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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MFTv Shine

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In this week’s episode of MFTv, you’ll find a simple design and assembly process punched up by the addition of an embossed sentiment, puffy sticker-like filament accent, and a specialty card stock accent. Our Blueprints 15 Die-namics makes quick work of creating the base pieces while Die-namics and a stamp set from Laina Lamb Design provide the rest. Quick and easy is the name of the game this week, with undeniably eye-catching appeal – you can’t beat that!

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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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Special Cards for Special Occasions

We’re happy to have Karolyn Loncon joining us today to share a beautiful project featuring a number of our June release products.

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Well, hello friends!  I am thrilled beyond words to be back as a guest designer for My Favorite Things. I have a deep and loving appreciation for the amazing products from My Favorite Things, so when Jody asked me to create a few projects using the newly released June products, I didn’t hesitate! I’m sharing one of the projects I created today.

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I love a card that has a fun and interesting fold. I especially love the Z-fold card design – it really packs a great design punch, and always has a surprise inside – BONUS! Here are the step-by-step directions for creating this card:

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Make the card base from Sno Cone Card Stock (5.5” x 8.5″) and score at 4.25” and fold.

Ink up the Romantic Script Background with white pigment ink. Stamp the background on both sides of the inside of the card base.

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Score the left side of the card base at 2 1/8”.

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Fold the left side of the card base so that the left edge is even with the card base center fold.

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Die cut the Bride & Groom elements from white and black card stock. Assemble the bride and groom, embellish, and attach together using foam tape. Adhere the bride and groom to the card base with foam tape (on the back of the bridal gown only) so that the bride and groom are centered on the card.

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Die cut the Pierced Fishtail Flag twice from white card stock. Use the squared off edge of the Pierced Fishtail Flag die to cut a rectangle that will fit the sentiment; trim the fishtail end.  Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment. Assemble the sentiment banner, adhering the left fishtail with foam tape.

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Stamp and emboss the inside sentiment on the second Pierced Fishtail Flag die cut. Adhere sentiment strip to the right side of the card base, and crease at the center fold (also making sure that the strip slides under the left side sentiment banner and lines up correctly.)

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Look how fun it looks when you close it up – as though the banner is one cohesive piece, right?  But, of course, we all know that there’s a surprise waiting inside!

Who wouldn’t love to get this sweet card for their special day? My sister is getting married this summer, so this little gem will be heading her way soon. I hope she and her new husband will love it as much as I do.  I adore these Die-namics and stamp sets, and will most definitely be using them again and again!

Thanks so much for dropping by today, and a BIG thank you to My Favorite Things for having me! I’ll be popping in again soon with more My Favorite Things projects!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 6 projects. This month’s palette of Natural, Sweet Tooth, Spearmint, and Nightshift Blue includes a range of colors from light to dark that allows you to create vastly different looks by simply switching up the dominant and accent colors. Let’s see how our designers chose to dip into this palette!

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A hearty dose of Nightshift Blue, grounded by a thin white border, allows the Spearmint die cuts to to shine on Cindy’s card. How could your recipient not smile after reading that sassy sentiment?

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Debbie and Cindy took similar routes design-wise – both choosing a stamped patterned background and matching placement of the TRANSFORM-ables Smile Die-namics, but the difference is evident in their choice of dominant color.

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We’re simply loving all of the fun ways the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics are being put to use! Those pierced holes are perfect for adding some texture with a little stitching. You’ll notice that each of our three designers thus far have went with a different base color and all three look amazing!

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Sharon went with a neutral base as well. Mixing in a few of the new June release products – Sending Big Hugs, You Mean the World to Me, Ampersand, and Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX, she achieved a sweet design perfect for so many different recipients.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on July 2 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 6 projects. As a reminder: one of the challenge participants will win a Gift Voucher to the MFT boutique valued at up to $20! We can’t wait to see what you do.

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 181

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A simple and classic design makes this week’s sketch perfect for a last minute card or a stash-building staple. Create a set of cards to serve as a gift that will be appreciated and adored. Share your projects inspired by the sketch by uploading a link to it at the end of our blog post. Every project you share is an automatic entry into our weekly giveaway of a Gift Voucher worth up to $20!

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You have until Tuesday, June 24 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 Elizabeth! 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 (157-181) HERE

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Your Hard Work Doesn’t Go Unnoticed

Don’t let the names of the At the Office stamp set and Office Supplies Die-namics trick you into thinking they’re only appropriate for work-themed projects! As Laina’s layout so deftly illustrates, academic layouts are a perfect application of this charming duo of products. The addition of texture in the form of a stitched title adds interest and another pop of color. The Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics makes stitching a breeze by creating a pre-punched stitching guide.

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Once again, Laina has managed to combine layers of color and pattern into an incredibly cohesive look – now it’s your turn! Did you notice that Laina created a 12×12 sketch but adapted it to an 8.5 x 11″ layout? Sketches are endlessly adaptable! The sketch provided would work wonderfully for a card as well. If you’re inspired to create something wonderful with this starting point, make sure to tag us if you share – we always love seeing what you’ve been up to with MFT products :)

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