Reach for the Stars with the Latest Hits & Highlights Challenge

We’re giving our team some leeway this month and we’re confident they’re going to blow our minds with creative spins on this month’s Hits & Highlights challenge. Today, check out how they’ve reached for the stars creating around the idea *of* stars. Click through to see how they’ve interpreted the idea…you might find colorful galactic scenes, you might find brilliant performers belting it out on a brilliantly lit stage, you might find a simple graphic shaker design featuring one of our star shaker pouches. There are so many possibilities this month and we’re excited for you to see them all!

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

Julie’s colorful look features a galaxy full of rainbow stars…a card designed to encourage can always benefit from a little ROYGBIV magic! Rainbows immediately bring hope and optimism to mind so they’re the perfect choice for an occasion like this. She topped off her star-filled design with a glittering die-cut “stars” sentiment that provides balance and some sparkle to make the card truly special.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Rachel’s spectacular look features a superstar character backed by an unforgettable celestial scene. We can’t even begin to count the starry points of light she’s created but we *do* know a showstopper when we see one and this is it!

Time to check out how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge!

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Time to head west, crafters! Our team of intrepid designers is embarking on an adventure exploring our assortment of western-themed products. You’ll find everything from adorable characters from Birdie Brown’s Saddle up & Celebrate to desert-dwelling critters and heat-loving cacti. Grab your hat, grab your spurs…we’re hitting the trail.

Handmade box card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Western-themed elements like those included in Best in the West are perfect for crafting scenes that put you smack dab in the middle of an evocative place and time. Rachel’s incredible box card makes you feel the dust swirling around your feet, smell the campfire in your tickling your nose, and imagine a vast sky full of sparkling stars. We’re super into that lasso flying high as well — what a great finishing touch!

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

From the gorgeous sunset to the die cuts in silhouette, Barbara’s card is packed with inspiring ideas. The standout idea is undoubtedly the Icebergs Die-namics repurposed as rock formations by the addition of some simple color striations — genius!

Time to check out how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge!

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It’s July! The heart of summer calls for diving into your crafting head-first. Summer fun is a (cool) breeze to integrate into your card making thanks to an endless variety of MFT products featuring sun, sand, and water. We’ve challenged the team to step up their summer game for this month’s Hits & Highlights. Grab some lemonade and check out their creations!

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

Just beclaws you’re awesome, we couldn’t wait to share this simple technique from Torico for creating an easy, beachy backdrop for skittering sand creatures like those in Just Beclaws. A few random spatters of white and brown inks against a tan panel results in an instantly recognizable beach for sand-loving creatures great and small.

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

That crisp blue line delineating ocean from sky sets the scene for Amy’s Penguins in Paradise. You’ll notice she used a similar technique to create her beach but seamlessly blended a variety of colors to mimic the transition from beach to water. Those puffy clouds complete the look beautifully.

Time to check out how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge!

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Sharing a drink with friends is a relaxing way to catch up and share the details of your life. Bringing that feeling to your cards is easy and FUN with our collection of cocktail-themed products. Choose from exciting shaker Die-namics and pouches, trendy stamp designs and sentiments, and a vast assortment of fillers and accents to create cards you’ll say “cheers” to. Our designers have all the inspiration you need to get going!

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watercolor Stripes provide a simple but intoxicating backdrop to Inge’s trio of die cuts. Martini Time is packed with delightful drink options featuring cool retro styling and sassy sentiments — what a great pairing!

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

Barbara’s tropical delight may just encourage you to do a little flamingling as well. Two fantastically fuschia flamingos chatting over drinks under the shade of a palm tree simply exudes relaxation in the most inviting way. Maybe a trip to paradise isn’t in your immediate future but you can bring the feeling to your crafting!

Drinks are on us this month – at least in the form of overflowing inspiration. Keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge:

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There’s something magical about May…the transition from spring into summer and the explosion of color…seems like the perfect time to bring some magic into our crafting as well. We’ve opened it up to our team this month, challenging them to feature magical creatures or, simply integrate the colors those magical creatures conjure in our imaginations. My ability to predict the future isn’t magical but I *do* predict lots of mermaids and unicorns in the very near future!

