Monday, August 27, 2012

Family Painters Tray

Hello everyone! Did you have a good weekend? Mine was bittersweet. I am off to a funeral today. More on that at the end of my post. It was a weekend of family and reflecting for me. Which is always nice to have time to regroup and refocus.

I first want to pick a couple of winners from last week's blog comments. Remember to keep the comments coming, you never know when you will be picked to receive free stacks! Winners: email me your addresses right away! {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com}

Congratulations to:

Great projects Sara, congrats on the DT post. I love the layout with the Safari Kids paper. I think I'm going to have to see if I can still buy it! 
Thanks, hugs, Jess

AND

It's so nice to have pictures of the first day of school. I wish I had some when I was in school. Have a great year kids!


I am excited to show you today's project. This weekend I crafted {for me}, not for work. But I still wanted to show you ;) I needed time to sit and look at my family's cute pictures. And this has turned out to be a special project for me!

I picked up a 7 Gypsy Painter Tray at my local crafting store and it seriously sat in my office for A YEAR! I knew I wanted to make something special with it for my bedroom, but I just didn't have the time and to tell you the truth, the tray kind of scared me a little bit! It was something different and new for me and I wasn't even sure where to start with it. 


I did something that I rarely do! I used 3 different stacks on this project. Yes, I know, I know. You guys probably mix up your stacks all the time. But I don't know why, I always just use one stack on a project since the papers inside all seem to coordinate. I wanted this tray to match my bedroom perfectly so I used prints from Coral Couture (turquoise prints), Sweet Blossom (coral prints) and Forever & Always (grey chevron). 


All of the bits and pieces of embellishments were all little things in my drawers. You know the things you buy but you aren't really sure what to do with them ;) They ended up working perfect on this project.


I added two vellum quotes from some of our DCWV Quote Stacks that have been around FOREVER! They really just make the tray perfect. My new favorite quote, "There is no remedy for love but to love more." 


This was the perfect project for me to work on this weekend. My husband had a tragic death in his family, his cousin passed away only 1 mile from our home in a horrible construction accident. He left behind 4 gorgeous daughters.  Most all of my husbands family still lives here and is very close. It has been tragic and heartbreaking, but we have already seen his death bring together an already close family. Family is the most important thing on this earth! I have hugged my kids tighter and have been kinder to my husband. A long life is not a guarentee. We must treasure each day!

I will remember this as I look at these sweet pictures on my bedside table.

Have a wonderful day :)


61 comments:

  1. It's a lovely Erin. I love the versatility of those stacks!

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  2. This is absolutely gorgeous! I've been itching to try one of these trays and I just saw yesterday that my local michaels is now carrying 7 Gypsies. I really hope they have the trays!

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  3. This is beautiful ... I see so many of these trays done with so many embellishments that they hide the structure. This one strikes my fancy with it's minimalist approach! Great job. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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  4. So sweet! What a great way to show off those family photos! Love the colors and that great bow!

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  5. great project Erin! Love how it all flows together.

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  6. Sorry to hear of your family's loss. I can see why this would have been a wonderful project to work on over the weekend- it turned out beautifully!

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  7. Your project is wonderful. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's cousin. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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  8. The painters tray looks absolutely amazing! Also, I am so sorry for your loss.

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  9. This is beautiful! I love the colors and the embellishments you used. I am so going to have to try this out. I am really sorry to hear about your lost in the family.

    Peace, Love, & Cricut Hugs!
    Monica L.

    monita23 at ca dot rr dot com

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  10. Beautiful!! LOVE the color combo!

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  11. Love it, congrats to the winners!
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  12. I Love this project it is just charming I think I will try something similar with and old window pane I have . Thanks for the isperation !!!!

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  13. I am very sorry for the your families loss and will keep you in my prayers. I absolutely love how your project turned out!! I have wanted to do one of those too, but I am afraid I would have it sit in my room untouched because it would make me nervous!!

    Amy V

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  14. Oh Erin, i am so sorry for your family's loss. That is just heartbreaking.

    Love this tray and honestly, those trays scare me too. I totally understand why you mixed it up because that blossom stack is awesome but needs a blue dot or some kind of neutral badly. I love the grey chevron and blue dot that you chose.

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  15. Sorry for your family's loss -- how tragic! I love this tray, what a great idea! I'm looking for new ways to decorate my house, this would be awesome! Thanks for the great blog!

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  16. What a beautiful tray Erin! I really love it and the fact that you made it just for you. I am so sorry to hear about your husband's cousin. {hugs}

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  17. What a timely craft - it's all about family. So sorry for your loss.

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  18. This is simply adorable and a good reminder that life is sweet. I'm sorry for your family's loss, it is never easy.

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  19. The trays are always fun to use. Thanks
    for sharing yours.

    Carla from Utah

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  20. Love your project. I decorated one for my step-mom for Christmas last year.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  21. I was going to gush about how cute this tray is...and then I read about your husband's cousin. I'm so sorry! How terrible!! You're right - life is unpredictable sometimes and we have to be thankful and show our love for our families now.
    Your project really is a beautiful reminder of how dear your family is to you. I would've thought everything was from the same stack because it all coordinates so well. I'm glad creating this was therapeutic for you too. Peace and love to your family.

