Hits & Highlights

If you’re building a supply of stamps and Die-namics, or simply looking to add even more versatility to your existing collection, our line of essentials is the perfect place to start. This line features a sentiment for every occasion in an enviable mix of classic greetings and unique, smile-inducing phrases. A clean font in a compact but legible size allows you to mix the phrases with existing sets in your collection and pairs perfectly with our essential Die-namics — Cover-Ups and sentiment strips designed to spotlight your sentiments to perfection.

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips are perfect for housing a sentiment with style. The strips are sized to perfectly mix and match with your stamped and die-cut sentiments. Jody’s endearing sentiment choice is a beautiful pairing with the Rustic Wildflowers patterned panel she’s created.

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

Essential Cover-Ups are awesome in so many ways. They provide a frame and sentiment strip in one while allowing you to showcase a fun scene like the one Barbara has created with Feel Better. The Essential Sentiments stamp set features the perfect follow-up phrase for the scripty Feel Better sentiment as well — that clean and simple font will work with any stamps you have in your collection!

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

MFTv – How to Create an Inset Image

Have you ever tried creating reverse dimension on your cards? Most of us are familiar with the technique of creating dimension by attaching our die cuts onto cards with foam tape, but how about attaching a large popped-up panel to frame your colored image? It’s a fun and easy twist that will create so many new crafting opportunities for you.

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

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

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

Watch MFTv – How to Create an Inset Image 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!

Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Witch Way Is the Candy?

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

from Keisha’s blog: Lisascreativeniche


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! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Hello there! Well it’s that time of the month when I wrack my brains to come up with something to inspire you to get crafty with MFT products!

As it’s close to Halloween and like so many of you out there I was thrilled to see Witch Way Is the Candy? brought back, I thought I’d make the most of it and use her companions for this months feature:

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

I started by stamping all three creatures on Copic suitable card with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. As you can see I have used partial images — they are going to end up as polaroid pictures and if your photography is anything like mine, erm, well let’s just say there’s room for improvement!

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

The little froggy is intent on getting his tongue on that fly that’s buzzing around. I drew in his extra-long tongue and the fly — why not give it a try next time…add a little comedy to your colouring!

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

I added the background afterwards as it is considerably darker than the image…the rule is, colour the lightest areas first — especially important if you are dealing with very pale colours — so had the background been pale I would have coloured that prior to the frog.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

Here it is as the completed polaroid.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

With the puddy tat, I opted to use greys and purples instead of the usual black which can be a little too strong and you often lose some of the finer details. I also changed the shape of the eyes — on the stamp they are round dots but I gave this little guy more realistic, elongated pupils.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

After colouring in the background, I thought the plain blue was a tad boring so I used my white gel pen to add a few dots. If you squint they sort of look like stars way off in the distance.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

Oh before I forget, the whiskers and fine details were created using a fine Copic Multiliner. He looks a mighty smart chap in his bow tie, don’t you think?

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

By contrast to the cat and as an experiment I coloured the bat with just warm greys and I am pretty pleased with the result. Those eyes of his make me giggle and I decided to add a little batty friend from Fab-BOO-lous Friends to keep him company.  The moon is simply a partial circle, coloured with YR30 and splotches of C0 — a really easy technique and it filled in what would have been a big empty expanse of blue ink!

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

Upon adding the sky and stars, as per the cat image, I decided that the moonlight would be making the little guy glow.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

And here he is in his final polaroid — handsome little lad isn’t he!

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

The final, teeny weeny photograph was created by colouring the background Copic card with blue inks and then stamping the spiders web on top with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. Now a word of caution, pigment ink can be juicy and as I wanted a delicate spiders web I double stamped it, once on scrap paper and then on the coloured card. It worked a treat — I got a delicate, translucent web instead of a splodgy one. The additional lines were created with a white gel pen, but a white coloured pencil would work too.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

Now, some of you know I have been playing around with Distress inks lately and decided that they would make a perfect background for my Spooky Snapshots – so I got inky, splashed around a bit of water and blasted the whole thing with my heat gun. I stamped an appropriate sentiment in the corner using After Midnight Premium Dye Ink — no need to worry about using Hybrid Ink as I wasn’t going to be adding any Copic colouring to this part of the card.

