Today, I am going to start off talking about Mini Album Swaps (of course, what else would I talk about?) One of the swaps that I have been participating in fairly regularly is the Stick Pin Swaps. A stick pin swap is basically getting some pretty floral pins, adding beautiful beads to them and then swapping them. It is a lot of fun, and gorgeous pins are everywhere in scrapbooking right now. And to be honest, you can make tons of different stick pins with very minimal supplies - so it's a fun, cheap embellishment as well. With that said, although I have only done a few of the stick pin swaps (2 at this point) I have TONS of pins already. And the pins are just beautiful, so I wanted them to be visible. Thus arouse a need for a stick pin pin cushion. But it could not be any pin cushion, it had to be a beautiful one, that fit my style and decor. I wasn't quite sure how to make them, so I did some research, and came across this YouTube video. Watch it, it's totally worth it.
And this is what I came up with:
And a close up of all the beautiful embellishments
Rather than using fiber fill, I used some decorative sand that consistency of emery sand from michaels. They sell it in the floral department. It is heavy and thick so it holds my pins nicely. I got everything I used on coupon, and still have enough sand fill to make another pin cushion!
I have to be honest, this little guy took me a while. After placing the silhouette piece on I wasn't quite sure what else to do, but it definitely looked very unfinished and ugly. But it sat on my shelf waiting for the right inspiration. Well a few days ago while digging through some of my stuff, I found that little Carpe Diem tag and thought it would go perfectly. I had had the beautiful feather pin already in mind, but it didn't go well with what I had so it too sat. However, once I put the tag on, everything fell in to place and I had a finished pin cushion. I am so happy with the way it turned out.
Supplies: Mini Brown Bucket (Michaels); Brown fabric (Joann's); Green and Brown Trims (from my mother); Flower (Prima); Silhouette (from Korean Market); Feather (Feather Accents); Metal Tag (Creative Imaginations); Bling (Michaels)