We’ve officially entered the holiday season and with the October Release, we’ve got you covered with a vast array of stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to carry you through in festive style. In addition, we’re introducing 2 more exclusive MFT Patterned Paper Packs, as well as adding 6 new colorsto our collection of MFT ink formulas and 8 new colors of card stock. Today we’re starting the countdown with Lisa Johnson Designs and a brand-new Tag Builder Blueprints.
You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on October 6. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on October 6 on the MFT Blog.
NEW INKS AND CARD STOCK
I hope you’re ready for a brand-new batch of color additions to our Replenishments line of card stocks and inks! These six earthy tones will be available with our October Release as card stock, Premium Dye Ink Pads & Refills, Hybrid Ink Pads & Refills, and Pigment Ink Pads. Welcome to the color family: Green-Eyed Monster, Cornflower, Poppy, Gravel Gray, Elf Green, and Sunshine!
In addition, we also have two more beautiful neutrals to add to your card stock collection: Stone Gray and Cool as a Cucumber.
PATTERNED PAPER PACKS
With this release, we’re expanding our collection with the Calm & Cozy Chevron Paper Pack, which features the trendy chevron pattern in a refreshing palette of vivid colors, and the Farm Fresh Gingham Paper Pack that includes a cozy pattern in a charming palette of colors.
We’re always working to make things easy on you so that you can make the most of your crafting time. As you plan your purchases, make sure to check out our Resource Section for an easy to print PDF guide of each Patterned Paper Pack. Color matching is made simple with these handy reference guides that take the guess work out of matching card stock to paper.
TRIM THE TREE
Design a festive holiday scene replete with ornamented tree and piles of pretty presents with Lisa Johnson Designs Trim the Tree stamp set. An elegant script is paired with a clean sans serif font to create a full complement of coordinating greetings.
See more of the Trim the Tree stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.
See more of the Trim the Tree Die-namicsHERE or by watching the video below.
TAG BUILDER 4 BLUEPRINTS
The versatile Tag Builder Blueprints 4 features stitched elements and fun confetti for constructing festive shaker tags every bit as enjoyable as the gift they accompany. Use the larger, hole-punched tags as your base and create a window with the smaller coordinating shapes – each of which features a stitched border detail on both the interior and exterior of the cut line on each die. Finally, fill with confetti in the colors of your choice and add accents – a hole reinforcement, star, and label are included. The confetti elements feature three classic shapes – each positioned in an individual strip to easily create a multitude of confetti with a single pass through your machine.
See more of the Tag Builder Blueprints 4 Die-namicsHERE or by watching the video below.
GIFT TAG GREETINGS
Your every gift tag need can be met with this single collection of phrases, greetings, and graphic accents that mixes effortlessly with the Tag Builder Blueprints 4 Die-namics. Have fun building your stash of handmade gift tags that will last you the entire season!
See more of the Gift Tag Greetings stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.
Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new October release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on October 6!
It’s the first day of October – are you starting to feel a little bit of holiday spirit creeping in? Our October Release begins tomorrow and we are so excited to introduce a spirited collection of stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and some other goodies that will put you in the mood for holiday crafting and gifting.
How about a little sneak peek at some of the projects our designers have been working on? It’s up to you to decide if they’ve been enjoying carols and egg nog while they work away like elves in a workshop 😉
We hope you’re as excited as we are to jump into the holiday season! We’ll see you tomorrow for the first day of our October Countdown.
The results are in! And we couldn’t be more excited! What a fantastic group of inspiring cards (and cardmakers!) We absolutely LOVED poring over your amazing creations. Let me just say, there are a lot of passionate and talented designers out there, and we are thrilled that our contest brought so many of them together all in one spot!
Before we announce our 10 winners, I wanted to share a few fun statistics about our very first Card Design Superstar contest.
Once the contest was announced, you got busy ordering, sketching, and scheming to create your very best card(s). In the end 258 contestants submitted 654 cards for 10 spots. Believe me, it was NOT an easy decision to narrow it down but the judges have deliberated, and we’ve come up with a stellar group (<– see what I did there?) of cards that secure Superstar status for these ten ladies.
When choosing our Top Ten, we were looking for cards using My Favorite Things stamps and Die-namics that incorporated the following:
Clever uses of our product
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the inaugural group of My Favorite Things Card Design Superstars (in alphabetical order by last name)!
Wow, Therese! We are in awe of your masking and alignment in this card! Therese shared a video on her blog showing exactly how she created this card that features highlight stamping. She sure did make the I Knead You stamp set shine in this labor intensive design. And what a fantastic result!
