The Day Has Arrived! Our Twice the Wishes Card Kit Release Is So Close!

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We have one more day to preview our new Twice the Wishes Kit before it’s available for purchase tonight. More inspiration and a handy PDF download are among the treats we have for you today.

Today, we’re featuring Out of the Box looks – cards that combine the products included in the kit with previously released MFT products. These amazing projects from the team will show how easily the stamps and Die-namics can be integrated into your existing MFT collection.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon ET on July 19. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 10:00 PM ET on July 19 on the MFT Blog.

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As a reminder, this coordinated collection will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The $48.99 purchase price for this kit is over a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to the stamp set and Die-namics, this kit is rounded out by the new Sweet Celebration 6 x 6 Paper Pack, Slider Elements, and 19 sheets of card stock.

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The Twice the Wishes Card Kit PDF features card samples as well as a complete listing of the kit contents. You can download a printable version HERE.

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Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new July Card Kit. Remember, Twice the Wishes will be available tonight at 10 PM ET!

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Introducing the Twice the Wishes Card Kit

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Custom products, carefully curated for hours of creative play – that’s what MFT card kits provide. Our coordinated collections will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The purchase price for this kit is $48.99 – with a retail value of OVER $60, you’ll save more than 20% off the individual purchase price!

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the Twice the Wishes Card Kit and be inspired by a plethora of awesome projects from our team.

Today, we’re featuring In the Box looks – cards that feature only the items in the kit along with basic tools, shapes, and supplies. These amazing projects from the team will demonstrate just how versatile the kit is and the wide variety of projects you can create with it.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon ET on July 19. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 10:00 PM ET on July 19 on the MFT Blog.

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Our 10th birthday celebration continues with this month’s card kit — Twice the Wishes. This kit features an adorable two-layer birthday cake with an interactive element. The Die-namics included in the kit features a pretty cake with scalloped icing (in any flavor your heart desires!), and slider channel and slider tab dies to make some interactive magic. The interactive elements of your designs will work like a dream with the Slider Elements included in the kit, and you can top the cake with candles for the perfect finishing touch. Also included is the Twice the Wishes stamp set with 10 celebratory sentiments in two fresh fonts to fit a variety of recipients. The Sweet Celebration Paper Pack that is part of the kit is filled with twelve sweet and colorful designs in dots, stripes, plaid, zig zag, and diamonds. The nineteen sheets of card stock included complement the paper pack perfectly to give your projects that something extra special. You won’t want to stop creating delicious (calorie free!) cakes with the Twice the Wishes Card Kit!

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Learn more about the Twice the Wishes Card Kit on YouTube or by watching the video below.

A brand new episode of MFTv features an inside look into how to make a multi-layer interactive cake using the Twice the Wishes Card Kit. Watch to see just how easy it is to create this adorable birthday design using the products included in the Twice the Wishes Card Kit!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Twice the Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Twice the Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, Interactive Cake with the Twice the Wishes Card Kit, on YouTube or simply watch the video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Twice the Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Twice the Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

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Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Twice the Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Twice the Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new July Card Kit. Remember, Twice the Wishes will be available tomorrow, July 19!

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Camp Create – Background Bonanza

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Oh my goodness, we’ve reached the last day of camp! We’ve so enjoyed having you as a camper this week, and before you pack up and head home to tell your family about all of the fun you had during session two of Camp Create, we’ve got one last craft for you to enjoy!

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As you recall, the goal this week was to participate in our craft sessions each day and earn your Camp Create badges. Below you’ll see all of the badges for the week. How did you do? Remember, you can download and then print the Camp Create Session Two 2016 Badge Guide PDF as a souvenir of your creative week. The PDF can be found HERE. Don’t forget you still have time to complete all of the Creative Challenges and add them to the InLinkz for each day!

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Did you remember to grab your participation badge? Copy and paste this image and post it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed to let everyone back home know how you spent your summer vacation. If you’re HMTL savvy, you can find a direct link to the image HERE.

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OK, campers! It’s time to earn your final badge. And it sure is inspiring! We’re hoping that once you complete this challenge, you’ve earned all five of the badges from Camp Create. Are you ready campers? Let’s begin.

Today’s Craft – Background Bonanza

Join Counselor Francine today to see how she created this crazy clever background using little stamps from eleven different stamp sets! What a SUPER cool way to create something unexpected by looking at your stamp sets in a unique way.

