The new Candy Land Paper Pack is chock-full of gorgeous colors and classic pattern options. This twist on traditional Christmas colors makes it a fantastic choice for outfitting our fashion-forward girl about town as she checks items off her list. Stephanie has expertly pulled colors from the Candy Land patterns into other card elements as well. If color matching isn’t your forte, we have the perfect solution! Check out our Printable Resources for reference guides sized to fit every patterned paper collection in our line.
You won’t want to miss this week’s video — not only for Stephanie’s explanation of her paper-piecing process but also for the great tips she provides for creating a magical snowy sky.
Watch MFTv – Creating a Paper-Pieced Holiday Scene on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!
Knowing the products you purchase are versatile enough to be put to use for a long time, in a variety of ways, makes them even more fun to bring home as new additions to your collection. In a continued demonstration of her considerable talents, Leigh is back today highlighting the incredible versatility of the newest Die-namics in our range of cross-stitch products.
Hello, everyone! I am so happy to be back with another guest post highlighting the MFT September release. It is no secret that I love stitching so I did a happy squeal when I saw the Scallop Cross-Stitch Bookmark in this month’s release. I saw so many possibilities for this bookmark die and I love stretching my supplies, so I have three different ways you can use it in your projects!
IDEA #1: Stitch It Up (and Make Your Own Patterns!)
The first and most obvious way to use this die is to stitch it! MFT has provided some fantastic design ideas in the Printable Resources section of the website. I also had a ton of fun developing my own patterns. Pinterest is a fantastic resource for cross-stitch inspiration, and there are several free pattern makers online you can use to create your own designs (stitchfiddle.com is my favorite.) I started with some simple rainbow stripes that I embellished with clouds from the Stitched Cloud Die-namics and a “Smile” from Birdie Brown Greetings Galore:
I then moved on to a floral design, stitching up some roses on a pool-colored background:
I also stitched up the colorful geometric flower shown above. I’ve included all of the patterns I developed — you can download them HERE. I highly encourage you to try developing your own cross stitch patterns…it is easy and the results are so fun!
IDEA #2: Or, DON’T Stitch It
For those who don’t like to cross stitch, this bookmark is easily adapted to non-stitched projects. For these next two bookmarks, I used stamping and stenciling to create adorable bookmarks that came together so easily.
For the first bookmark, I simply cut out a rectangular panel onto which I stamped blooms from Pressed Flowers in fun and vibrant colors, adding a bit of glitter glue for some sparkle. I die cut the word “Love” into the panel using the Huge Love Die-amics (I die cut three of these “Love” words, layering them to create some dimension.) I mounted the panel onto a bookmark base and a added some stitching around the panel as an accent.
For the second bookmark, I cut out another rectangular panel. I used the Bundle of Balloons Die-namics to create stencils for the balloons with masking paper, using the negative pieces to stencil some balloons onto the panel. I masked off the balloons using the positive die cuts, and used the Radiating Rays and Cloud Stencils to create a sky. I stamped the balloon strings with the Bundle of Balloons stamp set, die cut the word “Sunshine” from using the Sunshine Die-namics, and stamped the word “Hello” with the Hello, Beautiful stamp set.
My daughter has asked if we can make bookmarks for her friends reasoning that if they’re going to have to read in school they might as well have pretty bookmarks to use! We’re planning on watercoloring some and stamping/coloring some (she can’t wait to use the Woodland Friends stamp set to make some extra-cute bookmarks.) The possibilities are endless!
Be sure to come back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing one last way of putting the Cross-Stitch Bookmark to use in your projects.
Ready? Set. Stitch! Time to dig our your needle and floss and see what you can come up with. Whether you use one of our existing patterns, try one of Leigh’s, or create your own pattern as unique and beautiful as you are we want to see it! Tag #mftstamps to share your work. Happy stitching!
Rich fall colors expertly blended evoke the crisp feel of an autumn day on Stephanie’s Thanksgiving card. The Falling Leaves Die-namics features seven different leaf shapes but she focused on the maple leaf, drawing greens and oranges from her Copic collection to create a series of elements representive of the changing colors of the season.
When you start your design with such iconic elements, you can keep your design relatively simple. Stephanie chose to position her leaves in a way that mimics the twisting, turning, tumbling nature of falling leaves, splitting one die cut in half to feature at both the top and bottom edges of the card. A sprinkling of clear droplets, imitating dewy water drops, is the perfect way to finish the look off.
Watch MFTv — How to Color Fall Leaves with Copic Markers on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!
