Introducing Our 2017 Creative Team!

We’re kicking off the January Release Countdown on Friday so what better time than today to introduce the amazing members of our 2017 Creative Team? We’re extending a huge thank you and welcome back to alumni members.

We’re excited to continue bringing you unparalleled inspiration with this incredible group of designers and a constant supply of innovative products. Here’s to the endless inspiring projects that await us. Happy creating in 2017!

2017 Creative Team #mftstamps

MFTv – Watercolor Flowers

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There’s nothing like the soft effect of watercolors to create an artistic design. In this week’s episode, Stephanie creates a cheery get well card featuring watercolored flowers that she stamped with the Sketched Blooms stamp set, and she adds a simple heartfelt sentiment to finish her design. Follow Stephanie’s lead and create your own watercolored floral scene or bouquet with stamps from My Favorite Things!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Sketched Blooms and Essential Sentiments stamp sets #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Sketched Blooms and Essential Sentiments stamp sets #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – Watercolor Flowers 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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Our End of the Year Blowout Sale Is Almost Done!

It’s time to give yourself the gift of creativity! Don’t miss out on our end of the year blowout and save BIG.

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There’s still time to grab some of your favorites, but don’t hesitate, this sale ends tomorrow!

Let’s take a look at a few of the gems that are ready to jump into your cart!

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Laina Lamb Design Cookie Crumbs stamp set and You’re the Milk to My Cookie Die-namics, Swiss Dots Background stamp #mftstamps

Our Cookie Crumbs stamp set and You’re The Milk to My Cookie Die-namics are a delicious duo along with a sweet Swiss Dots Background!

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Llama Love stamp set and Die-namics, and Mini Fringe Stitched Circle STAX, Blueprints 1, and Blueprints 2 Die-namics, and Herringbone Bricks Stencil #mftstamps

You’ll have a llama fun with the Llama Love stamp set and Die-namics. And look at all of the extra pizzazz you can get with the Mini Fringe Die-namics.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Celebrate with Cake stamp set, Pure Innocence Cupcake Day stamp set and Die-namics, Big Birthday Balloons and Blueprints 13 Die-namics #mftstamps

Look at this sweetie from the Cupcake Day stamp set! And the Big Birthday Balloons Die-namics makes huge impact in a jiffy!

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring Birdie Brown Happy Hedgehogs stamp set and Die-namics, Grassy Hills and Birch Trees Die-namics #mftstamps

OH, those Happy Hedgehogs couldn’t be cuter, and the Birch Trees and Grassy Hills Die-namics makes the perfect little scene.

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Birthday Speech Bubbles and Lisa Johnson Designs Celebrate with Cake stamp sets and Die-namics, Scattered Surface Background stamp, and Pierced Circle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

You’ll never be short for birthday card ideas with the Celebrate with Cake and Birthday Speech Bubbles stamp sets and Die-namics. And the Scattered Surface Background stamp is the perfect complement to many designs.

Be sure to visit our website and scoop up the savings before it’s too late. You’ll be glad you did! Let your shopping experience begin now. Click HERE and enjoy!

Sparkling Stars with Amy R.

Amy Rysavy is joining us again today with a chic and sophisticated design. Let’s see what sort of fabulousness she’s created for us!

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Hello everyone! I thought I’d share a little bit about the card I created today.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Stars Above stamp set and Die-namics,Stitched Sentiment Strips and Star Grid Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

I stamped the images from the Stars Above stamp set onto Smooth White card stock with Versamark ink and embossed them with gold embossing powder. Then I used some metallic gold watercolour paint in different sections of the stars. Even though I wasn’t using watercolour paper for the embossed stardust, painting on some metallic watercolour like this is fine because it doesn’t take too much water so there is little chance of warping and/or pilling of the paper.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Stars Above stamp set and Die-namics,Stitched Sentiment Strips and Star Grid Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

I die cut the stars with the coordinating Die-namics and ran another piece of Smooth White card stock through my manual die cut machine using the Star Grid Cover-Up Die-namics. I left all the interior pieces in place, and splattered more of the gold watercolour onto the background before adhering it to my card base with foam tape.

I used the Stars Above Die-namics to die cut a couple of stars from some Gold Sparkle card stock, and adhered the various stars onto my card front — popping some up with foam tape.

