Undeniable Chemistry

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

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Any science fans out there?? I’m Sandy Allnock and it’s time for a little confession. When I was in school, I loved the idea of science. I loved all the pretty beakers, and all the things to mix in them, watch them bubble and broil. But I couldn’t get past the way the science lab smelled! Okay okay, for you scientists, that might be your love, or I might have just had fellow students who liked to mix up stinky things! But today I bring you science that makes the artist in me happy. Are you ready?

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I’ve made two cards today, one using leftover parts from the other – don’t waste those bits! And in my video, I’ll show you a few different ways to apply watercolor powders to your work. 1) Dropping powder into pools of water; 2) Picking up powder from a palette or work surface; and 3) Spritzing with water! Watch the video and learn more about watercolor powders on my blog!

The first card came out so cute using just the dies – before cutting anything apart! Lots of times the dies are set up so that verticals are vertical, or there are interesting patterns they can create. When you get a new set, think about it before getting out your snipping tools! And if one part of the die set looks odd – like the “insides” of the beakers in the lower left here – just put your sentiment panel there. Easy peasy!

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The little Pure Innocence stamps are so much fun to color – and I used similar techniques for her as for the background above. Just dropping watercolor powder into wet areas, and drying them in between.

For the background for card two, a spritz of water and sprinkle of powder made that fun cloud of bubbling beakers! And to color those little “contents” for the beakers was easy too – spritz and sprinkle!

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The watercolor powders work on other watercolor papers, but I love how nicely they move on the Arches Rough Cold Press – it’s got a texture that pushes color in fun ways! On my blog today I’ve got a playlist of more Brusho videos if the product intrigues you. WARNING: It’s highly addictive!

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Cheeky Monkey Meets Copics

Hi there! My name is Sandy Allnock, and I’m so excited to bring a few ideas your way with the most recent release from MFT. I’ve loved MFT stamps and Die-namics, like furrrever…oh my. So it’s a treat to come here to share with all of you!

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If you don’t know me – my “thing” is coloring mediums….and if I were on a desert island, with only one medium to color with for the rest of my life…I’d have to choose Copics. (Don’t tell my watercolors or pencils, please!) I love these markers so much and know them so intimately that I just printed and colored my charts on all the colors of paper I like to color on. Does that make me a total art nerd!?!?

For the experiment I did with them today, I started off with…Cheeky Monkey! And while I was creating the video (which is over on my blog), I inspired myself with some fruit, hoping I could “channel” some primate instincts! My images are all stamped in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. Please note that in the first 1:33 of this video, something went haywire with sound! It does get fixed after a minute and a half, and I am so embarrassed. That’s what I get for editing on the road at CHA, right? Enjoy!

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I stamped one of the monkeys on each of three papers…and used the aforementioned crazy charts to pick my colors. While it’s not possible to get an exact match on different papers – you can get pretty close!

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After all that was done, I took what I learned with that color play, and stamped a card with LOTS of cheeky monkeys! Whenever I get a stamp set, I like to be sure I stamp and color them all, because I don’t want any of them to be sad! So creating a jungle full of monkeys was a no-brainer. I took the stamped paper and card base with me to CHA – and colored in my hotel room! The leaves on the popped panel are simply strokes of marker that were added to the background – and the strips on the left and right are colored with the same green, but on strips adhered to the card base, so nothing is bleeding through to the inside. This would be a great card for a lil dude!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Cheeky Monkey #mftstamps

And if you’re wondering what’s going on in the background of this photo – this is what happens when crafters get to take pictures on window sills in hotel rooms! Two weeks spent at CHA and the Periscope Summit meant I was working on the road!

Thanks so much for joining me – I’ll be back with more to share soon!

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Sweet Hello

Amy is back with us today with a charming card featuring the Sketched Blooms and Label Maker Love stamp sets.

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Hello!  As we are getting more winter weather….blech, I totally have spring on my mind. It’s my favorite time of the year…not only the warm, mild temperatures but the FLOWERS! My husband has the green thumb in our family and does most (all) of our planting. I have fallen in love with the new Sketched Blooms stamp set. It brings me back to my roots of stamping…just ink and stamps. This set is perfect for layering colors and creating wonderful color combinations!

Handmade card from Amy Kolling featuring Sketched Blooms and Label Maker Love. #mftstamps

I stamped all my blooms with the ‘stamp off once and stamp’ technique.  By using this stamp technique, you get more shades out of a few colors.  I used the MFT Premium Dye Inks for this in shades of Ripe Raspberry, Red Hot, Bubblegum, Coral Crush, and Gumdrop Green. I did basic stamping and then die cut my panel with the Blueprints 13 stitched rectangle.

