MFTv – Felt Bow Paper Clips

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Congratulations to the winners from our Inspired By week! If you’re one of the lucky ones listed, please email Susan with your name, mailing address, and date you won so we can get those packages shipped out as soon as possible – we can’t wait to see how this fun product inspires you!

Prize Winner Monday, May 11

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Prize Winner Tuesday, May 12

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Prize Winner Wednesday, May 13

Deborah Montgomery (on the blog)

Prize Winner Thursday, May 14

Theresa Rawlins Knopf (on Facebook)

Prize Winner Friday, May 15

Brandi R. (on the blog)

Congratulations to ALL the winners! Now onto this week’s episode of MFTv.

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Felt adds incredible warmth and texture to your projects and using MFT Die-namics to shape them opens up an endless variety of options for your paper crafting. Use them to adorn cards or to add special touches to your planners. Attach them to hair clips or bands to create beautiful accessories for the beautiful girls in your life. Kimberly’s created this card to show one use for these sweet accents but the possibilities are limitless!

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Watch the video HERE to see how to assemble bows like these or just play the embedded video.

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

Here’s an even better reason to embrace felt – today only, you can save 50% on all MFT felt in the shop! Find the complete collection HERE.

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Inspired By…Artists

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxFriday — we meet again!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our week of Inspiration Celebration. It’s been such a pleasure to have the opportunity to share our passions and influences. What a wonderful way to reflect on the good things in life!

To round out the week, we want to take the time to concentrate on the inspiration that we find in the beauty that surrounds us. As creaters, makers, and crafters, we obviously find great joy in beauty. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, tattoo artists, fashion designers, architects, graphic designers, crafters, interior designers, cartoonists, musicians, and a long list of other creative types can inspire us in so many ways. So let’s give them a shout out today!

Inspirational Artists

Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh employed much beauty and emotion in his paintings. His passion is obvious in some of his most famous works like Starry Night and The Bedroom. Our pinnable quote of the day embodies the spirit of his intense focus on his art and life.

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After a trip to Michoacán, MX, last fall, I became fascinated with Mexican self-portrait artist Frida Kahlo. Her tumultuous and colorful life led to passionate paintings ranging from dark to wild to beautiful to bizarre, yet all of them end up being incredibly thought-provoking. She, like van Gogh, embraced a life full of passion, and her fiery, lively, and tragic nature turned into colorful and iconic commentaries on life.

As a parting gift, we have gathered the quotes from this week (plus Kim can der Sanden’s favorite from Patrick Overton) in a downloadable PDF that you can print and use in any way you like. They measure 3″ x 4″, so they are PERFECT for pocket scrapbooking! Click HERE for the color version and HERE for the black and white version — great for use on the insides of cards.

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Now let’s take a look at this inspirational prize we’ve gathered. One winner will take away the Vertical Greetings stamp set, Blueprints 13 Die-namics, and an autographed copy of Melody Ross’s book Choose Happy which is sure to inspire you for a long time! All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us what artist inspires you and why.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Follow us on Pinterest.
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Nine members of our various creative teams have taken up an art-inspired challenge. Visit the blogs of these ladies to see projects that they’ve made inspired by a famous work of art. I’m sure you will find great beauty in every single one!

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Inspired By…Historical Figures

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxSo far this week we’ve shared stories about influential teachers, coaches, and mentors, and a whole bunch of inspiring quotes that run the gamut from Winnie the Pooh to the Bible. It’s been so fun getting to know you through your heartfelt answers. We are always so glad to hear what you have to say!

Many of the quotes you shared on Tuesday came from the annals of history. With such a vast landscape of days gone by there is MUCH to learn from those who have gone before us. From our grandparents to world leaders to those who forged new paths where no paths were to those who lived through adversity to heroes and heroines of all kinds — the lessons they learned can help us to embrace and understand our lives.

Inspirational Historical Figures

All of our lives we have learned from history, gaining knowledge and insight and shaping our outlook on life. Today we want to celebrate those historical figures who have inspired you to be the best that you can be.

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Like many girls, when I read Anne Frank’s story The Diary of a Young Girl my life was profoundly changed. Her passion for life (even a life cut so tragically short) and her deep insights stemming from some of the most unimaginable experiences made me want to be a better person. Another powerful quote from her is this one, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Thank you, Anne Frank, for teaching me how to live.

Now let’s take a look at this inspiring prize we’ve gathered. One winner will take away the Clearly Sentimental about New Beginnings stamp set, Blueprints 12 Die-namics, and an autographed copy of Melody Ross’s book Choose Happy which is sure to inspire you for a long time! All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us about a historical figure who inspires you.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Follow us on Pinterest.
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Now it’s your turn to Tell Us about a Historical Figure Who Inspires You!

