The Day is Finally Here! Our May Release is So Close!

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We’ve reached the final day of the countdown – time for the latest from Miss Tiina, our newest Free with $60, and to revisit our April mid-month surprise: the Decor & More Die-namics. You’ll be able to shop for all of the new May Release products TONIGHT, May 5, at 10 PM EST – mark your calendar, set an alarm, don’t forget!

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on May 5. 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 May 5 on the MFT Blog.

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BUILD-ABLE BLOOMS

Designed with layering in mind, Miss Tiina’s Build-able Blooms provides all the elements necessary for creating retro-sweet bouquets and patterns. Layer, mix and match stems and centers, add a happy sun and puffy cloud – there are endless opportunities with this charming set.

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See more of the Build-able Blooms stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Build-able Blooms Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade Happy Birthday card from Kay Miller featuring the Build-able Blooms stamp set and Die-namics from Miss Tiina.

ROLLED SCALLOPED ROSE DIE-NAMICS

Use the Rolled Scalloped Rose Die-namics to assemble beautiful three-dimensional flowers. Combine with other designs in our line of rolled flower Die-namics to build bountiful bouquets. This Die-namics features scalloped petal shapes that are smaller on the inside, gradually increasing in size around the outside edge to create a beautifully realistic flower shape.

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See more of the Rolled Scalloped Rose Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Just a Note handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring the Rolled Scalloped Rose Die-namics.

GRASSY FIELDS DIE-NAMICS

Our Free with $60 this month is the Grassy Fields Die-namics. Thick, lush grass in two height options will layer beautifully to create inviting backgrounds for idyllic scenes. The edge-only design of both elements means you can create grassy borders of any height and the best part of all? No mowing required!

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See more of the Grassy Fields Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Cow's it Going? handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Grassy Fields Die-namics.

DECOR & MORE DIE-NAMICS

This collection of 26 letter singles, as well as the always-trendy ampersand, measure approximately 5 1/4″ each. They will make a HUGE impact on home decor projects, party decor, scrapbook pages, and cards.

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See more of the Decor & More Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

"K" wall decor/text art from Keisha Campbell featuring Decor & More Die-namics.

Did anything in our May release catch your eye? Now is the time to take a few minutes to print out the handy shopping list and make note of your must-have items.

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It’s the last day of our countdown but our Design Team is still crafting inspiring new projects! Keep on clicking to see how they’ve wound things up on this final day.

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2 Days Until the May Release

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Laina Lamb Design has created something so incredibly special for this release. Her latest Die-namics and coordinating stamp set are beautiful, trendy, and perfect for recognizing those special differences that make us each unique. We’ve also got four new STAX designs featuring a great new stitch pattern.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on May 5. 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 May 5 on the MFT Blog.

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FLAMINGOS DIE-NAMICS

Are you tickled pink by Laina Lamb Design’s trendy Flamingos Die-namics? Two leggy birds mirror each other for lovey-dovey crafting opportunities. Position the included heart between the flamingoes and add your choice of three leg options – one of which mimics the look of the ubiquitous and totally cheeky lawn ornament.

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See more of the Flamingos Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

We Flamingo so well Together handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Laina Lamb Design Flamingos Die-namics and Tickled Pink stamp set.

TICKLED PINK

Fun and flirty phrases paired with words of encouragement and companionship featuring a trendy mix of fonts make the Tickled Pink stamp set from Laina Lamb Design perfect on its own but even better when complemented by the irresistible Flamingo Die-namics.

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See more of the Tickled Pink stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

We Flamingo so well Together handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Laina Lamb Design Flamingos Die-namics and Tickled Pink stamp set.

CROSS-STITCH SHAPE STAX

Emulate the look of stitched handiwork with the innovative Cross-Stitch STAX. These designs take the guesswork out of adding beautiful, immaculately precise cross-stitched detailing to the perimeter of classic shapes. These STAX come in square, circle, oval, and rectangle options.

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See more of the Cross-Stitch Square STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Cross-Stitch Circle STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Cross-Stitch Oval STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

You are My Idol handmade card from Inge Groot featuring Cross-Stitch Oval STAX Die-namics and Pure Innocence Perfect Harmony.

