Stylin’ with Stencils

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Stencils may not get the same recognition as stamps and dies but believe me, they simply can’t be beat in terms of versatility. Their flexibility and durability make them the perfect choice for adding color and texture with any number of mediums and with more than 70 different options in two different sizes available in the MFT shop, you’re sure to find the perfect design for your next project. This month, our team is inspiring you to play with stencils.

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Barbara has applied embossing paste with the Harlequin Stencil to create her subtle, textural background. It creates the perfect balance to the cluster of  vivid stamped and die-cut layers that accent her sentiment strip. Barbara is kind of a master when it comes to using MFT stencils in creative ways. She’s created a fantastic video that demonstrates eight different ways of using stencils to create background panels for your cards. You can watch it by clicking HERE or simply play below.

Need an added incentive to stock up on stencils? Shop our extensive line of stencils through the end of March 18th and save 10% with code STENCIL!

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Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for loads more stencil projects.

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MFTv – I’m Glad You’re Mine

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A relatively flat design is punched up with lots of coloring details and the aid of some dimensional tape in this week’s episode of MFTv. Using a scrap of Black Licorice Card Stock to first cut with the Stitched Rectangle STAX and then, the Stitched Speech Bubble Edges, produces a custom die cut that is stitched all the way around the perimeter for a beautiful finished look.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you’ll never miss an episode of MFTv!

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Organization for Your Creative Space: Taming Your Tools

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Your collection of tools may not be the most glamorous accessories in your craft space but we all know how invaluable they are to our productivity and enjoyment. Our team is back for this month’s Organization Challenge to share their solutions for making their tool collection accessible without cluttering their workspace.

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This type of storage probably looks familiar to a lot of us BUT you have to click over to Kimberly’s blog to read the sweet story behind it. Check out our Design Team blogs to learn more about their tool storage solutions. We’d love to learn more about how you’re organizing your own tools – be sure to tag #mftstamps on Instagram and Twitter if you share a photo!

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Grow Your Flower Collection

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Spring is so close we can almost taste it. What better way to celebrate its imminent arrival than to have a sale on all of our flower Die-namics? Now through March 14, use code FLOWERS at checkout to apply a 20% discount to every product in our Flowers Die-namics category.

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Need some guidance on using our rolled flower Die-namics? A quilling tool will make assembly a breeze. Check out the video HERE to see how the Large Hybrid Heirloom Rose comes together or click below to see a demonstration. You’ll find even more assembly videos on our Youtube channel so grab a cup of coffee and settle in!

Product Spotlight: Totally Happy

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Time to take a trip back to re-visit one of our March Release products. This month, we’re taking a closer look at the Totally Happy stamp set. A sentiment set might not seem an obvious choice to showcase versatility but I think these examples might just change your mind!

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Kimberly, Jodi, and Keisha used various elements in the set to create patterned panels for their cards. Kimberly and Jodi both feature some of the included star accents in their designs while Keisha took the more non-traditional approach of creating a pattern with one of the sentiments – think of all the possibilities that opens up!

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Michele stamped and heat embossed one of the sentiments in white on a Kraft Card Stock background – it looks amazing and really stands out!

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Jody isolated “happy” from one of the longer sentiments and stamped a stacked trio of them for a simple greeting that makes a statement.

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Kimberly masked off the last word in one of the sentiments and then paired it with the Happy Die-namics. Notice how she used the stars once again to create a coordinating pattern.

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So, did you pick up the Totally Happy stamp set yet? Feeling happy about that decision? We really want to see what you do with it so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can admire and praise your outstanding work!

Creative Construction: Wonky Panels

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to both assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches as well as design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints. Wonky panels are trickier to execute than they might appear at first glance. This month’s challenge focuses on Blueprints 15 and Blueprints 18 that make creating die-cut panels with a little sass to them quick and easy.

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Keep on clicking to see how our Design Team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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MFTv – Keep on Rockin’

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Layering background patterns is a fast, simple way of adding easy interest to your cards. This week’s episode of MFTv features lots of pattern and layered elements done in a minimal palette to prevent competing elements from overwhelming the design. The Sheet Music Background is such a perfect choice to pair with the Keep on Rockin’ stamp set and MP3 Player Die-namics – music lovers of any age will enjoy this design!

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you’ll never miss an episode of MFTv!

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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!

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from Karin’s blog: Heather

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!

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

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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, stencils, card stock, and inks. We don’t want to leave you hanging in the meantime though, so how about our talented team shares some more sweet treats from our March, 2015 release? Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.

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Celebrate Your Constant Companions

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Now that the March release is ready for action, we want to make sure that you’re following along with our Celebrate Your Constant Companions March promotion. All week long we are having fun on our Facebook page HERE and on our Instagram account @mftstamps.

Not only do you have the chance to brag about your pet, you can win some prizes, too. And those cute little animals in the brand spankin’ new You Make My Tail Wag, Woof You, I Knead You, and Feline Better stamp sets (and coordinating Die-namics!) that you’ve been oooooohhhing and aaaaahhhing over? Yep, those are up for grabs. Wouldn’t it be fun to win them? You BET it would!

Even if you missed out on the promotion on Monday and Tuesday, you can still participate since all of the winners will be announced on Monday, March 9th. So head to Facebook and Instagram and catch up with everything you’ve missed.

One thing particulary special about this promotion is that My Favorite Things founder Kim van der Sanden has a real heart for animals. As a matter of fact, she says that this release is her most favorite to date! To sweeten the pot, Kim is donating $100 to pet charities each day this week. We hope that you’ll consider donating as well.

Here are some quick donation links to the pet charities we’re highlighting this week:

And just for fun, I had members of the My Favorite Things design team and the MFT Challenge & Inspiration team as well as members of the management team and those who work at the MFT HQ in Florida to share pictures of themselves with their pets.

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That’s a whole lot of cute, wouldn’t you agree?

So tell us about your pets! What kind of a pet do you have? And which of the new pet products released this month is your favorite?

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