Swing On by to Pick Up an Ingenious Use for a Popular New Die-namics — It’s Time for Tips & Tricks!

Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.

Handmade card from Torico featuring producst from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The Interactive Swing Die-namics takes playground antics from the schoolyard to your craft room — it’s been so fun to see how it’s being put to use with the Sweet Friends and Start Each Day with a “Whee” sets to add some joy to your cards. Torico has come up with an alternate way to impart some movement to the March Release though. This leaping dog is bounding straight to the head of the pack with his impressive acrobatics thanks to a twist on the expected positioning of the swing mechanism. To appreciate the full effect of this energetic pup from Best in Show, and to learn Torico’s secrets, make sure to spend some time on her blog today.


Torico isn’t the only designer here to wow you today. Head to some team member blogs to pick up some more invaluable Tips & Tricks!

Bookmark This and Pencil In Some Crafting This Weekend…Stephanie’s Project Is Sure to Inspire You!

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive a $100 Shopping Spree to the MFT boutique.

from Barbara’s blog: Viki Banaszak

from Keeway’s blog: Lauryne Cunningham

Congratulations to you both! Viki and Lauryne, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you!


Our line of cross-stitch products makes it so easy to integrate your love of stitching with your paper-crafting habit. The resulting projects are more than thoughtful  — they’re heartfelt tokens of your love and affection that your recipients won’t be able to part with! We’ve reached the final day of the series but don’t fret — we have more inspiration and lots more patterns to share!

Nurturing a love of reading starts with the books…lots of them in a variety of genres. A cute & colorful bookmark is a GREAT way to personalize the experience and keep them coming back for more though! Stephanie put one of the newest patterns to use for today’s project — perfect for a new reader or a beloved teacher! You can find links to hundreds of different patterns for all of our cross-stitch Die-namics HERE.

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

That coordinating tassel provides great texture and contrast and is the perfect finishing touch for a project you’ve put time, effort, and love into. Stephanie has shared her technique for creating tassels from floss before— find it HERE.

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

Anna is sharing another bookmark project on her blog today as well. Be sure to head over to see what she’s created!

Find all of the Cross-Stitch Bookmark patterns — previously released as well as NINE new patterns — right HERE. Have a great weekend and, happy stitching!


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Explore New Cross-Stitch Rectangle Patterns and Get Inspired by Barbara’s Underwater Scene

Our line of cross-stitch products makes it so easy to integrate your love of stitching with your paper-crafting habit. The resulting projects are more than thoughtful  — they’re heartfelt tokens of your love and affection that your recipients won’t be able to part with! Throughout the rest of the week, we’ll be sharing projects from the team that feature this innovative line, as well as debuting a plethora of new patterns to refresh and reinvigorate your collection.

Day two of our cross-stitchaganza is brought to you by Barbara and her colorful underwater scene featuring the Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics.

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

Choosing Summer Splash for her scene was an easy way for Barbara to create the illusion of water without the necessity of creating a large number of blue stitches — a great tip for maximizing your time when creating water, sky, or other large-scale backgrounds.

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

If you’d like to emulate the colorful underwater look Barbara has created, the DMC floss colors she used include 971, 972, 310, 648, and blanc.

Some of the team has played along with the Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics today as well. Be sure to take a peek at each of their blogs to see the stitched magic they’ve created!

Find all of the Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics patterns — previously released as well as FIFTEEN new patterns — right HERE. We have one last project to share with you tomorrow, as well as even more new patterns so pop in before you head into the weekend. Happy stitching!


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Craft a Quartet of Cute Creepy-Crawlers with Karolyn + Download New Cross-Stitch Tag Patterns!

Our line of cross-stitch products makes it so easy to integrate your love of stitching with your paper-crafting habit. The resulting projects are more than thoughtful  — they’re heartfelt tokens of your love and affection that your recipients won’t be able to part with! Throughout the rest of the week, we’ll be sharing projects from the team that feature this innovative line, as well as debuting a plethora of new patterns to refresh and reinvigorate your collection.

We’re kicking things off with a colorful quartet of adorable creepy-crawlies from Karolyn.

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

We love Karolyn’s idea of pairing her cute little garden-dwellers with pre-seeded poppy plant pots — what a great favor for a spring birthday party or baby shower! Backing her cross-stitched tags with the scalloped tag in a coordinating color provides stability and pretty contrast.