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Inspired By…Coaches and Mentors

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxI don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying hearing your stories and seeing how you are inspired this week. We all have so much to share and that is an inspiration in itself!

On Monday, we paid homage to the teachers who have touched our lives. Chances are that during your formative years you participated in other activities before or after school, whether it was sports, music, drama, cheer, dance, scouting, youth group, volunteering, academic clubs,  etc.  Or maybe you’ve been involved in clubs or programs as an adult that have enhanced your quality of life. Your coaches and mentors had a hand in molding you into who you are today.

Let’s take a moment to reach back into the recesses of our memory (some of us have to reach farther than others!), and remember the coaches and mentors who mean so much to us.

Inspirational Coaches and Mentors

A good coach or mentor likely did or said things that helped you to understand, to acheive, to pursue. There’s nothing I love more than those inspiring speeches that coaches give before the big game. I’ll admit I’m a sports movie junkie. Check out this great quote from famed Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi:

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I’ve always been a cheerleader at heart. I cheered in 7th and 8th grade, and drove my mother bonkers practicing routines in the grocery store and generally coming ALIVE on the sidelines. As an incoming freshman, I attended the meetings for tryouts in high school. I remember being SO intimidated. I came from a tiny school, and there were all of these lithe girls who could jump higher than me and do the splits. I totally bailed and joined the pep club instead.

Enter Lenore Lemanski, the cheerleading coach. I had cheered with her daughter in 8th grade, and she knew how much I loved it. At the end of my sophomore year she approached me and asked me to give it another shot. So I worked hard hoping to snag a spot on the JV team as a junior. And you know what? I made VARSITY. And the next year I was voted captain by my peers. Without Lenore’s prodding, I would never have done it.

Years later, I became a cheerleading coach, and I took a page from Mrs. Lemanski’s book and personally approached many girls. It paid off! And one of those girls went on to coach at the same school and did the same. A wonderful cycle was created!

Whew! That was long-winded, but a story I love to share.

Now let’s take a look at this fun coach inspired prize we’ve gathered. One winner will take away the Be Original stamp set, All-Star High Tops Die-namics, and an autographed copy of Melody Ross’s book Choose Happy which is sure to inspire you for a long time! All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us about an inspirational coach or mentor you once had.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Follow us on Pinterest.
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Inspired By…Inspirational Quotes

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxWasn’t it fun to share stories about the teachers who inspired us yesterday? If you can, write a letter, send a card (ahem!), email, tweet, or Facebook those inspiring teachers and let them know your feelings. I’m pretty sure they would love it!

People who have directly touched our lives (like teachers) tend to give us nuggets of advice and wisdom that we cling to. It’s likely that your parents and grandparents shared insightful words that you remember to this day. It seems like parents are VERY good at that.

But sometimes we can find wonderful examples of inspiration from people we’ve never met — philosphers, historians, poets, authors, religious leaders, fitness experts, artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and the like. Today we want you to share your favorite words to live by, whatever source!

Inspirational Quotes

Sometimes our favorite quotes can bring us comfort. They give us permission to dream. They make us feel as if we are not alone in this great big world. They inspire us!

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One of my favorite places to find quotes is on Pinterest. If you’re like me, you’ve gathered an entire board filled with  words of inspiration. One of my favorites comes from the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. He said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” What inspiring words! If we spend our lives comparing ourselves to others, we will sink into a pool of inferiority. Words to live by, indeed.

Before you go, let’s take a look at the inspirational prize we’ve gathered. One winner will take away the I Love You More stamp set, Sun, Moon, & Stars Die-namics, and an autographed copy of Melody Ross’s book Choose Happy which is sure to inspire you for a long time! All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us your favorite inspirational quote.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Follow us on Pinterest.
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The My Favorite Things Creative Team is obviously an inspired group of talented ladies. Head to their blogs today to see their favorite quotes and some pretty projects, too!

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Creative Construction: Flowers

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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 either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or 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. This month, infuse your cards with flora and fauna with this collection of Blueprints. From delicate to bold, graphic to detailed – we’ve got a style for every occasion. Featured Blueprints include 3, 5, 12, 14, & 19.

Handmade thank you card from Kimberly Crawford.

Kimberly’s layered flower features a polka dot splash of pattern on its pretty petals. A mix of classic patterns, including dots, stripes, and subtle text, provide neutral interest that is the perfect complement to those pops of Persimmon.

Handmade card from Inge Groot.

