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The April Release Countdown Begins!

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It’s our favorite time of the month – a New Release Countdown is beginning! Spring has officially sprung, both on the calendar AND in our release. The flora and fauna of the season are well represented with today’s collection of sneak peeks. In addition, we’re sharing a selection of versatile window options for your projects as well.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on April 4. 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 April 4 on the MFT Blog.

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SPRINGTIME BLOOMS

Sweet sentiments and whimsically doodled flowers that are a joy to color bring spring to your crafting in the most delightful way. Mix and match the included images to grow a field full of wonderful wildflowers. 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.

Springtime Blooms stamp set #mftstamps

Springtime Blooms Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Springtime Blooms stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

SPRINGTIME CRITTERS

The adorable Springtime Critters stamp set includes a variety of animals whose arrival signifies the arrival of spring – delightful. Their cheerful dispositions will bring a smile to your face as you create with them, and a smile to the face of the lucky recipient of your efforts. The variety of sentiments includes but punny phrases that tie to the imagery, as well as more generic greetings that will work with the set, as well as with other images in your collection. 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.

Springtime Critters stamp set #mftstamps

Springtime Critters Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Springtime Blooms stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

STITCHED RECTANGLE WORD WINDOWS DIE-NAMICS

This indispensable Die-namics features three dies designed to create a rectangle window in your card fronts and panels accented by a stitched line perimeter. Alternatively, you can create contrast by inserting a rectangle back into the frame. It’s the perfect companion to the Essential Sentiments stamp set but will work equally well with any number of other sets.

Stitched Rectangle Word Windows Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Stitched Rectangle Word Windows #mftstamps

INTERACTIVE OVAL WORD WINDOWS DIE-NAMICS

This indispensable Die-namics features three dies designed to create an oval window in your card fronts and panels that’s attached on one end to create an interactive door. It’s the perfect companion to the Essential Sentiments stamp set but will work equally well with any number of other sets.

Interactive Oval Word Windows Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Interactive Oval Word Windows #mftstamps

OVAL WORD WINDOW FRAMES DIE-NAMICS

This indispensable Die-namics features three dies designed to create an oval frame sized to layer over other oval windows in our collection or to be used as a standalone element. It’s the perfect companion to the Essential Sentiments stamp set but will work equally well with any number of other sets.

Oval Word Window Frames Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Oval Word Window Frames #mftstamps

See more of all of the products shown today by watching MFT Product Previews: April 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 April Release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on April 4!

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Going out with a PIG Bang

We have one last guest post from Svetlana Pavlova to end our month before we start our April Release Countdown tomorrow. What a great way to wrap up March before diving into another exciting release!

Oh! I had so much fun working with these. This time I made another card with these funny piglets from Sow Much Cuteness. Just like this little piggy, I was jumping around the apartment scattering stamps instead of flowers and singing what a happy day it is today!

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

In fact, everything is super simple here!

First I created a stenciled background on the card stock. I added the rays of sunlight with the Radiating Rays Stencil. The grass was made by using the negative from the Grassy Fields Die-namics as a mask. I just took a frame die with rounded edges from Blueprints 31 and cut out the panel from the background. I kept all the pieces.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’ve adhered the negative from the background to the card base and to add more dimension to the card I used foam tape to adhere the inset panel.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The piglet and flowers I’ve stamped and colored with Copic markers. Then I added the sentiment and put the card together!

Svetlana


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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Baby Love

Svetlana Pavlova is back with us today sharing the most inspiring use of our March Release baby products. Her projects are packed with innovative uses for these sweet designs!

Hi everyone! I’m back with more projects. This one features Welcome, Baby and the Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics. The entire release is amazing and so fun to work with it!

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’ve stamped all the sentiments with Versamark then heat embossed in white. I used Distress Inks to blend over the embossed text. After adding a few splashes of water, voila – the background is complete.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next I die cut a dress and onesies using Bundle of Baby Clothes, as well as a rattle. I used the Mesh Background on the baby clothes to make them more fun. I’ve added sentiments and used a banner from Blueprints 31 and put the cards together.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I was so inspired by these newborn sets, that I couldn’t help myself and created a coordinating gift set. Using sentiments from Welcome, Baby, I’ve stamp multiple times to create a custom gift wrap. For a note I made a little shaker card using the Baby Rattle Die-namics.

Handmade packaging from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade packaging from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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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 – Scallops, Scallops Everywhere

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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.

Dainty, delicate scallops add femininity and softness to your creations. Our collection of Blueprints includes so many scallop options – from panels detailed by a perimeter of scallops, to edge-only dies that allow you to create panels of any size, you’ll find the perfect finishing touch for any project. Join our team this month as they share some of their own scalloped projects.

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

I love the impact of Keisha’s large scalloped panel, from Blueprints 1, combined with a punch of pattern from the Mini Hexagon Background. She has such a way with unexpected color combos that just work and that expanse of black and white she’s created is a perfect foil.

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

Dainty scallops and a diminutive pink check are kind of perfect for a baby girl card. Karolyn has used Blueprints 1 for her card as well but she’s cut a rectangle from the center creating a frame for her sparkly pink rattle. I love the idea of adding a sentiment inside the rattle – so fun!

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

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MFTv – Black & Gray Stamping

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Black, white, and shades of gray are a classic combo and a great choice for showcasing images in a bold and graphic manner. They’re also the perfect foil for VIBRANT color like Razzle Berry. Watch this week as Stephanie uses her trusty MISTI and the Bold Blooms stamp set to create this unforgettable birthday look.

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 – Black & Gray 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 – Mane Squeeze

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

from Joy’s blog: Shelly


Once you finish ogling Jane’s project this month, you’re definitely going to want to learn more about the class she’ll be teaching in person at our Eustis, FL location next month. Learn more HERE.

Hello all, Jane here with my latest Artistic Expression feature and this month I’ve decided to put my Copics to the side and use my coloured pencils, selecting the newly released Lions and Tigers stamp set for the main image on the card.

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I was curious to see how my coloured pencils would work with MFT Kraft Card Stock…the answer is brilliantly – in fact it’s one of the nicest kraft surfaces I have used in a while.

Now, one thing I’ve learnt as I have been teaching myself to colour stamps whether in Copic, pencil, or paint is that it’s advisable to follow one simple rule: “Google, don’t Guess!” What do I mean by that?  Well, in this particular case I am intending to colour a lion and it’s not a creature I come across every day, do you? So I went online and searched for lion images settling on this guy. Handsome boy, isn’t he!

Panic not! No need to copy him exactly – you are merely using this image as reference to add a smidge of realism to your stamp. However, I like this boy so much I may be tempted to create a fine art Copic piece featuring him – crikey, did I say that out loud?

Here is a break down of how I approached certain areas. Erm, I got carried away again and forgot to take photographs mid process, oops. So I quickly re-stamped the lion on some spare card and produced the following…shhhh, no one will notice Jane!

I started by stamping the lion on the card stock with Gravel Grey Hybrid ink – it’s perfect for no-line colouring on Kraft as it is dark enough to see clearly, but subtle enough not to stand out as you add your colour.

One thing I noticed in the photograph was that the lion has a beautiful blonde goatee. As you can see from the image above I used white pencil to give my lion a stylish little beard!

Next, I shaded his muzzle, referring again to the photograph to make sure I put the highlights in roughly the right place. Remember, no one else ever sees the photograph so they’ll never know if your version is not an accurate depiction.

Then came the fun part, adding colour to his mane. Following the bumpy lines on the stamp but mindful of the way it looked in the photograph, I mapped out my mane. I tend to start with the lighter tones and go darker, just like with Copics – it’s far harder to add highlights later than it is shadows.

You can see how I am building up the depth around his face whilst remaining true to the original stamp. I’m just using thin lines of colour rather than a solid lump…make sense? Zoom in if that helps 🙂

One of the things that stood out for me in the photograph were the lion’s eyes – this is where coloured pencils give you an edge over Copics. Even though the stamp has a solid dot of ink for the eye I was able to colour over the top with a beautiful shade of amber, adding the strong white and dark brown markings around it. I would never have known to do that if I’d not done my research first!

So, to re-cap:

I stamped my lion image on to MFT Kraft Card Stock using Gravel Grey Hybrid Ink.

And set to colouring my lion, using the photograph as reference to add a touch of realism to my work!

Here he is fully coloured. The background was drawn freehand, but again, you can easily find images online to help you.

As for the rest of the card, I used the new Blueprints 31 for my card base, cutting the pieces out of various muted shades of MFT card stock. Instead of leaving them plain, I opted to give them a little extra something, stamping mesh and tribal designs onto the card stock using MFT background stamps and ink.

Mesh Background and Gravel Grey Hybrid Ink:

then…

Etched Tribal Background and Latte Hybrid Ink:

When you put all of the above elements together, this is what you get – I had a roaring time creating this card!

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

For information here are the colours I used:

PENCILS

L (Caran D’Ache Luminance), P (Caran D’Ache Pablos)

Sky: P – 151, 371

           L – 001, 661

Greenery: L – 225, 736, 846, 015, 732

Eyes: L – 034, 009

Body and Mane: L – 001, 842, 242, 836, 037, 906, 832, 407, 872

                                     P – 037, 045

Nose: L – 589, 906, 001

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you’ve found this informative and it’s spurred you on to give pencil colouring a try.

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Oh Joy! Welcome, Svetlana!

This month, we’re excited to have Svetlana Pavlova joining us for a few guest posts. Her bright and fresh style is so inspiring!

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining me today. I’m so excited to be a guest designer for My Favourite Things.

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’m in love with the new release and for my first card I used the pigs from Sow Much Cuteness. These pigs are so delightful, funny, and cute!

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To start, I die cut a panel from the Blueprints 31 Die-namics. On this panel, I’ve stamped a pyramid of happy pigs and used Copic markers to bring them to life. To make this card more radiant, I used an ink pad and the Radiating Rays Stencil to create sunrays. To finish the card, I’ve stamped the base of the card with the Mesh Background and adhered it all together. My fun and cheerful card is complete!

Handmade card from Svetlana Pavlova featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thank you so much for joining me today, have a wonderful day.

Svetlana


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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Feeling Lucky? Save Some Green Today!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, friends! We’re helping you celebrate the day by saving you some green. Today only, you can save 25% on all in-stock products in our Easter and Spring Category.

Check out just a small handful of projects featuring some of the products included in this sale:

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

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

And, just a sampling of the products included:

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Happy Friday. Happy shopping!

Product Spotlight: Chinese Takeout & Good Fortune

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Nothing spells great evening in like some delicious takeout and a little crafting! Your future contains an abundance of fun crafting opportunities thanks to the Good Fortune stamp set. The pagoda image and bold greetings are the perfect way to finish off the Chinese Takeout container while the nine fortunes are designed to fit the fortune cookie paper strips. The exciting Chinese Takeout Die-namics  allows you to create an interactive card featuring a concealed fortune. Use the small slit die to create a hidden notch under your fortune cookie to allow the paper fortune slip to slide in completely masked until your recipient pulls it out for the big reveal.

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Good Fortune

Let’s see how our team featured Chinese Takeout and Good Fortune in their own projects this month:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We can’t wait to see what you create with the March Release, so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can be inspired by your beautiful work!

Take a Master Class from No-Line Coloring Artist Jane Allen at the MFT Boutique

We are more than a little excited to have Jane Allen joining us at the MFT Boutique for a master class in the art of no-line coloring. Jane was one of our 2016 Card Design Superstars and is currently doing a monthly blog feature for us called Artistic Expression with Jane Allen. I think you’ll agree that she has a special talent!

Here’s a sample of some of her past work featuring an assortment of adorable MFT characters!

The schedule for each class day is as follows:

Morning Session – 9 AM – 12 PM

Lunch Break – 12 PM – 2 PM

Afternoon Session – 2 PM – 5 PM

During the morning session, Jane will be teaching us the basic techniques of no-line coloring. The afternoon session will culminate in the grand finale of implementing the techniques you’ve learned to create your very own masterpiece.

Each day of class will result in three finished cards, and will be identical in content. You simply need to register for the class day that best suits your schedule.

Your class fee of $75 will cover all supplies with the exception of the Copic markers listed below and your favorite stamp tools and adhesives.

Please bring the following Copic marker colors with you on class day:

Greens: G40, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG17, G94
Grays: W1, C0, C1, C2, C4, C6, C8
Yellows: YR0000, YR000, Y15, YR15
Browns: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
Blue: B000
…. Colorless Blender: …. 0

We will have a limited supply of the colors Jane will be using available for purchase.

PLEASE NOTE: Each class will accomodate a maximum of 30 students and we expect both classes to sell out quickly. There will be no kits or online component to this class – this technique-based lesson will only be available in person, during the class time listed. Classes must be pre-paid. Due to the limited seating availability and special nature of this event, no refunds will be given if you are not able to attend.

Updated March 20, 2017: Saturday, April 22nd registration is closed.

Register for Sunday, April 23rd HERE

We can’t wait to see you at this very special event!