Learn to Create a Custom Embossed Background

Earlier in the week, in THIS post, we showed you how to emboss with a large, one piece Die-namics die. Today, we are going to show you how to create your own unique embossed background.

Place your embossing mat on the cutting pad and then place your card stock on it. Choose a collection of Die-namics and arrange them on your card stock, blade down, to create a custom pattern. You can arrange and rearrange the dies until you find the perfect pattern.

Carefully place the top cutting pad on top of the Die-namics. Be sure not to displace any of the dies. Run the stack through your machine as you normally would.

Presto! A customized background that is completely unique to you.

Add Texture to Your Crafty Projects with Felt

Want to add some texture to your crafty projects? Felt is a GREAT way to do that! Add dimension to cards and scrapbook pages with puffy white clouds, lush grass, or a fuzzy teddy bear. Make a felt treat bag, home decor piece, or even hair accessories. The possibilities are endless.


Here is a look at the 24 colors of felt available in the MFT Boutique. Our high quality wool blend felt cuts like a dream with our Die-namics dies. You’ll find coordinating colors of card stock, ink pads, refills, buttons, and ribbon in our line of Replenishments.



Be sure to check out the “felt”tastic creations from our design team.


Create Gorgeous Embossed Backgrounds with Die-namics

Did you know that you can create stunning embossed backgrounds using MFT Die-namics and an embossing pad? It’s like getting two dies for the price of one!

To emboss with our Die-namics you need an embossing mat and your die cutting machine. You can find our Embossing Pad Combo HERE in the MFT Boutique. Our Embossing Pad Combo includes two 5″x7″ embossing pads. The thicker pad is great for detailed and intricate dies, and the thinner pad works well for the simpler designs.

Start by placing your embossing mat on the cutting pad and place your card stock on it. Place the die, with the blade down, on the card stock. Complete your stack with the other cutting pad and run it through your machine as you normally would.

There you have it, a beautifully embossed background in just seconds. What die will you try this technique with first? Tell us in the comments section below.

Learn How to Document Your Special Events with a Made-from-Scratch Mini Album

Yesterday, in THIS post, we shared a tutorial for making a Post-it® Note Holder. Today, we will show you how to use the same basic technique to create a mini album. Mini albums are the perfect way to document a special vacation or event. Step 1: Cut one piece of Sweet Tooth Card Stock to 6″ x 6″. Cut four pieces of Kraft Card Stock to 6″ x 7 1/2″.

Step 2: Score all four pieces of Kraft Card Stock at 6″. Then, score one piece of Kraft Card Stock at 6 3/8 “, one piece at 6 1/2″, one piece at 6 1/4″, and the last piece at 6 1/8”.

Step 3: Apply strong adhesive to the outermost section of each card stock flap. Use the Sweet Tooth Card Stock as the base and adhere the Kraft pieces in a clockwise direction. Start with the smallest scored line (6 1/8″) and end with the biggest.

Step 4: Now that your mini album base is built, you can embellish the inside pages as desired. Use different papers, stamps, Die-namics, photographs, and memorabilia to customize your mini album. Get creative!


We Have a Great Gift Idea, Just in Time for Back-to-School

As kids begin school again, moms everywhere have the pleasure of putting their stampy talents to good use to create gifts for teachers and administrators. What better way to kick off a new school year? Follow this quick and easy tutorial to create a Post-it® Note Holder for your favorite teacher, co-worker, or friend.


Step 1: Cut Sweet Tooth Card Stock strips measuring 10″ x 3 1/4″ and 10 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ and score both strips at 3 1/4″, 3 3/4″, 7″, and 7 1/2″.

Step 2: Adhere the middle section of the two strips together with strong adhesive.

Once adhered together, your base will look like this:

Step 3: Cut six pieces of Berrylicious Card Stock at 3″ x 3″ and two pieces at 3″ x 2 1/4″.
Step 4: Cut six pieces of Smooth White Card Stock at 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and two at 2 3/4″ x 2″.
Step 5: Adhere a piece of Berrylicious Card Stock to the inside of the four flaps. Adhere the notepad to the center and stamp a sentiment on the front page.

Step 6: Using Blooming Roses, stamp the smallest rose onto all six of the Smooth White Card Stock pieces with Berrylicious ink, then stamp the detail on the rose using Kraft ink. Stamp the small leaf between the stamped roses using both Factory Green and Sour Apple inks.

Step 7: Adhere one piece to each Berrylicious Card Stock mat on the inner flaps.

Step 8: Stamp a coordinating sentiment onto one of the stamped pieces using Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink. Adhere it to the cover, layering it with a leftover piece of Berrylicious Card Stock.

Step 9: Create a bellyband by cutting Sweet Tooth Card Stock to 1 1/4″x 10″, then score at 3 3/8″, 4″, 7 3/8″, and 7 15/16″. Adhere the ends of the card stock together. Adhere a strip of Berrylicious Card Stock measuring  3 1/8″ x 1″ to the largest section of the bellyband.

