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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Creative Belli Challenge #126-String

We are challenged to use 'String' for the Belli Challenge.  I used Baker's Twine.
  I used three strands of green Baker's Twine and Zig-Zag'ed over them for the flower stem.  The thread is a variegated green, so it is lighter and darker in spots.  The pre-colored digital image is from McMahon Five Designs. I did add some sparkle with Sakura Gelly pen around the tulip edges and on the swirls of the flowers. If you stopped by for the Vellum challenge last time, you will recognize the swirly vellum in the background of the flowers.

  I made a second card using a single flower as well.
 I highlighted the background embossing with peach, green and blue color. The DSP is SU. 

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HOW did I make that grass- I wanted to do a picture tutorial for this method.  I do not know how you could do this without a sewing machine, but I am sure there is a way!
 I used two colors of Bakers twine- a light and a dark green.  I measure to see how wide and tall I want my grassy area- no worries if it is too tall- you can always mow some off the top......  if it is too short- that is not so good. Cut out a piece of cardstock in the dimensions you want your grass.  I added a little piece of double sided tape to hold the beginning piece of twine- keep it at the top of the grassy area- never sew over tape.  Wrap the twine around the cardstock until it is fully covered.
 Next, sew a straight stitch across the bottom of the strip. Then Lay the strip on the card where you want it, and sew again over the same line.

 Next, cut at the top- I cut a little under the top so the top row is a little shorter than the back row. No worries, again, you can trim the twine if you need to. I put a piece of black thread over the twine so you can see where to cut.

  Here is the piece with the twine cut all of the way from side to side.

 Now, fold down the first row of twine and the cardstock that is in the center- the sewing perforated the cardstock, so just pull from one side or the other, and it will tear right out. (The piece of cardstock between the stitching and the edge will stay inside the twine).

   Fluff up the twine and see if you like the way it looks.  If you don't, just trim it with your scissors.
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The spirit of the Belli challenges is to encourage you to use your OLD and FORGOTTEN embellishments!

For ideas and inspiration, check out the DT creations:

Ceal Pritchett
Anne Harmon
Jessica Stockmeyer
Joan Ervin
Maria Matter
Joy Hadden
Robin Parker
Mary Marsh
Karen Wallace

Also, if you upload a card to any galleries online  to Splitcoast , PCP, Stamp TV or another online gallery be sure to add CBC126 in the keywords section.

Challenges:
Craft your Passion- F word- flowers, (embossed) flourishes

Hybrid Chick Card Caravan- Use twine on your project
Make it Monday- Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time- Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge- P is for Pretty Pastels

Card Two:
Paper and Such-Tic -Tac -Toe-flower, designer paper and twine
House of Gilli- embossing

Thanks for stopping by today- you have two weeks to join us!
Shelly

25 comments:

Dr Sonia S V said...

Shelly what creative use of twine. Love it

Robin Parker said...

Shelly, OMG what a fabulous idea for the grass. Love the stems and flowers. Thanks for sharing that technique. I love everything about your creation!!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

I love the twine! Thanks for showing how you did it!! Well done!

maryr917 said...

this is such a creative idea for the string challenge shelly-I love how you used it for the flower stem and the grass is awesome

Emily Keaton said...

Shelly, I just LOVE how you created that fun and fabulous grassy bed from baker's twine!! This looks amazing. Thanks for the tutorial--I can't wait to try this!!! I'm adding a link to my "Helpful Tutorials and Great Ideas" page on my blog--I don't want to forget about this fabulous technique!!

Maria Matter said...

too fun! I love this Shelly! so unique, creative & fabulous!!!
hugs & blessings

Janice M said...

How creative! Love the twine grass!! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper and Such!

jimlynn said...

Wonderful cards and a super way to use the twine! Thanks for the tutorial.
Lynn

Lisa M said...

Well, wow...this is really unique. You really took this challenge ALL the way. Very nice work and I am most definitely going to try your grass tutorial. Brilliant!
Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday.
Lisa :)
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Paige said...

Loving this! What an inspiring way to use the baker's twine!

Sylvia said...

Wow Shelly, this is so adorable! LOVE your clever way to create the grass with baker's twine AND sharing the how-to's!!!
Thanks so much for playing with us at The Hybridchick Card Caravan challenges. Hope to see you again, next time!
Sylvia xx

LuAnn said...

LOVE! did I say that I love your card? very creative!! thanks for playing along with us at the Hybrid Chick!

Gaynor said...

Very clever, I love what you did with the twine, I love your card, thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT, hope to see you again, Gaynor :)

Juliet A said...

This is so clever! I never thought to use twine that way!

Karen W said...

very pretty, great take on this challenge!

MaxineD said...

Love the way you have used these images from M5D, and the grass is inspired. Awesome.
Blessings
Maxine

Joan Ervin said...

OMG!!!! This is absolutely adorable...what a clever use of the stirng...thanks for the tutorial, Shelly!!!!!

Choccy said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards and i love what you did with the bakers twine ! Great tutorial too.
Thanks for sharing with us at One Stitch At A Time for our 'Anything Goes' challenge. Good Luck !! Hope to see you back again soon.
Choccy x

craftybunny said...

Beautiful cards and very creative use of twine.Fab idea.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion. Hope to see you again next week :D
Lisa x

JenMarie said...

LOVIN' all that twine!! Thanks for joining us at Paper and Such!

Nancy in Iowa said...

Great tutorial! Love that twiney-grass!
Good luck with your 'transfer o crap' usage! hehehehehe

Julie said...

Now that's very creative use of twine. A great card. Thanks for joining us on the Hybrid Chick Card Caravan.

MindyYoung said...

What a creative way to use your twine! Thanks for playing with us over at Paper and Such!

Lynn Stevens said...

I'll have to remember this one, grass made from bakers twine! Great idea!
hugs Lynn

Chrissy D said...

Girl - this is a FABULOUS idea!!!! BEAUTIFUL work!!!