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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for an abundance of flowery inspiration.
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.
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!
Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for loads more stencil projects.
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!
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.
Before 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our line of Die-namics cuts such a wide variety of materials. This month, we’ve asked the team to put them to use with the cork sheets we offer in the boutique to craft cards and projects you’ll want to stick a pin in as inspiration you’ll return to over and over.
Michele’s leafy quartet features autumnally-hued leaves inlaid into a corky grid design. Captivating colors capture all of the stages of the gradual fall change and contrast beautifully with the textural cork. A neat mix of a die-cut word with a stamped phrase form a perfect, succinct sentiment.
Ready to see what the rest of the team has up their sleeves? Click on through for an abundance of inspired cork projects.
We’re in the midst of preparing for a frightfully sweet Halloween season! This time of year presents so many opportunities for crafting – everything from party invitations and spooky greetings to decor items and delightfully wicked favors. We’ve challenged our team to up their Halloween game by creating a plethora of seasonal projects.
There is so much to be inspired by in Sharon’s seasonal trio! How about those coasters she created by layering circles die cut with the Stitchable Dot Circle STAX over a die-cut piece from Circle STAX Set 1? Or the Spider Web Cover-Up she trimmed to fit? And the pumpkin, oh the pumpkin! That was created with the Red Delicious Die-namics. Everything is done in durable felt so these projects can be used and enjoyed year after year.
BOO! Don’t be afraid to keep on clicking for so much more seasonal inspiration. Our team’s got you covered!