You Have My Heart

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Barbara has been working overtime creating beautiful love-themed cards with our January Release. She’s sharing one of them with us today. Don’t forget, the entire release is available now!

The new Damask Background is a gorgeous choice for adding elegance to your cards – the scale makes it the perfect accent pattern. After stamping, Barbara ran the panel through her die-cutting machine with the Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up Die-namics to create amazing texture, and then highlighted each individual heart with a die cut created with the Heart Puzzle Die-namics. The final, most important piece, is the beautiful sentiment stamped and embossed using the Smitten with You stamp set – a fabulously versatile collection of mix-and-match sentiments for everything from Valentine’s Day to every day.

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January products are shipping NOW and we can’t wait to see what you create with all the fun new products! Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to!

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Pretty Planning for an Organized Life

Planners are BIG right now and for good reason! Organize your life and be crafty all at the same time – does it get any better? Creative Team member Stephanie is with us today to share some of her thoughts on keeping a planner.

A new year is here and it’s a pretty exciting time for planner enthusiasts, as we open those fresh new pages and start filling them up! My planner is an essential tool to keep me organized and on schedule with all of the weekly activities of both my family and myself. I usually set aside time on Sunday evenings to do my planning for the upcoming week and I let myself get a little creative while doing it.

I love to add stickers, washi tape, and all kinds of fun little colorful details to my planner. Another favorite supply to use with my planner is stamps and ink and My Favorite Things has an awesome new stamp set and Die-namics coming out in the January release next week that is completely geared toward planners. The Erin Condren planner is a pretty popular one and the new stamps and Die-namics are sized to fit perfectly in the spaces provided by the EC planner, as well as other popular designs.

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I love that you can customize the header sections of the planner with one of the included die elements – you can use it to cut out card stock pieces and then glue them on, or cut them out of sticker paper. There are a ton of great words about planning that include everything from a party to a work out to a meeting and the words also work great as headings. There are also an abundance of images that can be used on their own or with the word stamps. One of my favorites is definitely the bullseye icon ;)

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These stamps and Die-namics aren’t just limited to the Erin Condren planner either! I’ve used them in my regular monthly calendar as well as another daily planner that has a completely different layout. You can customize them to easily work with whatever planner system you use.

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If you love to add fun details to your planner, then you will absolutely love this stamp and Die-namics duo – it’ll help you stay organized and have fun while doing it. Keep checking back during our upcoming countdown to see the complete product images – we’re so excited to share them with you!

Want to take a quick peek into Stephanie’s planner? Watch HERE or by simply clicking play below.

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Birds of a Feather

Today, Barbara is sharing a pretty watercolor-look card that features a bright palette of Premium Dye Inks.

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I love to watercolor through MFT stencils and for this card, I chose the Teardrop Stencil. I used watercolor paper and a waterbrush to randomly apply Razzle Berry, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, and Steel Grey Premium Dye Inks to my paper. After I finished water coloring the teardrops, I splattered a little clear water to make the ink move in neat ways.

Next, I popped that panel up on a Sweet Tooth Card Stock base with a narrow strip of Black Licorice Card Stock peeking out. The sentiment, from Document It – Right on Target, was stamped on Black Licorice Card Stock with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Next, I cut both sizes of the feathers from the Accent It – Feathers and Arrows Die-namics, the larger from glitter paper and the smaller from Translucent Vellum, and adhered them. I finished off with some clear gems.

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Inks are far more versatile than simply stamping – play with them a bit and see where your experimentation takes your next project! Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to!

Sending You A Little Christmas

We’re welcoming Jodi to the blog today to share a very timely project featuring a holiday classic from our Pure Innocence line.

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Hi everyone! It’s no secret that I LOVE to color with Copic Markers, and I always love this time of year as I can pull out the sweet Pure Innocence Sending You A Little Christmas. I just love this stamp set!

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I stamped this sweet little gal using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto a panel of X-Press It Blending Card and then cut out the panel using the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics. I then colored her with Copic Markers using rather non-traditional Christmas colors. I love the whimsical look of aqua and pink together, especially with a pop of red!

