Meet the Designers: Rachel

We’ve reached the end of our Meet the Designers feature that showcases our incredible creative team members — it’s been so fun learning a bit more about each of our designers! Our team hails from around the globe and we couldn’t do what we do without their talents.

Let’s catch up with Rachel Alvarado!


Creative Team member since: March 2018

What location do you call home? I am originally from Pennsylvania but I now live in Florida with my husband & three little ones (and 8 chickens, lol.)

What is your favorite current MFT product? That’s really hard to answer! I would probably tell you that my favorite product is whatever I am currently working with at the moment (I truly love ALL things MFT.) I really enjoyed working with the Just Beclaws stamp set that came out earlier this month.

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? Hmmm…I love all things Birdie Brown and any of the Stitched Die-namics, particularly the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics Set 2. I use that set quite often.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? I love spending time with my family. We go to the beach and go fishing most weekends. I also love to read mystery books. In addition to that, I spend most evenings during the week training in Krav Maga & Kickboxing (total opposites of card making, I know.)

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: I couldn’t decide on an absolute favorite, so I picked two recent ones that I made and really loved how they turned out.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Thanks & Hello, Kristina

Today we’re welcoming Kristina Pokazanieva to the blog. We’re in love with her light + airy looks featuring a Birdie Brown classic and her integration of elements from other sets into her designs.

Hello everyone! I’m so thrilled to be here today sharing some cards as a guest designer for MFT! My two cards today use the adorable New Best Friend set.

Handmade card from Kristina Pokazanieva featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kristina Pokazanieva featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my first card, I stamped cute images from the New Best Friend stamp set and some images from Hog Heaven using black ink. I colored the images with Copic markers and cut with the coordinating Die-namics. For the background, I blended light brown distress ink along the bottom for the ground and some blue and mint inks along the top for the sky before splattering with water. After my background was dry, I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and adhered the images with foam tape. Next, I die cut the word “thanks” three times and layered those together at the top of my card

Handmade card from Kristina Pokazanieva featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kristina Pokazanieva featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I just used the leftover images from my first card. I watercolored my background with distress inks onto watercolor paper and adhered the images with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on white card stock and cut it out with a banner die, adhering that with foam tape as well. Finally, I die cut the “hello” sentiment and adhered on top of my card.

That’s all for today! Thank you so much for joining me and have a great day!


Huge thanks to Kristina for joining us today! If you loved what she shared today, be sure to check back later this week when she returns for another guest post. Now we’re ready to see your projects. If you need more inspiration, search the #mftstamps tag on Instagram to see what our incredible fans are up to.

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It’s Time To Shop for the NEW June Kit!

It’s finally time to make the new Birds of a Feather Card Kit all yours.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Birds of a Feather Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Birds of a Feather Card Kit HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end of this post to see how YOU can win a $50 Gift Voucher as part of tonight’s Birds of a Feather Launch celebration!

In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order.  We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase.

1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax). Concurrent with each new monthly release and kit release, our Free with $60 is updated with a brand new design. Our newest Free with $60, releasing with the June 2018 kit, is the Simply Hello & Love You Die-namics. While supplies last, Simply Hello & Love You will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Simply Hello & Love You is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $50.

3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 25% on orders over $750. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring Birds of a Feather Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Birds of a Feather Card Kit #mftstamps

Like what you see? Add more coordinating product to stretch your kit even further.


Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Birds of a Feather Countdown prizes. Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown. Two lucky people have won a $25 prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts tomorrow.

Countdown Day Two Winner: Linnea Sundstrom (Jun 25, 2018 @ 13:36)

Countdown Day One Winner: FD91354 (Jun 26, 2018 @ 09:24)

Congratulations to the winners!

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past two days. They have another shot of inspiration – visit each of their Birds of a Feather Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, June 28 for your chance to WIN a $50 Gift Voucher to the MFT Boutique. The winner will be chosen at random and the prize will be sent June 29. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

Hits & Highlights

Sharing a drink with friends is a relaxing way to catch up and share the details of your life. Bringing that feeling to your cards is easy and FUN with our collection of cocktail-themed products. Choose from exciting shaker Die-namics and pouches, trendy stamp designs and sentiments, and a vast assortment of fillers and accents to create cards you’ll say “cheers” to. Our designers have all the inspiration you need to get going!

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watercolor Stripes provide a simple but intoxicating backdrop to Inge’s trio of die cuts. Martini Time is packed with delightful drink options featuring cool retro styling and sassy sentiments — what a great pairing!

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Barbara’s tropical delight may just encourage you to do a little flamingling as well. Two fantastically fuschia flamingos chatting over drinks under the shade of a palm tree simply exudes relaxation in the most inviting way. Maybe a trip to paradise isn’t in your immediate future but you can bring the feeling to your crafting!

Drinks are on us this month – at least in the form of overflowing inspiration. Keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge:

The Birds of a Feather Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our Birds of a Feather Card Kit before it’s available for purchase tomorrow night. More inspiration and a handy PDF download are among the treats we have for you today.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on June 26. 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 9:00 PM EDT on June 26 on the MFT Blog.

As a reminder, this coordinated collection will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The purchase price for this kit is a $41.99. In addition to the Birds of a Feather Die-namics and the Birdhouse Die-namics, you’ll also receive (13) sheets of beautifully coordinated card stock and an 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of Adhesive-Backed Cherry Wood.

The Birds of a Feather PDF features card samples as well as a complete listing of the kit contents. You can download a printable version HERE.


Watch Stephanie’s technique for designing a gorgeous wreath from die cuts produced by our latest card kit in this week’s episode of MFTv.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Birds of a Feather Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Birds of a Feather Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, How to Create a Floral Wreath Card featuring the Painted Prints 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!

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new June card kit. Remember, Birds of a Feather will be available tomorrow at 9 PM EDT!

Introducing the Birds of a Feather Card Kit

Custom products carefully curated for hours of creative play – that’s what MFT card kits provide. Our coordinated collections are available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The purchase price for this kit is $41.99.

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

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on June 26. 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 9:00 PM EDT on June 26 on the MFT Blog.

Let your imagination take flight with our latest card kit, Birds of a Feather. Our June card kit features a duo of inventive Die-namics that include elements that layer to create irresistible multi-color elements that boast incredible dimension. The Birds of a Feather Die-namics, in addition to the pieces necessary to construct four birds, also includes various florals and foliage to create lush outdoor scenes. Build a cozy home for your beautiful birds with the Birdhouse Die-namics. It includes everything necessary to add realistic dimension and detail to the house. To round the kit out, we’ve included five sheets of our favorite white — Smooth White Card Stock, as well as an assortment of hand-picked 100 lb Prestige Card Stock colors. An 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of Adhesive-Backed Cherry Wood Paper will allow you to bring your projects to life with an unforgettable touch of realism.

 

Birds of a Feather Card Kit #mftstamps

Birds of a Feather Die-namics #mftstamps

Birds of a Feather Die-namics in use #mftstamps

Birdhouse Die-namics #mftstamps

Birdhouse Die-namics in use #mftstamps


Our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax). Concurrent with each new monthly release and kit release, our Free with $60 is updated with a brand new design. Our newest Free with $60, releasing with the June 2018 kit, is the Simply Hello & Love You Die-namics. While supplies last, Simply Hello & Love You will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Simply Hello & Love You is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.


Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Birds of a Feather Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Birds of a Feather Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Birds of a Feather Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch the Birds of a Feather | June Card Kit Unboxing on YouTube or simply watch the video below.

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new June card kit. Remember, Birds of a Feather will be available Tuesday, June 26 at 9 PM EDT!

Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Hog Heaven

What better way to kick off the weekend than by saving some major cash on your next MFT purchase? There are still some products available in our retirement sale — why not grab the coordinating Die-namics for a stamp set you already own at a deep discount? Or bulk up your occasion-specific collections? Or even grab some gifts for your craft-loving friends and family! Whatever your motivation, now is a great time to add some new MFT goodies to your stash.


