Thursday, January 1, 2015

Challenge. Inspiration. YOU!

A new year.
Filled with goals. 
Rife with possibility. 
There's something invigorating about those blank calendar pages of a new year. 


Perhaps you've set some goals like these for 2015:
  • Send one handmade card each week.
  • Spend more time on you.
  • Carve out time to craft.
  • Try something new. 
  • Meet new people.
If you are nodding your head, then you are TOTALLY in the right place. As you embark on another 365 days of life, we hope you'll join us for inspirational and creative fun right here at the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog.

We've gathered a talented group of designers to make up the MFT Challenge Team. In the next few days you'll get to know these fabulous ladies, and then we're off to the races with weekly challenges! Say hello to the team! You can learn more about them by visiting the Meet The Team tab at the top of the blog.


In the past, the Wednesday Stamp Club and Color Palette challenges for My Favorite Things were housed on the MFT blog, but with the launch of this blog, those challenges will have a dedicated home. And who doesn't LOVE a challenge, right?

What's different? The Wednesday Stamp Club has been renamed the Wednesday Sketch Challenge, and the Color Palette Challenge is now the MFT Color Challenge. 

What's the same? MFT magic. Prizes. Your participation. Creating. Connecting. FUN!

Happy New Year from us! We can't WAIT to get started!



Looking forward to an AMAZINGLY creative 2015!








Susan R. Opel
Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things



196 comments:

  1. wahoooooooo!
    Congrats ladies!
    super fun card Susan♡

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    1. You are such a great cheerleader, Amy!
      And THANK YOU for being the VERY first comment on this blog. :)

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  2. Yippee!! This is wonderful! So happy to see Susan with all these talented designers - Great start to 2015. : ) Bev

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    1. Great to see you here, Bev! Hope you can join our challenges. :)

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  3. \m/ awesome!!! Soooo excited about this!! HooRaY to all involved!!!

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  4. Yay! I ❤️ all those ladies!! Well, I don't know Jill yet but I'm sure I'll ❤️ her too! Congratulations!

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    1. They are AWESOME ladies! And you will just LOVE Jill!

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  5. Whaaaat? This is fantastic! I'm so excited! :) Can't wait to see what you all create for our inspiration. Yay! :)

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    1. Wooo hoooo! Your excitement is awesome, Annie! We can't wait either!

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  6. So exciting!! Thrilled to bits to be on this creative adventure with all of you! :)

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    1. Fasten your seatbelt! It's gonna be a fun ride!

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    1. Thanks, Donna! Hope you can join us. :)

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  8. Exciting! Congrats to the team! Cannot wait to play!

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  9. great news! I had a feeling one of the top stamp companies would snag you up!!! Looking forward to seeing what greatness you bring! congrats, friend!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! It's such an honor to work with the great people of My Favorite Things!

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  10. Congratulations! Excited to play along!

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    1. Awesome! Can't wait to see your quirky and clever Jingle cards!

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  11. How very exciting and so excited for you Susan!!! Congrats :)

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    1. Hooray! Hope you'll find time to play along, Jennie!

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    1. We can't either! Hope you'll join us, Lori!

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  13. Congratulations! How exciting!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Ruby! We are all super excited!

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  14. WOOOO HOOOOO! Congratulation to you, to MFT and to all of us happy followers!

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    1. Thanks, Cori! We think it's going to be an awesome combination!

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  15. So happy for you Susan! Awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! Hope you can find some time to play along!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kristie! It's going to be so much fun!

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    1. I KNOW! We are super stoked, Kirsty! Hope you'll join us.

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  18. Wow! Awesome creation for This New Year! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks, Vinita! We are excited and hope you can play along.

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  19. great to have it all in one place! can't wait to start!

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    1. Can't wait to see what you create, Alina!

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    1. Thanks, Judi! We're excited and glad to have you here!

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  21. Congrats, Susan and the talented DT! I am looking forward to the inspiration! Yay!

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  22. Congrats to you, Susan, and to the whole creative challenge team! Love your fun card and really look forward to playing along more this year!

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    1. Yay! Thanks, Wanda! It should be great fun!

