Barbara – Christmas Wreath

A wreath is a warm welcome in this cold season. It’s the first hint that a home is filled with happiness and cheer! Design team member Barbara Anders created this beautiful paper poinsettia Christmas Wreath that you, too, can hang up to spread good cheer in your home. Why choose store-bought when you can add your own special touch to your holiday decorations?

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To complete this project, you’ll need the MFT Let It Snowflake and Poinsettia Die-namics, a foam wreath, some Spanish moss, ribbon, card stock in Red Hot, Gumdrop Green, and Fuse Green, glitter paper, a hot glue gun, florist wire, and fishing line! A mug of hot chocolate won’t hurt, either.

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Spread hot glue on your foam wreath in sections and adhere Spanish moss until the wreath is covered.

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Wrap fishing line around snuggly, but not tightly, to help anchor the Spanish moss.

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Die-cut and assemble the poinsettias. Die-cut extra leaves for placement later. More poinsettias can be added later to fit your style and personal taste!

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Tie a simple bow from plaid ribbon, hot glue it in place, and secure with a straight pin into the foam wreath.

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Arrange the poinsettias and adhere using your hot glue. Gently shape the poinsettia and leaf petals with you fingers for dimension and a more natural look.

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Die-cut the snowflakes from glitter paper and adhere 3″ lengths of florist wire to the back of each. Apply a dab of hot glue to the end of the florist wire and insert among the poinsettias wherever you choose. This is where you can get really creative!

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Once you’re finished, you’re ready to hang your creation to welcome holiday guests into your happy home! This project also works perfectly as a thoughtful and inexpensive gift. Make each wreath unique using different ribbons and arrangement of poinsettias.

Check Your List Twice with This Christmas Planner

Did you remember to buy that scarf for your mother-in-law? How much vanilla was in that cookie recipe? And which day is the big gift exchange?

There are so many things to keep organized during the holidays, even the most efficient person could use a little bit of help. Spread some cheer as you check off your to-do list with this Christmas Planner!

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This tutorial was created by Inge, one of our design team members, to help keep you rocking around the Christmas tree without forgetting a thing.

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To start, cut two pieces of Primitive White Card Stock measuring 10 1/4” x 6 1/8”. Score both pieces at 4 3/4”- 5 1/2”.

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Attach the pieces of card stock together in the middle using Scor-Tape.

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Remove the front page of the notebook and cover the top of the pad with a small piece of Jellybean Green Card Stock. Wrap a length of Hemp Cord across the top of the notepad.  Then, attach the notebook to the base of Primitive White Card Stock.

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Adhere one Kraft envelope to each side of the note pad. You’ll be able to use these to keep receipts, notes, recipe cards, and more!

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Cut two pieces of Red Hot Card Stock measuring 5 3/4” x 1 1/2” and two pieces of Primitive White Card Stock measuring 5 3/4” x 1 1/4”.

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Stamp the Textile Backgrounds with Jellybean Green Ink onto the strips of the Primitive White card stock and adhere onto the envelope. Stamp Hearts and Stitches using Hot Fudge Ink onto the flaps of the envelope. Punch four circles of Jellybean Green Card Stock using the ¾” punch.  Glue them on the envelopes and attach a brad through the center of each.  Create a closure using a bit of Hemp Cord and secure a bow.

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Die-cut the Insert It – 3”x 4” from Sweet Tooth Card Stock seven times. Stamp the Journal It – Top Ten using Black Licorice Ink onto each of the die-cuts. Stamp titles using Document It – December with Red Hot and Jellybean Green Ink. Add coordinating matting using Red Hot and Jellybean Green Card Stock measuring 3 1/6” x 4 1/16”.

