Time to Party AND Teaser Time Prize Winners!

Are you ready to party?  Tonight at 10:00 PM EST, all of the new stamps and Die-namics will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique.  But in the meantime, the Release Party is happening NOW right HERE in the MFT Forum!  Come for lots of chatter and fun with Kim (the MFT Lady) and the MFT Design Team! To make your life even easier, we’ve got a shopping list with all the new stamps and Die-namics!  You can print your copy of this month’s shopping list HERE. Now it’s time to announce the winners of our Teaser Time prizes!  Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during Teaser Time! 3 lucky people will win a $150 coupon code to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts this evening. Teaser Day 1 winner:  Comment #6 – Stacey Schafer Teaser Day 2 winner:  Comment #77 – Amber Milone Teaser Day 3 winner:  Comment #222 – Jessica Congratulations to all the winners!

MFT New Product Tour – Part 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the New Product Tour for the My Favorite Things April Release!  We are so excited to show you all of the new stamp sets and Die-namics that will be available TONIGHT at 10 PM EST in the MFT Boutique! To make your shopping experience even easier, we’ve included a shopping list of all of the new products available tomorrow night, April 9th at 10:00 PM EST. Be sure to print out your copy of this month’s shopping list HERE. Since we know your wish list grows every month, we are offering the chance to win a $150 coupon code for use in the MFT Online Boutique on each of our 3 Teaser Days. You can enter to win by leaving a comment on the MFT Blog before NOON EST on April 9th. Only one comment per person, please. I’m back again today, and still adding to my stash of birthday cards.  When I saw this SWEET pup in the new Cupcake Cutie stamp set, I *knew* that balloon would take him up, up, and away!  I pulled out my Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-namics and went to work.  I’ve even created a little video showing you exactly what I did. You can see it HERE, or simply click play below. I hope you enjoy it! Our designers have been inspiring you all week long, and today is no exception!  You’ll find much to love about our newest products! Take a tour of some of the new products being released on April 9th at 10 PM EST by visiting our designers, listed below.  

MFT New Product Tour – Part 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the New Product Tour for the My Favorite Things April Release!  We are so excited to show you all of the new stamp sets and Die-namics that will be available on April 9th at 10 PM EST in the MFT Boutique! To make your shopping experience even easier, we’ve included a shopping list of all of the new products available tomorrow night, April 9th at 10:00 PM EST.  Be sure to print out your copy of this month’s shopping list HERE.

Since we know your wish list grows every month, we are offering the chance to win a $150 coupon code for use in the MFT Online Boutique on each of our 3 Teaser Days. You can enter to win by leaving a comment on the MFT Blog before NOON EST on April 9th. Only one comment per person, please.

  I was DYING to break out my newest Blueprints 2 Die-namics to try it out, and went rogue with my own *sketch* using the provided components. I wanted a simple, bold color scheme, and knew I had the perfect match in Blu Raspberry, Smooth White, and Steel Grey. I stamped the word Birthday in Blu Raspberry ink, and then stamped Happy using Black Licorice ink. I then stamped Birthday again in Top Boss, and mixed together a very chunky glitter and clear embossing powder. It looks so neat IRL! I’ll definitely try that trick again in the near future. I love that this card works for any age and any gender, and am SO thankful to have a few birthday cards in my stash to pull from. I actually had to PURCHASE a birthday card recently and I felt HORRIBLE. Sigh. Well, I’ve gotten over it, of course, but boy did it teach me a lesson. 😀 Our designers have been inspiring you all week long, and today is no exception!  You’ll find much to love about our newest products! Take a tour of some of the new products being released on April 9th at 10 PM EST by visiting our designers, listed below.   And our Guest Designer, Tammy Hershberger:

April Teaser Time – Day Three!

Welcome to day three of Teaser Time for the My Favorite Things April Release! We are so excited to have you join us as we preview all of the new stamp sets and Die-namics that will be available on April 9th at 10 PM EST in the MFT Boutique! Since we know your wish list grows every month, we are offering the chance to win a $150 coupon code for use in the MFT Online Boutique on each of our 3 Teaser Days.
  • You can enter to win by leaving a comment on the MFT Blog before NOON EST on April 9th. Only one comment per person, please.
  • Winners will be randomly selected from all entries and will be posted at 8 PM EST on April 9th on the MFT Blog.
Up first, let’s take a look at our newest Triple Scoop Reward set, Chocolate Sentiments. This stamp set is available FREE to customers purchasing $60 or more, exclusive of tax and shipping. Read more about the Triple Scoop Reward program HERE. Our new Doodle Garden Sweet as Can Bee is definitely sweet as can be! Our à la modes collection is growing this month with à la modes Reflection. We have one more Pure Innocence image making its debut today.  Pure Innocence I Wheelie Like You would be great paired with the new Bicycle Die-namics! Our new Bicycle Die-namics is large enough to take center stage on your projects, but works as an accent also.  Because of the intricate details of this die, we recommend you use additional shims or the Metal Adaptor Plate for best results.

You can see a quick video featuring the Bicycle Die-namics HERE or simply click play below:

Our Red Delicious Die-namics die set provides you with everything you need to create the perfect apple. Use it for teacher gifts, 3-D projects, or as an accent on a card or scrapbook layout. You can see a quick video featuring the Red Delicious Die-namics HERE or simply click play below: The Scalloped Treat Box Die-namics is perfect for party favors, treats, or a small gift. You can see  a quick video featuring the Scalloped Treat Box Die-namics HERE or simply click play below: The last of our new Premium Dye Ink colors to debut this release is Hot Fudge. It coordinates beautifully with the Hot Fudge Replenishments found in the MFT Boutique. Our Hot Fudge Premium Dye Ink will be available in a full-sized ink pad and as a refill during our new release on Tuesday April 9th at 10 PM EST. *Please note – this ink dries to a rich brown that matches our card stock perfectly. Here you can see and compare the range of colors in our Brown Replenishments line. I’m back today with a card I created using our new Bicycle Die-namics. I combined the Bicycle with Snow Drifts Die-namics and Skyline Border Die-namics to create a little scene. I cut the Skyline using a multi-colored patterned paper panel, and also used patterned paper with the Snow Drifts die as well to add a little interest. I wanted to tie in the stars in the patterned paper, so I cut a stitched panel from the new Blueprints 2, and added a few stars using a stamp in Hello My Name Is, in Sour Apple ink. Once all of the pieces for my scene were cut, I inked the edges of the grassy field since I wanted them to have a little dimension, and then I popped up the grassy field panels and the Bicycle. I hope you’re enjoying the Teasers this month, I know I am! Take a tour of these new products being released on April 9th at 10 PM EST by visiting our designers listed below.  

April Teaser Time Day Two!

Welcome to the second day of Teaser Time for the My Favorite Things April Release!  We are so excited to have you join us as we preview all of the new stamp sets and Die-namics that will be available on April 9th at 10 PM EST in the MFT Boutique. If you’re hopping along as part of the Operation Write Home Spring Training Blog Hop you can find that post HERE. Since we know your wish list grows every month, we are offering the chance to win a $150 coupon code for use in the MFT Online Boutique on each of our 3 Teaser Days.
  • You can enter to win by leaving a comment on the MFT Blog before NOON EST on April 9th. Only one comment per person, please.
  • Winners will be randomly selected from all entries and will be posted at 8 PM EST on April 9th on the MFT Blog.
We’ve got some exciting news to share today so let’s get started!

We are over the moon today as we are introducing the new Wendy Burns Design line! Wendy’s line is fun, whimsical, and blast to color! The first set from the Wendy Burns Design line is called Cupcake Cutie, and is it ever CUTE!!

Birthday Sentiments, last month’s Triple Scoop set, will available for purchase with our April Release.

