Let’s Have a Tiki Party

Please join me in welcoming Vanessa Menhorn back to the blog again today.


Hello everyone! It’s Vanessa Menhorn again and I am happy to be back with two more cards using the wonderful August Release. How about a little Tiki Party inspiration? I loved playing with this set and here is the result:

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

On this card, I wanted to create an interesting, tropical, summery, sunset kind of background. But first, I stamped the palm trees onto a panel of watercolor paper and masked them. Next I applied Distress Ink with an ink blending tool, starting from the top and working to the bottom, always blending the colors when applying a new one. Then I applied little drops of gold spray ink and heat-embossed the “Mahalo” using gold embossing powder. After I had removed the masks, I colored the trees using various grey Copics (because I believed it might look like this during sunset.) I stamped, colored, and die cut the little statues and adhered them with foam tape before attaching the panel to the card base.

And here is another card I made with the Tiki Party set:

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

Again, I did a lot of masking. I stamped and masked the hibiscus flowers and the leaves, then I applied ink around them and added drops of the same ink with a brush and water. I stamped the “Aloha” and removed the masks. After I had colored the flowers and leaves with Copics, I adhered the panel to the card.

I hope to have inspired you today! Tomorrow I’ll be back with my last cards for the My Favorite Things blog. I’d be so happy if you’d visit again tomorrow. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Summer School Session Three Winners


MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxThough My Favorite Things Summer School has officially come to an end *sob*, we hope that you’re still applying the principles we taught in all three of our sessions. We really enjoy hearing how you’re 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 Ruth Gauss on the blog – “Thanks so much for the best summer school ever!”

From Donna Rinckel on the blog – “I’ve had such fun learning new things with the summer school. I didn’t get to participate as much as I had hoped but I’ve enjoyed the lessons and the fun cards produced!”

From JaneenK on the blog – “Thanks for these classes. I haven’t had time to even look at them until this week and thought I would play along as a way to say thank you for doing this. I’ve learned a lot even though I’ve been stamping for thirteen years.”

From Diane on the blog – “I’ve enjoyed this series of classes so much, thanks for doing this summer school, MFT! I can’t wait to see what September has in store for us!”

From dotjiris on Instagram – “Enjoyed all of the lessons. Definitely learned some stuff!”

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


Handmade card from Elizabeth Sarkisyan.

Elizabeth Sarkisyan created this pretty AND clever shaker card using the repeated elements of the circles (from Blueprints 23) and the flowers (from Modern Blooms). Her saturated color choices and placement of all of the elements gives a sense of movement and balance. Well done, Elizabeth!


Handmade card from Diane Jaquay.

Diane Jaquay‘s winning entry has an awesome story behind it. The stamped floral piece on this card was actually a leftover from her entry for the repetition challenge. Diane says, “Too often I end up tossing things, so I’m always very happy when I can incorporate them into another card.”

In creating her card Diane remarked, “After I’d assembled the elements on the right side of my asymmetrical card, it looked off balance to me so I incorporated Yoonsun’s tip of adding a strip on the left side.  That did the trick, and the card felt perfectly balanced with the addition of the black and white patterned paper strip.  I love the things I’m learning in MFT Summer School!” And a gold star for Diane since she managed to have a winning entry in all three sessions of MFT Summer School!

Hard vs. Soft

Handmade card from Larissa Heskett.

Larissa Heskett did a phenomenal job pairing hard and soft elements in this lovely masterpiece. As she says in her blog post, “I’ve used felt to create my flower cluster design, and then I added a few buttons to the centers to help harden the design a little! I think the elements balance really nicely between hard and soft. What do you think?” We think it’s GREAT, Larissa! And the stripes add a hard edge, too.

Color Saturation

Handmade card from Pauline Adamson.

Pauline Adamson‘s winning card in the Color Saturation challenge shows a pretty rendition of a card using deep color saturation. We’re delighted to see that Pauline played along all week with our five challenges.

Color Temperatures

Handmade card from Diana Nguyen.

Diana Nguyen created this breathtaking card by using the warm colors yellow and orange for this gorgeous bouquet of flowers using the Lily Die-namics. Diana says, “I went with a warm color scheme in honor of this hot hot hot weather we have been having.  It’s a stretch for me as I prefer blues and greens but it’s good to stretch my creativity a bit.” I think you’ll agree that she should stretch herself more often!

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

MeganBeth | Greta H. | FoleysFriend | JaneenK | Amber P.

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 Three 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 any of the lesson from MFT Summer School, you can find the fifteen 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

Session Three: Repetition | Symmetry/Asymmetry | Hard vs. Soft | Color Saturation | Color Temperatures

Thanks for a fun summer of learning! Class dismissed.

