Pinterest Picks – Paper Flowers

September 22, 2014

I recently posted a gorgeous Paper Flower Bridal Bouquet tutorial
by Lia Griffiths, here.

You see,
I absolutely adore making paper flowers. I have Created a myriad of flowers in my time in many shapes, colours and sizes. I just love using the Creative efforts of others as a spur to try a new technique, medium or manner of display.

BUT,
in the early days of my Blogging,
I would constantly compare my work to that of other Creatives.

A HUGE mistake!

Mark Twain did say,
“Comparison is the death of joy”.

Nowadays, I get such a thrill from seeing
the imaginative constructions of others.

It genuinely inspires me to ‘have a go’ and try my own version
of their beautiful composition.

So feast your eyes on these inspirational fleurs.

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Pinterest Picks - Paper Flowers

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1. Emily’s Board: paper flowers
2. Kathryn Grady: paper flowers
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. Classicly Amber: Paper Flowers
4. Shannon Bell: Paper flowers

 As always, if you do make some of your own spring blossoms,
then share a link in the comments.

I would genuinely love to see what your hands Create.

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Rustic Watercolour Flowers

July 2, 2014

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I have come across the most lovely tutorial for these Watercolour Flowers,
by Liz from Love Grows Wild blog.

Such a simple idea,
that anyone who just wanted to be creative,
could easily create their own masterpiece.

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Tutorial Photo

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I can also imagine tables laden with old milk bottles
filled with these flowers
at a Rustic Wedding.

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So as usual, I wanted to try to make my very own.
I really enjoyed it, as compared to so many other tutorials on the Interweb, this tutorial was FAST!
Woo hoo!

So,
follow my simple instructions and make your own lovely version.

And enjoy the process, as when I made mine
– it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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You will need:

Requirements

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Step One – Tear the paper into rough petal shapes

Torn Petals

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Step Two – Adhere the petals onto a waterproof surface area

Sticky Tape

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Step Three – Ensure that only a little piece at the base of each petal is covered in tape

Tape To Small Section Of Petal

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Step Four – Water down the paint really well

Watered Down Paint

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Part Five – I applied a dollop of yellow paint down the centre of each petal

Yellow Dollop On Each Petal

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Part Six – Cover the whole petal with watered down pink paint

Painted Pink Petals

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Part Seven – Remove tape from petals and set aside to dry a little (not completely)

Step 7 - Remove Tape From Petals

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Part Eight – Cut wire to roughly 30cm (12″) lengths

Step 8 - Cut wire to 30cm

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Part Nine – Using small pliers, twist and turn one end of wire to make a stamen – no perfection needed, rough is good

Twisted Wire For A Stamen

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Step Ten – Group all your petals into fives, ensuring that the petals in each group are roughly the same size as each other

 

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Step Eleven – Towards the base of each petal, use the wire to pierce the petals and thread each petal on to the wire – make sure you thread them UPSIDE DOWN so that they will sit right side up when you are finished

Step 11a

 

Step 11b - Thread Petals Onto Wire

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Step Twelve – Arrange petals into a shape of your flower, applying a little dab of glue between each petal

Step 12 - Arrange Petals Into a Flower

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Step Thirteen – Add a generous dab of glue at the back where the flower meets the wire

Step 13 - Glue on the back of the flower

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Step Fourteen – Allow all glue to dry thoroughly

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Step Fifteen – Curve petals of the flower

Step 14 - Curve Petals

Ta da!

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So are you inspired?

I’d love to see your creations.

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Completed Water Coloured Paper Flower

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If you make some flowers yourself, I’d love to see them.
Upload a photo in the comments section.

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Christmas Holiday Classes – Are Back!

December 25, 2013

I have had a LOT of requests
to run classes these School Holidays.

After a year away from this particular spotlight,
I was unsure if I could still do it.

And then I realised
– I missed it.

Badly!

So here is the timetable
& photos
to help you visualise what each class is about.

Christmas Holidays 2014 – Craft Class Timetable

NB
The timetable is mainly for CHILDREN,
however,
I am eager to cater for adults at any other given timeslot
including the weekends or evenings
when a tipple or two would be socially acceptable!!!!

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Flower Heart Canvas . Friday 28th December Thursday 16th January

Flower Heart Canvas
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Friday 28th December
Thursday 16th January

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Origami Paper Flower Ball . Tuesday 31st January Friday 17th january

Origami Paper Flower Ball
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Tuesday 31st January
Friday 17th January

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Cute Bird Houses . Friday 3rd January

Cute Bird Houses
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Friday 3rd January

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Decorate your own Crockery . Tuesday 7th January Wednesday 22nd January

Decorate your own Crockery
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Tuesday 7th January
Wednesday 22nd January

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Swirl Flower Garland (or Topiary) . Wednesday 15th January Tuesday 28th January

Swirl Flower Garland (or Topiary)
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Wednesday 15th January
Tuesday 28th January

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I will upload photos of the other classes as soon as I can.

