Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Clothespin Dragonfly

One of my favorite things about being on the Crafting with Dragonflies Design Team is that their challenges are truly creative challenges. Our theme for the next 2 weeks is Pegs (that's Clothespins to us Yankees!) -- the old-timey kind and springy ones are allowed. Use your imagination, and be sure to check out the creative projects by the Crafting with Dragonflies Design Team.


All I had were mini wooden clothespins, and after trying several ideas and even looking up some ideas online, I decided to use them to make a cute little dragonfly. I colored them with Copics and heat-embossed the pieces with a glittery powder. I used the spring from the body clothespin to make the antennae. I used Glossy Accents to adhere some tiny gemstones on the wings.

I came up with this quote myself: "O! to be as the dragonfly ... adrift with purpose." My best friend is traveling and has been reading a lot of Walt Whitman...I think his many texts with beautiful Whitman quotations inspired me too! The font is Pea Melody Shay from Fonts for Peas.

This month's Sweet Stamps Technique Challenge is Dryer Sheet Flowers, and I just had to try it. I used dies from the same set as the large shape (Shapez/Spellbinders). The used dryer sheets cut well, sandwiched between the die and a piece of cardstock. I used a brad to put the flower together, and topped it with a spiral made from a twisty-tie. The "leaves" were made with the hinges from a recently-replaced doorknob lock and an extra clothespin spring.

The background is a shiny iridescent plastic that I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and sanded. It's much more striking in person. The corners were punched with a two-sided Fiskars punch. The card base is a shiny Recollections paper. I used the same large die to make a message section inside.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: H for Handmade Embellishments
Polkadoodles: Things with Wings
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers: C is for Crap / 2nd entry (So glad I didn't trash those dryer sheets and springs)
Sweet Stamps May Technique Challenge: Dryer Sheet Flower

Update: This was the winner for Sweet Stamps' May Technique Challenge! I really enjoyed learning the dryer sheet flower technique.

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us at Crafting with Dragonflies,

14 comments:

Susan Hogan said...

I love the fact that you have use recycled materials and repurposed the pegs and hand wrote the sentiment....in fact, I love all this CG, because it is truly creative. A fabulous card indeed.

happyglitzygirl said...

Love this project, maybe because your made those pegs into a dragonfly, just gorgeous, blessings Hilde

Anjie said...

Lovely card, great use of those pegs! Thanks for joining us in our Wings & Things challenge at http://www.polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/
Anjie (DT)

Anne Temple said...

This is so creative and so cute! Love the antennae.

Chris D. said...

Wow! For a card piled with crap, this sure turned out amazing! LOL! LOVE the dragonfly made from clothespins! And the dryer sheet flower and springs-for-leaves?! OMG! So flippin' cool! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Lindsey said...

Another crap-tastic card! ;) The dragonfly is perfect -- love the colours and glttery, blingy goodness. Thanks for joining us again at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Cazro said...

Such a clever card. Thanks for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenges. Caz

Chelle (PhotoArt/MaybeCreative) said...

Great job. Thanks for joining us at SoSS

Donna said...

Fantastic!!! Love the pegs / clothespins, I never ever ever would have thought to make a dragonfly with them!!! Thanks for coming back to the sisterhood!!!

Barbara Godden said...

Awesome way to use up those odd bits, su-er cute flower, (I have a gas dryer and can't uses dryer sheets so I beg from friends) Thanks for playing along with us at SOSS forthe C is for Crap challenge

Karen Schroeder said...

Awesome use of clothespins on such a fun card! The font you used is great...I have to get it!

Sandy Fredrick said...

What a unique design, love how you used the clothespins as wings and twisty spiral on the dryer sheet flower. Thank you for joining in this months blog challenge at SweetStamps.com

Donna K said...

This is fantastic! Thanks so much for being "brave" enough to try this technique with us. It was my first time using a dryer sheet as well, but like you I had fun and want to try it again. Lvoe your sentiment and design…super, SUPER darling! Have a wonderful week. ~Donna K

Shelly Schmidt said...

What an awesome and quite creative design! Love the dragonfly- colored with Copics- so creative! Wow- your dryer sheet flower is fabulous too! Awesome for your first time- or for anytime.... : ) Thanks for sharing with us at SweetStamps.com.