Thursday, March 25, 2010

WOOOO HOOOOO!!! Thanks for hopping with us on the Zutter Zisters Blog Hop!!! Welcome!

Hellllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooo everybody!!! Thanks so much for joining us on our Zutter Zister's Blog Hop!!! You know the procedure by now I am sure, but just to review, if you post on each of the blogs linked in the blog hop you have lots of chances to win some of the fab-u-looo-soooo new Hang-It-Alls, a lovely pink hammer, and setting tools from Zutter! How cool is that? Pretty stinkin' awesome I think (cause I love all of those things). :) Make sure you read all the way to the bottom of this post to hop to the next stop, which is Lynne! :)



Remember, the winners will be selected Monday March 29, 2009 after 7 pm (you can post till 7 pm EST March 29, 2010 to be eligible). PLUS, if you comment on this thread, AND sign up to be a follower of my blog, your name goes in a drawing for an extra little goodie pack from me. The goodie pack from me will include some of my flowers and tags! Here are a few pics of some of the flowers and tags that I make that might be in your goodie pack from me -





Or even some of these, (please excuse the creative mess) :) -



Winners will be announced on Tuesday March 30, 2010. :)

For my Spring Blog Hop project, besides using the oh-so-wonderful pink Bind-It-All, I used some of the white OWires, Gold Rivets, My Zutter Wire Cutters, my favo Zutter Pink Hammer, Pound It All, and Setting Tools, and the AWESOME Hang-It-Alls along with some odds and ends in my scrap stash! I will post complete step by step directions on how to create this little basket next week, so stay tuned. :)

OK, without further ado, here is my spring time project created for the spring blog hop -



Here is is with some "fillings" -



a view from the top -


from another side -



and yet another side -



a close up of the front, featuring the little hanging sign (used the oh-so-fun Hang-It-Alls, ya gotta try these!)-



I love to make flowers to use on different projects, especially projects I make with my Bind-It-All. They add so much dimension, and help finish off the project. I have also started to add some of the OWires to my flowers for an even different look -



It is super easy to do, just cut 5 rings of OWires ( I used 1/2" size), gently squeeze the rings closed, then flatten and stretch them in a flower shape, and add them to your flowers (directions on making layered flowers below)-





Here are a few directions on how I make some of my layered flowers -

First, gather either some flower shaped punches or dies, or just scalloped or circle shapped dies or punches. Use various sizes so you can have lots of lovely layers. You can also just handcut circles or flower shapes in graduated sizes if you don't have dies or punches. I like to use pages torn from old books (pick them up at Goodwill or rummage sales, great way to get older books at very reasonable prices), as well as assorted weights of cardstock or patterned paper. After I have a nice big pile of petals or shapes cut, I usually Glimmer Mist them a bit to add some sparkle. Sometimes I like to wad them up first so they are a bit softer to work with, and to add more demension. Depending on the look I want, I might also wait and fold the shapes a bit after I assemble the flowers. I find it is easier for me to make sure I have a nice large assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes to work with. I also love to add fabric or ribbon to the flowers.

Here is a pic of some f my layers in process -



Here is a picture of a little mini book I did where I wadded up the paper when I created my flowers -



It is easy peasy to make fabric and paper flowers. We will talk about those first. Find some fabric that you like. I find that small prints and monochromatic colors seem to work really well. I cut a little cut on one edge of the fabric, and then about an inch down, cut another slit. Then I tear the fabric into strips. The first strip or two might be really wacky size wise, just save it for another use. Once you have a nice strip about an inch wide, and torn on both sides, fold it into three pieces, and cut it. For instance, if you tear the fabric selvedge to selvedge(usually about 42" wide), you will fold the 42" into thirds, and cut. You should now have three pieces of fabric about 14" long.



Sew a long basting stitch ( use a machine if possible, it is so much faster), and pull the threads together when you are done. Use your own judgment as to how tight to pull the thread. If you make it a bit looser, your flower will be larger, tighter will be smaller. I usually knot the thread, and hot glue them and the ends together (faster to glue than to sew, but do what you like).





