Stamp and Win with This Month’s Color Palette Challenge 7

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Life is too short to be anything but colorful.

Sno Cone, Banana Split, Blu Raspberry, and Tangy Orange is an eye-catching combination that will work wonderfully for summer themed projects as well as all-occasion cards. It’s a divine choice for birthday cards too which just so happens to fit in quite nicely with the party theme of our July release. I’m confident that this month’s palette will work so well for any recipient on your card list!

The July Paint Book Swatch is below – print and save every month’s swatch for instant color inspiration any month of the year!

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You have until Wednesday, August 6 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The monthly 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 Peggy! You are the randomly selected winner of last month’s challenge. You can view all the entries for last months’s challenge HERE.

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6 Days Until the July Release

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6 days until the July release! It wouldn’t be a party without Birdie Brown and lucky us, she’s brought some irresistible treats along! Where to put them though? We have the answer for that as well. Curious? Let’s make our grand entrance so you can see what the fuss is about!

As you peruse the latest sneak peeks, don’t forget to comment each day on the MFT Blog for a chance to WIN $75. You can add a lot of fun MFT goodies to your toolbox with $75!

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the seven countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on July 8. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8PM EST on July 8 on the MFT Blog.

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Birdie Brown is back this month with another joyful design. The Sweet Birthday Wishes stamp set features a girl sporting a darling party dress and a cupcake almost as big as she is – a dream come true! Additional party supplies include presents, a cupcake stand and a variety of sweet sentiments. The coordinating Sweet Birthday Wishes Die-namics eliminates the need for fussy cutting by producing die cuts perfectly sized to accommodate the stamp images.

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See more of the Sweet Birthday Wishes stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

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See more of the Sweet Birthday Wishes Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

It’s hard to improve on a perfectly sweet cupcake doused in sprinkles but we’ve found a way. This durable design is ready to be customized with your choice of colors and accents for a party-perfect display every time. The Cupcake Stand Die-namics includes two base dies so only two passes through your die-cutting machine are required to produce the four pieces necessary for assembly. Simply fold along the score lines and adhere the pieces together to create the base. The scalloped top also includes score lines to easily add a decorative edge to the stand top.

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See more of the Cupcake Stand Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Let’s see what our team has created with today’s products. Just 6 more days until the big release!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 183

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For this week’s sketch, a classic design is modernized by gently rounded corners and a trendy banner element. 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 8 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 Tara! 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 (157-183) HERE

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The July Release Countdown Begins

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This month and this release are kind of a big deal. The overall theme of the July release will be evident pretty quickly because you see, July marks MFT’s 8th birthday and we are celebrating. This release features stamp sets, Die-namics, and stencils that are picture perfect for party planning and documenting. From pretty presents and delectable confections to festive decor and pattern making tools, we’ve got you covered. So put on your best clothes (or don’t – we won’t tell!) and let’s party.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the seven countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on July 8. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8PM EST on July 8 on the MFT Blog.

Blueprints 17 builds on the trendy chalkboard phenomena by allowing you to create a chalkboard frame, complete with wood grain emboss line detailing, that will mount perfectly on a square card measuring at least 5 inches. With a little creative cutting, a freestanding chalkboard easel shaped card can be constructed. Fold-over banners with coordinating layering triangles are sized to craft a darling banner that will look delightful when strung across the frame, while mini bow and star accents can be used to complete the look. Add your sentiment directly to the board with one of our Chalkboard Greetings stamp sets or, use the included oval elements to make your mark.

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Follow the provided digital sketches, or become your own architect. Either way, Blueprints is the foundation of your creativity.

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See more of Blueprints 17 HERE or by watching the video below.

The Celebrate You stamp set from Lisa Johnson Designs coordinates with the Celebrate You Die-namics, sold separately. This charming set includes five celebratory sentiments with a full complement of prettily wrapped packages perfect for punching up your birthday cards and projects. Mix and match the presents and bow options for a new custom look with every project.

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See more of the Celebrate You stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

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See more of the Celebrate You Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

The variety of sentiments in the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamp set are perfectly sized to fit the frame element included in Blueprints 17, but work equally well as stand-alone sentiments or with our huge variety of label and shape Die-namics. A plethora of sentiment shapes and sizes ensure a perfect fit, every time.

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See more of the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

So, you’ve seen the first day of peeks…now, onto the projects! Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with these inspiring new products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new releases become available on July 8!

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HB2U – Time for a Joy Ride!

Karolyn is back with us today with a fun birthday card project featuring the Joy Ride Die-namics. Today, this first day of July, is perfect for a birthday project because this month marks MFT’s 8th birthday! We hope you’ll stick with us throughout the month to celebrate with us!

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Well, hello again!

I’m back to share another of the projects that I created using some of the yummy June products. *Sigh* Can I just say that designing with My Favorite Things products is like a heavenly day at the spa – it just doesn’t get any better, I tell ya! Here’s my project for today.

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Fun, right?! I feel like this would be a great 16th birthday card for that lucky teen guy in your life, don’t you? And, oh boy, was it fun to create!!

I wanted my “sports car” to be red and shiny, so I used the recently released Joy Ride Die-Namics to die cut the car from some glossy red card stock. I assembled the car pieces, popping some of them up with foam tape for dimension. The tail lights were die cut from glitter paper. The license plate (this is just one of several choices of fun license plates included in this set!) was die cut from Black Licorice Card Stock and glitter paper. I also trimmed out a piece of acetate for the back window. I die cut a curvy road using my Silhouette Cameo and adhered that to a white card base. I then attached the car to the base using foam tape. Since this is a birthday card, I added a black polka dot balloon (using one of the Party Balloons Die-Namics) and some crochet string. I wanted it to look like it was flying out the side window of the car. I think any newly licensed birthday boy would be extremely happy with this (especially if it came attached to a beautiful new red sports car – HA!)

