Friday, February 16, 2018

MFT 2018 Creative Olympics | Event #4 - Speed Cardmaking

Welcome back to the My Favorite Things Olympic Village - we're so excited to have you joining us here for the fourth and final event of the MFT 2018 Creative Olympics! 

Just like the Olympics, crafting brings people together. We can’t wait to spend the next two weeks bringing the competition right to your home. Compete with your fellow cardmakers, feel pride in the cards you create in response to each event, and maybe even walk away from the 2018 Creative Olympics with a medal!

If you need some inspiration…some examples of grit, determination, and stamina as you tackle each event, turn on the PyeongChang games to watch as you compete — I know that’s what we’ll be doing in the weeks to come!

THE VENUES
We have a number of venues for you to visit over the course of this epic event. You’ll find events and activities at each so make sure you visit them all — you don’t want to miss a single event!

Olympic Stadium — Our main blog is your home base. You’ll be able to participate in challenges shared February 9 and February 14, and our medal ceremony will be held there on February 22, as well.

Olympic Village — Our Challenge & Inspiration Blog will host two events as well, ending with today's. Make sure you check out the second event that was hosted here on February 12th.

Olympic Park — Meet up on our Facebook page to mix and mingle with fellow Olympians and participate in Q&As about your impressive training regimen. 

THE MEDALS

It wouldn’t be the Olympics without the iconic medals! We have a stash ready and waiting to be bestowed upon our event winners.


Gold medal: $100 MFT Voucher — One winner randomly selected from participants that complete all 4 events.

Silver medals: $50 MFT Voucher — One winner randomly selected from each event.

Bronze medals: $15 MFT Voucher — Winners randomly selected from Olympic Park Q&A events.

RULES & REGULATIONS

  • Create brand new/original cards. Previously posted cards will not be considered. There is no limit to the number of entries you submit for each event.
  • Use stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and patterned papers from My Favorite Things. Cards using other products will be disqualified immediately, so get creative with the MFT products that you have on hand! Use whatever card stock and inks you have available.
  • Submit your card(s) to the InLinkz collection found at the end (the finish line!) of each event post on or before 10 PM EST on Monday, February 19.
  • When submitting your card, please simply use your name in the Link Title section.
  • International entries are most DEFINITELY welcome!

All winners will be announced at our Closing Ceremony on Thursday, February 22, so make sure to check our main blog to see if you are one of our medalists!

EVENT4

 
The Speed Cardmaking event will push your creative limits to the edge and deliver speed and resilience that you didn't even know you had! Grab your phone, set your stove timer or have one of you family members watch the clock - you have exactly 20 minutes to complete a card from start to finish. It can be any theme and use any MFT products - this event is all about speed. 


Stephanie created a winter themed card to correlate with the winter games and completed the event with 23 seconds to spare - take a look at this photo finish:



We caught up with her after the event to get her thoughts on how difficult it was and where she feels she could have improved. Here's what she had to say:

MFT Reporter: Was there any time during the creation of your card that you didn't think you were going to finish the event on time? 

Stephanie: Absolutely! I started off at a really good pace, but as I stamped and die cut, I realized I had already lost 5 minutes, and I hadn't even started the coloring. I really had to focus and limit my color choices to save time.

MFT Reporter: Do you think you put too much pressure on yourself and attempted a card design that was a bit too difficult? 

Stephanie: No, not at all. I really wanted to push myself creatively and I knew that attempting a design at an advanced level would make me work harder and push me to succeed.

MFT Reporter: Lastly, is there anything you would have done differently if you could do it over again?

Stephanie: Definitely be more prepared. I didn't have my supplies ready, and I ended up wasting time searching for card stock colors and basic supplies. I would definitely make sure I had a better game plan next time.

Thanks so much to Stephanie for taking some time to share her experience in the Speed Cardmaking event - here's a look at her final card design:



Supplies featured in today's card:


Are you ready to race the clock on your journey for the gold? On your marks, get set, GO.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Birthday Project - Up, Up, and Away

Despite different backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions, one thing we share that unites us and is worth celebrating is the birthday of friends and family. Recognizing the special day of someone you love with a handcrafted card straight from the heart is always a good idea and if stocking your stash with unique birthday designs is on the agenda, have we got the perfect challenge for you! 

Our monthly Birthday Project challenge features ideas for getting creative with your birthday card making. Our team is excited to share their ideas, and we’re ALL excited to see how the challenges inspire you!


Few things say “birthday” like a beautiful bouquet of balloons. For this month’s challenge, focus on a single bobbing balloon or cover your card in copious amounts of colorful images or die cuts.
 

A cow floating through the sky on a string of balloons is sure to brighten anyone's day! Francine created a billowy backdrop of clouds and added her focal images with foam adhesive for some added dimension. We love how she stamped her sentiment onto her puffy clouds to complete her greeting.


Julie created a trio of cross-stitched balloons on her card and framed them up perfectly with the Blueprints 32 Die-namics. The stitching adds a handmade feel to the card that any recipient would love and appreciate!
 
Congratulations, Valliam! You are the randomly selected winner of last month’s Birthday Project challenge.

You can view all the entries for last month’s Birthday Project challenge HERE.


Now, it's your turn. You have until Wednesday, March 14th, at noon EST 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! 

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




Supplies featured in today's cards:



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, February 14, 2018

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 372


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 372. 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.

MFT products are encouraged, but not required. We just want to see what this week’s sketch inspires you to create! You can enter your cards for this week's challenge in the Inlinkz Link Up at the bottom of this post.


We're welcoming  Vanessa Menhorn back to the Challenge blog today with her take on this week's sketch.



Vanessa created a jungle party on her card complete with rocking safari animals and a fun, bright colorful combination. She kept her design similar to the sketch with her main images and sentiment panel stretching across the card front.


Handmade card by Vanessa Menhorn featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Karolyn created a stamped forest across her card front, providing a vibrant landscape for her adorable town bear. The addition of twine adds dimension to her card while grounding her scene on her white backdrop.

Handmade card by Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

A serene scene complete with a family of swans works beautifully for this week's sketch. Vika added just the right amount of color to complement the softness of her design while still making a bold statement.

Handmade card by Vika Salmina featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Congratulations, Sundaystamper! 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, February 20th, at noon EST 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:
 

Supplies featured in today's cards:


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, February 13, 2018

You've Been Spotted - February 13, 2018


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 You've Been Spotted - MFT 2018 Creative Olympics Edition!

In case you haven't heard, we're hosting our very own Creative Olympics at My Favorite Things, and we'd love to have you take part! Here are the links to the two current events:

Event #1 - Stamping Slalom
Event #2 - Freestyle Card

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!
 
Sindu Jay


Zsofia Molnar


Anila Dk


Kathrin Donhauser-Ruth


Annnnashu


Niki Bee


Supplies featured in today's cards:
   

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!