Catch Up with Kim

It is so hard to believe that MFT is celebrating it’s 8th birthday.  It’s been such a magical time, every bit of it. Of course there have been roadblocks and hiccups and downright heart-pounding stressful moments, but those have been far outweighed by all of precious memories and amazing adventures that have been had.

Over the last 8 years lots of changes have taken place.  My *warehouse* and *shipping area* went from this:

newcardsforsite 278

loftpics 008

To this:

1456080_10153572184085372_1820762938_n

(Hi, Leah!)

10392591_10154420501320372_5647792836555151417_n

Emma went from this:

newcardsforsite 268

designdivapageTo this:

10534073_10204356163734009_6941925353062328993_n

Brianna went from this:

scrapbookpagebriannaTo this:

1469950_10202697642227152_861910833_n

MFT has grown from a home office with no paid employees to 3 office spaces including a full retail store and classroom, a warehouse, and a product assembly space with 16 employees.

From this: (This is literally the birthplace of MFT.  The loft in our previous house and one pegboard section which housed all of our products.)

loftpics 011To this:

422621_10151364589965372_172608651_n

967219_10152882148895372_1591515163_o

And this: (a sampling of the team)

1393622_10153564045090372_465483922_n

From a spiral bound catalog featuring 14 stamp sets to a catalog that is over 100 pages.  Amazing!

To say I am blessed is a gross understatement.  To be grateful seems ridiculously simplistic.  I can’t put into words the feelings I have about MFT and the past 8 years.  The relationships built with our customers turned friends, and the family that has been created through this company and this hobby makes my heart and life unbelievably full.

Thank YOU.  Without the fans of our products and our company none of this would be possible.  Thank you from the deepest place in my heart.  And it’s my sincere desire you’ll allow MFT the privilege of providing you with fabulous, innovative products and legendary customer service for many decades to come!

83 Responses to Catch Up with Kim

  1. 1
    Carol Mc says:

    Amazing transformation.

  2. 2
    Denisse Cherry says:

    So cool! I love MFT! Great company, great people…I can see why amazing things happened here :)

  3. 3
    Phyllis B. says:

    Congratulations!! It is great to see a wonderful company grow!

  4. 4

    Thank you for all the incredible products you have created that inspire me each day!

  5. 5

    What an amazing adventure that I bet you never imagined happening! We stampers [out here in the world] sure are thrilled with your awesome products and that you had a small vision all those years ago! Congratulations to you and your entire “family”!!

  6. 6
    Jean Bullock says:

    Loved reading the post and seeing the then and now photos. Congratulations on your 8th MFT birthday!

  7. 7

    What a lovely post, Kim … and what an amazing journey you’ve been on! Congratulations on eight years of success … here’s to many more! Anita :)

  8. 8
    Mary Marsh says:

    Congrats on 8 fabulous years Kim-love MFT and all the wonderful products you bring to the stamp community each month

  9. 9
    Petra says:

    Congrats on the 8th birthday, Kim!!! Amazing what you have achieved over the 8 years!! Best wishes for the years to come!!!

  10. 10

    Congrats on your success Kim and family!!!
    I LOVE all my MFT products and playing along with your challenges.
    It’s fun to visit your blog to see what everyone has created.
    HAPPY 8th Birthday MFT! Here’s to many, many more great years ahead.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

  11. 11
    Annie Rose says:

    That’s amazing! I love watching good businesses grow and I love being a loyal MFT customer! :)

  12. 12
    Efrat says:

    Wonderful, it’s great to see the progress you’ve made over the years. What a great company. Congratulations – for many more to come!

  13. 13
    Gabby says:

    CONGRATS on 8 years! I love MFT designs and products. I hope to walk with you on your journey for a long time to come. Huggles, Gabby :D

  14. 14
    Irene M says:

    HUGE CONGRATS and very very happy B-Day!
    No wonder the changes are this big, MFT is the best!!!!!!

    xxx Irene M

  15. 15
    Betty Meyskens says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I love your products and every year when I come for a vacation to Florida I stop in and shop, shop, shop.

  16. 16

    Loved all these pictures showing how you’ve grown. Your customers’ skills and love of our craft has grown, as well, because of all your wonderful products, inspiration from the design team and helpful tutorials. From my heart, THANK YOU and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  17. 17
    Birgit says:

    I enjoyed seeing the growth of a wonderful small business. May you, your family and your business continue to be blessed. Happy birthday MFT!

  18. 18
    Elizabeth S. says:

    I enjoyed reading the post and seeing the pictures of before and now. Also, the store front looks so cute and adorable class room with an amazing team. It’s quite an accomplishment and wonderful to see how MFT has grown to now. Everyone is so amazing and the products are fantastic. Congratulations on your 8th year and looking forward to seeing more years!

  19. 19
    Emily Henry says:

    Congratulations on your 8th birthday. You have the most amazing products and staff. I have never been disappointed.

  20. 20
    janet says:

    Wonderful company, wonderful people, wonderful product. You’re my favorite online store.

  21. 21
    Lola Delans says:

    Congratulations! Wishing you many more years!

  22. 22
    KathyC says:

    Congratulations on your 8th year in business! You have the most amazing staff, products and customer service! MFT is the best! Happy 8th Birthday!

  23. 23
    Jo says:

    Congrats, love your stuff :D

  24. 24
    Cristina M says:

    Congratulations! Last weekend I visited the store for the first time, it is paradise, you can be proud of yourselves! :)

  25. 25
    Jackie says:

    I love your products and I am so happy that MFT has grown and flourished. Your blog is amazing and you have some wonderfully talented people on your design team. If I ever get back down to Florida I will be sure to visit your store. Happy 8th Birthday and here’s to many happy years ahead!

  26. 26
    Kim A. says:

    Happy, happy birthday!!! Here is to many more!!!!

  27. 27
    PamelaRuth says:

    I didn’t realise MFT was “born” only 8 years ago. Congratulations. Your dies are my absolute favourites.

  28. 28

    I’m so happy for you, Kim. Well, I’m happy for us all =] I’d love to visit the store some day!!

  29. 29
    Ruth G says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this fun look into how you’ve grown over your 8 years of business! I’m relatively new to MFT, but I really enjoy your products and look forward to many more years of playing with them!

  30. 30
    Chrisd says:

    Just think your products are great and give me so many options to stretch my crafting dollars,thanks so much and congrats on your success!

  31. 31
    Diana Nguyen says:

    Congratulations! I think it’s wonderful to look back at where you started and how far you’ve come!

  32. 32
    joni says:

    Wow…Congratulations! May you have many more years, and bigger dreams come true.

  33. 33
    Betty says:

    loved seeing the growth of your company – so wonderful to see – congratulations!

  34. 34
    Ruza says:

    So wonderful to see the transformation and growth of MFT over the years. Congratulations!!!

  35. 35
    Dolly says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MFT!!
    Wishing you endless inspiration for many more years to come!

  36. 36
    Lisa Henke says:

    awwww! what a wonderful post, Kim! Happy Birthday. I am so grateful to have been a part of the MFT Family. Love you all!

  37. 37

    Happy, happy birthday MFT! You deserve every good thing that has come your way! Fabulous products! I hope you continue to grow and prosper!

  38. 38
    Lee Owens says:

    Congrats on 8 years hope there are many many to come . Your products are amazing! You truly are “my favorite things “.

  39. 39
    zehra says:

    Congratulations, you are wonderful and so is your company. May you enjoy many years to come. Love U :)

  40. 40
    Maye M.L. says:

    Congratulations and many more years of inspiration, friendships and doing what you love, and loving what you do. As a new “friend” to the MFT family, I am enjoying some of the wonderful sets. Cheers!

