May 2018 Release: Halfway to the Big Day

Pure Innocence, a brand-new cross-stitch design, and more animals than you can shake a stick at…sounds like another great May Release Countdown day!

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on May 8. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 7:30 PM EDT on May 8 on the MFT Blog.

LOVE YOU A BUNCH

Surprise a friend with a bundled bouquet delivered by the most adorable delivery person ever! The included sentiments work equally well for celebrations as well as encouragement situations. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

Learn more about Love You a Bunch.

Pure Innocence Love You a Bunch stamp set #mftstamps

Pure Innocence Love You a Bunch Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Pure Innocence Love You a Bunch stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

LET’S FLAMINGLE

As an MFT fan, you already know how we feel about pink…pink goes with everything— particularly this iconic representation of that tropical summer vibe we all long for. In addition to a quartet of fancy flamingos, Let’s Flamingle provides refreshing drink imagery, cool accent florals, and a wide array of coordinating sentiments. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

Learn more about Let’s Flamingle.

Let's Flamingle stamp set #mftstamps

Let's Flamingle Die-namics #mftstamps

Let's Flamingle in use #mftstamps

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring Let's Flamingle stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

AUSSIE ANIMALS

If an outback adventure is on your bucket list, you’ll love crafting with our Aussie Animals stamp set while you anxiously await embarking on your big trip. Four native animal species anchor this celebration of the land down-under. A sheltering tree and three grassy clusters allow you to build a habitat for your animal friends. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

Learn more about Aussie Animals.

Aussie Animals stamp set #mftstamps

Aussie Animals Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Aussie Animals stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

SCALLOP CROSS-STITCH TAG DIE-NAMICS

We love the idea of crossover crafting — having the ability to merge your extensive talents is the ultimate achievement! We love our line of cross-stitch products for their ability to facilitate this amalgamation. Add a small stitched accent or fill the tag with an intricately stitched design. The stitch-hole element is positioned within the tag so you can leave it in place, or choose to snip it out to use as a stand-alone die. Layer the previously released Cross-Stitch Tag over this version to create a beautiful, dainty, perfectly-sized border.

Learn more about Scallop Cross-Stitch Tag Die-namics.

Scallop Cross-Stitch Tag Die-namics #mftstamps

Scallop Cross-Stitch Tag Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade tags from Julie Dinn featuring Scallop Cross-Stitch Tag Die-namics #mftstamps

We’re down to just three more days. It’s not an easy wait but it is an enjoyable one when you have beautiful samples from our talented team! Keep on clicking to see what they’ve been up to with today’s products.

May 2018 Release: Stay Tuned! We Have More in Store.

Let’s cuddle, shall we? At least in crafting form. Our selection today features lots of images you’ll love cozying up to as well as some fun dimensional products perfect for gifting and decor items.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on May 8. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 7:30 PM EDT on May 8 on the MFT Blog.

LITTLE BUDDIES

Hugs are the perfect response to almost any occasion and when puppies and kittens are involved, even more so. Feeling sad, mad, or anxious? Hug it out. Feeling happy, excited, or proud? Celebrate with a squeeze! Birdie Brown Little Buddies features two sweet boys, each hugging a cuddly friend. A bonus cat and dog image make for a real party and the assortment of included sentiments makes this the perfect set to celebrate friendship, birthdays, and accomplishments for your little buddies. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

Learn more about Little Buddies.

Birdie Brown Little Buddies stamp set #mftstamps

Birdie Brown Little Buddies Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Little Buddies stamp set & Die-namics #mftstamps

HELLO, LITTLE ONE

Welcome a sweet new baby with this set that evokes nostalgic feelings with its classic imagery. Craft cards for showers, to welcome baby, and to thank friends and loved ones for their thoughtfulness with this endearing line art and sentiment collection. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

Learn more about Hello, Little One.

Hello, Little One stamp set #mftstamps

Hello, Little One Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Hello, Little One stamp set & Die-namics #mftstamps

CROSS-STITCH FLOWER FRAME DIE-NAMICS

Combine your love of cross stitch and shaker elements with this fun new floral design. Add color and texture to the flower petals with thread before using the resulting die cut to frame a photo, image, or sentiment. Alternatively, pop in one of our Circle Shaker Pouches or new Circle Shaker Treat Pouches to add movement or showcase a tiny treasure. Our Circle Shaker Treat Pouches are the same diameter as our previously released Circle Chaker Pouches but are 1/2″ deep to accommodate larger filler items!

Learn more about Cross-Stitch Flower Frame Die-namics.

Cross-Stitch Flower Frame Die-namics #mftstamps     Circle Shaker Treat Pouches #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Cross-Stitch Flower Frame Die-namics #mftstamps

MINI ROLLED ROSES DIE-NAMICS

Use the Mini Rolled Roses Die-namics to assemble beautiful three-dimensional flowers. This new and improved design allows for easier assembly and the resulting roses have a flat back for easy adhering to your projects.

Learn more about Mini Rolled Roses Die-namics.

Mini Rolled Roses Die-namics #mftstamps

Mini Rolled Roses Die-namics samples #mftstamps

Handmade decor from Laurie Willison featuring Mini Rolled Roses Die-namics #mftstamps

We hope you’ll stick with us for the remainder of our countdown – we’re down to just four days until the May release can be all yours. To see what was created with today’s sneak peeks, keep clicking through to our Design Team member blogs.

May 2018 Release: Countdown Kickoff

It’s our favorite time of the month — our New Release Countdown has begun! Join us on the blog for the next five days as we share our new products and an abundance of incredible projects from the team.

We’ve switched things up a bit so that we can debut our monthly countdown even earlier and allow you more time to plan your shopping. Join us on the blog each night at 9 PM EDT for a new batch of product previews right up until the release on Tuesday, May 8 at 9 PM EDT. We’re going to keep the excitement going throughout next week sharing new challenges, release class videos, and TONS of new release inspiration! We’re so excited to continue this brand new schedule of events!

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on May 8. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 7:30 PM EDT on May 8 on the MFT Blog.

SPIRITED SENTIMENTS

While generally birthday-themed, the phrases in Spirited Sentiments also encompass other celebrations, encouragement, and friendship. These cheeky sentiments feature cocktail-centric puns that will most definitely inspire grins and chuckles among the lucky recipients. Spirited Sentiments is the perfect accompaniment to our Martini and Margarita Shaker Window and Frame Die-namics.

Learn more about Spirited Sentiments.

Spirited Sentiments #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Spirited Sentiments #mftstamps

MARGARITA SHAKER WINDOW & FRAME DIE-NAMICS 

Your favorite cocktail in die-cut form…what could possibly be more fun? We’ve taken the classic margarita glass shape and turned it into a die. That’s not all though — we turned it into a shaker frame and created a coordinating shaker pouch so you can pack your margarita with sequins, confetti, or even salt. We’re also releasing our new Frosty Ice Cubes — another fabulous filler option for your drink-themed shakers…it’s five o’clock somewhere – celebrate with a refreshing drink!

Learn more about Margarita Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics.

Margarita Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics #mftstamps     Margarita Shaker Pouches #mftstamps     Frosty Ice Cubes #mftstamps

Margarita Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics in use #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Margarita Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics #mftstamps

MARTINI SHAKER WINDOW & FRAME DIE-NAMICS

Maybe a martini is more your style…we’ve got that as well. Maybe add a couple of olives to your martini shaker — we have another set coming out later in the countdown that includes the perfect olive option!

Learn more about Martini Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics.

Martini Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics #mftstamps     Martini Shaker Pouches #mftstamps     Frosty Ice Cubes #mftstamps

Martini Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics in use #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Martini Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics #mftstamps

BASICS SHAPES – CIRCLES STENCIL

The endlessly versatile Basic Shapes – Circles Stencil features eleven circles ranging in size from 1/4″ to 2″ in diameter to allow you to create buoyant patterns and geometric arrangements with your collection of inks, paints, and other coloring mediums.

Learn more about Basic Shapes – Circles Stencil.

Basic Shapes - Circles Stencil #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Basic Shapes - Circles Stencil #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new May Release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on May 8!

Meet the Designers: Keeway & Vika

Today, we’re continuing our regular feature showcasing a couple of our incredible creative team members. Our team hails from around the globe and we couldn’t do what we do without their talents.

Let’s catch up with Keeway Tsao and Vika Salmina.


Creative Team member since: July 2016

What location do you call home? I live in sunny Southern California with my hubby and my sweet little puppy!

What is your favorite current MFT product? It is so difficult to single out just one as I have so many favorite MFT products! I am always head over heels over the Birdie Brown stamp sets every single month. My recent favorite would probably be the Birthday Chicks. These little birds are just the cutest and easily bring so much happiness to a card!

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? My all-time favorite MFT products would have to be the sentiment series, which includes Essential Sentiments and More Essential Sentiments. I gravitate to these sets frequently as they work with every single one of my cards. Plus, I absolutely love the all caps, even height of the sentiments, which are visually very appealing to me. I love neat things! The clean and crisp font make it complementary to any of my card designs.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? Crafting is the only hobby I need! I have hopes to spend more time practicing my handlettering and watercolor painting. However, outside of crafty world, my husband, dog, and I like to go to hiking trails and parks. I love looking for outdoor activities that I can include my dog in! I also love going out to get some extra sun after being inside crafting or in the office working all day.

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: 

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Creative Team member since: November 2016

What location do you call home? My home is a small town in the south of Ukraine.

What is your favorite current MFT product? I love so many products…it’s so, so hard to choose one but, I think right now it is the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil.

What is your all-time favorite MFT product? I’m totally in love with any of the basic shapes Die-namics — especially anything with stitching.

What are your hobbies when you’re not creating MFT masterpieces? I like to take watercolor classes and spend time in the garden with my flowers.

Please share a favorite MFT project you’ve created: Many favorites!

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Outline Coloring with Lisa Johnson

Hello friends! It’s great to be back with my MFT family for this guest post. I really love these new images and had a lot of fun creating with them.