The Laina Lamb Design line has brought the trendy name tag to life in the new stamp set, Hello My Name Is.  This fun set coordinates with the Insert It – 3×4 Insert Die-namics, fits perfectly in the 3×4 scrapbook pockets, and makes a great accent on a scrapbook layout or a card. Our Accent It – Story Titles Die-namics provides a new way to title your scrapbook pages, mini books, and more.  The clever “on the edge” design die-cuts the word, leaving the lower edge attached to your cardstock.  Combine it with other Die-namics or trim your cardstock as desired for a multitude of design options. You can see a quick video featuring the Accent It – Story Titles Die-namics HERE or simply click play below: Document It – Expand Your View, also from Laina Lamb Design, is a great sentiment set, and also coordinates with the new Accent It – Reel Life Die-namics to create fun accents for cards or scrapbook layouts. Our Accent It – Reel Life brings the vintage Viewfinder back to life.  Use Accent It – Reel Life alone, or pair it with Document It – Expand Your View for your cards, mini books, and scrapbook layouts. You can see a quick video featuring the Accent It – Reel Life Die-namics HERE or simply click play below: Custom mini albums are all the rage, and our new Mini Album Bracket STAX Die-namics provides you the opportunity to create mini albums in a variety of sizes. You can see a quick video featuring the Mini Album Bracket STAX Die-namics HERE or simply click play below: Our new Open Simply Scallops Trio Die-namics provides you with three different sized scallops to maximize your design options.

You can see a quick video featuring the Open Simply Scallops Trio Die-namics HERE or simply click play below:

We’ve added new colors to our Premium Dye Ink collection this month. Our new Orange Fizz Premium Dye Ink will be available as a full-sized pad and as a refill during our April Release. The Premium Dye Ink and Refill will join the Orange Fizz Replenishments that are already available in the MFT Boutique. Here you can see the comparison between the Orange Fizz Card Stock and Tangy Orange Card Stock. One more addition to the MFT Boutique is Smooth White Card Stock. Our Smooth White Card Stock offers a very smooth finish, ideal for stamping bold or solid images using our Premium Dye Ink Pads. I needed a quick card to thank hubby for helping Brianna get moved into her house, and I thought the new Hello My Name Is stamp set from Laina Lamb would be PERFECT. The design is simple, but effective, and gets the point across (pun intended). I started by stamping my Hello My Name Is panel, and then die-cutting it using the Insert It – 3 x 4 Insert Die-namics. Since it’s such a big element on a card front, I thought about how I could incorporate other elements to make it interesting, but in such a way as to complement the message of the card. Then I had a Eureka! moment (ok, slight exaggeration), and decided I could use another pattern from Mod Borders to create an arrow of sorts. I stamped a portion of the border along the top, then masked and stamped along the side, ultimately pointing out the 100% stamp I’d grabbed from the Document It – Off the Chart stamp set. I hope he loves it! Take a tour of these new products being released on April 9th at 10 PM EST by visiting our designers listed below.

Operation Write Home Spring Training Blog Hop

My Favorite Things is pleased and proud to be participating in the Operation Write Home Spring Training Blog Hop. Operation Write Home supports our armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards for those serving our Country to send to their loved ones. Find out how you can help heroes keep in touch with their families here.

Today’s Operation Write Home Blog Hop focuses on creating masculine cards.  For my masculine card, I’m using Inspired by the Wild, Wild West. This highly detailed line of stamps is gorgeous even when left fully uncolored. I’ve added lots of rustic, masculine details along with some distressing and I’ve created my own speckle tone paper, too.

See how to create the speckle tone background and how to give this warm, weathered look to your card stock and patterned paper in THIS quick video, or you can click play below:

I’ve used the following products in my card today:

As part of our participation in today’s Operation Write Home Spring Training Blog Hop, we’re offering a $25 Gift Voucher to the MFT Boutique.  To enter your name into the drawing, simply leave a comment on this blog post.  The winner will be selected at random and announced here on the MFT Blog and on the MFT Facebook Page on April 10th.
Thanks for visiting us today.  You’ll find the full list of  Spring Training Blog Hop participants on the Operation Write Home Blog.  Be sure to head on over to the next stop on today’s hop – Tombow!

April Teaser Time Begins!

Welcome to Teaser Time for the My Favorite Things April Release!  We are so excited to have you join us as we preview all of the new stamp sets and Die-namics that will be available on April 9th, at 10 PM EST in the MFT Boutique.

