Welcome Torico

Our Design Team is a consistent point of pride for us. Their talent is obvious from month-to-month and challenge-to-challenge but these people are genuine, kind, encouraging, and supportive.

You’re probably going to recognize (and cheer!) our latest addition. As the designer of our wildly popular Birdie Brown line, Torico often participates in some of our monthly countdown posts. Starting with the April Release however, she’ll be a full-time member of our design team and we couldn’t be happier about it.

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By way of introduction, Torico has created this lovely little card today. You’re going to quickly fall in love with her coloring abilities and design sensibilities. Her ability to mix patterns and unexpected colors to create darling designs like this one make her an outstanding addition to the team.

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If you’re looking forward to seeing Torico’s work on a regular basis, you don’t have long to wait. The April Release Countdown starts on Friday so stick with us!

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Newsflash: These Cards Are a Hit!

Masculine cards can prove more difficult for some of us. Lisa is a pro at them though and even has some subtle ways of working some feminine touches in without detracting from the theme of the card.

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Hello again. I’m so happy to be back as the guest blogger today. I have two more cards geared towards the guys in your life. The Level Up and Stay Tuned stamp sets and their coordinating Die-namics make it easy and fun to make those sometimes dreaded guy cards. I also wanted to show you that it’s okay to sneak in some of those “girly” elements you love onto a guy card.

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I fell in love with the recently released retro Television Die-namics, so I was super stoked when I received it. It’s so fun to make a die cut center stage on your card and MFT makes it easy to achieve that look with all those realistic details included in these Die-namics sets.

I love that the Stay Tuned set includes some smaller accent stamps. They were perfect  for some tone-on-tone stamping on the the Wild Wisteria panel and some Grout Gray to fill some white space on the TV screen along with my sentiment.

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I also decided to take advantage of the Blueprints 14 Die-namics. No need to re-invent the wheel. I referenced the sketches already created for this die set and made it new again with the Stay Tuned stamp set, Television Die-namics, and a custom-made background I created with the Jumbo Polka Dots Stencil. You can find all the Printable Blueprint Sketches HERE.

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Following the sketch, I swapped out the flower for the television. I used a unique color combo with Grout Gray, Kraft, Wild Wisteria and Limelight. They darker grey is Steel Grey. See, I snuck in some purple – it pairs well with the greys and still feels a bit masculine. I created the ombre polka dotted patterned paper with the Jumbo Polka Dots Stencil. It was quick and easy and the results are stunning if you take the extra steps to secure your stencil AND card stock base to hold them in place. I started with the lightest color at the top, Grout Grey, and then moved on progressively getting darker. I used a  mini blending tool and MFT Premium Dye Inks. I made sure my Wild Wisteria overlapped a bit with the Grout Grey and then did the same as I moved on to the Kraft ink towards the bottom.

I’ve got one more guy card. I think it’s always a great idea as a card maker to have a few cards in your stash just to give some encouragement to your loved ones. I am trying to be more intentional about this for my boys as they get older and start entering the teen years.  It’s tough and I want them to know I think they are doing a great job. What better way to speak to them than with a video game card?!!

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I used a similar color combo as my first card, but swapped out the Wild Wisteria for Blueberry! I reached for the awesome Blueprints 9 Die-namics. I adore a great shaped card so I used this giant tag as a card base. I simply used an A2 card base and cut it with the tag die, but moved the card stock down just a smidge from the fold of the card. This guaranteed I would still have a folded card base. I then cut an additional large tag from the Blueberry Card Stock and then ran it through my machine with the Swiss Dots Background. I dig polka dots and on a guy card, these smaller ones add a nice texture.

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I pulled out one of the boys’ Xbox controllers and made sure my Game Controller Die-namics was created as realistically as I could. I used Steel Grey card stock for the base and then Black Licorice, Lemon Drop, Blueberry, Wild Cherry, and Limelight for the button accents.

