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Splitcoaststampers Product Focus – Blueprints!

The designers here at My Favorite Things could give you a myriad of reasons why they love our Blueprints Die-namics, but sometimes you *might* need to hear from other crafters! Head on over to Splitcoaststampers where you will find reviews and beautiful projects from their Product Focus Team using our Blueprints Die-namics!

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My Favorite Things Best Price Guarantee

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When you place an order with My Favorite Things, know that you will always receive the best price possible. If for any reason you find a better price on the products you purchased from any authorized MFT retailer, that was effective on your date of purchase, we will refund you the difference between what you paid and the competing offer.

Please email customerservice@mftstamps.com with your MFT order number and the details of the competing offer, and we will refund your payment method any difference.

To take advantage of our free US shipping, Triple Scoop stamp sets, and the Cherry on Top promotions, your new discounted order total must still qualify for those promotions in order to receive them. The discounts you received from MFT for these promotions will be deducted from any refund given.

Shopping at My Favorite Things just got even better!

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Google Reader Alternatives – Part Three

Welcome back to our third and final post focusing on Google Reader alternatives. Google Reader will be shutting its doors just a few days from now, but there is no need to worry as we are here to provide you with great alternatives to Google Reader. If you’ve just happened upon this post, you can catch up by reading our previous posts on Feedly and Bloglovin’.

Today we are focusing on The Old Reader.

The Old Reader is the MOST LIKE Google Reader, in my opinion, and is very easy to navigate. However, if you want to import your Google Reader subscriptions to The Old Reader, the set up is a little more complicated than Feedly or Bloglovin’. I will walk you through my set up of The Old Reader so you can make the decision on the best reader for you.  But please note that you MUST import your existing Google Reader subscriptions before Google Reader closes its doors on July 1st.

So let’s get started!

In The Old Reader you can sign in using Facebook or Google, or simply register to set up an account. I signed in using my Facebook account.

download  Once in, you can add your favorite subscriptions.

download (2)To import your existing Google Reader subscriptions, click on the import button on the upper right hand portion of the screen.

Old Reader 1Once in the Import screen in The Old Reader, it will prompt you to download an OPML File to import your existing Google Reader subscriptions. To create the OPML File, you will need to go to Google Reader, click on the settings tab in the upper right corner (the gear shaped icon), then scroll down and click on Reader Settings.

download 3-1Next, you need to click on the Import/Export tab at the top of the page.

download (4) Go to the bottom of the page and click on the Download your data through Takeout link.

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Clicking on the Download your data through Takeout link will take you to Takeout. Takeout will create your Google Reader archive. This will take just a few minutes. When the grid turns red the file is created and you simply click the CREATE ARCHIVE button at the bottom of the page.

download (6)Clicking the CREATE ARCHIVE button will take you to the following screen. Here you will want to download the zip file to your desktop and then extract the files.

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Next, you will want to return to the Import screen on The Old Reader. This is where you will import the OPML file you created in the Google Reader settings.  Click the Choose File button and find the unzipped folder you downloaded. In that folder will be a file labeled subscriptions.xml. This is the file you want to choose. Simply click on subscriptions.xml and then click the Import button. In a matter of minutes all of your existing Google Reader subscriptions will transfer to The Old Reader!

Import The Old ReaderWhen the transfer is complete your screen will look like this.

download final If you click on the All Items tab on the top of the left sidebar, the feed will look just like Google Reader.

Full page If having the ability to read on the go is important to you, then The Old Reader may not be the choice for you as they do not offer a mobile app at this time.

I hope the information we have provided you over the last three weeks on Google Reader Alternatives helps you make an educated choice on the reader that is right for you!

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My Favorite Things Summer Sale

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We’re celebrating summer by offering YOU a cool summer sale. Save 25% now through June 29th using code SUMMER2013.

BEFORE YOU SHOP: Please read below for sale details and ordering instructions.

  • Excludes Brand Spankin’ New Products
  • To Qualify for Ongoing Promotions (Triple Scoop and Free US Shipping) Order Totals Must Reach the Qualifying Level AFTER the Coupon Code Has Been Applied
  • Retail Orders Only
  • Cannot Be Combined with Other Coupon Codes
  • You Must Enter the Code, No Refunds Will Be Given
  • In-Stock Items Only
  • Not Valid On Orders Previously Placed

How To Receive Your Discount

In the shopping cart area (the first page of the checkout process) follow these three steps to save:

  1. Click the button next to Use Coupon Code
  2. Enter SUMMER2013 (all caps, no spaces) in the blank field that appears
  3. Click the button Apply Coupon

Make sure your discount is deducted from the total before hitting the Checkout button.

Here is a picture of what will be on your screen.

4071Don’t Forget Your Triple Scoop Set

Make sure to add your FREE Triple Scoop set to your cart on orders over $60 after the discount. This month’s set is valued at $17.95! You must add it to your cart to receive it.

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Google Reader Alternatives – Part Two

With the announcement that Google Reader would be shutting its doors on July 1st, the thought of finding a new reader may sound daunting. Worry no more! We are back today with the second of three blog posts focusing on great alternatives to Google Reader.
You can read our first installment focusing on Feedly HERE.

