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Jazz Up Your Blooms

All of the rain we endured last month is about to pay off in a big way! May is going to bloom with a gorgeous assortment of flowers that have been primped and polished with pattern and texture by the talented MFT Design Team. We have so many fantastic flower Die-namics in the MFT shop. Some are flat; others are meant to be rolled to add incredible realism and dimension to your projects. They’re all beautiful on their own but if you’re looking to jazz them up a bit, this month’s Creative Team Challenge should be just the inspiration you’re looking for.

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This gorgeous card from Joanne features some texty blooms. Simply stamp your card stock with your pattern before die cutting – instant eye-appeal! She based her design on one of the Blueprint designs included with Blueprints 13 set – such an easy way to design your next project!

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Are you ready to be showered with ideas for embellishing your spring bouquet? Keep on clicking through to each of their blogs to see what they’ve created in response to our challenge this month.

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MFTv Welcome Baby Tag

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Few events in life are as exciting and worthy of celebration as welcoming a new baby. This week on MFTv, you’ll get to see how this sweet, oversized baby gift tag is assembled. It features the Oh Baby Die-namics we released as a part of the April 2014 release but you’ll also learn some tips for elongating a tag as well as using card stock to stabilize finicky felt die cuts.

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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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Getting Inky with Our New Hybrid Formula

We’ve talked about our new Hybrid Inks and the characteristics that make them unique. Now that they’re showing up in your homes and studios though, we can begin to explore all of the different ways that they can be used in your crafting and memory keeping projects. We have one of our very talented Creative Team members, Kimberly, here today to share her experience with the inks so far.

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Hello! Kimberly here and today, I am so excited to share project ideas with you using the new line of Hybrid Inks from MFT!  I am already a huge fan of the bright, vivid colors and the moment I received the new inks, I took them out and started playing. Today I am going to share a few of those ideas with you, but stay tuned, because I have so many more ideas to share soon!

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First, the basic use, the big question, the one we are all asking, can we use the Hybrid inks with Copic Markers? Yes! I stamped my Pure Innocence image with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on the Blending Card. It works perfectly with Copics!

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The Black Licorice Hybrid ink works for watercoloring too. I used Smooth White Card Stock and stamped the same image, but this time, I used a waterbrush and regular ink to color the image. No bleeding from the Hybrid Ink – none at all.

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Then I really started experimenting. For this example, I stamped the flowers in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, along with the sentiment. I washed over the top with watered-down inks and a paintbrush. No bleeding of the black Hybrid ink. And it kept its original intensity of color!

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Using a cosmetic sponge, I applied Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink and Sour Apple Hybrid Ink to Smooth White Card Stock. Then I stamped the Sheet Music Background with Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink on top. My final step was to stamp the flowers and sentiment in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. Pure happiness from me! The layering is beautiful with the vibrant colors, but the black stamped solid.

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Then I moved on to stamping on come different surfaces. Vellum worked well. I inked the image with Sour Apple Hybrid Ink and Grapesicle Hybrid Ink, then stamped the vellum. Several of the flower stems were stamped second-generation, meaning I didn’t re-ink between impressions.  The color stayed vivid and held up well on the vellum. Because of the surface texture of the vellum, the Hybrid Inks need to be heat set with a heating tool. A few seconds worked fine. I could easily see the Hybrid Ink appearance change from wet to dry.

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Next I tried wood veneer paper. This paper comes in sheets, but the wood veneer shapes we all have in our stashes would take the Hybrid Ink in the same manner. Strong, bright, vivid, and not much bleed. If you notice on the right hand flower, I used two colors of Hybrid Ink: Red Hot and Orange Fizz. I think the colors blended well together and will make the rock and roll technique very viable with these inks.

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Acetate took the ink well. I applied the ink pad directly to the clear piece of plastic. Then, because of the slick surface, I heat set the inks. Finally, I stamped the flower and sentiment in Black Licorice. I am impressed with both the color and the detail that still remained in the sentiment.

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How about a glassine bag? How fun to stamp a pattern onto one using the On the Diagonal Background. You’ll definitely want to zap it with some heat to set it but once you do, awesome! So many fun possibilities with this technique.

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This is a piece of canvas, sticky-back canvas to be precise. I started by applying Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink and Sour Apple Hybrid Ink to the surface with a sponge. It went on very smoothly. I was also able to layer the colors, adding more depth where I wanted. These two colors also blended well where they met. Once heat set, I stamped the flowers and sentiment in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. Again, I achieved crisp images and super detail.