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Next I tackled the sentiment and wanted to create it with two different colored inks. I cut the stitched Kraft pieces with one of the dies included in the Blueprints 9 Die-namics and then trimmed a piece of Grout Gray Card Stock to about  1/4 inch wide. The sentiment is one stamp, so to get the two colors I used a simple masking technique to ink it up. Washi tape is my go-to. I have a ton of it, but don’t tend to actually use it very often ON cards. I do love it to mask up a stamp.

Here’s a photo of how I use the washi tape to cover up part of the stamp. I ink up the part I want with the washi tape in place and then remove it before I stamp. I clean the stamp, and then tape up the next part I want to use. Repeat inking and removing the tape and then stamp again.

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I tucked in a piece of silver foil paper between the two words for an extra guy touch. You can still add ribbon or twine to a guy card, too. Just be cautious in the color and type you use. On this card, I simply tied on a silver twine bow to the top of the tag. Here’s a look at the finished card front, again.

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I had cut some silver stars with the Star STAX Die-namics. I thought I was going to use them on the card front, but opted not to. This gave me the perfect excuse to finish the inside of the card. It also finishes my words of encouragement! I’m tucking this one away in my stash for just the right moment.

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MFTv – Somebunny

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Spring blues and greens provide a welcoming color combo perfectly suited to the scene that’s been created with the delightful Somebunny stamp set and Die-namics. Starting a sentiment on the card front and continuing it within the card entices the recipient to take a closer work and truly appreciate the thought and effort you’ve put into it.

Amy Rysavy Somebunny card and video tutorial.

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

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Rockin’ Out with Coordinating Cards

We’re long overdue in bringing Lisa back for a guest post. Her sense of color and design are top notch – you’re sure to walk away from today’s post with some brilliant ideas of your own!

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I am so happy to be your Guest Designer today with MFT! It’s been awhile since I was on the Design Team here, but my love for MFT is still strong. Great peeps, beautiful products, and fun times, it’s hard to stay away. Feels good to be back for a quick visit. Thanks for having me.

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I’m always in need of masculine or more boyish cards. I live in a world full of testosterone, lol. I was giddy when I saw some of the newest Die-namics and coordinating stamp sets. The MP3 Player Die-namics and Keep on Rockin’ stamp set were great motivation to knock out a birthday card AND some over-due thank yous.

Limelight is my most FAVORITE MFT color, ever! Isn’t it gorgeous paired with Tropical Teal? I started the card by cutting Black Licorice with Blueprints 1 and then Tropical Teal with Blueprints 2. Those two sets are perfect for easy layering on your card base. I stamped the  Happy Birthday Background stamp onto the Tropical Teal layer with Summer Splash Premium Dye ink to create the very subtle look of text.

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The iPod was so fun to make. I used the MP3 Player Die-namics and cut out all the pieces. I used Grout Gray, Limelight, Smooth White, and Black Licorice. I inked up the music note included in the Keep Rockin’ stamp set in Limelight Premium Dye Ink (always use the lighter ink first, so you don’t “muddy” up you ink pad) and then Tropical Teal Premium Dye ink to give it a two-toned look.

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I decided to really make the sentiment stand out, so I cut out one of the giant Stitched Speech Bubble Edges from Limelight and then added the “rockin’ birthday” greeting along the top with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  Some tone-on-tone stars in Limelight Premium Dye Ink added the finishing touch to my card.

So, I didn’t stop there. I mentioned above that I am way over due on thank you cards for my 8 yr. old’s birthday party. The mini MP3 Player Die-namics and Blueprints 14 were the perfect excuse to get these done. I made this little set of cards (my son will write on the backside) with the scraps I had out from my card above.

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I’m not one to mass produce cards, but by using the same supplies and just mixing the stamps and dies up a bit, you can make a quick and cute set of cards in no time. I cut 3 each of Limelight and Tropical Teal with the small rounded rectangle die included in the Blueprints 13 Die-namics set. I added the dotted accents from the same Blueprints set to 3 of the cards and then I created 3 mini MP3 Players for the other three. I used stamps from the Keep On Rockin’ Stamp set to add all the extra details.

