Carole Makes Her Case for Mid-Century Mod Colors

Carole is kind, generous, and pretty darn funny. She’s also super talented – so glad we get to share this treasure with all of you today!

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Howdy, folks! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to once more be hanging out and playing with my friends at MFT. It feels like coming home, which as we all know, is one of the best feelings ever. Speaking of home, my family and I will soon be moving into another house, and I’ve got interior decorating on the brain. I’ve been reading books and perusing Pinterest, and it’s got me to thinking about color.

I’ve come up with a hypothesis: certain color schemes, regardless of how they’re used, are evocative of particular eras. Let’s explore this, focusing on what I consider to be the quintessential Mid-Century Modern palette of turquoise, dusky orange, and dark brown.

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In MFT-speak, this translates to Blu Raspberry, Persimmon, and Chocolate Brown. And because I need a neutral to bounce things off of, I’m also including Primitive White (the flecks in it remind me of Formica, in keeping with our Mid-Mod theme).

Now, the easy way out would be to create something using the fabulously retro Television Die-namics and Stay Tuned stamp set. But that would be cheating, don’t you think? Instead, I’m going to start with a simple bouquet of flowers, using the new Circle Scribble Flowers stamp set and Scribbles Die-namics:

Carole Burrage Circle Scribble Flowers card.

I used Premium Dye Ink in each of our chosen colors to stamp out the flowers on Primitive White card stock, then I topped them with their corresponding swirly die cuts using a Quickie Glue Pen. I don’t know about you, but I can totally see this in Rob and Laura Petrie’s swanky pad (cue The Dick Van Dyke Show theme music, please).

Next up, an ode to man’s best friend, utilizing the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set with the Square Grid Cover-Up and Pet Accents Die-namics:

Carole Burrage Pet Accents Die-namics card.

To create this, I first ran a panel of each color of card stock through my Vagabond with the Square Grid Cover-Up. I used the Primitive White grid as my skeleton, and then, using the larger paw print die from Pet Accents, I cut paws into four squares each of Persimmon, Blu Raspberry, and Chocolate Brown. After that, it was just a matter of filling in and adhering the grid ‘puzzle’ (you’ll definitely want your QuikStick tool handy for this step). The sentiment was stamped in Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink onto Primitive White then popped up with Jody Boosters.

Now, you may think I’m trying to subliminally influence you by using the Square Grid Cover-Up, which automatically conjures visions of The Brady Bunch for many of us. I would argue, however, that it’s the color scheme that harkens you back to that episode when Bradys were afraid they’d have to get rid of Tiger because Jan seemed to be allergic to him. (You know the other kids would rather have found a new home for Jan…)

For our last test, I’m leaving it all up to the colors themselves by featuring a sentiment from Chalkboard Greetings:

Carole Burrage Chalkboard Greetings card.

I chose Persimmon Premium Dye Ink to emphasize the key words of “Stop” and “Right.” Chocolate Brown Premium Dye Ink seemed suitable for the darker thought of “Being Afraid” and then, for balance, “And Focus On.” Clean and crisp Blu Raspberry Premium Dye Ink tidied up the remaining words.

It took a few tries (even with the MISTI) to get this just right, but the impact is worth it, don’t you think? The rest of the card was a relative snap:

  • Die cut the sentiment layer with Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics
  • Stamp the Houndstooth Background in Persimmon Premium Dye Ink on to Blu Raspberry Card Stock
  • Die cut the Houndstooth layer using Blueprints 22
  • Stamp the Star Background in Whip Cream Pigment Ink on to Chocolate Brown Card Stock
  • Cut out an accent strip of Persimmon Card Stock
  • Assemble layers and adhere to a Primitive White card base
  • Pop up the sentiment layer on top with Jody Boosters

Come on, admit it! Even with perfectly contemporary images, backgrounds, and dies, this color combo makes you want to sink your toes into shag carpet and eat a TV dinner, am I right? In case you’re still on the fence, here’s a group photo of our trio of test subjects:

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I rest my case, friends. I hope you enjoyed this very scientific experiment in color theory as much as I did. Thanks to everyone at My Favorite Things for giving me the opportunity to play with their fabulous products and share my harebrained ideas with you. I’ll be back next week with who knows what sort of nonsense – see you then!

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Sending Happy Your Way

Any time Karolyn stops by, we definitely feel as if happy is coming our way! You’ll definitely agree when you see what she did with the Circle Scribble designs.

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Hello everyone!!

I’m Karolyn Loncon, and I’m happy once again to share another project with you all! I’m serious when I tell you that my head exploded with ideas when I saw the March release! These are two of the ideas that I HAD to create with the Circle Scribble Flowers stamps and Die-namics.

Karolyn Loncon Circle Scribble Flowers card.

I was inspired by one of the lessons that Jennifer McGuire shared in the latest Online Card Class that I’m taking – Stretch Your Dies! She shared a technique where you die cut multiple word dies and adhere them to the background – white on white – for amazing texture and dimension. I decided to do that with the Scribbles Die-namics, and I love the result – don’t you?!

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Here’s the step-by-step process that I used to create this project:

  1. Trim and score an A2, top-folding card base from Peach Bellini Card Stock.
  2. Die cut scalloped layer from Translucent Vellum using the Blueprints 20 Die-namics; adhere to card base.
  3. Trim out an A2 panel from Smooth White Card Stock; die cut the two smallest Scribbles elements multiple times from Smooth White Card Stock. Adhere them randomly to the white panel using a liquid glue pen, making sure to fill all of the spaces on the panel.
  4. Using the stitched rectangle from the Blueprints 20 Die-namics, die cut the white panel; adhere to the card base with foam squares.
  5. Stamp the Circle Scribble Flowers with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink onto some Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Limelight and Gumdrop Green Card Stock. Use the coordinating Circle Scribble Flowers Die-namics to die cut the flowers and leaves.
  6. Adhere the leaves to the flowers, and then attach them to the card base with foam squares. Thread some white crochet thread through the button holes and adhere the buttons to the flower centers with glue dots.
  7. Die cut the stitched sentiment banner included in the Blueprints 20 Die-namics from Smooth White Card Stock. Stamp the sentiment from Totally Happy with some Black Licorice Hybrid Ink; adhere the sentiment strip onto the card base, slipping the left end under the flowers, with some foam squares.

My second project just popped into my head when I saw those Circle Scribble Flowers – I saw them as just scribbles and knew that I wanted to create an art-themed project using the scribbles as the background.

Karolyn Loncon You Are an Original card.

Voila! Fun, right?! Here’s how I created this project:

  1. Trim and score an A2 top-folding card base from Kraft Card Stock.
  2. Stamp the Circle Scribble Flowers with VersaMark all over the card base, especially making sure to cover the outside margins.
  3. Die cut the “canvas” from water color paper and the “clipboard clip” from silver foil cardstock using the Office Supplies Die-namics.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from Be Original with VersaMark onto the “canvas” and heat emboss it with white embossing powder.
  5. Ink up the paint splotch from Watercolor Backdrops with Blu Raspberry, Lemon Drop and Orange Fizz Premium Dye Inks, overlapping them slightly. Lightly mist the inked image with water and stamp it onto the water color “canvas,” making sure to overlap it onto the embossed sentiment. Repeat this process with a few of the paint splotches from Abstract Art. Use a baby wipe to wipe off any excess ink from the embossed sentiment. Adhere the “canvas” to the card base with foam tape; adhere the clipboard clip with adhesive and foam tape.
  6. Die cut the paint brushes from Blu Raspberry, Orange Fizz, and Natural Card Stock using the Paint Brushes Die-namics; die cut the metal pieces of the brushes from Silver Foil Card Stock; assemble the paint brushes with adhesive and foam tape and adhere to the card front with foam squares.

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I tell you what – there’s nothing more fun than to look at a stamp set or dies and be insired in totally different ways! I hope I’ve inspired you to look at your stamp sets and dies in different ways in order to “stretch” their uses. We spend so much money on this hobby of ours – the more we can use the things we have, the better off our pocket books will be, right?!!

That’s it for me today, friends! Big thanks to the sweet folks at My Favorite Things for having me back. I so love sharing with you all!!

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Ingenious Inking: Mixed Media Madness

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Mixed media can be a little intimidating – once you begin piling up different textures, patterns, and colors though, you quickly realize how forgiving, and exciting, it can be. Mixed media projects are the perfect opportunity to experiment with the capabilities of your supplies and explore your creativity so this month, we’re using Hybrid Inks – the perfect choice for mixed media applications with it’s quick-dry, no-smudge formulation.

Mixed Media canvas from Kimberly Crawford.

