I love adding flowers to my projects. I especially love handmade flowers, but I unfortunately lack the patience that is usually required for hand-making flowers. For Christmas, the absolute best husband ever (that would be mine, insert grin from ear to ear) bought me a Big Shot! Did he stop at just purchasing me a Big Shot? Not at all!! Along with boxes & boxes of spoil me rotten goodies there was the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die! I am assuming that he bought this because it was burnt into his brain from me talking about all the super cool things that you can cut with the Bigz dies!!
I made a carrying pouch/purse insert to haul my Nook (a super cool Valentines Day present from the hubby) (yes, I know I am spoiled & I very much love it), but once I got it done I decided that it just did not have any dimension to it at all, so I pull out the new die that I had gotten for Christmas & started to play!
I had some pretty pink & grey flannel scraps laying around my craft room that I thought looked pretty coordinating with my bag, so I chopped them to the size of my die & started cutting.
I simply used the Tattered Florals die from Tim Holtz & Sizzix to cut out the flower pieces 3 times. With each cut, you will get 4 different flower pieces. All I did to achieve this flower look was to 1)alternate the colors, grey/pink, grey/pink, etc... 2) Start with the largest petals working your way up to the larger ones. Once I got the layers alternated & looking pretty, I used a needle & thread to sew the pieces together by hand. I put in about 5 or 6 stitches just to make sure it was in place pretty good.
I thought I was done, but I just felt that it was missing something. I got these super cool 7 Gypsies buttons for Christmas through a Christmas swap. I have been hoarding them since then afraid to use them up because they only have 1 of each button in the package. Once you use it up, it is done! I joke around that I will wait for the perfect project, but then it never seems to come.... well, it CAME!! I couldn't imagine a more perfect way to top of this lil' flower than with this bit of bling!
The front is where the show is at, but the back is all business & function!!
This was really simple to do, but here it goes. I used some hot pink felt (the color truly doesn't matter because this will be the only time it is ever seen) & I used the Tim Holtz die to cut one more flower out to use as the backing. I suppose any really sturdy material would work, but felt is super cheap! I wanted this to be very secure because this is what will keep my flower from falling off & being lost forever. I used Tacky glue to adhere the back, waited for it to dry, & then did a couple stitches through a few of the layers of the flower to really secure it. I bought the pins at Wal*Mart. They were cheap, like $2 for a pack of 50. I then hand stitched the pin to the felt using a loop type of stitch.
I think this was really easy and really cute, so thanks for checking it out & stopping by!! Have the most fabulous of days ((hugs))