Friday, November 15, 2013

CFC#120 - Wreath Ornament Made from Flower Die


This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is a collaborative one with the very popular and star-studded Curtain Call challenge. The nice thing is that you get two challenges for the price of one this week ... with no extra crafting effort you can link them up to both places!

I'm curious to see if the winners will be the same or different at both challenges!

 
The talented winner will receive a prize from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, and just in time for the November release.


Lots of photos for this post, but there is a how-to included. Based on the quality of the first couple photos, I will let you figure out what time of the day I was making the felt wreath : )



So fun to find different uses for the four petal die. Originally I thought I'd make a Christmas tree from it. That will probably come later, but for this project it turned into a wreath. To make the leaves on the wreath, I die cut felt with the large four petal die and simply cut it in half. All the half pieces are glued to a ring (made from chipboard with circle dies).



Next I die cut white felt with the small four petal die, cut that in half, and then straightened out each section so the petals are more linear instead of clustered. You can do that easily with felt by pulling it, for paper you would just have to crease the middle so the petals are linear.


For the bow I used a large four petal die cut in half and straightened out, wrapped a thin strip of paper around for the knot, and cut/notched two long pieces for the tails.



 Here's the progression of the card. It started plain, which I liked, but wanted to see what another layer would do. So I added the smaller four petal die on the inside of the wreath. I dunno, maybe a little too chunky now for the card. Then I added berries from a small hole punch.



Here's the final card. I used kraft paper based on the inspiration photo. American Crafts Kringle & Co paper on the inside, Christmas Carols for the sentiment. Still, I wasn't as happy as I thought I was going to be.


So I turned it into a Christmas ornament. With all the work that went into it, it's nice having it be an ornament because it seems less likely to be thrown away. You never know, right?!



I cut a circle out of the kraft paper, embossed the sentiment, and glued it behind the wreath. One advantage over the card is that it's much easier to make sure the sentiment is positioned straight and just right.


I think I'll keep it as an ornament.

Can't wait to see your creations in the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge gallery!

Thanks so much for looking! 
-Kelly

28 comments:

  1. What a sweet little felt wreath! how creative to make it out of cut petals!

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  2. This is such an awesome use of this die! I love your ornament and your card!

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  3. Love this Kelly! I have that die and am definitely going to try this out. I am so in love with the way you are using ds papers these days.

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  4. Um totally cute! I love it! You could always attach an ornament to the front of a card for an easy giftie too......and I have totally been there with the late night crafting!

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    1. GREAT idea, I totally should have done that! Thanks, Miriam : )

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  5. CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! You always have the best ideas Kelly, love this!

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  6. hey, clever girl! adore your fabulous ornament and embellished card you created! thanks so much for playing along at the Curtain Call in this fun partnership!

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  7. Wow, love love your tutorial for the wreath, Kelly! You work wonders with this (or any) diecut and stamps!

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  8. Card or ornament, Kelly, this wreath is just delightful ... thanks for the tutorial! Anita :)

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  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kelly. This would be SUPER COOL to hook the ornament on the front of the card - so you could give the ornament as a detachable part of the card :)

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    1. Just realized Miriam beat me to that idea LOL!

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    2. You all are just too darn smart!! : )

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  10. What a wonderful wreath, Kelly! I love it both on the card and as an ornament. And now I want to spend the rest of my life making cute little bows like the one you made. So darn cute!

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  11. That wreath is SO SO Pretty! LOVE the creativity behind it! Your are AWEsome!:)

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  12. oh wow!!! this is so beautiful!!!! can't stop staring!!!

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  13. Terrific ornament! I like it as card too, and I'd never ever throw it away! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  14. That is an adorable card/ornament! You are very creative and I loved the step by step pictures. Your story behind the finished ornament was fun to read too!

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  15. Oh my Kelly! That is so ingenious!
    and so generous of you to share the step by step with us.
    Thank You. I absolutely love your wreaths!

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  16. Your sweet wreath is adorable as a card or as an ornament, Kelly! It was so fun to follow your process! I have to say I do like it better with the inner layer and I like it best of all as an ornament. All that work! You are brilliant to keep it as an ornament you can use year after year!! Hugs, Darnell

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  17. There you go again thinking way outside of the box! Love this! TFS how you did it! The cards and ornament are beautiful.

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  18. I love seeing how you look at your supplies. You have a super creative brain. This is just darling.

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  19. Clever girl! Elegant card and tags, Kelly! Love them all!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly