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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Party Like a Pirate

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

from Stephanie’s blog: Billie A


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!

With all the excitement about Jack Sparrow’s new movie guess which fellow “bird” decided to put on a pirate costume for my latest project…yes, that pesky chicken, Ruby!

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

In order to create this little montage, I needed to do some masking. Firstly, I drew a circle lightly in pencil — this would become my background area. Then using my MISTI, I stamped the larger pirate with the sword and Ruby, stamping both a second time on Post-it tape. I fussy cut these images and adhered them over the top of the first ones. Whilst I remember, I used masking tape to block parts of Ruby’s head and comb so that I could draw on a bandana. Just remember if you are adding your own doodles, make sure to use a Copic suitable multiliner. Once I had the masks stuck down I stamped the second little pirate:

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

Who has spotted the black ink?  I was asked at my recent MFT class as to whether you could successfully add eyes if you stamped the images in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink instead of my usual Cement Gray, no-lines technique…well, erm, keep reading 🙂

Anyway, I started colouring, opting to do the background first.  Nothing special here, I was wanting the pirate crew to be the focal point.

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

I decided to colour Ruby next, having decided that my light source would be coming from the right.  What do you think of her bandana?

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

Next I turned my attention to the middle pirate. The dots on his bandana were created with the colourless blender marker, dotting the blue area once it was coloured.

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

And you guessed it, last but by no means least I coloured the lad with the sword. I drew stripes on his trousers and added dots to his sash, just like I had done on Ruby’s bandana, using the same technique as mentioned above. However, once the white areas were dry I added red dots. The little white dots to the eyes were created using a white gel pen. A tip, if you find your gel pen is being a little temperamental, draw on the palm of your hand with it — I find it usually gets even the most temperamental pens working again!

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

I wanted to keep the card quite simple, as always, so I trimmed down the coloured image and mounted it to a square of After Midnight Card Stock. The card base is Electric Red onto which I adhered a lovely piece of blue patterned paper from the Proper Pinstripes Paper Pack before mounting the image panel.

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

As always, for those of you who would like to play along, here is the Copic list. I warn you it is rather long.

Copic colors from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Well, that’s it for another month, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Keep colouring and above all, have fun!

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Framework for Crafting Success

Angel Rivera‘s cards are so bright and cheery — we’re excited to see what she’s done with our June Release…let’s get right to it!

Hi all! I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am to be guesting on the MFT Blog today! I have a couple of cards for you today.

For my first card, I used the emboss resist technique with the new Framework Stencil.  I taped the stencil to my watercolor paper then inked it up with Versamark ink. After I embossed it with clear embossing powder, I sponged over it with Grape Jelly, Blueberry, Lush Lagoon, Field Day, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, and Electric Red inks then spritzed it with some water because I just love that look! I used 5 of the Color Drops Die-namics to cut out certain areas that I had sponged, then layered them over a strip of patterned paper from the Black & White Basics Paper Pack and my Smooth White card base. I doubled up on the foam adhesive on two of them for more dimension.  The sentiment is from the new Beary Big Adventure stamp set and is embossed with white embossing powder on Black Licorice Card Stock.

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

My second card features the ridiculously CUTE Birdie Brown Party Like a Pirate stamp set. I used the no-line coloring technique with my Copics for the handsome little pirate (I even gave him some freckles). I also used that technique for the pirate ship. The ship has a layer of vellum over it to make it appear more in the distance. The Framework Stencil is so cool, I had to use it again!  I sponged it with Grout Gray ink over Cement Gray Card Stock. The card base and Circle Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics are cut from Steel Blue Card Stock. The sentiment was stamped with Black Licorice ink onto Stone Gray Card Stock and then cut with an element from Blueprints 13.

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


Seriously inspiring work from Angel, right? If you’re itching to make something now that you’ve seen her projects, 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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Owl-maze-ing Looks from Lynn

We adore Lynn Put‘s rich and colorful MFT creations so we’re super excited to have her joining us again this month for some guest posts. She’s kicking things off with a trio of looks featuring our June Release.

Hi there!  I’m super excited and truly honored to be asked to share some of my cards as a guest designer for My Favorite Things.

