The Artisan Design Team’s March box of products is all about spring! Thank goodness because I could use a little spring. I can’t even wait to see what everyone has to show you this week. If you have come over from amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop. If you are starting here, just continue around using the next buttons until you get back to me.
When Jeanna was designing this month’s hop buttons (cute, aren’t they?) she must have been inspired by some of the same things I was. I just had to play with the Spiral Flower Die as soon as I got it and I love it! I have seen a number of ways to use it and thought I should create one of my own. I wanted a card with three flowers of different sizes but how to do that? Pretty simple actually. I made the largest flower with the full spiral from the die. Then I cut a second and cut it into two pieces to create the other two flowers (see below). To lighten up the card stock a little for easier rolling, I “sueded” the paper first. Before cutting (trust me…I tried it after and it is much harder), take a piece of card stock and distress it with your bone folder or over a counter top edge. By rolling one way and then the other, the paper will start to separate and you can pull the layers apart. Then just cut with your Big Shot and the die. I used Pink Pirouette Card Stock and paired it with Smoky Slate. The little window is cut using the Apothecary Accents Framelits and then the layer was embossed with the Sale-a-bration Decorative Dots Embossing Folder. The DSP in the window is from Watercolor Wonder DSP. I cut some leaves out of Basic Gray card stock with the Secret Garden Framelits. It was still missing something so I wanted to add a shabby bow. But which color? I decided on pink but there isn’t one….so I made it. It is super easy. Add a few drops of Rose Red Reinker to some water and drop in Very Vanilla Seam Binding. Let soak for a bit and then let dry. If the color isn’t strong enough you can re-soak or add a little more ink to the water. This color happened on my first try and it is a perfect match. YEA! I tied the bow and attached it with hot glue (the flowers use the hot glue too). The sentiment comes from the hostess set Express Yourself and I thought this would be pretty for a Mother’s Day card or a special birthday. Finally the pearls. The little flowers have Basic Pearls attached and for the larger one, I used a pearl topped straight pin that I clipped with wire cutters (hot glued down to the center).
You can see to the left how I cut my spiral. It doesn’t have to be precise, just adjust the size as needed. You see the bit of curl on them? That is because I gently curled them with my Bone Folder (much like curling ribbon). That helps them roll easier.
I’ll be back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and then later in the week with more Leadership Display projects. Sorry I missed the project on Monday. Snow days are seriously getting in the way of my blogging time, lol!
Okay, off to go visit the awesome Mercedes Weber. I can’t wait for you to see what she has created! Make sure you hop around the whole loop to take a look at beautiful creations by the whole team…you’ll be happy you did!
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Stamps: Express Yourself; Ink: Smoky Slate; Paper: Watercolor Wonder DSP, Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, Whisper White; Accessories: Big Shot, Spiral Flower Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Secret Garden Framelits, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Basic Pearls, Hot Glue, Pins, Dimensionals