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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 437. 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.

Francine created a vibrant, stenciled background inspired by the layout of this week’s sketch. She included all of the circle elements on her stunning design and completed the look with a stamped and die cut sentiment layered over top.

Barbara swapped out the circles elements on the sketch for a school of colorful fish. The heat embossed background adds flow and movement to her design while the foam adhesive behind each of her aquatic friends, adds playful dimension to her card.

Congratulations, Kelly! 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 21 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, including this month’s guest designer, Kari!

To enter a challenge in the Inlinkz link-up, click on the ‘Inlinkz Link Party’ button below. You can add images from your blog or load them directly from your social media accounts, such as Instagram, Flickr, etc…

Enter your link, your name and your email address (your email remains private) for the card you would like to enter.

Once you’ve selected your image, you’ll need to check the box below the image area and then click on ‘done’ to upload your project.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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Do you have stamp sets that are missing their other half: the coordinating dies that make it so easy to create perfect die cuts, every time? NOW is the time to check out the retirement category to see if the Die-namics you’re missing are on sale for 75% off the original price — how could you pass up the opportunity to unite your sets at such a huge discount?

In addition to matching dies, there are also a handful of standalone Die-namics, and supplies still available…whether you’ve shopped the sale or not, give it a peek to see if you’ve missed anything you have to have! *not valid on previous purchases, sale prices available for online retail orders only

Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.

We’re loving all the different designs we’re seeing featuring the new Watermelon Slice Die-namics (Stephanie shared a mouth-watering collection in yesterday’s episode of MFTv), but today, Torico is expanding upon the possibilities this set provides even more. Maybe you’re more of a citrus lover, perhaps you want to thank a teacher with a theme-appropriate apple, or it could be cantaloupe is your melon of choice — she’s got you covered for them all! From the seeds to the big bite, she’s found a way to incorporate all of the elements to create a basket full of delicious options.

Laura has an ingenious idea to share this month as well. Head to her blog to see it in action, and then to Torico’s for more information on her fruity trio.

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If you didn’t have an opportunity to take advantage of this incredible sale yesterday, we’re giving you one last chance to fill your cart and save — take $25 off your order of $100 or more!

There are so many great ways to fill your cart — from the new May Release, to the Flower Silhouettes Card Kit, to an assortment of drastically discounted retiring products, you’re sure to find the perfect product for your next card. Use code MOM at checkout to apply your discount. *not valid on previous purchases, excludes new

The Watermelon Slice Die-namics is proving to be an indispensable addition to summer crafting stashes. This week, Stephanie has create three delectable looks featuring this sweet design paired with vivid distress ink coloring.

You’ll want to follow along with the video to learn how Stephanie used just two ink blended panels along with some smart cutting to create this trio of vibrant cards.

Watch this week’s episode of MFTv — Sweet Birthday Wishes on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!

Sweet Birthday Wishes | Glazed Distress Oxide Ink - YouTube

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Today we’re excited to debut the latest from Birdie Brown, some adorable furry feline friends, and an interactive Die-namics design that we are SO excited about! Enough of the chit chat though — let’s get to it!

  • You can enter to win an MFT shopping spree by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before 8 PM EDT on May 6. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8 AM EDT on May 7 on the MFT Blog.

BRING OUT THE SUNSHINE

Bring Out the Sunshine with this hat-bedecked sweetheart from Birdie Brown. Your friends will love that this light and lovely cutie made you think of them, and delight in the feeling you share through whichever sentiment you select to accompany her. A sweet songbird and overflowing flower basket provide balance and will help you sent the scene for your greeting. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

   

PURR-FECT

Three sweet kittens are accompanied by a bee, butterfly, and pair of flowers in this charming stamp set. Punny phrases make this collection perfect for cat-lady crafters or card makers that have some feline-loving friends they’d like to celebrate. Included sentiments recognize love, friendship, and togetherness. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

     

FALLING FROM THE CLOUDS FRAME DIE-NAMICS

When you want your scene to steal the scene, the Falling from the Clouds Frame Die-namics is a natural choice. Cut a backer panel slightly smaller than the included frame, die cut four of the included “comb” elements, adhering to both the front and back, and top and bottom of the panel using dimensional adhesive, then use the die-cut notches to guide and secure a length of fine thread you’ll use to string small seed beads to the assembly. By adhering the frame over the assembly, you’ll be able to disguise the secure ends of the thread creating a magical effect.

Learn more about how Laura used the Falling from the Clouds Frame Die-namics to create this unforgettable interactive look on our Youtube channel, or by watching the video below.

Creating a Magical Rain Shaker Card | May Release Sneak Peek! - YouTube

You can make the May release all yours in just four more days! To see what was created with today’s sneak peeks, click through to our Design Team member blogs.

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It’s our favorite time of the month — the New Release Countdown starts now! Join us for the next five days to learn more about the newest stamps, Die-namics, and supplies included in the May Release.

  • You can enter to win an MFT shopping spree by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before 8 PM EDT on May 6. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8 AM EDT on May 7 on the MFT Blog.

