Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Sweet Succulents

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

from Julie’s blog: Michelle Hartline

Michelle, please email erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize!


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

Hello, Jane here with another Artistic Expression feature. Today I am going to share with you how I coloured this image:

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

Let’s take a look at the cactus:

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

I started by deciding where my light source was coming from. In this instance, the light is coming from the right so I mapped out all the shadow areas with my lightest colour, YG61.

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

I then coloured in some additional shadow with YG63.

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

Finally, I added a small amount of the darkest green YG67 to intensify the shadows a little more.

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

I then blended the dark YG67 with a small amount of YG63 to help ensure a smooth, line-free blend.

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

With YG61, I blended each lobe, incorporating the existing Copic to ensure a smooth blend. As you can see, this softened the colours slightly and gave the cactus some dimension.

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

I felt that I had lost some of the dark shadows in the blending process, so I went back with YG67 and added a little extra colour to the base of the lobes.

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

The cactus spines were drawn back in with YG63, using a steady hand and the tip of the brush nib. If your pen control is not great, then, by all means, add the spines at the end of your project with coloured pencil!

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

I approached colouring the flowers in pretty much the same way as with the cactus. I marked out the shadow areas with my lightest colour — in this instance Y11.

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

The colour was intensified with a touch of Y15 added to the base of the flowers and the petals in the back.

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

As a final touch, I added a smidge of YG61 at the base of the flowers and a tiny bit of W1 for the shadows.

And there you have it, one prickly cactus!

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

All that was left for me to do was to colour the pot and background. As a finishing touch, I used a white gel pen to add a few highlights to some of the spines.

COPIC COLOURS:
Cactus: YG61, YG63, YG67
Flowers: Y11, Y15, YG61, W1
Pot: E11, E13, E15, E17, W3, W4, W6
Background: B000, C00, C1, C3, C5

The card itself was created with Smooth White Card Stock. When making a fancy shaped card, as long as you are careful when placing your die, it is quite easy to keep the stitching detail near the fold. I personally tape it down to ensure the die does not move whilst running it through my machine. To provide additional detail, I cut out the largest Linked Octagon Frame from the appropriately named Cactus Card Stock and adhered it to the card base with Multi Medium Matte. Finally, the image was affixed to the card base with foam tape for added dimension.

So there you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that you find it useful.

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Party Hearty with a Watercolor Safari

One of the beautiful things about watercolor is how forgiving it is — the looseness of the color is one of the unique characteristics that make it such an inviting technique. Today’s guest is joining us today with two inspiring cards featuring Safari Party and a unique take on watercolor. Welcome, Dana!

Hello, everyone! It’s Dana here from Dana G.Crafts and I’m super excited to be guest designing today for My Favorite Things. Thank you for this great opportunity, MFT! I’m so in love with their May 2018 release and created several cards to share with you. I already shared two cards in the MFT & Friends post last week and here are another two cards for today.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my first card, I started by stamping images from Safari Party onto watercolor paper. I watercolored them and die cut with Safari Party Die-namics. I white heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set onto black card stock and die cut it with Blueprints 27 and scissors.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next, I created my own watercolor background. I used A2 sized cold pressed watercolor paper and spritzed clean water onto it using a mister. I applied wet watercolor paints to the wet watercolor paper working from light to dark colors. Once my first layer was finished, I spritzed clean water again and repeated the previous process two more times.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

After the panel dried completely, I created a bokeh effect on my background. I sponged various sizes of circles from the Basic Shapes – Circles Stencil with white pigment ink using mini blending tool.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I applied white gel pen to few small circles after the panel dried. You can see the result around critters in the next picture.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I foam mounted the animals and sentiment where I wanted them and embellished with some crystals using Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue to finish off this card.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I once again watercolored animals from Safari Party and die cut them with the coordinating Die-namics. I die cut my cover panel from the Tranquil Textures Paper Pack (retired) using the Stitched Dome Die-namics. I die cut the border from the Calm & Cozy Chevron Paper Pack using Grassy Hills Die-namics.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my background, I pulled out bristol paper and ink blended it with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks. I then stenciled some circles from MFT Stencil Basic Shapes-Circles with white pigment ink.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I white heat embossed a sentiment from Safari Party onto a piece of Neenah Desert Storm and cut it using craft knife. To finish, I stacked up each layer using foam adhesive and glue tape on an A2 sized kraft card base as shown in the picture. Here are more close up pics.

