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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Lace Love for Simon Says Stamp and Show

Hello Friends

As those of you who look at my blog regularly (and thanks so much to followers old and new),  will know, I am trying to use up products from my stash rather than go out and buy lots of new things. I may have to make an exception for Tim's new things though..........

In my stash I had some lovely things gifted to me some time ago by lovely blog friends - lace from Lynn and some burlap from May.   Thank you ladies! Aren't crafters just the most kind and generous folk?  I also used a wooden spool, some crocheted lace and flower and some lovely stick pins, all from my stash.  I have had a crackle paint set for years so I cracked that open too.  So far, so good!  In the January edition of Craft Stamper there was an article, with instructions on how to make a Pin Cushion using a wooden spool and apart from making my cushion slightly larger and using a larger spool, I basically followed the instructions given and this is what I produced:


I started with 4" circles, I cut two from the burlap and one from the lace.  I placed the lace circle in the middle of the 'sandwich' and stitched the circles, leaving a small gap and then once turned through, I stuffed it quite well with soft toy stuffing.  I then took a length of strong thread (doubled), starting in the middle and working in a figure of eight I sewed from the centre and around the the cushion, pulling the thread quite hard so that I ended up with a puffy segmented piece.  I did eight puffs but I think it would work with less segments (and be a lot easier too).  To hide the thread workings in the centre I added a button and finished it off with a lovely brown pearl, again, hide the thread.

I then moved on to the base.

I covered the spool with Espresso Paint Dabber and then coated it with Crackle Finish.  Once dry I added some cream acrylic paint and allowed the crackles to form.  Being impatient I heated it up to quicken the process.  Once dry I sanded it back more to give it a more vintage feel and then distressed it more by adding Frayed Burlap distress ink in places.  I added another strip of the gorgeous lace to the middle of the spool, added a piece of cotton lace and some brown ribbon for a contrast trim and then added a hand crocheted flower with a brown pearl added to the centre.  I think you can see the distressed base a little clearer in this photo.




To finish off I put some beautiful stick pins in the top.  It is quite sturdy little piece.  Here is a closer look at the top.



Because the January edition of Craft Stamper came out so early I was able to make a few of these to give away as Christmas gifts but this is my first attempt at making one with lace.  I was quite pleased at how well it came out and because the lace is backed with burlap it is very strong.  It was nice to make something that is also useful too!

So, this is my piece for entry into the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge which is - Love Lace.  There is a $50 prize for a randomly selected individual (I was lucky enough to win last time) to spend at Simon Says.

I hope you like my effort and if so I also hope you will leave me a comment.  Hugs, Anne x

56 comments:

  1. To my mind Anne this wins hands down! It's absolutely fabulous (hey that's a tv show) ha ha
    Wish I had your vision and imagination.
    Elaine

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  2. Oh Wow Anne this is absolutely gorgeous I soooooooooo love it and how clever!!!! hugs xxx Sue

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  3. I think your crafty friends will be lining up with their hands out saying "Where's mine?"
    Doesn't get better than beautiful and practical> Love it!

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  4. I have to agree with Julie...Your friends are going to be asking for one of these beautiful pieces of art. Especially so, if they sew at all. This is just beautiful with the rough burlap texture & the elegant lace; and the distressing - just really makes it look antique. Great job, and such a clever idea that you took hold & made better! Good luck with your challenges. Hugs

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  6. Woah, this is breathtaking beautiful, Anne.
    One of those very artistic things I highly admire from the distance but never dare to try ;-) Love all the details, the texture and the vintage feel of it. Oh, and the pins :-)
    Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  7. Really gorgeous - such a lovely idea. So clever. Love it.

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  8. WOW! This is stunning Anne. I really love the design and the colours and details are wonderful. Not only does it look gorgeous, it is extremely useful too.
    Hugs Sue

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  9. Amazing Anne. So artistic and beautiful. I LOVE it!!!

    :)xx

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  10. The new year is over a week old, but I still wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year!

    This piece is absolutely stunning! Love it!

    Hugs,
    Gaby

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  11. Beautiful Anne, I love the vintage feel and how the lace shows through the burlap. Now you will always know where your pins are! Lovely work. X

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  12. Gorgeous Anne, and a perfect gift idea. I love love how you have used lace and burlap they work so beautifully together and I love the little crochet flower too. This is a beauty. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x x

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  13. Wow Anne - that's amazing. Lovely to make something useful as well - bet your friends were really pleased to receive theirs!

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  14. Love this Anne, it looks so pretty done in the lace. I saw the project in Craft Stamper and tagged it as something to do later (great minds think alike and all that .....) xxx

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  15. Hi Anne, Lace and burlap I would not have put those together but they work really well on this piece. Love your attention to detail on the finishing touches with the buttons and the crochet flower. Very Pretty. Hugs Mo x

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  16. Anne this is beautiful, you have used the soft and natural colours to perfection and wow how clever are you!? this is wonderful hugs trace x

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  17. Fabulous pin cushion Anne. I was one of the lucky ones to have received one of Anne's Pin cushions at Christmas. A very useful gift ,but lovely to look at too. Hugs Rita xx

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  18. this is just gorgeous Anne - and a very good idea for storing pins safely for cards - can you hear the gears grinding into action? Have a fabulous day! Hugs rachel xx

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  19. Waw, what a fab project. xx Flora

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  20. Oh I love this! What a gorgeous project and so useful! Love the pin cushion!!! This really rocks!!! Enjoy!

