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Handmade & Homemade Just for You...


It's that time again...group post day for the Papertrey countdown!  Today the team is featuring projects using Lisa's new Just for You set....the set all crafters would find to be an invaluable resource to have in their stamp collection!  Whatever other hobby you may have, this set will help you create beautiful packing (or handmade cards) to coordinate with your creations!

You all probably know by now that I'm a girly-girl.  I love pink.  I love flowers.  I love lace.  And anything else that's considered pretty and feminine!  And I'm so happy that right now, feminine is fashionable!  Prints and accessories are lacey, flowery and feminine!  And I love it! 

I've been seeing lots of fabric accessories...corsage pins, necklaces, hair clips and headbands, etc...  And I've been itching to try my hand at making my own.  This challenge was my perfect opportunity!

And here is what I came up with!  A pretty floral corsage pin.  I used a soft satiny fabric, along with a sheer fabric and a creamy textured satin for the center.  The leaves were cut from Simply Chartreuse felt using the Dahlia leaf die.  A corduroy brad and some pretty Jenni Bowlin pins finish it off.  If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, I'll show you step-by-step how to make your own!


And here it is, packaged up all pretty with the Artisan Window Box and a matching card...using the new Just for You set. 


  When printing the Artisan template, I enlarged it to 125% and it was a perfect fit for my flower.


The card uses the same sweet Mat Stack 2 label and Just for You stamps.  "Stitched with Love" is from Daily Designs Sentiments.


The recipient can wear it to dress up a cute tee or pin it to a purse handle or jacket.  I pinned this one to my purse handle!


Be sure to hop around to the rest of the design team to see what amazing handmade things they've come up with!

Stamps:  Just for You, Background Basics: Woodgrain, Polka Dot Basics II, Daily Designs Sentiments
Ink:  Sweet Blush, Scarlett Jewel, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate
Cardstock:  Vintage Cream
Dies:  Mat Stack 2, Delightful Dahlia leaves
Other:  Simply Chartreuse grosgrain ribbonSimply Chartreuse feltArtisan Window Box template, Prima flowers, Webster's Page patterned paper, pearls, Jenni Bowlin stick pins

Ok..now for the nitty-gritty how-to....

First, do some diecutting.  Diecut a felt flower using the largest Beautiful Blooms II #2 die (brown) to use as the backing for the entire flower, diecut a second flower (green) to use as the backing of the smaller flower in the center.  Diecut four more flowers from the fabric you want to make the center flower from.  Diecut three leaves from Chartreuse felt using the Delightful Dahlia leaf die.


Cut a 5 1/2" x 18" strip of fabric.  Fold in half and stitch across the long edge, leaving long tails of thread so you can gather the strip.  Use long stitches and turn up the tension on your machine to make it easier to pull on those threads to gather the piece. 


Pull the threads and gather the strip until it forms a ring like this..


Once it's gathered, tuck the raw ends inside.


Cover the brown felt flower backing with hot glue.


Adhere the strip to the felt, beginning with the outer edge and rolling/twisting to the center.  Secure end of strip with hot glue.


Now cut a 4 x 12" strip of netting or sheer fabric for the next layer.  Fold, stitch and gather, just like you did for the first layer.  Set aside.


Now, construct the center flower using the green felt flower and the remaining four flower diecuts.  The construction is just like the tutorial I posted here.  I secured the center of this flower with a corduroy brad.


When you're finished with the center flower it should look like this...


Now hot glue the netting flower and the layered flower you just created to the center of the large fabric flower.


Now you need to add some leaves.  Hot glue two of the diecut leaves to the backside, tucking the ends under the felt base.


Hot glue the third leaf, tucking it in the folds of the flower.


Add some decorative pins, stuck through the leaves...


Hot glue a pin back and you're all done!