Parisian Fling with Rachel Alvarado

We’re switching things up in 2018 — Wednesday Blitzday is now a monthly feature. You’ll still be able to take advantage of amazing savings on MFT favorites but now, you’ll have an even bigger selection of products to choose from! Today only, enjoy fantastic savings on a huge assortment of MFT favorites. You’ll find these items in our Blitzday category – no coupon code required, but act fast because supplies are limited and the sale prices are good today, January 17, only.

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Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Alvarado and I am so excited to be guest designing today for My Favorite Things. It is truly such an honor!

I’d love to share with you a few cards that I made using the newly released In Paris stamp set.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

When I first saw this set, I immediately knew that I wanted to make a shadow box card. I wanted to keep it on the smaller side, so I worked on some measurements (listed below) until I found something that would work and still fit into a pre-made envelope. This card fits perfectly into a 5″x 5″ square envelope when flattened.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my images, I first stamped them onto Smooth White Card Stock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored them with Copic Sketch Markers, and then die cut them with their coordinating dies. I also added one smaller sized hot air balloon from the Up In the Air stamp set. For my background, I used the Cloud Stencil with some distress inks (Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean). For the frame around my card, I used the Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames Die-namics.

Shadow box card directions:

  • Cut 2 pieces of card stock to 5″ x 6 1/4″ and score along the long side at 1 1/4″ and 5″.
  • Cut your window in one of these pieces  (I used the A2 Rectangle STAX Die-namics)
  • Cut the inside strips to 4 3/8″ long and whatever height they need to be to just reach the bottom of the window. Score these pieces at 3/8″ & 4″.

Handmade cards from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I wanted to go a completely different route for my second set of cards. The Eiffel Tower is such an elegant structure and makes for great photographs. I wanted these cards to showcase mainly the silhouette of the tower standing majestically over the city skyline and/or landscape.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I love black and white photographs — especially the ones that have a bright pop of red that contrasts well against subtle shades of gray. For my first and second card, I stamped the Eiffel Tower and then lightly drew in a treeline with pencil.

Handmade cards from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I colored in the treeline with a black Copic Sketch Marker following the silhouette stamping technique demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire a few months ago. For my first card, I wanted to let the intricate structure of the tower be seen, so I only colored the treeline. For the second, I colored in both the treeline and the tower. I embossed anything that I had colored with clear embossing powder.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the shading on my first card, I blended Grout Gray, Cement Gray, and Gravel Gray inks. I colored the balloons with Copics R14, R46, R59, and RV99.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my second card, I blended Grout Gray ink along with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I colored the red hearts with the same Copic colors as listed above.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my final silhouette card, I blended Pink Lemonade and Bubblegum inks along with Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks. For the skyline, I used the city skyline stamp that is included in the Birdie Brown You’re Super stamp set that was released last month using the same technique as above. I added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm Clear Droplets for some added interest.

Handmade cards from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Lastly, I made two cards inspired by the French Par Avion envelopes. I wanted to create that red, white, and blue striped border around the outside edge of my cards.

Handmade cards from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To start, I cut two pieces of white card stock to 4 3/4″ x 6″.  I cut blue and red strips using Blueberry and Wild Cherry Card Stock. For one card, I cut the strips at 1/4″ wide and for the other, 1/8″ wide. I then glued them onto my white card stock and trimmed both pieces to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ once the glue had dried. It may sound like a lot of work, but it was actually pretty easy to do. I do recommend using a guillotine-style paper trimmer for this technique.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my first card, I used the cute little dog from In Paris. I reverse-stamped him and added a little black and white striped shirt with a black marker. For the other dog, I used the same stamp but masked the hat and drew in some hair and a bow. I used both the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX and the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 for my card mats.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Lastly, I simply added a few of the images (stamped and colored to match) from In Paris to the front of the card using foam adhesive squares to complement the border.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas today! I will be back on the 19th to share some more fun projects. Have a wonderful day!

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Release Replay: January 2018

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!

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

Barbara has pulled out a classic background pattern and combined it with some of our latest release products. The Romantic Script Background is ideal for love notes and a beautiful pairing with our new Marble Background.

