Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Featured Guest: Scraps and Scribbles

I'm so honored to be visiting with you all today here at She Wears Flowers.  I'm a big fan of Tammy and her lovely blog.

Let me introduce myself.  I'm Courtney from the blog Scraps and Scribbles.  I've been married to my wonderful husband for almost 5 1/2 years now.  We have one busy little boy who is 2 and one bun in the oven which will join our family late this fall.  I have the great pleasure of being a stay-at-home mom.  I am also currently a full-time student.  When I'm not playing cars with my little guy, tidying up around the house or busy with research papers, I love to craft, sew, bake and take pictures.  I'm also a huge fashion and make-up junkie.  That's the kind of things you'll find over at my blog-it's a mix of everything I love and love to do.  If you'd like to know more about me, head on over to my blog and check out the About Me page. 

Now to the crafting!  Last fall, I made my first ever wreath.  

See, I'd been having commitment issues and couldn't decide how I wanted to decorate it.  Then I had an idea-why not make the embellishments interchangeable!  That way, when the season or holiday or just my mood changed, I could just change them out. No more stack of wreaths lying around!
When spring finally rolled around, I wanted to make a pretty little something for my wreath, and since to me, flowers scream spring, I made an embellishment out of paper flowers.

Pretty and simple.  To make your own, you'll need:

Paper-I used scrapbook paper and some book pages for mine
Something to cut circles with-you could find something to trace or use a hole punch.  I used this handy-dandy gadget that I picked up a Michael's a while back.  It's by ek.

You're going to begin by cutting out 20 circles per flower for the petals.  Decide how big you'd like them.  For my small flower made out of book pages, I made each petal 1 inch.  Using my handy-dandy circle cutter, I cut out 20.

Then gently rolled them around a toothpick to curve them, like so.

Then I cut out a 2 in. circle to use as a base.  Start gluing your petals to your base as pictured above.

Slightly overlap them a bit.  Once you've come full circle,

Add your next ring of petals, gluing them down so that the top of the inner ring is just about the base of the outer ring. Repeat until you reach the middle.

Taking 3 of your remaining petals, cut them into leaf-like shapes.
Then arrange them in the very center of your flower.

Ta-da!  Repeat with the rest of your flowers.
For my larger flowers, I made the petals 2 inches and the base 4 inches.

Since they were going to be hung outside, I wanted to protect them from getting ruined.
I coated them with a clear protective spray.  I found this at Michael's.

Let them dry completely.  Then arrange them how you'd like them on your wreath, glue together where they over-lap and attach.  For mine, since the embellishments are interchangeable, I attached two pieces of velcro to the backs (you can find out more about that in the original tutorial.)

Hang and enjoy!

I'm really happy with how it turned out.  It adds a nice touch of spring to our front door.

Thanks so much for letting me invade your blog today, Tammy!  
I hope you all stop by Scraps and Scribbles and say hi-I'd love to meet you!


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