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Can you believe it’s that time again already?! Doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was fretting and stressing over my April Blog Hop card and here we are for May’s episode!
This month’s challenge was to use felt. Here’s the challenge in Nichole’s words:
“This month’s blog hop is all about fabulous felt! We know you love this new addition to our product line-up and we would love to see what you are doing with it! From borders to focal points, paper crafts to sewing projects. Hair accessories to home decor accents. Cards to scrapbook layouts. We want to see it all!”
I had a beaming smile on my face when I saw this challenge! For one, PTI’s felt is amazing. I’ve never used felt until PI brought it out and I fell head over heels for it! It really is of the highest quality and I love adding something tactile to my creations! And my second reason – unlike April’s card I pretty much knew what I wanted to do for this challenge! In fact I actually finished my card several days early – definitely not the norm for me where the Blog Hop is concerned!
I knew I wanted to create a felt flower to adorn my card. But what kind of felt flower? There are plenty of ideas out there but my mind remembered a card that the uber-talented Dawn McVey made that was featured in the March issue of CARDS. The card is the last one shown in this post for those of you who are interested!
I liked the idea of a big layered felt flower so took my lead from there. I didn’t want my flower to be exactly the same, and I didn’t want to CASE the card (you know me and CASEing!). Here’s what I came up with:
I am so in love with how this card turned out!! So bright and cheery, and so much fun!
It all started with the felt flower. Using the large scallop die I cut a strip of Raspberry Fizz felt the same length as the die. I then took the felt and trimmed the width using my paper trimmer – the felt cuts like buttah!
After doing this I took some embroidery floss and did a simple hand sewn running stitch across the straight edge of the felt. When I got to the end I pulled the thread to create the ruffled, natural flower shape. I cut off one or two of the scallops that didn’t fit with the shape of the flower before using some more embroidery floss to stitch the edges together with small, tight stitches, knotting at the back.
I then die cut a circle of Dark Chocolate felt using one of my circle Nestabilities then cut chunks out of it. Next came a flower cut from Hawaiian Shores felt using the smallest of the Beautiful Blooms #1 dies. I adhered a big Lemon Tart button to the flower before adhering the flower to the Dark Chocolate layer, then adhered the layered flower to the Raspberry Fizz bloom. I use Pinflair Glue Gel to adhere my felt, big surprise!
I took a while before deciding how I wanted the actual card to be composed but it all fell into place perfectly! I knew I wanted to use Background Basics: Woodgrain on my card, mainly because I’m using it on everything right now! I decided to do something different with it this time though.
I recently purchased some cork sheets from MFT and decided it would be fun to stamp a woodgrain pattern on it! I stamped the pattern using Hero Arts Latte ink (gasp, shock horror, I know – not a PTI ink!!). I pre-cut the cork before stamping, then after the pattern had been stamped I broke little bits off by hand to give a more distressed finish. I did use my edge distresser a little too for the smaller ‘nibbles’. I then adhered at an angle to a Rustic Cream card base using Pinflair.
I tore some leaves from some Ripe Avocado cardstock and crumpled them up before adhering in place with Pinflair. I did actually stamp the leaves with the polka dot pattern from the Round & Round Anniversary set with Spring Moss ink which you might be able to just make out on one of the leaves (left one of them plain). I then adhered the felt flower on top.
I stamped the sentiment from Fillable Frames #3 a couple of times onto Rustic Cream cardstock using Hero Arts Latte ink, then cut out each word individually. I wanted to create a sort of noticeboard feel given that I’d used the cork. I adhered each word using Pinflair.
I then decided to finish with some final little flower embellishments so stamped one of the single flowers from Background Basics: Botanicals using Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores and Summer Sunrise inks, before cutting out carefully and adhering at slightly different heights using Pinflair. They’re kind of like the little pin heads on my noticeboard, how cute are they?!
So there you have it! I had so much fun making this project and I would *love* to hear what you think of it! Thank you for stopping by, and for leaving some love if you’ve chosen to do so – and enjoy the rest of the hop!!
67 thoughts on “Papertrey May 2010 Blog Hop”
Beautiful card! So fun and funky 🙂 Love it!
