MFT Youtube Guest Series

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When was the last time you perused the MFT Youtube channel? If you typically watch MFTv and product preview videos here on our blog but aren’t subscribed to our channel you’re probably missing out. We have an exceptionally talented stable of guest designers contributing to monthly video series and they’re only available in full on Youtube – subscribe today because each of these incredible ladies brings something uniquely innovative and inspiring to the table.

Creative Spark with Laura Bassen

In this fabulous monthly feature, join the amazing Laura Bassen as she shares her talents and humor while creating a project featuring products from My Favorite Things.

Jumpstart Your Creativity with Justine

Are you ready to Jumpstart Your Creativity? Join Justine in this monthly feature as she shares cards and projects featuring products from My Favorite Things.

Sparkle & Shine with Carissa Wiley

Join Carissa Wiley in this monthly feature as she shares cards and projects featuring products from My Favorite Things and a bit of sparkle and shine.

Christy Gets Crafty with My Favorite Things

In this monthly feature, join the talented Christy Reuling as she shares a project using products from My Favorite Things.

A Farewell Trio from Rosemary

Hi everyone!  I’m back for one final day guesting here on the My Favorite Things blog. Before I get to my cards I want to say a big thank you to My Favorite Things for having me as a guest designer!

My first card uses only one MFT product: the new Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics. When I saw this die, I was so excited to use it and wasted no time in downloading the free cross-stitch patterns that MFT has made available. Before I got into paper crafting I did a lot of cross stitching — I only gave it up because of the amount of time it took to finish a project and a shoulder injury. This new cross-stitch die allows me the opportunity to revisit my first crafting love and create beautiful projects it a short amount of time. For this card, I used the tulip pattern and went with the colors that are found in the pattern. Given I have tons of embroidery floss it was easy to find colors to match. I die cut my card stock and got to work. After I finished up the flowers and stems I decided to do something a little crazy and fill in the background with white stitching. While it took a little bit longer I really like how it looks. I decided to not add a sentiment at this time, but just let the stitching shine.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card is a reflection of how the weather has been here in the Pacific Northwest…cloudy, rainy, and gray! I die cut some light gray card stock with the Cloud Shaker Die-namics. I wanted a cloud to look like it was behind the shaker element so I die cut a cloud from white cardstock and then positioned it on the panel shifting it until fit the way I wanted, taped the die in the right spot, and die cut the cloud window. I then die cut the frame from white card stock. Once I had all the pieces cut I used the Mini Raindrops Stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste in Transparent Gloss to create my raindrops. Once that was dry I assembled everything. I filled the shaker element with some sparkly sequins and a mix of glitter glass and glass beads. I adhered a piece of white card stock on the back and then attached my panel to a light gray card stock base. The sentiment was stamped on black card stock with watermark ink, embossed in white, die cut with the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics, and then adhered to the card.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My final card uses the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up Die-namics and the Star Graduate and Tassel Time stamp sets. I also used the Free with $60 Congrats Die-namics. I have a nephew who is graduating in June and so I looked up his school’s colors and made a graduation card for him. I die cut the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up from white and dark blue card stock. I made a card stock base from MFT Smooth White Card Stock and then adhered the blue frame to the card base. The eight white squares were stamped with two of the stars from the Star Graduate set in red and blue inks. Those squares were inset into the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up — I adhered some with pop dots and some flush to the card base. I die cut the Congrats from red card stock three times and adhered them together and then adhered them using glue in two spots and pop dots behind the main portion of the word. I finished by stamping the little graduation cap from Tassel Time in dark blue ink, trimming it out and adhering it to the Congrats.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Again, I hope you enjoyed my projects…I certainly enjoyed making them using MFT’s fabulous stamps and dies!

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Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

We’re welcoming a dear friend back to the blog today — it’s always fun to see what Lisa has been working on!

The fun part about paper crafting for me is figuring out new (to me) ways of using various products. Necessity certainly is the mother of invention. Oftentimes I figure things out only to find out later that it’s old news and while that might be the case with this technique, it was sure fun to discover as I was creating this card!

Using VersaMark over stenciled and multi-inked images for heat embossing

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Taping the Mini Raindrops Stencil down first to secure it, I sponged over the stencil onto Cornflower Card Stock using Blueberry Premium Dye Ink. After giving it a few moments to dry I used another sponge to apply VersaMark. I removed the stencil and applied clear embossing powder and heat with my heat tool. Lastly, I die cut the prepared card stock with the Cloud Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

Next I die cut the Cloud Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics frame using Smooth White Card Stock. I built a traditional shaker using foam mount tape and acetate on the already prepared raindrop panel and then adhered the frame for a finished look. After filling the shaker area I adhered a layer of Smooth White Card Stock to seal the shaker. I then mounted the finished layer to the card base with foam squares.

