4 Days Until the January Release

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So much love included in today’s countdown post. New Birdie Brown, new Centerpieces, new STAX, and a new size to introduce to our line of stencils – all designed to sprinkle some affection everywhere you use them.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on January 6. 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 January 6 on the MFT Blog.
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You Have My Heart is another adorable set from Birdie Brown featuring characters, accents, and greetings for Valentine’s Day, or for those special dog-lovers in your life. With this multipurpose set, you have your choice of a standing or sitting girl, nine iconic accents in a variety of sizes, and six different sentiments that range from doggone cute to Pawsitively Awesome.

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See more of the You Have My Heart stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the You Have My Heart Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Love. Front and center. That’s the feeling you’ll convey on your Valentines, wedding, anniversary, or simple love-themed projects. The Love Centerpieces Die-namics creates a generously sized peek-a-boo sentiment. Add extra interest by using the design as a shaker feature, filling the pocket with glitter or confetti you’ve created with the included hearts and xoxo options.

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

The Pierced Heart STAX Die-namics will add a dainty pierced border to a classic shape perfect for any type of project. You’ll love to express your feelings with layers upon layers of hearts in graduated sizes.

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See more of the Pierced Heart STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

The 4 ¼” x 5 ½” Background Hearts Stencil was designed to layer perfectly on an A2 card front. Add a neat four by six grid of hearts to your Valentine and other love-themed projects.

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The 4 ¼” x 5 ½” Love Stencil was designed to layer perfectly on an A2 card front. The graphic LOVE sentiment is punctuated by a heart icon in place of the “O” for an eye-catching look that will appeal to a wide variety of recipients for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

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We hope you’ll stick with us for the remainder of our countdown – we’re down to just four days until the January release can be all yours! To see what we did created with today’s sneak peek products, keep clicking through our Design Team member blogs. Our January guest designer, Nichol, is joining us again today so don’t forget to make her blog a priority stop!

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The January Release Countdown Begins

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Lavender Fields.

Cherry Crisp.

Green Room.

Lush Lagoon, Lemon Chiffon, Ripe Raspberry – the names alone conjure some pretty fantastic feelings, right? You’re probably longing for some relaxation or a delicious little morsel after reading that delightful list. I can’t promise they taste good but putting the six new colors of card stock, Pigment Ink, and Premium Dye Ink to work in your crafting will undoubtedly contribute to feelings of relaxation and happiness. That’s just the beginning though – our January release is packed full of new products to love and adore.

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on January 6. 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 January 6 on the MFT Blog.
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Yup, six new colors. In case you’re counting, that brings the total to twelve additions over the past two releases…. and we’re not done.

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The third set in our line of Tag Builder Blueprints is begging to be put to work as you craft tags, cards, gifts, and decor for Valentine’s Day, or any day you just feel like sharing the love. This set includes your choice of two different tag shapes and five different stencil-style peek-a-boo greetings. The rounded corner tag includes stitched detailing while the scalloped option has a stitchable dot border. The innovative collection of accent elements includes three peek-a-boo border options. A peek-a-boo heart grouping provides the perfect opportunity for backing with a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. Die-cut hearts, in two sizes, and an arrow, afford layering opportunities. The set is completed by a stitched heart accent that simply leaves behind the hint of a heart without completely cutting through your tag and a half heart with included emboss line down the center – cut and fold to showcase a pop of color you’ve adhered to the back of your project. Your recipient will most definitely feel the love when presented with projects created with this set!

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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 Tag Builder Blueprints 3 Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Lisa Johnson Designs has you covered this Valentine’s Day – she is an expert at envisioning romantic designs that will induce a tiny flutter in your heart. All My Love is a collection of solid and patterned heart designs as well as coordinating sentiments that will cover significant others, children, and dear friends. The included designs feature elegant flourishes and text snippets of text from vintage-look postcards for a plethora of heartfelt looks. Use alone or with the coordinating Die-namics for an endless supply of sentimental Valentine looks.

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See more of the All My Love stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the All My Love Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

The Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up Die-namics is a beautiful and inventive Die-namics that will cut a four by six grid of hearts, leaving the centerlines intact. This design feature allows you to gently bend up each side of the heart to reveal pops of color that have been layered beneath. Simple layering will produce stunning results but this design also provides so many opportunities for creative embellishment – add stitching, an ombre effect by backing with a gradient of colors, or do a partial cut leaving a solid strip to add your sentiment. Send hearts aflutter this Valentine’s Day.

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See more of the Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

The Stitchable Heart STAX Die-namics will create classic hearts with a border of stitchable dots. Use the dots as a simple decorative accent or as a guide for adding stitching, gems, brads, or to create heart shaped pockets stuffed with glitter or confetti – the choice is yours!

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See more of the Stitchable Heart STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

For our January release, the lovely and talented Nichol Magouirk is joining us to contribute her beautiful spin on the new stamp set, Die-namics, and stencils – welcome, Nichol!

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with these inspiring new products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on January 6!