Handmade card from Francine Vuillème featuring Birdie Brown Class Act, Hog Heaven, I Knead You, Lucky Dog, Polynesian Paradise, Recipe for Happiness, Somebunny, and You Gnome Me stamp sets, Cheeky Monkey, Get Down to Business, and Lisa Johnson Designs All Heart stamp sets, and Blueprints 29 Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuillème featuring Birdie Brown Class Act, Hog Heaven, I Knead You, Lucky Dog, Polynesian Paradise, Recipe for Happiness, Somebunny, and You Gnome Me stamp sets, Cheeky Monkey, Get Down to Business, and Lisa Johnson Designs All Heart stamp sets, and Blueprints 29 Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch MFT Camp Create 2 – Background Bonanza on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!

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This week as a Camp Create camper, you have three ways to win:

  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Participate in today’s craft and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our MFTv channel on YouTube and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video and announced in the MFTv episode that will air on Monday, June 27th.
  • To be eligible to win the $150 Grand Prize: Earn all five badges for the week by participating in each craft presented this week (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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Deadline to comment and upload your images is Thursday, July 21st at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, July 25, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We hope you LOVED Camp Create. Tell your friends how much fun you had, and join us for one last session of Camp Create next month!

Can’t wait to see what you create! Now it’s time to head to the mess hall for lunch!

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Top 10 MFT Moments

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Just like the Late Show with David Letterman, Kim is here to count down the Top 10 MFT Moments in celebration of our 10th birthday! Enjoy a look back on what has made My Favorite Things into YOUR favorite things. Take it away, Kim!

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I wanted to share a bit of MFT history and thought a Top 10 list would be a fun way to do that! Mind you, each of these items requires a little backstory to have it make sense so even though this isn’t a short list, I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about My Favorite Things.

#10 – The Birth of Exclusive Products from My Favorite Things

I initially started My Favorite Things in July of 2006 as a birthday present to myself after attending a Stampfest show in Orlando with my friend, Jamie. I wanted to know what it would be like on the other side of the convention wall having my own booth and being able to see all the pretty products from the inside. But it wasn’t until my boss at the time made a comment to me that the direction of My Favorite Things changed forever. He asked me why anyone would shop at my store versus any of the other online crafting stores. I really took that to heart. And then I decided that the answer to that question was to start developing proprietary products that were only available at My Favorite Things.

#9 – Helping Hands Along the Way

Once I decided to create our own line of branded products, I researched manufacturers, but didn’t know where to start looking for illustrators. I carried stamps from The Cat’s Pajamas in my online store at the time and reached out to Alma to see if she’d be interested in doing illustration work for me. She, of course, had her own line of stamps and declined,but pointed me in the direction of sites to find portfolios of illustrators. I will never forget the willingness with which she shared that information and have tried to act in kind whenever I’ve been asked for help.

#8 – Finding Our First Illustrator!

I searched an unbelievable amount of portfolios looking for something that I thought would be really cute represented in stamp form, and I specifically wanted something that was fresh and new. Eventually, I stumbled across the portfolio of Christy Beckwith who had the most adorable, whimsical, fresh, girly images I’d ever seen. I fell hard. She was the only illustrator I contacted, and I could not wait to get started!

#7 – First Cards Posted with Exclusive MFT Product (eek!)

Once the set design process was underway, I started making mock-up cards to check sizing and design. I posted a few pictures of my first cards on Splitcoast Stampers on December 29, 2006. I’m not sure what I was expecting, and it was a little scary to put something out there to be seen for the first time. But when I started receiving positive comments and people wanted to know where they could buy the stamps, I was flabbergasted and so beyond excited! Maybe I was onto something…

#6 – Sending Stamps to the Dirty Dozen at Splitcoast Stampers

On December 30, 2006, I received a private message on Splitcoast Stampers from Julie Ebersole who was the coordinator for the Dirty Dozen (a group of 12 talented designers who upload inspiring projects on the site) at the time. She wanted to know if I’d be interested in sending stamp sets to the Dirty Dozen girls to play with. The answer was a resounding YES!

#5 – Stalking the Splitcoast Gallery and Our First Sales!

