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!

Shaker Safari Birthday Wishes

One last guest post from Amy Rysavy this month features safari animals, a colorful shaker, and a simple interior scene (we love how Amy always finishes off her cards so thoughtfully!)

Hello everyone! AmyR from Prairie Paper & Ink back again with a card using more new MFT July Release products!

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

I wanted to make a fun boy-themed birthday card using the new Safari Friends stamp set and thought it would be fun to have them clustered around the big gift using the new Gift Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics.

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

I stamped the Safari Friends onto Kraft Card Stock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed them. I then used a variety of Distress Oxide Inks and my water brush to color them all in. I added some texture and highlights with a white gel pen and then die cut them with the coordinating Die-namics.

To create the gift, I die cut the window from my Kraft panel and inserted one of the Gift Shaker Pouches into it, filling it with some sequins and chunky glitter. To decorate my gift, I die cut more Kraft with the frame Die-namics and painted it with the Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink. I die cut one of the polka dot patterned papers with the remaining dies in the set and adhered those to the card to complete the gift.

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

To finish off the inside of the card I added another piece of patterned paper that I’d die cut with the Grassy Hills Die-namics and the elephant from the Safari Friends stamp set. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same set and that was it!

Thanks so much for joining me today and thank you MFT for having me as a guest this month! You can find all the supplies I used linked here at the end of the post.


We love the idea of clustering a few friendly die cuts around an oversized gift — what a fun way to send BIG birthday greetings! The Gift Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics paired with the Gift Shaker Pouches is such an exciting new twist on our line of shaker pouches as well. We want to see your projects now…birthday cards, shaker cards, cards that pair lots of creatures together — we want to see them all! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we don’t miss them.

And if you need to stock up on some MFT supplies or grab some stamps, Die-namics, or stencils you’ve had your eye on, now would be a great time to do so! Today only, put a dent in that wish list and save $15 with code 15OFF75 applied at checkout. *Sale excludes brand new products.

What’s up on Our Youtube Channel?

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

from Keisha’s blog: Mindy1414

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


From weekly features like MFTv to product previews, kit unboxings, and LOADS of guest videos from MFT friends and family, there is something to inspire every card maker on the MFT Youtube channel. If you haven’t subscribed yet, just look at what you may have missed this week alone!

In addition to videos featuring our latest kit, Bundle of Balloons, we’ve also shared:

Sparkle & Shine with Carissa Wiley — she created a darling birthday card (featuring some sparkle, natch) with Saddle up & Celebrate.

Instructions for constructing a super fun interactive confetti card from our beloved Karolyn Loncon (find the PDF guide that goes along with Karolyn’s card HERE.)

A demonstration of creating a wildly adorable double-slider card from Ali Farmer.

And today, a brand-new video from Justine Hovey showcasing a gorgeous bouquet created with our Painted Prints set.

If you’re not subscribed yet, what are you waiting for? With more inspiration being shared all the time, you’ll always discover a new gem of a video to invigorate your next crafting session.


One more thing before you jump into the weekend. Shop our selection of Birdie Brown stamp sets and Die-namics today only and save 15% on all in-stock Birdie Brown products when you apply code BB at checkout. *Excludes brand new.

Most Wanted List

Kristina is taking us on a real adventure today — from a high-wire act in a charming little village to a trip out west to a saloon fit for royalty (or, the adorable cowgirl and cowboy featured in Saddle up & Celebrate.) Grab a suitcase…we’re going on a trip!


Hello everyone!

I am back here with you all again today and I want to share two more projects featuring products from the July release. I hope you like my ideas and that they will inspire you to create something similar.

I am a big fan of The Greatest Showman (as I believe many of you are too!) so The Greatest Show stamp set was my number one choice for creating something today. This time though, the spotlight is on the greatest show bear.

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my background panel, I used Sno Cone Card Stock cut with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1. My next step was stamping everything with Copic-friendly black ink and coloring everything with Copic markers. After that, I die cut everything with the coordinating dies. In addition to the new products I used on this card, I added two sets featured in earlier releases — Town Bear and In Paris.

At the half-way point of this card, just above the rooftops of the city, I glued twine on which the bear can perform his tricks. The clouds that you see in the background are from new Love Bugs set and the sentiment is stamped with black ink and die cut with Blueprints 27.

Today’s second project required a bit more effort but I am so satisfied with the result!

