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Celebrate Birthday Boys & Girls with Our September Product Spotlight

It’s a simple, common phrase but you can use it on every single birthday card you make if you’d like…does it get any more versatile than that? This fun text-based Die-namics will quickly become essential to your birthday card construction. The bold sans-serif “girl” and “boy” words are offset by a somewhat smaller “birthday” rendered in a slightly different but complementary font. Each word is a separate piece allowing you to get creative with the placement of each word. Try creating a repeating look and experiment with peek-a-boo, inlaid, and layered looks. Mix with other die-cut words and add images designed to celebrate the individual characteristics of your recipients — you’ll love seeing how many combinations you can come up with!

Birthday Boy & Girl Die-namics

Let’s see how our team featured the Birthday Boy & Girl Die-namics in their own projects this month!

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Hey, Pal! Save 20% — Then Check out a Leigh’s Amazing Birthday Card Trio!

The sentimental friends, the lifelong friends, the responsible friends, the irresponsible friends (admit it, they bring fun and excitement to your life!)…friends come in all shapes and sizes and it’s so important to recognize them all. Fortunately, we have the perfect sentiment for any type of friend and today and tomorrow, you can grab all your favorite friendship-themed products and save 20% in the process! Use code FRIENDSHIP at checkout to apply your discount.

Hedgehogs in hats…pointy party hats at that! You have that visual now? You must keep reading to see them in action because they truly are too cute for words.

Leigh Houston already wowed us once this month with a field of stitched wildflowers and she’s back again with us today with a trio of birthday cards that will make you grin from ear-to-ear.

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be back with some new projects featuring products from MFT’s September Release. Despite being a cardmaker, I am always finding myself with a shortage of birthday cards when I need them (I hate having to run out and buy a birthday card when I have a ton of finished cards sitting in my stash!) I was so inspired by the Bundle of Balloons stamp set and Die-namics that I ended up creating a trio of birthday cards, which made both me and my dwindling birthday card stash very happy!

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I recently came across an image of a hedgehog wearing a birthday hat on Instagram and it has now become a firm belief of mine that hedgehogs should wear party hats at all times. ???? So for my first card, I created a birthday parade of little hedgehogs from the new Woodland Friends stamp set. After stamping the hedgies in light ink, I colored them with Copic markers for a no-line coloring look and masked them off. I hand-drew a wavy line to delineate the ground on stamp masking paper, using this to blend grass using Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Inks. After it was dry, I masked off the ground and created additional masks using my Stitched Cloud Die-namics and balloons from the Bundle of Balloons Die-namics for the sky. I blended the sky using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink, removed the masks, and used the negative balloon masks to blend the balloons with Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore stamp set and embossed it in gold.

After the ink blending and stamping was done, all that was left to do was give the hedgies their little party hats! I cut little cone shapes out of my Plaid Patterns Paper Pack giving them each a different little plaid hat topped with a pom pom. I added gold stitching around the hats to give them a little extra pop, stitched around the edge of the panel I cut using my Stitched Rectangle Die-namics, and the card was done!

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I was still on a party hat kick so I decided to create a second card using all of the Woodland Friends critters.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After stamping the animals and coloring them with Copics, I die cut them with the coordinating Die-namics and gave them party hats made with the same Plaid Patterns paper. I die cut the grass with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namics and blended it using the same technique as the first card, adding some green stitching along the stitch lines. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink and the Cloud Stencil to create a sky. I die cut the balloons and the word happy from the Birthday Boy and Girl Die-namics (I used the word “Birthday,” altering the letter “r” to make a “p”.) I stamped the word Birthday from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore set on the grass to finish the sentiment. All that was left to do was assemble my scene, adding some silver thread for the balloon cords. I love this little forest-y party!

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The last card was inspired by the fabulous Stephanie Klauck, who has one of my favorite, rainbow-iest Instagram profiles ever. This card came together so beautifully using the Bundle of Balloons Die-namics (again, ink blended with Distress Oxide Inks) as well as the End of the Rainbow Die-namics.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After ink blending a sky with the Cloud Stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink, I blended the rainbow stripes with more Oxide Inks and stitched them using coordinating thread. I also stitched the outlines of the clouds with white thread and stamped the sentiment on the largest cloud. I assembled my scene, again adding silver thread as balloon cords and Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed these birthday cards! I’ll see you again tomorrow with some ideas for using the new Scallop Cross Stitch Bookmark Die-namics!

From the gorgeous ink blending to the rainbow of beautiful colors to the ingenious product usage, we know you’re just as inspired to whip up some birthday looks as we are. When you’re done, make sure to upload to your favorite social media and tag #mftstamps so everyone can see your beautiful work!