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Add a burst of holiday cheer by decorating the front cover of the planner using Steel Blue Card Stock measuring 4 1/2”x 5 3/4”, Red Hot Card Stock measuring 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, and Kraft Card Stock measuring 4” x 5 1/4”. Stamp the Sheet Music Background using Kraft Ink onto Kraft Card Stock. Die-cut the Insert It – 3”x 4” Insert from Sweet Tooth Card Stock and stamp Journal It – Top Ten using Black Licorice Ink.  Stamp “Christmas” using Jellybean Green Ink and create a mat for the 3×4 Insert using Jellybean Green Card Stock measuring 3 1/6” x 4 1/16”, and glue on the front. Die-cut the Poinsettia Die-namics flower from Red Hot Card Stock and the leaves from Jellybean Green Card Stock. Embellish the flower with a button, tied with a bit of Hemp Cord. Adhere the flower and a sentiment tag to the planner. Main-image-COD-Blast-Specs- You’re all done! And with plenty of time to start making your list for the holidays. These cheery planners also make the perfect gift for friends and family feeling the holiday rush. Santa will be jealous that he doesn’t have one for his list, too! What do you plan on using your planner for this season?

Learn to Create a Loopy Bloom Tree

Charming and unique holiday decorations help to give your home a cozy charm during the winter months. Making these decorations by hand rather than buying them from a store gives an even more personal touch, and gives you a holiday item that you will want to pass down from generation to generation. Debbie’s Loopy Bloom Tree is one of our favorite holiday projects, and today we have a fabulous step-by-step tutorial for you. You’ll start with a paper mâché cone from a local craft store as your base. The cone in our example is 11″ tall, with a 3 3/4″ diameter base. The tutorial below is based on this size, but you can easily adjust the supplies to work with different sized cones. LBT1 Let’s get started with the cutting.
  • Die-cut 20 Loopy Blooms from Jellybean Green Card Stock or Jellybean Green felt.
  • Die-cut 16 ornaments from Smooth White Card Stock (four of each shape) and 16 ornament toppers from Kraft Card Stock.
  • Die-cut 6 mini tags from Kraft Card Stock and six mini tags from Smooth White Card Stock.
  • Die-cut 12 small poinsettias from Electric Red Card Stock.
  • Die-cut 2 of the second largest Star STAX from Smooth White Card Stock.
LBT2 Now we are ready to assemble the tree. Cut each Loopy Bloom die cut in half, lengthwise. Using a thin paint brush or paper piercer, curl the bottom edge of the Loopy Blooms upward. LBT3 Hot glue a length of Jellybean Green Grosgrain Ribbon along the bottom edge of the paper mâché cone. LBT4 Apply a bead of hot glue above the ribbon and begin to adhere the curled Loopy Bloom halves. Glue the Loopy Blooms row by row.  Do not overlap the Loopy Blooms within each row, trim die cuts as needed using scissors.  Glue each successive row of Loopy Blooms directly above the previous row.  Continue in this manner until you are ½” from the top of the cone. LBT5 Push a pin through the top of the cone and hot glue a small piece of Jellybean Green Grosgrain Ribbon around the top of the cone. LBT6 Stamp and embellish the ornaments as desired using images from the Christmas Ornaments Stamp Set, clear rhinestones, and MIX-ables Glitter Glaze.  Glue an ornament topper to each ornament and add a small hemp bow. Stamp small, festive words on the mini tags and adhere a tiny rhinestone to each tag.  Then adhere a rhinestone to the center of each small poinsettia. LBT7 Score each Star STAX die cut from each point straight across the star. Fold the stars on the score lines to form a three-dimensional star. Spray stars with MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist and let the starts dry. LBT8 Stack several foam squares together and glue them to the center of the back of one of the stars. Push a pin through center of your stack of foam squares. Remove the liner from the top foam square and apply a small amount of liquid adhesive to the back of the points of the other star. Line the two stars up and glue them together.  Apply a bit of pressure to the points until the glue dries. LBT9 “Trim” your tree by adhering the ornaments, tags, and poinsettias to the tree as desired using a hot glue gun. Gently insert the star assembly into the top of the tree. LBT10 Now it’s your turn! Put your own special touches on your tree and proudly display it for holiday guests to rave about! We can’t wait to see the Loopy Bloom Trees that you create. Be sure to show us your Loopy Bloom Trees on our Facebook page.

