Tuesday, April 27, 2010

La-La's Weekly Wednesday Challenge #36

If you're looking for the Your Next Stamp Challenge #15, it's the post directly below this one. Thanks!

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It's time for another La-La's Weekly Wednesday Challenge! It's my turn to host this week and I want to see your Altered Embellishments! Take a store bought embellishment and change it in some way! For example, you can cut a petal off a flower to make a butterfly, sew a running stitch through some ribbon and gather to make a ruffle, take any embellishment and color it with paints/inks/markers, etc. Please include in your post what embellishment you altered and how you altered it. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! Here's my card:

I used Birthday Cake Maya and a sketch from Lili of the Valley. I paper pieced Maya's dress, adding an extra cake and head to go over the pieced dress for realism.

Now for my alterations! First, I did a running stitch through the ribbon and gathered to make a puffy ruffle. I smashed it down just a little so it wouldn't stick up so high.

Then I made 3 altered Prima flowers. Here's a mini tutorial for them (all pics can be enlarged):

First I cut out a circle of patterned paper to go behind the clear button and serve as a base for the new flower. I roughly drew an X on the back to give me a guide for placing the petals. Then I cut apart 2 Prima hydrangeas (that I airbrushed so they would match my card perfectly) into individual petals. Each hydrangea has 1 petal that's just slightly larger than the others (those are the 2 petals on top). I make sure not to place them right next to each other or they throw off the balance of the flower.

This next picture shows how I place the petals. I put some adhesive on the back of the circle and stick the first petal (which is one of the larger ones) on one guideline. The next petal goes in the space between the 2 guidelines, and the next petal goes on the next guideline. And so on until I get to the last 2 petals. I have to lift up the first petal a little so I can tuck the last 2 petals underneath to complete the spiral.

Here's what the back of the flower looks like after all the petals are stuck down, and the finished flower with button and crochet thread bow.

This card is also for: Before I go, I want to let you know that whatever image the hostess uses on her project is 20% off for the week of the challenge, and this week it's Birthday Cake Maya! And since we have a new requirement that you must use a La-La Land Crafts image on your projects, don't forget that we have all these fabulous digi images available now!

We'd love to have you play along with us! All the details can be found on the La-La Land Crafts blog. TFL!


  1. Very CUTE and VERY CREATIVE Maureen! Love how you cut those flowers apart to give them a different look and your ribbon is awesome. :) Thanks for another FUN challenge in LaLa Land!

  2. This is gorgeous honey, you have done a fab job with the sketch, love the sweet image and fab colours too, thanks for joining us at "Lili of the Valley" this week big hugs Pops x x x

  3. Beautiful card Maureen...love how you did those flowers - and the gathered ribbon is gorgeous!! really fun challenge!!

  4. So sweet! Love your choice of papers and colours. Thanks so much for joining us this week. x

  5. First off, GREAT CHALLENGE MAUREEN! I luv how you altered this flower . . . I have so many of these hydrangeas, I'll definitely try this and alter them! :)

  6. I love the lace you added. What a pretty card! Thanks for playing with Pixie Dust Studios.

  7. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [29 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria


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