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Create in Color with Sandy Allnock

Our good friend Sandy is joining us today for another edition of Create in Color. Each month, Sandy shares a useful coloring technique for you to incorporate into your repertoire. This month, she’s creating with Safari Friends and a cool watercolor technique. Let’s see what she’s done!

I’m Sandy Allnock and I want to say hello to all my fellow colorists, and a special hello to those who are joining in for World Watercolor Month!

The folks at DoodleWash sponsor a celebration of watercolor every July, and people all over the world participate — be sure to check out #worldwatercolormonth on your favorite social media to see more. DoodleWash’s prompts are applicable to crafters but some of them are more focused on those creating fine art, so I took the liberty of creating alternate prompts that work a bit better for cardmakers and Biblejournalers…these categories provide a little more flexibility:

You can click HERE to see how all your fellow crafters are participating…more info on my giveaway to celebrate #wwcm2018 can be found HERE!

All that brings me to my project for today. It’s the 16th, which means “generous” is the prompt so I went for “generous” spotlighting on this cute lion! The stamp set has safari animals but oh man, I envisioned this little guy in a dramatic spotlight in a circus!

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

I also had another motivation for honoring this lion; I read an article about how a pride of lions executed a bit of justice on behalf of some rhino poachers who had broken into a game preserve. I don’t celebrate the loss of life — and I’m guessing the lions weren’t really thinking they were protecting the rhinos but…perhaps other poachers will think twice before going after beautiful animals.

Alrighty, enough of my motivation for this card — let’s get on to seeing how it’s done!

Wasn’t the washing off of paint lovely? Several instructors I’ve taken classes from do this and I’m only just learning to figure out how dry the pigment needs to be to create different effects. It takes a LOT of practice so if you try this, don’t be disappointed if you struggle!

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

I used three simple colors for this: Daniel Smith’s Paynes Blue Gray for the background, and Hansa Yellow Light and Aussie Red Gold for the lion. Lately, I’ve begun to appreciate the simplicity of limiting my palette — it can really yield some dramatic results!

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

You might also note I used a wide brush for the background — this is a Cosmo Spin 30, and it does a nice job of releasing pigment. Other flat brushes can do a similar thing but I also like that I can make a thin line with it sometimes as needed as well. My other brushes are Silver Black Velvet Round brushes and I most often reach for an #8 and #12.

Hope you enjoyed this and that you’ll join in for World Watercolor Month too!

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Let the watercolor workput commence! If you’re short on watercolor supplies, take a quick peek at our watercolor category to stock your stash. If you create something special inspired by Sandy’s technique, be sure to tag #mftstamps in your social media uploads. Happy coloring!

Techniques & Tutorials: July 2018

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.

from Francine’s blog: RHenry

from Jodi’s blog: Jeanne Beam

Congratulations to you both! RHenry and Jeanne, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you all!


If you love detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos to recreate some of your favorite MFT projects, Techniques & Tutorials is just for you! Our designers are going the extra mile with a collection of projects featuring more in-depth direction to help you achieve a similar look.

Handmade bookmark from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstitch

Raise your hand if you nabbed the latest design in our series of cross-stitch Die-namics. This Die-namics includes a hole and reinforcement piece allowing you to add your choice of coordinating ribbon, twine, or tassel to complete the bookmark. Team member Stephanie has taken the time to create a video tutorial for creating custom tassels that are ideal for topping your works of art.

Watch How to Create a Bookmark Tassel for the Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Even if the Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics isn’t your thing, these addictive little tassels will find their way onto cards, tags, and even home decor items. Now, go forth and tassel!


You can find more tutorials from the team on their blogs — we hope you’re inspired to enjoy a weekend full of creating projects you love!

Summer School 2018 Week 1 Winners

We have seen so many incredible assignments turned in since summer school commenced! It’s certainly our pleasure to hand out some extra credit to a handful of our amazingly dedicated students. Let’s return to our syllabus for a quick reminder of what our students were eligible for:

  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

Now, let’s get to the winners!

