Happy Holidays from Raluca

Today we’re welcoming back Raluca Vezeteu as our guest, and she has four fantastic products to share! Let’s check out how she was inspired by our October release!

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Hi MFT lovers! So happy to be back with another post, and I hope that I’ll inspire you with my projects.

This time I have prepared four cards — three Christmas cards and one clean and simple floral card — using products from the October release. I’m trying to redeem myself for sharing only one card in my last blog post! 🙂

For my first card I played with the Deer Friends stamp set and Die-namics. My idea behind the card was to create a modern winter scene using classic Christmas colors: red, green, and gold. To create the background, I stamped the Bold Diagonal Stripes Background in red on my card base front. Next, I die cut a panel using the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames Die-namics, and on the interior piece I added some gold glitter stars with the Starry Sky – Vertical stencil. Then I stamped, colored, and die cut the images, and die cut some snow hills to add at the bottom using the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics. Finally, I  stamped and heat embossed the sentiment.

Handmade card from Raluca Vezeteu featuring Deer Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Bold Diagonal Stripes Background stamp, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames and Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics, and Starry Sky - Vertical stencil #mftstamps

For my second card I used the Deer Friends stamp set and Die-namics again, but this time I stamped the solid deer stamp. My idea behind this card was that I wanted to create a shaker card using some blue and teal sequins. The first step was to prepare the front panel. I wanted a longer window for the shaker and using the partial die cutting technique with the Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics, I was able to make the window longer. For coloring the inside piece I used a few distress inks, and I stamped and heat embossed in white one of the trees from the set. I added some red pearls as ornaments and then filled the shaker with blue, teal, and clear sequins and beads. I mounted the deer on some foam tape, and finally I stamped the sentiment under the shaker.

Handmade card from Raluca Vezeteu featuring Deer Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX and Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics #mftstamps

For my third card I stamped trees from the Deer Friends stamp set all over my Kraft card base using watermark ink, and then I heat embossed the trees white.  Next, I die cut two squares from the Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frames Die-namics, and I added vellum behind them. For the smaller square, I stamped the sentiment on a red strip of card stock and for the bigger square I die cut for you from gold glitter paper using the Peaceful Greetings Die-namics. As a finishing touch, I added a few clear sequins.

Handmade card from Raluca Vezeteu featuring Deer Friends stamp set, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames, and Peaceful Greetings Die-namics #mftstamps

And for my last card, I played with the gorgeous Stitched Flowers Die-namics. I die cut the flowers from white card stock and colored them with distress inks using the ink blending technique. Then I die cut a rectangle with the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames Die-namics from gold card stock and mounted it on my white card base using foam tape. I stamped a sentiment from the All Occasion Sentiments stamp set and added a few white pearls on the flowers and under the sentiment as a finishing touch.

Handmade card from Raluca Vezeteu featuring All Occasion Sentiments stamp set, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames and Stitched Flowers Die-namics #mftstamps

These are the cards for today! I had so much fun playing with all of these gorgeous products, and I still can’t believe that I was an MFT guest designer. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much MFT family for this amazing honor and joy, and thank you everyone for supporting me and my talent. You all rock!

Have a lovely day!


Make 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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Season’s Greetings from Anja

We’re welcoming back the talented Anja Bytyqi to our blog today, and she absolutely adores creating with products from My Favorite Things. Let’s check out the gorgeous cards she’s created for us today!

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Hello everyone,

This is already my final post, and it has been such a pleasure! Thank you all so much for your support as well as the sweet and encouraging comments which I truly appreciate.

For today I created three non-traditional Christmas cards in a clean and simple design. They can be easily reproduced, and you can easily change the colors to be more traditional. Most of the items I used are from the October Release.

The first card features the new Oh Christmas Trees stamps and coordinating dies. I started by die cutting the trees from white card stock. I placed the negative over my top-folding card base, and with the help of the MISTI, I was able to stamp the tree images with Premium Dye Inks right into the die-cut openings. Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Hand Lettered Holiday set in Versamark and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. It’s hard to see in the photo, but I dry embossed the stitched frame from the Blueprints 29 Die-namics set to add some texture to my die-cut panel. I adhered it with foam tape and put a heat embossed die-cut star on top of the largest tree.

Handmade card from Anja Bytyqi featuring Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set, Oh Christmas Trees stamp set and DIe-namics, and Blueprints 29 Die-namics #mftstamps

My second card is more elegant and feminine. I used the fabulous Happy Wonderful Christmas Die-namics and cut it from light pink card stock. Next, I stamped the swirly tree from the Oh Christmas Trees set in Versamark and heat embossed it in white. Of course I had to add some bling with the clear rhinestones.

