Summer School 2018 Week 1 Winners

We have seen so many incredible assignments turned in since summer school commenced! It’s certainly our pleasure to hand out some extra credit to a handful of our amazingly dedicated students. Let’s return to our syllabus for a quick 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 1 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:
  • White Space: tiggermama24
  • Primary Colors: Betty Hall
  • Repetition: Lizz McDaniels
  • Complementary Colors: Shawn Wenrich
  • Symmetry: PrairieStork
$25 Voucher Winners:
  • White Space: Amy @card.chick (entry 61)
  • Primary Colors: Jen Shears (entry 118)
  • Repetition: Cat Luvs Paper (entry 8)
  • Complementary Colors: Kimberly’s Crafty Spot (entry 120)
  • Symmetry: Georgiana (entry 73)
$100 Grand Prize Winner: Maura (beesmom)

Congratulations to ALL of our voucher winners (as well as an A+ for everyone that took part in our first session of summer school.) If you loved this session, make sure to join us later this summer for session 2!

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

Happy Birthday Wishes to Kim

Today our fearless leader — a woman with incredible vision, unparalleled generosity, and a wicked sense of humor is celebrating a birthday. It’s a milestone birthday and we couldn’t let it pass without recognizing it here (surprise, Kim!) She’s brought so many people together that wouldn’t have had the pleasure of meeting otherwise…peers, coworkers, crafters, friends. We owe her so much and wish we could all see her in person today to give her a giant birthday hug.

Please join the MFT team today in wishing Kim the most wonderful birthday imaginable. ❤️

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

Meet the Designers: Rachel

We’ve reached the end of our Meet the Designers feature that showcases our incredible creative team members — it’s been so fun learning a bit more about each of our designers! Our team hails from around the globe and we couldn’t do what we do without their talents.

Let’s catch up with Rachel Alvarado!


Creative Team member since: March 2018

What location do you call home? I am originally from Pennsylvania but I now live in Florida with my husband & three little ones (and 8 chickens, lol.)

What is your favorite current MFT product? That’s really hard to answer! I would probably tell you that my favorite product is whatever I am currently working with at the moment (I truly love ALL things MFT.) I really enjoyed working with the Just Beclaws stamp set that came out earlier this month.

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? Hmmm…I love all things Birdie Brown and any of the Stitched Die-namics, particularly the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics Set 2. I use that set quite often.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? I love spending time with my family. We go to the beach and go fishing most weekends. I also love to read mystery books. In addition to that, I spend most evenings during the week training in Krav Maga & Kickboxing (total opposites of card making, I know.)

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: I couldn’t decide on an absolute favorite, so I picked two recent ones that I made and really loved how they turned out.

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

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


Did Someone Say Retirement Sale? Time to Shop, Shop, Shop!

It’s time to SAVE BIG at the MFT Retirement Sale. Check out this incredibly diverse collection of hundreds of Die-namics, stamps, stencils, patterned papers, and supplies — all offered at a 50% savings! Treat yourself to some special new supplies because you deserve it.

All of these items will be retired as stock is depleted so grab them now if they’re on your wish list. You’ll find the limited supply of products in our Sale category – no coupon code required, but act fast because this sale is only valid while supplies last and the sale prices are good. Not valid on previous purchases. This sale is available for online retail orders only.

Check out a small sampling of some of the products included in the sale — don’t miss out!

Meet the Designers: Jane & Amy

Today, we’re continuing our regular feature showcasing a couple of our incredible creative team members. Our team hails from around the globe and we couldn’t do what we do without their talents.

Let’s catch up with Jane Allen and Amy Yang.


Creative Team member since: June 2017

What location do you call home? A village in Bedfordshire, England.

What is your favorite current MFT product? That has to be the Cross-Stitch dies — it’s been fun swapping my pencils and Copics for a needle and thread.

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? Well, the Stitched STAX are my go to dies for mounting my artwork on cards. As for stamps, that’s easy, Birdie Brown every time. I will always have a special fondness for The Whole Herd, after all, it’s the set I used to create the card below and where my MFT journey began.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? Since I was a small child I have been drawing, painting and embroidering, so you’ll often find me in my studio creating something. I also enjoy gardening, in fact my husband and I landscaped our gardens ourselves and for the past couple of years we’ve had a little vegetable patch. However, I am a bit embarrassed to admit so far this year I’ve managed to kill 4 cucumber plants, a butternut squash, and a sweet pepper, I suspect my green fingers are due to Copic ink rather than my skill in growing vegetables!

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: 

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


Creative Team member since: November 2017

What location do you call home? I live in Long Island, New York with my husband, my daughter (15), and my son (12).

What is your favorite current MFT product? I have so many current favorites! But if I have to choose one, I’d have to say the cloud stencils. I’ve been using them a lot lately — they really help to enhance your scene cards.

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? I absolutely love the Birdie Brown stamp sets! The images in the sets are always so adorable and super fun to color!

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? When I’m not crafting, I enjoy gardening in the spring and summer and baking in the fall and winter.

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: 

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


Meet the Designers: Keeway & Vika

Today, we’re continuing our regular feature showcasing a couple of our incredible creative team members. Our team hails from around the globe and we couldn’t do what we do without their talents.

Let’s catch up with Keeway Tsao and Vika Salmina.


Creative Team member since: July 2016

What location do you call home? I live in sunny Southern California with my hubby and my sweet little puppy!

