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MFTv TRANSFORM-ables Heart Full of Love Shimmery Valentine

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TRANSFORM-ables are a new and innovative Die-namics line that was introduced with our January, 2014 release. This first, two piece set can be used to create three unique looks. Each piece can be used to cut a hole in your card front – either a solid heart or the heart shape with the script “love.” A third look results when you cut the solid heart shape, and then center the second, smaller “love” die on your diecut. The outcome is an overlay like the one shown in our sample.

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If you’d like to see how this shimmering card came together, check out the video HERE or simply click play below.

This new product line will fast become a favorite for crafters looking to make the most of their dies. When you create a project with this Die-namics or any of our other products, we’d love to have you tag us on Facebook and Instagram so we can be inspired and share some praise. We can’t wait to see what you do!


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Rainbow Connection

If you love the subtle look of gradient colors flowing from one hue into the next, you might like this project. If you are also a fan of vivid, rainbow tones, we know you’ll love this project. There may not be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but you’re sure to find a smile!

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Using a rainbow of MFT inks, begin to ink up the background stamp. For this project, start at the bottom with Wild Cherry. Next, add Orange Fizz, butting right up to the Wild Cherry. The inks may overlap a bit, which is fine as it helps to create the blended look. Some of the inks may bleed onto your ink pad as you layer them on the stamps but blotting the ink pad with a tissue should remove the errant ink.

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Continue the ink progression with Lemon Drop, Sour Apple, Berrylicious and Grapesicle. This photo shows how the stamp will look once it’s completely inked.

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Next, stamp the image onto a sheet of Smooth White Card Stock. Jodi worked relatively quickly to keep the inks from drying on the stamp. She also “huffed” on the ink to keep it moist as she added color. This stamp, like all of the MFT Background stamps, is 5.75″ square. These dimensions are perfect as the stamped image can be trimmed and used to completely cover an A2 card, either vertically or horizontally. Additionally, the size is perfect for a square card.

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Now that you’ve created your stamped background, you can complete your card. For this example, the new TRANSFORM-ables Heart Full of Love Die-namics was used so that the diecut window could best showcase the stamped background.

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The inside sentiment is from the Love Story stamp set. The card interior can be linked to the exterior by inking the sentiment in the same rainbow pattern.

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The rainbow effect created in this sample is lovely and versatile but, the same technique could be used for a variety of styles and occasions. Imagine how lovely a serene, water-like gradient of blues and greens might look. Or how fun and flirty a purple, pink, and red transition would be. There are so many options with this technique. We hope you’ll give it a shot and share your results with us!

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MFTv Heartfelt Thanks

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Now that you’ve had the opportunity to check out all of our new January product, as well as some of the incredible samples our Design Team and Guest Designer have provided, let’s take a closer look at one of the new Die-namics.

The Staggered Heart Border Die-namics is a six piece set that includes a single border strip, as well as the five individual heart shapes that comprise the border. The beauty of this product is that the border and individual hearts can be used separately for fast and simple embellishing or the pieces can be layered and combined in a way that makes for a design full of depth and interest. This card shows how a simple stamped sentiment is brought to life by the addition of the layered Staggered Heart Border.

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Would you like to see just how this card came together? Check out the video HERE or simply click play below. Enjoy!

We are so excited to see what creative ways you have for using this Die-namics set! We’d love to have you tag us on Facebook and Instagram when you share projects featuring our stamps, dies, stencils and supplies so we can give you some love. Now go forth, and create!

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In Perpetual Style

The year is coming to an end but you still have plenty of time to plan for 2014! Maybe one of your resolutions is to get a handle on the birthdays, anniversaries and other important events you like to recognize. Debbie Carriere has created this perpetual calendar that’s perfect for keeping track of your special events, year after year. The beauty of this project is how easy it is to customize. A basic construction ensures that it comes together quickly. Then, embellish to your heart’s content based on your aesthetic and time.

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Seal twelve A2 sized envelopes and trim each to 5 5/8″ long.

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Apply scor-tape to the short, closed end of eleven of the trimmed envelopes.

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Adhere the envelopes together in a stack as shown.

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Cut two pieces of Whip Cream Card Stock measuring 4 1/2 x 11″ and 4 1/2 x 5 5/8.” Score the 11″ piece at 1 1/2″ 2″ 7 3/4″ and 8 1/4.”

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Fold along the score lines. Apply scor-tape to the larger flap and attach the smaller piece of cut Whip Cream Card Stock.

