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Handmade Flower Bouquet Tutorial

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Handmade Flower Bouquet
My mother loves flowers and I made this bouquet of handmade flowers for her 67th birthday which we celebrated just a few days back.Red is her favourite colour and I used 2 shades of red punch-craft paper to make this handmade floral bouquet.
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Porcelain Heart
The flower vase is a crystal glass filled with pearly white marbles and dressed up with a garland of pearls.The porcelain-like heart on the tag is handmade [Here is the tutorial: Embellishment tutorial ].

Handmade flower bouquet tutorial

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Paper flower tutorial 

Materials Required to make the Paper Flowers

Paper – Chart paper or thin punch-craft paper is easiest to shape and layer to make the paper daisy flower in this tutorial .If you use cardstock you will have to spend more energy embossing the petals!
Paper Flowers- Die cut, punch or hand cut paper flowers . I used the Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz Tattered flowers die and die cut 4 flowers at a time from thin punch-craft paper. I find this a big advantage while using BigZ dies compared to thin dies.Use 3 - 6 cut flowers to make a single paper flower.
Embossing tools – Use any rounded end  object you have – eg rounded end of a pen , clay modelling tool, parchment craft embossing tool, rounded end of a quilling tool or a proper punchcraft embossing tool.
Embossing Pad or Mouse pad –to shape the petals.
Flower Center Suggestions- Pearls, Glitter, Seed Beads,Quilled fringed flower,crepe paper ball or even a  pompom like I have used in this paper flower
Adhesive- White PVA glue [Fevicol MR is my favourite] to stick the flowers and a glue gun to stick the pompom.

Paper Flower tutorial

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Paper flower tutorial
Place the flower on the mouse pad/ embossing pad and run the embossing tool from the tip of the flower petal to the base of the petal.If you emboss your petal from the outside to the inside it tends to curl the maximum!Different diameters of embossing tools will give a slightly different look to your embossed paper flower so do experiment to get the look you love the most!
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Paper flower tutorial
Invert this cup type flower on the embossing pad and now emboss the center of the flower alone with a circular movement of your embossing tool to get a good cup shaped center.
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Paper flower tutorial
Apply glue only to the center of the flower and stick at least 3 flowers in a staggering manner. Some of the handmade flowers in my bouquet have up to 6 layers of paper flowers
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Handmade Paper Flowers
I experimented using different objects for the flower centers and found I loved the unique look of the sparkly black pompoms! If you have enough patience you can use regular white glue to stick the pompoms otherwise use the glue gun!!

How to make a handmade flowers bouquet

The paper flowers shown above were so easy to make that in no time I had a whole bunch to assemble into a handmade floral bouquet.To make the flower bouquet you can use
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Handmade flower tutorial 
  1. Stems – options are
    • Metal wires- thicker gauge is preferred so that they can take the weight of your flowers.
    • Wooden skewers like I used in the thermocol rose tutorial .
    • Readymade stem with branches like in the foam rose tutorial .
  2. Floral tape 
  3. Flower calyx
    • If your handmade flower has a flat base like my daisy here you need to make a calyx so that your flower sits prettily on your floral stem.I used 5 mm quilling strips and a slotted quilling tool to make the conical calyx for my paper daisy.
    • If your handmade flower has a pointed base like in my handmade  foam roses  you can insert the stem into the flower base and wrap a cut flower or star shape around it as a calyx.
  4. Leaves – make your own wired leaves like in this Cala lily tutorial  or use ready-made paper or fabric leaves. I have used veined velvet leaves here.

How to make the Flower Calyx

Since many of my blog readers are not into quilling explaining the steps to make a quilled flower calyx.
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Flower Calyx tutorial 
You can use 3 mm , 5mm or even 1cm width paper strips to make your flower calyx. I used a paper strip nearly 17 inches long [formed by gluing 2 quilling strips end to end].
Insert the end of the paper into a slotted quilling tool.[If you dont have one you can simply try rolling the paper strip around the wooden or metal wire you are going to use as your floral stem].Roll the quilling tool and use your fingers to help form the paper coil.
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Flower tutorial 
Apply glue on the end of the paper strip,stick and complete your paper disc.
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Handmade Flower tutorial 
Use a rounded object [I used the other end of my quilling tool] to shape your quilled paper disc into a bell shaped calyx.Just press in your rounded object into the paper disc in a circular movement going inwards from the periphery and you will form a cup shaped paper shape. This is a bit tricky if you are not used to it as you may get tents,volcanoes and mini monster shapes instead of bells and cups!It doesnt really have to be perfect!
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Handmade flower tutorial 
Once you have a fairly decent conical shape insert your metal or wooden skewer into it as shown and push the paper cone right to the tip of your metal/wooden stick.Apply PVA glue or hot glue into the cup and stick your paper flower on it.Apply a bit of glue on your floral tape [always better unless your floral tape is nice and sticky] and wrap around your quilled paper calyx and down the wood/metal stem of your paper flower.
You can keep adding the wired leaves as you wrap the floral tape or add them later.
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Handmade Flower Bouquet
I didnt have the right flower vase for my handmade paper floral bouquet so made one using a crystal glass [whose siblings had all broken!!] and pearly white marbles.
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Handmade Flower Bouquet
The sparkling pompoms,the shiny marbles ,the white pearls and the porcelain heart makes my flower bouquet shimmer in the light.
I hope you like this simple handmade flower tutorial .Do tell me how you like it.
Here is the link to more Handmade flower tutorials