Stock Your Stash with Essential Cards

If you’re at all familiar with Carissa Wiley, you know she has a slight affinity for all things sparkly and shiny. Every month, she brings that effervescence to our MFT Youtube channel and today, we’re sharing her latest contribution.

We love the idea of adding a custom twist to assembly-line style cards — especially when it comes to sensitive occasions that call for words of prayer and encouragement. Carissa’s suggestion to create a stack of pretty cards with a simple die-cut sentiment, pre-stamp and stash an array of coordinating sentiment strips, and simply adhere an appropriate phrase as the occasion calls for is brilliant. When someone you love is going through something difficult, time is of the essence and being able to reach out to them quickly can mean so much to them.

Handmade cards from Carissa Wiley featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

See the latest in our Sparkle & Shine with Carissa Wiley series HERE or by watching the video below.

Do you have any great tips for mass producing cards for any occasion? We’re always up for your ideas! Tag #mftstamps when you upload to social media — you may just be spotted!


Reach for the Stars with the Latest Hits & Highlights Challenge

We’re giving our team some leeway this month and we’re confident they’re going to blow our minds with creative spins on this month’s Hits & Highlights challenge. Today, check out how they’ve reached for the stars creating around the idea *of* stars. Click through to see how they’ve interpreted the idea…you might find colorful galactic scenes, you might find brilliant performers belting it out on a brilliantly lit stage, you might find a simple graphic shaker design featuring one of our star shaker pouches. There are so many possibilities this month and we’re excited for you to see them all!

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Julie’s colorful look features a galaxy full of rainbow stars…a card designed to encourage can always benefit from a little ROYGBIV magic! Rainbows immediately bring hope and optimism to mind so they’re the perfect choice for an occasion like this. She topped off her star-filled design with a glittering die-cut “stars” sentiment that provides balance and some sparkle to make the card truly special.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Rachel’s spectacular look features a superstar character backed by an unforgettable celestial scene. We can’t even begin to count the starry points of light she’s created but we *do* know a showstopper when we see one and this is it!

Time to check out how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge!

20% Off? That’s Something to Celebrate! A Brand New MFTv Is Just the Icing on the Cake

Want to add some happiness to your day? Make a card to celebrate something. Anything. A birthday, a promotion, an A on an assignment, or simply waking up to see the sun shining bright through your window. Even if there is no obvious occasion, searching out and celebrating simple joys can be just as rewarding. We have a huge variety of stamps, Die-namics, and supplies suitable for recognizing occasions big and small and today and tomorrow, you’ll get 20% off all of them when you apply code CELEBRATE at checkout. *Excludes brand new.

The Wildflowers stamp set features an assortment of floral images in a size and style that makes them an ideal candidate for the resist coloring technique Stephanie features in this week’s episode of MFTv. They’re also the perfect complement to the sentiments in our newly released Sending Prayers stamp set.

Handmade cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

In portrait or landscape orientation, this formula simply works. Be sure to watch the video to pick up some great ideas from Stephanie for coloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers — I particularly love the tip for adding some very light shading outside the embossed lines to create just enough contrast to make them stand out from the white background.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch MFTv — Creating a Stamped Flower Border 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!


Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers: 040 Green, 048 Emerald Green, 021 Light Carmine, 222 Pink Flamingo, 050 Yellow, 051 Lemon Yellow, 033 Persian Green, 042 Turquoise Green, 302 Haze Blue, 045 Pale Green

LAST CHANCE to Save 20% on Stamps + Stitch Wizardry from Leigh

Today is your last chance to take advantage of this awesome sale. From gorgeous florals to cute characters to indispensable sentiment sets, there is something to suit every need. Shop our collection of in-stock stamps and apply code STAMPS at checkout to save 20%…what better way to treat yourself to something special and kick off the weekend than by adding more options to your MFT collection? *Excludes brand new.

Leigh Houston creates magic on her cards with a bit of floss and a few basic stitches. Her stitched accents provide texture and color and add an incomparable level of detail to already charming scenes, turning special works of handcrafted love into mini works of art. We’re excited to have her share a bit of her process with us today!

Hello, everybody! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be joining MFT this month as a guest designer! The new release is so full of fun new products and I’m having such a blast creating with them.

I could not get over how cute the critters are in the new Woodland Friends stamp set, and the fact that the squirrels are holding flowers made them just perfect for this flower-loving girl. I knew I wanted to create a card where the adorable images are the focus but I also wanted to add some extra texture and dimension, so I decided to surround them with a little stitched flower garden.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started my card by cutting out a panel using the largest die from the Stitched Oval Frames Die-namics, setting aside the frame. I stamped and masked my little fox and squirrel images so I could ink blend some grass and a sky using my Cloud Edges Stencil and Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn. I removed the masks, colored the fox and squirrel using Copic markers, and stamped the “Thankful for You” sentiment from the same stamp set.

