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Changes – the good kind! As we flip the calendar from one year to the next, an inevitability is the change a new year often brings us. Today, as we ring in 2014, we’re so happy to share news of an expansion to our incredibly talented Design Team. Please help me welcome two new faces that are probably already familiar to most of you as they’ve done some fantastic guest work for us recently. Both ladies have created an inspiring card to introduce themselves, and their fun styles, to our team. First off, we extend a warm welcome to Kimberly Crawford. You can find Kimberly’s work on her blog. kimberlycrawford

kimberly crawford dec 31

Next up, say “hi” to Kim O’Connell. Kim blogs at Paper Perfect Designs. Kim O'Connell



We’d love to have you all join the MFT family in giving both of these talented ladies a warm welcome. We’re all looking forward to the incredible projects they’re sure to bring us.

Welcome Kimberly and Kim! kimberly crawford dec 31

Catch Up with Kim

With the new year just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2013 and the blessings it brought.  Since I never manage to send out a Christmas letter, maybe this can serve as the van der Sanden/MFT year-in-review. :-)

Many of you have met our youngest daughter, Emma, whose presence is just as precious as can be (and yes, I’m biased, but it’s true!).  She’s the kid who begs for kiwis and star fruit in the grocery store, and who asks for a yo-yo or a 15-piece colored pencil set for Christmas.  Truly, a one-of-a-kind little soul.  Emma is a very serious fan of Phillip Phillips, and we were so excited to surprise her with her very first concert to see him at Universal Orlando!

Em at UO

Here she is on Martin’s shoulders, hearing him sing her favorite song, Gone Gone Gone.  SO SWEET. <3

Em at phillip phillips concert

One of the most exciting things as a parent is to watch your child flourish, and this year our oldest daughter, Brianna, has done just that.  For those of you that have met her, you’ll agree that she is as unique, determined, and spirited as they come. She is an unstoppable force, and I love watching her grow.  This year, at 20, she purchased her own home.  With very little help from us, she did it all on her own.  Here is a picture of her at her closing, as a brand-new homeowner.

B house buying

 We call our home the van der Sanden zoo for good reason, and this year we added 3 new members to the family.  Here is a picture of Hugo and Ty, both of which we adopted from the Cat Protection Society,

hugo and ty

And here is a picture of Boo, my new little fur baby adopted from Candy’s Cats. <3


Here is Annie, our *lap dog* with her papa.

better lap dog annie

We have a thing for black animals as they are always the least likely to be adopted.  But since black is a classic, we will always be in fashion. :-) This year was filled with exciting adventures as well.  We visited Alaska and had an amazing trip of a lifetime!


I know I’ll be in the doghouse for posting this picture, but it’s so adorable I can’t resist!

B and papa in moose hats

As soon as we came home from Alaska, we moved into our new home.  A series of miracles took place to make this a reality, and I am beyond grateful and thrilled to call this home. our new house This year MFT has much to be thankful for as well, including all of YOU.  We continue to grow each year, and are blessed to now have a staff of 13, including us.  It’s so hard to wrap my mind around our growth and our blessings! We held our first annual Workshop Retreat in May of 2013, and here is a group shot of our amazing guests and instructors.

retreat guest shot

And here is a team member group shot of our local staff members during the Deliver the Difference charity event, which provided Thanksgiving meals to local residents who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

deliver the difference

And last, but certainly not least (although it is my least favorite news), we are saying goodbye to Karen Motz.  I always find it hard to say goodbye to a Design Team member that is leaving the MFT nest, but I am finding it especially hard to say goodbye to Karen.  Of course I will miss her talented creations, but mostly I will miss her joyful personality.  Having visited with with Karen IRL as well as online, I can truly say she’s a pleasure to spend time with.  Funny, easy-going, always smiling, and always FUN. I know she has a busy year ahead and is looking forward to traveling and exciting adventures, but I know you’ll miss her as much as we will, so I hope you’ll join me in sending her off with a big, warm hug! Whew! What a busy 2013!  I can only imagine the blessings and good times that are in store for us in 2014, and am looking forward to seeing what the new year brings.  I hope it brings you peace, health, prosperity, and joy beyond measure.

