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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Flowers on order!

One of my friends from work attended my flower pin class a couple weeks ago. She wore her pin to work last week (it looked great!) which prompted another co-worker to place a custom order pin for a friend's birthday. How exciting--my first custom order! I made two so he could choose the one that he liked best. Having one left over will give me a jump start on family birthday presents in May!
For the first one, I used 4 large flowers and 4 small flowers--all cut from the same fabric with the XL Flower Folds die (a SU exclusive). This is thin cotton fabric so before running it through the Big Shot, I sprayed it liberally with laundry starch. This gave it the stability it needs to stand up straight. I also added one layer of a large felt flower in the back to frame the flowers and, again, give it more weight and stability.

The black felt flower behind the brad is cut with the Island Floral die, a SU exclusive available May 1st in the Summer Mini catalog. It's the perfect size and because it already has a small hole in the middle, it's the perfect embellishment for brads, ribbon and thread. I also made a gift tag with the Two Tags die and the Great Friend stamp set that I tied onto the back of the pin with linen thread. This makes it all ready for gift-giving and easy-peasy for my customer!

The second pin was also cut from a total of 8 flowers--4 large and 4 small but this time I used 2 coordinating fabrics. Again, the fabric was sprayed with starch and I used a large felt flower in back. The center is a 2-piece beauty from my embellishment stash. The pink pearl brad is centered on the metal flower and pushed through the fabric. I think it sets off the colors in this one nicely.
I also made a coordinating gift tag in cameo coral and chocolate chip:

The second one is my favorite and since my customer chose the first one, I just might keep this one for myself...after all, my birthday is in May too! ;-)

3 comments:

Nancy said...

Your fabric brooches rival any store-bought ones! I like both, but especially like the 2nd one using the pink patterns and the flower center brad is perfect!

Diane said...

Nance these are beautiful. I LOVE the flower and pearl brad centers too. So pretty. Hope they bring you more business! Nice job.

Dazzled Nance said...

Nance, these are gorgeous! I love your blog, so creative! I am passing on the Sunshine Award to you! Go to my blog and pick it up! Enjoy!