The Day is Finally Here! Our April Release is So Close!

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We’ve reached the last day of the countdown but we haven’t slowed down. We’ve got an extravaganza of beautiful floral images, intricate flourishes, and dimensional Die-namics. You’ll be able to shop for all of the new April Release products TONIGHT, April 7, at 10 PM EST – mark your calendar, set an alarm, don’t forget!

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on April 7. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on April 7 on the MFT Blog.

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TRUE FRIENDS

A gorgeous script font reminiscent of handwriting is just right for little love notes to friends and family. The generously sized sentiments will be the star of the show on your card fronts and interiors. Accent your sentiment with a selection of calligraphic swooshes and hearts.

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See more of the True Friends stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

Can't Wait to Hug You handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the True Friends stamp set.

MODERN BLOOMS

Use the beautiful Modern Blooms stamp set to create striking focal point images or glorious multi-colored, patterned backgrounds. This versatile set includes solid flowers in a variety of styles and sizes with center detail elements that will layer beautifully in contrasting colors. Greenery with separate detail images will also layer beautifully to complete your modern bouquets.

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See more of the Modern Blooms stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Modern Blooms Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

You're a True Friends handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring the True Friends and Modern Blooms stamp sets.

ROLLED BLOOMING ROSE

Use the Rolled Blooming Rose Die-namics to assemble beautiful three-dimensional flowers. Combine with other designs in our line of rolled flower Die-namics to build bountiful bouquets. This Die-namics features petals that are smaller on the inside, gradually increasing in size around the outside edge to create a beautifully realistic flower shape.

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See more of the Rolled Blooming Rose Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

You're a True Friend handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring the Rolled Blooming Rose Die-namics.

ROLLED SCALLOPED ROSE

Our Free with $60 this month is the Rolled Scalloped Rose Die-namics. Use the Rolled Scalloped Rose Die-namics to assemble beautiful three-dimensional flowers. Combine with other designs in our line of rolled flower Die-namics to build bountiful bouquets. This Die-namics features scalloped petal shapes that are smaller on the inside, gradually increasing in size around the outside edge to create a beautifully realistic flower shape.

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See more of the Rolled Scalloped Rose Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Makes You Happy handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Rolled Blooming Rose and Rolled Scalloped Rose Die-namics.

SENTIMENTAL FLOURISH FRAME

This deceptively straightforward Die-namics provides endless opportunity for layering. At it’s most basic, this set creates a solid platform embellished with delicate loops and flourishes in addition to a classic frame piece that matched the shape and dimension of the more ornate piece. Look deeper though and you’ll discover an interior piece to the frame that would serve as the perfect spot for a stamped sentiment. Layer the frame and interior atop the larger piece in different combinations for a variety of different looks – each unique and beautiful.

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See more of the Sentimental Flourish Frame Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Happy Birthday handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring the Sentimental Flourish Frame Die-namics.

SIMPLE LEAF FLOURISHES 

These lovely, leafy flourishes are a wonderful addition to our extensive collection of flower Die-namics. Create beautifully intricately layered projects full of color and texture or use a single die-cut flourish to add a special touch to clean and simple designs. This set includes two identical flourishes that are mirror images – perfect for balance and symmetry or to fill a space as needed.

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See more of the Simple Leaf Flourishes Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

How Sweet of You handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring the Simple Leaf Flourishes Die-namics.

GARDEN FLOURISH BACKGROUND 

Intricate flourishes, leaves, and dots intertwine in a delicate pattern in the Garden Flourish Background.

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See more of the Garden Flourish Background HERE or by watching the video below.

What's the Scoop? handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring the Garden Flourish Background.

Did anything in our April release catch your eye? Now is the time to take a few minutes to print out the handy shopping list and make note of your must-have items.

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It’s the last day of our countdown but our Design Team is still crafting inspiring new projects! Keep on clicking to see how they’ve wound things up on this final day.

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2 Days Until the April Release

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Keeping an organized schedule is fairly critical to many of us but when we can make it pretty, it’s a bit more enjoyable, wouldn’t you say? Laina Lamb Design has got you covered with TWO new stamp sets that serve double duty: keeping your planner beautiful and organized. Miss Tiina  is introducing a “tweet” new stamp set and Die-namics today as well so let’s get to the products!

