I-top Intensive Day Two...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Welcome to day two of the Imaginisce i-top intensive where we are showcasing the many different ways in which the i-top can be used on your scrapping projects. Today our theme is gifts and I must say... I think I've given my i-top a big work-out making this framed heart using the Imaginisce brad daddies.






I created the brads using all three sizes of the brad daddies and covered them with multi-coloured face-washers and paper from the gorgeous new Garden Party collection. I've even included a little step x step at the bottom of the post so you can see how to make the fun furry brads.

A small tip for making paper covered brads... I used the Garden Party 6x6 paper pad because it is single sided and slightly thinner than the 12 x 12 double sided sheets. This allows you to create a beautiful smooth finished to the edges of your brads, especially if you give the paper a slight misting with a water spray bottle before you make the brad.

Now for today's blog hop Imaginisce are going to give one lucky participant their very own i-top with some accessories thrown in for good measure... so who'd like to give one of these amazing tools a new home?

All you have to do is visit all three of the designers' blogs, leave a comment on each blog and then hop your way back to the Imaginisce blog to leave a final comment letting us know what you spied on today's hop. Every comment you leave puts you in the running to take home this wonderful prize pack and also puts you in the draw for the final secret Grand Prize to be announced on Friday with all the winners.

Todays blog hop order is as follows, so if you started at the beginning then you should be off to visit Aphra next. However, if you've jumped in on my blog first then not to worry, just make sure you visit each of the three blogs before finishing at Imaginisce. Good luck and happy hopping!


Face Washer brads...

Making your own brads using the i-top by Imaginisce is the ideal way to alleviate the hassle of not having a brad that perfectly matches your layout. You can use either the patterned paper of your project or co-ordinating fabrics like my favourite terry-towelling which creates the cutest little furry brads that are a stand-out feature on any layout.
[Step 1]
When using fabric you don't need to use the cutting templates or be as precise with your shape as material stretches and folds easily over the brad topper. I have roughly cut a small circle using a brightly coloured facewasher and chosen a small brad daddy.

[Step 2]
Placing the brad topper into the tool and covering it with the fabric you give a gentle squeeze and the topper will be positioned inside the fabric.
[Step 3]
Remove any excess fabric and fold in the remining edges before placing the brad daddy into the tool and give another gentle squeeze to join the two pieces.
[Step 4]
And there you have it... one very cute and fluffy brad that matches perfectly with the project.
The possibilities for making brads are endless using the i-top with so many fabrics and papers that will easily create beautiful brads to compliment any layout.

For those of you shopping on-line in Australia and looking for the i-top and accessories you can find them at HandmadebySuzanne.
For anyone in the Wodonga area call into Scrapville, 7 Morrison Street, Wodonga, Victoria.

From farm to you...

156 comments:

  1. Great project! Never would have thought to use a facewasher...great tip!

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  2. Oh WOW Melinda! what a gorgeous project!!!

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  3. Totally love that framed heart...I want one now!!! TFS

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  4. Gorgeous project Melinda, love the facewasher brads, they are soooooooo cute!

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  5. How sweet is this heart of yours with your gorgeous sentiment Melinda!!
    I have just remembered my mum covering buttons years ago, she would have so loved this i-rock tool!

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  6. Oh Wow Miss Melinda...that heart is just, DIVINE, to say the least.You are so clever girlie.Happy New Year to you and your family.Never knew just how handy that Itop tool is

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  7. cute! i did not know that you could do such things with the buttons! It should be great to have such a tool.

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  8. Wow, what an awesome project! Thanks for the tip on making the "fuzzy" brads - I just love those!

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  9. This is probably one of the best things I have ever seen on a blog! Thanks for the tip with the 6x6 papers. I will give that a go! Just a beautiful project so tyvmfs!!!

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  10. Oh my, what a fanatastic gift this would be, how creative, loving that poem!!

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  11. I love love love your fuzzy fabric brads. And your project is beeeeautiful!

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  12. I love that framed heart and the sentiment. Thanks for the tips on fuzzy brads and misting the paper before using.
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com/

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  13. one word for that heart--AWESOME! also thanks for the tips on how to make the brads!

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  14. I LOVE your heart! Such a cool idea. I'm gonna have to give this a rty for Valentines Day.

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  15. Cool idea, great for Valentine's Day. Love the Garden Party Collection too, thanks for sharing.

    nygator95 at gmail dot com

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  16. oh wauw!! this is so beautiful!!!

