October Teaser Time – Day 3!

Welcome to Teaser Time for the My Favorite Things October Release! We are so excited for you to join us as we preview all of the new Die-namics, stamp sets, stencils, and Replenishments that will be available on October 8th at 10 PM EST in the MFT Boutique. Since we know your wish list grows every month, we are offering the chance to win a $75 Prize for use in the MFT Online Boutique on each of our 7 Teaser Days.

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  • You can enter to win by leaving a comment on each of the seven teaser posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on October 8. Only one comment per person please.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each teaser day, and all winners will be announced at 8PM EST on October 8 on the MFT Blog.
We are thrilled to announce our new design team member, Suzy Plantamura! suzy You will recognize Suzy as the illustrator of Sunny Day Doodles, the new stamp line that debuted last month. Her delightful doodles have captured our hearts and we are so excited to welcome her as an official design team member. She is as fun and sunny as her doodles are. With a love for scrapbooking, and the ability to use her style on projects of all kinds, we are sure she’ll inspire you in many ways. Please take a moment to give her a warm welcome over on her blog, Living My Dream. Suzy Plantamura has a sweet treat for you this month. With a gingerbread house and adorable gingerbread man, her Sweet Christmas stamp set is simply scrumptious. You can almost smell the gingerbread baking in the oven.

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Make a scene with our new Snow Globe Die-namics. Build a snowman with the included pieces, or use the new die set to house the character or scene of your choice. The realistic embossed base is the perfect foundation for your creativity.

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This adorable scene makes my heart melt!

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Learn more about the Snow Globe Die-namics HERE, or click play below.

Dress up your holiday packages in style with the new Pierced Traditional Tags. These dies are slightly smaller than the Traditional Tags for perfect layering.

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See more of the Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics HERE, or click play below.

Create rolling, tree-filled hills with the new Tree Lines Die-namics. These “on the line” style dies are perfect for holiday cards and scrapbook pages. They coordinate with the previously released Snow Drifts Die-namics.

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Learn more about the Tree Lines Die-namics HERE, or click play below.

We are excited to introduce you to a new perfect-for-Christmas color collection. Timber Green is deep, rich green. You’ll find this new color available in card stock, buttons, ink pad, and ink refill.

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October Teaser Time – Day 2!

Welcome to Teaser Time for the My Favorite Things October Release! We are so excited for you to join us as we preview all of the new Die-namics, stamp sets, stencils, and Replenishments that will be available on October 8th at 10 PM EST in the MFT Boutique. Since we know your wish list grows every month, we are offering the chance to win a $75 Prize for use in the MFT Online Boutique on each of our 7 Teaser Days.

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  • You can enter to win by leaving a comment on each of the seven teaser posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on October 8. Only one comment per person please.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each teaser day, and all winners will be announced at 8PM EST on October 8 on the MFT Blog.
Your holiday projects will shine brightly with Mona Pendleton’s new Starry Christmas Stamp Set and Die-namics.

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See how beautifully these products combine in the video featuring the Starry Christmas Die-namics HERE, or click play below.

Add an extra twinkle to your projects with the Stargaze Stencil.

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Create a personalized holiday card in a snap with the new Joy Photo Card Frame Die-namics and Merry Photo Card Frame Die-namics. These dies are perfectly sized for an A2 card. Simply trim down your photo and frame it with the easy-to-use die-cut. Your friends and family will be glad you added this to your shopping cart!

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See more of the Joy Photo Card Frame Die-namics HERE, or click play below.

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Learn more about the Merry Photo Card Frame Die-namics HERE, or click play below.

Paver Red is a gorgeous dark red. It coordinates beautifully with Nightshift Blue and Timber Green, a new color that we will introduce tomorrow. The Paver Red Premium Dye Ink Pad and Refill will be joining the Paver Red Replenishments that are already available in the MFT Boutique.

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Visit our star designers for more merry inspiration.

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October Teaser Time Begins

Welcome to Teaser Time for the My Favorite Things October Release! We are so excited for you to join us as we preview all of the new Die-namics, stamp sets, stencils, and Replenishments that will be available on October 8th at 10 PM EST in the MFT Boutique. Since we know your wish list grows every month, we are offering the chance to win a $75 Prize for use in the MFT Online Boutique on each of our 7 Teaser Days.

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  • You can enter to win by leaving a comment on each of the seven teaser posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on October 8. Only one comment per person please.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each teaser day, and all winners will be announced at 8PM EST on October 8 on the MFT Blog.
Get ready for the Ho Ho Holidays with the NEW release. You may not be ready to decorate yet, but it’s time to get in the Christmas spirit and start making cards and gifts for the holidays. We have everything you need to prepare ahead of time for the busy holiday season. Our new release will have you singing fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! We are kicking off our October Teaser Time with Blueprints 8. This fabulous set includes 20 pieces that mix and match with ease. This set includes an “on the line”  die and lots of accents and elements to create amazing cards. The large square features a gorgeous stitched design that you will love!

