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Nov 13, 2012

The New Release is Here!

I'm excited that the newest release is here, and at last it's time to shop. But first I've pulled together a few items with some of the amazing elements included this month.

I couldn't help but make one more card with the Gift Card Greetings and Gift Card Pocket.  This is a *must* have if you ask me.  I'm using the Steel Grey Cardstock for all my matting here and a Whip Cream card base.    Instead of stamping directly to the Gift Card pocket (which is pretty cute too) today I've stamped to a Square Stax (which I matted with another Square STAX) and then stitched all around the B and crumpled the edges. This just gives a little more dimension to the pocket. 


You all know by now that I'm obsessed with these Fishtail Flags Die-namics.  Here's just a closeup of how I often attach them.  I'll stitch one on zig-zag style, then go over the second one with a straight stitch.  The edges are crumpled and distress inked on the top.  I've used a Snow Cone Button to anchor on top.


On the bottom edge of the Fishtails I like to roll the edges forward. Again, they're given a pretty decent swipe with some distress ink. 



Gift Card Greetings is also a sweet match to last year's Let's Toast Die-namics.  I put together a little wine bottle gift tag, after all, that's often a go to hostess gift for me. Now I've got a pretty wrap all ready for the holidays!


Can we talk for just a minute about the incredible coverage with the new MFT Ink?  This is Wild Cherry on Kraft Cardstock.  I'm SO impressed with the solid coverage.    Here's a close peek at the new Dainty Bows Die-namics.  I've cut it from Wild Cherry Felt. It's a little more durable than paper, the bow won't get crushed and oh my goodness, I just love the texture it adds.  










I really wanted to get another scrap book page done, but instead I spent hours reviewing and editing over 400 photos from my boys soccer games this weekend. I guess you can look forward to a soccer scrap page soon?

However, I did want to show another project using the fabulous new stamps from Laina Lamb Design.  If you picked up the Insert It 3x4 Die-namics this month, you're already one step ahead.  You can pair it with the new Calendar Basics and Days and Dates.

I used this the other day to make a valentines card, but as I'm currently SWIMMING in Christmas papers, I wanted to make one of those too.  You can use this set to create a custom card, or scrapbook page for any favorite date of the year!  Again, here's the Wild Cherry ink on Kraft Cardstock. So luscious!  The calendar is a perfect fit for the 3x4 Insert from last month's release.



And how much do I adore the Poinsettia Die-namics.  It's cut from Wild Cherry Cardstock, and finished with a Wild Cherry, Hemp Cord tied bow.  You'll see I found a place to tuck in a few more Fishtail Flags. By folding on the score lines on the center of each of the Poinsettia Petals, you'll get this gorgeous molded flower.  


Here's a look at the full card.  This one was so fun to put together. I'm loving embracing this new stampy, scrappy style.  (I think my markers might start to pitch a fit soon that they haven't been properly excercised!)







I hadn't had a chance to play with the new Snow Drifts Die-namics and the beautiful new Santa's Sleigh.  Together they make for a beautiful fresh and clean Christmas Card.  This would be easy, peasy to put together for your Christmas cards - you'd crank your die-cutting machine a bazillion times, but I'm sure you have plenty of TV to catch up on with your DVR right?

I tucked the sentiment onto a Fishtail Flag STAX.  This sweet "Merry Christmas" is from Lisa's Stitched Stockings Stamp Set. I added a Wild Cherry Button and a set of Royal Leaves to decorate the sleigh.



Okay, here's my last HURRAH for the new release.  I'm really, really excited to share my  Christmas Countdown Calendar!!  Since I first saw the Decorative Circle Tag STAX I knew precisely what I wanted to use them for.  My kids were so excited watching me make this, and then I set it all up to stage a photo.  They're now not so pleased that it is tucked away again for a few weeks.

They are really looking forward to adding each of these little tags to the mantlepiece to help count away the days till Christmas.  I've taken pictures in three sections because it is impossible to get clear photos of larger sized items like this.  