For my first card, I wanted to come up with something different using the You’re A-maze-ing stamp set and thought it would be fun to combine For Owl You Do and You’re A-maze-ing to make an OWL-maze-ing card. I started with a white piece of card stock cut to a card front size and using my MISTI, lined up all of the owl stamps in different directions and stamped them in black ink. Next, I used the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics and die cut the bottom edge of my stamped piece. For the bottom of my card, I stamped the You’re A-maze-ing sentiment in black ink onto yellow card stock cut to size and adhered it to my card front. On a piece of black card stock, I stamped and heat embossed part of the For Owl You Do sentiment, trimmed it down, matted it, and adhered it over the “A” of the A-maze-ing portion of my sentiment. Next, I added a horizontal strip of black card stock and my stamped and die cut maze with a yellow die-cut heart popped up in the center. On top of that, I added an owl which I stamped and colored with Copic markers and die cut using the coordinating Die-namics (he looks like a caped crusader doesn’t he?).  As a final touch, I added some colorful enamel dots.

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

For my second card, I used the cute new Ocean Fun stamp set to create a shaker thank you card. I started out by doing some ink blending for my background onto a piece of white card stock. I used Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, and Tumbled Glass distress inks. I stamped the sea life images in primary colors, die cut them using the coordinating Die-namics, and added them to my blended panel. Once my fish were adhered, I added googly eyes to all the images and stamped some bubbles and small fish in the background. Next, I stamped two sentiments — one from the Ocean Fun set onto a stitched sentiment strip and the thank you from For Owl You Do onto white card stock cut down and made into a sign that the crab is holding. To create my shaker, I used the Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames Die-namics and foam tape and filled the shaker with iridescent and silver sequins.

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

For my third and final card for today, I used the adorable Birdie Brown set, Party Like a Pirate. The first thing I did to create my card was to stamp some of the images, color them using Copic markers, and die cut them out using the coordinating Die-namics. To create my small scene, I blended Mermaid Lagoon distress ink (appropriate huh?) onto a die cut circle and added my images with foam tape. Under my images, I added my sentiment which I stamped onto a die-cut Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strip. For my card base, I used a piece of red card stock which I randomly stamped with the skull image from the set using red ink and a strip of black card stock. Since I didn’t have black and white striped paper, I made my own using the Diagonal Stripes Stencil and black ink.

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

Thank you, Lynn! I know we’re feeling re-energized and ready to dive into the June Release again — how about you?


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

It’s finally time to make the new  Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit all yours.

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things

You’ll find the Sending Birthday Wishes 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 Sending Birthday Wishes 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 June 2017 Kit Release, is the Mail Delivery Die-namics. While supplies last, Mail Delivery will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Mail Delivery 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 Anna Kossakovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

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 Sending Birthday Wishes 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: Beverly Chester, Jun 19, 2017 @ 08:16

Countdown Day One Winner: KerrynM, Jun 20, 2017 @ 01:36

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 Sending Birthday Wishes Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, June 22 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 June 23. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

The Day Has Arrived! The Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our Sending Birthday Wishes 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 June 20. 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 June 20 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 $42.99 purchase price for this kit is more than a 20% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to (5) sheets of Smooth White Card Stock and (2) sheets of Translucent Vellum, you’ll also receive (8) sheets of card stock coordinating with the included Party Patterns 6″ x 6″ Paper Pack.

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

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring the Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring the Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the newJune card kit. Remember, Sending Birthday Wishes will be available tonight at 9 PM EDT!

Introducing the Sending Birthday Wishes 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 $42.99 – with a retail value of more than $50, you’ll save 20% off the individual purchase price!

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the Sending Birthday Wishes 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 June 20. 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 June 20 on the MFT Blog.

Happy mail is a thing, a real thing, that we can all appreciate — especially when birthdays roll around. Why not take that common love of happy mail and celebrate it with a mail-themed kit? Sending Birthday Wishes includes a versatile stamp set that features sentiments and greetings perfect for any recipient. The Mini Mail Die-namics includes everything you need to craft adorable mini envelopes. Showcase your tiny envelopes singularly or in groups. Use them as a decorative accent or insert tiny notes featuring one of the stamp sentiments or your own handwritten greeting.

In addition to (5) sheets of Smooth White Card Stock and (2) sheets of Translucent Vellum, you’ll also receive (8) sheets of card stock coordinating with the included Party Patterns 6″ x 6″ Paper Pack.

Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Big Birthday Wishes stamp set #mftstamps

Mini Mail Die-namics #mftstamps

Party Patterns Paper Pack #mftstamps

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

Mail Delivery Die-namics #mftstamps

Mail Delivery Die-namics in use #mftstamps

See the MFT Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit Unboxing on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Would you like to learn how Stephanie used our June card kit to assemble this interactive mail look? You won’t want to miss this week’s episode of MFTv!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, You’ve Got Mail, featuring the Sending Birthday Wishes 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 June card kit. Remember, Sending Birthday Wishes will be available tomorrow, June 20 at 9 PM EDT!

