The January Release Countdown Begins

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What better way to kick off a brand new year than by starting our January Release Countdown? We’re sharing a new Tag Builder Blueprints and coordinating stamp set, a fun trio of products from Lisa Johnson Designs, and four new STAX Die-namics designed to add some playfulness to your projects.

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NEW INKS & CARD STOCK

Four more hues to add to your MFT Replenishments collection will be available with our January Release as card stock, Premium Dye Ink Pads & Refills, Hybrid Ink Pads & Refills, and Pigment Ink Pads. Welcome to the color family: Dill Pickle, Purple Rain, Biscotti, and Milk Chocolate.

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TAG BUILDER BLUEPRINTS 5

Tag Builder Blueprints 5 is designed with Valentines in mind but you’ll be reaching for these versatile elements year-round. This set includes three tags, each featuring distinct accent details. One is a solid tag with a stitched perimeter, a second features stitching and a die-cut rectangular window, and a third includes two die-cut windows with stitched perimeters. The square window produces a secondary frame with double stitched border. Additional accents include a narrow fishtail flag, dimensional banner, reinforcement options for the tags, a peek-a-boo heart border, and a variety of small shapes and confetti elements. You’ll have so much fun creating layered and shaker tags with this set.

Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics

Follow the provided digital sketches, or become your own architect. Either way, Blueprints is the foundation of your creativity.

Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Sketches

See more of the Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade shaker tags from Barbara Anders featuring Tag Builder Blueprints 5

SO MUCH LOVE

We have so much love for this love-themed stamp set. A mix of trendy fonts is featured in sentiments ranging from romantic to sweet with phrases that can be combined to create a variety of custom greetings. Whimsical borders, frames, and accents are included to ornament your heartfelt greetings. Perfect for cards, small notes, and tags, this set works on its own but is also the perfect complement to the Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics. The in-use graphic demonstrates some possible combinations as well as shows the detailed stamped images. There is not a coordinating Die-namics for this stamp set due to the variability of resulting arrangements.

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So Much Love stamp set combinations

See more of the So Much Love stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Torico featuring So Much Love

MINI NOTE

Mini Note is a tri-fold envelope with a notched tab closure. The coordinating insert features slightly rounded corners and a stitched border. This two piece set is perfect for adding an interactive element to full-sized cards or creating an entire collection of sweet love notes to tuck into your loved ones pockets, lunch boxes, wallets, or anywhere else you can surprise them with declarations of love and recognition of the things you adore about them.

Mini Note Die-namics from Lisa Johnson Designs

Mini Note Die-namics in action

See more of the Mini Note Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade note cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Mini Note

ALL HEART

Lisa Johnson Designs All Heart makes crafting quick and cute notes and Valentines a breeze when combined with the Mini Note Die-namics. Heart warming phrases, greetings, and images pair beautifully to create looks your loved ones will adore.

All Heart stamp set from Lisa Johnson Designs

All Heart Die-namics from Lisa Johnson Designs

All Heart in action

See more of the All Heart stamp set and Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Lisa Johnson Designs All Heart stamp set and Die-namics

WONKY STITCHED SHAPE STAX

Double stitch lines criss-cross their way around the perimeter of classic shapes in this collection of STAX sets. The whimsical stitch pattern will add playful interest to your layers creating cards and paper projects that shine.

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See more of the Wonky Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Wonky Stitched Square STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Wonky Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Wonky Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Wonky Stitched Square STAX Die-namics

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Wonky Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new January Release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on January 5!

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Ringing in the New Year with Our 2016 Creative Team

We’re kicking off the January Release Countdown tomorrow so what better time than today to introduce the amazing 2016 Creative Team? We’re extending a big welcome to some new faces and a huge thank you and welcome back to alumni members.

We’re excited to continue bringing you endless inspiration with this incredible group of designers and a constant supply of innovative products. Here’s to a wonderful New Year. Happy 2016.

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Amazing Anni

Anni is back for one last December guest post. She’s been wowing us all month long and this last dynamic duo is no exception.

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Beautifully colored and die-cut words are placed at an angle and scattered down the face of Anni’s card creating a gorgeous ombre effect. Randomly stamped “you’re”s complete the background sentiment while a stamped and heat-embossed birthday greeting stands proudly front and center. This is such a simple design that makes a memorable impact on your recipient. Just imagine all of the possibilities this technique opens up.

Handmade card from Anni Lerche featuring Amazing

Anni’s second card combines an unforgettable character from the Sweet Safari stamp set with some ingenious masking of the latest from Pure Innocence. Who wouldn’t welcome a delicate tea service from a pretty pachyderm? Arranging her scene on a dainty scalloped oval adds even more sweetness to the finished product.

