Friday, September 30, 2016

Inspiration Friday - Inspired by the Arts


As the school year gets underway, perhaps your children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews are dipping their toes in the creative opportunities of the arts. This week we're paying homage to the arts — music, dance, and visual arts.

I searched the web for a variety of images pertaining to the arts, and here is a look at a few of my favorite finds:











My Favorite Things has some fantastic products that will fuel your creative urges. Let's take a look at some awesome projects that will inspire you to create designs dedicated to the arts!

Anna features the adorable Beautiful Girl stamp set in this lovely pink concoction. This sweetie will dance right into your heart!

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Beautiful Girl stamp set and Die-namics, Beautiful Blooms Background stamp, and Striped Sentiment Strip Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

This gorgeous Christmas greeting by Jodi Collins is made all the more festive with the Sheet Music Background stamp. It's the perfect backdrop for the stunning poinsettia from the Winter Warmth stamp set.

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set, Winter Warmth stamp set and Die-namics, Diagonal Stripes and Sheet Music Background stamps, Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics #mftstamps

Our Abstract Art stamp set gives you an artistic flair without a lot of work. Create swathes of color and add a bold sentiment like Donna did here.

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Abstract Art stamp set and Blueprints 24 Die-namics #mftstamps

The Tutu Cute stamp set is full on adorable, and Stephanie takes it to an extra level of sweetness with the bow in the dancing girl's hair. Love it.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Pure Innocence Tutu Cute stamp set and Die-namics, and Pierced Heart STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Torico creates music with the Strike up the Band stamp set. Those cute bunnies might just be the exact encouragement that your friend needs!

Handmade card from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Strike up the Band stamp set and Die-namics and Watercolor Stripes Background stamp #mftstamps

Before you go, take a look at a few of the arts-related things you can buy at the My Favorite Things online store! Simply click on the photo to be taken directly to the product. If the product is currently out of stock, you can sign up for an email notification once it's back in stock!



Here's to a creative weekend!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

MFT from A to Z

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When it comes to  My Favorite Things, there's a lot to love, wouldn't you agree? Let's celebrate all the awesome things that make MFT so great - from A to Z!

Alphabets 



If you want to spell just about anything, our alphabet Die-namics are perfect in every way!

Blogs and Blueprints


We've got two blogs to keep you inspired and informed. Besides this one, you can visit the MFT Blog. We also love our innovative Blueprints Die-namics, touted as The Foundation for Your Creativity. You can use our Blueprints Sketches HERE, or mix and match the pieces to create something uniquely you!


Card Stock, Challenges, and Customer Service


The letter C brings you many wonderful things from My Favorite Things — from a delicious array of colorful card stock to sketch and color challenges and some of the greatest customer service out there!


Design Team and Die-namics


A fantastic Design Team helps us to showcase our amazing products, and our vast catalogue of Die-namics (our EXCLUSIVE, American made line of steel dies) gives you unlimited options and hours of creativity!


Education


Scroll through our Educational Resources, and you never know what you'll learn! From links to theme weeks to Tips & Tricks to FREE classes for each release, we'll help you hone your craft and learn new techniques and crafting tips! Having a serious aha moment is just a few clicks away!

Facebook and Flickr


In this day and age, a presence on Facebook is a must, and our Facebook page is awash with inspiration, information, sales, and links to fuel your creativity. Be sure to give us a "like" so that you don't miss one single minute! We also host two Facebook groups — one for general MFT chatter and another dedicated to our challenges. Join us for all of the fun and friendship that you can find! You can also find us on Flickr HERE.

Guest Designers and Gift Cards


It's always a privilege to get our product in the hands of talented guest designers, and their creativity inspires us immensely! Scroll through innovative and spectacular projects created by friends of the MFT Family! You can find guests on this blog HERE and on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog HERE. And what would we be without our super fun gift cards? We give them away as prizes sometimes, but they also make great gifts for all of your crafty friends!

Hybrid Inks (and Premium Dye Inks, too!)


Our Hybrid Inks are superb, and we're pretty proud of our Premium Dye Inks, too. Check out the graphic above to see what makes each of them great and to learn how they differ.