It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Hello everyone, and welcome to June’s Artistic Expression feature. I have a fun piggy card to share with you today!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

We’ve already covered how to colour wood so for today’s lesson, I want to focus on what’s going on behind that wooden fence.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

So let’s all have a go at colouring a pig’s bum — not something you’ll find in your everyday Copic tutorial! Ha, ha, ha.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by mapping out the shadows with the palest colour — E00. I had to remember that the light source for the front image was coming from the right so I needed to swap it to the left when colouring the back of the pig.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

With E01 I added extra depth to the shadow areas.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I darkened the area still more with E02, but as you can see, with each addition, I coloured a smaller area.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Before I blended the body, I added a small amount of E11 in areas that would have the darkest shadows cast — under the head on the right and the legs under the pig’s bum.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then I blended all the layers, first with a touch of E01 and then with E00.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The pigs’ arms were coloured in the same way as the body.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For me, the body colours alone did not create sufficient depth, so I added a small amount of grey using W1, W2, and W3.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The head was approached in the same way as before, starting with E00.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A small amount of E01, over the E00, was added next.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As the pig’s head is round, you need to try and make the circle shape resemble a ball and the addition of E02 assists with that.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Finally, a small amount of E11 was placed on the right-hand side of the head.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The head was then blended in the same way as the body. Can you see that the little piggy is beginning to take shape?

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

At this point, I took a hard look at the shadow areas and felt that they needed to be intensified under his neck, a smidge down the right-hand side of his leg and under his pudgy little bottom.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

His ears are approached in exactly the same manner.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I added darker earth tones to the right-hand side of the ears.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A smidge of E11 and E13 darkened the areas sufficiently before I smoothly blended both ears.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And there we have it, one fully coloured piggy complete with curly tail!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As for the card, the base was created from some Smooth White Card Stock. I used Copic suitable card for the coloured panels with the images stamped in Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. I used Black Licorice Hybrid Ink for the sentiment once I had coloured the inner panel with Copics.

COPIC COLOURS

Sky: B000

Grass: G40, G12, YG61, YG63, YG67, W3

Gate/Fence: E40, E42, E43, E44, E47, W3, W4

Pig: E00, E01, E02, E11, E13, R21, W1, W2, W3, W8

I do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and that you give this a try.


Certainly, the cutest pig’s bum we’ve seen…don’t you agree? We’d love to see your “back sides” as well 😉 so be sure to tag #mftstamps so we can check them out!

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Wow-Worthy Projects from Marieke

Our retirement sale has been rolling along but if you haven’t had a chance to shop yet, you still have the opportunity to save BIG on the remaining items. Check out our sale category now to see what treasures are still available.


Marieke is back once again with two exciting new projects. While her skittering crab stole the show yesterday, today you’ll be wowed by her silhouette technique.

My first project uses the super fun and versatile Fireworks stamp set. I started by making a background using Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, and Mustard Seed to add some colorful spots. Then I used Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot, and Broken China to finish blending the sky.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

When my background was dry, I started stamping the fireworks using Versamark ink. I heat embossed the fireworks using white embossing powder and finished the sky using a white gel pen to fill the sky with stars.

The “WOW” was die cut three times from black card stock and one time from silver glitter paper and adhered together to create dimension. I heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of black card stock and die cut it with the banner from Blueprints 27.

I stamped the small crab from Just Beclaws, but before doing that, I wiped off the eyes and the mouth so it looks like we are watching the crabs from behind. I colored the crabs with my R29 Copic and then used my W5 Copic to give it a darker look.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

With the Beach Scene Builder and using my Copic markers, I created the beach. The sea was colored using B99, B97, B95, Y15, RV04, and V17. The beach has a Neenah Desert Storm base and is colored in using E79, E77, and E74.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card is extra large! It’s a double-folded card measuring 21 x 11 cm.

To begin, I cut a card stock panel and created clouds using Salty Ocean Distress Ink and the Cloud Stencil. I thought it would be fun to create a bunting made from leaves. Using Green Room, Gumdrop Green, and Limelight Hybrid Ink, I stamped the leaves from Toucan Do It and die cut them using the matching Die-namics. I glued them to a string of twine and attached it to the cloud base.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of black card stock and heat embossed. Next, I die cut it using the biggest die from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

I stamped the four birds on some Solar White Neenah and colored them using my Copics. After die cutting them, I adhered them on the bunting.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

On the bottom part of the double-fold card, I added a patterned strip using two pieces from the Black & White Stripes Paper Pack. I adhered the panel on to the card base using foam tape.


