Welcome to this month’s My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Challenge. The Creative Challenge is a monthly feature where we are challenged to explore our 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.
I took this opportunity to create a gift for my daughter’s teacher.
I just happened to have a frame lying around with a 4″ x 6″ opening. I thought this was the perfect size for a desk…not too big, not too small.
For the focal panel, I used Vertical Greetings stamp and die set, inking the word “better” in green for emphasis.
The yellow dotted panel is actually a pocket, created to hold a small note card. The tab was cut using Mini Tabs Foursome Die-namics and Mrs. Fox’s name was stamped using Typewriter Alphabet.
My daughter wrote a short, encouraging note “for one of those days.” 🙂
I adhered a small ruler using Copic’s 1/4″ double-sided high tack tape. (That ruler is NOT going to come off.) The heart was die-cut from Hearts a Plenty Die-namics and thin cardboard. After die-cutting, I ran the heart through my paper crimper for a corrogated look.
For the card, I used one of my all-time favorite Pure Innocence sets, Being Cute is What I Do. I pieced her pants and top, placing a small foam booster beneath the center bottom edge of her shirt to add a little dimension. The “thank you” (from Pure Innocence All Occasion Sentiments) was stamped onto another Mini Tabs Foursome.
To create the open heart, I die-cut a small heart shape using Hearts a Plenty Die-namics and My Favorite Cork. I then centered the tiny heart die from Notched Tag Die-namics and ran the cork heart through the die-cutting machine a second time. On the inside, I completed the “thank you” with “for all that you do” (from Thanks a Bunch). A second die-cut heart finished off the inside.
On the gift bag, I used Ranger’s Antique Linen distress ink and the heart from Pretty Pocket to stamp a subtle pattern. I used Traditional Tags STAX to die-cut the tag shapes and the largest heart from Hearts a Plenty, again, run through the paper crimper.
Don’t forget to check out the MFT blog for more inspiration!
Thanks for visiting today! 🙂
Stamps: My Favorite Things “Vertical Greetings,” “Being Cute is What I Do” (Pure Innocence), “All Occasion Sentiments” (Pure Innocence), “Typewriter Alphabet,” “Thanks a Bunch” Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Bamboo Leaves, Range Antique Linen Distress Paper: Prism Twilight Dark, X-Press It Blending Card, MFT Whip Cream Replenishments, Simple Stories “Summer Fresh” (6×6) Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, Y21, YR23, B93, B95, B97, BG70, E50), Prismacolor pencils, MFT Vertical Greetings, Hearts a Plenty, Mini Tabs Foursome, Simply Scallops Small, Notched Tag and Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics, Maya Road Vintage Wood Mini Rulers, My Favorite Cork, cardboard, paper crimper, buttons, string, MFT Sour Apple Grosgrain Ribbon, Copic 1/4″ double-sided high tack and 1/4″ foam tapes, frame. Finished frame size (opening) 4″ x 6″, card size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.