I added rhinestones to both her coat buttons as well as the tree she is pulling along in her sled. I added a bit of shimmer to the trim on her hat and boots, as well as the sled, using a Clear Wink of Stella Marker.

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The main panel of Berrylicious Card Stock was cut with Blueprints 13 Die-namics, and I used Blueprints 20 Die-namics to cut the scalloped mat from Smooth White Card Stock. I stamped the Berrylicious Card Stock panel using the Fine Check Background and Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. I just love this background.

I finished off the front of my card by adding a flag of Razzle Berry Card Stock cut with the Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics. I adorned the flag with a Kraft Button tied with Hemp Cord.

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On the inside, I kept it simple by cutting a Berrylicious Card Stock panel using Blueprints 13 Die-namics, and stamped the sweet sentiment from Pure Inncocence Sending You A Little Christmas using Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink. I added another mat of Smooth White Card Stock cut with Blueprints 20 Die-namics. I just love the sweet, finished look this Blueprints element provides!

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Thanks for Everything

Stephanie is with us today to share an interactive thank you card that’s perfect for most any occasion!

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Hi, it’s Stephanie and today I have a shaker card to share with a fun twist. Rather than have a generic space for the shaker part (square, circle or rectangle) I decided to create the shaker component of the card under a word die. To change it up a bit more, I also decided to use vellum rather than clear acetate to cover the sequin area.

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I first cut out a white piece of card stock from the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics and then cut the word “thanks” from the center of it. Make sure to hang on the the little pieces that go inside the letters because we’ll be adding those back into the word once we have the vellum adhered.

Once I had the word die cut, I stamped the bottom sentiment and then created the shaker part. I cut a piece of vellum big enough to fit behind the word and adhered it on the back. Then I added one layer of foam adhesive directly around the word (this helps to keep all the sequins directly behind the letters of the word) and also around the outside of the rectangle piece. I added fall coloured sequins in the area behind the word and adhered a Steel Grey mat (cut slightly larger) onto the back of the rectangle piece to keep all of the sequins contained.

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I stamped a Tangy Orange card base with the Romantic Script Background stamp using Tangy Orange ink and then adhered the shaker card panel directly on top. To complete the card, I added some of the same coloured sequins that I used in the shaker part and some silver stickles, to the front of the card.

You can see how this card came together by clicking HERE or by watching below – enjoy!

I hope you give text shaker cards a try – a little unexpected treat that the recipient will be sure to love! ;) Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to!

A Big MFT Welcome to Stephanie

Last week, Stephanie shared a couple of vastly different, but equally amazing cards with us. This week, we are pleased to announce that she’s becoming a permanent fixture on the MFT Creative Team! Print

Beginning with our November release (that starts in less than a day!) you’ll be seeing Stephanie’s pretty face and stunning cards pop up as part of our sneak peek countdown – we’re so excited to be able to share more of her ingenuity in the months to come.

Before we leave you for the day, don’t forget to pop over to the boutique to peruse our latest Retirement Sale. You’ll find a vast array of stamp sets and Die-namics at 50% off. All of these products will be retired once they’re gone though so don’t wait long to take advantage of these incredible prices and stock up on your wish list items!

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Happy shopping and we’ll see you tomorrow as we embark on our November release countdown!

Peace, Love, & Joy

Just 52 days until Christmas, but who’s counting? If you’re the type of person that enjoys making and sending holiday cards, that task is probably fairly high on your crafty to-do list. Whether you  prefer a variety of individual designs or a single design that can be mass produced, there’s probably room in your process for eye-catching designs that can be prepared and assembled relatively quickly.

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Kimberly has created a beautiful card that requires minimal stamping and die cutting that is totally worthy of your card-making endeavors. A couple of panels shaped with the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics provides the base of the card while an element from the Pierced Snowflakes Die-namics and a sentiment created with the Merry Messages stamp set completes the look. A basic color palette is elegant while minimizing the steps required to complete the look.

