Sunday, April 19, 2009

LPS Release Preview {Butterflies}

Finally, I made a relatively quick project!
This long low & lean box came together in a jiffy.

  • Preview of the new LPS set {Butterflies}
  • Making a beaded flower strip
This box is embellished with the brand new Little Paper Shop set {Butterflies}. If I was forced to pick one single fave from the new LPS releases, this set would be it. That flower is pure perfection in my book. I've never loved a flower stamp more. Its five petals snuggle in nicely with each other in a strip:

The simplicity of the petal shapes means it was a piece of cake to cut too (and shape into those 3D flowers up there.) It's the sweetest size not too small so it's no fuss to cut, but little enough to use as frames or on cards, boxes, or pages. I wanna make a gazillion wee primas with it! :O) (Oh and the butterfly too, of course!) ;o)...

Sticking this flourished little butterfly on a wire seemed like
a speedy way to do something kinda snifty.

make a speedy beaded flower strip
(and stitched garden) ;O)

  • Flower stamp
  • Watercolour paper
  • Embossing ink & Clear embossing powder
  • Seed beads
  • Glitter
  • Paper piercer
  • Needle & thread
  • Double-sided tape
To make the box:

(measures 3.5 inches tall by 8 inches)

1) Take a piece of standard cardstock (8.5 x 11 inches)
2) While paper is horizontal (short), score at 1.5 and 9.5
3) Turn so paper is vertical (tall), score at 3.5 and 4.5
4) Snip 4 little spots to make the flaps & adhere

Step 1) Emboss a strip of flowers (acrylic lets you see to stamp em close together)

Step 2) Cut them out. No need to be precise (it can be shabby chic, hehehe)

Step 3) Add a bit of Crystal Lacquer to the centers

Step 4) Sprinkle beads on the lacquer

Step 5) Add extra beads if needed

Step 6) Move beads into center with any tool to even out placement

to make the stitched garden...

Step 7) Stamp & cut separate flowers. Adhere them where you'd like them & pierce stems

Step 8) Stitch stems.....and.....Step 9) Put it altogether

Hope your crafting is a blast,


Nancy said...

I agree with you, this is a must have. It is cute and beautiful. Your tutorial is great, as always:O)

Have a nice Sunday.
Hugs, Nancy.

Jennifer Scull said...

this is so cute! and how easy to do the beading, while it looks so very complicated! thanks for the quickie lesson!
have a great day! :)

lisa808 said...

So pretty. Great tutorial.

Sue from Oregon said...

Fun project Mel! This would make a cute little spring gifty!

Becky said...

A speedy project!! Nothing you do is quick and easy :), you do the greatest details on your cards and projects, they are so amazing. I don't even stitch a hem, I iron them in hee hee

Judy McMullne said...

Wow! Love this project!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

Anita said...

Mel, you are amazing. What a cool idea!

Anthonette said...

Very cute project, Mel! Great tutorial! I'm amazing how you do these tutorials. You make it look easy...but I'm sure it's a lot of work. Thanks!

Kim Etherington said...

Cute cute cute. Love the colour of blue you used. Adorable flowers and butterfly.

eggette said...

Beautiful Mel! Love the butterfly on a wire!! Speedy little project for YOU maybe......!! I want you to come to my house and help me play with stamps......(whining mow)

kristie sessions said...

Oh sheesh Mel, this is Fabulous!! I LOVE those little flowers and yes, i feel so glad I wasnt the only one stitching stems this week ; ) that is such a great box and stuffed with stamps!?! Can't get much better. Great tut!

~Michelle~ said...

I love the flower strip idea...and the beaded centers are icing on the cake! CUTE!

Deena said...

Fabulous Mel! Love the flower strip and glitter bead centers! Lovely as always!

Gabrielle said...

I am just having my morning coffee and enjoying your tutorial! What a cute idea... Thank you so much again for your inspiration. I do not have this set, but will definitely try to make something similar.
Have a great day,
Hugs, Gabrielle :)

Elena said...

Wow! That is stunning! Your flower border is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent, Mel!!!

E.T said...

This is the cutest and the prettiest Mel! Just like you! I love the flowers... looks like a ribbon! Brilliant job!

Emily said...

Love this Mel! Thanks so much for another great idea and your super tutorial! I could get lost for years in your blog!!!!

Maria said...

Oh my gosh, your box is gorgeous Mel! I love the beautiful blue color! Such a pretty color and wow, that flower border is fantastic. I love that you added the beads. Your stuff makes me want to create stuff. . .really! I get into this routine blah and when I visit your blog, I perk up and want to get creative. Thank you again for all the inspiration!