Daily Archives: October 30, 2012

MFT October Creative Challenge

Hi everyone.  I’m back today with the My Favorite Things October Creative Challenge.  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 a custom banner.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have a project to share with you today!

My project was totally inspired by something I saw on Pinterest.   Someone had created a frame with the word “Welcome” hanging from tags.

I thought it would be fun to use the phrase “All you need is love” and have an extra string for hanging photos.  By using the tiny clothes pins, I can switch the photos whenever I’d like.

I used Mix Match Banners, Fishtail Flag STAX, Fishtail Flags Layers STAX and Circle STAX to create the flags.  The letters were die-cut from Black Licorice cardstock using By The Letters Die-namics.

Across the top of each banner flag, I adhered a thin strip with one edge die-cut using Mini Scallop Edge.

The uppercase L was cut using By The Letters Uppercase, and my favorite little flag (on the right) has a heart cut out using the small heart from Notched Tag Die-namics.

On the background paper, I used Amuse Studio Wheat ink to stamp the sketchy heart from Pretty Pocket and the tiny clothes pins were colored using a black Copic marker.

In case you haven’t heard, MFT is retiring LOTS of stamp sets (found here) …even some beloved à la modes.  Although it’s sad, I know that we are making room for new fun sets.  :)

Since this one, All Star, uses a flag, and it will soon be gone (sniff-sniff), I thought I’d take the opportunity to use it one last time (officially, anyway).

After coloring the image with Copics, I stamped a little heart (from Pretty Pocket) onto the flag using Amuse Grapefruit ink.  Since the patterned papers I used are more of a creamy color, I sponged the edges of my X-Press It Blending Card using Ranger’s Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Along the bottom, I added extra flags leftover from my frame.  I used the Mini Scallop Edge die to cut the bottom edge of the black band (beneath the sentiment).

On the inside, I used the rest of my flags, securing each beneath the sentiment panel.

Be sure to check out the MFT blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for so much for visiting today!  :)

Frame Stamps:  MFT Pretty Pocket  Ink: Amuse Studio Wheat   Paper: MFT Black Licorice, October Afternoon Woodland Park (8×8), Echo Park Dots & Stripes Homefront (6×6), grid paper (manufacturer unknown)   Accessories: MFT Mix Match Banners, Fishtail Flags STAX, Fishtail Flags Layers STAX, Circle STAX, By The Letters, By the Letters Uppercase, Notched Tag, Mini Scallop Edge Die-namics, The Twinery Shore twine, Copic marker (100), Canvas Corp mini clothes pins, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape, frame (Ikea $1.99).  Frame opening 8×10.

Card Stamps:  MFT All Star (à la modes), Pretty Pocket   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Amuse Studio Grapefruit, Ranger Antique Linen Distress  Paper: MFT Black Licorice, Whip Cream, X-Press It Blending Card, October Afternoon Woodland Park (8×8), Echo Park Dots & Stripes Homefront (6×6)   Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, Y21, E31, R81, R83, R85, BG11, BG13, W00, W1, W3, YG91, G43, G46), MFT Mix Match Banners and Mini Scallop Edge Die-namics, Michaels mini brads.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.