Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Favorite Things December Blog Hop and Shop


Hey there, MFT Fans! Welcome to my stop on the Blog Hop for all the new releases! Hopefully you came here from the blog of myBFF Barbara Anders, and if not I highly recommend you go back to Kim's blog to start at the beginning! You won't want to miss all the final fabulous cards and projects from the Design Team and the Temp Team members, and you certainly don't want to miss your chance at winning! Be sure to leave a comment on each blog as you hop along! One lucky winner will be chosen at random to win a $15 gift voucher to shop in the MFT store! The winner will be chosen on Friday and will be posted in the MFT Forum.

For my project tonight, I'm using the Clearly Sentimental about Love stamp set again, and the Hearts a'Plenty Die-Namics that you've seen me using a lot these last few days. When I first got the die, my wheels started turning because one thing I have always loved about Christmas is making ornaments and my favorite kind to make are from felt with blanket stitching around the edges. Over the years I have made mittens, Santa faces, angels and other things with that great country/primitive look of the felt and blanket stitching. So I started thinking about what I could do with these heart shapes from the die. And then I was looking over the sentiments in the Clearly Sentimental about Love set and it struck me that a lot of them reminded me of the sayings you find in fortune cookies (only these are a LOT better than some I've seen!) So my wheels kept turnin' and eventually I came up with this idea for a Love Tree! You can pick a heart from the tree, and get a yummy piece of chocolate with your "fortune" instead of a dry ol' cookie!
Now I'm really doubting that these branches will survive around my house until Valentine's Day, but the little hearts with their "fortune" sentiments certainly will and my plan is to set this up at work for our employees and for some of my favorite customers! Each little heart holds a Hershey's nugget, and each one has a different sentiment from the stamp set hanging off the string. You could easily fit a Hershey's Kiss in these too, and even the Hershey's Miniatures would work well too (and as Valentine's Day approaches you'll be able to find them in appropriate colors, too!)
I know it looks like a lot of work but honestly they came together rather quickly! I cut out all the hearts using the largest heart from the Hearts a'Plenty Die-Namics, then did all the blanket stitching while I sat with my hubby and watched the Browns clobber the Panthers this past Sunday! And I was able to quickly stitch on all the buttons while my daughter was at the dentist the next day. There are 16 altogether and the time I spent cutting out the hearts and doing all the stitching was probably no more than 3 hours.
Many more ideas came to me with something like this, too. How CUTE would this be on display at a baby shower with blue and pink hearts all over it, and tags stamped with the Clearly Sentimental about Babies stamp set? Or set it up at school during Teacher Appreciation Week with tags stamped from the Clearly Sentiment about Teaching set? Or set it up at church for Mother's Day with Clearly Sentimental about Mothers on the tags? The possibilities are endless, especially if Kim keeps coming up with more awesome dies and stamp sets! (hint, hint.... we need an apple die, Kim!)

So I hope you've enjoyed my stop here on the hop! Stay on track by heading over now to Megan Lock's blog and see what fabulous-ness she has in store for you!

Many, many, many thanks to Kim for inviting me to be a part of the Temp Team this month and thanks to Jody Morrow for all the hard work she puts in keeping everything incredibly organized! I had a blast!!!

29 comments:

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is FANTASTIC!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

Bonnie said...

Oh my gosh!! Tammy, this is just awesome!!

teegee7617 said...

I LOVE this idea! It's fabulous!

Erin Smetak said...

Oh my gosh, what a cute idea!!! Love it!!!

Christina Fischer said...

Holy moly -- this is SO cool! What a fantastic project, Tammy!

SO glad you joined us this month! :)

Nicole said...

Oh my word! What an awesome idea! Those little pockets for the chocolates are so cute. Pure genius! I might have to steal your idea...

Kimberly Gajewski said...

What an AMAZING project Tammy! So creative! :D

Nancy Thomas said...

Very creative - outstanding!

Chris said...

WOW, Tammy this is so great, I love the shower idea too. Great use of the hearts.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

What a great idea, this is so fabulous!

Jackie said...

Oh Tammy, this is simply fabulous! I love how you did this, the hearts look amazing! I totally see why you love these dies!

JAVAGIRL said...

A fun project great idea

Ola said...

This is fantastic.... such a cute idea!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

StampOwl said...

what a fun idea!

g said...

i LOVE this & all your theme ideas for them-so super cute & fun! what a cool project-makes me want to practice my blanket stitch!

Kelli said...

Oh GET OUTTA HERE!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Tammy this is ABSOLUTELY FAB!!!!!! I LOVE those lil hanging heart pockets, My new mantra... I WILL MASTER THE BLANKET STITCH, I WILL!!!!!....

It has been a blast being on the team with you all week! What fun and cool ideas you have sprouted in my feeble lil mind!!!!! :)

kj

Eva said...

Tammy, this is such a cute idea, I just love it!

Trish Myers said...

I love your tree, it's gorgeous. Might head out to the back yard and try this myself.

Lisa H. said...

THUD!!!! this is gorgeous, creative and a labor of love. great work this week-fabby way to top it off!

Cindy Haffner said...

Tammy this is over the top FABULOUS, what FUN having you join us this month.

Wendy said...

Oh My, this is going to be an amazing hop...look at this, brilliant!

Megan said...

I loveeeeee all those little hearts!!

Anonymous said...

oh this is soooo stinkin' cute!!
jennik

Melody said...

Amazing! Creative! Just love the idea!

LeAnne said...

Awesome, Tammy! Over the toP!

Jana Weaver said...

OMG...that is amazing!! I love how you blanket stitched them all!! Super cute idea!!

dpkennedy said...

Wow! Girl, this is crazy cute! I love the chocolates inside the little heart pockets! How clever! LOVE this!! You rocked this project!

szbacn1 said...

What an awesome idea... I'll have to plant some of those tree seeds in my neighborhood, too!

Sheng said...

Oh what a lovely tree.