::sigh::  Flowers. I absolutely adore them. I love bouquets, wild flowers, flowers in my garden — I even have sort of a ridiculous obsession to mix flowers with my paper crafting. In fact I’ve even been known to add flowers to my boy scrapbook pages!

Today’s steal the Imaginisce Cupcake and Fashion Flowers make me swoon. Not only are their textures and patterns amazing, but the colors are vibrant and can really be the perfect finishing touch for so many things.

Now if you are not a frilly scrapper or haven’t had the guts to add a flower to a boy page, then today Charity Becker shows us just how much fun the Imaginisce flowers can be in her amazing tutorial.

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Flowers and Prisms

I‘ve had this delightful antique mirror sitting around waiting to be altered for MUCH too long. It has lost enough of it’s silvering to reflect a cloudy image, but will still lend interest to a dark space. Flowers from Imaginisce sparked a sweet plan and the results were delightful.

The mirror I used was 22.5 inches by 14.5 inches. I added 5 nails to the frame, 1 at the center and the others at 4.5 inch segments from the center.

Flower Garlands

For the flower garlands you’ll need three packs of Imaginisce Cupcake Flowers; pink, neutral, and bright. Three colors of twine, +/- 53 inches long, and 20 or so acrylic prisms, assorted sizes.

First, remove the netting and “disco” blossoms from all three packs of Cupcake flowers. Sort them into colors and arrange into garlands. I used the following patterns:
Netting blossom: *
Disco Blossom: B
Prism: ^
Blue and yellow (net): ^B*^B*^*B*^*B^*B^   Tie one prism every 10 inches.
Pink and green (net): ^*^B*^*B^B*^*B^*^   Tie one prism every 9 inches.
White and pink (net): *B^*^*^B^*^B^*^*^B*  Tie the prisms at the following inch marks: 3-3-6-10-6-3-3

Using a contrasting color of twine, string the flowers and prisms in the patterns described, tying the prisms along the way. After the last prism is tied on, slide the blossoms along the twine till they hang evenly between the prisms.

Assume that the nails are numbered 1-5 from left to right. Loop the pink and green garland over nails 1, 2, 4, and 5. Loop the White and pink garland over nails 1, 3, and 5 in tight loops. Loop the Blue and yellow garland over nails 1,3, and 5 in large loose loops.

Title and Quote
You will need gems, 1 inch black alpha, ½ inch rub-on black letters, a transparency, and leopard print vellum or washi tape.
Cut the transparency to 6 ¼ inches wide by 7 ¾ inches long. Lay it on a cutting mat or other lined surface.

Place the first letter of the first line 1 ½ inches from the top edge. Place the first letter of the third line 3 ½ inches from the top edge. Place the first letter of the fifth line 5 ½ inches from the top edge. Complete the quote, one line at a time. Space lines 2 and 4 between the existing guide letters. Wrap the sides with washi tape or frame with ½ inch vellum. Adhere the title letters to the lower edge of the transparency. Embellish with gems. Adhere to the mirror.

Throw Pillow
My sweet little girl took one look at all my packs of flowers and in a flash she had one of her throw pillows in my lap and an assortment of flowers chosen for the center. This project is super simple, but now I have an absolutely delighted little girl!

Choose two large polka-dot flowers, two small polka-dot flowers, and one sheer. Grab a shiny button and length of twine from your stash and your ready to create smiles.

Stack the polka-dot flowers so that the petals off set each other. Stack the small polka-dot flowers onto the shear flower, and the shear onto the large polka-dot flowers. Stitch the button to the stacked flowers with one loop of twine and then take a second loop through the button and stitch the flowers to the center of the throw pillow. Tie the twine in a sweet bow and you’re finished.

MOM

Moms know they have our heart, but sometimes they need a reminder. The Imaginisce Bitty blossoms and Itty bitty blossoms combine to make a classy reminder.
For this project I altered a 7 inch square shadow box I picked up at my local dollar store. First I spray painted it white, then started stacking flowers. The arrangements are pictured below.

I joined them with a brass brad and adhered them to the shadow box with dimensional adhesive. For the title I attached three brown flowers to a 7inch piece of ribbon with brads. I placed 1 inch letters at their centers to spell out my title. At either end of the ribbon I placed the green and white flowers, then adhered the title to the center of the shadow box. For the sentiment I used tiny type, but centered the words on a strip of transparency before adding it to my project. Using the transparency made it easier to see exactly where I wanted my title before making it permanent.

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W-O-W! Charity you are amazing! Thank you so much for being willing to create such an amazing tutorial for our How To’sday.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share or would be interested in being a guest blogger for ScrapbookSteals.com, please send an email with your idea to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for the announcement of the winner of the We R Memory Keepers Cinch, and the first layout in our next Mid Week Mojo series.