Feature Friday: Quicker Cards with Die-namics and Stamp Duos

There are days that I could color, and paper piece to my hearts content, but then there are other days when I really need a card quickly.  Somehow I get the feeling that I’m not the only one that seems to need a card at the last minute for a birthday party, or for a little hostess gift. Right?  You know the old “Honey, I’m going to make a quick card, and then we can go.”  You know what I mean, the eye roll, and your husband’s response of “Don’t you have something in already made you could use for that?”  Please, please tell me I’m not alone.

In those instances, I’m so glad for My Favorite Things Stamp and Die-namics combos.  These sets are built with all the elements you need to put a card together, without it taking the majority of your afternoon.

Today I’ve got a card that I pulled together using the At the Movies Stamp set and Die-namics.  I created a quick pennant with my Jumbo Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics and added a Die-namics Pinking Edge to add a fun edge to a coordinating rectangular scrap.  This stamp set is completely enormous, so I was able to select a simple “Happy Birthday” and added the “9” for mark which birthday.  I love adding custom details like that.

Since the stamp set is huge, I went ahead and finished off the inside too. (Might I add this is a great way to use up your stash of patterned papers?) I used another of the greetings from the stamp set, stamped the mini-ticket included in the set then embellished using the Mini Film Strip Die-namics and the Die-namics Star Border.

Today’s Feature Friday video highlights some of my favorite stamp and Die-namics combinations for quicker card creations. Today’s video doesn’t include all of our stamp and Die-namics pairings, but you can peruse the full collection HERE in the MFT Boutique.

April Design Team Creative Challenge

Welcome to the My Favorite Things Design Team Creative challenge.  Each month, we challenge our designers to work within a particular theme, style or technique.  This month, it’s “All About Mom!” We hope this will inspire you to create your own Mother’s Day cards and gifts using My Favorite Things stamps and Die-namics.  I’m quite sure our designers will have several great project ideas to share with you today!  I’ve pulled this beautiful sample from Tara to share with you today using our new Let’s Toast Die-namics and stamp set and an adorable Mother’s Day card using Cute-a-tude. Be sure to head out to visit with each of the participating designers who have a Mother’s Day project for you today. Enjoy! Julie Karen G Jody Inge Jessie Lisa Barbara Jodi Megan Tara Melody Karen M. Joanne Frances  

My Favorite Things: Guest Designer Contest

Each month here at My Favorite Things, we hold our Guest Designer Contest, and the winner receives a prize package containing over $200 in stamps and Die-namics from the following month’s release.  The fun really begins though when our special guest joins us in our Weekly Wednesday Stamp Club challenges, as well as Teaser Time for the following month. Our most recent contest was themed Do the Bunny Hop, and the judges fell in love with this fun entry from Bonnie Sharp. After all, what’s not to love about this vibrant color palette, Bonnie’s sweet coloring and of course this clever and sweet Royal Rose Die-namics egg decoration?  These decorated eggs would surely make an adorable spring centerpiece!  Please be sure to stop by to congratulate Bonnie, we’re so excited to have her on board with the team this month. You’ll see Bonnie jumping in on our upcoming Wednesday Stamp Club sketches.    

And now, we already have news about our NEXT Guest Designer Contest! 

SURPRISE! We are switching things up and giving you an ENTIRE MONTH to create your guest designer entry. We want to give you ample time! You have from NOW until May 1st at 12:00 PM EST, so get your thinking cap on.  You may enter as many times as you would like.  All the details are on THIS post on the MFT Forum, but here are a few details: The winner of this contest will win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, AND have the opportunity to play along with the design team for the next release and all the Wednesday Stamp Club Challenges for the next month. MFT always has amazing stamp sets around the corner and getting (and stamping with) them early is a special treat. This month, Joanne and Jody are challenging you to Be a Teacher’s Pet. This is open to interpretation and we look forward to seeing your creative ideas.  Have fun, and we can’t wait to see your entries! Join us on the MFT Forum for more details on this exciting contest!

April New Product Tour

Thank you for spending the last week of Teaser Time with in preparation for tonight’s big new release.  All of the stamps and Die-namics we’ve been tempting you with are now available!  You’ll find all the latest HERE in the MFT Boutique.

Below, you’ll find full set graphics of each of the new stamps, as well as graphics for each of the new Die-namics which have been added this evening.  Below each product, you will find links to the designers with samples to share using the product.  We hope you’ve enjoyed all of our April Release preparations and that we’ll see you over in the MFT Boutique!

Let’s Grab Drinks (Who’s that Girl)

Jodi,  Lisa

Big Greetings (previous Triple Scoop)

Debbie

Triple Scoop Set – Clearly Sentimental about Anniversaries

Jody and Karen M

Pure Innocence – Policeman

Jessie

Pure Innocence – Policewoman

Karen G

Pure Innocence – Dress up Diva

Sarah

Pure Innocence – Magician

Joanne

Pure Innocence – Scientist

Megan, Tara

Mouse in the House – Do Not Disturb This Mouse

Inge and Frances

Inspired by Knowledge

Barbara

 à la modes – An Apple for Teacher

Jackie, Angel

à la modes – Martinis on Me

Michele

Kung Fu Fred

Sherrie

Let’s Toast Die-namics and Stamp Set  

Julie and Melody

Circle STAX 1 and Circle STAX 2

Jumbo Banner Day STAX Die-namics

Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics

Mini Doily Circles Die-namics

By the Letters Uppercase Die-namics

Chevron Stripes Die-namics

Pinking Edge Die-namics

Royal Leaves Die-namics

Teaser Time Prizes: April

It is almost time for the New Release Party to begin over on the MFT Forum on Splitcoaststampers.  I’m here to announce the winners of this month’s fourteen Teaser Time Prizes. The prize vouchers will be mailed directly to the winners this evening.  Please congratulate each of this month’s winners, and we hope to see you all at the Release Party in just about 30 minutes! Day One: From Tara’s Blog: Shari said…”Tara, wow your card is so pretty! I Love the “fabric” on the dress – great papers!” From Frances’s Blog: Virgo5 said…”Beautifully done Frances! I love the colours and papers, and I think I’d like a top like hers! lol Looks like they have some fun new dies this month too.” Day Two: From Jessie’s Blog: Marla said… “Great card. Love the banner.” From Karen’s Blog:  Cindi Flass said… “Wow! I love how the globe just pops. Gorgeous coloring!” Day Three:  From Sarah’s Blog: Linda Suarez said…”Great card! Loving all the new Die-namics!” From  Melody’s Blog: Rosemary said…”what a fabulous anniversary card!!” Day Four: From Debbie’s Blog: Larissa Heskett said…”WOW!! LOVE the design and the colors!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)” From Joanne’s Blog: Mad for Paper said… “Love those little drink dies. Can’t wait to get them.” Day Five: From Karen G’s Blog: scrappingnana said…”Very pretty. Great coloring. Love this new stamp set. TFS” From Michele’s Blog:  Heather Loughlinlove how everything was matted in red… it just pulls everything together, and really makes this pop! I love seeing the Royal Rose Die-namic done in two tones… so pretty! :)Day Six: From Jody’s Blog: Sharon Roselli said…”so sweet, a how realilistic is she! coloring is great and sparkly boa is the perfect accent.” From Jodi’s Blog: Kerri said…”Oh these are so CUTE!!! I NEED that darling Dress Up Diva image, and those Fishtail Die-namics are also calling my name:) Awesome coloring and designs, woman!” Day Seven: From Barbara’s Blog: Juliana T said…”banners are big today. This is beautiful!” From Inge’s Blog: Mommy said “Love it! Your blog is full of amazing inspiration! :)”  

April Pre-Release Pep Rally and Die-namics Feature

It’s Tuesday, which means it is nearly time for our April Release! We hope you will join us TONIGHT for the New Release Party on the MFT Forum on Splitcoast Stampers. If you’ve not joined us for a New Release Party, you can find lots of helpful information on our Release Party FAQ.  The party will be found on this thread and we’ll meet up from 8-10pm EST.  Whether you’re a longtime MFT Fan, or a Release Party Newbie, we’re excited to chat with you tonight!  We’ll also announce the winner of our Guest Designer Contest around 9:15pm. There will be contest questions and prizes too, so you won’t want to miss it.   Hope to see you there!

When can I shop? What’s all this talk about TLC? How come some people are shopping at 9pm?

The new product will be added to the store at 10pm EST.  However, if you’re a TLC Club member, you’ll gain early access to the store at 9pm EST.  If you’re interested in learning more about the TLC Club membership you can find all the details HERE.

Don’t Forget your Rewards!

As you’re checking out, don’t forget about the Triple Scoop and Cherry on Top Rewards. The system will prompt you once you’ve qualified, but you’ll need to add your rewards to your shopping cart.  Simply add the Triple Scoop product to your cart using the “add to cart” button, and it will be shipped with your order. The Triple Set set can be combined with our Cherry on Top promotion as well for even greater savings!  Please note: 

– We are not able to add Triple Scoop sets to your order once it is placed. You will not receive it unless it is added to your cart.

