LOVEFEST2013G Dream Crews

Hi all!  Happy Thursday!  I have a sweet project for your today.  Yesterday’s MFT sponsored Love Fest challenge was to Make My Day.  To make a project for someone who’s been going through a rough time and tell the story behind it.

Here’s our story:

A difficulty in our house lately is getting our kids to sleep in their own beds and remain there for the night.  Our daughter is 7 and son is 5.  Our daughter is afraid of the dark.  She sleeps with multiple lamps on in her room and throws a fit if we ask to turn one off.  Occasionally, she goes to sleep in our bed and then my husband has to carry her in to her bed.  The other night, she actually woke up and asked him to turn on her light.   Often in the middle of the night, she ends up in our bed, sleeping across the foot of the bed. The reason she is at the foot is that our son crawls in between my husband and I.  He’s quite the sprawling sleeper, so he takes up a chunk of bed real estate.   Typically,  he kicks my husband out of our bed and he (my husband) sleeps the remainder of the night in our son’s bed.  My husband doesn’t complain too much about this as he finds his bed more comfortable than ours.  LOL!

When I saw this challenge, I thought of my uninked and retired MFT stamps of Night Night Ellie, Cuddle Up Carter and Hooga Booga.  I decided to create a “Dream Crew” for each of the kids.  

First up is our daughter’s.  I masked and stamped two of the monsters with Ellie.  I wanted it to appear like they were holding on to her or comforting her.  I did a lot of paper piecing with papers from Doodlebug Hello Spring.   The frame size is 5×7 and required a mat of sorts.  I created one with strips of the designer papers and then a squiggle border.  I needed to add a title of sorts and of course, thought of this after stamping my images.  Ainsley’s Dream Crew was printed and cut out with a Fishtail Flags STAX die-namic.  It is popped up on dimensionals and I added in a bunch of purple stars to give a bit more attention to it.  Under her Dream Crew title, it reads “Always present to keep monsters & bad dreams at bay.”

Next up is our son’s.  Now, he doesn’t know yet, but his stamp is named Carter, just like him.  Again, I did lots of paper piecing, using more Doodlebug papers from Snips & Snails.  After giving him his Dream Crew last night, he commented that he wished he had monkey pajamas and frog slippers.  He’s so stinkin’ cute!

We were not successful last night with Carter going to sleep in his bed or staying there.  He’s such a snuggle bug that I don’t complain too much — unless he starts kicking me.  All bets are off then!  Ainsley did go to sleep in her bed, with her dream crew in bed with her and lights on.  Although we didn’t cure all of our sleeping dysfunctions, the kids  love their dream crews and that is all that matters.  

Challenge Submissions
LOVEFEST2013G — Make My Day
Penny’s Paper Crafty — #115 Anything Goes
Melonheadz Friends — For a child
Glitter ‘n Sparkle — #20 Anything but a card

Dream Crews
Stamps: My Favorite Things Night Night Ellie, Cuddle Up Carter, Hooga Booga (all retired)
Paper: Cryogen, MFT cardstock, Doodlebug Snips & Snails, Hello Spring
Ink:
Copics: B0000, Y11, E23, E00, E25, B06, B01, G00, G20, G24, RV11, R20, V15, RV13, RV10, V12, E35, E31, E21
Other Stuff: die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX, Squiggle Border, rhinestones

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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