I finally received my first shipment of packaged stamp sets (7 designs, mind you!) in mid-February of 2007. I had given myself a deadline of March 1, 2007, to see if my stamp company could replace my part-time income (I’d been laid off in November of 2006) before I resorted to help-wanted ads. With the deadline looming very near, I mailed the stamp sets to the Dirty Dozen designers and crossed my fingers and toes that something magical would happen. I checked the Splitcoast gallery multiple times a day like it was my job. And on February 27th that something magical DID happen. Several of the Dirty Girls loaded cards made with my stamp sets in the gallery. And then something even MORE magical happened. People placed orders! By the end of that first week, my sales had reached a few hundred dollars, so I decided to put the help-wanted ads on hold for just a little longer.

#4 – First Trade Show and Catalog

In early March of 2007 I got a call from a company that wanted me to participate in a trade show in Boston later that month. The show was designed to allow local stamp store owners to order from manufacturers, and it was a great way to showcase new products and companies. My husband built me the sweetest display for that first show. We nicknamed it “the wooden monster” because it weighed half as much as I did, and I couldn’t lift it by myself. Since I was traveling by myself, I relied on the kindness of strangers a LOT that first show. I also needed a catalog to take to the show, so using my awesome (not) Photoshop skills, I put one together. I printed it at a local office supply store and spiral bound them all myself. It was a beauty! I still have a copy of that first catalog and will treasure it forever.

#3 – Our First CHA as New Exhibitors

In January of 2008 we attended our first Craft & Hobby show as a new exhibitor. Several of our design team members were also in attendance, and I got to meet many of them for the first time in person. They were far better in real life than online, and I was thrilled!  And they are still some of my dearest friends today. One of the designers on our team at that time had created an elaborate tri-fold masterpiece using Punny Farm (yes, I still have that, too. I’m more than a little sentimental.) The project was to be displayed in a case on the top shelf which of course I couldn’t reach since I’m 5’ 2 ¾” on a good day. Sherrie Siemens (one of our design team members) was my tall friend at the show, and she placed the project on the top shelf for me. I remember trying so hard not to cry seeing it there. And as hard as I tried, I couldn’t help but cry.  I think we all did in that moment. <3

#2 – Finding a Space all our Own

As MFT grew, it became far more challenging to continue to operate from our home. Brianna and Martin were in charge of packaging products and packing orders, but the loft area in our home simply wasn’t big enough.

In February of 2011 we opened our first store in Tavares, FL. It was all of 800 square feet, and I was more than proud and couldn’t imagine what we would do with all that space! Suffice it to say that feeling didn’t last long, and in January of 2012 we moved to a larger space in downtown Eustis.

The first unit in Eustis was double the space of the original store in Tavares, and again I couldn’t imagine how we would ever fill it! I’m sure you’re sensing a theme here. As we grew, we needed the adjoining second space in that retail building, and then shortly after that we acquired the third. By this time we were occupying about 4,800 square feet. It was a bit tricky because each building was completely separate, so there was a lot of back and forth that we had to do to get between the warehouse, the packaging facility, and the retail store.

In late 2014 we started looking for a larger space within the downtown Eustis area. There were a few spaces available but nothing that met our needs or would help us prepare for upcoming growth. It was then that we experienced what I will call a miracle. It wasn’t the first one in my life or even in MFT history, but an important one.

After looking at a few potential spots in downtown Eustis, we met with our realtor to see what other options we might have. Brianna mentioned that there was a building she loved at the corner of Magnolia and Grove but that it wasn’t for sale. Our realtor asked her if she knew the owner, and she gave our realtor the owner’s first name since that’s all the she knew. Our realtor found the owner and called him to see if he’d be interested in selling the building. The owner said he might be, but he wanted to know to whom it would be sold. Our realtor gave the owner our names and told him where we were currently leasing space. It turned out that the owner of our leased buildings and the owner of the building we wanted to buy were good friends. Our current landlord had spoken so highly of us that the owner of the building we wanted to buy decided he would be willing to sell it to us!

When we first went to look at the building, it was magnificent. It was so large and so beautiful that I simply couldn’t imagine how we would ever afford it. It was 16,000 square feet — 9,000 on the first floor with a dance studio and 6 apartments on the second floor. I was quickly growing attached to the space but didn’t dare inquire about the asking price. As we were touring the building, and I was growing more attached by the moment, the price did need to addressed. It was definitely a bit outside our range, but the rental income would help us to off-set the expense. But that was only the start of the blessings. The owner told us that he knew the sales price was low, and the he felt confident that we would walk into the building with equity. He said he was willing to do it because he knew we would take care of the building and all the hard work he’d done to make it in such beautiful shape. Once our building was appraised, it came in at $75,000 higher than the asking price. I am sharing this only because it was an enormous gift and one I am humbled by. But it didn’t stop there! He offered to put up half the down payment for us and allow us to pay it back over two years. This is a true story, and I love telling it because I think the world needs more good stories! Stories of kindness and generosity. And that is the miracle of our building.

#1 – The Heart of My Favorite Things

There’s no way this post could ever be complete without mentioning a few of the people that I’ve shared this journey with. They are my heart and the heart of MFT. Allow me to share a little bit about our current core staff and how they came to the family.

  • Martin and I have been married 16 years, and I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive or loving partner. He has built our stores, our bistro, and everything in between. I am more than blessed and taken care of by beautiful man.
  • Brianna was the second unofficial employee and often unpaid in those early days. She’s watched MFT grow every step of the way and has been involved from the ground up. From helping us package stamps on the couch watching American Idol to now running our customer service department, she’s done it all!
  • Jody and I met at a swap in Arlington, TX, over 8 years ago. I attended the swap at the insistence of Jen Del Muro and Carole Burrage and had no idea what fate held at that first meeting. From Jody’s initial job of writing a monthly newsletter for $50 to helping me design every product we carry, Jody found tasks that needed to be done and did them. She forged her own full-time job as Creative Director and Eagle Eye Extraordinaire and is both an integral part of MFT and occupies an equally important part in my heart.
  • Frank is Jody’s husband and runs our entire warehouse as Director of Operations. He is the guy who makes sure our products are packaged and shipped quickly and that stock gets placed on the site in a timely fashion. He and Jody made the decision to move from New Mexico to Florida almost 4 years ago after I made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. I am more than blessed to have them here and consider all of them my family.
  • Julie was a former customer and the first customer I ever allowed to come to our home when we were still home-based. Later she became a design team member, then started doing small tasks, and then we just had to have her full-time. Julie is our spreadsheet goddess and makes sure our products are ordered (within the budget confines I give her), tracks all of our important data, and is paramount in keeping us a well-oiled machine. Personally, Julie is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. A loyal, trustworthy friend, and much more.
  • Laina is more than just our graphics guru. She fine tunes and polishes each and every one of our products to perfection. She is one of the reasons we can push the limits of product design while never sacrificing ease of use or quality. She’s also become a very dear friend and one that I can count on for fun in any situation.
  • Erica does so much more than social media and site maintenance. I’m not sure I can list all the tasks she’s responsible for! But I can say with certainty that we are darn lucky to have her.
  • Susan is a well-known and loved member of the paper-crafting community, and when I saw an opportunity to scoop her up, I did! She’s become a great cheerleader for MFT and is helping us spread the word about MFT and the great products we carry. She’s also an insane amount of fun, and I’m glad she’s our Creative Ambassador.

I so appreciate you sticking around and enjoying a look back at some of the important moments in the history of My Favorite Things. I trust that the next 10 years will bring more joyful moments and memories, and I look forward to sharing them with all of YOU!!!

Kim

Camp Create – Magnificent Masking

Before we get to today’s camp craft, we had to mention our fabulous Die-namics Celebration Sale! We are incredibly proud of our diverse selection of Die-namics. From coordinating sets to pair with your favorite stamp sets, to shape STAX available in an assortment of edge designs, to accents, alphabets, and more – we’ve got a design for everyone. To continue our birthday celebration, we want to share our excitement over Die-namics with YOU. Today and tomorrow, stock up on Die-namics and save 20% when you use code DIES at checkout.

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It seems like our week at Camp Create is simply FLYING by! Are you having a blast? Have you made some cool things and met some new friends? The memories you make this week will surely last a lifetime.

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As a reminder, the goal is to participate in our craft sessions each day and earn your Camp Create badges. Below you’ll see what you have to look forward to! If you’re the print-and-see type, you can download and then print the Camp Create Session Two 2016 Badge Guide PDF found HERE.

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As a participant in Camp Create, you immediately earn the badge pictured below. Copy and paste this image and post it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed to let everyone back home know how you spent your summer vacation. If you’re HTML savvy, you can find a direct link to the image HERE.

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Ready to find out how to earn today’s badge? You’ll be inspired by the masking technique you’ll learn today! We’re hoping that by the end of the week, you’ll have learned a lot and earned those five badges. Are you ready campers? Let’s begin.