FRIENDLY FOXES

These sly foxes will brighten your day with their cheery disposition and charming expressions. Four different foxes feature a mix of accessories — a bow tie, neck tie, and pretty posy are among them. Ground your friends using the trio of grass options and complete your project with one of four heartwarming sentiments. The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

     

GREETINGS & SALUTATIONS

This wide-ranging collection of sentiments includes phrases perfect for recognizing friends and family; happy occasions, sad occasions, and everyday greetings you simply want to acknowledge – an ideal addition to your crafting. The clean block font will pair with almost anything in your stash and the compact size allows you to stack up the sentiments for maximum impact. The Skinny Strips Die-namics are a perfect accompaniment for prioritizing eye-catching sentiments you don’t want your recipient to miss.

SKINNY STRIPS DIE-NAMICS

Simple, slim, sentiment strips are an essential component in your crafty toolbox. Skinny Strips feature both short and long options in two different styles. They are perfect for pairing with the sentiments in the Greetings & Salutations stamp set as well as Sweet Sentiments but will also work will with wide range of other sentiments in your collection. You can’t go wrong adding this hard-working Die-namics to your stash!

SQUARE TRIO SHAKER WINDOW DIE-NAMICS + SQUARE TRIO SHAKER POUCHES

The Mini Square Trio Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics creates a trio of square windows, perfectly aligned and spaced, in your card fronts and panels. Leave the windows open, back with acetate, or insert one of the coordinating Square Trio Shaker Pouches to create a fun, interactive look. Use horizontally or vertically for A2 cards in either orientation.

     

SIMPLY THANKS DIE-NAMICS

A simple thank you can do wonders for showing appreciation for gestures big and small. The generous size and playful font Simply Thanks features will cause you to reach for this sentiment over and over again because you can you never say “thanks” too often. Make Simply Thanks one of the most-used dies in your collection — your friends and family will love you for it!

ON-POINT PRECIOUS GLUE

On-Point Precision Glue is an easy-grip tube that provides for pinpoint placement of paper elements and embellishments. This water-based glue goes on white, and dries clear for inconspicuous adherence, and can be used on card stock, felt, embellishments, and more.

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new May Release products. The fun is just beginning — we’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on May 7!

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Our retirement sale is winding down, but there are still plenty of amazing deals to take advantage of! All of these items will be retired as stock is depleted so grab them now if they’re on your wish list. You’ll find everything in our Sale category — no coupon code required, but act fast because this sale is only valid while supplies last and the sale prices are good. *not valid on previous purchases, sale prices available for online retail orders only

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive a $100 Shopping Spree in the MFT boutique.

from Laura’s blog: Marisela Delgado

from Rachel’s blog: MadeByMeghanK

Congratulations to you both! Marisela and Meghan, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate every comment!

Bring Out the Sunshine, the newest set from Birdie Brown, features a sweet, summer-ready sweetheart ready to brighten a variety of scenes and today, Sandy is sharing how to create a field of flowers bursting with color to situate her in. In addition to demonstrating how to create the impression of flower fields, she has a couple of GREAT tips on shadowing with an unexpected color choice, and crafting billowing clouds. Ready? Grab your markers and let’s get to it!

Hello, coloristas! It’s Sandy Allnock, and I am so stinking excited about how this card came out.

Recently I visited the Skagit Valley near me where the daffodils and tulips were in bloom for miles in the distance — so today I’ll show you how to create your own Copic field of flowers! Bring on that sunshine!

Create in Color with Sandy Allnock | Copic Coloring a Summer Scene - YouTube

Wasn’t that fun? And easy?? Just some scribbles within a strip of about an inch or so to create the visual of ginormous fields!

Even without the clouds, this scene would be so adorable.

Be brave and try those BVs for skin tone shadows sometimes…it takes a while to get used to, but the realism is worth it!

I’m in countdown mode for my upcoming trip to Eustis to visit MFT….who’s coming!?!? Pop over to my Insta and let me know, I’d like to see all the students’ coloring so I know what to include as I teach. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Have a super start to your summer…see you next month!

Sandy mentioned her upcoming trip to Eustis — are you registered yet? We have a handful of spots available in the June 23rd class so register now to pick up some invaluable tips, tricks, and techniques from the master herself!

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We’re here again with another MFT Color Challenge! Join us as we create with this week’s color combination.

This challenge features Tangy Orange, Kraft, Tropical Teal and After Midnight. 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 black, white or kraft, but challenge yourself to incorporate all four of the colors.

Create cards, scrapbook layouts, home decor, treat containers, mixed media, etc. using this color combination and be sure to link your project below for a chance at a My Favorite Things Gift Voucher worth $50.

MFT products are encouraged, but not required. We just want to see what this week’s color combination 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.

Congratulations, Dana! You are the randomly selected winner of MFT Color Challenge 116. You can view all the entries from the last challenge HERE.

You have until Wednesday, May 22 at noon EDT to add your link and be eligible for the prize of $50 in MFT Cash. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance!

If you are looking for further color inspiration, feel free to download past MFT Color Combinations HERE.