Next, layer some paper or cardstock flower layers on top of the fabric. You can also use ribbon flowers. (I make ribbon flowers the same way, just cut a length of ribbon, baste it, pull the threads together, and glue.) Feel free to mix fabric, cardstock or book page shapes with the ribbon, the more texture you add the more interesting your flower will be. You can glue all your layers together when you are happy with how they look. I like to take thin strips of fabric, twist it, and then glue the fabric in a circle to create a rose type shape. This is also fun and easy to do with ribbon.





I also love to make flowers and use the Zutter Rivets to hold them together. First I cut various cardstock shapes, and stack them up. Next I punch a hole in the center, using my lovely pink hammer, setting tools, and the faboo Pound It All. I have to say, I LOVE my little pink hammer!!! I also love the fact that the Pound It All has a foam bottom to protect and cushion my work surface.

Sometimes I use several of the same size flower shape or circle or scallop folded into fourths and stacked together to really get some dimension. This technique works with cardstock, patterened or book paper, or even tissue paper. The thickness of the paper will change the look and dimension of your petals.










Sometimes I also like to crease each petal just a wee bit after the flowers are assembled, or if I use layers of crepe paper, smoosh the layers up a wee bit. Here area few pics of flowers with smooshed or creased layers -







Here are a few additional assembly pics -














Once I have my rivet set, I can glue the paper flower to a fabric flower if I wish. The flower is nice and sturdy and won't fall apart now! If I want to change the look of the rivet, I simply use some Stickles to add a little sparkle.

Once you have created your flowers, feel free to add them to all your scrapbooking projects, and your altered art. They also make nice little embellies for headbands for little girls, or for package toppers!!! There are boatloads of ways to create beautiful flowers, so let your imagination run free.


After you finish here, it will be time to hop on over to Lynne's blog to check out what she has created. Make sure you go in order, and don't miss any stops! Remember, you could win some of the SUPER Hang-It-Alls, a pink Zutter hammer and setting tools on any of the participating blogs. Thanks again for hopping with us everybody!!! Happy Spring, and don't forget to check back for the winners! :)

Here is a list of the participants for the blog hop, make sure you check them all out. :)
Camilla Isaksson - Sweden
Linda Elbourne - UK
Fleur Smith - BC, Canada
Sophie Sim - Australia
Pam Sandy - Michigan, USA (this is me, thanks for stopping in!)
Lynne Forsythe - New Hampshire, USA
Sarah De Guzman - California, USA
Shelley Haganman - Iowa, USA
Nan Paturzo USA

114 comments:

anni said...

Love all the different flowers! So creative! I will definitely try to make some of them! The basket is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

LynneForsythe said...

hey girlie...love your FLOWERS!!!

PS...should you have a link to my blog?!?!?!?

Mindy said...

Thanks for the chance to win :)

Sandra from NC said...

Your flowers are so awesome!! I will definitely have to be a follower because I LOVE flowers:-).

Scrapin Kat said...

OMG... those are Beutiful! Thanks for a treat!

resmith said...

Wow!! Such wonderful projects!! Your flowers are so fantastic.

Robyn said...

THANKS FOR SHARING. i LIKE THE LACING

AnItA mArIe said...

"Wow" love all the flowers its spring at your house love the bunny basket cool as ...hugs Anita..

Tiffany said...

Beautiful flowers and a very easy to follow tutorial to go with them! Thanks! I'm always looking for cool new flowers to try to make.

Debra said...

That Spring box is too cute for words! So adorable! And, your flowers look like a fun project, too!
Debra

Kim said...

Love the basket and all the flowers! Thanks for showing us how to make them.

d'Dragon said...

So very creative - I love what you've done & love your flowers too!

Sandra said...

love your flowers. thanks for sharing how you make them. can't wait to try it with my daughter :)

mscrafty said...

