Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

PrintBefore we get to today’s Creative Challenge, I’ve got a long list of winner’s to share from last week’s 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash series! If you’re one of the lucky ones listed, please email Susan with your name and mailing address so we can get those packages shipped out as soon as possible! Make sure to include MFT Prize Package # Winner in the subject line so we can process these quickly :) Ready?

Prize Package #1 Winners: Stamps

Tara Chaussee (commented January 19 9:54 am)

Denise Evans (commented January 19 4:44 pm)

Prize Package #2 Winners: Stencils

Michel E. (commented January 21 8:04 pm)

cathy (commented January 20 8:32 pm)

Prize Package #3 Winners: Die-namics

Ann (commented January 22 10:44 pm)

Susan Powell (commented January 23 11:06 am)

Prize Package #4 Winners: Card Stock

Shanice (commented January 23 12:01 pm)

Sabrina Radican (commented January 22 3:25 pm)

Grand Prize Winner

Karin Sylvester (commented January 24 7:14 am)

Congratulations to ALL the winners! We had such an amazing week and hope you’re all feeling just a bit more in control of your stash. We have so much more planned for the months ahead – stay with us for so much more excitement!

Now, onto the challenge!

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Card makers are a pretty sentimental bunch overall and we think that is a great thing. We spend our time showing family and friends (and sometimes strangers!) that we care deeply for them. This month, we’ve challenged our team to embrace this season of love full-force by creating projects that feature love in the most literally way: with lots of hearts. Any color, any material – hearts will stand strong as a dominant design element that simply can’t be missed.

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Kimberly dyed hemp cord to create this stringed delight. The Stitchable Heart STAX Die-namics is the perfect choice for a look like this – the holes are already included for easy placement of your brads and cord!

Ready to see what the rest of the team has up their sleeves? Click on through for inspiration to that will keep you crafting into Valentine’s day and beyond.

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Warm Fuzzy Felt

For many of us, this is the time of year we crave warmth, comfort, and coziness. What better material to feature with this month’s challenge than felt? Our line of MFT felt coordinates with all of the colors in our extensive Replenishments line so crafting projects with a beautiful complement of papers, buttons, inks, and ribbons is a piece of cake. Make no mistake though, felt will be the star of the show in this collection of inspiring projects!

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Michele crafted this absolutely stunning device case. Beautiful, functional, and an incredibly cool gift idea. Think about all of the ways you can take a basic shape and embellish it with a whole host of cool die-cut felt shapes.

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Ready to see what the rest of the team has up their sleeves? Click on through for inspiration to that will keep warming your heart for the duration of the winter.

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Christmas Cheer

We’re quickly approaching a season that is chock-full of opportunities for creating cards, tags, treat boxes, and home decor. With such an amazing array of crafting possibilities, we thought it only right to open things up and encourage our team to go wild exploring all of the holiday crafting their imaginations can fathom.

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Amy always has something special up her sleeve. This month, she’s sharing an amazing card duo and beautifully simple decor project. Black Licorice, Primitive White, gold, and just a hint of Razzle Berry marry classic and trendy in the most delightful way.

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Ready to see what the rest of the team has up their sleeves? Click on through for inspiration to carry you through the holiday season.

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Cork Ideas Worth Pinning

Our line of Die-namics cuts such a wide variety of materials. This month, we’ve asked the team to put them to use with the cork sheets we offer in the boutique to craft cards and projects you’ll want to stick a pin in as inspiration you’ll return to over and over.

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Michele’s leafy quartet features autumnally-hued leaves inlaid into a corky grid design. Captivating colors capture all of the stages of the gradual fall change and contrast beautifully with the textural cork. A neat mix of a die-cut word with a stamped phrase form a perfect, succinct sentiment.

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Ready to see what the rest of the team has up their sleeves? Click on through for an abundance of inspired cork projects.

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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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An Inky Twist on a Classic Technique

Watercolor is a medium that’s been around forever but is experiencing a resurgence in popularity in the crafting, card-making, and scrapbooking world. This month, our team will show you a variety of ways to achieve the look with stamps, stencils, and inks.

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Three colors of Hybrid Ink blend beautifully to highlight layered columns of happy hexagons. Keisha created a delicate balance by placing the hexagons assembly slightly left of center, centering the greeting, and pushing the butterfly further right.

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Our Creative Team is chock full of ideas of incorporating the watercolor look into your projects so grab your MFT inks, stamps, Die-namics, and stencils and start clicking for inspiration overload.

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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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Getting Inky Hybrid Style

With the introduction of our Hybrid Inks a couple of months ago, a whole new world of stamping techniques opened up. This month, we’ve challenged our team of talented designers to blow us away with ink techniques featuring the rainbow of colors our Hybrid line offers.

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Sharon used the new Hybrid Inks on 4 x 4″ unglazed tumbled tiles to create personalized, monogrammed drink coasters. These tiles aren’t sealed so that they can absorb moisture from glasses that are set on them and still, there is no running or smearing. Think of all of the beautiful custom decor options this opens up. I know your wheels are spinning but this is just the beginning!

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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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Crafting for the Men in Your Life

All too often, the boys and men in our life get lost in the shuffle when it comes to handmade cards and gifts. With Father’s Day approaching, we couldn’t think of a better time to get in touch with our masculine side. This month, we’ve challenged the team to create cards and projects suitable for the males you know and love.

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Nothing says “I love you” like manly woodgrain, a neutral color scheme, and bacon (well, pre-bacon…at least until you open the card ;)) Amy’s fun take on this month’s Creative Team Challenge is sure to please the men in your life. A sentiment and image stamped in Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink on Black Licorice Card Stock perfectly mimics the trendy chalkboard look while a tiny red heart finishes the card off. AR CC1i3 You do want to see the inside too though, right? So FUN.

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Keep on clicking through to each of our Creative Team blogs to see what they’ve created in response to our challenge this month – their inspiring designs will have you hitting your workshop to build something worthy of every man in your life!

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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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