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

Find all of the cross-stitch tag patterns — previously released as well as SIXTEEN new patterns — right HERE. Make sure to join us here on the blog again tomorrow and Friday as we still have so many more new patterns to debut. Happy stitching!

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Save 15% on Die-namics and Enjoy Tips & Tricks from the MFT Team

Today and tomorrow, save 15% on all in-stock Die-namics. What a perfect opportunity to grab coordinating dies for your stamp sets, stock up on essential shapes, and round out your die-cut sentiment options. Use code DIES at checkout to apply your discount. Excludes brand new. Not valid on previous purchases.


Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.

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

The multi-step Party Penguins stamp set makes it so easy to create colorful party looks without any need to pull out your favorite markers, pencils, or paints. With just a tiny bit of extra effort though, you can take your look to the next level. Head to Debbie’s blog to see what she did to elevate these dapper dudes, and pick up some tricks for working with multi-step designs like these.


Debbie and Rachel are both featuring these adorable images today — head to their blogs for all the details!

Save $15 TODAY ONLY plus Create in Color with Sandy AND Our $100 Launch Winners!

For one day only, take $15 off your order of $75 or more! It’s time to check some items off your wish list with this incredible sale. Use code 15OFF75 at checkout to apply your discount. Excludes brand new. Not valid on previous purchases.


Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive a $100 Shopping Spree in the MFT boutique.

from Karolyn’s blog: Raga Senthil

from Francine’s blog: Melissa Hershey

Congratulations to you both! Raga and Melissa, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you!


Feeling a bit giddy following the latest release? It’s packed with cheery images and sentiments, and we’re already seeing so many great projects that feature the February collection being shared. This month, Sandy has completely encapsulated that giddy feeling in just one furry little mouse. Her colorful backdrop provides the opportunity to do some experimenting with your watercolors. A buoyant balloon and a handful of simple pen-drawn lines bring his lightness and excitement to life. Let’s get to the card!

Hi there MFT friends! It’s Sandy Allnock, and I’ve returned with a mouse who is SO happy he’s floating on air!

This little guy is from another darling stamp set drawn by the amazingly talented Stacey Yacula.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This mouse just makes me happy…those tiny toes and little ballerina position are too sweet! I created a soft background first, then painted the mouse — check it out in the video!

Painting the mouse afterward works well because I knew the background would definitely be lighter than the foreground. If you accidentally overpaint the light background, it’ll be covered anyway. Just let it dry first.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The glasses should be a lighter shade of whatever color you make the mouse…be sure not to let too much color bleed in from the fur! After everything was dry, I added some spinning lines — just a few are all you need to indicate his excited little jump!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Some Glossy Accents made the eyes and balloon shine. I couldn’t resist adding some bubbles in the air too!

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Super cute and entirely manageable, right? What a great technique to play with when you have a single image that you want to make shine. Let’s see your version of Sandy’s approach! Tag #mftstamps when you upload your projects to Instagram — you might just be spotted!

Shop and Save on Animals & Pets, Then Learn How to Create a Colorful Bubbling Concoction with Sandy!

Today is your last chance to use code WILD at checkout to take 20% off in-stock products in the Animals & Pets category. Excludes new products. Not valid on previous purchases.


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

from Donna’s blog: see mary stamp

Mary, please email erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize!


It’s time for another Create in Color with Sandy feature — who is excited? The technique she is sharing today is bound to inspire countless variations…how about a bubbling pot for our famous chef, or a spooky smoking cauldron crafted from scratch for a sweet witch? We’re confident you all will come up with some incredible twists, and we can’t wait to see them!

Hello MFT coloristas! It’s Sandy Allnock, I’m back again, and thought I’d let you know that you make my beaker bubble, did you know that? I love it that I’m not alone in LOVING to color!

The chemists in the release this month got me SO excited…bubbling beakers are a lot of fun, and pretty easy too!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Start by making life easy on yourself: wipe off the area of the stamp where the steamy cloud will appear before stamping…you can see what I mean in the video!

I’ve added a layer of difficulty to mine (consider me a Copic gymnast going for bonus points??) by coloring different ethnicities…darker colors definitely offer bigger challenges. Go big or go home, right?

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And while I’m using silly Olympic references — how about competing for the gold medal in Using Too Many Copic Colors?

