Hi Everyone! Ally here to share with you a super easy DIY embellishment made super cute by our Fancy Pants It's the Little Things line.
One of the places I look for ideas is sewing and fabric websites. That's exactly where I went to gain inspiration when I sat down to create this layout about my silly friends and me.
Fancy Pants supplies:
It's the Little Things: Four Birds paper
It's the Little Things: Bird Cage paper
It's the Little Things: Hummingbird paper
It's the Little Things: Honeysuckle paper
It's the Little Things: Cards paper
It's the Little Things: Elements Stickers
It's the Little Things: Paper Flowers
It's the Little Things: Buttons
It's the Little Things: Brads
It's the Little Things: Chipboard Alphas
It's the Little Things: Chipboard Banners
Now, I am no seamstress, let me tell you. But I do love all the little doodads that people who play with fabric make. Oftentimes I see something and think, "hmmm, I wonder if that would work with paper?" Such was the process when I found some fun fringe flowers made of felt recently. So, I grabbed three different It's the Little Things papers and went to town. The fact that the A and B sides of the papers are such cool contrasting patterns made them perfect for this process. I started by pulling out SIX sizes of nesting circle dies - you could do this with an electronic machine, punches, or just tracing circles of different sized cups and such.
I knew that I was going to be snipping the edges, and I thought if I traced a center circle and only snipped to the edge I'd avoid snipping pieces off. If I were to do this again though, I'd pick a much larger center because they are getting layered and you really don't have to snip in that far.
I really love texture on my layouts, and I already had my die cut machine out. So, I picked out an embossing texture (polka dots happened to win) and placed the circles inside. This was another reason I'd make my center larger next time. The embossing cut through some of the more thin pieces when I made the cuts. So, learn from my mistakes! :)
Now it was time to make short cuts around the edges—a bit like making a rag quilt if you've ever done that.
Originally, I intended to make one really layered embellishment with four or five of the circles. But as I laid them all out, I really liked the idea of having three coordinating embellishments hanging out together, and the sizes went well together. I used one paper's A and B sides for each flower and simply stacked them on top of each other.
The final touches were to layer some paper flowers and brads in the centers of the fringe flowers using the brad to connect them all together.
See? super easy, right? I also think this would be fun to actually do WITH fabric and use as an embellishment on a layout. I might go try that now.