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  17. That heart looks so great, and those face washer brads are so darn cute with their texture!!

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  18. This looks AMAZING Melinda....I love it!
    I love the idea of facewashers and I love how you placed some flowers throughout the heart as well.........thanks for sharing with us!
    Melx
    http://melfield.blogspot.com

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  19. The heart is very cute and the saying with it makes it a perfect gift.

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  20. Your heart idea is so creative and pretty...what an awesome gift...thanx for the inspiration..:)

    nicolle@nicollelovesscrapbooking.com

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  21. Neat brads very original...Thanks for the tutorial it will come in handy once I have my own i-Top. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. FABULOUS!!!! I so need an iTop. Your project is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing

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  23. Love this project. Thanks for the hints on how to use the i-top with material.

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  24. Adorable!! I love the fuzzy brads too!

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  25. Very cool! I love your step by steps - you make it look so easy (and you make me really, really want one, LOL!)

    I like the hint about using single sided pp and misting with water too - makes a lot of sense.

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  26. I love this idea! How cute to add additional dimension to your project. I love the terry cloth brads!

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  27. Beautiful project! Thanks for the great inspiration! :-)

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  28. Ooo the possibilities! I can get face cloths at my local dollar store. Yay!

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  29. What a beautiful framed art piece!

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  30. I just Love what you did with the i-tops! Your project was just to ADORABLE:)
    ~Kim
    http://crazyaboutscrapin.blogspot.com
    kfordyce6638 at gmail dot com

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  31. This is simply adorable...what a perfect gift for a loved one...thanks for the brad tutorial..

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  32. SIMPLY STUNNING!! OH MY!! It's just GORGEOUS!! Thanks for the tips and hints, I am so hoping to win or get me an i-top! I am a follower and am LOVING these little hops this week! Have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim

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  33. Really cute!! I didn't really thing to use fabric with the I top!

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  34. WOW that turned out awesome! Great textural feast for the eyes! TFS

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  35. Absolutely precious! Ohhhh if I win the i-top this is the first thing I'm trying. Your framed heart is beauuuuuutiful! I love how it looks with all of them formed together like that and a touch of bling =)

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  36. Im really loving the look of fabric on these!! Wow was your hand tired after all this? This is BEAUTIFUL!! thanks for sharing

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  37. That is gorgeous! If I didn't have a reason to own an i-Top before, I do now! TFS!

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  38. okay this project is AMAZING!!! I love it!!

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  39. LOVE this! You did such a great job!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

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  40. Wow, Your framed heart is stunning!! I absolutely love all the texture you added to it..

    Amanda:0)
    amandascraftsandmore(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  41. This is an adorable heart. It must have taken forever to make all those brad daddies! Thank you for the extra instructions.

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  42. Wow! Amazing! I love the way the face washer brad came out! Thank you so much for sharing. I've followed your blog for a while and I've really enjoyed your projects! You do great work. Will you please follow my blog too? Thanks again great job!

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  43. What a beautiful work of art! And thanks so much for the tips about spritzing with water, etc.

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  44. Love the texture of the brads.

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  45. This is so beautiful. What a wonderful creation. You are so very talented.
    kgprevost(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    http://kathyskraftsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  46. What a gorgeous project! I love the little posies tucked in among the brads as well. Just gives it that soft delicate touch.
    Thanks for sharing and the helpful tips too! :o)

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  47. WOW! This is a wonderful project! I need to make(at least) one!

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  48. Very Beautiful project!... I love it!

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  49. What a beautiful project! Love the colors and paper you chose! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. I am in love!!! I not only want to make one of these for everyone I know but I want one for myself!!!

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  51. Gorgeous and thoughtful gift! Thanks for the great instructions, too.

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  52. This is such a wonderful idea! I simply must make one!! Fab design!

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  53. Whoa...never saw that coming...how gorgeous it turned out! So much color, and I love the different sizes, colors and textures as well. :)

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  54. love love love the fuzzy brads! and of course the bling around the heart! Thanks for sharing!

    Anne

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  55. Oh, this is so cute and thanks for the tips on the fuzzy brads, I will definitely be trying that.

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  56. I absolutely love this idea, and all the different "tops" you made.

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  57. Simply amazing Melinda! Love it. The texture and colors are awesome!

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  58. Love the picture, great idea!!!

