5 Days Until the June Release

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Apologies in advance but one look at today’s offerings and you’ll probably be humming The Wedding March for the rest of the day. Fair warning…it’s worth it though!

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 June 10. 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 8PM EST on June 10 on the MFT Blog.

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The Bride & Groom Die-namics will create layered, dimensional, graphic representations of the happy couple. The bride includes a classic dress silhouette and optional flourish detail, while the groom includes a suit and shirt with emboss lines as well as a separate bow tie.

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Watch the Bride & Groom Die-namics video HERE or by playing below.

Two sizes and two styles of this simultaneously classic and trendy symbol will make the Ampersand Die-namics a set that you will reach for constantly! While these dies aren’t designed to cut out the stamped ampersands in the Always & Forever set, they can be used as a layering piece to replace the stamped image. Use these dies to create windows or a cool punctuated pattern!
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See the Ampersand Die-namics in action by watching the video HERE or playing the video below.

Always & Forever includes an abundance of individual words that can be mix and matched to build an endless array of sentiments. Use the words in conjunction with the ampersand images included in the set, or the Ampersand Die-namics, to complete the phrases.

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See more of this set HERE or play below.

Staggered dots, symmetrically positioned, make the Large Polka Dot Stencil a favorite for adding color or texture to your projects. You can’t go wrong with this most classic pattern and the versatility of stencils means an endless variety of applications.

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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 June products!

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Stamp and Win with This Month’s Color Palette Challenge 6

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Life is too short to be anything but colorful.

This month’s palette of Natural, Sweet Tooth, Spearmint, and Nightshift Blue will work just as well for masculine Father’s Day  cards as it would for classic and elegant wedding cards. A range of colors from light to dark means that you can create vastly different looks with the same palette simply by switching up the dominant and accent colors.

The June 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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Download all six 2014 paint swatches in one easy PDF HERE.

You have until Wednesday, July 2 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 Julie S! 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 June Release

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6 days until the June release! Today, how about a leisurely picnic with Birdie Brown, and a fun new background stamp?

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 June 10. 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 8PM EST on June 10 on the MFT Blog.

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The Every Day Is a Picnic stamp and Die-namics combo will set the scene for your next outdoor adventure. Cards that convey how happy you are to have a special someone in your life are just a few steps away. This darling little lady would work wonderfully for party invitations as well. Use the ants to march a fun border around your card and create movement with a variety of looping butterfly trails.

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If you’d like to see more of this hatted sweetie, watch HERE or click play below.

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You can find out more about the Every Day Is a Picnic Die-namics by watching the video HERE or simply clicking play.

The Stripes Cover-Up Die-namics can be used to create a striped panel in one easy step – simply layer a die cut over a contrasting solid panel for instant texture and pattern. Our Cover-Ups can also be used to create stencils for masking or, add touchable texture by using with the Embossing Pad Combo.

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Watch the video HERE or play the embedded video below.

The Gingham Background is a wonderful companion to the Every Day Is a Picnic set, but also amazing on its own for adding a classically sweet and nostalgic pattern to any project.

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See the Gingham Background video HERE or click play below.

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 179

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Round and round we go with this week’s sketch. Oodles of circles make this bubbly design a real crowd-pleaser. 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 10 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 Greta! 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 (157-179) HERE

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The June Release Countdown Begins

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I don’t know about you, but for me, the word “June” just makes me smile. So many good things typically happen this month…from elaborate weddings to simple picnics, June is a month that memories are made. As always, we’ve mixed in some versatile stamps and Die-namics that will lend themselves to virtually any project, and punctuated the release with incredibly fun office-themed goodies. A new set of colors for our line of Hybrid Inks is included as well so no matter your pleasure, we’ve got you covered – I think you’ll find that it will be very easy to engage yourself with our June 2014 release and all it has to offer.

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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 June 10. 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 8PM EST on June 10 on the MFT Blog.

The Blueprints 16 Die-namics is such a unique addition to the Blueprints series! This set provides for endless opportunities for interactivity and allows you to create A2 cards with two different circular flap closure options: tuck the flap into a semi-circle notch or, tuck a tabbed flap into a discreet slot. Use the circular frames to create windows, layer-able circle elements, or shakers. Six different styles of mini banners are fun to mix and match and embellish with small elements or customize with letters. The rectangular panel measures 5.5 x 4.25 and will completely cover an A2 card front.

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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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To take a more detailed look at the components included in Blueprints 16, watch our introduction video by clicking HERE or click the play button below.

Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics are the same dimensions of the Fishtail Flags STAX but with the addition of a pierce detail. This versatile set is ideal for creating layering pieces and sentiment strips and coordinates beautifully with the Fishtail Flags Layers STAX for bordered flag accents.

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You can see more of the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics HERE or by playing the video below.

The new Together Forever stamps includes 8 sentiments in a beautiful mix of contemporary fonts. This set is appropriate for weddings, engagements, anniversaries, and any number of other special occasions.

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Want to see more of the Together Forever set? Click HERE or play below.

The Romantic Script Background features text from Jane Austen in a beautiful handwritten font. Adding a dreamy touch of pattern to your cards and projects will be easy breezy with this lovely background stamp.

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The Romantic Script Background can be seen HERE or in the video that follows.

