At the Beach

Beachy shades of blue and pink mimic the soft blue of breaking waves and the glow of a softly setting sun reflected in the sky and clouds. A relaxing birthday at the beach is documented in perfect fashion by Suzy’s idea filled scrapbook page.

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That beautiful title work was accomplished by first die cutting the letters with the Little Letters and Little Lowercase Letters Die-namics sets. After adding color with markers or ink, the dot pattern was stamped with an image from the Washi Patterns set. Suzy chose to stamp a coordinating slightly darker ink on the lighter colored letters and used the Sweeth Tooth Pigment Ink on the darker letters. The contrast is so eye-catching! After combining the Triangles Die-namics and Trendy Triangles stamps to assemble the center border, Suzy bridged the transition between the triangles and photos by stamping and cutting a design from the Sunny Day Doodles Borders and Accents set. Simply stamp in black for a high-contrast look or take it up a notch by embossing for a more pronounced, shiny look

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The breaking waves presented the perfect opportunity for adding a bit of journaling to one of the photos, and a tag created with the Pierced Traditional Tag STAX and an image from the Sweet Little Memories set completes the look with panache. Documenting ourselves is something a lot of us neglect to do. Take a cue from Suzy’s layout and create a project all about YOU.

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My Baby Giraffe

Today Suzy is joining us to share a lively layout full of personality and whimsical touches. Custom colored letters complete a title that’s perfectly matched to the photos and design. Time to go wild with pattern, texture, and layering!

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To achieve the faded effect with the background stamping, Suzy inked only a portion of the Cheetah Background stamp. This technique adds some subtle pattern to the card stock base that is a perfect complement to the layout topic. Suzy added more custom pattern by overlapping the Striped Background to create a plaid effect, crafting a striped edge to match the cork border, and using the More Washi Patterns in conjunction with the Wonky Scallop Border Die-namics. The variation in the stamped images, such as the giraffes, is attained by first applying the lighter ink and then adding the darker around the edges.

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To add some texture and dimension, Suzy used the Sunny Day Doodles Borders and Accents to piece together a border. Trimming a strip of cork to match the curvy shape is a finishing detail that bounds the layout and completes the look. Whether you’re a scrapbooker or a card maker, these are ideas you can apply to your next project. Go make something fun!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 165

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Button up! This week’s challenge sketch is simple and sweet. Round up your well wishes with a single rounded corner, a circle element, and a button or other embellishment. Every project you link up will bring you one step closer to being the random winner of an MFT voucher worth up to $20!

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You have until Tuesday, March 4 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 Jodene! 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 (157-165) HERE



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Creative Stenciling Techniques Unmasked

Stencils are one of the most economical and versatile products on the market today and this month, we’ve challenged our design team to get creative with them so you can make the most out of your own stencil collection! After you see how our team uses paints, sprays, mists, and inks to airbrush, sponge, mask, and emboss, you’ll look at your stencils with brand new eyes.

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Inge created a gorgeous tone on tone textural background using embossing paste with our On The Diagonal Stencil. A delicate layered butterfly from the Fancy Butterflies Die-namics floats across the card front to finish off this very happy card loaded with fantastic details.

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Are you ready for some more creative inspiration? Our design team has provided exactly that. Pull out your stencils and supplies and prepare to be amazed and energized by what they have to offer. Keep on clicking through to each of their blogs to see what they’ve created in response to our challenge!

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MFTv Be Amazing Bokeh Effect Card

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“Bokeh” in photographic terms indicates a slight blur or shift in focus. It’s an intentional look to add artistic effect – not the result of a shaky hand ;) Mimicking bokeh with stencils and ink is a simple task as long as you’re prepared with the right materials and a quick technique tutorial. In our project this week, that intentional blur adds a softness to the card that is reinforced by subtle color choices and the warmth of the gold paper and ink. Choosing a mixed media or watercolor paper as your base is the key to preventing warping.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembly start to finish or just click play below.

So easy, right? Give it a shot and share your results by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram. We know you’re doing incredibly creative things and we’d love to be challenged and inspired by your creations.