The sentiment was die cut with one of the Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics and embossed with the same gold embossing powder before being adhered to the card front.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Stars Above stamp set and Die-namics,Stitched Sentiment Strips and Star Grid Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

To finish off the design, I added some Metallic Gold Sequins to the card and stamped the sentiment on the inside. Then I adhered the remaining die cut stars, and that was it!


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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A Visit with Sandy and Vienna!

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Hello friends! I’m Sandy, and I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are continuing to enjoy a little time off this week!

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MFT had an opening on the blog for some inspiration today, so in the spirit of “visiting” during the holiday season, I thought I’d invite you to come visit at my “house” (aka my blog!) to see a video showing how I created some clean and simple puppy slider cards using the Playful Pups stamp set. Come over and meet my pup Vienna who inspired the three cards I made… she’s a sweet rescue from PetFinder who’s made my life both chaotic and cuddly! 🙂

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Playful Pups stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Click HERE to see. Bring a cup of tea along, and let’s have a visit!

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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Shaking Things up with Blueprints

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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.

Everyone loves a shaker card, right? So many of the elements included in Blueprints provide easy and innovative means of creating these delightful little interactive looks. Our team has been busy exploring different ways of incorporating Blueprints into their shaker cards and we can’t wait to share their ideas with you!

Handmade tags from Vika Salmina featuring Merry Everything stamp set, Oh Christmas Trees and Blueprints 13 Die-namics #mftstamps

Vika created some super pretty and quick shaker tags using one of the tag elements from Blueprints 13. She cut two tags and used one of the Oh Christmas Trees Die-namics to create an opening in one to allow the sequins to be seen. Pin this idea to use for Christmas 2017!

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Birdie Brown Beast Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Snowfall Background stamp, and Blueprints 29 #mftstamps

Anna’s SUPER cute shaker card was created with the help of Blueprints 29. She created a colorful background using the Snowfall Background stamp and featured a cute yeti from the Beast Friends stamp set. Her shaker consists of the main frame from Blueprints 29, and her sequins match the pretty background. Perfection!

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 – Champagne Shaker

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As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to celebrate with a fun and festive shaker card. In this week’s episode, Stephanie uses the Layered Champagne Glass Die-namics in conjunction with the Time for the Bubbly stamp set and Die-namics to create a sparkly New Year’s Eve card. You’ll love how she added numbers in her shaker, too! Follow Stephanie’s lead and create your own festive shaker card with products from My Favorite Things!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Time for the Bubbly stamp set and Die-namics, Layered Champagne Glass and Laina Lamb Design Bottlecap Numbers Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Time for the Bubbly stamp set and Die-namics, Layered Champagne Glass and Laina Lamb Design Bottlecap Numbers Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – Champagne Shaker 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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Darling Doodle Blossoms with Amy R.

Before we get to today’s post, it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Fancy Flowers prizes. Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment on the surprise release post. 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.

Winner #1: Yar ortiz – December 14, 2016 @ 22:48

Winner #2: Hui Ching – December 15, 2016 @ 13:20

Congratulations to the winners!


Let’s welcome back a familiar face to our blog today — our guest, Amy Rysavy. You’ll love what she has in store for you today!

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I stamped the images from the Doodle Blossoms stamp set with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto a smooth white card stock that I had die cut with the second largest Wonky Stitched Rectangles STAX Die-namics. I then used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush to color in the images and coated the flowers with some sparkle.

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The word Kindness was die cut with the Kind & Kindness Die-namics from Coral Crush card stock and stacked three times for more dimension. Before I adhered it to the card, I stamped the I See and in You from the Kind Words stamp set onto the flower panel with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.

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I used a piece of neutral grey striped paper from the On-Point Patterns 6×6 paper pack (which inspired my color choices for this card!) and die cut it with the largest die from Blueprints 2. After adhering the floral panel to the patterned paper with foam tape, I adhered my card front to a card base made with Summer Splash card stock.

I added some embellishment with Tonic’s Nuvo Jewel Drops in Strawberry Coulis (a VERY close match to Coral Crush card stock IMO!), Key Lime, and Sea Breeze.

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I finished off the inside of the card with another stamped sentiment from the Kind Words stamp set and stamped a little heart cluster from the Doodle Blossoms set above and below the sentiment with Summer Splash ink, and that was it!


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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One Stamp Five Ways with Suzy

Today’s guest is our super talented friend Suzy Plantamura. Let’s check out the fun cards she’s created for us today!

