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Feature Friday: Building a Scene with Die-namics

Today’s Feature Friday I’m going to share something I love… combining my stamps and Die-namics to do a little scene building. We’ve got loads of Die-namics that work well for this, no matter what the season.  Our product lineup includes our Fresh Cut Grass Die-namics, two types of Cloud Die-namics, our Teardrop Tree Die-namics, the Sheltering Tree Die-namics, Icicle Die-namics as well as the Branch with Leaves.  Please be sure to check out out full line of Die-namics, to check out all your options.

For today, I put together a beachy little scene with the Pure Innocence: Make a Splash paired with the Catch a Wave Die-namics and put the new Die-namics Designer Label 1 STAX to work. I’ve embellished with the new Photo Corners Die-namics, as well as the Pretty Posies Die-namics,  I added a sentiment with the help of the Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics.

I hope you enjoy this week’s video, remember you can find product videos on the MFT YouTube Channel.

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Feature Friday: Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics

Our designers have certainly fallen head over heels for the new Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics and have had many samples to share with them.  This nesting set of six Die-namics dies have a huge range of sizes, which means you can use them SO many different ways.

This sample also uses Pure Innocence: Poppy, Rolled Scalloped Flower Die-namics, Rolled Flower Die-namics, the Pretty Posies Die-namics and the Button Quartet Die-mamics.

If you haven’t seen the Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics yet, today’s video will have all the need to know information on this fabulous, versatile product. Did you know that the five largest feature a clear backer? Did you know that the dies will emboss a detailed edge with a single pass through your die-cutter?  There’s so much to love about the Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, we hope you’ll enjoy today’s Feature Friday video.

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Feature Friday: Quicker Cards with Die-namics and Stamp Duos

There are days that I could color, and paper piece to my hearts content, but then there are other days when I really need a card quickly.  Somehow I get the feeling that I’m not the only one that seems to need a card at the last minute for a birthday party, or for a little hostess gift. Right?  You know the old “Honey, I’m going to make a quick card, and then we can go.”  You know what I mean, the eye roll, and your husband’s response of “Don’t you have something in already made you could use for that?”  Please, please tell me I’m not alone.

In those instances, I’m so glad for My Favorite Things Stamp and Die-namics combos.  These sets are built with all the elements you need to put a card together, without it taking the majority of your afternoon.

Today I’ve got a card that I pulled together using the At the Movies Stamp set and Die-namics.  I created a quick pennant with my Jumbo Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics and added a Die-namics Pinking Edge to add a fun edge to a coordinating rectangular scrap.  This stamp set is completely enormous, so I was able to select a simple “Happy Birthday” and added the “9″ for mark which birthday.  I love adding custom details like that.

Since the stamp set is huge, I went ahead and finished off the inside too. (Might I add this is a great way to use up your stash of patterned papers?) I used another of the greetings from the stamp set, stamped the mini-ticket included in the set then embellished using the Mini Film Strip Die-namics and the Die-namics Star Border.

Today’s Feature Friday video highlights some of my favorite stamp and Die-namics combinations for quicker card creations. Today’s video doesn’t include all of our stamp and Die-namics pairings, but you can peruse the full collection HERE in the MFT Boutique.

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Feature Friday: Border Die-namics

The other day, while I was cleaning and re-organizing my stamping area, I was stunned by how many border Die-namics we have now in the MFT Die-namics collection.  And, I realized that there are probably many of you who might not have been with us since the beginning of our Die-namics journey.  With that in mind, I’ve put together a quick Feature Friday Video for you today featuring the various Border Die-namics shapes as well as a finished sample for each.

We’ve got scallops (and plenty of them!), themed border Die-namics like the Mini Film Strip and the Paper Doll Die-namics and our more intricate, elegant Border Die-namics like the Faux Crochet Border and the Dainty Lace Border which coordinate with our popular line of Die-namics Doily dies.  Our border Die-namics come not only in a variety of shapes, but also in a variety of sizes to suit the scale of whatever image, paper or finished project size you’re working with.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Feature Friday Video, and who knows, maybe you’ll find a new Border Die-namics that you’d like to add to your collection!



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Feature Friday: Pure Innocence Facial Detail

In today’s Feature Friday Video I’m focusing on an often asked question, how to color Pure Innocence with Copic Markers.

You’ll see how I like to color a sweet Pure Innocence face, including those adorable rosy cheeks. First, I’ll show you how to color from light to dark, and then I’ll repeat the process, this time showing how to color starting with your darkest shades first. I’ve also included some recommended Copic colors so you can follow along step by step. For today’s demonstration, I’m using Pure Innocence: Cute-a-tude, and the Blending Card by X-Press It.  I hope this is helpful to all of you, and thanks so much for stopping by.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Feature Friday: Inspired by Butterflies

It’s mid-March and Spring is in the air! We’re enjoying warmer temperatures, longer days and flowers beginning to bloom.  I thought it was time to focus on the new Inspired by Butterflies Die-namics.  This is a recently released Die-namics set which coordinates with our previously released stamp set Inspired by Butterflies.

The original stamp set includes three butterfly images, as well as four sentiments.  The new Die-namics die set will closely cut out each of the three butterfly images. Barbara has a tutorial here showing how you can perfectly stamp and die-cut an image using MFT’s Die-namics.

I’ve pulled the set graphics and the Die-namics preview into a quick video.  You’ll also see samples from our designers using three separate techniques.  You can find lots of additional product videos and tutorials on the MFT YouTube Channel.

Sarah has stamped the image, die-cut it with the matching Die-namics and then colored with Copic markers.  I love the white gel pen treatment she’s used on the outer border.