$15 Voucher Winners:
  • White Space: tiggermama24
  • Primary Colors: Betty Hall
  • Repetition: Lizz McDaniels
  • Complementary Colors: Shawn Wenrich
  • Symmetry: PrairieStork
$25 Voucher Winners:
  • White Space: Amy @card.chick (entry 61)
  • Primary Colors: Jen Shears (entry 118)
  • Repetition: Cat Luvs Paper (entry 8)
  • Complementary Colors: Kimberly’s Crafty Spot (entry 120)
  • Symmetry: Georgiana (entry 73)
$100 Grand Prize Winner: Maura (beesmom)

Congratulations to ALL of our voucher winners (as well as an A+ for everyone that took part in our first session of summer school.) If you loved this session, make sure to join us later this summer for session 2!

To our winners, please email erica@mftstamps.com with your preferred email address to claim your prize!

Tips & Tricks: July 2018

Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your brand-new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.

Handmade gift box from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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


Want to learn more about Rachel, Melania, and the rest of our team’s Tips & Tricks for our July Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!

Just Add Color: July 2018

We so enjoy our Release Countdown each month – our team never fails to inspire us and we love seeing your enthusiasm and reading your ideas for using the new collection. We want to extend that excitement past release night with even more opportunities for the designers to blow us away with their creativity and ingenuity.

So many of our stamp sets feature images that invite color — from markers and pencils to watercolors, our designers are itching to show off their coloring prowess and innovative techniques.

Playful Peacock coloring from Rachel Alvarado #mftstamps

You’ll love strutting your stuff, showing off your coloring prowess with the gorgeous proud peacocks featured in the Playful Peacocks collection. Vibrant greens and blues are ideal for providing eye-catching, realistic color for this trio…what an incredible example of coloring from Rachel!

Birdie Brown Saddle up & Celebrate coloring from Torico #mftstamps

The Saddle up & Celebrate images offer so many fun opportunities for injecting some western-style personality into your projects! From pattern to texture, you’ll LOVE honing your coloring skills with this irresistible collection.

You’re already feeling inspired, right? Brace yourselves because we have so much more to share! Check out what the rest of the team has created in response to our Just Add Color challenge below!

MFTv – Rainbow Birthday Cards

Creating multiple cards with the same design and color grouping is a smart way of maximizing your crafting time — especially when it comes to birthdays and other common recurring events. Using a rainbow of colors and time-honored symbols of the occasion (like candles for a birthday) ensures the design is appropriate for almost any recipient or age!

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

Stephanie made quick work of this grouping by maintaining the same color order for the candles (ROYGBIV is always a good choice) and switching up the color of the “happy” word and card base.

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 – Creating Rainbow Birthday Cards 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 July Products!

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

All of our July 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!

We are in the business of giving and this month, we’ll be donating 12% of all retail sales of the Crown Die-namics and Queen for the Day stamp set to the Kind Campaign.

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 is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax). Concurrent with each new monthly release and kit release, our Free with $60 is updated with a brand new design. Our newest Free with $60, releasing with our July 2018 collection, is the Heart Balloons Die-namics. While supplies last, Heart Balloons will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Heart Balloons is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.

Additionally, this month receive the Balloon Die-namics free with EVERY order while supplies last!

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $50.

3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 25% on orders over $750. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

Now through July 12, you can use code CELEBRATE at checkout to save 12% sitewide.

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

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn 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 July Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, July 12, for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 Gift Vouchers. The winners will be chosen at random and winners will be announced July 13. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

July 2018 Release: Don’t Be Late!

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

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!

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 is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax). Concurrent with each new monthly release and kit release, our Free with $60 is updated with a brand new design. Our newest Free with $60, releasing with our July 2018 collection, is the Heart Balloons Die-namics. While supplies last, Heart Balloons will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Heart Balloons is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.

You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $50.

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 25% on orders over $750!

We have so much more for you this month though! Don’t forget about our very special bonus Free  Die-namics this month — the Birthday Balloon Die-namics is free while supplies last. This Die-namics will be provided in addition to our newest Free with $60 Die-namics — that’s TWO freebies with every order of $60!