In Perpetual Style

The year is coming to an end but you still have plenty of time to plan for 2014! Maybe one of your resolutions is to get a handle on the birthdays, anniversaries and other important events you like to recognize. Debbie Carriere has created this perpetual calendar that’s perfect for keeping track of your special events, year after year. The beauty of this project is how easy it is to customize. A basic construction ensures that it comes together quickly. Then, embellish to your heart’s content based on your aesthetic and time. DCarrierePerpetualCalendar Seal twelve A2 sized envelopes and trim each to 5 5/8″ long. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarA Apply scor-tape to the short, closed end of eleven of the trimmed envelopes. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarB Adhere the envelopes together in a stack as shown. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarC Cut two pieces of Whip Cream Card Stock measuring 4 1/2 x 11″ and 4 1/2 x 5 5/8.” Score the 11″ piece at 1 1/2″ 2″ 7 3/4″ and 8 1/4.” DCarrierePerpetualCalendarD Fold along the score lines. Apply scor-tape to the larger flap and attach the smaller piece of cut Whip Cream Card Stock. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarE Apply two pieces of scor-tape to the area between the 7 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ folds. Adhere the envelopes here to form the binding. Apply scor-tape and an adhesive magnet to the top envelope. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarF Remove the scor-tape liners and adhere the flap to the envelope. Place the second adhesive magnet on the small flap. Cut twelve pieces of Whip Cream Card Stock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.” Stamp the notebook paper image from the LLD Journal It – Take Note in Steel Grey Ink. Re-position and stamp the image three more times to cover the entire panel. Repeat the stamping on the reverse side of each piece. Cut each panel using the 4 x 5 1/4″ Die-namics from Blueprints 6. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarG On the front and back of each card, stamp the numbers from LLD Journal It – Calendar Basics, in Razzle Berry Ink. Cut the months from the LLD Accent It – Months of the Year, from Steel Grey Card Stock. Attach each month to the appropriately dated card. Cut a tab from Razzle Berry Card Stock and adhere it to the back of each card ensuring that it doesn’t extend more than 1/4″ beyond the edge. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarI Embellish the front and back covers as desired and enclose each monthly card within an envelope. Sew a loop of Steel Grey Ribbon to a Razzle Berry Button and glue over the magnetic closure on the small flap. If desired, cut a Vertical Gift Card Pocket from card stock and attach to the inside back cover to store postage stamps.



It’s as simple as that. You already have an incredible stash of beautiful cards; now you have a way to stay organized and put all of those cards to use! Spread your love and your talent throughout the year. (Pssst: This would make a pretty fabulous gift for the person that has everything too!)

Wrap Up the Holidays with the MFT Shop Hop Sale


The presents are unwrapped and the time has come to unwind from the holiday build-up. There’s no better way to treat yourself for all of the hard work you’ve put in over the past few weeks than a 25% site-wide sale (excluding brand new December products,) using coupon code SCS25 at checkout. Here are the details:
  • The coupon code is valid from December 26 through December 31
  • December new release products are excluded
  • This offer cannot be combined with other coupon codes
  • To be eligible for the Free with $60 stamp set and free US shipping over $75, your order total must reach those amounts AFTER the coupon code has been applied
How to Save
  1. Visit and add the items you’d like to purchase to your cart.
  2. In the Shopping Cart are (the first page of the checkout process) click “Use Coupon Code” under “What would you like to do next?”
  3. Enter SCS25 (all caps, no spaces) in the blank field provided.
  4. Click “Apply Coupon.”
  5. Make sure your total has been discounted before continuing to the next screen.
** Remember, if you wish to take advantage of the Free with $60 stamp set and the free US shipping on orders over $75, your order total must reach those amounts AFTER the coupon code has been applied. ** CLICK HERE TO START SHOPPING



Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 156

This week, our Stamp Club Sketch Challenge is begging for you to get wordy. A bold statement or a subtle hint – the choice is all yours! Now that the holiday is kind of, almost, close to being history, maybe you’ll find time to do TWO cards. After all, participating more than once means you’ll have an even better shot at winning this week’s Gift Voucher!


