Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Focal Point

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxHello again, dear students! We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s lesson on composition and how to use the Rule of Thirds to your advantage when designing. If you missed yesterday’s post, be sure to check it out HERE. Kimberly Crawford’s tutorial makes so much sense!

Today our composition lesson will help you understand the concept of creating a fantastic Focal Point. The Focal Point on any given project is the main area where an embellishment or image stamp is placed. Typically it works best if there is only one focal point.

Lesson #2 – Composition: Focal Point

I’d like to introduce you to today’s instructor, My Favorite Things Design Team member Keisha Campbell. Let’s settle in for a lesson in creating a fantastic Focal Point!

Start with a pretty background to be the stage for your focal point. Bold or subtle, the background grounds everything and showcases the focal point to perfection.

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Keisha used a bullseye design to draw the eye to the center of the card using circle Die-namics. By adding foam tape to the circles, she puts even more attention on the focal point.

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Using one of the inner circles created when die cutting the bullseye, Keisha stamps a pretty pattern. The lacy design pairs well with the bold background, but the delicacy of it makes you want to look closer.

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Next Keisha adds a bright yellow butterfly to the bullseye. The color alone draws the eye to it. Notice her placement to the right of the circle still allowing the lace design to show. Just lovely!

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Finally, add in the sentiment to tie it altogether. Notice how the banner extends across the whole Persimmon circle. The layered circles with the orange ring and bright butterfly with the sentiment across it all draw the eye to the center.

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And what a lovely card Keisha has created drawing the eye to her dramatic and very pretty Focal Point!

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To aid in your learning , we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School 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 belowMaster the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on June 30. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

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All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on June 26th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, June 30.

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 achieve the perfect Focal Point in your projects.

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Creative Challenge: Go Overboard

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Come sail away with the MFT crew this month as they demonstrate their nautical prowess. Cards and projects featuring a decidedly water-oriented look are the theme of this month’s Creative Challenge. Peer into the porthole of creativity as we explore all of the stamps, Die-namics, and stencils that will have you yearning for an exciting day at sea or a relaxing day spent lounging at the shore.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring the Penguins in Paradise stamp set and Die-namics from Birdie Brown.

Kay used the Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics to create her layers of sea-worthy waves. Her creative use of the porthole from the Let’s Get Nautical Die-namics frames her sweet penguin focal point perfectly while the addition of the wheel element introduces the perfect pop of color.

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring the Sailboat Die-namics.

Karolyn created a gorgeous ombre sunset to back her silhouetted sailboat. I love how the Making Waves Die-namics includes waves in both directions and two size options – layering them really adds movement and dimension to the finished look!

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they managed to keep their sea legs in these choppy challenge waters.

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Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Rule of Thirds

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MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxWelcome to a wonderful week of learning brought to you by some phenomenal instructors here at the My Favorite Things blog. We’re excited to share five lessons this week to take your creativity to the next level.

School may be out for the summer for most kids (cue Alice Cooper!), but we’re all about life-long learning around these parts! Grab a fresh notebook and a newly sharpened pencil and get ready to take notes as we share insights on some of the rules of design.

Perhaps you’ve been working on a project at your craft table and aimlessly moving around elements trying to find just the right position. Sometimes there’s that magical A-HA moment when it all falls into place. It’s likely that you struck upon one of the design rules without even knowing it!

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 rules. Are you ready class? Let’s begin.

Lesson #1 – Composition: Rule of Thirds

Composition is the arrangement of elements on a card; the intentional ordering of elements for a visually pleasing and emotional reaction resulting in unity and consistency. We’ll have three lessons that fall under the composition umbrella this week.

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The first composition lesson centers around the concept of using the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds is the division of your card into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. This type of design leads to an overall visual that is pleasing to the eye.

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 Rule of Thirds in your designs.

I love Kimberly’s idea of creating a vellum grid to help in the design process. Super smart!

Beyond Happy for You Card by Kimberly Crawford featuring the Totally Happy stamp set, Roses All Over background stamp, and the Upsy-Daisy and Happy Hellos Die-namics #mftstamps

What a lovely finished product! And now that you know the thought process, you can see why it all makes sense!

To aid in your learning , we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School 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 June 30. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

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All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on June 26th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, June 30.

