MFTv – Distressed Sketched Flowers

This week, learn how Stephanie created a pretty watercolor card by stamping images from Sketched Blooms and Sketched Blooms 2 with an assortment of Distress Ink colors before tracing lightly with a wet paintbrush — this technique works beautifully with the loose floral images in this pair of coordinating stamp sets!

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 – Distressed Sketched 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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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Happy Hippos

Our Retirement Sale rolls on – have you had a chance to pick up some of your wish list items at an incredible discount? These products are selling fast and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good so don’t wait, shop now!


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

from Jodi’s blog: Denise Evans


It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects!

Hello there, Jane again with another look at this month’s awesome MFT 11th birthday release.

As some of you saw earlier in the month that I had so much fun with the Happy Hippos that I had to have another play! With my previous card, I’d opted for pure Copic colouring. This time however, I wanted to push myself out of my colouring comfort zone and try another 3D shaker card.

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

I started out by stamping the waving hippo and one of the little birds with MFT Hybrid Ink in Gravel Gray. That’s when I had an idea — if you look at the photograph above you can see I’ve drawn lines on the hippo’s legs…and I’m going to turn them into arms! Please remember, if you intend to colour your image with Copic markers make sure you use a Copic suitable marker, in this case, a Copic Multiliner in Warm Gray.

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

Rather than the traditional grey, I opted to give my little hippo a rosy glow and coloured his little bird friend in blue.

COPIC COLOURS:

Hippo: R81, R83, R85, R89, B14, B16, W8

Bird: B21, B41, B45, YR23, W8, W2

Edge of fussy cuts: W2

I don’t have a picture of the next stage, sorry, but once coloured I fussy cut the images. I did not worry about the bird’s tiny feet as I intend to draw them back in later. Once cut, I always carefully go around the edge of the cut pieces with a W2 marker — it helps hide any dodgy scissor work!

Then it was time to turn my attention to the background and as some of you know, I have been trying to incorporate other crafting techniques into my card making. So, I opted for a Distress Ink background in gorgeous rainbow colours inspired by the Sweet Celebration Paper Pack.

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

Once inked up, I stamped my sentiment in the bottom right hand corner using Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Again, I apologise in advance that I forgot to take photographs — I got rather too engrossed in making the shaker card. Have you used the new MFT shaker dies and pouches yet? Honestly, they make this type of card a piece of cake to make. I kept with the rainbow theme by backing my shaker with dotty paper from the Sweet Celebration pack having added Springtime Sequins Mix.

At this point I would love to share an awesome tip from my fellow DT member, Karolyn Loncon. If like me you suffer from static issues you may find that your sequins stick to the inside of the pouch, or keep jumping out. To alleviate this, rub the inside of the pouch with a tumble dryer sheet — not only does it solve the static problem but it makes your card smell nice too!

I then adhered the shaker element to the card base with double sided adhesive tape.

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

Then it was time to turn my attention to the little characters I had coloured earlier. To make them look a tad more authentic I mounted them on to the card with dimensional foam tape. Nobody will ever know that you’ve used the hippo’s feet to make his hands (if you don’t tell them ;))

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

I drew the bird’s feet with the Copic Multiliner — as you recall I’d decided they were far too fiddly to try and cut by hand earlier. Once I’d mounted the characters, I felt that the water splashes I’d added were not bold enough and the star seemed to be floating with too much empty space around it… with several bags of beautiful sequins on my desk I thought why not add a little more sparkle and ta da, problem solved!

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

So there you have it. I hope this inspires you to think outside the box, use your imagination, and above all to have fun with your stamps and dies!

Until next time, happy colouring.

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Oh Happy Day

Our annual Retirement Sale is always a huge hit and this year is no exception – these stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and paper packs are selling out quickly. If you haven’t had a chance yet to check our Sale category – I hope you’ll make time today!


May is back today with another July Release project post – her cheery projects bring me so much joy!