We Flamingo so well Together Handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring Laina Lamb Design Flamingo Die-namics and Tickled Pink stamp set and Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

Are you enjoying the May countdown? We’ve almost reached the end (that means it’s almost time to shop!) Let’s check out the projects our talented design team has created with today’s offerings.

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3 Days Until the May Release

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You’ll be demanding an encore performance after checking out the latest additions to our Pure Innocence line today. These adorable designs will take center stage on your cards when combined with the theatrical Die-namics we’re also sharing.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on May 5. 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 May 5 on the MFT Blog.

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TAKE THE STAGE DIE-NAMICS

Add some impressive drama to your cards with the Take the Stage Die-namics. This set assembles into a perfect fit to a vertical A2 card front. Emboss lines convincingly mimic the look of draped fabric while each element layers to create dimension. This curtain includes two draped sidepieces, three ornamental swags to adorn the top of the curtain, and two tiebacks. Your recipients will demand a crafty encore when they part the curtains of this theatrical look.

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See more of the Take the Stage Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade Happy Birthday card from Francine Vuilleme featuring the Take the Stage Die-namics.

PERFECT HARMONY

Pop stars in the making will swoon over your hand-crafted designs featuring the Perfect Harmony stamp set. Sing the praises of friends and loved-ones with this set that’s totally in tune with your crafting.

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See more of the Perfect Harmony stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Perfect Harmony Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade Happy Birthday card from Inge Groot featuring Pure Innocence Perfect Harmony stamp set and Die-namics.

HEARTSTRINGS

Pluck the heartstrings of friends and loved ones with this music themed set. Harmonize your guitar-picking design with one of three included sentiments.

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See more of the Heartstrings stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Heartstrings Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade Happy Birthday card from Torico featuring Pure Innocence Heartstrings.

We’re down to just three more days. It’s not an easy wait but it is an enjoyable one when you have beautiful samples from our talented team! Keep on clicking to see what they’ve been up to with today’s products.

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4 Days Until the May Release

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How about some down-home country charm? Birdie Brown’s introducing farm friends and an adorable farm hand to tend them. For truly happy animals, you have to have a cozy home and green pastures though so you’ll find those in today’s post as well!

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on May 5. 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 May 5 on the MFT Blog.

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THE WHOLE HERD

Embrace a pastoral look for your next project with this adorable set from Birdie Brown. Traditional farm animals are complemented by punny sentiments ideal for a wide assortment of occasions. Keep your animals happy and healthy with the included accessories.

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See more of The Whole Herd stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of The Whole Herd Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Her You Had a Birthday handmade card from Torico featuring The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics.

GREEN PASTURES

She’s a little bit country and this sweet cow hand from Birdie Brown is ready to tend to the needs of the friendly farm animals in The Whole Herd stamp set. The sentiments included in the set mix and match seamlessly with those in The Whole Herd for an endless variety of image and greeting combinations.

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See more of the Green Pastures stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Green Pastures Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Happy Birthday handmade card from Torico featuring Green Pastures stamp set and Die-namics from Birdie Brown.

BARN DIE-NAMICS

Easily assemble a dimensional barn complete with separate door, window, and roof elements with the Barn Die-namics., This set can be completed by the included hay elements and used in conjunction with many coordinating stamp sets and Die-namics for scenes worthy of any down-on-the-farm cards and projects.

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See more of the Barn Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

From my barn to yours handmade card from Inge Groot featuring the Barn Die-namics.

ROLLING HILLS DIE-NAMICS

The two-piece Rolling Hills Die-namics will create both a die-cut fence as well as matching rolling hills. The edge-only design of both elements means you can create hills of any height. A bucolic country scene is just seconds away with this handy duo.

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See more of the Rolling Hills Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring the Rolling Hills Die-namics.

COW PRINT BACKGROUND

Tell those other stamps to moo-ve over – there’s a new background on the farm and it’s bound to become a pattern making favorite!

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See more of the Cow Print Background HERE or by watching the video below.

Happy Birthday handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring the Cow Print Background.

COW PRINT STENCIL

Just imagine dry-embossed cow print covering your card panels – this barnyard inspired pattern will work equally well for everything from downhome country to trendy and modern.

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Handmade card from Mayuri featuring the Cow Print Stencil.

