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!

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!

Summer School 2018 Week 1 Winners

We have seen so many incredible assignments turned in since summer school commenced! It’s certainly our pleasure to hand out some extra credit to a handful of our amazingly dedicated students. Let’s return to our syllabus for a quick reminder of what our students were eligible for:

  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

Now, let’s get to the winners!

$15 Voucher Winners:
  • White Space: tiggermama24
  • Primary Colors: Betty Hall
  • Repetition: Lizz McDaniels
  • Complementary Colors: Shawn Wenrich
  • Symmetry: PrairieStork
$25 Voucher Winners:
  • White Space: Amy @card.chick (entry 61)
  • Primary Colors: Jen Shears (entry 118)
  • Repetition: Cat Luvs Paper (entry 8)
  • Complementary Colors: Kimberly’s Crafty Spot (entry 120)
  • Symmetry: Georgiana (entry 73)
$100 Grand Prize Winner: Maura (beesmom)

Congratulations to ALL of our voucher winners (as well as an A+ for everyone that took part in our first session of summer school.) If you loved this session, make sure to join us later this summer for session 2!

To our winners, please email erica@mftstamps.com with your preferred email address to claim your prize!

Tips & Tricks: July 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 gift box from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Want to learn more about Rachel, Melania, and the rest of our team’s Tips & Tricks for our July Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!

Just Add Color: July 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.

Playful Peacock coloring from Rachel Alvarado #mftstamps

You’ll love strutting your stuff, showing off your coloring prowess with the gorgeous proud peacocks featured in the Playful Peacocks collection. Vibrant greens and blues are ideal for providing eye-catching, realistic color for this trio…what an incredible example of coloring from Rachel!

Birdie Brown Saddle up & Celebrate coloring from Torico #mftstamps

The Saddle up & Celebrate images offer so many fun opportunities for injecting some western-style personality into your projects! From pattern to texture, you’ll LOVE honing your coloring skills with this irresistible collection.

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!

Summer School 2018: Symmetry

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the past week, we’ve shared videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting — we hope these lessons have brought a new dimension to your cardmaking!

Symmetry refers to positioning your elements mirrored across an imaginary line that divides your project into even segments. It’s a great method for achieving balance in your design and is a reliable means of laying out your card elements when you don’t have a lot of planning time to spare.

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

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Barbara Anders. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to see how she has applied the principle of symmetry in creating her thank you card.

Now that you’ve had a chance to watch the video, you have a basic understanding of asymmetry as well. Similar in application to a symmetrical approach, you just need to have a good “feel” for how to offset your elements in a way that maintains balance. You’ll notice in Barbara’s second sample that she’s still positioned her three leaf elements centered within the white panel. Moving the panel to the right edge provides a counterbalance to the patterned stripe along the left. Notice too that she’s positioned her die-cut sentiment to have an even margin on the left side that her stamped sentiment strip does on the right — one more way to create balance in an asymmetrical design.

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

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 12. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Friday, July 13.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We’ve reached the end of week one of summer school and we have a fun graduation gift for you — once you’ve completed all five lessons, use the graphic below to boast of your accomplishments!

We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Summer School 2018: Complementary Colors

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of this week, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

Complementary colors refer to colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel — yellow-purple, red-green, and orange-blue being the traditional complementary pairings.

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

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to see how complementary colors can be used to add easy contrast to cards for any occasion.

While the concept of complementary colors is a simple one, Stephanie’s video is packed with tips and tricks for building and filling out pattern, mass producing cards suitable for a variety of occasions, and adding beautiful, simple finishing touches that demonstrate the thoughtful design choices that go into each card you make.

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

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 12. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Friday, July 13.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Summer School 2018: Repetition

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of this week, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

Repetition reinforces a theme within your projects. Switching things up — either by introducing another color or including an unexpected element into a recognizable pattern, keeps the overall look interesting.

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

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

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Karolyn Loncon. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn two different ways that Karolyn put repetition to work in her card making.

Both stamps and Die-namics are ideal for achieving the principle of repetition and Karolyn has shared some great tips for ensuring the repeated elements are properly aligned…is your mind swirling with potential designs?

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

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

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 12. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Friday, July 13.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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