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Sankari is back with us again today with one more fun look featuring the July Release…savor it because tomorrow, we begin the August Release Countdown and you don’t want to miss that.

Handmade card from Sankari Legman featuring Miss Tiina's Things with Wings.

I love how Sankari added some interest to her look by stamping images from Miss Tiina’s Things with Wings onto patterned paper. Her sweet owl is perched upon a fabulously homey branch and the added dimension she achieved, especially in the positioning of the sun, really brings the look to life.

Have you incorporated patterned paper (especially some of our brand-new exclusive designs!) into your stamping or paper-piecing? We’d love to see! Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your work so we can see how you’ve been inspired.

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Let’s Celebrate Your Existence with Cake

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We’re happy to welcome the luminous Sankari Wegman to the blog today and tomorrow to share a couple of projects featuring our recent July release.

Handmade card from Sankari Legman featuring the Piece of Cake stamp set.

I know it’s tempting, but please don’t eat the delectably tantalizing treat Sankari’s showcased on her card. Luscious layers and mouth-watering frosting make it hard to pull your gaze away but don’t miss the witty sentiment she has paired with that classic birthday confection. A mix of basic shapes and pretty polka dots are a great choice to bake into the finished look.

Are you stocking up on birthday cards with our July Release? 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 Session Two Winners

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxThough My Favorite Things Summer School is on break again, we hope that you’re still applying the principles we taught in our first and second sessions. We really enjoy hearing how you are 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 Pat McCleary on the blog – “After seeing Stephanie’s blending of primary colors, I decided to try it. I used MFT’s herringbone bricks stencil & was so impressed with my results. I made a second card using distress inks & then for a 3rd card, I misted the top of the stencil & laid my card on top. Result was a faint outline pattern – so cool. Thanks to MFT & Stephanie for a background technique that I love!”

From littlesavedgirl on Instagram – “I love these videos. You all showed me new things last night!”

From Diane Van Cura on Facebook – “These classes are awesome.”

And now, for that moment you’ve been waiting for… the announcement of our winners from Session Two! 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!

Gallon/Quart/Pint

Karli Gallon Quart Pint MFT Summer School Session Two

Karli Miranda did a marvelous job using a gallon of gray, a quart of white, and a pint of yellow on this pretty and wonderfully textured card.

Complementary Colors

Shemaine Complementary MFT Summer School Session Two

Shemaine Smith chose the complementary colors of orange and blue on her punchy and fun card. We love the sparkle she paired with the Birthday Centerpieces Die-namics!

Primary Colors

Diane Primary MFT Summer School Session Two

Diane Jaquay features the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue in her playful card featuring the ever adorable Penguins in Paradise stamp set.

Secondary Colors

Tricia Secondary MFT Summer School Session Two

Tricia Barber did a fantastic job melding the three secondary colors (orange, purple, and green) on her sweet shaker card. That purple party hat on the bear from the sweet Birthday Bears stamp set is the perfect finishing touch!

Monochromatic

Geri Monochromatic MFT Summer School Session Two

Geri Freeman‘s card is resplendent in various shades of aqua, totally befitting our lesson in monochromatic designs. She nailed it with various textures (vellum, enamel, sparkle) and a regimented background to make it all work.

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

Nora | Being Fifi | Pauline| Marilyn | Justine

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 Two Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

blank dividerAnd in case you missed the first two sessions of Summer School, you can find the ten classes at the links below:

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

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

Until next time! Class dismissed.

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My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day Three

My Favorite Things and Xyron

Welcome back to our final fun day with our friends from Xyron! We hope you’ve enjoyed the clever and innovative projects our creative team has created using products made by Xyron.

Design Team member Keisha Campbell used the 2.5″ Create-A-Sticker machine from Xyron to adhere all of the puzzle pieces she created for the background of her card using the Abstract Cover-Up Die-namics and the banner for the sentiment. This Xyron makes adhering elements to your card a snap!

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring the Abstract Cover-Up Die-namics,

Challenge Team member Miriam Prantner used Xyron’s Magnet Tape paired with the Barn Die-namics and cutie pie creatures from The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics to create this whimsical scene. Miriam raved about the magnet tape saying, “I love that it’s so lightweight and thin and easy to tear off.  The magnet strength is really good too — no concerns about the pieces falling off the fridge!”

Custom magnet set from Miriam Partner featuring Birdie Brown's The Whole Herd and the Barn Die-namics.

Design Team member Teri Anderson grabbed the 3″ Sticker Maker from Xyron to adhere the hello speech bubble to to speech bubble base. Teri says, “It’s great for small lines!” One cool tip Teri shared is that she die-cut the base of the bubble from cardstock strips adhered to craft foam. She quipped, “Even though the base was bulky, it made it through the 3″ Sticker Maker just fine!  Love that!” The staple came from Xyron’s Plier Stapler, and Teri adhered the Triangle Screen Cover-Up, as well as the little sequins and triangle pieces, with the Wedge Shaped Glue Stick.

