sorry for the hiatus folks! had to deal with life for a little while, still dealing with it, but i did take a little break today to play with some new papers i got last week! i picked up the jovial 6×6 paper pad by basicgrey. love it! the papers are gorgeous!!!
in addition to being inspired by the paper, i was also inspired by a sassafras product, they are the in a stitch blossoms, they are also adorable!! they come in many different colors and are so great on many different projects. i say this like i’ve used them, but in fact, i’ve never actually purchased any of them. so i decided to use my recently acquired holiday paper to make some sassafras inspired embellishments. and to make it even better, i took pictures (after i had made a few) to share with you!! enjoy!
my blossoms are more layered than the sassafras versions, you can go either way. if you decide to stitch your paper, you may choose not to layer another pattern on top, i think i prefer the layered look though, it’s more interesting!
to make my flowers, i used a cuttlebug die from provo craft, and i also made a template (i found the die was a little bit small for what i wanted, so i made a chipboard template a slight bit larger).
to get started, i trace my large stencil onto the back of the patterned paper, and cut out the diecut using my cuttlebug.
as you can see in the picture, i do end up cutting off about 1/8″ from the end of each “petal” just to make it a little big shorter. if you check out the image of the die, the smaller version of the “flower” is just too much smaller, so i chose to use the largest die, and then trim the “petals”. it worked.
next i ink up the edges of both paper layers in a gold pigment ink. this one is by colorbox.
i then picked a button, and threaded some red and green embroidery floss through the holes and tied a tiny bow. if tying a bow is too difficult you could just tie a knot. i did leave a lot of excess string to make it easier to tie!
i chose not to stitch this particular one, so i drew a line of dots around the bottom layer.
i then add a piece of foam adhesive to the bottom layer, this will give the embellishment that nice dimension that i love.
i punched out a 1/2″ circle from a random piece of paper to adhere my button to, i used a mini glue dot to adhere both the circle and the button.
the red layer is cute on it’s own, and if you prefer you can leave it how it is, but as i continue to mention, i do enjoy the dimension of the layered flowers, so it is at this point that i adhere them together.
lastly, i thought it was lacking a little pizazz so i added a rhinestone to the center of the bow
and that makes the embellishment. super cute, pretty easy. you can really jazz them up or keep them simple. play around with color combinations and even use up left over paper scraps (one of the best parts!!). i’m not sure yet what i’ll use these for, but they would be great on layouts, cards, or even as home decor – maybe on a holiday place card or as an ornament. get creative!!