Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Floral Arrangement

(completed project measures 11" X 9")

Hi Everyone,
This week’s creation was inspired by the wonderful dies at Cheery Lynn Designs, and the beautiful, spring weather we are experiencing at the moment in Australia, though it won’t be long and our summer will arrive...  those blooms will soon wilt, but not my flower arrangement!!

For my project, I have used a lot of dies, and created an arrangement which has a three-dimensional appearance.  I have tried to photograph the arrangement so that this can be seen clearly.  There are leaves, flowers, flourishes, pine branches, etc popping up all over the place.
It seriously is not that hard to put together, just time consuming, so do not be afraid to give it a go.  My ‘handy hint’ would be to lay die cuts where you think they should go, when happy with the arrangement, take a photograph to refer back to.  You can then pull apart your temporary arrangement, and use your photograph as a guide.

Firstly, I made all my flowers, inking and rounding edges – the flowers I used are: Sweet Williams, Judy’s Blooms, Flower Chain Border, Cuties 1, Miniature Rose, Cherry Blooms and the ScallopedWindow Stackers.  The Scalloped WindowStackers flower was created by inking the edges, and then spraying the die-cuts with glimmer mist.  While the die-cuts are wet, just crinkle into balls, before gently folding back out – when still wet, add a pearl/crystal brad centre, then place flower aside to dry, making sure your petals are the way you want them.  Easy!
The “Flower Chain Border” I simply cut the flowers from the border, placed on a mouse mat, and curled with a pop-stick edge!!  Yes, I do have the fancy tools, but I prefer the more simple – they work better for me!  J

The leaves and flourishes I used are:  Tropical Flourish, Pair of Ferns, StackerFlower 1 Leaf, Fanciful Flourish, Tropical Leaves, SM Leaves 2, Pine Branches and Olive Branches.  The Olive Branches played a large part in the 3D appearance.  I adhered the small end of the branch and when dry, curled the leaves upwards (or wherever I wanted them to go).   All the leaves edges were inked, some glimmer misted and others have distress stickles as well.
Border Carnival was added as the ‘tablecloth’ – and of course, I just had to add a couple of butterflies, and a dragonfly.
The urn or vase is an item I have had in my ‘stash’ for quite some years, but I am sure a google search (gosh I love google!!!) would bring up a mountain of sources to buy from. OR, perhaps create your own out of some clay!
Dies Used:

The theme this week is "Red& Green"

The rules are:

1.You must follow the ‘theme’ in place, and use at least ONE Cheery Lynn Designs die, though of course we would love to see more!! J

2.You must add a link to your blog post (not just your blog) using the Inlinkz, found at the end of this post.No back posting, only new projects please.

3.You must link to our blog in your post.
I am entering my creation into My Craft Spot's, Challenge #34 - "Handmade Flower Power".... please call over and have a look at the lovely DT creations, and perhaps, even enter yourself!! 

Also, I'm entering Challenge #6, over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge, #6, where the challenge is "anything but a card"!  You have to see the DT's creations, some really unique and unusal items... I especially love the cake - wow!!!
Fussy and Fancy Friday, also have a challenge taking place "Making a Gift/Anything but a Card".

Well I hope you have enjoyed my creation this week!  I wish all those celebrating “Thanksgiving” on the 25th, a special time with family and loved ones....

And to everyone, happiness always, no matter where you are on the globe!!


Adriana B said...

oh wow Sandie, That arrangement of flowers is awesome, totally gorgeous....totally love it.... should be framed hanging on a wall.... divine creation. :)

pinky said...

Amazing project!! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.

Jayne said...

Wow,this is beautiful.Love your selection of handmade flowers and your colour and paper choices are just wonderful.Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot this week.
Jayne x

La Vikinga said...

Love your flower project; and don't forget to come back and see if you are among the TOP Three when we publish next challenge tomorrow!

La Vikinga, Crafty Ribbons

Marcia said...

This is so pretty! I love everything about this project. I can only imagine how long it took to complete, but no matter how much time was involved, it was worth it. TFS!


Rae Ann said...


Sentimental Scrapper said...

Absolutely gorgeous! This is so amazing! Each of your flowers are just beautiful! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!


Kathy Salido said...

Wow this is absolutely amazing!!
So intricate and detailed.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

OMG!!!This is gorgeous ! I can't even imagine the time and patience this project took! I hope you are planning to frame this masterpiece!

Bamabel said...

Wow! Wow! WOW!!!! This is the most gorgeous thing ever! I love it! Thanks for playing along with us this week at My Craft Spot!


Lisbeths kort og scrap said...

OMG! STUNNING! What a wonderful, lovely, superb artpiece. This must have taken like forever to put together! I love it! Thanks for joining in at Fussy and Fancy. Good luck, from Lisbeth K

My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

Oh my!! This is absolutely gorgeous! Each individual flower is beautiful and the dimension is amazing! Great work! Thanks for playing along with us at My Craft Spot! I hope you'll play again this week!

Kate said...

My goodness!! This is stunning! Your combination of flowers, branches, leaves - everything - is gorgeous!! I really like your photo idea too.

Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

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Jan Garber said...

I don't usually slow down long enough to type put a comment, but my goodness, this is seriously amazing! I wish you the best of luck in your challenges! This project deserves top prize!

jacirascrap said...

Quanta delicadeza...quantas lindas flores voce fez!!!!

Carol<>< said...

wow!!! amazing project,,,,
this is a labor of Love!!!


Lisa Shepard said...

I absolutley love this card!!!! You are a great inspiration!, I love to make my own flowers as well. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations. Lisa

Eila Sandberg said...

Goodness gracious Sandie this is absolutely stunning! I just say WOWEEE!! promise it will be framed! it's far too precious to be stacked up together with other layouts. Thanks sweetie for popping over to my blog and for becoming a visitor, really so happy to see your pretty face there among my followers! take care, kisses and hugs