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on April 7. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on April 7 on the MFT Blog.

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ORGANIZED LIFE PLANNER & FAMILY LIFE PLANNER

Manage appointments, tasks, and reminders while keeping the family organized with Laina Lamb Design’s Organized Life Planner stamp set. Keep extra-curricular activities, play dates (for you and the kids!) and excursion plans in order with the Family Life Planner stamp set. These two stamp sets include reminders in both text and icon imagery and coordinate with the previously released Planner Basics stamp set and Planner Pieces Die-namics.

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See more of the Organized Life Planner stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Family Life Planner stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

Laina Lamb Design Organized Life and Family Life Planner stamp sets sample from Stephanie Klauck.

TWEET ON YOU

Spring and summer scenes are about get an extra dose of “tweetness” thanks to the Tweet on You stamp set from Miss Tiina. This exceptionally cute collection includes a tree and birdhouse, an assortment of birds, two coordinating sentiments in a fun handwritten style, and an assortment of accents including leaves, a butterfly, mushroom, and musical note for all those chipper little tweets.

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See more of the Tweet on You stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Tweet on You Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

I'm Tweet on You handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Miss Tiina Tweet on You stamp set and Die-namics.

STITCHED BASIC EDGES

The Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics includes 4 cut line only designs that leave a delicate stitch line on both sides of the cut. Create shaped card edges or piece die cuts together for multi-colored, stitched panels.

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See more of the Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

You're like a Sister to Me handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Modern Blooms stamp set and Die-namics and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics.

STITCHED CIRCLE FRAMES

The Stitched Circle Frames include a beautiful stitched detail running around the inner and outer perimeter of the die cuts for beautiful framing of your images, sentiments, and layering pieces.

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See more of the Stitched Circle Frames Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Be Happy and Smile Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Stitched Circle Frames Die-namics.

Are you enjoying the April countdown? We’ve almost reached the end (that means it’s almost time to shop!) Let’s check out the projects our talented design team has created with today’s offerings.

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3 Days Until the April Release

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Today’s countdown post features garden-themed looks and the latest in the Pure Innocence line. A dimensional design perfect for decor and treat presentations complements the collection .

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on April 7. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on April 7 on the MFT Blog.

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WHEELBARROW

This darling three-dimensional wheelbarrow design is both decorative and functional. Fill it with sweet treats or a bouquet of paper flowers for a centerpiece fit for a garden party. Emboss lines provide a guide for folding and to ease placement of the handles and wheels…assemble in a snap – no tools required!

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See more of the Wheelbarrow Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card and dimensional accent featuring the Spring Garden Die-namics and Wheelbarrow Die-namics.

SPRING GARDEN

This ode to the season of renewal and rebirth is overflowing with mix and match pieces that will combine in an infinite array of combinations. Start with a planting bench and go from there adding potted plants, tools, and a watering can. This Die-namics set includes lots of layering pieces and emboss lines for added detail and dimension. Green thumb or not, you’ll be growing a beautiful scene in no time.

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See more of the Spring Garden Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring the Spring Garden Die-namics and Birdie Brown You Gnome Me stamp set.

GARDEN FENCE

Set the scene for your garden inspired projects with the Garden Fence Die-namics. This design will be the perfect backdrop for gorgeous layers of dimensional floral delights and the perfect companion piece to the Spring Garden and Wheelbarrow Die-namics.

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See more of the Garden Fence Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring the Spring Garden and Garden Fence Die-namics.

HEART BOUQUET

From the pigtails in her hair to the buckles on her shoes, the Heart Bouquet Pure Innocence girl is adorable from head to toe. She comes bearing a bouquet of blooming hearts and a trio of cute sentiments as well – simply irresistible.

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See more of the Heart Bouquet stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Heart Bouquet Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Pure Innocence Heart Bouquet stamp set and Die-namics.

We’re down to just three more days. It’s not an easy wait but it is an enjoyable one when you have beautiful samples from our talented team! Keep on clicking to see what they’ve been up to with today’s products.

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4 Days Until the April Release

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If you’re a Birdie Brown lover, today’s your day. We’ve got two new designs from her, one of which coordinates with a previously released favorite. A trio of happy sentiments and a graphic stencil round things out.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on April 7. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on April 7 on the MFT Blog.

