Tag, You’re It! Time to Make a Very Crafty Holiday of Your Own

Tags serve multiple purposes during Christmas — personalizing gifts is the obvious use, but they can also serve as a fun ornament option and could even be used as an advent calendar (see Karolyn’s project from yesterday for a truly awesome tag advent calendar!). Stephanie opted to use the Precious Polaroids Die-namics as the starting point for her project today…a truly inspired choice. Grab some holiday images and frame your favorites for quick and easy tags perfect for any use this season.

Handmade tags from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #christmascrafting

Today’s Craft – Gift Tags

Besides the fact that this particular Die-namics allows you to show off any image in your holiday stash, the bonus is the built-in sentiment space at the bottom of the frame. You’ll see in her video that Stephanie also had a lot of fun deciding where to crop each pup to create the ultimate seasonal selfie.

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 on Youtube.

Deadline to comment is Sunday, October 28 at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 31, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We wish you A Very Crafty Holiday!

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Count down to the Big Day in Style with Today’s Crafty Project

Advent calendars are a tradition for many families. Not only do they act as a festive bit of holiday decor, but they also serve a tremendous purpose. How many of us have contended with the dreaded “how many days until Christmas?” question more times than we could possibly count?

A project like this takes some planning and can be a labor-intensive process, but as Karolyn points out in her video, an advent calendar can be used for many years to come, establishing memories that your children and grandchildren will treasure for decades. *That* is priceless and certainly worthy of the effort. Start now, and you have more than a month to complete this project…stitch while bingeing on a favorite show, sitting in the carpool line, or waiting for appointments and you’ll undoubtedly be able to knock out 25 tags before December 1 hits.

Advent calendar from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #christmascrafting #adventcalendar

Advent calendar from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #christmascrafting #adventcalendar

Advent calendar from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #christmascrafting #adventcalendar

Advent calendar from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #christmascrafting #adventcalendar

Advent calendar from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #christmascrafting #adventcalendar

Advent calendar from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #christmascrafting #adventcalendar

Today’s Craft – Advent Calendar

In this video, Karolyn shares FOUR ways to use these tags as the starting point for your calender. From daily activities to small gifts, she’s thought of everything. Karolyn even shares some tips for creating your own tag patterns — she provides a wealth of information!

Download Karolyn’s advent number patterns HERE.

Download her activity PDF HERE.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Advent Calendar 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 on Youtube.

Deadline to comment is Sunday, October 28 at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 31, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We wish you A Very Crafty Holiday!

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Spoil Your Friends with Favors and Gifts This Holiday Season

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

from Inge’s blog: Lisa Reber

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


Having a supply of treats ready for hostess gifts, party favors, teacher appreciation, and last-minute invitations is a smart way to alleviate the stress of the holiday season. The Lip Balm Window & Frame Die-namics provides a fun way to create trinkets perfect for satisfying all of these gift-giving opportunities and more. These favors also are so fun to customize with different paper choices and accents!

Handmade favor from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #christmascrafting #favor #gift

Today’s Craft – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors

Today’s project would be an ideal holiday crafting opportunity for you to share with children too! Crafting together is such a worthwhile activity — especially when the results of said crafting are cute favors like this that are excellent gifts for children to share with friends as well.

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 on Youtube.

Deadline to comment is Sunday, October 28 at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 31, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We wish you A Very Crafty Holiday!

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Save on Pattern-Building Essentials + Maximize Your Crafting Time with A Very Crafty Holiday

Step up your pattern plan with this three-day sale. Save 20% on all in-stock stencils, rubber background stamps, and patterned paper packs when you apply code PATTERN at checkout now through October 27.

Shop and save on Stencils, Rubber Backgrounds, & Patterned Paper Pads


Day two of our A Very Crafty Holiday event brings us to the first project that probably comes to mind when you think of 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 quickly is a handy skill to possess.

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

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

Today’s Craft – Holiday Card Set

Even if mailing Christmas cards isn’t a component of your holiday experience, card sets make fantastic gifts. Watch today as Laurie shares her process for creating this beautiful holiday card set featuring a single-layer design (ideal for mailing!) with just a hint of texture thanks to her deft embossing skills.

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 on Youtube.

Deadline to comment is Sunday, October 28 at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 31, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We wish you A Very Crafty Holiday!

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Kickstart Your Holiday Crafting AND Score a Chance to Win $50!

We’re well into October, and with Christmas less than nine weeks away (OMG) there’s never been a better time to start planning for the impending holiday season. We have 1-2-3-4-5 days of ideas prepared for you in the coming days — you’re sure to walk away with endless inspiration for crafting your way through the holiday season!

