Monday, October 12, 2015

slide out gift card holder for MFTv

You have to head to the MFT Stamps Blog today for the MFTv video tutorial! Today I am sharing this cool card. Its a gift card holder too. Yes, its hidden in there. This card is fun and easy to create! And if your friends are anything like mine, a Starbucks gift card is always the perfect gift! That is what inspired the idea for the card in the first place. As soon as I saw Die-namics Cool Cup, this project needed to happen! Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

MFT Stamps October release is now available + Santa

The wait is over! The MFT Stamps October release is live right now! Which means you can head to the MFT Stamps online store and purchase the stamps, dies, stencils, and more that we have been sharing for the last five days! I will wait patiently here while you shop. Or if you are still making up your mind, let me convince you of a few more items you might "need."

Tonight I am featuring Die-namics Santa Suit. This set of dies creates the perfect Santa suit to add to your cards. Or even a small gift bag! So many possiblities!

I began by making a Wild Cherry card stock card base.  I stamped it with Sketched Chevron Background in Wild Cherry ink. Any background stamp would look fantastic behind the die cut images that Die-namics Santa Suit contains, like the collar pieces and center of his suit. I saw some fantastic ideas for stepping those pieces up from the design team this week! Glitter, felt, and even stamped backgrounds! 

The belt buckle has fantastic detail. I cut it, and the latch, from Brushed Gold card stock. The belt itself is two parts, one straight part to lay down, and one part that has the openings. I slipped the belt through the buckle, and then adhered the latch.

If you want to see this in progress, you can check out a video tutorial, Stepped Up Santa Suit.

To finish the card off, I added this sentiment from Winter Wonderland. It seems very appropriate. And I am hoping we get one more year of believing in Santa in this house...

And once Santa is done with his night of spreading magic, its time to head on vacation! Somehow I always picture him in a Hawaiian shirt after Christmas, so here it is!

I started creating Santa's shirt by stamping Blissful Blooms on Sweet Tooth card stock. Then I colored the images in with color pencil. The cool part about color pencil is that it resists water color washes, due to the waxy nature of the pencils. (This works best with higher quality pencils like Prismacolor.) Once the images were colored, I created water color wash with water plus Wild Cherry ink and used a large paintbrush to paint color on the entire card base. I repeated the same process for the shirt center and buttons.

I figure the holidays are so very busy for all of us, why not send a Happy New Year card instead of a Christmas card? The sentiment from Hand Lettered Holiday was the best fit! Funny and also a great way to wish friends and family a Happy New Year!

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for more information about the release and to find out how you can win!
And one more thing to check out, is the free release class from MFT Stamps! 

There are downloadable instructions for each of these projects AND video tutorials to watch as well! 

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Supplies Santa Suit card:

Supplies Santa Vacation card:

Monday, October 5, 2015

birch slice ornaments: MFT Stamps October Release Countdown

There is something about birch slices that I cannot resist. I think it is the country rustic look that I love so much. They are warm, inviting. and a wonderful surface for stamping! Last year I made birch slice ornaments with chalkboard paint for a MFT Stamps project, and this year I decided to add to my collection. I found these birch slices, with twine and all, at my local big box craft store. They measure about 4" in diameter. Some closer to that size than others.

I started by stamping this saying from Joyous Christmas Sentiments. Because of the wood surface, I used Hybrid Black Licorice Ink to stamp the image.

Around each sentiment I stamped several snowflakes from Snowflake Flurry. Again, I used Hybrid ink. The color is Hybrid Wild Cherry Ink. These ornaments are simple and sweet and would make a great gift for anyone! 

One more day until all the fantastic products we have been showing you over the last few days will be available for purchase in the MFT Stamps online store! When my next blog post goes live, tomorrow night at 9 pm central, you can shop to your hearts content! I mean, you need all these stamps and dies to make Christmas cards and ornaments and gifts, right? :D Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for more information and a helpful shopping list!

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Supplies for the Birch Slice Ornaments, available Oct. 6:

Sunday, October 4, 2015

more shaker card fun! MFT Stamps October Release Countdown

The shaker card fun continues today with a great new addition to the Centerpieces collection of dies!
Die-namics Merry Christmas Centerpieces has the words 'Merry Christmas' along with several dies to create all those fun fillers we love adding to our shaker cards!

Die-namics Merry Christmas Centerpieces does not cut out the entire circle, so I used a circle die to create this shaker tag for my card. The background is Candy Stripe Background Builder, which is perfection for making a candy cane background. I added a bow from Die-namics Beautiful Bows to make this look like a present.

Each release, MFT Stamps, is now bringing you a series of free mini classes! There are 5 projects for you to download the instructions for, along with video tutorials showing how to re-create these projects for yourself! Stay tuned, as this card is one of the projects in that class! Did I mention it was all free? Pretty great!

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for all the release countdown information. Its jam-packed with important news like how to win prizes. And so much more! 

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Supplies for Merry Christmas Shaker card, available Oct. 6: