Pinterest and a Winner

I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.
              ~ Herbert Rappaport

When I got up this morning my Tom and I planned our day – clean up the back porch, fertilize the lawn and plant some flowers. In reality, we're both distracted by March Madness basketball tournament play and blog surfing, especially on Pinterest. Have you heard of it, yet? Oh my, it's so addictive and fun.

Pinterest as like a virtual bulletin board. You can create collections of things you love and "follow" collections created by people with great taste. I'm nutty about felt right now so I created a board about felt, beautiful paper creations, and bunnies!

Pinterest is still in beta, so you need an invitation to start pinning. Thanks to blog surfing enabler, Lisa Spangler from sideoats + scribblers for sending me one. If you'd like an invite, just e-mail me. 

And now, to much more important things. The winner of the $25 gift certificate to yummy, heirloom quality Benzie Bazaar felt is . . .

Katie Tate from Both Sides of the Paper. Katie, just e-mail me and I'll hook you up with your felt. Enjoy!

Okay, seriously . . . off to go plant some flowers. See you all tomorrow when we announce the newest Catered Crop Challenge. Oh my, we're going to be really thinking outside the box. That's all I'm sayin' . . . but you can get a sneak peak at the winning entry at the Catered Crop Facebook fan page.

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Flowers in Her Hair

And I knew (I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew)
she could make me happy (happy, happy).
Flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere.
       ~ The Cowsills, 1967

These felt flowers are so much fun to make – and so versatile. Depending on what you put behind them, they can be a hair clip, bookmark, brooch and, of course, they can be a card embellishment.

I love it when paper craft supplies cross over into fabrics and other crafts. (Helps justify the expense, right?) I used my die cut system (Big Shot) with my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die and my Nestabiliites, but you could also use just about any flower-building die, like My Favorite Things Upsy Daisy and Stampin' Up! Flower Folds. If you don't have a die cut system, many local scrapbook stores will let you use theirs for a small fee or with a purchase. You can also make your own pattern by tracing flower shapes, like I did for my leaves. Paper punches will not cut through felt.

 

Gather your ingredients:

  • Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die.
  • One circle die, no more than 1" wide. This is going to cover the back of the flower, so you can also free-hand cut a circle.
  • You won't need any more than a 6" by 6" panel of your choice of two felt colors: one color for the flower blossoms and another for the leaves. I guess it's no secret I love Benzie Bazaar heirloom quality felt. It comes in 80 different colors, die cuts beautifully, and comes in a great size for card making.
  • Coordinating embroidery floss. Ecru (off white) or browns work well.
  • An embroidery needle.
  • Fabric glue. I like Fabri-Tac. It's gooey to work with, but it dries clear and quickly.
  • Optional – tulle netting for just a little more texture (often in the wedding isle of your craft store).

Depending on what you want to do with your flower, you'll need hair clips, paper clips or corsage pins (found in the wedding isle at Michaels or Hobby Lobby).

Use your die cut system to cut your felt flower petals and circle back. You can cut your tulle netting at the same time.

 

I didn't have a die to cut a leaf so I drew my leaf on grid paper to create a pattern. Pin your pattern to the felt and cut it out twice.

When you've cut out all your pieces, you should have two sizes of flower petals, two leaves, one circle back, and, optionally, two different sizes of flowers cut from tulle netting (which, by the way, is impossible to photograph).

Pile up your flower pieces, and sew them together with a free-hand cross stitch.

Using four strands of your six-strand embroidery floss, embroider and connect your two leaves using a basic running stitch.

Trim your knots on the back.

Using your fabric glue, glue the leafs to the flowers.

If you're turning your flower into a brooch, just glue your circle back to your flower/leaf ensemble, and embellish your pin (see below).

If you're turning your flower into a hair clip or bookmark with a paperclip, cut two slits into the circle back.

Insert the smallest loop of the paper clip into the slips on your circle if you're making a bookmark.

insert the fattest part of the hair clip between into the slips on your circle if you're making a hair barrette.

Glue the circle back to the flower/leaf ensemble.

For your brooch, you can embellish the pin with a ribbon, tulle, and/or a charm.

Enjoy being a flower girl!

And, finally, you can use your paperclip, pin or hair clip to clip or pin your flower to a ribbon on your card.

 

 

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Be My Baby Bumble Bee

Be my little baby bumble bee
(Buzz around, buzz around, keep a-buzzin' 'round)
Bring home all the honey, love, to me
(Little bee, little bee, little bee)
   – Music by Henry I. Marshall, lyrics by Stanley Murphy, 1912

 

I like making cards with a matching gift and I really wanted to make something that would do justice to this gorgeous felt from Benzie Bazaar. So, how about a card with gifts that can be attached right onto the card? Crazy, huh. Stay with me.

It starts out as a clean and simple card.

 

A handmade felt brooch attaches to the ribbon with a trinket/hat pin and a dangling bumble bee charm.

 

Basic Grey magnetic snaps placed between the paper layers attach a tag. The tag can double as a gift tag, bookmark or refrigerator magnet.

 

There's more inside . . . a luggage tag and embellished clip. You can write a personal note on the luggage tag and/or use the clip to attach a gift card.

 

Now . . . who should I give this to?

Oh my . . . where to start. There are quite a few ingredients.

  • Pattern Paper/Cardstock – Little Yellow Bicycle Seamstress, Chatterbox Parlor, Neenah
  • Stamps – My Favorite Things Just Bee Yourself
  • Color Mediums – Memento, Stampin' Up! Pastels, Copics
  • Embellishments – Chatterbox rivets, i-rock crystals, beaded chain, Making Memories vintage trinket pin, bee charm, Making Memories clip, Chatterbox tags, Basic Grey magnetic snaps
  • Fibers – DMC Floss (433), tulle netting, yellow seam binding, Chatterbox fibers, Benzie Bazaar felt
  • Tools – My Favorite Things Die-Namics (grass and inside scallop), Accu-cuts Gift Tag die, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, i-rock crystal heat-setting tool
  • Challenges/Linking Parties – Fussy and Fancy Friday Sketch, Splitcoast Stampers WT313 Fun Felt and SPRINGSC11, Skip to My Lou Made by you Monday.

 

If you'd like some other ideas for using felt in your paper craft projects, just check out this growing gallery at the Splitcoast Stampers, WT313.

Bee Back Soon, because later this week I'll be sharing a tutorial for making this felt flower as a brooch or hair clip.

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