– ONE PER CUSTOMER

– While we try to order an ample quanity of the Triple Scoop set each month, on occasion we sell out. In the event of a sell out, we will still send you a free set of our choosing, valued at $15.95. We are not able to take requests for the Triple Scoop substitution.

Our Cherry on Top reward is offered to you absolutely FREE with a qualifying purchase of $150 or greater. The Cherry on Top Reward lists “Notify Me, Out of Stock” because it is not an item that you add to your cart. It is a discount code you enter when placing your order by following these instructions:

Step 1: Your shopping cart must contain $150 or more of the MFT products of your choice.

Step 2: In the shopping cart area, enter code CHERRYONTOP (all caps, one word) in the “Apply Discount Code” field and click “Apply Coupon”.

Step 3: Your order total has now been reduced by $15.00 and you are free to complete the checkout process.

PLEASE NOTE: The Cherry on Top Promotion is available to retail customers only. No refunds will be given if this code is not used.

Help! The item I’m looking for is out of stock!

Within a few days of the release, we will place a re-order with our manufacturers for any items that are out of stock.  However, at times, it may take as many as four weeks for items to return to stock.  The good news is that our new website offers a “Notify Me” feature.   In the event that the product you’re looking for is out of stock, please click the “NOTIFY ME” button and enter your email address.  As we receive replenishment, the system will send you an email.  You won’t have to hunt the product down, or wonder if you’ve missed it.  Easy peasy!

Shopping List:

I’ve included this month’s Shopping List. It is a handy tool to ensure that you don’t miss a single item at tonight’s release. It’s also super helpful if you’re hoping to win prizes at the Release Party tonight, have all the information at your fingertips!

Here’s the file as a PDF Download. It’s designed to use very little ink – so go ahead and print out your list for tonight and be ready to shop!

MFT_April2012_ShoppingList.

It’s Time for the Pre-Release Pep Rally!

Be on the lookout for special tips and tricks, and tutorials from our designers today.  This is always a favorite feature of our monthly Teaser Time! You’ll find samples today from the following designers:

Jody

Julie

Karen G.

Frances

Inge

Lisa

Karen M.

Melody

Barbara

Jessie

Jodi

Debbie

Tara

Angel – this month’s guest designer

Jackie

Joanne

Megan

Teaser Time: Pure Innocence

Welcome Teaser Day Six, we’re now only a day away from our April Release.  On Tuesday April 3rd at 10pm EST, we will add 12 new stamp sets, one new Triple Scoop, and 10 new Die-namics (including 4 new STAX!) to the MFT Boutique.  We hope you’ve been loving all the new samples created by our Design Team over the last week and that you’ve found a few items you’d like to bring home with you this month!

With the completion of today’s previews, you will have seen full set reveals and Die-namics graphics for all of our new April Release. However, please be sure to join us again tomorrow here on the MFT Blog for our Pre-Release Pep Rally and Die-namics Feature. We’ll also have our handy Shopping List available for you in tomorrow’s post, a great resource for shopping, and to aid you in speedy responses during the New Release Party tomorrow night!

New Release Party:

Please plan to join us for our monthly New Release Party on the MFT Forum on Splitcoaststampers.  This is a great chance to hang out with your fellow MFT Fans as well as the MFT Design Team.  And, of course, did I mention there will be prizes?  You won’t want to miss it! Come visit with us while you wait for the new products to be added to the Boutique. We’ll be catching up from 8-10pm EST on Tuesday, April 3rd! If you’ve not attended an MFT Release Party before you can find a helpful list of FAQ’s here. Hope to see you there!

Stamp Set Reveal:

It is Pure Innocence Teaser Time today and we have five new stamp sets to share with you. The first two were briefly available as part of our mid month VIP Kit.  If you treated yourself to a kit, then you already have this sweet Pure Innocence Magician and Pure Innocence Scientist in your collection. If you missed out, you’ll be able to purchase them tomorrow night!

 Pure Innocence is a little Dress Up Diva in our next set, she’s been playing dress up in Mom’s closet.

This month, Pure Innocence pays respect to both Policemen and Policewomen. Each of these 3×4 sized stamp sets has a fun assortment of companion sentiments.

 

Last, but certainly not least, please meet a new (and utterly adorable) character within the Pure Innocence lineup, Mouse in the House – Do Not Disturb this Mouse.