Hi, crafty friends! It’s May here from Mayholic Design. Today I’m sharing another fun card featuring some of new products from the July Release.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I created my own patterned background by stamping a script sentiment from Handwritten Happiness repeatedly with coral ink onto an A2 sized piece of card stock.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I stamped my image from the Jungle Gym stamp set on a piece of white card stock, colored it with Copic markers, and die cut the images with the Jungle Gym Die-namics.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the Uncorked stamp set using watermark ink onto a piece of lagoon colored card stock, heat embossed it with white embossing powder, and die cut it with Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

I mounted the die-cut image and sentiment banner on the card front using foam tape to add some dimension. I finished my card by adding white dash lines using a white gel pen to add some detail to my images.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

That’s all for today. I hope my inspired you to create something fun today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!


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

While you’re shopping for our latest kit, we also invite you to SAVE BIG at the MFT Retirement Sale. Check out this incredibly diverse collection of more than 300 Die-namics, stamps, stencils, and patterned papers – all offered at a 50% savings! Treat yourself to some special new supplies because you deserve it.

All of these items will be retired as stock is depleted so grab them now if they’re on your wish list. You’ll find the limited supply of products in our Sale category – no coupon code required, but act fast because this sale is only valid while supplies last and the sale prices are good. Not valid on previous purchases. This sale is available for online retail orders only.


It’s finally time to make the new All Smiles Card Kit all yours. We can’t WAIT to hear your thoughts about Smart Align once you’ve had a chance to experiment with our brand new system for lining up stamped images with coordinating Die-namics. It’s always exciting to debut something we’ve worked so hard on — making your crafting time more enjoyable is one of our biggest goals each month and we’re confident this system will do just that.

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring the All Smiles Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade cards from Torico featuring the All Smiles Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the All Smiles 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 All Smiles 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 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 July 2017 Kit, is the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics. While supplies last, Slanted Sentiment Strips will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Slanted Sentiment Strips 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 USA order over $75.

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 All Smiles 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 All Smiles 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: Viveca, (Jul 24, 2017 @ 00:46)

Countdown Day One Winner: Ann Marie Greenspan, (Jul 25, 2017 @ 07:14)

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 All Smiles Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, July 27 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 July 28. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

The Day Has Arrived! The All Smiles Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our All Smiles 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 EDT on July 25. 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 July 25 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 $65.99 purchase price for this kit is more than a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to two 4″ x 8″ stamp sets and two Die-namics, you’ll also receive (13) sheets of beautifully coordinated card stock. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the Smart Align system we’ve created to make it easy to line up your stamped images with the coordinating Die-namics, watch the video we released HERE – you’ll never craft the same way again!

All Smiles Card Kit #mftstamps

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

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring the All Smiles Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring the All Smiles Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring the All Smiles Card Kit #mftstamps

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

Introducing the All Smiles 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 $65.99 – with a retail value of over $80, you’ll save more than 20% off the individual purchase price!

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the All Smiles 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 July 25. 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 July 25 on the MFT Blog.

Smile BIG because our July card kit is packed with versatile florals, endearing sentiments, and vivid color. The Plentiful Petals stamp set features bold, beautiful flowers and petals designed to layer beautifully in creating multi-color bouquets and standalone blooms. We’ve made it easy to optimize your crafting by outlining the images designed to layer together and debuting our clever Smart Align technology. The All Smiles stamp set and Double the Smiles Die-namics feature a generously sized Smile that can be combined with the supplemental sentiments to create a virtually endless variety of phrases and greetings. We’ve completed this cheery kit with (13) sheets of colorful card stock in a perfect palette for flowers and leaves — what a fantastic starting point for your card kit projects.

All Smiles Card Kit #mftstamps

If you joined us on Facebook last week for a live chat with Kim & Jody, you’re already clued in to our innovative new system for aligning stamp images and Die-namics. Smart Align is an easy and intuitive way to line up images like those included in our Plentiful Petals stamp set and Die-namics that due to their design, require excessive trial and error to find the correct positioning. Those petals can be tricky but thanks to Smart Align, you’re crafting just got a lot more fun and a lot less frustrating! Watch the video below to learn how Smart Align is about to revolutionize your crafting.

Plentiful Petals stamp set #mftstamps

Plentiful Petals Die-namics #mftstamps

Plentiful Petals in use #mftstamps

All Smiles stamp set #mftstamps

Double the Smiles Die-namics #mftstamps

With this month’s kit, we’re releasing the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics. Remember, our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60!

Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics #mftstamps

See the MFT All Smiles Card Kit Unboxing on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Would you like to learn how Stephanie used our July card kit to create this smile-inducing look? You won’t want to miss this week’s episode of MFTv!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring All Smiles Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring All Smiles Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, Stamped Floral Background, featuring the All Smiles 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 July card kit. Remember, All Smiles will be available tomorrow, July 25 at 9 PM EDT!

Celebrate with Amy…Shaker Style!

Amy Kolling is back! It’s been too long since we had her share her wonderful MFT creations with us so it’s a joy to say hey again and see what magic she creates with our latest release.

Hi MFT friends! It’s Amy from Stamp-n-Paradise and I’m so excited to be guest designing this month for the MFT blog. The July Release was full of amazing and fun new products.  I loved seeing products to make shakers this release as they are one of my favorite types of cards to make!

I started by doing a watercolor background using various colors of Distress Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Worn Lipstick. After letting this panel dry, it was die cut using the stitched rectangle in Blueprints 13. To soften this panel and make my balloon shaker stand out, I layered a piece of vellum.

Next, I went about creating a fun shaker element for this panel. Using the new Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics, I die cut the center of the balloon into the watercolor panel. I layered the Balloon Window (which was partially blended with Distress Oxide Ink) over the cutout (and vellum) to create my shaker element.

I added a partially blended Celebrate Die-namics over the balloon shaker. The balloon was embellished with streamers and a string die cuts from this set. A few die-cut glitter stars were added and to finish, my panel was adhered over some Sparkling Clear Confetti to fill the shaker!

That’s all for today but I will be back with more inspiration using the new release! Have fun crafting!


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A Note from Kim

Eleven years ago, I had a dream. It seemed impossibly huge at the time and yet, we’ve far surpassed anything I could have imagined when I first completed that business license application in July 2006.

Every year around this time, I get a bit nostalgic about how far MFT has come in the past eleven years. I’ve talked before about the evolution of our physical space, team size, and product catalog, the story of My Favorite Things, and some of my favorite moments in MFT history. Last year, I shared our story in this video. I marvel every year over the new products we’ve created, new friends we’ve made, and new growth we’ve experienced. It’s been an incredible journey.

Today, in honor of yet another year around the sun with my MFT baby, Jody and I will be hosting an MFT Insiders chat on Facebook at 10:30 AM EDT. We have some fun things planned, and of course, a few tricks up our sleeves so set an alarm and join us on our MFT Facebook page. We can’t wait to catch up with you.

From all of us at MFT, thank you for joining us on this crazy-wonderful journey.

Smitten with You

We’re excited to have May Park joining us on the blog today for the first of our July guest posts — welcome May!

Hi, crafty friends! It’s May here from Mayholic Design. Today I’m so excited to be guest designing for the MFT blog, sharing a fun card that I created with some of the new products from the July 2017 Release.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by stamping the images from the Smitten Kitten stamp set on A2 sized card stock. Then I stamped my cat and bow images on a piece of white card stock with Intense Black Ink, colored them with Copic markers, and cut out the images with the Smitten Kitten Die-namics.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my sentiment, I cut out the letters using the You Trio Die-namics. Then I stamped the sentiment from the All About You stamp set using watermark ink on a piece of black card stock, heat embossed with white embossing powder, and die cut with the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I mounted the die-cut images, letters, and sentiment banner on the card front using 3M foam tape to add some dimension. I finished off my card by adding white dots using a white gel pen to add some details to my kitty.

Handmade card from May Park featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

That’s all for today. I hope my inspired you to create something fun today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!


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Release Replay: July 2017

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

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

Unexpected colors, a stitched and layered backdrop, and a fun pattern courtesy of the Whimsical Waves Background complement the new Happy Birthday to You design from our Pure Innocence line. Inge has a way with Pure Innocence – she impresses with every new release!

While it’s always exciting to play with new goodies for the first time, don’t forget to show your older supplies some love — think about how they’ll old will play with new and you might be surprised at the combinations you discover

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A perfect stack of pink cupcakes is featured on Debbie’s card. The image and sentiment come from the sweet new Happy Hippos set from Birdie Brown. A simple sentiment strip and a mix of patterns completes the look.

Look beyond the characters…most of our stamp sets feature a number of complementary accessory images for completing a scene, or to act as stand alone or pattern building basics.

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