Teaser Time Continues: Clearly Sentimental and Inspired By

Welcome to the third day of Teasers for the My Favorite Things February 2013 Release! We hope you’ll continue to join us each day for full set reveals, Die-namics previews, and some Teaser Time Prizes too. Here are the details about the upcoming release:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on February 4 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on February 4 at 10 PM EST. You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is going on now! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, you’ll find them linked at the bottom of this post. Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily. The winners will be posted on February 4 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
Up first, let’s take a look at our newest Triple Scoop Reward set, Western Sentiments. This stamp set is available FREE to customers purchasing $60 or more, exclusive of tax and shipping. Read more about the Triple Scoop Reward program HERE. Last month’s Triple Scoop Set, You Make My Day, will be available for individual purchase as part of our February 2013 Release. The sentiments in this set are sure to brighten anyone’s day. Our designers will also be sharing samples with the newest stamp set in the Inspired By line, which features highly detailed and vintage inspired images. Inspired By the Wild Wild West includes three western style images and ten sentiments.

Our February release includes thirteen new Die-namics dies and we have two more to introduce today.  The Large Leaf-Filled Flourish, which measures just over 4 1/4 inches in width and five inches in height, adds a touch of beauty to your cards and scrapbook pages. You can see the Large Leaf-Filled Flourish in this quick video, or simply click play below: The Large Hybrid Heirloom Rose is perfect for larger projects, home decor, and gift boxes. You can see the Large Hybrid Heirloom Rose in this quick video, or simply click play below:

 The last of our new Premium Dye Ink colors to debut this release is Pink Lemonade.  It coordinates beautifully with the  Pink Lemonade Replenishments found in the MFT Boutique.  Our Pink Lemonade Premium Dye Ink will be available in a full-sized ink pad and as a refill during our new release on Monday at 10 PM EST.

 

 Check out today’s Teaser Time projects from our designers by clicking each picture below.

 

February Teaser Time with Laina Lamb Design

Welcome to the second day of Teasers from the My Favorite Things February 2013 Release!  We hope you’ll continue to join us each day for full set reveals, Die-namics previews and some Teaser Time Prizes too. Here are the details about the upcoming release:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on February 4 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on February 4 at 10 PM EST. You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is going on now! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, you’ll find them linked at the bottom of this post. Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily. The winners will be posted on February 4 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
Today we’re previewing the new stamps and Die-namics from our Laina Lamb Design line.  Arrows are all the rage in the paper crafting industry and Laina has hit the mark with Document It – Right This Way. The first of two new Die-namics from Laina Lamb Design is the Insert It – 3×4 Notebook Paper. Create chic and trendy card accents or journaling cards when combined with Document It – Right This Way, or any stamps from the Laina Lamb Design line. You can see the Insert It – 3×4 Notebook Paper in this quick video, or simply click play below:     Laina’s second stamp set this month is Journal It – Library Card. Create custom library cards with this fun and versatile stamp set. Up next is the Insert It – 3×4 Pocket Die-namics. The 3×4 Pocket holds card elements, tags, memorabilia, and the 3×4 Insert It journaling card. The 3×4 Insert can be dressed up with the many Journal It stamp sets available in the Laina Lamb Design line. You can see the Insert It – 3×4 Pocket Die-namics in this quick video, or simply click play below:   And last but certainly not least is the new Die-namics Hexagon STAX. This is a set of 9 nesting dies, the smallest being a solid die, that come packaged on a magnetic sheet. You can see the Hexagon STAX in this quick video, or simply click play below: Sour Apple is the next color in our new Premium Dye Ink line up.  It coordinates beautifully with our Sour Apple Replenishments that you can find here in the MFT Boutique.  Our Sour Apple ink will be available in a full-sized ink pad and as a refill during our new release on Monday at 10 PM EST.

Check out today’s Teaser Time projects from our designers by clicking each picture below.
 

Teaser Time Begins – My Favorite Things February Release

We’ve been busily preparing for the My Favorite Things February 2013 Release! We hope you’ll join us for the next seven days for full set reveals, Die-namics previews, and some Teaser Time Prizes!

Here are the details about the upcoming release:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on February 4 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on February 4 at 10 PM EST. You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is going on now! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, you’ll find them linked at the bottom of this post. Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily. The winners will be posted on February 4 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
Today we are introducing two new stamp sets and a coordinating Die-namics die set from Lisa Johnson Designs.  Embellished Eggs is a fun set that is perfect for spring and Easter projects.  Be sure to check out Lisa’s blog daily for ideas using her brand new stamp sets and coordinating Die-namics dies.

 The Easter Elements Die-namics dies coordinate with the Embellished Eggs stamp set.  The individual dies can also be used as accents without using the stamp set.

You can see the Easter Elements Die-namics in this quick video, or simply click play below: The patterns in Spring Backgrounds pair beautifully with Embellished Eggs.  Create your own patterned paper and accents with this background-building set.