Here are a few close up shots of the cards. First is the trio with the MP3 Player Die-namics. I really LOVE that this set of dies has both sizes of the device. Perfect for ANY project you have in mind.

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And then the other trio with just stamps. The die cut star is from Star Stax Die-namics.

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I think his friends won’t mind the delay in the thank yous when they see this cuteness!

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Carole Makes Her Case for Mid-Century Mod Colors

Carole is kind, generous, and pretty darn funny. She’s also super talented – so glad we get to share this treasure with all of you today!

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Howdy, folks! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to once more be hanging out and playing with my friends at MFT. It feels like coming home, which as we all know, is one of the best feelings ever. Speaking of home, my family and I will soon be moving into another house, and I’ve got interior decorating on the brain. I’ve been reading books and perusing Pinterest, and it’s got me to thinking about color.

I’ve come up with a hypothesis: certain color schemes, regardless of how they’re used, are evocative of particular eras. Let’s explore this, focusing on what I consider to be the quintessential Mid-Century Modern palette of turquoise, dusky orange, and dark brown.

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In MFT-speak, this translates to Blu Raspberry, Persimmon, and Chocolate Brown. And because I need a neutral to bounce things off of, I’m also including Primitive White (the flecks in it remind me of Formica, in keeping with our Mid-Mod theme).

Now, the easy way out would be to create something using the fabulously retro Television Die-namics and Stay Tuned stamp set. But that would be cheating, don’t you think? Instead, I’m going to start with a simple bouquet of flowers, using the new Circle Scribble Flowers stamp set and Scribbles Die-namics:

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I used Premium Dye Ink in each of our chosen colors to stamp out the flowers on Primitive White card stock, then I topped them with their corresponding swirly die cuts using a Quickie Glue Pen. I don’t know about you, but I can totally see this in Rob and Laura Petrie’s swanky pad (cue The Dick Van Dyke Show theme music, please).

Next up, an ode to man’s best friend, utilizing the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set with the Square Grid Cover-Up and Pet Accents Die-namics:

Carole Burrage Pet Accents Die-namics card.

To create this, I first ran a panel of each color of card stock through my Vagabond with the Square Grid Cover-Up. I used the Primitive White grid as my skeleton, and then, using the larger paw print die from Pet Accents, I cut paws into four squares each of Persimmon, Blu Raspberry, and Chocolate Brown. After that, it was just a matter of filling in and adhering the grid ‘puzzle’ (you’ll definitely want your QuikStick tool handy for this step). The sentiment was stamped in Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink onto Primitive White then popped up with Jody Boosters.

Now, you may think I’m trying to subliminally influence you by using the Square Grid Cover-Up, which automatically conjures visions of The Brady Bunch for many of us. I would argue, however, that it’s the color scheme that harkens you back to that episode when Bradys were afraid they’d have to get rid of Tiger because Jan seemed to be allergic to him. (You know the other kids would rather have found a new home for Jan…)

For our last test, I’m leaving it all up to the colors themselves by featuring a sentiment from Chalkboard Greetings:

Carole Burrage Chalkboard Greetings card.

I chose Persimmon Premium Dye Ink to emphasize the key words of “Stop” and “Right.” Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink seemed suitable for the darker thought of “Being Afraid” and then, for balance, “And Focus On.” Clean and crisp Blu Raspberry Premium Dye Ink tidied up the remaining words.