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YOU GNOME ME

Birdie Brown has done it again with this cheer-inducing set. Four mischievous gnomes, two merry snails, a duo of fairytale-like mushrooms, and a boot planter overflowing with a floral bounty are perfect for scene building with a number of garden themed Die-namics. Complete the scene with one of the four included punny sentiments.

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See more of the You Gnome Me stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the You Gnome Me Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Torico featuring the Birdie Brown You Gnome Me stamp set and Die-namics.

SUPER BOY

This boy wonder will work in tandem with the You’re Super stamp set to save the world one adventure at a time. The sentiments and accents will mix and match endlessly – the perfect companion piece to an already super design.

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See more of the Super Boy stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Super Boy Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Birdie Brown Super Boy stamp set.

HAPPY TRIO DIE-NAMICS

Crafters need options – that’s why we’ve included a beautifully legible, script “happy” sentiment in three different sizes to ensure every happy occasion can be commemorated in style. Mix these die-cut words with phrases from the Totally Happy stamp set for an endless array of cheery sentiments.

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See more of the Happy Trio Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring the Happy Trio Die-namics and You're the Sweetest stamp set and Die-namics.

TINY TRIANGLES STENCIL

Neat little triangles will be a perfect addition to your cards and projects. Subtle texture or rows of geometric color are just a couple of steps away. Rotate the stencil 180 degrees to create a solid block of tiny triangles.

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Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring the Tiny Triangle Stencil and Modern Blooms stamp set and Die-namics.

We hope you’ll stick with us for the remainder of our countdown – we’re down to just four days until the April release can be all yours. To see what was created with today’s sneak peeks, keep clicking through to our Design Team member blogs. Rhea Weigand is joining us for the countdown this month so make sure you check out what she’s created as well!

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The April Release Countdown Begins

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We’re kicking off the April countdown with a warm-weather staple: the delightful, delectable ice cream cone. This collection of stamp sets, Die-namics, and Stencils is chock-full of imagery that embrace the impending warmth and sunshine so many of us are hoping to soon enjoy.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on April 7. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on April 7 on the MFT Blog.

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We’ve had so much fun introducing all of the Prestige colors to our line of Heavweight Card Stocks and NOW, you can sample them all with the new Prestige Card Stock Sampler. This sample pack is perfect for comparing colors and identifying your favorites   that you HAVE to have in full 15 sheet packs. Each sampler comes with a printed color chart to assist in identifying the included colors. You can also find a printable version of the Sampler Color Chart in our Printable Resource section.

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BLUEPRINTS 24

Blueprints 24 is party-ready with a variety of celebratory elements. Build a banner with the two included banner elements – one featuring two rounded corners and the other, a fishtail flag design with emboss line detailing. Use the circle to create both a window element and a layering piece with a stitched perimeter. Build your design on a stitched rectangle base and complete the look with a rounded corner sentiment strip, stitched tab, and sequins in one of two styles and two designs.

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Follow the provided digital sketches, or become your own architect. Either way, Blueprints is the foundation of your creativity.

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See more of Blueprints 24 Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Keisha Campbell You're the Sweetest handmade card. Blueprints 24, Garden  Flourish Background, Happy Trio Die-namics.

YOU’RE THE SWEETEST

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! There’s a lot to love about this collection of images and sentiments. Build a variety of icy cold treats with the mix and match elements. Layer your choice of ice cream on top of a cone or cup, add toppings, sprinkles, or a cherry. Complete a popsicle with stripes for a mulit-layer, multi-flavored treat. The sentiments include a trendy mix of fonts for added interest. Use in conjunction with the coordinating Die-namics for perfectly sized die cuts.

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See more of the You’re the Sweetest stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the You’re the Sweetest Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Lisa Johnson Happy Birthday handmade card. You're the Sweetest stamp set and Die-namics from Lisa Johnson Designs.

SWEET TREATS DIE-NAMICS

Easily create mouth-watering, icy-cold sweet treats with this realistic Die-namics set. The cone, ice cream cup, and swirly soft serve scoop all include emboss lines detailing. Use the stick to re-create the look of classic popsicle stick art. The You’re the Sweetest stamp set is the perfect companion set providing a plethora of coordinating sentiment options.