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Dana Gong featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and got some inspiration. Thank you for stopping by — I’ll be back on May 30th to share more ideas! Happy crafting!


Ready to grab some watercolor supplies and your favorite MFT images? We’d love to see your take on Dana’s inspiration — make sure you tag #mftstamps on social media so we can properly appreciate your talents!

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Hello, Little One

Hello!

It’s Caroline here from KISS – Keep It Sweet & Simple, and I’m so happy to be joining you today as a guest designer. I’m sharing a couple of projects using the sweet new stamp and Die-namics, Hello Little One.

For my first card, I did some simple die cutting to create a little train for the toy horse to pull. In between the wagons, I used a piece of the die-cut balloon string (from Party Animals), and the square ‘BABY’ blocks were created with the Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX.

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For me, polka dots and baby cards are a match made in heaven, so I used the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Background to add them to my card.

I stamped it using Versamark, clear embossed, and then inked. I hope you can just about make out the pretty shine and texture that this adds.

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I kept things nice and simple for my second card.

Handmade card from Caroline Paton featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I used the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Background again — this time stamping through a masked circle and embossing in white.

The cute teddy is popped up on foam tape and I finished by adding a pretty scalloped frame.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my projects.

Have a great day xx

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

It’s finally time to make the new Painted Prints Card Kit all yours.

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Painted Prints Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Painted Prints 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 Painted Prints 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 May 2018 kit, is the Flower Vase Die-namics. While supplies last, Flower Vase will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Flower Vase 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 US order over $50.

3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 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 Painted Prints Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Painted Prints Card Kit #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 Painted Prints Countdown prizes. Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown. Two lucky people have won a $25 prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts tomorrow.

Countdown Day Two Winner: anthonette (May 22, 2018 @ 04:20)

Countdown Day One Winner: Mili Murguia (May 21, 2018 @ 22:46)

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 Painted Prints Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, May 24 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 May 25. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

The Painted Prints Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our Painted Prints Card Kit before it’s available for purchase tomorrow night. 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 May 22. 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 May 22 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 purchase price for this kit is a $49.99. In addition to the Painted Prints stamp set and Die-namics, and the Brushstroke Expressions sentiment set, you’ll also receive (15) sheets of beautifully coordinated card stock and a sheet of our new Heavyweight Translucent Vellum.

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


Learn how Stephanie used the heavyweight vellum in our May card kit as a card base for her stunning stamped floral images in this week’s episode of MFTv.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Painted Prints Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Painted Prints Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Painted Prints Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, How to Create a Vellum Card featuring the Painted Prints 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 May card kit. Remember, Painted Prints will be available tomorrow at 9 PM EDT!

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Introducing the Painted Prints Card Kit

Custom products carefully curated for hours of creative play – that’s what MFT card kits provide. Our coordinated collections are available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The purchase price for this kit is $49.99.

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the Painted Prints 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 May 22. 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 May 22 on the MFT Blog.

Our Painted Prints Card Kit allows you to take advantage of your remarkable cardmaking artistry and translate it into stunning floral images with a realistic hand-painted look without the mess or the skill required to actually paint them. This kit contains a solid stamp set featuring complementary layers to create beautiful, multicolored flowers and leaves. Coordinating Die-namics make it easy for you to die cut your images. The gorgeous sentiment set features a brushstroke font that lends a custom modern calligraphy look to your stamped sentiments. Fifteen sheets of card stock, as well as a sheet of our new Heavyweight Translucent Vellum, are also included. Our heavyweight vellum is sturdy enough to use as a card base but still translucent so that you can use it to impart a soft, ethereal effect to card components.

Painted Prints Card Kit #mftstamps

Painted Prints stamp set #mftstamps

Painted Prints Die-namics #mftstamps

Painted Prints in use #mftstamps

Brushstroke Expressions stamp set #mftstamps


With this month’s kit, we’re releasing the Flower Vase Die-namics. Use it to house your beautiful new painterly florals or as an accent for other projects or flower sets. Remember, our  Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60.

Flower Vase Die-namics #mftstamps


Handmade card from Torico featuring Painted Prints Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring Painted Prints Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Painted Prints Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch the Painted Prints | May Card Kit Unboxing on YouTube or simply watch the video below.

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new May card kit. Remember, Painted Prints will be available Tuesday, May 22 at 9 PM EDT!

