Introducing the 2016 Card Design Superstars!

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The results are in! And we couldn’t be more excited! What a fantastic group of inspiring cards (and cardmakers!) We absolutely LOVED poring over your amazing creations. Let me just say, there are a lot of passionate and talented designers out there, and we are thrilled that our contest brought so many of them together all in one spot!

Before we announce our 10 winners, I wanted to share a few fun statistics about our second annual Card Design Superstar contest.

Once the contest was announced, you got busy ordering, sketching, and scheming to create your very best card(s). In the end 290 contestants submitted 600 cards for 10 spots. Believe me, it was NOT an easy decision to narrow it down, but the judges have deliberated, and we’ve come up with a stellar group (<– see what I did there?) of cards that secure Superstar status for these ten ladies.

When choosing our Top Ten, we were looking for cards using My Favorite Things stamps and Die-namics that incorporated the following:

  • Great design
  • Superb execution
  • Clever uses of our product
  • Fresh approaches

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 2016 My Favorite Things Card Design Superstars (in alphabetical order by last name)!

Jane Allen – England

Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set, Laina Lamb Design Precious Polaroids, Stitched Rectangle STAX, Rolling Hills, Blueprints 15 Die-namics - Jane Allen #mftstamps

Jane started her blog post with this winning entry for our contest like this, “… I am finally back in my studio – it is amazing how quickly you get ‘rusty,’ and I admit it has taken me awhile to get my hands communicating with my brain again, but I think I’m just about there!” Well, Jane, we think you did an AMAZING job with your fabulous no-line coloring on this whimsical card featuring our The Whole Herd stamp set. Jane even gave the photo-bombing chicken a nickname (Ruby – SO CUTE). The fact that Jane lives on a farm and has “spent all of August and early September making sandwiches, [and] cooking and delivering dinners out to the men in the fields” makes this design even more fun.

Agnieszka Danek-Wiśniak (Arte Banale) – Poland

London Mouse stamp set and Die-namics - Agnieszka Danek-Wiśniak (aka Arte Banale) #mftstamps

Agnieszka pulled out ALL the stops on this amazing creation featuring our London Mouse stamp set and Die-namics! With some serious ingenuity, she created depth for her pop-up card. If you head to her blog you can see many different photos of how it looks. Not only is the design innovative, we loved her soft color palette and expert layering of her stamped images to create a bustling city scene.

Dana Gong – South Korea

Laina Lamb Design Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Party Die-namics, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Tag Builder Blueprints 5, and Blueprints 26 Die-namics - Dana Gong #mftstamps

There’s nothing we love more than our customers taking our product to crazy creative levels. Dana did just that with this super clever Halloween teapot and cups using our Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Party Die-namics. Dana created the pumpkin look with markers and then “fussy cut the top part of cups following [her] pumpkin sketch line to make them look more realistic.” The addition of the ghostly tea tag makes this Halloween tea party invitation just perfect.

Larissa Hohman – Texas

Birdie Brown Magical Dragons, Recipe for Happiness, The Whole Herd, You Gnome Me stamp sets *retired stamps* - Birdie Brown Green Pastures and Let’s Hang Out, Pure Innocence Baseball Boy, Cute Critters, Genie, and Sweet As Can Bee stamp sets and Blueprints 1 Die-namics - Larisa Hohman #mftstamps

Larisa masked her way to a totally amazing crowd of My Favorite Things characters using ten different stamp sets. Mixing our stamp sets is oh so fun, and we can only image the painstaking care this design must have taken. Larisa says, “I knew I wanted to create something over-the-top, but I just couldn’t decide which stamp set to use… as I was flipping through my choices, I got the idea to use all of them!” She wanted to “create a little group photo featuring MFT characters from today and years passed [sic].” What a perfect way to celebrate our 10th Birthday!

Sonja Kerkhoffs – Germany

Birdie Brown Magical Dragons and Magical Unicorns stamp sets and Die-namics, Lisa Johnson Designs Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows, Lisa Johnson Designs Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows, and Birch Trees Die-namics - Sonja Kerkhoffs #mftstamps

Sonja’s card is simply sweet in every way, and we were enamored with her circle treatment creating a delightful and dimensional magical world. By layering her circles and the delicate Birch Trees (which she colored with distress inks) and adding foam tape, her design takes on the feel of a fantasy world. To top it all off, her coloring of the two darling characters from the Magical Dragons stamp set  is exquisite.

