Photo Holder with Easy Handmade Flowers

Mixed Media Photo Holder
Hi friends have you ever started a project intending to make one thing and ended up making something entirely different!! When I started this project I intended to just make a simple card to showcase the new Crealies Square dies .
Crealies  Squares
Crealies  dies are designed so cleverly that even if you mix and match different sets they coordinate perfectly. Here I used 2 Crealies  die sets to create numerous layers and frames .
Mixed Media Box Base

I got so carried away while I added the original "card" to the front of a box made using this Tutorial : DIY Recipe/Photo Holder Tutorial 
Mixed Media Box
The box is raised above the ground using cute metal feet.
Mixed Media Box
The sides are accordion folds dressed up with the octagonal lace design from Crealies and I added lots of beautiful lace and fabric trims to give this memory box a shabby chic and feminine feel!
Mixed Media Box

In the first photo you can see a roof on the holder and it is detachable roof . I wanted a delicate look so I  made it out of acetate and lacey die-cuts made with the Crealies   Decorette XL No. 02  which is also used on the sides  of the photo holder
Mixed Media Box
 The "memories" you see is a Crealies Text die cut and it is placed on the Crealies scroll banner die and encrusted with flower pearls .
Pearl encrusted Scroll 
In the lower corner I added a square frame with pearls ,  pearly hearts, a brass key and a clock which are perfect for the concept of the  "memory box photo holder "!

Mixed Media Box
And how can I have a post without sharing a few tips.So here is a mini Tutorial of sorts explaining how you can make a 3 dimensional lily.

Easy Flower Tutorial 

I used the Crealies   Uno no.51   and  Set of 3 no.51 flower dies.
You can try with any other flower  die cut or punched flower shape too.
Feel free to adapt this idea to whatever supplies you have!
You need only 6 petals so cut away the rest .
Dont discard the petals you cut always as you can use it to make flower buds. 
Ink the center of the flower as shown and tie a bunch of stamen for the center. 
Paper Flower Tutorial
Place the flower with the inked surface away from you on a perforating pad/soft mouse pad and run a metal tool/pen over the petals from outside to inside. 
Paper Flower Tutorial
This will curl the petals as shown
Paper Flower Tutorial
Now turn the piece over as shown below
Paper Flower Tutorial
Apply glue to the lower center and one petal and glue the stamen bunch inside and forming a 5 petal flower as you glue one petal over the other.
Paper Flower Tutorial
I arranged the flowers in such a way that they are seen rising from a flower vase. I made the cute flower vase at home using a chocolate mould and resin! The design on the vase was made using  the Crealies  Decorette XL No. 02 die.
Handmade Resin Flower vase
It was so fun using not only the new Crealies  Squares dies but a whole bunch of exclusive Crealies  dies to make this special project and I hope you liked this idea.
Mixed Media Box
Here are the list of products:
Crealies Dies/Stansen :
Crea Nest Lies XXL no.8
Crea Nest Lies XXL no.85


Twist and Pop Up Card

Twist and Pop Up Card
Hi friends...sharing a Pop Up Card made with new Crealies dies. The front of the card is made using the Crealies  "patchwork" dies which is such a beautiful design from Crealies . I first used the Patchwork dies in this post : Simple Foamiran Flower Tutorial 
Patchwork Card Design
I used the Patchwork die on pattern paper and also cut out some pieces from blue craft foam so that I can pop up parts to give a nice 3 D look. Using matching colored craft foam instead of regular white foam adhesive tape gave a more unique look to the 3 D Jigsaw puzzle effect!
Patchwork Card Design
The little pieces do take time to put together but it is so gratifying ...like solving a mini puzzle! 
The handmade foamiran flowers are made with Crealies  flower dies and are super easy and quick to make and here is the Tutorial 
The twist and pop mechanism on the inside was made with the Crealies   Cardzz No.13A and Cardzz No 13 dies [ also featured in these posts : Paper Stars Tutorial and Squash Fold Mini album] and this is how it looked before  assembling.
Twist and Pop Up Card
Twist and Pop Up Cards though super fun are tricky to make and I am so glad Crealies  has come out with dies to make them.

Twist and Pop Card
Since the front of my card is floral I continued the floral theme inside too  but added fluttering butterflies on the Twist and Pop element!
Twist and Pop Card
The "Smile " is one of my favorite sentiments form Crealies  and is layered on the Crealies  banner dies.
Twist and Pop Card
I hope you liked my Twist and Pop up Card.
Here are the supplies used: 


Apron Shaped Gift Card Holder

Apron Shaped Gift Card Holder
Hi friends...sharing an idea to present a gift card in style! 
I used Crealies  gift card slider dies to cut a slot in an Apron shaped New Year Card . I made matching Apron shaped Calendars whose Tutorial I have shared here :DIY Desktop Calendars
Apron Shaped Gift Card Holder
The "Gift Card- from me to you" was stamped using the new Crealies  stamp which is just perfect to use with Gift cards. I created the lovely frame for it using the new Labelzz & Tagzz Crealies  dies which are so beautiful and versatile.
Apron Shaped Gift Card Holder

The flower is handmade and very easy to make here is the Tutorial : 

And here is how the inside looks:
New Year Card
 I added Poinsettias and holly leaves and  a New Year Wish.
I love how big and beautiful the New Year sentiment stamp from Crealies  is!!
I hope you liked this handmade idea.
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