Peace, Love, & Joy

Just 52 days until Christmas, but who’s counting? If you’re the type of person that enjoys making and sending holiday cards, that task is probably fairly high on your crafty to-do list. Whether you  prefer a variety of individual designs or a single design that can be mass produced, there’s probably room in your process for eye-catching designs that can be prepared and assembled relatively quickly.

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Kimberly has created a beautiful card that requires minimal stamping and die cutting that is totally worthy of your card-making endeavors. A couple of panels shaped with the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics provides the base of the card while an element from the Pierced Snowflakes Die-namics and a sentiment created with the Merry Messages stamp set completes the look. A basic color palette is elegant while minimizing the steps required to complete the look.

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What do you think? Are you inspired to jump into your holiday card making headfirst? Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to :)

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Stephanie shared a gorgeous project on Monday featuring the Fresh Cut Flowers and Mason Jar Die-namics. We brought her back today with an incredibly fun interactive card perfect for the day! Print

Hi! It’s Stephanie and I’m excited to be back with another card on the My Favorite Things blog! Since today is Halloween, I thought it would be fun to create a Halloween themed card. As soon as I saw the Spooky Window Die-namics, I knew it would look awesome as a shaker card. I decided to die cut the window and fill the inside of it with sequins and glittery spiders that I cut out using the little spider die that comes as part of the Spooky Window Die-namics.

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To create the shaker part of the card, I die cut the window and adhered it onto a piece of acetate slightly smaller than the window. I let it dry completely and then I added foam tape all around the outside of the window, two layers thick. The trick to making shaker cards is to make sure that when you add your foam tape (which gives it the dimension it needs to let the sequins and other items move freely around) there aren’t any spaces in between the tape. This will prevent the sequins from falling out.

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I layered a piece of orange glitter paper and a piece of vellum over the card base, added all the sequins into the center and then adhered the window to the top. Once it’s attached, it completely seals in all of the sequins and the shaker part of the card is done!

To complete the card, I die cut the window a second time from silver glitter paper and carefully cut out the web and spider. Using liquid glue, I adhered them on top of the black window that was already adhered to the card. I love how the silver looks against the black card stock! I decided that I liked the shaker window as the focal point and didn’t want a sentiment on the front of the card, so I left it off and stamped one on the inside instead.

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 200 (!)

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Can you believe we have hit week 200 of our sketch challenge? SO many incredible weeks of inspiring projectswhat a milestone!

This week, we’re featuring a sketch with layered panels overlapped by a sentiment strip and a fun accent. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20.

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You have until Tuesday, November 4 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.

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Congratulations JoAnn B.! 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 previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

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A Bouquet for You

We’ve been wowed by Stephanie Klauck‘s work for quite some time so we’re absolutely thrilled to have her joining us for a guest post today. Print

Hi! I’m Stephanie Klauck and I am so excited to share a fun, colorful card on the My Favorite Things blog today! When the Mason Jar and the Fresh Cut Flowers Die-namics came out, I was excited beyond words! I love mason jars (a lot!) and I love how they look when they’re full of beautiful flowers, so this die combination is perfect! I die cut all of the flowers, leaves, and stems from white card stock and then I colored them all with Copic markers. I love the definition and detail you can achieve by coloring them, rather than cutting them out of colored card stock.

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To make the coloring a little easier, I die cut them and then temporarily adhered them to a piece of paper so they didn’t move around when I was coloring. After the coloring was done, I die cut the mason jar from white card stock as well, adhered it to a piece of card stock that I cut out with the stitched rectangle from the Blueprints 13 Die-namics, and started adhering the stems directly onto the jar using a glue pen. Once all the stems were adhered, I added the flowers and the leaves with liquid glue.

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When the flowers were all glued on, I added some detail to them with a white gel pen, a glitter marker, and glossy accents – so quick and easy to do and it makes the flowers look amazing! Once I had all the flowers done, I added some water detail to the mason jar by coloring it with some aqua Copic markers. I made the bottom of the jar a little darker for depth and dimension and then I die cut a second mason jar from vellum and adhered it directly over the first one.