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My Mini MISTI was used to help get the perfect VersaMark coverage for the sentiment. I stamped the Aim for the Clouds sentiment in Blue Breeze. Next I inked the lower part of the sentiment with Blueberry. After letting it dry I stamped the image with VersaMark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Because I was stamping with the MISTI and had started off with my card stock squared with the corner of the Misti, I went back, placed the card stock back into its spot and repeated that last step to really make the clear embossing stand out. The last step was to die cut the sentiment with the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics and mount to the card.

Try this variation: Sponge the stencil with different ink colors on white cardstock for a fun embossed rainbow or ombre look.

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Fiesta in Polka Dots & Stripes

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed the projects I shared yesterday using some of the fabulous products from My Favorite Things April Release. Today I have a trio of fiesta-related projects to share with you.

First up are two cards that I made using the new Piñata and Fiesta Die-namics. I just love both of these dies! I decided to make a boy and a girl version of the card. The body of the piñata was die cut from white card stock twice.  I die cut all the little fringe pieces from various papers from two different paper pads from My Favorite Things: Dots & Stripes Fresh and Dots & Stripes Sorbet. As you can see, I cut the pieces so that there are two of each color and then layered everything. I finished by adding the eye to each piñata. To put the cards together I simply added a strip of paper from each coordinating pad to a card stock base made from MFT Smooth White Card Stock. I placed the piñata on the card base so I could determine where to put the sentiment (from the MFT All Smiles stamp set), removed it, and then stamped the sentiment on each base using my mini MISTI. The word was die cut from coordinating card stock and then everything was adhered in place.

Handmade cards from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second project I just had to ink up the super cute little girl from the Pure Innocence Birthday Piñata set. I used watercolor compatible black ink and stamped the girl and the piñata on watercolor card stock. I watercolored the images with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers and clean water. Once they were dry, I die cut them with the coordinatingDie-namics. I die cut white card stock using the largest Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX and adhered both images. The sentiment was embossed in white on vellum and then die cut with the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics. So that the vellum strip would have the same scalloped edge as the rectangle, I die cut the end with the Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle. I added the sentiment strip and adhered the panel to light purple card stock and added a little bit of purple/white baker’s twine.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!

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Feathered Friends Frolic

Hi everyone! I’m Rosemary (Hey There…rosigrl!) and I am so very excited and grateful to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today! I have two cards to share that I created using products from the April Release.

My first card uses the A Tweet Hello stamp set and matching Die-namics along with the Birdbath Die-namics. I stamped all the birds and the little flower from the A Tweet Hello set on watercolor paper with watercolor compatible gray ink and colored them with ZIG Clean Color real brush markers and clean water. Once everything was dry, I die cut them. I die cut the birdbath from light gray and light blue card stock and adhered the pieces together. I cut a piece of MFT Smooth White Card Stock at an angle and adhered it to a card base made with the same light blue card stock as the water in the birdbath. To create my grass, I used one of the dies from the Pinata Die-namics. The pieces were adhered to the bottom of my angled panel before trimming off the excess. I then adhered the birdbath, birds, and flowers. I finished with the sentiment stamped on more Smooth White Card Stock in black ink, die cut with the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics, and adhered.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card also uses the A Tweet Hello stamp set and Die-namics, but this time I paired the little birds with the Garden Gate Die-namics. I started by coloring some watercolor paper with ZIG markers in light blue and light green. Once the piece was dry, I die cut it with the largest Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX. The garden gate was die cut four times from black card stock, adhered together and then attached to the die-cut rectangle. Before adhering the birds, I placed the panel in my mini MISTI in order to stamp the sentiment at the top in black ink. Then I arranged the three birds and added the rectangle to a panel of white card stock and there adhered everything to a gray card stock base.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed my cards today! I will see you tomorrow with a few more projects made with the My Favorite Things April release.

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MFT & Friends: April 2018

Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you! What’s new this month? FIVE fabulous MFT friends are joining us…think of it as our traditional Release Replay with a twist.

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

Vika has brought together products from a variety of releases, including the most recently released Birdie Brown Rain or Shine, to impart sunshine and warmth to a charming little scene. Puddle splashing with friends in an after-rain sunset is a just about perfect way to spend an evening!

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

Our cross-stitch products have been a hit, in part because in addition to a wide assortment of pre-planned patterns we’ve provided, they’re also a blank canvas just waiting for your own inspired patterns. If you’re in the mood to be crafty but just want to cozy up under a blanket in front of the TV while you’re at it, this is the perfect solution! Once the cross-stitch is done, the card comes together in minutes. Rachel’s pretty posey was created with our Floral Patterns PDF found HERE.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team and some MFT friends played with our April Release.

