Sunday, 11 April 2010

My very 1st homemade paper flower - cupcake craft challenge

Here is my entry for the Cupcake craft challenge - this week the challenge was to make your own flowers.

Now I have spent months admiring these beautiful blooms adorning everyone elses cards - while thinking that I couldn't possibly replicate them with the same effect myself - WRONG ! They are so easy in fact the flower used on this card is my 1st - yes 1st - attempt, which is why I made it on plain printer paper thinking it would take a few goes and I'd ditch the 1st few. But I ended up really liking the simplicity of the plain white and so I very proudly plonked it on my card !

I used my spellbinders Dahlia die to make 6 flowers (1 small one and 5 medium ones) then just screwed them up to give them that frilly petal look. After doing this to all the flowers all you have to do is punch a hole in the centre of each, layer them up and fasten them with a brad - easy peasy !
At this point I really wished that I had one of those cosmic shimmer sprays, to add a subtle spritz of colour, but I haven't so I've added it to my, ever growing, craft wish list !

As for the rest of my card - well the flower was made 1st and I wanted to make it the star ! So built the rest around it.

I made a square card base using white bazzil cardstock and layered with Papers from a 6 X 6 paper pad from Little yellow bicycle - Baby Safari. It includes 12 decorative edged and 12 patterened papers.
I don't have a sewing machine (boo-hoo) so I hand stitched the semi circle panel onto the backing paper and I love the effect - def worth the effort I think.
The swirls I lovingly hand cut from a sheet of paper in my K & Co Berry sweet pad.
The frame was made using more spellbinders Nestabillities (labels 1) and i used a Kelly Panacci stamp set for all the stamping (inside too).

That's about it I think - I hope you like it, I feel quite proud of my 1st flower !
I would also like to say Thank you to those of you who have been by before and left a comment - it is lovely to recieve feedback and encouragement from like minded people.
Hope you have a lovely day - thanks for stopping by
((hugs)) Suzie xx


Poppit said...

You're flower turned out beautifully! I'm also equally impressed with your hand-stitching. I don't have a sewing machine either :-( but I'm encouraged thanks to your post that it CAN be done without one. Fabulous card!

Teri said...

Well done you! That's a fabulous first flower!
Keep 'em coming hun!
Teri x

Donna said...

Stunning card Suzie and such a beautiful attempt at your first handmade flower...thanks for joining in the fun at Cupcake this week :) Donna x

Victoria said...

gorgeous card and beautiful handmade flower - hope you make some more now you've had a go

Thanks for playing along at Cupcake this week

**Farrah** said...

Pretty card, super DIY flower!!
I had a little looksie at some of your work, it's very nice.

Becky said...

Wow Suzie!
It's such a gorgeous card and flower, the colours are so beautiful and I love the inside too, can't wait to see more of your flowers!!

Linanna DESIGNS said...

Good afternoon Suzie, wow hunny your card is fabulous and so is that homemade flower, looks like your a pro at making them hunny. Hope your having a good day, the wind is blowing here but the sun is out, i love the sunshine! hugs Linda x

Poppit said...

Well what do you know! :-) Congrats on the win!!!! x

Cheryl said...

Fabulous card! I love the LO and the flower. Fantastic!