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We Have a HOT Idea for a Handcrafted Holiday Gift

Looking to give a unique, handcrafted gift this holiday season? Kim O’Connell is back with us again today to show you how to create a gorgeous hand-stamped candle in a few simple steps.

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  • Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger than your candle and stamp an image on it.
  • Color the stamped image as desired with Copic markers.
  • Wrap the tissue paper around the candle.
  • Cut a piece of wax paper long enough to wrap it around the candle while still being able to hold on to the ends.
  • Wrap the wax paper tightly around the candle and use a heat tool to melt the tissue paper into the candle. Move the heat tool back and forth in a steady motion. As soon as the tissue paper starts to melt into the candle, move on to the next section. Repeat this step until all the tissue paper is melted on the surface of the candle.

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You can see more of Kim’s fabulous creations on her blog, Paper Perfect Designs.

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Hope You Can Cling To

MFT is proud to be a pink level sponsor for the Hope You Can Cling To month-long event at Splitcoaststampers. This is the fourth year Splitcoaststampers has operated a card drive for the patients and families at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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With new challenges being added each day, you’ll surely find a few that inspire you. You can find the master list of challenges HERE. You can find answers to the most commonly asked questions HERE. Perhaps you’ll even win one of the prize packages! Who knows, it might even be one of the five $100 Shopping Sprees from MFT!

We’re honored to be a sponsor for this amazing event, and we hope you’ll join in and create a card (or two, or three, or more) in support of this event and the many patients that benefit from it.  We hope to see you there!

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Our Favorite Finds

Each week we scour the internet looking for five of our favorites made by YOU. It’s time to get inspired by our favorite finds.

Michelle

Favorite Finds - Michelle ShortStamps:  à la modes Martinis on Me; à la modes Big Birthday Wishes

Die-namics:  Small Scallop Border, Fishtail Flags STAX

Heather

Favorite Finds - Heather JensenStamps:  Pure Innocence Owl Costume

Die-namics:  Sentiment Strips; Blueprints 3

Summer

Favorite Find - Summer FullertonStamps:  Journal It – Head of the Class; Journal It – Take Note

Die-namics:  Border It – Numbers; Accent It – Labels and Tabs

Tara

Favorite Finds - Tara GodfreyStamps:  Pure Innocence Happy Christmas; Pure Innocence Holly Girl

Die-namics:  Open Scallop Doily Duo; Circle STAX Set 1; Tree Lines; Snow Drifts; Jumbo Fishtail STAX; Pierced Rectangle STAX; Rectangle STAX Set 1; Rectangle STAX Set 2; Blueprints 8; Blueprints 4; Blueprints 1

Maureen

Favorite Find - Maureen MerrittStamps:  Starry Christmas; Distressed Diamonds

Die-namics:  Simply Scallops Medium

Being chosen as a Favorite Find is simple. Just stamp, share, and repeat. We scour the internet and online galleries for creations by MFT fans everywhere, and look forward to finding one by YOU.

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Make the Holidays Happier

Kim O’Connell is joining us today as our guest blogger. She combined many different techniques on her card, including sponging the background using Sweet Tooth ink (let it snow), gorgeous Copic coloring, and using glitter to accentuate the mounds of snow created using Circle STAX. Her adorable Christmas card left us grinning ear-to-ear.

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The traditional red and green color combination for Christmas cards never goes out of style.

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Kim’s coloring of the sweet Pure Innocence character is simply superb! She achieved a truly dimensional look by deeply shading some areas of the image. We love how she created texture on the tree with marker strokes.

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We love the little extras on this card, like the festive ribbon treatment, the icicles, and the touches of glitter.

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Kim O'Connell

You can see more of Kim’s beautiful work on her blog, Paper Perfect Designs.

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Make Your Holidays *Sparkle* with a Festive Banner

Are you hoping to receive something sparkly for Christmas this year? Set the mood with this glittery banner, which you’ll learn to create with this step-by-step tutorial. When you’re done, hang it up on your walls and go ON and ON about how much you LOVE sparkly things on the walls and elsewhere.

When planning your banner, go through your stash of Die-namics and get reacquainted with some old favorites. With banners, more is more, so grab your favorite doily, alphabet, border, and accents, and cut enough of each to cover each panel of your banner. If you’re feeling super enthusiastic, you may want to spell out CHRISTMAS… but keep in mind you can make a beautiful banner with even the shortest of words, like JOY.

Figure out what word you are going to spell, and base your die-cut pieces on that. For the “MERRY” banner there are seven panels, and this list is based on that; adjust as needed. Here is what you will need to die-cut to create your banner. Keep in mind, you can substitute similar dies and achieve an equally beautiful result.

For the large banner panels:

  • Using the three largest sizes from the Jumbo Fishtail Flag STAX die, die-cut seven of each size in three different colors of card stock or patterned paper. (for a total of 21 banner panels)
  • Using glitter paper, die-cut seven each of the Snowflake Doily and the largest snowflake in the Snowflake Splendor die set.
  • Die-cut 14 1/4″ Rosettes from card stock or patterned paper.

