Creative Construction with Blueprints – Out of the Box

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

Squares and rectangles are pleasing to the eye and lend an orderly feel to your cards but unexpected shapes add energy and excitement! From angled panels and wonky shapes to curves, waves, and special forms – Blueprints provides the perfect solution to any design dilemma. Check out how our designers featured these unique elements in this month’s Creative Construction with Blueprints challenge.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Blueprints 18 and Pretty Posies #mftstamps

The angled panel included in Blueprints 18 is a positively elegant edition to Barbara’s Pretty Posies arrangement – especially with the gorgeous texture she’s added with the Scattered Bars Stencil! Her white embossing on vellum adds even more texture and depth.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Blueprints 9 and Hog Heaven #mftstamps

Blueprints 9 features a large tag shape and a scaled edge piece. Torico has combined them to create this sweet little house for her three piggies. You can huff and puff but you won’t blow this card down!

ALSO, today we’d like to introduce our newest member of the MFT family. We fell in love with Vika‘s style as she guest designed for us last month and fortunately for us, she accepted our offer to join our Creative Team. You’ll be seeing a lot more of her beautiful creations as we begin our October Release Countdown beginning Friday so stay tuned! Welcome, Vika!

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Release Replay: September 2016

Release Replay

Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring Llama Love #mftstamps

Yoonsun took our new Llama Love stamp set and Die-namics right into the holiday season by pairing with a sentiment from Gift Tag Greetings and a well-placed jingle bell.

There’s no need to relegate your seasonal crafting to only those products that scream Christmas – think outside the box to see how you can stretch your products into year-round applications! 

Handmade card from Anna Kossokovskaya featuring Pure Innocence Jumping with Joy #mftstamps

Are you noticing a theme? Anna also took one of our September Release products – in this case, the Pure Innocence Jumping with Joy – and used it to create a winter card.

This image was intended to be jumping in the air but Anna completely reimagined her to be laying in the snow creating a snow angel – it’s all about perspective!

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Framed

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Chibitronics winners. Four lucky commenters have won a Chibitronics Chibi Lights LED Starter Kit. If you see your name listed below, please send an email including your name, mailing address, and day for which you won to sropel87 (at) gmail (dot) com. We can’t wait to see how you light up your projects!

Day 1: Amy Yang – August 18, 2016 @10:12

Day 2: Michele F. – August 19, 2016 @8:44

Day 3: lisa808 – August 25, 2016 @2:04

Day 4: Cynthia Johnson – August 26, 2016 @22:39 

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

Blueprints feature many innovative designs that make it so easy to add interest to your projects without a lot of unnecessary effort. Frames that feature multiple openings allow you to compartmentalize and feature numerous images and sentiments without the monotony involved in aligning a variety of dies. This month, we’re shining a spotlight on Blueprints that include these fantastic elements — Blueprints 2, Blueprints, 20, Blueprints 27, and Blueprints 29.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Distressed Patterns stamp set, Birdie Brown Harvest Mouse stamp set and Die-namics, and Blueprints 27 mftstamps

Torico’s homey card featuring our Harvest Mouse stamp set oozes fall charm! With the help of Blueprints 27, she showcases harvest produce and colorful leaves in the three openings at the top of the main frame die. That leaves the larger opening for the sweet sentiment and a cozy mouse. Add a button, twine, and gingham, and this design is like a wonderful bowl of soup on a chilly fall day.

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring Flashy Florals and I’m Tweet on You stamp sets and Die-namics, and Thanks & Hello and Blueprints 29 Die-namics #mftstamps

The frames featured in our Blueprints sets are exceptional for creating shaker cards quickly. The openings show the pretty elements inside the shaker, but the frame edges give you spots to hide your adhesive. Inge uses the cross section of the frame from Blueprints 29 as a spot to gather flowers from the Flashy Florals stamp set, and the sentiment rests on the horizontal bar of the frame for a well proportioned design.

We’re not done yet – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Release Replay: August 2016

Release Replay

Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Birdie Brown Beary Special Birthday, Miss Tiina Happy Pandas, and Monster Love stamp sets and Die-namics #mftstamps

Who wouldn’t have a huge smile on their face if they received this adorable card from Joy? The friendly little guys from Monster Love get party-ready with balloons from the Happy Pandas stamp set and festive hats from the Beary Special Birthday stamp set.

When flipping through your stamp stash, look for inventive ways to combine stamps from different sets. The results can be hilarious and fun!

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring Essential Sentiments stamp set, Birthday Speech Bubbles and Pure Innocence Hula Hoop stamp sets and Die-namics, Hello There, Layered Leaves, Tree-mendous, Square STAX Set 1, Pierced Square STAX, and Peek-a-Boo Polka Dots Die-namics #mftstamps

It takes serious skill to hula hoop, so celebrate a friend or family member who is winning at life! I love how Inge used one of the 25 versatile sentiments in the Essential Sentiments stamp set to complete her sweet design.

Our Pure Innocence line is a perfect match with the Birthday Speech Bubbles stamp set and Die-namics. Give our little sweetheart a voice, and let her tell the recipient how you feel!

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Birthday Tags

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

With five different Tag Builder Blueprints in our ever-expanding collection, as well as the numerous tags included in our traditional Blueprints series, constructing tags to adorn birthday cards and gifts has never been easier. This month, we challenged the team to craft tags designed to celebrate the occasion we all love to craft for with designs that will be as cherished as the gift itself.