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Die-namics Design: Treat Boxes and Treats


Parties, thank you gifts, thoughtful little surprises – so many different occasions when a sweet treat is warranted! Our team of designers is with us today sharing ideas for creating sweet treats with an even sweeter presentation. Our assortment of Die-namics will do the work – you just have fun embellishing and filling!


Having a party that features a bonfire? How about a camping themed birthday party? Look no further than this adorable treat box from Karolyn for a fantastic favor idea because who doesn’t love s’mores!


Halloween is just a few short weeks away and Kay’s take on this month’s challenge is about to make preparations just a little easier. Bright colors, adorable images and sentiments, and space to stash a handful of goodies make these treats a winning combination.

Do you love background stamps like the one Karolyn used in her sweet project? Today and tomorrow, save 15% on our entire collection of in-stock backgrounds with code BGS at checkout.

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Find more inspiration from our team in the links below – keep on clicking to see how they interpreted this month’s Die-namics Design challenge.


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MFTv – Eek-tastic Halloween


Creating a high-drama look is as easy as combining a little ink smooshing with Black Licorice die cuts to mimic a mysterious silhouette look. Amy’s look packs a punch without a sentiment – those colors and that scene say it all. Grab your black card stock and a selection of Premium Dye Inks and prepare to be inspired.

Handmade Halloween card from Amy Rysavy featuring Spooky House Die-namics.

Handmade Halloween card from Amy Rysavy featuring Spooky House Die-namics.

Handmade Halloween card from Amy Rysavy featuring Spooky House Die-namics.

Learn how Amy created this look by watching HERE or playing the embedded video.


Watercoloring with Stamps


We’re welcoming Maureen back to the blog again today with yet another simply stunning look. Thank you so much Maureen for sharing your talent and ideas with us!

Handmade card from Maureen Merritt featuring Scribble Circle Roses.

Whether stamped, die cut or colored, the Scribble Roses stamp set is just gorgeous. My project today features these stunning images heat embossed and watercolored.

I began with a piece of watercolor card stock trimmed to 3 3/4″ x 5″. I prepped the paper with an anti-static tool then started placing the flowers on my card stock. Once I had an arrangement that I was happy with, I picked up all of the stamps at once on the same acrylic block. I inked them with Versamark ink and covered the stamped images with white embossing powder. I did the same thing with the leaves, then I heat set all of the images at once.

Now, we get to have fun! Using several Zig Markers, I scribbled randomly over the flowers and leaves, then I sprayed them with water. Using a heat tool, I moved the water and color around. How’s that for a simple watercolor technique? I’m a CAS stamper, I don’t like to fuss with things that take too much time (or make too much of a mess). If you are like me, you will love this technique.

To finished off the card, I added the watercolored panel to a card base using a lot of adhesive (the paper was quite warped, even after sitting under a heavy book). I heat embossed a sentiment from the Thankful Leaves stamp set and added that that to the card using foam tape. Lastly I added some sequins to finish off the design!

Thanks so much for having me as a guest blogger this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating my projects for you!

Are you using watercolor techniques with your MFT stamps? 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.


Inside-Out Cards

Damask Love

Hey MFTers! It’s been way too long since I’ve hung out with you guys so I’m super excited to be hanging out with a simple crafty set of cards using the latest MFT release.

Since this is sort of like a first date for some of us, let’s do the requisite introductions:

I’m Amber and I blog at Damask Love.

Bright colors and simple projects are my jam.

Paper is my first love and stamping is where I started.

Today I do a little bit of everything but I’ll never turn down the chance to get inky with MFT.

oh…and one more thing…

5. I live in Miami, Florida which means that the Tiki Party stamp set speaks to my tropical loving soul.

If you combine all these fun facts, you end up with today’s project: a set of really easy to make, tropical cards using a really simple technique that I love. Take a look-see at the finished product. They’re pretty fun.

Handmade card from Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

Handmade card from Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

I like to call these “inside-out” stationery because while the front is cute and pretty, the fun really gets going when you open them up. All you need are the Tiki Party stamps and Die-namics and a few markers to add color. I’m a big fan of simple stationery with big impact – and I think these fit the bill perfectly, don’t you?

Handmade card trio from Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love featuring the Tiki Party stamp set and Die-namics.

Thanks for letting me hijack your attention today! I hope you’ll come visit me at Damask Love. We have fun over there.

Inspired to make some inside-out stationery of your own? 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.


One Layer Wonder


We love the bright and fresh style of today’s guest blogger. Maureen‘s pretty aesthetic will have you itching to create something beautiful!

Handmade birthday card from Maureen Merritt featuring Written in Watercolor.

One layer cards are a struggle for many card makers, even for clean and simple stampers like myself. If you keep a few tricks in your back pocket though you’ll be making one layer cards in no time at all!

