Creative Construction with Blueprints: Strips, Tags, and Flags – Oh My!

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints. I’m sure you can relate – you’ve created a beautiful background or set an impressive scene but are stumbling on the placement of your sentiment. We have the solution. Our extensive collection of Blueprints includes a wide variety of sentiment strips, tags, and flags that will provide a humble home for showcasing your sentiment in style.

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Karolyn’s impressive floral panel deserves the star treatment. Using the pierced strip from Blueprints 3 to house her sentiment spotlights the thoughtful greeting while still allowing the Roses All Over pattern to shine.

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Debbie’s prehistoric scene features lovely loose coloring for the background and darling dinosaurs in the foreground. Her heat-embossed sentiment completes the scene without competing with the scene – perfect!

We’re not done yet – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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MFTv – Spin & Slide Discs Slider Card

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Spin & Slide Discs are such a clever and easy way of creating movement on your projects. In this week’s episode, Kimberly has used the Surf & Turf Die-namics from the Jungle Friends Card Kit (the kit is sold out but the Die-namics will be available individually in a future release!) to create the perfect channel for her bee-autiful little Fly-By Friends image to buzz down.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Fly-By Friends #mftstamps

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Fly-By Friends #mftstamps

Watch Kimberly’s process HERE 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!

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Congratulations to the prize winners from our Xyron cross promotion! Winners – please send an email to sropel87 (at) gmail (dot) com with your name, mailing address, and the day for which you won.

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Warm & Fuzzy Friends | Kit Unboxing with Amy Rysavy

We’ve been celebrating the release of the Jungle Friends Card Kit but why not take a short trip back in time to re-visit the Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit? We’re so pleased to welcome Amy to the blog today to share her thoughts and projects created with the adorable March card kit.

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Four fabulous cards created with one versatile kit – how inspiring are Amy’s projects? Patterned paper, sweet images and sentiments – they all combine in the most delightful way. You’ll get hours of enjoyment and an endless supply of of incredible greetings for friends and loved ones from this beautifully coordinated kit. If you’re inspired by Amy’s looks (and how could you not be?) grab your own kit HERE. Be sure to check out the Design Team gallery as well and when you share your own Warm & Fuzzy projects, tag #mftstamps so we can see!

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Watch Amy’s unboxing HERE or by playing the embedded video below.

Watch Amy’s process video HERE or by watching below.

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My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day Three

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Jungle Friends Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

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Welcome back to our final fun day with our friends from Xyron! We hope you’ve enjoyed the clever and innovative projects our creative team has created using products made by Xyron.

Stephanie created a card with a lot of tiny pieces from the Spring Garden Die-namics, and she wanted an easy way to adhere all of the pieces to her card. She used the 1.5″ Sticker Maker to turn all of the little pieces into stickers so she could quickly and easily add them to her card design.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Amazing stamp set, Spring Garden Die-namics, and the English Brick Wall stencil

As you can see below, you can get a lot of tiny pieces in that little purple X!

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For her A2 sized journal, Lisa stamped the front and scored from the inside crease out by 1/4″. Using the Plier Stapler to staple between the edge and score line, she was able to secure pages within her journal.

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After coloring and cutting out the butterfly images from the Fly-By Friends stamp set and die cutting the word journal, she loaded everything into the 1.5″ Sticker Maker and adhered them on the journal front. Such a fun little handmade gem!

Handmade journal from Lisa Johnson featuring the Lisa Johnson Designs Fly-By Friends stamp set and Die-namics, Burlap Background stamp, and Laina Lamb Design Stitched Alphabet #mftstamps

Donna used the 1/4″ Tape Runner only on the edges of the frame, and she reports that there was “no stringy mess because of the dots.” She also said that using the 1.5″ Sticker Maker to stack and adhere the sentiment was a first for her, and she was “pleasantly surprised at how it well it turned out!”

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set and Dainty Scallop Cover-Up and Hello There Die-namicst #mftstamps

Xyron will be sharing projects on their Facebook page HERE using their products paired with products from My Favorite Things. Be sure to stop by and tell them that MFT sent you! They are giving away gift vouchers from My Favorite Things there, so don’t miss out!

Because they love to share their products with us, Xyron is giving away a Creative Station Lite today (a $49.99 value!) to one lucky commenter. Simply leave a comment below for your chance to win! All winners will be announced on Monday.

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My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day Two

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Welcome back to our collaboration with our friends at Xyron! We’ll be sharing fun projects that some of the members of our creative team have created using innovative products made by Xyron.

Keisha used the 5″ Creative Station to attach her large stamped die cut background. The 5″ Creative Station is perfect for adhering larger pieces, which Keisha says she loves! It creates a strong bond. For her smaller die cuts she used the 2.5″ Create a Sticker to attach everything to the stamped and die cut circle.