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2018 – Stencils, Embellishments, and Tools

Over the course of the past few days, we’ve covered organization tips for inks, stamps, Die-namics, and paper storage. What’s left? Stencils, embellishments, and all of the various tools that are essential to achieving your favorite techniques. It’s no small feat trying to optimize space while keeping a variety of sometimes oddly-shaped supplies and tools accessible but our team has some great ideas for you!

Let’s start by taking a look at a couple of areas of Julie’s space — you’ll find lots of great ideas for displaying your collection in a way that is appealing and accessible…the best of both worlds! Clear storage bins and large jars provide for portability and visibility. You can also see a peek of the card stock storage we featured yesterday.

Craft supply storage Julie Dinn #mftstamps

This longer shot shows her ink and Copic storage, and in the background you can see her set up for taking photographs of her projects.

Craft supply storage Julie Dinn #mftstamps

Take a look inside one of her clear storage units and you’ll find a variety of embellishments — this one holds all of her MFT shaker pouches.

Craft supply storage Julie Dinn #mftstamps

Speaking of shaker pouches, Stephanie keeps hers in labeled pockets in a drawer along with a selection of coordinating dimensional embellishments like mazes and filler options.

Craft supply storage Stephanie Klauck #mftstamps

Inge keeps her stencils within reach and easy to flip through by slipping them into 6″ x 6″ page protectors. Adding binder rings keeps the collection contained.

Craft supply storage Inge Groot #mftstamps

A clear bin holds Barbara’s stencils as well as a variety of compatible products like texture and modeling pastes. If pulling out a multitude of products dampens your desire to experiment with messier techniques, storing like products together may encourage you to play more!

Craft supply storage Barbara Anders #mftstamps

Ink blending is a versatile technique but figuring out how to manage your tools is a cumbersome affair. Amy keeps her pads, sorted in color families, in a clear, lidded plastic container. Small daubers and blending tools are held in the same drawer.

Craft supply storage Amy Yang #mftstamps

Keeway has a fantastic tiered storage solution for her blending tools. You can see on the front right tool that she’s labeled them with the corresponding ink color.

Craft supply storage Keeway Tsao #mftstamps

Taking labeling a step further, Stephanie has labeled the top of her blending tool handles with the color name but has color coded them as well to help her narrow her search even more quickly! Her divided storage keeps the tools neat and compartmentalized.

Craft supply storage Stephanie Klauck #mftstamps

A pegboard creates fantastic opportunities for organizing a variety of supplies. The ability to rearrange the pegs and to store things vertically is the ultimate space saver. Keeway stores indispensable tools — scissors, adhesive, and her scoring and stamp positioning tools readily accessible in this way. Pegboard accessories like compartmentalized trays allow you to store your most-used embellishments within arm’s reach too.

Craft supply storage Amy Yang #mftstamps

Craft supply storage Amy Yang #mftstamps

Another option for embellishment storage is a rolling cart like Debbie’s. Designating and labeling each drawer allows you to aggregate similar products together and a cart like this gives you the ability to remove the drawer completely to make it even easier to peruse the products to find just the right solution for your design needs.

Craft supply storage Debbie Olson #mftstamps

With the introduction of our cross-stitch products, you may find that your assortment of embroidery floss is multiplying. Julie has her collection neatly wound and labeled on plastic bobbins and arranged (in rainbow order, natch!) in a storage box.

Craft supply storage Julie Dinn #mftstamps

Are you a heat-embossing fanatic? Stephanie’s collection of embossing powders are carefully stored in secure containers with a designated spoon tucked into each. A label on each identifies the color and manufacturer to make it easy to restock as necessary.

Craft supply storage Stephanie Klauck #mftstamps

Vika demonstrates that repurposing pretty packaging is a great way to store and display collections of supplies. The next time you receive a sweet little gift bag, consider how you can use it in your own space to store treasured embellishments.

Craft supply storage Vika Salmina #mftstamps

Phew — what an incredible amount of information! We certainly hope the past five days have provided valuable ideas for getting your stash under control. If you use any ideas our designers have shared, or have some great ideas not mentioned, tag #mftstamps to share! We’re always on the lookout for inspiring new ideas.

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2018 – Card Stock, Patterned Paper, and Felt

We’ve covered inks, stamps, and Die-namics, and now it’s time to attack your card stock, patterned paper, and felt. These cardmaking essentials probably represent a large portion of your stash so having a plan in place for managing them will definitely help keep your space, and sanity, in check.