Handmade card from Amy Kolling featuring Sketched Blooms and Label Maker Love. #mftstamps

My sentiment was done in bold black using Label Maker Love. I love adding bold sentiments with gorgeous color! I stamped the sentiment I wanted, trimmed, and adhered with foam adhesive. A few clear sequins were added to make this shine! Thanks so much for joining me here today!

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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW January Card Kit

** Please note, the Beautiful Blooms Card Kit has sold out.

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

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Beautiful Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Beautiful Blooms 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 Blooms Kit Launch celebration!

Earlier today, Jody shared a live Periscope unboxing of the January card kit. You can watch it HERE or by clicking play below.

We’ve also updated our Printable Resource section with the Tranquil Textures Paper Pack Color Reference Guide. In addition to our usual 8 1/2″ x 11″ PDF, we’ve also added one sized perfectly for your paper pad. Simply print, trim, and attach for easy color reference. Be sure to watch Jody’s video to see how she’s using hers!

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

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1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail 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 Jodi Collins featuring the Beautiful Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Like what you see? Add more coordinating product to stretch your kit even further. Use MFT Premium Dye Ink Refills to replenish your mini cubes.

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Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Beautiful Blooms Countdown prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown! Two lucky stampers 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: Rhandi Demars  – Comment #696

Countdown Day One Winner: Janice – Comment #118

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 Blooms Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, January 21 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 January 22. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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The Day has Arrived! Our Beautiful Blooms Card Kit Release is So Close!

** Please note, the Beautiful Blooms Card Kit has sold out.

Updated 1/21/16.

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We have one more day to preview our new Beautiful Blooms Card Kit before it’s available for purchase tonight. More inspiration, a handy PDF download, and a new episode of MFTv are among the treats we have for you today.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on January 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 EST on January 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 $59.99 purchase price for this kit is a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to the Beautiful Blooms stamp set and Die-namics, the kit includes 4 Premium Dye Ink Cubes, the new Tranquil Textures Paper Pack, 15 sheets of card stock, and the Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix.

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The Beautiful Blooms 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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A brand new episode of MFTv focuses on building a bouquet with some of the included images as well as demonstrates how easy it is to manipulate the stamps to suit your needs and attain the look you’re after.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Beautiful Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s MFTv featuring the Beautiful Blooms Card Kit HERE or by watching the video below.

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

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Introducing the Beautiful Blooms Card Kit

** Please note, the Beautiful Blooms Card Kit has sold out.

Updated 1/21/16.

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We’ve been keeping a secret for awhile and finally, we can share it. Introducing the very first MFT Card Kit. MFT Card Kits bring you exceptional value and incredible ease. These coordinated kits will include everything you need to craft a bounty of beautiful cards. 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 $59.99 – a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually!

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

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on January 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 EST on January 19 on the MFT Blog.

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The Beautiful Blooms Card Kit features stunning florals and a beautifully coordinated color palette. Stamp images layer to create arrangements full of depth and dimension. A trio of sentiments make this stamp set versatile enough for a variety of occasions while the coordinating Die-namics includes everything necessary to cut the flowers and foliage included in the stamp set, as well as bud vases to contain your arrangements.

This kit is rounded out by 4 Premium Dye Ink Cubes, the new Tranquil Textures Paper Pack, 15 sheets of card stock, and the Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix.

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Learn more about the Beautiful Blooms Card Kit HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Beautiful Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

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Handmade card from Torico featuring Beautiful Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

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

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Illustrator Spotlight Week – Round-Up

Whether it’s pretty, quirky, trendy, edgy, kitschy, sweet, or adorable, My Favorite Things is known for its wide variety of quality stamp designs. We hope you enjoyed getting to know some of  the different design families under the My Favorite Things roof this week.

Below you’ll find an inspiring collection of projects created using the *brand new* January releases from Pure Innocence, Lisa Johnson Designs, Laina Lamb Design, and Birdie Brown.

January Release from Pure Innocence

This month’s release from Pure Innocence is the I Heart You stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. Such a cute way to dress up your Valentine’s Day projects.

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring the Pure Innocence I Heart You stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring the Pure Innocence I Heart You stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

January Release from Lisa Johnson Designs

Lisa Johnson Designs debuted the All Heart stamp set and coordinating Die-namics as well as the ingenious Mini Note Die-namics. This stamp set is comprised of pretty images and lovely sentiments to create cards, gifts, and tags for those you love.