Handmade tags from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven stamp set and DIe-namics, Lisa Johnson Designs Celebrate with Cake stamp set, Birthday Balloons and Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics #mftstamps

Torico’s trio of tags is sweet as can be with gingham, flowers, cupcakes, and those cuties from the Hog Heaven stamp set! Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics makes it simple to create cute tags with a lot of interest. You can easily inlay patterned paper and add colorful accents like the hole reinforcer to your design. The foldable sentiment flag adds dimension and interest to top off your terrific birthday tags.

Handmade tags from Donna Mikasa featuring Funky Flowers stamp set and Die-namics, Laina Lamb Design Sweet Succulents stamp set, Whimsical Woodgrain Background stamp, and Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics #mftstamps

Donna’s use of Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics results in three pretty tags. She keeps the basics of the tag monochromatic, and then adds subtle sophistication with the Funky Flowers stamp set and Die-namics. The touches of gold make these tags hand-crafted treasures.

We’re not done yet – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Release Replay: July 2016

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Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Celebrate with Cake stamp set and Die-namics and Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Anna’s lovely card incorporates three pretty pastel cakes, because everyone knows that three cakes are better than one! And what a pretty result!

While the Celebrate with Cake stamp set and Die-namics works well for birthday cards, this set would be the perfect fit for wedding cards, too.

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao featuring Birthday Speech Bubbles and You're Rawr-some stamp sets and Die-namics, Blueprints 25 Die-namics, and Big Balloons stencil #mftstamps

Dinosaurs that wish each other happy birthday? Why, yes! The sky’s the limit when it comes to your creativity. Have a blast like Keeway did coming up with something you’d never be able to find in the store.

Creatively combining lots of different products is a fabulous way to make your card as unique as the recipient. Take a look at your stamps and Die-namics for innovative combinations. Keeway used several products from the July release to create this energetic, colorful, and fun design!

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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Creative Construction with Blueprints – A Stitch in Time

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

We hear you – you love stitched elements. Die-namics that feature this hand-sewn detail are always a hit. Our line of Blueprints Die-namics includes an endless variety of stitches – from layering pieces to dynamic shaped borders, we’ve got a little bit of everything. This month, we’ve challenged our team to showcase innovative ways of incorporating stitched accents into their projects.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Birdie Brown Hog Heaven stamp set and Blueprints 2 and Blueprints 29 Die-namics #mftstamps

Julie used both Blueprints 2 and Blueprints 29 to create this super cute and funny card! Those little openings are great for cute images and sentiments like the ones from our Hog Heaven stamp set. And I love the jaunty angle of the focal point! So fun!

Handmade card from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Recipe for Happiness stamp set and Die-namics and Blueprints 27 #mftstamps

Blueprints 27 has lots of stitching and spots to fill with any matter of delightful sentiments and images. Torico found several lost shakers of salt and featured them in whimsical shaker squares in this fun design! The large rectangle from this set also features stitches around the perimeter along with sweet scallops.

We’re not done yet – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Release Replay: June 2016

Release Replay

Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

Handmade card from Torico featuring Sweet Forest Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Snowfall Background stamp, and Birch Trees, Snow Drifts, and Pierced Rectangle Frames Die-namics #mftstamps

Torico’s clever and lovely design showcases the endless possibilities of our stamp sets and Die-namics. And what a pretty result!

While the Birch Trees Die-namics works well for summer scenes, pairing them with the Snowfall Background and Snow Drifts Die-namics takes the forest creatures into a winter wonderland.

Handmade card from Amy Lee featuring Birdie Brown adventure is Calling and Hog Heaven stamp sets and Die-namics, Pure Innocence Fun in the Sun, Oval Shadows, New York Skyline, and Paris Skyline Die-namics #mftstamps

That’s one cool pig in his sunglasses ready to take a trip around the world. Amy obviously had a blast dreaming up this hilarious combination of products!

Creatively combining lots of different products is a fabulous way to make your card as unique as the recipient! Take a look at your stamps and Die-namics for innovative combinations. Amy used two different stamp sets and four different Die-namics for her delightful design.

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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Creative Construction with Blueprints – Seeing Stars

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.

Stars will never go out of style. From masculine looks to dreamy scenes, they have a way of adding something special to any project you include them on. Our team loves them too and in this month’s collection of projects, they’ve used Blueprints featuring stars to craft spectacular looks worthy of any recipient or occasion.

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Out of This World stamp set and Die-namics, Lots of Dots Background stamp, Stitched Basic Edges and Blueprints 25 Die-namics #mftstamps

Torico’s whimsical design features a delightful shaker created with the small stars that come with Blueprints 25. She also sprinkled more stars around the card to make her galaxy sparkle even more!

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Amazing stamp set, Blueprints 2, Blueprints 18, and Blueprints 20 #mftstamps

Julie’s vibrant design is girly to the extreme with pink, polka dots, and silver accents. The jaunty angles of Blueprints 18 give her design some extra edge and the stars from the same set are the perfect accent.

We’re not done yet – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Release Replay: May 2016

Release Replay

Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Rainbow Greetings stamp set, Split Triangle Background stamp, Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover-Up and Inside & Out Stitched Stars Die-namics #mftstamps

Jodi’s design is filled with color and sparkle and lots of fun texture! It simply exudes happiness!

The Split Triangle Background stamp really adds pop and dimension to the colorful strips die cut she created using the Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover-Up. Our background stamps are perfect for adding depth and interest in the subtlest of ways.

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Rainbow Greetings and Because You stamp sets, End of the Rainbow and Inside & Out Stitched Stars Die-namics, and One Way Chevron Stencil #mftstamps

Soothing colors and encouraging words make Julia’s design the perfect greeting to send to someone who needs to hear that they are amazing!

Creatively combining lots of different products is a fabulous way to make your card as unique as the recipient! Take a look at your stamps and Die-namics for innovative combinations. 

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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