Handmade card from Anja Bytyqi featuring Oh Christmas Trees stamp set and Happy Wonderful Christmas Die-namics #mftstamps

For my third card, I used the Moroccan Lattice stencil and Premium Dye Inks to create a pattern which fades towards the outside. I heat embossed this beautiful large sentiment from the Hand-Lettered Christmas set with metallic glitter. The stars are from the Oh Christmas Trees set. Finally, I die cut the panel with the stitched frame from the Blueprints 29 Die-namics set and adhered it to my aqua card base.

Handmade card from Anja Bytyqi featuring Hand-Lettered Christmas and Oh Christmas Tress stamp sets, Blueprints 29 Die-namics, and Moroccan Lattice stencil #mftstamps

I hope you got inspired and once again huge thanks to MFT for having me as a guest this month!


Make 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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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Getting Wordy

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards 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 card 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.

A simple die-cut word can serve as a stand-alone sentiment or accent or be integrated into a full on greeting when paired with the perfect stamps. Many of our Blueprints include simple word elements that speak volumes, and this month, we’re sharing ideas for integrating them into your own crafting.

Handmade card from Francine Vuillème featuring Harvest Buddies and Birdie Brown Cool Day and stamp sets and Die-namics and Blueprints 11 Die-namics #mftstamps

Blueprints 11 includes lots of fun words! Francine made the you rock sentiment (which comes on a curve like that) look like it’s sitting atop a snowbank by cutting it out of white card stock. Paired with polka dots and one adorable bear from the Cool Day set — this card is just too cute for words!

Handmade tags from Vika Salmina featuring Merry Everything stamp set and Die-namics, Diagonal Stripes Background and Tiny Stars Background stamps, and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics #mftstamps

Tag Builder Blueprints 6 has everything you need to make spectacular gift tags for Christmas (or any time of year). Vika created pretty tags for these cute little gift boxes and incorporated the die-cut for you and from that come as a part of this Die-namics set. The kraft and red make for great contrast on her reindeer tag!

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

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MFTv – Layered Emboss Resist

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Emboss resist is an old standby when it comes to stamping techniques. In this week’s episode, Stephanie uses the Typewriter Text Background stamp and Flashy Florals stamp set to put a fresh new twist on this technique. Follow Stephanie’s lead and create your own masterpiece with emboss resist!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Flashy Florals stamp set, Typewriter Text Backgrounds stamp, and Stitched Rectangle STAX and Blueprints 28 Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Flashy Florals stamp set, Typewriter Text Backgrounds stamp, and Stitched Rectangle STAX and Blueprints 28 Die-namics #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – Layered Emboss Resist 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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Festive Projects from Anja

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

from Karolyn’s blog: Linda Carson


Anja Bytyqi is joining us again today with two fantastic holiday projects you’ll want to emulate. Get ready to feel the Christmas spirit!

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Hello again,

I’m so happy to be back today with more projects to hopefully inspire you. Thankfully, I was able to use some of the fabulous products from the latest October Release.

Fun & Cute Christmas Tags

First, I want to show you three cute little holiday tags that I created using the newest Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics. I really love all the dies included in this set because there are so many possibilities.

Handmade tags from Anja Bytyqi featuring Merry Everything, Birdie Brown Cool Day and Toasty Greetings stamp sets and Stitched Basic Edges, Snowfall - Vertical, and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics #mftstamps

I’ve chosen these adorable critters from three different stamp sets. The reindeer is from the new Merry Everything set. The penguin and polar bear are from the Toasty Greetings and Cool Day stamp sets from a previous release. I stamped all of the images with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, colored them with markers, and fussy cut them.

For the background of the reindeer tag I did some ink blending with distress inks. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Merry Everything set and decorated the tag with some white die-cut stars.

The penguin tag is actually a shaker. I used the convenient pouches that MFT carries — they just fit perfectly! I created a little scene with the Snowfall – Vertical Die-namics and the Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics for the hill. The shaker is filled with various sequins and seed beads. I white heat embossed the sentiment on vellum.

For the third tag, I chose the tag die which cuts an opening. I slightly extended it with a craft knife because I wanted to tuck in the polar bear. The heart patterned paper is from the Lucky Prints 6×6 Paper Pack. I heat embossed the sentiment and die cut a banner, and then finished off the tag with a glittery heart.

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Greeting

A Christmas card design has buzzed around in my head for some weeks. Thanks to the fun images from the Merry Everything stamp set and the Big Hello die, I was able to finally turn it into this card.