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Splitcoast Love Fest

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Happy Friday to you! We are so thrilled to be a part of the Splitcoast community and to have the opportunity to share our products and inspiration with you. We are continually amazed by the exciting new ideas and projects you fill the gallery with.You teach us new ways to use the stamps, Die-namics, and supplies that we create for you and we have no doubt that you’ll continue to blow us away with future releases.
 
Now that we’ve gushed over your talent, we would be honored to have you participate in our challenge for you today. We think you’ll love all of the opportunities for interpretation this challenge allows for and we’re confident you’ll leave us swooning.
 
Head on over HERE to get all of the details. We can’t wait to see where our challenge inspires you to go!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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Color Palette Challenge 2 was issued two weeks ago. Time for a check in! This month, we’re featuring a Kraft, Sweet Tooth, Lemon Drop, and Blu Raspberry combo inspired by the sun and sea but equally appropriate for so many other applications. Are you interested in seeing what our design team has been inspired to create with this month’s palette? Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Embossed Houndstooth in classic Kraft is the perfect foil to pops of color in Jodi’s pretty card.

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Debbie created this fabulous set that would make such an incredible gift for the sea lover in your life.

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High contrast Blu Raspberry backed with Kraft adds interest and texture to this sweet and simple card from Jody featuring the new Simply Fabulous Sayings set.

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Amy went for glamour and elegance with this card. Classic stripes balance the filigreed Chandelier, made all the more fabulous by the bright and trendy colors.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember  that you have until noon on March 5 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 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 164

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Classic and elegant describe this simple but stately design. Perfect for any number of occasions but easy enough to make multiples of – perhaps a gift set is in order with this week’s challenge?  A voucher to the MFT boutique worth up to $20 could be in the cards just by participating, so give it a go and see where the inspiration takes you!

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You have until Tuesday, February 25 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 Peggy! 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 (157-164) HERE



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Always a Good Time

Color. Texture. Pattern. Laina has masterfully combined all of these design features into one vibrant layout. She’s used trendy patterns and techie elements to create a page that’s very much “in the now” but by including classic patterns, she’s imparted a timeless feel – this is a design that she’ll enjoy for years to come! It’s the little details that really make a layout special and Laina has shared some wonderful tips for pumping up your next project.

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If you want key words in your title to really POP, cut the letters twice and layer with pop dots.

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Kick tone-on-tone up a notch by using slightly different shades of the same color. Now you have created texture and contrast.

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This layout includes the perfect mix of patterns but Laina didn’t use a single piece of patterned paper. Instead, she created her own custom patterns in a number of different ways. The Berrylicious block was created by embossing card stock, highlighting the raised detail with coordinating ink. The Sour Apple and Razzle Berry blocks were done with Cover-Up Die-namics. The Steel Grey block was also done with a Cover-Up but this time, Laina left the piece intact choosing not to remove the circles. Tone on tone pattern was also created by stamping the Woodgrain Background pattern on the Instafames, a portion of the title work, and the Mod Border along the bottom of the layout.

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Finally, Laina created a journaling spot in her Smart Phone die cut negative by stamping with a lined journaling stamp.

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Ready to make a layout of your own based on Laina’s sketch? She has graciously provided one for you! This layout is such an excellent example of how putting attention and effort into the finer details can make an impact on the final product. The process doesn’t have to be time consuming, just thoughtful. So on your next project, challenge yourself to come up with one little detail that will push it from really good, to reallyreally good.

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MFTv Let’s Make Some Waves

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This week, we are setting sail on a sea of Die-namics goodness. Our new Sailboat and Making Waves Die-namics are a match made in heaven. In this video, you’ll see how quickly and easily you can assemble this maritime delight and you’ll also learn a great trick for using elements from our Blueprints series to easily create panels to use for die cutting smaller elements.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembly start to finish or just play the embedded video.

How are you combining different sets? Do you have any great tips for using your supplies in unique ways? We hope you’ll share your work by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram. We know you’re doing incredibly creative things and we’d love to be challenged and inspired by your creations.

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