Creative Construction with Blueprints – Holiday Tags

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards (and tags!) 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 design 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.

Adding a handmade touch is a wonderful way to personalize your thoughtful gifts. Stocking up on holiday tags is a fun, quick, and easy way to prepare for the gift giving season that is about to commence. Join us this month as we look at holiday tags featuring Blueprints.

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring Gift Tag Greetings stamp set, Merry Everything stamp set and Die-namics, Distressed Stripes Background stamp, and Tag Builder Blueprints 1 Die-namics #mftstamps

Donna crafts up some cute and traditional tags with the Tag Builder Blueprints 1 Die-namics and the Merry Everything stamp set. She adds subtle interest to the background of the tag with the Distressed Stripes Background stamp. Stamp up a bunch of festive characters, die cut, and color, and you’re halfway to adorable handmade tags!

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Winter Wonderland stamp set, Simply Snowflakes and Birdie Brown Beast Friends stamp sets and Die-namics, Tag Builder Blueprints 5, and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics #mftstamps

Anna’s tags feature a less traditional color combination for the holidays, but GOSH, they are pretty! She used both the Tag Builder Blueprints 5 and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 to create these festive gift toppers. Browse our entire collection of Tag Builder Blueprints Die-namics and coordinating stamp set to find the set that’s right for you. You probably need them all, right?

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: November 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 Karolyn Loncon featuring Joyous Christmas Sentiments stamp set, Leafy Greenery, Stylish Snowflakes, and Blueprints 15 Die-namics #mftstamps

Karolyn created a lush and sophisticated holiday card with our new Stylish Snowflakes Die-namics and the Leafy Greenery Die-namics.

The Stylish Snowflakes Die-namics looks splendid when layered and arrayed in silver sparkle. By die cutting the Leafy Greenery Die-namics in Elf Green, Karolyn conjures up a festive fir with a sparkling ornament hanging from the lowest branch. Her traditional Christmas color combination makes this card an instant classic.

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Chill Wishes stamp set and Die-namics, Transparent Triangle Background stamp and Friends Die-namics #mftstamps

The November release is filled with tons of cute characters ready to play, and Vika came up with this adorable design inspired by our brand new Chill Wishes stamp set and Die-namics.

The title Chill Wishes may make you think of cool colors with pops of red, but Vika’s sunny design gives you permission to play with warmer colors. The cheery background she created with the Transparent Triangles Background stamp paired with the Friends Die-namics cut in pretty yellow make this the perfect greeting to send in the deep cold of winter to warm a friend’s heart.

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 – Getting Wordy

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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.

A simple die-cut word can serve as a stand-alone sentiment or accent or be integrated into a full on greeting when paired with the perfect stamps. Many of our Blueprints include simple word elements that speak volumes, and this month, we’re sharing ideas for integrating them into your own crafting.

Handmade card from Francine Vuillème featuring Harvest Buddies and Birdie Brown Cool Day and stamp sets and Die-namics and Blueprints 11 Die-namics #mftstamps

Blueprints 11 includes lots of fun words! Francine made the you rock sentiment (which comes on a curve like that) look like it’s sitting atop a snowbank by cutting it out of white card stock. Paired with polka dots and one adorable bear from the Cool Day set — this card is just too cute for words!

Handmade tags from Vika Salmina featuring Merry Everything stamp set and Die-namics, Diagonal Stripes Background and Tiny Stars Background stamps, and Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics #mftstamps

Tag Builder Blueprints 6 has everything you need to make spectacular gift tags for Christmas (or any time of year). Vika created pretty tags for these cute little gift boxes and incorporated the die-cut for you and from that come as a part of this Die-namics set. The kraft and red make for great contrast on her reindeer tag!

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: October 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 Donna Mikasa featuring Birdie Brown Beast Friends stamp set, and Happy Wonderful Christmas and Blueprints 24 Die-namics mftstamps

Donna created a whimsical holiday card with our new Happy Wonderful Christmas Die-namics and one of the cute yetis from the new Beast Friends stamp set.

The Happy Wonderful Christmas Die-namics may feel like it’s only fit for graphic designs, but Donna proves otherwise. By using a pastel color wash and adding sweet details to the stamped image, this card has a lock on super cute.

Handmade card from Vika Salmina featuring Hand-Lettered Christmas stamp set, Merry Everything stamp set and Die-namics, Snowfall Background stamp, and Cross-Stitch Circle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

The October release is filled with tons of holiday inspiration, and Vika came up with this cute design inspired by several of our new products — Hand-Lettered Christmas, Merry Everything, and Snowfall Background.

The Hand-Lettered Christmas stamp set has a pretty and elegant flair, but there are so many possibilities. Vika created a full moon, stamped her sentiment, and added character to her design with two reindeer from the Merry Everything stamp set. 

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 – 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

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 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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