Happy Looks Good on You

Our line of TRANSFORM-ables is endlessly versatile. Barbara trimmed “smile” from the framed image to layer on top of the die-cut frame for a high contrast sentiment that demands attention (in the best possible way.)

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Think about your supplies in new ways. Here, the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX have been transformed into layering elements simply by trimming them to shorter lengths. A subtle tone-on-tone background, created with the On the Diagonal Background, adds pattern and interest that doesn’t overwhelm the other stamped and die-cut elements.

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Has Barbara’s project inspired you to create something smile-inducing? Be sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can see what you’re up to! MFT_SupplyTab

Punched Up Sentiments

Please welcome Emily to the blog today! She’s sharing a couple of fantastic projects with us today that will surely get you inspired to create something beautiful!
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Hi, I’m Emily Leiphart and I’m so super excited to be guesting on the My Favorite Things blog today! I got to play with some really amazing products – this first card features the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics. I trimmed squares from various colors of card stock and die cut the letters to spell out the phrase Luv You, Hun – suitable for a friend or significant other! leiphartonart3864_29Jul14 (27)_wm I backed the letters on each of the four corners and the centre with white card stock and the remaining four with grey card stock. All of the coloured die cuts were centered on their backings, except for the O in the middle, which I offset slightly. Before attaching the squares to the kraft card base, I stamped the Plaid Background Builder three times to anchor the words.
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For embellishments, I added two sparkly little banners from Blueprints 16, a mini clip, and a wood veneer heart.
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My second card features the adorable little girl from Just the Way You Are. I coloured her with Copic markers and popped her up on the opening of a panel created with Blueprints 16. leiphartonart3867_29Jul14 (8)_wm I die cut an extra curve out of red card stock to highlight some of the features in her outfit and adhered that to the back of the purple panel. Before attaching the panel to the card base, I curved the sentiment along the die cut by stamping it in two parts and then heat embossed it.
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I also heat embossed another sentiment from the same set on the inside, leaving the card base with enough space to write a novel as I sometimes like to do ;) To finish, I die cut some yellow hearts from the Smart Phone Die-namics and added them to the front of the panel.
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Many thanks to My Favorite Things for asking me to showcase their products! I love, love, love them!

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Print I love the possibility that the large fishtail banner element in this week’s sketch presents – so many different ways to interpret that fun canvas! Take the sketch and make it yours for a shot at 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 blog post.

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You have until Tuesday, August 5 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 Ann! 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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Catch Up with Kim

It is so hard to believe that MFT is celebrating it’s 8th birthday.  It’s been such a magical time, every bit of it. Of course there have been roadblocks and hiccups and downright heart-pounding stressful moments, but those have been far outweighed by all of precious memories and amazing adventures that have been had. Over the last 8 years lots of changes have taken place.  My *warehouse* and *shipping area* went from this: newcardsforsite 278 loftpics 008 To this: 1456080_10153572184085372_1820762938_n (Hi, Leah!) 10392591_10154420501320372_5647792836555151417_n Emma went from this: newcardsforsite 268 designdivapageTo this: 10534073_10204356163734009_6941925353062328993_n Brianna went from this: scrapbookpagebriannaTo this: 1469950_10202697642227152_861910833_n MFT has grown from a home office with no paid employees to 3 office spaces including a full retail store and classroom, a warehouse, and a product assembly space with 16 employees. From this: (This is literally the birthplace of MFT.  The loft in our previous house and one pegboard section which housed all of our products.) loftpics 011To this: 422621_10151364589965372_172608651_n 967219_10152882148895372_1591515163_o And this: (a sampling of the team) 1393622_10153564045090372_465483922_n From a spiral bound catalog featuring 14 stamp sets to a catalog that is over 100 pages.  Amazing! To say I am blessed is a gross understatement.  To be grateful seems ridiculously simplistic.  I can’t put into words the feelings I have about MFT and the past 8 years.  The relationships built with our customers turned friends, and the family that has been created through this company and this hobby makes my heart and life unbelievably full. Thank YOU.  Without the fans of our products and our company none of this would be possible.  Thank you from the deepest place in my heart.  And it’s my sincere desire you’ll allow MFT the privilege of providing you with fabulous, innovative products and legendary customer service for many decades to come!

Saying Goodbye

It’s never an easy thing, is it?  But today is even more bittersweet as we must say goodbye to someone who has been a part of MFT for many years. Joanne Basile has accepted a new position that will take her away from her role with MFT and (temporarily) away from papercrafting in general.  While I wish her well, it will definitely feel odd to not have her as part of MFT any longer. I first met Jo in January of  2008 at the CHA show in Anaheim, CA.  She was attending with a company she designed for, but stopped by my booth and brought me a little mailbox she’d created using the Be Mine stamp set. She filled the mailbox with Hot Tamales, and with that, she had my heart. Not too long after that I invited Jo to be on the MFT design team, and she’s been with us ever since.  She’s had many varied roles during her tenure, most recently as the video specialist that records all of our product videos. Here’s a look back at some of my fondest Jo memories: 27054_1392969754084_6446797_n Jo was my right hand at my annual Rep show in MA each year.  Here’s a pic of her teaching a sample frenzy project. Below are CHA photos from 2009 through 2012. jo 2009 jo 2010 Jo 2011 jo 2012-1 And here is a photo from 2013 at our MFT Management Retreat. We have had many great adventures and memories together, too many to recount, but each one precious. While I know that my friendship will remain, I will still miss her, as will the rest of the MFT family. Big hugs and lots of love, Basile!

Happy Looks Good on You

Karolyn is with us today sharing a smile-inducing card – I love how she combined Die-namics to frame that very happy sun. Read on to learn how she created it. And a big thanks to Karolyn for sharing!

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Hello friends! I’ve been a stamping and die cutting fool with some of the recent My Favorite Things releases and I wanted to share another one of the projects that I’ve created. MFT Smile Card Is this not so stinkin’ cute?! The Smile TRANSFORM-ables Die-namics are beyond clever and innovative! But I’m not surprised – MFT always blows my socks off with fresh and original designs! There are two elements included in the Smile TRANSFORM-ables Die-namics – a solid larger rectangle and a smaller die that cuts out the word and the opening. I thought that when you put them together, they kind of looked like a polaroid, right? So I die cut them both out of Sweet Tooth Card Stock, first cutting the base, and then cutting the interior. Then I pulled out another of my favorite MFT dies, the Sun Ray Die-namics, and cut it twice – once from Lemon Drop Card Stock, and again from Sno-Cone Card Stock. I inlaid the two die cuts so that it looks like the sunshine lighting up the blue sky. Next, I used the larger of the two Smile TRANSFORM-ables elements to trim down the Sun Ray die cut to fit behind the white Smile die cut. I attached them together using foam tape. I made a top-fold A2 card base from Steel Gray Card Stock, and stamped one of the darling sentiments from the coordinating Smile stamp set using VersaMark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Lastly, I adhered the entire assembly to the card base. Easy peasy! I think this card would bring a smile to anyone having a bad day, don’t you think? I hope it makes you smile! Thanks so much for stopping by today – thanks for having me back, MFT!

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Print Classic shapes centrally layered makes for an easy design that works for any occasion. Tiny layered fishtail flags peek out from behind the circle to add just a touch of pizzazz. Take the sketch and make it yours for a shot at 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 blog post.

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You have until Tuesday, July 29 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 Adelle! 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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The Deconstructed Sketch

badge1 This week, the Deconstructed Sketch is helping us celebrate our birthday month! We’re sponsoring this week’s challenge so make sure you head over to their blog HERE to see the sketch and share a link to your project. While you’re there, don’t miss the beautiful samples from the Deconstructed Sketch Design Team featuring our July release. You’ll have to check out the Deconstructed Sketch blog for this week’s sketch but we can whet your appetite with a card based on the sketch that’s been created by one of our own talented team members! deconstructed_2014jul18 One lucky participant will be the recipient of a $25 prize sponsored by MFT – not only do you get an incredibly beautiful finished project out of the deal, but also a chance at a fantastic prize! So, don’t waste another moment – head over to the DS blog NOW for all of the details!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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It’s time to do a check in on Color Palette Challenge 7 projects. Sno Cone, Banana Split, Blu Raspberry, and Tangy Orange is an eye-catching combination that will work wonderfully for summer themed projects as well as all-occasion cards. It’s a divine choice for birthday cards too which just so happens to fit in quite nicely with the party theme of our July release. Let’s see how our designers chose to dip into this palette!

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Sharon’s version of this month’s palette features lots of color. From the base of her card to her die-cut flag and sentiment, she didn’t shy away. I love how she used the File Folder Edges Die-namics to create that shaped panel as well!

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Lisa started with a Smooth White Card Stock base and layered on color with the incredibly fun new Confetti Background for her card. The Celebrate You stamp set and Die-namics  is perfect for birthday cards but you’ll grab it for lots of other occasions as well!

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Banana Split shines in Amy’s inspiring card and tag. The Grid Stencil is such a fun way of adding color and texture to your projects.

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Jody went painterly by adding beautiful washes of color over a panel stamped with the new Happy Birthday Background. She included  additional layers of color by cutting her Happy Die-namics from 4 different colors and adhering them together – such a fun surprise!

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember that you have until noon on August 6 to share your own Color Palette Challenge 7 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 This week’s sketch features angled panels punctuated by a contrasting strip for maximum impact. A simple circle ideal for a stamped sentiment or showcasing an accent completes the look. Take the sketch and make it yours for a shot at 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 blog post.

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You have until Tuesday, July 22 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 Lee Ann! 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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