Thursday, July 23, 2009

It's the Finally Friday Challenge on SPCC!!

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It's finally Friday which means it's time for the next installment of the Finally Friday Challenge on SPCC! This week's challenge brought to you by...ME!!!

This week's challenge: Make your own embellishments using household items.

There are so many gorgeous embellishments available for purchase out there nowadays. But in these hard economic times, saving a buck here or there doesn't hurt. And the handmade look is so IN! So why not use some everyday household items to embellish your creations?

On my layout "It's a Dogs' Life" my "ribbon" and butterfly accents are made of items you probably have laying around. (Did you also notice the color combo is SPCC #7??!!)

The "ribbon" is made of popped bubblewrap custom colored with alcohol inks. I love the way it kind of looks like grass which mimics an element in two of my photos.

And, after cleaning the alcohol inks off my craft mat, I realized I had another great piece of embellishment fodder on my hands - the used paper towel. I simply cut a butterfly shape out of a nicely mottled area, folded it up a bit at the body, and then doodled on it with some Stickles. Voila!

But wait! There's more! I didn't just stop with these 2 embellishments while I had my inks and my creativity whipped out! I also made these:

Another piece of alcohol-inked bubblewrap (which I think will lend itself nicely to a water-themed project), a dye-inked dryer sheet flower blossom, and yes, what household project would be complete without some good old duct tape? This time it's colored with alcohol inks and fashioned into a flower and a pinwheel. (I'm feeling that pinwheel on a boy-themed layout!)

You could even take any of these items one step further by stamping on them with StazOn. (I can tell you there will definitely be some stamped duct tape embellies on some of my upcoming projects REAL soon!! So cute!)

There are so many possibilities of things you can make with household items. Here are a few more examples I've made recently (click link for original post with details):

Well, as you can see, I had a lot of fun trying to come up with innovative and cost-effective handmade embellishments.

So, come on! Let's see that CREATIVITY!! Link your projects up with Mr. Linky HERE. Even though this challenge is just for fun, we're all dying for you to show us what you've come up with!

And, of course, I hope you're participating in this week's Color Combo Challenge!

Happy Friday!!

SP Diva Heidi

Details: American Craft & Sassafras Lass paper; Ranger alcohol inks & Stickles; Making Memories journaling sheet; Pink Paislee alpha stickers; My Mind's Eye button; DMC floss; Around the Block brads; Quickutz Silhouette die cut; Scrappy Cat alpha stamps; Heidi Swapp stamp; Stampendous embossing powder; Making Memories paint; Stampin' Up! Crystal Effects; Bounce dryer sheet; 3M duct tape; Bounty paper towel; Hostess CupCakes box; unknown bubblewrap & aluminum serving tray.

I feel I would be remiss without mentioning and cautioning that many of these items may not be acid-free or "scrapbook safe". So use caution when attaching them to your projects. If you're concerned, there are some sprays available on the market that de-acidify...although they're quite pricey. In my case, I felt OK about attaching my embellishements to this layout because both are so far away from any actual photographs.


Diana Fisher said...

Great embellies, Heidi! I love the bubble wrap!!

62 Cards - Sammye Jo said...

Great ideas!

luvmykids2662 said...

I think your ideas are so original here. Very industrious. Love that rocket.

ANAT S said...

thanks for the inspiration

Sabriena Satchwell said...

What an amazing idea Heidi! This is something I will definitely need to try as I spend way to much on embellishments

Susan said...

Great job Heidi! Thank you for all of the inspiration and the detailed photos!

Stephanie said...

This is so wonderful! Great job with all these ideas!

Anonymous said...

Love the embellies! such great, unique ideas.

Danielle said...

You know I love your recycled items!! Excellent stuff this week!
Danielle SP Diva

Stacy Milford said...

Loved reading about your recycled household items! I won't be able to play along, but this is great challenge!

Kristina said...

Love the butterfly

suzARTe said...

gorgeous LO. Originality has played a big part in this creation

Diana Fisher said...

There's something for you on my blog, chickie!

Kristin said...

Awesome challenge girlie!!