Halloween Happenings

We’re in the midst of preparing for a frightfully sweet Halloween season! This time of year presents so many opportunities for crafting – everything from party invitations and spooky greetings to decor items and delightfully wicked favors. We’ve challenged our team to up their Halloween game by creating a plethora of seasonal projects.

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There is so much to be inspired by in Sharon’s seasonal trio! How about those coasters she created by layering circles die cut with the Stitchable Dot Circle STAX over a die-cut piece from Circle STAX Set 1? Or the Spider Web Cover-Up she trimmed to fit? And the pumpkin, oh the pumpkin! That was created with the Red Delicious Die-namics. Everything is done in durable felt so these projects can be used and enjoyed year after year.

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BOO! Don’t be afraid to keep on clicking for so much more seasonal inspiration. Our team’s got you covered!

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You’re Moving On Up!

Please welcome Emily to the blog today! She’s with us to share a couple of sweet cards that will surely inspire you to hit your craft room.
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Hi, it’s Emily here, and I’m so excited to be back on the MFT Blog today to share a couple of projects! For my first card, I combined the clipboard from Office Supplies and individual letters from the Centerpieces Congratulations Shaker to create a congratulatory message.
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Originally, I wanted to design the shaker using the letters to spell CONGRATS vertically down the side of the clipboard but it was too long so I had to shorten it to ‘GRATS. The stamped sentiments are from At the Office and the stars are from Trick or Treat.

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I stamped the two sentiments in Red Hot and Black Licorice Hybrid Inks. Then I used the Natural Hybrid Ink to sponge around the edges of the clipboard. It went on so smoothly, just like butter, leaving no lines!

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My second card combines the girl and butterflies from Every Day is a Picnic stamp set (coordinating Die-namics,) Joy Ride, and Square Grid Cover-Up.

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I used the cover-up as a subtle background for the scene by die cutting it in vellum. I’m going to get a lot of use out of this die!

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It was so much fun to create a custom car with all the colours and layers. I attempted to create a convertible but it didn’t look right so I left the roof on. Here in Ontario, we have license plates on both the front and back of the car so it doesn’t matter that she’s facing what is, theoretically, the back of the car. ;)

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Organization for Your Creative Space: Taming Your Stencils

Some people work best in a space overflowing with tools and supplies – an abundance of stimuli feeds their creativity. I’d venture to say that most people are stifled by clutter though – they crave some semblance of order in order to avoid that overwhelmed feeling we so often experience in the face of seemingly insurmountable disarray. At it’s most basic, organizing your space allows you to quickly locate and access your supplies. At its best, an organized space, and even the simple act of organizing, helps us find not only our tools, but also that creative spark that can sometimes go missing. Please join our Creative Team as they share some of their own spaces and tips for organizing the tools and supplies we so often reach for in our pursuit of crafting happiness. Each month, we’ll tackle a new supply and explore the ways our talented team wrangles their stash. We hope you’ll find inspiration for your own space!

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Thin, versatile, durable – stencils are all of that and more! If you haven’t amassed a collection of stencils yet, we’re confident that once you give them a try, you’ll become quickly addicted! Whether you use them as a mask for applying color or a texture medium, or run them through your die-cutting machine to add subtle texture, you’ll never run out of creative uses for these supply staples. This month, our team is sharing their storage solutions for stencils.

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Click through to each of these lovely ladies’ blogs to learn more about their storage solutions. We’d love to hear how you’re organizing your stencils – be sure to tag #mftstamps on Instagram and Twitter if you share a photo!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 9 projects. Deep, saturated hues are the focus in this month’s color quartet. Factory GreenWild CherrySteel Blue, and Steel Grey are the perfect choice for a masculine card. Let’s see where this palette takes your next project. Have fun with it and make something beautiful. 

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Cindy went with tone-on-tone Steel Grey using the Proof Positive Cover-Up to create depth and texture. The Out on a Limb Die-namics provides a perfect vehicle for incorporating the rest of the palette.

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Jackie chose a Sweet Tooth backdrop to ground the colors in this month’s palette. The Factory Green is just right for adding leaves to the die-cut Wild Cherry flowers from Blueprints 19 while Steel Blue buttons act as ideal flower centers and provide fantastic balance to the sentiment strip.

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Jodi’s design is predominantly Steel Blue allowing pops of the remaining colors to truly shine. Using the Polka Dot Cover-Up to emboss the background is a great way to add texture.

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Full of dimension,  Barbara’s design features the Autumn Wreath Die-namics, which is kind of perfect for the season, in the full gamut of the September palette. A simple sentiment banner is an elegant finishing touch.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on October 1 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 9 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 195

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Every week, we share a new sketch to get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to create something beautiful. This week, vertical lines intersect with diagonal creating exceptional movement and interest. Take the inspiration and make it yours because each project you share gives you another chance to win an MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. Share your project inspired by the sketch by uploading a link to it at the end of this week’s blog post.

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You have until Tuesday, September 30 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 Angel! 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 (157-195) HERE

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Documenting the First Day

The first day of school…pretty monumental, right? Laina was able to capture her handsome boys in all of their back-to-school glory in this bright, clean-lined layout with plenty of fun little details. The Border It – Numbers Die-namics is repeated across the top of the layout to reflect the progression of grades while the fun new Lunchbox Die-namics provides the perfect placement for a title. I love seeing how the scale of our stamps and Die-namics translate to scrapbook pages!

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Do you have a milestone moment you’ve been meaning to document? Even those small, seemingly ordinary moments can take on great significance when you take a moment to reflect on the deeper meaning. Take some time to capture a fleeting moment – Laina’s provided a sketch to get you going so all you need to do is choose the photos and put pen to paper. What are you waiting for? Make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media uploads so we can see how MFT products have inspired your creativity – we’ll be on the lookout!

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The new Falling Leaves Die-namics are inherently dimensional thanks to the emboss line detailing. Sponge on a variety of rich, autumnal hues though and the lines are further enhanced resulting in highly detailed, amazingly realistic accents for your cards and other crafty projects. This simple design highlights the depth of the leaves and allows you to spend your time on the details because the assembly is so easy!

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

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Release Rewind Day Two

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Before getting to Day 2 of our Release Rewind, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

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from Sharon’s blog: Kris B

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out! And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

Our designers are back with a second round of Release Rewind projects! Click through to each of their blogs for more September inspiration.

Please join us in extending a huge thanks to our September guest, Amy, for all of her incredible work this past week.

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Release Rewind Day One

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The countdown is over, orders have been placed, and now our team is working to pack and ship your orders as quickly as possible because we can’t wait to see what you do with the new stamps and Die-namics. We don’t want to leave you hanging in the meantime though, so how about our talented team shares another dose of September 2014 inspiration? Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 194

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A shapely tag element is accented by flags and a button, or other small embellishment, and grounded by a rectangle panel and circle in this week’s sketch. Don’t forget to link your project at the end of today’s post for your chance to win the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20.

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You have until Tuesday, September 23 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 Betty! 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 (157-194) HERE

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