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Good Things Come in Small Packages

Wrap your small Christmas treats in style this holiday season with our Square Pillow Box Die-namics. Create a customized package for each person on your list, or mass produce the same design for everyone. Either way, you’ll have the best dressed treat boxes in town.

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Die-cut one Square Pillow Box from Primitive Cream Card Stock. Die-cut two leaves with the Jumbo Christmas Stocking die from Jellybean Green Card Stock, and one Notched Tag from Kraft Card Stock.

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Using the Sheet Music Background, stamp the Square Pillow Box using Black Licorice Ink.

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Pre-fold along scored lines and add red line tape to outer flap as shown.

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Remove red line tape liner and adhere sides together to form the box. Fold in the top and bottom flaps.

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Stamp “from: Santa” in Black Licorice ink onto tag. Create a bow with Hemp Cord and thread the Wild Cherry Button with Hemp Cord.  Using a hot glue gun, attach leaves, tag, bow, and button to the pillow box. 

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Now it’s your turn! Show us your holiday treat boxes on our Facebook page.

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Suzy – Doodle Paper Piecing

We’re not only bringing you a new project today, but are highlighting a great technique for crafting your greeting cards and other projects. The technique is called paper piecing, and it is being demonstrated by Suzy Plantamura, the talented illustrator of the Sunny Day Doodles line of stamps. She will be showing you how to create your own winter cottage using just a few products!

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Pull out six different simple patterned papers you would like to use on your gingerbread house. We love that this project gives you plenty of room for creativity! Cut each of the six patterns and a piece of white card stock to 3” X 4”.

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Stamp the gingerbread house on each of the six patterned paper pieces and the white card stock using Black Licorice Ink.

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Cut out the house from one of the patterned papers and adhere to the house stamped on white card stock, lining it up perfectly. Cut the door from one of the remaining colors of patterned paper and the scalloped border along the bottom edge from another. For all pieces, be sure to trim carefully around the edges; adhere on top of the white card stock house.

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Continue cutting each of the different pieces from the assorted patterned papers, adhering each over the correct spot until your house is decorated to your liking. You can leave any areas of the image that you’d like to remain white totally uncovered.

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Trim all along the outside edge of the paper pieced house. Use markers to complete your design. A white gel pen can be used to add highlights and bring the cottage to life.

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Add your paper pieced image to your finished card base. For this example, the finished image sits on top of a Pierced Traditional Tag STAX.  The card has also been embellished with the Swiss Dots Die-namics and the Falling Snowflakes Die-namics. Adding little touches like these are what can take this project from unique to unforgettable!

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When you’re done, you’ll have a greeting card that your loved ones won’t believe was crafted by hand. Try out several combinations of patterned paper to figure out what you like best. Once you have this mastered, you’ll be able to incorporate paper piecing into more of your projects!

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Count Down with Amy Rohl’s Advent Calendar

We just counted down to our November Release, and now it’s time for another countdown… the countdown to Christmas! Skip those boring, traditional advent calendars and instead try out this bold and bright Advent Calendar from our Design Team member Amy Rohl! It’s an inventive way to get your daily holiday treat.

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Cut kraft wrapping paper to 4.25 x 5.5”. Stamp each piece of kraft wrapping paper with the Sheet Music Background stamp using Black Licorice Ink.

advent calendar step 2Die-cut 25 circles from Primitive White Card Stock using the Accent It – Holiday Traditions Elements Die-namics. Then stamp the Primitive White circles with the “Dec” sentiment from the Document It – Holiday Traditions using Gumdrop Green and Wild Cherry Inks. Stamp the numbers 1 through 25 on each circle using the Max Alphabet stamps with Black Licorice Ink.

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Die-cut 25 flags from Gumdrop Green and Wild Cherry Card Stocks using the Accent It – Flags & Tags Die-namics. A holiday project isn’t complete without the traditional Christmas color scheme!