Were you aware that our Cross-Stitch Flower Frame Die-namics layers over the Shaker Flower Die-namics so beautifully? What a fabulous way to add depth and stability to both your stitching and to your shaker design…definitely a win-win! Stephanie decided to turn her pretty layered look into a sunflower, complete with a smattering of color-coordinated sequins for the flower center.
Learn more about Stephanie’s process by clicking HERE or by watching the video below. If you love the look as much as we do, grab the supplies to replicate it during our current two-day sale — you can’t beat 25% off!
Feeling inspired? Great! Share your shakers with us by tagging #mftstamps when you upload to social media — you may just be spotted!
Want to add some happiness to your day? Make a card to celebrate something. Anything. A birthday, a promotion, an A on an assignment, or simply waking up to see the sun shining bright through your window. Even if there is no obvious occasion, searching out and celebrating simple joys can be just as rewarding. We have a huge variety of stamps, Die-namics, and supplies suitable for recognizing occasions big and small and today and tomorrow, you’ll get 20% off all of them when you apply code CELEBRATE at checkout. *Excludes brand new.
The Wildflowers stamp set features an assortment of floral images in a size and style that makes them an ideal candidate for the resist coloring technique Stephanie features in this week’s episode of MFTv. They’re also the perfect complement to the sentiments in our newly released Sending Prayers stamp set.
In portrait or landscape orientation, this formula simply works. Be sure to watch the video to pick up some great ideas from Stephanie for coloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers — I particularly love the tip for adding some very light shading outside the embossed lines to create just enough contrast to make them stand out from the white background.
Watch MFTv — Creating a Stamped Flower Border on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!
Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers: 040 Green, 048 Emerald Green, 021 Light Carmine, 222 Pink Flamingo, 050 Yellow, 051 Lemon Yellow, 033 Persian Green, 042 Turquoise Green, 302 Haze Blue, 045 Pale Green
If you love the look of box cards but the intimidation factor has prevented you from trying one yourself, today’s episode of MFTv is sure to win you over! Stephanie will walk you through the steps as well as some tips and tricks for constructing your own version. Once you understand the basics, go wild coming up with new themes and ways to use your stash.
Stephanie has an ingenious plan to use these three-dimensional delights as place cards on her Thanksgiving table — what a fun idea! What’s your plan for using them? We can’t wait to see!
Watch MFTv – Creating a Fall-Themed Box Card on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!
From luxurious lounging on a sunny beach to roughing it in the peaceful wilderness, MFT stamp sets and Die-namics can bring a touch of nature to your crafting. Today and tomorrow, answer the call of the great outdoors with all in-stock products in the Outdoors category and save 20% with code OUTDOORS applied at checkout. *Excludes products in the “new” category.
Also, if you’re one of our fabulous Summer School students, make sure to pop back over to the blog at noon today to see the full list of winners!
We’re smitten with the beautiful assortment of images included in Painted Poppies and while traditionally, poppies are a brilliant red, seeing them rendered in vibrant blues and purples is no less satisfying.
Imagine creating a masked scene, adding gorgeous color to the images, and then die cutting a panel right from the center of it…if the thought gives you chills, you must watch this week’s episode of MFTv to see how gratifying the process can be!
Watch MFTv – Creating Cards with Spotlight Stamping on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!
A single die…nine beautiful, interlocking pieces — we’re so excited about all the possibilities the new Puzzle Cover-Up Die-namics provides!
In this week’s episode of MFTv, watch as Stephanie pairs sentiments from the You’re A-maze-ing stamp set with gorgeously colored die-cut puzzle pieces to create this striking and colorful card duo.
Watch MFTv – Puzzle Cover-Up Die-namics Two Ways on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!
Creating multiple cards with the same design and color grouping is a smart way of maximizing your crafting time — especially when it comes to birthdays and other common recurring events. Using a rainbow of colors and time-honored symbols of the occasion (like candles for a birthday) ensures the design is appropriate for almost any recipient or age!
Stephanie made quick work of this grouping by maintaining the same color order for the candles (ROYGBIV is always a good choice) and switching up the color of the “happy” word and card base.
Watch MFTv – Creating Rainbow Birthday Cards on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!
Each year we clear out products from our warehouse to make room for more, and we pass the savings on to YOU! The sale rolls on but products are selling out quickly. Make sure to check out our sale category soon to see what’s still available!
Creating a beautiful blend of distress inks is a fantastic way of highlighting the enchanting pattern that the Moroccan Mosaic Stencil produces. Follow along in this week’s episode of MFTv to learn how Stephanie worked her magic with complementary colors to achieve a stunning ombre effect on her card trio.