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As you enjoy your weekend, don’t forget to take advantage of our weekend sale. Save 25% on a constellation of products featuring the classic star shape. You’ll find more than 40 stamp sets, Die-namics, and stencils HERE.

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Quantities are limited. No coupon code required. Sale prices not valid on previous purchases. Sale prices good February 20 – 22.

Die-namics Design: Express Yourself

Words are the foundation of card design. We all love a beautifully crafted design but the sentiment is really what makes a hand-made card special.  Word Die-namics are such a valuable tool as they can be used to create layered die cuts for added dimension, to create peek-a-boo effects, as a mask for different coloring mediums, and so much more. This month, our team is featuring the incredible versatility of word Die-namics.

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Keisha doubled up her wordy look using the Happy Hellos Die-namics for the “hello” sentiment and layering it over a die-cut circle featuring another greeting created with the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics. A mostly neutral palette allows the Red Hot Card Stock and just a hint of Lemon Drop Card Stock to jump off the card.

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You Rock

I’d characterize the fun projects Betty has created for us today as bright, bold, and beautiful – I think you’ll agree once you see what she’s created!

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Hi, I am Betty Wright and I am so excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today.  I am a huge fan!  I have two cards to share with you.

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For the first card I started with Black LicoriceLush Lagoon, Ripe RaspberrySummer SplashLimelight, and Lemon Drop card stocks. I am just over the moon with all the new MFT colors! The card base is Black Licorice. I die cut another Black Licorice panel using Blueprints 13 for the stitched edging and then, I used the newly released Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Square STAX to create an inside out stitched frame. I stamped the bottom of this panel with Keep on Rockin’ stamp set using Versamark and then clear embossed for a cool effect.

For the sentiment I used Blueprints 11 and die cut the “You Rock” in Black Licorice and Limelight card stocks. I stamped the Limelight sentiment with Sheet Music background using Limelight Premium Dye Ink. I glued the two panels together, slightly offsetting the black for a shadow effect. I attached the sentiment behind the inside cut-out frame panel popping the letters on the outside of the frame’s edge for added interest. I popped up the entire frame using Foam Mounting Tape and inserted the cut-out interior frame to the recess behind for added detail. To complete the card, I die cut several of the smaller headphones that come in the newly released Headphones Die-namics and arranged them on the card as shown.

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For my second card, I went in a completely different direction. This is what I love about MFT stamps and Die-namics – there is just so much versatility and style options with these products.

I started with Smooth WhiteSummer SplashCherry Crisp, and Coral Crush card stocks. Have I mentioned how much I love the new colors? I die cut the Coral Crush panel using the stitched frame from Blueprints 15. I stamped this panel with the Harlequin Background stamp using Coral Crush Premium Dye Ink. I die cut the Summer Splash using the Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX. I stamped this panel using the Linen Background in Summer Splash Premium Dye Ink. I used Foam Mounting Tape to pop up this panel. Next, I die cut the Cherry Crisp panel using Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics and stamped it using the Pinstripe Background in Cherry Crisp Premium Dye Ink.

I die cut the Smooth White Card Stock with Pierced Circle STAX and stamped the sentiment from Spring Tulips stamp set in the center using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.  I offset the circle die cut and used Foam Mounting Tape to pop it up a bit for added dimension.   I die cut the Spring Tulips Die-namics, stamped with the coordinating image from the Spring Tulips stamp set, and colored with Copics. I popped the tulips up as well using a bit of Foam Mounting Tape.  I finished my card with a few sequins which were easily placed with the QuickStik Pick-Up Tool. I used this tool all of the time!

That is it for me today.  Many thanks for My Favorite Things for asking me to showcase their products!  As always thanks so much for stopping by!

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Total Favorite

Mary Dawn Quirindongo is joining us on the blog today with two more outstanding projects. Let’s see what she has to say about these eye-catching cards!

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For my first project, I used the large candy jar die as a vase and filled it with die-cut elements from the Lily Die-Namics. I colored the lilies and leaves with Spectrum Noir Markers and added sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella Glitter brush marker. I added a sentiment from Donuts and Sprinkles and then stared at it for 3 hours because I’m in serious love.

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I decided to give myself a break and make a one-layer card next (haha, I know, good one). Using the Candy Jar Companions stamp set, I stamped 6 bunny peeps in yellow pigment ink in a (sort of) neat row and added the only sentiment I could add to a card covered in bunny peeps. I added some dimension with a yellow colored pencil and some ground with a gray one. Finally, I added their eyes and noses with a black glaze pen, giving more texture and dimension to this simple card.