To begin, I cut out 24 Decorative Circle Tags STAX from assorted patterned papers.  I also cut 24 of them from Steel Grey Cardstock.    I cut each of the Steel Grey ones 1.5 inches from the top and stitched in place.  Then I cut the numbers 1-24 with the fabulous new High-Rise Numbers Die-namics and added in place with liquid glue.




I'm using mini clothespins to attach each of the countdown numbers to the baker's twine garland.  My little boys will be able to add these each day to the garland, easily, and it will come apart just as easily so I can tuck it away to use again next year!

I've anchored the garland to the mantle using the beautiful new Jumbo Snowflake Die-namics.  I cut it from felt and then added it to a coordinating cardboard version for stability - otherwise they'd fold over and be floppy.  Each snowflake was adorned with a Snow Cone Button tied with Hemp Cord.


I do have some recommendations to cut this snowflake from felt.  It looks so pretty, but you don't want a "hairy" snowflake. You can get the very cleanest cut by following these steps.


  • Be sure to use a quality felt, like MFT Felt.  The acrylic felt you'll find at the "big box" crafty stores doesn't work well.
  • Use the Metal Adaptor plate that is sold at www.mftstamps.com it will add increased pressure to your cutting stack, especially with finely detailed intricate cuts.
  • I added a cardstock shim to my sandwich stack too. The little felt pieces popped right out without any "hairy strings" that you can sometimes get when you cut felt.





  • Okay PHEW! You made it through the longest blog post EVER!  Be sure to visit the MFT Boutique to pick up your favorites from this month's INCREDIBLE release.


    51 Comments    Post a Comment:

    Linda McClain said...

    Oh my goodness! You've been busy. These are stunning, amazing Christmas ideas. Love them all.

    zehra said...

    Wow, so much to look at, I love how you treat the fishtail flag stx, TFS

    Lisa Page said...

    WOW! What FAB ideas! Lovin' the tag for the wine and the countdown banner if my FAVE!

    Katie Skiff said...

    You used everything!! I love all of your projects - the countdown calendar is amazing. Fun ideas.

    Angie said...

    Awesome projects! You told us you had some photos to share! Love those snowflakes!!!! Terrific details on all the projects!

    scrappingnana said...

    Wow, what a busy lady you have been. These are awesome projects. Love the countdown banner, it is a great idea.

    Heather Jensen said...

    My oh my girl! You were busy in the craft room. I love them all but especially love that countdown calendar. That is some fun paper! :)

    Hugs~

    Amy Rohl said...

    Oh me, oh my...I must have it all!! Your projects are beyond fabby! Jo!

    Amy Rohl said...

    Oh me, oh my...I must have it all!! Your projects are beyond fabby! Jo!

    Mona L. Pendleton said...

    Wow Joanne! What a wonderful collection of projects! Love them all!

    Davi said...

    Wow are these some fabulous creations, all are wonderful but the countdown calendar has to be the best. Im sure your boys will have lots of fun with these :)

    Amy said...

    WOW!! YOU'VE BEEN BUSY!!! LOVE THEM ALL!!!!!

    Kathy @ Stamping Still said...

    What gorgeous creations! They are all wonderful!

    Liz said...

    Always a thrill each n every month...
    This was a fabulous release
    Such great inspiration happy holidays

    Kelley said...

    WOW! You have been busy! I know I NEED the Decorative Circle Tag Stax. Your countdown banner is adorable, I need to make some for my grandchildren. However, GD1 won't know if it is for her birthday, Dec 24, or Christmas! :)

    Felicia - Scrapper in the Making said...

    These are all Awesome Projects. I see how easy it is to get carried away with this release. Smooches...

    Laureen said...

    Joanne, I truly love your Christmas tag garland! interesting information on using dienamics with the MTF felt.

    Jacquie Southas said...

    Great projects - love the Santa sleigh & your tag garland!

    Janice W. said...

    Wonderful projects Joanne! Makes me want to shop all over again! :)

    Melissa M said...

