Friendship 34

Mona Pendleton | Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 3:52 PM | , , , , , ,

Hi there! I'm all unpacked and settled in after returning home from teaching at the very first MFT retreat / workshop in Eustis, Florida. The event was so well organized and ran quite flawlessly which is not surprising because Kim runs a tight ship and does not do anything less than first class! It was great to catch up with friends and make many new ones :) I'm hoping it becomes an annual event and I hope I'm invited to be part of it again! Based on from what I gathered, all the participants were very pleased with the classes and thrilled with their swag bag that was JAM packed with MFT goodies!

Monday morning, my sweet friend Sue Lelli picked me up at the Orlando airport and drove me back to her home near Tampa, where I stayed until Tuesday evening. We had so much fun! We had lots of retail therapy both crafty and non-crafty, we stayed up until nearly 3 am creating, and we went to the beach on Siesta Key, where we walked for miles and played in the sand. Needless to say, I slept all the way home on the flight to Phoenix! We had someone take our photo next to a gorgeous sandman that someone had made for all to enjoy! ;)
I made this small hanging for Sue expressing my gratitude for her amazing hospitality and sweet friendship :) The girl featured on the tag was made using a stamp I purchased while shopping with Sue who couldn't quite see how I would put her to use. I hope she likes her now that the image is more than a line drawing on a piece of rubber! 
I added texture to the background using the MPD Square Motif stencil and fiber paste. Once dry, I spritzed on homemade mist made using MFT Blue Raspberry mist. 
I stamped a sentiment from MFT Sew Nifty on a die cut made using Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon Die.
To create the girl, I stamped the image several times on various pieces of cardstock, colored using various markers, paper pieced her outfit and headband, adding a strip of cloth lace under the bottom hem of the dress. Once everything was adhered, I randomly stamped the chicken wire image from MPD Distressed Background Blocks
Thanks so much for visiting ~ I hope you have a great day / evening!
Be Sweet ;)
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34 Sweet Comments So Far:

saygee said...

Мона, очаровательно!!!

Kerry said...

Gorgeously creative page, Mona! Love the layers and colors! Such beautiful use of all these mixed media elements! And I really love the sentiment! Perfect your you and your friend Sue! Thanks for the story and the photo! You two look like long lost sisters!

FeistyCrafter said...

Very beautiful Mona!! Stamping the image several times paid off, looks fabulous! Love the little bit of lace on her skirt.

Jeanne J said...

This is beautiful Mona - the image looks so fun and flirty - and your time in Florida looks like it was a blast!

Lisa said...

I think this is one of my favorites from you Mona! And I KNOW Sue will love this. Her outfit is so pretty and the sentiment heartwarming. Cute photo of the two of you on the beach, so happy you had a nice visit! Can I ask the company this line drawing stamp is from?

Deborah Frings said...

What a wonderful gift - it's absolutely gorgeous. I wish I'd been able to attend the MFT retreat - maybe next time. You and Sue looked like you had lots of fun!

Sue Lelli said...

REALLY, Mona???!!! For ME! I am jumping up and down with joy! Lisa is right, this is one of my FAVS, too! I Really LOVE it! She turned out so Pretty! LOVE her outfit and the lace and the flowers! Can't wait to see it IRL which I hope is soon! You are such a great friend!

Yesnir said...

Sue is so lucky to have such a wonderful friend like you! This is a magnificent gift and so creative! Everything is just gorgeous!

Pauline said...

Stunning hanging gift Mona, it looks like you had a ball in Florida! I keep seeing these gorgeous Girls, I nearly bought one myself this week! Love the pic of you two on the beach, that is where we stayed in April, I wish I was there now, those gorgeous sandy beaches and blue sky!

Constance said...

Beautiful project, Mona! Really love the background and how you "concealed" the bingo card! So much creativity in one project! Sue will love it! Thanks for sharing that wonderful photo of you two beauties!

Chris said...

that is gorgeous. there's so much work in this, I always have a hard time giving away work that's so involved, it's almost like a child. Your friend will love it. If she knows how much work you put into it she'll appreciate it that much more.
I hope the MFT event is annual and that you come back and that I can go too.

Ros Crawford said...