131 comments:

  1. I love it Dr Sonia !! flowers are so amazing you easily described the whole flower vase step wise.. am sure your mother loved it and felt so happy by looking at her fav color flowers :)

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    1. Thank you so much Radhka ...yes my mum loved the bouquet and has proudly displayed it in her showcase!!

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  2. Awesome work!The flowers look so real and beautiful !!!!!
    hugs

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    1. Thank you so much Aurelia...that makes me so happy!!

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    1. Thank you so much Carri..he he I was in 2 minds whether to use pompoms for the center now I am glad I did!!

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  4. So stunning Sonia..they look so real..just like Zinnias..our monarch butterflies would be so confused as they love coming to the garden for the Zinnias..Happy Birthday to your Mum..

    luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Ha Ha what a sweet comment Chrissy... yes this was one project I got wows from everyone at home!!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful Sonia. Love the flowers they look so real. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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    1. Thank you so much Nana.I am so glad you like my paper blooms

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  6. Your gift is so beautiful.Your flowers look so real.I hope your Mum had a lovely day!
    Sue

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    1. Thank you so much Sue.Yes my mum had a lovely birthday.

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  7. Gorgeous flowers and tutorial Sonia..Loz

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    1. Thank you so much Laurel glad you dropped by

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  8. Gorgeous Flowers Mam! love them. Thank you showing how to arrange them on a stem..my mom keeps asking me that and I keep avoiding her..i didn't know that :P !! And also coz she has eyes on my paper flowers you see.!
    Love the flowers. Will definitely try these daisies but will have to hand cut them..no big shot or dies ..guess chart paper will be fine in that case..
    I loveeeeee the porcelain like heart.. how did you make it? please share the tute..! its fabulous. Doesn't look like handmade!

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    1. You made my day Jaya!!! If you have a daisy punch that will do or handcut flower like in this tutorial : http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.in/2012/06/paper-flowers-party-decorations.html
      And yeah I am rather proud of the porcelain heart...discovered making them by accident. Will share tutorial soon I promise!

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  9. Loved your ideas and all the valuable instructions...flowers are looking really pretty :)
    Thanks for this tutorial :)
    Lina

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping in with such sweet words Lina.

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  10. This is just GORGEOUS!! I really thought that they were real flowers...WOW!!!
    I LOVE it!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    *Crafting With Creative M*

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    1. Thank you so much Migdalia...I am so thrilled that you feel my paper flowers look real!!

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  11. Yes, I like it very much. Those pom poms for the flower centers were perfect and make it look like real flowers. I bet your Mom gave you a big hug for making these for her. They're really beautiful.

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    1. Ha Ha yes I loved the pom poms too Brenda. He He and yes I did get a big hug!!

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  12. wow lovely flowers Sonia...love the arrangement

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  13. Stunning creation!! They look like a real one. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  14. these are absolutely beautiful. I love getting flowers but it's always sad to see them die, your paper bouquet is perfect

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    1. Oh Thank you so much Ann...yeah I like artificial flowers too

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  15. WOW! This is amazing!!! You did a fabulous job with these flowers - they look real!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Cut It Up and Decorate To Celebrate!

    Emily
    Mollie's Motif

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  16. very beautiful... thanks for sharing the tutorial.. and waiting for the porcelain tutorial :)
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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    1. Thank you so much for always dropping by with sweet encouraging comments Berina and I know you are so busy these days too

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  17. What a pretty bouquet of flowers, I'm sure mom was so delighted to get this from you...
    Lots of creativity here, thanks for the tut..

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    1. Thank you so much Shirl and oh yes she was thrilled!!

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  18. You did a beautiful bouquet for Mom! Surely she loved :)

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  19. Beautiful flowers - they must have taken a lot of time and effort to make so many for such a full bouquet! And then, on top of that, you took even more time and effort to share your tutorial with us - thank you - I appreciate that! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project & creativity with us!
    ~ginny,
    DT for Aud Sentiments: [#102 "Any Thing Goes"]
    RubberMAD (GettyCollection.com)

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  20. What a true labor of love. This is gorgeous! So much better than real flowers that you have to water. These will last!!

