March Teaser Time Begins

We’ve been busily preparing for the My Favorite Things March 2013 Release! We hope you’ll join us for the next seven days for full set reveals, Die-namics previews, and some Teaser Time Prizes! Here are the details about the upcoming release:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on March 11 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on March 11 at 10 PM EST.  You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is going on now!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, you’ll find them linked at the bottom of this post.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on March 11 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.

Today we are introducing a new stamp set and coordinating Die-namics die set from Lisa Johnson Designs.  Pretty Poppies is a beautiful floral set, complete with wonderful everyday sentiments, and a text background stamp.  Be sure to check out Lisa’s blog daily for ideas using her brand new stamp set and coordinating Die-namics dies.

The Poppies and Leaves Die-namics dies coordinate with each beautiful poppy and leaf  in Pretty Poppies.  Simply cut and stamp with your desired inks to create beautiful poppies when combined with the stem and leaves, or use them alone as accents on your cards and scrapbook pages. You can see the Poppies and Leaves Die-namics in this quick video, or simply click play below: Our new Poppy Builder Die-namics provides everything you need to build dimensional, detailed poppies, in a variety of sizes.  Mix and match the different sized petals to create the perfect flower for your project.  Each petal contains emboss lines that can be accentuated by creasing, or left as-is to provide stunning detail.

You can see the Poppy Builder Die-namics in this quick video, or simply click play below:

And finally, we have a brand new and very exciting Die-namics concept to debut today.

Introducing  Blueprints – The Foundation for Your Creativity

Whether you have limited time, or simply need a creative jumpstart; Blueprints is your answer. A design plan and building blocks in one revolutionary product.  Follow the provided sketches, or mix and match the elements provided to become your own architect.  Leave the heavy lifting to us. You can see the Blueprints Die-namics in this quick video, or simply click play below: One more exciting announcement is the addition of a brand new color to our Replenishments line!  Electric Red will be available in our Premium Dye Ink PadInk Refill, Heavyweight Card Stock, Buttons, and Ribbon.  The entire line of Electric Red Replenishments will be available for purchase on release night.

Here you can see how Electric Red compares to the other reds in our Replenishements line.  It’s a beautiful deep shade of red.

Check out today’s Teaser Time projects from our designers by clicking on each picture below.

MFT Academy – It’s Your Turn!

We hope you’ve had a chance to read Michele’s post in our MFT Academy series. If you missed it, you’ll find the full tutorial content HERE. Michele will show you step-by-step how to build texture with pointillism using Copic markers.

You can also use the pointillism technique to create textured fur like Michele has done HERE with Pure Innocence Bunny Ears.

Add shading to white areas of your image with pointillism as Michele has done HERE with Doodle Garden Hunny Bunny.

We look forward to your creative uses of the pointillism technique in the Splitcoaststampers gallery.  Be sure to use the keyword MFTED2 in your gallery upload to Splitcoaststampers so we can enjoy all the texture-filled creations. We hope you’ll put the tutorial to work, and we can’t wait to see what you create!

Clean and Simple Style with the MFT Design Team

The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month we challenged the team to create in a clean and simple style using our MFT stamps and Die-namics. Jody made this clean and simple masked card for today’s challenge.  You will find all of the details on her blog, Confessions of a Ribbon Addict Here are the links to the products Jody used to create her card:
Check out today’s Creative Challenge cards from our designers by clicking on each picture below.

