Summer School Winners

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxThough My Favorite Things Summer School is on break, we hope that you’re still applying the principles we taught in our first session. It was so fun to hear about your lightbulb moments as each lesson unfolded.

Before we announce our 10 winners, I wanted to share some wonderful feedback we received from you, our readers.

From Susie on the blog – “I’ve been a fan of MFTstamps for a very long time… Most companies or designers would charge for this valuable advice, which makes me admire MFTstamps even more… You can bet I’m going back through from the beginning because I don’t want to miss a single tidbit of information. Kudos to all for such a wonderful summer school session!”

From meghanshea3377 on Instagram – “I just wanted to say THANK YOU @mftstamps ! I placed my first online order last week and was AMAZED at how fast it got to me. It literally took 36 hour approximately. Needless to say…. I placed another order last night and have already received email notification it in transit. Reason a million why I love your company (and obviously your products!) everyone else- if you guys haven’t have ordered from them online…DO IT! You won’t be disappointed!”

From Judy Sander on the blog – “Since I can’t afford to go to art school, these lessons are simply wonderful for me. In my 3 years of making cards, I never thought about ‘composition’. New awareness I will not forget. Thanks so much. The cards on movement and flow are awesome. This lesson was the hardest for me, but the video really cleared things up. Thank you, thank you.”

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

Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds Winner

Wendy McGaffey nailed the Rule of Thirds lesson with this gorgeous card. Her intentional placement along the imaginary grid lines makes this a stand out in design.

Focal Point

Focal Point Winner

Rae Barthel expertly drew all the focus to the circle, sentiment, and butterfly in her design. The pretty patterned papers serve as the perfect backdrop for the Focal Point of her card.

Movement/Flow

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Vanessa Menhorn created magical Movement in her design leading the eye from the gnome to the colorful arch of hearts and sequins to the sentiment.

Line

Line WInner

Diane Jaquay drew the eye across her card with wonderful watercolor lines. We love her use of Line to balance the design. The dimension created with the Sun, Moon, & Stars Die-namics really makes this design top-notch.

Quiet Space

Quiet Space Winner

Michelle Short epitomized the soft and sweet balance of Quiet Space in her lovely card. It takes a great deal of restraint to pull off this look, and Michelle did it with panache!

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

Susan Lang | JJHere | Liz O. | Greta H. | Marilyn

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 Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

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Rule of Thirds | Focal Point | Movement/Flow | Line | Quiet Space

Until next time! Class dismissed.

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MFTv – I Don’t Know What I’d Do Without You

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Totally luxe, completely rich – gold just adds something special to cards and paper crafted projects. Last week, we featured the beautiful metallic texture pastes. This week, we’re taking that precious metal look in a slightly different direction with a gorgeous foiling technique. With three different foil colors to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect complement to your next project. Did we mention it’s easy? And that this technique provides yet one more way to put that collection of stencil to use?

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring metallic foiling technique.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring metallic foiling technique.

Watch the video HERE to see how Kimberly created this masterpiece 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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Herd You Had a Birthday

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Good morning! Debbie Olson back again today with some more fabulous MFT goodies to share!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics.

One of my favorite of the newer MFT stamp sets is The Whole Herd; there are just so many ways that you can use this set, especially when you consider how well it pairs with the Green Pastures set too.

I stamped the front cow (second from right) first. (Okay, it could be a bull, but since it would be odd to have a herd of bulls, I’ve decided that mine will be a cow!) Next I stamped and trimmed a mask for that one so that I could stamp the cows around her. Finally, I had to cut two more partial masks so that I could mask off the three cows in front of the haystack.

I used a Copic black 0.3 Multiliner to sketch some rolling hills as a backdrop for my cows and haystack. As an afterthought, I added the little pig, popped up with foam tape, for some variety in both color and subject matter—loved him! He was cut with The Whole Herd Die-namics.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics.

