Either way, I got to work with some splendiferous products from Mon Ami Gabby! Have you ever heard of them? Chances are, if you've ever gone to a Scrapbook Expo or Creating Keepsakes Convention, you've seen them! They are the company that has embellishments galore- and tons of super cute stuff! Every time I've seen them at a show, I've had to hold back to keep from buying everything in sight (which they would have liked, I'm sure, but my bank account would have cried.). Anyway, I was given a whole plethora of pretties to work with in shades of blue, yellow and white. So much fun! I wanted to showcase Mon Ami Gabby's products along with Kiwi Lane's templates and I wanted to step off the page, so here's what I came up with:
Supplies: paper (Making Memories); burlap (DCWV); stamps (KI Memories, Hero Arts); ink (Ranger, Tsukinedo); paint (craft supply); jewels (Doodlebug); flowers, buttons, ribbon and crystals (Mon Ami Gabby)
Tiny Celebrate 3T, 4T, 6T
Mini Scallops 2A
"Shared joy is double joy and shared sorrow is half sorrow. -Swedish Proverb"
So the tray that I started out with was something my grandma game me a few years ago and had gotten buried on my desk. I found it recently and had it fresh in my mind when my Mon Ami Gabby stuff arrived, and an idea was born! Here's what the tray looked like before:
(Sorry for the icky picture. It was late at night and I couldn't get the lighting right. One of the hazards of midnight crafting, I suppose.)
Anyway, once the paint was dry and the quote was stamped and trimmed, I started to layer... and layer.... and layer! That is one thing I really like about Mon Ami Gabby and Kiwi Lane- they encourage layering! Mon Ami Gabby has this super cool burlap ribbon that has wired edges and is printed with a chevron pattern and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Only it seemed to be too overwhelming for my small scale project. So I used my templates on the ribbon to break it up and keep some of the cute ribbon, without an onslaught of pattern. For the top banner, I folded the ribbon in half and used part of the Tiny Celebrate 6T template to cut small triangles out. I then used hot glue to attach it to the wire that I cut off the ribbon.
For the bottom part, I used the Mini Scallops 2A template along one side and kept the wire on the other side so I could do some pleats.
I loved how the Kiwi Lane Templates added some more depth to the layers of flowers, buttons, ribbon and crystals from Mon Ami Gabby! I also liked that I combined rough burlap, delicate paper roses and elegant crystal teardrops on this project and it all worked together to make a shabby chic decor piece. I hope you try some layering on your next home decor project- especially mixing elegant with rustic. You might just love it!
And if you have loved looking at the fabulous products from Mon Ami Gabby, they have a wonderful Pinterest board you can follow HERE and you can follow them on Facebook HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Scrapping!