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Friendly Forest Three Ways

Hi there! I’m super excited to be back with another post!

Today I’d like to show you three cards I made using the recently released Friendly Forest set — love it! The images are cute and whimsical, and I appreciate the opportunity to use my inks and just go to town stamping the critters!

For my first card I stamped the Whimsical Woodgrain Background onto two panels of my favourite kraft card stock, then I trimmed the second panel a bit and die-cut a square window into it.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I went for a very simple scene created with some distress inks and stencils — I used my go-to stencils this season: Drifts & Hills and Mini Cloud Edges. I added some interest to the fox by highlighting her nose and eyes with some black enamel accents.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I decided to create a winter scene with the same fox. I used shades of blue, gray, and spearmint for this. I used the Drifts & Hills Stencil again to ground my fox and the trees. I also added some snowflakes with a white gel pen.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I like how the triangles on the background are balanced by the triangles of the Winter Trees, which I popped up on some dimensional adhesive for additional interest. I used Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics and Snow Globe Sentiments (which is perfect for holiday projects, let me tell you!) to finish off the card.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, for my last card I went for an almost monochromatic look using Kraft, Natural, and Chocolate Brown inks.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I used some inlaid die cutting and created a globe for my forest scene. Modern trees seemed perfect for this card. To round off the foresty look I used the Whimsical Woodgrain Background again.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I like odd number of images on my cards, so I added three adorable critters to the scene. I debated the colour of the banner for a while, to be honest with you. In the end, I decided to make it white to tie it together with the white of the critters and the sentiment.

Thank you for spending some time with me! I hope I could inspire you to play with you favourite critter stamps! Have a great day and take care!

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Marvelous Masking with Mayra

A new year approaches and with it, a fresh start. We’re cleaning up in preparation for a shiny new 2018 and today through Saturday, you can clean up too! Shop our End-of-Year Overstock Sale to save 25-50% on some of your favorite MFT stamp sets, Die-namics, paper packs, and supplies. Sale not valid on previous purchases. No coupon code required.


TWO 2017 Card Design Superstars in one week? You bet! Today, we’re sharing a fabulous card from Mayra — seeing her process for creating a masked panel will provide incredible inspiration for your next project.

Hello everyone — happy Thursday! Mayra from Mayras Designs here with you today. I am super excited, honored, and thankful to be today’s guest designer! I can’t thank My Favorite Things enough for this amazing opportunity! It is a dream come true!

I created this card to share with you using two products from the brand new release — the Town Bears stamp set and Stitched Tag Corner Square STAX. This is such an adorable set.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I began by die cutting the base of my card using the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics. I used the largest one for this design. I then stamped the bear, trees, and houses using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I created masks for the images in order to create a patterned background.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After taking off all of the masks (my favorite step when creating these types of cards) I colored my images using Copic markers.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the greens in the trees, I used G99, G94, YG95, YG67, YG17, YG13, YG03, YG21. For the trunks of the trees, I used E47, 44, and 41.

Handmade card from Mayra Hernandez featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the navy areas I used, B99, B95,  B93, and B0000. For my bear, I began with YR27, YR24, YR21, and YR20 (I used these colors for the rust toned areas as well). I then went over the bear using E47, E44, E55, E35, and E31.

I loved how the background came out but I wanted to make my little bear standout a bit more. I decided to die cut another piece of card stock using the same pale gray color with the Stitched Tag-Corner Square STAX Die-namics.
I stamped the bear and the trees once again and colored them using the same colors as the background. I glued the finished piece to the base of my card and it was finished!

I truly loved creating with this set. I hope you enjoy and feel inspired to create. Thank you so much for stopping by — wishing you a wonderful and blessed day.

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Big & Bold Greetings with Natasha Valkovskaya

As the holidays approach, we wanted to provide some advance notice of our office and boutique hours:

Now onto today’s post! We’re excited to welcome one of our 2017 Card Design Superstars to the blog for the first in a trio of guest posts for us this month. Welcome, Natasha!

I am over-the-moon happy and excited to be a guest on the MFT blog. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the projects I made with some of my favourite MFT goodies!

