The Stitched Blooms Card Kit Release Is So Close!

We have one more day to preview our Stitched Blooms 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.

* The April 2018 card kit has sold out but the Stitched Blooms Die-namics will be available for purchase with our June Release.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on April 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 April 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 $35.99. In addition to the Stitched Blooms Die-namics, you’ll also receive (19) sheets of beautifully coordinated card stock, (28) gorgeous color-coordinated envelopes, and a package of stunning, sparkling crystal accents.

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


Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

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

Introducing the Stitched Blooms 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 this kit is $35.99.

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

* The April 2018 card kit has sold out but the Stitched Blooms Die-namics will be available for purchase with our June Release.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EDT on April 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 April 24 on the MFT Blog.

Stunning stitched detailing is the defining characteristic of our latest kit. Each piece features stitch lines, either around the perimeter or in a decorative pattern, to emphasize the lines and curves of the flowers, flower centers, and foliage elements. Use the vibrant rainbow of included card stock to create blossoming bouquets of layered flowers. Choose virtually any sentiment in your collection to pair with your flower elements to create cards suited to any occasion. A veritable garden of coordinating envelopes and a package of beautiful clear crystals complete the kit.

Stitched Blooms Die-namics #mftstamps

With this month’s kit, we’re releasing the Hello Die-namics. This versatile sentiment will find its way onto cards for years to come! Remember, our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60.

Hello Die-namics #mftstamps

Would you like to learn how Stephanie used our April card kit to create this lush look featuring our gorgeous new florals? You won’t want to miss this week’s episode of MFTv!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Stitched Blooms Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv, How to Create a Rainbow Die-Cut Backround featuring the Stitched Blooms 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 April card kit. Remember, Stitched Blooms will be available Tuesday, April 24 at 9 PM EDT!

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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Our Story

It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Hello again, it’s time for another Artistic Expression and this month, I will be sharing a simple technique that anyone can accomplish, regardless of their skill level.

So let’s get started…who loves books? I know I do and I’m sure most of us know a little bookworm or two for whom this card would be appropriate.

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

I started with a top-folding A2 card created with Primitive Cream Card Stock. I die cut my card base with the largest Stitched Tag-Corner Rectangle STAX die and with careful placement, I was able to keep the stitch pattern along the top edge.  I used the same Die-namics to cut a smaller piece of Copic suitable card stock.

With the aid of a MISTI, I stamped the little boy from Birdie Brown’s Our Story with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink.  I re-stamped it on a piece of post-it tape, which I fussy cut and placed over the stamped image. This allowed me to stamp one set of books so that they appear to be lying behind the boy. I reduced the size of the second stack of books by masking part of the stamp whilst inking so that only the bottom three books were stamped. I then hand drew a plate upon which I stamped the mug.

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

The entire piece was coloured using Copic Markers.

At this point I’d like to give you a piece of advice: although it may be tempting to use as many Copic colours in your collection as possible, sometimes a limited palette is the better option.  As I intended to use the boy’s sweater for today’s tutorial, had I used a myriad of colours for all the books, they would have overpowered the composition and taken the focus away from our little bookworm!

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

COPIC COLOURS:
Background: YR30, E40, E41, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4
Skin: E30, E41, E42, E43, R20, BV20
Eyes: YG61, YG63, YG67, W8
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E17, E27, W6
Mug: R22, R24, R27, R39
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97, N2, N6
Shoes: E11, E13, E15, E27, W4, W6
Books: B91, B93, B95, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR23, YR27, E11, E13, E40, E42, R24, R29, R39, W1, W2, W4, W5
Sweater: C00, C0, C1, C2

Now for today’s tutorial: How to colour a knitted sweater

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by mapping out the shadow areas, initially with C00, then adding additional C0 in areas where the shadows would be darkest. If you have distinct lines between the two colours, don’t panic, just gently go over it with C00 to soften them.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

In this image, I have added C1 in areas where I needed to deepen the shadows and over the stamped lines on the neck, sleeve, and waistband. As before, if you need to soften the edges use a little C00 sparingly, however, if you are careful and gently apply the C1 you may not need to do this.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This is where the fun starts and you begin to see that with a simple dotting method, (yes, it’s just dots!) you begin to notice your colouring start to resemble a woolen sweater or a woolly jumper as us Brits say!

To achieve this texture, I carefully added dots of C0 over the entire area. When you have a go yourself, remember not to get carried away with your dots — you still want to be able see some of the card stock visible in the lightest areas. Your first layer of colour has already created enough shading to give your sweater shape and the dots are providing the texture.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Having added your first layer of dots with C0, you’ll need to add extra depth with C1, but again be careful not to overdo it. When I felt I had enough dots to give the impression of knitted material, I added a smidge of C2 in areas where the shadows would be darkest — under the book, under his arm, and at the left-hand side of his neck/chest area. If you need to you can soften this carefully with C1 or C0.