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  21. wow, gorgeous project Anne, I just love it! You are truly one crafty lady! ♥ waving hi from the " it's never going to stop raining" hills of North Carolina ☺

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  22. Anne...you clever lady! I love this idea and how you've pulled it off! The colors are awesome. Love the crackling! Love the pin cushion top as well. What a cute and fun idea. I'm so glad that you shared it with everyone at Simon Says Stamp and Show. I also wanted to thank you so much for your very sweet comments you left on my blog! They are much appreciated! <3 Candy

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  23. Great take on the pin cushion Ann, love the contrast in fabrics and the reel looks amazing with the lace and flower

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  24. Oh my word is there no end to your talents Anne, this is so lovely and you used your stash of stuff too.
    I'm very impressed, it's very vintage.
    Lynn x x x

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  25. This is gorgeous Anne. How clever you are. Susan x

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  26. You are so clever and full of ideas, this is amazing! Good luck with the challenge, Carole ZX

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  27. OMG this is one of those pieces that just takes my breath away! Anne - this is FAB-U-LOUS! Stunning, brilliant crafting - I hope you know how talented you are. Genius piece for SSS&S and I think you deserve to win. Hats off to you! Nicola xx

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  28. Oh now that works brilliantly Anne. Absolutely perfect as a decorative piece that is completely fit for purpose. Your Christmas pressies are going to go down a treat if this is anything to go by. Hugs, Jenny x

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  29. I really do love this Ann and I must take another look at Craft Stamper. You've reminded me that I only skimmed it and put it away to return to... but I didn't.
    Despite the cold foggy weather Jodrell Bank was a good day out and it was the TV Sky at Night programme reminded me to go so why wait. We can go again in Summer.
    Love jo x

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  30. This is fabulous! Practical and ornamental - such a cool gift - the recipients were sooooo lucky! xx

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  31. That is very very lovely Anne. And how wonderful that it is a practical piece too!
    I am trying to enforce a no buy rule on myself until I use what I already have. Get some order back into my overgrown stash. It's worked so far this year and we're a whole 17 days in! Haha :0) Mo x

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  32. What a beautiful (and useful) creation... another amazing make, Anne! I love that the frivolous lace has the support of sturdy, earthy burlap in secret!! The distressing on the wooden spool is just gorgeous - I predict you'll be addicted to crackle now you've cracked it open...
    Alison x

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  33. Oh my gosh, this is another amazing crafting creation from you again...so practical as well as gorgeous...clever lady...NOW Please enter my candy as it ends Jan [not sure if I saw your name there]
    31st...luv annie...http://annieforeva.blogspot.com.au

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  34. What a great idea for a pin cushion! Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

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  35. This is a gorgeous pin cushion Anne, I love it! It's beautifully made and the colours and texture mix are lovely together in this, and I love the shape too, like a "beautiful mushroom flower". I've just come from Kath's blog and wanted to congratulate you on your win on the "All things Tim Holtz" give away. Well done! Enjoy your prize.

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  36. Wowee! Totally fabulous, creative and wonderful. I love it! A really clever piece and such a brilliant gift too. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Sarah.

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  37. What a pretty pin cushion!
    have a great weekend!!!

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  38. As I don't purchase Craft Stamper this is a new project for me to see and I love it.
    Anne this would make such an amazing gift as I imagine you can tailor make it to a friend's style and colour preference.
    WOW.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  39. So clever and beautifully made Anne.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  40. How fabulous Anne. THis is a gorgeously altered item and will look fab on your workdesk.

    I must have missed your previous post too..........but it is stunning!! I really must make time to play as I love this style. Good luck in the challenges

    Hugs

    Annie xx

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  41. I can see this in my room! Wonderful job creating the pin cushion, but it is not a ordinary one! I love what you did and thanks for directions too, it turned out perfect.
    Hugs Kelly

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  42. What a wonderfully, marvellous idea, really love them and they are practical too. What a lovely gift for people, you are lovely Anne. Michelle xx

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  43. Wow this is fantastic what a great idea, love it. Thanks for sharing. L x

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  44. What a fabulous transformation! Love that re-make. the lace around the spindle is remarkable.

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  45. I think this grabbed everyone's attention, Annie! It is just as sweet as it can be. You did a beautiful job of following the directions and adapting it to make it even more better! This is definitely a winner!

    (Sorry I'm not up-to-date on your posts! I took a little time off the computer to celebrate with Mister and I'm still saying thank you to folks for all their wonderful messages!)

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  46. FUN!!! So creative and of course useful! Love it!

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  47. Hey Anne!!! Congrats on your win on Wendy Vecchi's website! That is fantastic! And...congrats on your TOP THREE recognition for the Lace Challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show. You're so deserving! I'm happy for you! <3 Candy

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  48. Yay, yay, yay! Go us!! So glad this wonderful piece got recognised...
    Alison xx

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  49. Massive well deserved congrats on your Top 3 at SSSandS Anne!! I'm so pleased for you as this is an amazingly beautiful project. Hugs, Jenny x

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  50. Just saw you got top three. What a great make. Not sure how I missed it t the time. Certainly well deserved x

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  51. Congrats on the top 3!! Cool project using old items

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  52. Really neat pin cushion - I really love the flower!! See how far behind I am - oh wow is me!!
    sandy

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  53. Wow gorgeous, I really loved that article and planned to have a go sometime this year, but yours looks amazing. Kezzy xx

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  54. Thanks for sharing Anne, I obviously missed this as I was away in January. Thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction. Now to find some time and have a go.
    Cheers, Neet xxx

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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