Saturday, April 26, 2014

Paper flower bouquet with a special twist

This week on Wednesday, our office acknowledged Administrative Professionals (a.k.a. AP) Day. We didn't "go all out" with this day as our AP didn't want to make a big deal.

I knew I wanted to do something different than a card and thought a paper flower bouquet would last much longer than fresh flowers, so I got to work.

I wanted our office to be included in the gift so I thought of creating a special twist by creating some folding petals with the petal punch so each of my co-workers can write a thoughtful word that would describe our AP.

This is an example of what one of my co-workers wrote.

 I gathered enough petals to make 3 flowers then added a few more simple ones. This is what the final outcome was. What do you think???

I am happy with the turnout. I love the color combo: so saffron, gumball green, primrose petals, and pool party.

My tips:
  • to create the petal with the message inside, fold a small piece of designer paper (not cardstock since it's too thick to punch) in half and punch the petal just so a small section of the fold won't get punched. See illustration below.

  • create the smaller paper flowers using Stampin' UP!'s tutorial as shown HERE
  • I used green floral wire and a hot glue gun to create the stem of the flowers.

Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: smoky slate, whisper white, so saffron, gumball green, primrose petals.
  • paper: winter frost designer paper (retired from 2013 Holiday catalog)
  • ink: black stazon, gumball green,  primrose petals,
  • punches: blossom, blossom petals builder (retired from 2012-2013 catalog), 1 3/4 scalloped circle, 1 1/4" circle (to cover glue/brad behind flower), hexagon (to flag ends of "fabulous" phrase)
  •  stamps: I am (a demonstrator exclusive)
  • embellishments: crushed curry 3/4" chevron ribbon, linen thread, summer smooches fabric brads (retired), rhinestone brads (retired). 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I'd love to hear what you think by commenting below.
Until next time... 

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