Meet the Designers: Keeway & Vika

Today, we’re continuing our regular feature showcasing a couple of our incredible creative team members. Our team hails from around the globe and we couldn’t do what we do without their talents.

Let’s catch up with Keeway Tsao and Vika Salmina.


Creative Team member since: July 2016

What location do you call home? I live in sunny Southern California with my hubby and my sweet little puppy!

What is your favorite current MFT product? It is so difficult to single out just one as I have so many favorite MFT products! I am always head over heels over the Birdie Brown stamp sets every single month. My recent favorite would probably be the Birthday Chicks. These little birds are just the cutest and easily bring so much happiness to a card!

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? My all-time favorite MFT products would have to be the sentiment series, which includes Essential Sentiments and More Essential Sentiments. I gravitate to these sets frequently as they work with every single one of my cards. Plus, I absolutely love the all caps, even height of the sentiments, which are visually very appealing to me. I love neat things! The clean and crisp font make it complementary to any of my card designs.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? Crafting is the only hobby I need! I have hopes to spend more time practicing my handlettering and watercolor painting. However, outside of crafty world, my husband, dog, and I like to go to hiking trails and parks. I love looking for outdoor activities that I can include my dog in! I also love going out to get some extra sun after being inside crafting or in the office working all day.

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: 

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Creative Team member since: November 2016

What location do you call home? My home is a small town in the south of Ukraine.

What is your favorite current MFT product? I love so many products…it’s so, so hard to choose one but, I think right now it is the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil.

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? I’m totally in love with any of the basic shapes Die-namics — especially anything with stitching.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? I like to take watercolor classes and spend time in the garden with my flowers.

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: Many favorites!

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Outline Coloring with Lisa Johnson

Hello friends! It’s great to be back with my MFT family for this guest post. I really love these new images and had a lot of fun creating with them.

One of my very favorite ways to add color to linear stamp images is outline coloring. I use a Copic Marker to outline the image on coordinating colored card stock, then tightly trim the image, and finally layer the trimmed image onto a coordinating white die cut that been stamped with the image.

Here is the sweet girl turtle from the Too-Cute Turtles stamp set. There are several layers on this final turtle image.

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The head/neck, shell, and feet/body are all separate layers. The head/neck is the top layer and the shell is trimmed with part of the head section of the image still there. This photo shows the detail:

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

When I use multiple layers with this technique, I also like to outline the image on the middle layer. It’s nice to add some extra depth this way.

Here is another example of this technique with just a single layer using the the sweet frog from Toad-ally Awesome:

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I also added a few decorative dots on the frog.

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I really like outline coloring. I like coloring images 100% as well, but this is a nice change of pace. Give this technique a try — it’s especially great if you are intimidated by coloring but really love linear images.

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Hits & Highlights

Flop Card Die-namics provide an opportunity for so many fun techniques. Not only can they be used to create an interactive flap on your card front, a simple shift in position create a cool pop-up look that showcases your images and sentiments to perfection. These Die-namics are deceptively simple in execution with a virtually endless array of applications…does it get any better than that? If you’re ready to try out this line, take a quick peek at how our team has used them for this month’s challenge.

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

The Flop Card – Rectangle Die-namics provides a generously-sized canvas perfect for showcasing standout images like the beauties included in Birdie Brown Mermazing. Jane’s card is unadorned by any extra accents or sentiments — her coloring skills provide plenty of interest!

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

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

Torico has filled her Flop Card – Square panel with a sweet scene crafted with the Birthday Chicks. Her ingenious two-sided panel allowed her to double the fun with dual scenes and greetings while still providing for ample room on the interior for a handwritten note.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:

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Torico

MFTv – Embossing with Stencils, 3 Ways

From words and alphabets to sentiments and borders to designs from all of our fabulous illustrators — our expansive collection of stamps will suit the needs of virtually any crafter. Today and tomorrow, stock up on stamp sets you’ll love and save 15% when you apply code CLEAR at checkout. *Sale excludes brand new products.


