Friday, January 20, 2017

Inspiration Friday - Inspired by Quilts

As the chill of winter settles in for a bit, our trusty blankets, quilts, and throws add warmth to our lives. While they can be merely utilitarian, they can also be gorgeous works of art!

I searched the web for a variety of images featuring stunning handmade quilt designs, and here is a look at a few of my favorite finds:

My Favorite Things has many fantastic products that allow you to create quilts with paper. Let's take a look at some cozy quilt-inspired projects!

When sickness strikes, a warm blanket brings immeasurable comfort. This card by Julia features a lovely quilted look created with the Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up Die-namics and a fitting sentiment from the Let's Get Cozy stamp set.

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Let’s Get Cozy stamp set and Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

This heartening design from Barbara would bring lovely reassurance with its soft colors and sincere sentiment. Barbara used the Quilt Square Cover-Up and Roses in Bloom Die-namics for this soft and pretty card.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Deepest Sympathy stamp set, and Roses in Bloom and Quilt Square Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

When apologies are in order, a card like this one from Torico would be a nice surprise. Her "quilt" is created with the Star Grid Cover-Up Die-namics. What a cool effect she created with the inlaid die cutting technique. The sentiment from the Let's Get Cozy stamp set is the perfect finishing touch.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Let's Get Cozy stamp set and Star Grid Cover-Up and Blueprints 9 Die-namics #mftstamps

Julie's cheery card using the Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up Die-namics would be a wonderful way to send warm wishes to a friend in the dead of winter. Her use of plaid patterned paper adds to the cozy feel of this homey design.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Let’s Get Cozy stamp set and Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up and Blueprints 13 Die-namics #mftstamps

What about creating a custom birthday card for a friend who loves to quilt like Jodi did? She used the Quilt Square Cover-Up Die-namics and dressed up the pieces of the quilt by using background stamps on colorful card stocks. The button and twine add to the quilting theme.

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Spring tulips stamp set, Tiny Stars Background stamp, and Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX and Quilt Square Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

Before you go, take a look at a few of the quilting 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, January 19, 2017

There's Still Time - Color Challenge 61

There's still time to participate in Color Challenge 61! Remember, you don't have to have the EXACT colors to play. Just use colors inspired by the ones you see below. 

Add in touches of neutrals like white, black, or kraft, but challenge yourself to incorporate all four of the colors. 

This challenge features soft colors to inspire you  Coral Crush, Persimmon, Berrylicious, and Gravel Gray.

Once you've created your card, you can add it to the InLinkz located HERE. You could win a gift card to the My Favorite Things online store worth up to $20. So I'm just gonna leave THAT right there!

A shout out to our challenge participants! We already have quite a few entries for this color challenge, but there is always room for more.

Let's check out a couple of fun projects submitted so far:

Birdie Brown Birthday Bears stamp set and Die-namics  - Jo Herbert #mftstamps

Jo's cute card features one of our Birthday Bears popping out of a box with some cute birthday wishes. Such a fun interpretation of Color Challenge 61!

Birdie Brown Beast Friends stamp set and Die-namics - Cecilie Malling #mftstamps

Cecilie's colors don't match PERFECTLY, but that's OK! Our challenges are always a jumping off point for creativity. And how cute is that peachy scarf on the gift-toting Beast Friends yeti?

OK, so what are you waiting for? If you've never participated in one of our color challenges, this is me officially throwing down a challenge! Let's see what you've got!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 316

Welcome to a new 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 316. 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 316!

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring Knight in Shining Armor stamp set and Die-namics, Castle, Cloud 9, and Stitched Arch STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Inge created an adorable soft fairytale scene using a cute horse from the Knight in Shining Armor stamp set and the new Castle Die-namics to form her focal point for Sketch 316. The castle turret helps to extend the right line of the sketch along with her striped patterned paper.

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring Kind Words stamp set, Abstract Heart, Stitched Sentiments Strips, and Blueprints 23 Die-namics #mftstamps

In place of the circle in the sketch, Karolyn features a beautiful heart that she created with the brand new Abstract Heart Die-namics. Remember that with sketches, any shape can be used — you're not nailed down to using a circle.

Join me in welcoming back Lexa Levana as our Guest Designer this month!

Let's see how Lexa interpreted this week's sketch:

Handmade card from Lexa Levana featuring Birdie Brown Otterly Love You stamp set and Die-namics and Abstract Heart and Homespun Stitch Lines Die-namics #mftstamps

Like Karolyn, Lexa saw a heart in the sketch, and she also used the Abstract Heart Die-namics. But what a completely different look! Lexa used only the frame and created an adorable shaker card paired with the sweetest little images from the Otterly Love You stamp set and Die-namics. A collective AWWW!

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring You Bake Me Happy stamp set, Beautiful Blooms and Kitschy Kitchen stamp sets and Die-namics, Leafy Greenery, Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX, Stitched Circle STAX, Blueprints 13, and Blueprints 20 Die-namics, and Polka Dot stencil #mftstamps

Jodi's delicious design is filled with all sorts of sweetness! She starts with the circle of the sketch as a place to feature her images from the Kitschy Kitchen stamp set. The bowl appears to be sitting on the sentiment. Also note, she used the Polka Dot stencil to dry emboss her black background for added interest!

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Essential Sentiments stamp set, Mini Hexagon Background stamp, and Stitched Sentiments Strips, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2, Pierced Circle STAX, and Tag Builder Blueprints 3 Die-namics #mftstamps

Keisha gives the line of the sketch a curve with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namics and adds interest to the background with the Lined Up Dots Background stamp. What a simple and pretty card for Valentine's Day! 

Handmade card from Torico featuring Bling It On stamp set, Diamonds and Blueprints 27 Die-namics, Abstract stencil #mftstamps
Torico's card creates the illusion of the circle in the sketch with the Abstract stencil. Two brilliant Diamonds take center stage on this hip and funky design. 

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring  Birdie Brown Adorable Elephants stamp set and Die-namics, Lined Up Dots Background stamp, and Stitched Heart STAX and Blueprints 25 Die-namics #mftstamps

Like Karolyn, Donna saw a heart in Sketch 316, but hers is filled with all kinds of sweetness thanks to the Adorable Elephants stamp that she features. He's perched on the fitting sentiment so that he doesn't appear to float. Great design!

Congratulations, EunJi Jung! 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, January 24th, 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 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 My Favorite Things group on Facebook!








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