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

Biscuitlid 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!!


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!