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To start, I used Kraft Card Stock and stamped the Wood Plank Background using Milk Chocolate Premium Dye Ink. After that, I applied Biscotti ink with my mini blending tool and cut out the doors using the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 Die-namics. The idea to create saloon doors was the key element that inspired this project — I cut them out with the Elegant Rectangle STAX. I also put a sign above the doors using the Pop-Up Alphabet Die-namics for the letters. The lasso embellishment was a natural addition to complete my western saloon.

All of the images are stamped with Copic-friendly black ink and colored with Copic markers. Besides the new Saddle Up and Celebrate stamp set, I also used the Best in the West stamps and Die-namics.

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Inside the saloon is a Kraft panel onto which I stamped my sentiment in Milk Chocolate ink.

In the end, I wanted to add in a bit of red so I used the Sweet Succulents stamp set and Die-namics for the heart and also stamped the pot for the cactus from the same set. As a finishing touch, I added White gel pen details and some Wink Of Stella clear glitter pen.

That is it for today, see you again in a couple of days. Until then, happy crafting!


Where is your next crafting adventure going to take you? Please take us along! Tag #mftstamps when you share your projects so we can vicariously travel the world with you.

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

It’s finally time to make the new Bundle of Balloons Card Kit all yours.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring Bundle of Balloons Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Bundle of Balloons 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 Bundle of Balloons 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 July 2018 kit, is the Birthday Boy & Girl Die-namics. While supplies last, Birthday Boy & Girl will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Birthday Boy & Girl 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 $50.

3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 25% on orders over $750. 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 Julie Dinn featuring Bundle of Balloons Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Bundle of Balloons 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 Bundle of Balloons 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: Diane Maylin (Jul 22, 2018 @ 21:11)

Countdown Day One Winner: Michele W (Jul 24, 2018 @ 07:07)

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

The Bundle of Balloons Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our Bundle of Balloons Card Kit before it’s available for purchase tomorrow night. More inspiration and a handy PDF download are among the treats we have for you today.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on July 24. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 9:00 PM EDT on July 24 on the MFT Blog.

As a reminder, this coordinated collection will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The purchase price for this kit is a $40.99. In addition to the Bundle of Balloons stamp set and Die-namics, you’ll receive (14) sheets of beautifully coordinated card stock and (24) sheets of 6″ x 6″ glitter card stock — three sheets each of eight gorgeous colors!

The Bundle of Balloons PDF features card samples as well as a complete listing of the kit contents. You can download a printable version HERE.


What’s your preference — stamps or dies? With Bundle of Balloons, you don’t have to choose! Watch this week’s episode of MFTv to see how Stephanie put both to use to achieve slightly different effects with the same basic design.

Handmade cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring Bundle of Balloons Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Bundle of Balloons Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Bundle of Balloons Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, How to Create Rainbow Birthday Cards featuring the Bundle of Balloons Card Kit on YouTube or simply watch the 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!

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new July card kit. Remember, Bundle of Balloons will be available tomorrow at 9 PM EDT!

Introducing the Bundle of Balloons Card Kit

Custom products carefully curated for hours of creative play – that’s what MFT card kits provide. Our coordinated collections are available as a single purchase product — no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The purchase price for Bundle of Balloons is $40.99.

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the Bundle of Balloons Card Kit and be inspired by a plethora of awesome projects from our team.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on July 24. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 9:00 PM EDT on July 24 on the MFT Blog.

Can you ever have too many birthday-themed products in your stash? We say emphatically, NO. Bundle of Balloons includes a festive 4″ x 6″ stamp set with a bunch of buoyant balloons and celebratory greetings galore. With five different balloon shapes as well as an array of strings, your balloon bouquet can be unique to each new project. The kit also includes a Die-namics set featuring the same five balloon shapes and strings. The stamps and dies can be mixed and matched so you’ll have *just* the right balloon for any crafty occasion — use both stamped and die-cut balloons to create jubilant scenes that boast dimension, color, and contrast. We’ve also packed this kit with COLOR — both in card stock form as well as cuts-like-butter, no-mess glitter card stock. In addition to a rainbow of card stock options, we’ve provided five sheets of Smooth White and a sheet of Steel Grey to provide a neutral balance to those vivid hues. There’s no need to limit your Bundle of Balloons crafting to just birthdays either — almost any celebratory occasion can benefit from the addition of balloons!

Bundle of Balloons Card Kit #mftstamps

Bundle of Balloons stamp set #mftstamps

Bundle of Balloons Die-namics #mftstamps


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 July 2018 kit, is the Birthday Boy & Girl Die-namics. While supplies last, Birthday Boy & Girl will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply of Birthday Boy & Girl is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.

