Creative Construction: Hip to be Square

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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. Traditionally, we reach for an A2 base for our cards – it’s a familiar canvas that we’re accustomed to using as a starting point for our greetings. Switching things up with a square base provides the opportunity to challenge ourselves with a different point of view. Our Blueprints line features a number of sets that provide every element necessary for crafting square cards and our team is here to demonstrate their versatility.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Birdie Brown You Gnome Me.

Blueprints 14, in addition to a number of beautiful accents, includes this stitched square element that provides a gorgeous backdrop to the Quilt Square Cover-Up and die cuts from Birdie Brown’s You Gnome Me that Kay used to create her card.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Spooky House Die-namics.

Torico’s spooky scene is elegantly framed by the bracketed element from Blueprints 19. Check out that sweet mix of cute ghosts and eery house – those glowing windows are really just the perfect touch.

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

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Die-namics Design: Treat Boxes and Treats

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Parties, thank you gifts, thoughtful little surprises – so many different occasions when a sweet treat is warranted! Our team of designers is with us today sharing ideas for creating sweet treats with an even sweeter presentation. Our assortment of Die-namics will do the work – you just have fun embellishing and filling!

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Having a party that features a bonfire? How about a camping themed birthday party? Look no further than this adorable treat box from Karolyn for a fantastic favor idea because who doesn’t love s’mores!

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Halloween is just a few short weeks away and Kay’s take on this month’s challenge is about to make preparations just a little easier. Bright colors, adorable images and sentiments, and space to stash a handful of goodies make these treats a winning combination.

Do you love background stamps like the one Karolyn used in her sweet project? Today and tomorrow, save 15% on our entire collection of in-stock backgrounds with code BGS at checkout.

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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: Paper Paradise

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Take a trip with us! Our team has been playing in a tropical crafting paradise for this month’s challenge. Palm trees, fruity drinks, and cool blue waters are are just some of the delights you’ll experience as we showcase stamps and Die-namics with a tropical theme.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Birds of Paradise.

Layers of sherbety color create a beautiful backdrop to Torico’s flighty friend. Positioning the bird and foliage on top of the window adds depth while still keeping the finished look relatively flat.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Tiki Party.

The Tiki Party stamp set creates a serene scene on Barbara’s challenge look. Sandy beaches and pristine waves in a wash of beautiful colors are inviting and relaxing.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they’ve brought a little piece of paradise to their crafting. Then try your hand at making someone’s day with a thoughtful gift card of your own – tag #mftstamps when you share your look so we can see how you were inspired.

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Creative Construction: Turn the Corner on Creativity

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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. Gently rounded corners are a dynamic way of adding interest and softness to your cards. Creative Construction this month shines a spotlight on those Blueprints sets that feature rounded corner elements. From a single, unexpected corner to a full four-corners; rectangles, and squares; plain and stitched – these sets run the gamut of styles.

Handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring Blueprints 22.

Karin’s simple tone-on-tone panel created with Blueprints 22 provides calm balance to the beautiful floral cluster in the opposite corner. The stitched detail helps define the edge further to complete the look.

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Blueprints 14.

Jodi added some graphic black & white flair to her rounded off panel. Blueprints 14 is designed specifically for creating square cards and that rounded corner creates a beautiful balance to the harder edges and corners.

Keep on clicking to see how the rest of our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Ingenious Inking: Resistance is Futile

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The projects featured this month are irresistibly cool examples of using different methods and formulas of ink to create eye-catching resist looks on your cards and projects. Ingenious? Absolutely. Keep clicking to see how this challenge inspired our talented (and inky!) team of designers.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Blueprints 26 Die-namics.

Kimberly’s double-resist technique produces a cool layered resist pattern. After first stamping the Happy Birthday Background and heat setting, she stamped the Star Background in Versamark and used a clear embossing powder to heat emboss. Finally, she blended the gorgeous Persimmon Premium Dye Ink over the entire die-cut balloon surface. Just imagine all of the pattern mixing options this technique opens up!

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Balloon Strings Background.

Donna’s lovely look features the Balloon Strings Background. After heat embossing the pattern onto watercolor paper, she used the resulting lines to guide her watercolor application. The Peerless Transparent Watercolors produced the stunning rich hues you see here.

Ready to check out even more inspiring resist applications? Keep clicking on the rest of the team’s photos to see their interpretations of this month’s Ingenious Inking Challenge.

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Die-namics Design: Rise to the Occasion

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Join us for this month’s Die-namics Design as we go up, up, and away with projects featuring balloon Die-namics. Patterned, painted, textured, and peek-a-boo – so many fun embellishing options with this iconic image that just says party. Celebrate with us, won’t you?

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Check out Torico’s dimensional wonder. She turned the balloon element from Blueprints 26 into a 3D hot air balloon – stunning, especially done in patterned form with our new Paper Packs. Just imagine how fun  it would be to create a piece of wall art or a mobile based on this concept…my mind is reeling with possibilities!

