Bold Birthday Greetings

It’s been so fun having Karin with us this week! She’s back again today with a couple of clean and graphic designs in a fantastic palette of colors.

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Check out that gorgeous, glitter ombre! The Friend Die-namics allows you to make QUICK cards that are absolute standouts. A simple stamped sentiment and a handful of colorful baubles completes this look in lickety-split fashion.

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Simple layers of color are punctuated by a classic die-cut heart and stamped birthday sentiment. The Wild Things stamp set isn’t all about the animals (though, they are pretty fabulous.) There’s a great collection of versatile sentiments as well! Mix and match your supplies and see what you come up with.

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It’s been a pleasure, Karin. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!

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Whip that craft area into shape in the new year by celebrating with us as we  give you tips for craft storage and organization! Join us January 19 – 23 for 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! We’ll give you tips, links, and inspiration. And there will be PRIZES. So many AMAZING prizes! SCORE!

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Always in My Heart

Karin Åkesdotter is with us again today sharing two more inspiring projects.

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Wild Things includes a full menagerie of furry friends for your cards and projects. I’d be lyin’ if I said I wasn’t smitten with this charming fellow. Karin’s simply layered design allows him to stand out against a colorful backdrop and Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics grass.

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A pretty scalloped window from the Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics frames a stamped flower from the Desert Bouquet set. Karin finished the card off with a perfectly placed stamped sentiment.

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Thanks again, Karin for sharing your work! I’m looking forward to seeing more later this month :) Print

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Whip that craft area into shape in the new year by celebrating with us as we  give you tips for craft storage and organization! Join us January 19 – 23 for 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! We’ll give you tips, links, and inspiration. And there will be PRIZES. So many AMAZING prizes! SCORE!

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Wild for Pure Innocence

The incredibly talented Karin Åkesdotter is with us today sharing two beautiful cards featuring Pure Innocence characters and some extraordinary coloring.

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The Roarin’ Good Day character is perfectly framed within the charming scalloped hole Karin created with the Peek-a-Boo Circle Window Die-namics. The window puts the focus right on the beautifully colored, sweet-not-scary tiger…right where it belongs.

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This darling Wild for You girl is ready for safari. Once again, Karin wows with her coloring and perfect framing. A simply stamped sentiment and a bit of added dimension make both of these Pure Innocence beauties interesting to look at and simple to assemble.

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Thanks so much Karin for sharing your work with us today! Print

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Whip that craft area into shape in the new year by celebrating with us as we  give you tips for craft storage and organization! Join us January 19 – 23 for 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! We’ll give you tips, links, and inspiration. And there will be PRIZES. So many AMAZING prizes! SCORE!

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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 Michele’s blog: Elizabeth Garcia

from Cindy’s blog: Rubeena

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 January inspiration. Huge thanks to Nichol for all of her outstanding 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, Die-namics, and inks. We don’t want to leave you hanging in the meantime though, so how about our talented team shares another dose of January, 2015 inspiration? Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.

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You Have My Heart

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Barbara has been working overtime creating beautiful love-themed cards with our January Release. She’s sharing one of them with us today. Don’t forget, the entire release is available now!

The new Damask Background is a gorgeous choice for adding elegance to your cards – the scale makes it the perfect accent pattern. After stamping, Barbara ran the panel through her die-cutting machine with the Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up Die-namics to create amazing texture, and then highlighted each individual heart with a die cut created with the Heart Puzzle Die-namics. The final, most important piece, is the beautiful sentiment stamped and embossed using the Smitten with You stamp set – a fabulously versatile collection of mix-and-match sentiments for everything from Valentine’s Day to every day.

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January products are shipping NOW and we can’t wait to see what you create with all the fun new products! 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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Introducing the New MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog

If you’re a fan of MFT challenges (and we know you are) then you will LOVE the news we have to share with you today.

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Introducing our new MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog. From now on, cardchallenges.com will be the permanent home of our customer challenges and the home base for a talented new group of MFT project designers. You might just be familiar with the Creative Ambassador we’ve tasked with running the show over there too. Join us in extending a BIG WELCOME to the talented, inspiring, always-positive Susan Opel!

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You’ll still continue to see amazing projects from our Creative Team featuring all of the new release products during the countdown (that starts TOMORROW by the way) and in response to our monthly Creative Team Challenges (you know about our Creative Challenge and Organization for Your Creative Space feature but we have three brand new monthly challenges that our team will be contributing to that we’ll be introducing throughout the month…stay tuned.)

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to pop over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog and familiarize yourself with the new digs. See who is joining us on the Challenge Design Team and add it to your favorite blog reader so you’ll always be notified of new posts and challenges. Susan is ready and waiting to give you a big, warm welcome and a giant, virtual hug.

We think that two MFT blogs will mean twice the inspiration for your crafting time in the upcoming year – and that’s a very good thing :)

Happy 2015.

 

Season’s Givings Blog Hop

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Here at MFT, we feel like we’re part of a close-knit community of stampers and crafters. As a part of that community, we value the idea of sharing; sharing ideas, support and love, and some of the wealth of the industry that we’re so proud to be a part of. In support of that idea, we’re thrilled to be a part of the Season’s Givings Blog Hop. It’s just one small way for us to say thank you. Thank you for being such a vital member of a thriving community. Thank you for being a customer and friend to My Favorite Things. Thank you for contributing your talent and passion. Every single participant of the Season’s Givings Blog Hop (and the list is long!) will be hosting a giveaway so please, be sure to hit them all.

Are you new to My Favorite Things? If so, WELCOME. A long time friend to MFT? Welcome to you as well (we’re always so happy to have you.) You can find us all over the web and we’d love to have you join us for more news and inspiration.