One of my very favorite ways to add color to linear stamp images is outline coloring. I use a Copic Marker to outline the image on coordinating colored card stock, then tightly trim the image, and finally layer the trimmed image onto a coordinating white die cut that been stamped with the image.

Here is the sweet girl turtle from the Too-Cute Turtles stamp set. There are several layers on this final turtle image.

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The head/neck, shell, and feet/body are all separate layers. The head/neck is the top layer and the shell is trimmed with part of the head section of the image still there. This photo shows the detail:

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

When I use multiple layers with this technique, I also like to outline the image on the middle layer. It’s nice to add some extra depth this way.

Here is another example of this technique with just a single layer using the the sweet frog from Toad-ally Awesome:

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I also added a few decorative dots on the frog.

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I really like outline coloring. I like coloring images 100% as well, but this is a nice change of pace. Give this technique a try — it’s especially great if you are intimidated by coloring but really love linear images.

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Hits & Highlights

Flop Card Die-namics provide an opportunity for so many fun techniques. Not only can they be used to create an interactive flap on your card front, a simple shift in position create a cool pop-up look that showcases your images and sentiments to perfection. These Die-namics are deceptively simple in execution with a virtually endless array of applications…does it get any better than that? If you’re ready to try out this line, take a quick peek at how our team has used them for this month’s challenge.

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

The Flop Card – Rectangle Die-namics provides a generously-sized canvas perfect for showcasing standout images like the beauties included in Birdie Brown Mermazing. Jane’s card is unadorned by any extra accents or sentiments — her coloring skills provide plenty of interest!

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

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

Torico has filled her Flop Card – Square panel with a sweet scene crafted with the Birthday Chicks. Her ingenious two-sided panel allowed her to double the fun with dual scenes and greetings while still providing for ample room on the interior for a handwritten note.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this Hits & Highlights challenge:

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Jane

Torico

MFTv – Embossing with Stencils, 3 Ways

From words and alphabets to sentiments and borders to designs from all of our fabulous illustrators — our expansive collection of stamps will suit the needs of virtually any crafter. Today and tomorrow, stock up on stamp sets you’ll love and save 15% when you apply code CLEAR at checkout. *Sale excludes brand new products.


Adding texture, from super subtle to bold & colorful, is a fantastic way to get more use from your stash of stencils — they really are one of the most versatile tools in your crafting arsenal. If you haven’t tried embossing with your stencils because you weren’t sure how to do it, Stephanie has you covered in this week’s episode of MFTv!

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

Watch MFTv – Embossing with Stencils, 3 Ways on YouTube or by playing the embedded 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!

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Happy Day Gatefold Card

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

from Melania’s blog: Joy Meadows

Joy, please email erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize!


Playing around with different types of folds is not only fun, it also creates an opportunity for innovative new design applications that you’re recipients will flip for. Karolyn is kind of a whiz when it comes to inventive mechanisms and designs and today, she’s sharing her technique for creating this horizontal gatefold look featuring Meant to Bee.

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

Watch How to Create a Gatefold Card on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

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MFT Youtube Guest Series

We love offering a variety of ways to save on your favorite stamp sets, Die-namics, and exclusive MFT Replenishments. Sometimes though, we just want you to have your pick on how you’ll save with MFT. Today only, put a dent in that wish list and save $15 with code 15OFF75 applied at checkout. *Excludes brand new.


When was the last time you perused the MFT Youtube channel? If you typically watch MFTv and product preview videos here on our blog but aren’t subscribed to our channel you’re probably missing out. We have an exceptionally talented stable of guest designers contributing to monthly video series and they’re only available in full on Youtube – subscribe today because each of these incredible ladies brings something uniquely innovative and inspiring to the table.

Creative Spark with Laura Bassen

In this fabulous monthly feature, join the amazing Laura Bassen as she shares her talents and humor while creating a project featuring products from My Favorite Things.

Jumpstart Your Creativity with Justine

Are you ready to Jumpstart Your Creativity? Join Justine in this monthly feature as she shares cards and projects featuring products from My Favorite Things.

Sparkle & Shine with Carissa Wiley

Join Carissa Wiley in this monthly feature as she shares cards and projects featuring products from My Favorite Things and a bit of sparkle and shine.

Christy Gets Crafty with My Favorite Things

In this monthly feature, join the talented Christy Reuling as she shares a project using products from My Favorite Things.

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

The Stitched Blooms Card Kit has sold out but the Stitched Blooms Die-namics will be available for purchase with our June Release.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Stitched Blooms 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 Stitched Blooms 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 April 2018 kit, is the Hello Die-namics. While supplies last, Hello will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Hello 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 US 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 Melania Deasy featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

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 Stitched Blooms Countdown prizes. Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown. Two lucky people have won a $25 prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts tomorrow.

Countdown Day Two Winner: Amanda Bodine (Apr 22, 2018 @ 21:13)

Countdown Day One Winner: Kim Hund (Apr 24, 2018 @ 01:28)

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 Stitched Blooms Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, April 26 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 April 27. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!