I love the bold word dies that MFT offers. They have quite a range and these words are perfect for inlays, spotlight die cutting, and making a perfect focal point on your card.

Today I would like to share with you one more way to use them — partial die cutting.

For this technique, I made three cards, different in style but similar in design. Also, I’ll be sharing with you three ways to create backgrounds along the way — let’s jump right in!

For the first card, I used the Huge Love Die-namics and made a card which is not my usual style and colour combo, but I love how it turned out. I think the contrast of the bold letters and delicate pink lace is striking!

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

I white heat embossed the Lace Background and used my blending tool to colour the panel with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink. I also coloured both sides of a scrap piece of paper with the same ink to make the rolled roses. I used an oldie-but-goodie die from MFT to make them, but you can certainly make them by cutting a spiral from a circle and then rolling it, securing it with a glue dot or glue gun.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

I partially die cut the Huge Love die-namics from a piece of grey card stock I had in my stash, and the Layered Leaves from Grout Gray Card Stock.  I also used Grout Gray for the base to bring the card together. I added Clear Droplets to finish off the card.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

For my second card, I used Double the Smiles Die-namics and one of my all-time favourite sets, Ewe Are the Best. I coloured the cute sheep with my Zig Clean Real Brush markers and stamped a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments — love it! So many great sentiments for so many occasions.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

This time I created the background with the Homespun Gingham Paper Pack. Quick and easy, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need (or have time for,) right? I also added some clouds to balance the upper half of the card.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

For my last card, I used solid images from the Ocean Fun stamp set to create the background and the Friend Die-namics for the partial die cutting.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

I hope I gave you some inspiration for using your word dies. Have a great day and find time to make something pretty today!

Thank you, My Favorite Things, for inviting me! This is any crafters dream indeed!

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Release Replay: December 2017

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! This release has been extremely popular so if you missed out on any of your favorites, be sure to sign up for a re-stock notification as we’re working to make them available to you again as quickly as possible.

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Inge’s cool gate-fold card conceals a decorated interior and perfect envelope enclosure for a congratulatory gift card or note. She’s used the Our Town Die-namics to create a slipcover to keep the card folded and elements secured.

A little extra effort goes a long way! I’m totally inspired by Inge’s technique…why not try something a little different than a standard top or side-fold A2 design for your next card?

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

The Honeycomb Background is the perfect pairing with Meant to Bee but look a little more closely and you’ll also spy some flowers — also a match made in heaven for those darling bees! Torico’s embossing created a perfect platform for a little pattern play.

Consider your supplies with new eyes, envisioning ways to repurpose their obvious use into something suited to the theme of other projects…you might be surprised at what you come up with!.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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MFTv – Stamped Holiday Wreath

Wreaths are a beautiful representation of the holiday season and with a single stamp or die cut, you can create a wreath for your cards in seconds. If you have a little extra time though, you can use your foliage stamps to create customized wreaths sized to fit any space and in any color scheme you choose. Watch MFTv this week to learn how Stephanie  created these showstopping wreaths with a couple of stamp sets and a range of luscious MFT inks.

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 – Stamped Holiday Wreath 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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Product Spotlight: Town Bear

Don’t forget — today is your last chance to take advantage of our site-wide sale! To celebrate an incredible 2017, take 17% off everything — yep, even the new release. Make sure to use code SAVE17 at checkout through the end of the day to see your discount applied.

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Karolyn’s blog: F. Andre (December 7, 2017 at 4:23 AM)

from Julie’s blog: Kelsey Thomas (December 6, 2017 at 5:10 AM)

Congratulations to you both! Please send an email to [email protected] to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!


Go to town with this trio of adorable bears. You’ll love creating scenes with the adventurous threesome and the included houses, trees, and accessories. Car-bound bears are available in two different directions to adjust the perspective of your scenes. Use in conjunction with the Open Road and Our Town Die-namics for even more options!

Town Bear

Town Bear

Let’s see how our team featured Town Bear in their own projects this month!

