Photography Tips from the MFT Design Team

MFT has a monthly feature we think you’ll really enjoy. During the My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat we challenge our designers to explore their creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You’ll be able to peek into their creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum.

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This month, we’ve asked our designers to share any particular tips they have about photography:
  • Show us your project photography setup.
  • What type of camera do you use, and what settings do you prefer?
  • How do you edit your photographs? Walk us through your standard editing procedure.
Peek into the minds of our creative team today by clicking on each of the graphics below:
       

Feature Friday – Guest Designer Challenge

I’m busy getting Product Videos lined up for the upcoming release here at My Favorite Things, but of course I wanted to share a little something with you today too. I wanted to take a minute to remind you that MFT’s Guest Designer Challenge is a sketch this month, and you have until Monday, July 2nd at noon EST to submit your entry.  The prize package is valued at over $200 in stamps and Die-namics from our August Release.  The winner also joins us for our weekly Wednesday Stamp Club challenges and the August Teaser Time. So, what are you waiting for?  Find all the details on this post on the MFT Forum and come play! I went scrappy with my sample today pulling in the Fishtail Banner, Typewriter Alphabet, the tiny heart from the Notched Tag Die-namics, the Fishtail Flags STAX as well as the Simply Scallops Die-namics.  I’ve inked just a portion of a sentiment from First Class Friend to write “I Love You” on the banner.

Lately I’ve bee picking apart the edges of my sewn papers to create a distressed edge.  I also rolled forward each of the edges of the Simply Scallops for added dimension. Here’s the sketch for you to play along with us this month. I really hope you’ll submit an entry to the challenge, just use the keyword MFTGUEST0712 in the Splitcoaststampers Gallery.

You’ll find all the stamps and Die-namics in today’s card in the MFT Boutique.

It’s All About Dad

Okay everyone, Father’s Day is just a few days away? Are you ready?  If not, I’ve got a few fun ideas for you that you can get ready in no time…. Before I jump into today’s project, I wanted to be sure you’d seen the news: My Favorite Things is excited to announce a SUMMER SALE! SAVE 20% on everything in the MFT Boutique from June 15 through June 18. No code needed. Please note: *online orders only, retail customers only, not valid on previous purchases Using the First Place Award Ribbon and the Perfect Pinwheel you can create a fun centerpiece for your breakfast table, or afternoon BBQ.  By the way….guess what makes a great (and totally inexpensive) vase filler?  RICE!!

I’m using the First Place Award Ribbon and instead of adding the sentiment to the circular panel the way I usually do, I’ve added the sentiment to the included double ended fish-tail banners and added some brass brads.   Of course, to kick mine up a notch, I added a Rosette, and created super-sized tails using Fishtail Flags STAX.  The entire piece is backed with an Open Scallop Doily. The Doily was cut from corrugated cardboard, you know, to keep it manly!  I’ve attached mine to BBQ skewers to use as a centerpiece, but you could just as easily attach a pin back, add your award ribbon to a card, or gift bag.

The First Place Award Ribbon was cut from canvas, and if you haven’t cut canvas or fabric with your Die-namics yet, you can find a tutorial on that  here.  If you haven’t played with the Rosette yet,  here’s a video showing you how easy it is to assemble.

I’ve also just created a quick video on the First Place Award Ribbon in case you aren’t familiar with that fun Die and Stamp combo.

The vase is filled with Perfect Pinwheels, lots of them. They go together very quickly and I had a few sheets of 12×12 paper to mix and match….

If you’re not quite sure how the Perfect Pinwheels work, you can watch a quick how-to video here:

I saw a fun tutorial for dimensional stars on Pinterest, and I was dying to try it with the Star STAX. Easy peasy to do and adds such a fun dimensional touch. Grab your ScorPal and bone folder and get scoring!

Since I’d already created a total disaster area on my desk, I went ahead and continued working with these same papers and Die-namics to make a Father’s Day Card.

I used the Fishtail Flags STAX to make this fun banner for my sentiment from Well Worn Greetings.

….and added another one of these dimensional stars with my Star STAX.

But of course, I wasn’t quite done yet.  How about another way to celebrate Dad?  I created a banner with the Jumbo Banner Day STAX Die-namics, a few more of these dimensional stars, and the By the Letters Uppercase Die-namics.

 I know you’ve collected lots of stamps and Die-namics, and now’s the perfect time to put something totally fabulous together for DAD.  Have fun! Be sure to share your projects with us over on the MFT Forum or in the Gallery at Splitcoaststampers!

Frame It with My Favorite Things

Our Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we challenge our design team to explore their creative side using a specific theme, product or technique. This month, we’ve asked the designers to Frame It! We know that you all have beautiful collections of stamps and Die-namics, so why not put them to work to create framed pieces for your own walls, or gorgeous gifts for friends and family? Be sure to see the bottom of this post for links to all the designers who have put their MFT stamps and/or Die-namics dies to work to create a framed piece of art for you. Jody has created a beautiful welcome frame and matching gift tag with the Homespun Birdhouse Die-namics and Stamp Set.