Copic colors from Sandy Allnock for My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The steamy little poofs of smoke look great with little bubbles added on top with a white gel pen…so. much. fun.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’ll see you all again in a few weeks with another video with the February release — you are going to LOVE it. I promise!

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Your turn! Do you have any other ideas for putting this technique into practice on your cards? Share with us by tagging #mftstamps when you upload!

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Last Chance to Save 15% on Select Die-namics Plus Great Tips & Tricks from the MFT Team

Today is your last chance to save 15% on in-stock Die-namics in the Stitched & Pierced category. Apply code STITCH at checkout to see your savings!


Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.

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

Subtle shading helps define the embossed edges of the Lots of Heart Stencil Barbara used to create her background panel. Using the colors from the Sweet Stack Paper Pack as a guide for the rest of her elements ensures a cohesive look with minimal effort. Our new Lots of Hearts and Lots of Hearts Outlines Die-namics make it easy to create a pop of contrast in a classic theme-appropriate way while a sentiment from Sassy Pants Love finishes the card off perfectly for almost any recipient on your list.

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

Our designers were definitely working on a similar wavelength this month! Debbie embossed her stencil design as well, mixing it with some gorgeous airbrushing to achieve this colorful look. A phrase from Sweet Nothings provides a sentimental finishing touch her recipient is sure to be charmed by.


Would you like to learn more about our designers’ Tips & Tricks for our January Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!

Last Chance to Save 18% Sitewide Plus Some Sunny Coloring from Master Sandy

It’s your last chance to save 18% sitewide, so if you’ve been putting off shopping from the December release, don’t wait a second longer. Use code SAVE18 at checkout to apply your 18% discount to all in-stock products.


Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique.

from Melania’s blog: Sandra Bonagura

from Amy’s blog: Liz Jutila

Congratulations to you both! Sandra and Liz, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you!


When you shade lighter colors like yellow and orange, what’s the first color you reach for? Chances are, it’s not purple. It may be time to rethink that strategy as you’ll soon discover. Sandy is back, and she has some fantastic tips for adding depth to the new Beautiful Bloom image!

Hello colorists! Are you done with your Christmas cards? I sure hope so…or else my video today might distract you from your mission! This year was the first year I got mine out in the first week of the month — usually, I’m last-minute Charlie hoping the postman flies with my cards!

That means now I was able to relax and color something totally not Christmas…FLOWERS! And yes, flowers in my favorite color: yellow; shaded with — get this — purple! I stamped the flowers from a couple of the new sets to make my background using Lemon Drop Premium Dye Ink. Check out the video below for lots of coloring tips.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The colors might be surprising — and you can use all kinds of combinations of yellows and purples, too. Just start with your lightest yellow, shade with a purple, then go over that with the darker yellow-orange color.

Copic coloring from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

While Copics aren’t always able to create crisp outlines, go over a few of the highlights with a white pen to sharpen them.

Copic coloring from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To give my card a little “oomph,” I mounted the colored panel on black, then popped it up on a Lemon Drop card base. Once I decide what occasion this card will be for I can add a sentiment inside, or perhaps a die-cut black sentiment on the front.

Copic coloring from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Hope you enjoyed that, and that maybe all the happy yellow made you think a little less about the cold weather outside! See you in 2019!

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Did you know the #mftstamps hashtag has more than 90,000 results on Instagram? You guys are busy, and we LOVE it. Keep ’em coming because we can never get enough of admiring your work! If Sandy has inspired you to build your own floral background or try a new-to-you color combo, be sure to tag us!

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Kick Off the Weekend with Huge Discounts in the MFT Boutique & Incredible Inspiration from Jane Allen

The weekend has arrived. Hopefully, you are warm, content, and not too stuffed with turkey. Whether Black Friday means hitting the shops at 6 AM or staying in your jammies all day within the comfort of your four walls, you can still take advantage of this incredible once-a-year sale.


It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Well hello there and welcome to the November edition of Artistic Expression.

This month I have a little character for you, who is whizzing down the slopes on his snowboard!

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

Here is a bit of information about the tag before I get on with today’s tutorial:

The tag itself is from the newly released Fold-up Tags Die-namics. I used Blue Breeze Card Stock and the new Petite Plaid Paper Pack. The snow was created with the aid of a natural sponge and some Picket Fence Distress Ink. I then applied some dots on top using a white gel pen.

