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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Tips & Tricks: September 2018

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 brand-new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.

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

Thoughtful gift card presentation is a crucial consideration for cardmakers…the card itself is always critical but when it’s housing a gift as well, it takes on an entirely new level of importance! Stephanie has devised an elegant way of creating a fun surprise gift card presentation element with our new Double Slider Loop Slots Die-namics for today’s Tips & Tricks feature. She’s created *the* most informative video demonstrating the construction of the look — we’re so excited to try it ourselves!

Amazing, right? We know you will come up with an endless variety of ways to put this deceptively simple but incredibly handy design to use in your own projects and we can’t wait to be inspired by them.


Want to learn more about Barbara, Julie, and Melania, and Stephanie’s Tips & Tricks for our September Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!

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Just Add Color: September 2018

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.

Copic coloring from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Fall Friends #mftstamps

Fall weather = lots of layers = massive opportunity for customizing with color and pattern! Our Fall Friends are ready for anything with their hats, scarves, jackets, and boots. Are you as excited about bringing them home as we are?

Have you ever wondered how Torico achieves such a stunning depth of color, texture, and detail on her images? This month, she’s created a video highlighting her process with the new Birdie Brown Fall Friends — watch in her on the blog or on our Youtube channel. What she can achieve with her mix of Copic and pencil is simply magic. Having such an incredible grasp of color pairings certainly helps as well!

You’re already feeling inspired, right? Brace yourselves because we have so much more to share! Check out what the rest of the team has created in response to our Just Add Color challenge below!

Summer School 2018 Week 2 Winners

It’s kind of refreshing to have a summer school class packed with willing and eager students…thanks so much for making our latest session such a pleasure and success! We hope you enjoyed your time with us as much as we did. While we’re all winners in this scenario, it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Summer School 2018 vouchers. Let’s quickly return to our syllabus for a reminder of what our students were eligible for:

  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 2 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

Now, let’s get to the winners!

$15 Voucher Winners:
  • Monochromatic: Sue Abell
  • Focal Point: Melissa Spoelhof
  • Visual Triangle: Wendy Marsh
  • Rainbow: Lisa Miceli
  • Ombré: Wanda Radler
$25 Voucher Winners:
  • Monochromatic: Susan Lang (entry 3)
  • Focal Point: Dana Kirby (entry 32)
  • Visual Triangle: Cacia (entry 75)
  • Rainbow: Sentimentally Sue (entry 24)
  • Ombré: Crafty Patch Kid (entry 44)
$100 Grand Prize Winner: Kay Demonbren 

Summer School 2018 is in the books. Congratulations to all of our voucher winners and a virtual high five to each and every one of our students!

To our winners, please email erica@mftstamps.com with your preferred email address to claim your prize!

Summer School 2018: Ombré

Summer School 2018 is back for a second week and we couldn’t be more excited to share another week of lessons and challenges!

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of the next five days, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

Ombré is a time-tested technique that still somehow manages to feel modern and innovative. There are a number of ways to add an ombré effect to your cards — from simple die-cut shapes and sentiments to full panels. Opt for a clean and simple single hue or fade from one tone into another for more dramatic appeal.

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

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck. Click HERE or watch below to learn two different ways to create an ombré look on your next project.

Don’t you love how a bit of monochromatic blending can result in such a dynamic finished product? Alternating the direction of the fade can produce drastically different results as well. We love how effective this simple technique is and can’t wait to see your interpretation.

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

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

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 26. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Monday, August 27.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Summer School 2018: Rainbow

Summer School 2018 is back for a second week and we couldn’t be more excited to share another week of lessons and challenges!

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of the next five days, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

When choosing a color scheme, particularly for a bright & happy occasion, you simply cannot go wrong with a rainbow. There is something so comforting and cheer-inducing about that ROYGBIV arrangement — whether you opt for traditionally vivid hues or tone things down with pastels, a rainbow is never wrong (and if it is, I don’t want to be right!)

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

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about Stephanie’s colorful creations.

From a full-on rainbow card front featuring a camouflage sentiment to peek-a-boo designs with a window framed rainbow accent, this color sequence is eminently versatile.

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

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

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

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 26. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Monday, August 27.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Summer School 2018: Visual Triangle

Summer School 2018 is back for a second week and we couldn’t be more excited to share another week of lessons and challenges!

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of the next five days, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

Creating a visual triangle assists your recipient by creating a “path” for their eyes to travel, ensuring a pleasing overall view of the design. Using a trio of common elements or similar colors, placed as if at the points of a triangle, provides for an eye-pleasing experience.

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

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Barbara Anders. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to see how Barbara incorporated the visual triangle theory into her bee-autiful card.

Did you notice that Barbara has included *two* visual triangles? Her trio of bees creates one visual triangle while the other is delineated by both clouds and the beehive. Once you start looking at designs with a critical eye, you’ll quickly be able to identify the principal of the visual triangle (as well as the rest of the lessons we’re reviewing) in action.

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

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 26. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Monday, August 27.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Summer School 2018: Focal Point

Summer School 2018 is back for a second week and we couldn’t be more excited to share another week of lessons and challenges!

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of the next five days, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

Today we’re talking about the idea of a focal point; a way to concentrate the recipients interest on the main element of the design. While we may sometimes be tempted to throw everything but the kitchen sink onto our cards (so many pretty things to play with!) sticking to a single point of emphasis helps prevent the mental fatigue of identifying a single landing spot for our eyes.

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

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Karolyn Loncon. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to get learn more about creating a focal point.

Did you notice how Karolyn not only honed in on the idea of a focal point image but also, of enhancing the focal point with the addition of some simple shading? That beautiful blending provides contrast and defines the area.

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

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

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 26. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Monday, August 27.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Summer School 2018: Monochromatic

Summer School 2018 is back for a second week and we couldn’t be more excited to share another week of lessons and challenges!

Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of the next five days, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

Monochromatic designs are eye-pleasing and make it a breeze to narrow down your color palette. Today’s lesson features different ideas for incorporating a monochromatic palette into your cards as well as a great tip for comparing your card stock color options to make your final selections.

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

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Laurie Willison. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about her process for creating this cool look featuring all die-cut elements.

Do you love that Laurie was able to very slightly modify the size of her card to perfectly accommodate her stacked stitched panels? It’s a great reminder not to get stuck on standard sizes and designs…it’s fun to let your product choices guide your design choices! Laurie’s card will still fit beautifully in an A2 envelope and her recipient won’t care about (or possibly even notice!) the difference.

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

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 26. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Monday, August 27.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Techniques & Tutorials: August 2018

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 Joy’s blog: Michelle Hartline

from Torico’s blog: Claire Broadwater

Congratulations to you both! Michelle and Claire, 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 Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mfstamps

Want to learn more about how Amy created this stunning dimensional card with our most recent Pure Innocence set? Make sure you head to her blog for all the details! Melania has something amazing up her sleeve as well — you won’t want to miss it. Have a fabulous weekend full of the things you love!