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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Ghostly Greetings

Halloween approaches – now is the time to build your stash of seasonal cards for friends, family, and impending gatherings. We have a plethora of theme-appropriate stamp sets and Die-namics that can be mix and matched to your heart’s content. Make something spookily cute like Barbara has below!

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Let’s see what you come up with for celebrating the looming October festivities. 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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Awesome Takes Practice

Barbara is joining us today to share a card that perfectly mingles classic + trendy to awesome effect.

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Kraft, Primitive White, and Tangy Orange is a pretty classic color combo but when a little glittery silver is tossed in the mix, things get extra-special. The Sun, Moon, & Stars Die-namics includes a variety of different star sizes to make things even more interesting. The Notebook Edge Die-namics is a fantastic addition to  your supplies as it creates a ripped-from-the-notebook edge on a panel of any width.

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We’d love to see how you mix classic designs with trendy die cuts, stamps, and colors. Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we’re always on the lookout to see what you’re up to!

And before I go today, I’d like to take a minute to say goodbye to our dear friend and Creative Team member Inge. She’s been an invaluable part of our team for such a long time and we will miss her exquisite sense of color and impeccably constructed cards. She has big things in her future that will keep her very busy and we’re confident you’ll be seeing a lot of her. Best wishes, Inge!

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Watercolor Birthday

Our ink refills are a fantastic way to keep your ink pads fresh and juicy but they are versatile enough to be used in other ways as well. Let Barbara walk you through how she used refills to create a beautiful watercolor effect on her birthday card design.

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Begin by stamping water color paper with the Happy Birthday Background using Black Licorice ink.

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Dampen the water color paper with a water brush or a paint brush dipped in water.

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Lay a drop or two of ink on a craft sheet or other non-porous surface.

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Pick up some color with the brush and swipe across your paper.

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Keeping your paper damp to allow the ink to flow, add additional colors as desired and blend the edges together.

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Allow the color to pool, run, and drip as desired.

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Once the panel is dry, spray and splatter with glimmer spray.

watercolorHB_gDie cut “Happy” and attach with foam adhesive. Stamp a sentiment from Delicious Birthday with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on a strip of Sweet Tooth Card Stock and attach with foam. watercolorHB Give it a try! Stamping is obviously a favorite activity but there are so many more ways to play with your inks. Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to :) MFT_SupplyTab

Happy Looks Good on You

Our line of TRANSFORM-ables is endlessly versatile. Barbara trimmed “smile” from the framed image to layer on top of the die-cut frame for a high contrast sentiment that demands attention (in the best possible way.)

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Think about your supplies in new ways. Here, the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX have been transformed into layering elements simply by trimming them to shorter lengths. A subtle tone-on-tone background, created with the On the Diagonal Background, adds pattern and interest that doesn’t overwhelm the other stamped and die-cut elements.

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Has Barbara’s project inspired you to create something smile-inducing? Be sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can see what you’re up to! MFT_SupplyTab

Ombre Happy Birthday

Layering pattern and color is one of Laina‘s specialties. Her birthday layout exquisitely combines photos and words into a cohesive design that you can’t stop looking at. Our line of generously-sized background stamps is a beautiful collection of patterns that are ideal for creating decorative panels and elements that stand out without overwhelming. We know repetition is an important design element and this layout is a prime example why – that title, created with the Happy Die-namics, is sensational.

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Using background stamps, Versamark ink, and clear embossing powder, create resist patterns on white card stock. Using an ink blending tool, lightly blend ink over the top of the embossing to add color to the backgrounds and reveal the embossed patterns.

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Using an ink blending tool, lightly create the ombre ink pattern by blending dye ink colors together. After the ink is dry, die cut your title words from the pre-blended inked paper.

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ItsYourDay_Detail2To create the glass plate, apply Berrylicious dye ink to plain vellum with an ink blending tool. After the ink is dry, die cut the plate first from vellum and then a second layer from clear acetate. Layer the acetate over the vellum for a pretty glass look.

ItsYourDeayDetail4To construct the cake, die cut the cake and accents from white card stock. Add color to the layers of cake and candles with an ink blending tool and dye inks.

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Tip: To add ink to tiny pieces, keep the die cuts in their original card stock backing by adding washi tape to the reverse, holding them in place. Add color to the elements by using a blending tool.

Birthday_Detail3Now it’s your turn – take Laina’s sketch and make it your own. Take her 12 x 12″ design and create your own scrapbook layout or card. Make sure you tag #mftstamps on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook when you share your creations - we love to see what you’re up to!

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