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May 2017 Release: Stay Tuned! We Have More in Store.

Our water-themed collection of sneak peeks today features the always incredible Birdie Brown. Hold your breath – we’re diving in!

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on May 2. 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 May 2 on the MFT Blog.

MERMAZING

The deep blue sea just got so much cuter! Birdie Brown and her trio of mermazing characters will quickly become a favorite set in your collection. Underwater scenes can be created with the included shells, plants, and schools of fish. Complete the scene with a friendly fish or tender-hearted turtle. Oceans of fun are awaiting your creativity! 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.

Birdie Brown Mermazing stamp set #mftstamps

Birdie Brown Mermazing Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Mermazing stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

EXQUISITE OCEAN

The layered designs included in Exquisite Ocean make it easy to create beautiful, dimensional, multi-colored fish and flowers for your underwater scenes. Craft a veritable aquatic jungle with this wide-ranging assortment of imagery. 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.

Exquisite Ocean stamp set #mftstamps

Exquisite Ocean Die-namics #mftstamps

Exquisite Ocean in use #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Exquisite Ocean stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

OCEAN WAVES DIE-NAMICS

This variety of realistic wave patterns can be used to create wave panels of any height. Mix and match to create colorful layers of card stock and vellum perfect for emulating the look of the sea.

Ocean Waves Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Karolyn London featuring Ocean Waves Die-namics #mftstamps

MERMAID TAIL BACKGROUND

This scale-patterned background stamp is the perfect complement to any of our sea and water-themed sets.

Mermaid Tail Background #mftstamps

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Mermaid Tail Background #mftstamps

See more of all of the products shown today by watching MFT Product Previews: May 2017 Release – Day 4 on YouTube or by watching the video below.

We hope you’ll stick with us for the remainder of our countdown – we’re down to just four days until the May release can be all yours. To see what was created with today’s sneak peeks, keep clicking through to our Design Team member blogs.

May 2017 Release: Countdown Kickoff

It’s our favorite time of the month – our New Release Countdown has begun! Beach bunnies will rejoice with this sea-rrific release but as always, we have something for everyone . Let’s jump in, shall we?

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on May 2. 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 May 2 on the MFT Blog.

BEACH BUNNIES

Bunnies frolicking at the beach – it’s just as fun as you’d imagine. These four fun bunnies are ready to spend the day watching the clouds float lazily across the sky, searching for seashells, and enjoying a delicious ice cream cone. Set a sunny scene with the included beach huts. 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.

Beach Bunnies stamp set #mftstamps

Beach Bunnies Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring Beach Bunnies stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

BEACH SCENE BUILDER DIE-NAMICS

This revolutionary scene builder is designed to allow you to quickly and easily create an inviting scene that features perspective and dimension. The elements combine to create a scene sized to perfectly fill a horizontal A2 card front. Life’s a beach when you create with MFT!

Beach Scene Builder Die-namics #mftstamps

Beach Scene Builder Die-namics in use #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Beach Scene Builder Die-namics #mftstamps

BOLD STRIPES COVER-UP DIE-NAMICS

This jaunty nautically-inspired stripe is versatile enough to use with any design style, for any occasion. Both the stripes, and die-cut negatives are sized to house the Essential Sentiments and More Essential Sentiments perfectly but will work with an amazing variety of sentiments from your other stamp sets as well.

Bold Stripes Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dunn featuring Bold Stripes Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

CLOUD STENCIL

This extraordinarily versatile stencil features four unique edges. Mix and match the edge designs to create a beautiful sponged sky.

Cloud Stencil #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dunn featuring Cloud Stencil #mftstamps

ROSES ALL OVER PASTELS PAPER PACK

Our Roses All Over collection of products grows with this stunning new pastels version.

Roses All Over Pastels Paper Pack #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Roses All Over Pastels Paper Pack #mftstamps

See more of all of the products shown today by watching MFT Product Previews: May 2017 Release – Day 5 on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new May Release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on May 2!

Fresh-Squeezed Inspiration

Arte is with us for one last April guest post…it’s bittersweet as we’ll miss her innovative takes on our April release but also, exciting as we’ll begin our May Release Countdown tomorrow!

We all love Pure Innocence – each new release includes the most endearing characters and sweetest sentiments. Arte’s duo of cards featuring our April Release, Fresh Squeezed, ups the ante with a clean, simple design accented by a lemony surprise!

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Take a cue from Arte and accent your stamped images with some of your own custom art. What a fabulous way to make your cards even more special.


Tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

Love Is in the Air

Up in the Air is already a beloved addition to the Birdie Brown collection – those darling balloons are irresistible! Today though, Arte is sharing a couple of ideas for using some of the supplemental images to craft sweet looks.

Here’s a fun discovery: the curve of the banners in Up in the Air match that of the Sentiment Label Strip Die-namics! It’s a clean and simple design  but the dimension of the frame, clouds and banner really add interest..

The passengers included in Up in the Air are designed to peer over the edge of a balloon basket but a window sill (or fence!) works well too. A sweet sentiment from the Lisa Johnson Design’s Make Yourself at Home stamp set is just right with this charming window scene.

We know you love Up in the Air but with these new ideas to add to your inspiration folder, we know you’ll be reaching for it even more. Thanks again to Arte for sharing her ideas!


Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Come as You Are

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards (and tags!) 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 design 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.

Mixing and matching Blueprints elements is such an appealing way of creating something new and exciting. Sometimes though, you need a card and you need it in a hurry…enter Blueprints sketches. Every new Blueprints release includes a quartet of sketches featuring the elements. You choose the papers and stamps to coordinate but the design is done for you – easy peasy! Join our team this month as they interpret Blueprints sketches and make them their own.

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

Blueprints 19 is extra fun as it’s one of our square-based collections. The bracketed frame adds tons of interest while the tabs and shapes accessories provide lots of different accent options. Inge added a trendy brush-script sentiment and grays and greens to complete her fresh look.

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

Jodi’s sassy look is paired with a sweet sentiment. I love how she integrated the pattern into her Blueprints 12 look – it’s a great way to amp up the large panel included in the sketch!

We’re not done yet — keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Inge

Jodi

MFTv – Flower Stamping

Stamping mask paper is kind of magical. Being able to create a layered, dimensional look that is completely flat opens up so many avenues for your creativity! Whether you build a scene, or a stunning bouquet like Stephanie has in this weekly episode of MFTv, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve with this indispensable tool and your imagination.

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 – Flower Stamping 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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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Up in the Air

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

from Inge’s blog: keysha


Hi there everyone, – how are you? I’m probably dealing with a bit of jet lag right about now, having arrived in Orlando yesterday afternoon – ready for my Copic classes here at the My Favorite Things Boutique in Eustis this weekend!

So I thought I would keep up the “flying theme” with this month’s feature by using Birdie Brown’s Up in the Air stamp set and Die-namics.

Jane Allen

I started by cutting out a panel using the largest die from the  Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics and Steel Blue Card Stock, and a smaller rectangle from Copic suitable card stock.  The larger panel I put to one side and the smaller, I sprayed using my airbrush.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next, I stamped the balloons on another piece of Copic card and proceeded to colour them with Copic markers.  To get the teddy bear inside the basket, you need to stamp him first then cover him with a mask. I used a post it note – basically you stamp the image again, cut out the sticky backed version and adhere it to the first stamped image. Then you stamp the balloon over the top – when you remove the mask the bear looks as though he is inside the basket – ta da!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once I was happy with the balloons I turned my attentions to the background, adding bushes and little sheep…my students will be learning how to create little sheep like these during the classes this weekend. I will share it with you guys in another feature, I promise.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As you can see I used the complementary Die-namics to cut out the balloon and as I have done before, I coloured the white border so that it blended in with the background.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The larger balloon was again cut out using a die and coloured as before. I then decided to colour an additional bear to stick on top of the original one…confession time: I thought I had added sufficient card stock between the coloured image and the die to stop the die from cutting through the bear I had masked but no, the die cut through the image – grrrrr! Bloopers happen to us all! So I just took a deep breath, re-stamped and coloured the bear, and stuck him on top of what remained of the original little guy! To give depth to the card, I mounted this larger balloon onto the background with foam squares.

As always, here is the Copic list for those who would like to try this themselves:

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Well, that’s about it for this month…see you next month when I will be back with more colouring fun!

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Take a Ride in My Beautiful Balloon

Arte is back with us today with a trio of uplifting looks…two simple and sweet and one majorly cool dimensional card.

These first two looks are so classically charming. A masked oval featuring softly blended colors provides an easy but effective backdrop for each. The simple scenes Arte has created for each card include a mix of balloon, character, and cloud elements from Up in the Air.

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Arte’s third look features a brilliant integration of dimension in a fantastically constructed box card. The foreground features an inviting little neighborhood while the background includes a sky scene and balloon in the distance. Suspending the balloon on thin, transparent line allows it to hang in the middle distance. This is a card your recipient will display and save for a long time to come!

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Arte Banale featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

We know you love Up in the Air but with these new ideas to add to your inspiration folder, we know you’ll be reaching for it even more. Thanks again to Arte for sharing her ideas!


Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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It’s Time To Shop for the NEW April Kit!

It’s finally time to make the new A-maze-ing Card Kit all yours.

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring the A-maze-ing Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring the A-maze-ing Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

You’ll find the A-maze-ing 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 A-maze-ing Card Kit 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 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.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring the A-maze-ing Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Like what you see? Add more coordinating product to stretch your kit even further.

Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our A-maze-ing Countdown prizes. Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown. Two lucky people 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: Galy O’Connor, Apr 17, 2017 @ 00:57

Countdown Day One Winner: Carrie R., Apr 18, 2017 @ 10:09

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 A-maze-ing Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, April 20  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 April 21. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

The Day Has Arrived! The A-maze-ing Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our A-maze-ing 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.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on April 18. 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 9:00 PM EDT on April 18 on the MFT Blog.

As a reminder, this coordinated collection will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The $47.99 purchase price for this kit is more than a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to (5) sheets of Smooth White Card Stock, you’ll also receive (14) A2 envelopes in 7 bright colors as well as a sheet of coordinating card stock in each color. Use the (10) Circle Shaker Pouches, (10) White Maze Shapes, and approximately (20) Maze Spheres to assemble addictively fun maze games for your cards. Finally, slide your cards into one of the (5) Clear Card Boxes to keep your treasures safe and sound for presentation or mailing.

A-maze-ing Card Kit #mftstamps

The A-maze-ing Card Kit PDF features card samples as well as a complete listing of the kit contents. You can download a printable version HERE.

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring the A-maze-ing Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring the A-maze-ing Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring the A-maze-ing Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new April card kit. Remember, A-maze-ing will be available tonight at 9 PM EDT!