Ingenious Inking: Resistance is Futile

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The projects featured this month are irresistibly cool examples of using different methods and formulas of ink to create eye-catching resist looks on your cards and projects. Ingenious? Absolutely. Keep clicking to see how this challenge inspired our talented (and inky!) team of designers.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Blueprints 26 Die-namics.

Kimberly’s double-resist technique produces a cool layered resist pattern. After first stamping the Happy Birthday Background and heat setting, she stamped the Star Background in Versamark and used a clear embossing powder to heat emboss. Finally, she blended the gorgeous Persimmon Premium Dye Ink over the entire die-cut balloon surface. Just imagine all of the pattern mixing options this technique opens up!

Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Balloon Strings Background.

Donna’s lovely look features the Balloon Strings Background. After heat embossing the pattern onto watercolor paper, she used the resulting lines to guide her watercolor application. The Peerless Transparent Watercolors produced the stunning rich hues you see here.

Ready to check out even more inspiring resist applications? Keep clicking on the rest of the team’s photos to see their interpretations of this month’s Ingenious Inking Challenge.

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MFTv – Aloha

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Ready to elevate your die cutting? Pattern and dimension are two great ways of adding interest to flat die cuts and today’s episode of MFTv will walk you through both of them. Grab a handful of Die-namics and some of your favorite small-scale background stamps and step up your die-cutting game!

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Palm Tree Die-namics.

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Flat-Bottom Clouds Die-namics.

Watch the video HERE to see how Kimberly created this masterpiece or just play the embedded video.

Do you love bringing a touch of nature to your paper crafts? Be sure to shop our Outdoors theme today and tomorrow and save 15% on included stamp sets and Die-namics with code OUTDOORS.

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Die-namics Design: Rise to the Occasion

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Join us for this month’s Die-namics Design as we go up, up, and away with projects featuring balloon Die-namics. Patterned, painted, textured, and peek-a-boo – so many fun embellishing options with this iconic image that just says party. Celebrate with us, won’t you?

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Check out Torico’s dimensional wonder. She turned the balloon element from Blueprints 26 into a 3D hot air balloon – stunning, especially done in patterned form with our new Paper Packs. Just imagine how fun  it would be to create a piece of wall art or a mobile based on this concept…my mind is reeling with possibilities!

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Yoonsun’s colorful card was created with balloons die cut from watercolor paper and tinted with a variety of Premium Dye Inks. That pretty background gradient adds even more “lift” to the look!

Is your wish list filling up with an assortment of balloon Die-namics? Today is the day to treat yourself! For one day only, save $15 on your purchase of $75 or more with code 15OFF75 at checkout.

MFT July Faves Sale.

Want to see more inspiration from our team? Keep on clicking to see how they interpreted this month’s Die-namics Design challenge.

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My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day Three

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Welcome back to our final fun day with our friends from Xyron! We hope you’ve enjoyed the clever and innovative projects our creative team has created using products made by Xyron.

Design Team member Keisha Campbell used the 2.5″ Create-A-Sticker machine from Xyron to adhere all of the puzzle pieces she created for the background of her card using the Abstract Cover-Up Die-namics and the banner for the sentiment. This Xyron makes adhering elements to your card a snap!

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

Challenge Team member Miriam Prantner used Xyron’s Magnet Tape paired with the Barn Die-namics and cutie pie creatures from The Whole Herd stamp set and Die-namics to create this whimsical scene. Miriam raved about the magnet tape saying, “I love that it’s so lightweight and thin and easy to tear off.  The magnet strength is really good too — no concerns about the pieces falling off the fridge!”

Custom magnet set from Miriam Partner featuring Birdie Brown's The Whole Herd and the Barn Die-namics.

Design Team member Teri Anderson grabbed the 3″ Sticker Maker from Xyron to adhere the hello speech bubble to to speech bubble base. Teri says, “It’s great for small lines!” One cool tip Teri shared is that she die-cut the base of the bubble from cardstock strips adhered to craft foam. She quipped, “Even though the base was bulky, it made it through the 3″ Sticker Maker just fine!  Love that!” The staple came from Xyron’s Plier Stapler, and Teri adhered the Triangle Screen Cover-Up, as well as the little sequins and triangle pieces, with the Wedge Shaped Glue Stick.

Handmade card from Teri Anderson featuring the TRANSFORM-ables Say Hello Die-namics.

Xyron will be sharing two projects per day this week 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:

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My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day Two

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Welcome back to our collaboration with our friends from Xyron! We’ll be sharing fun projects that some of the members of our creative team have created using innovative products made by Xyron.

Design Team member Jodi Collins worked with the 2.5″ Create a Sticker machine to create stickers to adorn her planner. Jodi says, “The repositionable adhesive is perfect for those stickers I want to move from page to page!”

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Planner stickers from Jodi Collins.

Design Team member Kay Miller used the fabulous Xyron Mega Runner and Wedge Shaped Glue Stick for her project. The thin white overlays for the flowers were adhered with the glue stick which worked beautifully without making any mess at all. All of the other parts of her card were adhered with the Mega Runner which lays down a fairly wide line of adhesive dots which are permanent and hold together fantastically!

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Circle Scribble Flowers from Lisa Johnson Designs.

Design Team member Kimberly Crawford used the 3″ Sticker Maker from Xyron in a unique way to give her dotted butterflies and all over sparkle with glitter. Be sure to check out Kimberly’s video HERE to see how she created this magical effect!

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Pierced Oval Frames 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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Creative Challenge: Gift Giving Groove

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Get into the groove of creating gift card presentations worth getting excited about with this month’s challenge. Whether gifted in the form of a card or small box, the presentation of a gift card doesn’t have to be boring and our team is ready, willing, and able to inspire your next project. From specially designed Die-namics perfect for creating slots and grooves in your cards to 3 dimensional designs that will delight the recipient, you’ll find a bit of everything in this collection of inspired designs.

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Keisha took the challenge title quite literally employing the Gift Card Groove Die-namics in creating her modern take on gift card presentation. Neutral tones with pops of color brought in by the Field Day and Razzle Berry accents provide a beautiful base for that ubiquitous gift card red (she hit the bullseye with this one!)

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Barbara’s showcasing a pocket full of treasures on her cheery look. The Gift Card Pocket Die-namics is designed to perfectly house a thoughtful gift. Barbara’s card is spiced up by the addition of patterned paper and accents from the Hip Clips Die-namics.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs to see how they’ve worked their magic on gift presentation. Then try your hand at making someone’s day with a thoughtful gift card of your own – tag #mftstamps when you share your look so we can see how you were inspired.

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My Favorite Things and Xyron – Day One

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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!

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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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