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

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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 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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Creative Challenge: Ten Minute Treats

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We’ve all been there…running out the door to a party or event and realizing, eek!, that we need a last-minute gift. Whether it’s for a teacher, party host, or gift exchange with friends, it’s incredibly helpful to have a store of quick gift options stashed away in your repertoire. Join us this month as our team shares some of their ideas for crafting ten minute treats your recipients will love.

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Take a cue from Julia by popping some sweet treats (homemade or store bought!) into a repurposed jar. Add a layered tag, a decorative topper to the lid, and voila! Instant gift.

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Karolyn’s delightfully layered cocoa treat features die-cut snowflake accents on the jar, a heat-embossed mitten tag, and a simple ribbon tie. Her details are superb and take an easy homemade treat to the next level of gifting!

Our team has gone above and beyond crafting perfect last-minute treats and favors featuring jars, bags, tags, and more! Click through to each of their blogs to see how they’re tackling emergency gift giving. Tag #mftstamps when you share your own holiday projects so we can see how you were inspired.

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Creative Construction: Blueprints Basics

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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. Cards in a flash are the specialty of the Blueprints line and this month, we can all probably use a leg up in that regard! Our challenge this month is simple: create cards based on Blueprints sketches. Any Blueprints, any sketch. Simple choose the paper and let Blueprints do the rest of the work!

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Blueprints 20

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A sketch from Blueprints 20 provided the perfect opportunity to showcase a sweet scene beneath the gridded window element. The Candy Stripes Background Builder works amazingly well for crafting wallpaper as well! The only adjustment Barbara made to the original sketch was to replace the heart accent with a theme-appropriate snowflake.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Blueprints 24

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This sketch from Blueprints 24 provides the perfect placement of a standout sentiment. The large rounded-corner panel is begging to spotlight a fun image and that jolly Santa from Jingle All the Way couldn’t be a more perfect focal point.

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

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Die-namics Design: Tis the Season for Tags

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Brown paper packages tied up with strings…these are a few of My Favorite Things.

Tag, you’re it! Time to embellish those pretty packages with tags accented by our extensive collection of holiday-appropriate Die-namics. MFT has the tools and our team is bringing the imagination so dive into those last minute details – Christmas is just around the corner.

Handmade Christmas tags from Karolyn Loncon featuring Mason Jar Die-namics

Handmade Christmas tags from Karolyn Loncon featuring Mason Jar Die-namics

Rather than choosing a traditional tag shape, Karolyn reached for the Mason Jar Die-namics to create her sweet tags. What an adorably inventive way to create small scenic accents for your packages!

Handmade Christmas tags from Torico featuring Tag Builder Blueprints 4

Shake things up this holiday season with theme appropriate shaker accents and festive dimensional bows! Torico filled her shaker tags, created with the Tag Builder Blueprints 4, with sweet treats in a variety of candy colors.

Find more inspiration from our team in the links below – keep on clicking to see how they interpreted this month’s Die-namics Design challenge.

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Creative Challenge: Contemporary Christmas Colors

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Red and green are beautiful and traditional but also, a bit predictable this time of year. This month, we’ve challenged the team to think outside the box by applying non-traditional color schemes to their Christmas crafting. Modernize your holiday with an unexpected pop of color!

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Hand Lettered Holiday

Francine’s rich, jewel-like color choices are a beautiful match to the Modern Blooms stamp set. Grounded on a Pure Plum card base, this look will be a memorable Christmas greeting to a very lucky recipient.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Miss Tiina's Christmas Cuteness

Icy blue is a beautiful counterpoint to vivid Santa red on Stephanie’s adorable card. Subtly stamped snowflakes accented with a hint of sparkle complete the look to perfection.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they’re mixing things up this holiday season. Tag #mftstamps when you share your own holiday projects so we can see how you were inspired.

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Creative Construction: Presentable Presents

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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. The hustle and bustle of the season doesn’t allow us as much play time as we’d like. Fortunately for us devoted crafters, there’s still ample opportunity to put those supplies to good use. This month, we’ve challenged our team of designers to use Blueprints to create pretty packaging for the humble gift card.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Winter Warmth

Kay’s festive look is redolent of the traditional Christmas hues in vibrant shades of red and green. Seasonal accents created with the Pierced Snowflakes Die-namics and the Winter Warmth stamp set and Die-namics are the perfect accents for the pocket base she created using Blueprints 9.

Handmade gift card holder from Stephanie Klauck

Cool tones complement the gift card housed within perfectly on Stephanie’s fun project! I love how she create a window to spotlight that unmistakable logo. The sentiment she chose (don’t miss how she curved it to fit her banner) is just right for a rocking gift like this one.

Add some extra warmth and coziness to your handcrafted gift presentation with this sale on select stamps, Die-namics, and stencils. No coupon code necessary – simply shop our Sale category to see all of the included products! This offer ends today so shop now.

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We’ve got so much more Blueprints inspiration for you today – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Die-namics Design: Christmas Card Components

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This month we’re feeling festive creating die-cut delights for the season. Get in gear for Christmas crafting and get a jumpstart on your card making – Die-namics make it a breeze to quickly create everything you need to build that card stash in a hurry and our team is sharing the inspiration to get started.

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Peace, Love, Joy Die-namics

Julia’s card combines the Four Way Chevron Cover-Up and Pierced Snowflakes Die-namics in fresh Smooth White and Sno Cone with the elegant look of gold foil for the die-cut sentiment. It’s stunning but easy to mass-produce thanks to the collection of Die-namics she chose to construct the look.

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Merry Die-namics

Keisha’s paired the Merry Die-namics and Pop-Up Holiday Die-namics to create her custom sentiment. Backing the look with a bold Red Hot pattern created with the Diagonal Stripes Stencil adds a pop of color whole maintaining an identifiably Christmas color scheme.

Find more inspiration from our team in the links below – keep on clicking to see how they interpreted this month’s Die-namics Design challenge.

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Creative Challenge: Christmas Countdown

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Advent calendars aren’t just for kids – we all enjoy the anticipation that comes with counting down to an exciting event. Adding fun bits and baubles to your Christmas countdown is such a great way of incorporating those themed stamp sets and Die-namics you’ve been collecting into your holiday crafting. Our team can’t wait to share their ideas for MFT-ing your holiday season!

Advent calendar from Barbara Anders featuring Santa Suit Die-namics

Barbara has a brilliant take on this month’s challenge, opting to create a perpetual countdown with a hard-backed canvas board and custom magnet numbers. Check out how she trimmed our Die-namics magnet backing down to attach to her die-cut numbers – so smart! Accenting her canvas with elements from the Santa Suit Die-namics reinforces the holiday theme perfectly.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they’re counting down to the holiday this year. Tag #mftstamps when you share your own holiday projects so we can see how you were inspired.

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Creative Construction: Homespun Holidays

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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. There are few things more inviting during the hectic holiday season than cozying up under a well-worn quilt with a warm cup and inviting book. Join us this month as we recreate that comfortable feeling in paper form with the homespun elements included in Blueprints 20.

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Blueprints 20

Julia’s vintage style is a perfect match to the homey elements in this delightful Blueprints. From the color palette, to the lovely layers, she’s nailed this pretty look.

Handmade card from Teri Anderson featuring Blueprints 20

Teri’s eye-catching interpretation of the challenge features traditional colors and a bold sentiment. Rather than using the included grid element, Teri die cut a few extra pieces and created her own 9 square grid for an entirely new look.

If you’re as in love with the work our designers have done today as I am, you’re in luck! Today and tomorrow, you can grab Blueprints 20, or any other in-stock Blueprints, and SAVE with code BP10 at checkout.

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We’ve got so much more Blueprints inspiration for you today – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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