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MFT Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit Release Day

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The Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit is now available in the MFT Store!  How much do you love the kit? There’s just so much possibilities with this kit, and they pair so well with almost any other holiday stamp set!

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Today I am sharing one more out-of-the-box inspiration with the Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit. Since I live in California, winters can still be quite warm. In fact, it’s still lingering in the high 80s on most days right now, when it should be fall already! So for my card today, I was inspired to utilize unconventional warm colors for my holiday card to create my kind of winter!

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I first heat embossed all my snowflakes in white onto a piece of smooth white cardstock. Then I picked out warm distress ink colors for my background. I used Wild Honey, Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, and  Seedless Preserves.

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Next, I die cut the entire panel with the Snow Droft cover-up and also another white cardstock for the white borders. I adhered these pieces back to gether in-laid so that I have one clean, flush design.

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Lastly, I embossed my sentiment in silver on white cardstock and die cut a fishtail flag. I glued it directly to my card and snipped off any extra length from the edge.

These monthly kits have been selling out each month fast so be sure to visit the MFT Store for yours today…I mean now! Visit the MFT Blog for full list of participating designers and opportunities to win gift vouchers to the store!

Cheers,

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Neat & Tangled

Neat & Tangled A School of Fish

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Hello! Today I’m on the Neat & Tangled Blog and I have a fun idea to share with you. Our stamp sets always come with additional small stamps and accessories and we sometimes forget that they can also be the star of the card!

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My card today was inspired when I watched Finding Dory recently, which indirectly reminded me of a scene in Finding Nemo. (I am a huge Disney fan!) There’s a scene of a school of fish that spoke through pictures, and I thought it would be a fun way to arrange a school of fish to spell out words!

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I first created the background with distress inks. With underwater scenes, I like to add a lot of distressing to represent bubbles. Then, I die cut it out with a scalloped frame.

I colored my fish in rainbow diagonal order and arranged them to spell out “Hi.” Each of them are adhered to the background with foam tape. And lastly I added few extra bubbles around the fish with my white gel pen.

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That finishes up my card today. Have fun with all those small stamps and build pictures and words! Thanks for joining me today!

Cheers,

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My Favorite Things

MFT Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit Day 2

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Welcome back to Day 2 of the MFT Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit previews! Today we’re showcasing some out of the box inspiration!

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Although today is out of the box, I used minimal supplies that you may already have in your crafty stash! The snowflake stamp set in the set is so beautiful on its own, that you really don’t need much more to make the perfect card.

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Rather than using the inks in the set, I decided to play with my watercolors for today’s card. I heat embossed various snowflakes in white about 2/3 of an A2 sized watercolor paper that I die cut with some stitched dies. I then created a wash of blues and purples.

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I then used the Merry Christmas Die-namics (that comes FREE when you spend $60!) for my sentiment. I die cut the word twice, once on white cardstock and once on Cornflower cardstock. I glued the Cornflower cardstock behind the white one at a small offset to the right. I did this so that I have a bit of a shadow so that the text is still readible, but still maintain this white on white look.

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Hope you enjoy today’s inspiration and as always, don’t forget to check out the main MFT blog for opportunities to win gift vouchers to the shop and a full list of participating designers showcasing their fine “out of the box” creativity. Just a few more hours away from release on September 20th, 7pm EST. The kits have been selling out every month so I wouldn’t miss it!

Cheers,

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My Favorite Things

MFT Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit Day 1

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Hello crafty friends! It’s finally the day to share with you sneaks with our Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit this month! Ah, I can’t believe the holidays are just a few months away and I need to start making holiday cards again. I never quite feel ready for it. I know some of you have probably been stocking up holiday cards all year long. But for me, this is the first one of the year!

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Sparkle! Yes! Give me those glittery, shiny sheets of sparkle paper! Have you ever seen a microscopic picture of a snowflake? They are so amazing and just stunning close-up. Nature sure gives us such incredible things. I’m totally getting off topic, oops! The kit comes with these delicious sparkle paper that coordinates with the inks and cardstock in the kit. It also comes with these beautiful snowflake designs with coordination dies, AND a sentiment stamp set AND word die! What a combo, am I right?

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I think this may cover all your holiday card needs! So as per usual, the first day we showcase our cards “in the box”. And I created the following card using just the items in the kit, plus a little embossing. But I know you all have embossing powders in your stash!

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I stamped a variety of snowflake patterns towards the edges of the top and bottom of the card, embossed in silver. I then blended Blue Breeze ink gently onto the top and bottom sides of the card, and gradually soften my touch so that it becomes lighter towards the center. I then smushed my ink pad onto one of my acrylic blocks to grab some ink with a brush to add a touch of splatter. If you have the reinker handy, that would be even easier!

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I then heat embossed my sentiment from the stamps in the kit with silver embossing powder. I then slimmed down my card about 1/8″ on both sides so that I can add a edge of silver sparkle paper to my card. Lots of shiny! My ink blended panel is elevated with some craft foam.

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Here’s a close-up shot with the card facing the sunlight. Look at it glow like frozen ice! Simple, shiny, and effective!

Hope you enjoy today’s inspiration and as always, don’t forget to check out the main MFT blog for opportunities to win gift vouchers to the shop and a full list of participating designers showcasing their fine “in the box” creativity. See you tomorrow for some “out of box” fun!

Cheers,

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Ellen Hutson

EH Pin-Sights Challenge Guest Design

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Hi everyone! Today I am guesting over at the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge to share my interpretation of this month’s inspiration board! This month’s inspiration board is filled with elegance, vintage items, and colors of sea-green and white.

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(View the full inspiration board over at Ellen Hutson)

The board inspired me to create a watercolor floral card using the same color palette and to create a feeling of elegance and softness. I watercolored the flower as if it was the the wedding dress in the top right inspiration photo. The puffiness of her dress felt very similar to this Mondo Peony stamp by Ellen Hutson. I embossed the peony in white onto watercolor paper and then used a greyish blue color to use for shading.

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I then used a turqouise or sea-green color to create a soft wash eminating from the flower. The matched the turqouise theme going on in the inspiration board. Lastly, I created a mask for the peony and used the same greyish blue color to stamp the solid leaves around the flower. I added a little bit of splatter around the flower with the same paint.

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Lastly, I need to diecut the sentiment. I used the “Beyoutiful” sentiment from Ellen Hutson, die cut in four times and adhered them together to create thickness. Then I glued the words directly to my painted card.

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And finally, I glued my piece to a A2 card base. And that finishes up my card! Hope you enjoy today’s dose of creativity and look forward to see how the inspiration board inspires you!

Cheers,

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