Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Friends with Flair ~ Butterfly Wishes Garland

Oh wow, more butterflies...it is spring, after all! And do I ever have a fun project to share with you today!

It all started with this file by Pebbles in my Pocket from the Silhouette store and some patterned paper from Echo Park called Life is Good...I mean, really, how can you not have fun with paper called Life is Good?




This garland was a lot of fun to make...it did take some time...but not any special skills.

I cut lots and lots of butterflies (twenty in all) from the patterned papers, then cut some (ten) from some plain cardstock. I inked all the edges, then on the plain butterflies I stamped inspiring phrases and images from my Unity stamp collection.




Then I put two butterflies back to back and stitched them in a continuous strand, using my sewing machine. First two patterned paper butterflies, then one stamped butterfly, until I reached the end of my pile!




I have some favorites...but really, the whole thing makes me smile when I look at it!





I'm linking this project up over at the Moxie Fab World blog Spring Home Decor challenge, its going on right now through April 8th...there are prizes for participants and prizes for commenters! Hop on over and find some inspiration and join in on the fun! 

Of course, I'm also linking up to the Friends with Flair post on Friday...sharing Unity goodness all around the Unity world!

Supplies:

  • cut file: Silhouette America
  • patterned paper: Echo Park - Life is Good
  • cardstock: Recollections
  • stamps: Unity Stamp Company
  • ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • other: sewing machine and thread

Thank you for stopping by!

Meredith

40 comments:

  1. How pretty! I love butterflies and the patterned paper is great; I like how you mixed in some words too.

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  2. This makes me HAPPY too! So pretty. Thanks for making this and posting.

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  3. This is so lovely!!!Pretty papers & butterflies are perfect for Spring!

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  4. This is a beautiful garland!! I adore the 3D butterflies and how you have sewn them all together. Great project!!

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  5. What a fun "chain" of butterflies! Great project for using up patterned paper.

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  6. How cute, love all those butterflies ♥ waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  7. Oh I just love this! Butterflies are so beautiful and to add the sentiments is so fun! Gorgeous project dear!

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  8. Oh, Meredith, I just love this! Those butterflies all inked up and chained up and stitched up just make me smile! How beautiful! I'm your newest follower. I can't believe I wasn't following you already, but hey, I am now.

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  9. What a fabulous project, Meredith. So simple, but so elegant!

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  10. This is just totally clever! Who would not smile at this project?!

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  11. I love this idea!! What a wonderful way to use all those amazing Unity sentiment stamps!!

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  12. WOW, Meredith, I LOVE your idea!! It's a great project, and I can't imagine the time you spent to create this. Well done!! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  13. I really love this garland! Great home decor project! Springy!!

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  14. This is gorgeous! Love those butterflies

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  15. What a cool butterfly garland. Made me smile too. I like the 3D look of each piece. :)

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  16. Ehat a fabulous project. I love butterflies and it makes me smile too...

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  17. Wow! This is super. I love it!!

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  18. Very, very pretty! This would look lovely hanging from a mantel for spring.

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  19. What a simple but gorgeous idea! as well as a lovely inspirational item. Well done!

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  20. Wow! This just exquisite! How did your machine stitch between the butterflies? I would love to make one of these!

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    1. I was a little worried about it...but I just grabbed onto the first butterfly that I stitched and pulled the line through...the machine kept stitching, even without any paper under the foot...then when I thought it had pulled far enough, I fed the next butterfly under the foot, and repeated the maneuver.

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  21. Wow!! Creative and beautiful garland!! Love butterflies

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  22. How fun! I love your butterfly garland - especially the way you made it 3D!

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  23. AMAZING! really beautiful garland...glad to see a butterfly one :) Thanks for playing along with us at Unity!

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  24. Wow! So amazing! It's 3D! I love your butterflies wishes garland so much! You inspired me.

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  25. A lot of work, but the chain is
    gorgeous.

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  26. What a lovely idea for spring! Lots of work, yes, but it will make you smile for years to come! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Beautiful butterflies! I love them. This is a very pretty project! Happy Spring!

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  28. Wow - great idea. I will have to try this on my sewing machine - never thought of that! Looks gorgeous!

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  29. Love this idea! I want to try it on my sewing machine - I sew on cards all the time but never tried something like a garland - great idea!

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  30. THis is so pretty! love the 3D way you glued the butterflies together.

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  31. Pretty banner, I just love all the butterflies from different DP.

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  32. Love the butterfly banner, Meredith. The 3-D effect will work for cards too, TFS!

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  33. Love your project! Found you by your Moxie Fab entry! Beautiful butterfly banner or garland!

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  34. Super cool banner!! I love how you put the butterflies together. Great job!

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  35. Awesome!!! Good luck with the challenge!

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