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Joni Andaya is back with us again and somehow, she’s managed to create two more cards as equally fabulous as the two she shared yesterday. You’ll be looking at those Flamingos Die-namics with brand news eyes!

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I don’t know about you but this is an entirely new use of Laina Lamb Design’s Flamingos Die-namics and I for one am a BIG fan. Joni’s sentiment choice couldn’t be more perfect either, right?

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This second card is just so pretty – check out the streaky washes of soft color. The dimension Joni brought in by layering Grassy Fields die cuts that were cut once again with the Cross-Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics is incredible.

Ss what do you think? Are you loving the flamingos? Now go make something pretty and pink and when you’re done, tag #mftstamps so we can give you some love! Thanks so much Joni for the fabulousness you brought to our blog this week :)

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Say “Howdy” to Joni Andaya

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I’m really happy to introduce guest Joni Andaya to you today. She’s sharing two incredibly cool cards with us and I’m confident you’ll find something inspiring in each of them.

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I absolutely adore the pretty pastels and brilliant background Joni constructed with the Cross-Stitch Die-namics! The result is so fresh + bright – just a beautiful base for the Green Pastures girl.

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Are you star-struck by Joni’s use of the Perfect Harmony stamp set? That gorgeous gradient she created looks amazing with the vellum stars layered on top. I love how she brought in the same colors in the layers of the skirt.

If you are as enamored of Joni’s work as we are, make sure to pop back over tomorrow for another post featuring her pretty work!

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Ingenious Inking: Watercolor Wash

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Watercolor is a forgiving technique that produces a wonderfully ethereal look on cards and projects. The beauty of MFT ink pads and refills is their versatility and ability to be used to create such a look. We can’t wait to share the inky projects our team has created this month featuring subtle washes and bold swathes of color. Pull out your brushes and make something beautiful with us!

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Francine has beautifully recreated the look of a classic rainbow tie-dye with her clean and simple card. The curved slice element from Blueprints 25 is perfect for revealing that incredible pattern without overwhelming the look.

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Torico’s stunning sky is an incredible backdrop to simple white silhouettes. The blues and purples blend beautifully to create a dreamy look that perfectly balances the embossed sentiment.

Keep on clicking to see how others on our Design Team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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MFTv – Button Monogram

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Monograms and initials are a classic design element that never go out of fashion. This week’s episode of MFTv features the Decor & More Die-namics. Check out how Kimberly blanketed her initial in a variety of neutral toned buttons to create this gorgeous accent piece that would be perfect in most any room of the house.

Buttom monogram from Kimberly Crawford featuring Decor & More Die-namics.

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Watch the video HERE to see how she created this masterpiece or just play the embedded video.

Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you’ll never miss an episode of MFTv!

Time for MFT to do some spring cleaning! We’re doing the work and you’re reaping the benefits. May 25-28 save 35% on select products when you use code CLEAN at checkout. Sale good while supplies last. Find the complete collection HERE.

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Die-namics Design: On the Border

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Every new card presents a brand-new canvas for embellishment and creative play. Most cards feature four distinct edges just waiting to be enhanced by some type of decorative border element. With close to thirty different border Die-namics in the shop, you’re sure to find the perfect accent – no matter the occasion or sentiment. With this challenge, our team will expand your view of border elements with a variety of eye-opening new ways that will push the boundaries of your border Die-namics collection.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring border Die-namics and The Whole Herd from Birdie Brown.

Kay combined borders to assemble this pastoral scene. Campy Tree Lines and Rolling Hills add so much depth and provide lots of opportunity for adding color and texture. Our metal only edges allow you to create panels of any height so layering is easy!

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics.

Layered border strips in a rainbow of colors make this card from Barbara quick and easy to assemble. The finished result is so eye-catching though! Notice that she cut the card base a bit short so that the bottom edge is scalloped for added interest.

Are you ready to create some beautiful borders and backgrounds of your own? Save 20% on all in-stock Die-namics in our Backgrounds & Borders category today only! Happy shopping :)

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Want to see more inspiration from our team? Keep on clicking to see how they interpreted this month’s challenge.

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This Way to Green Pastures

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We’re welcoming Deb Duty back to the blog today with a delightful card featuring Birdie Brown’s Green Pastures and this month’s Free with $60 Grassy Fields Die-namics.

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Hello! I’m here today to share a card featuring the Green Pastures stamp set. I just love this little girl in her cowboy boots! I colored her with Prismacolor pencils. I used the Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX Die-namics to cut a background out of watercolor paper and created a sky by painting it with blue distress inks. I created layers of grass along the bottom by cutting green card stock with the Grassy Fields Die-namics and then with the same cross-stitch rectangle die. I placed the scene on a background of red chevron patterned paper and finished the card with a sentiment from the Green Pastures stamp set. I cut the words from the sentiment stamp apart so I could arrange them to fit perfectly next to the cute little girl.