Chances are some of the people on your holiday gift list would love 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 gift card tags from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #christmascrafting

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

Today’s Craft – Gift Card Packaging

Join Stephanie today to see how she created these cards perfect for housing gift cards. Don’t you love a gift that can double as an adorable ornament? We think the idea of coordinating the tag to the card is top-notch so let the gift guide your color choices to show off your crafting prowess.

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 on Youtube.

Deadline to comment is Sunday, October 28 at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 31, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We wish you A Very Crafty Holiday!

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Time to Deck the Halls in Jane Allen Style — It’s Another Edition of Artistic Expression!

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.

It’s October, which means most crafters will be knee deep in glitter, ribbon, and inks, creating wonderful Christmas cards for their loved ones. An element that is often depicted on cards around the world is the Christmas tree, and I thought it would be fun to share with you how I colour them with Copic markers. So for this month’s Artistic Expression, I have produced a step-by-step guide with the aid of the new Secret Santa stamp set by Birdie Brown to help you create trees like the one on the card below:

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

I started by stamping the image on to Blending Card by X-Press It with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. This is my favourite ink for the no-line technique — the ideal method to enable us to create the shaggy look of pine trees.

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

One of the tricks with no-line colouring is learning to add colour and detail in stages. It is very easy to get yourself in a pickle, as those grey lines disappear under Copic ink very easily. So I started by colouring the bottom tier with YG61. This will be the base colour for the entire tree.

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

Next, I added short, curly flicks using the same marker, YG61. Remember you are trying to mimic the branches of a pine tree, they are not uniform in shape or direction so nor should your lines be. Can you see that my flicks go over the stamped lines, this is what will help give you the feathery look you are aiming for.

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

Now it is merely a matter of adding layers of lines. The next colour I used was YG63, and as you can see, the image is already starting to look like it has branches.

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

As you add the darker colours, you need to focus on the area underneath the tier of branches above. Remember, the darker the shade of marker, the fewer lines you add. You are aiming to leave some of the YG61 still visible through the branches. In the example below I have added some YG67.

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

I then added a small amount of G99, to intensify the shadows, being mindful not to overdo it, — this particular green marker is very dark.

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

With the aid of a warm grey, in this example I used W4, I was able to add extra shadow without darkening the overall colour of the tree. If you find that your shadows are not quite dark enough, you can add a small amount of W6 as I did below. However, this stage can either be left out entirely or saved until the end — it’s entirely up to you. I have added W6 to my example so you can compare it with your tree at this stage and decide for yourself.

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

Then just repeat the same process for the next tier of branches, starting as before with the solid layer of YG61, after which you add your first curly flicks with the same marker.

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

After that comes YG63, as before, you add curly flicks over the pale green area with some of the lines going over the stamped image lines.

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

In the example below, I have added more YG67, being careful to use this colour more sparingly enabling the lighter shades to still show through.

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

As with the previous tier, a small amount of G99 was added where there would be shadows from the branches above.

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

Finally, I finished off this layer with some W4 and W6 (see notes above), and I repeated this process for the remainder of the tree until I reached the top section.

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

I began colouring the top layer as I had done previously, simply colouring in the whole area with YG61.

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

When adding the flicks in YG63 this time, I followed the overall shape of the top section as shown in the image below.

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

As this top layer is not in shadow I only added layers of YG61, YG63, G99; there was no need for W4.

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

And there you have it, the method I use to create a Christmas tree with both texture and dimension.

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

COPICS USED:

Tree: YG61, YG63, YG67, G99, W4, W6

Baubles: R56, R59, Y26, Y28

Santa Suit: C0, C1, C2, BG0000, BG000, R22, R24, R29, R56, R59

Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E40, E41, V20, R20, B14 & Black Copic Multiliner 0.3

Beard/Hair: W00, W0, W1 Pot: E41, E42, E43, E44, W4

Tree Skirt: R56, R59, Y26, Y28, W6

Background: BG90, W0, W1, W2, W3

I hope you’ve found this tutorial informative and that you have fun trying this technique for yourselves. Please remember when using the no-line technique that you’re deliberately going to draw over some of the lines, so work in sections and always have your stamp set on hand so you have a nice clear image to refer to as you colour.