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  59. Really cute and very creative!! :)

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  60. Thanks for the step by step! I love your idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  61. Oh my Melinda, this is so over the (i)top creatively beautiful! I have seen something like this done with buttons but with the i-top brads it puts a fresh updated look to it.

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  62. Love this idea.. And the sentiment is beautiful =) I am going to now go try and work on some brads with fabric =)

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  63. OMG!!! This is beyond gorgeous and creative!!! I am totally sold on this tool now!!!

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  64. Love your project! Very creative :)

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  65. Fabulous job! love this framed heart. TFS!

    http://caroleesscrappinspot.blogspot.com

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  66. Love the framed heart, and the textures used...My husband says I dont need anymore tools but I know I need this one. Dawn RI
    abosoffit@ hotmail dot com

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  67. your creativity KILLS ME!!! (in a good way) Where do you come up with these incredible ideas of yours... amazing...LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!!!

    Staci
    staci412 at optonline.net

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  68. Melinda, this is just awesome!!!! What an incredible idea!

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  69. Wow, this looks great. I love the fluffy brads. TFS.

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  70. fantastic project and I know of a couple of folks that would love to have that hanging on their wall.

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  71. WOW. What a stunning project. Thanks for sharing and showing how the brads were made. Love it.

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  72. Wow! What a beautiful project! This is defiantly something I would love to try if (when) I get and I-top.

    Olivia

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  73. I really liked this project. I was thinking that doing a daisy shape would be really cute for my daughter's room. Now if I only had an I-top!

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  74. Oh my goodness those fluffy brads are so cute! Love your project!

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  75. OMgoodness that is so cute!!!! what a great idea!

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  76. This is just a fabby idea.. I love it
    Amazing what thinking outside the box gets you

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  77. Fantastic!!! Who wouldn't love to have that on their wall? Love the wash cloth idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  78. I am absolutly in love with your project today. It is just wonderful. Thanks for the step x step on the how to do fabric brads. Thanks for sharing.
    tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

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  79. I absolutely love your project! I've been looking for some fresh ideas for decorating. I found it! Thanks!

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  80. I absolutely LOVE that heart! thanks for the tip using paper, and the step-by-step!

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  81. you did a fabulous job on this heart picture. I want to make one now.

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  82. WOW!! I really LOVE the way this turned out!! I LOVE all of the different sizes and the textures that you used!! Totally eye candy worthy!! THANKS so much for sharing and I hope you have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

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  83. love the facewash brads. And thanks for the tip on using thinner paper and softening it with water first. If I win an i-Top, I'm sure to do that!

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  84. Fantastic Melinda!!! Great idea! :) HUGS!

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  85. Your heart with the sentiment is adorable! Thanks for the easy tutorial on making brads. My mom and grandma used to make their own buttons and I'll bet they wished they had an i-Top tool that's so cool and easy to use!

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  86. This is a wonderful creative project!! Love it!
    kacee
    mcvicwif@yahoo.com

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  87. holy wow that is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

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  88. I can only imagine how much time it took for you to make all of those and put it together. it is so beautiful!

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  89. Wow - your project is wow! I can't guess how long that took. That's a lot of brad daddies!
    Thanks, also for the tutorial. I love the effect of using terry cloth on the brads.

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  90. very nice, i really like that, it is a great idea. thanks!

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  91. I love your heart frame and I especially love the furry brads! TFS!
    esigmon@cox.net

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  92. Your heart frame is fabulous! Thanks for showing us how you did the furry brads. Great job! ☺
    reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

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  93. Super creative idea and looks pretty easy to do. Thanks for the idea!

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  94. I Love this idea! and thanks for sharing how to make the cute fuzzy brads!

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  95. OMGosh! This is soooo cute! I love the fuzzy brads... think I'm going to hit the thrift store to see if I can find some wash cloths or towels to cut up!

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  96. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that! Face washers....washcloths?

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  97. I love this! Where did you get that sentiment? I LOVE IT!

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  98. Very pretty! I love the heart and I love the face wash brads! Very clever!!! TFS
    Hugs,
    joni

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  99. WOW I love the poem and the wonderful wall hanging you created!! I would LOVe to win this tool so that i could create something special like this for a friend that I have had since childhood!!

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  100. I am in love with this! The texture from the washcloth brads is delightful. LOVE it!

