Delicate stitching amps up a previously released MFT classic. You’ll love how simple this Die-namics makes it to create darling dimensional bows perfect for topping cards, tags, and gifts. Whether you choose card stock, patterned paper, felt, or gliiiiiiitter, your projects will shine when you top them with these bewitching bows.
It’s always a treat to have our dear friend Amy join us on the blog. Her projects never fail to inspire us to look at each release with new eyes. Welcome, Amy!
Hey everyone! AmyR here from Prairie Paper & Ink with a card using some of the new MFT July Release!
I always get asked for ideas for sympathy cards, and so I thought the new Painted Prints and Brushstroke Expressions stamp sets went together perfectly for creating sympathy cards.
I stamped the florals and leaves from Painted Prints with MFT dye inks onto Smooth White Card Stock and die cut them with their coordinating dies. In order to easily adhere them, I die cut a white card stock circle and adhered the leaves and flowers to that before attaching them to my card front.
I white heat embossed the sentiment onto Peach Bellini Card Stock and attached it with foam tape. The card base was white heat embossed with the Garden Flourish Background to give it some subtle texture.
On the inside of the card I stamped a sentiment from the Deepest Sympathy stamp set and adhered one of the leaf clusters and flowers above it and that was it!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and be sure to check out all the supplies used linked here at the end of the post!
It may be the type of card we most regret the need to create but it’s also among the most important…that’s why putting together a couple of sympathy cards ahead of time is a great idea. It allows us to put it to use the second it’s warranted and we promise it will be appreciated. Tag #mftstamps with your own sympathy cards you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – we’re always on the lookout for inspiration for this difficult topic.
We’re bringing Kristina back this month for another series of guest posts…she always brings new ideas to the table that are sure to inspire you during your next craft session. Let’s see what she’s come up with today!
Hello everyone! I am so happy to be here with you all again. I am grateful to MFT who invited me to be a guest designer. The July Release is full of amazing and interesting things and I have to admit that it was hard for me to choose the product that I would feature for my first project.
For today, I decided to make a gift box which can be given to someone dear or a crafty friend who would love to try embroidery but does not have the materials.
For the box, I used two pieces of white card stock cut to 6″ x 6″. I scored all four sides at 1 ” and then make a cut in all four corners. I used Scor-Tape to assemble the box and in the lid, used the Gift Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics to create a window.
For shaker material, I added some Lipgloss Microbeads. On the back of the shaker window, I glued an acetate sheet so the contents of the gift box are still visible.
For the frame, I used the Farm Fresh Gingham Paper Pack and to decorate the lid, I used the new Stitched Beautiful Bows Die-namics (do I have to say that I LOVE this product??!) I cut the bow from pink felt and used the same color to make flowers using Mini Rolled Roses Die-namics. I also used some white felt for the roses just to add some contrast.
Inside, the box is filled with embroidery threads in coordinating colors and two Cross-Stitch Tags which I pre-assembled with thread so the recipient would know how to assemble them after they finish the pattern.
As long as we are talking about needle and thread, I am going to take the opportunity to show you one of my latest cross-stitch projects in which you can see different MFT dies. I used one of the cross-stitch printables found HERE.
For this card I used the Stitched Tag-Corner Square STAX Die-namics and the baby pattern found HERE.
I hope you like what I prepared for you! I can’t wait to come back in a couple of days…until then – keep calm and craft on!
We love the idea of sharing a hobby with a friend. Cross-stitch supplies are such a fun idea but you could also include a small stamping starter kit…ink cubes, a small stamp block, and a starter set of basic stamps would be adorable! We can’t wait to see how you inject some interactivity to your projects with the new Gift Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics — tag #mftstamps so we don’t miss them!
If you haven’t had a chance to shop for stamps yet, make today the day! It’s your last chance to save 20% on in-stock clear stamps when you apply code CLEAR at checkout. *Excludes brand new.
Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you! We also have FIVE fabulous MFT friends joining us…think of it as our Release Replay with a twist.
The gorgeous florals from Painted Prints are assembled into a stunning bouquet on Debbie’s card. Pairing them with the Wood Plank Background adds rustic charm and the perfect bit of tone-on-tone interest.
Balloons and rainbows are smile-makers for sure — make those balloons heart-shaped for even more fun. Barbara combined our newest Free with $60 Die-namics with a perfect coordinating sentiment from the I Heart Celebrating stamp set for an ideal card to send group wishes.
This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team and some MFT friends played with our July Release.
Our good friend Sandy is joining us today for another edition of Create in Color. Each month, Sandy shares a useful coloring technique for you to incorporate into your repertoire. This month, she’s creating with Safari Friends and a cool watercolor technique. Let’s see what she’s done!
I’m Sandy Allnock and I want to say hello to all my fellow colorists, and a special hello to those who are joining in for World Watercolor Month!