    Fabulous projects! My favourite is the woodgrain paper for the sleigh. Beautiful cards and banner

    Inge said...

    Woooow so many STUNNING projects Joanne. I really like how you've flipped the Gift Card Pocket to one side, great idea!

    Anne Cave said...

    I love the felt. I didn't realize MFT carried it until I saw this blog post.

    Anne Cave said...

    I love the felt. I didn't realize MFT carried it until I saw this blog post.

    Casandra Bennett said...

    Wow! You really outdid yourself. I giggled as I saw the tag for the wine. :) Clever idea with the snowflakes. I am totally pinning that one!

    Shari said...

    Joanne, wow you have been a busy little beaver! I love all your projects, just a wonderful job on all your projec ts this whole past 8 days!

    Hugs;
    Shari

    Cindi Flass said...

    Wow! Great projects. Really love that Christmas Countdown Calendar. Great idea!

    the primitive country bug said...

    Wow, so many great projects. Love them all.

    wendy said...

    wow Joanne what an amazing array of great projects .. you certainly have been busy, thanks for sharing

    Michelle Foster said...

    Absolutely darling ideas and creations!! Can't wait to try some of them...still a few days till Christmas...right?!!

    Michelle said...

    Wow... some really amazing projects! LOVE, love the Christmas countdown calendar!

    Sara I. said...

    Love all these creations - each one is better than the last. What a fun countdown banner and I just love that sentiment for the wine tag - brilliant! xx

    Rosemary said...

    wow!!! what an absolutely amazing group of projects!! stunning!

    Sharon Harnist said...

    FABulous projects, Joanne -- I especially love your advent calendar!

    Craftyfield said...

    All fantastic projects, but the countdown banner... what a clever and fun idea !

    Tara said...

    OMG! You have out done yourself! Fabulous projects and great ways to show off the new products! Well done!

    jan farnworth said...

    wonderful job showing off these neat new products.

    Regan said...

    What an awe-inspiring post! I love your Christmas countdown calendar banner!!!
    {hugs}
    Regan

    Greta said...

    OK--now I'm really overwhelmed & I'm not half way through the hop! Amazing projects--I'll be back to try & absorb more of your creativity! Thanks for the tip about die cutting felt, too.

    Isabel Z said...

    I am having so much fun on this blog hop seeing all the wonderful creations by such a talented group of artists. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Joan V said...

    Wow, someone has been very busy. But, I can see why. MFT has so many great products that you just can't stop at one project. LOL. I just love them all. Wow, that bow surprised me. Thanks for all the inspirations.

    Karen Motz said...

    These projects are fabulous Joanne!! I never thought of turning the gift card pocket on it's side.

    Tracey said...

    Wow! You were busy Joanne! Your projects are amazing!!

    Houses Built of Cards said...

    WOW!!! So many BEAUTIFUL projects! I can't even begin to choose a favorite! SOOO pretty!!!

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    Makalah said...

    Wow! Awesome projects, but that wine bottle tag is perfect!

    Valerie said...

    what great projects! Love the countdown to Christmas! May just have to get those! I have a 3 and 4 yr old granddaughters that would be perfect for!

    Gabby said...

    TFS all these terrific cards and projects! How neat to scroll down and find such wonderful "stuff," one right after another. You so inspire me. :)

    Jenny said...

    Well, no wonder you're pooped with all the amazing projects you've been making!! You blow me away! Your boys will love the countdown banner!!

    Crafty Math Chick said...

    WOW! You certainly do know how to bowl us over with fabby projects! I really need to get that wine tag die one of these days, yours is so pretty! I really love the poinsettia you created too Joanne!

    Holly AKA KopyKat said...

    Wow, these are all so fabulous

    Miriam Prantner said...

    Wow! You have completely outdone yourself! What a way to showcase all these products! I really love the countdown garland!

    Alina said...

    I love your projects, Joanne, I must remember to cut the bow from felt, it looks wonderful!

     
     

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