Friday, July 11, 2014

Sharing the Happiness!

Hello everyone, thanks for dropping by here. 

As the host of this month's challenge I am so delighted to introduce you to our Guest Designer for July, the wonderful Margaret Mifsud from Margy's Paper Games.

With the theme this month being Homemade Flowers and Hand Dyed Ribbon, I was so delighted when Margaret agreed to be a Guest Designer here. Margaret lives in Adelaide Australia and makes the most wonderful cards, journal pages and home decor items, and beautiful flowers are often a central feature in her work. Margaret's work is constantly evolving and I simply love whatever she makes and puts her hand to. See for yourself the stunning project she has made:


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Hello everyone.
I was so thrilled and excited when I was contacted by Laura Bomber and told that Astrid Maclean wanted me to be Guest Designer for her Challenge at Our Creative Corner.  I never imagined that something like this would happen to little old me!!!  Thank you so much ladies you have made me feel very blessed.

This Challenge is to use Handmade Flowers and Hand Dyed Ribbon on a project.
I wasn't sure at first what I should create but, as I am primarily a card maker, that is what I eventually decided to do and here is what I came up with.


The base is white cardstock and I used some tulle to soften the look.  I then used two layers of paper from Meg's Garden's 'Correspondence' collection, tore them to size and then randomly curled the edges.


Did a little background work with 'Fired Brick' Distress Ink.  I simply wet a paper towel with the ink and then pounced it on the paper, I love the textured look you get from this technique.  Added some circles with a bottle top dipped in gesso and created some splats with Black Soot D.I.  I used two die cuts on this card, both of them are from Memory Box.  The 'Snowflake Spray' was cut into two pieces, one of which I placed between the paper layers, and the other piece was used as part of the flower cluster along with the 'Honey Blossom Sprig'.


The 'Chicken Barbed Wire' Chipboard piece is from 2Crafty Chipboard.  I coloured it with red Acrylic paint and then randomly swiped it with some Glossy Accents and some Crackle Accents.
  

This is actually an Easel Card and to anchor the 'Easel' I used a die cut piece from Spellbinder's 'Opulent Ovals'.  The stamp is from Kaisercraft and was stamped with Memento's Tuxedo Black.   The edges of the oval were inked with Fired Brick D.I.



I used Tim Holtz's 'Burlap' stencil and Fired Brick to decorate the inside and added some texture with homemade texture paste and Urban Artist's 'Mini Hummingbird' stencil.

Now all the incidentals are out of the way, we come to the important part of this project.  The handmade flowers and the hand dyed ribbon.


It's been quite a long time since I made a paper flower and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed doing it.  This is a style of flower I discovered a few years ago but, unfortunately I do not remember where.  There are so many tutorials out there now and, although I did find quite a number which use the same method of crinkling the petals I simply couldn't find the one that used the tulle and the stamens as well.
So, I thought I would do a little step by step.


You need two large flower shapes and one smaller one.  It doesn't really matter what style of flower shape you use as long as the petals are cut fairly deep.  You also need at least 6 stamens and a piece of tulle.

You can either colour your petals as I did or simply use designer paper to suit your project.

Spray the petals with water and then, using the end of a paintbrush or something similar, curl one of the petals around the handle of the brush.  Hold it securely with your thumb and forefinger and then pinch it with your other hand to get the lengthwise creases.

Do this with all the petals and then curl the whole piece around the bottom of the brush.

This is what they should look like.  The smaller flower can simply be rolled into a little ball.

Let them dry completely and then, very carefully, open them up.  If you've coloured your flowers, you may wish to ink the edges at this stage because some of the colour would have leeched out when you sprayed them with water.

Cut a circle out of your piece of tulle slightly smaller than the large petals and then snip out some petal shapes.  It doesn't matter if you end up with more petals than actual the flower itself.  Once assembled, you won't notice the anomaly.

