20% Off? That’s Something to Celebrate! A Brand New MFTv Is Just the Icing on the Cake

Want to add some happiness to your day? Make a card to celebrate something. Anything. A birthday, a promotion, an A on an assignment, or simply waking up to see the sun shining bright through your window. Even if there is no obvious occasion, searching out and celebrating simple joys can be just as rewarding. We have a huge variety of stamps, Die-namics, and supplies suitable for recognizing occasions big and small and today and tomorrow, you’ll get 20% off all of them when you apply code CELEBRATE at checkout. *Excludes brand new.


The Wildflowers stamp set features an assortment of floral images in a size and style that makes them an ideal candidate for the resist coloring technique Stephanie features in this week’s episode of MFTv. They’re also the perfect complement to the sentiments in our newly released Sending Prayers stamp set.

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

In portrait or landscape orientation, this formula simply works. Be sure to watch the video to pick up some great ideas from Stephanie for coloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers — I particularly love the tip for adding some very light shading outside the embossed lines to create just enough contrast to make them stand out from the white background.

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 — Creating a Stamped Flower Border 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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MARKERS:
Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers: 040 Green, 048 Emerald Green, 021 Light Carmine, 222 Pink Flamingo, 050 Yellow, 051 Lemon Yellow, 033 Persian Green, 042 Turquoise Green, 302 Haze Blue, 045 Pale Green

LAST CHANCE to Save 20% on Stamps + Stitch Wizardry from Leigh

Today is your last chance to take advantage of this awesome sale. From gorgeous florals to cute characters to indispensable sentiment sets, there is something to suit every need. Shop our collection of in-stock stamps and apply code STAMPS at checkout to save 20%…what better way to treat yourself to something special and kick off the weekend than by adding more options to your MFT collection? *Excludes brand new.


Leigh Houston creates magic on her cards with a bit of floss and a few basic stitches. Her stitched accents provide texture and color and add an incomparable level of detail to already charming scenes, turning special works of handcrafted love into mini works of art. We’re excited to have her share a bit of her process with us today!

Hello, everybody! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be joining MFT this month as a guest designer! The new release is so full of fun new products and I’m having such a blast creating with them.

I could not get over how cute the critters are in the new Woodland Friends stamp set, and the fact that the squirrels are holding flowers made them just perfect for this flower-loving girl. I knew I wanted to create a card where the adorable images are the focus but I also wanted to add some extra texture and dimension, so I decided to surround them with a little stitched flower garden.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started my card by cutting out a panel using the largest die from the Stitched Oval Frames Die-namics, setting aside the frame. I stamped and masked my little fox and squirrel images so I could ink blend some grass and a sky using my Cloud Edges Stencil and Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn. I removed the masks, colored the fox and squirrel using Copic markers, and stamped the “Thankful for You” sentiment from the same stamp set.

I then started my stitching. I first stitched the squirrel’s flower using simple straight stitches to fill in the petals. I then stitched the garden, simply scattering simple stitched flowers around the little critters. I used woven roses, backstitched branches, and little star-shaped flowers, french knots, and daisies using lazy daisy stitches. If you are new to stitching, there are tons of great YouTube videos introducing these simple stitches (or you can leave any questions below and I’ll be more than happy to help!) I added some V-shaped blades of grass as well.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To finish the card, I mounted my oval scene on craft foam. I stitched around the oval frame, mounted it on craft foam, and attached the framed scene onto an aqua panel to finish the card.

Handmade card from Leigh Houston featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! I had so much fun enhancing these adorable little critters with a stitched garden. Thank you so much to MFT for this amazing opportunity, and I’ll see you later in the month with more projects!


Have you integrated stitching into your own cards? Leah’s freehand flowers and stitched frame are brilliant but if you prefer more guidance, our collection of cross-stitch Die-namics and accompanying printable patterns might be right up your alley. Whatever your chosen method, please tag your projects featuring My Favorite Things with #mftstamps so we can appreciate your artistry!

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Will You Be One of Our 2018 Card Design Superstars? Enter Soon!

We’re five days into our annual Card Design Superstar contest and the entries are rolling in. We’d love to make this year our BIGGEST year yet — will you help make that happen?

If you’ve already entered, be sure to check and make sure your entry is visible. If you don’t see it, it may have been removed because of a rules violation or an error in the upload process. When you link your project, make sure you’re sharing a new project created for the contest, that your entry doesn’t include stamps, dies, stencils, or patterned paper from any company other than My Favorite Things, and that you’re linking properly — filling out the Inlinkz fields with the correct content. As a reminder, here is a full list of guidelines:
  • Create brand new/original cards using any theme you like. Previously posted cards will not be considered.
  • The maximum number of entries per participant is one card per category, for a maximum of three entries in all. Multiple entries in a single category will be disqualified. Each card may only be entered in a single category.
  • Use stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and patterned papers from My Favorite Things. Cards using other products will be disqualified immediately, so get creative with the MFT products that you have on hand! Use whatever card stock and inks you have available.
  • Submit your card(s) to the appropriate InLinkz collection linked at the end of this post on or before 10 PM EDT on Monday, September 17.
  • When submitting your card, please simply use your name in the Link Title section.
  • International entries are most DEFINITELY welcome! Please note however that we are unable to accept entries from Russia due to shipping prohibitions.

We have three categories for you to choose from — enter one or go for all three…what do you have to lose? At the very least you’ll have three fabulous new cards to add to your stash. That’s three people you’re about to make very happy! Each category has some VIP judges selected from our team to help out in the arduous judging process as well. Keep reading to find learn more about each category:

Clean & Simple Genius

Here is your chance to showcase your innate understanding of design. White space, color theory, and design rules are critical components of pulling off a beautifully clean & simple look. You understand that sometimes, less is more, and you aren’t afraid to show it!

Special guest judges: Inge, Karolyn, and Laurie

Coloring Virtuoso

Whether your preferred medium is paint, marker, or pencil, coloring is a skill you’ve honed since those early years spent with Crayolas and a favorite coloring book. The MFT collection of images is vast, so now is your opportunity to show off your exceptional coloring skills!

Special guest judges: Amy, Francine, and Torico

Innovation Master

We’re gaga for specialty cards. If designs featuring sliders, shakers, fancy folding, or 3D elements are your thing, have we got the contest for you! Let’s see your brain-bending looks! Balancing an elaborate idea with pitch-perfect execution and an eye for design is a true skill — one we know you’re up to the task to demonstrate.

Special guest judges: Barbara, Melania, and Rachel


NOW, it’s time for you to get busy. You have a few more days to come up with your very best entry for each category and upload it to the proper link collection. Make sure to check your entry before the deadline to make sure it’s viable as we’ll continue to remove non-compliant entries for the duration of the contest entry period — we want to ensure you’re hard work is recognized and appreciated!

Here are the criteria that will guide our judges decisions so keep these in mind as you craft your masterpieces.

  • Great design
  • Superb execution
  • Clever uses of our product
  • Fresh approaches

The fifteen winners will be revealed on the blog on Wednesday, September 26th, and our 2018 Card Design Superstars will be announced.

We hope that this year’s updated format will encourage you all to create something you love. Show us what you’ve got, superstar!

Enter your card for the Clean & Simple Genius Category HERE

Enter your card for the Coloring Virtuoso Category HERE

Enter your card for the Innovation Master Category HERE

20% off Stamps, Western Wednesday Blitzday Steals, AND a New Video from Christy — Let’s Go!

When you conceive an idea for a new card, what do you typically start with? Likely, your stamp choices will be among the first you make. Maybe you start with the sentiment to meet the needs of the occasion you are crafting for. Perhaps it’s the image to satisfy a coloring urge or celebrate the interests of the recipient. It could even be a background pattern — creating a mood with pattern is a great starting point! Whatever your typical process, adding more stamps to your collection is always a good idea and now through Friday, September 14 is the perfect time to do it! Shop our full collection of in-stock stamps and apply code STAMPS at checkout to save 20%. *Excludes brand new.

Don’t forget that it’s Wednesday! After you check out our stamp category, hit up our Wednesday Blitzday sale to find an assortment of western-themed products marked down up to 40%! And if you’re still in the mood to shop (and let’s be honest, it’s always fun to add some more color to our collection) take another peek at our sale category to check out the remaining products in our retirement sale — we still have plenty of ink cube sets, ink pads, and ink refills available — all marked down 40%. It’s a great day to make your MFT stash even more awesome.


We’re super proud of our recurring Youtube series featuring some incredibly talented designers. In our Christy Gets Crafty series, Christy Reuling shares her ideas for making MFT products all her own.

