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!
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.
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.
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!
Send a heartfelt greeting to your close-knit friends with this new Pure Innocence stamp set. She’ll keep you in stitches!
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.
Here’s a close-up of my card. 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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!
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!
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”.
Stamp the gingerbread house on each of the six patterned paper pieces and the white card stock using Black Licorice Ink.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
Spread hot glue on your foam wreath in sections and adhere Spanish moss until the wreath is covered.
Wrap fishing line around snuggly, but not tightly, to help anchor the Spanish moss.
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!
Tie a simple bow from plaid ribbon, hot glue it in place, and secure with a straight pin into the foam wreath.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Shop for all of our new products HERE in the MFT Boutique, and don’t forget that we give you plenty of Ways to Save! My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.