Monday, June 11, 2012

MFT's June Creative Challenge


Our Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we challenge our design team to explore their creative side using a specific theme, product or technique. This month, we've been asked to Frame It! Be sure to check the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have put their MFT stamps and/or Die-namics dies to work to create a framed piece of art for you.


As I talked about in previous posts I recently moved into my new stamp room when one of my girls moved out. I planned to decorate with some of my own projects. Well I finally got my frames purchased and created a 12 x 12 page to go in one of the frames with my very favorite picture from my trip to Europe!

My frames are from Michael's. They are shadow box frames and they are hinged on one side so that you can replace the page without taking the frame off the wall.  


Here is a better picture of the page without the glass. I adhered patterned paper to black cardstock and stitched around the edges. I like to use two pieces of 12 x 12 cardstock to give a page that is going in a frame a little more stability. I added lace and mounted the photo above the lace. My sentiment, that I centered in a metal frame, is from Clearly Sentimental About Summer Vacation.


For my corner embellishment I used a number of MFT Die-namics, Botanical Beauty, Large Leafy Flourish, Royal Leaves, the Eiffel Tower. My felt leaves are cut out of MFT Felt in Sour Apple and Jelly Bean Green. Then I added some rhinestone swirls, stick pins, and silk leaves. 


I thought I would share a picture of my desk when I create a project like this one. When I started I wasn't sure what dies and embellishments I wanted to use so I went through my dies and embellishment stash and just pulled out things that I though might work. And then made some flowers and just played around until I came up with something I liked! Took me a while to clean up!


Today my husband hung up my three frames for me! There is some glare but you can get the idea!






Next I embellished one more frame for my office at work. (Excuse the glare, I didn't want to take the glass out after I had it all together. )


I used a sentiment from Who's That Parisian Girl and cut it out with the Fishtail STAX Die-namics. The sentiment is under the glass.


On the outside of the frame I added a felt flower cut with the Large Rolled Rose Die-namic, some more Royal Leaves and Leaf Flourishes.


The Eiffel Tower is on the outside of my frame so I wanted it to be a littler stronger than cardstock. So I cut one of the Eiffel Towers out of a light weight cardboard and one out of kraft card stock.


In case you are wondering how I adhere all my embellishment to my project, I thought I would share my favorite products besides a glue gun. The Beacon Glue dries fast but give you more time than a glue gun. The round dimensional dots are from Jody's Sticky Stuff, and are a staple in my craft room.








Thanks for stopping by! Stop by the MFT Blog for the list of designers sharing more inspiration today!

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20 comments :

Jackie Pedro said...

Gorgeous frames, Melody! Your daughter's are beautiful!

Karen T said...

I love how your pics look all framed up! ;) so beautiful. Also thanks for providing info on those black and white large circle pop-up dots- I just placed an order!

Martinas Welt said...

This is really gorgeous! What a great idea and you will have these beautiful pictures and your beautiful decoration always in front of you to remember these days and your girls! It looks sooo brilliant! LOVE it!!!
Martina

Inge said...

Gorgeous frames Melody, I love how you've made all the paper flowers and the combination with the Eiffel Tower Die-namics!

Lisa H. said...

wow! love these...great pictures from your trip and beautiful details you added. and YAY for hubby for hanging the frames.

wendy said...

beautifully captured memories..these are so gorgeous ...love all the papers you chose so classy and elegant

Kristy Hansen said...

A great way to decorate and remember your special time. Love the colors of paper you used. the flowers really add to the look of each frame. thank you for sharing your ideas on how you did these. ksh

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

I literally just gasped (at work) when I saw your creations! These are stunning in every possible way! I LOVE how you embellish SO perfectly each and every time! These are AMAZING!

Kim said...

Wow Melody! Those are seriously stunning projects.

Barbara said...

OMGosh! What an awesome lineup of frames, Melody! They are all so perfectly done in every way!

Jacquie Southas said...

I love, love, love the pops of red through all the frames - gorgeous!

Queen Mary said...

Melody, these frames are beautiful!!

Karen Giron said...

Oh wow, Melody - these are fantastic! I love the frames and your scrapbook page is amazing. What a wonderful memory.

Jen said...

Beautiful creations, as always! Love the way you make use of a Cheez-it box too! ;)

Conni said...

your frames are amazing!! Love them! I will have to try to find these frames with the hinges in the fron to do dispaly some of my pages as well, thanks for the great idea!!

Sherrie said...

So pretty! I love that you have a collection of frames going...they all look fantastic! Love the damask paper on your project too!

Angie said...

Awesome projects! TFS the tip about the light weight cardboard! What a great tip!

Alina said...

they are so beautifully decorated, Melody! beautiful pictures too!

Carol said...

Gorgeous frames and layouts to showcase your beautiful photos! Beautiful projects. Awesome job! TFS

Chris said...

super frames. great inspiration.