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Friday, February 1, 2013

February Blog Hop



Seriously you have no idea how excited I was to get to be a part of this months ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop. So much so I convinced them to let me pick up my item at the boutique rather than wait for it in the mail! I was super lucky too because this months fantastic item was Prima Marketing Flowers, and I love working with flowers.

When I picked up my flowers I couldn't wait to get started making something. I received the Prima Calypso Script Hydrangea Tin with Handmade Paper Flowers in Purple. The color is just amazing and the petals have a very realistic texture and hue.

So I dug through all my scrapbooking supplies to narrow down the possibilities and decided on two projects. A simple pressed flower look card and a grapevine wreath for Valentine's.


First the card. I wanted to do something that showed off the simple beauty of these flower petals. They look so real it reminded of how I used to press flowers in books when I was younger. I grabbed some silk leaves, card and glimmer mist in addition to the flowers and set to work. I went with a water stain background on the card by lightly misting the card base with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Spring Violet.






It has a great shine, don't you think?








Glue down a couple silk leaves and a simple grouping of Prima petals and you have a simple pressed flower card. A hand written note inside and this card made it's way to say thank you for Christmas presents from family.






















With my first project in the mail it was time to brave the snow (we have several feet of it piled up in our yard now) and gather some grape vines for my wreath. I started wanting to do a bow shape and then changed my mind in favor of a heart for Valentine's Day.

When working with vines or branches of any kind the key is to work quickly but bend slowly. If you take too long the wood will dry and set its shape and if you bend too fast or take too long . . . SNAP! I use pony tail holders and binder clips to hold the vines in shape while they dry out. I used a 28 gauge wire to secure the top (you don't need to use such a fine wire though, it was just what I had on hand in green.)

I glued down a few Imaginisce Bitty Blossoms first, then added on a layer of the Prima flowers, finished off with some wire rosettes. Use a piece of ribbon or more wire to make a hanger and it's done.












These flowers were so much fun to work with that I could have easily come up with a hundred more projects to make.





Don't forget to visit and leave a comment on ALL the Blog Hop Blogs for your chance to win a $20 gift code to ScrapbookSteals.com (deadline to enter 11:59 PM Sunday Feb 3rd MST):
Akiha's Momma Scraps! - Charissa Miller - www.akihasmommascraps.com
Scrap Happens - Catherine Povec - http://tybearsmom.blogspot.com/ 
Grand Diva's Creative Corner - Brenda Ragsdale - http://granddivasscrappyplace.blogspot.com/ 
Chronicles of my crafty life - Abigail Stoops - http://www.scrapbookista.com 
the "Divine" hand - Candice Elliott - http://truedivinehand.blogspot.com/ 
The Other Sink - Abbey Colbert - YOU ARE HERE
Mama's Sanity - Kristina MacKeen - http://mamasanity.blogspot.com YOUR NEXT STOP!

54 comments :

Becci said...

What pretty projects!!! :)

Kristy said...

Gorgeous!!!

Pam said...

So Pretty,
Such amazing projects ..
1st blog hop and I am so glad I joined the fun!
Thanks

Cathryn said...

Loving that pretty Valentines wreath!!!

Gail said...

Both projects were great! But, I'm just loving that wreath... I just keep going back to it! I may have to make one, and soon!

powerscrapper said...

The card is fantastic! Love the colors of the Prima flowers.

Julie Koets said...

Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing!

Bella's mama said...

Love the wreath. And thanks for the multiple pictures of your process.

Terria said...

Really creative tfs!!

Erica Bass said...

Really cute projects. Love the wreath.

Donna said...

Love the card. Beautiful, the use of the spray too. Looking forward to spring

Jessica said...

I'm loving these projects! Such simplicity. Absolutely gorgeous.

Kerys said...

OMGosh! I'm just loving these projects! The wreath is just awesome - thanks for the instructions! And thanks for being a part of our blog hop this month :-)
Kerys - ScrapbookSteals.com

Lanette said...

That wreath is simply beautiful! I love it! Great projects!

Charity said...

love that wreath! such great work

OlesyaK said...

Love the Valentine heart - sooo delicate and cute, absolutely unexpected as a valentine decor!

kassandra16 said...

so pretty! love them both!

julie e said...

your wreath is really pretty.

Mrs.Flaherty said...

What a cute idea!!!
That wreath is adorable :)

cmarie said...

the card is so realistic and the heart is fablous. Thanks for sharing your time and talent.

Lisa said...

I love the card!!

Denise said...

Love your card!

s. berry said...

LOVE that wreath!

Margaret Peppers said...

I love the wreath and the card. Beautiful.

Brenda Ragsdale said...

Great projects and love the wreath!

Pink Dalmatians said...

Wow both your projects are original & beautiful! Love them both, thanks for sharing!

Scrappin' Diva said...

Great projects. Love the wreath!

Michele said...

Love the pressed flower card, a great idea when you don't want too much dimension.

aworkofheart said...

Both of your projects are just stunning! I just fell in love with both of them! I am going to follow you by email to see what you come up with next!

Lisa Rea said...

the card is gorgeous - truly shows off the beauty of Prima's flowers.

Rachelle Olaridge said...

So beautiful. Love the colors. Now following your blog. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

Rachelle
xxx

Marisa T. said...

the twig heart is amazing. Great job

Scrappyjo said...

Thanks for the info on using the vine....that makes such a net gift!!

Terri Bendert said...

I have a ton of Prima flowers so I'm so excited to see all the inspiration and ideas on the blog hop. Nice job, plus purple is my favorite color ;-)What a great idea for the card. I'm going to give it a try.
terri

Stephanie U said...

Love how you did the heart. It is simple elegance!

Mommy in Wonderland said...

You have inspired me to think outside the box more often, I love your creations!

Ruth G said...

Beautiful! I love your simple, elegant projects! They really do let the flowers shine! TFS!

Leslie said...

wow what a wonderful idea. this is so pretty

Triplet mom said...

the purple is so pretty!

Melissa D. said...

Such pretty and springy looking projects! Great work!

Suzanne said...

Beauty is in the simplicity!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

So pretty! I love the sprayed/splattered background on your card!

Julie Odil said...

Beautiful projects!

chivixen said...

Gorgeous wreath. I would be scared that it would break on me. That would be my luck.

Jessica L. said...

Beautiful projects!

Cyndee K. said...

Sweet projects!

Michelle M said...

BEAUTIFUL card! Why didn't I think of that?!

SandiB said...

Wonderful projects. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

ajmaluck said...

Love your card. So pretty.

Staci said...

I saw the card and was awed by it's gorgeousness and then saw the wreath. Oh wow! You are so talented!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Thanks for th instructions on making a shaped wreath. Pretty. If I win, I'd appreciate an email if possible. I'm working on my sisters wedding favours and am short on time to blog surf rebeccacell@gmail.com

Cathy Caines said...

Love the wreath - Its just so nice!!! Just in time for valentines day!

Amy said...

Wowzers! Two gorgeous projects! I can't decide if I like the card or the wreath better!

Amber S said...

Such cute projects!

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