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set, Scallop Background stamp, Rolled Blooming Rose, Bold Greenery, Pinking Edge Circle STAX, Radial Stitched Circle STAX, and Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Debbie came up with a creative way to use the 1.5″ Sticker Maker! She ran the butterflies through the sticker maker face side down so that she could get a good coating of glitter on each one. The strong adhesive does a fabulous job of allowing glitter to stick.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring the I’m Tweet on You stamp set and Die-namics, Stitched Strip and Blueprints 27 Die-namics #mftstamps

Debbie also used the handy dandy Mega Runner to adhere her front panel. It’s awesome for getting a lot of coverage on larger pieces.

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Amy used the1.5″ Sticker Maker for her card design. For the sentiment, she used the Xyron Sticker Maker to turn the die cut birthday into a sticker so that she could stack them together to make a thicker, more durable embellishment for her card.

Handmade card from Amy Lee featuring the Birdie Brown Strike up the Band stamp set and Die-namics, Sheet Music Background stamp, and Blueprints 26 Die-namics #mftstamps

Xyron will be sharing projects on their Facebook page HERE using their products paired with products from My Favorite Things. Be sure to stop by and tell them that MFT sent you! They are giving away gift vouchers from My Favorite Things there, so don’t miss out!

Because they love to share their products with us, Xyron is giving away a Mega Runner today (a $24.99 value) to one lucky commenter. Simply leave a comment below for your chance to win! All winners will be announced on Monday.

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Jungle Friends Card Kit | Bonus MFTv

Today we have a bonus episode of MFTv! The new Jungle Friends Card Kit has been ordered by hundreds of you since it became available last night and is already being shipped out so we wanted to provide even more inspiration to get you started with it. You’ll love what Stephanie has come up with!

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Hello everyone! It’s Stephanie here with a fun card to share using the new Jungle Friends Card Kit. I love having all of the products I need to create a bunch of cards, packaged in one awesome kit. This month we’re getting interactive with our cards by making them slide and spin with the new Surf & Turf Die-namics. The dies included in this set make it easy to create interactive elements on card designs.

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I love dies that work on their own for images and have no stamping involved like the Jungle Friends Die-namics. This makes them perfect to use for fun techniques like adding glitter to card designs! To create my glittery crocodile, leaves, and bushes, I die cut the images from card stock that I covered with super sticky double sided adhesive and carefully peeled up the adhesive backing to expose the sticky part.

I then dumped fine (green) glitter on top and rubbed it in with my finger. Once I had the pieces completely covered, I used a bone folder to further burnish the glitter into the adhesive to make sure sure the glitter stays put and doesn’t get all over. I popped all of the pieces out of the card stock and they were ready to be used on my card.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Jungle Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

I created the background scene by die cutting various shades of green card stock and patterned paper from the Fun & Frolic Paper Pack using the scenic border dies that come in the Surf & Turf Die-namics. I also cut additional leaves and a few branches from the Jungle Friends Die-namics to add to the scene. I coloured my branches with brown marker and then adhered everything to the sky panel to create my swamp area for the crocodile.

I die cut an opening in the top layer of the lightest grass using the straight Surf & Turf slider die and adhered the crocodile into the opening with the Spin & Slide Discs so he can slide along the opening. I adhered the top layer of grass onto the card panel with foam adhesive (this gives the crocodile space to slide) and then I added some die-cut bushes to each end.

Thanks for stopping by today. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates with the new Jungle Friends Card Kit!

Watch Stephanie’s process HERE or by playing the embedded video below.

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My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day One

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Welcome to a special series in conjunction with our friends from Xyron! Today, Thursday, and Friday, we’ll be sharing fun projects that some of the members of our creative team have created using some innovative products made by Xyron.

Barbara used the Xyron EZ Laminator to create a Peerless Watercolor Swatch Book. Here you can see the cover and one of the swatch sheets. The color names and sample of each color are laminated, and the actual Peerless swatch is adhered to to the laminated swatch sheet and so that it can easily be replaced as needed. So very handy!

Handmade notebook from Barbara Anders featuring the Radiant Sun, Puffy Clouds, Color the Rainbow, Stitched Rainbow Die-namics #mftstamps

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Karolyn used the 1.5″ Xyron Sticker Maker to adhere the four layers of the stacked word die cut together. The sticker maker makes it a snap to adhere intricate die cuts, and Karolyn’s stacked sentiment gives stability and dimension to the word hello.

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring the Build-able Bouquet stamp set and Die-namics and the Hello There and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Laurie used the 2.5″ Create a Sticker and the Adhesive Eraser Cube to create her pretty card.  With the Create a Sticker, she added adhesive to the distressed panels in the background of her card, and she also turned the sentiment die into a sticker.  When the card was finished, she used the Adhesive Eraser Cube to take off any little bits of sticker adhesive left over. Laurie says, “It came off perfectly using this little tool!”

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring the Tweet Friends stamp set, Geometric Grid Background stamp, and the Friends Die-namics #mftstamps

Xyron will be sharing projects on their Facebook page HERE using their products paired with products from My Favorite Things. Be sure to stop by and tell them that MFT sent you! They are giving away gift vouchers from My Favorite Things there, so don’t miss out!

