Tuesday, February 09, 2010

A Little Bit Shabby

Although I've a list of things to do as long as my arm, whenever I sat at my craft desk at the weekend ....(which wasn't often because the study was full of bits of computer innards and a couple of pc experts ie Hubby and my cousin, trying to fix Hubby's broken pc or at least make sure settings and data was all safe and that the pc would be usable enough for logging in to the office one on work-at-home days)....I found I couldn't settle to anything on the list and all I wanted to do was play.

Sometimes it's good though, just to go where the muse leads (great band, aren't they, Lythan?).  This time the muse led me to making some flowers - what do you mean, that's a surprise?

I started off trying to  make some coffee filter roses I'd seen on a tutorial somewhere.  Now, maybe US coffee filters are stiffer than the ones we get over here, but there was no way I could curl those darned petals, the paper was way to soft for that.  So I wondered what would happen if I just crumpled the flower into a little ball and opened  the petals up again (a bit like the distressed poppies I was hooked on a few months back).  I liked the "shabby chic" effect I got so made a few more
What do you think?  You can click for a larger view.
Next is a photo of a couple of tags I made - basically using some scraps of stuff that was already out on the desk.  I rather like the way these turned out too so I think I might tweak the design a bit for using on cards.
I did manage to finish off a couple of  decorated and stuffed matchboxes for a couple of swaps.  I made a template for cutting on Mr Robo and showed the prototype HERE.  I'll show the actual swap ones soon, but I just wanted to say I'd done them in case you went away thinking I'd not done a single thing from my "to do" list ;-)
Now of course I'm running out of time to get a couple of projects finished.......okay, :-(  I mean started, so I'll shut up and move straight over to the other desk.
Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoyed it and will come back soon.
{lease leave a message and let me know what you think of the flowers...

Have a great day
I'm gone.......


Crafty Chris said...

Hi Kathy
Love the flowers and tags,
If you lived closer I would be round for a tutorial.
Chris x

Wipso said...

Oh Kathy those flowers are really beautiful. How big are they? Will you use them on cards?
A x

Rosie (Freycob) said...

The flowers...... they're stunning my lovely!

You'll have to share the instructios so that we can all try and emulate your loveliness.

Hugs to you and D.


Lythan said...

those flowers are just amazing. Shame that I think coffee is the devil's brew and we don't have any filters in the house! And what great taste in music (if not beverage) you have!

Angelnorth said...

Oooh, those look fab Kathy! May have to check out the original tutorial, we have coffee filters lurking and we don't make that sort of coffee any more!

Jules said...

Hi Kathy


Wonderful flowers and tags!! I love them all! Great colours too.

Anything crossed off that list yet?

Love Jules xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Coffee filters! Forgotten all about such things. Flowers are fab - you see, I'd have been the 'scrunch them up and drop in the bin' person, not the 'scrunch them up to make them even nicer'. How do you do that?!!!

Lisa H said...

The flowers are lovely.
Can you show us how to make them?
Lisa xx

Karen said...

oooo I love your flowers Kathy! XXX

lisa said...

When I saw these flowers originally, Kathy I thought they were bought ones, they're gorgeous. I wish I could create something like that just by playing. I agree with Julia, they'd have been thrown in the bin too in this house when I couldn't get them to work, Wow!!! I'm seriously impressed.
Your tags are gorgeous too.

Kath said...

I love the flowers and the tags,Kathy. I would love to know how to make them too....although I don't think we have filters any more!Might have to improvise!

Janice said...

Flowers look great, you have been busy.

Traceyr said...

Very pretty and great to see someone using up all their little bits and pieces from their desk.

Love Muse too.


CraftyC said...

Wow kathy, your flowers are gorgeous and I love the tags!

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness - these flowers are gorgeous!