Tips & Tricks: September 2018

Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your brand-new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.

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

Thoughtful gift card presentation is a crucial consideration for cardmakers…the card itself is always critical but when it’s housing a gift as well, it takes on an entirely new level of importance! Stephanie has devised an elegant way of creating a fun surprise gift card presentation element with our new Double Slider Loop Slots Die-namics for today’s Tips & Tricks feature. She’s created *the* most informative video demonstrating the construction of the look — we’re so excited to try it ourselves!

Amazing, right? We know you will come up with an endless variety of ways to put this deceptively simple but incredibly handy design to use in your own projects and we can’t wait to be inspired by them.


Want to learn more about Barbara, Julie,  Melania, and Stephanie’s Tips & Tricks for our September Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!

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Just Add Color: September 2018

We so enjoy our Release Countdown each month – our team never fails to inspire us and we love seeing your enthusiasm and reading your ideas for using the new collection. We want to extend that excitement past release night with even more opportunities for the designers to blow us away with their creativity and ingenuity.

So many of our stamp sets feature images that invite color — from markers and pencils to watercolors, our designers are itching to show off their coloring prowess and innovative techniques.

Copic coloring from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Fall Friends #mftstamps

Fall weather = lots of layers = massive opportunity for customizing with color and pattern! Our Fall Friends are ready for anything with their hats, scarves, jackets, and boots. Are you as excited about bringing them home as we are?

Have you ever wondered how Torico achieves such a stunning depth of color, texture, and detail on her images? This month, she’s created a video highlighting her process with the new Birdie Brown Fall Friends — watch in her on the blog or on our Youtube channel. What she can achieve with her mix of Copic and pencil is simply magic. Having such an incredible grasp of color pairings certainly helps as well!

You’re already feeling inspired, right? Brace yourselves because we have so much more to share! Check out what the rest of the team has created in response to our Just Add Color challenge below!

Hits & Highlights

Time to head west, crafters! Our team of intrepid designers is embarking on an adventure exploring our assortment of western-themed products. You’ll find everything from adorable characters from Birdie Brown’s Saddle up & Celebrate to desert-dwelling critters and heat-loving cacti. Grab your hat, grab your spurs…we’re hitting the trail.

Handmade box card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Western-themed elements like those included in Best in the West are perfect for crafting scenes that put you smack dab in the middle of an evocative place and time. Rachel’s incredible box card makes you feel the dust swirling around your feet, smell the campfire in your tickling your nose, and imagine a vast sky full of sparkling stars. We’re super into that lasso flying high as well — what a great finishing touch!

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

From the gorgeous sunset to the die cuts in silhouette, Barbara’s card is packed with inspiring ideas. The standout idea is undoubtedly the Icebergs Die-namics repurposed as rock formations by the addition of some simple color striations — genius!

Time to check out how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge!

MFT & Friends: August 2018

Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you! We also have SIX fabulous MFT friends joining us…think of it as our Release Replay with a twist.

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

While we’re super into our collection of shaker Die-namics and custom pouches, there’s more than one way to add some shimmy to your projects. Torico’s used the new Captivating Mandala Die-namics to create an intricate peek-a-boo shaker element. Her rich palette mirrors the sentiment to perfection. Be sure to head to her blog for a second take on this technique!

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

It’s time to trick-or-treat with Frightfully Sweet and the crew is all here. Rachel’s fearsome fivesome is backed by the most incredible harvest moon and big, beautiful, starry sky…it looks like the perfect night for some Halloween high jinks!

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team and some MFT friends played with our August Release.

Techniques & Tutorials: August 2018

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique.

from Joy’s blog: Michelle Hartline

from Torico’s blog: Claire Broadwater

Congratulations to you both! Michelle and Claire, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you all!


If you love detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos to recreate some of your favorite MFT projects, Techniques & Tutorials is just for you! Our designers are going the extra mile with a collection of projects featuring more in-depth direction to help you achieve a similar look.

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring products from My Favorite Things #mfstamps

Want to learn more about how Amy created this stunning dimensional card with our most recent Pure Innocence set? Make sure you head to her blog for all the details! Melania has something amazing up her sleeve as well — you won’t want to miss it. Have a fabulous weekend full of the things you love!