Fabulous! I know Sue will treasure this ... glad you had fun!

Deb Hickman said...

Stunning, I bet she was thrilled with her gift. Deb x

Heather Jensen said...

Such a beautiful wall hanging. I know Sue will be so excited to receive her.

Dianne said...

Sue just sent me over to have a peek at what you created for her, and the hanging is GORGEOUS,all that texture and spritzing is fabulous, brilliant way you made the girl she looks fantastic,and then those gorgeous flowers, just a stunning creation. You 2 could be sister, well I told Sue you were crafting sisters:). two bathing beauties on the beach, I'm so glad you 2 had a wonderful creative visit, thanks so much for sharing it with us and have a wonderful weekend..

BethieJ said...

Mona this is BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE the photo of you and your friend too.. thought maybe you girls made the sandman! ;)
I had a an online friend go that MFT weekend and she LOVED it!!! How I would LOVE to have gone!!! :)
Have a WONDERFUL day and GREAT weekend!!!
(THANKS for stopping by my blog!! Your so SWEET!!)

Ashley said...

Very beautiful wall hanging, Mona! Sue will love it!

RobinH said...

What a sweet gift for your friend! So beautiful and creative! LOVE the pretty colors and the background is magnificent!

Pammy said...

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us all! This is absolutely gorgeous and is such a dear gift for Sue! She's so lucky to have had fun crafting time with you and to receive such a beautiful gift! You two could be sisters!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

So pretty and feminine ...just like Sue! I am sure she is gonna LOVE it!!
The beach pic is awesome! It looks so beautiful there! I am sure y'all had fun!

Teri Holister said...

Lovely work, Mona! You really are the mixed media queen! I would love to learn how to do these gorgeous techniques! Sue will love this! Hope your weekend is amazing!

Angie said...

wow!!! Beautiful. Love the sweet lace at the bottom of the skirt! How fun to create a project using an item your friend couldn't picture. She is going to love this! Gorgeous beach photo! I lived in Bradenton, FL a long time ago, I don't remember the sand looking this gorgeous!!

Davi said...

LOVE that hanging Mona!! I love those fun Nutting images and you did a fab job with it! The pretty background and beautiful flowers go perfect with the perky girl! Im sure Sue was delighted with it :)

Cecilia said...

So beautiful, Mona! I love this girl and all the beautiful color surrounding her! Sue will love this so much! Thanks for sharing that wonderful photo of you two "sisters"! Have a fun weekend!

Debbi said...

Gorgeous wall hanging! I really love her beautiful skirt! Your layered backgrounds are always so beautiful! Hope your weekend is creative!

PaperMomma said...

Wow, Mona, this is so beautiful and girly! Love the pretty background and all the lovely blooms! Sue is lucky to have you as a friend! She will love this!

GabrielleH said...

So very beautiful, Mona! LOve these Julie Nutting girls that you do! Sue is so lucky! Gorgeous work! Enjoy your weekend!

Mary Reidel said...

Very sweet gift for your friend, Mona! Love the pretty dress and background! Also, your flowers are gorgeously embellished! Looks like you and Sue had a fun time on the beach! TFS!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Oh wow this is truly beautiful!!! :D

PapierGirl said...

OMG....lucky Sue!:) This is absolutely beautiful! I love the stamped image and all that you did to bring her to life, as well as all the beautiful detail! It looks like you had a great time! :)

RobinH said...

Very beautiful Mona! This is absolutely gorgeous and I know Sue loved it! Thanks for sharing that awesome photo of you two beautiful ladies! What fun!

Vickie Z said...

Oh the image reminds me of Sue....sweet and sassy!! It's gorgeous as always!! Glad the workshop went well and oh....I'm drooling over the beach!! Fab pic!!

Lisa S. said...

I love Julie's stamps and your wall hanging is awesome and much appreciated I'm sure. :) Glad you had fun with the MFT team and Sue!

Shannon White said...

Goodness She is Gorgeous Mona!! And what a Beautiful Wall hanging you created with her too! I Know Sue is going to LOVE this Beauty for sure!! So many fabulous details!! And so soft and dreamy all at the same time!! Love this!! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon


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