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Saturday, I attended a meeting with my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood. She meets with her demonstrator downline once a month. Catherine's meetings are a fun, interactive way for her to share information and ideas. No Stampin' Up! gathering is ever complete without stamping, and Catherine always challenges her demonstrators with a new technique (or two). Today's post includes one of those techniques: a paper flower. As soon as I made the flower, I knew that I would be making many more, I just didn't realize how soon that would happen!
Last night, while watching the Olympics, I decided to make a card for Gretchen Barron's current Inspiration in Action Weekend Sketch Challenge (IA120) using the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack and the coordinating Sweet Pea Stitched felt. The plan was to create a flower arrangement of the felt pieces inside the scallop oval frame. I thought to myself, "Quick card, lots of colors, no problem!" The problem was that no matter how I arranged the flowers and leaves, I just couldn't be pleased with the results. Then I remembered the flower I had made with Catherine and realized that I could use this technique to create the perfect focal point for my card!
The scallop shape was made with the Big Shot using the Oval Scallop Frame and two pieces of paper from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack; one design for the center of the oval, and one for the frame. I adhered these pieces, at an angle, to the third piece of paper from this very versatile paper pack, and trimmed the overhanging edges. The Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon was attached and then this element was attached to the Sahara Sand card base.
The flower is made with two 1 1/8" x 12" strips of Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack strips. One 12" edge is punched with the Eyelet Border punch and then the strip is run through the Paper Crimper a couple of times to break down the paper fibers to make the paper easier to manipulate. The end of the first paper strip is folded back (for a nice soft edge) and adhered to a 1 3/8" circle covered with Sticky Strip. The paper strip is then pleated and placed, pleated and placed, following the contour of the circle. It's a good idea to look at the back of the cardstock circle periodically to ensure that the same amount of paper extends beyond the cardstock circle so that flower remains uniform in size. When you get to the beginning of the strip, you can move toward the center of the cardstock circle to create another layer or you can end the current layer by tearing off the remaining paper, folding the end under and placing it on the beginning, overlapped just slightly, with a Mini Glue Dot. Create your next layer of "petals" and when you've gone around the circle, just tear off the remaining paper, fold the end under and secure the end with a Mini Glue Dot. The felt flower in the center is secured with a Pop Up Glue Dot.
Place the leaves on the card front with Mini Glue Dots. The paper flower sits above the leaves with Stampin' Dimensionals placed on the back of the 1 3/8" cardstock circle. Rose Red cardstock was used for the Modern Label punch. The Word Window punch was used to punch out the Mother's Day wishes stamped with Rose Red on Pretty in Pink cardstock. These were placed on the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. The tiny felt flower was attached to the label with a Mini Glue Dot.
The Chocolate Chip/White polka dot paper was attached to the back flap of the envelope with SNAIL and the edges trimmed. The paper strips left after the Eyelet Border was punched for the paper flower were used to add a colorful trim the envelope flap.
This card took a little longer to make than I had originally planned, but I think the end result was more than worth it! I think it turned out pretty darn cute!
Edited to add: This card was included in the "Late Nite Stampers Blog Find of the Day" for February 23, 2010. Thanks, Kelly, for the recognition!
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks: Rose Red; Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Sahara Sand; Designer Series Paper: Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack; Embellishments: Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dot, Pop Up Glue Dot; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Eyelet Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Pads, Scallop Oval Frame die; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope