Life is so full of distractions… kids, family, pets, work, sickness, etcetera! Sometimes things just get away from you doesn’t it? I’ve got so many people I need to get in touch with, sad to say… that I just haven’t made time. Got to get back to basics!
Today’s blog post and Super Saturday Tutorial is going to be a bit different. We have a sick pet and a busy family schedule that is demanding attention… so, please bear with me.
I’ve been working on creating a variety of paper and ribbon flowers. Do you recognize the flower in the upper portion of the photo… the one with an antique brad/button assembly? It was from a tutorial written for last weekend’s Super Saturday Starburst FlowerTutorial which you can find HERE.
The yellow flower just below it is a little different variation of the same flower… with a little twist.
- Like last weekend’s paper flower, it uses both the 2-3/8” Circle Punch, and 1-3/4” circle punch and Designer Series Paper.
- Instead of cutting between the scallops (into the natural ‘v’), I cut down the center of each scallop.
- Look specifically at the petal cut just above my watermark… the ‘v’ formed was from the scallop… and I sliced down the center of each flower ‘petal’.
- Another difference from Last Week’s Starburst Flower tutorial… just four layers of each size punch were used, i.e. 4 large scallop punches and 4 small scallop punches.
- The punched/clipped flowers were all layered as in the tutorial last week, and then pierced using a mat pack/paper piercing tool.
- Layers were secured with one brad, then finger scrunched around the brad.
- You can mist the flower with water to make it more pliable when scrunching… just be gentle… too much aggressive scrunching and the DSP will tear!
So… what do you do with all these paper flowers? Well, you could also make them out of fabric with an iron-on pellon or fabric stiffening substrate to make hair bows, jewelry, and pins.. or you could simply use them for adornment for baskets, bows, wreaths, mirrors and other home décor items!
I know you’re wondering about the other flowers shown… I will share those over the next day or so.
In the mean time… here’s a great project for Girl Scouts or kids using recycled materials!
THIS is a recycled spice jar.. McCormick’s to be specific. I use a ton of spices while preparing daily meals… and really wanted a creative way to recycle and reuse them. I purchased some reed scent diffusers, and scented oil… and then added paper leaves and flowers to decorate!
The spice jar was wrapped with a little designer series paper, and tied with satin ribbon.
And layered paper flower punches were added to the tops of each reed diffuser. I wasn’t too sure what I wanted the flower to look like and was really just engaging in creative experimentation when I made this sample, LOL…
So I made the blossom punch flower two sided… still not sure which one I like better… which do you like?
See you tomorrow with more details on the flowers shown in the first photo.. Got to go take care of a sick cat, we lost his brother last month and he hasn’t been the same since! The poor little kitty has been sleeping all day!