Friday, June 13, 2008

Kick Up Your Heels Flip Flop Style

Okay, can you tell I am obsessed with the Zebra image from Melanie Muenchinger's latest release, Jumping for Joy found at GinaK Designs? This will be the last zebra item for a while, friends! But how cool are these? These were created with my older daughter in mind. She has worn flip flops forever. And she has a bin full of them! Every color, brand, but I don't think she has a pair like this! Zebra is stamped on white polyshrink with Jet Black StazOn. Before I cut the zebras out, I did go in with a pointy cosmetic applicator tapped with black StazOn to hit some white spots. Sometimes the ink beads and does not cover completely. I let them sit overnight, then proceeded to cut them out! I love to cut this detailed of an image. I heat my polyshrink on a small bar stone pan from Pampered Chef. Shhh, no one has noticed it missing yet! I hold the polyshrink piece down loosely with my dry embossing tool from SU as I apply heat from my SU embossing gun. I also punched two holes in each because I knew I would tie them onto the flip flops. When I first used polyshrink years ago and the piece started to wiggle, dance, and ball up before it flattened again, I would freak out! But, the key is to keep the heat on the polyshrink and it will flatten out! Just be patient. I love to watch the transformation. White flowers are from SU Pretties kit, May Arts dark red sheer ribbon is from FLOURISHES. I wanted a ribbon that would add color, but would not be heavy to wrap around the straps of the flip flops. This ribbon is to die for! It is so easy to tie, and I love the light airy feel it gives. The ribbon is wrapped around the strap and brought up through the flower center. It will not add discomfort at all. Each zebra is attached with a strand of metallic DMC floss.
Take a look at the back of these flip flops! Sentiment is punched using SU word window punch and run through the xyron. Laminate on top side with adhesive on back side. I simply used the word window punch again through the xyron layers. SU black brads with a few white zebra lines using my Inkssentials white opaque pen from FLOURISHES. I heat set the ink so it would not rub off. I first used a straight pin to punch a hole and then pushed the brad in place. This will help hold the sentiment as I didn't think it would stay on with the xyron adhesive alone. Dollar Store flips flops never looked so good! I hope she likes them! Thanks so much for stopping by, I so appreciate it. Until tomorrow,
HUGS,

13 comments:

Annapurna said...

You are indeed. These are cute! How in the world do you find all these matching things to decorate?
What was Melanie thinking? She didn't need another guest designer :-)

Donna said...

oh my, Barb! these are too stinkin' cute!! I adore them & bet your daughter will be PROUD to wear them. how come I never thought about a polyshrink charm on flip flops? love the dollar store decorative flip flop - what a find! thansks for sharing your over the top creativity with us!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Wow Barb!!!! Those will soooo be the hottest thing going.......have you seriously thought of setting up a shop?? Oh man are you ever creative!!! I do love the Poly shrink, I need to experiment again I can see!! LOL

Kacey Elliott said...

Love these Barb! They are super cute! Love that little touch the red ribbon adds, so pretty!

Melanie said...

BWAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!the "mudflap" message on the heel is too die for! only you would thingk of that, just fabulous!!!! I NEED a pair of these, I could advertise coming and going!!! :)

Thanks ofr your polyshrink tips I've never had muchluck with it,(but I also only have clear which is nice ofr some things, but whenever I want to make soemthing I always wish I had white!!)

Niki Estes said...

These are so cute, Barb!!

Davis Family Blogs said...

Darling Darling Darling!
I love them.
Thanks for sharing your talent so freely!

Jess said...

These are SOOOOOOOO cute!!!
What a creative idea.

Linsey said...

OH, how could she not love them! they are so unique and creative, not to mention FABulous! Leave it to Barb! great idea, buddy! tfs!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

These are all darling. We did a flip flop project last night at Vacation Bible School with the kids. I am trying to think if I can translate it into a project using FLLC images -- let me see -- LOL!!! So NOT what the kids were doing -- LOL!!! Love your project!!!

Debbie Olson said...

These are precious, Barb! Who wouldn't have fun in these?

JenMarie said...

Eeeeek!!! C U T E ! ! !

Bee said...

Those are too cool!! I just LOVE those little zebra charms! And thanks for the tips with polyshrink because I can't seem to get it right and I think it's because I stop heating it up too early once it starts looking ugly!!