February Release Begins!

It’s time for Teaser Time to begin for our upcoming February Release! The newest release will take place on Tuesday, February 7th at 10pm EST. Until then, we hope you’ll join us each day for full set reveals, a close look at our newest Die-namics dies, Teaser Time Prizes and samples from our amazing design team.

Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on February 7th from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on February 7th at 10 PM EST. You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, you’ll find links to all the participating designers here on the MFT Blog each day! 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 7th just before the release party, on the MFT blog.

Today, our designers are working with the soon to be released Who’s That Girl: Let’s Chat.  I’ll admit, I’m phone obsessed.  Please, tell me I’m not alone…  The set includes two great fonts, as well as several emoticons for creating phone themed sentiments.  I can’t wait to see what the girls have done with this stamp set!

Die-namics Preview:

As always, we’ve also got a close look at one of our upcoming Die-namics dies.  This month, there will be nine new Die-namics dies added to the lineup, so we’ve got a LOT to share this week.

Up first, to coordinate with today’s phone theme, let’s look at the new Chat Bubbles Die-namics.  This is a two piece Die-namics which will give you options to accommodate various sized sentiments….

Design Team Links:  We hope you’re excited for the next week of previews! Remember that there will be two prizes given during each day of Teaser Time. That’s a total of fourteen chances to win!

All you have to do is leave a little love on each of the participating designers blog posts, which will be linked here each day.  Prizes will be announced here on the MFT Blog just before the release party on Tuesday, February 7th around 7:30 pm.  Just remember to leave your email address attached to your profile, or within the body of your email, because if we can’t find you, we can’t send you a prize! 

Be sure to visit with the following designers for your first set of previews, and we’ll see you here again tomorrow!

Jody

Julie

Jessie

Karen M.

Eva

Barbara

Melody

Joanne

Megan

Kerry

Debbie

Jackie

Jodi

Sarah

Inge

Karen G.

Sherrie

Michele

Creative Chat – The Creative Process

It’s time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a monthly feature, where we challenge our designers to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You’ll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum. This month, we challenged our designers with the following questions: Show us your creative mind at work. Take us on a journey through a card-making session, start to finish. How do you select colors, layout, embellishments, and overall design? Share your creative process with us. Today I have a full list of designers that have taken up the challenge and get ready to delve into the minds of our creative team.
Jody Frances Barbara Sarah Jodi Debbie Jessie Inge Karen Karen G.  

MFT & Scor-Pal Blog Hop Winners

If you missed out on last week’s Blog Hop with our friends at Scor-Pal, be sure to head on back to this post for links to all the amazing projects created by both MFT and Scor-Pal designers.  We’re here today to announce the winners of the two prizes being given away from MFT.  Be sure to check the Scor-Pal Blog as well as they are handing out prizes as well! From Scor-Pal Designer Tami Mayberry’s Blog: Okinurse From MFT Designer Frances Byrne’s Blog: Lisa R Congratulations to our winners! You’ll receive an email shortly with your prize!

Feature Friday: Pennants

I don’t know about you, but it seems I’ve been seeing pennants everywhere lately!  I love the look and I’ve been using clusters of them in my cards lately, I’ve also seen lots of scrapbook layouts utilizing these long and skinny banners.  Well, today I have a quick video showing how you can lengthen the Die-namics Mix & Match Banners to create this fun effect. What you’ll essentially want to do is cut just the leading edge of the shape with your Die-cutting machine, and then back the Die-namics die back out only partially cutting the shape.  You can see just what I mean in today’s Feature Friday Video.

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I love that you can use up your patterned paper scraps, mix and match and create a fun cluster on your card or scrapbook page.  Here I’ve combined it with the Just My Type Stamp Set and Die-namics. I’ve ordinarily used these pointing downwards, but for today’s layout, they worked best pointing up.

They work great for either masculine or feminine projects too. This project features the Clearly Sentimental about Romance  (this month’s Triple Scoop) and the Jumbo Monarch Border Die-namics.

How about using your Mix & Match Banners to create fun scrapbooking accents?

I hope that this video is helpful to you, and more than that, I hope that you’ll put your Die-namics Mix & Match Banners and your scrap bin to work and have fun!

My Favorite Things and Scor-Pal

 

Today we’re thrilled to bring you a joint blog hop with designers from our friends at Scor-Pal!  If you’re not familiar with Scor-Pal well, then this will be a really fun blog hop for you to get familiar with their product line!  Designers from both teams are participating today for twice the fun, and we hope you’ll pop around to visit each of them! We have the following designers participating today from Scor-Pal who are playing along with My Favorite Things stamps and Die-namics dies. Be sure to leave a little love for each of these designers, because one of the Scor-Pal designers is holding a $25 gift voucher to the MFT Boutique! The winner will be announced on Friday so don’t miss your chance!  Also, Be sure to check the Scor-Pal Blog to see what prize they have in store for you!