For the mini banners:

  • Using the Mix & Match Banner Die-namics, die-cut eight fishtail banners.
  • Using glitter paper, die-cut seven of the smallest snowflake from the Snowflake Splendor Die-namics.

For the decorative accents:

  • Die-cut the letters needed to spell a festive word using the alphabet dies of your choice.
  • Die-cut all the pieces needed to assemble a poinsettia. (flower, leaf, center)
  • Die-cut holly leaves and berries, or the accents of your choice.

Now that the die-cutting is all done, let’s get started and create the banner!

Trim 1/4″ from the long edge of all the rosettes and assemble.

Not sure how to assemble the rosettes? Check out the how-to video HERE, or click play below.

Let’s assemble the banner panels. Adhere the three layers of each banner panel together. Adhere the scalloped border to the top of each banner piece and trim off the excess. Adhere the doily in the center of each layered banner.

Adhere a snowflake on top of each rosette and then adhere the finished piece on top of each doily.

Adhere the letters to the interior banner panels with foam tape.

Decorate the two remaining banner panels with a poinsettia and holly and berries. Decorate the small pennant pieces by adhering the small snowflake to them. Thread the buttons with hemp cord and tie a bow and then adhere them to the small snowflakes.

Arrange the banner panels in the correct order, starting and ending with a small banner.

Flip the banner panels over, face down, maintaining the correct order.

Make a 1″ loop using heavy jute cord and secure with tape; apply a heavy bead of hot glue to the back of the first mini banner and quickly adhere jute cord in hot glue; allow to set and cool. Run a heavy line of hot glue on the first large panel and quickly adhere the jute cord. Leave about 1/4″ between the panels to allow for draping when hung. Adhere the jute cord to the rest of the panels in the same manner until your banner is complete.

All that’s left to do now is hang it up and enjoy… and don’t forget to continually comment about how much you ADORE sparkly things. ‘Tis the season!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 146

It’s time for the Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch Challenge here at MFT. Thank you for continuing to check in with us each week for a new sketch.

You can upload your entry right here, on this blog post, for your chance to be the randomly selected winner this week. (Just do it!)

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You have until Tuesday, October 22nd at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash. The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, however, if you use MFT stamps on your creation, you will receive an extra $5! Just a little something extra for sharing your love of MFT.

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Congratulations Joni ! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

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Looking for inspiration? Our sketches are the perfect starting point for a card.

Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE

Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE

Download the 2013 Sketches (105-146) HERE


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October Release Rewind – Part 2

The inspiration continues today as our designers share even more of their creations with you using the newest products available from MFT. Did you miss Part 1 of the Release Rewind? Get caught up and check out the projects HERE. Then, come back and be inspired by clever ideas using the Brand Spankin’ New products, which can be found HERE in the MFT Boutique.

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Visit our designers below for creative inspiration.

Karen M

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October Release Rewind – Part 1

The My Favorite Things October Release is full of festive holiday favorites and our design team is back to share even more of their creations with you. Get inspired by clever ideas using the Brand Spankin’ New products, which can be found HERE in the MFT Boutique.

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Visit our designers below for creative inspiration.

amyr

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Our Favorite Finds

Each week we put the spotlight on five of our favorite projects made with our stamps and Die-namics. It’s time to get inspired by our favorite finds.

Jenny

PIpirate1Stamps:  Pure Innocence Pirate Boy; Western Backgrounds

Die-namics:  Chalkboard Frame Builder

Dawn

Favorite Finds - Dawn EastonStamps:  Fall Foliage

Die-namics:  Fall Foliage

Tara

Favorite Finds - Tara GodfreyStamps:  Pure Innocence Little Witch

Die-namics:  Pierced Rectangle STAX; Blueprints 8; Blueprints 4; Insert It – 3×4 Notepad; Insert It – 3×4 Notebook Paper; Fishtail Flags STAX; Sentiment Strips; Layered Treat Tag

Nicole

Favorite Finds - Nicole NastaliStamps: Cupcake Cutie; You’re so Special to Me

Die-namics:  Blueprints 5; Blueprints 6

Tricia

Favorite Finds - Tricia BarberStamps:  Doodle Garden Happy Harvest

Die-namics:  Blueprints 2; Pierced Rectangle STAX; Rectangle STAX Set 1; Wonky Scallop Border

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October Release Rewind Video

We are so grateful that you joined us for our festive October Teaser Time and Release. Did you miss our New Product Tour? Get caught up and check out all the projects HERE. Our design team created so many amazing holiday projects, we just had to revisit a few of our favorites. Sit back, relax, and prepare to be inspired. Watch our Release Rewind video HERE, or click play below.

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You can find all of the Brand Spankin’ New products HERE, in the MFT Boutique.

Don’t forget to check out our Ways to SaveMy Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

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