Since we know your wish list grows every month, we are offering the chance to win a $150 coupon code for use in the MFT Online Boutique on each of our 3 Teaser Days.

  • You can enter to win by leaving a comment on the MFT Blog before NOON EST on April 9th. Only one comment per person, please.
  • Winners will be randomly selected from all entries and will be posted at 8 PM EST on April 9th on the MFT Blog.
Are you ready?  Let’s get started with some of the new stamps and Die-namics making their debut today. First up today is a new stamp set and coordinating Die-namics die set from Lisa Johnson Designs.  Sweet Roses is a beautiful floral set containing both solid and line-art images in two different sizes, along with everyday sentiments.

The Roses and Leaves Die-namics die set coordinates with the roses and leaves in the Sweet Roses stamp set.  Die-cut each flower and leaves image, then stamp with the coordinating solid or line-art image to create beautiful roses.

You can find a quick video featuring the Roses and Leaves Die-namics HERE or simply click play below: We have two new adorable Pure Innocence images to introduce today: Pure Innocence Serenity and Pure Innocence Little Gardner.

One more stamp set making its debut today is Mod Borders, from Laina Lamb Design. Create fun borders and accents on your cards and scrapbook layouts, or stamp the images repeatedly to create your own patterned paper.

You loved the debut of our new Blueprints 1 Die-namics during our March release, and we are thrilled to bring you the Blueprints 2 Die-namics for the April Release! Pair Blueprints 2 Die-namics with any stamp set and follow the provided sketches, or mix and match the elements to become your own architect.

You can find a quick video featuring the Blueprints 2 Die-namics HERE or simply click play below: Bottom Line Alphabet Die-namics is our newest alphabet.  The bold, graphic letters will make a statement on any card or scrapbook layout.

You can find a quick video featuring the Bottom Line Alphabet Die-namics HERE or simply click play below:

Our new Bottom Line Numbers and Symbols Die-namics die set is the perfect companion to our new Bottom Line Alphabet Die-namics.

You can find a quick video featuring the Bottom Line Numbers & Symbols Die-namics HERE or simply click play below:

And if all of the new stamps and Die-namics weren’t enough, we are also introducing a brand new color collection to our Relenishments line!  Factory Green will be available in our Premium Dye Ink, Premium Dye Ink Refill, card stock, and buttons, on April 9th at 10 PM EST. Here you can see and compare the range of colors in our Green Replenishments line.

One more addition to the MFT Boutique is Smooth White Card Stock. Our Smooth White Card Stock offers a very smooth finish, ideal for stamping bold or solid images using our Premium Dye Ink Pads.

I wanted to create a clean, bold birthday card using Lisa’s new Sweet Roses set and Mod Borders from Laina Lamb. I LOVE how it turned out!

I stamped the chevron border stamp along the top and bottom of my card front using Black Licorice ink, then stamped Make a Wish from Birthday Sentiments and embossed it with black powder with a touch of added glitter so it would sparkle. I stamped my rose in Wild Cherry and Electric Red inks, and my leaves in Sour Apple and Jellybean Green inks. Then I added two thin strips of Wild Cherry card stock to act as a border to frame my sentiment and flower.

Once my card front was complete, I mounted it to a Kraft card base.

Take a tour of these new products being released on April 9th at 10 PM EST by visiting our designers listed below.

              And our April Guest Designer, Tammy Hershberger.

