Create in Color with Sandy Allnock

One Pair of Stamps, Two Seasons — what a great concept, right? Leave it to Sandy to show us how to easily transition some of your favorite images from one season to the next…just imagine all the possibilities!

It’s that time again — let’s get coloring!

Fall is on the way. Winter is coming! I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m sorry to bring you the bad news! It’s September and it’s time to drink that pumpkin spice and snuggle in for the cooler weather.

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

To make that transition a little easier, I’ve got a fun little idea: Stamp the little critters from Woodland Friends and Friendly Raccoons, and make one fall and one winter card — at the same time! That’s what I did…and the challenge helped me to make that winter one without *too* much resentment about summer being behind us! Watch the video below for the easy technique.

The little fall leaves are so easy — almost like polka dots but make them more like little marker strokes so they look a bit more like crunchy leaves. If they’re too bright, add some purple for the complementary color and dull it down a little.

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

As for winter — a touch of blue is all they need to stand in the snow! It’s fun to create a couple footprints too…

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

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Are you already imagining how you can apply this theory to your own collection? Maybe you’ve already added these sweet images from our September Release to your stash! If you make this idea your own, be sure to tag us with #mftstamps — we want to see what you’re creating!

     

You Could Be a 2018 Card Design Superstar!

Are you ready? It’s that time of year again…time to announce our annual Card Design Superstar contest!

We recognize and appreciate so many different card making styles — each is unique and relevant. While it would be impossible to categorize all of the different styles our customers represent, in an effort to encourage as many of you as possible to feel welcome and to participate, we’re continuing with the format we established last year by breaking the contest into three separate categories. Not only does this mean you have a chance to shine in a specific category or by displaying your versatility in all three, it also means we have an abundance of prize opportunities for you.

Be selected as one of our FIFTEEN 2018 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 — 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: Amy, Francine, and Torico

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: Barbara, Melania, and Rachel

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 Monday, September 17.
  • When submitting your card, please simply use your name in the Link Title section.
  • International entries are most DEFINITELY welcome! Please note however that we are unable to accept entries from Russia due to shipping prohibitions.

What will the panel of judges be looking for?

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

The fifteen winners will be revealed on the blog on Wednesday, September 26th, and our 2018 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

Techniques & Tutorials: September 2018

It’s a new month, we just completed a new release, we’re putting the finishing touches on a new card kit debuting soon, and we have a new batch of fabulous promotions coming your way starting TODAY. Take advantage of sitewide savings on your favorite MFT stamps, Die-namics, Replenishments, and our vast array of tools and supplies. Save 15% on in-stock products when you apply code SEPTEMBER at checkout. *Excludes products in the “new” category.


Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique.

from Vika’s blog: Tami Priebe

from Laurie’s blog: Annalisa Young

Congratulations to you both! Tami and Annalisa, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you all!


If you love detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos to recreate some of your favorite MFT projects, Techniques & Tutorials is just for you! Our designers are going the extra mile with a collection of projects featuring more in-depth direction to help you achieve a similar look.

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today, Melania is sharing a tutorial for creating this stunning autumnal shaker card featuring the latest collection from Birdie Brown. You’ll quickly discover that our new Circle Trio Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics pairs in fun new ways with a wide range of images in your stash. Be sure to head to her blog to find the full tutorial with coordinating images every step of the way. We hope you’ll find time this weekend to do some fall crafting of your own! Tag #mftstamps when you share your creations on social media so we can see the results of your ingenuity…happy crafting!

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Tips & Tricks: September 2018

Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your brand-new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.

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

Thoughtful gift card presentation is a crucial consideration for cardmakers…the card itself is always critical but when it’s housing a gift as well, it takes on an entirely new level of importance! Stephanie has devised an elegant way of creating a fun surprise gift card presentation element with our new Double Slider Loop Slots Die-namics for today’s Tips & Tricks feature. She’s created *the* most informative video demonstrating the construction of the look — we’re so excited to try it ourselves!

Amazing, right? We know you will come up with an endless variety of ways to put this deceptively simple but incredibly handy design to use in your own projects and we can’t wait to be inspired by them.


Want to learn more about Barbara, Julie,  Melania, and Stephanie’s Tips & Tricks for our September Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!

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Just Add Color: September 2018

We so enjoy our Release Countdown each month – our team never fails to inspire us and we love seeing your enthusiasm and reading your ideas for using the new collection. We want to extend that excitement past release night with even more opportunities for the designers to blow us away with their creativity and ingenuity.

So many of our stamp sets feature images that invite color — from markers and pencils to watercolors, our designers are itching to show off their coloring prowess and innovative techniques.

