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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Are you inspired to create something beautiful with Cover-Ups? Today only, save 20% on all Cover-Ups with code COVERUP at checkout!

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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.

Need an added incentive to stock up on stencils? Shop our extensive line of stencils through the end of March 18th and save 10% with code STENCIL!

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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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Grow Your Flower Collection

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Spring is so close we can almost taste it. What better way to celebrate its imminent arrival than to have a sale on all of our flower Die-namics? Now through March 14, use code FLOWERS at checkout to apply a 20% discount to every product in our Flowers Die-namics category.

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Need some guidance on using our rolled flower Die-namics? A quilling tool will make assembly a breeze. Check out the video HERE to see how the Large Hybrid Heirloom Rose comes together or click below to see a demonstration. You’ll find even more assembly videos on our Youtube channel so grab a cup of coffee and settle in!

Product Spotlight: Totally Happy

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Time to take a trip back to re-visit one of our March Release products. This month, we’re taking a closer look at the Totally Happy stamp set. A sentiment set might not seem an obvious choice to showcase versatility but I think these examples might just change your mind!

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Kimberly, Jodi, and Keisha used various elements in the set to create patterned panels for their cards. Kimberly and Jodi both feature some of the included star accents in their designs while Keisha took the more non-traditional approach of creating a pattern with one of the sentiments – think of all the possibilities that opens up!

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Michele stamped and heat embossed one of the sentiments in white on a Kraft Card Stock background – it looks amazing and really stands out!

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Jody isolated “happy” from one of the longer sentiments and stamped a stacked trio of them for a simple greeting that makes a statement.

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Kimberly masked off the last word in one of the sentiments and then paired it with the Happy Die-namics. Notice how she used the stars once again to create a coordinating pattern.

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So, did you pick up the Totally Happy stamp set yet? Feeling happy about that decision? We really want to see what you do with it so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can admire and praise your outstanding work!

Creative Construction: Wonky Panels

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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 both assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches as well as 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. Wonky panels are trickier to execute than they might appear at first glance. This month’s challenge focuses on Blueprints 15 and Blueprints 18 that make creating die-cut panels with a little sass to them quick and easy.

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