Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree



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.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper


Here’s a little closer view.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper


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.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper


Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper


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.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

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!

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Posted on : Mar 04 2014
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16 People have left comments on this post

Mar 4, 2014 - 08:03:27
Mercedes said:

You knocked it out of the park with this one! Holy cow this is so amazingly beautiful!

Mar 4, 2014 - 08:03:32
Susie said:

OH MY! THIS IS PROBABLY MY FAVOURITE PROJECT OF ALL! |It is gorgeous Alanna! Wonderful! Beautiful! I could go on…and on….and on…
You are, and always will be the crafting Queen 🙂

Mar 4, 2014 - 08:03:54
Becky Cowley said:

Holy smokes Alanna! This must have taken forever! It is gorgeous! Perhaps I will have to take the spiral flower die out of its package!

Mar 4, 2014 - 09:03:20
Cathy Caines said:

UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. -50 is looking pretty great on you. Seriously. I wish I had your brain and I sure wish we lived closer. Oh wait. My brain is frozen too… lets move to a warmer planet… yes. Lets do that.

Mar 4, 2014 - 09:03:52
Laura Barkman said:

Love it!!! That is stunning…you inspire me with your beautiful projects!

Mar 4, 2014 - 09:03:22
Diana Gibbs said:

You are amazing my friend, truly amazing. Love you!

Mar 4, 2014 - 09:03:17
Breelin Renwick said:

Oh my word…this is gorgeous!!! Those two toned roses are stunning!!

Mar 5, 2014 - 08:03:15

Oh My Goodness. This is beautiful. One of my very first Artisan entries (several years ago) was a flower topiary, but this one is so “updated” and adorable. I know from experience how much time was involved and I feel your pain. You get a standing “O” from me this week!

Mar 5, 2014 - 10:03:05
Suzanne Nelson said:

WOW,WOW,WOW! Stunning is the word that comes to my mind. Thank you !

Mar 5, 2014 - 01:03:37
Cindy said:

This is absolutely breath-taking! The amount of work you did is greatly rewarded with this fantastic project on showcase! Way to go!

Mar 5, 2014 - 03:03:21
Patti G said:

Soooo beautiful! I love all colors blue and this is just fabulous. Definitely CASEworthy!

Mar 6, 2014 - 04:03:46
Jen Timko said:

I have no words for this. Stunning, amazing, wow! I want one but I have to have the patience to roll all the flowers first.

Mar 6, 2014 - 05:03:53
Michelle Marks said:

Gorgeous Cathy!!!! I love topiaries. Love how you used the two colors !

Mar 6, 2014 - 05:03:46
Michelle Marks said:

oh how embarrassing… I meant Alanna not Cathy! So silly of me.. I came here by route of Cathy and then screwed up the names! so sorry!

Mar 7, 2014 - 07:03:55
Emmy Young said:

WOW!!! No words can do your beautiful project justice!! I want to make one!!!! I will probably just have to pin yours and look longingly at it….LOL!!!

May 2, 2014 - 10:05:05
Sandy M said:

I pinned this amazing creation a while back and came back to look at your post today, and realized I never commented. So please accept my delayed ***Wow*** This is absolutely gorgeous. Your photos do your creation wonderful justice, too.