Creative Challenge: Fantastic Florals

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Congratulations to the winners from our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) week! If you’re one of the lucky ones listed, please email Susan with your name, mailing address, and date you won so we can get those packages shipped out as soon as possible – we can’t wait to get these goodies into your hands! Ready?

Prize Winner Monday, April 13

Jennifer Gaines (commented April 13 8:59 am)

Prize Winner Tuesday, April 14

KT Fit Kitty (commented April 14 11:29 am)

Prize Winner Wednesday, April 15

Jessica H. (commented April 18 7:48 pm)

Prize Winner Thursday, April 16

Larissa Heskett (commented April 17 5:06 pm)

Prize Winner Friday, April 17

Jean Bullock (commented April 17 7:24 pm)

Congratulations to ALL the winners! We had so much fun shaking things up and hope you’re ready to add some shimmy to your projects now as well. We have lots more planned for the months ahead – stay with us for so much more excitement.

Now, onto the challenge!

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They say April showers bring May flowers so in anticipation of that floral bounty we’re about to be the beneficiaries of, we’re embracing those delicate beauties with stamped, die-cut, and stenciled designs you’ll swoon over. With designs so fresh you’ll swear you can detect a slight fragrance in the air, our team is bound to inspire your next botanical beauty of a project.

Handmade wedding or anniversary card from Torico featuring Rolled Blooming Rose Die-namics.

You Make Me Happy handmade card from Teri Anderson featuring Fresh Cut Flowers Die-namcis.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for an abundance of flowery inspiration.

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Creative Construction: Sweet Scallops

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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. Dainty rows of scallops add such a soft, feminine touch to your cards. Whether you use them to create a decorative border, or layered among other panels and elements, that delicate bit of gently curved shaping will add beautiful interest to your projects. This month’s challenge focuses on Blueprints 4, Blueprints 6Blueprints 8, Blueprints 9, Blueprints 14, and Blueprints 22 – all collections that feature scalloped elements.

Friend handmade card from Torico featuring Pure Innocence Heart Bouquet stamp set and Die-namics.

Don't know what I'd do without you handmade card from Teri Anderson.

If you’re inspired to explore Blueprints more, NOW is the time to take the leap. Today only, save 15% on all Blueprints with code BP15 – stock up!

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

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Ingenious Inking: Mixed Media Madness

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Mixed media can be a little intimidating – once you begin piling up different textures, patterns, and colors though, you quickly realize how forgiving, and exciting, it can be. Mixed media projects are the perfect opportunity to experiment with the capabilities of your supplies and explore your creativity so this month, we’re using Hybrid Inks – the perfect choice for mixed media applications with it’s quick-dry, no-smudge formulation.

Mixed Media canvas from Kimberly Crawford.

This 4″ x 4″ wonder will bring some cheeriness to the dreariest of days. A mix of Lemon Drop Hybrid Ink, Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze, and Embossing Paste creates an ideal combination for lighting the way to mixed media perfection while a wash of Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink creates a delightful sky backdrop. There’s so much more inspiration to discover though:

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Do you like what you see? Hybrid Inks are such a valuable resource! Whether you want to stock up or try them for the first time, now’s the time! Save 15% on all Hybrid Ink Pads and Refills between now and March 26 with code HYBRID.

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

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Die-namics Design: Cover-Up Craze

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We put a lot of thought into our products and our line of Cover-Ups reflects our attention to detail when it comes to what works for you. Designed to layer beautifully on a standard A2 size, Cover-Ups add dimension and texture. These designs are equally as beautiful tone-on-tone as they are with bright, contrasting pops of color. You’ll be amazed at the creative ways our team has featured Cover-Ups in their projects this month.

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Cindy started her design by stamping her panel with the Woodgrain Background. The patterned panel was then die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Frames and used to frame the die-cut Modern Morocco Die-namics. The mix of patterns brought in by the stamping and die cutting helps to subdue the Limelight Card Stock.

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Are you inspired to create something beautiful with Cover-Ups? Today only, save 20% on all Cover-Ups with code COVERUP at checkout!

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Stylin’ with Stencils

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Stencils may not get the same recognition as stamps and dies but believe me, they simply can’t be beat in terms of versatility. Their flexibility and durability make them the perfect choice for adding color and texture with any number of mediums and with more than 70 different options in two different sizes available in the MFT shop, you’re sure to find the perfect design for your next project. This month, our team is inspiring you to play with stencils.

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Barbara has applied embossing paste with the Harlequin Stencil to create her subtle, textural background. It creates the perfect balance to the cluster of  vivid stamped and die-cut layers that accent her sentiment strip. Barbara is kind of a master when it comes to using MFT stencils in creative ways. She’s created a fantastic video that demonstrates eight different ways of using stencils to create background panels for your cards. You can watch it by clicking HERE or simply play below.

Need an added incentive to stock up on stencils? Shop our extensive line of stencils through the end of March 18th and save 10% with code STENCIL!

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Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for loads more stencil projects.

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Creative Construction: Wonky Panels

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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 both assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches as well as 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. Wonky panels are trickier to execute than they might appear at first glance. This month’s challenge focuses on Blueprints 15 and Blueprints 18 that make creating die-cut panels with a little sass to them quick and easy.

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

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Release Rewind Day Two

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Before getting to Day 2 of our Release Rewind, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Jodi’s blog: Jennie

from Karin’s blog: Heather

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

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Our designers are back with a second round of Release Rewind projects. Click through to each of their blogs for more March inspiration.

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Release Rewind Day One

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The countdown is over, orders have been placed, and now our team is working to pack and ship your orders as quickly as possible because we can’t wait to see what you do with the new stamps, Die-namics, stencils, card stock, and inks. We don’t want to leave you hanging in the meantime though, so how about our talented team shares some more sweet treats from our March, 2015 release? Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.

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Ingenious Inking: Magical MIX-ables

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As we begin our Ingenious Inking journey, we thought it would be fun to show how our line of MIX-ables can be used to alter our Premium Dye Inks and Hybrid Inks to create new looks and applications. MIX-ables make it easy to add sparkle, shine, and glitz to your projects – subtle or bold – it truly is a bit of crafting magic.

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Stencils are a fantastic way to add a beautiful blend of vibrant colors. Keeping your stencil in place after you’ve inked it up and spraying on a light layer of Sheer Shimmer Mist adds even more interest though! Michele’s card is a perfect example of letting your tools guide your project.

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

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Die-namics Design: Express Yourself

Words are the foundation of card design. We all love a beautifully crafted design but the sentiment is really what makes a hand-made card special.  Word Die-namics are such a valuable tool as they can be used to create layered die cuts for added dimension, to create peek-a-boo effects, as a mask for different coloring mediums, and so much more. This month, our team is featuring the incredible versatility of word Die-namics.

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Keisha doubled up her wordy look using the Happy Hellos Die-namics for the “hello” sentiment and layering it over a die-cut circle featuring another greeting created with the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics. A mostly neutral palette allows the Red Hot Card Stock and just a hint of Lemon Drop Card Stock to jump off the card.

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