 

MFT Academy – Building Texture Using Pointillism with Copic Markers

Welcome to the MFT Academy.  Your guest professor today is Michele, who will be teaching you how to create texture with your Copic markers using the Pointillism Technique.
Hi everyone!  I’m here today to share a fun, texture-building technique using your Copic markers. I’m using the Raptor Round Your Finger image from our new Doodle Garden line.
Supplies:
Before we begin, let’s talk briefly about combinations of ink and paper.
I prefer Memento Tuxedo Black when coloring with Copic markers.  This ink yields a crisp image and dries very quickly.  Adirondack black and brown will also work well, however they require longer drying time.  I have also used Brilliance ink with nice results, but you must heat-set the image before coloring.  Solvent-based inks (such as Staz-On) do not work well with Copics as the alcohol in the Copic ink will reactivate the stamped ink line, resulting in smears and bleeding lines.
As for cardstock, I always reach for X-Press It Blending Card.  It blends beautifully, is not prone to bleeding, and is bright white. The Blending Card has a tight grain, which means you’ll need less ink and your markers will last longer.
Step 1:  Stamp your image onto X-Press It Blending Card using Memento Tuxedo Black.
Step 2:  Using E00, you’ll begin by creating strokes along the left side of the face, pulling color in and lifting toward the center of the face.  Repeat this process with strokes coming from the right.  Be sure to not stroke all the way across.  This will create a soft highlight in the center.
Step 3:  Repeat the process with E11, but with shorter strokes.
Step 4:  Going back to E00, you’ll blend the edges of the E11 strokes.  Use a circular motion to blend the outer edges of the E11 lines.  Use the original motion (“sweeping in” from the edges) with E00 to ensure a smooth blend.
Step 5:  Use R20 to add rosy color to the cheeks.  Beginning along the left side of the face, just under the eye, pull color diagonally up from the outer edge to just under the eye using short strokes.  Move down the cheek line, adding strokes, each one longer than the last, until you reach the center of the cheek.  Once you reach the center, the strokes should become increasingly shorter until you reach the bottom of the cheek.  Repeat for the right cheek.
Step 6:  Using E00, move your marker in a circular motion to blend the edges of the rosy cheeks into the face.
You can see a quick video of these techniques in action HERE, or simply click play below:
Step 7:  Lightly color the body with E31. This is a base color, so your coverage does not need to be smooth.
I have intentionally left a bit of white at the tips of his spikes to create highlights.

 

Step 8:  Using the tip of your E33 marker, begin adding dots.  Be sure to leave some of the base color showing.
A few notes about the dots:  Vary the size of the dots by changing the amount of pressure that is applied to the tip of the marker.  Also, try not to “lay down” your dots in straight lines.  If you see areas that seem too straight, just add more dots.
Step 9:  Continue adding depth using an even darker brown.  Layer E35 dots over most (but not all) of the E33 dots.  As we add darker dots to create depth, be sure to add some very tiny dots of darker color in the lighter areas.  This will help build texture.
Step 10:  Using our darkest brown, E79, add small dots in the deepest, darkest creases, i.e. around the face, behind the front spike on the head, around the belly, along the base of the arms and feet, folds of the legs, and along the base of tail.
Step 11:  Returning to E31, add dots to blend the darker areas into the lighter areas.
Step 12:  Using YR16, add random dots throughout the body and color in the spots, leaving some white areas to represent highlights.
Step 13:  Color the belly using Y21.  Use the original “sweeping” motion we used when coloring the face.  Sweep color in from the left and right sides, leaving some white showing in the center of the belly.
Step 14:  Using E31, and the same method as above, sweep color in from the sides along the belly lines.
Step 15:  Using the sweeping method once again, use E35 to add shading along the outer edges of the belly.
Step 16:  To blend the E35 lines, use Y21, and sweep in from both the left and right sides, leaving some of the belly white.
Step 17:  Because the hearts will be colored red, and red can sometimes be a tricky color to work with, I’m going to add the shadow around my image first.  This way, the red won’t accidentally pull into the background area, should my marker slightly cross the line.
Using BG70, pull color from the outer edges of the image toward the edges of the paper, lifting the marker off the paper as you pull.
Step 18:  Using Colorless Blender with circular strokes, blend the edges of BG70.
Step 19:  To intensify the shadow, use small sweeping strokes of BG10, beginning at the image lines, and moving out toward the edge of the paper.  Blend the BG10 edges using BG70.
Step 20:  To ground the image, first wet the area using Colorless Blender.  Use G21 to add the base ground color.  Use uneven strokes from left to right, and then again from right to left.
Step 21:  Using the same technique above, add G24 close to the image, leaving G21 showing at the bottom edge.
Create blades of grass by using G28.  Touch the tip of the marker to a spot on the ground and whisk marker up and off the paper.  Next, place your marker tip at the base of the same stroke, and whisk in additional blades.
You’ll see step-by step how the ground and grass were colored in THIS quick video, or simply click play below:
Step 22:  Apply a base color to the hearts using R22.  Leave some white showing. Using R24, and beginning at the base of the hearts, sweep marker up to create the first layer of shadow. Repeat with shorter strokes using R37.  Lightly blend the R37 edges with R24.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that you’ll be inspired to create your own texture-filled projects. Use the keyword MFTED2 in your gallery upload on Splitcoaststampers so we can admire your samples.

