Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 8 projects. We’re thinking ahead to autumn and more subdued colors with this month’s palette. Kraft, Orange Fizz, Fuse Green, and Nightshift Blue combine to work as a non-traditional Halloween scheme or a gender-neutral combo appropriate for any number of occasions. Dominant Kraft or Nightshift Blue provides a neutral base for pops of Orange Fizz and Fuse Green or, go crazy relying on some of the more vibrant colors in the mix to prevail. 

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Sharon started with a Nightshift Blue Card Stock Base and then layered on some tone-on-tone elements. The sentiment, from the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set, is balanced by a Panel cut with Blueprints 18 and “watercolored” with Fuse Green, Nightshift Blue, and Orange Fizz Premium Dye Inks using the Jumbo Polka Dot Stencil.

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Lisa’s card features card stock, Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze, and the Geek Is Chic stamp set and Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics from Laina Lamb Design – that’s it! And it’s fabulous! Stamping the glasses image in the full complement of this month’s color palette results in the coolest patterned paper.

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Tone-on-tone stamping in Orange Fizz and Fuse Green provides the subtlety while Nightshift Blue on Kraft provides the *pop* on Julie’s fun card! The die-cut panels from Blueprints 18 make an appearance again here.

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Sharon’s card features groovy ghosts populating the Square Grid Cover-Up Die-namics. The Spooky Scene Die-namics features a trio of ghoulish goblins for maximum design options. A phrase from the Spooky Sentiments set completes the look.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on September 3 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 8 projects. As a reminder: one of the challenge participants will win a Gift Voucher to the MFT boutique valued at up to $20! We can’t wait to see what you do.

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Print A cool, curved panel accentuated by a broad sentiment strip and an embellishment or accent cluster are the standout elements in this week’s sketch. Be sure to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. 

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You have until Tuesday, August 26 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Christine! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

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Your Smile Makes the World Brighter

A basic grid design is always a versatile starting point for projects – scrapbook layouts and cards alike! For this layout, each space was viewed as a tiny opportunity to play with pattern and texture. The common theme that pulls the collection of mini canvases together is the colors scheme and the world and smile themes that were generated by the stamped sentiment. The photo, slightly larger and tilted a bit, takes center stage. The stamped and textured panels were offset to balance the completed page.

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This sentiment, from the Eye Charts stamp set, was die cut with the Fishtail Flags STAX. Additional layers were cut from contrasting card stock and vellum and stapled in the upper right corner.

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In the upper left corner, the Horizontal Stitched Strips were cut and woven together. The main component from the Smile stamp set was stamped repeatedly and punctuated by the Ampersand die cuts attached with dimensional foam.

IMG_9586In the lower right corner, the panel was first stamped with the Wood Plank Background. Partial die cutting was done with the High-Rise Alphabet letters to create the title. Finally, a collection of die-cut stars and the peek-a-boo border from Blueprints 18 were added.

IMG_9587Now it’s your turn – take the latest sketch and make it your own. This 12 x 12″ design can inspire a scrapbook layout or a card. Make sure you tag #mftstamps on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook when you share your creations – we love to see what you’re up to!

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Watercolor Birthday

Our ink refills are a fantastic way to keep your ink pads fresh and juicy but they are versatile enough to be used in other ways as well. Let Barbara walk you through how she used refills to create a beautiful watercolor effect on her birthday card design.

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Begin by stamping water color paper with the Happy Birthday Background using Black Licorice ink.

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Dampen the water color paper with a water brush or a paint brush dipped in water.

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Lay a drop or two of ink on a craft sheet or other non-porous surface.

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Pick up some color with the brush and swipe across your paper.

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Keeping your paper damp to allow the ink to flow, add additional colors as desired and blend the edges together.

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Allow the color to pool, run, and drip as desired.

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Once the panel is dry, spray and splatter with glimmer spray.

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Release Rewind Day Two

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Before getting to Day 2 of our Release Rewind, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy! from Inge’s blog: Debbie Nelson from Teri’s blog: voegelchen Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out! And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all! Our designers are back with a second wave of Release Rewind inspiration! Click through to each of their blogs for more August inspiration!

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Release Rewind Day One

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The countdown is over, orders have been placed, and now our team is working to pack and ship your orders as quickly as possible because we can’t wait to see what you do with the new stamps and Die-namics. We don’t want to leave you hanging in the meantime though, so how about our talented team shares another dose of August 2014 inspiration? Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.

Please join us in extending a huge thanks to our August guest, Elena, for all of her inspiring work this past week.

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Print Every week, we share a new sketch to get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to create something beautiful. You can rotate them, flip them, or do whatever it takes to make the inspiration your ownEach project you share gives you another chance to win an MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. Share your project inspired by the sketch by uploading a link to it at the end of this week’s blog post. 

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You have until Tuesday, August 19 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations DJ Rants! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

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Stamp and Win with This Month’s Color Palette Challenge 8

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Life is too short to be anything but colorful. We’re thinking ahead to autumn and more subdued colors with this month’s palette. Kraft, Orange Fizz, Fuse Green, and Nightshift Blue combine to work as a non-traditional Halloween scheme or a gender-neutral combo appropriate for any number of occasions. Dominant Kraft or Nightshift Blue provides a neutral base for pops of Orange Fizz and Fuse Green or, go crazy relying on some of the more vibrant colors in the mix to prevail. Whatever your choice, have fun with it. The August Paint Book Swatch is below – print and save every month’s swatch for instant color inspiration any month of the year!

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You have until Wednesday, September 3 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The monthly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations tessaduck! You are the randomly selected winner of last month’s challenge. You can view all the entries for last months’s challenge HERE.

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Print Each week we share a new sketch and another opportunity to link your project for a chance at the weekly MFT Gift Voucher worth up to $20. This week, basic shapes are offset and layered in a completely doable, completely versatile manner. 

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You have until Tuesday, August 12 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Rebekah! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

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Watercolor Magic

Emily is back with us on the blog today! We’re so happy to have her sharing her wonderful creativity with us again.
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Hi, it’s Emily Leiphart again, and I’m thrilled to be back on the My Favorite Things blog with two more cards! This first one uses the TRANSFORM-ables Say Hello Die-namics. On the front panel, I used the smaller of the two dies to cut a window into the patterned paper. Then I combined both of the included die elements to create the black frame that was attached to the card front. leiphartonart3878_04Aug14 (15)_wm I slid the boy and girl from the Boy Meets Girl Die-namics into the frame before securing acetate to the back of the window to create a shaker. I purposely positioned the girl’s head so that the two “Ls” would form bunny ears ;) leiphartonart3879_04Aug14 (49)_wmFor my second card, I combined stamped phrases from Smile, die-cut words from the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics, and a heat-embossed ampersand from Always & Forever to create a custom sentiment.
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