And since we’re talking stamps with our current sale, today’s video from Christy is a fantastic example of mixing images from different sets to create an inviting scene. The small leaf images from Pure Innocence Sending Blessings will be right at home on a wide range of autumn scenes. I love how she color coordinated the leaves to the trees pulled from Friendly Raccoons and placed them to create a sense of depth – so smart!

Handmade card from Christy Reuling featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

See the latest in our Christy Gets Crafty series HERE or by watching the video below.


Feeling inspired? Great! We want to see your mixed-stamp creations too. Tag #mftstamps when you upload to social media — you may just be spotted!

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MFT & Friends: September 2018

We know you…you love to make people happy by showing them you’re paying attention to the things they love. You do this by creating custom cards crafted with your recipient in mind. That’s why this is the perfect sale for you and your exacting standards…tons of shapes in a huge range of sizes; beautiful edge detailing manufactured with precision — when you reach for your STAX Die-namics, you know you’re kicking off a new card with just the right tool.  Today only, get 15% off in-stock STAX Die-namics when you apply code STAX at checkout.


Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you! We also have FIVE fabulous MFT friends joining us…think of it as our Release Replay with a twist.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A total “Debbie element” is her use of shaped die cuts to create a scenic element for her cards. Her fall scene was created using the Stitched Dome STAX Die-namics and images from Pure Innocence Sending Blessings, and is backed by a card base featuring tone-on-tone leaves from the same set. The finishing touch of sprinkling die-cut leaves down the card front adds a gorgeous dimension to the finished card.

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

Stunning Wildflowers bundled together with a bit of twine add color and rustic elegance to Barbara’s card. By gently blending a gorgeous purple out to nothing using the English Brick Wall Stencil, she’s provided some softness to an otherwise hard-edged design. This technique has also created the perfect spot for her sentiment and a trio of color-coordinated accents.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team and some MFT friends played with our September Release.

Create in Color with Sandy Allnock

One Pair of Stamps, Two Seasons — what a great concept, right? Leave it to Sandy to show us how to easily transition some of your favorite images from one season to the next…just imagine all the possibilities!

It’s that time again — let’s get coloring!

Fall is on the way. Winter is coming! I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m sorry to bring you the bad news! It’s September and it’s time to drink that pumpkin spice and snuggle in for the cooler weather.

Handmade cards from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To make that transition a little easier, I’ve got a fun little idea: Stamp the little critters from Woodland Friends and Friendly Raccoons, and make one fall and one winter card — at the same time! That’s what I did…and the challenge helped me to make that winter one without *too* much resentment about summer being behind us! Watch the video below for the easy technique.

The little fall leaves are so easy — almost like polka dots but make them more like little marker strokes so they look a bit more like crunchy leaves. If they’re too bright, add some purple for the complementary color and dull it down a little.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As for winter — a touch of blue is all they need to stand in the snow! It’s fun to create a couple footprints too…

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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Are you already imagining how you can apply this theory to your own collection? Maybe you’ve already added these sweet images from our September Release to your stash! If you make this idea your own, be sure to tag us with #mftstamps — we want to see what you’re creating!

     

You Could Be a 2018 Card Design Superstar!

Are you ready? It’s that time of year again…time to announce our annual Card Design Superstar contest!

We recognize and appreciate so many different card making styles — each is unique and relevant. While it would be impossible to categorize all of the different styles our customers represent, in an effort to encourage as many of you as possible to feel welcome and to participate, we’re continuing with the format we established last year by breaking the contest into three separate categories. Not only does this mean you have a chance to shine in a specific category or by displaying your versatility in all three, it also means we have an abundance of prize opportunities for you.

Be selected as one of our FIFTEEN 2018 Card Design Superstars (five winners from each of the three categories) and win a $250 prize from My Favorite Things! You’ll be able to use your prize code to choose from hundreds of products included in the exclusive My Favorite Things line. In addition to our fifteen superstars, we’ll also be randomly selecting one winner per category to win a $100 prize — that’s over $4,000 in prizes!

Get your creative motor running and start thinking about how you want to interpret our Superstar categories. In addition to our usual line-up of judges, we’ve also recruited the discerning eyes of nine of our talented team of creative contributors and they can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your superstar sleeves. Show us all that you’ve got what it takes to be a:

Clean & Simple Genius

Here is your chance to showcase your innate understanding of design. White space, color theory, and design rules are critical components of pulling off a beautifully clean & simple look. You understand that sometimes, less is more, and you aren’t afraid to show it!

