Awesome Takes Practice

Barbara is joining us today to share a card that perfectly mingles classic + trendy to awesome effect.

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Kraft, Primitive White, and Tangy Orange is a pretty classic color combo but when a little glittery silver is tossed in the mix, things get extra-special. The Sun, Moon, & Stars Die-namics includes a variety of different star sizes to make things even more interesting. The Notebook Edge Die-namics is a fantastic addition to  your supplies as it creates a ripped-from-the-notebook edge on a panel of any width.

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We’d love to see how you mix classic designs with trendy die cuts, stamps, and colors. Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we’re always on the lookout to see what you’re up to!

And before I go today, I’d like to take a minute to say goodbye to our dear friend and Creative Team member Inge. She’s been an invaluable part of our team for such a long time and we will miss her exquisite sense of color and impeccably constructed cards. She has big things in her future that will keep her very busy and we’re confident you’ll be seeing a lot of her. Best wishes, Inge!

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Sending Love Peek-a-Boo Style

Please join us in welcoming Heather Pulvirenti to the blog today!

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Hello! I’m Heather P., and I am so excited to be guest posting on the My Favorite Things blog today! :) I have a couple of projects to share with you featuring various MFT Die-namics and stamp sets.

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My first card features the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics, Star Background Stamp, and the Pure Innocence Sending Big Hugs stamp set and coordinating Die-namics.  To create my card, I started with a light gray card base, and stamped the star background using Versamark ink.  I then stamped the Pure Innocence image in Stazon gray ink, and colored her in using watercolors.

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While the image was drying, I used the Peek-A-Boo X and O dies on light pink card stock, and then adhered them to white card stock before fussy cutting them out.  Next, I adhered the letters to a piece of gray twine to make a banner, and attached it to the die-cut Pure Innocence image. The sentiment was then stamped on yellow card stock with Versamark ink before heat embossing with white powder.  To finish up my card, the banner sentiment and image were attached to the card front with pop dots, then orange enamel dots were added.

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My next project features the Peek-a-Boo Heart Frames Die-namics, Always & Forever stamp set, and the Jumbo Abstract Art stamp set.  To create my layout, I started with a gray sheet of card stock, then added two strips of glitter card stock and photos of my daughter from one of her trips to the pool.

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I used the second largest Peek-A-Boo heart die on three different colors of card stock, then cut them out and laid them on the design to get their approximate placement.  I then stamped some of the splatter images from the Jumbo Abstract Art set in Versamark ink to mimic water splashes.  I stamped the joy sentiment from Always & Forever in Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with white powder before adhering the hearts to the layout with pop dots.  To finish up, I embellished with aqua enamel dots.

Well, that wraps it up for me today! Thank you so much for stopping by, and to My Favorite Things for the opportunity to guest design with their products!!

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You & Me Always

Amy Kolling is back with us today! We just love her creative approach in using our stamps and Die-namics :)

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Hello again! I’m back today using more My Favorite Things stamps and Die-namics. I am always in need of wedding/anniversary/love-themed cards so I thought I’d share some that I’ve made.

I am enjoying the shaker card trend again and I thought this one would be fitting for an “anytime” card for your loved ones. I’ve used Blueprints 16 to die cut my frame from Steel Grey Card Stock and stamped it with the Diagonal Stripes Background with black ink.

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My sentiment, from Always and Forever, was stamped with various inks onto white card stock as the backdrop for my shaker. The shaker is filled with mini star sequins and the frame is embellished with enamel dots and a die-cut star from Blueprints 16.

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I love to use my dies to emboss as much as I love using them to die cut. I wanted to add some elegance but die cutting the large Peek-a-Boo Heart Frames was too much so I embossed it into a panel of Steel Grey Card Stock. My sentiment, from Together Forever, was stamped with white ink into the center of the heart with a few glittery enamel dots placed beneath.

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Now let’s talk about that glittery banner border embellishing the top of my card. I’ve die cut the mini banners from Blueprints 16 out of glitter paper and aligned them up at the top of my main panel. A simple line of stitching across the banners, leaving the ends loose, adds to the elegant feel and also anchors them securely in place to the card.

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Thanks again goes out to My Favorite Things for inviting me to guest on the blog! :)

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 191

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Diagonal stripes and an adaptable accent leave plenty of breathing room for a clean and simple card, or a canvas for adding texture or pattern. We can’t wait to see where the inspiration takes you. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. 

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You have until Tuesday, September 2 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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

Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE

Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE

Download the 2013 Sketches (105-156) HERE

Download the 2014 Sketches (157-191) HERE

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An Inky Twist on a Classic Technique

Watercolor is a medium that’s been around forever but is experiencing a resurgence in popularity in the crafting, card-making, and scrapbooking world. This month, our team will show you a variety of ways to achieve the look with stamps, stencils, and inks.

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Three colors of Hybrid Ink blend beautifully to highlight layered columns of happy hexagons. Keisha created a delicate balance by placing the hexagons assembly slightly left of center, centering the greeting, and pushing the butterfly further right.

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Our Creative Team is chock full of ideas of incorporating the watercolor look into your projects so grab your MFT inks, stamps, Die-namics, and stencils and start clicking for inspiration overload.