Copic coloring from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This particular colouring technique comes in very handy when you want to add texture to small stamped images and it’s suitable for all skill levels. I hope to see lots of examples of this method from you on social media…just remember to tag it with #mftstamps!

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A Farewell Trio from Rosemary

Hi everyone!  I’m back for one final day guesting here on the My Favorite Things blog. Before I get to my cards I want to say a big thank you to My Favorite Things for having me as a guest designer!

My first card uses only one MFT product: the new Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics. When I saw this die, I was so excited to use it and wasted no time in downloading the free cross-stitch patterns that MFT has made available. Before I got into paper crafting I did a lot of cross stitching — I only gave it up because of the amount of time it took to finish a project and a shoulder injury. This new cross-stitch die allows me the opportunity to revisit my first crafting love and create beautiful projects it a short amount of time. For this card, I used the tulip pattern and went with the colors that are found in the pattern. Given I have tons of embroidery floss it was easy to find colors to match. I die cut my card stock and got to work. After I finished up the flowers and stems I decided to do something a little crazy and fill in the background with white stitching. While it took a little bit longer I really like how it looks. I decided to not add a sentiment at this time, but just let the stitching shine.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card is a reflection of how the weather has been here in the Pacific Northwest…cloudy, rainy, and gray! I die cut some light gray card stock with the Cloud Shaker Die-namics. I wanted a cloud to look like it was behind the shaker element so I die cut a cloud from white cardstock and then positioned it on the panel shifting it until fit the way I wanted, taped the die in the right spot, and die cut the cloud window. I then die cut the frame from white card stock. Once I had all the pieces cut I used the Mini Raindrops Stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste in Transparent Gloss to create my raindrops. Once that was dry I assembled everything. I filled the shaker element with some sparkly sequins and a mix of glitter glass and glass beads. I adhered a piece of white card stock on the back and then attached my panel to a light gray card stock base. The sentiment was stamped on black card stock with watermark ink, embossed in white, die cut with the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics, and then adhered to the card.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My final card uses the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up Die-namics and the Star Graduate and Tassel Time stamp sets. I also used the Free with $60 Congrats Die-namics. I have a nephew who is graduating in June and so I looked up his school’s colors and made a graduation card for him. I die cut the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up from white and dark blue card stock. I made a card stock base from MFT Smooth White Card Stock and then adhered the blue frame to the card base. The eight white squares were stamped with two of the stars from the Star Graduate set in red and blue inks. Those squares were inset into the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up — I adhered some with pop dots and some flush to the card base. I die cut the Congrats from red card stock three times and adhered them together and then adhered them using glue in two spots and pop dots behind the main portion of the word. I finished by stamping the little graduation cap from Tassel Time in dark blue ink, trimming it out and adhering it to the Congrats.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Again, I hope you enjoyed my projects…I certainly enjoyed making them using MFT’s fabulous stamps and dies!

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MFT Purpose & Core Values

We are so proud to introduce to you Our Purpose and Core Values. This was an absolute team effort — several meetings were spent trying to capture the heart of My Favorite Things and when it serendipitously came together, it was like magic!

We wanted to capture the very essence of what My Favorite Things stands for and feel this represents the spirit of MFT perfectly. We want to share it with you because it’s important to be transparent about our guiding principals as we serve you, our employees, and our communities each and every day.

As always, thank you for letting be a part of your life and a part of this hobby that brings so much joy, purpose, and feeling to all of our lives.

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Product Spotlight: Piñata Die-namics

What could possibly add more excitement to festive occasions than a classic piñata? This fun new design features a base layer to build your piñata as well as six fringed layers to add color and realistic texture. Use the circles to create an eye for your piñata (or add a google eye for an even more whimsical assembly) and pin a tail on to complete your design. Use card stock to build your layers or try colored tissue paper to emulate the look and feel of a traditional piñata. This Die-namics is an instant party for your cards, tags, and projects — you can’t beat that with a stick!

Pinata Die-namics

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

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Piñata Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Piñata Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring Piñata Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring Piñata Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Piñata Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Piñata Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Piñata Die-namics from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

MFTv – Acetate Window Cards

Making a scene with an acetate window is the perfect way to create layers of dimension without adding a lot of bulk. Stephanie’s technique, featured in this week’s episode of MFTv, also provides a perfect opportunity to accent the interior of your cards if you choose to.

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

Watch MFTv – How to Create Acetate Window Cards 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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Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

We’re welcoming a dear friend back to the blog today — it’s always fun to see what Lisa has been working on!