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Being curious about other fabric possibilities, I grabbed a white baby onesie and stamped it. I used Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink to stamp the elephant and Lemon Drop Hybrid Ink for the stars. I heat set the ink before washing and drying the shirt. I love the results! The ink showed up well and stayed in place. Again the key is to heat set.

I have to say that I am very impressed with these inks! They have wonderful color and staying power on whatever surface you stamp on, provided you heat set them as required by the material. I know that I will enjoy discovering new ways to use these inks. Who else is ready for more colors? I am!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 4 projects. Our NaturalRazzle BerryBlu Raspberry, and Gumdrop Green palette is a vivid reminder of the beauty of spring. Let’s take a closer look at what our design team has been inspired to create with the combo.

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The Cloudy Day Stencil provided the perfect guide for adding some fluffy white clouds to a brilliant Blu Raspberry sky on Amy’s card. Cheer someone up with the Blue Skies Ahead stamp set paired with the incredibly fun and realistic Layered Umbrella Die-namics.

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Cindy took a different approach choosing to focus on the more neutral colors and adding bright pops of color in her choice of sentiment and accent colors. The On the Diagonal Background stamp will quickly become a favorite thanks to its versatility and playfulness.

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Our latest Blueprints set provided everything Jodi needed to assemble this cheerful card. When you want to finish a beautiful card but lack the time or inspiration to start from scratch, our Blueprints line is the answer!

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on April 30 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 4 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 172

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There is something so classic about ovals as a design feature. This week’s sketch includes that simple but elegant element bolstered by a trendy flag and a trio of perfect little dots. Share your projects inspired by the sketch by uploading a link to it at the end of our blog post. Every project you share is an automatic entry into our weekly giveaway of a Gift Voucher worth up to $20!

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You have until Tuesday, April 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 Elizabeth! 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 (157-172) HERE

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MFTv Congratulations Embossed Card

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We are admittedly smitten with the cute shaker cards that can be created with the new April 2014 Centerpieces Congratulations Shaker Die-namics but using it with our Embossing Pad to create a subtly textured panel is a pretty  great option as well. Highlighting an “A” and adding some stars from the Sun, Moon, & Stars Die-namics makes it perfectly clear that this card is intended for a star.

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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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So Very Proud of You

I think most parents would agree that there are few greater feelings of personal accomplishment than seeing your child succeed. It’s not technically your accomplishment, but it sure does feel like it at the moment! There are so many milestones along the way but seeing them receive a diploma – that signifier that they’re about to truly embark on adulthood – that’s really special. And that pride is evident on the faces of Laina and her husband in this amazing layout.

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The Graduation Accents and Bright Lights Numbers and Symbols Die-namics sets mix perfectly to create titles for layouts and sentiments for cards.

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Laina created custom washi tape in classic patterns to match the feel and colors of the rest of the layout. She also trimmed the label die cut to size it perfectly to her stamped image.

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This caption was created by masking a sentiment from the Happy Graduation stamp set resulting in the two-piece design shown.

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Are you as inspired as we are? Ready to tackle a scrapbook page of your own? If you need a jumpstart, Laina has provided a sketch for the layout she’s shared so give it a shot. Please make sure to tag us if you share – we always love seeing what you’ve been up to with MFT products :)

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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 Julie’s blog: Shari T

from Debbie’s blog: Elizabeth Sarkisyan

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 April release continues to inspire our designers to create even more projects guaranteed to get inspire and excite. Click through to each of our designers’ blogs for more April release inspiration!

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Release Rewind Day One

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We are busy packing up all of your orders filled with fun new April products – we know you’re anxious to get them in your hands! We thought a couple of days of Rewind projects would help to alleviate the stress of waiting for your package to arrive. Day 1  of our Rewind is just a few clicks away.

The talented ladies below , including our April Guest Designer, Debbie, are each sharing a Rewind project on their blog today. Click on through to see more crafty inspiration from each of them!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 171

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This week’s sketchy inspiration includes a fun circle-within-square frame feature that will be so fun for layering. Add elements behind and in front of the frame to really up the dimension and create a lot of interest. Share your projects inspired by the sketch by uploading a link to them at the end of our blog post. Every project you share is an automatic entry into our weekly giveaway of a Gift Voucher worth up to $20!

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You have until Tuesday, April 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 Joni52! 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 (157-171) HERE

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