Before we jump into today’s photos, how about a quick reminder of the resources we have available to help you in your quest to organize. You’ll find a wide array of printable charts to compare MFT colors and track your card stock and felt stashes HERE. Our Patterned Paper Reference Guides, found HERE, make it easy to color-match card stock to patterned paper and are designed to fit your collection of 6″ x 6″ paper pads perfectly.

Stephanies picture-perfect card stock storage features ROYGBIV organization that is ever-so-satisfying. There is nothing wrong with your stash doubling as colorful “art” in your craft space!

Card stock storage Stephanie Klauck #mftstamps

You’ll notice Stephanie has each color tabbed with the color name — Joy uses a similar technique shown more closely in the photo below.

Card stock storage Joy Taylor #mftstamps

Inge’s card stock organization features magazine holders positioned horizontally. This is a great method if you would prefer your collection to be slightly more portable — sort color families into specific file boxes to grab a selection of similar colors before fine-tuning your choices.

Card stock storage Inge Groot #mftstamps

Julie has a large rack designed for letter-sized paper storage. This allows her to quickly grab her desired color and the flat storage method prevents the paper from bending or warping. You’ll see she’s also designated slots to specialty papers like different weights of watercolor paper.

Card stock storage Julie Dinn #mftstamps

Card stock storage Julie Dinn #mftstamps

Hanging file folders stashed in a cabinet ensure Barbara’s collection stays safe and secure. Using a scrap of card stock for the file labels makes quick work of locating the perfect shade for your next project.

Card stock storage Barbara Anders #mftstamps

A ring of card stock samples makes it easy for Inge to see the entire range of colors as well as mix and match complementary colors before pulling out full sheets or packages of paper. She’s labeled the back of each sample with the name of each hue for quick reference.

Card stock organization Inge Groot #mftstamps

Have you grown a collection of MFT patterned papers? Storing the pad in a sleeve protects the pad as well as any loose sheets or scraps you accumulate. You’ll see Amy has also tucked the reference guide for each pad into the same sleeve to make card stock selection a breeze.

Patterned paper storage Amy Yang #mftstamps

Patterned paper storage Amy Yang #mftstamps

When we talk paper, we can’t forget the envelopes! With such a wide range of coordinating colors, easy access is a must. Inge has her collection neatly tucked into small storage boxes.

Envelope storage Inge Groot #mftstamps

Our line of felt is brand new but already well-loved. The 5″ x 18″ sheets come in a roll — Debbie has taken advantage of this packaging by storing them upright in a clear bin. It’s easy to see each color and the bin allows her to keep a color chart tucked in front as well.

Felt storage Debbie Olson #mftstamps

Barbara’s felt is protected by nestling the pretty rolls in a set of clear drawers. You’ll see she’s sorted them by color family so she knows exactly where to find each shade.

Felt storage Barbara Anders #mftstamps

While storing your felt in the rolled form it arrives in is perfectly fine, Stephanie has opted for a different method. She cuts the sheet in half to 5″ x 9″ and stores them flat in a storage pocket. This allows her to quickly flip through them and makes them more manageable when it’s time to run them through the die-cutting machine. You’ll also see she’s customized her color chart by cutting small squares of each color to adhere to the chart.

Felt storage Stephanie Klauck #mftstamps

Felt organization Stephanie Klauck #mftstamps

Wow! Lots of fun ideas to get card stock, scraps, patterned paper, and felt under control. We hope you’ll find some time to tame your own stash this weekend…you never know what you’ll discover during your organizational adventures!

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2018 – Die-namics

Some of us prefer working in a bit of chaos (creativity can be influenced by working within the constraints of our mess, er, situation, right?) while others need a neat and tidy space before starting a new project. Eventually though, we all have to address the mess and straighten up. Having a system in place helps streamline that process and clean-up time can be reduced immeasurably leaving you more time to craft!

Today we’re tackling Die-namics. While it’s a pretty standard technique to store dies with their coordinating stamp sets, what about all of the other designs in your stash? As you strategize your organization, don’t forget to start by printing your labels (find them HERE) and also, if desired, our monthly shopping lists — the perfect way to track your purchases and avoid duplicate items.

Isn’t Inge’s set up pretty? Her shelving unit houses a collection of Die-namics, neatly displayed in clear storage boxes, in addition to a number of other essentials and inspiration pieces. The snap-shut lids protect her investment and keep them portable without fear of an “oops” spill.

Die-namics storage Inge Groot #mftstamps

Debbie’s idea for storing indispensable tools (snips and label maker chief among them!) with her dies means she has no excuses when it comes to properly categorizing her new additions on arrival.