We were so tickled with the concept behind Jane’s card — her version of The Beatles and their Abbey Road crossing! Jane admits, “Some of my greatest ideas for cards come just as I fall asleep. 99.9% of my ideas have disappeared by the time morning arrives, so it was a miracle that this card made it beyond breakfast.” Jane panicked (Help!) when she realized that the birds from the Birds of Paradise set don’t all face right, but she did some research and found a video on how to reverse your stamps. We’re so glad she didn’t Let it Be and was able to make everything Come Together. 😉
Beside her awesome background created with the Balloon Strings Background (which she embossed and then colored with distress inks), we were particulary taken with Debra’s inventive surfboard which she created using our Stitched Speech Bubble Edges Die-namics. Sometimes it takes a little ingenuity to take an idea to fruition. Add in her popped up panel and the sweet hula girl from the Polynesian Paradise stamp set, and Debra’s card reaches Superstar status.
Anna’s card is an absolute knock-out! Every single one of the judges put this card in their top ten and with good reason. To begin with, it is impeccably designed and executed. She embossed the Brick Wall Cover-Up Die-namics with a knife and added distress ink to create the worn effect. She added contrast with the Skyline Border cut from black card stock and added a magnificent night sky. We love how the soft light of the streetlight spills into the night shedding light on Anna’s favorite mouse from the Harvest Mouse stamp set. Truly superb.
Lexa admits that she is totally in love with the London Mouse stamp set (and who can blame her)! Using eleven of the stamps from the set, she water colored each image and gathered them together in this adorable scene. As she says in her post it’s, “So easy to make a card look cute if you have [these] super adorable images.”
I have to admit, I gasped when I saw this card! Kate’s stark Paris Skyline silhouette comes to life with her absolutely GORGEOUS background created with the Abstract Background stamp. Kate heat-embossed the background stamp in gold and then smooshed pink, yellow, orange, and gold inks. The result is simply breathtaking.
Concept cards often result in something spectacular, and Vanessa nailed it with this design. If you are familiar with the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Vanessa’s favorite!), you will note that this is the Knight’s Bus. Vanessa used the bus and the buildings from the London Mouse stamp set. To create the modified bus, she did a little masking and voilà — a triple decker! Now THAT is inventive.
It’s easy to fall into a rut of using stamps that all come from the same set, but Vera surveyed her collection of My Favorite Things stamp sets and came up with a unique combination. She paired the band of mice from the London Mouse stamp set (a favorite for many of our contestants!) with the sweet sentiment from the Birthday Wishes & Balloons stamp set. The golden heat embossing, popped up heart, vivid coloring, and perfectly placed sequins make this a stand out design.
Christmas in New York is a bucket list item for many, and this Christmas card by Angel is unexpectedly chic. Using silver foil paper, she cut the New York Skyline Die-namics and set it against a watercolored background. We loved the detail she added by cutting the background and skyline with the rectangle from Blueprints 13, and the white sentiment on the black cut with the curvy flag from Blueprints 25 adds contrast to this sophisticated design. Bonus for Angel? Her husband was born in New York making this card all the more special.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of October when we go gaga for Halloween, so this sweet design from Shemaine perfectly rounds out our top ten! This card is very eye-catching and well designed, and Shemaine incorporates a lot fun elements. The sweet girl from the Mummy stamp set seems to be running from the spider in the Spooky Window Die-namics, but somehow it’s not so scary in polka dots! The Cheesecloth Background adds just the right texture in this intricate creation. Of course, the pretty sky created with distress inks takes it to another level. Simply superb!
Congratulations, ladies! In a pool of amazing talent, your cards stood out to the judges. And that is pretty exciting!
Winners: Please send an email to sropel87 (at) gmail (dot) com with your preferred mailing address so that we can send you your voucher and your prizes! Also, we’d love for you to declare your win by using this badge on your blog. Link to this post and let the world know what you’ve known for a LONG time. YOU are a SUPERSTAR!
Before I go, I want to give a shout out to the other 248 designers who took a leap of faith and submitted one or more cards for this contest. All of you are winners! You made cards you love, and you spent time doing something that fuels your soul and makes you happy. Many of you responded to the contest as a way to really stretch your creativity.
Nancy L. said, “I just wanted to say that this contest has really inspired me to think about dies and stamps in a different way. I think it’s helped me to be more creative, so I thank you!”
Paula S. said, “Thanks for getting me motivated and excited to dig out my MFT stuff and create again.”
Heather N. said, “I discovered a few things about myself working on cards for this [contest]. Some are strengths, some are weaknesses, but it is making me a better crafter!”
And THAT is what it’s all about.
Until next year…
Susan R. Opel, Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things
Halloween is about to get super cute thanks to a darling duo of cards from guest Christine. You’re going to flip for both of her Pure Innocence Mummy looks!
I’m so inspired by Christine’s first look! Heat embossing the image in white and then coloring lends a spooky, slightly ethereal look that suits the season so well. Some light inking along the speech bubble edge provides sme subtle differentiation between the sentiment and image panel.
Christine’s second look is more traditional but her coloring, layering, and cool peek-a-boo panel adds the perfect amount of interest.
Let’s see your Halloween crafts! 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.