For the card’s inside, I used the Rolling Hills Die-namics to cut both the grass and the fence. I cut them both from white cardstock, then used the same Copic green markers on the inside grass that I had used on the outside grass (shown below). I colored the cow pretty much the same as the ones on the outside of the card, except that I made the nose a little lighter and liked that better—not enough better to redo the front though! I airbrushed sky (Copic B02 marker and airbrush system) on the inside because all of my elements were die-cut, and therefore I didn’t need to do any masking to airbrush the sky. Airbrushing it also kept the ink from coming through the other side of the cardstock as it would have if I had hand-colored it with my Copics. I masked the sentiment when I stamped it to include just the part that I wanted.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics.

Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used on the card.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics.

The banner is cut with Blueprints 20, and patterned paper is from Carta Bella’s Summer Lovin’ 6” x 6” pad. I used Blueprints 20 to cut the focal image panel as well as the little black scalloped edge at the bottom. The finished card is a bit oversized at 5-1/2” square.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

How about some butterflies next? Maybe they flit around the farm—you never know! For these cards I used the Flutter of Butterflies – Lace Die-namics, paired with Blueprints 20 on the standing card and Blueprints 15 on the card that is lying down.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

On this card I also used the Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX for the sentiment, which is from the Tickled Pink stamp set. The background is watercolored with distress inks, and the butterflies are coated in glue pen and glitter

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

For these butterflies, I watercolored a white piece of card stock with various distress inks, then die cut my butterflies when it was completely dry. I used a glue pen to add glitter afterward. The sentiment is from Blue Skies Ahead, inked in Sno-Cone and Blue Breeze Hybrid Inks and cut with the Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX. The scalloped layer is MFT Sno Cone Card Stock.

Again, thank you so much to Kim and MFT for allowing me to be a guest on the blog—I’ve loved it!

Debbie Olson

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Watercolor Wonders

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Good morning! Debbie Olson here, and I am delighted to be a guest today and tomorrow on the MFT Stamps blog. I confess that I’ve ordered more than my fair share of sweet stamp sets and dies from My Favorite Things, and it’s always exciting to get a box with “a whole lot of happy” inside!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring the Watercolor Flowers stamp set and Die-namics.

Today I am using the Watercolor Flowers stamp set, along with its coordinating Watercolor Flowers Die-namics and several other MFT Die-namics sets, including Blueprints 20 (for the Pink Lemonade scalloped layer and card base), Blueprints 24 (for the floral-stamped focal image layer) and the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX (for the sentiment on Cotton Candy Card Stock.)

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring the Watercolor Flowers stamp set and Die-namics.

To stamp the pink flowers, I used Pink Lemonade, Cotton Candy, and Razzle Berry Hybrid Inks, as well as Banana Split, Lemon Drop, and Safety Orange Hybrid Inks. I also used a touch of Orange Zest for the flower center of the yellow flowers. For leaves, I used Limelight, Sour Apple, and Gumdrop Green inks (some Hybrid and some Premium Dye – I have a mixture of ink pad types.) I applied dots of glue with a glue pen to the flower centers and sprinkled the wet glue with crystal glitter. The sentiment is from the Tickled Pink stamp set, heat embossed with detail white embossing powder on Cotton Candy Card Stock.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring the Watercolor Flowers stamp set and Die-namics.

I played with a second, simpler card using a different ink color scheme, including MFT Hybrid Inks in the following colors: Red Hot, Insulation Pink, Brick Red, Fuse Green, and Olive. The “Miss You” sentiment is from the Written in Watercolor stamp set, stamped in Nightshift Blue ink. I airbrushed the card background with my Copic Airbrush System and Copic B45 Sketch Marker. The bottom layer of flowers was hand-trimmed, and the top flower/leaves are cut with the Watercolor Flowers Die-namics. I cut my Nightshift Blue scalloped edge from the Blueprints 20 set and my focal panels with Blueprints 24.