It took a few tries (even with the MISTI) to get this just right, but the impact is worth it, don’t you think? The rest of the card was a relative snap:

  • Die cut the sentiment layer with Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics
  • Stamp the Houndstooth Background in Persimmon Premium Dye Ink on to Blu Raspberry Card Stock
  • Die cut the Houndstooth layer using Blueprints 22
  • Stamp the Star Background in Whip Cream Pigment Ink on to Chocolate Brown Card Stock
  • Cut out an accent strip of Persimmon Card Stock
  • Assemble layers and adhere to a Primitive White card base
  • Pop up the sentiment layer on top with Jody Boosters

Come on, admit it! Even with perfectly contemporary images, backgrounds, and dies, this color combo makes you want to sink your toes into shag carpet and eat a TV dinner, am I right? In case you’re still on the fence, here’s a group photo of our trio of test subjects:

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I rest my case, friends. I hope you enjoyed this very scientific experiment in color theory as much as I did. Thanks to everyone at My Favorite Things for giving me the opportunity to play with their fabulous products and share my harebrained ideas with you. I’ll be back next week with who knows what sort of nonsense – see you then!

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Sending Happy Your Way

Any time Karolyn stops by, we definitely feel as if happy is coming our way! You’ll definitely agree when you see what she did with the Circle Scribble designs.

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Hello everyone!!

I’m Karolyn Loncon, and I’m happy once again to share another project with you all! I’m serious when I tell you that my head exploded with ideas when I saw the March release! These are two of the ideas that I HAD to create with the Circle Scribble Flowers stamps and Die-namics.

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I was inspired by one of the lessons that Jennifer McGuire shared in the latest Online Card Class that I’m taking – Stretch Your Dies! She shared a technique where you die cut multiple word dies and adhere them to the background – white on white – for amazing texture and dimension. I decided to do that with the Scribbles Die-namics, and I love the result – don’t you?!

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Here’s the step-by-step process that I used to create this project:

  1. Trim and score an A2, top-folding card base from Peach Bellini Card Stock.
  2. Die cut scalloped layer from Translucent Vellum using the Blueprints 20 Die-namics; adhere to card base.
  3. Trim out an A2 panel from Smooth White Card Stock; die cut the two smallest Scribbles elements multiple times from Smooth White Card Stock. Adhere them randomly to the white panel using a liquid glue pen, making sure to fill all of the spaces on the panel.
  4. Using the stitched rectangle from the Blueprints 20 Die-namics, die cut the white panel; adhere to the card base with foam squares.
  5. Stamp the Circle Scribble Flowers with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink onto some Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Limelight and Gumdrop Green Card Stock. Use the coordinating Circle Scribble Flowers Die-namics to die cut the flowers and leaves.
  6. Adhere the leaves to the flowers, and then attach them to the card base with foam squares. Thread some white crochet thread through the button holes and adhere the buttons to the flower centers with glue dots.
  7. Die cut the stitched sentiment banner included in the Blueprints 20 Die-namics from Smooth White Card Stock. Stamp the sentiment from Totally Happy with some Black Licorice Hybrid Ink; adhere the sentiment strip onto the card base, slipping the left end under the flowers, with some foam squares.

My second project just popped into my head when I saw those Circle Scribble Flowers – I saw them as just scribbles and knew that I wanted to create an art-themed project using the scribbles as the background.

Karolyn Loncon You Are an Original card.

Voila! Fun, right?! Here’s how I created this project:

  1. Trim and score an A2 top-folding card base from Kraft Card Stock.
  2. Stamp the Circle Scribble Flowers with VersaMark all over the card base, especially making sure to cover the outside margins.
  3. Die cut the “canvas” from water color paper and the “clipboard clip” from silver foil cardstock using the Office Supplies Die-namics.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from Be Original with VersaMark onto the “canvas” and heat emboss it with white embossing powder.
  5. Ink up the paint splotch from Watercolor Backdrops with Blu Raspberry, Lemon Drop and Orange Fizz Premium Dye Inks, overlapping them slightly. Lightly mist the inked image with water and stamp it onto the water color “canvas,” making sure to overlap it onto the embossed sentiment. Repeat this process with a few of the paint splotches from Abstract Art. Use a baby wipe to wipe off any excess ink from the embossed sentiment. Adhere the “canvas” to the card base with foam tape; adhere the clipboard clip with adhesive and foam tape.
  6. Die cut the paint brushes from Blu Raspberry, Orange Fizz, and Natural Card Stock using the Paint Brushes Die-namics; die cut the metal pieces of the brushes from Silver Foil Card Stock; assemble the paint brushes with adhesive and foam tape and adhere to the card front with foam squares.