Handmade card from Teri Anderson featuring the TRANSFORM-ables Say Hello Die-namics.

Xyron will be sharing two projects per day this week on their Facebook page HERE using their products paired with products from My Favorite Things. Be sure to stop by and tell them that MFT sent you!

You can see more from Xyron at the following places on the Internet:

Facebook | Website | Pinterest | Youtube

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My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day Two

My Favorite Things and Xyron

Welcome back to our collaboration with our friends from Xyron! We’ll be sharing fun projects that some of the members of our creative team have created using innovative products made by Xyron.

Design Team member Jodi Collins worked with the 2.5″ Create a Sticker machine to create stickers to adorn her planner. Jodi says, “The repositionable adhesive is perfect for those stickers I want to move from page to page!”

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Planner stickers from Jodi Collins.

Design Team member Kay Miller used the fabulous Xyron Mega Runner and Wedge Shaped Glue Stick for her project. The thin white overlays for the flowers were adhered with the glue stick which worked beautifully without making any mess at all. All of the other parts of her card were adhered with the Mega Runner which lays down a fairly wide line of adhesive dots which are permanent and hold together fantastically!

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Circle Scribble Flowers from Lisa Johnson Designs.

Design Team member Kimberly Crawford used the 3″ Sticker Maker from Xyron in a unique way to give her dotted butterflies and all over sparkle with glitter. Be sure to check out Kimberly’s video HERE to see how she created this magical effect!

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Pierced Oval Frames Die-namics.

All this week, Xyron will be sharing two projects per day on their Facebook page HERE using their products paired with products from My Favorite Things. Be sure to stop by and tell them that MFT sent you!

You can see more from Xyron at the following places on the Internet:

Facebook | Website | Pinterest | Youtube

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My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day One

My Favorite Things and Xyron

Welcome to a special series in conjunction with our friends from Xyron! Today, Wednesday, and Thursday, we’ll be sharing fun projects that some of the members of our creative team have created using some innovative products made by Xyron.

Design Team member Donna Mikasa popped up the center panel of her card front using fun foam to prevent the panel from sagging. She then used the Mega Runner from Xyron to adhere the foam to the panel and then the panel to the card base. Donna says, “Thanks to the permanent dots, the Mega Runner worked like a charm!”

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Roses All Over Background.

Challenge Team member Jill Dewey Hawkins used Xyron’s Magnet Tape to create a super fun 5th birthday card with a removable magnet. What a fun way to create a keepsake for the birthday boy or girl!

Handmade birthday card from Jill Hawkins featuring Decor & More Die-namics.

Handmade birthday card with magnet from Jill Hawkins featuring Decor & More Die-namics.

Design Team member Stephanie Klauck used the Tape Runner to adhere the watercolor piece onto the card base because it has a really strong hold and helped adhere the warped (from water) cardstock completely flat. The butterflies have Xyron Magnet Tape on them so that they can be removed and used as decorative magnets.

Handmade birthday card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

All this week, Xyron will be sharing two projects per day on their Facebook page HERE using their products paired with products from My Favorite Things. Be sure to stop by and tell them that MFT sent you!

You can see more from Xyron at the following places on the Internet:

Facebook | Website | Pinterest | Youtube

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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Monochromatic

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxIt’s been another great week of super colorful learning! But before we wrap up Session Two of MFT Summer School, we have one more lesson to inspire you.

As a reminder, you’re final exam (don’t stress!) is to study the lessons and show your mastery by participating in the challenges for lessons 6-10. Simply create a project and link it via InLinkz for the appropriate day. You can find the previous lessons at these links: Gallon/Quart/Pint rule, Complementary Colors, Primary Colors, and Seconday Colors. Check back on July 28th when we’ll reveal the winners for the session two challenges!

As the saying goes, “Good things come in threes.” So rest up and enjoy your summer, because we’ll be back with one more session of summer school in August!

Lesson #10 – Color Theory: Monochromatic

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Colors that are Monochromatic are of similar saturations and hues with different shades of the same color. In fact, the word monochromatic comes from the Greek word parts mono (meaning “single”) and chromato (meaning “color”). Isn’t that fancy? Take a look at the more in depth color chart above — one slice of that pie has multiple shades of the same hue. It all depends on the amount of white or black added to the most saturated color on the outside of the wheel.

Here are two examples of monochromatic card designs by Karolyn Loncon and Karin Åkesdotter:

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring the Watercolor Flowers stamp set.

Karolyn incorporates several different shades of aqua for this stunning example of a monochromatic card. The addition of white (the absense of all color) creates fantastic contrast.

Handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring the Brushstroke Birthday Greetings Die-namics.

Karin’s monochromatic card features various saturations of deep red. Crisp white and touches of dimension and texture make this card a visual feast.

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Julia Stainton. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about creating Monochromatic designs.

I loved Julia’s tips about how to add interest to a monochromatic design. Inspiring stuff!

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring the Pierced Oval Frames Die-namics.

What a lovely finished product! And now that you understand more about creating monochromatic designs, you can give this color theory a try.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two 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 July 28th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

Monochromatic color theory.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 24th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, July 28.

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 color theory of using a Monochromatic Color Scheme in your projects.

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Be Inspired Online Class WINNERS!

MFT July 2015 Promo Banner Congratulations to the winners of a free Be Inspired My Favorite Things July 2015 Release Online Class! If you’re one of the lucky winners listed, please email me with your name and email address so we can get you set up for the class with Nicole at Be Inspired Cards! Class begins on Monday!

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Beckie Williams (commented July 16 4:10 pm)

If you DIDN’T win, be sure to head to Be Inspired Cards HERE to sign up for the class today!

Happy crafting!

Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Secondary Colors

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxAre you ready for our fourth lesson on color theory, class? I trust you are seeing color in a whole new way!

So far we’ve covered the Gallon/Quart/Pint rule, Complementary Colors, and Primary Colors. And tomorrow, we’ll be back with one more lesson on creating Monochromatic designs. Make sure to download the My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two Study Guide to keep as a reference guide when choosing colors stumps you. You can find the link toward the end of this post.

Today we’re delving into the wonderful world of secondary colors. As Stephanie mentioned yesterday, the primary colors work together to create different colors, so let’s look into that a little more closely.

Lesson #9 – Color Theory: Secondary Colors

Print Secondary Colors are the direct counterparts of the primary colors — red, yellow, and blue. Orange (a combination of red and yellow), green (a combination of blue and yellow), and purple (a combination of red and blue) are the secondary colors. You can find them in between their primary colors on the color wheel.

Let’s take a look at two cards by Jodi Collins and Kay Miller that use different variations of the secondary colors.

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Modern Blooms stamp set and Die-namics.

Jodi used only orange and green on this pretty card. They just POP off that black background!

KayM-Day1WingthingsHandmade card fromKay Miller featuring Miss Tiina's Things with Wings.

Kay used a large dose of orange and some green on this saturated card, and the one bird is a purply-pink. Don’t feel like you HAVE to use all three on one card — just experiment and see what you like!

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Kay Miller. Let’s see how she approached her card using the three secondary colors.

There are many different hues and shades of the three secondary colors. You can have a red orange or an orange more towards the yellow end. You can have a very bluish purple (Kay’s favorite) or a pinkish purple. And there are many different variations of green from yellow green to a more teal or bluish green, but they all fall into the secondary colors category.

Kay scoured her collection of inks in the secondary colors and gathered:

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Kay started with a piece of watercolor paper. Normally she would wet the whole piece and then add the colors letting them blend into each other, but she didn’t do that this time. If you blend these three colors together the result will be a muddy mess! She simply smooshed her ink pads onto an acrylic block, wet her brush, dipped it in the ink, and painted some small sections of each color on the water color paper. She tried not to blend the colors too much but let them touch to even it out a bit. Once dry, she flicked the panel with water and blotted it and added some flicked paint speckles using each of the different colors of ink.

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Next she stamped and cut several flowers and leaves from Modern Blooms using the secondary color scheme. How GORGEOUS does that look?

KayM-Day1WingthingsHandmade card fromKay Miller featuring Modern Blooms.

With the help of several layers of foam tape, her beautiful bouquet of flowers took shape on her lovely watercolored background. The triple stacked die-cut sentiment enhances the design perfectly. And did you notice? Kay sponged just a little bit of purple ink on the hello to make it stand out on the white. Simply magnificent.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two 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 July 28th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

Secondary Colors Rule of Design.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 24th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, July 28.

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 color theory of using Secondary Colors in your projects.

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MFT July Release Online Class from Be Inspired Cards

MFT July 2015 Promo Banner Join Nicole at Be Inspired Cards for a fun online class featuring the My Favorite Things July release!

This class has ten individual step-by-step video tutorials covering various July release projects.

  • Anyone can join — beginner to advanced
  • The interactive portion of the class is from July 20th to July 29th which includes giveaways and Q & A sessions
  • Students can still sign up after the interactive portion of the class, and all students have lifetime access to the class materials!
Head to Be Inspired Cards HERE to sign up for the class today!

But wait! Nicole is offering two free spots for the class. Leave a comment today telling us what your favorite product is from the July release. Winners will be announced tomorrow at midnight EDT, so don’t delay!