Bonjour, Christine!

We’re excited to welcome Christine Drogt to the blog today. You’ll be seeing more of her this month so settle in for the first of a series of fantastic guest posts from her.

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Christine’s first card is simply fantastic and features a technique that can be applied in so many different ways with your collection of Die-namics. By cutting the Paris Skyline from the bottom edge of her card and popping the die cut up with dimensional adhesive, she allows just the slightest bit of intriguing pattern to peek out. A subtly heat embossed background adds just the right amount of interest to an otherwise clean and simple background.

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Christine Drogt for My Favorite Things Sept 2b

Christine’s second card is a beautiful mix of products of from our August and September releases. Blocks from the Brick Wall Cover-Up Die-namics are artfully colored to coordinate with tasty treats from the Frightfully Fun Halloween stamp set and Die-namics. A sentiment from the same set completes the look. Don’t miss the incredible depth – that feature alone is a standout design element on this eye-catching card. Notice too how the candy colors are balanced perfectly by the grey brought in by a sprinkling of bricks and the sentiment strip.

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Are you as inspired by Christine’s projects as we are? We’d love to see what you’re creating! The next time you share an MFT project on social media, be sure to tag #mftstamps – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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You Could Be a Card Design Superstar Card Contest!

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxWe are thrilled, excited, and downright STOKED to introduce to you a fantastic opportunity — the chance for YOU to be named a Card Design Superstar! Yes, we’re hosting a card contest, and we can’t WAIT to see what you make!

I don’t know about you, but after last night’s release of our September products, I am beyond inspired! It just feels like the perfect time of year to get creative.

You may remember that at the end of session three of  MFT Summer School we hinted at a fun way to put all of your knowledge to use, and now is your chance to SHINE!

What’s in it for YOU? Oh, to begin with there will be prizes. Like over $200 worth of goodies that can be yours from My Favorite Things of course, but also from our contest sponsors: Sizzix, Pretty Pink Posh, Simple Stories, Hazel & Ruby, Xyron, and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. We’ll be awarding all of this to TEN winners! Check it out!

Card Design Superstar Sponsors

But more than that, this will be a chance for you to create some cards that you’re proud of, stretch your creative limits, and interact and cheer on other people who love to make cards just as much as you do. Pretty much a huge win no matter what!

So, you’re probably wondering how this will work. Let me give you the details:
  • Create brand new/original cards using any theme you like. Previously posted cards will not be considered.
  • Maximum number of entries per participant is five (5).
  • Use stamps and Die-namics from My Favorite Things.
  • Submit your card(s) to the InLinkz link at the end of this post on or before midnight EDT on Friday, September 18th.
  • When submitting your card, please simply use your name in the Link Title section.
  • International entries are most DEFINITELY welcome!

Card Design Superstar Guidelines

What will the panel of judges be looking for?
  • Great design
  • Superb execution
  • Clever uses of our product
  • Fresh approaches

The ten winning cards will be revealed on the blog on Wednesday, September 30th, and our first ever Card Design Superstars will be announced!

OK – time to start sketching and scheming and planning and creating! It’s going to be so FUN to see what you make!

You might find our Summer School Study Guides helpful as you create! You can find Session One HERE, Session Two HERE, and Session Three HERE.

So, are you in? Take a deep breath. Channel your inner creative goddess, and start making awesome cards! What have you got to lose? blank divider

Show us what you’ve got, superstar!

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We have one last guest post from Vanessa Menhorn today – she’s brought us some incredible inspiration this month. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us, Vanessa.

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Hello again! It’s Vanessa Menhorn with my last projects on the My Favorite Things blog. I am thankful that I had the chance to share my cards here, so the two cards I am showing you today are “thank you” cards.

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring Scribble Roses and Scribble Roses Overlay from Lisa Johnson Designs.

For the first card, I used the Scribble Roses Overlay Die-namics and the Scribble Roses Die-namics. I started with a panel of watercolor paper and inked the middle portion with Distress Inks and flipped on some water droplets from a brush. Then I die cut the rose bases from it. On top, I adhered the overlays that I die cut from white card stock. It is very difficult to see in the photo, but I stamped and heat-embossed “thanks” from the Encouraging Words set onto the bottom left portion of the panel before attaching it to the card. Next I added the roses using foam tape and some leaves that I had die cut from the white card stock. The card was finished off with some clear sequins.