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Introducing the New MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog

If you’re a fan of MFT challenges (and we know you are) then you will LOVE the news we have to share with you today.

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Introducing our new MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog. From now on, cardchallenges.com will be the permanent home of our customer challenges and the home base for a talented new group of MFT project designers. You might just be familiar with the Creative Ambassador we’ve tasked with running the show over there too. Join us in extending a BIG WELCOME to the talented, inspiring, always-positive Susan Opel!

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You’ll still continue to see amazing projects from our Creative Team featuring all of the new release products during the countdown (that starts TOMORROW by the way) and in response to our monthly Creative Team Challenges (you know about our Creative Challenge and Organization for Your Creative Space feature but we have three brand new monthly challenges that our team will be contributing to that we’ll be introducing throughout the month…stay tuned.)

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to pop over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog and familiarize yourself with the new digs. See who is joining us on the Challenge Design Team and add it to your favorite blog reader so you’ll always be notified of new posts and challenges. Susan is ready and waiting to give you a big, warm welcome and a giant, virtual hug.

We think that two MFT blogs will mean twice the inspiration for your crafting time in the upcoming year – and that’s a very good thing :)

Happy 2015.

 

Season’s Givings Blog Hop

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Here at MFT, we feel like we’re part of a close-knit community of stampers and crafters. As a part of that community, we value the idea of sharing; sharing ideas, support and love, and some of the wealth of the industry that we’re so proud to be a part of. In support of that idea, we’re thrilled to be a part of the Season’s Givings Blog Hop. It’s just one small way for us to say thank you. Thank you for being such a vital member of a thriving community. Thank you for being a customer and friend to My Favorite Things. Thank you for contributing your talent and passion. Every single participant of the Season’s Givings Blog Hop (and the list is long!) will be hosting a giveaway so please, be sure to hit them all.

Are you new to My Favorite Things? If so, WELCOME. A long time friend to MFT? Welcome to you as well (we’re always so happy to have you.) You can find us all over the web and we’d love to have you join us for more news and inspiration.

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MFT has an exceptional Design Team that consistently awes us with their talent and ingenuity. Here are a couple of examples of their outstanding work (and you’re getting a sneak peek at our January release! Our countdown starts tomorrow – I hope you’ll come back and join us as we share the complete release!)

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Our contribution to the Season’s Givings Blog Hop is a $100 Gift Voucher to the MFT Boutique. Leave a comment by the end of the day on January 4th, as we’ll select a random comment from this post and share the winner on our blog on Monday, January 5. SeasonsGivings

Once you’ve commented, head to the next stop on the hop, Technique Tuesday. Here is the entire Blog Hop list:

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Spellbinders Paper Arts

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Paper Smooches

Sweet & Sassy Stamps

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Avocado Arts

A Jillian Vance Design

Latina Crafter

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Unity Stamp Company

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Latisha Yoast

AJ Otto

Vera Yates

Julia Stainton

Judy Hayes

Kim Watson

Yana Smakula

Chari Moss

Taheerah Atchia

Shemaine Smith

Emily Spahn

Kimberly Crawford

Lee Murphy

Lovely Linda

Laura Williams

Lori Tecler

Chaitali Narla

Darsie Bruno

Lydia Fiedler

Giovana Smith

Teri Anderson

Beth Pingry

Dina Kowal

Daniela Dobson

Lisa Adametz

Piali Biswas

Kelli Green

Keri Lee Sereika

Jocelyn Olson

Julee Tilman

Michelle Woerner

Lori McAree

Theresa Momber

Anita Autore

Melody Rupple

Sean Fetterman

Bunny Vance

Tricia Traxler

Lisa Arana

Lorena Cantó

Amy Tsuruta

Jodi Collins

Tenia Nelson

Kelly Klapstein

Jill Cornell

Emily Leiphart

Becky Williams

Margie Higuchi

Lee Ann Barrett

Lisa Hoel

Heather Campbell

Lisa Henke

Sheri Holt

Michele Kovack

Ashley Harris

Sharon Harnist

Lori Craig

Nicole Nowosad

Laurel Beard

Michele Boyer

Christiana Reuling

Laurie Schmidlin

Jennifer Priest

Stacey Schafer

Heidi Blankenship

Heather Pulvirenti

Anita Madden

Gloria Stengel

Sarah Gough

Rachel Kleinman

Natalie Dever

Lorine Mason

Loretta Lock

Meihsia Liu

Sarah Martina Parker

Angeline Choo

Christine Emberson

Karen Hightower

Sabrina Alery

Debbie Seyer

Dana Joy

Cat Tidwell

Deborah Saaranen

Ceal Pritchett

Lisa Lara

Colleen Schaan

Anabelle O’Malley

Megan Hoeppner

Monika Davis

Marisa Ritzen

Wanda Guess

Jenny Peterson

Annette Allen

Gracie Chavez

Christina Griffiths

Niki G.