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MFT Spotting

It’s been awhile since we shared some of our awesome customer creations from around the web. We’re constantly being inspired by your beautiful My Favorite Things creations so please, don’t stop! Tag #mftstamps on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so we can always stay current with your latest and greatest :)

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Stamps: Sending Thanks, Western Backgrounds
Die-namics: Accent It – Labels and Tabs

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Stamps: At the Office
Die-namics: Days of the Week, Insert It – 3×4 Notebook Paper, Office Supplies

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Stamps: Smile
Die-namics: Lily

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Stamps: Diagonal Stripes Background, Gingham Background
Die-namics: Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX, Little Lowercase Letters, Red Delicious

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Stamps: Splendid Sunflower
Die-namics: Splendid Sunflower, Barbed Wire Fence

 

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Thanks for Being You, Teacher!

Today, we welcome Amy to the blog with some fun school-themed projects – thanks so much for joining us, Amy!
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Hello! I’m Amy Kolling and I’m just so excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today – I can hardly believe it! I got to play with some amazing Die-namics and stamps. With school having recently started for my kids, I thought I’d use the Red Delicious Die-namics and pair it with the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics for a teacher card.

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I die cut the letters into a black card stock panel and gently rubbed white ink onto it with my finger to get that chalkboard effect. The apple, which I die cut with Electric Red Card Stock and Gumdrop Green Card Stock, was added to the card front with foam adhesive. I cut the small banner with a die from Blueprints 16 and stamped a sentiment from Just the Way You Are. For the final touch, I added an MFT button stitched in place with crochet thread.

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I am quite a fan of shaped cards and the Red Delicious Die-namics is the perfect size to make them. I die cut my apple image, again with Electric Red Card Stock and Gumdrop Green Card Stock, adding letters with the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics. I made sure to place the fold of the white card base just under the cut line of the die so that I was left with the fold after die cutting. This card will be perfect to attach to a small gift or as a tag for a teacher.

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Lots of thanks go out to My Favorite Things for having me showcase their products!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 8 projects. We’re thinking ahead to autumn and more subdued colors with this month’s palette. Kraft, Orange Fizz, Fuse Green, and Nightshift Blue combine to work as a non-traditional Halloween scheme or a gender-neutral combo appropriate for any number of occasions. Dominant Kraft or Nightshift Blue provides a neutral base for pops of Orange Fizz and Fuse Green or, go crazy relying on some of the more vibrant colors in the mix to prevail. 

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Sharon started with a Nightshift Blue Card Stock Base and then layered on some tone-on-tone elements. The sentiment, from the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set, is balanced by a Panel cut with Blueprints 18 and “watercolored” with Fuse Green, Nightshift Blue, and Orange Fizz Premium Dye Inks using the Jumbo Polka Dot Stencil.

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Lisa’s card features card stock, Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze, and the Geek Is Chic stamp set and Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics from Laina Lamb Design - that’s it! And it’s fabulous! Stamping the glasses image in the full complement of this month’s color palette results in the coolest patterned paper.

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Tone-on-tone stamping in Orange Fizz and Fuse Green provides the subtlety while Nightshift Blue on Kraft provides the *pop* on Julie’s fun card! The die-cut panels from Blueprints 18 make an appearance again here.

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Sharon’s card features groovy ghosts populating the Square Grid Cover-Up Die-namics. The Spooky Scene Die-namics features a trio of ghoulish goblins for maximum design options. A phrase from the Spooky Sentiments set completes the look.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on September 3 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 8 projects. As a reminder: one of the challenge participants will win a Gift Voucher to the MFT boutique valued at up to $20! We can’t wait to see what you do.

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 190

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A cool, curved panel accentuated by a broad sentiment strip and an embellishment or accent cluster are the standout elements in this week’s sketch. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. 

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You have until Tuesday, August 26 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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

Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE

Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE

Download the 2013 Sketches (105-156) HERE

Download the 2014 Sketches (157-190) HERE

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Your Smile Makes the World Brighter

A basic grid design is always a versatile starting point for projects – scrapbook layouts and cards alike! For this layout, each space was viewed as a tiny opportunity to play with pattern and texture. The common theme that pulls the collection of mini canvases together is the colors scheme and the world and smile themes that were generated by the stamped sentiment. The photo, slightly larger and tilted a bit, takes center stage. The stamped and textured panels were offset to balance the completed page.

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This sentiment, from the Eye Charts stamp set, was die cut with the Fishtail Flags STAX. Additional layers were cut from contrasting card stock and vellum and stapled in the upper right corner.

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In the upper left corner, the Horizontal Stitched Strips were cut and woven together. The main component from the Smile stamp set was stamped repeatedly and punctuated by the Ampersand die cuts attached with dimensional foam.

IMG_9586In the lower right corner, the panel was first stamped with the Wood Plank Background. Partial die cutting was done with the High-Rise Alphabet letters to create the title. Finally, a collection of die-cut stars and the peek-a-boo border from Blueprints 18 were added.

IMG_9587Now it’s your turn – take the latest sketch and make it your own. This 12 x 12″ design can inspire a scrapbook layout or a card. Make sure you tag #mftstamps on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook when you share your creations - we love to see what you’re up to!

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