Mother’s Day Brooch

Amber wowed us yesterday with her take on the Wildflowers Centerpieces Die-namics and she’s back with us today sharing another very timely, very beautiful project. We’ve been so fortunate to have Amber on our blog the past two days but have you had a chance to pop over to her blog? You might want to, you know, if you haven’t yet ;) First, you’ll want to check out today’s craftiness though…let’s get to it!

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Hi MFT friends! I’m back with one more project using another of my favorite MFT Die-namics. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, MFT really does offer the best in floral dies. The rolled flowers are awesome and I am especially jonesing over the Lily Die-namics. The layered look is so, so pretty. I decided to assemble them into simple little brooches that are a perfect favor for Mother’s Day.

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When cutting out my Lily Die-namics – I like to keep the die connected rather than separating them. The pieces are so delicate, it can be easy to misplace them. Since I do keep them connected, I avoid running the die through several sheets of cardstock by just cutting once with white cardstock. Then, I can use my Copics to color each layer of the Lily in whatever colors I choose.

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To give my paper brooch a pretty presentation (which is oh-so-important!) I mounted the pin onto one of the Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics. I absolutely love the versatility of that tag die set!

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Thanks for hanging out with me for a few days while I show off some MFT. I hope to see you over at Damask Love for more crafting fun!

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Wonderful Wildflowers Tri-fold Card

Amber, of Damask Love, has been wowing us with her innovative projects featuring MFT stamps and Die-namics for awhile now, so to say we are thrilled to have her joining us for a couple of guest posts is an understatement. We are confident that her talent and ingenuity will blow you away as well! Let’s just get to her project so you can see what we mean.

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Hey there MFT friends! I am super excited to be guesting today on the MFT blog and sharing a couple of projects using some of my favorite MFT products. On my blog, Damask Love, I do a lot of everything – from stationery to gifts, I pretty much love to make anything, especially with paper. For today’s project, I’m going back to my card-making roots and sharing a design that will be a show stopper for any recipient.

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This tri-fold notecard has awesome depth and is sort of a mini work of art! Let me show you how I made it:

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The Wildflowers Centerpieces Die-namics is currently one of my absolute favorites! The detail is amazing, but so easy to execute. Even though the set does come with little coordinating petals, I opted to add color to each flower with my Copic markers.

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You’ll need to add a little sunshine to your trifold card. First, I used a craft knife to cut a rectangle frame from the center portion of the trifold card. To do this, close the card, and use the border of the already die cut Wildflower Centerpiece as a guide for where you’ll need to cut the center panel. Next up – some sunshine. This is easy to do by adding a 1″ circle die cut from the Circle Stax Set 1 and coloring it with shades of yellow. Then, simply adhere it to the inside of the frame so that it’s peeking out.

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Last up, you can tackle the third panel on your notecard. Use Post-Its or masking tape to create a frame that matches the previously cut rectangle. Then start blending away with the MFT Inks. I love the look of this pretty blue sky! Here’s a peek at how your fully assembled notecard will look:

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Now, since the majority of the card is covered by your beautiful artwork, you can go ahead and write your note on the back of the card. Think of it as a postcard that’s been given a hefty dose of awesome!

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Thanks so much for letting me hijack the MFT blog today! Hope you’re inspired to make something pretty.

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Versatile Die Cuts: With Jennifer McGuire

We are so lucky to have Jennifer McGuire joining us today to share a fantastic video detailing three different ways to use your Die-namics collection to create beautiful and unique elements for your cards and projects. Jennifer claims to be addicted to die cutting and with results like this, we can see why! In her stunning example, she’s blended in lifelike color to simple white die cuts, boosted the shine and depth of a classic sentiment die cut, and added texture and dimension by debossing her card background with the Modern Morocco Cover-Up Die-namics. Along the way, she’s shared an incredible number of great tips that you won’t want to miss. Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 9.21.16 PM You can see Jennifer’s video HERE or by simply playing the embedded video below. Subscribe to our Youtube channel TODAY and never miss another MFT video.

Thank you so much Jennifer, for sharing your time and talent with us.

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Polka Dot Perfection

Today, Kim O’Connell is back with us to share a sweet card with dotty appeal. Doesn’t she look a little lonely there sitting on that bench with an open spot beside her? Whomever receives this card will know immediately that the sender is reserving a spot in their heart just waiting to be filled by the recipient’s presence.

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Kim shares more of her work at Paper Perfect Designs.

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The key word for this delightful design from Kim O’Connell is “depth.” The impeccable shading, stamped pattern details in the wallpaper and flooring, and a little extra lift on a cute, furry friend make this card one that demands to be touched and admired.

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The hair…amazing, right? Like the sun is glinting off her perfectly pig-tailed hair and causing a slight blush on her cheeks.

