The December Release Countdown Begins

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December marks the final release for MFT in 2013, and truly, we have saved the BEST for LAST.  This month we are giving you LOTS to cheer over, starting TODAY!

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The latest in card fashion, Blueprints 10, will keep your projects on the cutting edge.  Each month we try to step it up with unique components that make your crafty heart happy, and this month is no exception.  Prepare to squeal with delight as you see how our Designers have turned the Blueprints 10 Die-namics into the must-have accessory of the season.

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Follow the provided digital sketches, or become your own architect.  Either way, Blueprints is the foundation of your creativity.

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To take a more detailed look at the components included in Blueprints 10, watch our introduction video by clicking HERE or click the play button below.

Sometimes bigger really is better, and sometimes more is just right!  Lisa Johnson has taken her Peaceful Wildflowers and super-sized them, just for YOU!  You loved her previous set and have begged us for a bigger version, so she’s happily obliged.  The new, larger sizes in Grand Peaceful Wildflowers will stand out on your cards or projects, but can also be combined with the original stamp set and companion Die-namics to create the perfect paper garden.

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For a closer look at the Grand Peaceful Wildflowers Die-namics, click HERE to watch the introduction video, or click play below.

But wait…there’s MORE!  We didn’t want to leave out our mixed media lovers, so we asked Lisa if she’d create a Grand Peaceful Wildflowers stencil.  I am so excited just imagining these beautiful flowers on canvas and card stock.  Swoon!

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Send a heartfelt greeting to your close-knit friends with this new Pure Innocence stamp set.  She’ll keep you in stitches!

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I decided to break out the newest Blueprints and the Celebrate Big stamp set to create the card below.  I incorporated some scraps of patterned paper I had lying around, and added different colors of card stock to give it more visual interest. I love the depth the colors and textures provide to an otherwise simplistic layout.

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Here’s a close-up of my card. 🙂

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I am THRILLED to have Kim Singdahlsen join us for the month of December as our Guest Designer.  I have long been a fan of her work, and after this week, I am sure you will be too!  You can visit her at her BLOG or simply click her picture on the MFT Blog each day she is participating.

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And as if it couldn’t get any better, there is still MORE!  Visit each of these Designers to see the new products in-use and start making your wish-list. 🙂

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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! AR augcc joy 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. TAG3 TAG4 Decorate the center of your poinsettia with sequins. TAG5 Adhere finished poinsettia to bottle tag with hot glue or your preferred adhesive. TAG6 Adhere letters to wine tag. TAG7 Once you know the basics of assembly, have fun creating themed wine tags for a wide variety of gift-giving occasions. TAG8 This year the thought of holiday gifting won’t leave you whining for ideas.  Thank you, Amy!

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. Canvas 360x525 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.

Creative Challenge – Projects that Warm the Heart

Just in time for the chilly weather outside, our amazing Creative Team has designed projects that will warm the heart!  For those of us with fur babies, we can certainly appreciate the special place they hold in our lives, and in our hearts.  Barbara has created this STUNNING page in honor of her beloved Jet.

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Nothing will warm up your day like a spark of inspiration!  Show our Team how much you’ve appreciated their creativity by visiting and commenting on their blogs. Maybe the spark of inspiration will be all it takes to fire up the creativity in YOU!

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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. Tutorial Step 1 Parts Using the Sheet Music Background, stamp the Square Pillow Box using Black Licorice Ink. Tutorial Step 2 Pre-fold along scored lines and add red line tape to outer flap as shown. Tutorial Step 3 Remove red line tape liner and adhere sides together to form the box. Fold in the top and bottom flaps. Tutorial Step 4 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.  Tutorial Step 5 Now it’s your turn! Show us your holiday treat boxes on our Facebook page.

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. Tutorial Step 2 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. Tutorial Step 3 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. Tutorial Step 4 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. Tutorial Step 5 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!

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. advent calendar step 11 advent calendar supplies 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. advent calendar step 3 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.). advent calendar step 6 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. advent calendar step 7 Reinforce the adhesive on each end by crimping each end ½”. advent calendar step 8 Staple an Accent It – Flags & Tags flag to one end of each container. advent calendar step 9 Almost done! Adhere one Accent It – Holiday Traditions stamped circle to the top of each flag using foam dimensional tape. advent calendar step 10 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

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.

Release Rewind Video

Have you wound down from the excitement of our November Release yet? Or have you been so excited to try out all of the new products that the excitement never ended?! In case you need a reminder of all of the great new products we brought you this month, you can review HERE.

Then, grab some popcorn and have your very own viewing party for our November Release Review Video! It’s filled with some of our favorite projects that our design team has been creating for the holidays. Click HERE or press play below to view.

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Shop for all of our new products HERE in the MFT  Boutique, and don’t forget that we give you plenty of Ways to SaveMy Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.  

Barbara’s Crafty Christmas Tree!

Take a page from design team member Barbara Anders’s book and create your own wordy Christmas tree! Using two sizes of Styrofoam cones and the Art Expression Text stamp set, Barbara “grew” this project into something she can be proud to display in her home for the holidays! The trees look great on a mantle or as part of a festive centerpiece. There are plenty of possibilities when you’re willing to get crafty! feathertrees To complete this project, you’ll also need the Accent It – Feathers and Arrows Die-namics (Barbara used the smaller feather from the set to create the tree’s leaves), Primitive Cream card stock, and MFT ink in Kraft and Black Licorice. And like always, having a great imagination helps, also!