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See more of the Sweet Treats Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Barbara Anders You're the Sweetest handmade card. Sweet Treat Die-namics, You're the Sweetest stamp set from Lisa Johnson Designs. Stitched Circle Frames Die-namics.

SIMPLY CIRCLES BACKGROUND

Outlined circles in a closely packed grid pattern add orderly interest to your cards and projects with this hard-working design.

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See more of the Simply Circles Background HERE or by watching the video below.

Kimberly Crawford Friends like Us handmade card. Simply Circles Background.

WEAVE STENCIL

Emulate the look of a woven texture with this handy stencil design. This is a perfect choice for dry embossing your project or, go with tone-on-tone inking or misting.

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Barbara Anders Thank You handmade card. Lisa Johnson Designs Sweet Treats Die-namics.

Click through to each of our Design Team member blogs to see what they’ve created with the new April release products. And remember, the fun is just beginning. We’ll be here every day until the new release products become available on April 7!

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Putting Your Talents to Good Use

Carole is back with some stellar designs. She’s also dropping a bit of wisdom on us (go Carole!) If you’re not smiling when you begin this post, you most definitely will be by the time you reach the end.

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Hi, friends! It’s Carole Burrage, and I’m so happy to be here as your MFT Guest Blogger. I hope you’re happy today, too, but let’s face it: there are days, weeks, months, and, sometimes, even YEARS that are true stinkers. Maybe I’m wrong; perhaps you’ve been spared hard times and permanently reside in a thorn-free bed of roses. I figure though, you’re probably human and thus have a real life with ups and downs like the rest of us.

I’m going to make a generalization: we card-makers are, as a whole, a very empathetic, compassionate group. After all, our preferred craft involves making tiny works of art intended to brighten another’s day. It makes sense, then, that the cards and notes most appreciated are those we send when a friend or family member is experiencing one of those dreaded “dark nights of the soul.” Typically, such cards fall under the categories of sympathy cards (which – another generalization – most of us really don’t enjoy creating) or cards of encouragement. It’s the latter that I’d like to focus on today.

Unlike sympathy cards, which we tend to keep elegant and spare to match the somber mood of the occasion, encouragement cards can be bright and bold and still send the desired message. Take a look at this one, decked out in Daffodil and Blueberry, using the Packed with Positivity stamp set:

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This card is long-note sized at 3.5” by 6.25”, and the image panels were die-cut using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX. I like the way the message reads from left-to-right, via a little up-and-down: ‘Hey Sunshine, You’re a Star, Keep it Up” Who wouldn’t love to receive such words of encouragement on an emotionally cloudy day?

You may not think at first glimpse that this is an encouragement card, because it doesn’t have any mention of hard times or better days to come. I would argue that any card that says (in essence) “You Rock” can be an encouragement card because that’s what the recipient really needs to hear. You can get into the details of the situation (if you want), in the note you write. Or, you can leave out the specifics and say something general like:

Dear Sally,

I’m so sorry you’re going through such a crummy time right now. I wish that there was something I could say or do to make everything better and speed you through this difficult period. I hope you know that I’m here for you if you need to talk, vent, or need help slashing a certain craphead’s tires. (Okay – I probably can’t slash tires with you, for legal reasons, but know that I’m happy to help you plot such crimes so long as we never actually follow through on them.)

I love you and you’re awesome. That’s a fact. Lean on me, anytime, sister.

XO – Carole

Feel free to use these words verbatim if the need arises and you’re not in the mood to reinvent the wheel.

Next up is a little number created with the oh-so-popular Television Die-namics and coordinating Stay Tuned stamp set.

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The background was created by staggering layers of Blu Raspberry and Black Licorice card stock that had been die-cut with Blueprints 22. The slender Smooth White sentiment panels are also from Blueprints 22.

I love the “This is only a test…” sentiment so much so, that I researched what a television test pattern looks like, and the color-order of card stock strips inside this TV set gives you the gist of it. Now that there is 24-hour programming, most young’uns born since Y2K will never see such screens, but we 20th century babies will remember them not-so-fondly.

The test screen theme is followed through on the card interior, as well.

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Those fun-n-funky diamond accents just make me smile.

I hope I’ve given you a little food for thought as to how you can utilize your crafty time to help cheer up someone in need of support. Thanks to all of my friends at MFT for giving me a platform to play and ponder, and thanks to you for spending a few moments of your day with me. Happy stamping!

