Monday, February 20, 2012

Flower Time

Hello from Bed Rest-ville!

Yes, I'm still on bed rest.....I may get sprung from jail Tuesday.  Fingers crossed.

This week my Kari’s Purplies Design Team and Jr Team were challenged to make a single flower.  Thats it?  A single flower?? Yes, a single flower plus the 'How To's'.  This was almost too much creative freedom for me.  I started out making a fabric flower, then a crochet flower, then I did a paper flower, a wire and bead little ditty....this went on and on until I was pretty stinking frustrated. So, I made another fabric flower.  Crazy right? I took gulp of wine water and went to what I love.......paper piecing.

I started out with two great flower stamps by Martha Stweart.  I stamped the larger flower with Versamark Black ink on red card stock.  I then stamped the smaller flower twice on the same red card stock. I used my Copic R24 to add some dimension to all three images.  I cut the large flower out and set it to the side.  I cut the smaller flower out and layered it on top of the larger flower using foam adhesive.  Can we talk about foam adhesive for a second?  This stuff is expensive and the sizes never seem right for my project.  Being the thrifty chicky I am, I started trying different alternatives.  I now buy fun foam shapes when they are marked down from a holiday and apply it with my choice of dry glue.  TADA!  Love it.  So, back to my flower!  I cut the second smaller flower out but altered it by cutting away the outer edge of petals.  I attached it to my flower tower (sorry, i had to call it that) carefully lining up the image with the flower under it.  I used a fine tip glue pen and placed dots in the center and then dusted it with onyx glitter.  I love the red and black drama.  What do you think?

There are some AMAZINGLY talented women on the DT.  Remember to visit my Design Team sisters’ blogs and share some love :)

Senior Design Team:
Kari Sanchez ~
Lynne Kirsch ~
Zenita Smith ~
Susan E Bermudez ~
Tina Keller ~
Carolyn Phillips ~
Kimberly Pate ~

Junior Design Team:
Rachelle Larsen ~
Lisa Woodward ~
Jackie Lodge ~

Peace, love and paper
Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bed Rest

I've been on bed rest for about 10 days now and I'm really trying to behave. While laid up I have rediscovered my love of crochet. I started with baby hats then moved to smaller faster projects. I've made tiny hearts, flowers and butterflies. Cool thing I've discovered, you can use embroidery floss for small projects and it comes it tons and tons of colors. I love it! I can match any color paper I have. Wanna see? Check it out. Email or leave me a comment if you have any questions.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Sweet little Gracie was such a good sport during this little photo shoot. She's my sweet little valentine. Her mommy made her barrette of course!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Sweet Little Hair Clip

This is my first Design Team Project for Kari’s Junior Purplies and you can find the complete Design Team projects at . Her instructions were simple – we were to do a Love project and think out of the box and yes it can be anything paper related or home decor just don't do a card...along with trying to be different!

This is my project Love project thinking outside of the box

I made this sweet little hair clip for a very special young man to give to his very first Valentine (awwwwww).  I wanted him to have something special but not too over the top so....
I used my CuttleBug and Spellbinders Heart Nesties to cut two layers of red felt.  Ive found that cutting fabric can be easily done if you layer a piece of card stock under your fabric so the die has something to 'bite into'.  I used pink DMC floss to run a blanket stitch around the two layers.  Here is a little tip on stuffing shapes; pick your starting point in a nice straight area so that closing after you stuff is user friendly. Ok, where was i?.....Stuff with some fiberfill and close with the blanket stitch.  I added the little flower but you could use another heart or anything your heart desires (lol). I stitched a hair clip to the back with the same embroidery floss and that was it.  

I made the Valentine Card and cut a small slit in the front so the clip becomes part of the card.  I brought this to work and all the other nurses were very jealous.  I might make a little stack of  heart hair clips today :)

My wonderful Junior Purplies team is: