The April Release Countdown Begins

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The timing may seem suspicious but no fooling – the April Release Countdown begins NOW. We’re kicking things off with the latest in our Blueprints line, a springy look from Lisa Johnson Designs, and a surplus of splendid scallops.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on April 5. 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 April 5 on the MFT Blog.

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BLUEPRINTS 28

Blueprints 28 includes everything you need to assemble creative cards for just about any occasion. There’s a jaunty feel to this edition of our Blueprints that you’re just going to love. The main frame features stitching on the outside and a semi-circle notch at the bottom, but there’s more than meets the eye. The inside top of the rectangle scores rather than cuts, creating a fun flap. Layer the stitched circles over the notch and tuck a gift card or a cute image behind the clever window opening. Add extra flair with arrows and chevrons or add simple sweetness with a row of three hearts. Accessories include one stitched chevron, two arrows, three banners, two stitched circles, a row of circles (which is slightly curved), and a row of hearts. Let your creativity soar with Blueprints 28!

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See more of the Blueprints 28 Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Blueprints 28 Die-namics #mftstamps

Handmade card from Torico featuring Blueprints 28 Die-namics #mftstamps

FLY-BY FRIENDS

If it’s the birds and the bees and the flowers and the butterflies that you love, then the Fly-By Friends stamp set is just your style! This adorable set from Lisa Johnson Designs collection gives you a super selection of springy sweetness. Create cards to say thank you and hello as well as sending encouragement and get well wishes with the wide variety of sentiments presented in a simple font. You’ll bee captivated by this versatile set! The coordinating Die-namics are open inside to allow you to stamp, then cut OR cut, then stamp. This feature keeps our Die-namics lightweight and allows for easy removal of the die cut from the die.

Lisa Johnson Designs Fly-By Friends stamp set #mftstamps

Lisa Johnson Designs Fly-By Friends Die-namics #mftstamps

See more of Fly-By Friends HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Fly-By Friends #mftstamps

SCALLOP BACKGROUND

Personalize your projects with a lovely cascading scallop design with the Scallop Background stamp.

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See more of the Scallop Background HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Scallop Background #mftstamps

DAINTY SCALLOP COVER-UP

The Dainty Scallop Cover-Up features a cascade of feminine scallops. Layer the resulting die cut over a contrasting color or create a fresh look with inlaid die cuts.

Dainty Scallop Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

See more of the Dainty Scallop Cover-Up Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Dainty Scallop Cover-Up #mftstamps

CASCADING SCALLOP STENCIL

The Cascading Scallop Stencil features a lovely pattern of scallops measuring 7/8″ x 5/8″ each.

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Handmade card from Torico featuring Cascading Scallop Stencil #mftstamps

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new April Release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on April 5!

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Welcome to the Team Amy!

Big news today! We’ve been sharing guest posts from Amy Lee all month long and today, we’re so excited to announce that she’ll be joining the MFT DT permanently as of today! Can’t get enough of her bright & cheerful cards? Lucky you – the April Release Countdown begins TOMORROW so you’ll be seeing lots more from her and the rest of our amazing team in the coming days so stay tuned.

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Hello friends! I am SO HAPPY that I am officially joining the MFT design team! Dreams do come true! You just have to work really hard at it :)))))))))

Handmade card from Amy Lee #mftstamps

Handmade card from Amy Lee #mftstamps

I am sharing a watercolor card as my debut card today. I love this card! It has everything I love – bunny, watercolor, reflection, music, and Paris! You can see my step-by-step below:

  1. White heat emboss the Sheet Music Background onto watercolor paper. Loosely color with Gansai Tambi watercolor. Die cut the panel with the Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX.
  2. Die cut Paris Skyline out of white card stock and vellum.
  3. Stamp the bunny in brown on watercolor paper; color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and Gansai Tambi watercolor. Die cut with coordinating Die-namics.
  4. Mount everything as shown onto a white card base. Trim off excess elements that extend outside the card.
  5. Lastly, embellish with some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Handmade card from Amy Lee #mftstamps

That’s it for my card. I am so so excited about this amazing opportunity!! Thank you so much for your support! I will see you at MFT April Release Countdown 🙂


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I Will Always be Here for You

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Hello again! It’s my final post for my guest designer spot with the wonderful MFT. It has been such an amazing experience. Thank you so much for having me!

I’m excited to show you today’s cards. I have always been a huge fanatic about creating scenes, and one of my favorite things to do is creating beautiful blended skies. The new stitched window panel from Blueprint 27 is incredibly versatile. And I came up with a few cards to showcase some fun ways to use these frames!

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For my first card, I created a city scape scene from day to night. When I got the frames, I thought the three compartments was a great way to split up the card to have 3 separate scenes, like a comic strip! And so I utilized these compartments to create 3 separate times of day: morning, noon, and night. For the bottom rectangle, I die cut out the skyline border in black card stock, and also added a yellow piece of post-it behind the night side to create the imagery that lights were being turned on! A few of the tiny die-cut squares in the building were intentionally left in, as there are always early birds like me who sleep early! Haha!

