-on-tone elements. The sentiment, from the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set, is balanced by a Panel cut with Blueprints 18 and “watercolored” with Fuse Green, Nightshift Blue, and Orange Fizz Premium Dye Inks using the Jumbo Polka Dot Stencil.

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Lisa’s card features card stock, Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze, and the Geek Is Chic stamp set and Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics from Laina Lamb Design - that’s it! And it’s fabulous! Stamping the glasses image in the full complement of this month’s color palette results in the coolest patterned paper.

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Tone-on-tone stamping in Orange Fizz and Fuse Green provides the subtlety while Nightshift Blue on Kraft provides the *pop* on Julie’s fun card! The die-cut panels from Blueprints 18 make an appearance again here.

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Sharon’s card features groovy ghosts populating the Square Grid Cover-Up Die-namics. The Spooky Scene Die-namics features a trio of ghoulish goblins for maximum design options. A phrase from the Spooky Sentiments set completes the look.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on September 3 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 8 projects. As a reminder: one of the challenge participants will win a Gift Voucher to the MFT boutique valued at up to $20! We can’t wait to see what you do.

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 190

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A cool, curved panel accentuated by a broad sentiment strip and an embellishment or accent cluster are the standout elements in this week’s sketch. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. 

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You have until Tuesday, August 26 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Christine! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE

Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE

Download the 2013 Sketches (105-156) HERE

Download the 2014 Sketches (157-190) HERE

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Your Smile Makes the World Brighter

A basic grid design is always a versatile starting point for projects – scrapbook layouts and cards alike! For this layout, each space was viewed as a tiny opportunity to play with pattern and texture. The common theme that pulls the collection of mini canvases together is the colors scheme and the world and smile themes that were generated by the stamped sentiment. The photo, slightly larger and tilted a bit, takes center stage. The stamped and textured panels were offset to balance the completed page.

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This sentiment, from the Eye Charts stamp set, was die cut with the Fishtail Flags STAX. Additional layers were cut from contrasting card stock and vellum and stapled in the upper right corner.

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In the upper left corner, the Horizontal Stitched Strips were cut and woven together. The main component from the Smile stamp set was stamped repeatedly and punctuated by the Ampersand die cuts attached with dimensional foam.

IMG_9586In the lower right corner, the panel was first stamped with the Wood Plank Background. Partial die cutting was done with the High-Rise Alphabet letters to create the title. Finally, a collection of die-cut stars and the peek-a-boo border from Blueprints 18 were added.

IMG_9587Now it’s your turn – take the latest sketch and make it your own. This 12 x 12″ design can inspire a scrapbook layout or a card. Make sure you tag #mftstamps on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook when you share your creations - we love to see what you’re up to!

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Watercolor Birthday

Our ink refills are a fantastic way to keep your ink pads fresh and juicy but they are versatile enough to be used in other ways as well. Let Barbara walk you through how she used refills to create a beautiful watercolor effect on her birthday card design.

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Begin by stamping water color paper with the Happy Birthday Background using Black Licorice ink.

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Dampen the water color paper with a water brush or a paint brush dipped in water.

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Lay a drop or two of ink on a craft sheet or other non-porous surface.

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Pick up some color with the brush and swipe across your paper.

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Keeping your paper damp to allow the ink to flow, add additional colors as desired and blend the edges together.

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Allow the color to pool, run, and drip as desired.

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Once the panel is dry, spray and splatter with glimmer spray.

watercolorHB_gDie cut “Happy” and attach with foam adhesive. Stamp a sentiment from Delicious Birthday with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on a strip of Sweet Tooth Card Stock and attach with foam.

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Give it a try! Stamping is obviously a favorite activity but there are so many more ways to play with your inks. Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to :)

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Release Rewind Day Two

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Before getting to Day 2 of our Release Rewind, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Inge’s blog: Debbie Nelson

from Teri’s blog: voegelchen

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!

Our designers are back with a second wave of Release Rewind inspiration! Click through to each of their blogs for more August inspiration!

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Release Rewind Day One

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The countdown is over, orders have been placed, and now our team is working to pack and ship your orders as quickly as possible because we can’t wait to see what you do with the new stamps and Die-namics. We don’t want to leave you hanging in the meantime though, so how about our talented team shares another dose of August 2014 inspiration? Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.

Please join us in extending a huge thanks to our August guest, Elena, for all of her inspiring work this past week.

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 189

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Every week, we share a new sketch to get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to create something beautiful. You can rotate them, flip them, or do whatever it takes to make the inspiration your ownEach project you share gives you another chance to win an MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. Share your project inspired by the sketch by uploading a link to it at the end of this week’s blog post. 

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You have until Tuesday, August 19 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations DJ Rants! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE

Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE

Download the 2013 Sketches (105-156) HERE

Download the 2014 Sketches (157-189) HERE

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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW August Products

You’ve been waiting an entire week to take home the latest Die-namics, stamp sets, and stencils. Now it’s finally time to make them yours! All of our August Release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win one 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.

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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.

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.

The Eye Charts stamp set and Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics are a match made in heaven – I had so much fun creating this card!

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You can see how I assembled this card by watching the video HERE or below.

We’re fortunate to have Elena with us once again. Make sure to head to her blog to see what’s she’s created for you tonight!

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It’s Reveal Day – Don’t Be Late!

It’s almost time! Set your alarm to 10:00 PM EST, and don’t be late for our big reveal! All of the stamp sets, Die-namics, and stencils we’ve been showing off over the past week will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique.

But if you can’t wait for the excitement to happen, hop on over to the MFT forum HERE and enjoy our release party, going on NOW. Other attendees include our MFT Design Team and me, AKA the MFT Lady. Join us for some fun chatter and PRIZES!

We want to make your shopping experience fun – not stressful, so we’ve created THIS shopping list that you can print out and check off as you fill your cart!

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Once you’ve printed your list, watch the video tour of all of the spooktacular new August, 2014 products. Check your list and keep it handy for tonight’s shopping spree!

One of the most important parts of shopping is saving. We offer you 3 ways to save with every purchase:

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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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And if you needed another reason to shop MFT, our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500.

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

You can look at every new product in our August release, for sale TONIGHT at 10 PM EST, below. Click on any of the individual graphics to view a bigger picture, and hover over the picture with your cursor to view the product name. And we will see you in two hours for the New Product Launch. See you then!

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Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our August Release Countdown prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown! Seven lucky stampers will win a $75 Prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts this evening.

Countdown Day Seven Winner: Denise Bryant - Comment #402

Countdown Day Six Winner: Lousette - Comment #327

Countdown Day Five Winner: Monica - Comment #189

Countdown Day Four Winner: Patricia M - Comment #344

Countdown Day Three Winner: Nancie - Comment #31

Countdown Day Two Winner: Linda K.  – Comment #156

Countdown Day One Winner: Michele Ferguson - Comment #216

Congratulations to all the winners!

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