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Hello MFT friends! Today I’m showcasing the adorable Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Die-namics in a “One Stamp, Five Ways” post. I’ll be showing you five different ways to use these cute critters on cards.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Die-namics, Stitched Circle Scallop Frames Die-namics #mftstamps

My first card is a shaker card using a Stitched Circle Scallop Frames to create my shaker window. I stamped my polar bears with Natural Premium Dye Ink and colored them with Copic markers so they don’t have outlines.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Die-namics, Stitched Circle Scallop Frames Die-namics #mftstamps

The inside of the shaker is a piece of watercolor paper painted with blues, pinks, and purples. I filled the opening with sequins and added some to the front of the card as well. I stamped the sentiment with two colors (Grapesicle and Lush Lagoon) of ink blending them together.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura featuring Birdie Brown Beast Friends and Polar Bear Pals stamp sets and Die-namics, and Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

For the base of this card, I used the Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover Up Die-namics cut from white watercolor paper. I painted the inside of the frame (except the bottom section) with blue watercolors.  I stamped all of the images with black ink and colored them with Copic markers.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura featuring Birdie Brown Beast Friends and Polar Bear Pals stamp sets and Die-namics, and Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

I clustered the bucket of fish with some stamped images from the Beast Friends stamp and Die-namics. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Blueprints 12 Die-namics #mftstamps

I love the technique of randomly stamping images on watercolor paper and painting them in. I used my Mini MISTI to make it much easier to line the images up – kind of like placing puzzle pieces! I painted the background a bright blue to make the bears really pop.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Blueprints 12 Die-namics #mftstamps

For the sentiment, I die cut a stitched banner from Blueprints 12 out of black card stock. I embossed it with white embossing powder and adding some bright pink sequins.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura  featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Die-namics, Snow-Capped Mountains, Hit the Slopes, and Snowfall - Vertical Die-namics #mftstamps

To make this card background, I used three different Die-namics. First, I die cut a stitched rectangle out of white watercolor paper and added some snow to it with the Snowfall – Vertical Die-namics. I watercolored this piece with blue on the top and some pinks and purples as I moved down. I die cut two snow banks from the Hit the Slopes Die-namics and then also die cut them with a large stitched rectangle so the bottom and side edges matched up. Next, I die cut some snowy mountains with the Snow-Capped Mountains Die-namics and attached them to the top of the mountains.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura  featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Die-namics, Snow-Capped Mountains, Hit the Slopes, and Snowfall - Vertical Die-namics #mftstamps

I stamped my polar bear images with black ink and colored them in with Copic Markers. I stamped the sentiment with black ink on a banner from Tag Builder Blueprints 4. I added some white sequins inside some of the snow drops on the background to finish the card.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Die-namics and Gift Box Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

I started this card by watercoloring a mix of blues and greens on a card size piece of watercolor paper. Next, I die cut a Gift Box Cover-Up Die-namics from white card stock to use as a frame over the watercolored piece. I attached both to a card base.

Handmade card from Suzy Plantamura featuring Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set and Die-namics and Gift Box Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

I stamped all of the polar bears with Natural Premium Dye Ink and colored them with Copics so there are no outlines. I stamped the sentiment with white embossing powder and embossed. Last, I added some snowflake and clear sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my five cards using the Polar Bear Friends stamp set today. Come visit my blog for weekly “One Stamp, Five Ways” posts using many of your favorite MFT stamp sets! Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas this weekend!

Suzy


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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Out of the Box Fancy Flowers Card Kit Inspiration

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Today, we’re featuring Out of the Box looks using the brand new Fancy Flowers Card Kit available NOW – 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.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring the Fancy Flowers Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring the Fancy Flowers Card Kit #mftstamps

As a reminder, this coordinated collection is available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The $45.99 purchase price for this kit is over a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. This kit also includes 12 coordinating card stocks in an array of pretty colors and 10 envelopes to take you from craft table to mailbox in no time flat! The Fancy Flowers Card Kit will make your creativity flower!

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In case you missed it, we’re unveiling an ADDITIONAL promotion with this month’s card kit release. The first 500 orders over $50 (after discounts, before shipping and tax) will receive a FREE Mystery Gift with a value of $11.99. OOohhhhh! How fun is that? Santa must REALLY like you!

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The Fancy Flowers 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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Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring the Fancy Flowers Card Kit #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new December Card Kit. Remember, Fancy Flowers is available NOW!

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