On the reverse side of each of the kraft paper rectangles, apply a strip of adhesive to the entire length of one of the short sides of the 4 1/4″ x 5 ½. Apply a second strip of adhesive on the long side, starting on the end and going halfway up. Apply a third strip of adhesive starting in the middle of the short side, opposite the second strip of adhesive.

advent calendar step 4Remove the backing from the first strip of adhesive, and adhere the short ends of the paper together to form a cylinder. This is the beginning of your treat box!

 

advent calendar step 5Remove the backing from the second piece of adhesive and close the end by pressing the two sides together. Fill your container with desired Advent items (candy, Bible verse, etc.).

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Remove the backing from the third piece of adhesive and close the end in the same manner as before, but in the opposite direction. Don’t forget to add your treat in during this step, if you choose to do so.

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Reinforce the adhesive on each end by crimping each end ½”.

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Staple an Accent It – Flags & Tags flag to one end of each container.

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Almost done! Adhere one Accent It – Holiday Traditions stamped circle to the top of each flag using foam dimensional tape.

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The not-so-hard work is over! Now it is time to sit back and enjoy your advent calendar as you count down to the most wonderful time of the year. Amy chose to display her advent boxes in a basket, but you can also string them up on a holiday banner or clip them on to your Christmas tree. No matter which way you choose, this project is sure to be a tradition in your home for years to come!Advent-Calendar-Preview-Main-image-COD-Blast-Specs

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 151

Can you do BIG things with just a little bit of inspiration? If you can, you could be our winner for this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Every week, we give you a sketch that you can make your own, turning it into a touching engagement card or a funky birthday greeting. When you look at this week’s sketch, can you see the possibilities?

Link your posted project to the MFT Blog, and you are automatically entered to WIN. Of course, we thank everyone who follows our Wednesday Sketch Challenges, and whether you win or not, we’re always impressed with the creativity and talent you show in your projects!

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You have until Tuesday, November 26 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 get an extra $5.

More to spend means more greeting cards this holiday season! We like the sound of that.

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Congratulations Colleen Begley! 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 (105-151) HERE


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Barbara – Christmas Wreath

A wreath is a warm welcome in this cold season. It’s the first hint that a home is filled with happiness and cheer! Design team member Barbara Anders created this beautiful paper poinsettia Christmas Wreath that you, too, can hang up to spread good cheer in your home. Why choose store-bought when you can add your own special touch to your holiday decorations?

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To complete this project, you’ll need the MFT Let It Snowflake and Poinsettia Die-namics, a foam wreath, some Spanish moss, ribbon, card stock in Red Hot, Gumdrop Green, and Fuse Green, glitter paper, a hot glue gun, florist wire, and fishing line! A mug of hot chocolate won’t hurt, either.

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Spread hot glue on your foam wreath in sections and adhere Spanish moss until the wreath is covered.

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Wrap fishing line around snuggly, but not tightly, to help anchor the Spanish moss.

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Die-cut and assemble the poinsettias. Die-cut extra leaves for placement later. More poinsettias can be added later to fit your style and personal taste!

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Tie a simple bow from plaid ribbon, hot glue it in place, and secure with a straight pin into the foam wreath.

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Arrange the poinsettias and adhere using your hot glue. Gently shape the poinsettia and leaf petals with you fingers for dimension and a more natural look.

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Die-cut the snowflakes from glitter paper and adhere 3″ lengths of florist wire to the back of each. Apply a dab of hot glue to the end of the florist wire and insert among the poinsettias wherever you choose. This is where you can get really creative!

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Once you’re finished, you’re ready to hang your creation to welcome holiday guests into your happy home! This project also works perfectly as a thoughtful and inexpensive gift. Make each wreath unique using different ribbons and arrangement of poinsettias.

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Release Rewind Video

Have you wound down from the excitement of our November Release yet? Or have you been so excited to try out all of the new products that the excitement never ended?! In case you need a reminder of all of the great new products we brought you this month, you can review HERE.

