Friday 28 October 2011

Debbi's Finnish Star

This is my attempt at the Finnish Star which Debbi has posted a tutorial for on her blog.  I'd seen a sample of this on display at the Papeterie, which I'm presuming was made by Debbi, and when she posted the tutorial for it I got tempted enough to have a go.  I'd intended to make a Halloween decoration but went for an autumnal one instead.  It matches the colours in the dining room which means it can stay up for longer too.

Whilst checking out blog challenges I had entered I discovered that the new challenge at The Crafty Pad is to make something that you would be proud to display on your wall but it must include some material (ribbon allowed) and some stitches (faux or real).  By this time I had the topper stuck on but managed to peel it off again and stitched around the edge of the bottom layer with two different colours of thread sewing clockwise first and then anti-clockwise to get a zigzag effect.

The image for the topper was printed from the DoCrafts CD Daisy and Dandelion and the layers were cut using circle Nestabilities.  As per usual I got carried away with the embellishments.  It started off with just the Quickutz leaves die cuts and then a few peeloff dots for sparkle but whilst looking in the ribbon box for something to hang it up by I came across the flowers.  The flowers were amongst a bag of buttons I bought from Create and Craft years ago when Alan and Barry were still the presenters.  I remember Alan being in his element that day with trays of buttons and singing away with his own ditty about buttons.  The punched fern leaves were the final touch and then it was time to step away.

I'd like to enter this project in the following challenges.
The Crafty Pad (two week challenge) - wall hanging plus material and stitches
Lollipop Crafts Challenge 54 - Embellish It
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge PWC177
The Paper Shelter Challenge 37 - Anything Goes
Delightful Inspiration Saturday Challenge - Cute Critters 
RRR Challenge 34 - Fun 4 Fall
Kaboodles Doodles Challenge 90 - Halloween/Fall
Bearly Mine Challenges 22 - Anything But A Card
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Colour Create Challenge 82 - Burgundy, Gold, Green and Cream 

Thanks for reading
Liz x


  1. This is really super Liz. Love your colours and details. Thank you for entering our Wall Hanging challenge at The Crafty Pad.

  2. just fan-tab-ulous Liz, love your autumnal take on the star
    and yes the one on displat at The Papeterie is mine too :)

  3. Hi Liz

    Oh this wall hanging is gorgeous might have to go and check out that tutorial myself!

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us over at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck.


  4. Such a pretty little wall hanger!
    Thankf for sharing it with us at The Crafty Pad in our Wall Hanging Competition!
    Dawn xx

  5. This is fab Liz, so cute !!

    Thanks for entering our "Wall Hanging" competition at The Crafty Pad !!

    hugs Diane xx

  6. This is brilliant Liz - beautiful Finnish star. :)
    Good idea with the zig-zag stitching. :)
    Thanks for joining in with our Wall Hanging competition at The Crafty Pad. :)


  7. Great Fall decoration! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

  8. Fantastic! Love it! Thanks for playing along with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  9. Brilliant creation Liz, that star is terrific so is that image and the Autumnal design thank you for sharing this with us at Bearlymine Challenge.
    Lorraine x

  10. Stunning Finnish Star Liz, never seen one before, love all the pretty detail, popped over from MIM, take careX:)

  11. This is gorgeous! I saw this on MIM.

  12. Hi Liz

    What a lovely wall hanging, I have not seen these before. Good choice to use these colours I think so that you can enjoy it for longer.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Remember, to be in with a chance to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment on another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on MIM. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

    Michelle :o)

  13. The detail! This is beautiful and alot of work..I love the bows as I can never get bows that pretty. I saw this on MIM

  14. Oh this is so cute! I love that sweet image and design!! I saw this on MIM and came by for a closer look!
    Hugs, Tammy

  15. Dropped in seeing your link on MIM
    what a unique creation-- never seen this idea before Thank You for sharing

    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  16. Oh now I love this - and I can see why you would be proud to display this on your wall! Smiles. (I'd be proud too honey!)
    Hugs from Krafty Karen - popping in from MIM to say hello.xx

  17. very beautiful star.
    saw it at mim.

  18. Fabulouse wall hanging featured in MIM Challenge.

  19. What a fab design and so many gorgeous embellies!! Thanks for playing along with us at Colour Create this time around, Juliexx

  20. This is just too cute! Saw it on MIM, love all the colors and detail on it! That hedgehog is adorable. Hugs, Hanneke

  21. This is a STUNNING creation Liz..Saw this on MIM..Loz

  22. Love the autumn colours you have used and a very cute hedgie too. good luck in the MIM challenge too.

    You can view my card here