If you haven’t played with the Hybrids Inks much, you might not realize that colors appear to shift a bit when you stack them differently on a multi-step stamp set. So, if you think that you have three inks that will work together, BUT one of them is a bit too dark, then go ahead and stamp that darker layer before you stamp the lighter layer, and the lighter layer will cover over the darker layer enough to lighten it up a bit. At least, that’s what it seemed like for me! On the card above, I stamped my Red Hot layer FIRST (even though it was the second stamp in the three-step group), then my Insulation Pink on top of the Red Hot (lightening my Red Hot a bit), and finally added the third layer of Brick Red. For the leaves, I used Fuse Green and Olive Hybrid Inks.

I have two more fabulous MFT sets to play with in tomorrow’s post, so I hope to see you then. Thanks for visiting!

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Hay There!

If you’ve been around here for awhile, you’ll recognize this pretty face right away. We’re so pleased to have MFT Design Team superstar alumnus Karen Giron joining us today.

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I am extremely thrilled to be back, as a guest, designing for MFT! I picked up this adorable Birdie Brown set – The Whole Herd – and re-introduced myself to my Copic Markers. I cut out the pig and cow with The Whole Herd Die-namics and then stamped the animals in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.

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The Barn Die-namics really make a fun backdrop for my little animals; I pieced together the barn and then set it over the scalloped Stitched Speech Bubble Edges Die-namics, which looks like a big fluffy cloud to me. To make the hay stand out a bit, I added some strips of color using various Copics.

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Ingenious Inking: Compatible with Copics

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Chances are, you loved coloring as a child. Chances are even greater, that you still love coloring as an adult. You may not make time for it anymore but we hope this month’s challenge changes that. Coloring is a relaxing and beautifully effective way of enhancing your stamped images. Not all inks are a great match for coloring but the MFT Hybrid Inks are a perfect companion to this technique.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Sweet Birthday Wishes stamp set from Birdie Brown.

Julie pulled out her Copics to color Birdie Brown’s Sweet Birthday Wishes girl. The Birdie Brown line is FULL of adorable images that are an absolute joy to color.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Pure Innocence Feline Better stamp set and Die-namics.

Pure Innocence has long been an MFT staple and now that we offer companion Die-namics for newly introduced images, fussy cutting is a thing of the past – spend your time coloring, not hand cutting!

Keep clicking to see how the team mixed MFT Hybrid with Copic coloring for this month’s Ingenious Inking Challenge.

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MFTv – Life Is Better with Friends

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Have you had a chance to play with the gorgeous metallic texture pastes yet? They are available in three stunning colors and add so much to your cards – a little goes a long way as well so you’ll be able to really spread the wealth when it comes to crafting gorgeous looks. This week’s episode of MFTv is chock full of tips for applying and manipulating this versatile product.

Handmade card from Kimberly Craford featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

Handmade card from Kimberly Craford featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

Watch the video HERE to see how Kimberly created this masterpiece 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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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Quiet Space/White Space

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxPretty soon you’ll need to clear out your desks and take a little vacation from summer school, but before you go, we have one last lesson to share. And by the way… did you notice the Session One in our logo? We’ll be back later this summer with more fun classes!

Our last lesson for this session falls under the umbrella of balance and will teach you the design concept of using Quiet Space (aka White Space). “White space” stays in the background to make the focal point or the sentiment the unabashed star of the show. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be white!

Lesson #5 – Balance: Quiet Space/White Space

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Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to get some fantastic tips from her about creating a card with Quiet Space/White Space. There’s even a bonus lesson on how she achieved the shading on her cute cow from The Whole Herd stamp set.

I just loved Stephanie’s tip for salvaging the card stock panel that was stained with the embossing paste. The double white panel adds interest and depth to the vast amount of white space in this design.

Stephanie’s good design is evident with the Focal Point falling on one of the intersections or the imaginary grid we learned about on Monday in our first lesson on the Rule of Thirds.

