Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 3 - Say It With Flowers

How can anyone not like flowers!  This next Sizzix die design would be a fun to tackle.  A couple of weeks ago I picked up three 100% wool sweaters at an area resale shop. The fact that Tuesday was America's Recycle Day, this project fits the bill! The color of one of the sweaters seemed the perfect base to use for my project using Brenda Pinnick's flower die.
Maddie, my oldest granddaughter modeling the headband and purse.
The package with the die-cuts we would be using, contained some pieces using some of Brenda's designed fabric, along with some burlap, stitched with gold thread and white paper pieces.  I was determined to using all of the pieces I received in some way.
So here's what I did ... After washing and drying the "wool" sweater, I started to cut it apart.  Just the sleeves were used to create the purse and headband.  Once the purse part was cut, I cut the cuffs off and another "slice" of the leftover to match the cuffs. The pieces were sewn to create both items.  The knitted sweater gives just enough to make a perfect headband for my oldest granddaughter.  (Actually the headband fit me quite well too.)

So now comes the flowers ...  On the headband, the flower die was used to cut the remaining part of the sleeves, plus some white glittered organza.  It was handsewn to form the embellishment.  (NOTE: I am lucky enough to have this die in my collection and have used it often. All the materials used cut beautifully. I used a variety of combinations of petals to create all the flowers.)
Flower made from fabrics designed by Brenda Pinnick
This fabric flower is the one I received in my packet from Sizzix.  These are fabrics designed by Brenda.  Additional flowers were cut from wool and bamboo felts from National Nonwovens, along with the organza for some glitz.
Paper Rose Brooch
I created the flowery brooch with the other materials in the packet.  The white cardstock pieces were first shaped with a large ball-end stylus to crease and cup the pieces.  A variety of Ranger Distress Inks were applied to the petals to color.  The larger center was also tinted with ink and the tips have Distress Stickles applied to them.  The smaller center was painted with Espresso Adirondack Acrylic Paint.  The paper pieces and burlap pieces were glued together with Zip Dry glue and completed with a felt leaf and a pinback.

Sizzix Flower, Beauty Bloom by Brenda Pinnick
Sizzix Flower, Wedding Foliage by Brenda Pinnick
Sizzix Flower Layers with Leaf
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
National Nonwovens Woolfelt "Naturally Inspired" Pink Violet
National Nonwoverns "XoticFelt" Passion Flower and Fuschia
Glittered Organza
Brenda Pinnick designed fabric die-cuts
Beacon Adhesive FabriTac
Repurposed Wool Sweater
Acrylic Purse Handles
For Flower Brooch:
Distress Inks
Beacon Zip Dry glue


  1. Great wearables! I didn't know Tuesday was America Recycles Day! I really love these sweet projects. The headband is dreamy

  2. Oh my gosh, Madeline, your projects are amazing! THAT PURSE!!! - It's stunning! I would carry it anywhere and now I need to make one similar. Your grand-daughter is a total cutie and she looks so proud to be wearing her up-cycled headband! Congratulations on some amazing work and thank you for using my die!

  3. Too cute!! Perfect little gift set any little girl would love.

  4. Look at all that you made - amazing! I love all of them!

  5. What great projects! That purse is beautiful and the colors of the paper rose brooch are particularly fabulous among a sea of fabulousness!

  6. Love, Love, Love your projects as always!

  7. Your pieces are simply adorable...I absolutely love how you assembled the flowers. The smile on your granddaughter's face really says it all!

  8. Very nice work! I especially love the purse!

  9. Wow! your projects are amazing! I love them!

  10. That purse is amazing! I really love it!

  11. So awesome! Love what you did, the purse is so cute!

  12. Absolutely darling wearable ART! Mahalo for sharing how-to.