Copic coloring from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Fall Friends #mftstamps

Fall weather = lots of layers = massive opportunity for customizing with color and pattern! Our Fall Friends are ready for anything with their hats, scarves, jackets, and boots. Are you as excited about bringing them home as we are?

Have you ever wondered how Torico achieves such a stunning depth of color, texture, and detail on her images? This month, she’s created a video highlighting her process with the new Birdie Brown Fall Friends — watch in her on the blog or on our Youtube channel. What she can achieve with her mix of Copic and pencil is simply magic. Having such an incredible grasp of color pairings certainly helps as well!

You’re already feeling inspired, right? Brace yourselves because we have so much more to share! Check out what the rest of the team has created in response to our Just Add Color challenge below!

MFTv — Creating a Fall-Themed Box Card

If you love the look of box cards but the intimidation factor has prevented you from trying one yourself, today’s episode of MFTv is sure to win you over! Stephanie will walk you through the steps as well as some tips and tricks for constructing your own version. Once you understand the basics, go wild coming up with new themes and ways to use your stash.

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

Stephanie has an ingenious plan to use these three-dimensional delights as place cards on her Thanksgiving table — what a fun idea! What’s your plan for using them? We can’t wait to see!

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

Watch MFTv – Creating a Fall-Themed Box Card 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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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW September Products!

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

All of our September Release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win 1 of 2 $100 Gift Vouchers as part of today’s New Product Launch celebration!

We are in the business of giving and this month, we’ll be donating 10% of all retail sales of the Playful Giraffes stamp set and Die-namics to the African Wildlife Foundation.

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 our September 2018 collection, is the Simply Hello Die-namics. While supplies last, Simply Hello will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Simply Hello is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.

Simply Hello Die-namics

Additionally, you’ll receive this adorable 3″ x 4″ stamp set free with EVERY order while supplies last!

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $50.

3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 25% on orders over $750. 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 Debbie Olson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past few days. They have another shot of inspiration to help inspire you and narrow down your shopping list to your must-have items. Visit each of their September Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, September 6, for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 Gift Vouchers. The winners will be chosen at random and winners will be announced September 7. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

September 2018 Release: Don’t Be Late!

It’s almost time! Set your alarm for 10:00 AM EDT, and don’t be late for our big reveal! All of the stamps, Die-namics, and supplies we’ve been showing off over the past few days will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique.

We want to make your shopping experience fun – not stressful, so we’ve created THIS shopping list that you can print out and check off as you fill your cart!

One of the most important parts of shopping is saving. We offer you 3 ways to save with every purchase:

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 our September 2018 collection, is the Simply Hello Die-namics. While supplies last, Simply Hello will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Simply Hello is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.

You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $50.

And if you needed another reason to shop MFT, our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 25% on orders over $750!

We have so much more for you this month though! Don’t forget about our special bonus free stamp set this month — the September freebie will be ship FREE with every order while supplies last. Make sure you reach the $60 threshold required for our newest Free with $60 Die-namics to receive TWO freebies with every order of $60 while supplies last!

Playful Giraffes is being featured in our special September donation campaign — 10% of all retail sales of the Playful Giraffes stamp set and Die-namics through the end of September will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation.

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

You can look at every new product in our September release, for sale TODAY at 10 AM EDT, below. Click on any of the individual graphics to view a bigger picture, and to view the product name.


Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our September Release Countdown prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown! Five lucky commenters will win a $75 Prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts later today.

Countdown Day Five Winner: Trinity Knieriem (Sep 2, 2018 @ 17:49) 

Countdown Day Four Winner: Leslie Sunn (Aug 31, 2018 @ 14:43) 

Countdown Day Three Winner: Bianca Wegner (Sep 1, 2018 @ 13:39) 

Countdown Day Two Winner: Barbara Aycock (Sep 3, 2018 @ 12:55) 

Countdown Day One Winner: Neha Mahajan (Sep 3, 2018 @ 15:16) 

Congratulations to all the winners!

September 2018 Release: Final Countdown

We’ve reached the final day of the countdown, and we still have so much more to share. You’ll be able to shop for all of the new September Release products TOMORROW, September 4 at 10 AM EDT.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before 8 PM EDT on September 3. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8 AM EDT on September 4 on the MFT Blog.

BUNDLE OF BALLOONS

Can you ever have too many birthday-themed products in your stash? We say emphatically, NO. The Bundle of Balloons stamp set features a bunch of buoyant balloons and celebratory greetings galore. With five different balloon shapes as well as an array of strings, your balloon bouquet can be unique to each new project. The Bundle of Balloons Die-namics includes the same five balloon shapes and strings. The stamps and dies can be mixed and matched so you’ll have *just* the right balloon for any crafty occasion — use both stamped and die-cut balloons to create jubilant scenes that boast dimension, color, and contrast.