This 4″ x 4″ wonder will bring some cheeriness to the dreariest of days. A mix of Lemon Drop Hybrid Ink, Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze, and Embossing Paste creates an ideal combination for lighting the way to mixed media perfection while a wash of Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink creates a delightful sky backdrop. There’s so much more inspiration to discover though:

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MFTv – You Add Color to My Life

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A simple technique results in vibrant color and subtle texture in this week’s episode of MFTv. By simply mixing the smallest bit of embossing paste with a bit of “smooshed” Premium Dye Ink, you can create a beautiful rainbow gradient of color. Specialty paper is an ideal match to the Television Die-namics and some vellum replicates a screen for perfect sentiment placement.

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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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Die-namics Design: Cover-Up Craze

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We put a lot of thought into our products and our line of Cover-Ups reflects our attention to detail when it comes to what works for you. Designed to layer beautifully on a standard A2 size, Cover-Ups add dimension and texture. These designs are equally as beautiful tone-on-tone as they are with bright, contrasting pops of color. You’ll be amazed at the creative ways our team has featured Cover-Ups in their projects this month.

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Cindy started her design by stamping her panel with the Woodgrain Background. The patterned panel was then die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Frames and used to frame the die-cut Modern Morocco Die-namics. The mix of patterns brought in by the stamping and die cutting helps to subdue the Limelight Card Stock.

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Stay Tuned

Hello it’s Stephanie and I’m thrilled to be guesting on the MFT blog with a fun card that I created using the new Television Die-namics and Stay Tuned stamp set from the latest release. I love this stamp and die set and cannot put them down!

I love sparkle and glitter and decided to go a little out of the box with this design and create a silvery, glittery TV. I also added some iridescent star confetti and a stamped scene that resulted in the perfect picture to go inside the TV.

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I stamped the buildings inside the TV using the stamp from the You’re Super stamp set and heat embossed it for a bit of shine. I added some star confetti on top of the buildings and then sealed them in with the top TV that has an acetate front. I love how the stars appear to be different colors from different angles.

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Once I had the main part of the TV adhered on top, I cut out the top piece from silver glitter paper and added it to the black card stock base. I also cut out the antennas with the same silver glitter paper and adhered those to the top of the TV.

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The background piece behind the TV was created by repeatedly stamping the ‘You’re the Star of My Show’ sentiment from the Stay Tuned stamp set and then heat embossing it with silver pearl embossing powder. This is a great embossing powder for subtle tone-on-tone embossing that adds the perfect amount of detail and dimension without taking center stage on the card design.

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I added a strip of silver foil card stock on each side of the stamped piece and then stamped the sentiment in black directly underneath. I then stamped the same sentiment that I used for the embossing on the inside of the card and added a silver star. I love how the scene in the TV works so well with the sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by today! I can’t wait to see what everyone is creating with these fun new products! Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media so we can give you some love.

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New Puppy Card, Puppy Treats Tag and Jar

So thrilled to have Karolyn joining us today – it’s been too long since we shared her gorgeous work. Your furry friends deserve some love and Karolyn is here to show you how.

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Hello everyone!

I’m Karolyn Loncon, and I’m so honored to be back as a guest blogger for My Favorite Things!! Especially since the last release was AH-MAZING!! Every single stamp and die just turned my crank! And my head exploded with ideas! I’d love to share a couple of them with you today.

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My BFF’s daughter recently got a new puppy – the cutest little white Boxer that you’ve ever seen. Meet Bruschi!! He’s got one bright blue eye – absolutely adorable!! So I wanted to create a little puppy treat container, gift tag and matching card to celebrate his “arrival,” so I went to town! First up, the tag and treat container.

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Isn’t it so stinkin’ cute?!! I had this treat container in my stash from the holidays, and knew it would be perfect for this project. I die cut several of the large paw prints from the Pet Accents Die-namics Set. I used the die to cut some adhesive vinyl that I had in my stash, and once cut, adhered the paw prints to the four sides of the treat jar. I threaded some buffalo plaid ribbon through the holes in the lid, tied a bow, and attached a cute collar that I had picked up from the store to the top of the lid. Then I filled it with some mini dog bones – tiny treats for a tiny puppy!

