My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day One

My Favorite Things and Xyron

Welcome to a special series in conjunction with our friends from Xyron! Today, Wednesday, and Thursday, we’ll be sharing fun projects that some of the members of our creative team have created using some innovative products made by Xyron.

Design Team member Donna Mikasa popped up the center panel of her card front using fun foam to prevent the panel from sagging. She then used the Mega Runner from Xyron to adhere the foam to the panel and then the panel to the card base. Donna says, “Thanks to the permanent dots, the Mega Runner worked like a charm!”

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Roses All Over Background.

Challenge Team member Jill Dewey Hawkins used Xyron’s Magnet Tape to create a super fun 5th birthday card with a removable magnet. What a fun way to create a keepsake for the birthday boy or girl!

Handmade birthday card from Jill Hawkins featuring Decor & More Die-namics.

Handmade birthday card with magnet from Jill Hawkins featuring Decor & More Die-namics.

Design Team member Stephanie Klauck used the Tape Runner to adhere the watercolor piece onto the card base because it has a really strong hold and helped adhere the warped (from water) cardstock completely flat. The butterflies have Xyron Magnet Tape on them so that they can be removed and used as decorative magnets.

Handmade birthday card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Flutter of Butterflies Die-namics.

All this week, Xyron will be sharing two projects per day on their Facebook page HERE using their products paired with products from My Favorite Things. Be sure to stop by and tell them that MFT sent you!

You can see more from Xyron at the following places on the Internet:

Facebook | Website | Pinterest | Youtube

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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Monochromatic

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxIt’s been another great week of super colorful learning! But before we wrap up Session Two of MFT Summer School, we have one more lesson to inspire you.

As a reminder, you’re final exam (don’t stress!) is to study the lessons and show your mastery by participating in the challenges for lessons 6-10. Simply create a project and link it via InLinkz for the appropriate day. You can find the previous lessons at these links: Gallon/Quart/Pint rule, Complementary Colors, Primary Colors, and Seconday Colors. Check back on July 28th when we’ll reveal the winners for the session two challenges!

As the saying goes, “Good things come in threes.” So rest up and enjoy your summer, because we’ll be back with one more session of summer school in August!

Lesson #10 – Color Theory: Monochromatic

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Colors that are Monochromatic are of similar saturations and hues with different shades of the same color. In fact, the word monochromatic comes from the Greek word parts mono (meaning “single”) and chromato (meaning “color”). Isn’t that fancy? Take a look at the more in depth color chart above — one slice of that pie has multiple shades of the same hue. It all depends on the amount of white or black added to the most saturated color on the outside of the wheel.

Here are two examples of monochromatic card designs by Karolyn Loncon and Karin Åkesdotter:

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring the Watercolor Flowers stamp set.

Karolyn incorporates several different shades of aqua for this stunning example of a monochromatic card. The addition of white (the absense of all color) creates fantastic contrast.

Handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring the Brushstroke Birthday Greetings Die-namics.

Karin’s monochromatic card features various saturations of deep red. Crisp white and touches of dimension and texture make this card a visual feast.

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Julia Stainton. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about creating Monochromatic designs.

I loved Julia’s tips about how to add interest to a monochromatic design. Inspiring stuff!

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring the Pierced Oval Frames Die-namics.

What a lovely finished product! And now that you understand more about creating monochromatic designs, you can give this color theory a try.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two Study Guide. Download it HERE and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on July 28th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

Monochromatic color theory.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 24th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, July 28.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to use the color theory of using a Monochromatic Color Scheme in your projects.

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Be Inspired Online Class WINNERS!

MFT July 2015 Promo Banner Congratulations to the winners of a free Be Inspired My Favorite Things July 2015 Release Online Class! If you’re one of the lucky winners listed, please email me with your name and email address so we can get you set up for the class with Nicole at Be Inspired Cards! Class begins on Monday!

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If you DIDN’T win, be sure to head to Be Inspired Cards HERE to sign up for the class today!

Happy crafting!

Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Secondary Colors

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxAre you ready for our fourth lesson on color theory, class? I trust you are seeing color in a whole new way!

So far we’ve covered the Gallon/Quart/Pint rule, Complementary Colors, and Primary Colors. And tomorrow, we’ll be back with one more lesson on creating Monochromatic designs. Make sure to download the My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two Study Guide to keep as a reference guide when choosing colors stumps you. You can find the link toward the end of this post.

Today we’re delving into the wonderful world of secondary colors. As Stephanie mentioned yesterday, the primary colors work together to create different colors, so let’s look into that a little more closely.

Lesson #9 – Color Theory: Secondary Colors

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Let’s take a look at two cards by Jodi Collins and Kay Miller that use different variations of the secondary colors.

Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Modern Blooms stamp set and Die-namics.

Jodi used only orange and green on this pretty card. They just POP off that black background!

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Kay used a large dose of orange and some green on this saturated card, and the one bird is a purply-pink. Don’t feel like you HAVE to use all three on one card — just experiment and see what you like!

