Welcome to March.. welcome to Spring! Thanks for joining us again this week! … I’m running with the flowers and Spring theme.. if we’re going to live in a Frozen World of -50 (or so it was on March 1st here where we live), I’m going to bring Spring to you! .. even if it’s in the way of paper flowers! One way or another, the happiness of flowers and bright colors have entered the studio and I’m loving creating pretty things!
I finally got a chance to play with the Spiral Flower die and I’ve got some more in the works with it to share with you, but for today I’ve got one of my favorite projects to share! This project is definitely the most time intensive but I really love how it turned out! I’ve always loved Topiaries but have never made one myself until now and I’m happy with how this one turned out.
Here’s a little closer view.
There are about 50 sets of flowers on this project. I cut out the same number in each Island Indigo Coredinations and Pool Party Coredinations cardstock. The Pool Party flower is layered on top of the Island Indigo layer and then I rolled them together to create a two-layered, two-toned flower. I cut a 5/8″ by 4″ strip of Very Vanilla Coredinations cardstock and cut that with the Fringe Scissors to create the center of each of the flowers. The petals are curled back (by using a bone folder) and everything is sponged with Soft Suede ink.
I found it easiest to to glue the flowers into the spiral with a hot glue gun…easiest, but not the safest! My fingers took a bit of a beating making this project! …
kinda totally reminded me of this…
that pretty much sums up the hours I spent making this project! <wink>. The flowers were actually pinned into a 4″ styrofoam ball.
The greenery is made out of Old Olive and Pear Pizazz Designer Series Paper. I curled 1/4″ x 3″ strips of each by using the bone folder and then pinned (at the center of the length of the strip) them into the Floral Foam that is in the flower pot. If you were in on the craze of the Curly Paper Wreaths at Christmas time, this process will make sense. I wrapped the dowel in 1/8″ Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon and embellished the Topiary a little with some Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon and a little Linen Thread.
Let me know if you have any questions! I hope to one day make another one of these! .. that won’t be right away, I’ve got some other Spiral Flower projects to make first but first, let’s go see what Becky has to share! Make sure to hop through all of the Artisan’s projects, there will be plenty of good stuff to see!