Saturday 29 May 2010

Sunflower Pompom Flowers

This card is just a little one - 10.5cm/4" square to showcase the flowers that was demonstrating at my local craft shop today. Made with an X-cut punch called Sun Flower, and a rolled fringed strip of paper for a centre, they are very easy to make. The leaves are actually a snowflake punch - Martha Stewart Glacial Snowflake. I just punched them from green card, folded them in half and tucked them in behind the flowers. Makes a nice little bit of greenery without being too heavy. The embossing folder is a Cuttlebug one called Textile.

I also demonstrated a couple of other flowers made from the same punch, along with a few from different punches, but they haven't made it on to cards yet. Too many flowers - not enough hours lol!

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Friday 28 May 2010

Peach Carnation

The other card from my April class at my local craft shop. This was the afternoon class - it was supposed to be a respite from the concentration of constructing the lily bouquet from the morning class, but the large carnation type flower proved to be more tricky for some of the ladies than I thought! Once the petals have been curled - the easy part - they take on a springy life of their own, and it needs a little taming to get them to behave when constructing the flower! But everyone got there in the end, and all had beautiful carnations on their finished cards.

The carnation is made from die cut scalloped circles, and is a variation of the flower I made for my cardboard cake using my trusty Stampin' Up scalloped circle. This flower has more layers, and I cut between the scallops so that I didn't cut any scallops in half - so two of the quarters had three scallops on them, and two of them had four scallops. In constructing the flower I used the three and four scalloped pieces randomly. The paper is peachy coloured printer weight.

The fern leaf is a Leone Em Rock Fern punch, and the other leaves are from a Sizzlit Flowers, Branches & Leaves set. The smaller flowers use an EK Success Medium Daisy and a Woodware Mini Daisy punch. And the same Martha Stewart border punch set that we used in the morning class - Double Loops.

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Thursday 27 May 2010

Lily Bouquet

Some more flowers from a Leone Em punch - this time the Lilium Feather punch (large). They are very simple to make. Punched from plain white printer paper (90gsm), and then watercoloured using markers scribbled onto a piece of acetate and picking up the colour with a water brush. Other punches used are the Leone Em New Ash Family and a Woodware Mini Daisy. The edging on the background piece is a Martha Stewart Double Loop punch.

All the card used is Bazzill. The little flowers are made from pale yellow paper. Here's a closer look. I think the card is 5 1/2" square, but can't remember exactly - it's at the shop where I gave the class in April so I can't measure it!

People have been asking me about tutorials for some of the things I have posted recently - and not so recently! I do intend to get back to doing tutorials, but at the moment fitting it in is a bit of a problem. I'll do my best to work my way through the requests, but have a lot on over the next few days. Hopefully I can begin to get to it next week.

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Wednesday 26 May 2010

Tear Drop Flowers

The flowers on this card were inspired by Angie of Penny Flowers blog. She makes the most beautiful flowers and cards. I used her idea for making a flower out of a tear drop shaped punch. The fan is a stamped image - Creative Expressions Large Fan - which was stamped onto card, coloured, and then cut out and folded to add a little dimension.

Maybe I'll manage a fourth day of posting tomorrow? lol!

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Tuesday 25 May 2010

Pop-Up Flower Card

As promised, here is the afternoon's card. This is called a surprise pop-up card. The idea being that when you pull on the tab, you expect the inside to slide out, but instead the front of the card pops up, revealing the hidden message.

The leaves are two different sizes of birch leaf punch, and the flowers two different sizes of a six petal flower shape. The large ones have little sun shapes and pearls for the centres, and the smaller ones just have liquid pearls. The fern is from the Leone Em Maidenhair fern punch.

The green backing card is stamped with a flourish stamp and Versamark ink.

Here's a side view of the open card to show the way it pops up.

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Monday 24 May 2010

Lilac Blossom

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. I really don't know where the time has gone to. I do have quite a few cards to show you, and thought that I would kick off with this one, from the morning of my last class at my local craft shop.

I'm not sure how pleased the ladies were when I told them that they had about 160 of these tiny flowers to shape and stick on the card cones that we made! The punch used for both the leaves and flowers was the Leone Em Daphne and Lilac Combination. The flowers are punched from two slightly different shades of lilac paper, shaped and then the two shades randomly mixed when sticking the flowers to the card cones. The full instructions for making these flowers are in Leone Em's Floral Punch Craft V.

Hopefully the card that we did in the afternoon will be up tomorrow!

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