Saturday, October 17, 2009

Enjoy Your Day

I'm playing along again with Unity's BRO Challenge Week 5. This time we've been asked to bring it home--use something from our HOME that we typically would not use in a papercrafting project and use Unity stamps. I've recently seen some fabulous flowers made with zippers so I thought...hmmm, I've never used a zipper on one of my projects.

The most attractive ones use vintage coloured zippers, which I didn't have...so I used two white zippers (one complete 40cm and one half of a 45cm zipper) I had and coloured the twill with copics in the colours I planned to use on the card. My daughter Morgana thinks it's pretty cool but I can't imagine mass-producing these. My fingers actually hurt from handling the teeth and sewing through the thick layers!! Because the flower is so heavy and is meant to be a brooch, I fastened it to the card with two small silver library clips.




The card itself is simple--I stamped the leafy swirl from April KOTM-fresh beginnings and "enjoy your day!" sentiment from May KOTM-another sweet day; cut the scalloped edge with my EK Success Cutterpede (I'm still searching for the perfect trimmer!); trimmed around the flowers in the Me & My Big Ideas Fashion District paper pad; and zig-zag stitched around the card.





I think the card is pretty enough on its own, but the flower makes a unique little gift. Obviously other people think so too--you can buy a Kate Cusack zipper flower for $85!!! Halvorsons on ETSY are $28. Hmmmm.....


Why not try making one yourself. New York based Annie Mistak has provided the Zipper Flower How-to on Martha Stewart.com.


~Thanks for looking.

Here are my other BRO Challenge entries if you're interested:

Challenge #1-Date night
Challenge #2-skipped it
Challenge #3-Polka dots and plaid
Challenge #4-Sex in a Pan recipe

16 comments:

Karen Motz said...

This is SO cool Nancy...a zipper!!! I never would have thought of that and I never would have thought it would be soooooo gorgeous!!!

Lisa H. said...

wow! this turned out fabulous. thanks for posting the link to your blog from SCS cause it is still waiting for upload. Love it!

Deanne K said...

What!!! How awesome is that - a zipper - who knew!! Gorgeous!!!!!!!

Wendy said...

So it is a real zipper!!! You rock, what a great idea! Love how it looks and the colours too! well done my friend!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Oh my WORD! That zipper flower is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! HOLY hannah! LOVE this!!!

Bastelfrosch said...

Your cards are wonderful!!!
I wish you a wonderful day.
Annette

Happy Now said...

WOW!!!! This is... WOW!! Congratulations on your win!

Gail said...

Wow your flower card is just fantastic-- I love to see someones work taking the ordinary and make it amazing!
thanks for the inspiriation.
Gail

Jamie said...

WOWSERS!! Love that zipper flower!!! It's STUNNING!!!
Do you still do blog design work? Jodi referred me to you, but I didn't see an e-mail or way to contact you???
Thank you
Jamie

Kelly Landers said...

Congratulations on winning this week's challenge!! That flower is fabulous!!

Marcy H. said...

Congratulations on you Win this week. Your card is FABULOUS!!!
Love the flower!!!

Samara Navi said...

CONGRATS!!! I just saw your card win and HAD to come to your blog. Your artisty is stunning! The colors are so winning and your style is yummy. Can't wait to subscribe. YIPEE!

Valerie said...

Your card is simply AMAZING! A flower from a zipper?! What a genious idea!

JazzyH said...

Wow that is awesome. I love the creativity. I think I am going to CASE if you don't mind. Congrats!

Angie's Scrappin Spot said...

wow that sipper flower is amazing, I so love that alot. will have to check out the how to. outstanding card Nancy!!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Oh my, you do beautiful work Nancy! I saw this on the Unity blog and had to click over to see how it's done. Zipper flowers! You learn something new every day.

By the way, where did you get the Blinkie for Key Ingredients? I love it!