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Meet The Maker - My Favorite Things Stamps

As part of our United We Flourish campaign, we want to foster growth of this amazing crafty community by making connections. We are better together! So each month please let us introduce you to some of our favorite brands and the amazing makers behind them!

Kim Van Der Sanden of MFT

When I was extremely pregnant with Emma a friend invited me to a Stampin Up! party where I proceeded to order 1 stamp set (All Occasions circa 2003) and 1 ink pad (Night of Navy). When I received my items I realized I didn’t have cardstock, or a trimmer, or a way to color in my tiny images so of course a trip to Michael’s was on the horizon. After my shopping spree at Michael’s, I was into my new hobby for $140 a realized I needed to make a lot of cards to recover my investment. Then I thought about how much money I’d save if I made my own cards, and so down the rabbit hole I went.

where kim finds inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere from a random thought before lights out (which I’m finally smart enough to grab my phone and write down), to a walk around Target. Pinterest of course, and any time I find myself thinking “I wish there was…”. Creating is cathartic and is both calming and energizing for me at the same time.

a typical day for kim

Gosh, my days are pretty varied and can range anywhere from working with Jody and Brianna around my dining room table, to working in bed on my laptop. Both options still in pajamas and optimally bra-less. I’m going to trust this is a non-judgy crowd.

kim's favorite products

My whole world became more colorful upon my discovery of these beloved alcohol markers. There is nothing that compares to how relaxing coloring feels to me and nothing better than using the finest coloring medium on the planet.

I am confident this tool has transformed and elevated the stamping acumen of everyone who’s ever used one. Truly, a brilliant invention and a beyond beautiful woman behind it.

I am super proud of our ingenious shaker ideas including our newest Nugget Trio Shaker Pouch and the accompanying Die-namics, but also our Lip Balm and Gift Card Shaker Pouches and accompanying Die-namics. I love it when we bring something new to the market and can help crafters create in a new way.

I am also honored by any and all of the products we carry from the various illustrators we work with. One of the things that I’m most passionate about is being able to change lives through this beautiful hobby we all share, and nothing thrills me more than being able to assist artists with making a living by doing something they love.

Watch Kim talk about the business of giving in this Tedx Talk...

See all of the wonderful MFT stamps, dies, stencils & more HERE in the EH shop!