Time to assemble the flower.  Put a fairly large blob of glue (I used Glossy Accents) in the centre of one of the large flower shapes and attach the tulle flower.  Then add the second paper flower, staggering the petals, and making sure the tulle is visible.  Press down firmly in the centre until the three layers stick together.

For the stamens, put two of them together and bend them in half.  I then slightly twist the bottom together and fold it up slightly to make them a little shorter.  You could cut them to length but I find that by folding the bottoms up they are easier to stick down.  Put another blob of glue in the centre and arrange the stamens evenly around your flower.

Then it's just a matter of crumpling up the smaller flower until you are happy with it and glueing it down on top of the stamens.  Here is the finished flower.

I think it's kinda cute!


For the hand dyed ribbon I used Fired Brick and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  I simply pressed the stamp pads onto my mat, sprayed a little water on it and then dragged the ribbon through it.  Crumpled the ribbon up (and, of course, got ink all over my hands, but that's all part of the fun isn't it??)  then left it to dry and tied it into a bow.


And here is the full view of my finished card.  The smaller flower on the base was made exactly the same as the larger one but, of course, I left out the tulle and the stamens.

I hope you enjoyed my little project and that I have inspired you to enter this challenge.  There are some gorgeous prizes to be won.

Thank you again, Laura and Astrid for giving me this amazing opportunity.

Take care everyone and God Bless.
oxox Marg

25 comments:

  1. Wow, Marg, just love this so much. Love the colours & most of all love your tutorial on the flower. Can't wait to try it.
    ps will have to get Di G. to do one of your flowers at our next card making class!!

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  2. wow wow wow !!!!!!! this is perfectly exquisite Margy ..... loving the colors and the tutorial are just fabulous.... congrats to you x

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  3. I love margies cards and this is exceptional! Love the flower too! Well done Margie!

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  4. Gosh - this is utterly beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the how to for your incredible flowers. And the easel card is just so adorable and delicate! What a fab GD appearance! Thanks for being with us!

    Claudia xx

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  5. wonderful and delightful card, love the flower technique too :)

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  6. Beautiful card and I love the flower you made xx

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  7. Stunning flower...and a gorgeous card in total Astrid!
    greetings, Alie

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  8. Oh Marg you've done it again with another beautiful floral creation and I love it! Jenny x

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  9. A stunning card Marg :-). The layout and details are fabulous. Love the flower and thank you for sharing the tutorial

    Crafty hugs
    Annie x

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  10. Marg your beautiful easel card is an absolute stunner! The paper layers look amazing already, but with the addition of the stunning hand made flowers, it's a real show stopper!!! Love the matching ribbon and the way you have added it also! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wok with us here!!!!

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  11. WOW! This is a masterpiece! Beautiful colour combo and the flower is amazing! Ingrid x

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  12. Inspirational! That flower is just amazing & looks so, SOOOO pretty:):) Love your layers, too.....& all the little hints & ideas....thanks so much for sharing. You Rock!!!

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  13. A really great tutorial! I love this flowery easel card! Julie Ann xx

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  14. What a beautiful creation - such dramatic colours and that flower is stunning! Thanks so much for sharing all those how-to details too. Great to have you with us this month, Marg.
    Alison x

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  15. Gorgeous, Love seeing how it all came together and the different elements you used!

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  16. Absolutely stunning Marg and a fab well explained tutorial.
    Julie x

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  17. What a wonderful card...!!! Thank for sharing, especially how you made your fabulous flower. Coco x

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  18. WOW this is just amazing, I love the colours and the flower is just amazing. Thanks for the steps.
    hugs Kimx

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  19. How amazing this turned out! Fab easel card, loooove it!

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  20. Absolutely stunning Margy! your work blows me away every time!

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  21. WOW.... I am impressed - What a superb card ...... Splendid!!

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  22. Wow that is one gorgeous hand-made flower & card - great tutorial!

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  23. What a gorgeous card, thanks for the flower tutorial, I really love the colour combination and the easel card, my favourite.

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