Inge layered flowers she die cut with Blueprints 5. The emboss lines and added shaping make the resulting flower come alive with dimension. Our Teflon Flower Petal Shaper is a great tool for easily adding depth and realism to your die-cut flower shapes.

Keep on clicking to see how the rest of our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Inspired By…Teachers

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Inspired By… An Inspiration Celebration. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

I’m going to wager a guess that you love finding inspiration. I mean, you’re here, right? You cruise around Pinterest, scroll through Instagram, snap photos on shopping trips, and leave comments on blogs. We all have the ability to teach one another, and THAT is inspiring!

This week, we are going to take some time to celebrate Inspiration in many forms. We’ll have inspiring quotes for you to pin. We’ll tell our stories and celebrate diverse sources of inspiration. And prizes? Of COURSE there will be prizes!

We’ll be honoring teachers, coaches, and mentors. We’ll give you the opportunity to share your favorite inspirational quotes. You’ll be able to pay tribute to inspiring historical figures and artists. It’s sure to be a week to connect with one another and say, “thanks for the inspiration!”

Inspirational Teachers

As the school year hurtles toward the end and right on the heels of Teacher Appreciation week, it’s the perfect time to remember those teachers who have touched our lives.

When I was a high school English teacher, the Henry David Thoreau quote below was one of my favorites to share with the graduating class (along with this one from Dylan Thomas). Teachers spend hours molding children and young adults to go boldy into the future.

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I want to tell you about a teacher who inspired me. He was soft spoken but firm. He would randomly burst into song  and could quote long poems from memory. He loved geography, art, history, and music. He was a man of God. And another pretty cool thing? He was (and still is!) my dad. Yes, my dad taught all four of his children in the 7th and 8th grades, and he was the principal too. Talk about pressure! HA! But I think we all turned out OK.

Now let’s take a look at this fun teacher inspired prize we’ve gathered. One winner will take away the Office Space stamp set, Office Supplies Die-namics, and an autographed copy of Melody Ross’s book Choose Happy which is sure to inspire you for a long time! All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us about an inspirational teacher you once had.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Follow us on Pinterest.
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Tickled Pink

Before we get to today’s guest post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Lisa’s blog: Birgit

from Torico’s blog: Lisa Page

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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Please join us in welcoming Deb Duty to the blog today! Her fabulous flamingos card features a color scheme that screams tropical weather and a fantastically fun scene.

Handmade birthday card from Deb Duty featuring the Flamingos Die-namics and Tickled Pink stamp set from Laina Lamb Design.

Hello everyone! I’m happy to be guest blogging today. I’m sharing a card featuring the fabulous Flamingos Die-namics! I cut them out with watercolor paper and used distress inks to paint them with shades of pink and orange blended together. I placed them on blue patterned paper cut with a cross-stitch oval die. I used the same pink and orange distress inks to watercolor stripes on my background and then added a fun sentiment from the Tickled Pink stamp set. To finish the card I stitched around the edges with my sewing machine.

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So charming, right? I know a lot of you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the May Release. We’re so excited to see these flirty flamingos on your own cards and projects! Make sure to tag #mftstamps with your uploads so we can properly ooh and aah.

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Audrey Tokach is joining us on the blog today with some Birdie Brown cuteness. Thank you so much for sharing this sweet look with us, Audrey!

Handmade card from Audrey Tokach featuring Green Pastures stamp set and Die-namics from Birdie Brown.

The Green Pastures girl is simply begging for some paper piecing and Audrey happily obliged with a sweet country check patterned paper. This month’s Free with $60 Grassy Fields Die-namics provides an inviting spot to nestle her into. The unexpected element on this card? The Sweater Stitch Background Audrey used to add a bit of texture to her card front – it looks fantastic, doesn’t it? The lesson here is not to relegate those “seasonal” items to the back-burner – there’s always a new way to incorporate them into you projects year round!

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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW May Products

You’ve been waiting an entire week to take home the latest Die-namics, stamp sets, and stencils. Now it’s finally time to make them yours!

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring The Whole Herd stamps and Die-namics and Green Pastures stamps and Die-namics from Birdie Brown and the Barn Die-namics.

All of our May release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win one of 2, $100 Gift Vouchers as part of tonight’s New Product Launch celebration!

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In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order.  We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase.

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1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA order over $75.

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3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring the Flamingos Die-namics and Tickled Pink stamp set from Laina Lamb Design.

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past week. They have another shot of inspiration to help inspire you and narrow down your shopping list to your must-have items. Visit each of their May Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, May 7 for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 Gift Vouchers. The winners will be chosen at random and the prizes will be sent out on May 8. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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