How about another great look with this pairing?

Barbara has stamped the image onto patterned paper
and used the Die-namics die to cut it out….

Joanne uses only the Die-namics to create this scrappy card,
and finishes off the inside with the coordinating stamp set.

We hope you’ve enjoyed a quick peek at the versatile
Inspired by Butterflies stamp set and Die-namics.

Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you all again next week!

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Feature Friday: Die-namics Flowers

I’ve been working on this video for a while, that’s part of the reason I had a “rewind” for you last week.  At our last New Release party, there was a lot of discussion about the various Die-namics flower offerings.  After all, we do have a LOT of different Die-namics flower dies.

Generally, our flower Die-namics fall into three categories. The first series of flowers are relatively flat.  You can use them to create custom embellishments without adding bulk to your projects.  The second variety of flowers are our cupped flowers. These add custom detail with a medium amount of dimension. They will most likely still be “mailable” – though will probably require additional postage. (Then again, don’t *most* of your handmade cards require additional postage?) The third variety of flowers are our rolled flowers, these flowers add  full dimension to your project.

Today’s video shows each of the Die-namics dies, along with a sample of each.  I’m working on assembly videos for our rolled flower Die-namics as well as a separate video for our cupped style flowers.  Look for those soon!  In the interim, I hope you enjoy this week’s Feature Friday Video sharing a peek at each of the flower Die-namics we offer through next week’s March New Release.


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Feature Friday – It’s a Rewind

We’re busy behind the scenes this week, so there’s no new Feature Friday this week.  However, we hope you’ll peruse our past Feature Friday posts HERE or pop on over to our YouTube Channel to see if there are perhaps some other videos that you might have missed?

You can find the MFT YouTube Channel HERE. Maybe you’d like to see How to Assemble the Berry Box or maybe you’d like to see How to Tie a Loopy Bow. Perhaps you might want to learn about How Our Rosette Die-namics Works.  Jody will show you all about The Loopy Bloom Die-namics.

We’ll be back with a new video next week! Have a wonderful weekend.

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Feature Friday – D.I.Y. Home Decor

Welcome to this week’s Feature Friday. This week, instead of a Video Feature I wanted to chat with you a little about DIY Home Decor.  I love being able to use my stamps, paper and Die-namics to create just the piece I need.  I’m often searching for inspiration on Pinterest, or looking at the decor aisles in Target for inspiration, and thinking about what I can put together from the shall we call it, collection of goodies in my stamping area.

A few months ago, I ran across a beautiful whiteboard  created from a pretty piece of patterned paper, a photo frame and a dry erase marker.  And then, as luck would have it, there was a sale at my local craft store and I picked up this frame for only a dollar or so. created this cheery whiteboard which would be great for love notes for your family a reminder to buy milk (I’m always dashing out just before breakfast because the kids need milk for cereal) or to jot down an important deadline.

I filled the top of the frame with some bright and cheery patterned paper, and used a ledger paper for the note taking area for readability.  I added the word “notes” which I cut with my By the Letters Die-namics and accented with a Mix and Match Banner Die-namics.  The Botanical Beauty Die-namics was used to create a custom 3-D embellishment.  To use this as a whiteboard, simply write upon the glass with a dry erase marker.

I’ve also got Pinboards full of yarn wrapped wreaths, and yarn wrapped letters.  Before I started paper crafting, I dabbled in knitting, so the texture of this really speaks to me! At the local craft store I picked up a foam wreath and some yarn.  Then, while watching TV, I wrapped the yarn around, alternating between the white and grey in about two inch increments.  Then I got my hot glue gun ready and dug out my stash of MFT Felt and Die-namics.

With so many beautiful Die-namics to choose from, I was able to put together this cozy wreath in about 30 minutes (The wrapping of the wreath in yarn took about another 30 to 40 minutes, so in the time it would take you to watch a move you’d be fully done!)  I love that you could  just switch out the color scheme to make a springy one, or even a fall or holiday themed wreath depending on your selection of felt and yarn. I used the Loopy Bloom Die-namics, Large Rolled Rose Die-namics and the Scalloped Rolled Flower Die-namics for this wreath. Now, it looks like I need to make one more trip to the store, this time for a wreath holder….

So, take a look at your Die-namics and stamps and see what YOU can put together for a little touch of beauty at home, or a really thoughtful, personalized gift. Have FUN and we’ll see you again next week!

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Feature Friday: Always Time for Tea Die-namics

Hi everyone! I’m here with a Feature Friday video and project for you.  I don’t know about you, but I’m very, very excited for all the new paper lines coming out after previews from this past week’s CHA show.  In anticipation of new paper, I’ve been trying to dig deep into my paper stash to clear room!

Some days I sit down wanting to stamp and color, and other days, I want to just play with paper and Die-namics.  I love that at MFT we have so many styles of products to suit your many “crafty moods.”

Today I reached for the Always Time for Tea Die-namics and Stamp Set.  If you haven’t used this set to create your own custom tea-pots I’ve got a quick “how to” showing you a little bit about this muli-piece die. I’ve made my teapot from plain card stock and scraps of patterned paper, but as you can see, there are tons of elements that you can stamp upon your Die-cut teapot if you’re in the mood to get inky!

I also have a quick tip on how to reverse your Die-namics. For some shapes, depending on your layout, you might want the shape to face in the opposite direction of how the Die-namics normally cuts.  I’ll show you how to do that quickly and easily in today’s Feature Friday video.

Here’s this week’s Feature Friday Video:


Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT day!



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