Friday, July 29, 2011

Fun embellishment discoveries with Pebbles

The Happy Go Lucky line by Pebbles so playful, and apropos for these fun photos of my daughter and one of her copius Littlest PetShop Pets.  She has always had such a spunky spirit and, par usual, she is certainly not camera shy.

Supplies: patterned paper, felt embellishments, ribbon, twine (Pebbles Inc.), gltter chipboard letters (American Crafts), flocked letters (Prima), eyelets (Zision), felt (Michael's), pen (Sharpie), chalk, denim and thread (miscellaneous)

In making my pieces of art, I continually enjoy experimenting with techniques and it is no different with this layout.  I discovered several new things during its' creation. 

Firstly, felt can be re-coloured with chalk.  I changed one of the button felt backings to green from a turquoise blue to better match the layout.

Secondly, when you do not have the right size of flower but you do have ribbon, create the right sized flower with the ribbon.
Here is how I made the Pebbles Ribbon and Felt flower:
Materials: Ribbon, felt, button, floss, hot glue gun and glue, cardstock, circle punch/diecut/ scissors

1. Cut a 1” diameter cardstock circle for the base.  Cut 6 pieces of the polka dot ribbon 10 dots long.

2. Slide one end of the ribbon on top of the other ensuring that the back of an orange polkadot shows at the top of the ribbon petal fold and place a dab of hot glue between the ends to hold together.  Repeat 5 more times for a 6 petal flower.

3. Hot glue the ribbon petals onto the cardstock circle base at even intervals.

4. Cut a 1 1/8t” (2.8cm) diameter circle from a piece of felt.

5. Pick a button and thread it with embroidery floss.

6. Glue both the felt circle and button in the centre of the flower.

Thirdly, I wanted to use denim to tie into my daughter’s denim hat bill penguin perch.  The use of fabric is a scrapbook trend that continues to grow.  Canvas is still hot but making a comeback is denim.  This can be seen in some denim look patterned papers and products coming out of this summer’s CHA releases.  So do not ditch your family member’s worn out denim, instead repurpose your old jeans by scrapping with them.  Here I show how to make the denim tags from my layout.  An added bonus is that they used up some eyelets from my stash!  

Denim tags:
Materials: old jeans, scissors, sewing machine or needle and thread, eyelets, Crop-a-dile or hole punch and setter

1. Using a piece of denim from a pair of discarded jeans, begin with a guide cut.
2. Pull the fabric apart at the guide cut section to produce a straight yet fringed line.  Repeat approximately 1” inch over to create an even strip of torn denim. Cut at 1 ½” intervals in length.

3. Stitch around the edge of the rectangle and tie off at the back of the piece.

4. Make a hole at the top of the tag.

5. Place an eyelet through and crimp to secure it in place.

6. Embellish and adhere as desired.  I placed part of my title on it and used the Pebbles twine to string the series of tags.
If you give any of these techniques a try, be sure to link back to the comment section of this post.  I would love to see what you create.



Camilla Ekman said...

Fantastic page! Love how you've put everything together!

Monique said...

Fabulous page and I love all your different techniques! Especially how you used the denim on your page!! I'm going to remember that!!
Btw thanks for leaving such sweet comments on my blog the other day and for leaving a comment on the Inkido blog today!! You're the best!
Have a fab weekend,