If pattern mixing is intimidating, stick with graphic shapes, classic fonts, and a monochromatic color palette, adding in neutrals for balance.

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Paris is for lovers and so many of our stamp sets feature characters that are destined to discover amour. Anna’s spotlighted our Raving Raccoons’ love with some creative stenciling and an iconic backdrop.

Consider your supplies with new eyes, envisioning ways to repurpose their obvious use into something suited to the theme of other projects…you might be surprised at what you come up with!.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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MFTv – Stitched with Love

You already know the value of crafting handmade gifts from the heart — especially for sharing the love on Valentine’s Day. Maybe you’ve even integrated some of your other crafty hobbies into your paper crafting. Our Cross-Stitch Tag Die-namics makes it so easy to marry cross stitch with paper crafting and with our Cross-Stitch Tag Heart Patterns, we’ve taken the guesswork out of pattern planning as well! We challenged our team to put this new pattern collection to use to create projects Stitched with Love.

Check out this week’s episode of MFTv to learn how Stephanie crafted these heartfelt greetings and then, take a trip through our team’s projects.

Download our Cross-Stitch Tag Valentine Printable featuring twelve inspiring templates to inspire your love-themed stitched projects HERE.

Our keen Karolyn has designed some amazing patterns as well. You can download them HERE and see them put to use on her blog today!

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

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #valentinesday #crossstitch

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #valentinesday #crossstitch

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #valentinesday #crossstitch

Watch Stitched With Love – How to Add Stitching to 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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Product Spotlight: In Paris

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. Enjoy!

from Debbie’s blog: Jessica monte

from Barbara’s blog: Lagene

Congratulations to you both! 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!


Ooh la la — craft sweet Parisian street scenes with ease thanks to the charming elements included in the In Paris set. Iconic imagery like the Eiffel Tower will take center stage but the hot air balloons, bike, beret-boasting pup and other miscellaneous images will shine as well. We’ve completed this collection with a wide-ranging assortment of greetings in the most delightful font. Follow your crafting wanderlust with this charming new set.

In Paris stamp set #mftstamps
In Paris Die-namics #mftstamps

In Paris stamp set #mftstamps

Let’s see how our team featured In Paris in their own projects this month!

Handmade card from Torico featuring In Paris #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring In Paris #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring In Paris #mftstamps

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring In Paris #mftstamps

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring In Paris #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring In Paris #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring In Paris #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring In Paris #mftstamps

Monsters in the Mist: Colored Pencil Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Hello coloring pals! I’m Sandy Allnock, and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! I for one am a little glad it’s over because I sent out almost 250 cards…a few went out on Christmas Eve, but man, beating that deadline just about crushed me!

Today I’m starting off 2018 with colored pencils in hand — this time on toned card stock. This can be done easily on a lot of colors of card stock, and if you make this card in pinks or reds it could easily be a monstrously cute Valentine! You may have heard of Gorillas in the Mist…I call this “Monsters in the Mist!”

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

I stamped the sentiment in Black Licorice but the monsters in Steel Blue. Whatever ink you pick for the monsters, let it be just a little darker than the paper so you can hide any lines you want to change up. And if you’re brave, skip the masking because as you’ll see in the video, pencil can cover it all up anyway!

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

For those who are a little nervous about “drawing” like this — feet and hands tend to be the hardest for lots of folks…thus the “mist” or “dust”! Put it over any area you don’t think you can handle and let it faaaade away into the mist…check out the video and see if you think this is something you’d try out!

I customized the monsters – just check out my crazy Elvis Costello monster! And that dude with the sunglasses is hilarious. You could make this look like your own family…or the family of your card recipient! Any stamp set can be customized this way, and it can really stretch the life of your stamps in all kinds of ways. Plus it only needs black, white, and 2 colors of pencil! I used Prismacolors, but it works with other brands too.

So there we are with the first Create in Color for 2018….I can’t wait to see what MFT has us coloring next month. Thanks so much for spending a few minutes with me — see you in February!

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

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MFTv – You Stole My Heart

Raving Raccoons features a quartet of heart-stealing critters. They’re cheery and endearing and provide the perfect antidote to a dreary winter day. Watch this week’s MFTv to learn more about how Stephanie crafted this card featuring two raccoons that really steal the scene!

