Tuesday, November 22, 2011

# altered project # Borders

Floral Arrangement

(completed project measures 11" X 9")

Hi Everyone,
This week’s creation was inspired by the wonderful dies at Cheery Lynn Designs, and the beautiful, spring weather we are experiencing at the moment in Australia, though it won’t be long and our summer will arrive...  those blooms will soon wilt, but not my flower arrangement!!

For my project, I have used a lot of dies, and created an arrangement which has a three-dimensional appearance.  I have tried to photograph the arrangement so that this can be seen clearly.  There are leaves, flowers, flourishes, pine branches, etc popping up all over the place.
It seriously is not that hard to put together, just time consuming, so do not be afraid to give it a go.  My ‘handy hint’ would be to lay die cuts where you think they should go, when happy with the arrangement, take a photograph to refer back to.  You can then pull apart your temporary arrangement, and use your photograph as a guide.

Firstly, I made all my flowers, inking and rounding edges – the flowers I used are: Sweet Williams, Judy’s Blooms, Flower Chain Border, Cuties 1, Miniature Rose, Cherry Blooms and the ScallopedWindow Stackers.  The Scalloped WindowStackers flower was created by inking the edges, and then spraying the die-cuts with glimmer mist.  While the die-cuts are wet, just crinkle into balls, before gently folding back out – when still wet, add a pearl/crystal brad centre, then place flower aside to dry, making sure your petals are the way you want them.  Easy!
The “Flower Chain Border” I simply cut the flowers from the border, placed on a mouse mat, and curled with a pop-stick edge!!  Yes, I do have the fancy tools, but I prefer the more simple – they work better for me!  J

The leaves and flourishes I used are:  Tropical Flourish, Pair of Ferns, StackerFlower 1 Leaf, Fanciful Flourish, Tropical Leaves, SM Leaves 2, Pine Branches and Olive Branches.  The Olive Branches played a large part in the 3D appearance.  I adhered the small end of the branch and when dry, curled the leaves upwards (or wherever I wanted them to go).   All the leaves edges were inked, some glimmer misted and others have distress stickles as well.
Border Carnival was added as the ‘tablecloth’ – and of course, I just had to add a couple of butterflies, and a dragonfly.
The urn or vase is an item I have had in my ‘stash’ for quite some years, but I am sure a google search (gosh I love google!!!) would bring up a mountain of sources to buy from. OR, perhaps create your own out of some clay!
Dies Used:

Also, don't forget the "Red & Green" Challenge this week on the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog!! 
A $20 voucher to be won!!  You can find the Challenge post "Here". 

Well I hope you have enjoyed my creation this week!  I wish all those celebrating “Thanksgiving” on the 25th, a special time with family and loved ones....
And to everyone, happiness always, no matter where you are on the globe!!


  1. wow wow and wow. This is absolutely stunning Sandie. Love it!!

  2. This is unbelievable, totally over the top fabulous and I can't even imagine how many hours it took. Just fabulous!!!!

  3. This is so gorgeous!! It would be perfect on a frame, love it!!


  4. Wow, Sandie, this is awesome! I think this is a fantastic idea for a wall hanging or a framed picture. Your creativity and inspiration is just mind boggling. Hugs, dj1952 (Debra)

  5. Now THIS is some serious use of dies! WOW! Fabulous creation!!

  6. This creation is simply fabulous! As I looked at it, I realized that I have all but one or two of the dies, so I guess now I need to go to my studio and play. You are such an inspiration. Love your work, Thank you so much for sharing :) Blessings!

  7. Very beautiful and creative. Great job. Edna

  8. WOW Sandie....simply STUNNING (and look at all the money you saved not having to buy an arrangement - LOL!

  9. Spectacular, Sandie!! A fabulous showcase for the dies!

  10. This is a amazing flower arrangement. It is very stunning you must of worked really hard on this arrangement.

  11. This is just amazing-a project i would love making with all those fun dies.
    Thanks for the hint about taking a picture, can't tell you how I struggle sometimes after liking something.
    Thanks for sharing

  12. truly truly a work of art!!! tfs..loves ya

  13. This project is amazing! What can I say? You're the bomb!

  14. What a stunning project and time consuming!! It is gorgeous!

  15. Outstanding Sandie, Cheery Lynn has so many wonderful dies to choose from and you did an amazing job on your project!

  16. Holy Scrappyola!!!! to say this is amazing is a huge understatement!!!! absolutely incredible!!!!!

  17. Oh Sandie, i am speechless and that is not an easy thing to do! lol!
    This creation is simply breathtaking!!!
    absolutely beautiful combination of all the dies!
    Love from France, Kianel.

  18. Beyond Amazing! How long did this take you! I am speechless.


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