Cute Cow Card by Stephanie Klauck featuring the Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics and the Cow Print stencil #mftstamps

By utilizing Quiet Space/White Space, Stephanie places all of her focus on the Focal Point of this adorable card!

To aid in your learning , we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School 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 belowMaster the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on June 30. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

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All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on June 26th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, June 30.

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 master Quiet Space in your projects.

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations, and we’ll see you for Summer School Session Two later this summer.

Now make sure to do your homework! Class dismissed.

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Die-namics Design: Shape it Up

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We love STAX for their versatility and value. Basic shapes in a variety of sizes make them a fantastic way to beef up your toolbox with supplies that will stand the test of time and never go out of style. Beyond simple matting, these die cuts can be layered and combined in completely new and unique ways and this month, our team will give you just a taste of their capabilities. While STAX run the gamut to include stars, hearts, and flags, this month we’re focusing on the most elemental shapes of all: squares, rectangles, circles, and ovals. We’ve opened things up a little bit to include a variety of border options so you’ll see some stitched and pierced detailing, but you’ll be astounded by how creative you can be with a few simple lines and curves.

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Pure Innocence Tutu Cute stamp set and Die-namics.

Torico backed her beautiful ballerina with lots of stitched layers and delicate scribbles. Her soft color palette, patterning, and scallops reinforce the graceful feel of the card.

Handmade card from Teri Anderson featuring the Stars & Wishes Die-namics from Laina Lamb Design and Cross-Stitch Circle STAX Die-namics.

Bold and graphic is a hallmark of Teri’s style and this card, featuring lots of circles and stars, is no exception!

Are you itching to stock up on STAX? Save 10% on all in-stock Die-namics in our STAX category today only! Happy shopping :)

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Want to see more inspiration from our team? Keep on clicking to see how they interpreted this month’s Die-namics Design challenge.

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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Line

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxSharpen your pencils and take your seats! It’s time for another lesson in design. We hope you’ve been soaking in all of the good stuff we’ve shared this week. And better yet, we’d love to see what you’ve been learning!

Achieving Balance is essential to good design. Balance is the way the elements of a card (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) are arranged to create a feeling of stability; a pleasing or harmonious arrangement or proportion in a card design. We’ll round out the week with two lessons on keeping everything balanced! Today’s lesson is about the intentional use of Line in your designs. Horizontal lines can be calm and quiet or an anchor, while vertical lines can convey movement.

Lesson #4 – Balance: Line

Say hello to today’s instructor, My Favorite Things Design Team member Kay Miller. Kay has prepared an excellent lesson on achieving balance in your design by using Line.

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To begin with, Kay has some key points to remember about using line:

Lines are very important in graphic design and in card making. Lines can do many things to add visually interesting content to your design. Understanding how to use lines can help you communicate a certain feeling or idea in your work.

1. Lines draw the eye to the focal point.

2. Lines can divide  space and direct the viewers’ eyes.

3. Lines direct the flow of content.

4. Lines can help give emphasis to a specific area.

Lines can be created using so many different things. You can use strips of paper, stencils, line stamps, or dies. You can also watercolor lines or use text to create lines.

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Kay cut four lines and inlaid them into white card stock to make everything flat. Once that step was complete, she cut the entire panel with the stitched rectangle from Blueprints 20.

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These colorful horizontal lines become the perfect place to place a Focal Point as they ground the design.

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Pop up the Focal Point and accents with foam tape, and the design is complete. Notice, too, that the horizontal lines are placed on one of the imaginary line of thirds that Kimberly covered Monday in her lesson on the Rule of Thirds.

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And there you have it. A well balanced card with perfect composition! Thanks for a great lesson, Kay!

Better with Friends Card by Kay Miller Featuring the Laina Lamb Designs Tickled Pink stamp set and the Flower Medley and the Spring Garden Die-namics #mftstamps

To aid in your learning , we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School 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 belowMaster the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on June 30. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

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All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on June 26th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, June 30.

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 achieve Line in your projects.

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Now make sure to do your homework! Class dismissed.

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