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Kay Miller. Let’s see how she approached her card using the three secondary colors.

There are many different hues and shades of the three secondary colors. You can have a red orange or an orange more towards the yellow end. You can have a very bluish purple (Kay’s favorite) or a pinkish purple. And there are many different variations of green from yellow green to a more teal or bluish green, but they all fall into the secondary colors category.

Kay scoured her collection of inks in the secondary colors and gathered:

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Kay started with a piece of watercolor paper. Normally she would wet the whole piece and then add the colors letting them blend into each other, but she didn’t do that this time. If you blend these three colors together the result will be a muddy mess! She simply smooshed her ink pads onto an acrylic block, wet her brush, dipped it in the ink, and painted some small sections of each color on the water color paper. She tried not to blend the colors too much but let them touch to even it out a bit. Once dry, she flicked the panel with water and blotted it and added some flicked paint speckles using each of the different colors of ink.

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Next she stamped and cut several flowers and leaves from Modern Blooms using the secondary color scheme. How GORGEOUS does that look?

KayM-Day1WingthingsHandmade card fromKay Miller featuring Modern Blooms.

With the help of several layers of foam tape, her beautiful bouquet of flowers took shape on her lovely watercolored background. The triple stacked die-cut sentiment enhances the design perfectly. And did you notice? Kay sponged just a little bit of purple ink on the hello to make it stand out on the white. Simply magnificent.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on July 28th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

Secondary Colors Rule of Design.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 24th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, July 28.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!
Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to use the color theory of using Secondary Colors in your projects.

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MFT July Release Online Class from Be Inspired Cards

MFT July 2015 Promo Banner Join Nicole at Be Inspired Cards for a fun online class featuring the My Favorite Things July release!

This class has ten individual step-by-step video tutorials covering various July release projects.

  • Anyone can join — beginner to advanced
  • The interactive portion of the class is from July 20th to July 29th which includes giveaways and Q & A sessions
  • Students can still sign up after the interactive portion of the class, and all students have lifetime access to the class materials!
Head to Be Inspired Cards HERE to sign up for the class today!

But wait! Nicole is offering two free spots for the class. Leave a comment today telling us what your favorite product is from the July release. Winners will be announced tomorrow at midnight EDT, so don’t delay!

Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Primary Colors

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxWe’re so glad to have you back again for the next lesson in color theory! It’s been a fun week so far learning about the Gallon/Quart/Pint rule as well as Complementary Colors and how to use them.

Just to be clear — paper crafting is all about fun and creativity, and while we never want you to feel like there is a right or wrong way to design, we hope that these simple ideas help you in your quest to make cute and colorful stuff!

Today’s lesson feels a little bit like a trip back to elementary school and a fresh box of delicious crayons and a clean white sheet of paper. Let’s dive in to today’s lesson, shall we?

Lesson #8 – Color Theory: Primary Colors

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The most basic of colors are primary colors — red, yellow, and blue. See how they create a triangle in the color wheel? From those three colors come all of the rest. Here are a couple examples of cards from Francine Vuillème and Vera Wirianta Yates created with primary colors:

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While these colors look great on their own, they are the bulding blocks for creating an entire spectrum of color. Today’s instructor, My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck, shows us how to take red, yellow, and blue to create a cool graffiti wall effect. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about using the Primary Colors to create many colors.

Stephanie sure makes me want to experiment with some blending. What a fun way to show the power of primary colors!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Brushstroke Birthday Greetings Die-namics.

I love how Stephanie’s card turned out! And now that you know how to achieve this look, you can give it a try as well.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on July 28th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

Primary Colors Rule of Design.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 24th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, July 28.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to use the color theory of using Primary Colors in your projects.

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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Complementary Colors

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Are you ready for another lesson on color theory? We hope you enjoyed our lesson yesterday on creating using the Gallon/Quart/Pint theory. If you missed it, you can check it out HERE.

Surprisingly, color can trip up many a creative person. I’d wager a guess that you have a go-to color combination that you use frequently. And there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with that! When you find something that works for you, it’s never a bad idea to use it again and again. But sometimes it’s fun to dip your toe into the pool of something a little new, don’t you think?

Today’s lesson will give you the tools you need to come up with fun and fresh color combinations that just work. Are you ready class? Let’s begin.

Lesson #7 – Color Theory: Complementary Colors

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Yellow and Violet 

Handmade card from Melania Deasy featuring Birthday Wishes & Balloons.

Blue and Orange

Handmade card from Inge Groot featuring Birthday Bears from Birdie Brown.

Red and Green

Handmade card from Alice Wertz featuring Wild Greenery Die-namics.

No matter if you choose a true blue or a blue green, using the color wheel helps you to find the perfect complement — simply run your finger across the color wheel to find a color’s match! You can also play with different hues and saturations of the complements to come up with a wide variety of combinations!

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Keisha Campbell. Keisha played with the hues of the complements red and green by using Fuse Green, Razzle Berry, and Electric Red.