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Merry Christmas, y’all.
Luvs ya’s :)

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Get SMASHed

January 4, 2013

I do love getting SMASHed . . .

I have recently spent some “me” time
which entails some serious
mucking around and getting dirty!

SO much fun!

Check out the following photos of my latest SMASH efforts.

xoxox

On the following page I:

used a Tag from a swap, a picture from the Net, a piece of Foil that has been dry embossed and then altered with Alcohol Inks and then Fussy Cut

Page 3

Page 3

On the following page I:

have made this gorgeous winged heart,
by Die Cutting and Dry Embossing some card,
and Colour Blending the edges of the heart and wings.

Page 10

Page 10

On the following page I:

have simply Stuck in some paraphernalia from a quiz night

Pages 19 & 20

Pages 19 & 20

On the following page I:

stuck in a dried maple leaf, and attached a Green Tara floral sprig,
and then Added a piece of dainty lace

Page 25

Page 25

On the following page I:

made a Tag using a Stamp & T!m’s Blending Tool and Distress Ink Pads,
and on the Butterfly I have inked with Distress Inks
and then added a layer of Rock Candy, which I then Heat Set

Page 29

Page 29

On the following page I:

Hand Written one word, then Adhered a Tag made using
the Blend & Flick method from T!m,
and I have also Stamped an image and the year,
finishing with a Rubon on the top RH corner
and a small Bookplate with a handwritten Title.

Pages 43 - 44

Pages 43 – 44

On the following page I:

attached a a postcard I collected years ago and just could not throw out.
It now resides quite happily in my SMASH,
along with some handwritten journalling,
a Paper Heart and some plastic Tabs.

Page 50

Page 50

On the following page I:

created my “Oh Come On” page.
It’s where I grumble in code about different issues
I have adhered a small plastic bag,
fussy Cut a Border from some scrapbooking paper,
I have then Stuck down a Hand Cut cupey, a multi-layered Paper Flower,
a small Crocheted Doiley, a mini Skirt Pin and an Image of a Butterfly.

Page 62

Page 62

 This BAG is the key to my continued SMASHing.

I collect all manner of odds and ends and through them in this bag.
Whenever I want to SMASH, all I do is open my SMASH bag
and start
cutting, glueing and journalling!

SMASH Bag

SMASH Bag

So how do you SMASH?


Fleur Amour Canvas

December 21, 2012

I am teaching this class on
Monday, 24th December
and
Thursday, 10th January.

I have taught it twice before and have sold one of my canvases as well.

I find it such a beautiful, graceful and calming experience.
Painting the background is so therapeutic, and
making all the flowers is an explosion of colour.

Man.
I love what I do!

Fleur Amour Canvas

Fleur Amour Canvas


Snowflakes in the Southern Hemisphere

December 5, 2012

Something that kind of ‘cracks us up’ down here in Oz, is the winter images of Christmas. If you know anything about the Southern Hemisphere, then you must be aware that we have the opposite seasons to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere . . . .

. . . so, their winter is our summer.

Which means we have no snow, no snowmen, no snowflakes, no sleds, no sleighs, no icicles, no knitted jumpers emblazened with reindeer.

Instead we have Santa Claus in shorts, singlet and thongs (you call them flip-flops) with a hat and a red nose (from sunburn not cold wind), LOTS of lights, masses of ‘lit’ stars, lots of papermade decorations and heaps of glittery baubles.

However – this year I really wanted to try something new. Hence my experimentation with cotton doilies, fabric stiffener and left over embellishments.

Here’s my progress in middle of the project

Yes! I am working on the floor
because I am in the middle of building a new craft table
(which has to be finished today, cause I have a class tomorrow).

Yes! Those are floorboards under my craft mat. Don't judge me :)

Yes! Those are floorboards under my craft mat.

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And this is just one of the completed Snowflakes.
I hope you like.

I love!

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Crocheted doily, chipboard, fabric flower, metal button & paper swirl

Crocheted doily, chipboard, fabric flower, metal button & paper swirl

I’ll put up a “How To” tutorial soon

xoxox


Altered Origami Flower Ball

July 17, 2012

I was mucking around with some old book pages last Friday, as I was trying to create a ‘fuller’ flower on a new origami flower ball I was making.

I didn’t want to add another element like ribbon/beads/etc, so I thought about how I could change the folding pattern to make the flowers look different.

This is what I came up with. You like?

Altered Origami Paper Flower

Have you ever altered the basic pattern of this cool origami flower ball?
Let me know.

I have also been doing quite a bit of scrapbooking – photos later!
However, what I CAN show you photos of is . . .

. . . . the fireplace I am slowly repointing (‘before’ photos)

Fireplace before re-pointing

Close up of degraded mortar

. . . . and the 21st card I made for a customer’s niece.

21st Card


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