Twinkle,Twinkle Little Hamster

Over at Craft Your Passion it’s ‘HANDMADE FLOWERS’ we’d love to see on your cards!They’re right on trend at the moment and there are so many techniques to try – so why not have a go!To tempt you even further there are free digi stamps up for grabs for one lucky winner.So why not pop on over for more details and some truly wonderful floral inspiration from the DT.

I picked this adorable little ‘Hamster’ as I thought he’d be ideal for the theme.Also things can’t get much sweeter than a hamster bringing you flowers!!If you’d like to give him a loving home too you can find him at CoCo Dingo.As well as being super sweet this is super sparkly too.I wanted to try a technique that seems to be on a lot of cards.So I edged some of the layers with Diamond Stickles and while I had it in my hand Iwent to town with it on the flowers he’s holding,the edges of the flowers,the brads and the punched butterflies.Usually the sparkle plays hard to get in photos so I gave it no excuse to be camera shy this time!!

Here’s a closer view of his bouquet and a clearer pic of  the Glossy Accents on his eyes and nose.

A close up of the flowers.

Here’s how to make them :

1.Take a strip of felt 1 1/4″ wide and cut six scallops along it.You might want to draw it first as I did.I used a fine liner marker and drew them freehand.If you’re not so confident maybe draw round a small coin or template.TIP: Cut INSIDE the drawn line as the pen will show even on the reverse.

2.Starting at one end fold and pleat where the first scallop ends and stitch into place making sure you go through all the layers you want to hold together.Just keep going along pleating and stitching,shaping the flower as you go. TIP: Keep the tension taut and the stitches small and as close to the centre as possible.

3.To create a neat finish when you get to the end fold the edges of the last and first scallops under.Place the last scallop over the first and stitch together securely.TIP: Make sure you finish off the final stitching well – you don’t want all your hard work falling apart!

It’s no great secret I can’t sew for a toffee (or anything else!) so don’t feel you can’t give these a go.If I can do it anyone can,really!You don’t have to be great with cutting out or a needle  either.Felt is a very forgiving material.And the butterfly is to cover up a large stitch I did by mistake.

Supplies:

Image :CoCo Dingo ‘Hamster’

Sentiment : Cute Characters Set 1 stamp

Colouring Mediums : Promarkers,Glossy Accents,Diamond Stickles

Papers : Making Memories fom the Bella Multipack

Tools: X-Cut guillotine,Standard Circle Nestabilities,large butterfly punch from The Works,Small X-Cut butterfly punch

Other materials :Felt,medium brads

Here are the challenges this card is for :

Stamp With Fun : Card for a girl

The Shabby Tea Room : A little bit of metal

Cowgirl’s Sunday Stampen’ Challenge : Summertime feeling      

One Stitch At A Time : Say it with shapes       

Sundays With Crissy : Favourite time of year – Summer!

Oh,Alice! : Sparkly Fabulousness

Paper Cutz : Anything goes

If The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Metal

Fairy Fun Fridays : Use punches on your card (butterflies)

Stamp Something : August Digi Day

Aud Sentiments : Anything goes

C.R.A.F.T. : Photo Inspiration  (pink and yellow from the colours and the theme of sweet)

Crafty Creations : Butterflies (on the flower)

Digi Doodle Shop’s Best : Anything goes

Glitterbabe’s Challenge : Sparkle,glitter,bling and 2 flowers

Paperplay : Pink to make the boys wink  😉 

S2G Twisted Thursday : Yellow

Creative Bellie : Round and metal/optional sketch (I’ve not used the sketch)

Fab ‘n’ Funky : Flower Power

The Photo-Synthesis Challenge :

Creative Card Crew : Sparkle and shine

Digital Tuesday : Use your scraps (paper and felt)

My Time To Craft : Glitter and Glitz

Tiffany Doodles : Flower Power

E.C.P. : Girly theme

 Alphabet Challenge : Q is for Quotes

Charisma Cardz : Die cuts

TFL

Lisa x