Pump up the Volume with Layered Die Cuts

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


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!) congrats cap congrats close up hello die hello close up 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!


Soft and Serene: Thinking of You

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


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.
MFT-sunshine 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.


Oh Snap! Bring on the Color

We’re so pleased to have Lori Craig joining for a guest post today! If you’re looking for ways to streamline your die cutting process while still being able to achieve a colorful result, you’ll find her ideas for adding Copic color to white die cuts intriguing. You’ll love the soft and beautiful look she achieved – read on to learn more about her project and technique!


I am so excited to be guest blogging for MFT this week! I have always been a huge fan of the products that MFT offers, but lately, I am really enjoying mixing the stencil and Die-namics lines with my Copic markers. I love the look of the detailed Die-namics, but sometimes I shy away from playing with them because of the little parts and pieces that need to be cut from different colors of card stock. More than ever, I’ve been enjoying a more clean and simple approach to paper crafting, and then it hit me – I was originally drawn to Copic markers because of the beautifully vibrant and smooth color that I could achieve when I used the pens…can’t I translate that to use to my benefit and style on some of those detailed Die-namics? (YES. We’d say Lori achieved her goal with flying colors! You’ll agree after you see what she did!)

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Here I have cut the Die-namics Cute Cameras 2 from X-Press It Blending Card.

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It was super easy to color each component with Copic markers,

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and then inlay them back together to create a cute tag accent.

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The other thing I have enjoyed is using the MFT stencils with my Copic Air Brush System. When I work with the stencils, I like to work with a Copic product called Mask It film that is re-positionable and removable. This lets me use just the portion of the stencil that I need for each specific project.

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In this case, I wanted to play on the photo theme and the popular bokeh idea and create a little ‘bokeh’ for my background. I used the Graduated Circles stencil but the Graduated Hexagons would work well, too! I used Copic BG13 and R22 to accent a piece of MFT Sweet Tooth Card Stock.

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I put my card together with the tag, a little strip cut from Blueprints 2 Die-namics and colored with Copic Marker R35, and a button finished with twine. Very quick and fun to put together. This one is perfect to pop in the mail for a fun girlfriend hello!


Mother’s Day Brooch

Amber wowed us yesterday with her take on the Wildflowers Centerpieces Die-namics and she’s back with us today sharing another very timely, very beautiful project. We’ve been so fortunate to have Amber on our blog the past two days but have you had a chance to pop over to her blog? You might want to, you know, if you haven’t yet 😉 First, you’ll want to check out today’s craftiness though…let’s get to it!


Hi MFT friends! I’m back with one more project using another of my favorite MFT Die-namics. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, MFT really does offer the best in floral dies. The rolled flowers are awesome and I am especially jonesing over the Lily Die-namics. The layered look is so, so pretty. I decided to assemble them into simple little brooches that are a perfect favor for Mother’s Day.



When cutting out my Lily Die-namics – I like to keep the die connected rather than separating them. The pieces are so delicate, it can be easy to misplace them. Since I do keep them connected, I avoid running the die through several sheets of cardstock by just cutting once with white cardstock. Then, I can use my Copics to color each layer of the Lily in whatever colors I choose.


To give my paper brooch a pretty presentation (which is oh-so-important!) I mounted the pin onto one of the Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics. I absolutely love the versatility of that tag die set!


Thanks for hanging out with me for a few days while I show off some MFT. I hope to see you over at Damask Love for more crafting fun!


Wonderful Wildflowers Tri-fold Card

Amber, of Damask Love, has been wowing us with her innovative projects featuring MFT stamps and Die-namics for awhile now, so to say we are thrilled to have her joining us for a couple of guest posts is an understatement. We are confident that her talent and ingenuity will blow you away as well! Let’s just get to her project so you can see what we mean.

Hey there MFT friends! I am super excited to be guesting today on the MFT blog and sharing a couple of projects using some of my favorite MFT products. On my blog, Damask Love, I do a lot of everything – from stationery to gifts, I pretty much love to make anything, especially with paper. For today’s project, I’m going back to my card-making roots and sharing a design that will be a show stopper for any recipient.


This tri-fold notecard has awesome depth and is sort of a mini work of art! Let me show you how I made it:



The Wildflowers Centerpieces Die-namics is currently one of my absolute favorites! The detail is amazing, but so easy to execute. Even though the set does come with little coordinating petals, I opted to add color to each flower with my Copic markers.


You’ll need to add a little sunshine to your trifold card. First, I used a craft knife to cut a rectangle frame from the center portion of the trifold card. To do this, close the card, and use the border of the already die cut Wildflower Centerpiece as a guide for where you’ll need to cut the center panel. Next up – some sunshine. This is easy to do by adding a 1″ circle die cut from the Circle Stax Set 1 and coloring it with shades of yellow. Then, simply adhere it to the inside of the frame so that it’s peeking out.


