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Christmas Treats That Are the Balm

Hi, everyone — Barbara here and I’m tickled to share some fun projects using the recently released Lip Balm Window & Frame Die-namics, Lip Balm Pouches, and Sending Smooches stamp set. These products will make your Christmas giving SO much easier this year. Whether you make your own lip balm or use purchased, they will make it easy to customize your gift giving.

First of all, I created a card that is a gift card holder which includes the sweet addition of a tube of lip balm. Next up is a tag that includes a tube of lip balm as a bonus. My final project is an ornament that doubles as a gift. You can find a PDF and video for these projects in this month’s release class HERE.

Now would you like to make your own lip balm? I’m going to share my favorite recipe and a few photos to walk you through how I do it. It’s super easy and really takes little time, but the extra time and personal touch you put into this gift will be appreciated. If you’d like a printable copy of the recipe and lip balm labels, you can download it HERE.

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 12-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • A few drops of vitamin E oil (optional – for preservative, I add 5 drops)

In a double boiler, slowly heat and blend beeswax, butter, and oils. Once melted, remove from heat and add essential oils and vitamin E. Immediately pour into tubes or tins. Makes about 10 tubes.

Here are some sources if you don’t have a local health food store.

Cocoa Butter

Sweet Almond Oil

Avocado Oil

Beeswax

Peppermint Essential Oil

Vitamin E Oil

Empty Tubes

Test Tube Holder

First I measure my ingredients into my “double boiler.” Since I do one batch at a time and it’s a relatively small amount, I use a glass measuring cup sitting in a small pan of water. This avoids the product loss that would occur in a larger vessel.

Heat on medium-low heat until melted. It seems to take a while but suddenly it’s melted. I use an orangewood stick to stir while it’s melting and to add the essential oil. It’s small and disposable.

Pour the melted lip balm into tubes—you’ll need something to hold them upright while it sets up, which is pretty fast. I use this test tube holder which works really well and was very inexpensive, but if you have any of the Ranger Mini Mister Holders they work, too.

Once the initial pour sets up it will shrink a little so you can top it off if you want.

When they are completely cooled, apply cap and label for safety since this recipe contains nut oil. The addition of Vitamin E slows rancidity, therefore extending the shelf life significantly. Also, if you have any leftovers, storing them in the refrigerator further extends shelf life.

I hope my projects and recipe will encourage you to make some sweet gifts of your own this holiday season—I can guarantee they will be loved!

A Very Crafty Holiday Bonus! – Crafting with Kids

What a fun week it’s been getting you prepared for A Very Crafty Holiday! Before you go, we have a bonus craft today. Let’s take some time to do some holiday crafting with kids!

Shaker cards bring out the kid in all of us so it’s a natural progression to craft a shaker with the kids in your life! Creating card kits allows them to do all the fun stuff card making entails without the work and mess that preparing for assembly sometimes creates.

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

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

Today’s Craft – Crafting with Kids

Join Stephanie today to as she shares fun ways to get kids involved in holiday crafts using a fun array of Christmas-themed stamp sets from My Favorite Things! Mass produce a number of shaker card kits so that you have enough to share throughout the season.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Crafting with Kids on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is tonight, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags

Wrapping beautiful gifts is one of the joys of the season. Put your creative touch on your packages with personalized and handmade gift tags. We’ve got your holiday inspiration right here!

One way to personalize gifts is to create handmade and festive tags to pretty up your packages. With products from My Favorite Things, you’ll have the coolest looking gifts under the tree! Let’s see what wonderful and creative ideas we have in store for today:

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

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

Today’s Craft – Gift Tags

Handiwork and the holidays go hand-in-hand and Karolyn’s take on Christmas tags is beyond inspiring. Watch today’s video and then download the templates Karolyn used to create her cross-stitched designs! You can also find blank templates to create your own designs HERE and a printable PDF of other designs HERE. Happy stitching.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Tag Stocking Stuffers

You never know what you’ll find tucked into your stocking! Surprise a friend with some handmade tags filled with fun little goodies or a marker for a favorite book. Today, we’ll show you how.

Giving little gifts at Christmas is a fun way to brighten the most wonderful time of the year! And handmade packaging makes all the difference when it comes to making those gifts special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Stocking Stuffers

For many of us, collecting and prepping stocking stuffers is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season! Stockings are the perfect opportunity to flexing your creative muscles to come up with inexpensive gifts your recipient will treasure.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Stocking Stuffers on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors

Chances are you’ll be going to, or hosting, at least one holiday party this year. Today we’ve got ideas for party favors and hostess gifts. Welcome to another fun day of A Very Crafty Holiday!