MFT Academy: Coloring On Kraft with Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Welcome back to the MFT Academy!  Inge is your Guest Professor today and she’ll be showing you how to color on Kraft card stock using Prismacolor Premier Pencils. When coloring with Prismacolor Premier pencils on Kraft card stock, no additional solvents or tools are necessary, the pencils will actually blend themselves.  Prismacolor Premier pencils contain a high-quality color pigment and have a creamy consistency. The more layers you add, the better the colors will blend together. I hope you’ll sharpen your pencils and follow along with today’s tutorial!
Supplies: Step 1. Cut a piece of Kraft card stock measuring11 x 4.25, score and fold to create a card base.
Step 2. Stampthe image anda matching sentiment.
Step 3. Using a ruler and a fine liner, draw a frame 1/4 inch from all edges.
Step 4. The following colors will be used for the skin tones: 914 Cream, 940 Sand, 939 Peach, 927 Light Peach, 943 Burnt Ochre.
Step 5. Apply a base layer of color for all areas of skin using 914 Cream.  Color in little circles and make sure the entire surface is colored.  Try to avoid coloring onto the stamped lines wherever possible.
Step 6. Once you’ve colored all the skin, it will look like this.
Step 7. Using 940 Sand, color all the skin again.  This creates a warm underground for your final colors.
Step 8. Color all of the skin again with 939 Peach.
Step 9. Using 927 Light Peach, you will color with small circles to blend all the colors.  Don’t worry, while the color doesn’t look great at this point, it will come together quite nicely in just a few steps.
Step 10. Add shadow using 943 Burnt Ochre, continuing to color in small circles. The shadow would appear where there the least amount of light is. Assuming that the sun is directly above the head, the shadow would appear under the hairline, just under the chin, along the underside of the arm, and where the pants would cast a shadow on the legs.
Step 11. Next, blend softly with 939 Peach.
Step 12. Once the skin is finished, using 935 Black, add the black lines for the eyes back into place.  You can also fill back any areas of the stamped line that has inadvertently been colored over.
Step13. The skin is now complete, and we’ll move onto the hair.
Step 14. For the hair, we’ll use 914 Cream, 1002 Yellowed Orange, 1032 Pumpkin Orange, 944 Terracotte, 947 Dark Umber.
Step 15. First, fill in all areas of the hair with 914 Cream.
Step 16. Using 1002, add small strokes where the shadow begins.  For example, just where the pony tails begin and under the edge of the flower in the hair.
Step 17. Repeat with 1032 Pumpkin Orange.
Step 18. Repeat once more with 944 Terraccote.
Step 19. Lastly, repeat using the darkest color, 947 Dark Umber.
Step 20. Blend together using 1002 Yellowed Orange.
Step 21. Add highlights with 914 Cream just where the sun would touch the hair from above.
Step 22. For the clothes, we will use 938 White, 1069 French Grey 20%, 1072 French Grey 50% and French Grey 70%.
Step 23.  Apply a base color of 938 White to her clothes.
Step 24. Using 1072 French Grey 50%, add shadows.  On this image, you’ll find shadow under the ruffle of the shirt, along the outer edges of the pant leg, and where the jar would cast a shadow onto the shirt.
Step 25. Intensify the deepest areas of shadow using 1074 French Grey 70%.
Step 26. Blend using 1069 French Grey 20%.
Step 27. Add very small white lines surrounding your image to indicate motion.
Step 28. Next we will create grounding using 1005 Vert Lime, 1097 Moss Green, 947 Dark Umber and 938 White.
Step 29. First, draw a few blades of grass using 1005 Vert Lime.
Step 30. Next, using 1097 Moss Green, add blades of grass between the Vert Lime blades.
Step 31. Next, add additional blades using 947 Dark Umber.
Step 32. A few lines of 938 White will add a bit of highlight to the grass.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that you will be inspired to try your hand at the technique. Use the keyword MFTED4 in your gallery upload on Splitcoaststampers so we can admire your creations! If you have any questions, please email joanne@mftstamps.com, and we’ll be happy to help you!
You’ll find links to the products used in today’s tutorial just below:

Favorite Color Combinations with the MFT Design Team

The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month we challenged the team to create with their favorite color combinations using MFT ink, cardstock, buttons, ribbon, and felt. Barbara created two beautiful cards using one her favorite MFT color combinations of Razzle Berry, Lemon Drop, Pink Lemonade, and Sour Apple.  You will find all of the details on Barbara’s blog, Paper Pursuits. You’ll find links to the products Barbara used below. Thank You: Let’s Celebrate: Check out today’s Creative Challenge cards from our designers by clicking on each picture below.  