Handmade card from Anja Bytyqi featuring Merry Everything stamp set and Die-namics, Big Hello and Stitched Strip Die-namics #mftstamps

I stamped the images, colored them with markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I added some details with a white gelly roll pen and a black Copic Multiliner. Then I die-cut the ‘H’ and ‘O’ from several MFT patterned papers. I had to wiggle around a bit to arrange my elements and filled in the open spaces with white heat embossed sentiments and a gift as well as with some die-cut stars.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my projects!


Make 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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Fall Mice with Anja

Today’s guest is the talented Anja Bytyqi, and she absolutely adores creating with products from My Favorite Things. Let’s check out the wonderful cards she’s created for us today!

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Hi everyone,

I’m really excited and honored to be a guest designer for My Favorite Things this month. When I got the invitation I was totally surprised, overwhelmed, and happy! I absolutely love the versatile products from MFT, and the talented DT ladies always amaze me with their inspirational projects. Thank you so much for having me!

I made three cards using stamp sets with the most gorgeous illustrations.

Like many of you, I’m a huge fan of Torico and her Birdie Brown line — each set is just so cute! Here is my first project:

Handmade Card from Anja Bytyqi featuring Essential Sentiments stamp set, Birdie Brown Harvest Mouse stamp set and Blueprints 1 and Blueprints 29 Die-namics #mftstamps

I created this fall card using the Harvest Mouse stamp set. The stitched frame is from the Blueprints 29 Die-namics set, and I die cut it three times from white card stock to make it sturdy and dimensional. I stamped the images so they would fit perfectly in the little windows. Next, I colored these adorable mice with markers, masked them off, and did some ink blending with warm-toned MFT Premium Dye Inks. I stamped happy birthday from the Essential Sentiments stamp set in brown. The pretty paper is from the Plaid Patterns 6×6 Paper Pack.

For my second card I set up a little kitchen scene with the Recipe For Happiness stamp set and coordinating dies. For the background, I used the English Brick Wall Stencil and sponged Brick Red and Chili Powder Dye Ink onto some Kraft card stock. The coloring was done with markers again, and I like to add some dots with a white gelly roll pen for detail. The frame for my chalkboard and the little twig are from the Make Yourself at Home stamp set.

Handmade card from Anja Bytyqi featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Make Yourself at Home stamp set, Birdie Brown Recipe for Happiness stamp set and Die-namics, English Brick Wall stencil #mftstamps

The third card is pretty much clean and simple but with a little twist. To create a small scene I did some masking here and there while stamping the images from the London Mouse set. I stamped them with Versamark ink on Kraft card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I also did some spotlight stamping. Therefore I white heat embossed one of the houses again on red card stock and die cut a heart using Blueprints 27 Die-namics. Finally, I adhered it on top of the house from the scene. The sentiment is from the Make Yourself at Home stamp set.

Handmade card from Anja Bytyqi featuring London Mouse and Lisa Johnson Designs Make Yourself at Home stamp sets, Blueprints 27 and Blueprints 29 Die-namics #mftstamps

I had so much fun making these cards and will be back tomorrow with some more inspiration.


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

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It’s finally time to make the new Cooler with You Card Kit all yours.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring the Cooler with You Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Cooler with You Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Cooler with You 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 Cooler with You 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.

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1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

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2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous USA order over $75.

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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 Donna Mikasa featuring the Cooler with You Card Kit #mftstamps

Like what you see? Add more coordinating product to stretch your kit even further.

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Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Snowflake Sparkle 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: Marta – October 17, 2016 @ 10:46

Countdown Day One Winner: Natalie Bauman – October 18, 2016 @ 06:32

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 Cooler with You Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, October 20 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 October 21. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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The Day Has Arrived! The Cooler with You Card Kit Release Is So Close!

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We have one more day to preview our new Cooler with You Kit before it’s available for purchase tonight. More inspiration and a handy PDF download are among the treats we have for you today.

Today, we’re featuring Out of the Box looks – cards that combine the products included in the kit with previously released MFT products. These amazing projects from the team will show how easily the stamps and Die-namics can be integrated into your existing MFT collection.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on October 18. 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 10:00 PM EDT on October 18 on the MFT Blog.

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As a reminder, this coordinated collection will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The $59.99 purchase price for this kit is over a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. To round out this spectacular kit, you’ll get twelve sheets of card stock that coordinate with the stamp set, and Slider Elements to create smooth movement with the Hit the Slopes Die-namics. The Cooler with You Card Kit is snow much fun!

