Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow? Suzanne's Flowers & Embellies

Hello Crafty Friends!

We are having a lovely day in the garden today...... Suzanne is making flowers and embellishments galore. And one lucky reader will have the chance to win this crafty garden!

Hi everyone.  I hope you are all staying warm and cosy during these cooler days.  I think it is the perfect time to stay indoors  and play with all the pretties that are in the June kit from Aunty Vera.   

Its time for my second project for the month and this time, I have decided to make some flowers and other small embellishments.  In the kit this month the beautiful papers and planner stamps from Julie Nutting are very much about being kind and sharing happiness, and so I thought I would give away this bunch of embellishments to someone.  I have used the Wilted Violet distress marker and some of the beautiful Julie Nutting papers to make all the embellishments.

These flowers are very simple and all you need is a very simple 5 petal flower punch, a distress marker (I have used the wilted violet distress marker from the kit) and some inky fingers.
For each flower I punched out 3 lots of the petals and die cut one leaf piece

EK success punch - punch out three sets of petals for each flower
All the pieces needed for one flower
I used this kaisercraft die to add some greenery to the flowers
 I then added some ink from the wilted violet distress marker from the June Kit to a large stamping block.
Adding distress marker to the stamping block
Squirt in some water.  Depending on how colourful you want the flower to be, will govern how much water you add.  You can do the same thing with coloured cardstock, but I really wanted a very pale shade of mauve, and so this technique works very well.
Add water to the distress marker ink
 I put the petals into the ink and water and let them soak up some of the inky mixture. 
soak petal in ink and water
 Let them partially dry off on some paper towel before you start shaping them
Lay them out until they are nearly dry
 Each petal needs to be shaped by pinching the top of the petal together in a concertina fashion.
start shaping the petals

This is what the petals should look like
 I then shaped the petals with my flower shaping tools.  It doesn't need much shaping, just a gentle roll in the middle to cup the petals
Shape the petals with your tool
 Dry all of the flowers completely once they have all been shaped
dry the petals completely
 I cut one leaf piece for each flower and cut each leaf on half
Cut one of these for each flower and colour green.  Cut each leaf in half
 I sprayed the leaf pieces with peeled paint distress stain.  Again, you can use coloured card stock but I didn't have any the right colour, so I coloured mine.  I always have a large supply of white cardstock so that if I need a certain colour, I can colour it with my stains or distress markers.

Add distress stain to the leaves

scrunch up the leaves
 I then scrunch up the leaves
shape with tool
I shaped each leaf piece with my flower shaping tool and dried them with my heat tool

All the petals and leaves
 After all the pieces are dry, I glued three petals pieces together and one leaf piece to the bottom of that.  Each petal piece needs to be offset from the layer above.
Glue three petals together to make each flower and a leaf underneath.  Add stamens to the centre
 Once this is dry I poked a hole through all the layers with my awl so that I can add some stamens to the centre of the flower

Pull the stamens through the centre with a piece of wire
 I hooked all three stamen pieces together with a thin piece of wire and pull it through the flower
Add some glue to centre of flowers to hold stamens
 I then added some dries clear art glitter glue to the centre and cut some of the extending stamen off and then add a small dot of hot glue to the bottom and bend the stamens over to keep the bottom flat.

This is what the centre will look like
 I made a set of 15 paper flowers
The set of 15 flowers

I also made a few little embellishments from the beautiful Julie Nutting papers.  I made two little pinwheels, two little fence embellies, four little bows and 8 tiny tags.  Also included are a small card and envelope and a small gift bag with some little goodies inside and a rosette paper clip.

small gift bag with little goodies inside

I added one of the cute birdcage embellishments from the kit to the little gift bag.
8 tiny tags
 I made these 8 tiny tags from the Julie Nutting papers
Little fence embellishments
I used some of the little elements from the papers to make these little embellishments
Small envelope with tag inside
 A small envelope and tag made from the Julie Nutting papers

a tray of little embellishments - pinwheels, fence, bows and tags

If you would like to win these embellishments, all you have to do is leave a comment on the Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft facebook page under this photograph.
Winner will be drawn Saturday 8pm...... Eastern Australia time :)

You can see a video of how I made these flowers HERE.

You can purchase the June kit HERE.

xx Suzanne


  1. Oh my goodness gracious me! Suzanne you have Done it again. I am in love with your beautiful garden embellishments. I am inspired to make my own!! Fortunate is the one who wins this beautiful collection 💕💕 xxA

  2. Beautiful Gorgeous Stunning & Fabulous💜...lol and so many more they look Fantastic.....

  3. WOW Would love to win these , they look fantastic. I would love to have a go at making the flowers as well.

  4. Those are AWESOME! What an addition for a crafter!

  5. Wow Suzanne, these flowers are amazing! Love all your little embellishments, what a great collection for one lucky person!

  6. You are very clever and those flowers look gorgeous. You have made good use of the kit. Love all the other bits too.


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