MFT Academy – Coloring Hair with Copic Markers

Welcome back to the MFT Academy.  Michele is returning as our Guest Professor and today she’ll be showing you how to color hair with Copic Markers. She’s working with a series of images, so she’ll have lots of tips and tricks to share with you.
Supplies:
Before we begin, there are a few things to keep in mind when coloring hair.  Hair is not one flat color. For example, brunette hair has a basic brown color, and also contains both highlight and shadow.  The amount and location of each will depend on the light source. To simplify this tutorial, we’ll assume all light sources are subtle and coming from the front. Another important “rule” to remember is that your marker strokes should always go in the same direction as the hair.  You’ll see more about that in just a bit.
Remember that when “blending” one hair color into another, it is not necessary to smoothly blend the colors.  It is also okay to leave white areas uncolored. We’ll color hair three ways in this tutorial, simple hair using Pure Innocence, and then two more detailed examples of hair-coloring using the new Doodle Garden line.  Let’s get started! Coloring Simple Hair – Pure Innocence Freckles
In the photo below, you can see the difference made by adding just a few areas of shadow.  Begin by adding short strokes of Y21 on both sides of the part in the hair, moving down toward the center of the head. Then start down by the corners by the ears, adding strokes up towards the center of the head.  Leave a small bit of white in the center to create a highlight.
As illustrated below, add additional strokes with each of the deeper colors, each time using slightly shorter strokes.  Each time, you will begin at the part and move down, then start again near the ear, and move up.  Lastly, blend the edges of the darker colors using the lighter Y21 marker.  If you look closely you can see that a bit of white was left just behind the barrette to create a brighter highlight.
You can see a quick video of these techniques in action HERE, or simply click play below: Here are some other recommended color combinations for simple hair.
Coloring More Detailed Hair – Doodle Garden Hunny Bunny Let’s move onto a more detailed image.  The principles here are the same, however you have more space to work with.  In the following photo, I’ve drawn arrows to indicate the direction of the marker strokes.  Since this hair is straight, all the strokes will be straight up or straight down.
Step 1:  Begin by adding strokes of Y21, lifting the marker lightly off the paper at the end of each stroke as demonstrated above.
Step 2:  Using E31, begin to build shadow.  The strokes will be shorter than those used in Step 1.
Step 3:  Using E35, and even shorter strokes, continue to deepen the shadow.
Step 4:  Using very small strokes with the E39 marker, create the deepest shadow just along the edges of the hair and around the hairband.
Step 5:  Use E35 to blend the edges of E39 using straight strokes and lifting the marker lightly off the paper at the end of each stroke.  
Coloring Hair with More Detail and Curl – Doodle Garden Far Out
With this next image, we’ll take a look at how to color more complex hair. Notice that this image has different directions within each of the strands.  Some pieces of hair seem to go behind others, and there are places where the hair curls forward.
For example, look at the longest strand of hair in the ponytail on the right.  The pointed tip (A) appears to curl just a bit, creating a shadow.  Moving up, the strand of hair widens and curls forward (B), toward our eye, which would create a highlight. The hair then curls back (C), creating a shadow, then forward again (D), creating a highlight.  As we move up, the hair strand becomes tighter (E) so the hair will be darker. Light will hit the top bend of the hair (F), and as we move into the area of the hairband (G), the hair is very tight so this area will appear darker.
Of course, light source plays a major role in the location of highlight and shadow which turns into an entire area of study on its own. To simplify things here, I have assumed the light is coming from the upper left.
Step 1:  Using E13, lay the base color for the hair, leaving the areas of highlight white.
Step 2: Using E15, begin to add a deeper shadow.  The strokes should be shorter than those used in Step 1.
Step 3:  Blend the E15 edges using E13.  The blending strokes should continue to be in the same direction as the flow of the hair.
Step 4:  Use the E18 marker to add the deepest shadow.
Step 5:  Use the E15 marker to blend the edges of E18.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that you will be inspired to try your hand at the technique. Use the keyword MFTED3 in your gallery upload on Splitcoaststampers so we can admire your creations!
If you have any questions, please email joanne@mftstamps.com, and we’ll be happy to help you!
You’ll find links to the products used in today’s tutorial just below: