November 17, 2010

Color Throwdown Wednesday

Today's Color Throwdown has an Autumn feel! Barbara's our hostess and she's picks some beautiful colors for us to work with today.

Something funny happened to me...I was at my Grandmother's on Monday afternoon and her basement is a goldmine for different craft findings. On this particular day I scored some vintage zippers which she let me take home. SCORE! Then Tuesday morning, I had to wait TWO hours at Toyota for my oil to be changed. Seems silly, but it was a much welcomed break! Is that pathetic? Wait...don't answer that! I watched a movie and read Paper Crafts Mag from cover to cover where I was inspired by their piece on using zippers!!! How convenient!! I scored a bag of them just the day before!

So here's what I did with this week's colors, my new zipper loot, this week's Mojo Monday sketch#165 and the All Zipped Up! Challenge in the Moxie Fab World:

The zipper flower was really simple to make. I started by punching a scallop circle using my SU! punch. This is for the base I used to adhere my flowers to. I then cut eight strips of zipper into 2.5 in pieces. I folded them over into petal shapes and adhered them one at a time to my punched base. I then took a different colored zipper and rolled a half length and sort of opened it up and smooshed it (technical terms here people) until I liked the looked and added some craft glue dots under it and held it place to maintain the shape I liked. I tried and I tried and I tried to add a center. I think it was this particular project that a center just competed too much with the rest of everything else going on. So I decided to waive my right to a flower center :) But I tried all kinds of different things that I think would be fun; buttons, cork circle, Build-A-Brad from SU!, rhinestones, other fancy brad, felt doodad just to name a few.
I show Big Keith everything I make. I don't think he was sure of what to make of this *flower* and said it kind of looked like an octopus!! HA!!! Maybe he's right, but I like it and that's all that matters to me if you like it too.. I hope you do. He also asked me why I made a brown flower and I politely responded "because that was the color zipper I had that matched the challenge colors this week." He just shook his head and kind of walked away as if to say that I should speak in English! HA! Normally he is wayyyy more supportive than this and I knew I was taking a risk judging by his response. I'm totally making more though and am going to head to the craft store on a mission to score cheap zippers! I think ones with plastic, color coordinated teeth would also make a nice option! I might pull this one right off my card and make a brooch out of it. Who knows! I can't go giving away Grammy's vintage zippers now, can I? I'm sentimental like that.

Anywhoo, would you like to play along? Make a card or papercrafted project using the challenge colors or similar to the challenge colors if you don't have the exact ones and upload it to the Color Throwdown Challenge blog using the InLinkz tool.
Make sure to stop by and visit the blogs of the design team AND I can't believe I almost forgot....BIG NEWS!!! Cathy Indelicato has returned to our team after taking some personal time. Please make sure to make a special trip to her blog and leave her some love welcoming her back! I am so looking forward to working with Cathy and getting to know her!
Tammy Hershberger
Kristin Bueter
Broni Holcombe
Barbara Anders
Danielle Kennedy
Cathy Indelicato
And Guestie for November and December, Lynn Put

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: Blooming Button Bits(PTI)
Paper: Early Espresso, Certainly Celery dsp(SU!), Reflections decorative paper(Michael's)
Ink: Timber Brown(Staz-On)
Accessories: vintage zippers(Grammy's Basement), large scallop die(MFT), Old Olive ribbon(SU!), button, felt(PTI), orange baker's twine(The Twinery), sewing machine


  1. Laura! You're such a liar, girl! Your flower is GORGEOUS!! It doesn't resemble an octopus or a pile of anything :] LMAO This is awesome!!! Someone just asked me if I had seen the zipper flowers yet, and I hadn't. So, thanks for educating me ;] Love your stitching and the felt, scalloped border. Beautiful job using the colors and the popular sketch ♥

  2. I'm laughing about what you wrote sometimes they just don't get it. I think your zipper flower is so creative and cool and I love it, you've got me thinking I need give one a try! And how did you get your stamping on your ribbon to come out so good, I've tried it before and mine never looks that good? Great card!

  3. Get outta town!!! I love how you made your flower, Laura!! Just tell big Keith to "zip" it up!! LOL! What a great card!!

  4. LOVE your zipper flower! I bought a zipper to try that challenge, but my brain hasn't fully wrapped itself around the idea yet.

    Fantastic card!!

  5. You're on the cuttin' edge, girl! I'm just beginning to see these zipper flowers show up--totally cute on that totally cute card!

  6. This flower is awesome. You have wonderfull ideas :)

  7. Funny story about your hubby! Mine does the same to me! I show him something I think is fab and he just shakes his head! Men!

    I LOVE your zipper flower! I read the same article and want to try my hand at it too! Lovely card!

  8. Really cool zipper flower! It's fantastic just as is and doesn't need a center! Great card!

  9. Yeah, what Kristin said.... ya' big liar! You told us this card was awful and obviously you are talkin' out of some other orifice! That flower is TOO DANG COOL!!!!!! What a neat idea, and how awesome that you got all those vintage zippers the day before you read the article. Now you're gonna' have me on the hunt so I can try this out, too! FABULOUS design, GF!

  10. Men! Your octopus...I mean, your flower is just lovely!! ;-D

  11. Okay, this is possible one of the most stunning cards I've EVER seen. The zipper flower is ingenious.

  12. Beautiful zipper flower (no resemblance to an octopus)--Really like the DP, ribbon and button too!

  13. Hey Laura! Thanks for entering the All Zipped Up! challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you had the moxie to play along! :)


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