Sunday, 27 January 2013

4 Crafty Chicks

Today's project is an entry for a challenge I haven't come across before, but a couple of my crafting pals had links on their blogs to 4 Crafty Chicks and I just had to check it out.  This week their challenge #126 has Buttons as the theme and here's the card I'm entering.

When I went to the Crafts4Crafters show at Exeter Westpoint last thursday, there were a number of exhibitors selling materials and tools for Needle Felting.  Now this is one craft I haven't tried (yes there are still some !) and despite being attracted by the gorgeous colours of woolly fleece on offer, I studiously ignored them all as I need to get hooked on another new craft like I need a hole in the head ! 

All was well during the day but when I met up with my pals for a coffee towards the end of our stay, I noticed there was one exhibitor (New Forest Mohair) who was offering free Needle Felting taster sessions.  Again, I was able to resist temptation....... right up to the moment a couple of my pals went over to the stand and sat down to have a 'play'. 

Well, you can guess the rest right ?  Yes, of course I HAD to have a go myself and OF COURSE I wanted to do some more after I'd finished my taster session.  You've guessed it, I ended up buying a starter kit, which was actually quite a reasonable price at just £4.50.   I'm such a 'pushover' for anything new...ha..ha..

Here's a pic of my handiwork from the taster session - can you see the picture I created ?  Well, in my world it is a seascape, sand at the bottom, waves, horizon, sky with clouds and the sun shining brightly as you move to the top.  Can't see it ? - just humour me !

Here's the starter kit I purchased, see what a bargain it was ?  After all if I'd booked on any of the workshops running throughout the day it would have cost £6 or more and this taster session was FREE (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)
OK, back to my card and how I created it.  I cut a small square of the pre-felt (the base fabric you needle felt the fleece on to) and added the dyed fleece in stripes diagonally using all the colours from the starter pack.  I sewed a purple button in the centre then glued it to a square of cardstock with two of the corners rounded.  Finally I added a sentiment, using stamps from a Kaiser Craft set of words and definitions which I also bought at Westpoint, using Memento Sweet Plum ink. 
WARNING !  it's going to get a bit 'deep' from here on folks. 
I selected this particular word and definition for my sentiment as I felt it perfectly describes the creative process of designing my card and I love the shape of the word on the stamp - yeah I have been told I'm weird on more than one occasion.  Do I care ?  I took it as a compliment ! 
travelling from one place to another; 
passage or progress from one stage to another;
the journey to success.
In creating the needle felted square the base materials travelled/progressed from one form/stage to another before emerging as the finished item.  Let's hope my challenge entry is on a journey to success !
Hope you've enjoyed seeing something a little different today and thanks for taking the time to visit.


Lilian said...

Great card Wynneth. Well done on the needle felting. I have a freind who dows it and it really looks fun. Not tried it YET lol. I can see the sea.

Kathyk said...

"DEEP" indeed but your project is splendid and I just knew as you were writing that you would succumb matey!

I feel you need to be bringing that to craftathon too!


Kathyk said...

"DEEP" indeed but your project is splendid and I just knew as you were writing that you would succumb matey!

I feel you need to be bringing that to craftathon too!


Linda said...

Another new skill acquired and a super card made with the taster piece. I can understand how your pals 'made you do it'! I get the landscape - now should you be reassured by that or should I begin to worry about my own mind?

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Hi Wynneth my name is Ginny I am now a follower of your wonderful blog xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Lovely card Wynneth. I will definitely be picking your brains about the needle felting. I've always wanted to have a go. Lx

Katiejane said...

Wow, I'm very impressed! I saw this on tv once and thought it looked fab. Your card is just adorable, so unique and the felt colours blend so well.
I don't think there can possibly be too many hobbies, leave the crafty door (always) open :) Creating is a journey in itself.
I can't wait to see how you progress with this.
Hope you had a lovely weekend.
Katie xx

Tamie said...

Welcome to our challenge blog. Hope we see you back next week. Now onto your fabulous clean and simple design. I love what you did with this felt and the button, it makes one very inspirational design. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

I know what you mean about finding more is so addicting :) have a wonderful week.

Lori said...

I am so happy you came across our blog, Wynneth!! Fantastic card! Thank you for joining us for our "Button" challenge over at 4 Crafty Chicks this week!