Today’s Craft – Magnificent Masking

Join Counselor Laurie today to see how she created this super pretty card with lots of color and depth. She used the Dainty Scallop Cover-Up Die-namics and Stamping Mask Paper to create this colorful effect.

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring Hello There, Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX, and Dainty Scallop Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring Hello There, Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX, and Dainty Scallop Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch MFT Camp Create 2 – Magnificent Masking on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!

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This week as a Camp Create camper, you have three ways to win:

  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Participate in today’s craft and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our MFTv channel on YouTube and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video and announced in the MFTv episode that will air on Monday, June 27th.
  • To be eligible to win the $150 Grand Prize: Earn all five badges for the week by participating in each craft presented this week (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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Deadline to comment and upload your images is Thursday, July 21st at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, July 25, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

Can’t wait to see what you create! Now it’s time to head to the mess hall for lunch!

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Camp Create – Inlaid Made Easy

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We hope you’re enjoying your week here at Camp Create! If you’re feeling a little homesick, we know something fun to take your mind off home. Let’s head to the craft cabin for another fun tutorial.

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As a quick reminder, the goal is to participate in our craft sessions each day and earn your Camp Create badges. Below you’ll see what you have to look forward to! If you’re the print-and-see type, you can download and then print the Camp Create Session Two 2016 Badge Guide PDF found HERE.

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As a participant in Camp Create, you immediately earn the badge pictured below. Copy and paste this image and post it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed to let everyone back home know how you spent your summer vacation. If you’re HTML savvy, you can find a direct link to the image HERE.

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Inlaid die cutting is a super cool way to make your cards flat and easier to mail, and it looks pretty awesome, too! Are you ready to find out how to get your Inlaid Made Easy badge? We’re hoping that by the end of the week, you’ll have learned a lot and earned those five badges. Are you ready campers? Let’s begin.

Today’s Craft – Inlaid Made Easy

Join Counselor Stephanie today to see how she created this sweet and lovely card with gorgeous butterflies and lots of sparkle. With her instruction, you’ll be an inlaid die cutting pro in no time flat!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Happy Birthday to You, Flutter of Butterflies - Solid, and Blueprints 15 Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Happy Birthday to You, Flutter of Butterflies - Solid, and Blueprints 15 Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch MFT Camp Create 2 – Inlaid Made Easy on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!

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This week as a Camp Create camper, you have three ways to win:

  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Participate in today’s craft and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our MFTv channel on YouTube and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video and announced in the MFTv episode that will air on Monday, June 27th.
  • To be eligible to win the $150 Grand Prize: Earn all five badges for the week by participating in each craft presented this week (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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Deadline to comment and upload your images is Thursday, July 21st at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, July 25, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

Can’t wait to see what you create! Now it’s time to head to the mess hall for lunch!

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Camp Create – Coloring on Kraft

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It’s day two of Camp Create Session Two! We hope you had a good night’s sleep in your cabin, and there were no shenanigans! Counselor Stephanie is excited to lead you in another sensational craft, so after archery lessons, you can join us here at the craft cabin for another fun arts and crafts adventure.

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As a reminder, the goal is to participate in our craft sessions each day and earn your Camp Create badges. Below you can see all of the badges for the week! If you’re the print-and-see type, you can download and then print the Camp Create Session Two 2016 Badge Guide PDF found HERE.

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As a participant in Camp Create, you immediately earn the badge pictured below. Copy and paste this image and post it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed to let everyone back home know how you spent your summer vacation. If you’re HTML savvy, you can find a direct link to the image HERE.

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Ready to find out how to earn today’s badge? This one will stretch your creativity, and it’s super pretty, too! We’re hoping that by the end of the week, you’ll have learned a lot and earned those five badges. Are you ready campers? Let’s begin.

Today’s Craft – Coloring on Kraft

Join Stephanie today to see how she created this really pretty card by coloring on kraft. Sometimes we forget this glorious neutral! Her use of colored pencils and the Funky Flowers stamp set is quite inspiring.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Funky Flowers and Lisa Johnson Designs Spring Wreath stamp sets and Blueprints 13 Die-namics #mftstamps

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Watch MFT Camp Create 2 – Coloring on Kraft on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!

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This week as a Camp Create camper, you have three ways to win:

  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Participate in today’s craft and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our MFTv channel on YouTube and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video and announced in the MFTv episode that will air on Monday, June 27th.
  • To be eligible to win the $150 Grand Prize: Earn all five badges for the week by participating in each craft presented this week (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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Deadline to comment and upload your images is Thursday, July 21st at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, July 25, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

Can’t wait to see what you create! Now it’s time to head to the mess hall for lunch!

