Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MFT December Guest Designer Challenge - Play Tag!!

Greetings Friends!!  It's been a busy whirly dervish of a week here at Paper Canteen!!  I've been so lucky to be playing along in the December Teasers for MFT, Pep-Rally and New Product Tour (tonight!) but I've also carefully carved time out to play along with December's Guest Designer Challenge - Play Tag!!

I've chosen to take the name of the theme and interpret it literally and make not only a set of tags but incorporated the PLAY aspect of the theme into a learning game for my children.  My kids (apples) don't fall far from the proverbial tree (me) in terms of their artistic sides.  They are constantly coloring, painting, collaging, stamping, playing with pipe cleaners and are always ALWAYS trying to figure out what colors mixed with other colors make a new color!  (say that three times fast!)  In truth friends, I wanted to home school my children.  I know, I know...some of you get it and others think it's an insane idea.  I'm still on the fence even though my DD is in public school - grade 1 and my son is finishing up his last year at a private pre-school.  I won't get into my reasoning but I will tell you that I do everything in my power to continue the learning at home by making it fun, interesting, colorful and often times MESSY!  LOL!  After all, that's all part of learning!  I incorporate lots of reading, math and science into our play.

Ahem...enter my December project!!  I've created a stack of learning tags for my kids to help them understand the "technical" aspect of how a rainbow is built.  May I introduce you to my friend - ROY G. BIV.  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet! Remember?  I have fuzzy memories of learning this in upper elementary maybe middle school but the concept is easy when put into a fun and pretty package!!

I first started with an ATC tin that I keep in my stash.  I altered the top using the MFT Rainbow, Flat Bottomed Clouds and Hearts A Plenty Die-namics. I kept my design crisp, clean and simple. 

I used some Doodlebug rub-on letters to display the ROY G BIV on the front of the tin.  I've had a stack of alphabet cards in my scrapbooking stash for literally years now just waiting for the right project to come along...and here it is!

I used one side of the learning cards to pull in the letter concept of each of the colors and I coordinated each of my stamped images by either image or theme as well as paper piecing and coloring in each image according to its place in the rainbow.   In order to create a blank back side for my stamped images, I adhered my card onto my stamping cardstock of choice - Neena - and then carefully trimmed all around each card by hand.  For the ribbon tabs on the top of my learning tags, I chose different styles and textures to enhance each card by color.  I used Glossy Accents and sandwiched my folded ribbon in between the two layers of cardstock and printed card.  I held each one for a few seconds until it was dry. 
My red learning tag uses PI - My Umbrella as well as the tiny heart die from the Notched Tag set. Oh I just love her tartan pieced tights and patent shiny (thank you Glossy Accents) rain boots!
Here is a picture of the back - this was pre-printed.  I love that I can also incorporate new reading words in as well!  Multi-function people!  ;)
The front of my orange learning tag uses Butterfly Kisses as well as the butterfly from the Notched Tag set. I can't decide which of her elements I love more...the flowery wings or the polka dotted bodysuit.  So sweet!
"O" for orange and owl!!  I chose the PI - Butterfly set for the winged effect.  My daughter LOVES owls and butterflies so it's a win win combo! ;)
My yellow learning tag uses Love You With All My Heart and the sun from the Notched Tag set.  I simply LOVE her patent leather Mary Janes and her sweet polka dotted pieced dress!!
If only the yarn had been printed in yellow!  It would have been PERFECT!  But it's pretty darling as is!
The green learning tag uses Something Special Just For You (my thinking was to incorporate the "G" for gift in this one) and the star from the Notched Tag set.  I LOVE her plaid green party dress!!
And that green guitar is perfect!!  My husband and son both play so it's a frequent item used in our house!!
My blue learning tag uses Honey Bee as well as the birdie (B for bee and bird!) from the Notched Tag set.  Love that stinkin' cute bee costume and the patent leather booties!!!
And how CUTE are the little bees here on the back of the learning tag?!?  Sooooo beeeeee-utiful!  HA!  (pun obviously intended)
I promise that this indigo tag has a very dark indigo ribbon atop it!  It just is impossible to photograph and edit ribbon that true in color.  It always comes out looking black.  In any case, I've used the crazy sweet Make Mine A Double PI set along with the tiny heart from the Notched Tag set. 
How appropriate that the "i" card has a double scoop ice cream cone on the back??  =)
And last, but certainly not least!  One of my daughter's favorite colors VIOLET! (she's Very cute - get it "V" for very! ha!) How sweet?  I've used PI- Being Cute Is What I Do combined with one last bit - the flower - from the Notched Tag set. 
The back uses the word VEST which is so adorable and very close in style to the romper top that our sweet PI is wearing! 

I truly hope you've enjoyed my challenge entry for this month!  I know I had a BLAST putting it together!!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!


jessica said...

Meredith! these are fabulous!!!

Tricia said...

These are adorable Meredith! And you would love homeschooling. It is work, but the rewards are so amazing. I homeschooled my kids from K - 12 and wouldn't trade it!!

Larisa said...

Oh, love these tags so much! Love all the girls' images you used here - they are cute!!!

Erin Smetak said...

Holy awesomeness! I LOVE your cards! What a fabulous idea! This would be great for my 2 year old that thinks yellows and oranges are BLUE! Every time! LOL! I love that you have the passion for teaching your children at home! That is a HUGE undertaking! If you decide to go with it, I wish you the best of luck! And I'm sure your kids will really benefit and have FUN while learning at the same time! Which sometimes doesn't happen in public schools.

Arabella said...

Oh my goodness Meredith, these are just amazing! I LOVE them!!!! What a fabulous idea!


Holly AKA KopyKat said...

These are so cute, congrats on your win!

Tara Godfrey said...

OH MY GOSH!!! This is really and truly an incredible project, Meredith! I am so is awe...it is STUNNING...I don't know if I would want my kids to play with it, if I made this gorgeous tag game,lol! Congrats, on your win,hun, you are so deserving of it!

zehra said...

These are so awesome, congrats on your win, love the details

Anonymous said...

This is such a great idea - so creative!! Congrats on your win and looking forward to seeing more of your creations : )

Kristie W. said...

Fantastic tags! So creative and cute :) Congrats on your win!

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