Hugs from Kara Lynne

Before we begin our guest post today, one quick announcement. Please join us in welcoming a brand new team member. Melissa Phillips joined us as a guest for our February countdown and beginning with our March Release (starting TOMORROW!) we’re bringing her on as a permanent member. We’re so thrilled to have her joining us and are confident you’ll love what she brings to the team.


Kara Lynne is back with us one last time. It’s been a joy to have her with us this month and we’re so grateful for all of the inspiration she’s provided!

Welcome back to the third and final day of my big adventure as guest designer for My Favorite Things! Today is all about an ever-important gesture: the hug. A card with a hug can be used for so many occasions and spans the gamut of recipients. Here are a few cards that showcase some of the products from MFT’s recent release:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This adorable little guy pops out perfectly from the Peek-a-Boo Wonky Window, with the partial sentiment I Miss positioned just above the U pulled from the Hugs above. The bear was colored with Copics. I stamped and colored an extra left paw so he looks like he’s holding the “U”. Hugs was cut three times, once in plaid, once in foam, and once from the blue card stock. The scene was then framed with a Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frame border in white and mounted on a white top-folding notecard.

Here’s a bit of a close-up:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Moving in an entirely different direction, the next two cards feature the script Hugs from the Twice the Hugs Die-namics and the Sketched Blooms 2 stamp set.

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Both cards were stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder onto watercolor paper. The Hugs die cut was also heat embossed in the same gold. Everything was painted with Twinkling Waters which gives it a shimmery finish. The partial panel and Hugs die cut were foam mounted on the first card, and Hugs was inlaid into the panel of the second card.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Thank you MFT for the honor of guest designing for you! I had so much fun playing with the new stamps and Die-namics and combining them with ones that I already had.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne


Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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Retro Friends

Kara Lynne is back! She’s sharing two distinctly different looks that are sure to inspire you.

I thought I’d begin my second day as guest with a nod to this MFT card that I made. Birdie Brown’s Space Explorer is one of those magical stamp sets that easily sets the stage for any outer space scene.

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I began by creating a background similar to that original card using Distress Inks, water, and white acrylic paint. I then went to work coloring this little astronaut with Inktense Pencils, and covered his suit in silver watercolor. His face is covered with Glossy Accents to finish off the helmet. This is the image from the set in which he is holding three star balloons, so it was easy to change them out for the balloon die cut from Blueprints 26. Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolors and watercolor paper were used to create the Earth balloon. I Googled an image of the Earth so I could get a better idea of where to place the continents. I cut a small slit in the astronaut’s hand so the silver thread would slide through his grip. The sentiment, from the same stamp set, was white heat embossed. The boy and the Earth were popped up on fun foam and the whole scene was attached to a white card base.

This next card has a bit of a retro vibe in color and style:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Can cats and birds really get along? Certainly these two fancy friends think so. This set is super fun to color, especially in a non-traditional way!  I used Copics to color the images, die cut them using the coordinating Die-namics, and framed them using the new Single Stitch Line Rounded Square Frames. The smaller square was also die cut from foam to give it some dimension. The word Friend was die cut into the background and a sentiment from the Friends Furever stamp set was heat embossed below.  The entire panel sits inside the largest of the Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames. I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in three colors as a final touch.

I hope you were inspired today to step out of the box with your designs and colors. Thanks so much for coming over to visit. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne


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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Let’s Get Interactive

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards (and tags!) in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original design combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

Flaps, windows, and pull-out tabs are all inviting ways to encourage your recipients to interact with your creations. Our exclusive collection of Blueprints Die-namics includes a variety of interactive design features and this month, our team is ready to inspire you to use them in your own creations.

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Torico’s innovative card will light up the faces of your birthday boys and girls! The slider she created with elements from Blueprints 24 reveals a bonus greeting AND five flickering candle flames – what a treat.

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

Barbara scored the flap element included in Blueprints 28, attached it to a sliding element and not only hid an inspiring message inside but also created a scene – simply lay the card on a flat surface and you have a delightful pop-up tableau.

We’re not done yet — keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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MFTv – Texture Paste with Color

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Adding texture to your die cuts is a great way of inviting your recipient to interact with your greeting – could you resist touching those hills and valleys of candy-colored scoops of ice cream? I know I couldn’t! If you haven’t played with texture paste before, you’re in for a treat. Whether you add color or not, you’ll become addicted in no time. Join us for our latest episode of MFTv to learn more!

