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Saturday, May 12 2012

We are hopping with ImpressArt! The DCC Blog Connection designs with ImpressArt Metal Stamps. They are running a contest with a great giveaway from now until midnight May 21st. Details to enter on Monday! Be inspired over the weekend by the talented designers and their use of ImpressArt Metal Stamps.

I have never designed with ImpressArt Metal Stamps but found the tutorial on their website very easy to follow and it shows how exactly to use the stamps.

I was inspired by the oval discs which reminded me of eggs, thoughts of spring, my love of birds and my piece came together Bird Song. A new felt collection had also just arrived from National Nonwovens called Daydream Inspirations. The Havanna Gold was the perfect compliment for ImpressArt's discs.



You will need:
ImpressArt Alphabet Stamp Set, Newsprint, lowercase 
ImpressArt Metal Stamping Hammer
ImpressArt Stamping Blanks, 3 ovals, I large oval
ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block
ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape

Following the directions stamp the word "create" on the larger oval, "dream, fly, soar" on the smaller ovals. Choose words which speak to you. My stamping is not in a straight line, I wanted a freer expression but I still used the guide for spacing my letters evenly. 



Here the discs are stamped and the letters antiqued with a Sharpie.



To create the pillow you will need.
6" x 12" Havanna Gold WoolFelt by National Nonwovens
4" square of unbleached cotton
3" x 6" burlap scrap
For the Birds Stamp by Fiskars
Brown Stamp Pad
12" covered wire
Paper flower
4 Brown buttons
Small Bird diecut or sticker
Brown floss, embroidery needle
1/2 yard of jute
Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue by  ILovetoCreate
Polyester fiberfill
Westcott Brand mat and scissors



Stamp cotton with chosen bird design. Heat set. Stitch cotton to wool felt. Stitch pillow together, stuff and close opening. 
Bend one wire end andi insert through small hole in top of pillow, repeat for opposite side.



Tie loops of jute through discs. Tie burlap piece in center. Fray jute pieces and tie into bow. Glue burlap bow, jute bow to upper corner. Glue jute ends of discs to bow. Glue flower to center. Insert bird diecut and glue.

Tie small dream disc to large create disc with jute. Glue to center bottom of pillow.
Use stamp pad to antique flower and pillow front.


The Grand Prize! Enjoy the hop! Happy weekend and Mother's Day to all the great moms! 

Posted by: Debra Quartermain AT 01:16 am   |  Permalink   |  16 Comments  |  Email
Posted by CarolHeppner on 05/12/2012 - 05:40 AM
What a wonderful project. Perfect for any time of year.
Posted by Ann Butler on 05/12/2012 - 10:50 AM
What a great project Debra....
Posted by Cindy Rippe on 05/12/2012 - 12:10 PM
Uh oh! I see a need for more art materials. Love this design Debra!
Posted by Melony Bradley on 05/12/2012 - 12:55 PM
LOVE this Debra. Its quite a rustic and different look for you? It's adorable how you bought the stamped charms into the bird theme! Great!!
Posted by Jennifer on 05/12/2012 - 02:04 PM
Love this Debra!!!! The charms look great with the rustic fabrics you chose.
Posted by Molly Smith on 05/12/2012 - 02:40 PM
Wow, Debra. This is beautiful and I love the bird theme. Each element complements the other. LOVE your design. -Molly
Posted by Lisa Rojas on 05/12/2012 - 07:06 PM
Debra, this wall hanging is just beautiful! Another lovely project my friend! Great job!
Posted by Theresa Cifali on 05/12/2012 - 07:16 PM
Debra...thank you so much for joining us in this hop. I love that you stepped outside of your comfort zone and incorporated metal into your project. It just took it to a whole other level. Beautiful!
Posted by Debra Quartermain on 05/12/2012 - 10:12 PM
Thank you everyone for your wonderful supportive comments! I have enjoyed the out of my comfort zone Theresa!
Posted by Debra Quartermain on 05/12/2012 - 10:14 PM
Thank you Lisa, Molly, Anne, Theresa, Cindy, Jennifer been great fun!
Posted by Madeline Arendt on 05/12/2012 - 11:47 PM
As always Debra - just so sweet and lovely! I just mentioned in another comment how I like how the metal pieces make a nice addition to a project.
Posted by Debra Quartermain on 05/13/2012 - 12:17 AM
Thanks Madeline so much!
Posted by Vicki O'Dell on 05/13/2012 - 11:49 AM
I love this. As usual. I think I love everything you do!! :)
Posted by CindiB on 05/14/2012 - 02:09 PM
Such a sweet project!
Posted by Kerry - Kid Giddy on 05/15/2012 - 02:34 PM
I feel so one - dimensional when I see your work! This is so sweet and I LOVE the bird and "eggs" that say soar and fly! -kg
Posted by Debra Quartermain on 05/15/2012 - 03:20 PM
Kerry, I love what you do, you are so so talented!

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