Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Paper Flowers!

I think I started having Glimmer Mist withdrawls and had to take some time tonight to "play!"

But - first let me apologize - I've been a bad blogger.  Life has been very busy since my last post.

Work has been crazy - yes, I have a real job!  We had a fundrasier for Project Grad, a community group that I am co-chair of, along with a PTO and PG meeting - ( oh - I was nominated for the seat of President of the High School PTO for next year -  I do feel honored - but can only see that happening if I can find a way to clone myself! LOL!)

My son Nick turned 21!!!!  Woo Hoo Nick!!! - I am SO PROUD of the wonderful and amazing young man he has become - I am truely in AWE of him and his drive and accomplishments!

He came home for his spring break on Friday, and I cooked an early Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner -plus lots of appetizers for our Family celebration ( just 18 of us!) on Sunday.  My youngest son Jake, has had a stomach flu since Monday night and is finally feeling a little better - good thing -he gets his braces on tomorrow - and Friday night I have a hostess club meeting -where I am going to teach them how to make these flowers (below) and we are making journals too!

Soo.....
I've been itching to get my fingers "dirty" or should I say "sparkly"?? LOL!

I've been checking out some great blogs and videos and I especially want to thank Liz Hicks for her
inspiration - check out her blog at   http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/  her "stuff" is AWESOME!

Here are 2 paper flowers that I made to teach at my Hostess Club on Friday night and plan on teaching them as a Design Team Class at Scrap-a-Doodle-Doo in the future!

This flower was made out of layers of 2 different sizes of paper that were punched out of an old dictionary and word search book that were sitting in my basement.  I Glimmer Misted them with Lime Twist, Patina and Red Velvet.  A few snips and some curling, and scrunching - then I pierced them and held them together with a brad. -- What do you think?
Next, I took a papertowel, and tore about 1 1/2 inches across the bottom.  A few spritzs of the same 3 color Glimmer Mists, and "sopped" up the excess, so that both sides were covered, then I let it dry.
I then peeled apart the 2 layers of toweling.
Then I ran a line of glue from my tape runner across my splat mat - the length of the paper towel and pressed the bottom edge of the paper towel along the tape, rubbing it firmly - I did this for each of the 2 pieces.
Pick up the first piece carefully lifting it with the tape attached, and start  rolling it to itself, pinching it now and then to form the flower - continue the same process with the second piece - pinching and holding the bottom.
Next start to "flatten" and form the flower, gently pulling and snipping sharp corners if necessary.
I sprayed the finished flower with Marshmellow Glimmer Mist and the flattened it more with an acrylic block.
Here is the finished product - I love the result - I hope you do too!



Now go ahead - get crafty and make something -- Believe me - it helps you to relax and it is an awesome feeling of accomplishment!  ENJOY!