Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Flowers that won’t Die!

 

Summer is finally starting to show itself around here and that puts me in a really good mood!  Barbecues, swimming, vacations, and of course…flowers.  I just love to see those pops of color in nature especially after a long drab winter, so I decided to create a beautiful summer bouquet that I can enjoy all summer long as well as in dreary winter.

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My bouquet idea is one that I have been tossing around for awhile, but it finally came to life when Signify Pink sent us some collections from their Glimpses line.  The Life’s A Party collection was absolutely perfect for my idea with the bright beautiful summer colors.

 

The first thing that I did was go through my cardstock and found colors that matched (or were really close) to the colors in the Glimpses paper.  Then I started to cut my flowers.  I used various petals from the Sherri Cut Flower Bundle from Lettering Delights. Cutting all of these flowers is a breeze with the eCraft using the tray feature.  Just love doing that for mass production!

 

While my flowers were cutting, I had to figure out exactly how I was going to assemble my flowers.  Going through all my supplies, I came across some lollipop sticks that I had used last fall for my Cheater Cake Pops.  I pulled out some of them and some of my spray inks (Adirondack Color Wash in Meadow and Dylusions in Cut Grass and Fresh Lime) and sprayed them up.

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Since these lollipop sticks are paper, they soak up the ink easily and after I sprayed I just rolled each one through the ink that puddled up on my craft sheet and then set them off the side to dry.  I then gathered my other supplies (pearlized pins, small crystals beads, and small silver toned beads, and some liquid adhesive).

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After all my cutting was done (with some done in the patterned paper and some in solid colored cardstock), I set about to pick out my combinations of petals.  After that, I started to bend my petals.  To do that I used a paintbrush handle and treated the petal like I was curling ribbon.  Some of the petals were bent up and some bent down.

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Then I started assembling each flower.  I threaded a crystal onto a pearlized pin and then added the smallest petal.  I then added a small silver bead and then another petal and kept repeating until I was done adding petals.  Then I added a bead of liquid glue to the top of the lollipop stick and then stuck the pin into the lollipop stick.

 

To complete it, I used a candle holder that I found at Michaels.  I filled it with some glass gems.  I then started to arrange the flowers to my liking.  The gems hold everything in place nicely.  I then added the banner on the front using the coordinating Penant Stickers and Alphabet Stickers from Glimpses by Signify Pink.  Such a nice touch.

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I also added this really cute pinwheel that also coordinates with the Life’s A Party collection from Glimpses by Signify Pink.

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Interested in some Signify Pink goodies?  Better hurry because they are running close out prices right now at (Glimpses by Signify Pink) and if you are a wholesaler there are great deals for you too! (Signify Pink Wholesale)

 

This is one of those projects that just makes me happy to see everyday!  Happy Summer!

1 comment:

J+S said...

I have really enjoyed your videos. I am trying to cut some shapes out of sticker paper and even on a pressure setting of 1 it is ripping. Have you ever cut sticker/label paper and what settings did you use? Thanks!

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