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  23. Yay, I am so excited!!! Congratulations, Susan and the whole challenge team!!!

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    1. You bet, Vicki! Glad to have you here with us!

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  25. Looking so forward to this! Congrats to Susan and the team!

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    1. Hooray, Christiana! We're glad to have you along for the ride.

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  26. Congratulations! What an exciting new adventure. And, the challenge design team is just fabulous. Can't wait to see what's in store here.

    I've just started to acquire some MFT dies and hope to get a few stamps and stencils, too. I played in my first sketch challenge last week and hope to be able to enter some on this new challenge blog.

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    1. Joy - we are really excited that you'll be participating, because participation is what makes these challenges SO MUCH FUN!

      And I have to agree - the team is uber fabulous!

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  27. How exciting! Congrats to Susan and the awesome DT -- looking forward to some outstanding inspiration and challenges :-) Love your bold and happy card, too!

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    1. Thanks so much, Shannon! I'm all about bold and happy. Glad to have you here with us!

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  28. So excited! Congrads on you new journey!

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  29. So exciting!!! Congrats ladies!!:)

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    1. Yeah, Jamie! Hope you can join in the fun!

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  30. My new year resolution: to actually submit my cards to challenges! So looking forward to playing along.

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    1. Well, how perfect is THAT? You are totally in the right place then, Lisa!

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  31. Woohoo! Congrats to all you lovely ladies!!

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    1. Thanks, Alyssa! Hope you can find some time to play along!

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  32. What a fun new challenge blog! Congrats to all the new design team members.

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    1. Yay! Glad to have you here, Birgit. We hope you enjoy playing along with us!

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  33. Bookmarked! Thanks so much, Happy New Year!

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    1. Awesome! That's what we like to hear. It's going to be a great 2015!

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  34. Congrats! Looking forward to playing along! I am thrilled there will be two color challenges a month now, too!

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    1. Thanks, Betty! And our work needs more color, doesn't it?

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  35. Congrats everyone. How exciting!
    Looking forward to seeing all your wonderful creations and playing along.
    And I am so excited to be able to leave comments here.
    {For some reason the comment section won't work for me on the other blog}
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsbyDragonfly.blogspot

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    1. It's a pleasure to have you here with us! Definitely looking forward to you playing along!

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  36. Congrats!!! What a team! So exciting!!!

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    1. Thanks, Angel! What a team, indeed! Hope you can join us. :)

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  37. Exciting! Hope to play along this year. ;/)

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    1. We sure hope so, too, Cynthia! Make time for you in 2015!

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  38. Awesome news! Can't wait to see all the inspiration from the team!...And I must play along! ;)

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    1. Hooray! We're excited to have you here, Laura Jane!

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  40. I love this card so so much! I am so excited for you and everyone on this incredible team!

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    1. Thank you SO SO much! It's tough to create a card that you know has to make a first impression. MFT products made it relatively simple to do!

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  41. LOVE the card...and LOVE this new blog...and LOVE MFT!!! How exciting for EVERYONE :)

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    1. And you know what? We LOVE you! Thanks for partying with us!

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  42. Fun card! Love the bright colors and the spunky polka dots!!! So excited about this new challenge blog! What an incredible DT! Congratulations, ladies!

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    1. I'm all about spunky! Thanks, Lisa! Hope you can join us in our challenges!

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  43. Excited to participate in this new challenge blog. Love the bright fun colors of Susan's card!

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  44. Yeah, congrat's Susan!!! And Alice!!! and the rest of the team. Looking forward to more sketches this year. Happy New Year

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    1. Thanks, Holly! And Alice rocks, doesn't she?

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  45. This looks like a fun place to be. Cute card! I am glad I found you all here thanks to Amy R.!

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    1. So glad Amy R. brought you here! We are going to have so much fun, and you are invited, Lisa!

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  46. Welcome to MFT, everyone! You're gonna love it here, and we're loving you here!

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    1. Whoop whoop! Thanks, Amy! You rock. {this is most certainly true ;)}

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  47. Very exciting!! Congratulations everyone!!

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    1. Thank you, Nora! Hope you can play along!

