I’m working daily on trying to become friends with flowers. I love, love, love to look at real flowers and wonder at their beauty. I just have a problem making them myself or using them on projects. The problem is simply – FEAR.
Fear of not putting them in the right place. Not using the right color. Not combining sizes right. Mostly it is just a fear of being judged and found wanting. This year I am attempting to get over myself and “Just Do It”.
Fear holds me back from so many things. Over the years I have conquered some of my fears and lived another day 😀 So now I’m working on this one. So far…..I’m still alive. I’m surviving the ordeal, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.
Kathy, from Paper Phenomenon, has a video on making little roses. You can watch this video and hopefully become inspired as well.
I have a huge roll of craft paper. Don’t know when we got it, where we got it, or even why we got it. I just have it.
Roll of craft paper
It resides in a corner of my foyer. If you want a giant roll of paper you can find this at your local home improvement store. I think it is used to protect floors from paint and other construction/remodel stuff.
This paper is NOT ACID FREE and I don’t recommend using it in scrapbook layouts. You can use the products you make from this paper on cards or anything else that will not be placed in scrapbooks.
This roll of paper makes a great umbrella stand 😀
I had to make a box for the clock going to our friend at Dependable. I don’t have card stock in a large enough size to cover a box that measures 12″ x 11″ with 2″ sides. So I figured I’d use this craft paper.
I cut up a piece of the cardboard sheet I have for my Post-It-Note Holders. Let me tell you, making the box for the clock was a trial in Math and construction.
The roll next to the cardboard is cork. That will be used on bulletin boards I am going to be making later. Nice thick stuff. The stick pin won’t be going through the back of the frame I will be using.
These are the pieces of craft paper I have left over from covering the box and lid I made. I just could not bring myself to throw this stuff away. Crazy old broad 😀
Craft paper scraps
Here is the box and lid I made for the clock.
Box and lid closed
The paper strips inside the box on either side of the clock are to make it easier to get the clock out. Man did I make it a tight fit 😦 That thing isn’t going to be moving around inside the box.
Paper strips to help get the clock out
This craft paper is extremely hard to get smoothed flat after it comes in contact with moisture. I’m not over the moon about this box and the way that it looks but it will do. I’ll have to find some other kind of paper to use the next time I build another one of these boxes.
Wrinkles in the paper
This is the first cardboard box I’ve ever constructed. Covering it with the craft paper left open edges that I needed to hide. So I used a wide piece of satin like ribbon I’ve had for a long time.
Ribbon hiding the edges
I tied the stand on the outside of the box with some jute twine. Not very pretty but it will do. At least Joe won’t have to keep putting his hand on the box while he drives to Akron, Ohio to deliver his trucks with a stop over in Joplin, Missouri to deliver this clock.
Stand tied to outside of box
Okay, now for the flowers. I have a “Baby Cricut”. I bought this one in Wichita, Kansas just after this machine hit the market. It has been a long time….since around 2006. If you have a Cricut Expression or one of the newer models I think what I’m about to show you is pretty much the same. The Expression has buttons on the side for other things and I can’t help you with any questions about that machine since I don’t have one.
The cartridge I have been using is the “George and Basic Shapes”.
Original Cricut with George cartridge
I have the “Paper Saver” button on. This will not leave a lot of space between cuts.
Paper Saver feature
I have the “Shadow Black Out” button on. This feature cuts the outside shape of the item with no other details.
Shadow Black Out button
I have used the flower feature that is in black. Using the Shadow Black Out feature the hole in the center of the flower will not be cut. I pressed the black flower button six (6) times to get that many shapes cut.
Flower image to be cut
I stuck a piece of the craft paper to the sticky sheet thing and cut several of the flowers out.
Craft paper used to cut out flowers
I forgot to tell you. I cut the flowers out at the size of one inch (1″).
This craft paper is pretty coarse. The first thing I tried for was SPARKLE using one of my concocted spritz. This one is Bashful Blue from Stampin’ Up!.
Bashful Blue spritz
Bashful Blue spritz rose
The color and sparkle didn’t show on that one so I decided to use some acrylic daubers from Ranger. The first one is Red Pepper and I only daubed it on one side of the paper.
Red Pepper acrylic dauber
Red Pepper acrylic daubed rose
Next I tried Sunset Orange acrylic dauber and put the paint on both sides of the paper.
Sunset Orange acrylic dauber
Sunset Orange acrylic daubed rose
The brown craft paper needs a heavier hand with the acrylic paint to overpower that brown. So the next one I tried was with Broken China Distress Stain.
Broken China Distress Stain
Broken China Distress Stain rose
And here are the four roses I’ve made this morning. Kathy, from Paper Phenomenon, says these are quick to make and she is right. It doesn’t take long to make these. For a “beginner” it took me about an hour to make these four flowers. It would have been less time involved had I used just one color thing – spritz, acrylic dauber, or stain – instead of trying to figure out what would work best.
As you can see from the results. This is a good way to make the roses. The craft paper still is very evident and the color does not take well to this paper. I kind of like the way they have turned out.
Four paper roses
Okay, now I have to get back in my craft room and get cracking on the seven Post-It-Note Holders I have been requested to make.
“Later Gators” 😀