Then, grab some popcorn and have your very own viewing party for our November Release Review Video! It’s filled with some of our favorite projects that our design team has been creating for the holidays. Click HERE or press play below to view.

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Shop for all of our new products HERE in the MFT  Boutique, and don’t forget that we give you plenty of Ways to SaveMy Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

 

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Barbara’s Crafty Christmas Tree!

Take a page from design team member Barbara Anders’s book and create your own wordy Christmas tree! Using two sizes of Styrofoam cones and the Art Expression Text stamp set, Barbara “grew” this project into something she can be proud to display in her home for the holidays! The trees look great on a mantle or as part of a festive centerpiece. There are plenty of possibilities when you’re willing to get crafty!

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To complete this project, you’ll also need the Accent It – Feathers and Arrows Die-namics (Barbara used the smaller feather from the set to create the tree’s leaves), Primitive Cream card stock, and MFT ink in Kraft and Black Licorice. And like always, having a great imagination helps, also!

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Release Rewind Day Two

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If you think our all-new products are awesome, you should see them in action. Our design team has been hard at work, putting together inspiring projects of all types so that our November release will keep you busy up to our next big reveal! See the unique twists that each of our team members put on their cards and plan for a twist of your own. If you missed Part 1 of our Release Rewind, you can catch up HERE. And once you’ve got some big ideas bouncing around in your head, make sure you’re stocked up with all of the new products in the MFT boutique, found HERE!

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WreathWe get excited when we see products used in unexpected ways. Kim has used the Layered Vine Border Die-namics to create a wreath that takes center stage on her card. She then used one of the components from the Hybrid Camellia Flower Die-namics to create the bow, and finished it off with a Cheerful Christmas Greetings sentiment. Bravo!

RR-Wreath-in-the-makingShe used a Pierced Circle STAX as her guide to make sure the wreath was completely round. She carefully glued each side of the wreath, and then removed the circle before gluing the top portion.

See all of the fun, heartfelt, and exciting projects that our design team has assembled for you this week!

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Release Rewind Day One

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Our November Release captures the warmth of the holidays for you to incorporate into all of your seasonal (or non-seasonal) greetings. Our design team has been working harder than Santa’s elves to bring you some of the most inspired looks of the season. Use THESE brand new products to add some winter wonder to your cards!NewRelease_BlogTitlesweet-memories

With the Sweet Little Memories stamp set, you can candy-coat all of your greetings.  The sprinkling of embellishments add the icing on the cake!

We would like to thank Kimberly for joining us as we counted down to our big release. Be sure to show her some love on her blog, For the Love of Paper.

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Ready for our designers to spark some jolly inspiration in you? Click below to view their blogs.

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 150

Wednesday is here again! You know what that means?  Our weekly sketch challenge! While you’re waiting for your brand spankin’ new MFT products to arrive at your doorstep, here’s a little something to keep you busy. But, before we send you off to get crafty, we want to remind you about the New Product Launch group post and your chance to win 1 of 20, $10 Gift Vouchers. This holiday season, the gifts are for YOU. Visit each of the MFT Designers, linked at the end of THIS post, and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, November 14 for your chance to WIN one of 20, $10 Gift Vouchers (that’s $200 in prizes – NICE!). The winners will be chosen at random and the prizes will be sent out on November 15. One prize will be given away from each of the designers’ blogs, as well as one from the MFT Blog. Ready? Set. Comment!

Our latest sketch is a great foundation for any project on your to-do list, from a get well card to a congratulations greeting. Link your posted project to the MFT Blog and you are automatically entered to win!

As always, we want to thank our weekly stampers who use our sketches to create something unique and fun. If this is your first time taking part in our challenge, don’t be afraid to get super creative with your project.

We select one random winner per week. Will it be you? Submit your project to find out!

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You have until Tuesday, November 19 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash. The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if your project uses MFT stamps, you’ll get an extra $5! That’s $5 more to spend on making your NEXT project a winner, too.

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Congratulations Kristy Schalk! 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 (105-150) HERE


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