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  22. I am so sorry to hear about your loss-we just had an unexpected death too. I agree with you that family is everything!

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  23. So sorry for the loss in the family. Your project brings to the forefront how very important it is to take tons of photos and more importantly, get them into books or on projects like yours. Even though I do create all my cards, I also think it's more important for years to come to scrapbook life's events. Beautifully accomplished!
    Creative Wishes,
    Claire S.
    www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

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  24. Great Project. I hope the crafting helped you throught this sad time. The beauty of DCWV stacks is you can use them together OR mix and match depending on how much time you want to spend.

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  25. Very pretty project and so sorry about the death in your husband's family.

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  26. what a lovely project, love the bright orange colour theme to brighten up the living room!

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  27. Great project, have been thinking of doing one. Im sorry for your family's loss, and agree that family is everything.

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  28. WOW it looks great, i love the pic's & the paper.

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  29. Gorgeous project, what a neat idea - thanks for the inspiration! I'm so sorry for your tragic loss, it really does put things into perspective but such a shame for it to happen that way! Your family will be in my prayers!

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  30. Congrats to the winners and I love the 7gypsies wall art creation.

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  31. So sorry about your family tragedy. Love the tray you created. It's perfect.

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  32. I'm sorry for your families loss. Your project is gorgeous! I like the painters trays but I'm always intimidated by them.

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  33. What a beautiful project I especially love the photo of you and your hubby kissing with the kids closing their eyes... so sorry to hear of your families loss.

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  34. I am a subscriber and visit daily but I don't always leave a comment. Guess I better start. I saw your family pictures on an earlier post and love them. You seem like you and your family have a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing.

    Sue
    rolfe974@prodigy.net

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  35. Oh wow.. I am truly sorry for your loss, life is so unfair sometimes.. My heart goes out to their family and yours. This printer's tray project is absolutely gorgeous, I love the Eternity spelled out over two sections.. very sweet. I made one of these for my mom last year, she was so impressed and loved it more than I thought she would. She had a special frame made for it so it was covered with glass, and hung it right in her kitchen.

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  36. This is a BEAUTIFUL project--so glad it came together :D Hugs to you and your family :D

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  37. I am so sorry for your loss, Erin....so difficult. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    LOVE that tray....I also have one that has been sitting for MORE than a year...likely two or three! You have given me inspiration to do something with it: I am going to make a 'memory tray' for my Dad, who died 3 1/2 years ago. I think I will now be able to do this, and I need to do it! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  38. First of all, I am so sorry for your loss but I am thankful for the closeness of your family. Prayers going up for the days and weeks ahead.

    I love love this tray and the pix are great, you motivate me to create :)

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  39. I am so sorry for your family's loss. And four children......so sad and tragic. Again, I am so sorry!! But I must say, I love your project! It is absolutely wonderful and you did an amazing job coordinating the colors.

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  40. So sorry to hear that. Prayers for your family.

    On the upside...I love this project! I've wanted to try a painter's tray for awhile now, but I'm so intimidated. Maybe I will now. :)

    Lauren

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  41. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a horrible loss for his children! I pray you all have the strength to help those children through the darkness.
    Your printers tray is very pretty. Just enough to showcase your family.

    I can't believe I won this week! I'll be sending you my info. Thanks to you and your DCWV family for all the goodness.
    Hugs, Jess

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  42. Love the project! Guess you got over that fear of using your painters tray:) lol

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  43. What a beautiful frame full of family pictures and wise sayings. I love the sayings and your words about family. So True!

    Maureen

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  44. What a beautiful project. So true are your words one never knows what the day will bring.

    Paula

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  45. what a wonderful project, something you'll treasure for years to come. tfs.

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  46. Love this tray! Hugging the kids tighter can be soothing to you and them!

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  47. This is gorgeous Erin!! I've always wanted to try one of these- but haven't! I love, love, love yours!

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  48. Great painters tray! I have been thinking about creating something like this for the family room.........just need to follow through. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  49. Sorry about the loss. Your painters tray project turned out really nice. I love how all of the different stacks work together.

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  50. What a great peoject. I love the colors that you used.

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  51. Great project. Have been wanting to do one myself.

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  52. So sorry for your family's loss. It's nice that you took that as inspiration to remind you how precious life is. On a crafty note; your project turned out beautifully.

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  53. Wow, super cute! Sorry for your loss. There was so many losses around here with the Joplin tornado a year ago, that one really began to cherish people more. It is a shame that tragedy has to happen to remind us. Your tray is very inspiring, TFS

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  54. Those trays are so fun...
    Sorry for your loss
    Great project for your bedroom!

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  55. So true about family being important. So sorry to hear about your loss and thanks for the reminder to hold our loved ones close. What a great project and love the mix of patterns in the boxes

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  56. I've had mine for about 6 mos.You've inspired me to try and get brave-I have some important memories I want to showcase.I am so sorry for your family's tragic loss.

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  57. Erin, I am so sorry for the loss in your family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope the comfort that you bring each other will be a blessing.

    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt and most beautiful project. It says so much!

    Hugs,

    Renee

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  58. Your painters tray turned out so pretty! So sorry for your loss.

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