Today we are celebrating our Paper Craft Planet's Founder, Susanna Boyd's, birthday with a week-long Blog Hop that every member on the Planet can participate in!
The Super Novas got together and each made a special birthday gift for Susanna's birthday. In honor of this momentous occasion, we invite everyone to join in the hop and post a birthday greeting on each of the designer's links for a chance to win some fun blog candy! Extra points for commenting on the designers’ projects too!
My whimsical pumpkin project for Susanna was inspired by yet another Pinterest pin that had my creative wheels spinning! I chose to work with Echo Park's Chillingsworth papers. All you need are 6 strips of double sided pattern paper cut 12" x 1". Each strip was border punched before any assembly was done. If you don't border punch the strips, cut down the width to about 1/2". Border punches are all different, so do some test strips before working with your final papers.
Next, stack all 6 strips, find the center and punch a 1/8" hole using a Crop-A-Dial or similar. Insert a small brad from the wrong side through all 6 strips.
Next, curve the ends around creating a sphere shape. Punch a hole through each end. Keep in mind as you create the curve, the paper will offset slightly, which is important to make an allowance for. Punch through all 6 strips irregardless if the ends are even. Insert a brad from the inside out and secure.
Begin with the inside ring and start fanning each strip to achieve the sphere or pumpkin shape being careful to work each strip from both sides of the brads. In the sample, the 1" wide strips with no border punched edges makes the pumpkin look too crowded.
To stabilize the pumpkin for display purposes, cover a binder ring with twine, jute or cording and affix with hot glue or similar. A large washer would work as well. I was a little off center in affixing the binder ring!
Decorate the pumpkin top as desired. I cut 3 Amuse Studio diecut leaves, sanded the edges and scrunched them. The stem is a strip that was curled around a fruit skewer. The open areas were filled in with black tulle and raffia. Hot gluing makes everything go together quick. For added interest, place a battery operated tea light inside!
Here's another view of the finished project.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSANNA!
Lyn Bernatovich (That's Me!)