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

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 Jody Morrow featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

You’re Unstoppable: Copic Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Hi there, and welcome to December! How did this month get here already!? Goodness gracious. time really flies! I’m Sandy Allnock – and I’m pretty stoked to bring you a card I made for a special young lady I know who’s having a heck of a hard time. She’s been wrestling with addiction — not uncommon nowadays, unfortunately — and I’ve been sending her cards several times a week filled with bad dad jokes. Yep…making her laugh! The card I’m sharing today had lots of bad superhero jokes in it — jokes like:

Where do superheroes live? Cape Town!

What’s a superhero’s favorite drink? Fruit PUNCH!

I warned you, they’re bad dad jokes! But I know they make her smile and roll her eyes, at least. So let’s get on with the coloring, shall we?

I’m using, of course, the You’re Super stamp set – and creating a scene of a city that our caped crusader is rescuing.

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

Right away I knew she’d be in a night scene with those cool silhouetted buildings. I stamped the shield first and masked it, stamped the girl and masked her, then the burst, and then the city – twice. See the video for Copic coloring tips!

I love her little outfit and sure wish I had one sometimes. It’d be great to dress like a superhero and see if the powers came along with it, right? If you know where I could pick up a yellow cape that matches Y17, let me know, okay?

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

Finishing touches on a lot of my cards lately have been the Stitched Rectangle STAX — oh my gosh. Everyone’s probably getting sick of it on my YouTube channel, but seriously, they have SO many sizes you can always find one that’s perfect to add just that tiny detail to the outer edges of a colored panel!

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

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MFTv – Just Bee-cause Spinner Card

The bees are buzzing over our latest release — they simply can’t hide their excitement! In our latest episode of MFTv, learn how Stephanie combined our new Meant to Bee stamp set and Die-namics with some previously released products to create this irresistible spinner card.

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

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 – Just Bee-cause Spinner Card 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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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW December Products!

 You’ve been waiting an entire week to take home the latest Die-namics, stamps, inks, and embellishments. Now it’s finally time to make them yours!

In addition to our new Free with $60 Die-namics and the Frosty Friends stamp set free with every single order (while supplies last) we have another end-of-year surprise from MFT. To celebrate an incredible 2017, take 17% off everything — yep, even the new release. Make sure to use code SAVE17 at checkout to see your discount applied now through Friday, December 8.


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

All of our December Release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win 1 of 2 $100 Gift Vouchers as part of tonight’s New Product 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.

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 contiguous US 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!

Don’t forget about our Frosty Friends stamp set – FREE with every retail purchase while supplies last!

Brand new Hybrid Ink Cube Sets are must-have additions to your stash.

Hybrid Ink Cubes — Set 4     Hybrid Ink Cubes — Set 13     Hybrid Ink Cubes — Set 16

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

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

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

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past few days. They have another shot of inspiration to help inspire you and narrow down your shopping list to your must-have items. Visit each of their December Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, December 7, for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 Gift Vouchers. The winners will be chosen at random and the prizes will be sent out on December 8. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

December 2017 Release: Don’t Be Late!

It’s almost time! Set your alarm for 9:00 PM EST, and don’t be late for our big reveal! All of the stamps, Die-namics, inks, and embellishments we’ve been showing off over the past few days will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique.

Another release brings you another fabulous class PDF and YouTube playlist featuring every single class project. Whether you prefer printed directions or are a more visual learner, we’ve got you covered. We know you’ll be as inspired by our team as we are. Download the December Class PDF HERE or check out our playlist HERE.

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!

Remember that with every order, while supplies last, you’ll receive the Frosty Friends stamp set.

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

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

You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $75.

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 December release, for sale TONIGHT at 9 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.


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

Countdown Day Five Winner: Dixie (Dec 1, 2017 @ 23:06) 

Countdown Day Four Winner: Kathleen Mack (Dec 2, 2017 @ 07:46) 

Countdown Day Three Winner: Patti SkibaI (Dec 5, 2017 @ 11:10) 

Countdown Day Two Winner: Silvia P. (Dec 4, 2017 @ 03:29) 

Countdown Day One Winner: Donna Vallee (Dec 5, 2017 @ 08:41) 

Congratulations to all the winners!