Creative Challenge: Paper Paradise

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Take a trip with us! Our team has been playing in a tropical crafting paradise for this month’s challenge. Palm trees, fruity drinks, and cool blue waters are are just some of the delights you’ll experience as we showcase stamps and Die-namics with a tropical theme.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Birds of Paradise.

Layers of sherbety color create a beautiful backdrop to Torico’s flighty friend. Positioning the bird and foliage on top of the window adds depth while still keeping the finished look relatively flat.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Tiki Party.

The Tiki Party stamp set creates a serene scene on Barbara’s challenge look. Sandy beaches and pristine waves in a wash of beautiful colors are inviting and relaxing.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they’ve brought a little piece of paradise to their crafting. Then try your hand at making someone’s day with a thoughtful gift card of your own – tag #mftstamps when you share your look so we can see how you were inspired.

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Creative Challenge: Gift Giving Groove

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Get into the groove of creating gift card presentations worth getting excited about with this month’s challenge. Whether gifted in the form of a card or small box, the presentation of a gift card doesn’t have to be boring and our team is ready, willing, and able to inspire your next project. From specially designed Die-namics perfect for creating slots and grooves in your cards to 3 dimensional designs that will delight the recipient, you’ll find a bit of everything in this collection of inspired designs.

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Keisha took the challenge title quite literally employing the Gift Card Groove Die-namics in creating her modern take on gift card presentation. Neutral tones with pops of color brought in by the Field Day and Razzle Berry accents provide a beautiful base for that ubiquitous gift card red (she hit the bullseye with this one!)

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Barbara’s showcasing a pocket full of treasures on her cheery look. The Gift Card Pocket Die-namics is designed to perfectly house a thoughtful gift. Barbara’s card is spiced up by the addition of patterned paper and accents from the Hip Clips Die-namics.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they’ve worked their magic on gift presentation. Then try your hand at making someone’s day with a thoughtful gift card of your own – tag #mftstamps when you share your look so we can see how you were inspired.

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Creative Challenge: Go Overboard

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Come sail away with the MFT crew this month as they demonstrate their nautical prowess. Cards and projects featuring a decidedly water-oriented look are the theme of this month’s Creative Challenge. Peer into the porthole of creativity as we explore all of the stamps, Die-namics, and stencils that will have you yearning for an exciting day at sea or a relaxing day spent lounging at the shore.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring the Penguins in Paradise stamp set and Die-namics from Birdie Brown.

Kay used the Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics to create her layers of sea-worthy waves. Her creative use of the porthole from the Let’s Get Nautical Die-namics frames her sweet penguin focal point perfectly while the addition of the wheel element introduces the perfect pop of color.

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring the Sailboat Die-namics.

Karolyn created a gorgeous ombre sunset to back her silhouetted sailboat. I love how the Making Waves Die-namics includes waves in both directions and two size options – layering them really adds movement and dimension to the finished look!

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they managed to keep their sea legs in these choppy challenge waters.

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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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Creative Challenge: Fantastic Florals

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Congratulations to the winners from our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) 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 get these goodies into your hands! Ready?

Prize Winner Monday, April 13

Jennifer Gaines (commented April 13 8:59 am)

Prize Winner Tuesday, April 14

KT Fit Kitty (commented April 14 11:29 am)

Prize Winner Wednesday, April 15

Jessica H. (commented April 18 7:48 pm)

Prize Winner Thursday, April 16

Larissa Heskett (commented April 17 5:06 pm)

Prize Winner Friday, April 17

Jean Bullock (commented April 17 7:24 pm)

Congratulations to ALL the winners! We had so much fun shaking things up and hope you’re ready to add some shimmy to your projects now as well. We have lots more planned for the months ahead – stay with us for so much more excitement.

Now, onto the challenge!

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They say April showers bring May flowers so in anticipation of that floral bounty we’re about to be the beneficiaries of, we’re embracing those delicate beauties with stamped, die-cut, and stenciled designs you’ll swoon over. With designs so fresh you’ll swear you can detect a slight fragrance in the air, our team is bound to inspire your next botanical beauty of a project.

Handmade wedding or anniversary card from Torico featuring Rolled Blooming Rose Die-namics.

You Make Me Happy handmade card from Teri Anderson featuring Fresh Cut Flowers Die-namcis.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for an abundance of flowery inspiration.

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Stylin’ with Stencils

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Stencils may not get the same recognition as stamps and dies but believe me, they simply can’t be beat in terms of versatility. Their flexibility and durability make them the perfect choice for adding color and texture with any number of mediums and with more than 70 different options in two different sizes available in the MFT shop, you’re sure to find the perfect design for your next project. This month, our team is inspiring you to play with stencils.