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Welcome Torico

Our Design Team is a consistent point of pride for us. Their talent is obvious from month-to-month and challenge-to-challenge but these people are genuine, kind, encouraging, and supportive.

You’re probably going to recognize (and cheer!) our latest addition. As the designer of our wildly popular Birdie Brown line, Torico often participates in some of our monthly countdown posts. Starting with the April Release however, she’ll be a full-time member of our design team and we couldn’t be happier about it.

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By way of introduction, Torico has created this lovely little card today. You’re going to quickly fall in love with her coloring abilities and design sensibilities. Her ability to mix patterns and unexpected colors to create darling designs like this one make her an outstanding addition to the team.

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If you’re looking forward to seeing Torico’s work on a regular basis, you don’t have long to wait. The April Release Countdown starts on Friday so stick with us!

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Newsflash: These Cards Are a Hit!

Masculine cards can prove more difficult for some of us. Lisa is a pro at them though and even has some subtle ways of working some feminine touches in without detracting from the theme of the card.

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Hello again. I’m so happy to be back as the guest blogger today. I have two more cards geared towards the guys in your life. The Level Up and Stay Tuned stamp sets and their coordinating Die-namics make it easy and fun to make those sometimes dreaded guy cards. I also wanted to show you that it’s okay to sneak in some of those “girly” elements you love onto a guy card.

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I fell in love with the recently released retro Television Die-namics, so I was super stoked when I received it. It’s so fun to make a die cut center stage on your card and MFT makes it easy to achieve that look with all those realistic details included in these Die-namics sets.

I love that the Stay Tuned set includes some smaller accent stamps. They were perfect  for some tone-on-tone stamping on the the Wild Wisteria panel and some Grout Gray to fill some white space on the TV screen along with my sentiment.

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I also decided to take advantage of the Blueprints 14 Die-namics. No need to re-invent the wheel. I referenced the sketches already created for this die set and made it new again with the Stay Tuned stamp set, Television Die-namics, and a custom-made background I created with the Jumbo Polka Dots Stencil. You can find all the Printable Blueprint Sketches HERE.

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Following the sketch, I swapped out the flower for the television. I used a unique color combo with Grout Gray, Kraft, Wild Wisteria and Limelight. They darker grey is Steel Grey. See, I snuck in some purple – it pairs well with the greys and still feels a bit masculine. I created the ombre polka dotted patterned paper with the Jumbo Polka Dots Stencil. It was quick and easy and the results are stunning if you take the extra steps to secure your stencil AND card stock base to hold them in place. I started with the lightest color at the top, Grout Grey, and then moved on progressively getting darker. I used a  mini blending tool and MFT Premium Dye Inks. I made sure my Wild Wisteria overlapped a bit with the Grout Grey and then did the same as I moved on to the Kraft ink towards the bottom.

I’ve got one more guy card. I think it’s always a great idea as a card maker to have a few cards in your stash just to give some encouragement to your loved ones. I am trying to be more intentional about this for my boys as they get older and start entering the teen years.  It’s tough and I want them to know I think they are doing a great job. What better way to speak to them than with a video game card?!!

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I used a similar color combo as my first card, but swapped out the Wild Wisteria for Blueberry! I reached for the awesome Blueprints 9 Die-namics. I adore a great shaped card so I used this giant tag as a card base. I simply used an A2 card base and cut it with the tag die, but moved the card stock down just a smidge from the fold of the card. This guaranteed I would still have a folded card base. I then cut an additional large tag from the Blueberry Card Stock and then ran it through my machine with the Swiss Dots Background. I dig polka dots and on a guy card, these smaller ones add a nice texture.

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I pulled out one of the boys’ Xbox controllers and made sure my Game Controller Die-namics was created as realistically as I could. I used Steel Grey card stock for the base and then Black Licorice, Lemon Drop, Blueberry, Wild Cherry, and Limelight for the button accents.

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Next I tackled the sentiment and wanted to create it with two different colored inks. I cut the stitched Kraft pieces with one of the dies included in the Blueprints 9 Die-namics and then trimmed a piece of Grout Gray Card Stock to about  1/4 inch wide. The sentiment is one stamp, so to get the two colors I used a simple masking technique to ink it up. Washi tape is my go-to. I have a ton of it, but don’t tend to actually use it very often ON cards. I do love it to mask up a stamp.