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 – You Stole My Heart 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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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW January Products!

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

All of our January Release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win 1 of 2 $100 Gift Vouchers as part of tonight’s New Product 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 set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

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!

Don’t forget about our January stamp set – FREE with every retail purchase while supplies last!

Brand new Hybrid Ink Cube Sets and our new, extra-crisp Extreme Black Hybrid Ink Pad & Refill are must-have additions to your stash.

Hybrid Ink Cubes - Set 14 Hybrid Ink Cubes - Set 17 Hybrid Ink Cubes - Set 20

Extreme Black Hybrid Ink Pad

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

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

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past few days. They have another shot of inspiration to help inspire you and narrow down your shopping list to your must-have items. Visit each of their January Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, January 11, for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 Gift Vouchers. The winners will be chosen at random and winners will be announced January 12. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

January 2018 Release: Don’t Be Late!

It’s almost time! Set your alarm for 9:00 PM EST, and don’t be late for our big reveal! All of the stamps, Die-namics, inks, and supplies we’ve been showing off over the past few days will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique.

Another release brings you another fabulous class PDF and YouTube playlist featuring every single class project. Whether you prefer printed directions or are a more visual learner, we’ve got you covered. We know you’ll be as inspired by our team as we are. Download the January Class PDF HERE or check out our playlist HERE.

We want to make your shopping experience fun – not stressful, so we’ve created THIS shopping list that you can print out and check off as you fill your cart!

One of the most important parts of shopping is saving. We offer you 3 ways to save with every purchase:

Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $75.

And if you needed another reason to shop MFT, our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500.

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

You can look at every new product in our January release, for sale TONIGHT at 9 PM EST, below. Click on any of the individual graphics to view a bigger picture, and hover over the picture with your cursor to view the product name.


Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Jaunary Release Countdown prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown! Five lucky commenters will win a $75 Prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts tomorrow.

Countdown Day Five Winner: Rhonda (Jan 5, 2018 @ 09:39) 

Countdown Day Four Winner: DONNA KURINSKY (Jan 9, 2018 @ 05:45) 

Countdown Day Three Winner: Jen VC (Jan 7, 2018 @ 00:20) 

Countdown Day Two Winner: Stampfoldandrepeat (Jeanie) (Jan 8, 2018 @ 21:25) 

Countdown Day One Winner: Katie Coggins (Jan 9, 2018 @ 06:24) 

Congratulations to all the winners!

January 2018 Release: Final Countdown

We’ve reached the final day of the countdown, and we still have so much more to share. You’ll be able to shop for all of the new January Release products TONIGHT, January 9, at 9 PM EST.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on January 9. 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 EST on January 9 on the MFT Blog.

HYBRID INK CUBE SETS

Our Premium Dye Ink Cube Sets have been hugely popular so we’ve decided to offer our Hybrid Ink formula in the same format. Our Ink Cube sets allow you to build your stash of MFT exclusive inks in perfect, portable, 1″ cubes. Each set includes four cubes. Each set will feature unique colors so there won’t be any color overlap between sets.

With our January Release, we are releasing 3 sets. Hybrid Ink Cubes – Set 14 features Eggplant, Periwinkle, Tickled Pink, and Banana Split. Hybrid Ink Cubes – Set 17 features Peach Bellini, Sno Cone, In the Buff, Wild Wisteria. Hybrid Ink Cubes – Set 20 includes Orange Zest, Lavender Fields, Cotton Candy, and Field Day.

Hybrid Ink Cubes - Set 14 #mftstamps     Hybrid Ink Cubes - Set 17 #mftstamps     Hybrid Ink Cubes - Set 20 #mftstamps

JANUARY FREE STAMP SET

Our January freebie will make a darling addition to your collection. It features a diminutive deer and a trio of coordinating sentiments. Use it alone or combine it with other stamps in your collection. The best thing about it is that it’s free, while supplies last, with every single purchase. It will not be available for individual sale and is provided in addition to our Ways to Save (keep scrolling to see our newest Free with $60 Die-namics!)

