MFTv Merry & Bright

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This week’s episode of MFTv features the barest of pinks mixed with a hint of elegant silver. The Pierced Snowflakes Die-namics is used to cut three identical snowflakes that are attached together to form a beautiful three dimensional element for your cards and projects. This technique could be used to create delicate ornaments for a tree or window display as well!

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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 Grateful

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The new Falling Leaves Die-namics are inherently dimensional thanks to the emboss line detailing. Sponge on a variety of rich, autumnal hues though and the lines are further enhanced resulting in highly detailed, amazingly realistic accents for your cards and other crafty projects. This simple design highlights the depth of the leaves and allows you to spend your time on the details because the assembly is so easy!

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Stamps and Die-namics Made Simple

Coordinating stamp sets and Die-namics is one way our product line makes your crafting and card making more enjoyable. By eliminating the need to fussy cut your images, you can work faster, safer, and with more potential for versatility. We offer a variety of lines that feature this handy characteristic. Lisa Johnson Designs, Mona Pendleton Designs, Birdie Brown, and recently, Pure Innocence all include Die-namics that coordinate with each stamp release. One of the questions we receive fairly often here at MFT concerns the best way to line up stamped images with their coordinating die cuts for the most accurate results. Today, we’re sharing a helpful video to make your stamping and die cutting as enjoyable and fuss-free as possible. Watch the video HERE to see some techniques we use or simply click play below.

So to sum it up, we have three different approaches we use when we’re crafting with coordinating stamp and Die-namics sets.
  1. Eyeball it. Die cut your shape first and then stamp your image. This works well for more basic shapes that include obvious points for positioning the stamp before impressing your image. Using a sheet of contrasting color under your work space makes it easier to differentiate the die-cut shape from your background.
  2. Fiskars Stamp Press. This tool allows to you press slowly, adjusting the position of the stamp to center it within the border of the die cut. The benefit of this method is that the feet on the press allow for minute adjustments.
  3. Stamp first. In this method, you stamp your image first and then die cut. By using a scrap piece of card stock to die cut your shape, you can position the negative of the die cut over the stamped image framing it perfectly within the space. Once it’s positioned, used removable tape to secure in place and then, simply drop your die into the space. The die will stay in place while you run it through your machine for a perfectly cut image.
Hopefully, we’ve provided some methods that will be helpful to you the next time you sit down to craft – we can’t wait to see what you make next!

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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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MFTv Birthday Wishes Chalkboard

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In this week’s episode of MFTv, I’m using the new Blueprints 17 Die-namics to “build” a cool, freestanding chalkboard easel card. Watch the video to learn how I created the floating balloon look with the Balloon STAX Die-namics and to see how just how well the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings coordinate with this fun new Blueprints set.

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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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