Christmas Treats That Are the Balm

Hi, everyone — Barbara here and I’m tickled to share some fun projects using the recently released Lip Balm Window & Frame Die-namics, Lip Balm Pouches, and Sending Smooches stamp set. These products will make your Christmas giving SO much easier this year. Whether you make your own lip balm or use purchased, they will make it easy to customize your gift giving.

First of all, I created a card that is a gift card holder which includes the sweet addition of a tube of lip balm. Next up is a tag that includes a tube of lip balm as a bonus. My final project is an ornament that doubles as a gift. You can find a PDF and video for these projects in this month’s release class HERE.

Now would you like to make your own lip balm? I’m going to share my favorite recipe and a few photos to walk you through how I do it. It’s super easy and really takes little time, but the extra time and personal touch you put into this gift will be appreciated. If you’d like a printable copy of the recipe and lip balm labels, you can download it HERE.

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 12-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • A few drops of vitamin E oil (optional – for preservative, I add 5 drops)

In a double boiler, slowly heat and blend beeswax, butter, and oils. Once melted, remove from heat and add essential oils and vitamin E. Immediately pour into tubes or tins. Makes about 10 tubes.

Here are some sources if you don’t have a local health food store.

Cocoa Butter

Sweet Almond Oil

Avocado Oil

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Vitamin E Oil

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First I measure my ingredients into my “double boiler.” Since I do one batch at a time and it’s a relatively small amount, I use a glass measuring cup sitting in a small pan of water. This avoids the product loss that would occur in a larger vessel.

Heat on medium-low heat until melted. It seems to take a while but suddenly it’s melted. I use an orangewood stick to stir while it’s melting and to add the essential oil. It’s small and disposable.

Pour the melted lip balm into tubes—you’ll need something to hold them upright while it sets up, which is pretty fast. I use this test tube holder which works really well and was very inexpensive, but if you have any of the Ranger Mini Mister Holders they work, too.

Once the initial pour sets up it will shrink a little so you can top it off if you want.

When they are completely cooled, apply cap and label for safety since this recipe contains nut oil. The addition of Vitamin E slows rancidity, therefore extending the shelf life significantly. Also, if you have any leftovers, storing them in the refrigerator further extends shelf life.

I hope my projects and recipe will encourage you to make some sweet gifts of your own this holiday season—I can guarantee they will be loved!

MFTv Cool Day

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First off, Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends from MFT. I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing day with family! I do have another episode of MFTv to share with you today if you aren’t too sleepy to enjoy it 😉

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This week, I decided to create a card featuring a simple design and assembly process. This allowed me to spend some time relaxing by watercoloring my card background and stamped image from the Cool Day set. Watercolor is so forgiving and the look it produces can range from subtle and washed out to deep and vibrant – layering is your friend! I hope you’ll give watercolor a try – it’s a beautiful technique and pairs so well with images stamped in our variety of Hybrid Ink options.

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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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MFTv Words of Gratitude

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How about a Monday MFTv two-fer? We’ve all been there – you need a card and you need it NOW. How do you feel about creating both of these fun cards in just ten minutes? You can do that. Watch the video to see how easy the Words of Gratitude Die-namics and Thankful Thoughts stamp set make it create beautiful and interesting thank you cards in a matter of minutes.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

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MFTv Thinking of You

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A simple design is made elegant with classic paper choices and the addition of fine glitter in a stunning rust hue. The Adhesive Sheets we carry in the boutique make custom glitter designs an absolute breeze and you’ll be amazed at the ease with which the peek-a-boo leaves were created with the Out on a Limb Die-namics.

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MFTv Shout Hooray

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If only it were so easy to add a splash of fun pattern to real balloons! In this week’s episode, I’m dressing up the Balloon STAX Die-namics to add a special touch to an otherwise quick and easy card design. Little details like a subtly stamped background panel and twine-tied knots make your assembly interesting and your recipient smile. A high-contrast sentiment stamped in Sweet Tooth Premium Dye Ink on a Steel Grey background completes the look.

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MFTv Cupcake Tag

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this week’s episode of MFTv. Our new Tag Builder Blueprints 1 Die-namics makes quick work of die cutting  a variety of coordinating tag elements. Build and layer to suit your whims or use the included Blueprints sketches for even speedier assembly. Also included in this new episode? An unconventional use of the Celebrate You Die-namics to “bake” a cherry-topped cupcake!

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Fond Farewells and a Fresh Face

Sadly, we’re saying goodbye to five of our lovely and talented designers today. I know you’ll agree that they’ve contributed so much to our community with their incredible generosity of time and talent. We’ll miss them greatly and wish them all the absolute best in the future. To each of you, thank you.

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In addition to goodbye, we also have a hearty welcome to share. In June, Teri Anderson was our guest designer and she produced some truly stellar work that blew us away in its creativity. We asked her to join our happy team and she said yes. Hooray! Beginning with our July Release Countdown (that’s just two days away if you’re curious,) Teri will be a regular member of our Creative Team. Please join us in welcoming her!

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Teri’s created this beautiful card to introduce herself. I think it’s pretty apparent why we’re so giddy to have her, right?

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Welcome Teri.

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MFTv Shine

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In this week’s episode of MFTv, you’ll find a simple design and assembly process punched up by the addition of an embossed sentiment, puffy sticker-like filament accent, and a specialty card stock accent. Our Blueprints 15 Die-namics makes quick work of creating the base pieces while Die-namics and a stamp set from Laina Lamb Design provide the rest. Quick and easy is the name of the game this week, with undeniably eye-catching appeal – you can’t beat that!

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MFTv Cheer Up!

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Reverse paper piecing imitates the look of intricate, multiple-layered elements without the precision and time required to accomplish the “real” thing. This technique is an excellent way to put those smaller paper scraps to use – especially those specialty paper scraps you can’t bear to part with! Dress up card stock with pretty patterns to customize the look and finish your card off to polished perfection.

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