We hope you’ll stick with us for the remainder of our countdown – we’re down to just four days until the May release can be all yours. To see what was created with today’s sneak peeks, keep clicking through to our Design Team member blogs.

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The May Release Countdown Begins

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May’s countdown begins with a brand-new Blueprints that is perfect for adding a bit of edge to your cards, stamps and Die-namics to honor the men in your life, and a fun new background stamp to impart some delicate whimsy to your card panels and backgrounds.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on May 5. 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 May 5 on the MFT Blog.

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BLUEPRINTS 25 DIE-NAMICS

Blueprints 25 allows you to take a slice out of your cards exposing a dynamic reveal of contrasting color or pattern beneath. This set includes three elements that can be paired with the stitched base panel in an endless variety of positions for a cool, unique look with every new project you create. Add a sentiment with one of two included banners that feature stitching along the long edges for a little twist to the traditional stitched border. Stars, in two different sizes, a quartet of circles, and a peek-a-boo strip of small holes can be used to add small layers or peek-a-boo elements.

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Follow the provided digital sketches, or become your own architect. Either way, Blueprints is the foundation of your creativity.

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See more of Blueprints 25 Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

You are my hero handmade card from Torico featuring Blueprints 25 Die-namics.

TERRIFIC TIES

Dapper neckties and bow ties in four classic patterns are countered by six debonair sentiments in Lisa Johnson Designs Terrific Ties stamp set. Use the images and phrases solo or add dimension by combining with the coordinating Die-namics. The companion Die-namics provides even more versatility as it includes dies sized to cut the coordinating images both with a small border, and crisply with no border at all. Use the layering pieces for extra dimension.

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See more of the Terrific Ties stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Terrific Ties Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

FOR THE BOYS

Honor the men in your life with Lisa Johnson Designs For the Boys stamp set. An assortment of sentiments in a variety of fonts and sizes make this a versatile set perfect for adding “look at me” greetings to your card fronts as well as finishing off your card interiors with style and panache. A trio of star images are included for accenting the phrases.

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See more of the For the Boys stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

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You're the Man handmade birthday card from Keisha Campbell featuring Terrific Ties stamp set and Die-namics from Lisa Johnson Designs.

Happy Birthday Handsome handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Terrific Ties Die-namics and For the Boys stamp set from Lisa Johnson Designs.

MYRIAD DOT BACKGROUND

Tiny irregular dots of varying size will add the subtlest bit of pattern to your cards and projects.

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See more of the Myriad Dot Background HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Myriad Dot Background stamp.

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new May release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on May 5!

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You’re the Sweetest

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Joy Taylor is back with us today sharing a delectable design inspired by an image she discovered on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and inspiration with us Joy!

You're the Sweetest handmade ice cream cone card from Joy Taylor featuring  the Sweet Treats Die-namics from Lisa Johnson Designs.

When I first saw those cute little ice cream stamps and dies, I was like “these I just have to be used on a card.” I must admit my excitement was greater than my mojo at the time, it wanted to go on hiatus and even though I was determined to have these cute ice creams on a card, I was going through product trying to work out exactly the process and approach I was going to take and failing.

I decided to run ideas through my head to see if that mojo would shift into gear. I thought of the summer for us here Down Under that had just passed and the ice creams we would pull out of the freezer to eat so we could cool down a little. I knew by this stage that I was going to have 3 ice cream cones on this card and bright colours as I think of summer with brightness.

Choosing then to sit and peruse Pinterest, I found this photo you see below, then it was like a light bulb moment that went off in the head! I loved the stripes that this little stand had and I knew I could use lots of the lovely colors from the MFT Card Stock collection.

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Starting with the background as my starting point, I went about cutting strips of Summer Splash and Sno Cone Card Stock, adhering it to a trimmed piece of white card stock. I then went about die cutting several colors of card stock to find the right matching pairs, settling on Banana Split, Razzle Berry and Orange Fizz as my fun summer colors. With additions of stars cut from Blueprints 24, clear sequins to add as sprinkles to my ice creams, and a sentiment added to a banner also from Blueprints 24, I completed my simple but fun summery card.

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Gnome Says Hello!

