Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Home made flowers and hand dyed ribbon

Hello everyone and happy, happy July to you all! I am excited today because it is my very first time to be hosting a challenge over at Our Creative Corner. The theme I chose was to make something, what ever kind of project you like, but it must include some hand made flowers and ribbon that you dyed yourself!. You can read all the details by clicking HERE.
Here is the project I made for the challenge:

I made a little box envelope, deep enough to hold a tag with quite bulky embellishments.
Below is a quick step by step of how I created the box from scratch:

Start with a piece of 12 x 12" card, I used Kraft card, because it is sturdy. Trim it down to 10 x 10"
Along one side score at 3.3/4", 4 1/4", 8" and 8 1/2"
Along the other side score at 1/2", 1", 7" and 7 1/2"
Cut away the parts indicated on the picture right up to the inner score lines:
Mitre your glue strips.
Your card should now be shaped like this:
Next shape the bit that is going to form the top flap of your box, I used a circle die, but you just round the corners or give it whatever shape you fancy. I also made a nodge in to the panel that will form the front of the box with a circle punch, so it is easier to take the tag out:
Time to glue your box together. I like using a wet glue for that, as it gives you some time to position everything just right, but you can use score or red-line tape too of course.
Here you can see it all glued together and I distressed all the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Time to make the front panel. I used a whole rainbow of colours for this, blending them together with my blending tools: Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord. I then toned it all down a bit with some White Linen Dylusions spray and stamped a swirl stamp in Picket Fence .
Next I created a slightly smaller panel and finally a third one by stamping with one of Tim Holtz's  Classics 17 butterfly stamps. I stitched around the largest panel and then layered them up like this:
As you can see, I then made my shabby tea roses, using the Tim Holtz pine cone die. There are numerous tutorials of how to do this, so I won't go into how I made mine, but I used Victorian Velvet again.
Here are a few close ups:
Next I made a little panel for the top flap in exactly the same way and decorated it with some hand dyed ribbon. For that I squeezed some Victorian Velvet Distress stain on my craft mat
I took some white seam binding and swirled and dabbed it through the stain, crumpled it up and dried it with my heat gun:

When dry I swiped some Seedless Preserves onto my craft mat and swirled my ribbon through that too:
I then tied it into a messy bow and added it to the flap together with a little butterfly made from paper clay.

Next came the tag, I made mine from scratch out of Manila cardstock, but the box is the right size for a Ranger #8 tag if you trim a bit from the bottom.

As I wanted box and tag to match, so I created it in a very similar way:
As you can see I used a piece of the Tim Holtz Trellis on the edge die and decorated with some leaves from the Garden Greenery die, some more roses and some paper clay embellishments plus some chit chat words for my sentiment.

I brought out the detail of the paperclay embellishments with some White Fire Treasure Gold, and added a few drop of Glossy Accents onto the roses to look like rain drops.

Below is the tag pushed down half way inside the box. Because the sides of the box are 1/2" deep the tag fits easily inside, despite the quite bulky roses.

The box closes with the help of a little magnet.

I will be back in two days time to share another little project with home made flowers, hope you will come back to look. Here is a little preview:


Well hope you like my project, it will make a useful gift for someone special. Please hop over to Our Creative Corner to see the wonderful projects my team mates have created and of course we would all love it if you joined in our challenge. Our sponsor this month is Nicecrane Design, so you are even in with a chance to win one of his fabulous collage sheets!!
Hope you will have the most wonderful month of July. It is going to be rather quiet here on my blog as I am off to Australia next week to see my lovely grand daughters, but in between cuddling and playing with them, no doubt there will be some time to come and see your lovely creations, so see you soon in crafty blogland!


61 comments:

ulrika said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love your style!

brenda said...

Well what can I say Astrid other than this really is a sheer delight. The colours, the textures and all the pretty little elements so lovingly combined. And thank you for the tut, really useful.

B x

Valerie-Jael said...

Very BIG WOW! Hugs, Valerie

Inkypinkycraft said...

a gorgeous make Astrid, love the rich colour in your ribbon and your flowers are gorgeous x hugs x

Brenda Brown said...

