It’s our favorite time of the month — our New Release Countdown has begun! Join us on the blog for the next five days as we share our new products and a plethora of projects from the team.
You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on September 5. 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 September 5 on the MFT Blog.
Before we kick off our countdown, we have a message from founder Kim van der Sanden regarding efforts to provide support and assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey:
🎼 With a moo moo here and a moo moo there 🎼 …sorry! It’s easy to get distracted by this adorable collection of farm animals (don’t tell the others but I adore those ducklings the most!) The array of characters and assortment of sentiments makes this the perfect choice for every occasion from birthdays to a simple hello. 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.
Environment-building for your farm animals and other pastoral scenes will be a breeze with this versatile fence design. Use the fence alone, or add additional fence posts for extra dimension. Snip your fence in half to add the optional gate element.
Dig into this adorable little set featuring a gardening bear and sweet sentiments to tie everything together. You’ll love this set bunches! 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.
A2 Rectangle STAX Sets 1 and 2 are essential collections of rectangle dies sized to work with A2 cards. The largest die in Set 1 measures 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” resulting in a fine 1/16” border around your card perimeter. The largest in Set 2 measures 4” x 5 1/4”. Use them together for an infinite variety of layering possibilities.
You’ll find a full video rundown of the complete September Release on the final day of the countdown. In the meantime, make sure you join us here on the blog every day to discover more amazing products!
Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new September Release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on September 5!
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been introducing you to all of the people that work behind the scenes to make My Favorite Thingsyour favorite things. Today, we’re kicking off a monthly feature showcasing a couple of our incredible creative team members. Our team hails from around the globe and we couldn’t do what we do without their talents.
What location do you call home? I reside in sunny Eustis, Florida, a mere 15 minutes from the My Favorite Things Boutique. My family and I moved here 5 years ago to become fully immersed in the land of pink and black. We live an hour from the beach and 45 minutes from Orlando — a day trip can feel like a vacation sometimes.
What is your favorite current MFT product? My current favorite product is Blueprints 13. I just love that 5.25 X 4” stitched rectangle panel! It’s so versatile and the die comes with so many other cool components.
What is your all-time favorite MFT product? My all-time favorite product has to be the rectangle frames — any of them. Stitched, single line, plain, and any other variety. The frames add *just* the right thing to so many cards and transforms them into masterpieces. I mean… they’re worthy of being framed. Get it? LOL
What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? When I’m not creating, I enjoy spending time with husband and three kids. We like watching sporting events (Go Cowboys! Go Stars!), playing games (we are super competitive), and watching movies. My guilty pleasure is reality television, which is the perfect time to cuddle my three Shih Tzus.
Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created:
Super retro-flashback favorite from January 2010:
And a current favorite!
Creative Team member since: June 2009
What location do you call home? I live in South-Central Virginia, close to the North Carolina line.
What is your favorite current MFT product? My current favorite product from MFT would have to be the wonderful collection of word dies. They fit so many occasions, can be used equally effectively on CAS cards as well as more intricate designs. They can be made in so many ways: plain card stock, patterned paper, glitter paper, colored with markers, and sponged. Also single layer, inlaid, or raised up on foam or layered for dimension; you’re only limited by your imagination! Such a versatile product!
What is your all-time favorite MFT product? Since I love to create a scene, all of the dimensional and scene Die-namics would have to be my all-time favorite products. They are timeless and again, so versatile in their design possibilities. Whether you use every piece or one element from a set, they can stretch your other products and your creativity to their full potential.
What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? In my “spare” time, I love to travel, spend time with friends, read, I’m a news junkie, and I’m always open to inspiration from the world around me.
Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created:
Today, we’re so pleased to welcome Justine Hovey back for one last August guest post.
It’s Justine again for my last post as a guest designer for My Favorite Things. Being a part of the MFT fun this month has been an amazing experience! Today I decided to play around with some Halloween stamps. Halloween has some of my favourite color combinations and it is an excuse to get nice and inky! One thing I have been obsessed with lately is Distress Oxide inks. For this card, a little pre-planning is necessary. If you are interested in a video tutorial for these two cards, check it out here.
Determine how many colours you want to use. With a pencil mark the centre point and quickly sketch the spiral so that each color comes up the same amount of times (I’m a teacher and I know fractions aren’t everyone’s favourite thing). I didn’t do any measuring for this, I just did it. If some areas end up bigger or smaller, it’s no problem. The important thing is that you don’t end up with two of the same colour side-by-side at the very end. I used Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, and Wilted Violet. I masked off each area with Post-It Tape so I could do one area at a time with straight lines. When I was finished I sprayed some water to create the oxidized effect.
