Soft and Serene: Thinking of You

We’re happy to have Lori Craig joining us for another guest post today!

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I’ve been airbrushing like crazy lately. Unfortunately, I’ve also needed an extraordinary amount of thinking of you cards on hand. There is something about the yellow rose that always seems so serene to me so here, I’ve paired Copic Markers with Mona Pendelton’s beautiful Rose Builder Stencil and the Pierced Oval STAX Die-namics for a quick card. The background was a spritz of Copic Y32 through the Graduated Hexagon Stencil, and I’ve topped it off with a beautiful sentiment from my very favorite MFT sentiment set, Cheerful Blessings.

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I consider kraft to be one of my signature stamping style staples and lucky for me, the MFT team caters to that with beautiful kraft papers and accents.

For this next card, I’ve paired Peaceful Wildflowers with that kraft love and another thinking of you sentiment from the same stamp set.

I started off by cutting two sets of the lavender die from Sweet Tooth card stock and coloring those two die cut pieces with Copic Marker (E42). Then I stamped the coordinating lavender image from Peaceful Wildflowers over the top with MFT Kraft Premium Dye Ink and inlaid them back to the negative space. The tag was cut from MFT Fishtail Flags STAX and stamped with MFT Hot Fudge Hybrid Ink. I finished off the look with an MFT Whip Cream button and Hemp Cord.

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 178

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A classic grid presents so many fun possibilities! Use the sketch to create a grid of any shape, as Barbara did with her star treatment, or make a shaker or window card for an interactive look. 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 3 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 Kristie! 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 (157-178) HERE

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Crafting for the Men in Your Life

All too often, the boys and men in our life get lost in the shuffle when it comes to handmade cards and gifts. With Father’s Day approaching, we couldn’t think of a better time to get in touch with our masculine side. This month, we’ve challenged the team to create cards and projects suitable for the males you know and love.

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Nothing says “I love you” like manly woodgrain, a neutral color scheme, and bacon (well, pre-bacon…at least until you open the card ;)) Amy’s fun take on this month’s Creative Team Challenge is sure to please the men in your life. A sentiment and image stamped in Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink on Black Licorice Card Stock perfectly mimics the trendy chalkboard look while a tiny red heart finishes the card off.

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You do want to see the inside too though, right? So FUN.

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Keep on clicking through to each of our Creative Team blogs to see what they’ve created in response to our challenge this month – their inspiring designs will have you hitting your workshop to build something worthy of every man in your life!

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May Your Day Be Filled with Sunshine

Using supplies in new and unexpected ways is one way to extend their usefulness and get a lot more bang for your buck.

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Kimberly’s happy card demonstrates this technique with the Trendy Triangle stamp set and Triangles Die-namics. The card base, embossed with the Cloudy Day Stencil, provides a serene backdrop to the shiny, smile-inducing sun.

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Mounting the circle sentiment and sun rays with foam adhesive adds dimension. Kimberly also created a slight shadow effect by stamping her sentiment twice, shifting the image ever-so-slightly before creating the second impression. Card making doesn’t have to be time-consuming or require a laundry list of supplies – with just a handful of versatile supplies and a single ink pad, she’s managed to create card anyone would be so pleased to receive.

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Hey! Have you heard? We’re having a HUGE Retirement Sale! 40 – 50% off more than 180 Stamps and Die-namics. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good though so if there’s something on your wish list that you have to have, now’s the time to grab it! See all of the sale items HERE and HERE. Enjoy!

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Paper Crafter’s Library

We’re so pleased to be the featured company this week at Paper Crafter’s Library! Pop on over to see a gorgeous project from our Creative Team as well as be entered into a drawing for one of the fantastic new May 2014 Die-namics. Need a tease?

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See the entire project with instructions on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog and don’t forget to comment for your chance to win the featured product.

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 5 projects. Pretty pastels that include Kraft, Berrylicious, Sno Cone, and Pink Lemonade make this month’s offerings a soothing collection, indeed. Let’s take a closer look at what our design team has been inspired to create with the combo.

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Mona chose to shake things up with a pretty vellum pocket filled with confetti (Butterfly confetti!) The InstaFrame Die-namics is a smart choice for the shaker element. The Fishnet Cover-Up Die-namics adds texture while the Winged Beauties stamps provides the perfect sentiment..

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A kraft base is the perfect foil to bright white and pastels. And that banner? Sherrie was so creative to use the Party Hat Border Die-namics, made fancy with a variety of our background stamps, to add that happy accent. A mix of sentiments from the Birthday Sentiments set is all that’s needed to complete the look.

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Kim used the new Can’t Wait to See You set from our Pure Innocence line as the focal point for her charming design. Pieces from the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics cut from Sno Cone Card Stock, and stamped with the Wood Plank Background, serve as the perfect base to that darling girl.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on June 4 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 5 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 177

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An abundance of layers composed of traditional shapes like rectangles and circles combined with a fresh flag element makes this week’s sketch a modern classic perfect for any number of occasions. Wow us with your ingenuity! 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, May 27 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 Cammy! 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 (157-177) HERE

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Light it Up!

Shine a spotlight on a bright spot in your life like Laina did in her arresting layout. Patriotic colors paired with shiny gold and silver and neutral kraft can’t help but to catch your eye. Laina used an image from the Watt’s Up? stamp set to create a pattern repeat block, used die cut inlays to create the chevron block, and layered a die cut border over a matching paper strip for a cool tone-on-tone textural element. An embellishment created with the Lightbulb Die-namics truly highlights the journaling block. There’s so much to love about this stellar design!

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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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MFTv Sea Life

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Our May 2014 release offers up a variety of new stamps, Die-namics, and Hybrid Ink colors that mix and match with the greatest of ease. This week’s episode combines a new stamp and coordinating Die-namics combination from Lisa Johnson, versatile background stamp patterns, and elements from our latest Blueprints and stitched panels additions.

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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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Release Rewind Day Two

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Before getting to Day 2 of our Release Rewind, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Jody’s blog: Jan Scholl

from Mona’s blog: Lisa Page

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out! And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

Our May release continues to inspire our designers to create even more projects guaranteed to get inspire and excite. Click through to each of our designers’ blogs for more May release inspiration!

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