Flowers, flowers and more flowers. So many I can almost smell spring already.

Scrappy Nan said...

faboooooooooo Pam!!

Tona said...

Amazing project & I love those flowers!

Paula said...

WOW! You had me at the basket and then all the bonus ideas with the flowers. AWESOME! TFS,
Paula Akers

Danese said...

What a fantastic assortment of flowers, you are so creative! Thanks for sharing with us who need a little inspiration!

sarah said...

you are filled with TONS of inspiration! :) glad to be on this team with you... and i was wondering if you are selling any of those flowers?! me wants! they are so GORGEOUS!

hugs,
sarah.

shannors said...

Wow - I love these flowers - so creative. Perfect for my spring cards! :)

Tianne said...

Totally awaesome flowers, I think even I will be able to try thiese out, thanks for the very clear instructions and thanks for sharing

scrappylovey said...

Great, great job!!! Gorgeous blooms!

michele hileman said...

I just love all the differant flowers they are so pretty and I just love the basket.

pink said...

Cute project...and thanks for all the flower tips!

kaw1963 said...

That is really neat, definitely worth the wait. I really like the o-wires around the top of the box, never would have thought of that. Thanks for all the inspiration!

CarinaCina said...

Just love the box!! And what a fab bunch of flowers there too :)
/Cina99

http://cina99.bloggplatsen.se

Stampersue said...

Amazing - I love your project - all those different flowers - just love them all. Sooo clever

misteejay said...

Gosh, so many ideas...thank you for sharing.

Toni :o)

Anne Jagger said...

These are so clever, so cute and so lovely!

peggylee said...

I think I am in Heaven so many flowers!!! love them....the basket is so cute!!! thanks for the tips on how you made your flowers...I tried to follow your blog but it's not letting me.
http://pegbaker.blogspot.com

stephanie said...

THis is gorgeous Love all the different flowers and that basket is to die for.

Elaine said...

Love that bright yellow box - I can see a crafting session coming on. It'd look great filled with easter eggs!

Nancy said...

Oh wow thank you so much for all the inspiration! I love all of your projects they are beautiful and so very creative! I would love to win some of your gorgeous flowers and tags! Thanks for sharing!

Anne Marie said...

Tons of ideas for those flowers!! Amazing love all of them. Have to get creating. TFS!

Beth S said...

Love the basket and the flowers. Well done.

barbara b. said...

Thanks for the flower tutorial. Gonna cut and paste it so I can remember it!

pattiwest said...

Pamala!! That Easter basket is adorable! You know I love that mini too. Sweet stuff, sister! :)

beulahmom said...

Great project!Love your flowers too. Thank you for the opportunity to win the Hang-It-Alls and Rivet Hammer & Setter Set!

Cathy said...

Wow! that was a lot of flower-makin' goodness all in one blog post! I'm now a follower and I'm bookmarking this post for future inspiration!!

shazza said...

Ohhhhh I LOVE your flowers! They are stunning. I love to make flowers too but dont seem to get enough time but i collect the tutorials. Thanks for giving inspiration for the flowers! Would LOVE to win the hang it alls & hammer as ive not been able to get any yet. Love all the designs of the design team
Shazza

Sherry said...

Pam, you know I love flowers (thank you for the goodies - I love them!) and for you to share so many of your wonderful ideas is truly a treat!!

Your basket is precious! I love the laced-up sides and how springlike and fun it is (peeps are good too)

Gina said...

Oh WOW! So much inspiration. Thanks for all your flower ideas. Will be trying them out.

aimado said...

That is a great idea for an easter basket. Your flowers are very pretty also. I really enjoyed your blog.

Eileen said...

Amazing flowers. Love how the BIA wires are decorative and the holding together of the basket is done with ribbon!

Charisma3103 said...

What gorgeous work you do I really love that box it's fabulous

Janie Boots
boots3103@hotmail.com

Carla said...

