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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Creative Construction with Blueprints: Strips, Tags, and Flags – Oh My!

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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. I’m sure you can relate – you’ve created a beautiful background or set an impressive scene but are stumbling on the placement of your sentiment. We have the solution. Our extensive collection of Blueprints includes a wide variety of sentiment strips, tags, and flags that will provide a humble home for showcasing your sentiment in style.

Handmade card from Karolyn London #mftstamps

Karolyn’s impressive floral panel deserves the star treatment. Using the pierced strip from Blueprints 3 to house her sentiment spotlights the thoughtful greeting while still allowing the Roses All Over pattern to shine.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson #mftstamps

Debbie’s prehistoric scene features lovely loose coloring for the background and darling dinosaurs in the foreground. Her heat-embossed sentiment completes the scene without competing with the scene – perfect!

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: April 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 bookmarks from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Cool Cat and Lucky Dog #mftstamps

Handmade bookmarks from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Cool Cat and Lucky Dog #mftstamps

Handmade bookmarks from Torico featuring Birdie Brown Cool Cat and Lucky Dog #mftstamps

This design is adorable coming and going. Torico’s trio of pet-themed bookmarks makes reading your favorite book that much more enjoyable.

Some of our stamp sets include front and back designs that make creations like this a breeze. Many symmetrical designs could be used to create a similar look with the same image on both sides though!

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Cascading Scallop Stencil #mftstamps

Barbara has taken watercoloring with stencils to a whole new level. A beautiful color gradient panel is accentuated by a shapely bottom edge. A simply stamped sentiment is all you need to complete the look.

Look at your stencil collection with brand-new eyes. Any of them that feature a simple repeating pattern can be used as a guide for hand cutting shaped edges.

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: All Buttoned Up

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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 well-placed button can impart beautiful tactile interest to your paper projects. When you have the ability to die cut your buttons from a host of cool colors, the possibilities are limitless. Our team has shared their considerable talents this month to create projects ranging from romantic to bold & graphic – each featuring Blueprints that include button elements.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Blueprints Die-namics #mftstamps

Barbara’s colorful row of buttons mirrors the curve she’s created with the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics. A beautifully inked die-cut word adds the perfect bit of pop to her sentiment while a thin strip of polka dot paper delineates the curve.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Blueprints Die-namics #mftstamps

Julie has created dimension by layering up a bevy of die-cut buttons. Adding hemp cord to the final layer of buttons finished the look off to perfection. Her button border also creates the perfect division between two decidedly different patterns.

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: March 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 #mftstamps

Laina Lamb Design’s Sweet Succulents are perfect for scene-building – this cool cat looks right at home nestled within the prickly plants. The sentiment looks great stamped both in black against the neutral background as well as heat-embossed in white on black.

When you incorporate new designs into your stash, look at your existing images to discover new and exciting pairings.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn #mftstamps

A beautiful blend of colors is a fantastic way to highlight the pattern provided by a stencil. We have an extensive collection available but the new Geometric Grid really shines using this application.

When you have a beautiful background like the one Julie has created, a lot of extra “stuff” isn’t necessary! Keep it simple to allow the pattern you spent so much time creating to really stand out.

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: Circular Reasoning

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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 could go round and round on this topic but we feel confident that circles are the shape we reach for most when it comes to adding soft interest to our projects. Layers, peek-a-boo windows, masks, even shaped cards – there are so many ways to incorporate this classic shape into your crafting and this month, our team is highlighting Blueprints that boast this first-class form.

Handmade card from Jody Morrow #mftstamps

Jody’s delightfully cheery pink and gold look is like a party in card form! Stitched circles and confetti combine in the most delightful way. She finished the look off with a shiny gold sentiment.

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme #mftstamps

Francine created interest on a simply-stamped single layer card by die cutting a stitched circle from the center of her panel with one of the elements from Blueprints 18. By simply re-positioning in the same spot and aligning the pre-stamped images, she managed to add easy interest as well as highlight her sentiment.

You know what else circles are perfect for? Shakers! Especially when you use the 2″ self-adhesive shaker pouches we carry in the store.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford #mftstamps

Just find a 2″ circle die and pair it with virtually any other larger die you’d like. If you’d like a tiny bit of wiggle room, grab the 2 1/8″ circle dies in Blueprint 18, 22, or 24. Here’s just a few potential combinations but your options are limitless.

Now add a fun combination of addicting little fillers (try sequins and confettiPrills, beads, small die cuts, and Dimensional Confetti just to name a few) and seal it up! Watch Kimberly’s process HERE or by playing the embedded video below.

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: February 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 Out of This World #mftstamps

Magical birthdays deserve magical cards and Torico’s version is Out of This World cool. You’re probably mesmerized by the incredible rainbow trail she’s added to her rocket but for the real magic, be sure to click the photo to see just what this card can do.

Have you ventured into the world of interactive cards? Don’t be intimidated by them – they can be as simple as adding a basic pocket with a tabbed insert! Your recipient will be amazed by your talent and creativity.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Starry Night Background Builder #mftstamps

Our growing collection of Background Builders allows you to easily layer coordinating designs for multi-color backgrounds that shine. Stephanie’s card literally shines with the addition of the heat-embossed metallic stars she added with the clear stamp element of the combo.

When you have a beautiful background like the one Stephanie created, a lot of extra “stuff” isn’t necessary! Keep it simple to allow the pattern you spent so much time creating to really stand out.

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: Lots of Love for Blueprints

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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. Tag Builder Blueprints make quick work of crafting gift tags and card accents. Whether you use the provided sketches or let your imagination run wild, they’re the perfect solution for custom looks in a hurry. We love love year-round but with the traditional season of love quickly approaching, this month’s Creative Construction with Blueprints is the perfect opportunity to showcase how Blueprints can be used to create gorgeous Valentine-themed tags.

Handmade Valentine tags from Julie Dinn featuring Tag Builder Blueprints 5 #mftstamps

Julie chose the Love You More stamp set and latest Tag Builder Blueprints 5 Die-namics to craft these stitched and layered delights. A classic black, white, and pink color combo is balanced by kraft elements on each design.

Handmade Valentine tags from Francine Vuilleme featuring Tag Builder Blueprints 3 and 5 #mftstamps

Francine chose to mix and match stamped elements from several sets for her bold trio. This set also demonstrates a fantastic way to incorporate a traditionally Christmasy color palette into other seasons and holidays.

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: January 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 cards from Yoonsun Hur featuring So Much Love #mftstamps

Yoonsun focused on a couple of the laurel leaf images in So Much Love to create a repeating pattern on her two card panels. By stamping with Versamark and heat embossing, she created a resist finish perfect for creating a beautiful depth of a color with a mix of complementary Premium Dye Inks.

Why not choose a supplemental graphic from one of your stamp sets to create a background pattern? What a great way to stretch your crafty stash!

Handmade treat boxes from Francine Vuilleme featuring Birdie Browns Ewe Are the Best #mftstamps

Francine’s mix of the new Birdie Brown Ewe Are the Best stamp set and Die-namics with the previously released Things with Wings from Miss Tiina resulted in this three dimensional delight. A pop of pattern on the interior of her design adds interest without overwhelming the finished look.

Have you created a dimensional project with your card-making supplies? Don’t be intimidated – just give it a shot and see what you come up with! You might just make someone’s day 🙂

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

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