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Improving on Pattern Perfection

Classic patterns never go out of style, but thanks to the plethora of designs we offer, your projects will never feel dated. Join our designers as they inspire you with trendy and innovative projects centered on the pinnacle of patterns: the time-honored stripe.

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Inge combined horizontally stamped stripes with tone-on-tone texture. Centrally layered die-cut elements, including a washi tape strip cut from Blueprints 13, reinforces the horizontal theme. Layer upon layer of die cuts and embellishments adds interest, color, and dimension for a gorgeous finished project that would work equally well for men, women, and children.

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Check out each of our Creative Team blogs to see what they’ve dreamed up in response to our challenge this month. A spectrum of creative possibilities is just a few clicks away!

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MFTv Cupcake Tag

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this week’s episode of MFTv. Our new Tag Builder Blueprints 1 Die-namics makes quick work of die cutting  a variety of coordinating tag elements. Build and layer to suit your whims or use the included Blueprints sketches for even speedier assembly. Also included in this new episode? An unconventional use of the Celebrate You Die-namics to “bake” a cherry-topped cupcake!

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

Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you’ll never miss an episode of MFTv!

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The Deconstructed Sketch

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This week, the Deconstructed Sketch is helping us celebrate our birthday month! We’re sponsoring this week’s challenge so make sure you head over to their blog HERE to see the sketch and share a link to your project. While you’re there, don’t miss the beautiful samples from the Deconstructed Sketch Design Team featuring our July release.

You’ll have to check out the Deconstructed Sketch blog for this week’s sketch but we can whet your appetite with a card based on the sketch that’s been created by one of our own talented team members!

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One lucky participant will be the recipient of a $25 prize sponsored by MFT – not only do you get an incredibly beautiful finished project out of the deal, but also a chance at a fantastic prize! So, don’t waste another moment – head over to the DS blog NOW for all of the details!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 7 projects. Sno Cone, Banana Split, Blu Raspberry, and Tangy Orange is an eye-catching combination that will work wonderfully for summer themed projects as well as all-occasion cards. It’s a divine choice for birthday cards too which just so happens to fit in quite nicely with the party theme of our July release. Let’s see how our designers chose to dip into this palette!

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Sharon’s version of this month’s palette features lots of color. From the base of her card to her die-cut flag and sentiment, she didn’t shy away. I love how she used the File Folder Edges Die-namics to create that shaped panel as well!

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Lisa started with a Smooth White Card Stock base and layered on color with the incredibly fun new Confetti Background for her card. The Celebrate You stamp set and Die-namics  is perfect for birthday cards but you’ll grab it for lots of other occasions as well!

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Banana Split shines in Amy’s inspiring card and tag. The Grid Stencil is such a fun way of adding color and texture to your projects.

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Jody went painterly by adding beautiful washes of color over a panel stamped with the new Happy Birthday Background. She included  additional layers of color by cutting her Happy Die-namics from 4 different colors and adhering them together – such a fun surprise!

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on August 6 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 7 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 185

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This week’s sketch features angled panels punctuated by a contrasting strip for maximum impact. A simple circle ideal for a stamped sentiment or showcasing an accent completes the look. Take the sketch and make it yours for a shot at 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 blog post.

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You have until Tuesday, July 22 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 Lee Ann! 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 (157-185) HERE

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Ombre Happy Birthday

Layering pattern and color is one of Laina‘s specialties. Her birthday layout exquisitely combines photos and words into a cohesive design that you can’t stop looking at. Our line of generously-sized background stamps is a beautiful collection of patterns that are ideal for creating decorative panels and elements that stand out without overwhelming. We know repetition is an important design element and this layout is a prime example why – that title, created with the Happy Die-namics, is sensational.

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Using background stamps, Versamark ink, and clear embossing powder, create resist patterns on white card stock. Using an ink blending tool, lightly blend ink over the top of the embossing to add color to the backgrounds and reveal the embossed patterns.

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Using an ink blending tool, lightly create the ombre ink pattern by blending dye ink colors together. After the ink is dry, die cut your title words from the pre-blended inked paper.

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ItsYourDay_Detail2To create the glass plate, apply Berrylicious dye ink to plain vellum with an ink blending tool. After the ink is dry, die cut the plate first from vellum and then a second layer from clear acetate. Layer the acetate over the vellum for a pretty glass look.

ItsYourDeayDetail4To construct the cake, die cut the cake and accents from white card stock. Add color to the layers of cake and candles with an ink blending tool and dye inks.

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Tip: To add ink to tiny pieces, keep the die cuts in their original card stock backing by adding washi tape to the reverse, holding them in place. Add color to the elements by using a blending tool.

Birthday_Detail3Now it’s your turn – take Laina’s sketch and make it your own. Take her 12 x 12″ design and create your own scrapbook layout or 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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MFTv Birthday Wishes Chalkboard

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In this week’s episode of MFTv, I’m using the new Blueprints 17 Die-namics to “build” a cool, freestanding chalkboard easel card. Watch the video to learn how I created the floating balloon look with the Balloon STAX Die-namics and to see how just how well the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings coordinate with this fun new Blueprints set.

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

Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you’ll never miss an episode of MFTv!

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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!

from Cindy’s blog: Annie Rose

from Jodi’s blog: Cammy Wall

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 wave of Release Rewind magic! Click through to each of our designers’ blogs for more July inspiration!

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Release Rewind Day One

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The countdown is over and we’re feverishly packing orders so we can bring the party to YOU. July products are making their way to homes everywhere – we know you’re anxiously awaiting that delightful “thud” on your doorstep! While you make your plan of attack, our designers have one last gasp of July inspiration. Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.

I used our new Tag Builder Blueprints 1 Die-namics to create these fun tags. This set has everything you need to create a huge variety of fun looks for gifts, labeling, treats, or card accents. Don’t forget that each Blueprints set includes a coordinating set of sketches – these tags are based on the download we’ve provided for this initial introduction! You can find the Blueprints downloads on the product page, or, download HERE.

I’ve simply added some pattern with the new Happy Birthday Background, a sentiment from the Delicious Birthday stamp set, and an accent from the Celebrate You stamp set and Die-namics to create this trio. We’re so happy to be expanding our Blueprints line into tag making – we hope you share our excitement!

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Now, onto the rest of the team - enjoy!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 184

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A window, or a layering element – the choice is yours with the versatile circle component included in this week’s design. Take the provided sketch and make it yours for a shot at 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 our blog post.Take the sketch and make it yours for a shot at 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 blog post.

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You have until Tuesday, July 15 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 Shanna! 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 (157-184) HERE

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