Good Evening!!! Good Morning or Good Afternoon whatever the case may be! Now that we've teased and tempted you all week long, it's almost time for you to shop for your favorite Brand Spankin' New products from MFT. But first... it's time for our Die-namics Feature and Pre-Release Pep Rally! Our Design Team has been busy creating jaw-dropping and inspiring projects for you, and we've saved the best for last. We've taken an in-depth look at this month's Die-namics, while re-visiting the amazing sets being released tonight at 10 PM EST RIGHT HERE in the MFT Boutique. And while we are at it, how about we make your life even easier with a "cheat sheet" of all that's new? Head over to the MFT Blog to print out a shopping list.
I LOVE when I can use my papercrafting products for something a little unconventional - more than cards, layouts, and the like. It makes me feel a bit better about taking up a little extra space in our home for my goodies :) March is birthday month for two of my kiddos. My oldest had his on the 25th and my youngest had hers on the 28th. My oldest came home from school with a birthday crown his teacher had given him on his celebration day in school. My daughter just turned 3, so is not in school yet. I just had to make her something for her day. Here is what I came up with using Die-namics, paper, felt, and a few embellishments.
I used the new Jumbo Banner Day STAX Die-namics for the crown itself. Five banners were cut using the largest banner from pink cardstock and five of the second largest banner were cut from ivory cardstock. The new Chevron Stripes Die-namics and hollyhock cardstock were used to dress up the ivory banners. The Pretty Posies Die-namics, Wisteria felt, and English Rose felt were used to decorate the pink banners. I also cut a number '3' from ivory cardstock using the By the Numbers Die-namics. I adhered the chevron stripes to the ivory banners prior to assembling, but adhered the flowers and bling once it was assembled. I used hot glue to attach the rhinestone buttons to the point of each banner and the sparkles to the centers of the flowers. Do you think I took pictures while I was assembling this? Nooooo, but I made another to show you how easy it is :) Here are the step by step instructions.
1. Gather your ingredients - 10 cardstock banners - 5 each cut with the two largest Jumbo Banner Day STAX Die-namics, 1" wide ribbon (I used grosgrain/satin edge ribbon from The Ribbon Carousel), red line tape. Sewing machine and embellishments are optional.
2. Cut your ribbon 3" longer than the circumference of the recipient's head. Mark on the ribbon the measurement corresponding with the circumference of the head using two points equal distance from the ends. You can see my marks in white above.
3. Lay out the ten banners in the desired arrangement from mark to mark. For my first crown, I used a bit of red line tape in the center of the ribbon to hold the banners in place and then I chose to sew them to the ribbon along both edges of the ribbon. For this crown I used only red line tape to show another option that might more preferable and quicker for some :).
4. Stop your adhesive or stitching at the end of the second to last banner to allow for a final size adjustment. I have this marked above with a white arrow. Have your recipient on hand to try the crown on for final sizing.
5. On the end where you started your stitching, take the ribbon and fold it to the back and secure. Red line tape, a bit of stitching, or hot glue will all work.
6. Tuck this end between the ribbon and banner of the other end (where the ribbon is not secured). Try it on the recipient at this point and mark for the final size. I used the Imaginisce ribbon sealer/cutter to seal the end of my ribbon at this point to avoid fraying. You could use fray check or something similar. Secure the loose ribbon in place using your method of choice and voila - a crown!
I am going to save this one for my middle son who will be turning 5 in August :) Who says I don't work ahead? LOL. I want to mention that this crown took me less than 20 minutes from start to finish (including time to die cut and photograph). The first one obviously took a bit longer due to the stitching and the fact that it was my first one! My daughter's crown is still in great condition 5 days later with lots of wearing and handling. Here is a photo of Isabel sporting her crown on her birthday.
What a ham!! This is her reaction to us bringing her cake in!! Priceless :)
Here are the Die-namics I used for my daughter's crown.
Here are the details about the upcoming release on April 3rd at 10 PM EST:
- You can attend the New Release Party on April 3rd from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
- The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on April 3rd at 10 PM EST. You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
- You have just a few more hours to submit your entry for this month's guest designer contest. Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
- If you'd like to see all the designers' posts for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog NOW. Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily. The winners will be posted on April 3rd just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
To see all the designers participating today stop by Kim's blog. Leave some comments on the designer's blog for your chance to win a gift voucher!!! I hope you have enjoyed Teasers for this month's release. Don't forget to check back tonight for our New Product Tour at 10 PM EST. Thank you so much for stopping by tonight.
Papers: Colonial White, Baby Pink, Hollyhock (CTMH)
Accessories: Jumbo Banner Day STAX Die-namics, Chevron Stripes Die-namics, By the Numbers Die-namics, Pretty Posies Die-namics, Wisteria felt, and English Rose felt (MFT), 1" ivory grosgrain/satin edge ribbon (The Ribbon Carousel), bling button assortment, clear sparkles (CTMH), red line tape, sewing machine, hot glue gun