This last week I received a copy of 'Odd Ball Charm' a wonderful zine created by Alma Stoller. I came across Alm's blog one day while blog jumping and have been back many times since to admire all the beautiful work there.
She handmakes all of the covers for her zines and this is what I received.Inside there are lots of inspirational ideas and also some fabric, some lovely inspirational paper images and some of the wonderful clay beads that Alma makes. The one thing that immediately caught my attention though was an article about paper applique. I thought immediately that it would fit very well with the Fiber Art Friends January challenge of combining paper and fabric. I haven't had much of a chance to experiment yet and already the monthe is nearly gone. Here is a postcard I made using Alma's idea for a paper applique flower. I cut the petal shapes from pages in a magazine and stitched them down. Adding some free stitched flowers to the background.
Although I love the colours in the first one I think overall I like this second one better. Personally I like the text on the outside of the petals better and I think the stitched background has turned out better too. I have signed up for an open theme swap over at FAI which is due at the end of this month so I will use these cards for that I think.