I have to admit that it took some time to assemble the second card, but I like how it turned out:

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring Four Way Chevron Cover-Up Die-namics.

Here I wanted to showcase the Four Way Chevron Cover-Up Die-namics. I masked stripes on a panel of watercolor paper and inked them to create a rainbow. Then I removed the masks and die cut the Cover-Up. Next I die cut the Cover-Up twice from black card stock. I adhered the inked panel to the card and then I layered the chevrons before adhering them, always assembling two black chevrons first with an inked one on top. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from You Have My Heart onto a strip of black card stock and adhered it. To finish the card off, I added sequins matching the colors of the stripes.

Phew. I honestly couldn’t stop myself from creating more projects. If you liked my cards, I would be so pleased if you would hop to my blog to find more detailed photos of these cards plus extra projects I made with the amazing My Favorite Things August Release. Thank you for your sweet comments and thanks again to the lovely folks from My Favorite Things for having me! I enjoyed it immensely!

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Let’s Have a Tiki Party

Please join me in welcoming Vanessa Menhorn back to the blog again today.

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Hello everyone! It’s Vanessa Menhorn again and I am happy to be back with two more cards using the wonderful August Release. How about a little Tiki Party inspiration? I loved playing with this set and here is the result:

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

On this card, I wanted to create an interesting, tropical, summery, sunset kind of background. But first, I stamped the palm trees onto a panel of watercolor paper and masked them. Next I applied Distress Ink with an ink blending tool, starting from the top and working to the bottom, always blending the colors when applying a new one. Then I applied little drops of gold spray ink and heat-embossed the “Mahalo” using gold embossing powder. After I had removed the masks, I colored the trees using various grey Copics (because I believed it might look like this during sunset.) I stamped, colored, and die cut the little statues and adhered them with foam tape before attaching the panel to the card base.

And here is another card I made with the Tiki Party set:

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

Again, I did a lot of masking. I stamped and masked the hibiscus flowers and the leaves, then I applied ink around them and added drops of the same ink with a brush and water. I stamped the “Aloha” and removed the masks. After I had colored the flowers and leaves with Copics, I adhered the panel to the card.

I hope to have inspired you today! Tomorrow I’ll be back with my last cards for the My Favorite Things blog. I’d be so happy if you’d visit again tomorrow. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Summer School Session Three Winners

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxThough My Favorite Things Summer School has officially come to an end *sob*, we hope that you’re still applying the principles we taught in all three of our sessions. We really enjoy hearing how you’re taking the lessons to heart and making beautiful things!

Before we announce our 10 winners, I wanted to share some wonderful feedback we received from you, our readers.

From Ruth Gauss on the blog – “Thanks so much for the best summer school ever!”

From Donna Rinckel on the blog – “I’ve had such fun learning new things with the summer school. I didn’t get to participate as much as I had hoped but I’ve enjoyed the lessons and the fun cards produced!”

From JaneenK on the blog – “Thanks for these classes. I haven’t had time to even look at them until this week and thought I would play along as a way to say thank you for doing this. I’ve learned a lot even though I’ve been stamping for thirteen years.”

From Diane on the blog – “I’ve enjoyed this series of classes so much, thanks for doing this summer school, MFT! I can’t wait to see what September has in store for us!”

From dotjiris on Instagram – “Enjoyed all of the lessons. Definitely learned some stuff!”

And now, for that moment you’ve been waiting for… the announcement of our winners from Session Three! In addition to being featured on today’s blog post, each one of these ladies will receive a $50 prize voucher from My Favorite Things!

Repetition

Handmade card from Elizabeth Sarkisyan.

Elizabeth Sarkisyan created this pretty AND clever shaker card using the repeated elements of the circles (from Blueprints 23) and the flowers (from Modern Blooms). Her saturated color choices and placement of all of the elements gives a sense of movement and balance. Well done, Elizabeth!

Symmetry/Asymmetry

Handmade card from Diane Jaquay.