If you have any questions, email [email protected], and we’ll be happy to help you.

You’ll find the products used in today’s tutorial in the MFT Boutique linked just below:

My Favorite Things – February Release Available NOW!

All the new products we have teased and tempted you with over the past 7 days are available NOW right HERE!

For one last look at all the new products in action, we invite you to go on our New Product Tour by clicking each of the designer’s blog links below. Remember to leave a comment on each designer’s blog for your chance at the $50 prize. You’ll have from now until Thursday night to leave your comments!  

Time to Party (Earn PRIZES!) – New Release Preview

Hi MFT fans!  At 10pm EST all the brand new Die-namics and clear stamps will be available for purchase right HERE. Want to get social? Our Release Party is happening right NOW in our forum HERE. Chat with the MFT Lady (Kim), the Design Team, and answer PRIZE questions for your chance to win one of five, $20 gift certificates. Print out your shopping list HERE and head on over!

 

Here is a look at all the new products being released tonight at 10 PM EST. Click on any of the individual graphics for a bigger picture and hover over the picture with your cursor to view the Die-namics or stamp set name. See you in two hours for the New Product Tour, when it’s time to SHOP for all of your favorite things.

Teaser Time Prizes!

  At last it is time to announce the fourteen Teaser Time Prize Winners. Thank you to all of you who left a little love for our designers during this week’s Teaser Time. Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts this evening. Enjoy! We look forward to seeing you at the New Release Party beginning at 8pm EST RIGHT HERE! Day One Winner from Sarah’s blog is Diana who said “Such a great idea for a card. Would never have thought to do that!! ” Winner from Jenny’s blog is Betty Sue who said “Adorable! Love your bright colors.” Day Two Winner from Karen G’s blog is Sandra who said “love the stitching – what a great set for scrapbooking! Lovely page!” Winner from Jody’s blog is Heather who said “Both cards are super sweet! Love the stamped background on the second card and the combo of dies on the first card. :)” Day Three Winner from Barbara’s blog is Pat who said “OMGee-just stunning!!!” Winner from Melody’s blog is Riet who said “What a beautiful card Melody.” Day Four Winner from Inge’s blog is Ms. GraceWorks who said “I *love* the layout and design on the first card. And the coloring and paper piecing! Feel free to send it to me if it needs a home!! ; )” Winner from Bethie J’s blog is “SO CUTE! LOVE the button border!! Have a GREAT day and WONDERFUL weekend! ” Day Five Winner from Tara’s blog is Elena who said “Very beautiful card!” Winner from Mona’s blog is Nadia who said “Mona your work with the MFT dies is just outstanding. You are such a perfect fit for them and you just work them so well. Just love all your details and your cards are entirely inspiring and gorgeous. Hope you are well.. Is it the end of Feb yet? LOL! ” Day Six Winner from Jessie’s blog is Tracey who said “I NEED that button border!!! THis card is gorgeous Jessie!! ” Winner from Linda’s blog is Lori who said “OMGOSH…these projects are STUNNING!!! WOWZAS!!” Day Seven Winner from Joanne’s blog is Cresta who said “What a great page, Joanne! I wish I could ask Santa where he found those Lego sets, they are awesome! My nephew is totally into Legos, and we are always looking for cool new sets to get for him. =) Thank you for the inspiration all week. Your projects have been phenomenal! Have a wonderful day!” Winner from Lisa J’s blog is Toni who said “Such darling tags! I love the soft and sweet pastels I am seeing! All of the Teaser Time prizes will be sent to the winners via email this evening. Winners, if your prize doesn’t arrive via email this evening please contact [email protected] for assistance.