Have you seen a more inviting holiday scene? As usual, we’re so impressed by Jane’s incredibly realistic coloring. She’s provided all the information necessary to color lush branches for your Christmas tree but what about those ornaments? If you’ve never perused Jane’s previous tutorials, today would be a great day to check out this one, in which she breathes life into a stamped balloon image — the perfect technique to use on your Christmas bulbs! Once you’re done decking the halls on your next holiday card, invite us to take a look by tagging #mftstamps when you upload!

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Techniques & Tutorials: Bringing Cozy to Your Card Making

Today and tomorrow, save 15% on all in-stock Die-namics when you apply code DIES at checkout. There’s no better way to kick off your weekend than to treat yourself to some new goodies!


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 Laurie’s blog: Teresa Medeiros

from Julie’s blog: Heidi Rees

Congratulations to you both! Teresa and Heidi, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you all!


If you love detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos to recreate some of your favorite MFT projects, Techniques & Tutorials is just for you!

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Huddling around a cozy fire with Christmas music playing softly in the background, fresh cookies and milk perched atop the mantle, and stockings hung with care awaiting a visit from jolly old St. Nick paints a pretty perfect holiday scene. Secret Santa from Birdie Brown — paired with the previously released Fireplace Die-namics — is all you need to bring this dreamy scene to life. If you’d like to learn more about how Melania crafted her inviting look, head to her blog to see the full tutorial. And then, when you share your own holiday creations, tag #mftstamps so we can drop in for a virtual visit ourselves!

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Tips & Tricks: Pump up Your Flowers and Foliage

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

A jaunty wreath hanging on your front door is a festive way to welcome visitors, provide cheer to passers-by, and inject some decorative flair into your home decor…it’s an iconic representation of the holidays and always a great addition to your Christmas cards and projects. If you take a close look at Barbara’s card though, you’ll discover a delightful surprise. She’s repurposed another seasonal favorite — the snowflake included in the Filled with Joy Die-namics — into a lush, leafy wreath in shades of green and red. Hop over to her blog to learn more about her process!

Handmade poinsettia flowers from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Simply layering the petal die cuts created with the Perfect Poinsettia Die-namics results in beautiful accents for your cards. With just a bit more time and effort though, you can achieve remarkable results like these options from Torico. For today’s Tips & Tricks challenge, she’s sharing a number of variations on the poinsettia as well as providing helpful tips on adding dimension to your flowers.


Want to learn more about our designers’ Tips & Tricks for our October Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!

Just Add Color: Tried-and-True with a Twist

We so enjoy our Release Countdown each month – our team never fails to inspire us and we love seeing your enthusiasm and reading your ideas for using the new collection. We want to extend that excitement past release night with even more opportunities for the designers to blow us away with their creativity and ingenuity.

So many of our stamp sets feature images that invite color — from markers and pencils to watercolors, our designers are itching to show off their coloring prowess and innovative techniques.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

What color combo springs to mind when you envision your next Happy Llamadays project? Do you gravitate towards traditional Christmas color combos? A glamorous touch of gold or silver would be fun and unexpected! You could even mask off the stocking or candy cane heart on these two images and send them off to a birthday party instead…then your coloring options are truly endless!

These lovable llamas are feeling festive. Julie chose classic red and green with a cool blue twist to dress up her endearing fellas. From pretty presents to terrific tassels, these llamas are ready for some serious holiday celebrations.

You’re already feeling inspired, right? Brace yourselves because we have more to share! Check out what others on the team have colored in response to our Just Add Color challenge.

Techniques & Tutorials: September 2018

It’s a new month, we just completed a new release, we’re putting the finishing touches on a new card kit debuting soon, and we have a new batch of fabulous promotions coming your way starting TODAY. Take advantage of sitewide savings on your favorite MFT stamps, Die-namics, Replenishments, and our vast array of tools and supplies. Save 15% on in-stock products when you apply code SEPTEMBER at checkout. *Excludes products in the “new” category.


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 Vika’s blog: Tami Priebe

from Laurie’s blog: Annalisa Young

Congratulations to you both! Tami and Annalisa, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you all!


If you love detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos to recreate some of your favorite MFT projects, Techniques & Tutorials is just for you! Our designers are going the extra mile with a collection of projects featuring more in-depth direction to help you achieve a similar look.

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today, Melania is sharing a tutorial for creating this stunning autumnal shaker card featuring the latest collection from Birdie Brown. You’ll quickly discover that our new Circle Trio Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics pairs in fun new ways with a wide range of images in your stash. Be sure to head to her blog to find the full tutorial with coordinating images every step of the way. We hope you’ll find time this weekend to do some fall crafting of your own! Tag #mftstamps when you share your creations on social media so we can see the results of your ingenuity…happy crafting!

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