Monday, July 11, 2011

MFT Creative Challenge-On a Roll, and a tutorial

In 2011, MFT is working harder than ever to inspire you, and we have come up with something we think you'll really enjoy. Our Design Team Creative Challenge is a new monthly feature, where we challenge our design team to explore their creative side using a specific theme, product or technique. This month, we're On a Roll!  Visit Kim's Blog for a full list of designers that have taken up the challenge!

I decided to use rolled flowers to create custom push-pins for a message board. I have a complete photo tutorial in this post so you can whip up some floral push-pins too...they're super easy!!!

I started with a blank cork board from the dollar store, decorated it with patterned papers, and I stamped the Pure Innocence-Making a List girl in one corner with Stazon ink. 

Then the fun began creating the push-pins. I used the Rolled Daisy and Rolled Rose die-namices along with three colours of felt. If you've ever created a rolled flower then you know they have plenty of dimension, so they worked perfectly to wrap around clear push-pins. 

Tutorial
Supplies: rolled flower die-namics (I'm using the rolled daisy for this tutorial), felt, clear push-pins, strong glue.

Cut the die-namic shape from the felt then apply glue to the center part of the push-pin.

Begin wrapping the end of the rolled flower around the push-pin, taking care to make sure it adheres to the glue.

Continue wrapping the entire flower. Once you get to the end, push the felt circle end onto the pin of the push-pin.

Apply glue to the base of the push-pin and press the felt circle down onto the glue. You can twist the felt circle at this point to "tighten" your flower. Set it aside to dry.

Finish the center of your flower. I used a 1/4" circle of brown cardstock and a rhinestone. 

Here are the die-namics I used today:

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

15 comments:

Sarah Gough said...

what an awesome idea Karen, love it!

Jackie Pedro said...

What an awesome project!! Love the tutorial!! Your nails look mah-velous!!! LOL!

StampOwl said...

love how you rolled the flower Karen

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is just FUN!! LOVE it!! LOVE the thumbtack idea...LOVE it!!

CraftyMomOf2 said...

Holy Gorgeous Karen!!! I can't WAIT to try this out!!! SOOOOOOOOOO FUN!!! And btw...your nails are STUNNING!! ;) Thanks for the amazing tutorial!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Lisa H. said...

sooooo COOL! wow, Karen....easy and soooo cute! thanks for the tutorial. hope all is well!

Erin Smetak said...

No way! This is AWESOME!!!!! OMG, I totally have to get that Daisy die!!!! You have totally inspired me!!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

adorable, what a great idea

jeanne girl said...

Karen - that was a great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing it. And I love your bulletin board idea :)

Jami said...

Such an adorable project and a great tutorial!

Dana White said...

Oh my friend this is STUNNING!!! Brilliant

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This is OUT of this world and THANK YOU for the tutorial! Totally trying this!!!

Megan said...

ARE YOU KIDDING!?! I loveeee those thumbtacks!! Sooo cute!

Colleen Begley said...

Karen, this is SERIOUSLY a great idea. How cute! Thanks for the instructions too. This would make a really great present for my niece's dorm room.

Wendy said...

Fabulous idea!! Love the way you attached them to the push pins - thank you for the tutorial!