Friday, August 18, 2017

Inspiration Friday - Inspired by the New School Year



I'm seeing so many back-to-school posts in recent days. From kindergarten to college, whether your kids have hit the books yet or not, it's probably at the forefront of your mind. With emotions ranging from excitement to apprehension, to sadness, this time of year elicits a range of feelings. Why not celebrate your student with a little surprise tucked into their backpack, lunch box, or care package? (PS, don't forget the teachers!)

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

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

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


And, if you're feeling cheeky, maybe show up to drop-off the first day of school with a card for a fellow mom 😉

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


Celebrate a new school year with MFT — be sure to tag #mftstamps so we can see what you've created! You might just be spotted.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Creative Construction with Blueprints: Peek-a-Boo Elements

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards (and tags!) in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original design combining elements from the featured Blueprints.


Surprise! A little hint at hidden elements kicks your cards up a notch. From a simple pop of unexpected color to an enticing peek of a full-blown scene, peek-a-boo elements add fun and excitement. Our collection of Blueprints features an abundance of peek-a-boo options and our team can’t wait to share some of them with you today.

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

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

Monochromatic on the outside with a tantalizing peek at the colorful scene concealed within — what a fun way to interpret this month's peek-a-boo challenge! The stitched flap panel included in Blueprints 30 is the perfect choice for some peek-a-boo fun with More Monsters — it even includes the stitched circle element Torico used to spotlight her marvelous monster.

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

There is so much dimension on Barbara's fancy flamingo card! Her layered sentiment pops with the addition of a fine feathered friend. The peek-a-boo chevrons from Blueprints 32 highlight pink polka dots — what could be better?

Congratulations, Polychrome Papercraft! You are the randomly selected winner of last month’s Blueprints challenge.

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


Now, it's your turn. You have until Wednesday, September 20, 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! 

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

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!



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 346

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 346. 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 346 #mftstamps



Katie is back with another fabulous take on our newest sketch.



Playing with the scale of sketch elements is one way to customize the provided sketch to fit your needs. Katie modified the circle and strip slightly to allow her Happy Haunting quartet to truly shine. Her night sky backdrop provided the perfect home for the heat-embossed sentiment as well.

Handmade card from Katie Gehring featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Melania stayed very true to the sketch with her A Phone Call Away take. A primary color palette, including a stripe from our Dots & Stripes Confection Paper Pack and a pattern created with the new Make Your Mark Background, keeps the look clean and classic.

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Replacing the circle with a rectangular shape allowed Barbara to frame her More Monsters image with a fun polaroid shape. She complemented her striped panel with coordinating die-cut stars. 


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

Congratulations, Tasha Vovchuk! 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, August 22, 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, August 15, 2017

You've Been Spotted - August 15, 2017

If you haven't had a chance to shop our Retirement Sale, there are still some incredible products left — not only can you choose from an assortment of remaining retiring items, you can also save even more. Now through August 18, use code RETIRE at checkout to get an additional 25% off already-reduced products in the sale category.




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!


Jules Ped


Jules was feeling flamboyant for flamingos when she put this look together. Want to create a really cool background to pop your scene onto? The Radiating Rays Stencil is your answer!

‎Kaja VezenĹĄek



Kaja's hip hippos are totally chic in black, white, and a rainbow of colorful balloons. She took advantage of one of the benefits of our clear stamps by shaping the sentiment before stamping - what dynamic movement that adds to the finished product!




Our Rainbow Maze Shapes provided a super fun starting point for Nicole's colorful collection of invitations! Don't forget to stock up on Circle Shaker Pouches and Maze Spheres to complete the look — an invitation AND fun activity in one fell swoop.




Crista started with a blank slate and a clock mechanism and through the magic of crafting, (and some irresistible seagulls,) created a cool clock for her new home! Our Cloud Stencil and Mini Cloud Edges Stencil have been hugely popular and I really love how Crista has combined them to create the perfect backdrop for her seaworthy scene.





Graphic stars in citrus colors provide an exciting base for Cheryl's die-cut greeting. We love the gorgeous script look of the Celebrate Die-namics and how easily it integrates into looks created for a wide variety of occasions.

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!