Diane Zechman –http://papercookies.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Gini Cagle – http://www.ginicagle.blogspot.com/

Julie Koerber- http://outtoimpress.blogspot.com/

Lisa Andrews- http://www.scrappingwithlisa.blogspot.com/

Katie Tate- http://bothsidesofthepaper.blogspot.com/

Steph Ackerman- http://www.stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/

Tami Mayberry- http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/

Virginia Nebel- http://virginianebel.blogspot.com/

and the following My Favorite Things Designers are  sharing projects made with Scor-Pal products today.  Please be sure to stop by and leave a little love for each of the listed designers, because one of our designers is holding a $25 gift voucher to the MFT Boutique! The winner will be announced on Friday so don’t miss your chance!

Jody Morrow http://confessionsofaribbonaddict.blogspot.com/

Jackie Pedro http://www.thescallopededge.blogspot.com/

Sarah Gough http://thinkingstamps.blogspot.com/

Barbara Anders http://barspaperpursuits.blogspot.com/

Megan Lock http://meganlockdesigns.blogspot.com/

Karen Motz http://paperplayhouse.blogspot.com/

Jodi Collins http://stampingalatte.blogspot.com/

Michele Boyer http://papercuts.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Julie Dinn http://www.kreativejewels.com

Frances Byrne http://stampowl.blogspot.com

Melody Rupple http://apapermelody.blogspot.com/

Joanne Basile: http://www.stampedbyhand.blogspot.com/

Inge Groot http://patternedpapercrafts.blogspot.com/

Lisa Henke http://mylittlecreativeescape.blogspot.com/

Karen Giron http://kgiron.blogspot.com/

Sherrie Siemens http://sherrie-cardcreme.blogspot.com/

Kerry Johnson http://cardsbykerry.blogspot.com

Eva Dobilas http://evafromca.blogspot.com/

Jessie Rone http://canyousayaddictedtostamps.blogspot.com/

   

Feature Friday – Sewing

Many of you have asked about a Sewing Tutorial here on Feature Friday.  Today I’ll be showing a few tips and tricks for working with a Janome Sew Mini.  This is the perfect machine for paper crafters. It is reasonably priced, and perfectly sized to easily fit onto your desktop.  I’ve seen it from time to time on Overstock.com, and I’ve just found it over on Amazon.com here and you can get it at Hancock Fabrics here.  Keep your eye out for sales and online coupons! The Janome has a variety of stitches including shorter and longer stitches, both straight and zig zag.  You’ll a key to each of the the stitches right on the front of the machine and you’ll select which stitch you want to work with by turning the front wheel…. I’ve seen many of you saying in blog posts, or on Facebook, that you already HAVE a machine and haven’t put it to work just yet. Go ahead and take that baby out of its box and let’s play! Like any other technique it just takes a bit of practice!  Some advice for newbie paper sewers….
  • Go slow, there’s no rush! Consider stitching on a patterned paper that you can follow along, maybe follow along a grid line, or on a set of polka dots.  Till you get used to it, this will help you to stitch straight.
  • Check your stitch setting before starting. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve been on the zig-zag stitch when I wanted to go straight, but then I was committed to zig-zagging!
  • When making a turn, always stop stitching with the needle through the paper.  Then you can raise the presser foot and turn the paper while the needle is marking your place.  Then place the presser foot back down stitch away!
  • When you’ve finished sewing, be sure to pull your loose ends back through the card stock and secure on the backside with tape. This will keep your card front neat and clean!
  • Don’t try to stitch through too many layers at a time.  You can stitch an accent piece individually and then add it to your project with adhesive. It looks like it is sewn in place without forcing your machine to go through too many layers all at one time.
  • Do not stitch directly over adhesive.  This will gum up your needle and damage your machine.  I use just a bit of adhesive in the center of my panels, then stitch around the edges.
Some ways to incorporate stitching into your projects include:

Selective Stitching – switch up your stitch selection, use a straight stitch on some elements, a zig zag on others.  Partially stitch only certain areas of your panel.

Switch where you stitch! Maybe inside the border instead of around the edge…

Pleating – zig zag fold paper scraps or ribbons and then stitch down the center for a fun pleated treatment

Add extra detail to your Die-namics dies….

Circular Stitching – this is a tricky move, sew very slowly to gently manipulate the turns.  Consider moving the needle up and down by turning the wheel on the side of the machine by hand, versus using the foot pedal to power the machine.

If you’re having trouble, I suggest pulling out your spool of thread and try re-threading the machine. Even on times when I was sure it was threaded correctly, when I re-threaded, it worked perfectly!    Dust your machine. Little bits of paper will eventually collect and can damage your machine. I periodically take a bit of that “canned air” and dust!
Just practice, practice and have fun.  I think you’ll decide that sewing adds just that extra touch and the more you do it, the better your stitching will look!  Let me know if you have any questions,  here to help!  And we look forward to seeing YOUR stitched projects!    