Oh my this is just tantalisingly beautiful. Such a wonderful array of colours and fabulous texture. Love the box idea too fir holding an embellished tag, must try that one. TFS xx

Jane said...

This is so beautiful Astrid the colours are edible. Enjoy your time with your family...it's a long way to go for babysitting! x

toni said...

What a lovely way for me to start my day viewing this beautiful project, makes me feel like taking the day off and heading for my craft room ! Love all aspects of this ! Thanks for the tutorial on the 'envelope' so useful xx

toni said...

PS . Have a fab time in Aus ! X

Joanna said...

Beautiful project. Love your flowers. Colors are great too.
Have a lovely time with your grand daughters.
Joanna

Elaine said...

This is another gorgeous project Astrid. I love the colours in the background, so really appreciate that you took the time to tell us the colours you used to build this up. Great details, including your paperclay embellishments and gorgeous flowers. I love it! Elaine x

Rita said...

Good Morning Astrid. What a magnificent tag and the box Tutorial is something else for me to try whilst on my hols. The colours stand out so well and are a gorgeous mix. The flower arrangement is stunning and those leaves look so real. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Deborah said...

This caught my eye as I was scrolling through my blog reading list - simply stunning! Have a wonderful time with your family in Australia Astrid.

die amelie said...

What a lovely and treasurable gift, Astrid!

Love that stamp and you have used it brilliantly! Thanks for sharing the stepxstep too.

Claudia x

Maryann Laursen said...

WOUW this is so gorgeous Astrid, I absolutely love this project, sooo beautiful and amazing colors too. I just LOVE it.

Ros Crawford said...

Absolutely stunning ... I adore your flowers ... so realistic!

Carol said...

Thank you for the tutorial - what a lovely project. YUMMY as always love the layers etc and never heard of paper clay - super embellishments x
Have a great day :)

Vintagelady said...

what a beautiful project, lovely flowers on an amazing background! Hugs, Kerstin

Artfully challenged said...

Wonderful,thanks for the step by step guide too,really useful Astrid. Love this,would make a perfect little gift

Hugs
Donna x

Redanne said...

Wow Astrid, I love the gorgeous rich colours you have used and your step by step is excellent, will definitely try that one. Gorgeous work, as ever. Hope you have a fantastic in Australia. Anne xx

Gitte said...

Beautiful set.

rachel said...

oh so stunning astrid - this is really beautiful - love it to pieces . Thanks for the tutorial for the tag holder - thats a great idea I may have to try xx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Oh yum, positively drool-worthy! Everything about this project is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Hugs,
Linda

Dorthe said...

Amazing dear Astrid, the box is gorgeous with the beautiful colours you used, and your flowers are simply stunning. love, them- on top of the tags with the soft green leaves...also the tag is so beautiful, with butterfly and the ever importent words, for all of us to believe in !
Hugs,Dorthe

Julia S-W said...

So very beautiful Astrid! I adore the colours you have combined to such amazing effect. Your tea roses are stunning and I love the the fact that your tag has a little box to go into.
Juliaxx

Maryanne said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Astrid! I love the colors you used and the roses are beautiful. I'm definitely going to try your tutorial on making the little box.

Marisa Job said...

I love this tag and envelope!! The hand made flower is beautiful! It almost looks real! Hugs!

Lisa S. said...

This is gorgeous Astrid and thanks for the tutorial!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is just brilliant and an amazing tutorial as well!
thank you so much for sharing your talent with us Astrid!
xx
Susi

butterfly said...

How beautiful, Astrid... I absolutely adore the colours you've used here, and how you've blended them to leave that glowing light at the centre of both the box and the tag. Gorgeous white stamping, and stunning flowers and ribbons - just beautiful!
Alison xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

A gorgeous project Astrid, love your colour choices, right up my street. The box is a great idea for the tag, with some beautiful embellishments, Judith xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

I'm not very often at the computer these days and a bit short in time. Your last projects are amazing - thanks for sharing all the wonderful step by step photos.

Anita Houston said...

EXQUISITE!!! Love the shabby chic feel and the box to store this treasure in! Gorgeous Astrid, just gorgeous!