The little penguin die cut was adhered to the tag using foam tape for added dimension.

COPIC COLOURS USED:

Body: C00, C0, C1, C2, N4, N5, N6, N8 Shadows: BV20, BV23 Hat: B91, B93, B95, B97 Goggles: R89, W1, W3 Snowboard: BG10, B91, BV20, BV23, W1, W3 Beak/Feet: YR12, YR18 Black Multiliner

Now for today’s tutorial on coloring black and white images.

How many of you start to panic when you have to colour something that is black or white? Come on — I know you do! Well, worry not, I am going to talk you through it, step by step.

As always I start with the image, stamped on Blending Card by X-Press It with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Now, as we are using the no-lines technique, we need to think about colour placement in order to prevent us from losing those lines and getting into a pickle. You also want to start with the palest colour as this helps avoid darker colours bleeding into the paler ones. So I began by adding C00 to the shadow areas on the penguin. I had already decided that my light source was coming from the right.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next, I put some C0 on top.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then I added some C1 to deepen the shadows a little more.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, before I began to blend, I used a small amount of C2 in the areas I considered would have the darkest shadows, like under his hat, goggles, and chin.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then it was time to blend with C0 to soften the edges of the ink layers, but please note I did not add colour to the areas I had left white.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To finish off his head and tummy, I blended the entire area with C00. Now don’t panic, I know it now looks really dirty compared to all the beautiful crisp white card around the image. It is just an optical illusion, and as soon as you add the other colours, the area, I assure you will look white again!

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then turned my attention to the penguin’s left wing, which I coloured with N4, going right up to the line by his body.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Some N5 was applied nearest the body, to help give the impression that the wing is behind him.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, a small amount of N8 was added up against the body. Be careful with these darker colours — they pack a punch, and you are working in a very small area. Use the tip of your marker and rest your hand on the desk for support to help with your pen control.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once I was happy that I had enough depth to my shading I blended the colours with N5 and N4. Remember you can always go back and add a little extra dark ink if necessary. It was then time to focus on the right-hand side of his body, beginning as before with N4.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Repeat the same process as for the left wing by adding a small amount of N5. But be especially careful to leave a thin white area on the underneath of the wing while colouring right up to the line on his body. You will see why in the next image.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Can you see that I added dark areas of N6 by his head, under that wing, and around his bottom? Take special notice of the area under that wing, by adding darkness underneath you give the impression that the wing is sitting on top of his body.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This is emphasized further in the image below. Again be sparing with that N8, it’s dark.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I then blended the darkest areas with a combination of N6 and N5 before going over the areas I had left white with N4.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

OK, so the right-hand side of his body is coloured, now it’s time to look at how I shaded the left side. As before, I started with N4.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then repeating the same method, I added some N5. Be aware you have another wing/body area to address as those stamped lines are going to disappear with the dark grey colours you are adding. So I made sure that the part of the body by that left wing did not get any N5 added.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A small amount of both N6 and N8 were added where the shadows would be at their deepest, i.e., near the goggles strap, under his head, and by his bottom. This was blended as before.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

OK, at this point, we jump ahead. I coloured the rest of the image before I tackled the last part of the body that I wanted to explain in more detail…..adding the shadows. Oh and by the way, have you noticed that the dirty grey head and body actually look white now?

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the shadows, I chose to start with BV20. I added it to the area underneath the hat, under the goggles and a triangular shape under his head.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Those shadows were not quite dark enough for me, so I added a small amount of BV23.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Going back with BV20 and blending it with the BV23 made a difference and helped give that little penguin some depth and dimension.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And here he is complete with shadows on his snowboard, done in the same way as above. I also gave him a pair of eyes with a Black Multiliner.

To finish him off I added little dots of White Gel Pen to his eyes and beak.

Copic coloring tutorial from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

So there you have it, my method for colouring images that are black or white.

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

I do hope that this step-by-step guide will give you the confidence to try this for yourself. Oh and don’t forget I love seeing your work, so please remember if you post it on social media to tag MFT!
Pull out your penguins, zebras, and pandas…thanks to Jane’s comprehensive tutorial, it’s time to color them with confidence! You know what to do — tag us at #mftstamps when you share; you might just be spotted!

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