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While the complementary colors could stand on their own, pairing them with neutrals like black and white really allows the colors to take center stage. Keisha started with Electric Red and Fuse Green to create her focal point. You could easily make the entire flower one shade of red, but Keisha’s addition of Razzle Berry (another color in the red family) makes quite a statement.

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Tie it all together with a neutral sentiment, and you’ve got complementary color magic!

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Polka Dot Cover-Up Die-namics.

Voila! By using her knowledge of complementary colors, Keisha has pulled off a lovely card with a fun and fresh color combination!

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on July 28th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

Complementary Colors Rule of Design.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 24th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, July 28.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!
Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to use the color theory of using Complementary Colors in your projects.

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Creative Construction: Celebrate with Tag Builders

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints. Did you know MFT celebrates our birthday in July? We thought this month would be the perfect opportunity to explore the possibilities our Tag Builder Blueprints afford by challenging the team to craft one or more birthday tags with any combination of Tag Builder elements.

Handmade gift tags from Torico feature Tag Builder Blueprints and the Dots & Stripes Sorbet Paper Pack.

Torico’s sweet and colorful duo pairs Tag Builder Blueprints with the Dots & Stripes Sorbet Paper Pack to create a powerful punch of happiness perfect for adorning birthday packages.

Handmade gift tags from Francine Vuilleme featuring Tag Builder Blueprints 2 Die-namics.

Francine’s contribution features the Birdie Brown I Knead You image popped up against a stunning cloud backdrop. Building a simple scene atop a tag allows you to hone in on the sweetest part of the message while the rainbow-striped tag topper, die cut with one of the included Blueprints elements, ties it all together.

Ready to start your next card from the ground up? Stock up on Blueprints and save 15% with code BLUEPRINTS – today only so act fast!

One day Blueprints sale - July 14 only.

Keep on clicking to see how the rest of our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Gallon/Quart/Pint

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxWelcome back to MFT Summer School! We hope you had some quality family time during our little break and the chance to use what you learned in session one! If you happened to miss it, HERE is a link to bring you up to speed.

While session one focused on design priniciples, session two will give you the tools you need to confidently create with color. And with all of the colors available through My Favorite Things, you’re sure to want to play with them ALL!

From the palest of hues to the most vibrant, color shapes every decision we make. Within paper crafting, color can ultimately dictate the overall mood and feel of your designs. From a bright and cheerful birthday card to a dark and somber sympathy card, color is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal.

We’re hoping that by the end of the week, our lessons will give you the confidence you need to create cards and projects that are pleasing to the eye just by following a few simple color rules. Are you ready class? Let’s begin.

Lesson #6 – Color Theory: Gallon/Quart/Pint

When combining solid colors, it’s helpful to use the gallon/quart/pint rule. Also, combining similar saturations often works best.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Party Patterns stamp set.

The first color lesson centers around the concept of using the theory of Gallon/Quart/Pint. A tricolor scheme can make most any card work when applying a main color, a little less of another color, and a dose of a final third color.

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about using the color theory of Gallon/Quart/Pint in your designs.

Kimberly is such a great teacher with super visuals to show the concept! Fun Fact: She used to be a classroom teacher. Pretty obvious, huh?

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Party Patterns stamp set.

Doesn’t the finished product rock? And now that you know a little more about this color rule, you can confidently create with color!

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on July 28th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

Gallon / Quart / Pint Rule of Design.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 24th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, July 28.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to use the color theory of Gallon/Quart/Pint in your projects.

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I Thank My Lucky Stars for You

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Donna’s blog: Shirley N

from Mayuri’s blog: Cindy Beach

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!

Today we’re seeing stars thanks to a fabulous design from Jody. This classic design element paired with the always-cheerful rainbow color scheme results in a card worthy of any recipient on your list.

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring Laina Lamb Designs Count the Stars, Lucky Stars Die-namics, and Stars & Wishes Die-namics.

You can see that this look features lots of great dimension but is still compact enough to easily slide into an envelope. Having this many elements could easily cross the line into chaos but Jody stayed cool and collected by opting to layer the Stripes Cover-Up and Stitched Rectangle Frame in the same Sweet Tooth as the card base.

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring Laina Lamb Designs Count the Stars, Lucky Stars Die-namics, and Stars & Wishes Die-namics.

Random spatters of coordinating color on the card base help to emphasize the dimension and provide interest and definition. To create them, use an ink refill or simply pick up some color from your ink pad with a waterbrush. Tap the brush gently to apply the color to your card base.

Handmade card from Jody Morrow featuring Laina Lamb Designs Count the Stars, Lucky Stars Die-namics, and Stars & Wishes Die-namics.

Stamping a sentiment from the Count the Stars stamp set onto vellum allows the die-cut stars beneath to shine without detracting from the message. The “Stars” element was created with the Stars & Wishes Die-namics.

There’s so much here to be inspired by. Which technique or design feature are you most likely to try out on your next project? The next time you share an MFT project on social media, be sure to tag #mftstamps – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things. Have a great (crafty!) weekend!

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