Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MFT November Creative Challenge–Holiday Home Decor

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The MFT Design Team 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 were challenged to create Holiday Home Decor using our MFT Stamps and Die-namics.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have a project to share with you today. 

Hi, everyone! This challenge was so timely for me! I make lots of home décor items anyway, so, two birds, one stone!

First up, a framed piece. I stained my $1 Michaels frame with Barn Door Distress Stain and then streaked it up with some Vintage Photo Distress Stain for the aged look. While that was drying, I started on the image to be framed. I cut some music patterned paper to fit the opening, sponged the edges, then constructed my Die-namics Winter Wreath of three layer of patterned paper. After I adhered it to the music paper, I added some red jewels for berries, then popped up one of the new Die-namics Dainty Bows, made with Red Hot card stock. Here’s a close up of the wreath.

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The sentiment is from Clearly Sentimental About Christmas, and was stamped on Natural card stock, sponged, and popped up on foam. Here’s a close up.

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Notice my garland? I decided to see if I could use the wreath to make a garland and I love how it turned out! I simply cut out the wreath, tore it apart so I had one long piece, and just sort of carefully manipulated it so it was more or less in a straight line. Then I adhered it to the frame and added more jewels. Easy peasy! Here’s a close up of the garland, with two layers.

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OK, I know banners were the theme of last month’s Creative Challenge but, well, you know I love banners! And they definitely qualify as home décor, right?

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This time I went Shabby Chic, or as I saw it described the other day, Vintage Hip. Love that! I started by cutting some burlap fabric out with my Die-namics Jumbo Banner Day STAX. I cut two for each pennant and zig zag stitched them together. I added a smaller size of STAX to the back (just adhered with my tape runner) for some stability since burlap is so loosely woven.

Then I made some medallions using my Die-namics 1/4” Rosette die and glittered up the edges with some German glass glitter, added a Die-namics Mini Doily Circles die cut and popped up a Die-namics By the Letters letter. I added a Die-namics Royal Rose and Die-namics Royal Leaves to some pennants…

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…and a Die-namics Let It Snowflake and Die-namics Mini Royal Rose to others.

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I connected the headers together by hot gluing some ribbon across the tops as a base, then I made a braid from some heavy jute cord and some tinsel twine, then hot glued that on top of the ribbon. To finish it off, I added a seam binding bow and a hemp cord-tied button between each pennant. Here it is hanging on the shelf that will be it’s home during the Christmas season :) LOVE the contrast of the burlap and glitter!

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And, finally, another little banner. I hadn’t had a chance to use the new Die-namics Jumbo Stocking so I got it out for this one. I used several shades of dark blue for it because I’m going to use with some other cobalt blue decorations.

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For the two outer stockings, I added the holly leaves and berries that are part of the set. I cut the letters out of silver glitter paper with, again, Die-namics By the Letters and popped them up on a Die-namics Circle STAX layered on a Die-namics Open Scallop Doily Duo die cut.

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For the center stocking, I did the same, but also added a Die-namics Winter Wreath cut from metallic silver paper and added a little gingham bow to finish it off.

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The stocking are attached to the ribbon/tinsel twine hanger with clothes pins cover with glitter paper and in-between the stockings there’s a clear faceted button tied on with silver cord.

Here are the Die-namics dies I used on these projects:

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And that’s all from me today! Hope to have inspired you to try your hand at home décor using MFT Die-namics and stamps! See you back here tomorrow for this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge!



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~Supplies~
Frame
Stamps:
Clearly Sentimental About Christmas (MFT)
Paper:
Red Hot card stock, Natural card stock (MFT); Christmas Cottage (Teresa Collins)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Stain, Barn Door Distress Stain (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Die-namics Dainty Bows, Die-namics Winter Wreath, Die-namics Layered Label (MFT); jewels, foam dots

Believe Banner

Stamps: None
Paper:
Kraft card stock, Bubblegum card stock (MFT); Sage Shadow (SU!); printer paper, pink glitter paper
Ink:
Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Die-namics Jumbo Banner Day STAX, Die-namics 1/4” Rosette, Die-namics Mini Doily Circles, Die-namics Let It Snowflake, Die-namics Royal Rose, Die-namics Mini Royal Roses, Die-namics Royal Leaves, hemp cord (MFT); German glass glitter, seam binding, tinsel twine, ribbon, jute cord, hot glue/gun, sewing machine, burlap fabric

Joy Banner

Stamps: None
Paper: Silver glitter, blue glitter, blue corrugated glitter, white glitter, silver metallic
Ink: None
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Die-namics Jumbo Stocking, Die-namics Winter Wreath, Die-namics By the Letters, Die-namics Open Scallop Doily Duo, Die-namics Circle STAX (MFT); ribbon, hot glue, clear buttons, silver cord, clothespins, foam dots, tinsel twine



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11 comments:

  1. Barbara what beautiful creations to choose from! I still remember your framed piece from last year! I love this year's frame, what a beautiful stain!

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  2. OMGosh these are all so fabulous, now this woke up my mojo a little. I always love to get your posts in my feedbiz, you inspire me to create all the time. Thank You!

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  3. Wow Barbara! These are amazing creations!!!!

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  4. Wowsers! These are awesome...love the darling frame and those burlap banners!

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  5. The wreath frame is SO pretty with the sparkly red berries and I love each of the holiday banners!!!

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  6. They DEFINITELY count as home decor! Darling projects. I love love love your banners!

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  7. Wow, what gorgeous creations. Love how you cut the wreath for the garland on the frame. Your believe banner is breathtaking. Love all the details. The blue stocking banner is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Wow! These are all gorgeous, Barbara! I especially love the frame. I might need that stain. Fabulous projects!

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  9. Beautiful projects, Barb!!! Love the banners!!!

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  10. You are my last visit tonight! I came at the MFT blog designers from bottom to top tonight! What a fun way to end the Home Decor hop! I love your frame!!! I DID NOTICE your wreath garland! I was so hoping I could cut up the wreath to make other greenery with it and sure enough it works well! I made my card yesterday with cutting just some greenery for a door on a card!

    Your banners are so pretty too!!!!

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  11. Wow Barbara, you've really outdone yourself... so many beautiful home decor creations!!! Love the burlap banner :D

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