Monday, July 24, 2017

Tips, Tutorials, & Techniques - Smart Align




One of the greatest challenges we've encountered in our crafting is lining up intricate stamps and dies when there is no obvious match point — the flowers in our July card kit are a perfect example of this situation. We challenged ourselves to come up with a solution to this problem and Smart Align is the result. We're so excited to be able to include this feature in our July kit, as well as future stamp and die combos that warrant this revolutionary feature.

Watch our Smart Align introductory video HERE, or by watching below. For more tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel!







Check out some card kit samples from our team to see how Smart Align helped them create picture-perfect florals:


Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

We can't wait to get Smart Align stamps and Die-namics into your hands! Make sure to tag your next MFT project with #mftstamps - you might just be spotted. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Inspiration Friday - Inspired by Lazy Summer Days



I don't know about you but I never need an excuse to partake in ice cream. July is ice cream month though so in effort to be super supportive, I'm doing my part by enjoying it as often as possible (but quite possibly more than any one person should. My kids aren't complaining ;) A creamy sweet treat is a summertime essential so today, I'm inspired by those lazy, hazy days of summer we're currently in the midst of.

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Celebrating sum-sum-summertime with some crafting this weekend? Make sure you tag #mftstamps so we can admire your handiwork!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Creative Construction with Blueprints: It's You Turn!

Our Creative Construction with Blueprints Challenge is a long-standing Creative Team challenge that's been hosted on our MFT blog for quite some time. We thought it would be fun to turn the challenge over to you though — we're well-aware of the talent our customers have and know you'll bring some brand new ideas to the table when it comes to putting your Blueprints collection to work.

Every month, you'll be able to participate in the same challenge our team has been playing along with. The only difference is, one of *you* will be the lucky winner of our monthly $50 gift voucher! Are you ready to tackle your first Blueprints Challenge? Let's do it.

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards (and tags!) 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 design combining elements from the featured Blueprints.


A pretty package is an inviting way to encourage loved ones to dig into gifts with gusto. Presenting gift cards in a unique way can pose a challenge but trust us, it’s a challenge we’re up to tackling. Our Blueprints series includes an abundance of elements that help make your gift card presentation as exciting as its contents.

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

If you're recipient isn't excited by the pretty piggy on the card front, imagine their excitement at the protest of popping that card front open to see what's hidden within! The scored tab element in Blueprints 32 is the perfect way to create a "tuck spot" for a concealing flap. 

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kristina Pavlovic featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

"X" marks the spot on Kristina's treasure of a card. Blueprints 28 features a full stitched panel with integrated flap to make it so easy to create a super surprise like this one. Don't you love how Kristina's filled her panel with an adventuresome scene? Ingenious!

Now, it's your turn. You have until Wednesday, August 16, at noon EDT to add your link and be eligible for the prize of $50 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! 



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.

Check out some of the other projects this week's sketch inspired our team to create:




Watch for shout outs on the blog every Tuesday, too! We'll feature fun, unique, clever, and noteworthy projects submitted using MFT products with design tips and trend talk. Who knows? You might be SPOTTED! Share your cards on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook using the hashtag #mftstamps


Join the fun at our MFT Insiders group on Facebook!



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 342

Welcome to another weekly Sketch Challenge!

Turn each inspiring sketch into a mini work of art to add to your stash — you could also add $50 worth of brand new MFT to your collection! Now that is a win-win.


Below you'll find Sketch 342. Create cards, scrapbook layouts, home decor, treat containers, mixed media, etc. using this week's sketch and be sure to link your project below for a chance at the weekly My Favorite Things Gift Voucher.



Sketch Challenge 342 #mftstamps

Let's check out July guest Brianna's sketch-inspired look for the week!


Brianna went bold and graphic this week creating a text-based pattern in vivid colors using All About You. She topped her look off with the wildly popular Happy Hippo (and friends!) resulting in a card that won't soon be forgotten.

Handmade card from Brianna Loeffelbein featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The central area of this week's sketch provides so much opportunity for getting creative! Barbara filled it with the sweetest sentiment from Beautiful Baby and our new Star Shaker Window & Frame. Her pink and gold palette and smattering of stars reinforces the feminine feel without making it over-the-top girly.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A super sketch calls for a Super Boy and this week, Jane has delivered. Her expert coloring skills are on full display not only in our sweet superhero but also in the background she created to coordinate with the sketch elements. 


Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Congratulations, Kelsey C.! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. 

You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.


Now, it's your turn. You have until Tuesday, July 25, at noon EDT to add your link and be eligible for the prize of $50 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! 





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

Check out some of the other projects this week's sketch inspired our team to create:






Watch for shout outs on the blog every Tuesday, too! We'll feature fun, unique, clever, and noteworthy projects submitted using MFT products with design tips and trend talk. Who knows? You might be SPOTTED! Share your cards on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook using the hashtag #mftstamps


Join the fun at our MFT Insiders group on Facebook!




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You've Been Spotted - July 18, 2017

Each week we see fantastic projects featuring My Favorite Things product, and we're always so thrilled to see what our customers and followers are creating!

Today, we'd like to shine the spotlight on some awesome projects that have caught our attention in another edition of You've Been Spotted


If you see your project featured, feel free to post this image on your blog and link to this post to show the world that you were spotted by My Favorite Things!


Kathy Arnett McNally


Kathy has elevated the Sweet Succulents stamp images into a trio of eminently frameable art pieces. Her Distress Ink watercolor technique is the perfect complement to the prickly but endearing images.

Amy Yang



There is still time to play along with our most recent Color Challenge — if Amy's challenge-inspired card featuring the new Happy Hippos set doesn't motivate you, what will? The colors look amazing but that bundle of balloons she created is epically awesome!

Susie Moore



Susie's soft color choices, pinstriped background, and gentle sea make this a perfect card for so many occasions — I'm smitten with the idea of welcoming a new baby to the world with something similar. You Float My Boat is a small but mighty set!


Bianca


A common theme in today's group of cards is inpeccable color choices. Bianca's duo of Tiki Party cards is rendered in warm tones evocative of a tropical sunset...what could possibly be better than golden hour light in paradise?

Svetlana



Super Boy is the hero you've been waiting to introduce to your crafting. He's a joy to color and works equally well planted in a city scene or as a standalone feature on a bold, graphic look like Svetlana's.

Which design is your favorite this week? Be sure to leave these talented folks some love. And who knows? You might be spotted sometime soon!