One way to add some interest to your cards is by including a little touch of texture. Prills, available in 36 gorgeous colors and mixes (and how fun are those names?) fit the bill. In this week’s MFTv, Kimberly is demonstrating a couple of ways to use and adhere these fun little accents.
See Kimberly demonstrate two different ways of applying Prills HERE or by playing the embedded video below.
Ardyth is back with us today – welcome! She has a pretty special personal connection to London so this month’s release was a natural fit for some nostalgic crafting!
Good morning everyone! Ardyth here again for my second post as a Guest Designer for the September release! I hope you’ve had a chance to get a good look at it, order and are now playing with your new goodies – so many possibilities!
I’m Canadian, but I lived in London for a while a long (LONG) time ago – I met my husband there – so this month’s London-based products are very special to me!
My first card shows the London Skyline on a dramatic night sky (using Razzle Berry Premium Dye Ink along with some blues and purples). I added a little circle to Big Ben’s face, so that it seems to ‘glow’. I also cut out a piece of my card front – so appropriate for the I miss you sentiment from Penguins in Paradise.
My second card captures the busy-ness of London – traffic everywhere! I used some of the London Mouse stamps to create a busy background and then popped up my little soldier in the centre. I created a Union Jack feeling by adding some red and blue, and adapted a sentiment from Things with Wings, to give it an appropriate ‘accent’!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the September release as much as I have! Many thanks again to MFT for asking me to Guest – it’s been terrific fun!
Are you as inspired by Ardyth’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.
We have one last September guest post from Michelle today but wow, did she ever bring the inspiration! She’s taken clean and simple to another level with four beautiful looks.
I simply stamped the girl on to Brown Paper Bag Card Stock, masked her off, and then stamped the leaves; also masking as I went. The sentiment was stamped above. The image was then coloured using coloured pencils. The panel was adhered to a white card base with foam sheet. I finished off with a little Wink of Stella on her hat. I love the look of colouring on kraft card stock and I think the image goes well with kraft for an autumnal/fall look.
I first stamped the fall flowers using Black Licorice and Grape Jelly Hybrid Inks. These were then die cut using the matching dies. These were added to a tag die cut with foam tape. The congrats sentiment was stamped in more Black Licorice ink and cut out with a craft knife. This was also added to the tag with foam tape. I took a piece of Grapesicle Card Stock and made this in to an A2 card base. I then stamped the Pinstripe Background stamp on the left side with Grapesicle ink. I added a panel of white card stock to the right, as well as a strip of Grape Jelly Card Stock. The tag was then popped on top with foam tape also. To finish off, I added some sequins.
Thanks so Very Much
I first took a piece of white card stock and cut the Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle from it. I then took Blu Raspberry and Razzle Berry Hybrid Inks and blended them on to a white A2 card base using a blending tool, making an ombre effect, with it being darker at the bottom. The sentiments from the Thanks so Very Much set were then stamped on top. The panel was adhered over the top with foam tape. I finished off with some enamel dots.
You can see more of Michelle’s process HERE (and hear her lovely accent!) 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.
For Betsy’s last but certainly not least project, she’s sharing a card that features vivid stenciled color and a dramatic silhouetted skyline. Thank you so much, Betsy, for sharing your beautiful work.
Well, this is my last post as your guest here at MFT. Thanks so much everyone, for letting me join you!
My card today uses one of the new Skyline Die-namics. These dies are just so cool, and are practically begging to be paired with the ink blending or watercolor techniques that are so hot right now. I paired the New York Skyline with the Concentric Circle Grid Stencil and some ink blending. I was going for a sunset look, so I chose warm colors – yellow, orange, red, and purple. I said it the other day in my post and I’ll say it again…the stencils make it so easy!
After I was finished inking the background, I die cut the skyline from black cardstock and layered it over the top with some foam tape. I added some sequins and die-cut gold stars to the sky. The sentiment is very simple — a combination of the Label Maker Sentiments and the Bottlecap Letters Die-namics.
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.
Our collection of Flowers and Leaves Die-namics runs the gamut from lovely layers to rolled dimensional delights; romantic, vintage, bold & graphic. There is a design for virtually any application and our team is sharing a little bit of everything with us for today’s Die-namics Design Challenge.
Torico’s floral masterpiece features soothing colors and lots of layers. There are so many great details but my favorites are the subtle polka dot pattern she added to the flower and the beautiful blended background she created with the Mini Chicken Wire Stencil (if you love the look too, make sure to grab that stencil, and more, during the stencil sale. It ends today so act quickly – find the details on yesterday’s post!)
This week on MFTv, learn some tips for blending and layering inks with your collection of stencils – they make it easy to create a beautiful single-layer card with the appearance of depth. Or, keep pushing the look by adding high-contrast embossed die cuts. Get a great trick from Amy for tying finicky die cuts together in a bunch as well.
Learn how Amy created her softly blended look by watching HERE or playing the embedded video.
Good news if you’re a stencil fan like Amy is – today and tomorrow, Save 20% on all in-stock stencils when you use code STENCIL20 at checkout.