Friday, 27 June 2014

Tattered Flowers part 2

 I'm back, bit of a natural break there as I hit the wrong button but managed to save it.

This is the stage you should be at now with the centre, tiny flower and the cone.
On the remaining flowers that you put on you need to curl the edges of the petals with a cocktail stick. I generally make mine go in different directions, hate too much uniformity and it is tattered!

Add the remaining flowers, first the two medium ones and then the three large ones.
Next its time to add the calex, try to get it into a cone shape and put glue around the top edge so that it attaches to the petals.
Take the leaf, add veins if you want to, and put some glue on the stem at the end of the leaf and a bit on the leaf so that you can attach it to the base of the petals.
Leave to dry.
Try to attach your tape as close to the petals as possible. Hold onto the tape and twist your stick so that the tape winds round the stick.  The tape is stretchy and sticky so stretch it a bit as you wind down the stick.  The flower is now finished but I have added a couple of gold ribbons around the stem, next to the leaf for an added bit of interest.

Tattered Flowers

So you would like to know how I am making tattered flowers on a stem?
This is one I have done as part of my table decorations for my golden wedding.
You will need a foam pad, a hole piercer, a ball tool, a pair of scissors, pva glue, cocktail stick, kebab stick and some green floristry tape. Cut out three large flowers, three medium flowers a tiny flower, a calex and a leaf.

Ink all the edges, this looks nice even if you use double sided card. Cut two petals out of one of the medium flowers and ink the edges.
With the four petal flower make a cone by sticking two of the petals together. I should have mentioned that it is a good idea to shape all the petals with the ball tool after you have inked them up. Makes it so much easier to construct when everything is ready.
Next take the two petal piece, add glue to the inside and wind around the pointed end of the kebab stick. Next pierce a hole big enough to fit the stick in all the petals. Add the tiny flower petal next and the the cone, see next two photos.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Birthday cards from scrap

Do you remember when I told you that I used the scrap paper I used to protect the table when I am using my spray dyes. Well I have a few birthdays in the next couple of weeks so here's what I made with my scrap.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Wednesday 11th June

These pictures are just two of a few hundred that were taken during a cruise to Norway that Mum treated us to for a celebration of her 90th birthday.  The scenery was absolutely stunning wherever we went and I do seem to have a lot of photographa of waterfalls. I'd love to return there some day.

Mountains and waterfalls