My best advice is to think creatively. “How can I add interest to a card without adding layers?” Masking! Masking is a great way to add interest without layers to a one layer card. And that is exactly what I’ve done on my card today.

I began by masking off 3/4 of an inch on all sides of my card base. Then I placed the Diagonal Stripes Stencil over top of the masked area, so it’s almost double masked. I used Distress Inks to add color and what you are left with when all of the masking is removed is a bright and beautiful focal point. Now all I had to do is to stamp my birthday sentiment and hearts from Written in Watercolor. Simple accessories like twine and sequins are the perfect way to finish off a one layer card.

See, look at that. Easy peasy! The next time you are challenged (or challenge yourself) to make a one layer card you will be able to whip one up in no time at all.

Are you inspired to do some masking on your next project? 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.


Creative Challenge: Paper Paradise


Take a trip with us! Our team has been playing in a tropical crafting paradise for this month’s challenge. Palm trees, fruity drinks, and cool blue waters are are just some of the delights you’ll experience as we showcase stamps and Die-namics with a tropical theme.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Birds of Paradise.

Layers of sherbety color create a beautiful backdrop to Torico’s flighty friend. Positioning the bird and foliage on top of the window adds depth while still keeping the finished look relatively flat.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Tiki Party.

The Tiki Party stamp set creates a serene scene on Barbara’s challenge look. Sandy beaches and pristine waves in a wash of beautiful colors are inviting and relaxing.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they’ve brought a little piece of paradise to their crafting. Then try your hand at making someone’s day with a thoughtful gift card of your own – tag #mftstamps when you share your look so we can see how you were inspired.


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MFTv – Love Machine


Coloring your stamped images can be fun, relaxing, and a fantastic way to diversify your crafting skills. Sometimes though, a simply stamped and heat-embossed image is the perfect way to finish off a look – especially when done in eye-catching fashion like this week’s episode of MFTv. A simple metallic embossing powder on Black Licorice Card Stock is striking and effective. Pairing the look with sequins die cut from a silver foil card stock ties is all together.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring Bionic Bots from Miss Tiina.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring Bionic Bots from Miss Tiina.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring Bionic Bots from Miss Tiina.

Watch the video HERE to learn more great embossing tips from Amy or just play the embedded video.

Today’s your last chance to save $10 on your purchase of $50 or more. Use code SAVE10 at checkout to apply your savings – happy shopping!

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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Color Temperatures


MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxThe last day of MFT Summer School has arrived, and before we clean out our desks and fill up our backpacks one last time, we have one more lesson to share with you today.

It’s been an absolute pleasure being your principal this summer, and I want to thank our talented teaching staff for working with me to bring you these fifteen fantastic lessons. Without all of their hard work, we never could have made it happen. So a gold star and hearty thanks to Julia, Kay, Keisha, Kimberly, and Stephanie for their invaluable contributions.

Next month, we will be back with something EXTRA special which will allow you to really show your stuff. So print up the three study guides from Session One, Session Two, and Session Three and study up. September is going to be final exam time, so to speak. How’s that for piquing your interest? 😉

Alrighty. Time to open up your notebooks one last time, class. Let’s begin.

Lesson #15 – Color: Color Temperatures

For our final lesson of MFT Summer School, let’s take a look at the intentional use of color to create a mood for our designs with various Color Temperatures. The temperature of colors can be seen in the varying color hues used to create a mood.

The first group of colors are Neutrals (black, white, browns, grays). A neutral color palette like the one that Kimberly used below often evokes a classy, elegant, sophisticated, and glamorous feel.

Handmade cards from Kimberly Crawford featuring Watercolor Flowers stamp set.

Another group of colors is the Cool Colors (blues, purples, greens). A cool color combination like the one that Kay used in the card below evokes a calm, serene, and harmonious feel.

Handmade cards from Kay Miller featuring Peerless Watercolors.

You can heat things up with the Warm Colors (reds, yellows, oranges)Teri‘s warm colors in the card below evoke an energetic, optimistic, exciting, playful, and happy feel.

Handmade cards from Teri Anderson featuring Four Way Chevron Cover-Up Die-namics.

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about when and how (and when) to use the various types of Color Temperatures in your designs.

I love how Kimberly even matched her card bases and embellishments to the mood by consciously choosing colors that furthered the mood she was going for.

Handmade cards from Kimberly Crawford featuring Brushstroke Birthday stamp set.

Can you see how the different color temperatures give these cards three different moods? Now that you know a little more about color temperatures, you can intentionally choose colors that reflect the meaning of your design.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Three 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 August 25th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

MFT Summer School Color Temperatures

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 21st. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, August 25th.

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 various types of Color Temperatures in your projects.


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Now make sure to do your homework! Thanks for being such great students!

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