Handmade card from Anni Lerche featuring Sweet Safari


Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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Playing with Layers

We’ve got one last guest post from Debbie today. Her playful approach to Sweet Safari and Steeped in Love will inspire multitudes of beautiful cards and projects.

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Good morning! This is the last of my MFT Guest posts this month, and I so appreciate Kim and the MFT Stamps crew for inviting me! Today I have a couple of whimsical cards for you.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Sweet Safari

Isn’t Sweet Safari an adorable stamp set? I had a hard time deciding which images to use. In fact, I colored four of the animals, then just kept arranging and rearranging before deciding to use only two of them on my card front.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Sweet Safari

I thought it might be fun today to show a little process. You can see in the stack above that I had colored several assorted leaves and animals. Next I stamped the Primitive Chevron Background on Kraft Card Stock in Kraft Premium Dye Ink. I used Copic markers to color in parts of the chevron pattern and to add a few pops of color. I tried a plainer, stamped kraft panel for the animals first. But they were fading into the background. I switched to a white panel, airbrushed some sky and foreground, and that worked much better. The leaves that are not stamped are die cut with the Leafy Greenery Die-namics from a panel that I watercolored with distress inks.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Sweet Safari

By this stage, I’ve pretty much decided what I can fit in and where I want it. Gluing it all together took a while though! (I glued the flatter pieces, then use foam tape to stack higher layers.)

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Sweet Safari

After I had spent all of that time on the outside, the inside was looking pretty plain with only a sentiment. I masked off the center of the panel, then used the Primitive Chevron Background again to form a frame for the sentiment on the inside.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Sweet Safari

Here is my card inside. I worked in that monkey after all!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Sweet Safari

Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the animals and leaves on the front.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Sweet Safari

Next I have a little Pure Innocence Steeped in Love get well card. Who wouldn’t feel better after receiving this sweet image on a card? I also pulled out Mini Modern Blooms to embellish my circle frame. The flowers were flatter than buttons and added a bouquet of color—just what I needed!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Pure Innocence Steeped in Love

Shown below are the Copic markers that I used to color the Steeped in Love image.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Pure Innocence Steeped in Love

The circular frame was simple to create: I started with a Stitched Mini Scallop Circle, then cut the center out with a Circle STAX 1 die.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Pure Innocence Steeped in Love

Thanks again to Kim and everyone at MFT Stamps for letting me be a guest here this month; I loved playing with your wonderful products!

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MFTv – Stamping with Modern Blooms

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This time of year, thank you cards are in high demand. What a perfect opportunity to pull out your stamps and just play. This week, Kimberly demonstrates how she experimented with Mini Modern Blooms to design a beautiful layered look that can be re-created over and over.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Mini Modern Blooms and Laina Lamb Design Stitched Alphabet

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Mini Modern Blooms and Laina Lamb Design Stitched Alphabet

Watch Kimberly’s process HERE or by playing the embedded video below.

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End of Year Blowout

We’re basking in a post-holiday glow and want to share the love with YOU. From now through the end of the year, save 25% site-wide! Stock up on supplies you love and grab the stamps, Die-namics, and stencils you’ve had your eye on.

25% Site-Wide Sale

Use coupon code SAVE25 at checkout to apply your savings. Sale not valid on previous purchases and only for retail customers only December 26-31. One discount code may be applied per order. Good for in-stock products only.

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Pure Innocence Dashing By

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Handmade card from Karin Akesdotter featuring Birds of Paradise

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Have a Beary Cool Day

Debbie’s back with some cool inspiration. You’re going to love her tips for creating seamless shaker cards and adding texture to your colored images.

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Merry Christmas Eve, everybody—I hope that you are more prepared than I am! Today I’d like to shake things up with a couple of (you guessed it) shaker cards. I’ve been playing with the delightful Cool Day stamp set and just really wanted both of those bears to experience snow!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown Cool Day

I thought I would show a couple of stepped out pictures of my first card, just in case you haven’t made a shaker card before. Shaker cards can be made in many ways but they all have similarities. Somehow you need to contain a tiny shaker material (glitter, micro beads, faux snow, sequins—whatever!) with a picture underneath or sometimes on top of the shaker pocket.

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Some people use fun foam and glue rather than foam tape, and that works well (and definitely looks neater on the back). Lately I’ve seen several people use plastic page protector type sheets, sealed with a heating tool. That seems like a really simple way to make a shaker, but I don’t have one of those tools yet (and don’t know where I’d put it if I did!) I most often use foam tape, mostly because I always have that in my stash.