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MFT has an exceptional Design Team that consistently awes us with their talent and ingenuity. Here are a couple of examples of their outstanding work (and you’re getting a sneak peek at our January release! Our countdown starts tomorrow – I hope you’ll come back and join us as we share the complete release!)

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Our contribution to the Season’s Givings Blog Hop is a $100 Gift Voucher to the MFT Boutique. Leave a comment by the end of the day on January 4th, as we’ll select a random comment from this post and share the winner on our blog on Monday, January 5. SeasonsGivings

Once you’ve commented, head to the next stop on the hop, Technique Tuesday. Here is the entire Blog Hop list:

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Lawn Fawn

Spellbinders Paper Arts

Reverse Confetti

Clearsnap

Ice Resin

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Paper Smooches

Sweet & Sassy Stamps

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Avocado Arts

A Jillian Vance Design

Latina Crafter

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Unity Stamp Company

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Verve Stamps

Latisha Yoast

AJ Otto

Vera Yates

Julia Stainton

Judy Hayes

Kim Watson

Yana Smakula

Chari Moss

Taheerah Atchia

Shemaine Smith

Emily Spahn

Kimberly Crawford

Lee Murphy

Lovely Linda

Laura Williams

Lori Tecler

Chaitali Narla

Darsie Bruno

Lydia Fiedler

Giovana Smith

Teri Anderson

Beth Pingry

Dina Kowal

Daniela Dobson

Lisa Adametz

Piali Biswas

Kelli Green

Keri Lee Sereika

Jocelyn Olson

Julee Tilman

Michelle Woerner

Lori McAree

Theresa Momber

Anita Autore

Melody Rupple

Sean Fetterman

Bunny Vance

Tricia Traxler

Lisa Arana

Lorena Cantó

Amy Tsuruta

Jodi Collins

Tenia Nelson

Kelly Klapstein

Jill Cornell

Emily Leiphart

Becky Williams

Margie Higuchi

Lee Ann Barrett

Lisa Hoel

Heather Campbell

Lisa Henke

Sheri Holt

Michele Kovack

Ashley Harris

Sharon Harnist

Lori Craig

Nicole Nowosad

Laurel Beard

Michele Boyer

Christiana Reuling

Laurie Schmidlin

Jennifer Priest

Stacey Schafer

Heidi Blankenship

Heather Pulvirenti

Anita Madden

Gloria Stengel

Sarah Gough

Rachel Kleinman

Natalie Dever

Lorine Mason

Loretta Lock

Meihsia Liu

Sarah Martina Parker

Angeline Choo

Christine Emberson

Karen Hightower

Sabrina Alery

Debbie Seyer

Dana Joy

Cat Tidwell

Deborah Saaranen

Ceal Pritchett

Lisa Lara

Colleen Schaan

Anabelle O’Malley

Megan Hoeppner

Monika Davis

Marisa Ritzen

Wanda Guess

Jenny Peterson

Annette Allen

Gracie Chavez

Christina Griffiths

Niki G.

Kristi Schurr

Jennifer Ingle

Karolyn Loncon

Camille Robinson

Lindsey M-P

Kathy Clement

Maria Levine

Savitri Wilder

Savannah O’Gwynn

Teresa Horner

Laurel Seabrook

Libby Hickson

Yvonne Van de Grijp

Alice Wertz

Leigh Penner

Lisa Lee

Tina McDonald

Nina Yang

Angel Johns

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please, subscribe to our blog, and keep coming back for more news! This is an exciting week for us as we’ll be sharing sneak peeks of our new January Release and we’d love to have you join us for daily updates and giveaways.

Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 209

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Use this week’s sketch to stamp your seal of approval your next card project. 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, January 6 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 Rita! 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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Pretty Planning for an Organized Life

Planners are BIG right now and for good reason! Organize your life and be crafty all at the same time – does it get any better? Creative Team member Stephanie is with us today to share some of her thoughts on keeping a planner.

A new year is here and it’s a pretty exciting time for planner enthusiasts, as we open those fresh new pages and start filling them up! My planner is an essential tool to keep me organized and on schedule with all of the weekly activities of both my family and myself. I usually set aside time on Sunday evenings to do my planning for the upcoming week and I let myself get a little creative while doing it.

I love to add stickers, washi tape, and all kinds of fun little colorful details to my planner. Another favorite supply to use with my planner is stamps and ink and My Favorite Things has an awesome new stamp set and Die-namics coming out in the January release next week that is completely geared toward planners. The Erin Condren planner is a pretty popular one and the new stamps and Die-namics are sized to fit perfectly in the spaces provided by the EC planner, as well as other popular designs.

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I love that you can customize the header sections of the planner with one of the included die elements – you can use it to cut out card stock pieces and then glue them on, or cut them out of sticker paper. There are a ton of great words about planning that include everything from a party to a work out to a meeting and the words also work great as headings. There are also an abundance of images that can be used on their own or with the word stamps. One of my favorites is definitely the bullseye icon ;)

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These stamps and Die-namics aren’t just limited to the Erin Condren planner either! I’ve used them in my regular monthly calendar as well as another daily planner that has a completely different layout. You can customize them to easily work with whatever planner system you use.

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If you love to add fun details to your planner, then you will absolutely love this stamp and Die-namics duo – it’ll help you stay organized and have fun while doing it. Keep checking back during our upcoming countdown to see the complete product images – we’re so excited to share them with you!

Want to take a quick peek into Stephanie’s planner? Watch HERE or by simply clicking play below.

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