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  48. Oh, so fun! And how wonderful to see so many talented friends on the new team!

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    1. Hi, Leigh! Hope you have time to participate in some of the challenges with these awesome girls!

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  49. Very exciting! Count me in! I can't wait to get started!

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    1. Hooray, Judy! It's going to be a blast!

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  50. Happy New Year Everyone! This is Sure Going to Be an Exciting Year hear with this Team and MFT. Can't Wait. I'm certainly Inspired and getting Charged Up! Smooches & Hugs!!! <3

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    1. Charged up is my FAVORITE! WOO HOO! Let's get this party started! Smooches and hugs back atcha!

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  51. Woop Woop! Excited for the festivities to begin!

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    1. Oh, yeah! Let's do this! Glad you're along for the ride, Becca!

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  52. Fun card, love the colors and new blog!!

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    1. Thanks, Sharla! SO much. We're glad to have you here. :)

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    1. We do, too! Thanks for joining us, Cindy!

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  54. What a fabulous way to start the new year!

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    1. Woooo hoo, Donna! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  55. Super excited for you all! Great team!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Jen! We are mighty stoked ourselves!

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  56. Awesome card!
    I love the idea of the challenges being all on one blog.
    I like reading the other posts, but I like to be able to find the challenges quickly when I'm working on a project. Many times, I'm trying to finish up entries at the last minute :-)

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    1. Thanks, Lucy! We're excited about the new format as well. It's going to be so fun to connect and share and create!

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  57. Fabulous new challenge blog! Great way to start the new year! Can't wait to see what these wonderful women will create!

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    1. These wonderful women can't wait to see what YOU create, Jeannine! It's going to be so much fun!

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  58. Sounds exciting and fun! Congratulations, ladies!

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    1. We are definitely excited, Barb! Glad to have you here with us. :)

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  59. This looks great--Jennifer sent me over here, from her blog. So glad so see Susan back on a blog. Great card today!

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    1. Awwww, thank you! It feels good to be back. :)

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  60. So exciting to see all that's happening over here and very happy to see Susan and this gorgeous card! Happy 2015!

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    1. I'm blushing! Thank you, Chriss! We are glad to have you here!

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  61. So excited for the new blog and can't wait to see what 2015 brings!!

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    1. I have a feeling it's going to be a great year, Dina! Welcome!

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  62. Happy to see you back, Susan! Great new blog!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the challenges. :D

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  63. Beautiful card! Looking forward to your challenges! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Kitty! I had so much fun making it. Here's to a creative 2015. :)

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  64. Happy New Year! and Happy to have discovered this blog. Looking forward to a very creative year.

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    1. We're happy you discovered it, too, Heather! I hope you have an amazing creative year here with us at the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog!

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  65. wow, a whole new team. i like the new clean look. i like the new names for the challenges which better depict what they are. Looking forward to crafting with you in this year of 2015

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    1. Thanks so much, Janeen! We are excited to make this a great place to be in 2015!

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  66. Spectacular card!!! Kind regards!!

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  67. Totally Awesome!! Such a great group of ladies!! Big shout out to Veronica and Vera!!

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    1. Hooray for my V girls! And we're glad to have you here with us, Kymona!

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  68. Well, I love MFT, love Susan, love the other designers on this team, and knowing they will all be together is just a fabulous way to start off the new year!! How exciting!!

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    1. Kelly G.! That's a whole lotta love! We love you for being here and for being YOU!

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  69. Fabulous, will try and join in when I can manage! xxx

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    1. As often as you can manage works for us! We look forward to seeing what you create, Chris!

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  70. Happy New Year. What fun. Hope to join the fun. Hugz

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    1. Thank you! We hope you'll join us, too!

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  71. Happy new year! Love the look!

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  72. I LOVE MFT and am so glad to be a part of this blog! I need challenges to keep me motivated and think outside the box some times so THANK YOU! Looking forward to seeing what's in store! Happy New Year!

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    1. Motivation is the name of the game, Michele! Glad we can help you think outside the box!

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  73. What a great card! I love the striking colors. Congrats Susan, I'm so excited and happy for you.