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Cool blues and greens provide a soothing palette for this Mermazing card. These beauties deserve the spotlight and Joy has certainly provided one with her beautifully blended background and subtle scene-setting elements. Barely-there bubbles, created with the Basic Shapes – Circles Stencil, add lightness and interest.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Garden gnomes are an absolute delight and Rachel’s box card showcases the whole collection beautifully! Her whimsical dimensional scene manages to show off almost every image in the set. Adding in grassy edges and just a hint of complementary pattern ties the whole look together.

Feeling Magical May? This is just the beginning. Keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:

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Flop Card Die-namics provide an opportunity for so many fun techniques. Not only can they be used to create an interactive flap on your card front, a simple shift in position create a cool pop-up look that showcases your images and sentiments to perfection. These Die-namics are deceptively simple in execution with a virtually endless array of applications…does it get any better than that? If you’re ready to try out this line, take a quick peek at how our team has used them for this month’s challenge.

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

The Flop Card – Rectangle Die-namics provides a generously-sized canvas perfect for showcasing standout images like the beauties included in Birdie Brown Mermazing. Jane’s card is unadorned by any extra accents or sentiments — her coloring skills provide plenty of interest!

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

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

Torico has filled her Flop Card – Square panel with a sweet scene crafted with the Birthday Chicks. Her ingenious two-sided panel allowed her to double the fun with dual scenes and greetings while still providing for ample room on the interior for a handwritten note.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:

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What’s your pattern passion? Whether dots, stripes, or florals, we have you covered with our collection of patterned paper packs. This month, we’ve challenged our designers to work their magic with a specific group of them — it’s all about the pastels! Check out how these soft MFT colors have been worked into a variety of beautiful projects from the team.

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Check out how Vika continues her Tiny Hearts pattern by aligning two die-cut mats just so. Since our patterns are coordinated with twelve different color options, you have the ability to seamlessly mix and match to customize each project — extending your pattern with a contrasting color is a great way to add interest without detracting from your focal point elements!

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

I think our color palette and the season inspired both of our designers to think spring and include adorable bunny imagery in their challenge looks. While Vika went with the latest design from Birdie Brown, Melania pulled out the previously released Beach Bunnies set for her pastel perfection. Using subtle patterns like our Graphic Grid to die cut scene elements is such a fun way to integrate pattern into your projects.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:

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Finding a way to integrate a greeting and design element into one fabulous card element is easy-as-pie with our collection of word circle frames. These frames can be used as a simple layering component, or combined with our Circle Shaker Pouches for extra fun! We may be a bit biased but we think our designers are among the best around and we know you’ll be inspired by all the ways they’ve discovered to incorporate this versatile line of Die-namics into their looks.

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

Laurie created a simple but effective design that features beautiful pops of color but uses only white card stock. Coloring each letter of her Happy Birthday Circle Frame results in a festive look with minimal effort.

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

Torico created a shaker element with the Congratulations Circle Frame to add movement and excitement to her extreme skiing bear. Creating a dynamic stenciled radial background highlights the frame even more.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:

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Torico

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Show your love this Valentine’s Day with sweet little treats — bags, boxes, and tags are all on the table this month as we’ve challenged our team to Tic Tac Toe their way to perfect tokens of adoration for friends and loved ones. Integrating our line of tic tac toe themed products is such a fun way to add some interactive interest to your projects — from one to a hundred and one, everyone loves a good game.

Handmade favors from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #valentinesday

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

Both Stephanie and Barbara have created adorable favors that would be ideal for classroom parties, neighborhood friends, or even grandparents — you know they’d love to spend some time playing a fun game of tic tac toe and nibbling on sweet treats! Take a cue from Barbara and include a package of holiday-themed candy to play the game or, use Stephanie’s idea of packaging some of our Tic Tac Toe and Mixed Heart Pieces!

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:

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Teeny, tiny, Bitty Bears are sure to add charm to any card. With thirteen different bears in a variety of poses and accessories, the combinations for mixing and matching them are endless. Their diminutive size allows you to insert them into delightful scenes and situations. Stack them into an irresistible pile, combine them with other characters in your collection, and use them to accent die-cut words and scenes. You’ll never run out of inventive new ways to play with these Birdie Brown cuties.

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Don’t you love Vika’s idea of creating a pattern featuring Bitty Bears? Their size allows you to twist and turn the images to fill the space and provides a fun coordinating backdrop for the holiday cuties.

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

Ack! Look how adorable Torico’s bears are sitting on her fireplace mantel!  They’re the perfect size for mixing in with the trees and, some might say, slightly less creepy than an elf on the shelf ?

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:

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Vika

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