July 2017 Release: Countdown Kickoff

It’s our favorite time of the month — our New Release Countdown has begun! Join us on the blog for the next five days as we share our new products and a plethora of projects from the team.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on July 11. 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 7:30 PM EDT on July 11 on the MFT Blog.

SMITTEN KITTEN

Cats are furry purr-machines that bring unmatched joy to our lives. Kittens are furry little balls of love that take that cuddly feeling to epic new heights. The five delightful kittens featured in Smitten Kitten are the cat’s meow and will happily curl up to other feline-focused sets in your collection. 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. This Die-namics also includes a blanket die to create a cozy spot for your kittens to relax or play.

Smitten Kitten stamp set #mftstamps

Smitten Kitten Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Smitten Kitten stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

PUPPY PALS

These playful Puppy Pals will steal your heart. Their endearing faces and sweet bandanas will enchant you while their accessory images will help you create the perfect puppy home. 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.

Puppy Pals stamp set #mftstamps

Puppy Pals Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring Puppy Pals stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

CELEBRATE SPEECH BUBBLE DIE-NAMICS

Go bold with your celebratory greetings with this striking Die-namics. This piece features the word CELEBRATE spaced over three lines of text. Use the speech bubble as an accent, as an element in a fun shaker assembly, or use the resulting letters alone or inlaid back into the speech bubble — there are an endless variety of ways to play with this exciting design!

Celebrate Speech Bubble Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Celebrate Speech Bubble Die-namics #mftstamps

FRINGED SCALLOP BORDERS DIE-NAMICS

These fringed borders feature a gently scalloped edge perfect for creating looks ranging from elegant to playful. One border is straight while the second is bowed for beautiful draping opportunities.

Fringed Scallop Borders Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Fringed Scallop Borders Die-namics #mftstamps

GIFT CARD ENVELOPE DIE-NAMICS

Cut, fold, and adhere the flaps to quickly create an envelope sized to perfectly house a standard gift card. This classic design allows you to create an envelope perfect for any gift-giving occasion.

Gift Card Envelope Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Gift Card Envelope Die-namics #mftstamps

BIRTHDAY FREEBIE

We love sharing lots of birthday products and inspiration – particularly in July because July is MFT’s birthday! This year we’re celebrating our birthday by sending a gift to *you*. This birthday freebie is perfect for leaving your mark on your custom, handcrafted cards and projects. This birthday freebie stamp set will be included in every retail order while supplies last and is provided to you with our love and appreciation. It will not be available for individual sale and is provided in addition to our Ways to Save (yup, we’ll still be debuting a new Free with $60 Die-namics in the coming days!) Thank you for sharing this journey with us ❤️.

July Birthday freebie #mftstamps

SMART GRID PAPER PACK

The Smart Grid Paper Pad includes 50 sheets of 11″ x 17″ paper. The pages feature a grid marked in 1/4″ increments. The bottom and left edges feature a standard ruler while the top and right feature a centering ruler. Bound from the bottom to prevent dog-eared pages, this pad was designed with the crafter in mind. Keep your work space tidy and your projects precise with this workhorse addition to your craft space.

Smart Grid Paper Pack #mftstamps

See more of all of the products shown today by watching MFT Product Previews: July 2017 Release – Day 5 on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new July Release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on July 11!

Mod Drops & More

Lynn is with us one last time this month before we begin our July Release Countdown tomorrow. BIG thanks to her for sharing her beautiful work with us this month!

Hello there! Today I’m happy to be sharing a few cards I created using fun My Favorite Things products.

For my first card, I used the adorable new stamp set, Fairy Happy, to create a birthday shaker card. I started by stamping one of the sweet fairies from the set along with several of the little accent images like the flowers, butterflies, and bees, and colored them with Copic markers. Next I did my die cutting using the Fairy Happy Die-namics. After that, I used just bee and the loopy trail stamps to stamp a piece of lime green card stock for my background and die cut a square from the top portion of my card. I used the Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Die-namics to create a frame for my die-cut window. I used a piece of acetate and craft foam to create my shaker and filled it with the flowers, butterflies, hearts, and bee images along with some sequins, beads, and glitter. To finish my card, I added the fairy with foam tape, the tall flowers in the lower right corner, and I stamped my sentiment onto one of the Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips, adhering it to the lower left edge of my card. I also used a Wink of Stella glitter pen and went over the flowers and the fairiy wings and dress.

Handmade card from Lynn Put featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I used the Color Drops stamp set and Color Drops Die-namics to create what I think looks like a mod looking thank you card. I used a white piece of card stock, cut to card front size, and used the Stitched Star Grid Die-namics just along the left side. Then I die cut several of the Color Drops in pink, orange, and dark purple along with three die cut thanks from the Thanks & Hello Die-namics which I layered and glued together. I adhered my die-cut Color Drops along the stitched lines and then used the Color Drops stamp set to add dots in between each drop. Toward the bottom of my card, I added a horizontal strip of dark purple card stock along with a thin strip of pink and adhered my die-cut thanks. As a finishing touch, I added matching sequins on a few of the stamped circles.