Want to see it all together?

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

To add a little interest to the card, which, let’s face it, is a quite plain and simple design, I mounted the cat on thin foam squares and used thicker ones for the frog as he was in the front.

Hopefully, this card demonstrates that you don’t have to head straight for those purples, oranges and lime greens for your Halloween projects! And I adore the Precious Polaroid Die-namics…oldies, I know but when you only have time for a small amount of colouring they are perfect!

Now over to you…I’d love to see your Halloween snapshots. Get your imagination flowing, try adding a bit of comedy to your card, or just get inky — whatever inspires you to get creative. And remember, above all – have fun!

It’s Your LAST CHANCE to Become a 2017 Card Design Superstar!

Today is your LAST CHANCE to enter our 2017 Card Design Superstar contest. With more than $4,000 in prizes, there is no reason not to toss your hat in the ring. Even if you’re not one of our chosen superstars, you still win by stretching your creativity and creating a handmade card that will become a treasure to a future recipient.

Be selected as one of our FIFTEEN 2017 Card Design Superstars (five winners from each of the three categories) and win a $250 prize from My Favorite Things! You’ll be able to use your prize code to choose from hundreds of products included in the exclusive My Favorite Things line. In addition to our fifteen superstars, we’ll also be randomly selecting one winner per category to win a $100 prize. In case you’re a math wizard in addition to a card design superstar, you’re right – that’s over $4,000 in prizes!

Get your creative motor running and start thinking about how you want to interpret our Superstar categories. In addition to our usual line-up of judges, we’ve also recruited the discerning eyes of nine of our talented team of creative contributors and they can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your superstar sleeves. Show us all that you’ve got what it takes to be a:

Clean & Simple Genius

Here is your chance to showcase your innate understanding of design. White space, color theory, and design rules are critical components of pulling off a beautifully clean & simple look. You understand that sometimes, less is more, and you aren’t afraid to show it!

Special guest judges: Inge, Karolyn, and Laurie

Coloring Virtuoso

Whether your preferred medium is paint, marker, or pencil, coloring is a skill you’ve honed since those early years spent with Crayolas and a favorite coloring book. The MFT collection of images is vast, so now is your opportunity to show off your exceptional coloring skills!

Special guest judges: Debbie, Francine, and Jane

Innovation Master

We’re gaga for specialty cards. If designs featuring sliders, shakers, fancy folding, or 3D elements are your thing, have we got the contest for you! Let’s see your brain-bending looks! Balancing an elaborate idea with pitch-perfect execution and an eye for design is a true skill — one we know you’re up to the task to demonstrate.

Special guest judges: Jodi, Melania, and Torico

Are you excited yet? GOOD. Now that you’re ready to dive into your crafting, a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Create brand new/original cards using any theme you like. Previously posted cards will not be considered.
  • The maximum number of entries per participant is one card per category, for a maximum of three entries in all. Multiple entries in a single category will be disqualified. Each card may only be entered in a single category.
  • Use stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and patterned papers from My Favorite Things. Cards using other products will be disqualified immediately, so get creative with the MFT products that you have on hand! Use whatever card stock and inks you have available.
  • Submit your card(s) to the appropriate InLinkz collection linked at the end of this post on or before 10 PM EDT on Thursday, September 21.
  • When submitting your card, please simply use your name in the Link Title section.
  • International entries are most DEFINITELY welcome!

What will the panel of judges be looking for?

  • Great design
  • Superb execution
  • Clever uses of our product
  • Fresh approaches

The fifteen winning cards will be revealed on the blog on Thursday, September 28th, and our 2017 Card Design Superstars will be announced.

We hope that this year’s updated format will encourage you all to create something you love. Show us what you’ve got, superstar!

