March 12, 2012

MFT Creative Challenge | Teacher Appreciation

Hi!  It's time for the My Favorite Things Creative Challenge!   Our Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where the MFT design team is challenged to explore their creative side using a specific theme, product or technique. This month it's "Teacher Appreciation"

Be sure to check the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have creative project ideas for you today!

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I picked up a couple of Christmas shadow box frames on clearance and I converted this one into this fun decorated frame.  It's amazing what you can find in the holiday clearance bins, especially when you are looking for items to alter.  Shadow boxes are a great way to showcase your papercrafting projects and it is super easy to swap out the Christmas, Valentine's Day, or Easter mats and images, so be sure to look beyond the holiday stuff inside the frame and grab these for a steal of a deal!

I wanted to make the sentiment the focus of the frame.  I cut out the die cut with the Vertical Greetings Die-namics die and the stamped the sentiment with Brilliant Graphite Black ink.  I love this ink for bolder images!  I layered all the pieces together using MFTWSC29 for the layout.  After stamping the sentiment, it was all about the Die-namics - wheee!!  I added the Photo Corners Die-namics in the top left corner, and I LOVE layering the scallops and straight corners together.  I'm a scallop girl.  Underneath the Vertical Greetings Die-namics, I added just a peek of a Mix & Match Banners Die-namics and added a couple of Latte Pearls over the top to look like it's attached that way. 

I layered two Skyline Border Die-namics together, one in Buttercream and one in Kraft, and then added the Paper Doll Border Die-namics in the same color cardstock.  It's finished with a Pretty Posies Die-namics flower and of course, the Open Oval Edge Die-namics.

Here is a look at the sketch and Die-namics I used on this project:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

recipe -
stamps: vertical greetings (mft)
paper: kraft, choice buttercream (taylored expressions), a walk in the park 6x6 (echo park)
ink: brilliance graphite black
accessories: latte pearls (kaiserkraft), brights buttons (su!), buttercream twine (mft), rectangle/scallop spellbinders dies, sewing machine, thread, foam tape
mft die-namics: photo corners, vertical greetings, mix & match banners, skyline border, paper doll border, open scallop edge, pretty posies


  1. Karen, this is gorgeous!! Love how you used two colors for the skyline and Paper doll borders!! Love it!

  2. Wow, now that is cute. Love all the details and the dies you used together. So talented!

  3. Love your shadow box. I love all the layers you made and put together! You can see all the care you put into this. I love it all. Glad I found your blog from SCS...great work you do.

  4. I just LOVE this.....the colors, patterns and all those die-namics! wow!

  5. This is so pretty! I love the frame idea and the dies and papers are so pretty!

  6. I absolutely ADORE this, Karen! All those beautiful die-cuts combined so flawlessly -- amazing!

  7. Note to self: layer Photo Corners!! I gasped when I saw this in the hub. I *love* the layers of border dies, too! Darling!

  8. OOOOOOOOOOOH! AMAZING frame my friend! This is a all the Die-Namics you have on this!

  9. OOOOOOOOOOOH! AMAZING frame my friend! This is a all the Die-Namics you have on this!

  10. This is simply FABULOUS, Karen! I love framed things and this is TOPS!

  11. That's a GREAT teacher gift! You're SO creative! I *never* would have thought to create something like this. LOVE it!

  12. Love all the dienamics and the dp!! tfs!