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
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