Die-namics storage Debbie Olson #mftstamps

Stephanie’s storage features a sleek and orderly feel with deep-level categorization for easy retrieval of her most sought-after Die-namics.

Die-namics storage Stephanie Klauck #mftstamps

Die-namics storage Stephanie Klauck #mftstamps

Categorized storage binders provide a colorful vertical solution for Melania’s collection. We mentioned it yesterday but we love the idea so much we have to point it out again — check out how she notates the number of dies in each set to verify that she’s collected them all before storing…simple but brilliant!

Die-namics storage Melania Deasy #mftstamps

Die-namics storage Melania Deasy #mftstamps

Collecting small, similar dies in a single pocket is a smart way to minimize space and view a number of similar designs in one fell swoop. Here you can see how Vika stores word dies and border dies together for quick retrieval.

Die-namics storage Vika Salmina #mftstamps

Die-namics storage Vika Salmina #mftstamps

If you don’t like the idea of single dies floating around in a pocket and would prefer them to be more secure, check out how Keeway adheres a small magnet to card stock inserts to prevent them from slipping and sliding.

Die-namics storage Keeway Tsao #mftstamps

Julie takes a visual approach by adding a printed representation of the dies included in the set — it’s a great method that allows you to eyeball your collection to quickly find the perfect solution to fill your project needs.

Die-namics storage Julie Dinn #mftstamps

If you’re interested in more details about any of the solutions shared today, or want to learn about even more of our team organization techniques, be sure to click through to our team blogs!

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2018 – Stamps

Wrangling your inks and coloring mediums is a rather daunting task — we hope our introduction to organization didn’t overwhelm you! It’s a process that can take some time…just know you can always come back here for more ideas as you work your way through your space.

Let’s jump into day two of our series: stamps. This may seem like a straightforward topic but with so many different types, sizes, and themes, things can get a bit more complicated. If you’re ready to tackle your MFT stamps, the first thing you need to do is immediately download our label files — fast, easy, and critical to labeling your stash. The next step is determining how you’d like to categorize them — by theme, manufacturer, a simple alphabetization…so many options! It may take some trial and error to determine which system is most intuitive to your process. You’ll see a significant overlap in how are team manages their stamps and Die-namics. With so many coordinating dies, it just makes sense to keep them together!

Shall we take a peek at some of the ways our team manages their stamps?

MFT stamp storage Julie Dinn #mftstamps

Julie’s stamps are meticulously labeled and neatly collected within the ubiquitous clear storage bins that have become an essential tool in the crafting universe (Thanks, Jennifer McGuire!) Our line of clear storage pockets feature different sizes to accommodate a variety of stamp sets — you can see how the top flap tucks neatly inside to protect and contain the stamps and dies within. Crisp dividers separate designer sets while labels on each pocket list the contents (particularly helpful when storing a stamp set and Die-namics that complement each other but don’t share a common name.) Julie’s inserts feature the stamp images as well as provide the stability that keeps the enclosure sturdy no matter the contents.

MFT stamp storage Debbie Olson #mftstamps

Debbie’s storage is similar to Julie’s with a couple of notable differences. She’s incorporated color and pattern with her divider tabs and to her paper inserts, she’s also added the release date for each set. It’s a great quick reference tool. Printing our monthly shopping lists (find them all HERE) allows you to track and cross-reference your stash as well. You wouldn’t want to inadvertently purchase a set twice, right? I’m sure none of us has ever done that 😉

MFT stamp storage Melania Deasy #mftstamps

Melania’s system is simple but effective. In addition to dropping her stamps and Die-namics into the same pocket, with a simple white insert to divide them, she also notates the number of dies in the set — what a great way to quickly determine if you’ve safely stowed your dies.

MFT stamp storage Inge Groot #mftstamps

While some of us like to be able to see our stash out in the open, Inge has hers categorized and allocated to labeled boxes. That neat row of clean white boxes is so inviting!

MFT stamp storage Vika Salmina #mftstamps

If you have a handful of sets you’d like to keep front and center, take a cue from Vika and employ some hanging clips to display your favorites.

MFT stamp storage Keeway Tsao #mftstamps

A simple white basket is Keeway’s preferred method of displaying her collection of background stamps. Use pockets to label them or, if you’d rather store them without pockets just add your label to the back of the stamp. Keeping them out in the open encourages you to dig through them to find just the right pattern for your next project.

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more ideas about

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