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Use the provided digital sketches as a starting point, or mix and match the elements to become your own architect.

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Learn more about the Blueprints 8 Die-namics HERE, or click play below.

Send warm holiday wishes with Lisa Johnson’s new Snowflake Splendor stamp set and coordinating die set.  This gorgeous set features detailed snowflakes and beautiful sentiments for all your winter and holiday cards. MFT_TypeKeyStampSet_PreviewGraphic MFT_OwnYourStory_PreviewGraphic See how beautifully these products combine in the video featuring the Snowflake Splendor Die-namics HERE, or click play below.

Delight your friends with a holiday card featuring the adorable Pure Innocence Trim the Branches Snowman. This little guy is sure to melt their hearts.

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Add the perfect finishing touch to your projects with the new Swiss Dots Stencil. Stencils can be used with inks, sprays, paints, mists, and more. You can even emboss with them!

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We are excited to announce the addition of the Nightshift Blue Premium Dye Ink Pad and Refill to our line up of inks. Nightshift Blue is a gorgeous deep navy blue. It is one of our most popular colors of card stock, and we are SURE you’ll love the ink, also. The Premium Dye Ink and Refill will join the Nightshift Replenishments that are already available in the MFT Boutique.

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We are thrilled to announce that Lori Craig is joining us as our Guest Designer for October. Please stop by her blog, Make a Difference, to see her creations using the new snow-filled products.

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Take a stroll through a winter wonderland featuring the new products we debuted today.

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Make a Decorative Bracket-Shaped Card Base with Our Album STAX Die-namics

Yesterday, we showed you how to create a cloud-shaped card, if you missed it you can view that post HERE. Today, we are using the Mini Album Bracket STAX Die-namics to create a decorative shaped card. This same technique can be used with any of our Album STAX Die-namics, so let your mind wander and get creative with your collection of dies. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 5 Cut a piece of card stock to 5 1/2″ x 11″, fold in half, and score at 5 1/2″. Place the card stock on the cutting plate. Place largest die from the Mini Album Bracket STAX Die-namics onto card stock (did you know the largest dies in our Album STAX are 5″?). Align the straight edge with the fold line, but make sure to keep your scored card stock slightly inside the die.  Secure with removable tape and place the cutting plate on top of the die. Run the stack through your die-cut machine. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 1 We’ve flipped the card stock upside down to give you a look at how much space to leave when you put the die in place. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 2 Remove the die and voila, you have a fabulous shaped card! SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 3 Adding a layer to your card is easy with our STAX Die-namics. Cut a piece of card stock using the next size down in the set of STAX. Alter the edges of your accents with your Die-namics to allow everything to fit together perfectly. Die-cut a banner or flag using your favorite die. Cut the piece again by aligning with the same die used to cut the layer panel. Your banner or flag will line up perfectly with the shaped layer. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 4 Decorate the card with your favorite MFT stamps. SEPTEMBER MFT Hello 5

Learn to Create a Cloud-Shaped Card

Shaped cards are a huge trend right now. Did you know that you can create shaped cards using many of our Die-namics? The Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-namics is one of our favorites. amycard1 Create the card base by folding a piece of 8 1/2″ x 6″ Smooth White Card Stock in half . Place the folded card stock on your cutting plate. Place the largest cloud from the Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-namics on top of the card stock. Be sure that the top edge of the could die is partially off the fold (as pictured below). Secure the die in place with removable tape. Place the other cutting plate on top of the die and run the stack through your machine. Now your card base is ready for your personal touch. amycard3 Die-cut the same cloud from Steel Grey Card Stock. Stamp the cloud with polka dots. Stamp a sentiment in watermark ink and emboss it with gold embossing powder. Trim off the bottom third of the cloud, just below the sentiment. Add a rainbow of color to the cloud with small fishtail flags. amycard4 Adhere the grey cloud to the white card stock base using foam adhesive dots. amycard5 Finish off the inside of your card with a sweet sentiment. amycard2

Learn to Create Custom Canvas Letters

Over the past few weeks we have shared some ideas for creating your own customized alphabet embellishments. If you missed these posts, you can find them HERE, HERE, and HERE. Today, we will show you how easy it is to create customized canvas letters. Melodycanvas

Die-cut the word wish from a piece of chipboard and a piece of sticky back canvas. Sponge the canvas letters with Sno Cone ink. Stamp the script stamp onto the canvas letters. Peel the backing off the canvas and adhere the letters to the chipboard.