My Favorite Things – Pre-Release Pep Rally

Now that we’ve teased and tempted you all week long, it’s almost time for you to shop for your favorite Brand Spankin’ New products from MFT. But first… it’s time for our Die-namics Feature and Pre-Release Pep Rally! Our Design Team has been busy creating jaw-dropping and inspiring projects for you, and we’ve saved the best for last. We’ve taken an in-depth look at this month’s Die-namics, while re-visiting the amazing sets being released tonight at 10 PM EST RIGHT HERE in the MFT Boutique.

And while we are at it, how about we make your life even easier with a “cheat sheet” of all that’s new? Be sure to print out your copy of this month’s shopping list HERE.

Here are the details about the upcoming release:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on February 4 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on February 4 at 10 PM EST. You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is going on now! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, you’ll find them linked at the bottom of this post. Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily. The winners will be posted on February 4 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
You can see a playlist containing this month’s Die-namics product videos HERE, or simply click play below:   Check out today’s Teaser Time projects from our designers by clicking on the pictures below.

à la modes Teasers at My Favorite Things

Welcome to the fifth day of teasers from My Favorite Things. We’ve been busily preparing behind the scenes for the upcoming February 2013 release. We hope you’ll continue to join us each day for full set reveals, Die-namics previews, and a chance at some teaser time prizes. Here are the details about the upcoming release:
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, you’ll find them linked at the bottom of this post. Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily. The winners will be posted on February 4 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
  • You can attend the New Release Party on February 4 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on February 4 at 10 PM EST. You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is going on now! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
Today we are introducing two new additions to our à la modes line, Cowboy at Heart and Cowgirl at Heart. To go along with the western theme, the Barbed Wire Fence Die-namics includes rustic wooden posts with embossed woodgrain detail and two rows of barbed wire. When combined, these pieces create a realistic fence.   You can see the Barbed Wire Fence Die-namics in this quick video, or simply click play below:  

  Check out today’s Teaser Time projects from our designers by clicking each picture below.    

Teaser Day Four – Doodle Garden

Welcome to the fourth day of Teasers for the My Favorite Things February 2013 Release! We hope you’ll continue to join us each day for full set reveals, Die-namics previews, and some Teaser Time Prizes too.
Here are the details about the upcoming release:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on February 4 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on February 4 at 10 PM EST.  You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is going on now!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, you’ll find them linked at the bottom of this post.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on February 4 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
Today we are introducing two new sets to the Doodle Garden line, Hunny Bunny and Springtime Wishes.  These adorable new sets are perfect for those of you who love to color or paper piece.
We’ve been working our way through the new Die-namics and today we have two more to share with you. First up is the Lattice Fence Die-namics. The Lattice Fence includes embossed detail and additional posts that can be layered on top of the die cut for a more dimensional effect.
You can see the Lattice Fence in this quick video, or simply click play below:   The Cone Treat Box houses a handful of small treats.  The pre-scored lines make assembly a snap.   Please note: For deeper score lines and crisp folds, I recommend the Metal Adaptor Plate.  It makes easy work of cutting even the most intricate die. You can see the Cone Treat Box in this quick video, or simply click play below:  
Check out today’s Teaser Time projects from our designers by clicking each picture below.