    Thanks for joining our Anything Goes challenge at Cut it Up!
    Evelyn
    http://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com

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  21. Lovely flowers and thanks for the tute on tne flower calyx Sonia. Birthday wishes to your mom.

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  22. Lovely flowers and thanks for the tute on flower calyx. Birthday wishes to your mom, Sonia.

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  23. Breath taking is the only word that comes to mind to describe this gorgeous bouquet. Happy birthday to your mom. Your tutorial, as always, is so easy to follow.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such neat comments. I am still not into making cards as much as I would like but hopefully soon things will settle down and I can get into my craft room more.
    I often look Sonia, but some times don't have much time for commenting. I know you understand. :)
    Myrna

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  24. Wow Sonia, this is Stunning, those flowers are so beautiful, such a lot of work but worth it for such gorgeous results,
    Kevin xx

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  25. Absolutely stunning flowers !!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial :)

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  26. OMG, I want these flowers! They look amazingly real! Beautiful job!

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  27. love the sparkling pompoms...the master stroke!!

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  28. Love the red flowers, fringed centers and the arrangement...Sure, ur mom would have loved this a lot!! Belated birthday wishes to her :)

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  29. Beautiful, beautiful flower bouquet with the vase :) And an excellent tutorial too. Just went through your 'Cala lillies' Tut too and it's brilliant too. You are truly a genius Dr. Sonia :)

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  30. Lovely as always Sonia....nd helpful tutorial also...:)

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  31. Brilliant one Sonia! The flower cores are LOVELY within the whole setting! You rock Doc!

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  32. lovely flowers,,,they look stunning,,i have always loved flower making and now u have inspired me more to make my own handmade bouquet...thanks for the tutorial

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  33. The bouquet looks great and I love the pompom centers. Instead of quilling the strip first and attaching using tape, You can directly apply glue on the wire and start quilling the strip for the calyx. Once you get a big enough disk, make it into a cone shape and stick to the flower - that saves time

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    1. Thank you so much Divya and he he I did try directly making the calyx on the wire but for the life of me it refused to work out!!

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  34. A beautiful bouquet. That will last long. All the hard work has paid off, I'm sure. A lot of health to your mom and best wishes

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    1. Thank you for the good wishes to my mom

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  35. The flowers are really pretty!!

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  36. Excellent. ...definitely going to try....nice idea for gift...thank you for sharing. ..

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  37. What an absolutely gorgeous bouquet of flowers Dr Sonia they look so life like and beautiful ..Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial for it ..This would definitely be a most cherished gift by your mother :)

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  38. Well Happy Birthday to your Mother and WOW...are you something else. Those flowers are sensational. The centers were an excellent idea and of course the stalk of the plant...incredible creativity...I love the realism that they have. BEAUTIFUL work Sonia. :)
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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  39. Lovely flowers, Sonia. They look stunning as a bouquet. Thanks for the tutorial :).

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  40. Stunning the look real. Lovely flowers and great they will not die:)
    Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passion.
    xxx Michelle

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  41. Wow. This is fantastic. Great tutorial too.

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  42. Wow ! Beautiful flowers..I loved their fuller look and the centers look very interesting !I can't just stop appreciating the efforts you take for the tutorials...clicking pictures of all the step n editing them uploading and writing such detailed post !! You are really an inspiration ! Thank you !

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  43. WOW, your flowers are just amazing!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  44. My gosh, what a stunning bouquet of flowers!! The look real!! As always, you did an amazing job!! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial, too!! I know your Mom will adore these!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  45. Beautiful work; I am sure your mother loved it! Thank you for playing along with us at Cut It Up!

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  46. Wow! These look fabulous! What a fabulous tutorial. Love your flowers.....I'm going to have to try this for sure!

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  47. Mindblowing!! flowers are looking real.I am sure your mom will like it.So easily you discribed it.I just love it.

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  48. Absolutely fantastic work! Those flowers look SO beautiful and real! The whole arrangement looks awesome! Hate off to your patience! Your mom must have loved it! And pls wish her a belated happy birthday on my behalf. :)

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  49. By the way, thanks so much for the tutorial Doc! :)

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  50. LOVE the blooms :) So glad you joined us on Sentimental Sundays this week.

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  51. Wonderful flower arrangement, Dr. Sonia! Beautiful colors, and a terrific tutorial! Your mom will enjoy these hand-made flowers far more than any other flowers! hugs, de {Creative Smiles}

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  52. Oh Sonia, I must tell you your blog has gotten so pretty with these beautiful lavender roses. Also your tutorials is fantastic and your flowers turned out stunning. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
    Hugs Pat

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  53. these are beautiful thank you for joining the challenge at dtc. hugs

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    1. Thank you so much Rhonda I love the decorate to celebrate challenges

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  54. LOVELY flowers..!...Happy Birthday to your Mum.....