Today we are shifting our focus to Bloglovin’. Bloglovin’ is a very similar experience to Google Reader and is user friendly.

Creating your account with Bloglovin’ couldn’t be easier. Simply sign up with your Facebook account.

Bloglovin screen shot 1 You can also import your existing subscriptions from Google Reader, but note that importing your existing subscriptions must happen before July 1st when Google Reader closes its doors.

Blogloving Screen Shot 2 Importing your existing subscriptions is simple. It only takes a few minutes.

Bloglovin Screen Shot 3 Finally, take Bloglovin’ with you on the go with their free app for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones.

Bloglovin Screen shot 4 I hope the information we’ve presented is helpful as you explore your options for Google Reader alternatives. Don’t forget to join us next Thursday with our last Google Reader alternatives blog post.

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Announcing our 2013 Summer Design Team

I am so pleased and proud to announce our newest round of Designers. While everyone on this list is familiar, we *may* have one or two surprises in store for you over the next few weeks. :-)

I am pleased to welcome back:

With sadness we have a few exiting designers that I would like to thank for their time, talent, and inspiration. I grow very attached to my *girls* and it’s always hard to say goodbye. These ladies have amazing things in store for them, either in the stamping world or in the little thing known as life, and I send them each a huge hug and thanks!

Join me in saying goodbye to:
Frances
Jenny
Jessie
Linda
Lisa H.
Sarah and
Tara

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Google Reader Alternatives

If you hadn’t yet heard the news, Google Reader announced it would be shutting its doors on July 1st. The thought of not being able to scroll through your favorite blogs on Google Reader probably sent you into a panic! Worry no more, because each Thursday through the end of June we will offer great alternatives to Google Reader here on the MFT Blog.

Today we will be focusing on Feedly.

Like Google Reader, Feedly gives you a way to organize and read the content of all your favorite sites. It is very user friendly and is available with free software for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Simply download the free software and it will automatically migrate your existing reading list over to Feedly in a matter of minutes.

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Feedly allows you to easily customize the way you view your feed.  The two examples shown below are the Cards View and Full Article View. The other two (not listed here) are Magazine View and Title Only View.

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Subscribing to new websites is easy! Simply click “add website” in the box in the upper left-hand corner.

Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 8.52.36 PM Another box will appear on the right-hand side of your screen where you simply add the website’s URL to get the subscription up and running on your Feedly account. It’s that easy!

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And last, but not least, you can take Feedly with you on the go with their free iPhone App. It’s user friendly and easy to navigate!

photoThanks for tuning in today!  We hope the information we provided you with today has been helpful.

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Please Welcome….

April 1st marks the beginning of an exciting month at My Favorite Things, and to kick it off we are thrilled to announce the addition of a brand new designer to the MFT family, Amy Rohl!

Amy is no stranger to MFT; not only did she serve as our Guest Designer during the month of January, but she has also topped our Favorite Finds list more times than we could count. You won’t have to wait long to see her in action as Amy will be joining us for our April Teasers at the end of this week.  I hope you’ll take a moment to visit Amy on her blog,  Ink About Me, to see what she’s made for this special occasion, and leave her a warm welcome!

 

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Help Brave Girls Buy Dahlia House

Right now our dear friends at the Brave Girls Club are working on a very important and life-saving mission to stop human trafficking. You can read more about their passionate plea in THIS POST.

On Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th ONLY, My Favorite Things is offering YOU a 10% discount, and will be donating an additional 20% of all sales to the She’s Worth It! campaign, knowing that together, we can make a difference.

Time is running out on the purchase of Dahlia House, and the goal must be reached by this Sunday, March 31st. My Favorite Things will make the donation Sunday morning in honor of ALL the Brave Girls in our community, and in our world.

How to Help

1) Visit mftstamps.com and add the items you’d like to purchase to your cart.

2) In the Shopping Cart area (the first page of the checkout process) click “USE COUPON CODE“.

3) Enter DAHLIAHOUSE (all caps, no spaces) in the blank field provided.

4) Click “APPLY COUPON“.

5) Make sure your total has been discounted before continuing to the next screen.

Here is a picture that illustrates what your screen should look like, and where to enter the code.



FINE PRINT:
- One coupon code per order.
- Valid for retail customers only.
- Valid on Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th only.
- Valid on in-stock items only.- Cannot be applied to orders already placed.

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Join MFT at the Splitcoaststampers LoveFest

My Favorite Things is pleased and proud to be a founding Splitcoaststampers Member Company.

In addition to the amazing project ideas and technique-driven tutorials available on Splitcoaststampers, I’ve found the site to be filled with friendship and inspiration. The MFT Designers and I look forward to catching up with you during our monthly release parties and on our Wednesday Stamp Club threads. It’s always a treat to find your gorgeous customer samples filling the Splitcoaststampers Gallery.

Today it’s our turn to share a challenge as part of the Splitcoaststampers LoveFest. I have a beautiful card to share from Jodi. You’ll find all the details about the challenge and how to play along HERE.

You’ll increase your opportunity to win by playing along in each of the 11 challenges. Gallery uploads must be completed by February 28th, 2013 at 1:00pm Eastern Standard Time to be eligible.

Check out the samples created by our talented design team members by clicking on each of the graphics below.

 

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