Brianna Loeffelbein – Minnesota

Birdie Brown You Gnome Me stamp set, *retired* Birdie Brown Sunflower Sweetheart stamp set - Brianna Loeffelbein #mftstamps

Brianna’s award-winning card is all kinds of #coloringgoals! Her style of coloring adds such whimsy to the already adorable You Gnome Me stamp set, and her bold color choices exude such a happy vibe. In addition, we loved how she added great texture with the wood patterned paper and buttons with twine. All in all, this is one outstanding design!

Kristina Pavlovic – Sweden

Harvest Buddies and Birdie Brown Happy Hedgehogs stamp sets and Blueprints 29 Die-namics - Kristina Pavlovic #mftstamps

What could be cuter than two squirrels and a hedgehog gathering nuts for the winter? Tina flawlessly executes her design concept of three friends working together to accomplish a task. At first I thought that the nuts were all fussy cut, but look closer. They are all masked! *gasp* I love how they look like the perfect jumble of nuts falling from the Happy Hedgehog to his Harvest Buddies below. Add in the fall tree limbs and the spot on color choices, and this card is most definitely a winner.

Kara Lynne Pogreba – Wisconsin

Out of this World stamp set and Circle STAX Set 1 Die-namics - Kara Lynne Pogreba #mftstamps

Kara Lynne’s outstanding galaxy background definitely caught the eye of several of the judges! She tried a couple of different techniques with distress inks and layering. In her words, “I felt like I had just made a big mess until I flicked white acrylic paint all over with a stiff paint brush – then it all came together.” Indeed it did! To create the realistic moon, Kara Lynne spritzed white card stock with water, crumpled the die cut circle, and smooched it with black distress ink pressed on a craft mat. To make the rocket ship soar through the sky, she drew a curved line on the panel and cut around it to create a channel for the rocket ship to fly through. This design is most definitely Out of this World!

Amy Yang – New York

Frightful Friends and Birdie Brown Cool Cats stamp sets and Die-namics and Frightful Fence and Spooky House Die-namics - Amy Yang #mftstamps

Amy’s spooktacular design has all of the elements of an absolutely haunting scene — from an eerie sky to the Spooky House lit up with the help of Chibitronics lights to a black bat, tree and fence. But what takes this card even further? Look how she added a frightful feline friend for Count Dracula by adding wings and fangs to one of the kitties from our Cool Cat stamp set! OMG – so fun!

Amy Young – Washington

Distressed Patterns, Birdie Brown Adventure is Calling and Polynesian Paradise stamp sets, *retired stamps* Clearly Sentimental About Audrey Hepburn, Birdie Brown Green Pastures and You’re Super stamp sets, and Stitched Strips Die-namics - Amy Young #mftstamps

One of the things the judges were looking for in the entries was clever uses of our product, and Amy’s design is exactly what we’re talking about! Using four signature girls from our Birdie Brown line (two current and two retired), she creates an empowering card for a girlfriend utilizing a sentiment from the now retired Clearly Sentimental About Audrey Hepburn stamp set. By focusing just on their faces, the details of the stamp sets fade away, and we’re left with a delightful squad of Birdie Brown sweethearts.

Congratulations, ladies! In a pool of amazing talent, your cards stood out to the judges. And that is pretty exciting!

Here’s what the winners will take away — A $250 gift voucher from My Favorite Things!

Winners: Please send an email to sropel87 (at) gmail (dot) com with your email address so that I can send you your voucher! Also, we’d love for you to declare your win by using this badge on your blog. Link to this post and let the world know what you’ve known for a LONG time. YOU are a SUPERSTAR!

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Before I go, I want to give a shout out to the other 280 designers who took a leap of faith and submitted one or more cards for this contest. All of you are winners! You made cards you love, and you spent time doing something that fuels your soul and makes you happy. Many of you responded to the contest as a way to really stretch your creativity. And THAT is what it’s all about.

Until next year…