  41. 41
    Amy Rysavy says:

    Happy 8th Birthday MFT!! <3 <3 <3

  42. 42
    Cammy says:

    Congratulations Kim & co! Success couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people! So very happy for you and so very happy to have met you & to have visited MFT land! Wishes for many, many years of continued success!! HUGS!

  43. 43

    What an amazing achievment, Kim!!!! Congratulations on your anniversary! Beautiful to see your company (and family) grow. Your kids are gorgeous! I wish you 8, no 80 more years to come. I love your products.

  44. 44
    Julie M. says:

    Congrats…just tells you that you must be doing something right!

  45. 45
    renee m says:

    Happy 8th! How fun to see the behind-the-scenes pictures :)

  46. 46
    Troy Louise says:

    Congratulations on your 8th anniversary. Thanks for the great recap of the business. So fun to see your beautiful daughters. MFT is definitely one of the best in the business. Fabulous products & fabulous service. I will continue to support you! Heartfelt thanks.

  47. 47

    Awwww what a fabulous post! Happy Birthday MFT and congrats to you on your successful business venture :) I love MFT products and hope you’re all around for a long, long time to come!

  48. 48

    Happy Birthday, MFT! I love your products and I’m thrilled to hear how successful you’ve become! ♥

  49. 49
    Paulette says:

    Wow, that really is Amazing. Congratulations on your continuous progress. I love my MFT products. I was drawn here by, Who’s that girl?, but the pure innocence and A La Modes have my heart along with many of your dies. Thank You for your generous give aways each month and detail to show the dies up close with a video of each of them, I appreciate that so much.

  50. 50
    Cyndi says:

    Congrats to all of the wonderful MFT family; you are greatly appreciated. Wishing you many more successful years.

  51. 51
    Jennifer S says:

    Congratulations on 8 years! I love your products! Quality is great and innovation is outstanding. Looking forward to many more exciting new products!

  52. 52
    Craftyfield says:

    Congratulations! What an amazing journey so far… just carry on creating lovely products for loyal and new crafters!

  53. 53
    Pat McCleary says:

    Happy Birthday, MFT. You’ve grown so much & we crafters couldn’t be happier, for you & us. Absolutely LOVE everything I’ve gotten from MFT! Here’s to the next 8 years & beyond. Thanks for being such an amazing company.

  54. 54
    Susan Krueger says:

    Congratulations! I hope MFT continues to grow for many more years.

  55. 55

    Here’s to 8 more years, times 10!!! MFT rocks!

  56. 56
    JanetG says:

    Happy Birthday MFT. Here’s to many more wonderful years.

  57. 57
    Yolanda R. says:

    That is so amazing! Congratulations on your continued success!!

  58. 58

    Getting an order in that cute box really makes me so happy! I enjoy creating with your products and being inspired by your team. Thank you for your generous giveaways month after month! I was lucky enough to win the sketch challenge and greatly appreciated my prize. Congratulations on 8 years and cheers to many more!!! I only regret that I don’t have a larger craft budget to spend with you!

  59. 59
    AngieB says:

    Happy Birthday MFT! MFT and the designers have inspired me immensely! MFT products make it quick and easy to produce a fun card!

  60. 60

    Oh my, I totally just teared up! Thank you for providing us with AMAZING products and for becoming my favorite local craft store! I know for me personally I have been so blessed by your products! I suffer from a lot of health issues and finding an outlet to be able to do something fun when my health otherwise says differently has been huge! So THANK YOU for having a gorgeous, relaxing, and friendly store for me to be able to come to as well as being able to shop online when I can’t get there in person. Not to mention a wonderful blog and videos for me to get fantastic inspiration. HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY!

  61. 61
    Sylvana Collins says:

    Congrats Kim on 8 wonderful years of creating a magnificent product that gives so much joy to so many people! I love MFT products and cannot wait to see each and every new months release. The quality is amazing and your staffing is the best. Keep up the good work..all of you as I continue to add to my own collection of which I am so proud to own. Thank you for all your hard work! Happy 8th to you!!!

