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Mar 8, 2011

MFT Design Team Creative Challenge

Today is our My Favorite Things  Design Team Creative Challenge - and this month we're using Die-namics Dies to create some custom home decor. You might have seen that last month, I created a custom treatment for a lampshade using felt and the Rolled Rose Die-namic.

On a recent shopping trip, I ran across a beautiful felted pillow - and I so wanted it for my chocolate and ivory houndstooth chair, but the stickershock on a small pillow was *ridiculous* and I convinced myself that I could come up with a little something to fill up that chair....

I reached for my Rolled Rose Die-namic, my hot glue gun and my pile of felt. I found a pillow insert at Michael's, and with my handy 50% coupon, I got it for only $4. Score!  I grabbed some cotton canvas at the fabric store and got to work.  Happily I discovered that the fabric could be cut with my Carl Cutter. (nice.)  And measured off an exra 1" allowance on all sides for the seams.

The front is a small chocolate felt square, to which I've hot glue gunned nine Die-namic Rosettes into a bouquet, and finished off with a Seam Binding Bow.  Yeah me, I didn't even get a hot glue gun burn.  That stuff gets c-r-a-z-y hot. 

But then I was on a roll, playing with new paper, and dies, and a pack of Bling. (you know I'm slightly addicted lately...) and created a little frame to put next to my bed.  I swear, I think I have seasonal affective disorder, I've been a mess the last week. I'm done with dirty snow piles, I'm done with cold, and mud, and blech. I'm needing summer, and fresh air, and sitting on my deck with an iced tea.

Trying to pick myself out of my slump, I thought I'd create a pretty little reminder to myself to cheer up.... I found this shadowbox frame at HomeGoods for $9.00 - sweet!  I reached into my patterned paper box, and used some of the canvas scraps from the pillow I made above... 

The I paired my Butterflies Die-namic with the sentiment from Inspired by Butterflies. I love the way that these dies stack together....  and I've bent each of the wings up for added dimension.

of course I had to create flight trails with rhinestone bling......

and the matting that I created with this My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Paper features some "crazy stitching"  as well as a seam binding bow.... 

That's the great thing about this hobby is being able to put together a little something special to fill up an empty space on a bookshelf, or a perfect pick me up for a friend.  I love using bits of things in my crafty stash to make this place just a little bit more "me."

Thanks for staying with me through this marathon post today! Be sure to check The MFT Blog for a full list of designers participating in today's Design Team Creative Challenge!

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