Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Bloomin Addiction

I just can't help myself...I have become seriously addicted to making my own blooms. From my "ugly paper" spiral flowers to the tulle blooms and now ones made from paper bags/kraft paper... I just can't stop. I even emailed my SF Sandy and suggested she stage an intervention...but when she heard what I was doing she got hooked as well LOL.

I am in the process of doing several layouts and projects in preparation for applying to a Design Team for the first time. This past weekend I spent nearly 2 full days scrapping, one day on my own and the other with Sandy. I finished 3 layouts that I had either in progress or sketched out. I have just submitted these so will now share them with you as well.

I will post the paper bag flowers later today.

I loved this paper and chose it for this layout because of its simplicity. I didn’t want to detract from the photo at all which is absolutely priceless and beautiful. I used handmade spiral flowers to highlight some of the “blooms” on the pattern of the paper as well as using a few below the photo. The leaves were made from Kraft paper sprayed with Glimmer Mist and distressed with inks. A few gems and the title were added to finish it off.

MOD (My Other Daughter…aka my daughter’s friend) got married last summer. The theme for the wedding was Mardi Gras. The jeweled masks worn by the bride and bridesmaids were really quite beautiful and an inspiration for this layout. I chose a bold coloured paper for the background, folded back a cutout to reveal the photo on a contrasting green damask patterned paper. I used the same green damask paper to make the leaves. I made the gerber daisy/mums (my own hybrid flower I guess LOL) from white cardstock lightly sprayed with Glimmer Mist. I echoed the dark red flower in her bouquet in the flowers I made also. The centres of the flowers were gems circled with black Stickles. I strung some beads in golds and reds to hang from the flower above the “L” to echo the beads on the mask.

This picture of my daughter’s 2 year old godson, Cayden, was perfect for a layout with lots of blooms. I used a simple black cardstock base, cut out a frame and matted the photo with a mustard yellow and burgundy paper. The large blooms are all Prima flowers that started out white. I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist, layered them and added gems to the centres. The large lollipop flower is made from kraft paper, stamped with a design and sprayed with Glimmer Mist. The leaves were also made from Kraft paper, sprayed with green and gold Glimmer Mist, crinkled and inked.

Over 50 years ago my Dad wrote a poem to my Mom before they were married. Not long ago they were clearing out some things and Mom came across the poem. I photocopied it onto cream cardstock and distressed the edges to make this layout for them. I used a wedding photo framed with a frame cut from my Silhouette as well as a recent photo of them together. I used the Prima blooms and almost sepia toned old photo as my inspiration for picking the background papers of brown, tan and green. Some rub-ons and gem flourishes finished off this page.

I made 2 very similar cards. The first is feminine in green/blue and cream. I started by embossing some photo paper and then painting it with metallic acrylic paint in peridot and then distressing it slightly with blue ink. I chose a background plaid paper that picked up all the colours I wanted to use. I used a small piece of gold foil (after eating the chocolate it was wrapping) that I distressed below the Happy Birthday tag. The flower base is a Prima bloom sprayed with Glimmer Mist and lightly brushed with the peridot acrylic paint. The next bloom layer is a cardstock bloom cut on my Silhouette and painted with the peridot acrylic paint. The centre of the bloom is a handmade spiral flower. The bloom sits atop a white ribbon bow.

I love the colours of this more masculine version of my card as I am mostly drawn to earth colours, typically coppers and all shades of brown. The base paper is from a My Mind’s Eye stack and I picked a coordinating stripe paper from the same stack. I used the same embossed photo technique used on the card above, but this time using a metallic copper acrylic paint and distressing with dark brown and black inks. I added a piece of Kraft paper sprayed with Glimmer Mist and distressed with inks. I repeated the base paper in the Happy Birthday tag and added a Prima bloom stamped with black ink and the leaves to finish it off.


  1. Wow Julie!!! Great job! These are amazing!!! Looking forward to seeing more! Maybe start a tutorial for me :) I need to scraplift these if you don't mind? I'm in awe!

  2. thanks Lynn. By all means...scraplift away LOL