Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thanks for All You Do–MFT Color Challenge #94

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Hi, all, I'm back with the latest
MFT Color Challenge! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s color combo: Sno Cone, Summer Splash, Peach Bellini, and Lemon Chiffon. All of the details about the color 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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Love these pastel colors!! I thought they would look great with a bit of black as an accent so I decided to use Birthday Speech Bubble Die-namics to cut the colors out and stamped on them with black.

First I did a watercolor wash for the Sno Cone element on Ranger Watercolor Paper and splattered some black watercolor from my Kuretake Gansai watercolors. While that was drying, I cut the speech bubbles and stamped the sentiments, top to bottom, from Boss Babe Stamp Set, a partial from BB Cool Cat, and another partial from LLD Perk Up. The rest of the sentiment is from Gift Card Greetings Stamp Set and was heat embossed on Black Licorice card stock.

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Then I arranged the speech bubbles, popped them up on foam tape, and popped up the black sentiment strip as well. I finished off with some Sprinkles in Bumblebee, Tangerine, and Swimming Pool.

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: Boss Babe, LLD Perk Up, BB Cool Cat
Die-namics: Birthday Speech Bubbles
Dye Ink: Black Licorice
Specialty Inks: Versamark
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Black Licorice, Peach Bellini, Summer Splash, Lemon Chiffon
Specialty Papers: Ranger Watercolor Paper
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Peerless Watercolors, white detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Sprinkles: Swimming Pool, Bumblebee, Tangerine
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, Mini Mister, water brush, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, heat tool, Kuretake Gansai watercolors, art brush


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

You are Mermazing–MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #386

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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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I decided to get out my BB Mermazing Stamp Set and Die-namics since it’s been a while. First I did a watercolor background after heat embossing Whimsical Waves Background on Ranger Watercolor Paper and set it aside to dry. For the card front I dry embossed Radiating Rays Stencil on some Sweet Tooth card stock after cutting it with Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics. Next I stamped the image from Mermazing with Extreme Black hybrid ink, cut her out with the coordinating Die-namics, and colored her with Copic markers.

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I stamped some fish on the background, popped the card front up on the background with foam tape and adhered it to the card base. The sentiment was heat embossed on Black Licorice card stock cut with Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips and popped up on foam as was the colored image. I finished off with some 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm Clear Round Drops.

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: Mermazing, Whimsical Waves Background
Die-namics: Mermazing, Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX
Hybrid Ink: Extreme Black, Cement Gray
Specialty Inks: Versamark
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Black Licorice, No Line Coloring
Specialty Papers: Ranger Watercolor Paper
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Peerless Watercolors, white detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm Clear Round Drops
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, Copics, Mini Mister, water brush, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, heat tool


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Thank You for Going Above & Beyond–Color Throwdown Challenge #494

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Hello there and welcome to a new Color Throwdown Challenge! This week our hostess is Amy Rohl and she is challenging us with this classis color combo.


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So, with Memorial Day coming up soon in the US, I got all patriotic with this card. I started by doing a watercolor wash background and after it dried ran it through my die cutting machine with Stitched Star Grid Die-namics. I then adhered it to a Sweet Tooth card stock base and added the stars, cut from red glitter paper.

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Next I cut New York Skyline Die-namics from Ranger Watercolor paper, did a gray watercolor wash on it and then heat embossed the sentiment from Gift Card Greetings with silver embossing powder at the bottom. I added that to the bottom, tied around some red, white, and blue baker’s twine and was done!

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 CTD494 so we can see your beauty all in one place, and use #ctd494 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, including our incredibly talented May Guest Designer, Rachel Alvarado!

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Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders
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Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Rachel Alvarado – May 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: Gift Card Greetings
Die-namics: New York Skyline, Stitched Star Grid
Specialty Inks: Versamark
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth
Specialty Papers: Ranger Watercolor Paper
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Peerless Watercolors, silver detail embossing powder, 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, Embossing Magic, Mini Mister, water brush, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, red glitter paper, heat tool, baker’s twine

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

MFT May Card Kit Release–Painted Prints

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Hi, everyone, are you ready??!! Painted Prints Card Kit is now available for purchase in the MFT Boutique! You’ve seen some amazing samples over the last couple of days from the design team and that’s just the tip of the creative iceberg—so many things you can do with this kit. Be sure to check by the MFT Blog for more info and more samples, then go snag yours! Remember, we have a new free with $60 die available for our customers with every kit release. It will be the free die (while supplies last) for the duration of the month until the next release. The mid-month Free with $60 die for May is Flower Vase Die-namics.


