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#1 Posted : Monday, September 02, 2013 6:25:10 PM(UTC)
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Good evening everyone. Been awhile since I have been on long enough to catch up. Like many of us, summer is busy and seemed especially short this year since Mother Nature extended our winter into May this year.

I posted a new bloom on my blog today complete with a tutorial for bodacious dahlias. They are 7 inches in diameter and were created with the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge.

Paperie In Bloom: September 2013 Bodacious Dahlias

For those unfamiliar with me and my blog, I love growing and making flowers. Below are a few teaser pictures from previous months this past summer. I typically post them at the time of my blog post but that did not happen. For each bloom, there is a free tutorial on my blog and each flower was made using various Cricut cartridges. Thank you for taking time to look.

Paperie In Bloom: August 2013 Stargazer Lilies

Paperie In Bloom: July 2013 Cosmos

Paperie In Bloom: June 2013 Gerbera Daisies

Paperie In Bloom: May 2013 Lilacs

Thank you for taking time to look.
Michelle
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#2 Posted : Monday, September 02, 2013 7:20:18 PM(UTC)
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WOW Michelle,

Those flowers look almost like the real flowers. How long does it take to make one? They are beautiful I only wish i had the patience to sit and do just one. Headed to your blog. . .TFS

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GARDENGYPSY on 9/8/2013(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:26:46 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: curious george II Go to Quoted Post
WOW Michelle,

Those flowers look almost like the real flowers. How long does it take to make one? They are beautiful I only wish i had the patience to sit and do just one. Headed to your blog. . .TFS

Curious II


Thank you for the nice compliment. It is difficult to answer your question as I typically break my flower creations into bite steps as I have time. I typically work on a bouquet over the course of a week. I attempted to outline my steps below. I hope they are helpful for you and others.

My typical flower creating routine:

Typically I sit first and design the elements of my flowers on my Gypsy first and if time do a test cut out of scrap to verify everything.

Next, I select color and determine quantity I need.

Then I cut everything.

Color die cuts.

Mold die cuts.

Assemble.

Lastly, arrange in container

I am fortunate to have a dedicated space for my art so I can stop in and work for 10 minutes or for an hour. It is amazing how the 10 minute sessions add up quickly and before you know it, you are ready for assembly.

Hope this helps.

Michelle

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, September 04, 2013 4:29:41 AM(UTC)
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Your flowers look so real - hard to believe they are made of paper! It's just amazing how beautiful they are. Thank you so much for sharing them with us and for the inspiration...
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, September 04, 2013 7:22:21 AM(UTC)
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Had to come look at your flowers again. Absolutely gorgeous!Love Love Love
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They are wonderful! Which Cricut did you use? What settings- speed, etc.? Thanks. Just lovely. BJR.
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, September 04, 2013 3:44:18 PM(UTC)
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They are wonderful! Which Cricut did you use? What settings- speed, etc.? Thanks. Just lovely. BJR.


I used the Cricut Expression. I prefer Bazzill paper when I make flowers. I like how the ball stylus molds the paper without tearing. As far as settings go, I typically cut everything on blade 6 and pressure max. Hope this helps.

Michelle
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, September 04, 2013 6:50:42 PM(UTC)
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Wub GORGEOUS!!
Your tutorials are fantastic.
BigGrin can't wait to try these....
its time to make "Fall" flowers to decorate my home.
LOL My crocus are still "bloomn" PRETTY!!!
ThumpUp you have to check out her blog...she has a lot of gorgeous flowers and fantastic tutorials and she's very helpful too when in doubtLaugh Laugh
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Thank you Cricaholic for the sweet recommendationWink Always happy to help someone make an everlasting bouquet. I can not wait to see your dahlias...what color or colors will you make?

Michelle
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#10 Posted : Thursday, September 05, 2013 1:08:18 PM(UTC)
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Love the flowers, they look so real!
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#11 Posted : Saturday, September 07, 2013 10:23:08 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GARDENGYPSY Go to Quoted Post
Thank you Cricaholic for the sweet recommendationWink Always happy to help someone make an everlasting bouquet. I can not wait to see your dahlias...what color or colors will you make?

Michelle





Wub OH, your WELCOME!!! others HAVE TO try it...your tutorials are fantastic and your so helpful...I don't have a green thumb so I don't know what real flowers look like but you sure make it easy. I sold all my inks and purchased panpastel(chalks) in lights, mediums and darks so I'm going to cut my flowers out of white cardstock and add various shades of pastels to color them in "Fall" colors of course Laugh Laugh they're going to be so PRETTY!!!LOL LOL
Flapper My schedule/hours have changed at work...I need to find some time now to be "Bloom'n" creativeBigGrin BigGrin
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#12 Posted : Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:14:07 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: cricaholic Go to Quoted Post
Wub OH, your WELCOME!!! others HAVE TO try it...your tutorials are fantastic and your so helpful...I don't have a green thumb so I don't know what real flowers look like but you sure make it easy. I sold all my inks and purchased panpastel(chalks) in lights, mediums and darks so I'm going to cut my flowers out of white cardstock and add various shades of pastels to color them in "Fall" colors of course Laugh Laugh they're going to be so PRETTY!!!LOL LOL
Flapper My schedule/hours have changed at work...I need to find some time now to be "Bloom'n" creativeBigGrin BigGrin


You will love your Pan pastels. They are like butter and blend real nice. just be sure to have a workable fixative on hand. This seals each layer of color and be sure to have a matte or final finish fixative so the color stays put. any craft store sells them. Mine are by Krylon. I look forward to seeing your blooming creationsBigGrin

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#13 Posted : Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:45:40 PM(UTC)
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I have been thinking about investing in some of these. The pan pastels will help to make some of the flowers I try look more real. I have some flowers in my garden this year that look like and advertisement for them. If only I could make them like that?

Yours are beautiful!!

I look forward to checking out your blog each month to see which flower you have shosen. You remind me of the women who has brought out the Sizzix, I think that's the brand, flower dies. Hers look real also, but yours are so different, so more realistic. My husband is amazed at yours, I show him each time you do a new one.
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