Last up, you can tackle the third panel on your notecard. Use Post-Its or masking tape to create a frame that matches the previously cut rectangle. Then start blending away with the MFT Inks. I love the look of this pretty blue sky! Here’s a peek at how your fully assembled notecard will look:



Now, since the majority of the card is covered by your beautiful artwork, you can go ahead and write your note on the back of the card. Think of it as a postcard that’s been given a hefty dose of awesome!


Thanks so much for letting me hijack the MFT blog today! Hope you’re inspired to make something pretty.


Versatile Die Cuts: With Jennifer McGuire

We are so lucky to have Jennifer McGuire joining us today to share a fantastic video detailing three different ways to use your Die-namics collection to create beautiful and unique elements for your cards and projects. Jennifer claims to be addicted to die cutting and with results like this, we can see why! In her stunning example, she’s blended in lifelike color to simple white die cuts, boosted the shine and depth of a classic sentiment die cut, and added texture and dimension by debossing her card background with the Modern Morocco Cover-Up Die-namics. Along the way, she’s shared an incredible number of great tips that you won’t want to miss. Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 9.21.16 PM You can see Jennifer’s video HERE or by simply playing the embedded video below. Subscribe to our Youtube channel TODAY and never miss another MFT video.

Thank you so much Jennifer, for sharing your time and talent with us.


Our Favorite Finds

Welcome to My Favorite Things Our Favorite Finds, it is the day that we feature beautiful cards created by all of you, our incredibly talented customers!  Our Designers are always on the lookout, and we will feature five of very favorites each Thursday here on the My Favorite Things Blog. Be sure to visit each of the artists featured today to leave them a little love. You’ll want to check back weekly to see if you happen to be one of Our Favorite Finds. Enjoy!


supplies used:

Stamps: Inspired by the Lighthouses

Die-namics: Star Border


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Stamps:Framed Greetings,

Die-namics: Hearts a Plenty, Framed Greetings


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stamps: First Class Friend, Well Worn Greetings

Die-namics: Jumbo Squiggle, High Rise Alphabet, Notched Tag, Hearts a Plenty, Lead the Way


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Stamps: Cute-a-tude

Die-namics: Fishtail Flags, Simply Scallops


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Stamps: Inspired by the Front Porch Fall

Welcoming our September Guest Designer

The My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge is your chance to win over $200 in stamps and Die-namics from an upcoming release. Moreover, the winner joins the team for our weekly Wednesday Stamp Club sketches, as well as Teaser Time for the subsequent month’s release. Please join me in welcoming our September Guest Designer: Jenny Peterson. Jenny’s creative foil wrapper combined with some spectacular coloring impressed the judges. We’re all excited to see what she comes up with next.  You’ll find Jenny’s winning entry HERE on her blog My Little Stampin’ Spot.  Be sure to head over and give her a warm welcome!

My Favorite Things Welcomes our August Guest Designer

Did you know that My Favorite Things offers you the chance to win over $200 in merchandise each month as part of our Guest Designer Contest?  The winner joins our Design Team for the full month including our weekly Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch challenge, and participates in Teaser Time for the subsequent month’s release. The August challenge was a sketch challenge, and you can see all the spectacular entries HERE.  After reviewing all the entries our judges are pleased to announce our newest guest designer.  Please join us in welcoming Wendy Bond. Stay tuned because tomorrow, we’ll announce the sketch for our very next Guest Designer Contest!  Once the newest challenge has been published, you’ll have until September 3 at 12pm EST to submit your entry! We hope to see you there!

Our Favorite Finds

We’ve been off looking at all the gorgeous inspiration to be found on the CHA show floor, but today we’re here to share beautiful inspiration created by our fabulous customers! We hope you’ll be inspired by the five featured artists today, and that you’ll head over to leave them a little love.  We’ll see you next week with another five Favorite Finds.


supplies used

Stamps: Clearly Sentimental about Audrey Hepburn, Girly Graphic Tee Die-namics: Girly Graphic Tee, Notched Border


supplies used Stamps: Pure Innocence Fairy Girl, Die-namics: Simply Scallops Large, Mini Rolled Roses, Tabs Foursome


supplies used Stamps: Cowgirl Die-namics: Mini Ticket Strip, Country Charms


supplies used Stamps: Who’s that Musical Girl Die-namics: Medium Simply Scallops


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Stamps:  PI Warm Fuzzies Die-namics: Mini Tabs Foursome, Oval Open Scallop Edge