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    1. Thank you, thank you, Carmen! I'm pretty happy, too. :D

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  74. Very cool. I love that numbers die. I was looking at the card and I thought it would be cool to color in the numbers of the 2015 series you created for someone's birthday. Like 20, 1, 2, 5 or 15. Of course that will only work for this year, lol.

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    1. I love the die, too! And I was thinking that you could do a 52nd birthday, too. :)

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  75. Congratulations ladies, this will be fun!!!

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    1. Hi, Michelle! Thanks - we are ALL about fun. YAYYYYY!

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  76. This is awesome!! Congratulations ladies and Susan I'm soo happy for your new venture!! :)

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    1. Hi, Simone! Thanks. :) Hope you can play along!

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  77. Susan, I just knew something wonderful would be happening in your creative little noggin! xoxox

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    1. Carrie! Thanks :). I'm so glad to see you here. xoxo

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  78. Bookmarking the new blog so I can continue using my wonderful MFT products for your challenges! Looks like lots of inspiration is coming in 2015!

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    1. Awesome, Greta! Hope you are enjoying everything so far!

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  79. I promised myself to be come a better card crafter by joining in more challenges and Susan you have got me inspired so I will try thank you♥

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    1. Oh, hooray! You'll find out I'm the biggest cheerleader around, Linda!

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  80. Looking forward to being challenged!

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    1. Cool! Tomorrow is the big day. We are excited.

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  81. This is wonderful on so many levels! I'm excited to see all the possibilities ahead! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Ruth, we are glad that you are here. And we are excited on about 17 levels (is that too much?)!

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  82. Looks exciting! Here's to 2015!

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    1. Woo hoo! Looking forward to hanging out with you here in 2015, Bonnie!

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  83. Super exciting!! Look forward to the challenges! Happy New Year!

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    1. Yay! The first challenges are coming your way tomorrow!

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  84. So excited to have this new home for the MFT challenges!

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    1. We are, too! And we're glad to have you here with us, Jacquie!

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  85. Can you help me please?.... I would like to subscribe to follow this blog using Bloglovin' but they can't find you!

    I've tried with your name for this blog, and it tells me nothing matches my search. So I tried with the actual www address, but it only brought up two choices.... neither of which is this blog.... both are under "Dutch Dare"!!

    Any ideas?

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    1. Hi, Paula! We are looking into your problem. At this point, it might be a good idea to use the notification via email option. Apparently, the bloglovin’ error has something to do with verifying the rss feed.

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  86. How exciting to have the new challenges posts and I see some awesome new faces! Happy New Year!

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    1. You are going to love these awesome new faces! And we're so glad to have you here, Celeste!

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  87. Its gonna be good... so good! Jo x

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    1. It sure is going to be go! Glad to have you here, Jo!

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    1. I have to agree! Thanks, Lisa. Hope you can play along with our challenges.

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  89. Wonderful!!! Big congrats Susan and Ah-Mazing ladies!!! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Yoonsun! We all hope that you can play along with us. :)

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  90. I am SHOO inspired! ! I'm new to this although I've been paper crafting for many years. Watching Nichols ' s video featuring Birdie Browns YOU HAVE MY HEART made me have to have it and the rest of the collection, so I went searching and found my self here. I just love the xoxo

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    1. We are SOOO glad that you found yourself here. It must be fate, right? Time to get creafty, Deana!

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  91. Great to have your own blog - makes things much easier - love those bright colors! Can't wait to get started!

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    1. Eeek - we can't wait either, Cornelia! And thanks for stopping by. Hope you can join us!

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  92. Great news! More MFT fun! YAY, soooo excited!!! Trying to add the site to my reader, but no RSS is found therefore, no feeds. Something in the settings perhaps?

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  93. This is all so exciting! I'm looking forward to participating in a challenge or two! Beautiful card Susan!

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  94. Hi, Janet! We are excited, too. And we are glad to have you here.

    Do you have Bloglovin'? There seems to be an error there that we are working on. Hopefully we can get it resolved. In the meantime, you might want to subscribe to email updates.

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  95. I love challenges but don't have a lot of MFT product, do we have to use MFT or can we use other companies as well?

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