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Barbara has applied embossing paste with the Harlequin Stencil to create her subtle, textural background. It creates the perfect balance to the cluster of  vivid stamped and die-cut layers that accent her sentiment strip. Barbara is kind of a master when it comes to using MFT stencils in creative ways. She’s created a fantastic video that demonstrates eight different ways of using stencils to create background panels for your cards. You can watch it by clicking HERE or simply play below.

Need an added incentive to stock up on stencils? Shop our extensive line of stencils through the end of March 18th and save 10% with code STENCIL!

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Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for loads more stencil projects.

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Hop Into Action

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Is there any holiday that spotlights sweet and cuddly imagery more than Easter? Bunnies, chicks, and eggs in pretty pastels are the norm but I have a feeling our team will open your eyes to a variety of beautiful new Easter crafting ideas with this month’s Creative Challenge. Get a jump (or a hop?) start on Easter projects as we hop into action, Easter-style!

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Amy’s card is all about the bunny featuring  a monochromatic repeating pattern she created with one of the designs included in the Somebunny stamp set. The Stitched Speech Bubble Edges Die-namics, positioned at a jaunty angle, is the perfect spot for a simple sentiment.

Keep on hoppin’ to see what the rest of the team has hiding up their sleeves for this month’s challenge.

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Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

PrintBefore we get to today’s Creative Challenge, I’ve got a long list of winner’s to share from last week’s 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash series! If you’re one of the lucky ones listed, please email Susan with your name and mailing address so we can get those packages shipped out as soon as possible! Make sure to include MFT Prize Package # Winner in the subject line so we can process these quickly :) Ready?

Prize Package #1 Winners: Stamps

Tara Chaussee (commented January 19 9:54 am)

Denise Evans (commented January 19 4:44 pm)

Prize Package #2 Winners: Stencils

Michel E. (commented January 21 8:04 pm)

cathy (commented January 20 8:32 pm)

Prize Package #3 Winners: Die-namics

Ann (commented January 22 10:44 pm)

Susan Powell (commented January 23 11:06 am)

Prize Package #4 Winners: Card Stock

Shanice (commented January 23 12:01 pm)

Sabrina Radican (commented January 22 3:25 pm)

Grand Prize Winner

Karin Sylvester (commented January 24 7:14 am)

Congratulations to ALL the winners! We had such an amazing week and hope you’re all feeling just a bit more in control of your stash. We have so much more planned for the months ahead – stay with us for so much more excitement!

Now, onto the challenge!

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Card makers are a pretty sentimental bunch overall and we think that is a great thing. We spend our time showing family and friends (and sometimes strangers!) that we care deeply for them. This month, we’ve challenged our team to embrace this season of love full-force by creating projects that feature love in the most literally way: with lots of hearts. Any color, any material – hearts will stand strong as a dominant design element that simply can’t be missed.

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Kimberly dyed hemp cord to create this stringed delight. The Stitchable Heart STAX Die-namics is the perfect choice for a look like this – the holes are already included for easy placement of your brads and cord!

Ready to see what the rest of the team has up their sleeves? Click on through for inspiration to that will keep you crafting into Valentine’s day and beyond.

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Warm Fuzzy Felt

For many of us, this is the time of year we crave warmth, comfort, and coziness. What better material to feature with this month’s challenge than felt? Our line of MFT felt coordinates with all of the colors in our extensive Replenishments line so crafting projects with a beautiful complement of papers, buttons, inks, and ribbons is a piece of cake. Make no mistake though, felt will be the star of the show in this collection of inspiring projects!

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Michele crafted this absolutely stunning device case. Beautiful, functional, and an incredibly cool gift idea. Think about all of the ways you can take a basic shape and embellish it with a whole host of cool die-cut felt shapes.

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Ready to see what the rest of the team has up their sleeves? Click on through for inspiration to that will keep warming your heart for the duration of the winter.

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Christmas Cheer

We’re quickly approaching a season that is chock-full of opportunities for creating cards, tags, treat boxes, and home decor. With such an amazing array of crafting possibilities, we thought it only right to open things up and encourage our team to go wild exploring all of the holiday crafting their imaginations can fathom.

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Amy always has something special up her sleeve. This month, she’s sharing an amazing card duo and beautifully simple decor project. Black Licorice, Primitive White, gold, and just a hint of Razzle Berry marry classic and trendy in the most delightful way.

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Ready to see what the rest of the team has up their sleeves? Click on through for inspiration to carry you through the holiday season.

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