  Check out the samples created by our talented design team members by clicking on each of the graphics below.  

Our Favorite Finds

Our Design Team is always on the lookout, and every Thursday we’ll share just five of the projects they’ve discovered here on the MFT Blog. Be sure to drop by to see if perhaps YOU are one of our featured artists next week. Be sure to visit with each of the artists showcased here today and leave them a little love.

Tracy

Supplies

Stamps: Cute-a-Tude

Die-namics:Mini Rolled Roses, Fishtail Flags STAX

Leslie

Supplies Stamps: Heart Stripes, All Smiles Die-namics: Fishtail Flags STAX

Tammy

Supplies Stamps: Take Time Die-namics: Dizzy Doily, Small Scallop Border

Chris

Supplies Stamps: Who’s That Parisian Girl Die-namics: Faux Crochet Border, Decorative Doily

Heather

Supplies Stamps: Start the Day With Whee

Stamp To Win in the Wednesday Stamp Club

Welcome to week seventy five of the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club. Be sure to have your sample using the sketch below to the Gallery at Splitcoaststampers by Tuesday, June 12th at noon EST for your chance at the weekly prize drawing.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Blessed Mouse

Die-namics: Hearts a Plenty, File Tab, Circle STAX

 

Check out the samples created by our talented design team members by clicking on each of the graphics below.    

My Favorite Things New Stamps and Die-namics Now Available!

All the new products we have teased and tempted you with over the past 7 days are available NOW right HERE! For one last look at all the new products in action, we invite you to go on our New Product Tour by clicking each of the designer’s blog links below. Remember to leave a little love on each on each designer’s blog for your chance at the $50 prize. You’ll have from now till Thursday night to leave your comments!  

June Teaser Time Prizes

  At last it is time to announce the fourteen Teaser Time Prize Winners. Thank you to all of you who left a little love for our designers during this week’s Teaser Time. Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts this evening. Enjoy! Day One: Winner from Jessie’s Blog is Scrappingnana who said “Great set. My husband retired after almost 21 years in the Army. Love everything about your card.” Winner from Barbara’s Blog is Patti J who said “Oh my goodness – my DD needs this card! She and her DH were married 2-4-12, and he deployed (3rd time) on 2-28-12. She is crazy with missing him, and it’s so dangerous where he is…. I may need to totally buy this set and case your card! Beautifully done, thank you for sharing!” Day Two: Winner from Inge’s blog is Nicolet who said ” Wat een lieffie were! Groetjes Nicolet” Winner from Karen M’s blog is Becky who said “Love the texture you created on Fred! Very cute card!” Day Three: Winner from Joanne’s blog is Annie Rose who said “Oh my, these are fantastic projects! I love them. :)” Winner from Jody’s blog is Cornelie who said “Really beautiful!” Day Four: Winner from Debbie’s blog is Vickie Z who said “Love this license plate die/stamp! Perfect papers….wonderful card!” Winner from Lisa’s blog is Kristy who said “I love the layout of your card. Using so many of the dies helps me get ideas on how I can use them too. I really appreciate that help.” Day Five: Winner from Megan’s blog is Holly who said “So cute! Love the stickle dress and the colors you used.” Winner from Michele’s blog is Joni52 who said “Very very cute inside and out!” Day Six: Winner from Karen G’s blog is Tricia Barber who said “Love the Star dynamic!! Great Job on your card!!” Winner from Jackie’s blog is Nancy who said “Could this be any cuter?? Love that you combined the images and of course the color scheme is perfect.” Day Seven:   Winner from Tara’s blog is Tracey who said “This is just stunning Tara!!! I am sure your daughter loved it!! xx Winner from Julie’s blog is Alina who said “very pretty cards, Julie! hugs, Alina”

Die-namics Feature and Pre-Release Pep Rally

Now that we’ve teased and tempted you all week long, it’s almost time for you to shop for your favorite Brand Spankin’ New products from MFTBut first… it’s time for our Die-namics Feature and Pre-Release Pep RallyOur Design Team has been busy creating jaw-dropping and inspiring projects for you, and we’ve saved the best for last. We’ve taken an in-depth look at this month’s Die-namics, while re-visiting the amazing sets being released tonight at 10 PM EST RIGHT HERE in the MFT Boutique. And while we are at it, how about we make your life even easier with a “cheat sheet” of all that’s new?  Be sure to print out a copy of the June 2012 Shopping List. Here are the details about the upcoming release on June 5 at 10 PM EST:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on June 5 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on June 5 at 10 PM EST.  You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • You have just a few more hours to submit your entry for this month’s guest designer contest.  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • If you’d like to see all the designers’ posts for today, please see the links at the bottom of this post.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on June 5 just before the release party, here on the MFT blog.
You can find quick product videos of all the upcoming Die-namics on this Playlist on the MFT YouTube Channel. 
 

 

Check out the projects created by our talented design team members by clicking on each of the graphics below. Remember to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily. The winners will be posted on tonight just before the release party, here on the MFT blog.