I don’t know about you but I’m looking at my image collection with new eyes as I consider how I can use them in silhouette…thanks so much to Marieke for sharing her ideas with us this week! Now we’re ready to see your projects. If you need more inspiration, search the #mftstamps tag on Instagram to see more from our amazing fans.

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Crabulous New Creations from Marieke

There’s still time to grab some of your favorites, but don’t hesitate. Once they’re gone, they’re GONE…and our inventory is dwindling fast!


Marieke is our fabulous blog guest today. You’re going to adore her vibrant colors and the fun interactivity she’s included in her looks today. Welcome, Marieke!

For my first project, I’ve created a slider card using Just Beclaws. The idea I had in my head was to make a slider card where the crab was moving from behind the sand dunes.

To start, I made the sand and the water. I cut some Kraft Card Stock and die cut two pieces. For one, I used the Beach Scene Builder Die-namics and then the Surf & Turf Die-namics to add a slider channel for my crab. I splattered some Walnut Stain Distress Ink mixed with water to create the sandy look and finished by inking the edges of the die cuts with more Walnut Stain.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I used a piece of card stock to blend the sea using Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Broken China Distress Ink. I splattered some water onto it and dabbed it with a paper towel. I ended up stamping some waves from the Seaside Seagull stamp set using Peacock Feathers and Broken China. With another piece of card stock, I made the clouds using Salty Ocean Distress Ink and the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil. I adhered the ocean, the beach, and the cloud background together and die cut it using the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 Die-namics.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next I assembled the slider. I used the slider element from the Volcano Die-namics to create it and then stamped the sentiment from Interactive Labels. I adhered some foam tape on the panel and attached it to a top-fold card base.

I stamped the crab and colored him using my Copic Markers and die cut with the coordinating Die-namics. I made a small strip and adhered it to the crab and a slider element. I adhered the slider element on the slider base and now, crab is moving! I stamped the sentiment on the front sand dune and adhered it to the base with foam tape.

I finished the card using the palm tree and coconuts from the Beach Scene Builder Die-namics. I stamped the seagull from Just Beclaws, the balloons and cupcake from Happy Hippos, and colored them using my Copic Markers before die cutting them. For the last detail, I added some Glossy Accent to the balloons and crab’s eyes.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card of the day is an underwater scene. I made the background by blending Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China Distress Ink. On the top of the card I “ended” the sea using the Make Waves Stencil. As a final detail, I splattered some water dabbed it off using a paper towel. I die cut the panel using the A Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1. Two pieces of Kraft Card Stock were turned into sand using the Stitched Snow Drifts and finished using some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The seaweed and fish from Gill Friends and the crab from Just Beclaws were stamped on some Neenah Card Stock using Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. I colored them with my Copic Markers using the no-line technique and die cut them with coordinating dies. On the base, I used two sentiments — “ConCRABulations” is from Just Beclaws and “on your new home” can be found in No Place Like Home.

Handmade card from Marieke Slaats featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The Birdhouses were die cut from Neenah paper and colored with my Copics. I gave them a rusty look because they are in the sea after all. I glued everything to a top-fold card and added air bubbles from Gill Friends above the fish using a matching distress ink.


So many great ideas, right? That skittering crab is a brilliant idea to be sure. Tag #mftstamps when you upload your own inspiring projects to social media — you may just be spotted!

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MFTv – Creating Backgrounds with the Moroccan Mosaic Stencil

Each year we clear out products from our warehouse to make room for more, and we pass the savings on to YOU! The sale rolls on but products are selling out quickly. Make sure to check out our sale category soon to see what’s still available!


Creating a beautiful blend of distress inks is a fantastic way of highlighting the enchanting pattern that the Moroccan Mosaic Stencil produces. Follow along in this week’s episode of MFTv to learn how Stephanie worked her magic with complementary colors to achieve a stunning ombre effect on her card trio.

Handmade cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – Creating Backgrounds using the Moroccan Mosaic Stencil on YouTube or by playing the embedded 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!

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