Paper Flowers Encore !

Paper Flowers
             Dear friends if you have already seen this window card do forgive me as I had to repost this for having stupidly deleted the earlier published post! Dont ask me how I did it ...maybe the blogging gods [or maybe for us crafty blogs its goddesses] wanted to see me pull my hair ,stamp my feet, curse myself and generally act like a loony lady !!
And I think only a crafty blogger can understand the true enormity of it...lost challenge links ,lost comments..booo hooo!!
Paper flowers
           Well on a more positive side if you are seeing the card for the first time or even 2nd time do tell me the flowers [or whatever else you like] are gorgeous !! [here is the tutorial link : Paper Flower tutorial ]
Sola wood leaves
The leaves are cut from sola wood [ made of tapioca].See link to sola wood flowers and yeah I heat embossed for the first time!!
Heat embossing
Have thrown in all kinds of materials in this card....corrugated paper[ the silver leaves],glitter foam[ the swirls and swirly border],pearls, lace and sola wood!
Window card
            Deleting a popular post in which so many blogger friends wrote such sweet comments is one of the most foolish things I have done in my 4 years of blogging !!

Side Step Card with Fringed Flowers

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Stair step card
          Dear friends sharing a side step card I had made for my daughter's 8th birthday and filled with little things she likes like strawberries,cute stickers, hearts and handmade flowers.Here is a super easy way to make a side step card : Side step card tutorial 
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Fringed flowers
            I made the fringed paper flowers from pink handmade paper and inked the edges with red pigment ink.The image is a sticker and is my daughter's favorite.Here are 2 more cards featuring the cute image:Twist up Pop Up card and Swinging Strawberry card
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Side step card
           I usually make 2 cards for my daughter's birthday one which me and and hubby give and one which her grandma gives her.Had made a Pop up Box card for her from us but I was secretly thrilled she liked this cuter girly card much better [ ha ha just reassures me my little girl is still very much a child who like cute stuff!!]
            As a parent there are so many times when we want our child to grow up but sometimes in my heart I want my daughter to always remain my little girl!! Ha Ha am I making any sense?!!

Supplies :Dies :Spellbinder Majestic Labels 25 ,Spellbinder Classic Leaf ,Spellbinder Lace Hearts ,Spellbinder Shapeabilities Asian Accents ,Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf strip 


Paper Flower tutorial

Handmade flowers
             Dear friends Thank you so much for the love showered on my  Paper Flower Romance and my little girl's Scroll Party Invitation Cards...blogger pals are the best!!
Sharing yet another card with handmade flowers.
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Handmade flowers
         I used Kraft card as the base of this Floral card layered with pattern paper [you can see just a peek of brown stripes!] and Spellbinder die cuts[inked with peeled paint distress ink and water sprayed].Peeking through the frame you can just make out the brick embossed "kraft" card which serves as a lovely backdrop for my handmade flowers.
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Handmade flowers
The leaves are stamped[Heartfelt creations], die cut [with Spellbinder Class leaf die] and sponged with distress ink[peeled paint].The Cheery Lynn butterfly is an all time favorite and after investing in a metal adapter plate I no longer have issues die cutting it!! The metal bird cage charm hangs on a wire stuck in a wooden bead.

Sharing the Paper Flower tutorial 

Paper flower tutorial 
  • Cheery Lynn Sunflower Die - This is such a versatile die and  you can see "non sunflower"  flowers I made with this die in my Mothers Day Card and in Paper Flower Romance 
  • Glue and Scissors
  • Optional Tools : Embossing Pad ,Embossing Tool and Slotted Quilling tool
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Paper Flower tutorial
I used 3 die cut sunflowers to make one fluffy daisy.Cut out the center of each flower as shown in the picture of the flower tutorial
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Paper Flower tutorial
Apply glue on the center of the flower as shown and use your hand or a slotted quilling tool to roll it into a bud.
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Paper Flower tutorial
Apply glue on the 2nd flower and roll it firmly around the bud you had already made .
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Paper Flower tutorial
You can add the 3rd die cut flower in the same way or as a variation emboss the 3rd  flower by running the embossing tool from the edge towards the center of each petal[this manoeuvre gives a deep cup shaped flower] and inverting it before applying glue and rolling it around the flower shape you had already made
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Paper Flower tutorial
I inked my flower petal tips with victorian velvet distress ink and sprayed with water to get a more natural blend of colors
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Handmade Paper flowers
          I really debated whether I should share this flower tutorial since its for a specific die which my readers may or maynot have.I finally decided the flower tutorial  may help serve as an inspiration to experiment with your dies/punches and discover more uses.Maybe like me when you discover myriad uses for a particular product [see Porcelain tutorial ] ,it helps  a teeny bit to justify spending on crafty goodies  [Wink**Wink **]!!
Here are links to more Handmade flower tutorials
Supplies: Dies : Spellbinder Classic Leaf,Spellbinder Majestic labels 25,Cheery Lynn Sunflower die, Cheery Lynn Butterfly.Spellbinder Brick embossing Folder.Distress Inks- Victorian velvet, peeled paint
Edited : This card came top 3 in Create Something Catchy [wedding floral theme]
It also came top 3 in Dies R Us [wedding theme]
Top Three Badge


