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Monday, March 7, 2011

March Design Team Creative Challenge for My Favorite Things--A "Words of Affirmation" Collage

Well, I think I'm addicted to Robin Eggs Easter candy. They are the ones with the hard candy shell and are basically Whoppers on the inside. I can't stop grabbing one every so often. Shouldn't have bought them. Every year when they come out, I have to get a bag of them to share with the girls. That's just what I did before I got started making my project for this month's Design Team Creative Challenge for My Favorite Things. I had to keep my energy up, ya know!

So needless to say, a lot of Robin Eggs were consumed while I made this project. (This is my oldest out-on-her-own daughter, Shelbie.)

One of my friend's had given me this collage shadowbox frame, oh I don't know, 4 years ago? (Thank You, Sheila!) I had never done anything with it and it has sat in my closet...waiting. I thought about it quite often, but never really had the right pictures to go in it, so there it sat....until....

TODAY! When I found out the Creative Challenge for the My Favorite Things Design Team was going to be to create a HOME DECOR project using Die-namics , this did not come to mind. In fact, nothing came to mind...until...

THIS! I was finishing up laundry the other day (Eric usually does most of it), and went in the closet to hang up his pants and happened to see it. Perfecto! I went for a clean, crisp look to vibe with the black and white pictures (that took me forever to get onto Walgreen's website, as they were having issues), and the modern feel of the frame itself.

Here's Lindsie. I didn't want to JUST put the MFT Felt roses from my Rolled Rose Die-namic (sold out for now, but HERE'S the mini ones!) because I thought it was a little too plain. So I grabbed my Clearly Sentimental About You stamp set. I couldn't believe it--there were just the right "words of affirmation" for each of my kids, husband and that other picture (LOL!). By the way too, the leaves from the new Upsy-Daisy Die-namics were perfect for my roses as well.

Ok, have ya'll had about all of that you can stand? I hope ya'll didn't mind me showing off my project with all those pesky pictures of my family! It will be hanging in my hallway in the next couple of days.

Hmmm, I haven't had a Cadbury Egg yet this year. That will be next on my list. Except I only need one and that will for sure tide me over until next year. Those Cadbury Eggs--you either love 'em or you hate 'em. My teeth hurt now.

Ok, just one more--this one is Audrie! Be sure and head on over to Kim's Blog for the entire list of MFT design team members who have a Home Decor Die-namics project to share today!

SUSIE Q-TIP: I firmly believe that the correct size/shape of acrylic block is essential to getting a perfectly stamped image. For long sentiments, I use one that's shaped like a long sentiment--about 1 inch by about 7 inches. Having the right block keeps the pressure you put on it evenly distributed.

Stamps: Clearly Sentimental About You (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Rolled Rose and Upsie-Daisy Die-namics (My Favorite Things), Collage Shadowbox Frame, Pictures, Hot Glue, Tape Runner, Jody Boosters


  1. Very sophisticated frame, love how you've made this:-D

  2. What a gorgeous family you have! I love that you used a different sentiment on each picture...

  3. first off....your frame is beautiful. simple, yet stunning AND your tip-right on. I recently just bought an acrylic block in this size and I love it. don't know why I waited so long, it has made a HUGE difference in my sentiment stamping.

  4. Oh so GORGEOUS Susan! LOVE the beautiful pictures of your family and the simple rose and sentiment panel really POP on each one!

  5. this is stunning- what gorgeous photos & i love how you decorated the frames- so sweet!

  6. you have a beautiful family! The frame is perfect.

  7. I really, really, really LOVE this grouping (some of my favorite people in the whole wide world)!!! I can't believe your talent, Suuuus

  8. WOW, this is sooo beautiful!!! Love this collage frame with the added MFT goodies and you have such a BEAUTIFUL family!!!

  9. Oh, Susan - this is beautiful. Your family is gorgeous and so are you! Love this heartfelt project!

  10. Susie, these photos and this project are simply beautiful! What a gorgeous way to showcase your biggest treasures! :)

    I think I have a frame like this still in a box somewhere... hmmm...

  11. What a sweet family frame, I LOVE it! Such a great addition to the family room where all can appreciate and adore it. :-)

  12. This is AMAZING! I just love the way it came together!

  13. Oh that is one AWESOME the design and you really dressed it up in a classy yet trendy way! Love it!

  14. WoW Susie.....this is gorgeous. What a stunning keepsake of your family. xx

  15. So simple yet elegant! Love the small touches to each frame! And your daughters are beautiful!

  16. Gorgeous project Susie! You have such a beautiful family! I love the sentiments you added!

  17. Beautiful project and pictures. The pictures and sentiments are perfect. TFS

  18. I love this!!! I have a frame I've been wanting to use for something like this. Thanks for the inspiration!


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