Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Happy Pawlidays

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

from Stephanie’s blog: StarSpry


It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

I’m doing an awful lot of Copic colouring right now so I decided to use coloured pencils for this month’s feature.

I also decided to try something that I’ve been itching to do for a while…colour on black card stock! I’ve often coloured on Kraft and love the way that it makes the colours pop.

The first issue was how to stamp on black card stock — it’s not like you can use black ink — so I pulled out my Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. I’m aware how juicy pigment inks are and wanted to avoid an excess of ink on my project. Panic not, there is a solution — double stamping! Ink up the stamp as normal, stamp your image on some scrap paper, and then stamp a second time onto your black card stock…there is still plenty of ink remaining to give you a nice clean print!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Another tip when attempting to colour on very dark card stock — I recommend having the image on the packaging close at hand so if you colour over some of the lines,  you don’t get lost. Trust me, it’s very easy to do and having a clear image to follow as a guide really saves your sanity.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As you can see, the colours do stand out from the background but the dark colour does mute them a little more than when you colour on Kraft. I am pretty pleased with the results!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

You can see I opted for creams, browns, and gave him a darker patch over his right eye.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This little guy is adorable when wrapped up in Christmas lights, even though they should be on the tree instead of him.

What do you think of the finished pooch?

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Having coloured the dog, I turned my attention to the background, opting to create my own with Distress inks…no water splats this time, just plain and simple blending in muted shades of green and beige. I used Post-it tape to mask off the lower portion whilst I inked the top, then repeated the process for the bottom.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I trimmed the mount with the Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX and then cut out the centre of the card stock with the new Snow Globe Die-namics, finishing it off by adding the die-cut snow globe base. I initially cut that out of Olive Card Stock, adding a little shading with coloured pencils to give it a bit of dimension.

I stamped a sentiment from the Happy Pawlidays stamp set with VersaMark and embossed it with Super Fine Black Embossing Powder. Here’s a tip: you can probably see that I’ve got little bits of embossing powder where I don’t want it. Don’t panic if this happens to you too. I simply used a Mono Sand Eraser to remove the worst of it. Like my inking, embossing is something I need to practice!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Here is the final card, with the little dog safely inside his snow globe with lots of bright Prill Spills Prills to play with — no wonder he has a smile on his face!

Christmas Greetings from Amy Young


Hello, MFT friends! It’s Amy from A Thousand Sheets of Paper and I’m beyond excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things this month. It’s such an honor to be invited to join this amazingly talented group of stampers showcasing all of the fun and fabulous new holiday goodies from the October release. Today I have created two very different Christmas cards — one clean and simple while the other plays with layering dies for some fun scene building.

First up we have the sweet as can be Pure Innocence Nice List. I am a long time fan of these darling stamps so I knew she would be the first one going on a card. Because I wanted the sentiment to have a big impact as well, I grabbed the Merry Christmas Greeting, masked off Nice List with some Post-It tape, then stamped it right next to her overlapping a bit at the top of her list. While the mask was still in place I grabbed some green ink and quickly sponged some onto the bottom corner just to help ground her in place. Once the Post-It tape is removed, this creates the illusion of her standing in front of a large sign. Then all I had to do was grab my new favorite die, the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1 Die-namics, to cut it all out and pop it on a card base. I LOVE the super narrow border the largest rectangle creates on an A2 card and I seriously can’t stop using it!

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

For my second card, I wanted to play with dies and create a peaceful winter scene for the new Dashing Deer cuties. First I inked up a colorful sky with the Drifts & Hills Stencil along the bottom edge. Then I added the Snow-Capped Mountains in the distance, cutting the bottoms off along the same stencil edge. Next, I grabbed both the Birch Trees and Solid Birch Trees, stacking them for a nice two-tone look. The deer and bird were also die cut using their coordinating dies so that I could easily play with their placement amongst the forest trees. The A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set s Die-namics  frames it all together and the sentiment was stamped onto the Stitched Sentiment Strip, resting in the upper tree branch.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to sharing here again next week!