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I thought the scene was perfect to describe unconditional love morning, noon, and night. So I found the perfect sentiment “I Will Always Be Here for You” from the Adorable Elephants stamp set, which I heat embossed onto my cityscape. Everything came together perfectly!

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For my second card, I featured the vertical Stars in the Sky Die-namics. I wanted to create a starry painted sky, and picked up my watercolors to create this fun background, and then die cut the stars from it. The Stars in the Sky Die-namics makes it so easy to create this starry scene, and not to mention all those die-cut stars are going to work great as shaker pieces for another project!

A starry night sky isn’t complete without a moon! So I picked up some help from a cheeky monkey. To help him climb up to the sky, I created a ladder using the same window panel die I used in the first card! I pre-stamped a piece of kraft cardstock with the Wood Plank Background, die cut half the panel, and snipped off the 2 sides of the frame to create the ladder.

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Now our cheeky little monkey can carry the moon up to the painted sky to complete the scene! I finished the card off with the sentiment “Shine Bright” and embellished the card with a few clear sequins.

And that’s it for my final post today! I hope you enjoy my projects and was inspired to create some scenes yourself!


Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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Follow Your Rainbow

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Hello everyone! I am excited be back again, this time with lots and lots of color. Rainbows of color! The Stitched Rainbow Die-namics provides so much opportunity to create a fun scene on your cards, and there’s even a perfect sentiment set to match!

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Have you ever watched the Magic School Bus when you were young? I learned so much watching this show, and going on adventures with this bus to learn all sorts of science. Now I’m taking you on a bus ride to the rainbow! Let’s go on an adventure together!

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Thinking back on childhood also brings me all the memories of all the children picture books I read, or should I say looked through. There are always the cutest illustrations in these books, and it inspired me to create my next card.

Handmade card from Keeway Tsao #mftstamps

The soft pastel look and all the adorable happy faces are just too cute. All these colors just makes me so happy, and I hope it brings some brightness to your day as well!


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MFTv – Foiled Backgrounds 2 Ways

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With more than 25 color options, our selection of Deco Foils is sure to include the perfect hue for your next card. Whether you have a laminating or foiling machine or not, you can still put these shiny little treasures to work on your projects. In this week’s episode of MFTv, Kimberly will show you two different methods for applying foil – even if you have dedicated machine, you may still want to give the adhesive a try just to achieve that cool textured finish!

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Watch Kimberly’s process HERE or by playing the embedded video below.

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Thank You for Being There for Me


Before we get to today’s post, it’s time to announce the winner of one of the Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit. This winner was randomly selected from the subscribers who commented on Francine’s video.

Congratulations Carol Hintermeier – you’re the lucky winner! Please email your name and preferred mailing address HERE – we can’t wait to get your kit out to you!

Stay tuned for more fun giveaways from our Youtube channel as well – we have so much more fun up our sleeves 😉


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Hello and welcome to my very last guest post for MFT.

I have enjoyed my time sharing projects with you all and hopefully inspiring you to pick up those gorgeous products and just play and have fun.

I had fun creating this little shaker card that you see below.

Handmade card from Joy Taylor #mftstamps

I started out by taking some Black Licorice Card Stock and die cutting the Double Stitched Square STAX twice to form a window shape. I then took a piece of scratch white card stock, measured to about the same width and decided to use the Sun Ray Stencil adding layers of distress ink, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber to form some sun rays. This created the background focal point to the shaker. Adding lots of foam tape to get dimension, I then added Pretty Pink Posh sequins inside and closed it up by adding the stenciled background.

Moving onto the animals, I stamped out the horse, chicken and the pitch fork from the Farm-tastic stamp set and coloured them all up with copics, die cutting them out. I also die cut from some Kraft Card Stock using the Farm Fence Die-namics, adding this down at the base of the shaker, then proceeding to add the animals and pitch fork to complete the shaker.

Wanting to add the shaker to another piece of white card stock, I stamped out a sentiment from the Rainbow of Happiness with Steel Grey Premium Dye Ink, adding the shaker to the top piece of card stock, then this to a Kraft Card Stock base.

Well that is all from me today, I do hope you have enjoyed and I want to take this opportunity to thank MFT for having me guest for them this month.

For now, happy crafting!

Joy


Feeling farm-y? Make sure to tag your MFT projects with #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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It’s Your Time to Take Off!

Amy Lee is back with one last March guest post – it’s been such a pleasure to have her join us this month!

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Hi! Amy (The Craft Bunny) here today to share two more cards.

Handmade card from Amy Lee #mftatamps

The theme of my first card is alien abduction. Oh! Actually it’s alien taking off 🙂 It happens on a random night on a lawn. A red alien is going back to its mothership. Here is a closer look.

