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:
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.
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
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.
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'.
'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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
I think it's kinda cute!
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.
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.