Your flower creations are beautiful!

Susan said...

The basket is beautiful. Love the flowers too.

Charlene said...

I love that basket! Such a wonderful idea!!

Leslie said...

Wonderful flowers ideas! Thanks so much!

Ali said...

Awesome flowers pam! loved your easy instructions and pics! GREAT job and so much FUN!

Roberta said...

Great looking flowers. Thanks for showing how you make them.

Weasel said...

Gorgeous flowers, very creative. Thanks for sharing!

Helen said...

What an amazing post, your flowers are just incredible.

mustangkayla said...

Wowza Pam! FABOO project and so darn creative! Man, your flowers are just over the top, make my mouth water every time I see them!

lk46 said...

So wonderful projects!! Your flowers are so fantastic.
Hugs Lene from Sweden

lk46 said...

So wonderful projects!! Your flowers are so fantastic.
Hugs Lene from Sweden

Audra said...

great basket... love those flowers!!

Lynda said...

Those flower look good enough to eat. Thanks for the variety.

Pat said...

Love your projects!

ScrappyDandyDoo said...

Oh wow loving those flowers!!!!
Fabby tutorial and projects :D
thanks for sharing,
Julie xx

Cindy J said...

Wonderfully creative and inspiring!!! Loving those flowers using the o'wires!!!

Stacey said...

Your work is gorgeous! Love those flowers! TFS!

mcourtney said...

Love those flowers!

Brittney said...

Gorgeous flowers!

Ayelet {Jenny} said...

Love the flowers! how long did it take you to make all of them? the easter basket is so wonderful! all of your projects are just fantastic! TFS X

vixen said...

Wowwwwwwwwwww your flowers look so cool and so unique they a brillient. I definantly love to have ago at these beautys. Fab projects thankyou for shareing

from Tracey x

Lousan said...

What a cute basket you have done and the flowers are sooo wonderful.

Linda Shewchuk said...

love all the flowers... i could handle picking up my mail with these as a surprise!!

Helena said...

Really cool flowers :)

Milly said...

Your flowers are absolutely amazing!!! So gorgeous, and so versatile! Can't wait to start making my own little (or large) garden of flowers!!!! Thanks for sharing so many techniques for these flowers!
Milly / Thistlecraft.etsy.com

Rosa Youschak said...

Wow, girl, you love flowers! Hi! I'm on my first hop and this is really neat! I have a BIA but am still learning all that I can do. So, this has truly been a neat experience! Have a great weekend!

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

your tutorials are so great! i signed up as a follower too!

Dolores~CraftyD's Creations said...

Love your basket and all of your flowers. Awesome work.

Diana said...

WOW your flowers are all amazing. Gorgeous work.

Fleursbydesign said...

Love all the beautiful flowers!

Stephanie said...

Great projects!

Cher~ said...

First...the basket is adorably cute. Second, thank you so much for sharing your flowers and how you made them.

Anneliese said...

Awesome basket, & your flowers are amazing! I love making my own flowers & will definately keep your tips on hand! TFS!!

kimmie_35 said...

I love your project... it is gorgeous... I love your flowers they are all beautiful... I love flowers on all my projects and am going to have to have a go at some of these... so gorgeous!
Thank you for sharing, your blog is so inspiring...
Hugs
Kim
x

KBF said...

I want to make an Easter basket. I love it. Great idea!

yvonne said...

love your flowers there cool.

Maria said...

I love your spring-basket and your handmade flowers are just gorgeouse! Love it! Thanks for showing us how to make them:)

Dolores said...

OMG I love your flowers, and that basket is absolutely gorgeous. LOVE IT

Makin' Me Crazy said...

LOVE all your flowers and cute things you made for your basket. Cute. I'm now a follower!
Thanks for sharing.

Debbie

Rachel said...

I don't think I've ever seen such a complete flower tutorial. Thank you so much for that, and for all the other brilliant ideas.

AllieKat said...