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Lisa Johnson Designs All Heart stamp set #mftstamps

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring the Lisa Johnson Designs All Heart stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

January Release from Laina Lamb Design

From Laina Lamb Design this month is the super fun Undeniable Chemistry stamp set and Chemistry Set Die-namics. You’ll chuckle at the clever sentiments paired with scientific icons and bubbling beakers and test tubes. It totally takes geekery to hilarious new heights!

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Laina Lamb Design Undeniable Chemistry stamp set and Chemistry Set Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Laina Lamb Design Undeniable Chemistry stamp set and Chemistry Set Die-namics #mftstamps

January Release from Birdie Brown

Ewe Are the Best is the newest Birdie Brown release, and it’s pretty stinking adorable! Fluffy and frolicking sheep and darling pastoral images are paired with sentiments for Valentine’s Day as well as all occasion and birthday sentiments.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Birdie Brown Ewe Are the Best stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring the Birdie Brown Ewe Are the Best stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Love what you see from the January releases from Pure Innocence, Lisa Johnson Designs, Laina Lamb Design, and Birdie Brown? Click the pictures below to shop our newest release!

Which of these new products is a must have in your book?

Illustrator Spotlight Week – Birdie Brown

Whether it’s pretty, quirky, trendy, edgy, kitschy, sweet, or adorable, My Favorite Things is known for its wide variety of quality stamp designs. This week we’d like to take the time to share inspiration from four different design families under the My Favorite Things roof.

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The Birdie Brown collection is comprised of adorable, sweet, and delightful characters. When you’re using products from the BB collection, you just can’t stop smiling!   Unknown-3 We have a great offer to get you started! Save 20% on Birdie Brown today onlyPlease note: This sale is good on in stock items only. No rain checks. Below you’ll find an inspiring collection of projects created using the Birdie Brown collection.

First up is a card by Francine featuring the delicious cocoa cups from the Merry Christmoose stamp set.

Handmade card from Francine Vuillème featuring the Birdie Brown Merry Christmoose stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Kay created this warm and cheery greeting with the Harvest Mouse stamp set and Die-namics.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring the Birdie Brown Harvest Mouse stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Melania paired the Mon Chéri stamp set and Die-namics with the Paris Skyline Die-namics in this sweet and frothy design.

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring the Birdie Brown Mon Chéri stamp set and Die-namics and the Paris Skyline Die-namics #mftstamps

Jodi’s fun design features the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set and Die-namics.

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring the Birdie Brown You Make My Tail Wag stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Love what you see from the Birdie Brown collection? Here are some products you just might like! Click the picture to see more.

What’s your favorite Birdie Brown product?

Illustrator Spotlight Week – Laina Lamb Design

Whether it’s pretty, quirky, trendy, edgy, kitschy, sweet, or adorable, My Favorite Things is known for its wide variety of quality stamp designs. This week we’d like to take the time to share inspiration from four different design families under the My Favorite Things roof.

Laina Lamb Design

The Laina Lamb Design collection is fun, fresh, and bold, giving you lots of options for creating unique and really cool projects. You’ll be delighted by these quirky and trendy designs every time you pull them out!

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We have a great offer to get you started! Save 20% on Laina Lamb Design today onlyPlease note: This sale is good on in stock items only. No rain checks.

Below you’ll find an inspiring collection of projects created using the Laina Lamb Design collection.

First up is a card by Kay featuring the versatile Hip Clips Die-namics.

Handmade card by Kay Miller featuring the Laina Lamb Design Hip Clips Die-namics #mftstamps

Francine’s design features the Count the Stars stamp set and Stars & Wishes Die-namics.

Handmade card by Francine Vuillème featuring the Laina Lamb Design Count the Stars stamp set and Stars & Wishes Die-namics #mftstamps

Melania created a striking design with the Tickled Pink stamp set and Flamingos Die-namics.

Handmade card by Melania Deasy featuring the Laina Lamb Design Tickled Pink stamp set and Flamingos Die-namics #mftstamps

Stephanie created a cool and kitschy card using the Stay Tuned stamp set and Television Die-namics.

Handmade card by Stephanie Klauck featuring the Laina Lamb Design Stay Tuned stamp set and Television Die-namics #mftstamps

Love what you see from the Laina Lamb Design collection? Here are some products you just might like! Click the picture to see more.

What’s your favorite Laina Lamb Design product?