Next up is the Woven Basket Die-namics.  The adorable Woven Basket includes embossed detail, a lovely bow, and some “fillers” for the basket. You can see the Woven Basket Die-namics in this quick video, or simply click play below: The Trapezoid Treat Box works with the Woven Basket to create a decorative treat box. Cut this die twice and assemble the bases together, then assemble the box and decorate. The space-saving design makes this die more affordable. Please note: For deeper score lines and crisp folds, I recommend the Metal Adaptor Plate.  It makes easy work of cutting even the most intricate die. You can see the Trapezoid Treat Box Die-namics in this quick video, or simply click play below: We’ve added new colors to our Premium Dye Ink collection this month.   Our new Grape Jelly Premium Dye Ink will be available as a full-sized pad and as a refill during our upcoming release on Monday night. The cardstock, felt, buttons and ribbon are already available in the MFT Boutique.

 
Check out today’s Teaser Time projects from our designers by clicking each picture below.
 

Clean and Simple Card Making 2 – Winner Announcement

I’m back to announce the winner of the giveaway we’d announced the other day.   The winner, selected at random is Sue FitzGerald.  Sue, please email [email protected] to claim your prize! For all of you that had been interested, I hope you’ll consider signing up for Clean & Simple Card Making 2! Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Julie Ebersole and friends to discover the “secret” to minimalistic and fabulous cards. Learn new techniques and be inspired by 26+ videos and 34+ clever and creative card designs. Gather inspiration from your fellow students and Online Card Classes teachers in the forums and galleries. Then print out class PDFs to take Clean & Simple Card Making 2 with you wherever you go. Plus, with lifetime access, random giveaways and shopping discounts galore, you’ll be able to outfit your card making stash in clean and simple style. We are excited that they will be using My Favorite Things products in this class! For more information on the class, check HERE. Class runs January 28 – February 8, but you can join any time and have lifetime access!

Your Chance to WIN: Clean & Simple Cardmaking 2

  Online Card Classes is back with an all-new take on one of their most popular classes: Clean & Simple Card Making 2! Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Julie Ebersole and friends to discover the “secret” to minimalistic and fabulous cards. Learn new techniques and be inspired by 26+ videos and 34+ clever and creative card designs. Gather inspiration from your fellow students and Online Card Classes teachers in the forums and galleries. Then print out class PDFs to take Clean & Simple Card Making 2 with you wherever you go. Plus, with lifetime access, random giveaways and shopping discounts galore, you’ll be able to outfit your card making stash in clean and simple style. We are excited that they will be using My Favorite Things products in this class! For more information on the class, check HERE. Class runs January 28 – February 8, but you can join any time and have lifetime access! My Favorite Things is happy announce that we’ll be giving away one FREE spot to take this class. Simply leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, January 27th at NOON EST for your chance to win! Winner will be selected at random, and announced Sunday afternoon.  

MFT Academy – Your Turn to Try!

We hope you’ve had a chance to peruse Inge’s beautiful post for our new MFT Academy series. If you missed it, you’ll find the full tutorial content HERE.  Inge will show you step-by-step how to color with Prismacolor Premier pencils.  We invite you to play along and put your pencils to work too!  Be sure to use the keyword MFTED1 in your gallery upload to Splitcoaststampers so we can see all the gorgeous Prismacolor samples in one place.

 Joanne has colored up the new Doodle Garden: Sweet Friend, you can read more on her blog post HERE.

Inge has put her pencils to work again, this time using the new Raptor Round Your Finger. Be sure to visit her blog HERE to see all the details.

We hope you’ll put the tutorial to work, and we can’t wait to see what you create!

Round and Round in Circles with the MFT Design Team

The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month, we challenged the team to create with our Circle STAX. Just below you’ll find a list of all participating designers who have a project to share with you today.

This months Creative Challenge was to use Circle STAX, and I decided to incorporate them into an unconventional Valentine’s Day card for hubby. 🙂 I started off by cutting two circles, each with cut outs in the center, using various sizes of Circle STAX so I would have a multidimensional look to my Magic 8 Ball.  I also cut out a piece of acetate, which I colored blue using a Copic marker reinker, and a triangle made from the smallest piece in Jumbo Banner STAX Die-namics.  My nickname for Martin is My Handsome, so it was perfectly fitting that I found these two words and combined them to personalize this card for him.  I used LLD Document It – Off the Chart and LLD Document It – Days and Dates.  I had to commit a little *stampacide* to make this card happen, but sometimes it’s worth it! I used my B14 reinker to make my acetate panel a shade of blue that pretty closely resembles the liquid inside a Magic 8 Ball.  I didn’t want it to be a completely even coat because when the Magic 8 Ball is shaken up, it is always filled with air bubbles (mine is anyway) and I wanted to make it look realistic.
To create depth in this project, I layered the two cut-outs together, adding pop-dots between the two so that the triangle greeting would have room to maneuver inside the card. I committed a bit more *stampacide* by cutting two sentiments in At the Movies to create the sentiment True Love Is and then finished with High-Rise Alphabet to add the word Magic.  Once I cut my letters, I added a glitter paint so they would look the part.  I love how they turned out! Here is a picture of the front of the card.  I kept it very simple because I didn’t want to compete with the Magic 8 Ball since that was the focus.  I used LJD Hearts and Stitches to add a little detail to the front so it wouldn’t appear so plain. Here’s a close-up of the front of the card.  I love how the inside moves and recreates the look of a real Magic 8 Ball! You’ll find links to the products I’ve  used just below:
I can’t wait to see what the MFT Team has conjured up in this challenge, but you can bet each post will be chock-full of amazingness!