SENDING A SMILE

Look closely and you’ll find lots of love! Sending a Smile features images packed with well-placed hearts. From butterfly antennae, to bird wings, to floral accents, you’ll discover them throughout this sentimental set. 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 Sending a Smile.

Sending a Smile stamp set #mftstamps

Sending a Smile Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Sending a Smile stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

STITCHED HEART PEEK-A-BOO WINDOW DIE-NAMICS

Create a peek-a-boo window with a smart stitched perimeter designed to house your Heart Shaker Pouches to perfection. Lend some love to your greetings with this versatile design. The Stitched Heart Peek-a-Boo Window is this month’s Free w/ $60 Die-namics!

Learn more about Stitched Heart Peek-a-Boo Window.

Grab our Heart Shaker Pouches, Maze Spheres, and new Heart Maze Shapes to create addictively fun interactive accents for your cards.

Stitched Heart Peek-a-Boo Window Die-namics #mftstamps     Heart Shaker Pouches #mftstamps

Maze Spheres #mftstamps Maze Shapes - White #mftstamps Maze Shapes - Wild Cherry #mftstamps

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring Stitched Heart Peek-a-Boo Window Die-namics #mftstamps

See the full January 2018 release by watching January 2018 Release – Product Previews on YouTube or by watching the video below.

Did anything in our January release catch your eye? Now is the time to take a few minutes to print out the handy shopping list and make note of your must-have items.

It’s the last day of our countdown but our Design Team is still crafting inspiring new projects! Keep on clicking to see how they’ve wound things up on this final day.

January 2018 Release: Are You Ready?

Are you ready? We have just two more days of countdown posts before you can make the January Release all yours!

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on January 9. 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 EST on January 9 on the MFT Blog.

MONSTER SIZED

These quirky characters will add monster-sized fun to your projects! Create a scene with this quartet of kooky creatures presented in a variety of shapes and poses, or feature one of them solo in a clean and simple design. These critters provide the perfect opportunity to add some personality with google eyes and vivid coloring. Accent your look with the decorative bursts and one of the exciting greeting options. 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 Monster Sized.

Monster Sized stamp set #mftstamps

Monster Sized Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring Monster Sized stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

VALENTINE WISHES

Your Valentines deserve a standout sentiment and thanks to Valentine Wishes, you’ve got it. This unforgettable greeting is rendered in a gorgeous handwritten script and will make a statement your recipient won’t soon forget. Follow up your greeting with kisses and hugs and heart accents.

Learn more about Valentine Wishes.

Valentine Wishes #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Valentine Wishes #mftstamps

100% LOVABLE

Impart a flowy handwritten script look to your love-themed cards with 100% Lovable. These bold phrases boast beautiful flourishes and stunning swashes. A trio of accent hearts provide the perfect accents for your cards and projects.

Learn more about 100% Lovable.

100% Lovable #mftstamps

Handmade card from Amy Yang featuring 100% Lovable #mftstamps

STITCHED STAR PEEK-A-BOO WINDOW DIE-NAMICS

Create a peek-a-boo window with a smart stitched perimeter designed to house your Star Shaker Pouches to perfection. Light up your cards with this galactically cool design!

Learn more about Stitched Star Peek-a-Boo Window Die-namics.

Stitched Star Peek-a-Boo Window Die-namics #mftstamps Star Shaker Pouches

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Stitched Star Peek-a-Boo Window Die-namics #mftstamps

FULL OF HEART DIE-NAMICS

It’s a LOVE-fest — this perfect grid of hearts is sized to fit beautifully within an A2 card front. Use the positive, negative, or even create a shaker card!

Learn more about Full of Heart Die-namics.

Full of Heart Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Full of Heart Die-namics #mftstamps

FULL OF HEART STENCIL

The Full of Heart Stencil features the same pattern as our Full of Heart Die-namics, slightly larger providing even more versatility.

Learn more about Full of Heart Stencil.

Full of Heart Stencil #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Full of Heart Stencil #mftstamps

Are you enjoying the January countdown? We’ve almost reached the end (that means it’s almost time to shop!) Let’s check out the projects our talented design team has created with today’s offerings.