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Do you love how these cards range from seriously elegant to achingly cute…intricately assembled to simply stamped? She has run the gamut and I’m in love. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us Mary Dawn!

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Hop Into Action

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Is there any holiday that spotlights sweet and cuddly imagery more than Easter? Bunnies, chicks, and eggs in pretty pastels are the norm but I have a feeling our team will open your eyes to a variety of beautiful new Easter crafting ideas with this month’s Creative Challenge. Get a jump (or a hop?) start on Easter projects as we hop into action, Easter-style!

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Amy’s card is all about the bunny featuring  a monochromatic repeating pattern she created with one of the designs included in the Somebunny stamp set. The Stitched Speech Bubble Edges Die-namics, positioned at a jaunty angle, is the perfect spot for a simple sentiment.

Keep on hoppin’ to see what the rest of the team has hiding up their sleeves for this month’s challenge.

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MFTv – Each New Day

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We’re thinking spring with this episode of MFTv. The new Pure Plum color is such a beautiful complement to Sour Apple – it was a natural choice to pair the two for this fresh design. Subtle details like a distressed background and stitched border frame finish the card perfectly.

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Organization for Your Creative Space: Coloring Mediums

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A full complement of coloring mediums includes a wide assortment of container shapes, sizes, and storage requirements. Our team is sharing the ways they manage the mayhem of their coloring mediums with this installment of the Organization Challenge.

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Julie’s cart, shown above, is packed with delightful products begging to be used in her next crafty project. You really need to click through to her blog to get the full effect though – so much awesomeness! Check out each of our Design Team blogs to learn more about their storage solutions. We’d love to learn more about how you’re organizing your own coloring mediums – be sure to tag #mftstamps on Instagram and Twitter if you share a photo!

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You Have My Heart

Join us in welcoming Lea Lawson back to the blog. She’s sharing a love-themed card inspired by this week’s Sketch Challenge. I love how she completed the sentiment stamped with the Smitten with You set by adding the iconic die-cut heart created with Blueprints 15.

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! Are you frantically whipping up some last minute cards to give to the people that you love?  If so, look no further than this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch #215!  It is simple, but packs an awesome design punch!

I’ve created a bold card full of rainbow stripes & script, paired with the Smitten with You stamp set and a couple of Blueprints Die-namics.  Here is how I created the card, step by step!

  1. Make an A2 card from Smooth White Card Stock.
  2. Trim a small block of rainbow striped paper, and adhere to the bottom of the card.
  3. Trim a panel of black script paper, and die cut a circle from the bottom of it.
  4. Adhere the paper block to the right side of the card with foam adhesive.
  5. Trim a 3/4″ strip of white cardstock, then stamp the sentiment onto it.
  6. Die cut the tab and heart from the striped paper.
  7. Adhere the tab next to the stamped sentiment, then cut banner edges to the paper strip.
  8. Adhere the sentiment strip with foam dots over top of the cutout circle.
  9. Tuck & adhere the tab slightly underneath the scripted paper block.
  10. Accent the tab and the heart with jewels to finish.

This card could be given to anyone you love, including your spouse or significant other, children, family & friends!  I hope you choose to use the sketch for some last minute Valentines….and can’t wait to see what you create!  Have an awesome day!

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Product Spotlight: Love Die-namics

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With February Release orders being lovingly packed and shipped, now seems a good time to take a closer look at one of the latest Die-namics to see all of the varied ways our Design Team put it to use.

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Yes, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner but we love each other year-round. The Love Die-namics is the perfect starting point for Valentines meant for anyone on your list. You will reach for this over and over throughout the year though to use as a standout focal point and to combine with any number of sentiment stamps.

Keisha and Kimberly doubled up their die cutting by using the Love Die-namics to cut a sentiment from another die-cut shape.

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Sharon and Barbara show how easily this design transitions from a vertical to horizontal orientation thanks to the generous length.

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Cindy, Amy, and Kimberly’s cards show how you can adjust the height of your die cut to accommodate your design.

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While Stephanie, Keisha, and Jodi show a full panel look with the “Love” positioned in a variety of locations.

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So, did you pick up the Love Die-namics yet? Inspired? Feeling the love? We really want to see what you do with it so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can give you a virtual high five for your incredible work!

Creative Construction with Blueprints: Frame It in February

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. This month, we’re framing it in with Blueprints featuring framing elements of all shapes and sizes. The featured Blueprints this month are 2, 16, 17, & 19.

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A focal point this delicious deserves double framing with the square bracketed frame from Blueprints 19 and a circle frame from Blueprints 16 that acts as a pretty respectable plate. Centered and symmetrical is always a surefire design choice and the assortment of frames included in our line of Blueprints is the perfect starting point.

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