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Feb 4, 2013

Bold and Bright - Tips and Tricks

Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  It's day 7 of MFT Teaser Time.  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!

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.

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.

I went with bold and bright colors for my two projects today.

First up, I used the ADORABLE new Woven Basket, Trapezoid Treat Box, Easter Elements, and Embellished Eggs.  These products pair beautifully!  I can't wait to go buy Easter treats to put in this basket.

The basket was brayered with brown ink to draw out the embossed features.  I also brayered the bow.  I used Embellished Eggs stamp set to add cute decorative accents to the front of the basket, and as a tag.

All the components were stamped on the coordinating die set for Embellished Eggs, Easter Elements.

I hung the flower tag with an eyelet and some hemp cord.

The basket filler is handmade using Kraft Card Stock, an old-school crimper, and some Martha Stewart fringe scissors.

Here is a look at the back of the Easter Basket treat box.

Here is a little "how-to" for you!

Cut the Woven Basket twice, and the Trapezoid Treat Box twice, all in Kraft Card Stock. Then, brayer over them with brown ink to draw out the embossed features.

Look at that cool basket-weave embossing.  LOVE it.  :) 

Pre-fold along all the score lines.  This will help you assemble your box more easily (and with more precise placement).

Add strong adhesive to all the areas shown below.

Adhere the base of one Trapezoid Treat Box die-cut to the base of the other as shown here:

Assemble box like this:

Lay in it's side and adhere the decorated Woven Basket to the side.  I used a string adhesive (not liquid glue).

Flip it over and adhere the other Woven Basket.  This is what your basket will look like when assembled:

***Tip: Brayer color over die-cuts with embossing features to draw out the embossed detail and make it more prominent.  You cannot achieve the same effect by sponging it.  Use a firm, rubber brayer attachment.

Next up, I wanted to show a use for the new Button Border Die-namics.  For this card, I used only the smallest stitched button and created a "gradient" effect with some colors of the rainbow.  Happy Birthday (from this month's Triple Scoop stamp set, Western Sentiments) was stamped in Wild Cherry, Lemon Drop, Sour Apple, Sno Cone, and Grape Jelly.  Then I added a Fishtail Flag in the matching color Card Stock to the left of the word "Birthday".  Over that, I layered a matching stitched button and stitched it on with a double layer of thick, white thread.

I really like the simple, clean effect.  I did add a matted, double-white layer that was popped off the card base and stitched to add some dimension to the otherwise simple card.

I was inspired by an on-line class I am taking right now: Clean and Simple Cardmaking 2.

I love the stitched detail on the buttons!

Here is a look at the dimension on the card.

Here is a look at the Brand Spankin' New products I used on my projects today:

Here are the details about the upcoming release:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on February 4 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on February 4 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • 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 February 4 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.


  1. great basket but love the button card, quick but beautiful

  2. These are so adorable, love them.

  3. Gorgeous projects Jody! I am totally in love with the button card, cool!!!

  4. Love the basket, but that colorful birthday card is awesome.

  5. Your basket is absolutely fantastic Jody! And that card is amazing!! I love the rainbow of colours!!

  6. Gosh, I can't recall the last time my brayer saw the light of day! haha! Must remember to bring it out and use it for detailing like that!! Amazing, Jody! Love the little treat basket but I'm over the moon with the CAS card and the rainbow effect! I love anything rainbow-y :)

  7. The basket is so awesome. I love the birthday card! :)

  8. Great tips! Can't wait to get these.

  9. Great basket and card! Love the embossing on the basket and great tips. The bright colors on the card are so cheery.

  10. WOW what great projects Jody ...terrific helpful hints the brayer effect

  11. WOW! WOW! WOW! The basket is incredible, Jody. The brayer inking really makes the embossing POP...BRILLIANT! I ADORE your CAS card!!! You are at the top of the class, for sure...I love the rainbow colour pattern and such a great design...PERFECTION!

  12. Beautiful the way you brayered the basket to bring out the weave and the card is too fun with the button attached tags ;)

  13. Great idea with the brayering!!

  14. WOW!! SO EXCITED about the release and LOVING your creations for today!! Such BEAUTIFUL details!! THANKS for sharing your AMAZING Creations all last week and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  15. Thank you for the step by step non how to assemble the basket. Beautiful job.

  16. I love the basket and card. Thanks so much for showing us how to put the basket together. The birthday card is awesome. Love the colors

  17. I love your projects - thanks for the tutorial on the basket and OMGOSH, that bright card is awesome! LOVE IT!

  18. This is quite a load of eye candy this morning! I love the treat box, it's very cute and the embossing looks marvelous! Your CAS birthday card is very cute too!

  19. Both of your projects are beautiful. The basket is to cute! Love how you used the buttons and made little pennants.

  20. Pat McCloeary2/04/2013 12:30 PM

    Basket is amazing; way beyond my skill set. And I love the BD card-fantastic.

  21. I really like the way you used the prayer to bring out the woven texture of the basket and bow. The card is terrific in its simplicity! I love the details on the new button border die and the way you used it is creative.

  22. These projects are fantastic. I absolutely love that birthday card!

  23. they are so beautiful, Jody, the basket looks awesome!

  24. Adorable basket. Love the bright birthday card with the buttons.

  25. Tricia Barber2/04/2013 6:03 PM

    Love the button die!! So versatile. Baskets are really cute as well! Thank you!

  26. I had a wonderful time at your class yesterday. Even learned a few new tricks. Thank you!

  27. This was a wonderful class!! I'm so glad I was able to be there, I love all the little tips you give us.


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