Create in Color with Sandy Allnock

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. Enjoy!

from Rachel’s blog: Kelsey Thomas

from Laurie’s blog: stampingbowd

Congratulations to you both! 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!


Is it really April already!!? I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m confused…it often still feels like winter, but I’m SO ready for spring! The crazy weather all over the US has been nutty — what’s it been like in your corner of the world?

But, this weather has inspired me to make a deliberate effort to reach out and invite spring birds into a card — with A Tweet Hello!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite things #mftstamps #watercolor

As for supplies this month, I’m using watercolor, but you may not know there are some “dot cards” out there that could help you try out watercolor without making a huge investment. They’re little blobs of paint — they come in sheets big and small — but the one I use in this video is the Sandy Allnock Palette! I was blessed that Daniel Smith company wanted to make one to share my favorite colors, the ones I recommend for crafters. I have a gajillion other colors, but try to use these so you don’t feel like you need to go out and get them all. Get a few. (Then let the addiction start. Ha!)

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite things #mftstamps #watercolor

In the video, I forgot to mention I was painting on Arches Cold Press. Anyway…let’s get to the video, okay?

There are lots of stamps you could use to make a wreath from…what stirs your brain? They just need to be small enough to live in a little circle of greens!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite things #mftstamps #watercolor

If you try this technique, whether with A Tweet Hello or other stamps, be sure to tag me out there on social media (I’m usually @sandyallnock everywhere!) — I’d love to see what you make!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite things #mftstamps #watercolor

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Interactive Animals

Hello everyone — Kristina here again!

While my last post was all about Easter cards, this time I would like to show you something completely different. The March Release offered lots and lots of amazing products and I got tons of inspiration from it!

Card 1

From the first time I saw this set, I knew I would make a rodeo boy! His skills in riding and handling the lasso are well known – that’s the way he conquers the ladies’ hearts!

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

So let’s get to it! The front panel was cut with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1. With a mini distress ink blending tool, I added Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks for the grass and Salty Ocean for the sky. On the sky, I added a couple of clouds which I die cut with Cloud 9. In the background, you can also see the Animal Farm Fence cut from Kraft Card Stock.

All images are from the Best in the West stamp set. I stamped them on Neenah Solar White Card Stock with Extreme Black Hybrid Ink and colored them with Copic markers. For the sentiment, I used the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics.

Card 2

For this project, I needed a little more time than usual but it paid off. I must say I am so pleased with the result. In the end, it was a double interactive project!

But let’s start from the beginning with the background! I added Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry Oxide Inks. The clouds are from Witch Way Is the Candy? since their shape matched the best. On the same background, I die cut spinner and slider parts for the lava and also for pterodactyls.

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the sand dunes, I used the Surf & Turf Die-namics with Kraft Card Stock. To get a more realistic effect, I decided to use a dotting technique with Copics in earth tones and a white gel pen. The palm trees are from two different sets — Flamazing and Fierce Friends.

Delightful dinosaurs has 5 different animals and I had to have the all on my card! I used copics to color them in and decided to make them a bit different color. I also used lots of white gel pen to add details and accents.

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the volcano and lava I used Volcano Die-namics and the Lava You stamp set for the sentiment. The little pull tab activates smoke and lava — so fun! The smallest circle spinner channels made movement for the pterodactyl possible.

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Card 3

For this card, I got inspiration while creating something else with the MFT Heart Maze Shapes. I was so thrilled with the idea that I stopped what I was doing and started this card!

My first choice was the Dalmatian from the Puppy Kisses stamp set. Why may you ask? Well, he and I are from the same country! Dalmatians are from Croatia, more precisely, the  Dalmatia region, which besides dalmatians has an amazing seaside! I was born little bit north of there. Geography and fun-fact class finished 😉

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To make a labyrinth I used Slider dies from twoDie-namics — Surf & Turf and Volcano. At the start position is a little Dalmatian with attached to a slider element which allows him to move through the maze. At the end is a bowl of food from the Puppy Pals stamp set. During his journey he finds lots of temptations like a ball and a bone, but just one way is the right way!

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The patterned paper is from the Black & White Stripes pack while hearts in two different sizes came from the Coffee Cup Die-namics. The sentiment itself is embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock and came from the You’re A-maz-ing stamps set. At the very end I put some glossy accents on the ball and hearts as well.

That will be all for today! I hope I managed to describe the process of making the cards and that you will be inspired and try to do the same. Once again, I want to thank MFT for this opportunity. It was a great pleasure to be here today.

