Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Technique for Sharing

Hi there! I wanted to pop in to share a technique I posted on the Serendipity Scrapbook forum this week. Every other Tuesday the DT is responsible for sharing a fun little scrapping trick...this week it was my turn. I cannot take full credit for this. I got the idea from a newsletter but I can't remember which one. I hate when I can't give credit where credit is due. Soooo, just know this is not an original concept...I stole it! :-)

The idea is to stitch a circular frame. Start by using a template to lightly draw a circle. Then use a paper piercer or needle to punch holes around the circle.



Stitch around the circle criss-crossing your stitches as you go.





Continue until you have filled every hole. Carefully cut the center from the frame. While you could cut the center prior to stitching, I don't recommend it. The center provides good support while you are stitching. Just use caution when cutting after the fact so as not to cut your stitches.



Once complete, the frame can be very versatile. Use it to frame a picture or a title. Embellish it with letter stickers or fun little embellies such as buttons, stickers, chipboard shapes. You can cut or punch around the outer edge to add interest. I hand-cut a scalloped border to create a flower.



I will admit, this larger one took a little while but I think it was worth it. The worst part is I ran out of thread. I started with the fuchsia colored thread from Making Memories and what I thought was more than enough. But I ran out with only a third complete. A quick run to AC Moore and Michael's yielded major panic as neither carry the Making Memories thread...most likely too old an item. I selected a similar color of DMC floss and headed home to start over. Must have been my lucky day...it was a PERFECT match!!! Just to give you a heads up, I would suggest 2 "skeins" (don't know the correct term) of DMC floss for a frame this size.

I will be making many more of these in a much smaller size. I'm thinking a little flower garden would be cute. I can also see this making an interesting center on a larger flower. If you decide to give this a try, be sure an let me know. I would love to see what you do with it!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week and Hallelujah it's almost the weekend!!!

Hugs and love,
L

P.S. Almost forgot to mention the new Martha Stewart punch sets that include the border and matching corner punch...they are da BOMB, Baby!!! LOVE 'em! I bought 3 sets while on my "thread" run. Again, the shopping gods were smiling on me as they were on sale! I used the circular one on this layout. Be sure to check 'em out! Later!

35 comments:

  1. I saw this over @ Serendipity & thought it was gorgeous! I really must give this a try!!! I agree...a bunch of small ones would make a super cute flower border on a card :o) Thanks for the inspiration...& YES, it is almost the weekend!!! Later gator....

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  2. Awesome! Great technique. I love how happy and colorful your LO is!!!

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  3. WOW this is gorgeous - i will definitley use this technique - it's fab!! hope you're having a good thursday xxx

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  4. wowza. this is amazing! i love the effect. thank you for sharing! going to have to check out those MS punches as well, thanks for the heads up.

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  5. Wow, such an awesome technique!!!
    Thanks for visting my blog!! I really appreciate your comments! Hope you are having a great day! :)

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  6. As they say, there is nothing new under the sun - I remember string art from a long time ago - I like your layout very much - the framed photo stands out so well on the white paper and I just love the button stem. Sounds like the shopping gods were very good to you. Have a great week!

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  7. OMG, how stunning is that layout! YOur tutorial is great and love that stitching technique! Love, love, love it!
    Blessings,
    Kim xXx

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  8. Oh Lisa...this is just adorable...I have seen it before but never tried...YOU have now inspired me....THE LO IS PERFECT.....

    LUCKY you finding the punches...I have been wanting them sooooo bad but cannot find them at all!!!!!

    Have a great day!!!! :-) LOVE YOU!!! MISS YOU!!!!

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  9. OH MY LOVELY GOODNESS!!!!!!! GIRRRRRRRRRL, I LOVE THAT TECHNIQUE THAT YOU STOLE! LOL
    It looks gorgeous and I love how you added it to your layout! perfection!
    Hope you are having a great week!
    B

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  10. WOW Lisa, GREAT flower!! What a wonderful technique!! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    And I also bought a M.S punch yesterday!! On sale too, lol!

    XXXJenneke

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  11. Lisa, thank for sharing that technique.. (even stolen lol). You were correct they are called skeins just like yarn!! love how it turned out and the border is perfect touch!
    hope you have a fantastic weekend!
    xoxox

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  12. Lisa that is awesome!!Thanks for sharing!Have a great weekend!

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  13. Love the technique. It's so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. First... I bought that Martha punch set a few weeks ago & it does ROCK!

    Second... I've seen that technique, but have yet to give it a try. May have to get my butt in gear & attempt it! So cute!

    The LO is ADORABLE... the punched border, the flower, the photo... too CUTE! :-)

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  15. i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this!!!! I think I saw Larissa A. doing it before??? Maybe U got it from her??? doesn't matter....still think it rocks!!! loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the lo u made too! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  16. Love the retro look to your thread work, Lisa! Reminds me of spirographs...remember those? lol

    Beautiful layout!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  17. just had to pop on to confirm that I am "2jamscrapper" LOL! How did I come up with that you ask? Well, even if you didn't ask, I'm gonna tell ya! my 2 boys have the same initials JAM, so there are 2 of them, and they are pretty much all I scrap! So there you have it! Clever, huh??? I thought so...

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  18. Love those kind of circles!! And yours looks fantastic on your layout!!! Love the happy colors, perfect title, and all that thread/floss! Talk about a fab find on the border punches too.......I'm a girl who loves a sale! :> Thanks for your tutorial, Lisa. :>:>

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  19. This took me way back to school days when we used this technique on serrated edged card circles to make table mats!!!! I haven't thought about it in years & definitely wouldn't have thought of using it for a LO!! Thanks for the inspiration...I will definitely be using it in the near future & will link it back to you!

    I am sooooo envious of your Martha Stewart punch aquisitions!! (I'm turning green as I type!) I have had no luck locating them anywhere in the UK, let alone 'on sale'!! I love what you did with the circle set...isn't it such a fab idea to have the corresponding corner bit included!!

    Have a fabulous weekend! xoxox

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  20. Awesome Technique and a beautiful layout! Just love it!

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  21. wonderful technique, it looks fabulous as a flower!

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  22. WOWZERS!!! That is an amazing frame and the LO is beautiful!

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  23. Love that technique, but don't know if I have the patience for it lol! Your lo looks awesome with it too:) Great job!

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  24. wow Lisa, that is ultra cool - what a great technique and thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

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  25. Wow Lisa thats awesome!!! Ive started on some Christmas cards already I cant wait to post them! How are you doing?

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  26. That is awesome! Love it! And I thought I could live without that border punch but now I think I can't.

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  27. What a great way to add texture and dimension to a layout or project. I've been avoiding the MS punch sets. You may have pushed me just enough to buy 1 :)

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  28. Love that whole idea ... now all I need is the patience and some good eyesight to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. I love that awesome flower!!! So very creative girl!

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  30. Ive seen that technique somewhere too...cant remember :-(. But.....this is a fabulous LO!!! Awesome girl!!! Hugs, Char

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  31. WOW! Great technique! I will totally be trying this one.

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  32. What a cute frame!! I love it and will have to try it out!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  33. C-ute technique, but girlie, you gotta looove stitching to commit to that project :-) Looks great though? Do you Facebook?

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  34. very cool. looks like lotsa work, but i am tempted to try on a mini scale

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