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

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

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Snowflake Splendor Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

You’ll find the Snowflake Splendor 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 Snowflake Splendor Card Kit Launch celebration!

In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order.  We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase.

1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax). Concurrent with each new monthly release and kit release, our Free with $60 is updated with a brand new design. Our newest Free with $60, releasing with the October 2017 kit, is the Peace Die-namics. While supplies last, Peace will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Peace is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.

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

3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

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

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring Snowflake Splendor Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Snowflake Splendor Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Snowflake Splendor 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: Mirella Rogan, (Oct 16, 2017 @ 00:59)

Countdown Day One Winner: Kathy Ellwanger, (Oct 17, 2017 @ 10:25)

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 Snowflake Splendor Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, October 19 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 20. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

The Day Has Arrived! The Snowflake Splendor Card Kit Release Is So Close!

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

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on October 17. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 9:00 PM EDT on October 17 on the MFT Blog.

As a reminder, this coordinated collection will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The $49.99 purchase price for this kit is a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to a 4″ x 6″ stamp sets and two Die-namics, you’ll also receive (13) sheets of beautifully coordinated card stock, (2) sheets of Transparent Vellum, and a sheet of Silver Sparkle Card Stock.

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

Handmade card and tag from Julie Dinn featuring Snowflake Splendor Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Snowflake Splendor Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Snowflake Splendor Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

Introducing the Snowflake Splendor Card Kit

Custom products carefully curated for hours of creative play – that’s what MFT card kits provide. Our coordinated collections will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The purchase price for this kit is $49.99 — with a retail value of over $60, you’ll save 20% off the individual purchase price!

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

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on October 17. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 9:00 PM EDT on October 17 on the MFT Blog.

Snowflake Splendor features one stamp set and two Die-namics along with an assortment of carefully selected card stock options that complement the wintry theme to perfection. The Snowflake Splendor stamp set and Layered Snowflakes Die-namics feature the same snowflake images in identical sizes. The Snowflake Splendor Die-namics is sized to die cut the stamp images leaving a thin border OR to mat the snowflakes resulting from the Layered Snowflake Die-namics. It’s obvious how versatile this system is for mixing and matching an endless variety of designs. Add a stamped or die-cut sentiment from our vast collection and finish your look with a little sparkle or texture.

Snowflake Splendor stamp set #mftstamps

Snowflake Splendor Die-namics #mftstamps

Snowflake Splendor in use #mftstamps

Layered Snowflakes Die-namics #mftstamps

Layered Snowflakes in use #mftstamps

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

See the Snowflake Splendor Card Kit Unboxing on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Would you like to learn how Stephanie used our October card kit to create this gorgeous snowflake ornament trio of cards? You won’t want to miss this week’s episode of MFTv!

Handmade holiday cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring Snowflake Splendor Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade holiday cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring Snowflake Splendor Card Kit from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, How to Create Layered Snowflakes 3 Ways, featuring the Snowflake Splendor Card Kit on YouTube or simply watch the video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new October card kit. Remember, Snowflake Splendor will be available tomorrow, October 17 at 9 PM EDT!


 One last thing before you go! We spent the past week sharing ideas to create your own Very Crafty Holiday and today, we have winners to share! Thanks to ALL who joined us for our craft-filled week — huge congratulations to the following winners! Please send an email to [email protected] to claim your prize.

Christmas Treats That Are the Balm

Hi, everyone — Barbara here and I’m tickled to share some fun projects using the recently released Lip Balm Window & Frame Die-namics, Lip Balm Pouches, and Sending Smooches stamp set. These products will make your Christmas giving SO much easier this year. Whether you make your own lip balm or use purchased, they will make it easy to customize your gift giving.

First of all, I created a card that is a gift card holder which includes the sweet addition of a tube of lip balm. Next up is a tag that includes a tube of lip balm as a bonus. My final project is an ornament that doubles as a gift. You can find a PDF and video for these projects in this month’s release class HERE.