Camp Create Day 5: Glitzy Glitter

You simply can’t shut down the camp craft tent for the week if it hasn’t been christened with glitter…we’ve saved the sparkliest project of all for our wrap-up post. We hope you’ve had a great time at camp this week — go home and spread the word about all of the fun new skills you’ve picked up!

As a participant in Camp Create, you immediately earn the badge pictured below. Copy and paste this image and post it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed to let everyone back home know how you spent your summer vacation.

You still have plenty of time to participate in every craft we’ve shared this week — here’s a handy itinerary to help you keep track of which ones you’ve completed. Remember, you have until June 22 to share a link for each of  your projects.

Ready to learn more about today’s featured craft? Keep reading to learn more!

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

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

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

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 – Glitzy Glitter

You’re going to love counselor Stephanie’s tips for mixing and applying glitter to die cuts. This beautiful quartet of cards features images and sentiments appropriate for so many occasions and recipients — glitter for everyone, say it with me now!

Watch MFT Camp Create – Glitzy Glitter on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!

This week as a Camp Create camper, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Participate in today’s craft and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our MFTv channel on YouTube and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video and announced Monday, June 26th.
  • To be eligible to win the $150 Grand Prize: Earn all five badges for the week by participating in each craft presented this week (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

Deadline to comment and upload your images is Thursday, June 22nd at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, June 26, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

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Camp Create Bonus: Gather ‘Round the Campfire

We’ve been having the best time this week and even though our June session is wrapping up in the morning and we’ll be wishing you all a fond farewell until our next session, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to gather our friends around the campfire for one last s’more, one last Kumbaya, and one bonus technique from counselor Stephanie.

Are you wondering if we have a special bonfire badge? Of course we have a special bonfire badge! If there’s one thing we crafters love, it’s flair, amirite? Download it now to add to your collection!

Do we have a bonus prize for our bonfire craft? Of course we have a bonus prize. Participate in our Bonfire craft and you might just win a $50 MFT voucher.

Clean the ooey-gooey marshmallow off your hands…it’s time to tackle our bonfire craft.

Bonfire Craft – Divine Dry Embossing

You already have a stash of dies that are indispensable in creating your die-cut accents but after tonight’s bonfire, you’re also going to love using your Die-namics collection to create crisp, clean impressions on your card stock panels.

handmade card set from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamos

handmade card set from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamos

handmade card set from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamos

Watch MFT Camp Create 2017 Bonfire – Divine Dry Embossing on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn your bonfire badge:

  1. Watch Stephanie’s bonfire video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!

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To be eligible to win the Bonfire Prize: Participate in the bonfire craft and upload an image via InLinkz on this post. One winner will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.

Deadline to upload your images is Thursday, June 22nd at 10 PM EDT.

The Bonfire Prize Winner (and all other Camp Create winners) will be announced on Monday, June 26, so make sure to check back to see if you’ve won this (or another) amazing prize!

Can’t wait to see what you create! Get a good night’s sleep. There’s still one day left of Camp Create!

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Camp Create Day 4: Sensational Sliders

We’re sliding into the home stretch of our June session of Camp Create 2017 but the fun isn’t over yet! We’ll be crafting away right up until it’s time to pack your bag and head home so don’t go anywhere just yet.

As a participant in Camp Create, you immediately earn the badge pictured below. Copy and paste this image and post it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed to let everyone back home know how you spent your summer vacation.

Ready to learn more about today’s featured craft? Keep reading to learn more!

Today’s Craft – Sensational Sliders

There are lots of ways to work a sliding element into your cards and projects – in fact, we feature a number of products to do just that. Our featured project today includes something a little different though. Watch and learn to see how camp counselor Stephanie used one of the dies included in Blueprints 28 for this innovative slider look.

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

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

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

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 MFT Camp Create – Sensational Sliders on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Here’s how to earn today’s badge:

  1. Watch today’s video and follow the Creative Challenge issued at the end of the video.
  2. Link your project below for your chance to win!
  3. Add the badge below to your blog post to show you’ve earned it!

This week as a Camp Create camper, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Participate in today’s craft and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from the InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our MFTv channel on YouTube and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video and announced Monday, June 26th.
  • To be eligible to win the $150 Grand Prize: Earn all five badges for the week by participating in each craft presented this week (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

Deadline to comment and upload your images is Thursday, June 22nd at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, June 26, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

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