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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cooking with cricut flowers blog challenge

 happy Wednesday everyone. I so look forward to Wednesday's, cause it is the big challenge reveal over on cooking with cricut. HERE. Where is if you link a project to the blog you could win as every week Melin has a great give away...
Well this week we had to use flowers, now I am a flower addict. I have them everywhere, but with the challenge of using flowers, I thought well why not, I am always admiring the handmade paper flowers everyone makes, they are just so beautiful. So I decided to try and make some flowers, now let me tell you, I  usually pick up the mechanics of things fairly easy, then because of my anal ways, I have to continue to do the technique untill I feel I have it mastered, well to master these little creations are near impossible. I can not even tell you how many of these I have put together, and how many more sitting here waiting to be put together. I am not happy with them yet. But picked out a few that I actually liked.My project this week that the flowers are going  is an altered canvas I am making for my friend, this a photo her prized stallion, whom they have recently lost, so this is tribute to him.
The Recipe for this canvas......

 White Canvas
 Cricut machine
Pagoda cart,Plantin cart, Home accents cart and The file from CWC
assorted paper or card stock
strong adhesive
acrylic paints of assorted colors
large brush, and fan brush, baby wipes, paper towel
ink pads to match colors,
stickles to match,
smooch ink to accent
embossing powder, and embossing pad
white painters pen,
White chalk pencil
black liquid applique
sheer plus sheer silver glaze and sheer color glaze
lace, hat pin, beads, charms
Martha Stewart X-mas branch punch (((LOVE this punch, useful for a million projects)))
I used my wide Donna dewberry brush and painted black as sort of a hit and miss technique, not covering the whole canvas, then did the same with grey, and white using less of each color in random places, I wanted the canvas to look old and streaked. then before its dry I wiped across in opposite directions to blend the lines, once dry took fan brush and you can see my random black swipes. Once dry I did the same thing with the sheer glazes, these glazes give any project a soft luster finish..
Next I took a white chalk pencil and wrote my 2 phrases lightly, on the top of canvas it says, "A window to the soul" I wrote with black liquid applique over the top of the words, allowing it to dry on its own so it has a glossy satin finish. On the botton, I used a white sharpie painters pen and wrote" If God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself"
Once all of that is dry you are ready to move on. Adding photos and embellishments...
So I cut all my flowers in assorted colors of black and grey, some of them once cut I embossed with embossing powders to give the flower a bit more dimension and detal. And some I just white ink and stamped on top of the black flowers
 holographic embossing powders
 Stamped with white brillance ink

 silver embossing powder
 gold embossing powder
gold on brown... After I had all the flowers cut and some embossed and some I left plain, I was ready to assemble them...Hours upon hours as I just was not getting it, I do believe I was making out to be harder than it needed to be. So remember that..I seen a 7 year old make these, and I could not.
I really layered and altered plain with inked or embossed flowers. And once I had them assembled I inked with black and white inks, then high lighted areas of the flowers with my smooch inks, and finally adding stickles to some of the petals. Also usin my Martha Stewart punch added branched to the flower layers.

I also love butterflies so I did cut some of those to add as well
SO once the flowers were completed I added the bling to them

 So here are a few finished flowers and butterflies, keeping with the color theme I used a white on the butterflies

Cut a few flourishes, and doodled white on them as well...
These are just 10" long pieces of lace I stitched into a circle, dyed them black with my Momento ink pad, added some stickles to the ends, tucked in a hat pin with a charm and that became the bottom layer to a flower. It really turned  out quite nice.
added my flourishes, a few butterflies
 the lace flower and a beaded hat pin, as well as black stone flourishes
And poof, you have something that looks like this
I have some really bare spots on here in the upper corners, and not sure what to do with them just yet.
SO that's it.. it looks worse than it is, and really does come together quite quickly, be sure you hop on over the CWC blog and get your cutting files, and digi stamps....
And don't forget to check out the rest of the Cooking with Cricut Design Team members blogs for more great idea's, project's and inspiration, those gals are amazingly talented. Laura, I hope you like this....
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Anita said...

Wow, Wow, Wow! I'm speechless this layout is absolutely goregeous! Anita

Jen said...

Ronnie, this is absolutely incredible! What an awesome tribute to a gorgeous horse ~ your friend will love it. And your flowers are wonderful as are the rest of your embellishments.

Maria Elena said...

Wow Ronnie.. What a great art work you made in this project ! Thanks for your tuto !

Have a great Wednesday ;-)

Dalis said...

what a gorgeous tribute girl. I love that is all in whites/blacks and greys. it is so elegant.

-- dalis

Amanda said...

These flowers and butterflies are amazing!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! Congrats on the new little one! He's adorable.

Nicole said...

Wow! Beautiful. Your flowers are amazing, you look like a pro! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

Ronnie, this project is absolutely amazing. Love the way you showed how the canvas was painted, great effect. Love the different flowers you crafted, so cool. Wonderful tribute, your friend will love it!

Becky G said...

Ronnie, this is stunning, but so is all your work. You're amazing and very talented! I always look forward to every creation!!! said...

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Anne said...

My goodness what a stunning elegant project! All those monochromatics look so classy, lovely work!

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

This is so beautiful! I'm so glad to be part of the CWC DT with you!


Cheryl said...

Oh WOW! Your page is gorgeous! I love the flowers and the gorgeous pictures.

Mary Hamer said...

Just Awesome! Love all the flower pictures! I will have to give it a go!