We Have a HOT Idea for a Handcrafted Holiday Gift

Looking to give a unique, handcrafted gift this holiday season? Kim O’Connell is back with us again today to show you how to create a gorgeous hand-stamped candle in a few simple steps. KO-candle
  • Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly smaller than your candle and stamp an image on it.
  • Color the stamped image as desired with Copic markers.
  • Wrap the tissue paper around the candle.
  • Cut a piece of wax paper long enough to wrap it around the candle while still being able to hold on to the ends.
  • Wrap the wax paper tightly around the candle and use a heat tool to melt the tissue paper into the candle. Move the heat tool back and forth in a steady motion. As soon as the tissue paper starts to melt into the candle, move on to the next section. Repeat this step until all the tissue paper is melted on the surface of the candle.

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You can see more of Kim’s fabulous creations on her blog, Paper Perfect Designs.

Learn to Create a Snow Globe

Shake things up with the new Snow Globe Die-namics. This adorable die sets the stage for a gorgeous winter scene. SNOW-4 Use the circle die from the Snow Globe Die-namics to die-cut a circle from Berrylicous Card Stock and one from acetate. Die-cut circles in Black Licorice and Smooth White Card Stock with the Circle STAX 1 and Circle STAX 2 Die-namics. Create the open circles by placing the larger circle die on your card stock, then place the smaller circle die inside of the larger circle die. Be sure to die-cut the black circle slightly larger than the white circle.

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Place foam dots around the entire edge of the acetate circle. Make sure there are no openings or the snow will fall out.

Dress up the snowman and decorate as desired.

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Place acetate panel face down and remove backing from the foam dots.  Add your choice of filler to the panel. You can use anything from microbeads, to sequins, to glitter.

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Attach the decorated Berrylicous panel face down onto the acetate panel and ensure that it is attached securely.

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Attach the black and white circles to front of acetate panel and decorate the rest of the card.

Now it’s your turn! Be sure to show us your snow globe creations on our facebook page HERE.

Make a Decorative Bracket-Shaped Card Base with Our Album STAX Die-namics

Yesterday, we showed you how to create a cloud-shaped card, if you missed it you can view that post HERE. Today, we are using the Mini Album Bracket STAX Die-namics to create a decorative shaped card. This same technique can be used with any of our Album STAX Die-namics, so let your mind wander and get creative with your collection of dies. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 5 Cut a piece of card stock to 5 1/2″ x 11″, fold in half, and score at 5 1/2″. Place the card stock on the cutting plate. Place largest die from the Mini Album Bracket STAX Die-namics onto card stock (did you know the largest dies in our Album STAX are 5″?). Align the straight edge with the fold line, but make sure to keep your scored card stock slightly inside the die.  Secure with removable tape and place the cutting plate on top of the die. Run the stack through your die-cut machine. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 1 We’ve flipped the card stock upside down to give you a look at how much space to leave when you put the die in place. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 2 Remove the die and voila, you have a fabulous shaped card! SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 3 Adding a layer to your card is easy with our STAX Die-namics. Cut a piece of card stock using the next size down in the set of STAX. Alter the edges of your accents with your Die-namics to allow everything to fit together perfectly. Die-cut a banner or flag using your favorite die. Cut the piece again by aligning with the same die used to cut the layer panel. Your banner or flag will line up perfectly with the shaped layer. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 4 Decorate the card with your favorite MFT stamps. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 5