My Favorite Things @ Moxie Fab!

Good morning! Today we’re simply thrilled that Cath Edvalson, Trends Editor at Paper Crafts Magazine has given her Moxie Fab “Stamp” of Approval to several My Favorite Things stamps over on Moxie Fab World.  Cath has selected love themed sets from many of our product lines, and has a fun collection of items to give away! Please hop on to THIS post to let Cath know which of her favorites are also YOUR favorites for your chance to win!        

Feature Friday

A few weeks ago, as part of Feature Friday I shared a video on How to Tie a Loopy Bow.  I promised that I’d also share a quick and easy bow with similar results, called a Cheater’s Bow.  To tie a Cheater’s Bow you’ll use two lengths of ribbon.  One just a bit longer than your card front which you tape in place, and then you’ll tie a longer piece of ribbon around that to create the bow.  You’ll see just what I mean in today’s Feature Friday Video.  I’ll admit, this is how I first learned to tie a bow when I first got into stamping…

And, I’ve done a second video for you today too.  I often get questions from readers about the sizes of my cards, and it reminds me that while we have many customers that have been with us a long time, there are also new people taking up this amazing hobby each day.  So, I’m going to work on a series of Feature Friday Basics videos.  As always, if there are any topics you need help with, please let us know how to help with a comment on the blog, or a comment on the MFT Facebook Page, we’re here to help! Today’s second video is going to share information about making a card base. This was a tricky one for me when I first started, I couldn’t visualize where to make the cuts and had a lot of waste.  I also didn’t know what products were going to work the best for me…  so here’s a quick video for any newbies out there!  Welcome! We’re glad to have you!        

January 2012 Design Team Creative Challenge: Masculine

Welcome to the January 2012 Design Team Creative Challenge! Each month, we challenge our Design Team to create projects within a special theme, or using a specific product line.  This month, we’ve asked our designers to create masculine themed projects.  I hear time and time again from stampers, that creating masculine projects are often the most difficult…put your crafty purchases to work and get ready to create fabulous cards, projects and pages for all the guys in your life! Lots of our designers have jumped on board to create cards and projects for the men in our lives!  You’ll find that lots of the girls have shared their particular tips and “rules” for creating smashing cards for the guys!  I hope you’ll find a sample or two that will work for you, and we look forward to seeing YOUR masculine MFT Projects too….

You’ll find masculine project ideas today from:

Frances

Barbara

Julie

Jackie

Lisa

Kerry

Debbie

Jodi

Jessie

Karen M.

Jody

Melody

Eva

Sarah

Inge

Sherrie

Joanne

 

New Product Tour!

We’ve teased and taunted you all week, and at long last all the latest stamps and Die-namics are now available HERE in the MFT Boutique!  All the girls on our Design Team have participated in tonight’s New Product Tour which is a great way to showcase all of the spectacular new products being released tonight.  Just below I have a direct link to each of the new products, as well as the full set graphics and a link to the participating designers.  Are you ready for one more amazing set of projects before you shop?

Who’s that Parisian Girl? 

Karen G

Pearls of Wisdom 

Jodi and Jody

Triple Scoop Set – Clearly Sentimental about Romance

Lisa and Barbara

Pure Innocence – Plane Amazing

Karen M 

Pure Innocence – Berry Sweet

Debbie 

 Pure Innocence – Paper Dolls

Megan

Pure Innocence – Jump for Joy

Joanne

Pure Innocence – I Love You This Big

Jessie and Meredith Winston

 Pure Innocence – Precious Little Lamb Fill My Heart with Joy

Sherrie

 à la modes – Dip Me in Chocolate

Inge and Eva

 à la modes – Genie

Michele

Bunch of Hearts Flopsey

Sarah and Frances

Monogram Alphabet

Jackie and Melody

At the Movies Die-namics and Stamp Set

Kerry and Julie

Rolled Scallop Flower

with a video from Frances showing how to make a fuller flower

Jumbo Monarch Border

Berry Box

Jody gives a how-to on the Die-namics Berry Box

Sarah combines the Die-namics Berry Box with the Die-namics Woodgrain Fence and the Die-namics Mini-Wavy Pennants 

Mini Wavy Pennants

Eiffel Tower

 

Paper Doll Border Die-namics

Oval Decorative Doily Duo

Layered Heart Die-namics

Frances has a treat box video tutorial using the Layered Heart Die-namics

Joanne uses the Layered Hearts Die-namics to make Rice Bag Hand Warmers

 We hope you’ve enjoyed all of our New Release preparations and I look forward to seeing you over in the MFT Boutique!