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For this card I used both color values of flowers—pink and coral—along with both greens for the leaves. I stamped up a bunch of flowers and leaves and created a swag down the left side of my card front.

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The sentiment was stamped with Steel Gray Hybrid Ink before it was popped up on the base with foam tape or the flowers added. I finished off with some matching Sprinkles and it was done!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope I’ve given you some ideas for using YOUR Painted Prints Card Kit. See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Painted Prints Card Kit
Die-namics: Painted Prints Card Kit, A2 Rectangle STAX Set 2
Dye Ink: Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Persimmon, Razzle Berry, Cotton Candy, Sour Apple, Gumdrop Green
Hybrid Ink: Steel Gray
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Sprinkles: Bubblegum, Tangerine, Limeade
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
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Painted Prints—MFT’s May Card Kit, Countdown Day Two

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Hello everyone, I’m back with Day Two of MFT’s May Card Kit Countdown! This month’s kit is Painted Prints and I love it! The mid-month Free for $60 Die-namics is Flower Vase and I love that too!!


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For this card I used Premium Dye Inks in the pink range from the card stocks included in the kit: Razzle Berry, Cotton Candy, and Pink Lemonade, along with Sour Apple and Gumdrop Green. The sentiment was stamped with Steel Gray Hybrid Ink on a watercolor washed background, popped up on the card base with foam tape.

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The vase was cut from black & White Basics Paper Pack and popped up on two layers of foam tape to accommodate the “stems” inserted into the vase. The flowers were stamped, placed and adhered, and I finished off with some sprinkles.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you back tomorrow for Painted Prints Card Kit Release at 9pm!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Painted Prints Card Kit
Die-namics: Painted Prints Card Kit, A2 Rectangle STAX Set 2, Flower Vase
Dye Ink: Razzle Berry, Cotton Candy, Pink Lemonade, Sour Apple, Gumdrop Green
Hybrid Ink: Steel Gray
Patterned Paper: Black & White Basics
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth
Specialty Papers: Ranger Watercolor Paper
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Peerless Watercolors, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Sprinkles: Limeade, Bubblegum, Cupcake
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, Mini Mister, water brush, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter


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Sunday, May 20, 2018

MFT May Card Kit, Painted Prints—Countdown Day One

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Hello and welcome to Countdown Day One for MFT’s May Card Kit! We have a gorgeous floral kit for you this month called Painted Prints.


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I’m usually not very good at the layered stamps thing but this set is so easy!!! I’ve never had my layered flowers turn out this well—loving this stamp set!! For my first card I used some colors that are included in the card stock and stamped up several flowers and some leaves. I added a slanted panel using Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namics, Sweet Tooth card stock, and Proper Pinstripes Pastels Paper pack.

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I popped that up on the card base with foam tape and stamped the sentiment from Brushstroke Expressions Stamp Set (included in the kit) with Steel Gray Hybrid Ink. Then I arranged my flowers and leaves, adhered them on the diagonal, and finished off with some matching Sprinkles.

And that’s it! What a fun card kit and gorgeous stamps and card stock! Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you back tomorrow for Day Two of MFT’s May Card Kit Release Countdown!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Painted Prints Card Kit
Die-namics: Painted Prints Card Kit, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2, Stitched Basic Edges 2
Dye Ink: Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Persimmon, Sour Apple, Gumdrop Green
Hybrid Ink: Steel Gray
Patterned Paper: Proper Pinstripes Pastels
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Sprinkles: Tangerine, Limeade
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
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter

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Organizing Your Crafty Stash, Day 5–Stencils, Embellishment, and Tools

Hello and welcome to the last day of MFT’s Organizing Your Crafty Stash feature. Today we’re discussing stencils, embellishments, and tools. That’s a lot of stuff for one post so I’ll be as concise as I can. My craft room is very much a working room—I’m in it most days doing something, and while I put away everything when a project is done, I do like to keep things I use the most often close at hand. This means I don’t have magazine-photo clear desktops. When these photos were taken I was in the middle of prepping for my class for the upcoming MFT Retreat, so it’s a busy room :)

First up, stencils. I store my stencils in sleeves like I store stamps and dies and arrange them according to type: Nature, Geometric, etc. They are in a bin along with molding pastes, palette knives, and anything else that I might use with stencils other than ink. This means I can grab that bin and have everything I need to use my stencils—other than ink. I have boxes of labeled sponge daubers in a drawer right under the bin so I can grab them at the same time if I’m using ink. I have two of some stencils, especially sunrays and brick walls, if I’m going to be doing dry embossing with them. I’ve found inks will stain the stencils and I don’t want any chance of that transferring to my paper so one is strictly for dry embossing and the other for molding pastes and ink.