Because they love to share their products with us, Xyron is giving away a Mega Runner today (a $24.99 value) to one lucky commenter. Simply leave a comment below for your chance to win! All winners will be announced on Monday.

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You can see more from Xyron at the following places on the Internet:

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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW April Card Kit

** Please note, the Jungle Friends Card Kit has sold out.

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It’s finally time to make the new Jungle Friends Card Kit all yours.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Jungle Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Jungle Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

You’ll find the Jungle Friends Card Kit HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end of this post to see how YOU can win a $50 Gift Voucher as part of tonight’s Jungle Friends Kit Launch celebration!

Earlier today, Jody shared a live Periscope unboxing of the April card kit. You can watch it HERE or by clicking play below.

We’ve also updated our Printable Resource section with the Fun & Frolic Paper Pack Color Reference Guide. In addition to our usual 8 1/2″ x 11″ PDF, we’ve also added one sized perfectly for your paper pad. Simply print, trim, and attach for easy color reference.

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In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order.  We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase.

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1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics 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.

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3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Jungle Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

Like what you see? Add more coordinating product to stretch your kit even further.

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Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our Jungle Friends Countdown prizes. Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown. Two lucky stampers will win a $25 prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts tomorrow.

Countdown Day Two Winner: Annmarie Colbert – Apr 18, 2016 @ 06:29

Countdown Day One Winner: Kelly Oostendorp – Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:31

Congratulations to the winners!

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past two days. They have another shot of inspiration – visit each of their Jungle Friends Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, April 21 for your chance to WIN a $50 Gift Voucher to the MFT Boutique. The winner will be chosen at random and the prize will be sent out on April 22. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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The Day has Arrived! Our Jungle Friends Card Kit Release is So Close!

** Please note, the Jungle Friends Card Kit has sold out.

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We have one more day to preview our new Jungle Friends Card Kit before it’s available for purchase tonight. More inspiration, and a handy PDF download are among the treats we have for you today.

Today, we’re featuring Out of the Box looks – cards that combine the products included in the kit with previously released MFT products. These amazing projects from the team will show how easily the stamps and Die-namics can be integrated into your existing MFT collection.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on April 19. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 10:00 PM EST on April 19 on the MFT Blog.

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As a reminder, this coordinated collection will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The $54.99 purchase price for this kit is over a 25% savings over purchasing the pieces individually. In addition to the Jungle Friends stamp set and Die-namics, and the Surf & Turf Die-namics, this kit is rounded out by the new Fun & Frolic Paper Pack, 15 sheets of card stock, and one bag of Spin & Slide Discs.

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The Jungle Friends Card Kit PDF features card samples as well as a complete listing of the kit contents. You can download a printable version HERE.

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Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new April Card Kit. Remember, Jungle Friends will be available tonight at 10 PM EST!

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Introducing the Jungle Friends Card Kit

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Custom products, carefully curated for hours of creative play – that’s what MFT card kits provide. Our coordinated collections will be available as a single purchase product – no need to commit to a long-term subscription. The purchase price for this kit is $54.99 – with a retail value of OVER $70, save more than 25% off the individual purchase price!

Watch the blog for the next two days to learn more about the Jungle Friends Card Kit and be inspired by a plethora of gorgeous projects from our team.

Today, we’re featuring In the Box looks – cards that feature only the items in the kit along with basic tools, shapes, and supplies. These amazing projects from the team will demonstrate just how versatile the kit is and the wide variety of projects you can create with it.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the two countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on April 19. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and both winners will be announced at 10:00 PM EST on April 19 on the MFT Blog.

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The Jungle Friends Card Kit features playful safari animals that you can die cut with our inventive Jungle Friends Die-namics. Ink, sponge, stamp, and layer the animals and elements to your heart’s content to make scenes as unique as you are! Use the Surf & Turf Die-namics and the Spin & Slide Discs to create clever scenes with interactive slider and spinner elements. You’ll love the whimsical sentiments in a fun font that cover a wide variety of occasions. The Fun & Frolic 6″ x 6″ Paper Pack gives you colorful, cute, and trendy options and the card stocks complement the paper pack perfectly giving you a wide variety of papers to create delightful projects. It’s a jungle out there – a really, really cute one!

In addition to the stamp set and both Die-namics, this kit is rounded out by the new Fun & Frolic Paper Pack, 15 sheets of card stock, and one bag of Spin & Slide Discs.

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Learn more about the Jungle Friends Card Kit HERE or by watching the video below.

A brand new episode of MFTv shows off the Spin & Slide Discs included in the kit. Watch to see just how easy to is to add movement to your Jungle Friends cards!

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Jungle Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch this week’s MFTv featuring the Jungle Friends Card Kit HERE or by watching the video below.

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Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring the Jungle Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring Jungle Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new April Card Kit. Remember, Jungle Friends will be available tomorrow, April 19!

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