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To complete the card, I added the whole panel to a Steel Grey card base with foam adhesive and added some twine and a tag to the jar. The tag was die cut from the Mason Jar Die-namics and the sentiment was stamped from the Mason Jar Labels stamp set and embossed with white embossing powder. I also added some shadows under the jar with grey Copic markers and adhered a leaf beside it to make it look like it had fallen from the jar. ;)

We’re so fortunate that Stephanie has shared a video for this process as well. Check it out HERE or by watching below – enjoy!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 10 projects!

Safety Orange, Brick Red, Olive, and Hot Fudge are pretty much the official colors of autumn around many parts of the world. This combination manages to be both bold and cozy all wrapped into one. Let’s see where this palette takes your next project. Have fun with it and make something beautiful.

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Hot Fudge is the perfect choice for a Grande cup of joe. The new Coffee Cup Die-namics and Perk Up stamp set were used to create the focal point of Cindy’s card while the remaining trio of colors are stamped and layered to create a rich and dimensional look.

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Where one is good, three are better! Julie planted an orchard full of thriving trees die cut with the Out on a Limb Die-namics adding some cozy texture to the leaves with the Burlap Background.

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Sharon took the color palette and switched it up by being inspired by the color quartet but not married to it – and that’s OK! The goal of each challenge is to get you thinking about color and then, make something awesome. That’s a goal Sharon has absolutely met in this sweet card featuring the Christmas Banner stamp set and Die-namics.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on November 5 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 10 projects. As a reminder, one of the challenge participants will win a Gift Voucher to the MFT boutique valued at up to $20! We can’t wait to see what you do.

Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 199

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A new week, a new Weekly Sketch Challenge! Get your creative juices flowing with the latest design featuring a simple grid that allows for infinite customization options. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20.

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You have until Tuesday, October 28 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.

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Congratulations erin! 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 previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

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Sunday Funday

One last hurrah of a fun trip to the Big Apple is documented in graphic, vivid style in Laina’s scrapbook layout this month. A simple, six-spot grid divided by a bold title strip is ideal for showcasing photos as well as acting as a canvas for a variety of embellishments. A black paper mat with a small scale pattern grounds the grid spots while a thin white border on each photo makes those spots feel extra-special.

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Laina used an ink blending tool and a rainbow of dye ink pads to create a beautiful gradient that evokes the colors that are dominant in the mural spotlighted in the upper left corner.

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Laina used a design from the Coffee Cup Die-namics to create a peek-a-boo sentiment banner element.

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The Coffee Cup Die-namics and Perk Up stamp set provided the perfect accents to fill one of the grid spots with theme-appropriate content. Hot chocolate while wandering the streets of NYC – you can’t beat that!

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Ready to craft a layout of your own? We’ve got a sketch to get you going! Grab a handful of photos, a few content-appropriate embellishments and get to work. Keep it simple, or, spend some extra time getting crafty with your title work – our line of inks is always a great choice to get the creativity flowing. Make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media uploads so we can see how MFT products have inspired your creativity – we’ll be on the lookout!

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Release Rewind Day Two

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Before getting to Day 2 of our Release Rewind, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Kimberly’s blog: Jennifer K

from Jackie’s blog: Mariposa23

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out! And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

Our designers are back with a second round of Release Rewind projects! Click through to each of their blogs for more October inspiration.

Please join us in extending a huge thanks to our October guest, Melissa, for all of her incredible work this past week.

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Release Rewind Day One

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The countdown is over, orders have been placed, and now our team is working to pack and ship your orders as quickly as possible because we can’t wait to see what you do with the new stamps and Die-namics. We don’t want to leave you hanging in the meantime though, so how about our talented team shares another dose of October 2014 inspiration? Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.

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Print A new week, a new Weekly Sketch Challenge! Get your creative juices flowing with the latest design featuring interesting angled panels, a circle element, and a fun border accent. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20.

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You have until Tuesday, October 21 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.

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Congratulations Debbie! 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 previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

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