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 achieve the Rule of Thirds in your projects.

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Watercolor Wishes

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Hey everyone! It’s Carissa here and I’m so excited to be guest posting here on the My Favorite Things Blog. I’ve been a fan of My Favorite Things for quite some time. I often use their products over on my blog. Today I’m sharing two different card projects with you, which both feature the new Stars & Wishes Die-namics as well as two different watercolor techniques.

Handmade watercolor cards from Carissa Wiley featuring Stars & Wishes Die-namics from Laina Lamb Design.

I wanted these big bold sentiments to take center stage on my card projects, so I kept the backgrounds soft. I used two different watercolor techniques for the backgrounds.

The first card features a basic watercolor background. I used pink, orange and yellow to create a beautiful blend. It kind of reminds me of a sunset. After my background was completely dry, I used the Simply Circles Background to add some more interest and pattern. I love the way this background turned out. It’s fun to layer embossing over watercolor to add texture and interest.

Watercolor Wishes handmade card from Carissa Wiley featuring the Stars & Wishes Die-namics and Simply Circles Background.

I cut the Wish sentiment from the Stars & Wishes Die-namics out of some gold glitter card stock. I also used the Count the Stars Die-namics to create a mat for this beautiful sentiment. The mat is cut from vellum and creates a halo effect around the sentiment. I love how it adds softness to the bold glitter sentiment. You could also add more to your sentiment with the Count the Stars stamp set. There are sentiments like “make a” and “big” that would fit perfectly above or below the die-cut sentiment.

Watercolor Wishes handmade card from Carissa Wiley featuring the Stars & Wishes Die-namics and Simply Circles Background.

I used die cuts from the Blueprints 25 Die-namics and the Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics to finish off all of the layering on this first card. I love all of the versatile shapes that come in the Blueprints Die-namics sets. These shapes are perfect for adding the finishing touches.

For the second card, I created a watercolor background on a vellum piece using Copic makers. I used two aqua colors and a little bit of rubbing alcohol to blend them out and create the soft look of watercolor on the vellum piece. I layered this over a white card base that was stamped with the Myriad Dot Background. I love how the dots peek through the vellum and add just a touch of pattern and texture to the card.

Watercolor Wishes handmade card from Carissa Wiley featuring the Stars & Wishes Die-namics and Abstract Cover-Up Die-namics.

I used the Abstract Cover Up Die-namics to add a fun and funky gold glitter grid over the vellum piece. This Cover-Up is so much fun! I think it will be the perfect die for creating a funky shaker card.

For this second card, I wanted to incorporate the black that I used on the Myriad Dot background stamp, so I cut my wish sentiment from black cardstock. To keep it center stage, I added a generous layer of glossy accents to really make it pop!

Watercolor Wishes handmade card from Carissa Wiley featuring the Stars & Wishes Die-namics and Abstract Cover-Up Die-namics.

I have created a video tutorial over at my blog, walking you through the entire creation of both of these fun cards. Be sure to visit me there to see how I put these cards together. I’ll also give you some tips as I walk you through.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and have been inspired to create your own watercolor cards. Thanks for stopping by today! And thank you to the awesome people over at My Favorite Things for letting me take over for a day! Have a fabulous day!

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It’s Your Day

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Marion Vagg is joining us again today on the blog. The birthday card she shared a few days ago was such a beauty, we’re happy to have her here with yet another project today. Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Marion!

Handmade card from Marion Vagg featuring the Sailboat and Chevron Stripes Die-namics.

I am so inspired by that gradient of blue Marion created with the Chevron Stripes Die-namics – what a fantastic way to create a sky backdrop from solid colors that still provides interest! The sailboat, in a simple white silhouette, is set off by a pair of tiny, nautically-inspired stars included in the set.

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Feeling creative? We’d love to see how you’re using Die-namics to create backdrops for your cards. Tag us, #mftstamps, so we can see what you’re working on!

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A Few of Our Favorite Things

With a name like My Favorite Things, we’ve got some pretty strong opinions about what we like. We decided it was time to poll our talented team of designers to find out which products in the MFT boutique are their current favorites.

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So tell me, what’s catching your eye in the MFT shop? We’d love to know what your indispensable tools and Replenishments include. And when you put those goodies to use crafting beautiful cards and crafts, be sure to tag #mftstamps so we can see what you’ve created!

