Monday, May 22, 2017

Tips, Tutorials, & Techniques - Interactive Gift Card Holder





It's easy enough to slide a gift card into your handmade cards but to integrate the card into a surprising element of the card design is fun for you to create and fun for your recipient to discover. Whether you use a product designed to accomodate a gift card or modify an element, you'll love these ideas for gift card giving.

Learn how to create an interactive gift card holder by clicking the video link or watching below. For more tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel!





Looking for more inspiration for pleasant gift card presentation? Check out a couple of more ideas from our team: 

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Feeling inspired? Make sure to tag your next MFT project with #mftstamps - you might just be spotted!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Inspiration Friday - Inspired by Water


Guess what? Tomorrow is National Learn to Swim Day. With the weather heating up for many of us, pool and beach days figure prominently in our future plans. There's no better way to get in the mood than by checking out some water-themed cards from the team!

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring products. from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya  featuring products. from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

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

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring products. from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

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

Just beachy, right? If you're feeling inspired by this collection of cards soaked in creativity, be sure to tag your projects with #mftstamps so we can see what beach scenes you're creating — you might just be spotted!



Thursday, May 18, 2017

There's Still Time - Color Challenge 69


There's still time to participate in Color Challenge 69! Remember, you don't have to have the EXACT colors to play - just use colors inspired by the ones you see below.

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


This challenge features Safety Orange, Ripe Raspberry, Cotton Candy, and Steel Grey.




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 - what more motivation do you need?

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


Kelsey's leafy look features a boldly-colored Geometric Greenery pattern. She says she "had fun using this color combo. Would not have thought of putting this orange with the pinks." YAY — that is exactly what we hope for with each new color challenge that we introduce.


Pinks & oranges are an exceptionally cheery combo already but mix in liberal doses of shimmer, shine, sequins, and shake and you have yourself a seriously happy birthday card. Carol's addition of glitter-tinted texture paste to her Shaker Flower makes me smile from ear-to-ear.

Be sure to give Color Challenge 69 a go yourself - there's still plenty of time to play along and we always love to see all of the ways you're inspired by the challenge!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 333

Welcome to another weekly Sketch Challenge!

We have exciting news this week. We're upping the ante and bumping our weekly gift voucher from $20 all the way up to $50! Not only do you get to 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 333. 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 333 #mftstamps


Wanda has outdone herself once again with her sketch-inspired look this week.


Wanda has packed a *punch* with vibrant yellow accents combined with neutral white and kraft tones. We love the Shaker Flower Die-namics for adding fun, interactive elements to your card but the components work wonderfully for an exclusively die-cut look as well!


Handmade card from Wanda Guess featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Jody grabbed our brand new Sketchy Flower Card Kit and put one of the versatile stamp sets to work in crafting a diagonally oriented panel composed of uplifting sentiments.

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

Joy's look this week features an adorable pair from Friends Furever to punctuate her angled strips. Her cool tones, subtle pattern and dimensional Friend add provide beautiful detail.

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

Congratulations, Rachel Berfeld! 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, May 23, 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, May 16, 2017

You've Been Spotted - May 16, 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!




Theresa took full advantage of the nautical feel the Bold Stripes Cover-Up provides on this clean and simple Seaside Seagulls card. The jaunty blue and white stripes provide the perfect backdrop to her fine feathered fellow.




Annette's candy-colored Snow-Capped Mountains set a sweet scene for her Happy Hedgehogs. Her pretty palette and scalloped edges  reinforce the feminine feel perfectly.





Mary Rose has expertly paired Sketched Blooms and a sentiment from Cheerful Blessings with a subdued color palette appropriate to the occasion. Encouraging cards like this one are so important to include in your stash.




Lynn's use of Giraffing Me Crazy is absolutely brilliant. Her tri-fold card perfectly emphasizes the height of our giraffes and cleverly conceals the reveal of a full scene when opened.




Vyon has combined a number of different products in her quest to craft a quintessentially Parisian scene. Her French chef is courtesy of Recipe for Happiness while the Paris Skyline sets the scene. Her use of the Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows to hint at the backdrop adds interest and intrigue - ooh la la! 


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!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tips, Tutorials, & Techniques - Single Layer Savvy





One of the challenges of cardmaking is crafting cards that satisfy both our desire to create interesting, well-designed looks with meeting the need to keep our cards mailable — it's a tricky balancing act. Too much dimension, weight, or elements that extend beyond the borders of our card are all detrimental to that effort. There are a couple of ways to overcome this dilemma: use special padded or dimensional mailers (like our A2 Clear Card Boxes), or challenge yourself to keep your card as flat and lightweight as possible — which can be quite a fun and inspiring design challenge in itself!

Learn how to create a one-layer wonder using the masking technique by clicking the video link or watching below. For more tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel!





There are a number of different ways to keep your light and mailable - let's check out some more techniques from our team: 

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

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

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

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

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps


Feeling inspired? Make sure to tag your next MFT project with #mftstamps - you might just be spotted!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Inspiration Friday - Inspired by Rainbows


You probably have a favorite color — one you reach for first when you're stuck, or that evokes the mood you're in or after. When a single color or simple palette won't do though, RAINBOW is never a bad choice. Whether watercolor, ink blending, or die cutting; a pattern, element, sentiment, or literal rainbow, rainbows are cheerful and always a happy discovery on cards and projects. Today we have a roundup of some MFT rainbows (buckle in...I had a hard time narrowing down choices today!)














Let's see your rainbows. Be sure to tag your projects with #mftstamps so we can see what you're creating — you might just be spotted!