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The Cooler with You Card Kit PDF features card samples as well as a complete listing of the kit contents. You can download a printable version HERE.

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Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new October Card Kit. Remember, Cooler with You will be available tonight at 10 PM EDT!

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Introducing the Cooler with You Card Kit

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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 $59.99 – with a retail value of over $70, you’ll save 20% off the individual purchase price!

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

Today, we’re featuring In the Box looks – cards that feature only the items in the kit along with basic tools, shapes, and supplies. These amazing projects from the team will demonstrate just how versatile the kit is and the wide variety of projects you can create with it.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on October 18. 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 10:00 PM EDT on October 18 on the MFT Blog.

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Grab a scarf, your favorite winter coat, and some warm mittens and get ready for our October Card Kit! The Cooler with You Card Kit has everything you need to create SNOW much cuteness. It includes one stamp set and two Die-namics sets for a whole lot of wintry paper crafting fun. The Cooler with You stamp set features adorable bears, sweet snowmen, and the cutest little penguin decked out in hats and scarves. They are dressed for an afternoon of winter fun — from building snowmen to sledding and ice fishing — these little guys can’t wait to go out in the cold and play! Oh, the rosy cheeks! You’ll also find birds, a tree, and a pair of goggles in this stamp set to add extra whimsy and detail to your designs. In addition, the Cooler with You stamp set features seven cute and punny sentiments appropriate for winter birthdays, friendship, encouragement, love, and beyond. The Cooler with You Die-namics coordinates with the Cooler with You stamp set, and it also includes a shadow die to ground the characters in your design. Our second Die-namics — Hit the Slopes — features two stitched slope edges to create delightful cold weather scenes as well as slider channels to create winter sledding and ice fishing fun. Your sliders will run smoothly with the package of Slider Elements provided as part of this purchase. To round out this simply charming kit, you’ll get twelve (12) card stocks perfect for fun and frigid winter designs! The Cooler with You Card Kit is so cool you just might get frostbite!

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We’re so thrilled that you were as excited about our mid-month Free with $60 offer as we were. With this month’s kit release, we’re unveiling the Winter Trees Die-namics. Remember, our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60! Dress up cute scenes created with our Cooler with You Card Kit by adding in the Winter Trees Die-namics. You can layer them or allow them to stand alone. These nine adorable and whimsical evergreens with stitching details are the perfect touch for delightful winter greetings!

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Learn more about the MFT Stamps – Cooler with You Card Kit on YouTube or by watching the video below.

A brand new episode of MFTv features a fun technique that you can replicate with the contents of this month’s card kit. Watch to see just how easy it is to create this delightful and whimsical design using the Cooler with You Card Kit!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Cooler with You Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Cooler with You Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv Hidden Slider Card featuring the Cooler with You 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!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring the Cooler with You Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring the Cooler with You Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Cooler with You Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuillème featuring the Cooler with You Card Kit #mftstamps

Before you head off to see what the Design Team members have created, here are our A Very Crafty Holiday Winners!

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Congratulations to our winners! If you see your name on the list above, please send an email to sropel87 (at) gmail (dot) com with your name, email address, and day for which you won to claim your prize. Special thanks to EVERYONE for joining our A Very Crafty Holiday!

And now, back to our whimsical October card kit — Cooler with You!

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new October Card Kit. Remember, Cooler with You will be available tomorrow, October 18!

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A Very Crafty Holiday Bonus! – Crafting with Kids

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What a fun week it’s been getting you prepared for A Very Crafty Holiday! Before you go, we have a bonus craft today. Let’s take some time to do some holiday crafting with kids!

Lots of kids love doing artistic things, and I’ll wager a guess that when they see all of your fun supplies, their eyes light up with glee. Why not let them get in on the fun and let them explore their creativity? Gather up those kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews and start a craftapalooza that they won’t soon forget! Here’s what’s in store for today:

Handmade kid’s crafts from Stephanie Klauck featuring Merry Everything and Birdie Brown Beast Friends, Jingle All the Way, Santa’s Elves, and Toasty Greetings stamp sets #mftstamps

Handmade kid’s crafts from Stephanie Klauck featuring Merry Everything and Birdie Brown Beast Friends, Jingle All the Way, Santa’s Elves, and Toasty Greetings stamp sets #mftstamps

Today’s Holiday Extravaganza – Crafting with Kids

Join Stephanie today to as she shares fun ways to get kids involved in holiday crafts using a fun array of Christmas-themed stamp sets from My Favorite Things!

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Crafting with Kids on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday extravaganza, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is tonight, October 15th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 17, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

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