I then started my stitching. I first stitched the squirrel’s flower using simple straight stitches to fill in the petals. I then stitched the garden, simply scattering simple stitched flowers around the little critters. I used woven roses, backstitched branches, and little star-shaped flowers, french knots, and daisies using lazy daisy stitches. If you are new to stitching, there are tons of great YouTube videos introducing these simple stitches (or you can leave any questions below and I’ll be more than happy to help!) I added some V-shaped blades of grass as well.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To finish the card, I mounted my oval scene on craft foam. I stitched around the oval frame, mounted it on craft foam, and attached the framed scene onto an aqua panel to finish the card.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! I had so much fun enhancing these adorable little critters with a stitched garden. Thank you so much to MFT for this amazing opportunity, and I’ll see you later in the month with more projects!

Have you integrated stitching into your own cards? Leah’s freehand flowers and stitched frame are brilliant but if you prefer more guidance, our collection of cross-stitch Die-namics and accompanying printable patterns might be right up your alley. Whatever your chosen method, please tag your projects featuring My Favorite Things with #mftstamps so we can appreciate your artistry!


Will You Be One of Our 2018 Card Design Superstars? Enter Soon!

We’re five days into our annual Card Design Superstar contest and the entries are rolling in. We’d love to make this year our BIGGEST year yet — will you help make that happen?

If you’ve already entered, be sure to check and make sure your entry is visible. If you don’t see it, it may have been removed because of a rules violation or an error in the upload process. When you link your project, make sure you’re sharing a new project created for the contest, that your entry doesn’t include stamps, dies, stencils, or patterned paper from any company other than My Favorite Things, and that you’re linking properly — filling out the Inlinkz fields with the correct content. As a reminder, here is a full list of guidelines:
  • Create brand new/original cards using any theme you like. Previously posted cards will not be considered.
  • The maximum number of entries per participant is one card per category, for a maximum of three entries in all. Multiple entries in a single category will be disqualified. Each card may only be entered in a single category.
  • Use stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and patterned papers from My Favorite Things. Cards using other products will be disqualified immediately, so get creative with the MFT products that you have on hand! Use whatever card stock and inks you have available.
  • Submit your card(s) to the appropriate InLinkz collection linked at the end of this post on or before 10 PM EDT on Monday, September 17.
  • When submitting your card, please simply use your name in the Link Title section.
  • International entries are most DEFINITELY welcome! Please note however that we are unable to accept entries from Russia due to shipping prohibitions.

We have three categories for you to choose from — enter one or go for all three…what do you have to lose? At the very least you’ll have three fabulous new cards to add to your stash. That’s three people you’re about to make very happy! Each category has some VIP judges selected from our team to help out in the arduous judging process as well. Keep reading to find learn more about each category:

Clean & Simple Genius

Here is your chance to showcase your innate understanding of design. White space, color theory, and design rules are critical components of pulling off a beautifully clean & simple look. You understand that sometimes, less is more, and you aren’t afraid to show it!

Special guest judges: Inge, Karolyn, and Laurie

Coloring Virtuoso

Whether your preferred medium is paint, marker, or pencil, coloring is a skill you’ve honed since those early years spent with Crayolas and a favorite coloring book. The MFT collection of images is vast, so now is your opportunity to show off your exceptional coloring skills!

Special guest judges: Amy, Francine, and Torico

Innovation Master

We’re gaga for specialty cards. If designs featuring sliders, shakers, fancy folding, or 3D elements are your thing, have we got the contest for you! Let’s see your brain-bending looks! Balancing an elaborate idea with pitch-perfect execution and an eye for design is a true skill — one we know you’re up to the task to demonstrate.

Special guest judges: Barbara, Melania, and Rachel

NOW, it’s time for you to get busy. You have a few more days to come up with your very best entry for each category and upload it to the proper link collection. Make sure to check your entry before the deadline to make sure it’s viable as we’ll continue to remove non-compliant entries for the duration of the contest entry period — we want to ensure you’re hard work is recognized and appreciated!

Here are the criteria that will guide our judges decisions so keep these in mind as you craft your masterpieces.

  • Great design
  • Superb execution
  • Clever uses of our product
  • Fresh approaches

The fifteen winners will be revealed on the blog on Wednesday, September 26th, and our 2018 Card Design Superstars will be announced.