On the back side of my card front layer, I glued a clear plastic/acetate piece that was larger than my window area. Next I cut strips of foam tape and clipped them partially through so that I could curve the foam tape, similar to the way you clip a seam in a sleeve to allow it to flex around a curve. I kept my foam tap close to my window, but out of sight.

Shaker card construction

Here is the front side—that looks better! I had used a Circle STAX to cut my plain circle in the card front. I used the Stitched Mini Scalloped Circle STAX to create the outside of my white frame, and a smaller Circle STAX to cut the inside of my frame. The wavy pieces in the background are my water and snow, created with the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics.

I placed my snow drifts face up, put a small pile of faux snow in the center of the window area, removed the backer from the tape on the perimeter of the shaker window, and carefully placed it on top of the snow drifts. TIP: Use less shaker material than you THINK you might need. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a bit too much in so that it doesn’t move freely or obstructs the picture. And, believe me, taking a shaker card apart is no picnic!

Birdie Brown Copic colors from Debbie Olson

Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Cool Day image. I started by coloring the bear’s sweater red, and then I applied colorless blender to a scrap of cotton sweater and placed that dampened scrap on top of my red sweater for about 8 seconds. When I removed it, the colorless blender had worked its magic and made that little sweater pattern in the red ink.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown Cool Day

He’s huggable! I didn’t have the dies for this particular stamp set, so he is hand trimmed. (Yes, they are on a future shopping list.) I popped up his coffee cup with a bit of foam tape. It has to be coffee, because he’s wearing that same dazed expression that I wear before my morning cup of coffee.

My next Cool Day shaker is simpler, so I didn’t step it out. I followed the same process as I did above, except I used four strips of foam tape and didn’t need to clip the curve. This card could work as a winter birthday card. I did a bit of masking to get that word “beary” into the sentiment—you’re not seeing a different sentiment from your set!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown Cool Day

Shown below are the markers that I used to color the Cool Day image. I used the Rectangle Frames Die-namics for my frame and a banner shape from Blueprints 20. The snow drifts are from Stitched Snow Drifts.

Birdie Brown Copic colors from Debbie Olson

I pulled scarf and hat color inspiration from the MFT Plaid Patterns Paper Pack.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown Cool Day

That’s it—now go shake things up!


Tackling some cold weather crafting yourself? Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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A Taste of the Tropics

Anni shared some amazing Sweet Safari projects earlier this month and today, she’s back with a duo of delightful cards featuring the new Tropical Flowers stamp set and Die-namics.

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This first card combines vibrantly colored flowers with a background created with the text block from Lisa Johnson Designs Pretty Poppies set. Check out the dimension Anni achieved by bending and interlacing the petals. Positioning elements so that they break the edge of the card is a great way to add interest as well.

Handmade card from Anni Lerche featuring Tropical Flowers

Anni’s second card features a single, striking bloom heat embossed in white on translucent vellum. Check out the unique way Anni brought the color by including stamped leaves in two fresh colors. A simple stamped sentiment makes this look ideal for any number of recipients – what a great stash-building option!

Handmade card from Anni Lerche featuring Tropical Flowers


Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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Fresh Florals from Debbie

Debbie Olson is joining us on the blog this month with three fabulous guest spots. I know it’s not even Christmas but I’ve got some springtime crafting in mind now. Bring on the sun!

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Good morning! I’m happy to be playing with some lovely MFT stamps again this week! How about some flowers today?

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Mini Modern Blooms

I think I’m in love with Mini Modern Blooms—so many possibilities! And the Distressed Patterns set? This one could become an addiction! My sentiment is from Label Maker Sentiments.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Mini Modern Blooms

I found the Mini Modern Blooms pretty easy to align with their coordinating dies, and I’m a little stamping-on-die-cuts-challenged. So if I can do it, anybody can!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Mini Modern Blooms

On the inside I used a few more blossoms, along with that Distressed Patterns stamp. The birthday sentiment is from Birthday Greetings.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Tropical Flowers

And if flowers weren’t fun enough, I thought I’d play with PINK too! Here I’ve used the Tropical Flowers set and the coordinating Tropical Flowers Die-namics. The sentiment is from Tickled Pink.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Tropical Flowers

I first stamped a floral flat panel, and then added some dimension with the die-cut tropical flowers and leaves and foam tape.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Tropical Flowers

I dotted my flower centers with Glossy Accents for a touch of shine. With all of these flowers to play with, I can almost pretend that it isn’t cold and dreary outside today. . . almost!


Are you getting a Lily Pulitzer vibe from Debbie’s second card like I am? Gorgeous! Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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