Saturday, July 13, 2013

Shabby Twinkles

Here's the other project I worked on for my other friend I was meeting up with on my trip home.  She recently got a new puppy!  I remember how excited I was when I got Kiki, so I thought I'd surprise her by making something she could use as her puppy grows up.

Since her new puppy is white, I immediately thought "SHABBY!"  Whoo hoo! I selected some butterfly paper that I think is by Pink Paislee (don't quote me on that- It may also be Prima) and distressed the edges.  I then did some pasting again using my Dreamweaver paste and Prima stencils.  It's hard to see the pasting that was done, but it's there.  It was meant to be subtle texture in the background so as not to overpower the focal point.  Sorry, not the best pictures, lighting was bad!

The next thing I did was punch some holes and added pearl brads with some twine in between to make a clothesline.  I have been wanting to do this for awhile now.  I thought it would be cool to make a canvas that you could change out the pictures as you want.  You can even print up the pictures smaller and add more photos to the clothesline.

When I asked my friend what she named her dog, she told me "Twinkles".  How cute is that?  Doesn't that just scream glitter?  So I finally took my thickers out of the hoard vault and used them for the title.  These thickers were sticky on both sides, so after adhering them down on the paper, I took off the other side and poured glitter over it to give it that shimmer.

Before putting the brads down, I added a Prima butterfly charm to the line.  I've been hoarding that charm too- was waiting for the right project and finally decided to use it!  My friend LOVES butterflies, so I knew she would love it as much as I do.  You can also see the mini clothespins used to hold up the photo that I covered with some leftover beaded flower trim that was also used on the edges.

I went through my flower stash and picked out flowers that would match the paper (and the puppy).  See that large pink flower?  I made that using Vicki's (TRYHEART67 on You Tube) puffy flower using rosette trim.  I think it looks better if you use the fluffier flowers from Lavish Laces. I also made that flower center using beaded trim following a tutorial by Muriel (Ms. Cooper's Coop on You Tube).  Love it!  Oh, and also made that gray rose using Simple Stories Vintage Bliss paper (my fave!) and Rosana's (Zoe2000rlh on You Tube) tutorial on how to make that pretty rose!  I used a different SU punch to make mine and almost broke my punch!  It was fun making roses for my friends. I used a lot of Vintage Bliss scraps, so it was a good way to not waste.  This one was an extra that didn't go in their RAK's.  Watching You Tube finally pays off!

Here's the flowers on the other side.  The flowers were from Prima, I am roses, Wild Orchid Crafts, All Natural Accents and Martha Stewart.

 And to top it off, I added one more butterfly I got from Michaels.  Added some pearls to the middle.

Here's a view from the side.  Wanted to show that I added some lace trim around the edge of the canvas and then some beaded pearl flower trim over it.  Love how frilly and girly it turned out!

I was so happy that my friend really liked this gift.  She surprised me by tearing up when I gave it to her.  It made me so happy to make a gift that she really liked.  Hope to meet her puppy in person one day!


Jazzmom said...

What a lovely project ~ your friend is a very lucky to have such a crafty friend as you! I love the idea of the clothesline, so she can change out the photo. Thanks for sharing!

eunice said...

Wow, Jenny...this turned out beautifully, all the time and love you put into this together really shows! I can't believe you even made those pretty flowers, and I love all the lace and pearls and butterflies...a perfect backdrop to an adorable little puppy!

Cami said...

Strikingly beautiful and I have it displayed in my craft room and it now holds the pic of Twinkles with Elmo that you took. Jenny, you are so creative and talented. Another masterpiece from you that I cherish! It sparkles so much more IRL, and the floral arrangement is beautiful (as always!). I wish you could hold a class on mixed media...but it would take me more than a day to complete something as detailed and gorgeous as this! Hmmm, no lunch, just craft LOL! Thank you again for all the love you put into making this for our new fur baby.