Enter your card for the Clean & Simple Genius Category HERE

Enter your card for the Coloring Virtuoso Category HERE

Enter your card for the Innovation Master Category HERE

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

It’s finally time to make the new Snow Globe Card Kit all yours. Are you ready to shake up your holiday and winter crafting?

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring the Snow Globe Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Snow Globe 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 Snow Globe 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 September 2017 kit, is the Joy Die-namics. While supplies last, Joy will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Joy 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 Torico featuring the Snow Globe Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring the Snow Globe 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 Snow Globe 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: Leslie Birdsall, (Sep 18, 2017 @ 01:25)

Countdown Day One Winner: Heather Innusa, (Sep 19, 2017 @ 10:38)

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

The Day Has Arrived! The Snow Globe Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our Snow Globe 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 September 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 9:00 PM EDT on September 19 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 $43.99 purchase price for this kit is more than a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to a 3″ x 4″ stamp sets and two Die-namics, you’ll also receive (15) sheets of beautifully coordinated card stock as well as shaker pouches, adhesive wood paper, and sparkling Diamond Dust.

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

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring the Snow Globe Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring the Snow Globe Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring the Snow Globe Card Kit #mftstamps

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

Introducing the Snow Globe 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 $43.99 — with a retail value of approximately $55, you’ll save more than 20% off the individual purchase price!

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the Snow Globe 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 September 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 9:00 PM EDT on September 19 on the MFT Blog.

Are you ready for some wintry crafting fun? Our September card kit is packed with goodness. We’ve thought of everything — just add your own unique brand of creativity to whip up some greeting cards perfect for the season.

The Snow Globe Die-namics is designed to create a dimensional shaker reminiscent of those classic collectible items. Simply insert one of the coordinating shaker pouches for an instant dome ready to fill with die-cut elements and shaker components. The Scenic Snow Globe Die-namics includes elements sized to fit perfectly within the globe. Mix and match the pieces to create cozy scenes tucked between the included mini snow drifts using the Christmas cottage, snowman, and scene-building components.

Snow Globe Sentiments includes (10) phrases ranging from holiday wishes to simple winter greetings. The collection features a clean and modern font that makes the sentiments a perfect fit for the base element of the snow globe.

The (15) sheets of card stock represent a palette sure to inspire a plethora of brrrr-illiant scenes. Use the adhesive-backed wood paper for the base of your snow globe or select elements contained within. Finally, sprinkle some of the included Diamond Dust Glitter inside your shaker to impart some sparkling magic to your snowy scenes.

Snow Globe Card Kit #mftstamps

Snow Globe Sentiments stamp set #mftstamps

Snow Globe Die-namics #mftstamps

Scenic Snow Globe Die-namics #mftstamps

Snow Globe Card Kit in use #mftstamps

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

Joy Die-namics #mftstamps

See the Snow Globe Card Kit Unboxing on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Would you like to learn how Stephanie used our September card kit to create this cozy winter scene? You won’t want to miss this week’s episode of MFTv!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Snow Globe Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Snow Globe Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, How to Create a Snow Globe Scene, featuring the Snow Globe 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 September card kit. Remember, Snow Globe will be available tomorrow, September 19 at 9 PM EDT!

Shaker Bears for Any Occasion

Hello everyone! It’s Amy, and I’m so happy to be back to share two fun shaker cards featuring the Bitty Bears stamp set. Two days ago, I shared gift tags made with them, and today I’m sharing the matching cards.

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I made two very similar cards for different occasions. For both, I stamped the images from Bitty Bears on Smooth White Card Stock and colored them with Copic markers. I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add small accents. After, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I also used the same Blueprints 27 Die-namics for the base panel, as well as the inner rectangle for the shaker windows. This Blueprints is perfect for adding cute critters inside the three small rectangles and sentiments in the long rectangle window.

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To begin, I created the base panel for the Christmas card by die cutting Bristol card stock using the scallop die from Blueprints 27. I inked it with Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Twisted Citron Distress Oxides, and splattered water with a paint brush. Once everything dried, I ran it through the die-cutting machine with the Vertical Snowfall Die-namics to create a snowy background.

