Thursday, October 18, 2018

MFT October Birthday Project Challenge–Gussie Up Your Gifts

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Cards are critical components of a birthday celebration but don’t forget all the fun ways you can use your birthday-themed stash of stamps and Die-namics to accent gift tags and wraps as well. Create your own patterned paper, add some personality to your gift bags and tags, and even spruce up your envelopes to tie your look together!


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So, people have birthdays on or around Christmas, right? I decided to decorate a plain bag and add a coordinating tag for a festive birthday gift for my project this month. I started by creating a Santa suit overlay for the bag using Poppy card stock (one of my FAVORITE MFT reds!), Black Licorice card stock for the belt using Basic Stitch Lines Die-namics and Single Stitch Line Tag-Corner Square STAX cut from Gold Shine card stock for the buckle. Some Sweet Tooth felt worked great for the white fur on Santa’s suit.

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For the tag, I cut Sweet Tooth card stock using Cross-Stitch Tag Die-namics and decorated it with an image from Sassy Santa Stamp Set and Die-namics colored with Copic markers and a sentiment from Santa & Friends Stamp Set. Add some Black & White Basics Paper Pack, Snow Drifts Die-namics and the trees from Mountain High and it was just about done! Some crinkled seam binding and gold cord finished it off.

And that’s it from me! Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out what the rest of the team has at the
MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog and we hope you’ll play along!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Sassy Santa, Santa & Friends
Die-namics: Sassy Santa, Snow Drifts, Mountain High, Hearts in a Row – Horizontal, Cross-Stitch Tag, Single Stitch Line Tag-Corner Square STAX, Basic Stitch Lines
Hybrid Ink: Extreme Black
Specialty Inks: Versamark
Patterned Paper: Black & White Basics
MFT Card Stock: Poppy, Sweet Tooth, Black Licorice, Gumdrop Green, No Line Coloring
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, white detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Sweet Tooth felt
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Copic markers, seam binding, silver cord


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Joy–MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #407

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Hi, everyone, I’m back with this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s sketch. All of the details about the sketch challenge are available on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The MFT Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.



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That big ol’ star in the center of the sketch made me think of the awesome new Perfect Poinsettia Die-namics so that’s where I went. I started by cutting two copies of each layer from Sweet Tooth card stock, shaped the petals and hot glued them together. I cut the centers from Gold Shine card stock and added them, then added Clear Round Drops, Mix for the center. I cut the leaves from Gold Shine card stock and adhered them, then set it aside.

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I stamped the bottom of a panel of Sweet Tooth card stock with Christmas Background using Delicata Gold ink then heat embossed “joy” from Hand-Lettered Holiday Greetings with gold detail embossing powder on Heavyweight vellum. I scored and wrapped the vellum around and on top of the stamped panel then popped it all up on a Sweet Tooth card stock base with foam tape. I adhered the poinsettia and finished off with some gold Sprinkles.

And there you have it! Remember, you can get all the details by visiting the MFT Challenge Blog. You have the chance to win a $50 in MFT voucher. One winner is chosen at random each week!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Hand-Lettered Holiday Greetings, Christmas Background
Die-namics: Perfect Poinsettia
Specialty Inks: Versamark, Delicata Gold
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth
Specialty Papers: Gold Shine, Heavyweight Vellum
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, gold detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Clear Round Drops, Mix
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, craft tweezers, plastic eraser, Gold Sprinkles
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter


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Happy Holidays–Color Throwdown Challenge #515

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Hey, there, and welcome to a brand new Color Throwdown Challenge! Today’s challenge is brought to you by Jodi and is inspired by this lovely Fall mantle.


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This color combo was a perfect time to get out the recently released Delightful Deer Die-namics and the trees from Mountain High Die-namics to create a Winter Wonderland scene. First I stenciled some snow drifts with Drifts & Hills Stencil and Cement Gray dye ink, also adding some to the sky since I was going to have some snow falling, then I stamped the sentiment and a few tiny trees from Trio of Trees Stamp Set.

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I cut the deer and trees out, sponging some shading on the deer with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and popped everything up on foam. To finish off, I slightly watered down some Copic Opaque White and splattered it all over for the snow.