Learn to Create a Cloud-Shaped Card

Shaped cards are a huge trend right now. Did you know that you can create shaped cards using many of our Die-namics? The Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-namics is one of our favorites. amycard1 Create the card base by folding a piece of 8 1/2″ x 6″ Smooth White Card Stock in half . Place the folded card stock on your cutting plate. Place the largest cloud from the Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-namics on top of the card stock. Be sure that the top edge of the could die is partially off the fold (as pictured below). Secure the die in place with removable tape. Place the other cutting plate on top of the die and run the stack through your machine. Now your card base is ready for your personal touch. amycard3 Die-cut the same cloud from Steel Grey Card Stock. Stamp the cloud with polka dots. Stamp a sentiment in watermark ink and emboss it with gold embossing powder. Trim off the bottom third of the cloud, just below the sentiment. Add a rainbow of color to the cloud with small fishtail flags. amycard4 Adhere the grey cloud to the white card stock base using foam adhesive dots. amycard5 Finish off the inside of your card with a sweet sentiment. amycard2

Learn to Create Custom Canvas Letters

Over the past few weeks we have shared some ideas for creating your own customized alphabet embellishments. If you missed these posts, you can find them HERE, HERE, and HERE. Today, we will show you how easy it is to create customized canvas letters. Melodycanvas

Die-cut the word wish from a piece of chipboard and a piece of sticky back canvas. Sponge the canvas letters with Sno Cone ink. Stamp the script stamp onto the canvas letters. Peel the backing off the canvas and adhere the letters to the chipboard.

It’s just that easy to create customized canvas letters. We would love to see the letters you create. Be sure to show us your creations on our facebook page.

Learn the Art of Watercoloring with Tombow Dual Brush Markers

If you have ever wanted to learn how to watercolor with Tombow Dual Brush Markers you are in for a treat today! Inge has prepared a step-by-step tutorial that will teach you everything you need to know. Watercoloring is one of the many ways you can color your adorable MFT characters. Let’s dive in with this bathing beauty.

Stamp the image onto watercolor card stock using Versafine Tuxedo Black Ink and emboss the image with clear embossing powder. Embossing the image prevents the marker ink from bleeding.

Begin by coloring her legs with 942 Tan and 990 Light Sand. Start with the darker color towards the top of her legs and fade into the lighter color toward her feet.

Using a wet paint brush, blend the two colors together. Start with the lighter color and blend it into the darker color.

Follow the same steps to color her face and arms.

Be sure to color one small section at a time to ensure that the ink stays wet enough to blend.

Add a little color to her cheeks using the 772 Blush marker.

Color her bathing suit, flip flops, and the leaves on her hat with 769 Ochre, 98 Avocado, and 177 Jade.

Start with the darkest color, then move to the mid shade, and then the lightest shade. Use your wet paint brush to blend the three colors together.

Color the inner tube with 451 Sky Blue, 452 Process Bleu, and 443 Turquoise markers. Again, start with the darkest color and end with the lightest.

Blend all three colors with a wet paint brush.

Color her swim cap and the accents on her bathing suit with 800 Baby Pink, 761 Carnation, and 703 Pink Rose markers.

Finally, color her hair with 942 Tan, 947 Burnt Sienna, and 969 Chocolate.

Now it’s your turn! Grab your favorite image and your Tombow Markers, and color your own masterpiece.

Show Your Artistic Flair with a One Layer Card

Today, we are going to show you a “hybrid” technique that combines embossing with Die-namics and creating “peek-a-boo” holes. You can use this technique to create one layer cards that will wow the lucky recipient of your masterpiece.

To create this card you will cut and emboss on a card base. For the first step, make sure your card is open and lying flat on the cutting plate. Place the Artist Palette die in the desired position. Place the other cutting pad on top and run the stack through your machine.

Place the embossing pad on the cutting plate. Fold your card base in half, leaving the side with the die-cut out on the top. Place the die in the opening. It will slide in place in the position it previously cut. Secure the die with a few small pieces of removable tape. Place the other cutting pad on top and run the stack through your machine.

Carefully remove the tape to reveal the impression of the die design on your card stock.

Now it’s time for you to add a splash of color to your project. Think of all the dies in your collection that you can use this technique with. Tell us which die(s) you plan to use.