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Yoonsun’s colorful card was created with balloons die cut from watercolor paper and tinted with a variety of Premium Dye Inks. That pretty background gradient adds even more “lift” to the look!

Is your wish list filling up with an assortment of balloon Die-namics? Today is the day to treat yourself! For one day only, save $15 on your purchase of $75 or more with code 15OFF75 at checkout.

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Want to see more inspiration from our team? Keep on clicking to see how they interpreted this month’s Die-namics Design challenge.

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Creative Challenge: Gift Giving Groove

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Get into the groove of creating gift card presentations worth getting excited about with this month’s challenge. Whether gifted in the form of a card or small box, the presentation of a gift card doesn’t have to be boring and our team is ready, willing, and able to inspire your next project. From specially designed Die-namics perfect for creating slots and grooves in your cards to 3 dimensional designs that will delight the recipient, you’ll find a bit of everything in this collection of inspired designs.

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Keisha took the challenge title quite literally employing the Gift Card Groove Die-namics in creating her modern take on gift card presentation. Neutral tones with pops of color brought in by the Field Day and Razzle Berry accents provide a beautiful base for that ubiquitous gift card red (she hit the bullseye with this one!)

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Barbara’s showcasing a pocket full of treasures on her cheery look. The Gift Card Pocket Die-namics is designed to perfectly house a thoughtful gift. Barbara’s card is spiced up by the addition of patterned paper and accents from the Hip Clips Die-namics.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they’ve worked their magic on gift presentation. Then try your hand at making someone’s day with a thoughtful gift card of your own – tag #mftstamps when you share your look so we can see how you were inspired.

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Creative Construction: Celebrate with Tag Builders

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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. Did you know MFT celebrates our birthday in July? We thought this month would be the perfect opportunity to explore the possibilities our Tag Builder Blueprints afford by challenging the team to craft one or more birthday tags with any combination of Tag Builder elements.

Handmade gift tags from Torico feature Tag Builder Blueprints and the Dots & Stripes Sorbet Paper Pack.

Torico’s sweet and colorful duo pairs Tag Builder Blueprints with the Dots & Stripes Sorbet Paper Pack to create a powerful punch of happiness perfect for adorning birthday packages.

Handmade gift tags from Francine Vuilleme featuring Tag Builder Blueprints 2 Die-namics.

Francine’s contribution features the Birdie Brown I Knead You image popped up against a stunning cloud backdrop. Building a simple scene atop a tag allows you to hone in on the sweetest part of the message while the rainbow-striped tag topper, die cut with one of the included Blueprints elements, ties it all together.

Ready to start your next card from the ground up? Stock up on Blueprints and save 15% with code BLUEPRINTS – today only so act fast!

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Keep on clicking to see how the rest of our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Ingenious Inking: Compatible with Copics

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Chances are, you loved coloring as a child. Chances are even greater, that you still love coloring as an adult. You may not make time for it anymore but we hope this month’s challenge changes that. Coloring is a relaxing and beautifully effective way of enhancing your stamped images. Not all inks are a great match for coloring but the MFT Hybrid Inks are a perfect companion to this technique.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Sweet Birthday Wishes stamp set from Birdie Brown.

Julie pulled out her Copics to color Birdie Brown’s Sweet Birthday Wishes girl. The Birdie Brown line is FULL of adorable images that are an absolute joy to color.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Pure Innocence Feline Better stamp set and Die-namics.

Pure Innocence has long been an MFT staple and now that we offer companion Die-namics for newly introduced images, fussy cutting is a thing of the past – spend your time coloring, not hand cutting!

Keep clicking to see how the team mixed MFT Hybrid with Copic coloring for this month’s Ingenious Inking Challenge.

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Die-namics Design: Shape it Up

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We love STAX for their versatility and value. Basic shapes in a variety of sizes make them a fantastic way to beef up your toolbox with supplies that will stand the test of time and never go out of style. Beyond simple matting, these die cuts can be layered and combined in completely new and unique ways and this month, our team will give you just a taste of their capabilities. While STAX run the gamut to include stars, hearts, and flags, this month we’re focusing on the most elemental shapes of all: squares, rectangles, circles, and ovals. We’ve opened things up a little bit to include a variety of border options so you’ll see some stitched and pierced detailing, but you’ll be astounded by how creative you can be with a few simple lines and curves.

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Pure Innocence Tutu Cute stamp set and Die-namics.

Torico backed her beautiful ballerina with lots of stitched layers and delicate scribbles. Her soft color palette, patterning, and scallops reinforce the graceful feel of the card.

Handmade card from Teri Anderson featuring the Stars & Wishes Die-namics from Laina Lamb Design and Cross-Stitch Circle STAX Die-namics.

Bold and graphic is a hallmark of Teri’s style and this card, featuring lots of circles and stars, is no exception!

Are you itching to stock up on STAX? Save 10% on all in-stock Die-namics in our STAX category today only! Happy shopping 🙂

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Want to see more inspiration from our team? Keep on clicking to see how they interpreted this month’s Die-namics Design challenge.

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