Tuesday 30 December 2014

Build A Bouquet Kit - My Tips &Tricks

You will be instantly drawn to that gorgeous bunch of flowers on the cover of the occasions catalogue when you see it, I know I was.  I thought wow I can make that? Well, I ordered the kit in my preorder & it sat staring at me for a few weeks.  We all came down with a terrible cold on Boxing day so I thought what a wonderful project to get me through a few days of everyone being sick.  I actually did make it, but I was rather surprised by the time it took to make. Each flower is a work of art in itself!   The kit is called Build A Bouquet (137952) & will be available to purchase January 6th.

Front cover flowers
I have been paper crafting for around 4 years & have a pretty good idea on how to make flowers & 3D projects, but I have to say this kit was a challenge.  It is definitely not a beginner level project.   I struggled a lot with the vague instructions, but once I had made a few of each flower I went ok.  I decided the instructions were not detailed enough so I am in the process of writing a more in-depth tutorial.  I hope to have pictures & instructions for each flower.  The good news for customers is there will be Youtube video released on January 6th for you to follow along with.
Build a Bouquet Kit - My 1st Attempt
Close Up Of Flowers

I made a few errors & found a few tips along my way so I am happy to share this process with you.
I started with the Poppy as it was the largest & looked fairly simple.

The poppy requires the black fringe to be rolled in the centre.  If I was doing it again I would probably only use only 2 not the 3 suggested.  I also found it easier to join all the fringes together then roll them onto the stem.  When making the poppy create all of the petals first them assembly is so much easier.

The daisy was probably the hardest flower to get looking nice.  Mine are rather scruffy looking.  I tried each flower using a hot glue gun & then Tombow glue.  For this flower I found the Tombow created a neater flower.

  It says to stamp the small flower along the bottom of the white strips but I found you needed to stamp it more in the middle.  I did just the edge & you can tell from my finished flowers that you can hardly see the stamping.
Daisy L) Glue Gun & Vintage Faceted Button,  R) Old SAB Button & Tombow Glue. 
The wild rose was my favourite flower to create.  It had more steps but the end result is one stunning flower.  If I was going to recreate any of the flowers this one would be it.  It is a bit hard to see here but the stamping & the petals look lovely. I forgot to use 2 lots of the black stems & only used one but it looks ok.   It says to use Strawberry Slush when stamping.  I suggest you do use Strawberry Slush.  I tried using Crisp Cantaloupe & it was too wishy washy & hard to see & ended up using the Strawberry Slush on the rest.
Wild Rose - I only used one set of black stems but you are supposed to use 2.
 The Pansy was quite quick to assemble as a single flower.  They needed to be taped into bunches of 3.  These leaves were a lot easier to attach using the florist tape provided.  The other leaves I found if I cut a slit in them & pinched them onto the stem that worked better.
Pansy - these were the easiest of all of the flowers, but then you have to make 3 of them per stem.
I forgot to take a photo of the Chrysanthemum on it's own & it is kind of squished in this photo.  This was my last bundle of flowers to make & it was quite fiddly with all those long petals to wind around the stem.  I used Tombow glue for an easier tighter fit, then used the bone folder to curl the petals inwards. 

This projects was a real labour of love.  It took approximately 8hrs to make all of the flowers & I took a few shortcuts along the way.  For the long petal type flowers like the chrysanthemum & the daisy it is easier to use Tombow glue than the hot glue gun.  For the flowers that have petals I found the hot glue gun worked best.  My biggest tip is to stamp all of the petals first then assemble them into petals.  You  need to cross over the slit part & stick together.  I used Fast Fuse for this.  

The kit comes with the very beautiful vintage faceted buttons which needed to be covered with Hello Honey paper & I just could not bear to do it!  I ended up using some old sale-a-bration buttons instead.  

Dont get me wrong, these are a very beautiful project.  SO beautiful that SU have released a die in the Occasions Catalogue, so you can make more if you wish.  I will however leave that to you for now :) 
This project would be a good one to do over a series of weeks not in 2 days like I attempted.  Perhaps make all of one flower, then move on to the next a few days or weeks later. 

Another tip I have is that there is a coordinating stamp set you need to buy to stamp on your flowers. It's called Build a Bouquet (137166).   I can see lots of great projects just for the stamp set, without the flowers, however if you didn't want to buy it, you could also use Gorgeous Grunge or something similar, like Work of Art.