  62. 62
    Louise Spiden says:

    Great products! Great company! Happy Birthday MFT :)

  63. 63
    Jeannine Brenner says:

    Wow! Congrats and happy birthday! Awesome pics, you have come so far! Love MFT products!

  64. 64
    JoAnn B. says:

    Congratulations on such a great accomplishment and Happy 8th Birthday. You are really blessed. I love MFT products and all the wonderful people that are associated with MFT. Your dies and stamps are fabulous. Most of my cards are made with one or more of the products from MFT. May you have many more years of continued success.

  65. 65
    Tammy Whitley says:

    You deserve all the happiness your heart can hold. Your an amazing group. I was in your store yesterday and had a great time. Keep doing what your doing. Y’all are awesome
    Congrats!!!!

  66. 66
    cathy Weber says:

    Congratulations…I loved reading this post this morning…what a success story and also inspirational that dreams really do come true!

  67. 67
    Linda H. says:

    Congratulations! Love the now and then photos. Your products are awesome and am so glad that I discovered you. Wishing you continued success!

  68. 68
    Joanne says:

    Happy 8th Birthday! I’m so glad I found your products – and that you are close enough so I can visit the store too!!! Your design team is awesome and have the best ideas on using the dies and stamps. I’ve always received great instruction at your classes, too. You have built an awesome company and employ the friendliest staff. Rusty is special and goes out of her way to see that I get what I need.

  69. 69
    Monika/buzsy says:

    Happy 8th Birthday… wishing you many more to come!

  70. 70
    Kelley_R says:

    Congrats and thank you!

  71. 71
    Sarah says:

    Oh my! Is that seriously the MFT boutique?? DROOLING… It’s like the stampers version of FOA Swarchz!!! Thanks for the update & fun you bring us every month!
    God’s blessings,
    Sarah :)

  72. 72
    pam crandall says:

    Congrats on 8 years! I only found Mft about three years ago but have become a big big fan! Love all your products especially blueprints.As times are tough I hope I will be able to keep up with your releases. I love too much. Continue success!!!

  73. 73
    F Bond says:

    Congratulations!!! Adore your products and can’t wait to see what you have in store in the next 8 years!

  74. 74
    Cynthia O. says:

    Congrats Kim! What a fabulous walk down memory lane. Love your quality products and fabulous customer service!

  75. 75
    Lisa Kind says:

    Congrats! Love your stuff! In order to have a successful company, you have to have great products and great people to showcase them too! Your products are so innovative, and you have an amazing group of designers! Love seeing their works of art every month!

  76. 76
    kim sharabba says:

    Happy birthday. I’m glad to count myself a member of your huge extended family.

  77. 77
    Maria says:

    Huge congratulations! I so enjoyed the trip down memory lane! Wonderful photos, thank you! And, I am one satisfied customer! Keep on keepin’ on with the fabulous products from MFT!:-)

  78. 78
    Kim Forsyth says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the photos of the incredible growth of this company… MFT has become “My Favorite” stamp company BECAUSE of the great product line and the AMAZING team you have built. Congratulations on 8 years!

  79. 79
    Kim says:

    Can’t wait to get started using these new products on my Halloween cards. My stamp club is sending them to troops in Afghanistan. They look forward to getting awesome cards to send home to their families.

  80. 80
    Venice says:

    Congrats on 8 successful years! All your products are fantastic. My sister and I loved and still use “Who’s that Girl” stamps. The Die-Namics are great.
    We wish you many more years of success and in keeping us creative!

  81. 81
    Laurel says:

    Open a store in Raleigh NC, please?

  82. 82
    Michele L says:

    Kim,
    Congratulations! This is what happens when you have a kind heart and surround yourself with good people. I respect you so much as a business woman!
    To many more years!
    - Michele

  83. 83
    Anny W. says:

    Wow big congratulations on 8yrs, thanks for sharing with us the grow not only of your company but also of your girls. It is amazing how everything has grown.