Why Rosie's Book?

While growing up, I had a dear friend, Renee, that lived next door and with whom I spent much of my childhood. We grew, in different directions, and went on our merry way. Many years later, I ran into her parents and they kindly reminded me of the laughs they still have over my book. “What book?” I wondered with a puzzled look. "I don't remember a book." Hardy laughter accompanied their response. At some time during our childhood, I tried to convince Renee about something that her parents didn’t agree with. I told her that proof of its truth could be found “in my book.” Naturally she went home and tried to convince her parents of the same thing but they weren’t falling for it. She needed an edge and told them emphatically, “It’s in Rosie’s book!” After they caught their breaths from reborn laughter, they let me know how “Rosie’s book” has been cited for many other things throughout the years. They’ve also mentioned that they’d like to see “Rosie’s book” one day. I can’t remember all of the things that I said were in “my book” but I’m sure my dear friend’s parents can recall much more than I ever knew about – LOL!!! So, here it is . . . my version of things you might find In Rosie’s Book . . .

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Handmade Dimensional Flowers using EK Success Quilling Punches

It makes me happy when my embellishments coordinate with my projects. There’s something special about the polished look of a card, layout or other paper crafting project that includes handmade embellishments that blend with the rest of the project’s elements.

EK Success has recently added another fabulous punch line to help me get that beautifully coordinated look that is so appealing to me.

I’m going to share some photos of samples that I’ve made for my favorite local scrapbook store, The Scrappers Cove in Milltown, NJ, using the latest EK Success Quilling Punches.

Each of the flowers shown here were created by first punching two 12” strips of double-sided paper. The bottoms of the strips were adhered to each other, allowing the flower petals to overlap each other. I like to use a thin line of Zig wet glue pen because it gives me enough time to shift the paper slightly and make sure the edges match up, where needed. These quilled punched flowers are about 2” diameter and stand about 1” or less tall.

The top border of each tag shows the detail of the punched strip before it’s curled into a full quilled flower.

The soft, rounded petals of this purple flower is made by using the Carnation punch.

This fun, pointed petal, variegated black and tan flower is made from the Dahlia punch.

The petals of this great orange-toned flower are shaped by the Doily Petals punch. Here, I’ve included a Studio112 adhesive pearl in the center.

This pretty blue flower is made from the Gerber Daisy punch.

This photo shows the four flowers made by using the recently released EK Success Quilling Punches:

I’ve painted a thin layer of Diamond Stickles over each petal of these flowers for some added glamour.

While these dimensional flowers may be a bit too large for cards or layouts, they’ll be beautiful additions to tags and other projects.

I did attempt to make the flowers smaller by overlapping two 6” punched strips. My thoughts about ½ the strip size resulting in ½ the flower size were proven wrong. The flowers made from shorter strips resulted in quilled punched flowers slightly less than 2” diameter and standing about 3/4” tall. Not much difference at all in size, just fewer petals.

If the bulk doesn’t bother you, you’ll enjoy using these quilled punches on your cards and layouts as well as other paper crafting projects. It’s always fun when you have to stop and admire your own work! It’s really great when you can’t help but exclaim “Wow!” at your own special creation.

As for the other elements of my tag samples, here’s what I used:
QuicKutz rounded tag die cut using piece of manila folder
Stamped with Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Festive Sounds
Edged using Distress Inks Vintage Photo, then Walnut Stain
Dymo Label Maker attached using Tim’s Tiny Attacher stapler
Spellbinders Floral Flourishes
Punch Bunch Dahlia Leaves

I'm entering this project into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations "Dies n Punches!" (3+ different) (here)
Charisma Cardz "Anything Goes" (here)
Cute Card Thursday "A Pinch and a Punch!" (here)
Paper Play "Make Your Own Flowers" (here)
Moving Along with the Times "Handmade Flowers" (here)
Totally Paper Crafts "Not A Card" (here)
Wags 'n Whiskers "Anything but a Card" (here)

"Top 3" Sept. 8, 2011 Moving Along with the Times


Lisa Jane said...

oh wow these are stunning.. fabulous flowers and gorgeous colours
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
Lisa x

Scrappy Scatty said...

lovely thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week
Love Jan

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW these flowers are amazing, they are just so pretty. Thanks for playing along with us on MAWTT this week Hazelxoxo

Michele Spera said...

Wow! really love these flower samples:-) wonderful job on all!thank you for joining us at CCT
michele S.

Debs said...

Fabulous flowers - so creative!
Thanks for playing along with us at Charisma and MAWTT this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Crafterkhush said...

This is gorgeousness... I just saw u on the top 3 at MAWTT so thought of seeing what you made.. These are stunning..