Karin said...

what a stunning project, love it!
and what a great idea to close it with a magnet! Have a wonderful time in Australia!
Groetjes Karin

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

A lovely duo Astrid and wonderful combination of colours and elements. The colours are so rich I love them. Gorgeous design and flowers. Tracy x

Julia Aston said...

what a delightful box to slip your beautiful tag into Astrid! love your flowers and the awesome purple colors! Thanks for sharing how you created this!

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a glorious work of art! I love the way the tag co-ordinates with its special envelope and I also love the simple but affirming message! What a delight it would be to receive a gift like this - so elegant, so subtly and imaginatively coloured and so brilliantly put together! Superb! Julie Ann xxx

Meggymay said...

Stunning project, the flowers look totally amazing.
Yvonne

Ruth said...

Gorgeous Astrid, beautiful colours and a wonderful idea creating the box from scratch, another stunner! Ruth x

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Breathtakingly gorgeous! As ever! I absolutely love the colour choices and all those details... aaaah... Ingrid xx

CreativSpirit said...

Gorgeous project Astrid. I really lovely the rich colour you've achieved by blending Victorian Velvet and Picked Raspberry. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Just wondering when you are coming to Australia and the area that you'll be while here?

Cathy said...

Beautiful project, these colours look amazing, Cathy x

May said...

Gorgeous creations Astrid, Love the colours & fabulous texture... Thanks so much for the great tutorial...Hugs May x x

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Gay Peplow said...

Stunning work Astrid and thanks for the lovely clear tutorial :D Gay x

Terry said...

A big WOW all the way from CA! Love those rich colors and the flowers are gorgeous! Such a clever design and great touch with the stitching! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Wow, wow & wow again! Both pieces are stunning Astrid, really beautiful. And thanks for the tutorial, I might give the envelope a go...

Chris Warner said...

Astrid, you've hit the colour jackpot with this one, wow! I wish I could blend like you do, this is fabulous and the composition is stunning too. Me thinks you have a mini masterpiece here! GORGEOUS! Chris xxx

Angela Radford said...

Another great piece Astrid, love it.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Mona Pendleton said...

Stunning Astrid! I love your gorgeous flowers and mix of pretty colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely beautiful Astrid. Love the rich hues. Nicola x

Dianne said...

SEE BRILLIANTLY CREATIVE... Excellent tutorial, you know I'll have to try it, you just make us want too try. I love the challenge you choose, it's wonderful to see all the flowers being created, and I looooove dyed ribbons. It's so rich and luxurious, the colors are just delicious, your creations are so inspirational, Namaste to you my dear Miss Astrid, have a wonderful weekend... ((( BIG HUGS)))..

JackieP Neal said...

Astrid, Your choice of colors for this project-mmm....perfect! So Rich! along with your elements and design- absolutely exquisite!! ")

Margaret Mifsud said...

Oh my goodness!! This is STUNNING Astrid!!!! Simply divine!!! Your colour choices are always exceptional and I love the stamping around the edge. The stitching also frames it all nicely. Absolutely love this!! ox

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Dagmar said...

Oh wow- What fantastic colors and your flowers are so beautiful!!!! It's a great artwork! Hugs Dagmar

massofhair said...

Am blown away Astrid by your very beautiful makes, love the autumnal feel of the colours, your flowers are amazing and i would love to make that Tag. Such an inspirational project!!! :-) xxx

Have fun in Australia with your Family :-) xxx

Buttons said...

Superb Astrid - you at your very best. Great theme to the challenge and gorgeous flowers. I love how you use this deep magenta shade so well. Jenny x

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Gorgeous, Astrid! You always have a way of getting me out of a slump. Thanks for the inspiration once again!

Cheers,
Susan

Bonnie McLain said...

Stunning work Astrid... I am going to have to join in on this fun... RIBBON AND FLOWERS... wow just my cup of tea for sure... love this type of thing...Your project is so very elegant and I love the colors and delicacy of your work here... very pretty Astrid. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Shari Trumbull said...

WOW, Astrid!! I keep coming back to this little box and tag you've made--I LOVE the colors you've used! So rich and elegant and pretty!! Lovely Lovely!! XOXO-Shari T.

Coco said...

A set absolutely delightful!!!... Love the colours, all is wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial, and also for the challenge. Crafty hugs, Coco x

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