Damask Love Faves from MFTStamps

 

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For the last couple of days, I’ve been sharing projects using product from My Favorite Things - and tonight they are releasing their entire July collection which includes a few items that I am particularly fond of….so here’s a quick round up of my faves.
Happy Everything

You know how much I love simple stationery, so these products are especially great for creating strikingly easy cards like the ones I made HERE and HERE.
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Birthday Chalkboard Greetings: I love chalkboard. Don’t believe me? Check out this tutorial and this post. The stamps included in the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamp set give me one more reason to break out my chalkboard themed supplies!

Diagonal Stripes Background: This stamp is so versatile. HERE’s a look at a post from the Damask Love archives showing several ways to use diagonal background stamps. The Diagonal Stripes Background stamp from MFT would be absolutely PERFECT for recreating those looks!

Bring on the Cake Die-namics: These dies combine to create elaborate cake embellishments that are certainly perfect for birthday gifts and cards…but I’m also thinking it’d be great on a wedding gift too.

Tag Talk: Never too many tags. Never. And this one is free with your order of $60 or more. Nuff said.

Pinking Edge Circle Stax: I can think of at least two ways to use this die…I bet you can think of way more!

Confetti Background: Feeling festive? This background stamp is so on trend and so versatile. Of all the products in the July release, this one is my very fave.

“Happy” Die: If Pharrell Williams were a crafter, he would buy this die. So, it goes without saying that you need it! It will make you feel like a room without a roof.

Happy Everything Stamp Set:…and as long as you have the die, you should probably have the coordinating stamp set right!

Which goodies will you be picking up from the My Favorite Things July Release?

Embossing Folder Letterpress

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask LoveProject-Ranking-Format

It is taking everything in my not to post a video of storytime in this house.

Let me back up.

When I was a kid, I was a voracious reader and I have visions that our baby will have lots and lots of books to choose from. With that in mind, we’ve started reading to him at night before bedtime. Some of our favorites are Time for Bed, Little Blue Truck, and quite possibly the cutest book that every child needs: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. Usually, I do the reading. I read in typical motherese. Soft. Soothing. Lullaby-esque. Andrew on the other hand? When he reads, it’s sort of a cross between Ludacris and a old southern baptist reverend standing at the pulpit delivering the climax of his Sunday sermon. In a word? Hilarious. I can only hope that our baby will come out with the rhythmic, rapper-ific  reading skillz of his daddy. Yes. Skillz. For the sake of my marriage, I’ll spare you the full video reveal of our storytime routine. Instead all I’ve got for you is a crafting tutorial. It’s not nearly as awesome as my husbands nursery rhymez – but it’s pretty awesome nonetheless.

Seems like we crafters are on a never-ending mission to recreate the beauty of letterpress within our homes. It’s a tough art to replicate without the real deal equipment, but you can get close. With products like the L Letterpress Starter Kit  and the beautiful new two-step letterpress plates like this one, you can make really impressive letterpressed projects. Turns out with today’s tutorial, you can also recreate letterpress with a few supplies that you may just have in your craft room.

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

 

1.  Squeeze a small drop of pigment ink onto a large acrylic block

2.  Roll the brayer through the pigment ink creating a very thin layer of ink.

3. Roll the inked brayer over the raised side of the embossing folder pattern.

4. Place the front of the blank notecard onto the inked embossing folder.

5. Close the embossing folder around the card front.

6. Run the plate through your die cutting machine as you usually would to achieve the look of letterpress.

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love
Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask LoveFaux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

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Easy Like Monday Morning: Confetti Notecards


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The look of falling confetti is super popular in stationery design, but it can be a little bit of a pain in the tochus to create. I’ve seen people use hole punch scraps, pencil erasers and daubers to get the confetti effect. While all of those work just fine, none are as quick and easy as this approach which uses the soon to be released Confetti Background stamp from My Favorite Things. In today’s special Monday edition of Easy Like Sunday Morning, I’ll show you how to use this stamp to make cute, simple cards that are perfect for gift giving or for last minute notecards.

I’m a big fan of simple stationery that is easy to mass produce and these certainly fit the bill. The random polka-dot pattern of the Confetti Background stamp allows you to layer different ink color resulting in a little confetti party on your paper.

Easy Confetti Stamped Notecards | Damask Love

 

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Easy Confetti Stamped Notecards | Damask Love

Easy Confetti Stamped Notecards | Damask Love


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When you are done creating your confetti notecards, you can leave them “as is” or add a simple greeting to the front. Being the “paper purest” that I am, I like to leave my notecards pretty plain on the front. To show you your options though, I decided to add a quick and easy die-cut embellishment to the front of each card using another soon-to-be released product in the My Favorite Things July line up.

I cut these tags from my beloved mirrored metallic gold cardstock and added a little bit of baker’s twine (from Baker’s Stock, of course!) Be on the look out for these tags in tomorrow’s MFT Stamps release posts.

Easy Confetti Stamped Notecards | Damask Love

Easy Confetti Stamped Notecards | Damask Love

Easy Confetti Stamped Notecards | Damask Love

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One Die, Two Ways – with MFT Stamps

Pinked Circle Die Gift Set | Damask Love

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I now interrupt your regularly scheduled Easy Like Sunday Morning post for a special little eye candy that I hope you’ll enjoy! The loverly folks from My Favorite Things have asked me to sit in as a guest designer for their July product release. But never fear – I’ll be back tomorrow morning with a “day late” edition of E.L.S.M that I think you will likey.

In the meantime, I thought I would keep with the theme of easy Sunday morning projects by sharing a simple way to get the most out of the new MFTStamps Pinked Edged Circle Dies. These shapes can be put to use in lots of different ways…and I’m here to show you two.

Pinked Circle Die Gift Set | Damask Love

Pinked Circle Die Gift Set | Damask Love

 

Pinked Circle Die Gift Set | Damask Love

This particular die set is a great staple for your collection and the sort of thing that you can use in many ways. For this simple gift set, I created a modern little floral embellishment by stacking the three smallest shapes. For the toppers, I took the larger pinking edge circles and just folded them in half. Easy. Super easy. And great for a last minute packaging solution.

Pinked Circle Die Gift Set | Damask Love

Pinked Circle Die Gift Set | Damask Love

Pinked Circle Die Gift Set | Damask LoveNow that you’re done here, take a trip on over to the MFTStamps blog to see what the rest of the design team has created with this month’s release – and I’ll see you tomorrow with more crafty ideas.

 

Fourth of July Crafty Savings!

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I  jump every time Ellen Hutson has a sale. Ellen Hutson  is helping us celebrate the 4th with big savings off almost everything in stock! The sale does not include Copic products, Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix Big Shot Pro,Vagabond or eClips machines. Once an item is no longer available, it will say “out of stock” and it will not be eligible for the 20% discount…so shop early!! Here are the deets!

WHERE: Ellen Hutson, LLC

WHEN: Friday, July 4th – Monday, July 7th, 2014, ends at midnight PST

HOW: Use the code JULY414 at checkout to save 20% off your purchase

MY PICKS:

  • I have been waiting for THIS to come into stock and now that it’s in I can’t wait to put it to use in all my die cutting projects! I’ll be sharing a tutorial soon on just how it works!
  • With a baby on the way, I have some serious organizing to do in the craft room! I am stocking up on THESE to keep all my stamps in order.
  • THIS die would work perfectly on the technique I showed you in THIS post!

Untitled-2Yep. You read that correctly! Clear & Simple Stamps is having an awesome Friends & Family sale which includes 50% off most every stamp and die in stock! You really don’t want to miss this. I’ve used a TON of Clear & Simple here on Damask Love, so if you’re in need of some inspiration or ideas for what to purchase, simply click HERE to see every CSS project I’ve made! Here are the deets!

WHERE: Clear & Simple Stamps

WHEN: sale ends Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 11.59pm EST

HOW: No code needed! Sale items are already marked down so just add them to your cart!

MY PICKS: 

  • Considering my growing bump, I am particularly partial to THIS stamp set which is perfect for customizing baby book gifts, like I did in THIS post.
  • Mason jars will forever be trending, so THIS set is a must have…and while you’re at it, add in THIS one that coordinates so nicely.
  • There are a ton of options for using the CSS gift packaging dies…as I showed you in THIS post. Their Party Favor 5 die is my all time favorite and I’ll probably be using it for my baby shower favors!

Happy shopping, friends! If you know of any other sales going on, please tell us in the comments section!