To celebrate our birthday, apply code CELEBRATE at checkout to get 12% off your entire order, including our July Release — you don’t want to miss out on this incredibly rare savings opportunity. Shop July 10 – July 12 to apply this special discount.

Our new MFT Signature line is debuting with FIVE fabulous products only available through our physical boutique and online shop. Two of these signature products are featured in our special July donation campaign — 12% of all retail sales of the Crown Die-namics and Queen for the Day stamp set through the end of July will be donated to the Kind Campaign.

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

You can look at every new product in our July release, for sale TONIGHT at 9 PM EDT, below. Click on any of the individual graphics to view a bigger picture, and to view the product name.


Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our July 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: Stephanie Anfinson (Jul 5, 2018 @ 21:43) 

Countdown Day Four Winner: Penny H (Jul 7, 2018 @ 03:57) 

Countdown Day Three Winner: Carolyn Cece (Jul 9, 2018 @ 08:25) 

Countdown Day Two Winner: Linda SlatteryL (Jul 8, 2018 @ 23:11) 

Countdown Day One Winner: Peggy McCullar (Jul 10, 2018 @ 00:01) 

Congratulations to all the winners!

July 2018 Release: Final Countdown

We’ve reached the final day of the countdown, and we still have so much more to share. You’ll be able to shop for all of the new July Release products TOMORROW, July 10 at 9 PM EDT.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on July 10. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 7:30 PM EDT on July 10 on the MFT Blog.

PAINTED PRINTS

Painted Prints allows you to take advantage of your remarkable cardmaking artistry and translate it into stunning floral images with a realistic hand-painted look without the mess or the skill required to actually paint them. This stamp set contains solid complementary layers to create beautiful, multicolored flowers and leaves. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

Learn more about Painted Prints.

Painted Prints stamp set #mftstamps

Painted Prints Die-namics #mftstamps

Painted Prints in use #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Painted Prints stamp set & Die-namics #mftstamps

BRUSHSTROKE EXPRESSIONS

This gorgeous sentiment set features a brushstroke font that lends a custom modern calligraphy look to your stamped sentiments. It pairs beautifully with the floral images in Painted Prints but will complement so many images in your collection or stand alone on simple notecards and tags in stunning fashion.

Learn more about Brushstroke Expressions.

Brushstroke Expressions stamp set #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Brushstroke Expressions stamp set #mftstamps

FLOWER VASE DIE-NAMICS

Use the Flower Vase Die-namics to house the beautiful painterly florals featured in Painted Prints, or as a stand-alone accent for other projects or flower sets.

Learn more about Flower Vase Die-namics.

Flower Vase Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Flower Vase Die-namics #mftstamps

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

Send happy birthday greetings in big + bold fashion with the Happy Birthday to You stamp set. We’ve split the sentiment into three blocks to provide you the ability to play with positioning to achieve perfect placement whatever your needs. We’ve also included decorative stripes, dots, and stars elements to accent your sentiment — you’ll discover endless uses for these classic shapes!

Learn more about Happy Birthday to You.

Happy Birthday to You stamp set #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Happy Birthday to You stamp set #mftstamps

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BALLOON TRIO DIE-NAMICS

This all-in-one die will add both a trio of peek-a-boo balloons and a Happy Birthdaygreeting to your projects in one fell swoop. Inlay die cuts back into the design or, create a multi-layer look by adding the resulting balloon die-cuts intermingled among the peek-a-boo balloons. Go all in on the birthday theme by creating mini balloon shakers filled with confetti or other filler.

Learn more about Happy Birthday Balloon Trio Die-namics.

Happy Birthday Balloon Trio Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Happy Birthday Balloon Trio Die-namics #mftstamps

GIFT BAGS DIE-NAMICS

This quartet of gift bags will produce delightful accents for your cards and tags. The assortment of included sizes allows you to mix and match with a variety of images or, use them on their own as iconic little representations for any gift-giving occasion. You’ll love the pin-point detailing and handle options for creating convincing embellishments for your projects.

Learn more about Gift Bags Die-namics.

Gift Bags Die-namics #mftstamps

Gift Bags Die-namics in use #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Gift Bags Die-namics #mftstamps

See the full July 2018 release by watching July 2018 Release – Product Previews on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Did anything in our June release catch your eye? Now is the time to take a few minutes to print out the handy shopping list and make note of your must-have items.

It’s the last day of our countdown but our Design Team is still crafting inspiring new projects! Keep on clicking to see how they’ve wound things up on this final day.

July 2018 Release: Are You Ready?

Are you ready? We have just two more days of countdown posts before you can make the July Release all yours!

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on July 10. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 7:30 PM EDT on July 10 on the MFT Blog.

SAFARI FRIENDS

These adorable safari animals are the perfect choice for a birthday, a new baby, or a simple hello or word of encouragement. Their charming features make them a joy to color and you’ll love accenting your scenes with the retro-inspired leaves and squares. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

Learn more about Safari Friends.

Safari Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Safari Friends Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring Safari Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I HEART CELEBRATING — MFT SIGNATURE LINE

If the feeling of love makes your heart soar, this is the set to proclaim your affection loud and proud. I Heart Celebrating includes three heart balloons in graduated sizes along with a balloon string and an assortment of love-themed sentiments appropriate for a number of occasions. It’s also a great complement to the Free with $60 Heart Balloons Die-namics — mix and match to your heart’s content!

Learn more about I Heart Celebrating.

I Heart Celebrating stamp set from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade cards from Inge Groot featuring I Heart Celebrating stamp set from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

HEART BALLOONS DIE-NAMICS

Can you just imagine all of the lovely balloon bouquets you’ll be able to create with this sweet collection? This trio includes three different sizes of balloons as well as three strings to make quick work of building your bobbling bundles. The sentiments included in I Heart Celebrating will provide the perfect finishing touch. The Heart Balloons Die-namics is this month’s newest Free with $60.

Learn more about Heart Balloons Die-namics.

Heart Balloons Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Heart Balloons Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

BIRTHDAY BALLOON DIE-NAMICS

In celebration of MFT’s 12th birthday, all orders will receive a free Birthday Balloon Die-namics! It’s adorable, versatile, and the perfect encapsulation of birthdays and more — ANY festive occasion benefits from a few balloons…don’t you agree? The Birthday Balloon Die-namics will be provided in addition to our newest Free with $60 Die-namics — that’s TWO freebies with every order of $60 or more!

Birthday Balloon Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOCK DIE-NAMICS

The Happy Birthday Block Die-namics takes this quintessential sentiment and presents it in a cool new format. This bold, type-focused sentiment features jumbo-sized letters that allow this design to be used in a multitude of ways. Play with the placement of the resulting letters to create your own graphic look, inlay the die-cut letters back into the negative to create a multi-color greeting, or create a peek-a-boo or shaker front for your birthday greetings. Perfect for any age, you’ll never tire of coming up with unique ways to put this versatile design to work!

Learn more about Happy Birthday Block Die-namics.

Happy Birthday Block Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring Happy Birthday Block Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

CROSS-STITCH BOOKMARK DIE-NAMICS

We’re expanding our collection of cross-stitch Die-namics with this new bookworm-approved design. The Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics makes it easy to create the perfect canvas for your stitched designs. Add a small stitched accent or fill the tag with an intricately stitched design. The tall format is perfect for creating unique border designs, words, and more! The stitch-hole element is positioned within the tag so you can leave it in place, or choose to snip it out to use as a stand-alone die. Tip: Stack your die-cut tags and punch out the stitch holes in multiple tags to speed (and ease!) the process.

You’ll find patterns for the Cross-Stitch Bookmark, as well as all of the other cross-stitch products in our collection in our printable resource section.

Learn more about Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics.

Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstich

Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstich

Handmade bookmarks from Julie Dinn featuring Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstich

Now, let’s check out what our team has done with today’s collection!