Instagram


If eye candy is what you're looking for, hop on Instagram and follow us HERE. We post fresh content, videos, and exciting updates daily. You can also get lost in projects featuring MFT created by designers around the world by following #mftstamps.

Joy!


The absolute joy of new products arriving on your doorstep. The joy of creating. The joy of making people smile with your handmade cards. And the joy of the friendships made because of our wonderful hobby. Pure, unadulterated JOY!

Kim van der Sanden


Our founder, Kim van der Sanden opened My Favorite Things in 2006, initially offering existing paper-crafting products that were her favorites, the impetus behind the company’s name — My Favorite Things. She then decided to produce proprietary products and debuted her initial line-up of stamps in 2008.  Kim's continued emphasis on offering the highest quality products, delivering excellent customer service, and helping paper crafters everywhere bring their creativity to life has resulted in My Favorite Things becoming a well-respected industry favorite.

Label Templates


In an effort to help you get organized, we provide downloadable Label Templates for each release with the names of all of our stamp sets, stencils, and Die-namics. The .doc files are compatible with 8195 Avery Return Labels, 8167 Avery Return Labels, and all comparable sizes. Getting organized was never easier!

Monthly Releases


With our monthly releases and now our mid-month card kit releases, you never have to wait too long to discover something new from My Favorite Things!

Newsletter


Our newsletter is a source of My Favorite Things news and inspiration delivered right to your inbox! You can sign up HERE. Even if you're already receiving our newsletters, be sure to update your preferences to get exactly what you want.

Organizational Solutions


You've got all sorts of our fun products, but how do you keep it all organized? Check out our Organizational Solutions for myriad ways to tame everything in your stash from card stock to stamps to stencils to inks! Keeping things organized gives you more time to create!

Periscope, Pinterest, and Prizes


The letter P is a big one, for sure. From live broadcasts on our Periscope channel allowing you to see our products first hand and to ask questions in real time, to our Pinterest profile with over 15,500 projects, sketches, and videos neatly categorized by type, we're helping you get creative all over the world wide web! And we LOVE giving out prizes, too. Follow us on all of our social media channels and sign-up for our newsletter so you can get in on the fun!

Quality


We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest quality products. Our clear stamps, Die-namics, and stencils are made in the USA, and we take great care that everything is top-notch in every way.

Resources


Our Printable Resources provide you with lots of handy information — from sketches to color charts to Cutting & Embossing Guides and Color Reference Guides for our patterned paper packs. We do our best to take the guesswork out of your creative time! You never know what sort of gem you'll find when perusing our resources.


Stamps and Stencils


Our fantastic stamps have been a part of our history from the very beginning. We've created an extensive library of both clear stamps and rubber background stamps for unlimited inky fun! From Birdie Brown to Laina Lamb Design to Lisa Johnson Designs to Miss Tiina to Pure Innocence — whatever your style, we have something for you! And don't forget our super cool collection of stencils! They will work on a variety of surfaces including card stock, canvas, cork, chipboard, acetate, and fabric, and they allow you to paint, spray, mist, spritz, airbrush, sponge, doodle, mask, and more!

Twitter


The fast paced world of Twitter keeps us informed in 140 characters or less. You can find us there every day of the week! Follow us on Twitter HERE to always be in the know.

U (and by that we mean YOU!)


We wouldn't be where we are today without all of you — our faithful followers, our coolest customers, and our biggest fans. Thank YOU for all that you do to make us great! We love our community of MFT friends!

Value


Not only are our products of the highest quality, we offer great value, too. Our carefully created monthly card kits provide a savings of  25-30% on exclusive, custom-curated products with you, the crafter in mind. 

Ways to Save


We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase:
  1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).
  2. USA customers receive FREE shipping on each order over $75 (you will see a $6.50 credit automatically applied to your shopping cart). International customers will receive a $6.50 shipping credit on all orders over $75, automatically applied to your shopping cart.
  3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500.

X-tra Care


A shout out to our phenomenal warehouse staff! They take pride in packaging your box full of happiness with the utmost care with pretty pink tissue paper and a delicious mint! And then they let you know that your package is on its way with timely emails and tracking numbers. When you see Out for Delivery, it's a reason to celebrate!