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

Introducing MFT Academy – Class Is in Session!

Welcome to the MFT Academy – your guest professor today is Inge, who will be teaching you about coloring with Prismacolor Pencils.   Hello everyone.  I’m here to show you a bit about coloring with Prismacolor Premier Pencils. So grab a cup of coffee, scroll, and enjoy.
Choose the materials you want to work with. For this project I’ve selected:
  • PI Being Cute Is What I Do
  • Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black
  • blending chalks
  • paper blending stumps
  • odorless spirits (odorless mineral spirits, OMS, gamsol)
  • brushes
  • Scor-Pal
  • Prismacolor Premier Pencils that match your patterned paper.
tip: I always choose my patterned paper before starting to color.  That way you don’t have to search endlessly for matching paper once you’ve finished coloring an image.
Step 1. Stamp your image with Memento Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest white. This paper is perfect for blending with pencils! I always stamp two images to experiment a bit with colors. Choose pencils that match your patterned paper. Start coloring with Peach 939.  Color the entire face, and her arms lightly.
Step 2. Dip the paper stump into your odorless mineral spirits, and then move in little circles around your colored area.  The blending solution makes the color look soft and smooth.
Step 3. Take a darker color, in this case 1092, and make a bit of a shadow around her hairline, and on her arm closest to her body.
Step 4. Using your paper stump and odorless spirits, repeat the blending process for a smooth finish.
Step 5. Color a bit with the darkerst color 943, where a shadow would fall. In this instance that would be along her hairline, and on her arms just closest to her body, for more depth.
Step 6.   Repeat the blending process as outlined above. Skin is ready, colored with three different pencils.
Step 7. The hair is first colored with 945, then you’ll blend with the paper stump. Two small areas of white are left to represent a highlight where the light reflects off of her hair.
Step 8.Take a darker color, 947, and add some deeper shading closest to the hairline, down towards her ears, and again where her pigtails meet her hair elastic.  Repeat the blending process with the paper stump and odorless mineral spirits. Maintain the small spot of white as a highlight.
Step 9.  Now we are going to make some pleats. This might look difficult, but by practicing you can easily get fun results! I’ve used three different green tones: 1096, 1097, 1098, and started with the lightest color. When you look closely at her blouse, you will notice scalloped lines at the bottom. Draw a line straight up from each of the pleats, stopping about half way up, and then draw a line down from the top portion of the blouse.  Be sure that the lines are alternating, not crossing.
Step 10. Blend using the paper stump and odorless mineral spirits.  Blend only on one side of each pleat line.
Step 11. Take a darker color and repeat the process.  Draw a second layer of pleats directly on top of original set, and they will blend nicely. Again, blend only on one side of the pleats for a soft look.
Step 12. Blend using the paper stump and odorless mineral spirits.  Then, repeat the pleat-drawing and blending process with the darkest color.
Step 13. For her trousers, I’ve used three different grey tones: 1061, 1063, 1065, and worked in layers as I did with the skin tones. First, starting with the lightest color, fill the entire area.  Next, blend with the paper stump and odorless mineral spirits for a smooth finish.  Then, add shading  where her shirt would cast a shadow (onto the top portion of her pants) with the middle toned grey, and blend.  Lastly, add the deepest layer of shadow with the darkest grey, and repeat the blending process.
Step 14. Now we are going to make some red cheeks. I heart red cheeks:) Put a bit of the red chalk on your brush and dab it gently onto her cheeks.
Step 15. Using the same greens you’ve used to create the blouse, color a matching underground for her to stand on.  (Stay tuned for an upcoming MFT Academy tutorial focusing on creating grounding for your images.)
Step 16. Add a background for your image by adding a bit of blue chalk with a brush.
Step 17. She’s ready to use for your card or project! If you’d like you can stamp the edges with Finishing Flourishes Stamp Set. It gives the image a nice vintage look.
 
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, you can email [email protected], and we’ll be happy to help you!
Here are the links to the products I’ve used:

A Fond Farewell…

We’d like to wish a fond farewell to a long time designer here at My Favorite Things.  Megan Lock is departing from the MFT Team so she can care for her growing family and keep up with her soon-to-be on the go toddler.  Megan has been part of Team MFT for a number of years and she will surely be missed. As a special thank you, I’m leaving a little eye candy plucked from Megan’s blog to share with you today.    

My Favorite Things – January New Release Available NOW!

All the new products we have teased and tempted you with over the past 7 days are available NOW right HERE! For one last look at all the new products in action, we invite you to go on our New Product Tour by clicking each of the designer’s blog links below. Remember to leave a little love on each on each designer’s blog for your chance at the $50 prize. You’ll have from now till Thursday night to leave your comments! Check out the samples created by our talented design team members by clicking on each of the graphics below.