The fun part about paper crafting for me is figuring out new (to me) ways of using various products. Necessity certainly is the mother of invention. Oftentimes I figure things out only to find out later that it’s old news and while that might be the case with this technique, it was sure fun to discover as I was creating this card!

Using VersaMark over stenciled and multi-inked images for heat embossing

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

Taping the Mini Raindrops Stencil down first to secure it, I sponged over the stencil onto Cornflower Card Stock using Blueberry Premium Dye Ink. After giving it a few moments to dry I used another sponge to apply VersaMark. I removed the stencil and applied clear embossing powder and heat with my heat tool. Lastly, I die cut the prepared card stock with the Cloud Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

Next I die cut the Cloud Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics frame using Smooth White Card Stock. I built a traditional shaker using foam mount tape and acetate on the already prepared raindrop panel and then adhered the frame for a finished look. After filling the shaker area I adhered a layer of Smooth White Card Stock to seal the shaker. I then mounted the finished layer to the card base with foam squares.

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

My Mini MISTI was used to help get the perfect VersaMark coverage for the sentiment. I stamped the Aim for the Clouds sentiment in Blue Breeze. Next I inked the lower part of the sentiment with Blueberry. After letting it dry I stamped the image with VersaMark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Because I was stamping with the MISTI and had started off with my card stock squared with the corner of the Misti, I went back, placed the card stock back into its spot and repeated that last step to really make the clear embossing stand out. The last step was to die cut the sentiment with the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics and mount to the card.

Try this variation: Sponge the stencil with different ink colors on white cardstock for a fun embossed rainbow or ombre look.

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Fiesta in Polka Dots & Stripes

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed the projects I shared yesterday using some of the fabulous products from My Favorite Things April Release. Today I have a trio of fiesta-related projects to share with you.

First up are two cards that I made using the new Piñata and Fiesta Die-namics. I just love both of these dies! I decided to make a boy and a girl version of the card. The body of the piñata was die cut from white card stock twice.  I die cut all the little fringe pieces from various papers from two different paper pads from My Favorite Things: Dots & Stripes Fresh and Dots & Stripes Sorbet. As you can see, I cut the pieces so that there are two of each color and then layered everything. I finished by adding the eye to each piñata. To put the cards together I simply added a strip of paper from each coordinating pad to a card stock base made from MFT Smooth White Card Stock. I placed the piñata on the card base so I could determine where to put the sentiment (from the MFT All Smiles stamp set), removed it, and then stamped the sentiment on each base using my mini MISTI. The word was die cut from coordinating card stock and then everything was adhered in place.

Handmade cards from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second project I just had to ink up the super cute little girl from the Pure Innocence Birthday Piñata set. I used watercolor compatible black ink and stamped the girl and the piñata on watercolor card stock. I watercolored the images with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers and clean water. Once they were dry, I die cut them with the coordinatingDie-namics. I die cut white card stock using the largest Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX and adhered both images. The sentiment was embossed in white on vellum and then die cut with the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics. So that the vellum strip would have the same scalloped edge as the rectangle, I die cut the end with the Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle. I added the sentiment strip and adhered the panel to light purple card stock and added a little bit of purple/white baker’s twine.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!

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Feathered Friends Frolic

Hi everyone! I’m Rosemary (Hey There…rosigrl!) and I am so very excited and grateful to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today! I have two cards to share that I created using products from the April Release.

My first card uses the A Tweet Hello stamp set and matching Die-namics along with the Birdbath Die-namics. I stamped all the birds and the little flower from the A Tweet Hello set on watercolor paper with watercolor compatible gray ink and colored them with ZIG Clean Color real brush markers and clean water. Once everything was dry, I die cut them. I die cut the birdbath from light gray and light blue card stock and adhered the pieces together. I cut a piece of MFT Smooth White Card Stock at an angle and adhered it to a card base made with the same light blue card stock as the water in the birdbath. To create my grass, I used one of the dies from the Pinata Die-namics. The pieces were adhered to the bottom of my angled panel before trimming off the excess. I then adhered the birdbath, birds, and flowers. I finished with the sentiment stamped on more Smooth White Card Stock in black ink, die cut with the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics, and adhered.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card also uses the A Tweet Hello stamp set and Die-namics, but this time I paired the little birds with the Garden Gate Die-namics. I started by coloring some watercolor paper with ZIG markers in light blue and light green. Once the piece was dry, I die cut it with the largest Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX. The garden gate was die cut four times from black card stock, adhered together and then attached to the die-cut rectangle. Before adhering the birds, I placed the panel in my mini MISTI in order to stamp the sentiment at the top in black ink. Then I arranged the three birds and added the rectangle to a panel of white card stock and there adhered everything to a gray card stock base.

Handmade card from Rosemary Dennis featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed my cards today! I will see you tomorrow with a few more projects made with the My Favorite Things April release.

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