To make the shaker window, I die cut white card stock with the inner rectangle from Blueprints 27, and trimmed heat resistant acetate to the same size. After treating the acetate with anti-static powder, I stamped the sentiment Happy Holiday Cheer to You! from Toasty Greetings using Versamark, and heat set with white embossing powder. Next, I adhered the acetate behind the window frame. I added two layers of foam adhesive around the frame and mounted it on top of the base after adding some glitter and fake snow.

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To finish, I added the images to the three square and added the card to a slightly larger top-folding card base.

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The second card was made the same way as the first card, with a few differences. For the birthday card, I added different colors inside the three small squares. I used thin washi tapes to create borders for adding different inks. I removed the tape once I was done. I inked the base panel with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide and Spun Sugar Distress Ink. For the smaller squares, I used Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides.

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The sentiment was prepared the same way as the first card. May All Your Wishes Come True is from the Big Birthday Sentiments stamp set. For the shaker component, I used sparkling clear sequins and added colored images of cupcakes, hearts, and gift boxes in the smaller compartments.

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. See you again September 27th. Until then, happy crafting!

Love You to the Core: Watercolor Pencil Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Hello, coloring friends! It’s Sandy Allnock, here again to hopefully inspire you to go do some coloring. If we haven’t yet met – I’m a coloring fanatic, and you can see all my guest posts here at MFT by clicking HERE. LOTS of you who are fans of MFT do love to color, and that’s because of all the darling stamps they make each month!

This month is no different of course. The second I saw this little Pure Innocence girl snacking on an apple from her little basket, I had to color her right up – and add a fall scene behind her!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’ve been obsessed with fall scenes lately — you can check my Instagram feed for lots more scene ideas for your fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving cards. (And I’m moving into Christmas now, too, so ya best run and catch up! lol!) But first – enjoy the watercolor pencil video:

Lots of fun — and easy, too. That’s the great thing about trees…they’re just blobs of color!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Glossy Accents is one of my favorite embellishments on an image – adding just a little shine to her apples and shoes!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Hope you enjoyed this little project – get out there and get busy coloring, too!

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Tags Galore from Amy Yang

Hello, MFT fans! It’s Amy from Sharingnewlove, and I’m super excited to be guest designing for MFT this month. It’s such an honor to be invited again. For today, I created some fun shaker birthday and Christmas gift tags using one of my favorite new release stamp sets, Bitty Bears. Not only are these adorable bears great for making cards, but they are the perfect size for making cute tags using the Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics.

Handmade tags from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To begin, I stamped and colored the images from Bitty Bears with Copic markers, and cut them with the coordinating dies. I used a white Gelly Roll pen on some of the images to add details and highlights.

Handmade tags from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To create the back panels, I die cut Bristol card stock using the solid tag from Tag Builder Blueprints 5. I distressed the panels using various Distress Oxide inks. For the Christmas tags, I added white dots with the Gelly Roll pen on the background as well as the front of the acetate to resemble snow.

Handmade tags from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I normally use foam tape for shakers but for this project, I die cut 42 tags from white card stock using the the tag die with the rectangle window. I added 7 layers to each tag and adhered them onto the back panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue. With the thin borders, I thought this was a cleaner and neater way to do it.

Handmade tags from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the front panels, I die cut white card stock using the tag with the rectangle window for the birthday tags, and a tag with two windows for the Christmas tags. I adhered trimmed acetate behind all the front panels. After adding the sequins, glitters, and some small colored images (as shown) on top of the back panels, I enclosed it by adhering the front panels.

Handmade tags from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I used the banner die from Tag Builder Blueprints 5 to die cut 6 banners and stamped the sentiment from Bitty Bears using Versamark. Next, I heat set it using silver embossing powder. I curved the sentiment stamps a little so they would match the shape of the banner. Then, I adhered the banners to the front as shown. I also glued on the die-cut circle reinforcements on all the tags. Lastly, I adhered the bears and added ribbons to complete the tags.

Handmade tags from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I will be back again September 15th to share with you two cards that coordinate with these tags. Till then, happy crafting!