Handmade card from Amy Lee #mftatamps

Handmade card from Amy Lee #mftatamps

  1. On an A2 panel, mask off the light area with masking paper.
  2. Blend distress inks in Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot. Add water droplets for bleaching. Remove the mask, blend in Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed to be the light.
  3. Die cut the whole panel with Blueprints 25.
  4. Stamp, die cut, and color the alien and UFO from Out of this World with Copic markers.
  5. White heat emboss the sentiment on black card stock.
  6. Adhere everything as shown with foam tape and glue.

Handmade card from Amy Lee #mftatamps

For my second card, I flipped the design upside down and made the kitchen utensils to flip around from the saucepan. The sentiment ties up the story perfectly. Here is how I made my card.

Handmade card from Amy Lee #mftatamps

Handmade card from Amy Lee #mftatamps

  1. Mask off to expose a reverse triangle in the middle. Die cut the utensils out of masking paper and stick them randomly in the area.
  2. Blend in MFT Premium Dye Inks in Red Hot, Lemon Drop, Sour Apple, and Summer Splash. Remove the masks and add water droplets.
  3. Stamp the kitchen utensils in black ink. Stamp the saucepan with Copic-friendly ink and color with Copic markers. Mount with foam tape.
  4. Lastly, stamp the sentiment with black pigment ink.

I hope I leave you with some inspirations to use MFT’s amazing stamps! Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.


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Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit | Moose You

Today we have another bonus episode of MFTv! Francine will absolutely inspire you to get crafty with your own Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit.


BIG HUGE NEWS:

We’re giving away a Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit to one lucky winner. When you click over to Youtube to watch Francine’s video, be sure to subscribe to MFT and leave a comment on her video for a chance to win your own Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit. The winner will be announced here on the blog Friday, March 25 so don’t forget to subscribe, watch, and comment soon.


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Francine makes it look so easy (but really! it is! you can do it too!) Her heartfelt Moose You card combines elements from the Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit along with a couple of MFT favorites and some nifty little tricks.

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

Watch Francine’s process HERE or by playing the embedded video below.

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You’re Souper Cool

Welcome Keeway Tsao to the blog today for the first in a trio of March guest posts.

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Hello! I’m so incredibly excited to be guest designing with My Favorite Things and be here today. I am in awe of their new products every month, and today I get to share a card I made with the ever-so-fun and adorable Recipe for Happiness stamp set by the talented Birdie Brown from their February release. I love making cards to send at any time of the year, because you never need a reason to send a card just to brighten someone’s day. And this set has all the ingredients to make the perfect card!

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I have never been a great cook myself, but I do love watching cooking shows like Top Chef and Master Chef. How I wish I can cook like them! And I was inspired to combine this adorable stamp set with the Television Die-namics. I blended a soft brick background onto white card stock and also die cut a stitched floor.

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I then die cut the television in grey and black card stock and featured one of the chefs that I colored in the set. Everything on TV always look incredibly easy and delicious, but it sure doesn’t go that smoothly in real life! At least not for me…haha. I assembled all the pieces together in layers and finished off the card with the perfect, punny sentiment. You’re souper cool…yes you!


Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit | Creative Stamping

Today we have a bonus episode of MFTv! The new Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit should be hitting homes around the world so we wanted to provide even more inspiration to get you started with it. You’ll love what Stephanie has come up with!

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I love having a kit full of products that work together to create a bunch of cards, because it takes away all the guesswork and just lets creativity happen. One of my favourite things to do with kits is to look at the contents a little differently and find fun new ways to use the products. I love the bear image in the Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set, but thought it would be fun to be able to use the bear without a fish in his hands. So I played around with the stamped image to see if the idea I had in my head would work, and it did!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

I stamped the bear twice on a piece of Smooth White card stock and coloured in the full bear image (minus the fish since you won’t see it on the final card) and also coloured the hands on the second image. Once everything was coloured, I used my scissors to cut everything out. When I cut out the full bear image, I cut along his body on both sides, cutting off the fish head and tail and then I cut out the two separate hands from the second image.

I die cut a heart from white card stock using the Blueprints 27 Die-namics and I coloured it in with red Copic markers. I adhered the heart to the center of the bear (covering the fish) and then glued the two hands onto to heart to make it look like the bear was holding it. I love the different look I was able to create by changing the stamped design and adding a heart.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Warm & Fuzzy Friends Card Kit #mftstamps

Once I had the bear done, I die cut a tag from the wood veneer paper in the kit using a Stitched Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics. I stamped some paint splatters using the Distressed Patterns stamp set onto a white card stock panel and then I adhered the tag directly on top. I love that you can still see the paint splatters through the tag. I added a piece of striped paper from the kit onto the right hand side of the card base and added the trimmed down panel on top.

To create the greeting, I stamped the sentiment onto brown card stock with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I adhered both the sentiment and the bear onto the tag with foam adhesive and finished the card with some clear sequins scattered around the tag.

Watch Stephanie’s process HERE or by playing the embedded video below.

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