Creative Construction: Hit the Waves

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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. Blueprints 11 marked a cool new innovation in our collection with a fun curved panel complemented by coordinating sentiment elements. We’re revisiting this shapely favorite with the Creative Construction with Blueprints Challenge this month.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Penguins in Paradise from Birdie Brown.

Torico paired Blueprints 11 with the adorable Penguins in Paradise to create this cheery look. Don’t you love how she used the sentiment and wave-shaped element to ground her sweet penguin?

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!

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

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Product Spotlight: Zig Zag Stitched Shape STAX

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Time to take a trip back to re-visit one of our June Release products. This month, we’re taking a closer look at the Zig Zag Stitched Shape STAX Die-namics. This quartet of STAX feature a brand-new stitch design – a delicate zig zag around the perimeter – that makes for beautiful layering pieces and stunning focal point elements for your sentiment.

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Kay used the Zig Zag Stitched Circle STAX to build a mini-scene for her happy little panda to perch on. Double cutting the horizon line with one of the elements from the Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics as well as one of the circle elements provides for perfect layering and sets off the remaining stamped and die-cut images.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring the Happy Pandas stamp set and Die-namics from Miss Tiina.

Barbara’s Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle creates a pretty base for the Tutu Cute Pure Innocence girl. It acts as barrier between the ballerina and the pretty & intricate background while still providing a tiny design element that works perfectly with the other details.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring the Pure Innocence Tutu Cute stamp set and Die-namics.

The Zig Zag Stitched Oval is a graceful shape that provides ample space for Julie’s mixed sentiment. The curves are a nice balance to the edgy stars creating the perfect base while still allowing that stamped background to shine.

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Count the Stars stamp set and Die-namics, Stars & Wishes Die-namics, and Lucky Stars Die-namics from Laina Lamb Design.

Keisha’s elegant card combines delicate stamping and die cutting to soften the hard edges of the Abstract Cover-Up. The Zig Zag Stitched Square is a beautiful base for the layered butterflies and Stars & Wishes Die-namics sentiment.

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring the Abstract Cover-Up Die-namics.

Did you grab any of the Zig Zag Stitched Shape STAX? We really want to see what you do with it so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can be inspired by your beautiful work!

Birthday Wishes

Before we get to today’s guest 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 Stephanie’s blog: Lucinde

from Julia’s blog: Sue McRae

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!

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Please join us in welcoming Marion Vagg to the blog today! She’s created a delightful birthday card perfect for any number of recipients – it would make a fantastic addition to your collection of those cards you’re saving for a rainy day or a last-minute emergency (we’ve all been there!) Thank you Marion for sharing this lovely card with us!

Handmade birthday card from Marion Vagg featuring Build-able Blooms from Miss Tiina.

Hello. I am very honoured to be guest designing on the My Favorite Things blog today. I love the big and bold Birthday Wishes sentiment from the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings set. To make it stand out I made a chalkboard panel using the Stitched Rectangle STAX and white heat embossed the sentiment onto it. I also added some white ink to make the chalkboard panel look more authentic. To add some pop of colour, I created some clusters of flowers using the Build-able Blooms stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. I added lots of dimension by popping up some of the flowers around the focal panel.

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Pretty Pink Posh Watercolor Blog Hop

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We’re big fans of Pretty Pink Posh and are so happy to be carrying a huge assortment of PPP sequins in the shop. We’re also big fans of the watercolor look and thanks to some excellent coincidental timing, we’ve just released Written in Watercolor, and the Watercolor Flowers stamp set and Die-namics in our June Release. All this adds up to us being thrilled to be a part of the Watercolor Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.

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If you’re a fan of the watercolor look but don’t have the time or confidence to attempt it, these new designs make achieving the look a piece of cake. Design Team member Kay Miller created this stunning card with a pretty range of MFT Premium Dye Inks – I absolutely adore those vibrant flowers and the effect she achieved on the watercolor paper card base!

The Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop officially begins tomorrow, June 5, at 6 AM PST and runs until June 8 at 11:55 PM PST. You’ll find all of the details on the PPP Blog – you’ll want to check it out to get all of the details and see the impressive list of sponsors – you could win a $25 voucher from My Favorite Things!

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