it was my friend's Birthday yesterday - and I knew exactly what I wanted to make her...
A couple of walls in her dining room are a beautiful poppy red so, inspired by my lovely poppy canvas made by the really talented WIPSO - and purchased from the Sisters Crafty Creations blogshop, I thought I'd make something quite unique.
I bought some calico and some red voile, I have my handmade paper given to me by the very kind Kathy, whose gorgeous flowers I so desperately wanted to make, I thought i'd got everything sorted... Then I cut some shapes out that I thought were good poppy petal shapes from the voile... and thats where it stopped. I didn't quite know where to go from there...
Anyway, following my non stop cleaning 'binge' on Monday and partially Tuesday - I was completely done in on Wednesday - and did NOTHING - on both the Doctors and my blogging friends orders... Thursday came - and so did my Mum to tidy and sort my craft room out (She did a great job), - before I knew it, it was Friday - her Birthday. No card and no picture - although I did have a couple of things drying that I had made and while these weren't poppy shapes, they were everybit as effective as what I had in my head:
These are two flowers I made using the handmade paper that Kathy sent to me. I've made them slightly different to Kathy but the general principal is the same. The centre of the flower has been made following Kathy's tutorial. Glue 2-3 circles of card together (I used my smallest circle nestie, then put some glossy accents on and drop some seed beads in - I'd have used black seed beads had I have got some (although I now have some on order) then put some glossy accents on top... leave to dry then stick to the centre of the flower.
I typed a little friendship poem up in My Craft Studio with a poppy pic in the background which I changed from a black silhouette into a red one and reduced the opacity so that it looked more like a watermark in the background.
This is what my little gift looked like made with the flowers:
This is the card I made (recipe after the pics)
All the patterned papers are printed from the Kirst Wiseman CD 'Colour Burst of fanciful things' - from the Poppy Days collection. The flowers on the front are from this collection too - I shrunk the image down to 50% then cut with circle nesties. A larger circle was cut to mount each flower on from the same pattern as the base card. I put glossy accents on to the flowers in the circles then beads dropped into the centre then left to dry over night.
I cut the grass by hand using my new SLICE knife - the green paper is from a stack of 8x8 papers from DCWV.
The flower just inside the card (to hold the front panel up) was made from more handmade paper and cut using a Marianne Design flower die - the squirly green leaves on the front of the card are from the same die set. The black strip, sentiment strip and polka dot paper have been edged using Martha Stewart punches. Gems and cardstock from stash.
Well, it might have been a day late, and might not have turned out like I originally envisaged in my head - but I am more than pleased with the results - and more to the point, my friend liked it and is even putting the frame up on her dining room wall - that in itself is quite flattering.
Do you ever plan to do something then it turns out completely different to what you orignially envisaged - it happens to me quite a lot!!! As I said in response to a recent post on my friend Julia's blog, most of my stuff are happu accidents - goes to show, when I plan it, it never meets my expectations, so I may as well not expect anything - then I can exceed them!!! (If that makes sense)!!!
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Hugs, Paula x x x