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You were as wowed by Jocelyn Olson’s gift wrap suite last week as we were, right? She graciously agreed to come back for one more post today because she gnomes how much we adore her work <3

Hello handmade card from Jocelyn Olson featuring You Gnome Me from Birdie Brown.

I was strolling through Pinterest and ran across these gnome hats. They are adorable, and the picture inspired me to make my own gnome hat (and matching card).

Birdie Brown’s You Gnome Me is the cutest set! I started by die cutting eight Precious Polaroids (probably my very favorite My Favorite Things die ever.) I stamped the gnome images and sentiment, and colored them with Copic markers. To add just a touch of dimension, I layered the four remaining Polaroid frames on top. Using the You Gnome Me Die-namics, I added the sweet mushroom.

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I finished the card by adding a vellum Modern Blooms flower, and layering the Polaroids over a panel embossed with the Polka Dots Cover-Up.

For the hat, I started with a party hat template I downloaded and ended up adjusting the template to get a slimmer hat.

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I cut the hat out of the Red Hot Felt. The My Favorite Things felt is so luxurious! I love that it holds its shape. Wouldn’t the hat be fun at a gnome or woodland birthday party? My hat is full-size, but mini hats for decorations would be adorable, too.

Thank you so much to MFT for asking me to guest!

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Ingenious Inking: Color-on-Color

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Layer upon layer of gorgeous, rich color – that’s the look we’ve challenged our team to achieve this month. We told them to take advantage of the possibilities MFT Inks provide by layering them with any technique at their disposal – and the results are stunning. It’s only paper and every “mistake” is simply an opportunity to try something new so grab your inks, click through our team’s creations to get inspired, and layer some color of your own!

I'm Here for You handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Winged Beauties Die-namics. butterflies, rainbow gradient

Besides being a simply beautiful example of ink blending, I’m kind of astounded by how well Kimberly’s project mirrors the look of our Ingenious Inking logo ;) When you create a panel so colorfully stunning, a handful of simple die-cut vellum accents are really the perfect finishing touch.

Happy Birthday handmade card from Keisha Campbell.

Keisha’s card radiates softly blended color providing an ideal focal point for adding a script sentiment and delicate floral accents.

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

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Introducing the My Favorite Things 2015 Creative Team

Our team is growing and we couldn’t be happier. You’ve come to expect exceptional projects from the My Favorite Things team and with the introduction of ten new team members, there’s even more reason to get excited about each new challenge and release.

We have three teams to satisfy all of your inspiration cravings. Our Design Team will continue to create incredible projects for our monthly countdown and variety of monthly Design Team challenges. Our Challenge & Inspiration Team leads the charge when it comes to weekly Sketch Challenges and bi-monthly Color Challenges. Our new Contributing Design Team will be joining in Design Team activities, sharing a project with us weekly. And of course you’ll get to see projects from everyone for special projects we occasionally share.

Behind the scenes, we’re watching the May Release shape up and I have to say, it’s pretty awesome. You’ll get to see the entire team’s work starting on Friday when the May Countdown begins so stick with us!

I encourage you to follow all of our team members – you’ll find links to their blogs and social media accounts in the sidebar for easy access, anytime. So much inspiration to be found there!

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I’m sure you’re already familiar with many of our additions but I encourage you to get to know them a little better by jumping over to their blogs.

Welcome to all of our new team members and thank you to all 28 of you. We make a pretty excellent team!

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Die-namics Design: ABC 123

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Apologies in advance if you’re humming a certain song the rest of the day…it really is as easy as 1-2-3 with our alphabet and number Die-namics though! We’ve challenged our team to showcase the versatility of those elemental wonders with cards and projects that feature our abundance of diverse alphabet and number themed Die-namics.

Handmade Love card from Keisha Campbell featuring the Layered Rose Die-namics.

Keisha took this challenge as an opportunity to showcase the Layered Rose Die-namics by replacing the “O” in her “LOVE” sentiment – what a statement it makes!

You're a Class Act handmade teacher card from Barbara Anders.

Chances are, many of you are approaching the end of the school year and maybe have teacher cards and gifts on your mind. This month’s theme lends itself perfectly to creating something special and unique for all the teachers in your life. Adding a die-cut apple created with the Red Delicious Die-namics is the perfect finishing touch.

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

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