Adding texture, from super subtle to bold & colorful, is a fantastic way to get more use from your stash of stencils — they really are one of the most versatile tools in your crafting arsenal. If you haven’t tried embossing with your stencils because you weren’t sure how to do it, Stephanie has you covered in this week’s episode of MFTv!

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

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

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 – Embossing with Stencils, 3 Ways 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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Happy Day Gatefold Card

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

from Melania’s blog: Joy Meadows

Joy, please email erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize!


Playing around with different types of folds is not only fun, it also creates an opportunity for innovative new design applications that you’re recipients will flip for. Karolyn is kind of a whiz when it comes to inventive mechanisms and designs and today, she’s sharing her technique for creating this horizontal gatefold look featuring Meant to Bee.

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch How to Create a Gatefold Card on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

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MFT Youtube Guest Series

We love offering a variety of ways to save on your favorite stamp sets, Die-namics, and exclusive MFT Replenishments. Sometimes though, we just want you to have your pick on how you’ll save with MFT. Today only, put a dent in that wish list and save $15 with code 15OFF75 applied at checkout. *Excludes brand new.


When was the last time you perused the MFT Youtube channel? If you typically watch MFTv and product preview videos here on our blog but aren’t subscribed to our channel you’re probably missing out. We have an exceptionally talented stable of guest designers contributing to monthly video series and they’re only available in full on Youtube – subscribe today because each of these incredible ladies brings something uniquely innovative and inspiring to the table.

Creative Spark with Laura Bassen

In this fabulous monthly feature, join the amazing Laura Bassen as she shares her talents and humor while creating a project featuring products from My Favorite Things.

Jumpstart Your Creativity with Justine

Are you ready to Jumpstart Your Creativity? Join Justine in this monthly feature as she shares cards and projects featuring products from My Favorite Things.

Sparkle & Shine with Carissa Wiley

Join Carissa Wiley in this monthly feature as she shares cards and projects featuring products from My Favorite Things and a bit of sparkle and shine.

Christy Gets Crafty with My Favorite Things

In this monthly feature, join the talented Christy Reuling as she shares a project using products from My Favorite Things.

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

The Stitched Blooms Card Kit has sold out but the Stitched Blooms Die-namics will be available for purchase with our June Release.

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

You’ll find the Stitched 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 Stitched Blooms 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 April 2018 kit, is the Hello Die-namics. While supplies last, Hello will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Hello 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 $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 Melania Deasy featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Stitched Blooms 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 Stitched Blooms 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: Amanda Bodine (Apr 22, 2018 @ 21:13)

Countdown Day One Winner: Kim Hund (Apr 24, 2018 @ 01:28)

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 Stitched Blooms Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, April 26 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 April 27. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

The Stitched Blooms Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our Stitched Blooms 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.

* The April 2018 card kit has sold out but the Stitched Blooms Die-namics will be available for purchase with our June Release.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on April 24. 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 April 24 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 $35.99. In addition to the Stitched Blooms Die-namics, you’ll also receive (19) sheets of beautifully coordinated card stock, (28) gorgeous color-coordinated envelopes, and a package of stunning, sparkling crystal accents.

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


Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new April card kit. Remember, Stitched Blooms will be available tomorrow night at 9 PM EDT.

Introducing the Stitched Blooms 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 $35.99.

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

* The April 2018 card kit has sold out but the Stitched Blooms Die-namics will be available for purchase with our June Release.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on April 24. 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 April 24 on the MFT Blog.

Stunning stitched detailing is the defining characteristic of our latest kit. Each piece features stitch lines, either around the perimeter or in a decorative pattern, to emphasize the lines and curves of the flowers, flower centers, and foliage elements. Use the vibrant rainbow of included card stock to create blossoming bouquets of layered flowers. Choose virtually any sentiment in your collection to pair with your flower elements to create cards suited to any occasion. A veritable garden of coordinating envelopes and a package of beautiful clear crystals complete the kit.

