Thursday, July 28, 2011

Today Page and some ramblings about flowers and a tutorial

I confess. I really do. For some reason in my life I really like flowers. Real ones, pretty sparkly scrappy ones, ones I make...yes, I love Prima and the ones at looking at people who make things with flowers on their pages. Love to make my own too. Spotted a cool one a bit back on a blog that I wanted to make. I have gone through several versions of trial and error, burnt my arm on a heat gun in the name of making one...searched for a blog showing how to make the new ones everyone seems to have except me out of ribbon.

So last time I was wandering around Walmart, I spotted this big cheap spool of Polyester ribbon and thought I'd give it a whirl again. I heard someone mention using a cutter to get the circles which only resulted in wasting ribbon and some not to nice words on my part. So, did it the old fashioned way by drawing a circle on with a marker!

Here is the blog where I spotted the flower I wanted to copy. Teresa is a cool artist, so check out the rest of her blog as well! Next time I think I'll use more layers! She said she will do a tutorial at some point so maybe I will pick up more pointers!

I then cut them out with really sharp scissors and stacked them up with a brad in the middle. Two big circles and one smaller one.

Pretty plain and icky! Next step, heat gun! Very carefully heat up the edges being very careful not to overdo it. Just like a blow dryer, let the edges ruffle up. You can even do the back. I kinda went a bit overboard. And yes my black edges still slow, but I really don't mind. Next time I may use a bigger sharpie.

THEN, pull out your mist and spray the it up good! Since you already have the heat gun out, you can use it to dry the mist so you can use your flower right away. I then sprayed some spray adhesive and glitter to make it extra cool.

Here is my flower clustered in with a Prima flower and a vintage button.

So, next about the pages I made. My SIL and I are exchanging pages from her visit. I choose the photos she took of our girls in my meadow since I knew I might be able to play along with a blog challenge or two and have extra fun.

I'm going to let her pick which one she likes the best. I love both of them for various reason. Leave me a comment on which one is your favorite! Now, both don't have the little butterfly charm because the second one I had has vanished in the whirl wind of scrap supplies that are now laying out all over. So, at some point when I find the little bugger, it will go on the page that is missing it!

I used a sketch layout made by Nadia at Once Upon a Sketch for these pages. Then I thought maybe about playing along with Bird is the Word. And you guessed it, their word for this month is TODAY! So, they got married and I got a fun page to make!

My sis in law also got the benefit from a recent scrappy care package I got from a friend! I am constantly stealing photos of their daughter and using them because she is so gosh darn cute! So, they got me a HUGE stash of goodies! The butterflies, some of the colored doilies, and the big letters got used right away! Big thanks to them for feeding my addiction. And, they haven't seen the last of their baby on my blog, I got the SWEETEST photo of her wearing black and yellow at our company picnic. I am thinking Sweet as Honey would make a nice title....

Alright if you are still with me, look at my previous post earlier today and leave me a comment so I can put you in the running for my RAK!


  1. Beautiful Mitra! Love the colour you chose - it all adds to an old world vintage feel.
    I have played and played with these flowers - I like to add lots of layers and non-shrinking polyester fabrics like some netting. Try adding a sparkly button to the centre too.
    Thanks for linking back to my blog - keep having fun!

  2. Lovely Mitra!!! Tks for visiting i see why you liked the flower on my project lol. Loved your tip. Tks for sharing it ;)

  3. I loveeeeeeeee this!! I love love love love those flowers... especially the one you made! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. Just beautiful Mitra!! Lovin those flowers, must give it a go. The Lo has such a wonderful old world feel to it - perfect for the beautiful girls in their sweet dresses. xx

  5. I love both your layouts...they are beautiful. You did an amazing job of creating the ribbon's gorgeous, so well done! I love the misting, soft colours and all your other elements.
    Have a wonderful weekend doll...

  6. HI.. ooo this is a gorgeous layout and i love the tute on the flower making . i too love flowers and especially the home made ones.. so thanks for sharing !!

  7. these flower are beautiful, I love flowers too!

    and what a lovely page and cute photos, just adorable!!

    have a great weekend

  8. Great job, Mitra. Love the new flower that you made. You added just the right touch of color. Love the picture with the girls out in the black eyed Susans(know right where the spot is) You always have such unique pages.

  9. Beautiful LO Mitra.. love your hand made flower!! I can totally relate to being addicted to beautiful flowers.. I love them too!! Thanks for joining in at BITW :))

  10. What a nice lo! Love the colors and that flower you made is perfect!

  11. I love your flower and I laughed with the photo! They are so cute!Thanks for playing along at BITW!!!

  12. Thanks for joining us again at Bird is the Word with another lovely layout! Cutting ribbon with a cutter? Now that would be a first LOL - sure you were rather irritated LOL...lovely hand-made flower too - I never seems to have enough dies or punches to do anything too fancy but have 3 big baskets full of Prima to use up - oooh dear also flower obsessed :)

  13. They are both beautiful!!! thanks for playing along at BITW :-)


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