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3D: Flowers!

So the kids are off from school and the first bits of living in our pyjamas and flaking around the house until noon is done.  We are biking, swimming, and on all these rainy days: crafting.

Over at Paper Craft Planet, I was humbled and very excited to be asked to come up with a 3D Challenge, 3d20, for July 14-20.  I was thinking about some fun things I could do with the kids & making flowers seemed to be something everyone could do.

Here my kids are making Tissue Paper Carnations, by a fan/accordian fold, pipe cleaner, & pulling each “petal” up.  Firstly you need to know, that my middle son, 8 years old, my reader, my blessed Malcolm does NOT craft.  Not in his younger days in preschool, and now only under obligation during mandatory grade 2 art class.  It’s not “his thing”.  So it was a huge deal when I saw him put down his Nintendo DS hand held video game to give this a go.

Liam, 3 1/2, had a bit of problems pulling up the petals, but gave it his best go & then insisted that the flower needed to be trimmed.  SHEEESH.  Perfectionist.

Emma, 10, LOVES to craft.  She is my drawer, my artist, my funny stylin’ girl.  ”Oh mum, they look just like carnations, think of all the things you could do!!”

So here’s my 3D challenge:  Make a Flower, any kind of flower.  Here are some flowers I made & some links to ‘how to’ for each.  Well, except for the first pink carnation, which is the fan fold one that I did as a kid & that my own kids worked on.  Oh yes, the mini “unique” vase I made in a pottery class years ago, when I found out that pottery wasn’t my thing.  I keep it, because my instructor told me it was too tiny & would blow up in the kiln.  HA.

Below:  Carnation, with coloured edges, by Folding Trees:  (Using:  White Tissue Paper & Lavender Lace Marker)

Coffee Filter Rose from Cassie Chappell, as seen on Martha Stewart.  Video Instructions at Martha’s Site.  Note:  this one, although not “difficult” is time consuming & I think next time I would use paint, because I thought I’d use my Copics (R59 Cardinal & E07 Light Mahogany) & I did, but I had to buy refills for them afterwards.  It uses a lot of ink, if you colour both sides of the petal.

Stampin’ Up Daisies Die Cut:  (Using Riding Hood Red CS & a yellow felt brad)

Peony Flower, template, I just used Pink Crêpe Paper & Yoho Yellow CS, as seen on MarthaStewart:

Paper Petunia’s from Scrappy Habits: (Used: SU Flower Punch on Textured Lavender Lace CS & a Gingham Blue Brad)

Spiral Flowers from Wendy Chung at Dozi.  (used SU! Rose Red DSP) I think this was my favourite, because it was just so easy to do, no tools needed:

and Origami.  LOL, I can’t do origami.  My oldest brother is great with Origami, understanding the mathematics & patience behind it all.  Me, not so much.  But I did give it a whirl.  Here’s the link to the Lotus Flower Video tutorial.  (Used:  Origami Paper from Michaels, & an orange pipe cleaner)

Quick Gift Box

This is like an explosion card, but I secured it with glue so it actually doesn’t flatten out. I needed something to put a gift card in for Emma’s friend Jenna’s Birthday party tomorrow. Thought this would be cute.

I started with a 12×12″ cs and then folded it in thirds … every 4″s. (you can scale it to whatever you need, I wanted a bigger box) Then trimmed off the extra bulk.

Then folded it on the diagonal, at the outer corners. Then folded it in.

More folding. Then just secure the flaps inside with glue tape.

Okay the lid. It’s 6×6″ with 1″ lid flap & trim ends to tuck & tape under.

Now to decorate. Maybe Spritzer/Air Brush with Markers for speckling.

More decorating. Using Cuttlebug templates on the Sizzix & some rarely used “wave scissors”

More decorating, ribbon: Folded back & forth, like toothpaste? (my kids use a lot of toothpaste on their brushes & then spit it in the sink! Frustrating!) so like toothpaste or well like this:

To hold the ribbon in place, I put some slits in the bottom. Glue Spots would have worked too.

I used Brads at the top. One of the sides of the ribbon is just secured with a glue dot for her to easily open. The other side is secured with the brad to the lid of the box.

Hope she likes it. Jenna is a sweet kid. Happy 9th!

Kristina’s Colour Inspiration #7

Kristina Werner’s super fun Weekly Colour Inspiration comes from a line of linens, Bedford Jacquard … from Restoration Hardware

These are the inspiration colours:

This looks SO inviting to me, as I am struggling with this cold & have now lost my voice (that’s what normally happens with me when I get a bad cold.) Ah well, another day of ‘rest’ without guilt for doing bare minimum chores.


Okay, my plan was to make a scrapbook page, but I couldn’t help but make just one more of these Hidden Message Cards.

Open it once and you get this:

and when you open it again, you get:


The little circle on the left of the card is a velcro adhesive from the sewing store, to keep it closed, rather than use a ribbon.

I used “Love without End” and “Wonderful Words” Stamp sets, Circle punches, Versa mark & dark brown Embossing powder (S.U. retired), Velcro Stickies, Close to Cocoa DSP, Spring Silhouettes DSP, Dimensionals, Close to Cocoa & Chocolate Chip Inks, Chocolate Chip CS, Soft Sky CS, Flower, Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads. I think that covers it.

The final card was 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ (closed). I stared with 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and then folded it in quarters, plus the two strips of Chocolate Chip Strips of 6 1/2″ x 2″. Scoring was at just over 2″.

For more detailed instructions on how to this kinda of card look at the post from a couple of days ago “my take” on a hidden message card FUN FLIPS Have a good one & looking forward to seeing everybody else entries!