Until next time I wish you all lots of inspiration an amazing cards!

Kristina

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Easter Quartet from Kristina

Sunshine, chirping birds, and blooming flowers – all are signs that spring has sprung and we’re celebrating. Today only, shop from our Flowers & Foliage category and get 20% off in-stock items when you apply code FLOWERS at checkout. *Excludes brand new.


Hi Everyone! I am Kristina from Kristina’s Art Corner and I am thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to be a guest designer for MFT.

Easter is around the corner and the pile of Easter cards needs to grow so we can share them with family and friends. That’s why I decided to make four Easter cards using the new MFT March Release. I mixed in some older products as well. Let’s dive in!

Card 1

My first card is a shaker card. People are always amazed when they get shaker cards. I have to say that I love them also! I enjoy the process of making them as well as the final product.

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I colored the bunny with Copic markers and then die cut it with the coordinating Die-namics. On white card stock, I blended several different Distress Oxide Inks and using the Distress Sprayer, applied some water. I used that card stock to die cut Easter eggs with dies from the Somebunny Sweet Die-namics.

For the main panel, I used Blueprints 27 and cut from Kraft Card Stock. I used the Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics to die cut the shape and filled the balloon shaker pouch with multicolor microbeads.

For the background in the shaker and also for the Grassy Edges, I used the Kraft Collection – Solid Stripes Paper Pack. I decided to use a couple of clouds from the Volcano Die-namics to complete the scene. I stamped a sentiment from Somebunny Sweet using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

Card 2

For the second card I have used almost all the same products but got a completely different look. I just could not resist those cute bunnies from the Bubble over with Joy stamp set so I have stamped them all and colored them with Copics. I was aware that the scene would be a little bit busy but decided that I have to show those little friends having fun on the Easter morning.

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Just as before I have cut out Easter eggs with the Balloon Shaker Window & Frame — this time using the Farm Fresh Gingham Paper Pack. The panel itself is die cut with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1, and on the very top of the panel, I’ve used my blending tool and the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

After I created the scene I added a couple of vellum balloons and some of the beautiful tulips from Flamazing stamping them with Sour Apple, Daffodil, Razzle Berry, and Pure Plum Premium Dye Inks. It was a perfect spring add-on.

Card 3

This time the focus is on a cute little Pure Innocence girl from Somebunny Sweet. She is so cute, I just couldn’t resist! The girl and the eggs were stamped with extreme black ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock, and than I colored them with Copic markers and cut them out with coordinating die-namics.

For the base of the card and the frame, I have used new Elegant Rectangle STAX in two different sizes. For the background and grass, I used the Sweet Celebration paper pack while for the frame I used Lemon Chiffon Card Stock.

After I was happy with the placement of the die cuts, I stamped the sentiment directly on the background.

Card 4

My last card for today was a great challenge for me. Thanks to the cross stitched printable I was able to create my own embroidery pattern. It was not easy but I managed to get the cute rabbit!

For the panel I used Kraft Card Stock die cut with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 and then in the middle I used the Cross-Stitch Tag Die-namics. I needed some time to remember embroidery but after that, it was hard to stop!

When the shape of a bunny was complete I added a little button as a tail, stamped the sentiment, and added acouple of flowers on the very bottom as decoration. The whole panel was added to a card base made from Bubblegum Card Stock with mounting tape for some dimension.

Thank you all so much for joining me today and thanks MFT for inviting me. See you again on the March 28!

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Furry Fun with Simon Hurley

We’re so pleased to have the incredibly talented Simon Hurley joining us on the blog today. We’re so inspired by his innovative projects — both feature techniques that have our wheels spinning with possibilities!

Hey there! It’s Simon Hurley and I am super excited to be sharing my projects with you on the MFT blog today.

Handmade cards from Simon Hurley featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I created two tri-fold cards using some of the fun dog and cat images from the new release. These cards are lots of fun to create and provide a bit of extra room to fit more adorable images!

On the first card, I used the So Many Yays Die-namics to create a window on the front flap. On the inside flap, I used the Love You Furever stamp set to create a scene of kittens peeking through the die-cut window. The tri-fold card design is nice because it still allows for a personalized message on the inside.

Handmade card from Simon Hurley featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Simon Hurley featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

On the second example, I stamped a line of dogs from the Puppy Kisses stamp set on each flap and partially cut them using the coordinating dies. This creates a staggered party of dogs when the card is all closed up. To finish the card, I added a fun and colorful party banner using the Celebratory Banner Die-namics.

Handmade card from Simon Hurley featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Simon Hurley featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you’ll give these fun tri-fold card designs a try. They are super easy to create and allow even more room for creativity!

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