Monday, November 1, 2010

A Shabby Pumpkin

Hello,  I hope you all had a fun Halloween and a great weekend!  I'm back here today with another marvelous Monday with Simon Says Stamp and Show.  This week we want you to show us Something Shabby.  Well, you can imagine that was hardly a challenge for me since seldom do anything that isn't shabby!  So I challenged myself to change it up a bit by doing a home decor project instead of my usual shabby cards.  

I saw an item made out of felt recently and it inspired me to head out to my local fabric store to see what they had in the line of felt.  I already had the idea of a pumpkin in my mind.  They only had a bright, almost neon, orange felt so I decided to go with this rust color which I really liked.  While I was there, I picked up some stone beads and copper wire for embellishments too.  I drew a pumpkin pattern and cut two out of the felt, stitched around the edge leaving an opening in the top which I used to stuff it.  I hand stitched the ric rac to form the ridges which sort of quilted it.  (Saturday is college football day in our household so I actually relaxed in front of the TV while watching the Gators play - well, tried to relax at least as it was a bit of a tense game for us!)

For my flower, I once again returned to canvas which was cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die and dyed with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint distress inks.   It's all held together with a bit of Idea-ology Foliage The maple leaves were cut from Ten Seconds Studio metal, embossed with the Tim Holtz Cracked texture fade and smudged with Adirondack alcohol ink.  Charms made with Tim Holtz Fragments and vintage Thanksgiving images provide a finishing touch.

What do you think about my departure from my shabby norm?  Be sure to stop over to Simon Says Stamp and Show to see what the rest of the DT has shabbied up for your inspiration.  They're some of the shabbiest artisans around so their work is sure to delight you.  Stop by their blogs and leave them some love while you are at it!
♥Linda Elbourne, DT Coordinator - A Crafting Journey
♥ Dan - My Crafty Life
♥ Lynne Forsythe - The Next Best Thing
♥ Nancy Crissinger - What's Next???
♥ Nancy Wethington - Art From the Heart
♥ Terry Weitsma-Girbes - Terry's Cards & Creativity
♥ Katie Davis - Chantilly Rose
♥ Kim Costello - Paperbabe

Thanks for starting your week out with Simon Says Stamp and Show.  I hope you will come play with us this week.  We're going to have such shabby fun!  Look at this awesome prize that our generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is giving to one random winner.  All you have to do is enter and maybe your entry number will be the lucky winner this week!

Thanks again for visiting.   I surely do appreciate your comments.

Blessings & hugs,


cheryl said...

oh wow wow hun this is truly,pure eye candy wow stunning,hugs cheryl xxxxxxxxx

Sian said...

Wow, stunning pumpkin, love it!

Lynne Forsythe said...

You so ROCKED THE SHABBY this week!! Your pumpkin is just A-MAZING!! love it!! so I think your deviation was a HUGE SUCCESS!!

CarlaKH said...

wow this is just the shades you used and the textures.

marsha said...

Oh Linda, what a fabulous pumpkin! You have taken "shabby" to a new level! Love all the gorgeous texture and your embellishments!

Lori said...

And, once again, you have totally rocked this week's challenge! LOVE the fragment charms with the images. The pumpkin idea is just divine! Well done!

Betty Wright said...

Oh, my word! Speechless, Linda! This is beyond shabbylicious and just scrumptiously beautiful! I heart all the little details, too! Beautiful!

Annika said...

OK, confess how long it took you??? I would have probably worked hard for a week or so!
But lets be honest - SO worth it! Beautiful and deliciously shabby.
I think I might have to get meself these Tim Holtz flower dies eventually. If you admire something for AGES rthen you probably really-really want it!

coldwaters2 said...

Wowzer Linda this is awesome, I have spent far to long sitting here just looking at all the wonderful creativity you have going on here, I absolutely love it.
Lorraine x

Unknown said...

love the pumpkin......

Netty said...

This is a terrific hanging. I love all the different textures, a really interesting and inspiring piece of craft. Annette x

Jen said...

Love your pumpkin!! Very stunning!

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