Creating for friends and family is a treat, and pampering them with little gifts is one of the best parts of the season. Whether you’re hosting a party or not, you’ll love these fun ideas for making gifts extra special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:

Hostess gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Hostess gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors

Holiday season = party season and what better time than NOW to prepare for those festive occasions.Arriving at a party with a bottle of wine and heartfelt greeting will never go out of style. Watch today as Stephanie shares a beautiful hostess gift idea.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Holiday Card Set

We’re back with more inspiring holiday paper crafts to get your Christmas crafting season on the right foot! It’s the most wonderful time of the (paper crafting) year!

Christmas cards are probably the first project that comes to mind when it comes to holiday crafting. Wherever you fall on the spectrum — from custom cards for each recipient to a mass-produced look appropriate for anyone on your card list — having the ability to create a card set in quick fashion is a handy skill to possess.

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

Today’s Craft – Holiday Card Set

Even if mailing cards isn’t on the agenda, card sets make fantastic gifts. Watch along today as Laurie shares her process for creating this beautiful peace & joy set.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Holiday Card Set on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

Release Replay: October 2017

Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

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

Laurie’s white and palest-of-blue card is the ultimate in soothing and relaxing. While using the house elements from Scenic Snow Globe can create a dramatic effect in black and a cheery effect in full color, tone-on-tone white create a peaceful scene perfect for the season…just imagine the mental quiet you feel when a fresh blanket of snow has carpeted your world!

Layered Die-namics present the perfect opportunity to create depth and dimension without relying on an abundance of color. Think about how color evokes mood and choose accordingly to create the feeling you’re after.

Handmade snow globe from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Torico used the new Scenic Snow Globe Die-namics quite literally in creating this completely charming duo of faux snow globes.  Repurpose a petite jar headed for the recycling bin to create a delightful bit of home decor or small gift.

In addition to cards, you possibly already dip into your supplies for tags, memory keeping, and other paper crafts. Affordable home decor is within reach as well though — we’d love to see your ideas for dimensional decor items like Torico’s!

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

A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Card Packaging

We’re well into October now and with Christmas just eleven weeks away (!!) it’s a good time to start planning ahead for the impending holiday season. We have an inspiring week of posts planned for you to address a plethora of needs — there’s no time like the present to knock out some holiday crafting!

Chances are some of the people on your holiday gift list want a gift card. But you’re a paper crafter, and you want to make it extra special, right? We’ve got you covered with some fun ideas to make those gift card holders super fun and clever! Let’s take a look at what’s in store for today:

Handmade cards 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

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

Today’s Craft – Gift Card Packaging

Join Stephanie today to see how she created these cards perfect for housing gift cards — especially perfect if your recipient is a fan of dogs (or just a fan of cute!)

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Card Packaging on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!


We have one last bit of business before you dig out your holiday goodies and get to work on your Christmas projects. We’re stunned in the best possible way by the number of people who joined us for our World Card Making Day activities — close to 400 entries in all! Below you’ll find all of our randomly selected challenge winners. Congratulations to you all. Prize vouchers will be sent later today so watch your inboxes closely, winners. Thanks to everyone that participated in WCMD with MFT ❤️

World Card Making Day 2017: Make & Mail

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Phew — what a fun day we’ve had. It’s not quite over yet though. We hope you’ve had a chance to pop on over to our MFT Insiders Group and Instagram!

Our final challenge of the day and undoubtedly, the most important. If you’re playing catch-up, you can find our 9 AM challenge HERE, our noon challenge HERE, and our 3 PM challenge HERE.

Challenge 4: MAKE & MAIL

Make a card. Mail a card. Do it now and don’t delay. OK, OK, you don’t have to rush out the door right this second but really, make it, address it, stamp it, and pinky-swear that you’ll drop it in the mailbox the first chance you get! We trust you.

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

Having a stash of just-in-case cards is always a good idea. Making sure you actually spread the love you’re creating is an even better idea!

World Card Making Day 2017: By the Numbers

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Let us count the ways that card making enriches our lives…the creative outlet, the ability to express our feelings in a tangible way, showing friends and loved ones that they’re important to us in so many ways. Shall I go on?

We’re up to 1…2…challenge #3! If you’ve missed earlier challenges, you’ll find our 9 AM challenge HERE and our noon challenge HERE.

Challenge 3: BY THE NUMBERS

Create a card that features a number in a prominent way. It can be a die-cut number, a stamped number, or even the representation of a number (five cute frogs for a favorite five-year-old’s birthday, perhaps?)

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

Using text as a design element is always a fun way to mix form with function. Let’s see what you’ve got!