We hope that this year’s updated format will encourage you all to create something you love. Show us what you’ve got, superstar!

Enter your card for the Clean & Simple Genius Category HERE

Enter your card for the Coloring Virtuoso Category HERE

Enter your card for the Innovation Master Category HERE

20% off Stamps, Western Wednesday Blitzday Steals, AND a New Video from Christy — Let’s Go!

When you conceive an idea for a new card, what do you typically start with? Likely, your stamp choices will be among the first you make. Maybe you start with the sentiment to meet the needs of the occasion you are crafting for. Perhaps it’s the image to satisfy a coloring urge or celebrate the interests of the recipient. It could even be a background pattern — creating a mood with pattern is a great starting point! Whatever your typical process, adding more stamps to your collection is always a good idea and now through Friday, September 14 is the perfect time to do it! Shop our full collection of in-stock stamps and apply code STAMPS at checkout to save 20%. *Excludes brand new.

Don’t forget that it’s Wednesday! After you check out our stamp category, hit up our Wednesday Blitzday sale to find an assortment of western-themed products marked down up to 40%! And if you’re still in the mood to shop (and let’s be honest, it’s always fun to add some more color to our collection) take another peek at our sale category to check out the remaining products in our retirement sale — we still have plenty of ink cube sets, ink pads, and ink refills available — all marked down 40%. It’s a great day to make your MFT stash even more awesome.

We’re super proud of our recurring Youtube series featuring some incredibly talented designers. In our Christy Gets Crafty series, Christy Reuling shares her ideas for making MFT products all her own.

And since we’re talking stamps with our current sale, today’s video from Christy is a fantastic example of mixing images from different sets to create an inviting scene. The small leaf images from Pure Innocence Sending Blessings will be right at home on a wide range of autumn scenes. I love how she color coordinated the leaves to the trees pulled from Friendly Raccoons and placed them to create a sense of depth – so smart!

Handmade card from Christy Reuling featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

See the latest in our Christy Gets Crafty series HERE or by watching the video below.

Feeling inspired? Great! We want to see your mixed-stamp creations too. Tag #mftstamps when you upload to social media — you may just be spotted!


MFT & Friends: September 2018

We know you…you love to make people happy by showing them you’re paying attention to the things they love. You do this by creating custom cards crafted with your recipient in mind. That’s why this is the perfect sale for you and your exacting standards…tons of shapes in a huge range of sizes; beautiful edge detailing manufactured with precision — when you reach for your STAX Die-namics, you know you’re kicking off a new card with just the right tool.  Today only, get 15% off in-stock STAX Die-namics when you apply code STAX at checkout.

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! We also have FIVE fabulous MFT friends joining us…think of it as our Release Replay with a twist.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A total “Debbie element” is her use of shaped die cuts to create a scenic element for her cards. Her fall scene was created using the Stitched Dome STAX Die-namics and images from Pure Innocence Sending Blessings, and is backed by a card base featuring tone-on-tone leaves from the same set. The finishing touch of sprinkling die-cut leaves down the card front adds a gorgeous dimension to the finished card.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Stunning Wildflowers bundled together with a bit of twine add color and rustic elegance to Barbara’s card. By gently blending a gorgeous purple out to nothing using the English Brick Wall Stencil, she’s provided some softness to an otherwise hard-edged design. This technique has also created the perfect spot for her sentiment and a trio of color-coordinated accents.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team and some MFT friends played with our September Release.

Create in Color with Sandy Allnock

One Pair of Stamps, Two Seasons — what a great concept, right? Leave it to Sandy to show us how to easily transition some of your favorite images from one season to the next…just imagine all the possibilities!

It’s that time again — let’s get coloring!

Fall is on the way. Winter is coming! I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m sorry to bring you the bad news! It’s September and it’s time to drink that pumpkin spice and snuggle in for the cooler weather.

Handmade cards from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To make that transition a little easier, I’ve got a fun little idea: Stamp the little critters from Woodland Friends and Friendly Raccoons, and make one fall and one winter card — at the same time! That’s what I did…and the challenge helped me to make that winter one without *too* much resentment about summer being behind us! Watch the video below for the easy technique.

The little fall leaves are so easy — almost like polka dots but make them more like little marker strokes so they look a bit more like crunchy leaves. If they’re too bright, add some purple for the complementary color and dull it down a little.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As for winter — a touch of blue is all they need to stand in the snow! It’s fun to create a couple footprints too…

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Are you already imagining how you can apply this theory to your own collection? Maybe you’ve already added these sweet images from our September Release to your stash! If you make this idea your own, be sure to tag us with #mftstamps — we want to see what you’re creating!