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A spinner card is a fun, interactive design option that showcases sweet images like the new Butterfly Kisses character beautifully. An added benefit is that the charming little butterfly is showcased both in and out of the card making its display potential shoot through the roof.
The symmetrical nature of Butterfly Kisses makes it a perfect candidate for this technique. You’ll see in the video how mesmerizing it is to see it (very appropriately!) flutter as it twirls — you can’t even tell the difference between the two die cuts thanks to the consistent coloring Stephanie has achieved.
Watch MFTv – Creating a Twirling Spinner Card 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!
These modern, geometric wreaths pack a punch with minimal effort making them an ideal starting point for quick, but satisfying holiday greetings. Having the ability to repurpose the underlying arrangement, but using different color combinations, results in a different feel every time, each suited best to the greeting it showcases.
Take a closer look at this trio from Stephanie. A rainbow is exuberant and the perfect choice for an exciting occasion like celebrating the new year. A classic red and green scheme honors tradition and evokes nostalgia — what better way to recognize Christmas? And a cool blue and purple combo conjures a crisp feel perfect for a winter card.
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Winter weddings present a unique opportunity for crafting cards to honor the day, but with the fun twist of incorporating cold-weather elements. Stephanie’s creative thinking was the impetus for turning these Stacey Yacula owls into a blushing bride and groom.
That stunning snowy background technique is incredibly versatile, isn’t it? You’ll incorporate that into cards throughout the winter season, no matter the occasion! Her tips for creating a formal look for the happy couple are innovative and inspiring as well.
Watch MFTv – Creating a Winter-Themed Wedding Card 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!
Crafting holiday tags is so satisfying — not only do you get to make something pretty without carving too much time out of your busy schedule (especially during this busy season of the year when every minute is precious), but the resulting product is an essential component of your holiday prep.
Stephanie has created a gorgeous, sparkly trio of tags for the newest episode of MFTv. The Fold-up Tags Die-namics provides a great starting point — simply choose a palette to work with, in this case, a mix of patterns from the Candy Land Paper Pack and Color Celebration Glitter Card Stock, and die cut a variety of elements. Mixing and matching is the fun part!
Watch MFTv – Quick & Easy Holiday Tags 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!
The two-piece Snowflake Window Die-namics design provides much more versatility than you might expect upon first glance. In this week’s episode of MFTv, Stephanie demonstrates two different ways to add a gorgeous, intricate snowflake look to your cards.
Whether you opt for a see-through window or a layered element to adorn your card front, Stephanie has provided fantastic tips & tricks for ensuring your card is sturdy, durable, and will withstand the handling it will most assuredly endure (WHO could possibly resist admiring these pretty cards up close and personal?)
Watch MFTv – How to Create Snowflake Window 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!
A Christmas tree branch evokes so many holidays feelings. It conjures memories of hanging favorite keepsake ornaments on the tree, immediately brings to mind that unmistakable piney scent, and helps us envision a home adorned for the holidays. Stephanie wanted to recreate that feeling for this week’s card, and despite not having the perfect stamp image for the branch she visualized, she’s managed to bring her vision to life anyway.
Improvisational crafting sometimes produces the best possible outcome — this tree bough Stephanie created with a simple bit of greenery proves that. Don’t be limited by what you *think* you have…you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you can create with what you have on hand.
MFTv – Creating a Stamped Christmas Tree Bough 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!
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This week, Stephanie decided to play with Tweet Holidays, featuring virtually every image included in the set on her finished cards. Sometimes, less is definitely more, but she’s managed to design a generously full design without creating a cluttered feel. The Snow Drifts Cover-Up is an excellent option for perching these bundled birds upon and layers beautifully without detracting from the colorful snowy backdrop she’s created.
When you discover a design that works, there is nothing wrong with sticking to it for multiple projects. Switching up your color choices still allows you to experiment a bit while the assembly process is smooth sailing.
Watch MFTv – Tweet Holidays, 2 Ways 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!
The new Candy Land Paper Pack is chock-full of gorgeous colors and classic pattern options. This twist on traditional Christmas colors makes it a fantastic choice for outfitting our fashion-forward girl about town as she checks items off her list. Stephanie has expertly pulled colors from the Candy Land patterns into other card elements as well. If color matching isn’t your forte, we have the perfect solution! Check out our Printable Resources for reference guides sized to fit every patterned paper collection in our line.
