Thursday, March 3, 2016

Swiss Dots Challenge: Reinventing the Wheel by Melinda

Electronic cutting machines have certainly taken the craft industry by storm over recent years but that doesn't mean we can't dust off the old hand held punch to create fun designs on our projects. It just takes a crazy idea to reinvent the wheel, a leaf punch and some seriously cute Swiss Dots paper in dreamy shades of pastel.
Introducing my (dust free) leaf punch and using the bold side of the new Swiss Dots patterned paper I punched a whole pile of leaves in six different shades. Let me just say, I had a desk full of leaves and a very sore hand when finished.
I wanted to have one side of the leaf more prominent than the other so I cut little slits along the edge that would overlap each leaf.
I cut a circle template to use as a guide and began by adhering each leaf starting from the outer most edge and working my way into the middle of the wheel.
At first I thought it was going to take an eternity, however it actually came together quite quickly once I had worked out a system.
I was really pleased with the finished piece and to be honest a little nervous to move onto the next step of embellishing because I had planned on adding some hand stitching and I knew that I couldn't make a mistake as I truly didn't want to redo all that work... my sore hand would never forgive me.
Fortunately everything went smoothly as I added more layers of embellishments finishing with the journaling using Doodlebug rub-ons and a scatter of sprinkles that match the Swiss Dots paper perfectly.

I hope today's post has given you some ideas on using the new Swiss Dots patterned paper and also some inspiration for dusting off your old punches again.
Thanks for stopping by - Melinda


  1. This is perfection Melinda! That photo of you're process when the circle is complete makes my heart skip a beat--Love it! Your details with the stitching and creating fringe on the leaves is amazing! :)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the step by step!

  3. This is stunning Melinda!! You never disappoint !!!

  4. Such an awesome page! Love your eye for detail with cutting all those slits in the leaves! Love the stitching as well very much!


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