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We all miss birthdays on occasion – it happens, right? Send a card as sweet as this though and all is sure to be forgiven.

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful style with us, Deb!

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Your Smile Tugs at My Heartstrings

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Audrey Tokach is back with us today tugging on our heartstrings with this cheery look. Thanks for sharing your talents with us, Audrey!

Handmade card from Audrey Tokach featuring Pure Innocence Heartstrings stamp set and Die-namics.

Placing the Cross-Stitch Square STAX element on an angle creates a diamond perfectly sized for backing that darling, guitar-picking, Pure Innocence cutie. Fantastic coloring and some hand-drawn accent lines are all the detail necessary thanks to that die-cut cross-stitch accent. Isn’t it amazing what a slight rotation can do for enhancing the possibilities your dies provide?

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Creative Challenge: In the Background

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Background designs often fall to the wayside in favor of the layers of beautiful accents we love to add to our projects. Don’t neglect that clean, fresh canvas though – the background can be the star of the show! Our team has accepted the challenge to explore all of the wild and wonderful ways MFT products can be used to craft eye-catching backgrounds that demand attention and enhance your cards in the most wonderful way.

Handmade congratulations card from Karolyn London featuring the Garden Flourish Background.

Handmade greeting card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Simply Circles Background.

Inspired to create some standout backgrounds? Today only, you can save on all of our in-stock rubber background stamps!

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Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for a bonanza of brilliant backgrounds.

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MFTv – Felt Bow Paper Clips

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Congratulations to the winners from our Inspired By week! If you’re one of the lucky ones listed, please email Susan with your name, mailing address, and date you won so we can get those packages shipped out as soon as possible – we can’t wait to see how this fun product inspires you!

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Prize Winner Tuesday, May 12

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Prize Winner Wednesday, May 13

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Prize Winner Thursday, May 14

Theresa Rawlins Knopf (on Facebook)

Prize Winner Friday, May 15

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Congratulations to ALL the winners! Now onto this week’s episode of MFTv.

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Felt adds incredible warmth and texture to your projects and using MFT Die-namics to shape them opens up an endless variety of options for your paper crafting. Use them to adorn cards or to add special touches to your planners. Attach them to hair clips or bands to create beautiful accessories for the beautiful girls in your life. Kimberly’s created this card to show one use for these sweet accents but the possibilities are limitless!

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Watch the video HERE to see how to assemble bows like these or just play the embedded video.

Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you’ll never miss an episode of MFTv!

Here’s an even better reason to embrace felt – today only, you can save 50% on all MFT felt in the shop! Find the complete collection HERE.

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Inspired By…Artists

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxFriday — we meet again!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our week of Inspiration Celebration. It’s been such a pleasure to have the opportunity to share our passions and influences. What a wonderful way to reflect on the good things in life!

To round out the week, we want to take the time to concentrate on the inspiration that we find in the beauty that surrounds us. As creaters, makers, and crafters, we obviously find great joy in beauty. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, tattoo artists, fashion designers, architects, graphic designers, crafters, interior designers, cartoonists, musicians, and a long list of other creative types can inspire us in so many ways. So let’s give them a shout out today!

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Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh employed much beauty and emotion in his paintings. His passion is obvious in some of his most famous works like Starry Night and The Bedroom. Our pinnable quote of the day embodies the spirit of his intense focus on his art and life.

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After a trip to Michoacán, MX, last fall, I became fascinated with Mexican self-portrait artist Frida Kahlo. Her tumultuous and colorful life led to passionate paintings ranging from dark to wild to beautiful to bizarre, yet all of them end up being incredibly thought-provoking. She, like van Gogh, embraced a life full of passion, and her fiery, lively, and tragic nature turned into colorful and iconic commentaries on life.

As a parting gift, we have gathered the quotes from this week (plus Kim can der Sanden’s favorite from Patrick Overton) in a downloadable PDF that you can print and use in any way you like. They measure 3″ x 4″, so they are PERFECT for pocket scrapbooking! Click HERE for the color version and HERE for the black and white version — great for use on the insides of cards.

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Now let’s take a look at this inspirational prize we’ve gathered. One winner will take away the Vertical Greetings stamp set, Blueprints 13 Die-namics, and an autographed copy of Melody Ross’s book Choose Happy which is sure to inspire you for a long time! All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us what artist inspires you and why.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Follow us on Pinterest.
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Nine members of our various creative teams have taken up an art-inspired challenge. Visit the blogs of these ladies to see projects that they’ve made inspired by a famous work of art. I’m sure you will find great beauty in every single one!

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Now it’s your turn to Tell Us What Artist Inspires You and Why!

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