Diane Jaquay‘s winning entry has an awesome story behind it. The stamped floral piece on this card was actually a leftover from her entry for the repetition challenge. Diane says, “Too often I end up tossing things, so I’m always very happy when I can incorporate them into another card.”

In creating her card Diane remarked, “After I’d assembled the elements on the right side of my asymmetrical card, it looked off balance to me so I incorporated Yoonsun’s tip of adding a strip on the left side.  That did the trick, and the card felt perfectly balanced with the addition of the black and white patterned paper strip.  I love the things I’m learning in MFT Summer School!” And a gold star for Diane since she managed to have a winning entry in all three sessions of MFT Summer School!

Hard vs. Soft

Handmade card from Larissa Heskett.

Larissa Heskett did a phenomenal job pairing hard and soft elements in this lovely masterpiece. As she says in her blog post, “I’ve used felt to create my flower cluster design, and then I added a few buttons to the centers to help harden the design a little! I think the elements balance really nicely between hard and soft. What do you think?” We think it’s GREAT, Larissa! And the stripes add a hard edge, too.

Color Saturation

Handmade card from Pauline Adamson.

Pauline Adamson‘s winning card in the Color Saturation challenge shows a pretty rendition of a card using deep color saturation. We’re delighted to see that Pauline played along all week with our five challenges.

Color Temperatures

Handmade card from Diana Nguyen.

Diana Nguyen created this breathtaking card by using the warm colors yellow and orange for this gorgeous bouquet of flowers using the Lily Die-namics. Diana says, “I went with a warm color scheme in honor of this hot hot hot weather we have been having.  It’s a stretch for me as I prefer blues and greens but it’s good to stretch my creativity a bit.” I think you’ll agree that she should stretch herself more often!

Congratulations also to the following five participants who were randomly selected to each win a $20 prize voucher from My Favorite Things!

MeganBeth | Greta H. | FoleysFriend | JaneenK | Amber P.

All winners: Please send an email to sropel87@gmail.com with your preferred email address so that we can send you your voucher!

Don’t forget to take away the My Favorite Things Summer School Session Three Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

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Session One: Rule of Thirds | Focal Point | Movement/Flow | Line | Quiet Space

Session Two: Gallon/Quart/Pint | Complementary | Primary | Secondary | Monochromatic

Session Three: Repetition | Symmetry/Asymmetry | Hard vs. Soft | Color Saturation | Color Temperatures

Thanks for a fun summer of learning! Class dismissed.

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Watercoloring with Stamps

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We’re welcoming Maureen back to the blog again today with yet another simply stunning look. Thank you so much Maureen for sharing your talent and ideas with us!

Handmade card from Maureen Merritt featuring Scribble Circle Roses.

Whether stamped, die cut or colored, the Scribble Roses stamp set is just gorgeous. My project today features these stunning images heat embossed and watercolored.

I began with a piece of watercolor card stock trimmed to 3 3/4″ x 5″. I prepped the paper with an anti-static tool then started placing the flowers on my card stock. Once I had an arrangement that I was happy with, I picked up all of the stamps at once on the same acrylic block. I inked them with Versamark ink and covered the stamped images with white embossing powder. I did the same thing with the leaves, then I heat set all of the images at once.

Now, we get to have fun! Using several Zig Markers, I scribbled randomly over the flowers and leaves, then I sprayed them with water. Using a heat tool, I moved the water and color around. How’s that for a simple watercolor technique? I’m a CAS stamper, I don’t like to fuss with things that take too much time (or make too much of a mess). If you are like me, you will love this technique.

To finished off the card, I added the watercolored panel to a card base using a lot of adhesive (the paper was quite warped, even after sitting under a heavy book). I heat embossed a sentiment from the Thankful Leaves stamp set and added that that to the card using foam tape. Lastly I added some sequins to finish off the design!

Thanks so much for having me as a guest blogger this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating my projects for you!


Are you using watercolor techniques with your MFT stamps? We’d love to see what you’re creating! The next time you share an MFT project on social media, be sure to tag #mftstamps – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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Inside-Out Cards

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Hey MFTers! It’s been way too long since I’ve hung out with you guys so I’m super excited to be hanging out with a simple crafty set of cards using the latest MFT release.

Since this is sort of like a first date for some of us, let’s do the requisite introductions:

I’m Amber and I blog at Damask Love.