Check out some of the other projects our newest palette has inspired our team to create:

To enter a challenge in the Inlinkz link-up, click on the ‘Inlinkz Link Party’ button below. You can add images from your blog or load them directly from your social media accounts, such as Instagram, Flickr, etc…

Enter your link, your name and your email address (your email remains private) for the card you would like to enter.

Once you’ve selected your image, you’ll need to check the box below the image area and then click on ‘done’ to upload your project.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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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 436. 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.

Torico used this week’s sketch as inspiration for her summer-themed card featuring the newest Pure Innocence sweetie. A stenciled backdrop with the Mini Staggered Raindrops Stencil imitates the look of watermelon seeds that perfectly coordinates with her scene.

Nicole was inspired by this week’s sketch to create a woodland scene complete with a delightful deer grazing on a lush, leafy tree. The tone-on-tone stamped background further complements her scene and helps ground the images on her sweet design.

Congratulations, Michele! 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 14 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, including this month’s guest designer, Kari!

To enter a challenge in the Inlinkz link-up, click on the ‘Inlinkz Link Party’ button below. You can add images from your blog or load them directly from your social media accounts, such as Instagram, Flickr, etc…

Enter your link, your name and your email address (your email remains private) for the card you would like to enter.

Once you’ve selected your image, you’ll need to check the box below the image area and then click on ‘done’ to upload your project.

 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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All of our May Release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win 1 of 2 $100 MFT Shopping Sprees as part of today’s New Product Launch celebration!

We are in the business of giving, and this month we’re doubling the difference!

10% of all retail sales of the Builder Bears stamp set and Die-namics through the end of May will be donated to Habitat for Humanity — bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

10% of all retail sales of the Kangaroo Crew stamp set and Die-namics through the end of May will be donated to the Kangaroo Sanctuary — rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing orphaned baby kangaroos back into the wild.

In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order. We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase.

1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

Concurrent with each new monthly release and kit release, our Free with $60 is updated with a brand new design. Our newest Free with $60, releasing with our May 2019 collection, is the Mini Square Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics. While supplies last, the Mini Square Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics will ship free with every qualifying order, so if welcoming this versatile little design to your collection excites you, fill your cart up today! This little window and frame set are incredibly handy on their own but if shakers are your thing, make sure to grab some Square Trio Shaker Pouches to pack your window with a punch of sequins, confetti, or whatever your heart desires. If our supply is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $50.

3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 25% on orders over $750. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past few days. They have another shot of inspiration to help inspire you and narrow down your shopping list to your must-have items, and six fabulous MFT friends are joining so don’t miss their incredible inspiration either.

Visit each of the May Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, May 9, for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 MFT Shopping Sprees. The winners will be chosen at random and winners will be announced May 10. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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It’s almost time! Set your alarm for 10:00 AM EDT, and don’t be late for the release of the fabulous new May products! All of the stamps, Die-namics, and supplies we’ve been showing off over the past few days will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique.

We want to make your shopping experience fun and help you stay as organized as possible so we’ve created THIS shopping list that you can print out and check off as you fill your cart.

One of the most important parts of shopping is saving. We offer you 3 ways to save with every purchase:

Use the Mini Square Shaker Window & Frame to create diminutive shaker windows for your cards and tags. The 1/8” frame can be used to accent the window, finishing off the shaker design beautifully — trim a single pouch from the Square Trio Shaker Pouches to fill this design. Even better, the Mini Square Shaker Window & Frame is this month’s Free with $60 Die-namics so make sure to fill your cart accordingly…you’ll definitely want to bring this fun little design home to you!

Our Free with $60 Die-namics is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax). Concurrent with each new monthly release and kit release, our Free with $60 is updated with a brand new design. While supplies last, the Mini Square Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics will ship free with every qualifying order. If our supply is exhausted, we’ll include a surprise Die-namics. Please note that we cannot honor substitution requests.

You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail contiguous US order over $50.

And if you needed another reason to shop MFT, our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 25% on orders over $750!

This month, we’re shining a spotlight on TWO worthy charities.

10% of all retail sales of the Builder Bears stamp set and Die-namics through the end of May will be donated to Habitat for Humanity — bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

10% of all retail sales of the Kangaroo Crew stamp set and Die-namics through the end of May will be donated to the Kangaroo Sanctuary — rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing orphaned baby kangaroos back into the wild.

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

You can look at every new product in our May release, for sale TODAY at 10 AM EDT, below. Click on any of the individual graphics to view a bigger picture, and to see the product name.

Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our May Release Countdown prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown. Five lucky commenters have won a $75 shopping spree from the MFT Boutique! Prize information will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts later today.

Countdown Day Five Winner: Becs Attwood (May 2, 2019 @ 21:20) 

Countdown Day Four Winner: Melanie Hungerford (May 3, 2019 @ 10:59) 

Countdown Day Three Winner: Jennifer Petersen (May 6, 2019 @ 10:52) 

Countdown Day Two Winner: Lisa Daly (May 5, 2019 @ 15:51) 

Countdown Day One Winner: ROSALIE JOHNSON (May 6, 2019 @ 13:55) 

Congratulations to all the winners!

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