Friday, May 6, 2011


Welcome to the THANKS MOM BLOG HOP. This is the final stop on the hop! Thanks for joining us to enjoy all the wonderful crafty inspiration in honor of mother's everywhere from the talented designers in this hop.

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Hi everyone, Happy Mother’s Day! I'm Kelly, welcome to my blog!

Today I’m featuring one of my new favorite home décor items! I love to alter things, so it’s no surprise that I had to give the printer’s tray from 7 Gypsies a try. A friend requested that I make one for her to give to her daughter for Mother’s Day. The tray is 12” x 12” and comes in a variety of opening sizes. The one I’m using today has 12 openings, each 2 ¾" x 3 ¾".

I was given four photographs to work with, but very little direction. The only thing I knew was that she liked modern, clean lines. Well, that was kind of a stretch for me. I think that the tray calls out for more of a vintage look, but I accepted the challenge. I knew that her décor was black and white, with splashes of red, so that is where I began.

I’ll give a brief description of each square, but want to let you know that the paper is from the new Bella Armoire stack from DCWV. It’s all black and white and gorgeous!

I decided to put the four photos in the corners and work from there. I matted each photo on paper from the stack, as the photos were a little smaller than the openings. I kept all of the photos plain, with the exception of the wedding photo at the bottom left. Included in the stack was a page of journaling tags and sayings. I saw the “one beautiful day” and knew I wanted to use it with that wedding photo, so I added pearls along the sides of the photo since that this is the only photo that was in portrait mode. I then pop dotted the saying and added a pearl to each end.

Next I had to get busy creating the remaining 8 spaces. I knew I wanted to use initials, so I got out the Cricut and made the scalloped oval mats with Lacey Labels, then used Plantin Schoolbook for the “N”, which I cut out of vinyl. The M & M are also PS and cut out of vinyl then placed on rescued bathroom tile samples from my office.

I was told not to use flowers or butterflies (gasp), so I decided to use the bird from Cindy Loo. I used different 3 different paper patterns and instead of using the eye cut out, I inserted some bling! I placed it on a premade rosette from Michael’s Recollections line.

I needed something for the space between their two photos at the top, so I decided on a plain white heart. This heart was from Celebrate With A Flourish and is very elegant. I added the LOVE tag from Tim Holtz and some bling.

I had an empty space that I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so I took some black and white buttons, some black buttons and flowered crystals and made a simple design. It filled the space and I really like the way it came out.

Next up were the metal tags with words from Tim Holtz. I used the Live, Play, Love tags, backed with some red ribbon and more bling.

Right above the photo of the family, I wanted to cut out the word family, but happened upon this sticker. I punched out a plain white circle, so you could read the word “family” since the sticker was clear. I dusted the back part that was outside of the white circle with baby powder to keep it from bending down and sticking, since I pop dotted it off of the page. Of course, more bling was added.

Lastly, I had a single sheet of paper and I don’t know who the mfg is, but it was a page of white roses on a black background. (see 1st photo above) I decided to cut it out and it fit perfectly; so much so I left it plain.

I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed making it!

Thanks for hopping along with us. Remember, if you leave a comment on every designers blog hop post, your name will go into the drawing for the Blog Candy that our THANK MOM BLOG HOP hostess, Debbie, is offering as a Grand Prize.


  1. What a delightful project! You can tell it was created with love. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    And I am now a follower of your blog. So very nice to meet you. Stop by my blog sometime and give me a shout out!

  2. Beautiful printer's tray! I love the papers and all the elements you added!
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  3. I love this!! Beautiful!!! Glad to be on the hop with you!

  4. Kelly, I love the printers tray. I need to make one of these for my house. Thanks for the inspiration. Dana

  5. Every section of the printers tray is darling. You did a great job!

  6. WOW...I love how your printers tray turned out. They are going to love it! Thanks my friend for participating in the blog hop with us. And Happy Mother's Day to you ! Debbie

  7. The tray is beautiful.

  8. Very pretty. You did a wonderful job!

  9. The tray turned out gorgeous! I'm sure your friend will love it.

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  10. Love the tray- I have not attempted one yet but you have inspired me to try

  11. Wow love the idea! You did a great job! Your friend will love this!!!
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  12. That's wonderful! I love all the details. Came out beautiful. TFS.

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  13. great project! TFS.

  14. Your project turned out beautiful! Your friend is going to love it!

  15. I love your altered box - you did a wonderful job!

  16. What a great friend you are. I have one of these waiting to be started. Maybe I will get some inspiration from you. TFS

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  17. You did an amazing job! The pictures don't do it justice from what I saw of it last weekend. TFS

  18. Fabulous project and great colors.

  19. Beautiful project, I love that DCWV stack, so elegant!


  20. Love your shadow box tray.
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  21. Fabulous Project!
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  22. Love your tray. It is so beautiful and elegant. Thanks for the hop!

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  23. Beautiful Project and so perfect for Mother's Day!
    Lisa H.
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  24. Great project! I need to try making one of these.

  25. Gosh, that is amazing, I love your printers tray, thanks so much for sharing
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