5 Days Until the August Release

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Today, we’re building on the Halloween theme we started a couple of days ago with Birdie Brown, an addition to our Centerpieces line, and a new Die-namics that will get your creativity bubbling!

Remember to comment each day on the MFT Blog for a chance to WIN $75. That will go a long way towards bulking up your collection of MFT goodies!

  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the seven countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on August 12. 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 8:30 PM EST on August 12 on the MFT Blog.

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Fall under the spell of Birdie Brown‘s latest design – Witch Way Is the Candy? This sweet witch comes with friends – her trio of cute companions includes a cat, bat, and toad. She’s ready for a night on the town and prepared to bring home a serious candy haul. Set the scene with a pumpkin duo, moon, and clouds, and finish things off with one of the coordinating sentiments. The corresponding Die-namics will ensure perfectly sized die cuts for your stamped images.

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See more of the Witch Way Is the Candy? stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

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See more of the Witch Way Is the Candy? Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

The Centerpieces Spooky Window Die-namics allows you to create an ominous peek-a-boo window scene in one easy step. Layer the optional spider element for extra depth or use the die-cut window to create an interactive shaker card.

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See more of the Centerpieces Spooky Window Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Stir up a spooky concoction with the Witch’s Cauldron Die-namics. This set includes a cut out element so that a bubbling brew in a contrasting color can be layered beneath. Bubbles and a two-piece handle complete the assembly.

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See more of the Witch’s Cauldron Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Elena Roussakis is joining us this month to share some beautiful new projects featuring the August Release. Click on over to her blog to see what’s she has created for us today!

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Let’s see what our team has created with today’s products. In just 5 more days, you’ll be able to shop the full complement of August products!

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Stamp and Win with This Month’s Color Palette Challenge 8

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Life is too short to be anything but colorful.

We’re thinking ahead to autumn and more subdued colors with this month’s palette. Kraft, Orange Fizz, Fuse Green, and Nightshift Blue combine to work as a non-traditional Halloween scheme or a gender-neutral combo appropriate for any number of occasions. Dominant Kraft or Nightshift Blue provides a neutral base for pops of Orange Fizz and Fuse Green or, go crazy relying on some of the more vibrant colors in the mix to prevail. Whatever your choice, have fun with it.

The August 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, September 3 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 tessaduck! 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 August Release

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Time to get geeky! We’ve all got some four-eyed friends and loved ones in our lives – time to make something special for them! Just six days until the August release is live and today we’re going nerdy with stamp sets and Die-namics and rounding things out with a versatile new stencil design.

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 August 12. 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 8:30 PM EST on August 12 on the MFT Blog.

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A versatile collection of sentiments will make the Geek Is Chic stamp set one you’ll turn to for a multitude of recipients and occasions. Accent the phrases with the included star and arrow designs and create custom glasses by mixing one of two frame styles with separate lens pieces.

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See more of the Geek Is Chic stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

The Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics include his and hers designs in two different sizes. This set coordinates with the Geek Is Chic stamp set for geeky perfection with each new project.

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See more of the Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Add some eye appeal with this four sentiment set that includes designs appropriate for a variety of occasions.  These graphic sentiments are the perfect accompaniment to the Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics.

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See more of the Eye Charts stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

Stencils are ideal for adding color and texture to your projects and the new Jumbo Polka Dot stencil is the perfect choice for incorporating this very classic pattern into your cards and crafty projects.

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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 188

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Each week we share a new sketch and another opportunity to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. This week, basic shapes are offset and layered in a completely doable, completely versatile manner. 

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You have until Tuesday, August 12 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 Rebekah! 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 (157-188) HERE

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The August Release Countdown Begins

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We’ve brewed up a Fab-BOO-lous release for you this month! A spooky selection of goodies that will have you itching to start those Halloween cards, party invitations, and crafty projects. We’re thrilled this month to be introducing a brand new illustrator to the MFT family – just keep scrolling to find out who she is and see what her MFT debut includes (hint: it’s adorably scary.) We’re rounding out the August release with some geek chic and classic pattern staples. Ready, set, GO.

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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 August 12. 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 8:30 PM EST on August 12 on the MFT Blog.

Blueprints 18 takes the guesswork out of creating cool, complementary angled panels for your A2 cards. Use the panels independently as layering pieces or create a color-block look by combining the pieces. Punctuate the gap created by the panels with a row of peek-a-boo circles or stars or, use each angled panel alone to add dimension and contrast. The double stitched circle creates a stitched die cut while leaving behind a window with a stitched frame. The second circle element layers perfectly with the stitched component. The fishtail flag and button elements both include the addition of a textural emboss line detail. The two star dies will create three separate stars – one, a star outline – that all layer together perfectly.

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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 18 HERE or by watching the video below.

Brand new illustrator, Miss Tiina,  brings us the adorably spooky Trick or Treat stamp set and Die-namics. Mix and match the characters, sentiments, and decorative accessories to build mini scenes. This set includes mummy, zombie, and ghost characters as well as two themed sentiments and a variety of extras to complete the tableau. The coordinating Die-namics set will create perfectly sized die cuts for your stamped images and in addition, includes a cute “boo” wordart element. Stay tuned for more Miss Tiina goodies in the coming months!

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See more of the Trick or Treat stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Trick or Treat Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Spotlight Sentiments offer a plethora of stamping options. Create the look of a repeated sentiment with a single impression. The individual outlined sentiment allows you the ability to punch up the look by adding some contrasting color. The generous size makes these a perfect fit for horizontal or vertical A2 cards as well as the angled panels included in Blueprints 18. Ink up a single line for a thinner text border option or create a wider border by using the design as-is.

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See more of the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

This addition to our line of STAX Die-namics will create circular elements comprised of peek-a-boo holes. The Stitchable Dot Circle STAX allows you to layer contrasting card stock beneath for a pop of color or use the holes as an easy stitching guide. These dies can be used with the Circle STAX Set 1 Die-namics to create stitched frames or treat pockets.

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See more of the Stitchable Dot Circle STAX Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Today, I’m sharing a card I created that features the new Spotlight Sentiment stamp set as well as elements from Blueprints 18.

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You can see how I’ve assembled the card by clicking HERE or watching the video below.

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 August 12!

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Watercolor Magic

Emily is back with us on the blog today! We’re so happy to have her sharing her wonderful creativity with us again.
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Hi, it’s Emily Leiphart again, and I’m thrilled to be back on the My Favorite Things blog with two more cards! This first one uses the TRANSFORM-ables Say Hello Die-namics. On the front panel, I used the smaller of the two dies to cut a window into the patterned paper. Then I combined both of the included die elements to create the black frame that was attached to the card front.

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I slid the boy and girl from the Boy Meets Girl Die-namics into the frame before securing acetate to the back of the window to create a shaker. I purposely positioned the girl’s head so that the two “Ls” would form bunny ears ;)

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To finish, I watercoloured the die-cut letters and added three enamel hearts.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Our line of TRANSFORM-ables is endlessly versatile. Barbara trimmed “smile” from the framed image to layer on top of the die-cut frame for a high contrast sentiment that demands attention (in the best possible way.)

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Think about your supplies in new ways. Here, the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX have been transformed into layering elements simply by trimming them to shorter lengths. A subtle tone-on-tone background, created with the On the Diagonal Background, adds pattern and interest that doesn’t overwhelm the other stamped and die-cut elements.

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Has Barbara’s project inspired you to create something smile-inducing? Be sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can see what you’re up to!

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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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