Tuesday, November 01, 2011

MFT Die-namics Feature and Pep Rally

Now that we've teased and tempted you all week long, it's almost time for you to shop for your favorite Brand Spankin' New products from MFT. But first... it's time for our Die-namics Feature and Pre-Release Pep Rally! Our Design Team has been busy creating jaw-dropping and inspiring projects for you, and we've saved the best for last. We've taken an in-depth look at this month's Die-namics, while re-visiting the amazing sets being released tonight at 10 PM EST RIGHT HERE in the MFT Boutique. And while we are at it, how about we make your life even easier with a "cheat sheet" of all that's new?  Head over to the MFT Blog to print out a shopping list. Here are the details about the upcoming release on November 1 at 10 PM EST:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on November 1st from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on November 1 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • You have just a few more hours to submit your entry for this month's guest designer contest.  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the designers' posts for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on November 1 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
I'm using the soon-to-be-released Christmas Ornaments Die-namics and Stamp Set for my projects.today. First of all, I created a wall hanging using the ornaments in the traditional way.

I die-cut the shapes first, then stamped the snowflake and star burst with silver pigment ink and heat embossed with fine detail embossing powder. I cut the caps from silver metallic card stock and added silver cord from which to "hang" them. I added some silver holly leaves (love this die!!) and some blue gems for highlights before putting it in the frame.

Here you see it hanging on my wall. The light isn't strong but you can see the embossed layer under the ornaments better in this shot. I love this--it really looks good hanging on my wall.

For this project, I created a card, using the long ornament shape in a different way. This shape reminded me of a C7 light bulb, so I was inspired to created a light string with it.

First of all, I die cut the shape from colored card stock then coated them with Crystal Effects. Then I die cut the caps from black card stock and attached them to the bulbs. Next, I drew my "wire" with a pencil. I tried doing it freehand and wasted two sheets of card stock before the light bulb (sorry!) came on. So, I laid out my bulbs in the arrangement I wanted and then drew the wire in, then stitched over it with black thread and attached my bulbs. I added a black flat-back pearl to the hole area. I love how this turned out, too! Oh, yeah, I'm going to be using this set a lot :) 

Here's the inside, where I created a sentiment from several of the words in the set.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget, you can get your hands on this set tonight at 10pm! Hope to see you stopping by for the New Release Product Tour, also starting at 10pm!

Stamps: Christmas Ornaments Die-namics and Stamp Set (MFT)
Paper: Assorted card stock colors
Ink: Encore Silver pigment ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Christmas Ornaments Die-namics dies, silver cord, gems, Snowflake embossing folder, ScorPal, Crystal Effects, sewing machine, flat back black pearls


  1. OH! GET! OUT!!!!! LMAO

    Barbara this is SO STINKIN FUN!!!! I LOVE those lightbulbs... I saw them and instantly had to start re-reading as I was like WHERE THE .... did she get that shape... NEVER would I have seen that!!! LOL

    SO much fun ALL WEEK and today CAPPED IT OFF with a CHERRY!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

  2. oohalalaaa!! love the blue ornaments on the white background!! Beautiful!!


  3. Wow love the effect of the coat you gave the xmas ornaments on the second card, beautiful!

  4. Both are AMAZING Barbara!!! Stunners!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  5. Barbara!!!! These are fantastic!! That wall hanging is stunning!!! And the string of lights is so stinkin' creative and realistic!!! Love it.

  6. your wall art is beautiful. the blue really POPS and looks fantastic! the light bulbs are darling on the card....great idea.

  7. Wow!!! that is GORGEOUS!!! I am a new stamper...but still I have been wanting to decorate my craft/office with some of my card art. Yours is an inspiration and would make a GREAT gift!!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. what a cool way to use the dies, i love the wall hanging and those light strings, jsut beautiful. i am so going to tyr to make that wall hanging and the colors you used are truly cool.
    thanks for sharing such an awesome style.

  9. I love the Crystal Effects on the bulbs, just perfect Bar.

  10. Fabulous!!! Love the cards, Barbara!!

  11. Oh there are so many fun ways to use that new set.... want it, want it!!! :)

  12. Christmas lights!!! I didn't even think of that - you are SO creative! Love the glossy accents and your frame is gorgeous!

  13. Gorgeous! That crystal effects has a profound effect! Gorgeous creations!

  14. beautiful ornaments....your cards are perfect !!!!

  15. I love the beautiful simplicity of your first creation and that string of lights on the second one is really fun and festive.

  16. Simply beautiful card. Love the ornaments, Barbara. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  17. Awesome projects!!!! LOVE LOVE everything :)) TFS!!!

  18. Great home decor picture and so creative with the holiday lights card!
    Becky S.

  19. Beautiful wall hanging you created and I like the shiny bulbs too.


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