Oh my goodness, would you LOOK at that?! My cup runneth over! SO many wonderful things to see in your blog and I so appreciate your showing us the steps! My MIL (who lives in Michigan, where I used to live, how ironic is that for you?!) loves peeps and I only wish I had enough time to make and ship a project like this to her with peeps inside! You have too many wonderful ideas and I now need to explore your blog deeper to see all the BIA ideas I can "borrow"! : )

Robert said...

neat projects

Michele said...

love love all the flowers - where do yu find the time!! I will def be scraplifting some of them, lol. Super - awesome and creative.

michele
duboismd@charter.net

Tammydee said...

Your blog rocks Pam!!

silvia said...

Fabulous basket and journal!! LOVE all of your flowers!!

Donna said...

Oh I love the basket and the flowers are amazing!! I can't believe all the different styles you have! Thank for sharing and the chance to win!!

kmassman said...

Wow! I love all of your projects. I have been making some flowers lately too but you have many more styles than what I have been doing. I became a follower! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

jeannine said...

OMG...love all those flowers and what a sweet idea, love your Easter basket!

Generations of Memories said...

The easter basket is a great idea. Love the flowers.

ellen s. said...

oh wow...so much awesomeness! i am sooooo glad i hopped!

Cyndi said...

Hellllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooo from Connecticut. Love ur blooms! I have been busy teaching the children I watch 'how to make flowers from recycled household items' since Valentines Day and they luv it! Happy Spring!

Rbarakat said...

I love all the flowers girlie! You have been a busy girl! Great projects!

freetimegone said...

Wow! I would love to have that little container. Awesome. I love all your flowers also. Thanks for sharing and I hope I can win something from this blog hop.

Jodee said...

Wow! Thanks for all the pointers and tips! Your basket is great too!

crazyaboutcricut said...

WOW! Thanks for explaining how to make the flowers so clearly. And what a great way to use the wires and scraps!

tlgirl353 said...

Thank you for sharing your techniques for these flowers!

Debbie H said...

I love your Easter box, and oh those flowers!

Mary said...

had trouble viewing the completed projects but I did see the flowers,will have to try this!Tfs, Mary M

Scrapendipity said...

What adorable flowers. These are so creative!

A Bit of It All for Scrappin' said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing.

~Cassandra

Donna said...

Thanks for the tutorial - great flowers!

Lizc said...

Your flowers are stunning, and all your projects are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing with us

Teri Gelseth said...

I am overwhelmed with ideas! my head is going to pop! lol

The Savvy Scrapbooker said...

Cute flowers!

connie said...

beautiful flowers and love your projects. I am a follower of your blog.

Githe said...

Love your beautiful flowerbasket.:))

TypicalScrapbooker said...

This is so neat ! I love all your flowers !! Amazing !!

pamala said...

Thanks for the love everybody!!! I will draw the winners in a minute and post them.

Danielle said...

PAM!! You are giving away all of your flower secrets!! Thanks for sharing!!!
I told everyone on my blog that you made and gave me those beauties!! Just posted it, but check it out!!
HUGS,
dani

How did I come up with Pam's Eclectic Stuff?

Pam- that is me. :)

eclectic --adj.- selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
*Since I like a huge variety of arts and mediums, this seemed perfect, we will talk about the best of various styles or ideas.

stuff- The noun stuff has 7 senses -
1. material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")2. whatchamacallit, stuff, whatsis, sundry, sundries -- (miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff")3. stuff, clobber -- (informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?")4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock -- (senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff")5. stuff -- (unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine")6. stuff -- (information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book")7. stuff -- (a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative")

*What more needs to be said? I really thought about using Pam's Eclectic Sundries, but I thought that might be tough to remember. :) Stuff is easy and conveys a variety of meanings. I like the definition- miscellaneous unspecified artifacts. I also liked whatchamacallit, but that is a lot of typing. :)

So there you have it!