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Release Replay: July 2016

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Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Celebrate with Cake stamp set and Die-namics and Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Anna’s lovely card incorporates three pretty pastel cakes, because everyone knows that three cakes are better than one! And what a pretty result!

While the Celebrate with Cake stamp set and Die-namics works well for birthday cards, this set would be the perfect fit for wedding cards, too.

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring Birthday Speech Bubbles and You're Rawr-some stamp sets and Die-namics, Blueprints 25 Die-namics, and Big Balloons stencil #mftstamps

Dinosaurs that wish each other happy birthday? Why, yes! The sky’s the limit when it comes to your creativity. Have a blast like Keeway did coming up with something you’d never be able to find in the store.

Creatively combining lots of different products is a fabulous way to make your card as unique as the recipient. Take a look at your stamps and Die-namics for innovative combinations. Keeway used several products from the July release to create this energetic, colorful, and fun design!

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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Camp Create – Fantastic Foiling

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Welcome to our second session of summer camp here at Camp Create! Session one was a smashing success, and we’re looking forward to seeing old friends from session one, and hope to meet new campers, too! Our camp counselors are excited to share five more crafts with you this week to take your creativity to the next level, so after your morning swim lesson you can join us here at the craft cabin for an arts and crafts extravaganza!

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Now that you’re settled into your cabin, let’s take a look at how things will work this week. The goal is to participate in our craft sessions each day and earn your Camp Create badges. Below you’ll see what you have to look forward to! If you’re the print-and-see type, you can download and then print the Camp Create Session Two 2016 Badge Guide PDF found HERE.

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As a participant in Camp Create, you immediately earn the badge pictured below. Copy and paste this image and post it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed to let everyone back home know how you spent your summer vacation. If you’re HTML savvy, you can find a direct link to the image HERE.

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Ready to find out how to earn today’s badge? It’s going to be a fun one. But they all are, aren’t they? It’s all about getting creative and stretching yourself. We’re hoping that by the end of the week, you’ll have learned a lot and earned all five badges. Are you ready campers? Let’s begin.

Today’s Craft – Fantastic Foiling

Join Counselor Stephanie today to see how she created this gorgeous shiny cityscape using the New York Skyline Die-namics and Deco Foil!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Birdie Brown Adventure is Calling stamp set, New York Skyline, Stitched Cloud Edges, Stitched Snow Drifts, Tag Builder Blueprints 3 and Blueprints 13 Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Birdie Brown Adventure is Calling stamp set, New York Skyline, Stitched Cloud Edges, Stitched Snow Drifts, Tag Builder Blueprints 3 and Blueprints 13 Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch MFT Camp Create 2 – Fantastic Foiling on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. Stephanie also announces the winner from last week’s MFTv episode!

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!

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This week as a Camp Create camper, you have three ways to win:

  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Participate in today’s craft and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our MFTv channel on YouTube and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video and announced in the MFTv episode that will air on Monday, June 27th.
  • To be eligible to win the $150 Grand Prize: Earn all five badges for the week by participating in each craft presented this week (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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Deadline to comment and upload your images is Thursday, July 21st at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, July 25, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

Can’t wait to see what you create! Now it’s time to head to the mess hall for lunch!

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Product Spotlight: Happy Birthday Centerpieces

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Kimberly’s blog: Rebecca Ednie

from Amy’s blog: SHERYL262

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

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Time to take a trip back to re-visit one of our July Release products. This month, we’re taking a closer look at the eye-catching Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics! The Happy Birthday Die-namics is a one piece die that cuts each letter of happy birthday separately as well as 5 long, thin stripes (in 3 lengths), 7 stars (in 2 sizes), 5 candles (with 5 corresponding flames) and 4 dots. Assemble the design as shown to create the illusion of a birthday cake or use the separately cut pieces in any configuration you can dream up. Taken all together, you’ll make a big impact, but the accents give this die endless possibilities. This design is also a perfect addition to gift bags and boxes for that personal, handmade touch to make the recipient’s birthday even more special!

Happy Birthday Centerpieces

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics #mftstamps

To see more about the Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics, check out this video on YouTube (MFT Product Preview: July 2016 Release – Day 4) or watch the video below.

We can’t wait to see what you create with the Happy Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics, so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can be inspired by your beautiful work!