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    1. Thank you so much Mr Rajeshkumar

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  55. Gorgeous Flowers.. Lucky mom.

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  56. Wow.. Beautiful flowers...Sonia...Arrangements and embellishments are very nice..Thanks a lot for detailed tutorial, Especially the calyx...

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  57. What a beautiful bouquet of flowers you made for your mothers birthday. The pompoms look great in the center of the flowers. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Best wishes,Wies

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  58. This is a stunning project. Thank you for sharing with us at Make My Monday this week
    Rosie x

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  59. Hello Miss Sonia, your the greatest teacher, your bouquet looks divine, the flowers are gorgeous, excellent tutorial, hand made flowers to last forever, what could be better gift for your Mom, thanks so much for sharing this, have a wonderful weekend, ((( BIG HUGS )))...

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  60. Beautiful! thanks for joining us at crafts 4 eternity this week hugs x

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  61. Stunning Boquet. the details are so nicely explained. Love the use of glass and pearl marbles. Well done Sonia

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  62. My word this is stunning and a fab tutorial. Thanks for sharing with us at Lexis, Susan x

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  63. Wow.....stunning! I'm sure your mum love her beautiful bouquet.....hope she enjoyed a very happy birthday!

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  64. Oh goodness... as always, you have completely blown me away with your creativity, attention to detail, and heart! :o) Every detail is stunning in this masterpiece! Perfectly done, Sonia! I hope you have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  65. This is amazing, I know your mom will treasure this. Happy Birthday to her.

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  66. Wow the flowers are beautiful, and so nice to keep as a gift, I hope your Mum was thrilled. Very creative! Thanks for sharing this with us at Sentimental Sundays! x

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  67. TFS all your creativity with all of us. great tips and lovely bouquet! thanks so much for this
    bibiana

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  68. Wow ! what a wonderfull Flower bouquet !
    really very lovely. happy birthday wishes for your Mom.
    May God give her Long and healthy life.

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  69. What a lovely project.Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

    Best Regards,
    Zara

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  70. Oh Dr. Sonia! This is just what I needed. A perfect and easy flower tutorial. They are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks again for sharing this.

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  71. fabulous!!!! Everytime I come here, you blow my mind away!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Sentimental Sundays. Good luck!
    xx
    Erum
    ps: happy birthday to aunty!

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  72. Such a lovely handmade bouquet flowers, thanks for the tutorial as well :)

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  73. WOW! WOW! simple beautiful and thank you for sharing a tutorial:) Thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate too.
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  74. Oh wow, Dr Sonia, I bet your Mum loved these flowers. You are so clever.

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    1. Thank you Merry..Oh yes my mom loved the bouquet

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  75. Your mom will love these! THank you for the tutorial!

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  76. wooooww Dr Sonia...you really impressed me with your Paper flower it is an amazing project..I really love your tutorial too...and enjoy look at the step by step made the Flower....I will visit you again if you have new Project...hugs from Germany, Monika

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  77. Very nicely explained tutorial Dr...Flowers are so pretty and amazed to see you make so many everytime ..TFS !!

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  78. Your flowers are just beautiful! Thanks for the great tutorial, always so detailed!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  79. That is a wonderful bunch of flowers Dr. Sonia. I am sure your mother loved them. Great tutorial too! NancyD

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  80. very nice, thanks for sharing tutorial!

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  81. Oh my goodness - these are absolutely stunning. Gorgeous flowers - thanks so much for the tutorial. Love the centres!!

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  82. Beautiful bouquet- Great tutorial. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.
    dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  83. OMG.. this is beyond fabulous!! I bet ur mum was very touched.
    Belated happy birthday to her :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jaya...yes my mom loves flowers

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  84. Your bouquet looks so very real. Amazing. Hugs Mrs A.

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  85. Loved it sonia.. It's simply gorgeous. .thanks for the lovely tutorial dear..and thank you so much for your kind appreciation for my layouts. .am so glad you like them..your words mean a lot.. love

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  86. Lovely flowers and thanks for the tutorial. ...

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  87. Hi Sonia ~ This handmade flower bouquet is sooo beautiful! I'm sure your mom will cherish these very special-created with love-everlasting blooms always! Hope you all had fun celebrating her 67th birthday, and thanks for this really great tutorial! xo :)

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    1. Thank you so much ...oh yes her birthday was awesome

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  88. plz give me tutorial of flowers with long sticks

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    1. Sonia I didnt quite get which flower you are reffering to!

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