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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Creative Challenge: Go Overboard

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Come sail away with the MFT crew this month as they demonstrate their nautical prowess. Cards and projects featuring a decidedly water-oriented look are the theme of this month’s Creative Challenge. Peer into the porthole of creativity as we explore all of the stamps, Die-namics, and stencils that will have you yearning for an exciting day at sea or a relaxing day spent lounging at the shore.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring the Penguins in Paradise stamp set and Die-namics from Birdie Brown.

Kay used the Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics to create her layers of sea-worthy waves. Her creative use of the porthole from the Let’s Get Nautical Die-namics frames her sweet penguin focal point perfectly while the addition of the wheel element introduces the perfect pop of color.

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring the Sailboat Die-namics.

Karolyn created a gorgeous ombre sunset to back her silhouetted sailboat. I love how the Making Waves Die-namics includes waves in both directions and two size options – layering them really adds movement and dimension to the finished look!

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they managed to keep their sea legs in these choppy challenge waters.

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Creative Construction: Hit the Waves

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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 11 marked a cool new innovation in our collection with a fun curved panel complemented by coordinating sentiment elements. We’re revisiting this shapely favorite with the Creative Construction with Blueprints Challenge this month.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Penguins in Paradise from Birdie Brown.

Torico paired Blueprints 11 with the adorable Penguins in Paradise to create this cheery look. Don’t you love how she used the sentiment and wave-shaped element to ground her sweet penguin?

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: Watercolor Wash

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Watercolor is a forgiving technique that produces a wonderfully ethereal look on cards and projects. The beauty of MFT ink pads and refills is their versatility and ability to be used to create such a look. We can’t wait to share the inky projects our team has created this month featuring subtle washes and bold swathes of color. Pull out your brushes and make something beautiful with us!

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Francine has beautifully recreated the look of a classic rainbow tie-dye with her clean and simple card. The curved slice element from Blueprints 25 is perfect for revealing that incredible pattern without overwhelming the look.

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Torico’s stunning sky is an incredible backdrop to simple white silhouettes. The blues and purples blend beautifully to create a dreamy look that perfectly balances the embossed sentiment.

Keep on clicking to see how others on our Design Team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Die-namics Design: On the Border

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Every new card presents a brand-new canvas for embellishment and creative play. Most cards feature four distinct edges just waiting to be enhanced by some type of decorative border element. With close to thirty different border Die-namics in the shop, you’re sure to find the perfect accent – no matter the occasion or sentiment. With this challenge, our team will expand your view of border elements with a variety of eye-opening new ways that will push the boundaries of your border Die-namics collection.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring border Die-namics and The Whole Herd from Birdie Brown.

Kay combined borders to assemble this pastoral scene. Campy Tree Lines and Rolling Hills add so much depth and provide lots of opportunity for adding color and texture. Our metal only edges allow you to create panels of any height so layering is easy!

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics.

Layered border strips in a rainbow of colors make this card from Barbara quick and easy to assemble. The finished result is so eye-catching though! Notice that she cut the card base a bit short so that the bottom edge is scalloped for added interest.

Are you ready to create some beautiful borders and backgrounds of your own? Save 20% on all in-stock Die-namics in our Backgrounds & Borders 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 challenge.

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Creative Challenge: In the Background

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Background designs often fall to the wayside in favor of the layers of beautiful accents we love to add to our projects. Don’t neglect that clean, fresh canvas though – the background can be the star of the show! Our team has accepted the challenge to explore all of the wild and wonderful ways MFT products can be used to craft eye-catching backgrounds that demand attention and enhance your cards in the most wonderful way.

Handmade congratulations card from Karolyn London featuring the Garden Flourish Background.

Handmade greeting card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Simply Circles Background.

Inspired to create some standout backgrounds? Today only, you can save on all of our in-stock rubber background stamps!

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Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for a bonanza of brilliant backgrounds.

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Creative Construction: Flowers

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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. This month, infuse your cards with flora and fauna with this collection of Blueprints. From delicate to bold, graphic to detailed – we’ve got a style for every occasion. Featured Blueprints include 3, 5, 12, 14, & 19.

Handmade thank you card from Kimberly Crawford.

Kimberly’s layered flower features a polka dot splash of pattern on its pretty petals. A mix of classic patterns, including dots, stripes, and subtle text, provide neutral interest that is the perfect complement to those pops of Persimmon.

Handmade card from Inge Groot.

Inge layered flowers she die cut with Blueprints 5. The emboss lines and added shaping make the resulting flower come alive with dimension. Our Teflon Flower Petal Shaper is a great tool for easily adding depth and realism to your die-cut flower shapes.

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

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