Here’s a close-up of the tag:

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Here are the step-by-step instructions as to how I created the tag:
  • I wanted to create a personalized tag for the container, so I used the Dog House Die-namics set. To make it a tag that I could write on the inside, I folded some Smooth White Card Stock in half and used the main dog house die to cut through the two layers of cardstock – I positioned the top of the die such that the very top of the die extended beyond the folded edge of the cardstock. The second layer cut through around the perimeter of the die cut, but the inside (the door of the dog house) didn’t cut through – exactly what I wanted to happen!
  • I then die cut the dog house a second time from some white wood grain cardstock and adhered that to the front of the tag.
  • I die cut the other layers – the dog house entry and the string that holds the sign – from some Red Hot Card Stock, and the roof from some Black Licorice Card Stock.
  • I created the personalized sign by typing the puppy’s name (he’s named after one of the New England Patriots) on my computer in Word and then printed it onto some Smooth White Card Stock. I die cut it using the sign die.
  • I stamped one of the puppies from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, colored him with Copic Markers, and die cut him using the coordinating You Make My Tail Wag Die-namics. I adhered him to the front of the dog house.

I assembled the rest of the tag using foam tape, punched a hole at the top with a small hole-punch, and threaded some black crochet cord through the hole and tied it to the treat jar.

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I also wanted to include a card with the treat container. Here are the step-by-step instructions for creating the card:
  • Trim an A2-sized card base from some Smooth White Card Stock. Score and fold in half.
  • Die cut front image panel from some Smooth White Card Stock using the stitched rectangle die included in the Blueprints 20 Die-namics.
  • Die cut a second panel from some masking paper using the same stitched rectangle. Using one of the Stitched Square STAX Die-namics, die cut an opening in the masking paper.
  • I adhered the die-cut masking paper to the stitched image panel, and sponged some grass and clouds using distress inks and blending tools.
  • Before removing the masking paper from the image panel, I replaced the Stitched Square STAX Die-namics back into that opening, sliding it around until I knew that it was in the groove of the opening, and embossed it using my Die-namics Embossing Pad. This added the amazing detail of the stitching without cutting all the way through the image panel! Love it! After removing the masking paper, I adhered the image panel to the card base with some foam tape.
  • I stamped the dog house from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set, colored it with Copic Markers, die cut it out using the coordinating You Make My Tail Wag Die-namics, and adhered it to the image panel with foam tape.
  • I stamped the same puppy from You Make My Tail Wag, colored him with Copic Markers, cut him out using the coordinating You Make My Tail Wag Die-namics, and adhered him to the front of the dog house.
  • I stamped the dog bowl, colored it with Copic Markers, die cut it out with the dies, and adhered it to the image panel with foam tape.
  • I really wanted to personalize the card as I had the tag. So I printed Bruschi’s name again and die cut it using the bone from the Pet Accents Die-namics. I adhered it to the dog house with foam tape – inside the stamped bone.

I created the sentiment using my computer and printer as above, and die cut it with the small rectangle included in the Blueprints 23 Die-namics. I adhered the sentiment strip to the card front with foam tape. I also die cut the small banner from the same Blueprints 23 Die-namics set, trimmed off the ends with my scissors, and adhered them behind the sentiment rectangle, at each end.

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Here’s a close up of the detail of the card. And then the card, tag and treat container together.

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Pretty fun, huh?!! I seriously had so much fun creating this little puppy themed ensemble and can’t wait to give it to my friend’s daughter for her new puppy! I hope she’ll like it as much as I do!

Big thanks to the My Favorite Things folks for inviting me back for this fun guest post. I’m always happy to have the chance to play with my MFT goodies!! I’ll be back again next week with another project or two – woot!!

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Stylin’ with Stencils

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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.

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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.

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Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for loads more stencil projects.

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MFTv – I’m Glad You’re Mine

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A relatively flat design is punched up with lots of coloring details and the aid of some dimensional tape in this week’s episode of MFTv. Using a scrap of Black Licorice Card Stock to first cut with the Stitched Rectangle STAX and then, the Stitched Speech Bubble Edges, produces a custom die cut that is stitched all the way around the perimeter for a beautiful finished look.

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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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Organization for Your Creative Space: Taming Your Tools

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Your collection of tools may not be the most glamorous accessories in your craft space but we all know how invaluable they are to our productivity and enjoyment. Our team is back for this month’s Organization Challenge to share their solutions for making their tool collection accessible without cluttering their workspace.

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This type of storage probably looks familiar to a lot of us BUT you have to click over to Kimberly’s blog to read the sweet story behind it. Check out our Design Team blogs to learn more about their tool storage solutions. We’d love to learn more about how you’re organizing your own tools – be sure to tag #mftstamps on Instagram and Twitter if you share a photo!

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