This month, the third wave of colors in our line of Hybrid Inks – thirteen new shades in both ink pad and refill formats, that coordinate with our existing Replenishments products. These pigment based inks dry like dye inks and are permanent on paper surfaces, acid-free, archival, and fade resistant. These inks feature a raised felt pad and are slightly larger than our current ink pads. Inks can be heat set on glass, fabric, wood, plastic, metal, and clay. As these inks are fast drying and waterproof, they cannot be embossed with embossing powder. Are you curious about what these inks are capable of? Our team has worked hard to show what they can do and just how versatile they are. Check out their reviews herehere, and here.

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Our June Guest Designer is the wonderful Teri Anderson. You’ll be able to find her projects featuring the June release on her blog each day of the countdown. Thank you so much, Teri for sharing your talent with us this month!

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So, 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 June 10!

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Getting Inky with Our New Hybrid Formula Pt. 3

Yesterday, we’d shared an example of a card that could be completed in no time at all. Today, Sharon Harnist is with us to share a Copic tutorial that is perfect when you have the time and desire to get deep into a coloring project.

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Hello, MFT friends!  I’m thrilled to be on the MFT blog today to share a Copic coloring tutorial and demonstrate how well your Copics will work with MFT’s new Hybrid Ink Pads…so let’s get started!

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To color this sweet Pure Innocence Sassitude image, first I stamped her with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto X-Press It Blending Card. The hybrid ink dries quickly and you can start coloring right away, with no need to heat set or allow for lengthy dry time! The pleats in her dress are already drawn for you, so the coloring is pretty simple. (I’ll have another example at the end of this post that shows how to create pleats when there are none included).

1. Base color the skirt with lightest RV52.

2. Using darker RV55, color from the round end of the pleat, which would be the deepest “valley,” upward, creating an upside down V.

3. Go back with the lighter RV52 and blend the two colors together.

4. Using the 0-Colorless Blender marker, push away some of the color from the very tops or “peaks” of the pleats, creating the same upside down V pattern going upward towards the waistline. These strokes become more visible in the next step photo as the blender solution dries.

You’ll notice, even with using the 0-Colorless Blender marker to push away Copic color, the hybrid ink stamp lines remain crisp!

5. Color the lower row of ruffles the same as the steps above.

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6. To color the bodice of her dress, start with a base coat of T0.

7. Using mid-tone of T1, create a shadow on the right side of her body and on her shoulder.

8. Using darkest T2, deepen the shadow on the far right edges of her body.

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9. To color hair, base coat with Y23, then add mid-tones of E33.

10. Add darkest E35.

11. Go back with lightest Y23 and blend colors together.

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12. To color skin, base coat with lightest E00; add shading with darker E11. Go back with lightest E00 and blend.

13. To color shoes, base coat with lightest T2 and add shadows with darker T4.

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Here are all the Copic colors I used:

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To make Miss Sassitude even more sassy, I gave her some shimmer by placing MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist into a water reservoir brush and painting it onto the bodice of her dress and hair bow. Even with painting over the hybrid ink stamped lines with the shimmer mist, the lines remain crisp, with no bleeding!  The mist was also lightly sprayed onto the Razzle Berry 6-inch calendar base.

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Hopefully you can see all that pretty shimmer in this close-up. (I also accidentally got some shimmer mist sprayed onto her face when I was spraying the Razzle Berry layer – oops! Just adds to her sparkling personality, I guess - LOL!):

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To make the calendar part of my page, I stamped the Journal It-Calendar Basics grid with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto Smooth White Card Stock.  The numbers were stamped with Razzle Berry Hybrid Ink onto the calendar grid. I’ve found this process goes quickly by stamping all of one number at a time. Here, I’ve stamped all the 1’s and 2’s:

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The June month name was die cut from Razzle Berry Card Stock with Accent It-Months of the Year Die-namics. To finish my calendar page, I embossed the Wildcat Stencil onto the Steel Grey layer, by using the thin mat from the Embossing Pad Combo and running it through my Big Shot.

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A Fishtail Flag was cut from Pink Lemonade Card Stock and topped with a Cotton Candy stitched strip from Blueprints 1.  A Loopy Bloom cut from Cotton Candy felt finishes my 6-inch June calendar page.

To create pleats in clothing where they are not already drawn, just color the same upside down V pattern where you think they would look most natural. In this Birdie Brown Sunflower Sweetheart image, I used the curves in the bottom of the dress as a guide for coloring the pleats:

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Thanks so much for joining me today – I hope this tutorial is helpful to you when coloring your MFT images!

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Quite a Pair

Your cards and projects don’t need to be time and labor-intensive unless that’s what you want them to be. Attractive projects that your recipient will love are mere minutes away – Creative Team member Amy’s sweet card is proof positive.

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Talk about thinking outside the box – Amy repurposed the Lightbulb Die-namics into a pair of pears. The result is simple and sweet, cool and graphic, and begging to have the card interior filled with words of love.

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The stem and leaves can be cut twice from different shades of card stock, or, simply choose a coordinating ink color to darken the stem – what a time saver!

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We’d love to see your “made in minutes” projects. Make sure to tag MFT in your social media uploads so we can see what you’re up to!

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Pump up the Volume with Layered Die Cuts

Today we’re so fortunate to have Laura Bassen with us.

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Laura joined us recently as our March Guest Designer and she’s back with us today with a video showcasing her technique for layering die cuts to create depth and dimension while maintaining a firm and well-constructed card (and avoiding the frustration of cutting and adhering tiny pieces of foam tape!)

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You will LOVE Laura’s chatty and informative style and without-a-doubt be inspired to try the technique yourself. Watch Laura’s video HERE or below – then, get to cutting!

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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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