You have until Tuesday, December 31 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.


Congratulations Pam Tetreault! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE. Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE Download the 2013 Sketches (105-156) HERE

Polka Dot Perfection

Today, Kim O’Connell is back with us to share a sweet card with dotty appeal. Doesn’t she look a little lonely there sitting on that bench with an open spot beside her? Whomever receives this card will know immediately that the sender is reserving a spot in their heart just waiting to be filled by the recipient’s presence.

WishYouWereHere-koHere’s a nice trick to add to your repertoire: that amazing sky detailing was done by using the Die-namics Wonky Scallop Border  as a template for sponging on the clouds in our Premium Dye Ink in Berrylicious. It’s a subtle bit of detailing that really packs a punch in the overall design.


Kim shares more of her work at Paper Perfect Designs.

Warm Wishes from Man’s Best Friend

The key word for this delightful design from Kim O’Connell is “depth.” The impeccable shading, stamped pattern details in the wallpaper and flooring, and a little extra lift on a cute, furry friend make this card one that demands to be touched and admired.


The hair…amazing, right? Like the sun is glinting off her perfectly pig-tailed hair and causing a slight blush on her cheeks.


Kim O'Connell

Do you love Kim’s work as much as we do? Head on over to Paper Perfect Designs to be inspired by more of her irresistible designs.

Also, don’t forget to check out our  75% off Retirement Sale. Over 100 stamp sets that will be gone for good after Monday, December 23rd. Quantities are limited, so click on over now to see what’s available!

Heartfelt Apologies


We have SO MUCH wonderful stuff in the works for our January release that we’ve decided to have a retirement sale to make room for all of the new goodies. From now until the end of Monday, December 23rd, save 75% on over 100 stamp sets! If you’ve been eyeing one of these sets, NOW is the time to grab a last minute gift for yourself because once the sale ends, so too does your chance to nab them. These sets will be retired forever and quantities are limited. See all of the included sets here (and while you’re at it, don’t forget to Celebrate Big by adding your Free with $60 set to your cart for orders over $60.)

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog post with Guest Designer Kim O’Connell.

“I’m sorry” can be one of the toughest sentiments to convey. Kim joins us today to share a sweet card sure to go a long way in mending hurt feelings.


Between that darling girl knitting her heart out and charming details like the subtly stamped houndstooth pattern from the Spring Backgrounds set, your recipient is sure to let bygones be bygones.


With that face, how could they not?


You can find Kim and more of her lovely work on her blog, Paper Perfect Designs.

Do you love Scrapbook & Cards Today as much as we do? Our friends there are presenting 12 days of holiday giving. Since we know you always have more room for beautiful My Favorite Things product, you might just want to make a stop over to their blog today (wink, wink.) Too subtle? OK, you definitely want to make a visit a priority because MFT is sponsoring a prize today. Don’t miss it!

Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 155

Go with the flow of the fun, curvy layers in this week’s Stamp Club Sketch Challenge. From rolling green hills to icy cold slopes to sparkling blue waters…the possibilities are infinite. With so many opportunities for interpretation, there’s no excuse not to try your hand at creating your own masterpiece and giving yourself a chance at a Gift Voucher in the process.


You have until Tuesday, December 24 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.


Congratulations Becky Carafa! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE. Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE Download the 2013 Sketches (105-155) HERE

Make it a Banner Year

As December winds down and the holiday season begins its soft, warm fade, we turn our thoughts to what’s next on the horizon. Perhaps for you, it’s the revelry of the new year. Or maybe it’s Valentine’s Day, Easter, or a family birthday. One way to welcome 2014, or any other special occasion, is a festive banner. Amy’s beautiful name banner would work wonderfully for a birthday or simply to add some personalized whimsy to a bedroom.


Don’t you love that tiny bit of shimmer combined with all of the other sweet details? dtccdec17b

PrintVisit our Design Team members for more inspiring ideas for adding some *pop* to your home in the coming year. There’s an endless supply of occasions large and small to commemorate with a fun banner!