A Floral Arrangement That Lasts

A Floral Arrangement That Lasts
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Wow, I just realized I haven’t posted here in a week!  The past 8 days have just flown by.  I only had a few hours off work Saturday night and Sunday morning – other than that, I have been working hard all week as home buyers scramble to find a home before the tax credit expires Friday, April 30th at 9 pm.  It reminds me of musical chairs:  find a house/chair before the music stops!

I haven’t had much time for crafting, but I squeezed in some creative time last Friday night.  I made this bouquet of flowers that will never die!  The flowers were for a friend who celebrated her 8th wedding anniversary the day after her 2-1/2 year old daughter had surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Her little one was very happy to see the flowers when I arrived, and she was also very excited that I delivered cards for her and her parents.

I used the Walk in My Garden cartridge for my Cricut Expression machine for the flowers and leaves.  Most of the flowers are 3″ tall and the leaves varied in size.  Next, I took bamboo skewers and colored them different shades of green with my Copic, Prismacolor and Design alcohol markers.  I used JudiKins Diamond Glaze (best glue EVER!), Zig 2-Way Squeeze & Roll Glue Pen, and my Scotch ATG 714 to assemble the flowers.

Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers

Then I made a tag, tied a ribbon around a vase, inserted some green floral foam into the vase, and made the arrangement.  Here is the bouquet:

Paper Bouquet

Paper Bouquet

I didn’t spray them with perfume or anything – I didn’t think it would be a good idea to take perfumed paper to Children’s Hospital.  Also, it might have caused the paper to discolor.

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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    • Thanks! You comment on my flower posts – I take it you have a weakness for flowers, like I do! I love floral stamps, paper – anything floral for crafting! Yep, I’m a girl.

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