And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the
Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD515 so we can see your beauty all in one place, and use #ctd515 and #colorthrowdown on social media. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, along with our super talented Guest Designer, Biggan!

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders
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Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Biggan – October Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you soon!

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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Trio of Trees
Die-namics: Delightful Deer, Mountain High
Stencils: Drifts & Hills
Dye Ink: Cement Gray, Milk Chocolate, Jellybean Green
Specialty Inks: Vintage Photo Distress Ink
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Sour Apple, Gumdrop Green, Jellybean Green, Kraft, Black Licorice, Milk Chocolate
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Multi Medium Matte Glue
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, craft tweezers, plastic eraser, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Copic Opaque White
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, small art brush


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Deck the Howls–MFT and Friends, October Edition

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Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

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I decided to create a cozy little scene using Deck the Howls Stamp Set and Die-namics and Filled with Joy Die-namics from the October release and some previously released products—I love how MFT products work so well together!

So, first I created my background which serves as the wall in my imaginary house. I covered a Sweet Tooth card stock base with Fresh Squeezed Chevrons patterned paper for the “wallpaper”, added Kraft card stock for the “carpet”, and more Sweet Tooth for the baseboard. Next I added Fireplace Die-namics (see card stock colors below) and decorated it and the wall with greenery, repurposing the snowflake from Filled with Joy Die-namics. To see how I did this, you can check out my blog post
HERE.

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Once I had that all done I stamped the images from Deck the Howls Stamp Set with Extreme Black hybrid ink on No-Line Coloring Card Stock, cut them out with the coordinating Die-namics, colored with Copic markers, and popped them up on foam tape. The sentiment was heat embossed and also adhered with foam tape.

And that’s all I have for you today! Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to stop by the
MFT Blog to see who else has some creations to share with you today.

See you soon!

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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Deck the Howls
Die-namics: Deck the Howls, Fireplace, Filled with Joy
Hybrid Ink: Extreme Black
Specialty Inks: Versamark
Patterned Paper: Fresh Squeezed Chevron
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Wild Cherry, Sour Apple, Gumdrop Green, Jellybean Green, Kraft, Orange Zest, Pineapple, Black Licorice, Gravel Gray, No-Line Coloring
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, white detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, hemp cord
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Copic markers, baker’s twine


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Joy Wreath–MFT October Tips & Tricks

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Hi everyone, welcome to the MFT’s October Release Tips & Tricks feature! Today I’m going to show you how to create a dimensional wreath using the just released Filled with Joy Die-namics. I love it when I come up with a way to stretch my supplies, especially in different and unexpected ways.

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First, here’s what I started with to create my wreath: Hemp Cord and three shades of green card stock cut with the snowflake from Filled with Joy Die-namics. I created the base by curling up some hemp cord to simulate a “grapevine wreath”. I secured the ends with hot glue but you can use any quick setting glue you have.

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Then I started cutting the snowflake die cuts into pieces—each “arm” yields a “sprig” of greenery.

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I snipped them apart and then off of the center circle until I had a pile of “sprigs”.

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Next I started adhering the “sprigs” to the base with a drop of glue, overlapping to hide the glue and “propped” up for dimension using alternating shades of green for a more realistic look.

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Here’s a side view to see how much the “sprigs” are propped up.

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Here you see it about 3/4 finished.

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And here, finished. When I got to the beginning, I gently lifted the first sprigs up and adhered the last ones under them.

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I wanted to add some red berries and the only thing I had that would work scale-wise was some retired Prills. They really are perfect for this but if I had red seed beads they would be perfect, too. To finish I added a baker’s twine bow.

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Here’s the back side of the finished wreath so you know what it should look like.

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To create the card, I adhered some Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots patterned paper on a Sweet Tooth card stock base, then popped up another Sweet Tooth panel cut with Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namics. I cut the J and Y from Holly Jolly Glitter Card Stock and popped them up on foam, then adhered the wreath in the center.

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And that’s it from me today! I hope my tips & tricks will encourage you to think out of the box when you look at your supplies.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Die-namics: Filled with Joy, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2
Patterned Paper: Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Gumdrop Green, Jellybean Green, Sour Apple
Specialty Papers: Holly Jolly Glitter Card Stock
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Multi Medium Matte Glue
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Prills, baker’s twine


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