Kristi Schurr

Jennifer Ingle

Karolyn Loncon

Camille Robinson

Lindsey M-P

Kathy Clement

Maria Levine

Savitri Wilder

Savannah O’Gwynn

Teresa Horner

Laurel Seabrook

Libby Hickson

Yvonne Van de Grijp

Alice Wertz

Leigh Penner

Lisa Lee

Tina McDonald

Nina Yang

Angel Johns

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please, subscribe to our blog, and keep coming back for more news! This is an exciting week for us as we’ll be sharing sneak peeks of our new January Release and we’d love to have you join us for daily updates and giveaways.

Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 209

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Use this week’s sketch to stamp your seal of approval your next card project. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20.

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You have until Tuesday, January 6 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Rita! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

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Pretty Planning for an Organized Life

Planners are BIG right now and for good reason! Organize your life and be crafty all at the same time – does it get any better? Creative Team member Stephanie is with us today to share some of her thoughts on keeping a planner.

A new year is here and it’s a pretty exciting time for planner enthusiasts, as we open those fresh new pages and start filling them up! My planner is an essential tool to keep me organized and on schedule with all of the weekly activities of both my family and myself. I usually set aside time on Sunday evenings to do my planning for the upcoming week and I let myself get a little creative while doing it.

I love to add stickers, washi tape, and all kinds of fun little colorful details to my planner. Another favorite supply to use with my planner is stamps and ink and My Favorite Things has an awesome new stamp set and Die-namics coming out in the January release next week that is completely geared toward planners. The Erin Condren planner is a pretty popular one and the new stamps and Die-namics are sized to fit perfectly in the spaces provided by the EC planner, as well as other popular designs.

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I love that you can customize the header sections of the planner with one of the included die elements – you can use it to cut out card stock pieces and then glue them on, or cut them out of sticker paper. There are a ton of great words about planning that include everything from a party to a work out to a meeting and the words also work great as headings. There are also an abundance of images that can be used on their own or with the word stamps. One of my favorites is definitely the bullseye icon ;)

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These stamps and Die-namics aren’t just limited to the Erin Condren planner either! I’ve used them in my regular monthly calendar as well as another daily planner that has a completely different layout. You can customize them to easily work with whatever planner system you use.

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If you love to add fun details to your planner, then you will absolutely love this stamp and Die-namics duo – it’ll help you stay organized and have fun while doing it. Keep checking back during our upcoming countdown to see the complete product images – we’re so excited to share them with you!

Want to take a quick peek into Stephanie’s planner? Watch HERE or by simply clicking play below.

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All-Star Greetings

Suzanne Dahlberg is with us again to show off an all-star worthy card.

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Hi friends! I am back today with another fun post for My Favorite Things – this time I made a clean and simple Valentine’s Day card using the All-Star High Tops Die-namics and the Be Original stamp set. I started by stamping the sentiment onto the card base, and then, used the sneaker die to impress the image into the card on top of the greeting.

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Next, I die cut the sole of the sneaker from matching card stock and adhered it to the card front. I finished things off by stamping a heart and adding the heart die cut, which was cut using the Cool Day Die-namics.

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Many thanks to MFT for inviting me to guest this month – I really loved joining them and had so much fun playing with these goodies. Have an awesome day! Print

Birds of a Feather

Today, Barbara is sharing a pretty watercolor-look card that features a bright palette of Premium Dye Inks.

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I love to watercolor through MFT stencils and for this card, I chose the Teardrop Stencil. I used watercolor paper and a waterbrush to randomly apply Razzle Berry, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, and Steel Grey Premium Dye Inks to my paper. After I finished water coloring the teardrops, I splattered a little clear water to make the ink move in neat ways.

Next, I popped that panel up on a Sweet Tooth Card Stock base with a narrow strip of Black Licorice Card Stock peeking out. The sentiment, from Document It – Right on Target, was stamped on Black Licorice Card Stock with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Next, I cut both sizes of the feathers from the Accent It – Feathers and Arrows Die-namics, the larger from glitter paper and the smaller from Translucent Vellum, and adhered them. I finished off with some clear gems.

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Inks are far more versatile than simply stamping – play with them a bit and see where your experimentation takes your next project! Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to!

Sew Glad You’re My Friend

Laurie Willison is with us again today with a sweet and simple design – so beautiful!

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Hey there friends! I am so excited to be here today with another guest post for My Favorite Things. I have a fun, super simple card to share today, using some adorable My Favorite Things goodies.

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I used the Stitched with Love stamp set for this card. I love all the sentiments and details included in it. I used 3 stamps. I stamped the thimble in gray ink in the background and then added the sentiments in dark brown. The front card panel was made with the Blueprints 20 Die-namics. I layered up the stitched panel with that adorable scalloped layer and then onto a pink card base.  

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I added 2 little banner ends…one in pink and one vellum in the corner. I can’t get enough of these stitched dies. SO darn cute!

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I hope you enjoyed my CAS card. So honored to be a guest this month and have had so much fun with these MFT stamps and dies!

Hope you all had an amazing Christmas day! Thanks so much for stopping in! Print