Punched Up Sentiments

Please welcome Emily to the blog today! She’s sharing a couple of fantastic projects with us today that will surely get you inspired to create something beautiful!
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Hi, I’m Emily Leiphart and I’m so super excited to be guesting on the My Favorite Things blog today! I got to play with some really amazing products – this first card features the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics. I trimmed squares from various colors of card stock and die cut the letters to spell out the phrase Luv You, Hun - suitable for a friend or significant other!

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I backed the letters on each of the four corners and the centre with white card stock and the remaining four with grey card stock. All of the coloured die cuts were centered on their backings, except for the O in the middle, which I offset slightly. Before attaching the squares to the kraft card base, I stamped the Plaid Background Builder three times to anchor the words.

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For embellishments, I added two sparkly little banners from Blueprints 16, a mini clip, and a wood veneer heart.

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My second card features the adorable little girl from Just the Way You Are. I coloured her with Copic markers and popped her up on the opening of a panel created with Blueprints 16.

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I die cut an extra curve out of red card stock to highlight some of the features in her outfit and adhered that to the back of the purple panel. Before attaching the panel to the card base, I curved the sentiment along the die cut by stamping it in two parts and then heat embossed it.

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I also heat embossed another sentiment from the same set on the inside, leaving the card base with enough space to write a novel as I sometimes like to do ;) To finish, I die cut some yellow hearts from the Smart Phone Die-namics and added them to the front of the panel.

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Many thanks to My Favorite Things for asking me to showcase their products! I love, love, love them!

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Stamps and Die-namics Made Simple

Coordinating stamp sets and Die-namics is one way our product line makes your crafting and card making more enjoyable. By eliminating the need to fussy cut your images, you can work faster, safer, and with more potential for versatility.

We offer a variety of lines that feature this handy characteristic. Lisa Johnson Designs, Mona Pendleton Designs, Birdie Brown, and recently, Pure Innocence all include Die-namics that coordinate with each stamp release.

One of the questions we receive fairly often here at MFT concerns the best way to line up stamped images with their coordinating die cuts for the most accurate results. Today, we’re sharing a helpful video to make your stamping and die cutting as enjoyable and fuss-free as possible.

Watch the video HERE to see some techniques we use or simply click play below.

So to sum it up, we have three different approaches we use when we’re crafting with coordinating stamp and Die-namics sets.

  1. Eyeball it. Die cut your shape first and then stamp your image. This works well for more basic shapes that include obvious points for positioning the stamp before impressing your image. Using a sheet of contrasting color under your work space makes it easier to differentiate the die-cut shape from your background.
  2. Fiskars Stamp Press. This tool allows to you press slowly, adjusting the position of the stamp to center it within the border of the die cut. The benefit of this method is that the feet on the press allow for minute adjustments.
  3. Stamp first. In this method, you stamp your image first and then die cut. By using a scrap piece of card stock to die cut your shape, you can position the negative of the die cut over the stamped image framing it perfectly within the space. Once it’s positioned, used removable tape to secure in place and then, simply drop your die into the space. The die will stay in place while you run it through your machine for a perfectly cut image.

Hopefully, we’ve provided some methods that will be helpful to you the next time you sit down to craft – we can’t wait to see what you make next!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 187

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I love the possibility that the large fishtail banner element in this week’s sketch presents – so many different ways to interpret that fun canvas! Take the sketch and make it yours for a shot at an MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. Share your project inspired by the sketch by uploading a link to it at the end of this blog post.

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You have until Tuesday, August 5 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Ann! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE

Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE

Download the 2013 Sketches (105-156) HERE

Download the 2014 Sketches (157-187) HERE

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Catch Up with Kim

It is so hard to believe that MFT is celebrating it’s 8th birthday.  It’s been such a magical time, every bit of it. Of course there have been roadblocks and hiccups and downright heart-pounding stressful moments, but those have been far outweighed by all of precious memories and amazing adventures that have been had.

Over the last 8 years lots of changes have taken place.  My *warehouse* and *shipping area* went from this:

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To this:

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(Hi, Leah!)

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Emma went from this:

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Brianna went from this:

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MFT has grown from a home office with no paid employees to 3 office spaces including a full retail store and classroom, a warehouse, and a product assembly space with 16 employees.

From this: (This is literally the birthplace of MFT.  The loft in our previous house and one pegboard section which housed all of our products.)

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And this: (a sampling of the team)

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From a spiral bound catalog featuring 14 stamp sets to a catalog that is over 100 pages.  Amazing!

To say I am blessed is a gross understatement.  To be grateful seems ridiculously simplistic.  I can’t put into words the feelings I have about MFT and the past 8 years.  The relationships built with our customers turned friends, and the family that has been created through this company and this hobby makes my heart and life unbelievably full.

Thank YOU.  Without the fans of our products and our company none of this would be possible.  Thank you from the deepest place in my heart.  And it’s my sincere desire you’ll allow MFT the privilege of providing you with fabulous, innovative products and legendary customer service for many decades to come!