Now would you like to make your own lip balm? I’m going to share my favorite recipe and a few photos to walk you through how I do it. It’s super easy and really takes little time, but the extra time and personal touch you put into this gift will be appreciated. If you’d like a printable copy of the recipe and lip balm labels, you can download it HERE.

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 12-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • A few drops of vitamin E oil (optional – for preservative, I add 5 drops)

In a double boiler, slowly heat and blend beeswax, butter, and oils. Once melted, remove from heat and add essential oils and vitamin E. Immediately pour into tubes or tins. Makes about 10 tubes.

Here are some sources if you don’t have a local health food store.

Cocoa Butter

Sweet Almond Oil

Avocado Oil

Beeswax

Peppermint Essential Oil

Vitamin E Oil

Empty Tubes

Test Tube Holder

First I measure my ingredients into my “double boiler.” Since I do one batch at a time and it’s a relatively small amount, I use a glass measuring cup sitting in a small pan of water. This avoids the product loss that would occur in a larger vessel.

Heat on medium-low heat until melted. It seems to take a while but suddenly it’s melted. I use an orangewood stick to stir while it’s melting and to add the essential oil. It’s small and disposable.

Pour the melted lip balm into tubes—you’ll need something to hold them upright while it sets up, which is pretty fast. I use this test tube holder which works really well and was very inexpensive, but if you have any of the Ranger Mini Mister Holders they work, too.

Once the initial pour sets up it will shrink a little so you can top it off if you want.

When they are completely cooled, apply cap and label for safety since this recipe contains nut oil. The addition of Vitamin E slows rancidity, therefore extending the shelf life significantly. Also, if you have any leftovers, storing them in the refrigerator further extends shelf life.

I hope my projects and recipe will encourage you to make some sweet gifts of your own this holiday season—I can guarantee they will be loved!

A Very Crafty Holiday Bonus! – Crafting with Kids

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!

Shaker cards bring out the kid in all of us so it’s a natural progression to craft a shaker with the kids in your life! Creating card kits allows them to do all the fun stuff card making entails without the work and mess that preparing for assembly sometimes creates.

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

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

Today’s Craft – 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! Mass produce a number of shaker card kits so that you have enough to share throughout the season.

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 event, 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 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags

Wrapping beautiful gifts is one of the joys of the season. Put your creative touch on your packages with personalized and handmade gift tags. We’ve got your holiday inspiration right here!

One way to personalize gifts is to create handmade and festive tags to pretty up your packages. With products from My Favorite Things, you’ll have the coolest looking gifts under the tree! Let’s see what wonderful and creative ideas we have in store for today:

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

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

Today’s Craft – Gift Tags

Handiwork and the holidays go hand-in-hand and Karolyn’s take on Christmas tags is beyond inspiring. Watch today’s video and then download the templates Karolyn used to create her cross-stitched designs! You can also find blank templates to create your own designs HERE and a printable PDF of other designs HERE. Happy stitching.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, 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 Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Tag Stocking Stuffers

You never know what you’ll find tucked into your stocking! Surprise a friend with some handmade tags filled with fun little goodies or a marker for a favorite book. Today, we’ll show you how.

Giving little gifts at Christmas is a fun way to brighten the most wonderful time of the year! And handmade packaging makes all the difference when it comes to making those gifts special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Stocking Stuffers

For many of us, collecting and prepping stocking stuffers is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season! Stockings are the perfect opportunity to flexing your creative muscles to come up with inexpensive gifts your recipient will treasure.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Stocking Stuffers on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, 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 Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors

Chances are you’ll be going to, or hosting, at least one holiday party this year. Today we’ve got ideas for party favors and hostess gifts. Welcome to another fun day of A Very Crafty Holiday!

Creating for friends and family is a treat, and pampering them with little gifts is one of the best parts of the season. Whether you’re hosting a party or not, you’ll love these fun ideas for making gifts extra special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:

Hostess gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Hostess gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors

Holiday season = party season and what better time than NOW to prepare for those festive occasions.Arriving at a party with a bottle of wine and heartfelt greeting will never go out of style. Watch today as Stephanie shares a beautiful hostess gift idea.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, 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 Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!