Handmade card from Lynn Put featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my third and final card, I used Beary Big Adventure. The first thing I did was to stamp some of the images from the set and color them with Copic markers, then die cut them using the coordinating Die-namics. Next I created my own designer paper for the background by using the Chevron Grid Stencil on pale blue card stock with Stormy Sky distress ink. Then I stamped the both sizes of flowers from the stamp set, coloring in the centers with a white gel pen. I used one of my favorite dies, the Square Peek-a-Boo Window Die-namics, and die cut my stenciled piece. Using a separate piece of white card stock, cut slightly smaller than my card front, I die cut a square opening toward the top and adhered my stenciled piece on top of it to create a window. I also added a strip of dark blue card stock along the bottom and a Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strip with my stamped sentiment. I backed the die cut window with dark blue card stock and adhered the panel with foam tape adding all of my stamped images, and popping up the bear.

Handmade card from Lynn Put featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thanks so much to the My Favorite Things team for having me as a guest designer.


Tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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Thank You for Owl You Do

We’re sharing one last card from Angel today — it’s been such a delight to have her join us the past few days with some fabulous June Release projects.

Hi all! I’m back with my last post as an MFT Guest Designer! These owls from the For Owl You Do stamp set are just too dang funny — I couldn’t wait to get them inky! I colored them with Copics then used the matching Die-namics to cut them out. I thought they would pair well with the Birch Trees Die-namics. I die cut three of them layered them with foam adhesive over a background I created using Persimmon, Lemon Drop, and Green Room Premium Dye Inks. I sponged the inks onto Smooth White Card Stock then spritzed with water. I find the water spritzing helps hide any harsh lines you’ve created if you couldn’t quite blend them as much as you would’ve liked. 😉 The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder onto Milk Chocolate Card Stock that was cut using an element from Blueprints 29.

Handmade card from Angel Rivera featuring products from M Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thanks for stopping by! And THANK YOU MFT for letting me join you!!!

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Patriotic Birthday Fairies from Nichol

To our US friends, Happy Independence Day! We’re so please to have Nichol with us for one last June guest post — this time with a card featuring some very patriotic fairies.

These patriotic fairies are wishing a fairy happy birthday in their sweet little red and blue outfits. The Fairy Happy images were stamped on Smooth White Card Stock using black ink, and colored in with Copic Markers before being die cut with the coordinating Happy Fairy Die-namics. I created a background for the images with the Cloud Stencil and a bit of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

Handmade card from Nichol Spohr featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The Stitched Star Grid Die-namics were used along the top edge of the background for hanging star accents that perfectly match the adorable fairies. Color was added to the hanging stars with Candied Apple and Salty Ocean Distress Inks. The butterfly trails and greeting were stamped with black ink directly on the background and the design was finished with a smattering of Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins in both 4mm and 6mm sizes.

Handmade card from Nichol Spohr featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


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MFTv – Watercolor Birthday Card

We have some fun news to share before we get to today’s post. Our July Release Countdown begins Friday and with it comes the debut of our newest team member, Kristina Pavlovic. Kristina has joined us here on the blog before as a guest, and regularly shares beautiful MFT projects in our MFT Insiders group. We’re so excited to see how she brings her innovative techniques to our new releases each month.

Join us in giving Kristina a hearty welcome to the MFT team!


Nothing says birthday like balloons and if you have loved ones with early-July birthdays, a patriotic twist on birthday balloons is a fun spin. Watch this week to learn how Stephanie used Die-namics to create stencils for her festive scene. You’ll pick up some great tips on creating realistic dimension with distress inks as well.

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 – Watercolor Birthday 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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Captain Nichol is Back

Nichol is back with us today sharing a fabulous technique featuring Oxide Inks and a fun stencil technique designed to keep your cards cool, flat, and utterly mailable.

Scene cards are some of my most favorite cards to make but sometimes building the scene creates a lot of bulk. Stencils are a fantastic way to create a background for almost any scene without the bulk of lots of die-cut layers. Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink was applied to white card stock before the same color was applied over the inked background with the Radiating Rays Stencil. Water droplets were added to the background with a Distress Sprayer for a fantastic oxidized effect. Along the bottom edge of the same piece of card stock, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide was applied. I didn’t worry too much about where the inks meet since I’ll be covering up the seam with a stamped greeting banner.

Handmade card from Nichol Spohr featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Images from the Party Like a Pirate stamp set were stamped on Smooth White Card Stock and colored with Copic Markers. Birds were stamped directly on the background while the rest of the images were die cut with the coordinating Die-namics and adhered to the background as shown. A glitter pen was applied to the coins to give them a bit of glimmer and Glossy Accents was used to add definition to the parrot’s eye. A greeting from Party Like a Pirate was stamped on a die-cut Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strip with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The greeting strip was adhered to foam adhesive right below the die-cut images to help “ground” them and give them a place to stand.