For the final touch, I coloured some of the Halloween Characters from the Happy Haunting stamp set using Copic Markers. I attached them to a circle that I die cut and added the happy haunting sentiment. You can attach this to the centre of the card. I ended up cutting out the centre of the card using the circle die and adding the white one in the middle so I could have less layers.
This card is a little bit more clean and simple but uses the same circle die set. I began by cutting the circle out of the middle of my card panel. I got stitching on the inside and outside of the circle which adds an awesome extra touch. I stamped the ghostly greetings sentiment from the Fab-BOO-lous Friends set in the middle.
I then stamped all the characters onto a piece of card stock and Copic coloured them. I die cut them using the coordinating dies and arranged them in a circle around the frame. I glued the frame onto the card base and added the sentiment using foam tape. I love these small images because there isn’t a lot of room for error or complicated Copic blending.
I hope that you like these two different ideas for Halloween cards. All of the images from the August release are just adorable! I can’t wait to create some more to give to some of the special kids in the neighbourhood!
Tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!
Slip, slide, and twist your way to interactive cards featuring scenes with movement, created with our range of slider discs and elements. Assembling slider mechanisms is a breeze with these products sized to perfectly fit within your slider channels. Combine movement with virtually any characters in your collection to add even more versatility to your crafting arsenal. As always, our team is an unending source of inspiration.
Kristina’s Happy Haunting trick-or-treaters are joined by a trio of Fab-BOO-lous Friends floating across an eery Halloween sky. Her slider mechanism allows the balloons easy movement to enjoy the view from above.
Torico’s look also features some Fab-BOO-lous Friends — this time, rising from a spooky graveyard created with fences and bats pulled from the Frightful Friends stamp set.
This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:
Before we get to today’s episode of MFTv, we need to award our Camp Create prizes!
First up are the randomly selected winners from the comments on the videos from each day of camp on our MFTv YouTube channel:
Next are the randomly selected winners from the challenge participants for each day of Camp Create:
Our Camp Create Farewell Bonfire was a blast with an extra badge to earn AND a fabulous prize. The randomly selected winner of the bonfire prize is:
And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. It was amazing to see so many of you participate throughout the entire week of camp— we hope that you’re just as excited about the projects you created as we were while admiring all of them! The randomly selected Grand Prize Winner of a $150 voucher from the MFT boutique is:
Huge congratulations to Karren and our eleven other winners! If you see your name on one of these lists, please send an email to [email protected] with your name and email address to claim your prize. Special thanks to EVERYONE for joining us at Camp Create!
There are a number of ways to add interest with texture and dimension without creating an excessive amount of bulk. This week, learn how Stephanie incorporated a variety of materials into her look to create cards that are begging to be touched.
Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected X’s and O’s Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!
from Debbie’s blog: Jeanie
It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects! And if you’ll be in the Eustis FL area, or can make plans to be, don’t forget about the no-line coloring class she’ll be teaching in October! Learn more HERE.
Hello there, it’s Jane with another Artistic Expression and this month I am going to show you a different technique you can use with our solid stamps.
Not sure what I mean? Well, I am going to use the new More Monsters stamp set and explain what I did to create two very different looks. Here are the adorable little devils as most would stamp them:
But as you know I love colouring, so I wanted to see if I could do something a little different and came up with the three funny monsters below.
Now that you have seen what I did, it’s time for me to explain how I went about it so that you can have a go yourselves.
I started by stamping two of the monsters on Copic suitable card with MFT Hybrid Ink in hues similar to those I intended to use to colour them. Yes, I know the stamping is not great — no worries, you are going to be colouring over the top!
Next I masked off the two monsters and stamped the third pink one, giving the impression of it standing behind the original ones.
The middle monster was coloured with pink Copic markers. The vertical stripes were created using the Colourless Blender pen after I had coloured her – in all honesty, I was just playing around and by accident it sort of looks like a pleated dress!
The second monster was coloured with Copics in various shades of green. This time I was trying to create a large pudgy ball…I will go into more detail on how I coloured this little guy later in this post.
I had the most fun colouring the third one, mainly because I decided to make this little guy furry. I simply used lots of little dashes.
I continued layering colours, adding purples as well as browns, building up texture and depth.
When you add the eyes the little characters really start to come alive. Now you can see that I used the mouth stamps on a couple of the monsters, but I opted to hand draw the eyes, adding a touch of white gel pen to finish. I also enhanced all three with coloured pencils, enabling me to add some extra fine details to each monster.
It is always important to ground your images and adding the shadows finishes them off.
Now, as I mentioned earlier, I would like to show you in more detail how I went about colouring the rotund little green chap.