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Apply two pieces of scor-tape to the area between the 7 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ folds. Adhere the envelopes here to form the binding. Apply scor-tape and an adhesive magnet to the top envelope.

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Remove the scor-tape liners and adhere the flap to the envelope. Place the second adhesive magnet on the small flap.

Cut twelve pieces of Whip Cream Card Stock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.” Stamp the notebook paper image from the LLD Journal It – Take Note in Steel Grey Ink. Re-position and stamp the image three more times to cover the entire panel. Repeat the stamping on the reverse side of each piece. Cut each panel using the 4 x 5 1/4″ Die-namics from Blueprints 6.

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On the front and back of each card, stamp the numbers from LLD Journal It – Calendar Basics, in Razzle Berry Ink. Cut the months from the LLD Accent It – Months of the Year, from Steel Grey Card Stock. Attach each month to the appropriately dated card. Cut a tab from Razzle Berry Card Stock and adhere it to the back of each card ensuring that it doesn’t extend more than 1/4″ beyond the edge.

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Embellish the front and back covers as desired and enclose each monthly card within an envelope.

Sew a loop of Steel Grey Ribbon to a Razzle Berry Button and glue over the magnetic closure on the small flap. If desired, cut a Vertical Gift Card Pocket from card stock and attach to the inside back cover to store postage stamps.

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It’s as simple as that. You already have an incredible stash of beautiful cards; now you have a way to stay organized and put all of those cards to use! Spread your love and your talent throughout the year.

(Pssst: This would make a pretty fabulous gift for the person that has everything too!)

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Wine Away the Holidays

So many of us enjoy giving (and receiving) the gift of wine during the holiday season, and Amy Rohl has prepared the perfect paper pairing for this popular gift.  Follow her instructions below to recreate a beautiful wine tag that will give you something to say “cheers” about!

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Die-cut one Let’s Toast wine bottle tag from Primitive White Card Stock. Die-cut two large Poinsettia flowers and two small poinsettia flowers from Wild Cherry Felt. Die-cut High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase letters (J, O, Y) from Gumdrop Green Felt.

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 Assemble the small and large poinsettia layers together with your preferred adhesive.

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Decorate the center of your poinsettia with sequins.

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Adhere finished poinsettia to bottle tag with hot glue or your preferred adhesive.

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Adhere letters to wine tag.

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Once you know the basics of assembly, have fun creating themed wine tags for a wide variety of gift-giving occasions.

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This year the thought of holiday gifting won’t leave you whining for ideas.  Thank you, Amy!

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Mona’s Mixed Media Canvas

Our very own mixed media maven, Mona Pendleton, is sharing a beautiful project tutorial with you to help you capture the feelings of gratitude this special day represents. After carving your turkey, carve out a bit of crafty time for YOU. Gather your supplies and follow the steps below to create a home decor piece you can be thankful for.

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Tear tissue paper in various sizes and adhere randomly to all sides of the canvas using Mod Podge. Allow to dry.

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Place stencil on front of the canvas, and apply an even layer of gel medium using a palette knife.

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Remove the stencil and allow the gel medium to fully dry.

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Apply an assortment of paints and glaze to the canvas.

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Add distressing by applying Black Soot Distress Ink to edges and front of the canvas.

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Die-cut the leaves, sentiment strips, clock face, and clock hands.

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Stamp the clock face, hands, and sentiment using Black Licorice ink.  Then apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges.

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Stamp the leaves using VersaMark ink. Emboss one of each leaf using gold embossing powder and the others using gold embossing enamel. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges.

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Adhere die cut pieces to the canvas.

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Team MFT would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

Wrap your small Christmas treats in style this holiday season with our Square Pillow Box Die-namics. Create a customized package for each person on your list, or mass produce the same design for everyone. Either way, you’ll have the best dressed treat boxes in town.

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Die-cut one Square Pillow Box from Primitive Cream Card Stock. Die-cut two leaves with the Jumbo Christmas Stocking die from Jellybean Green Card Stock, and one Notched Tag from Kraft Card Stock.

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Using the Sheet Music Background, stamp the Square Pillow Box using Black Licorice Ink.

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Pre-fold along scored lines and add red line tape to outer flap as shown.

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Remove red line tape liner and adhere sides together to form the box. Fold in the top and bottom flaps.

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Stamp “from: Santa” in Black Licorice ink onto tag. Create a bow with Hemp Cord and thread the Wild Cherry Button with Hemp Cord.  Using a hot glue gun, attach leaves, tag, bow, and button to the pillow box. 