That’s it for me today, my friends! I hope you’ll check out all of the MFT products that I used to create today’s project – I have no doubt you’ll have as much fun using them as I do! Thanks so much for stopping by today – and thank you to My Favorite Things for having me back. I hope I never wear out my welcome!

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Fond Farewells and a Fresh Face

Sadly, we’re saying goodbye to five of our lovely and talented designers today. I know you’ll agree that they’ve contributed so much to our community with their incredible generosity of time and talent. We’ll miss them greatly and wish them all the absolute best in the future. To each of you, thank you.

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In addition to goodbye, we also have a hearty welcome to share. In June, Teri Anderson was our guest designer and she produced some truly stellar work that blew us away in its creativity. We asked her to join our happy team and she said yes. Hooray! Beginning with our July Release Countdown (that’s just two days away if you’re curious,) Teri will be a regular member of our Creative Team. Please join us in welcoming her!

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Teri’s created this beautiful card to introduce herself. I think it’s pretty apparent why we’re so giddy to have her, right?

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Welcome Teri.

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No Fun Without You

Debbie Olson is back with us today to close out the week with another beautiful project.

Welcome! It’s my second day of guest-posting for My Favorite Things, and today I chose one of the sweet new Birdie Brown stamp sets, Let’s Hang Out, for my card. Isn’t she a cutie? I have a soft spot for tomboys! In addition to the Let’s Hang Out Die-namics that I used to cut my focal image, I also used the largest die from the Blueprints 15 Die-namics – I love that stitched edge look.

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Shown below are the Copic markers that I used to color the Let’s Hang Out image. I started by coloring the denim overalls, knowing that I wanted to add texture to them. To add the denim texture, I squeezed some Copic Colorless Blender onto a scrap of denim, then placed the dampened denim on top of the already-colored overalls and tapped lightly with my fingers to ensure that the denim came into good contact with the image. I removed the denim, and there was my texture – pure magic! After the colorless blender dried for a minute or so, I was ready to color the rest of the image.

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For the card inside, I again used MFT’s Blueprints 15 Die-namics to cut the Kraft Card Stock layer, then stamped the Let’s Hang Out image with MFT’s Kraft Hybrid Ink Pad. The sentiment is stamped with MFT’s Red Hot Hybrid Ink Pad.

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That background was fun to color! I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it when I started – the tree image was large enough that if I left white space around it, it was going to pretty much fill an A-2 sized front panel. I colored the tree first, then decided to trim closely at the top and bottom, allowing room at the bottom for a stamped grass layer (MFT’s Sour Apple and Jellybean Green Premium Dye Inks.) I allowed the branch to extend at the top and right side, then trimmed closely around it. The Copic markers that I used on the background images were the following:

Leaves: YG63, YG67

Tree trunk and branches: E21E25, E27

Rope: Y25

Sky: B000, B0000, 0

Tire: T1, T3, T5, T7

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Thanks again to MFT Stamps – I certainly had fun playing with these sweet images!

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Just the Way You Are

Today, we’re welcoming Debbie Olson back to the blog for some fun with Pure Innocence.

I am delighted to be guest-posting on the My Favorite Things blog today and tomorrow! When I saw the Pure Innocence Just the Way You Are image, I knew that it would be perfect for the young recipient whom I had in mind.

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Shown below are the Copic markers that I used to color the image.

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For the inside of my card, I used the Blueprints 15 Die-namics for the pink mat layer, then stamped the focal image in MFT’s Pink Lemonade Premium Dye Ink and the sentiment in the Black Licorice Hybrid Ink Pad.

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To add that pale blue glow around the PI girl I used Copic BG000, softened on the edges with Colorless Blender. To cut the card front, windmill mat layer, and star, I used the Blueprints 15 Die-namics set again. I punched a 1/16″ hole in the star to turn it into a tag. For the ribbon, I dyed a length of white rayon seam binding with Copic R21 Various Inks (re-inker). The patterned papers are from Echo Park’s 6 x 6″ Splendid Sunshine pad.

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That’s it for today. A huge thank you to MFT Stamps for all of this paper-and-ink goodness!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 182

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Every week we provide a new sketch, another opportunity to be inspired to create something beautiful, and one more chance to be the weekly winner of an MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. This week, we’re squaring things up with a prominent rectangle panel and minimal embellishment – just enough to add a bit of a punch! Share your project inspired by the sketch by uploading a link to it at the end of this post.

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You have until Tuesday, July 1 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 Lai-Yoke! 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 (157-182) HERE

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Getting Inky Hybrid Style

With the introduction of our Hybrid Inks a couple of months ago, a whole new world of stamping techniques opened up. This month, we’ve challenged our team of talented designers to blow us away with ink techniques featuring the rainbow of colors our Hybrid line offers.

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Sharon used the new Hybrid Inks on 4 x 4″ unglazed tumbled tiles to create personalized, monogrammed drink coasters. These tiles aren’t sealed so that they can absorb moisture from glasses that are set on them and still, there is no running or smearing. Think of all of the beautiful custom decor options this opens up. I know your wheels are spinning but this is just the beginning!

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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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