May 1, 2012

Fight like a Girl Earrings


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!  

Our Design Team has been busy creating jaw-dropping and inspiring projects for you, and we've saved the best for last. 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. And 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.
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As soon as I saw the new Girly Graphic Tee stamps and Die-namics, I knew they would make adorable earrings. When using shrink plastic, it's important to start with a nice large shape that will still be substantial when shrunk - this die definitely fit the bill!

  
I was too "in the zone" to take photos as I went, but here are the details on making these earrings:


  • Die cut your shrink plastic. Make sure to keep the plastic orientated the same way for each t-shirt so they shrink the same way. 
  • Rough up the plastic a little, I use my sanding block.
  •  Line up the tees together and punch a hole. Remember this will shrink down too. I use the largest setting on my Crop-a-dile.
  • Stamp your chosen image/sentiment. I like to use Brilliance ink for this. I used my grid paper to make sure both sentiments were in pretty much the same place on the tees.
  •  Shrink. I use my heat tool - follow the instructions for your brand of shrink plastic.
  •  Normally I make sure my pieces are completely flat - with these tees I left a little movement for interest.


  • Once cool, cover with a coat of glossy accents or other dimensional medium. I then left these to dry overnight. I love the shine this gives.
  • Turn into earrings! I've used eye pins, simply stringing glass and filigree beads before attaching to a jump ring on my tees. I went with a classic MFT pink/black/white theme - perfect to support breast cancer!

Here are the details about the upcoming release on May 1 at 10 PM EST:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on May 1 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on May 1 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • You have just a few more hours to submit your entry for this month's guest designer contest.  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • 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 May 1 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
Here are the Die-namics I've used today:
 Thanks for stopping by! 
 
Stamps: Girly Graphic Tee (MFT Stamps) Ink: Brilliance Black Dies: Girly Graphic Tee Die-namics (MFT Stamps) Other: Glossy Accents, Beading Supplies

27 comments:

  1. WOW! Totally awesome idea and finished look with these, Sarah!

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  2. This project made me smile Sarah.You certainly think outside the box.Love them!!!!

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  3. Ooooh! I love, love, love the earrings! I want to make some for my girlfriend fighting breast cancer! They are precious! Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!!! Just an awesome release!!!!! As always!

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  4. Send me your addy Jill - they are all yours! Best wishes to your friend.

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  5. LOVE them - what a wonderful project. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Oh wow, those earrings are fabulous!

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  7. Wow, wow wow...amazing use of stamps for an altered project. They are so pretty!

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  8. This is amzing Sarah, love them, these would be so awesome to wear. Perfect gift, love them

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  9. These earrings are great! Awesome idea to use the shirts as earrings.

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  10. What a great way to show other ways to use dies and stamps. Thank you for the how-to directions for us. Darling earrings! ksh

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  11. so cute and fun. I love seeing stamps and dies used in other formats!

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  12. AMAZING Sarah!!! Sooooooooooo fabulous!!!

    Crafty Hugs!
    Meredith

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  13. WOWZERS...MFT earrings...amazing girly...so clever and what a terrific job!

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  14. These are awesome Sarah!!!!! So brilliant!

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  15. Sarah, these are beautiful! It's such a great sentiment - and I love earrings!

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  16. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Smart lady!! Love this idea!

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  17. Wow, you are so creative... these earrings are amazing! Not only would they make a great gift, but they could be sold as part of a fundraiser at school, or by a small organization such as a sports team or by a dance studio, etc. Great job... TFS!

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  18. Wow! You are amazing! What gorgeous earrings!

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  19. Totally COOL!!! I know these would be so popular!!!

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  20. Such a great idea! Love the way these look!

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  21. Oh wow, your earrings are amazing. Very clever.

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  22. wow, i didn't see that coming - unexpected and exciting! you're very creative! I love the colors you chose too. wonderful use of that die.

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  23. Great idea Sarah. Love the beads you've used.

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  24. Wow! These are fabulous! What a great idea! I LOVE those beads!

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  25. wow -- wish I had time to make these for my Komen Walk team this Saturday! Thanks for sharing!
    Sandy in VA

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