Special guest judges: Inge, Karolyn, and Laurie

Coloring Virtuoso

Whether your preferred medium is paint, marker, or pencil, coloring is a skill you’ve honed since those early years spent with Crayolas and a favorite coloring book. The MFT collection of images is vast, so now is your opportunity to show off your exceptional coloring skills!

Special guest judges: Amy, Francine, and Torico

Innovation Master

We’re gaga for specialty cards. If designs featuring sliders, shakers, fancy folding, or 3D elements are your thing, have we got the contest for you! Let’s see your brain-bending looks! Balancing an elaborate idea with pitch-perfect execution and an eye for design is a true skill — one we know you’re up to the task to demonstrate.

Special guest judges: Barbara, Melania, and Rachel

Are you excited yet? GOOD. Now that you’re ready to dive into your crafting, a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Create brand new/original cards using any theme you like. Previously posted cards will not be considered.
  • The maximum number of entries per participant is one card per category, for a maximum of three entries in all. Multiple entries in a single category will be disqualified. Each card may only be entered in a single category.
  • Use stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and patterned papers from My Favorite Things. Cards using other products will be disqualified immediately, so get creative with the MFT products that you have on hand! Use whatever card stock and inks you have available.
  • Submit your card(s) to the appropriate InLinkz collection linked at the end of this post on or before 10 PM EDT on Monday, September 17.
  • When submitting your card, please simply use your name in the Link Title section.
  • International entries are most DEFINITELY welcome! Please note however that we are unable to accept entries from Russia due to shipping prohibitions.

What will the panel of judges be looking for?

  • Great design
  • Superb execution
  • Clever uses of our product
  • Fresh approaches

The fifteen winners will be revealed on the blog on Wednesday, September 26th, and our 2018 Card Design Superstars will be announced.

We hope that this year’s updated format will encourage you all to create something you love. Show us what you’ve got, superstar!

Enter your card for the Clean & Simple Genius Category HERE

Enter your card for the Coloring Virtuoso Category HERE

Enter your card for the Innovation Master Category HERE

Techniques & Tutorials: September 2018

It’s a new month, we just completed a new release, we’re putting the finishing touches on a new card kit debuting soon, and we have a new batch of fabulous promotions coming your way starting TODAY. Take advantage of sitewide savings on your favorite MFT stamps, Die-namics, Replenishments, and our vast array of tools and supplies. Save 15% on in-stock products when you apply code SEPTEMBER at checkout. *Excludes products in the “new” category.


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 Vika’s blog: Tami Priebe

from Laurie’s blog: Annalisa Young

Congratulations to you both! Tami and Annalisa, 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 Melania Deasy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today, Melania is sharing a tutorial for creating this stunning autumnal shaker card featuring the latest collection from Birdie Brown. You’ll quickly discover that our new Circle Trio Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics pairs in fun new ways with a wide range of images in your stash. Be sure to head to her blog to find the full tutorial with coordinating images every step of the way. We hope you’ll find time this weekend to do some fall crafting of your own! Tag #mftstamps when you share your creations on social media so we can see the results of your ingenuity…happy crafting!

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Tips & Tricks: September 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 cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Thoughtful gift card presentation is a crucial consideration for cardmakers…the card itself is always critical but when it’s housing a gift as well, it takes on an entirely new level of importance! Stephanie has devised an elegant way of creating a fun surprise gift card presentation element with our new Double Slider Loop Slots Die-namics for today’s Tips & Tricks feature. She’s created *the* most informative video demonstrating the construction of the look — we’re so excited to try it ourselves!

Amazing, right? We know you will come up with an endless variety of ways to put this deceptively simple but incredibly handy design to use in your own projects and we can’t wait to be inspired by them.


Want to learn more about Barbara, Julie,  Melania, and Stephanie’s Tips & Tricks for our September Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!

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Just Add Color: September 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.

Copic coloring from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Fall Friends #mftstamps

Fall weather = lots of layers = massive opportunity for customizing with color and pattern! Our Fall Friends are ready for anything with their hats, scarves, jackets, and boots. Are you as excited about bringing them home as we are?

Have you ever wondered how Torico achieves such a stunning depth of color, texture, and detail on her images? This month, she’s created a video highlighting her process with the new Birdie Brown Fall Friends — watch in her on the blog or on our Youtube channel. What she can achieve with her mix of Copic and pencil is simply magic. Having such an incredible grasp of color pairings certainly helps as well!

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!