If you are making these flowers & are wanting some guidance, please feel free to contact me for advice or tips.  I am just an email away & I don't bite.   I am working on a detailed instruction sheet for each of the flowers, but each one is a large file with detailed photos it will need to be emailed to you.  If you would like a copy please let me know in the comments section below, or send me an email via the contact section on the side bar. 

Have fun building your bouquet! 

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Wednesday 24 December 2014

12 Weeks Of Christmas: Week 12 - Merry Christmas Money Holders

I usually give a lot of gift cards for Christmas, but this year I decided to give cold hard CASH!  The only problem was I had nothing to put it in.  I measured the $$$ I was giving & decided to make up my own holder.  They are very simple but do the job nicely.

Take a piece of DSP 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" & score at 1 5/8" & 4 1/4"
Use adhesive to stick edges of the larger flap down
Adhere an edgelit or punched edge to the inner top flap
I added a white liner for writing a message on the inside top flap measuring 1 1/4" x 6 1/2"

Make a belly band with a 1 3/4" x 6 1/2" strip of coordinating card stock & DSP cut at 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"
I used the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch with both the 2" Circle & 1 3/8" Circle punches.

This marks the end of my 12 Weeks Of Christmas posts.  I made it YAY!  I hope you enjoyed following along.

We have a new Occasions Catalogue about to start January 6th, so how about I get to work on samples from that & the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue?   You are going to love this catalogue.  It is full of LOTS of amazing new products!  Plus, the Sale-A-Bration freebies are super nice this year too.  I can't wait to get started.

Merry Christmas to all my readers & I hope you & your family have a happy & safe New Year!

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Monday 22 December 2014

12 Weeks Of Christmas:Week 11-Star Wreathes

Like I said in my last post, the stamp club ladies were coming to celebrate our Christmas party & to make their very own version of the star wreath I made. 

Here are a few photos of their creations…..

Leanne's Wreath Close Up

Monica's Wreath Close Up
Creation Station

Stamp Club Xmas Party
Another year of stamp clubs over.  I just wanted to say what a lovely group of supportive & gorgeous ladies these are.  I consider them all my good friends & look forward to another great year of stamp club fun!   I will be starting a new Stamp Club in April 2015.  These will run on a Monday & a Thursday night with a maximum of 8 ladies in each group.   I am moving house in March so the new stamp club will be in my new house….yet to be determined, but will be around the Torquay area still.

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Thursday 18 December 2014

12 Weeks Of Christmas: Week 11 - Star Wreath

I have spent the day cutting out what feels like hundreds of Star Framelits to make this wreath.  I do like it but it was a labour of love I can tell you.  I decorate for the holidays using silver, white & blue so the All is Calm DSP worked in perfectly for my decor.

My stamp club ladies are coming over tonight for our Christmas party.  We make a big project each year & I get to be the hostess - Yay!  They are making these wreathes in their chosen decor colours.  Most have chosen Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive with the Season Of Style (retired) DSP.  I can't wait to see their creations.  I managed to get the wreathes on sale on the clearance rack a few months ago.  They are the Burlap & Blooms Wreath Kit, which we are changing to suit our Christmas needs.

I will take some photos of the ladies creations & put them on the blog next week.  I am particularly interested to see how Monica's Black & Silver creation turns out. 

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Thursday 11 December 2014

12 Weeks Of Christmas: Week 10 - Glitter Technique Ornamental Pine

I really like the glitter technique for that added extra oomph, especially on a Christmas card.  I was introduced to this technique a few years ago but every year I am asked to redo it in classes.  Here is a card I made recently using Ornamental Pine stamp set (on sale right now in the Closeout sales)

The actual design of the card is cased off Pinterest with a few switch ups to enable the glitter technique.  I love that with a bit of heat & stick powder & heat gun & some glitter, you can create quite a sparkly & impressive card in minutes. 

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Monday 8 December 2014

12 Weeks Of Christmas: Week 9 - Santa Curvy Keepsake Box

Please don't fall of your chair from shock.  Yes, I actually made it back here to continue this series.
Here is a little Santa Curvy Keepsake box I made way back when I had my launch in October.  It has been sitting here on my shelf feeling all sad & neglected so I decided it needs to get out there into the big wide world & live a little ;)

The Curvy Keepsake bag is so versatile & fits quite a lot of things in it surprisingly.  We have given chocolates, lollies, jewellery & even a rock recently.  (Please don't ask, lol) I love that the tags come with it & the bag holds itself closed with the little flaps.  I made this one up with scraps of paper left over from another project.  Love it when I can use up scraps!

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