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I have a ton of embellishments, many of which I don’t use often, if at all, so I’ll show you the ones I use most often. This stack of drawers contains heat embossing supplies in one drawer…

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…and glitter in another. The other four drawers hold miscellaneous tools like punches, rulers, quilling tools, brayers, etc.

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Just above my paper cutting area is a shelf with more drawers where I keep fibers—some ribbons and mostly baker’s twines. Embroidery floss is on bobbins in a case on a shelf—where they’ve been for years but easily accessed if needed.

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I keep Sprinkles and other enamel dots in a bin and do the same with my Nuvo drops. I add a sample of each drop on it’s top so I know what it will look like before I use it.

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On top of this set of drawers to the left of my chair I have a simple tote that holds acrylic stamping blocks, several MISTIs (one large one is strictly for backgrounds, the other for larger stamps, but I use the Mini for almost everything else. In that tote I also have a couple of pieces of craft sheet—I use a craft sheet for almost every card for one medium or another--and a small paper cutter handy for trimming card stock.

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On the other side of my chair is a stand that holds my air compressor, my Copic Airbrush system, a heat tool, and a flat iron (for straightening ribbon or other fiber), along with a tray of glue sticks. I did clean that tray out pre-photo—there were as many small paper scraps in there as there are glue sticks. I toss them in the direction of the trash can and sometimes they make it and sometimes they don’t--I clean up later ;-) My DH strapped a power strip onto a table leg for me so I can plug in lots of things, including the light over my desk. When I flip the switch the light comes on, the glue gun starts to heat, and everything else is ready to go when I need it. Not elegant but oh, so handy!

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On top of my desk I have a tool caddy and a large clear mug from last year’s MFT Retreat. I use it to hold small frequently used tools—it replaced a small canning jar that I used to use. My Scor-Buddy is there, along with my tape runner, glue gun, and a basket with a chamois that I keep wet while I’m working for cleaning stamps. And, of course, my MFT Grid Paper pad—canNOT craft without it. Other small items are also there such as erasers, tapes (regular, repositionable, Post It, foam), and my black inks—they never get put away. Scor-Pal and larger rolls of foam tape are under the desk and more adhesives are in drawers just to the right.
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Moving along to the right is my paper cutting area. I have two paper cutters because I’m lazy. I put a line of foam tape on the 5 1/2” line on one and on the 4 1/4” line on the other as stops. When I go to cut an A2 card base or panel I simply use the stop and don’t have to worry about lining up card stock. Quick and easy! Between them you see a well-used box. I have it divided into months and days and use it to keep me on track for projects due. I’ve used this box for a number of years now and the numbers are coming off the dividers—I guess it needs revamping.

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Next is my die-cutting area. I use a Vagabond for virtually all my die cutting needs. I do drag out my Cuttlebug for dry embossing, however. There’s so much pressure in the Vagabond that paper comes out badly warped—not so from the ‘Bug. I have a small tray to the right where I keep scraps handy. Every now and then I’ll go through it and toss anything that’s ridiculously small. To the left of the Vagabond is a rack with ink sponging handles. I’ve done a bit of rearranging lately so there may be a better place for it now. There’s a stack of drawers under the table to the left—on top is my metal shim and Embossing Pad Combo at the ready. New cutting plates are in the drawers below.

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Three other must-haves for my craft room: my TV and Roku box, my light tent—because I don’t get a lot of natural light into my room—and I’m usually taking photos at night, camera on a tripod, and my furry stamping companion—whichever one decided to visit that day :)
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And that’s it from me for Day 5 of MFT’s Organizing Your Crafty Stash feature. There are, of course, too many supplies and other items to show in one blog post but I think I’ve covered the biggies. Hopefully I’ve given you an idea or two to use in your own crafty space.

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!

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