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  101. I just love the fabric idea. I just got mine for Christmas and havent had a chance to use it yet. Now you have given me inspiration, thanks

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  102. love it! This is such fun!
    Sandra ltb

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  103. Your heart frame turned out beautiful!! What a creative idea.

    sherri_braun@hotmail.com

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  104. Great dimension and texture! Love it!
    DeniseB

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  105. I just love, Love, LOVE these furry, festive and fun brads! Wow. I thought the magent was cool. This is way cool! Ah, a big SIGH of delight. Thank you for not only sharing a beautiful project but instructions. Lovely!

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  106. Wow...wow...wow! Amazing and gorgeous! I love it!!

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  107. Great Valentines Day gift! super cute!-Lucy

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  108. Oh my gosh! I love it!! It's so adorable and creative!

    aw62101 at hotmail dot com

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  109. These would look cute on the bow I make.

    VinDeeLoo
    vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

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  110. So creative! You ladies are showing me more and more ways to use the I-top currently on my wish list.... I'm seriously about to go out and buy one tonight!

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  111. Seriously, that is one of the coolest projects I have ever seen. I know at least 3 people I would love to make that for. Thank you for sharing, it is truly beautiful.

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  112. wonderful project - love all the different textures and colors

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  113. Thank you for the tutorial on how to use the I-top. I think I could even figure this out. :) Love your furry brad, it reminds me of a little muppet!

    Julie
    everybodylovesaparty.blogspot.com
    juliemccrary at hotmail dot com

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  114. LOVE that fuzzy brad idea, which is so cute, and thatnks for the tip about misting the paper with water to make the top of the brad smoother! Great tip!

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  115. OMG that is AWESOME! LOVE it! Great project!

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  116. Absolutely lovely! You did such a fantastic job on this and the tutorial is wonderful.

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  117. That is such a great idea! So pretty!

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  118. Fabulous project! You're an iTop queen!!

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  119. That is so pretty! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  120. Thanks Melinda for the cute project, I love that you showed us how to do the fabric also TFS

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  121. So cute! I never would have thought to use a washcloth! You are so clever!

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  122. Beautiful project! I love all the different sizes and textures! Thanks for the tip about lightly wetting the paper first, and the tutorial on the washcloth brads. Thanks for sharing!

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  123. Fantastic work adn the idea with the washcloth is brilliant! thanks for sharing.

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  124. Love this super cute art piece! Using the terry is one of my favorite techniques :O)

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  125. this is really a lovely frame!

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  126. Absolutely wonderful, beautifully done!!

    thanks for sharing:)
    I am a new follower

    elainer@cinci.rr.com
    ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

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  127. I absolutely love this framed piece of art. So fun that you can do that with custom brads. Thanks for sharing the instructions with us. =)

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  128. Wow - this is stunning. You absolutely amazed me with this gorgeous project

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  129. This is amazing! I love the knubby effect from the washcloth, er face scrubber. Love it!

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  130. Amazing! I love your framed artwork! Great Job! Thanks for sharing!

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  131. Melinda this is a great gift. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  132. Fabulous project! Love all the different textures!

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  133. Thank you for the tutorial on making the i-tops from face-washers, the project is beautiful!

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  134. This is so adorable .... It's just so beautiful what a great idea.

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  135. Those fuzzy brads are too adorable. Beautiful project and great colors

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  136. Love that gorgeous heart framed project. Love how you can customize your ownd brads for any project with that nifty I-Top tool. Thanks for sharing!

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  137. I can only imagine how long that must have taken you to do! But so VERY well worth it! It is amazing!!!! thank you for sharing that!

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  138. Wow this is gorgeous, a lot of hard work but well worth the outcome. It looks amazing.
    Kim xXx

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  139. I am in awe! That framed heart is AMAZING!! I love all the colors and textures mixed together. Plus, The fuzzy little washcloth brads are just too darn cute!!
    Lori
    http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/
    got2bcrafting at gmail dotcom

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  140. Your product is incredible. I loved that you used different textures. TFS Susan shanna13@frontiernet.net

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  141. Yet another incredibly creative project!

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  142. Holly buttons =) I absolutely love this heart. Colors are awesome too! tfs

    stacy at mycraftingtime dot com
    www.mycraftingtime.com

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  143. Okay, furry brads! I love it...I'm off to raid my fabric stash (and maybe look for a worn out wash cloth to cut up!) I think your framed heart is fantastic!

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  144. Soooo cute, love how you used different textures, it really jazzes it up.

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