Sunday, April 17, 2011

Paper Flowers!

This weekend, I worked on three challenge projects that go together.  I wanted to make a special gift for a friend who has helped me this past year.
The card, tag, and basket are challenge projects I have created to match!
The Circle Blog's Weekly Challenge #29: Handmade Flower Challenge piqued my interest because I love making dimensional flowers.  I have played a bit with Mother's Day Bouquet and decided that it would be fun to cover an object with flowers.  I have some leftover metal buckets from Christmas that I purchased for $1 at Target.

I cut TONS of flowers using that cart and flood filling them with colors from Nursery Tails.  After I made a few test cuts, I decided on several that I liked best.
I was so glad I had this chart once I decided to make additional flowers for a card and tag!

I inked, glittered, and added pearls to accent them.
I used a chunkier glitter than I normally use and really liked the results. 
I used E6000 plastic adhesive to ensure that the flowers would not pop off of the metal can.  I started crowding the flowers together and went back to fill any with additional small flowers at the end, covering the bucket completely and hiding the polka dots.  The gluing process took quite longer than I expected because  I had allow time for the glue to dry before being able to roll the bucket to a new section.  Patience definitely pays off on a project like this!

I really liked the way it finished!  When  I read Allison's Weekend Challenge on the MB and saw her fantastic card sketch, I knew I wanted a matching card!
Allison created this sketch!!!  I have to learn to do that.

I started with the cross on Easter 2010.  I cut it at 2.9" with the shadow.  I used matching flowers to decorate the cross.
I printed pink and green cardstock using the same colors from Nursery Tails that I had floodfilled on my flowers to use for the card base and mat.  The base was cut at 12" wide by 8" tall and then scored to finish folded at 6" x 8".  The mat was cut at 5.5" by 7.5".  I used my Zutter 1/2" Corner Chomper to round the edges of the base and mat.  I used a Martha Stewart edge punch to decorate a paper ribbon, applying with double-sided tape.  I printed the sentiment on my computer using Microsoft's Chopin Script at 20 point, using the darkest green under 'theme colors'.  The cross was popped up with foam dots.
Doxie's Sunday Challenge gave me a little incentive to continue on my theme to create a tag for my basket and submit an entry for her Shape Challenge: Ovals.  Using the scalloped and smooth egg shapes on Easter 2010, I cut them at 1.8.  The colors were also from Nursery Tails.  I cut another cross from the same cart, just like the one I cut for the card, but this one was 2".  More flowers and pop dots to add depth to the tag and I ended with this.
I think the basket is really enhanced by the tag.  It really adds to it.  I love it when things work out that way!
I was so pleased with this set.  I will be filling the bucket with cake bonbons to present to my friend after the Easter Vigil next weekend.

Today is Palm Sunday.  As we lead up to Holy Week, I wanted to be free for the extra services and events and am thankful to the challenge ladies for prompting me to do this project now!
Thank you for visiting my blog!


JennyKozar said...

Just beautiful.

Valerie said...

I love this! You're so talented

girlia said...


L.B. said...

our projects are just so beautiful. I love the bucket and thank you for sharing what glue you used as I love these buckets and never knew what to use to glue things on and make them stick. Great work.

Mandy said...

Nadia, you are right up there in "Godess" status! Those are amazing, everything you make is amazing!

paperANDi - Stephanie Dang said...

This is just absolutely gorgeous!

JenL said...

Nadia, I love this project!! I use the cross a lot, but never thought of adding flowers to it. I'm always amazed at the creative things you come up with!! Absolutely beautiful!!

Mary said...

OMG... these are beautiful!!

Gina piazza said...

You never, never cease to AMAZE me. These are so gorgeous!!! Thank you for always sharing (especially all the beautiful details) of what you create.

Nubia said...

With Glittering Eyes: Paper Flowers!

I think this is sooooo cute and beautiful! I'm a fellow cricut circle blog member, so I love to see what people put up.

Additionally, I'm a volunteer blog writer for an agency called Charity Wings...whose readership is involved in many crafting for causes. We do weekly featured artists as a way of promoting cool work and to inspire our readers. I'm wondering if you would let us "copy" this post and feature you! We would just ask that you post a quick blog about us to send some of your readers our way too :)

You can reach me at to let me know (or if you have any other questions!).

JaniceA said...

Love it, it is just soooo Spring. Thanks for sharing!

Sandi Clarkson said...

Love this, Nadia .. so Spring and so Easter. I love the flowered pail .. just adorable. Your card is wonderful .. that Cross cut is one of my faves! Good luck on the Circle contest .. you'll be the winner for sure!

Brenda said...

Beautiful projects! All of your patience really paid off.

cdm317 said...

Wow! Fabulous projects! Your talent is always amazing! Good luck in the challenge!
Colleen (Gonescrappin' at the CMB)

Audrey Frelx said...

OMG! What a beautiful set!

Mrs. Green said...

All of those flowers are amazing!!!!

Scrapper69 said...

I LOVE this whole set... and I think I've said it already but you can never hear it enough! :o)

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

Nadia this is stunning! I love that cross from Easter 2010 cart too! Have a blessed Easter!

Nubia said...

Hi Nadia,

We posted your tutorial on the Charity Wings site! Come check it out!

But wait! There's more! Click 'older posts' above!

But wait!  There's more!  Click 'older posts' above!