Die-namics Previews: Today I have three Die-namics previews for you.  The first of which is this beautiful assortment of Royal Leaves.  This Die-namics set contains five dies, graduated in size. The die will cut and emboss this realistic leaf design. This is a fabulous addition to any of your Flower Die-namics.  With five sizes to choose from, you’ll always have the right sized leaf for you custom flowers. Our Chevron Stripes and Pinking Edge Die-namics were briefly available as part of our mid month VIP Collection.  Add custom detail to your cards, pages and projects using this hot trend! Teaser Time Prizes: Remember that we’re giving away 14 Teaser Time Prizes – two for each day of previews. Maximize your chances at winning a Teaser Time Prize by leaving a little love on each of the participating designers previews every day. The winners will be announced Tuesday, April 3rd at about 7:30 pm EST, right here on the MFT Blog! **Just a note, be sure to leave your email address in the body of your message, or attached to your profile, after all, if we can’t reach you, we can’t award you a prize!** Guest Designer Challenge: Entries to our Guest Designer Contest will close Tuesday at noon!  Be sure to take some time to work on your entry, after all, the winner of this contest will win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, AND have the opportunity to play along with the design team for the next release, and all the Wednesday Stamp Club Challenges for the next month.  You don’t want to miss out on your chance!  You’ll find all the details on the MFT Forum on Splitcoaststampers. It’s Teaser Time!  If you’re ready to see these cuties in action please head out to visit with the following designers: Jody Julie Karen G. Frances Inge Lisa Karen M. Megan Melody Joanne Barbara Jessie Jodi Debbie Michele Tara Angel – this month’s Guest Designer Sherrie Jackie Sarah

Teaser Time Day Five: á la modes

Welcome to Day Five of Teasers for our upcoming April Release here at My Favorite Things!  We will add 12 new stamp sets, one new Triple Scoop, and 10 new Die-namics (including 4 new STAX!) to the MFT Boutique on Tuesday, April 3rd at 10pm EST.

Be sure to stop by for the next three days as we continue to post full stamp set reveals, previews of our upcoming Die-namics and of course, links to each of the designers with samples for you.

New Release Party: Please join us for our monthly New Release Party on the MFT Forum on Splitcoaststampers.  This is a great chance to hang out with your fellow MFT Fans as well as the MFT Design Team.  And, of course, did I mention there will be prizes?  You won’t want to miss it! Come visit with us while you wait for the new products to be added to the Boutique. We’ll be catching up from 8-10pm EST on Tuesday, April 3rd! If you’ve not attended an MFT Release Party before you can find a helpful list of FAQ’s here. Hope to see you there!

Stamp Set Reveal:

Today is á la modes preview day!  We’ll be adding two of these long, leggy and completely fabulous girls to our lineup on Tuesday night at 10pm EST.  Be prepared to celebrate all the teachers in your life with á la modes: An Apple for Teacher. This 3×4 sized stamp set includes four coordinating greetings to show your appreciation!

Give a Hooray for Happy Hour in our second á la modes this month, Martinis On Me.  This fun stamp set contains six coordinating sentiments just perfect for celebrations with friends, girls night out etc.  This would, of course, pair wonderfully with the Let’s Toast Die-namics that our team shared with you on Day Four of Teasers.

Die-namics Preview: 

I am sure you’ve seen a lot of samples from our designers this week using our soon to be released Die-namics Circle STAX.  These nesting dies will be released in two sets: Circle STAX 1 and Circle STAX 2.  Each set contains ten dies of graduated size.  The largest set of 10 Dies has a 4.25 inch diameter.

The largest die in the second set has a diameter of 4 inches total.

When paired together, with all 20 Die-namics, you’ll have perfectly matted circles with a .25 inch difference between each Die-namics.

Teaser Time Prizes: Remember that we’re giving away 14 Teaser Time Prizes – two for each day of previews. Maximize your chances at winning a Teaser Time Prize by leaving a little love on each of the participating designers previews every day.  You can find a list of participating designers each day on the MFT Blog.  The great news is that you’ll have until Tuesday at around 7pm EST to leave all your comments. The winners will be announced Tuesday, April 3rd at about 7:30 pm EST, right here on the MFT Blog! **Just a note, be sure to leave your email address in the body of your message, or attached to your profile, after all, if we can’t reach you, we can’t award you a prize!** Guest Designer Challenge: Just a reminder that our Guest Designer Contest is in full swing!  Have you worked on your entry yet?  After all, the winner of this contest will win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, AND have the opportunity to play along with the design team for the next release, and all the Wednesday Stamp Club Challenges for the next month.  You don’t want to miss out on your chance!  Want to learn more?  You’ll find all the details on the MFT Forum on Splitcoaststampers. It’s Teaser Time:   Get ready for a fun round of samples today.  It’s finally time for you to visit with the following MFT Designers: Jody Julie Karen G. Frances Inge Lisa Karen M. Megan Melody Joanne Barbara Jessie Jodi Debbie Michele Tara Angel – this month’s Guest Designer Sherrie Jackie    