Bright colors and simple projects are my jam.

Paper is my first love and stamping is where I started.

Today I do a little bit of everything but I’ll never turn down the chance to get inky with MFT.

oh…and one more thing…

5. I live in Miami, Florida which means that the Tiki Party stamp set speaks to my tropical loving soul.

If you combine all these fun facts, you end up with today’s project: a set of really easy to make, tropical cards using a really simple technique that I love. Take a look-see at the finished product. They’re pretty fun.

Handmade card from Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

Handmade card from Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

I like to call these “inside-out” stationery because while the front is cute and pretty, the fun really gets going when you open them up. All you need are the Tiki Party stamps and Die-namics and a few markers to add color. I’m a big fan of simple stationery with big impact – and I think these fit the bill perfectly, don’t you?

Handmade card trio from Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

Thanks for letting me hijack your attention today! I hope you’ll come visit me at Damask Love. We have fun over there.


Inspired to make some inside-out stationery of your own? We’d love to see what you’re creating! The next time you share an MFT project on social media, be sure to tag #mftstamps – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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One Layer Wonder

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We love the bright and fresh style of today’s guest blogger. Maureen‘s pretty aesthetic will have you itching to create something beautiful!

Handmade birthday card from Maureen Merritt featuring Written in Watercolor.

One layer cards are a struggle for many card makers, even for clean and simple stampers like myself. If you keep a few tricks in your back pocket though you’ll be making one layer cards in no time at all!

My best advice is to think creatively. “How can I add interest to a card without adding layers?” Masking! Masking is a great way to add interest without layers to a one layer card. And that is exactly what I’ve done on my card today.

I began by masking off 3/4 of an inch on all sides of my card base. Then I placed the Diagonal Stripes Stencil over top of the masked area, so it’s almost double masked. I used Distress Inks to add color and what you are left with when all of the masking is removed is a bright and beautiful focal point. Now all I had to do is to stamp my birthday sentiment and hearts from Written in Watercolor. Simple accessories like twine and sequins are the perfect way to finish off a one layer card.

See, look at that. Easy peasy! The next time you are challenged (or challenge yourself) to make a one layer card you will be able to whip one up in no time at all.


Are you inspired to do some masking on your next project? We’d love to see what you’re creating! The next time you share an MFT project on social media, be sure to tag #mftstamps – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Color Temperatures

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxThe last day of MFT Summer School has arrived, and before we clean out our desks and fill up our backpacks one last time, we have one more lesson to share with you today.

It’s been an absolute pleasure being your principal this summer, and I want to thank our talented teaching staff for working with me to bring you these fifteen fantastic lessons. Without all of their hard work, we never could have made it happen. So a gold star and hearty thanks to Julia, Kay, Keisha, Kimberly, and Stephanie for their invaluable contributions.

Next month, we will be back with something EXTRA special which will allow you to really show your stuff. So print up the three study guides from Session One, Session Two, and Session Three and study up. September is going to be final exam time, so to speak. How’s that for piquing your interest? 😉

Alrighty. Time to open up your notebooks one last time, class. Let’s begin.

Lesson #15 – Color: Color Temperatures

For our final lesson of MFT Summer School, let’s take a look at the intentional use of color to create a mood for our designs with various Color Temperatures. The temperature of colors can be seen in the varying color hues used to create a mood.

The first group of colors are Neutrals (black, white, browns, grays). A neutral color palette like the one that Kimberly used below often evokes a classy, elegant, sophisticated, and glamorous feel.

Handmade cards from Kimberly Crawford featuring Watercolor Flowers stamp set.

Another group of colors is the Cool Colors (blues, purples, greens). A cool color combination like the one that Kay used in the card below evokes a calm, serene, and harmonious feel.

Handmade cards from Kay Miller featuring Peerless Watercolors.

You can heat things up with the Warm Colors (reds, yellows, oranges)Teri‘s warm colors in the card below evoke an energetic, optimistic, exciting, playful, and happy feel.

Handmade cards from Teri Anderson featuring Four Way Chevron Cover-Up Die-namics.

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about when and how (and when) to use the various types of Color Temperatures in your designs.