The folks at DoodleWash sponsor a celebration of watercolor every July, and people all over the world participate — be sure to check out #worldwatercolormonth on your favorite social media to see more. DoodleWash’s prompts are applicable to crafters but some of them are more focused on those creating fine art, so I took the liberty of creating alternate prompts that work a bit better for cardmakers and Biblejournalers…these categories provide a little more flexibility:
You can click HERE to see how all your fellow crafters are participating…more info on my giveaway to celebrate #wwcm2018 can be found HERE!
All that brings me to my project for today. It’s the 16th, which means “generous” is the prompt so I went for “generous” spotlighting on this cute lion! The stamp set has safari animals but oh man, I envisioned this little guy in a dramatic spotlight in a circus!
I also had another motivation for honoring this lion; I read an article about how a pride of lions executed a bit of justice on behalf of some rhino poachers who had broken into a game preserve. I don’t celebrate the loss of life — and I’m guessing the lions weren’t really thinking they were protecting the rhinos but…perhaps other poachers will think twice before going after beautiful animals.
Alrighty, enough of my motivation for this card — let’s get on to seeing how it’s done!
Wasn’t the washing off of paint lovely? Several instructors I’ve taken classes from do this and I’m only just learning to figure out how dry the pigment needs to be to create different effects. It takes a LOT of practice so if you try this, don’t be disappointed if you struggle!
I used three simple colors for this: Daniel Smith’s Paynes Blue Gray for the background, and Hansa Yellow Light and Aussie Red Gold for the lion. Lately, I’ve begun to appreciate the simplicity of limiting my palette — it can really yield some dramatic results!
You might also note I used a wide brush for the background — this is a Cosmo Spin 30, and it does a nice job of releasing pigment. Other flat brushes can do a similar thing but I also like that I can make a thin line with it sometimes as needed as well. My other brushes are Silver Black Velvet Round brushes and I most often reach for an #8 and #12.
Hope you enjoyed this and that you’ll join in for World Watercolor Month too!
Let the watercolor workput commence! If you’re short on watercolor supplies, take a quick peek at our watercolor category to stock your stash. If you create something special inspired by Sandy’s technique, be sure to tag #mftstamps in your social media uploads. Happy coloring!
Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique.
from Francine’s blog: RHenry
from Jodi’s blog: Jeanne Beam
Congratulations to you both! RHenry and Jeanne, please send an email to email@example.com to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate you all!
If you love detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos to recreate some of your favorite MFT projects, Techniques & Tutorials is just for you! Our designers are going the extra mile with a collection of projects featuring more in-depth direction to help you achieve a similar look.
Raise your hand if you nabbed the latest design in our series of cross-stitch Die-namics. This Die-namics includes a hole and reinforcement piece allowing you to add your choice of coordinating ribbon, twine, or tassel to complete the bookmark. Team member Stephanie has taken the time to create a video tutorial for creating custom tassels that are ideal for topping your works of art.
We have seen so many incredible assignments turned in since summer school commenced! It’s certainly our pleasure to hand out some extra credit to a handful of our amazingly dedicated students. Let’s return to our syllabus for a quick reminder of what our students were eligible for:
To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!
Congratulations to ALL of our voucher winners (as well as an A+ for everyone that took part in our first session of summer school.) If you loved this session, make sure to join us later this summer for session 2!
To our winners, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred email address to claim your prize!
Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your brand-new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.
Want to learn more about Rachel, Melania, and the rest of our team’s Tips & Tricks for our July Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!
We so enjoy our Release Countdown each month – our team never fails to inspire us and we love seeing your enthusiasm and reading your ideas for using the new collection. We want to extend that excitement past release night with even more opportunities for the designers to blow us away with their creativity and ingenuity.
So many of our stamp sets feature images that invite color — from markers and pencils to watercolors, our designers are itching to show off their coloring prowess and innovative techniques.
You’ll love strutting your stuff, showing off your coloring prowess with the gorgeous proud peacocks featured in the Playful Peacocks collection. Vibrant greens and blues are ideal for providing eye-catching, realistic color for this trio…what an incredible example of coloring from Rachel!
The Saddle up & Celebrate images offer so many fun opportunities for injecting some western-style personality into your projects! From pattern to texture, you’ll LOVE honing your coloring skills with this irresistible collection.
You’re already feeling inspired, right? Brace yourselves because we have so much more to share! Check out what the rest of the team has created in response to our Just Add Color challenge below!
Creating multiple cards with the same design and color grouping is a smart way of maximizing your crafting time — especially when it comes to birthdays and other common recurring events. Using a rainbow of colors and time-honored symbols of the occasion (like candles for a birthday) ensures the design is appropriate for almost any recipient or age!
Stephanie made quick work of this grouping by maintaining the same color order for the candles (ROYGBIV is always a good choice) and switching up the color of the “happy” word and card base.
Watch MFTv – Creating Rainbow Birthday Cards on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!