Teaser Time: Day Four

Welcome to Day Four of Teasers for our upcoming April Release here at My Favorite Things!  We will add 12 new stamp sets, one new Triple Scoop, and 10 new Die-namics (including 4 new STAX!) to the MFT Boutique on Tuesday, April 3rd at 10pm EST.

We hope you will join us us here on the MFT Blog between now and the 3rd since we’ll be sharing full stamp set reveals, previews of our upcoming Die-namics and of course, links to each of the designers with samples for you.

Guest Designer Challenge:

Just a reminder that our Guest Designer Contest is in full swing!  The winner of this contest will win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, AND have the opportunity to play along with the design team for the next release and all the Wednesday Stamp Club Challenges for the next month. You’ll find all the details on the MFT Forum on Splitcoaststampers.

New Release Party:

Please join us for our monthly New Release Party on the MFT Forum on Splitcoaststampers.  This is a great chance to hang out with your fellow MFT Fans as well as the MFT Design Team.  And, of course, did I mention there will be prizes?  You won’t want to miss it!

Come visit with us while you wait for the new products to be added to the Boutique. We’ll be catching up from 8-10pm EST on Tuesday, April 3rd! If you’ve not attended an MFT Release Party before you can find a helpful list of FAQ’s here. Hope to see you there!

Stamp Set Reveal: Today we’re sharing our latest stamp and Die-namics duo. This huge 6×8 stamp set, Let’s Toast, includes a seven piece Die-namics set, which you can use to create custom wine tags. With sixteen sentiments and a full alphabet set you’ll have plenty of creative options! Perhaps you’ll dress up your favorite vintage as a hostess gift, or present a fancy bottle of bubbly to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Use the included mini Die-namics to decorate your own wine tag, create custom wine charms, or create a companion gift card. The possibilities are endless!

Here’s just a peek at the stamp set and Die-namics in action, of course, our designers will have even more samples to inspire you.

We’ve also made the Die-namics available as a die only option as shown below.

Die-namics Preview: Today we’re going to look at one of our four new STAX Die-namics, the Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics.  I know I’ve seen several samples from our designers this week using this fabulous six-piece nesting Die-namics.  Create fishtail flags with ease in a wide variety of sizes.  These elements make wonderful accents or layers for cards or scrapbook pages.

Teaser Time Prizes: Remember that we’re giving away 14 Teaser Time Prizes – two for each day of previews. Maximize your chances at winning a Teaser Time Prize by leaving a little love on each of the participating designers previews every day.  You can find a list of participating designers each day on the MFT Blog.  The great news is that you’ll have until Tuesday at around 7pm EST to leave all your comments. The winners will be announced Tuesday, April 3rd at about 7:30 pm EST, right here on the MFT Blog! **Just a note, be sure to leave your email address in the body of your message, or attached to your profile, after all, if we can’t reach you, we can’t award you a prize!** It’s Teaser Time: I’m particularly excited to share all the samples that our designers have been working on this week!  It’s finally time for you to visit with the following MFT Designers: Julie Karen G. Frances Inge Lisa Karen M. Joanne Melody Barbara Jessie Jodi Debbie Michele Angel – This month’s Guest Designer  

Feature Friday: Border Die-namics

The other day, while I was cleaning and re-organizing my stamping area, I was stunned by how many border Die-namics we have now in the MFT Die-namics collection.  And, I realized that there are probably many of you who might not have been with us since the beginning of our Die-namics journey.  With that in mind, I’ve put together a quick Feature Friday Video for you today featuring the various Border Die-namics shapes as well as a finished sample for each. We’ve got scallops (and plenty of them!), themed border Die-namics like the Mini Film Strip and the Paper Doll Die-namics and our more intricate, elegant Border Die-namics like the Faux Crochet Border and the Dainty Lace Border which coordinate with our popular line of Die-namics Doily dies.  Our border Die-namics come not only in a variety of shapes, but also in a variety of sizes to suit the scale of whatever image, paper or finished project size you’re working with. I hope you enjoy this week’s Feature Friday Video, and who knows, maybe you’ll find a new Border Die-namics that you’d like to add to your collection!