I love how Kimberly even matched her card bases and embellishments to the mood by consciously choosing colors that furthered the mood she was going for.

Handmade cards from Kimberly Crawford featuring Brushstroke Birthday stamp set.

Can you see how the different color temperatures give these cards three different moods? Now that you know a little more about color temperatures, you can intentionally choose colors that reflect the meaning of your design.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Three Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on August 25th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

MFT Summer School Color Temperatures

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 21st. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, August 25th.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to use the various types of Color Temperatures in your projects.

AliceErinJillKarinKimberlyMiriamTeriVeraVeronica

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Now make sure to do your homework! Thanks for being such great students!

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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Color Saturation

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxThursday is here already, and we hope you’ve been enjoying Session Three of MFT Summer School. These are the types of classes it’s fun to take, and the homework isn’t too taxing, right? We really can’t wait to see what you are learning and how these lessons are helping you create wonderful designs! Be sure to catch up with lessons one, two, and three from Session Three if you happened to miss them.

The first three lessons this week covered several design priniciples dealing with balance, but we’re going to end the week giving you two lessons that will give you the tools you need to confidently create with color. And with all of the colors available through My Favorite Things, you’re sure to want to find a way to use every single one of them!

Get ready for another fantastic lesson filled with an array of color. Are you ready class? Let’s begin.

Lesson #14 – Color: Color Saturation

Our lesson today centers on understanding Color SaturationColor Saturation refers to the intensity of color. The more white or gray that is added, the less saturated the color becomes. You can add black to deepen the saturation. Cards tend to work best when the saturation of the colors are on a similar scale.

Let’s take a look at two examples from Melania Deasy and Erin Lee Schreiner to better understand the way that the saturation (or desaturation) of color can change the look of a card design.

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Birthday Wishes & Balloons.

Melania’s desaturated card features soft colors that are the result of lots of white added to the original shades of pink and violet.

Handmade card from Erin Lee Schreiner featuring Rose with Overlay Die-namics.

Erin Lee chose intense versions of pink and green for her super saturated design.

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Kay Miller. Let’s settle in for a visual tutorial to learn more about using various types of Color Saturations you can employ in your designs.

Kay tends to use highly saturated colors on her cards as a general rule, but she admits that sometimes lower saturated colors can be very soft and pretty. Today she is going to show you examples of both desaturated and saturated designs so that you can see the difference.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Desert Bouquet stamp set.

In order to showcase a desaturated color combination, Kay chose low saturated colors: Spearmint, Peach Bellini, Pink Lemonade, and Grapesicle. She lightly sponged Grapesicle to create a soft background for the bouquet, and then she randomly stamped the flowers and greenery with the other soft colors. The Vintage Frame stamp and sentiment and matching Die-namics were stamped with Spearmint ink to continue the soft look. She added some detail with a white gel pen and some pastel Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Desert Bouquet stamp set.

Kay’s second card uses the highly saturated colors Razzle Berry (a personal favorite of hers), Daffodil, Limelight, Grape Jelly, Orange Zest, and Jellybean Green.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Desert Bouquet stamp set.

She randomly stamped the flowers and greenery from the Desert Bouquet stamp set and added a small strip of black striped paper from the Dots & Stripes Neutrals paper pack and a saturated yellow border for awesome contrast. The pink striped paper from the Dots & Stripes Sorbet paper pack adds another punch of color, too. Adding black to a desaturated card would likely come off too harsh, but it pairs oh so well with a saturated color palette!

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Desert Bouquet stamp set.

Doesn’t the finished product look amazing? And now that you know a little more about this color rule, you can confidently create with color!

Kay created an AWESOME chart of the different colors of MFT dye inks that she used for her two cards so that you can see the difference side by side.

High Saturation Colors vs Low Saturation Colors

Remember: high saturation means the pure intensity of the color. Low saturation means less of the pure color because of the addition of white or gray. A baby card would probably use softer, less saturated colors, while birthday cards often tend to use bright, highly saturated colors.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Three Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on August 25th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

MFT Summer School Color Saturation

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 21st. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, August 25th.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to use the various types of Color Saturation in your projects.

BarbaraErinJillKarinKayLisaVeraVeronica

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Now make sure to do your homework! Class dismissed.

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