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I tell you what – there’s nothing more fun than to look at a stamp set or dies and be insired in totally different ways! I hope I’ve inspired you to look at your stamp sets and dies in different ways in order to “stretch” their uses. We spend so much money on this hobby of ours – the more we can use the things we have, the better off our pocket books will be, right?!!

That’s it for me today, friends! Big thanks to the sweet folks at My Favorite Things for having me back. I so love sharing with you all!!

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Ingenious Inking: Mixed Media Madness

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Mixed media can be a little intimidating – once you begin piling up different textures, patterns, and colors though, you quickly realize how forgiving, and exciting, it can be. Mixed media projects are the perfect opportunity to experiment with the capabilities of your supplies and explore your creativity so this month, we’re using Hybrid Inks – the perfect choice for mixed media applications with it’s quick-dry, no-smudge formulation.

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This 4″ x 4″ wonder will bring some cheeriness to the dreariest of days. A mix of Lemon Drop Hybrid Ink, Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze, and Embossing Paste creates an ideal combination for lighting the way to mixed media perfection while a wash of Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink creates a delightful sky backdrop. There’s so much more inspiration to discover though:

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MFTv – You Add Color to My Life

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A simple technique results in vibrant color and subtle texture in this week’s episode of MFTv. By simply mixing the smallest bit of embossing paste with a bit of “smooshed” Premium Dye Ink, you can create a beautiful rainbow gradient of color. Specialty paper is an ideal match to the Television Die-namics and some vellum replicates a screen for perfect sentiment placement.

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Die-namics Design: Cover-Up Craze

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We put a lot of thought into our products and our line of Cover-Ups reflects our attention to detail when it comes to what works for you. Designed to layer beautifully on a standard A2 size, Cover-Ups add dimension and texture. These designs are equally as beautiful tone-on-tone as they are with bright, contrasting pops of color. You’ll be amazed at the creative ways our team has featured Cover-Ups in their projects this month.

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Cindy started her design by stamping her panel with the Woodgrain Background. The patterned panel was then die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Frames and used to frame the die-cut Modern Morocco Die-namics. The mix of patterns brought in by the stamping and die cutting helps to subdue the Limelight Card Stock.

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Stay Tuned

Hello it’s Stephanie and I’m thrilled to be guesting on the MFT blog with a fun card that I created using the new Television Die-namics and Stay Tuned stamp set from the latest release. I love this stamp and die set and cannot put them down!

I love sparkle and glitter and decided to go a little out of the box with this design and create a silvery, glittery TV. I also added some iridescent star confetti and a stamped scene that resulted in the perfect picture to go inside the TV.

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I stamped the buildings inside the TV using the stamp from the You’re Super stamp set and heat embossed it for a bit of shine. I added some star confetti on top of the buildings and then sealed them in with the top TV that has an acetate front. I love how the stars appear to be different colors from different angles.

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Once I had the main part of the TV adhered on top, I cut out the top piece from silver glitter paper and added it to the black card stock base. I also cut out the antennas with the same silver glitter paper and adhered those to the top of the TV.

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The background piece behind the TV was created by repeatedly stamping the ‘You’re the Star of My Show’ sentiment from the Stay Tuned stamp set and then heat embossing it with silver pearl embossing powder. This is a great embossing powder for subtle tone-on-tone embossing that adds the perfect amount of detail and dimension without taking center stage on the card design.

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I added a strip of silver foil card stock on each side of the stamped piece and then stamped the sentiment in black directly underneath. I then stamped the same sentiment that I used for the embossing on the inside of the card and added a silver star. I love how the scene in the TV works so well with the sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by today! I can’t wait to see what everyone is creating with these fun new products! Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media so we can give you some love.

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