Learn more about Bundle of Balloons stamp set and Bundle of Balloons Die-namics.

Bundle of Balloons stamp set #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Bundle of Balloons stamp set #mftstamps

Bundle of Balloons Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Bundle of Balloons Die-namics #mftstamps

BIRTHDAY BOY & GIRL DIE-NAMICS

This fun yet versatile text-based Die-namics will quickly become essential to your birthday card construction. The bold sans serif “girl” and “boy” words are offset by a somewhat smaller “birthday” rendered in a slightly different but complementary font. Each word is a separate piece allowing you to get creative with the placement of each word. Try creating a repeating look and experiment with peek-a-boo, inlaid, and layered looks.

Learn more about Birthday Boy & Girl Die-namics.

Birthday Boy & Girl Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Birthday Boy & Girl Die-namics #mftstamps

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCRIPT DIE-NAMICS

This stunning script birthday greeting will definitely add a WOW factor to your cards. It’s sized to make a statement on tags, cards, and packaging as a simple die-cut or after coloring or adding texture or pattern with your choice of medium. It’s elegant yet whimsical design will standout allowing you to put together an unforgettable look in no time at all.

Learn more about Happy Birthday Script Die-namics.

Happy Birthday Script Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Happy Birthday Script Die-namics #mftstamps

MERMAID GLITTER CARD STOCK & SUNSET GLITTER CARD STOCK

This card stock is perfect for adding some glamour to your projects. Die-cut elements will catch the light creating gorgeous sparkle on your cards, scrapbook layouts, and paper crafted projects. Each package contains two 6″ x 6″ sheets of each color for a total of eight sheets.

The Mermaid Glitter Card Stock pack includes Green Room, Lush Lagoon, Cornflower, and Purple Rain while the Sunset Glitter Card Stock pack features Razzle Berry, Red Hot, Tangy Orange, and Lemon Drop.

Mermaid Glitter Card Stock #mftstamps

Sunset Glitter Card Stock #mftstamps

See the full September 2018 release by watching September 2018 Release – Product Previews on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Did anything in our September release catch your eye? Now is the time to take a few minutes to print out the handy shopping list and make note of your must-have items.

It’s the last day of our countdown but our Design Team is still crafting inspiring new projects! Keep on clicking to see how they’ve wound things up on this final day.

September 2018 Release: Are You Ready?

Are you ready? We have just two more days of countdown posts before you can make the September Release all yours!

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before 8 PM EDT on September 3. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8 AM EDT on September 4 on the MFT Blog.

WOODLAND FRIENDS

These furry little forest creatures will make the sweetest addition to your cards, tags, and other projects. They are an ideal size for combining a number of them into a single scene — either with die cuts or by creating a crowd with masking — and will add instant charm with their endearing poses and expressions. The accompanying sentiments are a classic collection of phrases appropriate for any number of occasions. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

Learn more about Woodland Friends.

Woodland Friends stamp set #mftstamps

Woodland Friends Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Woodland Friends stamp set & Die-namics #mftstamps

WILDFLOWERS

Nature gone wild in the most gorgeous way…that’s what you’ll find in this pretty stamp set. This gorgeous mix of florals features flowers with stems, flower heads, and an assortment of greenery so you can “grow” a unique bouquet of wildflowers with each new creation. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die. The flower heads are also equipped with our Smart Align technology to make positioning your dies a breeze!

Learn more about Wildflowers.

Wildflowers stamp set #mftstamps

Wildflowers Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Wildflowers stamp set & Die-namics #mftstamps

SCALLOP CROSS-STITCH BOOKMARK DIE-NAMICS

This beautiful bookworm-approved design makes a great small gift or removable card accent for the bibliophiles in your life. The Scallop Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics makes it easy to create the perfect canvas for your stitched designs. Add a small stitched accent or fill the tag with an intricately stitched design. The tall format is perfect for creating unique border designs, words, and more! The stitch-hole element is positioned within the tag so you can leave it in place, or choose to snip it out to use as a stand-alone die. The pretty scallop border adds a soft detail to your finished bookmark. Layer the previously released Cross-Stitch Bookmark over this version to create a beautiful, dainty, perfectly-sized border.

Learn more about Scallop Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics.

Scallop Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics #mftstamps

Scallop Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark from Stephanie Klauck featuring Scallop Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics #mftstamps

MISS YOU DIE-NAMICS

The lovely script font we’ve chosen for the Miss You Die-namics is an elegant nod to the plaintive tone of the sentiment. What more needs to be said when we’re longing to reunite with someone important in our lives? Reach out to loved ones across the miles with this pretty little design. Miss You is etched together to provide for perfect placement.

Learn more about Miss You Die-namics.

Miss You Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Miss You Die-namics #mftstamps

Now, let’s check out what our team has done with today’s collection!