You won’t want to miss this week’s video — not only for Stephanie’s explanation of her paper-piecing process but also for the great tips she provides for creating a magical snowy sky.
Watch MFTv – Creating a Paper-Pieced Holiday Scene 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!
Knowing the products you purchase are versatile enough to be put to use for a long time, in a variety of ways, makes them even more fun to bring home as new additions to your collection. In a continued demonstration of her considerable talents, Leigh is back today highlighting the incredible versatility of the newest Die-namics in our range of cross-stitch products.
Hello, everyone! I am so happy to be back with another guest post highlighting the MFT September release. It is no secret that I love stitching so I did a happy squeal when I saw the Scallop Cross-Stitch Bookmark in this month’s release. I saw so many possibilities for this bookmark die and I love stretching my supplies, so I have three different ways you can use it in your projects!
IDEA #1: Stitch It Up (and Make Your Own Patterns!)
The first and most obvious way to use this die is to stitch it! MFT has provided some fantastic design ideas in the Printable Resources section of the website. I also had a ton of fun developing my own patterns. Pinterest is a fantastic resource for cross-stitch inspiration, and there are several free pattern makers online you can use to create your own designs (stitchfiddle.com is my favorite.) I started with some simple rainbow stripes that I embellished with clouds from the Stitched Cloud Die-namics and a “Smile” from Birdie Brown Greetings Galore:
I then moved on to a floral design, stitching up some roses on a pool-colored background:
I also stitched up the colorful geometric flower shown above. I’ve included all of the patterns I developed — you can download them HERE. I highly encourage you to try developing your own cross stitch patterns…it is easy and the results are so fun!
IDEA #2: Or, DON’T Stitch It
For those who don’t like to cross stitch, this bookmark is easily adapted to non-stitched projects. For these next two bookmarks, I used stamping and stenciling to create adorable bookmarks that came together so easily.
For the first bookmark, I simply cut out a rectangular panel onto which I stamped blooms from Pressed Flowers in fun and vibrant colors, adding a bit of glitter glue for some sparkle. I die cut the word “Love” into the panel using the Huge Love Die-amics (I die cut three of these “Love” words, layering them to create some dimension.) I mounted the panel onto a bookmark base and a added some stitching around the panel as an accent.
For the second bookmark, I cut out another rectangular panel. I used the Bundle of Balloons Die-namics to create stencils for the balloons with masking paper, using the negative pieces to stencil some balloons onto the panel. I masked off the balloons using the positive die cuts, and used the Radiating Rays and Cloud Stencils to create a sky. I stamped the balloon strings with the Bundle of Balloons stamp set, die cut the word “Sunshine” from using the Sunshine Die-namics, and stamped the word “Hello” with the Hello, Beautiful stamp set.
My daughter has asked if we can make bookmarks for her friends reasoning that if they’re going to have to read in school they might as well have pretty bookmarks to use! We’re planning on watercoloring some and stamping/coloring some (she can’t wait to use the Woodland Friends stamp set to make some extra-cute bookmarks.) The possibilities are endless!
Be sure to come back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing one last way of putting the Cross-Stitch Bookmark to use in your projects.
Ready? Set. Stitch! Time to dig our your needle and floss and see what you can come up with. Whether you use one of our existing patterns, try one of Leigh’s, or create your own pattern as unique and beautiful as you are we want to see it! Tag #mftstamps to share your work. Happy stitching!
Rich fall colors expertly blended evoke the crisp feel of an autumn day on Stephanie’s Thanksgiving card. The Falling Leaves Die-namics features seven different leaf shapes but she focused on the maple leaf, drawing greens and oranges from her Copic collection to create a series of elements representive of the changing colors of the season.
When you start your design with such iconic elements, you can keep your design relatively simple. Stephanie chose to position her leaves in a way that mimics the twisting, turning, tumbling nature of falling leaves, splitting one die cut in half to feature at both the top and bottom edges of the card. A sprinkling of clear droplets, imitating dewy water drops, is the perfect way to finish the look off.
Watch MFTv — How to Color Fall Leaves with Copic Markers 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!