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

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

Watch MFTv – Texture Paste with Color 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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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Adventures in Outer Space

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Melania’s blog: Celeste Goff


Well hello there, it’s Jane again with another Artistic Expression feature and this, month I’ve gone to outer space!

I opted to use the Space Explorer stamp set with a little bit of doodling from yours truly.

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I started by stamping the little rocket and one of the planets on a piece of Copic suitable card stock which had already been cut to shape with the Stitched Rectangles STAX using Gravel Gray Hybrid Ink. Then I drew on the moon very lightly in pencil.

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

The little spaceman was stamped with the same ink as above. Although it was my intention to cut it out with the co-ordinating die, I prefer to colour my images first, then cut them out.

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

Then it was time to colour “space” – I opted to use a variety of blues and greys rather than black. The stars were created using the colourless blender, doing this after I had coloured the whole area. Now I confess that it is my first attempt to colour space – it’s not bad but I think I need to do it a few more times before I get the hang of all that dark ink! But in my defence it looks far more blotchy in the photographs than it does in real life.

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

Adding the little purple planet was quite good fun – I don’t know about you but I love colouring spheres…….I enjoy the challenge to get it looking round not flat! If I remember I will show you how I go about that in another feature.

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With the moon, I approached it in the same way I colour snow…basically you colour the shadows and leave the highlights either white, or in this instance, a very pale grey. To give a sense of depth, I have paid more attention to the foreground, deepening the colour of the closest craters.

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

This is where I start smiling – I really had fun colouring this little rocket. It might have something to do with me loving Thunderbirds as a kid…FAB!

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

Now came my favourite part…the spaceman’s face! I had to give the little chap a bit of a smile knowing that I had something special planned for him later on when I assembled the card.

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And here he is in his space suit…..what a smart boy! I even added a little shine to his helmet visor. It’s really easy to do – simply draw a bendy triangle shape that follows the shape of the helmet using a white pencil.

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

Now, I am not usually one for cutting out my images but I wanted to experiment on this card. Can you see that the usual white outline is coloured? No I didn’t goof, it is intentional. When the little guy is added to the card it should help him blend in to the coloured background. Probably a step too far for some of you, but I liked the look!

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

Do you remember I mentioned earlier that I had something special planned for my little Space Explorer?  Well, that small disc beside him is a mini wobble action spring, so when he is attached to the card he’ll look as though he’s bouncing on the moon! Here’s a tip, if you don’t have mini wobble spring you could always trim down a standard sized one!

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

And here is the finished card, complete with a moon walking/wobbling Spaceman!

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

As always for those who would like to play along and give this a try here is a list of the Copic colours I used:

I do hope you have enjoyed todays post, I certainly had fun colouring it…….and I’m relieved that I remembered to stop and take more photographs along the way this time.

Well, that’s it for now, I hope to see you all again next month for more colouring fun!

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Howdy from Kara Lynne

Say hello to Kara Lynne. She’s joining us today for the first of three guest posts this month – welcome, Kara Lynne!

Hello, and thank you for joining me today. I am over-the-moon excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things. Thank you to everyone at MFT for this amazing opportunity!

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My first card features those sweet little animals from Farm Friends. They were all colored with Copics and fussy cut. The background was created using the Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up. I ink blended each inside section with Distress Inks, going from darker in the foreground to lighter in the background. I made a stencil using the Stitched Cloud Edges Die-namics and blended Distress Ink with a finger dauber for the sky. Each of the animals was popped up with foam tape for dimension.  At first I put the littlest chick on top of the tractor, but moved him onto the pig when I realized, in perspective, that would be one very giant chicken! I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on white card stock and cut it into a banner coming out from behind the tree.

This next card takes llama drama to a whole new level:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I wanted to try my hand at zentangling (is that a word?), and this llama was game. I stamped him in black ink and drew in the lines with a Copic Multi-liner. I looked at zentangle patterns online to get ideas. He was pretty happy with the results and his llama friends, though shaking their heads, showed their support 😉

Here’s a close-up of the pattern detail:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After he was colored and given a little sand to stand on, he was framed with the new Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames and popped up with fun foam. His friends were also colored with Copics, fussy cut, and adhered partially with foam tape, and partially with just regular adhesive. They were also given a little ground to stand on. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and the card base was die cut using a die from Blueprints 26.