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MFTv Shout Hooray

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If only it were so easy to add a splash of fun pattern to real balloons! In this week’s episode, I’m dressing up the Balloon STAX Die-namics to add a special touch to an otherwise quick and easy card design. Little details like a subtly stamped background panel and twine-tied knots make your assembly interesting and your recipient smile. A high-contrast sentiment stamped in Sweet Tooth Premium Dye Ink on a Steel Grey background completes the look.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you’ll never miss an episode of MFTv!

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Saying Goodbye

It’s never an easy thing, is it?  But today is even more bittersweet as we must say goodbye to someone who has been a part of MFT for many years.

Joanne Basile has accepted a new position that will take her away from her role with MFT and (temporarily) away from papercrafting in general.  While I wish her well, it will definitely feel odd to not have her as part of MFT any longer.

I first met Jo in January of  2008 at the CHA show in Anaheim, CA.  She was attending with a company she designed for, but stopped by my booth and brought me a little mailbox she’d created using the Be Mine stamp set. She filled the mailbox with Hot Tamales, and with that, she had my heart.

Not too long after that I invited Jo to be on the MFT design team, and she’s been with us ever since.  She’s had many varied roles during her tenure, most recently as the video specialist that records all of our product videos.

Here’s a look back at some of my fondest Jo memories:

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Jo was my right hand at my annual Rep show in MA each year.  Here’s a pic of her teaching a sample frenzy project.

Below are CHA photos from 2009 through 2012.

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And here is a photo from 2013 at our MFT Management Retreat.

We have had many great adventures and memories together, too many to recount, but each one precious.

While I know that my friendship will remain, I will still miss her, as will the rest of the MFT family.

Big hugs and lots of love, Basile!

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Happy Looks Good on You

Karolyn is with us today sharing a smile-inducing card – I love how she combined Die-namics to frame that very happy sun. Read on to learn how she created it. And a big thanks to Karolyn for sharing!

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Hello friends!

I’ve been a stamping and die cutting fool with some of the recent My Favorite Things releases and I wanted to share another one of the projects that I’ve created.

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Is this not so stinkin’ cute?! The Smile TRANSFORM-ables Die-namics are beyond clever and innovative! But I’m not surprised – MFT always blows my socks off with fresh and original designs! There are two elements included in the Smile TRANSFORM-ables Die-namics – a solid larger rectangle and a smaller die that cuts out the word and the opening. I thought that when you put them together, they kind of looked like a polaroid, right? So I die cut them both out of Sweet Tooth Card Stock, first cutting the base, and then cutting the interior. Then I pulled out another of my favorite MFT dies, the Sun Ray Die-namics, and cut it twice – once from Lemon Drop Card Stock, and again from Sno-Cone Card Stock. I inlaid the two die cuts so that it looks like the sunshine lighting up the blue sky. Next, I used the larger of the two Smile TRANSFORM-ables elements to trim down the Sun Ray die cut to fit behind the white Smile die cut. I attached them together using foam tape. I made a top-fold A2 card base from Steel Gray Card Stock, and stamped one of the darling sentiments from the coordinating Smile stamp set using VersaMark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Lastly, I adhered the entire assembly to the card base. Easy peasy!

I think this card would bring a smile to anyone having a bad day, don’t you think? I hope it makes you smile! Thanks so much for stopping by today – thanks for having me back, MFT!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 186

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Classic shapes centrally layered makes for an easy design that works for any occasion. Tiny layered fishtail flags peek out from behind the circle to add just a touch of pizzazz. Take the sketch and make it yours for a shot at an MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. Share your project inspired by the sketch by uploading a link to it at the end of this blog post.

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You have until Tuesday, July 29 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Adelle! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE

Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE

Download the 2013 Sketches (105-156) HERE

Download the 2014 Sketches (157-186) HERE

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Improving on Pattern Perfection

Classic patterns never go out of style, but thanks to the plethora of designs we offer, your projects will never feel dated. Join our designers as they inspire you with trendy and innovative projects centered on the pinnacle of patterns: the time-honored stripe.

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Inge combined horizontally stamped stripes with tone-on-tone texture. Centrally layered die-cut elements, including a washi tape strip cut from Blueprints 13, reinforces the horizontal theme. Layer upon layer of die cuts and embellishments adds interest, color, and dimension for a gorgeous finished project that would work equally well for men, women, and children.

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Check out each of our Creative Team blogs to see what they’ve dreamed up in response to our challenge this month. A spectrum of creative possibilities is just a few clicks away!

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MFTv Cupcake Tag

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this week’s episode of MFTv. Our new Tag Builder Blueprints 1 Die-namics makes quick work of die cutting  a variety of coordinating tag elements. Build and layer to suit your whims or use the included Blueprints sketches for even speedier assembly. Also included in this new episode? An unconventional use of the Celebrate You Die-namics to “bake” a cherry-topped cupcake!

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you’ll never miss an episode of MFTv!

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