It’s just that easy to create customized canvas letters. We would love to see the letters you create. Be sure to show us your creations on our facebook page.

Learn the Art of Watercoloring with Tombow Dual Brush Markers

If you have ever wanted to learn how to watercolor with Tombow Dual Brush Markers you are in for a treat today! Inge has prepared a step-by-step tutorial that will teach you everything you need to know. Watercoloring is one of the many ways you can color your adorable MFT characters. Let’s dive in with this bathing beauty.

Stamp the image onto watercolor card stock using Versafine Tuxedo Black Ink and emboss the image with clear embossing powder. Embossing the image prevents the marker ink from bleeding.

Begin by coloring her legs with 942 Tan and 990 Light Sand. Start with the darker color towards the top of her legs and fade into the lighter color toward her feet.

Using a wet paint brush, blend the two colors together. Start with the lighter color and blend it into the darker color.

Follow the same steps to color her face and arms.

Be sure to color one small section at a time to ensure that the ink stays wet enough to blend.

Add a little color to her cheeks using the 772 Blush marker.

Color her bathing suit, flip flops, and the leaves on her hat with 769 Ochre, 98 Avocado, and 177 Jade.

Start with the darkest color, then move to the mid shade, and then the lightest shade. Use your wet paint brush to blend the three colors together.

Color the inner tube with 451 Sky Blue, 452 Process Bleu, and 443 Turquoise markers. Again, start with the darkest color and end with the lightest.

Blend all three colors with a wet paint brush.

Color her swim cap and the accents on her bathing suit with 800 Baby Pink, 761 Carnation, and 703 Pink Rose markers.

Finally, color her hair with 942 Tan, 947 Burnt Sienna, and 969 Chocolate.

Now it’s your turn! Grab your favorite image and your Tombow Markers, and color your own masterpiece.

Show Your Artistic Flair with a One Layer Card

Today, we are going to show you a “hybrid” technique that combines embossing with Die-namics and creating “peek-a-boo” holes. You can use this technique to create one layer cards that will wow the lucky recipient of your masterpiece.

To create this card you will cut and emboss on a card base. For the first step, make sure your card is open and lying flat on the cutting plate. Place the Artist Palette die in the desired position. Place the other cutting pad on top and run the stack through your machine.

Place the embossing pad on the cutting plate. Fold your card base in half, leaving the side with the die-cut out on the top. Place the die in the opening. It will slide in place in the position it previously cut. Secure the die with a few small pieces of removable tape. Place the other cutting pad on top and run the stack through your machine.

Carefully remove the tape to reveal the impression of the die design on your card stock.

Now it’s time for you to add a splash of color to your project. Think of all the dies in your collection that you can use this technique with. Tell us which die(s) you plan to use.

Add Texture with Corrugated Cardboard Letters

Last week, we showed you how to add dimension to your cards with cork. If you missed the post, you can find it HERE. Today, we are going to show you how to add texture to your projects using corrugated cardboard. You can find corrugated cardboard at your local craft store, or you can recycle packaging from your home.

To start, die-cut your letters from the corrugated cardboard. Use paint, ink, airbrush, or mist the letters to add color to the letters. You can highlight the texture of the cardboard by sponging ink onto the ridges. It’s just that easy.

Quick, go check the garage or basement for any recyclable corrugated cardboard, grab your Die-namics and have some fun!

Learn How to Make a Stitched Heart Using Embossed Lines as a Guide

We’ve got a fun tutorial to share with you today featuring the Layered Heart Die-namics. You’ll learn how to use an embossed image as a guide for stitching. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to hand-stitch like an embroidery pro. Adding texture and dimension with special details will elevate your cards to a whole new level.

Place your embossing mat on the cutting plate and place your card stock on top of it. Position the heart die on the card stock. Place the other cutting pad on top and run the stack through your machine.

Using a paper piercing tool and a mat, pierce in the center of each embossed hole. The embossed holes on the heart make it easy to pierce the holes evenly.

Be sure to stamp your image in the center of the embossed heart before you begin the stitching.

Grab some baker’s twine and an embroidery needle, and stitch around the heart using a back stitch. The evenly spaced holes will make your stitching look fabulous even if this is your first time picking up a needle!

Once you’ve finished your stitching, the back of your card stock will look something like this.

Be sure to use lots of foam tape to avoid any dips in the finished card front.

Now wasn’t that easy? We look forward to seeing your embossed and stitched creations.

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If you would like to see more of our tutorials featuring embossing with Die-namics, you can find the posts HEREHERE, HERE, and HERE.