What is your favorite current MFT product? It is so difficult to single out just one as I have so many favorite MFT products! I am always head over heels over the Birdie Brown stamp sets every single month. My recent favorite would probably be the Birthday Chicks. These little birds are just the cutest and easily bring so much happiness to a card!

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? My all-time favorite MFT products would have to be the sentiment series, which includes Essential Sentiments and More Essential Sentiments. I gravitate to these sets frequently as they work with every single one of my cards. Plus, I absolutely love the all caps, even height of the sentiments, which are visually very appealing to me. I love neat things! The clean and crisp font make it complementary to any of my card designs.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? Crafting is the only hobby I need! I have hopes to spend more time practicing my handlettering and watercolor painting. However, outside of crafty world, my husband, dog, and I like to go to hiking trails and parks. I love looking for outdoor activities that I can include my dog in! I also love going out to get some extra sun after being inside crafting or in the office working all day.

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: 

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Creative Team member since: November 2016

What location do you call home? My home is a small town in the south of Ukraine.

What is your favorite current MFT product? I love so many products…it’s so, so hard to choose one but, I think right now it is the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil.

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? I’m totally in love with any of the basic shapes Die-namics — especially anything with stitching.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? I like to take watercolor classes and spend time in the garden with my flowers.

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: Many favorites!

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

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

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

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


Happy Day Gatefold Card

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

from Melania’s blog: Joy Meadows

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


Playing around with different types of folds is not only fun, it also creates an opportunity for innovative new design applications that you’re recipients will flip for. Karolyn is kind of a whiz when it comes to inventive mechanisms and designs and today, she’s sharing her technique for creating this horizontal gatefold look featuring Meant to Bee.

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

Watch How to Create a Gatefold Card on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

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MFT Youtube Guest Series

We love offering a variety of ways to save on your favorite stamp sets, Die-namics, and exclusive MFT Replenishments. Sometimes though, we just want you to have your pick on how you’ll save with MFT. Today only, put a dent in that wish list and save $15 with code 15OFF75 applied at checkout. *Excludes brand new.


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.

Meet the Designers: Debbie & Joy

Today, we’re continuing our regular feature showcasing a couple of our incredible creative team members. Our team hails from around the globe and we couldn’t do what we do without their talents.

Let’s catch up with Debbie Olson and Joy Taylor.


Creative Team member since: January 2016

What location do you call home? I’ve called the lovely woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan home since 1995. I’m originally a South Carolina girl, but the U.P. suits me well, in spite of the snow!

What is your favorite current MFT product? Really? I have to choose just ONE? How about one per category? (I know — that’s probably cheating!)

Die-namics: Stitched Mod Rectangle Stax. In fact, I love anything stitched!

Solid stamps: Painted Flowers

Line Stamps: Birdie Brown images (or anything Jane Allen colors!)

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? I almost cried when Blueprints 15 was retired! Fortunately, we’ve had some awesome replacements. 🙂

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? I enjoy reading, hand-lettering on my iPad, “hanging” with my husband and eighteen-year-old son, playing the piano, cooking, and creating stained glass pieces.

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: I really enjoyed creating this little You’re Rawr-some card with the inside pop-ups.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Creative Team member since: July 2016

What location do you call home? A small country town in New South Wales, Australia

What is your favorite current MFT product? I would have to say the word dies like Wish, Hooray, YAY, and Friends, — so versatile for cards and make a statement on the card and to the recipients.

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? I hands down say Birdie Brown stamps and dies are my overall favourite, especially Recipe for Happiness and Santa’s Elves — those chefs are just the cutest and remind me of one of my favourite movies, Ratatouille. Yep, I am a big kid at heart LOL and the elves, well they are adorable.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? I have many other hobbies. This past year I learnt how to crochet and retaught myself to knit. I love it — I am slow but it is so relaxing and I have met some wonderful people through it. I also enjoy photography although I’m not that fabulous. I love to garden, but sadly the weeds are laughing and making fun of me at the moment. Also cooking and I’ve just started to dabble in sewing.

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: I do have a lot of favourites but if I had to pick one it would be the cute little hedgehog that I added to this card. I created my own background panel using the leaf stamp on Grout Gray Card Stock and I was really happy with how this card turned out.

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


Stitched with Love — Easter

We dropped an Easter surprise into our ever-growing basket of Cross-Stitch Tag patterns a few days ago — did you catch it? FIFTEEN brilliant new patterns to keep you stitching right through the holiday. Adorn your cards, tags, and treats with these crafty little bunnies for hippity-hoppity looks perfect for celebrating the season.

Download our Cross-Stitch Tag Easter patterns — featuring loads of eggs, chicks, and bunnies right HERE.

To find all of our previously released templates, click HERE.

Here is just a small handful of some of the patterns you’ll discover in this newest printable collection:

Handmade tags from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #easter

Please take note of the fact that Karolyn coordinated her stitched tags with the treat tucked into each bag…she’s taken treat presentation to a whole new level of awesomeness!

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

Stephanie has modified one of the patterns and doubled up her die cutting to create an extended tag with a rainbow of colorful peeps.

Handmade tags from Julie Dinn featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #easter

Julie’s pretty pastel stitching complements the soft hues of her candy egg treats beautifully. A simple stamped sentiment and ribbon bow are all that’s necessary to complete your treats!

Are you loving all of the stitch patterns we’ve released over the past few months? Come back tomorrow for even more! And if you’ve been a busy beaver creating stitched looks of your own, be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can check them out!