Tips & Tricks: August 2018

Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your brand-new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Barbara’s darling ballerina shines thanks to an elegant stage and high-wattage spotlights. There is an extra-special detail that she is sharing in her Tips & Tricks post today though…make sure you head to her blog to learn more about the frilly little tutu she’s paper pieced to really step up her Pure Innocence look!


Want to learn more about Barbara, Julie, and Melania’s Tips & Tricks for our August Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!

Just Add Color: August 2018

We so enjoy our Release Countdown each month – our team never fails to inspire us and we love seeing your enthusiasm and reading your ideas for using the new collection. We want to extend that excitement past release night with even more opportunities for the designers to blow us away with their creativity and ingenuity.

So many of our stamp sets feature images that invite color — from markers and pencils to watercolors, our designers are itching to show off their coloring prowess and innovative techniques.

Cool Cats images colored by Melania Deasy #mftstamps

Each of our four cool cats has personality but you can really provide a distinct look for each with the addition of some spots and stripes. Take a cue from Melania and emulate the look of your favorite breed easily with these clean, classic line-art images.

Friendship Rocks images colored by Jodi Collins #mftstamps

Friendship Rocks and so does this sweet trio of songstresses. Jodi’s charming take color codes each from head to toe…starting with the bows up top all the way down to strapped slippers below. Don’t you love the subtle shading — you can achieve so much depth, even with a monochromatic look! Their dresses would be adorable with the addition of some pattern as well — pull out your coloring medium of choice and go to town!

You’re already feeling inspired, right? Brace yourselves because we have so much more to share! Check out what the rest of the team has created in response to our Just Add Color challenge below!

Hits & Highlights

It’s July! The heart of summer calls for diving into your crafting head-first. Summer fun is a (cool) breeze to integrate into your card making thanks to an endless variety of MFT products featuring sun, sand, and water. We’ve challenged the team to step up their summer game for this month’s Hits & Highlights. Grab some lemonade and check out their creations!

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Just beclaws you’re awesome, we couldn’t wait to share this simple technique from Torico for creating an easy, beachy backdrop for skittering sand creatures like those in Just Beclaws. A few random spatters of white and brown inks against a tan panel results in an instantly recognizable beach for sand-loving creatures great and small.

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

That crisp blue line delineating ocean from sky sets the scene for Amy’s Penguins in Paradise. You’ll notice she used a similar technique to create her beach but seamlessly blended a variety of colors to mimic the transition from beach to water. Those puffy clouds complete the look beautifully.

Time to check out how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge!

MFT & Friends: July 2018

If you haven’t had a chance to shop for stamps yet, make today the day! It’s your last chance to save 20% on in-stock clear stamps when you apply code CLEAR at checkout. *Excludes brand new.


Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you! We also have FIVE fabulous MFT friends joining us…think of it as our Release Replay with a twist.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring products from My Favorites Things #mftstamps

The gorgeous florals from Painted Prints are assembled into a stunning bouquet on Debbie’s card. Pairing them with the Wood Plank Background adds rustic charm and the perfect bit of tone-on-tone interest.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorites Things #mftstamps

Balloons and rainbows are smile-makers for sure — make those balloons heart-shaped for even more fun. Barbara combined our newest Free with $60 Die-namics with a perfect coordinating sentiment from the I Heart Celebrating stamp set for an ideal card to send group wishes.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team and some MFT friends played with our July Release.

Techniques & Tutorials: July 2018

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique.

from Francine’s blog: RHenry

from Jodi’s blog: Jeanne Beam

Congratulations to you both! RHenry and Jeanne, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you all!


If you love detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos to recreate some of your favorite MFT projects, Techniques & Tutorials is just for you! Our designers are going the extra mile with a collection of projects featuring more in-depth direction to help you achieve a similar look.

Handmade bookmark from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstitch

Raise your hand if you nabbed the latest design in our series of cross-stitch Die-namics. This Die-namics includes a hole and reinforcement piece allowing you to add your choice of coordinating ribbon, twine, or tassel to complete the bookmark. Team member Stephanie has taken the time to create a video tutorial for creating custom tassels that are ideal for topping your works of art.

Watch How to Create a Bookmark Tassel for the Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Even if the Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics isn’t your thing, these addictive little tassels will find their way onto cards, tags, and even home decor items. Now, go forth and tassel!


You can find more tutorials from the team on their blogs — we hope you’re inspired to enjoy a weekend full of creating projects you love!