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What do you think? Are you inspired to jump into your holiday card making headfirst? Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to :)

Sunday Funday

One last hurrah of a fun trip to the Big Apple is documented in graphic, vivid style in Laina’s scrapbook layout this month. A simple, six-spot grid divided by a bold title strip is ideal for showcasing photos as well as acting as a canvas for a variety of embellishments. A black paper mat with a small scale pattern grounds the grid spots while a thin white border on each photo makes those spots feel extra-special.

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Laina used an ink blending tool and a rainbow of dye ink pads to create a beautiful gradient that evokes the colors that are dominant in the mural spotlighted in the upper left corner.

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Laina used a design from the Coffee Cup Die-namics to create a peek-a-boo sentiment banner element.

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The Coffee Cup Die-namics and Perk Up stamp set provided the perfect accents to fill one of the grid spots with theme-appropriate content. Hot chocolate while wandering the streets of NYC – you can’t beat that!

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Ready to craft a layout of your own? We’ve got a sketch to get you going! Grab a handful of photos, a few content-appropriate embellishments and get to work. Keep it simple, or, spend some extra time getting crafty with your title work – our line of inks is always a great choice to get the creativity flowing. Make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media uploads so we can see how MFT products have inspired your creativity – we’ll be on the lookout!

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Spooking the House in 3D

In today’s tutorial, Sharon will WOW you by showing how she took a Die-namics set perfect for assembling realistic flat houses ideal for cards and scrapbook pages into an incredible 3 dimensional house that you’ll pull out year after year as part of your annual Halloween decorating.

Making seasonal home décor from MFT felt allows for flexibility in your crafting, such as being able to bend and shape pieces into dimensional forms, and allows for easier storage so that you can maintain the shape for years to come.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Die cut walls from the Home Sweet Home Die-namics four times using Steel Grey felt.

2. Use an iron to heat fuse Wonder-Under to Banana Split, Orange Fizz and Sweet Tooth felts. If you’ve never used it before, Wonder-Under is a faster, easier, cleaner way to adhere fabrics or felt together. It also helps to eliminate frayed edges. It is two-sided, so the first step is to iron it to the felt pieces you want to adhere to the house. After that, the backing can be removed and the fused pieces of felt can then be fused to the Steel Grey house pieces.

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3-4. Die cut the windows, door, roof trim, ghosts, and “boo” word from the fused felt.

5. Remove the backing from fused Wonder-Under felt elements and iron the  elements to the house pieces.

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Hand stitch the house pieces together by placing the backs of two house sides together and blanket stitch together one side and the roof line. Repeat with the other two house sides and then attach the two corners together to finish stitching up and assembling the house.

6. Cut 2 strips of Sweet Tooth Card stock to 1 1/2” x 11” and score at 4” and 8”. Attach together to form a 4” square. Slip the square into the underside of the felt house – this will help to stabilize it and keep its form.

7. Die cut a tree from the Spooky Scene Die-namics using Black Licorice Card Stock and attach it to back of house using liquid glue. Attach vellum die-cut Spooky Scene Die-namics ghosts to the tree.

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8. Die cut a Spooky Scene Die-namics fence from Black Licorice Card Stock or felt and attach to the sides and front of the house using liquid glue.

9. Here is a closer look at the blanket-stitched house sides.

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Documenting the First Day

The first day of school…pretty monumental, right? Laina was able to capture her handsome boys in all of their back-to-school glory in this bright, clean-lined layout with plenty of fun little details. The Border It – Numbers Die-namics is repeated across the top of the layout to reflect the progression of grades while the fun new Lunchbox Die-namics provides the perfect placement for a title. I love seeing how the scale of our stamps and Die-namics translate to scrapbook pages!

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Do you have a milestone moment you’ve been meaning to document? Even those small, seemingly ordinary moments can take on great significance when you take a moment to reflect on the deeper meaning. Take some time to capture a fleeting moment – Laina’s provided a sketch to get you going so all you need to do is choose the photos and put pen to paper. What are you waiting for? Make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media uploads so we can see how MFT products have inspired your creativity – we’ll be on the lookout!

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