Birthday Boy & Girl Die-namics #mftstamps


Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Bundle of Balloons Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Bundle of Balloons Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring Bundle of Balloons Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch the Bundle of Balloons | July Card Kit Unboxing on YouTube or simply watch the video below.

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new July card kit. Remember, Bundle of Balloons will be available Tuesday, July 24 at 9 PM EDT!

Product Spotlight: Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics

Delicate stitching amps up a previously released MFT classic. You’ll love how simple this Die-namics makes it to create darling dimensional bows perfect for topping cards, tags, and gifts. Whether you choose card stock, patterned paper, felt, or gliiiiiiitter, your projects will shine when you top them with these bewitching bows.

Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics

Let’s see how our team featured the Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics in their own projects this month!

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics #mftstamps

Elegant Sympathy Wishes

It’s always a treat to have our dear friend Amy join us on the blog. Her projects never fail to inspire us to look at each release with new eyes. Welcome, Amy!

Hey everyone! AmyR here from Prairie Paper & Ink with a card using some of the new MFT July Release!

I always get asked for ideas for sympathy cards, and so I thought the new Painted Prints and Brushstroke Expressions stamp sets went together perfectly for creating sympathy cards.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #sympathy

I stamped the florals and leaves from Painted Prints with MFT dye inks onto Smooth White Card Stock and die cut them with their coordinating dies. In order to easily adhere them, I die cut a white card stock circle and adhered the leaves and flowers to that before attaching them to my card front.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #sympathy

I white heat embossed the sentiment onto Peach Bellini Card Stock and attached it with foam tape. The card base was white heat embossed with the Garden Flourish Background to give it some subtle texture.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #sympathy

On the inside of the card I stamped a sentiment from the Deepest Sympathy stamp set and adhered one of the leaf clusters and flowers above it and that was it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and be sure to check out all the supplies used linked here at the end of the post!


It may be the type of card we most regret the need to create but it’s also among the most important…that’s why putting together a couple of sympathy cards ahead of time is a great idea. It allows us to put it to use the second it’s warranted and we promise it will be appreciated. Tag #mftstamps with your own sympathy cards you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – we’re always on the lookout for inspiration for this difficult topic.

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Thinking Out of the Box

We’re bringing Kristina back this month for another series of guest posts…she always brings new ideas to the table that are sure to inspire you during your next craft session. Let’s see what she’s come up with today!


Hello everyone! I am so happy to be here with you all again. I am grateful to MFT who invited me to be a guest designer. The July Release is full of amazing and interesting things and I have to admit that it was hard for me to choose the product that I would feature for my first project.

For today, I decided to make a gift box which can be given to someone dear or a crafty friend who would love to try embroidery but does not have the materials.

Handmade project from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstitch

For the box, I used two pieces of white card stock cut to 6″ x 6″. I scored all four sides at 1 ” and then make a cut in all four corners. I used Scor-Tape to assemble the box and in the lid, used the Gift Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics to create a window.

For shaker material, I added some Lipgloss Microbeads. On the back of the shaker window, I glued an acetate sheet so the contents of the gift box are still visible.

Handmade project from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstitch

For the frame, I used the Farm Fresh Gingham Paper Pack and to decorate the lid, I used the new Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics (do I have to say that I LOVE this product??!) I cut the bow from pink felt and used the same color to make flowers using Mini Rolled Roses Die-namics. I also used some white felt for the roses just to add some contrast.

Handmade project from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstitch

Inside, the box is filled with embroidery threads in coordinating colors and two Cross-Stitch Tags which I pre-assembled with thread so the recipient would know how to assemble them after they finish the pattern.

Handmade project from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstitch

As long as we are talking about needle and thread, I am going to take the opportunity to show you one of my latest cross-stitch projects in which you can see different MFT dies. I used one of the cross-stitch printables found HERE.

For this card I used the Stitched Tag-Corner Square STAX Die-namics and the baby pattern found HERE.

Handmade project from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #crossstitch

I hope you like what I prepared for you! I can’t wait to come back in a couple of days…until then – keep calm and craft on!


We love the idea of sharing a hobby with a friend. Cross-stitch supplies are such a fun idea but you could also include a small stamping starter kit…ink cubes, a small stamp block, and a starter set of basic stamps would be adorable! We can’t wait to see how you inject some interactivity to your projects with the new Gift Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics — tag #mftstamps so we don’t miss them!

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