I started by stamping him in Spearmint Hybrid Ink on Copic suitable card. At this point, I would like to share a little tip. Having played around with this technique I found that the Copic markers had a habit of bleeding if I started colouring too quickly. Using a heat gun ensured the ink was dry and hey, presto, it solved the bleeding issues! Secondly, remember to use Copic friendly inks, preferably in shades similar the ones you wish to use when colouring your stamped image.
Working in small areas, I coloured his outer eyes and arm with Copics, layering the colour on top of the stamped image.
This image shows how I have moved on to the main body, laying down the palest shade of green first, this is how I approach all of my Copic colouring.
Next came the mid tone, looks a bit of a mess I know but you have to have faith, the image below shows what happens when you finish blending.
All the blending of the main body is now done and hopefully, you can see that with a little simple shading you can give a flat image more dimension.
I stamped the mouth and coloured the eyes…he’s starting to have a little more character.
I applied the same colouring technique for his yellow spots.
To finish off the image I enhanced my Copic colouring with some coloured pencils and added highlights to his eyes and teeth with white gel pen. Ta da — one chubby, green monster.
For those who’d like to play along with me here is the Copic list. For the pencil enhancement, I personally use Caran D’Ache Pablo’s and Luminance, but whichever brand you opt for, be mindful to choose colours that are as close as possible to your Copic colours.
And here are the three monsters on the finished card:
I hope you enjoyed today’s feature and that it gives you another option when using these cute little guys – why not try out the technique for yourselves!
Today, we’re so pleased to welcome Justine Hovey to the blog for the first of two August guest posts.
My name is Justine Hovey and I am so excited to be guest designing today for My Favorite Things. It has truly been a dream of mine for years! Today I was inspired to create by a color combination: Ripe Raspberry, Sour Apple, and Summer Splash. I created two cards using this combination, both featuring different die-cutting techniques. If you would like to see the techniques in action, I have a video on my YouTube channel.
I love stamps that make it easy to stamp and go. I like colouring, and time-consuming projects as well but sometimes when I have limited time, it is great to make a card in minutes. I created this card by stamping the In Bloom solid flowers all over my card panel to create a pattern. I tried to fit them as close together as possible and even went off the edge with some for a more natural look.
After I was finished my stamping. I took the Stitched Collage Frame Die-namics and ran my stamped background through my die-cutting machine. I create an A2 sized card base and attached the frame using regular glue and the inside squares and rectangles using 3D foam tape. Lastly, I added my sentiment which is from the Flamazing stamp set. You could embellish the card further with Nuvo drops or a Glitter pen but since I’m on vacation at the moment with limited supplies, I kept things simple.
I really wanted to create something different for my second card so I created a #10 Card. When folded, the dimensions are 4″ x 9 ¼”. I wanted to create a collage or scene using the Flamazing stamp set. I stamped the background using my combination of Ripe Raspberry, Summer Splash, and Sour Apple, but I added Kraft as well for the sand on the beach. After finishing the background, I stamped the flowers, flamingo bodies, and palm leaves onto a piece of card stock and die cut the images. I added the legs, tree truck, beaks, eyes, and wings afterward to ensure perfect alignment. You can do this easily with a MISTI Stamping Tool as shown in my video.
I glued everything down using both regular glue and foam tape to add dimension to the scene. I added a sentiment and cut it out using the Essential Speech Die-namics which was free this month with orders of $60 or more! I ended up finding that the card panel got lost on the card base so I added some Summer Splash Card Stock as a mat for the card. #10 cards are a lot of fun and allow you to fit many elements onto one card.
I hope you enjoyed these two card ideas that I have today. I will be back again on August 30th for some Halloween fun!
Tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!
You’ve met Kim, you’ve met our unparalleled warehouse staff, and now, meet the crew that brings the products you love from conception to fruition. This is the team that dreams up, designs, orders, and promotes your favorite things. Our online staff is spread far and wide, from Canada, to the midwest, to Florida.
Position: Customer Success Champion
How long have you worked for MFT? I’ve been working at MFT since conception, so 11 years now, even if at times it was more a requirement to hang out with my friends. 😉 It’s been amazing to see how much it has grown, and transitioned over the years.
What is your favorite MFT memory? My favorite memory, gosh, there are just so many! Watching my mom film our 10-year anniversary film was pretty magical. Just to hear her journey through creating MFT, and remembering how it used to be, and how far it’s come. I was standing behind the camera, feeling so incredibly overwhelmed and inspired by her and what’s she’s created. She’s been able to bless so many lives through her ideas, love of crafting, and giving heart.
What are your hobbies when you are not working hard for the customers? My fur babies are like my kids, so with 4 cats, 3 dogs, and a piglet, we stay busy loving on them! I love to go out on the boat and spending time with our family. Making memories and going on adventures has definitely become our focus at home.
Position: Social Media Maven | Jack of All Trades
How long have you worked for MFT? 3 1/2 years
What is your favorite MFT memory? Meeting the team in person was such a highlight. Even though they knew each other already and had spent a lot of time together, they still made me feel like part of the family.
What are your hobbies when you are not working hard for the customers? With four kids ranging from 10 months to 15 years, sleep is currently my favorite hobby. I love walks with the baby, crafting with my 9-year-old daughter, and having my teen sons “educate” me on current music and internet memes.
How long have you worked for MFT? It’s been about 9 1/2 years now!
What is your favorite MFT memory? I always go back to the first time I met Kim — we were both at a card swap and she continually said, “It’s so nice to meet you!” During that weekend she offered me a spot on the design team, and the rest is history!
What are your hobbies when you are not working hard for the customers? Stamping! My work follows me in my hobby — I love to make cards. I also enjoy spending time with my husband, children, and 3 shitzus!
Position: Spreadsheet Goddess & Design Team Coordinator
How long have you worked for MFT? I started out doing little things here and there in 2010. I came on board full time 5 years ago.
What is your favorite MFT memory? I really don’t think I can pick just one memory. My MFT family has been such a big part of my life and I cherish the time that I get to spend with them. I picked a couple of favorites. My first one was when Jody and Kim called me in 2009 and asked me to be on the design team. I was completely stunned and probably sounded like a fool. I had forgotten how to speak and I didn’t know what to say to them. The 2011 summer CHA in Chicago is another great memory. It was the first time I had spent an extended period of time with the team and I instantly knew that I had found my tribe. Another favorite memory was a trip to New York City in 2015. I had always wanted to go to New York, and Kim made it happen. It was an amazing trip and I am so thankful that my first trip there was with these ladies. My final one isn’t really a specific memory, but a collection of them. Each year we hold a stamping retreat at the MFT store. I absolutely love spending time with the MFT girls and our amazing retreat participants. The energy in the room is just incredible, and I look forward to the event every year.
What are your hobbies when you are not working hard for the customers? Stamping is one of my favorite ways to spend the day. I also love to walk and hike the beautiful beaches and forests around my home.
Position: Graphic Designer
How long have you worked for MFT? Since April 2010 – 7 years!
What is your favorite MFT memory? There are way too many special moments to pick just one. Our team is extremely close and we ALWAYS have fun when we are together.
What are your hobbies when you are not working hard for the customers? CrossFit, running, traveling with family and friends.
Position: Video Vixen
How long have you worked for MFT? Part-time since 2014 and full-time since May of this year.
What is your favorite MFT memory? Going to Florida in April, finally meeting everyone in person, and getting to visit the MFT Boutique!
What are your hobbies when you are not working hard for the customers? Creativity in all forms…cardmaking, felt flowers, colouring, etc. If I can do all of that while camping, even better!
It’s finally time to make the new X’s and O’s Card Kitall yours. It’s always the perfect time to celebrate love and our newest kit makes it so fun and easy.
You’ll find the X’s and O’s 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 X’s and O’s Card Kit Launch celebration!
In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order. We offer 3Ways 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 the August 2017 kit, is the Huge Love Die-namics. While supplies last, Huge Love will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Huge Love is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.
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!
Don’t forget, we also have the re-released Witch Way Is the Candy? stamp set and Die-namics available as well. With refined images and an expanded sentiment assortment in an updated font, you can’t go wrong adding this Birdie Brown witch to your collection. Remember, these products coordinate with the previously released stamp set and Die-namics as well so you can simply purchase the new Die-namics if you prefer the open-style die and finer border, or purchase only the stamp set if you want the new sentiments but wish to continue using the Die-namics already in your stash!
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 X’s and O’s 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: Paula Desmarais, (Aug 21, 2017 @ 14:24)
Countdown Day One Winner: Kira N., (Aug 22, 2017 @ 07:11)
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 X’s and O’s Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, August 24 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 August 25. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!
We have one more day to preview our X’s and O’s 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 August 22. 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 August 22 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 $52.99 purchase price for this kit is more than a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to a 4″ x 6″ stamp sets and two Die-namics, you’ll also receive (10) sheets of beautifully coordinated card stock and an assortment of dimensional accents.
The X’s and O’s PDF features card samples as well as a complete listing of the kit contents. You can download a printable version HERE.
Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new August card kit (and the re-released Witch Way Is the Candy? stamp set and Die-namics!) Remember, X’s and O’s will be available tonight at 9 PM EDT.