YouTube


If you love learning, our YouTube channel MFTv will get you inspired and creating! Beginners can learn firsthand simple Tips & Tricks, and even the most advanced crafter can learn cool techniques in our weekly MFTv videos. If you're interested in how a certain product works, we share informative videos showcasing every product in each release. Take some time to explore, and don't forget to subscribe to our channel. You won't regret it!


Zoo


And finally, we have a ZOO full of creatures for you to create with! Our adorable menagerie includes just about any animal imaginable from Adorable Elephants to Forest Friends to Flamingos and Magical Unicorns. There are llamas and monkeys and pigs and hedgehogs, too!

There's so much to love about My Favorite Things, and we're glad to share it with you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 300

Welcome to our 300th sketch from the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog. We're so glad you've decided to pay us a visit, and we hope that you'll be inspired!

Below you'll find Sketch 300. 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 worth up to $20.


The My Favorite Things Creative Team has been busy getting creative! Let's see what they have up their sleeves for Sketch 300!

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Essential Sentiments stamp set, Lined Up Dots Background stamp, Hello Beautiful, Heart STAX, and Blueprints 28 Die-namics #mftstamps

In her direct take on sketch 300, Keisha features a bold red heart and a neutral background using the Lined Up Dots Background stamp. The red sequins are the absolute PERFECT finishing touch.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Laina Lamb Design Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Party Die-namics, Blueprints 2, Blueprints 13, and Blueprints 20 Die-namics #mftstamps

Instead of a heart, Julie features a whimsical stack of tea cups created with the Tea Party Die-namics. She also moves the sentiment to on the lower portion of her design to create balance. Cute!

What a pleasure it's been to have Julie Ebersole as our Guest Designer this month! You can follow her blog Paper Trufflez HERELet's see how Julie interpreted her last sketch with us:

Handmade card from Julie Ebersole featuring Chevron Grid Background stamp, Big Hello and Single Stitch Line Circle Frames Die-namics #mftstamps

A neutral background stamped with the Chevron Grid Background stamp is the foundation for Julie's design. It allows her citrusy color combination to take center stage. A Big Hello makes bold impact, and the addition of silver sparkle circles is, well, quite delightful!

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Birdie Brown Happy Hedgehogs stamp set and Die-namics, Stitched Heart STAX, Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX, Blueprints 13, and Blueprints 20  Die-namics #mftstamps

Jodi has a heart for the Happy Hedgehogs, and two cuties frolic in the pretty pink heart on her design. The cute patterned paper creates quick colorful interest without a lot of work!

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring  Birdie Brown Penguins in Paradise stamp set and Die-namics, Stitched Arch STAX and Blueprints 24 Die-namics #mftstamps

Instead of a heart, Donna interprets the sketch with a cool circle for our favorite partying penguin. Remember, if a sketch has a shape, you can always swap that shape out for something a little different. That's the beauty of card sketches!

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring Fall Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Typewriter Text Background stamp, and Stitched Fishtail Frames, and Blueprints 15 Die-namics #mftstamps

When you look at the Fall Friends stamp set, your eye probably doesn't go immediately to the apple, but sometimes those little stamps can be the impetus for a fantastic design. Karolyn's loose interpretation of Sketch 300 is fit for a teacher who is making a difference. And I hear that gingham apples are EXTRA delicious.

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven stamp set and Die-namics, Roses All Over Background stamp, Heart STAX and Blueprints 13 Die-namics #mftstamps

Keeway's cute take on Sketch 300 features a heart-toting swine from the Hog Heaven stamp set. She takes the adorability of that set to a different level by adding in the sophisticated pattern of the Roses All Over Background stamp. I am IN LOVE.

Congratulations, Barb Ghig! 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.

You have until Tuesday, October 4th, at noon EDT 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 and/or dies in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.


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 Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using the hashtag #mftstamps


Join the fun at our MFT Challenge & Inspiration group on Facebook!






Keisha


Julie D.


Julie E.


Jodi


Donna


Karolyn


Keeway


As always, we are thrilled to have you participate in our inspiring sketch challenges!