Step 10: To decorate the bellyband, cut a large butterfly from vellum and also from Smooth White Card Stock using the Blissful Butterflies Die-namics. Use Steel Blue ink to stamp a butterfly from the Blissful Butterflies Stamp Set onto the Smooth White Card Stock. Layer the stamped butterfly onto the vellum butterfly and attach to the bellyband.

Mix and match sentiments to create multiple gifts that are each unique.


Join us tomorrow to learn how you to create a mini album using this same technique.


LAST DAY for Special Savings on Our NEW Creative Ladder Online Course

We have some of the best characters in the business and it’s time to break them out and get crafty in both conventional and unexpected ways.

We’ve teamed up with Imagination International and a team of amazing instructors to bring you the BEST in online education.


A group of talented MFT Designers (and the MFT Lady herself) have teamed up to bring you an amazing course, Cards with Character. You’ll learn everything you need to know to add a splash of color with one of your favorite coloring mediums. There are no prerequisites, so what are you waiting for? Take the next step in your creative journey and join us HERE.

What’s in it for you?

  • 5 Courses
  • 30 Lessons
  • 36 Videos
  • A Handout for EACH Lesson (30 Handouts)
  • Interaction with Course Instructors
  • Amazing New “Tools” for Your Crafting Toolbox
Today, August 14th, is the LAST day to register at the introductory price of $35.  Tomorrow, August 15th and forward, the class tuition will be $50. There isn’t a specific start or end date. You’ll go through the class at your OWN PACE. Don’t have time until the kids go back to school? No problem! Sign up now, save, and get crafty later.


Want to know a little more about the course? Inge will wow you with her colored pencil expertise. You’ll make a splash with Joanne as you delve into watercoloring. Kim will show you how “A Little Dab Will Do Ya”. You’ll learn every aspect of paper piecing from Barbara. Michele will teach you how to color numerous skin tones and hair colors with Copic markers. After the course you’ll have some amazing new “tools” for your crafting toolbox and confidently create Cards with Character.

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Take creativity to new heights with Creative Ladder. Imagine a place where education and inspiration meet. Select your course(s) and get started immediately! Learn at your own pace, on your schedule. Join us for the next step in your creative journey.

August Release Rewind – Part 2

Our design team is back to share even more of their sweet creations with you. Get inspired by clever ideas for using the Brand Spankin’ New products, which can be found HERE in the MFT Boutique.


Visit our designers below for creative inspiration.

We’d like to thank our guest, Karolyn Loncon, for inspiring us with each and every project she created. True to form, she is signing off with style. Check out what she has in store for you today. Karolyn  

It’s Time to Shop for the NEW August Products

Ready, Set, Shop! Treat yourself to a little retail therapy with all of the new Die-namics, Stamp Sets, Stencils, and Replenishments you’ve seen during the past 7 days of teasers. They are all available now HERE in the MFT Boutique!


It’s always the right time to shop MFT!  We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase. 1. Our Free with $60 stamp set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax). 2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA order over $75. 3. But wait!  There’s EVEN more!  Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings. AugTT_SunflowerI am still enjoying discovering all the nifty things I can do with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink!  For this card, I inked up the sunflower in Lemon Drop ink and then inked up the Western Backgrounds denim stamp in Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. I kissed the sunflower image with the denim stamp, which left the denim pattern on my sunflower. SO exciting! I may be the only person that gets excited when I discover things like this, but it really did thrill me.


Now let’s take one last look at everything *new* before your wild shopping spree begins. Be sure to check out all of the gorgeous creations our designers have been working so hard to create for you and leave a little love on their blogs to let them know just how fabulous a job they do! Karolyn  

Time to Party and Teaser Time Prize Winners

Are you ready to party? Tonight at 10:00 PM EST, all of the new stamps and Die-namics will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique. But in the meantime, the Release Party is happening NOW right HERE in the MFT Forum! Come for PRIZES, lots of chatter, and fun with Kim (the MFT Lady) and the MFT Design Team! To make your shopping experience even easier, we have a shopping list for you to print out HERE.


It’s always the right time to shop MFT! We offer 3 ways to save with every purchase:

MFT_FreeGiftOur Free with $60 stamp set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

PrintYou’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA order over $75.


But wait! There’s EVEN more! Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings. 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 product name. See you in two hours for the New Product Tour, when it’s time to SHOP for all of your favorite things.


Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Teaser Time prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during Teaser Time! 7 lucky people will win a $75 Prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts this evening. Teaser Day One Winner: Comment #132 – Jennifer Scull Teaser Day Two Winner: Comment #7 – StephInOK Teaser Day Three Winner: Comment #417 – Lynn Warner Teaser Day Four Winner: Comment #360 – Renee C Teaser Day Five Winner: Comment #208 – Laurie Teaser Day Six Winner: Comment #313 Ash Kay Teaser Day Seven Winner: Comment #41 Marta Tapanes Congratulations to all the winners!