This little sweetheart from the Pure Innocence line asked for a paper-pieced bright yellow gingham dress and I was happy to oblige:

Handmade card from Kara Lynne Pogreba featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This is actually her second dress. My first attempt included using Copics to give the dress some depth, but it ended up dulling the entire dress, so she took that off, and I gave her a new one without shadows. I colored and fussy cut her arm and adhered it on top of her dress. Her shoes and hairclip have a Glossy Accents finish, and the centers of the flowers are dotted with enamel accents. Everything except for the dress was colored with Copics. The top tag and background were die cut with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges to coordinate with the look of the gingham. The top of the white panel was ink blended with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and a stencil brush from Clarity Stamps. This was my first time using these stencil brushes, and I am in love!  It was so easy to control the amount of ink.

Thanks for coming by to visit!  I hope that this helped spark your creativity in some new ways.  Have a wonderful day and I will see you here again next week.

Kara Lynne


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

It’s finally time to make the new Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit all yours.

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Beautiful Butterflies 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 Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit 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 set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

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2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous USA order over $75.

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3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. 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 Karolyn Loncon featuring Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit #mftstamps

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

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

Countdown Day Two Winner: Felicia, Feb 21, 2017 @ 10:29

Countdown Day One Winner: Mary Gillmarten, Feb 21, 2017 @ 00:42

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 Beautiful Butterflies Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, February 23  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 out on February 24. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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The Day Has Arrived! The Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our new Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit before it’s available for purchase tonight. 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 EST on February 21. 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 EST on February 21 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 $51.99 purchase price for this kit is over a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. To round out this beautiful kit, you’ll get 12 coordinating card stocks in an array of pretty colors, 2 sheets of vellum, a VersaMark Cube, and Black Embossing Powder. The Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit will make you feel right at home and unlock your creativity!

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

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new February card kit. Remember, Beautiful Butterflies will be available tonight at 9 PM EST!

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Introducing the Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit

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 $51.99 – with a retail value of approximately $65, you’ll save 20% off the individual purchase price!

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the Beautiful Butterflies 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 EST on February 21. 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 EST on February 21 on the MFT Blog.

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Our February card kit is a joyful celebration of delicate beauty in flight. Beautiful Butterflies combines ethereal imagery with a delightfully scripted collection of phrases perfect for jumping into springtime crafting. The Beautiful Butterflies stamp set features four different sets of coordinating butterfly wings, accent colors, and bodies that will layer impeccably to create images full of depth and contrast. The coordinating Die-namics will ensure perfectly sized die cuts every time. They’re open inside to allow you to stamp then cut OR cut then stamp. This feature makes the Die-namics lighter weight and allows for easier removal from the die. The You Give Me Butterflies stamp set includes 9 phrases in a charming font guaranteed to cover a wide range of occasions. Pair the sentiments with the Well-Connected Alphabet to craft custom phrases that will make your recipient feel so special. In addition to the stamp sets and Die-namics, you’ll receive 12 sheets of carefully coordinated card stocks, 2 sheets of vellum, and a VersaMark Cube and Black Embossing Powder that allows you to add a glossy, textured finish to your butterfly details.

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With this month’s kit release, we’re unveiling the Sentiment Label Strip Die-namics. Remember, our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60! Sentiment Label Strip Die-namics #mftstamps

Learn more about the MFT Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit Unboxing on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Splashes of vibrant color and heat-embossed butterfly details are the main elements of this week’s MFTv showstopper. Watch to see just how easy it is to create this delightful design using the Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, Embossed Butterflies, featuring the Beautiful Butterflies 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 February card kit. Remember, Beautiful Butterflies will be available tomorrow, February 21 at 9 PM EST!

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Create 8 with Vicky Papaioannou

Since December, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of watching Vicky Papaioannou as she shares our monthly release on her blog and Youtube channel. Each month, she shares a recap of all of the release products and even more exciting, her process in creating 8 amazing looks with the release. Every single month, I pick up at least one great new idea for putting the release products to work in a way I hadn’t considered. I won’t spoil all the projects but I will share a couple of sneak peeks and strongly encourage you to go check out the video for all 8 looks – incredible!

This bold & beautiful card features Fancy Flowers and Boss Babe.

Sketched Blooms 2 takes enter stage on this peek-a-boo look.

You can see Vicky’s February Release unboxing on Youtube or below.

And see her Create 8 fantastic projects on Youtube or below.

And don’t forget to shop our Stripes & Dots Sale – today is the last day to save 20% on in-stock items in our Stripes & Dots category when you apply code STRIPES at checkout. Enjoy your weekend – we’ll see you back here on the blog MONDAY as we debut our gorgeous new February card kit.