Tuesday, July 26, 2011

May You Be Blessed


At the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog the Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge (SNTODBD39) we are to use something recycled.  Since I work at a school and I have children in school, we have a large box with extra school supplies.  I was looking through the box and spotted an old pink poly two-pocket folder that was fairly thin and I thought the color would be pretty for a flower.  I had wanted to play with my new sets of stamps, Sweet William and Sweet William Small, from Our Daily Bread Designs and was suddenly inspired to use the folder with the stamps.


I stamped the flowers with dark brown Stazon ink on the folder and cut them out with the Spellbinder Blossom Three dies.  I did some layering but really wasn’t pleased with how it looked.  Also, even though Stazon is permanent ink, it seemed to still come off a bit.  I decided to heat set it and commented to one of my friends that I better be careful not to melt it.  She responded by telling me to see what happened if I did melt the ends of the petals a bit.  Of course, I had to try.  I cut between the petals and applied heat to the ends of the petals, one at a time.  They started to warp and curl up on the ends.  Then I heated the center and pressed down with a large tip stylus.  I loved the look so I made three different sizes and layered them.  For the centers I added some beautiful buttons I found this last weekend.

I decided to make this quite large (8” x 8”) because I wanted to give the flowers plenty of room.  I also thought it might be nice to frame it.  I added some pleated ribbon to the left side and some wonderful pearl embellishments.  The green pearls and pink flower pearls around the sentiment are Basic Grey.  The sentiment is from ODBD’s Happy Birthday set.  I stamped it in brown and cut it out using Joy! Crafts’ Oval Multi Frame Die and layered it on brown, cut out using Spellbinders Label 20.
E. Marie

This project is entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes!
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #90 – Punch or Die
Crafts and Me Challenge #44 - Add A Flower
Paper Cutz Challenge #101 - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #65 – Focus on the Sentiment
Stamp Something Challenge – Favorite Embellishments (flowers and pearls)









21 comments:

Donna said...

Marie, these are the prettiest hand-made flowers I have seen yet! Please teach a class! LOL

Karin said...

Oh my word, are those flowers ever beautiful! Stunning project!

Sandra said...

These are gorgeous love this project you have such talent and you should take a class!!:) Sandra H

creativearts said...

The flowers are gorgeous and very unusual! I need to browse through the paper school supplies at Wal-Mart to see what I can find!

Anonymous said...

Simply Stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brenda

Linda said...

Beautiful Flowers Marie.

Shirley said...

The heat set really made them beautiful and unique. Love the whole card and the ribbon is a great touch too!

Nancy said...

How very pretty! And I love those flowers!! Now I've got to see what I can try using!
Thanks for sharing your creation with us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

Julie Hoffman said...

This is beautiful Marie! Love the soft pretty colors and beautiful sentiment! Thanks for joining us for the Anything Goes challenge at Totally Stampalicious!

Lisa M said...

OH MY....this is fabulous! I agree, this should be framed! Your tip for making flowers is perfect and I can't wait to try it myself.
Thank you so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our "Make it Girlie" challenge.
Happy stamping...
Lisa xx

Betty Wright said...

Whoa! E. Marie, this is amazing! A plastic file folder recycled into die cut flowers!?!?! The look is fabulous! Beautifully done! WOW! Thanks so much for playing ODBD Stamping In Time!

papertrails leaver said...

What a stunner this is Marie! I love the pearls and ribbon! Oh my! A beauty! Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this weel! :-) Amy

April said...

Whooo-hoooo! The flowers turned out so awesome! Love them. great job!

Hugs, April

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Wow, I'm totally blown away by your handmade flowers. I LOVE handmade flowers and yours are so interesting and beautiful! Your entire card is wonderful - so many pretty details. So happy you shared it with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Calypso's Crafts said...

This is a beauty!!! I'm glad that you didn't melt your flowers!! LOL!!! They look absolutely stunning.
VThanks for joining us over at Senitmental Sundays for our 'Focus on the Sentiment' challenge this week.

Caroljenks said...

Marie those flowers are absolutely STUNNING! What an awesome job - LOVE them!

Thanks for joining in with our 'Make it Girlie' challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday this week - and thanks so much for sharing your great tip :)

Carol x

Samantha said...

Fantastic card and love your TIP on the making the flowers too! great job! Thanks for playing along with us on the
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge
hugs Samantha 

Tenny Kusuma said...

Your card is so stunningly beautiful, and your flowers are so lovely. Thank you for joining us on SentimentalSundays.

HandmadebyTLC said...

Terrific ribbon used on this, great Girly card and I love the sentiment! Very cute! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday, good luck and be sure to join us again tomorrow!
Hugs
Tammy Louise

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Your card is very pretty and I adore the flowers.

Thank you for joining us at BasicGrey Challenges this week.

Hugs,

Jo x

Cath said...

Hey Marie! Thanks for linking this up to the Fanatical About Botanical challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)