Stitched Blooms Die-namics #mftstamps

With this month’s kit, we’re releasing the Hello Die-namics. This versatile sentiment will find its way onto cards for years to come! Remember, our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60.

Hello Die-namics #mftstamps

Would you like to learn how Stephanie used our April card kit to create this lush look featuring our gorgeous new florals? You won’t want to miss this week’s episode of MFTv!

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

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

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, How to Create a Rainbow Die-Cut Backround featuring the Stitched Blooms 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 April card kit. Remember, Stitched Blooms will be available Tuesday, April 24 at 9 PM EDT!

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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Our Story

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 again, it’s time for another Artistic Expression and this month, I will be sharing a simple technique that anyone can accomplish, regardless of their skill level.

So let’s get started…who loves books? I know I do and I’m sure most of us know a little bookworm or two for whom this card would be appropriate.

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

I started with a top-folding A2 card created with Primitive Cream Card Stock. I die cut my card base with the largest Stitched Tag-Corner Rectangle STAX die and with careful placement, I was able to keep the stitch pattern along the top edge.  I used the same Die-namics to cut a smaller piece of Copic suitable card stock.

With the aid of a MISTI, I stamped the little boy from Birdie Brown’s Our Story with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink.  I re-stamped it on a piece of post-it tape, which I fussy cut and placed over the stamped image. This allowed me to stamp one set of books so that they appear to be lying behind the boy. I reduced the size of the second stack of books by masking part of the stamp whilst inking so that only the bottom three books were stamped. I then hand drew a plate upon which I stamped the mug.

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

The entire piece was coloured using Copic Markers.

At this point I’d like to give you a piece of advice: although it may be tempting to use as many Copic colours in your collection as possible, sometimes a limited palette is the better option.  As I intended to use the boy’s sweater for today’s tutorial, had I used a myriad of colours for all the books, they would have overpowered the composition and taken the focus away from our little bookworm!

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

COPIC COLOURS:
Background: YR30, E40, E41, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4
Skin: E30, E41, E42, E43, R20, BV20
Eyes: YG61, YG63, YG67, W8
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E17, E27, W6
Mug: R22, R24, R27, R39
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97, N2, N6
Shoes: E11, E13, E15, E27, W4, W6
Books: B91, B93, B95, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR23, YR27, E11, E13, E40, E42, R24, R29, R39, W1, W2, W4, W5
Sweater: C00, C0, C1, C2

Now for today’s tutorial: How to colour a knitted sweater

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by mapping out the shadow areas, initially with C00, then adding additional C0 in areas where the shadows would be darkest. If you have distinct lines between the two colours, don’t panic, just gently go over it with C00 to soften them.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

In this image, I have added C1 in areas where I needed to deepen the shadows and over the stamped lines on the neck, sleeve, and waistband. As before, if you need to soften the edges use a little C00 sparingly, however, if you are careful and gently apply the C1 you may not need to do this.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This is where the fun starts and you begin to see that with a simple dotting method, (yes, it’s just dots!) you begin to notice your colouring start to resemble a woolen sweater or a woolly jumper as us Brits say!

To achieve this texture, I carefully added dots of C0 over the entire area. When you have a go yourself, remember not to get carried away with your dots — you still want to be able see some of the card stock visible in the lightest areas. Your first layer of colour has already created enough shading to give your sweater shape and the dots are providing the texture.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Having added your first layer of dots with C0, you’ll need to add extra depth with C1, but again be careful not to overdo it. When I felt I had enough dots to give the impression of knitted material, I added a smidge of C2 in areas where the shadows would be darkest — under the book, under his arm, and at the left-hand side of his neck/chest area. If you need to you can soften this carefully with C1 or C0.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This particular colouring technique comes in very handy when you want to add texture to small stamped images and it’s suitable for all skill levels. I hope to see lots of examples of this method from you on social media…just remember to tag it with #mftstamps!

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