Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Spring bouquet - Karen and Chris

Hi everyone,

Karen and Chris are with us today with more fabulous projects to share.
Karen will be first with a lovely (practical) sample: a comb holder using JOFY 11. Would not this be the perfect addition to your handbag? 

I cut some Calico fabric (6x8" / 15 x 20cm) and randomly stamped a crackle pattern using Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid. 
Using JOFY 11 stamp set, I stamped the flowers and butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black. 
The images are coloured in with Promarkers. 
Then I went over the colours with clear glitter paint before adding some seed beads. 
I made a little pocket for the back out of a piece of Calico cut 13/4 x5 1/2" (4.45 x 14 cm) and decorated it in the same way. 
To assemble the pocket, tuck in a seam allowance of around 1/4" (0.65 cm) all round and stitch to the one side of the base as shown. 
Now take a piece of scrap fabric for the lining (cut the same size as the base) and join together across the top. 
Fold in half lengthwise and sew around leaving the bottom of the lining free so that you can turn. 
You end up with a tube. Turn, then sew the bottom of the lining closed. 
I added a ribbon to the back of my piece to wrap around the button as a closure.

Promarkers - Sky Blue, Honeycomb, Canary, Bright Green

Chris made a beautiful and colourful card and matching tag using Lin Brown's stamp set (02).

My first step was to create a sheet of card spritzed with Dylusions inks, one in green yellow tones and one in pink orange tones. I also created a masked background for the card by cutting a wavy line through a piece of card and using this to create a spritzed sky and grass. At this point I freehand cut out the pieces for the sun and cut some strips for the top of the tag.

I stamped the tulip head onto the pink and orange coloured card, cut it out then the stem and leaves were stamped onto the yellow and green coloured card and cut out. I cut a card blank and a tag, cut some of the yellow and green card for the background piece for the tag and stamped the butterfly in bottom right corner. I attached the backgrounds to the card and the tag and added some black and white pen doodling around the backgrounds and the sun. The butterfly was stamped onto some of the orange and pink card and cut out then shaped and attached at the centre over the previously stamped butterfly. The tulip was pieced together onto the card and to finish off I added the stamped word flora on the card and fauna on the tag which were stamped onto more of the spritzed card, I also added some glossy accents to the stamp lines of the both the tulip and the butterfly. Finally the strips of coloured paper were glued to the top of the tag.

Bubblegum Pink
Pure Sunshine
Lemon Zest
Fresh Lime
London Blue

See you tomorrow


  1. That comb holder is such a great gift idea. Love all the flowers.

  2. Love these two contrasting pieces... the delicate pastels of Karen's cute comb-holder, and the fabulous vivid colour palette of Chris's brilliant piece-work - great inspiration!
    Alison x

  3. The comb holder is adorable. Must add this to my list of "making that" as it would be perfect for a gift. Love the cards...so bold.


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