Handmade card from Nichol Spohr featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


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Angel Is Bringing the Sunshine

Angel is joining us again today — she’s created two fabulous looks that are completely different from each other but both endlessly inspiring.

Hi all! Angel here again with two card using some of the new MFT goodies. For my first card, I created a fun scene using the Beary Big Adventure stamp set and Die-namics. That bear is too cute! I colored the images with my Copic markers. The hills were colored in with Zig pens. And can I say how much I looove the new Cloud Stencil??? Oh. My! I framed the scene with some Kraft Card Stock that I cut using the Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX. The sentiment was stamped onto Natural Card Stock then cut out with an element from Blueprints 20. The card base is Jellybean Green.

Handmade card from Angel Rivera featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I decided to use the Color Drops Die-namics in a different way — as flowers! I adhered the Razzle Berry, Grapesicle, and Cotton Candy ‘petals’ to some scrap paper then used one of the circles from Blueprints 12 to cut out the flower centers using the Black & White Basics Paper Pack. The embossed sentiment is from the Beary Big Adventure set — I love to mix and match sets! The center of the Smooth White frame was cut with the larger element from Blueprints 27, then the outer edge was cut using Blueprints 29. Finally, the flower stems were cut using the Trees in the Forest Die-namics.

Handmade card from Angel Rivera featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,

Angel

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Rocking Out with Ocean Fun

It’s always such a treat to have Nichol join us — she never fails to share ingenious ideas for putting your MFT collection to work.

The rock ’n roll technique is one of my favorites to use with solid images like these fantastic ocean creatures from the Ocean Fun stamp set! I combined two colors of Distress Oxide ink per image to create multicolored underwater creatures. Starting with the lightest color first, I inked up an image and then gently rolled on the darker color along the bottom edge before stamping the image on Smooth White Card Stock.

Handmade card from Nichol Spohr featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The background was created by combining more Distress Oxide colors on card stock and then layering with stamped waves and bubbles. Glossy Accents was applied to some of the bubbles and the eyes of the fish. A bit of water spritzed over the background with a Distress Sprayer adds additional distressing. The die-cut Ocean Fun images were adhered to the background and a torn piece of inked card stock was added along the bottom of the scene to finish it off. A greeting from Ocean Fun was stamped along the bottom edge of the card to complete the design.

Handmade card from Nichol Spohr featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


If you’re ready to try the rock ‘n roll technique out yourself, be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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Don’t Miss Out: No-Line Coloring Artist Jane Allen Is Coming Back!

Jane Allen’s April class at our Eustis FL boutique received RAVE reviews. We had so many of you request that we have her back and finally, we get to share the upcoming dates for her next trip across the pond. Mark your calendar now for these mid-October dates — Jane’s traveling all the way from the UK just for you!

If the past is any indication, we expect these dates to fill quickly so reserve your spot quickly. If you yearn to learn about creating realistic texture and dimension on your stamped images, this is the class for you. We are so excited to delve into the subject of hair and skin — you’ll acquire new Copic coloring skills in this technique-based class.

Here is a small sampling of some of the projects Jane has created in the past:

The schedule for each class day is as follows:

Morning Session – 9 AM – 12 PM

Lunch Break – 12 PM – 2 PM

Afternoon Session – 2 PM – 5 PM

During the morning session, Jane will be teaching us basic techniques of no-line coloring. The afternoon session will culminate in the grand finale of implementing the techniques you’ve learned to create a masterpiece.

The class is $75 — Each day of class will include 6 hours of instruction, and will be identical in content. You simply need to register for the class day that best suits your schedule.

You will need to bring adhesive and the required Copics to class with you. The Copic list will be provided at a later date, with ample time to purchase markers.

PLEASE NOTE: Each class will accommodate a maximum of 30 students and we expect both classes to sell out quickly. Classes must be pre-paid and due to the limited seating availability and special nature of this event, no refunds will be given if you are not able to attend.

Register for Saturday, October 14 SOLD OUT

Register for Sunday, October 15 HERE

We can’t wait to see you at this very special event!

Creative Construction with Blueprints – Make it Masculine

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards (and tags!) in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original design combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

Fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers – don’t forget that the men in your life appreciate your hand-crafted creations too! This month, we’re celebrating them with masculine cards featuring Blueprints elements.

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Jodi’s choice of Get Down to Business is decidedly masculine but that’s not the only way she’s created a strong look. Her peek-a-boo panel from Blueprints 22 is a bold backdrop in After Midnight and her patterned paper choice is solid, graphic, and in yellow and green — a perfect tie-in to her stamped and die cut images.

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

The men in your life love interactive cards as well! Create a scene your anchor will adore by die cutting a semi-circle window using Blueprints 21 before blending a stunning sunset.

We’re not done yet — keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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