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Now it’s your turn! Show us your holiday treat boxes on our Facebook page.

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Suzy – Doodle Paper Piecing

We’re not only bringing you a new project today, but are highlighting a great technique for crafting your greeting cards and other projects. The technique is called paper piecing, and it is being demonstrated by Suzy Plantamura, the talented illustrator of the Sunny Day Doodles line of stamps. She will be showing you how to create your own winter cottage using just a few products!

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Pull out six different simple patterned papers you would like to use on your gingerbread house. We love that this project gives you plenty of room for creativity! Cut each of the six patterns and a piece of white card stock to 3” X 4”.

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Stamp the gingerbread house on each of the six patterned paper pieces and the white card stock using Black Licorice Ink.

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Cut out the house from one of the patterned papers and adhere to the house stamped on white card stock, lining it up perfectly. Cut the door from one of the remaining colors of patterned paper and the scalloped border along the bottom edge from another. For all pieces, be sure to trim carefully around the edges; adhere on top of the white card stock house.

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Continue cutting each of the different pieces from the assorted patterned papers, adhering each over the correct spot until your house is decorated to your liking. You can leave any areas of the image that you’d like to remain white totally uncovered.

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Trim all along the outside edge of the paper pieced house. Use markers to complete your design. A white gel pen can be used to add highlights and bring the cottage to life.

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Add your paper pieced image to your finished card base. For this example, the finished image sits on top of a Pierced Traditional Tag STAX.  The card has also been embellished with the Swiss Dots Die-namics and the Falling Snowflakes Die-namics. Adding little touches like these are what can take this project from unique to unforgettable!

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When you’re done, you’ll have a greeting card that your loved ones won’t believe was crafted by hand. Try out several combinations of patterned paper to figure out what you like best. Once you have this mastered, you’ll be able to incorporate paper piecing into more of your projects!

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Count Down with Amy Rohl’s Advent Calendar

We just counted down to our November Release, and now it’s time for another countdown… the countdown to Christmas! Skip those boring, traditional advent calendars and instead try out this bold and bright Advent Calendar from our Design Team member Amy Rohl! It’s an inventive way to get your daily holiday treat.

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Cut kraft wrapping paper to 4.25 x 5.5”. Stamp each piece of kraft wrapping paper with the Sheet Music Background stamp using Black Licorice Ink.

advent calendar step 2Die-cut 25 circles from Primitive White Card Stock using the Accent It – Holiday Traditions Elements Die-namics. Then stamp the Primitive White circles with the “Dec” sentiment from the Document It – Holiday Traditions using Gumdrop Green and Wild Cherry Inks. Stamp the numbers 1 through 25 on each circle using the Max Alphabet stamps with Black Licorice Ink.

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Die-cut 25 flags from Gumdrop Green and Wild Cherry Card Stocks using the Accent It – Flags & Tags Die-namics. A holiday project isn’t complete without the traditional Christmas color scheme!

On the reverse side of each of the kraft paper rectangles, apply a strip of adhesive to the entire length of one of the short sides of the 4 1/4″ x 5 ½. Apply a second strip of adhesive on the long side, starting on the end and going halfway up. Apply a third strip of adhesive starting in the middle of the short side, opposite the second strip of adhesive.

advent calendar step 4Remove the backing from the first strip of adhesive, and adhere the short ends of the paper together to form a cylinder. This is the beginning of your treat box!

 

advent calendar step 5Remove the backing from the second piece of adhesive and close the end by pressing the two sides together. Fill your container with desired Advent items (candy, Bible verse, etc.).

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Remove the backing from the third piece of adhesive and close the end in the same manner as before, but in the opposite direction. Don’t forget to add your treat in during this step, if you choose to do so.

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Reinforce the adhesive on each end by crimping each end ½”.

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Staple an Accent It – Flags & Tags flag to one end of each container.

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Almost done! Adhere one Accent It – Holiday Traditions stamped circle to the top of each flag using foam dimensional tape.

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The not-so-hard work is over! Now it is time to sit back and enjoy your advent calendar as you count down to the most wonderful time of the year. Amy chose to display her advent boxes in a basket, but you can also string them up on a holiday banner or clip them on to your Christmas tree. No matter which way you choose, this project is sure to be a tradition in your home for years to come!Advent-Calendar-Preview-Main-image-COD-Blast-Specs

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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.

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