WOW, Awesome!!! 😉
Very pretty. I love the big bright flower paired with the woodgrain!
Your flower is simply stunning.
So beautiful! I love the flower!! And the woodgrain background is just perfect!
Love the flower! Beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing your card.
Miss T what fun! Like how you paired of that big, bold flower with the woodgrain die. You are such an advocate of that die, you're wearing me down, I'm going to buy it one day because of you!
I loove your card Taheerah! The flower is beautiful and the woodgrain on cork background is fabulous. Great work.
Genius to stamp on the cork. I love the way you broke off the little bits along the edge. The whole thing is just wonderful! I also like the way you cut the sentiment into individual words. Love it!
Beautiful card. Love that large blossom and the woodgrain background.
I love how bright and fun this card is. I would have never thought of using the woodgrain background on this card, but it really works! Awesome!
just gorgeous!!! Love how you created the wood and how the flower just pops right off it 🙂 That flower has me drooling!!
This is terrific!! Love the woodgrain stamped cork. Your flower is so pretty.
That wood looks positively real! Great design with that pop of pink flower!
Adorable!!! I love how you used the scallop instead of the actual flower die.
This flower is a looker! Love the wood grain background as well.
It's a good life!
Wow, T. You just rocked this challenge. That flower is gorgeous and thanks for the lesson on how to make it. I will be CASEing it for sure. And cork! Too cool. Love that you cut the sentiment apart. It just fits the card and looks great. Well done!
So much to like with this card. The flower is adorable, but I absolutely love the woodgrain background and the sentiment cut up in strips. Very nice job.
Your touch on the wood grain is FABULOUS! I love it! Perfect opportunity to rip the paper! Genius!!! Beautiful work!
Absolutely fabulous! I love it!
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I see another card that needs to be sent in for publication!!! This is just amazing!!! Love your use of the woodgrain and the felt. And gorgeous colors together!!
What a great way to use the scallop border die! And I love, love, love the woodgrain stamped on cork!!
Beautiful flower and fun card!!
This is WONDERFUL, Taheerah! The cork & woodgrain combo–the flowers–so unique and PER-FECT!
Stunning, Miss T! I love that flower–totally love it!! And your card is just beautiful!
Taheerah this is STUNNING! I LOVE that flower!!! it is PERFECT on the card!!
LOVE the distressed woodgrain on the cork! How super Fabulous!
Love the flower Miss T!
That flower is really FABULOUS!!!
Love your gathered flower! THanks for sharing so much!
T, love your card!!!
Ok, I LOVE the cork piece..so cute. I keep seeing it everywhere and have got to buy some. This is a really pretty card..I love the look of it
Wowzers! This is super fun! I just love that woodgrain and EVERYTHING!
This turned out great! Love the way the wood grain pattern looks!
Beautiful! Love the contrast of the bright flower against the neutral "wood".
that big pink flower is beautiful!
OH My Word………I ADORE the Woodgrain stamped on cork! This is absolutely fantastic, Taheerah!!! Wonderful card!
I'm also loving the cork and the woodgrain!! There is so much texture in this – visual and tactile – and your colours are fabby! Gorgeous card T!!
Great job! Love how bright and cheery it is. The woodgrain background looks super too!
What a fantastic card!! I love all the texture and the fun colors!
Awesome card, Taheerah! I so love the flower that you made. It's beautiful. The woodgrain background is a great choice. You did a fab job!
I love your flower and the woodgrain background looks awesome!
Gorgeous card! Never would have thought about using cork!
Taheera! Your card is stunning. I love the woodgrain cork background and that felt flower is gorgeous. Every detail of this card is just perfect.
Oh T, this is wonderful! Genius to create a flower using the large scallop die. You've added so many lovely touches to this card. I love the woodgrain on the "distressed" cork. Perfection!
Love your card! The flower is so pretty with the petals 'pinched' and against the woodgrain background it just pops! Very nice!
Your flower is gorgeous with all those layers but that wood background!!! What a fantastic idea to use cork and then the woodgrain……it looks wonderful! May have to CASE this idea for my Father's day card!
This is so cool! Love how you made your flower from the scallop!!
Adorable! Love the flower and the use of the cork…so cute!