Here’s a photo of how I use the washi tape to cover up part of the stamp. I ink up the part I want with the washi tape in place and then remove it before I stamp. I clean the stamp, and then tape up the next part I want to use. Repeat inking and removing the tape and then stamp again.

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I tucked in a piece of silver foil paper between the two words for an extra guy touch. You can still add ribbon or twine to a guy card, too. Just be cautious in the color and type you use. On this card, I simply tied on a silver twine bow to the top of the tag. Here’s a look at the finished card front, again.

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I had cut some silver stars with the Star STAX Die-namics. I thought I was going to use them on the card front, but opted not to. This gave me the perfect excuse to finish the inside of the card. It also finishes my words of encouragement! I’m tucking this one away in my stash for just the right moment.

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MFTv – Somebunny

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Spring blues and greens provide a welcoming color combo perfectly suited to the scene that’s been created with the delightful Somebunny stamp set and Die-namics. Starting a sentiment on the card front and continuing it within the card entices the recipient to take a closer work and truly appreciate the thought and effort you’ve put into it.

Amy Rysavy Somebunny card and video tutorial.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

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Rockin’ Out with Coordinating Cards

We’re long overdue in bringing Lisa back for a guest post. Her sense of color and design are top notch – you’re sure to walk away from today’s post with some brilliant ideas of your own!

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I am so happy to be your Guest Designer today with MFT! It’s been awhile since I was on the Design Team here, but my love for MFT is still strong. Great peeps, beautiful products, and fun times, it’s hard to stay away. Feels good to be back for a quick visit. Thanks for having me.

Lisa Henke Have a Rockin' Birthday MP3 Player card.

I’m always in need of masculine or more boyish cards. I live in a world full of testosterone, lol. I was giddy when I saw some of the newest Die-namics and coordinating stamp sets. The MP3 Player Die-namics and Keep on Rockin’ stamp set were great motivation to knock out a birthday card AND some over-due thank yous.

Limelight is my most FAVORITE MFT color, ever! Isn’t it gorgeous paired with Tropical Teal? I started the card by cutting Black Licorice with Blueprints 1 and then Tropical Teal with Blueprints 2. Those two sets are perfect for easy layering on your card base. I stamped the  Happy Birthday Background stamp onto the Tropical Teal layer with Summer Splash Premium Dye ink to create the very subtle look of text.

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The iPod was so fun to make. I used the MP3 Player Die-namics and cut out all the pieces. I used Grout Gray, Limelight, Smooth White, and Black Licorice. I inked up the music note included in the Keep Rockin’ stamp set in Limelight Premium Dye Ink (always use the lighter ink first, so you don’t “muddy” up you ink pad) and then Tropical Teal Premium Dye ink to give it a two-toned look.

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I decided to really make the sentiment stand out, so I cut out one of the giant Stitched Speech Bubble Edges from Limelight and then added the “rockin’ birthday” greeting along the top with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  Some tone-on-tone stars in Limelight Premium Dye Ink added the finishing touch to my card.

So, I didn’t stop there. I mentioned above that I am way over due on thank you cards for my 8 yr. old’s birthday party. The mini MP3 Player Die-namics and Blueprints 14 were the perfect excuse to get these done. I made this little set of cards (my son will write on the backside) with the scraps I had out from my card above.

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I’m not one to mass produce cards, but by using the same supplies and just mixing the stamps and dies up a bit, you can make a quick and cute set of cards in no time. I cut 3 each of Limelight and Tropical Teal with the small rounded rectangle die included in the Blueprints 13 Die-namics set. I added the dotted accents from the same Blueprints set to 3 of the cards and then I created 3 mini MP3 Players for the other three. I used stamps from the Keep On Rockin’ Stamp set to add all the extra details.

Here are a few close up shots of the cards. First is the trio with the MP3 Player Die-namics. I really LOVE that this set of dies has both sizes of the device. Perfect for ANY project you have in mind.

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And then the other trio with just stamps. The die cut star is from Star Stax Die-namics.

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I think his friends won’t mind the delay in the thank yous when they see this cuteness!

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