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It's Day 4 of the Teasers. It's way too dry in Texas for fireworks, but there's plenty of excitement going on with the MFT releases. Be sure to leave comments as you look around through all the MFT designers' blogs because, yes, there are Prizes!. Here are the details about the upcoming release on July 5 at 10 PM EST:
- The My Favorite Things release is on July 5 at 10 PM EST. You can attend the release party from 8-10 PM EST here in the forum for fun, games, and prizes! All the new sets and dies will be available July 5 at 10 PM EST.
- The guest designer contest is ON! Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $100 in stamp sets and play along with the Design Team for a month.
- If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to Kim's blog NOW! Be sure to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of two $10 vouchers being given away daily, just for leaving a comment. Check Kim's blog every day for the winners.
This die set is amazingly easy to use. And, a word of warning, once you get started you won't be able to stop! Here are some tips I learned, or what I call, my FPDD (fuzzy photo/dirty desk) tutorial. (Just click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.) I use an upside down brad method to make the pinwheel.
You'll need the following ingredients:
- Two pieces of paper measuring at least 4-3/4" by 4-3/4". Two-sided works great. Have fun mixing and matching.
- A basic brad.
- A stem. I used a wooden dowel rod (1/8" around by 12" long long). It was easy enough to cut them down to size with some craft scissors. You can also use a Wilton lollipop stick, a straw or, if you're attaching your pinwheel to a card, just use a ribbon or a thin paper piece.
- The set comes with some adorable centers. If you want to embellish the center even more, grab a button and/or ribbon..
- Adhesive: a glue dot for the center embellishment and sticky tape to attach the stem.
- And, most importantly, your die-cutting machine and My Favorite Things Perfect Pinwheels Die-namic and set.
Let's really look at this pinwheel Die-namic. There are two different kinds of holes in the die: poke holes and construction holes (not official names, just what I call them). The six teeniest holes are for you to use if the paper gets stuck in the die after you cut it out. You just use a paper piercing tool, stick pin, or voodoo doll pin to poke the paper out of the die. The other four not-so-teeny holes are used to construct the pinwheel.
When you lay the die onto the paper, whichever side is facing up and into the die is the side that will be the inside (and most prominent) layer.
Run your two pieces of paper through the die cut machine. After you release the paper from the die, if all four of the "construction holes" aren't open, use a pin to stick into the hole and unclog it.
After you have all six petals on the brad, keeping the brad closed (I opened for illustration purposes), add the center embellishment piece by threading it onto the brad.
Now you can open your brad and all your petals and center piece will be secured. To cover up the upside down brad, I added an embellished button, adhering it to the center piece with a large glue dot.
I'm not sure this is the best way, but to secure my stem to the flower I rolled it in sticky tape and then added another piece of tape over that.
Now, all you need is a cupcake!
Here are the My Favorite Things Die-Namics I used to make my card and the rest of the recipe.
- Stamps – MFT Perfect Pinwheels
- Paper – Kraft, Stampin' Up!, and October Afternoon (Thrift Shop, Fly a Kite and Togetherness)
- Color Mediums – Memento ink
- Fibers – May Arts Ribbon, DMS Floss, Seam Binding
- Embellishments – Maya Road Alterable Buttons, KaiserCraft Pearl Flourishes, basic brads, October Afternoon buttons,
- Tools – MFT Die-namics: Perfect Penwheels, Jumbo Scallop, First Place Award
- Miscellaneous – 1/8" by 12" wooden dowels, Ranger Distress Stickles