Scroll Shaped Invitation Cards Tutorial

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Scroll Shaped Invitation Cards
         Dear friends I had shared earlier in a post on the Egyptian King Tutankhamen Framed art tutorial  that we were having an Egyptian themed birthday party for my daughter.I am so touched that many of you asked about the crafty stuff we did for the party.
     These Scroll style Invitation card were made by my little girl[ who turned 8 on May 30th]...they are super simple to make but I know a lot of "non card makers" do drop by my blog ,so penning down a few steps on

How we made our DIY Scroll Invitation Cards

  1. We embossed white ivory card stock using a Provocraft “Invitation” embossing folder  - My little girl has so much more muscle power now than when she made the Ocean Stationary Set.You can alternately print or hand write the words.
  2. My little girl herself claimed we had to "age"  the paper !! We went to town distressing it away by randomly sponging with distress ink ...and to my amazement she didn't tire even after inking 15 cards! Use any brown ink you have and since the whole idea is to dirty it up little hands can have a blast!
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    Scroll cards
  3. We rolled  golden pattern paper into paper rolls ...this was quite tricky for her little hands so I made most of the paper rolls! [See another Paper roll Project]
  4. Nothing like a bit of gold for added glamour so we added Spellbinder die cut banners and tassels [Similar tassels also used on this Fancy Fold card]to make our scroll card
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    Handmade card
  5. I had these pretty  golden crescents which were negatives of the swirl border memory box die used in the Paper Flower Romance card and my little girl loved them so much she patiently stuck numerous tiny golden crescents on to her Scroll card !! She claimed Queen Cleopatra's Card would be decked in gold!!
  6. We varied the banners slightly and added different golden peacock feathers to each scroll card as a final touch.
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Shaped Card
          These Invitation cards were easier to make than I had thought and helped make my little girl so excited about her Egyptian theme party!!
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Handmade Birthday Invitations
You can very well imagine the Birthday girl’s pride and delight when she hand delivered her “Egyptian Party” Invitations to her guests!!
Here is the Mummy we made as part of our  Egyptian theme DIY crafty decor : Mummy and Me

Click here to see crafty stuff we did for her Rapunzel Theme Birthday party

Supplies: Paper:Ivory Card Stock,Golden Textured Pattern paper,Golden Metallic pattern paper [all from the local stationary shop],Dies:Spellbinder Jewel fantasies,Spellbinder Banner,Swirl Border memory box poppy stamps die,


Paper Flower Romance

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Paper Flower
         Hi friends its been quite some time since I blogged…I had some renovation work at home,went to my hometown, and had maid servant problems !!Life sure was super hectic!!Now things are settling and I will soon drop by your blogs [don't forget to leave me a comment so that I can stop by].
Sharing a floral shaped card
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Paper Flowers
            Wanted to make a "romantic" card for a change .Layered 2 pattern papers on card stock and tried stitching for the first time[I am not much of a seamstress so was a bit wary but stitching on paper wasn't as difficult as I had thought!!].Recycled a netting salvaged from my grocery shopping and attached it to my card with glue dots.
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Handmade flowers
           Added die cut lace hearts and a handmade "porcelain" heart [tutorial:Porcelain Embellishment tutorial ] and finished it off with a chipboard lock and key.Used Distress Ink[Aged Mahogany] on all the layers and embellishments to bring about some colour cohesion [dont know if I have succeeded...I am not much of an ink user!!].The big rose is a punchcraft flower
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Punchcraft flowers
              Made the punchcraft rose from pink card stock using a Jef punch, inked with distress ink[aged mahogany] and misted with Lindy's spray...love the rather unusual mottled look the ink and mist gave the flower!.Here is the link to the punchcraft rose tutorial .Made the white blooms using the Cheery Lynn Sunflower die and added my favourite stamped- die cut  leaves.Also added a dangling metal heart charm--not quite visible in the side profile pic!
Please do tell me how the card has turned out.

Supplies: Pattern Paper :Various DCWV,Stamps : Heartfelt creations class leaf
Dies:Spellbinder leaf die,Spellbinder lace hearts,Spellbinder Asian accents,Memory box poppy stamps swirl border,CheeryLynn Sunflower,Punches: Jef Mega 5 petal punch,Itsy Bitsy Chipboard lock and key,Netting[ recycled from grocery shopping!],Heart charm-Imaginations,Aged Mahogany Distress Ink
Edited : This card won at Kraftzone [theme pattern paper + dies] and came top 3 at Imaginations [ theme distress inks]
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