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Do you love Kim’s work as much as we do? Head on over to Paper Perfect Designs to be inspired by more of her irresistible designs.

Also, don’t forget to check out our  75% off Retirement Sale. Over 100 stamp sets that will be gone for good after Monday, December 23rd. Quantities are limited, so click on over now to see what’s available!

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BIG NEWS!

We have SO MUCH wonderful stuff in the works for our January release that we’ve decided to have a retirement sale to make room for all of the new goodies. From now until the end of Monday, December 23rd, save 75% on over 100 stamp sets! If you’ve been eyeing one of these sets, NOW is the time to grab a last minute gift for yourself because once the sale ends, so too does your chance to nab them. These sets will be retired forever and quantities are limited. See all of the included sets here (and while you’re at it, don’t forget to Celebrate Big by adding your Free with $60 set to your cart for orders over $60.)

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog post with Guest Designer Kim O’Connell.

“I’m sorry” can be one of the toughest sentiments to convey. Kim joins us today to share a sweet card sure to go a long way in mending hurt feelings.

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Between that darling girl knitting her heart out and charming details like the subtly stamped houndstooth pattern from the Spring Backgrounds set, your recipient is sure to let bygones be bygones.

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With that face, how could they not?

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You can find Kim and more of her lovely work on her blog, Paper Perfect Designs.

Do you love Scrapbook & Cards Today as much as we do? Our friends there are presenting 12 days of holiday giving. Since we know you always have more room for beautiful My Favorite Things product, you might just want to make a stop over to their blog today (wink, wink.) Too subtle? OK, you definitely want to make a visit a priority because MFT is sponsoring a prize today. Don’t miss it!

More Season’s Greetings with Keisha Campbell

Keisha Campbell continues to spread Christmas cheer with four more fun and original Christmas cards! She has transformed simple card stock into Christmas miracles using our Die-namics, stamps, stencils and more. And luckily for you, she is sharing her secrets!

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This card has cold-weather charm thanks to the Snowflake Splendor set and a nice message for friends and family. The candy cane print and jeweled embellishments make this card a sweet treat for anyone who receives it!

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When friends and family live far away, it gets difficult to connect with them over the holidays. Send them a heartfelt message in this unique Christmas card! The Cheerful Greetings stamp set spells out a simple but thoughtful message on the front, and it’s up to you to fill the card with words of love!

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The perfect gift isn’t truly wrapped until you’ve topped it with the right bow. Keisha created this one using the Beautiful Bows Die-namics, with just the right amount of shine added in with a large gem. You can even customize images in the peek-a-boo cut outs using your favorite old holiday cards!

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Let loved ones know, “Tag, you’re it!” with this joyous greeting! Using our Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics and  Sunny Day Doodles Sweet Christmas stamp set, Keisha has created this lovely greeting that will be sure to please no matter who is listed under “To:”!

You can see more of Keisha’s wonderful work on her blog, A Bit of East-coast. keisha keisha10
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Get the Kids Involved This Christmas

Kim O’Connell is back again today with a holiday project that is perfect for the whole family to participate in. Get your kids involved in creating these Christmas ornaments for their teachers, coaches, and friends. Making Christmas ornaments is a holiday tradition that your family will look forward to year after year.

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Are you ready to start?

  • Stamp small strips of card stock with the patterns from the Washi Patterns or More Washi Patterns stamp sets.
  • Cut additional strips of solid card stock in coordinating colors.
  • Curl the card stock by wrapping the strips of card stock around a pencil.
  • Insert the curled card stock in the ornament.
  • Finish off your ornament with a holiday greeting and a bright bow.

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Now it’s your turn! Show us your hand stamped Christmas Ornaments on our Facebook page.

Create a Winter Wonderland

Betsy Veldman is joining us again today with a gorgeous snow-filled Christmas card. Betsy2 We love the way she stamped the two shades of blue ink on the Spearmint card stock. It elicits such a cool, wintery feeling. The warm gold embossing gives the card a cozy Christmas feel. These two elements blend together perfectly to create a gorgeous holiday card. betsy2a Betsy To see more of Betsy’s beautiful creations visit her blog at Paper, Scissors, and Superheroes.

Shake Things Up with a Sweet Christmas Card

Betsy Veldman is joining us today with a sweet shaker card. Just imagine the “sugar rush” this card will bring as the recipient watches the candy float around behind the acetate panel. Betsy1 We love the idea of creating a large frame for the shaker with the Chalkboard Frame Builder Die-namics. Betsy1a Here’s a look at the inside of the shaker card. Betsy filled the shaker with stamped candy, sequins, and glitter. Betsy1b Betsy Be sure to check out Betsy’s blog, Paper, Scissors, and Superheros, for more of her gorgeous creations.